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Michigan St., Duke should be a battle

Here's how I see the two name matchups on Friday shaking out.

Originally Published: March 25, 2005
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider

No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 1 Duke 7:10 p.m. ET

The confidence from taking Duke to the wire at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge should come in handy for Michigan State in this rematch. Duke prevailed 81-74 in a very physical game in which 51 fouls were called and 56 free throws were shot.

Michigan State is a more complete team than they were back in December now that freshman Drew Neitzel has elevated his game. The Spartans are 8-2 since coach Tom Izzo inserted ...

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