Since their No. 1 ranking last season, it's been all downhill for the Missouri Tigers.
They eventually lost the ranking, lost in the first round of NCAA tournament and then lost their eligibility for this season's tournament because of sanctions against their program.Tuesday night was just another loss for the 23rd-ranked Tigers - a 68-60 upset by Rutgers.
Doug Smith is the only starter back from last year's Missouri team that made the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year.
"We were just a young team that made too many mistakes. That's youth," Missouri coach Norm Stewart said. "Doug may have tried to do too many things and that has a tendency to take away from his game. He'll just have to wait for the young guys to come along."
Keith Hughes scored 11 of his 20 points in the final 31/2 minutes to lead Rutgers past Missouri.
Hughes, who played just seven minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, gave the Scarlet Knights the lead for good at 54-52 with two free throws with 3:28 to play.
His 3-pointer 28 seconds later gave Rutgers a 57-53 lead and he made all of his six free throws in the final 1:01 as the Scarlet Knights held on for the victory.
Freshman Jevon Crudup led Missouri with 22 points, while Smith had 16 in the season opener for both teams.
No. 3 Arkansas 96, Mississippi College 57
Todd Day and Oliver Miller sat out the first half as a disciplinary measure, then keyed a 27-2 run that carried Arkansas over Mississippi College.
No. 4 North Carolina 104, Jacksonville 61
Freshman Clifford Rozier scored 22 points as North Carolina, overpowering on defense, beat Jacksonville to give coach Dean Smith his 690th career victory.
No. 6 Alabama 96, Wake Forest 95, OT
A steal by Gary Waites with 12 seconds remaining in overtime sealed Alabama's victory over Wake Forest after the Crimson Tide squandered a 17-point lead during regulation.
Melvin Cheatum scored a career-high 28 points for Alabama (2-0).
No. 14 Ga. Tech 87, Morgan St. 65
Sophomore forward Malcolm Mackey scored a career-high 33 points to lead Georgia Tech over Morgan State.
11-point lead with the help of forward Steve Haynes, who scored 8 points in the early drive and 24 points for the game.
No. 15 Connecticut 90, Hartford 63
Rod Sellers scored 21 points and Connecticut's trapping defense forced 20 turnovers as the Huskies easily defeated Hartford.
Chris Smith and John Gwynn added 16 points each and Dan Cyrulik had 14.