Led by Andrew Nembhard's 24 points, six assists and five rebounds, Gonzaga jumped all over UCLA early and cruised to an 83-63 victory on Tuesday in a meeting of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation at the Good Sam Empire Classic in Las Vegas.
The No. 1 Bulldogs (6-0) took the lead after the No. 2 Bruins (5-1) scored the first bucket of the game and led by as many as 24 points in the second half.
It was also a rematch of last year's national semifinal won by Gonzaga on an overtime buzzer-beater by Jalen Suggs. This was the first Final Four rematch the following season since North Carolina and Virginia played in 1982.
The Bulldogs' Drew Timme finished with 18 points and eight rebounds and Chet Holmgren totaled 15 points and six rebounds. Jaime Jaquez Jr. led UCLA with 19 points and six rebounds while Tyger Campbell and Johnny Juzang each finished with 11 points.
Wisconsin 65, No. 12 Houston 63
Johnny Davis scored 30 points and the Badgers turned back a furious second-half rally to hold off the Cougars in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational at Las Vegas.
Wisconsin (4-1) advances to the final on Wednesday against Saint Mary's. Houston (4-1) will play Oregon in the third-place game.
Houston, which trailed 40-20 at the half, rebounded a missed shot by Wisconsin with 10 seconds left but did not get a shot off on its final possession. Kyler Edwards finished with 18 points and Marcus Sasser added 11 for the Cougars.
No. 13 Arkansas 73, Cincinnati 67
Au'Diese Toney scored 19 points as the Razorbacks outslugged the Bearcats down the stretch for a win in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
Arkansas (5-0) went 24 of 32 at the line, including 18 of 23 in the second half, while Cincinnati made 11 of 13 overall. The Razorbacks earned a 46-32 advantage on the boards, grabbing 18 offensive boards.
David DeJulius scored a game-high 24 points for the Bearcats (5-1), who led 67-66 after he sank two foul shots with 2:31 left. Cincinnati didn't score again.
No. 14 Illinois 72, Kansas State 64
Kofi Cockburn delivered a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double to lead the Illini past the Wildcats for third place in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
Playing just his second game of the season after being suspended for the first three by the NCAA, Cockburn hit 8 of 10 shots, including a fall-away 15-footer with 1:27 left that gave the Fighting Illini (3-2) a 71-62 lead. Utah transfer Alfonso Plummer came off the bench to can seven 3-pointers, one shy of the Illinois single-game record, and score 21 points.
Markquis Nowell scored 19 points to lead Kansas State (2-2), going 4-for-5 on 3-point attempts. Nijel Pack chipped in 15 points and Ismael Massoud added 13.
--Field Level Media