Let's not pretend freshman RJ Barrett - the actual top overall prospect in high school and the upcoming National Basketball Association draft - didn't go off for a Duke debut record of 33 points and six assists or that freshman Cam Reddish didn't spread the defense to drop 22 points of his own.
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. "Obviously it's a great measuring stick to see where we're at, but as far as a full season and the things that we're trying to accomplish this season, that is just the first game, and kinda take it for what it is".
Jones says he's never seen anything like it anywhere - even at Duke - and, when it's all said and done, he's got everything it takes to jump over those other Blue Devil greats. Kansas' rotations will be in limbo as it figures things out, giving the Spartans a slight advantage as they swoop in to steal a win in the Champions Classic, putting the nation on notice.
Udoka Azubuike scored 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting to round out the Jayhawks' double-figure scorers, though the 7-footer made just 3 of 7 free-throw attempts with all four misses coming in the game's final five minutes. Quentin (Grimes) and Devon (Dotson) were both really good.
And yes, it is true that college basketball players are closer in size, and strength, and athleticism to Williamson, it doesn't mean that they are actually close. We saw in the Bahama's that this team loves to be together and loves to be in the gym. P.J. Washington and Nick Richards are going to have to play better down low for this team to succeed on the defensive side of the ball. The Pack-Line defense doesn't typically allow for such style of play, especially not when Bennett's team does it well. Jaren Jackson Jr., the seven-footer who can knock down the three ball and protect the rim, and Miles Bridges, who is an impressive sharpshooter, are both no longer with the team. Williamson had seven of Duke's 38 rebounds.
No. 2 Kentucky has more experienced players than No. 4 Duke.
Every single game that the Blue Devils play this season, they are going to have the two-best players on the floor, if not the three-best.
Kansas may be the most talented and have the best blend of youth and experience out of any team in the country.
Starting four freshmen, Duke shot 54 percent while making 12 3-pointers.
Ah, the zone. Syracuse has mastered limiting opposing offenses with its maddening 2-3 zone.
Kansas looked like the No. 1 team for, oh, about two hours because Zion Williamson happened. "We were just thinking about playing for the University of Kentucky and playing hard". Be more active in terms of deflections and forcing turnovers.
"Tanking" is such a stigmatized word in the world of sports but, in certain situations, it's undeniable that a franchise would be better served by ensuring they get as high a draft pick as possible.
The Blue Devils found themselves in deep foul trouble as six players, including Reddish, Williamson and Bolden, picked up two fouls each in the first half. He and Travis were the only United Kingdom players who gave constant energy.
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