Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky


"It's just one game and I understand that We've got a shot at seeing a basketball team that can go undefeated".

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field with six assists and four rebounds, and Williamson went 11 of 13 from the field with seven rebounds.

But Duke closed the half getting easy baskets from Barrett, off a pass from Jones, and Bolden, off a pass from Barrett, to lead 59-42 at intermission.

Kentucky: It was an embarrassing performance for the Wildcats, who weren't physical enough against Williamson and couldn't keep up with Barrett.

"I gotta give them credit", Calipari said of the Blue Devils.

In what will go down as Tom Keegan's final KU Sports Extra at the Journal-World, we broke down the game and reacted to some of the things that went down during KU's season opener on Tuesday night.

Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures.

Lawson made a case, too, finishing with 14 rebounds and six assists after sitting out last season following his transfer from Memphis.

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Zion Williamson, Duke - Barrett scored more points for the Blue Devils, but no one embodied the way Duke bludgeoned United Kingdom like the 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward from Spartanburg, S.C. He looked like a pro playing against college kids. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

Starting four freshmen, Duke shot 54 percent while making 12 3-pointers. His point total set a new Duke record for most points scored by a freshman in a season opener, breaking the previous record of 25.

The Blue Devils didn't stop with that flurry. Duke improved to 12-2 all-time in Indianapolis and 3-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Having a captain that can provide valuable minutes on both ends of the court will be crucial for the Blue Devils, as a lineup composed primarily of freshmen could run into some mental errors in truly hostile environments. "Obviously, we were all very excited and hyped up for that game, and it's kind of a blow to your chest". The championship victor compared the teenager to none other than the best player in the world, LeBron James.

Duke: "Every game will be like that".

"Obviously, we have to learn to close out games, " Self said. He's not going to shoot 11-of-13 from the floor every night.

Duke hosts Krzyzewski's alma mater, Army, on Sunday.