Originally written on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 2/5/13
  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.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ukwuachu rape victim hires firm that prosecuted Winston

Leo Santa Cruz tops Abner Mares in slugfest

WATCH: Beckham makes great grab over Revis

SEC commissioner wrote classy note to injured Arkansas RB

John Daly taken to hospital after collapsing on course

Rex Ryan keeping Bills' starting quarterback a secret

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Braves fan dies after falling from upper deck

Randall Cobb suffers shoulder injury vs. Eagles

WATCH: John Harbaugh, Jay Gruden get into shouting match

WATCH: Brian Hartline drags toes on great TD catch

Julio Jones, Falcons agree on 5-year contract extension

WATCH: Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion blasts three homers, extends hit streak

WATCH: Ricardo Mayorga taunts Shane Mosley in ring, loses

Will Jimmer Fredette find success with Spurs?

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

American Pharoah upset at Travers Stakes

Steve Smith joins family in stands after getting ejected from game

WATCH: Cordarrelle Patterson rips off 107-yard return TD

Steve Sarkisian giving up most of USC's playcalling duties

Animal shelter cancels fundraiser at Heinz Field

Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

WATCH: James Rodriguez scores unreal goals

Vin Scully: I believe next year will be my last

Charles Barkley wants to blow his former agent’s brains out

The Texas Rangers are firing on all cylinders

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
THE B1G TIME

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker