Duke Basketball: Star Freshman Bagley Makes Early Impression on ACC

Ross Houston
November 15, 2017

The Spartans feature a lineup filled with potential National Basketball Association stars. On their side, Michigan State has sophomore Miles Bridges and freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr., with Duke having senior guard Grayson Allen and freshman forward Marvin Bagley.

Bridges' teammates are no slouches, either, of course, as the game is billed as a showdown between potential Final Four teams.

So long as the freshman phenom is sidelined, Duke should lean on Wendell Carter Jr., Marques Bolden and Antonio Vrankovic to shoulder the frontcourt workload.

Kansas, though lacking depth, features a dynamic lineup staring Devonte Graham at point point. In the season opening win over North Florida, he scored 20 points, while playing 27 minutes.

Can Michigan State end the 12-year drought of beat Duke? Both teams feature deep, talented rosters that are built for long March runs, so and early statement win would speak volumes about their form. Maye followed up that performance by setting his previous career high 17 points in the Elite Eight matchup against Kentucky where Maye knocked in the game-winning shot.

For this game - we have a battle of extreme talent in the Duke Blue Devils, but very young and inexperienced College players against the experience of the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans are favorites to win the Big Ten over Purdue, Northwestern and others.

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