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Kansas defeats Duke, 94-83

  • 8:30 p.m., Nov. 12, 2013
  • United Center, Chicago, IL

Final: Kansas defeats Duke, 94-83, in Chicago

By Matt Tait

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It was billed as a battle of the super stars, and neither KU's Andrew Wiggins (22 points, 10 rebounds) nor Duke's Jabari Parker (27 points, 9 rebounds, 19 points in the first half) let us down.

But it was Perry Ellis, who poured in a career-high 24 points, who stole the show in leading fifth-ranked Kansas University to a 94-83 victory over No. 4 Duke at the United Center in Chicago.

Ellis was sensational in the first half to keep KU close and then flashed his entire repertoire in the second half, playing D, hitting free throws and even knocking down a three-pointer.

He finished 9-of-13 from the field, 5-of-6 from the free throw line and added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals to help KU improve to 2-0 on the season.

After a slow start in which he only played nine minutes in the first half, Wiggins finished with a bang, picking up a bunch of key buckets in the second half and, perhaps more importantly, finally flashing some of that swagger and excitement that people have come to expect.

Seasons are not made or broken in November, but there's no question that this was a huge victory for the young Jayhawks.

“We didn't guard the ball worth a flip, but we did compete and we made our free throws late,” Self told ESPN's Andy Katz after the win. “We've got a long ways to go, but it was nice to see Wayne (Selden) step up, Jo (Embiid) was great and I thought Frank (Mason) was terrific.”

All three, along with Wiggins are freshmen, as is Duke's Parker and Kentucky's Julius Randle, who looked great in the opening game won by Michigan State. Self, asked by Katz about this year's freshman class, simply smiled and said: “They're pretty good. I'm glad we got one of them.”

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

The game turned when: Perry Ellis made a solid one-on-one move midway through the second half that cut Duke's lead to 56-53. Ellis' bucket was followed by Frank Mason steal and dunk from Ellis on a sweet dime from Wayne Selden. The mini-run pulled KU to within 56-55 and forced Duke into a timeout with 13 minutes left. Three trips and a couple minutes later, a breakaway dunk from Wiggins gave KU a 61-60 lead.

Offensive highlight: How about the transition alley-oop early in the second half from Frank Mason to Andrew Wiggins, who flew through the air and hung long enough and high enough to catch the slightly underthrown lob and still flush it. There wasn't a ton of power behind it, but the whole play was a picture of grace and athleticism.

Defensive highlight: Perry Ellis' steal and dish ahead with 1:17 to play gave KU an 87-81 lead and led to the moment of the night from Wiggins, who followed up a sweet step-back jumper with a high-flying finish and an explosion of emotion in front of the KU bench. The steal started it all, though. Just another way Ellis put his stamp all over this one.

Key stat: Wayne Selden's entire line: 5-of-10 from the floor for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Others had bigger numbers, but so many of Selden's stats came at critical times, either at key moments in the game or when the Jayhawks needed a calming force.

Up next: The Jayhawks get a week off and will return to action next Tuesday for a home game against Iona at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Check back to KUSports.com later for much more about the Jayhawks' victory

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended November 12, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.)

Bryce Landon in reply to Sawman3333

And Duke loses. TO US!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Mommatocharlie

Two great aned exciting games tonight, and the best teams won. GO KU! Congratulations from Kentucky.

Bwag in reply to fansincewilt

YES!

Shawk13

The two classier teams won tonight. We can all sleep well tonight.

fansincewilt

SEC and ACC go down tonight. Great night for the Midwest.

John Lee

Do we have a 3 ball? Greene?

fansincewilt

Kansas represents the Big 12 well tonight.

Duane Rice

Do any anouncers know that college players dont care about college basketball. They are all about the NBA.

Shawk13

I am very excited with maturity tonight. This definitely didn't seem like the second game of the season.

Sawman3333 in reply to Eric TheCapn

Let the "Dodgeball" references begin...

Eric TheCapn in reply to John Lee

No. We're balls deep.

Sawman3333

Boy this night couldn't have gone any better. Kentucky loses and we win. Rock Chalk!

Bryce Landon in reply to Ian Ballinger

True, but the result does not reflect how close this game actually was most of the way. If I recall, it was tied at the final media timeout.

John Lee

Anyone else feel like there is less of a talent gap between our stars and bench players this year?

Cshjhawk

Mason did well!

Duane Rice

this is a fun team to watch. Just think if we figure out how to play d with the foul calls.

Eric TheCapn in reply to Shawk13

Unbelievable.

fansincewilt

I think it is going to be Kansas and Kentucky in Championship game.

Shawk13 in reply to Eric TheCapn

I thought I heard that. As if there was any question of bias

Bryce Landon in reply to Darin Bradley

I agree. He should get the game ball.

Eric TheCapn

He literally just said Duke won.

Eric TheCapn

"Duke'll win it." Fkjghwi4zoux89&**(& ESPN.

Darin Bradley

Perry Ellis is the key. He won't get the press but he is the man

John Lee

I think the average talent the players on this KU team is higher than most years. We are going to be really dangerous once Bill has his fun these next few months

Chuck Wagstaff

Thanks guys

fansincewilt

Parker spoke early but Wiggins had the last word in this game.

Brian Powell in reply to Bwag

it's 12:42 here :P

Sawman3333

We're 1-0 without Jesse...

Eric TheCapn in reply to Bwag

Started at 9:15 though....

Josh Helmer in reply to Crimsonphoenix

Not ready to say that after one night, but he is awesome, for sure. I'll say this. Take the best player, BUT, let's just have the best TEAM.

Bwag

11:41 pm....8:30 start

Eric TheCapn

Of course, ESPN first talks about the NBA when talking about college ball.

Crimsonphoenix

Jabari Parker is the best college basketball player, hands down.

John Lee

Both freak freshman had 9 buckets, but Wiggins hit his in three fewer attempts

Sawman3333

  1. MSU 2. LOU 3. KU 4.UK 5. FGCU (wtg Coach Dooley!)

Darin Bradley

Rock Chalk!!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Perry Ellis 9/13 FGs, 24 points. Andrew Wiggins 9/15, 22, 10 boards. Frank Mason 2/6 FGs, 11/12 FTs, 15. Wayne Selden 5/10, 4/4 15.

Brian Powell

Why did Andrew cut his hair?? I was really diggin it.

Duane Rice

Bill is lovin it.

Jaycon11

Outscored them how much in the final 1:30?

Tyson Ailshie

Boom! Choke on that Duke!

Josh Helmer

Hey, y'all...Self is now an even 1-1 versus Coach K and Duke. Meanwhile, we are NO LONGER winless in the Champions Classic!

Eric TheCapn in reply to Jaycon11

Defense is not allowed by the NCAA.

Jacob Zutterman

"Didn't guard the ball worth a flip"

Lajayhawk

Wiggins with a double double

Jmfitz85

Team vs Parker, team wins

Eric TheCapn

We won the battle for the recruits, they are ours now. :p

Marc Frey

Rock Chalk! Gain on UK.

Duane Rice

Its nice to win a big non-con. Its been a while.

Jaycon11

Rocke effing chalk.

Bwag

Vegas, shove it!

FINAL
Kansas 94
Duke 83

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jaycon11

Imagine the beat down if this was March, when we had a defense?

Brian Powell

Mason/Traylor. Called it. TEAM wins, though, is all that matters :D

Lindhawk

Whoever wins tonight gets good news Friday at 3?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jabari Parker put on a show, but Kansas pulls off the win. Young team shows it can win a difficult game. And hit free throws down the stretch to ice it.

Josh Helmer

IT'S FINAL BABY!! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK, GO KU!!!

Ian Ballinger

2-0 baby!

Lajayhawk

Rock Chalk

Eric TheCapn

Cheers, 'hawks!

Ian Ballinger in reply to Coloradojayhawk

ditto

Shawk13 in reply to Brian Powell

I was just thinking about the segment title "Parker vs Wiggins" that ESPN is going to run and how I felt about it, but Andrew just dropped a half worth of highlights in the last 2 minutes

Bwag

Louisiana Monroe who?

Duane Rice

I thought Kentucky had the best fans. They are about the same distance from Chicago as lawrence. Many more KU fans there tonight.

Coloradojayhawk

The announcers have been nice to KU for a couple of ways tonight - complementing the fan turnout and also saying big men go to KU - hope the recruits were watching.

Ian Ballinger

DOUBLE DIGIT WIN!

Josh Helmer

ROCK CHALK CHANT TIME....

Chuck Wagstaff

Only 9 back of UK all-time

Danr

What a great game by Mason

Jacob Zutterman

Bill looks relieved

Ian Ballinger

WE GON' WIN BY DOUBLE DIGITS!!!!

Tyson Ailshie

What an amazing finish! The poise of this team!

Josh Helmer

We've owned UNC of late. Nice to see us get win No. 3 all-time versus the Pukies! Hope we see them again in the tourney and beat them again! BOOM!!!!

Chuck Wagstaff

Triple digits will be common with these rules

00:45 left in Second Half
Kansas 92
Duke 83

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Andrew Wiggins hits 2 more FTs for KU.

Jaycon11

How effing sweet is this?

Bryce Landon in reply to Ian Ballinger

What's to be sorry about? We were right! And we're about to win!

John Lee

ROCK CHALK

Bwag

Is this Duke? Where are the 3 bombs?

Darin Bradley

Oh and we dropped 90 on Duke on a neutral court.

Brian Powell

You gotta feel good for Wiggins now that he gets to end the night on a good note.... I felt bad for him getting those cheap fouls and sitting half the game.

Ian Ballinger in reply to Bryce Landon

lol, sorry :P

Bryce Landon

And there's the 90!

Tyson Ailshie

Yes Frank!

00:53 left in Second Half
Kansas 90
Duke 83

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Frank Mason steps up to the foul line and hits both.

Bryce Landon in reply to Ian Ballinger

That's what I said below! :D

Eric TheCapn

Oddly, the last two minutes of a close game aren't going any slower than the rest of the game... -_-

Ian Ballinger

FIRST TO 90 WINS

Lajayhawk in reply to Jaycon11

Yep.

Lindhawk

Get it to selden. He has been solid from line

Bwag

Is that a quiet 20 for Wiggins?

Tyson Ailshie

Get it to Wiggins

Lajayhawk

Frank can hit his throws.

Shawk13

that emotion from Wiggins was great to see as well

Jaycon11 in reply to Lajayhawk

All yr long.

Darin Bradley

And for the record. We're not Davidson and we definitely belong.

Aircapjay

Zone.

Josh Helmer

I'm just fine w/ Wiggins playing fewer minutes, scoring less, but taking OVER down the stretch. YES SIR, BABY! Let's close this bad boy out!

Shawk13 in reply to Brian Powell

truth

Lajayhawk

Hit our free throws and this game will be over. It's all about the stripe.

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