Duke's young stars get big test Tuesday against Spartans

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The Duke player-of-the-year candidate scored 37 points in a 88-81 win for No. 1 Duke over No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday night. He drained 7 of 11 3-pointers, including a dagger with less than a minute remaining to put the Blue Devils ahead by seven points.

Bagley is considered by National Basketball Association executives as one of the players in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in June's National Basketball Association draft.

Sometimes wacky things happen in the first couple weeks of college basketball, when teams are still putting themselves, together.

Bridges is a preseason All-American who scored 20 points to go with 10 rebounds in the season opener.

Michigan State pulled within four points on a Jaren Jackson Jr. bucket, before Allen answered with a dagger with 1:10 left to finish off the Spartans.

The Blue Devil bench scored the team's last 13 points against Utah Valley-but that was it.

Duke freshman guard Trevon Duval has 20 assists and one turnover across his first two games.

The game marked the 42nd No. 1 vs.

Duke and Michigan State are both 3-3 in Champion Classic games.

Duke was only able to slow Bridges in the first half. Duke was leading 19-12 when Bagley exited. He didn't return, robbing the game of its most compelling matchup: Bagley against Jackson. They failed to make an impact when the game was still competitive, an area of concern for Krzyzewski's squad against a Spartan team that plays with a much deeper rotation than Duke does.

Before the game, Duke wore their "Equality" shirts, while Michigan State wore shirts that said "We talk, We listen". Ben Carter had grabbed his jersey behind a play.

A lot of nerves early on, with both teams making mistakes.

In a game that matched the two winningest Division I programs, the Jayhawks (2-0) prevailed after the two teams spent most of the second half trading baskets and leads.

The Spartans also have key newcomers, so the fresh faces won't all be wearing Duke uniforms.

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