Both teams improved to 3-0 with impressive wins Thursday, with NC State crushing UMass Lowell, 90-59, behind Devon Daniels (18 points) and Jericole Hellems (17 points), and UConn holding on to beat Southern California, 61-58, behind James Bouknight's 18 points. "We don't have a guy in the program who has played in the NCAA Tournament, and we talked about it going into this game," UConn coach Danny Hurley said. The Huskies had trouble stopping USC's potential NBA lottery pick, Evan Mobley, who scored 17 points.
NC State opened the season Wednesday against Charleston Southern, winning 95-61, and followed that effort with an 86-51 win over North Florida on Friday. In the two blowouts, the Wolfpack have held their opponents to 42 percent shooting from the field, including 41.4 percent from behind the arc. Coach Kevin Keatts credited his defense.