Duke, Michigan St. Round Out Final Eight
No. 1 Blue Devils top Purdue; Spartans oust N. Iowa
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2010 11:02 PM CDT
Michigan State's Durrell Summers dunks in front of Northern Iowa's Lucas O'Rear during tonight's first half.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Top-seeded Duke pulled away in tonight’s second half to eliminate No. 4 Purdue, 70-57, and claim its spot in the final eight of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Blue Devils (32-5) are one of only two No. 1 seeds left in the dance—Kentucky, in the East region, is the other—and will face third-seeded Baylor in Sunday’s South Regional final.

In tonight’s other late game, fifth-seeded Michigan State ended the Cinderella run of No. 12 Northern Iowa (which upended overall top seed Kansas last weekend), winning 59-52 to claim its place opposite Tennessee in Sunday’s Midwest Regional final.