Bluebloods Duke, Kentucky open towards one another

Coach K isn't happy with a play

Coach K isn't happy with a play

Instead, this team offers an astonishing breadth of players who offer all of those skills - the shooter, the floor-spreading ball-stealer, the scrappy defense man, the white dude in the corner - wrapped up into individual packages.

The Wildcats also benefit from the return of reliable power forward PJ Washington, who put up 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season.

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

They just struggled to deliver the knockout punch.

"A team that can beat us", Calipari said.

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

"C-A-T-S, Cats, Cats, Cats", exclaimed the crowd midway through the second half. 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.

Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Even Kansas head coach Bill Self acknowledged a little frustration regarding Tom Izzo's bunch earlier this week, per Gary Bedore of the Kansas City Star, saying, "They always seem to play well against us". Pair them with Stanford transfer Reid Travis, whose 19.5 points a game previous year ranked him third in the Pac-12, and you have a unsafe core. But this one got away from them because of poor free-throw shooting and sloppy overall play - things that need to be cleaned up quickly.

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His program has been dragged through the mud the past six weeks as three officials linked to shoe company Adidas were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for their roles in funneling money from the company to the families of recruits at Kansas, Louisville and its other partner schools.

Both teams enter the season opener with questions about their ability to hit from deep.

On the night, Duke averaged a mind-blowing 1.409 points per possession, the most by an opponent in the Calipari era.

In firm control of its high-profile season opener, Kansas basketball soon found itself stumbling shortly after the overwhelming chants for another team began. Finishing second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game, Winston led the team with 6.8 assists per game and in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 49.7 percent of his shots from long distance (75-of-151). The Spartans were outrebounded 42-40 and 11-5 on the offensive end. Duke only committed four turnovers, which Calipari said Tuesday night was because United Kingdom didn't defend well. Once it was apparent that Grimes was in a groove, Michigan State's focus on him allowed for more opportunities for others. The Spartans are now 4-21 all-time against No. 1 teams.

Joking aside, Self indicated Grimes lived up to his prolific high school reputation in Game 1. "He was definitely a gamer tonight".

The youngster's debut garnered much fanfare from basketball fans, pundits and particularly one NBA coach.

"My nerves were pretty calm", Williamson said about his attitude entering Tuesday's 118-84 victory and his debut as a college player.

Kansas will host Vermont in a campus round game of the NIT on Monday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and on the Jayhawk Radio Network.

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