Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Zion Williamson could be next LeBron James

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Duke routed Kentucky 118-84 and saw freshman players Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and RJ Barrett combine to score a ridiculous 83 points.

It marked Kentucky's worst loss since a 76-41 setback to LSU on January 18, 1987, and the most lopsided in John Calipari's 27 years as a college head coach.

The Blue Devils' fabulous freshmen collectively laughed as if that mattered on Tuesday night.

"I'm really proud of my guys", he said.

Before we analyze the hammer, let's consider the nail.

"This game was supposed to (feature) the top two recruiting classes". Lawson averaged 12.3 points per game for Memphis past year off the bench. The Wildcats don't get many black eyes.

March and the accompanying madness still is months away, but it probably isn't too soon to speculate how good Williamson and these Blue Devils might be this season.

Duke hosts Krzyzewski's alma mater, Army, on Sunday. Still, it was exceptionally clear the kind of impact that Williamson had on the overall basketball-viewing consciousness, as his combination of size, power and skill could be tantalizing at the next level.

They cut a 10-point deficit to 90-87 when Kyle Ahrens made a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and could have gotten within two after Kansas' Devon Dotson missed one of two free throws with 15 seconds to go.

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"Now we know what they can do", Self said of Dotson and Grimes. It didn't matter. He didn't have a player on his roster who could handle the Canadian star.

Problematically, still, Azubuike shot 41 percent from the free throw line a year ago, and that has to improve drastically to allow him to be a late-game influence when teams are prone to intentional fouls. Randle has nearly the same reputation but has actually improved his defensive game whereas Parker's defense has a very long way to go. We took at look at five teams that may have the best shot at posing a problem for what could be college basketball, and Coach K's, best team in history.

This was not a game full of ball screens and sophisticated schemes.

What is this Duke team missing?

Having a captain that can provide valuable minutes on both ends of the court will be crucial for the Blue Devils, as a lineup composed primarily of freshmen could run into some mental errors in truly hostile environments.

Right now, however, it appears the hype might have failed to prepare us for what this Duke team could become. They've got more experience and veteran talent than Coach K's wildly young-and a little wild in general-freshman faces plus players who could arguably match guys like Williamson, Barrett and Reddish when it comes to getting buckets.

It's the beginning of the season.

With just two exhibition games under their belts, we did not have a whole lot to go on when breaking down this Kansas team. "But more importantly, the team that gets him is going to have a chance to win multiple championships".