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After suffering an ankle injury late in the game against Michigan State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Griffin was good to play Thursday during his Wednesday press conference.

Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball defeat Texas Tech in the Sweet 16?

Duke will face off against Texas Tech at 9:30 p.m. at Chase Center in San Francisco, and given the way these two teams match up and the one-point spread in favor of the Red Raiders, all signs point to a nail-biter. Let's see who our beats pick to move on to the Elite Eight.

Freshman forward Paolo Banchero dropped 10 points in Duke's first half against Michigan State.

Five observations from Duke men's basketball's first half against Michigan State

Duke finds itself in a close battle against Michigan State throughout the first 20 minutes. All half long, the Blue Devils and Spartans traded buckets as both legendary head coaches on each sideline started to take part in a game of chess that will likely go down to the final minute. Duke leads 39-35 at the break and here are five of our observations from the opening period.

Freshman forward Paolo Banchero posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in Duke's first-round win against Cal State Fullerton.

Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball get past Michigan State and move on to Sweet Sixteen?

Duke enters its Round of 32 matchup as 6.5-point a favorite and has a tough draw against Michigan State. The Blue Devils last played the Spartans in the 2019-20 season and won, but the last time these two squads met in the NCAA tournament, Michigan State came out on top. Let's take a look at who our beats think will be moving on to the Sweet Sixteen.

Duke's current roster features a mix of freshman and veteran talent.

'It's just different': Duke men's basketball enters uncharted territory in return to the NCAA tournament

Since the beginning of the one-and-done era, Duke has been criticized for its lack of experience. Year after year, Krzyzewski has brought in some of the country’s top high school talent, just for those players to leave after a single season. Now, Duke’s rotation features a more diverse lineup, with three freshmen, two sophomores, a junior and a graduate transfer.