Sports: Michigan Stuns Louisville; Spartans done.
Michigan beat second-seeded Louisville 73-69 and head to the Sweet 16. The seventh-seeded Wolverines (26-11) have won seven straight — six since a plane accident before the Big Ten Tournament. Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally. Trailing by 9 with 16 minutes to play, the German native scored on a layup to start a 17-6 run that gave Michigan its first lead since the opening minutes. And after Wagner’s 3-pointer broke a 55-55 tie with 6:39 to go, the Wolverines led the rest of the way. Michigan is a 1-point favorite against Oregon in the Sweet 16 on Thursday in Kansas City.
Kansas pulled away late to reach the Sweet 16 for a second straight year. Kansas beat Michigan State, 90-70 on Sunday. Miles Bridges scored 22 points to lead Michigan State (20-15) despite leaving briefly in the first half with an injury. Nick Ward also finished in double figures with 13 points and Joshua Langford had 10 for the Spartans.
Big Ten Shows the Committee
Eighth-seeded Wisconsin took out No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Villanova in a second-round game Saturday and No. 4 Purdue defeated No. 5 Iowa State. Suddenly, the conference that went into the tournament with no team seeded higher than No. 4 has three in regional semifinals, matching last year’s total.
In other upsets, second-seeded Duke fell to seventh-seeded South Carolina and Florida State lost to 11th seeded Xavier.
Richmond defeated Oakland 87-83 Sunday night in the second round of the NIT.
The Pistons came from behind to beat the Phoenix Suns, 112-95 on Sunday afternoon. The Pistons overcame a sluggish performance for the much of the game, finally pulling away from the short-handed Suns. The Suns were without several top players, but they still led the playoff-chasing Pistons 65-53 in the third quarter. Detroit finished strong in that period and then built a double-digit lead of its own in the fourth. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, and Aron Baynes had 13 points and 17 rebounds. The Pistons hit the road to play the Nets on Tuesday, the Bulls on Wednesday and also play at Orlando and New York in the coming week.
The Red Wings are home to play Buffalo tonight. Detroit heads to Montreal on Tuesday. The Wings have six more games at Joe Louis Arena, including tonight’s game.
WMU’s hockey team lost twice at the NCHC postseason tournament but they’ll be a Number 2 seed and one of 16 teams to make it to the NCAA tournament this weekend. The Broncos will face Air Force on Sunday.
Women’s College Basketball
The Michigan women’s basketball team beat Wright State Saturday. They advance to play St. John’s this Thursday at Crisler Center.
The Marshall Redhawks lost to Detroit Country Day on Friday to fall short on their bid to repeat as Class B champs. Country Day beat Ypsilanti Arbor Prep on Saturday to win it all. Flushing was the Class A champ, Detroit Edison won in Class C, and Pittsford won the Class D title.
Boy’s finals are this weekend. Kalamazoo Central takes on Grand Rapids Christian in a Class A State Quarterfinal game on Tuesday. Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo Christian, Benton Harbor Dream Academy and Lansing Christian are all still in it.
The Tigers beat Baltimore, 7-1. Matt Boyd pitched a strong 5 innings, giving up one run on 6 hits. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Shane Greene and Ian Saupold shut out the Birds the rest of the way. Andrew Romine had two hits in the leadoff spot to raise his spring average to .319. The Tigers host the Mets today, with Jordan Zimmerman on the mound.
Team USA plays Japan Tuesday in the WBC semifinal, after beating the Dominican Republic.
Ryan Newman won yesterday’s Monster Energy Cup race at Phoenix by skipping a tire-changing pit stop to take the lead from deep in the pack. He held on for the final two laps to break a 127-race winless streak and force Kyle Larson to settle for his third straight runner-up finish. Newman also halted a 112-race losing skid for Richard Childress Racing.
Australian Marc Leishman rallied to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and earn a spot in the Masters next month.