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#1 Kansas 92 #10 Michigan State 87
#4 Duke 118 #2 Kentucky 84
#3 Gonzaga 120 Idaho State 79
#5 Virginia 73 Towson 42
#6 Tennessee 86 Lenoir-Rhyne 41
#7 Nevada 86 BYU 70
#8 North Carolina 78 Wofford 67
#9 Villanova 100 Morgan State 77
#11 Auburn 101 S. Alabama 58
#14 Oregon 84 Portland State 57
#16 Syracuse 66 Eastern Washington 34
#17 Florida State 81 Florida 60
#19 Michigan 63 Norfolk State 44
#21 UCLA 96 Fort Wayne 71
#22 Clemson 100 Citadel 80
#23 LSU 94 Southeast Louisiana 63
#24 Purdue 90 Fairfield 57
#25 Washington 73 Western Kentucky 55
Indiana 104 Chicago State 55
Maryland 73 Delaware 67
Notre Dame 84 Illinois Chicago 67
Xavier 82 IUPUI 69
Nebraska 106 Mississippi Valley State 37
Minnesota 104 Omaha 76
Wisconsin 85 Coppin State 63
Buffalo 82 St. Francis PA 67
Eastern Michigan 77 Rochester 67
Akron 70 Cedarville 50
Ball State 86 Indiana State 69
Central Michigan 98 Concordia MI 67
Bowling Green 91 Tiffin 52
Northern Illinois 93 Rockford 54
Western Michigan 89 Detroit 76
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25
#3 Oregon 115 Alaska Fairbanks 36
#4 Baylor 100 Nicholls 39
#5 Louisville 102 Western Kentucky 80
#6 Mississippi State 88 Southeast Missouri 53
#16 Missouri 89 Western Illinois 64
#18 Syracuse 85 North Dakota 49
#19 Marquette 91 South Dakota State 52
#22 S. Florida 71 Ohio State 47
#23 Arizona State 81 Incarnate Word 43
#24 California 80 Houston 79
#25 Miami Florida 94 Florida International 43
Michigan State 99 Bowling Green 69
Rutgers 96 St. Francis PA 52
Northwestern 57 Green Bay 55
IUPUI 101 Purdue Calumet 40
Bakersfield 76 Wright State 74
Charlotte 113 Atlanta 102
Dallas 119 Washington 100
Brooklyn 104 Phoenix 82
Portland 118 Milwaukee 103
Toronto 3 Vegas 1
NY Rangers 5 Montréal 3
Columbus 4 Dallas 1
Ottawa 7 New Jersey 3
Detroit 3 Vancouver 2
Tampa Bay 5 Edmonton 2
St. Louis 4 Carolina 1
Los Angeles 4 Anaheim 1
San Jose 4 Minnesota 3
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
UNION CITY GBB: The Lady Indians pulled out a close win with the Knightstown Panthers 53-47.
The Indians were lead in scoring by Skylie Lutz with
17, Mariah Claywell with 12 and Maddy Cox with 8. Rebounding efforts were
lead by Claywell with 8 and Spence pulled down 7. The Indians move to 2-0
and will be back in action on Friday at home against Seton Catholic for a
varsity only match up.
The Junior Varsity also gathered a win with a final of 60-24. Livingston
and Sanders each dropped in 15. Rismiller lead the defensive effort with 4
steals and Jodi Carpenter added 4 assists to go with 6 points. They also
move to 2-0.
Andrean 72 Lighthouse CPA 53
Angola 39 Fort Wayne Luers 29
Argos 35 Triton 33 OT
Attica 51 Frontier 26
Avon 59 Covenant Christian 34
Ben Davis 58 Mooresville 50
Bethany Christian 53 Jimtown 23
Bloomington South 61 Edgewood 22
Bremen 60 LaVille 26
Brownsburg 54 Center Grove 48
Castle 94 Gibson Southern 40
Central Noble 80 Whitko 31
Clinton Central 40 Fountain Central 31
Clinton Prairie 42 Covington 37
Cloverdale 72 Clay City 42
Columbus East 58 Batesville 43
Columbus North 45 New Albany 34
Corydon Central 87 Perry Central 46
Crothersville 79 Clarksville 6
Delphi 55 West Central 28
Delta 73 Alexandria 46
East Central 55 Franklin County 35
Edinburgh 45 Indianapolis Lutheran 29
Evansville Bosse 43 Evansville Reitz 41
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 29 Eastside 26
Fort Wayne Concordia 67 Bellmont 50
Fort Wayne Dwenger 54 East Noble 42
Fort Wayne North 51 DeKalb 40
Fort Wayne Snider 53 Huntington North 46
Goshen 45 Lakeland 42
Greencastle 60 Owen Valley 50 OT
Hammond Clark 30 Gary 21st Century 22
Hammond Noll 63 Highland 57
Heritage 56 Prairie Heights 53
Indian Creek 67 Cascade 47
Indiana Deaf 65 Central Christian 14
Indianapolis Howe 52 Irvington Prep Academy 28
Jac-Cen-Del 78 Shawe Memorial 37
Kankakee Valley 59 Valparaiso 40
Kouts 44 Illiana Christian 29
LaCrosse 58 Culver 30
Lafayette Central Catholic 56 Logansport 32
Lafayette Jeff 81 Western Boone 63
Lakeland Christian 52 Cornerstone Prep 16
LaPorte 67 New Prairie 26
Lawrence North 52 Zionsville 45
Lawrenceburg 59 Madison 44
Loogootee 65 Eastern Greene 32
Maconaquah 66 Blackford 31
Manchester 44 Lewis Cass 21
Marion 36 Oak Hill 35
Marquette Catholic 84 South Bend Career Academy 7
McCutcheon 61 Carroll (Flora) 20
Mishawaka Marian 42 Plymouth 32
Monroe Central 67 Cowan 29
Morristown 46 Tri 37
Mount Vernon (Posey) 27 Evansville Central 20
Muncie Burris 52 Anderson Prep Academy 43
Noblesville 84 Indianapolis Tech 17
North Knox 43 Northeast Dubois 27
North Newton 49 Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 27
North Putnam 40 Crawfordsville 34
North Vermillion 59 Southmont 44
Northfield 67 Western 36
NorthWood 40 Mishawaka 26
Norwell 70 Fort Wayne Wayne 22
Pendleton Heights 63 New Castle 61
Peru 50 Caston 46
Princeton 43 Southridge 25
Providence Cristo Rey 29 Traders Point Christian 10
Rensselaer Central 67 Hanover Central 21
Salem 50 Crawford County 37
Scottsburg 64 New Washington 60 OT
Shakamak 68 Washington Catholic 18
Sheridan 76 Lighthouse East 27
South Putnam 56 Parke Heritage 54
Southern Wells 45 Liberty Christian 26
Southport 53 Franklin 49
Springs Valley 65 Shoals 44
Switzerland County 46 South Dearborn 36
Terre Haute South 67 West Vigo 47
Tippecanoe Valley 67 Culver Academy 44
Tri-West 70 Beech Grove 50
Union City 53 Knightstown 47
Union County 56 South Decatur 31
University 69 Park Tudor 39
Vincennes Lincoln 73 Evansville North 62
Vincennes Rivet 52 Jasper 41
Warren Central 66 Indianapolis Cathedral 28
Washington 42 South Knox 34
Washington Twp. 48 River Forest 36
Wawasee 48 Fairfield 43 OT
West Lafayette 63 Frankfort 37
West Noble 55 Columbia City 50
Westfield 54 Lawrence Central 42
Winamac 55 Westville 41
Woodlan 66 New Haven 44
Romeo Langford shines in debut, scores 19 in Hoosier romp
Romeo Langford got the starting nod from Indiana coach Archie Miller and scored a team-high 19 points in his collegiate debut to lead the Hoosiers to a 104-55 win over Chicago State on Tuesday night.
The highly coveted McDonald’s All-American from New Albany, Indiana scored the his first career point for Indiana from the foul line to extend the Hoosiers’ lead in a game where they trailed just once, for a total of 13 seconds.
The state of Indiana’s reigning Mr. Basketball Award winner split another pair of free throws before he finally made his first field goal with about nine minutes left in the first half. Langford would go on to score the next eight points for Indiana during a four-minute span in which he scored 11 straight points for the Hoosiers.
Indiana’s lead quickly jumped to double-digits and stayed there. Indiana put together a 17-3 run to close out the end of the first half. Langford scored 17 points in the first half.
Langford finished the game shooting 7 of 12 from the floor and 5 of 11 from the foul line and added three assists and four rebounds to his debut stat line. Devonte Green scored 15 points, Evan Fitzner finished with 14 points and Justin Smith added 13 for Indiana.
The Hoosiers led by as many as 49 points. Indiana benefited from a variety of Cougars’ mistakes and shortcomings. The Hoosiers scored 25 points off of 20 Chicago State turnovers and outscored the Cougars 54-24 in the paint. Indiana’s bench scored 51 points, just four points fewer than Chicago State’s total.
BIG PICTURE: Langford and the Hoosiers will have one more contest against a mid-major opponent where they’ll be favorites to win in impressive fashion before they face their first power five programs when the Marquette Golden Eagles come to Bloomington on Nov. 14 and when Indiana travels to Arkansas on Nov. 18.
Purdue opens with win, Edwards scores 30
Purdue improved to 1-0 with a 90-57 win over Fairfield in the season opener … Purdue has won six straight season openers, the last five coming by a combined 189 points (37.8 ppg) … Purdue is now 100-21 all-time in season openers, including 13-1 under head coach Matt Painter.
Purdue has scored 90-plus points in each of its last three season openers.
Purdue went 14 of 30 from long range, equaling the most 3-pointers in a season opener in school history (Nov. 11, 2011, vs. Northern Illinois) … five different players made 3-pointers in the victory.
Purdue has won 26 straight games when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field … Purdue has won 94 straight games, stretching over 30 years, when scoring 90 or more points.
Purdue is now 14-0 all-time against the MAAC.
Carsen Edwards scored 30 points, the most in a season opener for a Purdue player since Roy Hairston scored 30 points against Memphis on Nov. 25, 1995 … it marked just the eighth 30-poin game in a season opener in school history.
Dating to last year, Edwards has scored 30 points in consecutive games, the first player to do so since Glenn Robinson had nine straight 30-point games from Feb. 19 to March 24, 1994 … Edwards has now scored 30-plus points in three of his last nine games.
Edwards has scored in double-figures in 21 straight games and now has 16 career 20-point games.
Edwards moved into 44th place on the school’s career scoring list (1,076 points) … he also moved into 14th on the school’s career 3-pointers made list (153).
Edwards’ seven 3-pointers are a career high and tied for the fourth most in a game in school history.
Career highs set:
Ryan Cline (8 assists)
Grady Eifert (9 points, 10 rebounds)
Matt Haarms (8 rebounds)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue’s only returning starter made sure the 24th-ranked Boilermakers had no trouble winning their season opener.
Carsen Edwards scored 30 points and made seven 3-pointers as Purdue defeated Fairfield 90-57 on Tuesday.
Purdue (1-0) made just one of its first seven shots but ended up shooting 54 percent from the field. The Boilermakers shot 14 of 30 from 3-point range and made eight 3-pointers in the first half.
The Boilermakers went on separate 14-0 and 7-0 runs in the first half and built a comfortable 17-point halftime edge. They consistently shut down Fairfield on defense and coasted to their first victory of the year.
“The main important thing is just doing my job, doing the things he (head coach Matt Painter) tells me to do,” Edwards said. “We have skill guys around me that can shoot the ball and can get to the rim and get baskets. I’m just going to continue doing my job.”
Edwards’ ability to draw the defense’s attention also opened things up for Purdue’s other shooters. Ryan Cline shot 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points and eight assists.
Forward Grady Eifert made his third career start and led the Boilermakers on the boards with 10 rebounds. Purdue outrebounded Fairfield by a 40-25 margin.
“He doesn’t turn the ball over and gets 10 rebounds,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “That’s pretty effective.”
Fairfield was able to get traction inside the paint against Matt Haarms in the second half. Haarms was called for his second, third and fourth fouls after halftime. He played just 17 minutes despite starting the game.
Haarms ended the night with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Fairfield was led by Neftali Alvarez with 16 points and Jonathan Kasibabu with 14.
Purdue: The Boilermakers lost four seniors who had started a combined 154 games, but with Edwards leading the way, they should have no trouble scoring.
Fairfield: The Stags lost their top scorers from last year and will need to find more production from their bench unit as they continue nonconference play.
Purdue will host Ball State on Saturday.
Fairfield will travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to take on Bucknell on Saturday.
Laszewski leads young Notre Dame team past UIC 84-67
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey doesn’t want to waste a lot of time finding out how good his newcomers might be. In his team’s season opener Tuesday night, the early returns were encouraging.
Freshmen Nate Laszewski, Robby Carmody and Dane Goodwin were among five Fighting Irish players to score in double figures as youthful Notre Dame cruised by Illinois-Chicago 84-67.
“My attitude is we’re going to play 10 guys in the first half, and then they’ll tell us who’s going to play in the second half,” Brey said after improving to 19-0 in openers during his Irish tenure.
The 6-foot-10 Laszewski led the way with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.
Carmody – who became the first freshman to start an opener for Notre Dame since Torin Francis in 2002 – added 11 points in 14 minutes. Goodwin finished with 10 points.
Junior John Mooney and sophomore D.J. Harvey also scored 10 for the Irish.
“I’m pleasantly surprised and pleased, because we were not very good in our scrimmage against Cincinnati and we were not very good in our exhibition,” Brey said, referring to a closed-door workout against the Bearcats and a 76-54 win over Central State last week. “I was very concerned (facing) an older team in UIC and city guards. But our defense certainly was certainly a key to get us started and I loved how we drove the ball.”
Notre Dame built a 46-23 advantage by halftime and was up by a high of 76-40 with 8:48 to go before the Flames narrowed the gap by scoring 16 of the game’s final 18 points.
Marcus Ottey led UIC with 17 points. Tarkus Ferguson added 12.
“They came out and punched us early and we didn’t handle that very well, and that kind of set the tone for the game,” UIC coach Steve McClain said. “I thought watching them in their exhibition, (Notre Dame’s) young players really took a big jump from the exhibition to tonight.”
The Irish drained 36 of 38 free throws to overcome their 22-of-62 effort from the field.
Notre Dame rolled despite its two returning starters, T.J. Gibbs and Rex Pflueger, combining for just 14 points and 3-of-18 field-goal shooting.
Fantastic freshmen help No. 4 Duke blow out No. 2 Kentucky
RJ Barrett scored 33 points and Zion Williamson added 28 in an explosive debut by Duke’s touted freshmen, and the fourth-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 2 Kentucky 118-84 on Tuesday night in the season-opening Champions Classic.
Both Barrett and Williamson surpassed Marvin Bagley III’s program record for points by a freshman in his debut at 25. Cam Reddish added 22 points and Tre Jones had six, giving Duke’s freshmen a combined 89 points – more than Kentucky’s entire team.
“We weren’t surprised we were winning by so much,” Barrett said. “We know what we have. We see it every day.”
It was the most lopsided defeat in coach John Calipari’s tenure at Kentucky and marked the eighth time in 10 meetings the Blue Devils have beaten the Wildcats.
The teams set a Classic record for most combined points, set hours earlier in No. 1 Kansas’ 92-87 victory over No. 10 Michigan State.
Keldon Johnson scored 23 points to lead Kentucky. Graduate transfer Reid Travis added 22 for the Wildcats, who had won all nine previous season openers under Calipari.
The highly-anticipated game between two of the nation’s most successful college programs was never close. Duke led by 10 after six minutes and extended the lead to 34-13 less than 10 minutes into the game.
“If that’s who they are, they’re not going to lose many games,” Calipari said.
The Blue Devils didn’t stop with that flurry.
After making it 59-42 at halftime, Duke kept pulling away throughout the second half. Barrett’s dunk with 16:11 remaining made it 72-47, Alex O’Connell’s 3-pointer with 11:45 remaining made it 91-54 and Duke topped the 100-point mark on another dunk by Barrett with 7:36 left.
Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments.
No. 1 Kansas holds off No. 10 Michigan State 92-87 in opener
Quentin Grimes scored 21 points in his college debut and Dedric Lawson added 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 1 Kansas past No. 10 Michigan State 92-87 in the season-opening Champions Classic on Tuesday.
The Jayhawks won their third straight in one of college basketball’s premier events.
Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Spartans are now 4-21 all-time against No. 1 teams.
The game pitted two power-conference preseason favorites against each other, and the finish was every bit as intriguing as expected.
After Kansas was in control for most of the game, the Spartans frantically trimmed a 10-point deficit to 90-87 with 34 seconds left. They had a chance to make it a two-point game when Devon Dotson missed the second of two free throws with 15 seconds left.
But Cassius Winston missed a layup for Michigan State, Kansas grabbed the rebound and Grimes sealed it by making 1 of 2 free throws.
It sure didn’t look like it would be so close after Kansas withstood Michigan State’s early 3-point flurry.
The Jayhawks went on a 13-3 run midway through the first half to turn an 18-16 lead into a 30-17 advantage, extended the lead to 44-27 and never let the Spartans get closer than seven until the final minutes.
Paschall, Booth key national champion Villanova in rout
Eric Paschall scored 26 points, Phil Booth had 17 and No. 9 Villanova opened its national championship defense with a 100-77 win over Morgan State on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats have won 12 straight games dating to last season and won their 16th consecutive season opener.
The new kid on the block that shone the most was the refurbished Pavilion, which closed for a season and forced the Wildcats to play a year in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Villanova’s on-campus court underwent a $65 million facelift that would have made the Property Brothers jealous.
The Wildcats couldn’t put a price tag on their sweetest accessory – the 2018 national championship banner raised high above midcourt. Under coach Jay Wright, Villanova has won two of the last three national championships, and seating for this season is at a premium. StubHub had lower level tickets selling for $375 shortly before tip, and a gym that for three decades had a skeleton crew of concession stands suddenly had deep-pocketed donors noshing on fried shrimp, $10 Wildcat burgers and taking a nip of top-shelf booze.
The Pavilion’s courtside press row seating was stripped to make room for 88 courtside seats, there was club seating for the first time and the concourse also wrapped 360 degrees. The lights were dimmed for an NBA-worthy lineup introduction – kind of a big deal considering in the old joint derisively known as the “ski lodge,” it took 20 minutes for the entire building to light up once the switches were flipped.
On opening night, the Pavilion was lit.
Artificial noise was pumped in and fans were encouraged to stand until the Wildcats scored their first basket. It didn’t take long. Collin Gillespie hit a 3 and the Wildcats hit from long range much like they did against Michigan in the title game in San Antonio, Texas.
Maye, Johnson lead No. 8 North Carolina past Wofford 78-67
Luke Maye had 24 points, Cameron Johnson provided a huge spark in the second half and No. 8 North Carolina avenged an upset loss to Wofford last year with a 78-67 victory on Tuesday night to tip off the regular season.
Johnson made five 3-pointers and had 17 points along with eight rebounds. Garrison Brooks added 20 as the Tar Heels improved to 15-1 in season openers under coach Roy Williams.
Maye, the ACC preseason player of the year, finished 7 of 13 from the field and 8 of 9 from the foul line. But it was Johnson who provided the big boost for the Tar Heels, knocking down three 3-pointers in a span of three minutes after Wofford had tied the game with 10:32 remaining.
Fletcher McGee finished with 21 points for Wofford after a slow start.
Wofford visited Chapel Hill, North Carolina, last December and stunned then-No. 6 UNC 79-75 behind 27 points from McGee. This time the Tar Heels invaded the 3,400-seat Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, which opened in 2017, and pulled away late in the second half.
Wofford battled back to tie the game at 46 with 10:33 left after McGee made a pair of 3-pointers from the top of the key, including one where he turned his body 90 degrees while falling away. But the Tar Heels regained control as Johnson buried a 3-point from the right corner and Seventh Woods scored on a driving layup.
Jerome’s 20 points lead No. 5 Virginia past Towson, 73-42
Ty Jerome scored 20 points and De’Andre Hunter had 13 and 10 rebounds Tuesday night as No. 5 Virginia beat Towson 73-42 in the opener for both teams.
Jerome made six 3-pointers for the Cavaliers (1-0), who were playing for the first time since they made history by becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament. That 74-54 loss to UMBC last March, they insisted leading into the opener, was the furthest thing from their mind.
Tobias Howard made three 3-pointers and led Towson (0-1) with 10 points and Brian Fobbs had nine. The Tigers had long spells without a field goal in each half and finished shooting 31.7 percent (13-41). They also missed 15 of 27 free throws (46.7 percent) and turned the ball over 14 times while forcing just five by the Cavaliers.
Jerome was hot from the start for Virginia. He scored 11 in the first half and took a seat early having made 6 of 9 3-point shots and adding four assists. He was joined with an early night off by Hunter, who played just 26 minutes and watched as Tony Bennett emptied his bench by the midpoint of the second half.
Freshman Kihel Clark was impressive in his debut for Virginia. The 5-foot-9 guard made, arguably, the defensive play of the game when he intercepted the ball while guarding an inbounds pass and laid it in for a 49-33 Cavaliers lead. Later, he threw an alley-oop pass to Jay Huff, putting Virginia ahead 65-37 with 3:29 to play. Alabama transfer Braxton Key had seven points and eight rebounds for Virginia.
No. 6 Tennessee breezes past Lenoir-Rhyne 86-41 in opener
Jordan Bone scored 18 points and Kyle Alexander added 16 as No. 6 Tennessee opened the season with an 86-41 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday night.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes lettered for three seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne. Barnes is a native of Hickory, North Carolina, where Lenoir-Rhyne is located.
The game against the Division II opponent counts on Tennessee’s overall record, but Lenoir-Rhyne counted the game as an exhibition.
In front of a crowd of 16,156, the Volunteers (1-0) opened a season of heightened expectations. The defending Southeastern Conference co-champions return all five starters, and their No. 6 ranking is the highest ever in the preseason poll.
Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield filled up the stat sheet for the Vols. Williams had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Schofield had 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s 3-point shooting kept things close early in the first meeting between the programs. The Bears hit 6 of their first 10 shots from deep, forcing Barnes to call a timeout when R.J. Gunn and Jalen Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to draw within 20-18.
Bolstered by a flurry of steals, the Vols emerged from the break on an 8-0 run. Alexander punctuated the spurt with dunk on the break off an alley-oop pass from Jordan Bowden. The Vols continued to pull away, taking a 50-30 lead into halftime.
Former Red Devil Joel Okafor tied assist record
MARION, Ind. – Joel Okafor had quite a performance on Tuesday night in leading No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball to a 102-82 win over Grace Christian (Mich.). Okafor tied a 32-year old program record with 16 assists while showcasing his trademark defense on the other end.
COACH TONAGEL THOUGHTS:
“Joel impresses me so much. Every night he draws the number one assignment on the
perimeter. Then to go have an offensive output like he did tonight while shutting
down their guard, that is an elite guard who is their leading scorer, and hold him
to six points, while having 16 assists. There are very few two-way players in the
game today and Joel is one of them. He has matured into an elite point guard. His 16
assists tonight validates that.”
UPSET MINDED JAGUARS FALL ON THE ROAD AT XAVIER, 82-69
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Sophomore Jaylen Minnett scored a career-high 21 points and true freshman Jack Hansen added 10 points and four rebounds in his collegiate debut, but it wasn’t enough as the Jaguars fell at Xavier on Tuesday night (Nov. 6), 82-69. XU’s Ryan Welage scored a game-high 24 points, including hitting six treys, and Tyrique Jones added 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting to fuel the Musketeers.
Xavier (1-0) shot 47 percent overall and held IUPUI (0-1) under 36 percent in both teams’ season opener.
IUPUI was on the cusp on being blown out midway through the first half, but made things interesting, including taking a lead early in the second half and keeping things tight until a late Xavier run sent the Musketeers to the win.
“I thought we fought. I thought we competed. We just needed to get to some more loose balls or get that key rebound in a couple situations in the second half,” head coach Jason Gardner said. “I think what we showed though is that we can fight and scrap and that’s going to be a key component to our success this year. There were some times where I thought we lost our discipling and were probably a little too aggressive at times, but that’s something we’ll talk about and work on. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
Things turned on a dime for the Jaguars in the first half with the cards stacked against them.
IUPUI trailed 35-17 at the 5:34 mark and junior guard Camron Justice had just been ejected for a flagrant 2 foul as he was called for tripping XU’s Zach Hankins after having his shot blocked. With Justice in the locker room, the Jags responded with a 17-2 rally to close the first half, keyed by five points from freshman Brandon Kenyon and eight from Minnett. Minnett splashed a step back three on the left wing over the 7-foot Hankins, prompting a Xavier timeout with 1:54 before the break. However, the timeout didn’t halt the Jaguars’ run as Hansen scored the final two points of the half to make it 37-34 at the break.
Minnett opened the second half with back-to-back treys, the second of which gave the Jaguars a brief 42-40 lead to help silent a contingent of more than 10,000 inside Cintas Center. Five straight Xavier points gave the hosts the lead for good, although IUPUI hung around and made things interesting.
The Jags were only down 63-59 with just under 10 minutes to play when Kenyon banked in a wing jumper. However, a 15-2 Xavier run over the next five minutes ended any suspense and sent the Jags packing. Welage made a trey and Jones followed with a two-handed dunk to send the crowd into a roar. Minnett briefly halted the run at the foul line, but Xavier scored the game’s next 10 points, including six in transition to run away.
Xavier opened the game with a 10-0 run and held IUPUI without a field goal for the opening five minutes.
Justice closed with nine points in 11 minutes before his ejection and Grant Weatherford had eight points and two rebounds. Kenyon finished with seven points and D.J. McCall had a team-high five assists. Elyjah Goss grabbed a team-high eight boards to go along with four points and a pair of blocked shots.
IUPUI played without senior Evan Hall, who tested a gimpy foot before the game but ultimately sat out. Hall interior presence was sorely missed as Xavier outscored the Jaguars 36-16 in the paint and outrebounded IUPUI 46-36. Nearly half of IUPUI’s shot attempts came from beyond the arc with the team’s top interior threat in street clothes.
IUPUI will host Eastern Illinois in the team’s home opener on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 10) at 1:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. As part of Military Appreciation Day, retired and active duty military personnel are eligible for discounted tickets by contacting the IUPUI ticket office at 317-278-2530.
Notre Dame WBB: All Five Starters Land on Preseason Wooden List
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The preseason accolades continue to pour in for the No. 1 ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball squad. The Irish placed all five projected starters in Arike Ogunbowale, Marina Mabrey, Jackie Young, Jessica Shepard and Brianna Turner on the Preseason Wooden Award Watch List.
Keep in mind, no other team in the country had more than three players on the watch list. Other teams with multiple players included: UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield; Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan and Anriel Howard; Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard; Baylor’s Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox; and Stanford’s Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams.
The Irish accomplished a similar feat already this preseason when all five starters were named to the ‘Naismith Starting Five’ watch lists, while no other team landed more than three.
Furthermore, the Irish also outnumbered the remaining ACC players (four) on the Wooden list with them: Louisville’s Asia Durr, North Carolina’s Paris Kea, Duke’s Leaonna Odom and Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia.
Rounding out the Wooden watch list were Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton, Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter, Maryland’s Kaila Charles, Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham, Tennessee’s Rennia Davis, Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, South Florida’s Katija Laksa, Georgia’s Caliya Robinson and Oregon State’s Destiny Slocum.
The Irish open their season at home with back-to-back Ivy League opponents in Harvard on Friday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., followed by Penn on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. The Irish will officially drop their championship banner in the second game vs Penn. For tickets, please visit, und.com/buytickets.
Michigan up to 4th in CFP behind Alabama, Clemson, ND
Michigan moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame.
Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma.
The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. The top-four teams in the final rankings Dec. 2 will play in the national semifinals.
The Crimson Tide easily dispatched LSU from the top four, beating the Tigers 29-0. LSU, though, only dropped to No. 7 after its second loss, ahead of Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State – all with only one loss.
Selection committee chairman Rob Mullens noted LSU’s three victories against teams the committee has ranked this week (Mississippi State, Auburn and Georgia).
“Their defense is extremely strong,” said Mullens, the Oregon athletic director. “Their two losses come against No. 1 Alabama, on the road to Florida.”
Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3, and Michigan jumped a spot after a 42-7 victory against Penn State.
With four weeks left in the season, nine of the top 10 teams are serious contenders. LSU is basically out, because the Tigers have no chance to win a conference title.
Assuming the top three unbeaten teams would get in by winning out, here are the paths to the playoff.
No. 1 Alabama (9-0)
The Tide is already locked into the SEC championship game and has built up enough equity that even a regular-season loss to Mississippi State or Auburn won’t keep Tua Tagovailoa and Co. out of the playoff. Now if they lost twice … yeah, that’s probably not happening. The only intrigue involving Alabama is whether the Tide could lose the SEC championship game, finish 12-1 and still get in? The chances are probably decent.
No. 2 Clemson (9-0)
Like Alabama, the Tigers have some room for a regular-season misstep, but their position is not a strong as the Tide’s. With a loss to ACC Atlantic rival Boston College on Saturday, Clemson would be at risk of being shut out of the conference title game. Ohio State and Alabama both made the playoff at 11-1, without even playing for a league title the last two seasons. The Tigers could, too, but it is no slam dunk.
No. 3 Notre Dame (9-0)
The Irish finish with three winnable games, but no locks. Notre Dame fans believe their team holds a trump card against Michigan, with that season-opening victory in South Bend. That could buffer the Irish against one loss in their final three games, but with no conference title and some struggling marquee teams on their schedule such as Virginia Tech and Stanford, Notre Dame is not a lock if it gets into a resume contest with other one-loss teams. Even one it beat.
No. 4 Michigan (8-1)
The Wolverines have to feel good about controlling their path to the playoff. Winning out, including at Ohio State, puts Jim Harbaugh’s team at 12-1 with a Big Ten title. That’s a resume with victories against Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State, and a seven-point road loss to Notre Dame. One loss and Michigan is out, right? Not so fast. Take a quick glance at the rankings and notice how many highly ranked teams still have to play each other. It won’t take more than one or two mild upsets to have the selection committee sifting through a bunch of two-loss teams to fill the final playoff spot. Figure the ones with conference championships will have the edge.
No. 5 Georgia (8-1)
Simple: Win out, get in. Oh, and beat Alabama. The good news for the Bulldogs is beating Alabama to win the SEC championship would almost certainly make up for a second regular-season loss. Georgia has got a little leeway when it faces Auburn and Georgia Tech.
No. 6 Oklahoma (8-1)
UCLA did the Sooners no favor by being terrible and depriving Oklahoma of a quality nonconference victory. Still, the Sooners are probably the Big 12’s best bet to win an argument against a one-loss Big Ten champion or Notre Dame with one loss. Maybe.
No. 8 Washington State (8-1)
The Cougars could finish as 12-1 champions of the weakest Power Five conference and no notable nonconference victories. The most realistic scenario to put Mike Leach’s Washington State team in the playoff involves Big Ten and Big 12 implosions.
No. 9 West Virginia (7-1)
The weather did the Mountaineers no favor by forcing the cancellation of West Virginia’s game at North Carolina State in September. The Mountaineers do have a victory against Tennessee on a neutral field. Not terrible. To get to 11-1 and a Big 12 title could mean two victories over Oklahoma in consecutive weekends.
No. 10 Ohio State (8-1)
The Buckeyes found out last season that getting hammered by a team that finished the regular season 7-5 is deal-breaker with the committee when it comes time to make a tough choice. Ohio State could win out – beating Michigan State and Michigan along the way – and get in. But that’s a long way from certain considering the Buckeyes are the lowest ranked one-loss team.
No. 12 UCF (8-0)
The Knights stayed at No. 12 after beating Temple 52-40 last week.
“Strong offense, struggling on defense,” Mullens said.
Athletic director Danny White and the Knights fans certainly don’t want to hear this, but another perfect season probably won’t even get UCF seriously considered for a spot in the semifinal – unless things get really weird.
So let’s think weird: Northwestern wins the Big Ten, Arizona State wins the Pac-12, Iowa State wins the Big 12, Pitt wins the ACC, Notre Dame losses two of its final three and Georgia losses to both Auburn and Alabama. That’s extreme, but if three of those six things happen, UCF probably gets a look.
Roethlisberger skips practice, but expects to face Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field.
Roethlisberger said the finger was “fine” after he threw the ball 47 times in last Sunday’s victory over Baltimore.
He did leave the game briefly in the third quarter after getting the wind knocked out of him, but he returned after missing just one snap.
The 36-year-old is on pace to top 5,000 yards passing for the first time in his career. He came close in 2014 when he tied Drew Brees for the league lead with 4,952. Roethlisberger said reaching the 5,000-yard plateau “is still a pretty big deal” but he is keeping his focus on the team.
The Steelers (5-2-1) have ripped off four straight wins to climb into first in the AFC North. The short week means they won’t have much time to prepare for the surging Panthers (6-2), which might not be a bad thing. Roethlisberger expects to rely a little more heavily on the no-huddle offense, a setup in which he thrives.
“We’ve been doing it for a while,” Roethlisberger said. “We know it. We know it pretty well. We did it really well in Baltimore, really well, and just being able to pick up the pace and the tempo.”
The Steelers often turn to the no-huddle in an effort to snap them out of a funk early in games, but Roethlisberger isn’t using it as a method of trying to get the ball downfield.
While he’s on track to set a career high in yards, his production has dipped a bit during Pittsburgh’s winning streak. He’s gone over 300 yards just once in Pittsburgh’s past five games after going over 330 yards in each of the first three weeks.
An improved defense has helped. Roethlisberger lit up scoreboards early because the Steelers were trying to keep up with opponents who had little trouble getting to the end zone.
That’s not happening much anymore. Now that Roethlisberger isn’t tasked with trying to play catch up, the Steelers have taken a more balanced approach.
Second-year running back James Conner is second in the NFL in yards from scrimmage and Roethlisberger is content to keep throwing the ball underneath to move the chains and keep Pittsburgh’s defense off the field. And just like that, Pittsburgh’s sluggish 1-2-1 start has become a distant memory.
QB Nick Mullens to get 2nd start for 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are sticking with Nick Mullens as their starting quarterback after his spectacular debut performance.
Mullens said coach Kyle Shanahan told him Tuesday that he will remain the starter for the upcoming game against the New York Giants.
“We discussed it. Obviously the situation is what it is,” Mullens said. “The team is ready to get to work and treat it like any other week. My preparation doesn’t change and this team’s preparation doesn’t change. We’re excited to keep things going.”
Mullens worked with the starters during a limited practice as the 49ers (2-7) prepare for the Monday night game against New York. C.J. Beathard remains in the backup role after losing the starting job because of an injured wrist.
Mullens was sharp in his debut, after spending his first year-plus in the NFL on the practice squad as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi.
Mullens completed 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 151.9 passer rating in a 34-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders. That’s the highest since the merger for a player in his debut with at least 20 attempts.
Mullens also joined Hall of Famers Jim Kelly (1986) and Fran Tarkenton (1961) as the only QBs to throw for at least 250 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception in their NFL debuts.
That performance earned Mullens plenty of praise, especially on social media. But he spent the weekend enjoying time with his family rather than basking in the praise.
“It was a great experience but it’s obviously onto the next week as this week is,” he said. “One week doesn’t make a season so you have to keep things rolling.”
Mullens provided a big lift to a 49ers team that had lost six straight games heading into the game against the Raiders and had little to play for after a season-ending knee injury to starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 3.
Beathard had committed 10 turnovers in his five starts, falling to 1-9 in his career as a starting quarterback.
But that all changed in one game with Mullens under center, even though it came against one of the NFL’s worst defenses.
“He came in that first drive and it seemed like he had been in there the whole time,” tight end George Kittle said. “That’s all on him. The preparation he’s done and how he’s been ready for it. It seemed like he’s been ready all season.”
In other injury news, cornerback Richard Sherman practiced despite being limited the past few weeks by injuries to his heel and calf. Linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring) and receiver Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee) were rehabilitating on the side, while safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) did not practice.
Giants rookie QB Lauletta apologizes after traffic arrest
Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta apologized Tuesday morning, a week after he was arrested for motor vehicle violations near his home in Weehawken, N.J.
“First things first, I want to apologize to the New York Giants organization, my teammates, the fans and my family,” Lauletta said. “The incident that happened last week is a terrible representation of who I am and what I stand for. Right is right and wrong is wrong. My parents raised me better than that.”
According to Weehawken police accounts, Lauletta, the Giants’ fourth-round pick from Richmond, was driving his 2017 Jaguar on Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, when he was stopped for failing to obey a police officer’s order to continue driving straight.
The report says Lauletta almost hit a police officer while making an illegal turn. He was stopped by a second police officer and refused to produce a driver’s license or exit the car.
The incident happened close to renovations near the Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New Jersey with midtown Manhattan.
Police say he was arrested and charged with eluding police, obstructing administration of law and resisting arrest. He was also charged with reckless driving, disregarding an officer’s directions, improper turn and failure to remain in a marked lane.
Police said Lauletta’s car was involved in a similar incident Monday, but summons were mailed because the vehicle did not stay at the scene.
The Giants were on their bye week, so he did not have to report to any organized practices until Tuesday.
After practice, Lauletta said he was apologetic about the incident.
“I understand the cops have a very tough job and it was very chaotic at that location,” Lauletta said. “I respect these officers and I can’t say that I’m sorry enough. I have to prove myself worthy through my work ethic and put it all behind me. That’s all I can control and I hope to move forward from this.”
LA Lakers sign C Tyson Chandler after buyout from Suns
Veteran center Tyson Chandler signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, two days after reaching a buyout agreement with the Phoenix Suns.
Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season. Rookie center Moe Wagner still hasn’t made his debut while returning slowly from a knee injury, and Lakers basketball boss Magic Johnson didn’t want to wait any longer to bolster his team’s areas of need.
While the 36-year-old Chandler might not be the dominant defensive player he was in his prime, he could play regular minutes for coach Luke Walton while the Lakers attempt to find a winning groove in their first season with LeBron James.
The Lakers host Minnesota on Wednesday night.
“Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need and so much more. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core.”
Chandler has been a standout NBA defender and rebounder for half of his life. He is the latest addition to a core of veteran Lakers newcomers around James including Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, McGee and Michael Beasley, who returned to practice Tuesday after spending a week away due to an undisclosed personal matter.
Chandler is joining his seventh team early in his 18th season in the league. He won a championship ring with Dallas in 2011, and he was the NBA’s defensive player of the year with New York in 2012 before earning an All-Star selection in 2013.
AP source: Sabathia agrees to $8M deal to stay with Yankees
CC Sabathia is staying with the New York Yankees for an 11th season, agreeing to an $8 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. The deal does not include any performance bonuses.
The 38-year-old left-hander went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this year. He had surgery on his right knee after the 2010 season, in July 2014, after the 2016 season and again last month. Sabathia pitches with a brace on the knee and needs periodic injections there during the season.
He is 129-80 for the Yankees, and his new deal boosts his pay from New York to $229 million over 11 seasons.
Sabathia signed a $161 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees before the 2009 season and led New York to its first World Series title since 2000, then used the leverage of an opt-out provision after the 2011 season to get a new deal that added a $25 million salary for 2016 with a $25 million team option for 2017.
Sabathia took a cut to $10 million this year. He missed a $500,000 performance bonus by two innings when he was ejected in his last regular-season start for hitting Tampa Bay’s Jesus Sucre after Rays pitcher Andrew Kittredge threw up-and-in to Austin Romine. Sabathia was suspended the first five games of 2019 but has appealed.
“At this stage of the game, we should know sooner or later whether we’ll be able to agree on something or not,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said earlier Tuesday. “Last year we had to be really careful about every step we took in terms of financial commitments so it took longer because we were having to have that luxury-tax issue in the back of our minds.”
New York dropped below the luxury-tax threshold for the first time in 2018. The Yankees’ projected rotation for 2019 also includes right-handers Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, and Cashman says he intends to add several pitchers after the team went 100-62 only to finish second in the AL East and lose in the Division Series to Boston, the eventual World Series champion.
Rizzo: Nats made offer to Bryce Harper late in season
The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers’ meetings on Tuesday.
“We’ve had conversations and we utilized our exclusivity to negotiate with him late in the season through when he became eligible to sign with a team,” Rizzo said. “We didn’t get anything done, but he’s a guy that is near and dear to us and we are not closing any doors.”
Harper, who turned 26 last month, is expected to receive the largest contract among the 164 free agents. He is a six-time All-Star with 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a .900 OPS.
“He’s shown the type of player he is and now he’s a grizzled veteran,” Rizzo said. “He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface.”
Harper was dressed in his full Nats uniform more than 3+ hours before the team’s final home game in September and was unsure of his future.
“I can’t really stand here and say it’s going to be `farewell’ or anything like that, because nobody knows. Nobody knows what this offseason holds,” he said.
Boras is known for extending talks with his free agents past the holiday break. His clients include Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, and former Nats outfielder Jayson Werth.
“It’s going to be a challenge to put the best product on the field, and that could include Harper and it could be doing things without Harper,” Rizzo said. “There is a reality that we would love to sign him, but we may not. We have to have a strategy and plan put together to win baseball games, not only for 2019 but beyond. I think we have a good strategy in place, a good plan in place, and we have started to begin that process and we will see where it takes us.”
Blackhawks fire 3-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Quenneville
Joel Quenneville knew the deal. After three Stanley Cup titles and nine playoff appearances with the Chicago Blackhawks, the longtime coach figured this was a big season for him.
“I only think we’re in the winning business and we better win,” Quenneville said on the first day of training camp.
Two months later, it was over.
The Blackhawks fired Quenneville on Tuesday, ending a wildly successful run that returned the franchise to the top of the NHL after years of heartache.
“We want to win,” team president John McDonough said. “We want to re-win. We want our building filled and we want our fans to see an exciting brand of hockey. Sometimes, as painful as it is, you need a fresh start.”
The move comes in the wake of a winless three-game trip, extending Chicago’s losing streak to five in a row heading into Thursday’s home game against Carolina. The power play, a persistent problem, ranked 27th in the NHL heading into Tuesday. The Blackhawks (6-6-3) also are allowing an unseemly 3.73 goals per game.
“A decision like this isn’t made on one game, one play, or one specific thing,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “It’s sort of a collection of things. Certainly the road trip was concerning. But I think even heading into that, there were some elements to our game where they weren’t where they needed to be.”
Assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson also were let go. Jeremy Colliton was hired as the 38th head coach in franchise history, and Barry Smith, 66, moved from Chicago’s front office to the bench as an assistant coach.
Colliton goes from Chicago’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Illinois, to the NHL’s youngest head coach at 33. Blackhawks forward Chris Kunitz, defenseman Duncan Keith and goaltenders Corey Crawford and Cam Ward are older than Colliton, and defenseman Brent Seabrook also is 33.
Senators try to repair fallout from video in Uber ride
Ottawa forward Mark Stone dismisses the latest drama to the Senators season as a “hiccup” and says the team is already repairing the frayed relationship between players and coaches that was laid bare in a video.
The video showed seven Senators players during an Uber ride in Phoenix last month insulting the team and assistant coach Martin Raymond. Stone said Tuesday the matter already was addressed before the five-minute clip surfaced.
“It’s disappointing the way the video got released,” he said. “We dealt with this long before this video was released. As a coaching staff, as management, as players it was dealt with internally and the way it should be, and we’re going to move forward and grow from it.
“We don’t want negative stuff surrounding our team and this is a hiccup. I think guys have made a great effort to repair relationships. This is only going to make our team stronger going forward.”
The video was the latest humiliation for the organization over the past two years: owner Eugene Melnyk threatening to move the team; alleged cyberbullying involving the wife of former star captain Erik Karlsson; and harassment allegations against former assistant general manager Randy Lee.
The players in the Uber were Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman, Chris Tierney, Thomas Chabot, Alex Formenton (since sent down to the juniors), Dylan DeMelo and Colin White.
They were discussing the team’s ineffective penalty killing and mocking Raymond in what appears to be a recording from a camera mounted on the dashboard.
Uber Canada’s General Manager Rob Khazzam said on his Twitter account that video taken of a private conversation without passenger consent is a “clear violation of our terms of service.” He said such conduct is “totally unacceptable” and merits investigation.
None of the players involved discussed the video Tuesday.