Two of the big blue schools, No. 9 Duke and No. 10 Kentucky, will meet during the second game of the 2021 Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
Although both of these teams typically do well each college basketball season, last year they both did not make the NCAA March Madness tournament. It was the first time since 1995 that Duke didn’t make the tournament.
This year, Duke will be under a spotlight because it’s coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season as a head coach. Coach K is the winningest coach in college basketball history with a 1,170-361 record in 46 years as a coach, and a 1,097-302 record in 41 years as Duke’s head coach. He has won five national championships and has 12 Final Four appearances, which is tied for the most in NCAA history.
The Blue Devils open as slight favors over the Wildcats.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Duke vs. Kentucky on Tuesday. Follow along for complete results from the 2021 Champions Classic.
Duke vs. Kentucky score
Duke vs. Kentucky live updates, highlights from 2021 Champions Classic
(All times Eastern)
11:16 p.m. — Duke takes its largest lead of the night after a Theo John basket, going up 59-50. This triggers a Kentucky timeout.
11:14 p.m. — Keels scores his 17th point as he is lead scorer on the court so far tonight. Duke is up 55-48.
11:12 p.m. — Keels is fouled for a block, which creates a loud response in Madison Square Garden.
11:06 p.m. — Banchero heads to the locker room to get looked at. There is no official statement on the reason why.
Paolo goes to the locker room with thigh pain/cramps. Not good for Duke to say the least.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 10, 2021
11:04 p.m. — Duke extends their lead to 51-48 with a Keels basket after a back-and-forth battle for the first 4.5 minutes of the half.
TV TO (15:28): Duke 51, Kentucky 48. Both teams making shots to start 2nd half – UK 6-9, Duke 6-10
— Mark Story (@markcstory) November 10, 2021
11:01 p.m. — The next four possessions result in scoring. Duke scores two points, followed by Kentucky scoring two points, then Duke scores another two points and it ends with a two-point basket from Wheeler. Kentucky goes up 46-45 in this back-and-forth battle.
11:00 p.m. — Brooks Jr. scores a 3-pointer to put Kentucky in the lead for the first time tonight. They’re up 42-41.
10:59 p.m. — Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe opens the second half with a dunk, making it a one-possession game.
End of first half: Duke 39, Kentucky 35
10:40 p.m. — Grady makes another crucial 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining in the half. Kentucky is now down 39-35.
Oh my, that was a big-time corner 3 (again) by Kellan Grady after Duke pushed the lead to 7 again in the final minute of the half. Then a WHOA from Lance Ware, eating that Duke shot.
HALFTIME: Duke 39, Kentucky 35
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 10, 2021
10:39 p.m. — Joey Baker attempts a three, but then rebounds his own ball. He’s fouled on his two-point attempt. He makes both free throw attempts, giving the Blue Devils another seven-point lead, 39-32.
10:32 p.m. — Kellan Grady answers Keels’ 3-pointer with one of his own. Kentucky decreases Duke’s lead to 34-30. This was Grady’s second 3-pointer of the night.
10:31 p.m. — Keels scores a 3-pointer to give Duke a seven-lead, up 34-27. It was also the first 3-pointer made by the Blue Devils.
10:25 p.m. — Banchero scores his 10th point of the game to give Duke it’s largest lead, 29-23.
Paolo Banchero the first player from either team to hit double figures.
— Brendan Marks (@BrendanRMarks) November 10, 2021
10:22 p.m. — Kentucky’s Keion Brooks Jr. earns a personal foul on Banchero, who then makes both free throws. Duke is up 27-23.
Duke shooting 52%
Kentucky shooting 29%
Make some shots guys …
Duke also getting some whistles. 9 FT attempts to 2 for KY.
— Julian Edlow (@julianedlow) November 10, 2021
10:18 p.m. — The ball gets loose as it goes back and forth between Kentucky and Duke, until finally ending up in Duke’s hands. Jeremy Roach scores off the play, and Duke increases their lead to 25-20.
10:06 p.m. — Heading into the second media timeout, Duke leads 19-18.
10:04 p.m. — Duke immediately takes the lead back with a Mark Williams two-point basket.
10:03 p.m. — Davion Mintz ties the game with a Kentucky 3-pointer. 13-13.
10:01 p.m. — Trevor Keels dunks to give Duke their largest lead in the night so far. Duke up 13-8.
10:00 p.m. — Moore Jr. makes a second-chance dunk for two points. Duke is up 11-8.
9:50 p.m. — The Duke freshman Paolo Banchero makes his first basket of his Duke career. The Blue Devils go up 6-3.
9:47 p.m. — Wendell Moore Jr. makes the first basket of the night, putting the Blue Devils on top 2-0.
9:46 p.m. — Duke wins the tipoff and do not score on their first possession.
Duke vs. Kentucky start time
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 9
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET | 6:30 p.m. PT
The Duke vs. Kentucky game is the second game showcased in the 2021 Champions Classic, behind Kansas vs. Michigan State. The game will tip off at 9:30 p.m. ET in Madison Square Garden located in New York City.
What channel is Duke vs. Kentucky on?
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN+, fuboTV
Duke vs. Kentucky will be shown on ESPN as the second game of the Champions Classic.
Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will broadcast from the booth, while Holly Rowe will report from the sidelines. Dick Vitale will miss his first Champions Classic due to his chemotherapy treatment.
Additionally, ESPN’s streaming service ESPN+ will show the game, along with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Duke schedule 2021
Here are Duke’s next five games.
Nationals games are bold.
|Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|Nov. 9||No. 10 Kentucky||9:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Nov. 12||Army||7:00 p.m.||ACC Network, fuboTV|
|Nov. 13||Campbell||8:00 p.m.||ACC Network+, ESPN+, fuboTV|
|Nov. 16||Gardner-Webb||7:00 p.m.||ACC Network+, fuboTV|
|Nov. 19||Lafayette||8:00 p.m.||ACC Network, fuboTV|
Kentucky schedule 2021
Here are Kentucky’s next five games.
Nationals games are bold.