2019 SeasonAll times ET

2019 Schedule
1-1, 1st in SEC
Vols, Wildcats, Tigers atop SEC (3:55)
No. 2 Wildcats hold off Salukis (1:30)
UK bounces back in home opener (2:46)
Johnson puts up one-handed slam (0:28)

Courtside: 'Champions Classic', Shaka Smart & Chris Beard

Before conversations with Texas HC Shaka Smart (24:03) and Texas Tech HC Chris Beard (37:48) about their expectations for the season, Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich share their reactions to the "Champions Classic", including Duke's big win over Kentucky (1:45) as well as Kansas' nail-biter over Michigan State (13:29).

Calipari: Duke 'just played better than us' (0:52)
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8dMyron Medcalf

Calipari on Duke rout: 'They were just better'

Kentucky coach John Calipari said he told his players, "I got outcoached, you guys got outplayed," after No. 4 Duke routed the second-ranked Wildcats 118-84 on Tuesday.

Barrett's 33 points fuel Duke's blowout win vs. Kentucky (1:19)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

FINAL: Duke 118, Kentucky 84 Just a breathtaking performance from Duke and its freshmen. R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson combined for 83 points. Kentucky had a ton of issues defensively and John Calipari couldn't seem to find the right lineup combination — and it might not have mattered anyway. Duke was that good.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett all lived up to the hype in the first half. But Tre Jones (5 assists, zero turnovers) playing mistake-free basketball was a critical element of the team's early success too.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Been impressed with Duke's shooting in the first half. None of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett or Cam Reddish was considered a knockdown perimeter shooter in high school — combined 5-for-10 from 3 in the first 20 minutes.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke's depth could be tested a little bit tonight. Zion and Reddish already with two fouls apiece, Javin DeLaurier with three. Blue Devils' bench was one of their few preseason questions.

Zion explodes for two-handed jam (0:22)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke is embarrassing Kentucky right now. No other way to say. And the Wildcats look soft. Duke is being aggressive on every possession on both ends of the floor. Wildcats have done nothing to slow them down.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke showcasing its balance early in this game. The Blue Devils have versatility no team can match. Difficult team to defend when they're enjoying so much inside-outside success. Good start for Duke.

Maximum hype around Zion's unique skillset (0:35)
Calipari says Kentucky is better than a 'November team' (1:39)
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9dMyron Medcalf

Duke, Kentucky primed for Champions and beyond

Blue Devils vs. Wildcats. Not a bad way to start the season, huh? The blue bloods meet in Champions Classic, but this could just be a trailer for April.

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9dDavid Purdum

NCAA title favorite Duke underdog vs. Kentucky

The consensus favorites to win the national championship -- the Duke Blue Devils -- are underdogs in their first game as the men's college basketball season tips off.

Calipari enters Year 10 as head coach for 1st time (1:18)

Team Stats

Points Per Game77.5Tied-175th
Rebounds Per Game42.5Tied-76th
Assists Per Game14.0Tied-170th
Points Allowed88.5Tied-337th

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Tournament History

Final Fours17
Tournament Record126-51
Championship Seasons1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012
Tournament Appearances57