Big Ten Tournament Semifinals: 29-28 Michigan State Spartans Lead at the Half

Mar.10th, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo talks to Michigan State Spartans center Derrick Nix (25) on bench during 2nd half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. MSU won 71-61. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans have had some amazing plays during the first half of the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. They lead the Ohio State Buckeyes by one point going into the first half, and they are really giving the game their all. Senior Derrick Nix has been a star out on the court today with 10 of the 28 Michigan State points, and with a block that kept the Buckeyes from scoring an easy two (and that gave the rest of the team a chance to get down the court to help defend the bucket).

What’s keeping Ohio State in the game is that they keep forcing turnovers on Michigan State. In the second half of the game, it will be key for Michigan State to hold onto the ball to get the key shooting opportunities they need if they will be taking on Wisconsin tomorrow.

Also on the board, Keith Appling has 8 points, Adreian Payne has 5, Denzel Valentine has 4, and Branden Dawson has 2. Ohio State has been good at getting the three pointers – but Michigan State also had some key threes coming out the gate.

The Spartans have a good record of coming back for very strong second halves. They are going to need to keep on the outer arc players to prevent three-point opportunities for the Buckeyes, they need to hold onto the ball and they need to align their shots. We’ve seen them do it before, we’ll watch them do it again.

Go Green! Go White!

Topics: Basketball, Big Ten Tournament, March Madness, Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes

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