Duke vs. Michigan State

Duke vs. Michigan State

The opener pits the top two-ranked teams in the country, when No. 2 Michigan State takes on No. 1 Duke in the Champions Classic in Chicago.

While the rest of the Blue Devils players were taking shots and warming up for the second period, Bagley III was visibly having trouble opening his right eye. Tonight's game takes place from the United Center is Chicago, Illinois as part of the State Farm Champions Classic.

In between the two games, ESPN will also air a showcase of the latest College Football Playoff rankings, expected to air around 9 PM ET. The Blue Devils have covered the spread in the lone lined game they have played in.

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The No. 2 Michigan State Spartans (1-0) are coming from a 98-66 win over the North Florida Ospreys.

Five players are averaging at least 10.0 points per game for Duke, they are: Bagley III (24.5), Allen (20.0), Gary Trent Jr. The Spartans were young previous year and struggled to find consistency, but returns almost the whole team. Miles Bridges had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spartans.

It'll be interesting to see guys like Marvin Bagley, Trevon Duval, Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. face off with Jaren Jackson Jr., Josh Langford, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward. But it's hard to imagine Allen facing many better defensive teams than Michigan State, and if he can drop 37 on the Spartans, he could be in for a monster statistical year. 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). Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks.