Tonight at the United Center: Duke vs. Michigan State; Kansas vs. Kentucky

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:25:17 AM. College basketball's marquee nonconference event comes to the United Center on Tuesday with four of the top seven teams in the nation: Duke vs. Michigan State, followed by Kansas vs. Kentucky.
Tuesday night’s Champions Classic at the United Center is a perfect reminder for college basketball fans not to wait until March to follow along. The sport’s marquee nonconference event this year features four of the top seven teams in the nation. No. 1 tips off against No. 2 at 6 p.m., followed by No. 4 against No. 7 . Here are some storylines to know for each game: Duke (2-0) vs. Michigan State (1-0) • Duke has the freshman dynamos. Michigan State has players who have been through this. The Blue Devils start four freshmen, three of whom were McDonald’s All-Americans. The fourth, Marvin Bagley III, reclassified into the Class of 2017 after having been the top-rated 2018 recruit. They didn’t disappoint in the first two games. Bagley averaged 24.5 points and 10 rebounds and shot 65.7 percent, becoming the first Duke freshman to record double-doubles in his first two games. Senior captain Grayson Allen is the only returning player among the Blue Devils’ top six scorers. The Spartans had freshmen in key roles when these teams met last season at Duke in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Miles Bridges was held to 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting in that game. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Michigan State’s opener against North Florida. • Michigan State coach Tom Izzo recently joked that he’s 1-100 against Duke’s . Not quite. But Coach K, who recorded his 1,000th victory at Duke on Saturday, does hold a 10-1 record against his colleague. Duke beat Michigan State 74-69 in the 2011...Read more
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