Grayson Allen, Duke Show Ghosts of Last Season Are Gone in Michigan State Win

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 14: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts following a three-point basket during their game against the Michigan State Spartans during the Champions Classic at United Center on November 14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)Lance King/Getty Images

CHICAGO — With 2.5 seconds remaining in the first half, Grayson Allen took a handoff from Trevon Duval and squared up to shoot. Midway between the United Center and Champions Classic logos, Allen was safely into NBA three-point range. Above the extended right arm of Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr., Allen fired and sank the shot. The buzzer sounded, Allen celebrated with teammates, and No. 1 Duke went to halftime with a 38-34 lead over No. 2 Michigan State.

Even without the buzzer-beater, Allen would have had the most impressive stat line of any player on either team—and among those players were about a half-dozen future first-round NBA draft picks. But when he hit that deep three, he said after the game, the basket started looking big. In the locker room, Blue Devils assistants Jon Scheyer and Nate James told Allen he was hot and to keep shooting. So in the second half, he shot on, connecting

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