Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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Is College Basketball Already Too Easy For Zion Williamson, Duke Freshmen?

Is College Basketball Already Too Easy For Zion Williamson, Duke Freshmen?

The 118 points by Duke were the most an opponent has ever scored against Kentucky under John Calipari and it was the team's worst loss since he took over the program in 2009-10.

In front of a big crowd on a bright stage and on one of the biggest nights in college basketball, the Jayhawks played good offense and enough defense to move to 1-0 on the season. They shot 53.8 percent from the field, knocked down 12 3-pointers and ran away from Kentucky in the first half.

In addition to their scoring, the freshmen contributed in other ways. Although the younger Jones only scored six points, he was Tyus-like in running the point for 30 minutes without committing a single turnover while dishing out seven assists. Williamson had seven of Duke's 38 rebounds.

The freshmen sensations from Durham put on a show in Indianapolis that was nothing short of sensational, providing plenty of proof that the preseason hype surrounding them was justified. Freshman wing Tyler Herro added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Lawson added 20 points in his first game with the Jayhawks, helping Kansas stymie No. 10 Michigan State's late charge for a victory in the season-opening Champions Classic.

Wildcat fans outnumbered Duke fans at the neutral site venue but their voices were quickly quieted.

Duke was led by its sensational freshman trio of R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson.

Kentucky trailed 11-8 when Duke scored the game's next nine points in less than two minutes.

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

Duke led by 10 after six minutes and extended the lead to 34-13 less than 10 minutes into the game.

This @DukeMBB team is SCARY!

Duke's fifth starter alongside its four star freshmen was junior Marques Bolden Tuesday, and though he made a couple of impressive plays in the post, he struggled with foul trouble.

Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game.

But in a game that was basically one giant Duke run - literally, as the Blue Devils created one fast break after another, resulting from their 10 steals and the Wildcats' 15 turnovers (Duke had only four), opening with a 27-10 advantage and outscoring Kentucky by the same 59-42 margin in both halves - it wasn't just the freshmen who were almost ideal.

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