The 6-7 Canadian native (Mississauga, Ontario) led his country to the U19 FIBA World Cup gold medal in Egypt. "But learning how to win big games on big stages is really what you want to do if you're in programs like this". Canada has been producing top-notch hoops talent for the past few years and Barrett is expected to be the next one up the pipeline.
"It should be a hell of a night", Krzyzewski mentioned. The Blue Devils had that in recent seasons with Matt Jones, who held Bridges to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting a year ago in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
And 62-year-old Izzo - "The guy coaching them, he's older, but not as old as me", Krzyzewski noted - who doesn't need to be reminded of one ugly number on his otherwise shining record.
Storylines: No. 1 and No. 2 don't face off often, and they do so even less this early in the year.
"I'm sure players are excited about it and I wouldn't want it any other way", Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
"Everybody knows that", he said. "Every single day I do".
Of course, that's if you don't count the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic or countless other high school games that get national exposure. On Friday, Duke beat Elon and then on Sunday they smoked Utah Valley. Two nights later, the green Big Blue huffed and puffed past Vermont 73-69.
He also mentioned Sunday that "you can not play Popcorn State and learn anything". Tuesday night's game could be high scoring, and Izzo may finally have the formula to solve his Coach K problem.
"We've got to play with more of a tougher mindset", Bill Self said of the Kentucky assignment. Miles Bridges had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spartans.
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Michigan State 0, Duke o (H1, 20:00): Michigan State and Duke shared their starters shortly before tipoff.
Duke 19, Michigan State 12 (H1, 10:11): A prolonged stoppage occurred after Marvin Bagley took a finger to the eye from a teammate.
There aren't many ranked matchups in non-conference college basketball play, but this one is a treat for fans of the sport.