Michigan holds 1-point halftime lead over LSU with Sweet 16 bid on the line
Michigan and LSU might be playing the game of the day.
The Wolverines and LSU played a back-and-forth battle for most of the first half, with Michigan taking the lead just before halftime.
The Wolverines used a 7-2 run in the final 4:31 of the half to secure the 43-42 advantage
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Eli Brooks has been Michigan’s best player so far in this game. He scored 13 first half points and provided a team-high four assists. He made 5-of-6 shots and 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
Michigan shot the ball much better than LSU did, with a 57 percent to 44 percent edge from the field. But the Tigers took advantage of Michigan’s turnovers to the tune of an 8-0 edge in points off turnovers. LSU did not commit a turnover in the first half.
The Wolverines are also winning the bench points battle 11-0.
Michigan is hoping to become the first Big Ten team to advance to the Sweet 16. Only the Wolverines and Maryland remain in the NCAA Tournament after Iowa’s loss to Oregon on Monday afternoon.
It would be Michigan’s fourth consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16.