Michigan State falls to Duke

Seth Curry shot Duke right into the regional finals – and put Mike Krzyzewski on the verge of another major milestone. Curry scored 29 points to lead the second-seeded Blue Devils past third-seeded Michigan State 71-61 on Friday night and into the Midwest Regional final. If Duke (30-5) beats top-seeded Louisville (32-5) in Sunday’s regional final, Krzyzewski would tie John Wooden’s record with 12 Final Four trips. Michigan State (27-9) just couldn’t keep up with Curry and Duke’s shooters. The Spartans were led by Keith Appling with 16 points and Adreian Payne with 14.

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FINAL: In a game with several lead changes and momentum swings, No. 6 Duke prevailed over No. 9 Michigan State 71-61 on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in the Sweet Sixteen. There were 10 lead changes in the game. Seth Curry sparked Duke (30-5), as he scored 29 points, pulled down four rebounds, and drilled 6-of-9 three-pointers in the victory.

The Blue Devils were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 39 percent (7-of-18). Duke shot 24-of-26 from the free throw line. More Duke scoring came from Mason Plumlee (14 points) and Rasheed Sulaimon (16 points). Adreian Payne had 14 points and yanked down 10 rebounds for Michigan State (27-9) in the game. Keith Appling had a quality shooting game, nailing 5-of-8 shots from the field and scoring 16 points.

The Spartans went 18-of-24 from the charity stripe as a team (75 percent). Michigan State lost despite outrebounding the Blue Devils 38-29. Duke trailed 14-10 in the first, but went on an 18-6 run over the next 8:17 to take an eight-point lead. Curry finished the run off with a free throw, which helped Duke lead 32-31 at halftime. The Blue Devils were more on target with their field goal shooting, maintaining a 41 percent (20-of-49) field goal percentage to the Spartans’ 40 percent (20-of-50).

HALFTIME: Michigan State went on a 11-4 run to close the gap late in the first half and now trails Duke 32-31. Neither team has been able to take control of the game thus far. The Blue Devils and the Spartans traded the lead eight times in the first half. Duke trailed 18-17 when it broke out for an 8-0 run to overtake Michigan State and seize a seven-point lead. Seven Michigan State players have scored. The Blue Devils’ Seth Curry has 14 points and three rebounds. Keith Appling helped the Spartans with nine points.



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Delmar Jones on 3/29/2013 @ 4:21pm EDT Said:

Mich. State has to have good guard play and limit their turn overs . Also they can’t do dumb stuff which they seem to do from time to time. Nix could be a real problem for Duke, but he got to play under control. Payne shouldn’t have any trouble with Kelly as a matter of fact he should present a problem for Kelly. Harris can guard Curry and if Appling does his job Mich. State can win this game.

Reality check on 3/29/2013 @ 8:27pm EDT Said:

Michigan is the best team in the state Delmar

    Delmar Jones on 3/30/2013 @ 11:51am EDT Said:

    Never said that they weren’t, If you looked at my comment was just saying what Micnigan State needed to do to win. There’s know doubt that Michigan is the best of the two teams.Go Big Ten

Reality Check on 3/30/2013 @ 1:54am EDT Said:

Unfortunately SOS reared its ugly head tonight. Sparty realizing that he did not belong on this stage froze like a deer in the headlights. But now that the Guard had changed perhaps it is for the best. The two teams ordained by the laws of finance to dominate Michigan and Ohio State remain in the Final Four. America has longed for the return of the Big Two and the Little 8 for over 20 years now. With Urban Meyer soon only these two schools will be in the BCS and the Final Four. Once our Spartan friends like Doug realize this they can become proud Wolverine Supporters. It is ok to cheer for your Spartans during the regular season just as the Broncos and Chipps cheer for their local colleges. But when it comes time to represent the State on a National level than it is time for everyone to back the Wolverines. So Doug and all my Spartan friends go down to the mall buy some Wolvering hats and shirts and start wearing them. Identify with the Wolverines now they are your team. Now that Michigan State has moved off of the National Stage support the Wolverines. Lets all unite behind the one big time team in the State that can compete with the Dukes of this world.

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