Michigan State vs. Duke

Alicia Farmer
November 14, 2017

It'll be MSU's Miles Bridges against whoever Duke throws at him, and it's likely more than one Blue Devil will spend the evening trying to slow down this candidate for national player of the year - with "slow" the operative word. There will be plenty to watch for and it's heaven on earth for college basketball fans. And after six seasons of the Classic, the records are remarkably equal with United Kingdom being the only program with a winning record (4-2) in the round-robin format, with Duke and Michigan State at 3-3 and KU standing 2-4 record. The website projects that Duke freshman big man Marvin Bagley will go third, freshman power forward Wendell Carter eighth and freshman wing Gary Trent Jr.at No. 15. In those two games, the Blue Devils scored 98 points per game. He became the first Division I coach to reach 1,000 wins overall in 2015. It also has senior guard and widely despised (by the rest of college basketball) Grayson Allen and freshman point guard Trevon Duval both off the board by pick No. 27.

Although it is early in the season, the Spartans had some trouble taking care of the ball in their first game of the year with 21 turnovers. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo criticized his star's play following the game, but the forward made strides during the season and enters this year as one of the favorites for national player of the year after turning down a jump to the NBA.

That being said, Michigan State had a similar dominating start to the season with a 32-point victory over North Florida. Cassius Winston was also good for Michigan State, with 12 points and 8 assists in the win. Duke leads the all-time series, 11-2, with Michigan State's last win coming in 2005.

This is going to be a great basketball game.

With the duo of freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. and sophomore Nick Ward, Michigan State (1-0) has the physicality to compete with the Blue Devil bigs down low.

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"I think we see flashes of our ball movement right now, and it looks really, really good at some points, and then we have some lapses in the game where we get into one-on-one stuff", he said.

Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press' first regular-season poll of 2017-18. College Basketball is a big time grind, and the teams change quite a bit between now and the time they play in the NCAA Tournament. In the end though, the talent of Duke is going to come through strong.

This will be the seventh iteration of the Champions Classic, a two-game early season showcase event.

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