The likes of Jimmy Butler of the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks President Steve Mills were in attendance to watch Williamson perform, which led to the star player mentioning that he would love to play for the Knicks in the future.
R.J. Barrett added 16 points for the Blue Devils, while Tre Jones added 13 in the first ever meeting between the two teams. They were both in the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament last season, but came one game short of facing off in the Final Four. The Blue Devils' dominant second half helped them overcome a one-point deficit at halftime.
Jarrett Culver led the Red Raiders with 25 points, but they dropped their first game in their 11th contest of the season. His big night helped him move up his average, which was at 19.1 points per game entering the night. Culver was speaking on his 12th-ranked team's early success after the game, saying "we see what we can be, but we're not there yet."
The second-ranked Blue Devils will enjoy the holidays off, before they return on January 5th to battle the Clemson Tigers. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders will return home next Friday to host Texas-Rio Grande Valley University.