9:58 PM ET, March 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- There were times when Seth Curry felt as if he could make every shot. Even his record-setting coach was amazed.Curry scored 29 points, and Duke beat Michigan State 71-61 on Friday night to advance to the Midwest Regional final, putting Mike Krzyzewski on the precipice of another milestone in the NCAA tournament."Seth was scoring on every possession, and it was almost like we felt like we could relax on defense," Krzyzewski said. "When you've got a guy hot like that and you can put a couple of defensive stops with it, you can get separation."
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MVP: Duke guard Seth Curry connected and connected and connected some more, scoring 29 points on 8-for-17 shooting. He made 6 of 9 3-pointers and all seven of his free throws.
X factor: Michigan State entered the game making more than 34.1 percent of its 3-pointers but recorded only 3-for-12 on Friday. Duke's defense was key throughout the game, as it held the Spartans to 40 percent shooting overall. MSU made only seven field goals in the second half.
That was ... solid: The game was tied 38-38 with 17:32 left. But Duke countered with a 9-0 run -- led by Curry and Mason Plumlee -- to take the lead for good.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-50 (.400)||20-49 (.408)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-12 (.250)||7-18 (.389)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-24 (.750)||24-26 (.923)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
|» Mar 29, 2013||@DUKE 71, MSU 61||Recap|
The Spartans had five second-chance points against Duke, tied for their third fewest in a game this season. Michigan State entered Friday with 36 second-chance points in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship, the most in the field entering the Sweet 16. Michigan State had eight offensive rebounds against Duke, nine fewer than they averaged in the first two games of the tournament.
Seth Curry outscored the entire Michigan State team 22-15 on shots outside the paint. Curry was 8-of-15 on such attempts while the Spartans were 6-of-22. Curry's 22 points outside the paint are tied for the most by any player in this year's tournament (Troy Daniels, VCU vs Akron) and are more than either of the Spartans' first two opponents in the Men's Basketball Championship.[+]
Shots Outside the Paint
Duke now has 13 30-win seasons, matching Kentucky for the most in Division I history.
So now Seth Curry follows his brother into the Elite 8. He hasn't put up quite as many points as Stephen did for Davidson in 2008, but he's not far behind.[+]
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