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Michigan St. sends nemesis Duke home
AUSTIN, Texas -- Michigan State had the depth and muscle, and coach Tom Izzo finally has his win over Duke and Coach K.
Paul Davis scored 20 points and fifth-seeded Michigan State moved within a game of the Final Four with a 78-68 win over top-seeded Duke in the Austin Regional on Friday night.
Alan Anderson added 17 points, and the Spartans (25-6) sent wave after wave of defenders out to the perimeter to bottle up J.J. Redick, holding the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year to 13 points.
Davis provided the muscle in the middle late to give Izzo his first win over Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski in five tries -- including a loss in the Final Four in 1999, the year before the Spartans won the national championship.
The loss ended Krzyzewski's bid for an 11th Final Four with Duke (27-6).
Like most of their season, the Blue Devils had their "Big Three" of Redick, Daniel Ewing and Shelden Williams but little else when it counted against the Spartans, who substituted early and often in an effort to wear them down.
Williams scored 19 points, but fouled out with 2:41 left and Duke trailing by five. The tenacious Spartans defense forced 22 Duke turnovers and gave up little ground in the middle in the second half.
Kentucky 62, Utah 52
AUSTIN, Texas -- Kentucky slowed down Utah's Andrew Bogut enough to advance to the regional finals.
Primarily using two 7-foot backups and lots of help from smaller guys, the Wildcats harassed Bogut into the poorest shooting game of his All-American season and showed off their depth.
Chuck Hayes led Kentucky (28-5) with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Rojon Rondo scored 10 and Kelenna Azubuike had nine.
Bogut finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Utah (29-6), but it wasn't as good as it sounded. He was 8-of-19 -- matching his career high for misses -- and a career-worst 4-of-11 from the line. He had just three rebounds in the second half.
Kentucky is headed to the round of eight for the second time in three years and the third time since winning the championship in 1998, the team's first season under coach Tubby Smith.