INDIANAPOLIS-With two freshmen breaking Duke's previous debut scoring record in one night, it's easy to keep all eyes on the Blue Devils' younger players.
The Blue Devils found themselves in deep foul trouble as six players, including Reddish, Williamson and Bolden, picked up two fouls each in the first half. "Either they're a great (ball) handling team or we're not doing enough defensively", Calipari said.
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"I saw some kid on Duke last night who is pretty impressive", said Kerr.
"Really proud of my guys", Krzyzewski said.
Barrett also starred for Duke with a game high 33 points. It's the worst loss for Kentucky in the John Calipari era.
The teams set a Classic record for most combined points, set hours earlier in No. 1 Kansas' 92-87 victory over No. 10 Michigan State.
Duke's newcomers never doubted they could win this convincingly. "We have to do some soul searching", Calipari said after the game. "We know what we have".
"What's for certain is that Williamson is something we've never seen before, and while some teams may be afraid to take the chance, others will see enormous potential".
Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky.
Duke's four freshmen starters scored the Blue Devils' first four field goals, with Jones, Reddish and Williamson hitting 3-pointers and Barrett a shot in the lane as Duke led 11-4. Kentucky shaved the deficit to 12 on one occasion and 13 on another but could get no closer. "I haven't lost faith in my guys".
Before we get to Dahntay's words. "They were just better than us".
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.
"[Grimes] came out with a free mind and played his game, " Lawson said.
Kentucky's sophomores were expected to give the Cats a big experience edge coming into this game, but PJ Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards struggled throughout the night. While team basketball won the game, the individual efforts stole the show. Kansas picked up its third straight victory in the Classic and improved to 15-1 in openers under coach Bill Self - on a night the Jayhawks were in control nearly the entire way. "We have a big target on us", Barrett said.
"This game was supposed to (feature) the top two recruiting classes". Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent.
Then Cassius Watson missed a layup, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes made 1 of 2 free throws to seal it.
"With 8 minutes to go, I said, "I'm not calling a timeout".