December 8, 2012

SelfScout: Loyola coach gives exit analysis on MSU

EAST LANSING - Michigan State point guard Keith Appling scored just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting against Loyola-Chicago.

But the junior didn't have to score a single point to earn the respect of Ramblers' coach Porter Moser.

"When he's got that ball in his hand, he just gives a level of confidence to everybody out there," said Moser. "He's got energy. He's got quickness. He's got heart. I really like him. I think he's a really good player and he's playing really hard. All of them shoot the ball better and they do so many other things great. This team's got the chance to make a deep run obviously with Coach Izzo."

A former No. 1 assistant to Rick Majerus at Saint Louis University (2007-2011), Moser took a close look at the way his late mentor attacked Michigan State during the third round of the NCAA tournament in 2011-2012.

He couldn't imagine defending Appling the way Saint Louis did last March with the amount of improvement the Michigan State point guard has made as a shooter.

"He's really good," said Moser. "I mean, he's really good. I watched the game tape from last year in the NCAA tournament and I know St. Louis was backing way off of him. There's no way this year; he's improved so much with his shot. He's just really good."

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