The preseason national title favorite changed in mid-August when Marvin Bagley III reclassified to the 2017 class and signed with Duke. Men's basketball got its introduction to Bagley over the weekend, and he vindicated those who tabbed Duke as the title favorite because of his addition. The 6'11" freshman dazzled in his debut, setting a Duke freshman record for most points in a season opener—going for 25 points and 10 rebounds against Elon—and he then followed that up with 24 points and 10 boards against Utah Valley. Neither game was on national television, and the majority of the country will get its eyes on Bagley for the first time Tuesday when No. 1 Duke faces No. 2 Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Chicago. That includes NBA scouts, who enter this season kind of in the dark on Bagley.
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