NEW YORK — Luke Kennard is a realist. He was a McDonald’s All-American. He’s the second all-time leading high school scorer in the state of Ohio, finishing his career with more points than LeBron James, and had his pick of just about any school in the country when he decided that he would play his college basketball at Duke. And he knew that, at Duke, at a program that has spent recent history building around the likes of Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Brandon Ingram, he was destined to be the unheralded prospect. He knew that when Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Grayson Allen all committed to being his teammates during his sophomore season, that he would be relegated to a
Ohio State entered Tuesday night as winners of seven of eight, with a two-point loss to then-No. 6 Virginia as the only blemish on their record. That resume just added a pretty ugly bullet point. The Buckeyes dropped a home game to Florida Atlantic, 79-77, in overtime despite being a 20-point favorite and having a 97-percent win probability on KenPom. Ohio State (7-2) was done in by Nick Rutherford’s drive and score with 1 seconds remaining that gave the Owls (3-5) the victory.
Duke’s freshman center Harry Giles II is close to returning to the game action, according to head coach Mike Krzyzewski, potentially as soon as Christmas. “Harry’s participating,” Krzyzewski said, “he hasn’t had as much contact yet. We’re hoping before Christmas, those two games.” Duke is playing UNLV in Vegas on Saturday, then after a nine-day break for finals, the Blue Devils get Tennessee State and Elon at home on the 19th and the 21st. Giles warmed up with the Blue Devils on Tuesday night. Giles, who was long considered the top prospect in his class, has torn ACLs in both knees. He had a knee scope in October that has kept him out of action since. “I don’t want to put a gun to his head, like,