No team has ever scored more points against John Calipari-coached Kentucky team.
"I said in one of the huddles, 'You guys thought this was going to be easy.' I haven't had many of these games, but I've had a few, and the most you learn from it is they wanted it more than we wanted it", Calipari said. In his 24 minutes of playing time, the 6-8 small forward scored 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting (3-of-8 from 3-point land), three assists, two rebounds and four steals.
Duke led by 10 after six minutes and extended the lead to 34-13 less than 10 minutes into the game.
Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game.
Kentucky never led in the game while the Blue Devils led by as many as 37 points in the second half.
Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field while Williamson was 11 of 13 with seven rebounds.
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 flawless. Duke would go on to shoot over 50 percent from the floor.
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This year's Duke team could prove to be one of Krzyzewski's best.
Barrett and Williamson led the charge for the Blue Devils on Tuesday night, with Reddish not far behind on the stat sheet. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. 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. The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc. Duke improved to 12-2 all-time in Indianapolis and 3-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Travis did say getting down so early was "kind of a blow to your chest" and one that Kentucky did not handle well.
"We really do care", Travis said.
In what will go down as Tom Keegan's final KU Sports Extra at the Journal-World, we broke down the game and reacted to some of the things that went down during KU's season opener on Tuesday night.
Duke hosts Krzyzewski's alma mater, Army, on Sunday.