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Seth Curry scores 29 to lead Duke to Midwest final

INDIANAPOLIS -- Seth Curry shot Duke right into the regional final -- and put Mike Krzyzewski on the verge of another milestone.

Curry scored 29 points last night as Duke beat Michigan State, 71-61, to advance to the Midwest Regional final.

"Seth was just at a different level than anyone else on the court offensively tonight," Krzyzewski said. "To get 29 points in a game like this against a good team is just incredible."

If No. 2 seed Duke (30-5) beats top-seeded Louisville (32-5) in tomorrow's regional final, Krzyzewski will tie John Wooden's record with 12 Final Four trips.

Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points and Mason Plumlee finished with 14 for Duke.

Keith Appling scored 16 points and Adreian Payne had 14 for third-seeded Michigan State (27-9).

Curry's sixth three-pointer of the game broke a 38-38 tie early in the second half, sending Duke on a 9-0 run. It also matched the school record for most threes in an NCAA Tournament game, most recently accomplished by Jason Williams on March 22, 2001, against UCLA.

The win came 16 months after Duke beat Michigan State to give Krzyzewski the NCAA record for wins. Now, one year after falling to Lehigh in the second round of the tournament, Krzyzewski is on the verge of breaking a second-place tie with North Carolina's Dean Smith and matching Wooden's mark.

"They're a good team, they played well, Curry hurt us, no question about it," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "We didn't quit, we hung in there. I thought we played poorly for us, but the better team won tonight."

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