The Columbus Blue Jackets return to the ice tonight as they host the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are off to a hot start, having won five of their first six games. The Blue Jackets lost two of three against St. Louis last year and Columbus will be starting a crucial six-game homestand with the game. The Jackets and Blues can be heard on 970 WATH tonight with pre game at 6:45 and drop of the puck at 7.
With the Ohio University campus closed yesterday, the Bobcats basketball team had their game with Eastern Michigan cancelled. The make up has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 20th at the Convocation Center at 7. The Cats will return to action on Saturday against fellow MAC leader Akron. The Bobcats and Zips clash in the battle of MAC unbeatens on Saturday with pre game at 4:30 and tip off at 5.
Elsewhere in MAC action last night, Akron handled Bowling Green, 68-55. Western Michigan edged Miami, 72-68. Toledo outlasted Ball State, 85-78. Buffalo dominated Central Michigan, 91-73 and Northern Illinois clipped Kent State, 67-65.
In NCAA basketball’s Top 25 yesterday, #1 Michigan handled Northwestern, 68-46. #24 Cincinnati outlasted Rutgers, 62-54. #3 Indiana blew past Purdue, 97-60. #4 Florida dominated South Carolina, 75-36. #5 Duke outlasted Wake Forest, 75-70. LSU knocked off #17 Missouri, 73-70. #18 Kansas State toppled Texas, 83-57. #20 New Mexico snuck past Wyoming, 63-59. #21 Creighton defeated Missouri State, 91-77 and #14 Miami bested Virginia Tech, 73-64.
The Cleveland Cavaliers learned yesterday that forward Tristan Thompson, center Tyler Zeller and guard Dion Waiters have all been selected to play in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge as a part of the All-Star weekend on February 15th. The game features current rookies and sophomores based on votes by NBA assistant coaches. The Cavs are back in action Friday night at Detroit.
In other Cavaliers news, Cleveland is a front-runner along with Miami to acquire former Ohio State big man Greg Oden. Oden is preparing for a return to the NBA next season after rehab for knee injuries. Oden has played only 82 games in the NBA and is just 25 years old. The 7-footer was the top overall draft pick back in 2007 by the Portland Trailblazers. Oden is expected to decide where he will play next year in the next three to four weeks.
In NBA play last night, San Antonio dominated Charlotte, 102-78. The LA Clippers topped Minnesota, 96-90. Chicago blew past Milwaukee, 104-88. Miami handled Brooklyn, 105-85. Atlanta clipped Toronto, 93-92. New York blasted Orlando, 113-97. Boston toppled Sacramento, 99-81. Indiana ousted Detroit, 98-79 and Philadelphia bested Washington, 92-84.
On your radio dial tonight, it’s the Sports Fan presented by J&K Contracting. That’s on 970 WATH and it’s from 6:06 to 6:45.