Posted December 01, 2012 on AP on Fox
Michigan State is still trying to figure out how to best utilize its suddenly crowded backcourt. The 13th-ranked Spartans will get another chance to see how the pieces fit with guards Gary Harris and Travis Trice back in the rotation on Saturday when they host Nicholls State. After missing almost three full games with a shoulder strain, Harris scored 12 points in his return on Wednesday night in Michigan State's 67-59 loss at Miami in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Harris was leading the Spartans at 16.0 points per game before going down in the opening minute of a four-point win over Boise State on Nov. 20. Trice also rejoined the team on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a concussion in its season-opening loss to Connecticut on Nov. 13. The sophomore guard finished with nine points in 12 minutes for the Spartans (5-2). ''There were bright spots with those two guys back," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. While Harris and Trice had their moments in th...

No. 13 Spartans' big men key to success

EAST LANSING, Mich. Michigan State will be solid in the backcourt if Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Travis Trice can stay healthy. There are no doubts there. Though, how much Denzel Valentine and Brandan Kearney contribute off the bench remains to be seen. What will determine whether these Spartans are just good or become great will depend on the bigs, as State coach Tom Izzo calls...

Michigan State basketball: Keith Appling is the man

During Michigan State’s 84-39 thrashing of Nicholls State Saturday, junior guard Keith Appling had the opportunity to do something he hasn’t done so much of lately. With the Spartans up big and Michigan State coasting to victory, Appling, a 6’1” guard from Detroit, Michigan, strolled over to his team’s bench, high-fived his teammates and then finally did something we haven’t...

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans bounce back after Miami loss with a 45 point victory

EAST LANSING — Led by 13 points and six assists from Keith Appling, the Michigan State Spartans (6-2) pounded Nicholls St. (1-3) 84-39 at home. The Spartans were looking forward to a result like this, especially after coming off a disappointing loss against Miami on Wednesday in which they struggled on the offensive end. “The good of playing a tough schedule a lot of times is...

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans need to use this “easy” home stretch to find themselves offensively

EAST LANSING — The No. 13 Michigan State Spartans (5-2) will be hosting Nicholls State (1-2) on Saturday to open the month of December. Michigan State is coming off a disappointing 67-59 loss to Miami (FL) on Wednesday in which they produced very little offense against the aggressive Hurricane defense. Nicholls St. will be the first of a pretty “easy” home stretch for the Spartans...


If you start sinking threes tomorrow, oh how fondly we would remember thee… Hey, today would be fine too, no need to wait any longer to catch fire. The Spartans need Byrd to recapture the shooting touch that he is constantly labeled as having in order to get their half court set functioning well again. MSU can be all too easily defended at present in the half court due to the lack...

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