Stock up: Michigan State’s backcourt
Facing lock-down defender Aaron Craft, who smothered Trey Burke in Ohio State’s upset victory earlier this month, Michigan State point guard Keith Appling found more success. Appling led the Spartans with 15 points, six of which came in the final minute, as Michigan State defeated the Buckeyes 59-56 to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Appling scored the go-ahead bucket by blowing by Craft and scoring a driving layup with 41.5 seconds left. He also had a transition dunk to give Michigan State a two-possession lead on the following possession.