' ... I have five Big Ten games left in my final go around as a Spartan and I plan on playing in all five of them,' said Michigan State's Keith Appling, who has been bothered by a sore wrist. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)
East Lansing – On Monday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wondered if guard Keith Appling might be better off taking an extended break in the final weeks of the regular season to rest his sore right wrist rather than risk making it worse and missing the postseason.
By Tuesday morning, Appling knew that wasn’t going to be necessary.
“I woke up and, when I drove to class this morning, I was able to drive with my right hand, so at that point I knew I was kind of getting over the hump a little bit,” Appling said after practice Tuesday. “When I got to the gym I was able to dribble and shoot and do some things. It’s getting there. It’s coming along.
“I was very excited (this morning). It put me in a really good mood and started my day off perfectly. It’s finally progressing the way I want it to.”
Appling played for the first time on Sunday against Nebraska after missing the previous three games and struggled at times with the wrist. It was enough to make Izzo wondering about holding the senior out.
But Appling believes he has reached a breakthrough after being able to dribble, pass and shoot without limitation and said there was no question he would play Thursday at Purdue, or any game after that.
“I feel like it’s sore; it’s gonna be sore,” he said. “But eventually it will go away. But I have five Big Ten games left in my final go around as a Spartan and I plan on playing in all five of them.”
Appling took part in nearly all of Tuesday’s practice, but Izzo held him out in the final few minutes when the rest of the team scrimmaged full-court.
“I was a little mad at coach for pulling me out,” Appling said, “but he’s got my best interest at heart for the long run. So I sat out and watched the guys finish strong.”
No. 13 Michigan State (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Purdue before finishing the week Sunday with a rematch against Michigan in Ann Arbor.