NO. 2 LOUISVILLE 51, N. IOWA 46
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Russ Smith scored 16 points and Louisville overcame a terrible offensive effort for a 51-46 victory over Northern Iowa in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Cardinals had a bad first half, looked as if they straightened things out but then stumbled to the finish.
Louisville (4-0) will face No. 13 Missouri in Friday night's semifinals. The Tigers beat Stanford 78-70.
The Cardinals somehow held a 26-20 halftime lead despite shooting 27.0 percent from the field (10 of 37) and committing 10 turnovers.
They held Northern Iowa (3-1) to one field goal over the opening 10:47 of the second half and that cut Louisville's lead 40-24. It was far from an easy ride to the finish as the Cardinals went 5:12 without scoring and suddenly the Panthers were chipping away.
NO. 5 DUKE 89, MINNESOTA 71
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Seth Curry scored 25 points and Mason Plumlee added 20 points and a career high-matching 17 rebounds as No. 5 Duke's starters scored all but two of the Blue Devils' points in an 89-71 victory over Minnesota on Thursday in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Sophomore point guard Quinn Cook had a career-high 17 points for the Blue Devils who extended their regular-season tournament winning streak to 21 games, a run that stretches to the championship game of the 2006 CBE Classic.
Duke (4-0) will face VCU in Friday's semifinals.
Rodney Williams had 16 points for the Golden Gophers (4-1), who just couldn't cut into the Blue Devils' lead in the second half.
NO. 13 MISSOURI 78, STANFORD 70
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Laurence Bowers scored 19 points, as usual most were in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 13 Missouri beat Stanford in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday.
Bowers, who had 13 points in the second half, has scored more points after halftime in every game this season for the Tigers (4-0).
Missouri will face No. 2 Louisville in Friday's semifinals.
Chasson Randle had 22 points for the Cardinal (3-2).
No. 17 GONZAGA 57, CLEMSON 49
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk each scored 13 points to help Gonzaga beat Clemson in a first round game at the Old Spice Classic.
Olynyk was in the starting lineup after missing the previous three games due to a violation of the student code of conduct. The junior forward, who had his first two shots blocked, also had three rebounds.
Clemson got 10 points from Adonis Filer. Milton Jennings had six points and eight rebounds.
Sam Dower had 11 points for Gonzaga (4-0), which will go against Oklahoma in Friday's semifinals. Clemson (2-1) will face Texas-El Paso in the loser's bracket.