Duke faced its biggest deficit of the tournament in the first five minutes of the game, but that never fazed Coach K and company. Duke controlled the last 10 minutes of the first half, and the second half was more of the same. The Blue Devils beat the Spartans, 81-61, to reach Monday night’s national championship game.
Boy, oh boy. How lucky are we? Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski facing off in the Final Four — Christmas in April. While its no real surprise that the Blue Devils have made it this far, it is rather astonishing that Michigan State has made it to Indianapolis.
This Final Four marks Izzo’s seventh as head coach of the Spartans in what maybe his best coaching job of his storied career.
While Coach K is searching for his fifth national title, he is also trying to win his third in the city of Indianapolis. In 1992, Duke upset the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV in the Hoosier Dome and in 2010, Duke ruined the greatest basketball story ever told by beating Butler just three miles away from their own campus inside Lucas Oil Stadium. (The City of Indianapolis and I are still bitter.)
Duke’s first two games weren’t very competitive (sorry, Carla), with Duke winning by 29 in its first game and 19 in its second. Utah on the other hand, has been in some closer games, and took out 4th-seeded Georgetown by 11 points due to free throws. The two teams face off tonight at 9:45 p.m. ET on CBS for a chance to advance to the Elite 8.