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Lawson made a case, too, finishing with 14 rebounds and six assists after sitting out last season following his transfer from Memphis. Freshman forward R.J. Barrett is going to make redshirt sophomore guard K.J. Lawson look like a middle schooler trying to guard a high school senior.

When recapping what happened, it now seems silly to put the ranking of No. 4 before the Blue Devils and the No. 2 before the Wildcats.

"First game of the year, playing against Duke, two top programs in the United States, it's gotta be a lot of hype", Feldhaus said.

We could see that coming then. "It's the first big, official game that we play in". However, with the mix of three highly thought after transfers, three very talented and high rated freshmen, and two veterans in Lagerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike who any coach in American would want in their starting lineup, the Jayhawks have a very good chance to win a national title.

But Duke flips that on its head. Looking at the team stats, Kansas took 10 more shots than the Spartans and made 5 more. And they're impossible to guard.

Or David: "I mean, we're all excited to start the season, as in any other year".

A big man with Williamson's multiplicity of skills, strength, and athleticism to match won't get a real test until he's suiting up for the pros next season. No one gets to be 6-foot-7, weigh in at 285 pounds and sprint the court as fast as the smallest dude on the court.

Barrett, a native toMississauga, Ontario, is expected to become just the third Canadian ever picked first overall in the NBA Draft next year.

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Of course, the frustrating thing about this team is that it's not just the Zion show.

Zion Williamson electrifies the crowd with 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting and several highlight-reel slams in Duke's rout of Kentucky.

In 32 minutes of action, Barrett - a 6-7 shooting guard from Brampton, Ontario, racked up 33 points on 13-of-26 shooting from the field (3-of-7 from beyond the arc), six assists and four rebounds. He and Travis were the only United Kingdom players who gave constant energy.

What is this Duke team missing? 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. Kansas coach Bill Self and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo are two of the best, so the team on the losing side of this game will undoubtedly learn and grow from the defeat to make sure they are equipped to stay at the top of the rankings and to make a push once March comes around. This is a unsafe team that should be mentioned in the same breath as Kentucky and Duke, but even Vegas wavers in granting that respect, listing Kansas at +950 to win the 2019 NCAA title.

How does Michigan State replace Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr.? Why not do it together? This cohesiveness and unity at such an early point is the final straw that is guaranteed to break opponents' backs this year.

"They do travel. And they'll watch this tape more than I watch this tape".

Self and his staff have not been accused of any wrongdoing, nor has the school, which has maintained throughout the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption that it was merely a victim.

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