Bagley, Allen lead No. 1 Duke past Elon, 97-68

Breaking down the freshmen who will star in No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State

Breaking down the freshmen who will star in No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State

Duke is one of the younger teams in basketball, with four freshman surrounding Grayson Allen, the lone senior in the starting lineup, and certainly the biggest villain in basketball.

"They are a very well balanced team".

Izzo started his cast of sophomores and freshman Jaren Jackson with his experienced group of Kenny Goins, Matt McQuaid, Gavin Schilling and Tum Tum Nairn Jr. coming off the bench.

"You've got to guard those guys too". Elon has four starters back from a team that went 18-14 a year ago and led the Blue Devils at halftime of their game in Greensboro.

But college basketball is the biggest victor, if only because it is one of the too few times before conference play begins that we get a chance to see the sport's traditional powerhouses square off in the same neutral-court environment where they can face each other come March.

Mike Krzyzewski's 38th Duke team is just that good as it seeks to become the sport's first undefeated national champ since IN in 1976. I didn't realize how good (Vermont) was until I watched the tape. "He's a very good player".

"They have two knockdown shooters that are shooting way over 50 percent from the three and arguably the No. 1 player in the country in Bagley", Izzo said. "It'll be a hell of a night".

"Hopefully this is why our players came here, to play against the best people", head coach Tom Izzo said.

"Then again, as Vermont coach John Becker noted late Sunday afternoon following his team's narrow 73-69 loss at Rupp - its first regular-season defeat since a December 2016 loss to Butler - "(Kentucky) is a really talented team and they're going to be a team to be reckoned with for the national championship".

The Blue Devils have the newest sensation in college basketball in freshman Marvin Bagley III. He became Duke's first freshman to post double-doubles in each of his first two collegiate games, and he matched a Duke record held by Jabari Parker for most points by a freshman over the first two games of his career.

But the Spartans will provide more of a challenge for the Blue Devils. He scored a combined 49points (25 against Elon, 24 against Utah Valley).

"I feel like if we play our game, we should should be just fine", freshman guard Gary Trent Jr., who has averaged 17 points, said Saturday about Michigan State.

With both teams winning convincingly in their home openers on Friday, Tuesday's matchup features the 42nd 1-vs-2 matchup in the AP Poll's history.

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