Veteran transfer will be x-factor in a Kentucky cover versus Duke

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"I'm really proud of my freshmen".

The X-factor player here could be forward Reid Travis (19.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg), a graduate transfer from Stanford.

Both Barrett and Williamson surpassed Marvin Bagley III's program record for points by a freshman in his debut at 25.

The Blue Devils' fabulous freshmen collectively laughed as if that mattered on Tuesday night. Duke used an 18-2 run to take a 29-10 lead and, in retrospect, the game was basically over at that point. Williamson had seven of Duke's 38 rebounds. Barrett's dunk with 16:11 remaining made it 72-47, Alex O'Connell's 3-pointer with 11:45 remaining made it 91-54 and Duke topped the 100-point mark on another dunk by Barrett with 7:36 left.

Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments. First, as Zion Williamson attempted to discuss his team's efforts that evening at the Champions Classic, and how those efforts turned Kentucky into a smoldering ash heap, R.J. Barrett stood in front of his fellow freshman and nodded his head in a way that made it very challenging to finish a sentence coherently. Most teams don't have that kind of combination, but it's clear Kentucky needs to improve dramatically to keep up with the nation's top teams.

Duke: The Blue Devils seem to have it all - athletes, scorers, defenders and rebounders. Still, you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski will try to fix his team's flaws and make Duke an even more hard matchup.

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Kentucky: Tyler Herro was the only other player to reach double figures. 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. Duke improved to 12-2 all-time in Indianapolis and 3-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

For a team with potential weaknesses from distance, the Blue Devils didn't show it in the first half.

Kentucky: "It's tough when you go down like that", Travis said.

Duke: "Every game will be like that".

Kentucky hosts Southern Illinois in the Wildcats' regular-season home opener Friday night at 6 p.m.

From the opening tip, it was a full-blown wave from Duke, as Mike Krzyzewski's team came out of the gate flying.

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