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No. 5 Duke ready to face No. 2 Kentucky in Chicago

No. 5 Duke vs. No. 2 Kentucky

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV/Radio: ESPN, 96.5-WFLB, 620-WDNC

Projected starting lineups

No. 5 Duke (2-0)

G Grayson Allen 27 ppg, 4 apg

G Matt Jones 14.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg

F Brandon Ingram 18 ppg, 4 rpg

F Amile Jefferson 15 ppg, 11.5 rpg

C Marshall Plumlee 6 ppg, 8.5 rpg

No. 2 Kentucky (2-0)

G Tyler Ulis 8.5 ppg, 3.5 apg

G Isaiah Briscoe 11 ppg, 12 rpg

F Jamal Murray 13.5 ppg,4 rpg

F Marcus Lee 11 ppg, 8 rpg

F Skal Labissiere 17.5 ppg, 5 rpg

Observations

▪ Kentucky coach John Calipari is plenty familiar with Brandon Ingram, whom he recruited hard. Still, he likes the Wildcats’ chances against him.

“Terrific player. Long, active, can score the ball,” Calipari said of Ingram, according to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Derek Willis will probably be a pretty good matchup for him. Two guys that size and mobile, both can score, so that could be a matchup that would be a good thing for us.”

Willis, a junior reserve, matches Ingram at 6-foot-9. The two should be fun to watch.

▪ When Duke and Kentucky played in Atlanta in 2012, Alex Poythress was arguably the most impressive player on the court. The then freshman scored 20 points in 37 minutes, including a few thunderous dunks, as the Wildcats lost 75-68. (Watching Alex Murphy go completely deer-in-headlights against him was a harbinger of what was to come for Murphy in Durham). But that may still rank as Poythress’s career highlight, as the now senior, who tore his left ACL last December, is still in Lexington and a reserve, a thought that was impossible after that night.

Laura Keeley

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