Captain Jack White displays leadership and vast improvement for Duke men's basketball

08 November, 2018, 10:26 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Coach K isn't happy with a play

The Duke basketball freshman enjoyed a stirring college-basketball debut Tuesday night in the Blue Devils' 118-84 win over Kentucky.

"It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said. "As we mature, we'll be able to stop those blows and flip it".

Duke won for the eighth time in 10 meetings between two of the nation's four winningest programs, and this time handed coach John Calipari his most lopsided loss since taking the job a decade ago. Only four times has one of his teams suffered a 30-point loss in 924 games.

"They're a very confident group, and they're very talented, but also our upperclassmen have gotten better, so it's a nice mix", Krzyzewski said. Zion Williamson could be better than all these guys, because a Duke great says ZW could be the best Duke player EVER. "I mean this brother is special". Either they're a great handling team or we're not doing enough defensively. "I told (UK's players) I got outcoached, you guys got outplayed, we'll watch the tape and move on".

Watching Zion Williamson, Duke's extraterrestrial 6-foot-8, 285-pound forward, put up 28 points while slicing through the air effortlessly with rim-rocking dunks and breathtaking blocks, brings one to the alter of basketball hyperbole. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field with six assists and four rebounds, and Williamson went 11 of 13 from the field with seven rebounds. Reddish added 22 points. "I'm really proud of my freshmen". "And they responded. They were magnificent".


For the Blue Devils, Jack White was there to keep them together. Kentucky shaved the deficit to 12 on one occasion and 13 on another but could get no closer.

But Duke closed the half getting easy baskets from Barrett, off a pass from Jones, and Bolden, off a pass from Barrett, to lead 59-42 at intermission.

They cut a 10-point deficit to 90-87 when Kyle Ahrens made a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and could have gotten within two after Kansas's Devon Dotson missed one of two free throws with 15 seconds to go.

When Barrett scored inside at 11:47, Duke had made 11 of its first 19 shots and six Blue Devils had scored to build a 27-10 lead.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky. He finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

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