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No. 3 Duke routs No. 2 Kentucky behind freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish

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No. 3 Duke routs No. 2 Kentucky behind freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish

Behind the electric performances of freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, No. 3 Duke crushed No. 2 Kentucky at the Champions Classic.

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In their college debuts, RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish showed why they were the top three recruits in the country. 

The trio of super freshmen paced the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils as they sprinted past the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats 118-84 at the Champions Classic. 

Duke opened up a 59-42 halftime lead – thanks to an early 21-3 run – in high-flying fashion and didn’t let up after the break. 

Barrett, No. 1 (per ESPN) finished with a team-leading 33 points. Williamson, No. 2, had 28 points while Reddish had 19. 

It was just one game, but given that it came against a John Calipari-coached team also loaded with five-star talent, it’s hard not to be impressed with what the Blue Devils did, and how they did it. 

Seriously, look at these highlights. 

Duke eclipsed the 100-point mark with over seven minutes to go in the beatdown. 

The 118 points were the most Kentucky had given up under Calipari

And while Duke’s ultimate goal is another national championship, there was still plenty for the Blue Devils to celebrate in Game 1. 

Contributing: Jon Hale, USA TODAY Network

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