Duke vs. Michigan State Game Notes

Grayson Allen | Photo: Chris Summerville

Who: No. 1 Duke (2-0) vs. No. 2 Michigan St. (1-0)
When: Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Chicago, IL / United Center
TV: ESPN

DUKE BLUE DEVILS

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Army ‘69)
Career Record: 1,073-330 (43rd season)
Record at Duke: 1,000-271 (38th season)

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS

Head Coach: Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan ‘77)
Career Record: 545-220 (23rd season)
Record at Michigan State: 545-220 (23rd season

THE SERIES
Overall: 14th meeting; Duke leads, 11-2
In Durham: Duke leads 3-0
In East Lansing: Duke leads 1-0
At neutral sites: Duke leads 7-2
Current streak: Duke, W6
Coach K vs. Michigan State: Duke leads, 11-1

THE OPENING TIP

  • Duke opened its 2017-18 season with a pair of wins Friday and Saturday, and now turns its attention to Michigan State for a showdown of No. 1 vs. No. 2 Tuesday in Chicago.
  • The Blue Devils are 3-3 in the State Farms Champions Classic, including a 2-0 mark versus the Spartans.
  • The game marks the 42nd time since 1949 that AP No. 1 faces No. 2, with the No. 1 team holding a 21-20 edge. Duke is 3-2 as the No. 1 playing against the No. 2.
  • Saturday, head coach Mike Krzyzewski picked up his 1,000th career win at Duke. His career record at Duke improved to 1,000-271 in this, his 38th season.
  • Freshman forward Marvin Bagley III became Duke’s first freshman to post double-doubles in each of his first two collegiate games. The rookie also matched the Duke record held by Jabari Parker for most points by a freshman over the first two games of a career (49).
  • Through two games, freshman guard Trevon Duval has 20 assists against just one turnover. He shattered a Duke record set by Chris Duhon in 2000 for most assists through the first two games of a career (12).
  • Duke will play its 152nd game as the No. 1 team in the AP poll since 1998. That figure is 72 more games than the next closest school (Kentucky) during that time frame.
  • Coach K is 11-1 in his career versus Michigan State; and Duke is 6-2 all-time when playing in the United Center.

Grayson Allen Pregame Quotes

On Michigan State:
“I’ve watched them a little bit. They have a very talented frontcourt. They’re a very big team and match us in size, we tend to go big too. When they go big with (Miles) Bridges at the three, that’s a pretty strong team. It’s going to be a very physical match up for us.”

On preparing younger players for big game:
“I just have to make sure they realize, all of the attention, the pressure, the crowd, the hype surrounding it, none of that matters on the court. It’s five on five still, the same thing we’ve done here at home , now we just have to do it in Chicago on a bigger stage. The thing about these freshmen, I think they actually play better when there’s pressure on them, probably because they’re used to the spotlight after being so highly recruited and having so much attention on them in high school. In our first two games, there was some stuff that we did out on the court that we didn’t see in practice, it just kind of developed out there and it’s because of their instincts once they actually get into the game. I trust that they won’t get nervous. There might be a few first couple of minutes, but I think they’ll be able to block out the noise and play.”

On defending Miles Bridges:
“You slow him down, I don’t know if you fully stop him. He’s a very good player. He’s going to draw a lot of attention from defenses but they have a very well balanced team. (Nick) Ward is a really good interior scorer. Him and the freshman, (Jaren) Jackson, I got a chance to play with them both this summer and both are very talented players. You can’t put too much attention on Miles Bridges even though he is really good, they still have a lot of pieces surrounding him and you have to guard those guys too. That’s a game plan that the coaches are going to put together. We’re going to try to limit their easy buckets, easy opportunities, fast break stuff. Other than that, it’s just trying to slow them down.”

On where the team needs to improve:
“I think we see flashes of our ball movement right now and it looks really, really good at some points and then we have some lapses in the game where we get into one on one stuff. That’s what guys naturally go to when they get tired. In high school, you don’t really have to think that much, you just go down, play one on one and you score. With this team, when we get tired, we need to continue to move the ball and stick with our motion offense and make sure we’re getting quality shots throughout the game. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised to see that our defense doesn’t dip when we get tired, but we need to keep that up, it’s only been two games. We have to fight tired, that’s a big thing for young players.”

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