Thanks to the State Farm Champions Classic, college basketball got off to a big start on Tuesday night as the #4 Duke Blue Devils downed the #3 Kansas Jayhawks and the #2 Kentucky Wildcats defeated the #1 Michigan State Spartans. The night began with Duke edging out Kansas, doing so 68-66 in a game that was tight almost the entire way at Madison Square Garden. Tre Jones put up 15 for the Blue Devils, while Cassius Stanley came up clutch with 11 of his 13 in the second half to help them overcome the 17 scored by Kansas’ Devon Dotson. In the nightcap, it was Kentucky that came up trumps, doing so by a score of 69-62. The Wildcats went into the half time break up by ten points, and they never really looked back. Tyrese Maxey is already the talk of the town, with the freshman posting 26 points in the victory over ‘Sparty.’ Cassius Winston also had himself a fine showing in defeat, scoring 21 points in total. It will be interesting to see how the rankings change after this, though it’s not exactly all that meaningful this early into the season.
The Los Angeles Lakers were truly lost last season, all with the exception of a couple of players. One of them was LeBron James, who was injured for much of it, and the other was Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma once again, to no real surprise, picked up the mantle as the man to carry the load on his shoulders on Tuesday night as he helped the Lakers squeeze past the pesky Chicago Bulls in the Windy City. With LeBron James needing a rest after a big third quarter and Anthony Davis in foul trouble, Kuzma was the one to step to the tune of pouring in 11 of his 15 total points in the final quarter. At one stage in the fourth, they went from 13 down to three in front in less than four minutes, keyed by Kuzma. In the end, LeBron still finished with a ridiculous stat line in the 118-112 victory, putting up 30 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds for a monster triple-double. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 26 points in the loss. The Lakers are now 6-1 on the new season, while the Bulls fell to 2-6.
Well, well, well then. The first College Football Playoff ranking of the season came out on Tuesday night, and boy did it not disappoint in terms of giving us talking points. First of all here’s the top ten quickly: Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, Georgia, Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma, and Florida. Now that that’s out of the way, the interesting part to most people is that Clemson is not in the top four. They are undefeated and are the reigning champions of the entire thing, so many feel it’s a shock to see them on the outside looking in after eight games played. Still yet, you just have to think that it will all resolve itself in the next few weeks. Another interesting tidbit to note is that two-loss Florida is ranked higher than Baylor (12th) and Minnesota (17th), neither of which have lost yet.