Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 3/9/18

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY – Round 2
#2 Duke 88, #10 Notre Dame 70

Duke 88, Notre Dame 70 – Bagley, No. 5 Duke rout Notre Dame 88-70 in ACC tourney
Marvin Bagley III had 33 points and 17 rebounds, Grayson Allen made his first five 3-pointers and No. 5 Duke rolled to an 88-70 victory over Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.  Allen finished with 23 points and the second-seeded Blue Devils (26-6) advanced to play No. 3 seed Miami or 12th-ranked and sixth-seeded North Carolina in the second semifinal Friday night.  Duke, the defending champion after beating Notre Dame in the title game last year, earned its 100th ACC Tournament victory. Bonzie Colson had 18 points and nine rebounds for the 10th-seeded Fighting Irish (20-14), who were unable to score the marquee victory over a top team that might have been a huge boost to their NCAA Tournament resume. Injuries to Colson and senior guard Matt Farrell derailed Notre Dame in the middle of the season, and now the Irish have to hope the selection committee focuses on how good they can be when healthy.

Mid American Conference Tournament – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH – Quarterfinals
#1 Buffalo 89, #9 Central Michigan 74
#3 Eastern Michigan 67, #11 Akron 58

Buffalo 89, CMU 74 – Harris scores 27, top-seeded Buffalo advances in MAC tourney
Jeremy Harris scored a career-high 27 points, CJ Massinburg added 18 and top-seeded Buffalo held off eighth-seeded Central Michigan’s rally in the second half for a 89-74 win in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday.  Nick Perkins had 16 points and the Bulls (24-8) made two big 3-pointers in the final 2:17 to put away the Chippewas. Buffalo plays fifth-seeded Kent State, the defending tournament champion, in Friday’s first semifinal. Cecil Williams had 21 points and 13 rebounds to pace Central Michigan (19-14).

EMU 67, Akron 58 – E. Michigan beats Akron 67-58, heads to MAC semis
Elijah Minnie scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Eastern Michigan rallied with a 28-4 second-half run to beat Akron 67-58 in Thursday night’s Mid-American Conference quarterfinal, defeating the Zips for the first time in six chances in tournament play.  Tim Bond and Paul Jackson scored 15 points apiece for the third-seeded Eagles (21-11), who play No. 2 seed Toledo (22-10) in Friday’s semifinal.

Mid American Conference Tournament – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH – Semifinals
#5 Kent State vs. #1 Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.
#3 Eastern Michigan vs. #2 Toledo, 9:00 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Mid American Conference Tournament – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH – Semifinals
#4 Miami vs. #1 Central Michigan, 11:00 a.m.
#6 Western Michigan vs. #2 Buffalo, 1:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota, reunites with Thibodeau
Derrick Rose has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season. The move reunites Rose and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who were together in Chicago. Minnesota technically becomes the 2011 NBA MVP’s fourth team in the last 11 months. He played for the Knicks last year and opened this season with the Cavaliers before heading to the Jazz, who immediately waived him.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Detroit Red Wings 0
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

Golden Knights 4, Red Wings 0 – Golden Knights top Red Wings 4-0 as Eakin, Tuch score 2 each
Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch scored two goals apiece, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Thursday night.  The Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights had lost four of five, their worst stretch during their inaugural season since losing five of six early on. The victory at Little Caesars Arena was their 19th on the road, tying Anaheim’s 1993-94 team for the most by an expansion team.  Fleury got his third shutout of the season and the 47th of his career.  Vegas, coming off a 4-1 loss at Columbus, went ahead 2:24 into the game when Tuch scored. The Golden Knights turned the game into a rout in the second after Eakin scored short-handed midway through the period. Eakin and Tuch had goals 50 second apart. Jimmy Howard had 28 saves for the Red Wings, who have lost five straight games for the third time this season.

Hurricanes 3, Blackhawks 2 – Aho lifts Hurricanes over Blackhawks 3-2
Sebastian Aho snapped a tie with a power-play goal in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night in their first game since Ron Francis was forced out as general manager. Justin Williams had a goal and an assist as Carolina stayed four points back of Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Scott Darling made 22 saves in his return to Chicago after he was traded to Carolina in April, and Elias Lindholm added two assists. Tomas Jurco and Patrick Sharp scored for last-place Chicago (29-31-8), which
had won two of three. Jean-Francois Berube made 37 stops.

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – NFL looking at questions asked to prospect at draft combine
The NFL is investigating whether questions asked to LSU running back Derrius Guice at the combine were inappropriate. Guice, projected as one of the top running backs in this draft, told Sirius XM Radio that one team asked if he was gay and another club asked if his mother “sells herself.” The NFL released a statement saying that sort of questioning is “completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies.”

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Detroit Tigers 3
Texas Rangers 5, Chicago White Sox (split squad) 4
Kansas City Royals 12, Chicago White Sox (split squad) 0
Chicago Cubs 10, San Diego Padres 4

New York Mets at Detroit Tigers, 1:05 p.m.                                            Lakeland, FL
Chicago White Sox at San Diego Padres, 3:05 p.m.                                 Peoria, AZ
Los Angeles Angels at Chicago Cubs, 3:05 p.m.                                            Mesa, AZ

Golf – PGA – Canadian rookie leads, Woods entertains at Innisbrook
A tournament alternate is the first-round leader at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook. PGA Canadian rookie Corey Conners opened with a 4-under 67 that puts him one stroke ahead of Nick Watney, Kelly Kraft and Whee Kim.  Tiger Woods is three shots back following his first opening-round under par since 2015.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Fort Wayne Komets at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:00 p.m.
Quad City Mallards at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.
Cincinnati Cyclones at Indy Fuel, 7:35 p.m.

NCAAHKY – Men’s College Hockey
Big Ten Conference Tournament – Semifinals – Single Elimination
#4 Penn State at #1 Notre Dame, 5:30 p.m.
#3 Michigan at #2 Ohio State, 7:30 p.m.

NJCAA – Junior College Sports
Women’s Softball
Chipola College 6, Lake Michigan College 0 – Game 1
Chipola College 8, Lake Michigan College 0 – Game 2 (6 innings)

Women’s Softball
Lake Michigan College vs. Louisiana State University-Eunice, 12:30 p.m.
Lake Michigan College vs. Wallace C.C.- Dothan, 2:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Basketball – Regional Finals
Class B at Hopkins
Hamilton 43, Edwardsburg 26

Class C at Bridgman
Schoolcraft 50, Brandywine 43

Class D at Burr Oak
Athens 41, Martin 28

Boys Basketball – District Finals
Class B at Berrien Springs
Benton Harbor vs. South Haven, 7:00 p.m.                         Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM

Class D at River Valley
Michigan Lutheran vs. Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:00 p.m.   95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports

Other Districts
Class A at Kalamazoo Central
Portage Central vs. Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m.

Class A at Gull Lake
Coldwater vs. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.

Class B at Three Rivers
Paw Paw vs. Dowagiac, 7:00 p.m.

Class B at Otsego
Wayland vs. Hopkins, 6:00 p.m.

Class C at Watervliet
Cassopolis vs. Brandywine, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Schoolcraft
Marcellus vs. Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Gobles
Kalamazoo Christian vs. Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.

Class D at Martin
Howardsville Christian vs. Burr Oak, 7:00 p.m.