December 1st, 2020


Michigan State races back to earn 1st-ever win at Duke, 75-69 Detroit Free Press
It might not have been how he imagined it, but Tom Izzo finally got his win at Duke. Then again, it was every bit as pretty as Michigan State basketball’s coach dreamed with how his team did it. There weren’t any fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the 12th-ranked Spartans shook off a slow start to put a stranglehold defensively on the eighth-ranked Blue Devils in a 75-69 victory Tuesday night.

Michigan State battles to beat Duke for first-ever win at Cameron
There was nobody there to see it live, but the college basketball world saw the statement Michigan State made on Tuesday night. The Spartans outplayed the Blue Devils over the game’s final 30 minutes to earn a road victory, 75-69, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

No. 8 Michigan State storms by No. 6 Duke Detroit News
Too many times over the years, a trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium has usually meant misery for Michigan State. And too many times in the Champions Classic, Michigan State taking on Duke meant a loss for the Spartans. All of that changed on Tuesday night as No. 8 Michigan State overcame an ugly start to roar back an knock off No. 6 Duke, 75-69.

MSU 75, Duke 69, Julius Marble gets career high State News
No. 8 Michigan State basketball (3-0) won convincingly over No. 6 Duke (1-1), 75-69, in the Champions Classic, which this time was played at Cameron Indoor stadium over Chicago’s United Center. Head coach Tom Izzo improves to 3-12 against the Blue Devils.

Michigan State shakes off poor start to beat Duke at Cameron Spartan Tailgate
A flurry of missed shots, some turnovers and a general state of uneasiness. That described No. 8 Michigan State early in the first half, and No. 6 Duke at the start of the second. By that time, the Spartans had already erased a 10-point deficit and seized control Tuesday night in a mostly-empty Cameron Indoor Stadium. MSU leveraged its greatest strengths, depth and defense, to pull away further during Duke’s dry spell before warding off a late charge from the Blue Devils in a 75-69 win.

Michigan State Beats Duke In Champions Classic The Only Colors
Michigan State got its first ever win at Cameron Indoor Arena with a gritty 75-69 win over Duke as part of the 2020 Champions Classic. The win was the Spartans’ first against the Blue Devils in the yearly event.

Michigan State beats Duke on the road in the Champion’s Classic Spartans Wire
For the first time ever, Michigan State Basketball has beaten Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. On Tuesday night, Tom Izzo got his third win ever against Mike Krzyzewski as the Spartans beat Duke 75-69.

Tom Izzo, Michigan State get first win at Cameron Indoor: ‘I’m not gonna put this as an asterisk’ ESPN
For all of Tom Izzo’s success in college basketball, there was one thing he had never done: get a win at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke. Until Tuesday. No. 8 Michigan State came back from an early nine-point deficit to beat No. 6 Duke 75-69 in the first game of the Champions Classic.

No. 8 Michigan State Topples No. 6 Duke, 75-69, in Champions Classic
Sophomore guard Rocket Watts scored a team-high 20 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 8 Michigan State came back from an early 10-point deficit to beat No. 6 Duke, 75-69, in the Champions Classic at Cameron Indoor Stadium Tuesday night.

Michigan State’s win showed it’s ready to make some noise this season CBS Sports
It was not a normal/wild setting. But that shouldn’t take anything away from No. 8 Michigan State recording an impressive 75-69 victory over No. 6 Duke on Tuesday night. And Izzo made it clear afterward that he’s happy to add it to his record. “I know one thing — I’m not gonna put this as an asterisk,” he said. “It was a good win for us against a good team and a great program.”

Scout-team work foreshadowed Julius Marble’s big game at Duke Spartan Tailgate
Julius Marble spent the past two weeks on Michigan State’s scout team, meaning he spent more time practicing alongside Jack Hoiberg and Steven Izzo than Aaron Henry and Joey Hauser. Throughout that time, head coach Tom Izzo was consistently impressed by what he was seeing from the sophomore big man, and he’d let Marble know.

Michigan State basketball gets elusive win at Duke, shows it can play with anyone Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo wished there could have been people there to see his first win at Duke. The Cameron Crazies. Michigan State fans. Heck, he even lamented the missing media. But … “I know one thing,” Izzo said Tuesday night from Durham, North Carolina, “I’m not gonna put this as an asterisk.”

Julius Marble makes most of playing time with career-high 12 points in MSU’s win over Duke Detroit News
Julius Marble had been playing well in practice, so well, in fact, that his coach told him he was earning himself more of a chance to get on the court. But through two games, the sophomore big man had only played a total of five minutes. So, that’s when Marble wandered into Tom Izzo’s office, trying to find out what he needed to do get more consistent playing time on deep team with four guys who could all stake a claim at the center spot.