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.
''The offense was kind of stagnant, so I wanted to make a play the best way I possible could,'' said Appling, who led Michigan State with 19 points. ''From there, it was all she wrote.''
The Spartans (1-1) opened with a surprising loss to Connecticut on the other side of the Atlantic. Their road show moved from Germany to a doubleheader at the Georgia Dome - site of this season's Final Four - featuring four of the nation's best teams. No. 3 Kentucky faced No. 9 Duke in the second game.
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 Sta...