Michigan State PG Appling to wear shoulder protection

Michigan State Spartans junior point guard Keith Appling will play against the Duke Blue Devils Friday but will wear a protective sleeve for his injured right shoulder, according to The Detroit News.

The Spartans are currently 2-point underdogs against the Blue Devils in the Sweet 16 game in Indianapolis. The total is 134.5.

Appling first injured the shoulder against Minnesota in early February and re-aggravated it against Memphis in the Round of 32 last Saturday.

Appling wanted nothing to do with a sleeve but was forced into wearing it by the Michigan State training staff. He also tweaked his left knee in the team's first tournament game against Valparaiso but said it was fine.

"I tried to talk them out of [wearing] it," Appling said to reporters after practice on Thursday, "but it wasn't working at all. So it looks like I'm going to have to wear it."

"It should be fine. It should work out for me."

Appling is MSU's leading scorer, averaging 13.3 points along with 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

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