Michigan State has scored on its first six possessions of the second half to edge ahead of Northern Iowa.
Halftime has mercifully come in Houston, where top-seeded Duke leads Purdue 24-23 in a game with about as much finesse as a lumberjack driving a dump truck.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski might want to remind his club that a loss ends its season.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe knocked down an outside jumper just before the halftime buzzer, giving Northern Iowa 29-22 lead over Michigan State at the break.
Michigan State point guard Kalin Lucas is on the bench in warmups, his left leg in a walking boot.
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