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Methodical Duke pushes aside Michigan State

The Spartans weren’t very good on college basketball’s grandest stage Saturday, and the Blue Devils were, clearly proven in Duke’s 81-61 national semifinal victory. It means the Blue Devils advance Monday to a ninth national title game under coach Mike Krzyzewski, who will be seeking a fifth title.

Duke-Michigan State matchup

Duke has advanced 16 times to the Final Four and won four national championships, and Michigan State has made the NCAA semifinals nine times and won two titles. They will meet at 3:09 p.m. Saturday in the first Final Four semifinal in Indianapolis.