Michigan State upsets Duke, joins Final 4

Michigan State guard Matt McQuaid (20) scores against Duke forward Javin DeLaurier (12) during the first half of an NCAA men‘s East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Duke guard Tre Jones (3) after his team scores against Michigan State during the second half of an NCAA men‘s East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Duke during the second half of an NCAA men‘s East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) reacts to scoring on Duke during the first half of an NCAA men‘s East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Duke forward Cam Reddish (2) drives around Michigan State forward Aaron Henry (11) during the first half of an NCAA men‘s East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Michigan State upset Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke 68-67 in the East Region final Sunday.

The victory sends the No. 2 seed Spartans coach Tom Izzo to his eighth Final Four. Michigan State’s most recent trip was in 2015, when it lost to Duke in the national semifinals.

Cassius Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, had 20 points and 10 assists.

Duke had escaped its previous two games, winning them by a total of three points, but couldn’t pull out this one.

Williamson, the superb freshman expected to be the top pick in this year’s NBA draft, had 24 points and 14 rebounds. RJ Barrett, Duke’s other star freshman, scored 21 points but also had seven turnovers and missed one of two free throws with 5.2 seconds left with a chance to tie it.

Michigan State will face for a berth in the national title game.