Thursday night's matchup between the 1-seed Michigan State Spartans and the 4-seed Louisville Cardinals has been the definition of a defensive slugfest. The Spartans have thrived in tight, low-scoring games throughout the season but through 20 minutes the Cardinals lead the Sweet 16 matchup, 23-18.
Neither team has yet to find any kind of offensive rhythm. For the half the Cardinals and Spartans are shooting just 26.7 and 27.3 percent from the field, respectively. The Cardinals have been stellar from beyond the 3-point arc, however, going 7-for-15 for the half.
Three players are tied with six points to lead the Cardinals. Chris Smith, Jared Swopshire and Russ Smith all hit two 3-pointers in the first half. Draymond Green leads the Spartans with seven points on 3-for-9 shooting from the floor. No other Spartan has more than three points so far.