NCAA Tournament Results: Duke Blue Devils Win Over Michigan State, Advance To National Championship Game

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Apr 04, 2015 10:09 PM EDT
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Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils
Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against Denzel Valentine #45 of the Michigan State Spartans during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. "

The Duke Blue Devils won over the Michigan State Spartans in the Final Four to advance in the NCAA Tournament to the national title game and they will play against Wisconsin after the 81-61 victory and now Jahlil Okafor and coach Mike Krzyzewski will battle for the men's basketball championship.

UPDATE: Wisconsin has ended Kentucky's undefeated season. The Badgers will play against Duke in the national championship game. 

Duke led after the first half and the number one seeded Blue Devils were in control through the entire game and Justise Winslow led the way for the team with 19 points. Denzel Valentine led the Spartans with 22 points and 11 rebounds, but the number seven seeded Spartans could not pull things out. The two teams faced off earlier in the season and now Duke is into the national title game.

Michigan State started off the game fast and that saw the team take the lead over the first few minutes, but Duke was able to buckle down and take control. The Blue Devils scored the first six points of the second half and they pushed things over the last stretch and had a lead of 20 points for a time at the end.

Duke won earlier in the season against Michigan State and the game was also in Indiana, but it was at Banker's Life Fieldhouse where the Pacers play. Okafor scored 18 points and he made a number of big plays in the second half to help keep Duke ahead, while Quinn Cook helped along with 17 points for the Blue Devils.

"The last 36 minutes we played great basketball. That's the best basketball we've played in the NCAA tournament. And we've played really well in the tournament," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said to reporters after the game.

Check here for more on the game.

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