Jabari Parker stole the show and captivated fans with an impressive performance in his first big college matchup, though it didn't lead to a win for Duke.
The Blue Devils should be much more likely to experience success as they try to extend a gaudy Cameron Indoor Stadium streak Friday night.
Fourth-ranked Duke looks to win its 103rd consecutive home game against a non-conference opponent when it faces Florida Atlantic, which is led by the last coach with a non-conference road victory over the Blue Devils.
Parker scored 22 points and shot 8 of 10 and 3 for 3 from 3-point range in a 111-77 season-opening victory over Davidson last Friday. He was even better against No. 5 Kansas in Tuesday's Champions Classic in his hometown of Chicago, finishing with 27 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
"He was terrific and that's how you grow," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I thought he just handled things really well."
Parker again did almost everything well for the Blue Devils, going 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and 5 for 5 on free throws. He took over at the end of the first half, scoring 12 of Duke's final 16 points.
While Parker had a better night overall, fellow freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins shined brighter in the game's final minutes as Kansas scored 17 of the final 23 points in a 94-83 victory.
"They just wanted it more," Parker said. "They outplayed us in the second half. Me, I need to get just a little bit more experience. I've got a long way to go."
Duke showed some holes, surrendering a 39-24 rebounding advantage, and Parker's teammates were 11 of 23 from the free-throw line. The Blue Devils allowed the Jayhawks to shoot 56.1 percent from the field.
Duke went 22 of 32 from the line against Davidson, which outrebounded it 31-27.
"We didn't play a bad game tonight, we played well," Krzyzewski said. "We didn't play well on the defensive end in the second half and in big moments, we weren't able to get a stop. Part of that is they're good. They're really good."
The Blue Devils likely won't face nearly as much of a challenge on Friday in Durham, where they haven't dropped a non-conference game since an 83-82 loss to St. John's on Feb. 26, 2000.
Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis led that Red Storm team to victory, and his Owls (1-1) will be looking to get back on track after a 59-52 home loss to St. Francis on Monday.
FAU led by 11 in the second half, but it was held to two field goals in one 12-minute span and allowed the winning layup with 32 seconds left.
Dragan Sekelja put forth a breakout effort, posting career highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double. The 7-foot senior center had never scored more than nine points in 56 games and went scoreless in an 86-51 win over Ave Maria on Friday.
Florida Atlantic was 1 of 8 from 3-point range after hitting 14 of 33 of its 3s in the opener.
The Owls have lost 11 straight road games against ranked teams.