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

Barrett scores 33, No. 4 Duke blows out No. 2 Kentucky in season opener

And all Duke did was hand John Calipari the most lopsided loss of his 10-year tenure in Lexington. How many times did we have numbers and it led to transition points for them (Michigan State)?

The final score was 72-40, but the game was never really in doubt.

They could find themselves enamored by Barrett, a prototypical wing with a great physical profile, the ability to finish through contact and most importantly, a dynamic scoring game and the aggressive scoring mindset to fit it.

We knew that would be the case with Barrett. In the clip below, we see the defense collapse on Grimes as he counters it by dishing it to Dotson for a three.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky. The first game of the Champions Classic is No. 10 Michigan State versus No. 1 Kansas, but we'll focus on the second game - No. 4 Duke versus No. 2 Kentucky.

After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half. The former contest will take place at 7 p.m. ET in Indianapolis, Ind., followed by the top-five matchup between the Blue Devils and Wildcats. Kentucky shaved the deficit to 12 on one occasion and 13 on another but could get no closer.

Whether Cleveland had one of the best perimeter units in the league after selecting Barrett, they would have a player who could be one of the best perimeter player in the Eastern Conference in a couple of seasons. "I haven't lost faith in my guys".

"Tanking" is such a stigmatized word in the world of sports but, in certain situations, it's undeniable that a franchise would be better served by ensuring they get as high a draft pick as possible. Kentucky was trailing by double-digits for pretty much the entire game and Duke's core of elite freshman simply overpowered Calipari's Wildcats.

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.

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Duke: The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15.

The 6-foot-10 Laszewski led the way with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.

The Blue Devils showed no flaws in the lid-lifter and that is scary for the deep ACC plus anyone else who may see this behemoth on the schedule. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

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.

Most of NIU's shots came from short range, as the Huskies ended the evening 38 of 61 from the floor for a 62.3 percent shooting performance. Nevada shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and 51 percent in the second.

"They didn't run any plays", Calipari said of the Blue Devils. "He said all you guys hit the genetic lottery but Zion hit it twice". "Obviously, we were all very excited and hyped up for that game, and it's kind of a blow to your chest".

"Now we know what they can do", Self said of Dotson and Grimes. "It'll be there every night".

Kentucky looks to rebound when it returns to Rupp Arena against Southern Illinois on Friday.

Duke next faces Army on Sunday.

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