Thursday Morning Sports Update-11/11/2021

NCAAMBKB – Men’s College Basketball
Last Night
(6) Michigan 88, Buffalo 76
Western Michigan 76, Hope College 58

#6 Michigan 88, Buffalo 76 – Dickinson-led No. 6 Michigan beats Buffalo 88-76 in opener
Hunter Dickinson had 27 points to help No. 6 Michigan open with an 88-76 win over Buffalo on Wednesday night. The Wolverines started strong in their season opener, leading by as much as 21 points in the first half and going ahead 51-36 at halftime. But Michigan came out flat in the second half, allowing Buffalo to cut the deficit to five points with five-plus minutes left. Caleb Houstan helped Michigan pull away, making a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a 15-point lead late in the game. Buffalo’s Jeenathan Williams scored a career-high 32 points.

WMU 76, Hope 58 – Norman Jr. scores 23 to lead W. Michigan over Hope 76-58
Lamar Norman Jr. had a career-high 23 points as Western Michigan topped Hope College 76-58 in a season opener. Markeese Hastings had 10 rebounds for Western Michigan.  Jeff Bikus had 13 points to lead NCAA Division III Hope College.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 112, Houston Rockets 104
Chicago Bulls 117, Dallas Mavericks 107
Denver Nuggets 101, Indiana Pacers 98

Pistons 112, Rockets 104 – Grant has season-high 35 points, Pistons top Rockets 112-104
Jerami Grant scored a season-high 35 points to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 112-104 on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the NBA. Grant shot 12 of 23 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Detroit improved to 2-8, and Houston dropped to 1-10. The meeting was the first between the top two picks in the July draft. Cade Cunningham, Detroit’s choice as the No. 1 pick, had 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Houston’s Jalen Green, the No. 2 pick, had 23 points on 8-of-20 shooting.

Bulls 117, Mavericks 107 – Ball, LaVine lead Bulls past Mavericks 117-107
Zach LaVine scored 23 points and Lonzo Ball made seven of Chicago’s 15 3-pointers, helping the Bulls top the Dallas Mavericks 117-107. Five players scored in double figures for Chicago during its second straight victory. Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points. Dallas had won three straight and four of five overall, but it couldn’t keep up with LaVine and the Bulls in the second half. Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, and Luka Doncic finished with 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Nuggets 101, Pacers 98 – Barton scores 30, Nuggets beat Pacers 101-98 without Jokic
Will Barton scored a season-high 30 points, helping to make up for the absence of suspended star Nikola Jokic as the Denver Nuggets hung on to beat the Indiana Pacers 101-98. Zeke Nnaji added 19 points and Jeff Green and Bones Hyland had 12 apiece for the Nuggets, who have won four straight and six of seven. Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points to lead the Pacers. Domantas Sabonis added 20 points and 19 rebounds.

Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz, 9:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – Blackhawks F Hagel to miss 2 weeks with shoulder injury
Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Hagel is expected to miss two weeks with a left shoulder injury. Hagel got hurt in the third period of Sunday night’s 2-1 overtime victory against Nashville. The Blackhawks also assigned defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk to Rockford of the AHL. Kalynuk likely is working on his conditioning after being sidelined by a right ankle sprain.

NCAAWBKB – Women’s College Basketball
Western Illinois at Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

NCAAFB – College Football – Week 11
Last Night
Central Michigan 54, Kent State 30

CMU 54, Kent State 30 – Nichols III, Richardson rally Central Michigan past Kent St
Freshman Lew Nichols III ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns and Daniel Richardson threw four TD passes as Central Michigan spotted Kent State 14 points before rolling to a 54-30 victory. Nichols has now rushed for 1,297 in his first 10 games for the Chippewas. He has topped the 100-yard mark seven times and has 11 rushing TDs and two TD receptions. Nichols had 43 carries against Kent State and has yet to fumble in 235 rushes this season.

NCAA – MAC – MAC says no to expansion after MTSU decides to stay in C-USA
The Mid-American Conference announced it will stand pat with its membership, just hours after Middle Tennessee State made known it was sticking with Conference USA. Middle Tennessee and fellow C-USA member Western Kentucky had explored the possibility of joining the MAC as Conference USA had been poached of nine members over the last month. MTSU and WKU would have extended the Midwest-based MAC farther south. But after C-USA announced last week the addition of four new members starting in 2023, Middle Tennessee State decided it was best to stay put in a conference that will now had nine members, stretching from Virginia to New Mexico..

NFL – National Football League – Week 10
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins, 8:20 p.m.

NFL – Henry Ruggs’ lawyers argue to block medical records release
Attorneys for former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III have launched a bid to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors charging him with driving under the influence in a fiery crash that killed a woman and cost Ruggs his job. Ruggs didn’t appear in person in court Wednesday, as prosecutors filed additional charges that could mean additional prison time if the 22-year-old former first-round draft pick is convicted. He’s accused of driving 156 mph with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit in Nevada before his sports car crashed into a vehicle early Nov. 2, killing Tina Tintor and her dog. Ruggs is on house arrest with strict conditions while the case proceeds.

MLB – Possibility of universal DH could affect roster decisions
If the universal designated hitter returns to the National League for good next season as many people believe, don’t be looking for the role to be filled with prototypical aging superstars who no longer play a position. While some teams might need to do some adjusting to fill a DH roster spot, many other teams will roll right into the new era using a number of players whose bat can stay in the lineup as a DH while they get a rest from playing the field. It’s just that some general managers wouldn’t mind knowing sooner rather than later as they begin putting together rosters for next season.

ECHL – ECHL Hockey
Last Night
Kalamazoo Wings 4, Cincinnati Cyclones 2

MHSAA – High School Sports
Volleyball – Regional Finals
Division 1 at Hudsonville
Portage Northern vs. Hudsonville, 7:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Vicksburg
Three Rivers vs. Niles, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Centreville
Watervliet vs. Kalamazoo Christian, 6:30 p.m.