LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (CCN) — Cassius Winston exploded for a career-high 29 points to help Michigan State's basketball team make history Thursday night. Winston's big night led the Spartans to a 70-64 road victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers for their school record 19th consecutive Big 10 Conference victory. Winston also surpassed 1,000 points for his career at MSU by handing out 6 assists to go with his 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 accuracy from the free throw lines. Winston also committed only 4 turnovers while directing MSU's offense from his point guard position. Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans who improved to 7-0 atop the Big 10 standings where the Michigan Wolverines are 6-0. MSU is now 15-2 overall and ranked No. 6 in the country while UM is 17-0 overall and ranked No. 2 in all the land as the Wolverines prepare for Saturday's game in Madison against Wisconsin. UM's game will be on national TV with tip-off at 11 am on ESPN.
Big 10 Scores on Thursday Night
No. 6 Michigan State 70, Nebraska 64
West Coast Conference Top 20 Action
No. 5 Gonzaga 73, Loyola Marymount 55
Big 10 Games on Friday
No. 19 Maryland at Ohio State (6:30 pm)
MAC Games on Friday
Eastern Michigan at No. 16 Buffalo (7 pm)
Top 20 Action in Big East on Friday
Xavier at No. 22 Villanova (8:30 pm)
BOSTON (CCN) — The Detroit Pistons went to Boston holding down the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with a three-game winning streak and a chance to make it four in a row going into the All-Star break. They led 29-28 after one quarter and were down only 57-52 at halftime, but Boston came out red-hot from 3-point land after halftime. They made 10-of-22 behind the 3-point arc in the second half in a dominant performance that led to a 118-110 victory that included holding off a furious late rally by the Pistons who were led by Blake Griffin's 32 points and Andre Drummon's double-double effort (21 points and 17 rebounds). The Pistons fell to 26-30 on the season while Boston improved to 37-21. The Celtics are second in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference where they're 5 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors. Detroit reached the All-Star weekend break one game ahead of the Miami Heat in the race for the final wild card spot in the NBA playoffs.
CALGARY (CCN) — The Detroit Red Wings are back on the road Friday night in Calgary. They go for their third straight victory in a face-off that will be at 9 pm Michigan time. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit TV Plus. The Flames hold a two-point lead in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with a 30-13-5 record for 65 points. The Red Wings hold a one-point lead over the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference where they're in sixth place. The top three teams in all four divisions make the playoffs along with two Wild Card teams from each conference. Detroit is currently 13 points behind in the race for a Wild Card spot and 16 points away form the third-place Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division.
EAST LANSING (CCN) — Michigan State's women stayed perfect in college basketball action this season at Jenison Field House by beating a top 25 opponent for the third time. Thursday's victim was No. 9 Maryland as Jenna Allen scored 16 points to power No. 17 ranked MSU to a 77-60 victory. MSU improved to 13-4 overall while Maryland dropped to 15-2. MSU is 3-3 in Big 10 play where Maryland is now 4-2. Rutgers lead the Big 10 at 6-0 while Purdue, Indiana and Iowa are all tied with Maryland with 4-2 records.
IOWA CITY, IOWA (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines may have seen their Big 10 women's basketball title hopes slip away Thursday night. They were beaten 75-61 by Iowa to fall to 2-4 in the Big 10. They're now 11-7 overall. Iowa, which is ranked No. 22 in the country, improved to 13-4 overall while climbing to 4-2 to join a four-way tie for second place in the Big 10 with Indiana, Maryland and Purdue. Rutgers leads the Big 10 women's standings with a 6-0 record. UM hosts Rutgers on Feb. 21 at Crysler Center in Ann Arbor. The Lady Wolverines go to East Lansing three days later to face arch rival Michigan State. The Spartans stand 3-3 in Big 10 play where they're one game ahead of the Wolverines.
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — Coach Jim Harbaugh lost a second staff member Tuesday in as many days. One day after defensive line coach Greg Mattison left for Ohio State's defensive coordinator job, linebackers coach Al Washington bolted for a job with the Buckeyes. Harbaugh has not yet responded to media requests for his reaction to the departures. Ohio State officials confirmed the hiring of Washington Tuesday afternoon after a morning filled with rumors about the defection. Ryan Day, new head coach at Ohio State, released a statement about Washington replacing Bill Davis as follows: "Al Washington is going to be a terrific addition to our coaching staff. I’ve known him as player and as a coach and I know his family very well. I think his familiarity with this region as a coach and as a recruiter is going to be very impactful, as will his leadership with our linebackers unit.” Washington is a Columbus native who played at Boston College when Day was on the coaching staff there 18 years ago. They also later coached there together as assistants after Washington's playing career ended.
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