Duke's fabulous freshman weren't just ready for their first turn in the spotlight.
"They're a very confident group, and they're very talented, but also our upperclassmen have gotten better, so it's a nice mix", Krzyzewski said.
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The Wildcats' graduate transfer forward had the same look of shock and awe that nearly everyone in attendance Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse wore on their faces in the aftermath of No. 4 Duke's 118-84 rout of No. 2 Kentucky in the highly anticipated season opener for both teams.
"Really proud of my guys", Krzyzewski said.
Barrett was 13 of 26 from the field with six assists and four rebounds, and Williamson went 11 of 13 from the field with seven rebounds.
It was the most lopsided defeat in coach John Calipari's tenure at Kentucky and marked the eighth time in 10 meetings the Blue Devils have beaten the Wildcats.
Duke's newcomers never doubted they could win this convincingly. "We know what we have".
In one game, Williamson, 18, proved much of the ballooning hype surrounding his arrival on the NCAA basketball scene is real, as did fellow blue-chip recruits R.J. Barrett, who scored a Duke freshman record 33 points, and Cam Reddish, who added 22 points.
Duke led by 10 after six minutes and extended the lead to 34-13 less than 10 minutes into the game. Duke pushed the margin back to 17 at the half, then opened the second half with a 15-5 run to put the game away. Barrett's dunk with 16:11 remaining made it 72-47, Alex O'Connell's 3-pointer with 11:45 remaining made it 91-54 and Duke topped the 100-point mark on another dunk by Barrett with 7:36 left.
Maybe Kentucky fans heard that because many had left by then, something that nearly never happens at a Kentucky basketball game.
BTW - if you didn't see the game last night (shame on you) we got Zion highlights below. told you they were ridiculous. "I haven't lost faith in my guys".
Before we get to Dahntay's words.
Kansas 92, Michigan St. 87 - Quentin Grimes and Dedric Lawson made quite an impression.
And yes, it is true that college basketball players are closer in size, and strength, and athleticism to Williamson, it doesn't mean that they are actually close. Either they're a great handling team or we're not doing enough defensively.
"[Grimes] came out with a free mind and played his game, " Lawson said. 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. While team basketball won the game, the individual efforts stole the show.