National Basketball Association players react to Duke's blowout win over Kentucky

May JohnsonNov 08, 2018

Duke's fabulous freshman weren't just ready for their first turn in the spotlight.

"I gotta give them credit", Calipari said of the Blue Devils.

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"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.

"Really proud of my guys", Krzyzewski said.

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field while Williamson was 11 of 13 with seven rebounds. And all Duke did was hand John Calipari the most lopsided loss of his 10-year tenure in Lexington.

We knew that would be the case with Barrett.

We could see that coming then.

Keldon Johnson led the Wildcats with 23 points while Reid Travis added 22 points.

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The highly-anticipated game between two of the nation's most successful college programs was never close. Duke used an 18-2 run to take a 29-10 lead and, in retrospect, the game was basically over at that point.

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. Barrett's dunk with 16:11 remaining made it 72-47, Alex O'Connell's 3-pointer with 11:45 remaining made it 91-54 and Duke topped the 100-point mark on another dunk by Barrett with 7:36 left. That allowed Kentucky to climb back as close as 12 points.

It was just one game, but it's going to take a minute to process. "I haven't lost faith in my guys".

Before we get to Dahntay's words.

Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson carried the Kansas backcourt.

That was especially true of R.J. Barrett, who more or less did whatever he wanted to do against Kentucky. If they keep playing this way, No. 1 Kansas might just stay on top of the college basketball world.

TMZ Sports spoke to Dahntay Jones, a former Duke All-American, and he says Zion's dominating season-opening performance against Kentucky last night was evidence of greatness to come. My head tells me Duke isn't going to play like that every night. While team basketball won the game, the individual efforts stole the show. "We have a big target on us", Barrett said. Kansas shot under 20 percent from the field and scored 12 second half points.

But in a game pitting two of the Power Five conference preseason favorites, the Spartans made the finish as intriguing as expected. He finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

"I learned something about my team tonight, " Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. What will it be like during the rigors of ACC play when you may play three games in six days with two on the road?

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