#1 Kansas Jayhawks defeat #10 Michigan State Spartans 87-92

Ruben Holloway
November 9, 2018

The first game of the Champions Classic is No. 10 Michigan State versus No. 1 Kansas, but we'll focus on the second game - No. 4 Duke versus No. 2 Kentucky.

Based on that performance, a Blue Devils stomping of the Kentucky Wildcats, it's pretty evident that Barrett and Williamson are ready to play in the National Basketball Association - right now.

Williamson dribbled up the left side, whipped a pass through traffic to classmate RJ Barrett, then met him under the basket with a hearty chest bump after Barrett fought off a foul to finish his layup. It returns just two double-figure scorers, but freshman Quentin Grimes is projected to be a lottery pick and should be a huge influence, though nearly certainly a "one and done".

Calipari said Williamson's effort against Kentucky's big bodies was unexpected.

"To play this well on this stage, right away against Kentucky is surprising", Krzyzewski said after picking up victory No. 1,101 for his career.

"Really proud of my guys", Krzyzewski said.

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Duke handed Calipari the worst loss of his coaching career at United Kingdom and he let his players know midway of the second half he had seen enough.

Kansas is 0-2 in this event vs. Michigan State. Duke will have to work hard against the Orange to get the looks they'll want.

"I feel like as we mature we will be able to take blows like that (and come back). Hopefully we'll also raise our level that maybe we haven't seen yet, too, going there".

The Cats were led by freshman wing Keldon Johnson with 23 points and Travis with 22.

In 32 minutes of action, Barrett - a 6-7 shooting guard from Brampton, Ontario, racked up 33 points on 13-of-26 shooting from the field (3-of-7 from beyond the arc), six assists and four rebounds. The victor of this game will obviously get a confidence boost heading into the rest of their non-conference schedule, but no matter the result, this is still a long season to go through. "I knew it was still somewhat a close game, closer than we had wanted it to and we had turned the ball over a lot, just those extra possessions and extra possessions probably contributed to it". "I haven't lost faith in my guys".

Those Kentucky fans who streamed through the concourses after Williamson plucked Richards' shot from the air seemed perplexed, not just stunned by the result.

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Even Dick Vitale couldn't help but gush over the Blue Devils, as he gave his thoughts on the game.

"I've never seen anyone like Zion", teammate Javin DeLaurier toldThe News & Observer before Duke's season-opener.

Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures.

How does Michigan State replace Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr.? They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has returned more than $5,200 to $100 bettors on its top-rated picks the past two years. He now holds the record for most 3-pointers made by a freshman in the conference during their first game. The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15. Tipoff from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. It'll be a different type of defense for the Blue Devils to deal with which is half of why it's perfectly set up to pose a problem.

Kentucky: "It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said.

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