Michigan State Basketball: 3 Things Appling Must Improve on in 2012-13

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Michigan State Basketball: 3 Things Appling Must Improve on in 2012-13
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Sure, Keith Appling might have experienced a sophomore slump in the shooting department for Michigan State last year. However, the rest of his game showed vast improvement and maturity from the 2010-11 season, and much of the same is expected in 2012-13.

Another increase in his workload is a given with the departure of do-it-all Draymond Green. Appling returns to East Lansing for his third year under Tom Izzo, and he'll have increased responsibility on a team with only one senior. 

As the incumbent point guard for a team with Final Four aspirations, maturity and improvement will once again be at the forefront of Appling's season. 

SI.com lists Appling as a "potential difference-maker." ESPN.com pegs him as a "breakout candidate."

It is safe to say all eyes will be watching Appling's junior season for Michigan State. Here are three areas of his game he can elevate in 2012-13:

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