Location: United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Michigan State and Duke will be broadcast on ESPN.
Offensively, Michigan State basketball averages 98.0 points, 49.0 rebounds and 22.0 assists per game. The first game features the Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils, while the second game pits the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats.
The Spartans also have key newcomers, so the fresh faces won't all be wearing Duke uniforms. Lastly, will Miles Bridges take over the early running for national player of the year?
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"It's obviously hyped up because of the rankings", Michigan State freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. said. Jackson, a familiar foe from AAU competition, will have the task of guarding him.
"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". "I've got to focus in". "He's a very good player".
No one has been able to do it so far. Despite a 16-point performance in the opener in which Ward didn't miss a shot from field, Izzo wasn't thrilled.
"I want to dive right in", Bridges said. We went two-a-days one day and he was sharp all the time.
Everyone will need to play well against Duke. Josh Langford will have to chase Allen around, and Bridges will look to contain Gary Trent Jr., a high-scoring freshman whom Michigan State recruited. Only six Duke players saw the floor in that game, and of them only Allen remains. If Michigan State reaches the NCAA Final Four - it will be their 10th trip. - Tom Izzo is a Hall of Fame coach, NCAA Championship victor and a top recruiter, yet he is 1-10 against Mike Krzyzewski in his career.
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. "In our first two games, there was some stuff that we did out on the court that we didn't see in practice; it just kind of developed out there, and it's due to their instincts once they actually get into the game". "Let the moment excite them".