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Quentin Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Dedric Lawson added 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 1 Kansas past No. 10 Michigan State 92-87 in the season-opening Champions Classic on Tuesday.

"It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said. "As we mature, we'll be able to stop those blows and flip it".

It marked Kentucky's worst loss since a 76-41 setback to LSU on January 18, 1987, and the most lopsided in John Calipari's 27 years as a college head coach.

Calipari had previously suffered a 33-point loss to West Virginia while he was at UMass and a 32-point loss during his time in the National Basketball Association.

"Unbelievable talent. Unbelievable team", Calipari said of Duke. Still, you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski will try to fix his team's flaws and make Duke an even more hard matchup. "They were gonna show us they were better and each individual player was gonna show our players they were better. Hold it. I don't think they understand some things that we're going to have to get down". The Blue Devils have three blue-chip freshmen in RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster. Virginia, the best defensive team in the country, should force Duke to slow the pace, giving guys like Barrett and Williamson fewer opportunities to rack up the points in the paint. The lead would extend throughout the second half as the No. 2 Wildcats were unable to mount a comeback. "I know where Quaid (Matt McQuaid) wants it, I know where Josh (Langford) wants it, I know where Nick wants it".

"They were magnificent, " coach Mike Krzyzewski said. A lot of it was over-trying too, but yeah, they were both gamers tonight.

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The Blue Devils raced to a 32-11 lead early in the game. That allowed Kentucky to climb back as close as 12 points.

After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half.

Most of NIU's shots came from short range, as the Huskies ended the evening 38 of 61 from the floor for a 62.3 percent shooting performance. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc. This season represents the second-highest 3PA per game of his career but his poor percentages have obviously killed any excitement about his willingness to shoot the 3-point shot.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky. He appeared in all 35 games, starting, 34, and finished third on the team in scoring with 12.4 points and led the team with 7.1 rebounds, adding 1.3 blocks per game in 18.9 minutes. Maybe the most underrated part of his game.

One has to wonder about the Cats' collective psyche after taking such a brutal loss to open the season. But both players stand to show how quickly the game can change around you, as the "positionless basketball" that-theoretically-was supposed to help develop both has put their long-term roles in the league in jeopardy.

No one who played for Kentucky or Duke Tuesday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis were born yet on March 28, 1992, when Christian Laettner famously intentionally stepped on a supine Aminu Timberlake, then went on to hit the turnaround jumper over Feldhaus as time expired that lifted the Blue Devils past the Cats, 104-103, in overtime in the regional finals.