Duke’s freshman trio too much for Army to handle


Coach K has built a juggernaut this year led by three super freshmen in Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish.

Upon reviewing the 118-84 drubbing of No. 2 Kentucky from Tuesday night, the Blue Devils saw areas where they can be better. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound power forward scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, blocked a game-high six shots (many several rows deep into the crowd), and dished out four assists in 32 minutes of play.

Duke led by eight points and halftime only to see Army score the first five points after halftime to trail 50-47. Not only did they not back down against a preseason Final Four favorite, they gave Duke more of a test than Kentucky did.

Tulane was buoyed by the debut of freshman Kevin Zhang, who had 24 points, including 10 during a second-half surge that briefly pulled the Green Wave as close as 62-56.

Marques Bolden's quick-handed steal of an Army pass in the backcourt set up his pass to Barrett for a dunk that gave Duke a 60-49 lead with 16:28 to play.

After trailing by 11, Army was within 44-42.

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The Blue Devils' three freshman stars, led by Zion Wiliamson's stellar all-around game, finally delivered success in the second half.

(2) CT 85, OHIO STATE 53: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and host UConn opened its quest for a 12th national title with a rout of the Buckeyes (1-2). He scored 21 points with six rebounds and three assists over the game's first 20 minutes. He's not going to shoot 11-of-13 from the floor every night. Duke has each of the top three prospects in SI's 2019 National Basketball Association draft big board and four of the top 60 players.

Our own Sam Amico put together a poll asking if you were an National Basketball Association general manager, which of the two - Barrett or Williamson - would you take with the No. 1 overall selection of the 2019 National Basketball Association draft, should your team be fortunate enough to "earn" it?

One would surmise that Zion Williamson will have the same path as James and be a lethal driver in his early days and then develop a consistent outside game over time.

Funk beat Jones off the dribble to reach the lane before passing the ball out to an open Blackwell, who made a 3-pointer.