2nd-Ranked Kentucky Crushed By 4th-Ranked Duke In Season Opener

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We rounded up the best of Williamson's debut. However, we shouldn't cry too much for John Calipari as he landed three five-stars ranked in the top 13.

"They're a very confident group, and they're very talented, but also our upperclassmen have gotten better, so it's a nice mix", Krzyzewski said.

The coach said he told freshmen point guard Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley he would be spending more time with them immediately to get "them on the same page with the rest of us".

Williamson - a 6-7 power forward - logged 23 minutes against the Wildcats, recording 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting (1-of-1 from downtown), seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.

For the Blue Devils, Jack White was there to keep them together.

Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game.

With just two exhibition games under their belts, we did not have a whole lot to go on when breaking down this Kansas team.

And in just 23 minutes, Zion Williamson - who had to sit out much of the first half after picking up two quick fouls - finished with 28 points on a shooting performance that was almost ideal.

The night was full of fantastic finishes and plays by all of the Blue Devils' freshman faces, but Williamson particularly wowed with his highlight-worthy moments.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with fans after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-73 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 9, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina.

Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

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

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. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc.

In Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in the fourth-iteration of the Champions Classic and the first one that was held in Indianapolis, then-No.

Duke: "Every game will be like that".

"We really do care", Travis said.

Kentucky hosts Southern Illinois in the Wildcats' regular-season home opener Friday night at 6 p.m.

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