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Champions Classic Game Preview and Predictions: Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans

Duke's star freshmen dominant in early matchups
Champions Classic Game Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans

Duke and Michigan State may look familiar to the untrained eye when the two teams meet Tuesday night in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

 

Mike Krzyzewski is here. So is Tom Izzo. Duke has talent. Michigan State has plenty of upperclassmen.

 

A deeper look, though, reveals just how strange these teams are for Krzyzewski and Izzo.

 

College Basketball: Ranking the Big Ten Coaches for 2014-15

Tom Izzo is No. 1 coach, others are gaining
College Basketball: Ranking the Big Ten Coaches for 2014-15

The Big Ten has taken its lumps during football season, but all that changes on the hardwood.

 

Much of that is due to the coaches on the bench, a deep group of some of the nation’s best coaches that’s only getting better.

 

Tom Izzo, John Beilein, Bo Ryan and Thad Matta make up a solid top four of coaches who have made a combined 10 Final Fours at their current stops, and Beilein and Ryan are leading their programs to new (or rather, renewed) heights.

 

How College Basketball Teams Will Replace Their First-Round NBA Draft Picks

Draft day is over. Here's how college teams will replace their stars
How College Basketball Teams Will Replace Their First-Round NBA Draft Picks

College basketball coaches have known for several months the rosters spots they’d have to refill. For many, NBA draft day only reinforced that some of the replacement players are true replacements in name only.

Creighton likely won’t have a player like Doug McDermott again. Michigan State  and UCLA lost players with unique skill sets in Adreian Payne and Kyle Anderson.

Elite Eight Preview and Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs. UConn Huskies

Patience pays for Michigan State, UConn on path to regional final
Elite Eight Preview and Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs. UConn Huskies

Connecticut and Michigan State are proof that patience is a virtue.

The outlook for the Huskies and Spartans, who will meet in the East regional final, could have changed drastically if not key players learning how to recover from disappointments.

Two years ago, UConn was the defending national champion and starting No. 4 in the preseason. Shabazz Napier was expected to take over a team filled with talent — Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drumond and Alex Oriakhi — but that never materialized in a 20-14 season.

Harrison 3-pointer, Dawson dunk send Kentucky, Michigan State to Elite Eight

Wild Sweet 16 Friday night ends with Wildcats, Spartans wins
Harrison 3-pointer, Dawson dunk send Kentucky, Michigan State to Elite Eight

You may exhale now.

In a wild night of Sweet 16 games, Kentucky and Michigan State advanced to the regional finals when both games came down to the final possessions and final possessions.

First, Kentucky defeated rival Louisville 74-69 on a go-ahead basket by guard Aaron Harrison with 40 seconds remaining. Kentucky made its last four free throws to seal the win. Kentucky led 2-0 and never again until Harrison’s basket.

Here’s a look at Harrison’s big-time corner 3:
 

Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Michigan State Spartans

ACC, Big Ten tournament champs vie for chance at Elite Eight
Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Michigan State Spartans

For Michigan State, reaching the Final Four is almost a birthright.

For Virginia, reaching the Final Four has been a long time coming.

Of course, neither can seal a trip in Friday’s Sweet 16 game, but that’s just an illustration of the different pressures for the two teams meeting in New York City.

Adreian Payne and Keith Appling don’t want to be the first seniors to play every year for Tom Izzo and miss the Final Four. Meanwhile, Virginia, once a Tournament regular, hasn’t been to the national semifinals since 1984.

10 Teams Stumbling into March Madness

Iowa and a handful of other teams are cooling off at the wrong time
10 Teams Stumbling into March Madness

As of today, the next two losses will be any team's last losses of the season.

With conference tournaments starting this week, no team can afford any kind of cold streak.

The following teams, though, need to hit the reset button in the worst way. These 10 teams have slumped late in February and into the early part of March.

Teams like Iowa, Michigan State and Kentucky were all considered potential Final Four contenders, but doubt has surfaced in recent weeks. And teams like Missouri and Pittsburgh are perhaps a loss away from going to the NIT.

College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know

Wichita State and Virginia are surging, Kentucky and others are sinking
College Basketball Weekend Recap: 10 Things to Know March 3

The first weekend in March was not a bad way to start the greatest five weeks in the college basketball season.

Wichita State wrapped up an undefeated regular season. Virginia came a little closer to winning the ACC. Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky — all preseason top five teams — looked completely out of sorts.

In other words, unpredictability reigns.

More unlikely storylines are sure to occur as conference tournaments start later this week in most of the traditional one-bid leagues.

Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

Michigan State's duo claims the top spot
Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

Football is king in the SEC, but outside of pockets in Lexington and Gainesville, basketball never feels like a pressing issue.

The Big Ten, on the other hand, is where a balance between football and basketball success is trending upward. The league doesn’t have the names of the new ACC — Krzyzewski, Boeheim, Williams and soon Pitino — but Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, John Beilein and Thad Matta stack up with any roster of basketball coaches in the country.

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