Morning Sports – Tuesday 2/14/17

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Milwaukee Bucks 102, Detroit Pistons 89
San Antonio Spurs 110, Indiana Pacers 106

Bucks 102, Pistons 89 – Bucks beat Pistons 102-89 behind Monroe’s double-double
Greg Monroe had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Michael Beasley added 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 102-89 on Monday night, winning their first home game since star forward Jabari Parker got hurt.  The Bucks led by 22 at one point and held a double-digit advantage for most of the second half. It was a confidence-building outing for a team adjusting to life again without Parker, the 20 point-a-game scorer who tore his left ACL last week for the second time in three seasons. Beasley’s energy gave the Bucks a boost. Starting now with Parker out, the veteran sliced through traffic for layups and hit mid-range jumpers. Monroe, the active 6-foot-11 center, wheeled in the lane for baskets and boards. Marcus Morris led Detroit with 26 points, while Andre Drummond added 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Spurs 110, Pacers 106 – Spurs top Pacers for NBA-record 20th straight winning season
Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs clinched their NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season with a 110-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 19 points during the final 6 1/2 minutes as the Spurs improved to 42-13 in the season following Tim Duncan’s retirement. They have had a winning record every season since 1997-98, when Duncan was a rookie, and broke a tie with the Utah Jazz, who had 19 straight winning seasons from 1985-2004. Paul George scored 27 points and Myles Turner had 22 for the Pacers, who have lost four straight — three on their home court.  George’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left cut it to 107-104, but the Spurs closed it out at the free-throw line.

Tonight
Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Tonight
(25) Notre Dame at Boston College, 7:00 p.m.
Bowling Green at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Buffalo at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Ohio at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Ohio State at Michigan State, 9:00 p.m.         Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 8:00

NCAAMBB – Michigan State AD cancels trip, focuses on job on campus
NCAA Tournament selection committee chair Mark Hollis has cancelled a planned trip to focus on his job as Michigan State’s athletic director. Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo says Hollis was looking forward to traveling through 12 states in a 12-day span later this month to watch college basketball games. Hollis has more pressing matters on campus. Michigan State announced Thursday a police investigation is looking into a sexual assault complaint against three football players, all of whom have been suspended from team activities and evicted from campus housing. The athletic department also suspended a staff member tied to the football program pending the investigation.  Hollis is expected to lead the selection committee as expected, a role that included discussing preliminary rankings.

NCAAMBB – NIT – NIT to have experimental rules similar to quarter-style play
This year’s NIT will experiment with rules, incorporating elements of playing four quarters while staying with a two-half format.  The NCAA announced Monday its rules panel has approved resetting team fouls to zero at the end of 10-minute segments in each half, as well as doing away with the 1-and-1 free throw in favor or two foul shots on many fouls. Instead, teams will shoot two free throws after teams have reached four fouls during each 10-minute segment and three fouls during overtime. The fouls will reset at the 9:59 mark of each half. The rules panel also approved resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds instead of going back to 30 when a team inbounds in its frontcourt after a foul.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
(1) Connecticut 66, (6) South Carolina 55

#1 UConn 66, #6 South Carolina 55 – UConn women’s winning streak hits 100
The top-ranked Connecticut women’s basketball team posted an unprecedented 100th consecutive victory by topping sixth-ranked South Carolina 66-55 behind Gabby Williams’ 26 points. The last time the UConn women lost was in November of 2014.

NCAAFB – Bob Elliott leaving Irish post to coach Nebraska’s safeties
Bob Elliott is leaving his job as special assistant to the head coach at Notre Dame to coach safeties at Nebraska. Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley on Monday announced the hiring of Elliott, who has 38 years of college coaching experience and spent the past five seasons on the Notre Dame staff. Elliott coached safeties at Notre Dame in 2012-13 when Bob Diaco was the Irish defensive coordinator. Diaco was hired as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator last month. Elliott coached Notre Dame’s outside linebackers in 2014. He was involved in player personnel decisions, analytics, defensive strategy, game planning and on-campus recruiting as Brian Kelly’s special assistant the past two years. In addition to several stops as a position coach, Elliott has been defensive coordinator at San Diego State, Kansas State and Iowa.

NCAAFB – K-State’s Snyder has cancer
Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The 77-year old says in a statement that treatments are going well and that he expects to be on the field for spring practice in March. Snyder addressed his health in a statement after rumors began circling that he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

NCAAFB – Son of disgraced ex-coach arrested
Jerry Sandusky’s adult son is in jail, awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week on child sexual abuse charges. Police accused 41-year-old Jeffrey Sandusky of pressuring one teenage girl to send him naked photos and asking her teen sister to give him oral sex. Sandusky faces 14 charges and his bail is set at $200,000.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Three Rivers 55, Edwardsburg 43

Girls Basketball
Buchanan 47, Niles 43
Edwardsburg 54, Three Rivers 50
Grace Christian 30, Howardsville Christian 25
River Valley 37, New Buffalo 23

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Muskegon Heights at Benton Harbor, 7:15 p.m.  95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Dowagiac at St. Joseph, 7:15 p.m.
Mishawaka-Penn (IN) at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Countryside at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Bangor, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Vicksburg, 7:00 p.m.
Elkhart Central at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Bridgman at Fennville, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan at New Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
River Valley at Brandywine, 7:30 p.m.
Constantine at Bloomingdale, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Decatur, 7:00 p.m.
Lawton at Eau Claire, 7:00 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.
Comstock at Paw Paw, 7:30 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Marcellus, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Martin, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Portage Central, 7:15 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Kalamazoo Central, 7:15 p.m.
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Countryside at Lake Michigan Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
Bangor at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Dowagiac at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.
Comstock at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Covert at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Bridgman, 7:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at Lawton, 7:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Delton-Kellogg, 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence at Galesburg-Augusta, 5:30 p.m.
Martin at Kalamazoo Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Decatur at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central 7:15 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Basketball Rankings
Boys                            
Class A
School                                      Record  Points
1. Clarkston (3)                        (15-0)  59
2. East Lansing (1)                    (14-0)  54
(tie) Grand Rapids Christian       (14-0)  54
4. Muskegon                              (16-0)  49
5. Kalamazoo Central              (13-1) 41
6. Detroit U-D Jesuit                 (13-3)  38
7. Flint Carman-Ainsworth          (14-1)  37
8. Macomb Dakota                      (14-3)  34
9. Holland West Ottawa             (14-1)  29
10.Detroit King                         (14-2)  25
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Detroit East English (13-3) 18.
Class B
School                                      Record  Points
1. Wyoming Godwin Heights (4)  (15-0)  74
2. River Rouge (1)                     (14-1)  70
3. New Haven                             (15-1)  65
4. Benton Harbor                    (15-1) 58
5. Frankenmuth                          (13-1)  48
6. Hillsdale                               (16-0)  42
7. Bridgeport                             (13-1)  41
8. Grand Rapids Cath. Central    (13-2)  39
9. Wayland                                (13-3)  33
10. Big Rapids                            (13-1)  24
Others 12 or more receiving votes: Ludington (13-1) 22, Freeland (13-2) 18, Hazel Park (10-4) 13.

Class C
School                                      Record  Points
1. McBain (5)                            (14-0)  75
2. Kalamazoo Hackett              (13-0) 67
3. Monroe St. Mary Cath.           (14-0)  57
4. Sand Creek                            (15-0)  50
5. Brandywine                         (16-0) 49
6. Pewamo-Westphalia                 (13-1)  46
7. Flint Beecher                         (12-3)  44
8. Norway                                  (14-1)  42
9. Riverview Gabriel Richard       (15-1)  39
10. Marlette                              (15-1)  33
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Breckenridge (12-1) 24, Michigan Center (15-0) 23, Detroit Cornerstone (10-4) 14.
Class D
School                                      Record  Points
1. Powers North Central (5)       (15-0)  75
2. Southfield Christian               (11-3)  67
(tie) Hillman                              (13-0)  67
4. Buckley                                 (13-0)  60
5. Bark River-Harris                   (12-3)  48
6. Bellaire                                 (12-1)  46
7. Pickford                                 (12-3)  43
8. Lansing Christian                   (12-3)  41
9. Frankfort-Elberta                  (11-2)  38
10. Fowler                                (9-4)    23
Others receiving votes: Brimley (11-5) 21.

Girls               
Class A
School                                      Record  Points
1. Detroit King (4)                    (16-1)  60
2. Warren Cousino                     (16-2)  54
3. Midland Dow                         (14-2)  53
4. Saginaw Heritage                   (15-1)  48
5. Port Huron Northern             (16-2)  40
6. DeWitt                                  (16-1)  39
7. Southfield A & T                    (12-4)  33
8. Muskegon Mona Shores           (14-3)  31
9. Clarkston                              (14-3)  20
10. East Kentwood                     (16-1)  17
Others with 12 or more votes: Marquette (15-2) 16, East Lansing (14-2) 16, Hartland (15-1) 15, Northville (15-1) 12.

Class B           
School                                      Record  Points
1. Detroit Country Day (4)         (15-0)  60
2. Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory    (17-0)  56
3. Williamston                           (15-1)  52
4. G.R. Catholic Central             (16-1)  48
5. Freeland                                (17-0)  44
6. Marshall                                (14-2)  40
7. Hamilton                                (15-1)  36
8. Kalkaska                                (11-2)  28
9. Ida                                        (14-2)  27
10. Bay City John Glenn              (12-4)  17
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Muskegon Oakridge (14-2) 15.

Class C
School                                      Record  Points
1. Sandusky (3)                         (16-0)  72
2. Centreville                            (16-1)  65
3. Traverse City St. Francis        (13-1)  61
4. Laingsburg                             (14-1)  49
5. Detroit Edison (2)                 (11-3)  48
6. Munising                                (17-0)  47
7. Norway                                  (16-0)  42
8. Reese                                     (15-2)  36
9. St. Ignace LaSalle                  (15-2)  34
10. Pewamo-Westphalia               (13-2)  31
Others with 12 or more votes: Blissfield (14-2) 21, Carson City-Crystal (14-2) 19, Flint Hamady (11-5) 15, Galesburg-Augusta (13-2) 15.

Class D
School                                      Record  Points
1. Pittsford (5)                         (17-0)  75
2. Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart  (14-1)  68
3. Hillman                                  (15-1)  64
4. Waterford Our Lady               (14-3)  63
5. Gaylord St. Mary                   (15-1)  55
6. Michigan Lutheran              (15-2) 48
7. Baraga                                   (14-2)  46
8. Crystal Falls Forest Park       (13-3)  34
9. Bellaire                                 (11-4)  32
10. Cedarville                            (11-5)  28
Others with 12 or more votes: Pickford (14-3) 23, Portland St. Patrick (10-6) 18, Engadine (11-4) 17.