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No. 4 Duke pulls away from Army

No. 4 Duke pulls away from Army

We expect the Blue Devils' superior talent and athleticism to carry them to a double-digit win in the second half.

Duke's roster is led by four of the top freshmen in their recruiting class, including stars RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson.

The Blue Devils sure made a convincing argument to be considered the nation's best team in the season's first week: a 118-84 win against No. 2 Kentucky in Tuesday's Champions Classic in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound power forward scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, blocked a game-high six shots (many several rows deep into the crowd), and dished out four assists in 32 minutes of play.

"I've never seen anyone like Zion", teammate Javin DeLaurier told The News & Observer before Duke's opener.

Reddish, who along with Barrett hit the key threes to spark Duke's important run in the second half, finished with 25 points (most of which came from an impressive 7-of-13 mark from three). When asked which one of the Blue Devils' top-ranked freshmen he was referring to, the eight-time National Basketball Association champion simply said: "the one who is 285 [pounds]".

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However, the former Boston Celtics standout went as far as to say immensely talented Duke, led by fab frosh R.J.

The Blue Devils secured three offensive rebounds off three missed field goals on a possession that ended with a Reddish 3-pointer that started their second-half scoring.

Zion Williamson just rose up for this monster block on an Army player, swatting that ball to the brink of deflation and destroying any hopes of an Army comeback. So, you're telling me that this Duke Blue Devils team with the number 1 and 2 picks next year can't beat Cleveland?

Army converted a 3-pointer by Tucker Blackwell and a Tommy Funk breakaway layup to trail 36-30.

"Our guys stuck to the game plan", Army coach Jimmy Allen said. - Austin Rivers' buzzer-beating 3.