Xavier Tillman raised an eyebrow toward his star point guard as a sign to catch the Blue Devil defense off balance. Cassius Winston caught it in stride up the court with no one near him, running the clock out, which signaled Izzo’s second win against Duke in 24 years. However, weeks before the Spartans took the court against the Blue Devils Sunday afternoon one thing entered Kobie Johnson’s mind more than anything else—“Zion, and I obviously thought we got screwed.”
When the NCAA Tournament bracket was announced minutes after Michigan State beat the Michigan Wolverines for another Big Ten Tournament title, some fans said one thing was for sure. They would not and could not be in the Blue Devils’ region, especially with a resume like theirs. MSU did not get so lucky.