NBA Draft: Stock watch from prospects in Champions Classic

Jo Caldwell
November 9, 2018

The Duke basketball freshman enjoyed a stirring college-basketball debut Tuesday night in the Blue Devils' 118-84 win over 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.

"The untold hero of our team was Jack White", head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. When a top 15 recruit is satisfied with doing a job alongside a trio of superstars, that's a great example being set for the likes of Marques Bolden (who finished with seven boards and four boards in 26 solid minutes), Jack White (nine points, 11 boards and three assists) and Alex O'Connell (who hit three threes).

It was the most lopsided defeat in coach John Calipari's tenure at Kentucky and marked the eighth time in 10 meetings the Blue Devils have beaten the Wildcats. And the rest of the Jayhawks who played did just enough to help KU race past Michigan State, 92-87, at the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

"I feel like as we mature we will be able to take blows like that (and come back)".

We knew that would be the case with Barrett. "We see it every day".

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But the freshmen made sure this highly-anticipated game was never close. Williamson followed with 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting despite playing just under 23 minutes due to first-half foul trouble.

Starting four freshmen, Duke shot 54 percent while making 12 3-pointers.

BTW - if you didn't see the game last night (shame on you) we got Zion highlights below. told you they were ridiculous. "This was good for us". They've got more experience and veteran talent than Coach K's wildly young-and a little wild in general-freshman faces plus players who could arguably match guys like Williamson, Barrett and Reddish when it comes to getting buckets.

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

The Jayhawks and Spartans open the season's traditional lid-lifting doubleheader in Indianapolis, while second-ranked Duke takes on fourth-ranked Kentucky in Tuesday's nightcap.

Problematically, still, Azubuike shot 41 percent from the free throw line a year ago, and that has to improve drastically to allow him to be a late-game influence when teams are prone to intentional fouls.

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Kansas: Lawson also had six assists.

MSU has lost three out of their last four appearances in the Champions Classic, dropping two games to Duke and one to Kentucky.

The Jayhawks won their third straight in one of college basketball's premier events.

They just struggled to deliver the knockout punch.

"We really do care", Travis said. Yes, Michigan State made things interesting down the stretch against Kansas before losing by five, but the Jayhawks pretty much dominated wire to wire. Tom Izzo regrouped his guys and Sparty ended up outscoring Kansas in the second half.

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