No. 1 Kansas holds off No. 10 Michigan State 92-87

No. 1 Kansas holds off No. 10 Michigan State 92-87

No. 1 Kansas holds off No. 10 Michigan State 92-87

It's not clear if Cleveland is considering the "T" word (tanking) yet, but general manager Koby Altman is keeping a close eye on several notable college prospects, including RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, and Cam Reddish. This freshman has been a little left behind in all the buzz between Barrett and Williamson.

Duke's fabulous freshman weren't just ready for their first turn in the spotlight. "And they responded. They were magnificent tonight".

Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Lawson added 20 points in his first game with the Jayhawks, helping Kansas stymie No. 10 Michigan State's late charge for a 92-87 victory in the season-opening Champions Classic.

"Duke played with a chip", Calipari said Thursday. "I thought when they went zone, our guys did a really good job too".

Duke's newcomers never doubted they could win this convincingly.

"A team that can beat us", Calipari said. "I knew it was still somewhat a close game, closer than we had wanted it to and we had turned the ball over a lot, just those extra possessions and extra possessions probably contributed to it". He scored 33 points in 32 minutes in the opener.

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Newman graduate Noah McCarty tossed in 16 points as NIU pulled away from Rockford after the Regents had gotten to within 16 points early in the second half.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 74-64 during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina.

"If that is who they are, they aren't going to lose many games", Calipari said. Great college teams need a big man to power down low, a point guard who can handle and dish, a defensive specialist, a random pasty white guy who can drill threes from the corner at opportune moments.

In speaking to the media on Wednesday, Kerr gushed over Williamson's next-level talent but knew better than to mention his name outright.

Kentucky: It was an embarrassing performance for the Wildcats, who weren't physical enough against Williamson and couldn't keep up with Barrett.

This year's Duke team could prove to be one of Krzyzewski's best. When asked which one of the Blue Devils' top-ranked freshmen he was referring to, the eight-time National Basketball Association champion simply said: "the one who is 285 [pounds]".

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.

The Jayhawks do have some holdovers from a year ago, though, and they will no doubt rely on bruising big man Udoka Azubuike and springy guard Lagerald Vick against the Spartans. Nevada shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and 51 percent in the second. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint. That in itself shows an explosive ability that has never been seen in Coach K's 39th season in Durham.

Zion Williamson finished with 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists on the night. The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15. With No. 2 ranked Kentucky hosting No. 4 Duke, it promises to kick the season off in exciting fashion. Williamson went 11-of-13 from the floor and his 28 were actually the second most by a Blue Devils freshman in his debut.

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