Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski thinks it's wrong for NBA teams to give up on a season just to improve their chances to land one of the talented college freshmem in this season's class.
Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, Duke's Jabari Parker and Kentucky's Julius Randle are widely considered the top prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft. All three are freshmen.
They showcased their talents in Chicago on Tuesday night at the Champion Classic in front of general managers and scouts from every NBA team. The three are ranked among the top four players in next year's draft.
"As an American, I wouldn't like to think that an American team would want to lose or create situations where you would want to lose," Krzyzewski said after Duke lost 94-83 to Wiggins-led Kansas. "I can't even fathom -- I can't go there. I can't believe that that would happen. Maybe I'm naive and I'm going to go read a fairy tale after this.
"If that is happening, shame on whoever is doing it."
Kansas coach Bill Self was more skeptical.
"I don't think anybody's tanking," Self said. "I know that guys like to play and compete, and I guess you can make sure that you don't play certain guys, which I don't think has happened."
Wiggins finished with 22 points against Duke. Parker had 27 points and nine rebounds for for the Blue Devils.
In the opening game, Randle had 27 points and 13 rebounds for top-ranked Kentucky in its 78-74 loss to No. 2 Michigan State.
"The hype, it was big. I just tried to block it out," Wiggins said.
Miami Heat star LeBron James and former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson tweeted about how impressed they were with the talent on the floor in the two games.