Publicado: Vie, Noviembre 09, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

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

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

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

The Blue Devils' fabulous freshmen collectively laughed as if that mattered on Tuesday night.

Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Lawson added 20 points in his first game with the Jayhawks, helping Kansas stymie No. 10 Michigan State's late charge for a victory in the season-opening Champions Classic. Tre Jones had seven assists and no turnovers. Your team has the No. 1 pick. Jones made it all flow.

"I'm really proud of my guys", he said.

"Now we know what they can do", Self said of Dotson and Grimes. "They responded. They were magnificent tonight". What makes things even more freaky is Duke's side consisted mostly of freshmen (first year students). Yes, Calipari started the trend, but Krzyzewski now owns it.

Check out some more highlights from Duke's decisive victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in the tweets embedded below. That's the Kentucky Wildcats.

Like, what the hell did we just watch, and can it be stopped?

This was Kentucky. The Kentucky Wildcats.

"This game was supposed to (feature) the top two recruiting classes". Matt McQuaid added 12 points.

This is the program that has made four trips to the Final Four under Calipari. The Blue Devils have three blue-chip freshmen in RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish.

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Duke hosts Krzyzewski's alma mater, Army, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, there's little graceful about the powerful Williamson.

Duke shot 54.4 percent from the field (43 of 79), including a 12-of-26 night from the 3-point line.

Kentucky: "It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said.

"It didn't bother him", he said.

The big difference between Parker and Randle heading into 2019 is that while Parker's team option was a franchise taking a chance on him, Randle's player-option in his Pelicans contract allows him to control his future. It didn't matter. He didn't have a player on his roster who could handle the Canadian star.

"[Grimes] came out with a free mind and played his game, " Lawson said. If you take away transition defense, I think we did a lot of good things.

What is this Duke team missing? The Blue Devils are unique and risky everywhere.

It's the beginning of the season. "Either they're a great (ball) handling team or we're not doing enough defensively", Calipari said. In arguably the most workmanlike performance of anyone on the court, the Aussie finished with nine points, three assists, two steals, zero turnovers, a game-high 11 rebounds, and at least another handful of heady hustle plays that don't show up on the stat sheet but tremendously helped his team put together a tremendous overall display.

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