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Kyrie Irving, Duke. Hard to believe now, considering the state of both parties, but this was as clutch a performance against as good a team as Michigan State as any in early December. Irving scored a season-high 31 points and became the fourth Duke freshman to score 30 points and the first since J.J. Redick in 2003. It seemed like a sign of things to come. It was _ for the Spartans. Michigan State has slumped badly in Big Ten play while Irving’s season is in jeopardy after he injured his right big toe. He may not play again, but the true point left a fleeting glimpse of just how talented he is and why he had the Blue Devils believing they could repeat as national champions.