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No. 8 Michigan State to face No. 6 Duke

EAST LANSING (AP) — The No. 8-ranked Michigan State men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time season, playing No. 6 Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic at Cameron Indoor Stadium today at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Champions Classic will be played in separate venues this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Kentucky playing Kansas in Indianapolis.

The Spartans, ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Preseason poll, are 3-5 all-time in the Champions Classic, including an 0-3 mark against Duke.

The game will air live on ESPN, with Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas calling all of the action.

Michigan State enters the game with a 2-0 record following an 80-70 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night. Duke is 1-0 after an 81-71 win over Coppin State on Saturday

Michigan State used a 26-0 run over the last five-plus minutes of the first half and the opening five minutes of the second half and cruised to an 80-70 win over Notre Dame in a men’s basketball game at the Breslin Center Saturday night.

Redshirt junior forward Joey Hauser had the first double-double of his career with 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds (adding four assists) to lead the Spartans, as two other players scored in double figures and 11 players had at least two points.

Junior forward Aaron Henry finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a career-high four blocks, while sophomore guard Rocket Watts added 13 points, tied his career high with six assists and had two rebounds.

This is the 17th all-time meeting between Michigan State and Duke. Duke leads the all-time series, 13-3.

The Blue Devils posted an 87-75 win last year at the Breslin Center in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The teams have split the last two games, with MSU’s win a 68-67 decision on March 31, 2019 in the NCAA Elite Eight to reach the Final Four.

This will be Michigan State’s fourth visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Spartans are 0-3 at Duke.

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