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

In the world of one-and-dones Coach K and Duke attempting to take unprecedented path to a title

In the world of one-and-dones Coach K and Duke attempting to take unprecedented path to a title

Zion Williamson and fourth-ranked Duke were well on their way to a blowout victory when the high-flying freshman blocked a shot to start yet another Blue Devil fastbreak.

"I've never seen anyone like Zion", teammate Javin DeLaurier toldThe News & Observer before Duke's season-opener. On both sides of the floor, on the glass and on the perimeter, the junior captain was locked in and hungry. Williamson had seven of Duke's 38 rebounds.

Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds. "I told Mike (Krzyzewski) after, I said, 'You guys played great.' They made shots, they passed the ball, they attacked at the rim". That allowed Kentucky to climb back as close as 12 points.

Duke's newcomers never doubted they could win this convincingly.

White also showed off the defensive acumen expected of a three-year veteran, locking down Wildcat perimeter threat Herro easily. Still, the overall takeaway is that virtually everyone is talking about what Duke did on Tuesday, and much of that chatter is framed through the prism of the kind of all-world prospect that Zion Williamson is at this stage. "He's a very talented player as are all the players on their team".

"Built like a tight end, brandishing unnatural agility and explosiveness, Williamson is a truly unique player and arguably boasts the greatest upside of any eligible prospect", gushed Sports Illustrated.

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Duke was able to limit turnovers, as the Blue Devils had a significant turnover margin. 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.

The Blue Devils put on an impressive performance Tuesday.

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

"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.

Jones isn't the only one making bold claims about Duke basketball; Stephen A. Smith had quite the declaration on First Take this morning.

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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.

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