Kentucky Crushed Kansas; Duke Beat Michigan State In Champions Classic

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sporting Alert) — Top ranked Kentucky hammered Kansas, while Duke was impressive from the floor in their win over Michigan State.

Quinn Cook scored 19 points and Duke shot 54.0 percent in its 81-71 victory over Michigan State in the State Farm Champions on Tuesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The veteran guard Cook went 3 of 4 from three pointers and shot 7 of 12 from the field overall, while dishing out six assists for the No. 4 Blue Devils, who improved to 3-0 to start the season.

Jahlil Okafor knocked down 8 of 10 from the floor and finished 17 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks and Tyus Jones added 17 points and four assists in the win for Duke, which led 40-33 at halftime.

Branden Dawson, who missed just two of his shots on the night, paced the No. 19 Spartans with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Travis Trice added 15 points, eight assists and six boards in the defeat.

Denzel Valentine finished with 13 points for Michigan State (1-1), which struggled from behind the arc after going just 5 of 20 from that range.

Justise Winslow scored 15 points and six rebounds in the win for Duke, who was 7 of 14 from three-point range and 20 of 26 from the free throw line.

Up next for Duke in a game with Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Brooklyn, New York on Friday, while Michigan State play host to Loyola (Ill.) in its home opener on the same day.


In the second game of the double-header, No. 1 Kentucky raced out from the blocks and never trailed in their crushing 72-40 victory over a very talented No. 5 Kansas University team.

The scoreline was the largest margin by the Wildcats (3-0) against a top 25 team since 1997.

Kentucky coach John Calipari used all 16 of his players in the win, with Dakari Johnson scoring 11 points and Andrew Harrison finished with 10 to lead the scorers. Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 rebounds and seven points and added Karl-Anthony Towns nine points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists in the victory for the Wildcats.

“We kind of bum-rushed them a little bit and every time they looked there were more tanks coming over the hill,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

“It wasn’t substitutes, it was reinforcements. It kind of gets to you a little bit. ”

The Jayhawks (1-1) were held to just 11 of 56 from the field in the entire game and scored just 12 second half points on a night they will want to quickly forget.

No Kansas player reached double figures, with Wayne Selden Jr. got nine points and Cliff Alexander scored eight.

“We never once did anything that resembled a team offense at all and I hope they were the primary reason why,” Self told reporters.

“I knew that we haven’t practiced well or done some things real well, but I didn’t think it would be like this.

“No matter how bad we shot it the first half we actually proved that we could shoot it a heck of a lot worse in the second.”

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