Nothing reeks of big time college basketball like a Duke and Kentucky get together. It has been 11 years since the Kentucky Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils have met on the basket court, so it was only appropriate that they meet in the State Farm Classic some 20 years after Christian Laeetner made history. This game was the classic battle of experience versus Youth, as Duke had three senior starters while Kentucky had to replace all the starters from their national title team.
For a half, it was even as Duke led just 33-31 after the opening stanza. Duke used the three pointer to pull away in the second half and took a 58-44 lead, but Kentucky put together a 9-0 run to pull within 64-61 with 3:31 left. That would be as close as Kentucky would get though as Duke was able to hold on for a win and advanced their record to 2-0. Duke was led by the inside/outside senior combo of Seth Curry and Miles Plumlee, who combined for 41 points.
Kentucky fell to 1-1 but showed great heart in making a late run. Alex Poythress had 20 points and 8 rebounds while Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin both had 16 as Kentucky’s top three scorers were all freshmen.