Patterson enters spotlight when Michigan visits Notre Dame
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Michigan WR Tarik Black out indefinitely with foot injury
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black is out indefinitely with an injured right foot.
Football program spokesman Dave Ablauf says Black was hurt during practice Saturday and is still being evaluated. A timeframe for his return has not been determined.
The 14th-ranked Wolverines open the season Saturday night at No. 12 Notre Dame.
Black had 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in three games last season before needing surgery on his left foot.
A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall:
WR Nick Westbrook, junior. Westbrook emerged as one of the Hoosiers' top offensive playmakers two years ago. Last year, he tore an ACL on the first play of the season and received a medical redshirt. Expect Westbrook to reassert himself in what's become a crowded and talented receiving corps.
Ann Arbor — Within a few days of returning to the football field this spring, Michigan receiver Tarik Black had shaken off the proverbial rust and was back to full health and ability.
Paul helps Rockets to 148-142 win over Lakers in double OT
HOUSTON (AP) — With James Harden in the locker room with a hamstring injury and the Houston Rockets desperate to end their losing streak, Chris Paul came to the rescue.
Harden scored 40 points before leaving with the injury late in the fourth quarter, and Paul scored 15 of his 28 points in overtime as the Rockets snapped a five-game skid with a 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Paul helps Rockets outlast Lakers in double overtime
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 40 points before leaving with a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul scored 15 of his 28 points in overtime as the Houston Rockets snapped a five-game skid with a 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Los Angeles led by as many as 17, but couldn't hold on as the team's season-long losing streak stretched to six games.
The season is over and for Michigan fans, while the Wolverines finished with a largely unsatisfying 8-4 record, the rational take is that this was a team of significant youth and two quarterbacks went to the hospital, but the also-rational take is that this was an offensive line that was an issue for much of the season and the team couldn't get over a couple humps – beating Michigan State for a second straight year and winning a meaningful road game against a ranked team.
Michigan freshman receiver Tarik Black, the team's leading receiver when he suffered a broken bone in his left foot in the Air Force game Sept. 16, is not expected to be ready to return for the final two regular-season games, coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Black potentially could be ready for the bowl game, but there's another option.
"If he does not return this year we would pursue a medical redshirt," Harbaugh said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches' call.
Dunk percentage: 79.5%Dunks made: 31Dunks missed: 8Dunks attempted: 39Black has been among the lone bright spots for the lowly Lakers this season, turning into a serviceable role player and strong rebounder. He's strong and athletic enough to make up for being undersized (he's listed at 6-foot-9), but sometimes Black can get caught at the rim by longer defenders. Exhibit A: this rejection by Trevor Booker, who blocks Black's dunk attempt from behind.
Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. out 4 weeks with bone bruise
LOS ANGELES — Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will be out for approximately four weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee.
The Lakers announced the diagnosis Sunday night.
The former University of Wyoming Cowboy was hurt during the Lakers' loss at Charlotte on Dec. 20 and was re-examined by team doctors Sunday.
Lakers F Larry Nance Jr. out 4 weeks with bone bruise
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will be out for approximately four weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee.
The Lakers announced the diagnosis Sunday night.
Nance was hurt during the Lakers' loss at Charlotte on Dec. 20 and was re-examined by team doctors Sunday.
Russell, Randle push surging Lakers past Nets, 125-118
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coach Luke Walton claimed his Los Angeles Lakers never really got into an offensive flow, even if the 125 points they dropped on the Brooklyn Nets suggested otherwise.
Imagine what might happen if Walton's surprising young squad actually finds its groove.
D'Angelo Russell scored 32 points and Julius Randle added 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double in Los Angeles' 125-118 victory Tuesday night.
Los Angeles Lakers sign summer league standout Zach Auguste
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Auguste after his solid summer league performance.
The Lakers announced the signing Monday.
Auguste averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in four games for the Lakers in Las Vegas summer league play.
The 6-foot-10 Notre Dame product averaged 14.0 points and 10.7 rebounds for the Irish last season as a senior.