MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Ohio State coach Thad Matta was eager for his fourth-ranked Buckeyes to take the court aboard the USS Yorktown. Though the game was called off, he's certain his players learned plenty.
The season-opening showcase between the Buckeyes and Marquette on the decommissioned vessel was canceled Friday night when officials, coaches and administrators believed condensation made the makeshift court too dangerous to play on.
Still, Matta said he believed the time his team spent listening to current and former military members — eight visited with Buckeyes players and coaches Thursday night, he said — was worth the long, complex trip.
"Yeah, we didn't get to play," Matta said in the carrier's theater. "But the purpose was served."
Earlier, No. 7 Notre Dame defeated No. 19 Ohio State 57-51 in the first women's game played outdoors on a carrier. There were challenges in that one, too — the setting sun for the late-afternoon start had both sides squinting to see — but the court was dry and safe. That wasn't the case once the sun went down.
Ohio State guard Aaron Craft said he knew things would be tricky when he saw a couple of Marquette's players "slide from halfcourt to the 3-point line."
UConn pulls off upset in first post-Calhoun game
Shabazz Napier scored 25 as Connecticut, in Kevin Ollie's first game as coach, upset No. 14 Michigan State 66-62 in the Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Keith Appling scored 17 and Branden Dawson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who lost their opener. Ollie is on a one-year contract. "It's a great win for our school, a great win for our program," said Ollie, 39, who took over after Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun retired in September. "It's a long way to come, but it's worth it if you get the effort." UConn led most of the way and by as many as 16 points in the first half.
NO. 1 INDIANA 97, BRYANT 54: Cody Zeller had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Christian Watford had a career-high 15 rebounds for the Hoosiers (1-0), who announced before the game that coach Tom Crean agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2019-20. Bryant, in Smithfield, R.I., played its first game as a full-time Division I member.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 72, MARYLAND 69: Junior guard Jarrod Polson had 10 points — three more than he had had in his career at Kentucky — and hit the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds left for the Wildcats (1-0) in Game 2 of the Barclays Center Classic, the first college games played in the new arena in Brooklyn, N.Y.
NO. 5 MICHIGAN 100, SLIPPERY ROCK 62: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 25 points, passing 1,000 for his career, and freshman Glenn Robinson III had 10 points and eight rebounds for the host Wolverines (1-0).
NO. 6 N.C. STATE 97, MIAMI (OHIO) 59: Richard Howell had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the host Wolfpack, which led by 19 at halftime en route to its 19th straight season-opening victory.
NO. 7 KANSAS 74, SE MISSOURI ST. 55: Ben McLemore had nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists in his Kansas debut as the Jayhawks won their 40th straight opener at Allen Fieldhouse.
NO. 8 DUKE 74, GEORGIA ST. 55: Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Seth Curry scored 15 and surprise starter Tyler Thornton had 13 points for host Duke (1-0).
NO. 11 UNC 76, GARDNER-WEBB 59: James Michael McAdoo set career highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the host Tar Heels, who improved to 91-12 in openers.
NO. 16 CREIGHTON 71, N. TEXAS 51: Doug McDermott had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the host Bluejays (1-0), who led 39-25 at halftime and opened the second half on a 14-5 run.
NO. 19 BAYLOR 99, LEHIGH 77: Touted freshman center Isaiah Austin scored 22 points in 17 minutes before spraining his right ankle for the host Bears in their opener.
NO. 21 GONZAGA 103, SO. UTAH 65: Przemek Karnowski, a touted 7-foot-1 freshman center from Poland, had 22 points in his debut to lead the host Bulldogs in their opener.
TEXAS TECH: Former coach Billy Gillispie kept exceeding NCAA practice limits even after the school reprimanded him for the violation this year. Documents showed the school began reviewing the team's summer practices in early August, weeks before Gillispie resigned Sept. 20 for health concerns.
UCLA: The NCAA ruled freshman Shabazz Muhammad ineligible for violating amateurism rules. The No. 13 Bruins opened their season late Friday against Indiana State.
USC: Omar Oraby had his hardship waiver approved by the NCAA, making him eligible to play in the Trojans' opener late Friday at home against Coppin State. The 7-foot-2 center from Egypt transferred in September after two seasons at Rice.
Miami 87, Stetson 79: Reggie Johnson had 22 points — he was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line — and 11 rebounds for the host Hurricanes, who rallied in their opener after trailing almost the entire first half.
HOUSTON 81, FAMU 76: Jamie Adams and Reggie Lewis scored 18 each for the visiting Rattlers, who were within 77-76 with under a minute to go in their opener.
ST. BONAVENTURE 65, B-CU 55: Demitrius Conger had 12 points and seven rebounds for the host Bonnies. Bethune-Cookman was within 55-49 with 2:25 to play before it allowed a 6-0 run.