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Barrett scores 33, No. 4 Duke blows out No. 2 Kentucky in season opener

"We weren't surprised we were winning by so much", Barrett said.

One thing is sure: the Cavs aren't the only National Basketball Association team interested in these three players.

"They're a very good team", Calipari said. While quite a few things on the Kansas side stood out, none were more impressive than the play of freshman guard Quentin Grimes. They needed their two-best defenders on Barrett and Williamson, and their point guard needed to guard Tre Jones - we'll get to him in a second - which left Tyler Herro to try and slow down Reddish.

Duke routed Kentucky 118-84 and saw freshman players Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and RJ Barrett combine to score a ridiculous 83 points. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field with six assists and four rebounds, and Williamson went 11 of 13 from the field with seven rebounds.

Kentucky never led in the game while the Blue Devils led by as many as 37 points in the second half.

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The 6-foot-10 Laszewski led the way with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. "And they responded. They were magnificent".

The Blue Devils won by 34 points, but it felt like a million.

Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game. Duke pushed the margin back to 17 at the half, then opened the second half with a 15-5 run to put the game away.

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 Blue Devils are unique and unsafe everywhere.

The Cats were led by freshman wing Keldon Johnson with 23 points and Travis with 22. He also added six assists and four rebounds.

In this Cats Illustrated "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the United Kingdom loss.

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Kansas maintained control of the game for the bulk of the contest.

Kentucky's sophomores were expected to give the Cats a big experience edge coming into this game, but PJ Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards struggled throughout the night. The Blue Devils made 46.2 percent of their 3-point attempts. If he does enough to seem like he could fit with the fully healthy version of the Bulls, it is easy to see the Bulls working out a long-term contract or simply giving the Parker-experiment one more year.

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

4-4 - The Cats' record in the Champions Classic.

Kentucky fans flooded the streets and pubs of downtown Indianapolis before they filled Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

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