Sports : Monday, 3/13/17
Men’s College Basketball:
Big Ten Tournament Championship:
Michigan 71, Wisconsin 56
–Michigan shot 56 percent from the floor as they won four games in four days to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship as the conference’s eight seed. Bronson Koenig scored 15 points for Wisconsin, Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ both had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.Derrick Walton Jr. scored 22 points for Michigan. Wisconsin shot just 26 percent in the second half (8-30), as a one point halftime deficit turned into a 10 point lead for Michigan by the 13:20 mark of the 2nd half.
The NCAA Tournament field of 68 has been set.
#8 Wisconsin vs. #9 Virginia Tech — Thursday in Buffalo, New York, with a tip off time around 8:40 pm central time. Winner advances to play either #1 overall seed Villanova or #16 Mount St. Mary’s/New Orleans on Saturday.
#10 Marquette vs. #7 South Carolina — Friday in Greenville, South Carolina. Tipoff time scheduled for 8:50 pm central time. Winner plays either #2 Duke or #15 Troy on Sunday.
#8 Northwestern vs. #9 Vanderbilt. — Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah. Winner faces #1 Gonzaga or #16 South Dakota State on Saturday.
#6 Maryland vs. #11 Xavier. — Thursday in Orlando, Florida. Winner faces either #3 Florida State or #14 Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday.
#9 Michigan State vs. #8 Miami (FL) — Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Winner faces either #1 Kansas or #16 NC Central/UC Davis on Sunday.
#4 Purdue vs. #13 Vermont. — Thursday in Milwaukee. Winner faces either #5 Iowa State or #12 Nevada on Saturday.
#7 Michigan vs. #10 Oklahoma State — Friday in Indianapolis. Winner faces either #2 Louisville or #15 Jacksonville State on Sunday
#5 Minnesota vs. #12 Middle Tennessee State — Thursday in Milwaukee. Winner faces either #4 Butler or #13 Winthrop on Saturday.
The NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday with the “First Four” in Dayton, Ohio. On Tuesday, 16 seeds Mount St. Mary’s and New Orleans will face off followed by 11 seeds Kansas State and Wake Forest facing off. On Wednesday, 16 seeds NC Central and UC Davis will face off followed by 11 seeds Providence and USC.
Three Big Ten teams earned bids to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for their postseason destination. Iowa, Indiana and Illinois all will play in the tournament which begins Tuesday. The semifinals will be held on the 28th and the championship on the 30th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Detroit Lions have agreed to a deal with guard T.J. Lang, another significant move to bolster their offensive line in a busy offseason. Agent Mike McCartney acknowledged the three-year agreement Sunday on Twitter. Detroit also signed tackle Rick Wagner in recent days and could have an upgraded offensive line next season even after the departures of Riley Reiff and Larry Warford. Lang is from the Detroit area and played in college at Eastern Michigan. But has spent his entire career with Green Bay since the Packers drafted him in the fourth round in 2009. Lang started 13 games last season, but now he’ll return to his home state to join one of Green Bay’s division rivals.
NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. passed Brad Keselowski with two laps to go and avoided a wreck the following lap to win the Monster Energy Cup race at Las Vegas. Keselowski appeared to be pulling away after a restart, but he ran into mechanical problems that caused him to finish fifth. Kyle Larson was second, followed by Chase Elliott and Joey Logano
Sports on the air tonight, the Bucks are on the road at Memphis looking to extend their win streak to seven games. Coverage starts at 6:40 on KFIZ.