Found November 15, 2012 on
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After seeing Keith Appling make this beautiful move around Jeff Withey and Kevin Young, switching hands and kissing the ball of the glass to seal the Spartans win over the Kansas Jayhawks, many MSU fans thought: Hey, this reminds me of Kalin Lucas.
It reminded me of Kalin Lucas, too, this clutch offensive skill. I knew Appling wasn’t at the level of Lucas, offensively, so I decided to see the career difference between the two:
3 PT %
As we can see, the offensive production isn’t as lopsided as I thought. Although throughout his career, Lucas averaged 5 more points than Appling, the field goal percentage is almost dead even.
The two biggest stats that make Kalin Lucas seem so much better on the offensive ball are points per game and three-point percentage. When Kalin Lucas took a three, it was exciting. When Appling took a three, Spartan fans cringed.
Have things changed?
Although through his first two seasons Keith Appling has been less than lovable offensively, two games through his junior campaign he looks like a different player. So far, he’s averaging 18 points per game and 62.5% (5-8) from beyond the arc. Granted, this is a small sample size, but this would’ve never happened last year. There were times where he would not hit threes for 3 or 4 straight games. If the Kansas and UCONN game are signs of things to come, Appling’s offensive production this year will be a ton better than years prior.
It’ll be exciting to see.
BEST OF MAXIM
ATLANTA — With 16 seconds left, MSU guard Keith Appling drove past Kansas big man Jeff Withey and finished with a dazzling left handed lay-up to give the No. 21 Michigan State Spartans a 67-64 victory over the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks.
Appling finished the game with a game-high 19 points, eight of which came in the final seven minutes of the second half.
Freshman Gary Harris put on...
Hoop heads following the Michigan State Spartans had been patiently waiting for this day to come for some time. Tuesday night, with two cold blooded plays, Keith Appling finally grew up before our very eyes and slickly buried a major … Continue reading →
Keith Appling scored 19 points, including a brilliant drive with 13.5 seconds left, and No. 21 Michigan State rebounded from a season-opening loss with a 67-64 upset of No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday night.
The Jayhawks (1-1) led 59-54 with 5 minutes remaining, showing signs of taking control in a game that was tight all the way. But Michigan State (1-1) rebounded behind its brilliant...
ATLANTA (AP) Keith Appling scored 19 points, including a brilliant drive with 13.5 seconds left, and No. 21 Michigan State rebounded from a season-opening loss with a 67-64 upset of No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday night.
The Jayhawks (1-1) led 59-54 with 5 minutes remaining, showing signs of taking control in a game that was tight all the way. But Michigan State (1-1) rebounded behind its...
Keith Appling scored 19 points, freshman Gary Harris added 18 and the Michigan State Spartans bounced back from a loss to UConn by upsetting Kansas. Continue reading →
ATLANTA (AP) -- Keith Appling scored 19 points and took command down the stretch, scoring off a brilliant drive with 13.5 seconds left that carried No. 21 Michigan State to a 67-64 upset of No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday night.
The Spartans (1-1) rebounded from a season-opening loss on the other side of the Atlantic to Connecticut. They kept up their road show with a doubleheader at the...
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...
Looking to bounce back from a season-opening loss, Michigan State turned to its top returning scorer from last season.
Keith Appling came through.
Hitting a pair of huge shots down the stretch - one from beyond the 3-point arc, the other on an acrobatic drive - Appling carried the No. 21 Spartans to a 67-64 upset of No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday night.