Kentucky vs Duke

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Details

DateTimeLeagueSeason
November 9, 20219:30 pmNCAA2021-22

Results

Team1st Half2nd HalfTOutcome
Kentucky353671Loss
394079Win

Recap

Freshman Trevor Keels scored 25 points and classmate Paolo Banchero added 22 to help No. 9 open Mike Krzyzewski’s final season by beating 10th-ranked Kentucky 79-71 on Tuesday night in the nightcap of the Champions Classic.

Krzyzewski announced that he would retire at the end of the season. The Hall of Famer has won 1,098 games and five national championships in his 42 years coaching the Blue Devils. Overall he has 1,171 wins, the most in the history of the sport.

The two basketball blue bloods, who have quite the history between them on the game’s biggest stage, put on a spectacular show to open the season. The loud split crowd at that included many members of the New York Knicks and Bruce Springsteen was on its feet for most of the second half.

Duke, which led by four at the half, built the advantage to 15 with just under 10 minutes left behind Keels. The Wildcats wouldn’t go away, scoring the next 11 points to get within 69-65 on a three-point play by Oscar Tshiebwe with 6:07 left.

That’s as close as Kentucky could get. Keels scored on the Blue Devils’ next possession and Banchero followed with a three-point play after a huge block by Mark Williams to start a 7-0 run.

Kentucky could only get within eight the rest of the way.

Tshiebwe finished with 17 points and 19 rebounds.  added 16 points and 10 assists for the Wildcats.

PARTING GIFTS

With this being Krzyzewski’s last game at MSG, the Garden front office staff presented his family with a few gifts before the game. They made a donation to the Emily K Center and gave him a framed photo mosaic that had more than 300 images from his time at MSG. Finally, they gave him six bottles of wine, each with a custom label from some of his top moments at the Garden, including his 1,000th victory and one from when he was a player for Army and his team played at MSG.

BIG PICTURE

Duke’s sensational freshmen didn’t disappoint and could carry the Blue Devils a long way this season. Kentucky looked good in spurts and the early season loss will only help the Wildcats get better.

CHEERING ON THEIR SCHOOLS

The Knicks players were divided with their rooting interests. Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel and Kevin Knox II all went to Kentucky, while RJ Barrett attended Duke. They were all sitting courtside. Obi Toppin didn’t go to either school, but his brother Jacob plays for Kentucky. The Knicks’ second-year forward was sitting with his mom Roni, who was celebrating her birthday.

BLUE DEVIL SUCCESS AT MSG

Krzyzewski has gone 34-11 at MSG, including winning five of the last six there. The Blue Devils are 39-18 overall at the arena.

TIP-INS:

The Champions Classic will be extended through 2025. It started in 2011 and has always had Michigan State, Kansas, and Kentucky participating. … No. 3 Kansas beat Michigan State 87-74 in the opener. … Duke improved to 7-4 at the Champions Classic. … Duke has had the best of the rivalry recently. The Blue Devils have won five of the last six against the Wildcats.


Kentucky 71

Kentucky 71
##PlayerGSMINFG3PTFTORB-DRBREBPFATOBLKSTLPTS
34Tshiebwe,Oscar*298-140-01-112-8203122117
02Wheeler,Sahvir*386-152-32-20-3331070116
31Grady,Kellan*313-83-70-00-22000019
03Washington Jr.,TyTy*283-140-23-40-22230019
12Brooks Jr.,Keion*174-101-30-01-23202009
10Mintz,Davion 212-71-30-00-11300005
00Toppin,Jacob 232-60-00-02-46410004
55Ware,Lance 91-20-00-01-12201102
04Collins,Daimion 20-00-00-00-00101000
23Hopkins,Bryce 20-10-00-00-00000000
TMTEAM 00-00-00-03-36000000
 TOTALS20029-777-186-719-25442015133471
Team SummaryFG3PTFT
First Half13-416-113-4
31.71 %54.55 %75.00 %
Second Half16-361-73-3
44.44 %14.29 %100.00 %
Total29-777-186-7
 37.7 %38.9 %85.7 %
Technical Fouls: noneSecond Chance Points: 19Scores Tied: 2 time(s)
Points in the Paint: 38Fast Break Points: 7Lead Changed: 8 time(s)
Points off Turnovers: 7Bench Points: 11

79

79
##PlayerGSMINFG3PTFTORB-DRBREBPFATOBLKSTLPTS
01Keels,Trevor*3410-181-44-60-112220325
05Banchero,Paolo*317-110-38-90-772010222
00Moore Jr.,Wendell*336-100-20-11-341330012
03Roach,Jeremy*373-80-10-11-67212026
15Williams,Mark*182-40-01-23-47300325
12John,Theo 222-40-01-21-12311205
13Baker,Joey 110-20-12-21-12100002
21Griffin,AJ 111-30-10-00-22100002
02Blakes,Jaylen 30-10-10-00-00000000
TMTEAM 00-00-00-02-24000000
 TOTALS20031-611-1316-239-273615795979
Team SummaryFG3PTFT
First Half13-281-912-17
46.43 %11.11 %70.59 %
Second Half18-330-44-6
54.55 %0.00 %66.67 %
Total31-611-1316-23
 50.8 %7.7 %69.6 %
Technical Fouls: noneSecond Chance Points: 8Scores Tied: 2 time(s)
Points in the Paint: 48Fast Break Points: 13Lead Changed: 8 time(s)
Points off Turnovers: 19Bench Points: 9

 

Kentucky

# PlayerPTSFGMFGA3PM3PAFTMFTAORDRPFASTTOBLKSTLMIN
0Jacob Toppin4260000244100023
2Sahvir Wheeler1661523220331070138
3TyTy Washington93140234032300128
4Daimion Collins000000000101002
10Davion Mintz5271300013000021
12Keion Brooks Jr94101300122020017
23Bryce Hopkins001000000000002
31Kellan Grady9383700020000131
34Oscar Tshiebwe1781400111283122129
55Lance Ware212000011201109
 Total71297771867162420151334200

PTSFGMFGA3PM3PAFTMFTAORDRPFASTTOBLKSTLMIN
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Court

Madison Square Garden, West 31st Street, Chelsea District, Manhattan, New York County, New York, 10001, United States