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Kennard, Jefferson enjoy surprise lead roles as Duke gets healthy

For all of Duke's young star power, it has been Luke Kennard and Amile Jefferson who have the Blue Devils at 9-1 after Tuesday's win over Florida.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants going to lean on Olivier Vernon even more now. He leads the team with 8.0 sacks and is tied for NFL lead with Aaron Donald with 15 tackles for a loss. Also need young DEs (Owa Odighizuwa, Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn) to step up in JPP's absence.

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Rick Carlisle on Kings C DeMarcus Cousins: "He's as big of a matchup problem at the center position as I've seen in some time. Just because now he effectively shoots 3s, he's a beast on the inside, he can shoot midrange and he's a great passer and an unselfish player. ... There are many, many challenges. He's virtually impossible to guard one-on-one in the post, and I've never seen a center drive the ball like that." The Mavs face Cousins' Kings on Wednesday.

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Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek, speaking at Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York, said of the Big 12 expansion process: "It turned left, right, up, down. Day to day, it changed. ... We did not know what direction it would go."

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

JPP also needed his groin repaired, per source. Regular season is over.

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Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a sports hernia this morning, per source. He's expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season. Likely six weeks recovery time.

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Duke tops Florida to improve to 9-1
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Amile Jefferson, Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum combined to score 75 points in No. 5 Duke's 84-74 win over No. 21 Florida.

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Jefferson finishes off sequence with dunk
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After Luke Kennard steals the ball and takes off towards the basket, the Duke offense uses quick passes to work the ball around before finding Amile Jefferson all alone for the easy dunk.

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Fau Stuns Ohio State with Late Shot
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Nick Rutherford's floater goes down with one second left to give Florida Atlantic the lead for good over the Buckeyes.

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Sun Devils turn steal into huge alley-oop
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Obinna Oleka got Arizona State on the board in style when he elevated over Purdue's P.J. Thompson to complete this highlight-reel dunk.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

There are certainly some question marks, but I think it's fair to say that the roster Phil Jackson put together looks promising after 21 games. The Knicks are three games over .500 for the first time since 2012-13 and have won nine of 12.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward during Jazz's 7-1 run: 27 ppg, 49.6 FG%, 50 3%, 86.3 FT% with 10 free throws per game. He's dominating despite pain and swelling in his left ring finger, which he broke during training camp.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler's assessment of his team's defense: "We're not defending the way we're capable of. Messing up assignments, we're not boxing out. We're not playing to guys' weaknesses. We can't let that happen. We got to fix it. We got to treat every last one of these games like it's our last one. All these count early on so we got to start turning it around, we got to start winning."

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In Tuesday night's win over Florida, Luke Kennard, Amile Jefferson and Jayson Tatum combined for 75 points for Duke. The rest of the team combined for 9. It was the 1st time since Jan. 20, 2001 with 3 players scoring at least 22 points (Jay Williams, Carlos Boozer, Shane Battier).

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Coach K on Harry Giles return: "we're hoping before Christmas -- those two games."

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Brett Edgerton ESPN Editor 

Coach K reflects on the larger cause after tonight's win over Florida. "It's always an honor to play at the Garden. And it's always an honor to play against a really good team in the Garden when your bringing attention to the fight against cancer."

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Kennard/Amile Jefferson/Jayson Tatum 75, Florida 74.

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Entering the night, FAU was 0-6 vs Big Ten teams over the last 20 seasons. All of those losses were by at least 10 points with 5 of them by at least 25 points. Tonight they beat Ohio State 79-77 in overtime. It was their 1st road win vs a major conference team since 2010 at Mississippi State (also a 2-point win).

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Three five-star freshmen out to start the season, a preseason All-American banged up. And so Luke Kennard and Amile Jefferson just play like All-Americans.

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