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It's rare to have such a big-time college basketball game so early in the season but that's what we have Tuesday night as the Duke Blue Devils face the Michigan State Spartans. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in the country at 7-1 while the Spartans are ranked No. 3 with a record of 5-2. This will be a rematch of last year's Elite Eight battle where MSU knocked off Duke 68-67 to advance to the Final Four. Duke had won 7 straight over the Spartans up until that loss. Game time is 9:30 p.m. ET at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
Duke bounces back from historic lossDuke bounced back from a shocking upset loss against Stephen F. Austin at home with an 83-70 win against Winthrop. Freshman Matthew Hurt led the Blue Devils with 20 points while Joey Baker tossed in 16 points. It was not an easy win as Winthrop was within 5 points with about 3 minutes left until Baker hit back-to-back threes. They cruised from there. Vernon Carey added 17 points and 10 rebounds while Tre Jones finished with 15 points.
"I’m proud of him because he was not good in New York. We met, and he’s worked harder. He responded well. He responded real well. I’m proud of him. We’ve just got to keep moving on." —Coach K on Matthew Hurthttps://t.co/B1QnAUUC5d— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) November 30, 2019
Duke fell from its No. 1 perch after the loss to Stephen F. Austin. Duke's Coach Mike Krzyzewski knows that the team has a long way to go. “It’s going to take time,” Krzyzewski said, reported the Charlotte News Observer. “We’re going to try to muck it out. We know we’re not a top-5 team. We may not be a top 25 team in the country right now. But we’ve beaten good teams and we’ve played well. Now where do we go after a loss and win this week? It’s a different journey.”
Spartans top UCLAThe Michigan State Spartans are 5-2 on the year, but they have had some good wins already this season. After losses to Kentucky and Virginia Tech, the Spartans bounced back with wins over Georgia and UCLA. Last week they beast UCLA 75-62 at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui. Cassius Winston led the way with 20 points, while Xavier Tillman added 14 points. Guard Rocket Watts added 10 points for the Spartans.
MSU shot 46 percent from the filed and held UCLA to 39 percent shooting. The Spartans made 8 of 19 from three for 42 percent and forced 10 UCLA turnovers. They also had 9 blocked shots. “We just learned a lot about our team,” Winston said after the win, reported the Detroit Free Press. “To come in and kind of get punched in the mouth, we haven't really had a chance to kind of respond to that that fast. We kind of usually got time to practice and go back and watch film and learn what to do to get better. This time, we got punched in our mouth and then we had to play the next day. And I think we did a pretty good job of rallying and getting back out there and playing hard for the next couple days.”
Trends are from Covers.com:
- Spartans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss.
- Spartans are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Spartans are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Spartans are 51-22-3 ATS in their last 76 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Spartans are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 home games.
- Blue Devils are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Blue Devils are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games following a straight up win.
- Blue Devils are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Blue Devils are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Spartans here. These are two of the better teams in the country but neither are as good as their rankings. Both have suffered upsets. Duke was embarrassed by Stephen F. Austin at home while Michigan State lost to Virginia Tech, a team that has lost already to Dayton and BYU. Both of these teams have a lot to figure out, but with two of the best coaches in the game, they will, eventually. I'm going with the home team here, mainly because they are home and they have one of the best players in the country in Winston. Duke relies on a lot of freshmen and they won't be ready to win a game like this on the road.
Prediction: Michigan State
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under here. Both of these teams average more than 80 points per game but these numbers are inflated by some easy wins over cupcake teams. Against quality competition, the scores have been more in the 60s and 70s. Michigan State is always known for its good defense, so they will keep this game tight and low-scoring at home. The under is 4-0-1 in the Spartans last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record and 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600. The under is 7-3-1 in the Blue Devils last 11 road games and 7-3-1 in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record.