Keith Appling (11) and teammates greet fans to celebrate after the game. (Photo by: Jon Coffey/isportsweb.com)
Anyone who watches basketball on a regular basis should know that a point guard makes or breaks a team. The point guard doesn’t even have to be a star— if a coach or management can put together a quality team, they won’t really play to the fullest of their potential...
The Spartans’ season ended Sunday afternoon after a 60-54 loss to the 7-seed UConn Huskies in the Elite 8. The loss ended the Spartans deep run in the tournament— they finished the season with a 29-9 record. The loss also marked the end of the Spartan careers of seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne (and most likely sophomore Gary Harris).
The game began just like it finished—...
Michigan State’s Keith Appling probably couldn’t have played worse if he had tried. In the waning moments, he became a defensive liability when he fouled Shabazz Napier on a three pointer. Napier would hit all 3 shots, giving UConn a five-point lead and essentially clinched the game. The post Keith Appling Fouls Shabazz Napier in Critical Moment, UConn Advances to Final Four...
Who: No. 4 seed Michigan State Spartans (26-8) vs. No. 13 seed Delaware (25-9)
What: NCAA tournament
When: Thursday, March 20, 4:40 p.m. ET (TNT)
Where: Spokane, Washington (Spokane Arena)
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The Michigan State Spartans and the Delaware Blue Hens will meet for the first time ever in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The game, which will be played...
MSU Basketball: Spartans feeling leadership void (Freep column)Today, I start a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press. As we move forward, I’ll always include the first part of the article on isportsweb with a link to the Detroit Free Press article. Without any further ado… here we go:
It has been said that “leadership by committee is not leadership.” Michigan State basketball...
On Monday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wondered if guard Keith Appling might be better off taking an extended break in the final weeks of the regular season to rest his sore right wrist rather than risk making it worse and missing the postseason.
By Tuesday morning, Appling knew that wasn’t going to be necessary.
“I woke up and, when I drove to class this morning, I was able...
Keith Appling could miss a couple weeks for No. 9 Michigan State because of a right wrist injury.
Coach Tom Izzo said he wasn't exactly sure of the timeline for Appling's recovery following a 60-58 loss Sunday to Wisconsin, but that he had ''a feeling'' Appling might miss a couple weeks. The senior sat out a second straight game.
Izzo said there was no break...
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February 09, 2014
EAST LANSING, MICH. -- The Michigan State Spartans managed to win without their starting point guard, but they hope they don't have to try to do so again.
Senior Keith Appling missed the first game of his college career Thursday because of an injury to his right wrist.
"He was crushed that he had to miss his first game," coach Tom Izzo said.
Travis Trice started in...
Michigan State basketball fans still scouring the box score from Tuesday night's 71-69 overtime win against Iowa can stop looking.
They won't find the secret to the Spartans' win among the numbers, which included the Hawkeyes attempting 43 free throws while limiting Big Ten scoring leader Gary Harris to nine points.
Spartans' senior point guard Keith Appling can...