College Basketball Podcast: What Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Duke did to Kentucky was incredible

INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Norlander and I didn’t plan to record a new episode of the Eye On College Basketball Podcast at 2:47 a.m. — right after we returned to our hotels from the Champions Classic. But Duke’s incredible 118-84 destruction of Kentucky late Tuesday pushed us into action. So we stayed up late and discussed both Duke-Kentucky and Kansas-Michigan State.

The conversation went like this:

  • OPEN: RJ Barrett scored 33 points to lead Duke to a blowout of UK. Was that the best freshman debut ever? Was this the most impressive season-opening win ever? Man, what a performance from the Blue Devils. They were completely unstoppable.
  • 23:04: Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in Kansas’ 92-87 win over Michigan State. But the Jayhawks’ freshman guards — Devon Dotson and Quintin Grimes — were more of the story. And, as I wrote in the column I filed, yeah, it was a rough October for Kansas. And the Adidas jokes will never stop. But now it’s November. The games have started. The in-court drama is in the past — at least for now. And the on-the-court dominance is officially underway. Kansas was overshadowed by Duke in Indianapolis, and for good reason. But the Jayhawks looked really good too.

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(Note: As I said in the opening moments of the podcast, we didn’t have our normal recording equipment for this episode because we didn’t plan on recording in Indianapolis. So if you notice a difference in the sound quality, that’s why. But we’ll be back to normal on Friday, promise.)

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