5 Things you Need to Know for Thursday, January 23rd
1. When Michigan and Michigan State meet at the Breslin Center on Saturday, neither will have lost a conference game. The Wolverines kept rolling with a big win over #10 Iowa. Nik Stauskas led Michigan with 26 points. U of M did a really good job defensively on the top scoring team in the Big 10, and held Roy Devyn Marble to 13 points on 3-9 shooting.
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2. The Red Wings grabbed two huge points against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks, winning 5-4 in a shootout. Things looked bleak when Detroit fell behind 2-0 early, but they countered with a scoring outburst that the team has not had in weeks.
Darren Helm netted the shootout winner in his second game back from injury, and Henrik Zetterberg got three assists. The Jurco-Sheahan-Tatar line was really strong, and the Wings kept pace with Chicago all night, which is no small feat.
Detroit still has a ton of guys out with injuries. They should start to get healthier soon, and the schedule gets easier over the next couple weeks. The team is tied for the final playoff spot at the moment, and will be in a good position to make a move to secure their 23rd straight postseason berth.
3. The Pistons suffered a really bad loss yesterday, dropping one to the 8-33 Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the team that starts Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson, and Ekpe Udoh and had lost nine straight. Caron Butler scored 30 for Milwaukee.
After spending a ton of money this off-season, the Pistons are on the outside looking in to the horrifying eastern conference playoff race. If this continues there will be personnel changes soon.
4. After reaching as high as #3 in the polls, the Wisconsin basketball team is really sliding. They dropped their third straight game last night, falling to Minnesota 81-68. DeAndre Mathieu and Maurice Walker each had 18 for the Gophers, who moved to 4-3 in the conference.
5. The Yankees landed a major free agent yesterday, signing Masahiro Tanaka to a seven year, $155 million deal. That is in addition to the $20 million posting fee they had to pay the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Sounds like the plan to stay under the luxury tax threshold is no longer a go, as they have spent a very Yankee-like $491 million this off-season.