Blue Devils begin with marquee game

Blue Devils begin with marquee game

"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.

Talk about living up to its billing.

Duke routed Kentucky 118-84 and saw freshman players Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and RJ Barrett combine to score a ridiculous 83 points. 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. Yes, I am calling this 18-year-old man child by his first name because he is already that big of a name already, despite being three whole years younger than me. Michigan State's offense was flustered in the first half. He also made nimble moves to the basket that you would not expect of someone so big. It's totally different now than back when I played. The loss is the most one-sided defeat in coach John Calipari's tenure at Kentucky.

No one who played for Kentucky or Duke Tuesday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis were born yet on March 28, 1992, when Christian Laettner famously intentionally stepped on a supine Aminu Timberlake, then went on to hit the turnaround jumper over Feldhaus as time expired that lifted the Blue Devils past the Cats, 104-103, in overtime in the regional finals. The trio did all of that early and often against a Kentucky team that was sorely overmatched by Coach K's crew. A lot of things can happen. "You try to just play the best you can and win, but I'd say people like to build it up and stuff like that".

Talk about a dud. But the Wildcats also return sophomores PJ Washington, Nick Richards and Quade Green and added grad transfer Reid Travis, a two-time All-Pac 12 performer at Stanford. Instead, the nation's No. 2 team in the preseason polls did an immediate face plant. And just three weeks ago, it was zero percent. After one game, that projection looks correct. The Blue Devils have top-tier talent no one else can match: The number one NBA prospect, the number two NBA prospect and potentially the number three NBA prospect. Duke shot 54.4 percent from the floor and made 12 of 26 three-point attempts. The so-called second best team in the country couldn't compete with Duke for more than six minutes of gameplay. That's the fewest turnovers the Cats have forced in a game in the Calipari era.

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"You play bad and win or you play well and lose, this is learning", Calipari said. "I was telling my staff that".

Time heals all wounds - Feldhaus said five years playing professionally in Japan after graduation helped, too - and he looked forward to Tuesday. Your team has the No. 1 pick. Last season, Kentucky struggled mightily, and outside of freshman Tyler Herro, who went 5-for-7 from deep in the Wildcats' last exhibition game, those issues still linger.

This team won't end up in the NIT. Despite showing flashes of promise, the junior has yet to put together consistent action in limited minutes over consecutive games. As usual, Calipari's club is loaded with freshman.

Nebraska 106, Mississippi Valley State 37: Glynn Watson, Jr. scored 19 points to lead Nebraska, which led by as many as 72, over cold-shooting Mississippi Valley State in Lincoln, Neb.

No. 8 North Carolina 78, Wofford 67: SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Luke Maye had 24 points, Cameron Johnson provided a huge spark in the second half and North Carolina avenged an upset loss to Wofford a year ago. He suggested that neither Ashton Hagans nor Immanuel Quickley were the kind of game-changing point guards United Kingdom enjoyed with John Wall, Brandon Knight and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

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