The Michigan State Spartans managed to narrowly defeat the Duke Blue Devils to advance to the Final Four portion of the NCAA Tournament.
While fans of Zion Williamson, as well as the other Duke freshmen stars, are sadden by losing their explosively entertaining team in the Big Dance, Tom Izzo and company rode the stellar play of Cassius Winston to this point of March Madness.
He is (gasp) not a freshman.
Having scored 20 points against the Blue Devils, Winston explained after the game how he approached shooting a step-back shot from deep late in the game.
“Now is not the time to doubt yourself,” Winston said. “Now’s not the time to shy away from those big moments.”
“I was locked in,” Winston said with smile and a piece of one of the nets tucked into his Final Four hat. “I wanted to do everything I could for my team to get us to that point. We’ve been working way too hard to stop now.”
At any other juncture of the season, this win would be a huge milestone for the Michigan State Spartans. However, with the Final Four on the horizon, they know there’s still work to be done.
“We’re not done yet, and it feels good,” senior guard Matt McQuaid said.
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