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CBS Sports breaks down Duke and Kentucky


Last night, I outlined why I believe all of Duke’s preseason buzz will actually help Kentucky this season, and today, CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish has a great breakdown of the two teams, which rank first and second in the AP Poll. Parrish compares each team’s starting lineups, bench, coaching, strengths, weaknesses, and schedules to explain why he thinks the Blue Devils are superior. According to his logic, Kentucky actually has a better starting five (De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe, Wenyen Gabriel, and Bam Adebayo) than the Blue Devils.

“Needless to say, Duke and Kentucky are so talented that both could start games in a variety of ways. And they probably will throughout the season based on health and matchups. But sources connected to each program suggested the above possible starting lineups when asked. And, frankly, I think I prefer this Kentucky lineup to this Duke lineup because the Wildcats A) have a true — not to mention awesome — point guard, and B) seem set to start their five most talented players. Duke, on the other hand, doesn’t have a true point guard and probably isn’t going to start its five most talented players. So I’ll give Kentucky’s starters an advantage over Duke’s starters — mostly because I love the De’Aaron Fox/Malik Monk backcourt that will definitely be the nation’s most exciting and maybe also its best.”

On the flip side, Parrish argues that Duke’s bench is stronger than Kentucky’s (which is true) but the Cats’ “biggest weakness” (youth) are less worrisome than the Blue Devils’ (no true point guard, injuries). What about coaching? You won’t like his answer, but you can read it at

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6 Comments for CBS Sports breaks down Duke and Kentucky

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    3:29 pm November 11, 2016 Permalink

    I really don’t consider us that inexperienced compared to some other classes we have had.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      3:30 pm November 11, 2016 Permalink

      Also, to comment on our team picture…poor Mulder on the back row.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:50 pm November 11, 2016 Permalink

      He does “stand out” doesn’t he?

    • J-Dub421
      3:53 pm November 11, 2016 Permalink

      We are inexperienced compared to Duke and their 10th year senior, Amile Jefferson…

  2. World Wide Wes
    4:13 pm November 11, 2016 Permalink

    DAMN, I didn’t realize Chris Partlow from the Wire played for them… #34

    4:56 pm November 11, 2016 Permalink

    Just by looking at those two pictures it is obvious that Kentucky is “out-manned” from the start. Just look, Duke has 16 players in uniform. Kentucky only has 14. Right off the bat, they are already up on us. And secondly, Duke has 10 more men, in ties, in their picture, and UK has ZERO. ZERO! We don’t have any men in ties on our team, we don’t stand a chance, we don’t even have a coach. This is just not fair, we are out-manned and out “coat and tied” even before the season starts, and that’s a FOUL!

    (to those that may be alarmed by this post and are upset…this was meant to be funny, ok?)