Keith Appling was quite a clutch player for Michigan State earlier this season, making plays for himself and teammates late in games to help the Spartans surpass relatively modest expectations.
Lately, the junior guard has simply struggled at both ends of the court.
Appling has scored in single digits in every game during a three-game losing streak that has knocked the Spartans out of first place in the Big Ten and to No. 10 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.
Even Appling will acknowledge he is struggling at both ends of the court.
''Yeah, I would agree with that,'' he said softly Sunday after his poor play let rival Michigan steal a one-point win at home.
Appling is also quick to say he still has confidence in his ability to have success this season.
''Things just haven't been going my way lately, but I'm a mentally tough person,'' he said. ''So, I don't let it bother me too much. I just watch the film and try to grow from it.''
His next chance is Thursday nigh...