Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

Michigan State guard Lourawls Tum Tum Nairn Jr. and forward Nick Ward help forward Miles Bridges up after he fell to the floor during their exhibition college basketball game against Hillsdale at Breslin Center in East Lansing on Friday N Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81
Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 04:52

The final bet for the Champions Classic on Tuesday night is the Duke Blue Devils -1.5 over Michigan State Spartans.

The Blue Devils shot only 39 percent for the game, hitting only 30 percent of their first-half shots. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 157 points.

There is a pair of great College Basketball games on tap Tuesday from the United Center in Chicago. The contest will air live on ESPN.

Both teams opened with relatively easy victories - Michigan State cruising past North Florida, 98-66, and Duke blasting Elon, 97-68, before pulling away from an upstart Utah Valley, 99-69. The Blue Devils have covered the spread in the lone lined game they have played in.

Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III and North Carolina junior Luke Maye were voted Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Co-Players of the Week following the first weekend of the 2017-18 season, with Bagley also earning ACC Rookie of the Week honors. The Spartans were young previous year and struggled to find consistency, but returns almost the whole team.

Miles Bridges ending with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and four blocks, while Jaren Jackson Jr. ending with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Bagley also became just the second Duke freshman to record a double-double in a season opener (Jason Williams vs. Stanford on November 11, 1999). The Spartans are favorites to win the Big Ten over Purdue, Northwestern and others. The Spartans have one of the deepest benches while Duke has an elite starting lineup.

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