Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

2018-19 College Basketball Season Previews: Kansas Jayhawks

2018-19 College Basketball Season Previews: Kansas Jayhawks

Kentucky: "It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said. He said we can't give up 87 in a game. Thanks to White's timely rebounds, pinpoint shooting and leadership, Duke shut down one of the most risky offenses in the nation and set the tone for what looks to be an explosive season.

The Kansas Jayhawks previous year were a team easy to underestimate, or at least easy until one considers the tremendous influence of head coach Bill Self.

Calipari said Williamson's effort against Kentucky's big bodies was unexpected.

Jabari Parker and Julius Randle were the second and seventh picks respectively in 2014, and both players are on very different paths to their potential third National Basketball Association contract. I mean, we only created four turnovers. "We'll watch the tape and move on'".

The coach said he told freshmen point guard Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley he would be spending more time with them immediately to get "them on the same page with the rest of us". Probably not. R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson had record-breaking nights in their first games as Blue Devils, with Cam Reddish posting an underappreciated 22 alongside his fellow freshman stars. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint.

Barrett had a game-high 33 points, to go with six assists.

Duke guard Tre Jones (3) next to Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. He is shooting 56 percent from the field-improving on last season's career-high of 55.8 percent-and has started to experiment with stretching his shooting range, hitting 35 percent from 3-point line this season.


"I'm really proud of my guys", he said. "And they responded. They were magnificent".

The Cavaliers are one of the most likely suspects to upset the Blue Devils this season-and will be a key conference opponent along Duke's already-anticipated route to the ACC title. Kentucky shaved the deficit to 12 on one occasion and 13 on another but could get no closer. This will be a close game at the half with Kansas pulling away late.

The Blue Devils found themselves in deep foul trouble as six players, including Reddish, Williamson and Bolden, picked up two fouls each in the first half. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. I'm also going with the team that may have more continuity early on in the season. Dude was BEASTING, scoring 28 points (on 11-13 shooting) and grabbing 7 rebounds.

One thing is certain: Self will be glad the focus on the Jayhawks is back on the court. It could take some time to fix the mental damage that Duke inflicted.

Afterward, he tipped his cap to the Blue Devils and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Kansas has played "small ball" the last few years, but that should be changing this season with plenty of frontcourt depth and talent. Kansas was 10 of 23 on 3-pointers.

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