Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

What we learned from Duke’s big win over Kentucky

What we learned from Duke’s big win over Kentucky

It marked Kentucky's worst loss since a 76-41 setback to LSU on January 18, 1987, and the most lopsided in John Calipari's 27 years as a college head coach. His point total set a new Duke record for most points scored by a freshman in a season opener, breaking the previous record of 25. Reddish hit another 3-pointer, Jones and Bolden hit layups and Barrett ended a fastbreak with a slam dunk to give Duke a 20-8 lead.

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.

Three Duke players scored at least 22 points while freshman Keldon Johnson tallied 23 points for Kentucky in the losing effort.

But the freshmen made sure this highly-anticipated game was never close.

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Although the Blue Devils' early lead quickly silenced Big Blue Nation, Duke will need a vocal leader on the court to keep everyone's heads in check for ACC road games.

The Blue Devils didn't stop with that flurry.

Duke handed Calipari the worst loss of his coaching career at United Kingdom and he let his players know midway of the second half he had seen enough. Kentucky will have to find a way to get him more involved in the offense moving forward, as he attempted just eight total shots.

Barrett had a game-high 33 points, to go with six assists.

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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.

Duke: The Blue Devils seem to have it all - athletes, scorers, defenders and rebounders. Freshman wing Tyler Herro added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists. They shot 53.8 percent from the field, knocked down 12 3-pointers and ran away from Kentucky in the first half. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

In what will go down as Tom Keegan's final KU Sports Extra at the Journal-World, we broke down the game and reacted to some of the things that went down during KU's season opener on Tuesday night.

Jones says he's never seen anything like it anywhere - even at Duke - and, when it's all said and done, he's got everything it takes to jump over those other Blue Devil greats.

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When Barrett scored inside at 11:47, Duke had made 11 of its first 19 shots and six Blue Devils had scored to build a 27-10 lead.

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