The Number 2 ranked Michigan State men's basketball team is rated as one of the betting favorites to win the national championship next April in San Antonio. rates Duke as the top betting favorite, but has MSU as the number 2 choice at 11-2.  Defending national champion North Carolina is rated as the fifth choice at 12-1.

The MSU Spartans host North Florida on Friday night at the Breslin Center to open the regular season.  They will battle Number 1 Duke on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic in Chicago's United Center.

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