Tuesday, November 15, 2011
W2W4: Duke vs. Michigan State (at MSG)
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch for in Tuesday night's game between No. 6 Duke (2-0) and Michigan State (0-1) at Madison Square Garden, the first game of the first-ever Champions Classic.
Tip-off will be shortly after 7 p.m., and you can watch the game on ESPN.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING? Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for career win No. 903 on Monday night -- that would break Bob Knight's record and make Coach K the all-time winningest coach in Division I history.
Knight, who coached Krzyzewski at Army and his mentor throughout his coaching career, will be on hand as part of ESPN's broadcast crew.
FRESHMAN SENSATION: Duke received a big scare in its season opener last Friday night, squeaking past Belmont 77-76 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. A day later, the Blue Devils trounced Presbyterian 96-55.
Freshman guard Austin Rivers, the son of former New York Knick Doc Rivers, has led Duke with 31 points over the team's first two games. The 6-foot-4 guard was rated the No. 3 high school senior in the country by ESPN last year.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Michigan State lost to No. 1 North Carolina last Friday night in a game played on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego -- now the Spartans get the Tar Heels' arch-rivals, also ranked in the top 10.
Michigan State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten this season, coming off a down year in which Tom Izzo's club went just 19-15 and barely made the NCAA tournament. The Spartans will be led by 6-foot-7 senior forward Draymond Green, who had 13 points and 18 rebounds against North Carolina.