MSU finding success on the road early

Spartans have four of six Big Ten wins away from Breslin Center -- all with double-digit margins.

On its way to a 6-0 start in conference play, Michigan State has faced a road-heavy start to the slate.

The Spartans have earned four road victories so far compared to the two at home. While the two home games took overtime to win, the margin of victory on the road is almost 16 points per game.

"I think we play well away from home because we are getting some toughness back," coach Tom Izzo said. "You've got to be tough-minded to win on the road and I think that has something to do with it."

Noting the toughness specifically that Keith Appling, Branden Dawson and Gary Harris bring, he also pointed out the experience factor with his team.

Appling said that experience is something that has come with the maturity of a relatively veteran team.

"We've been playing with each other for a couple years now and we all know how it feels to go on the road and lose," he said. "We just don't wanna have that feeling anymore."

The Spartans' senior point guard also said the team finds it easier to focus on the road as less distractions are present.

"It's a lot harder to do at home," he said. "Everyone is on your side and there's really not much adversity that you have to go through opposed to being on the road when you have to come together and everyone is rooting against you."

So should the crowd at Breslin Center begin booing and cheering against the Spartans?

Not so, Appling said with a laugh and a smile.

"That would probably be a little awkward."

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