Williamson dribbled up the left side, whipped a pass through traffic to classmate RJ Barrett, then met him under the basket with a hearty chest bump after Barrett fought off a foul to finish his layup. And they're facing a team in the Spartans that will be a major upgrade over Division II schools Emporia State and Washburn.
"I'm really proud of my guys", he said. He was efficient with his shooting too, going 13-for-26 from the field.
It marked Kentucky's worst loss since a 76-41 setback to LSU on January 18, 1987, and the most lopsided in John Calipari's 27 years as a college head coach.
Devon Dotson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates with Quentin Grimes #5 against the Michigan State Spartans during the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Of course, most of those buckets were easy dunks, but he has worked to develop some post moves that we will likely see a lot more of this season. "We are, and they have some young kids as well".
Keldon Johnson led the Wildcats with 23 points while Reid Travis added 22 points. Visit SportsLine now to get the strong against-the-spread pick, all from the advanced model that is up more than $5,200 on its college basketball picks the past two years. The first game of the Champions Classic is No. 10 Michigan State versus No. 1 Kansas, but we'll focus on the second game - No. 4 Duke versus No. 2 Kentucky.
After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half.
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Udoka Azubuike scored 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting to round out the Jayhawks' double-figure scorers, though the 7-footer made just 3 of 7 free-throw attempts with all four misses coming in the game's final five minutes.
Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game. Senior guard Josh Perkins is a threat and he's consistent, enough to play Duke better than probably just about anybody, especially alongside Rui Hachimura, Zach Norvell, transfer Brandon Clarke and some talented underclassmen who will be sprinkled in the mix to fill out the Bulldogs rotation (if the Zags face Duke in a couple weeks at the Maui Invitational, however, they'll be without Killian Tillie). "I haven't lost faith in my guys". "We have a big target on us, and every environment we go to is going to be like that, so just to get used to it".
Kansas boasts one of the top recruiting classes in the country and brings in a pair of transfers from Tennessee in brothers Dedric (junior) and K.J. Lawson, plus another transfer from Cal in Charlie Moore. Lawson averaged 19 points and nine boards as a sophomore at Memphis in 2016-17, and he is more in the mold of a stretch-4, a player whose perimeter skills will add another dimension to the Jayhawks' offense.
"Go Big Blue! Go Big Blue", they continued, this time with a Jayhawk at the free-throw line.
Top-ranked Kansas will open its season tonight in a high-profile matchup versus 10th-ranked Michigan State.