CHICAGO, Sporting Alert – No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Michigan State will meet in the State Farms Champions Classic on Tuesday night and you can stream the action from Chicago live.
Tip-off time for this encounter inside the United Center is set for 7 p.m. ET and ESPN will provide the live national broadcast, while WatchESPN will carry the online and platform stream.
Duke (2-0) opened its season with comfortable wins over Elon and Utah Valley last week, but the Blue Devils are expected to be fully tested tonight against a Michigan State side that many considered to be the best team in the country.
“That’s what we’re all here for,” freshman forward Marvin Bagley III said. “We want to play under the bright lights.
“We’ve just got to make sure we’re ready and make sure we’re locked in and ready to go.”
Bagley III has posted a double-double in each of his first two collegiate games this season.
The Spartans (1-0) easily put away North Florida 98-66 in their solitary Week 1 fixture and swingman Miles Bridges and Co. are well-motivated and excited about this big-time matchup.
“I want to dive right in,” Bridges said. “We have been practicing all summer and fall.
“We want to show everyone what we’re capable of. Duke is a great team, and it’s going to be a great game.”
Duke is the top-ranked team in the country after rolling out the nation’s No. 1 recruiting freshman class.
However, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index is giving Michigan State a slight edge to win on Tuesday night by under 2 points.
“I’m sure players are excited about it and I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
“It’s not just another game. I don’t think it’s just another game for them either.
“It’s one of the greatest nights of college basketball with those four teams playing.”
ESPN’s BPI is giving the Spartans a 52.1 percent to win with the Blue Devils at 47.9 percent.
With four starting freshmen, Duke, which shot the ball well in the two openers, will need to need to grow up quickly.
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.
“That will be a big-time game for us,” said Krzyzewski. “Not let the moment defeat them. Let the moment excite them.
“… I want them to enjoy the moment, be immersed in the moment. It’s a matter of letting them play.”
In the night’s other State Farms Champions Classic matchup on Tuesday, No. 4 Kansas and No. 7 Kentucky will tip-off at 9:30 p.m. ET.
ESPN and WatchESPN will have the live television and streaming coverage.