"They're a very confident group, and they're very talented, but also our upperclassmen have gotten better, so it's a nice mix", Krzyzewski said. Especially when they're making plays like this on Day 1 of their college careers.
Barrett finished with 33 points, four rebounds and six assists in the game.
They cut a 10-point deficit to 90-87 when Kyle Ahrens made a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and could have gotten within two after Kansas's Devon Dotson missed one of two free throws with 15 seconds to go. That allowed Kentucky to climb back as close as 12 points.
Duke handed Calipari the worst loss of his coaching career at United Kingdom and he let his players know midway of the second half he had seen enough.
"I learned something about my team tonight, " Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. They combined for 83 points on the night, nearly outscoring the Wildcats' entire roster.
The Blue Devils didn't stop with that flurry. The Blue Devils outscored United Kingdom by 24 from the arc.
The Cats were led by freshman wing Keldon Johnson with 23 points and Travis with 22. While he did finish with 22 points and seven rebounds, most of his buckets came once the outcome was already decided.More news: Jeff Sessions Out at Trump's Request
In this Cats Illustrated "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the United Kingdom loss. Perhaps the value in losing one like this to begin the season is knowing exactly how much work it's going to take to reach your goals in March.
Reid Travis was expected to be Kentucky's best player. It will be interesting to see how United Kingdom bounces back from this one.
Zion Williamson and fourth-ranked Duke were well on their way to a blowout victory when the high-flying freshman blocked a shot to start yet another Blue Devil fastbreak. He thinks Duke has what it takes to go undefeated.
1st - Loss by a Calipari UK squad in a season opener and the first time the Cats have been under.500 during his time in Lexington.
Although the Blue Devils' early lead quickly silenced Big Blue Nation, Duke will need a vocal leader on the court to keep everyone's heads in check for ACC road games.
59 - Points in a half tied for the most United Kingdom has surrendered under Calipari in a half (Texas A&M, 2018). Junior forward Jack White did provide nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
1926 - UK's previous worst loss in a season opener, falling 48-10 to Cincinnati.