Keith Appling returned to the court after a three game absence on Sunday afternoon, taking part in a 60-51 loss to Nebraska.
He managed just 19 minutes, however, and looked nothing like the guy that played like an all-american for the first month of the season. The problem? A wrist injury that has been bugging Appling since as early as the North Carolina game, when he landed hard after an awkward fall.
Tom Izzo said on Monday morning that the injury could end up keeping Appling out for the rest of the regular season, saying that “shutting him down” is a real possibility.
According to Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free-Press, Izzo said he had “no clue” whether Appling will play on Thursday at Purdue. Appling didn’t have a setback, rather the issue was Appling’s effectiveness. The one jump shot that he took was an airball that came nowhere near the rim and he finished the afternoon with more turnovers than assists.
Missing Appling hurts.
On Sunday, Michigan State’s offense was, frankly, not intelligent. They took quick shots, they committed a couple of ugly turnovers and it seemed like every big possession ended in a self-inflicted mistake.
Having Appling back might not solve all of those issues, but he was much-improved as a point guard this season.
Michigan State has now lost four of their last seven games.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”
The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.
Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”
Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.
The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.