Keith Appling watched plenty of Michigan-Michigan State games as a kid and remembers a majority of those ending with the Spartans winning.

But as the Michigan State senior point guard and Detroit native enters his final regular-season matchup in the rivalry, he’s still in search of his first victory in Ann Arbor.

That fact surprises Appling and is one he hopes to help change when the No. 13 Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) and No. 20 Michigan (18-7, 10-3) meet at noon Sunday in a key conference contest.

“Obviously, it’s already tough on the road in the Big Ten, so we just want to go down there with extra focus and just try to prepare as well as we can,” Appling said Friday. “Hopefully that will put us in a position to come out with a win.”

The Spartans have been in position to win near the end in each of their last two visits to the Crisler Center. In 2012, Stu Douglass made a lay-up with 36.5 seconds remaining and Appling had his shot blocked by Jordan Morgan in a wild final possession in Michigan’s 60-59 win. Last year, it was Trey Burke who stole the ball from Appling near mid-court and made the game-winning dunk with 22 seconds remaining to help the Wolverines to a 58-57 win.

Appling tries to block last year’s finish from his mind.

“I can’t change what happened last year,” Appling said. “The only thing I can do is let that be motivation to help me become a better player. I really don’t think about it that much, but I’m pretty sure the fans are going to remind me of it. But that’s what I have my teammates for.”