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


Travis did say getting down so early was "kind of a blow to your chest" and one that Kentucky did not handle well. The 34-point margin of victory marked the worst loss in John Calipari's coaching career.

Together, the tag-team tandem stole the show at one of college basketball's premier events.

"I gotta give them credit", Calipari said of the Blue Devils. When he goes up against teams that play the 2-3 zone, Williamson is going to have to prove he can consistently hit the outside jumper. "I mean this brother is special". "I think it's a good time for us to see where we really stand collectively".

"They were just better than us". We can tell you it's leaning under, but it has also generated a strong point-spread pick that's cashing in a whopping 70 percent of simulations.

Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Duke overwhelmed No. 2 Kentucky in a 32-point win. Williamson, Cam Reddish and Barrett - perhaps the top three picks in next summer's National Basketball Association draft - combined to score 83 points. Tarkus Ferguson added 12. Winston went six for eight in scoring opportunities, putting up 13 points and seven assists in his 22 minutes on the court.

"The untold hero of our team was Jack White", head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. The Wildcats are a perpetually young team but actually the more experienced team as they likely will start two freshmen to Duke's four. "They responded. They were magnificent tonight". The former contest will take place at 7 p.m. ET in Indianapolis, Ind., followed by the top-five matchup between the Blue Devils and Wildcats. The victor of this game will obviously get a confidence boost heading into the rest of their non-conference schedule, but no matter the result, this is still a long season to go through. This will be a close game at the half with Kansas pulling away late. It'll be a different type of defense for the Blue Devils to deal with which is half of why it's perfectly set up to pose a problem.

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Kentucky shot only 44.1 percent from the field (26 of 59) and was just 4-for-17 from deep. Dotson finished with 16 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals while going 3-5 from beyond the arc.

The Jayhawks are a definite contender for a team that could upset Duke simply because they're equally as, if not more, talented than the Blue Devils this season.

The 6-foot-10 Laszewski led the way with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. 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.

Ryan Kay: This game may be the most interesting season opener that the Spartans have had in a while.

15-4 - Turnovers for United Kingdom and Duke, respectively.