Duke Basketball: An invincible beginning

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

Kansas topped Michigan State 92-87 in the first game of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

Based on that performance, a Blue Devils stomping of the Kentucky Wildcats, it's pretty evident that Barrett and Williamson are ready to play in the National Basketball Association - right now.

What a start for RJ Barrett.

"I'm really proud of my guys", he said.

The #1 Kansas Jayhawks kicked off their season with a victory over the 10th ranked Michigan State Spartans. Still, the overall takeaway is that virtually everyone is talking about what Duke did on Tuesday, and much of that chatter is framed through the prism of the kind of all-world prospect that Zion Williamson is at this stage. "We know what we have". We've just got to see.

The Cats were led by freshman wing Keldon Johnson with 23 points and Travis with 22.

But the freshmen made sure this highly-anticipated game was never close.

Kansas led by as much as 17 in the first half after weathering an early 3-point flurry from Michigan State.

The Jayhawks (1-0), who were ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll, jumped out in front in the first half and kept the No. 10 Spartans (0-1) at bay late in the second half. And curiously enough, Parker is taking less corner 3-pointers than any point in his career-and I mean a dramatic decline in attempt rate-which is weird considering that he has an elite percentage from that specific area (career 40 percent on corner 3-pointers). Kentucky shaved the deficit to 12 on one occasion and 13 on another but could get no closer. "I haven't lost faith in my guys".

"Did we get arrogant?"

The one-and-done king John Calipari supposedly has his best Kentucky Wildcats team since the 2012 title team.

That's because trying to stop Duke with a well-rounded team of top-tier talent is like trying to fight a forest fire with a garden hose.

When Barrett scored inside at 11:47, Duke had made 11 of its first 19 shots and six Blue Devils had scored to build a 27-10 lead.

Every single game that the Blue Devils play this season, they are going to have the two-best players on the floor, if not the three-best. Once Coach Cal figures out which style of play fits this team the best and which lineups work better than the others, it should be a special season to watch.

"I'm just glad we won to be honest", said a relieved Dedric Lawson, who finished with 20 points on 5-for-18 shooting with 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Kansas coach Bill Self might have put together one of the most talented and well-rounded squads that Lawrence, Kansas has seen in a hot minute, but it's still not going to do anything against the Blue Devils. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis had 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting in his debut with the Wolverines.

But the roaring cries didn't come from fans of the Jayhawks' opponent Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Blue Devils offense was in cruise control throughout the entire game, as their star players seamlessly found ways to score. He said Duke had players who could create scoring chances if given space while Kentucky's players had a greater need for designed plays.

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