Michigan State Spartans vs. Kansas Jayhawks 11/6/18, Prediction & Odds

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Barrett scores 33, No. 4 Duke blows out No. 2 Kentucky in season opener

What makes things even more freaky is Duke's side consisted mostly of freshmen (first year students).

"Maybe because of where they've placed it, this has become a huge event", Kentucky coach John Calipari said Sunday.

"To play this well on this stage, right away against Kentucky is surprising, " Krzyzewski said.

"Really proud of my guys", Krzyzewski said.

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field with six assists and four rebounds, and Williamson went 11 of 13 from the field with seven rebounds. Also, the 118 points are the most by the Blue Devils against a team from a major conference since a 120-84 home win over UCLA in 1998.

The Jayhawks do have some holdovers from previous year, though, and they will no doubt rely on bruising big man Udoka Azubuike and springy guard Lagerald Vick against the Spartans. Barrett and Zion Williamson.

We knew that would be the case with Barrett. "Hopefully we'll also raise our level that maybe we haven't seen yet, too, going there".

The highly-anticipated game between two of the nation's most successful college programs was never close.

A Williamson layup and Reddish 3-pointer in the first minute of the second half pushed Duke's lead to 64-42 and caused Kentucky coach John Calipari to call a timeout.

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. He's a ideal four for four from the field including three for three on 3-point attempts.

Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments. I have little doubt that Parker will play better as the season wears on but his fit with Chicago will continue to be in question until we get a good enough sample size of Parker-Markkanen-LaVine lineups. "I haven't lost faith in my guys". We'll have to play a lot better than what we have played.

Those Kentucky fans who streamed through the concourses after Williamson plucked Richards' shot from the air seemed perplexed, not just stunned by the result.

Expect another good one on Tuesday as the teams face off against each other with both ranked in the AP Top 10 for the third time.

Duke was able to limit turnovers, as the Blue Devils had a significant turnover margin.

The young Duke team played surprisingly well together as a unit, showing outstanding chemistry for a team featuring so many prominent freshmen.

Kentucky had the No. 2 class with No. 9 EJ Montgomery, No. 12 Ashton Hagans, No. 13 Keldon Johnson, No. 22 Immanuel Quickley and No. 37 Tyler Herro.

Miles Bridges averaged 17.1 points and seven rebounds a game, while Jaren Jackson Jr. put up 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint.

It was the worst loss of his coaching career.

Grimes, a freshman guard from The Woodlands, Texas, backed up his 2018 Gatorade Texas High School Player of the Year honor with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting, leading the Jayhawks in scoring. Kansas shot under 20 percent from the field and scored 12 second half points.

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

The test for Randle in 2018-19 would be seeing if he could play well while fitting in with a team that won 48 games last season, a much different task from fellow '14 draftee Parker.

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