Duke draft prospects shine in debuts

Heather Diaz
November 9, 2018

Zion Williamson scores 28 points with a few highlight-reel dunks while R.J. Barrett leads the way with 33 points.

Zion Williamson has been touted as basketball's next big thing for some time and judging by the reaction to his U.S. college basketball debut for the Duke Blue Devils, the hype surrounding the teenager shows no sign of abating. "We'll take more positives from this than negatives". Some will take on Duke during the regular season this year, while others might have to wait until March to test the theory. Along with his three assists and a plus-minus of 35-the highest on the team-White's ability to keep Duke's offensive momentum going should not be overlooked.

Ryan Kay: This game may be the most interesting season opener that the Spartans have had in a while.

Five-star prospects Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson and David McCormack will also factor into whether the Jayhawks can make another Final Four run, but all of them will have to go through some growing pains. This game will be one to watch for as either team could come out on top. The Blue Devils won by 34 points, but it felt like a million. As we saw Tuesday, Duke thrives in the moment. The Pack-Line defense doesn't typically allow for such style of play, especially not when Bennett's team does it well. Dotson finished with 16 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals while going 3-5 from beyond the arc.

"With 8 minutes to go, I said, "I'm not calling a timeout". The loss is the most one-sided defeat in coach John Calipari's tenure at Kentucky.

Guardiola signed for Manchester City while coach of Bayern
Guardiola added that he trusted the club to follow the regulations in all competitions. I am focused on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room. "I'm a manager.

"It's hard because he's a physical player and he puts it up in the ref's hands a lot of the times, as far as the way he's attacking you and he makes it hard to guard without fouling and he puts a lot of pressure at the rim", Travis said about Barrett, who finished 4-for-8 from the free throw line.

The Spartans return seven rotation players who have started more than 180 games, led by a trio of juniors - guards Joshua Langford (Huntsville, Ala./Madison Academy) and Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and forward Nick Ward (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) - who have combined to start 156 games.

"Obviously we've got to learn how to close a game", Self said, "but I thought we had some really good performances out there". All averaged 14 points per game or better a year ago, and while this team is probably far more talented, it will have to integrate many promising newcomers to achieve its goals.

Despite losing a pair of National Basketball Association lottery picks from the 2017-18 team, MSU returns 59.4 percent of its scoring from past year, 57.2 percent of its rebounding, 57.0 percent of its assists and 60.7 percent of its 3-point field goals made.

Ah, the zone. Syracuse has mastered limiting opposing offenses with its maddening 2-3 zone. At 3-5 in the classic, Michigan State is the only team under.500.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER