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Watch Duke vs Michigan State 2019 Live Stream Free College Basketball Game.Top-seeded Duke squeezed by its last two opponents in the final possession and faces an even bigger challenge Sunday when it battles red-hot second seed Michigan State in the East Region final at Washington D.C., for a trip to the Final Four. The Blue Devils survived two potential winning shots against Central Florida in the second round and Virginia Tech’s attempt to tie in the final second Friday in the Region semifinal.
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“Now that it’s March Madness, every game is kind of going to be like this, close, hard-fought games,” Duke freshman forward RJ Barrett told reporters after recording 18 points and a career-high 11 assists Friday. “And we somehow find a way to keep winning at the end. It’s great and we’re not surprised by it, but we’ve just got to keep it up.” Blue Devils freshman phenom Zion Williamson scored 23 and added three blocks in the 75-73 victory over Virginia Tech and is averaging 26.8 points in six games since returning from a knee sprain, but Michigan State comes in with an eight-game winning streak and has won its three NCAA Tournament games by 48 points combined. The Spartans have gotten consistent performances from senior point guard Cassius Winston, who is averaging 18.7 points and seven assists in the tournament, and received career games from freshmen Aaron Henry and Gabe Brown to beat LSU 80-63 in Friday’s Region semifinal. “Amazing,” Winston told reporters after the win. “Just finally being in that position - the work we put in, the time we spent, the ups and downs we’ve been through. At the end of the day to have this moment, to have another opportunity to do some special things.”
When: 5:05 PM ET, Sunday, March 31, 2019
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS
ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (31-6): The 6-foot-6 Henry is scoring just 6.0 per game overall, but registered career highs of 20 points along with six assists against LSU and told reporters: “It was one of those nights where I just felt like the basket was huge.” Winston averages 18.8 points while shooting 40.2 percent from 3-point range and broke the program record for assists in a single season with 279, moving past Mateen Cleaves (274) on Friday. Second-leading active scorer Nick Ward (13.4), a junior forward, told reporters he expects to play Sunday despite falling on his left hand Friday and suffering a deep bone bruise.
ABOUT DUKE (32-5): Coach Mike Krzyzewski called Tre Jones’ performance Friday “magnificent” after the freshman point guard registered season highs of 22 points and five made 3-pointers while handing out eight assists with no turnovers in 40 minutes. “These guys believed in me all year, especially after the last game with me struggling from 3,” Jones told reporters. “. … Coach kept telling me to take the shots and these guys kept telling me to take my shots. They were able to fall tonight.” Freshman swingman Cam Reddish (13.6 points) was a late scratch Friday due to a knee injury and his status for Sunday is uncertain.
Michigan State is looking to reach the Final Four for the 10th time while the Blue Devils seeks their 17th trip.
Duke sophomore G Alex O’Connell registered career highs with 35 minutes and seven rebounds in Friday’s win.
Brown scored a career-high 15 off the bench Friday and Spartans sophomore F Xavier Tillman is averaging 14 points in the tournament.
PREDICTION: Duke 78, Michigan State 72