Coming in, most felt Duke needed to win the battle at the 3-point and free-throw lines, while the Spartans needed to win the clash in the paint. Which team could impose its will on the other? It was the Blue Devils. Scoring came much easier for Duke, which was propelled by the sweet shooting of Seth Curry, who tallied a game-high 29 points and hit 6-of-9 3-pointers. And the Blue Devils played good defense, especially in the second half. At one point, MSU went almost 14 minutes between field goals in the second half. The Spartans won the battle on the boards, 38-29. But MSU had 11 turnovers to Duke’s six.
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.
Time and again, Michigan looked dead in the water. But the Wolverines never stopped fighting, rallying from 14 points down to force overtime and win in the extra session. Trey Burke played like the national player of the year. He went 0-for-4 in the first half and didn’t score. But he came alive after intermission, scoring 23 points (five in OT) to save the day.
It’s a shot Michigan fans won’t soon forget. Down 76-73 in the final seconds of Friday’s Sweet 16 game vs. Kansas, Trey Burke hit a deep 3-pointer to force overtime. The Wolverines, of course, went on to win the game and advance to the Elite Eight. See a couple photos of the shot in this post, plus the tweet with the video moment from NCAA.com.
Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points after halftime, including a long, tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and Michigan rallied to beat Kansas 87-85 in the South Regional semifinals Friday night.
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Thursday was a mixed bag for the Big Ten, with just one team advancing to the Elite Eight in unconvincing fashion. Before Friday’s action tips off, let’s have a look at last night’s results.