Two of the best coaches in college basketball are set to square off for a trip to the Elite 8.
No.2 Duke is scheduled to take on No.3 Michigan State in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. The contest will air on CBS at 9:45 p.m. ET. Viewers can watch a free live stream online at ncaa.com.
Since becoming the head coach of the Blue Devils, Mike Krzyzewski has led Duke to 10 Final Four appearances, including four national championships. Izzo hasn’t been with the Spartans as long, but has led Michigan State to six Final Four appearances, with one national title win.
Both coaches led their teams to easy wins on the first weekend of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Duke defeated Albany and Creighton by an average of 14 points. Michigan State won both games by double-digits, including a 22-point win over Memphis.
The winner of Friday’s contest will play the winner of the Louisville-Oregon matchup in the East Region Finals. Both games will be played in Indianapolis.
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The Spartans will look to slow down Seth Curry, who’s been the Blue Devils best player in March Madness. He’s averaging 21.5 points in both tourney games.
It might be hard to find a more talented team in the tournament than Duke. Every starter averages at least 11.7 points, including Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, who combined average 30.9 points and 15.4 rebounds.
Gary Harris led Michigan State in their last contest. He scored 23 points on just nine shot attempts, after averaging 13.1 points a game during the season.
As the higher seed, Duke is a slight favorite. At most Las Vegas casinos, the betting line has Michigan State getting two points.
Prediction: Duke 73, Michigan State 70