Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 1/27/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Undermanned Wolverines facing uphill climb to make NCAAs
When the clock expired at the end of Michigan’s overtime loss to Wisconsin over the weekend, a significant portion of the crowd at Crisler Center began applauding. After everything the Wolverines have accomplished over the last couple seasons, moral victories are certainly not the goal in Ann Arbor. But with Caris LeVert now out for the season, Michigan fans may have little choice but to lower their expectations. For the defending Big Ten champions, just making the NCAA tournament is looking like quite a challenge. The Wolverines (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten) host Nebraska  (12-7, 4-3) tonight.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Blizzard postpones Michigan State-Rutgers men’s basketball
The Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game on Tuesday between Michigan State and Rutgers has been postponed by a blizzard that is threatening to bring 2 feet of snow to New Jersey. Rutgers officials on Monday did not know when the game would be rescheduled. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and closed state offices as the National Weather Service warned of a “crippling and potentially historic blizzard” expected to hit portions of the state Monday into Tuesday.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Nebraska at Michigan, 7:00 p.m.           Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Ohio at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Kent State, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan State at Rutgers, PPD – Blizzard

NFL – Angry Kraft says Pats not guilty of under-inflating footballs
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made an impassioned defense of his team’s actions and integrity regarding the NFL’s investigation into under-inflated footballs being used in the AFC championship game. He says the team did nothing in violation of NFL rules, adding that it bothers him that the reputations and integrity of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have been called into question. Kraft said he expects an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules.  The NFL has said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC title game victory over Indianapolis. The league is still determining why the balls were underinflated.

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

NBA – National Basketball Association
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m.

NBA – Surgery for Bryant
Kobe Bryant is probably done for the season. The veteran is scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Wednesday after suffering a torn rotator cuff in a game last week against New Orleans. The Lakers say they’ll announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott says Kobe “is probably not going to play” again this season. Bryant was averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists when he injured his shoulder during a dunk in a loss at New Orleans last week.  Bryant’s torn rotator cuff is likely his third straight season-ending injury. He missed the 2013 playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, and he played just six games last season before breaking a bone near his left knee.

MLB – Visitation, memorial service set for Hall of Famer Banks
The Chicago Cubs say a public visitation and memorial service for Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks will be held Friday and Saturday in the city. The visitation is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, with the memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. Limited public seating will be available. Banks died Friday at 83 after a heart attack, according to an attorney representing his family. Known as “Mr. Cub,” Banks is remembered as much for his boundless enthusiasm despite playing on mostly losing teams as his 512 home runs and two MVP awards.

NCAA Basketball –Women’s
Michigan 70, Illinois 57

NCAA Basketball – Women’s – Speed, no seat belt cited in death of EMU basketball player
Investigators say an Eastern Michigan University basketball player was speeding without a seat belt when she lost control of her vehicle and hit an oncoming vehicle. Junior forward Shanisse Heady and Jordan Hopkins died Sunday in Ypsilanti Township. An Ann Arbor man driving the other vehicle was wearing a seat belt and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Tennis – Australian Open – Sharapova advances
Second seed Maria Sharapova and No. 10 Ekatarina Makarova have advanced to the Australian Open semifinals. Sharapova downed No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 after Makarova ousted No. 3 Simona Halep, 6-4, 6-love. And Tomas Berdych advanced to the men’s semifinals by knocking out 14-time Grand Slam champion and third seed Rafael Nadal.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women
Lake Michigan Catholic 79, Kellogg Community College 74

LMC 79, Kellogg 74 – Lady Red Hawks beat Kellogg 79-74
The LMC women posted a 79-74 win over Kellogg.  Three Lady Red Hawks scored in double figures, led by Sabrina Trujillo’s (troo-HEE-oh) 20 points.  Nicole Decker and Madison Cameron each finished with 14 for LMC, who improves to 14-6 on the season and 6-1 in the MCCAA West.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men
Last Night
Kellogg Community College 65, Lake Michigan College 63

Kellogg 65, LMC 63 – Kellogg upsets LMC 65-63
Kellogg Community College upset Lake Michigan College 65-63, snapping the Red Hawks seven game winning streak.  Labradford Sebree (see-bree) led LMC with a game high 21 points, Alec Brown added 19.  The loss drops the Red Hawks to 15-5 on the season and 6-1 in the MCCAA West.

AHL – American Hockey League
Yesterday – 2015 AHL All Star Game – Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
Western Conference 14, Eastern Conference 12

West 14, East 12 – West prevails in wild AHL All-Star Game
Charles Hudon of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Brendan Leipsic of the Milwaukee Admirals and Mark McNeill of the Rockford IceHogs all recorded hat tricks to pace the Western Conference to a 14-12 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 AHL All-Star Game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Monday evening.  Grand Rapids Griffins forward Teemu Pulkkinen had a goal and an assist in the win.  The highest scoring game in All-Star history saw 26 goals scored by 17 different players.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Lakeshore 53, Portage Northern 45
Lakeshore’s defense held Portage Northern to just 14 points in the first half as the Lancers defeated the Huskies 53-45.  Jimmy Gathright had 16 points to lead Lakeshore, who improved to 9-1 and 4-0 in the SMAC West.  Rubin Conway also had 13 for Lakeshore.  Caleb Eustice led all scorers with 21 for Northern.

Dowagiac 68, Edwardsburg 66
White Pigeon 64, Cassopolis 49
Lawrence 56, Galesburg-Augusta 44
Sturgis 57, Vicksburg 42

Girls Basketball
Lakeshore 66, Portage Northern 35
Morgan Kaiser’s 17 points led Lakeshore to a 66-35 at Portage Northern.  The Lady Lancers had three more players in double figures, Taylor Wagner had 14, Morgan Shewmaker scored 12, and Lindsay Ebeling chipped in 10 as Lakeshore improves to 9-2 on the season.

Lake Michigan Catholic 64, Eau Claire 29
Emmy Koenig scored a game high 16 points while Nicole Visin had 15 as Lake Michigan Catholic defeated Eau Claire 64-29.  Bridget Hoffman also added 10 for Catholic.  Michelle King scored 8 points for Eau Claire.

Michigan Lutheran 60, River Valley 21
Michigan Lutheran improved to 8-1 and 6-0 in Red Arrow Conference play as the Titans defeated River Valley 60-21.  Olivia Gallagher had a game best 17 points for ML.  Erika Rosenbaum scored 15 and Hailey Maas added 13 for Lutheran.

South Haven 59, Delton-Kellogg 36
Bobbie Goodwin had 20 points as South Haven beat Delton Kellogg 59-36

Sturgis 68, Vicksburg 37

Boys Basketball
SMAC (Games at 7:15 p.m.)
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Central
Battle Creek Lakeview at Lakeshore
Benton Harbor at Mattawan
Niles at Kalamazoo Central
Gull Lake at Portage Central
Portage Northern at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

Berrien Springs at South Haven, 7:15 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.

SAC (Games at 7:00 p.m.)
Marcellus at Watervliet
Hartford at Decatur
Lawrence at Lawton
Bloomingdale at Gobles
Saugatuck at Bangor
Martin at Fennville

Buchanan at New Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Red Arrow
Lake Michigan Catholic at Eau Claire, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Howardsville Chr. at Wtvl Grace Chr. 6:30 p.m.

Non Conference
Parchment at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC (Games at 7:15 p.m.)
Battle Creek Central at St. Joseph
Lakeshore at Battle Creek Lakeview
Mattawan at Benton Harbor
Kalamazoo Central at Niles
Portage Central at Gull Lake
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Portage Northern

Berrien Springs at South Haven, 5:45 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.

SAC (Games at 5:30 p.m.)
Marcellus at Watervliet
Hartford at Decatur
Lawrence at Lawton
Bloomingdale at Gobles
Saugatuck at Bangor
Martin at Fennville

Buchanan at New Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 7:30 p.m.
Cassopolis at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.

Non Conference
Vicksburg at Parchment, 7:15 p.m.