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Parker was perhaps the most coveted recruit last year, and he could be even more dangerous now that he’s paired with Rodney Hood. Each scored 22 in Duke’s opener against Davidson, shooting a combined 17 of 20.

“First game in college _ are you kidding me?” coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Parker, who attended the same Chicago high school as Derrick Rose.

That was at home, however, against a weaker opponent. That won’t be the case Tuesday _ for any of the teams _ but that’s the beauty of these games. Win or lose, the teams have tested themselves against the best, and the lessons they learn will guide them the rest of the year, possibly all the way to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

“There can’t be a negative to this. It’s something you’re going to be able to talk to your guys about, something you’re going to be able to evaluate, win or lose,” Izzo said. “… Those other teams are going to be in the mix somewhere before the year’s over, and you’re going to be able to compare yourself to them. That’s what’s really important. You get an advantage to do that early, and see what it does for you late.”


AP Sports Writers Gary B. Graves, Joedy McCreary and Dave Skretta contributed to this report.