Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 2/6/13
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Subtract the backcourt tandem of Keith Appling and Gary Harris, and Michigan States basketball team would have difficulty beating anybody in the Big Ten outside of Nebraska and Penn State. With them, the Spartans are ranked 12th in the country and are just a half-game out of first place at 19-4 overall and 8-2 in the conference. In Wednesday nights 61-50 win over Minnesota, Harris played 36 minutes with a stiff back that had him laboring up and down the court. Appling left the game writhing in pain from a dislocated shoulder, which he suffered with 1:17 remaining to play. Coach Tom Izzos worst nightmare -- losing both of his top scorers on a team with little depth at guard -- came close to happening. Then small forward Branden Dawson tweaked a right ankle thats been troublesome, and power forward Adreian Payne got hit in the nose and had to leave until the bleeding stopped. Izzo thought Payne might have broken the nose, but Payne said it's fine. Im heal...
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