It was an ugly first half in Columbus between Michigan State and Saint Louis. Both teams struggled to shoot the ball well, although the Spartans didn't struggle nearly as much as the Billikens. Because of that, Michigan State holds a 26-21 lead at halftime.
Michigan State is currently shooting 48 percent from the field. No one player has really stood out too much in terms of scoring. The distribution is pretty even, although Brandon Wood does lead the Spartans with eight points.
For Saint Louis, the distribution has also been pretty even, mainly because everybody is having a tough day shooting the ball. As a team, the Billikens are a dismal 5-of-21 from the field and 2-of-11 from three-point land. Rob Loe and Jordair Jett are leading Saint Louis in scoring with five points each.
If Michigan State can maintain its lead for 20 more minutes, it will advance to the Sweet 16 in Phoenix. The Spartans would be matched up against Louisville with a victory, as the Cardinals beat New Mexico on Saturday to clinch a trip to the Sweet 16.
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