Keith Appling

ANN ARBOR, MI - MARCH 03: Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans gets in for a for a second half basket past Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of 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)

The X-Factor For Michigan And Michigan State’s NCAA Success

Tom Izzo knows what to expect when it comes to his basketball team.

97.1 The Ticket–03/04/2013

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Karsch And Anderson Champ And Chump 2-26-13

Champ: Damien Brunner for his 2 goals and 2 assists on Sunday.

97.1 The Ticket–02/26/2013

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19: Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts next to Evan Ravenel #30 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at the Jack Breslin Center on January 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 59-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Main Factors That Will Determine The Michigan-MSU Game Tonight

Can Michigan State exploit its advantage inside – The Spartans’ Adreian Payne is vastly improved and Derrick Nix is solid.

97.1 The Ticket–02/12/2013

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

No. 12 Michigan State Beats No. 18 Minnesota 61-50

Gary Harris scored 15 points and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving the game with an injury to help No. 12 Michigan State bounce back from a poor first half to beat No. 18 Minnesota 61-50 Wednesday night.

97.1 The Ticket–02/06/2013

IOWA CITY, IA- JANUARY 10: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts to a call during the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 10, 2013 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan State won 62-59. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

No. 22 Michigan State Holds Off Iowa 62-59

Keith Appling’s four crucial free throws Thursday night weren’t nearly as exciting as his late basket in Michigan State’s win over Kansas back in November.

97.1 The Ticket–01/11/2013

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16: (L-R) Head coach Ray McCallum of the Detroit Titans talks with Ray McCallum #3 against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Best College Basketball Players In This State

1. Ray McCallum Jr., Detroit-Mercy – The Titans often fly under the radar, but McCallum should not.

97.1 The Ticket–01/03/2013

EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 04:  Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo reacts to a call during the second half of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Breslin Center on March 4, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio States defeated Michigan State 72-70 to give both teams a share of the Big Ten Title.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

No. 19 Spartans Beats Tuskegee 92-56 At Jenison

Michigan State gave its players another opportunity to relish.

97.1 The Ticket–12/17/2012

Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans steals the ball from Derrick Marks #2 of the Boise State Broncos at the Breslin Center on November 20, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 74-70. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Final Game Of Spartan Showcase Vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Michigan State’s Keith Appling appears poised to make this his breakout season.

97.1 The Ticket–11/25/2012

Ohio State v Michigan State

MSU’s Appling Made Most Of Space To Shoot

Michigan State has a wish list of sorts when it comes to their NCAA tournament game against Louisville on Thursday night.

97.1 The Ticket–03/21/2012

Keith Appling (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

No. 16 Michigan State Beats No. 13 Indiana

Keith Appling scored a career-high 25 points and sparked a 20-0 second-half run to help No. 16 Michigan State hand No. 13 Indiana its first loss of the season, 80-65 on Wednesday night.

97.1 The Ticket–12/29/2011