18-year-old Canadian RJ Barrett sets new record in Duke debut

Barrett scores 33, No. 4 Duke blows out No. 2 Kentucky in season opener

The Blue Devils didn't stop with that flurry.

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. The 34-point margin of victory marked the worst loss in John Calipari's coaching career.

It's only one game, but Zion Williamson already looks like a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Duke would go on to shoot over 50 percent from the floor.

In addition to their scoring, the freshmen contributed in other ways.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith was more excited than usual when discussing Williamson and his Duke teammates.

The freshmen sensations from Durham put on a show in Indianapolis that was nothing short of sensational, providing plenty of proof that the preseason hype surrounding them was justified. Freshman wing Tyler Herro added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

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Wildcat fans outnumbered Duke fans at the neutral site venue but their voices were quickly quieted. The Blue Devils have three blue-chip freshmen in RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish. The same could be said of DeLaurier's night-he picked up three fouls in the game's first 11 minutes and didn't score a single point. Reddish hit another 3-pointer, Jones and Bolden hit layups and Barrett ended a fastbreak with a slam dunk to give Duke a 20-8 lead.

March and the accompanying madness still is months away, but it probably isn't too soon to speculate how good Williamson and these Blue Devils might be this season.

This @DukeMBB team is SCARY!

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 never got closer than 27 the rest of the game. The first game of the Champions Classic is No. 10 Michigan State versus No. 1 Kansas, but we'll focus on the second game - No. 4 Duke versus No. 2 Kentucky. The championship victor compared the teenager to none other than the best player in the world, LeBron James.

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