Duke vs. Michigan
Duke vs. Michigan StateÂMarch 24, 2005
REGIONAL NOTES: The game matched the top two head coaches in active NCAA Tournament winning percentage. Mike Krzyzewski entered the game 66-17 (.795), while Tom Izzo entered 21-6 (.778). Kentucky's Tubby Smith is fourth on the list with at 26-10 (.722).
DUKE NOTES: Duke finishes the season 27-6 and is 8-1 on neutral floors this season. Duke is 83-26 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Duke is now 2-4 in NCAA Tournament play in the state of Texas and 0-1 in Austin. Duke is 4-3 against ranked opponents this season and is 142-103 under Mike Krzyzewski. Duke is now 358-57 versus non-conference opponents under Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke allowed an opponent to score 70 points for the first time in its last five games. Duke reached 20 turnovers for just the third time this season. Duke has reached 10 or more steals in 13 of 33 games this season. The Blue Devils recorded 11 or more steals for the eighth time this season. Duke is 4-6 this season when being outrebounded.
J.J. Redick reached double figures in scoring for the 31st time this season and 86th time in his career. Redick hit three or more three-pointers for the first time in the last four games. He now has a streak of 21 games with at least one made three-pointer. He has hit three or more in 24 games this season and 65 in his career. Redick moved into second on Duke's single-season 3FG attempts with 300.
Daniel Ewing has had four or more rebounds 11 times this season and had five at halftime. Ewing recorded his 29th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 88th of his career. Ewing recorded five steals for the fourth time this season and for the first time since Dec. 14 versus Illinois-Chicago. Ewing's 18 points is his most since Feb. 12 at Maryland.. Ewing moved into 22nd place on the career scoring list with 1,595 points.
Shelden Williams secured his 31st double-figure scoring game of the season and 68th of his career and had 13 points by halftime. Williams recorded at least seven rebounds for the 62nd time in his last 79 games. Williams reached four steals for the sixth time this season. Williams fouled out for the third time this season and the 14th in his career. Williams moved into fifth on the school's single-season rebound list with 369.
MICHIGAN STATE NOTES: Michigan State is now 25-5, while making their fifth NCAA Elite Eight appearance under Tom Izzo. The Spartans are now 5-2 on neutral floors this season. Michigan State is 39-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and has reached the Elite 8 for the second time in the last two years. Michigan State is now 3-1 in NCAA Tournament play in the state of Texas and 1-0 in Austin. Michigan State is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season and is 52-47 under Tom Izzo.
Michigan State is 7-2 when scoring 70 or more points this season and 13-1 when four players score in double figures. Michigan State recorded 13 steals for the fourth time this season, it is a school NCAA Tournament record. The Spartans are now 23-1 when holding an opponent to 70 points or fewer and 23-2 when an opponent shoots under 50 percent from the field. The Spartans are now 23-3 when outrebounding an opponent and 15-1 when an opponent has more turnovers. Michigan State's five three-pointers are the most in three NCAA Tournament games this season. The Spartans' 82.6 free throw percentage is the highest in the last nine games. Michigan State outscored Duke 40-22 in the paint.
Alan Anderson had three steals in the first half, one shy of his career high (two times). He later set his career high with five. Anderson recorded the 27th double-scoring game of the season and the 63rd of his career. He extended his streak of consecutive games with double figures to 17.
Maurice Ager reached double figures in scoring for the 24th time this season and the 43rd time in his career.
Paul Davis' 20 points tie his season high and mark his 12th career 20-point game. Davis reached double figures in scoring for the 22nd time this season and the 59th of this career. Davis recorded the 11th double-double of his career and his12th career double-figure rebounding game. Davis has reached double-figure scoring in seven of his eight career NCAA Tournament games (six straight). Davis reached 12 rebounds for the fifth time this season. Davis' eight made free throws are a season high.
Shannon Brown reached double figures in scoring for the 19th time this season and 30th in his career.
FIRST HALF NOTES: (Duke 32, Michigan State 32): Duke opened the game on a 4-0 run that was extended to 8-2 at 17:41. Michigan State followed with a 6-0 run to tie the game 8-8 with 16:26. In the first seven minutes, Michigan State had 16 field goal attempts to Duke's eight and the Spartans had six offensive rebounds to none for Duke in that span. Duke's J.J Redick scored his first basket of the game at the 10:46 mark. In the first 10 minutes, Michigan State had 22 field goal attempts to Duke's 11. Michigan State had six steals in the first 12:15 by five different players. The Spartans finished the half with eight steals, more than 14 of their 30 full games. The first made three-pointer of the game came at 6:56 by Duke's J.J. Redick, the teams had been a combined 0-7. After being tied at 18, Duke went on a 7-1 run with 6:27 to go. Michigan State ended the half with a 13-8 advantage. Duke led first half field goal percentage .500 to .361. Duke finished the half with 12 turnovers equaling or greater than 13 full games this season. Michigan State never led in the first half, there were three ties. Duke's largest lead was six points on five occasions. Duke was held scoreless for the last 3:49 and without a field goal for the last 4:20.
SECOND HALF NOTES: Michigan State made its first three-point basket with 17:45 to go, the Spartans had been 0-8. All five of the Spartans three-pointers came in the second half. Michigan State followed with its second consecutive three-pointer to take its first lead of the game at 38-36 with 17:02 left. The baskets were part of a 10-0 run over a two-minute stretch. Duke was held scoreless for 4:52. Alan Anderson's three-pointer with 11:52 to go gave Michigan State its largest lead of nine at 48-39 until the final score of 10. Duke cut the lead to two at 60-58 with 6:04 to go.