Michigan State Vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Spartans Look To Keep Streak Alive

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans drives the ball against Tyler Thornton #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the 2011 State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Michigan State Spartans are hosting the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday night as part of the Spartan Invitational. The Spartans will be counting on Keith Appling and Draymond Green to stifle the Horizon League's finest.

The Michigan State Spartans opened the season with tough opponents, and tough losses, to the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils. Tom Izzo's squad has rebounded with victories in their next two games, however, and will look for their third win in a row on Wednesday night as they host Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers as part of the Spartan Invitational.

The Spartans have quite a few contributors that they've been able to count on so far this season, but Keith Appling and Draymond Green are the only two players averaging in double-figures. Appling hasn't been a model of consistency, but his 22 points against the Blue Devils upped the sophomore guard's averages considerably while Green is averaging 11 points and 11.5 rebounds through the first four games.

The opponent's for Wednesday night are the leaders in the Horizon Division, though the Spartans will be their toughest test of the season to this point. The best match-up to watch on Wednesday will probably be Green versus James Haarsma, a 6-foot-7 junior, as the power forward is averaging 10.8 rebounds and an identical 10.8 assists through Wisconsin-Milwaukee's first four games of the season.

The Spartans will take a short break for Thanksgiving following their game against the Panthers, but Izzo's team will be back at it on Sunday for an early game against Eastern Michigan.

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