The first 20 minutes of Michigan State-Texas Tech are about what we expected. We have a defensive struggle on our hands in the nightcap of the Final Four.
Texas Tech leads the favored Spartans 23-21 at intermission. Chris Beard’s vaunted defense has held Michigan State to 30.4 percent shooting and forced seven turnovers.
However, the Spartans have held up their end of the defensive bargain as well. Texas Tech is hitting just 30.6 percent of its shots, and the Red Raiders’ star player Jarrett Culver has just one point on 0-of-6 from the field.
Cassius Winston and Matt McQuaid have nine points apiece for MSU, while Matt Mooney leads Texas Tech with nine as well.
ESPN has unveiled its prediction for the second half of this game. It favors the Red Raiders ever so slightly.
Texas Tech has a 50.4 percent chance of winning, according to the Worldwide Leader’s computer.
The winner of Michigan State-Texas Tech will take on Virginia in the national championship game on Monday night. Virginia escaped tonight’s first semifinal with a 63-62 win over Auburn.
You can watch the final 20 minutes of MSU-TT on CBS.