Kentucky falls in season opener, loses to Duke 79-71

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 11:49 PM EST
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NEW YORK (WYMT) - In the 11th annual State Farm Champions Classic, Kentucky fell to rival Duke 79-71. Trevor Keels and Paolo Banchero combined for 47 points, Keels led the Blue Devils with 25 points.

Oscar Tschiebwe had 17 points and 19 rebounds with his first double-double as a Wildcat. Sahvir Wheeler was the only other UK player in double figures with 16 points and 10 assists. Kentucky shot 36% from the floor and 54% (7-18) from three in the loss.

Kentucky trailed 39-35 at the half.

The Cats took an eleven-point run late in the second, but it was not enough to overpower Duke

Kentucky (0-1) returns home to host Robert Morris on November 12. Duke (1-0) returns home to host Army on November 12.

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