"I said in one of the huddles, 'You guys thought this was going to be easy.' I haven't had many of these games, but I've had a few, and the most you learn from it is they wanted it more than we wanted it", Calipari said.
We knew that would be the case with Barrett.
And if the Blue Devils, who made 54 percent of their shots and 47 percent of their three-point attempts, continue to put on similar displays as the season continues - next up is a home game on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Army, Coach K's alma mater and site of his first head-coaching job - they will be the source of headaches for coaches who will be tasked with figuring out how to slow down such a phenomenal group of freshmen and their impressive supporting cast.
"They were magnificent, " coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Senior Reid Travis feels the same way.
Travis did say getting down so early was "kind of a blow to your chest" and one that Kentucky did not handle well. "They were just better than us".
Zion Williamson and fourth-ranked Duke were well on their way to a blowout victory when the high-flying freshman blocked a shot to start yet another Blue Devil fastbreak. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.
You can't guard him, either, as evidenced by the 28 points he posted on 11-for-13 shooting. Although the younger Jones only scored six points, he was Tyus-like in running the point for 30 minutes without committing a single turnover while dishing out seven assists.
That team went 38-0, and if it wasn't for an absolutely loaded Wisconsin team picking them off in the Final Four, they would have played for a national title with an undefeated, 40-0 season on the line. 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.
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Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments.
After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half.
Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky. The 6-foot-8 forward ended the night with a career-high nine points and showed up as a deep threat in addition to a finisher at the rim. The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive openers.
Duke led by 10 after six minutes and extended the lead to 34-13 less than 10 minutes into the game.
The Blue Devils only committed four turnovers compared with Kentucky's 15.
1st - Loss by a Calipari UK squad in a season opener and the first time the Cats have been under.500 during his time in Lexington.
15-4 - Turnovers for United Kingdom and Duke, respectively.