A heavy dose of Andrew Wiggins and Co. down the stretch lifted Kansas past a phenomenal effort from Duke’s Jabari Parker, as the Jayhawks prevailed in Chicago, 94-83.
The two teams were neck and neck for virtually the entire game, with an Amile Jefferson layup at the 3:12 mark tying the game at 79. A well-rested Wiggins would take over at this point, though, leading the charge as the Jayhawks went on a 15-4 run to close the game.
Ultimately, Duke’s loss came down to two primary factors: rebounding and free throws. Mike Krzyzewski’s team was outrebounded 39-24, and were completely and totally dominated in the paint down the stretch. The Blue Devils also shot just 57.1% (16-28) from the stripe, which proved critical when compared to the Jayhawks’ 77.1% (27-35) effort.
Wiggins finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block, with most of it coming in a brilliant second half. His supporting cast was strong, as well, as Perry Ellis shot 9-13 for 24 points and Wayne Selden Jr. finished with 15. Overall, though, it was an all-around effort for Bill Self’s squad, with numerous players making valuable contributions throughout.
The Blue Devils were led by Jabari Parker, who turned in a loud 27-point, 9-rebound effort in his coming-out party, highlighted by a one-handed slam off a lob from guard Quinn Cook. The freshman showed off a variety of moves in the first half, scoring on thunderous dunks, athletic layups, and a few pretty jumpers.
Amile Jefferson (17), Quinn Cook (10), Rodney Hood (11), and Rasheed Sulaimon (13) also finished in double figures for the Blue Devils.
Kansas (2-0) will return to action on November 19th against Iona, while Duke (1-1) will have to bounce back quickly, as they play Florida Atlantic on Friday.NOTE: Full Recap/Thoughts coming tomorrow morning