Michigan State Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Duke in Sweet 16 Showdown

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Michigan State Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Duke in Sweet 16 Showdown
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Tom Izzo is in his 11th Sweet 16 as head coach of Michigan State.

College basketball followers will get a taste of what March is truly about Friday, when the Michigan State Spartans take on the Duke Blue Devils in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. 

For one, the matchup screams "madness" because of the coaches involved—Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski—and that's enough reason to sit on the edge of your seat and froth at the mouth as the two tournament heavyweights collide in an attempt to advance to the Elite Eight. 

Secondly, the player battles will be immensely entertaining. 

Duke has star forward Mason Plumlee, a 6'10", 235-pound anchor, going up against the Spartans' pair of bigs in Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix. Combined, Nix and Payne should give Plumlee all he can handle Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It's that time of year again, and the Spartans versus Blue Devils will certainly be a fan favorite duel, one which promises to deliver a high quality of play and theater-like dramatics. 

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