Michigan beat Rutgers 68-64 on Wednesday.

Zak Irvin had 16.  Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 14 points, Derrick Walton Jr. had 13 and D.J. Wilson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds

Michigan moves to 18-10, 8-7 in the Big Ten.

Michigan is home against Purdue on Saturday and then on the road next week at Northwestern and Nebraska.

The MSU Spartans host Nebraska tonight and Wisconsin on Sunday.  They’ll also be on the road for games next week at Illinois and Maryland.

Coach Tom Izzo says Alvin Ellis will replace Eron Harris in the starting lineup.

Broadcast time is 6pm on 95.3 WBCK.

Women’s Basketball

WMU lost to Ball State, 83-72.  The Broncos are at Toledo on Saturday and finish at home next week against CMU and NIU.

CMU 109, Northern Illinois 86.

Toledo beat EMU 65-57.

KCC lost to Grand Rapids Community College, 53-41.

Tonight, #25 Michigan hosts Nebraska.

Pistons/NBA

The NBA returns from its week-long All-Star break with six games on the schedule tonight, including the Pistons hosting the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets will be without backup center Miles Plumlee for at least two weeks due to a leg injury, and Hornets’ starter Cody Zeller missed time before the All-Star break with a leg problem.

The NBA trade deadline is today at 3pm.  The Pistons are floating another name as available in a possible trade.  Reports say Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Jackson, and Andre Drummond are all available for the right deal.

Red Wings

The Red Wings are off until next Tuesday night, when they play at Vancouver.

The Wings are last in the Atlantic Conference and there are seven teams ahead of them for the final Wild Card spot.  Detroit has 22 games left to try to make the playoffs for a 26th straight season.  They are 8 points behind the Islanders, who currently hold the final Wild Card spot.

Michigan Hires Senior Analyst for Football

Jim Harbaugh has added Kevin Lempa as a senior defensive analyst on his Michigan football staff.  Lempa said Wednesday he is fired up to work with Wolverines defensive coordinator Don Brown again.

He coached defensive backs at Boston College from 2013 to 2015 while Brown was the Eagles' defensive coordinator.

More Charges against Nassar

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting nine young gymnasts is a "monster."  Schuette spoke to reporters Wednesday after filing 22 charges against Dr. Larry Nassar, a former doctor at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics.  Schuette replied "absolutely" when asked if more charges are coming.  Nassar's lawyer declined to comment.

Schuette says the victims were girls or teens who were molested at Nassar's home, his Michigan State clinic or a gymnastics club in Eaton County.

Campus Police Chief James Dunlap says his department has received more than 80 complaints about Nassar.

Separately, dozens of women and girls are suing Nassar, Michigan State and USA Gymnastics. They include 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, who says she was assaulted.

Bowling

Team regionals in Bowling are being held Friday.  In Division 1, Lakeview bowls at Royal Scot in Lansing.   In Division 2, Coldwater, Gull Lake, and Marshall all bowl at Continental Lanes in Kalamazoo.

In Division 3, Pennfield and Olivet will compete at Eastland Bowl in Kalamazoo.

High School Basketball

Battle Creek Calhoun Christian is at Battle Creek Academy.

In Girls’ Basketball

Tekonsha is at Burr Oak.

Waldron at Litchfield.

Maple Valley hosts Parchment.

Baseball Speeds Up Intentional Walk

In an attempt to speed up the game - Major League Baseball has changed the intentional walk rule.  Now - instead of throwing four wide ones - baseball managers will be able to signal the umpire their intention...and the batter will automatically get first base.

Tigers/MLB

Today is the day for the first Tiger spring training game in Lakeland Florida, as the Tigers play their annual game against Florida Southern at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Friday is the official Grapefruit League opener with the Orioles at Lakeland.  The game will start at 1:30pm, and WBCK will listen in on the broadcast during breaks in the Rush Limbaugh Show.