Michigan State Spartans guard, Keith Appling, may miss the rest of the regular season. The keywords here being (take note Tom Izzo), regular season.
Let me backtrack for one moment. You might be confused as to why I am asking Michigan State coach, Tom Izzo, to take notes. That is because he said there was a possibility that Appling would need to be shut down. Because everyone and their (respective) mothers assumed that meant for the year, Izzo had to clarify his statements and let the free world know he meant just the regular season.
“I guess I’ve got to be careful — I’ll restate it, I guess I appreciate it if everybody took it the same way, that’s my stupidity,” Izzo said when asked to clarify on his initial news conference statement. “But if it isn’t better today, tomorrow, I can’t worry about (him playing against) Purdue and Michigan. … You just have to worry about getting him healthy for the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA tournament.”
All of which makes sense. I mean it is more important for Appling to be a go in March than it is for him to battle against in-conference teams in games that matter as much as a misdemeanor when compared to a felony.
Izzo went on to state how important Keith Appling is to the team. He isn’t wrong either. Appling, who attempted to give it a go against Nebraska on Sunday and lasted 19 minutes, is averaging over 14 points a game for the Spartans. He also adds veteran leadership, experience and that fancy senior know-how.
A large part of Michigan State’s possible NCAA Tournament hopes hinge on the health of Appling’s sprained wrist. Here is to hoping he gets and stays healthy enough to give the Spartans the best version of themselves come March.