Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Simmons was criticized for being too timid last week. Tonight, he goes 4-for-15 and forces things. Still finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds but LSU couldn't overcome a 41-17 deficit in the first half of their loss to College of Charleston. The Tigers might have the most explosive and versatile offensive player outside the NBA, but bad defense will leave them at the bottom of the SEC. Need Keith Hornsby and Craig Victor like yesterday.

Kentucky improves to 7-0

Guard Isaiah Briscoe led the No. 1 team in the nation to a 75-63 win over Illinois State thanks to 18 points and 7 boards. Marcus Lee contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench in the win. Box score

Clemson-Minnesota in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Minnesota's Williams Arena is the home for the second game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as the 4-2 Golden Gophers welcome the 4-1 Tigers. Minnesota is coming off a 3-point win against Nebraska-Omaha, while Clemson is fresh off beating another Big Ten team in Rutgers. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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College of Charleston upsets LSU

Top recruit Ben Simmons lost one game in the past three seasons. This season at LSU he's lost three games -- the latest being an upset by College of Charleston tonight.


Alex Poythress throws it down

The Kentucky F showed there were no ill effects from his ACL injury with this slam against Illinois State. The No. 1 Wildcats lead by double digits with less than 2 minutes to play on ESPN2.


Rasheed Wallace shows ball don't lie

Former NBA player Rasheed Wallace can still hoop. Don't believe him? He drains two jumpers -- simultaneously.


Monmouth has best bench in basketball

It's hard to pick the best celebration. The Human Scissors? The Katniss Everdeen? The OMG? The Human Hoop? All of them are too good!


Jamal Murray angered after hard foul

The Kentucky G drew a big foul against Illinois State, and after looking like some words would be exchanged, he just walked away. The No. 1 Wildcats have a double-digit lead on ESPN2.


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Nasty collision for Jamal Murray against Illinois State. Got up quick, looked like he wanted to fight before guys pulled him away. So talented but he's going to get hit like that all season, even more frequently in SEC play. Has to maintain his poise. Has already drawn a few technicals this season for losing by his cool.

Isaiah Briscoe scores off inbounds pass

The Kentucky G drove to the lane, caught the inbounds pass and scored a layup to build the No. 1. Wildcats' lead over Illinois State on ESPN2.


Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking down the box score, it's fairly easy to identify the two culprits in Kentucky's 31-31 tie with Illinois State: free throws (8-of-17) and offensive rebounds (of which UK has just one). Kentucky entered Monday grabbing 43.6 percent of its available misses, fifth-best in the country. If the second half includes a few more makes at the free throw line, and a few more extended possessions -- even as a bare minimum -- John Calipari's team should be fine.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

In games like this, Kentucky usually comes back in second half with a 50-0 run or something like that. But what kind of motor can Cats generate without Ulis?

Kentucky-Illinois State tied 31-31 at half

The No. 1 team is looking to improve to 7-0, and steals and buckets like this can help get the Wildcats there. But first they have to get through the Redbirds, who are keeping up on ESPN2.


Kentucky making plays at home

No. 1 Kentucky's Marcus Lee slammed one home off a nice pass from Isaiah Briscoe in the first half vs. Illinois State. The Wildcats have a small lead on ESPN2.


Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois big man Mike Thorne Jr. underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee and is out indefinitely, the school announced. Thorne suffered the injury against Iowa State on Saturday. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds so far this season.

Redbirds' teamwork makes the dream work

Illinois State G Tony Wills poked the ball away from No. 1 Kentucky, and when he missed the breakaway layup, DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell showed up with the putback dunk on ESPN2.


Illinois St. (3-4) at No. 1 Kentucky (6-0)

The top-ranked Wildcats put a 24-game winning streak at Rupp Arena on the line in its first meeting with the Redbirds, although they will be without Tyler Ulis, who injured his elbow over the weekend. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Kara Lawson @karalawson20

#1 Kentucky set to tip on ESPN2 at 7pm w/out Tyler Ulis, their most important player. Illinois State likes to bring pressure, should be fun!

Wake-Rutgers opens Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge opens with 4-2 Wake Forest, which has beaten Indiana and UCLA this season, traveling to Rutgers, which finished last in the conference last season. The Big Ten won last year's challenge 8-6. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN


C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said senior guard Marcus Paige's return to the starting lineup would "more than likely" knock sophomore Theo Pinson from the starting lineup depending on practice today. That would mean sophomore Joel Berry starting at point and Paige would play off the ball. Paige's first full practice after returning from a right hand injury was Saturday. Williams said had it been NCAA tournament time Paige could have played last week.

Kentucky hoops still No. 1 in AP top 25

The Wildcats received 59 first-place votes to remain in the top spot. Maryland and Michigan State check in at No. 2 and 3, respectively. They were the only others schools to receive first-place votes with the Terps getting four and the Spartans two. Complete rankings