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

15 November 2017, 04:55 | Anna Jefferson

NCAA Basketball Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans – Tuesday November 14, 2017

Michigan State guard Lourawls Tum Tum Nairn Jr. and forward Nick Ward help forward Miles Bridges up after he fell to the floor during their exhibition college basketball game against Hillsdale at Breslin Center in East Lansing on Friday N

According to oddsmakers at, Duke is favored in tonight's contest, as the Blue Devils are getting odds of -2 points against Michigan State.

There is a pair of great College Basketball games on tap Tuesday from the United Center in Chicago.

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.

Bagley scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Friday's 97-68 win over Elon and followed that with 24 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's 99-69 victory over Utah Valley. The Blue Devils have covered the spread in the lone lined game they have played in.

Allen's takeover performance was especially vital after freshman Marvin Bagley III sat out all but 10 minutes following a first-half eye injury.

The No. 2 Michigan State Spartans (1-0) are coming from a 98-66 win over the North Florida Ospreys. The Spartans were young previous year and struggled to find consistency, but returns almost the whole team. Michigan State has just four wins all-time in 23 total tries against the AP top-ranked team, but they are 3-4 in seven such recent matchups.

The Spartans return Miles Bridges who many believed would be an NBA Lottery pick a season ago, but Duke returns Grayson Allen, who was also once considered a top prospect.

Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks while Nick Ward chipped in 16 points. He's the first Duke freshman to do that. The Spartans have one of the deepest benches while Duke has an elite starting lineup. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks.

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