Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The craziest stats from Duke's blowout of Kentucky

The craziest stats from Duke's blowout of Kentucky

The Blue Devils are going to dominate college basketball coverage this year, and that will get exhausting.

38-37 - Duke rebounding advantage, including a game-high 11 by reserve forward Jack White.

And if the Blue Devils, who made 54 percent of their shots and 47 percent of their three-point attempts, continue to put on similar displays as the season continues - next up is a home game on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Army, Coach K's alma mater and site of his first head-coaching job - they will be the source of headaches for coaches who will be tasked with figuring out how to slow down such a phenomenal group of freshmen and their impressive supporting cast.

"I learned something about my team tonight, " Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.

Kentucky trailed 11-8 when Duke scored the game's next nine points in less than two minutes. Kentucky shaved the deficit to 12 on one occasion and 13 on another but could get no closer.

White also showed off the defensive acumen expected of a three-year veteran, locking down Wildcat perimeter threat Herro easily.

I've had Kentucky No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And One since the Wildcats added Reid Travis and Ashton Hagans back in June. "He was the best player on our team tonight".

But in a game that was basically one giant Duke run - literally, as the Blue Devils created one fast break after another, resulting from their 10 steals and the Wildcats' 15 turnovers (Duke had only four), opening with a 27-10 advantage and outscoring Kentucky by the same 59-42 margin in both halves - it wasn't just the freshmen who were almost ideal.

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Duke: The Blue Devils seem to have it all - athletes, scorers, defenders and rebounders. While he did finish with 22 points and seven rebounds, most of his buckets came once the outcome was already decided.

What is this Duke team missing?

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. Duke experienced a taste of how loud opposing fans can get at the start of the contest, as a horde of Kentucky fans descended upon Indianapolis, transforming Bankers Life Fieldhouse into Rupp Arena lite.

We could see that coming then.

With just two exhibition games under their belts, we did not have a whole lot to go on when breaking down this Kansas team.

12-10 - Kentucky's lead in the all-time series with Duke.

"I gotta give them credit", Calipari said of the Blue Devils.

But, on the first night of the season, the young Blue Devils (1-0) looked like the best team in the country and left Kentucky (0-1) wondering what just happened.

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