Duke Basketball: Blue Devils’ top 10 plays through the first 10 games

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3. How to stuff a Wildcat

Opponent: Kentucky

Talk about a monster stuff.

Talk about an ideal way to demoralize an opponent.

Yes, let’s talk some more about the Duke basketball team’s statement win in the season opener against Kentucky — as if you needed to be reminded, the score was 118-84.

And let’s talk about the one play from early in the second half of that game that left Wildcat fans thinking it may be about time to turn off their television sets.

Kentucky center Nick Richards found himself with the ball under his own basket and probably thought for a second that he was about to score his first points of the night.

Zion not-so-politely informed him that wouldn’t be happening.

Not only did Zion block the shot, but he also stole the ball — all in one sweeping motion. He then took a few dribbles to advance the ball past halfcourt before using a bounce pass to thread the needle between two Kentucky players, hitting R.J. on the run to the hoop.

And R.J. scored on a layup while drawing a foul.

The rout had already been on since the opening minutes of the game, but this play — No. 2 on the video below — put the Blue Devils ahead by 30 and confirmed to Duke fans everywhere that it was officially time to start the party.