Michigan State Upsets Duke, 68-67, to Advance to Final Four

By Dan Hope on March 31, 2019 at 7:28 pm
Michigan State celebrates
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The Big Ten will be represented in the Final Four, and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament won't be.

Michigan State, the No. 2 seed in the East Regional, upset Duke, 68-67, in the Elite Eight on Saturday night to punch its ticket to the Final Four for the eighth time since 1999.

Duke star Zion Williamson led all players in the game with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while R.J. Barrett added 21 points with six rebounds and six assists for the Blue Devils, but their almost certainly one-and-done college careers came to an end against the Spartans, who had just seven turnovers compared to the Blue Devils' 17.

Big Ten player of the year Cassius Winston led Michigan State with 20 points, 10 assists and four steals, while Xavier Tillman added 19 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks and Kenny Goins added 10 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

Michigan State will now play Texas Tech in the national semifinals at 8:49 p.m. Saturday. Auburn and Virginia will play in the first semifinal at 6:09 p.m. Saturday.

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