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Wiggins, Parker impress in debuts

Published November 8, 2013 11:15 pm

Heralded freshmen lead Kansas and Duke to victories.
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Lawrence, Kan. • Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse.

His career wasn't even a minute old and Wiggins was already leaving his mark on Kansas.

While he disappeared at times, the highly touted freshman dazzled at others, finishing with 16 points in leading the fifth-ranked Jayhawks to an 80-63 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Friday night.

"He did some good things," Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. "I think he can be more aggressive, but I think all the guys can be more aggressive."

Aggressive may not have been such a good thing on this night, though. New rules designed to clamp down on hand-checking resulted in 58 fouls and a slew of free throws.

No. 4 Duke 111, Davidson 77 • At Durham, N.C., Jabari Parker scored 22 points in his debut for Duke.

Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood added 22 points in his first game with the Blue Devils.

The Atlantic Coast Conference favorites shot 70.4 percent. —

Friday's scores

• No. 1 Kentucky 89, UNC-Asheville 57

• No. 2 Michigan St. 98, Mcneese St. 56

• No. 4 Duke 111, Davidson 77

• No. 5 Kansas 80, Louisana-Monroe 63

• No. 6 Arizona 73, Cal Poly 62

• No. 7 Michigan 69, Mass.-Lowell 42

• No. 8 Oklahoma St. 117, Mvsu 62

• No. 8 Syracuse 82, Cornell 60

• No. 10 Florida 77, North Florida 69

• No. 12 North Carolina 84, Oakland 61

• No. 14 VCU 96, Illinois St. 58

• No. 17 Marquette 63, Southern 56

• No. 18 UConn 78, Maryland 77

• No. 19 Oregon vs. Georgetown, late

• No. 20 Wisconsin 86, St. John's 75

• No. 21 Notre Dame 74, Miami (Ohio) 62

• No. 24 Virginia 61, James Madison 41

• No. 25 Baylor 72, Colorado 60