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Spartans falter down the stretch to No. 1 Duke, falls 88-81 State News
No. 2 MSU fell to No. 1 Duke 88-81 in the Champions Classic and fell to 1-1 on the young season.
In the first half, Duke vastly out-rebounded MSU 25-17, 15 coming on offense, as the Spartans were getting worked on the boards. However, MSU put up eight blocks in the first half, minimizing second chance opportunities for the Blue Devils. MSU went into the half down four after a buzzer beater 3-pointer from guard Grayson Allen.

Duke 88, Michigan State 81: Grayson Allen, Blue Devils topple Spartans Detroit Free Press
Grayson Allen dribbled around the screen and launched the shot, with Michigan State defenders in his face again. He landed. He crouched. Splash. Again. With two of the leading candidates for national player of the year on the court, Allen left no question that he got the best of Miles Bridges.

Grayson Allen’s 37 points doom Michigan State in loss to Duke MLive
In a game highlighted by a bevy of young talent, it was college basketball’s most familiar face – and an old Michigan State foe – who ultimately played the hero role. Duke senior guard Grayson Allen hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final three minutes to send No. 1 Duke to a 88-81 win over No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday night at the United Center.

Michigan State falls to Duke 88-81 in Champions Classic Spartan Tailgate
No. 2 Michigan State lost to No. 1 Duke 88-81 Tuesday in the Champions Classic in Chicago despite 19 points each from Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson Jr. and 16 second-half points out of Miles Bridges. The Spartans led 75-73 with less than four minutes to play, but the Blue Devils then went on a 13-2 run that included two of Grayson Miller’s seven made 3-pointers on the night. Miller led all scorers with 37 points on 11-for-20 shooting and poured in 23 in the second half.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 88-81 loss to Duke Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ performance Tuesday against the Blue Devils in the Champions Classic.

Michigan State overpowered by Duke Detroit News
The rankings said Duke vs. Michigan State Tuesday night in the Champions Classic was a matchup of the top two teams in the nation. It didn’t disappoint as the teams threw haymakers at each other all night, living up to the hype that preceded the No. 1 team taking on the No. 2 team.
 

No. 2 Michigan State Falls Short Against No. 1 Duke, 88-81 Nichigan State Official
No. 2 Michigan State held a two-point lead with just over four minutes left in the game but top-ranked Duke used a late run en route to an 88-81 win over the Spartans in the Champions Classic at the United Center Tuesday night. Michigan State falls to 1-1 overall, while Duke improves to 3-0.
 

After another close loss, Tom Izzo ‘sick of holding my own’ vs. Duke MLive
The question was meant as a compliment to his team, but Tom Izzo took it as a punch to the gut. Minutes after Michigan State’s 88-81 loss to Duke on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic, Izzo was asked about his players holding their own against No. 1 Duke before falling in the final minutes. The Hall of Fame Michigan State coach wasn’t having it.
 

No. 2 Michigan State ‘played really, really bad and lost’ to No. 1 Duke Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo couldn’t hide his anguish. He really didn’t try to. He needed to vent. About his team’s light-weight rebounding. About its “foolish” turnovers that turned into quick buckets. About self-admitted mistakes in substitutions and preparation.
 

Izzo ’embarrassed’ by Duke’s dominance on boards Detroit News
As Tom Izzo built Michigan State into a national power in college basketball, there was one aspect of the game he has consistently made sure the Spartans have excelled at — rebounding. In most seasons, Michigan State is among the leaders in not only the Big Ten but in the entire nation. Even against bigger teams, the Spartans typically have the toughness to get it done on the glass.
 

Couch: Michigan State needs Miles Bridges to be more like Grayson Allen Lansing State Journal
Michigan State’s basketball team needs a killer. It doesn’t have one right now. Duke has one. Grayson Allen. Perhaps the most detested kid in college basketball. But a cold-blooded killer in Tuesday night’s 88-81 Champions Classic win over MSU. Allen scored 37 points, eight in the final 2 1/2 minutes, a great senior setting the stage for the season on a big stage. Like Denzel Valentine did here two years.
 

Tom Izzo: ‘A lot of coaching mistakes’ in Michigan State loss to Duke Detroit Free Press
Gavin Schilling looked strong until foul trouble hit early and often. Same with Jaren Jackson Jr. But then they heard the whistles. And Tom Izzo pulled them to the bench. It proved costly, Michigan State’s coach later admitted. The second-ranked Spartans lost to No. 1 Duke on Tuesday, 88-81, in the Champions Classic at United Center. And the Hall of Fame coach, sullen in defeat, saw his own decisions as one of the reasons.
 

Rebounding, ‘silly mistakes’ cost MSU against Duke State News
Following MSU’s 88-81 loss, the Spartans made it clear, they lost this game themselves. “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times, we hurt ourselves,” freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. said. “I think most of the mistakes that cost us are are self-inflicted.”
 

Turnovers aplenty: Duke zone forces wrinkles in MSU game plan State News
As No. 2 MSU waged war with the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils in another Champions Classic matchup, the hype surrounding the game reached its tipping point — right at tipoff, of course. But following an 88-81 loss, one where the Blue Devils pulled away late, head coach Tom Izzo addressed the media visibly frustrated. He spoke of a myriad of issues his team faced, saying the Spartans played just “okay.”
 

MSU can’t overcome itself, Grayson Allen in loss to Duke Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State was less than four minutes away from beating Duke for the first time in seven tries Tuesday night at United Center. The No. 2 Spartans had a 75-73 lead on the No. 1 Blue Devils after Cassius Winston found a hole in the zone and dished the ball inside to Kenny Goins for an easy dunk. And then Duke did what it had done to Michigan State all game. Offensive rebound. Dunk. Offensive rebound. Made 3-pointer. Opportunity wasted.
 

Plus-Minus: Michigan State vs. Duke Spartan Tailgate
Plus-minus is (very) from a perfect, all-encompassing stat. Personally, I’m not a huge fan — even if it is worth looking at — because for as often as it might accurately indicate which guys who played well, it can also be very deceiving.
 

What went wrong in Spartans’ 88-81 loss to Duke? Land of 10
So, what led to the loss? Plenty. Luckily for the Spartans, it’s just the second game of the season. There’s plenty of time to get things straightened out. And there’s plenty that needs to get straightened out. Here’s what went wrong.
 

Duke outlasts Michigan State Basketball in Champions Classic isportsweb
In game one of two in the State Farm Champions Classic, top-ranked Duke knocked off No. 2 Michigan State 88-81. “It’s a big-time win for us,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We were worried about bringing a very young team in here, but it’s a talented team we brought into this game.”
 

First outing on big stage reveals a Michigan State team with plenty of warts MLive
Despite a 19-point outing and helping his team climb back from down double digits, Bridges is still left without a signature game on his record. His team is left picking up the pieces of another loss to Duke and another loss in a showcase early season game — one it felt as though it had every opportunity to win.