Last time we checked in, Michigan was attempting to climb the S-curve to the two seed line. While a few projections had Michigan as a two, everyone else had them as a three seed, which is where the Wolverines had been for a while.
That has changed. Notable bracketologists are unanimous in projecting Michigan as having locked in a two seed and the Wolverines are a...
Turnovers cost MSU Basketball against Ohio State BuckeyesThings were looking pretty good for the No. 22 MSU Basketball team Sunday afternoon, especially when Keith Appling connected on an alley-oop with teammate Adreian Payne to put the Spartans up five over the Ohio State Buckeyes, 65-60, with 6:58 to go in the game.
The alley-oop gave Payne a game-high 23 points for the afternoon...
MSU Basketball vs. OSU Preview: Spartans’ Keith Appling looking to pick up where he left off against IowaWHO: No. 22 Michigan State (23-7, 12-5) vs. Ohio State (22-8, 9-8) WHAT: Big Ten matchup WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 4:30 p.m. (CBS) WHERE: Value City Arena FUN FACT: MARCH ON Ohio State eliminated Michigan State from the Big Ten Tournament in 2013 with 61-58 victory in Indianapolis...
With a little over a minute left during Michigan State’s senior night on Thursday against Iowa, Tom Izzo wanted to get his seniors (Keith Appling, Adrein Payne and Dan Chapman) one final ovation, so he instructed his team to throw the ball out of bounds.
Point guard, Keith Appling, had no interest in getting the turnover as one of his stats, so he passed to Denzel Valentine to...
Michigan State University’s men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo honored his seniors on Thursday night in a very nontraditional way. Check out the coach make one of his players toss the ball out of bounds to get seniors Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Dan Chapman a final ovation.
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It was the final home game of Keith Appling’s Michigan State career on Thursday night and through one half, his coach thought the senior guard was playing as poorly as he had all season.
So Tom Izzo challenged his entire team at halftime, Appling in particular.
“I told them to quit talking it and start walking it,” Izzo said.
That’s when Appling, virtually a non-factor...
Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and No. 22 Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months in an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Thursday night.
After a season full of injuries and illnesses, Michigan State finally has everyone on their roster available to play.
That didn’t stop the Spartans from losing to Illinois on Saturday, their third loss in the last four games and sixth loss in the last 10 games.
The problem now is Keith Appling, who has played like a shell of himself since sitting out three games to try to get...
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...
VIDEO: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks about his team's lack of energy in loss to Wolverines, why he played a less than healthy Keith Appling and looking ahead to the rest of the season.
Keith Appling watched plenty of Michigan-Michigan State games as a kid and remembers a majority of those ending with the Spartans winning.
But as the Michigan State senior point guard and Detroit native enters his final regular-season matchup in the rivalry, he’s still in search of his first victory in Ann Arbor.
That fact surprises Appling and is one he hopes to help change...
Fresh off a shocking, ugly home loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Michigan State Spartans now face the tough task of having to rebound on the road for two games to stay alive for a possible run at the Big Ten title.
Before the Spartans can worry about Sunday’s date with the Michigan Wolverines, however, they must first deal with the challenge of heading to play the Purdue Boilermakers...
Before the season, coach Tom Izzo said he believed this Michigan State team had the potential be special.
After multiple injuries to key players, a shooting slump from another and a general inconsistent effort recently, even Izzo may be doubting that notion.
The 13th-ranked Spartans look to get back on track Thursday night as they seek a sixth straight victory over host Purdue...
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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...
EAST LANSING — After missing three straight games with a wrist injury, Michigan State senior point guard Keith Appling returned to limited action in the Spartans’ 60-51 loss to Nebraska.
Appling — who was a game-time decision — started the game on the bench for Michigan State. And with the way the Spartans opened the game, they could have used a healthy Appling more than...
EAST LANSING — Minutes prior to Michigan State’s Big Ten matchup against Nebraska, it was announced in the Jack Breslin Student Events Center that the Michigan Wolverines — the Spartans’ in-state foes, and Big Ten co-leader — fell at home to Wisconsin. Nearly all 14,797 people in attendance roared in excitement. MSU had a chance to take sole possession of the Big Ten.
The same ugly offense that's plagued No. 20 Ohio State throughout the Big Ten season led to the Buckeyes losing to Michigan last Tuesday and losing what was probably their last real chance to compete for the conference title in the upcoming stretch run.
Mathematically, the Big Ten race can still go about a hundred ways. Realistically, with that offense and three home conference...
Michigan State's backcourt is considered by some, including Spartans' coach Tom Izzo, to be the best in the nation. That was reflected in the release of the "Midseason 30" for the Naismith Trophy.
Spartans' senior point guard Keith Appling and shooting guard Gary Harris were both among the 30 players on the midseason list for the award, which is presented annually...
It’s no secret that Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo is not a fan of the social media.
And mainly Twitter.
About thirteen months ago, Izzo went off on the impact that social media websites such as Twitter can have on the young student athletes growing up and playing in today’s world, prompting one certain isportsweb writer to post this article on the impact the...
The Big Ten Roundup has been replaced with Big Ten Power Rankings this year at UM Hoops. We’ll take a look across the conference on a weekly basis, rank all 12 teams and attempt to provide some insight about each team.
1. Michigan State (9-2, 1.09 PPP, 0.96 Opp. PPP, +.13 EM)
Adreian Payne is back, but now Keith Appling is out. Tom Izzo told reporters after the Wisconsin loss that...
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
Keith Appling is a big reason for Michigan State's recent success against Wisconsin.
To keep that run going, the ninth-ranked Spartans might have to get by without him.
With Appling's status unclear, Michigan State will try to create some breathing room atop the Big Ten on Sunday and send the Badgers to their longest home losing streak in 27 years.
The Spartans (20-3,...
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February 08, 2014
Michigan State men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo stood at the podium moments after the Spartans defeated Penn State Thursday night distraught and uncertain.
MSU had blown out another Big Ten foe, but had done so without a key senior leader.
Pointguard Keith Appling sat out Thursday night’s game after trainers informed Izzo that Appling could “barely move his wrist.”
Like the unsettling effect of a dolly zoom, the light at the end of Michigan State's injury tunnel seems to remain at the same distance no matter how fast Tom Izzo runs towards it.
Thursday marked the return of Adreian Payne and possibly the halfway point of Branden Dawson's recovery. But the Spartans' 82-67 win over Penn State also marked the first game of the season...
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has "no idea" when Keith Appling will return to the Spartans.