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Seth Curry leads Duke to a win over Kentucky

Nov 14, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

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ATLANTA – Sparked by a 21-7 second half run, No. 9 Duke beat No. 3 Kentucky 75-68 on Tuesday night in the nightcap of the Champions Classic.

Seth Curry led the way for the Blue Devils with 23 points, while Mason Plumlee added 18 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Freshman wing Rasheed Sulaimon added ten points, five boards and five assists without committing a turnover, but he shot just 3-13 from the field. Two of those three field goals were threes that came during Duke’s game-changing run.

Kentucky made a push down the stretch, getting stops on five straight possessions to cut the lead to 64-61 with the ball. But Julius Mays missed a three that would have tied the game, and Curry knocked down a pair of free throws at the other end to push the lead back to five. The Wildcats never seriously threatened again.

This was an impressive win for Duke.

Regardless of how young Kentucky is, the Blue Devils put an impressive run on Kentucky in the second half, and they did much of it with their star center and potential lottery pick, Plumlee, sitting on the bench in foul trouble. Sulaimon hit some big shots on a night he wasn’t shooting all that well and sophomore point guard Quinn Cook made enough promising plays that those two look like they are the answer to Duke’s penetrating guards problem.

But the bottom line is that Kentucky is a different team without Ryan Harrow. As talented as Archie Goodwin is — and believe me, he’s legit — he’s not a point guard. Duke’s second half run was as much about Kentucky’s inability to get a good look at the basket for an extended second half stretch as anything.

UK is far from a finished product. They’ll get better as the season progresses, but this loss shows you that they do need to have their point guard on the roster.


  1. ukraiders - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    He is so legit you don’t know his name…….its Archie Goodwin.

  2. timb12 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The basketball gods are good. I’m glad this article doesn’t say that UK choked, but that’s only because I’m not a big fan of negativity. They did choke though.

    • redneckruss - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      i wouldnt say choke, they are a young team, who needs to learn each other, Rematch this game end of January and see what happens then. Those Freshmen wont be so fresh anymore.

  3. tomtravis76 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    It’s time for Coach K to head to the NBA, he is one of the all time greats in College basketball, but he seems so disinterested in the college game now after his work with Pro’s, especially after this last Olympics. There is nothing more he can do in the college game, he is only getting future NBA players to school, he has all the wins and titles, he has groomed Wojo and if not him, give it to Capel.

    Coach K has built Duke into a basketball factory, its not the Duke that he once coached that needed to fight year in and year out to build a team. Its just time for him to write the final chapters of his coaching career in the League.

  4. dexterismyhero - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    lmforbigblueandIblowcoachCal is still in Melvin Turpin’s basement, but today he has a box of Kleenex with him.

  5. missouriman4ever - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    yeah where is imforbigblue? i guess he’s trying to think of excuses. cry baby

  6. prov1x - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    He must be busy organizing Cal’s next humanitarian mission that includes enough room for media coverage.

  7. ukcatsfan - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I think that was a great game to watch…..bottom line is UK is good but they have a lot to work on to be a top three team. I was happy to see that they didn’t quit when they got down by 14 with 10 minutes left. they will be a tough team to beat later in the season.

  8. gatordontplay - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Where’s imforbigblue?

  9. gatordontplay - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Imforbigblue come out come out where ever you are!!

  10. imforbigblue - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Im not like you douch bags i know my team lost, but atleast my team isnt scared to play two good teams to start off the season unlike your sorry ass teams beating up high school teams. UK is a young team come march lets see who ends up on top and whos left crying. Come talk shit when one of your teams plays a top 25 team let alone a top 10 team and wins

  11. prov1x - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Ok bro. See u on 12/29.

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