Kansas Basketball: Biggest takeaways from win over Michigan State

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Zion Williamson could be better than all these guys, because a Duke great says ZW could be the best Duke player EVER. "We have to do some soul searching", Calipari said after the game.

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The No. 4 Duke Blue Devils blow past the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats 118-84 in the season-opening game for both teams.

"I'm really proud of my guys", Duke coach Mike 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.

Duke handed Calipari the worst loss of his coaching career at United Kingdom and he let his players know midway of the second half he had seen enough. In the end, the Kansas Jayhawks showed why they're the No. 1 team in the country by holding off a second-half surge from the Spartans for a 92-87 win.

"We weren't surprised we were winning by so much, " Barrett said.

We knew that would be the case with Barrett.

We could see that coming then.

The Cats were led by freshman wing Keldon Johnson with 23 points and Travis with 22. 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.

After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half. Duke outscored Kentucky by 29 points when he was on the floor Tuesday, per ESPN Stats & Information tracking.

Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game.

With just two exhibition games under their belts, we did not have a whole lot to go on when breaking down this Kansas team. "This was good for us". Quentin Grimes, a combo-guard from The Woodlands, TX, and Devon Dotson, from Charlotte, NC, have joined the team.

The 2014 NBA Draft produced an intriguing crop of talent, with most of the players just starting to come into their own now. 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.

Problematically, still, Azubuike shot 41 percent from the free throw line previous year, and that has to improve drastically to allow him to be a late-game influence when teams are prone to intentional fouls.

The biggest question though will be can Kansas with the new blend of players be able to work together effectively against the veteran team in the Spartans?

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. Kansas picked up its third straight victory in the Classic and improved to 15-1 in openers under coach Bill Self - on a night the Jayhawks were in control nearly the entire way. "They were just better than us". He said we can't give up 87 in a game.