No. 10 Michigan State men's basketball opens Champions Classic vs Kansas

In the world of one-and-dones Coach K and Duke attempting to take unprecedented path to a title

Williamson dribbled up the left side, whipped a pass through traffic to classmate RJ Barrett, then met him under the basket with a hearty chest bump after Barrett fought off a foul to finish his layup. It returns just two double-figure scorers, but freshman Quentin Grimes is projected to be a lottery pick and should be a huge influence, though nearly certainly a "one and done". "He came out with a free mind, letting it go, and that's something Coach (Bill Self) said before the game".

Spurred on by a combined 83 points from their Big Three of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, No. 4 Duke jumped out to a 34-13 lead en route to a 118-84 drubbing of No. 2 Kentucky.

"To play this well on this stage, right away against Kentucky is surprising, " Krzyzewski said after picking up victory No. 1,101 for his career.

"I'm really proud of my guys", he said. It's the worst loss for Kentucky in the John Calipari era. 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. 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.

We knew that would be the case with Barrett. We've just got to see.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky. They allowed 59 points in each half, as Duke didn't slow down until the final whistle.

Despite losing a pair of National Basketball Association lottery picks from the 2017-18 team, MSU returns 59.4 percent of its scoring from previous year, 57.2 percent of its rebounding, 57.0 percent of its assists and 60.7 percent of its 3-point field goals made.

"I saw some kid on Duke last night who is pretty impressive", said Kerr.

"I don't want to make this bigger than it is for those guys or for me".

"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. Not only can he defend players who are physically more imposing than him, he possesses the speed to keep up with smaller players and utilise his size on offense.

Expect another good one on Tuesday as the teams face off against each other with both ranked in the AP Top 10 for the third time.

Afterward, he tipped his cap to the Blue Devils and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. They had a chance to make it a two-point game when Devon Dotson missed the second of two free throws with 15 seconds left. Duke only committed four turnovers in 40 minutes while assisting 22 times. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint. Kenny Goins leads the way for the Spartans with nine points while the team as a whole is shooting 9 of 26 (32 percent) from the field.

The test for Randle in 2018-19 would be seeing if he could play well while fitting in with a team that won 48 games last season, a much different task from fellow '14 draftee Parker. The same Kentucky squad that looked golden on its exhibition trip to the Bahamas over the summer after adding all-Pac-12 first-teamer Reid Travis. "As we mature, we'll be able to stop those blows and flip it".

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