Road to the Sweet 16
Duke: Beat No. 15 Albany, 73-61; No. 7 Creighton, 66-50
Michigan State: Beat No. 14 Valparaiso, 65-54; No. 6 Memphis, 70-48
Players to Watch
Duke: Guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who's endured an up-and-down freshman season, rose to the occasion against Creighton in the round of 32. He scored 21 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Sulaimon has been far from consistent during his first collegiate season, but he appears to be heating up at the right time.
Michigan State: Power forward Adreian Payne must have a strong performance on both ends of the court against Duke. The 6'10" junior will contend with Blue Devils big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly. Payne tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks against Memphis.
What Makes Matchup Special
College coaching legends Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski match up in the NCAA tournament for a third time. Coach K got the better of Michigan State in the 1999 Final Four, while Izzo led the Spartans to a victory over top-ranked Duke in the 2005 Sweet 16.
This duo combines for 17 Final Four appearances (Coach K leads the way with 11).
Krzyzewski is a 2001 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and two-time Olympic gold medalist, while the Hall of Fame awaits Izzo. Basketball fans are rarely treated to a high-stakes battle between coaching titans, so enjoy this one.