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Branden Dawson to return to Michigan State for senior season

Branden Dawson will return to Michigan State for his senior year, the school announced on Tuesday evening. The Spartans will graduate point guard Keith Appling and center Adreian Payne this spring, and on Monday, sophomore guard Gary Harris declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. Having Dawson back for another season is big news for Tom Izzo. “I was always pretty sure that I wanted...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State’s Branden Dawson To Return To School For Senior Season

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team will be in a bit of a transition mode next season, but Tom Izzo will have a talented senior to build around. Gone from a Spartan squad that won the Big Ten Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight are seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, as well as sophomore Gary Harris, who declared for the NBA Draft April 14. Back...
Via College Spun
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Six Players Who Helped Their Draft Stock the Most In the 2014 NCAA Tourney

The 2014 NCAA Tournament was certainly much more entertaining than last year’s was all-around. Several teams came out of nowhere to shock favorites, like 7-seed UConn and 8-seed Kentucky who played in the National Championship Game on Monday night. Some players on those teams upped their stock for the 2014 NBA Draft, while other’s laid eggs. Let’s take a look at who benefited...
Via Diehardsport
8 days ago  |  Discuss

What does the Elite 8 loss mean for Keith Appling’s MSU basketball legacy?

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...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Essentially Everyone’s Darling, Michigan State, Just Couldn’t Stop a Man Named Shabazz

Michigan State’ guard Keith Appling and the rest of his Spartans fell to Connecticut in the Elite Eight – Mandatory Credit: Mike Mulholland/Mlive.com Down goes Sparty. And basically everyone’s – including myself – bracket. Sigh. Considered by many as the favorites the win this thing, Michigan State was unable to uphold all the hype surrounding their team, and fell to the...
Via The Sports Journal
16 days ago  |  Discuss

MSU Basketball eliminated from NCAA Tournament after loss to UConn

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—...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Appling, Payne Emotional After MSU Loss

NEW YORK- Michigan State duo Keith Appling and Adreian Payne played their last games as Spartans after MSU was eliminated in the NCAA tournament by UConn. Scout.com caught up with both Payne and a very emotional Appling after the 60-54 loss to the Huskies.
Via collegebasketball.scout.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Keith Appling foul on Shabazz Napier costs Michigan State (GIF)

Michigan State guard Keith Appling can’t be happy with the way his collegiate career ended. The senior committed a costly foul in the Elite 8 on Sunday that helped send UConn to the Final Four. With 30 seconds remaining in the game and the Huskies leading 53-51, Appling hit Napier on the arm while the […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Keith Appling commits crucial foul on Shabazz Napier

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...
Via Diehardsport
17 days ago  |  Discuss

MSU vs. Delaware NCAA tournament preview: Spartans must stick to their guns

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) FUN FACT: Hi! Nice to meet you! 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...
Via isportsweb.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State's Keith Appling shakes funk, joins Adreian Payne for Final Four push

They’ve played games in 19 states and two continents. They’ve played on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean and an air base in Germany. They’ve played in football stadiums and in that old gym, Jenison Field House, across the street. “We’ve played just about everywhere,” Keith Appling agreed, nodding. But one place Appling and his running mate, Adreian Payne, haven’t...
Via Pro Sports Daily
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten Tournament: Preview and Prediction

Big Ten Tournament: Preview and PredictionAnother crazy, competitive Big Ten regular season has come to a close, and on Thursday, the 2014 Big Ten tournament will get under way in Indianapolis. View the bracket here. For the No. 22 Michigan State Spartans (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), it certainly has been a journey getting to this point. After an impressive 18-1 start, injuries and chemistry...
Via isportsweb.com
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Turnovers cost MSU Basketball against Ohio State Buckeyes

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...
Via isportsweb.com
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Spartans’ Keith Appling looking to pick up where he left off against Iowa

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...
Via isportsweb.com
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo calls for turnover to honor Michigan State’s seniors

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...
Via Diehardsport
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Appling, Spartans beat up on Iowa 86-76 in seniors' final home game

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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Appling-led MSU fires on all cylinders in win

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.
Via Philly Sports Live
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Tom Izzo considering playing Keith Appling less

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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Basketball: Spartans feeling leadership void (Freep column)

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...
Via isportsweb.com
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Izzo postgame at Michigan

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.
Via michiganstate.scout.com
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State's Keith Appling looks for his first win in Ann Arbor

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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State's Keith Appling plans on playing vs. Purdue Thursday

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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Basketball: Keith Appling’s return is spoiled by upset

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...
Via isportsweb.com
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo on loss to Nebraska: ‘We deserved what we got.’

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. But...
Via isportsweb.com
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Travis Trice embracing role of 'true point guard' while team awaits Appling's return

Michigan State's second possession in its 85-70 win over Northwestern said it all. Northwestern's JerShon Cobb hoisted a desperation 3-point attempt from 2 feet behind the line with only three seconds left on the shot clock. The shot ricocheted off the glass and right into the chest of Michigan State's Adreian Payne. Travis Trice, still standing near the arc, clapped...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

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