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


Much talked about, Zion Williamson was one of the team leaders scoring 28 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. No. 4 Duke is the second game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

John Calipari asserted Kentucky's Tuesday's season opener with Duke was "just another game for us at that point".

Tuesday's performances from Grimes and Dotson were perhaps spurred by a pair of conversations Self had with the players in the aftermath of the pair's tepid exhibition contests.

Look, those highlights are insane and that was against perennial powerhouse Kentucky in the Champions Classic.

Both Barrett and Williamson surpassed Marvin Bagley III's program record for points by a freshman in his debut at 25. Jones had seven assists while Barrett collected six. Your team has the No. 1 pick. Reddish caused mismatches and impressed, too. At +950, the Jayhawks make a great value bet for the 2018 title, notwithstanding that Self still has to help this team develop the major x-factor: overall chemistry. "I'm really proud of my freshmen".

The coach said he hadn't lost "faith" in his team despite Tuesday night's score.

The fifth starter for Duke, junior big man Marques Bolden, did exactly what head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been asking him to do since he arrived in Durham: he snatched loose balls in the paint with authority.

The last time Duke put up more than 118 points against a ranked opponent came all the way back in 1998 when they scored 120 against 12th-ranked UCLA. Kentucky was trailing by double-digits for pretty much the entire game and Duke's core of elite freshman simply overpowered Calipari's Wildcats. "We just have to tighten up a lot of stuff".

Before we analyze the hammer, let's consider the nail.

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"This game was supposed to (feature) the top two recruiting classes".

"It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said. The No. 2 team in America. After losing a lot of production from last year's Final Four squad, Vick will counted on early as the newcomers to the roster gain their footing. They dish them out.

The Jayhawks won their third straight in one of college basketball's premier events.

Say hello to Duke Blue Devils freshman forward Zion Williamson, in case you haven't already. Is this the Alabama football effect at Duke this season for basketball? UNC hasn't had a top-five National Basketball Association draft pick since 2005 (Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams), and Little is on a mission to change that.

In 32 minutes of action, Barrett - a 6-7 shooting guard from Brampton, Ontario, racked up 33 points on 13-of-26 shooting from the field (3-of-7 from beyond the arc), six assists and four rebounds. "We have a big target on us", Barrett said.

Barrett is just a mature wing who could go across the street to the Indiana Pacers' practice facility and claim a spot in the rotation tomorrow. Coach Calipari tried every defense in his book and it just wasn't going to happen. That dynamic usually takes time to cultivate, but at this point Duke seems way ahead of the curve.

Reddish took advantage of the space created by his teammates' success while also acting as a disruptive defensive force with four steals. And he didn't make silly mistakes (zero turnovers).

This was not a game full of ball screens and sophisticated schemes.

What is this Duke team missing?

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