The 2-seed Michigan State Spartans and 1-seed Duke Blue Devils will square off at Capital One Arena this Sunday in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Men’s Championship.
The 2-seed Michigan State Spartans (31-6) followed up their strong successes over Bradley and Minnesota in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament with a great 80-63 triumph over the 3-seed LSU Tigers this past Friday. Michigan State outflanked LSU on both finishes of the court in the triumph and experienced no difficulty verifying the success in the wake of taking a 70-54 lead with 6:52 left in guideline. Michigan State shot 47.0% from the field while holding LSU to 39.3% shooting from the field and 28.6% shooting from past the arc. Driving the route for the Spartans was Aaron Henry who had 20 points, 8 bounce back, 6 helps, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Michigan State is averaging 78.5 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per amusement on 38.1% shooting from past the arc. Repulsively, Michigan State has been driven by Cassius Winston (18.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 7.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Nick Ward (13.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Matt McQuaid (9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Kenny Goins (8.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 bpg).
Protectively, Michigan State is holding their rivals to an average of 65.1 ppg on 37.7% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a bounce back margin of 9.5 and a turnover margin of – 2.9.
The 1-seed Duke Blue Devils (32-5) endure another nail-harsh as the top-seed Blue Devils defeated the 4-seed Virginia Tech Hokies, 75-73, late on Friday night. Like their amusement agianst UCF, Virginia Tech got an opportunity to send it to OT late, be that as it may, the Hokies Ahmed Hill missed a wide-open tip-in as time terminated. Duke shot 55.4% from the field in the triumph while holding Virginia Tech to 40.3% shooting from the field and 34.6% shooting from past the arc. Driving the path for the Blue Devils was Zion Williamson who had 23 points, 6 bounce back, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 3 blocks.
On the season, Duke is averaging 83.4 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per amusement on 30.7% shooting from past the arc. Disagreeably, Duke has been driven by Zion Williamson (22.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.7 bpg), RJ Barrett (22.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 4.1 apg), Cam Reddish (13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg), and Tre Jones (9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.0 spg). Cam Reddish missed the last amusement against Virginia Tech with knee damage and as of now, must be viewed as questionable for this match-up.
Protectively, Duke is holding their adversaries to an average of 67.6 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils have a bounce back margin of 6.0 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 amusements and 23-8 ATS in their last 31 games after a success. The Blue Devils are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 amusements and 14-17 ATS in their last 31 diversions after a triumph.
Michigan State had their most great appearing in the current year’s tournament against an extremely decent LSU group as the Spartans had the capacity to dominate on the offensive boards, while their protection (34th ranked scoring defense; 3rd ranked defensive FG%) was by and by remarkable. Duke has been living on the edge in their last two games, in any case, there is no denying that the Blue Devils can beat anybody in the nation behind their star duo of Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. Duke will be hard to beat if Tre Jones keeps on hitting open jumpers as he did agianst Virginia Tech, be that as it may, Michigan State is an exceptional defensive group and I think the play here is to take Michigan State and the points. Good Luck!