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Steve Kerr compared Zion Williamson to LeBron: 'The next guy's coming'

09 November 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 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.

What a start for RJ Barrett. "I'm really proud of my guys", Coach K said. Williamson scored 28 points on 11 of 13 shooting, added seven rebounds and produced his own highlight reel, which ESPN was kind enough to compile for the sporting public. And although most voters are likely to refrain from putting Duke in the top spot in next week's AP Top 25 Poll - after all, No. 1 Kansas did take care of its business by beating No. 10 Michigan State, 92-87, in the first game of the Champions Classic - that also seems a bit silly after what the nation just witnessed.

Duke's newcomers never doubted they could win this convincingly.

"People have told me in his camp that (Grimes) likes it when the lights are on, that he's a gamer", Self said. "We know what we have".

Freshman Keldon Johnson led Kentucky with 23 while grad transfer Reid Travis scored 22 in his Wildcats debut.

But the freshmen made sure this highly-anticipated game was never close.

Krzyzewski said he was pleased with his collection of freshmen, a group that includes three players with the potential to claim the top three spots in next summer's National Basketball Association draft.

"I'm just glad we won to be honest", said a relieved Dedric Lawson, who finished with 20 points on 5-for-18 shooting with 14 rebounds and 6 assists.

Before we get to Dahntay's words. That's the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Blue Devils won by 34 points, but it felt like a million. Still, you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski will try to fix his team's flaws and make Duke an even more hard matchup.

Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures. Kentucky shot 44 percent from the field but allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 54 percent. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.

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.

Duke overwhelmed Kentucky from the game's opening tip, showing its offensive versatility and efficiency while building a 21-point lead before 10 minutes had been played.

Kentucky fans flooded the streets and pubs of downtown Indianapolis before they filled Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils found themselves in deep foul trouble as six players, including Reddish, Williamson and Bolden, picked up two fouls each in the first half. "He said, 'All you guys hit the genetic lottery, but Zion hit it twice'".

"To be able to execute what we think is important", Self answered. He's not going to shoot 11-of-13 from the floor every night.

Kentucky hosts Southern Illinois in the Wildcats' regular-season home opener Friday night at 6 p.m.

Duke hosts Krzyzewski's alma mater, Army, on Sunday.

Steve Kerr compared Zion Williamson to LeBron: 'The next guy's coming'