Stats You Won't Believe About Duke's Monstrous Season Opener Against Kentucky

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The Wildcats host Southern Illinois in the first game after they were obliterated by Duke 118-84 in the Champions Classic at Indianapolis.

Michigan State: The Spartans' late surge showed they are capable of going toe to toe against the nation's top teams. "I'm really proud of my guys", Coach K said.

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field while Williamson was 11 of 13 with seven rebounds. Many Michigan State fans have been so focused on the ups and down of the football team this season that they may not have been paying close attention to the basketball team and the expectations that the fans have for them.

When Duke cruises to an undefeated national championship win, we'll all have Duke basketball alum Tyus Jones to thank.

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. "We know what we have".

Typically, a team that is considered well-measured and balanced is seen as such because it has an appropriate level of talent at every position.

Newman graduate Noah McCarty tossed in 16 points as NIU pulled away from Rockford after the Regents had gotten to within 16 points early in the second half. The small forward poured in 22 points, showing off a smooth stroke from beyond the arc, where he was 3-of-8, as well as from the charity stripe, where he was a ideal 7-of-7.

Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game.

Create Your Own Sports Vision Here - http://frankievision.com/register/ 2018 NBA Mock Draft - http://frankievision.com/view_all/mock_draft/ Box Score To This Game - - Want me to highlight your favorite team or Player? Self cited Azubuike's improved, softer stroke from the line in the coach's belief the center will "get better at that" and said KU won't substitute him out "very often in that situation". Kentucky was trailing by double-digits for pretty much the entire game and Duke's core of elite freshman simply overpowered Calipari's Wildcats.

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Kentucky and Duke are both in the Top 5 elite basketball programs and have a legacy of battles that have impacted college hoops and contributed to the rise and popularity of the sport.

Afterward, he tipped his cap to the Blue Devils and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Kentucky had the No. 2 class with No. 9 EJ Montgomery, No. 12 Ashton Hagans, No. 13 Keldon Johnson, No. 22 Immanuel Quickley and No. 37 Tyler Herro.

The 6-foot-10 Laszewski led the way with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.

The Blue Devils didn't stop with that flurry. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

In some cases, a team doesn't decide that it should purposely lose games until near the end of the season, in part because the NBA Draft Lottery gives teams with a worse win-loss record a higher chance of attaining the first overall pick. The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15.

Kansas won the Big 12 previous year, which was the program's 14th consecutive conference title.

Kentucky has some outstanding big men this season with Reid Travis, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards, and E.J. Montgomery.

"To be able to execute what we think is important", Self answered.

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