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Jack Freifelder | | November 19, 2016

College basketball roundup: Duke notches two wins, but Kansas looms

  Duke's Grayson Allen (3) tallied his third career double-double (25 pts, 10 rebs) in a win over Grand Canyon.

Given the week that was in the college football world, it's understandable if some fans missed a bit of the opening weekend to the college basketball season. Understandable, but no one said excusable.

Before college basketball faithful set their sights on Sunday's slate — which includes action for No. 2 Kentucky, No. 6 UNC and No. 16 UCLA — takes a look back what you might have missed.

Top 25 teams in Action:

No. 25: Maryland edges American 62-56, thanks to 22 points from lead guard Melo Trimble 
No. 24: Iowa State cruises past the Tigers of Savannah State,113-71, behind the seventh career double-double for PG Monte Morris (21 points, 11 assists)

  Iowa State guard Monte Morris (11) dished out 11 assists against Savannah State on Friday.
No. 23: Rhode Island forces 20 turnovers while taking down Dartmouth, 84-61
No. 22: Creighton survives a scare from the Kangaroos of UMKC, 89-82
No. 21: Texas outlasts Incarnate Word, 78-73 | Watch
No. 20: A +13 edge on the glass helps West Virginia dispatch Mount St. Mary’s, 87-59
No. 19: Syracuse blows by Colgate, 83-55
No. 18: Wagner upends UConn, 67-58 | Watch
  Wagner Seahawks guard Corey Henson (0) helped his squad take down the No. 18 UConn Huskies.
No. 17
: Jock Landale’s 33 points carry Saint Mary’s against Nevada, 81-63
No. 16: Lonzo Ball’s near triple-double (19 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists) leads UCLA over Pacific, 119-80 | Watch
No. 15: Caleb Swanigan’s 20-20 night paces Purdue’s rout of McNeese, 109-65
No. 14: Gonzaga cruises against Utah Valley, 92-69
No. 13: Louisville has no problem dispatching Evansville, 78-47
No. 10 & No. 12: Arizona knocks off Michigan State with late layup, 65-63 | Watch
  Arizona Wildcats guard Kadeem Allen (5) made the game-winning layup against MSU on Friday.
No. 9
: Wisconsin cruises against Central Arkansas 79-47
No. 8: UNC Greensboro no match for Virginia, 76-51
No. 7: Lehigh’s upset bid comes up short against Xavier, 84-81
No. 6: UNC dismantles Tulane, 95-75
No. 5: Oregon beats back Army, 91-77
No. 4: Defending champs Villanova nearly doubles up Lafayette, 88-48
No. 3 & No. 11: Indiana makes statement against Kansas in OT, 103-99 | Watch
  Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. (1) scored 26 points to help pace the Hoosiers in a win over Kansas.
No. 2
: More of the same from Kentucky, 'Cats blow by SFA, 87-64
No. 1: Duke drubs Marist, 94-49; runs by Grand Canyon 96-61

Need to know:

Alec Peters' weekend for Valpo

It was quite a weekend for Valparaiso's Alec Peters. After 23 points and eight rebounds in the school's opener against Southern Utah (79-65 win), Peters went off for 36 points and 15 boards against Trinity (IL) in a 89-75 win.

  Valparaiso's Alec Peters (25) had himself a big opening weekend to start the 2016-2017 season.
That means he's averaging 29.5 points to go along with 11.5 rebounds through two games. Quite a start to the season for the 6'9" senior, but odds are those numbers will come back down to earth. A few extra games in the NIT Tournament a year ago could have given Peters a little added confidence heading into the 2016-17 campaign.

Rodney Pryor's Georgetown debut

It's been a few down years for Georgetown Hoyas basketball, but Robert Morris transfer Rodney Pryor hoped to put some of those memories to bed with his senior debut (32 points, 6-8 3-point shooting) against the Spartans of South Carolina State (105-60 win).

Maybe not the best benchmark to go off — given the matchup and the slate awaiting Georgetown in the Big East — but Hoyas faithful will revel in the dazzling performance turned in by the 6'5" Evanston, Illinois native.

In other action:

Stanford and Harvard play in China

As part of the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative, the Conference of Champions (as it is colloquially known) has made plans to send at least one member school abroad to play a regular-season game in China a year. Last year Washington and Texas got to travel, and this year it is Harvard and Stanford's turn to tour the world's most populated country.

The return of Siyani Chambers was not enough for the Crimson though on this night, as they would fall 80-70 to Stanford. | Watch 

Idaho State's Ethan Telfair notches NCAA's first triple-double of the season

Despite Idaho State's 81-70 loss to New Mexico, Ethan Telfair (younger brother of Sebastian) had himself quite a night to open his second year with the Bengals. Telfair's line (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and six steals) while quite impressive, was not enough to keep his team on the top side of the scoreline.

Pittsburgh survives opening night scare from Eastern Michigan in 2K Classic

The first game at the helm for head coach Kevin Stallings was certainly more interesting than he would have liked as Pittsburgh needed the help of two extra periods to shake off Eastern Michigan, 93-90. Jamel Artis and Michael Young paced the Panthers with 27 and 26 points, respectively.

Penn State dropped by Albany

Sophomore sharpshooter Joe Cremo (22 points) helped pace the Great Danes of Albany in a 87-81 win over Penn State. It was Albany's first-ever win against a Big Ten school and the first time Penn State has lost a season-opening game since 2004.

Chattanooga beats Tennessee

The SEC now knows not to sleep on the Southern Conference, AKA the SoCon. A pair of double-doubles from Chattanooga's Tre' Mclean and Justin Tuoyo helped pace the Mocs to an 82-69 win, and proved to be too much for Rick Barnes and company to handle.

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