Sports: Michigan’s Season Ends with 69-68 Loss to Oregon
Michigan’s run is over, as the Wolverines lost to Oregon 69-68. Derek Walton, Jr. led the Wolverines with 20. Zak Irvin had 19. The Wolverines finish the season at 27-11.
Kansas beat Purdue by 32 points, 98-66. The Jayhawks will play Oregon on Saturday.
Gonzaga did not have an easy time of it, as they managed to pull one out against West Virginia, 61-58. A big upset in the West, as 11th seed Xavier beat second-seeded Arizona, 73-71. Xavier plays Gonzaga on Saturday.
Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team left in the tournament. The Badgers play Florida in the late game tonight. Also tonight, Butler versus North Carolina, South Carolina against Baylor and UCLA vs. Kentucky.
Women’s College Basketball
The Michigan women's basketball team beat St. John’s 60-40 in the NIT at Crisler Center. Hallie Thome had 19 to lead Michigan. Katelynn Flaherty added 17. Michigan plays Virginia on Saturday at 2pm.
The Tigers lost to the Braves 2-1 last night. Justin Verlander gave up a solo homer to Freddie Freeman, but mowed down the Braves the rest of his 6 innings. Verlander set down 15 in a row. Mark Lowe and Bruce Rondon each pitched a scoreless inning. Rule 5 pick Daniel Stumpf took the loss in the 9th. Nick Castellanos had two hits including a home run. Matt Boyd starts against the Braves today in Lakeland.
The Tigers didn’t do anything to improve their bullpen in the off season. How’s it shaping up? I’ve written about that, and given my prediction at 95.3 wbck dot com.
The Pistons and Bulls are in a ninth-place tie in the Eastern Conference, a game behind the Miami Heat in the race for that final playoff spot. The Pistons play the Heat next Tuesday at the Palace, but have two road games first. Detroit is at Orlando tonight and heads to New York to play the Knicks on Monday.
The Red Wings head home to play the Lightning tonight and the Wild on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings have nine games left in the season, six at the Joe. They move into the new Little Caesar’s Arena next fall.
KCC Home This Weekend
The first home games of the season for Kellogg Community College's baseball and softball teams will be held this weekend at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.
The baseball team plays a doubleheader today at 2 against Lake Muskegon Community College.
KCC's softball team plays two against Lake Michigan on Saturday at 1.
WMU and Michigan Tech’s hockey teams are among 16 at the NCAA tournament. The Broncos will face Air Force tonight in Providence. The Huskies play against top seed Denver in Cincinnati Saturday at 1 PM.
High School Basketball
Boy’s semi-finals and finals are today and Saturday at the Breslin Center. WBCK will broadcast the Class D and Class A state finals on Saturday at 10am, as we fulfill our Michigan High School Athletic Association agreement.