Keith Appling made 500 three-pointers every day during the offseason.

"At first it took me a lot longer," Appling said of making the 500 shots from long distance in workouts. "But once I started getting into a flow and getting used to it, I would come in and probably would be in just 30-45 minutes."

Tom Izzo encouraged Appling to improve his practice habits.

"I think Appling is a much, much, much better shooter, and I don't think that's because he couldn't shoot," Izzo said. "I think he went on a little bit of a slump last year, confidence, and as I told him, I didn't think he was working hard enough on his shooting. The only way I knew how to get out of something was to work my way out of it, and boy, did he take that to heart, because from April until this week, I think he's probably spent more time in the gym than he did his first two years.”