Is College Basketball Already Too Easy For Zion Williamson, Duke Freshmen?

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What a start for RJ Barrett.

Which Duke standout would you draft with the first pick? "We have to do some soul searching", Calipari said after the game.

"I'm really proud of my guys", he said. Dude was BEASTING, scoring 28 points (on 11-13 shooting) and grabbing 7 rebounds. The loss is the most one-sided defeat in coach John Calipari's tenure at Kentucky. First, fans watched as top-ranked Kansas held off No. 10 Michigan State thanks to a deep frontcourt and a breakout debut for Quentin Grimes.

"I've never seen anyone like Zion", teammate Javin DeLaurier told The News & Observer before Duke's opener.

"We weren't surprised we were winning by so much", Barrett said. If Duke continues to dominate the way it did Tuesday night, we all know how this season will end.

We could see that coming then.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky.

But the freshmen made sure this highly-anticipated game was never close.

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

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Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments.

"I'm just glad we won to be honest", said a relieved Dedric Lawson, who finished with 20 points on 5-for-18 shooting with 14 rebounds and 6 assists. "I haven't lost faith in my guys. We've still got a good group". That's the Kentucky Wildcats. Most teams don't have that kind of combination, but it's clear Kentucky needs to improve dramatically to keep up with the nation's top teams.

When recapping what happened, it now seems silly to put the ranking of No. 4 before the Blue Devils and the No. 2 before the Wildcats.

The fifth starter for Duke, junior big man Marques Bolden, did exactly what head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been asking him to do since he arrived in Durham: he snatched loose balls in the paint with authority.

Notre Dame 84, UIC 67: Freshmen Nate Laszewski, Robby Carmody and Dane Goodwin were among five Notre Dame players to score in double figures as the youthful Fighting Irish cruised by Illinois-Chicago in South Bend, Ind. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. Udoka Azubuike (17 points, 4 blocks) also played well in his limited minutes, and Devon Dotson (16 points, 3 assists, 3 steals) showed promise in his college debut. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc.

"To be able to execute what we think is important", Self answered. "It'll be there every night".

Kentucky looks to rebound when it returns to Rupp Arena against Southern Illinois on Friday.

This season, Duke could use the same formula to chase Krzyzewski's third national title of the one-and-done era.

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