Northwestern 67, Marion 40

McCutcheon 59, Lafayette Jeff 43

Anderson 75, Muncie Central 33

New Palestine 58, Pendleton Heights 50

Northeastern 41 Hagerstown 33…(Northeastern Release): The Lady Knights came out with fire the first few minutes of the game, but Hagerstown came firing right back. This game was fought tooth and nail to the very end. The Lady Knights clenched the victory in the finals minutes of the game by securing several huge defensive rebounds and capitalizing on clutch free throws. Leading the way for the Lady Knights were Jenna McFarland leading all scorers with 12 points, Taylor Farris with 10 points, Kenzie Chasteen with 8 points, Willow Runyon with 5 points, Emma Wright with 4 points and some clutch boards, and Kelli Drake with 2 points. The Lady Knights play in the Sectional Championship game versus Shenandoah at 7:30.

Shenandoah 53, Knightstown 31

Winchester 52, Jay County 35

Yorktown 49, Delta 44

Lawrenceburg 35, Batesville 32

Greensburg 60, South Dearborn 22

Wapahani 50, Lapel 46

Frankton 50, Monroe Central 47

Blue River 62, Lincoln 21

Tri 63, Union City 50…Union City was led in scoring by Skylie Lutz with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Claywell added 8 points and 8 rebounds. The Indians finish the season with a 16-8 record.



  1. Hobart | 9 am CT
    Feeder Sectionals: East Chicago Central, Portage.
  2. Crown Point | 9 am CT
    Feeder Sectionals: Crown Point, LaPorte.
  3. Penn | 9:30 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Mishawaka, Plymouth.
  4.    Logansport | 9 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Lafayette Jefferson, Twin Lakes.
  5. Goshen | 9:30 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Elkhart Memorial, Westview.
  6. Carroll (Fort Wayne) | 9 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), New Haven.
  7.   Peru | 9:30 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Oak Hill, Peru.
  8. Jay County | 8:30 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Delta, Jay County.
  9. North Montgomery | 9 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Crawfordsville, Frankfort.
  10. Pendleton Heights | 9:30 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Elwood, Lawrence Central.
  11. Perry Meridian | 9 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Shelbyville, Southport.
  12. Richmond | 9 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: South Dearborn, Tri.
  13. Mooresville | 9:30 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Avon, Mooresville.
  14. Bloomington South | 9 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Bloomington North, Southridge.
  15. Jeffersonville | 10 am ET
    Feeder Sectionals: Jeffersonville, Jennings County.
  16. Evansville North | 9 am CT
    Feeder Sectionals: Castle, Evansville Central.




Bryson Hale Centerville, 21-0 vs. Tristan Smith Greensburg, 19-10


Blake Wolf East Central, 41-0 vs. Will Castle Hagerstown, 28-11

Isaiah Otto South Dearborn, 14-6 vs. Jackson Marker Centerville, 33-7

Alex Murphy Batesville, 31-9 vs. Jake Necessary Richmond, 31-6


Jackson Ramsey Northeastern, 24-17 vs. Evan Bray Greensburg, 29-8

Andrew Wilmot Centerville, 28-12 vs. Tyler Schneider East Central, 31-5

Sean Alexander Richmond, 15-13 vs. Ashton Myers Milan, 32-8


Rider Searcy East Central, 38-3 vs. Luke Cannarella Centerville, 34-6

Evan Seal Franklin County, 29-10 vs. Sekaye Maitland Richmond, 24-9


Devin Frazier Centerville, 38-1 vs. Ethan Merk East Central, 8-3

Collin Miller Northeastern, 26-11 vs. Shane Lonneman Milan, 36-5

Gavin Sherwood Lincoln, 29-10 vs. Braiden Hunter Rushville 24-11


Nick Walsh Knightstown, 18-4 vs. Evan Wolf Union County, 12-13

Josh Miles Lincoln, 26-2, vs. Garrett Bergen Rushville 22-12

Graham Butler Centerville, 20-10, vs. Adam Crouch Franklin County, 28-6

Keaton Miller Lincoln, 20-16 vs. Ben Wolf East Central, 38-3

Gabe Phillips Centerville, 19-0 vs. Lowell Joya Rushville 30-12


Bryer Hall East Central, 34-0, vs. Dylan Camron Lincoln, 9-11

Dominic Tribbie Lawrenceburg, 18-8 vs. Tyler Vredeveld Centerville, 39-0


Eric Lowe Greensburg, 19-16 vs. Luke Tinkle Centerville, 33-6

Andrew Roth Lawrenceburg, 37-1, vs. Shane Berry Northeastern, 10-18, 12

Morgan Krom Union County, 27-14 vs. Javin Payne Hagerstown, 28-9


Cade McClanahan South Dearborn, 20-11 vs. Leo Calderon Centerville, 34-5

Brady Rullman East Central, 27-14 vs. Alex Hokey Lincoln, 26-14


Brad Scholl Hagerstown, 18-21 vs. Kole Viel East Central, 40-2

Kasen Duncan Centerville, 29-9 vs. Nick Lawler Rushville 35-4


Kyle Krummen East Central, 37-0 vs. Deontae Gabbard Richmond, 17-18

Zach Hauser Milan, 27-5 vs. Guy Shaffer Hagerstown, 24-7


Blaine Pierce Richmond, 30-3 vs. Chase Emmert South Dearborn, 21-16

Cullen Browning Northeastern, 41-2 vs. Noah Rowlett Lawrenceburg, 26-7

Parker Frost Lincoln, 32-5 vs. Evan Shafer Connersville, 25-3


Jackson Goodall South Dearborn, 20-6 vs. Cameron Gumm Lincoln, 23-10

Brady Myers Milan, 35-6 vs. Sebastian Collins Centerville, 34-5

Clayton Bolser Franklin County, 17-18 vs. Josh Berger Northeastern, 40-2



#9 Maryland 75 #20 Illinois 66

Harvard 78 Yale 77

Brown 67 Dartmouth 65

Manhattan 77 Niagara 59

Marist 72 St. Peter’s 61

Rider 61 Canisius 60

Northern Illinois 57 Kent State 54

VCU 73 Davidson 62

Siena 65 Fairfield 49

Iona 73 Quinnipiac 52

Buffalo 65 Central Michigan 60

South Alabama 70 Troy 66



No. 3 Kansas at TCU | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Miami at No. 8 Florida State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

No. 16 Michigan State at Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 18 LSU at No. 11 Auburn | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Boston College at Virginia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

SMU at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Milwaukee at IUPUI | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Rhode Island at George Washington | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 15 Kentucky at Tennessee | 1 p.m. | CBS

VMI at The Citadel | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Maine at Binghamton | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Stony Brook at New Hampshire | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas A&M at South Carolina | 1 p.m. | SEC Network

Saint Louis at No. 6 Dayton | 2 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 13 West Virginia at Oklahoma | 2 p.m. | ESPNU

North Texas at UAB | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Furman at Western Carolina | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia Tech at Pitt | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Richmond at Fordham | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

UT Arlington at Coastal Carolina | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Oral Roberts at North Dakota State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 12 Seton Hall at No. 10 Villanova | 2:30 p.m. | FOX

St. Bonaventure at Duquesne | 3 p.m. | NBCSN

Winthrop at Longwood | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas State at Little Rock | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia State at UL Monroe | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

South Dakota at North Dakota | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Arkansas at Missouri | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Virginia at No. 5 Louisville | 4 p.m. | ESPN

Minnesota at No. 22 Penn State | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Texas Tech at Texas | 4 p.m. | ESPN2

South Florida at Memphis | 4 p.m. | CBSSN

Ball State at Western Michigan | 4 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas State at Appalachian State | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Drake at UNI | 4 p.m. | ESPN3

FIU at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

UTSA at Charlotte | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Connecticut at Bryant | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

UMBC at UMass Lowell | 4 p.m. | ESPN3

Jacksonville at NJIT | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Green Bay at UIC | 4:12 p.m. | ESPN3

Morehead State at Eastern Illinois | 4:15 p.m. | ESPN+

Gardner-Webb at South Carolina Upstate | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Bowling Green | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN3

East Tennessee State at Mercer | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Kentucky at SIU-Edwardsville | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Liberty at North Alabama | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Lipscomb at Kennesaw State | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Presbyterian at Campbell | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Saint Joseph’s at La Salle | 5 p.m. | NBCSN

Tennessee Tech at SE Missouri State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Jacksonville State at UT Martin | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Hampton at Charleston Southern | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN+

New Orleans at Stephen F. Austin | 5:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Oklahoma State at No. 1 Baylor | 6 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 7 Duke at North Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN

Nebraska at No. 17 Iowa | 6 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Stanford at No. 24 Colorado | 6 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Penn at Cornell | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Cleveland State at Youngstown State | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Austin Peay at Belmont | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Alabama at Georgia | 6 p.m. | SEC Network

Harvard at Brown | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

East Carolina at Tulane | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

St. John’s at No. 21 Creighton | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

Louisiana Tech at Marshall | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

UTEP at Old Dominion | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Chattanooga at Wofford | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Vermont at Hartford | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

North Florida at Florida Gulf Coast | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Radford at High Point | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Oakland at Wright State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Detroit Mercy at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Michigan at Akron | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Dartmouth at Yale | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Princeton at Columbia | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 4 San Diego State at Air Force | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

California at Utah | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Indiana State at Illinois State | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Providence at Xavier | 8 p.m. | FS1

Lamar at Abilene Christian | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia Southern at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Fresno State at UNLV | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

Missouri State at Southern Illinois | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Kansas State at Iowa State | 8 p.m. | ESPN2

Wake Forest at Syracuse | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State | 8:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Murray State at Tennessee State | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 2 Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s | 10 p.m. | ESPN

UCLA at No. 23 Arizona | 10 p.m. | ESPN2

Boise State at Utah State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Grand Canyon at California Baptist | 10 p.m. | ESPN+

UC Irvine at UC Santa Barbara | 10 p.m. | ESPNU

No. 14 Oregon at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

UC Davis at CSU Fullerton | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN3



#3 Oregon 85 #12 Arizona 52

#4 Connecticut 94 Memphis 55

#10 UCLA 79 #6 Stanford 69

#9 Oregon State 64 #19 Arizona State 62

#14 DePaul 71 St. John 65

#24 Missouri State 66 Northern Iowa 55

Butler 60 Georgetown 42

Villanova 55 Xavier 54

Bradley 66 Illinois State 62

USC 75 California 67

Utah 74 Washington 65

Washington State 69 Colorado 59



Philadelphia 119 Memphis 107

Washington 119 Dallas 118

Boston 112 Atlanta 107

Toronto 115 Indiana 106

Oklahoma City 108 Detroit 101

Phoenix 127 Houston 91

Sacramento 105 Miami 97

Utah 117 Portland 114



Toronto 5 Anaheim 4

Buffalo 3 NY Rangers 2

Columbus 2 Detroit 0

Minnesota 3 Dallas 2



  1. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow | QB | LSU

  1. Washington Redskins

Chase Young | EDGE | Ohio State

  1. Miami Dolphins (from DET)*

Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Alabama

  1. Carolina Panthers (from NYG)*

Justin Herbert | QB | Oregon

  1. Detroit Lions (from MIA)*

Jeff Okudah | CB | Ohio State

  1. Los Angeles Chargers

Isaiah Simmons | LB | Clemson

  1. New York Giants (from CAR)*

Andrew Thomas | OT | Georgia

  1. Arizona Cardinals

CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Derrick Brown | DL | Auburn

  1. Cleveland Browns

Jedrick Wills | OT | Alabama

  1. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)*

Jordan Love | QB | Utah State

  1. Las Vegas Raiders

Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama

  1. New York Jets (from IND)*

Tristan Wirfs | OT | Iowa

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Javon Kinlaw | DL | South Carolina

  1. Denver Broncos

Henry Ruggs III | WR | Alabama

  1. Atlanta Falcons

K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU

  1. Dallas Cowboys

Xavier McKinney | S | Alabama

  1. Miami Dolphins (from PIT)

Mekhi Becton | OT | Louisville

  1. Las Vegas Raiders (from CHI)

Kenneth Murray | LB | Oklahoma

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)

Kristian Fulton | CB | LSU

  1. Philadelphia Eagles

Tee Higgins | WR | Clemson

  1. Buffalo Bills

Laviska Shenault, Jr. | WR | Colorado

  1. New England Patriots

Grant Delpit | S | LSU

  1. New Orleans Saints

Cole Kmet | TE | Notre Dame

  1. Minnesota Vikings

Josh Jones | OT | Houston

  1. Detroit Lions (from HOU via MIA)*

Yetur Gross-Matos | EDGE | Penn State

  1. Seattle Seahawks

Raekwon Davis | DL | Alabama

  1. Baltimore Ravens

Jonathan Taylor | RB | Wisconsin

  1. Los Angeles Chargers (from TEN)*

Jacob Eason | QB | Washington

  1. Green Bay Packers

Patrick Queen | LB | LSU

  1. San Francisco 49ers

CJ Henderson | CB | Florida

  1. Kansas City Chiefs

Trevon Diggs | CB | Alabama

*denotes projected trade



Week 1

Saturday, Feb. 8

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Seattle Dragons at D.C Defenders 2 p.m. ET ABC
Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks 5 p.m. ET Fox

Sunday, Feb. 9

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians 2 p.m. ET Fox
St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades 5 p.m. ET ESPN

Week 2

Saturday, Feb. 15

Game Kickoff time TV channel
New York Guardians at D.C. Defenders 2 p.m. ET ABC
Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons 5 p.m. ET Fox

Sunday, Feb. 16

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Dallas Renegades at Los Angeles Wildcats 3 p.m. ET ABC
St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks 6 p.m. ET FS1

Week 3

Saturday, Feb. 22

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Houston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers 2 p.m. ET ABC
Dallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons 5 p.m. ET Fox

Sunday, Feb. 23

Game Kickoff time TV channel
New York Guardians at St. Louis BattleHawks 3 p.m. ET ESPN
D.C. Defenders at Los Angeles Wildcats 6 p.m. ET FS1

Week 4

Saturday, Feb. 29

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Los Angeles Wildcats at New York Guardians 2 p.m. ET ABC
Seattle Dragons at St. Louis BattleHawks 5 p.m. ET Fox

Sunday, March 1

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Houston Roughnecks at Dallas Renegades 4 p.m. ET FS1
D.C. Defenders at Tampa Bay Vipers 7 p.m. ET ESPN2

Week 5

Saturday, March 7

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Seattle Dragons at Houston Roughnecks 2 p.m. ET ABC
New York Guardians at Dallas Renegades 5 p.m. ET Fox

Sunday, March 8

Game Kickoff time TV channel
St. Louis BattleHawks at D.C. Defenders 3 p.m. ET FS1
Tampa Bay Vipers at Los Angeles Wildcats 9 p.m. ET ESPN

Week 6

Saturday, March 14

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Houston Roughnecks at New York Guardians 2 p.m. ET ABC
St. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay Vipers 5 p.m. ET FS2

Sunday, March 15

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Dallas Renegades at D.C. Defenders 4 p.m. ET FS1
Los Angeles Wildcats at Seattle Dragons 7 p.m. ET ESPN

Week 7

Saturday, March 21

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Dallas Renegades at Tampa Bay Vipers 2 p.m. ET ABC
Los Angeles Wildcats at St. Louis BattleHawks 5 p.m. ET Fox

Sunday, March 22

Game Kickoff time TV channel
New York Guardians at Seattle Dragons 3 p.m. ET ABC
D.C. Defenders at Houston Roughnecks 6 p.m. ET FS1

Week 8

Saturday, March 28

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Tampa Bay Vipers at D.C. Defenders 2 p.m. ET ABC
St. Louis BattleHawks at New York Guardians 5 p.m. ET Fox

Sunday, March 29

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Houston Roughnecks at Los Angeles Wildcats 3 p.m. ET ABC
Seattle Dragons at Dallas Renegades 6 p.m. ET FS1

Week 9

Thursday, April 2

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Dallas Renegades at Houston Roughnecks 8 p.m. ET Fox

Saturday, April 4

Game Kickoff time TV channel
D.C. Defenders at New York Guardians 2 p.m. ET ABC

Sunday, April 5

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Tampa Bay Vipers at St. Louis BattleHawks 12 p.m. ET ESPN
Seattle Dragons at Los Angeles Wildcats 6 p.m. ET FS1

Week 10

Thursday, April 9

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Los Angeles Wildcats at Dallas Renegades 8 p.m. ET Fox

Saturday, April 10

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Houston Roughnecks at Seattle Dragons 2 p.m. ET ABC

Sunday, April 12

Game Kickoff time TV channel
D.C Defenders at St. Louis BattleHawks TBD ABC
New York Guardians at Tampa Bay Vipers TBD FS1


Maryland rallies to beat Illinois 75-66

With Illinois shredding Maryland’s man-to-man defense, Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon switched to a zone – something the team rarely uses outside of practice.

It worked.

Anthony Cowan scored 20 points and Turgeon’s ninth-ranked Maryland held on to beat No. 20 Illinois 75-66 on Friday night.

The Terrapins (19-4, 9-3 Big Ten) took sole possession of first place in the conference with the win. Illinois (16-7, 8-4) fell into second place.

“Great win for us,” Turgeon said. “Illinois plays as well as anyone in our league. They are a talented group with size.”

Illinois led by as many as 14 points midway through the first half, but the Terrapins fought back and pulled to within 42-40,with a 3-pointer by Wiggins at the halftime buzzer.

Maryland opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take a lead it never relinquished.

“We kind of lost ourselves there at first,” Turgeon said. “But we utilized the zone and it got us back in the game. It gave us some confidence.”

Maryland plays mostly a man defense, although Turgeon said they practice different zones.

“We haven’t really shown much of our zone,” he said. “We practice it every day, and today we played it. It worked and it really took them out of their rhythm.

The switch caught Illinois off guard.

“They went zone on us and it changed the rhythm of the game,” said Illinois coach Brad Underwood. “We had some unfortunate lineups out there because of foul trouble. And it worked. They really controlled the game after that.”

Feliz, who has been superb off the bench for Illinois this season, said the shift from man to zone changed the Illini’s game plan.

“They made some adjustments” he said. “It slowed us down and forced us to take outside shots.

Darryl Morsell scored 18 and Eric Ayala added 12 for Maryland.

Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 16 points. Andres Feliz added 12.


NOTES: Indiana Hosts In-State Rival Purdue on Saturday



Indiana University is in its 120th season of competition in men’s basketball and will begin a two-game homestand when it hosts in-state rival Purdue on Saturday. The Hoosiers are looking to snap a three-game losing streak overall and a five-game skid to the Boilermakers.  According to ESPN’s BPI, the Hoosiers are projected to have the 6th toughest strength of schedule in the country for the remainder of the season.


Saturday, Feb. 8 •  2 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale, Kris Budden) | Watch Online

Radio: IU Radio Network  (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr,  Joe Smith) | TuneIn

Series History: Purdue leads, 120-89

Last Meeting: PU 48, at IU 46 – 2/19/19


IU finished 21-8 and won their last six league games thanks to the return of Senior All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year Mike Woodson, who earlier had back surgery in December. Members of this  team also had roles on the 1979  NIT Championship squad, the 1981 National Championship and Big Ten title season, and the 1983 Big Ten Championship team.  The team had 12 NBA draft picks, 3 Big Ten MVP’s, 5 All-Americans, 4 NBA Head Coaches and 2 NBA Front Office Executives.  Isiah Thomas also was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.


Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his third season of guiding the Cream and Crimson.  He is 189-101 in eight-plus years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton.  His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.  He is 50-38 at IU.  Matt Painter is in his 15th year at Purdue and is 334-169.


Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging a team-best 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds.  Among freshmen nationally, he is 3rd in field goal percentage (60.3%), 4th in free throws attempted (122) and blocked shots (41), 5th in free throws made (86), and 10th in  rebounds (173).  He is 9th in the Big Ten in rebounding, 3rd in field goal percentage and 7th in blocked shots. Junior Justin Smith is averaging 11.3 points and leads the Hoosiers with 26 steals. Among players in the Big Ten who have come off the bench 10 or more times this season, senior Devonte Green leads the conference averaging 11.2 points in those games.  Green is the brother of NBA Champion and LA Laker Danny Green.  Redshirt junior forward Joey Brunk is averaging 9.2 points in his last 5 games.  In 11 league games, he is 4th in the league in FG% making 55.7% of his shots. In his last 5 games, freshman Jerome Hunter is averaging 7.3 points and is 7 of 13 (53.8) from three-point range. Sophomore Rob Phinisee and junior Aljami Durham are tied for the team lead in assists with 54.  Phinisee is averaging 7.1 points and is the first Lafayette, Indiana native to be a scholarship player for IU since 1948.  Durham is averaging 9.9 ppg.


The 22 assists against Maryland were a season-high and the 6 turnovers in that game were a season low.  IU matched its season-high in 3FGM with 9 against the Terrapins. In league play,  IU has the best defensive rebounding pct. in the league hauling in 76.4 % of opponent misses. IU leads the Big Ten making 361 free throws in 527 attempts.


Purdue Travels to Indiana For Round One


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue (13-10, 6-6) looks to continue its momentum Saturday when it travels to Bloomington for a contest with Indiana (15-7, 5-6). Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale and Kris Budden will handle the broadcast on ESPN, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. On the radio, Rob Blackman and Larry Clisby will have the call courtside on the Purdue Radio Network and, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 1 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available on
• Purdue owns a 120-89 series lead against Indiana, the only Big Ten team with a winning record against the Hoosiers. Purdue has won five straight games and eight of the last nine against Indiana.
• When Purdue holds Indiana to 69 or fewer points during the Matt Painter era, the Boilermakers are 12-1 having won 12 straight games. When allowing 70 or more points, Purdue is 2-8.
• With eight regular-season games left, five of Purdue’s eight opponents are either nationally-ranked or receiving votes. As it currently stands, six of the last eight opponents will be quad-1 opportunities.
• SOMETHING TO WATCH: Purdue has been outstanding at home during Big Ten play. The Boilermakers are 5-1 at home in league play but are just 1-5 away from Mackey Arena in league play.
• In Purdue victories, the Boilermakers have five players averaging at least 9.9 points per game and are shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from long range. In Purdue losses, Purdue has only four players averaging at least 7.0 points per game and are shooting 35.5 percent from the field and 27.2 percent from long distance.
• Purdue is 12-0 this year and 32-1 since the start of last year when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. The lone loss came to Virginia in last year’s Elite Eight. The Boilermakers are 1-10 when shooting a lower field goal percentage than its opponent (win vs. VCU).
• Since the 2014-15 season, Purdue is 27-9 (.750) during the month of February. Since the 2016-17 campaign, the Boilermakers are 19-5 (.792) during the month of February. The Boilermakers have won six straight games in the month by an average of 12.2 points per game.
• Purdue freshmen and sophomores have combined for 927 points this year (40.4 PPG), accounting for 58.6 percent of Purdue’s scoring this year.
• Purdue is 8-1 when scoring at least 70 points this year (loss to Michigan), but is just 5-9 when being held under 70 points.
• Over the last two games, Purdue is shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 48.3 percent from 3-point range. The Boilermakers have six players averaging at least 9.5 points per game and boast an assist / turnover ratio of 2.11 (40 / 19).
• Purdue’s four wins over AP Top 25 programs this year are tied for the third most in the country.




Sunday, Feb. 9;  11AM (CT)

Fiserv Forum; Milwaukee, Wis.

TV:  FS1 – @KevinKugler & @StephenBardo

RADIO:  93.5/107.5/1070 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

TuneIn Radio App, Sirius 81, XM 81, SiriusXM Internet 81

The Bulldogs return to the road for a Sunday morning match-up with Marquette in Milwaukee. The teams put on a show just two weeks ago at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the Bulldogs came away with an 89-85 overtime win.

Butler, ranked 19th in both of this week’s national polls, is 18-5. Marquette is 16-6 and receiving votes in both national polls. Both teams enter with 6-4 marks in BIG EAST play.

THE SERIES: Butler Leads, 23-19

Streak: Butler, W1

In Milwaukee: Marquette Leads, 12-10

First Meeting: Marquette, 18-17, 12/16/1922 (Milwaukee)

Last Meeting: Butler, 89-85 (OT), 1/24/20 (Indianapolis)

  • Butler and Marquette will meet for the second time in a 17-day span.
  • Kamar Baldwin scored 29 of his 31 points after halftime in Butler’s 89-85 OT win over Marquette Jan. 24 at Hinkle.
  • Sean McDermott led Butler with 21 points in Wednesday’s win over No. 10 Villanova; it was his seventh career 20-point game.
  • Baldwin’s step-back three-pointer as time expired gave Butler a 79-76 win over Villanova.
  • Butler shot .577 in the win over Villanova, the team’s second-highest percentage of the season.
  • Bryce Golden posted a career-best 18 points (9-12 FG) against Villanova.
  • In 80 minutes this season vs. Villanova, Butler committed a total of only 11 turnovers.
  • Baldwin has led the Bulldogs in scoring in eight of the last 10 games.
  • Baldwin has been selected as one of the Top 10 candidates for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
  • Through Thursday’s games, Butler’s eight NET Quad 1 wins trail only Kansas (nine). Baylor and Seton Hall each have seven.
  • The Bulldogs are ninth in the nation, allowing only 60.6 points per game; it’s the first time this season that the opponent’s average has climbed above 60.0.
  • Butler is 3-2 in BIG EAST road games after going 2-7 a season ago.
  • McDermott’s career-high of 27 points came Feb. 20, 2019 at Marquette.
  • Butler has out-rebounded 18 of its 23 opponents this season after out-rebounding only 10 of 33 in 2018-19.
  • Butler’s field goal percentage defense (.382) is 16th nationally.
  • Butler overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Georgetown on the road Jan. 28; Butler limited Georgetown to 21 points (7-of-33 shooting) in the second half.
  • Baldwin is averaging 18.7 points per game in BIG EAST play, which is third in the conference.
  • Butler leads the BIG EAST in rebounding margin in conference games (+5.2).
  • Baldwin is sixth on Butler’s career scoring list with 1,821 points.

LAST TIME OUT: Kamar Baldwin’s step-back three-pointer as time expired gave Butler a 79-76 win over No. 10 Villanova Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Butler’s closing stretch included the Bulldogs making nine of their final 11 attempts from the field. Villanova made five of its final six shots (all three-pointers) over the final 4:30 of the game. It was Saddiq Bey’s three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining that tied the game. Butler held the lead since breaking a 56-56 tie with 9:15 on the clock.

A Baldwin three-pointer matched Butler’s largest lead at 68-58 (5:44 remaining). But the teams would trade difficult makes down the stretch with most of Villanova’s coming from behind the line to slowly chip away at the lead before Baldwin’s heroics.

Butler shot 58 percent from the field, including 6-of-13 from three-point range. Villanova countered by shooting 47 percent, keyed by 9-of-17 shooting from behind the arc.

Sean McDermott led the Bulldogs with 21 points and eight rebounds. He went 7-of-8 from the field, and made all three of his three-point attempts. His offensive rebound and two free throws gave Butler its 76-73 lead with 32 seconds remaining so Bey’s shot could only tie the game.

Bryce Golden scored a career-best 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Baldwin finished with 17 points and eight boards. Aaron Thompson, who missed the last three games with a wrist injury suffered in the Jan. 21 loss at Villanova, returned to action Wednesday night. He scored nine points in helping the Bulldogs to its most efficient offensive performance of the season.

Bey (29) and Collin Gillespie (28) combined for 57 of Villanova’s 76 points. The Wildcats committed only three turnovers, compared to just six by the Bulldogs.

Golden’s performance helped the Bulldogs to a 42-28 advantage in points in the paint.

CAPITAL OFFENSE: Senior Sean McDermott helped Butler erase an 11-point halftime deficit, matching his career-high with seven three-pointers in a 69-64 road win over Georgetown Jan. 28 in the nation’s capital. McDermott finished with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

Georgetown led by as many as 14 in the first half, but the halftime speech in the Butler locker room worked as the Bulldogs opened the second stanza by scoring 18 of the first 21 points. Eleven straight from McDermott gave the Bulldogs a 50-46 lead with 14:05 remaining.

With the game tied 64-64 with just over a minute remaining, it was McDermott’s final three-pointer of the game that gave Butler the win.

The Bulldogs limited Georgetown to 21 points in the second half on 7-of-33 shooting (21 percent). Georgetown’s top two leading scorers Mac McClung and Omer Yurtseven were a combined 8-for-30 on the night for the Hoyas.

McDermott has showcased his versatility in BIG EAST games as he is fifth in rebounding (7.8 per game) and eighth in three-pointers made (2.1 per game).

FIRST TIME AROUND: Kamar Baldwin scored 29 of his 31 points after halftime in an 89-85 overtime win over Marquette Jan. 24 at Hinkle. For his efforts, Baldwin earned the first BIG EAST Player of the Week honors of his career. Playing a career-high 31 minutes to help overcome the absence of injured Aaron Thompson, senior Henry Baddley scored a season-high 10 points to go along with a career-high three steals. Fellow senior Sean McDermott added 16 points and nine rebounds.

Thirty-eight of Marquette’s 69 attempts from the field came from behind the arc; Butler won despite the Golden Eagles hitting 16 three-pointers.

COMING UP CLUTCH: In 17 games against power conference opponents (which includes Butler’s 10 BIG EAST games), Baldwin is averaging 12.6 points after halftime. All 20 of his points in the Jan. 4 win over Creighton came in the second half. His second-half performances include 18 vs. Minnesota, 17 vs. Stanford, 19 at Ole Miss, and 16 at Villanova, in addition to the 19 points in the second half vs. Marquette (followed by an additional 10 in overtime).

With 5:42 remaining in regulation vs. Marquette Jan. 24, Baldwin stepped to the line with eight points and Butler trailing by five. He scored 23 points over the next 10:42 of play. His defense also helped to hold Marquette’s Markus Howard scoreless over the final 7:30 of play.

HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler committed only six turnovers in Wednesday’s win over Villanova. It was the team’s tenth game this season with 10 or fewer turnovers. The Bulldogs committed a season-low five turnovers at Villanova Jan. 21. The Bulldogs followed that by committing only 11 turnovers in 45 minutes of action in the win over Marquette Friday.

ON THE BOARDS: What was one of Butler’s most glaring weaknesses a season ago has become a strength in 2019-20. The Bulldogs have out-rebounded 18 of its 23 opponents this season after out-rebounding only 10 of 33 in 2018-19. Butler has taken that up a level in BIG EAST play, out-rebounding opponents by an average margin of +5.2. Butler held a 46-24 rebounding advantage at St. John’s in the BIG EAST opener on New Year’s Eve, its largest margin since 63-28 vs. The Citadel Nov. 14, 2015. The Bulldogs also out-rebounded Providence, 44-26, in the Jan. 10 win in Rhode Island.


  • Only 11 Butler opponents have scored 60 or more points; Butler has also limited four opponents to 50 or fewer points.
  • Only eight of Butler’s opponents have registered more assists than turnovers.
  • Only four of Butler’s opponents have shot better than 45 percent from the field; 13 have been held to less than 40 percent shooting.
  • Butler has limited 12 of its opponents to less than 30-percent shooting from three-point range this season.




Starting Five

The Buckeyes are 1,159-418 all-time when playing in the state of Ohio (.735) … against Ohio teams, Ohio State is 237-79 (.749) all-time, regardless of location. The Buckeyes faced a pair of intrastate foes this season. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati Nov. 6 at Value City Arena (64-56) and then Kent State Nov. 25 at St. John Arena (W, 72-51). Ohio State is 179-30 vs. Ohio teams in Columbus (.856). The Buckeyes are 34-48 (.415) when playing in the state of Wisconsin all-time. The Buckeyes did not play in Wisconsin last year. Chris Holtmann recorded his first victory in Big Ten Conference play vs. the Badgers, an 83-58 win Dec. 4, 2017.

Three current Buckeyes were named Mr. Basketball in their respective states. Junior Kaleb Wesson was named Ohio Mr. Basketball as a senior at Westerville South High School … freshman D.J. Carton was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa in 2019 as a senior at Bettendorf High School and freshman E.J. Liddell was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in both 2018 and 2019 after leading Belleville High School to back-to-back state titles.

Andre and Kaleb Wesson are one of 16 sets of brothers playing in NCAA Division I this season and one of two sets in the Big Ten (Iowa, McCaffery) also have siblings on the roster.

Ohio State has 58 players all-time with 1,000 or more career points, the ninth-most nationally and the most of any Big Ten school (research credit: Duke). Kaleb Wesson is the most recent Buckeye to reach the milestone with 1,121 career points over his career. He became the 37th Ohio State player all-time to reach 500 rebounds with nine vs. West Virginia Dec. 29. His 23 points at Michigan Feb. 4 moved him over the 1,100-point mark.

Ohio State will play before at least five sold out crowds at Value City Arena in 2020. The Wisconsin (19,049, Jan. 3), Indiana (Feb. 1), Purdue (Feb. 15), Maryland (Feb. 23) and Michigan (March 1) games are sellouts. There is limited availability for Rutgers (Feb. 12) and Illinois (March 5).

Off the Bench

Ohio State is 61-19 all-time when games are sold out at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 53-16 in sold out games against the Big Ten, including a 20-11 record against ranked conference opponents. The last sellout at VCA was vs. Wisconsin Jan. 3, 2020 (L, 61-57).

Ohio State is 1,703-1,100 all-time after a 15-7 start this season.

In the first NCAA NET rankings of the year, released Dec. 16, Ohio State was rated the No. 1 team nationally after its 9-1 start. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 in the first NET rankings a year ago as well. This year Ohio State has played eight Quad 1 games (3-5) with a total of 8 Quad 1 (5) and Quad 2 (3) games remaining on the schedule.

When the then-No. 5 Buckeyes tipped vs. the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats Dec. 21 in Las Vegas, the Wesson family reached 300 games played as Buckeyes. Keith Wesson, who lettered for Ohio State from 1983-87, played in 115 games. Senior Andre Wesson has appeared in 118 games while junior Kaleb Wesson has taken the court as a Buckeye 87 times. In 320 games played, the Wessons have scored 2,112 points for an average of 6.6 a game. Andre passed Keith in total games played at Northwestern Jan. 28.

In three seasons as Ohio State head coach, Chris Holtmann teams have made 10 or more 3s 23 times (17-6 rcd.). Ohio State made 10+ from distance five times in 2017-18 and posted a 4-1 record in those games. The Buckeyes were 5-5 in 2018-19 and are 8-0 this year when make 10+ 3-pointers.

The Buckeyes have made 30 or more field goals seven times this year (7-0) after doing so three times a season ago (3-0). Chris Holtmann Ohio State teams have scored 30 or more FGs in 22 games during his tenure (21-1) after doing so 12 times in his first year (12-1). Ohio State has won its last nine games when reaching at least 30 FGs made.

Kaleb Wesson Welcomed to Exclusive Club
Ohio State junior Kaleb Wesson has entered both the 1,000 career point and 500 career rebound club with 1,121 points and 599 boards. Wesson became the 29th Buckeye all-time with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

The Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 88-72. The Buckeyes are 54-25 in Columbus and 30-46 in Madison. The teams have met five times on neutral courts with Ohio State winning four. Andre Wesson has faced the Badgers five times, most on the Ohio State roster. He averages 5.6 points and just over two rebounds in the series. Kaleb Wesson averages 20.5 points and eight rebounds in two meetings with the Badgers.

Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin enters the game at 13-10 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten. Nate Reuvers leads Wisconsin with 13.8 points per game. He also is the top rebounder with 4.9 boards a contest.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 831-736 against current league members. Chris Holtmann faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes in 2017-18. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 33-30 vs. conference opponents in nine years as a head coach.


BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Hoops Eyes Another MAC Road Win Saturday at Western Michigan


Game 23

Ball State (13-9, 6-3 MAC) at Western Michigan (10-12, 3-6 MAC)

Saturday, Feb. 8 (4:30 p.m. ET)

Kalamazoo, Mich. (University Arena)

Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: 96.7/104.9 | Live Stats

Setting the Stage

  • Ball State wraps up a heavy road stretch Saturday, looking for its best MAC start in 15 years. The contest with Western Michigan is the Cardinals’ sixth road game in the past eight. A win would move BSU to 7-3 in conference play for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Cardinals have won two straight, most recently defeating Kent State for their first road win over the Golden Flashes since 1999.
  • Western Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-60 victory earlier this week at MAC East Division opponent Miami. The Broncos’ other league wins have also come against teams from the East — Kent State and Ohio. Saturday’s contest will be just the fourth West Division game for both BSU and WMU. The Cardinals are 2-1 versus fellow West teams, while the Broncos are seeking their first division win.

The Matchup

  • Ball State won both meetings with Western Michigan last season, defeating the Broncos 79-59 in Muncie and 60-58 in Kalamazoo. Kyle Mallers recorded a double-double for BSU in the first meeting last season with 22 points and 10 rebounds while hitting 6-of-10 from 3-point range. The Broncos took both matchups the previous season.
  • Ball State and Western Michigan will be meeting for the 133rd time in an all-time series that is deadlocked at 66-all. When the teams get together in Muncie on Feb. 24, WMU will match Indiana State for the opponent Ball State has faced most frequently in program history.
  • Ball State’s freshmen are accounting for 69 minutes per game in MAC play, the most of any team in the league. Ohio is getting an average of 68 minutes from rookies, while Western Michigan is the next highest at 55. Redshirt freshman Jarron Coleman and true freshman Luke Bumbalough have started every league game in the backcourt for BSU, while redshirt freshman Kani Acree has also played a significant role in conference play.
  • Western Michigan features two of the top 12 scorers in the MAC in Michael Flowers (17.8 ppg) and Brandon Johnson (14.8). Flowers ranks 23rd nationally in free throw attempts, having taken 110 on the season. As a team, the Broncos have attempted the second-most free throws in the league with 496, just one fewer than Eastern Michigan.

What’s Trending

  • In winning the past two games, Ball State held both Ohio and Kent State to just 54 points. The Golden Flashes had only scored fewer points once this season (52 at Ohio State). Ball State lowered its MAC-best scoring defense average to 61.6 points per game. BSU has held 16 of its 22 opponents to fewer than 70 points, winning 13 of those games.
  • In addition to his 12-point, 17-rebound double-double in Tuesday’s win at Kent State, Tahjai Teague matched his career high with six assists. Teague also had six assists in this season’s win at Georgia Tech.
  • Tahjai Teague is averaging a double-double in conference play at 17.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. He ranks first in the league in blocks per game in conference play (2.1), second in rebounding and eighth in scoring.
  • Redshirt junior forward Brachen Hazen recorded a career-high 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s win at Kent State, while redshirt sophomore forward Miryne Thomas scored a season-best seven points to spark the Cardinals in the first half.


MIAMI MEN’S BASKETBALL: Battle of the Bricks Rivalry Game on Tap Against Ohio Saturday


Miami RedHawks (9-13; 2-7 MAC) at Ohio Bobcats (10-12, 2-7 MAC)

Game 23: Saturday, February 7 • 3:30 p.m. (EST)

Convocation Center (13,080) • Athens, Ohio

Series vs. Ohio/Streak: Ohio leads 111-94/Ohio-1

Last Meeting: Ohio 66 Miami 57, March 8, 2019

TV: ESPN3 • Russ Eisenstein (PxP) Rob Cornelius (Color)

Radio: Miami Sports Network from Van Wagner • Terry Bridge (PxP)

Miami Sports Network from Van Wagner Affiliates: WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WDBZ 1230 AM/101.5 FM Cincinnati

ATHENS, Ohio – The Miami University men’s basketball team heads to Athens for its first “Battle of the Bricks” rivalry game against Ohio this Saturday. Tip time is 3:30 p.m. and it will air live on ESPN3. An audio broadcast will be available on the Miami Sports Network from Van Wagner.

HALFWAY THROUGH MAC PLAY: While the results have not quite been what the RedHawks have hoped for so far in Mid-American Conference play, Miami still has the opportunity to move up in the standings as it begins the second half of the league slate against the Bobcats. The top four teams in the MAC earn byes straight to Cleveland for the MAC Tournament March 12-14. Right now those schools are Bowling Green (8-2), Central Michigan (6-2), Northern Illinois (7-3) and Akron (6-3). The remaining eight teams will compete on campus sites in the MAC Tournament First Round on Monday, March 9 for the other four spots in Cleveland. The fifth through eighth seeds will be the hosts for those games. Right now that would be Ball State (6-3), Kent State (6-4), Buffalo (5-5) and Western Michigan (3-6).  Going on the road right now would be Toledo (3-7), Miami (2-7), Ohio (2-7) and Eastern Michigan (2-7). Being only one game out of a home spot in the MAC Tournament will provide plenty of incentive for the ‘Hawks as they begin the second half of league play.

GRANT GETS CAREER-HIGH: Freshman guard Dae Dae Grant set new career-highs with 20 points and five assists against Western Michigan on Tuesday. It was his 10th straight game scoring in double figures. During that stretch, Grant is leading the RedHawks with an average of 13.0 points per game. For the entire year, he is averaging 10.0 points per contest.

ABOUT OHIO: The Bobcats are 10-12 overall and 2-7 in the MAC. They have lost their last four games, although each contest has been close. In their last game they fell to Ball State, 65-54, in Muncie, Indiana last Tuesday. Under a new coaching staff this season, Ohio has a young roster led by sophomore guard Jason Preston. He is averaging 15.8 points per game. Redshirt sophomore Ben Vander Plas, the reigning MAC Freshman of the Year, is averaging 15.3 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game.

THE SERIES WITH OHIO: Miami has played more games against Ohio than any other opponent over its 114 seasons of men’s basketball. The Bobcats hold a 111-94 lead in the all-time series with the RedHawks. The teams split their two meetings last season with each team winning at home. On Feb. 9, 2019 in Oxford, Miami jumped to a 20-point halftime lead before cruising to a 79-59 win. Bam Bowman had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the ‘Hawks. On March 8, 2019 in Athens, the Bobcats overcame a seven-point halftime deficit with a big second half performance to defeat Miami, 66-57. The RedHawks were led by Nike Sibande with 22 points as he became the first player in school history to crack the 1,000 career points barrier as a sophomore.

UP NEXT: Miami remains on the road next Tuesday when it travels to Toledo for a 7 p.m. tip. The game will air live on ESPN+. An audio broadcast will be available on the Miami Sports Network from Van Wagner. The RedHawks return home next Saturday, Feb. 15 for their annual One Miami Weekend tripleheader with the women’s basketball and hockey teams. Miami will host Northern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. for that contest that will celebrate the faculty and staff of the University, as well as members of the greater Oxford community.


Report: Bob Knight could return to Assembly Hall for first time since firing

Bob Knight has not returned to Assembly Hall since being fired by Indiana in 2000, but that all could be changing.

Both SI and The Athletic reported on Friday night that Indiana is preparing for Knight to be in the arena for Saturday’s game between IU and in-state rival Purdue. Former Purdue legendary coach Gene Keady is also set to attend the game.

Dick Vitale also shared a photo of Knight and suggested the coach was likely to attend.

The 1979-1980 team that was ranked as high as No. 1 during that season is being honored at halftime. Knight reportedly spoke for a video that will play, and the coach may also be showing up. The Athletic’s Seth Davis says Isiah Thomas and Randy Wittman have been pushing for Knight to attend.

Now 79, Knight moved back to Bloomington last year from Lubbock, where he lived during and after a coaching stint at Texas Tech.

Knight coached Indiana for 29 seasons and won three championships, highlighted by his 1975-76 team, which went 32-0. Knight was known for his strict coaching style and often crossed lines with the way he treated his players and others. He was extremely upset over his firing, and as recently as three years ago, said he had no interest in returning to the school.


Raptors pull away from Pacers 115-106 for 13th straight win

Toronto coach Nick Nurse keeps imploring the defending NBA champions to fix their flaws.

The bigger challenge, right now, might be identifying those errors.

Two days after rallying from a 19-point deficit to extend their franchise-record winning streak, the short-handed Raptors used another late charge to pull away from Indiana 115-106 on Friday night for their 13th consecutive victory.

“I thought we were into it the whole 48 minutes,” Nurse said. “I thought we were playing well enough to maybe get away. You know how those games come down to somebody hits a couple at one end, somebody misses a couple at the other and all of a sudden the game’s over.”

Lately, the Raptors seem to have had all the answers.

They’ve won without Marc Gasol and Norman Powell, two key players who are injured. They won Wednesday when it looked as though they didn’t have a chance. And this time, they delivered the decisive final flurry without six-time All-Star Kyle Lowry.

Lowry missed the final 14 1/2 minutes with what Nurse described as a whiplash injury.

And yet, the Raptors still managed to beat the Pacers for the second time in three days, win their first game in Indianapolis in 13 months and head home with their 10th consecutive road victory.

“We just won the previous game when they were up, just like this,” Terence Davis II said after scoring 17. “We didn’t want to make the same mistake.”

Instead, Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Raptors keep their perfect mark intact for at least one more day. Fred VanVleet added 20 points and seven assists for Toronto, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 15.

For the Pacers, it was another excruciating loss.

Domantas Sabonis finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pacers, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points and four assists in his first home start since returning from an injured right knee.


Jazz snap 5-game skid, rally to beat Trail Blazers 117-114

One play punctuated a thrilling comeback for the Utah Jazz.

However, it was a play that ultimately should not have counted.

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell scored a go-ahead layup with 19.5 seconds left. Portland’s Damian Lillard tried to answer with a layup on the other end, but Rudy Gobert blocked the shot with 11.2 seconds left.

The Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak and beat Trail Blazers 117-114 on Friday night.

The only problem? Gobert committed goaltending by blocking the shot off the glass. But, the referee crew made no call on the play.

“We get to the last play of the game and they miss a easy call,” Lillard said. “Then they tell us it’s a easy no call, like that’s obviously not a goaltend. It cost us the (expletive) game, man.”

NBA referee Josh Tiven confirmed to a pool reporter after the game that video review showed that a goaltending violation should have been called originally, but it was not a reviewable play because the crew did not call it on the floor.

That was little consolation for the Trail Blazers. Instead of tying the game, and potentially forcing overtime, Portland came away with a costly defeat amid a push to get back into the playoff picture.

“It cost us the game. We can’t get it back,” C.J. McCollum said. “When we make mistakes, we’re fined. And they cost us a game that could cost people money, so, they should be fined accordingly, because that’s terrible. Not just bad, terrible.”

Gobert said he was trying to make a play on the ball and felt like the no-call overshadowed a memorable Utah comeback from a 14-point halftime deficit.

“Obviously it’s a big play because it’s the last play and it’s what everyone is going to remember,” Gobert said. “But I think we did a great job playing in the second half. Mistakes are made. Officials are human. I feel like it’s all part of the game.”

Bojan Bogdanovic had 27 points to lead Utah. Mike Conley added 18 points for the Jazz. Mitchell and Gobert (14 rebounds) chipped in 16 points apiece.

Lillard finished with 42 points for Portland. McCollum scored 27 points, Gary Trent added 16 and Mario Hezonja 11 for the Blazers, which had only seven healthy players available for the bulk of the final three quarters.


Tatum scores 32, helps Celtics hold off Hawks 112-107

As well as the Celtics have played lately, guard Marcus Smart believes they can play even better.

Jayson Tatum had seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points to help Boston sneak out of TD Garden with a 112-107 win over struggling Atlanta on Friday night.

But with eight of the Celtics’ next nine against teams currently in playoff contention, Smart knows there won’t be any room for lapses over the next few weeks.

“That’s something as a team we’re still learning and we’re still getting better at,” Smart said. “We’ve got to play to the final buzzer. That’s what’s gonna make us a great team. We still have a lot to learn. But I like they way we did tonight.”

It was Tatum’s eighth consecutive game with at least 20 points. Enes Kanter added 16 points and 15 rebounds. Romeo Langford chipped in 16 points off the bench as Boston posted its sixth consecutive win.

Atlanta led at halftime, despite having only nine players available and playing without Trae Young, DeAndrew Bembry, Cam Reddish and Bruno Fernando. But the Hawks struggled to make shots in the second half.

They got within 110-107 with 41.3 seconds to play on a dunk by John Collins. The Hawks got the ball back with 18.3 seconds left, but Kevin Huerter and Brandon Goodwin both came up empty from 3. Langford corralled the rebound, was fouled and hit both of his ensuing free throws.

“I was a lot more comfortable,” said Langford, who at times found himself guarding Vince Carter just a game removed from making his first career start. “It took me a little bit to get the rhythm of the game, but once I got running up and down the court a little bit, I felt like I belonged out there.”

Collins led Atlanta with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Huerter finished with 25 points.

The Hawks kept the game close despite also not having trade deadline acquisitions Clint Capela, Dewayne Dedmon and Skal Labissiere, who hadn’t yet joined the team as they awaited their deals to be officially completed.

“We’ve just got to play with effort, no matter if we’re short-handed or not,” Huerter said. “It’s the kind of thing you’ve got to do to piece games together. … Hopefully Sunday we can get more people on the court.”


Oubre scores career-high 39, Suns top Rockets 127-91

Kelly Oubre Jr. was one of many Phoenix Suns players who had their names floated in trade rumors over the past week. But the trade deadline came and went, nobody was moved, and by Friday morning’s shootaround there was a mini-celebration that everyone was still around.

“The first thing we said when we saw each other this morning was `We made it!'” Oubre said.

The good vibes continued several hours later when the Suns played one of their best games of the season in a 127-91 victory over the Houston Rockets. Oubre scored a career-high 39 points and Devin Booker added 33.

“I don’t want to get too high on the hog, but I thought that was a really good effort from our guys,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “There was a sense of urgency from the tip to play with great effort. That was pleasing for me.”

The Suns poured in 46 points in the first quarter and led the rest of the way, turning back a handful of Houston rallies. The Rockets were playing without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who was held out for rest one night after Houston beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 24-year-old Oubre had a stellar game on his bobblehead night, hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Suns a 97-73 lead going into the fourth quarter. He shot 14 of 19 from the field, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range.

“My teammates were passing me the ball,” Oubre said. “I was just playing within the coach’s system, being in attack mode, staying aggressive. I’m honored, but we’ve got another one tomorrow.”

The Suns snapped a four-game losing streak overall and a 13-game losing streak against the Rockets that dates to 2016.

James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter because the Suns were well ahead. He finished 9 of 19 from the field and made five 3-pointers.

“They played better than we did,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Their athleticism, their freshness just overwhelmed us and we were dead-legged, couldn’t make threes. Just all kinds of little things.”

The Suns jumped out to a 46-26 lead by the end of the first quarter, shooting 17 of 20 from the field, including 8 of 10 from 3-point range. Booker scored 18 points and Oubre had 10.


Korkmaz, Simmons lead 76ers past Grizzlies 119-107

The 76ers needed to get back to their home court to get back on track. Furkan Korkmaz’s shooting helped, too.

Korkmaz scored a career-high 34 points, Ben Simmons added 22 points and 10 assists and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak with a 119-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

“We needed this,” Simmons said.

Joel Embiid didn’t come out after halftime due to a stiff neck. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes for the 76ers, who improved to an NBA-best 23-2 at home.

Korkmaz made 13 of 17 shots, including 7 of 9 3-pointers.

“It was a tough week,” Korkmaz said. “Everybody brought their spirit, everybody helped each other and everybody looked good on the court.”

The 76ers were glad to be back in Philadelphia after a dismal four-game road trip that saw them get outscored by 73 total points while allowing an average of 123 points per contest in defeats to Atlanta, Boston, Miami and Milwaukee. Those losses dropped the 76ers’ road record to 9-19.

The latest road defeat, Thursday’s 112-101 setback at Milwaukee, came after a players-only meeting following Monday’s 137-106 blowout at Miami.

Ja Morant had 15 points to pace Memphis, which lost for just the fourth time in 17 games. The Grizzlies, who last made the playoffs in 2017, entered 3½ games ahead of Portland for the final postseason berth in the Western Conference.

“They just executed at a really high level and imposed their will,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said.

Getting to the playoffs was considered an afterthought for the 76ers, who began the season as title contenders. But Philadelphia was the No. 6 seed if the playoffs started Friday.

The 76ers were out of sync offensively during their skid, and coach Brett Brown has been trying to mesh All-Stars Simmons and Embiid without success of late.

“It’s a good problem to have – if it’s a problem,” 76ers GM Elton Brand said prior to the game.

Brand made some moves this week to help Brown.


Probe: Bryant helicopter was 100 feet from clear skies

A witness to the deadly crash of a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others said it sounded normal just before slamming into a hillside and wreckage examined by experts at the scene showed no sign of engine failure, federal investigators said in a report released Friday.

The Jan. 26 crash occurred in cloudy conditions and aviation experts said the “investigative update” from the National Transportation Safety Board reinforces the notion the pilot became disoriented and crashed while trying to get to clear skies around Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles.

The veteran pilot, Ara Zobayan, came agonizingly close to finding his way out of the clouds.

He told air traffic control he was climbing to 4,000 feet (1,219 meters). He ascended to 2,300 feet (701 meters), just 100 feet (30 meters) from what camera footage later reviewed by the NTSB showed was the top of the clouds.

But rather than continuing higher Zobayan began a high-speed descent and left turn in rapidly rising terrain. He slammed into the hillside at more than 180 mph (290 kph) and was descending at 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) per minute.

““If you exit the bottom of the clouds at 4000 feet per minute at that high speed, you’ve certainly lost control of the aircraft,” air safety consultant Kipp Lau said. He said Bryant’s chopper could have emerged from the clouds in just 12 more seconds, assuming it was ascending at 500 feet (152.40 meters) per minute.

“Once you break out of the clouds it’s clear. Everything lines up with the body,” Lau said. “Now you have a real horizon.”

Mike Sagely, a helicopter pilot in the Los Angeles area with 35 years of flying experience, said the aircraft’s last moments suggest Zobayan had started to execute a maneuver designed to pop above the clouds by flying up and forward.

“When he went into the clouds, he had a full on emergency,” Sagely said.

When pilots try to turn instead of sticking with the pop-up maneuver, “probably in the neighborhood of 80 to 90% of the time, it’s catastrophic,” he said.

The crash occurred as the group was flying to a girls basketball tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy. He coached his 13-year-old daughter Gianna’s team. She and two teammates were among the nine people killed.

The deaths shook Los Angeles and the sporting world. Within hours, thousands had gathered outside Staples Center, where Bryant starred for the Lakers, and began a makeshift memorial that became a massive display of flowers, candles, personal notes, basketballs and other mementos.

A public memorial for Bryant and the other victims is scheduled for Feb. 24 at Staples. The date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna.

The NTSB’s report was a compilation of information and data about the flight, helicopter and pilot. It’s likely to take a year for the NTSB to issue a report about the cause.

Zobayan was a regular pilot for Bryant and the chief pilot for Island Express Helicopters, with more than 8,200 hours of flight time. He was certified to fly solely using instruments – a more difficult rating to attain that allows pilots to fly at night and through clouds when the ground isn’t visible – and was a pilot to other celebrities including Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard and Kylie Jenner.

During the flight with Bryant’s group, Zobayan did not report any equipment problems and sounded calm while communicating to air traffic controllers. His final transmission said he was going to climb above the clouds. Eight seconds after reaching peak altitude, he started the fateful descent.

An unidentified witness told the NTSB the hillside where the crash occurred was shrouded in mist when he heard the helicopter approaching. It sounded normal and he then saw the blue-and-white aircraft emerge from the fog moving forward and down. Within 2 seconds it slammed into the hillside just below him.

Former Island Express pilot Kurt Deetz, who regularly flew Bryant to games at the Staples Center, said reading the NTSB’s report reinforced how dangerously fast the helicopter was traveling in conditions that had prompted the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff to ground their copters.

“Normally in those conditions, you’re pretty cautious. You’re proceeding slowly,” Deetz said.

The impact tore the helicopter apart and all aboard died from blunt force trauma. The aircraft’s instrument panel was destroyed and most of the devices were displaced. The flight controls were broken and suffered fire damage.

Investigators believe that since a tree branch at the crash site was cut, the engines were working and rotors turning at the time of impact. All four of the helicopter’s blades had similar damage, the report stated.

The 50-year-old Zobayan’s most recent flight review included training on inadvertently flying into bad weather conditions. It covered how to recover if the aircraft’s nose is pointed too far up or down, and what to do if the helicopter banks severely to one side. He earned satisfactory grades in the review, which took place in May 2019.

Deetz said Zobayan previously had told him that he did not have actual experience flying in clouds, despite being certified. Deetz said that isn’t uncommon.

Bryant’s helicopter did not have a device called the Terrain Awareness and Warning System, known as TAWS, that signals when an aircraft is in danger of hitting ground. The NTSB has recommended the system be mandatory for helicopters but the Federal Aviation Administration only requires it for air ambulances. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Brad Sherman, both California Democrats, have called for the FAA to mandate the devices.

While NTSB Member Jennifer Homendy has said it’s not clear if the warning system would have averted the crash, aviation expert Gary Robb said Friday’s report highlights the need to equip all helicopters with the warning system.

“If this helicopter had had TAWS, Mr. Bryant and the rest of the passengers would be alive today,” said Robb, a lawyer who has written a textbook about helicopter crash litigation.

The others killed included Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri and daughter Alyssa; Bryant’s friend and assistant coach, Christina Mauser; and Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, 14. A public memorial for the Altobelli family will be held Monday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.


Report: Key Warriors players soured on D’Angelo Russell

There has been some debate over whether the Golden State Warriors did the right thing by giving up on the D’Angelo Russell experiment and trading him to Minnesota on Thursday, but it sounds like the deal may not be terribly unpopular in the team’s locker room.

According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, “voices that matter” in the Golden State locker room quickly came to see Russell as a poor long-term fit. Slater stressed that Russell was not a problematic figure in the locker room, but teammates did not see a good positional fit due to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson occupying both guard spots when healthy. They also did not think he could be good enough defensively to contribute to an elite unit.

The jury is out on whether Andrew Wiggins can do what Russell seemingly couldn’t. This is a sign, though, that some of these Warriors stars — including Curry and likely Draymond Green — did not see what they wanted out of Russell. As bad as Golden State is this season, they still boast key players with a winning pedigree and the knowledge of what it takes to win championships. If they didn’t care for Russell, it was always going to be an uphill climb.

Russell may not have been an unqualified success with the Warriors, but there’s certainly reason to believe he should make one of his new teammates much happier in Minnesota.


Police investigating video showing high schoolers attacking own basketball coach

A New Jersey high school basketball coach was attacked by a group of his own players on Tuesday night, and the incident is under investigation by police.

A video obtained by ABC 7 Eyewitness News claims to show a junior varsity basketball coach from Malcolm X. Shabazz High School in Newark, N.J., being attacked by several of his own players after getting off the bus following a game. Four players are shown punching and kicking the coach repeatedly after the person recording the video was heard yelling, “They about to jump the basketball coach!”

It’s unclear what led to the assault, but ABC 7 reports that the coach was trying to stop a group of players from bullying another player. The students involved in the incident have been suspended, and police are reviewing the incident to determine if charges will be filed.

“Our detectives are investigating this incident to identify and to appropriately charge those individuals involved,” Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said. “Because high school students are typically juveniles, the names of the suspects will not be released. But those found to have participated in this senseless act of violence will face criminal charges.”

The coach declined medical attention. The video has been shared widely across social media, and other students at Malcolm X. Shabazz High School say they are embarrassed by the incident.


Mendoza has new roles with ESPN, resigns as Mets adviser

Jessica Mendoza will no longer be on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” or work for the New York Mets front office after signing a contract extension with the network.

ESPN announced Friday that Mendoza will be an analyst on weekday games as well as making appearances on various network shows, including “SportsCenter” and “Baseball Tonight.”

Mendoza’s increased appearances on ESPN have led her to resign as a baseball operations adviser to the Mets and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. She was hired as a Mets adviser last March.

Mendoza joined ESPN as a softball analyst and college football sideline reporter in 2007. She has been an MLB analyst since 2015 and was part of the “Sunday Night Baseball” booth for four seasons. Her roles with the network and the Mets had been under discussion since the end of last season.

“I’ve always prioritized my growth and these new opportunities will allow me to expand my broadcasting career while challenging me at the same time,” Mendoza said in a statement. “Some of the best memories of my career have been with ”Sunday Night Baseball” and I will miss my time with our amazing crew, who have been like family.”

Mendoza’s dual roles had drawn attention and caused friction. The Los Angeles Dodgers banned her from their clubhouse last year once during the season and once during the postseason because of her position with the Mets. She also drew attention last month for saying on an ESPN show that pitcher Mike Fiers should have gone to Major League Baseball before he told a journalist that the Houston Astros had been using a camera to steal signs.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said during this week’s owners meetings that he was not comfortable with Mendoza and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez being both team employees and broadcasters.

“It’s a topic that remains under discussion internally,” he said. “It caused a lot of complications, not just on this particular incident or comments, but in general.”

Van Wagenen said in a statement that the team supported Mendoza’s need to devote herself full-time to broadcasting.

“We have such respect and value her baseball insight and know her impact on the game of baseball is just beginning,” he said.

As part of her new role, Mendoza will be the lone analyst on a package of weeknight games as well as being in the booth for ESPN Radio’s coverage of the World Series and postseason games. Additionally, Mendoza will be making plenty of studio appearances on “SportsCenter,” “Baseball Tonight” and other ESPN studio shows as well as doing features on “E:60.”


Merzlikins gets fifth shutout, Blue Jackets beat Red Wings

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie goalie Elvis Merzlikins is racking up some impressive stats since becoming the starter by attrition on New Year’s Eve.

Merzlikins, who took over after Joonas Korpisalo was injured, got a fifth shutout in his last eight games on Friday night in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. He’s got back-to-back shutouts and eight straight wins. He is 12-2-0 since becoming the starter. The five shutouts lead the NHL.

And it was probably his easiest win of the season, with Columbus out-shooting the hapless Red Wings 44-16.

“We didn’t give them much, but (Merzlikins) made some great saves for us,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said.

Zach Werenski’s second-period goal, his 17th of the season, broke a franchise season scoring record for defensemen for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight and nine of 10.

The Blue Jackets dominated Detroit but were clinging to a 1-0 lead as the clock ticked down under 2 minutes and the Red Wings pulled goalie Jimmy Howard for a sixth skater. Columbus finally got to breath easier when Boone Jenner got an empty-netter with 1:25 left.

Howard faced a shooting gallery at times, finishing with 42 saves and slipping to 2-21-2 on the season. The 35-year-old has lost 18 straight and hasn’t won since October.

“They just throw pucks at the net,” Howard said. “They’re one of those teams that’s got big bodies up front. They like to work it down low and throw it to the middle and just crash. A lot of shots were in tight.”

Columbus has been on a roll the past two months. They are 9-0-1 in the last 10 and 19-2-5 since Dec. 9, earning 43 of their 69 points in that stretch. The win moved them back into third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the New York Islanders and two behind Pittsburgh.

“I think we played well, we didn’t give up really anything,” Werenski said. “We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. It would be nice to score a couple more of those, but we’re saving those for tomorrow, I guess.”

Columbus is bound to have a tougher time of it on Saturday against Colorado in the second half of a back-to-back.

Detroit is looking for answers in one of the worst seasons in years. The Red Wings had lost nine a row before a shootout win over Buffalo on Thursday night, but had difficulty generating many quality scoring attempts on Friday.


Report: Astros used codebreaking computer program during games

New reporting shows that the culture of cheating within the Houston Astros organization started at the top, and it happened long before any trash cans were involved.

New reporting by Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal shows that it was members of the Houston Astros front office who originally devised a sign stealing scheme in late 2016, and former general manager Jeff Luhnow was almost certainly aware of it.

Larry Brown Sports was also told by sources about this codebreaking computer program.

On Sept. 22, 2016, an Astros intern presented a PowerPoint to Luhnow outlining a new program called “Codebreaker,” an Excel-based application that was used to decode opposing catchers’ signs. The program was used by someone watching a game on video who noted what sign the catcher put down, followed by the pitch that was thrown. This allowed the user to determine which pitch corresponded to which sign, and that information could be relayed to an intermediary, then to an Astros baserunner, who passed it on to a hitter.

This system was used during the 2017 season and part of 2018, and was used in both home and away games. The player-driven trash can scheme came into use in June 2017 on top of the use of Codebreaker.

Luhnow, who has denied any knowledge of sign-stealing schemes, was told of the program in its infancy and asked questions about it. Tom Koch-Weser, the team’s director of advance information, sent multiple emails to Luhnow referencing “the system” and what Koch-Weser referred to as the “our dark arts, sign-stealing department.” Luhnow claimed that he did not read to the bottom of the emails because they were too long, and thus did not see those references. Luhnow admitted to remembering the PowerPoint, but claimed that he thought it would be used legally to allow runners to share the signs in future games as opposed to doing it instantaneously during live game action.

Other Astros employees who spoke to MLB believed that Luhnow had to know about the Codebreaker operation. It was not hidden when Luhnow visited the video room, and the term “dark arts” was even included in the scouting department’s 2019 budget spreadsheet. There was also evidence that Koch-Weser used the “dark arts” terminology to try to convince Luhnow to extend his contract. Luhnow denied this, and stated that he did not view the portion of the budget that contained the terminology and would have said something if he had.

There is significant evidence that Luhnow knew about this operation, or at least should have. Even if you believe his denials, the most charitable interpretation is that he wasn’t even close to thorough in reviewing emails or other pertinent data, so he looks bad either way. His denials do not hold any weight and clearly should not be believed.

One of the most interesting reveals is that the Astros were using this system on the road, and into 2018 as well. It certainly supports Yu Darvish’s theory that something was amiss during Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, and may well taint that Astros championship even more.


AJ Hinch issues non-denial about Astros using electronic buzzers

Former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch gave his first on-camera interview since being fired for his role in the team’s sign-stealing scandal, and he tried to strike an apologetic tone.

Hinch sat down with Tom Verducci for MLB Network to answer questions about the scandal and its fallout. He voiced his regret, confirming that he destroyed two monitors with a bat in response to the scheme. He admitted, however, that he should have sat his players down and told them to stop it at that point.

Another key moment in the interview was Hinch’s refusal to explicitly deny that players wore buzzers, instead deferring to the Commissioner’s findings that stated there was no evidence of it.

The Astros have been criticized by some for their lack of apology, though ownership has said it will happen. Hinch will be judged on his sincerity, but it’s the apology many have wanted. Since the interview was taped, however, Hinch was not asked about his role in a reported codebreaking program the front office allegedly devised and used for a year and a half.


Report: Red Sox players also given immunity by MLB

The Boston Red Sox are being investigated over allegations that they illegally used electronics to steal signs, and it sounds like Major League Baseball is handling the investigation the same way the league carried out its probe of the Houston Astros.

No players were disciplined after it was determined that the Astros had an elaborate sign-stealing scheme in place during their World Series season in 2017, and that’s because the players were granted immunity by MLB for providing information about the system. According to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the same was offered to Red Sox players.

Alex Cora, who was a bench coach in Houston in 2017, was not suspended when the findings were announced from the Houston investigation. However, that is only because MLB was waiting to see if he may have been guilty of additional infractions in Boston. The Red Sox have already fired Cora, which gives you an idea of the direction they believe the investigation is headed.

ESPN’s Buster Olney said recently that MLB is investigating “something specific” with the Red Sox, and there’s a feeling around the league that they were guilty of something.

The Red Sox have been accused of illegally using the video replay room at Fenway Park to help decode opponents’ signals and relay them to hitters. MLB took steps to prevent teams from being able to engage in practices like that, which seems to prove the league knew about what was going on before the whistle was blown on both the Astros and Red Sox.

While it is widely assumed that the Red Sox are going to face a similar punishment to Houston, JD Martinez said recently that he believes MLB is going to determine there was nothing going on in Boston.


Report: Red Sox seeking extra prospect from Twins in Mookie Betts deal

The Boston Red Sox have yet to finalize the trade that was supposed to send Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they may have to find a new third team to bring into the mix in order to complete the deal.

The Red Sox were supposed to get 21-year-old pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol from the Minnesota Twins as part of the Betts deal, but Ken Rosenthal reported on Wednesday that Boston was unhappy with what they found in Graterol’s medical records. Now, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox are trying to get an additional prospect from the Twins, but Minnesota is not having it.

The complications have led to talk that the Betts deal may be nixed, but the Red Sox and Dodgers both appear committed to making sure it happens. Heyman adds that the two teams have been exploring ways to complete the deal without the Twins if need be.

Obviously, the situation is less than ideal. It’s unclear why the Red Sox suddenly became concerned about Graterol’s medical records, as they knew he had Tommy John surgery in 2016. Skeptics have argued that Boston is trying to save face after fans and analysts bashed them for getting so little in return for Betts and David Price, who is also supposed to be heading to the Dodgers. We know at least one Red Sox player who would probably be thrilled if the deal fell through.


MLBPA director Tony Clark calls for Mookie Betts trade to be resolved

The delays in the Mookie Betts trade have become significant enough that the Major League Baseball Players Union has weighed in.

Citing the fact that the players involved are “in limbo” and the “unethical leaking of medical information,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark urged the four teams involved — the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels — to complete the complicated deal as soon as possible.

The statement comes as the Red Sox voice concerns over the medical records of top prospect Brusdar Graterol, one of the key pieces of the trade who would head to Boston. They’ve tried to get Minnesota to renegotiate its end of the deal and add another top prospect in addition to Graterol, but the Twins are, to this point, not interested.

Clark’s statement underscores the difficulty in making trades such as this. Betts — and several other players — are expected to be at spring camp within the next week. Right now, they have no idea which team’s camp they’ll attend. You can understand why that would make the union so upset.


Taylor, Dodgers reach $13.4M, 2-year deal, avoid arbitration

For Chris Taylor and the Los Angeles Dodgers, reaching a multiyear contract was like a dance routine: a five, six, seven, eight.

Los Angeles and the utilityman avoided arbitration when they agreed to an $13.4 million, two-year contract that included salaries of $5.6 million this year, then $7.8 million in 2021.

Taylor hit .262 last year after overcoming a slow start to the season in which he missed over a month with a broken wrist. The 29-year-old plays many positions and his speed is valuable on the basepaths.

Taylor made $3.5 million last year. He had asked for $5.8 million in arbitration and the team offered $5,250,000. He is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season.

Infielder Max Muncy agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract Thursday and outfielder Joc Pederson, who may soon be traded to the Los Angeles Angels, lost his case Friday and will get $7.75 million instead of his request for $9.5 million.

Reliever Pedro Baez ($4 million versus $3.5 million) remains on track for a hearing.


Pederson loses in salary arbitrations, owners now lead 3-0

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat outfielder Joc Pederson in salary arbitration, giving teams a 3-0 record in hearings this year.

Pederson will be paid $7.75 million, while he had sought a raise from $5 million to $9.5 million. The decision Friday came while the Dodgers have been trying to work out a trade to send Pederson to the Angels.

The Dodgers went to their first arbitration case since defeating reliever Joe Beimel in 2007. The hearing was held before Elizabeth Neumeier, Walt De Treux and Howard Edelman.

Pederson hit a career-high 36 home runs last season and improved defensively. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter did not have a homer off a left-handed pitcher.

Earlier this week, Minnesota pitcher Jose Berrios and Atlanta reliever Shane Greene lost their cases.

Thirteen players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 21.


AP source: Popular OF Hunter Pence returning to Giants

Former fan favorite Hunter Pence is returning to the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a contract that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Friday that Pence had reached agreement pending a physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Thursday he expected to make roster additions before early next week when the team begins spring training.

Pence will provide some stability as the Giants move into 2020 with new manager Gabe Kapler and a coaching staff that is entirely new aside from longtime coach Ron Wotus working at third base.

The 36-year-old Pence was part of the Giants’ 2012 and ’14 World Series champion teams. After a more limited role in 2018 with San Francisco as he worked to retool his hitting mechanics and rediscover his swing, he spent 2019 with the Texas Rangers and resurrected himself. He batted .297 with 18 homers, 17 doubles and 59 RBIs over 83 games.

San Francisco also announced Friday it had signed outfielder Billy Hamilton and right-hander Nick Vincent to minor league contracts with spring training invitations.

The Giants also were working to finalize a deal with versatile infielder Wilmer Flores, which Zaidi said had not been completed as of Thursday.

San Francisco has 28 spring training invites. Players report Tuesday to Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona with the first workout for pitchers and catchers Wednesday.


Browns hire former 49ers assistant Woods to lead defense

New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has hired former San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Joe Woods as his defensive coordinator.

The addition of Woods to Stefanski’s staff has been rumored for weeks, but Cleveland couldn’t formally interview him until San Francisco’s season ended. After the 49ers were beaten by Kansas City in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Woods met with Stefasnki – the two worked together for eight seasons in Minnesota – and the Browns offered him a contract.

“Absolutely worth the wait,” said Stefanski, the former Vikings offensive coordinator who faced the 49ers and lost in the playoffs. “It’s good to see when you’re taking a coach from another team it’s good to see that team having success. It was fun to watch those guys. They had an incredible season. Joe’s impact on that defense was very real.”

Woods is bringing 49ers assistant Chris Kiffin with him to coach the Browns defensive line.

Earlier this week, Stefanski named Alex Van Pelt as his offensive coordinator. Stefanski has yet to say who will be calling plays next season.

Woods, who was Denver’s defensive coordinator in 2017-18, replaces Steve Wilks. The former Arizona coach was let go after one season following Freddie Kitchens’ firing.

Woods coached the Niners’ defensive backs last season, and with a huge assist from a relentless pass rush, the group led the NFL in passing defense, allowing just 169.2 yards per game.

In Cleveland, he’ll take over a young defense with promise but some holes.

Star end Myles Garrett was having a strong 2019 season before he was suspended indefinitely for striking Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with a swung helmet. Garrett will soon meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell and is expected to be re-instated.

Cleveland has solid young cornerbacks in former Pro Bowler Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams, but the team will need to address the safety spot with Damarious Randall eligible for free agency and Morgan Burnett recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.


Michael Irvin: ‘Very significant people’ said Cowboys could trade Dak Prescott, sign Tom Brady

Though the Dallas Cowboys have publicly stated that Tom Brady is not a player of interest amid the ongoing contract discussions with Dak Prescott, many aren’t buying it.

Speaking about that very topic Friday on WEEI’s “Dale & Keefe,” NFL Network’s Michael Irvin, who remains very plugged in with his former team, shared a shocking conversation he had with “very significant people.”

Essentially, the people he was speaking with thought the Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Prescott, trade him afterward and then sign Tom Brady.

What’s even more fascinating is that Irvin isn’t the only former Cowboys receiver who has talked about a similar potential scenario. Terrell Owens recently shared his feeling that the Cowboys don’t believe in Prescott and could sign Brady instead.

The Cowboys have repeatedly stated that Prescott is “the man” going forward and that he’s going to land a huge contract extension. But until something actually happens on that front, the rumors will persist.


Indiana Softball Drops Two Games in Second Day of Black & Gold Tournament


ORLANDO, Fla. – Indiana Softball continued play in UCF’s Black & Gold Tournament on Friday (Feb. 7) afternoon with a pair of contests. The Hoosiers would drop the first game of the non-conference doubleheader to Duke by a final score of 8-2. Indiana fell in their second game to host UCF 11-2 in a five innings. IU will conclude play during opening weekend on Saturday morning with a pair of contests.

Game One: Duke 8, Indiana 2


Grayson Radcliffe singled up the middle from the leadoff spot to open the bottom of the first inning. She got as far as third before Duke was able to record the third out.

Junior infielder Annika Baez got Indiana on the board in for the first time in 2020 when she hit a solo home run into left centerfield in the second inning.

Hannah Davis was able to lay out to catch a ball in foul territory to record the first out of the third inning of play. The Blue Devils would go down in order as Emily Goodin retried her seventh batter in a row.

Tete Hart beat out a throw to first to reach in the bottom of the third inning followed by Grayson Radcliffe singling to get her to third base. The Hoosiers loaded the bases. Gabbi Jenkins advanced to second on a passed ball allowing Radcliffe to advance to third and Tete Hart to come home to score on the play.

Duke got three across in the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice, a single and a ground out.

The Blue Devils went on to get a double, followed by a triple and a home run in the top of the sixth inning to take the six-run lead. Josie Wood recorded a strikeout to end the sixth, then held Duke scoreless in the top of the seventh.


Annika Baez sent her first home run of the season over the leftfield fence in the second inning. This was home run number eight of her career with IU, and Indiana’s first run of 2020.

Grayson Radcliffe collected two hits in the ballgame with a pair of singles.

Desiree Dufek made her first career start for the Cream and Crimson behind the dish.

Game Two: UCF 11, Indiana 2


UCF opened the game with five runs home on three hits over the course of the first inning.

Indiana responded with a two-run top of the second to cut into the lead. Columbia Holeman came home on a ground out to first by Tatum Hayes before Tete Hart doubled deep into left center field to bring home Chloe Steinhaus.

Indiana followed it up with a solid 5-3-5 double play thanks to an excellent throw and tag at third by Hannah Davis. Emily Goodin followed it up with a strikeout to get out of the inning.

The Knights put together another big inning in the bottom of the third getting three more home to extend the lead to six.

UCF would go on to hit a three run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game via run-rule in a walk off.


Gabbi Jenkins recorded her first steal of the 2020 season in the top of the first inning. She swiped 21 bags a year ago.

Tatum Hayes earned her first career RBI grounding out to score Columbia Holeman.

Tete Hart reached with a triple in the second inning to record her first career RBI as well. She did so with a thundering triple to score Columbia Holeman following Hayes in the second.

Josie Wood recorded four strikeouts on the day including three in relief against UCF. She pitched a total of 2.1 innings.

Freshman pitcher Kate Rehberg made her first career start for the Hoosiers.


“On the day we struggled with consistency in all three phases of the game. We do continue to see micro-moments that we can build off of. Tomorrow we need to take care of the ball and string a few things together offensively, and that will get us a different result.”


Indiana continues play in the Black & Gold Tournament on Saturday morning with a pair of contests. The Hoosiers will play St. John’s at 9 AM before facing Clemson to close the weekend at 11 AM.


INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS: Hoosiers Come Up Short Against Middle Tennessee State


MURFREESBORO, Tenn.   – The Indiana men’s tennis team fell 4-2 against Middle Tennessee State on Friday.

The Hoosiers (3-3) got off to a strong start as they won the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles and a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles.

Middle Tennessee State rebounded to win the first three singles matches and take a 3-1 lead. Bennett Crane brought the Hoosiers within one at 3-2 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles.

Middle Tennessee clinched the match with a three-set win at No. 2 singles.

Up next the Hoosiers host UC Santa Barbara and Xavier on Monday February 17 at the IU Tennis Center.

Middle Tennessee 4, Indiana University 2

Singles competition

  1. #94 Bennett Crane (IU) def. Tom Moonen (MT) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
  2. Chris Edge (MT) def. Zac Brodney (IU) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
  3. Stijn Slump (MT) vs. Carson Haskins (IU) 6-4, 0-6, 3-4, unfinished
  4. #121 Max Rauch (MT) def. Patrick Fletchall (IU) 6-3, 6-2
  5. Francisco Rocha (MT) def. Luka Vukovic (IU) 6-2, 6-2
  6. Pavel Motl (MT) def. Vikash Singh (IU) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition

  1. Bennett Crane/Zac Brodney (IU) def. Stijn Slump/Pavel Motl (MT) 6-4
  2. Carson Haskins/William Piekarsky (IU) def. Chris Edge/Tom Moonen (MT) 5-4
  3. Payam Ahmadi/Patrick Fletchall (IU) def. Daniel Stormon/Max Rauch (MT) 6-2


INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS: Hoosiers Capture 4-3 Victory at Navy


ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Indiana women’s tennis team prevailed 4-3 on the road at Navy on Friday.

Indiana (4-2) got wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles to secure the doubles point and build a 1-0 lead in the match.

Navy would come back to win three straight singles matches to take a 3-1 lead. The Hoosiers tied it 3-3 with singles wins from Jelly Bozovic and Michelle McKamey.

Senior Annabelle Andrinopoulos clinched the match for the Hoosiers with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles.

Up next the Hoosiers return home to take on Tennessee and Eastern Michigan on Sunday at the IU Tennis Center.

Indiana 4, Navy 3

Singles competition

  1. Hodge, Kaylah (NAVY) def. Caitlin Bernard (IU) 6-2, 7-5
  2. Annabelle Andrinopou (IU) def. Moore, Kacey (NAVY) 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
  3. Klopfer, Annalise (NAVY) def. Alexandra Staiculesc (IU) 6-4, 7-5
  4. Jelly Bozovic (IU) def. Komarraju, Meghana (NAVY) 6-1, 6-7, 6-4
  5. Michelle McKamey (IU) def. Corpuz, Katreina (NAVY) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
  6. Choi, Samantha (NAVY) def. Xiaowei “Rose” Hu (IU) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. Annabelle Andrinopou/Jelly Bozovic (IU) def. Corpuz, Katreina/Komarraju, Meghana (NAVY) 6-3
  2. Caitlin Bernard/Alexandra Staiculesc (IU) def. Cyr, Amanda/Hodge, Kaylah (NAVY) 7-6 (7-4)
  3. Dervishian, Aimee/Klopfer, Annalise (NAVY) def. Xiaowei “Rose” Hu/Michelle McKamey (IU) 6-2


IUTF Concludes Day One of the Meyo Invitational

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Indiana Track & Field concluded day one of the Meyo Invitational on  Friday night inside of Loftus Sports Center. Alexis Hills new personal best in the women’s weight throw highlighted the evening for the Hoosiers.

De’Aira Robertson raced to a time of 8.65 in the prelim of the 60m hurdles to grab the eighth fastest qualifying time.

For the second weekend in a row, Rikkoi Brathwaite clocked the fastest qualifying time in the 60m prelim with a time of 6.70. Brathwaite returns to action tomorrow at 10:10 a.m. for the semifinals.

In the men’s 5000m, the Hoosiers went 1-2 with Jake Gebhardt picking up the victory in a time of 14:27.21. Skylar Stidam finished with silver after clocking a time of 14:30.42. Also, in the field was Ben Miller who placed 17th in a time of 14:49.77.

Megan Grabowski ran her single event of the evening as she clocked a time of 24.28 in the 200m. Brathwaite returned to the oval for the men’s 200m where he took home gold with a time of 21.23.

Elizabeth Stanhope had a break out race in the 600m where she picked up the win in her section on her way to a fourth-place finish overall in a time of 1:30.61. Mallory Mulzer nabbed a time of 1:31.60 to place 10th overall. On the men’s side, Cooper Williams nearly out-kicked his opponent but came up short and placed second with a time of 1:17.33.

In the first field events of the weekend, Alexis Hill hit her stride in the weight throw by heaving a distance of 21.25m (69′ 8″). With the mark, Hill now claims the second-best mark in program history. Princess Brinkley was also in action where she secured a distance of 18.56m (60′ 10″). In the men’s competition, Nick Lane picked up sixth with a mark of 20.45m (67′ 1.25).

The Hoosiers will conclude their stint at the Meyo Invitational tomorrow, Feb. 8. Robertson in the 60m hurdle semifinal at 9:45 a.m. will kick off day two for Indiana.


PURDUE TRACK AND FIELD: Brian Faust Breaks Purdue Record in 600-Meter Run

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Junior Brian Faust broke the school record in the 600-meter run and redshirt freshman Johnny Vanos moved up in school record books in the weight throw as the Purdue track & field team opened competition at the Meyo Invitational on Friday evening at the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Competing 14 student-athletes in eight events on the first day of the Meyo Invite, the Boilermakers totaled five personal-best marks and earned five top-10 finishes.

Faust broke his own school record in the 600-meter event with a time of 1:17.20. As Faust won the event, he broke the program-record time of 1:17.66, which he set last season. Tonight’s time is the third-fastest in the Big Ten Conference this season.

Vanos recorded the sixth-best mark in the weight throw, with a throw of 20.26 meters. He earned a career-best mark by more than a meter and moved up from No. 8 on Purdue’s top-10 list in the event. With his first collegiate throw of more than 20 meters, Vanos finished first in his flight and eighth overall.

The opening event of the meet was the women’s long jump, where senior Jaden Mattox earned Purdue’s best finish of the day, as she placed second. She advanced to the finals and recorded a jump of 5.99 meters on her final jump of the day.

Sophomore Garrett Lee notched the Boilermaker’s first personal-best time of the day. In the 60-meter hurdles, he finished in 9.15 seconds to best his previous PR by 0.05 seconds.

Senior Janae’ Moffitt was third in the high jump, thanks to a jump of 1.74 meters.

The final event of the meet was the 600-meter run. Senior Samara Miller paced the Boilermaker women, as she placed eighth in 1:31.46. Freshman Ella Robinson finished with a personal-best time of 1:32.99.

Faust provided the highlight for the Purdue men to close out the evening, while sophomore Sean Johnson also earned a personal-best time (1:22.61).


OHIO STATE MEN’S HOCKEY: No. 13 Buckeyes Rally for Tie, Notch Shootout Win vs. No. 9 Penn State

Ohio State moves to 16-9-4 on the year, 9-7-3-1 in B1G play

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey overcame an early 2-0 deficit to tie No. 9 Penn State, 2-2, Friday in Value City Arena. Freshman Jaedon Leslie and senior Gordi Myer scored for the Buckeyes, while junior Tommy Nappier had 29 saves in the Buckeye net.

After the teams finished deadlocked after 65 minutes, the game was official for NCAA purposes and went to 3×3 overtime and then a sudden death shootout to decide the extra Big Ten point. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 1-0 in two rounds, for the B1G point. Nappier, who had five saves in 3×3 overtime, had two saves in the shootout, with Sam McCormick notching the winning goal.

The Buckeyes, now 16-9-4 overall and 9-7-3-1 in Big Ten play, and Nittany Lions (17-9-3, 9-7-3-0 B1G) close the regular season series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the second intermission and there will be a meet and greet with select Buckeyes (Nos. 19-72) postgame.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“I think we played one of our better first periods in a long time, and you look up, and we were down 2-zip. I just told the guys we need to keep playing the same way and claw back in this thing. Give our guys credit, they just battled to the end.”

Quoting senior defenseman Gordi Myer

On the locker room after the win

“Anytime we can win in our building, it’s exciting. It was fun to see Sam go in there and get the game winner.”

Describing the team’s play

“I think we were pretty consistent. We went down two goals but it never felt like we were down. We knew if we kept playing like that, things would go our way.”

Ohio State vs. Penn State

In the First … Just 1:44 into the game Evan Barratt opened the scoring for the Nittany Lions, knocking in a rebound out of the air. Cole Hults made it a 2-0 Penn State advantage with a goal seven seconds into the Nittany Lions’ first power play of the night at 1:39. Ohio State had the advantage in shots, 17-9, and was 0-for-1 on the power play.

In the Second … The lone goal of the second was from Buckeye rookie Jaedon Leslie. Buckeye pressure forced a turnover down low and Leslie got to a loose puck, drove to the slot and scored stick side. Each team had eight shots in the period and the Buckeyes had the only man advantage.

In the Third … Senior defenseman Gordi Myer notched his fifth goal of the year 1:58 into the third period to tie the game at 2. Eugene Fadyeyev took a pass from Austin Pooley and skated into the Nittany Lion zone, passing to Myer coming down the wing. His shot went far side to deadlock the score. The teams combined for 19 shots in the period, with the Buckeyes ahead, 10-9. There were no power plays in the stanza, just a set of matching penalties for hitting after the whistle.

In Overtime … Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had five saves in overtime to help preserve the tie for the Buckeyes. Ohio State did not put a shot on net. The teams ended OT skating 4-on-4 after penalties were called at 4:09, with a minor on the Buckeyes and a major on Penn State.

In 3×3 Overtime … Ohio State had four shots, all on the 4×3 major power play that started 1:10 into the OT session. Nappier had two saves in the 3×3 period.

In the Shootout … Penn State shot first, with Nappier making a save in round one. The Buckeyes were unable to score in the first round and Nappier again had a save to open the second round. Buckeye senior Sam McCormick notched the extra point with a goal (his second career shootout winning goal vs. Penn State).

Shots … Ohio State outshot Penn State, 35-31, in the game. Nappier played 64:57 and had 29 stops, while Penn State’s Peyton Jones had 33 saves in all 65 minutes. The Buckeyes had 14 shot blocks, led by Myer, Pooley and Matt Miller with two each.

Special Teams … Ohio State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage and allowed a goal on the one power play it faced.


Transylvania Earns Top Spot in 2020 Women’s Lacrosse Poll

CARMEL, Ind. – Transylvania University was the unanimous favorite in the 2020 Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference (HCLC) women’s lacrosse preseason poll in a vote among league coaches.

The Pioneers swept all six available first-place votes, for 36 points. Hanover College was picked to finish second, with 29 points. Earlham College was just four points behind the Panthers, with 25 overall votes. Anderson University (14), Mount St. Joseph University (12) and Franklin College (10) rounded out the poll in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Listed below is the 2020 HCAC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll and the 2020 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Women’s Lacrosse, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.


MTEN: Buckeyes Open Pac-12 Weekend with a win over Arizona State   

Ohio State will host No. 1 Texas on Sunday Feb. 9th at the VTC 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes kicked off their two-legged Pac-12 homestand with a win against Arizona State.

In doubles. Justin Boulais and James Trotter rolled to an early 6-1 victory on court two. No. 1 ranked John McNally and Robert Cash faced their first loss since the championship round of the ITA Fall Championships and fell 4-6. On court three, Kyle Seelig and Cannon Kingsley pulled out a tight 7-6(3) victory in the tiebreak to clinch the doubles point for the Buckeyes.

In singles, freshman Justin Boulais got off to a hot start by rolling Makey Rakotomalala 6-2, 6-0, giving the Buckeyes a 2-0 advantage over the Sun Devils. On court one, Cannon Kingsley kept Andrea Bolla at bay with an impressive 6-2, 6-3 victory to bring the match lead to 3-0. Kyle Seelig would seize the clinching point on court four with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Christian Lerby. After deciding to play out the remainder of the matches, Robert Cash posted another win for the Buckeyes with a 6-4,6-1 victory over George Stoupe on court six pushing the lead to 5-0. No. 19 John McNally seized a 6-2, 6-4 ranked win over No. 106 Tim Ruehl extending the match lead to 6-0. To finish out the day, James Trotter fought diligently en route to a 6-4, 7-5 win over Tom LeBlanc.

The Buckeyes will take on another No. 1 ranked team for the second consecutive week as they host USC on Sunday Feb. 9th at noon in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.

#2 Ohio State 7, Arizona State 0


  1. #22 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) vs. Andrea Bolla (ASU) 6-2, 6-3
  2. #19 John McNally (OSU) vs. #106 Tim Ruehl (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
  3. Justin Boulais (OSU) vs. Makey Rakotomalala (ASU) 6-2, 6-0
    4. #31 Kyle Seelig (OSU) vs. Christian Lerby (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
  4. #70 James Trotter (OSU) vs. Tom LeBlanc (ASU) 6-4, 7-5
  5. Robert Cash (OSU) def. George Stoupe (ASU) 6-4, 6-2


Ohio State Drops Season Opener at No. 19/21 South Carolina

Buckeyes will play twice on Saturday 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Ohio State softball team came up short on Friday afternoon to No. 19/21 South Carolina, 3-2, in its 2020 season opener at Carolina Softball Stadium.


The Gamecocks opened the scoring in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer by Katie Pebbles. They extended their lead to 3-0 after an Ohio State error allowed a run to come in.

Meg Otte got the Buckeyes in the game and cut the deficit to one in the fifth on an inside the park two-run homer, the first of the season.

Ohio State had another chance to score in the sixth with a pair of runners in scoring position but could not bring them home.

RHP Payton Buresch earned her first start of her Buckeye career in the circle. She allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts over six innings. 


  • Meg Otte connected on the third home run of her career.
  • Avery Clark and Niki Carver both went 2-for-3 at the plate.
  • Ashley Prange, Kaitlyn Coffman and Carley Gaskill each had one hit.
  • The Buckeyes out-hit the Gamecocks, 8-6.
  • Ohio State retired six straight South Carolina players over the third and fourth innings.
  • The Buckeyes are 5-1 in their season opener over the last six years.


Ohio State continues play at the Carolina Classic with a pair of games on Saturday. The Buckeyes will face North Dakota State at 12:30 p.m. before taking on Southern Illinois at 5:30 p.m.



NEW YORK-The largest crowd in indoor track history stood and stomped and screamed and clapped tonight at Madison Square Garden. The excitement was provoked by an astounding race by a record-breaking miler. No, Eamonn Coghlan was not the miler. The race was not even for men. The hero of the 73d annual Wanamaker Millrose Games was 21-year-old Mary Decker, who won the women’s 1,500-meter run by 80 yards, half a lap, in 4 minutes 0.8 seconds, a world indoor record. This was her first New York appearance since 1974, when, as a pig-tailed schoolgirl, she won a Millrose title and a national championship.

Since then, she has quit track, undergone surgery on leg sheaths and come back. On Jan. 26, in Auckland, New Zealand, she set a world outdoor mile record of 4:21.7. Her time tonight translates to a 4:19 mile, remarkable because the tight turns of an 11-lap indoor track are more difficult to negotiate than the sweeping turns on a four-lap outdoor track.

Francie Larrieu, for years America’s best runner at 1,500 meters and a mile, did not run because of illness. Her presence could not have made that much difference. Miss Decker ran the first quarter-mile in 60.3 seconds, faster than the first quarter of the Wanamaker Mile for men. She finished the half mile in 2:05.9, faster than any woman had run a half-mile race in the Garden. Two laps later, the crowd was standing and yelling encouragement. “The crowd helped tremendously,” said Miss Decker. “I couldn’t have set the record without it. I thought my pace was too fast, but this was a much stronger race than my mile record.”

The meet was sold out nine days in advance. The crowd of 18,310 broke the indoor record of 18,307 for the 1964 Chicago Relays and the Games and Garden record of 18,301, set last year. The crowd was noisy because race after race provided records (world, American, Garden and meet) or tingling finishes or both.



1901       Rumors of the Phillies’ star second baseman Napoleon Lajoie jumping to the Athletics, the Philadelphia franchise in new American League, prove to be true. The National League’s leading hitter, clearly in violation of the reserve clause, does switch to the Junior Circuit, where he will win the Triple Crown, leading the league with a .426 batting average, 14 homers, and 125 RBIs.

1942       At the Folsom Correctional facility in California, the annual game between big leaguers and the prison inmates takes place after a delay when the guards need to search for two convicts attempting an escape. With the visiting team ahead 24-5 at the end of seven innings, the contest does not resume after escapees are apprehended.

1956       In Philadelphia, former A’s manager and owner Connie Mack, 93, dies of “old age and complications from his hip surgery.” The ‘Tall Tactician’ set records for major league wins (3,731) and losses (3,948), compiling a .486 managerial mark during his 54 years as a skipper, including his three seasons with the Pirates before the turn of the century.

1972       Negro League Hall of Fame selection of Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson, a power-hitting catcher who was called the “black Babe Ruth” during his playing days. Leonard, a teammate of Gibson on the Homestead Grays who once turned down an MLB contract believing he was too old to compete at that level, was ranked #47 on a 1999 Sporting News poll of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

1973       The owners announce ‘Early Bird’ spring training, scheduled to begin next week, will not take place until they complete negotiations with the Players’ Association. The 23-day lockout, caused by a disagreement over salary arbitration, will not affect the start of the regular season.

1982       The longest-playing infield foursome is broken up when the Dodgers trade Davey Lopes straight up for A’s minor leaguer Lance Hudson, a middle infielder who will never appear in a major league game. The 36 year-old former LA second baseman had played with Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, and Bill Russell since 1974.

2006       After rejecting an earlier proposal by an 8-5 margin a few hours ago, the District of Columbia Council reverses itself and approves a revised lease for a new Washington, D.C. ballpark. At the urging of Mayor Anthony A. Williams, the council reconvenes and votes 9-4 to approve the deal after attaching legislation capping the district’s total cost at a bit less than $611 million.

2006       Wayne Krivsky, a leading candidate for the job in 2004, is finally selected as the Reds general manager. The 51 year-old former Twins executive replaces Dan O’Brien, fired due to new owner Bob Castellini’s effort to choose his own baseball people.

2006       Johnny Damon, the former beloved Red Sox outfielder who signed as a free agent with the hated Yankees, takes out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe, thanking fans for their loyalty and support. As one of the most popular players in franchise history, the long-hair self-proclaimed ‘idiot’ incurred the wrath of the Fenway Faithful when he agreed to a $52 million, four-year deal to play in the Bronx.

2008       In a long and drawn-out 5-for-1 deal, the Mariners finally land Erik Bedard (13-5, 3.16) from the Orioles. In exchange for their Opening Day pitcher last season, Baltimore receives center fielder Adam Jones, veteran southpaw reliever George Sherrill, and pitching prospects Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, and Kam Mickolio from the Emerald City.

2008       The Brewers exercise Ned Yost’s 2009 option, after the 53 year-old skipper led Milwaukee to its first winning season since 1992, finishing second in the NL Central with an 83-79 won-loss record. The skipper will never manage a game in his extended contracted year after he is dismissed with 12 games remaining this season, taking the blame for the under-achieving team’s swoon in August and September.

2009       In the softball championship game of the Leadoff Classic, Kylie Reynolds of Kent State strikes out 18 Stetson batters en route to throwing a nine-inning no-hitter. The Golden Flashes’ junior sets a new school record for strikeouts in her 1-0 masterpiece at Patricia Wilson Field.

2010       As a tribute to his fellow countryman, Omar Vizquel will wear the number 11 this season to honor Luis Aparicio. The White Sox will temporarily “unretire” the Hall of Famer’s number for the Venezuelan shortstop, who was recently acquired by Chicago as a free agent.

2010       The Brewers announce the club plans to erect a seven-foot statue of former owner Bud Selig with its unveiling scheduled during a pregame ceremony at Miller Park in August. Selig, the current baseball commissioner, led a group of investors that bought the Seattle Pilots in 1970 and moved the bankrupt franchise to Milwaukee.

2011       Tony Malinosky, the oldest living major leaguer, dies at the age of 101 in Oxnard, California. The World War II veteran and survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, an infielder with the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers, was honored by the team on his 100th birthday.



Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 44 7 .863 24-3 20-4 11-0 27-3 9-1 3 W
Toronto 38 14 .731 6.5 19-7 19-7 7-3 28-7 10-0 13 W
Boston 36 15 .706 8.0 22-5 14-10 7-5 25-9 9-1 6 W
Miami 34 17 .667 10.0 22-3 12-14 8-2 23-7 5-5 2 L
Philadelphia 32 21 .604 13.0 23-2 9-19 9-4 21-14 5-5 1 W
Indiana 31 21 .596 13.5 18-8 13-13 5-6 19-14 4-6 4 L
Brooklyn 23 27 .460 20.5 15-12 8-15 4-7 15-15 5-5 2 W
Orlando 22 30 .423 22.5 13-12 9-18 7-4 15-16 2-8 2 L
Washington 18 32 .360 25.5 12-12 6-20 4-8 12-19 5-5 1 W
10 Chicago 19 34 .358 26.0 11-16 8-18 6-8 13-22 4-6 4 L
11 Detroit 19 35 .352 26.5 11-17 8-18 5-9 12-25 3-7 1 L
12 Charlotte 16 35 .314 28.0 8-16 8-19 1-6 11-20 1-9 4 L
13 New York 16 36 .308 28.5 8-18 8-18 2-10 11-22 5-5 3 W
14 Atlanta 14 39 .264 31.0 8-17 6-22 4-4 7-26 4-6 1 L
15 Cleveland 13 39 .250 31.5 6-21 7-18 4-8 8-28 1-9 5 L
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 38 12 .760 17-7 21-5 5-2 25-6 5-5 1 L
LA Clippers 36 15 .706 2.5 22-5 14-10 6-2 21-11 8-2 3 W
Denver 36 16 .692 3.0 20-6 16-10 9-0 23-8 7-3 2 W
Utah 33 18 .647 5.5 19-5 14-13 5-5 19-13 5-5 1 W
Houston 33 19 .635 6.0 18-7 15-12 6-4 21-15 7-3 1 L
Oklahoma City 32 20 .615 7.0 17-10 15-10 6-4 21-13 9-1 4 W
Dallas 31 21 .596 8.0 14-13 17-8 7-2 18-13 4-6 2 L
Memphis 26 26 .500 13.0 15-13 11-13 4-5 17-16 6-4 1 L
Portland 24 29 .453 15.5 14-11 10-18 4-8 15-21 6-4 1 L
10 San Antonio 22 29 .431 16.5 14-12 8-17 3-5 12-17 4-6 3 L
11 New Orleans 21 31 .404 18.0 10-16 11-15 3-7 13-20 5-5 1 W
12 Phoenix 21 31 .404 18.0 10-17 11-14 4-6 12-22 3-7 1 W
13 Sacramento 20 31 .392 18.5 10-15 10-16 5-5 14-18 5-5 2 W
14 Minnesota 15 35 .300 23.0 6-19 9-16 2-9 7-25 0-10 13 L
15 Golden State 12 40 .231 27.0 7-17 5-23 1-6 7-27 3-7 1 L



Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Boston Bruins 55 33 10 12 78 33 183 138 18-2-9 15-8-3 7-2-1
Washington Capitals 54 36 13 5 77 33 197 160 16-7-4 20-6-1 6-4-0
Tampa Bay Lightning 54 34 15 5 73 32 196 149 17-7-2 17-8-3 7-2-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 53 33 15 5 71 30 178 146 19-5-3 14-10-2 7-3-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 55 30 16 9 69 30 146 135 18-9-2 12-7-7 9-0-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 55 29 19 7 65 28 199 185 14-7-7 15-12-0 5-4-1
New York Islanders 52 31 15 6 68 28 155 142 17-7-4 14-8-2 4-3-3
Carolina Hurricanes 54 31 20 3 65 27 174 148 18-9-1 13-11-2 5-4-1
Philadelphia Flyers 54 29 18 7 65 24 170 162 18-5-4 11-13-3 6-3-1
10 Florida Panthers 53 29 18 6 64 26 190 178 16-9-2 13-9-4 7-2-1
11 Montreal Canadiens 56 26 23 7 59 22 175 172 12-14-4 14-9-3 7-3-0
12 New York Rangers 53 26 23 4 56 26 173 172 15-12-2 11-11-2 5-5-0
13 Buffalo Sabres 55 24 23 8 56 23 157 173 15-9-4 9-14-4 5-4-1
14 New Jersey Devils 53 19 24 10 48 16 146 190 7-9-10 12-15-0 4-3-3
15 Ottawa Senators 54 18 25 11 47 18 145 183 12-10-6 6-15-5 2-3-5
16 Detroit Red Wings 56 13 39 4 30 11 115 212 8-18-2 5-21-2 1-8-1
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 55 32 15 8 72 31 176 157 18-5-4 14-10-4 4-5-1
Vancouver Canucks 55 30 20 5 65 27 179 167 17-5-3 13-15-2 6-3-1
Colorado Avalanche 52 30 16 6 66 30 192 151 14-7-4 16-9-2 5-3-2
Dallas Stars 54 30 19 5 65 28 144 139 16-9-2 14-10-3 4-5-1
Vegas Golden Knights 56 28 21 7 63 25 177 168 14-10-3 14-11-4 4-5-1
Edmonton Oilers 54 28 20 6 62 26 173 171 13-9-4 15-11-2 6-3-1
Arizona Coyotes 56 27 22 7 61 22 158 153 13-11-4 14-11-3 2-5-3
Calgary Flames 55 27 22 6 60 21 149 169 13-10-4 14-12-2 4-5-1
Nashville Predators 53 26 20 7 59 24 174 174 11-11-4 15-9-3 6-4-0
10 Winnipeg Jets 55 27 23 5 59 24 163 168 12-12-3 15-11-2 3-6-1
11 Minnesota Wild 54 26 22 6 58 25 167 178 16-7-4 10-15-2 6-4-0
12 Chicago Blackhawks 54 25 21 8 58 22 161 168 12-12-4 13-9-4 6-2-2
13 San Jose Sharks 55 24 27 4 52 22 145 181 14-13-1 10-14-3 5-5-0
14 Anaheim Ducks 55 22 26 7 51 17 143 171 12-10-3 10-16-4 5-3-2
15 Los Angeles Kings 55 19 31 5 43 19 136 176 11-12-1 8-19-4 2-7-1



Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
Maryland 9-3 .750 6-0 3-3 19-4 .826 13-0 3-4 3-0 3-0
16 Michigan State 8-4 .667 6-1 2-3 16-7 .696 10-2 3-3 3-2 2-3
20 Illinois 8-4 .667 5-1 3-3 16-7 .696 12-2 4-4 0-1 1-5
22 Penn State 7-4 .636 3-1 3-3 17-5 .773 11-1 4-3 2-1 4-1
17 Iowa 7-5 .583 6-0 1-4 16-7 .696 11-1 3-4 2-2 5-3
Rutgers 7-5 .583 6-0 1-4 16-7 .696 15-0 1-5 0-2 2-3
Purdue 6-6 .500 5-1 1-5 13-10 .565 10-2 2-6 1-2 4-5
Wisconsin 6-6 .500 4-1 2-5 13-10 .565 10-1 3-6 0-3 4-3
Minnesota 6-6 .500 5-1 1-5 12-10 .545 10-2 1-7 1-1 2-3
Ohio State 5-6 .455 3-2 2-4 15-7 .682 11-2 3-4 1-1 3-2
Indiana 5-6 .455 4-1 1-5 15-7 .682 12-2 1-5 2-0 3-3
Michigan 4-7 .364 2-3 1-4 13-9 .591 8-4 1-5 4-0 3-4
Nebraska 2-9 .182 2-4 0-5 7-15 .318 5-7 0-7 2-1 0-3
Northwestern 1-10 .091 1-5 0-5 6-15 .286 4-8 1-6 1-1 0-4



Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
12 Seton Hall 9-1 .900 4-1 5-0 17-5 .773 9-2 6-2 2-1 2-2
10 Villanova 7-3 .700 4-1 3-2 17-5 .773 10-1 4-3 3-1 2-3
19 Butler 6-4 .600 3-2 3-2 18-5 .783 11-2 4-3 3-0 1-3
21 Creighton 6-4 .600 3-1 3-3 17-6 .739 12-1 4-4 1-1 2-2
Marquette 6-4 .600 4-1 2-3 16-6 .727 11-1 3-4 2-1 1-2
Providence 6-4 .600 3-2 3-2 13-10 .565 9-3 3-4 1-3 2-4
Xavier 4-6 .400 2-3 2-3 15-8 .652 10-3 3-4 2-1 1-1
Georgetown 3-7 .300 2-3 1-4 13-10 .565 9-5 3-4 1-1 2-4
St. John’s 2-8 .200 1-4 1-4 13-10 .565 10-5 1-4 2-1 1-3
DePaul 1-9 .100 1-5 0-4 13-10 .565 9-6 4-4 0-0 1-2



Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
Bowling Green 8-2 .800 4-1 4-1 17-6 .739 10-1 4-2 3-3 0-1
Akron 6-3 .667 2-2 4-1 16-6 .727 10-2 5-3 1-1 0-1
Kent State 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 16-8 .667 10-2 5-5 1-1 0-1
Buffalo 6-5 .545 3-3 3-2 15-9 .625 8-5 4-3 3-1 0-0
Ohio 2-7 .222 1-3 1-4 10-12 .455 6-5 3-5 1-2 0-2
Miami (OH) 2-7 .222 2-3 0-4 9-13 .409 7-5 1-6 1-2 0-1
Northern Illinois 8-3 .727 5-1 3-2 15-9 .625 9-3 6-6 0-0 0-0
Central Michigan 6-3 .667 4-1 2-2 13-9 .591 11-1 2-8 0-0 0-0
Ball State 6-3 .667 4-0 2-3 13-9 .591 7-3 4-4 2-2 0-1
Western Michigan 3-6 .333 2-2 1-4 10-12 .455 7-3 3-7 0-2 0-1
Toledo 3-7 .300 1-4 2-3 11-12 .478 6-5 5-7 0-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 2-7 .222 2-3 0-4 12-10 .545 8-3 2-7 2-0 0-1



Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
20 Iowa 10-2 .833 6-0 4-2 19-4 .826 12-0 5-3 2-1 2-0
13 Maryland 10-2 .833 6-0 4-2 19-4 .826 11-1 6-3 2-0 5-2
21 Northwestern 9-2 .818 4-1 5-1 19-3 .864 10-2 7-1 2-0 2-2
18 Indiana 8-4 .667 5-2 3-2 18-6 .750 10-3 6-2 2-1 2-4
Rutgers 7-4 .636 3-2 4-2 17-5 .773 10-2 5-3 2-0 0-1
Michigan 6-5 .545 5-1 1-4 15-7 .682 11-2 3-4 1-1 1-4
Ohio State 6-5 .545 3-2 3-3 13-9 .591 5-4 6-4 2-1 3-5
Purdue 6-6 .500 3-3 3-3 15-9 .625 9-3 4-5 2-1 0-4
Nebraska 5-7 .417 4-2 1-5 15-8 .652 11-3 2-5 2-0 1-2
Minnesota 5-7 .417 2-4 3-3 15-8 .652 9-5 6-3 0-0 1-2
Michigan State 4-7 .364 3-2 1-5 11-11 .500 8-2 2-6 1-3 1-6
Wisconsin 3-9 .250 1-5 2-4 11-12 .478 7-5 3-6 1-1 0-3
Illinois 1-10 .091 1-5 0-5 10-12 .455 9-6 1-6 0-0 0-2
Penn State 1-11 .083 1-5 0-6 7-16 .304 5-8 1-7 1-1 0-3



Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
Ohio 7-3 .700 4-1 3-2 14-7 .667 8-1 5-5 1-1 0-1
Kent State 5-4 .556 3-2 2-2 12-8 .600 6-3 4-3 2-2 0-1
Buffalo 4-5 .444 2-2 2-3 13-7 .650 7-2 4-5 2-0 0-1
Miami (OH) 4-6 .400 3-2 1-4 11-11 .500 6-2 4-8 1-1 0-2
Akron 3-6 .333 2-3 1-3 10-10 .500 5-5 3-5 2-0 0-1
Bowling Green 1-8 .111 1-3 0-5 8-13 .381 5-3 2-8 1-2 0-0
Central Michigan 10-0 1.000 5-0 5-0 17-4 .810 9-1 8-3 0-0 0-1
Ball State 6-3 .667 5-0 1-3 14-7 .667 8-1 3-5 3-1 0-0
Toledo 5-4 .556 4-1 1-3 10-10 .500 6-4 3-5 1-1 0-0
Eastern Michigan 5-5 .500 3-2 2-3 10-11 .476 6-4 4-7 0-0 0-1
Western Michigan 4-5 .444 3-1 1-4 11-9 .550 6-2 3-6 2-1 0-1
Northern Illinois 2-7 .222 1-3 1-4 6-14 .300 2-6 3-7 1-1 0-0