Found November 08, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: Keith Appling
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EAST LANSING — Goodbye, East Lansing. Hello, Chicago! After tonight’s season-opening 98-56 victory over McNeese State, second-ranked Michigan State can now put all of its focus on Tuesday’s Champions Classic matchup against the first-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. While McNeese State is done and out of the way, the Spartans have a lot of positives, and negatives, to build off moving forward from the victory. The Spartans’ (1-0) ability to score in different ways was too much for a McNeese State team that was clearly outmatched in all aspects of the game. Michigan State scored 56 points in the paint, 40 fast break points, got 39 points from its bench, and shot nearly 39 percent as a team from three. That diversity is something senior point guard Keith Appling, who had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, thinks can not only be a huge benefit against Kentucky, but anyone. “We got a lot of different guys that can make different things happen in the open court and the half court,” he sa...
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