Halftime of MSU-Ohio State, and here’s your Saturday Spartan update

Derrick Nix is playing possessed basketball, backing down Ohio State defenders for 10 first-half points. MSU leads the Buckeyes 29-28 at halftime in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals – and the matinee in a big Saturday for MSU sports.

Keith Appling has eight points for the Spartans, though he is just 3 of 7 from the field. Gary Harris is scoreless for MSU.

DeShaun Thomas leads OSU with 11, while LaQuinton Ross has eight. Aaron Craft has just two points to offset Harris’ struggles, but the Buckeyes point guard and shooting guard Shannon Scott each have five assists while MSU sags off them on defense.

As for MSU hockey, it will be a third straight game without junior center Lee Reimer (knee) when the 11th-seeded Spartans look to stunningly sweep No. 1 seed Miami (Ohio) tonight. MSU shocked the RedHawks 3-0 on Friday night in Game 1 of their CCHA Playoffs second-round series.

Freshman Jake Hildebrand will be in goal again for MSU when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Should the Spartans win, they’ll be heading to Detroit next weekend for the CCHA Semifinals.

A programming note on hockey from Spartan Sports Network announcer Scott Moore:¬†Tonight’s Game 2 will air on WVFN 730-AM until after the basketball game, then hockey will shift to WJIM 1240-AM. As always, it will be available streaming live at SpartanSportsNetwork.com as well.

And as if that isn’t enough, MSU’s baseball team is playing a doubleheader at Santa Clara today. The Spartans lead 4-0 through 4 1/2 innings of Game 1. You can watch live for free and follow the stats here.

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