Michigan State, Duke To Meet Again With Sweet 16 Trip At Stake

Written By Drew Ellis on March 19, 2022
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The Michigan State men’s basketball team did what it does this time of year and grinded out a first-round victory over Davidson on Friday night.

Now, Tom Izzo and company can put an end to the legendary career of Mike Krzyzewski in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

MSU will take on second-seeded Duke on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. ET on CBS.

Along with ending Coach K’s run, MSU could reach its 21st Sweet 16.

Michigan State vs. Duke betting odds

MSU, the No. 7 seed, finds itself as a notable underdog against the Blue Devils.

Duke is listed as a -point favorite against the spread against MSU. The Blue Devils are on the moneyline.

Michigan State sits at on the moneyline.

Both teams failed to cover the spread in their first-round games on Friday, by the slimmest margin.

Duke was a 17.5-point favorite against 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton and won 78-61. MSU was a 1.5-point favorite against 10th-seeded Davidson and won 74-73 thanks to a last-second 3-pointer from the losing team.

Izzo vs. Krzyzewski: The Final Chapter

Sunday will mark the final meeting between two legendary coaches, regardless of outcome.

This matchup has been pretty well dominated by Coach K, who is 12-3 against Izzo in their all-time meetings.

However, Izzo owns the last laugh right now with a 68-67 victory in the Elite Eight of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

In order for MSU to put an end to Krzyzewski’s career, it will have to slow down Duke’s offense. The Blue Devils rank ninth nationally in scoring (80.4 ppg) and 13th in shooting (48.9 percent).

On Friday, Duke had a balanced attack to handle CSF. All five starters scored in double figures. Paolo Banchero led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Collectively, Duke was 30-of-58 from the field and 9-of-22 from the arc.

MSU survives Davidson

As Michigan State has done this season, it won somewhat ugly on Friday night.

The Spartans trailed for portions of the second half, but used a 10-0 run in the late stages of the game to lead for good.

Joey Hauser came up big for MSU on Friday, posting 27 points and eight rebounds while shooting 9-of-12 from the field. It was a career-high for the Marquette transfer.

Michigan State also kept its turnovers in check, committing just seven for the game against the Wildcats.

Against Duke, MSU will need its bigs to play well. Marcus Bingham Jr. had just six points over 17 minutes against Davidson. However, he still matched a game-high in rebounding with eight, and added a pair of blocks.

Photo by Brynn Anderson / Associated Press
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Drew Ellis has lived in Michigan his whole life, and has been writing professionally for the last 21 years. Ellis has covered anything from youth baseball in mid-Michigan, a top-25 college football program, and pro sports in the Detroit area. Always keeping busy, Ellis also has over 10 years of experience in covering sports betting, handling all major sports.

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