Pistons lose 11th straight, fall 121-115 to the Pacers
DETROIT -- Even with seven players scoring in double figures, the Detroit Pistons were not able to overcome the Indiana Pacers, falling 121-115 on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. This marked the Pistons’ 11th straight loss this season. Jalen Duren -- who came off the bench for a second-straight game -- finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana’s Buddy Hield led the Pacers in scoring with 17 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. The Pistons have a chance for quick revenge on the Pacers, as both teams face each other again on Monday at Little Caesars Arena.mlive.com
Lakers select Michigan native Isaiah Jackson at 22nd overall in NBA Draft
Less than a year and a half ago, Isaiah Jackson was playing on a high school basketball court at Waterford Mott High School. Jackson, a native of Pontiac, Mich., was selected 22nd overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the draft on Thursday night. Jackson was rated a five-star prospect before being downgraded to a high-end four-star center in the class of 2020. The Lakers will be Jackson’s sixth team in six seasons dating back to high school as he played at a different school every year. He averaged 19 points, 13.3 rebounds, 7.3 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals as a senior.mlive.com
Kentucky NCAA hopes end after being bounced from SEC tourney
But things began spiraling downward for the Wildcats long before Thursday's disappointing 74-73 setback against Mississippi State that sealed their fate: No NCAA Tournament this year. AdDigesting the reality and enduring a losing season at college basketball's winningest program will make for a long offseason for the Wildcats. “But at the end of the day, you've gotta win games and you've gotta be tough and you've got to play winning basketball. The Wildcats rebounded to win their first three SEC games, only to seesaw between a four-game skid and three-game winning streak. One of the main issues for the Wildcats was putting up points, as Kentucky ranked 200th in Division I in scoring.
Bitcoin is a good savings 'Plan B' for Black investors, says Isaiah Jackson
Bitcoin pro Isaiah Jackson told CNBC on Tuesday that the cryptocurrency is a key way to fix economic injustice, and urged Black investors to get in on the digital coin as a way of long-term saving. Bitcoin's value vs. the U.S. dollar has more than tripled since mid-October, but dropped more than 10% on Monday, echoing the extreme volatility seen in 2018. However, Jackson doesn't view this week's drop as a concerning move for long-term holders. "The drop that we've seen recently is nothing more than market cycles," Jackson added. "If you're in Bitcoin as a savings account, as a way to preserve your wealth, then this volatility should not scare you at all."cnbc.com
No. 22 Tar Heels top Kentucky for Wildcats' 5th loss in row
North Carolina won 75-63. Armando Bacot scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half Saturday, rallying No. 22 North Carolina from a double-digit deficit to beat Kentucky 75-63 at the CBS Sports Classic. ... North Carolina has completed its nonleague schedule and will play its next 20 games in the Atlantic Coast Conference. UP NEXTNorth Carolina: Plays at North Carolina State in its ACC opener Dec. 22.
Wright powers Georgia Tech past slumping No. 20 Kentucky
Moses Wright scored 21 points and Georgia Tech recovered from a poor start to the season to beat No. Georgia Tech (1-2) rebounded with a strong performance following losses to state rivals Georgia State and Mercer. BIG PICTUREEven by Kentucky standards, this is a major rebuilding job and the Wildcats' youth showed against Georgia Tech. It was a key recovery for coach Josh Pastner's Georgia Tech team. Georgia Tech: At Nebraska on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.