Top 25 basketball: Top-ranked Indiana routs Sam Houston State
Bloomington, Ind. • Sam Houston State challenged Arkansas in its season opener before losing a close one and had hoped to duplicate that effort against another big school.
The Bearkats had no such luck against No. 1 Indiana as Christian Watford scored 23 points to help the Hoosiers roll to a 99-45 victory in the Progressive Legends Classic.
Paul Baxter scored nine points and Marquel McKinney had eight for Sam Houston State (1-2), which started the season by losing 73-68 at Arkansas.
"I want to apologize for our performance tonight," Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten said. "We're way better than that. We weren't very good tonight. I'm embarrassed by it. Not taking anything away from Indiana. They have a great team and they had a lot to do with our performance."
Will Sheehey scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo had 14, Cody Zeller scored 13 and Jordan Hulls 10 for the Hoosiers (3-0),.
No. 2 Louisville 80, Samford 54
Chane Behanan had his best game for host No. 2 Louisville on Thursday.
The sophomore forward grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and scored 12 points to key a rout of Samford.
• No. 1 Indiana 99, Sam Houston St. 45
• No. 2 Louisville 80, Samford 54
• No. 6 N.C. St. 72, Penn St. 55
• No. 7 Kansas 69, Chattanooga 55
• No. 12 Arizona 72, UTEP 51
• No. 13 UCLA 100, James Madison 70
• No. 16 Baylor 84, Boston College 74