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State Farm Champions Classic
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(3) Kansas Jayhawks vs (4)Duke Blue Devils
November 5, 2019
This year’s Championship Classic features the top four teams in the nation, with No.1 Michigan State, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Kansas and No.4 Duke.  This is the first time in the nine-year history of the event the four teams have ranked in the top four preseason spots.  Duke came into the game riding a two-game winning streak in this Champions Classic and the team’s 5-3 record in the annual event is the best among the four Blue Blood programs.
Sophomore Guard, Udoka Agbaji started the Jayhawks off with a nice back door slam fort the first two points on the board.  A back and forth in perpetuity continued throughout the first have with the lead changing hands…five times.  Ultimately, Kansas’ ball control became a source of negative scoring, with Duke scoring 19 points off of Jayhawk turnovers. 
At the end of the first half Kansas was only behind by three points: 33-30.  Duke’s Tre Jones and Alex O’Connell led the Blued Devils with 8 at the half.  The Blue Devils’ shooting percentage was about 36%; they kept on firing the ball at the hoop, making 13 of 36 attempts.  Despite being behind at the half, the Jayhawks’ shooting was better looking at 53%, but they weren’t putting as many shots up, making only 10 of 19 attempts.  Devin Dotson and  Ochai Agbaji led the Jayhawks at the half with nine and seven points, respectively.
Kansas came roaring back after spending some quality time with Coach Self in the locker room.  Rattling off 13 quick points, the Jayhawks took a 43-37 lead in the first four minutes of the second half.  Not to be outdone, the Blue Devils’ defense kept Kansas a bit off balance, with another six steals putting up Duke points on the scoreboard.  It was as if someone turned off the switch for Kansas.  The quick six point lead, disappeared after two monster dunks, quick hands scoring a steal and all-around hustle from Duke.  Roaring back to tie the game at 47, the game was far from over.
With 3:06 to go, these two were tied at 59.  Trading buckets and turnovers, this game came down to the final seconds.  Duke ended the shoot out with free throws putting the final nails in the Jayhawks’ coffin.  Turnovers took a toll on Kansas in the end.  28 total turnovers, plus an additional 11 steals from Duke, put 29 plus points on the board.  Duke’s Tre Jones (15 points) and Cassius Stanley (13 points) led the Blue Devil scoring.  Kansas’ Devon Dotson (17 points) and Ochai Agbaji (15 points) kept the Jayhawks on pace throughout the game. 
Duke wins 68-66.

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