Williamson and fellow first-year players RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish combined for 83 points, almost outscoring Kentucky by themselves. When faced with lesser athletes and those nowhere close to his physical gifts, it's truly unfair and on Sunday, Army rolled into Cameron Indoor to face Zion and the Blue Devils and, unsurprisingly, he dominated with 27 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks.
Duke got something from Army that it didn't against Kentucky: A test.
In 23 minutes of action, Zion Williamson scored 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field for Duke, and he wowed the crowd with his freakish athleticism on a bevy of plays.
Reddish chipped in 25 points of his own with seven three-pointers accounting for the bulk of that total. But despite the Blue Devils' relatively comfortable 22-point margin of victory in the end, future opponents with good, fast point guards now have a blueprint for how to attack them.
The Blue Devils' three freshman stars, led by Zion Wiliamson's stellar all-around game, finally delivered success in the second half.
ESPN's second half prediction has been released. Reddish hit another 3-pointer and Barrett scored inside. Not only did they not back down against a preseason Final Four favorite, they gave Duke more of a test than Kentucky did.
Army never pulled in front after the opening minutes, but it had an answer for every Duke run and made back-to-back triples eight minutes into the second half to cut a 12-point deficit in half.
But Duke came out of an official timeout with an 11-0 spurt while Army went scoreless for almost three minutes. Reddish added another 3 to stretch the lead to 78-61 with just over 9 minutes left, and the Blue Devils eventually went up by 20 on Williamson's stickback with less than 4 minutes to play. So, you're telling me that this Duke Blue Devils team with the number 1 and 2 picks next year can't beat Cleveland? "They know more than to think that every game is going to be like that".