KALAMAZOO (CCN) — Andy Murray is a former NHL coach who has spent eight seasons behind the bench at Western Michigan. The Broncos went to the NCAA tournament during his debut year but have been back only once since, and the veteran coach is hoping to motivate the students on the Kalamazoo campus to pack Lawson Arena this weekend as they aim to get back to the NCAA's big dance this year by winning the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament. An automatic bid goes to the tourney champion.
Murray is so confident a full house can help motivate his players that he announced he's digging into his own pocket to help the cause. Any students who buy a ticket for Friday's game can show their ticket stubs at the door Saturday night to get in free. Murray is covering the cost out of his own pocket. READ MORE
MIAMI (CCN) — Reggie Jackson left Wednesday night's blow-out loss in Miami and insisted afterward that he was okay in an interview with reporters around his stool in the Detroit Pistons' locker room. Then he rose and limped toward the shower, which was news Pistons' fans didn't want to hear. Jackson injured the same angle he hurt a year ago when missing 37 games.
Jackson told reporters that he suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle after stepping on the foot of Miami's Zaza Pachulia. Detroit was 19-14 and had the No. 4 seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference when its star point guard went down last winter on the day after Christmas. The Pistons went 12-25 without him and missed the playoffs. The Pistons (34-33) currently have 15 games remaining and are holding down the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase where the top eight finishers qualify. Detroit is four games clear of No. 9 Orlando but blew a one-game lead over now No. 6 New Jersey by losing two in a row.
MIAMI (CCN) — The Detroit Pistons have now stunk up the court for a second game in a row after a five-game winning streak had left them as the NBA's hottest team with victories in 12 of their last 14 starts. They were pounded 108-74 Wednesday night in Miami after losing 103-75 on Monday night in Brooklyn to the Nets.
The Pistons were one half game ahead of the Nets for the Eastern Conference's No. 6 seed when heading to Brooklyn where they turned in a season-worst 28 percent shooting clip from the field.
They surrendered a 21-0 to the Heat to start the second half Wednesday night and eventually put up a season low for a quarter with only 8 points in the third.
The Pistons had won five straight games before the two-game road trip. They had also won 12 of their last 14 starts. They will try to get back on track in Detroit this weekend. The Pistons host the Los Angeles Lakers at 7 o'clock on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena, then host the Toronto Rapters at 3 pm on Sunday.
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