Kentucky vs. Duke: Live Score, Analysis for Champions Classic 2012
The Duke Blue Devils showed experience matters in their win over Kentucky in the Champions Classic. Duke won 75-68.
Seth Curry led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 shooting from the line.
Whistles blew consistently throughout the game, with two Blue Devils fouling out late in the game. The two teams combined for 37 fouls.
Despite the physicality, Duke's shooting shone through. They shot 45.6 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.
All statistics via ESPN.com.
DUKE 75, UK 68 — FINAL
Duke ends with an emphatic dunk by Ryan Kelly—the unsung hero of the game. His defense was well above his norm, even if he struggled on offense.
Kentucky couldn't capitalize on the physical play exhibited by Duke. The Wildcats went 14-for-21 from the line.
For Duke, perimeter shooting and experience won the game. They doubled Kentucky's output from beyond the arc (eight threes compared to four). Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly scored 51 points.
Player of the game?
Curry. Plumlee controlled the paint in the first half, but it was Curry that led Duke down the stretch. He made all six of his free throws.
DUKE 73, UK 66 — 0:22 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Archie Goodwin drives again, and again, draws a foul. This time, it's Josh Hairston that fouls out.
It's a solid strategy to extend the game, but as long as Duke makes free throws, this game is over.
DUKE 72, UK 64 — 0:30 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
And Mason Plumlee fouls out.
At this point, it isn't a terrible loss for Duke because of his track record of poor free throw shooting, even if he is 4-for-4 from the line tonight.
If Archie Goodwin continues to drive and draw fouls, he needs to convert his free throws. Kentucky is now 11-of-17 from the line.
DUKE 70, UK 63 — 0:40 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Archie Goodwin showcasing his inexperience. Travels while spinning to the basket.
Duke is now in the bonus.
DUKE 68, UK 63 — 1:03 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Seth Curry coming up clutch. He's got the last four points for Duke—two free throws and a brilliant shot in the lane around Nerlens Noel.
Kentucky calls their fourth timeout of the half. Both teams have one remaining.
DUKE 64, UK 61 — 2:04 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Duke has suddenly gone ice cold from the field.
Who will step up for the Blue Devils?
I'll say that Duke needs to get the ball to Mason Plumlee on the block. They're taking too many outside shots.
DUKE 64, UK 61 — 3:20 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Freshmen have 49 of Kentucky's 61 points.
Mike Krzyzewski burns Duke's fourth timeout. They have one remaining.
DUKE 64, UK 59 — 3:30 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Julius Mays drills two free throws and on the next possession, drains a three. The lead is down to five.
The senior is stepping up for Kentucky.
DUKE 64, UK 54 — 5:18 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee keeping Duke on top. Kentucky keeps making plays (dunks on dunks on dunks) offensively but can't seem to get a stop defensively.
Duke's offense isn't as flashy as the high-flying Wildcats, but the Blue Devils are simply getting the job done.
We've just hit the under-eight TV timeout. Great, high-tempo play for the past three minutes.
DUKE 62, UK 50 — 7:20 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Quick timeout by Mike Krzyzewski after Kentucky scores a quick four points.
Nerlens Noel quietly having a strong game: 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks.
Mason Plumlee is still having his way, though. You can tell he's the more experienced player.
Kentucky putting together dunk after dunk, but Duke always answers. Kentucky needs a stop on defense.
DUKE 58, UK 44 — 9:24 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Rasheed Sulaimon is in rhythm for Duke. He drills another three (his third of the second half), giving the Blue Devils their largest lead.
DUKE 55, UK 44 — 10:05 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Ryan Kelly is playing suffocating defense for Duke. He's taking the battle with Kyle Wiltjer personally...and he's winning.
DUKE 54, UK 42 — 11:06 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
John Clay gives Big Blue Nation a tweet they don't want to see:
Since Plumlee's 4th foul: Duke 11, Kentucky 5
— John Clay (@johnclayiv) November 14, 2012
Might be the storyline of the game. Credit Duke for playing great without their anchor down low on the court.
DUKE 54, UK 42 — 11:29 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Duke has their largest lead after a Rasheed Sulaimon three.
Kentucky is struggling mightily on offense, and Jarrod Polson isn't holding his own on defense.
It's not looking good for the Wildcats.
For Duke, though, you've got to love the fact that they can play strong interior defense with no Plumlee on the court. They are staying hot from the perimeter as well.
DUKE 47, UK 42 — 12:59 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Willie Cauley-Stein has taken a step back. Not playing with the same energy he had against Maryland.
He just picked up his third foul reaching in.
Kentucky still hasn't taken advantage of Mason Plumlee being on the bench.
DUKE 43, UK 39 — 14:47 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Alex Poythress with another offensive board and finish.
Soon after, he gets clotheslined by Josh Hairston. Not much there, though. Hairston just had his arm up, Poythress ran into him.
DUKE 43, UK 37 — 15:04 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Fouls are piling up for Mason Plumlee. He's got four now.
It was a savvy play by Nerlens Noel to draw the foul on Plumlee. He ended his cut shorter than Plumlee expected, forcing a collision.
Most shocking stat line thus far: Plumlee has one rebound, 16 points and three assists.
DUKE 43, UK 37 — 16:47 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Rasheed Sulaimon with his first bucket on a great assist from Mason Plumlee. Sulaimon is 1-of-8 from the field.
On the very next possession, Quinn Cook drills a three. Assist to Plumlee.
I'm starting to have an idea who should get player of the game honors...
DUKE 37, UK 37 — 18:10 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Kentucky is making it a point to attack the rim. Archie Goodwin lobs to Nerlens Noel, and Mason Plumlee picks up his third foul.
Full-court press now for the Wildcats.
DUKE 35, UK 33 — 19:03 REMAINING IN 2ND HALF
Whew. Incredible pass by Kyle Wiltjer to Archie Goodwin for the slam.
Backdoor cut by Goodwin, screen by Nerlens Noel. Great set play to start the second half by John Calipari.
DUKE 33, UK 31 — HALFTIME
Duke is taking advantage of Kentucky's miscues on defense, en route to seven offensive rebounds and a two point lead.
Duke's Mason Plumlee leads all scorers with 14. Alex Poythress leads the Wildcats with 10.
It's great to see Poythress step it up on offense. He's already passed his point total from the season opener (eight), and has two offensive rebounds.
If Duke stays hot from the outside (5-of-10 from three-point range so far), Kentucky will have a tough time winning this game.
Kentucky needs to move on offense. Stagnation has been a constant so far for the young Wildcats.
DUKE 33, UK 31 — HALFTIME
Ugly shooting and physical play dominated the first half. Duke has 10 fouls, Kentucky has nine.
Duke seniors score all but five points for the Blue Devils.
Calipari taking shots in his halftime interview, saying "They're flopping all over the place."
Agree or disagree?
DUKE 33, UK 31 — 1:00 REMAINING IN 1ST HALF
There have been 18 fouls between the two teams. It's been a physical game.
Alex Poythress roaring with a put-back slam. Dickie V saying "That's major league!"
Duke staying ahead by not turning the ball over. Strong play from the Blue Devils thus far, but below-average shooting from the field.
DUKE 28, UK 23 — 5:10 REMAINING IN 1ST HALF
Seniors are dominating for Duke. Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry have all 28 points for the Blue Devils.
UK 23, DUKE 22 — 6:10 REMAINING IN 1ST HALF
Lil' Wayne is in the house.
Mason Plumlee is dominating for Duke. He's got 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field (and 3-for-3 from the line!).
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