Grand Canyon: The Antelopes — who lost to No. 1 Kentucky by 40 points in 2014 — will have to be content with making things tough on Duke for a good chunk of the first half and leading for about 7 ½ minutes of the first half behind Carr, who repeatedly found his way through the Blue Devils’ defense and to the rim.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” coach Dan Majerle said about a team missing three starters. “I was happy with how we started off . ... I thought maybe the first 12, 13 minutes, we played pretty good and we’re going to learn about our team as we go along.”
Duke: The Blue Devils shortened their bench significantly, playing only seven players in the pregarbage time portion of the game — and the seventh, freshman Javin DeLaurier, logged only 6 minutes in all. They’re trying to keep things working without injured freshman big men Harry Giles (knee), Marques Bolden (lower leg) and Jayson Tatum (foot). Krzyzewski says he doesn’t anticipate having them against the Jayhawks and “we may not have them all week.