Purdue wins Big Ten title to finalize NCAA Tournament Bracket – Monday Morning Sports Update


NCAAMBKB – Men’s College Basketball
Big Ten Tournament – United Center, Chicago IL – Championship
Purdue 67, Penn State 65

Purdue 67, Penn State 65 – Edey’s 30 helps No. 5 Purdue hold off Penn State in Big Ten
Zach Edey scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 5 Purdue hung on to beat Penn State 67-65 in the Big Ten Tournament championship game. The Boilermakers led by as much as 17 in the second half but the lead shrunk to one point in the closing seconds. Purdue won its second conference tournament title. Purdue led 66-60 when Penn State’s Myles Dread nailed a 3 with 16 seconds remaining. Evan Mahaffey then stole Brandon Newman’s inbound pass and fed Wynter for a layup that made it a one-point game with six seconds remaining.

NCAAMBKB – March Madness: Alabama, Houston, Kansas, Purdue the 1 seeds
Alabama is the overall top seed in the NCAA Tournament after cruising through the end of a season clouded by a murder case. Kansas, Houston and Purdue grabbed the other top seeds. Action in the 68-team tournament begins Tuesday with two games in the First Four. March Madness gets into full swing Thursday and Friday with 32 games spread over eight cities. The Final Four is set for April 1 and 3 at NRG Stadium in Houston.  Michigan State was able to earn their 25th straight NCAA tournament appearance despite losing their only game in the Big Ten tournament on Friday, the Spartans are the 7th seed in the East Regional and face 10 seed and future Big Ten opponent Southern California on Friday at 12:15 in Columbus, Ohio.   Michigan did not make the NCAA tournament, but the Wolverines did accept an invitation to the NIT, and will play host to Toledo on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  Notre Dame’s season is over.

NCAAWBKB – South Carolina No. 1 overall seed in women’s NCAA Tournament
South Carolina is six wins away from becoming the 10th women’s basketball team to go undefeated for an entire season, and the Gamecocks will enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. Dawn Staley’s squad has been challenged a few times this year but has always pulled through. The defending national champions will play Norfolk State in the first round of the tournament. The other No. 1 seeds are Indiana, Virginia Tech and Stanford. The tournament begins Wednesday with four First Four games and the full madness starts Friday.   Michigan is the 6th seed in the Greenville 2 regional and will face UNLV in the first round. While Notre Dame is the 3rd seed in the Greenville 1 regional and will face Southern Utah in the first round.

NHL – National Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings 5, Boston Bruins 3

Red Wings 5, Bruins 3 – Red Wings beat Bruins 5-3, a day after losing to NHL’s best
Dylan Larkin scored to help his team take a four-goal lead and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat the Boston Bruins 5-3. Detroit’s Alex Chiasson broke a scoreless tie midway through the first period on a power play goal. Moritz Seider had a short-handed goal and Larkin scored with an extra skater midway through the second period, putting the Red Wings ahead 3-0.  Adam Erne gave Detroit its four-goal lead late in the second. Ville Husso finished with 31 saves for the Red Wings.  The Red Wings were ahead 4-0 late in the second period and the NHL-best Bruins pulled within a goal midway through the third. Boston pulled backup goaltender Jeremy Swayman with 2:23 left to add an extra skater and Detroit’s Andrew Copp put the puck into the empty net with 23.1 seconds left to seal the win. A day after blowing a 2-0 lead and losing at Boston 3-2, Detroit won for just the second time in nine games.  

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Detroit Tigers 8, Minnesota Twins 7
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Chicago Cubs 3
Los Angeles Angels 1, Chicago White Sox 1 – TIE

Detroit Tigers (SS) at Baltimore Orioles, 1:05 p.m.
Detroit Tigers (SS) at Tampa Bay Rays, 1:05 p.m.
Cubs and White Sox are of

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

NFL – AP sources: Rams trading All-Pro CB Jalen Ramsey to Dolphins
Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Miami Dolphins are acquiring All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams. Los Angeles will get Miami’s third-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft and tight end Hunter Long for Ramsey. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the deal. Ramsey had 77 tackles and four interceptions during the Rams’ Super Bowl-winning 2021 season. Last season, he had a career-high 88 tackles and four interceptions.

Golf – PGA – Scheffler turns in masterpiece at Sawgrass to win Players
Scottie Scheffler is back to No. 1 in the world thanks to a masterful performance at The Players Championship. Scheffler ran off five straight birdies around the turn at the TPC Sawgrass. He extended his lead to six shots at one point. Scheffler left all the drama to everyone else. He closed with a 69 to become only the third winner at Sawgrass with all four rounds in the 60s. The five-shot win was the largest in 17 years at The Players Championship. Tyrrell Hatton birdied his last five holes for a 65 to finish alone in second place.

NASCAR – Byron wins 2nd straight Cup race, beats Larson at Phoenix
William Byron won his second straight NASCAR Cup Series race, taking advantage of a pair of late cautions to give Hendrick Motorsports a victory in overtime at Phoenix Raceway. Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet got a great start in overtime with two laps left, and just like he did a week earlier at Las Vegas, he overtook teammate Kyle Larson for the win. He also had to hold off Ryan Blaney, who finished second, while Tyler Reddick was third. Byron denied Kevin Harvick a chance to win his 10th race in Phoenix.

AHL – American Hockey League
Grand Rapids Griffins 3, Chicago Wolves 1

NBAGL – NBA “G” League
Mississauga Raptors 121, Grand Rapids Gold 119
Windy City Bulls 112, Mexico City Capitanes 105

MHSAA – Spring Sports officially begin today
While spring doesn’t officially arrive until next week, it has arrived as far as MHSAA is concerned.  Practice for the spring high school athletic season officially begins today.   Even as the winter season still has two weeks to go, schools around the state officially can begin preparation and practice for baseball and softball, track and field, girls soccer, lower Peninsula Girls Tennis, Lower Peninsula Boys Golf, and lacrosse.  The first games will be in about two weeks, although weather and field conditions usually pushes that back a few weeks. 

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Basketball – Regionals Semifinals
Division 1 at DeWitt
Kalamazoo Central vs. East Lansing, 5:30 p.m.
Holt vs. Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Vicksburg
Niles vs. Grand Rapids South Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Marshall vs. Hamilton, 7:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Coloma
Brandywine vs. Kalamazoo Hackett, 5:30 p.m.
Centreville vs. Lawton, 7:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Bellevue
Eau Claire vs. Kalamazoo Phoenix, 5:30 p.m.
Colon vs. Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.