Kansas Basketball: Spartans have been problematic in Champions Classic

Kansas Basketball: Spartans have been problematic in Champions Classic

Kansas Basketball: Spartans have been problematic in Champions Classic

The Jayhawks also had a 6 rebound edge on the offensive glass, allowing them more second-chance opportunities.

"It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said. He said we can't give up 87 in a game.

"Maybe because of where they've placed it, this has become a large event", Kentucky coach John Calipari said Sunday.

Calipari had previously suffered a 33-point loss to West Virginia while he was at UMass and a 32-point loss during his time in the National Basketball Association. Coaches obviously attempt to recruit a wide variety of talent so that they can put a team on the court that has an equal (and hopefully equally high) level of talent at every position. Because of that experience, the Wildcats are two-point favorites over a Blue Devils team that will feature four freshmen in the starting lineup, and the total is at 158 in the latest Kentucky vs. Duke odds.

"I was hopeful. But you don't know until you actually see it. We'll watch the tape and move on'".

"They were just better than us".

BTW - if you didn't see the game last night (shame on you) we got Zion highlights below. told you they were ridiculous. Cam Reddish added 22 points and Tre Jones had six, giving Duke's freshmen a combined 89 points - more than Kentucky's entire team.

The 6-foot-10 Laszewski led the way with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. In many ways, he looked even better than advertised inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, dropping 28 points on 11-for-13 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and some moments that made you shake your head in disbelief. Matt McQuaid added 12 points. They have three of the top five freshmen in this class, all of whom will start on day one. But, yeah, they were both "gamers" tonight.

The Blue Devils showed no flaws in the lid-lifter and that is scary for the deep ACC plus anyone else who may see this behemoth on the schedule. 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 previous year.

It was only one game, but it might have been an indicator of what's to come from Duke this season. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc. Purdue made just one of its first seven shots but shot 54 percent.

Notre Dame 84, UIC 67: Freshmen Nate Laszewski, Robby Carmody and Dane Goodwin were among five Notre Dame players to score in double figures as the youthful Fighting Irish cruised by Illinois-Chicago in South Bend, Ind.

In this Cats Illustrated "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the United Kingdom loss. "He understands the game and he's got a good handle". It was as bad a night as United Kingdom has ever experienced in a high-profile game.

At Thursday's news conference, John Calipari seemed to take reporters on a trip back in time. Nevada shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and 51 percent in the second.

"First game of the year, playing against Duke, two top programs in the United States, it's gotta be a lot of hype", Feldhaus said.

Zion Williamson, Duke - Barrett scored more points for the Blue Devils, but no one embodied the way Duke bludgeoned United Kingdom like the 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward from Spartanburg, S.C. He looked like a pro playing against college kids. The game marked the first time Kentucky faced a ranked opponent in a season opener since a 79-71 overtime loss to Clemson in 1995.

Rushing shots led to easy transition baskets for Duke.

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