Why Duke Blue Devils Can Beat Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet 16

By Trevor Lowry
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The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils will take on the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet 16. However, why can Duke actually pull off the victory in the 2013 NCAA Tournament?

Well, Duke has two elite scorers in Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry for starters. Curry is putting up 21.5 points per game in the tourney and Plumlee is putting up 16.5 points per game. These two players would likely be enough scoring power for any team, but the Blue Devils also have other scorers on the team.

There is also Ryan Kelly, Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, who are all averaging 11 or more points per game.

Between Curry, Kelly, Cook and Sulaimon, all three of these players can get hot from behind the arc. The big man in the post just completes this team in Plumlee.

Duke has one of the highest scoring offenses in the nation (6th), while Michigan State is 152nd in that department. The Blue Devils have a huge scoring advantage, however, their defense hasn’t been too bad, giving up only 55.5 points per game in two NCAA Tournament games.

The No. 7 Creighton Bluejays had a pretty good offense, being 24th in the country when it came to points per game, but they were only able to score 50 on Duke.

Duke has easily been one of the best teams in college basketball this season, especially when Kelly is in the lineup, where the Blue Devils have only lost one game with him playing.

The Spartans are clearly a good team, but they do not have the offense to keep up with the Blue Devils.


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