Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo said Tuesday that his star guard Keith Appling is not expected to play this week. The Spartans have home games at 7pm Thursday against Northwestern and 3pm Sunday against Nebraska. MSU is still without forward Branden Dawson who is nursing a broken hand. MSU is 9-2 in Big Ten play with seven games remaining, same as Michigan. The Wolverines have a 9pm game Tuesday at Ohio State.