Is College Basketball Already Too Easy For Zion Williamson, Duke Freshmen?

ESPN's matchup predictor for Duke Kentucky NCAA Men's Basketball

He may not be the one that gets all of the headlines, but there is not a single team in the country that features three players that are big enough, athletic enough and good enough defensively to handle Duke's Big Three.

Just like everyone else in the basketball world, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was left speechless after watching Duke freshman Zion Williamson put on a show on national television Tuesday night against Kentucky.

Also, the 118 points are the most by the Blue Devils against a team from a major conference since a 120-84 home win over UCLA in 1998. Four players scored 15 or more points, and it took a late run by the Spartans to make a game.

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

Kentucky shot only 44.1 percent from the field (26 of 59) and was just 4-for-17 from deep.

Freshman Keldon Johnson led Kentucky with 23 while grad transfer Reid Travis scored 22 in his Wildcats debut. Freshman wing Tyler Herro added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

"I think he could be because of his natural ability". Perhaps the value in losing one like this to begin the season is knowing exactly how much work it's going to take to reach your goals in March.

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A Williamson layup and Reddish 3-pointer in the first minute of the second half pushed Duke's lead to 64-42 and caused Kentucky coach John Calipari to call a timeout.

One has to wonder about the Cats' collective psyche after taking such a brutal loss to open the season.

Even the National Basketball Association took notice of Duke's 118-84 dismantling of lottery pipeline Kentucky. The game marked the first time Kentucky faced a ranked opponent in a season opener since a 79-71 overtime loss to Clemson in 1995.

Zion Williamson has been touted as basketball's next big thing for some time and judging by the reaction to his USA college basketball debut for the Duke Blue Devils, the hype surrounding the teenager shows no sign of abating.

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

59 - Points in a half tied for the most United Kingdom has surrendered under Calipari in a half (Texas A&M, 2018).

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