MSU vs. Duke in Champions Classic

Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. drives to the basket against Hillsdale's Gordon Behr during their exhibition college basketball game at Breslin Center in East Lansing on Friday

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The first game of Tuesday night's Champions Classic at United Center in Chicago pits the two highest-ranked teams in the country in No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Michigan State.

Marvin Bagley III reclassified this summer to graduate high school early and begin his college basketball career this season. Trevon Duval is adding 11.5 points and 10 assists per contest. He compiled 25 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against Elon, and then followed that with 24 and 10 against Utah Valley.

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That being said, Michigan State had a similar dominating start to the season with a 32-point victory over North Florida.

So long as the freshman phenom is sidelined, Duke should lean on Wendell Carter Jr., Marques Bolden and Antonio Vrankovic to shoulder the frontcourt workload. This last 3 was a well-guarded, legs-splayed bomb that pretty well sunk the Spartans, and punctuated a night that leaves college basketball in a familiar, if unpopular place: Duke is No. 1, and it possibly has the player of the year. The Spartans are favorites to win the Big Ten over Purdue, Northwestern and others. It's been 12 years - since that 2005 NCAA Tournament win - since Michigan State has taken the Blue Devils down, but this may very well be the most talented Sparta team Izzo has assembled in his tenure. The Spartans have one of the deepest benches while Duke has an elite starting lineup. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks.

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