Duke and Kansas prove to be front runners for title race after SF Classic.
By: Jake Orban
On November 6th the coveted State Farm Classic games kicked off as the Kansas Jayhawks played the Michigan State Spartans and the Duke Blue Devils faced off against the Kentucky Wildcats.
The first of the games to be played was Kansas against Michigan State. Off the rip Kansas took a double digit lead as freshman phenoms Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson set the pace of the entire game. From the backcourt the duo showed glimpses of possibly being the best backcourt we see in college ball this season. All American transfer Dedric Lawson added to the teams spark, putting up an impressive 20 points and 14 rebounds to go along with it; putting in an early bid for the Player of the Year award. Michigan State slowed the spark of the team towards the middle of the second half but still ended up taking a 92-87 despite there late success.
The second of the games to be played was Duke University vs The University of Kentucky. This game proved one thing and that is Duke is THE truth. Duke handed Kentucky a 188-84 loss. Coming in as just a 4 seed, they showed the college basketball world that they mean business. Star freshmen Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett, and Zion Williamson combined for a whopping 83 points. Just one point shy of how many points Kentucky scored as a team.
The conclusion that can be made from these two games is that Duke and Kansas will be front runners for the title race this year. Both teams play a fast paced offense, with a unforgiving defense. They will both be fun to watch this entire season.