Duke won for the eighth time in 10 meetings between two of the nation's four winningest programs, and this time handed coach John Calipari his most lopsided loss since taking the job a decade ago. In arguably the most workmanlike performance of anyone on the court, the Aussie finished with nine points, three assists, two steals, zero turnovers, a game-high 11 rebounds, and at least another handful of heady hustle plays that don't show up on the stat sheet but tremendously helped his team put together a tremendous overall display.
Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game.
The Stanford graduate transfer made little impact in the opening 20 minutes as the Blue Devils pulled away. "As we mature, we'll be able to stop those blows and flip it". First, Barrett and Williamson scored their first college baskets in memorable fashion, with the Canadian wing getting to the rim and the social media star stepping out and making his mark on the perimeter. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc. Zion Williamson was dynamic in the open floor and efficient from the field en route to 28 points, forward Cam Reddish tallied 22 points while point guard Tre Jones dished out six assists. Duke notched its 100th point of the night with a whopping 7:38 still to play, and the 118 points it finished with smashed the previous record of 94 (set by Kansas, against Duke, back in 2013).More news: Single mother of 3 claims half of $700M Powerball jackpot
Duke shot 54.4 percent from the field (43 of 79), including a 12-of-26 night from the 3-point line.
"They were just better than us", Calipari said, per ESPN. Still, you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski will try to fix his team's flaws and make Duke an even more hard matchup.
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. It could take some time to fix the mental damage that Duke inflicted. The same could be said of DeLaurier's night-he picked up three fouls in the game's first 11 minutes and didn't score a single point.More news: Parineeti Chopra wants $5 mn shoe-hiding fee from Nick Jonas
And the feeling I have seeing this Duke team turn Kentucky into early season mid-major fodder is no different then the feeling I had after watching that Kentucky team turn that Kansas team into a group of middle schoolers running offense for the first time: How in the hell is anyone going to beat Duke?
But, on the first night of the season, the young Blue Devils (1-0) looked like the best team in the country and left Kentucky (0-1) wondering what just happened.
59 - Points in a half tied for the most United Kingdom has surrendered under Calipari in a half (Texas A&M, 2018).More news: Jets' Darnold shoulders blame, played 'stupid football'
Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
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