Army ran out of gas while Duke picked up its defensive intensity to stretch a slim six-point lead with less than 12 minutes left to 25, but the Blue Devils still appeared mortal for much of the afternoon after a near-perfect 118-84 rout against Kentucky in the Champions Classic.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have assembled a team clearly talented enough to challenge for a national championship.
We expect the Blue Devils' superior talent and athleticism to carry them to a double-digit win in the second half.
Bolden said: "We're only 1-0". "We haven't really done much of anything. We've barely started the season, so our identity is going to be found out later". Duke on Tuesday night announced itself the college basketball team to watch in 2018-19, as its freshmen sensations Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish led the Blue Devils to a 34-point, season-opening win over Kentucky. In 23 minutes, Zion scored 28 points with seven rebounds and two assists.
Tip-off time for this Veterans Day game is slated for 1:00 pm ET and ESPN will provide the live television broadcast.
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Murray exploded for a career-best 48 points Monday night when the Nuggets beat the Boston Celtics for a fifth consecutive win. But not everyone was happy with that last three-point bid, taken when the outcome of the game was already determined.
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Even though the performances came in their first collegiate game, the freshmen know tougher games lie ahead. "When we were switching, they already did something before we could get our guys to say 'switch'".
Given that result, many expected today's game against Army to be ugly. "They're a talented group, obviously as everyone saw. For us to stay consistent is the biggest key".
In film review and practices since the team returned to Durham early Wednesday morning, Duke's coaches have stressed the importance of preparation and consistency to the young team. During his daily media scrum, Kerr spoke glowingly about Duke freshman Zion Williamson before realizing his comments could get him in trouble.
The score may not show it, but Duke did have some difficulties. Not only did they not back down against a preseason Final Four favorite, they gave Duke more of a test than Kentucky did.