The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (2-0) will clash against the second-ranked Michigan State Spartans (1-0) at United Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and will air on ESPN.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Duke Blue Devils Betting Odds
Both teams dismantled their last opponent. The Spartans defeated the North Florida Ospreys 98-66, while the Blue Devils beat the Utah Valley Wolverines 99-69.
Duke dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 13.0 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.603. For those same stats, Utah Valley recorded marks of 20.4 and 0.418, respectively. The Spartans, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.410 vs. 0.136) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (48.3 vs. 23.9). Jaren Jackson Jr. had a good game for Michigan State with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Marvin Bagley III had a good game for Duke, putting up 24 points and 10 rebounds.
This battle pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses as Michigan State ranks 43rd in effective field goal percentage (0.542) and Duke is 54th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.474) since the 2016-17 season. The Blue Devils should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 38th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.5 percent), while the Spartans have forced the 35th-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 16.3 percent).
The Blue Devils won the sole contest between these two teams last year, 78-69. Duke had a much better turnover percentage (10.7 vs. 22.7). Michigan State, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (10-14; 71.4 percent).
Michigan State Spartans vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Michigan State, ATS Winner – Michigan State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Michigan State ranks 12th in assists per game (17.0) while Duke ranks 154th (13.6).
The Spartans rank 50th in rebounds allowed per game (32.7) while the Blue Devils rank 94th (33.7).
Duke ranks 24th in three pointers allowed per game (17.9) while Michigan State ranks 65th (19.2).
The Blue Devils rank 132nd in steals per game (6.3) while the Spartans rank 267th (4.5).
Duke ranks 11th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Michigan State ranks 81st (3.0).