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West MI SportsCenter Morning Edition - 02/04/2014

 
West MI SportsCenter Morning Edition - 02/04/2014
Posted Tuesday, February 4th 2014 @ 8am  by By Bret Bakita

Sunday's Super Bowl 48 between Seattle and Denver was watched by an average audience of 111.5-million people, which is more than any television program in U.S. history.  The game surpassed the previous record of 111.3-million viewers set two years ago when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in the big game.  Three of the last four Super Bowls set average viewership records. 

Syracuse is the new number-one team in the "USA Today" top-25 men's college basketball poll.  Unbeaten Wichita St. moved up to #2, followed by Arizona, Florida and San Diego St. rounding out the top 5.  MSU dropped from #7 to 8 after their loss to Georgetown, and U-M dropped to #16 after losing to Indiana on Sunday. 

The Red Wings blanked the Vancouver Canucks (2-0) last night at the Joe.  Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 8 saves before leaving the game after the first period because of dizziness, and Jimmy Howard stopped 16 shots, to give Detroit netminders their first combined shutout win since October of 2001.  The Wings will hit the road to take on the Florida Panthers Thursday. 

Gustav Nyquist has been named to replace Johan Franzen on Team Sweden in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi.  Franzen withdrew from the games after suffering concussion-like symptoms again.  Nyquist joins Detroit teammates Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Jonas Gustavsson, Niklas Kronwall, and Henrik Zetterberg on Sweden's roster. 

The Detroit Pistons' two-game winning streak has come to an end with a (102-96) loss to the Heat last night in Miami.  Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 26 points.  The Pistons, now (19-28), continue their swing through Florida tomorrow night when they visit the Magic in Orlando.

And finally, don't forget that tomorrow is "Signing Day 2014" brought to you by Lake Michigan Credit Union, and ESPN 96.1's own Bret Bakita along with former NFLer Ty Hallock will be broadcasting live from 7-9am from the lobby of Celebration Cinema North.  They will be joined by over 40 high school football seniors and their coaches from the West Michigan area as they get set to announce where they are going to continue their football careers in college.  Plus, we will take a closer look at the 2014 classes of Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. 

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