Seth Curry dropped 29 points to help No. 2 Duke pull away from No. 3 Michigan State, setting up a Midwest Regional Final against No. 1 Louisville.
The Spartans used noteworthy performances from Adreian Payne, Derrick Nix and Keith Appling to hang around with the Blue Devils for the majority of the game, but they could never seem to get over the hump. In the end, it was Duke’s advantages in three-point shooting and free throw shooting that gave them the edge, as Mike Krzyzewski’s team hit seven threes compared to Michigan State’s 3-of-12 performance from the perimeter and shot an impressive 24-of-26 from the charity stripe while Tom Izzo’s side went just 18-of-24 from the line.
For Duke, they’ve nearly erased last year’s memories of a loss to No. 15 Lehigh and have somewhat validated their No. 1 spot in the RPI rankings by winning all three of their tournament games so far this year by double digit margins. The No. 1 seeded Cardinals (No. 3 in RPI rankings) are playing on a whole other level right now and should be seen as favourites in Sunday’s matchup, but the Blue Devils did beat Louisville, 76-71, way back in November at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke now has 13 30-win seasons, matching Kentucky for the most in Division I history.
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