What Duke’s Players Did The Night Before The Big Kentucky Opener


Guys who he probably won't make play any better individually, but can inspire to accomplish legendary things as a unit. The Tigers improved in the second half, shooting 55.6 percent.

"Go Big Blue! Go Big Blue", they continued, this time with a Jayhawk at the free-throw line.

This was his first shot, a three.

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field with six assists and four rebounds, and Williamson went 11 of 13 from the field with seven rebounds. "Nobody wanted to lose".

This 2nd one we have to discuss a little more.

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

The Jayhawks were sloppy in a pair of easy exhibition wins. Dotson, another freshman, had 16. The Spartans are 4-21 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams. "Q (Quentin Grimes) was fabulous".

Wow! That's all you can say about Duke. The Jayhawks hadn't played a ranked team on opening night since beating No. 8 Utah 79-68 in November 1995. "He was the best on the team".

Quade Green and Reid Travis said the Wildcats don't talk, worry or even think about their first opponent.

Well, Self saw it, and perhaps now, the KU coach believes 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.

It took all of one college game for the basketball world to begin buzzing about Duke freshmen R.J. How many times did we have numbers and it led to transition points for them (Michigan State)?

"They were magnificent", coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "And Q was fabulous".

There are veterans on this team who can step up and fill in when needed. "Adam (Silver), please don't fine me, wherever you are". "That's on him to set the tone for that". There's a lot of things, especially Devon, can do, in transition.

But, if Tuesday's game was any indication, Grimes could be the next freshman star at Kansas.

With the hope of a comeback erased, Calipari said he would have voted for a running game clock. "You'd like to see it in practice consistently too, but he's a good shooter". He'll never be Stephen Curry from beyond the arc, but a reliable jump shot would go a long way for him. On Saturday afternoon, the newly bowl-eligible gridiron Blue Devils, fresh off a 20-12 upset win at Miami, will attempt to retain the Victory Bell (a win would mark five of the last seven over their rivals from Chapel Hill).

Coach K has the Top 3 freshman in the country on one squad and they're all just about pro ready. He's clearly just getting started, and whether you like it or not, the hottest of takes will follow, even if he is potentially the third best player on his own team.

KU's 14-point halftime was cut down in the second as the Jayhawks only had a three point lead with 34 seconds left in the game.

KU continues its season with an 8 p.m. Monday contest against Vermont at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

"I want my guys to play loose and play hard", said Krzyzewski, "I thought defensively we played really well". But the lone senior on the roster will be counted on plenty in Lagerald Vick, who averaged 12.1 plus 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists past year. Totals 31-69 20-33 92.

His program has been dragged through the mud the past six weeks as three officials linked to shoe company Adidas were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for their roles in funneling money from the company to the families of recruits at Kansas, Louisville and its other partner schools.