Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

No. 4 Duke Decimates No. 2 Kentucky Thanks to Fantastic Freshmen

No. 4 Duke Decimates No. 2 Kentucky Thanks to Fantastic Freshmen

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

What a start for RJ Barrett.

"I gotta give them credit", Calipari said of the Blue Devils.

"To play this well on this stage, right away against Kentucky is surprising", Krzyzewski said after picking up victory No. 1,101 for his career. First, fans watched as top-ranked Kansas held off No. 10 Michigan State thanks to a deep frontcourt and a breakout debut for Quentin Grimes.

Duke's newcomers never doubted they could win this convincingly. We took at look at five teams that may have the best shot at posing a problem for what could be college basketball, and Coach K's, best team in history. "We know what we have".

We could see that coming then.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky and graduate transfer Reid Travis added 22 for the Wildcats. Visit SportsLine now to get the strong against-the-spread pick, all from the advanced model that is up more than $5,200 on its college basketball picks the past two years.

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. The victor of this game will obviously get a confidence boost heading into the rest of their non-conference schedule, but no matter the result, this is still a long season to go through.

"Obviously, we have to learn to close out games", Self said. "I haven't lost faith in my guys". We just said how we can't really wait to get out and play in front of everybody. Only four times has one of his teams suffered a 30-point loss in 924 games.

Duke: The Blue Devils seem to have it all - athletes, scorers, defenders and rebounders. Along with his three assists and a plus-minus of 35-the highest on the team-White's ability to keep Duke's offensive momentum going should not be overlooked.

Now the model has dialed in on Michigan State vs. Kansas. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. Charlie Moore sat out his transfer season previous year, and he averaged 12 points and 3.5 assists as a freshman at Cal. Moore or Devon Dotson should get the start alongside Grimes in the backcourt.

Having a captain that can provide valuable minutes on both ends of the court will be crucial for the Blue Devils, as a lineup composed primarily of freshmen could run into some mental errors in truly hostile environments.

Travis did say getting down so early was "kind of a blow to your chest" and one that Kentucky did not handle well.

"To be able to execute what we think is important", Self answered.

Barrett also starred for Duke with a game high 33 points. "It'll be there every night".

Michigan State's men's basketball team opens its 2018-19 regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 6, playing No. 1-ranked Kansas in the Champions Classic at BankersLife Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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