Final Four Preview: Michigan State vs. Duke

Final Four Preview: Michigan State vs. Duke

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MICHIGAN STATE vs. DUKE

Matchup: The 2015 NCAA Tournament has been all about the bluebloods, and this Final Four matchup is no exception. Coach K has taken the Duke Blue Devils to his 12th Final Four, tying legendary UCLA coach John Wooden for most all-time. The Blue Devils are led by 6-foot-11 Jahlil Okafor, the likely No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft, but have multiple offensive weapons. Meanwhile, Tom Izzo leads the Michigan State Spartans into their seventh Final Four since 1999. Four non-conference losses, including one at home to Texas Southern, did not inspire confidence as Michigan State entered January, but that is a distant memory now as the Spartans are rolling. This is the third time Izzo has led the Spartans to the Final Four as a five seed or lower. Coach K is 8-1 all-time vs. the Izzo-led Spartans, including an 81-71 victory earlier this season.

Michigan State Spartans, East Region No. 7 Seed

Backcourt: While the Spartans can score from many angles, it's the play of guard Travis Trice that has elevated this team to the Final Four. Trice has averaged 19.8 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in four tournament games, a far cry from the 6-3-1 line he posted in an overtime loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship. At 6-5, bigger backcourt mate Denzel Valentine gives the Spartans a second scoring option on the perimeter. He has scored at least 15 points in three

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Chris Bennett
Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.
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