College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, December 28, 2013
Michigan State head coach, Tom Izzo, emptied the bench in the second half and 12 different players scored as the Spartans rolled New Orleans, 101-48, Sunday afternoon in East Lansing.
Four of five starters for Michigan State scored in double figures, including point guard, Keith Appling, who was the game's high-scorer with 27 points. Appling, the 6'1" senior from Detroit, was 7-for-10 from the field, made all four of his three-point attempts and was 9-for-12 from the foul line, mixing in eight assists, five rebounds and a steal before taking a seat on the bench for the final six minutes of the game.
The Spartans improved to 11-1 on the season, their only loss a December 4 setback to North Carolina. With their non-conference schedule complete, Michigan State opens Big Ten play at Penn State on December 31.