No. 2 Michigan State Plays No. 1 Duke on Tuesday Night
Two Top-Ranked Teams to Meet in Champions Classic
East Lansing, Mich. -
The two top-ranked teams in college basketball will face off on Tuesday, Nov .14, when No. 2 Michigan State meets No. 1 Duke at the United Center in Chicago as part of the Champions Classic. Tipoff for the game is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Dan Shulman calling the play-by-play, Jay Bilas serving as the color analyst and Maria Taylor on sidelines. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play and Kevin Pauga serving as the color analyst.
Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the country in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, opened the season with a 98-66 win over North Florida on Friday at the Breslin Center. Sophomore forward Miles Bridges scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds – his fourth career “20-10” game – and led five players in double figures.
Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. also registered a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds, along with four blocks and three assists. Jackson became the fourth Spartan freshman to post a double-double in his debut, while is 13 rebounds were the second-most by an MSU freshman and his13 points ranked as the seventh-best debut.
Three other players scored in double figures, with sophomore forward Nick Ward scoring 16 points, sophomore guard Joshua Langford added 13 points, five assists and three steals and sophomore guard Cassius Winston tallying 12 points and eight assists.
The game on Tuesday night will be the 14th all-time meeting between Duke and Michigan State, with the Blue Devils leading the series, 11-2. In 11 meetings since 1998-99, nine of the games have been decided by 10 points or fewer. The teams met last year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a 78-69 win in North Carolina.
Michigan State has an all-time record of 3-3 in the Champions Classic, including a 2-0 mark at the United Center. Last year, Michigan State, then No. 13 in the country, lost to No 2 Kentucky, 69-48, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Kentucky has a 4-2 record in the Champions Classic, while Duke is 3-3 and Kansas is 2-4.
The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Associated Press Top 25 have previously met 41 times, with the No. 1 team posting a 21-20 record. Then No. 2 MSU beat No. 1 Kentucky in the 2013 Champions Classic, a 78-74 Spartan win. The No. 2-ranked team has won three of the last four meetings and seven of the last 10 overall.
Michigan State is 4-19 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25, although the Spartans have won three of their last seven against the top-ranked team.
The Spartans have an all-time record of 14-8 in the United Center, including an 11-7 mark in the Big Ten Tournament.