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Snap Judgments: 2019 NCAA Tournament East Regional Final

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akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

 

WASHINGTON — Two Hall-of-Fame coaches. Two historic programs. Multiple future first-round NBA Draft picks. All will be featured in our nation’s capital in just a few minutes.

But only one spot in Minneapolis is up for grabs when Michigan State and Duke, the top two seeds in the East Region of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, square off at Capital One Arena this afternoon. Can the Blue Devils and their host of talented freshmen cap off their (likely) only season in Durham with a Final Four appearance or will Tom Izzo turn around a terrible record against Mike Krzyzewski — Duke has won seven straight in the series and nine of the last 10 — and lift the Spartans to their first Final Four since 2015. (Of course, the Spartans lost to Duke in the national semifinals that year.)

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Sunday’s action, with all photos taken by ALOST DC-area photographer Yusuf Abdullah. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are currently 36 pictures in total.

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