Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

Allen leads No. 1 Duke past No. 2 Michigan State 88-81

The over/under total for the contest has been set at 157 points.

There's really no better way to ring in the new college basketball season that with an onslaught of hoops games to open the year.

In between the two games, ESPN will also air a showcase of the latest College Football Playoff rankings, expected to air around 9 PM ET. Defensively, Duke yields 68.6 points against the opposing teams. The Blue Devils have covered the spread in the lone lined game they have played in. All five starters scored in double figures in the Spartans' 98-66 win over North Florida last Friday.

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In two games, Duke freshman point guard Trevon Duval (6-3, 186 pounds) has 20 assists to only 1 turnover. The Spartans were young past year and struggled to find consistency, but returns almost the whole team. It's been 12 years - since that 2005 NCAA Tournament win - since Michigan State has taken the Blue Devils down, but this may very well be the most talented Sparta team Izzo has assembled in his tenure. He compiled 25 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against Elon, and then followed that with 24 and 10 against Utah Valley.

Miles Bridges ending with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and four blocks, while Jaren Jackson Jr. ending with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. This time around it is Duke that is the young team, with eight freshmen on the roster. The Spartans are favorites to win the Big Ten over Purdue, Northwestern and others. The public betting is siding with Duke, but I like the Spartans tonight. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks.

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