Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

I dug my own grave on this one.

Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Spartans are now 4-21 all-time against No. 1 teams.

Five-star prospects Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson and David McCormack will also factor into whether the Jayhawks can make another Final Four run, but all of them will have to go through some growing pains.

But Cassius Winston missed a layup for Michigan State, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes sealed it by making 1 of 2 free throws. No. 1 Kansas meets No. 10 Michigan State in the opener.

Kansas: The Jayhawks demonstrated why they earned the top ranking. They dominated the post, used three-pointers to pull away and eventually found a way to close out the feisty Spartans.

The college basketball world will be tuning in to the Champions Classic on Tuesday night as the season tips off in primetime with Michigan State vs. Kansas and Duke vs. Kentucky.

Duke scored 59 points in the first half, the most against a John Calipari-coached Kentucky team. The so-called second best team in the country couldn't compete with Duke for more than six minutes of gameplay. Keldon Johnson led the Cats with 23 points.

The Wildcats received a major boost from Stanford transfer Travis Reed, who is expected to be one of the stars of this year's team.

Will the Spartans be able to upset No. 1 Kansas? If Jones can get more shots to fall - he went 2 of 7 against Kentucky - then he's the ideal role player to balance out Duke's star power. That 74-54 loss to UMBC last March, they insisted lead-ing into the opener, was the furthest thing from their mind. The Eagles' output was the lowest since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980.

"Shai kind of spoiled us.", Calipari said of UK's point guard last season.

After trailing 5-3 to start, Smith, a University of IL transfer, led the Tigers on a 15-0 run to go ahead 18-5, drilling 3 three-pointers to fuel the stretch.

Kansas has the rest of the week off before taking on Vermont on November 12th. "The truth", said Smith during a segment of First Take. The Jayhawks never trailed in the second half.

The offense missed the versatility of sophomore forward Jontay Porter. The Wildcats will have the luxury of throwing fresh bodies to defend the Blue Devils freshman phenom, who will need to adapt on both sides of the ball once play starts. He hit one three-pointer and hit a few jump shots, even creating space for himself off the dribble. He added 22 points to the Blue Devils' onslaught on Tuesday, and sparkled defensively with four steals.

No. 25 Washington 73, Western Kentucky 55: SEATTLE - Noah Dickerson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Jaylen Nowell added 17, and Washington rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit.

Williamson had 28, Reddish chipped in 22 as the No. 1, 2 and 3 recruits from past year combined for 88 points in the 118-84 win. Freshman guard Maegan Parham led Central Baptist with 11 points, including 3 three-pointers.

This was his first shot, a three. UCA outrebounded Central Baptist 40-34, including a 21-11 advantage in offensive rebounds, while holding a 32-14 advantage on points scored in the lane, a 15-5 advantage in second-chance points and scored 26 points off 27 Central Baptist turnovers.

Self and his staff have not been accused of any wrongdoing, nor has the school, which has maintained throughout the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption that it was merely a victim.

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