The Michigan State Spartans didn't get going defensively until the latter half of the first, but ultimately clamped down and continued shooting lights out to take a 16-point lead into the break, 55-39.
Tied 22-22 over nine minutes in, the Spartans went on a 14-2 run as part of a larger 33-17 advantage to end the first half. Michigan State shot a remarkable 21-for-30, good for 70-percent in the half, while hitting six of their 11 three-point tries.
Michigan State is playing its first game without Branden Dawson, who was lost in the regular season finale with a torn ACL. The Spartans do not seem to have missed a beat against the Hawkeyes, though.
For more on the Michigan State Spartans, check out The Only Colors. The opposing perspective can be found at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should also check out the SB Nation NCAA tournament hub for more on the 2012 tourney.