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Michigan State vs. Duke: Score, Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29:  Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2013

 The Duke Blue Devils punched their ticket to the Elite Eight with a clutch victory over the Michigan State Spartans, 71-61, Friday night in Indianapolis.

As one would expect from the two teams coached by Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo, both squads got off to a good start in the national spotlight. Seth Curry came out on fire for the Blue Devils while the third-seeded Spartans rode a balanced scoring attack to go into halftime down just one to their second-seeded foes.

The second half would tell a much different story, however, as Duke began to pull away as the game wore on. Curry continued to shoot the ball lights out, but the Blue Devils were nearly perfect with the ball. In all, the Blue Devils only turned the ball over seven times.

The Spartans were outpaced in the second half, but never gave up. They got to as close as seven points in the last two minutes, but Curry's shooting was simply too much for the Spartans to overcome. 

Adreian Payne put together an admirable performance for the Spartans in what could be his last game in East Lansing. He had 14 points with nine rebounds and two blocks. 

However, it was Curry that stole the show with 29 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line and 6-of-9 performance from deep.


Twitter Reaction

ESPN Stats & Info set the stage for a Sweet 16 matchup between two storied programs:

It's safe to say that Seth Curry had folks buzzing about his big night on the Twittersphere:

Kirk Herbstreit pointed out Duke's lockdown D that put the game away down the stretch in the second half.

J.A. Adande recognized the Spartans' late-game push. However, it was too little too late.

 

Analysis

This was a big win over a quality opponent for the Blue Devils. Seth Curry placed his name in Duke lore for a long time with his individual performance.

Shooting well from beyond the arc is all about getting in rhythm and Duke showed that they are feelin' it.

They'll need to shoot lights out if they want to advance to the Final Four, as they'll take on the No. 1-seeded Louisville Cardinals next. Few teams have been able to score on the Cards' pressure defense. 

Curry and Co. will once again have to put together an efficient performance if they want to keep the season alive. 

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