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


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

The Michigan State Spartans have a National Player of the Year candidate Miles Bridges to star in their lineup.

Duke is off to a 2-0 start thanks to a 97-68 win over Elon and a 99-69 win over Utah Valley.

Michigan State's only freshman starter, forward Jarren Jackson Jr. All five starters scored in double figures in the Spartans' 98-66 win over North Florida last Friday. His status going forward is unclear, but Duke did not seem to suffer from his absence. Cassius Winston was also good for Michigan State, with 12 points and 8 assists in the win. He has the best assist to turnover ratio in the country, a primary reason Duke has had so much success offensively.

By the looks of things, this could be a rough season for Grayson Allen haters.

Wendell Carter Jr. added 12 points and 12 rebounds, helping Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski improve to 12-1 in his career against Michigan State.

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. 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). Sophomore Garry Harris and senior Keith Appling combined for 42 points, shooting 12/20 from the field and 9/10 from the free throw line.

The game is to be the first of two in the annual Champions Classic in Chicago, with a game with Kansas and Kentucky following soon afterward.