Men’s College Basketball

Michigan rolled to an 86-57 victory over Michigan State on Tuesday night.  The 29 point margin equals Michigan’s most lopsided victory over the Spartans since 1948.  Michigan also beat the Spartans by 29 in 1996 — Tom Izzo's first season as Michigan State's coach. The Wolverines led 55-29 at halftime after shooting 75 percent from the field — and 8 of 11 from 3-point range — through the first 20 minutes.  Derrick Walton had 20 points and eight assists, and Moe Wagner added 19 points for Michigan.  The Wolverines had lost five in a row to the Spartans.  Miles Bridges scored 15 points for MSU.   Hear the Tom Izzo Show tonight at 7 on WBCK.

The Spartans host Iowa on Saturday….5pm on WBCK.

In the Mac…

Reggie Jones hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points, Thomas Wilder added 18 points, and Western Michigan beat Miami of Ohio 72-55 on Tuesday night.

Marcus Keene scored 41 points with nine 3-pointers, Braylon Rayson added 21 points, and Central Michigan beat Ohio 97-87

Toledo cruised to a 73-57 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Red Wings

The Red Wings lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime at Joe Louis Arena.  The Red Wings have given up the first goal 31 times this season, but Nick Jensen gave them an early lead. He took a cross-ice feed from Dylan Larkin and drilled a slap shot past Sergei Bobrovsky just 3:22 in.   Jensen got his second career goal, both in the last four games. Thomas Vanek added a tying score midway through the second period for Detroit. Seth Jones took a drop pass from Brandon Dubinsky and wired a high slap shot past goalie Petr Mrazek 3:22 into overtime.  The Red Wings start a road trip in Washington on Thursday night.  They’re currently 7th in the Atlantic Conference, and five points out of playoff contention, with six teams ahead of them for that last spot.

Pistons

The Pistons host the L-A Lakers tonight.  Detroit is 24-28, and 8th in the Eastern Conference, just ahead of Charlotte for that final playoff spot.

 

Japan-Women Golf Club Members

Board members at the club that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament failed to make a decision about changing their policy of excluding women as full members.  The Kasumigaseki Country Club came under scrutiny recently when the International Olympic Committee inquired about the club's membership practice. The club's board of directors convened a meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss the issue but didn't reach any conclusions.  The club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays.


First Lions Stadium to Be Spared

The very first stadium the Detroit Lions called home was in danger of demolition but will be preserved thanks to a $25,000 grant.  The venue is Spartan Memorial Stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Portsmouth Spartans were the forerunners of today's Lions. Spartan Stadium, which dates back to 1930, was in danger of demolition after the city, which owns the venue, attempted unsuccessfully to sell the property.  The stadium has been spared after a community effort to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance, which was awarded in December of 2016.  The stadium is historic for hosting the first night game in NFL history on September 24, 1930 when the Spartans blanked the Brooklyn Dodgers 17-0.  The stadium is currently the home of the city's Notre Dame High School football team.

Tigers

USA Today has released their predictions for the 2017 season and they have the Tigers finishing second again in the AL Central behind the defending American League Champion, Cleveland Indians. Only 5 days until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland Florida.

High School Boys Basketball

Battle Creek Central beat Portage Northern 66-29.  Jahmiel Wade and Orlando Lee led the Bearcats’ balanced attack with 12 each.

St. Joseph 69, Lakeview 61.

St. Philip 46, Colon 32.

Marshall beat Homer 52-36.  Jeremy Luciani had 27.

Athens 61, Tekonsha 38.  Daniel Jacobs with 20.

White Pigeon 61, Climax-Scotts 56.

Delton-Kellogg  54, Maple Valley 26.  Cogan McCoy had 17.

Gull Lake 75, Niles 63.

Parchment 71, Bronson 66.

Tonight….

St. Philip at Waldron (makeup game from when the bus died)

Our next High School game on WBCK is Friday, as Pennfield will be at Harper Creek.

Girls Basketball

Lakeview 43, St. Joseph 32.   Emily Eldridge scored 15.

Kalamazoo Central 69, Harper Creek 50

Portage Northern 50, Battle Creek Central 38.

St. Philip 46, Colon 30.  Kameron Haley had 25 points and nine rebounds.

Athens 46, Concord 42.  Jillayne Wheeler had 16.

Delton Kellogg 60, Maple Valley 34: Sam Mohn with 20 Points

Olivet 60, Manchester 31 Teona Feldpausch with 12

Calhoun Christian 31, Marshall Academy 25.  Lindsey Barry had 10.

Marshall remains 6th ranked in Class B, with a 13-2 record.