COLUMBUS, Ohio – Deshaun Thomas scored 15 of his 21 points as the Buckeyes rolled to a huge first-half lead on the way to a 91-45 victory against overmatched Missouri-Kansas City on Friday night.
The game was the final tuneup for the Buckeyes (4-0) before their ACC/Big Ten Showdown matchup against No. 5 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night.
We know they’re a great team, Thomas said of the Blue Devils. We need to get better. It’s going to be a great experience – it’s going to be loud and crazy. But we just are going to have to take one thing at a time and stay together down there.
Shannon Scott added 10 points and 10 assists, Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 13 points and LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson had 11 apiece as Ohio State experimented with subs for almost the entire second half.
Thomas, who came in averaging 25 points a game, hit 6 of 8 shots from the field including two of three three-pointers, plus made all seven free throws. He also had eight rebounds.
No. 4 MICHIGAN 71, KANSAS STATE 57: In New York, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points before he left late in the game after he was kneed in the head as the Wolverines (5-0) won the NIT Season Tipoff. Glenn Robinson III had 12 rebounds, and Trey Burke and Jon Horford had 10 points each for the Wolverines.
No. 5 Duke 67, VCU 58: In Paradise Island, Bahamas – Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (5-0) in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
No. 7 FLORIDA 79, UCF 66: In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored a season-high 24 points and Scottie Wilbekin added a career-best 17 to lead the Gators (5-0) past the Knights (3-2).
No. 8 KENTUCKY 104, LIU-BROOKLYN 75: In Lexington, Ky., Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin each scored 22 points as the Wildcats(4-1) ran away from winless LIU-Brooklyn (0-4). Fellow freshman forward Nerlens Noel added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kentucky.
No. 15 MICHIGAN STATE 70, OAKLAND 52: In East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored 20 points to lead the Spartans (4-1), who have won four straight since starting the season with a loss to Connecticut in Germany.
No. 16 N.C. STATE 82, UNC ASHEVILLE 80: In Raleigh, N.C., Richard Howell scored 23 points to lead the Wolfpack (4-1).
No. 17 GONZAGA 72, OKLAHOMA 47: In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Elias Harris scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (5-0) in a semifinal matchup at the Old Spice Classic.
MINNESOTA 84, No. 19 MEMPHIS 75: In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Andre Hollins scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Gophers (5-1) in the consolation semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
No. 22 CINCINNATI 78, IOWA STATE 70: In Las Vegas, Sean Kilpatrick scored 32 points to lead the Bearcats (5-0) past the Cyclones (4-1) in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic.