Tom Izzo is an incredible coach. Sell him short, especially in March, at your own risk.
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.
The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.
Even Tom Izzo found it fitting that the lights suddenly turned off during his post-game press conference.
The same duo whose presence made Michigan State a Final Four contender now faces limitations that could derail the team’s tournament hopes.
Keith Appling could miss a couple weeks for No. 9 Michigan State because of a right wrist injury.
Gary Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping No. 3 Michigan State beat Indiana 71-66 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.
Gary Harris scored 23 points and Denzel Valentine pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Michigan State past Illinois 78-62 on Saturday.
Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.
As No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan State battle in East Lansing for Big Ten supremacy, their senior point guards will get their fair share of attention – and maybe more.