This game will be special
Sometimes in sports the stars align just right and give fans a dream game. Kentucky vs Duke to open the 2018-2019 season is just that. The Champions Classic is always a treat early on each year but moving the event to the first game of the season will add even more flare. I can’t imagine a bigger regular season game than opening with Duke and their loaded freshman class.
The game will take place on Tuesday November 6th, at 9:30 pm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Then arena seats under 20,000 so you can bet that it will be sold out with an incredible environment.
Here is a bit of advice for Kentucky fans in regards to the Champions Classic:
1. Do not underestimate RJ Barrett because he will make you pay for it. The freshman guard from Duke was voted a pre-season All-American for a reason. The kid has tremendous skill and is capable of winning a game, even against Kentucky, without much help from his teammates. If you don’t believe me go back and watch the FIBA semi-final game when team Canada’s RJ Barrett went nuts and defeated team USA who was then Coached by John Calipari. I have seen Barrett play in high school numerous times and each time he has impressed me more than the game before. Kentucky shouldn’t fear RJ Barrett but they better respect him. Beating Calipari once should be enough fuel to get the team focused and prepared. I believe the Blue Devils will need 25+ points from Barrett to beat Kentucky. Keldon Johnson/Ashton Hagans vs RJ Barrett is going to be a treat!
Dont sleep on RJ Barrett going bizerk today for Canada and knocking the US out of the FIBA championship. Kid is best prospect I've ever seen
— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) July 8, 2017
2. Hope that Kentucky needs to make jump-shots. After watching the Blue-White Game I have come to the conclusion that if the Cats can make 6-8 three’s in a game, then nobody is beating them. Tyler Herro, Quade Green, and Immanuel Quickley will all be looked as the guys to make a jump shot when Kentucky needs it. Otherwise, it will give teams the opportunity to pack the paint making easy buckets harder to come by. UK obviously has the bodies to bang down low as well, but ideally making jump shots will create lay-ups and dunks. Does Tyler Herro stay hot in the Champions Classic?
3. Take a nap. This should be nothing new if you follow Kentucky basketball. UK always gets the late game in the Champions Classic which likely means a 10:00 pm EST tip-off. Yuck. For us working folk that is really a tough pill to swallow and makes for a brutal Wednesday. This year I was smart and planned some vacation days around the game. I knew with it being Duke that my adrenaline would be pumping after the game win or lose. If you aren’t as lucky as me, do yourself a favor and sneak in a nap if at all possible.
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