The Pistons lost in New Orleans last night, 109-86.  Detroit set a record for the worst free-throw percentage in history, going 3 for17 at the line. Pistons center Andre Drummond was ejected for swatting at the back of Pelicans guard Tim Frazier's head after Frazier had ripped away a rebound late in the third quarter. Drummond had 13 points and 17 rebounds to that point, but also missed nine of 10 free throws. The Pistons were also 3 of 23 from the 3-point line. Anthony Davis had 33 points and 14 rebounds, as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a three-game skid.

Big Ten Basketball

MSU lost at Illinois 73-70 last night.  The Spartans nearly mounted a comeback, but mistakes kept them out of any chance to win.  The Illini turned 15 Spartan giveaways into 18 points.  With the loss, the Spartans drop to 10-7 in the Big Ten.  Maryland won their game to go to 11-6.  They host the Spartans on Saturday.

Minnesota is 10-6 and hosts Nebraska tonight and finish at Wisconsin on Sunday.

The Michigan Wolverines lost at Northwestern.  Derek Pardon scored on a layup off a long inbound pass to give Northwestern a 67-65 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night.  The Wolverines' Zak Irvin had just missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. The ball got knocked out of bounds and, after a timeout, Nathan Taphorn threw a pass the length of the court, hitting Pardon in stride for the winning shot.  As the buzzer sounded, fans packing Welsh-Ryan Arena poured onto the court.   The win was just what the Wildcats needed after dropping five of seven.  Now they have a shot at making their first NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines will finish this weekend at Nebraska.

In the MAC….

The WMU Broncos are in a first place tie atop the Mid-American Conference West Division with Ball State.  Western’s final regular season game is Friday as they host CMU.

Women’s  Basketball

Cent. Michigan 94, W. Michigan 73

Lake Michigan 89, KCC 42.   KCC ends the season at 3-25, but coach Kyle Klingaman has high hopes for a more experienced team next season.

Red Wings

It's been more than a quarter-century since the Red Wings were sellers at the trade deadline. That's what happens when you make the playoffs for 25 straight seasons. Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland made four trades before Wednesday’s deadline, getting five draft picks and a player in exchange for Tomas Jurco, Brendan Smith, Steve Ott and Thomas Vanek.  The Red Wings skate at Calgary on Friday night.

Tigers

The Tigers lost to the Washington Nationals 9-1 and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Wednesday in split-squad games.  Mike Pelfrey, experimenting with some new pitches, took his second loss of the spring against Washington.   Michael Fulmer looked sharp in his outing against the Jays.   Justin Verlander works against the Pirates today in Lakeland.

 

Girls Basketball District Semi-Finals Wednesday

Girls Basketball - District Semifinals
Class A @ Loy Norrix - Lakeview 52, Gull Lake 41 Emily Eldridge led Lakeview with 17 points and 12 rebounds.  (Play Coldwater Friday - 7pm)

Class B @ Comstock - Harper Creek 63, Pennfield 52.  Maddie Alexander had 21.  Jacey Bowers scored 20.

Class B @ Comstock - Marshall 55, Comstock 29 Nikki Tucker had 14.   (Harper Creek vs. Marshall Friday - 7pm)
Class B @ Jackson Northwest - Olivet 39, Jackson Northwest 27 (Play Eaton Rapids Friday - 7pm)
Class C @ Bronson - Bronson 70, Union City 25
Class C @ Bronson - Homer 37, Jonesville 30 (Homer vs. Bronson Friday - 6pm)
Class C @ Galesburg-Augusta - Springport 60, Galesburg-Augusta 39
Class C @ Galesburg-Augusta - Saranac 45, Maple Valley 23
Class D @ Bellevue - St. Philip 57, Calhoun Christian 20
Class D @ Bellevue - Bellevue 52, Martin 32 (St. Philip vs. Bellevue Friday - 6:30pm)
Class D @ Athens - Climax-Scotts 52, Tekonsha 25
Class D @ Athens - Athens 77, Coldwater Pansophia 0 (Climax-Scotts vs. Athens Friday - 7pm)

Class D @ North Adams- North Adams Jerome 46, Litchfield 30.

 

Boys Games on Thursday

Pennfield at Eaton Rapids

Pittsford plays at St. Philip

Marshall at Charlotte

Bellevue at Tekonsha

Climax-Scotts at Litchfield

Athens at Union City.

Hackett at Galesburg-Augusta

Watervliet at Delton

Quincy at Homer

MSU Toughens Policy After Doctor Scandal

Michigan State University is responding to sexual assault allegations against a sports doctor by requiring written consent for certain treatments. Michigan State says chaperones also can be present for any appointment. The policies are a result of widespread allegations that Dr. Larry Nassar molested women and girls when they were supposed to be treated for sports injuries.