KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Knocking No. 1 seed Houston out of the NCAA Tournament made Jim Larrañaga feel like dancing.
Much to his players' delight, the 73-year-old Miami coach busted moves straight out of the disco era in the locker room Friday night to celebrate an 89-75 Sweet 16 victory that left the tournament without a No. 1 seed among its final eight teams for the first time since seeding began in 1979.
Larrañaga is known to dance in the locker room after his biggest wins, and this one in the Big Dance surely qualified.
"We were all hyped up," Jordan Miller said. "We love when Coach L dances. That's probably the best celebration we could look forward to."
Nijel Pack and Miami (28-7) hit shots from near and far against the stingiest defense in the country as the Hurricanes became only the fifth team this season to score at least 70 points against Houston (33-4).
"We just wanted it really bad," Miller said. "We came into this game as the underdogs. We had a lead throughout the whole game. I wouldn't say a comfortable lead, but a lead, and we just didn't want to let up."
The fifth-seeded Hurricanes made their second straight Elite Eight and will play second-seeded Texas or No. 3 seed Xavier in the Midwest Region final. Larrañaga is seeking his first Final Four with Miami and second overall - he took George Mason there as an 11 seed in 2006.
About 30 minutes before Houston's loss, top overall seed Alabama fell to San Diego State in Louisville, Kentucky. Fellow No. 1 seeds Purdue and Kansas lost during the tournament's first weekend.
The Cougars simply couldn't stop a multifaceted Miami offense led by Pack's 3-point shooting. He had season highs of seven 3-pointers on 10 attempts and 26 points.
Isaiah Wong's mid-range game helped get the 'Canes out to a fast start, and he finished with 20 points. Miller hurt the Cougars with his penetration and had 13 points, and Norchad Omier was his usual rugged self under the basket while recording his 16th double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
"We emphasized moving the ball and finding the open man, and the guys did such a fantastic job from start to finish," Larrañaga said. "We only ended up with six turnovers. So that's the name of the game. And we tied them in rebounding. A great performance by our guys."
It was Pack who hit big shot after big shot, some from near the logo. He was comfortable inside T-Mobile Arena, where he played five games during his two seasons at nearby Kansas State.
"It's a blessing to be back in this arena for sure," Pack said. "My teammates found me early and kept me going. They instilled confidence in me from the jump ball. They kept feeding me and telling me to shoot the ball, and I shot it with a lot of confidence, and they were able to go in."
Houston was in the Sweet 16 for a fourth straight time, had won 15 of its last 16 games and had the season-long goal of playing in next week's Final Four in its home city.
"Unfortunately, one off-night and you go home in this tournament," Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We just never could get a foothold. We kept climbing, and we'd get ahead of them, and then we just couldn't put stops together."
Miami used a 16-5 run spanning the halves to go up by double digits, with Omier's three-point play and Miller's short bank-in with the left hand making it 47-36 and prompting Sampson to call timeout less than two minutes into the second half.
Houston battled back to make it a two-point game, but then Pack made three 3s and Miller and Wooga Poplar hit one each to fuel a 16-2 run that put the Canes ahead 70-53. The lead grew to as much as 17 points, and Houston never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Walker led the Cougars with 16 points. Jamal Shead added 15 and All-American Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark had 14 apiece for the Cougars, who shot just 37% overall and 29% from distance.
"It was an amazing run," Sasser said. "Came up short, but the time that we got to spend throughout these months, I couldn't have asked for nothing better."
Houston - which came into the game as a 7.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook - found itself behind at half for the second straight game after the Hurricanes played their sharpest half of the tournament.
Miami turned the ball over just once the first 20 minutes, converted Miami's six turnovers into 15 points and shot 6 of 14 from distance against the second-best 3-point defense in the country.
Pack made four of them, and all were timely. His first three gave Miami leads and his fourth broke a 31-all tie.
"The Pack kid, some of the shots he made were shots you hope he takes," Sampson said. "The problem was he made them. Some of those were Howitzers."
BIG DAY FOR THE U
The Hurricanes reached the regional final just a few hours after Miami's ninth-seeded women's team hung on to beat Villanova and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time. Miami and UConn are the only schools with teams remaining in both tournaments.
Oh, about that dance Larrañaga did. He said it was to the Commodores' 1985 song "Nightshift."
Miller gave his coach's moves a grade of A.
"Not an A-plus - it was a little stiff," Miller said. "But he's still very mobile for his age."
DETROIT (AP) — Jerry Green, a Detroit sports writer who covered 56 consecutive Super Bowls, has died at 94, The Detroit News said Friday.
Green retired as a columnist at the News in 2004 but continued to attend the Super Bowl for the newspaper until this year. His streak began with Green Bay's 35-10 victory over Kansas City in the first Super Bowl in 1967.
"Jerry Green is part of the very fabric of the Super Bowl!" NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the News in January.
Green, a native of New York City, died Thursday night, the News reported. He was a sports writer in Detroit for The Associated Press before joining the News in 1963.
"I've never wanted to do anything else," Green said earlier this year about a career covering a variety of pro and college sports.
News editor and publisher Gary Miles said Green was an icon.
"And he was unabashedly proud of the paper, his contributions and his colleagues. He gave us his all and we'll miss him," Miles said.
Before the Super Bowl era, Green covered the 1957 NFL championship game, which was won by the Detroit Lions. The Lions still haven't played in a Super Bowl.
"I don't think I'll last that long," Green jokingly told Crain's Detroit Business in 2019.
NEW YORK (AP) — Markquis Nowell walked the ball up the floor with the score tied in the final minute of overtime and exchanged animated hand signals with his coach, Jerome Tang.
Standing on the March Madness logo at Madison Square Garden, the 5-foot-8 Kansas State point guard who grew up in Harlem glanced at the basket for a split second and flicked a chest pass into the lane. Keyontae Johnson slipped behind the Michigan State defense, elevated with his back to the basket, grabbed the ball and slammed it down.
It was the signature play of a towering performance by the shortest player on the floor.
Nowell broke the NCAA Tournament record for assists in a game with 19, his last two on spectacular passes in the last minute of OT, and Kansas State beat Michigan State 98-93 on Thursday night in a Sweet 16 thriller.
"Today was a special one, man," said Nowell, who fought through a second-half ankle injury. "I've got to give a lot to credit to my teammates for battling, for fighting through adversity when we was down. I can't even explain how I'm feeling right now. I just know that I'm blessed and I'm grateful."
Nowell's alley-oop to Johnson with 52 seconds left in overtime gave the Wildcats (26-9) the lead for good in this back-and-forth East Region semifinal.
"I mean, it was just a basketball play between me and Keyontae," Nowell said. "We knew how Michigan State plays defense. They play high up, and Keyontae just told me, we got eye contact, and he was like, lob, lob. I just threw it up, and he made a great play."
Michigan State cut the lead to one before Nowell bounced an inbound pass from under the basket to Ismael Massoud, who knocked down a jumper with 17 seconds left that put Kansas State ahead 96-93 and gave Nowell the assists record.
With Michigan State needing a 3 to tie, Nowell stole the ball from the Spartans' Tyson Walker and drove for a clinching layup at the buzzer. Nowell finished with 20 points and five steals in a signature performance at basketball's most famous arena that drew tweets of praise from Patrick Mahomes and Kevin Durant.
"That was a legendary display of controlling a basketball game Markquis," Durant tweeted.
UNLV's Mark Wade had the previous NCAA tourney assists record with 18 during the Runnin' Rebels 1987 Final Four win over Indiana.
Tang, the energetic, 56-year-old first-year head coach who was hired to lead the Wildcats after two decades as an assistant at Baylor, gave all the credit to his senior point guard.
"Well, what really helps is that all 10 eyes on the defense have to pay attention to him, and that's what allows everybody else to get open," Tang said. "It's not just that he sees it, but they all have to pay attention to him when he has the ball in his hands."
Johnson — the Florida transfer who was sidelined for nearly two years after he collapsed on the court during a game in December 2020 — scored 22 points for the No. 3 seed Wildcats, who will face either fourth-seeded Tennessee or ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic on Saturday as they seek the program's first Final Four berth since 1964.
A.J. Hoggard scored a career-high 25 points for seventh-seeded Michigan State (21-13). Joey Hauser added 18 points and Walker had 16, including a layup with 5 seconds left in regulation that forced the first overtime of this year's NCAA Tournament.
Nowell turned his ankle early in the second half, was helped off the court and had it taped. Michigan State took the lead with him sidelined, and when he returned, he pushed off the ankle to bank in a 3-pointer that beat the shot clock and tied the game at 55-all.
Turns out he was just getting started. Neither team led by more than seven points in the final 15 minutes of regulation, and Nowell steadied Kansas State's offense down the stretch, finding Massoud for a 3-pointer that made it 80-75 and hitting a jumper with 1:04 left for the Wildcats' final basket of regulation.
Massoud, who like Nowell honed his game on the playgrounds of Harlem, finished with 15 points for the Wildcats, who shot 55.9% from the field. They become only the second team to shoot better than 50% against the Spartans this season. Cam Carter added 12 points.
Jaden Akins added 14 points for coach Tom Izzo's Spartans, the final Big Ten team in the tournament. Michigan State outrebounded Kansas State 37-31 and finished 31 of 63 from the field (49.2%).
"We got caught mesmerized on Nowell," Izzo said. "He's a special player. We actually did a pretty good job on him. ... It was the assists that really killed us, and the back cuts."
Nowell was the difference, putting his name alongside New York City point guard greats like Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson, Mark Jackson and Bob Cousy, and sending Kansas State to its first Elite Eight since 2018.
Michigan State: The 68-year-old Izzo has led the Spartans to 25 straight NCAA Tournaments but is still seeking his second national title. Since their championship in 2000, the Spartans have made six Final Fours, most recently in 2019.
Kansas State: Nowell has 64 points and 42 assists in three games, including 14 assists in the first round against Montana State. He had nine assists against Kentucky; one more would have given him double-doubles in all three games.
While the Spartans prepare for their game Thursday against No. 3 seed Kansas State at Madison Square Garden, CBS News Detroit's Jordan Burrows and Ronnie Duncan packed their bags and took the next flight to New York.
Visit Detroit and the NFL announced it will happen April 25-27, 2024, in the area around Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza.
"We are thrilled to bring the 2024 NFL Draft presented by Bud Light to Detroit, a tremendous hub of sports and culture," said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President of Club Business, League Events and International. "With the Lions' passionate fanbase and incredible local partners, we know the Motor City will make an unforgettable Draft experience as we celebrate all 32 teams, the Draft prospects, and the future of football."
The NFL Draft Experience, an interactive football theme park, will allow guests to be involved in participatory games, interactive exhibits, musical performances, autograph sessions and opportunities to take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The theme park will be open for all three days of the event.
"We are excited to be partnering with the city of Detroit and the NFL to bring the 2024 NFL Draft to Detroit," said Rod Wood, Detroit Lions President, and CEO. "We look forward to showcasing the culture, energy, and passion of our vibrant downtown as a part of one of the NFL's marquee annual events."
The NFL Draft is one of the most anticipated sports events; over 300,000 people attended the 2022 event in Las Vegas, and over 10.03 million viewers tuned in to watch the event.
"Detroiters have shown many times our ability to put on highly successful national events, and we will be ready again to welcome the world next April," said Mike Duggan, City of Detroit Mayor. "Next year's NFL Draft is going be an incredible opportunity for hundreds of thousands of visitors to see the progress our city is making."
This year, the NFL Draft will occur on April 27-29 in Kansas City.
For more information on the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit, visit here.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of New York City point guards have an almost mythical quality.
There are Hall of Famers and trailblazers such as Bob Cousy and Nate "Tiny" Archibald. In the 1980s, Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson followed a similar path — from the same Catholic high school in Queens to the Atlantic Coast Conference to the NBA.
From Pearl Washington to Mark Jackson, Stephon Marbury to Sue Bird, tenacious players forged by rugged games played at the famous courts at Rucker Park and West Fourth Street are a part of basketball lore.
And while New York City high schools haven't been pumping out stars in recent years the way they used to, three of the four teams that have reached the NCAA Tournament's East Regional at Madison Square Garden have point guards with Big Apple backgrounds.
Michigan State's Tyson Walker and Kansas State's Markquis Nowell will renew their acquaintance in the Sweet 16 when the seventh-seeded Spartans (21-12) face the third-seeded Wildcats (25-9) on Thursday night.
"I grew up playing in parks with him," Nowell said. "I just want to give a big shoutout to New York City for breeding tough and gritty guards and just give him a shoutout."
The other point guard who's making a homecoming this week will only be able to watch his team at The Garden. No. 4 seed Tennessee managed to reach the second weekend of the tournament without the injured Zakai Zeigler, who blew out his left knee on Feb. 28.
"I had no doubt in my mind that we were going to be here in this situation," said Zeigler, who grew up on Long Island and finished his high school career in the Bronx. "So now that I'm back here and I can have some pizza, I feel great."
Nowell, whose Twitter handle is @MrNewYorkCityy and is @mr.newyorkcity on Instagram, grew up in Harlem, attended high school in the Bronx and went to college at Arkansas Little-Rock before transferring to Manhattan — Kansas, that is.
"I made a promise to myself back when I was in high school that I was going to do anything and everything in my power to be the best player that came out of New York," Nowell said. "So I kind of keep that edge and that kind of just reminds me every day that I wake up that I still have more work to do. Guys like Carmelo (Anthony), Bernard King and all the greats came out of New York, so that just keeps me grounded and keeps me working hard."
Ask Nowell about the New York City point guards he idolized in high school and he brings up the Mavericks' Kemba Walker, who led UConn to a national championship and was a first-round pick in the NBA draft in 2011, and the Pelicans' Jose Alvarado, who played at Georgia Tech.
Alvarado went to Christ the King High School in Queens, a power in both boys and girls basketball that also produced Bird and the Spartans' Walker.
Like Nowell, Walker started his college career at a mid-major (Northeastern) and transferred after two seasons to Michigan State in 2021.
According to 247 Sports rankings, the last top-30 national recruit to come from a New York City high school was Moses Brown, a 7-footer who went to UCLA from Archbishop Molloy, where Smith and Anderson starred in the '80s.
"Are we as good as we once was? Well, if you take away all the kids that grew up in New York that go to prep school outside of New York ... and consider them New York, yes, we are," said Cardozo High School coach Ron Neclario, the winningest NYC public school coach ever. "Do we have as many high, high, high majors? Maybe not, but we have plenty of low-majors. We have plenty of mid-majors."
Where Nowell leans into his New York roots, Walker takes a low-key approach.
"Just got to be tough. Got a different type of finesse with you," he said.
"I think sometimes the New York swagger is a very cocky swagger, and sometimes that's good," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "He's kind of had the happy medium. He's got enough cockiness to be confident, and yet he's an unbelievable kid."
Izzo joked after beating Marquette about how Walker owed him cab ride and a slice of pizza for helping him earn a trip home.
"Got me my pizza last night," Izzo said. "I'm looking for the cab ride today."
Nowell is one of four Kansas State players from the New York area, along with Tykei Greene, Nae'Qwan Tomlin and Ismael Massoud. None has ever played at The Garden, only dreamed about it.
"I had my big brother, my father, my uncles working me out every day for a moment like this," Nowell said. "Standing here, being here at Madison Square Garden."
Miami — Shohei Ohtani emerged from the bullpen and fanned Los Angeles Angels teammate Mike Trout for the final out in the matchup the whole baseball world wanted to see, leading Japan over the defending champion United States 3-2 Tuesday night for its first World Baseball Classic title since 2009.
"This is the best moment in my life," Ohtani said through a translator.
Ohtani, the two-way star who has captivated fans across two continents, was voted MVP of the WBC. He clutched the award against his chest, having clinched the trophy by striking out Trout.
"Whether I got him out or he got a hit off me, I didn't want to make any regrets. I wanted to make my best pitch," Ohtani said.
He did, and then some.
Trying to protect a razor-thing edge, with two outs and nobody on base, Ohtani flashed 100 mph heat in getting Trout to swing and miss at two fastballs. With the count full, Trout waved at a sharp slider to end the ninth inning.
"I think every baseball fan wanted to see that. I've been answering questions about it for the last month and a half," Trout said.
"Did you think it was going to end in any other way?" he said.
Ohtani beat out an infield single in the seventh inning as a designated hitter before walking down the left-field line to Japan's bullpen to warm up for his third mound appearance of the tournament.
After walking big league batting champion Jeff McNeil to begin the ninth, Ohtani got Mookie Betts to ground into a double play.
That brought up Trout, the U.S. captain and a three-time MVP.
"I saw him take a big deep breath to try and control his emotions," Team USA manager Mark DeRosa said. "I can't even imagine being in that moment, the two best players on the planet locking horns as teammates in that spot."
Ohtani wound up with a save. His only other save came in a Japan postseason playoff game in 2016.
"He's got nasty stuff," Trout said. "He threw me a good pitch at the end."
Just not the ending DeRosa wanted.
"I was hoping it was going to go our way with Mikey popping one against Ohtani," he said.
"The whole world got to see Ohtani come in, big spot, battling. It's kind of how it was kind of scripted. I just wish it would have went different," he said.
He added: "But the baseball world won tonight."
Ohtani batted .435 with one homer, four doubles, eight RBIs and 10 walks as Japan joined the Dominican Republic in 2013 to become the only unbeaten champions of baseball's premier national team tournament. Ohtani, the 2021 AL MVP was 2-0 with a save and a 1.86 ERA on the mound, striking out 11 in 9 2/3 innings.
"What he's doing in the game is what probably 90% of the guys in that clubhouse did in Little League or in youth tournaments, and he's able to pull it off on the biggest stages," DeRosa said. "He is a unicorn to the sport. I think other guys will try it, but I don't think they're going to do it to his level."
Japan went 7-0 and outscored opponents 56-18, reaching the final for the first time since winning the first two WBCs in 2006 and 2009. No other nation has won the title more than once.
Munetaka Murakami and Kazuma Okamoto homered as Japan built a 3-2 lead.
Trea Turner put the U.S. ahead in the second with his record-tying fifth home run of the tournament and Kyle Schwarber pulled the Americans within a run when he went deep in the eighth off Yu Darvish.
It was the second straight major title for the Japanese, who beat the U.S. 2-0 in Yokohama for the 2021 Olympic gold medal. Japan used top players in that tournament while the U.S. sent released major leaguers and top prospects.
Turner put the U.S. ahead in the second inning with a drive to left against Shota Imanaga (1-0), tying South Korea's Seung Yuop Lee in 2006 for the most in a WBC. That lit up a sellout crowd of 36,098 — fans were given wristbands with colored lights that flickered.
Murakami, at 23 already a two-time Central League MVP, tied the score on the first pitch of the bottom half when Merrill Kelly (0-1) elevated a fastball. Murakami drove it at 115.1 mph into the right-field upper deck, 432 feet away.
Murakami's game-ending double lifted Japan over Mexico 6-5 in Monday night's semifinal and his third-inning homer off Nick Martinez put Japan ahead in the 2021 gold medal game.
Japan loaded the bases in the second on singles by Okamoto and Sosuke Genda, and a walk to Yuhei Nakamura. Lars Nootbaar, the first non-Japanese-born player to appear for the Samurai Warriors, followed with a run-scoring groundout off Aaron Loup for a 2-1 lead.
Okamoto boosted the lead in the fourth when he sent a flat slider from Kyle Freeland over the wall in left-center.
Japan was outhit 9-5 as Imanaga combined with six relievers to hold the U.S. to 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The 29-year-old left-hander and Shosei Togo pitched two innings each, Hiroto Takahashi, Hiromi Itoh and Taisei Ota got three outs each, with Ota escaping two-on, no-outs trouble by retiring Trout on a flyout and getting Paul Goldschmidt to ground into a double play.
Trout and Ohtani hugged behind the batting cage during pregame workouts, then held their nation's flag while leading their teams toward home plate in single file during the introductions, Trout down the right-field line and Ohtani in left.
Several thousand fans had arrived hours early to watch Ohtani take batting practice and applauded when he hit a drive off the video board above the second deck in center.
Trout hit .296 in the tournament with one homer, seven RBIs and 12 strikeouts.
Forty-one years since the first NCAA women's gymnastics championship, an HBCU has a team of its own.
Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, made history earlier this year after launching its gymnastics program — the first for a historically Black college and university — and competing at the inaugural Super 16 event in Las Vegas.
Fisk announced the formation of its first-of-a-kind program more than a year ago. Corrinne Tarver, who serves as Fisk's athletics director and head coach of the gymnastics team, is no stranger to making history herself. She was the first Black gymnast at the University of Georgia and went on to become the first Black gymnast to win the NCAA all-around national title in 1989.
When she started her recruiting efforts, Tarver led with one simple question: "Do you want to make history?"
Tarver said many gymnasts started to reach out to Fisk before she was hired and they wanted to know more about Fisk's program.
"When I was recruiting them, they had a lot of questions. I had no answers to give them. I basically just said, we're going to all take a leap of faith together and we're going to make history," Tarver said.
It took her four months to put together the inaugural team.
Morgan Price, a 17-year-old 5-star recruit, was among the gymnasts who expressed interest in Fisk's program. Price had initially committed to the University of Arkansas, a top-20 Division I program.
"When I saw the opportunity, I knew it was kind of like made just for me," said Price, who said attending an HBCU and competing at a collegiate level was always her dream.
Black gymnasts account for about 10% of scholarships at the NCAA Division I level, an increase from 7% in 2012. Many of the leading faces of gymnastics over the past year have been African-American women. Konnor McClain, Shilese Jones and Olympic silver medalist Jordan Chiles claimed the top three spots in the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in August., becoming the first three Black female gymnasts to stand on the podium.
As the Fisk Lady Gymdogs continue competing this season, the team has shown improvement week to week, winning their first home match against Greenville University last week while also becoming the first HBCU to host an NCAA gymnastics competition.
"It just shows that we are good enough as well as all the other schools," Price said. "I feel like some people kind of counted us out, but we are just as competitive as other schools, and we trained just as hard as other schools."
Fisk has received a tremendous amount of support from other schools, supporters and athletes, like three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes.
"The support from the other HBCUs, like the HBCU world in general, has been amazing," said Tarver.
And now it seems others will follow Fisk to new horizons.
Last month, Talladega College in Alabama announced the creation of its program, becoming the second gymnastics team at a historically Black college or university year.
(AP) - The Detroit Lions took another step in revamping the secondary, signing safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
Detroit added Gardner-Johnson on an $8 million, one-year deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms have not been announced.
The Lions landed a pair of much-needed defensive backs last week, adding cornerbacks Cameron Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley in free agency.
Gardner-Johnson reunites with Lions coach Dan Campbell and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn after playing for them in New Orleans. He had a career-high six interceptions last season with the Philadelphia Eagles after picking off five passes over three years with the Saints.
Earlier in the day, the Lions announced they signed offensive lineman Graham Glasgow and long snapper Jake McQuaide along with re-signed kicker Michael Badgley and safety C.J. Moore to follow up a busy opening week in free agency for the franchise.
Detroit drafted Glasgow out of Michigan in 2016 and he started 58 games over four seasons. He signed with Denver as a free agent in 2020 and started 33 games with the Broncos.
Badgley made 20 of 24 field goals in 12 games for the Lions last season, providing desperately needed stability at the position. Moore has played in 56 games, including one start, in Detroit since making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2019.
McQuaide reunites with Lions general manager Brad Holmes, who was a part of the Los Angeles Rams' front office when the long snapper played for them. McQuaide has been in 181 regular-season games and seven playoff games, playing for the Dallas Cowboys for two seasons after a decade with the Rams.
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Herro scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 3:20 and the Miami Heat rallied for a 112-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Miami improved to 39-34, one game behind the Brooklyn Nets for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat host the Nets on Saturday.
"This is going to be our March Madness and April Madness," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "The opportunity is right in front of us, and that's all you can ask for at this part of the season. We are going to have to fight for it - that's what this is all about."
Herro's 3-pointer gave the Heat a 101-98 lead with 3:20 left. After he and Jimmy Butler hit jumpers, Herro made another 3-pointer to put Miami up 108-98.
"Tyler lives for those moments," Spoelstra said. "He has the clutch gene - he really does - and we know he will knock down some really tough shots when we need them."
Butler had 26 points and 10 assists and Bam Adebayo added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who won for the third time in four games. Miami lost 113-99 in Chicago on Saturday.
"We definitely let one slip away yesterday, so we knew we had to get one back today," Adebayo said. "I've been saying this all season, but we have to build on this - we have to buy into playing this way every night."
James Wiseman led the Pistons with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Killian Hayes put up 13 points and 11 assists. Detroit has lost 14 of its last 15 games.
"Our execution wasn't there down the stretch," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. "James played a hell of a game, but our transition defense is still tough. We're getting there, but we're not there yet."
Detroit's Jalen Duren and Miami's Kevin Love left the game in the third quarter after banging heads under the basket. Love received four stitches and could have returned, but Duren was being evaluated for a brain injury after feeling "woozy."
Detroit put up a 34-point third quarter, led by 12 points and five rebounds from Wiseman, and took an 81-74 lead on Eugene Omoruyi's buzzer-beating 3-point play.
"When I'm not getting touches, I know I have to find other ways to help us win," Wiseman said. "That means rebounding and defense."
Heat: After losing to the Pistons by 20 points at home on Dec. 6, Miami made its first appearance of the season in Detroit. They return on April 4.
Pistons: The Little Caesars Arena scoreboard displayed the score backward for the first quarter. When the period ended, the fans cheered after being informed the Pistons were leading 29-26, not Miami.
PISTONS STILL TRYING TO GO BIG
Marvin Bagley III returned after missing three games with ankle soreness and scored 14 points in 30 minutes. However, he and Duren combined for only four rebounds in 39 minutes as the Pistons continue to work on getting them into two-big lineups with Wiseman.
"It's tough for our bigs to get into the habit of matching up on the perimeter," said Casey, who has said the team needs to dominate the boards when the big lineup is on the floor.
HEAT GET BENCH SPARKS
Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin combined for 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Miami's second unit. Lowry was a plus-28 in 25 minutes while Martin was a plus-25 in 31 minutes.
"Caleb was really inspiring tonight - he made some shots and he anchored our defense at some key moments," Spoelstra said. "Kyle just has a huge impact on winning games, because he's so active on both ends of the floor."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tyson Walker scored 23 points and No. 7 seed Michigan State beat second-seeded Marquette 69-60 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, sending coach Tom Izzo's squad back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in four years.
Joey Hauser — a Marquette transfer — had 14 points and A.J. Hoggard had 13 as Michigan State (21-12) took over in the last three minutes. The Spartans advanced to play third-seeded Kansas State in the East Region semifinals on Thursday at New York's Madison Square Garden.
It's a familiar situation for Izzo, the 68-year-old Hall of Fame coach who won his 16th March Madness game with a lower-seeded team, the most of any coach. He had shared that record with Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, who retired after this season.
This one was particularly meaningful. Izzo became the face of a grieving school where three students were killed in a campus shooting on Feb. 13.
"It's been a long year," an emotional Izzo said in a courtside interview. "I'm just happy for our guys."
Olivier-Maxence Prosper led Marquette (29-7) with 16 points and Kam Jones had 14 points, including three 3-pointers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyrin Lawrence scored the game-winning layup with 10 seconds left and racked up 24 total points to lead Vanderbilt past Michigan 66-65 on Saturday in the second round of the NIT.
Lawrence added nine rebounds for the Commodores (22-14). Ezra Manjon shot 6 of 10 from the field and 4 for 4 from the line to add 17 points. Colin Smith was 4 of 9 shooting (3 for 7 from 3-point range) to finish with 11 points.
The Commodores trailed by nine points halfway through the second half. They did not take the lead until Lawrence's driving layup that was blocked by Hunter Dickinson, but goaltending was called on the play when Dickinson's off hand got caught in the net.
The Wolverines (18-16) were led by Dickinson, who posted 21 points and 11 rebounds. Michigan also got 19 points from Dug McDaniel and 11 points from Joey Baker.
Smith scored 11 points in the first half and Vanderbilt went into the break trailing 30-29. Lawrence led Vanderbilt with 17 points in the second half.
Vanderbilt advances to play the winner of Sunday's game between UAB and Morehead State.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Emily Kiser leads Michigan, by far, in the basketball equivalent of football helmet stickers for the number of winning plays she's made this season — from diving for loose balls to taking charges.
There are more than 40 stickers in her locker now, according to coach Kim Barnes Arico — more than double the number of any teammate. And there will be more to come before the women's NCAA Tournament is over.
Kiser had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Maddie Nolan added 18 points, and sixth-seeded Michigan beat 11th-seeded UNLV 71-59 in the first round on Friday, snapping the Rebels' 22-game winning streak.
"Our team had a little bit of a chip on their shoulder," said Barnes Arico, whose team had entered the tournament having lost three of four. "We lost a couple games down the stretch but we weren't completely healthy.
"With everyone back, I think our players really have that confidence," added Barnes Arico, whose team made the Elite Eight last season. "They also have that experience."
Leigha Brown scored 17 points for the Wolverines (23-9), who used their advantages in size and physicality to build and keep a double-digit lead for much of their opening game in the Greenville 2 region.
UNLV "didn't see the defense we play with — and the Big Ten plays with — night in and night out," Brown said. "We knew that if were aggressive and punched first, it was going to be really hard for them to get into sets that they want."
The Wolverines will face either third-seeded LSU or 14th-seeded Hawaii in the second round.
UNLV (31-3) came up one short of the longest winning streak in program history. Its Mountain West Tournament title victory had tied a mark reached previously in the 1978-79 and 1989-90 seasons.
"I couldn't be more proud of the season that we've had," UNLV coach Lindy La Rocque said. "Obviously this one stings and it's going to be with us for a little bit."
The Rebels came in unbeaten (27-0) when scoring 69 or more points — a total they could not reach against a Michigan team that outrebounded them 41-31.
Essence Booker scored 16 points for UNLV, while Justice Ethridge and Desi-Rae Young each scored 11.
Booker said the Rebels were in some of their worst form this season to start the game.
"It looked like a practice we came to off of vacation," she said, but added, "I am going to hold my head high, just because I am proud of what we've done and this loss doesn't dictate all the things that we've done and made history in our program."
Michigan took the lead for good when guard Laila Phelia's offensive rebound set up Brown's second-chance layup to make it 9-7 in the first quarter.
The Wolverines led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before Kenadee Winfrey and Ethridge each hit 3s during an 8-0 run that helped UNLV get as close as five points.
Michigan led 28-20 at halftime. The Wolverines took a 17-point lead when Kiser scored eight points on a free throw, two layups and a 3 during a 12-0 run that made it 48-31 late in the third period. UNLV only got as close as nine points after that.
"We really take (defense) into our identity," Kiser said. "In the first half, when we weren't scoring, we were trying to get those stops — and that has to be your mindset."
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Wearing a brace on her left knee and playing in her third game since missing seven with a leg injury, Phelia exerted her influence on the game defensively. She grabbed career-high 11 rebounds to go with her eight points — less than half of her scoring average of 16.9.
"The biggest thing for me was just understanding that I'm still trying to get in the offensive swing of things, missing a lot of games, I'm still trying to get in the flow of stuff," Phelia said. "So, I thought to myself, 'OK, what can I do to help our team?' And that was rebounding.
"I feel like once I put my mind to something that I can accomplish it," Phelia added, "and I wanted to help the team in that way."
UNLV: Shot 28% (7 of 25) from 3-point range, well below its season-low average of 33.8% coming in. ... Shot 38% (23 of 60) overall, also well below its 46.3% average for the season.
Michigan: Converted 12 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points. ... Finished with a 20-14 advantage in points off turnovers. ... Barnes Arico improved to 10-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joey Hauser scored 17 points and No. 7 seed Michigan State clamped down defensively on No. 10 seed Southern California in the second half on Thursday for a 72-62 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's East Region.
Coach Tom Izzo's Spartans (20-12) will face the winner of the Vermont-Marquette matchup on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16. Marquette coach Shaka Smart sat on press row for part of the second half to get a closer look at what could be his next opponent.
Smart watched as Michigan State ramped up its defensive intensity after halftime to muzzle the streaky Trojans (22-11), who were knocked out in the tournament's first round for the second straight year.
Tyson Walker and Jaden Akins added 12 points apiece for Michigan State, which held USC to 34% shooting in the second half. It felt like every possession was a challenge for the Trojans, who only stayed within range with some late 3-pointers and some atrocious free-throw shooting by Michigan State.
The Spartans missed six straight from the line during one stretch while trying to close it out and finished 15 of 25 overall.
Joshua Morgan scored 14 and Kobe Johnson 13 to lead USC.
DETROIT (AP) —Nikola Jokic deferred to teammates early before looking for his shot and finished with 30 points to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Detroit Pistons 119-100 on Thursday night to end a season-high four-game losing streak.
The two-time reigning NBA MVP had three assists and three rebounds before his first attempt several minutes into the game and finished 14 of 18 from the field with 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and Aaron Gordon 15 for the Western Conference-leading Nuggets.
The short-handed Pistons were competitive for three quarters, leading by as many as seven points in a game with 16 lead changes and 10 ties. The Nuggets pulled away easily in the fourth and led by double digits midway through the quarter.
Rodney McGruder scored 20 for the Pistons, who have lost 12 of 13 games and have the NBA's worst record. Detroit rookies Jalen Duren had 15 points and 13 assists, while Jaden Ivey added 14 points and six assists.
Nuggets: Jokic was an assist away from a triple-double. The 7-foot center, who often plays like a point guard, has an league-high 27 triple-doubles to nearly triple the rest of the league leaders in the category. ... With the win, Denver is .500 on the road.
Pistons: The banged-up team was missing many injured players: Marvin Bagley III, Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Hamidou Diallo and Isaiah Livers, along with Cade Cunningham, who had season-ending shin surgery.
HE SAID IT
Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Jokic reminds him of Hall of Famer Larry Bird.
"He doesn't get in a hurry, and you can't rush or speed him up," Casey said. "He gets to where he wants to go by taking his time, using his body, angles, pass fakes.
"He's not the most athletic guy in the world, but he gets exactly where he wants to go when he wants to get there."
Jokic has a shot to be the first player since Bird to win three straight NBA MVP awards. The former Boston Celtics superstar pulled off the feat in the mid 1980s.
Nuggets: Stay on the road for third of five-game trip to face the New York Knicks on Saturday afternoon.
March is the month full of madness for thousands of collegiate teams looking to make their mark in NCAA history.
For fans of South Carolina's Furman University, Thursday's tipoff game against the No. 4 seed University of Virginia was the first time they have gotten to see their men's team dance in the biggest postseason tournament of the year in more than four decades.
"It's been incredible. I mean, just to see how many people have been waiting for this moment since 1980," head coach Bob Richey told CBS News.
For fifth-year senior and Furman forward Jalen Slawson, his time in South Carolina will surely be one to remember.
"I'm sure in 30 years it'll be something that I can look back on and say I did that, you know, forever." Slawson, the Southern Conference's Player of the Year, said.
The Paladins took to the big stage in Orlando and were in for a fight during their first-round game, in what became a nail-biter for the ages. Faced with a 12-point deficit in the second half, hope was dwindling for the young team. But with time running out, sophomore guard and starter JP Pegues made a catch-and-shoot three-pointer from the wing with 2.3 seconds left on the clock. The Cavaliers took the ball out but had no time left to respond and the game was over.
That's how an underdog coach with a very young team found a way to survive and advance. They are now projected to become the Cinderella story of the tournament.
"What an unbelievable college basketball game," Richey told CBS News after his team's win. "All year, we've been saying that this team just knows how to win. It's an unbelievable moment, and give all the glory to God for allowing me to able to lead it, but this is a day, these players found a way."
The Paladins now must face the no. 5 seed San Diego State after they beat 12th-seeded College of Charleston 63-57 on Thursday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan All-America running back Blake Corum said his surgically repaired left knee has gotten strong enough that he's been cleared to run on an anti-gravity treadmill next week.
Corum said Thursday that he is "100%" sure he will play in the season-opening game on Sept. 2 against East Carolina
Corum tore a meniscus and sprained a ligament in his left knee against Illinois on Nov. 19. After playing sparingly against Ohio State, he sat out when the Wolverines won the Big Ten title and advanced to the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Instead of entering the NFL draft, Corum decided to stay in school for his senior year.
"Feeling great all-around mentally, physically spiritually," Corum told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The 5-foot-8, 210-pound Corum ran for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns last season and had 952 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2021.
"I'll be back definitely by fall camp," he said. "I plan on doing everything in the summer workouts, depending on on what doctor says. He told me I shouldn't be cutting until maybe June. I'm taking my time, but I will be ready by the season."
Corum will be watching when his teammates face each each other in the Maize and Blue spring game on April 1 at Michigan Stadium.