03/25/2019 By Ryan Kanne
The Sweet 16 is set. The Duke Blue Devils will meet the Virginia Tech Hokies in an ACC showdown, while the Michigan State Spartans will take on the LSU Tigers.
During the regular season, Virginia Tech beat the No. 3 Duke team 77-72. The big difference between that February game and this matchup is Duke superstar Zion Williamson being on the court. Williamson was injured when the teams last met. The Blue Devils are 28-3 when Williamson plays a full game. Virginia Tech will rely on its top-ranked defense to potentially get an upset win and advance to the Elite 8.
Michigan State has breezed through its first two NCAA Tournament games, winning both by double digits. The Spartans have relied on their rebounding and defense to lead the way for their team, being top-five in the nation in blocked shots and rebounds. The Tigers had closer games than the Spartans, winning by less than six points in both of their NCAA Tournament games.
With an NCAA Tournament title within reach, the East Region is ready for its two semifinal matchups. Both games are this Friday.