While the nation’s eyes trained toward TBS, watching the latest installment of Florida Gulf Coast’s Cinderella run (a.k.a. Tyler Perry’s “City of Dunks”), a pretty good game featuring two pretty good coaches and some equally good players was happening over on CBS. No seriously. It was real.
Guard Seth Curry led the way for Coach Mike Krzyzewski and second-seeded Duke in a 71-61 win over third-seeded Michigan State with a game-high 29 points on 8-of-17 shooting and 6 of 9 three-pointers. You’d think that would have shown up in the scouting report.
Oh wow! Keep leaving him open MSU. You gone learn today
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 30, 2013
Some early officiating complaints gave way to a comfortable Duke lead, maintained throughout the second half without any serious Spartans threat. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon made 12 free throws and center Mason Plumlee chipped in 14 points. Keith Appling and Adreian Payne had 16 and 14, respectively, for Coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans.
Duke has come a long way since last year’s No. 2-No. 15 debacle against Lehigh, and now gets a shot at Krzyzewski’s 12th Final Four against juggernaut Louisville, the Midwest Region’s top seed, at 5:05 p.m.
The two teams faced in the Bahamas in November, a 76-71 Blue Devils win, though the Cardinals were playing without center Gorgui Dieng.
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