Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/14/12
ATLANTA Bill Selfs team learned at least one thing Tuesday night. Michigan States not the best team to be finesse with, Self said after his No. 7 Kansas squad fell, 67-64, to the Spartans. In a game molded directly from the NCAA Tournament, the first game of the Champions Classic held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta the site of this seasons Final Four the Jayhawks were unable to close out a game that, in many regards, was well within their grasp. Kansas led by five points with 5:02 remaining in a game that it had controlled throughout. Then Keith Appling happened, and not even the Jayhawks athletic backcourt had an answer. Michigan State's (1-1) sophomore guard, who struggled with his shot last season, poured in 16 of his 19 points in the second half, including his teams last two buckets to claim the lead for good with 14 seconds left. Appling was sensation in the closing moments, the difference. Safe to say, his shooting troubles will be far less pronounced in Year Two. He ...
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