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. 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.
The Champions Classic always delivers, but this year's might be the best yet, with four of the nation's top seven teams taking part in the annual two-game event tonight in Chicago.
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. 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. "It's not the McDonald's game, even some of our guys have played for the USA, but it won't be in that type of setting and against that level of team when they were younger". "It reminds me of my teams in the early 1990s, how quickly they change ends, and then they like to pass and more than one guy can bring it up".More news: Arsene Wenger reveals his next step after Arsenal
"I'm the luckiest guy to coach ever".
No other Top-25 teams play ranked opponents this week.
"I think we have a lot of guys that can do a pretty good job on him, but it's not going to be an individual effort". 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. The Spartans accomplished that feat just once last season. Not only will this be a fun battle to watch, it represents the direction the game is headed.More news: Blizzard confirms Overwatch will run at 4K on Xbox One X
Mike Krzyzewski's 38th Duke team is just that good as it seeks to become the sport's first undefeated national champ since IN in 1976. There's just something about this Tom Izzo team that makes me believe that they will win this game at this time - plus Izzo has a history of pulling off upsets on neutral courts. As we have seen in previous seasons, these are good games, that are a little sloppy at times. "That's what guys naturally go to when they get exhausted". Miles Bridges led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Of course, that's if you don't count the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic or countless other high school games that get national exposure. "We haven't studied them yet, but they're old and new", Krzyzewski said.
Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press' first regular-season poll of 2017-18. "I trust that they won't get nervous".More news: De La Hoya calls out McGregor, talks return
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