Blue Devils and Spartans meet

14 November 2017 21:23:44 GMTPlus11

The top two teams in college basketball, at least according to the Associated Press, meet on Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago in the Champions Classic.

Duke and Michigan State eased into the season over the weekend as the Blue Devils defeated first Elon and then Utah Valley, while the Spartans brushed by North Florida.

Freshman Marvin Bagley III, considered the top player in his class, announced himself in the Duke line-up with 25 points and 10 rebounds on 12-of-18 from the floor against Elon and then followed it with 24 points and 10 rebounds, this time on 11-of-17 shooting against Utah Valley.

No-one is expecting Bagley to maintain that pace given that last year only three players in the nation, Marcus Keene of Central Michigan, Mike Daum of South Dakota State and Chris Clemons of Campbell averaged more throughout the campaign.

But in a year where at least four players are in the discussion for the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Bagley is already making people sit up and notice.

Which makes the game against Michigan State doubly interesting. A match-up of the top two teams in the nation, even five days into the season, is worth watching.

However, if Bagley can perform well against the Spartans in just his third game as a collegian, then we might just have the next truly great player on our hands.

Duke areĀ 3001.00 to win the NCAAB Championship, with Michigan State 3001.00.

Almost an afterthought Kansas and Kentucky take to the court in the second game of the Champions Classic.

The Wildcats were ranked fifth by the AP in the preseason, but a couple of unimpressive victories to open their season have seen Kentucky slide to No.7, while the Jayhawks remain fourth overall. Regardless it's another good match up in the early going.

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