No. 2 Kentucky (3-0) faced No. 5 Duke (2-1) in the Champions Classic in Chicago and came out with a victory. The experience of Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, and Alex Poythress proved too much for Duke’s young squad as the Wildcats won 74-63. The guard play was the difference as Kentucky’s trio of Jamal Murray, Ulis, and Isaiah Briscoe were too good to guard for Duke and the Blue Devils had some guard troubles of its own throughout the game.
Grayson Allen had been averaging 27 points over the last two games for Duke, but was held to six points on 2-11 shooting. The beginning of the game was the Marshall Plumlee show as he grabbed every offensive board imaginable and scored the first nine points for Duke. However, he alone wasn’t enough as Kentucky took control of the second half with its defense and scoring in transition.
Kentucky had four players finish in double-figure scoring led by Ulis’ 18. He also had six assists, a block, two steals, and no turnovers. Murray had 16 points with five assists and four steals while showing the poise he gained by playing with the Canadian national team over the summer.