INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL- NCC/AREA

Fishers 95 Muncie Central 52

Indianapolis Tech 107 Indianapolis Tindley 95

Logansport 59 Lewis Cass 53

Wes-Del 53 Union City 42

Beech Grove 58 Franklin County 48          

Delta at Winchester postponed

Tipton at Monroe Central postponed

STATE SCOREBOARD

Andrean 93 Hammond Morton  62          

Argos    54 Tippecanoe Valley     48          

Beech Grove      58           Franklin County 48          

Bloomington Lighthouse 79 Martinsville Tabernacle 19   

Bloomington South 55    Milan 35              

Brownstown Central 73 Salem    49          

Crown Point 80  Illiana Christian 51          

Culver 61 West Central 39           

Eastbrook 67 Southern Wells 58

Eastern (Pekin) 69 Scottsburg    58          

Elkhart  76 South Bend Washington 60   

Evansville Mater Dei 71  Tecumseh 44     

Evansville Memorial 53  Mount Vernon (Posey)  49          

Fishers  95 Muncie Central 52     

Fort Wayne Blackhawk  98 Fort Wayne North 48               

Fort Wayne Concordia   48 Bellmont        46          

Fort Wayne Snider           66 East Noble    46          

Fort Wayne Wayne         58 Lakewood Park           37          

Franklin Central 82 Lawrence Central 81

Homestead 64 Huntington North 50        

Indianapolis Attucks       100 Purdue Poly Englewood 52 

Indianapolis Riverside    94 MTI Knowledge 46    

Indianapolis Shortridge 76 Liberty Christian 71   

Indianapolis Tech             107 Indianapolis Tindley 95         

Marquette Catholic         91 Portage Christian 41 

Michigan City     105         Lighthouse CPA 55          

Mishawaka Marian          63           Goshen 32          

Mississinewa     71           Norwell 53          

Mount Vernon (Fortville) 81 Decatur Central 51 

North Posey       48           North Knox 41   

Owen Valley       68           West Vigo 59     

Pike       75           Plainfield 50       

Rossville               92           Traders Point Christian   38          

Silver Creek        78           Charlestown      31          

South Bend Adams 69     Bowman Academy 54    

South Bend Career 58     Trinity Greenlawn 53 OT

South Bend Riley 83         Jimtown 38        

South Spencer   72           Evansville Harrison 48    

Wes-Del               53           Union City 42     

Logansport         59           Lewis Cass 53    

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL – NCC/AREA

Logansport 40 Lewis Cass 37

Tri 82 Lincoln 39

Cowan 48 Union Modoc 32

New Palestine 78 New Castle 38

Shenandoah 60 Connersville 39

STATE SCOREBOARD

Bedford North Lawrence 52 Jennings County 44

Beech Grove      47           Indianapolis Herron 36  

Blue River            67           Wapahani            34          

Brownsburg       47           Tri-West               41          

Carroll (Flora)    80           Twin Lakes          61          

Carroll (Fort Wayne)       63           DeKalb  25          

Cascade               68           Western Boone 31          

Central Noble    32           Goshen 28          

Charlestown      47           New Washington 36       

Clinton Prairie    58           Fountain Central 28        

Columbus East   60           Bloomington North 34   

Cowan  48           Union (Modoc) 32          

Crown Point       69           Lowell   40          

Culver Academy               50           LaCrosse 24        

Decatur Central 53           Brebeuf Jesuit   30          

Edinburgh           45           Oldenburg Academy 33

Fairfield                42           Angola  32          

Faith Christian   43           North Montgomery 36  

Forest Park         36           Southridge          26          

Fort Wayne Blackhawk  73           Fort Wayne North 27     

Fort Wayne Concordia   69           Leo         22          

Fort Wayne Dwenger     66           Columbia City    50          

Gibson Southern              53           Vincennes Lincoln 40     

Guerin Catholic 64           Indianapolis Shortridge 22          

Hagerstown       54           Morristown        47          

Indianapolis HomeSchool 65        Indianapolis Attucks 30 

Indianapolis Ritter           48           Monrovia            38          

Indianapolis Roncalli       61           Whiteland           41          

Knightstown      56           Irvington Prep Academy 21         

Lake Central       57           Munster              46          

Lakeland              46           East Noble          37          

Lawrence North 43          Carmel  40          

Martinsville Tabernacle 69           Bloomington Lighthouse 45         

Michigan City     52           Kankakee Valley               36          

Mishawaka Marian          81           New Prairie         30          

Mishawaka         48           LaVille   42          

Mooresville        48           Terre Haute North 47     

New Palestine   78           New Castle         38          

North Judson     59           Morgan Twp.     33          

North Putnam   66           Cloverdale          41          

Northeast Dubois             89           Cannelton 14     

Northridge          73           Westview            30          

Park Tudor          56           Traders Point Christian   23          

Penn     69           South Bend Adams          27          

Portage 74           Hobart  25          

Prairie Heights   51           Lakewood Park 44          

Seymour              56           Bloomington South 48   

Shenandoah      60           Connersville       39          

Silver Creek        54           Jeffersonville     31          

South Bend Riley              32           Jimtown 26        

South Bend St. Joseph   44           Bremen 40          

South Bend Washington                56           Elkhart  25          

Southern Wells 62           Muncie Burris    55          

Switzerland County         55           Milan     30          

Tippecanoe Valley           59           Argos    39          

Tri           82           Cambridge City Lincoln   39          

Trinity Lutheran 69           Indianapolis Lutheran    36          

Warren Central 63           Pike       44          

Warsaw                68           NorthWood        34          

West Noble        42           Wawasee            36          

West Vigo            41           South Vermillion 32        

Whitko 38           Fort Wayne Canterbury 18          

Winamac             49           West Central      20          

Yorktown            69           Lapel     46          

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25

#17 Texas 66 Indiana 44

#15 Virginia 76 St. Francis PA 51

#14 North Carolina 67 Stanford 63

#9 Creighton 94 Omaha 67

#12 Villanova 87 Hartford 53

#4 Wisconsin 82 Green Bay 42

#8 Michigan State 75 #6 Duke 69

#7 Kansas 65 #20 Kentucky 62

ELSEWHERE

Purdue 93 Oakland 50

USC 79 BYU 53

UC Riverside 57 Washington 42

Louisville 75 Western Kentucky 54

Navy 78 Georgetown 71

Dayton 66 Eastern Illinois 63

Illinois Chicago 66 Valparaiso 50

Florida International 96 Central Michigan 76

Oklahoma State 70 Marquette 62

Providence 63 Davidson 62

Toledo 70 Cleveland State 61

Hampton 82 George Washington 78

Grand Canyon 88 Mississippi Valley 49

Winthrop 75 North Carolina Greensboro 67

Nebraska 76 South Dakota 69

Alabama 86 UNLV 74

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25

#4 Baylor 67 S. Florida 62

ELSEWHERE

Tulane 77 S. Alabama 73

St. John’s 85 St. Peter’s 47

Virginia Tech 92 George Washington 57

Florida State 81 Florida 75

Akron 70 Northern Kentucky 60

George Mason 77 Longwood 65

Campbell 42 North Carolina Greensboro 38

Central Arkansas 74 Arkansas Pine Bluff 70

Auburn 97 Gardner Webb 61

Liberty 76 Norfolk State 53

Murray State 84 Evansville 61

Tennessee 67 Eastern Tennessee 50

Northern Colorado 75 Denver 74

Playoff Selection Committee Poll
Rankings as of 12/1/2020
RankSchoolPrev
1Alabama (8-0)1
2Notre Dame (9-0)2
3Clemson (8-1)3
4Ohio State (4-0)4
5Texas A&M (6-1)5
6Florida (7-1)6
7Cincinnati (8-0)7
8Georgia (6-2)9
9Iowa State (7-2)13
10Miami (FL) (7-1)10
11Oklahoma (6-2)11
12Indiana (5-1)12
13BYU (9-0)14
14Northwestern (5-1)8
15Oklahoma State (6-2)23
16Wisconsin (2-1)16
17North Carolina (6-3)19
18Coastal Carolina (9-0)20
19Iowa (4-2)24
20USC (3-0)18
21Marshall (7-0)21
22Washington (3-0)NR
23Oregon (3-1)15
24Tulsa (5-1)25
25Louisiana (8-1)NR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Dec. 3

Louisiana Tech at North Texas | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at Utah State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Friday, Dec. 4

Louisiana at Appalachian State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Boise State at UNLV | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Southern Miss at UTEP — CANCELED

Saturday, Dec. 5

Ohio State at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Kansas State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Oklahoma State at TCU | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Nebraska at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Western Carolina at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Penn State at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | BTN

Arkansas at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Kansas at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS2

Rice at Marshall | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Memphis at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Kent State at Miami (Ohio) | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

FIU at Charlotte | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Toledo at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Liberty at Coastal Carolina | 2 p.m. | ESPNU

Bowling Green at Akron | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Troy at South Alabama | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

UL Monroe at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida at Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Maryland at Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

West Virginia at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Indiana at Wisconsin | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Iowa at Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Boston College at Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | RSN

Buffalo at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Tulsa at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Stanford at Washington | 4 p.m. | FOX

Vanderbilt at Georgia | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Georgia Tech at NC State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Hawai’i at San Jose State | 4 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

Ball State at Central Michigan | 5:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Oregon at Cal | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Colorado State at San Diego State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Colorado at Arizona | 7 p.m. | FS1

Clemson at Virginia Tech | 7:30 | ABC

South Carolina at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Alabama at LSU | 8 p.m. | CBS

Miami at Duke | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Baylor at Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX

Houston at SMU | 9 p.m. | ESPNU

UCLA at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

Oregon State at Utah | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Wyoming at New Mexico | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Fresno State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | FS2

Florida State at Duke — POSTPONED

Northwestern at Minnesota — CANCELED

Sunday, Dec. 6

UAB at Middle Tennessee State | 2:30 p.m. | TBD

Washington State at USC | 9 p.m. | FS1

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – When shots aren’t falling, it’s difficult to win basketball games. And the Hoosiers simply couldn’t get shots to fall against Texas.

Indiana shot just 23.9 percent from the field overall and went 2-of-10 from 3-point range in a 66-44 loss to the Longhorns in the semifinals of the Camping World Maui Invitational in Asheville, N.C. The Hoosiers were led by sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis, who scored 17 points, but no other IU player scored more than eight points in the defeat.

“Give Texas credit,” head coach Archie Miller said. “Texas stunned our guys in the first four or five minutes of the game. (There was an) inability to reverse the ball, inability to connect on a screen, inability to do what we wanted to do. They imposed early on how physical and how tough they were going to play, and I thought that played a role and knocked us on our heels.”

The Longhorns jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a 3-point field goal from Courtney Ramsey, a layup off a steal by Matt Coleman, and a free throw from Jericho Sims. Despite some early shooting struggles, the Hoosiers whittled away at the lead thanks to Jackson-Davis, who scored on a three-point play to pull IU within 8-6 with 14:21 left in the half. Both teams’ defense turned up the intensity with only Texas scoring a bucket in the next four minutes, but a 3-pointer from Brock Cunningham allowed the Longhorns to push the lead to 13-6 with just under 10 minutes to play.

IU then ran off five straight points to pull within 13-11, but Texas answered with a 10-0 run that pushed the lead to double digits. The Longhorns went into halftime with a 31-19 lead.

Indiana went 5-of-23 from the field in the first 20 minutes and turned the ball over nine times, helping the Longhorns score 15 points in transition.

“I’m not going to say every shot we took was tough because, right now, we’re missing some easy ones around the rim,” Miller said. “For us, to give easy baskets, to give up second shots and turn it over… we did all three in the first half.”

Texas’ length continued to bother the Hoosiers after the break, and Indiana could never capitalize on some mistakes the Longhorns made along the way. The lead grew to 15 early in the second half after a dunk by Texas’ Kai Jones and a 3-pointer from Andrew Jones, but Jackson-Davis answered with a three-point play off an assist from Armaan Franklin, and Franklin’s 3-pointer with 16:49 to play pulled the Hoosiers within 38-27.

IU enjoyed a solid sequence with 11:21 to play when Race Thompson blocked a 3-point attempt from Coleman, and his outlet pass found Jackson-Davis, who threw down a dunk to bring the lead to 46-31. Texas answered with an 8-0 run that pushed the lead to 23 points with 8:52 to play, and the Hoosiers never got closer.

Guard Aljami Durham scored eight points on 2-of-7 shooting, but he suffered an injury in the second half and needed help off the floor. Franklin finished with six points on 2-of-7 shooting, and Thomson added four points and six rebounds. The Hoosiers got just six points off the bench—four of them from Jerome Hunter.

“I think, in general, we learned a good lesson today,” Miller said. “As hard as we played last night, they played harder today and imposed more will on us today. We’ve got to find a way to respond. I also think that it’s early in the year, and as the season starts, you’re trying to find that rotation and chemistry, and we’re not there yet. It’s not for a lack of our players wanting to or preparing. It wasn’t like we got real high after last night and didn’t work at it. We had a quick turnaround just like Texas. I thought Texas’ defense, number one, really frustrated us. And I think, number two, over the course of the game, not being able to keep it in reaching distance, eventually broke us. But we’re better than we played today.”

PREVIEW VS. STANFORD

(IU SI)

OPENING TIP

Indiana University begins its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. IU is coming off a 79-58 win over Providence in the first round of the Camping World Maui Invitational followed by a loss to Texas on Tuesday.  IU is 12-9 all-time in the Maui Invitational.  The Hoosiers advanced to the semifinals for the first time since winning the event in 2002.  The Texas game was the the first of possibly 15 games against teams ranked in the AP Preseason Poll (Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan).  IU is currently 33-20 all-time against PAC-12 teams.  The Hoosiers will play a team from the PAC-12 for the first time since taking on UCLA on March 17, 2007 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

GAME INFORMATION

Wednesday, Dec. 2 • 1:30 p.m.

Harrah’s Cherokee Center • Asheville, NC

TV: ESPN (Jason Benetti and Bill Walton)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 4-0

Last Meeting:  IU 84, SU 73; 11/20/88

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 57-44 with the Hoosiers.  He is 196-107 in nine+ years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton.  His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.  Jerrod Haase is in his 5th  year at Stanford.  He is 71-61.

JACKSON-DAVIS EARNS PRESEASON HONORS

Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, a Preseason All-Big Ten pick, has been named to several Preseason All-American teams and is on the watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and Malone Award.  He was named third team All-Big Ten and also selected to the All-Freshman team. He had 12 double-doubles, the most since D.J. White had 20 in 2007-08.  Davis, a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Center Grove High School, was just one of four freshman nationally a year ago to lead his team in scoring, rebounds, FG percentage, FT made and FT attempted and blocked shots.  He is averaging 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds early in the season.  He had his 13th career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds against Tennessee Tech.  The Hoosiers are 12-1 when he records a double-double. 

MISCELLANEOUS

IU returns seven of its top nine scorers, including four starters.  Last year, IU was on the brink of earning its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2016 before the COVID-19 pandemic halted post season play after one game.  The Hoosiers finished the season with a 20-12 record.  Redshirt junior Race Thompson had a career-night against Providence.  He finished with his first career double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds.  He is abveraging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the first 3 starts of his career.  The duo has shot 40 free throws in three games.  Jackson-Davis is 15 for 22 (68.2%) and Thompson is 9 of 18 (50.0%).  Thompson has 12 offensive rebounds and Jackson-Davis has 11.

Senior guard Aljami Durham left the Texas game with an injured left ankle  and his availability has not been determined. He is averaging 12.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.  He had 19 points and six rebounds against Texas. Junior guard Rob Phinisee had 11 points and 5 assists against Providence and has 8 assists without  turnover in 3 games. Sophomore Armaan Franklin is averaging 7.3 points and has averaged 4.7 rebounds. Freshman Trey Galloway is the top scorer off the bench averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.  IU is holding opponents to 22.4% shooting from long range after 3 games.

PURDUE BASKETBALL

(PURDUE SU)

Purdue improved to 2-1 with a 93-50 win over Oakland in the home opener Tuesday afternoon.

The Boilermakers improved to 15-1 all-time in home openers under head coach Matt Painter.

Purdue has won eight straight home openers by a combined 255 points (31.9 points per game).

Purdue is now 3-0 against Oakland all-time.

Purdue improved to 41-2 all-time against current members of the Horizon League, and won its 21st straight game against a team currently in the Horizon League.

Matt Painter is 17-0 all-time as a coach against the Horizon League.

Purdue won its 102nd straight game when scoring 90 or more points, dating to Nov. 24, 1987.

Purdue’s freshman class continues to excel, scoring 44 points on 15-of-23 (.652) shooting from the field … through three games, the class is averaging 41.0 points per game and shooting 47-of-79 (.595) from the field.

Purdue’s 17 3-pointers tied for the fifth most in a game in school history … Purdue is shooting 35-of-71 (.493) from deep in three games this year and 90-of-171 (.526) from the field.

Purdue’s 1.45 points / possession tied for the fourth-highest total in school history.

Brandon Newman (21) and Sasha Stefanovic (20) became the first Purdue players to each score 20 points in the same since March 28, 2019, vs. Tennessee (Carsen Edwards- 29; Ryan Cline – 27).

Brandon Newman’s 21 points equal the most for a Purdue freshman since Caleb Swanigan had 26 points against Wisconsin (March 5, 2016) … Carsen Edwards also had 21 against Auburn (11-23-16).

Sasha Stefanovic scored 20 points with a career-high seven assists … he becomes the first Purdue player to have at least 20 points and seven assists since Carsen Edwards had 20 points and seven assists against Indiana on Jan. 19, 2019.

Purdue had three players with at least six assists (Sasha Stefanovic – 7, Ethan Morton – 6, Isaiah Thompson – 6) for the first time since Dec. 3, 2016, vs. Morehead State (Vince Edwards – 8, Caleb Swanigan – 6, P.J. Thompson – 6). 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  Brandon Newman and Sasha Stefanovic combined for 41 points, going 10 of 17 from 3-point range, and Purdue rolled to a 93-50 win over Oakland in its home opener on Tuesday.

Newman, a redshirt freshman, was 7-of-11 shooting, 4 of 17 from 3-point range, for 21 points, and Stefanovic was 6 of 9, all behind the arc, for 20 points and handed off seven assists as the Boilermakers had 27 helpers on 33 baskets.

Zach Edey added 13 points for Purdue (2-1), which went 17 of 32 from distance and shot 55% overall. Trevion Williams grabbed 14 rebounds to go with eight points as the Boilermakers had a 40-21 rebounding advantage.

Jalen Moore had 14 points for the Grizzlies (0-5), who finished 3 of 21 from 3-point range.

Midway through the first half and trailing 17-16, Stefanovic hit a 3-pointer to start a 12-0 run and the Boilermakers never let up in racing to a 49-27 halftime lead. Newman had 16 points and Stefanovic 15. Purdue was 10 of 18 from distance, shooting 56% overall, while Oakland shot 35%.

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MORE THAN A GAME

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Boilermakers and friends can make a contribution to the More Than A Game campaign by contacting their Boilermaker Athletics Representative or by visiting JPCMoreThanAGame.com. Fans can purchase a special More Than A Game t-shirt from Legends and the Purdue Team Store, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the More Than A Game campaign. To purchase the t-shirt, click here or go to PurdueTeamStore.com.

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WEEK 13 NFL PREVIEW

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

AS NFL TURNS CALENDAR TO DECEMBER

Pro Football Hall of Famer VINCE LOMBARDI once said there is only one way to succeed in anything, and that’s to give it everything.

And as the 2020 season enters December, the time to give it everything has arrived.

Week 13 kicks off with a dozen games on Sunday, all 14 playoff berths up for grabs and memories to be made. But first, the BALTIMORE RAVENS conclude Week 12 at the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (Wednesday, 3:40 PM, NBC). It will mark the third Wednesday NFL game since 1941. On Sept. 5, 2012, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, 24-17, to kick off the season. And, on Sept. 22, 1948, the Los Angeles Rams opened their season with a 44-7 home win over the Detroit Lions.

DECEMBER CONTENDERS: Fifteen NFL teams turn the calendar with a record of .500 or better, including the BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-4), KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-1)and NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-2). Since 2017, those teams have consistently ranked among the best over the final quarter of the season.

The teams with the best regular-season records in December and January over the past three seasons:

TEAMWLTPCT
Kansas City Chiefs1230.800
Baltimore Ravens1230.800
Philadelphia Eagles1140.733
Atlanta Falcons1040.714
New Orleans Saints940.692

STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH: In a battle of 8-3 teams in the AFC, the CLEVELAND BROWNS travel to meet the TENNESSEE TITANS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The Browns are off to their best start since they were also 8-3 in 1994, while the Titans have their best record through 11 games since they were 10-1 in 2008.

  • Cleveland, which boasts the league’s top rushing offense (161.4 yards per game), faces the Titans’ DERRICK HENRY, who leads the NFL with 1,257 rushing yards.
  • In fact, the contest will feature three of the NFL’s nine leading rushers, including the Browns’ NICK CHUBB (719 rushing yards, tied for sixth) and KAREEM HUNT (706, ninth). The Cleveland duo is on pace to become the first pair of Browns players to each top 1,000 rushing yards in the same season since EARNEST BYNER (1,002) and KEVIN MACK (1,104) in 1985.
  • Henry, who paced the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in 2019, seeks to become the first player to lead the league in rushing yards in consecutive seasons since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2006-07.
  • Last week, Henry rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-26 win at Indianapolis. Henry is the fourth player in NFL history with three games of at least 175 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (five games) and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (three), as well as ADRIAN PETERSON (three).
  • The Titans have the league’s fewest giveaways this season with five.

MAHOMES, HILL BACK IN PRIMETIME: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS take on the DENVER BRONCOS on Sunday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium (8:20 PM ET, NBC). The Chiefs have won 19 of their last 20 games, including the postseason.

  • Last week in a win at Tampa Bay, PATRICK MAHOMES became the first player with at least 30 completions and 300 passing yards in four consecutive games in league annals. He completed 37 of 49 attempts (75.5 percent) for 462 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 124.7 rating in the victory.
  • Mahomes has five career games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (six games) as the only players with at least five such games in their first four seasons in league annals. Mahomes also has 15 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (15 games) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (17 games) has more.
  • Kansas City wide receiver TYREEK HILL had a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Hill had 203 receiving yards in the first quarter and became the third player since 1980 with at least 200 receiving yards in a single quarter, joining QADRY ISMAIL (210 receiving yards in third quarter on Dec. 12, 1999) and LEE EVANS (205 in first quarter on Nov. 19, 2006).
  • Hill, who had 10 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11 of the 2018 season, is the sixth player with two career games of at least 10 receptions, 200 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers DON HUTSON and JERRY RICE, as well as AMARI COOPERCHAD JOHNSON and ART POWELL.

SAINTS, NFL TEAMS WINNING ON ROAD: Two of the league’s hottest teams meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when the ATLANTA FALCONS host the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). New Orleans has won eight straight games while the Falcons have won four of their last six under coach RAHEEM MORRIS.

  • On the road, New Orleans is 4-1 this season and, over a longer stretch, is 17-3 over its last 20 road games.
  • In a trend that started last season, road teams are winning more often. Last year, road teams were 123-132-1 (.482), the NFL’s best single-season mark since 1972 (87-90-5, .492). This year with one game remaining in Week 12, road teams are 85-90-1 (.489).
  • Last week at Denver, New Orleans quarterback TAYSOM HILL rushed for two touchdowns in the Saints’ win. Hill, who had two rushing touchdowns in his first career start at quarterback in Week 11, is the second player with at least two rushing touchdowns in each of his first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era, joining ERIC HIPPLE (1981).
  • New Orleans has the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense, allowing 284.9 yards per game. The Saints have allowed fewer than 10 points in three of their past four games.

HOPE FOR THE STRETCH RUN: In 15 of the past 17 seasons, at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 48 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 25 of them have done so in the past 17 years (2003-19), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006. Two teams during that span, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl after finishing in last place in their divisions the season before.

  • One of the teams with an opportunity to advance from last to first in its division is the MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-4), who host the CINCINNATI BENGALS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Miami ranks fifth in the NFL with a plus-six turnover ratio. Cornerback XAVIEN HOWARD leads the NFL with seven interceptions, while defensive end EMMANUEL OGBAH is tied for seventh with eight sacks.

In 14 of the past 16 seasons, at least one team with a losing record after 11 games has qualified for the playoffs. Last week, three teams – the MINNESOTA VIKINGSNEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – each won close games to improve to 5-6 on the season.

The teams with a losing record after 11 games that advanced to the playoffs, since 2004:

YEARTEAMWLT
2019Philadelphia560
2018Philadelphia560
2016Green Bay560
2015Washington560
2014Carolina371
2013San Diego Chargers560
2012Washington560
2010Seattle560
2009New York Jets560
2008San Diego Chargers470
2007Washington560
2006Philadelphia560
2005Washington560
2004St. Louis Rams560

EVERY NFC WEST TEAM IN PLAYOFF HUNT: Sunday features a key NFC West matchup at State Farm Stadium when the LOS ANGELES RAMS travel to play the ARIZONA CARDINALS (4:05 PM ET, FOX).

DK TOPS 1K: Second-year wide receiver DK METCALF, who had 10 catches for a career-high 177 yards in Seattle’s Week 12 win, has captured the NFL lead with 1,039 receiving yards. He has five games of at least 100 receiving yards this season, tied for most in the league. Metcalf and the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS host the NEW YORK GIANTS, who’ve won three straight games, on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX).

  • Thanks in part to Metcalf’s nine touchdown receptions, the Seahawks rank third in the NFL with 31.0 points per game.
  • This year, the highest-scoring season on record through 12 weeks (with one game to play), the NFL already has 1,001 touchdowns, with No. 1,000 coming in Seattle’s Week 12 win at Philadelphia.
  • The fastest the NFL had reached 1,000 touchdowns in any previous season was Week 13, in both 2015 and 2018. The single-season league record is 1,371 touchdowns, in 2018.

The seasons with the most total points and most touchdowns scored through 12 weeks in NFL history:

YEARTOTAL POINTSYEARTOUCHDOWNS
20208,738*20201,001*
20188,5022018980
20138,2012016913
20168,1192014911
20128,1092013909
*One game remaining in Week 12

BILLS, NINERS IN ACTION MONDAY NIGHT: Two playoff hopefuls engage in an intriguing matchup on Monday Night Football when the BUFFALO BILLS travel to play the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). The game will be played at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.

  • Guided by defensive coordinator ROBERT SALEH, San Francisco’s defense ranks fourth in the NFL in pass defense (206.5 yards allowed per game) and sixth in total defense (315.2 yards allowed per game).
  • Last week, Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN recorded his 15th career game with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in the Bills’ win. Allen joined CAM NEWTON (20 games) as the only players with at least 15 games with both a passing and rushing touchdown in their first three seasons in NFL history.

DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS EVERY WEEK: The MINNESOTA VIKINGS, who overcame an 11-point deficit to win last week, host the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

  • With one game remaining in Week 12, there have been 35 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win this season, the most through Week 12 in NFL history.
  • Last week, Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 115.7 rating. Cousins has 16 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a rating of 115-or-higher, surpassing DREW BREES (15 games) and AARON RODGERS (15) for the most such games by a quarterback in his first nine seasons in NFL history.
  • Four Minnesota players – CHAD BEEBE (seven receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown), JUSTIN JEFFERSON (seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns), BISI JOHNSON (seven receptions for 74 yards) and KYLE RUDOLPH (seven receptions for 68 yards) – each had at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in last week’s win. Before last week, only one team in NFL history – the 2012 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (Week 16) – had four players each register at least seven receptions and 60 receiving yards in the same game.
  • Jacksonville rookie running back JAMES ROBINSON totaled a career-high 159 scrimmage yards (128 rushing, 31 receiving) and a rushing touchdown last week. Robinson has six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with PHILLIP LINDSAY (six games in 2018) for the second-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only CLARK GAINES (seven games in 1976) has more. Robinson has 1,170 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only DOMINIC RHODES (1,328 scrimmage yards in 2001) and PHILLIP LINDSAY (1,278 in 2018) have more.

HERBERT WITHIN REACH OF HISTORY: When the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS travel to meet the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT has an opportunity to reach seven 300-yard passing games and establish the NFL’s rookie record. Herbert, who passed for 316 yards and a touchdown last week, is tied with ANDREW LUCK, who had six such games in 2012, for the most by a rookie in NFL history.

  • Herbert has 3,015 passing yards this season and joined PATRICK MAHOMES (3,185 passing yards) as the only players in league annals with at least 3,000 passing yards in their first 10 career games.
  • The Chargers have the league’s third-ranked offense, averaging 397.8 yards per game.

WEEK 13 NFL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 6-8

(All times Eastern)



Sunday, December 6
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PMFOX
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears1:00 PMFOX
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans1:00 PMCBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins1:00 PMCBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings1:00 PMCBS
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Jets1:00 PMCBS
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans1:00 PMCBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals4:05 PMFOX
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks4:05 PMFOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers4:25 PMCBS
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers4:25 PMCBS
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs8:20 PMNBC
Monday, December 7
Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers5:00 PM(TBD)
Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers*8:15 PMESPN
Tuesday, December 8
Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens8:05 PMFOX/NFLN/AMAZON

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

Williams Named to FWAA Fresh Four

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams was tabbed for the Football Writers Association of America “Fresh Four” list for his performance against No. 19 North Carolina. The list honors four true or redshirt freshmen with standout showings from the previous week. Williams, a redshirt freshman, totaled 144 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the 31-17 win over the Tar Heels. 

Posting 23 rushes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, Williams, also named ACC Running Back of the Week, added four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown. His three total touchdowns ranked tied for third among all FBS players on the weekend. He was the only FBS player with three or more touchdowns this weekend to have at least one receiving touchdown and one rushing touchdown. His three touchdowns tied for most by a single ACC player (non-quarterback) on the weekend. 

Williams’ 144 all-purpose yards were the most among any ACC running back on the weekend, and were the fourth-most among all ACC players. Ranking 16th among FBS running backs with his 144 all-purpose yards, Williams is the only running back who posted 122 or more all-purpose yards who also scored a receiving touchdown. Friday marked William’s fifth 100-yard rushing performance of the season, which ties for most in the ACC. 

No FBS freshman had more than William’s 18 points on the weekend. Williams posted the most all-purpose yards (144) of any Power 5 freshman running back, and ranked third in all-purpose yards among all FBS freshman players on the weekend. 

Williams and the Irish will again take the field Saturday, December 5, to close out their home schedule as they welcome Syracuse (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC). 

INDIANA FOOTBALL

(IUSI)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was one of 35 quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2020, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced on Tuesday afternoon. Each member of the group is an official candidate to win the 2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.  

A point scoring model was used to determine the quarterbacks in the Class of 2020. Points were awarded to players based on their overall performance as well as inclusion on the Davey O’Brien Preseason Watch List, weekly Great 8 lists and National Quarterback of the Week winners.  

Penix, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Maryland on Saturday, completed 124-of-220 (56.4 percent) for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he rushed for a pair of TDs in 2020.

Entering the Terrapins game, he led the league in passing yardage, passing yardage per game (312.2, 9th nationally), passing scores, completions, attempts, 60-yard passing plays (4, T-2nd), 50-yarders (6, T-7th), 40-yarders (tied 6, T-33rd) and 30-yarders (11, T-39th).

Penix owns a 10-2 record as a starter and is 255-of-414 (61.6, 2nd in program history) for 3,258 yards with 25 touchdowns, eight INTs and a 143.8 pass-efficiency rating in 15 games. He has 189 yards on the ground on 47 attempts (4.0 average) with four TDs.

The Class of 2020 consists of players from all 10 FBS conferences as well as football independents. The Atlantic Coast Conference has the most honorees with seven, followed by the Southeastern Conference and American Athletic Conference with five. The list is made up of 13 seniors, nine juniors, nine sophomores and four freshmen.  

The next step in the process will be to select the award’s 16 semifinalists from these 35 quarterbacks. On Monday, Dec. 7, the semifinalists will be named based on voting from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee as well as the first round of the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote, which will run through Sunday, Dec. 6.  

The Fan Vote is instituting a major change in its format in 2020. This year, fans will vote via three social media platforms—Instagram, Twitter and Facebook—and the top vote getter on each platform will each receive the equivalent of two additional committee member ballots for that voting period. Fan voting will be done by liking the quarterback’s photo from the original post on the official Davey O’Brien social media account.  

Following the naming of the semifinalists, the next round of fan voting will take place from Monday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 20 with the three finalists named on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The final round of fan voting will occur from Tuesday, Dec. 22 until Wednesday, Dec. 30. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 7 on the 30th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards, which will be held virtually from 7-8:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.  

The Davey O’Brien Foundation was created in 1977, and the National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, was first issued in 1981. Over its time, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has given away more than $1.2 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Northwestern leads the West Division with a 5-1 Big Ten record, followed by Iowa at 4-2 and Wisconsin at 2-1. Ohio State stands atop the East Division standings with a 4-0 record, with Indiana close behind at 5-1 and Maryland in third at 2-2 in conference play. 

• The Buckeyes remained undefeated on the season with a victory over nationally ranked and previously undefeated Indiana on Nov. 21, extending their home win streak to 23 games and their conference home win streak to 21 games, the second-longest in Big Ten history.

• In the win, Ohio State reached the 40-point mark for the 27th time (in 46 games) since Ryan Day’s arrival with the program in 2017 (58.6 percent). The Buckeyes have scored 40 or more in three of four games this year and are averaging 45.2 points per game. Only two other teams – Clemson and Oklahoma – have reached 40 or more points in a higher percentage of their games during that time span.

• Ohio State continues to boast one of the best offenses in the country, ranking second in relative total offense and fifth in relative scoring offense. Quarterback Justin Fields is on pace to set single-season FBS and Big Ten records for completion percentage (79.6 percent).The Buckeyes continue to lead the Big Ten with 535.3 yards of offense per game and are the only team in the conference to average more than 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing per game.

• Indiana’s Stevie Scott III scored a career-high three touchdowns to lead Indiana to a 5-1 record in conference play for the first time since 1987 following a 27-11 win against Maryland. The Hoosiers have clinched a second consecutive season with a winning record in Big Ten play, something the program has not accomplished since 1987-88. Scott became the first Hoosier with three rushing touchdowns in a game since Jordan Howard in 2015, has scored at least one touchdown in 16 of his last 22 games and has 26 total touchdowns in that span. 

• Indiana leads the nation with 16 interceptions this season, recording multiple interceptions in eight consecutive contests. The Hoosiers have 18 total takeaways on the season.

• After dropping its first two games by a combined five points, Iowa has won its last four games, outscoring its opponents 151-55 and averaging 37.8 points per game during the winning streak. The Hawkeyes’ points per game during their four-game winning streak is the most for the program over a four-game stretch since 2002. 

• The Hawkeyes have held their last 20 opponents under 25 points, a streak that includes all six games this season, all 13 games last season and the final game of the 2018 campaign. 

• In the win over Michigan, Sean Clifford became the 12th Penn State quarterback to reach the 4,000-yard career passing mark and moved into fifth place in school history in rushing yards by a quarterback with 654. The 2020 team captain also ranks third in career passing efficiency rating (144.2) and career completion percentage (58.9 percent).

• Penn State’s Parker Washington is one of two FBS freshmen this season with at least 30 receptions, 340 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in their first six games. Washington is the only Penn State freshman with those totals through six games since 2000. Against Michigan, Washington made a career-high nine catches, the most by a PSU true freshman in program history.

• On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.

• The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. WISCONSIN

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CDT/3:30 p.m. EDT Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 Location: Camp Randall Stadium (Field Turf) – Madison, Wis. TV: ABC: Joe Tessitore (p-b-p), Greg McElroy (analyst) & Holly Rowe (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 132, XM 196, Internet 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

INDIANA GAME NOTES:

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

Passing

Michael Penix Jr.: 124-220, 1645 Yds, 14 TD, 4 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott III: 119-405, 8 TD, 3.4 Avg

Receiving

Ty Fryfogle: 33-652, 7 TD, 19.8 Avg

Defense

LB Micah McFadden: 43 T, 3 S, 6.5 TFL, 2 INT, 3 QBH

CB Tiawan Mullen: 32 T, 2.5 S, 3.5 TFL, 3 INT, 2 PBU

S Jamar Johnson: 30 T, 1 S, 3.5 TFL, 3 INT, 1 FF

WISCONSIN STAT LEADERS

Passing

Graham Mertz: 55-84, 605 Yds, 8 TD, 3 INT

Rushing

Jalen Berger: 30-180, 1 TD, 6.0 Avg

Receiving

Jake Ferguson: 18-181, 4 TD, 10.1 Avg

Defense

LB Jack Sanborn: 20 T, 1 S, 1 TFL, 2 QBH

LB Leo Chenal: 13 T, 1 S, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 6 QBH

LB Nick Herbig: 9 T, 1 S, 5 TFL, 2 QBH, 1 PBU

SETTING THE SCENE • No. 10/11 Indiana (5-1, 5-1 B1G East) heads to No. 18/19 Wisconsin (2-1, 2-1 B1G West) on Saturday, Dec. 5. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CDT/3:30 p.m. EDT at Camp Randall Stadium (Field Turf) on ABC. • IU is ranked for the sixth-consecutive week, its longest stretch since 1987 (6 weeks), coming in at No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 and at No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports. • This marks its third week in the Top 10 in 2020, the most for the program since 1967 (5 weeks). • The Hoosiers entered the College Football Playoff rankings on Nov. 24 for the first time in school history at No. 12. • Indiana collected its first Top-10 ranking in the Nov. 8 AP Poll (No. 10) since Sept. 22, 1969 (No. 10), and its No. 9 rating from Nov. 15 was its best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4). • The Hoosiers 5-1 record is their best overall start since 2007 and their best conference start since 1987 (5-1). • Indiana is 13-6 overall and 10-5 in league play since the start of the 2019 campaign. • With its win over Maryland, IU clinched a winning Big Ten record in consecutive seasons for first time since 1987-88 and for the sixth time overall (1967-68, 1944-46 and 1936-37). • The Hoosiers five B1G victories are tied for the third-most in program history (2019, 1993, 1991, 1988, 1979, 1945) behind six-win campaigns in 1967 and 1987. • Indiana matched a school-record with five-straight conference wins (1967) before losing at No. 3 Ohio State and has won 10 of its last 13, its most successful stretch in Big Ten games since a 10-3 mark from Oct. 3, 1987-Oct. 29, 1988. • IU opened 4-0 for the first time since 2015 (4-0) and the seventh time in program history (1990, 4-0; 1986, 4-0; 1985, 4-0; 1967, 8-0; 1910, 5-0). It went 4-0 to start league play for just the third time (1987, 4-0; 1967, 5-0). • The Hoosiers defeated Michigan State, 24-0, to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2016 and earn their first victory in East Lansing since 2001. Indiana has both of its rivalry trophies, the Spittoon and the Old Oaken Bucket (Purdue). • IU’s 38-21 victory over No. 23 Michigan was its first over the Wolverines since Oct. 24, 1987 (14-10). • The Hoosiers 36-35, overtime win against No. 8 Penn State in the season opener was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in school history, with the last coming at No. 9 Ohio State (31-10) on Oct. 10, 1987. • It marked Indiana’s first Top-10 victory at Memorial Stadium since Nov. 25, 1967 (No. 3 Purdue, 19-14). • IU has defeated PSU, U-M and MSU in the same season for the first time in program history and beaten the Wolverines and Spartans in the same year for the first time since 1967. • The Hoosiers have downed two ranked teams for the sixth time in school history and for the first time since 2004. The 1945 team holds the program record with three ranked wins in one year.

• Indiana and Wisconsin will meet in Madison for the first time since 2013. • The Badgers hold a 41-18-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 23-9-1 edge in Madison. • IU’s last win vs. UW came in 2002, the second of consecutive victories. The Hoosiers knocked off No. 23 Wisconsin, 32-29, at Memorial Stadium (Oct. 12), following a 63-32 triumph at Camp Randall Stadium in 2001 (Oct. 6). • Redshirt freshman wide receiver Da’Shaun Brown (Racine) is the lone Hoosier from the state of Wisconsin. • Indiana is first in the Big Ten (T-3rd nationally) in takeaway margin (+9), interceptions (16, 1st) and takeaways (15, T-5th). • The Ohio State game (Nov. 21) marked IU’s first regular season Top-10 showdown in program history and just the second overall (1968 Rose Bowl, No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 1 Southern Cal). • Prior to their loss at No. 3 OSU, the Hoosiers won three straight Big Ten road games for the first time since 1982 and earned victories in their first two league games away from home for the first time since 1993. • With their win at Michigan State, Indiana earned its first triumph as a Top-10 team since Nov. 11, 1967, also in East Lansing (14-13). • IU set its largest margin of victory on the road in the MSU series, blanked the Spartans for the first time since 1993, and recorded its first road shutout since Oct. 23, 1993, at Northwestern (24-0). • With its victory over No. 8 Penn State, the Hoosiers have won 15 of their last 17 season openers. Indiana is 43-18 in Memorial Stadium openers with wins in 17 of its last 19 and 34 of its last 39. IU’s previous win over a ranked opponent came against No. 17 Michigan State in Bloomington, 24-21, in overtime on Oct. 1, 2016. This also marked the Hoosiers last win in a conference opener. Indiana improved to 5-7 in OT games with two-straight wins (44-41 double OT at Purdue – Nov. 30, 2019). • IU’s all-time record as a ranked team is 27-22-1.

WISCONSIN GAME NOTES:

The Badgers are back in action after their rivalry matchup with Minnesota, set for Nov. 28, was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19 in the Gophers’ program. Wisconsin has seen 3 of its first 6 scheduled games canceled. Wisconsin has won 10 straight meetings with Indiana dating to 2003, the Badgers’ fourth-longest win streak over a Big Ten opponent. Saturday’s game will mark just the fifth meeting over the last 10 seasons between the Badgers and Hoosiers, with UW claiming the last 4 games by an average of 43.0 points per contest.  The Badgers are in their 6th season under the leadership of head coach Paul Chryst, who is 54-17 (.761) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 36-11 (.766) conference record. Chryst is in his 15th season overall on the Badgers’ coaching staff. Allowing just 28 offensive points through three games, Wisconsin owns the nation’s No. 3 scoring defense (11.7 ppg) and ranks No. 1 in the FBS in total yards allowed (233.3 ypg).

SERIES HISTORY

Wisconsin and Indiana will meet as ranked foes for just the second time. In the only other matchup in which both teams were ranked, No. 16 Wisconsin blasted No. 25 Indiana by a score of 62-13 at Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 24, 1994.  The Badgers’ 10 straight wins over Indiana matches the 3rd-longest active win streak by a Big Ten team over a conference foe.

OHIO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

Ohio State Set to Host Morehead State & Alabama A&M This Week   

No fans, but both games televised on BTN and broadcast on 97.1 The Fan

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team enters Week 2 of the young season seeking to stay undefeated with a pair of home games against non-conference opponents Morehead State University (Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Covelli Center) and Alabama A&M (Saturday at 7 p.m. at Value City Arena).  

The Buckeyes are 2-0 after cruising to a win in the season opener last Wednesday over Illinois State, 94-67, and then having to come from behind in the second half Sunday to grind out a 10-point win against UMass Lowell and its troublesome, matchup zone defense, 74-64. 

Ohio Valley Conference member Morehead State is 1-2 with losses to Kentucky and Richmond and a victory over Arkansas State. The Eagles are under the direction of fourth-year coach, Preston Spradlin (49-78 at MSU). 

Alabama A&M, from Huntsville, Ala., and members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, is 1-0 on the season with a last-second victory Sunday over Samford on the road, 78-76. The Bulldogs are coached by Dylan Howard, who is 14-49 in his third year with the program. 

Radio & TV

Both games this week will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Paul Keels and Ronnie Stokes will have the radio calls for the games on the Ohio State Sports Network, 97.1 The Fan. 

Head Coach Chris Holtmann

Chris Holtmann is 68-34 in his fourth season as Ohio State’s coach and he is 182-119 overall in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach with prior stops at Butler and Gardner-Webb. 

No Fans

Ohio State has played before empty arenas so far. This the result of the Department of Athletics determining that family members of the players and coaching staffs of teams competing this fall will not be permitted into any university sporting event. The decision aligns with the Columbus Department of Health’s stay at home advisory, which was issued Nov. 18 and remains in place for 28 days. 

10 Notes for Starters:

§  Ohio State men’s hockey hosted Michigan State last Sunday – a 4-2 win – and hosts Wisconsin Thursday at Value City Arena … thus the hoops games being played at the Covelli Center, which is a really fine 3,700-seat venue that opened last year and is home to volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling teams. Saved our event management staff time and effort covering and uncovering the ice.  

§  Oops! Didn’t realize it at the time, but that 21 points by Duane Washington Jr. to lead the win over UMass Lowell represented his career high, topping the 20 he had reached three times previously.

§  Senior point guard C.J. Jackson has scored in double figures eight consecutive games, the longest stretch of his collegiate career, which includes two seasons – 2016-18 – at Florida State.

§  Kyle Young, second on the team in rebounding last season, has quickly asserted himself on the boards by leading the team with 16 rebounds, including 13 defensive, in the first two games.

§  Justice Sueing is averaging a team-high 17.0 points with 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals after his first two games played in Scarlet & Gray.

§  Sophomore E.J. Liddell is also filling up the stat sheet with averages of 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

§  Ohio State has won all five meetings with Morehead State on the hardwood, including an 87-71 victory the last time the two teams played, Dec. 13, 2014 at Value City Arena.

§  The game Saturday will be the first on the hardwood between Ohio State and Alabama A&M. Ohio State has played Alabama four times (2-2 in those games) but not since 1979, and it has played Alabama State once (a win in 1996).

§  Alabama A&M coach Dylan Howard spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Morehead State, from 2012-17, prior to taking over the Bulldogs program.

§  Ohio State is 25-2 in non-conference home games under Chris Holtmann. The Buckeyes have won 13 consecutive non-conference home games since a loss in 2018-19 to Clemson. Two huge wins: over Cincinnati and Villanova last year.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Ali Patberg Earns Spot On John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 

LOS ANGELES, Calif.– Indiana senior guard Ali Patberg has been named to the 2021 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s women’s basketball preseason top 30. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award. 

Patberg is coming off a 2019-20 season where she earned All-Big Ten First Team honoree and WBCA All-American honorable mention selection. She returns for her sixth season of eligibility this season after an impressive junior campaign in which she led the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game. She also led the program with 5.3 assists per game (third in the Big Ten) and averaged 4.6 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the floor. As a junior, she was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award in 2019-20 and was featured on watch lists including the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. In the 2020-21 season opener, Patberg went 7-for-11 from the floor for 18 points, three assists and two rebounds. 

The Columbus, Ind. native has also garnered attention already this preseason as a preseason All-Big Ten honoree, 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award watch list, 2021 Naismith Trophy watch list and 2021 Wade Trophy watch list.  

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.

John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s

Women’s Basketball Preseason Top 30

NameSchoolConferenceHeightClassPosition
Aliyah BostonSouth CarolinaSEC6-5So.F
Paige BueckersConnecticutBig East5-11Fr.G
Charli CollierTexasBig 126-5Jr.F/C
Zia CookeSouth CarolinaSEC5-9So.G
Elissa CunaneNC StateACC6-5Jr.C
Rennia DavisTennesseeSEC6-2Sr.G/F
Chelsea DungeeArkansasSEC5-11Sr.G
Dana EvansLouisvilleACC5-6Sr.G
Vivian GrayTexas TechBig 126-1Sr.G
Arella GuirantesRutgersBig Ten5-11Sr.G
Naz HillmonMichiganBig Ten6-2Jr.F
Rhyne Howard*KentuckySEC6-2Jr.G
Lexie HullStanfordPAC-126-0Jr.G
Rickea JacksonMississippi StateSEC6-2So.F
Ashley JoensIowa StateBig 126-0Jr.G/F
N’dea JonesTexas A&MSEC6-2Sr.F
Ayoka LeeKansas StateBig 126-6So.C
Kiara LewisSyracuseACC5-8Sr.G
Tiana MangakahiaSyracuseACC5-6Sr.G
Aari McDonaldArizonaPAC-125-6Sr.G
Olivia Nelson-OdodaConnecticutBig East6-5Jr.F
Michaela OnyenwereUCLAPAC-126-0Sr.F
Ali PatbergIndianaBig Ten5-11Sr.G
Lindsey PulliamNorthwesternBig Ten5-10Sr.G
Destiny SlocumArkansasSEC5-7Sr.G
NaLyssa SmithBaylorBig 126-2Jr.F
Unique ThompsonAuburnSEC6-3Sr.F
Evina WestbrookConnecticutBig East6-0Jr.G
Christyn WilliamsConnecticutBig East5-11Jr.G
Kiana WilliamsStanfordPAC-125-8Sr.G

BIG 10 MEN’S HOCKEY

Notre Dame and Ohio State Standouts Honored as Three Stars

Fighting Irish’s Bischel earns first star after posting .948 save percentage in sweep of No. 4/3 Michigan

First Star

Ryan Bischel, Notre Dame

G – So. – Medina, Minn.

  • Backstopped the Fighting Irish to a sweep of No. 4/3 Michigan with a .948 save percentage
  • Held the Wolverines scoreless for over 57 minutes in the final game of the series
  • Stopped 55 of 58 shots through 120 minutes of play last weekend, averaging 1.50 goals against
  • Earns his first career weekly award
  • Last Notre Dame honoree: Cale Morris (Second Star) on Feb. 15, 2020
  • Last Notre Dame First Star: Cale Morris on Jan. 7, 2020

Second Star

Tommy Nappier, Ohio State

G – Sr. – St. Louis, Mo.

  • Led the NCAA with 84 saves as the No. 10/10 Buckeyes picked up four points against Michigan State
  • Finished the series with a .944 save percentage, third among goalies with two starts last weekend
  • In the final game of the series, Nappier collected 20 of 21 shots to preserve the Buckeyes’ first win of the season
  • Claims his ninth career weekly award and first of the season
  • Last Ohio State honoree: Tanner Laczynski (Second Star) on Jan. 21, 2020

Third Star

Travis Treloar, Ohio State

F – Fr. – Fredrikstad, Norway

  • Recorded a team-high three points, ranking second among Big Ten skaters last weekend
  • Tallied his first goal as a Buckeye on Saturday to force overtime against Michigan State
  • In the final game of the series, he tallied a team-high two assists including the primary assist on the game winner
  • Earns his first career weekly award
  • Last Ohio State honoree: Tanner Laczynski (Second Star) on Jan. 21, 2020

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The second edition of this season’s College Football Playoff Top 25 was unveiled Tuesday with few significant changes from last week’s initial list.

The top seven remained unchanged, as Alabama slotted in at No. 1 for the second straight week. The Crimson Tide are followed by Notre DameClemson, and Ohio State. The Buckeyes kept a spot in the top four despite not playing against Illinois on Saturday due to COVID-19 concerns.

RANKTEAMRECORD
1Alabama8-0
2Notre Dame9-0
3Clemson8-1
4Ohio State4-0

Texas A&M and Florida rounded out the top six after earning trouble-less wins Saturday. The Aggies defeated LSU in their first game since Nov. 7, while the Gators rolled past Kentucky. Led by quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida now has five consecutive wins.

RANKTEAMRECORD
5Texas A&M6-1
6Florida7-1

The committee considered moving the Aggies up to No. 4, but the Buckeyes’ offensive firepower secured the spot, said CFP chair Gary Barta, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.

“There is a discrepancy sometimes between a team that plays eight or nine games and a team that’s played three or four games, and frankly that’s a problem,” Barta added, per Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports.

Cincinnati – the highest-ranked Group of 5 team – kept the seventh ranking, while BYU moved up one spot to No. 13. The Cougars were disappointed with their ranking last week after posting a 9-0 record.

Iowa State became the best Big 12 team on the rankings at No. 9, four spots better than last week. The Cyclones, on a four-game winning streak, booked their tickets to the Big 12 championship game after beating Texas on Friday.

At No. 20, USC is the best Pac-12 representative on the list.

Here’s how the rest of the rankings shake out:

RANKTEAMRECORD
7Cincinnati8-0
8Georgia6-2
9Iowa State7-2
10Miami7-1
11Oklahoma6-2
12Indiana5-1
13BYU9-0
14Northwestern5-1
15Oklahoma State6-2
16Wisconsin2-1
17North Carolina6-3
18Coastal Carolina9-0
19Iowa4-2
20USC3-0
21Marshall7-0
22Washington3-0
23Oregon3-1
24Tulsa5-1
25Louisiana8-1

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a career-high 12 to help No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 Duke 75-69 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.

The Spartans (3-0) trailed by 10 early in the game but closed the first half with a 13-4 surge to take a 37-33 lead at halftime.

Michigan State maintained control in the second half, leading by as many as 16, with balance on offense to go with aggressive defense and rebounding.

The Blue Devils (1-1) rallied late and pulled within five in the final minute. They started strong and led 13-3 before struggling to make shots or get stops. Duke shot just 32% from the field and allowed five Spartans to score in double figures.

Joey Hauser had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State. Aaron Henry had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. Malik Hall added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Matthew Hurt had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Duke, but freshman Jalen Johnson was limited to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting after scoring 24 in his college debut.

Jaemyn Brakefield scored 11 and Jordan Goldwire had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

COLLEGE SOCCER

The United States women’s soccer team landed a victory Tuesday in its ongoing battle against gender discrimination, striking a deal with U.S. Soccer that ensures equal travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, and working conditions.

The settlement doesn’t include an agreement over equal pay.

A federal judge threw out the USWNT’s gender discrimination lawsuit in May, ruling the women’s players were paid more “on a cumulative and an average per-game basis” than the men’s from 2015 to 2019. The women’s team, which was seeking more than $66 million in damages, contested the ruling.

However, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner allowed the women to pursue claims over discriminatory working conditions.

Cindy Parlow Cone, who replaced Carlos Cordeiro as U.S. Soccer’s president in March, said the USWNT is now likely to proceed with the appeals process. A full appeal of Klausner’s ruling had been pending the resolution of the team’s outstanding claims about working conditions.

“This is an important and welcomed moment for U.S. Soccer and the women’s national team players,” Cone said in a statement. “Earlier this year, I stepped into the role as president, and shortly after we hired Will Wilson as our new CEO. We, and the rest of the leadership team at U.S. Soccer, are focused on taking a new approach at the federation in handling all matters.

“I believe our approach helped us reach this agreement and demonstrates the commitment of U.S. Soccer’s new leadership to find a new way forward with the USWNT. This settlement is good news for everyone and I believe will serve as a springboard for continued progress.”

The USWNT won the Women’s World Cup in 2019 against the backdrop of a fierce legal battle against U.S. Soccer and Cordeiro, its president at the time.

Joe Biden, then a presidential candidate for the United States, tweeted his support for the women’s side.

“To USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To (U.S. Soccer): equal pay, now,” he wrote. “Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.”

The U.S. is set to host the 2026 men’s World Cup, along with Canada and Mexico.

NBA

The 2020-21 NBA regular-season schedule is starting to come together.

A showdown between the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks headlines the league’s tentative five-game Christmas Day slate, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Below is the provisional Dec. 25 schedule.

MATCHUPTIME (ET)
Pelicans vs. Heat12:00 p.m.
Warriors vs. Bucks2:30 p.m.
Nets vs. Celtics5:00 p.m.
Mavericks vs. Lakers8:00 p.m.
Clippers vs. Nuggets10:30 p.m.

Individual player workouts began Tuesday while group workouts are scheduled to start Sunday.

The upcoming campaign will tip off Dec. 22.