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Michigan State basketball headed to bubble for early season events

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Michigan State basketball team will open the season... inside the bubble.

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reports that eight early season college basketball events or tournaments will be played in Orlando in a bubble-like atmosphere, including the popular Champions Classic.

The annual four-team event began in 2011, and features MSU, Kansas, Duke, and Kentucky. This season, the Spartans are scheduled to play the Blue Devils.

Michigan State will also play in the Orlando Invitational, which includes Gonzaga, Auburn, Xavier, Saint Louis, Boise State, Belmont and Siena.

The other events reportedly to be played in Orlando include: the Jimmy V Classic, the Preseason NIT, the Myrtle Beach Invitational, the Charleston Classic, the Wooden Legacy and the Diamond Head Classic.

The events will not have fans in attendance.

Matchups, dates, and game times are expected to be announced at the end of the week.