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Spartans' Appling to play through injuries

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Michigan State point guard Keith Appling is nursing knee and shoulder injuries but expects to play in a Sweet 16 matchup against Duke on Friday in Indianapolis.

Appling aggravated tendinitis in his knee on Thursday in a win over Valparaiso and then his right shoulder popped out in the victory over Memphis on Saturday.

"We worked as hard as we can all year to get up to this point," Appling told reporters Monday. "I'm not going let to a couple aches and pains stop me now. I feel fine."

Appling leads the Spartans in scoring (13.3 points per game) and assists (3.4) going into their NCAA Tournament matchup with the Blue Devils in the Midwest Regional.

"I really don't think it's that big of a deal," Appling said. "It's just like rolling an ankle. In a couple days, I'll be fine. Right now, I feel pretty good."

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is counting on having Appling.

"I think that the shoulder is going to be fine," he said. "The knee, I think, is going to be fine."
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