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Jim Meehan | The Spokesman-Review | November 21, 2018

Duke vs. Gonzaga: Zion Williamson vs. Rui Hachimura and two other key matchups in the Maui Invitational title game

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Before the start of the Maui Invitational, Spokesman-Review beat writer Jim Meehan listed his dream individual showdowns for the tournament.

As Gonzaga handled business in the bottom half of the bracket, top-ranked Duke held serve in the top half, setting up a marquee game for the Maui title on Wednesday (5 p.m. ET, ESPN). Here's a look at the top three matchup.

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Zion Williamson vs. Rui Hachimura

Getty Images Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura is averaging 23 points per game so far in 2018.

Williamson is 6-7 and 285 pounds, a rim-wrecking freight train in the open court. He also moves like a guard. No wonder he was offered a football scholarship by LSU. Williamson is averaging 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, along with countless highlight-reel dunks.

Hachimura would be giving away roughly 50 pounds, but he is Gonzaga's strongest interior player and had success defending 260-pound Jock Landale last season. Clarke is an option, but he'd have to find a way to counter Williamson's size and strength advantages.

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RJ Barrett vs. Zach Norvell Jr.

Two versatile, talented, creative scoring wings going at it would be a treat to watch. The 6-7 Barrett, who was Gonzaga freshman Filip Petrusev's teammate at Montverde Academy, is a handful inside and out. He's taken 22 shots per game, but he's also producing 24 points. The 6-5 Norvell can put up points in a hurry.

Cam Reddish vs. Brandon Clarke

This game would be filled with athletic, skilled bigs, and Reddish and Clarke certainly fit that description. The 6-8 Reddish appears destined to join Williamson and Barrett as potential one-and-dones. He's drained a team-leading 13 3-pointers, averages 16.5 points and is a willing passer (10 assists). Clarke is a high-riser who can score, rebound and block shots. Corey Kispert could be an option here on defense, with Reddish doing most of his damage on the perimeter.

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