John Calipari says Kentucky 'outcoached, outplayed' by Duke

Florence Fletcher
November 9, 2018

Calipari said Williamson's effort against Kentucky's big bodies was unexpected.

It was the worst loss in terms of point differential at any level ofJohn Calipari's coaching career. Not only can he defend players who are physically more imposing than him, he possesses the speed to keep up with smaller players and utilise his size on offense. "I mean this brother is special".

"They do travel. And they'll watch this tape more than I watch this tape".

Michigan State: The Spartans' late surge showed they are capable of going toe to toe against the nation's top teams. "Obviously, we've got to learn how to close a game, but I thought we had some really good performances out there". Both Barrett and Williamson broke the record for most points scored for a freshman on their debut, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 points set by Marvin Bagley III. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. The lead would extend throughout the second half as the No. 2 Wildcats were unable to mount a comeback. Matt McQuaid added 12 points. Cam Reddish added 22 points and Tre Jones had six, giving Duke's freshmen a combined 89 points. "You start four freshmen, no matter how talented they are, you never know what they're going to do in this environment against an outstanding team and great program. They responded. They were magnificent tonight".

The Blue Devils' fabulous freshmen collectively laughed as if that mattered on Tuesday night.

Kentucky never got closer than 27 the rest of the game.

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After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half. The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive openers. Lawson, a redshirt junior transfer from Memphis, put up a double-double in his KU debut with 20 points and 14 rebounds while leading the team in assists with six in 38 minutes.

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Kentucky's sophomores were expected to give the Cats a big experience edge coming into this game, but PJ Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards struggled throughout the night. Looking at the team stats, Kansas took 10 more shots than the Spartans and made 5 more. If he does enough to seem like he could fit with the fully healthy version of the Bulls, it is easy to see the Bulls working out a long-term contract or simply giving the Parker-experiment one more year. It could take some time to fix the mental damage that Duke inflicted.

The Duke Blue Devils were the talk of the basketball world on Tuesday evening, as Mike Krzyzewski's bunch utterly destroyed a highly-touted Kentucky team in front of a national audience.

In the Champions Classic, Duke punched Kentucky in the face. Duke improved to 12-2 all-time in Indianapolis and 3-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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