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Last night’s long-awaited start to college basketball did not disappoint. Both games included excitement, energy, and high intensity.
The big night started with a match up between No. 1 and No. 10. Through the first half, it looked like the Jayhawks were going to be too much for the Spartans as they jumped out to a 14-point lead at the half.
Coach Izzo must have had something in his back pocket that lit a fire under his players in the second half. The Spartans put up a huge fight in the second half as they were almost able to put together a comeback, but fell just 5 points shy. The final score was 92-87.
Quentin Grimes, the number 8 overall 2018 recruit, led the way for Kansas with 21 and Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson added 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists in his debut.
The Boys in Green were led with leadership as junior Joshua Langford was in command with 18 and red-shirt senior Kenny Goins added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The night game slated the talented freshman class of the Duke Blue Devils against the preseason No. 2 Kentucky. Talent dismantled experience in this game as Duke put up 59 in both halves en route to 118 84, 34-point, win over the Wildcats.
The 34-point loss is John Calipari’s worst of his coaching career.
Duke’s 3-headed freshmen monster were the only ones in triple digits for the Blue Devils as they combined for an astounding 83 of their 118 points. There were many people that were unsure of how the freshmen would play together but after last night, they look ready for battle.
Outside of the Champions Classic, no ranked team lost to start the year. College basketball fans get ready for a wild few months coming up.