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Michigan State: The Spartans' late surge showed they are capable of going toe to toe against the nation's top teams.

No. 4 Duke and No. 2 Kentucky faced each other Tuesday night in the Champions Classic, but only one team's play lived up to the name of the season-opening game.

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. The 34-point margin of victory marked the worst loss in John Calipari's coaching career.

We knew that would be the case with Barrett. In the clip below, we see the defense collapse on Grimes as he counters it by dishing it to Dotson for a three.

Freshman Keldon Johnson led Kentucky with 23 while grad transfer Reid Travis scored 22 in his Wildcats debut. 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. There are still plenty of veteran presences to choose from on MSU including point guard Cassius Winston (12.6 ppg, 6.9 apg), shooting guard Joshua Langford (11.7 ppg) and power forward Nick Ward (12.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg).

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

Starting off against such talented opponents should help prep them for tournament season, but these games are going to be quite challenging, especially for the younger players, according to Izzo. "I haven't lost faith in my guys".

Before we get to Dahntay's words.

Kentucky: It was an embarrassing performance for the Wildcats, who weren't physical enough against Williamson and couldn't keep up with Barrett.

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A top 15 recruit in his own right, Jones could not be a more flawless point guard for this Duke team.

The Blue Devils raced to a 32-11 lead early in the game.

Notre Dame 84, UIC 67: Freshmen Nate Laszewski, Robby Carmody and Dane Goodwin were among five Notre Dame players to score in double figures as the youthful Fighting Irish cruised by Illinois-Chicago in South Bend, Ind. This also resulted in Winston turning the ball over 5 times, and Michigan State committing 18 turnovers as a whole. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. He now holds the record for most 3-pointers made by a freshman in the conference during their first game.

Tipoff for the Spartans' matchup with the Jayhawks is at 7 p.m. EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and will be televised on ESPN.

Kansas won the Big 12 past year, which was the program's 14th consecutive conference title. "He said all you guys hit the genetic lottery but Zion hit it twice".

"To be able to execute what we think is important", Self answered.

Duke: "Every game will be like that".

"We really do care", Travis said.

Coach Bill Self isn't sure what to be expect when top-ranked Kansas steps on the floor for its first regular-season game of the season against No. 10 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.

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