Michigan State settles in against Valparaiso, has comfortable halftime lead

Travis Trice and Michigan State are back on track against Valparaiso. (Getty Images)

Third-seeded Michigan State started its latest NCAA tournament run muddled in an ugly Midwest Region first-round game against Valparaiso, but playing in their home state at the Palace at Auburn Hills, the Spartans eventually woke up.

Tom Izzo’s squad has control at the half with a 17-point lead thanks to a 27-7 run. After hitting just one field goal in the game’s first four minutes, the Spartans are now shooting 41 percent.

Derrick Nix has nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and Keith Appling has seven points, including the three-pointer below. Meantime, the Crusaders still haven’t found their comfort zone, shooting just 25 percent from the field so far.

(H/T BuzzFeed Sports)

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Cindy Boren · March 21, 2013