EAST LANSING — Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer Thursday night. Michigan State’s point guard also missed six of them.
But he was perfect from everywhere else, most notably from midrange.
“I feel like one of the things where I went wrong these past couple of games is starting the games off with early 3s,” said Appling, who’d missed 14 straight 3s heading into Thursday.
“I just have to try to start off by hitting a couple midrange shots down and kind of getting a feel for the game.”
Wisconsin is a good matchup for Appling (he scored 19 in the first meeting, too), but he definitely took a different offensive approach, one he’s capable of most nights and one that seriously adds to MSU’s offensive punch.
It was important Appling found confidence Thursday, because I’m not sure anything that happens Sunday against a struggling Northwestern club is capable of giving a player or the Spartans collectively a lasting boost.
Appling Thursday looked like the player he was through January, when he won games for MSU with critical buckets while taking care of the ball.
It’s been said several times before, but he needs to be that for the Spartans.