Mississippi guard LaDarius White will be the first person to admit his club has struggled to hold the home court advantage this season. Those struggles were obvious again in the first half on Thursday.
Freshman point guard Tyus Jones scored 21 points, Justise Winslow hit two key baskets late in the game and No. 2 Duke responded to a tongue lashing by coach Mike Krzyzewski to beat defending national champion Connecticut 66-56 on Thursday night.
Louisiana State coach Les Miles tried to distance himself from the Michigan coaching search speculation earlier this week, attempting to put the focus back on his team preparing for its Dec. 30 Music City Bowl game against Notre Dame.
Torin Dorn scored 14 points off the bench, leading four players in double figures, as the Charlotte 49ers captured a 75-65 win over the Appalachian State Mountaineers in non-conference action at Halton Arena.