Michigan State basketball will get an opportunity to prove itself on a national level. Will the Spartans take down the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday?
This is the game that has been circled on every Michigan State fan’s calendar since the end of last season and it’s because everyone seems to get up for Duke.
The Blue Devils, though, are coming off a tight win over Winthrop and a tough home upset loss to Stephen F. Austin while losing Cassius Stanley, the team’s third-leading scorer, as well. But don’t ever count out a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team because the Blue Devils have what it takes to make a deep run this March and even go on the road to take down the No. 11 Spartans.
It’s not the top-10 battle that we all expected, but a No. 10 vs. No. 11 showdown isn’t too shabby, right?
What could we expect from the Spartans on Tuesday night?
3. Michigan State shoots over 50 percent from 3-point range
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Spartans from beyond the arc, but over the past two things, the tides have shifted. Michigan State made 47 percent of its threes against Georgia to combat the Anthony Edwards show and 42 percent against UCLA. Overall, the Spartans are 16-of-36, which is good for 44 percent, from downtown in the past two games.
That hot streak will continue against Duke as Michigan State will not only surpass 40 percent for the third consecutive game, but actually 50 percent.
Michigan State will utilize the likes of Cassius Winston, who will make four, Gabe Brown and Rocket Watts on its way to a strong shooting nice from the perimeter.
Something about being back home will help the cause as the Spartans will find their stroke early and ride that hot hand until the end. Duke will have a tough time closing on the perimeter with the Spartans’ ball movement as they also finish with around 20 assists as a team.