HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Shenandoah 42 Tri 33

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL THIS WEEK-NCC/AREA

NCC

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Anderson at Marion, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Crawfordsville, 7:30 pm

Manual at Tech, 7:30 pm, Tech

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Richmond at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Anderson at Harrison, 8 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Marion, 8 pm

Central at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Central Catholic at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

Noblesville at Logansport, 7:30 pm

North Central at Central, 5:30 pm

 

TEC

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Ansonia (Ohio) at Union City, 6 pm

Union County at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Blue River at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Centerville at South Decatur, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Tri at Union County , 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Edinburgh at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Delta, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Blue River, 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Friday, Jan. 24

Blue River at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Cowan at Burris, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Southern Wells, 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Monroe Central , 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Wapahani , 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Colonial Christian, 7 pm

Wes-Del at Shenandoah , 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Christel House at Union (Modoc), noon

Northeastern at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Eastern Hancock , 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Yorktown at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Greenfield at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Union County at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 22

East Central at South Dearborn , 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Batesville at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Conner (Ky.) at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Connersville at Batesville , 7:30 pm

East Central at Harrison (Ohio), 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Jac-Cen-Del, 7:30 pm

North Decatur at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Jennings County, 7:30 pm

South Decatur at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK-NCC/AREA

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Greenfield at Central, 7:30 pm

Tech at McCutcheon , 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at West Lafayette, 7:30 pm

Lighthouse at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 pm

Tipton at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Tech at Tindley, 7:30 pm

Marion at Northrop, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Harrison at Seeger, 7:30 pm

Central at Lapel, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Kokomo at Richmond , 7:30 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Marion , 6:30 pm

Logansport at Tech, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Anderson at Logansport , 1:30 pm

Tech at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Central at Harrison , 1:30 pm

Richmond at Lafayette Jeff, noon

 

TEC

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Ansonia (Ohio) at Union City, 7:45 pm

Hagerstown at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Lincoln at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Union County, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Burris at Hagerstown, noon

Union City at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Eastern Hancock at Indian Creek, 7:30 pm

Madison-Grant at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Cowan , 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Southern Wells, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Wapahani at Monroe Central , 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Lincoln at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Union at Colonial Christian, 5:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Monroe Central at Cowan , 6:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at Shenandoah, 1:30 pm

Union City at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Hauser at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at East Central , 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at South Ripley, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 23

Connersville at Pendleton Heights, 6 pm

Franklin County at East Central, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Batesville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 24

Hauser at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 25

Batesville at Greensburg, 1:30 pm

Rushville at Connersville, 7:30 pm

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Baylor 61 Oklahoma 57

#14 West Virginia 97 Texas 59

Fairleigh Dickinson 83 Central Connecticut State 60

Yale 89 Howard 75

Old Dominion 66 Charlotte 62

Merrimack 72 St. Francis PA 55

Wagner 72 Long Island 64

Florida A&M 66 North Carolina Central 57

Robert Morris 67 Sacred Heart 55

Southern 74 Mississippi Valley 70

High Point 70 South Carolina Upstate 62

Colgate 80 Bucknell 65

Presbyterian 85 Campbell 79

Winthrop 61 Radford 56

North Carolina State 53 Virginia 51

North Carolina Asheville 71 Longwood 66

North Texas 79 Rice 59

North Carolina A&T 76 Morgan State 70

South Carolina State 68 Maryland Eastern Shore 53

Texas Southern 68 Grambling 61

Prairie View A&M 74Jackson State 60

Alcorn State 82 Arkansas Pine Bluff 54

Portland State 92 Weber State76

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Butler at Villanova | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Kansas State at Kansas | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Wichita State at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPNN

Maryland at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | FS1

Illinois at Purdue | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Northern Illinois at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Ohio | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida at LSU | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Michigan at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Akron at Miami (Ohio) | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas Tech at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

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

Oklahoma State at Iowa State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami at Duke | 9 p.m. | ESPN

Nebraska at Wisconsin | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Texas A&M at Missouri | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

St. John’s at Marquette | 9 p.m. | FS1

VCU at Saint Joseph’s | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Ole Miss at Tennessee | 9 p.m. | SEC Network

Wyoming at San Diego State | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at Utah State | 11 p.m. | ESPNU

 

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Georgetown at Xavier | 6:30 p.m. | FS1

South Carolina at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Georgia Tech at Louisville | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

St. Bonaventure at Dayton | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Penn State at Michigan | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Arkansas at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

La Salle at Richmond | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Duquesne at Rhode Island | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

George Washington at Fordham | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Binghamton at Stony Brook | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

UMBC at Hartford | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

UMass Lowell at Albany | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Cincinnati at Temple | 7 p.m. | ESPNN

Manhattan at Marist | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Notre Dame | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Drake at Evansville | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

The Citadel at Chattanooga | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Carolina at Mercer | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Samford at Furman | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Vermont at Maine | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

UMass at George Mason | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

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

Troy at Little Rock | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Indiana State at Loyola Chicago | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

East Carolina at SMU | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Illinois State at Bradley | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

North Dakota State at South Dakota State | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Providence at Seton Hall | 8:30 p.m. | FS1

Abilene Christian at Sam Houston State | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Memphis at Tulsa | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

Creighton at DePaul | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Boston College at Pitt | 9 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Rutgers at Iowa | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Alabama at Vanderbilt | 9 p.m. | SEC Network

UNI at Southern Illinois | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Fresno State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

UC Irvine at Long Beach State | 10 p.m. | ESPN3

UNLV at Nevada | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 South Carolina 81 #9 Mississippi State 79

#20 Maryland 76 #17 Indiana 62

#23 Tennessee 65 Alabama 63

Fairleigh Dickinson 66 Central Connecticut 47

Iona 69 St. Peter’s 59

Robert Morris 73 Sacred Heart 43

Merrimack 71 St. Francis PA 56

North Carolina Central 71 Florida A&M 70 OT

Wagner 63 Long Island 61

Southern 84 Mississippi Valley 54

Lipscomb 65 New Jersey Tech 57

Michigan State 66 Rutgers 55

South Carolina State 60 Maryland Eastern Shore 55

Alcorn State 77 Arkansas Pine Bluff 75

Texas Southern 89 Grambling 85

North Florida 70 Jacksonville 64

Jackson State 53 Prairie View A&M 49

Florida Gulf Coast 80 Kennesaw State 63

North Alabama 68 Stetson 57

Portland State 76 Weber State 57

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

1 Baylor 15 – 1

2 Gonzaga 20 – 1

3 Kansas 14 – 3

4 San Diego State 19 – 0

5 Florida State 16 – 2

6 Louisville 15 – 3

7 Dayton 16 – 2

8 Duke 15 – 3

9 Villanova 14 – 3

10 Seton Hall 14 – 4

11 Michigan State 14 – 4

12 Oregon 15 – 4

13 Butler 15 – 3

14 West Virginia 14 – 3

15 Kentucky 13 – 4

16 Auburn 15 – 2

17 Maryland 14 – 4

18 Texas Tech 12 – 5

19 Iowa 13 – 5

20 Memphis 14 – 3

21 Illinois 13 – 5

22 Arizona 13 – 5

23 Colorado 14 – 4

24 Rutgers 14 – 4

25 Houston 14 – 4

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Wichita State, LSU, Michigan, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Stanford, Penn State, Florida, Liberty, Arkansas, Virginia, Duquesne, Creighton, Purdue, Indiana, East Tennessee State, USC, BYU, Marquette, Harvard.

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 South Carolina 18 – 1

2 Baylor 15 – 1

3 Connecticut 16 – 1

4 Oregon 15 – 2

5 Louisville 18 – 1

6 Stanford 16 – 2

7 Oregon State 16 – 2

8 North Carolina State 17 – 1

9 Mississippi State 16 – 3

10 UCLA 16 – 1

11 DePaul 17 – 2

12 Kentucky 15 – 3

13 Gonzaga 18 – 1

14 Florida State 15 – 3

15 Texas A&M 15 – 3

16 Arizona State 15 – 4

17 Indiana 14 – 5

18 Arizona 15 – 3

19 Iowa 15 – 3

20 Maryland 14 – 4

21 Arkansas 15 – 3

22 Northwestern 16 – 2

23 Tennessee 15 – 3

24 South Dakota 17 – 2

25 West Virginia 13 – 3

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Missouri State, Rutgers, Princeton, LSU, Florida Gulf Coast.

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Washington 106 Detroit 100….In a rebuilding season for the Washington Wizards, coach Scott Brooks still closely monitors the standings, and while it’s unlikely, he still believes his team has a chance to qualify for the playoffs. The Wizards began the second half of the season by beating one of the teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal scored 29 points, Ian Mahinmi added 21 and Washington broke a three-game losing streak with a 106-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Toronto 122 Atlanta 117….Norman Powell says nothing has changed, even though he’s in the best streak of his highest-scoring season. It may feel normal to the Toronto Raptors’ sixth man. The results definitely look different. Powell scored 27 points, including 17 in the final period, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta’s late charge to beat the Hawks 122-117 on Monday. Trae Young had 42 points and season-high 15 assists for Atlanta.

Philadelphia 117 Brooklyn 111….Ben Simmons was chosen Monday as the Eastern Conference player of the week for the way he performed last week. Then he got a sensational start on winning the next week’s award, too. Simmons tied a career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists, carrying the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

New York 106 Cleveland 86….The New York Knicks came out on top in a matchup between teams at the bottom of the standings Monday night. Marcus Morris Sr. and Julius Randle each scored 19 points and New York used a strong second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-86. Both teams are 12-32 and lead only Atlanta in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks had lost eight of nine. Cleveland, coming off a six-game trip, has lost five in a row and 10 of 12.

Oklahoma City 112 Houston 107….After scoring 27 points in the first half against his former team, Chris Paul was on the bench during a big Oklahoma City run in the fourth quarter when a Thunder fan began yelling at coach Billy Donovan to put the veteran guard back in the game. Paul turned to the man and gave him a look that indicated the group on the floor was doing just fine before asking him: “Do you not see the score?” Paul scored 28 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 as the Thunder rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat cold-shooting James Harden and the Houston Rockets 112-107 on Monday.

Miami 118 Sacramento 113 OT….The Miami Heat never led in the fourth quarter. And they won anyway. Kendrick Nunn scored 25 points, James Johnson added 22 on 9-for-11 shooting and the Heat improved their NBA-best home record to 19-1 by beating the Sacramento Kings 118-113 in overtime on Monday. Goran Dragic scored 18 and Bam Adebayo finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who also lead the NBA with a 7-0 overtime record this season.

Milwaukee 111 Chicago 98….The Milwaukee Bucks committed 23 turnovers – and won anyway. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. finished strong on Monday. Antetokounmpo had a triple-double and scored his 10,000th career point, and the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 111-98 to sweep the four-game season series. Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season. He reached 10,000 points on a jump hook with 4:30 remaining in the fourth. But the reigning NBA MVP also committed eight turnovers. The Bulls scored 24 points off Milwaukee’s miscues.

New Orleans 126 Memphis 116…. After seven games off, a well-rested Jrue Holiday matched his best scoring night of the season and helped New Orleans snap the league’s longest winning streak. Holiday scored 36 points in his return from a left elbow injury as the Pelicans set a franchise record with 21 3-pointers, beating Memphis 126-116 Monday in the Grizzlies’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game. Memphis had won seven straight. Holiday, who hadn’t played since Jan. 4, converted 12 of 18 from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Brandon Ingram scored 25 points and Nicolo Melli added 15, including a trio of 3-pointers.

Orlando 106 Charlotte 83….Evan Fournier has been dealing with an illness and was feeling incredibly sluggish before Orlando’s game at Charlotte. So the veteran guard did something he normally doesn’t do, slugging down one of those tiny energy shots as he prepared to take the floor. He said it immediately gave him a spark. “It got me going,” Fournier said with a wide smile as he held of the bottle. “I just did it because I’m sick. I’m trying anything right now to give me some energy because otherwise I’m just going to be dead tired.” It seemed to work for Fournier, who scored 26 points in the Magic’s 106-83 victory over the sliding Hornets on Monday.

Boston 139 LA Lakers 107….Kemba Walker finally beat LeBron James, and he did it by helping the Boston Celtics send the Los Angeles Lakers to their biggest loss of the season. Walker ended a career-long losing streak against James, scoring 20 points to beat him for the first time in 29 tries and lead the Celtics past the rival Lakers 139-107 on Monday night. Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, drawing a taunting technical after dunking over James, and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Boston.

Denver 107 Minnesota 100….Hit hard recently by injuries, the Denver Nuggets have managed to remain on track in the top-heavy Western Conference race. Michael Porter Jr. has been one of the main reasons. Porter posted his second double-double in three games with 20 points and 14 rebounds, helping the short-handed Nuggets overtake the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 on Monday night.

San Antonio 120 Phoenix 118….Bryn Forbes lived a shooter’s dream during the first half on Monday night, making seven 3-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs built a big early lead. The second half wasn’t nearly as fun. But Forbes made one more from long distance and it was huge for the Spurs, who coughed up a 20-point cushion before rallying in the final minutes for a 120-118 win over the Phoenix Suns. Forbes’ eighth 3-pointer with 2:33 remaining put the Spurs up 114-113, providing a pivotal morale boost right after they had lost the lead for the first time all night. San Antonio didn’t trail again and won for the fifth time in eight games.

Utah 118 Indiana 88…. When the Utah Jazz find a rhythm around the basket, few teams can do anything to stop them from dominating on both ends of the court. That certainly was the case during a 118-88 victory Monday night over the Indiana Pacers. For the bulk of 48 minutes, Utah attacked the rim with relentless energy. The Jazz crashed the boards, didn’t trail at all and were never seriously threatened. Utah shot 54% from the field, scored 60 points in the paint and finished with a 53-30 advantage in rebounds.

Portland 129 Golden State 124 OT….After setting a Portland record with 61 points, Damian Lillard knew exactly who held the old mark. He did. Lillard topped his own franchise scoring high Monday night in the Trail Blazers’ 129-124 overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors. He also established a team best with 11 3-pointers. “I guess if somebody’s going to beat my record, it’s good to be me,” Lillard said. The star guard’s previous career high was 60 points earlier this season against Brooklyn, which broke the club record at the time. His 61 points Monday were the most in the NBA this season. Lillard became the first player in NBA history with 60-plus points and 10-plus 3-pointers in a game, and just the sixth player with multiple 60-point games.

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Colorado 6 Detroit 3….Nathan MacKinnon doesn’t have to dig too deep to find a reason why he scores so much. “I shoot a lot of pucks,” the Colorado All-Star forward said. Shoot, it’s really not that easy. MacKinnon scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark for a third straight season and the Avalanche beat the reeling Detroit Red Wings 6-3 on Monday.

Florida 5 Minnesota 4….Doink. Doink. Winner. Noel Acciari scored with 5.6 seconds left in the third period and the Florida Panthers rallied to win their fifth straight game, beating the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Monday night. Despite his stick being held by Ryan Suter, Acciari was able to tip in a shot from the point by Mark Pysyk that was first tipped by Aaron Ekblad. A video review upheld the goal. “That’s what you call a break, very opportunistic break,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said.

 

Baylor jumps Zags to give AP poll record-tying seventh No. 1

Baylor and Gonzaga were the only two teams in the top five that took care of business last week.

That doesn’t mean they didn’t move around, too.

The Bears (15-1) leaped over the Bulldogs and into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll on Monday, using wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State to give the Top 25 its seventh team on top this season. That matches the record set in 1983 for the most No. 1s in the history of the poll, which dates to the 1948-49 season.

Gonzaga (20-1) was merely a victim of its conference schedule. The Bulldogs blew out Santa Clara and BYU, but just enough voters considered those wins to be less impressive than the Bears’ perfect Big 12 start. Baylor received 33 first-place votes and had 1,591 points from the 65-member media panel while Gonzaga received 31 first-place votes for 1,588 points.

“It takes a team to win,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team also reached the top of the poll two years ago. “As a coach, you’re just really proud when different people step up, especially guys that have been working hard.”

The rest of the top five looks a whole lot different after Duke, Auburn and Butler all lost both of their games last week.

Kansas (14-3) rose three spots to No. 3 after victories over Oklahoma and Texas, the latter requiring a big comeback in Austin. San Diego State (19-0) remained perfect with wins over Fresno State and Nevada, and Florida State (16-2) barged into the fifth spot after it beat reigning national champion Virginia and survived overtime to best Miami.

The Seminoles haven’t lost since playing Indiana in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge the first week of December.

Louisville, which tasted the top spot earlier this season, jumped five spots to sixth after beating Pittsburgh in overtime and handling the Blue Devils. Dayton was next, followed by Duke, Villanova and Seton Hall to round out the top 10.

Duke also lost to Clemson earlier in the week, sending coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team tumbling five spots.

“We just have to get older,” he said after the Blue Devils’ 79-73 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “I’m really up on my team. It’s a long journey. I’ve never told you that we’re great. It’s a process for us, playing these two teams. Getting beat, we have to learn from it and move on. It’s a long journey.”

Krzyzewski’s team wasn’t alone in getting a tough lesson last week. Fourth-ranked Auburn fell all the way to No. 16 after losing a pair of blowouts to Alabama and Florida, and fifth-ranked Butler was bounced all the way to 13th after the Bulldogs followed up a loss to Seton Hall by getting soundly beaten by DePaul.

“It’s the time of the year when we should be trying to elevate our play, and we’re not,” said Tigers coach Bruce Pearl, whose team had won its first 15 games. “Obviously, there’s a pretty big price on our head being ranked fourth in the country. And so I think we have to respond to the step-up that we saw this week from both Alabama and Florida.”

Here’s a closer look at the other big news in another fresh Top 25:

RUTGERS ON THE RISE

The Scarlet Knights bounced back from a loss to Illinois by beating Indiana and Minnesota at home, running their record at the RAC to 13-0 this season – the best start in school history. That was enough to get Rutgers (14-4) into the poll at No. 24 for the first time since the final poll of the 1978-79 season. And with Seton Hall at No. 10, the state of New Jersey has two teams ranked for the first time since the Pirates were joined by Princeton in the last poll of the 1990-91 season.

OTHER NEWCOMERS

Iowa, which has been in and out of the poll all season, made the biggest jump back in at No. 19 after its win over then-No. 19 Michigan. The Hawkeyes were joined by No. 22 Arizona – which beat a ranked team in Colorado – and No. 25 Houston, which romped through SMU and then-No. 16 Wichita State last week.

ON THE WAY OUT

The Shockers dropped all the way out after losing to Houston and Temple. The Wolverines also fell out, along with Big Ten rival Ohio State and Creighton, whose one-week stay ended with a loss early last week to Georgetown.

BUCKEYES BUMMER

No team has been falling as steadily as Ohio State, which was 9-0, was ranked in the top five and received first-place votes just six weeks ago. The Buckeyes have lost six of their last nine games, and five of their last six, to complete their tumble from the poll. Their lone victory in the last few weeks was against lowly Nebraska.

 

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTES: Butler MBB and Villanova Meet Tuesday Night in Top 15 Battle in Philly

Tuesday, Jan. 21;  7PM
Finneran Pavilion; Villanova, Pa.
TV:  CBSSN – @AndrewCatalon, Steve Lappas (@stlappas) & @JonRothstein
RADIO:  93.5/107.5/1070 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
TuneIn Radio App, Sirius 211, XM 202, SiriusXM Internet 965

The Bulldogs look to break a two-game losing streak when they travel to Pennsylvania for a Top 15 match-up with Villanova.

THE SERIES: Villanova Leads, 11-3
Streak: Villanova, W4
In Philadelphia: Villanova Leads, 5-1
First Meeting: Villanova, 62-54; 11/30/96 (Puerto Rico Shootout)
Last Meeting: Villanova, 75-54; 3/2/19 (Philadelphia)

  • Butler has out-rebounded 15 of its 18 opponents this season after out-rebounding only 10 of 33 in 2018-19.
    • Butler’s nine NET Quad 1 and Quad 2 victories are tied for second nationally (Kansas has 10).
    • Butler had not allowed an opponent 70 points in its first 16 games of the season before surrendering 78 and 79 points, respectively, in its last two games.
    • The Bulldogs are fifth in the nation, allowing only 57.1 points per game.
    • Jordan Tucker recorded his first career double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds) in Wednesday’s game with Seton Hall. He has scored in double figures in three straight games, the second such streak of his Butler career.
    • Butler leads the BIG EAST in rebounding margin in all games (+6.6) and in conference games (+11.7).
    • Kamar Baldwin is averaging 18.2 points per game in BIG EAST play, which is fourth in the conference.
    • Tucker (54.2 percent) is second in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage during conference play.
    • Baldwin has moved into ninth on Butler’s career scoring list with 1,725 points.
    • Baldwin’s next assist will be his 316th, tying him for tenth on Butler’s career list; Aaron Thompson is currently eighth on that list.
    • Butler’s field goal percentage defense (.377; 15th) and three-point percentage defense (.279; 12th) are both among the national leaders.
    • Twelve of Butler’s 18 opponents this season have not scored 60 points.
    • After committing only 10.4 turnovers per game in non-conference contests, Butler is averaging 15.2 turnovers per BIG EAST game. The Bulldogs are still 40th nationally at 11.7 turnovers per game.
    • Since the BIG EAST reconfigured in 2013, the Bulldogs are the only current BIG EAST school with a victory over Villanova at the Finneran Pavilion on campus.
    • Sean McDermott is averaging 7.4 rebounds per game in BIG EAST play, sixth in the conference.

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 15 of its 18 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 +11.5. 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.

UNCHARACTERISTIC PERFORMANCES: The Bulldogs’ trademark defense has not been as stout over the past two games — coinciding with two of Butler’s three losses so far this season. Seton Hall (78-70 winners on Wednesday) and DePaul (which took a 79-66 result in Chicago Saturday) combined to shoot 57 free throws over those two games (making 46 for 81-percent shooting). Due to foul trouble, Aaron Thompson was limited to three second-half minutes against Seton Hall before fouling out with 6:28 to play in a one-point game. Bryce Nze was limited to a season-low 13 minutes before fouling out at DePaul.

ON THE DEFENSIVE: 
• Only six Butler opponents have scored 60 or more points; Butler has also limited four opponents to 50 or fewer points.
• Only six of Butler’s opponents have registered more assists than turnovers.
• Only three of Butler’s opponents have shot better than 44 percent from the field (Missouri, Stanford, DePaul); 12 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.

ONE YEAR AGO: Villanova won both match-ups with Butler last season. Aaron Thompson led the Bulldogs with 15 points (6-of-9 shooting) and four assists in the Wildcats’ 80-72 win at Hinkle Jan. 22, 2019. Villanova won at the Wells Fargo Center, 75-54, March 2, 2019.

 

No. 17 Indiana Stumbles At No. 20 Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – No. 17 Indiana got in a hole early and couldn’t recover as it fell to No. 20 Maryland, 76-62, on Monday night at Xfinity Center.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Maryland started off the game on an 8-0 opening run before the Hoosiers climbed back in to it. They would come within four on a pull-up from Berger.
  • Holmes would keep the lead within three, 14-11, as Patberg’s steal and Penn’s layup in transition put IU within one with 1:28 to play.
  • Gulbe would draw contact underneath the rim as she grabbed a brief lead for the Hoosiers with 39 seconds to play on a pair at the line. But the Terps would have the last word in the frame to go up 16-15 at the end of one complete.
  • Patberg started off the second quarter off with a conventional 3-point play but Maryland would go on a 10-0 run as Berger cut it off with a jumper with 6:25 to go.
  • Offense would go stagnant for the final 5:51 of the half as neither team scored a field goal as the edge would go to the home team, 34-21, at the break.
  • The Hoosiers weren’t able to find any ground in the second half as Maryland led by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter. IU would close the game on an 8-0 run.

NOTABLE

  • Sophomore guard Grace Berger scored a new Big Ten-high 21 points on 10-for-13. It marked her third 20-plus scoring game this season.
  • Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg also added double digits with 13 points and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
  • Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
  • The Hoosiers shot 43.9 percent, were outrebounded, 40-28, and turned the ball over 15 times.
  • They also shot just 12.5 percent from the 3-point line.
  • Maryland improves to 8-0 in the all-time series which began when it joined the Big Ten in 2014-15.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, we are disappointed. We are going through a little bit of a rough patch right now. I thought tonight we got down 8-0 and I really liked the way we battled back. But then that second quarter was just really bad for us. We obviously had a difficult time tonight stopping (Shakira) Austin. I thought she was really good on the low block. Offensively, I thought we were a little bit out of whack. I thought that had a lot to do with Maryland, so give them credit for that. But disappointed we feel like we are a much better basketball team than we have been playing as of late. We have a lot of basketball ahead of us, but we have to figure some things out.”

UP NEXT

Indiana travels to Penn State on Thursday night. Tipoff at the Bryce Jordan Center is set for 7 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

 

INDIANA WBB: Mackenzie Holmes Named Co-Freshman Of The Week

ROSEMONT, Ill.  – Freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes has been named the Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week.

The Gorham, Maine native tied a season-high 22 points while going 9-for-14 from the floor against Northwestern last week. She finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards, which also set a season-high. Holmes scored 11 points in the first half and marked her 12th game in double figures this season. The freshman forward also went 4-for-7 at the line and had a steal.

On the season, Holmes is shooting 67.6 percent from the field which is the fourth-best field goal percentage in the NCAA. She’s also adding 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

She becomes the first IU freshman to earn the weekly award three times in her career. Previously, Larryn Brooks (2013-14), Tyra Buss (2014-15) and Jaelynn Penn (2017-18) each earned the award twice during their rookie seasons.

Minnesota’s Sara Scalia was named the other co-Freshman of the Week.

Holmes and the Hoosiers are set to take on No. 20 Maryland tonight on Big Ten Network. Tip at the Xfinity Center is set for 8 p.m. ET.

 

Boilermakers Begin Crucial Stretch Tuesday vs. No. 21 Illinois

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue (10-8, 3-4) begins a crucial stretch Tuesday as No. 21-ranked Illinois visits for a Mackey Arena showdown. Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath will handle the broadcast on ESPNU, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. On the radio, Rob Blackman, Larry Clisby and Ralph Taylor will have the call courtside on the Purdue Radio Network and TuneIn.com, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 6 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available on PurdueSports.com.

  • Purdue owns a 102-88 series advantage with Illinois, including a 17-8 record under Coach Painter. The Illini won the previous meeting between the two teams, just 16 days ago in Champaign. Illinois’ win snapped a four-game winning streak for Purdue in the series.
  • Purdue will face a nationally-ranked opponent for the fourth straight game, its longest streak of playing a ranked team since playing five straight during the 1988-89 season.
  • Purdue has won 15 straight Big Ten home games, dating to Feb. 2018. Just three of the 15 wins have come by single digits. With a full Paint Crew in attendance Tuesday, Purdue is 64-3 in the last 67 games that America’s loudest student group has been in Mackey Arena.
  • With 13 regular-season games left, 12 of Purdue’s 13 opponents are either nationally-ranked or receiving votes.
  • SOMETHING TO WATCH: The last time the two teams played, Illinois dominated the glass by a 46-34 advantage. It matched Purdue’s worst rebound margin since Jan. 24, 2015 vs. Iowa (-15). Illinois is third nationally in rebound margin.
  • Purdue has won six straight games at Mackey Arena against nationally-ranked teams. Illinois is ranked No. 21 in the AP Top 25 this week.
  • Purdue has held five opponents to 49 or fewer points this year, the third-highest total in the country (Liberty, Virginia – 9).
  • Purdue is 9-0 this year and 29-1 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.

 

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Big Ten play continues Tuesday evening with #17/17 Maryland traveling to Northwestern for a 7 p.m. ET tip on FS1. RV/- Purdue welcomes #21/22 Illinois at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and RV/RV Wisconsin hosts Nebraska at 9 p.m. ET on BTN.
    • The Big Ten leads the nation with 12 teams listed in the top 50 of the NCAA NET Rankings – double the amount of the next conference: Michigan State (No. 8), Maryland (No. 15), Rutgers (No. 18), Ohio State (No. 19), Wisconsin (No. 22), Iowa (No. 26), Michigan (No. 29), Penn State (No. 35), Purdue (No. 36), Illinois (No. 40), Minnesota (No. 41) and Indiana (No. 49).
    • Overall, 11 Big Ten programs are ranked or receiving votes in a poll this week: Michigan State (No. 11 Associated Press/No. 9 USA Today Coaches), Maryland (No. 17/17), Iowa (No. 19/19), Illinois (No. 21/22) and Rutgers (No. 24/25). This week marks the sixth week in a row at least five Big Ten teams have been ranked in the Top 25. Additionally, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana are among others receiving votes in one of the polls.
    • Rutgers (14-4, 5-2) received its first national ranking in 41 years on Monday. The Scarlet Knights are listed No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, marking the first week Rutgers has been nationally ranked since placing 18th in the final AP Poll of the 1978-79 season. Rutgers is off to its best home start (13-0) in program history and is currently tied for second in Big Ten standings.
    • Michigan State’s Cassius Winston became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in assists on Friday, Jan. 17 in a 67-55 win versus Wisconsin. The senior guard tallied four assists, giving him 817 for his career and breaking the all-time record of 816, previously held by Mateen Cleaves.
    • Big Ten home teams hold a 41-7 conference record for an .854 winning percentage. Wisconsin has two of the seven road wins: at Ohio State (Jan. 3), at Penn State (Jan. 11). The remaining five are: Michigan State at Northwestern (Dec. 18), Rutgers at Nebraska (Jan. 3), Illinois at Wisconsin (Jan. 8), Iowa at Northwestern (Jan. 14) and Indiana at Nebraska (Jan. 18).
    • Iowa’s Luka Garza was named Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 30 points, five rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in a pair of victories over Northwestern and No. 19 Michigan. The junior poured in 33 points, bolstered by a career-high 11 free-throws made, in a seven-point triumph over the Wolverines. Garza now has four 30+ scoring games this year, the most by a Hawkeye since Peter Jok (5) in 2017, ranks fourth nationally and most by any player from a Power 5 conference this year.
    • The Big Ten won eight of the 14 matchups in the 21st annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge this season including Purdue’s 69-40 win over No. 5/2 Virginia, the defending NCAA Champion. It marked the sixth time the Big Ten captured the Challenge, and first since 2015. Overall, the ACC has won 12 times and the Challenge has been tied three times, including last season. The Big Ten also won the Gavitt Tipoff Games, 5-3, in eight contests vs. the Big East.
    • Tickets are on sale for the fifth annual “Super Saturday – College Hoops & Wrestling” doubleheader, which will feature Michigan and Rutgers in both men’s basketball and wrestling on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The wresting event will start at 1 p.m. ET and the men’s basketball game will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com), by calling (866) 858-0008 or at MSG.com.
    • All 14 Big Ten teams will play one conference home game and one road contest between Dec. 6 and Dec. 18. Big Ten teams will compete in a 20-game conference schedule for the second time, playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once (three home and three away).

Tue., Jan. 21

*#17/17 Maryland at Northwestern …………..7 p.m. FS1

*#21/22 Illinois at RV/- Purdue …………………7 p.m. ESPNU

*Nebraska at RV/RV Wisconsin……………….9 p.m. BTN

Wed., Jan. 22

*RV/RV Penn State at RV/RV Michigan …….7 p.m. BTN

*#24/25 Rutgers at #19/19 Iowa……………….9 p.m. BTN

Thu., Jan. 23

*Minnesota at RV/RV Ohio State…………6:30 p.m. FS1

*#11/9 Michigan State at RV/RV Indiana …8:30 p.m. FS1

Fri., Jan. 24

*RV/RV Wisconsin at RV/- Purdue ……………7 p.m. FS1

Sat., Jan. 25

*#21/22 Illinois at RV/RV Michigan……………. Noon FS1

*Nebraska at #24/25 Rutgers ………………….2 p.m. BTN

Sun., Jan. 26

*#17/17 Maryland at RV/RV Indiana………….1 p.m. CBS

*#11/9 Michigan State at Minnesota …………3 p.m. FOX

*RV/RV Ohio State at Northwestern …….6:30 p.m. BTN

Mon., Jan. 27

*RV/RV Wisconsin at #19/19 Iowa ……….8:30 p.m. BTN

Tue., Jan. 28

*RV/RV Michigan at Nebraska…………………. 7 p.m.ESPN/2/U

*RV/- Purdue at #24/25 Rutgers……………….8 p.m. BTN

Wed., Jan. 29

*Northwestern at #11/9 Michigan State…6:30 p.m. BTN

*RV/RV Indiana at RV/RV Penn State…..8:30 p.m. BTN

Thu., Jan. 30

*Minnesota at #21/22 Illinois ………………7:30 p.m. FS1

*#19/19 Iowa at #17/17 Maryland…………8:30 p.m. BTN

 

Teague Claims Fourth MAC West Player of the Week Award This Season

MUNCIE, Ind. — For the fourth time this season and second straight week, Ball State’s Tahjai Teague is the MAC West Division Player of the Week.

The fifth-year senior from Indianapolis averaged 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds last week, leading Ball State to a pair of MAC wins and the Cardinals’ first 4-1 league start since the 2011-12 season.

That year was also the last time a Ball State player won the league’s weekly award four times when Jarrod Jones did it. Bonzi Wells was the MAC Player of the Week four times in 1997-98 before the league split into divisions. No BSU player has ever won it five times in a season.

Teague scored 23 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds Tuesday at Eastern Michigan, pacing BSU to a 69-52 victory with his sixth double-double of the season. He hit his final nine attempts from the floor to finish 9-for-12, while his 17 rebounds matched the highest total by a MAC player in a league game this year.

Teague then led a balanced attack with 14 points to go along with four boards and three blocks in Saturday’s 71-62 home win over Miami. The victory moved the Cardinals into sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division and a share of the overall league lead with Akron and Bowling Green.

So far this conference season, Teague ranks among the top 10 in the MAC in scoring (17.2), rebounding (9.6), blocks (1.8), steals (1.4) and field goal percentage (.548).

Ball State has now accounted for six MAC West Division players of the week this season, with Kyle Mallers and Ishmael El-Amin also winning once each.

The Cardinals are off until Saturday when they will head back on the road for a key divisional matchup at Central Michigan. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

 

Mitchell, Gobert help Jazz dominate Pacers in 118-88 victory

When the Utah Jazz find a rhythm around the basket, few teams can do anything to stop them from dominating on both ends of the court.

That certainly was the case during a 118-88 victory Monday night over the Indiana Pacers. For the bulk of 48 minutes, Utah attacked the rim with relentless energy. The Jazz crashed the boards, didn’t trail at all and were never seriously threatened.

Utah shot 54% from the field, scored 60 points in the paint and finished with a 53-30 advantage in rebounds.

The Jazz also limited Indiana to seven free throw attempts, and the Pacers made just three. Both were season lows for a Utah opponent.

“That was really what we wanted to do,” center Rudy Gobert said. “Don’t give them any free throws. Don’t give them anything at the rim and don’t give them any rebounds. I think we did a great job doing those three.”

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points and Gobert had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Mike Conley had 14 off the bench.

Myles Turner and Aaron Holiday scored 12 points apiece to lead Indiana. Turner added a career-high six steals, but the Pacers lost despite forcing 21 turnovers and nabbing a season-best 15 steals.

“We didn’t convert,” Turner said. “You force a team to have 20 turnovers, you’ve got to find some way to convert somehow, some way, and that definitely hurt us.”

Utah went to the basket throughout the first quarter and it paid off. The Jazz scored 20 points in the paint out of 29 total points in the quarter.

“They were the aggressors on both sides of the ball,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “When they did shoot the ball and miss, they got the rebounds.”

That allowed Utah to take control early. Joe Ingles drained a 3-pointer and then set up baskets for Gobert on back-to-back possessions to spark a 12-4 run that gave the Jazz an 18-10 lead midway through the first period.

Indiana closed to 31-27 on a hook shot from Domantas Sabonis early in the second, but Utah did not let the Pacers get any closer before halftime. Conley fed Gobert for a dunk and followed with consecutive baskets to cap an 18-5 run that gave the Jazz a 49-32 lead midway through the quarter.

“When you are consistent defensively, you give yourself a chance for good things to happen,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.

Utah maintained a double-digit cushion throughout the third and went up 78-55 on a jumper from Conley. The Jazz never slacked off once they took control, something that didn’t always happen earlier in the season.

“We’re just enjoying it,” Mitchell said. “A lot of it is we’re playing off instinct. At beginning of the year, when you have new guys, we tended to overthink trying to figure each other out. We know what plays to run each other. We know where everybody is going to be.”

 

Kemba beats LeBron for 1st time, Celtics top LA 139-107

Kemba Walker finally beat LeBron James, and he did it by helping the Boston Celtics send the Los Angeles Lakers to their biggest loss of the season.

Walker ended a career-long losing streak against James, scoring 20 points to beat him for the first time in 29 tries and lead the Celtics past the rival Lakers 139-107 on Monday night.

“I’m happy I got one at least, before he goes,” Walker said with a laugh after the Celtics snapped their three-game losing streak. “Who knows how long he can play, because he’s just incredible. But you know, it’s only one. One and 28.”

Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, drawing a taunting technical after dunking over James, and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics gave up the first eight points of the game but turned things around when Anthony Davis, playing for the first time in almost two weeks, went to the bench with a pair of fouls 49 seconds apart early in the first quarter.

“The less he plays, the better for everybody else,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

James had 15 points and 13 assists for the Lakers, who had won 10 of their previous 11 games. But the Celtics made 13 of their first 22 3-point attempts to open a 103-75 lead in the third quarter – the biggest against Los Angeles all season until Boston made it a 34-point game in the fourth.

“We were fortunate to put the ball in the basket quite a bit,” said Stevens, whose team shot 56% overall. “The ball going in masks some things.”

Walker’s 28 games without a win against James was second in NBA history only to Sherman Douglas’ 0-30 head-to-head record against Michael Jordan.

“If anybody: him. The guy I couldn’t beat, it’d be him. He’s such a great player, he’s done so much in this league,” said Walker, who spent the first eight years of his career in Charlotte. “He’s beaten a lot of guys. I bet you there’s a lot of people who don’t have a winning record against LeBron James.”

 

Lillard scores 61 and Blazers beat Warriors 129-124 in OT

After setting a Portland record with 61 points, Damian Lillard knew exactly who held the old mark.

He did.

Lillard topped his own franchise scoring high Monday night in the Trail Blazers’ 129-124 overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors. He also established a team best with 11 3-pointers.

“I guess if somebody’s going to beat my record, it’s good to be me,” Lillard said.

The star guard’s previous career high was 60 points earlier this season against Brooklyn, which broke the club record at the time. His 61 points Monday were the most in the NBA this season.

Lillard became the first player in NBA history with 60-plus points and 10-plus 3-pointers in a game, and just the sixth player with multiple 60-point games.

He also had 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, and he made all 16 of his free throws. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 21 rebounds for the Blazers (19-26), who snapped a two-game skid.

“I’m excited about it, I’m happy about it, but I wish it counted for three wins instead of one,” Lillard said.

The Blazers trailed by 12 in the third quarter but clawed back in the fourth. Lillard’s layup and free throw gave Portland a 110-109 lead with 2:26 left, but rookie Eric Paschall dunked to put Golden State back in front with less than a minute to go.

Alec Burks added a pair of free throws to extend Golden State’s lead, but Lillard’s 3-pointer tied it with 14.9 seconds left and the game went to overtime.

Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk put the Warriors up 121-115 in the extra period. Anfernee Simons hit a 3 to pull Portland closer before Lillard’s 3-pointer with less than a minute left tied it again. Gary Trent Jr.’s layup gave Portland the lead with 34.6 seconds to go.

Burks’ 3-pointer briefly gave the Warriors back the lead, but Lillard and Whiteside each added a pair of free throws to seal it. The crowd stood and cheered as Lillard made the free throw that gave him the record.

Lillard said he knew he had 59 points when he was fouled.

 

Paul, Thunder rally for 112-107 win over struggling Rockets

After scoring 27 points in the first half against his former team, Chris Paul was on the bench during a big Oklahoma City run in the fourth quarter when a Thunder fan began yelling at coach Billy Donovan to put the veteran guard back in the game.

Paul turned to the man and gave him a look that indicated the group on the floor was doing just fine before asking him: “Do you not see the score?”

Paul scored 28 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 as the Thunder rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat cold-shooting James Harden and the Houston Rockets 112-107 on Monday.

While Paul exulted in what he said might be his team’s best win of the season, Harden delayed his postgame shower for some extra work on his shooting after the Rockets lost their season-worst fourth straight.

Harden spent about 25 minutes on the court before returning to the locker room, and it was hard to argue he didn’t need the practice. The former MVP scored 29 points but went 1 of 17 from 3-point range in an astonishingly inefficient performance.

“Just trying to get back to the basics,” he said. “I think when you’re struggling you just try to get back to the fundamentals and the basics of your shot and form, form shooting and things like that. Staying with your shot. And just all repetition.”

Former Thunder player Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for Houston.

Gallinari and Dennis Schroder, who scored 17 of his 23 points after halftime, carried the Thunder after the break.

“It was fun to see how guys stayed together, stayed the course and fought back,” Paul said.

Houston coach Mike D’Antoni was asked what went wrong.

“Couldn’t make a shot, didn’t make foul shots,” he said. “Right now we’re at a period where if something is going to go bad, it’s bad and when it rains, it pours. And it’s pouring.”

Oklahoma City used a 6-0 run, highlighted by a dunk from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander after he stole the ball from Harden, to put the Thunder up 108-105 with about a minute left.

 

Jrue Holiday scores 36, Pelicans snap Grizzlies’ win streak

After seven games off, a well-rested Jrue Holiday matched his best scoring night of the season and helped New Orleans snap the league’s longest winning streak.

Holiday scored 36 points in his return from a left elbow injury as the Pelicans set a franchise record with 21 3-pointers, beating Memphis 126-116 Monday in the Grizzlies’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game. Memphis had won seven straight.

Holiday, who hadn’t played since Jan. 4, converted 12 of 18 from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Brandon Ingram scored 25 points and Nicolo Melli added 15, including a trio of 3-pointers.

“Load management’s crazy,” Holiday said with a chuckle about his return. “Honestly, it felt good to be back out there. You see how well the team’s been doing. They’ve been fighting and playing good teams and beating good teams. … I just really wanted to be back out there with them.”

Dillon Brooks led Memphis, matching his season high with 31 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 19 points and Ja Morant had 16 points and nine assists.

Memphis looked nothing like the team that had won seven in a row. From early in the game, the Pelicans seemed to get to most 50-50 balls. New Orleans was shooting better from the floor and converting 3-pointers. By halftime, the Pelicans had already surpassed their average of 14 3-pointers a game and led 69-50.

“They played great, and we just didn’t have it today. Just timing off and all of that,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Fortunately, we haven’t had many of these nights.”

New Orleans built a 25-point lead in the second half before a late rally brought the Grizzlies within 121-116 with 1:28 left. But Ingram scored on a drive and JJ Reddick (10 points) converted a 3-pointer for the final margin.

 

Simmons scores 34 in triple-double, carries 76ers past Nets

Ben Simmons was chosen Monday as the Eastern Conference player of the week for the way he performed last week.

Then he got a sensational start on winning the next week’s award, too.

Simmons tied a career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists, carrying the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

“I mean, Ben Simmons was ridiculously dominant tonight,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

A point guard by skill but at 6-foot-10 a big man in size, Simmons played all over the floor for a 76ers team missing All-Star center Joel Embiid. The Nets tried guarding him with big men but that didn’t work – though nothing may have the way he played.

“I just came in with that mindset to win,” Simmons said. “I know it’s going to be tough every time we play teams like this.”

Simmons shot 12 for 14 from the field in his career-best fifth straight game with 20 or more points, finishing with his fourth triple-double of the season. The NBA leader in steals had five of them.

“Just his determination,” Brown said when asked what impressed him most about Simmons’ performance. “Like, there was a determination, there was a spirit, there was a committed performance offensively and defensively that he just wasn’t going to let the team lose.”

Al Horford added 19 points for the 76ers, who won their fourth consecutive game. Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson each scored 15.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who played without Kyrie Irving because of hamstring tightness and lost their fourth straight. Caris LeVert had 16 points and rookie Nicolas Claxton added a career-best 15, but the Nets hurt themselves with 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter.

“Towards the end, we couldn’t hold onto the ball. It wasn’t anybody in particular, literally everybody was turning it over,” center Jarrett Allen said.

 

Attorneys say Hawks’ Parsons has career-threatening injuries

Chandler Parsons’ attorneys say the Atlanta Hawks forward suffered “severe and permanent injuries” in a car wreck last week that could jeopardize his career.

Attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis of the firm Morgan & Morgan say the injuries Parsons suffered in Wednesday’s crash include a traumatic brain injury, disk herniation and a torn labrum. Parsons was leaving practice when he was hit by a driver who the attorneys say was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sgt. John Chafee of the Atlanta Police Department told The Associated Press that the police report was not available Monday because the public affairs unit was closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

The Hawks said last week that Parsons suffered a concussion and whiplash. The team has added “associated disk injury” to his list of injuries.

Parsons remains in the concussion protocol and was not with the team for Monday’s game against Toronto. He was not on the bench for the team’s last two games against San Antonio and Detroit.

Parsons’ attorneys said in a statement released Monday that the other driver “admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him” and “passed out” following the crash. The attorneys say the driver, who was not identified, is responsible for “seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete.”

The 31-year-old Parsons, acquired from Memphis last summer, has played just five games for the Hawks. He is averaging 2.8 points and is making more than $25 million in the final year of his contract.

 

Report: Rival officials surprised by Astros players’ lack of regret in comments

Houston Astros players struck a defiant tone in their first public comments over the weekend, apparently to the shock of some around baseball.

Several Astros spoke at the team’s fanfest over the weekend, but none offered any apologies or contrition for the sign stealing scheme that they employed in 2017. Most comments were similar to those of Alex Bregman, who denied some of the unproven allegations, refused to comment on the punishments handed down by the league office, and said the Astros would do their talking on the field.

This apparently came as a surprise to some rival executives, who were expecting at least some level of regret from the players.

This may be a consequence of the players essentially going unpunished for the scheme while executives take the fall. The majority of the baseball community has already lost respect for these players, but many would have certainly liked an apology. Until that apology comes, expect these players to keep getting trashed on social media.

MLB Player Wants The Unthinkable To Happen To The Astros

It took less than a week for the first active Major League Baseball player to call for the Houston Astros to be stripped of their 2017 World Series title because of their sign stealing shenanigans.  As the wave of those who believe the the franchise wasn’t punished enough grows, Randal Grichuk of the Toronto Blue Jays expressed his opinion this weekend that the Astros should be stripped of their title and the players forced to returned their rings?  And while, in an ideal world he is right, there’s a strong reason why Major League Baseball will never be able to give those calling for this level of punishment to ever be satisfied.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred choose to only fine the Houston Astros $5 Million, the maximum allowed under rule, strip them of their first and second round draft picks this June and next year, and suspend both the manager A.J. Hinch as the general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were both fired by the franchise after their suspensions were announced.  The feeling that this was not enough of a punishment for a team who’s owner doesn’t believe his 2017 Championship was tainted by scandal is growing around baseball, and Toronto outfielder Randal Grichuk took it to the next level Saturday when he said the team should lose the right to call themselves World Series winners, and Major League Baseball should remove their name from the record books as 2017 Champions.

Here’s why that can’t be done.

Are you going to take away the “Shot Heard Round the World” from baseball history; or can we pretend that the 1998 Home Run Chase never happened?  The stats contained in a sports history book are the beginning of the story, not the be-all, end-all of a game, a player, or a season.  Once the Steroids Era was uncovered by the same people (looking at you Bud Selig) who allowed it to happen and the record books were never rewritten to remove the records of those players known to benefit from performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball established that no matter how muddy their history is, it will never be washed clean by the soap that is given to future generations.  As a result, baseball, with its extremely checkered past, maintains the records of all the games that were played for each of the players who took part in those games, with those who are rewriting history allowed to add footnotes to events as more information is uncovered over the years.

One the seal is broken on one event allowing a commissioner to rewrite the history book or proclaim a different team champion, then it must be done for all the injustices committed across all the eras of baseball, as well as every other sport.  Otherwise you allow the writing of history to be a judgement call to be made by people, with the human factor swaying one commissioner toward one opinion, while the next might go back and change it yet again.

It is always said that a sport’s Hall of Fame is not just were the best players are enshrined, but were the history of the sport is told.  From this point forward, let the Baseball Hall of Fame to display highlights and artifacts from the 2017 World Series right along-side the news stories of the past week explaining how the Houston Astros made the Fall Classic and prevailed in it.  Because someone doesn’t need an eraser to remove their name from the pages of history, all we need is a pen to add the facts that we have learned over the past few weeks to the story that unfolded back then … and let future generations decide who the real champions of that season, and every other season truly are.

 

This Is Why A New NFL CBA Is Being Held Up?

The National Football League and its Players’ Association are still working hard to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement this off-season to avoid a dark cloud from hanging over the sport during the 2020 season.  As the two sides continue to talk, a list of road blocks has emerged from the conference room as to why the two sides have been unable to seal the deal; with an overriding issue being if the NFL season will have 16 or 17 games under the new contract, since that affects how the all might dollars will be divided up in this multi-billion dollar business.

According to Pro Football Talk, the two sides have agreed on some issues during their negotiations; however, according to an e-mail sent to the players late last week, there are some “major issues” pending between the league and the players, that, according to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who wrote the message.  Under discussion are how much of the league’s revenue will be allocated to players’ payroll and benefits, having a salary floor for every team as well as the league, ensuring that every team is spending money on players, as well as an increase in the minimum salary each player can earn during a season.

Also being discussed and disputed by owners and players is the very old clause that says NFL teams need to put into escrow the money guaranteed to players on their contracts, adding updating the rules for players drafted in the first round as well as those who are restricted free agents, as well as what is being called a “non-starter,” a liability waiver that players will be asked to signed for any injuries suffered on the field.  It was reported by Pro Football Talk that if the 16-game regular season was still available to the players, these issues could quickly be resolved … But with the league looking to add a 17th game, along with shortening the pre-season schedule as well as expanding the playoff field, the union is asking for the financial models to be redone in a more favorable way for them.

The report also says that there may be an unofficial deadline for these negotiations that comes up in March.  That’s because Eric Winston will no longer be the president of the NFLPA when a new election takes place then, and if Russell Okung of the Los Angeles Chargers runs and wins his job, many inside the conference room expect the tone of their negotiations to take a “significantly” turn.

It is not shocking to anyone that follows sports that athletes and leagues are fighting over money; specifically how it is divided up between those who earn it on the field and those who are just looking for a return on their investment.  This is a battle that, historically, fans side with the owners, because already know rich owners want to get richer, but, for whatever reason, never seem to be as tolerant of owners looking to try and make a much money as they can during their short earning period as athletes.

With the NFL asking to increase the schedule for the first time since the 1978 season, the players know that this might be the best time to ask for as much as they can in the hopes of getting most, if not all of what they want in exchange for a season one-game longer.  As a result, what happens over the next few weeks and months will have a major impact on the way professional football is played during the next decade, with each side hoping to ensure that get every penny they can from the billions the NFL makes year in and year out.

It has always been my feeling that the NFLPA won’t accept a 17-game schedule without getting everything they want for the simple reason that, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Sure the league’s players will see a bump in salary with their there is an extra regular season game to sell to the networks or a few more playoff games; but when that is divided out over a league with 30 53-man rosters (if not more) the average increase won’t be felt by most of the middle class or younger player who never get a big second contract before they are replaced by another draft pick or proven free agent player.

Let’s hope DeMaurice Smith doesn’t settle for anything less than what he wants, because that’s what the players he represents deserve for putting their bodies and their well-being on the line every week during the season.  He MUST be an advocate for his rank and file members and get them everything they want, otherwise the deal he signs will be bad, with the next generation of players looking to change it before the ink is dry on their new deal.  Don’t force your members into a 17-game season Mr. Smith, the risk is not worth the reward for the players, just the owners.

 

IU EAST’S HAYGOOD EARNS RSC MEN’S INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East freshman Tamare Haygood won an event and set a school record to claim River States Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Jan. 13-19.

A native of Henrietta, N.Y., Haygood won the long jump to highlight his strong day at the Indianapolis Collegiate Championship. He had a distance of 6.71 meters for the win. Haygood was third in the high jump and set a school record at 1.95 meters.

Haygood also ran the 60-meter hurdles on the track and turned in a second-place finish at 8.39 seconds. The Red Wolves will be at the SPIRE Midwest Open this weekend Sept. 24-25.

 

IU EAST’S REYNOLDS REPEATS AS RSC MEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East senior Seth Reynolds won two events at the Indianapolis Collegiate Championship to earn River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Jan. 13-19. It is the second week in a row he’s won the award.

Reynolds, from Eaton, Ohio, won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.13 seconds. He already owned the NAIA No. 1-ranked time in that event for the year. He was also a part of the first-place relay in the 4×400. He ran a leg of the 3:24.37 time, which is tops in the conference.

Reynolds also ran the 200 meters with a time of 22.65, which went down as sixth place. The Red Wolves will be at the SPIRE Midwest Open this coming weekend Sept. 24-25.

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC ALL-STATE

Johnathan Jellison Centerville

Alec Runyon Centerville

Josh Berger Northeastern

Collin Miller Northeastern

Blaine Pierce Richmond

Vincent Narcisse Richmond

Gabe Crowe Richmond

Cole Campbell Winchester  Salutatorian

 

Purdue Wrestling Wins 10th Straight Over Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Purdue wrestling team posted its 10th consecutive dual victory over intrastate rival Indiana on Monday, winning 7-of-10 matches en route to a 23-9 win on the road in Wilkinson Hall. The Boilermakers improved to 9-2 overall on the season and 2-1 in conference duals, while the Hoosiers remain winless at 0-5 (0-4 B1G).

Indiana got the crowd excited early with an upset at 149 pounds, however the momentum would be short lived for the hosts. The Boilermakers quickly righted the ship as they took the next six matches to squash any hopes for the home team and put the win to bed.

Freshman Kendall Coleman started the streak with an 8-6 overtime win over Fernie Silva, scoring early and late to pick up his 22nd win of the season and first in conference action. Sophomore Tanner Webster followed suit at 165 pounds for the Old Gold & Black, picking up his first career Big Ten dual win with a 6-4 decision over Dillon Hoey. Webster scored two takedowns in the first and cinched the win with another score in the third to make it 6-3 Purdue.

Senior Dylan Lydy took things into deep water against No. 25 Jacob Covaciu, heading to overtime for the sixth time this season tied 1-1. The fourth-ranked Boilermaker got the job done again, winning his 22nd of the season and sixth in OT to continue Purdue’s run.

Junior Max Lyon and senior Christian Brunner notched back-to-back major decisions at 184 and 197 as Lyon posted a 12-4 win over Jake Hinz and Brunner dominated a 10-1 victory over Nick Willham. Lyon racked up five takedowns in his win, improving to 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Brunner earned his 21st win of the season and first in conference with a takedown in each period and over four minutes of riding time. Freshman Thomas Penola finished up the streak at heavyweight, using strong second and third periods on his way to a 6-1 win over Jake Kleimola.

IU picked up wins at 125 and 133 to cut into Purdue’s lead, but only took decisions to lock up the Boilermakers’ team win as they went into the final match of the night. Sophomore Parker Filius finished the night on top, scoring takedowns in the first and third on his way to a 7-4 victory over Eddie Bolivar.

The Boilermakers remain on the road next weekend, heading east to Maryland and Rutgers on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Friday’s match at Maryland is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at the Xfinity Center, while Sunday’s match vs. Rutgers will begin at 1 p.m. at the RAC.

MATCH RESULTS

Purdue 23, Indiana 9

149: Graham Rooks (IU) def. No. 15 Griffin Parriott (PUR), D 9-3

157: No. 8 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. Fernie Silva (PUR), SV 8-6

165: Tanner Webster (PUR) def. Dillon Hoey (IU), D 6-4

174: No. 4 Dylan Lydy (PUR) def. No. 25 Jacob Covaciu (IU), SV 3-1

184: Max Lyon (PUR) def. Jake Hinz (IU), MD 12-4

197: No. 4 Christian Brunner (PUR) def. Nick Willham (IU), MD 10-1

285: Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Jake Kleimola (IU), D 6-1

125: Liam Cronin (IU) def. No. 5 Devin Schroder (PUR), D 3-1

133: Cayden Rooks (IU) def. Travis Ford-Melton (PUR), D 4-1

141: Parker Filius (PUR) def. Eddie Bolivar (IU), D 7-4

All rankings via FloWrestling

 

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Offensive Lineman Danny Pinter Takes Home Ball State Football’s Most Outstanding Player Award

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State football team held its annual Honors Banquet Sunday evening inside Worthen Arena. Senior offensive lineman Danny Pinter took home three awards, highlighted by the team’s top honor, the John Magnabosco Most Outstanding Player Award.

Pinter, hailing from South Bend, Indiana, anchored Ball State’s offensive line at right tackle the last two years after making the transition from tight end following his sophomore campaign. The senior was one of four Cardinals to earn first team All-Mid-American Conference honors this season and the first BSU offensive lineman to earn first team all-league accolades since 2013. Pinter was one of two Cardinals who competed in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

The Magnabosco Award is named in honor of Ball State’s head football coach from 1935-52. Magnabosco’s 68 victories as the Cardinals’ head coach still stand as the program record.

New this year to the banquet were Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards. Running back Caleb Huntley and quarterback Drew Plitt shared Offensive Player of the Year. Huntley, a second team All-MAC selection, rushed for more than 100 yards in seven of eight conference games. His 1,275 rushing yards ranked fifth on the Ball State single-season chart.

Plitt was the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week on two occasions in 2019. He tied a school record with six touchdown passes in the win over Fordham on Sept. 7. The junior finished the year with 2,918 passing yards which ranked fifth on Ball State’s single-season chart. He directed an offense that led the league in scoring (34.8 points per game) and total offense (463.0 yards per game).

The Defensive Player of the Year award went to senior linebacker Jacob White. He ranked fifth in the league and 16th nationally in tackles per game (9.8). White reached double-figure tackles five times in 2019, including posting a career-high 18 stops at NC State on Sept. 21. He finished his Ball State career with 267 tackles, the most among all players on the active roster.

The Willie Snead True Cardinal Award went to senior wide receiver Riley Miller. This award is meant to honor a player who goes above and beyond the call of a collegiate football student-athlete. Snead, who concluded his Cardinals career in 2013, racked up 2,991 receiving yards in his three years on the team, the second most in Ball State history. Undrafted out of college, Snead was let go by two NFL teams before making a name for himself with the New Orleans Saints. He is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Miller began his career at Ball State as a walk-on player. He went on to earn a scholarship before the start of the 2017 season. The local product out of Yorktown, Indiana, started the final 33 games of his collegiate career. He was a second team All-MAC honoree in both 2018 and 2019. Miller also came away with Academic All-MAC accolades three times (2017, 2018, 2019).

Pinter and White were the co-recipients of the Dave McClain Leadership Award. The McClain Award is given in memory of the deceased Dave McClain, who was Ball State’s head football coach from 1971-77 and guided the Cardinals to a 46-25-3 overall record. He oversaw the Cardinals during the transition into the Mid-American Conference and NCAA Division I football. McClain led Ball State to the 1976 MAC championship in only the Cardinals’ second season in the conference. His final three Ball State teams posted a combined 26-7 overall mark and a 13-4 MAC record.

The John Hodge Award, which goes to the team’s most valuable freshman, went to a pair of players on the defensive side of the ball – linebacker Clayton Coll and cornerback Nic Jones. Coll played in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. He tallied at least one tackle in eight games. Jones also saw action in every game this fall. He was mainly utilized at the nickel position and finished the year with 18 tackles and four pass break-ups.

Junior cornerback Antonio Phillips came away with the Ray Louthen Award. This award, which honors the memory of the former Ball State head football coach (1962-67) and athletics director (1970-81), is bestowed upon the team’s most improved player(s).

Phillips was the first Ball State cornerback to earn first team all-league honors since B.J. Hill in 2008. He registered interceptions in three straight league games in October – Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Ohio. His four total interceptions were the second most in the MAC, sitting only behind his teammate, Amechi Uzodinma.

The Bill Meitzler Scout Team Players of the Year were tight end Isaiah Dunnuck and safety Ben Stewart. The award is given in honor of the former Cardinal Varsity Club board member and longtime fan and supporter of Ball State football.

For the second time in his career, kick returner Malik Dunner took home the Bill Reynolds Special Teams Award. The award is named in memory of Reynolds, who spent 31 years as a volunteer in the Ball State athletics department with an emphasis on the football program prior to his death in the summer of 2000. Dunner’s season was highlighted by a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Western Michigan on Nov. 5. He went on to earn second team All-MAC honors.

The Gene Booker Academic Award went to senior tight end Kyle Schrank for a second straight year. The award has been given annually since 1978 and was named in honor of Gene Booker for the first time in 2011. Booker was a member of Ball State’s 1949 football team, which is the only unbeaten and untied team in the school’s history. Schrank, a four-time Academic All-MAC honoree, earned his Ball State bachelor’s degree in December 2018 and is currently working on a master’s in business administration (MBA).

Trey Uetrecht was honored with the Mark Hays Inspiration Award, which is given to the person(s) who demonstrates the greatest ability to motivate and inspire his teammates. The award is given in the memory of the late son of Kermit and Mary Ellen Hays, both of whom have also passed away. The Hays family spent their lives as fans and supporters of Ball State’s athletics program. Uetrecht suffered a serious single car accident last February that nearly took his life. He returned to campus this fall and stayed close to the team by working in the equipment room.

Pinter picked up his third award of the evening with the Paul Schudel Strength and Conditioning Award, which is given in honor of the former Ball State football coach (1985-94), who led the Cardinals to the 1989 and 1993 MAC championships. Schudel guided Ball State to its first-ever NCAA Division I FBS bowl games with appearances in the 1989 California Raisin Bowl and the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl.

Finally, the 12th Man of the Year Award went to academic coordinators Ben Hatfield and Justin Pugh. The Cardinals led the league with 20 Academic All-MAC selections this fall. Sixty-two players finished the fall semester with a GPA at or above 3.0, 32 players were at the 3.5 GPA level, and six players posted a 4.0 GPA.

Ball State concluded the 2019 season 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the MAC. The Cardinals won the Bronze Stalk Trophy from Northern Illinois for the first time since 2008 and capped the year by knocking off league champion Miami for the Red Bird Rivalry Trophy, 41-27.

Ball State opens the 2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 3 with a home game against Maine.

 

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL

Kerry Coombs Hired as Defensive Coordinator

Titans assistant returns to Ohio State where each of his previous starting CBs had reached the NFL

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kerry Coombs, who spent six seasons (2012-17) on the Ohio State coaching staff as the team’s cornerbacks coach, has been hired by head coach Ryan Day to be the team’s defensive coordinator. Coombs has spent the last two seasons in the National Football League as the cornerbacks coach for the Tennessee Titans.

“Kerry Coombs is the coach I was really hoping we could hire and bring back to Ohio State,” Day said. “He is an excellent coach and he has had two outstanding seasons in the NFL on Mike Vrabel’s staff with the Tennessee Titans.

“I’ve spent a season on staff with Kerry and I really like his coaching and knowledge of the game, but I also like that he knows Ohio State and he knows how to recruit to Ohio State. He’s recruited some of the players currently on the team and he coached a handful of Buckeye defensive backs who went on to become first-round NFL draft picks.”

Over the past two seasons with Tennessee, Coombs helped the Titans produce one of the league’s top secondary units. In 2018, it ranked sixth in passing defense (216.9 yards/game), eighth in opponent passer rating (88.4) and ninth in opponent completion percentage (.632).

This past season, which included a trip to the AFC Championship Game, Tennessee ranked eighth in the league with 14 interceptions during the regular season. In a wild card round playoff win at New England, the Titans held Tom Brady to his fifth-lowest passer rating of his postseason career.

Coombs spent his first five seasons with the Buckeyes as Ohio State’s cornerbacks coach before being promoted in 2017 to assistant coordinator, defense. He was also the special team’s coordinator for five seasons, from 2013 through 2017.

Coombs’ tenure with the Buckeyes was a remarkable one, as evidenced by the five first-round NFL draft choices that he developed between 2014 and 2018: Bradley Roby (2014, Denver Broncos), Eli Apple (2016, New York Giants), Marshon Lattimore (2017, New Orleans Saints), Gareon Conley (2017, Oakland Raiders) and Denzel Ward (2018, Cleveland Browns). Every starting Ohio State cornerback in Coombs’ six-year tenure reached the NFL.

Not coincidentally, Coombs also helped shape some of the Ohio State’s best defensive units. From 2012 through 2017, Ohio State was second nationally with 101 interceptions and first with 17 that were returned for touchdowns.

In 2017, the Buckeyes ranked ninth nationally in total defense as Ward became the program’s first consensus All-American at cornerback in nine seasons, since Malcolm Jenkins in 2008. A year earlier, in 2016, Ohio State was fourth in the country with 21 interceptions, including a nation’s-leading seven that were returned for TDs. Two of Coombs’ defensive backs – Lattimore and Conley – were first round NFL Draft choices. Coupled with Apple’s selection in the first round of the 2015 Draft, Ohio State set a record with three cornerbacks taken over consecutive drafts.

During a four-year period between 2014 and 2017, which included two Big Ten titles and the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship, Ohio State finished no lower than No. 13 nationally in pass efficiency defense, rising to as high as No. 3 in 2016.

A lifelong Ohioan who was a member of the University of Dayton’s 1980 Division III national championship team, Coombs’ coaching career includes five seasons at the University of Cincinnati from 2007-11 under head coaches Brian Kelly and Butch Jones. That preceded an unprecedented 16-year run as the head coach at Colerain High School where he had a 161-34 record with 10 state playoff appearances and the 2004 Division I title. His teams from 2000 through 2006 won seven consecutive Greater Miami Conference championships and recorded seven undefeated regular seasons.

Coombs and his wife Holly are the parents of three grown children: son Brayden is the newly-hired special team’s coach of the Detroit Lions; daughter Cortney played soccer at Ball State; and son Dylan played cornerback at the University of Cincinnati and was in the Lindner Honors Plus business program.

 

Ex-M’s ace Félix Hernández has minor league deal with Braves

Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training.

The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta’s 40-man roster.

Hernandez, who turns 34 in April, is coming off his worst season in the majors. King Felix went 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners and lost his place in the rotation.

Hernandez was among the best and more durable pitchers in the majors for more than a decade, a stretch that included six All-Star selections and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award. He was a huge crowd favorite at Safeco Field, with fans holding up K cards in The King’s Court to mark his many strikeouts.

The two-time NL East champion Braves hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 13.

 

Rockies’ Arenado feels disrespected over trade rumors

Rockies star Nolan Arenado said he feels disrespected after Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged listening to trade offers for the seven-time Gold Glove winner.

Bridich told The Denver Post on Monday that he expected Arenado to be Colorado’s third baseman this season after discussing potential deals involving the 28-year-old this winter. The five-time All-Star agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract with the Rockies last February.

Asked via text message about Bridich’s comments, Arenado told The Associated Press: “I don’t care what he says there’s a lot of disrespect around there.”

The slugger insisted he doesn’t envision mending fences with Bridich.

“There is no relationship anymore it’s just play hard for my teammates and the fans,” Arenado said.

Arenado was set to become a free agent after last season before signing his long-term contract, which includes a full no-trade clause. He can opt out of the deal after the 2021 season and become a free agent.

Arenado hit a career-high .315 with 41 home runs, 118 RBIs and a .962 OPS last season, but Colorado went 71-91 and finished fourth in the NL West after making the playoffs the previous two seasons.

The Rockies have had a quiet offseason – aside from constant speculation that Arenado could be shipped out. Colorado has not made a trade or signed any major league free agents since the end of the World Series.

 

Sharapova can’t say what’s next after Australian Open loss

Her Grand Slam losing streak up to four matches, Maria Sharapova surely was aware questions about her future would be coming.

She wasn’t able to provide answers.

Might this have been her last trip to the Australian Open, a tournament she won in 2008 as part of a career Grand Slam?

“I don’t know,” Sharapova said, her head shaking and eyes looking down. “I don’t know. … It’s tough for me to tell what’s going to happen in 12 months’ time.”

Might she try to enter low-level tournaments to try to raise a WTA ranking that once was No. 1, all those years ago, already was only 145th entering play at Melbourne Park — which is why she needed a wild-card invitation to participate — and now will tumble outside of the top 350 following a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Donna Vekic on Tuesday?

“I just don’t know,” Sharapova said. “I haven’t thought of my schedule moving forward from here yet.”

After a rainy Day 1 that filled up Tuesday’s schedule with 96 matches, up to seven on some courts, the sun was out and there was plenty of action around the grounds at the first Grand Slam tournament of the decade. Joining Sharapova on the way out in early action was three-time major semifinalist Johanna Konta, 2019 French Open semifinal Amanda Anisimova and the 20th-seeded man, Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Seeded winners included No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who began his bid to equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Hugo Dellien, three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, two-time French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem, No. 12 Fabio Fognini and No. 16 Karen Khachanov.

Among those slated to play at night: U.S. Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev against 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe of the U.S., and volatile Australian Nick Kyrgios.

This is the only time in Sharapova’s long career that the 32-year-old Russian has lost in the first round at three consecutive major tournaments.

 

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1990

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)-So much for Mr. Nice Guy. John McEnroe threw his racquet and a tantrum today at the Australian Open and became the first player to be disqualified from a Grand Slam event for misconduct since 1963, when a Colombian-born Spaniard, Willie Alvarez, was defaulted from the French Open.

McEnroe let himself get rattled by missed shots, close calls and a baby’s cries. And after his default, with a 6‚1, 4‚6, 7‚5, 2‚4 lead against Mikael Pernfors, McEnroe admitted, “I don’t really have anyone to blame but myself.”

It was a sad and bizarre chapter in the career of one of the finest players in tennis, a 30-year-old former champion who came here determined to win his first major tournament since the 1984 United States Open. Only two days before, after winning his third match and playing his best tennis in years, McEnroe talked about how important it was for him to keep his temper under control. Yet all it took for McEnroe to revert to his old ways was a tough match against Pernfors, the Swedish-born two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association champion at Georgia.

McEnroe, composed and speaking softly a few minutes later, said his mistake was in not understanding the rules. He thought the rules of last year’s Grand Slam tournaments-a four-step process to default-were in effect. Instead, a new three-step rule-warning, point, default- applied.

McEnroe won the first set easily, but as Pernfors picked up his game in the second set, McEnroe became increasingly agitated. He took a 2‚1 lead after an exchange of breaks in the third set, but on the changeover he stood in front of a lineswoman he thought made a bad call. Bouncing a ball on his racquet and glaring at her in intimidating fashion, McEnroe was given a violation of the conduct code for unsportsmanlike conduct by the chair umpire, Gerry Armstrong. McEnroe argued with Armstrong, then returned to play, finally held service and went on to take the set.

In the final game of the fourth set, McEnroe fell behind, 15‚30, on a wide forehand, then bounced his racquet on the court. At deuce, McEnroe hit another forehand wide, then smashed the court again with his racquet, cracking the head slightly. Armstrong called a code violation for racquet abuse, and McEnroe responded by swearing at him and asking for Ken Farrar, the Grand Slam chief of supervisors. Farrar came onto the court and talked with McEnroe, but the American continued complaining and swearing, his words clearly audible to nearby fans and television viewers.

Armstrong, with Farrar’s approval, called, “Code violation, further abuse, default Mr. McEnroe. Game, set, match.” Farrar later described McEnroe’s harangue as the most vile language he had ever heard in a tennis match. McEnroe stood with his hands on his hips while the crowd of 15,000 whistled, booed angrily and chanted, “We want McEnroe.”

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1921       “The legend has been spread that the owners hired the Judge off the federal bench. Don’t you believe it. They got him right out of Dickens.” – LEO DUROCHER, speaking about encounters with the commissioner during his playing days. In a move widely supported by the press, 55 year-old Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes baseball’s first commissioner, replacing the three-man National Commission, formerly governed by league presidents Ban Johnson and John Heydler and Reds owner Garry Herrmann. In November, the jurist agreed to take position for seven years at a salary of $50,000 (minus a $7,500 reduction to reflect his current pay as judge), on the condition if he can continue to serve on the federal bench, an arrangement that ends in thirteen months, when he resigns from his judicial responsibilities.

1941       The Indians sign Bob Feller (27-11, 2.61) to a deal worth a reported $30,000, making the 22 year-old farm boy from Van Meter, Iowa, the highest-paid hurler in baseball history. Dazzy Vance and Lefty Grove had previously held the distinction when they were paid $27,500 for one season of work.

1947       The BBWAA elects southpaws Carl Hubbell and Lefty Grove, infielder Frank Frisch, and catcher Mickey Cochrane for induction into the Hall of Fame in July, along with 11 additional individuals, who were selected by the Old-Timers Committee. The extensive list of new HOFers generated by the Old-Timers Committee in June that included the names of Tommy McCarthy, Jesse Burkett, Clark Griffith, Joe McGinnity, Jack Chesbro, Eddie Plank, Rube Waddell, Frank Chance, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Ed Walsh lead to the revision of the procedures used to select future candidates for enshrinement.

1953       Cardinal legend Dizzy Dean and outfielder Al Simmons, best known for his years with the A’s, are elected to the Hall of Fame, but Joe DiMaggio, in his first year of eligibility, is not. The Yankee Clipper will have to wait until 1955 when 88.8% of the BBWAA scribes put his name on their ballot.

1958       To fill the void of National League baseball in New York City, the Phillies agree to televise 78 games in the metropolitan area, which is without a Senior Circuit team for the first time since the league’s inception in 1876. The Pirates and Cardinals will also beam games into the Big Apple, but their contests will only feature the departed Dodgers and Giants as opponents.

1960       Stan Musial insists the Cardinals cut his salary from $100,000 to $80,000, believing the team overpaid him in 1958 and 1959, and the reduced wage should be a reflection of his poor performance for the team last season. The Redbird’s 39 year-old All-Star first baseman batted .255 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs in the 115 games he played in last season.

1965       Teams, Inc. meet with National League president Warren Giles to plead their case of keeping the Braves in Milwaukee through the entire upcoming season. The community non-profit organization, headed by future baseball commissioner Bud Selig, successfully prevents the club from marching to Atlanta at the All-Star break, when the league rules the team must honor the final year of their stadium lease.

1969       In his first year of eligibility, Cardinal legend Stan Musial is elected into the Hall of Fame, receiving 93% of the writers’ votes. The BBWAA also selects Roy Campanella, the former Dodger catcher who won three National League MVPs before he was permanently disabled in a car accident, just before the start of spring training in 1958.

1971       No player receives three-fourths of the necessary votes for election into the Hall of Fame, with Yogi Berra (67.2%) and Early Wynn (66.7%) coming the closest. Both will be inducted into Cooperstown next season.

1981       The Commissioner’s office announces lifetime passes to any major or minor league regular-season game will be given to the returning 52 Iranian hostages and the 14 others who were released earlier during the ordeal. In 1973, MLB made a similar gesture to the hundreds of prisoners of war who were returning from Vietnam.

1981       Cesar Geronimo is traded by the Reds to the Royals for minor leaguer infielder German Barranca. After a three-year stint in Kansas City, the four-time Gold Glover will retire, compiling a lifetime average of .258 during his 15 seasons in the major leagues.

1987       “My physical condition is good; so while I am still in good health, I have decided to retire. I am going to miss my fans, the players and all the people associated with baseball…” – VIDA BLUE, announcing his retirement from baseball. Free-agent Vida Blue comes to terms with the A’s, signing an estimated $300,000 deal to pitch for Oakland this season but surprises the team the day before spring training begins by announcing his retirement. The 37 year-old southpaw, who posted a 10-10 record with San Francisco last season, compiled a 209-161 (.565) record along with an ERA of 3.27 during his 17-year tenure in the major leagues.

2001       To conserve electricity during California’s energy crisis, the Angels turn off Edison International Field’s Big A and the Little A signs. The landmark beacons formerly illuminated for 24 hours a day, now will be turned on only for stadium events.

2005       After asking for $22 million in salary arbitration, Roger Clemens agrees to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Astros. The pact makes the ‘Rocket’ the most expensive hurler in major league history.

2006       The Orioles acquire a potential ace for their rotation when the team trades right-handers Jorge Julio and John Maine to the Mets for Kris Benson (10-8, 4.13). With Jae Seo dealt to the Dodgers for relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll, the deal with Baltimore marks the second time this month the team ship a starter from their pitching rotation to bolster their bullpen.

2008       Yadier Molina (.275, 6, 40) agrees to a $15.5 million, four-year deal to remain with the Cardinals. The Redbirds catcher, best known for his defensive prowess, nailed 23 of 46 baserunners trying to steal a base last season.

2008       Brett Tomko and the Royals agree to a $3 million, one-year deal. Kansas City, who had hoped the 34 year-old starter would overcome the problems which plagued him with LA and San Diego (4-12, 5.55) last season, will release the right-hander in June after he compiles a 2-7 record along with an ERA 6.30. .

2009       The Orioles and Nick Markakis finalize a significant $66.1 million six-year deal, which covers the span the right fielder would have been eligible for arbitration and the first three after he would be available to file for free agency. The 25 year-old fly chaser, who had his best offensive season with the team and led the American League in outfield assists last season, was named the team’s most valuable player by the local media last season.

2009       To increase the team’s attendance, Washington reduces individual ticket fees on 14,000 seats and does not raise rates on any of the 41,888 seats at Nationals Park. The club ranked a disappointing 13th place in attendance in the 16-team National League circuit despite the debut of a brand new stadium in the nation’s capital.

2009       “​Nine years ago you welcomed me into your community. You greeted me as a name and embraced me as a person, and I leave you now as a friend.” – ROCCO BALDELLI, thanking Tampa Bay fans in an open letter for their support during his time with the Rays.

Rocco Baldelli, traded to the Red Sox in the offseason, takes out an ad in the St. Petersburg Times to show his appreciation of the support given to him by the Rays fans during his five years with the franchise. In an open letter, the outfielder writes, “I will always think of the Tampa Bay area as my second home, and I would like to thank everyone for accepting me and for making my time here as enjoyable as it was.”

2009       Erik Bedard, avoiding salary arbitration, signs a $7.75 million, one-year contract with the Mariners. The deal gives the left-hander, the team’s Opening Day starter, who was obtained last season from Baltimore, a raise of $750,000 from last season.

2009       Jon Lester becomes the 48th recipient of the Hutch Award and the first to be treated by a doctor from the renowned institution named for Seattle baseball legend Fred Hutchinson. The Red Sox hurler, a survivor of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, is honored with the annual award for best exemplifying the spirit and competitive drive of the former major leaguer and skipper, who died of cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.

2010       Joe Blanton (2-8, 4.05) and the Phillies, avoiding an arbitration hearing, come to terms on a $24 million, three-year deal. The 29 year-old right-hander slotted to be the National League champion’s number three starter in a rotation which includes Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and J.A. Happ.

2010       Octavio Dotel (3-3, 3.32 ERA), hoping to be the Pirates closer, agrees to a $3.5 million, one-year deal with the Bucs, the only team that offered the right-hander the opportunity to save games. The 36 year-old reliever, who hasn’t been a closer since 2007 with Kansas City, struck out 75 batters in 62.1 innings in a setup role for the White Sox last season but didn’t record a save.

2011       In a cost-cutting move, the Blue Jays send Vernon Wells to the Angels in exchange for catcher Mike Napoli and fly-chaser Juan Rivera. Toronto still owed the 32 year-old three-time All-Star outfielder $86 million through 2014, but will only have to spend $5 million to Los Angeles to complete the trade, giving the team a better opportunity to compete in the AL East.

2012       The Red Sox, after picking up his $6 million option in October, trade Marco Scutaro (.299, 7, 54) to the Rockies for right-hander Clayton Mortensen (2-4, 3.86). The unexpected move of the 36 year-old infielder to Colorado may be a signal that Boston is counting on prospect Jose Iglesias to be the starting shortstop on Opening Day.

2015       The Nationals introduce Max Scherzer, the newest member of the team’s solid pitching staff. The 29 year-old right-hander, who inked a seven-year, $210 million contract to hurl for Washington, joins Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, and Gio Gonzalez, a fivesome many consider to be the best starting rotation in baseball history.

2016       At a Camden Yards news conference, the Orioles announce first baseman Chris Davis will be returning the team, having signed the richest deal in franchise history. The reigning major league home run king, who went yard 47 times last season, agreed to a $161 million, seven-year contract that includes $42 million in deferred money to stay with Baltimore.

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 39 6 .867 21-2 18-4 11-0 24-3 9-1 7 W
Miami 30 13 .698 8.0 19-1 11-12 5-2 19-6 6-4 1 W
Toronto 29 14 .674 9.0 15-7 14-7 5-3 20-7 7-3 4 W
Boston 28 14 .667 9.5 17-5 11-9 6-5 19-9 4-6 1 W
Philadelphia 29 16 .644 10.0 20-2 9-14 9-2 21-9 6-4 4 W
Indiana 28 16 .636 10.5 17-5 11-11 4-6 18-11 6-4 1 L
Orlando 21 23 .477 17.5 13-8 8-15 6-2 14-11 6-4 1 W
Brooklyn 18 24 .429 19.5 11-11 7-13 4-6 12-13 2-8 4 L
Detroit 16 28 .364 22.5 8-13 8-15 5-8 12-21 4-6 1 L
10 Chicago 16 29 .356 23.0 9-14 7-15 5-7 12-19 3-7 1 L
11 Washington 14 28 .333 23.5 9-11 5-17 3-6 9-16 4-6 1 W
12 Charlotte 15 30 .333 24.0 7-14 8-16 1-4 10-17 2-8 7 L
13 New York 12 32 .273 26.5 6-15 6-17 1-9 7-20 2-8 1 W
14 Cleveland 12 32 .273 26.5 6-15 6-17 3-7 7-24 2-8 5 L
15 Atlanta 10 34 .227 28.5 5-16 5-18 3-4 5-23 3-7 2 L
Western Conference
  W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 34 9 .791 16-5 18-4 4-2 23-4 8-2 1 L
Denver 30 13 .698 4.0 17-6 13-7 6-0 18-6 7-3 1 W
Utah 30 13 .698 4.0 17-3 13-10 4-2 16-8 9-1 2 W
LA Clippers 30 13 .698 4.0 19-4 11-9 6-1 18-10 7-3 3 W
Dallas 27 15 .643 6.5 13-10 14-5 7-0 16-8 6-4 4 W
Houston 26 16 .619 7.5 14-7 12-9 4-4 15-12 4-6 4 L
Oklahoma City 25 19 .568 9.5 14-9 11-10 5-4 18-12 6-4 2 W
Memphis 20 23 .465 14.0 12-13 8-10 3-4 14-15 8-2 1 L
San Antonio 19 23 .452 14.5 12-10 7-13 2-5 10-13 5-5 2 W
10 Portland 19 26 .422 16.0 10-10 9-16 3-6 11-18 5-5 1 W
11 Phoenix 18 25 .419 16.0 9-15 9-10 4-6 9-20 5-5 1 L
12 New Orleans 17 27 .386 17.5 8-13 9-14 2-5 12-17 6-4 1 W
13 Minnesota 15 28 .349 19.0 6-15 9-13 2-8 7-20 3-7 6 L
14 Sacramento 15 28 .349 19.0 8-13 7-15 4-4 11-16 3-7 5 L
15 Golden State 10 35 .222 25.0 7-15 3-20 1-6 7-26 1-9 1 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Washington Capitals 49 33 11 5 71 30 177 144 15-5-4 18-6-1 6-4-0
Boston Bruins 50 28 10 12 68 28 166 133 16-2-9 12-8-3 4-3-3
Pittsburgh Penguins 49 31 13 5 67 28 168 133 18-5-3 13-8-2 7-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning 48 29 15 4 62 27 175 137 15-7-2 14-8-2 8-2-0
New York Islanders 48 28 15 5 61 25 139 130 15-7-3 13-8-2 3-5-2
Florida Panthers 48 27 16 5 59 24 179 160 16-8-2 11-8-3 7-3-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 50 26 16 8 60 26 134 127 15-9-2 11-7-6 8-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes 49 28 18 3 59 25 155 131 16-8-1 12-10-2 5-4-1
Philadelphia Flyers 49 26 17 6 58 21 155 150 16-4-4 10-13-2 4-5-1
10 Toronto Maple Leafs 49 25 17 7 57 24 176 165 12-6-7 13-11-0 4-3-3
11 Buffalo Sabres 49 22 20 7 51 21 145 152 14-6-3 8-14-4 5-5-0
12 Montreal Canadiens 50 22 21 7 51 19 155 157 10-12-4 12-9-3 4-5-1
13 New York Rangers 47 23 20 4 50 23 156 155 13-9-2 10-11-2 5-5-0
14 Ottawa Senators 48 17 23 8 42 17 130 163 12-8-4 5-15-4 1-5-4
15 New Jersey Devils 48 17 24 7 41 15 126 173 7-9-7 10-15-0 4-5-1
16 Detroit Red Wings 50 12 34 4 28 11 107 195 8-16-2 4-18-2 3-6-1
Western Conference
  GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 49 30 11 8 68 30 158 134 17-4-4 13-7-4 5-3-2
Vancouver Canucks 49 27 18 4 58 24 162 149 16-5-3 11-13-1 7-3-0
Colorado Avalanche 49 28 15 6 62 28 179 143 14-7-4 14-8-2 5-3-2
Dallas Stars 48 27 17 4 58 25 125 120 15-7-2 12-10-2 7-3-0
Edmonton Oilers 49 26 18 5 57 24 155 153 12-8-3 14-10-2 6-3-1
Calgary Flames 50 26 19 5 57 21 135 147 13-7-3 13-12-2 6-4-0
Vegas Golden Knights 51 25 19 7 57 22 159 156 14-10-3 11-9-4 5-4-1
Arizona Coyotes 51 26 20 5 57 21 146 138 12-10-2 14-10-3 5-4-1
Winnipeg Jets 49 25 20 4 54 22 148 152 11-11-2 14-9-2 4-5-1
10 Chicago Blackhawks 50 24 20 6 54 22 152 157 12-11-3 12-9-3 7-3-0
11 Nashville Predators 47 22 18 7 51 21 156 154 11-9-4 11-9-3 4-5-1
12 Minnesota Wild 49 22 21 6 50 21 152 164 13-6-4 9-15-2 3-6-1
13 San Jose Sharks 50 21 25 4 46 19 130 167 13-11-1 8-14-3 4-5-1
14 Anaheim Ducks 48 19 24 5 43 15 122 150 11-9-3 8-15-2 3-6-1
15 Los Angeles Kings 50 18 27 5 41 18 125 158 11-10-1 7-17-4 2-7-1

 

BIG 10 MEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
11 Michigan State 6-1 .857 5-0 1-1 14-4 .778 9-1 2-1 3-2 2-2
24 Rutgers 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 14-4 .778 13-0 1-3 0-1 2-1
21 Illinois 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 13-5 .722 11-1 2-3 0-1 1-3
Indiana 4-3 .571 3-0 1-3 14-4 .778 11-1 1-3 2-0 2-1
17 Maryland 4-3 .571 4-0 0-3 14-4 .778 11-0 0-4 3-0 1-0
19 Iowa 4-3 .571 3-0 1-2 13-5 .722 8-1 3-2 2-2 3-2
Wisconsin 4-3 .571 2-1 2-2 11-7 .611 8-1 3-3 0-3 3-2
Minnesota 4-4 .500 4-0 0-4 10-8 .556 9-1 0-6 1-1 2-1
Penn State 3-4 .429 2-1 0-3 13-5 .722 10-1 1-3 2-1 3-1
Purdue 3-4 .429 3-0 0-4 10-8 .556 8-1 1-5 1-2 3-3
Michigan 2-4 .333 2-0 0-4 11-6 .647 8-1 0-5 3-0 2-3
Ohio State 2-5 .286 2-1 0-4 12-6 .667 10-1 1-4 1-1 3-2
Nebraska 2-5 .286 2-2 0-3 7-11 .389 5-5 0-5 2-1 0-1
Northwestern 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 6-11 .353 4-5 1-5 1-1 0-2

 

MAC MEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Akron 4-1 .800 2-1 2-0 14-4 .778 10-1 3-2 1-1 0-1
Bowling Green 4-1 .800 2-1 2-0 13-5 .722 8-1 3-1 2-3 0-1
Kent State 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 13-5 .722 9-0 3-4 1-1 0-1
Buffalo 3-2 .600 1-1 2-1 12-6 .667 6-3 3-2 3-1 0-0
Ohio 2-3 .400 1-1 1-2 10-8 .556 6-3 3-3 1-2 0-2
Miami (OH) 1-4 .200 1-1 0-3 8-10 .444 6-3 1-5 1-2 0-1
West
Ball State 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 11-7 .611 6-3 3-2 2-2 0-1
Central Michigan 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-8 .556 9-1 1-7 0-0 0-0
Toledo 2-3 .400 1-1 1-2 10-8 .556 6-2 4-6 0-0 0-0
Western Michigan 2-3 .400 2-1 0-2 9-9 .500 7-2 2-5 0-2 0-1
Northern Illinois 2-3 .400 1-1 1-2 9-9 .500 5-3 4-6 0-0 0-0
Eastern Michigan 0-5 .000 0-3 0-2 10-8 .556 6-3 2-5 2-0 0-1

 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
22 Northwestern 6-1 .857 3-1 3-0 16-2 .889 9-2 5-0 2-0 2-1
19 Iowa 6-1 .857 3-0 3-1 15-3 .833 9-0 4-2 2-1 2-0
Rutgers 5-2 .714 1-2 4-0 15-3 .833 8-2 5-1 2-0 0-1
20 Maryland 5-2 .714 4-0 1-2 14-4 .778 9-1 3-3 2-0 3-2
Nebraska 4-3 .571 4-0 0-3 14-4 .778 11-1 1-3 2-0 1-1
17 Indiana 4-3 .571 3-1 1-2 14-5 .737 8-2 4-2 2-1 2-3
Michigan State 4-3 .571 3-0 1-3 11-7 .611 8-0 2-4 1-3 1-3
Ohio State 4-3 .571 3-1 1-2 11-7 .611 5-3 4-3 2-1 3-3
Michigan 3-4 .429 2-1 1-3 12-6 .667 8-2 3-3 1-1 0-3
Purdue 3-4 .429 2-2 1-2 12-7 .632 8-2 2-4 2-1 0-3
Minnesota 2-5 .286 0-3 2-2 12-6 .667 7-4 5-2 0-0 1-1
Illinois 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 10-8 .556 9-3 1-5 0-0 0-1
Wisconsin 1-6 .143 1-3 0-3 9-9 .500 7-3 1-5 1-1 0-2
Penn State 1-6 .143 1-2 0-4 7-11 .389 5-5 1-5 1-1 0-0

 

MAC WOMEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
East
Buffalo 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 12-4 .750 7-1 3-3 2-0 0-1
Ohio 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-6 .625 6-1 3-4 1-1 0-1
Kent State 3-2 .600 1-1 2-1 10-6 .625 4-2 4-2 2-2 0-1
Akron 1-4 .200 0-3 1-1 8-8 .500 3-5 3-3 2-0 0-1
Miami (OH) 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 8-9 .471 4-2 3-6 1-1 0-2
Bowling Green 0-5 .000 0-2 0-3 7-10 .412 4-2 2-6 1-2 0-0
West
Central Michigan 5-0 1.000 2-0 3-0 12-4 .750 6-1 6-3 0-0 0-1
Toledo 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 9-7 .563 5-3 3-3 1-1 0-0
Ball State 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 11-6 .647 5-1 3-4 3-1 0-0
Western Michigan 3-2 .600 2-1 1-1 10-6 .625 5-2 3-3 2-1 0-1
Eastern Michigan 3-2 .600 2-0 1-2 8-8 .500 5-2 3-6 0-0 0-1
Northern Illinois 1-4 .200 0-2 1-2 5-11 .313 1-5 3-5 1-1 0-0

 

BIG EAST MEN’S STANDINGS

Conference Overall vs
  W-L Pct Hm Rd W-L Pct Hm Rd Nt  Top 25
10 Seton Hall 6-0 1.000 2-0 4-0 14-4 .778 7-1 5-2 2-1 2-2
Villanova 4-1 .800 3-0 1-1 14-3 .824 9-0 2-2 3-1 1-2
Providence 4-2 .667 2-1 2-1 11-8 .579 8-2 2-3 1-3 0-2
13 Butler 3-2 .600 1-1 2-1 15-3 .833 9-1 3-2 3-0 0-2
Creighton 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 14-5 .737 11-1 2-3 1-1 1-2
Marquette 3-3 .500 2-1 1-2 13-5 .722 9-1 2-3 2-1 1-1
Georgetown 2-4 .333 2-1 0-3 12-7 .632 9-3 2-3 1-1 2-2
DePaul 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 13-5 .722 9-3 4-2 0-0 1-1
Xavier 1-4 .200 1-2 0-2 12-6 .667 9-2 1-3 2-1 0-1
St. John’s 1-5 .167 1-2 0-3 12-7 .632 10-3 0-3 2-1 1-2