Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans are leaving after a disappointing loss to Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA tournament round of 16. The Spartans are now 2-8 all-time against Duke after tonight’s loss, 71-61.
The Spartans hung with the Blue Devils through half-time as they went into the locker room only down one (32-31). However, Seth Curry proved too much to handle as he scored 29 points and burying 6-9 from behind the arc. The defense also buckled down and put Michigan State on over a 10 minute streak without a made field goal.
However, the main story of the game goes to how on fire Curry was from all over the court. He propelled Duke into a 9-0 run during the second half and the Blue Devils never looked back. He was draining them from deep, from inside, and even made all seven of his attempted free-throws. Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 to the effort, while Mason Plumlee finished with 14.
Adreian Payne worked hard to put the Spartans on his back and will this team to victory as he posted 14 points and 10 rebounds, but his effort wasn’t supported around him as only one other teammate recorded in the double digits for points. That was Keith Appling who drained 16.
The season may be ending in disappointment for many Spartan fans but Coach Izzo has proved that he will continue to bring the Spartans into the tournament. And if the right squad is pulled together, he will bring MSU another championship.