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But in a game pitting two of the Power Five conference preseason favorites, the Spartans made the finish as intriguing as expected. Grimes and Dotson each made one of two free throws to make it a two-possession game with under 20 seconds left to bolster the Jayhawks to a win.

But Cassius Winston missed a layup for Michigan State, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes sealed it by making 1 of 2 free throws.

In firm control of its high-profile season opener, Kansas basketball soon found itself stumbling shortly after the overwhelming chants for another team began. He was efficient with his shooting too, going 13-for-26 from the field.

The Jayhawks demonstrated why they earned the top ranking.

A big factor in the amount of points produced by the Spartans was their success from long range, as they sank 12 3-point shots on a 52 percent clip.

It's not often under John Calipari that the Kentucky Wildcats are considered the more experienced team in a matchup against another top-5 program, but that's exactly the situation we're faced with as No. 2 Kentucky takes on No. 4 Duke on Tuesday at the 2018 Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

Barrett scored a game-high 33 points and dished six assists.

Duke heads into the season with perhaps the most loaded freshmen class of all time - with R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Tre Jones and Joey Baker.

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. Keldon Johnson led the Cats with 23 points.

Will the Spartans be able to upset No. 1 Kansas? "You shouldn't have to play well just because you made shots, and they both made shots, but there's a lot of things especially Devon can do in transition". That 74-54 loss to UMBC last March, they insisted lead-ing into the opener, was the furthest thing from their mind.

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes lettered for three seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne. The Eagles' output was the lowest since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980. In last night's game, he showed that he can shoot. The Boilermakers went on separate 14-0 and 7-0 runs in the first half and built a comfortable 17-point halftime edge.

Kansas has the rest of the week off before taking on Vermont on November 12th.

"Duke just toyed with Kentucky", ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said late in the first half.

"C-A-T-S, Cats, Cats, Cats", exclaimed the crowd midway through the second half. The Wildcats will have the luxury of throwing fresh bodies to defend the Blue Devils freshman phenom, who will need to adapt on both sides of the ball once play starts.

Newman graduate Noah McCarty tossed in 16 points as NIU pulled away from Rockford after the Regents had gotten to within 16 points early in the second half. To make it even worse, sophomores Quade Green and Nick Richards combined for just one point and three rebounds. The group committed as one, and this decision to buy into the same program and vision might be the scariest part of this young Duke squad.

Center Udoka Azubuike finished with 17 points.

Senior guard Devin Watson led San Diego State with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 6 of 10 three-pointers.

Williamson had 28, Reddish chipped in 22 as the No. 1, 2 and 3 recruits from a year ago combined for 88 points in the 118-84 win. Supplemented by solid performances from their guards - only three players on the roster, including a walk-on, didn't post points in the blowout - the towering trio proved what happens when you bring three agile 6-foot-7 monsters onto the court at the same time.

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