CHICAGO--That was certainly high-level basketball.
The game story from Duke’s 94-83 loss to Kansas. The Jayhawks overcame the first-half Jabari Parker show.
A few more thoughts for now:
***How good has Jabari Paker been? Through two games, no Duke freshman has ever been better. His 49 points from the first two games represent the best start in school history.
Duke – Highest Two-Game Scoring Total To Start a Career
49 – Jabari Parker, 11/8/13 vs. Davidson (22); 11/13/13 vs. Kansas (27)
41 – Luol Deng, 11/22/03 vs. Detroit (21); 11/27/03 vs. Pacific (20)
40 – Shavlik Randolph, 11/23/02 vs. Army (23); 11/25/02 vs. Davidson (17)
39 - Bill McCaffrey, 11/25/89 vs. Harvard (22); 11/29/89 vs. Canisius (17)
38 – Gene Banks, 11/26/77 vs. Johns Hopkins (14); 11/29/77 vs. Washington College (24)
***As expected, Rodney Hood spent the most time on Andrew Wiggins. Parker was only matched up with him on a handful of plays. One came after a Duke timeout in the second half. Kansas opted to put Wiggins on Parker, who had 21 points to that point. Wiggins promptly picked up his third foul. But a Wiggins slam on the other end of the floor put the Jayhawks back ahead, 61-60 with 11 minutes remaining.
*** Tyler Thornton guarded Wiggins for two second-half possessions. That resulted in a made basket inside for Wiggins and a foul on Thornton (his fourth), respectively.
***So far, Mike Krzyzewski’s pledge to play more people has bore out. Before the game was eight minutes old nine Blue Devils had played, with Josh Hairston, Rasheed Sulaimon, Marshall Plumlee and Alex Murphy coming off the bench. A tenth, Matt Jones, entered about 14 minutes into the first half.
The rotation shortened in the second half, as Jones and Plumlee did not return and Murphy played just one mintes.
Andre Dawkins did not play at all. While he’s a great shooter, it’s not like Duke lacks for offense, and the other shooting guards all play better defense than him.
*** Tarik Black, who chose Kansas over Duke for his final year of eligibility, picked up his third foul in the opening seconds of the second half. That followed a first half with zero points, shots or rebounds (with two fouls) in just three minutes.
His final totals? Zero shots, zero points, one rebound, three fouls, six minutes.