No. 5 Illinois — without Ayo Dosunmu — almost blows late double-digit lead but hangs on for 74-69 win against No. 23 Wisconsin
Illinois wasn’t perfect but got the job done in its second game without star guard Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu, who suffered a facial injury Tuesday at Michigan State, sat on the sideline and watched the No. 5 Illini hang on to beat No. 23 Wisconsin, 74-69, on Saturday in Madison. Illinois (18-6, 14-4) struggled with 20 turnovers, which the Badgers (16-9, 10-8) converted into 19 points. Kofi Cockburn and Andre Curbelo led the way again, as they did Thursday in an 86-70 victory against Nebraska. Cockburn had 19 points and seven rebounds Saturday, while freshman Curbelo scored 17 points and grabbed sev...
Texas Tech capitalizes on Texas' missed opportunities in 68-59 victory
At some point, losing like this just gets old for No. 14 Texas. Put Saturday’s loss in the pile with so many others in recent years. Too much reliance on the 3-point shot and not enough on what is annually one of the most athletic front lines in the Big 12. In the first eight minutes of the second half, the Longhorns missed their first 11 shots. Seven of those were missed 3-pointers on a day the Horns were having clear success driving inside or looking for big man Jericho Sims. Texas coach Shaka Smart saw something totally different, though. He watched 18th-ranked Texas Tech score on eight of ...
Flyers skate over Sabres, 3-0, behind Brian Elliott
The Flyers went into Buffalo to face a team that is limping, griping, and in last place in the division and did precisely what they needed to do. Brian Elliott stopped all 23 shots and Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Scott Laughton scored as the Flyers picked up a methodical 3-0 victory. Now, they get to do it all over again. The teams will run it right back on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m., NBCSP). Gostisbehere was up on his skates, as Gene Hart used to stay. He had six shots on goal for the second consecutive game. The Flyers are 10-4-3, gathering points and picking up reinforcements. Ja...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Franz Wagner, Michigan roll past Indiana, 73-57, stand one win from Big Ten title
Michigan presses on toward a Big Ten championship. The third-ranked Wolverines blew out Indiana, 73-57, in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall, and drew one game closer to winning their first conference title since the 2014. Michigan can secure the title by winning one of its three remaining games. Despite a short turnaround from Thursday night's win over No. 12 Iowa, Michigan had little trouble dispatching the Hoosiers. Michigan led for nearly the entire game — and by double digits for much of the second half. The Wolverines did not play a clean offensive game, but limit...
Detroit Free Press
Draymond Green’s triple-double fuels Warriors past Hornets
SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors earned their first three-game win streak of the season in Friday’s 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center. With 11 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds, Green earned a franchise-record 25th triple-double of his career and set the tone on a night when the Warriors assisted on 38 of their 48 made field goals. Green had eight assists in the first quarter alone, several going to Kelly Oubre Jr., who exploited Charlotte’s defense for cuts and dunks at the rim and finished with 27 points on 11-for-15 shoot...
The Mercury News
‘We were a step slow:’ Hawks lackluster in loss to Thunder
The Hawks (14-19) fell behind in the second quarter and could never make up ground in their 118-109 loss to the Thunder (14-19) in Oklahoma City Friday. Next up, the Hawks play in Miami Sunday and Tuesday. ——— Below are some takeaways from the loss: 1. Facing an Oklahoma City team that’s in rebuilding mode and was missing Al Horford, the Hawks trailed by eight at halftime after a rough second quarter and fell behind 16 in the third quarter as they struggled to get stops. Thanks to a layup by John Collins and 3-pointer by Trae Young, the Hawks were able to pull within six points at the 2:51 mar...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Detroit News
Comeback bid falls short for Pistons in 110-107 home loss to Kings
DETROIT — Dennis Smith Jr. tied the game at 71 midway through the third quarter, confidently stepping into a 3-pointer. It got downgraded to a 2-pointer not long after, however. His foot was on the line. Smith made up for it in style during the Detroit Pistons’ next offensive possession, dribbling across the 3-point line and launching when he had enough space. It gave the Pistons their first lead of the night, and helped to solidify Smith's best outing with the franchise. He finished with 17 points, doing most of his damage in the third quarter. It wasn't enough for the Pistons, however, who o...
Detroit Free Press
Bulls fall to Suns, 106-97, falling apart in 4th quarter and snapping 3-game winning streak
CHICAGO — Regardless of result, Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan has maintained the same demeanor after each game this season. He has been tasked with teaching his young team how to be successful, and while the Bulls have enjoyed highs they have not reached in recent years, growing pains are usually right around the corner. That was the case Friday night as turnovers and a dud of a fourth quarter doomed the Bulls’ chances of pulling off an upset against the Phoenix Suns, falling 106-97 to snap a three-game winning streak. The Bulls led by as many as 16 points in the game, but the Suns closed ...
Rainer Sabin: Michigan's whiff on Florida coach forced Jim Harbaugh to tear up coaching plan
From the unfulfilling conclusion of last season all the way up until the first practice of the new year Monday, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh spent the 10 weeks in between tearing apart his staff, building it back up and reconfiguring it. “We’re now set,” he said cheerfully Thursday. Like a marathoner crossing the finish line, he seemed ready to exhale a deep breath of relief. It has been a process to get to this stage and even he acknowledged the final arrangement didn’t align with the initial plan — assuming there was one in the first place. For evidence of that, look no further than ...
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