Duke and Michigan State are reverse mirror images of each other, with MSU's bullying front court of Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne squaring off against Duke's scrawnier, but skilled, bigs Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly.
Michigan State Basketball
Four games in Auburn Hills, Mich., highlight Thursday's NCAA Tournament schedule, with two local teams taking the court as well. Michigan State will tip-off at 12:15 against Valparaiso and Michigan will play South Dakota State Thursday night.
Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo watched top prospect Jabari Parker play on Thursday night in primetime, but Parker didn't exactly have a noteworthy performance.
Jenison Field House hasn't held a men's basketball game since 1989, but it will play host to Michigan State and Tuskegee on Saturday as the Spartans look to commemorate a 1963 NCAA Tournament game that held significance in the civil rights movement.
Michigan State AD Mark Hollis hopes to pull off a plan to have four games played simultaneously at Cowboys Stadium.
Michigan State Spartans men's basketball coach Tom Izzo is in midseason form. He called the team's recent 76-44 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff one of their worst performances of the season.
The Michigan Wolverines remain at No. 3 in both polls, while the Michigan State Spartans dropped to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.