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

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

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

It was the most lopsided defeat in coach John Calipari's tenure at Kentucky and marked the eighth time in 10 meetings the Blue Devils have beaten the Wildcats. "I shouldn't say I'm surprised at how well these guys played because I see them, but to play on this stage right away against Kentucky was a little bit surprising". Either they're a great handling team or we're not doing enough defensively. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

Duke: The Blue Devils seem to have it all - athletes, scorers, defenders and rebounders.

Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game.

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

RJ Barrett led the way for the Dukies with a game-high 33 points in addition to six assists and four rebounds.

Freshman Keldon Johnson led Kentucky with 23 while grad transfer Reid Travis scored 22 in his Wildcats debut. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent.

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. The 6-foot-8 forward ended the night with a career-high nine points and showed up as a deep threat in addition to a finisher at the rim.

In this Cats Illustrated "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the United Kingdom loss. It was as bad a night as United Kingdom has ever experienced in a high-profile game.

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.

One has to wonder about the Cats' collective psyche after taking such a brutal loss to open the season. It could take some time to fix the mental damage that Duke inflicted.

And the feeling I have seeing this Duke team turn Kentucky into early season mid-major fodder is no different then the feeling I had after watching that Kentucky team turn that Kansas team into a group of middle schoolers running offense for the first time: How in the hell is anyone going to beat Duke?

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

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

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

15-4 - Turnovers for United Kingdom and Duke, respectively.

Duke: "Every game will be like that".

1926 - UK's previous worst loss in a season opener, falling 48-10 to Cincinnati.

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