Blog: Duke defeats Michigan State 71-61

Posted March 29, 2013
Updated March 30, 2013

FINAL: Duke 71, Michigan State 61: Duke led Michigan State by only one point at the half but after the Spartans didn't hit a field goal for over 14 minutes in the second half Duke was able to widen the gap. The Blue Devils advance to an Elite Eight match-up against Louisville Sunday.

3:52 second half: Duke 60, Michigan State 49: The Spartans have not scored a field goal in 14 minutes and Duke appears to have a comfortable lead. 

8:31 second half: Duke 56, Michigan State 46: Duke grabs their largest lead of the game on a Ryan Kelly and-one. The three-point play capped the Devils lead at 10 and forced Michigan State head coach to call a timeout.

10:33 second half: Duke 51, Michigan State 45: The Blue Devils are keeping a lead on the Spartans but it has not been easy. The game continues to be physical and the whistles are coming quick,  with both teams already in the bonus.

17:08 second half: Duke 41, Michigan State 38: Despite the Spartans best effort Duke is back ahead of Michigan State thanks to three three-pointers from Seth Curry.

Halftime: Duke 32, Michigan State 31: Duke went the last 6:27 of the half without a field goal as the Spartans cut the Blue Devils' lead to one.

1:20 first half: Duke 32, Michigan State 28: An 8-0 run spurred Duke to an eight point lead over the Spartans. Michigan State is battling to close the gap as the half approaches.

7:49 first half: Duke 20, Michigan State 18: The refs are letting the teams play as Duke is maintaining a slight edge over Michigan State. Seth Curry is continuing to lead the Blue Devils from the floor with eight points. The Spartans have eight points in the paint to Duke's six. The Blue Devils are sticking to their game on the outside with three three-pointers.

11:39 first half: Duke 15, Michigan State 14: In an already physical game, Duke is hanging with Michigan State's big men underneath. Duke's Seth Curry leads the team with five points. 

15:07 first half: Duke 10, Michigan State 9: Mason Plumlee struck first with a layup and Ryan Kelly kept Michigan State from scoring on their first possession but the Spartans didn't scare early. Michigan State went on a 5-0 spurt to take a 7-5 lead before a Plumlee sky hook evened things back up at 7. Duke's Tyler Thornton knocked in a 3-pointer for a 10-9 lead at the under-16 timeout.

FACTS & STATS: Site: Lucas Oil Stadium (36,000) -- Indianapolis, Indiana. Television: CBS. NCAA Tournament Record: Michigan State 56-25, Duke 98-32. Series Record: Duke leads, 7-2.

GAME NOTES: Two teams with plenty of NCAA Tournament success square off in this year's Sweet 16, as the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils and third-seeded Michigan State Spartans meet on Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium.

This marks the 37th NCAA Tournament appearance for Duke, which boasts of a 98-32 all-time record in the event, including an 81-24 mark under Mike Krzyzewski, the most tournament wins by any coach in Division I history. With tournament wins this year over Albany (73-61) and Creighton (66-50) in Midwest regional action in Philadelphia last week, Duke is one win shy of the 13th 30- win campaign in school history, all under Coach K. The win over the Bluejays in the third round was also the 2,000th in program history, making Duke one of just four schools to reach that win total, joining Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.

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Tom Izzo's Spartans are making their fifth trip to the Sweet 16 in the last six seasons. Behind strong defense, MSU made light work of the competition in the first two games of this event, topping both Valparaiso (65-54) and Memphis (70-48) to improve to 56-25 all-time. Michigan State is making its 27th appearance in the Big Dance and its 16th straight.

Both these teams have had plenty of success in Indianapolis, with MSU 7-1 in tournament games in the city, while Duke is 6-1, including national titles in both 1991 and 2010.

Duke is 7-2 all-time against Michigan State, including Coach K's NCAA record- breaking 903rd win in Madison Square Garden in the last meeting.

The winner of this game will take on either Oregon or Louisville in the Midwest Regional Final.

Michigan State completely dominated Memphis in the third round as it shot 50 percent from the floor and limited the Tigers to 29.7 percent efficiency in a wire-to-wire victory. Gary Harris got to work early on in the tilt as he tallied 16 of his career-high 23 points in the opening 20 minutes, while Adreian Payne posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. Payne also swatted five shots. Michigan State has been getting it done at both ends of the court this season, scoring nearly 70 ppg, while allowing fewer than 60. The Spartans are led by standout performers Keith Appling (13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.7 apg) and Harris (12.9 ppg, .413 3-point FG percentage), the latter of which was tabbed as the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year. Payne (10.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg) rounds out the unit's double-digit scorers.

Duke will put the Spartan defense to the test with explosive and balanced scoring. The team has a dynamic inside/out combination in guard Seth Curry (17.3 ppg, .426 from 3-point range) and forward Mason Plumlee (17.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg). The scoring depth continues with perimeter threats Ryan Kelly (13.3 ppg. .459 from 3-point range), Quinn Cook (12.0 ppg, .401 from 3-point range) and Rasheed Sulaimon (11.7 ppg). Cook also serves as the team's primary facilitator, dishing out 5.4 apg. Overall, Duke comes in averaging 77.8 ppg, doing so on .477 shooting overall, including .403 from 3-point range. It was Sulaimon who led the way against Creighton, as the freshman finished with a team-high 21 points. Curry poured in 17 points, while Plumlee was held in check, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds.

Michigan State will look to pound the ball inside to put pressure on Plumlee early and often. The Blue Devils have a superior backcourt, but they will really need to focus on matching the Spartans on the boards to avoid elimination.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Michigan State 67, Duke 63


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  • FatherofFour Mar 30, 2013

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    It's not hate (at least not on my part), it is just curiousity. K does not take a halftime interview all of the regular season, but then he does them for the NCAA tourney. Why not let Wojo do it, if what you are saying is true? If you want to get their face and name out there, what better time to do it? Some answered this question during the regular season as "K is focused on coaching the game, and he will talk to the media when it is over". So, now is he not focused on coaching the game? Maybe there is some "rule" for the tourney that requires him to do the halftime interview. I just noticed it because it seems he is the only coach in the country that doesn't do the halftime interviews during the regular season. It just seemed funny to me that he is doing them now during the tourney when he has not done them all season.

  • VT1994Hokie Mar 30, 2013

    What I really like is how some UNC and State fans relished in hoping Duke would lose this game. I have read these all this past week. It did burst their chops. Go DUKE. I have loyality to UNC, Duke, and VT. And since VT didn't do anything, UNC came close. My little sister is keeping us pumped up for Duke. Son didn't like it though.

  • VT1994Hokie Mar 30, 2013

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    It's called hate. That's it a nut shell. I have definitely learned a heckeva lot of late on here. Go Duke. I hope that they keep this focus as they had tonight. They could pull this deal.

  • DONTGETMADDD Mar 30, 2013

    Duke advances...Don't getttttttttt madddddddddddddddd !!!!

  • randdjacobs Mar 30, 2013

    Man, Charles Barkley really hates Duke huh? As a Duke fan, I prefer that he is an antagonist. Sometimes those that support you define who you are. I wouldn't want Barkley's support.

  • rfred16 Mar 30, 2013

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    Just what I was thinking.....Izzo must have told them to do that to get in Duke's heads....Wow, that backfired...Duke played its best defense of the year...hahaha

  • uncsuckz Mar 30, 2013

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    You are absolutely correct. Funny why others cannot see this.

  • VT1994Hokie Mar 30, 2013

    I really enjoy how some put Duke down when they don't even know how to express themselves in a decent fashion. Duke earned this one. They came together and won a tough fought game. Great playing. But. Great shooting, too. Coach K will be on the cusp again. Go DUKE. Win this thing!

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Mar 30, 2013

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    Yeah I noticed that too. Probably best to wait until you've got a 25 point lead like Miami before you mock someone.

  • uncsuckz Mar 30, 2013

    Duke rules! Hope all of unc's duke haters enjoyed that domination of MSU. so much for your prognostications. let me guess....you hole fans are now picking Louisville to win. right. typical of that fanbase. go back to your cheating; it's all you're good at.




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