Kansas 94, Duke 83

Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CHICAGO -- No. 5 Kansas took down No. 4 Duke 94-83 with a frenetic pace and determined inside game that wore down the Blue Devils on Tuesday night at the United Center.
Guard Andrew Wiggins hit a 15-foot jumper from the wing reminiscent of Michael Jordan's game-winner for North Carolina in 1982 and gave Kansas a six-point lead with an emphatic dunk off a turnover by Blue Devils forward Rodney Hood in a 13-second flurry that put Duke away in the second game of the Champions Classic.
Forward Perry Ellis led Kansas (2-0) with 24 points, and Wiggins added 22 points and 10 rebounds. They combined to shoot 18-for-28 from the floor.
Kansas went up 83-79 with easy scores in the paint, but Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon got a contested runner to go on the right baseline, his third basket in a span of 2:45.
The Duke offense ran through the 6-foot-8 Parker often, and most times he came up with the right answer for coach Mike Krzyzewski. However, it was Wiggins who was in the right place at the right time when it mattered.
Parker led five Blue Devils in double figures with 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting. He had nine rebounds and four steals before fouling out in the final minute.
Duke (1-1) claimed a 73-72 lead on a Parker's smooth jumper just inside the 3-point arc with five minutes to play, his second field goal in 44 seconds after the Blue Devils went almost three minutes without one.
The second game of Tuesday's doubleheader Champions Classic was played on fast-forward until foul trouble became a factor in the final six minutes.
Defensive stops were rare -- -- and six points was the biggest lead for both teams until Kansas began a parade of free throws in the final 90 seconds.
Kansas began finding consistent success by spreading the floor and feeding the ball inside to its post players -- Wiggins, Ellis and center Joel Embiid. As a result, the Jayhawks were in the double bonus for the final 6 minutes, 32 seconds.
Wiggins made two free throws to push Kansas back ahead 68-67 with 7:29 remaining but left the game when he picked up his fourth foul on Duke's subsequent possession.
Point guard Quinn Cook's layup with 14:07 remaining in the game put Duke on top 56-51, but Ellis was there to answer again for Kansas, backing down Parker from the left elbow to roll in a right-handed runner from eight feet. A steal by guard Frank Mason gave the Jayhawks the ball right back, and Ellis' one-handed slam sliced the Duke lead back to one.
A harried first half ended with Duke holding a 42-40 lead propelled by a flurry from Parker. He scored 19 with four 3-pointers and led the team with five rebounds and two steals at the half.
Ellis had 10 points at halftime. He scored on consecutive possessions to push the Kansas advantage to 34-28, but Parker answered with a windmill layup between three defenders and one minute later knocked down two free throws to bring Duke within two with 3:35 left in the first half. After two Kansas free throws, Parker scooped up a loose ball, flipped it ahead to Hood and then set up just left of the top of the key for a 3 to stake Duke to a 37-36 advantage. He hit another -- this time from the left wing -- on the Blue Devils' next possession.
NOTES: More than 70 NBA scouting credentials were issued for Tuesday's doubleheader. ... A combined 17 McDonald's All-Americans from 2011-13 were suited up Tuesday. ... Kansas F Andrew Wiggins and Duke F Jabari Parker were the top-ranked recruits in the Class of 2013. Parker played at Chicago Simeon, the same school that produced Chicago Bulls PG Derrick Rose and former Illinois and NBA player Nick Anderson. ... Duke is 23-13 under coach Mike Krzyzewski against teams ranked in the top five of the AP poll. ... Tuesday's meeting was the 10th between Kansas and Duke, the eighth on a neutral court. ... Kansas and Duke are second (2,103) and fourth (2,002) in all-time victories. Only four programs have 2,000 wins. The others are Kentucky and North Carolina. ... Kansas has five national championships, Duke has four. ... Krzyzewski needs 15 wins to become the second coach in NCAA history with 900 victories at one school (Jim Boeheim, Syracuse, 920). ... The Champions Classic was the first of three neutral-court marquee events for Duke in the next five weeks. The Blue Devils are in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 27 and 29 and the Carquest Auto Parts Classic against UCLA on Dec. 19. Both are at Madison Square Garden.

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