King James put on quite a show in Kansas City Tuesday night -- and I'm not talking about LeBron, baby!
Marquette guard Dominic James did it all, scoring 25 points, dishing out seven assists while making big play after big play. To be honest, James is even better than I thought he would be. Watching him for two straight nights at the CBE Classic, he is one of the top 10 players in America.
It was a great win for the Golden Eagles and coach Tom Crean had to be proud of his squad's tenacity and effort. Don't even look at the final score; this was a battle between Duke and Marquette that had the intensity of a March Madness clash. Both teams were diving for loose balls, going toe-to-toe.
In the end, Marquette's sophomore trio of James, Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews came through big time, combining for 50 points.
I was really impressed with the all-around performance of Marquette. The guys up front came up big on the glass and contributed. In my opinion, this is definitely a top 10 team.
As for the young Duke squad, it is a learning opportunity and one the team will grow from. The Blue Devils are winners, right from the top with Mike Krzyzewski on down. Duke played hard and will gain from this experience. You can be sure this club will get better and better as the season rolls on, and it doesn't get much easier when you look at opponents like Indiana and Georgetown down the line in non-conference play.
On Tuesday night, King James, Dominic James, led Marquette to the gold trophy in the CBE finals. Give the Golden Eagles credit -- in two nights, they beat Robert Montgomery Knight and Coach K. Pretty impressive wins indeed!