TOP 25 REWIND: No. 4 Duke set to climb after Kentucky romp

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Zion Williamson had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke pulled away to beat Army 94-72 Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Just like everyone else in the basketball world, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was left speechless after watching Duke freshman Zion Williamson put on a show on national television Tuesday night against Kentucky. He went 9-for-10 from the field in the opening 20 minutes and scored 21 points.

Reddish finished with 25 points and Barrett had 23 while Williamson added six blocked shots and four assists for the Blue Devils (2-0).

Tyson Carter added 14 points for Mississippi State (2-0), and Aric Holman had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Duke: As dominant as the Blue Devils looked against Kentucky, they looked equally vulnerable during stretches of this one, perhaps proving that college basketball won't be as easy for these freshmen as they made it look in the Champions Classic. Likely in part due to that disappointing effort from Bolden, junior forward Jack White played 25 minutes, scoring six points and providing energy as the first man off the bench.

East Carolina 84, Lamar 78: Freshman Jayden Gardner grabbed 10 rebounds and scored eight of his 30 points in overtime to lift the Pirates in Greenville, N.C. "And that's good. Although they turned it around in the second half, they were in a position to lose the game and they responded, and they responded really well".

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But Duke came out of an official timeout with an 11-0 spurt while Army went scoreless for almost three minutes.

In film review and practices since the team returned to Durham early Wednesday morning, Duke's coaches have stressed the importance of preparation and consistency to the young team.

The double-digit line isn't the first sizable spread provided by Sherman for a hypothetical matchup this week, as he deemed the Bills to be 28.5-point favorites over Alabama in a gridiron battle. He's not going to shoot 11-of-13 from the floor every night.

The Blue Devils appear to be the real deal after one game. Those three players will have a hand in nearly every victory that Duke is able to tally this season.

Duke maintained a 44-37 lead when Williamson hit one of two free throws at 3:12 before Army scored the game's next five points, taking advantage of Duke defensive lapses.