Weekday Morning Sports Report – Tuesday 2/5/19

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 129, Denver Nuggets 103
Indiana Pacers 109, New Orleans Saints 107

Pistons 129, Nuggets 103 – Pistons pour it on this time, rout Nuggets 129-103
Andre Drummond scored 14 of his season-high 27 points in the third quarter and the Detroit Pistons snapped Denver’s six-game winning streak, beating the Nuggets 129-103 on Monday night.  Detroit blew a 25-point lead in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, but the Pistons poured it on this time. Blake Griffin added 17 points for Detroit, and Reggie Jackson scored 14.  Trey Lyles had 20 points for the Nuggets.

Pacers 109, Pelicans 107 – Collison lifts Pacers over Pelicans, 109-107
Darren Collison capped a 22-point performance with a 3-pointer, a 20-foot jumper with the shot clock winding down and a free throw during the final two minutes as the Indiana Pacers held off the depleted New Orleans Pelicans 109-107 on Monday night. Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Myles Turner added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who won their second straight. Jahlil Okafor had 25 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday added 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Cheick Diallo had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans, who outrebounded the Pacers 55-43.

Tonight
Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Tonight
(9) Michigan State at Illinois, 7:00 p.m.   Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 6:00
Bowling Green at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
(7) Michigan at Rutgers, 8:00 p.m.   106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports 7:30

NCAAMBB – Tennessee remains at number one
Tennessee remains at No. 1 for the third straight week and the top four are unchanged in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Volunteers received 48 of 64 first-place votes, second-ranked Duke claimed 12 and No. 3 Virginia four.  Gonzaga and Kentucky round out the top five and are followed by Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan State and Marquette. The Wolverines dropped two spots following their loss to Iowa, and the Spartans fell three notches with a setback against visiting Indiana.  No. 25 Cincinnati moved into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season.

NCAAWBB – UConn falls to 5th in women’s AP Top 25
UConn has dropped to fifth in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll _ its lowest ranking in nearly 12 years _ after suffering its second loss of the season. The Huskies (19-2) lost to then-No. 3 Louisville last week and fell to their worst ranking since Feb. 12, 2007. UConn moved into the top five a week earlier and has remained there every poll since _ a span of 232 consecutive weeks. That is more than double the next-longest streak, which is held by Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters had a 96-week run in the top five from 1979-84. Louisville moved up to second behind top-ranked Baylor. The Lady Bears received 25 of 28 first-place votes from a national media panel on Monday. The Cardinals received the other three.  Oregon and Notre Dame rounded out the top five.

AP MEN’S TOP 25

1

Tennessee (48)

20-1

2

Duke (12)

19-2

3

Virginia (4)

20-1

4

Gonzaga

21-2

5

Kentucky

18-3

6

Nevada

21-1

7

Michigan

20-2

8

North Carolina

17-4

9

Michigan State

18-4

10

Marquette

19-3

11

Virginia Tech

18-3

12

Houston

21-1

13

Kansas

17-5

14

Villanova

18-4

15

Purdue

16-6

16

Louisville

16-6

17

Iowa State

17-5

18

Texas Tech

17-5

19

Wisconsin

16-6

20

Iowa

17-5

21

LSU

17-4

22

Florida State

16-5

23

Buffalo

19-3

24

Maryland

17-6

25

Cincinnati

19-3

 

AP WOMEN’S TOP 25

1

Baylor (25)

19-1

2

Louisville (3)

21-1

3

Oregon

21-1

4

Notre Dame

21-2

5

UConn

19-2

6

Mississippi State

21-1

7

Oregon State

19-3

8

Marquette

19-3

9

NC State

21-1

10

Maryland

19-2

11

Stanford

18-3

12

South Carolina

16-5

13

Gonzaga

21-2

14

Texas

18-4

15

Syracuse

17-4

16

Iowa

17-5

17

Utah

18-3

18

Texas A&M

18-4

19

Kentucky

18-5

20

Arizona State

15-6

tie

Rutgers

17-5

22

Iowa State

17-5

23

Michigan State

16-5

24

Florida State

19-3

25

Miami

19-5

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers, 9:00 p.m.

NFL – Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million viewers, down from 2018
The New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million viewers, the smallest Super Bowl audience in a decade. The Nielsen company said viewership dropped 3 percent from last year’s 103.4 million. The Patriots’ 13-3 win was a defensive struggle, and a struggle for many casual fans to watch. The Super Bowl is traditionally the most-watched television event of the year in the U.S., and its audience hasn’t dipped below 100 million since 2009. The TV audience has been dwindling since its 2015 peak of 114.4 million.

NFL – Adam Levine’s Super Bowl nipple reveal prompts backlash
First, critics panned Maroon 5’s Super Bowl halftime performance. Then social media folks went full-on snark over Adam Levine’s throw pillow-like tank top design. Then he peeled off the busy brown shirt and the snark turned to outrage over his exposed nipples.  The bare-chested moment Sunday had some feminists and Janet Jackson supporters focused on how male and female nipples are treated differently in life, especially on network TV and by the NFL years after Jackson’s career was derailed by a split-second halftime reveal. “Double standard, much?” is how an InStyle headline neatly summed up the issue in the light of day Monday as the media noted how the hate quickly built online.

NFL – Dolphins, Bengals hire coaches
The Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals have hired head coaches, with each team taking a member of a Super Bowl staff. The Dolphins have hired Brian Flores to take over for Adam Gase, and the Bengals have replaced Marvin Lewis with Zac Taylor. Flores just won the Super Bowl after serving as the New England Patriots’ linebackers coach. He was the first person interviewed by Miami after the team fired Gase. The Dolphins decided on Jan. 11 to offer him Flores the job, but they had to wait until New England’s season ended to complete the agreement.  Flores is the ninth former assistant to Bill Belichick to become a head coach, and the NFL’s fourth minority head coach for 2019. Taylor comes to the Bengals after serving as the Rams’ quarterbacks coach. He helped in the development of quarterback Jared Goff as Los Angeles turned into one of the NFL’s top offenses. Like the Dolphins, the Bengals had to wait to complete the hiring until the Rams’ season ended with Sunday’s 13-3 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

NFL – Video: New Orleans police investigate Saints-Rams ‘no-call’
A “Boycott Bowl” festival and a jazz funeral procession putting the football season to rest encapsulate how New Orleans residents feel about the Super Bowl, and even the city’s police department got in on the disenchantment. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Police Department made a spoof video showing their investigation into the infamous “no-call” in the NFC championship that the Saints lost to the Los Angeles Rams. The department posted the video on social media featuring two detectives interrogating a referee. They use king cake to break him down and confess that he robbed New Orleans of a chance to play in the NFL’s championship.  The newspaper’s nearly blank front page also summarized what those in the Big Easy think of the New England Patriots’ win over the Rams on Sunday: “Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?”

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Last Night
Women’s Basketball
Muskegon Community College 51, Lake Michigan College 48

Men’s Basketball
Muskegon Community College 89, Lake Michigan College 83

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Coloma 78, Martin 48

  • Coloma’s Zach Goodline scored 31 points and passed 2,000 career points as the Comets beat Martin 78-48.

Gobles 58, Saugatuck 56
Otsego 71, Allegan 36
Gull Lake 51, Portage Central 46
White Pigeon 46, Centreville, 38
Constantine 42, Galesburg-Augusta 23

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 36, Buchanan 20

  • Mara Rugen had 18 points and Jessi Jewell added 14 to give Michigan Lutheran a 36-20 win over Buchanan. 

Bridgman 41, River Valley 38
Martin 37, Coloma 30
Otsego 49, Allegan 13
Gobles 49, Saugatuck 44
Decatur 46, Marcellus 37
Gull Lake 45, Portage Central 44
Centreville 54, White Pigeon 42

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

Non-Conference/Independent
Lakeshore at Bridgman, 7:00 p.m.
Martin at Michigan Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.
Constantine at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Countryside at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.
Parchment at Byron Center, 7:00 p.m.

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

BCS
Lawrence at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m.

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

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

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

Non-Conference/Independent
Brandywine at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Saugatuck, 7:00 p.m.
Comstock at Harper Creek, 7:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Martin, 6:00 p.m.
Quincy at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.

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

BCS
Berrien Springs at Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.

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

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

MHSAA – High School Rankings
BOYS
Division 1
1. Detroit U-D Jesuit (5)            (13-2) 75
2. Clarkston                              (13-2) 69
3. Roseville                               (13-1) 64
4. Detroit King                         (13-2) 58
5. Saginaw                                (10-2) 57
6. Flint Carman-Ainsworth         (11-2) 47
7. Canton                                  (13-1) 40
8. Detroit Catholic Central        (10-3) 29
9. Ypsilanti Lincoln                    (12-2) 28
10. Muskegon                            (11-3) 25
Others receiving 112 or more votes: Kalamazoo Central (9-2) 23, Detroit Cass Tech (10-5) 20, Okemos (14-1) 18, Mount Pleasant (12-0) 16.

Division 2
1. River Rouge (3)                     (13-1) 59
2. Williamston (1)                     (14-1) 54
3. New Haven                             (14-1) 50
(tie) Benton Harbor                (15-1) 50
5. Bridgeport                            (14-0) 46
6. Otsego                                 (14-0) 41
7. Pontiac                                 (13-1) 36
8. GR Catholic Central             (11-2) 30
9. Alma                                    (12-1) 26
10. Grand Rapids Christian        (11-3) 18
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (12-0) 14, Holland Christian (11-2) 13, Hudsonville Unity Christian (12-2) 13, Grand Rapids South Christian (9-3) 12.

Division 3
1. Flint Beecher (4)                   (14-2) 72
2. Pewamo-Westphalia                (14-0) 64
3. Iron Mountain (1)                  (13-0) 60
4. Quincy                                  (13-0) 55
5. Maple City Glen Lake             (11-2) 52
6. Hanover-Horton                    (12-1) 49
7. Detroit Pershing                    (14-1) 41
8. Unionville-Sebewaing            (11-0) 31
9. Sanford-Meridian                  (13-1) 29
10. Petersburg Summerfield       (12-0) 25
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Detroit Edison (10-4) 24, Madison Heights Madison (13-1) 21, Oscoda (14-0) 20, Morley-Stanwood (12-0) 18, North Muskegon (12-1) 13.

Division 4
1. Brimley (5)                            (15-0) 75
2. Bellevue                                (13-0) 70
3. Athens                                  (12-1) 57
4. Howardsville Christian     (13-1) 53
5. Southfield Christian             (10-6) 52
6. Frankfort-Elberta                 (10-2) 51
7. Martin                                 (9-1) 47
8. Pellston                                (13-2) 40
9. Adrian Lenawee Christian       (10-2) 36
10. Wyoming Tri-unity Christian (9-3) 30
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Camden-Frontier (11-2) 16.

GIRLS
Division 1
1. East Lansing (1)                    (13-0) 71
2. Grand Haven (2)                    (12-0) 66
(tie) Southfield A & T (2)           (12-1) 66
4. Saginaw Heritage                   (11-1) 63
5. Bloomfield Hills Marian         (12-0) 54
6. Walled Lake Western             (14-0) 46
7. DeWitt                                  (12-1) 42
8. Wayne Memorial                     (11-1) 40
9. Midland Dow                         (11-1) 35
10. Grosse Pointe North            (13-1) 34
Others receiving votes: Detroit King (11-0) 25, Royal Oak (12-0) 14, Brighton (13-0) 13.

Division 2
1. Detroit Edison (6)                 (12-2) 90
2. Kingsley                                (11-1) 80
3. Chelsea                                 (14-0) 71
4. Edwardsburg                       (13-0) 64
5. Hamilton                               (13-0) 63
6. Stanton Central Montcalm      (13-0) 58
7. Corunna                                (12-1) 48
8. Jackson Northwest                (8-2) 39
9. Portland                               (9-1) 38
10. Williamston                         (9-3) 31
Others receiving votes: Grand Rapids Catholic Central (9-3) 30, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (13-5) 26, Comstock (10-2) 25, Freeland (10-2) 18, Muskegon Oakridge (10-2) 10.

Division 3
1. Pewamo-Westphalia (5)          (10-1) 75
2. Kent City                               (10-2) 69
3. Brandywine                         (11-1) 60
4. Michigan Center                     (11-1) 59
5. Flint Hamady                          (11-1) 55
6. Hemlock                                (12-0) 53
7. Gobles                                 (10-0) 35
8. Adrian Madison                      (10-0) 33
9. Grass Lake                            (10-1) 24
10. Muskegon W Mich. Chr.        (11-1) 18
Others receiving votes: Maple City Glen Lake (11-2) 19, Centreville (10-0) 16, Reese (10-2) 15, Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory (9-5) 12.

Division 4
1. Adrian Lenawee Christian (3) (12-1) 73
2. St. Ignace LaSalle (2)            (14-0) 72
3. Bellevue                                (10-0) 63
4. Kingston                               (11-1) 60
5. Gaylord St. Mary                   (10-1) 56
6. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart      (7-2) 46
7. Athens                                  (9-1) 43
8. Ewen-Trout Creek                  (9-1) 36
9. Michigan Lutheran             (8-0) 34
10. Portland St. Patrick            (8-2) 29
Others receiving votes: None.

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