Quentin Grimes (21 points, 4 assists) and Dedric Lawson (20 points, 6 assists, 14 rebounds) proved they could replace the production lost from last year's team.
Kansas looked like the No. 1 team for, oh, about two hours because Zion Williamson happened.
Duke: The Blue Devils seem to have it all - athletes, scorers, defenders and rebounders.
Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game.
Before we get to Dahntay's words.
The lopsided score was a surprise to most college basketball observers, who didn't know exactly what to expect from Barrett and fellow freshman Zion Williamson, who added 28 points.
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Every single game that the Blue Devils play this season, they are going to have the two-best players on the floor, if not the three-best.
Kentucky: It was an embarrassing performance for the Wildcats, who weren't physical enough against Williamson and couldn't keep up with Barrett. Most teams don't have that kind of combination, but it's clear Kentucky needs to improve dramatically to keep up with the nation's top teams. Still, you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski will try to fix his team's flaws and make Duke an even more hard matchup. 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.
Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.
The Duke Blue Devils were the talk of the basketball world on Tuesday evening, as Mike Krzyzewski's bunch utterly destroyed a highly-touted Kentucky team in front of a national audience.
1st - Loss by a Calipari UK squad in a season opener and the first time the Cats have been under.500 during his time in Lexington.
In Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in the fourth-iteration of the Champions Classic and the first one that was held in Indianapolis, then-No.
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That overall display - in a game that the Blue Devils entered as a slight underdog - is sure to be the primary topic amongst college basketball fans at water coolers in offices across the country for days to come.
Kentucky: "It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said.
38-37 - Duke rebounding advantage, including a game-high 11 by reserve forward Jack White.
"Obviously, we have to learn to close out games, " Self said. "It'll be there every night".
Duke next faces Army on Sunday.
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