Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

Zion Williamson, Duke - Barrett scored more points for the Blue Devils, but no one embodied the way Duke bludgeoned United Kingdom like the 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward from Spartanburg, S.C. He looked like a pro playing against college kids.

The highly-anticipated game between two of the nation's most successful college programs was never close.

"It's just one game and I understand that We've got a shot at seeing a basketball team that can go undefeated". Williamson is the most famous college basketball player maybe ever, and we know all about the athleticism and the highlight reels dunks. He was efficient with his shooting too, going 13-for-26 from the field.

Duke blew the game open early and silenced the Kentucky-clad crowd with a 34-13 start.

But Duke closed the half getting easy baskets from Barrett, off a pass from Jones, and Bolden, off a pass from Barrett, to lead 59-42 at intermission.

Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game. Both Barrett and Williamson broke the record for most points scored for a freshman on their debut, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 points set by Marvin Bagley III.

"[Grimes] came out with a free mind and played his game, " Lawson said.

It was a total and complete annihilation, the likes that we rarely see when two top five teams take the floor, and in that same building on Tuesday night, it was hard not to think of that Kentucky win as the Wildcats found the shoe on the other foot. Kansas picked up its third straight victory in the Classic and improved to 15-1 in openers under coach Bill Self - on a night the Jayhawks were in control nearly the entire way.

"We really do care", Travis said. The Jayhawks never trailed in the second half.

"This game was supposed to (feature) the top two recruiting classes".

Then Cassius Watson missed a layup, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes made 1 of 2 free throws to seal it.

Kansas controlled the paint for most of the game and used a 43% three-point shooting effort to build their lead and hold Michigan State off.

That didn't change and the United Kingdom coach didn't try to sugarcoat how poorly his team played. "If he has that, with the energy he brings to the game, he's definitely gonna be the best".