Of all the things I envisioned happening tonight, this wasn’t one of them. Kentucky trails Duke at half 59-42, and if that score isn’t indication enough, it’s an old fashioned butt-whooping.
The story of the game? Duke’s trio of star freshmen, RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, and Cam Reddish, have a combined 45 points. Kentucky has no answer for Barrett (20 points) or Williamson (13 points), even though Zion only played ten minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. The Cats have struggled to achieve any flow on offense or defense. Keldon Johnson leads the way with 12 points, followed by Reid Travis with 8 and EJ Montgomery with 6. Kentucky is only 1-10 from three-point land. If there’s any hope of eating into Duke’s giant lead, that’s gotta change fast.