INDIANAPOLIS — Early on, it seemed, Michigan State couldn’t miss. And, as he’s done so many times this season, junior captain Denzel Valentine was leading the way. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Michigan State-Duke reaction ] The Spartans started 5-of-7 from the field, including three Valentine triples, to jump out to a 14-6 lead in the opening 3:41 of Saturday night’s Final Four matchup vs. the No. 1-seeded Duke Blue Devils. But then, in an instant, everything changed. Duke came roaring back behind a suffocating defense and Jahlil Okafor, arguably the most offensively-skilled freshman big man college basketball has seen
In Saturday’s second Final Four semifinal, Wisconsin handed Kentucky the Wildcats’ first loss of the year. Check out the best photos from the game. Also, check out these previous photos galleries.
For the second time this season, Duke got the best of Michigan State, this time claiming an 81-61 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction below. The star: For Duke, it was freshman forward Justise Winslow, who hit 5-of-7 shots (9-of-11 free throws) for 19 points. He also had nine boards. Denzel Valentine was the star for Michigan State, leading all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also had a game 11 rebounds. But he didn’t
Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to lead top-seeded Duke to an 81-61 victory over Michigan State on Saturday and into the national championship game.
Michigan State’s jerseys all featured this year’s Final Four logo, above the Nike swoosh, at the start of Saturday night’s national semifinal vs. Duke. [ MORE: Gallery: See our favorite Michigan State-Duke photos ] Throughout the course of the game, however, the patch came off several players’ jerseys, including stars Branden Dawson, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine’s. Duke’s jerseys did not have the same problem. Below, take a look at Dawson and Trice with the Final Four patch and without, courtesy of USA Today Sports.
Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown has performed the National Anthem before, but never on a stage quite like this. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The reserve sophomore forward represented Wisconsin in the singing of the National Anthem prior to Saturday night’s first national semifinal game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State also had a representative singing, but Brown was the lone player among the group. Per usual, Brown, nicknamed “Velvet,” nailed it.
We pulled the best photos from the Michigan State-DukeFinal Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday. Have a look at some really great photography. Also, check out these previous photos galleries.
For the first time since 1941, Wisconsin will play for the national title. The Badgers ended No. 1 overall seed Kentucky’s pursuit of perfection in a thrilling 71-64 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. In the other national semi, Duke ran away from Michigan State, 81-61. Wisconsin, which lost to Kentucky in last year’s national semis, will take on Duke at 9:18 p.m. ET Monday. Use the links below to track tonight’s action: DUKE 81, MICHIGAN STATE 61: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to
Michigan was the first Big Ten football team to hold a spring football this year, and new head football coach Jim Harbaugh talked to reporters after the game. Watch the whole session in the video in this post. And here’s the link to next week’s spring football games on BTN & BTN2Go. See more photos and videos from the event via the links below:
Beauty is in the eye of beholder. On one hand, Michigan’s spring game was difficult to watch. But, it still was a beautiful afternoon for Wolverines fans that got to see Jim Harbaugh roam the Michigan Stadium turf for the first time in decades.