The model knows the Blue Devils are 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games against Big 12 teams and will look to avenge two tough losses in their last two meetings with Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated Duke 85-81 in overtime in the 2018 Regional Final and knocked off the top-ranked but undermanned Blue Devils on a last-second jumper in this event in 2016.
Tre Jones is Duke’s lone returning starter, but seniors Javin DeLaurier and Jack White remain part of the rotation. The Blue Devils will look to 6-foot-10 center Carey and 6-foot-9 forward Hurt to occupy the interior to open up things for the outside shooters, including White (27.8 percent on three-pointers last season) and Alex O’Connell (37.5). Joey Baker made six-of-eight three-pointers and scored 22 points in the final preseason game.
But just because the Blue Devils appear to have the edge in depth and talent doesn’t mean they will cover the Kansas vs. Duke spread in the Champions Classic 2019.
Azubuike played just nine games last season due to an injury, but the 7-foot, 270-pound center is a major force inside for Kansas. Azubuike led the nation with a field goal percentage of 77 as a sophomore and averaged 13 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. His injury was a major reason why the Jayhawks, ranked No. 1 in the preseason last year, lost 10 games and bowed out on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Dotson averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 assists as freshman and took on the No. 2 scoring role after Azubuike’s injury, showing off his quickness and finishing ability. He was inconsistent, but shot 36.3 percent on three-pointers and should be more polished with a year under his belt. The Jayhawks have two other big men in Silvio De Sousa, who was ineligible last season, and former McDonald’s All-American David McCormack, who averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds.
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