If you had to choose one word to describe the first half of tonight’s Duke-Kansas game, it would be sloppy. Neither team has looked like a top five outfit through the first 20 minutes.
At intermission, the fourth-ranked Blue Devils lead 33-30 despite shooting only 37.1 percent from the field. Duke mostly leads because the third-ranked Jayhawks incredibly turned the ball over 18 times in the first half.
Kansas nearly had as many turnovers (18) as field goal attempts (21). Of the nine players who saw action for KU, eight turned it over at least once.
Both teams are being paced in scoring by their sophomore point guards: Devon Dotson leads Kansas with nine points, while Duke’s Tre Jones has eight.
ESPN has released an updated prediction for the second half of this game. It favors the Blue Devils by a surprisingly large margin.
Currently, Duke has a 65.4 percent win probability entering the final 20 minutes of regulation.
You can catch the second half of Duke-Kansas on ESPN. Michigan State and Kentucky will follow in the nightcap from Madison Square Garden.
Additionally, in what has become a yearly tradition, the initial College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be revealed in between games.