The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic is making an attempt at securing its place as a destination for elite teams in late November by securing Duke as a headline team in 2016, according to multiple sources.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told ESPN.com that he has secured commitments from 16 schools to participate in a two-tournament event in honor of Nike co-founder Phil Knight's 80th birthday.
Duke's NCAA rules compliance office is seeking an interpretation from the NCAA as to whether a recruit can talk to a coach by phone if the recruit is not playing in a tournament but is still on the road.
Injured Duke point guard Kyrie Irving took part in some conditioning drills Friday but wasn't expected to play in the fifth-ranked Blue Devils' Atlantic Coast Conference tournament opener against Maryland later that night.
Four of college basketball's top programs -- Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas -- have committed to create the Champions Classic, an early-season marquee event debuting in 2011 and televised by ESPN.
Butler may be the title game surprise, but not many expected this Duke team to play for a national championship at the beginning of the season. These opportunistic Blue Devils are just 40 minutes from creating their own Duke legacy.