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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 16: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans during a semifinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 16, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Ohio State defeats Michigan State 61-58.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MSU-OSU Matchup Includes Compelling Subplot Of Keith Appling-Aaron Craft Duel

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.

CBS Detroit–01/07/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 04: Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tar Heels tries to get a first half shot off over Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on December 4, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

North Carolina Beats No. 1 Michigan State 79-65

J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.

97.1 The Ticket–12/04/2013

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 18: Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans brings the ball up the court during the first half of the game against the Portland Pilots at Breslin Center on November 18, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

No. 1 Michigan State Beats Portland 82-67

Michigan State earned a spot atop The Associated Press poll by beating then-top-ranked Kentucky last week.

97.1 The Ticket–11/19/2013

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 08: Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans takes a second half shot over Jordan Wells #13 of the McNeese State Cowboys at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on November 8, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 98-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Simply The Best: Champions Classic Has 4 Of Top 5

Every year, Tom Izzo subjects his Michigan State team to a non-conference schedule only a masochist could love.

97.1 The Ticket–11/12/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans walks on court with his head down past head coach Tom Izzo in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Michigan State Beats Grand Valley In Exhibition

Keith Appling had 17 points and all kinds of help as Michigan State beat Grand Valley State 101-52 in an exhibition opener Tuesday night.

97.1 The Ticket–10/30/2013

Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans walks on court . (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Michigan State Seeks To Extend A Final Four Streak

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is proud that every player who has stayed for four seasons to play for him has been to at least one Final Four.

97.1 The Ticket–10/23/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the secon dhalf against the Duke Blue Devils during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Curry Sends Duke Past Michigan St. 71-61

Seth Curry shot Duke right into the regional finals — and put Mike Krzyzewski on the verge of another major milestone.

97.1 The Ticket–03/30/2013

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 15: Roy Devyn Marble #4 and Zach McCabe #15 of the Iowa Hawkeyes pressure Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans during a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Michigan State defeats Iowa 59-56. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Michigan State’s Appling Shoots With Shoulder Wrap

Michigan State guard Keith Appling says he’ll be “all right” in the Midwest Regional semifinals against Duke.

97.1 The Ticket–03/26/2013

EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 07: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans congratulates Keith Appling #11 as he leaves the floor in the second half while playing the Wisconsin Badgers at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on March 7, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 58-43. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

No. 10 Michigan State Beats No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43

Keith Appling bounced back in time to give No. 10 Michigan State a shot to share the Big Ten title.

97.1 The Ticket–03/08/2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - MARCH 03: Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans talks with head coach Tom Izzo during the second half while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center on March 3, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 58-57. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan State’s Appling Insists He’ll Bounce Back

Keith Appling was quite a clutch player for Michigan State earlier this season, making plays for himself and teammates late in games to help the Spartans surpass relatively modest expectations.

97.1 The Ticket–03/05/2013

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