TOP 25 REWIND: No. 4 Duke set to climb after Kentucky romp

Ruben Holloway
November 12, 2018

A Sunday afternoon game in Cameron Indoor Stadium remained within single digits for longer than most expected it would, but a 27-11 run from the home tea to close out the competition left the final score at 94-72.

Still, it was hard to ignore the sterling debuts from freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, who scored 33, 28 and 22 points, respectively.

Zion Williamson and his Duke teammates caused quite a stir by kicking Kentucky's tail in their season-opening clash. He scored 21 points with six rebounds and three assists over the game's first 20 minutes.

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No. 2 CT 85, Ohio State 53: Sophomore Megan Walker, a former Boo Williams AAU player from the Richmond area, scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Huskies' victory in Storrs, Conn.

Tommy Funk's 3-pointer with four seconds to play secured the win for Army - its first in a season opener under third-year coach Jimmy Allen.

Saturday, B&S beat Guilford Technical Community College 87-77 behind JaJa Davis' 16 points and seven rebounds and Leland Richardson's 16 points and six rebounds. But a new, more interesting hypothetical posed this week in the wake of Duke's dominant defeat of No. 2 Kentucky is this: Could Duke take down the Cleveland Cavaliers as now constituted? Reddish hit another 3-pointer and Barrett scored inside.

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After trailing by 11, Army was within 44-42. Duke has each of the top three prospects in SI's 2019 National Basketball Association draft big board and four of the top 60 players.

(2) CT 85, OHIO STATE 53: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and host UConn opened its quest for a 12th national title with a rout of the Buckeyes (1-2). Army scored more points off turnovers (15) than Duke did (14).

The Blue Devils absolutely annihilated No. 2 Kentucky at the Champions Classic to deal head coach John Calipari the worst defeat of his career at any level. "And that's good. Although they turned it around in the second half, they were in a position to lose the game and they responded, and they responded really well".

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TCU took the opposite approach against the Golden Eagles (1-2), running out to a 23-6 lead in the first seven minutes before Oral Roberts got within seven points in the second half.

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