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2nd-Ranked Kentucky Crushed By 4th-Ranked Duke In Season Opener

08 November, 2018, 04:40 | Author: Candice Daniels
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What a start for RJ Barrett.

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Barrett scored 33 points and Williamson added 28 as both players broke the school record by points in a freshman debut, and the Blue Devils romped over No. 2 Kentucky 118-84 on Tuesday night in the season-opening Champions Classic.

"To play this well on this stage, right away against Kentucky is surprising, " Krzyzewski said after picking up victory No. 1,101 for his career. When a top 15 recruit is satisfied with doing a job alongside a trio of superstars, that's a great example being set for the likes of Marques Bolden (who finished with seven boards and four boards in 26 solid minutes), Jack White (nine points, 11 boards and three assists) and Alex O'Connell (who hit three threes). And all Duke did was hand John Calipari the most lopsided loss of his 10-year tenure in Lexington.

The final score was 72-40, but the game was never really in doubt. "We have to do some soul searching", Calipari said after the game. "We know what we have".

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky.

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. Duke pushed the margin back to 17 at the half, then opened the second half with a 15-5 run to put the game away.

Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game.

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"They were just better than us", Calipari said, per ESPN. "I haven't lost faith in my guys". "We have a big target on us, and every environment we go to is going to be like that, so just to get used to it".

And yes, it is true that college basketball players are closer in size, and strength, and athleticism to Williamson, it doesn't mean that they are actually close. "They were just better than us".

"[Grimes] came out with a free mind and played his game, " Lawson said. While team basketball won the game, the individual efforts stole the show. Kansas picked up its third straight victory in the Classic and improved to 15-1 in openers under coach Bill Self - on a night the Jayhawks were in control nearly the entire way.

But in a game pitting two of the Power Five conference preseason favorites, the Spartans made the finish as intriguing as expected.

The coach said he told freshmen point guard Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley he would be spending more time with them immediately to get "them on the same page with the rest of us".

Kansas controlled the paint for most of the game and used a 43% three-point shooting effort to build their lead and hold Michigan State off.

"With 8 minutes to go, I said, "I'm not calling a timeout".

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