Duke and Michigan State offered an early 1-vs-2 gem featuring a preseason All-American, a star-laden freshman class and a senior adding another big moment to a career that includes winning a national championship.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo was left hoping it wasn’t the only time his team might see the Blue Devils this year.
“We deserved what we got, they deserved what they got,” Izzo told reporters after Tuesday’s 88-81 loss in the Champions Classic in Chicago. “Do I think we’ll get better? Do I think we’ll get a chance to play them again? I sure as hell hope so.”
The 42nd meeting of the top two teams since 1949 headlined the past week’s AP Top 25 schedule, part of a heavyweight doubleheader that also included No. 4 Kansas’ 65-61 win against No. 7 Kentucky.