Duke Hands Kentucky’s John Calipari Worst Loss Of His Coaching Career

Ross Houston
November 8, 2018

Travis did say getting down so early was "kind of a blow to your chest" and one that Kentucky did not handle well.

No team has ever scored more points against John Calipari-coached Kentucky team. Only four times has one of his teams suffered a 30-point loss in 924 games.

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. "If they play like that, they're not losing many, if that's who they are". "I mean this brother is special". We'll watch the tape and move on.' They're a very good team.

"They told us that every game we go to is going to be like that", freshman R.J. Barrett said of the leadership White and fellow captain Javin DeLaurier provided. The Blue Devils have three blue-chip freshmen in RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish. Dude was BEASTING, scoring 28 points (on 11-13 shooting) and grabbing 7 rebounds. They needed their two-best defenders on Barrett and Williamson, and their point guard needed to guard Tre Jones - we'll get to him in a second - which left Tyler Herro to try and slow down Reddish. "I'm really proud of my guys", Coach K said. "They responded. They were magnificent tonight".

The Blue Devils' fabulous freshmen collectively laughed as if that mattered on Tuesday night. That allowed Kentucky to climb back as close as 12 points.


Having a captain that can provide valuable minutes on both ends of the court will be crucial for the Blue Devils, as a lineup composed primarily of freshmen could run into some mental errors in truly hostile environments.

Kentucky shot only 44.1 percent from the field (26 of 59) and was just 4-for-17 from deep.

Keldon Johnson led the Wildcats with 23 points while Reid Travis added 22 points.

In this Cats Illustrated "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the United Kingdom loss.

"I think he could be because of his natural ability". It will be interesting to see how United Kingdom bounces back from this one.


Even the National Basketball Association took notice of Duke's 118-84 dismantling of lottery pipeline Kentucky.

Zion Williamson, Duke - Barrett scored more points for the Blue Devils, but no one embodied the way Duke bludgeoned United Kingdom like the 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward from Spartanburg, S.C. He looked like a pro playing against college kids. The game marked the first time Kentucky faced a ranked opponent in a season opener since a 79-71 overtime loss to Clemson in 1995.

In Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in the fourth-iteration of the Champions Classic and the first one that was held in Indianapolis, then-No.

15-4 - Turnovers for United Kingdom and Duke, respectively.

Duke: "Every game will be like that".


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