But the majority of the young Blue Devils were on the bench nursing their early-season injuries that night as Kansas' Frank Mason III hit a game-winning jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining. On Friday, Duke beat Elon and then on Sunday they smoked Utah Valley.
The Duke Blue Devils come into the game 2-0 on the season. 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. Bagley started the season among a handful of prospects capable of going No. 1 and has exceeded the hype through two games, averaging 24.5 points and 10 rebounds. He became the first college basketball coach to win 1,000 games with the same program.
"You slow him down; I don't know if you fully stop him", Grayson Allen said on Monday.
Still, the Spartans have not only Bridges but also freshman phenom Jaren Jackson Jr., who's projected as the sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft, as well as physical forward Nick Ward and one of college basketball's best names this season: senior point guard "Tum Tum" Nairn. In the season opening win over North Florida, he scored 20 points, while playing 27 minutes.
Seven of the last eight meetings between Michigan State and Duke have been decided by 10 points or less.
No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16 and No. 4 Kansas had 2. Tom Izzo continues to lead great teams, but many think this could be the best team he has had. "In our first two games, there was some stuff that we did out on the court that we didn't see in practice; it just kind of developed out there, and it's due to their instincts once they actually get into the game".
This is going to be a great basketball game.
I do still believe that the Blue Devils fall to Michigan State, even though this team is firing on all cylinders.
"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.
But college basketball is the biggest victor, if only because it is one of the too few times before conference play begins that we get a chance to see the sport's traditional powerhouses square off in the same neutral-court environment where they can face each other come March.
Krzyzewski, 70, boasts five national championships at Duke and has guided the Blue Devils to 12 Final Four appearances after making the NCAA tournament every year since the 1994-95 season. Get your 100% signup bonus today.
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