The Pistons are within 1 1/2 games of the Atlanta Hawks, who sit in the No. 4 spot, which would give them home-court advantage for a first-round playoff series. With their 13-5 home record — and 8-11 road record — getting home court advantage has to be the immediate goal if they’re going to make any kind of postseason run.
The Detroit Pistons are quietly making a little run toward making the playoffs for their play this season, led by center Andre Drummond and guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons are 21-16 at this point in the season compared to their record of 13-24 last year at this time. That is an eight-game turnaround. Not bad!! We will continue to keep on eye on them as the season nears the midpoint. So far the results are positive for the new look Pistons.
A few weeks ago, the notion that you mention playoffs in the same breath as the Lions was a joke. However, recently the NFC has become sort of mediocre with only two teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals close to clinching division titles. The Lions’ remaining schedule has only one team with a winning record, that being the Green Bay Packers. If the Lions run the table, and that’s a big “if”, they could finish 9-7. That’s a big shift considering they started the season 1-7!
The Spartans are in position to get their due, all their due, even if they think it’s overdue. Amid all the quirky scenarios, one thing came into sharper focus Tuesday night when the playoff committee revealed its latest rankings. Michigan State moved up to No. 5, just behind No. 4 Iowa, which basically sets up the Big Ten championship game as a playoff play-in.
Everything is set up for the Spartans; all they have to do now is win out. First and foremost is taking care of business on Saturday at Spartan Stadium by beating Penn State. This will not be an easy game; the Nittany Lions are solid on defense and will poise a challenge for the Spartan offense, which may or may not have QB Connor Cook. It will be a game day decision whether he plays or not. If not, backup Tyler O’Connor will start with Damion Terry seeing action as well. The two managed last Saturday’s game perfectly in Columbus against the Buckeyes.
The Spartans should be plenty motivated, this being Senior Day as well the opportunity to become the Big Ten East Champion and a chance to play for the Big Ten Championship on December 5 against the Iowa Hawkeyes in Indianapolis. It will mark the third time in five years, the Spartans will have that honor. Winner of that game will most likely get one of the four slots for the college playoffs to determine the national champion.