Duke Basketball: Blue Devils put nation on notice by trouncing Wildcats

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils put nation on notice by trouncing Wildcats

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils put nation on notice by trouncing Wildcats

Although the Blue Devils' early lead quickly silenced Big Blue Nation, Duke will need a vocal leader on the court to keep everyone's heads in check for ACC road games. The Blue Devils are going to dominate college basketball coverage this year, and that will get exhausting. I mean, we only created four turnovers. Williamson is the most famous college basketball player maybe ever, and we know all about the athleticism and the highlight reels dunks. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint. Williamson followed with 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting despite playing just under 23 minutes due to first-half foul trouble. Jones had seven assists while Barrett collected six.

After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half.

Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game. The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive openers.

I've had Kentucky No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And One since the Wildcats added Reid Travis and Ashton Hagans back in June. Freshman wing Tyler Herro added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

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It's hard to put a good spin on this one from the Cats' perspective. Perhaps the value in losing one like this to begin the season is knowing exactly how much work it's going to take to reach your goals in March.

1 Kentucky announced to the world their cruel intentions. Kansas shot under 20 percent from the field and scored 12 second half points. It could take some time to fix the mental damage that Duke inflicted.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Zion Williamson and fourth-ranked Duke were well on their way to a blowout victory when the high-flying freshman blocked a shot to start yet another Blue Devil fastbreak.

4-4 - The Cats' record in the Champions Classic.

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Duke overwhelmed Kentucky from the game's opening tip, showing its offensive versatility and efficiency while building a 21-point lead before 10 minutes had been played.

The nightcap was a head-to-head battle between the nation's top two programs in Duke and Kentucky, with expectations sky-high for a contest featuring multiple projected lottery picks and what seemed to be a relatively even battle from a competitive perspective.

59 - Points in a half tied for the most United Kingdom has surrendered under Calipari in a half (Texas A&M, 2018). Surprising some - not anyone here at Ball Durham - by proving to be one of the key pieces to the lethal attack, the junior forward came off the bench but played 30 minutes as a result of his providing the spark to several fast breaks with one hustle play after another.

1926 - UK's previous worst loss in a season opener, falling 48-10 to Cincinnati.

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