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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 2014-15: NC State Wolfpack Team Preview

Cat Barber looks to fill void left by T.J. Warren
College Basketball 2014-15: NC State Wolfpack Team Preview

NC State can’t replace T.J. Warren — the ACC Player of the Year and the school’s first NBA Lottery pick since 1996 — with just one player. So the Wolfpack, coming off of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, won’t try to.

College Basketball 2014-15: Florida State Seminoles Team Preview

Aaron Thomas looks to end Noles' NCAA drought
College Basketball 2014-15: Florida State Seminoles Team Preview

Two straight trips to the NIT have certainly dampened some of the momentum Florida State had built by rattling off four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-12. However, expectations surrounding Leonard Hamilton’s club remain high, and for good reason. 

 

College Basketball 2014-15: Clemson Tigers Team Preview

Rod Hall leads Tigers as they grasp for postseason
College Basketball 2014-15: Clemson Tigers Team Preview

Last spring, Brad Brownell surely felt some vindication. Entering the 2013-14 season, little to nothing was expected of Clemson. A Tiger team with no seniors on its roster coming off a miserable 13–18 season was picked to finish 14th in the ACC, and Brownell landed on several national “hot seat” lists.

College Basketball 2014-15: Pittsburgh Panthers Team Preview

Panthers look to take next step in ACC behind James Robinson
College Basketball 2014-15: Pittsburgh Panthers Team Preview

It took Pittsburgh little time to make a resounding impression in its ACC debut. The Panthers opened with a 16–1 record, including 4–0 in the league, and raised eyebrows from Tobacco Road to Tallahassee.

 

College Basketball 2014-15: Louisville Cardinals Team Preview

Montrezl Harrell's return means the No. 9 Cardinals can contend in the ACC
College Basketball 2014-15: Louisville Cardinals Team Preview

College basketball season is creeping up fast, and Athlon Sports is counting down to Midnight Madness and the start of practice on Oct. 17. 

 

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