Kansas Cruises in Opener
Duke crushes NC Central, Tennessee takes Temple, Villanova routs Stony Brook
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2007 1:20 AM CST
Duke's Taylor King (20) drives to the basket against North Carolina Central during the second half of a basketball game in Durham, N.C., Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. Duke won 121-56. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – No.4 Kansas battered Louisiana-Monroe 107-78 last night to take their home opener for the 35th straight time, and breaking100 in the opener for the first time in 16 years. The Jayhawks were aided by Sherron Collin's 22 points and second half prowess, which was instrumental in instigating a 17-2 surge.  In yesterday's other openers:

  • No. 13 Duke annihilated North Carolina Central 121-56 as freshmen King, Singler and Smith lived up to the hype
  • No.7 Tennessee defeated Temple 80-63 to take their ninth straight opener
  • No.25 Villanova beat Stony Brook 86-64, on the strength of Shane Clark's career Best 25 points
  • No.22 Pitt crushed Houston Baptist 103-62, as freshman Blair had a formidable debut.