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College basketball: Scores, highlights, live updates from Day 1

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Highlights from the first day of the college basketball season

Good evening, college basketball fans. Wednesday, Nov. 25 marked the first day of the 2020-21 Division I college basketball season. Here are some notable results from the first day of the new season:

2:24 am, November 26, 2020

Arizona State survives Rhode Island

No. 18 Arizona State hung on for a 94-88 win over Rhode Island. The Sun Devils led by as many as 16 points before the teams traded multiple second-half leads in game that had 55 total fouls and 81 combined free throw attempts. AP preseason All-America guard Remy Martin scored a game-high 26 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.

1:02 am, November 26, 2020

Kentucky routs Morehead State, newcomers lead the way

No. 10 Kentucky cruised in its season-opener, an 81-45 rout of Morehead State. The Wildcats started four freshmen, led by 15 points from Brandon Boston Jr. First-year guards Devin Askew and Terrence Clarke added 12 points apiece while forward Isaiah Jackson chipped in 9 points and two blocks, including the show-stopping swat below.

11:49 pm, November 25, 2020

Western Kentucky edges Northern Iowa in high-scoring affair

Taveion Hollingsworth had 16 of his 26 points in the second half as Western Kentucky outlasted Northern Iowa 93-87. Hollingsworth was one of four players to score 20 or more points along with teammate Dayvion McKnight (20) and UNI's A.J. Green and Noah Carter (28 each). The Hilltoppers made 27 free throws in the win while the Panthers knocked down 20 3-pointers.

11:20 pm, November 25, 2020

Michigan State's Josh Langford scores first points since Dec. 2018

Michigan State fifth-year senior Josh Langford scored his first points since Dec. 29, 2018 in the Spartans's season opener on Wednesday night. Plagued by injuries, the talented Langford had been sidelined for nearly the last two years.

Langford hit a 3-pointer with 11:48 remaining in the first half in Michigan State's game against Eastern Michigan.

10:52 pm, November 25, 2020

Oklahoma State survives road game at UT Arlington

Oklahoma State, featuring standout freshman Cade Cunningham, had its hands full with UT Arlington on the road in its season opener but the Cowboys prevailed 75-68 behind Cunningham's 21 points, 10 rebounds and two assists.
10:27 pm, November 25, 2020

UT Arlington trading baskets with Oklahoma State, Cade Cunningham

Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham is arguably the most talented freshman in the country and he's a potential All-America candidate, but UT Arlington is giving Oklahoma State all the Cowboys can handle in their season opener.

Oklahoma State leads 55-51 with 8:28 to play. Cunningham has 16 points, six rebounds and two assists so far.

8:51 pm, November 25, 2020

Illinois sets school record for 3-pointers

No. 8 Illinois made 17 3-pointers in its 122-60 win over North Carolina A&T in the Illini's season opener. That's an incredibly promising sign for Illinois, which shot just 30.9 percent from deep last season, which ranked 297th nationally. The school record for points in a game was 127 in 1988.

Adam Miller made six 3-pointers and Ayo Dosunmu hit five, while Damonte Williams, Trent Frazier and Jacob Grandison made two 3-pointers each.

8:09 pm, November 25, 2020

Reigning national champion Virginia wins season opener

Technically, Virginia is still the reigning national champion in men's basketball and the No. 4-ranked Cavaliers won their 2020-21 season opener against Towson 89-54.

Marquette transfer Sam Hauser scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting while Trey Murphy III added 21 off the bench.

7:55 pm, November 25, 2020

Coaches honor the late John Thompson with towels on opening day

On the opening day of the college basketball season, several men's basketball coaches honored the late Georgetown coach John Thompson, who passed away in the offseason, with a towel placed over their shoulder, as Thompson was fond of doing.
7:20 pm, November 25, 2020

Illinois's Ayo Dosunmu shining off the ball

Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu is an All-America candidate for the No. 8 Illini and he has been playing off the ball on offense in the first half of Illinois's season opener against North Carolina A&T. Freshman Andre Curbelo was running the point for several possessions when the two players were on the floor together.

On back-to-back possessions, Dosunmu hit an open three in the right corner, then caught a pass on the run in transition, making a lethal Euro step before putting up a shot that was called for goal-tending, giving Dosunmu five points in 16 seconds.

6:42 pm, November 25, 2020

Nebraska goes on 25-2 run against McNeese State

In one of the first games of the college basketball season, Nebraska has pulled even further away from McNeese State in Lincoln, behind a 25-2 scoring run in the second half.

What was once a 61-41 game turned into an 86-43 advantage for the Huskers, which included seven points from Teddy Allen, and five from both Shamiel Stevenson and Yvan Ouedraogo.

6:31 pm, November 25, 2020

Xavier's Dieonte Miles catches fire

In his first career game, Xavier redshirt freshman Dieonte Miles has come on strong down the stretch in the second half, leaking out on a fast break for an easy bucket, hitting a jumper on the next possession and then slamming home a powerful dunk two possessions later.

All that happened in less than 90 seconds.

Miles has 12 points for the game and he's one of five Xavier players in double figures as the Musketeers lead 96-42 in the closing minutes.

5:43 pm, November 25, 2020

Hot-shooting Xavier blitzes Oakland in the first half

In its season opener, Xavier came out firing, making 8-of-18 3-point attempts in the first half, while holding Oakland to 1-of-14 shooting from deep. The Musketeers led 53-12 at halftime.

Guard KyKy Tandy leads all scorers with 15 points, including five 3-pointers.

Oakland played a zone defense and Xavier has found its most success on offense when it made entry passes into the block, then swung the ball to a cutting player or to an open Musketeer on the wing.

3:39 pm, November 25, 2020

Here are the Top 25 women's teams playing today

Stanford's Kiana Williams

Here are the top 25 women's teams schedule to play today. Clicking or tapping on each game will take you to live scoring.

4:19 pm, November 23, 2020

Here are the top 25 men's teams playing Wednesday

USA Today Sports Images Illinois's Ayo Dosunmu is the leading returning scorer for the No. 8 Illini.

Good morning and welcome to the first day of the 2020-21 college basketball season.

There are 16 ranked teams in action on the opening day of the season. Click or tapping each link will take you directly to that game's live scoring.

The first game today, BTW, is East Tennessee State at Abilene Christian. That game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET.

4:09 pm, November 23, 2020

Get ready for the men's basketball season with this preview reading

USA Today Sports Images Baylor's Jared Butler helped lead the Bears to four weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll last season.

The men's basketball season is almost here. The season officially tips off at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 25 with a day jam-packed with games.

Until then, get ready for the season with some of NCAA.com's preview content: