The No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils showed they're for real on Tuesday night by beating the No. 4 ranked Kansas State Wildcats in the CBE Classic finale. The highly anticipated matchup didn't go down as planned as Duke built a halftime lead that they never gave up and walked away the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo. with an 82-68 victory.
The Wildcats will have plenty to forget about tomorrow morning but no question mark is bigger than Jacob Pullen. KSU's preseason All-American disappeared against Duke just four points on a miserable 1-of-12 shooting. He had gone 41 consecutive games scoring in double digits before this game.
Kansas State's bench was the star of this game, if there is one for the Wildcats. They had three players in double digits -- three more than the starters had. Curtis Kelly was the real story of the night as he put up 19 points on a very efficient 8-of-11 shooting.
Duke played too soundly all night for Kansas State to have much of a chance. The Wildcats were never able to go on any sort of run and they couldn't get their fast-paced offense rolling. Credit Duke's defense for making life frustrating for Kansas State on the offensive side of the ball. Duke freshman Kyrie Irving tied Nolan Smith for the Blue Devils' team high in scoring with 17. He was also 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Kansas State just couldn't get much of anything going against Duke and it didn't help that their best player was non-existent.