The Pistons lost for the 8th time in their last 10 games, as the Indiana Pacers beat them 121-116 last night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Coach Stan Van Gundy says the problem has been the Pistons’ lack of defense. Paul George had 32 points for the Indiana Pacers.  Indiana blew a 15-point first-half lead but pulled away in the fourth quarter to win its third straight game.  Tobias Harris came off the bench to lead the Pistons with 22 points. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson each had a double-double.  The Pacers are 2 1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pistons are 5 under .500.   They host Charlotte on Thursday.

College Basketball

Ohio University never trailed in beating Western Michigan 89-58 in Tuesday night's Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Thomas Wilder had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Broncos (4-9).

Eastern Michigan beat Central Michigan 85-63.

Tonight:

MSU hosts Rutgers.  Broadcast time is 5:30 tonight on WBCK.

Michigan hosts Penn State.

Akron at CMU

Toledo at EMU

WMU at Miami of Ohio.

Hear the Tom Izzo Show ….Thursday at 7 on WBCK.

Boys Basketball

Plainwell 58, Lakeview 57.   Lakeview’s Anthony Evans had 22; Cooper Grostefon had 14 with 9 rebounds.

Zion Christian 64, Calhoun Christian 42

Delton 56, Allegan 41

Coldwater 57, Quincy 39

Girls Basketball

Lakeview 52, Plainwell 23.  Emily Eldridge had 16 points and 13 rebounds.  Karlie Kucharzyk had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Zion Christian 72, Calhoun Christian 16

Athens 43, Reading 28.  Noelle Fuller had 12 points.

Bellevue 65, Burr Oak 14.  Bailey Whitcomb with 15.

Allegan 56, Delton 41

Jonesville 45, Homer 27

Jackson Christian 44, Tekonsha 23

Friday, we’ll bring you Harper Creek at Pennfield on WBCK.

Lions

The Lions play at Seattle in an NFC Wild Card Game on Saturday night.  Broadcast time is 7:15pm on WBCK.

Red Wings

The Red Wings play tonight in Anaheim and Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Junior Hockey

The U.S. will face Russia in a semifinal Wednesday at the world junior hockey championship at Bell Centre in Montreal. The Americans topped the Russians 3-2 in the preliminary round.

Peppers Weighs NFL Decision

Michigan star Jabrill Peppers says he hasn't made a decision on his future.  Forbes.com said he was heading to the NFL, but Peppers tweeted that the report was "false" and added: "This is going to be one of the hardest decisions in my life."

The junior linebacker finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2016.  He played 15 positions this season at Michigan but missed the Orange Bowl after injuring his left hamstring. Michigan lost to Florida State by a point.

Perine to Leave Oklahoma

Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine says he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.  The 235-pound junior became Oklahoma's career rushing leader during Monday's 35-19 Sugar Bowl win over Auburn. He finished with 4,122 yards, four ahead of 1978 Heisman winner Billy Sims.