Are the Blue Devils the best team… Ever?
Yes – this is perhaps one of the biggest knee-jerk reaction of all time, but Duke already looks like one of the most impressive teams in college basketball in this decade.
Kentucky, a team filled with five-star talent, looked lost for most of the forty-minute destruction by the Blue Devils tonight (118-84, for those of you who haven’t heard already). Zion Williamson made his college debut, and… yeah. Dude is more than just a dunk package. The freshman had 28 points and 7 rebounds, while also flashing his versatility with a pair of blocks and multiple cross-court passes that looked all too easy.
R.J. Barrett finished with 33 points on the night, and Cam Reddish added 22 to Duke’s total of 118. Fellow freshman Tre Jones was the ‘worst’ player on the court for Coach K, which is a compliment. The brother of Duke legend Tyus Jones had only six points, but controlled the pacing of most of the game, and looked comfortable passing up on shots for other players to get their opportunities.
All-in-all, it was the best night to be a Duke fan since their 2015 championship win. After a couple years of having great teams that wound up being injury plagued, there was nothing that could stop the most talented team of freshmen since the Fab Five in Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight.
Sequences like the one above were common for Duke on Tuesday night. (ACC-All Access)
It’s genuinely scary to think that this is only the team’s first game playing together, and that Kentucky was widely considered to be the closest team in terms of talent to Duke entering the season. With the win, Duke has proven themselves to be must-watch television. Barrett and Reddish had their way constantly on the offensive end, and Williamson is a human-highlight-reel. Mike Krzyzewski didn’t look stressed for a second of the game either; my uncle could’ve coached the talent on that floor to victory. In saying all that, somehow, none of my statements feel like an overreaction at all, which is horrifying and amazing at the same time.
There is no way to crown Duke just yet, but if anything, a college basketball team just became the most fun-to-watch team at any level of basketball overnight. With a whole season of this team left – fans need to treasure every second of it.