Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State senior point guard Keith Appling admitted on Thursday that the wrist injury that robbed him of a Big Ten Player of the Year campaign and ultimately forced him to miss three games also led him to sleepless nights. "It was almost mind-blowing, to be from up here, to all the way down to the bottom,'' Appling said, dropping the level of his hand to demonstrate how much his performance level fell off after the injury.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Get me through the first game and I'll get you through the second. Along with 'Players play, tough players win,' Twitter condemnations and Yooper jokes, that is a staple of Izzospeak during a Michigan State season. It is what coach Tom Izzo is telling his team right now.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Gary Harris, meet Joe Harris — a pair of big shooting guards who can score in bunches but play unselfish basketball. “We might be related somewhere down the family tree,” Michigan State’s Gary Harris joked of his Virginia counterpart. “You never know.”
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Men's Basketball usatoday.com —  For much of the season, the bodies of Michigan State basketball players appeared brittle. One by one, players went down but not out. They suffered a plethora of injuries, none season-ending. A sprained ankle here, plantar fasciitis there. A lingering wrist injury. A broken bone in a hand. One by one, they came to Quinton Sawyer, the Spartans' third-year trainer and the one tasked with putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Generally, Izzo wouldn't pause for midseason reflection on how a season full of change and struggle has changed him. But this one was just so wildly different. "I definitely think I'll be a better coach, better parent, better person because of this season," Izzo said. "They say adversity makes you stronger."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  There’s an apt parallel between the 2014 Cavaliers and the 1999 Spartans that earned Izzo the first of his six Final Four appearances. Both teams were the product of coaches staying patient with their blueprint, finally getting a veteran core and convincing those players that they’re winning in an unconventional fashion because neither team was terribly athletic.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  NEW YORK — There’s a popular misnomer regarding the definition of the “players’ coach.” It’s wrongly perceived as a head coach that’s a pushover, meekly letting his players run all over him. “That’s nonsense,” Tom Izzo said. “It’s about giving players a voice, which is what I think any smart coach would want. You want your players unafraid to challenge each other. And even challenge me … occasionally.”
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  He's giving what he has, which is more than he had a few weeks ago. But as the foes grow and the road turns, Keith Appling will have to give even more.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Mitch Albom, Drew Sharp and Jeff Seidel give their thoughts on what's going to happen tonight in New York.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  For Adreian Payne, the chance to stick around four years has been far from negative. It has been the difference in a player with potential to one who is likely a first-round draft choice.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Virginia’s likely will be the toughest defense Michigan State has faced, but there will be opportunities to score. Michigan State will push the tempo as often as possible and in the halfcourt set, there will be plenty of chances to hit open shots.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In one corner, there's Michigan State point guard Keith Appling. Born in Detroit, McDonald's All-American, pride of Pershing High School. In the other corner, there's Virginia point guard London Perrantes. Grew up in Los Angeles, full of Cali swag, pure shooter.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Winning will cure all of Keith Appling's ills, which have been plentiful and profound. It starts with the sore and stiff right wrist that robbed him of being the point guard he was for Michigan State during the first half of the season, caused him to forfeit significant individual goals through the middle quarter and has turned him into the player the Spartans need him to be during this critical final fourth.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In the seven games Dawson has played since returning from a broken hand that forced him to miss nine contests, Michigan state is shooting a collective 50.7 percent from the floor. Virginia has not allowed any of its most recent 23 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better.
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