Pistons       

The Detroit Pistons lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-96 at The Palace. Detroit would be in the playoffs this year, if they only had to play three quarters in each game.   Last night, the Pistons led 82-66 after three and were outscored in the final period 31-14.  Josh Smith had 24 for the Pistons.  Kyle Singler had 18 and Brandon Jennings scored 17.  Dion Waiters knocked down a 19-foot jumper as time expired for the Cavs’ win.  Detroit hosts the Miami Heat on Friday.

76ers go for Loss Record

Tonight, the Philadelphia 76’ers go for a dubious record.  They’ve lost 25 in a row and play in Houston tonight.   26 would tie the Cleveland Cavs record from 3 seasons ago.

Red Wings

The Red Wings host the Montreal Canadiens tonight.  Montreal comes in riding a three-game winning streak, but the Wings have won the first two meetings this season.  The Red Wings and the Blue Jackets hold the final two playoff spots with 80 points, the same number as the Capitals and Maple Leafs.  Both teams have a game in hand over the Caps and two over the Leafs.   Detroit has 10 regular season games left.

Zetterberg Back for Playoffs?

Henrik Zetterberg says he wants to play in the playoffs.  Zetterberg spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since he had back surgery Feb 21.   He is aiming to return just after the playoffs begin April 16.   That’s the first date doctors say he could begin having contact again, but he says that’s all pending an evaluation.

NCAA Tournament

Michigan guard Nik Stauskas has been named a first-team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The NCAA Tournament resumes tonight with four Sweet 16 games.   Michigan will play Tennessee tomorrow at 6:40 on Sports 930 the Score.  The winner plays Sunday against Louisville or Kentucky.  Michigan State plays Virginia.   Broadcast time tomorrow night at 9:00pm on WBCK. The winner takes on either Iowa State or UConn on Sunday.

Tigers

The Detroit Tigers beat the Phillies in Clearwater 1-0. Justin Verlander was brilliant in his final start before Opening Day. Verlander pitched six-and-a-third innings of one-hit ball to outduel Cliff Lee. Ian Kinsler tripled and scored the game's lone run on a first-inning groundout by Miguel Cabrera.  The Tigers play the Braves today in Lakeland.  It’ll be the sixth and final meeting with Atlanta for the spring.  The Tigers host Tampa Bay on Friday and finish with Washington at Nationals’ Park on Saturday before heading North for Monday’s opener in Detroit.

Irsay Arrest Report

Police reports surrounding the arrest of Colts owner Jim Irsay were obtained by the "Indianapolis Star" on Wednesday. According to reports, Irsay had difficulty standing and was slurring his speech prior to his arrest on March 16th. There was also over 29-thousand-dollars in cash and prescription drugs in his SUV. The cash was loose in a briefcase, and the pills and bottles were on the floor inside bags.