Michigan State vs. Duke: Full Game Preview
|Michigan State||K Appling 13.3||A Payne 7.5||K Appling 3.4|
|Duke||S Curry 17.3||M Plumlee 10.0||Q Cook 5.4|
No. 2-seeded Duke meets No. 3-seeded Michigan State in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. The game gets underway at 9:45 p.m. ET. The Blue Devils are 2-0 against the Spartans over the last four years. The last time they met (Nov. 15, 2011) they won 74-69.
In a 66-50 win over Creighton on Mar. 24, Rasheed Sulaimon put up 21 points and five rebounds for the Blue Devils. He tallies 11.7 points per game and also adds 3.4 rebounds per game. For the Spartans, Adreian Payne finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 70-48 blowout of Memphis on Mar. 23. He leads the team in rebounds with 7.5 per game and blocks with 1.3 per game.
There is a single key statistical area where Duke can exploit Michigan State, scoring, where the Blue Devils have an edge over the Spartans, 77.8 points per game to 68.2 points per game.
Michigan State StatSmack
- AP voters think more highly of Duke and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Michigan State (207 vs. 151).
- Mason Plumlee is ranked 10th nationally in rebounds.
- Duke has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (80.6 percent to 68.0 percent).
- Duke has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (19 percent vs. 73 percent).
- The Duke blocks leader (Mason Plumlee, 48 blocks) has more blocks than the Michigan State blocks leader (Adreian Payne, 36 blocks).
- The Duke assist leader (Quinn Cook, 164 assists) has more assists than the Michigan State assist leader (Keith Appling, 114 assists).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Duke is superior to Michigan State (Latest AP Poll: No. 2 vs. No. 8).
- The Duke three-point leader (Seth Curry, 81 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Michigan State three-point leader (Gary Harris, 57 three-pointers).
- The Duke basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Michigan State (83 percent vs. 50 percent).
- Duke has a potent offense, scoring more points (78.4 per game vs. 68.9 per game) than Michigan State this season.
- Be afraid. Duke has blown out more teams than Michigan State this season (10 blowouts vs. six).