INDIANAPOLIS – After No. 2 Kentucky suffered a 118-84 loss to No. John Calipari said he had his team out on rival Mike Krzyzewski.
"They were just better than us," Calipari said. "I told [my team]'I got outcoached, you guys got outplayed. We'll watch the tape and move on. '"
Duke freshmen Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett combined to score 83 points. Freshman point guard The young brother of former duke star Tyus Jones, finished with seven assists and zero turnovers. The Blue Devils made 46.2 percent of their 3-point attempts.
Calipari had a 33-point loss to West Virginia while he was at UMass and a 32-point loss during his time in the NBA. But the 34-point loss on Tuesday night was the worst of his coaching career.
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 NBA draft."
"I'm really proud of my guys," he said. And they responded. "They were magnificent." "You start four freshmen, no matter how talented they are, you never know what they're going to do in this environment against an outstanding team and great program."
Duke blew the game open early and silenced the Kentucky-clad crowd with a 34-13 start. The Wildcats never recovered.
Krzyzewski claiming the top incoming class, as rated by ESPN, in four of the past five seasons.
This year's Duke team could prove to be one of Krzyzewski's best.
"They're a very good team," Calipari said. "If they play like that, they're not losing many, if that's who they are."