Scouting Kansas versus Duke
Tuesday night's Champions Classic in Chicago will feature four of college basketball's elite programs, and four of the top five teams in the AP Top 25. The two matchups will showcase some of the nation's best returning players, as well as some of its most highly touted freshmen.
I've drawn up scouting reports on every team, the way I would if I were coaching against these teams, and included keys to the game for each matchup.
Here is my breakdown of the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks versus the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). You can also check out my in-depth look at No. 2 Michigan State versus No. 1 Kentucky (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Scouting the Jayhawks
Kansas will have seven first-year players in its rotation this season, a big contrast to last season's veteran-laden squad. The challenge to coaching such a young team is getting everyone to compete and play hard. That's why, while everyone is talking about Andrew Wiggins and the freshman class, I feel the key to Kansas' success will be getting consistent play out of junior point guard Naadir Tharpe and sophomore forward Perry Ellis. The gifted freshmen need someone to learn from about what it takes to be successful at the highest level.
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