NEW ENGLAND 14 BUFFALO 10
OKLAHOMA CITY 114 DETROIT 103
INDIANA 116 WASHINGTON 110
PHILADELPHIA 127 CHARLOTTE 124 OT
MEMPHIS 105 MIAMI 90
CHICAGO 109 DENVER 97
MILWAUKEE 112 CLEVELAND 104
ATLANTA 121 MINNESOTA 110
PHOENIX 108 SAN ANTONIO 104
GOLDEN STATE 126 ORLANDO 95
LA CLIPPERS 102 PORTLAND 90
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25
#14 HOUSTON 77 ALCORN STATE 45
TEXAS SOUTHERN 69 #20 FLORIDA 54
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25
#10 INDIANA 70 PENN STATE 40
COLORADO 7 PHILADELPHIA 5
WASHINGTON 4 ANAHEIM 3
OTTAWA 3 NEW JERSEY 2
DALLAS 4 ARIZONA 1
VANCOUVER 4 LOS ANGELES 0
PITTSBURGH 6 SEATTLE 1
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL
BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE 52 EMINENCE 39
LOOMIS – LONGWOOD IL 55 BOWMAN ACADEMY 33
SHAWE MEMORIAL 66 MADISON CHRISTIAN 50
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL
BARR REEVE 31 WOOD MEMORIAL 27
BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE 51 COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN 41
BLUE RIVER 66 TRI 31
BOWMAN ACADEMY 48 CALUMET 35
CLINTON CHRISTIAN 39 SOUTH BEND CAREER 16
EDINBURG 57 INDIANA MATH AND SCIENCE 20
HANCOCK COUNTY KY 55 CANNELTON 17
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 57 RIVER FOREST 46
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 57 HAMMETT CENTRAL 19
NORTH KNOX 56 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 28
SOUTH SPENCER 61 PIKE CENTRAL 40
UNIVERSITY 67 BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 45
WEST WASHINGTON 41 PERRY CENTRAL 30
IBCA GIRLS COACHES BASKETBALL POLL
1. CROWN POINT (9-1)
2. NOBLESVILLE (9-0)
3. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (10-1)
4. FRANKLIN (10-0)
5. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (8-1)
6. HOMESTEAD (6-1)
7. FISHERS (8-1)
8. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (7-3)
9. SILVER CREEK (9-0)
10. ZIONSVILLE (7-2)
11. LAKE CENTRAL (8-1)
11. COLUMBUS EAST (8-1)
13. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (7-2)
14. PENN (7-3)
15. WESTFIELD (7-2)
16. EAST CENTRAL (5-1)
17. BENTON CENTRAL (8-0)
17. CARMEL (5-3)
19. VALPARAISO (8-0)
20. COLUMBIA CITY (9-0)
IBCA BOYS BASKETBALL COACHES POLL
1. ZIONSVILLE (4-0)
2. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (3-1)
3. LAWRENCE NORTH (3-0)
4. HOMESTEAD (3-1)
5. INDIANAPOLIS TECH (3-0)
6. WESTFIELD (2-1)
7. FISHERS (4-0)
8. CARMEL (2-2)
9. BREBEUF JESUIT (2-1)
10. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (2-0)
11. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (3-0)
12. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (3-0)
13. VALPARAISO (3-0)
14. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (2-1)
15. JEFFERSONVILLE (1-1)
16. BEN DAVIS (2-2)
17. WARREN CENTRAL (1-2)
18. LINTON-STOCKTON (4-0)
19. INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (2-2)
20. LEO (4-0)
THE 2021 INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE TOP-50 TEAM
OL – SAM BURAS, CENTER GROVE, SR.
OL – ASHTON CRAIG, LAWRENCEBURG, SR.
OL – KEYLEN DAVIS, BEN DAVIS, SR.
OL – PRESTON JARVIS, BROWNSBURG, JR.
OL – COOPER KOERS, CATHEDRAL, SR.
OL – LANDEN LIVINGSTON, LEO, SR.
OL – DEMON MOORE, FORT WAYNE SNIDER, SR.
OL – JOEY TANONA, ZIONSVILLE, SR.
OL – ETHAN TRENT, CARMEL, JR.
OL – HUNTER WHITENACK, NEW PRAIRIE, SR.
TE – JEFFREY SIMMONS, FISHERS, SR.
TE – MAXWELL SULLIVAN, WHITELAND, SR.
WR – OMAR COOPER JR., LAWRENCE NORTH, SR.
WR – RORY HELTSLEY, GIBSON SOUTHERN, SR.
WR – CHRISHON MCCRAY, AVON, SR.
WR – CAEL VANDERBUSH, PLAINFIELD, SR.
WR – JOE WALKER, WARREN CENTRAL, JR.
WR – ROWAN ZOLMAN, EAST NOBLE, SR.
QB – BRADY ALLEN, GIBSON SOUTHERN, SR.
QB – MONTASI CLAY, LUTHERAN, SR.
QB – TAYVEN JACKSON, CENTER GROVE, SR.
QB – MAXIMUS WEBSTER, WESTFIELD, SR.
RB – MICAH HAUSER, WESTFIELD, SR.
RB – LAVARION LOGAN, MERRILLVILLE, SR.
RB – COLIN PRICE, ZIONSVILLE, SR.
RB – DREW WHEAT, CENTER GROVE, JR.
K/P – BEN GOMEZ, CATHEDRAL, SR.
DL – CADEN CURRY, CENTER GROVE, SR.
DL – DEJUAN ECHOLES, WARREN CENTRAL, SR.
DL – KENNETH GRANT, MERRILLVILLE, SR.
DL – JOSHUA MICKENS, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, JR.
DL – MARIERE OMONODE, WEST LAFAYETTE, SR.
DL – DANNY ROYSTER, LAWRENCE NORTH, SR.
DL – JAMES SCHOTT, CENTER GROVE, SR.
DL – JOE STRICKLAND, BREBEUF JESUIT, SR.
DL – POPEYE WILLIAMS, WESTFIELD, SR.
LB – DRAYK BOWEN, ANDREAN, JR.
LB – WILL HELDT, CARMEL, JR.
LB – ZAVEN KOLTOOKIAN, CONCORD, SR.
LB – KEAGAN LABELLE, MT. VERNON, SR.
LB – DOMANICK MOON, FORT WAYNE SNIDER, SR.
LB – DILLON MOORE, BEN DAVIS, SR.
LB – JEFF UTZINGER, CATHEDRAL, SR.
LB – ROMARO WARREN JR., LAWRENCE NORTH, SR.
DB – MITCHELL EVANS, CENTER GROVE, SR.
DB – JOSEPH JEFFERSON, PIKE, SR.
DB – BRYCE LLEWELLYN, CATHEDRAL, SR.
DB – R.J. MYLES, BROWNSBURG, SR.
DB – JAKE PASCH, LUTHERAN, SR.
DB – JAVON TRACY, DECATUR CENTRAL, SR.
AP MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
|1||PURDUE 8-0||1525 (61)||2|
|17||IOWA STATE 8-0||499||19|
|19||MICHIGAN STATE 7-2||405||22|
|21||OHIO STATE 6-2||370||NR|
|23||SETON HALL 7-1||177||25|
MEN’S COACHES BASKETBALL POLL
|1||PURDUE 8-0||797 (29)||2|
|2||BAYLOR 8-0||751 (3)||4|
|19||IOWA STATE 8-0||234||23|
|20||MICHIGAN STATE 7-2||204||22|
|22||OHIO STATE 6-2||158||NR|
|25||SETON HALL 7-1||84||NR|
AP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
|1||SOUTH CAROLINA 9-0||750 (30)||1|
|2||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 8-1||708||2|
|15||IOWA STATE 8-1||309||14|
|17||SOUTH FLORIDA 5-3||230||13|
|18||TEXAS A&M 8-1||229||17|
|20||OHIO STATE 6-1||150||18|
|22||NOTRE DAME 7-2||90||24|
|23||OREGON STATE 4-2||76||23|
PURDUE MOVES TO NO. 1 IN AP TOP 25 FOR THE FIRST TIME
(AP) — Purdue is No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the first time.
The Boilermakers were a unanimous No. 1 in the poll released Monday to move up from No. 2 last week. Reigning national champion Baylor moved up to No. 2, with Duke, UCLA and Gonzaga rounding out the top five.
Purdue (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) reached No. 2 in consecutive seasons under Gene Keady from 1986-88 and matched its previous high last week, receiving nine first-place votes from a 61-person media panel.
The Boilermakers routed Florida State last week and opened Big Ten play with a 77-70 win over Iowa on Friday, sliding into the top spot after previous No. 1 Duke lost to an unranked Ohio State squad that is now No. 21. Until this week, Purdue had the second-most appearances in the AP poll – 379 weeks – for a school that had never been ranked No. 1 (Maryland, 434 weeks).
“They deserved to be No. 1,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after the loss to Purdue. “They can hurt in so many ways. They have depth, experience and size. It’s going to be a hard team to beat.”
Purdue missed the NCAA Tournament during the pandemic-altered 2020-21 season, but returned its top eight scorers, including all-conference forward Trevion Williams. The Boilermakers can challenge teams in variety of ways, from sophomore guard Jayden Ivey attacking off the dribble to dropping the ball in the post to 7-foot-4 sophomore Zach Edey.
Purdue is winning by an average of 25.6 points per game, the closest being the seven-point win over Iowa.
“You want to get in close games and win them,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “It really helps you through the season.”
Gonzaga plays one of the nation’s most difficult nonconference schedules every season and this year has been no different. The Zags (7-2) typically win the big early-season showdowns, but haven’t been able to do it with as much frequency this year as they try to integrate several new players.
Gonzaga looked unstoppable in early wins over Texas and UCLA. The Zags weren’t so dominating their last two games against AP Top 25 teams, losing to Duke in Las Vegas on Nov. 26 and No. 16 Alabama in Seattle on Saturday.
“I just think we have to have more of a sense of urgency,” Gonzaga big man Drew Timme said. “We just got to fix it. But we’ve got a lot of time to fix it. We’ll be fine.”
He’s right. Most teams would love to “drop” to No. 5 in the AP Top 25.
RISING AND FALLING
Alabama (7-1) had the biggest jump in this week’s poll, climbing seven spots after their win over Gonzaga. Southern California was next, moving up four spots to No. 16 following wins over Utah and Washington State last week.
BYU had the biggest drop, losing 12 spots to No. 24 after losing to Utah State in overtime and scraping past Missouri State 74-68. Florida lost six spots to No. 20 following a seven-point loss to Oklahoma.
HELLO AND GOODBYE
Ohio State moved back into the Top 25 after its win over Duke. The Buckeyes had dropped out of the Nov. 22 poll following a loss to Xavier.
No. 25 LSU is ranked for the first time in nearly two years after stretching its undefeated start to eight games with a win over Ohio last week.
Memphis dropped out of the poll from No. 18 after stretching its losing streak to three games with losses to Georgia and Ole Miss.
Michigan fell out from No. 24 after scoring 51 points in a 21-point loss to North Carolina. The Wolverines had been as high as No. 4 this season.
SEC: 7 (Nos. 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 20, 25)
Big Ten: 5 (Nos. 1, 17, 19, 21, 22)
Big 12: 3 (Nos. 2, 7, 8)
Pac-12: 3 (Nos. 4, 11, 16)
Big East: 3 (Nos. 6, 15, 23)
WCC: 2 (Nos. 5, 24)
American Athletic: 1 (No. 14)
ACC: 1 (No. 3)
YOUNG, HUTCHINSON AMONG 4 FINALISTS FOR HEISMAN TROPHY
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, and Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson were named finalists for the 2021 Heisman Trophy on Monday.
The winner will be announced Saturday in New York, with the ceremony returning to its standard routine after being held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s info on the four finalists:
Key stats: 68% completion, 4,322 passing yards, 43 TDs
Young is the favorite to win the Heisman, and rightfully so. The sophomore signal-caller brilliantly led the No. 1 team in the country in 2021, helping Alabama average 42.5 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the nation. Young also posted aguably his best performance of the year against Georgia’s vaunted defense last week, breaking the SEC record with 421 passing yards. He could be the second consecutive Alabama player to win the Heisman after wide receiver DeVonta Smith took home the award last year.
Key stats: 70.9% completion, 3,862 passing yards, 38 TDs
Stroud wasn’t able to lead Ohio State to the College Football Playoff in his first season as a starter, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t stellar on the field. Led by the freshman quarterback, who was 10-2 as a starter, the Buckeyes finished the 2021 campaign with college football’s No. 1 offense, scoring over 45 points per contest. He could become the first Buckeye to win college football’s most prestigious individual honor since quarterback Troy Smith in 2006.
Key stats: 67.2% completion, 4,319 passing yards, 42 TDs
Pickett sure doesn’t regret returning for his fifth season at Pitt in 2021. He broke school records for both passing yards and touchdowns while helping the Panthers win the ACC for the first time. Pickett’s season wasn’t flawless – four of his seven interceptions came in the final four games of the year – but he sure ended his college career in style.
Key stats: 58 tackles, 13 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
Hutchinson’s the only non-quarterback on this list, and the senior is easily the most interesting name of the group, as he can become the first defensive player to win the Heisman since Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997. Hutchinson set a school record in sacks this season and helped the Wolverines earn their first playoff berth. The disruptive pass-rusher also enjoyed the most impressive performance of his career in Michigan’s most important game, recording three sacks and 15 pressures against Ohio State.
OREGON’S CRISTOBAL TAKES MIAMI COACHING JOB AFTER DIAZ FIRED
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Mario Cristobal is going home again.
Cristobal is leaving Oregon and returning to Miami, accepting an offer to become head coach at his alma mater, where he won two national championships as a player. He let the Ducks know of the decision Monday, his team meeting in Oregon nearly simultaneous with Miami announcing the firing of coach Manny Diaz after three seasons.
“My family and I are excited to return home to the University of Miami,” Cristobal said.
Cristobal and Miami were finalizing terms on a 10-year, $80 million deal, by far the richest the Hurricanes ever have given a coach. Diaz was making around $4 million annually. The university has said it plans to give athletics an influx of cash, in part because the school’s hospital system has seen profits skyrocket during the pandemic.
Diaz was hired by Miami in 2018 on the same day that Mark Richt stepped down; this time, the football vacancy was even shorter, since Miami wasn’t firing Diaz without a commitment from Cristobal to come aboard.
“I am disappointed in the university’s decision and the manner in which this played out over the last few weeks,” Diaz said. “The uncertainty impacted our team, our staff and their families – these are real people that gave everything to this program. For that, for them, I hurt.”
The Cristobal hire is one of two major signings Miami has pursued in recent days. A person with knowledge of the school’s plans told The Associated Press that Miami expects to complete the hiring of Dan Radakovich as athletic director this week. Radakovich has been AD at Clemson but started his career in sports administration 40 years ago at Miami, where he got one of his degrees.
Cristobal was 35-13 at Oregon, with two Pac-12 titles and a Rose Bowl victory on his resume. He and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens were in constant contact throughout the weekend, and Cristobal gave him the final decision early Monday.
“The University of Miami made it clear – I won’t comment on the ways – that Mario was a person of interest,” Mullens said. “Obviously, we’ve been well aware of it. … That’s the alma mater and that’s home.”
Cristobal played at Miami, was part of the 1989 and 1991 title-winning teams and returned to the Hurricanes to start his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Butch Davis in 1998.
He left to spend three seasons at Rutgers, then returned to Miami from 2004 through 2006. He wanted to be a candidate for the top job when the Hurricanes fired Larry Coker but instead was hired as coach at FIU and spent six seasons there.
A four-season stint as an Alabama assistant followed, and then Cristobal spent four years as head coach in Oregon.
But the lure of home was just too strong. So the Miami native is returning again.
It comes after Diaz was fired following a 7-5 regular season and going 21-15 in three seasons at Miami. His job security had been in question for some time, and speculation ramped up three weeks ago when the Hurricanes dismissed athletic director Blake James – one of the people who hired Diaz.
Firing Diaz, though, suggested Miami was certain that Cristobal was coming. Mullens said Oregon and Cristobal had reached an agreement on terms of a new deal, but he “knew that he was going to consider that Miami offer as well.”
Miami will play Washington State in the Sun Bowl later this month. It’s unknown who will be the interim coach for that game. Oregon also is waiting before naming an interim coach for its Alamo Bowl game against Oklahoma; Mullens said it depends in part on which coaches follow Cristobal to Miami.
Diaz was criticized by an impatient Miami fan base for some bad losses, such as a 2019 defeat to FIU and the bowl loss later that season to Louisiana Tech. The Hurricanes started 2-4 this season, one of those defeats coming to Virginia when Miami missed a short field goal that would have won the game as time expired.
But Diaz’s fate may have been sealed with a 31-28 loss to Florida State last month, a game where the Hurricanes let the Seminoles take the lead in the final seconds on a drive where they couldn’t get a stop on a fourth-and-14 play.
Miami went 5-1 in Diaz’s final six games. And with the exception of Notre Dame’s one-year appearance as a conference member, Diaz guided Miami to the second-best record in Atlantic Coast Conference games in his three seasons. The Hurricanes were 16-9 against league opponents in that span, behind only Clemson.
The recruits Diaz landed in the last two years proved to be among Miami’s best players in 2021. Miami was the lone ACC team to beat conference champion Pitt this season and after the regular-season finale, many players took to social media to post support for Diaz.
“With the foundation in place, and the new resources being introduced, I have no doubt that the future is bright for this program,” Diaz said.
His firing continues what is now an 18-year cycle of impatience at Miami, starting with the season in which the Hurricanes joined the ACC. That was 2004, and the Hurricanes are still waiting for their first conference championship.
Coker – the last coach to bring the Hurricanes a national title in 2001 – was fired despite going 53-9 in his first five seasons, then managing only a 6-6 mark in his sixth and final regular season with the Hurricanes.
Randy Shannon was 28-22 in the next four seasons. Al Golden – who didn’t know he was inheriting a program that was about to get hammered by NCAA sanctions thanks in large part to the actions of rogue former booster who went to prison for masterminding a Ponzi scheme – went 32-25. Richt went 26-13 in three seasons, then retired with five years left on his contract amid constant complaints from fans that son Jon shouldn’t have been coaching Miami’s quarterbacks.
Diaz now joins that list. And Cristobal now takes over.
“I can’t wait to compete for championships,” Cristobal said.
OREGON DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX ANNOUNCES HE’S GOING PRO
(AP) — Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux made it official on Monday night and announced that he would not return to the Ducks for his senior year.
Thibodeaux is expected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NFL draft, and the move to go pro was widely anticipated. He announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram, thanking Oregon for giving him “the opportunity to transition into a man ready to take on the world.”
“After much thought, consideration and a lifetime of preparation, I have decided to forgo my senior season of football and enter the NFL draft, further pursuing my dreams,” he wrote.
Thibodeaux will not play for the No. 15 Ducks in the Alamo Bowl against No. 14 Oklahoma on Dec. 29.
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal left the Ducks earlier Monday to become head coach at Miami. The Ducks on Monday night named assistant Bryan McClendon, pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach, interim coach for the bowl game.
A 6-foot-5, 258-pound edge rusher out of Southern California, Thibodeaux proclaimed at the start of the season that his goal was to win the Heisman, a tall order for a defense player.
But he sprained his ankle in Oregon’s opener and had to miss the next two games. He also was ejected from the Ducks’ overtime loss at Stanford, and had to miss the first half of the next game against Cal.
He finished the season with 49 tackles, including 12 for loss, and seven sacks. He is a finalist for the Bednarik Award and Bronco Nagurski Trophy.
COLORADO STATE BRINGS IN NEVADA HEAD COACH JAY NORVELL
(AP) — Colorado State hired the first Black head football coach in program history Monday, bringing in Nevada’s Jay Norvell to take over for Steve Addazio.
Norvell is coming off a season in which he guided the Wolf Pack to an 8-4 record and a spot in the Quick Lane Bowl against Western Michigan on Dec. 27.
“From the outset, the interest in our coaching position was significant, but one name and resume stood above the rest from the very beginning – Jay Norvell,” Colorado State director of athletics Joe Parker said in a statement.
An offensive innovator, Norvell has led his team to bowl games in four of the five seasons he’s been at Nevada. He’s 33-26 since being hired by the Wolf Pack on Dec. 9, 2016. That includes a 2-1 mark against fellow Mountain West member Colorado State. The Wolf Pack beat Colorado State 52-10 on Nov. 27 in a game where Addazio was ejected. It would prove to be Addazio’s final contest with the Rams.
The hiring of Norvell didn’t take long after Addazio was fired last Thursday. Addazio was let go after posting a 4-12 record over two seasons in Fort Collins. Addazio’s tenure got off to a rocky start a year ago when the university opened an investigation into the program’s handling of COVID-19 cases, which uncovered allegations of racism and verbal abuse toward athletes.
Norvell found success at Nevada through his spin on a version of the “Air Raid” offense, which is usually run out of a shotgun formation but his style incorporates some under-the-center schemes and features a physical ground game. His offensive coordinator at Nevada was Matt Mumme, whose father, Hal, helped popularize the “Air Raid” offense. The Wolf Pack were fourth in the nation in passing offense this season, averaging 365.8 yards per game.
Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth said in a statement that assistant coach Vai Taua will serve as the interim coach for the Wolf Pack’s bowl game. Knuth added that a national search will immediately begin for Norvell’s replacement.
“We are grateful for the foundation built by head coach Jay Norvell during his five seasons here at Nevada and wish him and his entire family the best in his new endeavor,” Knuth said. “He has made a significant impact on our football program and in the lives of our student-athletes.”
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Malik Reed played for Norvell at Nevada and described him as “very detail-oriented.”
“He’s going to add that right intensity when it comes to the practice field and day-to-day organization,” said Reed, who made the Broncos out of training camp as a college free agent in 2019. “He’s done a lot for Nevada and Reno and the whole city, so I just wish him all the best.”
The 58-year-old Norvell was a standout defensive back at Iowa before embarking on his coaching career. He’s had stops at Arizona State, Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and with the Hawkeyes. Norvell’s coaching path also included the NFL, where he was once the receivers coach for the Indianapolis Colts and then a tight ends coach with the Raiders.
In total, he has been to 22 bowl games as both a player and a coach. Norvell is also the author of a book titled “Complete Wide Receiver” that was published in 2012.
The next chapter: Restoring the luster to Colorado State, which hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2017.
“I am humbled, thankful, but most importantly excited to begin this process of building Colorado State into the championship contender we all know it can be,” Norvell said. “My family and I are ecstatic and cannot wait to get to Fort Collins to get started.”
NEBRASKA FOOTBALL LEGEND JOHNNY RODGERS IN ICU WITH COVID
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Johnny Rodgers, the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was in an Omaha hospital intensive care unit Monday with COVID-19.
Rodgers’ business partner, Denny Drake, said the Cornhuskers’ football great was hospitalized Thanksgiving morning with the virus at Nebraska Medical Center, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Rodgers also developed pneumonia but seemed to improve after a few days in the hospital, Drake said. However, he took a turn for the worse last week and was placed in the ICU.
Rodgers, 70, has since improved and is “feeling much better,” Drake said.
“He was pretty weak until late yesterday,” Drake told the World-Herald on Sunday. “He called me this morning, and his voice sounded good.”
Rodgers did not immediately return a text message left Monday by The Associated Press.
Rodgers, nicknamed “The Jet,” grew up in Omaha, played on Nebraska’s national championship teams in 1970-71 and won the Heisman as a senior in 1972. He is well known for his electrifying punt return for a touchdown against archrival Oklahoma in 1971. He also was a consensus All-American his last two seasons. He was an NFL first-round draft pick in 1973, but played most of his professional career in Canada.
PATRIOTS OUT-RUN BILLS IN 14-10 WIN IN BLUSTERY CONDITIONS
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Linebacker Matt Judon praised the Patriots offense while taking a playful swipe at rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
“Hats off to the offense. Really everybody, probably besides Mac,” Judon said breaking into a smile. “He didn’t really do nothing besides hand the ball off.”
No offense taken. With 40 mph wind gusts placing an emphasis on running the ball, Jones was more than content in being relegated to handoff duty in New England’s 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.
Jones completed just two of three pass attempts for 19 yards in essentially standing back and watching the Patriots backfield literally run away with their seventh consecutive win and shore up New England’s familiar place atop the AFC.
“Just a crazy game to be a part of,” Jones said.
“We knew it was going to be windy. You can’t control it. There is no on and off switch,” he added. “You just have to go out there and do your job, and for us to run the ball like we did was incredible.”
Damien Harris scored on a 64-yard run in an outing the Patriots out-gained Buffalo 222 to 99 in yards rushing. Nick Folk hit both field goal attempts from 34 and 41 yards with the wind at his back, and the Patriots defense limited the Bills to a season-low 230 yards offense.
Defensive back Miles Bryant sealed the victory by batting down Josh Allen’s pass at the goal line with Buffalo facing fourth-and-14 at New England’s 18 with 1:55 remaining. It came a series after Buffalo’s Tyler Bass missed a 34-yard attempt wide right into the wind in a game the Bills managed 10 points on four drives inside the New England’s 20..
“What a memorable game that will be for me in my career,” center David Andrews said. “One, it’s a win. Two, I don’t know if I’ve ever played in a game where we’ve thrown the ball three times. And I’ve been playing football since I was 6 years old, so that’s 23 years.”
New England (9-4) improved to 6-0 on the road this season and now has a two-win edge over the Bills (7-5) in the AFC East standings.
The Bills continued their inconsistencies by losing four of their past seven, and have not won consecutive games since capping a 4-0 run spanning Sept. 19 to Oct. 10.
Though the two teams meet once more in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Dec. 26, Buffalo’s path to repeat as division champions, never mind earn a third straight postseason berth, is suddenly muddied. The AFC’s wild-card race now features four teams with seven wins. The Bills also dropped to 5-5 against AFC opponents and 3-1 against division opponents.
Buffalo continues resembling the shell of a team which swept the season-series against New England last year for the first time since 1999, en route to its first 13-win season in 29 years.
“No excuse for it,” middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds said. “They came in and they beat us. We’ve just got to get better. We’ve got to finish off the season strong.”
Easier said than done for a team which continues to have difficulty running the ball and stopping the run. Take away Allen’s six carries for 39 yards, and the Bills trio of running backs finished with 60 yards on 19 carries.
Buffalo’s defense has now allowed 200-plus yards rushing in two of its past three, after giving up a season-worst 264 in a 41-15 loss to Indianapolis two weeks ago.
Harris finished with a season-best 111 yards rushing and opened the scoring on New England’s ninth play from scrimmage. Facing third-and-5, Harris burst though a gaping hole up the middle and was untouched on his way to the end zone.
Rather than attempt the extra point into the wind, coach Bill Belichick succeeded on a 2-point conversion, with Brandon Bolden scoring just inside the left pylon.
Each team capitalized on the other’s mistakes in trading touchdowns in the opening quarter.
Harris’ TD came three plays after New England’s Lawrence Guy recovered Matt Breida’s fumble at the Patriots 31.
Buffalo responded on its next possession which was extended after N’Keal Harry slipped and had Matt Haack’s punt glance off his helmet, with Siran Neal recovering the ball at New England’s 14. Allen hit Gabriel Davis on a slant route on the next play to cut the lead to 8-7.
Allen finished 15 of 30 for 145 yards.
“You don’t plan on losing games, you know. It’s not part of the gig,” Bills center Mitch Morse said. “We understand the magnitude of what this meant and what this loss meant so it’s not lost on us. We understand that we have a lot of work to do to put ourselves in a position where we think this team can be.”
According to Elias Sports, the Patriots had the fewest yards passing and became the first team to attempt just one one pass in the first half since at least 1978. … Jones became the NFL’s third quarterback to win nine games in his rookie season, joining Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, and Dallas’ Dak Prescott in 2016. He also joined Roethlisberger and Prescott in becoming the NFL’s third rookie QB to win his first six road starts. … Bass’ 35-yard field goal with 6:35 left in the third quarter ended New England’s four-game streak of not allowing a point in the second half.
The elements were at times overwhelming, including a wind-chill that dropped the temperature into the mid-20s.
One of New England’s Jake Bailey’s punts went sideways into the wind for 15 yards. Members of ESPN’s pre-game broadcast crew were blown off their chairs along the sideline, and the orange flags was ripped off the top of the left upright in the east end of the stadium.
Patriots: Enter bye week off, and return to play at Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 18.
Bills: Travel to play Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, with Tom Brady, 32-3 against Buffalo, holding the NFL record for most career wins by a quarterback against one opponent.
HUMPHREY OUT FOR THE SEASON AS RAVENS REEL FROM CLOSE LOSS
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens came within inches of creating some much-needed breathing room in the AFC North.
Instead, they fell short in an agonizing loss to a division rival – and now coach John Harbaugh’s team has yet another major injury concern.
Harbaugh announced Monday that cornerback Marlon Humphrey is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. That news came following the team’s 20-19 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday that left the Ravens just a game ahead of Cincinnati atop the division.
Baltimore (8-4) is only two games ahead of last-place Cleveland and faces a tough schedule down the stretch. The Ravens have won plenty of close games this year, so they shouldn’t feel too aggrieved after this one went the other way, but with the standings so tight and injuries still looming large, Sunday’s defeat sets Baltimore up for a potentially stressful finish to the regular season.
“As Al Pacino said it … an inch here or an inch there, or a second too early, a second too late, it is exactly right,” Harbaugh said, referencing a scene from the movie “Any Given Sunday” while talking to reporters Monday. “That is like a classic truth, about football and as a metaphor for life.”
Harbaugh boldly decided to go for a 2-point conversion with 12 seconds left against the Steelers, and Lamar Jackson’s pass to Mark Andrews fell incomplete. Baltimore is now 6-2 in games decided by six points or fewer.
Game management. With two minutes remaining and Pittsburgh facing second-and-2 at the Baltimore 13, Chuck Clark of the Ravens was called for going offside. It looked as if that pre-snap penalty might have been on purpose, and if so, that was a clever way for Baltimore – which still had three timeouts – to prevent the Steelers from running the clock way down and kicking a go-ahead field goal.
Harbaugh was coy Monday about whether it was an intentional offside.
“I don’t need to get into all the strategy of it all,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.”
After falling behind by seven when Pittsburgh scored a touchdown with 1:48 left, the Ravens pulled off an impressive TD drive of their own, and whatever one thinks of the decision to go for 2, the play call resulted in a pretty open receiver. Jackson’s pass was a bit long, and Andrews may have been a bit casual reaching out with one arm for it.
WHAT NEEDS WORK
Baltimore’s passing game as a whole is slipping, even though the Ravens finally have receivers Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins healthy at the same time.
Over his past four games, Jackson is averaging just 6.0 yards per attempt, with six touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Jackson’s ability to keep plays going makes him a threat as both a runner and a passer, but he took seven sacks Sunday – a sign that the line isn’t protecting well enough or he isn’t releasing the ball quickly enough.
“T.J. Watt, he’s a great defender, great rusher. He was doing his thing out there,” Jackson said after the game. “We’ve just got to get in the lab and find ways to make things happen.”
Devonta Freeman had 97 total yards rushing and receiving, his most of the season. He also scored Baltimore’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Baltimore’s defense held the Steelers to three points through three quarters – then allowed 17 in the fourth. Even though the Ravens finished with a big advantage in time of possession, the defense seemed to wilt against Pittsburgh’s running game, and the injury to Humphrey leaves the secondary with another major problem.
In addition to Humphrey’s injury, OL Patrick Mekari left in the second half with a hand injury and did not return.
36-23-1. That’s the composite record of the last five teams on Baltimore’s schedule. None of them are currently under .500.
The Ravens play at Cleveland next weekend. It’s the second meeting between the teams in three weeks, and the Browns had their open date in between. Baltimore won the first matchup 16-10.
CHARGERS PLACE ALLEN ON NFL’S RESERVE/COVID-19 LIST
(AP) — Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Coach Brandon Staley said that Allen’s status “is day to day right now, and hopefully we’ll have some good news on him in the next few days.”
The Chargers (7-5) – who are in possession of the AFC’s second wild-card spot – host the New York Giants this week before a key matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 16.
Allen had five receptions for 34 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 41-22 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He also threw a pass to Justin Herbert for a 2-point conversion during the first half.
If Allen is vaccinated, he could return to practice if he remains symptom free and has two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. He is tied for second in the league with 86 receptions and is 71 yards away from his fourth 1,000 yard season in the past five years.
The Chargers have had a recent run of COVID-19 cases. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph remains in league protocols while defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, Christian Covington and linebacker Drue Tranquill missed at least 10 days last month. Linebacker Joey Bosa sat out five days and tested negative leading up to the Nov. 21 game against Pittsburgh because he was an unvaccinated close contact.
PREVIOUSLY WINLESS TEXAS SOUTHERN STUNS NO. 20 FLORIDA 69-54
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Johnny Jones got a wet welcome in the visiting locker room at the O’Connell Center. It was a celebration decades in the making.
Previously winless Texas Southern stunned No. 20 Florida 69-54 on Monday night behind PJ Henry’s 16 points and Joirdon Karl Nicholas’ perfect shooting performance.
Texas Southern (1-7) became the first Southwestern Athletic Conference team to beat a ranked Southeastern Conference program in The Associated Press poll era dating to 1936, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Ranked SEC teams had been 51-0 against SWAC opponents.
“We were thoroughly outplayed, outcoached, out-everything,” Florida coach Mike White said.
Jones got all the accolades. The former LSU coach who took Texas Southern to the NCAA Tournament last season was doused as he stepped into the locker room to celebrate with his team. His shirt and pants were still soaking wet during postgame interviews.
“Water bottles, everything we could throw at him,” Nicholas said.
Texas Southern had lost six straight against ranked opponents. The program’s last win against a Top 25 team came against then-No. 18 Oregon on Nov. 26, 2018.
The Tigers were 23 1/2-point underdogs in Gainesville. That was no surprise given they were coming off a 27-point loss at Louisiana Tech and catching a Florida team trying to rebound from its first setback of the season.
But the Gators (6-2), who had been ranked as high as 14th a week ago, had no answer for Texas Southern’s talent, tenacity and athleticism.
“We just did a terrible job in every aspect,” Florida big man Colin Castleton said. “Rebounding, backdoor cuts, loose balls. Everything we did bad the coaches told us to focus on.”
The Tigers continuously beat Florida’s press despite 22 turnovers and got open looks everywhere. They made most of the them, shooting 54.4% from the field and 45.5% from 3-point range. They also outrebounded Florida 46-23 and outscored the Gators 42-26 in the paint.
“It’s huge for the program and our school at the end of the day because we know how difficult it is,” Jones said. “When you have setbacks like we’ve had, you have an opportunity to either splinter or come together. These guys have done a tremendous job of staying the course and coming together.”
It was the Gators’ first loss in 27 games against teams from the SWAC.
Nicholas finished with 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting. John Walker chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Tigers, who opened the season with seven straight losses during a cross-country road trip that included stops at Oregon, Washington and North Carolina State
It was a damning loss for White, who revamped his roster with four defensive-minded transfers and was off to his best start in seven seasons. The Gators ended that with a loss at Oklahoma last Wednesday.
Florida struggled all night, shooting 38.2% from the field and hitting 5 of 24 from 3-point range.
Brandon McKissic led the Gators with 15 points.
“We got to find our roots again,” McKissic said. “We’ve been letting offense dictate. We’ve got to get back to letting defense dictate. We’ve got to get back to being us.”
Texas Southern: The Tigers were picked to win the SWAC and return to the NCAA Tournament. But no one expected this outcome, especially since they have played so many consecutive road games.
Florida: This is a new low for White, who got a contract extension in the spring. The Gators have made each of the four NCAA Tournaments and have high hopes for this rebuilt team. But this outing will temper those for sure.
Florida likely will drop out of the AP Top 25 poll after a humbling home loss.
Florida center Jason Jitoboh sat out the game because of a coach’s decision.
Texas Southern: Plays at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 14.
Florida: Returns to its home court Wednesday night against North Florida.
FLYERS FIRE VIGNEAULT AMID SKID; YEO NAMED INTERIM COACH
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers fired coach Alain Vigneault on Monday following eight straight losses, two shy of matching a team record of 10 in a row, and with the franchise far from ending a 47-year Stanley Cup drought.
The Flyers have been one of NHL’s biggest flops of the season. Their latest loss was a 7-1 defeat by Tampa Bay on Sunday night that sealed Vigneault’s fate. Assistant coach Michel Therrien also was fired.
“Right now, we’ve lost our way,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said.
The Flyers are 8-10-4 and in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division. Vigneault went 147-74-54 with the Flyers and missed the playoffs last season.
Mike Yeo was named interim coach for the Flyers, who host Colorado on Monday night.
Fletcher tried to blame injuries last week for the team’s recent slide, but it became clear as the losses piled up that a change was needed.
“The last ten, we slipped back. There’s no question,” he said last week. “Now the onus is on our group to get it back. When injured players come back, it makes it easier. We can’t kid ourselves. We have to get better.”
Vigneault lasted just 2-plus seasons in Philadelphia and never could lead the Flyers in the right direction this year after a promising first season in which he led them to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in the NHL’s restart bubble.
“The guy that is the leader of this group who has both his hands on the steering wheel is me and I have to find a way to get this group to play better,” he said Sunday. “We are in a bad skid right now and we need to end this. We have an opportunity tomorrow night and hopefully we will play better.”
Vigneault had led the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final and was trying to do the same in Philadelphia, where the Flyers haven’t won it all since consecutive championships in 1974 and 1975.
The Flyers instead are trying to avoid a 10-game losing streak for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
“Last night was a good example that our game wasn’t good enough and getting embarrassed in your own building, it’s not acceptable,” captain Claude Giroux said before Monday’s game.
Giroux has played entire his career with the Flyers since his 2007 debut and ranks among the franchise’s career leaders in most offensive categories playing for coaches John Stevens, Peter Laviolette, Craig Berube, Dave Hakstol, Scott Gordon, Vigneault and now Yeo.
The 33-year-old center is in the final season of an eight-year, $66-million deal and could waive his no-movement clause and ask for a trade to a contender.
“Right now, you look at our group and we don’t have an identity,” Giroux said. “We get a goal scored on us and we kind of stop playing. We need to find our confidence within this group. We need to believe that even if a team scores the first goal that we just have to keep playing our game. “
It’s up to Yeo, at least in the short term, to figure out how to fix the Flyers. Yeo was fired by the St. Louis Blues in November 2018. He joined the Blues as an assistant in 2016 after five seasons with Minnesota. The Wild made the playoffs in three of Yeo’s four full seasons, and he was fired 55 games into 2015-16.
“This is an opportunity for me to prove that I’ve grown,” Yeo said.
Fletcher was GM in Minnesota when Yeo coached the Wild, and the new coach will likely get some games to prove he can steer the Flyers toward a playoff run.
“The focus is not on interviewing people and rushing to hire a head coach. It’s to support Mike,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher overhauled the roster following last season’s 25-23-8 record (58 points) under Vigneault. The Flyers gave out rich contract extensions to Joel Farabee and Carter Hart and an eight-year, $62 million deal to Sean Couturier. Fletcher acquired defensemen Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen and signed Keith Yandle and Derick Brassard. The Flyers also signed backup goaltender Martin Jones and traded for forward Cam Atkinson.
“I still don’t know truly what we have here,” Fletcher said.
Again in Philly, the changes weren’t enough to make the Flyer a championship contender.
The Flyers haven’t made the Stanley Cup Final since it lost to Chicago in 2010.
“I can’t speak for the last 10 years. most of these guys haven’t been here that long,” Fletcher said. “The process right now isn’t right. We have to get back to playing the right way.”
STRUGGLING CANUCKS NAME BOUDREAU COACH AMID LEADERSHIP PURGE
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks named veteran Bruce Boudreau coach following a leadership purge late Sunday night in which three executives and head coach Travis Green were let go.
The Canucks, in a statement, said general manager Jim Benning was fired and assistant manager Jim Weisbrod, Green and assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner were also relieved of their duties.
The Canucks said the search for new hockey operations leadership “has begun.”
Boudreau, former coach of the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild, is the 20th head coach in Canucks history. Scott Walker was named assistant coach to Boudreau.
“I am excited to add Bruce Boudreau as our new head coach, and Scott as assistant,” Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said in a statement. “Bruce is one of the most experienced coaches in the NHL, with nearly 1,000 games behind the bench and a successful track record working with some of the game’s best talent. Scott is a young coach with an excellent reputation who will fit in very well with our group.”
The changes follow a dismal performance Saturday in which the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Canucks 4-1 in Vancouver, eliciting boos and chants of “fire Benning!” The Canucks host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
The 58-year-old Benning was known for some solid draft picks and questionable free-agent signings over his eight seasons as GM.
Vancouver is off to a rough start this year, falling to last place in the Pacific Division with a record of 8-15-2.
Several of Vancouver’s stars have struggled offensively and the club’s special teams have floundered. The team has the worst penalty kill in the league (64.6%) and has capitalized on 17.4% of its power-play chances.
“These are difficult decisions, but we believed we would have a competitive group this year,” Aquilini said. “As a result, I’m extremely disappointed in how the team has performed so far. I’m making these changes because we want to build a team that competes for championships and it’s time for new leadership to help take us there.”
The 66-year-old Boudreau has a career coaching record of 567-302-115 and won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2007-08 when he was with the Capitals. He was fired by the Wild in Feb. 2020, during his 13th season as an NHL coach. During Boudreau’s coaching tenure, his teams made the playoffs in 10 of 12 full seasons.
The 49-year-old Walker spent four seasons playing right wing for the Canucks from 1994-98. He previously coached the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm and worked as the Storm’s president of hockey operations.
The 50-year-old Green was in his fifth season behind the bench. He led Vancouver to the playoffs once during his tenure.
Green admitted that his team’s dismal start was “trying,” and said it can be frustrating to not get results when you feel like you’re playing well in certain parts of your game.
“You bang your head against the wall, you get up the next day and try to pick your team up a little bit. Also be stern with them in areas where you need to be stern and fix,” he said in mid-November. “From a coaching standpoint, you have to make sure you keep your emotions in check and get the right message across to your group.”
Green signed a two-year extension in May after Vancouver finished the 2020-21 campaign last in the seven-team all-Canadian North Division with a record of 23-29-4.
The 2020-21 season was a difficult one for Green and the Canucks, both on and off the ice. Vancouver won just two games in February and suffered the NHL’s worst COVID-19 outbreak at the end of March.
Twenty-one players and four coaches – including Green – tested positive for the virus and the Canucks’ games were put on hold for more than two weeks.
DERBY WINNER MEDINA SPIRIT COLLAPSES, DIES IN CALIFORNIA
(AP) — Medina Spirit, a 3-year-old colt whose Kentucky Derby victory in May came under scrutiny because of a positive drug test, collapsed and died after a workout Monday at Santa Anita in Southern California.
Trainer Bob Baffert said in a statment that the horse suffered a heart attack. The colt had just completed five furlongs in his second workout since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic a month ago at Del Mar.
“My entire barn is devastated by this news,” Baffert said. “Medina Spirit was a great champion, a member of our family who was loved by all, and we are deeply mourning his loss. I will always cherish the proud and personal memories of Medina Spirit and his tremendous spirit.”
Santa Anita said in a statment that the track veterinary team took blood, hair and urine samples from Medina Spirit and sent them to the California Horse Racing Board. The colt will undergo a full necropsy, as required by the racing board, to try to determine the exact cause of death.
No timeline for completing the necropsy has been given.
Medina Spirit tested positive after his May 1 Kentucky Derby win for betamethasone, a legal medication that is not allowed on race day. The victory was Baffert’s record seventh win in the Derby.
But in the wake of Medina Spirit’s failed test, Baffert was suspended by Churchill Downs and barred from entering horses in the 2022 and 2023 Kentucky Derbies. He also was banned by the New York Racing Association from entering horses at its Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct tracks.
Last Friday, Craig Robertson, Baffert’s attorney, released a statement saying that tests done by a New York lab have “definitely confirmed” Medina Spirit tested positive for the steroid – not through an injection but due to an ointment used to treat a skin rash.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has been investigating the case, and has yet to hold a hearing that could possibly disqualify Medina Spirit.
In the $6 million BC Classic last month, Medina Spirit couldn’t muster the necessary late kick to threaten winner Knicks Go.
“I’m very proud of him. He ran a great race,” Baffert said last month. “To me, he’s the best 3-year-old. He showed it today. That’s what racing is all about, proving it on the racetrack. And he proved it today that he’s the real deal.”
Baffert was allowed to enter horses in the season-ending world championships, but the event’s money-leading trainer had to meet certain conditions, including stricter out-of-competition testing of his horses and greater security at his barn. He agreed to the extra scrutiny and was required to pay for it out of his own pocket.
Medina Spirit had five wins in 10 career starts and earnings of $3,545,200, according to Equibase. The colt was owned by Amr Zedan, who competes as Zedan Racing Stables.
“Our most sincere condolences go out to Mr. Amr Zedan and the entire Zedan Racing Stables family,” Baffert said in his statement Monday. “They are in our thoughts and prayers as we go through this difficult time.”
MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN STATE RECEIVE WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Player of the Week
Payton Willis, Minnesota
G – Sr. – 6-4 – Fayetteville, Ark. – Fayetteville
- Averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Minnesota’s two road victories last week
- Scored 15 points and added four rebounds and three assists in a 54-53 win over Pitt in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
- Recorded a game-high 24 points in an 81-76 triumph over Mississippi State, shooting 8-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc
- Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Liam Robbins (Jan. 18, 2021)
Player of the Week
Brad Davison, Wisconsin
G – Sr. – 6-4 – Maple Grove, Minn. – Maple Grove
- Averaged 23.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists game in Wisconsin’s two wins last week
- Scored 27 points in a 70-66 road victory over Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, finishing 5-of-7 behind the arc
- Added 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in an 89-76 home win over Marquette
- Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Johnny Davis (Nov. 29, 2021)
Co-Freshman of the Week
Max Christie, Michigan State
G – 6-6 – Arlington Heights, Ill. – Rolling Meadows
- Averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block and 0.5 steals per game in two Michigan State victories
- Scored 11 points while shooting 3-of-6 from the field in a 73-64 home win over Louisville
- Recorded 14 points and added three rebounds, three assists two blocks in an 81-68 victory over visiting Toledo
- Earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor
- Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Rocket Watts (March 9, 2020)
Co-Freshman of the Week
Chucky Hepburn, Wisconsin
G – 6-2 – Omaha, Neb. – Bellevue West
- Averaged 11.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in two Wisconsin wins
- Recorded 15 points and added six assists, three steals and two rebounds in an 89-76 home victory over Marquette
- Went 6-of-14 from the field across the two wins
- Earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor
- Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Brad Davison (Feb. 26, 2018)
IOWA AND MINNESOTA CLAIM BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
So. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Averaged 23.0 points, 10.0 assists and 9.5 rebounds per game last week, including her second triple-double of the season
• Scored a team-high 24 points in a victory over Michigan State and added 12 assists and 10 rebounds to register her third career triple-double
• Became the second Hawkeye in program history to record three or more triple-doubles in her career, joining Sam Logic, who had six career triple-doubles
• Earns her sixth career Big Ten Player of the Week award and first of the season
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (March 1, 2021)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Kendall Bostic, So., F, ILL: Averaged 16.0 rebounds per contest, including 22 in a win against Eastern Kentucky, the third-most in a single game in Illinois program history and the most since 1980
Angel Reese, So., F, MD: Registered 22.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 70.8 percent from the floor, including a career-high 26 points and career-high 15 rebounds in the Terps’ win over Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Veronica Burton, Sr., G, NU: Tallied 25.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in Northwestern’s two wins last week, including a career-high 32 points on Dec. 2 vs. Clemson along with five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals
Freshman of the Week
Alanna Micheaux, Minnesota
F – Wayne, Mich. – Wayne Memorial – Major: Undeclared
• Scored 23 points off the bench against North Carolina on 8-of-10 shooting, the most points by a non-starter for the Golden Gophers since Gadvia Hubbard scored 28 points off the bench against Maryland back in 2017
• Has helped the Gopher bench score 50 and 43 points in the last two games, scoring 29 of those points herself
• Improved her scoring average to 11.0 points per game over her last four contests
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Jasmine Powell (Feb. 24, 2020)
Athlete of the Week:
Jameel Cosby (Springfield, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Senior – Cosby averaged 28.5 PPG as Bluffton split a pair of contests during the week. He hit 11-of-22 from distance (50 percent) with a career-high seven triples at Hanover on Saturday. Cosby also led the Beavers with 9.0 RPG while doling out four assists for the week. He played 79 of 80 minutes for the Beavers.
- Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Senior – Knight averaged 21.5 points, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks as the Ravens went 1-1 last week. Trailing Mount St. Joseph 22-27 at halftime, Knight sparked 17 points in the second half to lead Anderson to a 63-55 win against the Lions.
- Dejsani Beamon (Elgin, Ill.) Defiance College | Guard | Sophomore – Beamon helped the Yellow Jackets to a 2-0 start in HCAC league play. He scored a career-high 25 points, while also dishing out six assists in an 80-74 win against Manchester last Wednesday. Then on Saturday, he led Defiance with a team-high 19 points and was defensive monster notching a career-best seven steals in a thrilling 62-59 victory over Franklin.
- Kolden Vanlandingham (Richmond, Ind.) Earlham College | Guard | First-Year – Vanlandingham had two solid outings this week for the Quakers. The first-year scored 16 points with one rebound and one assist in a loss to North Park on Wednesday. He then led the team with 25 points in a 75-71 loss to Manchester on Saturday. He added two rebounds, one block and three steals to his stat line against the Spartans.
- Matt Munoz (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Sophomore – Munoz helped lead the Panthers to a perfect 2-0 week as they defeated both pre-season favorite Anderson and Bluffton. The sophomore post player finished the week averaging 20.0 ppg and posted a perfect 5-for-5 mark from three-point. In the contest against Anderson, Munoz netted a career-high 23 points, 14 of which came in the first half. He closed out the week, pulling in a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
- Brandon Christlieb (Ashley, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Sophomore – Christlieb is returning to form after a minor injury kept him sidelined for three games earlier this season. He averaged 20.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg while blocking three shots in a pair of HCAC contests last week. Christlieb dropped a career-best 28 points – 17 of which he scored in the first half – in Manchester’s 75-71 win at Earlham on Saturday. Finished shooting 17-37 (45.9 percent) last week, and he also had four steals.
- Devin Young (Crestwood, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | Senior – Young turned in his second double-double of the season in the Mount’s loss to Anderson on Saturday. Young scored a season-high 29 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and 13-of-15 from the charity stripe. He also pulled down 10 rebounds including a game-high four offensive rebounds.
- Max Chaplin (Carmel, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Junior – Chaplin came off the bench to average 15.5 points per game as Rose-Hulman finished 1-1 last week. Chaplin had a career-high 18 points in the team’s 72-69 win over Transylvania on Saturday, after scoring 13 points in a narrow three-point loss to Wabash on Wednesday.
- Brandon Cromwell (Versailles, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – Cromwell had a team-high 20 points in Wednesday’s last-second 92-91 loss to Franklin. The junior shot a season best 7-for-12 from the field, adding six rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 36 minutes of play, while hitting on 2-of-3 triples and shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line. Cromwell had a go-ahead three-point play with 5 seconds to go before Franklin scored the final bucket at the buzzer. In Saturday’s home defeat to Rose-Hulman by three points, Cromwell totaled 13 points, three boards, two assists, and shot another sharp 63 percent from the floor and 3-for-5 from three-point range. For the week, Cromwell averaged 16.5 ppg, 4.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, and shot 60 percent from the field and 63 percent from three-point range.
Athlete of the Week:
Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Senior – Bieghler stepped up big-time for the Spartans last week. She played all 40 minutes in both of MU’s contests and helped guide the short-handed Spartans to a pair of wins to begin HCAC play. Bieghler lined the stat sheet on Wednesday with 15 pts, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals, helping lead the Spartans to a 68-58 win over Defiance after trailing by 10 pts after the first quarter. She scored a career-high 21 pts while adding eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals in another come-from-behind win at Earlham. Manchester trailed by 10 late in the first quarter but would go on to defeat Earlham 67-49. Additionally, Manchester has won five straight games and is off to its best start in 15 years (2006-07 season).
- Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Senior – Dellinger poured in 36 points against Mount St. Joseph on Saturday. Her 36 points ties for the sixth-highest total in program history. Dellinger shot 53 percent from the perimeter, knocking down eight 3-pointers, which ties for third for most 3-pointers in a game in school history. Dellinger also tallied three steals and two blocks for the Ravens.
- Brianna Gillig (New Riegel, Ohio) Bluffton University | Froward | Senior – Gillig averaged a double-double of 12 points and 13 boards as Bluffton fell to Ohio Wesleyan and Hanover. She also had four assists, a block and three steals for the week.
- Katherine Benter (Brownstown, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | First-Year – Benter helped lead the Panthers past Bluffton on Saturday afternoon as the first year turned in a double-double netting a career-high 21 points with 14 rebounds. She finished the week averaging 14.5 ppg and 10.5 rebounds.
- Anyiah Murphy (Columbus, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | First-Year – Murphy played her best game in her young Lions career in Saturday’s win over Anderson, narrowly missing her first career double-double with 21 points and nine rebounds.
- Rowan Hein (Fresno, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Sophomore – Hein scored 19 points and had a team-high four steals in Rose-Hulman’s only game last week, a narrow loss to No. 12 ranked Transylvania. Hein was 9-17 from the field in 39 minutes of action.
- Madison Kellione (Cynthiana, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – Kellione exploded for a game-high 26 points in Wednesday’s conference-opening road win to kickstart a 2-0 week (plus a 2-0 start to HCAC play) for the Pioneers. In Wednesday’s double-digit win at Franklin, Kellione knocked down 5-of-9 three-pointers on a night when the Pioneers as a whole only shot 7-for-28 from downtown to push the offense to the finish line. Kellione totaled 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field (56 percent), to go with seven rebounds, four steals, and one block, playing all 40 minutes in the win. Kellione had an all-around presence in a 54-47 win against Rose-Hulman on Saturday, registering 10 points, a team-high four assists, four rebounds, and another three steals. For the week, Kellione averaged 18 points per game, with a 56 percent effective field goal percentage, 6.5 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game, and 3.5 steals per game.
TOP INDIANA NEWS
PACERS PULL AWAY EARLY, HOLD OFF WIZARDS FOR 116-110 WIN
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis was ready to do whatever it took to snap a four-game losing streak.
Especially against the team that eliminated the Indiana Pacers from the play-in round in May.
So on Monday night, Sabonis did it all. He produced his 19th double-double of the season with 30 points and 10 rebounds while adding six assists and three steals, helping the Pacers hold off hard-charging Washington 116-110.
“He’s a strong-willed guy and he was not going to be denied tonight,” Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. “There was a lot of contact on some of those plays and it led to some frustration at one point, but he really played one massive game inside.”
Sabonis’ play also seemed to inspire his teammates.
Caris LeVert had 19 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 17 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who had lost five straight in the series including the play-in game. And it didn’t take long for Indiana to show everyone it intended to change directions.
While three-time All-Star guard Bradley Beal tried to bail out the Wizards with 34 points, Washington lots its third in a row and fell for the fourth time in five games. Beal appeared to hurt his left shoulder early in the fourth quarter during a tussle for a loose ball, but returned following a timeout and finished the game.
But the Wizards never recovered from an inexplicably slow, sloppy start on the second game of a back-to-back. After Oshae Brissett’s 3-pointer to end the first quarter gave Indiana a 28-18 lead. The Wizards couldn’t cut the deficit to fewer than eight points until their final basket.
“It is tough,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “When you get behind in the first quarter and you’re fighting uphill the rest of the game, it’s tough. Twelve turnovers for 21 points, that’s pretty insurmountable.”
Washington cut the deficit to nine early in the second quarter only to watch Indiana retake a double-digit lead. The Pacers maintained that advantage through the rest of the first half and the entire third quarter.
Beal’s put-back to open the fourth got Washington within 88-80, but Sabonis answered with a three-point play and Indiana methodically put this one away.
“We had a much stronger physically presence tonight,” Carlisle said. “There was a collective will we played with tonight that we had not played with the last couple of games. I think our guys really understood this game was going to come down to how hard we could fight.”
Carlisle won his 191st game with the franchise, breaking a tie with Larry Brown for the second-most wins in the franchise’s NBA history.
Wizards: Daniel Gafford had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kyle Kuzma finished with 14 points and four rebounds. … Corey Kispert scored 10 points in his first game in Indianapolis since April when he was on the court as Gonzaga’s perfect season ended in the national championship game loss to Baylor. … Washington had 10 turnovers in the first half and wound up with 12.
Pacers: Brissett made all three of his 3s and finished with 12 points. Jeremy Lamb had 10 points. … Chris Duarte had 13 points, five rebounds and four steals. … The Pacers had all 10 of their steals in the first half, finishing one short of this season’s single-game high.
The Holiday brothers reunion didn’t pan out Monday night because the older brother, Justin, did not play because he’s still in the health and safety protocols. Aaron Holiday made his seventh start of the season and scored 11 points in his first trip to Indianapolis since the Pacers traded him this summer. Justin Holiday went into the protocols Nov. 30.
After another slow start, Unseld acknowledged he would consider making a lineup change or rotational changes before concluding their road trip Wednesday.
“Everything’s on the table,” Unseld said. “We’re not where we want to be, so we’ve got to take a hard look at it and see what we like and what we don’t like and why things all of a sudden aren’t working.”
Wizards: Visit Detroit on Wednesday.
Pacers: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
PURDUE RANKED NO. 1 IN AP TOP 25 POLL, FIRST NET RANKINGS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue men’s basketball team made history Monday when it received its first No. 1 ranking in Associated Press poll history.
The Boilermakers were also ranked No. 1 in the initial NCAA NET rankings released Monday morning.
It marks the first time that Purdue has ever been ranked first in either of the rankings. Purdue is in the AP Top 25 poll for the 380th week, which had been the second-most appearances all-time in the AP Top 25 poll without being ranked No. 1, behind Maryland’s 423 weeks.
In the AP poll, Purdue was a unanimous selection, garnering all 61 first-place votes and 1,525 points to easily outdistance No. 2-ranked Baylor’s 1,421 points. Duke, UCLA, Gonzaga and Villanova round out the top six.
Meanwhile, in the NET rankings, Purdue is 3-0 in Quad-1 victories owning decisions over No. 5 Villanova, No. 9 Iowa and No. 26 North Carolina. Purdue’s three Quad-1 victories are tied with Xavier (3-1) for the most in the country.
Purdue’s 8-0 start is the best since an 11-0 start during the 2015-16 season and the Boilermakers rank second in the country in offensive efficiency, second in 3-point percentage, third in both field goal percentage and rebound margin, fifth in scoring offense and sixth in scoring margin and assists per game.
Purdue will travel to Rutgers for a Thursday night battle, then head to Brooklyn for the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational against North Carolina State on Sunday at the Barclays Center.
NO. 10 IU ROLLS PAST PENN STATE IN BIG TEN OPENER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In its first Big Ten game of the season, Indiana cruised to a 70-40 victory over the Penn State Lady Lions in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Monday night.
Senior Aleksa Gulbe set the tone for the game as she hit a short-corner jumper on her first shot attempt and then came up with a block on the defensive end on the next play.
Graduate Nicole Cardaño-Hillary’s 3-pointer at the 1:32 mark put Indiana on an 8-0 run to give them a 17-9 lead.
The Hoosiers put on a display moving the ball as Graduate Ali Patberg threw a behind the back pass to Cardaño-Hillary, who dished it to Junior Mackenzie Holmes, and scored an easy layup at the 6:36 mark of the second quarter.
Sophomore Chloe Moore-McNeil broke the defender’s ankles on a drive, then dumped it off to Gulbe who got fouled and made both free throws with 5:47 left in the second period.
At the half, Indiana led Penn State 37-23.
Cardaño-Hillary stole a Penn State pass and then immediately cashed in with a fast break layup bucket in the middle of the third quarter.
By the end of the third, Indiana was up by 30, leading Penn State 60-30.
Holmes put on a display of post moves, scoring on back-to-back possessions in the paint early in the fourth quarter.
Patberg’s layup at the 5:28 mark in the fourth period gave IU its largest lead of the game of 36 points. They led 68-32 at the time.
The Hoosiers have now won their Big Ten opener in four straight seasons, which marks the longest streak in school history.
Indiana has won five straight in the series against Penn State and nine of the last 10. The five straight in the series against Penn State is the most in the series history against the Lady Lions.
The Hoosiers had all five starters score in double-figures.
The 40 points the Indiana defense allowed to Penn State are the fewest the Hoosiers have given up in a Big Ten game since March 4, 2004 against Wisconsin (39).
The 30-point win is the fourth 30+ point win under head coach Teri Moren.
Mackenzie Holmes led the Hoosiers with 16 points on 7-of-10 from the field.
Nicole Cardañdo-Hillary scored 14 points and added seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. It was the first five steal game for an IU player since Grace Berger did it on 11/22/19.
Cardaño-Hillary posted three 3-pointers in the game, her fourth game this season with three or more from long range. Cardaño-Hillary reached 200 career 3-pointers and now has 202 for her career.
After giving up a 3-pointer to open the second half, the Hoosiers used a 21-0 run to go up 58-24 at the 1:47 mark of the third quarter. Indiana held Penn State scoreless for seven minutes and 57 seconds in the third quarter.
Indiana did not allow Penn State to shoot any free-throws in the game.
It was the fourth game this season that the Hoosiers shot 50 percent or better from the field.
Indiana outrebounded Penn State 37-24.
Grace Berger scored 10 point and added six rebounds. Berger now has 1,099 points for her career, which is tied for 25th on the Hoosiers all-time scoring list.
Indiana outscored Penn State 33-19 in the second half.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“It’s a great bounce back game for us tonight. It was great to see the ball go in the basket, far greater than it did the other night against NC State. It was nice to see Nikki the way she bounced back after having a tough night. The only frustrating piece of the game is our turnovers. We want to be under 11 and once again, we’re careless tonight I thought, especially in the first half and we got to figure out how to fix that because that could’ve been, we’re trying to average right around 80 points, anytime you turn it over the way that we did, that’s a possession lost and maybe we could’ve got our game goal tonight of 80 points if we just did a better job of taking care of the basketball. I think a lot of that had to do with, they were just a little bit out of sync there against the zone, they elevated their wings and were playing high, and I think we were trying to lead people to the open areas but there’s one thing about being the ball handler and being somebody that’s not willing to move into that open space. We’ll have great film, there’s going to be a lot of teaching moments as we continue to see, and I’m sure we will, zone throughout the season. But I’m really proud of our guys, how they bounced back after a really tough night the other night in terms of our lack of being able to score with any kind of ease. So, it’s a great way to start out the Big Ten conference schedule.”
Indiana will host Fairfield on Thursday with a tip-off time of 7 p.m. ET at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The game will be broadcasted on Big Ten Network+.
BUTLER MBB TRAVELS TO OKLAHOMA TUESDAY FOR BIG EAST-BIG 12 BATTLE
BUTLER (5-3) AT OKLAHOMA (7-1) — BIG EAST-BIG 12 BATTLE
Tuesday, Dec. 7; 9PM ET
Lloyd Noble Center; Norman, Okla.
TV: ESPN2 – Rich Hollenberg & Fran Fraschilla
Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
Varsity Network Radio App, XM380, SiriusXM App 970
The Bulldogs make the trip to Norman, Okla., for a Tuesday night match-up with the Oklahoma Sooners as part of the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle.
THE SERIES: Oklahoma Leads, 3-2
Streak: Oklahoma, W2
In Norman: Oklahoma Leads, 1-0
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. OU: 0-0
First Meeting: Butler, 65-63 (1965-66, at BU)
Last Meeting: Oklahoma, 59-46; 11/27/14
Butler and Oklahoma have met five times previously with the Sooners owning a slight 3-2 advantage. The teams last played in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis. Two of the match-ups have been on campus, a Butler win at home during the 1965-66 season and an Oklahoma win in Norman during the 1967-68 campaign. Current Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier led the Bulldogs to a win over Oklahoma in the 1997 Big Island Invitational in Hawaii. (Collier also faced Oklahoma regularly during his six seasons as head coach of Nebraska — 2000-01 through 2005-06 — and defeated the nationally-ranked Sooners twice during the 2005-06 season.)
The most notable match-up in the series came in the 2003 Sweet 16 when Oklahoma defeated Butler, 65-54, in Albany, N.Y. That was Butler’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 1962. The 2003 contest was the final game in a Butler uniform for a talented senior class that included the late Joel Cornette, who was inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
IN THE BATTLE: Butler is 0-1 in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, falling at Baylor in 2019 by a score of 53-52. Baylor was ranked No. 11 in the national polls and Butler entered that contest undefeated at that point in the season.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Kansas State in 2020, but the game was canceled due to COVID issues within Butler’s program at that time.
• Butler is allowing only 58.4 points per game so far this season, a mark that is 23rd nationally.
• Aaron Thompson is tied for third on Butler’s career assists list (471).
• Jair Bolden is shooting 46 percent from three-point range this season, a mark that is 34th nationally.
• Bolden’s 23 made three-pointers are third in the BIG EAST.
• Butler’s 10 turnovers vs. Saginaw Valley State Nov. 30 matched the team’s season-low.
• Bryce Golden is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over the team’s last two games.
• Butler’s opponents are shooting only 28 percent from three-point range this season, which is 42nd nationally.
• 48.8 percent of Butler’s attempts from the field this season have been from behind the arc.
• Butler’s nine blocks vs. Chaminade Wednesday were the most by the Bulldogs since a Dec. 21, 2017 win over Western Illinois (also nine).
• Jayden Taylor scored a career-best 21 points in Nov. 24 win over Chaminade.
• Ty Groce scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the win over Chaminade; the eight made field goals tied a career-high.
• Christian David pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in the team’s win over Saginaw Valley State Nov. 30.
• Butler made 12 three-pointers Nov. 13 vs. Troy, the most by the team since hitting 12 against Nebraska in the 2019 NIT.
• Butler was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll by the conference’s head coaches.
• Sophomore Chuck Harris was an honorable mention selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by the conference’s head coaches.
• Butler’s 2021-22 roster includes six players who are entering their fifth or sixth season of college basketball.
• The Bulldogs return 10 of their 11 top scorers from a season ago.
• Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of its minutes played from last season.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: Butler is allowing its opponents only 58.4 points per game so far this season, a mark that is 23rd nationally. The Bulldogs’ opponents have combined to shoot only 28 percent from three-point range, which is 42nd nationally.
BEHIND THE LINE: Butler is shooting 38 percent from three-point range, averaging 8.8 makes per game. The Bulldogs’ three-point percentage is just outside the Top 50 nationally. Butler shot only 32 percent from behind the arc a season ago.
HOME SWEET HINKLE: Butler is 52-15 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in LaVall Jordan’s five seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.
YOUNG GUNS: Both Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius got the start in the regular season opener against IUPUI Tuesday night. Freshmen starting in their first Butler game is a rarity. Multiple freshmen starting their first collegiate game at Butler was last done in 2008 (Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Ron Nored). The only other freshman to start his first Butler game between 2008 and 2021 was Myles Tate in 2020.
TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs challenged themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule. The slate included Michigan State Nov. 17 in the annual Gavitt Games. The Maui Invitational (in Las Vegas) featured an opening-round match-up with 2021 Final Four team Houston. The Bulldogs travel to Oklahoma Dec. 7 in the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Butler and Purdue, which is No. 1 in this week’s AP poll, will meet Dec. 18 in the Crossroads Classic.
HAPPY RETURNS: Butler returns 10 of its top 11 scorers from last season. In all, Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of minutes played from the 2020-21 season. Butler returns five double-digit scorers from a season ago and adds Ty Groce, a graduate transfer from Eastern Michigan. Groce led the Eagles in scoring last season, the sixth player on the Butler roster to average double figures in 2020-21. Butler has six players who will play their fifth season of college basketball during the upcoming campaign — Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze, Jair Bolden, Christian David, Bo Hodges, and Ty Groce. Of that group, Nze, Bolden and Groce are in their sixth year of college after previously redshirting and now taking advantage of the additional season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
PRESEASON PICKS: The BIG EAST head coaches picked the Bulldogs to finish sixth in the league standings in the preseason poll that was announced as part of BIG EAST Media Day in New York City in October.
WHAT WILL HE DO FOR AN ENCORE?: Butler’s Chuck Harris was recognized as an honorable mention selection to the 2021-22 All-BIG EAST preseason team. Harris was one of three unanimous picks on the 2020-21 All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, joining Posh Alexander of St. John’s and Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (Garcia has since transferred to North Carolina). Harris led the Bulldogs in scoring during the 2020-21 season, becoming the first freshman to lead the team in scoring since the 1979-80 season (Tony Warren). Harris led the team in scoring in 17 of his 24 games played, scoring 20 or more points six times.
Harris became the third Bulldog to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Kamar Baldwin was also a unanimous selection in 2016-17 and Andrew Chrabascz earned a spot on the 2013-14 team.
ON THE WAY: Connor Turnbull, a 6-10 forward/center from Missouri, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulldogs beginning with the 2022-23 season.
Turnbull, from Saint Paul, Mo., stars for Fort Zumwalt North High School, where he earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors for Class 6. As a junior, Turnbull averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game, leading the team to a 27-4 record and the Class 6 state semifinals. He shot 34 percent from three-point range. Turnbull helped Brad Beal Elite to a runner-up finish at the 2021 Peach Jam as part of the Nike EYBL circuit.
BULLDOGS ANNOUNCED AS PART OF 2022 BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS FIELD: The Bulldogs will participate in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis for the third time as the 2022 bracket has been announced. Celebrating its 11th year of elite collegiate tournament play, the 2022 field will include Butler, BYU, Dayton, Kansas, North Carolina State, USC, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Butler was previously part of the Battle 4 Atlantis field in both 2014 and 2018. The Bulldogs went 2-1 in each event.
INDIANA QB MICHAEL PENIX ENTERS TRANSFER PORTAL
Michael Penix entered the transfer portal Sunday night pretty much ending his career at IU. Penix exits Bloomington after an injury filled career after choosing Indiana over South Florida and Florida State.
Penix was Coach Tom Allen’s first major QB commitment.
Penix had outstanding games against Michigan, Michigan State (twice), Ohio State and Penn State.
TEXAS QB JOSH HOOVER DECOMMITS FROM IU FOOTBALL
Josh Hoover, a quarterback from Texas, decommitted from IU on Monday.
“Just wanted to thank the entire Indiana program for the opportunity to be a Hoosier,” he tweeted. “After praying and talking with my family I have decided to go a different direction. Special Thank you to Coach Allen and the entire coaching staff. Wishing nothing but the best!”
Hoover has now committed to TCU.
Hoover, from Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas, is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. He is the 38th overall quarterback in the 2022 class. Hoover passed for nearly 10,000 yards in his high school career.
DAVID BELL, GEORGE KARLAFTIS GOING PRO
Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm revealed that Bell and Karalftis will not return to the Boilermakers next season, opting to enter the NFL Draft.
No final decision has been announced whether Bell and Karlaftis will play in the bowl game, which is scheduled for Dec. 30 in Nashville.
NOTRE DAME’S SONIA CITRON NOW A THREE-TIME ACC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
GREENSBORO, N.C. — For the third time in four weeks, Notre Dame women’s basketball guard Sonia Citron is your ACC Freshman of the Week. Citron is certainly on pace to challenge 2019 alumna Brianna Turner’s record of six ACC freshman weekly awards.
The Eastchester, New Yorker started her week by pouring in a career-high 29 points in the 76-71 win at Michigan State. Citron scored 21 points in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter.
The freshman followed that with a 19-point performance at No. 2 UConn, the lone Irish to finish in double figures.
For the week, she shot 14-of-24 (.583), 5-for-9 from three and 15-for-16 from the free-throw line. Another impressive note, in 60 minutes of play, just one turnover.
Citron and the now No. 22 nationally ranked Irish (7-2) travel to Valparaiso on Wednesday, Dec. 8, then play host to Muffet McGraw’s Ring of Honor game on Sunday, Dec. 12, against Purdue-Fort Wayne.
NIESNER NAMED TO FCS BOWL ROSTER
Valparaiso University punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) has been named to the roster for the FCS Bowl by Spiral, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 12 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
A two-team All-PFL First Team honoree, Niesner posted a punting average of 43.2 this season, a mark that ranked third in program history. He tied program and PFL records for single-season punting average during the Spring 2021 campaign at 43.6, earning him PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Year recognition for the spring season. Niesner finished this season with the league’s top punting average, a mark that ranked 16th nationally.
In addition, Niesner was recognized as an Academic All-PFL First Team honoree for the second straight season. He was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week twice this fall and four times in the calendar year of 2021.
EVANSVILLE SETS OUT FOR QUICK TRIP EAST TO TAKE ON BELLARMINE
EVANSVILLE – Closing-out a two-game road trip, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team travels to Louisville, Ky. for an evening matchup with Bellarmine at 5:30 PM (CT) on Tuesday inside Freedom Hall.
Previewing the Matchup: Bellarmine
- Evansville and Bellarmine are meeting for just the fourth time in series history with the Knights owning a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
- The two sides last met on Dec. 29, 2020 inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse with the Aces capturing a 72-62 win over the Knights.
- Both of Bellarmine’s wins over the Aces came in the mid-1970s.
- Bellarmine’s 1-5 record can be deceiving as the Knights have faced a gauntlet of a schedule to open the 2021-22 campaign. All five of the Knights’ losses have come to teams with records above .500, including losses to No. 10 Louisville and No. 21 Ohio State.
Last Game: Miami (Ohio) 81, Evansville 73
- Falling behind early, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team made multiple runs at the RedHawks, but ultimately fell, 81-73 on Saturday afternoon in Oxford, Ohio.
- For the second-straight game, senior Myia Clark led the way for Evansville, pouring-in a career-high 26 points, including seven made free throws. Junior Abby Feit notched her fifth double-double of the season, recording 14 points and adding 11 boards, while contributing a team-high five steals to the effort. The final Ace to finish in double-figures was junior Je’Naiya Davis, who tallied 17 points in her first start for Evansville. On Miami’s side, Peytion Scott led the RedHawks, recording a double-double of 25 points and 10 boards.
- Defense ruled the early portion of the first quarter as the Aces held the RedHawks scoreless for the first 3:39 of the contest, while holding a 3-0 lead. Once Miami found its rhythm, the home side ran out on a 14-2 run, grabbing a nine-point lead with three minutes left in the opening period. Scott powered much of the offense for the RedHawks, scoring 10 of Miami’s first quarter points, as the RedHawks owned a 23-12 after 10 minutes.
- After shooting just 26.3% (5-19) from the field in the opening stanza, Evansville bounced back in the second quarter. After a Miami bucket opened the quarter, the Aces responded with a 13-3 run to close within just four with 4:15 left in the first half. As was true in the first quarter, the RedHawks locked-down defensively to close the half, holding Evansville to just two points over the final 3:57 to grab a 39-29 lead at the break.
- The third quarter was the Myia Clark show as the senior lit up the scoreboard, scoring 12 of Evansville’s first 14 points in the quarter to trim Miami’s lead as low as five. Slowly, the RedHawks built their advantage back to double-digits and as high as 14.
- Despite cutting the deficit as low as seven in the fourth period, Evansville struggled to draw any closer in the final stanza as the RedHawks held off the Aces for the eight-point win.
Clark Named MVC Newcomer of the Week
- For the second-straight week, an Ace earned MVC Newcomer of the Week honors as senior Myia Clark was honored with the award.
- In two non-conference games, senior Myia Clark recorded two of her best performances as an Ace.
- On the week, Clark averaged 22.5 points and 3.5 boards, including a career-high 26 points against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.
- On the season, Clark is third on the team in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game and providing a spark on the glass from the front court with a 4.4 rebound per game average.
Winning the Turnover Battle
- Evansville has excelled this season in forcing turnovers and limiting its own giveaways.
- The Aces currently sit 20th in the nation in turnovers forced and 27th in turnover margin.
- On Tuesday, the Aces turned the ball over just six times, the lowest team total since the 2018-19 season.
SHAMAR GIVANCE NAMED MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ST. LOUIS – For the second time in his career and the first instance this season, University of Evansville men’s basketball senior Shamar Givance has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.
Givance set a new career high with 31 points in a week that saw him average 23 points per game over the last week against Southern Illinois and Tennessee Tech. He shot 58.6% from the field while averaging 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game while playing 34.9 minutes per contest.
The big performance for Givance came in the MVC opener against Southern Illinois on Wednesday where the Toronto native was 11-for-16 from the field on his way to 31 points. He added two triples and a 7-for-10 effort from the line. In 37:44 of work, he had two assists and three boards. His 31-point game against SIU surpassed his career high of 26, which came just three days earlier at Eastern Illinois.
Saturday’s matchup against Tennessee Tech saw him score 15 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. Givance added 3 steals and 3 assists in a 6-for-13 shooting effort.
Entering Wednesday’s game at Southeast Missouri State, Givance ranks 9th in the MVC with 15 points per game while sitting third in steals and seventh in assists.
VALPO TO BEGIN SIX-GAME HOMESTAND ON TUESDAY
at Valparaiso (4-5, 0-1 MVC)
Game No. 10 – Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will begin the program’s longest homestand since 1994 on Tuesday night. An exciting stretch of basketball with numerous opportunities for fans to pack the ARC will begin against East-West University. After winning three of their last four games and four of six since the season debut of leading scorer Ben Krikke, Valpo will receive another boost on Tuesday as Kobe King will make his Beacon debut after sitting out the first nine games.
Last Time Out: Valpo captured its fourth win in six games by going on the road and besting Western Michigan 71-60 on Sunday in Kalamazoo. The Beacons got 19 points from Thomas Kithier, who knocked down eight of his 11 field-goal attempts to equal his most efficient performance of the season. Sheldon Edwards (15) and Trevor Anderson (11) also finished in double figures, while the 60 points marked a season best in terms of scoring defense for the Beacons. Valpo graduate Mileek McMillan scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Western Michigan in a reunion game for the Northwest Indiana native.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)
Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Zach Collins (play-by-play)
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Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (87-83) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.
Series Notes: This will be the first time the Phantoms and Beacons have faced off.
The Return of the King: Kobe King will make his Valpo debut on Tuesday after sitting out the first nine games of the season before becoming eligible. This will mark his first collegiate game since Jan. 24, 2020 for Wisconsin in a game against Purdue. He played in 19 contests (all starts) and averaged 10.0 points per game for the Badgers in 2019-2020. King turned in a team-high 12.6 points per game during Big Ten play over nine appearances, all starts. A former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball, Gatorade Player of the Year and a unanimous selection for Associated Press Player of the Year, King led La Crosse Central to a 26-2 record and a state title as a high school senior.
Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 5: Valpo 71, Western Michigan 60
- Valpo snapped a seven-game road losing streak to the Broncos and won in Kalamazoo for the first time since Dec. 20, 1958, a 90-65 triumph.
- The 11-point margin of victory marked Valpo’s largest of the season against a Division-I team. In addition, this was the squad’s most lopsided road win since Feb. 13, 2021 at UNI (70-57) and most lopsided nonconference road victory since Dec. 18, 2019 at High Point (W 87-72).
- The 60 points permitted marked a season best for the Valpo defense.
- Thomas Kithier hit double figures for the first time in the last seven games and the third time this season with his 19-point output. All three of his double-figure performances have featured 16 points or more. He corralled six rebounds and swatted a pair of shots.
- Sheldon Edwards reached double figures for the eighth time in nine games this year, posting 15 points to go along with four rebounds, a block, a steal and two assists. The block was his 16th of the season, already over double his 27-game total of seven from his freshman year. Edwards has made a 3 in all nine games this season, and blocked a shot in eight of them. He also swiped a steal for the eighth straight game in the victory at WMU.
- Eron Gordon and Trevor Anderson shared the team lead with four assists apiece. Gordon also contributed four rebounds and a season-high three steals.
- Keyondre Young chipped in eight points off the Beacon bench, while Anderson joined Kithier and Edwards in double figures with 11. Anderson also accrued four rebounds and four assists while reaching double figures for the fourth straight game and sixth time in nine appearances this season. The Valpo point guard is averaging 13.5 points per game over his last four outings.
- Ben Krikke squeezed a season-high eight rebounds including three on the offensive glass. Valpo prevailed despite a rare quiet shooting night from their leading scorer, as Krikke was held to seven points. Valpo improved to 4-2 since the 6-foot-9 forward returned from missing the first three games of the season with an injury.
- Valpo limited Western Michigan’s Lamar Norman Jr. to 1-of-8 from 3 after he entered the game leading the nation in made 3s per game.
Sunday Funday: With the Dec. 5 win at Western Michigan, Valpo improved to 17-11 (.607) on Sundays during Matt Lottich’s head coaching tenure. That marks the team’s best winning percentage under Lottich on any day of the week. Sadly, Valpo has only one Sunday game the remainder of the regular season – Jan. 2 vs. Illinois State.
MARIAN VOLLEYBALL CLAIMS FIVE AVCA MIDCENTRAL REGION HONORS
Lexington, Ky. – On Friday December 3, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released the 2021 All-Region teams for NAIA women’s volleyball. The list includes 220 student-athletes across the 10 regions, as well as the coach and assistant coach of the year in each region.
The Marian volleyball team cleaned up the Midcentral region for the fifth straight year, as head coach Ashlee Pritchard and assistant coach Riley Anderson claimed both the Head and Assistant Coach of the Year honors in the region, and senior Skyler Van Note was named the Midcentral Region Player of the Year for a third consecutive season.
Skyler Van Note was named the AVCA Player of the Year in the Midcentral Region for the third consecutive season, as the senior wrapped her career last week at the NAIA National Tournament. Van Note led the Knights for the third straight season in kills as she was named to her fourth straight AVCA Region First Team, ending the season with 414 kills for the second highest total in her career. Van Note was named to the NAIA Tournament All-Tournament Team, and became Marian’s all-time program leader in kills with 1552 spikes in four seasons. The senior also posted 495 digs this season, notching a team-best 18 double-doubles, including seven of the final eight matches of the season.
Sarah Spangler claimed her fourth AVCA Midcentral Region First Team honor, as the All-Crossroads League honoree ended her decorated career. Spangler led the Knights in hitting percentage this season at a .377 clip, and was one of the top-10 attackers in the NAIA. Spangler recorded 344 kills as a senior, finishing her career with a .318 hitting percentage. The senior added 45 blocks to her senior statline, and averaged 3.29 points per set in 2021.
Jai-Lyn Norwood was named to the AVCA Midcentral Region First Team for the first time her her career, as the thrid year middle had a dominant season. Norwood was named to the All-Crossroads League First Team for the first time, and was third on the team in kills with 316, while hitting .372 to rank in the top-10 in the NAIA. Norwood led Marian in total blocks with 103, posting a team-leading 90 block assists.
Completing Marian’s honors were head coach Ashlee Pritchard and assistant coach Riley Anderson, who were respectively named the Midcentral Region Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year. Pritchard and Anderson earned the same honors from the Crossroads League, and led Marian to a 35-3 overall record in 2021. Under Pritchard and Anderson’s leadership, the Knights won both the Crossroads League Regular Season and Tournament Championships, and led the Knights to the NAIA Semifinals. The Knights claimed five AVCA Midcentral Region honors, and led the Crossroads League with nine honors.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: MOORE SWEEPS HCAC ATHLETE-OF-THE-WEEK AWARDS
Anderson University women’s track and field freshman Delaney Moore (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central) was named both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Track Athlete of the Week and the HCAC Field Athlete of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Monday.
Moore took 11th place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.53 meters (5 feet, 0.25 inches) during Saturday’s Tiger Opener in Springfield, Ohio. The freshman from Indianapolis is tied for 39th in the nation in the high jump.
Moore sprinted to a 60-meter dash time of 8.39 seconds. Anderson also fielded a 4×200 relay team of Alexis Franklin (McCordsville, Ind. / Mount Vernon), Kayla Saunders (Louisville, Ky. / Presentation Academy), Jaycie Sones (Montpelier, Ind. / Blackford) and Moore, which took second with a time of 1 minute, 59.58 seconds.
The Ravens battle in the Dick Small Invitational on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD: SWEIGART RECEIVES HCAC FIELD ATHLETE-OF-THE-WEEK SELECTION
Anderson University men’s track and field freshman Michael Sweigart (Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria-Monroe) received the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Field Athlete-of-the-Week selection, which was announced by the conference on Monday.
Sweigart captured fifth place in the shot put with a throw of 13.64 meters (44 feet, 9 inches) during Saturday’s Tiger Opener in Springfield, Ohio. The Alexandria native is tied for 32nd in the nation in the shot put.
Sweigart also secured 11th in the weight throw with a toss of 12.85 meters (42 feet, 2 inches).
Anderson competes in the Dick Small Invitational on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.
RHIT MEN’S SWIMMING SWEEPS HCAC WEEKLY HONORS
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swept both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Men’s Swimmer and Men’s Diver of the Week awards in results released on Monday by the league office.
Vineet Ranade was named HCAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week, and John Dinkel was named HCAC Men’s Diver of the Week after helping Rose-Hulman win the 10-team Carthage Mid-Season Invitational last weekend.
Ranade won two individual and two relay events while also setting one school record in the strong performance. He won the 200-freestyle (1:42.81) and 200-breaststroke (2:05.02) and set a school record in the 200-individual medley (1:53.33).
Ranade also helped the 400-freestyle and 400-medley relay teams each place 2nd, and added a 3rd-place individual finish in the 100-breaststroke.
Dinkel brought home a pair of runner-up finishes in men’s diving. He scored 360.35 points in 3-meter diving on Friday, then tallied 366.83 points on Saturday to bring another 2nd-place finish.
The honors mark the first career HCAC Swimmer of the Week award for Ranade and the first career HCAC Diver of the Week award for Dinkel.
Rose-Hulman returns to action in the 2022 calendar year, hosting DePauw University on Jan. 7.
NEWS | MCCAFFERTY, JACKSON SWEEP WEEKLY HCAC WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING HONORS
CARMEL, Ind. – Franklin College juniors Caileigh McCafferty and Faith Jackson were named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Female Swimmer and Diver of the Week, with the conference announcing the weekly winners on Monday (Dec. 6) afternoon.
Both claimed multiple first place finishes in last weekend’s dual wins over Manchester and Anderson, helping Franklin move to 7-0 in head-to-head matchups this year. It is the third Swimmer of the Week honor for McCafferty this year and fourth of her career. As for Jackson, she picks up HCAC Diver of the Week for the third time this season, giving her 10 weekly honors for her career.
McCafferty claimed four individual wins and swam as part of two winning relays over the weekend. Against Manchester on Friday night, the Wonder Lake, Ill.-native claimed first place in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.32 and swam the opening leg of the winning 200 medley relay. The next day against Anderson, she added three individual wins by taking the 200 free (2:02.35), 100 backstroke (1:03.43) and 200 IM (2:18.48) while also swimming the final leg of FC’s winning 400 freestyle relay.
Jackson secured first place on the one-meter board on Friday night against the Spartans, putting together a score of 226.15 over six dives. A day later against Anderson and one of the top divers in the league, Jackson edged out a win with an opening session score of 170.85 over five dives and 245.00 over six dives in session two.
Both competitors are off until the new year, when Franklin resumes their season on Jan. 7-8 at the Colonel Classic, hosted by Centre College.
TENNIS: THERON & CABALLERO RANKED 10TH IN EAST REGION
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s tennis doubles tandem of Eva Caballero and Amonette Theron is No. 10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NAIA East Region doubles rankings released Dec. 2.
Caballero and Theron posted a 5-2 record during the fall portion of the season. Their fall performance included a run to the quarterfinals at the ITA Midwest Regional. Their ITA result included a victory against the tournament’s No. 8 seed.
Caballero and Theron set program records for highest winning percentage for a doubles team (.786) and longest winning streak (eight matches) last season.
The Red Wolf pair is the only River States Conference doubles team in the regional rankings.
IU East starts the spring portion of its season in February.
MEN’S HOCKEY RECEIVING VOTES IN LATEST USCHO.COM POLL
ANGOLA, Ind. – In just their fifth season of competition, the Trine University men’s hockey team has received their first votes in the USCHO.com NCAA Division III national poll.
All told fifteen teams are ranked in the poll, which is based on votes of members comprised of coaches, scouts and media members. Three members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) are currently ranked by the poll. Adrian College currently sits in second and receiving five of twenty first place votes with Aurora University in eighth and St. Norbert College in 13th.
Trine is the only other member to receive votes.
The Thunder have had their best start to a season in the program’s short history mounting a 9-3 start to the season, the best record through 12 games for the team, surpassing the 2019-20 season that started 6-6.
The team is fresh off a weekend sweep of visiting Marian University, with the team posting a 6-3 victory on Friday and a 4-3 victory on Saturday. The sweep extends the team’s winning streak to four.
The team also finds itself tenth in the USCHO.com PairWise Ranking a statistical tool designed to approximate the process by which the NCAA selection committee decides which teams get at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. Although the NCAA selection committee does not use these rankings as presented by USCHO.com, the PairWise Rankings have been accurate in predicting which teams will make the tournament field.
The tenth-place seat is second highest of Northern Collegiate Hockey Association members, behind only top ranked Adrian. Upcoming opponent Aurora University currently sits in 11th on the rankings and St. Norbert College currently sits in 12th.
The team is set to face off with Aurora this upcoming weekend. The first game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
PARZYGNOT NAMED NCCAA NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced the National Student-Athlete of the Week Award winners for the week of November 29 – December 4. Jada Parzygnot earned the honor of NCCAA Women’s Indoor Field National Student-Athlete of the Week.
Jada Parzygnot took first place in the pole vault at the Blue & Gold Invitational. She reached a mark of 3.65m to meet both NCCAA and NAIA A standards.
It is the 12th NCCAA National Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the Pilots in 2021-22 and the first weekly accolade for the junior from Leesburg, Indiana. Each student-athlete has been nominated by his/her respective institution and exemplifies the Christian ideals held by the NCCAA.
NCCAA ANNOUNCES VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced its Women’s Volleyball postseason awards on Monday, following the conclusion of the National Championship over the weekend and seven Pilots were honored with awards.
Isabelle North was named a Second Team NCCAA All-American. North finished the season with 394 kills and 147 total blocks while hitting .376 on the season. The sophomore led the NCCAA in hitting percentage, while ranking third in blocks per set (1.13).
Maddy Payne earned NCCAA All-Tournament Team honors. In ten sets across three matches for the Pilots, she recorded 31 kills and six blocks, to go along with 21 digs.
In addition, the NCCAA Scholar Athletes were announced and Madyson Beaver, Haley Berger, Hannah Dull, Megan Hosinski, and Kaitlin Papp all earned recognition for their success in the classroom.
PASCH SELECTED AS NCAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Greencastle, Ind. – Coming off the first competition of 2021-22, DePauw senior Erin Pasch (Indianapolis, Ind./Indianapolis Lutheran) was selected as North Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Track and Field Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week.
Pasch won the pentathlon at the University of Findlay Oiler Opener with 3,485 points which was 301 points more than the runner-up performance. She picked up 889 points in the 60-meter hurdles and won the event in 9.10 seconds. She also collected 627 points with a shot put of 11.49 meters (37-8.5), 601 in the long jump at 5.15 meters (16-10.75) and 697 in the 800-meter run in 2:29.67, each of which were also first-place finishes. Pasch’s high jump of 1.52 meters (4-11.75) was good for 644 points and tied for fifth.
MIRANDA BIEGHLER NAMED HCAC BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CARMEL, Ind. – Helping Manchester to its best start in 15 years, senior women’s basketball guard Miranda Bieghler has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday December 6.
Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) filled the stat sheet in a pair of Manchester victories last week, averaging 18.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 5.0 assists per game, and 5.0 steals per game.
On Wednesday night, Bieghler scored 15 points while adding 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals in a 68-58 win over Defiance. She knocked down 3 three-pointers as the Spartans overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat the Yellow Jackets.
On Saturday, Bieghler poured in a career-high 21 points while adding 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals in the Black & Gold’s 67-49 win at Earlham College. Bieghler went a perfect 3-3 from three-point territory and was 10-12 at the free throw line as Manchester once again overcame a double-digit deficit. More impressively, Bieghler played the entirety of both contests last week.
On the season, Bieghler is averaging 14.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.2 spg, and 3.2 apg.
The Spartans have won five consecutive games and stand 5-1, 2-0 HCAC on the season. The Black & Gold will host Franklin College on Saturday December 11 in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena with tip-off coming at 1 p.m.
ALEX EBETINO SETS #1 3K TIME IN THE NAIA AT MASTODON OPENER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars began their indoor track and field season at Purdue Fort Wayne to compete in the 2021 Mastodon Opener, and junior NAIA All-American Alex Ebetino placed first in the women’s 3k.
Ebetino placed first out of nine runners in the 3k, and during the process set an NAIA A Standard time of 10:02.38, while beating the 2nd place competitor by 27 seconds. Currently this is the #1 3k time in the NAIA, and her performance also qualified her for the 2022 indoor national championship.
In addition, senior Hailley O’Neill placed third out of 16 runners at the women’s one-mile run with a time of 5:15.70, finishing just three seconds behind the runner-up. O’Neill’s performance at the Mastodon Opener qualified her for the 2022 indoor national championship as well.
On the men’s side, senior Jordan Konstanty finished second out of 13 in the weight throw with 15.99 meters, and freshman Spencer Carpenter led the squad in the men’s one-mile run placing second out of 16 runners with a time of 4:21.29, less than two seconds behind the winner from Grace.
The Cougars will now have over a month off before returning on Janaury 15 to compete in the Sean Brady Alumni Open at Trine University in Angola, Indiana happening all day.
LEXIE FISHER NAMED TO AVCA MIDCENTRAL REGION TEAM
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Lexie Fisher has been named to the AVCA Midcentral Region Team, the AVCA announced.
220 student-athletes were named to the 10 all-region teams around the country after the 2021 season.
Fisher, a Mount Washington, Ky. native, was also named the River States Conference Defender of the Year and first team all-conference selection. She led the conference with 522 digs and 5.43 digs per set this season. She was No. 14 in the RSC with 30 aces. She was recognized as the RSC Defender of the Week four times during the regular season.
MATT COOMER NAMED IU SOUTHEAST HEAD TENNIS COACH
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Former Grenadier standout Matt Coomer has been named the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at IU Southeast, interim Director of Athletics Amanda Dailey-Weaver announced today.
“We are pleased to add Grenadier alumnus Matt Coomer to lead our tennis program,” Dailey-Weaver said. “Matt’s coaching and teaching experience at a variety of levels, his passion for the sport and his leadership and communication abilities make him a great fit for our department and this program. I look forward to him joining the tennis program once again.”
Coomer was previously the Head Tennis Teaching Professional at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club in Shreveport, La. from 2020-21.
” I would like to thank Amanda Dailey-Weaver and the rest the IU Southeast athletic staff for this incredible opportunity,” Coomer said. “I am very excited to return to IU Southeast and to lead this special program.”
He was the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Centenary College of Louisiana from 2018-2020.
Prior to joining Centenary College, he was the head teaching professional at the Southern Indiana Tennis Center. He worked with many of the top local players in the area and was the director of the junior tennis program.
From 2011-2015, Coomer was an assistant coach for the University of Louisville tennis teams. He worked with the women’s team from 2011-2013 and the men’s team form 2013-2015.
While at Louisville, Sebastien Stiefelmeyer reached number one in the NCAA singles rankings and won the 2014 USTA)/ITA National Championship. He also helped the Cards break into the top-20 of the rankings, finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season standings, and reached the NCAA Tournament in both years.
With the Cardinals woman’s program, Coomer helped mentor the second-ranked and ITA national runner-up doubles team of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine in 2013.
Coomer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from IU Southeast in 2013. He was the number one singles player for the Grenadiers and was a KIAC All-Conference selection from 2009-2011. He was named the KIAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year in 2011. IU Southeast won the KIAC Tournament championship in 2009.
From 2012-2015, he competed on the ITF/USTA professional tennis circuit.
PNW D2 HOCKEY SET FOR OUTDOOR SERIES AT BULLDOG PARK
HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest ACHA D2 hockey team will host Northern Michigan University at Bulldog Park in Crown Point, Ind. this Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Both games are free to attend and will air live on JEDtv.com.
“On behalf of the Pride of PNW, I want to thank Mayor Uran and the City of Crown Point for their willingness to host our annual outdoor hockey series,” Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. “Bulldog Park is a great facility and hockey fans will enjoy a first-class experience.”
Those attending the games this weekend at Bulldog Park are encouraged to support the Hat, Glove and Sock Drive sponsored by the City of Crown Point. Additionally, there will be food trucks, fire pits and a cash bar available. Bulldog Park is located at 183 S. West St. Crown Point, IN 46307.
“The City of Crown Point is looking forward to again hosting another set of collegiate hockey games at our NHL-sized ice rink at Bulldog Park,” Crown Point Mayor David Uran said. “We wish the Purdue Northwest Pride good luck as they face off against the Northern Michigan Wildcats.”
PNW, which recently announced its move to the ACHA D1 level next year, has already recorded a program-record nine wins this season including three against D1 opponents. The Pride are 3-3 in conference play as this weekend’s series against the Wildcats will be the final outing of the 2021 calendar year. PNW will return to action on Jan. 14, 2022, following the Holiday Break, when it hosts Marian (Wis.) at its home facility, The Kube, located in Hammond.
This week’s appearance will mark PNW’s second outing at Bulldog Park. The Pride previously played there when hosting University of Michigan on Nov. 9, 2019.
EVERENCE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: TANIECE CHAPMAN, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
GOSHEN, Ind. — Taniece Chapman, a senior on the Goshen College women’s basketball team, has been named the Everence Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of November 29 – December 6!
Chapman averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, including 18 points during Goshen’s home win against Spring Arbor. She made 16 of her 24 shots this week for a field goal percentage of 67%. She hit nine baskets on Saturday, which ties her career-high. On Wednesday at Indiana Wesleyan, she scored the game’s first four points and 11 of Goshen’s first 15 points.
This season, Chapman is averaging 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She has scored at least nine points in every game.
The Maple Leafs now have a stretch of non-conference games before getting back to Crossroads League play at the start of the new year. They start this string of games at home on Saturday, December 11, against Blackburn College. Goshen will take on the Beavers at noon – and the men’s team faces Lincoln Christian University afterward at 2:00 pm.
The Everence Student-Athlete of the Week award recognizes outstanding performances by Goshen College student-athletes and is selected each week by the GC sports information office. It is sponsored by Everence, a faith-based financial services organization headquartered in Goshen.
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|LOS ANGELES RAMS||8||4||0||.667||2.0||336||270||4-2-0||4-2-0||5-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||6||6||0||.500||4.0||303||278||2-4-0||4-2-0||5-5-0||1-4-0||1 L|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||4||8||0||.333||6.0||239||249||2-4-0||2-4-0||2-6-0||2-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||9||3||0||.750||0.0||283||242||5-0-0||4-3-0||7-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||5||7||0||.417||4.0||308||305||3-2-0||2-5-0||4-4-0||2-1-0||2 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||4||8||0||.333||5.0||201||287||2-4-0||2-4-0||2-5-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||1||10||1||.125||7.5||203||316||1-5-0||0-5-1||1-7-0||1-4-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||9||3||0||.750||0.0||377||270||5-0-0||4-3-0||6-3-0||2-1-0||3 W|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||7||0||.417||4.0||236||253||2-4-0||3-3-0||3-5-0||2-0-0||2 L|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||5||7||0||.417||4.0||216||332||1-5-0||4-2-0||2-6-0||1-3-0||1 L|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||5||7||0||.417||4.0||274||276||2-4-0||3-3-0||4-5-0||1-2-0||5 L|
|NEW YORK||11||12||.478||5.0||5-8||6-4||3-2||8-10||4-6||3 L|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||7||16||.304||9.0||4-7||3-9||0-2||6-9||2-8||1 W|
|GOLDEN STATE||20||4||.833||—||13-2||7-2||5-1||11-3||8-2||1 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||13||12||.520||7.5||9-7||4-5||1-4||10-10||4-6||1 W|
|LA LAKERS||12||12||.500||8.0||8-7||4-5||1-4||6-8||4-6||1 L|
|SAN ANTONIO||8||14||.364||5.0||4-6||4-8||0-3||3-11||4-6||1 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||7||19||.269||8.0||3-8||4-11||2-3||6-11||5-5||1 L|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||26||17||7||2||36||17||80||62||10-3-1||7-4-1||7-2-1|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||24||15||5||4||34||13||81||65||8-3-2||7-2-2||7-2-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||25||13||9||3||29||12||71||78||9-2-2||4-7-1||6-3-1|
|New York Rangers||23||16||4||3||35||15||68||57||8-1-1||8-3-2||9-1-0|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||23||13||10||0||26||11||76||75||9-3-0||4-7-0||5-5-0|
|New Jersey Devils||23||9||9||5||23||8||67||79||6-4-3||3-5-2||2-5-3|
|New York Islanders||20||5||10||5||15||5||38||61||0-4-2||5-6-3||0-7-3|
|St. Louis Blues||24||12||8||4||28||10||80||70||7-3-1||5-5-3||4-4-2|
|Vegas Golden Knights||24||14||10||0||28||13||81||73||8-5-0||6-5-0||6-4-0|
|San Jose Sharks||25||13||11||1||27||13||66||68||5-4-1||8-7-0||5-5-0|
|Los Angeles Kings||24||10||10||4||24||9||64||67||6-6-2||4-4-2||2-5-3|