Originally written February 05, 2013 on The B1g Time:
  Michigan State came back last game, after being down 10 at home against Illinois. The Spartans were hit with the injury bug again as Gary Harris and Travis Trice both left the game without returning. Keith Appling stepped up in a big way, finishing with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and a block. The newly named captain, or #CaptainKeith as I have been calling him on twitter was named co-player of the week along with Indiana’s Cody Zeller. The Spartans play twice this week, Wednesday against Minnesota at the Breslin and Saturday at Purdue. Reports came out earlier in the week that Gary Harris left last week’s game with back spasms, but is expected to play this week after some rest. It was noted that Harris probably would not have played if the Spartans had a game this past weekend. News is not as bright for Travis Trice, who has not yet been cleared to play. Doctors are trying to determine if Trice suffered another concussion against Illinois, after suffering one earlier in the season against Connecticut. For now Trice is listed as questionable for the Minnesota game, but I would not get my hopes up. With Travis Trice likely out for Wednesday’s game, Tom Izzo will hope to get more minutes from Denzel Valentine and Russell Byrd. I can hear the groans from here, but Izzo has praised Byrd recently for his practice. No, not the game, but I guess it’s something? Michigan State needs good play from their guards, without it the game gets much tougher for Adreian Payne. Payne had been on a tear, but with the injuries in the Illinois game he struggled. Side Note: Tom Izzo called Branden Dawson MSU’s best player, which seems like a great ploy to receive better play by the coach. Dawson is capable of much more than he has shown, will we finally get to see some full games from him? Sure he has played a full game, but has he PLAYED a full game? He gets lost at times, if he can start to go 100% all of the time we may be in for some special games.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Belichick: Pats 'didn't play well enough at all' against Chiefs

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

Oakland Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams engage in war of words

Georgia RB Todd Gurley falsely accused of punching student

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

The best and worst MLB players in September

Tracking demanding career paths of all Top 25 head coaches

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Strahan to make cameo as stripper in 'Magic Mike' sequel

The rise of Houston's Bill O’Brien

Bill Belichick laughs off QB question...literally

Patriots fan fails with American flag face paint

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

THE B1G TIME

Raiders to make a run at Jon Gruden?

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

NFL admits error on Abdullah penalty

Best, worst MLB players in Sept.

College FB coaches, tough career paths

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Chiefs player penalized for praying after TD

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.