Keith Appling

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 9:  Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes steals the ball away from Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half on March 9, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. With the steal Craft became the all-time leader in steals in the Big Ten Conference. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Izzo Says MSU Needs Go-To Guy, Still Believes Appling Is That Guy

Injury and adjustment issues aside, with the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments imminent, the Spartans need Keith Appling more than ever.

CBS Detroit–03/12/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 06: Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans hugs head coach Tom Izzo while holding Lacey Holsworth, a 8-year-old from St. Johns Michigan who is battling cancer, after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 86-76 at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 6, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

3 Reasons To Believe Tom Izzo And MSU Spartans Will Make Have A Strong March

Tom Izzo is an incredible coach. Sell him short, especially in March, at your own risk.

97.1 The Ticket–03/07/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 06: Denzel Valentine #45 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts during the first half while playing the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 6, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

No. 22 Michigan State Beats No. 24 Iowa 86-76

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.

97.1 The Ticket–03/06/2014

Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Michigan State Guard Gary Harris

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.

02/25/2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 23: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks with Keith Appling #11 while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center on February 23, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 79-70. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Izzo Aggravated By MSU’s Injuries But Still Believes Team Can Make A Run

Even Tom Izzo found it fitting that the lights suddenly turned off during his post-game press conference.

CBS Detroit–02/24/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 16:  Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans is hit on the arm while trying to pass the ball against Walter Pitchford #35 and David Rivers #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the first half of a game at Breslin Center on February 16, 2014, in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Injuries, More Threaten Izzo’s Streak Of Getting Players To Final Four

The same duo whose presence made Michigan State a Final Four contender now faces limitations that could derail the team’s tournament hopes.

CBS Detroit–02/19/2014

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 1: Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans drives to the basket against Jabril Trawick #55 of the Georgetown Hoyas during the game at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

Appling Could Miss Couple Weeks For No. 9 Spartans

Keith Appling could miss a couple weeks for No. 9 Michigan State because of a right wrist injury.

97.1 The Ticket–02/10/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 21: Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans, left, pass the ball against Evan Gordon #10 and Jeff Howard #24 of Indiana Hoosiers during the second half of a game at Breslin Center on January 21, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. Harris led the Spartans with 24 points in a 71-66 win over the Hoosiers. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

No. 3 Michigan State Beats Indiana 71-66

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.

97.1 The Ticket–01/21/2014

CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 18: Tracy Abrams #13 of the Illinois Fighting Illini collides with Denzel Valentine #45 of the Michigan State Spartans during the first half of the game at State Farm Center on January 18, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

No. 4 Michigan State Pushes Past Illinois, 78-62

Gary Harris scored 23 points and Denzel Valentine pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Michigan State past Illinois 78-62 on Saturday.

97.1 The Ticket–01/18/2014

EVANSTON, IL - JANUARY 15: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts after calling a time out against the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena on January 15, 2014 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Harris Leads Spartans Past Northwestern 54-40

Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.

97.1 The Ticket–01/15/2014

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