No. 4 Duke Decimates No. 2 Kentucky Thanks to Fantastic Freshmen

Coach K isn't happy with a play

Barrett scores 33, No. 4 Duke blows out No. 2 Kentucky in season opener

Barrett and Williamson led the charge for the Blue Devils on Tuesday night, with Reddish not far behind on the stat sheet.

What a start for RJ Barrett.

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Oh my goodness. I probably can't say anything more or mention his name ... "I'm really proud of my guys", Coach K said. By the second TV timeout, it was clear that these two teams were in totally different weight classes, and by the time the final buzzer sounded, John Calipari walked off the floor having been tagged with the worst loss of his career. First, fans watched as top-ranked Kansas held off No. 10 Michigan State thanks to a deep frontcourt and a breakout debut for Quentin Grimes. "We know what we have".

We could see that coming then.

The highly-anticipated game between two of the nation's most successful college programs was never close.

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 Blue Devils made 46.2 percent of their 3-point attempts.

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

"They were just better than us", Calipari said. "I haven't lost faith in my guys".

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

The Blue Devils' fabulous freshmen collectively laughed as if that mattered on Tuesday night.

Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures. Udoka Azubuike (17 points, 4 blocks) also played well in his limited minutes, and Devon Dotson (16 points, 3 assists, 3 steals) showed promise in his college debut. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15.

12-10 - Kentucky's lead in the all-time series with Duke. The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive openers.

"It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said. "As we mature, we'll be able to stop those blows and flip it".

38-37 - Duke rebounding advantage, including a game-high 11 by reserve forward Jack White.

"Obviously, we have to learn to close out games, " Self said.

Kentucky hosts Southern Illinois in the Wildcats' regular-season home opener Friday night at 6 p.m.

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