"To be able to execute what we think is important", Self answered. They totaled 118 points, which was the largest amount of points scored against a John Calipari team in his college coaching career.
"They were just better than us", Calipari said. He started with the now defunct Sports Fan Radio Network in 1997 as a reporter, giving in-game updates and then facilitating postgame interviews with players on winning teams after games via cell phones.
Or David: "I mean, we're all excited to start the season, as in any other year". Either they're a great handling team or we're not doing enough defensively. It seems like there's commercials, or CBS has that play and they show it.
Let's not pretend freshman RJ Barrett - the actual top overall prospect in high school and the upcoming National Basketball Association draft - didn't go off for a Duke debut record of 33 points and six assists or that freshman Cam Reddish didn't spread the defense to drop 22 points of his own.
Williamson - a 6-7 power forward - logged 23 minutes against the Wildcats, recording 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting (1-of-1 from downtown), seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
Kentucky never led in the game while the Blue Devils led by as many as 37 points in the second half. Matt McQuaid added 12 points. Reddish put up 22 points and Jones added six points and seven assists. "I thought when they went zone, our guys did a really good job too". But, yeah, they were both "gamers" tonight. Kentucky shaved the deficit to 12 on one occasion and 13 on another but could get no closer.
But Duke closed the half getting easy baskets from Barrett, off a pass from Jones, and Bolden, off a pass from Barrett, to lead 59-42 at intermission. Duke would go on to shoot over 50 percent from the floor. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc.
It's hard to put a good spin on this one from the Cats' perspective.
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Karim Benzema opened the scoring with his 200th club goal before Casemiro doubled the visitors' advantage. We came into the game fully focused and it showed.
"So that may have hurt us more than helped us", he said of the games in the Bahamas.
Kentucky's sophomores were expected to give the Cats a big experience edge coming into this game, but PJ Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards struggled throughout the night.
The Jayhawks came out slow in the second-half until the freshman duo of Grimes and Dotson combined for five threes in the first ten minutes.
One thing is certain: Self will be glad the focus on the Jayhawks is back on the court.
Beyond this dynamic duo, Kansas also has Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack, both of whom will be rotational players and significant role players in the second unit.
How Calipari compared Duke and Kentucky after Tuesday's 118-84 blowout suggested that effort could compensate for something United Kingdom lacks in great abundance.
This is the first season in a long time that Calipari won't have to babysit and coach with a pacifier.
Ryan Kay: This game may be the most interesting season opener that the Spartans have had in a while.
38-37 - Duke rebounding advantage, including a game-high 11 by reserve forward Jack White. 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.