So, I’m just gonna keep it real; I predicted that Kentucky would drop this one, but I did not expect Kentucky to get mauled like they did. Duke outclassed the Wildcats in every single way on the court and it showed.
Kentucky showed no offensive identity during the entire course of the game, lacked simple defensive awareness, and looked a little overrated.
Now, it’s just one game and there’s 30 more regular season games to go, but this is a little concerning that the Wildcats seemed unprepared for this game.
Let’s see what social media had to say after the Wildcats were embarrassed on opening night:
Back to the drawing board pic.twitter.com/YzkT43pxsY— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 7, 2018
Kentucky's 34-pt loss is worst by an AP top-2 team since No. 1 St. John's lost 81-40 to No. 2 Kentucky on Dec. 17, 1951.— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) November 7, 2018
So this is what Louisville Football feels like.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) November 7, 2018
Man, when the majority of Duke fans wake up tomorrow they’re in for a real treat.— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerKSR) November 7, 2018
Duke's 'Big Three' humble Kentucky at Champions Classic; Are the Blue Devils the new No. 1?— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 7, 2018
Coach K gonna win 38 with these boys and Duke fans still gonna be scared of that second round matchup with Central Michigan in March— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh.... (@DragonflyJonez) November 7, 2018
good— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) November 7, 2018
Nowhere to go but up folks— Barstool UK (@BarstoolUK) November 7, 2018
There seems to be a huge misunderstanding. I said Zion is phat.— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) November 7, 2018
FINAL: Duke 118, Kentucky 84— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 7, 2018
November 18, 2008: the last time Kentucky's football team had a better record (at 6-4) than its basketball team (0-2)— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 7, 2018
The most optimistic take I can find after tonight is Duke effectively KO'ed Kentucky with the barrage of 3's and Cats were probably shocked at their skill and intensity, just never recovered.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) November 7, 2018
Silver lining: In the final seconds, the Cats pulled it out after trailing all game.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 7, 2018
Kentucky 84, RJ/Zion/Cam 83
Well that was humbling— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 7, 2018
At least it’s only early November
Final score from Indy:— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) November 7, 2018
Kentucky - 84
RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish & Zion Williamson - 83
This is UK's 4th worst loss in the shot clock era (34 points), and their worst loss since February 12th, 2008 vs. Vanderbilt (41 points)— Corey Price (@coreyp08) November 7, 2018
It’s like Mike Tyson use to say, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) November 7, 2018
Well Kentucky, you just got punched in the mouth. So what’s your plan now?
At one point late in the game Quade Green was told to check in and ran over to scorers table. Coach Cal visibly said “no”, and Green was not in after the stoppage timeout.— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) November 7, 2018
I aways enjoy looking at tweets/comments from #BBN fans about our boys when they’re not playing well. Especially by those who haven’t played in a serious game since high school.. which is 95% of them. #StayInLine— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) November 7, 2018
Reid Travis is the only Kentucky player being made available tonight. Cats' senior says Duke's star freshmen "played very mature." Said UK was hyped up for this game and the beatdown was "kind of a blow to your chest."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 7, 2018
.@2ReidTravis2 hasn’t lost confidence in his team from one game. “I feel like as we mature we will be able to take blows like that (and come back). ... I love our group of guys and everyone wants to get better.” pic.twitter.com/pltc2rvEuS— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 7, 2018
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