Minnesota upsets Purdue to give UM, MSU chance for Big 10 basketball championship

MINNEAPOLIS (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans now have a chance to share the Big 10 basketball championship after Purdue was upset 73-69 Tuesday night  at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers of Coach Richard Pitino pulled the upset on senior night by jumping out to a 12-point lead early in the second half and then hanging on to win by fighting off a late Purdue rally. Minnesota fans stormed the court afterward to celebrate an upset victory that may have punched their school's ticket into the NCAA tournament. 

Minnesota is 19-11 overall and seventh in BIg 10 play with a 9-10 record. Purdue is 22-8 overall and now tied atop the Big 10 standings with UM and MSU at 15-4. The Boilermakers were ranked No. 11 in the nation when going to Minnesota. 

UM is ranked No. 7 in the latest AP poll and MSU is No. 9. The Spartans, who were upset at Indiana after beating UM last week in Ann Arbor, host the Wolverines in the Big 10 regular season finale on Saturday in East Lansing. Game time is 8 pm.  The game will be televised on ESPN.

MSU romps 91-76 over Nebraska to rejoin first-place tie in Big 10 basketball

 EAST LANSING (CCN) — The Michigan State Spartans left the Breslin Center feeling pretty good about themselves after Tuesday night's 91-76 romp over Nebraska. Two hours later, it turned out that the victory assured them a chance to win the Big 10 Conference basketball championship when Purdue was upset at Minnesota.

The Spartans can grab the No. 1 seed for the season-ending Big 10 tournament in Chicago by beating the Michigan Wolverines at the Breslin Center on Saturday night. It's the regular season finale and the senior night for the Spartans against their arch rivals — a Michigan team they beat 77-70 in Ann Arbor on Feb. 24. 

Losing a 63-62 heart-breaker at Indiana in their next game knocked the Spartans out of first place and dropped them to No. 9 in the latest Associated Press top 25 rankings. Michigan moved to No. 7 by beating Nebraska 82-53 on Thursday and the Wolverines were poised to grab the No. 1 seed by winning in East Lansing in Saturday's finale since they win the tie-breaker with Purdue since they beat them in their only regular season meeting. MSU split with Purdue but could get the No. 1 seed by beating UM on Saturday to win the head-to-head series with the Wolverines.


 MSU, UM and Purdue are all 15-4 atop the Big 10 while beating Nebraska gave MSU a  24-6 overall record. The Wolverines are 26-4 overall on the season. Purdue is 22-8 overall.

Reshirt junior Kenny Goins, senior Matt McQuaid and freshman Aaron Henry had career high games to lead the way against Nebraska when Big 10 Player of the Year candidate Cashius Winston had an off night.  Goins drilled a career-best half dozen bombs from beyond the 3-point arc, including 5 in the first half. He finished with 24 points and 8 rebounds while McQuaid connected 4 times from 3-point land duirng a 22-point effort. Henry added 15 points and sophomore Xavier Tillman contributed 11 points to go with 11 rebounds. Junior point guard Winston made only 4-of-9 from the field and had only 8 points but passed out 10 assists.

The 91-point explosion by MSU was its best since putting up 99 points on Dec. 21 in a non-league clash with Oakland University.

Oakland University advances to Little Caesars Arena Monday in Horizon League semi-finals against Northern Kentucky by beating Youngstown State

ROCHESTER (CCN) — Oakland University's men's basketball team was impressive in its final appearance of the season at O'Rena in front of 3,386 fans Wednesday night. They knocked off Youngstown State in an 88-84 thriller to punch their ticket to Monday's semi-finals of the Little Caesars Motor City Madness Horizon League Championships at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit. OU is the No 3 seed after an 11-7 finish in the Horizon League this winter while Youngstown State was the No. 6 seed.

Coach Greg Kampe's Golden Grizzlies will face No. 2 seed Northern Kentucky in Monday's 9:30 pm contest at Little Caesars Arena. The game will be on national television on the ESPNU cable sports channel. The radio broadcast will be on Detroit's WDFN 1130 AM.

Northern Kentucky advanced by beating Detroit Mercy 99-88 Wednesday night in another quarterfinals match-up in Kentucky. The Titans finished their season with a 11-20 overall record while Northern Kentucky improved to 24-8. Oakland is now 16-16 overall.

Redshirt junior Jaevin Cumberland led the way for Oakland with 23 points and 5 rebounds against Youngstown State while his fellow redshirt junior Xavier Hill-Mais recorded his fifth double-double of the season. He scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Detroit Mercy's basketball season comes to an end at Northern Kentucky; Titans fall 99-88 in quarterfinals of Horizon League men's tournament

  HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY (CCN) — The Detroit Titans saw their men's basketball season come to an end here Wednesday night. They fell apart in the second half to lose 99-88 to host Northern Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the Little Caesars Motor City Madness Horizon League Championships.

UD was behind only 47-40 at halftime but Northern Kentucky exploded for a 59-41 advantage after halftime to win going away. The Norse improved their record to 24-8 overall and advanced to Monday's 9:30 pm semi-final contest against Oakland University at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit.

Freshman Antoine Davis had 30 points to lead the Titans in an outstanding overall game. He added 8 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds. 

Detroit Mercy also had a strong effort by senior Josh McFolley who closed out his collegiate career with a 24-point night. Freshman Willy Isiani chipped in 14 points for the Titans.

Coach Mike Davis led the Titans to an 11-20 overall record in his first season on the bench. They were 8-10 in Horizon League play to nail down the seventh and final spot in the post-season tournament.

Western Michigan aims to close out regular season by extending 10-game winning streak at home against arch rivals from Central Michigan

 KALAMAZOO (CCN) — Western Michigan's men will close out regular season play Friday night against arch rival Central Michigan. The Chippewas are gunning for a sweep of its Michigan MAC rivals. They beat WMU earlier in the season at Mount Pleasant 85-64 and they took a pair of contests from Eastern Michigan.

CMU is 9-8 in the Mid-American Conference's West Division but 20-10 overall this season. The Chippewas are tied with Eastern Michigan for second place in the MAC West behind champion Toledo's Rockets.

WMU lost 76-57 at Toledo on Tuesday while CMU lost 89-88 to Northern Illinois on Tuesday at home.

WMU's home finale will be senior night for the graduating Broncos. Game time is 7 pm at University Arena inside Read Fieldhouse in Kalamazoo. WMU is only 2-15 in the MAC West standings and 8-22 overall.

They aim to knock CMU out of second place with a victory and have a 10-game home court winning streak over their arch rivals from Mount Pleasant.

The MAC tournament is next week in Clevland.

Top 25 NCAA Basketball at a Glance

 Wednesday's Results

No. 10 LSU 79, Floirda 78

Tuesday's Results

No. 9 Michigan State 91, Nebraska 76 


Thursday's Games

SMU at No. 12 Houson (9 pm on ESPN)

Iowa at No. 21 Wisconsin (7 pm on ESPN)

No. 20 Cincinnati at UCF (7 pm on ESPN2)

Friday's Games

Miami at No. 15 Virginia Tech (7 pm on ESPN2)

Bowling Green at No. 19 Buffalo (6 pm on ESPNU)

Saturday's Games

Louisville at No. 2 Virginia (4 pm on ESPN)

No. 4 Duke at No. 3 North Carolina (6 pm on ESPN)

No. 5 Tennessee at Auburn (Noon on ESPN)

 Florida at No. 6 Kentucky (2 pm on CBS)

No. 7 Michigan at No. 9 Michigan State (8 pm on ESPN)

No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 23 Iowa State (2 pm on ESPN)

No. 12 Purdue at Northwestern (2:30 pm on BTN)

Vanderbilt at No. 13 LSU (8:30 pm on SEC Network)

No. 14 Wofford vs. Opening Round Winner

Southern Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

(Noon on ESPN+)

No. 17 Florida State at Wake Forest 

(Noon on ACC Network)

Baylor at No. 18 Kansas (2 pm on ESPN)

San Diego State at No. 20 Nevada (10:30 pm on CBS)

Texas A&M at No. 22 Mississippi State (2 pm on ESPN2)

No. 25 Villanova at Seton Hall (Noon on Fox)

Monday's Game

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Quarterfinal Round Winner

West Coast Conference Championships

(9 p.m. on ESPN2)



Oakland University 88, Youngstown State 84

Little Caesars Motor City Madness 

Horizon League Championships (Quarterfinals)


Michigan State 91, Nebraska 76

Toledo 76, Western Michigan 57

Eastern Michigan 68, Ball State 61

Northern Illinois 89, Central Michigan 86


Central Michigan at Western Michigan (7 pm)

Eastern Michigan at Toledo (7 pm)


Michigan at Michigan State (8 pm on ESPN)


Oakland University vs. Northern Kentucky

Little Caesars Motor City Madness 

Horizon League Championships (Semifinals)

(9 pm at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit)

Greg Kampe has OU aiming for NCAA title bid No. 8 at home; Detroit Titans


ROCHESTER (CCN) — Oakland University's bid for a berth in the NCAA tournament for men's college basketball begins Wednesday night. Greg Kampe's Golden Grizzlies grabbed the No. 3 seed in the  Little Caesars Motor City Madness Horizon League Championships and can advance to the semifinals with a home court victory against No. 6 seed Youngstown State. Game time is 7 pm at O'rena in Rochester. 

Oakland posted a third-place finish in the Horizon League at 11-7 this season despite posting an overall record of only  15-16. The tournament champion gets an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. 

"We're playing our best basketball at the right time of the year," Kampe said. "It all changes when the ball goes up at tournament time."

Kampe has taken OU to the NCAA tournament seven times but not since 2011. His career record in 35 seasons with the Golden Grizzlies is  617-454 and the first four NCAA tourney appearances were in Division II. Kampe led OU to six titles in the Summit League and has won only one Horizon League title since switching leagues six years ago.  OU has never won a tournament championship in the Horizon League where Detroit Mercy has won three times.

Detroit Mercy finished the regular season at 11-19 and was 8-10 in the Horizon League to tie for sixth place. The Titans are the No. 7 seed. Northern Kentucky was 23-8 on the season and 13-5 in the conference to earn a share of the regular-season title and the No. 2 seed.

Winning Wednesday's quarterfinal match-up would send Oakland and Detroit Mercy to Monday's evening card at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit. The two men's semi-final games follow two afternoon semi-final contests in the women's tournament where Oakland is already out and University of Detroit Mercy didn't qualify. U of D's men play Wednesday in the quarterfinals on the road at Northern Kentucky.  Game time is set for 7 p.m.  and will be broadcast live on the ESPN+ streaming TV network and on the Detroit-based radio airwaves of 910 AM Superstation. OU's game broadcast on Wednesday will air on WDFN AM 1130 radio and also on the ESPN+ streaming TV network.

Oakland senior Taylor Jones closes out career strong in tournament loss


DAYTON (CCN) — The women's basketball season came to an end here Tuesday night in Dayton for Oakland University's Golden Grizzlies. They were beaten 83-60 by Wright State in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Little Caesars Motor City Madness Horizon League Championships despite a tremendous effort by senior Taylor Jones. She closed out her OU career by scoring a game-high 22 points to go with grabbing 4 rebounds and passing out 5 assists. The former Michigan Miss Basketball candidate from Detroit Mercy High School was last year's Horizon League Player of the Year.

Sophomore Chloe Guingrich of Hudsonville added 7 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for OU.  Freshman Kahlaijan Dean, a recruit from California, chipped in 13 points for the Golden Grizzlies, sophomore Autumn Kissman from Mason scored 9 points and  Ontario freshman Brianna Breedy added 5 assists and 3 steals.

Oakland finished the season with a 6-24 record and beat out the University of Detroit Mercy by a single game to make it into the tournament with a 3-15 record against Horizon League opponents. The Golden Grizzlies went into the tournament as the No. 8 seed and they were within 5 points of the No. 1 seed twice in the third quarter at 43-38 and 46-41 before an 18-2 spurt in a three-minute span put the game out of reach. Coach Jeff Tungate said, "It was a 6-point game with three minutes to go in the third, then suddenly we're down 20 at the end of three.  We stopped defending but give them credit. They got aggressive and playing, getting to the rim. We gave it too many layups and missed free throws. When you miss layups, miss free throws and open looks against a team like that, then don't defend at the other end — you're in for a long three minutes like we were."

Wright State, which won the regular season title by a single game over Green Bay with a 16-2 record, improved to 25-6 overall on the season and now advances to semifinal action at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit on Monday afternoon. The men's semifinal games are set for Monday night there.

UM, MSU ready for Big 10 women's basketball tournament action


INDIANAPOLIS (CCN) — The Michigan State Spartans start on Thursday and the Michigan Wolverines begin Friday in the Big 10 Conference's women's basketball tournament at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis. MSU is the No. 9 seed and plays the winner of Wednesday's opening round match-up between No. 12 seed Penn State and No. 13 seed Wisconsin. UM skipped to Friday's quarterfinals with byes in the first two rounds by grabbing the No. 4 seed.

Michigan's opponent will be the winner of Thursday's contest between No. 5 seed Ohio State and the winner of Wednesday's Penn State-Wisconsin contest.

MSU has a 19-10 overall record and UM is 20-10. MSU was 9-9 in Big 10 play while UM was 11-7.

Every game in the single-elimination tournament at Indianapolis will be televised on the Big 10 Network.

Michigan's top men's junior college basketball teams on display Friday-Saturday in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS (CCN) — A Friday-Saturday showdown will take place in Grand Rapids to determine two national tournament qualifiers in National Junior College Athletic Association basketball. Eight schools will square off Friday and the winners will advance to Saturday play where two winners punch tickets to the 16-team national tournament in Danville, Illinois.

Tuesday's winners included victories by a pair of nationally-ranked teams. No. 14 Mott CC of Flint beat Wayne County CC 81-67 and No. 20 St. Clair CC beat Oakland CC 73-62. They advance to face off in Friday's 1 pm opener at Ford Field House in Grand Rapids.

Macomb CC beat Delta CC 78-54 to earn a date in the 3 pm Friday contest against Henry Ford which earned a bye by winning the Eastern Conference regular season championship in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Macomb-Henry Ford winner meets the Mott-St. Clair winner on Saturday at 5:30 pm with a national tournament berth on the line.


Saturday's 7:30 pm game will have the other national tournament spot on the line. Grand Rapids CC, which won the MCCAA's Western Conference, drew a bye into Friday's 7:30 pm game against Mid-Michigan College which won 91-90 on Tuesday over Muskegon CC. Glen Oaks CC nipped Lansing CC 82-81 and Ancilla College won 81-72 over Jackson CC to set up the other Friday showdown. The Glen Oaks-Ancilla winner advances to Saturday's action against the winner between Grand Rapids CC and Mid-Michigan College.

Michigan's top women's junior college basketball teams on display beginning on Thursday in Grand Rapids


  GRAND RAPIDS (CCN) — March Madness will be in full swing Saturday in Grand Rapids at Ford Field House when four national tournament berths will be on the line. Two of them will be on the men's side and two will be on the women's side. The winners of the women's tournament advance to the Division II national tournament in Harrison, Arkansas.

The two Michigan Community College Athletic Association regular season champions drew byes into Thursday's women's tournament action at the Ford Field House. Flint's Mott CC (20-9) won the MCCAA's Eastern Conference title and faces No. 4 seed St. Clair County CC (14-16) at 1 pm on Thursday.  The MCCAA's Western Conference champion Lake Michigan College (25-5) faces No. 5 seed Grand Rapids CC (19-11) at 7:30 pm on Thursday. The other  women's tournament games on Thursday feature Schoolcraft CC (18-10) against Wayne County CC at 3 pm and Mid-Michigan College (24-4) against Kalamazoo Valley (13-15) at 5:30 pm. The Mott-St. Clair winner faces the Schoolcraft-Wayne County winner at 1 pm on Saturday while the Lake Michigan-Grand Rapids winner faces the Kalamazoo Valley-Mid-Michigan winner at 3 pm.

Saturday's winners advance to the women's national tournament that begins on March 19.


Michigan Wolverines survive without star Charles Matthews who sits out with bad ankle


ANN ARBOR (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines haven't had injury problems all season, but they came out against upset-minded Nebraska Thursday night without one of their biggest stars. Charles Matthews, who scored only two points after hurting his ankle early against Michigan State in Saturday's loss, couldn't play Thursday in Ann Arbor on "Senior Night" as the Wolverines tried to stay in the Big 10 basketball title race without their steady senior leader.

They now have four losses and trail MSU and Purdue in Big 10 play, but they came up big in Thursday's test without Matthews as they pounded a Nebraska team that nearly upset Purdue on Saturday before losing a 75-72 heart-breaker. 

UM rolled 82-53 behind a career-high 22 points by junior Jon Teske and a 20-point night by freshman sensation Ignas Brazdeikis. Sophomore   Isaiah Livers also came up big while replacing Matthews in the starting lineup. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Junior point guard Zavier Simpson passed out 10 assists to direct the offensive explosion. He added 4 points and 6 rebounds while spearheading a superb team effort on the defensive end of the floor.

Reserve Colin Castleton also came up big with his best game. The freshman back-up center scored a career-high 11 points off the bench.