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Report: Andrew Luck won’t play against Browns 

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck smiles as he runs off the field with his teammates before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis.
AP Photo/AJ Mast
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck smiles as he runs off the field with his teammates before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis.(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

This may be the Browns’ best chance to get a win this season.

If Cleveland wants to show progress, it will have a chance this Sunday in a situation that’s been rare for the Browns: It will likely be the favorite against Indianapolis.

The Colts will be without Andrew Luck, according to reports.

The Luck-less Colts haven’t been pretty. They were destroyed by the Rams in week 1 before losing in overtime to the Cardinals in week 2.

Cleveland should defeat Indianapolis. It will be a good test to see if the Browns can start winning games against teams they’re supposed to - as few candidates as that may be.

Louisville-Boston College basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:30 AM

Louisville will look to continue its recent resurgence in a home matchup against Boston College on Sunday, Jan. 21. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.

Louisville-Boston College basketball game time, information

Time: 12 p.m. ET

Date: Sunday, Jan. 21

Location: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

What TV channel is Louisville-Boston College basketball on?

The Louisville-Boston College basketball game will air on the ACC Network.

How can I watch Louisville-Boston College basketball online?

The Louisville-Boston College basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.

Louisville-Boston College basketball preview

After Louisville lost Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino prior to its season opener and dropped its first three contests of the season against teams currently in the top 25 — including a 29-point loss to rival Kentucky — the Cardinals appeared in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament. Now, after three consecutive wins, Louisville is beginning to resemble a traditional Cardinals team.

Louisville will look to keep its winning streak alive against one of the ACC’s biggest surprises in Boston College.

The Eagles, who went 9-23 last year, are off to a 13-6 start this season, which includes a victory over then-undefeated Duke. A road win against Louisville would undoubtedly boost the unlikely NCAA Tournament resume for the Eagles.

So far this season, Boston College has been led by its stellar backcourt. Jerome Robinson is the team’s leading scorer, averaging more than 18 points per game. Robinson is complimented by Ky Bowman, who is averaging more than 16 points and 5 assists per game. The team’s most effective frontcourt presence has been senior Deontae Hawkins, who is averaging 12.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on the season.

The Eagles’ backcourt will face a tough match up in Louisville point guard Quentin Snider, who has emerged as the Cardinals’ leader during his senior season. Snider is averaging 13.1 points and 4.2 assists per game. He has received ample scoring help from swingman Deng Adel, who is leading the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game.

Perhaps the greatest reason for Louisville’s turnaround of lately has been the improved play of its frontcourt. Power forward Ray Spalding notched a career-high 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the team’s last game, a double-overtime win over Notre Dame. Center Anas Mahmoud has been a defensive force, averaging nearly 4 blocks per game.

Even under new coach David Padgett, Louisville makes its hay on the defensive end. The Cardinals are ranked 14th nationally in defensive efficiency according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. As a team, the Cardinals rank second in the nation in blocks, averaging 7.4 blocks per game. They also force opponents to commit an average of 14.5 turnovers per game.

Boston College, meanwhile, has struggled at times to take care of the ball. The Eagles average 12.5 turnovers per game, which ranks 153rd nationally. In recent losses to Clemson and Virginia, Boston College had 14 and 13 turnovers, respectively.

Miami-N.C. State basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/21/2018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

The No. 25 Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team visit the N.C. State Wolfpack having lost 3 of their last 4 and looking to even their ACC record at 3-3.

Miami-N.C. State basketball game time, information

Time: 12 p.m. ET

Date: Sunday, Jan. 21

Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

What TV channel is Miami-N.C. State basketball on?

The Miami-N.C. State basketball game will air on the ACC Network.

How can I watch Miami-N.C. State basketball online?

The Miami-N.C. State basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.

Miami-N.C. State basketball preview

After a stint in the top 10 of the AP Poll, a recent swoon has seen the Hurricanes drop all the way to No. 25. They opened ACC play with a 67-53 win at Pitt on December 30, but have lost three of their last four to put themselves at 2-3 on the young conference season.

If the Hurricanes are to assert themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the conference, as well as the country, they will need to find a way to defeat higher-ranked opponents. Their last two games have been losses against No. 19 Clemson and No. 5 Duke, by 9 and 8 points respectively.

Despite facing an unranked team on Sunday, defeating N.C. State won’t be an easy feat. The Wolfpack handed Kevin Keatts a signature win as they took down Duke on January 6 and followed it up with a victory over Clemson on January 11. However, they couldn’t make it three in a row as they fell to No. 3 Virginia last Sunday.

In Miami’s loss to Duke on Monday, it was unable to overcome a monster performance by Gary Trent Jr. The freshman scored 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 6-for-9 from three-point range. Despite placing four players in double figures and forcing 19 Duke turnovers, the Hurricanes’ inability to shut down Trent hurt them in the end as they dropped under .500 in conference play.

On the other side of the court, the Wolfpack saw itself bounce back from a loss to Virginia with a victory over Wake Forest on Thursday. Omer Yurtseven scored 22 points and added 8 rebounds in a 72-63 win at PNC Arena, which ended with an 11-0 run by the Wolfpack. Markell Johnson (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Torin Dorn (11 points, 4 rebounds) chipped in solid efforts as N.C. State evened its ACC record at 3-3.

According to Joe Lunardi at ESPN, though, N.C. State needs to prove itself a little more if it is to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Lunardi has the Wolfpack outside the tournament picture in his most recent Bracketology released on Thursday. The Wolfpack have a chance to move into the conversation, though. After a Wednesday night matchup at Pitt, they visit North Carolina on Saturday. Getting a win against the Hurricanes on Sunday, taking down Pitt and winning at North Carolina will certainly help their cause and give the selection committee something to think about.

Four players have averaged double figures for the Wolfpack this season. Allerik Freeman, who was held to just 5 points on Thursday, averages 14.3 points an outing to lead N.C. State, followed by Torin Dorn, Yurtseven and Lennard Freeman.

No. 23 Michigan-Rutgers basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 21, 2018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Michigan basketball hosts Rutgers on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Find the game time, TV channel, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.

The Wolverines (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) lost at Nebraska in their last game, 72-52, in what was their largest margin of defeat this season and their lowest offensive output. They will attempt to rebound against a Rutgers team (12-8, 2-5) that had lost five of six games before beating Iowa, 80-64, at home last Wednesday night. This will be the fourth game in the last eight days for the Wolverines, who were out-hustled in every way possible at Nebraska.

Michigan is 10-1 at Crisler Center this season, and is 9-0 all-time against Rutgers. It beat the Scarlet Knights, 68-64, on the road last season. This is the only meeting of the regular season between the two teams.

Michigan-Rutgers game time, details

Michigan and Rutgers play at 12 p.m. ET on Jan. 21, 2018.

  • Time: 12 p.m. ET tip-off
  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 21
  • Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Records: Michigan (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten); Rutgers (12-8, 2-5)

What TV channel will broadcast Michigan-Rutgers?

The Michigan-Rutgers game will be shown on BTN.

How can I watch  Michigan-Rutgers online ?

The Michigan-Rutgers game can be watched online at BTN2Go.

How can I listen to  Michigan-Rutgers on the radio?

The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WTKA (1050 AM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 81, XM 81 and Internet 81.

Michigan-Rutgers preview

The 72-52 loss at Nebraska last Thursday was one for the trash can. Michigan had won nine of its previous 10 games, and the lone defeat was by one point against Purdue. It was playing consistently on both ends of the court, but that wasn’t the case against the Cornhuskers. Sophomore guard Charles Matthews had 15 points but was the only player for the Wolverines to reach double figures in scoring.

The Wolverines have gotten into a bad habit of falling behind early and having to play catch-up. They have trailed at halftime the past five games, including by 10 against Maryland last Monday and by 11 at Nebraska. The Wolverines are 5-4 when behind at halftime, including coming back to beat Maryland, but they are 11-1 when they lead after the first 20 minutes. Getting off to a good start would be a great way to put Nebraska behind.

Matthews leads Michigan in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game, and seemed to be the only one who aggressively attacked Nebraska’s defense. The Huskers were determined to keep junior forward Moe Wagner from beating them. They were successful. Wagner had 7 rebounds but scored just 2 points on 1-of-5 shooting. He had only one turnover, a stat that shows Nebraska did a good job of keeping the ball away from Wagner in scoring positions. Whether Rutgers can do the same thing remains to be seen.

One stat that stands out from the Nebraska game is Michigan’s 6 total assists. The team averages more than 15 assists per game, and sophomore point guard Zavier Simpson had 5 assists in six consecutive games and seven of his previous eight contests before having just two against the Huskers.

Rutgers is sixth in the country in rebounding, averaging 41.3 rebounds per game. The Scarlet Knights are averaging 14 offensive rebounds per game and have a turnover margin of 4.6, which is No. 10 in the nation. Those are two areas of concern for Michigan, which predicates its defense on limiting second-chance points and forcing turnovers that lead to transition offense. Junior guard Corey Sanders leads Rutgers in scoring with an average of 14.4 points per game and his 121 career steals is No. 13 all-time in program history. Senior forward Deshawn Freeman is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game for the Scarlet Knights.

What Oregon coach Dana Altman said after the Ducks’ win over UCLA

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:38 PM

On Saturday night, Oregon pulled out a much-needed win over UCLA, jumping out to a 17-point lead in the first half and holding off a frenzied UCLA comeback to win, 94-91.

The win is Oregon coach Dana Altman’s 200th with the program. In his eight seasons in Eugene, Altman has won at least 20 games in all of them, with a high of 33 last season during a Final Four run.

“We had really bad turnovers. We were up eight and they trapped Troy [Brown] and he just gave it to them for a layup,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said afterwards. “But the guys found a way. Defensively, we didn’t get many stops in the second half. They kind of took it wherever they wanted. We didn’t fight the dribble very well. [Aaron] Holiday created a lot of opportunities for their guys and they shot it well, but a lot of those were really good penetration kicks and our rotation wasn’t very clean.”

“We needed to find a way to win one,” he continued. “Payton [Prichard] hitting the free throws late — really good.”

Here’s a full video of Altman’s press conference afterwards.