What a start for RJ Barrett. Both of these guys are going to be vital scorers for the team, as they badly will need some offense replaced.
"Really proud of my guys", Krzyzewski said.
"I'm just glad we won to be honest", said a relieved Dedric Lawson, who finished with 20 points on 5-for-18 shooting with 14 rebounds and 6 assists.
It sure didn't look like it would be so close after Kansas withstood Michigan State's early 3-point flurry. They may have lost perimeter talent after a trio of departures a year ago, but they are as well equipped in the paint as Duke's big-bucket getters.
They could find themselves enamored by Barrett, a prototypical wing with a great physical profile, the ability to finish through contact and most importantly, a dynamic scoring game and the aggressive scoring mindset to fit it. This Kentucky team is not like year's past where we had a couple of dudes and knew exactly what kind of team we were. "We see it, we just blow past it".
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The Cats were led by freshman wing Keldon Johnson with 23 points and Travis with 22.
The highly-anticipated game between two of the nation's most successful college programs was never close. The Blue Devils won by 34 points, but it felt like a million.
Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game.
For a school that is second all-time in Division I Men's basketball wins and owns a head-to-head advantage over most teams it has played during its 100-plus years, losing a third time should irk the fan base more than just a little bit. "This was good for us". The freshmen backcourt duo of Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes was the highlight for the Jayhawks.
"Go Big Blue! Go Big Blue", they continued, this time with a Jayhawk at the free-throw line.
Tuesday's performances from Grimes and Dotson were perhaps spurred by a pair of conversations Self had with the players in the aftermath of the pair's tepid exhibition contests. Veterans Malik Newman and Udoka Azubuike are both going to have a positive impact this year in expanded roles.
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After one college game, Zion Williamson is going to help his National Basketball Association team compete for an National Basketball Association championship. Kansas picked up its third straight victory in the Classic and improved to 15-1 in openers under coach Bill Self - on a night the Jayhawks were in control nearly the entire way. This is a team that is talented and deep enough that they can take a punch to the gut and learn from it. "We have a big target on us", Barrett said.
Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds. "In the second half, Cam and Zion stopped doing dumb fouls and they stayed in the game".
Duke: "Every game will be like that".
But Cassius Winston missed a layup for Michigan State, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes sealed it by making 1 of 2 free throws.
IN 104, Chicago St. 55: Romeo Langford got the starting nod from IN coach Archie Miller and scored a team-high 19 points IN his collegiate debut to lead the Hoosiers to a win over Chicago State IN Bloomington, Ind.
"I learned something about my team tonight, " Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.
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