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Against MSU, Duke defies narrative

Updated: March 30, 2013, 1:45 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan State is physical.

Michigan State is tough.

Michigan State is athletic.

That's the three-verse mantra Duke players heard for the past week, the implication obvious in what was left unsaid: Namely, that the Blue Devils were not any of those things.

Perhaps now that Duke is in the Elite Eight, perhaps now that it's won back-to-back games not on the beauty of its offense but on the back of its defense, ...

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