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HALF: Duke 59 Kentucky 42

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.

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92 Comments for HALF: Duke 59 Kentucky 42



  1. Bigblue7982
    11:15 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    We suck this game very disappointing.



    • unbridled
      11:36 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      We will suck a lot of games if they don’t learn how to play basketball.



    • unbridled
      11:41 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Cal is just watching duke clown on his dudes and how alpha duke is. It’s almost impossible to teach a killer instinct and nerve.



    • mashburnfan1
      11:52 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      But Cal puts players in the NBA, blah, blah, blah…Like I said many times, if K had the same teams Cal had he would have won 4 or more titles the last 10-11 years. Luckily we play in the weak SEC so will be able to get a good record. BTW SEC UF blown out by 21 {was not that close} by a very average ACC team FSU. Can anyone tell me anything Cal has worked on in practice, ANYTHING? We can’t guard, don’t help, don’t even stop the ball on breaks, that is 5th grase stuff. Typical Cal offense, no He can’t coach folks, lived off recruiting the best players and having the best talent, and still just got the 1 title. By now you know UK fans blame all losses on officiating. Right now we are dowm 32 points but have shot 13 more free throws. Guess we need to find another excuse..maybe the late start time or it being first game. Oh wait dUKe and Coach K had same start time and 1st game.



    • Robkycats54
      12:11 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Same ole Kentucky team no shooters, coach Cal doesn’t play the right roster…. Disappointed to say the least I can remember a top 5 team in my life being down by almost 40 at one point smh…. Then you go zone to a team that shoot’s 3’s smh, coach k definitely out coached him SMH this is terrible, but keldon look great, absolutely none of our bigs move they feet on defense sad day for me as a Kentucky fan coach needs to start the lineup from the Bahamas we’ve seen that work

      Quickly
      Green
      Keldon
      Pj
      Nick

      Coach Cal took the confidence away from quade & Nick this game not starting them



    • unbridled
      12:17 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Robkycat, you are borderline silly. You think this was coaching? That’s hilarious. Tonight was a display of talent. Zone defense was your issue? They were dropping bombs from 3 in man to man. Tonight educated the nation of how good the pukes are and how over rated the cats are. The line ups don’t matter. Nor do the offense or defensive sets. If you want to complain….complain about the disparity in talent.



    • unbridled
      12:22 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Mashburn you clearly don’t understand the game enough to justify a response. Good luck scooter



  2. cking
    11:16 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    This may be the second worst loss to DUke in HISTORY!!



  3. cking
    11:17 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Note to Self:
    If we suck in exhibition then we are going to suck in the first game.



  4. cking
    11:18 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    No set plays…

    Guards not feeding the post…

    Too many 3s…

    The worst defensive performance in the Cal era.



  5. davis2319
    11:20 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    We are terrified of them. Plain and simple. We looked over and saw those 3 guys and peed down or leg. Hopefully we sack up at halftime



    • unbridled
      11:38 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe a combination of that…..and the cats aren’t very good at basketball. Too much unearned hype for uk.



  6. friendsofcoal
    11:21 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Embarrassing



  7. Aar
    11:22 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Mrs TT, not to be contradictory but I suspected this could happen after watching the Cats’ exhibition performances. The most disappointing part is that the Cats didn’t do much against their second string.



  8. friendsofcoal
    11:23 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Why aren’t my comments showing up??



  9. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:24 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    As bad as our guys are playing they should be with in 10. I guess the refs are going to be asking Zion to squeal like a piggy later. Of course he told Coach “K”ill your momma you owe me another 300k that the NCAA will chalk up to Duke’s allowable living expense.



    • SanDiegoDave
      12:02 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      You are an idiot



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:29 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Coming from a Puke troll that puts my IQ in the 140s



  10. friendsofcoal
    11:24 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Come on guys…let’s get it together!



  11. RAGE
    11:24 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    This is just EMBARRASSING!!!! I ain’t even going to watch any more of this…. we don’t even look like we have any fight or energy tonight



  12. pbsully
    11:24 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Not looking good early in the season,but it only matters in March.



    • Aar
      11:48 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed



    • Gr8scot
      12:16 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      yeah maybe we’ll reach the final four… of the NIT… NOT!



  13. Papaw
    11:25 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    No defense, rushed shots, Hagans inability to make a simple pass and on time, totally out talented= blowout



  14. chris43
    11:25 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Not playing defense, can’t buy a shot, not playing team ball and most of all getting out hustled! What can you expect?



  15. davis2319
    11:32 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    This looks like Kansas and Kentucky when we blew them out. Not a good start to the season. Very discouraging. Duke is more talented and looks up to the challenge.



  16. gasman01
    11:32 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Thank God for football right now! We look totally lost.



  17. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:33 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    RJ Barret has things you can’t teach like how to get away with charges and travels



  18. friendsofcoal
    11:33 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Cal needs to recruit and let somebody else coach the games. He sure didn’t have this crew ready.



  19. Larkin123
    11:35 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    I said we lose by 25… Cal should have never messed with his team.. Should’ve been tweaking all year. This is the team being rebuilt.It’ll be a while until they come out of it. If we came from the Bahamas and set foot On the court we would’ve been very competitive tonight. I love the players and I love the program, but he has done this with almost every team except 2 or 3.



  20. A_Blue_Wildcat
    11:38 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    1st round exit this year



  21. cking
    11:38 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    40-0 my ass…

    I new we were going to get SMOKED!

    Who is this team? Where is the team that played in the Bahamas?



  22. gasman01
    11:38 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    This is the worse opening game I’ve ever witnessed…



  23. KYCat4EVER
    11:38 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Hate to have to suggest this, but Coach K really showed up and out coached Coached Cal! You could SEE it on the faces of the Duke team during the team introductions: ALL SERIOUSNESS… ALL BUSINESS! Our CATS looked like they were going to Disneyland! What a reflection on COACH CAL! What humiliation for us, and it needs to be hung on Coach Cals Neck! His commonly used “my players are just 18 year old kids” excuse went out the Window tonight. Coach K sure showed all of us that excuse doesn’t hold water at Duke!



  24. RAGE
    11:39 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    I have never been more EMBARRASSED TO BE A UK FAN…. CAL AND THE PLAYERS SHOULD BE ASHAMED



    • KYCat4EVER
      11:53 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Agree! I can almost hear Coach Cal now “it’s youth! They just don’t listen to what I tell them to do. “ It’s telling because these Duke freshman sure do look like they listen to their coach! After watching this embarrassment, I start to wonder “how would our 30-0 team have done if Coach K had them?” After tonight’s beat down and humiliating National TV performance… the JIG IS UP for Coach Cal!



  25. W1ldCats4Life
    11:39 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Sometimes there’s just bigger, faster, stronger players out there…..Duke has 3 that are just better. No other way around it. They’re more skilled, more efficient, more court awareness.



    • Aar
      11:47 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. 3 players come together much more quickly than 9.



  26. Kat4Life
    11:39 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Among the worst ass whippings I have ever witnessed against Kentucky



  27. cking
    11:40 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    How does Cal mess up a team that looked lights out in the Bahamas and turn them into this….

    This is Cal…always worrying about peaking early…

    It’s like they took the ladt 3 months off.



  28. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:43 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    If you payed me I played like I’d never played before. Somewhere combatmedic98 is thinking why isn’t dirty.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      11:44 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Isn’t Cal dirty



  29. cking
    11:44 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    This looks to be our biggest loss points wise of the Cal era?



  30. KYFAN4LYFE
    11:45 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Cal quit on this team at halftime. His facial expression on the last TV timeout says it all…he’s checked out.



  31. Jesus H. Chrysler
    11:47 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Nick Richards is a wasted scholarship



    • mashburnfan1
      12:00 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      And he was #1 rated center recruit in high school. This is why I always say wait till Dec/Jan to see what kind of players and team we have, when you have to start over every year you have no idea what you really have. We did not start totally over but basically did, a few leftover scrubs from a bad team last year. We may not have to wait till Dec/Jan this year, just like I said last year in Nov I will say it this year. This team has no shot at a title, NONE. Sadly there is little reason to watch this year and for the 2nd straight year I will not be attending a UK basketball game.



    • Cat68
      12:06 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      …and he’s better this year…what?



    • Jesus H. Chrysler
      12:20 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Quade ain’t much better.



  32. friendsofcoal
    11:47 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Cal really needs to sit down when he gets home and think about things.



  33. Hink75
    11:47 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Why is Harro in the game.



    • Aar
      11:50 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Shooters need to shoot themselves out of funks like he has been in for the past two weeks.



  34. michaelb
    11:51 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    This $#!+ is making me a Duke fan



    • NiteSyde
      12:05 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Hope you are joking. Go somewhere else. Blue till I die!



  35. chris43
    11:54 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    Duke has a TON of talent but I truly don’t understand what happened to The Bahamas team that played so well.



    • Aar
      11:58 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Cal is right. That team was at risk of peaking early. The Cats have a long time to get better before the next top 10 opponent. Do you think any of these players will leave this game without a fire in their belly?



    • W1ldCats4Life
      11:58 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

      Pro teams didn’t play defense



    • friendsofcoal
      12:05 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Cal got a hold of them. He hadn’t messed their games up yet when they were in the Bahamas.



  36. katmandue2you
    11:56 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    ALL SYSTEMS FAILURE



  37. cking
    11:57 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    We are the laughing stock of college basketball tonight!!!

    Tennessee is licking their chops!!!

    24-10…Sweet 16 if we are lucky



  38. Shively1978
    11:57 pm November 6, 2018 Permalink

    I still don’t see why any recruit picks Duke over UK they have had one good coach ever and he’s got one foot in the damn grave. Barrett and Zion should have been ours. Plus Coach K wouldn’t even recruit one and dones until he was struggling to recruit against Cal. Can’t blame it all on Cal but it gets old being a stepping stone for the NBA. I wish the in state talent would get better like it use to be when u had good players from Kentucky that cared about the program and not then selves. Never been so embarrassed to be a UK fan in the 30 years after the football performance and now this. You got to have teams ready for the spotlight. Our opponents seem to get it right why can’t we



    • cking
      12:02 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Could be that they want a $250000 education…
      Uk is 100k



    • mashburnfan1
      12:07 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Shively1978 said….I still don’t see why any recruit picks Duke over UK…………Are you insane. K can coach better than Cal while sleeping. K is not even on same level as Cal as a coach. I would take K at 50% over Cal at 100%. Just watch the teams play, you can see the difference {and not just this game}



    • Shively1978
      4:59 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      You must be really young. Duke ain’t shit without Coach K. There fan base is full of bandwagon idiots that only watch them cause there good. All you hear us Cal is corrupt. You think coach K got the top three recruits that all play the same position and done it honestly I highly dought it. He’s just as corrupt as anyone else he just been doing it long enough he dosent get caught.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      11:11 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Coach K offense Coach Cal defense. Defense takes longer but wins more.



  39. Aar
    12:01 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Would Cal allow Williamson to play the 1 if he had come to UK?



    • friendsofcoal
      12:08 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      That’s comical!



    • Aar
      12:33 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      It’s sad but i meant it comically. Watching Adebayo in the NBA got me to consider it. The fact that we find it funny may factor into the most recent and future recruiting cycles!



  40. plumloopy
    12:02 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t know how we were rated over a team that basically took the top three prospects in a strong class. We were the best team on 2010, 2012 and 2015, all due to recruiting the best players. We won once, but the window of opportunity has closed. We’re not winning the top guys anymore. Unless we’re going to attract *good* players that are willing to stay 3-4 years (not players who wanted to be one-and-dones but things didn’t work out) along with other top 30 freshmen, we may as well get used to being an excellent, but second tier team. Travis was a senior who didn’t think he’d get drafted, but now he’s our savior? Psssh.



  41. katmandue2you
    12:04 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    ALL SYSTEMS FAILURE!



  42. Shively1978
    12:05 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    At least the cheerleading squad still has a championship caliber program. Simply F&-&-+G embarrassing.



  43. gocats1978
    12:05 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Wow! “Coach” Cal got owned! No excuses for this.



  44. dbake
    12:07 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Most disgusting UK game I have ever witnessed. Reminded me of the Billy G eror. PJ unchanged….Nick Richards unchanged….Quade Greene unchanged….Jamel Baker….wait…who is that. Promise you Reid was saying….man I should be at Villanova…. Absolutely pitiful….i don’t care what excuses coach has…this is totally unacceptable… I can’t even type anymore



    • mashburnfan1
      12:11 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      What change did you expect. Others stayed and got no better, Poythress, Twins, Bricksoe etc. Cal does not develope players. He had draft picks because he recruited the top 10 guys, kids that would have been high picks from High School. Mow K is getting them and he will win titles with them.



  45. recliner coach
    12:08 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    We need a KY Kid playing, to show these guys what it really means to play for UK.



  46. Cat68
    12:09 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Nick and Quade went backwards! That last sequence was amateur hour at best



  47. dakich is stupid
    12:09 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Well Duke is the best team in the nation obviously. I think our cats should be ranked about 15th. Lot of no shows today. Cal didn’t get these guys ready for this opponent. We’ve got a long way to go. This team showed a lot of quit. Cal has his work cut out for him. This year will be a frustrating year I think.



    • SanDiegoDave
      12:18 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Other than 2012, when has a year not been frustrating?



  48. AndTheDevil
    12:09 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Big difference tonight is K plays modern basketball, Cal plays a style that peaked in the mid-90s. Can’t blame Zion for going to Duke. Cal would have only allowed him to post.



  49. friendsofcoal
    12:09 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I’m hoping our fans got out of there quick!



  50. friendsofcoal
    12:09 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Glad I didn’t make the trip to Indy. I really wanted to but glad I didn’t.



  51. SanDiegoDave
    12:11 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    It’s the first game of the season, for Christ’s sake. The world is not coming to an end because UK lost to Duke in November.



    • dbake
      12:13 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      A loss is one thing….but this was inexcusable…you can’t hide it behind 1st game talk….this is awful.

      Kentucky was better no where on the court



    • AndTheDevil
      12:17 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      If this was the first game of basketball these kids had ever played in their lives, which it kind of looked that way.



  52. Cat68
    12:14 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Nick, Nick, Nick….just, wow!



  53. Batsell
    12:15 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Goodness! Thank The Lord this game is OVER!



  54. Kat4Life
    12:15 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Never in my wildest dreams…..



  55. ukbradstith
    12:22 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Have to go zone to beat Duke. We’ll still have plenty of chances to prove ourselves, it’s just one of those nights that spiraled out of control



  56. CatsandPats
    12:45 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Time to sit back and watch those Blue Devils OWN the nation for the next 4-5 months. Gonna be a long season for the Cats.



  57. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:21 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Ah the joys of the ACC where blue bloods can buy championships and win football games with crappy teams. UK would have 20 Natties by now and way more bowls if we would have just sold out and joined the NCAACC