With 5 minutes to play Sunday, Tom Izzo had an old nemesis on the ropes. Unfortunately, Michigan State was unable to close it out as Duke and Mike Krzyzewski rolled to the finish line.

The Blue Devils ended the game on a tear over the final 5 minutes and netted enough late free throws to etch a trip to the Sweet 16. As Coach K moves forward in his final season, Izzo reflected on another legendary battle against Duke.

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Izzo admitted his team let “something special” slip away late. He also claimed he would “always pull for Mike” and would remember their meetings in a “respectful” way.