Spartans Race Past Louisville, Will Face Blue Devils In Final Four
On Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans emerged victorious in a thrilling encounter with the fourth-seeded Louisville, paving their way into the NCAA Final Four.
The two teams were tied at the end of regulation time (65-65). However, the Spartans, who arrived into the East Region as No. 7 seeded, came back strongly and defeated Louisville 76-70.
According to CBSSports, it was the second time in succession that Michigan State came back in the second half to win the game, a feat they also achieved against the third-seeded Oklahoma on Friday. The recent encounter was the first time, in 95 games, that Louisville lost after leading halftime by six points or more.
Michigan State had won over Oklahoma (62-58), while Louisville had eased past North Caroline (75-65) in the Sweet 16 before advancing into the Elite Eight to meet each other.
Michigan State’s dream run also included defeating Virginia last weekend.
It is the seventh time Michigan State has advanced into the Final Four. The team won the championship in 2000.
Duke Blue Devils reserved a place in the Final Four on Sunday after going past Gonzaga, defeating them 66-52.
According to CBC Sports, Justise Winslow had 16 points, including a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes. Matt Jones had 16 points, freshman Tyus Jones had 15 points, while Jahlil Okafor had nine points and eight rebounds.
It will be Coach Mile Krzyzewski’s 12th appearance in the Final Four, a record that equals UCLA’s John Wooden for the most by a head coach.
Canadian Kyle Wiltjer had 16 points, while Kevin Pangos was limited to four points on 2-for-8 shooting.
Michigan State and Duke will battle in the Final Four on Saturday, April 4, in Indianapolis. In the second Final Four game, top seed Kentucky is set to face Wisconsin.
The championship game will be played on Monday , April 6.
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