The craziest stats from Duke's blowout of Kentucky

Coach K isn't happy with a play

Coach K isn't happy with a play

Either they're a great handling team or we're not doing enough defensively.

"If that is who they are, they aren't going to lose many games, " Calipari said. "I told (UK's players) I got outcoached, you guys got outplayed, we'll watch the tape and move on".

My head tells me there is a team out there with a smart enough coach and smart enough players to frustrate Duke, it's just hard to imagine a team successfully guarding R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson for an entire game.

The No. 3 Duke Blue Devils made a strong case to jump Kansas in the ranking and become the No. 1 team in the nation after dismantling No. 2 Kentucky on a neutral floor in Indianapolis on opening night. Duke notched its 100th point of the night with a whopping 7:38 still to play, and the 118 points it finished with smashed the previous record of 94 (set by Kansas, against Duke, back in 2013). The small forward poured in 22 points, showing off a smooth stroke from beyond the arc, where he was 3-of-8, as well as from the charity stripe, where he was a flawless 7-of-7. Although the younger Jones only scored six points, he was Tyus-like in running the point for 30 minutes without committing a single turnover while dishing out seven assists. "I'm really proud of my freshmen". "You start four freshmen, and no matter how talented they are, you don't know what they're going to do in this environment against an outstanding team and a great program. And they responded. They were magnificent".

The Blue Devils raced to a 32-11 lead early in the game.

Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments. Duke would go on to shoot over 50 percent from the floor. The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive openers.

Freshman Keldon Johnson led Kentucky with 23 while grad transfer Reid Travis scored 22 in his Wildcats debut. He also added six assists and four rebounds. Perhaps the value in losing one like this to begin the season is knowing exactly how much work it's going to take to reach your goals in March. Kansas shot under 20 percent from the field and scored 12 second half points. It will be interesting to see how United Kingdom bounces back from this one.

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

1st - Loss by a Calipari UK squad in a season opener and the first time the Cats have been under.500 during his time in Lexington.

I foresee the Wildcats playing like a disrespected team here.

59 - Points in a half tied for the most United Kingdom has surrendered under Calipari in a half (Texas A&M, 2018). Junior Jack White came off the bench to produce nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

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