Thursday, 22 November, 2018

John Calipari says Kentucky 'outcoached, outplayed' by Duke

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Kristopher Love | 08 November, 2018, 21:56

However, we shouldn't cry too much for John Calipari as he landed three five-stars ranked in the top 13.

"I said in one of the huddles, 'You guys thought this was going to be easy.' I haven't had many of these games, but I've had a few, and the most you learn from it is they wanted it more than we wanted it", Calipari said. 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.

Although the Blue Devils' early lead quickly silenced Big Blue Nation, Duke will need a vocal leader on the court to keep everyone's heads in check for ACC road games.

Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game. That's the Kentucky Wildcats.

Duke shot 54.4 percent from the field (43 of 79), including a 12-of-26 night from the 3-point line. Still, you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski will try to fix his team's flaws and make Duke an even more hard matchup. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint.

Facing a Kentucky squad with twin towers in Reid Travis and E.J. Montgomery, the Blue Devils needed all the help they could get grabbing boards and controlling possession, and White delivered.

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. Both players broke the school record for points by a freshman in their debut. "As we mature, we'll be able to stop those blows and flip it".

In Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in the fourth-iteration of the Champions Classic and the first one that was held in Indianapolis, then-No.

The Blue Devils found themselves in deep foul trouble as six players, including Reddish, Williamson and Bolden, picked up two fouls each in the first half.

"Obviously, we have to learn to close out games, " Self said. He's not going to shoot 11-of-13 from the floor every night.

Kentucky hosts Southern Illinois in the Wildcats' regular-season home opener Friday night at 6 p.m.

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