Kansas defeats Duke, 69-64

  • 8:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 2022
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana,

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Jalen Wilson’s career-high 25 points lead No. 6 Kansas past No. 7 Duke 69-64 in Indy

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) drives around Duke guard Tyrese Proctor, center, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) drives around Duke guard Tyrese Proctor, center, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Jalen Wilson scored a career-high 25 points while adding 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead No. 6 Kansas past No. 7 Duke, 69-64 in a slugfest in Indianapolis.

The win moved the Jayhawks to 3-0 on the season and 7-5 in the Champions Classic. KU has now won six of its last seven games at the event. Duke fell to 2-1 on the season and 7-5 in the Champions Classic.

Kansas used a 15-5 run to close the game to pick up the victory. The Jayhawks are now 3-1 against Duke at the Champions Classic and have won four of the last five games between the two blue blood programs.

Wilson was 0-of-7 from the outside Tuesday night, but he made 11 of 19 2-point field goal attempts, many of them coming off of tough takes to the basket when Kansas needed it most. Wilson proved to be unafraid of attacking Duke's big men inside throughout the night, regardless of the outcome of each drive to the basket.

“Just being aggressive, getting downhill," he told ESPN's Holly Rowe after the win. "In moments like this you can’t settle for shots. You have to get to the paint and that’s what I was able to do.”

Wilson played 38 minutes and looked gassed at different points in the game but never let it stop him from attacking.

“He did (look tired)," acting KU coach Norm Roberts said of Wilson. "But he wasn’t coming out.”

Dajuan Harris Jr., also dominated moments of this game, with his defense and savvy play on the offensive end. He finished with 6 points on 3-of-7 shooting but added 10 assists and just one turnover.

“I give credit to my teammates," Harris said. "I was setting them up, but they made the plays for me.”

Said Duke coach Jon Scheyer of Harris: “He’s a winner. He does a little bit of everything. On defense he’s a pest. He’s a great defender. He’s a leader for their team and he does a lot of things that translate to winning and translate to making his teammates better.”

Added Roberts: “The thing that makes Dajuan so good is he has unbelievable poise and he’s always trying to make plays for others. Defensively, he was terrific.”

Both Wilson and Harris seemed to find a way to make key plays — on both ends — when the Jayhawks hit a lull or needed to stay close, and their experience and confidence was huge throughout the night.

“I thought our guys made plays when we had to make plays," Roberts said. "When you’re playing in a game like this where there’s so much talent, players have to make plays. And our guys did that tonight.”

Roberts said he saw Wilson and Harris' championship mettle shine through at the most important times on Tuesday night.

“I felt it quite a bit," he said. "Those two guys never gave (in).”

Added KU freshman Gradey Dick: “That’s probably one of our biggest advantages as a team. When times get tough like (they) did tonight, we know who to go to.”

After falling into a 4-0 hole to open the game — on a pair of drives to the rim by Duke’s bigger bodies — the Jayhawks quickly settled in and took control.

Kevin McCullar Jr. (12 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes) was the victim of both of Duke’s drives and he responded with a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which put KU ahead 12-6.

Those buckets were part of a 17-2 run by the Jayhawks, and the second jumper came during a 12-0 Kansas surge.

From there, the Jayhawks led for the rest of the first half, and even drew six Duke charges in the process. But 10 KU turnovers and a 2-of-13 showing from behind the 3-point line allowed Duke to hang around and the Blue Devils trailed by just four (33-29) at the halftime break.

Duke was the more aggressive team to open the second half, and the Blue Devils took their first lead since 6-5 early in the game on a follow dunk by big man Derrick Lively II. That gave the Blue Devils a 38-37 lead with 16:31 to play.

Duke’s size was a problem for Kansas in the second half. Freshman big man Kyle Filipowski scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Duke, but the Blue Devils also turned it over 18 times.

Kansas played from behind for most of the second half, but a seven-point spurt by Dick, who was quiet throughout the second half, broke the game open for Kansas late and the Jayhawks went on to grab the victory despite shooting just 3-of-19 from 3-point range on the night.

“I thought they made us work harder on defense than we made them work," Scheyer said. "And that was a big key to the game.”

Dick's first points of the second half came on a big 3-pointer that put Kansas ahead 61-59 with 2:19 to play.

“Growing up, it’s really just been next shot and short-term memory and that’s kind of what I did on that one," Dick said after the win.

Duke's Jeremy Roach answered Dick's triple with a 3-pointer of his own to put Duke back ahead, but Dick followed with an alley-oop on the next possession — off a pass from Harris — and a back-cut and tough layup on the next possession that put Kansas up by three with less than a minute to play.

"He was terrific at the end of the game," Roberts said of Dick, who finished with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes. "We didn’t know where he was. We were sending out a missing person’s (report) most of the second half. This was the first big boy game he’s played in and I thought he really responded at the end. “Him making those plays, that’s big time.”

Added Wilson of the KU freshman: “It just shows his confidence. It shows his courage and his composure. I know in his mind he knows (his next shot's) going in, and that’s the type of guy we need him to be.”

Kansas won Tuesday's game without head coach Bill Self, who was in Indianapolis but did not attend the game, sitting out the third game of a four-game suspension. Despite not being there, Wilson and Harris both said they felt his presence.

“He’s been on us all week," Harris said. "This is Duke vs. Kansas. We knew it was going to be a grind it out type of game."

Added Wilson, when asked by Rowe if he thought Self would be pleased with his team's showing: "I think he’s proud. We can always get better, but we’re going to take the win for sure."

Roberts said winning this one without Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend was something the team talked about after the victory.

“We’re a family," he said. "And when family members can’t be with you, you want to win for them. It’s we. We talk about we all the time and we’re really happy we were able to get it done.”

Next up, KU will return home to face Southern Utah at 7 p.m. Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.


Rodney Crain 2 weeks, 6 days ago


Strong win. Team hung together and did not panic when we were pushed in the 2nd half. Still early, but promising for the upcoming season.

Daniel Kennamore 2 weeks, 6 days ago

KU & Duke now tied in the Champs Classic records at 7-5 (Sparty & UK both 5-7).

And Kansas leads the series with Duke in the event 3-1.

Crazy turn around after going 1-4 in the event's first five years.

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 6 days ago

And Kansas improved its all-time record against Puke to 6-8, and has won four of the last five games against them going back to 2013, as well as five of the last seven meetings going back to 2003!

Steve Zimmerman 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Hats off to Wilson!!! What a performance. The whole team persevered till the end. Dick owns Dook in the last 5 minutes. Can you imagine if Dick got more touches? Team needs to find him more often. Dick knows how to attack the rim. He's got it all. Udeh needs to watch more Dok's tapes. Stellar D by KU. We played a team full of giants, NBA size, came up as a winner, more impressively, with 13 blocks... Go figure!!!! ROCK CHALK!!!!!

John Strayer 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Seemed like to me Duke by design face guarded him in the second half. And then he ended up doing a lot of standing in one spot. I'm sure that will get corrected in the film session.

Steve Zimmerman 2 weeks, 6 days ago

True that, John... plus i really hope the whole team could learn from those BASIC FUNDAMENTAL OFFENSE MOVES by Dick: shoulder fake, cuts, fake pass, fake shot then attack.. Lots of loop holes need to be filled in our offense. As usual. We missed opportunities on using our bigs up in the sky. No matter how tall they are, there are always ways to beat them through lobs. Zuby's dunk should be reproduced over and over. Udeh, where art thou?

Bryce Landon 2 weeks, 6 days ago

It's always a great day when Puke loses, and an even better day when Kansas is responsible for a Puke loss!

Do you realize that, after losing seven of the first nine games we have played against Puke, we have since won four of the last five meetings with them?

I just wish the Kansas fans in attendance had chanted "JUST LIKE FOOTBALL! JUST LIKE FOOTBALL!" when the game was over.

Areas of concern - Kansas blew an 11-point lead and got dominated by Puke's big men in both scoring and rebounding.

Areas to delight in - Kansas displayed considerable toughness by refusing to wither in the face of the Puke second-half onslaught, they did just enough things right in the end to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.


Micky Baker 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Good win. There are some things that we can fix. Passing in transition is one of those obvious ones at least for the first half. And shooting. We probably left 20 points on the floor. It wouldn't have been close if we had just shot like the average team from behind the arch. Grady Dick continues to impress. One of the most impressive things is all the blocked shots we had against them. We took a lot of charges.

Their freshman 7 footer is going to get some technical fouls and flagrants. He should have gotten one when he clearly intentionally threw his elbow to the head area of one of our guys in the second half. And they whined a lot about charges, which all were charges except for maybe one that could have been a no call. They kept doing it and committed 6 charges in the first half. Defensively, we were pretty good except for rebounding. That is another area that if we had limited their second chance opportunities to say 10 or 12, it wouldn't have been a close game.

Overall, the guys demonstrated good poise and came away with the w.

John Strayer 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Filapowski threw two elbows on that play...the first one was nothing but air...the second landed. Should have been at least a flagrant 1 foul as it was obviously intentional. No coach K but still a bunch of whinny Duke players. On every offensive charge call with a lowered shoulder, the Duke player is crying...what?

Eric TheCapn 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Great defense by the boys!

Bad game by the refs. We seemed to benefit from a lot of bad calls.

David Robinett 2 weeks, 6 days ago

KU will not be in 2nd place on any stat or head to head matchups by the time Coach Self is finished.

Eric TheCapn 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Maybe I shouldn't say "bad calls." It just seemed that all (but one) of the 50-50 calls went our way. Oh well!

Garry Wright 2 weeks, 6 days ago

How sweet it is! It is always very sweet to beat Duke. Our guys did have me a bit concerned for a stretch during the second half, but they came through. Great win! But there's another very sweet event. I tuned the game in about the time I thought the KU game would be starting. It was surprising to see the UK/MSU game still on. How sweet it was to watch UK go down by nine in the second overtime! That made for a extra sweet day. And to add to the sweetness we are now five all-time wins ahead of UK! And one more sweet stat. During the Brown, Williams, Self era, we have gained 86 wins on UK! When Larry took over we were 81 wins behind UK. During the past 39+ seasons, on average we've gained 2.2 wins on UK each year. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU, how sweet it is!

Garry Wright 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Just figured out another sweet note. During the Brown, Williams, Self era we have gained 55 wins on UNC. When Larry took over we were 21 wins behind UNC. We're now 34 wins ahead of them, gaining 1.4 wins per season on them for the past 39+ years.

Garry Wright 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Never too old to learn. I tried for several years to download an image to go with my posts on the old message board. Never was successful. I just now was able to download one. It's my favorite image of the Jayhawk. I call it The Angry Jayhawk in Beast Mode!

Art Jefferson 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Poor, poor John! The guy guy just keeps finding ways to lose. Put him on a big stage, and so many times he falls off of it. He would make a great crowd surfer. Twice had the lead and was taken into OT, then lost with five McD All Americans. One being the the 2021 college player of the year. I like that, Shar Pei, look on his face when he's losing. Wait! Was that Wizzo coaching against him? OK, Please ignore my opening of this post. I'm not here to bash any coach. It's just that I SO enjoy seeing Kentucky lose. How do Kentucky fans feel seeing KU pulling away. Will we leave them like we left NC? The Champions Classic lived up to its name last night. M. State will be moving into the top 20 very soon. They put the fear in Gonzaga. I actually like Wiz....uh, Coach Izzo. Kansas: Watch out when our bigs get healthy and get a grip on the college game. Watch out when Rice gets healthy and experienced. Pettiford is good and getting better. WATCH OUT.......Grady Dick! This game is new to him too. I'm really going to miss him next year. Zuby and Zack are going to have their games too. This team really is loaded.

Jonathan Allison 2 weeks, 6 days ago

First there was Beware of the Phog.

Now this:

Beware of the NORM

Beware of the NORM by plasticJHawk

Blake Brown 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Great win. Ugly route. J Will had some great stats and some ridiculously bad misses and passes. Glad to see Dajuan finally put up couple of 3s even tho he missed them. Seemed like Gradey sat out too long a time in the early part of the 2nd half. Got a first real look at the potential of Zuby. He can be a force. Great to see us compete against a much bigger team. How many blocked so

Blake Brown 2 weeks, 6 days ago

[cont after a typo fixed the post] shots? 13 Is that a school record? McCullar is a steady eddy. We're fortunate have him. Joe has to make those wide open 3s. And here were are again, with a team that does not shoot free throws that good. How many times will we hear Gradey is a great outside shooter when he has the complete floor game including mid range and taking it the hoop as well as active hands on defense? It was great to hear the post game radio shows. We have the great TV and radio announcers.
Rock Chalk!

Dan Leftwich 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Really good win that required the guys to dig deep. That will help prepare the young ones for the B12 grind. Duke was semi face guarding Gradey in the first half and he got a little passive, like Ochai tended to do when teams first started trying that approach (Norm's missing person comment). That may be why he wasn't in the game for a long stretch in the 2d half. He's learning how to counter that strategy and he is such a versatile shot maker! It looks like Kevin is starting to figure out how to impact the game starting with his defense and he put up some solid shots on open looks. You can tell that Jalen and Dajuan are teaching the others about not just surviving, but imposing their will on teams when times get tough. Outside shooting will come and go, but intensity on defense and willingness to play fast and attack should be constants with this team. Rock Chalk!

Lee Short 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Seemed like we didn't come out with the same energy level in the 2nd half as we did in the 1st. It was an unintended half-time correction in a bad way. Or, maybe it was just because of Duke's half-time correction, which saw them go from 4 under to 5 over. It's definitely a sport of each team having their runs.

That said, I have a feeling Norm is going to be heavily recruited to be a head coach somewhere.

I really like what Bill Self has done. He's an amazing coach. No wonder CBS has him rated as the best.

I know hardly anyone will agree, but if this team plays as a team, as Jalen has noted that Self noted was the way to beat Duke, I think it is possible for another NC. Hoping Jalen can carry his 3-game high level through the rest of the season. What a courageous basketball player.

Benny Armstrong 2 weeks, 6 days ago

To your final point, we obviously have a ton of season left to go but I think most KU fans will talk themselves into the possibility of a repeat if we play well in the Bahamas and start off strong in conference. Thankfully, we're going to be able to fly under the radar a little with all the focus on UNC and Gonzaga and Kentucky (along with others), which will take some of the external pressure off the team's shoulders. Playing freely and having fun could lead to another exciting March and April if things break our way again.

Tim Orel 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I'm just pleased my prediction from earlier this year came true. KU beat Duke twice this year. What I hadn't predicted was that KU would hang Duke's first loss on them in both football and basketball.

David Serven 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Living in North Carolina I wear my Jayhawk duds proudly just to make sure that both teams know what team owns them both. RCJHKU!!!

Tony Bandle 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Unless you are a Jayhawks fan, Grady Dick has a face you just want to slap!! I predict by the end of the season, this uber-talented kid will be, historically, one of the most hated Jayhawks by the entire country......and I will love it!!!!!

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