MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Stephen F Austin 85 #1 Duke 83 OT

#3 Michigan State 93 Georgia 85

#4 Kansas 71 BYU 56

#18 Auburn 79 Richmond 65

#21 Colorado 71 Clemson 67

Drake 59 Northeastern 56

Colorado State 61 Loyola Chicago 60

Gardner Webb 81 Tennessee Martin 64

Seattle 59 Western Michigan 55

Murray State 69 Weber State 68

New Mexico State 65 S. Florida 45

Yale 81 Bucknell 61

Northern Colorado 78 Boston University 55

Portland State 84 Grambling 74

UC Irvine 92 Louisiana 67

San Francisco 89 Hampton 73

New Mexico 59 Wisconsin 50

South Alabama 82 Miami Ohio 71

Washington State 66 Old Dominion 50

UCLA 74 Chaminade 48

Southern 83 IUPUI 77

Western Illinois 69 Ball State 62

Wichita State 70 South Carolina 47

Wofford 67 Maryland Eastern Shore 42

American 86 Howard 69

Furman 97 Elon 61

Mount St. Mary’s 64 Utah Valley 61

Coppin State 94 James Madison 78

Navy 72 Cornell 61

Notre Dame 91 Fairleigh Dickinson 66

Oklahoma 77 Missouri 66

Arizona State 67 Princeton 65

Rutgers 85 NJIT 58

St. Bonaventure 56 Mercer 51

Little Rock 67 St. Francis New York 56

Florida Gulf Coast 73 Florida Tech 59

LaSalle 72 Wright State 70

George Mason 85 Nebraska 66

Alabama Birmingham 57 Lamar 48

Monmouth 80 Radford 63

DePaul 88 Central Michigan 75

Illinois 111 Lindenwood 65

Canisius 94 Illinois Chicago 66

Southern Illinois 64 North Carolina Central 48

Dayton 89 Virginia Tech 62

Omaha 70 Loyola Maryland 65

Colgate 99 Green Bay 81

West Virginia 60 Northern Iowa 55

TCU 64 Wyoming 47

Montana State 82 Colorado Christian 46

Butler 68 Stanford 67

Eastern Washington 87 Belmont 82

California 72 UC Davis 66

UNLV 80 Jackson State 57

North Dakota State 70 Idaho 53

UC Riverside 71 Longwood 58

Pacific 78 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 50

Sam Houston 74 Bakersfield 65

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Connecticut 75 Dayton 37

#11 UCLA 100 Yale 65

#12 Florida State 66 Florida 55

#14 Kentucky 81 Grambling 35

#16 DePaul 94 Milwaukee 65

#20 Tennessee 92 Arkansas Pine Bluff 51

Miami Ohio 85 Illinois Chicago 35

BYU 67 Utah State 50

TCU 66 Army 52

Colorado 59 Indiana State 46

Minnesota 101 Bryant 56

Oklahoma 78 Abilene 65

Wisconsin 63 Eastern Illinois 55

Bakersfield 61 N. Texas 52

Boise State 77 Utah Valley 69

UC Davis 77 Sacramento 75 2OT

Colorado State 75 UIW 47

Santa Barbara 64 San Diego State 52

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Denver 117 Washington 104

LA Clippers 114 Dallas 99

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 8 Montréal 1

Minnesota 3 New Jersey 2

Chicago 3 Dallas 0

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

NCC/AREA

Ben Davis 76 Lafayette Jeff 38

North Central 93 Anderson 49

Westfield 55 McCutcheon 32

Centerville 46 Lincoln 37

Monroe Central 57 Northeastern 43…The Lady Knights played a tough Monroe Central team this evening. The Lady Knights were able to hang with Monroe Central in the first half, but came out with cold feet after the break giving Monroe Central an advantage going into a physical fourth quarter. Leading the Lady Knights were Taylor Farris with 14 points, Willow Runyon and Jenna McFarland with 9 points each, and Kenzie Chasteen with 8 points. The Lady Knights travel to Daleville this Saturday with a JV tip-off at noon.

Union County 43 Oldenburg 34

Blue River 64 Muncie Burris 23

Cowan 43 Eastbrook 31

Randolph Southern 61 Union Modoc 28

Shenandoah 59 Eastern Hancock 36

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NCC/AREA

New Castle 73 Winchester 38

Pendleton Heights 66 Anderson 59

Peru 65 Logansport 64

Milan 73 Franklin County 48

Kokomo 55 Western 50

Jay County 54 Hagerstown 38

Blue River 53 Muncie Burris 26

Randolph Southern 62 Union Modoc 46

 

TOP HEADLINES

Stephen F. Austin stuns No. 1 Duke, 85-83 in OT

With a stunning breakaway layup at the overtime buzzer, Stephen F. Austin did what no team outside the ACC had done in nearly 20 years – knock off Duke at home.

The Lumberjacks and their high-pressure, turnover-forcing defense took over Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Duke lost its grip on everything: The ball, the game, its prized home-court winning streak – and, of course, the No. 1 ranking.

Stephen F. Austin beat Duke 85-83 on Tuesday night, with Nathan Bain’s layup at the overtime buzzer bringing a jarring end to the Blue Devils’ 150-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.

The Lumberjacks became the first non-Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium since St. John’s in February 2000, and became the second unranked team to upset a No. 1-ranked school on its home floor in two weeks after Evansville went into Rupp Arena and stunned Kentucky 67-64.

“I told our players, `Banners can’t beat us tonight,'” Stephen F. Austin coach Kyle Keller said. “The players have to beat us.”

Duke had the ball in the closing seconds of overtime, but Tre Jones missed a jumper with about 15 seconds left and Wendell Moore rebounded it.

With the Lumberjacks’ defense hounding Duke, the ball kicked away from Matthew Hurt in a scramble with about 3 seconds left and Gavin Kensmil snatched it and passed upcourt – directly to Bain, who went the length of the floor for a buzzer-beating layup.

“I looked up at the clock and saw I had 2.6 seconds, just going as fast as I can to lay it up. Like a layup drill. Prayed it would go in,” Bain said. “I wasn’t sure if the guy was going to foul me or not. Get it on the rim to give us a chance.”

Kevon Harris scored 26 points and Gavin Kensmil added 15 for the Lumberjacks (5-1).

 

 

Baldwin Leads Butler MBB to Hall of Fame Classic Title with Late-Game Heroics 

Kamar Baldwin’s pull-up jumper with eight seconds to go proved to be the game-winner as the Bulldogs pulled out a 68-67 win over Stanford to claim the championship trophy of the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.

Baldwin’s 22 points included 17 of the team’s final 20, and all 17 of those came in the final 8:34 of the contest. He was named Tournament MVP.

Five straight makes, including four by Baldwin, gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 58-51 lead with 5:53 to play. Stanford would not go quickly as eight straight points knotted the game at 62-62 with 2:49 to play.

Four from Baldwin were answered by five from Stanford, who took a 67-66 lead on Bryce Wills’ dunk with 21 seconds remaining.

That set up the Baldwin’s game-winner and a frantic defensive possession that saw the Bulldogs smother Tyrell Terry’s attempt in the lane to win the game.

The Bulldogs overcame a cold shooting night (6-of-23 from three-point range) to take the win. Stanford shot 53 percent from the field, and 9-of-20 from behind the arc.

Butler out-rebounded the Cardinal, 31-23, and committed only 11 turnovers. Bryce Nze had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Bryce Golden added 12 points. Aaron Thompson had nine points and four assists, including six straight as part of an 8-0 run that erased Stanford’s largest lead of the night at 47-40.

The Bulldogs have a week off before traveling to Ole Miss for a Tuesday (Dec. 3 game).

  

 

Bane Leads Frogs Past Cowboys, 64-47

(TCU RELEASE)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Desmond Bane’s second consecutive double-double and a stifling defensive effort propelled TCU to a 64-47 win over Wyoming Tuesday in the consolation game of the MGM Resorts Main Event at T-Mobile Arena.

TCU (5-1) was led by Bane’s game-high 22 points and career-high 11 rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. The Horned Frogs held the Cowboys (3-5) to just 17.9 percent (5-of-28) shooting and 14 points in the first half and 33.3 percent (16-of-48) shooting for the game. TCU led 30-14 at halftime, the fewest points TCU has given up in the first half since it held Texas Tech to just 14 points on Jan. 17, 2015.

TCU continued to pour it on in the second half, leading by as many as 24 points, 60-36 with 5:55 remaining, after a 3-pointer by PJ Fuller, who earned his first collegiate start. The freshman guard finished with 11 points.

Up Next

TCU will return home to face Illinois State on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on FSSW+.

Team Notes

– TCU and Wyoming met for the first time since Feb. 28, 2012 when both teams were members of the Mountain West Conference

– The Horned Frogs improved to 5-1 this season and 24-2 in November in the Jamie Dixon era.

– TCU moved to 12-9 all-time against Wyoming.

– The Horned Frogs improved to 8-1 when playing in a mid-season tournament under Jamie Dixon.

– TCU started with the lineup of Edric Dennis, Desmond Bane, PJ Fuller, Jaire Grayer and Kevin Samuel for the first time this season.

– TCU never trailed during the game for the first time this season.

– Wyoming’s 47 points were the second-fewest by a TCU opponent in the Jamie Dixon era and the fewest since TCU beat Bradley 74-42 on Dec. 21, 2016.

– The TCU defense held Wyoming to just 14 points and 17.9 percent (5-of-28) shooting in the first half. It was tied for the sixth fewest points allowed in a half in program history and the fewest TCU has given up in the first half since TCU held Texas Tech to just 14 points on Jan. 17, 2015.

– TCU outrebounded Wyoming 38-28 and has now outrebounded its opponent by double-digits in consecutive games. TCU improved to 63-18 when outrebounding its opponent under Jamie Dixon.

Individual Notes

– Desmond Bane scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Bane has 1,361 career points, three shy of Vladimir Brodziansky for 12th on TCU’s all-time scoring list.

– Bane also totaled a game-high and career-high 11 rebounds to give him a double-double for the fourth time of his career and third consecutive game.

– On the defensive end, Bane recorded a steal for the seventh consecutive game dating back to last season.

– In his first collegiate start, PJ Fuller scored 11 points to give him his second game in double-figures this season.

– Jaire Grayer scored nine points and shot 2-of-4 from 3-point range, giving him multiple 3-pointers made in five of his first six games to start the season.

– Jaedon Ledee recorded season highs in points (8) and rebounds (5).

– In his first start of the season, Edric Dennis scored seven points, hauled in five rebounds and dished out four assists.

– Dennis’ made 3-pointer in the first half gives him at least one made three in 15 of his last 16 games dating back to last season with UT-Arlington.

– Francisco Farabello tallied three points, five rebounds, a game-high five assists and a season-high four steals. All four of his steals came in the first 12 minutes of the second half.

– Kevin Samuel blocked two shots, giving him at least one blocked shot in 26 consecutive games dating back to last season.

  

 

Cardinals Rally Comes Up Just Short in 69-62 Loss to Western Illinois

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State was hot and cold from the floor Tuesday night in Worthen Arena. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, there was a little too much from the cold side in a 69-62 loss to Western Illinois.

Fresh off a record-setting 3-point shooting performance against Howard on Saturday, Ball State (4-3) came out ice cold from beyond the arc versus Western Illinois (2-4). The Cardinals missed their first 13 attempts from beyond the arc, allowing Western Illinois to race out to a 32-12 lead in the first half.

“I thought Billy (Wright) and his staff did a great job of preparing for us,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said. “They played a great game, especially defensively. They gave us a lot of problems.”

Ishmael El-Amin finally connected from long range with 2:22 remaining in the opening half. That play seemed to ignite the Ball State offense, as Brachen Hazen and El-Amin hit two more 3-pointers before halftime to help the Cardinals slash the deficit to 34-23 at the break.

Western Illinois pushed its lead back to 16, 51-35, eight minutes into second half, but the Cardinals would not go away. El-Amin and Kyle Mallers hit back-to-back 3-pointers a few minutes later, and suddenly Ball State found itself within five points of WIU, 53-48. Two more El-Amin trifectas had the home crowd on its feet and the Cardinals only a point behind the Leathernecks with 6:19 left, 55-54.

Ball State eventually leveled the score at 59 on another Mallers 3-pointer with 3:49 showing on the clock. Western Illinois put a halt to the rally with 3-pointers from C.J. Duff and Kobe Webster on its next two possessions. Following the big 3-pointer from Mallers, the Cardinals missed their final six shots from the floor.

“There’s no excuse for us,” Whitford said. “I thought we unraveled in the first 15 minutes, and we unraveled in the final three. It’s disappointing. We’ve got to be better than that. ”

El-Amin posted career highs in points (21) and 3-pointers (5) to lead all players. Tahjai Teague chipped in with his 17th career double-double. He tied his personal high with 14 rebounds.

Webster led four Western Illinois players in double figures with 18 points. Zion Young and James Claar each posted double-doubles.

This was the first meeting between the two schools since 1993.

Ball State is back in action next Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a home game against Loyola Chicago. The contest will air on ESPN+ at 7 p.m.

  

 

Ohio St jumps LSU to No. 1 in CFP rankings with 2 weeks left

Ohio State jumped LSU to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings with two weeks left to go before selection Sunday.

LSU slipped to second Tuesday night and Clemson remained third while Georgia held on at four. If playoff history holds form, three of those top four teams will reach the semifinals.

Alabama remained No. 5 in the selection committee’s third rankings, with Utah moving up a spot to No. 6. The Utes are the only Pac-12 team in the top 10 after Oregon dropped eight spots to 14th.

Oklahoma is seventh followed by Minnesota, Baylor and Penn State.

In each of the first five years of the playoff, three of the top four teams in the rankings heading into rivalry weekend reached the semifinals, including the No. 1 team every time.

Now that spot belongs to Ohio State, which committee chairman Ron Mullens has continual referred to as a complete team.

“Competing consistently and really highly ranked on offense and defense. Performing at a high level on both,” committee chairman Rob Mullens said of Ohio State, which currently leads the nation in scoring and points allowed.

The Buckeyes beat Penn State last week 28-17, its third victory of the season against team currently ranked along with No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 18 Cincinnati. LSU has beaten No. 5 Alabama, No. 11 Florida and No. 15 Auburn.

Memphis is 17th, remaining the highest ranked team from the Group of Five conferences. The highest ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year’s Six bowls. This year that would be the Cotton Bowl. Memphis and Cincinnati play this week and could meet the next week in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Boise State from the Mountain West is 20th.

DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME

There are some signs that the stretch run this season could be more volatile than in past playoff years. First off, three times in the previous five years one of the teams that was ranked in the top four heading into rivalry weekend and made the playoff only played one more game.

In 2015, Oklahoma reached the CFP as the Big 12 champion, but the conference had no title game so the Sooners were able to kick back with their 11-1 record after beating rival Oklahoma State. The Sooners did slip from third to fourth in the final rankings.

In 2016, Ohio State was shut out of the Big Ten championship game because of a loss to Penn State, but the committee liked the Buckeyes 11-1 record with three victories against top-10 teams. They made the field, but also dropped a spot from second to third.

Last year Notre Dame, a football independent, was No. 3 when it wrapped up its perfect regular season on rivalry weekend and stayed that way on selection Sunday.

In 2017, Alabama lost on rivalry weekend to Auburn as No. 1 in the CFP rankings. That eliminated the 11-1 Tide from the SEC championship game and dropped it to No. 5 in the second-to-last CFP rankings. Alabama moved back to four after sitting out championship weekend when No. 4 and unbeaten Wisconsin lost the Big Ten championship game to an Ohio State team with two losses.

This season, all the teams in the top four have two more games left, including an SEC championship game that will match LSU and Georgia. The Tigers also face Texas A&M this weekend and the Bulldogs face rival Georgia Tech

Ohio State has two more ranked foes to face before selection Sunday in No. 13 Michigan in Saturday and either Wisconsin or Minnesota in the Big Ten championship.

Clemson has the smoothest path to the playoff with struggling South Carolina this week and an ACC championship game against either No. 24 Virginia Tech or Virginia.

Heading down the stretch there are nine teams with a realistic chance of making the playoff. The top four simply need to win out. In fact, undefeated LSU and Ohio State might even have some leeway to lose one of their final two. Unbeaten Clemson might not get that kind of slack, but you could argue if Georgia can make the playoff with a loss to South Carolina and a conference championship, why can’t the Tigers?

The other contenders and what they need to happen over the next two weeks:

Alabama

– Beat the stuffing out of Auburn on the road with backup quarterback Mac Jones.

– LSU wins out.

– Hope having the best loss outweighs a light resume and no conference title.

– Some cannibalization in the Big 12 and Pac-12 over the next two weeks would also help – a lot.

Utah

– Win out in impressive fashion.

– LSU and Ohio State win out and eliminate other contenders in their conferences.

– Hope the Pac-12 title gives it an edge over a Tua-less Alabama.

– Hope a pile of blow-out victories is more impressive to the committee than the close calls the Big 12 champion will have.

Oklahoma and Baylor

– Similar to Utah in that either potential Big 12 champ could use the SEC and Big Ten favorites to take care of business.

– A slip up by Utah (or Alabama) could come in handy.

Minnesota

– The Gophers probably just need to win out and slap down a resume in front of the committee that includes a Big Ten championship with victories against Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

– It probably wouldn’t hurt if LSU cleared out Georgia, too. There is a two Big Ten-team playoff in play here with Ohio State.

Among the teams that have already lost twice, Wisconsin is the best long shot if it can beat Minnesota and avenge an earlier loss to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game.

 

 

CFP committee chairman explains why Ohio State jumped LSU in rankings

The latest College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday, and perhaps the biggest development was Ohio State jumping LSU for No. 1 in the rankings.

Ohio State beat Penn State 28-17 at home last weekend, while LSU defeated Arkansas 56-20. The Buckeyes played a tougher opponent and prevailed, which likely had a role in them moving up.

Committee chairman Rob Mullens told ESPN’s Rece Davis on Tuesday’s rankings show that Ohio State is a “complete team”. When pressed, he said the committee believes Ohio State is better on defense.

While this will probably upset LSU fans, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the Tigers win their next two games — against Texas A&M and then the SEC Championship. If they win both, they will be in the playoff. As of now, they would be set to face Clemson in the 2-3 game in the playoff, whereas Ohio State would end up facing a team like Alabama, Oklahoma, or Utah.

 

  

Polamalu, Wayne, Willis 1st year eligible for Hall of Fame

Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are previous finalists John Lynch, Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Steve Hutchinson, Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James and Alan Faneca.

Five former players will be elected to the class of 2020 on Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl. They will be inducted into the Canton, Ohio, shrine in August.

The hall also will induct 10 senior candidates, three contributors and two coaches in a special centennial class in 2020.

There are 14 defensive players, 10 on offense, and one special-teamer, Steve Tasker, who also played wide receiver for Buffalo.

Four players make the semifinals for the first time: linebacker Carl Banks, running backs Fred Taylor and Ricky Watters, and defensive tackle Bryant Young. Every other semifinalist for 2020 has gotten this far before.

There are six defensive backs in the group: Polamalu, Lynch, Atwater, Ronde Barber, LeRoy Butler and Darren Woodson.

Five receivers make the list: Wayne, Bruce, Torry Holt, Hines Ward, and Tasker. There also are five linebackers: Willis, Banks, Clay Matthews, Sam Mills and Zach Thomas.

Hutchinson, Faneca and Boselli are the offensive linemen. Taylor, Watters and James are the running backs. Defensive linemen are Young, Richard Seymour and Simeon Rice.

The semifinalists, in alphabetical order:

Steve Atwater, safety

Carl Banks, linebacker

Ronde Barber, cornerback/safety

Tony Boselli, tackle

Isaac Bruce, wide receiver

LeRoy Butler, safety

Alan Faneca, guard

Torry Holt, wide receiver

Steve Hutchinson, guard

Edgerrin James, running back

John Lynch, safety

Clay Matthews, linebacker

Sam Mills, linebacker

Troy Polamalu, safety

Simeon Rice, defensive end

Richard Seymour, defensive end/defensive tackle

Steve Tasker, wide receiver/special teamer

Fred Taylor, running back

Zach Thomas, linebacker

Hines Ward, wide receiver

Ricky Watters, running back

Reggie Wayne, wide receiver

Patrick Willis, linebacker

Darren Woodson, safety

Bryant Young, defensive tackle

 

 

THANKSGIVING DAY NFL PREVIEWS

Chicago Bears (5-6) at Detroit Lions (3-7-1)

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 100-74-5

STREAKS: Bears have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Lions 13 at Bears 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/18: Bears 23, Lions 16

BEARS NOTES:

QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY had 6th career rush TD last week. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131 rating in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 3+ TD passes & 130+ rating. • RB TARIK COHEN had TD catch in last meeting. Had 7 receptions & rec. TD. at Det. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 5 career games vs. Det. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with TD. Has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 rush) in his past 6 vs. NFC North. Rookie RB DAVID MONTGOMERY aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 receptions for 131 yards & TD last week, his 11th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Led team with 6 catches for 86 yards in Week 10 meeting. Has 3 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack & FF last week. Has 2 sacks in his past 3 vs. Det. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. LB ROQUAN SMITH has 32 tackles (10.7 per game) & 2 sacks in 3 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with 10+ tackles. Has sack in 2 of his 3 career road games vs. NFC North. LB NICK KWIATKOSKI had 9 tackles, sack & INT in last meeting. CB KYLE FULLER had 8 tackles, 2 PD & INT at Det. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with PD. S EDDIE JACKSON had GW 41-yard INT-TD at Det. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12).

LIONS NOTES:

QB JEFF DRISKEL had career-high 63 rush yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Had career-high 269 pass yards & TD vs. INT in Week 10 meeting. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 109.3 rating in only home start with Det. QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has most career passing yards (2,705) & 2nd-most TD passes (17) on Thanksgiving in NFL history. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC led team with 6 receptions in Week 10 meeting. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB BO SCARBROUGH led team with 98 rush yards last week. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 57 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Had 90 rec. yards vs. Chi. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Has 5 rec. TDs in 5 home games in 2019. WR MARVIN JONES led team with 77 rec. yards in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. division with rec. TD. Golladay (8) & Jones (8) tie-2nd in NFL in rec. TDs. • CB DARIUS SLAY has 13 PD & 2 INTs in 6 career home games vs. Chi. Has 5 PD & INT in his past 3 at home. DE TREY FLOWERS had sack in last meeting. DT MIKE DANIELS had sack in Week 10 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with sack. LB JARRAD DAVIS had sack & 2 TFL last week. Had FR vs. Chi. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). LB DEVON KENNARD had sack & FF last week. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. S TAVON WILSON had 5th career FR in Week 12. Had sack & 2 PD in Week 10 meeting.

 

Buffalo Bills (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 6-4

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/27/15: Cowboys 6 at Bills 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/13/11: Cowboys 44, Bills 7

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 185 yards with 2 TDs vs. INT for 92.9 rating & rushed for 56 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes, 90+ rating & 50+ rush yards. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 95.4 rating in 3 career games vs. NFC East. • RB FRANK GORE rushed for 65 yards last week & surpassed HOFer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for 3rd-most rush yards in NFL history. Has 15,289 career rush yards, trailing only HOFers EMMIT SMITH (18,355) & WALTER PAYTON (16,726). Has 500+ scrimmage yards in 15 consec. seasons, tied 3rdlongest streak in NFL history. Rookie RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had career-high 106 rush yards in Week 12. Ranks 3rd among rookie RBs with 490 rush yards in 2019. Only rookie RB in NFL with 2+ rush TDs & rec. TD. • WR COLE BEASLEY led team with 6 catches for 76 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rec. TD. Had 319 catches for 3,271 yards & 23 TDs in 7 seasons with Dal. (2012-18). WR JOHN BROWN had 5th TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD & 6th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 4 PD & 4th INT of season last week. Has 8 PD in past 3. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOE SCHOBERT) with 4 INTs & 2 FFs this season. DE SHAQ LAWSON tied career high with 2 sacks in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Rookie DT ED OLIVER aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB MATT MILANO had career-high 3 PD & TFL last week.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT has 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 at home. In 13 home games since 2018, has 3,745 pass yards (288.1 per game) & 31 TDs (26 pass, 5 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 108 rating. Has pass TD, rush TD & 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 career starts on Thanksgiving. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 126 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 40 rec.) in Week 12. Has 27 games with 125+ scrimmage yards since 2016, most in NFL. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 263 scrimmage yards (131.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games on Thanksgiving. Aims for his 3rd in row with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD on holiday. • WR AMARI COOPER has 673 rec. yards (134.6 per game) & 5 TDs at 5 home games in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 180 yards & 2 TDs on Thanksgiving in 2018 (vs. Was.). WR RANDALL COBB had 7 catches for 96 yards in only career game vs. Buf. (12/14/14 with GB). WR MICHAEL GALLUP has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE JASON WITTEN has 853 career rec. yards on Thanksgiving, most in NFL history. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE ad sack in last meeting. Had INT on Thanksgiving in 2018 (vs. Was.). DE ROBERT QUINN had sack & FF in Week 12. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Has 2 sacks & FF in 3 career games vs. Buf. LB SEAN LEE had 15 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in on Thanksgiving with 10+ tackles.

 

New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Atlanta Falcons (3-8)

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 52-48

STREAKS: Saints have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Falcons 26 at Saints 9

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/23/18: Saints 43, Falcons 37 (OT)

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DREW BREES passed for 311 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 114.4 rating in Week 12. Has 3+ TDs & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Had 4 TDs vs. INT for 111.9 rating vs. Atl. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Passed for 396 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.7 rating in last road meeting. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 102 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 48 rec.) & 9 receptions last week. Had 98 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 9 rec.) vs. Atl. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Had career-high 15 receptions & career-high 190 scrimmage yards (124 rec., 66 rush) in last road meeting. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 5th rush TD of season last week. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 10 catches for 101 rec. yards & TD last week. Leads NFL with 104 catches & 1,242 rec. yards & became 5th player with 100+ receptions & 1,200+ rec. yards in 3 consecutive seasons. Has 30 receptions for 402 yards (134 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career games at Atl. Aims for his 4th in row at Atl. with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 5.5 sacks in his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 1.5+ sacks. Had 2 sacks vs. Atl. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). LB DEMARIO DAVIS had sack in last meeting. Had sack & FF vs. Atl. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). S VONN BELL had FR on Thanksgiving in 2018 vs. Atl. S MARCUS WILLIAMS had career-high 4 PD & INT in last meeting. Had sack, FF & FR vs. Atl. on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Aims for his 4th in row on road with PD.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN had 2 TDs vs. INT in Week 10 meeting. Passed for 377 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.9 rating vs. NO on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Had 374 pass yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.1 rating in last home meeting. • RB BRIAN HILL had 71 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 10 rec.) & TD catch in Week 10 meeting. Rookie RB QADREE OLLISON had rush TD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • WR JULIO JONES had 11 catches for 147 yards vs. NO on Thanksgiving in 2018 (Week 12). Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. NO with 95+ rec. yards & 7th in row at home vs. NO with 5+ receptions. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 85 rec. yards & TD in Week 12. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 93 rec. yards & TD on Thanksgiving in 2018 vs. NO. Had 146 rec. yards & career-high 3 TDs in last home meeting. • DT GRADY JARRETT had 2.5 sacks in Week 10 meeting. DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NO. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 3rd career INT in Week 12 & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Had sack in Week 10 meeting. Is 1 of 3 LBs (JORDAN HICKS & JOE SCHOBERT) with 95+ tackles (96), 2+ FFs (2) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2019. LB VIC BEASLEY had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. NO. LB DEION JONES had 13 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 PD & INT in last home meeting. Has 8 PD & 3 INTs in 5 career games vs. NO. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had career-high 4th INT of season in Week 12 & aims for his 3rd in row with INT.

 

 

MLB investigating alleged domestic violence by Sam Dyson

Free agent pitcher Sam Dyson has been accused of domestic violence and is being investigated by Major League Baseball.

The commissioner’s office says in a statement it is “aware of it and looking into it.” Dyson’s agency, ISE, did not immediately respond to a text seeking comment.

The Athletic reported Tuesday the allegation was made by an ex-girlfriend, Alexis Blackman, in posts on her personal Instagram account and on an account she writes in the voice of her cat, Snuckles.

The Athletic says posts on the accounts alluding to an unidentified individual were about Dyson, citing a source who was not identified.

Dyson was acquired by Minnesota from San Francisco at the July 31 trade deadline and became a free agent after the season.

The 31-year-old right-hander was 5-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 61 relief appearances this year. He has spent eight seasons in the majors and has also played with Toronto, Miami and Texas.

 

 

INDIANA VS. PURDUE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

(INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION)

Kickoff: Noon EST Date: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 Location: Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Prescription Athletic Turf/Bermuda Grass) – West Lafayette, Ind. TV: ESPN2: Anish Shroff (p-b-p), John Congemi (analyst) & Kris Budden (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 113, XM 210, Internet 968: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith.

 

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

Passing

Peyton Ramsey: 161-227, 1890 Yds, 10 TD, 4 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott III: 178-845, 10 TD, 4.7 Avg

Receiving

Whop Philyor: 61-863, 3 TD, 14.1 Avg

Defense

LB Micah McFadden: 52 T, 1.5 S, 8.5 TFL, 1 INT

S Khalil Bryant: 51 T, 1 TFL, 1 FR

LB Reakwon Jones: 45 T, 1 S, 1.5 TFL, 1 FR, 2 QBH

 

PURDUE STAT LEADERS

Passing

Aidan O’Connell: 75-115, 693 Yds, 5 TD, 3 INT

Rushing

King Doerue: 125-429, 5 TD, 3.4 Avg

Receiving

David Bell: 77-899, 6 TD, 11.7 Avg

Defense

LB Ben Holt: 104 T, 1 S, 6 TFL, 2 PBU

DE Derrick Barnes: 53 T, 5 S, 7.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR

DE George Karlaftis: 49 T, 6 S, 15.5 TFL, 2 FR, 1 INT

 

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (7-4, 4-4 B1G East) closes out the 2019 regular season at Purdue (4-7, 3-5 B1G West) on Saturday, Nov. 30. Kickoff is set for noon EST at Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Prescription Athletic Turf/Bermuda Grass) on ESPN2. • The longtime rivals battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. • Saturday’s meeting marks the 95th Bucket game and the 122nd overall meeting. (more on page 3) • IU received two votes in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll. • On Nov. 10, the Hoosiers entered the AP Poll (No. 24) for the first time since Sept. 20, 1994, and the Coaches Poll (No. 25) for the first time since Oct. 17, 1994. THE COACHES • One of 22 semifinalists for the 2019 George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, Tom Allen was named Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1, 2016, and made his debut at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl against Utah. The New Castle, Ind., native joined IU as associate head coach/defense on Jan. 15, 2016. In Allen’s first two seasons as head coach, 21 Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors and 15 were drafted or invited to NFL camps. (full bio on page 18) • Jeff Brohm is 17-20 (.460) in his third season as Purdue head coach. Brohm guided Western Kentucky (2014-16) to a 30-10 mark (.750) and carries an overall record of 47-30 (.610). NEWS & NOTES • Indiana associate head coach/offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer is one of 41 nominees for the Broyles Award. • Fifth-year senior kicker Logan Justus is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award for the second-straight season. • IU has clinched its first winning season since 2007 (7-6) and has won seven games for just the 13th time in school history. • The Hoosiers own five eight-win (1993, 1988, 1987, 1979, 1905) and two nine-win (1967, 1945) campaigns. • Indiana is bowl eligible for the third time in five seasons. • IU has two 30-plus point Big Ten wins this season – Rutgers (35-0) and Northwestern (34-3) – for the first time since 2001 – at Wisconsin (63-32) and Northwestern (56-21). • The Hoosiers are first in the Big Ten in pass offense (306.1, 14th nationally), second in time of possession (33:43, 9th), completion percentage (69.5, 8th), first downs (23.6, 21st), completions (278, 10th) and pass attempts (400, 25th), tied for second in sacks allowed (1.64, T-38th), third in total offense (436.5, 42nd) and pass yards per attempt (8.4, T-23rd), tied for third in fumbles lost (6, T-39th), and fourth in pass efficiency (153.5, 24th) and third-down conversions (46.9, 20th). • Indiana’s eight 30-point games are tied for the second-most (1988, 2007, 2013) in a program single season behind 2015 (9). • IU (5) and Washington State (7) are the only FBS teams with five pass-catchers with 20-plus receptions and 350-plus yards. • Peyton Hendershot is third in receptions, yardage and scores (tied) on the school’s single season list for tight ends. • The Hoosiers are tied for 22nd nationally in opponent third-down conversions (33.3, 4th Big Ten), tied for 23rd in fumbles recovered (9, T-4th), 25th in pass defense (193.8, 6th), tied for 25th in defensive touchdowns (2, T-4th), 30th in total defense (328.7, 8th), tied for 32nd in opponent first downs (18.3, 8th) and 39th in scoring defense (23.0, 7th). • Indiana has held four opponents: Eastern Illinois (52-0), Connecticut (38-3), Rutgers (35-0) and Northwestern (34-3), to three points or less this season, which marks the most since holding five opponents to three points or less in the 1945 season. • With its interception against No. 13 Michigan, IU has recorded at least one takeaway in 27 of the last 29 games. • Safety Khalil Bryant has three double-digit tackle games over the last four weekends.

 

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PURDUE-INDIANA SERIES DATA Purdue leads 71-41-6 all-time. Current Streak: Purdue has won the last two meetings. In West Lafayette: Purdue leads 38-22-4 First Meeting: Oct. 4, 1891 – Purdue won 60-0 at home. Last Meeting: Nov. 24, 2018 – Purdue won 28-21 on the road. Noteworthy: On this date in 1963, Purdue defeated Indiana 21-15, eight days after U.S. president John Kennedy was assassinated. That game originally was scheduled to be played a week earlier but was postponed following the tragedy. The Boilermakers appeared headed for their second straight loss to the Hoosiers, trailing 15-14 with less than three minutes to go. But after Indiana scored the go-ahead touchdown. Gordon Teter rambled 68 yards on the ensuing kickoff before being stopped at the Indiana 25-yard line. Then, on the first play from scrimmage, Ron DiGravio connected with Randy Minniear for a touchdown that produced a victory and a winning season (5-4 record). CENTURY MARK Including seven times this season, at least one Purdue player has gone over 100 yards receiving in a game 20 times in the tenure of head coach Jeff Brohm (there have been five games with multiple players eclipsing the mark). In total, the 24 times that at a player has hauled in 100 or more yards receiving has been done in 37 games under Brohm’s leadership at Purdue. As perspective, one would need to go back to the Northwestern game on Oct. 3, 2009, for Purdue receivers to equal that mark prior to Brohm’s arrival (94 games).

OLD OAKEN BUCKET Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 60-31-3, including 15 wins in the last 22 showdowns. The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair and covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana. The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War. George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket. Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.

 

 

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

(OHIO STATE SPORTS INFORMATION)

2 OHIO STATE (11-0, 8-0) VS. 10 MICHIGAN (9-2, 6-2) NOON | ANN ARBOR, MICH. | MICHIGAN STADIUM (107,601)

OHIO STATE AND MICHIGAN MEET IN ANN ARBOR FOR “THE GAME” For the 116th time, “The Game” is here. Ohio State and Michigan meet again on Saturday, this time at Michigan Stadium and in front of a national audience on FOX beginning at noon. The Buckeyes, winners of 17 consecutive games, enter with an 11-0 record while Michigan is 9-2 and riding a four-game winning streak. The Buckeyes lead the nation in both scoring off ense (49.4 points/game) and scoring defense (10.5 points/game) while Michigan is No. 10 in scoring defense, No. 4 in total defense and is scoring 41.0 points per game in its win streak. While Michigan owns a 58-50-6 lead in all games played, the series shifts to Ohio State’s favor in the Big Ten era (since 1918) with a 50-46-4 record. Since 2000, the Buckeyes are 15-3 against the Wolverines with seven consecutive wins.

NOTABLE NUMBERS:

6 Ohio State has 47.0 sacks on the season and

needs just six more sacks to establish a new

single-season team record. The 2000 Buckeyes

had 52.0 sacks.

3 The Buckeyes have wins over three College

Football Playoff Top 25 teams: No. 8 Penn State,

No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 17 Cincinnati.

61 Ohio State’s 61 rushing attempts last Saturday vs.

Penn State was its highest single-game total

since also totaling 61 vs. Oregon in the College

Football Playoff National Championship Game.

33 Justin Fields’ 33 touchdown passes ranks fourth

in single season school history. He’s one shy of

tying J.T. Barrett (2014) for third place.

100 The Buckeyes’ first win over the Wolverines in

Ann Arbor came 100 years ago, a 13-3 victory in

  1. Ohio State is 23-31-4 all-time in games

played at Michigan.

15-5 Ohio State is 15-5 against AP top 10 ranked

teams in the last eight seasons with seven

consecutive wins.

40 The Ohio State/Michigan game has been decided

by one score 40 times. Each team owns 20 wins

in those games.

 

QUICK HITTERS  J.K. Dobbins has 16 career 100-yard games and the Buckeyes are 16-0 in those contests.  Ohio State’s defense has prevented opponents from scoring on 86 percent of their drives, tied with Clemson for the best in the country (courtesy of Sports Source Analytics).  Chris Olave has 10 touchdown receptions this season, tied for the most in the Big Ten and the 12th most in Ohio State single season history.  The Buckeyes have won 29 of their last 31 games played in the month of November.

SOME SERIES NOTES: Michigan holds a 58-50-6 edge in the all-time series, which began in 1897.  Since 1951, Woody Hayes’ first season as Ohio State’s head coach, the Buckeyes lead the series 38-27-2.  Michigan won 13 of the first 15 games in this series with two ties, but since Ohio State’s first win in 1919 the series tilts in Ohio State’s favor by a 50-45-4 margin  These two teams have played in the regular season finale every year since 1935 except one: in 1942 Ohio State defeated Iowa Pre-Flight to cap a 9-1 season that featured the school’s first Associated Press national title.  Michigan has a Big Ten-best 42 conference titles; Ohio State is second with 37.  The Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry was named the greatest rivalry of the 20th century by ESPN.com in 1999. Ali vs. Frazier was No. 2.  Ohio State began awarding gold pants for wins over Michigan in 1934.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN: Michigan enters Saturday’s contest with a 9-2 overall record with wins in its last four contests since a 28-21 loss at Penn State on Oct. 19.  The Wolverines are averaging 41 points per game during their four-game winning streak.  Shea Patterson has thrown 21 touchdown passes against just five interceptions and has 2,523 yards on the season.  Michigan features three wide receivers with 30 or more catches thus far: Ronnie Bell (team-high 38 receptions for 627 yards), Nico Collins (31 receptions, 649 yards, seven TDs) and Donavon PeoplesJones (30 receptions, 335 yards, five TDs).  True freshman running back Zach Charbonnet has a team-high 11 touchdowns to go along with 635 yards rushing. Hassan Haskins has chipped in with 483 yards on 91 carries.  The Wolverines have the nation’s No. 10-ranked total defense, led by linebacker Khaleke Hudson (89 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks and three pass breakups).  Josh Uche leads the team in sacks with 8.5 (for minus 65 yards) while Kwity Paye has 6.5.

 

(MICHIGAN SPORTS INFORMATION)

Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 • 12:05 p.m. EST Series History: Michigan leads 58-51-6 Series Streak: Ohio State won 7 Last Meeting: 2018 (L, 39-62) Last Michigan Win: 2011 (40-34) Television: FOX Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network Live Stats: MGoBlue.com

‘The Game’ • Selected as the greatest rivalry in all of sport by ESPN.com in 1999, Michigan and Ohio State will meet for the 102nd consecutive year on the gridiron this Saturday in Columbus • The two programs have played every year since 1918, a streak that ranks eighth in Division I-A for the longest uninterrupted series • The overall series dates back to 1897, when the Wolverines claimed a 34-0 victory over the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor • For more information on “The Game,” see pages 28-29 in the games notes Michigan vs. Ohio State • This will be the 116th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State • The Buckeyes are the most common opponent for the Wolverines, trailed closely by Michigan State (112 games) • The Wolverines hold a 58-51-6 advantage in the all-time series but the Buckeyes have won 14 of the last 15 match-ups • This will be the fifth game against OSU for head coach Jim Harbaugh.

U-M vs. OSU at Michigan Stadium • This will be the 48th meeting between the two archrivals at Michigan Stadium and the 59th alltime meeting in Ann Arbor • The Wolverines have compiled a 23-21-3 record against the Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium and are 31-23-4 in Ann Arbor • U-M has claimed victories in eight of the past 15 games at the Big House dating back to 1989 • Michigan defeated Ohio State by a 35-21 score in the 100th renewal of college football’s greatest rivalry on Nov. 22, 2003 • Ohio State won the last meeting in Ann Arbor, a 31-20 game during the 2017 season.

Michigan When Ranked vs. Ohio State • U-M has been ranked in the AP poll for 59 match-ups with Ohio State • Michigan is 29-26-4 all-time against Ohio State when listed in the top 25 of the polls • The Wolverines have compiled a 21-22-4 record against the Buckeyes when both teams enter the game ranked in the AP poll U-M Ranked in Top 11 of National Polls • The Michigan football team enters the matchup with No. 2 Ohio State ranked in the top 15 of the polls for the ninth week this season; lists No. 10 in the Associated Press rankings and No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll • The Wolverines have been ranked in the national polls for 26 straight games dating back to the start of the 2018 season • Michigan has faced four ranked opponents this season — No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 Iowa, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Notre Dame — with No. 2 Ohio State on the schedule this week • The Wolverines have a 2-2 record against ranked teams in 2019 • U-M has been ranked for all but eight contests during Coach Harbaugh’s tenure (64 games); first four games in 2015 and four games during the 2017 season • Michigan finished last season ranked 14th in both national polls, the same position that it began the 2018 season.

2019 Michigan Wolverines • Michigan has scored 38 points or more in four straight games and in five of the last six contests • Seniors Ben Bredeson, Khaleke Hudson and Carlo Kemp were voted 2019 captains by their teammates; Shea Patterson and Josh Metellus were selected as alternate captains • Michigan led all Big Ten schools with 12 players listed on a watch lists for major national awards • The Wolverines returned 13 starters on offense (eight) and defense (five) • The Wolverines have six returning specialist starters – LS Camaron Cheeseman, P Will Hart, K Jake Moody, K Quinn Nordin, PR Donovan Peoples-Jones and KR Ambry Thomas • 92 players have seen action in 2019 • 13 true freshmen saw their first collegiate action in 2019: TE Erick All, OL Karsen Barnhart, RB Zach Charbonnet, DB Daxton Hill, DL Chris Hinton, WR Giles Jackson, WR Cornelius Johnson, DB Caden Kolesar, WR Mike Sainristil, LB Anthony Solomon, LB Charles Thomas, DB DJ Turner and LB Joey Velazquez • In addition to the freshmen, 11 other Wolverines made their career debuts this season: RB Nick Capatina, DB Sammy Faustin, DB Gemon Green, DB German Green, OL Ryan Hayes, OL Dan Jokisch, OL Griffin Korican, TE Mustapha Muhammad, PK Alan Selzer, DL Taylor Upshaw and DL Luiji Vilain • U-M has players from 30 different states and three different countries this season, including 48 players from the state of Michigan, 16 student-athletes from the neighboring state of Ohio, 11 from Florida, eight from Georgia and six each from California and Connecticut • The three international players are all defensive linemen: David Ojabo (Aberdeen, Scotland), Luiji Vilain (Ottawa, Canada) and Julius Welschof (Miesbach, Germany); defensive line coach Shaun Nua was also born outside the country in American Samoa (Pago Pago).

  • Michigan welcomed eight early enrollees to campus in January 2019: TE Erick All, RB Zach Charbonnet, QB Cade McNamara, DL Gabe Newburg, DL David Ojabo, DB Jalen Perry, WR Mike Sainristil and DL Mazi Smith • Heading into the 2019 season, a total of 23 players had started at least one game in their career: 13 on offense and 10 on defense • Senior left guard Ben Bredeson leads the team with 44 starting assignments during his career • Senior safety Josh Metellus leads the defense with 36 career starts.

THE OFFENSE Balanced Scoring Effort • The offense has produced 47 touchdowns this season, balancing the effort with 24 rushing touchdowns and 23 passing scores • U-M tossed two (2) or more passing touchdowns in seven games; posted a season-high five passing scores at Indiana and had four TDs against Michigan State • The offense had three passing touchdown efforts in home games against Middle Tennessee State and Notre Dame and on the road at Illinois • Michigan has tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in a game on seven occasions, including a season-best five rushing scores vs. Rutgers • The Wolverines had three rushing TDs vs. Army and during a four game stretch against Illinois, Penn State, Notre Dame and Maryland • The Wolverines did not throw touchdowns against Army, Iowa and at Penn State • In the run game, U-M has scored at least one rushing touchdown in all but two games, road contests at Wisconsin and Indiana • 13 players have accounted for 31 rushing TDs in 2019, led by Zach Charbonnet (11), Shea Patterson (5) and Hassan Haskins (3) • Nine different players have accounted for 23 receiving touchdowns this season, led by Nico Collins (7) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (5); tight ends Nick Eubanks (3) and Sean McKeon (2) are third and fourth, respectively, in receiving TDs • Nine Wolverines have reached the end zone on the ground, combining to score 39 touchdowns during their careers: Zach Charbonnet (11), Ben Mason (9), Shea Patterson (7), Hassan Haskins (3), Tru Wilson (2), Dylan McCaffrey (2), Joe Milton (2), Christian Turner (1) and Ben VanSumeren (1) • 11 players have scored receiving touchdowns during their careers: Donovan Peoples-Jones (13), Nico Collins (13), Sean McKeon (6), Nick Eubanks (4), Ronnie Bell (3), Tarik Black (2), and one each for Luke Schoonmaker, Jake McCurry, Mike Sainristil, Giles Jackson and Cornelius Johnson.

THE DEFENSE Multi-Game Trends • The defense has allowed just 94 points in the last 33 quarters (2.85 points per quarter), including a 10-quarter stretch with no TDs allowed; does not include Maryland’s kickoff return TD • Michigan has yielded only 13 touchdowns in the last eight games while forcing 14 turnovers • The opposition is averaging 238.3 yards of total offense over the last seven games (1,906 yards) • Since the Wisconsin game, the defense has allowed 539 rushing yards on 275 carries (1.96 avg.) with only five rushing scores; held five teams under 65 yards with Maryland gaining the most yards at 129 on 46 carries • Opponents have completed 126-of-231 passes (54.5%) for 1,367 yards over the last eight games (170.8 avg.) • The defense has forced 60 punts over the last eight games (average of 7.5 per game) • U-M has forced 40 three-and-outs on 95 drives (42% of possessions) over the last eight games; does not include end of half or kneel downs • Over the last four games, U-M has forced 29 three-and-outs or four-and-outs (turnover on downs) on 59 possessions; 49% of opp. drives • After allowing 28 points off turnovers in the first two games, the defense has allowed only 15 points off turnovers in the last nine games • The Wolverines have yielded two scores off 11 turnovers in Big Ten play (TDs at Illinois and Penn State).

 

 

Clippers ease past Mavs 114-99 in matchup of 5-win streaks

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gave the young European duo from the Dallas Mavericks the best look yet at life among the elite in the Western Conference.

George scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter, Leonard finished with 28 and the Los Angeles Clippers took control early in a meeting of teams with matching five-game winning streaks, beating the Mavericks 114-99 on Tuesday night.

The Clippers used several defenders to end Luka Doncic’s franchise-record streak of four games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, knocking the 20-year-old phenom to the floor early on a 4-of-14 shooting night. Doncic had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Kristaps Porzingis was 4 of 13, the 7-foot-3 Latvian combining with the Rookie of the Year from Slovenia to go 8 of 27 compared to 19 of 42 for the LA stars. George added a career-high six steals to help hold the Mavericks under 100 points for the first time this season.

“They’re looking to win a championship; they played like it was a playoff game,” said Porzingis, who hit a 28-footer 22 seconds into the game and another 3-pointer from the logo at center court just before halftime but finished 3 of 8 from long range. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

“They played aggressively and they showed us that we have to learn how to play these games. We have to bring that same intensity.”

Patrick Beverley got in foul trouble as one of the defenders assigned to Doncic, who had to settle for doing most of his damage on free throws, making 14 of 16.

Beverley getting his fourth foul early in the second half just brought back Lou Williams sooner. The high-scoring reserve finished with 21 points, going 4 of 7 on 3s while Doncic missed all seven of his deep tries against the LA defense.

 

 

Ravens center Matt Skura placed on IR with knee injury

Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura has been placed on injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury in a 45-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

Skura was carted off the field in the first quarter Monday night. The injury was initially determined to be a knee sprain, but turned out to be more serious.

He was replaced by undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari, whose presence didn’t hinder a running attack that grinded out 285 yards.

Skura was placed on IR Tuesday. He started all 11 games this season for Baltimore and didn’t miss a start at center in 2018.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016, the Duke graduate has played in 39 games with Baltimore, including 12 at right guard in 2017.

Mekari is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

 

 

Falcons’ Freeman returns to practice, Julio Jones held out

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has returned to practice for the first time since suffering a sprained foot.

Wide receiver Julio Jones, who suffered a shoulder injury in Atlanta’s loss to Tampa Bay last week, did not participate in Tuesday’s practice.

Tight ends Austin Hooper (knee) and Luke Stocker (back) also did not practice.

Freeman has missed two games since suffering the injury in a win at New Orleans on Nov. 10. With backup running back Ito Smith on injured reserve, Atlanta’s running game has struggled without Freeman.

The Falcons play the Saints again on Thursday night.

  

 

IHSAA Review Committee to Hear Southport’s Appeal December 4 Perry Township Schools through their legal counsel has appealed the decision regarding Southport High School and their removal from the 2019-20 IHSAA boys’ basketball tournament series. Under Rule 17-4.1 of the IHSAA by-laws, the school may exercise their due process rights and the Association has granted an expedited appeal hearing. The hearing will be held on December 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the IHSAA offices.

 

 

Who Is More Deserving Of A College Football Playoff Berth: Alabama, Oklahoma, Or Utah?

The field of college football teams worthy of playoff consideration is narrowing, with Oregon taking themselves off the list after losing this weekend at Arizona State.  So, with only Rivalry Week and the conference championship games left to play, who is more likely to make the final field of four and play in the National Semifinals, Alabama, Oklahoma or Utah?

Anyone who has paid attention to the College Football season seems to agree that the top three teams in the country are LSU, Ohio State and Clemson, and assuming these three teams win out through their conference championship games, only one spot remains in the playoff field of four.

Georgia and Alabama are still ranked fourth and fifth respectively by the coaches, but the Bulldogs would need to beat LSU to make their claim for a postseason berth, while the Crimson Tide can’t even do that, having already lost to the Tigers in the SEC regular season.  Leaving Nick Saban and Alabama to hope that not even appearing in their conference title game is overlooked by the College Football Selection Committee in two weeks.

The coaches and media each moved the Utah Utes all the way up to sixth this week, jumping ahead of seventh ranked Oklahoma, and taking the spot vacated by fellow Pac-12 member Oregon, who was upset on Saturday night by Arizona State.  The Utes will face the Ducks for the conference title, so it will be interesting to see who enters December with a higher ranking, how close the committee has them, and if winning a conference championship would be enough for either Utah or Oklahoma to move past an idle Alabama.

Early indications are that the committee still favors the Crimson Tide above all the other one-loss teams, even those who lead at least a division of the conference.  This could all change in December when the Selection Committee makes their final ruling since they are never allowed to project what a team might do, only evaluate what they have done to date when voting.

I would have favored Oregon as the best team in the outside looking in this week, but their second loss removed them from playoff consideration … leaving me to complete disagree with the polls, because I would pick Oklahoma first, then Utah, with Alabama third among this group of three if the first two become 2019 conference championships.  I say this because despite playing in the defensively challenged Big 12 Conference, the Oklahoma offense is the best unit among these three teams, and adding a conference crowd to their resume would be enough for me to make them playoff worthy.

With two weeks to go, however, there is plenty of time for more upsets to appear, leaving the Selection Committee with an even more difficult job, and allowing many others to second guess whatever choices they do end up making.

 

 

For The Next 5 Years Who Do You Want: Jimmy Garoppolo Or Lamar Jackson

AFC North meets NFC West this week as two of the best teams in the NFL this season square off in what could be a Super Bowl preview.  This past Sunday night San Francisco quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, hushed many of his critics by defeating Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, while this Sunday’s matchup sees Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson as the league’s front runner for MVP honors.  So, if you had to choose one quarterback for your team for the next five years, are you taking Jimmy G or Lamar Jackson?

In this season of the NFL scheduling previous Super Bowl matchups in the regular season as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration, it would be fitting if San Francisco and Baltimore would face off again this February (especially considering that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is back in the news this month).  Both these teams have played the most consistently in their conference all season, and have their sights squarely set on being the top seed in the playoffs, leaving each just two home victories away from a trip to the Super Bowl in Miami.

Many seems to have doubted Jimmy Garoppolo during his brief time in San Francisco; while others, namely Bill Belichick, knew how talented he was when he entered the 2014 NFL Draft out of Eastern Illinois.  If the mad scientist had his way, Jimmy G would be the New England quarterback this year, not Tom Brady; that’s how much Belichick would say he thought of Garoppolo’s abilities, if he said anything during any of his press conferences or interviews.

Many old school NFL personnel types (Looking at you Bill Polian) never believed that Lamar Jackson would make it in the NFL as a quarterback when he came out of Louisville, with many saying that Baltimore should convert the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner to wide receiver when he entered the NFL in 2018.  Part of this shock and awe factor is why many are surprised that Jackson and the Ravens are playing so well this year, and the 22-year-old would be the MVP if the season ended last week, which we know it didn’t.

Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a torn left ACL early in the 2018 season, something that every NFL player faces on almost every play.  What most quarterbacks don’t face is the risk associated with running the ball down field a dozen or more times in a game, leaving them exposed to taking hits that pocket passer don’t.  For that reason, Lamar Jackson really needs to dial down how often he take off with the ball by learning how to trust his receiver to get open or understanding that an incomplete pass is better than taking a big hit for a few yards.

I am already on record saying that Jimmy Garoppolo will win a Super Bowl during his career while also saying that Lamar Jackson won’t be playing in the league in five years if he continues to play (specifically how much he runs the ball) the way he is playing this season.  With that said, Lamar Jackson might have an MVP trophy as well as a Super Bowl ring by the end of this season, because right now, he is that good.  He won’t be as good as he is this season in future years because he body will not be able to take the pounding it is this season for 16 games year and year.  As a result, right now, I would take Jimmy Garoppolo as my quarterback, unless Lamar Jackson can convince Russell Wilson to teach him how to avoid solid contact like a good running back does, or, more importantly, shows him that the sidelines are his friends, and how to get out of bounds, rather than taking a hit that could alter his body as well as his career.

I know it sounds crazy, but right now, Jimmy Garoppolo as a better long-term career than Lamar Jackson, and it’s not even close.

 

 

MLB Has Created An All-MLB Team For No Reason

The polls are now open baseball fans now that Major League Baseball has announced the creating of an All-MLB team to be voted on by fans and the media beginning this week.  From now until December 3rd, fans will be allowed to select players to be on the first annual All-MLB team, with the media vote carrying the same weight in the results.  To Major League Baseball I would only ask this: WHY do we need this?

In a shocking development this new All-MLB team has a sponsor, who, without a doubt, will be able to annoy voters around the world with their commercials as baseball fans cast one vote every 24 hours until a first and second All-MLB team is named.  Voters do not need to name a team from the American or National League (since MLB destroyed any means to the leagues years ago with inter-league play), nor will they need to name a left, center or right fielder, because voting for their three favorite outfielders is permitted; one reason why this is a bad idea!

Overall, the first and second All-MLB teams will have five starting pitchers, two relief pitchers (slightly less than the seven or eight MLB teams carry on their roster) and a designated hitter (just like half of the sport doesn’t have), with each player selected eligible to receive a super-max contract in the NBA (OK, I made that last part up because that’s how dumb this idea is!)

Instead of coming up with gimmicks like this to drive traffic on their website, perhaps the game’s commissioner Rob Manfred can encourage teams to, you know, do baseball things between now and their mid-December Winter Meetings, like sign free agents or make trades.  Because clearly this idea, which was just announced on Monday, is a way to keep fans distracted (and engaged on social media) while baseball teams are reporting to the league office how they believe the Houston Astros (and maybe other teams) cheated over the last three seasons.

This has all the creativity of a traveling show that arrives at a county fair and asks you to pay money to see what’s inside the tent.  And with it being half a popularity contest because of fan voting and half serious vote by the “decorated panel of media members, broadcasters, former players and other officials throughout the game” who will also cast their votes, even Major League Baseball managed to mess up their bad idea even worse in the idea’s first go-round.

Let’s hope that 2019 will be remembered as not the first year that an All-MLB team was named, but the last, because even by Rob Manfred’s low standards, this idea is just play stupid.

 

 

BIG 10 WBB THIS WEEK

  • The upcoming week will be an extremely busy one on the Big Ten women’s basketball schedule, with all 14 schools in action and 10 of them preparing to compete in Thanksgiving tournaments in California, Florida, Nevada or the Caribbean. Most of this week’s games featuring Big Ten schools will be streamed live on subscription-based services such as BTN+ (more information at btnplus.com) or FloHoops (visit flohoops.com for details), beginning Tuesday night when Minnesota and Wisconsin play host to non-conference matchups at 8 p.m. (ET) on BTN+.
  • The Thanksgiving weekend has proven to be very successful for Big Ten programs, with eight conference schools winning 12 holiday tournament titles during the past four seasons. Maryland has won a Thanksgiving tournament each year since 2015-16, claiming titles at the Paradise Jam-Reef Division (2015), South Point Shootout (2016), Miami Thanksgiving Tournament (2017) and Puerto Rico Clasico (2018). Other Big Ten schools with Thanksgiving tournament titles in the past four years include Iowa (2017 Puerto Rico Challenge), Michigan State (2016 CSUN Radisson Thanksgiving Classic), Minnesota (2017 UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up), Northwestern (2015 Lone Star Showcase), Ohio State (2015 South Point Shootout and 2017 Play4Kay Showcase), Rutgers (2015 Paradise Jam-Island Division) and Wisconsin (2018 Challenge in Music City).
  • Through three weeks of the 2019-20 campaign, this marks the best start to a season in the 39-year history of Big Ten women’s basketball, with conference programs posting a combined .812 winning percentage (56-13) to date. The previous best conference composite winning percentage through three weeks was last year (.792, 61-16), followed by the 2006-07 season (.786, 44-12).
  • This season, Big Ten programs have been tough away from campus, registering a 14-3 (.824) combined record at road/neutral sites. Conference teams are also performing well in close games, going 7-1 in one-possession/overtime contests, including a 5-0 mark in OT (extending the Big Ten’s non-conference overtime record to 10-3 during the past two seasons).
  • At 5-0, Michigan State is off to its best start since 2012-13, when the Spartans opened with eight consecutive wins. Nebraska also began this year with a 5-0 record, its best start since 2014-15, while Michigan got off to a 4-0 start for the fourth time in five years and Rutgers opened 4-0 for the third year in a row. Currently, Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue are all 4-0 for the second consecutive year.
  • Illinois is 5-1 this year, enjoying the best start to a season since 2015-16, two years before head coach Nancy Fahey arrived in Champaign. 
  • Iowa extended its home winning streak to 24 consecutive games on Nov. 20 with a 77-75 overtime victory over perennial Ivy League champion Princeton in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes’ home winning streak is the third-longest active string in the nation (UConn-96, Baylor-44) and began Feb. 4, 2018, with a 92-84 victory over Minnesota at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • Six Big Ten schools are ranked or received votes, according to the latest Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today polls. In the AP balloting, Maryland remains the top-ranked Big Ten school at No. 9, joined by No. 15 Michigan State and No. 17 Indiana, with Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern also receiving votes. In the newest WBCA/USA Today poll, Maryland is ranked No. 10, followed by Michigan State at No. 15 and Indiana at No. 23. In addition, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern are receiving votes in the coaches’ poll, with NU making its season debut in the WBCA/USA Today balloting this week (the Wildcats had earned votes in the AP poll last week).
  • Indiana has risen to its highest rankings in both major national polls this week, moving up to No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the WBCA/USA Today coaches’ survey. This also marks the second consecutive week the Hoosiers are ranked in both polls in the same week — prior to last week, this feat had last been accomplished on Jan. 19, 1993, when they were No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the WBCA/USA Today poll. What’s more, Indiana’s AP rank this week represents the first time in program history the Hoosiers have appeared in four consecutive AP polls — they had two-week stretches in the media poll in 2016-17 and 2018-19.
  • Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer is tied with former North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell for fourth place on the NCAA Division I career coaching wins list. Stringer, who is 1,023-413 (.712) in 49 seasons overall and 503-278 (.644) in 25 years at RU, trails only Tennessee’s Pat Summitt (1,098), Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (1,072) and UConn’s Geno Auriemma (1,067) on the NCAA Division I all-time victories list.
  • Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder is on the verge of picking up her 400th win at the school, currently owning a 399-218 (.647) record early in her 20th season in Iowa City. Bluder, who has a 36-year career record of 755-360 (.677), has the most wins of any coach in program history and would be the fourth Iowa coach in any sport to reach the 400-win mark at the school, joining former Hawkeye softball coach Gayle Blevins (948 from 1988-2010) and former baseball coaches Duane Banks (810 from 1970-97) and Otto Vogel (440 from 1925-42 and 1946-62).
  • No fewer than 11 Big Ten women’s basketball programs rank among the top 50 nationally in average attendance (six in the top 25), as of Monday. Ohio State ranks 10th in the nation with 7,061 fans per game, followed by No. 11 Purdue (5,753), No. 12 Maryland (5,662), No. 17 Iowa (4,888), No. 19 Michigan State (4,373) and No. 21 Nebraska (3,934). Minnesota is next at No. 27 (3,751), with No. 31 Wisconsin (3,431), No. 34 Indiana (3,242), No. 39 Rutgers (3,088) and No. 43 Michigan (2,971) also in the top 50.
  • Big Ten women’s basketball programs produced 68 students that earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018-19, the 12th consecutive season at least 45 women’s basketball students received the award.
  • Big Ten women’s basketball programs will be featured on national television at least 70 times during the 2019-20 season. BTN will televise at least 61 games and ESPN networks will carry nine contests. In addition, for the sixth consecutive year, every Big Ten women’s basketball conference game, including 126 regular-season contests and all 13 Big Ten Tournament games, will be produced and distributed by BTN, BTN+ or an ESPN network.
  • The 2019-20 Big Ten season will culminate March 4-8 with the 27th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

 

  

Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State Standouts Claim Three Stars

Michigan State’s Saliba earns first star after scoring three of the Spartans’ four goals on the weekend

First Star

Sam Saliba, Michigan State

F – Sr. – Lincolnshire, Ill. – Finance

  • Scored three of the Spartans’ four goals on the weekend to help Michigan State take four of six points from No. 3 Notre Dame
  • Netted the only Spartan goal in a 1-1 tie on Friday
  • Tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Saturday’s 3-2 victory
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his first career weekly award
  • Last Michigan State honoree: John Lethemon (First Star) on Nov. 19, 2019

Second Star

Tanner Laczynski, Ohio State

F – Sr. – Shorewood, Ill. – Sport Industry

  • Led the Buckeyes to a series split at No. 6/5 Penn State, tallying two goals and three points on the weekend
  • Scored an extra-attacker goal in the final minute on Friday to bring Ohio State within one goal
  • Tied the game at 1-1 in the final minute of the first period Saturday before recording the primary assist on the game-winning goal in the third period
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree claims his seventh career weekly award and first since March 5, 2019 (Third Star)
  • Last Ohio State honoree: Tommy Nappier (Second Star) on Nov. 5, 2019

Third Star

Sam Sternschein, Penn State

F – Jr. – Syosset, N.Y. – Communications

 

  • Registered a career-high three points with a pair of goals and one assist during a 5-4 victory over Ohio State on Friday night
  • Opened and closed the scoring for Penn State, netting the eventual game-winning goal while also improving his career-long goal-streak to four games in the process
  • Tied for the Big Ten lead with nine goals on the season, while his three game-winning goals top the conference and are tied for second nationally
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his first career weekly award
  • Last Penn State honorees: Nate Sucese (Second Star) and Evan Barratt (Third Star) on Nov. 19, 2019

 

 

BIG 10 HOCKEY THIS WEEK

  • All seven teams take this ice this week, highlighted by a pair of conference series and a trio of nonconference matchups. Minnesota leads off this week, playing host to No. 3/3 North Dakota in a Thursday-Friday series. The weekend concludes Sunday with a doubleheader on BTN, with No. 20/- Michigan State visiting #11/11 Ohio State at 2:30 p.m. ET and Michigan facing Wisconsin at 5 p.m.                                                                                                                     
  • Five Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Notre Dame is ranked No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 4 in the coaches poll, followed by Penn State at No. 7/7. Ohio State checks in at No. 11/11, while Wisconsin and Michigan State are No. 19 and No. 20, respectively, in the USCHO.com poll. The Spartans are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll …
  • Since the 2013-14 season, six Big Ten schools (Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) have been ranked in the top five of the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Those six teams have combined to be ranked in the top five of both polls a total of 123 times, with at least one top-five team in 100 out of 161 weeks …
  • Big Ten teams currently occupy three of the top 12 positions on the national scoring list. Penn State ranks second with 4.62 goals per game, followed by Wisconsin at No. 10 with 3.43 goals per contest and Notre Dame at No. 11, scoring 3.42 goals per contest …
  • Three Big Ten goalies find themselves among the top 15 nationally in save percentage this season. Michigan State’s John Lethemon leads the conference and ranks sixth nationally with a .939 save percentage, followed by Ohio State’s Tommy Nappier (14th, .926) and Michigan’s Strauss Mann (15th, .926) …
  • Any regular season conference game that remains tied after regulation will play the NCAA-mandated five-minute, 5-on-5 sudden-death overtime period. If the game remains tied, the two teams will then play a five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death overtime period. If the game is still tied following both overtime periods, then the game will move to a sudden-death shootout …
  • Teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation or the 5-on-5 overtime period. If the game is tied following the 5-on-5 overtime, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout …
  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 70 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 27 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, seven broadcasts on NBCSN, three broadcasts on NHL Network, two on ESPNU, and a game on FS1 …
  • Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on BTN+. All games televised on an ESPN network will also be available to stream on the ESPN App …

 

 

Purdue and Wisconsin Earn Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year Awards

Boilermakers’ Jaret Carpenter and Badgers’ Alicia Monson chosen for postseason honors

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Purdue senior Jaret Carpenter and Wisconsin senior Alicia Monson have been selected as the 2019 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Year through a vote of the Big Ten coaches, the conference announced Tuesday.

For the second consecutive year, Monson was a unanimous selection by the conference coaches, making her the fifth two-time recipient of the Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year award and first since Michigan’s Erin Finn earned the last of her three honors in 2016. In addition, Monson is the second Badger student to be a two-time honoree, joining Erica Palmer (1999 and 2000) in that select company.

A native of Amery, Wis., Monson finished second at the NCAA Championships last weekend (19:57.1), the second year in a row she has placed in the top five at the national meet after ending up fourth in 2018. Her performance helped the Badgers to a seventh-place finish in the team standings, Wisconsin’s best showing at the NCAA Championships since 2006, when they placed fourth.

In five races this season, Monson finished first three times and second twice, winning her second consecutive Big Ten and NCAA Great Lakes Regional titles, as well as the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational. She was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year and also received All-Big Ten, All-Great Lakes Region and All-America honors for the second straight year.

A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection, as well as a 2018-19 third-team Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Monson is majoring in nutritional sciences (dietetics) at Wisconsin. She now turns her attention to the indoor track & field season as the reigning Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and a three-time All-American, including citations last year in the 5,000 meters (first team) and 3,000 meters (second team), while setting the Big Ten record in the latter event (8:45.97).

Carpenter is the second Purdue student to be chosen as the Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, following Matt McClintock’s selection in 2015.

Hailing from Wayzata, Minn., Carpenter is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree who is majoring in biochemistry at Purdue. He capped off his final season by finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships last weekend (30:58.7), posting the best finish by a Boilermaker at the NCAA meet since 1949 and pacing Purdue to its best team finish (11th) at nationals since 1950, and best since the meet expanded from nine schools to its current 31-team field.

Carpenter joined teammate Curt Eckstein in collecting All-America honors last weekend, the first Purdue students to earn that status since 1987 and just the eighth and ninth Boilermaker All-America cross country runners in program history.

Earlier this month, Carpenter garnered All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Regional citations, the latter after his fifth-place finish led Purdue to its first-ever NCAA Great Lakes Regional title. This year marked Carpenter’s third all-conference and all-regional awards, highlighted by last year’s selection as the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year after he won the regional title.

Tuesday’s announcement concludes the 2019 Big Ten cross country season. The conference schools will begin the 2019-20 indoor track & field season with limited competitions next month before the schedule gets into full swing in early January.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
10 1 0 .909 0.0 300 117 5 – 0 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 2 W
9 2 0 .818 0.0 386 202 4 – 1 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 7 W
7 4 0 .636 0.0 265 249 4 – 1 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 W
7 4 0 .636 0.0 308 256 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 W
8 3 0 .727 0.0 231 173 4 – 2 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 2 W
6 5 0 .545 0.0 216 212 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 2 – 2 – 0 1 W

6 5 0 .545 0.0 228 284 5 – 1 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 L
6 5 0 .545 0.0 244 226 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 5 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 1 L
6 5 0 .545 0.0 245 217 4 – 2 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 4 – 4 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 W
5 6 0 .455 1.0 233 252 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 2 – 0 – 0 3 W
4 7 0 .364 2.0 209 264 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 4 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 3 L
4 7 0 .364 2.0 224 218 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 2 L
4 7 0 .364 2.0 198 258 3 – 3 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 6 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 3 W
3 8 0 .273 3.0 175 217 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 3 – 5 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 L
2 9 0 .182 4.0 163 346 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 7 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 2 L
0 11 0 .000 6.0 157 292 0 – 5 – 0 0 – 6 – 0 0 – 7 – 0 0 – 4 – 0 11 L
National Football Conference
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
10 1 0 .909 0.0 332 163 5 – 1 – 0 5 – 0 – 0 7 – 1 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 2 W
9 2 0 .818 0.0 272 230 5 – 1 – 0 4 – 1 – 0 7 – 2 – 0 3 – 1 – 0 2 W
8 3 0 .727 0.0 258 242 5 – 1 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 5 – 2 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 1 L
6 5 0 .545 0.0 295 210 3 – 2 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 5 – 3 – 0 4 – 0 – 0 1 L
9 2 0 .818 0.0 292 263 3 – 2 – 0 6 – 0 – 0 6 – 1 – 0 3 – 0 – 0 4 W
8 3 0 .727 0.0 289 205 5 – 0 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 6 – 2 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 2 W

6 5 0 .545 2.0 249 243 3 – 3 – 0 3 – 2 – 0 4 – 3 – 0 0 – 2 – 0 1 L
5 6 0 .455 3.0 188 188 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 4 – 4 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 W
5 6 0 .455 3.0 243 247 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 5 – 0 1 – 1 – 0 2 L
5 6 0 .455 3.0 259 291 2 – 3 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 1 – 3 – 0 3 L
4 7 0 .364 4.0 312 335 1 – 4 – 0 3 – 3 – 0 4 – 6 – 0 2 – 3 – 0 1 W
3 7 1 .318 4.5 260 291 2 – 3 – 0 1 – 4 – 1 2 – 5 – 1 0 – 3 – 0 4 L
3 7 1 .318 4.5 248 317 1 – 3 – 1 2 – 4 – 0 2 – 6 – 1 0 – 3 – 0 4 L
3 8 0 .273 5.0 242 297 1 – 4 – 0 2 – 4 – 0 3 – 5 – 0 2 – 1 – 0 1 L
2 9 0 .182 6.0 217 308 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 5 – 0 2 – 6 – 0 1 – 2 – 0 7 L
2 9 0 .182 6.0 144 269 1 – 5 – 0 1 – 4 – 0 1 – 6 – 0 0 – 3 – 0 1 W

 

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 14 3 .824 6-1 8-2 5-0 8-2 9-1 8 W
Boston 12 4 .750 1.5 6-0 6-4 3-1 7-1 7-3 1 W
Miami 12 4 .750 1.5 7-0 5-4 3-0 8-1 7-3 1 W
Toronto 12 4 .750 1.5 7-0 5-4 1-1 7-2 8-2 4 W
Philadelphia 11 6 .647 3.0 7-0 4-6 2-1 8-2 6-4 1 L
Indiana 10 6 .625 3.5 7-2 3-4 3-4 8-5 7-3 3 W
Brooklyn 9 8 .529 5.0 5-3 4-5 2-0 5-3 6-4 4 W
Orlando 6 10 .375 7.5 6-3 0-7 1-1 4-7 4-6 3 L

Detroit 6 11 .353 8.0 5-3 1-8 2-4 6-10 3-7 1 W
10 Washington 5 10 .333 8.0 3-4 2-6 1-1 2-4 4-6 2 L
11 Chicago 6 12 .333 8.5 3-7 3-5 2-4 5-9 4-6 1 L
12 Charlotte 6 12 .333 8.5 3-5 3-7 0-2 4-7 2-8 5 L
13 Cleveland 5 12 .294 9.0 3-5 2-7 2-2 4-10 3-7 1 L
14 Atlanta 4 13 .235 10.0 2-7 2-6 1-2 2-7 1-9 7 L
15 New York 4 13 .235 10.0 3-6 1-7 0-5 2-10 3-7 3 L
Western Conference
W L Pct Conf GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 15 2 .882 8-1 7-1 3-1 11-1 9-1 8 W
Denver 13 3 .813 1.5 8-2 5-1 2-0 7-2 9-1 6 W
LA Clippers 13 5 .722 2.5 11-1 2-4 2-1 9-4 8-2 6 W
Dallas 11 6 .647 4.0 6-4 5-2 4-0 6-3 6-4 1 L
Houston 11 6 .647 4.0 6-2 5-4 3-1 8-3 7-3 3 L
Utah 11 6 .647 4.0 8-1 3-5 2-1 8-5 7-3 1 L
Minnesota 9 8 .529 6.0 3-6 6-2 1-2 3-5 5-5 1 W
Phoenix 8 8 .500 6.5 5-5 3-3 3-2 5-6 4-6 1 L

Sacramento 7 9 .438 7.5 4-3 3-6 1-2 3-5 6-4 1 L
10 Oklahoma City 6 10 .375 8.5 5-4 1-6 0-2 4-7 4-6 1 W
11 New Orleans 6 11 .353 9.0 4-4 2-7 0-3 5-7 5-5 2 L
12 Portland 6 12 .333 9.5 1-4 5-8 1-1 4-7 3-7 1 W
13 San Antonio 6 12 .333 9.5 4-5 2-7 0-2 3-7 1-9 1 L
14 Memphis 5 11 .313 9.5 3-7 2-4 1-2 3-7 4-6 4 L
15 Golden State 3 15 .167 12.5 1-7 2-8 0-3 3-13 1-9 3 L

 

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Boston Bruins 24 16 3 5 37 16 91 61 9-0-4 7-3-1 5-2-3
Washington Capitals 25 16 4 5 37 13 91 75 6-2-4 10-2-1 6-2-2
New York Islanders 22 16 4 2 34 14 68 54 10-2-1 6-2-1 7-1-2
Carolina Hurricanes 24 15 8 1 31 14 83 68 8-4-0 7-4-1 6-4-0
Florida Panthers 24 12 7 5 29 9 88 89 6-3-2 6-4-3 5-4-1
Montreal Canadiens 24 11 8 5 27 9 81 83 6-5-2 5-3-3 4-3-3
Pittsburgh Penguins 24 13 7 4 30 12 81 62 9-3-2 4-4-2 5-2-3
Philadelphia Flyers 24 12 7 5 29 9 72 72 7-1-4 5-6-1 5-2-3

Tampa Bay Lightning 21 12 7 2 26 11 80 68 6-2-1 6-5-1 7-3-0
10 Toronto Maple Leafs 25 11 10 4 26 10 81 85 6-3-4 5-7-0 4-5-1
11 Buffalo Sabres 24 11 10 3 25 10 69 73 6-3-2 5-7-1 2-7-1
12 New York Rangers 22 11 9 2 24 11 74 78 7-4-2 4-5-0 6-3-1
13 Columbus Blue Jackets 23 10 9 4 24 10 59 73 7-5-1 3-4-3 5-4-1
14 Ottawa Senators 24 11 12 1 23 11 65 72 7-4-0 4-8-1 7-3-0
15 New Jersey Devils 23 8 11 4 20 7 59 82 4-5-4 4-6-0 4-6-0
16 Detroit Red Wings 26 7 16 3 17 7 59 98 4-7-1 3-9-2 3-5-2
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Edmonton Oilers 26 16 7 3 35 14 85 73 7-2-2 9-5-1 6-3-1
St. Louis Blues 25 14 5 6 34 14 74 69 7-3-3 7-2-3 5-2-3
Dallas Stars 26 15 9 2 32 14 72 62 9-3-1 6-6-1 8-1-1
Arizona Coyotes 25 14 8 3 31 11 71 58 6-5-1 8-3-2 5-4-1
Winnipeg Jets 24 14 9 1 29 12 68 73 6-5-1 8-4-0 7-2-1
Vancouver Canucks 25 12 9 4 28 9 79 71 5-2-3 7-7-1 3-6-1
Colorado Avalanche 23 13 8 2 28 13 81 69 6-3-1 7-5-1 5-5-0
San Jose Sharks 25 13 11 1 27 11 73 83 8-5-0 5-6-1 9-1-0

Vegas Golden Knights 26 11 11 4 26 9 77 77 6-5-3 5-6-1 2-6-2
10 Calgary Flames 27 11 12 4 26 8 67 83 6-3-2 5-9-2 3-5-2
11 Nashville Predators 23 11 9 3 25 10 81 78 7-5-2 4-4-1 3-6-1
12 Chicago Blackhawks 24 10 9 5 25 10 69 69 7-5-2 3-4-3 6-2-2
13 Anaheim Ducks 25 11 11 3 25 11 68 75 7-4-2 4-7-1 2-5-3
14 Minnesota Wild 25 10 11 4 24 10 69 82 5-1-2 5-10-2 5-2-3
15 Los Angeles Kings 24 9 13 2 20 9 63 83 7-5-1 2-8-1 4-4-2