Keith Appling

The Pact – #17 – 2/10/14

Hot off National Signing Day, The Pact jumps right into the Michigan State football recruiting pool.

Fino, Austin and Lou speak with Sean Scherer of 247Sports.com about MSU’s 2014 recruiting class, highlighted by the Malik McDowell situation. Scherer shares his thoughts on where the 5-star recruit will end up. Incoming defensive end, Enoch Smith Jr., calls in to the show and says his first hello to Spartan Nation.

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Badgers Edge Spartans

Even with Gary Harris going 3-20 from the field and without Keith Appling and Branden Dawson due to injuries, it took a clutch pull-up jumper from Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson with two seconds left for the Badgers to down the Spartans, 60-58.

Michigan State played poorly on the offensive end in the first half, but their stout defense forced eight turnovers in the first half and kept MSU in the game.

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Spartans Head to Madison for Only Shot against Badgers

Michigan State gets its first and only shot to take on the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday afternoon in Madison, Wis.

The Spartans come into the game a half game ahead of No. 10 Michigan in the Big Ten standings, after No. 17 Iowa beat the Wolverines, 85-67, on Saturday.

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Impact Izzone – 2/7/14

This week, host Andrew Hayes returns to discuss all of the hoopla surrounding MSU’s injuries. Keith Appling was ruled out for the Penn State game and Branden Dawson is still nursing his broken hand.

On the brighter side, Adreian Payne returns from his absence and the Impact Izzone crew break it down.

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Kaminski, Spartans Demolish Penn State

In their first game without Keith Appling since he arrived on campus, the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans dismantled Penn State 82-67 Thursday night.

The Spartans’ other starting senior, Adreian Payne, played for the first time since January. He came in off the bench and scored 12 points in just 18 minutes of play.

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Payne Returns as MSU Takes on Penn State

Adreian Payne returns for the first time in almost a month as the Spartans take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State University Thursday night. Payne missed the last seven games nursing a foot injury.

Payne will most likely play limited minutes against Penn State, but MSU will be glad to have their starting big man back.

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Spartans Bounce Back against Hawkeyes

During the television broadcast of the game on Tuesday, ESPN’s Mike Tirico mentioned that Russell Byrd, “used to be a good shooter.”

Byrd proved that he has still got the magic when he hit a three-pointer in overtime to seal a 71-69 victory for the Spartans.

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Injured Spartans Take on Hawkeyes

The No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (18-2, 7-1) are on the road once again headed to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2) at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Michigan State comes into this game after suffering a tough loss to Michigan, yet still being undefeated on the road.

In the Spartans last game against the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines, they fell short, 80-75.

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Michigan Downs Spartans

University of Michigan handed Michigan State its first loss in conference play Saturday night, defeating the Spartans 80-75.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo described himself as “crushed” after the loss, but seemed to be proud of his short-handed team.

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Izzo Faces off against Former Assistant Coach in Matchup

This will be a game you do not want to miss, as the Michigan State Spartans’ head coach Tom Izzo faces off against his old assistant coach and current Indiana head coach, Tom Crean.

The No. 3 Spartans (17-1, 5-0) are preparing to battle against the Indiana Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3) at the Breslin Center Tuesday night.

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Spartans Prevail over Fighting Illini

In their first real road test, the Michigan State Spartans defeated the University of Illinois, 78-62, Saturday night in Champaign, Ill.

MSU came out slow, but had a consistent attack led by Gary Harris, who scored 23 points and collected five rebounds while dishing out four assists. Harris was one of three Spartans in double figures.

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Spartans Face-off against Fighting Illini

The No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (16-1, 4-0) are on the road once again headed to Champaign, Ill. to take on the Fighting Illini (13-5, 2-3) at the State Farm Center this Saturday.

Michigan State goes into the game winning their past nine games and being undefeated on the road.

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Spartans Remain Unscathed in Big Ten

Michigan State only needed 40 minutes to defeat the Northwestern University Wildcats Wednesday night by a tally of 54-40 and remain undefeated atop the Big Ten standings.

As they have for most of the year, the Spartans came out slow and only led Northwestern 26-22 heading into halftime. MSU shot 1-11 from three point range in the first half. They ended the game 2-16 from behind the arc.

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Spartans Survive Overtime Once Again

In their second overtime contest in as many games, Michigan State was able to comeback from a double-digit deficit, defeating the University of Minnesota 87-75.

Kenny Kaminski came out on fire, hitting his first five three-pointers. He finished with 15 points. Despite Kaminski’s hot shooting, the Gophers went on a 12-2 run in the first half and led by as many as 10 points. MSU was able to narrow the deficit to five and trailed 41-36 at halftime. Read More…

Spartans Hold off No. 3 Buckeyes, Win in Overtime, 72-68

“We survived.”

Tom Izzo had the best description of the Spartans’ performance in their 72-68 overtime win against No. 3 Ohio State Tuesday night.

Michigan State was once again short handed and plagued by injuries. The team was without Travis Trice due to illness. Adreian Payne nearly did not play because of a sprained foot, and Keith Appling battled leg cramps throughout most of the game.

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Preview and Predictions for Tonight’s Top-Five Matchup

If the Michigan State Spartans want to make a claim for the Big Ten regular season title, a win tonight against the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes would go a long way.

MSU (13-1) is facing an extremely experienced and talented (15-0) Ohio State team that is off to their best start since the 2010-2011 season. Led by their captain, fifth-year senior Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes are probably the Spartans’ biggest threat at a Big Ten title. Read More…

Marquee Matchup: Aaron Craft vs. Keith Appling

When talking about Ohio State, the first player that comes to mind is most likely point guard Aaron Craft.

In his senior season with the Buckeyes, Craft is the leader of an undefeated and third-ranked team heading into only its second true road game of the season. He is not expected to put up 20 points a night, but defense is how he earns his keep.

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Spartans Start 2014 with Win over Hoosiers

Michigan State started 2014 on the right foot Saturday, defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 73-56 in Bloomington, Ind.

The Spartans received a career performance from Gary Harris, who continued his impressive play in Assembly Hall, scoring a career high 26 points. Keith Appling joined Harris in double figures, scoring all 14 of his points in the second half after early foul trouble. Read More…

Dawson Stars in Return as Spartans Rally Past Nittany Lions

With Branden Dawson and Matt Costello returning to the lineup, MSU (12-0, 1-0) looked to steamroll the up-and-coming Nittany Lions (9-5, 0-1). Dawson missed the New Orleans game with an injured shin, and Costello missed the last four games with mono.

In his last press conference, Tom Izzo said his team would have their work cut out for them in Happy Valley.

The Spartans stumbled out of the gates, finding themselves in a 10-3 hole in the opening minutes of the game. Read More…

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