Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky

INDIANAPOLIS — Zion Williamson and fourth-ranked Duke were well on their way to a blowout victory when the high-flying freshman blocked a shot to start yet another Blue Devil fastbreak.

Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky and graduate transfer Reid Travis added 22 for the Wildcats.

Lawson made a case, too, finishing with 14 rebounds and six assists after sitting out last season following his transfer from Memphis.

Kansas picked up its third straight victory in the Classic and improved to 15-1 in openers under coach Bill Self — on a night the Jayhawks were in control almost the entire way.

But in a game pitting two of the Power Five conference preseason favorites, the Spartans made the finish as intriguing as expected.

Then Cassius Watson missed a layup, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes made 1 of 2 free throws to seal it.

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