No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Kansas
Where: United Center, Chicago
TV/Radio: ESPN, WKIX-102.9 FM
Line: Duke by 5
Pregame reading: Jabari Parker vs. Andre Wiggins? Try Duke vs. Kansas
Projected starting lineups:
G Quinn Cook, Jr., 21 ppg, 8 apg
G Tyler Thornton, Sr., 6 ppg, 2 apg
F Rodney Hood, R-So., 22 ppg, 9 rpg
F Jabari Parker, Fr., 22 ppg, 6 rpg
F Amile Jefferson, So., 10 ppg, 0 rpg
G Naadir Tharpe, Jr., (season debut)
G Wayne Selden Jr., Fr., 8 ppg, 4 apg
G Andrew Wiggins, Fr., 16 ppg, 3 rpg
F Perry Ellis, So., 12 ppg, 8 rpg
F Tarik Black, Sr., 8 ppg, 7 rpg
Player to watch
Andrew Wiggins, G, Kansas
You may have heard of him. The No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2013 is a long, skilled, athletic wing who is a candidate to go No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He’s listed as a guard but projects as a small forward at the next level, can shoot the 3 and drive to the basket. Expect Rodney Hood to guard him.
In the 111-77 win against Davidson, the Blue Devils, for the first time in their long, storied history, had four players finish with more than 20 points: Parker (22), Hood (22), Cook (21) and Rasheed Sulaimon (20).
Parker was one point shy of tying Shavlik Randolph’s record of points for a freshman in a season opener (23 against Army on Nov. 23, 2002).
While Sulaimon’s point total draws the most attention, he also tied his career-high with seven rebounds in the Davidson win. That’s the kind of effort that will get him back in the starting lineup.