Appling MSU’s third captain, Spartans move up in polls

Keith Appling has officially become the third captain for the Michigan State men’s basketball team.

Tom Izzo made the announcement during his weekly press conference this morning. The move was made Sunday night and Appling now joins Derrick Nix and Russell Byrd as the Spartans’ captains.

“Keith is RG3 reincarnated as far as I’m concerned,” Izzo said. ‘That’s nothing against nix or Byrd. In fact it started out with Byrd coming to me awhile and go and saying Keith deserves¬† it. And it was Matt Costello telling me after practice in a text that Keith has helped him a lot. I think Keith has changed. He’s probably a better interview and he’s a better communicator. He’s got a long ways to go to please me but I like the fact that he’s doing that. I think he has confidence down the stretch and I think they do have confidence in him down the stretch.”

MSU has made gains in both polls this week. After posting wins over Penn State and Ohio State, the Spartans moved to No. 13 in this week’s AP poll and No. 11 in the USA Today coaches poll.

Other Big Ten teams in the AP poll are: Michigan (2), Indiana (7), Minnesota (12) and Ohio State (14). Illinois dropped from the rankings.

Other Big Ten teams in the coaches poll: Michigan (3), Indiana (8), Minnesota (14) and Ohio State (15). Illinois dropped from the rankings.

A surprise is that Wisconsin, which posted a win over Indiana last week, is not in the top 25. The Badgers, who host MSU on Tuesday, received the second most votes of teams outside the top 25 in both polls.

The MSU women’s basketball team also made it into the rankings for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season. They are No. 25 in this week’s AP women’s poll. The Spartans are 16-2 and off to the best 18-game start in school history.

Also today, MSU junior guard Klarissa Bell was tabbed the Big Ten player of the week in ESPN’s weekly women’s basketball wrap.



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12 Responses to Appling MSU’s third captain, Spartans move up in polls

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Keith Appling (College Basketballs RGIII)
    Congrats to Appling on being named the Third Captain and nice move in the polls to 11 and 13

  2. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    I don’t think Wisky not being in the Top 25 is all too surprising, as they also lost to Iowa last week……I’d say that’s what kept them from breaking in.

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Of note, some DHSFB of Columbia, South Kakalaki State News (I guess with the literacy rates in SC, they only have 1 newspaper) voted the Spartans #20. Coaches poll is closer to where the Spartans are right now.

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Didn’t see the Klarissa Bell POW award, Congratulations to her.

  5. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Kudos to Kapptain Keith. His leadership by example and toughness have been one of the strengths this year. His 100% all out effort should inspire others to do the same. As for the shooting slump, I have noticed his shot is flattening again. Old habits die hard. It is going to take another summer of concentrated effort to eradicate the flat arc. Otherwise he has a nice touch on the ball as witnessed by his mid range, floaters, and finger rolls. Reminds me of Bryan Rison , a former Beecher HS great in the 70′s. Could negotiate the trees with touch on the finish. Rison did not have the arch issue. Averaged over 40 a game at Mott JC before an all PAC 10 career with George Raveling at WSU.

  6. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Need a captain? Need a key basket? Need a steal? Need a rebound? There’s an App for that.

  7. avatar headeast says:

    On the Drake Harris front…Bama was in town, just offered…according to tweets…

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