Krzyzewski holds 1-10 edge against Spar­tans’ Izzo

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DURHAM, N.C. (TNS) — Grayson Allen knows Duke will have its hands full on Tues­day, when he and the No. 1 Blue Devils face No. 2 Michi­gan State — and one of the best play­ers in the coun­try.

Miles Bridges, a 6-foot7, 225-pound sopho­more point guard and pre­sea­son na­tional player of the year, scored 20 points and had 10 re­bounds and three blocks in the Spar­tans’ win over North Florida on Fri­day.

When asked how Duke would stop him, Allen chuck­led.

“You slow him down. I don’t know that you fully stop him,” said Allen, the Blue Devils’ 6-5, 205-pound se­nior guard. “He’s a very good player. And he’s go­ing to draw a lot of at­ten­tion from the de­fense.”

While Bridges will be the fo­cus for Duke (2-0) in the Cham­pi­ons Clas­sic in Chicago, the Spar­tans have a whole group of oth­ers who also con­trib­ute. Michi­gan State starts four sopho­mores, in­clud­ing Bridges, and one fresh­man.

“They are a very well bal­anced team. I think (Nick) Ward, he’s a re­ally good in­te­rior scorer,” Allen said. “Him and the fresh­man, (Jar­ren) Jack­son, I got a chance to play with them both this sum­mer and they’re very tal­ented play­ers. So you can’t put too much at­ten­tion on Miles Bridges, even though he is re­ally good.

“You’ve got to guard those guys too.”

Tues­day’s game will be a test for the Blue Devils.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Michi­gan State has a good mix of old and new play­ers.

“They had good old, re­ally good old, and good new,” he said. “And the guy coach­ing them, he’s older, not as old as me, but he’s pretty good. It’ll be a hell of a night.”

This will be the 12th meet­ing for Krzyzewski and Michi­gan State coach Tom Izzo. Krzyzewski holds the ad­van­tage over Izzo, hav- ing won 10 out the 11 times they have faced each other. Duke last beat Michi­gan State a year ago, 78-69, at Cameron In­door Sta­dium.

The last time Izzo beat Duke was in the 2005 NCAA Tour­na­ment, when the Spar­tans knocked Duke, led by J.J. Redick and Shelden Wil­liams, out of the round of 16.

Izzo told re­porters in East Lans­ing, Mich., on Mon­day his 1- 10 record against Krzyzewski and Duke both­ers him “ev­ery day.”

Duke won its first two games of the sea­son this past week­end, with a 9768 win over Elon on Fri­day and a 99- 69 win over Utah Val­ley on Satur­day.

The Blue Devils got big con­tri­bu­tions from their fresh­men starters and Allen, who av­er­aged 20 points through the first two games.

Fresh­man for­ward Marvin Ba­gley III was the lead­ing scorer in both games. He be­came Duke’s first fresh­man to post dou­ble- dou­bles in each of his first two col­le­giate games, and he matched a Duke record held by Jabari Parker for most points by a fresh­man over the first two games of his ca­reer. He scored a com­bined 49 points ( 25 against Elon, 24 against Utah Val­ley).

But the Spar­tans will pro­vide more of a chal­lenge for the Blue Devils.

“I feel like if we play our game, we should be just fine,” fresh­man guard Gary Trent Jr., who has av­er­aged 17 points, said Satur­day about Michi­gan State. “We should have noth­ing to worry about. They are a great team, and both teams will come to play.”


Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, right, talks with Michi­gan State head coach Tom Izzo af­ter Duke’s 71-61 win in the 2013 NCAA Tour­na­ment.

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