Weekday Morning Sports Report – Tuesday 2/11/20

NCAAFB – Luke Fickell tells Michigan State he’s staying at Cincinnati
Coach Luke Fickell has informed Michigan State that he has decided to stay with Cincinnati. That leaves the Spartans to resume their search to replace coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans were interested in Fickell, who has rebuilt Cincinnati’s football team into a Top 25 program in his three seasons. Dantonio stepped down at Michigan State this month and previously coached at Cincinnati. After considering the Michigan State job over the weekend, Fickell announced he was staying because his family is comfortable in Cincinnati.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Charlotte Hornets 87, Detroit Pistons 76
Brooklyn Nets 106, Indiana Pacers 105

Hornets 87, Pistons 76 – Hornets beat Pistons 87-76, end 5-game losing streak
Miles Bridges scored 18 points and the Charlotte Hornets ended a five-game losing streak with an 87-76 victory over the Detroit Pistons. The win was Charlotte’s 10th straight against Detroit, including two consecutive 4-0 season sweeps. The Hornets are 13-36 against the rest of the league and had lost 13 of their previous 14 games. Malik Monk added 16 points for the Hornets while Devonte’ Graham had 14 points and 11 assists. The Pistons have lost three straight and nine of 11. Thon Maker led Detroit with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Bruce Brown added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Nets 106, Pacers 105 – Dinwiddie’s basket gives Nets win, Pacers 6th straight loss
Spencer Dinwiddie made a 21-foot jumper with 5 seconds left to give the Brooklyn Nets a 106-105 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Dinwiddie finished with 21 points. The lead changed hands three times in the final 27 seconds. But Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer came up short and the Pacers lost their sixth in a row. Brooklyn has won two straight at Indianapolis for the first time since 2012-13. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his fourth triple-double this season.

Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers, 9:00 p.m.

MLB – MLB considering expanding playoffs to 14 teams
Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 teams to 14 under the plan. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two. Any proposal would have to be negotiated with the players’ association. The division winner with the second-best record would choose its opponent from among the three lowest-seeded wild-card teams. The selections would be made on a televised show.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Tonight
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Ohio, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan State at (22) Illinois, 9:00 p.m.                 Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 8:00
Notre Dame at Virginia, 9:00 p.m.

NCAAMBB – Baylor still No. 1; Michigan St. out
Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10.  The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville round out the top five and are followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State, Maryland and Seton Hall. The Pirates are the lone newcomer in the top-10 after holding the No. 12 spot last week.  Preseason No. 1 Michigan State dropped out of the rankings from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
Michigan 77, Minnesota, 52
(19) Northwestern 85, Michigan State 55

MHSAA – High School Athletics
Last Night
Boys Basketball
River Valley 56, Lawrence 28

Girls Basketball
Lakeshore 44, Paw Paw 38
Saugatuck 55, Benton Harbor 39
Buchanan 42, Dowagiac 22
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 41, Berrien Springs 35

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Niles, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Portage Central, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Northern at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.

Non-Conference
Coloma at Benton Harbor, 7:00 p.m.    106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Watervliet at Buchanan, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.
Zion Christian at Martin, 7:00 p.m.
Fennville at GR Covenant Chr. 7:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at North Muskegon, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine
Dowagiac at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Sturgis at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.
Vicksburg at South Haven, 7:15 p.m.
Three Rivers at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Michigan Lutheran at Countryside, 7:30 p.m.
Howardsville Chr. at Lake Mich. Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Covert, 7:30 p.m.

Southwest 10
Hartford at Bangor, 7:30 p.m.
Centreville at Bloomingdale, 7:30 p.m.
Decatur at Cassopolis, 6:00 p.m.
Marcellus at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.
Mendon at Eau Claire, 7:30 p.m.

SAC
Delton Kellogg at Kalamazoo Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Lawton, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC
Battle Creek Lakeview at St. Joseph, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Mattawan, 7:15 p.m.
Niles at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Portage Northern, 7:15 p.m.

Non-Conference
Benton Harbor at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Comstock at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Constantine, 5:30 p.m.
Martin at Zion Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Parchment at Battle Creek Pennfield, 7;00 p.m.

Wolverine
Allegan at Dowagiac, 6:30 p.m.
Otsego at Sturgis, 6:30 p.m.
South Haven at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.
Paw Paw at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Plainwell at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Michigan Lutheran at Countryside, 6:00 p.m.
Howardsville Chr. at Lake Mich. Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Covert, 6:00 p.m.
River Valley at Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.

Southwest 10
Bangor at Hartford, 7:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Cassopolis at Decatur, 6:00 p.m.
White Pigeon at Marcellus, 7:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at Mendon, Cancelled

SAC
Kalamazoo Christian at Delton-Kellogg, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.
Lawton at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Basketball Rankings
Boys Basketball
Division 1
1. River Rouge (5)                         (15-1) 75
2. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s             (13-1) 67
3. Clarkston                                 (12-1) 66
4. Detroit Cass Tech                      (15-1) 60
5. Ann Arbor Huron                       (13-0) 57
6. Ypsilanti Lincoln                       (11-2) 50
7. Mount Pleasant                         (13-0) 38
8. Waterford Mott                        (11-2) 36
9. Muskegon                                 (11-2) 34
10. Grand Blanc                            (12-3) 31
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Detroit King 26, Hudsonville 13.

Division 2
1. Grand Rapids Christian (2)         (13-0) 69
2. Williamston (2)                        (14-1) 68
3. Benton Harbor (1)                  (14-1) 65
4. Goodrich                                  (13-1) 51
5. Croswell-Lexington                   (13-1) 50
6. Bridgeport                                (14-1) 47
7. Grand Rapids Catholic Central    (12-2) 43
8. Detroit Douglass                       (14-3) 40
9. Otsego                                    (13-1) 39
10. Carrollton                              (12-0) 27
Others receiving votes: Ovid-Elsie 22, Frankenmuth 21, Cadillac 21.

Division 3
1. Flint Beecher (3)                       (13-1) 73
2. Iron Mountain (2)                     (13-0) 70
3. Schoolcraft                            (14-0) 57
(tie) Hanover-Horton                     (11-1) 57
5. Ravenna                                   (13-0) 53
6. Oscoda                                     (13-0) 48
(tie) Pewamo-Westphalia                 (12-1) 48
8. Negaunee                                  (12-1) 32
9. Detroit Edison                          (8-3)  28
10. Blissfield                               (12-1) 25
Others receiving votes: Maple City Glen Lake 20, Brandywine 16, Hemlock 12.

Division 4
1. Southfield Christian (3)             (11-3) 59
2. Kingston (1)                             (14-0) 56
3. Dollar Bay                               (13-0) 53
4. Hillsdale Academy                      (12-1) 44
5. Hale                                         (14-1) 43
6. Pickford                                   (10-1) 40
7. Camden-Frontier                        (12-2) 34
8. Rudyard                                   (10-2) 27
9. Pellston                                   (11-2) 24
10. Frankfort-Elberta                    (11-2) 19
Others receiving votes: Gaylord St. Mary 18, Flint International 13.

Girls Basketball
Division 1
1. East Lansing (3)                        (13-1) 73
2. Hudsonville (2)                         (14-0) 72
3. Bloomfield Hills Marian              (13-2) 62
4. Hartland                                  (13-1) 54
(tie) Farmington Hills Mercy           (14-1) 54
6. Brighton                                  (13-1) 50
7. East Grand Rapids                     (14-1) 42
8. Detroit Renaissance                   (14-2) 40
9. Flint Carman Ainsworth              (13-1) 32
10. Port Huron                             (17-0) 27
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Midland Dow 20.

Division 2
1. Detroit Edison (5)                     (13-0) 75
2. Chelsea                                    (13-1) 69
3. Portland                                  (15-1) 62
4. Cadillac                                   (14-0) 60
5. Menominee                                 (15-0) 56
6. Edwardsburg                          (14-1) 51
7. Grand Rapids Christian               (12-2) 41
8. Grand Rapids West Catholic        (14-1) 35
9. Goodrich                                  (12-2) 33
10. Parma Western                        (12-2) 30
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Williamston 28, Battle Creek Harper Creek 13.

Division 3
1. Pewamo-Westphalia (3)              (12-2) 73
2. Kent City                                  (15-1) 65
3. Byron (1)                                 (14-0) 59
4. Grass Lake                                (13-2) 52
(tie) Michigan Center                     (12-3) 52
6. Lake City                                  (12-1) 46
7. Manton (1)                               (14-1) 44
8. Brandywine                             (14-0) 40
9. Flint Hamady                             (13-2) 39
10. Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory       (14-4) 29
Others receiving votes: Maple City Glen Lake 16, Schoolcraft 13, Hemlock 12.

Division 4
1. Adrian Lenawee Christian (4)      (13-1) 60
2. Bellaire                                    (14-0) 53
3. St. Ignace LaSalle                     (12-2) 52
4. Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart      (14-0) 51
5. Martin                                    (13-1) 39
6. Michigan Lutheran                  (13-1) 37
7. Camden-Frontier                        (14-1) 33
8. Allen Park Inter-City Baptist       (11-0) 31
9. Kingston                                  (13-1) 28
(tie) Pittsford                              (14-1) 28
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Ewen-Trout Creek 27.