There’s no better way to kick off the 2012-13 college basketball season than 24-straight hours of games for fans to watch–especially when one of those games is between two of the top teams in the country in the Duke Blue Devils and and Kentucky Wildcats.
The Blue Devils improved to 2-0 on the season after their 75-68 win over the Wildcats on Tuesday in the State Farm Champions Classic. Seth Curry led the way for Duke with 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting while Mason Plumlee contributed 18 points of his own to help take down the defending National Champions.
Kentucky entered Tuesday’s game ranked No. 3 in the country, but there’s no reason for them to hit the panic button just over their loss to Duke. Keep in mind the five starters from John Calipari‘s squad last year that helped the Wildcats win the National Championship all declared for the NBA Draft last April.
Despite their high ranking, Caplipari is dealing with a young squad that is going to need time to adjust when it comes to playing at the college level. Nobody should have been surprised to see Duke come up on top in this matchup considering how much of an advantage they had from an experience standpoint with players like Curry and Plumlee–which should also help them come March when the big tournament comes around.
It was only one game–so there’s no reason to worry about Kentucky just yet considering it’s not even December.
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