Men's Basketball —  Fouls and free throws were enough to sink the Spartans chances of bringing home a signature early season win. No. 4 Duke (3-0 overall) defeated No. 19 MSU (1-1 overall), 81-71 in the Champions Classic, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Blue Devils made 14 more free throws and shot 16 more free throws than the Spartans and had five less turnovers.

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Michigan State can't hang with Duke in second half MLive
Duke was running out of time, Michigan State was slapping the floor, and the momentum seemed to be turning the way of the Spartans. But with one whistle, the excitement died for Michigan State. Starting with a possession extended by a late shot-clock Michigan State foul with 12 minutes left, No. 4 Duke pulled away to beat the No. 19 Spartans, 81-71, Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Champions Classic.

Duke's late run seals Michigan State's fate Detroit News
For nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday night, Michigan State was playing with one of the best teams in the country. Despite a boatload of turnovers, poor 3-point shooting and two of their best players in foul trouble, the Spartans found themselves down only three points with 12 minutes left.

Duke 81, MSU 71: Duo who jilted Izzo burns Spartans Detroit Free Press
For a foregone conclusion, MSU vs. Duke looked suspiciously like a basketball game tonight. Yes, the young, fourth-ranked Blue Devils were better. They led all the way and prevailed, 81-71, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the fourth annual Champions Classic.

Michigan State basketball falls to Duke in Champions Classic isportsweb
Michigan State dropped its first game of the season to Duke 81-71 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic. It was the fifth straight loss to Duke for the Spartans and Tom Izzo is now 1-8 against Coach K and the Blue Devils.

Shorthanded Michigan State wears down in loss to deep, talented Duke squad MLive
Duke suited up nine McDonald's All-Americans in a deep 10-player rotation for its Tuesday night matchup against Michigan State. The No. 19 Spartans played eight scholarship players and a walk-on against the No. 4 Blue Devils, and the lack of depth did them in at the end of a 81-71 loss.

Spartans Fall to No. 4 Duke in Indianapolis, 81-71
Branden Dawson scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, but the Spartans fell to Duke 81-71 in Tuesday's State Farm Champions Classic. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo believes his team will get better in time. He just has to be patient, stick to the game plan and survive some of the growing pains the Spartans endured Tuesday night.

Hoops Recap: Duke The Only Colors
Well, that was... totally expected, wasn't it? If there are three things I think all basketball fans can hate, I believe they are, in no order: Duke, Dick Vitale rambling, and bad foul calls. There were copious amounts of all three in this game. So it goes.

Undermanned Michigan State Gives Duke All they Want, but in the End Fall 81-71 Spartan Nation
Down a starter in Alvin Ellis III and a freshman that may be the best of Izzo’s heralded rookie class (Javon Bess) Tom Izzo and his Spartans made the short trip to Indianapolis to take on his nemesis Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils. The Devils are ranked #2 and the Spartans #18.

MSU notes: Bigs hold their own vs. All-America Okafor Detroit Free Press
When Michigan State big men Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling found themselves alone in the post with the guy who will likely hear his name called first in the next NBA draft, they actually did OK.

Tom Izzo says there's more positive than negative to take from Duke loss MLive
Michigan State players, as athletes often do after defeats, hung their heads in the locker room following an 81-71 loss to Duke. But in assessing their play Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had no shortage of positives to talk about. "I learned a lot," Izzo said. "I'm not happy. I'm not disappointed. I got out of it what I wanted to get out of it."

Okafor, Blue Devils Too Much for Spartans Impact Sports
When Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski get together, you know it is going to be a battle. Coach K’s ridiculously talented Blue Devils defeated Coach Izzo’s young Spartans in the Champions Classic Tuesday night, 81-71.

Michigan State happy with limiting Duke superstar center Jahlil Okafor to 17 points MLive
Duke center Jahlil Okafor played just his third collegiate game Tuesday night when the Blue Devils took on Michigan State. But Spartans coach Tom Izzo knew him as well as anyone. He recruited the Chicago native and top-rated recruit starting when he was an eighth grader. So even when Okafor shot 8-for-10 from the field with 17 points in Duke's 81-71 win, Izzo knew full well things could have been far worse for the Spartans.

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Men's Basketball —  As Michigan State prepared to play Duke on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic, coach Tom Izzo was clear in what he needed out of Branden Dawson. He needed an All-American effort. Actually, he probably needed to be even better than that. "He said he wants me to be Superman in this game," Dawson said.
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Men's Basketball —  This is what awaits Michigan State Tuesday in Indianapolis: A 10-player rotation that features nine McDonald's All-Americans that is shooting 62.6 percent from the field in a pair of wins by more than 50 points, coached by the winningest coach in college basketball history. "Duke has been dominating," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Monday. "...It's an imposing group, very well coached. And right now are shooting the ball as well as any team I've seen shoot it on film."
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Men's Basketball —  Tonight is one of the toughest tests in some time. Both teams lost around half of their minutes from last season, but Duke added an almost criminal recruiting class of four 5-star players: C Jahlil Okafor, PG Tyus Jones, F Justice Winslow, and WG Grayson Allen. All four are averaging double-digits in their two opening laughers. The freshmen are joined in key roles by senior Quinn Cook who has 15.5 ppg and leading rebounder 6'9" junior Amile Jefferson. Overall, this is a roster with 9 McDonalds All-Americans.
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Men's Basketball —  Every basketball game is full of switching and substituting, but here's how MSU and Duke should match up in tonight's Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, according to Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode
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Men's Basketball —  Other than the two injured players, the apparently significant talent disadvantage, the dismal history against Duke and the alarming signs from its opener, Michigan State should be in pretty good shape tonight against the Blue Devils. And to that Tom Izzo says: "That's why we play the thing."
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Men's Basketball —  When the men’s basketball team looks across the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for pregame introductions, they will already be down 9-1. No. 19 MSU (1-0 overall) faces off against No. 4 Duke (2-0 overall), who will dress nine McDonald’s All-Americans compared to MSU’s one Branden Dawson Tuesday night in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State and Duke square off in the fourth-annual Champions Classic. The Spartans and Blue Devils both own a 2-1 mark in the Classic's history. MSU is playing its second straight game away from Breslin Center to open the season for the third time in four years.
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Men's Basketball —  Tom Izzo knows that his Spartans will be the underdog when they face Duke in the Champions Classic. But the 20th-year Spartan coach has never met a challenge that he's afraid to take on.
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Men's Basketball —  Before Big Ten conference play begins on December 30 with a matchup against Maryland, MSU faces a brutal non-conference schedule that will test head coach Tom Izzo’s young team right away. Sure, there are some cupcakes along the way with home games against Loyola (Chicago), Arkansas-Pine Bluff and The Citadel, but there are some grisly showdowns on the horizon.
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Men's Basketball —  Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and MSU beat writer Joe Rexrode analyze the Spartans' upcoming matchup with Duke in the Champions Classic, Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
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Men's Basketball —  The Branden Dawson of the 2014 postseason, who averaged 17.5 points and 8.2 points in a six-game stretch, hasn't been seen yet through two preseason and one regular-season game of the new season.
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Men's Basketball —  “I’ve been an underdog so many times in my career, that doesn’t faze me,” said Izzo. But what he is concerned about is how these players will respond to the perception of being the inferior team. “It’s our chance to take a step forward in a long season,” said Izzo. “Duke has been dominating … and I want to see where my team is at.”
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo met with the local media Monday to preview Tuesday's game against Duke in the Champions Classic.

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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State senior forward Branden Dawson was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list on Monday. Dawson is MSU's leading returning rebounder and scorer.
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Men's Basketball —  Kentucky remains No. 1 in the first Associated Press regular-season men's basketball poll released today. Michigan State fell one spot, to No. 19, after struggling against Navy in its season opener. Michigan stayed No. 24.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State senior guard Travis Trice was named Big Ten Player of the Week by the conference office on Nov. 17. Trice scored a career-high 25 points in MSU's 64-59 win at Navy.
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Men's Basketball —  Michigan State will likely see only limited minutes from shooting guard Alvin Ellis when it plays its biggest non-conference basketball game of the season Tuesday against No. 4 Duke, Spartans coach Tom Izzo announced Monday. Discuss »
Men's Basketball —  MSU men’s basketball opened the regular season last Friday against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. While the Spartans enjoyed the hospitality of the Midshipmen during the week, the actual game was anything but a polite affair. The Spartans squeaked out a 64-59 victory.
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Men's Basketball —  Asked to describe the difference between his own team and the other three in Tuesday night's Champions Classic, Tom Izzo chuckled. "We're short eight McDonald's All-Americans on two of them,'' said the Michigan State coach, whose team will face Duke in the first game of the doubleheader in Indianapolis. "We've got some Burger King All-Americans."
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