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.
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
There's Wisconsin's senior quartet led by Frank Kaminsky. There's Michigan State's Travis Trice-Branden Dawson duo. No question, the Big Ten's Final Four teams are led by their four-year players.
National championships, multiple Final Four appearances, impressive won-loss records year after year. Whatever your criteria for deciding the best of the coaches, this year's Final Four group has it.
Grit. Hustle. Ingenuity. Passion. Those are the qualities you find in the heart of a true champion. The Badgers and Spartans have displayed those characteristics on their journey to the 2015 Final Four — the second-straight year they’ve made deep runs in the NCAA tournament. But those traits are hardly limited to those respective basketball teams. They’re regularly seen among the student body, faculty and staff, and alumni of both Wisconsin and Michigan State. When you’re not watching the games today, take a few minutes to read recent examples from BTN LiveBIG of how people from those universities apply talent,
In the summer of 2012, between Travis Trice's freshman and sophomore season at MSU, an unexplained and serious illness hit the Spartans' point guard and left doctors puzzled. Now the guard leads his Michigan State into the Final Four against Duke.
Any other year, this would probably be the premier matchup of the Final Four. In Saturday night's first semifinal, it's Tom Izzo and Michigan State vs. Mike Krzyzewski and Duke