Duke upends Michigan State to head to Elite Eight

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Updated: March 30, 2013

Seth Curry drained six 3-pointers and Duke
shut down Michigan State in the second half of the Midwest Regional semifinal
to earn a 71-61 victory and advance to the Elite Eight.

Curry finished with a game-high 29 points and the second-seeded Blue Devils
(30-5) limited the Spartans to just seven field goals after the break to set
up a date with top-seeded Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

The meeting pits Mike Krzyzewski against Rick Pitino in a regional final for
the second time, the other coming in 1992 when Duke beat Pitino’s Kentucky
Wildcats on Christian Laettner’s buzzer-beater.

Rasheed Sulaimon and Mason Plumlee contributed 16 and 14 points, respectively,
for the Blue Devils, who improved to 8-2 all-time against MSU.

The third-seeded Spartans (27-9) hit a cold streak they couldn’t escape from
until the final stages, as they fell in the Sweet 16 for the second straight
year.

Keith Appling led Michigan State with 16 points, while Adreian Payne added 14
with 10 rebounds in the loss. Gary Harris was held to six points — seven
below his season average — on a rough 2-of-11 shooting night.