Storylines: No. 1 and No. 2 don't face off often, and they do so even less this early in the year. "I coached at my alma mater, coached the US team for 11 years and I've coached what I think is the greatest basketball program in the country", Krzyzewski said after the game, via the Duke Chronicle.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who collected his 1,000th victory with the Blue Devils on Saturday night, is curious to see how his team will perform.
"It's just gonna be fun going against a guy like [Bagley], just because he's going to push me", Jackson said in a statement on Friday, according to Land of 10, "I've got to focus in. It's a matter of letting them play".
"It's not just another game".
Since 2011, the Champions Classic has offered college basketball fans the Final Four experience in November, featuring four of the best programs in two intriguing matchups. - Kentucky barely beat Utah Valley and Vermont in their first two games, proving this year's crop of freshman still has a lot of work to do.
The Jayhawks are comfortable favorites entering the game, and they should be able to fend off the developing Wildcats. Michigan State blasted visiting North Florida in its opener. Trevon Duval is adding 11.5 points and 10 assists per contest.
Duke and Michigan State have the best chance at separating themselves from the field with a win. Marvin Bagley III is averaging 24.5 points and 10 rebounds per game to lead the team thus far while Grayson Allen is averaging 20 points per game. Duke won again a year ago at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with Allen scoring a game-high 24 points.
Duke has been in No. 1 vs.
Duke and Michigan State are both 3-3 in Champion Classic games.
The game could be heard over the 38-affiliate, Spartan Sports Network, which includes WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. The quartet of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State have rotated playing one another each year.