Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/7/14
ANN ARBOR — It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (22-7, 11-5) as they’ve lost three games in a row dating back to their Feb. 19 loss to the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers at home. While the Big Ten Championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament seem to both be out of the picture for the Spartans, their focus going forward should be on getting  ready to make a deep run in the postseason. One of the wrinkles the Spartans need to get ironed out is the play of point guard Keith Appling. The junior is shooting 25 percent (12 of 48) dating back to Michigan State’s Feb. 12 game against Michigan and is averaging 2.6 assists and 2.8 turnovers during this five-game span. Keith Appling has faith in himself going forward. (AP Photo) After the Spartans 58-57 loss to the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday night — in which Appling had a key turnover that led to a Trey Burke dunk and Michigan victory — Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo continued to show his confidence in his point guard. “Im really not worried about Appling,” Izzo said. “I was more last week. He had a good week in practice, he pushed the ball better than he has in a long time, he played pretty good defense. “Even though he had that turnover at the end, remember, he’s the guy that caused their turnover to get the ball back to us.” Appling had a huge defensive play on the baseline on Michigan freshman Mitch McGary with 32 seconds left to give the Spartans the ball with the game tied at 56. Appling went 3 for 9 and had nine points, six rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in the Sunday’s loss, and while he hasn’t had the recent success that he would hope for, he remains to have faith in himself. “Things don’t go your way all the time, it’s basketball,” Appling said. “Some nights the ball is going to go in and some nights it’s not. Things just haven’t been going my way lately, but I’m a mentally tough person, so I don’t let it bother me too much. I just watch the film and try to grow from it. It’s nothing you can dwell on and beat yourself up about.” Michigan State still has two regular season games left and the Big Ten Tournament before they head into the madness that is March, so there is still time for the Appling and the Spartans to get everything figured out. “There is still a lot of basketball left,” Appling said. “So we just got to give it our all and see how it comes out.”        
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pacquiao to have surgery to repair 'significant' shoulder tear

Chris Paul ruled out for Game 1 against Rockets

Stephen Curry thanks father in touching MVP speech

Lawrence Taylor's son pleads guilty to statutory rape

49ers FB Bruce Miller charged with vandalism

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN out of draft interview

Report: Some Colts players unhappy with first-round pick

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: Focus is on Julio Jones contract

Irvin on Seahawks not picking up option: ‘F— that option’

Brandon Prust rips referee, accuses him of on-ice trash talk

LeBron James ditched headband to look more like teammates

WATCH: Chris Johnson wants to play for the Cowboys

WATCH: Chewbacca throws out 1st pitch at Red Sox game

WATCH: Kyrie Irving carves up Bulls' defense for layup

WATCH: Metallica goes Jimi Hendrix for national anthem

Brandon McCarthy shares disturbing info about himself

Ole Miss fan got pregnant because of upset over Alabama

Willie Cauley-Stein legally changes middle name to 'Trill'

Marcus Mariota welcomed to Tennessee with billboard

Five takeaways from the first round of the NBA playoffs

NFL has a Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents who could become NFL stars

WATCH: ESPN reporter calls first First Take a 'train wreck'

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

Cauley-Stein changes middle name to 'Trill'

NFL has Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents to watch

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN

Life without Love: The new-look Cavs

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

Report: Steph Curry to be NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

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.