Trice played the best ball of his career in the midst of Keith Appling's injury. That scenario forced Trice to step into more of a primary role, both when Appling was sidelined and when he returned.
Clearly, Appling wasn't himself. But the quality of play at the point guard position remained supreme in large part due to Trice's performances.
It started in the Iowa game in East Lansing, when he actually played more minutes than Appling, despite not starting the game. Trice played 26 minutes and poured in 17 points. That game ignited his confidence, which was evidenced in his subsequent numbers.
In a six-game span beginning with that performance, Trice averaged over 11 points per game on 52.5 percent shooting from the floor. He went on a four-game stretch with only one turnover as well.
That's the type of production that Trice must produce on a more consistent basis in order to fill the point guard void. Last season was an inconsistent one for the junior, but he did provide that stellar stretch of games that can certainly excite Spartans fans.
By the end of the season, Trice and Appling nearly split minutes. While his name wasn't listed under the "starters" section, Trice began to play like one, which should serve the soon-to-be senior well in his final season.
He will be relied on to score more consistently, along with Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine. Trice scores the majority of his points from the perimeter, shown by the fact that nearly 59 percent of his shot attempts came from behind the arc.
He has the craftiness to enter the lane and find teammates. But Trice needs to assert himself as more than strictly a three-point shooter. With more of the responsibilities handed to him, look for him to do so.