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The Blue Devils used a 13-3 run to lead 58-44 midway through the second half. Kentucky closed to within three points late but a Seth Curry layup with 1:11 left helped seal the win.
Blue Devil Ballers
Seth Curry: 23 points
Mason Plumlee: 18 points (7-8 FG)
5-1 — Coach K’s record against Kentucky
2-0 — Duke’s record in the Champions Classic (also defeated Michigan State last year)… Duke is the only unbeaten team in the event.
8 — Turnovers by Duke (compared to 13 by Kentucky)
1.17 — Points per possession scored by Duke, the 4th-most allowed by Kentucky under their current head coach John Calipari
“Seth was terrific. He was the difference-maker. The fact that he’s a fifth-year senior has to help. I’m so proud of him. He really hasn’t practiced much. Since the start of practice he’s had four practices. I’m shocked by the level of condition.”
“That’s what we worked on during the preseason – taking control of the team, having it be our team,” Curry said. “I had it going, so they came to me.”
Around the Web
Box score — Game stats
AP recap — Seniors Lead Duke
Notes — Team and player updates