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

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In the world of one-and-dones Coach K and Duke attempting to take unprecedented path to a title

When you factor in the opponent, the Blue Devils' youth and the fact that it was the first game of the season, it's clear that this was a historic performance that likely points toward quite a big year ahead in Durham.

"They're a very good team", Calipari said.

"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.

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field with six assists and four rebounds, and Williamson went 11 of 13 from the field with seven rebounds.

The final score was 72-40, but the game was never really in doubt.

We knew that would be the case with Barrett. We've seen that before with one-and-done teams.

Freshman Keldon Johnson led Kentucky with 23 while grad transfer Reid Travis scored 22 in his Wildcats debut.

Duke led 34-13 with 10:37 left in the first half.

But Duke closed the half getting easy baskets from Barrett, off a pass from Jones, and Bolden, off a pass from Barrett, to lead 59-42 at intermission.

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Barrett scored 20 points in the first half alone and spearheaded Duke's offense throughout the night.

Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments. "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". It also edged out "14-15 Kentucky for the largest Champions Classic margin of victory, overtaking the Wildcats" 32-point 2014 win over the Jayhawks.

The Blue Devils' fabulous freshmen collectively laughed as if that mattered on Tuesday night. "He was the best player on our team tonight".

Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures. Dude was BEASTING, scoring 28 points (on 11-13 shooting) and grabbing 7 rebounds. Duke would go on to shoot over 50 percent from the floor. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint. He lived up to the hype in his first collegiate game.

Both Barrett and Williamson surpassed Marvin Bagley III's program record for points by a freshman in his debut at 25. The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15.

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For the Blue Devils, Jack White was there to keep them together.

"Obviously, we have to learn to close out games, " Self said. "It'll be there every night".

Duke hosts Krzyzewski's alma mater, Army, on Sunday.

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