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1-1, 1st in Big Ten
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What Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky will look like come March

Sure, it was only one night. And it was only one night in November. But these four big-name teams -- Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky -- offered glimpses into the future during the Champions Classic. Some look bright. Others should be concerned.

Allen uses career high to stop MSU (1:11)
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4dMyron Medcalf

College basketball needed a night like that

The sport has problems. One star-studded night won't cure what has happened or defend against what might be coming. But it gave everyone a break, if only for a moment, to remember why we love it.

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4dJeff Goodman and Myron Medcalf

Sources: Champions Classic may tip off '18-19

The Champions Classic could potentially open the college basketball season next year instead of occurring a few days into it, sources tell ESPN. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and MSU coach Tom Izzo, after Tuesday's game, say they're in favor of the move.

No. 1 Duke beats No. 2 Michigan State in Champions Classic (2:20)

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Michigan State's Miles Bridges on loss to Duke: "they out-toughed us today." The Spartans finished with 17 turnovers to Duke's 9.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Doesn't matter where you played in high school or how many all-star games you were in, this is a giant stage. And Kentucky just looks tense and inexperienced more than anything right now. Wildcats have to relax or Kansas might win by 20-plus.


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

Grayson Allen -- Duke's lone senior -- scored a career-high 37 points, freshman Trevon Duval had 17 points and 10 assists, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.

Allen credits teammates for career night (1:12)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke's zone worked. Got into passing lanes, and turned Miles Bridges into a spot-up 3-point shooter. Bridges' counting numbers will look good, but his impact was limited mostly to perimeter shots. Crowded him when he put it on the deck.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

That's a career high of 37 points for Grayson Allen in the most impressive performance of the season's opening stretch.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Grayson Allen is underrated as a point guard, especially when he elects to keep the ball in the hands of Grayson Allen.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Grayson Allen decided to take over. In a field full of star freshmen, he's performing like the best player in America. Not afraid of the bright lights.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Playing alongside an elite playmaker and freed from ball-handling responsibilities, Grayson Allen is having a field day next to Trevon Duval. Can focus solely on scoring. Career-high 35 points tonight.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Bird's eye view of what should be a great finish.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Krzyzewski wants Ben Carter to get hit with a flagrant for what he says was an elbow on the last possession. Refs didn't respond. He's not happy after Wendell Carter got hit with the flagrant on previous play.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke not setting as many ball screens this half. Spreading the floor, letting Grayson go to work and hoping the bigs clean up in the paint. Michigan State needs Miles Bridges to do something down the stretch.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

The shooting percentage will be gross, but Trevon Duval has been really good tonight. Taking care of the ball, playing the passing lanes at the top of the zone, starting to finish at the rim more consistently. Eight assists and two turnovers so far.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Michigan State has committed just two turnovers since halftime, and its great first-half shooting has continued. Meanwhile, Grayson Allen might be on pace for 40. Game on.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State rebounded more than 48 percent of its misses in the season opener. Only has four offensive boards tonight, allowed 17 to Duke.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Bagley will not return for the second half after suffering the eye injury before halftime.

Team Stats

Points Per Game89.5Tied-50th
Rebounds Per Game41.5Tied-96th
Assists Per Game23.5Tied-6th
Points Allowed77.0Tied-241st

Tournament History

Final Fours9
Tournament Record63-29
Championship Seasons1979, 2000
Tournament Appearances30