Pistons face the Hornets on 3-game skid
Charlotte Hornets (37-42, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (39-40, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte hosts Toronto looking to prolong its three-game home winning streak.
The Hornets are 26-22 in conference matchups. Charlotte is...
Charlotte Hornets (35-41, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (46-30, fifth in the Western Conference)
Walker powers Hornets past Spurs 125-116 in overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker may be a three-time All-Star, but he's not having any problem playing with young players like Dwayne Bacon and Miles Bridges as the Charlotte Hornets enter the...
Lamb hits winning 3, Hornets down Raptors 115-114
TORONTO (AP) — Jeremy Lamb banked home a half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114 on Sunday night for their third straight win.
Walker, Bridges lead Hornets past Timberwolves, 113-106
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miles Bridges had plenty of reasons to party.
He turned 21 years old, his college team, Michigan State, won its first-round game in the NCAA Tournament and he recorded...
Hornets switch lineup, roll past Wizards 123-110
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nic Batum is back in his comfort zone.
The Hornets moved the 10-year NBA veteran back to shooting guard — a position he's played for the better part of the last seven...
The Latest: OKC’s Diallo leaps over Shaq to win dunk contest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):
Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion.
Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New York's Dennis Smith Jr.
Diallo topped Smith 88-85 in the finale. Charlotte's Miles Bridges and Atlanta's John Collins went out in the first round.
Booker to defend 3-point contest title vs Curry brothers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Devin Booker is ready to take on the Curry brothers.
The Phoenix Suns guard will look to defend his NBA All-Star 3-point championship from a year ago against brothers Stephen and Seth Curry on Feb. 16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stephen Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, won the event in 2015 while brother Seth, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers, is competing in his first 3-point contest.
Hornets lean on defense, bench to beat Kings 114-95
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach James Borrego says the Charlotte Hornets can beat any team in the NBA if they bring defensive intensity.
The challenge is getting that effort every game.
"That's the message right now," Borrego said. "If we come out and defend with energy, physicality and disruption, we have a shot against anyone."
Walker leads Hornets to 120-88 rout over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have owned the Orlando Magic the last three seasons and nobody is more responsible than Kemba Walker.
Walker missed his first five shots, didn't score until midway through the second period and finished with 26 points as Charlotte beat Orlando 120-88 on Friday night.
It was the Hornets' 12th straight win over the Magic.
Hornets sign Bridges; hire 5 assistant coaches
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets have signed first-round draft pick Miles Bridges from Michigan State and hired five assistant coaches.
Terms of Bridges' deal were not made available Monday.
Bridges, a forward, was a unanimous 2017-18 All-Big Ten first-team selection and second-team All-American selection at Michigan State where he led the Spartans in scoring at 17 points per game last season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have a new backcourt duo.
Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the 11th pick of the NBA draft by Charlotte, who traded him to the Clippers on Thursday night. The Clippers had drafted forward Miles Bridges of Michigan State with the 12th overall pick and sent Bridges and two future second-round picks to the Hornets for Gilgeous-Alexander. LA also picked Boston College guard Jerome Robinson.
Gilgeous-Alexander feels he's a good fit for the Clippers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miles Bridges' versatility convinced Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak to take a chance on him in the first round.
Bridges is thrilled he did.
The Hornets wound up with the Michigan State wingman in the first round of the NBA draft after trading down one spot with the Los Angeles Clippers.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school for his junior season.
Ward says Tuesday the workouts and interviews with NBA teams will help him when he's ready to take the next step.
There's still plenty to be decided before NBA teams start making picks in June's draft.
Like, the end of this season. And the lottery. And who actually might be entering the NBA draft.
But, ESPN is taking a stab at it, anyway, using its "BPI" to come up with the draft order, and adding to the mix players it believes will declare for the NBA draft by the April 22 deadline in its latest mock draft posted Monday (pay site).
Michigan State and Michigan are Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, in ESPN's "Way-Too-Early" college basketball rankings for the 2018-19 season.
The top three teams are Kansas at No. 1, Duke at No. 2 and national champion Villanova at No. 3.
Purdue, at No. 24, is the only other Big Ten team in ESPN's Top 25.
- The Philadelphia TribuneLonnie Walker IV, Miles Bridges standout at Sixers' pre-draft workoutsJune 12, 2018
- The Detroit NewsLikely first-round picks Bridges, Jackson court teamsMay 18, 2018
- The Detroit NewsMichigan State basketball recruits offer promise of staying powerMay 13, 2018
- The Detroit NewsNBA execs' analysis of MSU's Bridges, Jackson variesMay 9, 2018
Wait until next year?
Michigan, which lost to Villanova in the NCAA championship game on Monday night, has 28-1 odds to win the national title next year, according to oddsmaker Pregame.com.
Villanova's odds to repeat are 10-1. Duke is the favorite at 6-1.
Michigan State's odds are 20-1, despite the loss of Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson – and possibly Nick Ward – to the NBA Draft.
Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. announced Monday that he is entering the NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent.
Jackson becomes the third Spartan to declare early for the draft in the last week, joining sophomores Miles Bridges and Nick Ward, though Ward does not intend to hire an agent, leaving open the possibility he could return to Michigan State next season.
While a couple of his teammates have already declared for the NBA Draft, Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. continues to contemplate his future.
According to Jackson's father, Jaren Jackson Sr., the family has not set a timetable for a decision, saying only that it will come before the early entry deadline, which is at 11:59 p.m. on April 22.
Michigan coach John Beilein has the Wolverines two victories from the national title.
Riding a 13-game winning streak, Michigan (32-7) is doing it with defense. And, Beilein is doing it the right way, a big reason why he was named Thursday the national coach of the year by CBS Sports as part of its college basketball awards.
Also honored was Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, who was named a second-team All-American.
Michigan State’s Ward putting name in draft, no agent
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is submitting his name for the NBA draft but hasn't hired an agent.
The school announced Ward's decision Thursday, one day after classmate Miles Bridges announced he was turning pro .
Brunson, Graham among 5 players vying for Wooden Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Brunson of Villanova and Devonte Graham of Kansas are among five players vying for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year.
Brunson and Graham will square off at the Final Four when their teams meet in the national semifinals on Saturday.
Michigan State’s Bridges headed to NBA draft
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State star Miles Bridges is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility and entering the NBA draft.
The school announced Bridges' departure Wednesday. It came as no surprise after a fine season in which he was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press.
East Lansing — There will be so surprise return this year for Miles Bridges.
Bridges, a Michigan State sophomore who took many off guard when he came back for a second season in East Lansing, announced on Wednesday morning that he is forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility and entering this summer's NBA Draft.
John Niyo and James Hawkins preview the UM-Texas A&M game and Matt Charboneau looks ahead to MSU's future plans.
Here are some of the highlights from The Detroit News' College Basketball Show.
► :30: Matt Charboneau on MSU's 55-53 loss against Syracuse
Detroit — Michigan State's run in the NCAA Tournament run ended well before the Spartans expected it to.
The question now is if the run is over for at least a couple of underclassmen who are potential lottery picks if they declare for this summer's NBA Draft.
In the moments after Michigan State's 55-53 loss to Syracuse in the second round the Midwest Region at Little Caesars Arena, neither sophomore Miles Bridges nor freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. gave any indication of which way they're leaning.
Detroit — Michigan State had the home crowd on Sunday, but even that couldn't get the Spartans to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
For the third straight season, Michigan State failed to get out of the first weekend of the tournament as No. 11 Syracuse knocked off the third-seeded Spartans, 55-53, at Little Caesars Arena. The Orange advance to take on Duke Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinal in Omaha, Neb.
Detroit — He said he'd do it if he could, if needed. In Michigan State's NCAA Tournament opener, he could and he did, and it was needed.
Miles Bridges took his time, and then he took over. Just when it seemed the Spartans were flirting with danger against 14th-seeded Bucknell, Bridges turned his attention to the basket and the task at hand. Michigan State needed most of Bridges' spinning moves and rattling dunks to beat Bucknell 82-78 Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Bridges leads Michigan State past Thomas, Bucknell 82-78
DETROIT (AP) — Miles Bridges outlasted Zach Thomas.
Michigan State's sophomore star also soared over everyone on a pivotal play, scoring two of his 29 points on a tip-in dunk to help the third-seeded Spartans beat Bucknell 82-78 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
"He was a tough matchup for us," Thomas acknowledged.
Detroit — That was the Miles Bridges everyone has been waiting for.
The superstar who returned for his sophomore season at Michigan State entered the NCAA Tournament understanding there was no room for error, and with the opening-round matchup with Bucknell still close midway through the second half, Bridges took over.
Follow along here for live updates from Geoff Robinson as No. 3 seed MSU faces No. 14 Bucknell in the first round of NCAA Tournament from Little Caesars Arena.
Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson ‘too locked in’ to think about NBA Draft
Detroit – For at least three players on Michigan State's roster, Friday night's game against Bucknell in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament signified the beginning of the end.
For Tum Tum Nairn, Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter, this is it. This the final stretch of their college careers.
Detroit — Their 29-4 record somehow got picked at and picked on. They beat few teams of note, lost in the Big Ten tournament to their rival and weren't considered a lock to play at Little Caesars Arena.
Yet the nitpicking hasn't prevented one predictable rite: Plenty of people are picking the Spartans to go a long way, even all the way.
Detroit – There was no hesitation for Jaren Jackson Jr.
The Michigan State freshman believes his Sports Illustrated cover is much better than teammate Miles Bridges'.
"Me or Miles?" Jackson said. Me. You see the cover? Come on, man. I mean his was cool with the mascot but I had like everybody and their mom around me."
Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News breaks down Friday night's NCAA Tournament game between Michigan State and Bucknell.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges can soar for slams, dribble to set up shots and make 3-pointers from all angles.
He can also drift, defer and drive his coach crazy.
Michigan State's Tom Izzo has been privately and publicly prodding Bridges to do more with the ball, going as far as saying he needs to be more of a jerk on the court and more selfish.
Detroit — The latest in an occasional series looking at the landscape of college basketball in the state of Michigan.
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kendrick Nunn, Oakland. Yes, Michigan State's Miles Bridges is probably a more popular pick, but Nunn — a Big Ten-caliber player in his own right, having come from Illinois — did finish second in the nation in scoring at 25.9 points per game in his lone season in Rochester.
East Lansing — Michigan State's Miles Bridges was named a second-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) on Monday.
It is the third All-American honor in the last week for Bridges, who earned second-team honors from both The Sporting News and USA Today.
Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. is projected to be the No. 3 overall pick, by the Atlanta Hawks, in a new NBA mock draft by ESPN (pay site).
"The youngest prospect in the draft, Jackson may have the highest ceiling of anyone in this class in terms of his ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor," writes ESPN's Jonathan Givony. "It's easy to see Jackson manning the center position for Atlanta or pairing with exciting rookie big man John Collins in an athletic frontcourt."
Michigan State, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional, will be playing close to home in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena, which hosts first- and second-round games Friday and Sunday.
The NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Sunday night. Game times and television assignments have not yet been announced.
It's time for Michigan and Michigan State to learn their destinations and first-round opponents in the NCAA Tournament. The Selection Show gets underway at 6 p.m. Sunday. Get live updates here throughout the show by Geoff Robinson of The Detroit News.
East Lansing — As Michigan State continues to wait for Selection Sunday, the awards from the regular season continue to roll in for the Spartans, who finished the regular season with 28 wins and captured the Big Ten championship.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Ten Tournament didn't get off to a great start for Tom Izzo and No. 2 Michigan State.
The ride to New York was delayed Thursday because the plane had to be de-iced. The top-seeded Spartans followed suit with a so-so start against Wisconsin on Friday, and they struggled most of the game.
The positive: Michigan State found a way to win its 13th straight game and advance to the conference semifinals.
New York – For the second time in less than a week, Michigan State found itself in a dogfight with Wisconsin.
And for the second time, the Spartans found a way to win, getting a late 3-pointer from Matt McQuaid to hold off the Badgers, 63-60, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
The win sends top-seeded Michigan State (29-3) to the tournament semifinals on Saturday, when it will face the winner of Michigan and Nebraska, who play Friday afternoon.
Spartans regain lead by halftime
East Lansing — The regular season is done, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says the focus for his team is going to be solely on basketball.
It hasn't been like that the last few weeks for the No. 2 team in the country that begins the Big Ten tournament on Friday in New York. The Spartans are the top seed after winning the regular-season championship but have been dogged by repeated questions about issues off the court.
Buckeyes’ Bates-Diop, Holtmann are AP’s Big Ten top honorees
Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year.
Bates-Diop and Purdue's Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced Wednesday, the first day of the conference tournament in New York. Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked as newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year in voting by 12 journalists who cover the league.