The Duke men’s basketball team put together a great defensive showing in their 71-61 victory over Michigan State to advance to the Elite 8. The Blue Devils will face the overall number one seed on Sunday. That would be the Louisville Cardinals.
After the Spartans cut the Duke lead to one point at the half, the Blue Devils came out with alot of energy on defense. They held Michigan State to just one field goal over a 14 minute span. Sure the Spartans got to the free throw line (15-of-18), but just one field goal? They only made seven total second half field goals. Michigan State committed six second half turnovers.
Senior Seth Curry was on fire, as he scored 29 points on 8-of-17 shooting. He scored 14 points in the first half and many of his shots were WIDE open. Apparently, the Spartans did not get the memo that Curry is a good shooter.
Mason Plumlee dealt with some second half foul trouble, but still finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon only made two shots from the field, but scored 16 points. He went 12-of-14 from the free throw line, with plenty coming late.
Tyler Thornton played most of the second half and had his hand in on just about every defensive stand (I missed what happened to Quinn Cook). He went 1-for-1 from the field, as he hit a big three pointer in the first half.
The energy and intensity that Duke played with tonight was missing from their first two wins of the tournament. I hope they still have some left for Sunday. They will play at 5:05pm ET on CBS.