Allen's takeover performance was especially vital after freshman Marvin Bagley III sat out all but 10 minutes following a first-half eye injury. Throw in Gary Trent Jr., Trevon Duvall, and Wendell Carter averaging a combined 38.5 points per game, and it makes sense why Duke was the No. 1 team in the country heading into the season.
The Blue Devils also saw an historic feat, as Coach Mike Kyzyzewski came away with his 1000th win.
Can Michigan State end the 12-year drought of beat Duke?
Can Michigan State solve the Duke puzzle? Tom Izzo continues to lead great teams, but many think this could be the best team he has had. Kansas could take a big step forward, especially if Udoka Azubuike and Malik Newman impress, but it likely won't become favorites with a win. If Michigan State reaches the NCAA Final Four - it will be their 10th trip.
Either way, this will be one of the best games of the season and could legitimately be a preview of the 2018 National Championship game.
Both teams opened with relatively easy victories - Michigan State cruising past North Florida, 98-66, and Duke blasting Elon, 97-68, before pulling away from an upstart Utah Valley, 99-69. In the end though, the talent of Duke is going to come through strong. The Duke player-of-the-year candidate scored 37 points in a 88-81 win for No. 1 Duke over No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday night. Get your 100% signup bonus today.