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Kentucky embarrassed by Duke in Champions Classic

(Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA Today)

(Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA Today)

Kentucky looked absolutely terrible in its season-opening loss to Duke in the Champions Classic. The Cats were manhandled by the Blue Devils for 40 minutes, on both sides of the court, until the final score of 118-84.

It was an unimaginable loss for college basketball’s second-ranked team, especially after how well we saw them play in the Bahamas. We were led to believe this is a special group, but Tuesday night’s game was anything but special. It was an abomination, and the worst loss of the John Calipari era of UK basketball.

Looking back at what went wrong, defense is to blame. Offense is to blame too. Duke being really, really good is also to blame. The only positive thing to say about the loss is Reid Travis and Keldon Johnson came to play. Everyone else could’ve done much, much more.

Here’s the box score, if you can stomach it:

Article written by Drew Franklin

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118 Comments for Kentucky embarrassed by Duke in Champions Classic



  1. A_Blue_Wildcat
    12:17 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Will be lucky to make the tournament this year with how tough our schedule is and how bad we are as a team. Worst coaching job since the days of Billy G.



    • unbridled
      12:26 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      The sec will chew this cats team up and spit them out. This has the potential to be a brutal season. The hype was not real. Duke has the ability to go 40-0. Reid Travis should be straight up pissed!



    • ballplayerstu
      1:01 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      It’s mental man… They got that ass whopping out of the way and now to wake up



    • unbridled
      12:27 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll will obviously improve. Duke doesn’t really have to. The question is whether uk can improve to the point by the end of the season to even get close to duke right now.



    • unbridled
      12:28 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll = uk



    • Luether
      12:28 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      It was simply a case of men playing against boys…



    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      12:30 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Duke won’t go 40-0, the ACC has a really good top half this year and they’ll lose a couple games on the road. But if Duke doesn’t win the national title this year ill be amazed



    • unbridled
      12:35 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      If duke doesn’t run the table……uk is waaaaaay worse than I currently think they are and I’m not sure that’s possible. Puke is that good. It didn’t matter who they played tonight.



    • Robkycats54
      12:36 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Coach Cal blew this game I don’t put this on the players, this is all coaching 34 pt lost on national TV smh

      You take all the confidence away from quade & Nick by not starting them like you did in the Bahamas SMH then the substitution patterns was stupid, coach Cal was absolutely terrible tonight especially starting Hagan’s what a great move coach SMH
      Why not start your most experience guys & I loved quickly in the Bahamas 18 & only 1 or 2 turnovers, I’ve been said this if Brad Stevens was at Kentucky we would have 5 championships but Cal has only got 1 thank God for AD, Cal almost let that slip away, other than that coach Cal is great recruiter but X & O’s, I don’t know hopefully I change my tune & he wins this because I love Cal but this performance tonight is very disrespectful & I’m blaming him coach Cal…..



    • davis2319
      1:16 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Lol when Richards and Green got in the game they looked more lost than the freshman. The starting lineup wasn’t the problem. It could’ve been worse if those 2 were out there more. Dumb post buddy.



    • timbo
      5:25 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      He can put a sentence together, at least…with punctuation.



    • unbridled
      12:39 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Go to bed robby and let the adults talk buddy.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:56 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Tough schedule? SEC? UF just got pasted by a very average FSU team. Auburn will be good, LSU better than last year, Bama and Mizzou down. UF is young and not good, Vandy is well Vandy, USC not good, UGA not good. Our weak conf and weak schedule is what will save us.



  2. Jesus H. Chrysler
    12:18 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Speechless



  3. davis2319
    12:18 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    What an embarrassment. This was a nightmare and a rude awakening all in one. Well, football cats have a great opportunity for 10 wins and the Fiesta/Peach Bowl!!!



  4. CoachCat
    12:18 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Disappointed in Green and Richards. After looking good in the Bahamas they looked the same as last year



    • mashburnfan1
      12:58 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Cal had you all believing those Bahama teams were good teams. They were junk, heck we struggled in the preseason games. Knew we would lose to dUKe, did not expect to lose by 30 plus.



    • Alex90
      10:05 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      You knew! This guy knew all along everyone!



  5. cking
    12:19 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Our time is over…

    Cal can’t get the big recruits anymore…



  6. Truth_Hurts
    12:20 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Duke looked good, but Kentucky looked awful. Terrible defense and terrible rebounding. How many 3s did Duke have where Kentucky just watched them shoot it?



  7. runningunnin.454
    12:21 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Can we get back to football, now?



  8. cking
    12:21 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I felt bad about this one after seeing our terrible defensive effort during the exhibitions…

    We got smoked..just didn’t think it would be the worst loss of the Cal era and to Duke….

    Embarrassing is an Understatement.



  9. chris43
    12:22 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    A lot of work to do and a lot of coaching as well. If we don’t hustle, play defense, move the ball around, and stop forcing shots it’ll be a long season. You can say “freshman” all you want but fact is we were beaten by freshman who did all of the things mentioned above. Another thing I don’t understand is Zion has 2 fouls in first half and was back in the game with 6-7 min to go…why do you not go at him? Were the teams in the Bahamas that bad or have we regressed a ton? Hard to tell at this point. If we come out Friday and only win by 15-20 it’ll say a lot.



  10. AndTheDevil
    12:22 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    What a horrible display of whatever Kentucky thought it was playing. Tonight was a display of what happens when one team plays modern basketball and the other plays a style that peaked in the 90s. Cal would have forced Zion to only to post up. Can’t blame a kid for picking them.

    We run no pick and rolls or pick and pops. I mean we should be pick and rolling Herro/Reid. Instead it’s pass and shoot or dribble the air out.

    The dribble drive offense is dated and useless in modern basketball.



    • unbridled
      12:43 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t even really think they have effectively run a dribble drive offense….ever.



    • Trueblue44
      5:20 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t even think they’ve effectively ran ANY offense or offensive set in 10 years



    • henderblue
      7:01 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I thought the dribble drive looked pretty good..on Duke. They got two guys who can put it on the floor and get to the bucket any time they want. That’s the difference between this Duke team and their past few teams. They’ve lived and died on 3 pointers on the past. This year they have the two best dribble drive players in college basketball. Plus shooters. We were after these guys hard and didn’t get them. Duffel bag??? We may never know, but right now K is playing Kentucky style ball with the players we wanted and didn’t get. If those guys stay healthy they won’t get beat. Let’s say they don’t get any better by March and we improve by a lot, which I think we will..we still have serious match up problems with their big 3. We’re gonna have a decent season and we’ll get better, but they are the team to beat, unfortunately.



  11. pcashen
    12:23 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Did we bring the right team back from the Bahamas like good Lord we where bad.



  12. gocats1978
    12:23 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Embarrassing is all I can say. I bet I’ll find some cheap tickets to some games now!



    • plumloopy
      12:25 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      To get in some extra reading? Why bother? Cal should effing resign. 34 point losses should never happen to this team. What do you think Saban would do if they lost their first game by 34 points? He’d effing retire.



    • Luether
      12:30 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Glad I didn’t make the trip to Indy…



  13. Harveyww
    12:24 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    K coached circles around cal lets see if we can make some adjustments!



    • unbridled
      12:46 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Really? Care to point the coaching errors out? The cats lost by 34 fricking points. That ain’t coaching scooter.



    • Harveyww
      1:28 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah we have similar talent, they were ready and had a good game plan we went out and played 1 on 1 to see if we could steal one from a well coached team. It was pretty obvious



    • mashburnfan1
      1:03 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll point it out. Our guys had no clue how to play D, no rotation and not stopping ball {that is coaching}. On offense we are very bland, no inbounds plays {thats coaching}. Look at the FR for dUKe tonight vs our guys and tell me which players were more prepared to play {thats coaching}. Even their 11th-12th players schooled the #1 center recruit from a year ago, a guy that has had over a year of Cals {and I say this while laughing} teaching and developing. K is 10 times the coach Cal is, maybe more.



    • KYCat4EVER
      1:18 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      So OBVIOUS to see! Tonight we all saw what a team of freshman All-Americans can accomplish when they are coached… well coached! This was a team that moved well, passed well, shot well, and defended well. Our Cats looked like Mickey Mouse coached them ( and perhaps do). This I do know… Coach K isn’t in front of the media proclaiming “these are young 18 year olds who don’t listen… who won’t do what a tell them to do. It’s about youth”….



  14. mobdaddy63
    12:24 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Awful game!



  15. cking
    12:25 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Cal had zero plays for these kids…

    Hey..roll it out and let’s see how we play..you kids figure it out…

    Folks that’s exactly why we have had one championship with 23 draft picks.

    Cal can’t coach fundamentals..



    • Luether
      12:31 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      You might be on to something. It’s one thing to recruit and another to manage / develop / coach…



    • TBW3011
      6:31 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I think he can manage/develop. The other certainly has never been a strong point of his



    • unbridled
      12:47 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^Bless your hearts.



    • mashburnfan1
      1:06 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I said it when we hired Cal, got bashed every year. He recruited NBA players, not developed them. Almost all his recruits were kids that would have been top picks right from High School. Some stayed as top picks while others fell drastically after playing for Cal.



    • KYCat4EVER
      1:27 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      When you take a white sheet out of the dryer and hang it outside on a clothes line near freshly fallen snow…. it isn’t so white after all is it? Well, we Kentucky fans just had our own Coach hung outside next to a real Coach, and our coach doesn’t look so white ( Excellent) after all… does he! Coach Cal has never been a decent bench coach, and Coach K really showed the country that tonight!



  16. BlueByYou
    12:25 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Never thought I would see a Kentucky loss worse than the UK-Kansas debacle in Pitino’s first year. This ranks way above that in ‘hard to take’ cause at least then, we had a limited roster. This is an embarrassment beyond belief. No guts, no hustle, no coaching, no nothing. NIT, maybe! They will lose 10+ games this year. Pitiful for a bunch of guys that call themselves dawgs. Thought it meant something different than in my day, but these guys are dogs, as in no heart!



    • bigbluebanana
      10:07 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Okay, yell about the Cats, we got crushed, as a fan that’s your right. But…are you implying actual dogs have no heart? Because especially metaphorically, dogs have heart man. By border collie is silently judging you for that comment.



  17. dcforuk
    12:25 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    In my lifetime, I have used the phrase “freak athlete” to describe three players: Bo Jackson, Lebron James and Shaq. Zion is the freakiest of that group. They may go undefeated. We are still very good. They are freakishly great.



    • TBW3011
      6:32 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      They will lose several games. The have 3 high level players and shot out of their minds. It’s not all that difficult to scheme against a team with only 3 options. At least it won’t be that difficult if your coach has a clue.



  18. Secret Squirrel
    12:26 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Basketball team could be more overrated coming into the season than Terry Wilson coming out of junior college. Plenty of upside for this team. It just sucks losing to Puke.



  19. RockyMtnCatFan
    12:26 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Nice game boys



  20. UKBaker24
    12:26 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I’m so sick of hearing people talk about the damn Bahamas trip. I said it when we were there that people are putting wayyyyyyy too much stock into those games. They don’t mean anything. We have a bunch of good players, no great players. Quade and Nick are gonna be the same guys they were a year ago. PJ is gonna be a little better but pretty much the same guy. We cannot win the national championship. Plain and simple. I’m not even going to able to enjoy the season because tonight proved that.



  21. Matty Arbuckle
    12:27 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I hoped for better, but this is not a surprising performance by us given how we looked in the scrimmages. What was surprising is how polished Duke looked. RJ, Zion, and Cam were looking unstoppable.



  22. stl_cat
    12:27 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    It’s time to rethink expectations imo. There is no way a title contender team would fold like that under the bright lights, even in first game of season. I have no doubt we will recover and likely be a top 15 caliber team but there is just no way this team is a title contender



    • unbridled
      12:51 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I concur. It’s so sad but so true….and the damn season literally just started.



  23. Ukfan1010
    12:27 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    There is no way that we win the national championship. And I’m the biggest UK fan ever. It makes me so sad. But duke is light years better than everyone else. They qualify for the national championship and that means that no one else has a chance. Rant over.. ???



    • unbridled
      12:52 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll be shocked if duke loses a damn game.



  24. plumloopy
    12:28 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    The returning sophs SCORED NINE POINTS.



  25. cking
    12:28 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    We are not winning another championship with Cal…

    He needs to draw up a new diagram on a napkin.



  26. Kat4Life
    12:29 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    This may be the single worst loss I have witnessed in decades. To be surrounded by such hype, national TV audience, NBA scouts, high expectations, #2 ranking, Duke as your opponent, and all the other hoopla surrounding this team prior to tip off you would think we would get a defensible effort……but no. This team allowed Duke to punk them unmercifully on the biggest possible stage……that’s something that just doesn’t happen. An embarrassing loss, and one that was predictable if you consider how poorly they played in their exhibition games last week. If there were any 5 star recruits on the fence, I shudder to think what impression this made on them.



  27. AndTheDevil
    12:30 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Y’all the playing a bunch of scrub “pro teams” in the Bahamas isn’t a good barometer of how good a team is. Do you think those “pros” actually gave a rat’s a$$? Most of them were fresh off their pro seasons.

    Sure we’ll get better by March, but so will Duke. We’re not going to make some astronomical leap above them.



  28. dcforuk
    12:32 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    UKfan1010 – that is what I told my son. We likely won’t do to them what they did to UNLV because their blowout loss was a different season



  29. Brad
    12:33 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    It’s one game. I think that is the best Duke can play. I wanted us to man up but we couldnt guard them. I trust cal will get them right. He always does



    • unbridled
      1:04 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I agree that this was the absolute best that puke can can. I don’t see them improving much beyond this. The only problem is, it doesn’t look like uk can even remotely approach that level in a couple years…much less by March.



  30. ukcamel
    12:34 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Terrible perimeter defense and so many live-ball turnovers based on stupid, lazy passes.

    The positive is that physically and on talent, I would still say we can play with anyone, even Duke and Kansas. But we need much better coaching and much more effort (including mental effort).



  31. damage_control
    12:34 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    The teams UK played in the Bahamas just called to tell me they were super drunk and/or hungover when they played the Cats.



  32. Zachj4uk
    12:34 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    You guys cant be serious can you? We didn’t play great but that beating was about how nasty the duke freshman were. I mean Zion is a freak of nature. The kid is 6’7,280,and has a 40-something inch vertical. He is bigger, stronger, and jumps higher than almost any player on our team not to mention he’s skilled. He was practically unguadable for us. We’ll never see a team like that again. Unless its them in the tournament and the only way we’ll beat them is by drawing the foul. Travis learned that quickly. This team is going to be fine and you’re going to see duke do that to alot more teams.



    • damage_control
      12:37 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Zion 280?!? In which leg?



    • Jiminy Crickets
      1:13 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      UK and Cal still play the same bully ball, force/drive to basket and try to get fouled. Same lack of outside shooting, and same man to man defense. Duke truly played positionless basketball, with 4 fantastic athletes. Fluid, perimeter oriented but yet attacking. Duke looked like GSW, we lost led like calipari coached Kentucky. Calipari coaches “ugly” basketball, read any article on this site about any game and the words “ugly” are always written. I’m not saying duke goes 40-0, but I can say this UK team, on their very best night, is 20 worse than them.



    • Aar
      12:47 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Williamson will spend a certain amount of time injured. That big might be able to be that explosive but that’s a lot of force crashing onto hardwood hundreds of time per night. Now that Duke’s on tape, every coach on their schedule is figuring out how to stop them. John Robic will break all of those tapes down and figure out how to beat them in April – after the Cats come together and start playing team ball.



  33. j
    12:35 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Absolutely embarrassed tonight.
    I’ll be tuned in Friday in hopes of pursuing another national title. Hope BBN will be there with me.



  34. katmandue2you
    12:35 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    AN ALL SYSTEMS FAILURE



  35. rdcore2
    12:37 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Every single person commenting on here deserves this loss.

    They shot 50 percent from 3, we didn’t defend and we just didn’t play well. It’s 1 game. 1 game. We will be fine. And again, you all deserve this loss for the ridiculous fanatical comments.



  36. beauleonard
    12:38 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Duke could seriously be the team to go 40-0 this year. No trouble at all giving them credit for their play. With that said, that was about as disgusting of a display by a UK team that I have ever seen. They got their hearts ripped out of their chest with fifteen minutes left to play in the first half. I’m not sure how this team even can recover from that. Number two in the country my ass! The lack of intensity and willingness to hustle is inexcusable and has a lot to do with coaching. If they think they’ll compete in any game playing like that, they are in for a rude, rude awakening. Get it together Cal!



  37. gocats1978
    12:38 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Cal can’t coach…I used to get tired of hearing that, but come on. Coach K just recruited over KY for the next 2-3 years. He’ll just play this game! Wow!



    • BLUEsky
      1:07 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Michaelb i was afraid that would come back to bite us and big did it ever.



    • michaelb
      9:58 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yea the most stunning way ever



  38. michaelb
    12:38 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Fat Zion made you eat a heaping bowl of shit . Fat z said suck his daniel



  39. michaelb
    12:40 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I’m a Duke fan after that. Zion and Barrett are awesome !



    • J-Dub421
      1:13 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Great, leave and go be a Duke fan. Seriously, just go and never come back to this site ever again.



    • michaelb
      9:56 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Lol naw it’s easy to like more than one team . You’re dumb if you didn’t think that shit was awesome last nite ! You sound immature and gay



    • bigbluebanana
      10:12 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      You’re seriously the worst kind of person. It’s okay to disagree with someone and not resort to name calling like some child.



  40. catsfan1995
    12:40 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Some of you all are so damn stupid. It’s actually comical. If you think the season is over in NOVEMBER after the FIRST game then you my friend have an issue.



  41. michaelb
    12:43 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Our team thinks you can put a Kentucky jersey on , walk on the floor and win . Hahaha . Hagans doesn’t deserve to be on the floor he’s not mature enuff either . I hate him



    • bigbluebanana
      10:13 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Maturity comments from the guy who called another commenter gay for no reason earlier. Oh, the irony.



  42. drew_123
    12:47 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    You can’t fix talent in a couple of months. Some of you all that complain about players not returning and O&D’s now have this game to look at. Talent is and always will be greater than experience. If cal can’t bring in top 5 players consistently like Duke has been doing the past couple of years he will be in trouble.



  43. AndTheDevil
    12:47 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Our coach thinks you can run a system that’s heavy on 2 pointers and mid-range and beat people in the modern age of pick’n’rolls/pops and 3s



  44. ukbradstith
    12:47 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    We do have quite the group of morons. If anyone seriously thinks this is an NIT team, then we can make some serious wagers. Duke is incredible, plain and simple. Maybe Virginia slows them down, sneaks out a win, or there is a night where RJ and Zion both get in foul trouble, but right now they are 20 points better than anyone else.



  45. CellarDoorx06
    12:48 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I knew Duke was going to be the more disciplined Team going into this…I did not however equate that to one of the most miserable games I’ve ever watched in all my 32 years as a Kentucky fan. I wasn’t buying into the hype, and it’s not just our Football team’s exciting year they’ve had that’s dampening my feelings about the Basketball team. There’s just something “off” about this group. Yes, Duke was really good and was hitting nearly everything they threw up. Does that still mean that we should get embarrassed by as much as we did with the eyes of the entire Country watching us? In my opinion, no it shouldn’t. I really don’t know what else to say, most of you guys have already took the words right out my mouth. If things don’t improve, this is going to be one long, ridiculously underachieving year. You don’t know how much it hurts for me to post this.



  46. razorbackray
    12:49 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    What y’all don’t realize is this. This was Duke playing at 90%. UK was playing at 60%. It was one game. First game of the year. My team? They don’t have much talent and when they play at 90% they can’t compete with most top 10 teams at all. Just relax. After January UK will be better like usual and ready to play. You caught Duke on their best night and you at your not so best.



  47. CatsandPats
    12:51 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Time to sit back and watch the blue devils OWN the nation for the next 4-5 months. Gonna be a long season for Cal and the kittens.



  48. AndTheDevil
    12:53 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Everyone’s like, It’s the first game of the season. Yeah, it was also Duke’s first game of the season. Next excuse.



  49. BLUEsky
    12:58 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    No one wanted to see this happen, but it did. Everyone’s character is being tested tonight. How everyone responds, including players, coaches, the administration, and fans, will tell the story going forward. I vote to take the high road and move ahead. Congratulate Duke on a great game, as hard as that is to swallow, and hope the players and coaches use this as motivation going forward. If it were me, I would be back in the gym doing whatever I could to get better and be looking forward to a rematch in the ncaa.



  50. ballplayerstu
    1:00 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Listen folks… Duke isn’t 34 points better than us, we simlply didn’t match their intensity and aggression. It’s a mental issue rather than a talent issue. Yes duke was better tonight because they we’re better prepared, and they attacked all night. I know this will get our team going and I think Cal trimmed his rotation after tonight to 7 main guys. Herro, Hagans, Green, Johnson, Washington, Travis, & Montgomery. Then play Richards & quickly for spot minutes. Again, I know it feels and looks bad right now but it’s not by any means Duke is that much better from what I seen. I seen a UK team come out got punched and we’re spectators. That will change after tonight and the rest of the season. I think a loss in the Bahamas would have helped and it would have maybe changed tonight’s out come.. go Cats!!



    • AndTheDevil
      1:07 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Correct. They’re probably closer to 50 points better than us. Don’t forget K told his team to slow down and started subbing with 7 minutes left. It could have been much worse. Will this team get better? Yeah, but so will Duke.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:57 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      So you watched a team that can’t shoot, can’t defend, can’t pass, and does not run a single set play, and seriously think Duke is not 34 points better? If duke wanted to score 130, they could have. 59 Points are most EVER given up by Calipari teams in one half. Duke scored 59 in both half’s, and called off the dogs with 8minutes to go in 2nd half



  51. Lip Man 1
    1:01 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I am so sick of having to scroll through 500 of your stupid click bait shit ads and teasers.

    Now that I’ve said that, the fact is these guys looked lifeless and like they could care less in the exhibition games and it showed again tonight. To much believing the hype.

    They’ll get better, they can’t get any worse. Maybe it turns out to be a valuable lesson. It’s up to the players and the staff.



  52. chris43
    1:02 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Duke is loaded…everyone knew that coming in to the game. We obviously weren’t prepared to play but it would have been a similar result if Duke played Mich St or Kansas. We didn’t hit shots which I’ll blame that on early season nerves. What concerns me most is lack of ball movement, fast break points, and defense. I’ve never been a huge fan of the dribble drive. In my eyes it works well IF you have superior athletes. We got to the basket but couldn’t finish. It’s early and there’s a long season ahead. I have full confidence that we’ll have a good tournament run in March. But if Duke plays like this the rest of the year….I’m not sure it’ll matter what any other team does this season. I knew they were too loaded but did not expect the role players to play that well.



  53. motorcitywings
    1:05 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I’m really irritated with some of the UK fans right now. Granted, this may be the most disappointing regular season loss in Kentucky history, but it is just a November loss. We are Kentucky. We play for March. This team can still bring a banner. It is beyond stupid to give up on them.



  54. steeleheart
    1:06 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    God awful display tonight. The only solace I take from this game is 2015. We were clearly the best team yet dUKe won it all. Let’s hope we steal one this year.



  55. Miller45
    1:09 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone who watched the exhibition games and did not expect this beat down are delusional



  56. mikeintn
    1:27 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    That just hurt, really bad.



  57. CopenhagenCat
    3:02 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    There was absolutely no effort from the coach or players tonight. I can handle a loss. But this was just sad and pathetic. Duke couldn’t miss a damn 3 pointer. But UK s defense was just awful.



  58. UKfanman01
    4:24 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    At least it’s still football season



  59. cats646
    5:58 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    At least we have football to look forward to!!



    • UoKFB PHAN
      7:04 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I was going to say something similar. Okay, I really want Cal and Cats to do extremely well and I say we give them some time.

      BTW… you and medic still football pals??? 😉



  60. sportsbird66
    6:16 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    The Cats will get better and be there at the end of the season. The way Duke played,they would have done that to any college team they played tonight. Better to have this game to start the season so we can see what areas we need to improve on. It’s a long season.



  61. Eazy19035597
    6:23 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Football school



    • henderblue
      7:35 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I see a bunch of horses being stolen and rode off the bridge in Louisville here pretty soon according to some of these comments. Get a grip guys. Duke played as well as they could play. We’ll get better, maybe not good enough to beat Duke, but we’ll have a good season. Unfortunately, Duke is the team to beat this year. Those 3 guys we wanted them bad but didn’t get em. Now K is playing dribble drive ball with them and beating us at our own game.



  62. TBW3011
    6:28 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    So good in the Bahamas. Then Cal got to coach them for a couple months.



  63. devotedsoles528
    6:39 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Embarrassing is understatement. This is not a good start. This team should have been better prepared. We in for a rough season. Recruits just saw why they should choose Duke, or any other school. Wiseman to Memphis, Carey to Duke, Hurt to Kansas…that was an ass beating. Only thing you can hope is these kids become motivated by it and Duke gets knocked out in tourney but Duke looks ready this year.



  64. ScottGreene22
    8:35 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    We played awful looked like kids among men. Pukes Big 3 are not only college ready they would do damage in the NBA. They played great and we didn’t and they aren’t 30 points better then us but last night they were. Let’s see how they respond to getting throttled the rest of the season. Puke would beat anyone last night playing that way and will have to play poorly to lose a game. They won’t lose many and are #1 we are top 20 maybe.



  65. KYjellyRoll
    10:45 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Nick Richards should be a force. I understand the officiating was horrendous but these guys have 0 effort