Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

He may not be the one that gets all of the headlines, but there is not a single team in the country that features three players that are big enough, athletic enough and good enough defensively to handle Duke's Big Three. By the second TV timeout, it was clear that these two teams were in totally different weight classes, and by the time the final buzzer sounded, John Calipari walked off the floor having been tagged with the worst loss of his career.

Duke: The Blue Devils seem to have it all - athletes, scorers, defenders and rebounders.

Furthermore, a third Duke freshman, Cam Reddish, came up just four points shy of becoming the third to top Bagley's previous debut record.

The fourth freshman starter on the squad, Tre Jones, directed the show (in front of his brother, former Duke point guard Tyus Jones, who was given permission to use the private jet of his National Basketball Association teammate in Minnesota, Jimmy Butler, just to see his younger sibling's first official college game). The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive openers.

Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments.

Kentucky shot only 44.1 percent from the field (26 of 59) and was just 4-for-17 from deep.

In this Cats Illustrated "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the United Kingdom loss. It was as bad a night as United Kingdom has ever experienced in a high-profile game.

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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.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky and graduate transfer Reid Travis added 22 for the Wildcats. It will be interesting to see how United Kingdom bounces back from this one. He thinks Duke has what it takes to go undefeated. The game marked the first time Kentucky faced a ranked opponent in a season opener since a 79-71 overtime loss to Clemson in 1995.

After the performance, former Duke star Dahntay Jones went so far as to say that Williamson could turn himself into the greatest Blue Devil ever.

4-4 - The Cats' record in the Champions Classic. Duke improved to 12-2 all-time in Indianapolis and 3-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

59 - Points in a half tied for the most United Kingdom has surrendered under Calipari in a half (Texas A&M, 2018).

Duke: "Every game will be like that".

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