Duke vs. Kentucky: Score, Highlights and Reaction from Champions Classic 2015
No. 2 Kentucky made an early statement as it downed No. 5 Duke 74-63 behind a balanced attack paced by a trio of sensational guardsTuesday at the Champions Classic in Chicago.
Along with sophomore Tyler Ulis (18 points, six assists), freshmen Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray penetrated the Blue Devils' experienced frontcourt and burned them on the break to help establish a double-digit cushion in the second half.
Briscoe and Murray finished with 12and 16points, respectively, as the Wildcats' vaunted freshman class outperformed Duke's esteemed first-year players.
Although Blue Devils freshman Derryck Thornton chipped in sevenpoints, threerebounds and threeassists off the bench, celebrated arrival Brandon Ingram floundered in front of the United Center crowd. Ingram managed as many points (four) as turnovers and fouls, and he shot 1-of-6 from the field.
Matt Jones dropped 16points, but his backcourt mate Grayson Allen couldn't find a rhythm passing or scoring. The sophomore totaled sixpoints on 2-of-11shooting while generating oneassist and fourturnovers.
CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb broke down Allen's uneven performance:
Marshall Plumlee (12 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks) and Amile Jefferson (16 points, 15 rebounds) were the most consistent Blue Devils, but the Wildcats largely neutralized the tandem in the second half, when Duke needed to make up ground in the scoring column.
247Sports' Adam Rowe explained the deficiencies that doomed Duke:
Both teams struggled to create offense in the early going—particularly the Blue Devils. Plumlee scored four of Duke's first six buckets from the field, as his ability to sky for rebounds and capitalize on second-chance opportunities helped the Blue Devils stay competitive over the game's first 10 minutes.
ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman took note of Duke's first-half issues:
Had it not been for Plumlee and Jefferson, Duke would have found itself in a major hole. The senior tandem combined to score Duke's first 15 points, and their ability to grab droves of rebounds allowed the Blue Devils to counterpunch against a more athletic Kentucky team.
Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer helped illuminate the disparity in efficiency between Duke's frontcourt and backcourt early on:
CBS Sports' Sam Vecenie indicated Allen had trouble converting close-range buckets in traffic during his 0-of-9 start:
However, Kentucky was able to push the pace with a more composed effort. Although Murray, Skal Labissiere (seven points, four rebounds, five fouls) and Marcus Lee (10 points, 10 rebounds) struggled to find twine in the first half, the backcourt combination of Ulis and Briscoe didn't experience similar problems.
As Bleacher Report's C.J. Moore observed, the sophomore was particularly potent against Duke's slower guards:
Once Murray found his footing in the second half, it was a wrap for the Wildcats. Duke's offense wasn't able to generate much off the bounce, and it didn't run its sets with enough fluidity to match Kentucky's aggression.
Given the transition the defending national champions are undergoing with Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones all racking up experience in the NBA, it wasn't entirely surprising to see Duke fall to a supremely talented Kentucky team.
The Blue Devils have plenty of time to grow and develop under head coach Mike Krzyzewski's watchful eye, and it's only a matter of time before Ingram, Allen and Co. get into a groove and start wreaking havoc on the ACC.
Kentucky, on the other hand, is a nightmare for just about every team in the nation. The Wildcats have the country's deepest pool of freshman talent in the country, and they all already look polished beyond their years. Based on Tuesday's effort, it's scary to think Kentucky stands to improve as its youngsters gain chemistry and learn the intricacies of head coach John Calipari's scheme.
The Wildcats will be back in action Friday against Wright State, while Duke is slated to do battle with VCU the same day at the 2K Classic in New York.
"If you have good guards, you have a chance to win, and Kentucky has three point guards," Coach K said, per the Courier-Journal's Kyle Tucker.
Tucker added that Krzyzewski was particularly impressed by Ulis:
"God was good to him," Krzyzewski said of Ulis, per Tucker. "They didn't give him height, but they gave him probably a heart that's five times bigger than most people."
Krzyzewski, however, couldn't gush about his own team the way he did Kentucky's star guard, per the News and Observer's Laura Keeley:
"We just have to figure out our team," Krzyzewski said, according to Keeley. "That's what we're trying to do. We have a lot of improvement ahead of that, we just have to accept that."
The Shot (Duke–Kentucky)
Collegiate basketball game
The 1992 NCAA Tournament was highlighted by a game between East Region #1 seed Duke and #2 seed Kentucky in the East Regional Final to determine a spot in the Final Four. With 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime, defending national champion Duke trailed 103–102. Grant Hill threw a pass the length of the court to Christian Laettner, who faked right, dribbled once, turned, and hit a jumper as time expired for the 104–103 win. In 2004 Sports Illustrated deemed it the greatest college basketball game of all time, and ESPN included it as number 17 on its list of top 100 sports moments of the past 25 years (see ESPN25). It is ranked number one on the list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time compiled by USA Today in 2002.
Background & Legacy
The 1991–92 team is one of the most revered in the University of Kentucky's (UK) long basketball history. The Wildcats were coming off a two-year postseason ban due to major recruiting violations committed during the tenure of Pitino's predecessor Eddie Sutton, although the NCAA found Sutton was not personally liable. The violations mainly centered on alleged cheating by former player Eric Manuel on the ACT college entrance exam and cash payments to the guardian of another former player, Chris Mills. This was notoriously highlighted on the cover of Sports Illustrated called "Kentucky's Shame".
The team's four seniors, three of whom were Kentucky natives, had remained loyal to the program throughout its probation, and would enter Kentucky basketball history as "The Unforgettables". They were:
- Richie Farmer, a 6'0"/1.83 m shooting guard from Manchester, a small town in the state's eastern coal fields. (He served as the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture from 2004 to 2012, and was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 2011, and would later serve two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to multiple corruption charges during his tenure as Agriculture Commissioner.)
- Deron Feldhaus, a 6'7"/2.01 m forward from Maysville, a small Ohio River town in the Bluegrass region, about an hour's drive upriver from Cincinnati.
- John Pelphrey, a 6'8"/2.03 m forward from another eastern coal town, Paintsville (currently the head coach at Tennessee Tech, and former assistant at Florida and former head coach at Arkansas).
- Sean Woods, the only non-Kentuckian, a 6'2"/1.88 m point guard from Indianapolis (formerly the head coach at Morehead State).
Although the seniors were the heart and soul of the team, its biggest star was sophomore Jamal Mashburn, who would go on to become a consensus first-team All-American the following season and have a successful 12-year NBA career; he is now an NBA analyst for ESPN.
The legacy of "The Unforgettables" at UK was great enough that the UK program decided to retire their jerseys (but not their numbers) almost immediately after that game. While jersey retirement is not uncommon, it is rare for a school to bestow this honor so soon after a player's career ends.
Duke Blue Devils
Duke entered the 1991-92 season having just won their first ever national championship the previous year and looking to repeat as national champions for the first time since UCLA in 1972 and 1973. Losing only Greg Koubek and Clay Buckley to graduation and Billy McCaffrey and Crawford Palmer to transfers, Duke retained its core players including Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill and was able to add recruits Cherokee Parks and Erik Meek to its lineup.
The Blue Devils started the season ranked No. 1 and won their first 17 games. Their unbeaten streak came to an end when they lost a close contest to archival North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center by a score of 75–73. However, Duke would only lose one other game (to Wake Forest 72–68 in Winston-Salem) for the rest of the season and finished the season with a 25–2 record and the 10th regular-season championship in school history, entering the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeating North Carolina in the ACC title game 94–74 to capture their 9th ACC Tournament Championship in school history.
Following this game, Duke successfully concluded their quest to repeat at the Final Four in Minneapolis after first overcoming Indiana 81-78 in Bob Knight's last Final Four appearance as Hoosiers head coach and then sweeping past Michigan, led by the Fab Five, 71-51. Laettner was also the only collegiate player to be named on the 1992 United States men's Olympic team, also known as the Dream Team, which Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski served on as an assistant under Detroit Pistons head coach Chuck Daly before taking the helm from 2006 to 2016.
The game between Kentucky and Duke is considered by some to be the greatest NCAA tournament game ever. The game was close for the entire 40 minutes plus the 5 minute overtime. Duke was the top-ranked team for the entire season, and were favored to win the national championship for the second consecutive year.
At the end of the first half, Duke led Kentucky 50–45. During the second half, after Aminu Timberlake was knocked down during a play, Laettner stepped on his chest. He was assessed a technical foul, but was not ejected. Kentucky tied the game at 93 with 33.6 seconds left in regulation on a Deron Feldhaus putback of a John Pelphrey miss. Duke's point guard Bobby Hurley had a chance to win the game as time expired, but he missed the shot and the game went into overtime.
The teams traded the lead through the overtime period. After Kentucky pulled ahead 98–96, Laettner took over for the Blue Devils, scoring their final six points and giving them a 102–101 lead. Kentucky called a timeout with 7.8 seconds left, then Sean Woods hit a running one-hander in the lane over Laettner to put Kentucky ahead 103–102 with 2.1 seconds remaining. Duke called a timeout and drew up the final play. Unguarded on the inbounds play, Grant Hill threw the ball 79 feet to Laettner at the opposite foul line, who dribbled once, turned, and put up "the shot" as time expired, giving Duke a 104–103 victory.
Laettner finished the game with 31 points and 7 rebounds. He was a perfect 10–10 from the field and 10–10 from the free throw line.
All right, uh, Grant Hill will make the inbounds play, so that takes care of that option. Tony Lang and Thomas Hill are in the backcourt to accept the pass. Bobby Hurley up the floor with Laettner. They throw it the length of the floor – Laettner catches, comes down, dribbles, shoots, scores! Christian Laettner has hit the bucket at the buzzer! The Blue Devils win it 104-103! Look out, Minneapolis, here come the Blue Devils!
Bob Harris on the Duke radio broadcast on the Capitol Sports Network
- ^Matthew Waxman = 16 Greatest Games Sports Illustrated (On Campus), March 10, 2004.
- ^Mike Douchant – Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002.
- ^Curry Kirkpatrick – Kentucky's Shame. Sports Illustrated, May 29, 1989.
- ^ abSims, John. "Revisiting the Greatest Game Ever Played: The 1992 East Regional Finals". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
- ^Christian Laettner's shot sinks Kentucky in 1992 Elite Eight March Madness on YouTube
- ^1992 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Final - Duke vs. Kentucky (Kentucky Radio Broadcast) YouTube (originally broadcast by CBS and the University of Kentucky)
- ^"The Shot" by Christian Laettner (Kentucky Radio) YouTube (originally broadcast by CBS and the University of Kentucky
- ^1992 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Final - Duke vs. Kentucky (Capitol Sports Network) YouTube (originally broadcast by CBS and Capitol Sports Network)
- ^"The Shot" by Christian Laettner (Duke Radio) YouTube (originally broadcast by CBS and Capitol Sports Network)
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Kentucky vs. Duke: Live Score and Highlights from Champions Classic 2015
It was billed as a March Madness preview, but the defending NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils were no match for the Kentucky Wildcats.
In the first game of the 2015 Champions Classic, Kentucky trailed for just five seconds on its way to defeating Duke 74-63.
The Wildcats offense was solid all game. They shot 30-of-67 from the field and 11-of-18 from the line. Tyler Ulis led the way with 18 points.
Defensively, Kentucky was able to stymie the Blue Devils' best shooter, Grayson Allen, who finished 2-of-11 for just six points.
With his roster in transition, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has plenty of work ahead if his team is going to make another championship push in the spring.
Final: Kentucky 74, Duke 63
Opponent High Statistics
(Note: Kentucky games only. Complete statistics may not be available.)
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Kentucky vs. Duke, 74-63: Full highlights, final score and more
Kentucky stifled Duke’s stars to pick up a resounding early-season win
The No. 5-ranked Duke Blue Devils started out their gigantic matchup with the No. 2-ranked Kentucky Wildcats looking incredibly sloppy. Had it not been for Marshall Plumlee on the offensive boards, blocking five shots in the first half alone, and providing the Blue Devils with surprising offense right out of the gate, Duke could have found themselves at a sever deficit at the half as the team shot only 36.4 percent from the field in the first half with Grayson Allen going 0-9 from the floor and Brandon Ingram missing his only two shots. Meanwhile, Skal Labissiere and the Wildcats were getting dominated in terms of rebounding, subsequently making them unable to capitalize on big first-half performances from Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe who combined for 19 points in the first 20 minutes as Kentucky took a 37-31 lead into the half.
Kentucky’s defense stayed persistent coming out of the locker room for the second half as they quickly forced a still-struggling Allen into a couple of turnovers in addition to forcing more from players other than Allen to help extend their lead. After that flurry to start the second half, Allen, Ingram and the Duke offense came to life, but they weren’t able to do anything with the Wildcats on the defensive end of the floor. They weren’t forcing turnovers and, in turn, weren’t getting fast break opportunities to try and climb back in it. The Wildcats ultimately built their lead and, behind a big second half from Jamal Murray in terms of scoring, were able to hang onto it for the huge victory over the No. 5 team in the country.
Tyler Ullis was the unquestioned leader for the Wildcats in the backcourt. The sophomore put up 18 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals, and one block in the victory.
Marshall Plumlee seemed like the only Blue Devil who came out of the gate ready to play as he had arguably the best night of his Duke career, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and six blocks on the night.
Jamal Murray struggled to find the bottom of the net in the first half, but his second half helped carry Kentucky to the victory. The freshman finished with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Kentucky came into this huge matchup as two-point favorites over Duke, which they covered in the emphatic win. However, a sloppy first half of basketball ultimately led to the two teams falling below the 156.5 over/under.
Kentucky will be in Rupp Arena for their next game on Friday, Nov. 20 as they’ll welcome the Wright State Raiders to town.
Duke’s next matchup will be on Friday, Nov. 20 as well as they’ll be in Madison Square Garden taking on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams.
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