Williamson, No. 4 Duke pull away from Army, 94-72


Duke faces Eastern Michigan on Wednesday in its second home game of the season, and after its stupendous open to the 2018-19 season, it has a chance to play its next game as the No. 1 team in college basketball when it next steps on the floor after the polls come out on Monday.

The last time the Blue Devils fell at home against a non-conference opponent on February 26, 2000 when St. John's scored a shocking 83-82 victory on the road.

Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Duke overwhelmed No. 2 Kentucky in a 32-point win.

An encore performance might be too much to ask of Duke, but the fourth-ranked Blue Devils are expecting to get better.

The Blue Devils sure made a convincing argument to be considered the nation's best team in the season's first week: a 118-84 win against No. 2 Kentucky in Tuesday's Champions Classic in Indianapolis. "Their point guard, he's a very talented guard", Duke freshman Zion Williamson said.

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In 23 minutes of action, Zion Williamson scored 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field for Duke, and he wowed the crowd with his freakish athleticism on a bevy of plays. Both turned into steals and points on the other end for Army, forcing Krzyzewski to call timeout. You remember that? We were up 20.

According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Altman paused on his usual duties to go watch some of the best prospects play in the star-studded matchup between Duke University and the University of Kentucky. With 9:26 to play, Reddish nailed a 3-pointer that gave Duke a 78-61 lead.

Army never pulled in front after the opening minutes, but it had an answer for every Duke run and made back-to-back triples eight minutes into the second half to cut a 12-point deficit in half. "We haven't really done much of anything - no conference games or anything".

Bolden said the team is having no problem zoning out the national conversations about Duke's greatness because "if we would have lost that game they would be the same people saying that we weren't ready this year". Williamson was all over the place on defense with three blocks on one possession early in the half.

Jeff Sherman, the vice president or risk management at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, set the Cavaliers as 22.5-point favorites over the Blue Devils in a potential interleague battle.