March Madness 2019: Zion Williamson discusses Duke’s loss to Michigan State

first_img March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Michigan State’s victory over Duke in the Elite Eight Duke entered the regional finals as the favorite to take home the championship.Make it 20 PTS for Zion! 👌#MarchMadness | #Elite8— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019“A lot is going through our mind right now,” Williamson told reporters after the game. “We’re very upset, obviously, because you know we wanted to go to the Final Four. But, congrats to Michigan State, they deserve it. Related News “And with the young group, you would want as much continuity as possible. And the whole second half of the year we were, with injuries, we were never able to establish that.”Michigan State advances to face Texas Tech in the Final Four on Saturday. Kentucky’s John Calipari on loss to Auburn: ‘Never entered my mind we weren’t going to win’center_img “Just looking around the locker room and seeing your teammates, your brothers, and you just think, ‘This group will probably never play together again.”The freshman has been the story of college basketball in 2018-19 and is widely projected to be the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He said following the loss he hadn’t started reflecting on the season.“I’m not really looking back at the moment,” Williamson said. “We just lost the game, obviously. So, trying to get through that emotion first. And maybe in a few days I’ll probably look back on it and think how great of a season we had.”Williamson averaged 26 points and 8.5 rebounds through his four NCAA Tournament games. He became the first freshman to score 100 or more points in a single tournament since Derrick Rose in 2008.Williamson and RJ Barrett are also the first freshmen teammates to each average 20 or more points per game in a season, according to ESPN.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski praised his team after the loss.“To me it’s disappointing, it’s not a disappointing year,” Krzyzewski said. “There’s a big difference. This team put themselves in a position to go for it and had a chance for it. And, so, it’s disappointing that they didn’t get there. But I’m proud of them. Zion Williamson’s historic NCAA Tournament run ended Sunday.The star tallied a game-high 24 points and 14 rebounds in Duke’s Elite Eight matchup with Michigan State. The Blue Devils, however, were eliminated after they fell to the Spartans, 68-67, at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.last_img