Centerville 61 Union County 32
East Chicago Central 65 Gary West 61
Elkhart Christian 67 Triton 58
Greencastle 61 South Vermillion 50
Griffith 69 Andrean 66 OT
Indiana Deaf 70 Believe Circle City 31
Northeastern 78 Cambridge City Lincoln 45
Park Tudor 68 Indianapolis Ritter 47
Purdue Poly North 63 Thrival Indy Academy 47
Seton Catholic 84 Muncie Burris 40
Shelbyville 68 Indian Creek 57
South Bend Adams 56 Marquette Catholic 50
Winamac 49 North Judson 44 2OT
Woodlan 67 Lakewood Park 32

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams Central at Heritage 7:30 pm
Anderson at McCutcheon 7:30 pm
Argos at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
Austin at Salem 7:30 pm
Avon at Westfield 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Jeffersonville 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Kouts 8:00 pm
Brown County at Sullivan 7:30 pm
Brownsburg at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Brownstown Central at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Calumet Christian at Gary 21st Century 7:30 pm
Carmel at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at North White 7:30 pm
Cascade at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Castle at Bloomington North 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Churubusco 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Chicago Farragut (Ill.) at Lighthouse CPA 8:00 pm
Clay City at North Daviess 7:30 pm
Clinton Central at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Columbus East at East Central 7:30 pm
Columbus North at Southport 7:30 pm
Concord at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Corydon Central at Paoli 7:30 pm
Covenant Christian at Indianapolis Roncalli 7:30 pm
Covington at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Crawford County at New Washington 7:30 pm
Crothersville at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Crown Point at LaPorte 8:00 pm
Culver at LaVille 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Plainfield 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Blackford 8:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Rossville 7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at Springs Valley 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Lapel 7:30 pm
Edgewood at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Edinburgh at Morristown 7:30 pm
Elwood at Frankton 8:00 pm
Evansville Bosse at South Knox 8:00 pm
Evansville Central at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Gibson Southern 7:30 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Fairfield at West Noble 7:30 pm
Fishers at Franklin Central 6:00 pm
Floyd Central at Seymour 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Southridge 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at Homestead 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Luers 7:45 pm
Fountain Central at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Frankfort at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Franklin at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Garrett at Lakeland 8:00 pm
GEO Next Generation at Indiana Math & Science 7:30 pm
Goshen at Mishawaka 7:45 pm
Greenfield-Central at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Hanover Central at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Richmond 7:30 pm
Hobart at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Horizon Christian at KIPP Indy Legacy 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Christel House 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Brebeuf Jesuit 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Triton Central 7:30 pm
Jay County at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Jimtown at Elkhart 7:30 pm
John Glenn at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Highland 8:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Guerin Catholic 8:00 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Lebanon at Southmont 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Maconaquah 6:00 pm
Madison at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Marion at Logansport 7:30 pm
Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Alexandria 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Blue River 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Legacy Elite Academy 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Connersville 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Tell City 8:30 pm
Munster at Lowell 8:00 pm
New Albany at Evansville North 8:00 pm
New Palestine at Yorktown 7:30 pm
New Prairie at South Bend St. Joseph 7:30 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Warren Central 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Batesville 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Jasper 7:30 pm
Northfield at Rochester 7:45 pm
Northridge at Plymouth 7:45 pm
Northview at Cloverdale 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Madison-Grant 7:45 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm
Orleans at Borden 7:30 pm
Owen Valley at North Putnam 7:30 pm
Peru at Whitko 7:45 pm
Pioneer at Caston 7:30 pm
Portage at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Prairie Heights at Fremont 7:30 pm
Princeton at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Providence at Christian Academy 7:30 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at Irvington Prep 6:00 pm
Rensselaer Central at North Newton 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
Seeger at Benton Central 7:30 pm
Shakamak at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Rising Sun 7:30 pm
Shelbyville at Speedway 7:30 pm
Shoals at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Bremen 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Penn 7:30 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at Henryville 7:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills) at Tri-Township 6:30 pm
South Dearborn at Rushville 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Hauser 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Pike Central 8:00 pm
Southern Wells at South Adams 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Milan 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Waldron 7:30 pm
Southwood at North Miami 8:00 pm
Taylor at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Terre Haute South at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Tipton at Hamilton Heights 7:30 pm
Tri at Winchester 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Delphi 7:30 pm
Tri-County at South Newton 8:00 pm
Tri-West at Danville 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Daleville 7:30 pm
Union City at Hagerstown 6:00 pm
University at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
Valparaiso at Merrillville 8:00 pm
Victory Christian at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Victory College Prep at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Red Hill (Ill.) 8:00 pm
Wapahani at Delta 7:30 pm
Warsaw at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Washington at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Washington Catholic at North Knox 6:30 pm
Washington Twp. at Knox 8:00 pm
Wes-Del at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
West Washington at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Western Boone at North Montgomery 7:30 pm
Westview at Eastside 7:30 pm
Wheeler at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
Winamac at West Central 7:00 pm
Wood Memorial at Evansville Day 8:00 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES THURSDAY

Alexandria 65 Madison-Grant 22
Anderson 78 New Castle 70 2OT
Austin 36 Salem 20
Bloomington North 48 Terre Haute North 30
Borden 38 Springs Valley 17
Bremen 38 Caston 33
Cannelton 41 Cloverport (Ky.) 21
Carroll (Flora) 64 Lafayette Jeff 21
Cascade 62 Speedway 51
Christian Academy 62 Indianapolis Washington 26
Concord 70 Prairie Heights 39
Corydon Central 48 Crawford County 46
Crown Point 31 Hanover Central 24
Culver Academy 43 Marquette Catholic 34
Delphi 68 Tri-Central 37
Eastern Greene 35 Clay City 27
Eastern Hancock 65 Tri 38
Eastside 42 Westview 16
Edgewood 32 Martinsville 28
Evansville Mater Dei 62 Evansville Bosse 16
Evansville Memorial 57 Evansville Reitz 42
Fairfield 40 Bethany Christian 22
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 71 Adams Central 44
Fountain Central 36 Riverton Parke 18
Fremont 54 Lakeland 28
Goshen 60 Mishawaka 50
Greencastle 50 South Vermillion 22
Greenfield-Central 65 Southport 50
Greensburg 68 Lawrenceburg 19
Hamilton Heights 80 Heritage Christian 55
Indiana Deaf 61 Believe Circle City 15
Indianapolis Cathedral 40 Columbus East 26
Indianapolis Roncalli 66 Columbus North 40
Jasper 61 Evansville Harrison 35
Jennings County 51 Franklin 44
Jimtown 37 Trinity Greenlawn 19
Kokomo 67 Tipton 13
Kouts 44 Boone Grove 36
LaVille 55 Knox 33
Lake Central 52 Washington Twp. 29
Lakewood Park 68 Fort Wayne Wayne 66
Lawrence Central 65 Avon 43
Lighthouse Christian 51 Washington Catholic 39
Linton-Stockton 54 White River Valley 34
Maconaquah 55 Southwood 32
Madison 67 Trinity Lutheran 51
McCutcheon 58 Western 45
Michigan City 53 Bowman Academy 45
Mississinewa 62 South Adams 51
Monroe Central 49 Blue River 36
Monrovia 50 Indianapolis Scecina 33
Morristown 58 Indianapolis Lutheran 43
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 57 Delta 23
Munster 57 Highland 34
New Palestine 47 Yorktown 35
Noblesville 62 Pendleton Heights 49
North Daviess 50 Bloomfield 39
North Decatur 63 Edinburgh 20
North Harrison 61 Brownstown Central 57
North Knox 48 Barr-Reeve 31
North Newton 42 South Newton 38
North Posey 53 Forest Park 47
North White 46 Frontier 24
Northfield 46 Rochester 33
Northridge 59 Plymouth 29
Northview 45 Cloverdale 19
Oldenburg Academy 58 Switzerland County 41
Orleans 56 Mitchell 25
Park Tudor 56 Indianapolis Attucks 43
Penn 67 NorthWood 39
Peru 53 Eastern (Greentown) 25
Princeton 49 Heritage Hills 46
Providence 60 Floyd Central 58
Randolph Southern 64 Anderson Prep 48
Rensselaer Central 66 Demotte Christian 32
Rising Sun 46 Shawe Memorial 40
Seven Oaks 52 Pleasant View Christian 6
Seymour 79 New Albany 50
Shakamak 46 OPH (Ill.) 28
Shenandoah 46 Wapahani 39
South Bend Clay 63 South Bend Career 18
South Central (Union Mills) 59 Westville 43
South Knox 56 Loogootee 27
Southwestern (Hanover) 50 Jac-Cen-Del 46
Tecumseh 46 Southridge 40
Tell City 37 Perry Central 29
Tippecanoe Valley 45 Manchester 31
Tri-County 60 Faith Christian 44
Tri-West 50 University 38
Triton Central 49 Beech Grove 23
Twin Lakes 58 Winamac 35
Valparaiso 57 Morgan Twp. 25
Vincennes Rivet 33 Northeast Dubois 29
Wabash 65 Taylor 28
Waldron 62 Milan 45
Warsaw 67 Angola 38
Washington 49 South Spencer 47
Wes-Del 35 Elwood 33
West Lafayette 53 Harrison (West Lafayette) 42
West Vigo 43 North Vermillion 37
West Washington 38 Paoli 37
Wheeler 55 Whiting 41
Whitko 47 Wawasee 43

SCHEDULE FRIDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Andrean at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Bellmont at Leo 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Carmel 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Covenant Christian 7:00 pm
Brownsburg at Zionsville 6:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Centerville at Union County 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Churubusco 6:00 pm
Columbia City at New Haven 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Plainfield 6:00 pm
DeKalb at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Medora 6:30 pm
East Noble at Norwell 7:45 pm
Eastbrook at Blackford 6:00 pm
Elkhart at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Elwood at Frankton 6:30 pm
Fairfield at West Noble 6:00 pm
Fishers at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Concordia 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at Homestead 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Dwenger 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Luers 6:00 pm
Frankfort at Crawfordsville 6:00 pm
Garrett at Lakeland 6:00 pm
GEO Next Generation at Indiana Math & Science 6:00 pm
Greenwood at Perry Meridian 6:00 pm
Hamilton at South Bend Clay 7:00 pm
Hammond Central at Hobart 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Benton Central 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Brebeuf Jesuit 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Indianapolis Attucks 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Believe Circle City 6:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Guerin Catholic 6:00 pm
Lake Station at River Forest 8:00 pm
Lakeland Christian at Lakewood Park 6:00 pm
Lanesville at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
LaPorte at Westville 7:30 pm
Lebanon at Southmont 6:00 pm
Lewis Cass at Maconaquah 6:00 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Evansville Christian 6:30 pm
Marion at Purdue Poly Englewood 7:00 pm
Michigan City at Gary West 8:00 pm
Mooresville at Whiteland 6:00 pm
Munster at Rensselaer Central 7:00 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Warren Central 6:00 pm
Northview at Indian Creek 8:00 pm
Park Tudor at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Pike at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Prairie Heights at Woodlan 7:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills) at Tri-Township 8:00 pm
Taylor at Sheridan 6:00 pm
Triton at North Judson 8:00 pm
Union (Modoc) at Daleville 6:00 pm
Union City at Hagerstown 6:00 pm
West Central at Pioneer 6:30 pm
Western Boone at North Montgomery 6:00 pm


Hoosier Conference playoffs
Twin Lakes at Tipton 5:30 pm

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

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NFL CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 3 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 6:30 P.M. ET (FOX)

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

AFC VS. NFC IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

OREGON STATE 83 #9 OREGON STATE 80

ELSEWHERE:

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 63 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 58

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 78 IUPUI 50

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

DUKE 88 #23 FLORIDA STATE 46

#19 VIRGINIA TECH 87 GEORGIA TECH 69

#7 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 71 CLEMSON 49

#22 SYRACUSE 79 #15 NOTRE DAME 65

#18 LOUISVILLE 88 BOSTON COLLEGE 60

#17 GONZAGA 82 SANTA CLARA 45

#12 OHIO STATE 67 ILLINOIS 59

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 76 #9 LSU 70

#20 NORTH CAROLINA 66 MIAMI FLORIDA 61

ELSEWHERE:

PENN STATE 76 NORTHWESTERN 65

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 134 PHILADELPHIA 122

UTAH 123 WASHINGTON 108

BOSTON 143 MIAMI 110

NEW YORK 122 DENVER 84

MINNESOTA 96 BROOKLYN 94

SACRAMENTO 134 GOLDEN STATE 133

LA LAKERS 141 CHICAGO 132

NHL SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 3 PHILADELPHIA 0

TAMPA BAY 6 ARIZONA 3

BOSTON 3 OTTAWA 2 OT

MONTRÉAL 4 NY ISLANDERS 3

CAROLINA 3 NEW JERSEY 2

NASHVILLE 3 MINNESOTA 2

DALLAS 4 ANAHEIM 3 OT

EDMONTON 3 CHICAGO 0

COLUMBUS 5 CALGARY 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

JACKSON, MCCAFFREY AND PRESCOTT ARE FINALISTS FOR THE AP 2023 NFL MVP AND OFFENSIVE PLAYER AWARDS

Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey and Dak Prescott are finalists for The Associated Press 2023 NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards.

The winners will be announced at NFL Honors on Feb. 8. A nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league completed voting before the playoffs began.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen and 49ers QB Brock Purdy also are finalists for MVP. Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Cowboys wideout CeeDee Lamb are the other two finalists for Offensive Player of the Year.

Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, threw for 3,678 yards and 24 touchdowns and also ran for 821 yards and five scores. He helped the Baltimore Ravens (14-4) finish with the best record in the league and led them to a playoff win over Houston. Jackson received 45 of 50 votes for AP first-team All-Pro.

The Ravens will host the Kansas City Chiefs (13-6) in the AFC championship game on Sunday.

Prescott had 4,516 yards passing, an NFL-best 36 TD passes and a 105.9 passer rating while leading Dallas to an NFC East title. But the Cowboys were eliminated in the wild-card round by Green Bay.

McCaffrey, a unanimous choices for AP All-Pro, led the NFL with 1,459 yards rushing and had 14 rushing TDs for San Francisco. He also had 564 yards receiving for seven scores.

Purdy, McCaffrey and the 49ers (13-5) will host the Detroit Lions (14-5) in the NFC championship game on Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns have finalists in four categories: Myles Garrett for Defensive Player of the Year; Kevin Stefanski for Coach of the Year; Joe Flacco for Comeback Player of the Year; Jim Schwartz for Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Houston Texans have finalists for Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. QB C.J. Stroud and edge rusher Will Anderson Jr., selected back-to-back with the second and third picks in the NFL draft, are aiming to make it two straight years the winners are from the same team. New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson and cornerback Sauce Gardner won the awards in 2022.

The Texans routed the Browns in a wild-card playoff before losing at Baltimore in the divisional round.

Cowboys edge Micah Parsons and cornerback DaRon Bland, Raiders edge Maxx Crosby and Steelers edge T.J. Watt join Garrett as finalists for Defensive Player of the Year.

Watt led the NFL with 19 sacks, Crosby had 14 1/2 and Garrett and Parsons each had 14. Bland set an NFL record with five interception returns for a touchdown.

Lions tight end Sam LaPorta and running back Jahmyr Gibbs, Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua and Falcons running back Bijan Robinson are finalists for Offensive Rookie of the Year along with Stroud.

Eagles defensive tackle Jalen Carter, Rams defensive lineman Kobie Turner, Steelers cornerback Joey Porter Jr. and Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon join Anderson as finalists for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Houston’s DeMeco Ryans, Detroit’s Dan Campbell, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Baltimore’s John Harbaugh are finalists for Coach of the Year along with Stefanski.

Stefanski, the 2020 winner, led the Browns to an 11-6 record despite losing Deshaun Watson and having to use four starting QBs. Ryans took the Texans from the AFC South’s worst to first in his rookie season. Campbell helped Detroit capture its first division title in 30 years. Harbaugh and Shanahan led their teams to No. 1 seeds.

Schwartz guided the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense in his first season as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator. Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and offensive coordinator Todd Monken and Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik also are finalists for Assistant Coach of the Year.

Buccaneers quarterback Baker

Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield, Rams QB Matthew Stafford, Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa and Bills safety Damar Hamlin join Flacco as finalists for Comeback Player of the Year.

This was the second year for the AP’s weighted voting system. Voters chose a top five for MVP and top three for all other awards. For MVP, first-place votes were worth 10 points. Second through fifth-place votes were worth 5, 3, 2 and 1 points.

For all the other awards, first-place votes equaled 5 points, second were 3 and third were 1.

REPORT: PANTHERS TO HIRE BUCS OC CANALES AS HEAD COACH

The Carolina Panthers are closing in on a deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales to make him their new head coach, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Canales’ work with quarterback Baker Mayfield during his first year as an NFL offensive coordinator stood out to the Panthers, per Rapoport. Mayfield threw for 4,044 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while completing 64.3% of his passes this season. The yardage, touchdown, and completion percentage marks all represent career highs for the former No. 1 overall pick.

Overall, Tampa Bay’s offense averaged 313 yards and 20.5 points per game in 2023. Those marks ranked 23rd and 20th, respectively.

Canales spent 2023 with the Buccaneers after working with the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2022. He began his NFL coaching career as a wide receivers coach before acting as Seattle’s quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.

The 42-year-old Canales will now work with 2023 No. 1 pick Bryce Young in Carolina. Young struggled in his first year as a pro, throwing for 2,877 yards with 11 touchdowns against 10 interceptions on 59.8% passing in 16 games.

Canales and new Panthers general manager Dan Morgan both worked for the Seahawks from 2010-17.

JAGUARS GM COMMITS TO LAWRENCE EXTENSION, ALLEN RETURN

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke doesn’t see quarterback Trevor Lawrence or star pass-rusher Josh Allen going anywhere.

Baalke told reporters Thursday that he had “no doubt” that Lawrence, who is eligible for a new deal, was the franchise’s long-term quarterback and that an extension would get signed at some point in the future, according to NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe.

“We’re going to get something done at the appropriate time,” Baalke said, per NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.

On the other side of the ball, Baalke promised that Allen “is going to be a Jaguar next year,” per Wolfe.

Allen is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but has seen his value skyrocket after posting a career-high 17.5 sacks this campaign. Baalke added that negotiations haven’t started yet. The front office will also have the franchise tag at its disposal.

Lawrence is coming off a shaky 2023 campaign in which he threw 21 touchdowns to 14 interceptions and posted an 8-8 record. His play noticeably dropped off down the stretch as he battled injuries. Lawrence threw seven interceptions over his final four games.

“I think Trevor had another learning year,” Baalke mentioned, per Siciliano.

The 2021 No. 1 pick is under contract through 2024, though the Jaguars can also exercise a fifth-year option to keep Lawrence under team control through 2025.

Meanwhile, Baalke expressed less certainty toward the future of wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who is also slated for free agency. Ridley caught 76 balls for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns in 2023.

“We would love to have Calvin back,” Baalke said, according to NFL.com’s Eric Edholm. “We are going to work through that. What that means is, I don’t know right now.”

NFL PREVIEW: WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Below are among the top storylines in the AFC and NFC Conference Championships:

  • Former MVPs, Top Defenses Meet in Baltimore
  • Chiefs Seeking Historic Super Bowl Run
  • Ravens, Jackson Rushing into Championship Game
  • Lions Look for First Super Bowl Berth
  • 49ers Seek Eighth Super Bowl Appearance

AFC Championship: Kansas City (13-6) at Baltimore (14-4) – 3 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC Championship: Detroit (14-5) at San Francisco (13-5) – 6:30 p.m. ET (FOX, FOX Deportes)

FORMER MVPS, TOP DEFENSES MEET IN BALTIMORE

Sunday’s AFC Championship in Baltimore between the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS and BALTIMORE RAVENS will feature former MVP quarterbacks PATRICK MAHOMES and LAMAR JACKSON. Mahomes earned the honor in 2018 and 2022, while Jackson won the award in 2019.

It will mark the fifth Conference Championship Game in NFL history featuring two former MVP quarterbacks and the first in which both quarterbacks are under the age of 30.

The Conference Championships to feature two former MVP quarterbacks in NFL history:

GAMETEAMSROAD QB HOME QBRESULT
2023 AFC ChampionshipKansas City at BaltimorePatrick Mahomes Lamar Jackson???
2020 NFC ChampionshipTampa Bay at Green BayTom Brady Aaron RodgersTB 31, GB 26
2015 AFC ChampionshipNew England at DenverTom Brady Peyton ManningHOFDEN 20, NE 18
2013 AFC ChampionshipNew England at DenverTom Brady Peyton ManningHOFDEN 26, NE 16
1997 NFC ChampionshipGreen Bay at San FranciscoBrett FavreHOF Steve YoungHOFGB 23, SF 10


Each quarterback will be facing one of the top defenses in the league this season. Baltimore led the NFL in scoring defense in the regular season, allowing 16.5 points per game, and in sacks, with 60. Kansas City ranked second in each category, allowing 17.3 points per game and totaling 57 sacks.

Sunday will mark the sixth Championship Game in NFL history featuring the top-two scoring defenses from the regular season and the first since the 2004 AFC Championship Game (New England at Pittsburgh on Jan. 23, 2005).

Sunday’s contest will also be the third Championship Game all-time to feature the two teams with the most regular-season sacks, joining the 2015 AFC Championship (New England at Denver on Jan. 24, 2016) and 2004 NFC Championship (Atlanta at Philadelphia on Jan. 23, 2005)

 CHIEFS SEEKING HISTORIC SUPER BOWL RUN

The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS are appearing in their sixth-consecutive Championship Game, the second-longest streak in NFL history. With a victory on Sunday, the Chiefs will become the third team ever to advance to four Super Bowls in a five-year span, joining the BUFFALO BILLS (1990-93) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2014, 2016-18).

Head coach ANDY REID has led the Chiefs to each of their last three Super Bowls and also brought the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. With a win on Sunday, Reid will become the fourth head coach in NFL history to advance to five-or-more Super Bowls, joining BILL BELICHICK (nine Super Bowl appearances) and Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA (six) and TOM LANDRY (five).

The head coaches to appear in the most Super Bowls in NFL history:

HEAD COACHTEAM(S)SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
Bill BelichickNew England9
Don ShulaHOFBaltimore Colts, Miami6
Tom LandryHOFDallas5
   
Andy ReidPhiladelphia, Kansas City4


Quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has compiled a 13-3 record in his first 16 career postseason starts, totaling 38 touchdown passes and 4,561 passing yards with a 106.7 passer rating.

With a victory in Baltimore, Mahomes will tie Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW (14 postseason wins), JOHN ELWAY (14) and PEYTON MANNING (14) for the third-most postseason wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Only TOM BRADY (35) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (16) have more.

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)PLAYOFF WINS
Tom BradyNew England, Tampa Bay35
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco, Kansas City16
Terry BradshawHOFPittsburgh14
John ElwayHOFDenver14
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis, Denver14
Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay, Minnesota13
Patrick MahomesKansas City13*
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh13
*entering Sunday

Three of Mahomes’ 13 postseason wins have come in the AFC Championship. With a win this week, Mahomes – who will be 28 years and 133 days old on Sunday – will become the youngest quarterback ever to win four Championship Games, surpassing TOM BRADY, who was 30 years and 170 days old when he won his fourth Championship Game.

With two touchdown passes on Sunday, Mahomes will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (40 touchdown passes) for the fifth-most postseason touchdown passes in NFL history. Only TOM BRADY (88 touchdown passes), AARON RODGERS (45) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (45) and BRETT FAVRE (44) have more.

The players with the most postseason touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tom BradyNew England, Tampa Bay88
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco, Kansas City45
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay45
Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay, Minnesota44
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis, Denver40
Patrick MahomesKansas City38*
*entering Sunday

Since the beginning of last year’s postseason, Mahomes has totaled 10 touchdown passes with no interceptions in his past five playoff games. He can become the first quarterback in NFL history without an interception in six consecutive postseason games (minimum 20 attempts in each game).

Tight end TRAVIS KELCE enters Sunday with 145 receptions, 1,694 receiving yards and 18 touchdown receptions in his postseason career, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE all-time in each category. With seven receptions at Baltimore, Kelce will surpass Rice (151 receptions) for the most postseason receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most postseason receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)RECEPTIONS
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco, Oakland Raiders151
Travis KelceKansas City145*
Julian EdelmanNew England118
*entering Sunday  

Last week in the Divisional round, Kelce totaled five receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns, his 12th consecutive postseason game with at least five receptions. With five catches at Baltimore, he will tie JULIAN EDELMAN (13 consecutive games) for the longest streak of postseason games with at least five receptions in NFL history.

Last week also marked Kelce’s fourth career playoff game with multiple touchdown receptions. If he accomplishes the feat again on Sunday, he will join Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (five games) as the only players ever with multiple touchdown receptions in five postseason games.

The players with the most postseason games with multiple touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco, Oakland Raiders5
Rob GronkowskiNew England, Tampa Bay4
Travis KelceKansas City4*
*entering Sunday

 RAVENS, JACKSON RUSHING INTO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The BALTIMORE RAVENS are seeking their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and first since winning Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season.

In the regular season, Baltimore had the league’s top rushing attack, averaging 156.5 yards per game on the ground. With a victory against Kansas City on Sunday, the Ravens will become the fourth team since 1990 and first since SEATTLE in 2014 to lead the league in rushing and make the Super Bowl in the same season.

The teams to appear in the Super Bowl after leading the league in rushing in the regular season since 1990:

SEASONTEAMSUPER BOWLRUSHING YARDS PER GAME
2014SeattleXLIX172.6
1992BuffaloXXVII152.3
1991BuffaloXXVI148.8


In the Divisional playoffs, quarterback LAMAR JACKSON became the first player ever with two touchdown passes, two rushing touchdowns, 100 rushing yards and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in a game. He also has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in three of his five career postseason games.

On Sunday, Jackson can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in four of his first six career postseason contests, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVIS (five games), JOHN RIGGINS (five) and EMMITT SMITH (four) as well as MARSHAWN LYNCH (four).

Jackson has 467 career postseason rushing yards and can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history with 500 career postseason rushing yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (594 rushing yards), JOSH ALLEN (563), RUSSELL WILSON (527) and COLIN KAEPERNICK (507).

The quarterbacks with the most postseason rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMESRUSHING YARDS
Steve YoungHOFSan Francisco22594
Josh AllenBuffalo10563
Russell WilsonSeattle16527
Colin KaepernickSan Francisco6507
Lamar JacksonBaltimore5467*
*entering Sunday

 LIONS LOOK FOR FIRST SUPER BOWL BERTH

The DETROIT LIONS are playing in their second Championship Game in franchise history (1991) and look to make to their first Super Bowl appearance.

Quarterback JARED GOFF is looking to become the fifth starting quarterback to advance to the Super Bowl with multiple franchises, joining TOM BRADY (New England and Tampa Bay), Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (Indianapolis and Denver), CRAIG MORTON (Dallas and Denver) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (St. Louis Rams and Arizona). Goff previously led the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl LIII appearance following the 2018 season.

The starting quarterbacks to advance to the Super Bowl with two franchises:

QUARTERBACKFIRST TEAMSECOND TEAM 
Tom BradyNew EnglandTampa Bay
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolisDenver
Craig MortonDallasDenver
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis RamsArizona


Rookie running back JAHMYR GIBBS recorded 68 scrimmage yards with a rushing touchdown on Super Wild Card Weekend and 114 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the Divisional playoffs. On Sunday, he can become the fourth rookie in NFL history to record a rushing touchdown in three playoff games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT (1977), JAMAL LEWIS (2000) and SONY MICHEL (2018).

Wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN, who recorded seven receptions on Super Wild Card Weekend and eight receptions in the Divisional playoffs, can become the third player in NFL history with at least seven receptions in each of his first three career playoff games, joining MICHAEL THOMAS and WES WELKER.

Rookie tight end SAM LAPORTA had nine receptions in the Divisional round, the most receptions by a rookie tight end in a playoff game in NFL history, and has the most receptions by a rookie tight end (12) in postseason history.

With six receptions in the NFC Championship Game, LaPorta can surpass AUSTIN COLLIE (17 in 2009) for the fourth-most postseason receptions by a rookie in NFL history.

The rookies with the most postseason receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRECEPTIONS
Ja’Marr ChaseCincinnati202125
Joseph AddaiIndianapolis200622
Torry HoltSt. Louis Rams199920
Austin CollieIndianapolis200917
Sam LaPortaDetroit202312*
*entering Sunday

Including the postseason, LaPorta has totaled 98 receptions for 968 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. On Sunday, he can join JA’MARR CHASE (2021) as the only rookies all-time with at least 100 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions, including the postseason.

Defensive end AIDAN HUTCHINSON recorded one sack in the Divisional playoffs and two sacks on Super Wild Card Weekend, his first two career playoff games. With two sacks against San Francisco, he would become the third player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least five sacks in his first three career playoff games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT (6.5 sacks) and LAMARR WOODLEY (six).

49ERS SEEK 8TH SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE

The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS have appeared in four of the past five NFC Championship Games (2019, 2021-23) and, including Sunday, have 19 Championship Game appearances, the most among all NFL clubs.

The 49ers are seeking to become the fifth franchise with eight Super Bowl appearances, joining NEW ENGLAND (11 Super Bowls), DALLAS (eight), DENVER (eight) and PITTSBURGH (eight).

Quarterback BROCK PURDY, who started and won in the Divisional playoffs last week and recorded two wins as a rookie starting quarterback during the 2022 postseason, can become the fourth starting quarterback to win four playoff games in his first two career seasons in NFL history, joining BEN ROETHLISBERGER (five wins), MARK SANCHEZ (four) and RUSSELL WILSON (four).

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in their first two seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMPLAYOFF WINS
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh5
Mark SanchezN.Y. Jets4
Russell WilsonSeattle4
   
Brock PurdySan Francisco San Francisco3*
*entering Sunday

Running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY totaled 128 scrimmage yards (98 rushing, 30 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the Divisional playoffs and has recorded at least 50 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his first five career playoff games.

On Sunday against Detroit, McCaffrey can become the third player in NFL history with at least 50 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his first six career playoff games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLEN (first seven playoff games) and TERRELL DAVIS (seven).

The players with at least 50 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the most consecutive games to begin a postseason career in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Marcus AllenHOFL.A. Raiders7 (Jan. 8, 1983 – Jan. 5, 1986)
Terrell DavisHOFDenver7 (Jan. 4, 1997 – Jan. 17, 1999)
Larry FitzgeraldArizona5 (Jan. 3, 2009 – Jan. 10, 2010)
Curtis MartinHOFNew England, N.Y. Jets5 (Jan. 5, 1997 – Jan. 17, 1999)
Christian McCaffreyCarolina, San Francisco5* (Jan. 7, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2024)
Randy MossHOFMinnesota5 (Jan. 10, 1999 – Jan. 6, 2001)
*active streak

RAVENS’ JOHN HARBAUGH HUNGRY TO BREAK ANDY REID’S HEX ON ASSISTANTS

John Harbaugh is 1-4 against Kansas City since his former boss, Andy Reid, became head coach of the Chiefs.

Sunday afternoon is another chance for the pupil to get the better of his teacher, and with the AFC Championship on the line.

Harbaugh has been the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens since 2008. He was hired away from Reid’s coaching staff in Philadelphia, where he served as special teams coach and secondary coach of the Eagles.

“I think it’s pretty cool. I look back to those years and you think about all the great coaches that were on the staff that Andy assembled and mentored, taught us all so much,” Harbaugh said. “We were a close group of guys. A staff that loved each other.”

The final coaching staff Harbaugh was part of with the Eagles included current Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and current Kansas City special teams coach Dave Toub as well as former Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, former Vikings coach Brad Childress and former Browns and Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.

Harbaugh was not hired, but inherited, by Reid with the Eagles and retained him from predecessor Ray Rhodes’ coaching staff. Before Reid was fired in Philadelphia, he was 1-1 against Harbaugh and the Ravens.

But wins and losses aren’t what Harbaugh said he’ll ultimately take away from his competitions with Reid. He’ll always associate the affable coach with winning and an uncommon level of grace and humanity for the coaching business.

“One of the things — I tell this story a lot — one of the things with Andy,” Harbaugh recalled this week. “He had this 3×5 card behind his desk on his bulletin board. It said, ‘Don’t judge.’ I got the nerve to ask him about it one time, and he just basically (told us) it was a Biblical principle. Take people where they’re at. Assume the best. Try to communicate with everybody on equal terms. I’ve never forgotten that.”

This is the first time the coaches have met in a playoff game. For Reid, it’s his sixth consecutive trip to the conference championship with the Chiefs. Harbaugh is appearing in his fourth.

In five previous playoff games against former assistants, Reid is 5-0. He beat Buffalo’s Sean McDermott for the third time last week and has wins over Childress (Vikings, 2008) and Doug Pederson (Jaguars, last season).

“He knows the whole game,” Reid said of Harbaugh. “He was a great special teams coach, a great secondary coach and he’s been a great head coach. Very proud of him and all he’s done and accomplished.”

2024 NFL MOCK DRAFT-TOP 200

1. QB CALEB WILLIAMS, USC

2. WR MARVIN HARRISON JR., OHIO STATE

3. QB DRAKE MAYE, N CAROLINA

4. WR MALIK NABERS, LSU

5. T JOE ALT, NOTRE DAME

6. TE BROCK BOWERS, GEORGIA

7. WR ROME ODUNZE, WASHINGTON

8. CB COOPER DEJEAN, IOWA

9. T OLUMUYIWA FASHANU, PENN STATE

10. DI JER’ZHAN NEWTON, ILLINOIS

11. QB JAYDEN DANIELS, LSU

12. T TALIESE FUAGA, OREGON ST

13. CB NATE WIGGINS, CLEMSON

14. EDGE DALLAS TURNER, ALABAMA

15. EDGE JARED VERSE, FLORIDA ST

16. CB TERRION ARNOLD, ALABAMA

17. T JC LATHAM, ALABAMA

18. EDGE LAIATU LATU, UCLA

19. CB KOOL-AID MCKINSTRY, ALABAMA

20. QB MICHAEL PENIX JR., WASHINGTON

21. WR BRIAN THOMAS JR., LSU

22. QB BO NIX, OREGON

23. T AMARIUS MIMS, GEORGIA

24. EDGE CHRIS BRASWELL, ALABAMA

25. EDGE BRALEN TRICE, WASHINGTON

26. WR TROY FRANKLIN, OREGON

27. CB ENNIS RAKESTRAW JR., MISSOURI

28. T JORDAN MORGAN, ARIZONA

29. S KAMREN KINCHENS, MIAMI FL

30. S TYLER NUBIN, MINNESOTA

31. WR LADD MCCONKEY, GEORGIA

32. CB KAMARI LASSITER, GEORGIA

33. DI LEONARD TAYLOR III, MIAMI FL

34. WR DEVONTEZ WALKER, N CAROLINA

35. T TROY FAUTANU, WASHINGTON

36. T GRAHAM BARTON, DUKE

37. EDGE JONAH ELLISS, UTAH

38. CB QUINYON MITCHELL, TOLEDO

39. WR KEON COLEMAN, FLORIDA ST

40. CB T.J. TAMPA, IOWA STATE

41. WR ADONAI MITCHELL, TEXAS

42. WR XAVIER LEGETTE, S CAROLINA

43. T KIRAN AMEGADJIE, YALE

44. DI BYRON MURPHY II, TEXAS

45. S CALEN BULLOCK, USC

46. WR JERMAINE BURTON, ALABAMA

47. CB KALEN KING, PENN STATE

48. DI KRIS JENKINS, MICHIGAN

49. T TYLER GUYTON, OKLAHOMA

50. EDGE CHOP ROBINSON, PENN STATE

51. WR XAVIER WORTHY, TEXAS

52. DI BRANDON DORLUS, OREGON

53. CB JOSH NEWTON, TCU

54. T PATRICK PAUL, HOUSTON

55. WR JA’LYNN POLK, WASHINGTON

56. C JACKSON POWERS-JOHNSON, OREGON

57. QB J.J. MCCARTHY, MICHIGAN

58. RB JONATHON BROOKS, TEXAS

59. TE JA’TAVION SANDERS, TEXAS

60. EDGE ADISA ISAAC, PENN STATE

61. DI MEKHI WINGO, LSU

62. CB D.J. JAMES, AUBURN

63. C ZACH FRAZIER, W VIRGINIA

64. LB EDGERRIN COOPER, TEXAS A&M

65. DI T’VONDRE SWEAT, TEXAS

66. LB JEREMIAH TROTTER JR., CLEMSON

67. WR BRENDEN RICE, USC

68. T KINGSLEY SUAMATAIA, BYU

69. LB PAYTON WILSON, NC STATE

70. CB CAELEN CARSON, WAKE

71. S SIONE VAKI, UTAH

72. WR RICKY PEARSALL, FLORIDA

73. DI RUKE ORHORHORO, CLEMSON

74. LB JUNIOR COLSON, MICHIGAN

75. QB MICHAEL PRATT, TULANE

76. WR JALEN MCMILLAN, WASHINGTON

77. G CHRISTIAN HAYNES, UCONN

78. S JAVON BULLARD, GEORGIA

79. DI DEWAYNE CARTER, DUKE

80. EDGE JAVON SOLOMON, TROY

81. RB TREY BENSON, FLORIDA ST

82. CB MIKE SAINRISTIL, MICHIGAN

83. WR JOHNNY WILSON, FLORIDA ST

84. LB MARIST LIUFAU, NOTRE DAME

85. WR ROMAN WILSON, MICHIGAN

86. S TYKEE SMITH, GEORGIA

87. G CHRISTIAN MAHOGANY, BOSTON COL

88. WR TORY HORTON, COLO STATE

89. S JAHDAE BARRON, TEXAS

90. EDGE GABRIEL MURPHY, UCLA

91. DI BRADEN FISKE, FLORIDA ST

92. WR JAMARI THRASH, LOUISVILLE

93. G TATE RATLEDGE, GEORGIA

94. RB BLAKE CORUM, MICHIGAN

95. WR MALACHI CORLEY, W KENTUCKY

96. CB JARRIAN JONES, FLORIDA ST

97. EDGE MARSHAWN KNEELAND, W MICHIGAN

98. DI MCKINNLEY JACKSON, TEXAS A&M

99. G COOPER BEEBE, KANSAS ST

100. WR JACOB COWING, ARIZONA

101. QB SPENCER RATTLER, S CAROLINA

102. DI MAASON SMITH, LSU

103. WR AINIAS SMITH, TEXAS A&M

104. CB NEHEMIAH PRITCHETT, AUBURN

105. RB BUCKY IRVING, OREGON

106. T MATT GONCALVES, PITTSBURGH

107. T DOMINICK PUNI, KANSAS

108. WR JAVON BAKER, UCF

109. RB AUDRIC ESTIME, NOTRE DAME

110. CB KHYREE JACKSON, OREGON

111. EDGE DARIUS ROBINSON, MISSOURI

112. C SEDRICK VAN PRAN, GEORGIA

113. RB RAY DAVIS, KENTUCKY

114. DI MICHAEL HALL JR., OHIO STATE

115. TE CADE STOVER, OHIO STATE

116. RB MARSHAWN LLOYD, USC

117. G ZAK ZINTER, MICHIGAN

118. S JADEN HICKS, WASH STATE

119. T BLAKE FISHER, NOTRE DAME

120. DI TYLER DAVIS, CLEMSON

121. RB JAYLEN WRIGHT, TENNESSEE

122. EDGE GRAYSON MURPHY, UCLA

123. RB WILL SHIPLEY, CLEMSON

124. EDGE JUSTIN EBOIGBE, ALABAMA

125. CB JABBAR MUHAMMAD, WASHINGTON

126. RB BRAELON ALLEN, WISCONSIN

127. S BEAU BRADE, MARYLAND

128. EDGE NELSON CEASER, HOUSTON

129. WR MARCUS ROSEMY-JACKSAINT, GEORGIA

130. T SATAOA LAUMEA, UTAH

131. S MALIK MUSTAPHA, WAKE

132. QB JORDAN TRAVIS, FLORIDA ST

133. LB JD BERTRAND, NOTRE DAME

134. TE AJ BARNER, MICHIGAN

135. EDGE MOHAMED KAMARA, COLO STATE

136. DI JORDAN JEFFERSON, LSU

137. C DRAKE NUGENT, MICHIGAN

138. DI NAZIR STACKHOUSE, GEORGIA

139. EDGE BRAIDEN MCGREGOR, MICHIGAN

140. CB MAX MELTON, RUTGERS

141. TE THEO JOHNSON, PENN STATE

142. RB DYLAN LAUBE, NEW HAMP

143. T JAVON FOSTER, MISSOURI

144. WR LUKE MCCAFFREY, RICE

145. RB KIMANI VIDAL, TROY

146. T ISAIAH ADAMS, ILLINOIS

147. CB JOHNNY DIXON, PENN STATE

148. TE DALLIN HOLKER, COLO STATE

149. LB TOMMY EICHENBERG, OHIO STATE

150. RB JO’QUAVIOUS MARKS, MISS STATE

151. C BEAUX LIMMER, ARKANSAS

152. DI JUSTIN ROGERS, AUBURN

153. CB KRIS ABRAMS-DRAINE, MISSOURI

154. RB CODY SCHRADER, MISSOURI

155. QB JOE MILTON III, TENNESSEE

156. T MARQUES COX, KENTUCKY

157. CB KAMAL HADDEN, TENNESSEE

158. TE BEN SINNOTT, KANSAS ST

159. WR DE’CORIAN CLARK, UTSA

160. S JAMES WILLIAMS, MIAMI FL

161. G TREVOR KEEGAN, MICHIGAN

162. LB EDEFUAN ULOFOSHIO, WASHINGTON

163. T JONAH MONHEIM, USC

164. S COLE BISHOP, UTAH

165. EDGE AUSTIN BOOKER, KANSAS

166. DI MARCUS HARRIS, AUBURN

167. S JAYLIN SIMPSON, AUBURN

168. T LADARIUS HENDERSON, MICHIGAN

169. EDGE BRENNAN JACKSON, WASH STATE

170. CB CAM HART, NOTRE DAME

171. WR MOOSE MUHAMMAD III, TEXAS A&M

172. T NATHAN THOMAS, LA LAFAYET

173. CB ANDRU PHILLIPS, KENTUCKY

174. EDGE CEDRIC JOHNSON, OLE MISS

175. TE JAHEIM BELL, FLORIDA ST

176. LB CEDRIC GRAY, N CAROLINA

177. WR BRU MCCOY, TENNESSEE

178. T ETHAN DRISKELL, MARSHALL

179. G JAVION COHEN, MIAMI FL

180. RB FRANK GORE JR., SO MISS

181. EDGE JAYLEN HARRELL, MICHIGAN

182. RB JASE MCCLELLAN, ALABAMA

183. LB MICHAEL BARRETT, MICHIGAN

184. EDGE JASHEEN DAVIS, WAKE

185. T ANDREW COKER, TCU

186. QB TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, MARYLAND

187. RB MIYAN WILLIAMS, OHIO STATE

188. WR DOMINIC LOVETT, GEORGIA

189. LB TY’RON HOPPER, MISSOURI

190. S JALEN GREEN, MISS STATE

191. T BRANDON COLEMAN, TCU

192. DI KEITH RANDOLPH JR., ILLINOIS

193. WR MALIK WASHINGTON, VIRGINIA

194. LB JAYLAN FORD, TEXAS

195. CB WILLIE ROBERTS, LA TECH

196. WR ZAKHARI FRANKLIN, OLE MISS

197. QB SAM HARTMAN, NOTRE DAME

198. RB TAHJ BROOKS, TEXAS TECH

199. TE TANNER MCLACHLAN, ARIZONA

200. CB SEBASTIAN CASTRO, IOWA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

REPORT: PATS WR KAYSHON BOUTTE ARRESTED ON ILLEGAL BETTING CHARGE

New England Patriots wide receiver Kayshon Boutte has been arrested on charges related to illegal online gaming while he was at LSU, Louisiana State Police said Thursday.

Boutte, 21, created a fraudulent online account, using an alias, police said in a news release, which detailed the volume of bets placed from that account.

“Between April 6, 2022, and May 7, 2023, the alias account believed to be used by Boutte placed over 8,900 wagers,” police said. “Of the 8,900 wagers, at least seventeen were on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football games, with at least six of those wagers on LSU football.”

Boutte turned himself in on a felony charge of computer fraud and a misdemeanor count of gaming prohibited for persons under 21. He was booked at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

TV station and then immediately released after posting a $6,000 bond, per a report from television station WAFB. The report said the wagers and payouts of the bets reached “several hundred thousand dollars.”

LSU issued a statement on the matter Thursday.

“In July 2023, LSU was made aware of allegations regarding a former student-athlete’s improper conduct related to sports gambling while enrolled at the University. Since then, we have fully cooperated with all relevant authorities involved in the investigation and will continue to do so. We have no evidence that any other student-athletes participated in these prohibited activities, and we are grateful for measures that detect and discourage sports gambling related misconduct.”

A source told WAFB that Boutte never bet “against himself” or his actions in LSU games.

Boutte played for three seasons at LSU from 2020-22, catching 131 passes for 1,782 yards and 16 touchdowns in 27 games.

The Patriots drafted him in the sixth round in 2023 and he appeared in five NFL games, catching two passes for 19 yards.

TRANSFER QB JAYDEN DE LAURA LEAVES TEXAS STATE

Transfer quarterback Jayden de Laura has left Texas State, one week after enrolling.

The school confirmed in a brief statement that de Laura withdrew, and the news came soon after de Laura settled a lawsuit regarding an alleged sexual assault case from 2018.

de Laura, one of two people sued in the 2021 civil case, was a minor when the alleged incident occurred in Hawaii, where he went to high school. He went on to play at Washington State and Arizona, and he entered the transfer portal this month after losing his starting job with the Wildcats.

As news of the settlement spread via the Texas State student newspaper, de Laura and the case drew attention, with students planning a Friday protest over his addition to the team.

Head coach G.J. Kinne told the campus publication that his staff reviewed the quarterback’s past before offering him a spot on the team.

“First, Jayden never pled guilty or was convicted of criminal charges, and he recently settled a civil case from an incident that occurred in 2018 when he was a minor in the state of Hawaii,” said Kinne in a statement before news of de Laura’s withdrawal. “During the recruitment process, our coaching staff visited with several of Jayden’s former coaches from his two previous schools, Washington State University and the University of Arizona, as well as others that know him closely. Each person not only spoke highly of his character but how he has developed into the man he is today.”

de Laura was projected to start at quarterback for Texas State, and after his commitment, incumbent starter T.J. Finley said he intended to transfer.

Finley, who was 8-5 in 2023 as the Bobcats’ starter, has transferred to Western Kentucky. It will be his fourth program after also playing at LSU and Auburn.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

JORDAN POPE HITS 3-POINTER AT BUZZER, OREGON STATE BEATS NO. 9 ARIZONA 83-80

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Pope hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Oregon State an 83-80 victory over No. 9 Arizona on Thursday night, with the Beavers’ fans storming the court to celebrate the upset.

Pope scored 31 points and made four 3-pointers in the second half, none bigger than the 22-footer from the left wing as time expired.

Pelle Larson made two free throws for Arizona (14-5, 5-3 Pac-12) to tie it at 80 with 11.2 seconds left. Oregon State (10-9, 2-6) elected not to call a timeout, trusting Pope to deliver on the final shot.

The Beavers snapped a five-game losing streak. Arizona fell to 1-3 in conference road games and is dropped into a tie for second place in the conference, a game behind Oregon.

Tyler Bilodeau added 22 points for Oregon State.

Caleb Love led Arizona with 23 points. Keshad Johnson had 18 and Larsson 17.

Bilodeau’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run that gave Oregon State its biggest lead, at 77-68 with 2:27 remaining. Love responded with a four-point play to keep Arizona within range.

The Beavers, who trailed by 12 points in the first half, overcame a 44-36 halftime deficit with clutch shooting. Oregon State had 12 3-pointers to just three for Arizona.

Arizona made eight of its first 11 shots and led 21-9 less than seven minutes into the game. But the Wildcats were unable to extend their lead.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats continue to struggle in Pac-12 road games, dropping to 1-3. Arizona has a huge test Saturday at first-place Oregon. Arizona is the only Pac-12 team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.

Oregon State: Since beating Southern California at home Dec. 30, the Beavers had struggled, especially on the road. But the win over Arizona should be a major confidence boost.

UP NEXT

Arizona: At Oregon on Sunday.

Oregon State: Host Arizona State on Sunday.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA GETS PAST NO. 9 LSU

Chloe Kitts scored 14 points as No. 1 South Carolina remained undefeated and held off an upset bid by No. 9 LSU to win 76-70 in front of an announced crowd of 13,205 fans on Thursday night in Baton Rouge, La.

South Carolina (18-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) extended its road winning streak to 28 games. LSU (18-3, 5-2), which hasn’t beaten the AP No. 1 team since 2008, saw its 29-game home winning streak end.

The Gamecocks also got 13 points and nine rebounds from Raven Johnson, 12 points and six assists from Te-Hina Paopao, 11 points and eight boards from Kamilla Cardoso and 10 points from Bree Hall.

Aneesah Morrow led the Tigers with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Angel Reese had 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists before fouling out. Hailey Van Lith added 13 points, Mikaylah Williams chipped in 12 points and six assists, and Flau’jae Johnson scored 10.

No. 7 North Carolina State 71, Clemson 49

Madison Hayes recorded 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Wolfpack past the Tigers.

Mimi Collins scored 14 points and Saniya Rivers added 13 points, seven steals and five assists for NC State (17-2, 5-2 ACC). The Wolfpack held a 43-30 rebounding advantage while winning for the third time in four games.

Ruby Whitehorn had 11 points and four steals for Clemson (8-12, 1-7), which has lost seven straight games. Amari Robinson and Mackenzie Kramer added 10 points apiece.

No. 12 Ohio State 67, Illinois 59

Jacy Sheldon scored 25 points and the Buckeyes won their sixth straight game by knocking off the Fighting Illini at Champaign, Ill.

Cotie McMahon had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten), which followed up its takedown of then-No. 2 Iowa on Sunday. Celeste Taylor added 14 points for the Buckeyes.

Makira Cook had 16 points and Genesis Bryant added 14 for Illinois (8-10, 2-6). Kendall Bostic scored 13 points and collected 18 rebounds for the Illini, who lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

No. 22 Syracuse 79, No. 15 Notre Dame 65

Dyaisha Fair scored 25 points at South Bend, Ind., as the Orange earned a road win over the Fighting Irish for the first time in 20 all-time visits.

Alaina Rice added 19 points and eight rebounds as Syracuse (17-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its sixth consecutive game and also recorded a regular-season sweep of Notre Dame for the first time. Syracuse notched an 86-81 home victory on Dec. 31.

Georgia Woolley added 12 points and nine rebounds and Kyra Wood had 13 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Orange. Fair raised her career point total to 3,085 and stands eight points behind ninth-place Rachel Banham of Minnesota on the all-time Division I scoring list.

Hannah Hidalgo scored 23 points for Notre Dame (14-4, 5-3), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Sonia Citron had 14 points but shot just 4-for-17, while Maddy Westbeld added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Irish.

Notre Dame shot just 33.3 percent from the field. The Irish were 6 of 14 in the first quarter before going 15 of 49 (30.6 percent) the rest of the way.

No. 17 Gonzaga 82, Santa Clara 45

Yvonne Ejim had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs routed the host Broncos.

Maud Huijbens scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting as the Bulldogs (19-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference) won their 13th straight contest. Kaylynne Truong scored 14 points and Brynna Maxwell and Kayleigh Truong added 12 points apiece for Gonzaga, which held a 43-22 rebounding edge.

Tess Heal scored 22 points for Santa Clara (15-6, 3-3). The Broncos have lost to Gonzaga twice this month by an average of 37.5 points.

No. 18 Louisville 88, Boston College 60

Kiki Jefferson scored a season-high 27 points and added seven rebounds to help the host Cardinals roll past the Eagles.

Freshman Elif Istanbulluoglu had a career-best 11 points off the bench as Louisville (17-3, 6-1 ACC) won for the seventh time in eight games. Olivia Cochran added 10 points for the Cardinals.

Teya Sidberry scored 12 points for Boston College (11-10, 3-5), which lost for the fourth time in the past six games. T’yana Todd and Dontavia Waggoner had 11 points apiece and Nene Ndiaye contributed 10 points for the Eagles.

No. 19 Virginia Tech 87, Georgia Tech 69

Elizabeth Kitley had 29 points and nine rebounds to help the Hokies top the Yellow Jackets in Blacksburg, Va.

In her return from a one-game absence due to a concussion, Georgia Amoore aided Virginia Tech (15-4, 6-2 ACC) in a big way, totaling 24 points and 13 assists. Olivia Summiel added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hokies. Virginia Tech shot 55.4 percent from the floor, racked up 20 assists and won the rebounding battle 37-25.

Tonie Morgan scored a career-best 26 points to lead Georgia Tech (13-7, 4-4), while Rusne Augustinaite chipped in 17 points.

No. 20 North Carolina 66, Miami 61

Deja Kelly scored 18 points to help the Tar Heels slip past the Hurricanes in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Maria Gakdeng added 13 points, Alyssa Ustby contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds and Lexi Donarski also had 12 points for North Carolina (15-5, 7-1 ACC). Reniya Kelly had 10 points as the Tar Heels won their fourth straight game.

Shayeann Day-Wilson made five treys while scoring 18 points for Miami (12-6, 2-5). Jaida Patrick added 10 for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of their past seven games.

Duke 88, No. 23 Florida State 46

Taina Mair scored 18 points as the Blue Devils upset the Seminoles in Durham, N.C.

Mair also collected seven rebounds and five assists — and didn’t turn the ball over — as Duke (13-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) got its second win of the season over a ranked opponent. The Blue Devil also received 13 points and five assists from Ashlon Jackson and 11 points and five blocks from Kennedy Brown.

It was the third consecutive defeat for Florida State (14-7, 5-4), which was powered by Ta’Niya Latson’s 15 points.

After trading buckets to open the game, Duke closed the first quarter on a 12-4 run and ended the second frame on a 15-3 run. The Blue Devils sealed the win by opening the fourth quarter on a 16-0 run.

It’s the third-largest margin of victory for Duke this season and its largest over a power-conference opponent. The Seminoles shot a season-worst 22.4 percent from the floor in their biggest loss of the season. The Blue Devils also grabbed a season-high 58 rebounds, winning the margin on the glass by 23.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: KINGS EKE OUT WIN OVER WARRIORS

Harrison Barnes exploded for a career-high 39 points against his old team, then contributed a crucial block in the final seconds as the Sacramento Kings held on for a 134-133 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in San Francisco.

The thriller capped a 2-2 season series between the Northern California rivals, with the last three games each decided by one point. The Warriors also beat the Kings in a seven-game, first-round playoff series last April.

Domantas Sabonis finished with 18 points, a game-high 13 assists and eight rebounds while De’Aaron Fox scored 29 points for the Kings, who won their second game in a row.

Stephen Curry paced Golden State with 33 points. Jonathan Kuminga scored 31 as the Warriors lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Celtics 143, Heat 110

Jayson Tatum scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Boston made 22 3-pointers and shot 63.7 percent from the floor en route to a victory at Miami.

The Celtics hit 51 of their 80 field-goal attempts, including 22 of 40 shots from behind the 3-point arc. Each Boston starter made at least three 3-pointers and all five scored in double figures. Kristaps Porzingis scored 19 but left the game in the third quarter because of a left ankle injury.

Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro each scored 19 for Miami, and Jimmy Butler added 17.

Knicks 122, Nuggets 84

OG Anunoby scored 26 points and Jalen Brunson added 21 as New York extended its winning streak to five games by defeating visiting Denver.

Quentin Grimes matched his season high with 19 points and Julius Randle added 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for New York, which held the defending NBA champions to a season-low point total and improved to 11-2 over its past 13 games.

Nikola Jokic provided the bulk of Denver’s offense with 31 points. He also pulled down 11 rebounds.

Timberwolves 96, Nets 94

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points and found Rudy Gobert for the tiebreaking dunk with 58.1 seconds left as Minnesota survived a shaky fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn in New York.

Towns made 12 of 15 shots and also grabbed 10 rebounds as the Timberwolves won for the sixth time in eight games. Anthony Edwards added 24 points.

Cam Thomas scored 25 and Mikal Bridges added 21 for Brooklyn, which lost for the 12th time in 14 games.

Pacers 134, 76ers 122

Pascal Siakam recorded his sixth career triple-double, collecting 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as Indiana beat Philadelphia in Indianapolis.

Myles Turner had 20 points and nine rebounds and Andrew Nembhard had 19 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who benefited from seven players scoring in double digits.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid had 31 points through three quarters before sitting out the fourth, hours after he was named to his seventh NBA All-Star Game. Tyrese Maxey added 22 points for the 76ers, whose six-game winning streak ended while playing without Tobias Harris (illness).

Jazz 123, Wizards 108

Lauri Markkanen and John Collins had big nights to help Utah snap a three-game losing streak with a road win over Washington.

Markkanen scored 29 points, sinking six 3-pointers, and Collins totaled 22 points and 16 rebounds as Utah improved to 1-2 on its six-game road trip.

The Wizards took their sixth consecutive loss and 12th in 13 games on the same day that the organization relieved Wes Unseld Jr. of his coaching duties and named top assistant Brian Keefe interim head coach. Kyle Kuzma led Washington with 26 points.

Lakers 141, Bulls 132

D’Angelo Russell made a season-high eight 3-pointers and scored 29 points to lead Los Angeles to a high-octane victory over visiting Chicago.

LeBron James added 25 points and 12 assists after missing one game due to an ankle injury. Anthony Davis recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds and Austin Reaves had 20 points and eight assists for the Lakers, who won for the fourth time in six games.

DeMar DeRozan registered

DeMar DeRozan registered 32 points and 10 assists and Coby White added 25 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, who dropped to 0-2 on a three-game road trip.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: CONNOR MCDAVID LEADS OILERS TO 15TH STRAIGHT WIN

Connor McDavid scored two goals and had an assist and backup goalie Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots, including a penalty shot for his first shutout of the season, as the Edmonton Oilers extended their franchise-record win streak to 15 games with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

The 15-game win streak tied the New York Islanders (1981-82) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (2012-13) for the third longest in NHL history. Pittsburgh holds the record with a 17-gamer in 1992-93 while Columbus had a 16-game win streak in 2016-17.

It was the fifth career shutout and first since 2018 for Pickard, who was making his 100th career NHL start. The Oilers have allowed two goals or fewer in 13 consecutive games.

McDavid had his 53rd career multi-goal game while extending his home point streak to 17 games. Leon Draisaitl finished with three assists and Zach Hyman also scored for Edmonton.

Petr Mrazek finished with 31 saves for Chicago, which tied its franchise record with its 19th straight road loss set in 2004. The Blackhawks’ last road win came on Nov. 9 at Tampa Bay, 5-3.

Stars 4, Ducks 3 (OT)

Thomas Harley scored 38 seconds into overtime and Miro Heiskanen had the tying goal in the third period as Dallas rallied to beat Anaheim for the 11th straight time.

Matt Duchene and Craig Smith also scored goals and Jake Oettinger made 18 saves for the Stars. Heiskanen had missed the previous 10 games with a lower-body injury.

Urho Vaakanainen, Troy Terry and Jakob Silfverberg scored for the Ducks. John Gibson had 40 saves for Anaheim, which dropped to 3-7-1 since Dec. 29. Silfverberg had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, while Isac Lundestrom had two assists.

Hurricanes 3, Devils 2

Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and assist as Carolina used early momentum to beat New Jersey in Raleigh, N.C.

Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won three of their past four games. Antti Raanta made 23 saves.

Justin Dowling scored in his Devils debut, and Jester Bratt also tallied. Nico Daws stopped nine of 12 shots before he was replaced after Carolina’s third goal early in the second period. Vitek Vanecek entered and stopped all 11 shots he faced. Devils coach Lindy Ruff was hit in the face by a puck in the second period and missed the third period, with associate coach Travis Green taking charge.

Lightning 6, Coyotes 3

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and two assists, Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist to eclipse 1,100 career points, and Tampa Bay won its sixth straight home game over Arizona.

Mitchell Chaffee recorded his first career goal, and Brayden Point scored and added an assist. Darren Raddysh and Luke Glendening also scored. Anthony Cirelli notched an assist in his 400th career game, while goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 17 shots.

Arizona’s Clayton Keller produced a goal and an assist. Sean Durzi and Lawson Crouse scored for the Coyotes, who were outscored 12-5 in back-to-back losses to the Florida Panthers and Lightning in the Sunshine State swing.

Canadiens 4, Islanders 3

Sean Monahan’s second goal of the night broke a tie with 2:12 remaining and host Montreal spoiled a visit from franchise legend Patrick Roy, New York’s recently named coach.

The Canadiens took a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Nick Suzuki, Cole Caulfield and Monahan. Sam Montembeault made 43 saves as the Canadiens snapped a three-game skid.

Bo Horvat, Mathew Barzal and Kyle Palmieri scored as New York fell to 1-2-0 under Roy, the Canadiens legend who replaced Lane Lambert as coach. Barzal, Palmieri and Horvat also each had an assist for New York, which is mired in an 1-5-1 rut. Noah Dobson contributed three assists, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 22 shots.

Red Wings 3, Flyers 0

Alex Lyon made 30 saves while leading Detroit to a home win over Philadelphia.

It was the third career shutout for Lyon and his second since joining Detroit as a free agent last summer. Dylan Larkin, Moritz Seider and Andrew Copp scored the goals for the Red Wings, who improved to 8-2-1 in their past 11 games. Lucas Raymond notched two assists.

Despite holding a 30-17 advantage in shots, Philadelphia dropped its fourth consecutive game, all in regulation. Samuel Ersson stopped 14 shots.

Bruins 3, Senators 2 (OT)

Brad Marchand scored the deciding goal at 1:48 of overtime as visiting Boston beat Ottawa.

After Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman made his 35th and final save on a shot by Tim Stutzle at the opposite end of the ice, Charlie Coyle sent a cross-ice pass to Marchand for a snapshot to win the game.

Thomas Chabot scored before assisting on Vladimir Tarasenko’s game-tying tally with 3:18 left in the third period for Ottawa, which was 3-0-1 in its previous four games.

Predators 3, Wild 2

Nashville scored all three of its goals in the third period and held on to beat Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn.

Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville, which snapped a two-game skid. Alexandre Carrier and Filip Forsberg also scored for the Predators, and Ryan O’Reilly recorded two assists.

Joel Eriksson Ek and Matt Boldy each scored a goal for Minnesota. Kirill Kaprizov had two assists for the Wild, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Blue Jackets 5, Flames 2

Alexandre Texier’s second-period short-handed goal sparked visiting Columbus past Calgary.

Yegor Chinakhov, Damon Severson and Adam Fantilli all collected one goal and one assist and Dmitri Voronkov scored once for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game skid. Goaltender Daniil Tarasov made 28 saves to net the win for the Blue Jackets, who sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.

MacKenzie Weegar and Connor Zary scored for the Flames, who have lost four straight games, all in regulation and all at home. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots.

TENNIS NEWS

JANNIK SINNER OUSTS NOVAK DJOKOVIC IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMIS

Jannik Sinner is through to his first career Grand Slam final, and he got there in style.

The fourth-seeded Italian upset top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-3 in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Friday in Melbourne.

Sinner, 22, moves on to oppose either third-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia or sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany in the title match on Sunday.

Sinner’s best previous result in a major tournament was an appearance at the Wimbledon semifinals last year. He also lost to Djokovic in the championship match of the year-end ATP Finals last November after beating Djokovic in the round-robin portion of the event.

Djokovic, 36, was chasing his 11th Australian Open title. He hadn’t lost a match in Melbourne since 2018, winning four of the next five titles and missing out only in 2022 when he was deported from Australia for being unvaccinated against COVID-19.

Last year, Djokovic won the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open, missing out on a calendar-year Grand Slam only by falling in the Wimbledon final in a five-set match against Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz.

Sinner rolled through the first two sets Friday, never facing a break point. Djokovic saved the lone break point of the third set in the opening game. Sinner had a match point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker, but Djokovic won that point and the next two to extend the match.

Sinner broke serve for a 3-1 lead in the fourth set, then served out the 3-hour, 22-minute match.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORTS: D-BACKS, JOC PEDERSON AGREE ON 1-YEAR DEAL

The Arizona Diamondbacks and free agent outfielder Joc Pederson agreed on a one-year, $9.5 million deal that includes a mutual option for 2025, according to multiple reports Thursday night.

The Arizona Republic reported that the deal includes a $3 million buyout for the $14 million option.

Pederson, 31, could add some power to the middle of the Diamondbacks’ lineup if he can return to form. He hit .235 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs in 121 games last season for San Francisco after being named a National League All-Star in 2022, when he hit .274 with 23 homers and 70 RBIs in his first season with the Giants.

Pederson spent his first seven years in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .230 with 130 homers and 303 RBIs. He sparked the Dodgers’ 2020 World Series run, hitting .382 with two homers and eight RBIs in the playoffs to help the club end its 32-year title drought.

He signed a free agent deal with the Cubs in 2021 but was traded to the Atlanta Braves after playing just 73 games for Chicago. Pederson continued his postseason heroics, hitting three playoff homers as the Braves went on to win the World Series.

Pederson has a career .237 average with a .363 on-base percentage, a .464 slugging percentage, 183 homers and 485 RBIs in 1,140 games over his 10-year career.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME REWIND: PACERS 134, 76ERS 122

The Pacers were on fire at Gainbridge Fieldhouse as they defeated the third-best team in the East, the Philadelphia 76ers, 134-122, Thursday night.

The newest Pacer, Pascal Siakam, took the spotlight as he recorded his first triple-double of the season and sixth of his career with 26 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.

But Siakam did not completely steal the show, as six others in Indiana uniforms totaled double digits on the night. Myles Turner’s 20 points and nine rebounds were followed by Andrew Nembhard’s 19 points, Aaron Nesmith’s 16 points, Bennedict Mathurin and Obi Toppin’s 13 points apiece and Buddy Hield’s 11 points.

“We had a great attitude toward this game and we made it our kind of game. And I think that made a big difference,” head coach Rick Carlisle said. “Siakam was obviously tremendous – sixth triple-double of his career, first obviously as a Pacer. When you get a power forward with a triple double it’s pretty special.”

Though losing the tipoff, Indiana quickly earned the ball back after Turner intercepted a pass and put Indiana on the board with two made free throws after he was fouled on an attempted layup. After Philadelphia failed to convert in both of their next two possessions, Indiana took a 6-0 lead just one minute into the game as each turnover resulted in a layup from Nembhard on the other end of the floor.

Indiana took advantage of Philadelphia making only three field goals on their first nine attempts as they propelled themselves to a 15-6 lead with a dunk from Turner at the eight-minute mark.

The Pacers took a 17-6 lead with 7:20 remaining in the first frame, but Philadelphia responded with a 7-2 scoring run that cut the deficit to six points roughly three minutes later. The Sixers’ momentum quickly subsided as the Blue and Gold raced ahead again to a 13-point advantage off of a layup from T.J. McConnell.

McConnell, stationed behind the arc, found Toppin under the basket and threw him a lob pass that resulted in a dunk, giving Indiana a nine-point lead, 34-25, with 14.2 seconds remaining in the frame. Directly after this sequence, Jalen Smith’s block on an attempted dunk from KJ Martin kept Philadelphia from scoring before the clock sounded to signal the end of the first frame.

Indiana racked up five blocks in the first quarter, with Turner accounting for four of them. Siakam was the leading scorer in the frame as he totaled eight points, with Turner following behind with seven points.

“Both of those guys were significant pluses in this game, so it tells you that they’re working well together,” Carlisle said about the chemistry between Turner and Siakam. “One of Myles’ best 3-point shots tonight came on a play where the ball moved, Pascal got it, penetrated in and made a late pass out. There aren’t many 6-9 guys that make that play…Those kinds of plays are special.”

Bennedict Mathurin caught fire for Indiana to open the second quarter as the sole scoring contributor for the first three and a half minutes, racking up 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting clip. Toppin was the second Pacer to put himself in the second-quarter scoring column when he drained a 3-pointer at the 8:20 minute mark, and then notched another four points for Indiana within the next two minutes.

Both teams shot 50 percent from the floor in the first six minutes of the frame, with Mathurin and Toppin being the only scorers for the Blue and Gold. At 5:05, Siakam joined them when he drilled a 3-pointer to put Indiana ahead, 54-44. Indiana would score five more uncontested points in the next minute and a half.

A 3-pointer from Nesmith, who racked up all 11 of his first-half points in the frame on his first four shot attempts from the floor, capped off a 16-6 Pacers scoring run and extended their lead to 67-50 with a little over two minutes remaining to play in the first half. Indiana would maintain a 12-point lead going into the locker room after an 11-6 scoring run by the Sixers was capped off with two free throws from Tyrese Maxey to close out the half.

Indiana closed out the first half shooting 55.1 percent from the floor (27-of-49), including 50 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc. Siakam led all Indiana scorers with 13 points, while Nesmith and Toppin followed behind with 11 points apiece.

The Pacers hit the ground running to start the third frame as a 9-0 scoring run in the first two minutes of play earned them a, 83-61, lead. Indiana did not miss a bucket on its first six attempts throughout the first four minutes, while Philadelphia made only two of their shots on six attempts.

Indiana’s ninth completed shot on 12 attempts was a slam dunk from Siakam assisted by Nembhard, which gave Indiana a 25-point lead, 95-70, at 6:02.

In the midst of a 17-6 scoring run, Indiana took its largest advantage of the game when Siakam found Turner under a basket and sent him a lob pass from half court, resulting in a layup that put Indiana ahead, 100-73, at 3:38. The Blue and Gold shot 4-of-7 from the floor through the remainder of the third frame, though slowing their offensive pace slightly to total just 10 points in those roughly four minutes.

While shooting 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor in the third quarter, Indiana outscored Philadelphia, 37-28, as they held the Sixers to 49.2 percent (31-of-63) shooting. Turner and Siakam led the way in scoring, with 10 and seven points respectively.

Philadelphia extended a scoring run started in the third quarter to 12-4 with its first bucket of the final frame as they brought the deficit to 18 points at 11:20. However, both teams went cold during the brief intermission, as Indiana made only one shot on its first six attempts and Philadelphia converted just one of its first seven attempts in the fourth quarter.

After a made McConnell jump shot twenty seconds later, both teams entered a scoring drought for two minutes. After the Sixers had brought the deficit back to 18-points, McConnell ran the length of the court to speed past the defense and complete a layup to put Indiana ahead, 116-96, at 7:29. A Smith dunk assisted by Mathurin gave the Blue and Gold a 118-96 lead.

An 11-2 scoring run over the course of two minutes brought Philadelphia within 13 points of the lead, which was the smallest deficit since the start of the third quarter.

Siakam secured his first triple-double of the season by dishing out his 10th assist of the night to Nembhard for a layup to put Indiana ahead, 128-109, at 3:23. At 2:52, Siakam’s made pull-up jumper got all of Gainbridge Fieldhouse on their feet as he finished off Indiana’s 10-2 scoring run with his 24th point of the night.

Though the Sixers finished off the matchup with a 13-4 scoring run and ultimately outscored Indiana in the final frame, 33-24, Indiana maintained a 12-point lead as the final horn sounded.

For Philadelphia, the Sixers were led by Joel Embiid’s 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds. Maxey followed behind with 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor, while Ricky Council IV and Martin totaled 11 points apiece.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana pulled down a season-high 55 rebounds to outrebound Philadelphia, 55-31.

The Pacers recorded eight blocked shots, with five of them being recorded in the first frame alone.

The Blue and Gold dished out 35 assists, led by Siakam’s 10 and Nembhard’s eight, while Philadelphia recorded 24 assists.

Indiana shot 57 percent (53-of-93) and held Philadelphia to 48.3 percent (42-of-87) from the floor. Indiana also racked up 12 3-pointers on 28 attempts; Nesmith, Turner, and Hield each recorded three 3-pointers apiece.

The Pacers outscored the Sixers, 68-52, in the paint.

You Can Quote Me On That

“I’m pretty sure our players are pretty aware of the many ways he can help us…Pascal just has such a great vibe as a player. He’s a player that you’re drawn to as fan just because of how he carries himself on how much joy he plays with.” -Carlisle on Siakam

“He’s shown what he can do. He’s a great iso player. He sees the floor well — obviously he had a triple-double tonight — sees the floor well, plays with a lot of passion and energy. He fits right into our mold.” -Turner on Siakam

“The more I get out there with those guys, the more they’re going to understand what I can do best and I’m also going to see what they do…I thought that practice was crucial just to get out there, run some of the things that we do, and I’ve just got to find a way to get more and more comfortable.” -Siakam on feeling more comfortable with his new teammates

“Being named a starter is a big deal. It just puts you in another class, another category. It’s an enormous honor, and the fact that it’s three different groups—fans, media and players—it makes it even more meaningful.” -Carlisle on Haliburton being named an All-Star starter

“There’s always going to be external noise…The truth is, when Myles Turner plays within himself to his skillset, he’s a top center in the league. There’s no disputing that. And this year, he’s done that.” -Carlisle on Turner having the right mindset

“I’m going to go try to get rebounds. That’s like my mindset. The assists (are) going to come, sometimes you’ll have them, sometimes you won’t. But I’m putting an emphasis on rebounding. I want to get better as a rebounder. This team needs it and that’s one of the challenges that I have coming in here.” -Siakam on his triple-double

“He’s going to score his points, but it’s just making it hard on him. I think it was just by committee tonight. I think we had a great game plan. Everybody was committed. Everybody had my back.” -Turner on the defense on Embiid

“I love the team. Talking to Ty…all those guys have just been awesome. The front office has been awesome. That’s all you can really ask for as a player. To go to a place where from the fanbase to the equipment manager, it’s just so much respect and love and appreciation. It just feels good.” -Siakam on what he loves about the Pacers so far

Stat of the Night

Pascal Siakam recorded his first triple-double of the season and sixth of his career tonight in just his fourth game with the Pacers. Siakam notched 26 points, pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the win.

Noteworthy

With the win tonight, the Pacers won the regular season series with Philadelphia, 2-1. The Sixers won in Philadelphia on Nov. 12, but the Pacers prevailed two nights later in an In-Season Tournament contest.

Just before tipoff, Tyrese Haliburton was named a starter for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game. This is Haliburton’s second All-Star recognition after participating in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve.

Haliburton sat out for the third straight game as he recovers from a left hamstring strain.

TJ McConnell recorded his 3,000th career assist tonight as he dished out five assists.

Tickets

The Pacers’ four-game homestand continues as they welcome Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 PM ET.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS SUNS

The Pacers and Suns will meet for the second time in five days on Friday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Kevin Durant and the Suns prevailed in the first matchup on Sunday night in Phoenix, but the Blue & Gold will have homecourt advantage for Friday’s rematch.

Indiana (25-20) will be on the second night of a back-to-back on Friday, but riding high after demolishing the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, 134-122. Even without All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton, the Pacers dominated reigning MVP Joel Embiid and the Sixers from start to finish, with seven players scoring double figures. Indiana never trailed and led by as many as 27 in a victory that wasn’t even as close as the final score would suggest.

The win snapped a three-game skid and was Indiana’s first victory with new star forward Pascal Siakam, who was acquired from Toronto in a blockbuster deal last week. Siakam was superb on Thursday in his second home game as a Pacer, tallying a triple-double with a team-high 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in 30 minutes. Siakam went 9-for-13 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line and exited in the closing minutes to a standing ovation.

The Pacers will have their hands full on Friday night against the Suns (26-18), who have won seven straight and two fo. Phoenix’s All-Star trio of Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal combined for 91 points in a 117-110 win over Indiana on Friday.

As of Thursday, Durant (29.1 points per game) and Booker (27.2 points per contest) ranked fifth and eighth in the league in scoring, respectively. They have been on a remarkable streak over the past week, with one of them surpassing 40 points in four straight games. Booker had a season-high 52 points in a win at New Orleans on Jan. 19, Durant followed that up with 40 points against the Pacers and a season-best 43 on Monday against Chicago, and then Booker dropped 46 on Wednesday night in Dallas.

Beal is averaging 18.1 points and 4.2 assists on the season and has been even better this month, averaging 20.3 points on 52.4 percent shooting (38.9 percent from 3-point range), 5.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists over 12 games in January.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – T.J. McConnell, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Suns: G – Devin Booker, G – Bradley Beal, F – Grayson Allen, F – Kevin Durant, C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury Report

Pacers: Jalen Smith – questionable (lower back spasms), Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain injury management)

Suns: Eric Gordon – questionable (sore right wrist), Bol Bol – out (right foot sprain), Damion Lee – out (right meniscus surgery)

Last Meeting

Jan. 21, 2024: Playing the final stop of a six-game road trip without All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton, the Pacers tried to get it done by committee on Sunday night in Phoenix. Indiana played 11 players for double-digit minutes and got solid contributions from most of them, with six scoring in double figures.

But in the end, the Suns simply had too much star power. Phoenix’s “big three” of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal combined for 91 points to lead the hosts to a 117-110 victory over Indiana.

Durant scored 40 points while going 18-for-25 from the field and 4-for-7 from the 3-point line to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks. Booker added 26 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, while Beal scored 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including three key baskets down the stretch to secure the victory.

Buddy Hield led Indiana with 18 points in the loss, going 5-for-8 from 3-point range. Pascal Siakam, playing his second game as a Pacer after being acquired from Toronto earlier in the week, added 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting, four rebounds, and seven assists in 30 minutes of action.

Noteworthy

Haliburton, who was named an All-Star starter on Thursday, will sit out his fourth straight game on Friday due to a left hamstring strain. He will be reevaluated this weekend, according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

The Pacers have dropped their last five games against Phoenix, with their last win over the Suns coming on the road on March 13, 2021. Their five-game losing streak against the Suns is tied for their second-longest active losing streak against any opponent. Indiana has lost eight straight against Denver and also lost its last five contests against both Memphis and Minnesota.

Indiana is just 1-7 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back, with their only win on no rest coming on Nov. 9 against Milwaukee.

Friday’s game will feature three of the most prolific 3-point shooters in NBA history. Suns guard Eric Gordon ranks 18th all-time with 1,967 career threes, Durant is 20th with 1,940 and Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield passed Chauncey Billups to move into 22nd place on Thursday. Hield has made 1,832 threes in just eight-and-a-half seasons.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL HOST HEARTLANDERS ON DO317 NIGHT

GAME DAY TIMING:

6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M.: Puck drop

DO317 NIGHT:

It’s Do317 Night! Enjoy $3 beverages, $1 popcorn, and $7 specialty t-shirts and craft beer! 

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds.

TICKETS: Tickets for today’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.

BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.

You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 10 ILLINOIS, INDIANA AWAIT RESURGENCE FROM KEY SENIORS

Indiana coach Mike Woodson sat in front of the TV on Wednesday and watched Northwestern and Illinois match shot for shot for 45 minutes.

Judging by the smile Woodson flashed while describing what he saw, the old shooting guard definitely appreciated seeing two teams playing at such an elite level on offense.

While No. 10 Illinois came out on the wrong end of the 96-91 final in overtime, it didn’t change Woodson’s regard for the Illini as Indiana prepares for a Big Ten matchup on Saturday in Champaign, Ill.

“We’ve got to go in with the mindset that we’ve got to try to play at that same level — because Illinois is playing very, very well right now,” Woodson said. “We’ve got to be ready to commit ourselves for 40 minutes.

“They’re more different than any team we’ve played in college basketball this season. They basically are playing small ball with (Coleman) Hawkins at the 5. That’s what you’re going to get a dose of — small basketball.”

Considering Indiana (12-7, 4-4 Big Ten) relies on the biggest lineup in the Big Ten — presuming 7-footer Kel’el Ware can play after missing the Jan. 19 loss at then-No. 11 Wisconsin with an ankle injury — Saturday’s game promises to be quite a contrast in size and styles.

Surely Indiana learned from studying Illinois’ losses — to Marquette, Tennessee, Purdue, Maryland and Northwestern — that the Illini defense is susceptible to brilliant point guard play. On Wednesday, for example, the Wildcats’ Boo Buie piled up a game-high 29 points with seven assists and either sank or set up every crucial shot.

With that in mind, Woodson would love it if the old Xavier Johnson showed up for the game Saturday. Indiana’s sixth-year point guard, who missed all seven games in December with a left foot injury, is dealing with the worst stretch of his career.

Over his past four games, Johnson has posted a total of 12 points, five assists and nine turnovers over 84 minutes while shooting 3-for-15 from the field, including an 0-for-6 showing from 3-point range. His confidence has shrunk to the point where Woodson brought him off the bench the last three games.

“Since the injuries, he has been up and down,” said Woodson, also referring to the broken right foot that cost him the final three months of last season. “He’s been soul-searching. I’m frustrated. Not in a bad way — meaning for him because this is his last go-round.

“What he’s gone through in the last year and a half has been tough. He’s had a few good days of practice. I’m just going to keep encouraging him and hopefully we’ll get the old ‘X’ back because we’re going to need him as we continue this journey throughout the Big Ten.”

It’s not quite the same thing, but Illinois (14-5, 5-3) is waiting to get the old Terrence Shannon Jr. back. The fifth-year wing, who played at an All-American level in November and December, missed six games while serving an indefinite suspension due to a pending rape charge in Kansas.

Shannon was reinstated to the team Jan. 19 when a federal judge truncated his suspension with a preliminary injunction.

In two games since returning, the powerful and speedy left-hander has posted solid numbers — a total of 28 points, seven assists and three steals. However, he also has committed six turnovers and canned just 1 of 10 3-point attempts as he doesn’t quite yet have his playing legs.

When will that come?

“Time,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “Time. He was out for a month. Time.”

INDIANA WRESTLING

NO. 28 INDIANA TO HOST RIVAL PURDUE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– No. 28 Indiana is back at home this weekend, as it is set to host rival Purdue for a Saturday night dual at Wilkinson Hall.

The Hoosiers are coming off an exciting 21-15 victory over No. 21 Maryland that came down to heavyweight to determine a winner. The win over Maryland put Indiana’s season dual record at 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten.

This year’s in-state showdown with the Boilermakers is set for more fireworks as the past two matchups have been extremely close, as each dual finished with a 17-16 final score. Indiana took the dual last year in West Lafayette, while Purdue won the battle in Bloomington in 2022.

PURDUE PREVIEW:

-Indiana is set for an exciting renewal to their rivalry series with Purdue this weekend. The Hoosiers will host the Boilermakers on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall.

-Indiana enters the dual with a 4-2 (1-2, B1G) record while Purdue is 5-6 (0-3, B1G).

-No matter what the records are, this matchup is always close with plenty of intense bouts. Each of the last two seasons the winner has won by a score of 17-16 with IU winning in West Lafayette last year and Purdue winning in Bloomington the year prior.

-Indiana’s win a season ago snapped a 12-year losing streak in the rivalry. Indiana does lead the all-time series, 54-43-3.

-Purdue is led by Matt Ramos, the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 125 lbs. Ramos owns a 17-3 record and was the national runner-up at 125 lbs. in the 2023 NCAA Championships.

-The Boilermakers also boast three other ranked guys in No. 33 Greyson Clark (141), No. 16 Joey Blaze (157) and No. 32 Brody Baumann (174).

-Blaze, a freshman, notably upset No. 3 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) in a win by fall last weekend.

MARYLAND MADNESS:

-Indiana picked up a major victory last Sunday over No. 21 Maryland in Wilkinson Hall.

-The team bested the Terrapins, 21-15, in a dual that came down to heavyweight.

-Indiana trailed 12-4 going into the bout at 157 lbs. before winning five of the remaining six matches to win the dual.

-Heading into the 285 lbs. bout, Indiana led 18-15. If Maryland would’ve won by the bout by decision, the Terrapins had the advantage in tiebreaker criteria scenarios, making it a must-win match for Indiana.

-Indiana graduate student Nick Willham broke through on a 1-1 tie with a takedown in the final 50 seconds and ended up winning by decision, 4-2, over No. 23 Seth Nevills in order to seal the dual victory.

KING PIN:

-Indiana redshirt freshman Gabe Sollars has been racking up the pins all season claiming 11 by the point of matches through January 22.

-The NCAA recently released their mid-season award standings for Most Falls and Most Tech Falls and Sollars currently leads the NCAA with the most wins by fall.

-There’s currently a three-way tie for second in the most falls race between Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force), Ryder Rogotzke (Ohio State) and Ty Watters (West Virginia). All of them currently have nine pins to their name. Ryder Rogotzke is the brother of Indiana’s Roman Rogotzke.

-Sollars has won 64.7% of his matches by fall this season (11-of-17 wins).

RANKINGS & RECORDS:

-The Hoosiers have made appearances all over different rankings services throughout the season. In the most recent set of rankings from InterMat and FloWrestling, six Hoosiers found themselves in the national distinctions.

-Redshirt Freshman Gabe Sollars (197) earned his first collegiate ranking at No. 33 on InterMat.

-This week, the NCAA released the season’s first edition of the Coaches Rankings, as well. Five Hoosiers made the lists: Dan Fongaro (141 – No. 21), Graham Rooks (149 – No. 9), Tyler Lillard (165 – No. 22), DJ Washington (174 – No. 8) and Gabe Sollars (197 – No. 33).

NEW FACES:

-Indiana has eight new wrestlers on the roster for this season.

-Of the newbies, five of them are freshmen while the other three are transfers.

-All five freshmen are from the state of Indiana. They include Bryce Lowery (Indianapolis), Joey Buttler (Greenwood), Cheaney Schoeff (Avon), Anthony Bahl (Crown Point) and Aidan Torres (Chesterton).

-Lowery, Buttler and Torres all won an IHSAA individual State Championship during their senior season. Bahl won a Team State Title with the Crown Point Bulldogs, the second in a row for the team, and their third in four years.

-Lowery won IndyStar’s Most Outsanding Wrestler award for the best senior wrestler in the state for the 2022-2023 school year.

-Indiana’s transfer class includes Dan Fongaro, Brayton Lee and Roman Rogotzke.

-Lee, a known commodity around NCAA Wrestling, returns to his home state after spending five years at Minnesota.

-The two-time All-American (2020, 2021) is seeking to recapture his momentum after entering last season as the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. in the country.

-Lee’s 2022-23 season was cut short due to injury at The Big Ten Championships.

-Fongaro comes to Indiana after five years at Columbia where he competed at 141 and 149 lbs. He will wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Hoosiers.

-Fongaro owns fifth and sixth place finishes at the EIWA Championships in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

-Rogotzke, a transfer at 184 lbs., from South Dakota State, enters his redshirt sophomore season with plenty of momentum.

-Last year, Rogotzke racked up 17 wins and took first place at two open tournaments.

SEASON OUTLOOK:

-Indiana’s 2023-2024 schedule features 12 dual matches and four invitational tournaments in the regular season.

 -Indiana’s dual slate features eight Big Ten matches and four non-conference duals.

-Indiana competed at Southern Scuffle for the third time ever this season and had the best finish in program history.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS:

-The Indiana Wrestling team had a number of wrestlers compete in offseason competition to get better and compete on the world stage.

-Senior Jacob Moran competed for Team Puerto Rico at 57 kg in Freestyle and took third place at the Central American and Caribbean Games while also competing at the 2023 U23 World Championships in Albania.

-Derek Gilcher took fifth place at the 2023 U.S. Open at the Senior Level at 74 kg.

-Gabe Sollars earned sixth place at the 2023 U.S. Open in the U20 division in Freestyle at 92 kg. He also had a sixth place finish at the U20 World Team Trials in the same weight class and division.

-DJ Washington finished in second at 86 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Nick Willham had a fourth place finish at 92 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Tyler Lillard earned 7th place at 74 kg in the U20 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Cole Rhemrev took 7th place at 67 kg in Greco-Roman at the U20 World Team Trials. Magnus Kuokkanen got 7th in the same division, but at 77 kg.

GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSION:

-Indiana’s roster features wrestlers everywhere across the country.

-Fifteen wrestlers on the team are home grown, in-state Hoosiers, including all of the freshmen.

-Of the 30 wrestlers on the team, there are 13 different states represented.

-The states represented on Indiana’s roster include Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Kansas and Kentucky.

INDIANA TRACK AND FIELD

INDIANA TRACK AND FIELD TRAVELS TO BOSTON, LOUISVILLE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana track and field will split up this weekend for competition as they look to improve on their marks for the indoor season. The distance runners will head to a competitive John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston, Mass. the pole vaulters and jumpers compete against good competition at Louisville’s PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational.

Meet Info.

Indiana Invitational (All times EST)

Venues: Norton Healthcare Sport and Learning Center (Louisville), Track and Tennis Center (Boston)

Louisville Livestats

Boston Livestats

Coverage: Follow Indiana T&F at iuhoosiers.com and on social media at @IndianaXCTF.

Last Time Out:

Distance

Austin Haskett ran a sub-four-minute mile club after he ran a time of 3:58.59 in his first race of the season. He time also marks the No. 10 spot in program history. On day two of the Indiana Invitational, Haskett set another personal best on the weekend with a time of 8:08.4 in the 3k.

Mariah Wehrle was locked in for the women’s mile, running a personal best time of 4:51.16. Freshman Lily Myers finished third in the race with a time of 4:55.98. Wehrle added another win on the weekend in the 3k with a time of 9:40.09.

Skylar Stidam won the 5000-meter race with a time of 14:28.83.

The men’s mid-distance group swept the 800 meters with Camden Marshall winning the event with a time of 1:49.61. Parker Raymond finished second in the event with Keelan Grant, Jaylen Castillo and Martin Segurola rounding out the top-five marks.

Maddie Russin led the Hoosiers in the 800 meters with a season best time of 2:09.37.

Field

Jessica Mercier holds the 10th best mark in the nation after she cleared a height of 4.27m/14-0.00 in the pole vault.

Grayson Rolen won the High Jump event, tying his season best performance of 2.04m/6-08.25.

Fernandez-Sola was victorious in the Long Jump competition with a season-best mark of 6.24m/20-5.75. She is currently ranked No. 16 in the nation.

Mahogany Jenkins placed second in the High Jump. She cleared a height of 1.69m/5-06.25.

The Hoosier Lineup:

Indiana jumps assistant coach Mike Erb provides some insight on what his group looks to focus on at the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational this weekend.

“The goal for this meet is to establish consistency and improve on our technical approach against some great competition,” Erb said. “This meet will help us improve their marks to put us in a good position ahead of the post season.”

He will bring seven athletes that will compete across the High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump events.

Jumps:

Serena Bolden will race in the 60 meters and Triple Jump alongside Mahogany Jenkins in Louisville this weekend. Jenkins is also set to compete in the High Jump competition alongside Taylor Schoonveld.

Paola Fernandez-Sola will compete in the Long Jump in addition to Bolden. Alex Smith will represent the Hoosiers on the men’s side.

Deepak Laungani and Grayson Rolen will compete in the High Jump against Louisville as they look to improve their marks this season. 

Pole Vault:

Nathan Stone and Riley Johnston will be competing for the Hoosiers in the men’s pole vault on day one of the meet.

Jessica Mercier looks to stay consistent and improve her mark in the pole vault against solid competition.

Distance and Mid-Distance:

Amelia Dodds and Maddie Russin will compete in the 800 meters on day two.

Grace Tyson, Lily Myers, Mariah Wehrle, Katelyn Winton will run the 3k with Tyson, Phoebe Bates and Tori Schmidt running in the 5k race.

On the men’s side, Jaylen Castillo, Nico Colchico, Parker Raymond and Keefer Soehngen will run the 800 meter in the first event of the weekend. They will also run their first DMR of the season.

Keelan Grant, Camden Marshall and Martin Segurola will race in the Mile.

Skylar Stidam and Aidan Lord will run in the final events on day one. Stidam will race the 5k with Lord running in the 3k contest. 

The Hoosiers will also run two distance medley relay teams, their first of the season.

PURDUE TENNIS

PURDUE WRAPS JANUARY AT HOME

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following its first win, the Purdue Boilermakers host Western Michigan and Denver in Schwartz this Friday and Sunday.

The Boilermakers return home having split their first road trip against Oregon and Portland. After dropping a close decision to Oregon, Purdue’s first win of the year came in the form of a 6-1 bashing of the Portland Pilots. Singles No. 1-5 all picked up wins and the Boilers clinched their first doubles point of the season.

As January comes to a close, Purdue will have a chance to get its first home win of the season and first since March 26, 2023, in a 4-3 win against Butler.

Stefan Simeunovic and Marino Jakic have fueled the Boilermaker fire to start the spring. They are a combined 6-0 and have yet to drop a set through three matches. Simeunovic owns a team-best 10 wins dating back to the fall campaign, but Jakic has won five consecutive singles matches in straight sets dating back to November’s Bonita Bay Classic.

SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN

Western Michigan comes to West Lafayette with a 2-1 record with wins over Ferris State and Brown. The Bronco’s only loss came to another Big Ten opponent, then No. 22 Michigan State.

The Boilermakers are 21-24 all-time against the Broncos. Western Michigan has won eight straight contests against the Boilermakers including a 4-3 win on Jan. 27, 2023. This is just the third time the two teams have faced off since 2011, before that the programs had played nearly every season since 1990.

SCOUTING DENVER

This weekend will be the first two dual matches for the Pioneers. Denver will square off with Western Michigan on Saturday before taking on the Boilermakers on Sunday.

Denver was picked to win its second consecutive Summit League title after receiving three first-place votes in the coaches poll. Daniel Sancho Arbizu was also named to the conference’s Preseason Athlete Watch List. The junior was named the 2023 Summit League Newcomer of the Year after he finished the 2022-23 campaign with a 30-6 record in singles play.

Purdue is 2-3 all-time against Denver after being swept in last year’s regular season matchup on March 12, 2023.

MATCH INFORMATION

Purdue (1-2) vs. Western Michigan (2-1)

Schwartz Tennis Center

Friday, Jan. 26 | 5 PM

Purdue (1-2) vs. Denver (0-0)

Schwartz Tennis Center

Sunday, Jan. 28 | Noon

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BOILERS HEAD TO MICHIGAN FOR ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s tennis team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Boilermakers are set to battle against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in the first round on Friday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.

The Michigan Regional of the ITA Kickoff Weekend will consist of the women’s tennis teams from the University of Michigan, University of Arkansas, Purdue University and University of Utah. After the Razorbacks, the Boilermakers will either play Michigan or Utah.

This weekend will be the first away match for Purdue. At home, the Boilermakers have gone 3-0, beating Ball State, Miami of Ohio, and Xavier. Csilla Fodor, Kennedy Gibbs, Carmen Gallardo Guevara and Tara Katarina Milic all have yet to drop a singles match. Gallardo Guevara remains ranked at No. 113 in singles per ITA. She also has not lost a game at No. 2 in either singles or doubles so far in this campaign.

The Razorbacks have one ranked player, sophomore Carolina Gomez Alonso. She is ranked No. 59 in singles after going 19-6 in her rookie season. Last season, Arkansas earned a record of 12-12, tallying a 6-7 in conference play. The Razorbacks have gone 2-0 this spring, defeating Bradley in a doubleheader.

The University of Michigan Wolverines are currently the No. 5 women’s tennis team according to ITA rankings. Michigan currently has four ranked players in singles and one ranked doubles team. Senior Kari Miller ranks the highest at No. 10 after earning a 6-1 at No. 1 in singles play last season. Miller is also ranked No. 8 in doubles with partner Jaedan Brown. Ranked at No. 39, Junior Julia Fliegner went 15-3 at No. 3 in the 2022-23 season. Following closely behind is the Wolverines’ Lily Jones ranked at No. 47. The final ranked singles player for Michigan is Gala Mesochoritou at No. 94. In this current season, the Wolverines are 1-1, falling to No. 5 Oklahoma State and defeating No. 13 Oklahoma.

The University of Utah Utes have a record of 3-0 this season, having yet to drop a point. The team has swept Montana State, Utah Tech, and Idaho State. Utah currently has one ranked player, No. 55 Marcela Lopez. The sophomore went 15-5 in singles play in the 2022-23 season. Lopez is one of three returning players this season, making the current roster primarily made up of newcomers. The Utes went 13-11 last season with a conference record of 4-6.

MATCH INFORMATION:

Purdue (3-0) vs. Arkansas (2-0)

Varsity Tennis Center

Friday, Jan. 26 | 1pm

Purdue (3-0) vs. Michigan (1-1)/Utah (3-0)

Varsity Tennis Center

Saturday, Jan. 27 | TBA

Boiler Notes:

• Purdue has a 3-2 all-time series record with Arkansas.

• The last outing between the Boilermakers and the Razorbacks was Feb. 25, 2017 in Fayatteville, Ark. Purdue won 4-3.

• Michigan leads Purdue in the all-time series record 13-49.

• Utah and Purdue have only battled three times. Purdue leads the series record, claiming all three victories.

• The Utes and the Boilermakers last met on Feb. 2, 2002, when Purdue swept Utah in West Lafayette.

• Purdue’s Carmen Gallardo Guevara is currently ranked No. 113 in ITA singles rankings

• After last week’s victories, Csilla Fodor now ranks eighth in Boilermaker women’s tennis history for most career singles victories with 75 wins.

• All Boilermaker doubles pairs are 2-0 so far this season.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WESTBELD NAMED TO MCCLAIN AWARD TOP 10

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — She’s been a model of consistency, and now she’s being recognized for it.

On Thursday, Irish senior Maddy Westbeld was announced as a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame & Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Katrina McClain Award Top 10.

Through 16 games, the 6-3 forward is posting her best statistic to date in one critical category — rebounds per game (9.5). She is posting 13.8 per contests, her highest mark since her freshman season (15.2). The rest of her stats this year are very similar to her freshman year stats when she was ACC Rookie of the Year.

“Maddy has been so solid this entire season but definitely on the road,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said after defeating Wake Forest. “She’s so physical in the paint and doing a great job of shooting from inside and out. Plus, she does a great job leading our team.”

Westbeld is averaging 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest in true road games. Her production doesn’t drop off away from Purcell.

Fans can support their favorite players in the remaining rounds by participating in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, starting Friday, January 26, on hoophallawards.com. The Fan Vote will count as one committee vote during the finalist selection process.

TOUGH FOURTH QUARTER LEADS TO IRISH LOSS, 79-65

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For the second time this season, it was an all-out 40 minute battle between the Irish and Orange. Despite being tied heading into the fourth, a strong final quarter from Syracuse (17-2, 7-1) would lift them to a 79-65 win as the Irish (14-4, 5-3) fell to the Orange for the second time this season.

Notre Dame finished with three players in double figures as Hannah Hidalgo, Sonia Citron and Maddy Westbeld led the offensive charge for the Irish.

Hidalgo put up 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and knocked down a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Citron followed with 14 points, grabbing 5 boards, and dishing out 3 assists. Westbeld finished with 10 points and a team best 7 rebounds. Kylee Watson also chipped in 6 rebounds and 3 blocks for the Irish.

While the Irish had some early looks, Hidalgo would finally put Notre Dame on the board with just under seven minutes left in the first. That was followed by a Citron steal off the Orange inbound pass for another quick two to put the Irish up 4-2 at 6:51.

Trailing 8-4, Citron knocked down a pair of free throws to spark a 7-0 run for the Irish as a KK Bransford trey and Hidalgo layup capped off the run to put the Irish in front 11-8.

Syracuse, however, responded with a run of their own as they scored six straight before Hidalgo put away one last bucket on a drive to the rim to bring the Irish within one to close the first quarter at 16-15.

With just over 7 minutes remaining in the half, a Westbeld jump shot gave the Irish the advantage at 21-20. As both squads were struggling to score, it was a tied ball game yet again.

With 3:23 left in the half, the Orange would outscore the Irish 12-6 to close the half 38-32, with Notre Dame’s only offensive production down the stretch coming from two Citron threes.

The second half would prove just as physical and back and forth as the first. While the Orange may have scored the first basket to start the second half, Notre Dame turned it up a notch on the defensive end as they held Syracuse scoreless for the next 3:14.

The effort was equally matched on the offensive end as Notre Dame’s 10-0 run was capped off by a Hidalgo steal and layup to put the Irish back in front at 42-41 with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Notre Dame held the Orange to 2-10 from the floor for another 3 minutes.

The Irish and Orange swapped buckets as Syracuse led 45-44, but Hidalgo and Westbeld each knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to claim the advantage yet again at 48-45. As it looked like a 6-1 Syracuse run was going to close the period, Anna DeWolfe would send home one last jumpshot for Notre Dame to make it a 51-51 ball game heading into the final quarter.

DeWolfe scored 6 straight for the Irish as she knocked down a pair of free throws followed by a made teardrop, scoring all four of Notre Dame’s points in the first 2:38 of play in the quarter.

As the Irish trailed 58-55 with 7:22 remaining, the Syracuse offense began to catch fire as they outscored Notre Dame 16-2 over the next five minutes of play.

Hidalgo would score in transition and knock down a triple with 1:04 left as she was followed by one last Citron trey, but the Irish would fall 79-65 after a strong fourth quarter from Syracuse.

The Irish are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 27 for a quick turnaround as they hit the road again to take on the No. 8 UConn Huskies (16-3) inside of Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING

IRISH WELCOME THREE TEAMS FOR TIM WELSH INVITE, SENIOR DAY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame will close out its home meet slate for the 2023-24 season this weekend, as the Irish welcome Ohio State, Indiana State and Akron to the Tim Welsh Invitational on Jan. 26-27. It will also serve as the program’s Senior Day.

Men’s Preview

Within this weekend’s meet will be a clash of two top-25 teams: No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 14 Ohio State.

Last week, for the third time this season, Irish freestyler Chris Guiliano was named the ACC Swimmer of the Week. He won both the 50 (19.55) and 100 free (41.84) against Princeton and Navy two weeks ago, and he took second in the 200 free (1:33.62). Overall in the NCAA this year, his season-bests rank fourth in the 50 free (18.84), third in the 100 free (41.23) and fifth in the 200 free (1:32.14). The 100 and 200 times are the fastest in the ACC.

The Irish are coming off of victories over the Tigers and the Midshipmen last week and moved to 7-0 on the season in dual meets. Notre Dame has defeated five teams that are either ranked or received votes in the latest CSCAA Top 25: Louisville (13), Wisconsin (22), Navy (25), Pittsburgh (RV) and Princeton (RV).

Ohio State most recently defeated a ranked Michigan squad, 163-137. The Buckeyes also have an impressive win over Virginia Tech, 193.5-178.5 from October. Ohio State won seven individual events over the Wolverines with sprinter Ruslan Gaziev leading the way. He won the 100 free with a time of 43.21 and the 100 back with a time of 46.77. Gaziev has the 20th-best time in the nation this year in the 100 free (42.36). He notched that mark at the Ohio State Invitational in November where Guiliano went his 41.23.

Akron and Indiana State do not have men’s programs.

Women’s Preview

No. 5 Ohio State will be the sole ranked team participating this weekend, although the Irish women are trending in the right direction. Junior Madelyn Christman earned ACC Swimmer of the Week honors the last time she competed after winning the 100 (52.78) and 200 back (1:54.07) against Princeton and Navy. Both performances were NCAA B cuts, and her 200 back performance was the best of her career.

Distance freestyler Maggie Graves is also having a fantastic year for the Irish. She posted a personal best in the 1000 free against Princeton and Navy with a time of 9:45.27. That mark ranks 25th in the country this year and is second all-time in program history.

Like the men’s team, the Ohio State women are coming off of a 184-116 win over rival Michigan and are 5-0 on the season in dual meets. The Buckeyes won nine individual events against the Wolverines, including wins in the 100 breast (1:00.06), 200 breast (2:12.46) and 200 IM (2:00.96) by Josephine Panitz. Notre Dame swam against Ohio State at the Ohio State Invite earlier this year. The Buckeyes won the event, while the Irish finished fourth.

On January 13, Indiana State beat Quincy and fell to Southern Illinois in its sole competition of the 2024 year. The Sycamores won eight individual events; Chloe Farro won both the 50 (23.17) and 100 free (50.02). Diver Bailey Betzer won the 3-meter for Indiana State. The Sycamores are 8-1 in dual meets this season.

Finally, Akron arrives in South Bend fresh off a 174-124 victory over Eastern Michigan last weekend. Zips senior Rachel Sabotin earned MAC Co-Swimmer of the Week honors after winning the 100 fly (54.78) and 200 fly (2:02.64) at the meet. Akron is 2-2 in dual meets this season and already swam Ohio State in November.

Friday’s sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday’s lone session will start at 11 a.m. Seniors will be celebrated prior to the start of the Saturday session. Results will be available on Meet Mobile, but there is not a live stream available for the meet.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS LOOK TO CHECKER HINKLE SATURDAY AS VILLANOVA VISITS

The Bulldogs, winners of two straight games, welcome Villanova to Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. In collaboration with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Butler will checker Hinkle with fans encouraged to wear blue or white based on the section of their ticket.

Butler (13-7, 4-5 BIG EAST) vs. Villanova (11-8, 4-4)

Saturday, Jan. 27;  3PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: FS1 – Jason Ross, Jr. & Dickey Simpkins

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 382, SXM App 972 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with Nova

• Butler and Villanova first met in the 1996 Puerto Rico Shootout, the only match-up prior to Butler joining the BIG EAST beginning with the 2013-14 season.

• Five of Butler’s six wins in the series have come at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Villanova has been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll, including No. 1 twice, in four of Butler’s five wins at home in the series.

• Villanova was ranked No. 2 nationally when Butler won in Philadelphia in 2017.

Series: Villanova Leads, 16-6

Streak: Villanova, W1

At Hinkle: Series Tied, 5-5

First Meeting: VU, 62-54; 11/30/96 (Puerto Rico Shootout)

Last Meeting: VU, 62-50; 2/14/23 (at VU)

Of Note

• Butler’s 90-66 win Tuesday at Georgetown was the Bulldogs’ highest point total in a BIG EAST game since defeating DePaul, 91-78, Feb. 16, 2019.

• Butler has six games with 90 or more points this season and 10 with 80 or more. Butler hit 80 only six times all of last season.

• The Bulldogs shot 56.9 percent from the field against Georgetown, including a 62-percent clip in the first half. Butler is now 12-0 this season when shooting a better percentage than its opponent and 6-1 when shooting better than 50 percent.

• Tuesday marked Butler’s second-best shooting performance of the season, trailing only the .571 clip in the season opener against Eastern Michigan.

• The Bulldogs committed only eight turnovers at Georgetown. Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 11 games.

• The Bulldogs have only committed a total of 30 turnovers over its last four games.

• Five Bulldogs scored in double figures at Georgetown, the seventh such occurrence this season.

• Butler out-rebounded the Hoyas, 41-32, improving to 11-0 this season when that occurs.

• Butler’s defense limited Georgetown to 35-percent shooting Tuesday night. Jayden Epps, the BIG EAST’s leading scorer at 18.8 points per game, led Georgetown with 16 points, but made only four of his 19 attempts from the field to get there.

• The Bulldogs are 9-0 when holding their opponent under 70 points, including all four BIG EAST wins.

• Butler leads the BIG EAST, shooting 35.7 percent from three-point range on the season. The Bulldogs were ninth among the 11 conference teams a season ago.

• On the season, Butler ranks seventh nationally in free throw shooting at 78.8 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

• The Bulldogs rank 13th nationally, committing just 13.7 fouls per game.

• Pierre Brooks II finished with 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds Tuesday, giving him the first double-double of his career. He shot 8-for-15 from the field, including four three-pointers. He went on his own 13-0 run midway through the first half.

• It was the sixth 20-point game of the season for Brooks and his seventh time leading the team in scoring. He has scored in double figures in every game this season.

• Over his last six games, Brooks is shooting 23-for-40 from three-point range (58 percent).

• Brooks is fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He is second in the conference in three-point shooting (.441, which is 14th nationally) and third in made three-pointers (2.8 per game).

• Jahmyl Telfort had 17 points at Georgetown, his highest total since scoring 20 in the Dec. 9 win over Cal.

• DJ Davis made all six of his free throw attempts at Georgetown. He ranks second nationally in free throw percentage (97.0). He is 31-for-31 in BIG EAST play.

• Davis matched his career-high with five assists at Georgetown Tuesday.

• Butler had a season-high 11 steals against DePaul Saturday; Posh Alexander matched his career-high with six, while Davis set a new career-best with five of his own.

• Alexander is now the most recent player to record six steals for Butler (Saturday) and against Butler (while playing for St. John’s, Jan. 10, 2023).

• Alexander owns the BIG EAST lead at 2.4 steals per game, which is 14th nationally. His 5.2 assists per game are fourth in the league. He currently stands at 495 career assists.

• Jalen Thomas ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.35) and tenth in rebounding (7.0).

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 9-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

• Thad Matta is 32-9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in seven of its home games this season (going over the 90-point mark five times).

• Butler is 77-2 over its last 79 non-conference home games, winning 15 straight.

Balancing Act

• Ten different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far this season.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in the same game seven times this season, including most recently in the Jan. 23 win at Georgetown.

IUPUI TRACK

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAMS TO HOST IUPUI INVITATIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight week, the IUPUI men’s and women’s track teams will be competing at the state-of-the-art Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as they host the IUPUI Invitational. Competition begins Friday (Jan. 26) morning and runs through Saturday (Jan. 27) night. IUPUI will be joined by 25 other teams, including Horizon League foes Cleveland St., Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Purdue Fort Wayne and Wright State.

In the inaugural event at Fall Creek Pavilion last weekend—the Butler Invitational—the Jags set 24 new personal bests, broke three school records and won three different events between the two teams.

“Going for just being a cross country team to now going and hosting a meet at one of the best facilities in the nation is extremely special,” longtime head coach Antonio McDaniel said. “Having Cole Seward and my first track coach, Marisa, coming back – just little things like that are special.”

For the men, ten of 15 entrants clocked new personal bests, including all five competitors in the mile—Alex Alba, Andrew Blake, Connor Murphy, Nicolas Probst and Wilson Whicker. Andrew Whitinger earned the squads’ lone victory, cruising to a first-place finish in the 3,000m with a personal best time of 8:14.81.

“AJ’s got a facility record, so that’s huge to cross the line first in a brand new building,” head coach Justin Roeder said following the Butler Invite. “Honestly, we’re just excited to stay ‘home’, so to have this facility here in Indianapolis is massive, to call this our home.

“(The facility) is huge for our student-athlete experience. We were able to sleep in, do an easy run and show up here a little bit closer to race time versus waking up early, being on a bus for a couple hours, getting to race and then having to go back on a bus. We’re really excited for the future.”

On the women’s side, Modupe Awosanya and Kyla Kante set new school records in the long jump and 60m hurdles, respectively, finishing first in the process. Ellie Cates shattered the school record in a runner-up finish in the 3,000m. Wini Barnett, Karis Davis, Jounrey Howard, Reese McCuan, Laci Provenzano and Skyler Sichting all earned personal bests, while the quartet of Barnett, Davis, McCuan and Paige Shulte ran a season-best 4×400 time of 4:07.22. 

All in all, 41 student-athletes (19 men and 22 women) will represent IUPUI this weekend, as it looks to build upon a strong start to the indoor season. 

A full recap, results, photos and highlights from each day’s action will be posted to IUPUIJags.com at the conclusion of each day.

Fan Information

Doors to the building and ticketing will begin one hour prior to competition

Tickets will be $10 per person and credit cards are accepted

Tickets may only be purchased at the door

Parking is $10 per vehicle.

Guests will be asked to enter through magnetometers

Backpacks/Bags larger than 14″x14″x6″ are not permitted

Concessions will be available to purchase on site

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS DROP HOME CONTEST TO YOUNGSTOWN STATE, 78-50

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team shot a frigid 34 percent from the floor and dropped a home contest to Youngstown State on Thursday night (Jan. 25), 78-50. DJ Burns totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Penguins as the guests shot nearly 51 percent from the floor and outrebounded IUPUI 42-31 in the victory.

Senior Bryce Monroe paced IUPUI with 11 points and four boards and junior Jlynn Counter turned in 10 points and five rebounds.

Youngstown State (15-6, 7-3 HL) breezed out to a 16-4 lead in the game’s opening eight minutes as the Jaguars misfired on eight of 10 shot attempt to start the contest, prompting an early timeout. YSU kept the margin near double-digits for the majority of the first half and scored the final four points of the half to take a 36-21 lead to the locker room.

The lead grew to 44-23 when Brandon Rush got loose for a fast break layup before the IUPUI defense put the clamps on the Penguins. The Jaguars held YSU scoreless for nearly six minutes during a 12-0 run that cut the lead back to nine with 12:29 remaining. However, YSU responded with a 10-2 burst to rebuild a 17-point lead with under nine minutes to play.

IUPUI went scoreless from the three-point line, going 0-of-14 with seven different Jaguars coming up empty. Typically solid from the free throw line, the Jaguars enduring a 10-of-20 effort on Thursday, including going 3-of-9 in the first half.

Abdou Samb finished with seven points and five rebounds and Vincent Brady II had six points and three steals. John Egbuta added five points and three rebounds off the bench.

IUPUI will close out its three-game homestand on Sunday (Jan. 28) when the Jaguars host Wright State at noon inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

IUPUI SWIMMING

SEBASTIAN OTERO EARNS USOPC ELITE STATUS

INDIANAPOLIS – Diver, Sebastian Otero becomes first ever IUPUI student-athlete to earn United State Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) elite status. The elite status is a recognition that provides Otero flexibility in the types of resources he can be provided and training hour limits through NCAA legislation.

The USOPC and its national governing bodies collaborate annually to designate NCAA elite student-athletes, based on sport-specific thresholds that vary by sport. More than 400 NCAA Division I student-athletes earned the honor with just 49 divers in the country recognized.

The sophomore from Fishers, Indiana was named Horizon League Freshman of the Year and Horizon League Championship Diver of the Meet following the 2023 Horizon League Championships.

He has continued his success this season being named Horizon League Diver of the week four times. Otero qualified for the 2024 Olympic Trails, winning his 3-meter event at the USA Diving Nationals with a score of 398.85.

Otero and the other elite student-athletes may receive additional developmental training expenses from the USOPC, including travel for parents, guardians, coaches, training partners and sport experts. Otero may also work with his coaching staff without it counting against time limits.

With the honor, Otero not only becomes the first student-athlete in IUPUI history to earn the USOPC elite status but also the first student-athlete in the Horizon League.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL

MAC SCHEDULE ROTATION: FOOTBALL CARDS HOST BRONCOS, HUSKIES, REDHAWKS AND FALCONS IN 2024

MUNCIE, Ind. – Opponents for Mid-American Conference football games have been announced for the next three seasons, revealing a new scheduling model that eliminates the MAC East and West Divisions. While dates and times for the 2024 MAC football schedule have not been announced, the league announced today the four home and road opponents for each institution.
 
Among its four MAC home games next season, Ball State will host Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Miami and Bowling Green. On the road, the Cardinals will travel in 2024 to Ohio, Kent State, Central Michigan and Buffalo.
 
Those eight games complement next year’s non-conference slate that includes a home opener against Missouri State and road matchups at Miami (FL), James Madison and Vanderbilt. View the 2024 Ball State football schedule here.

The new model allows for each team to face all 11 conference opponents home and away at least once during a three-year cycle. Additionally, the new format incorporates protected opponents based on geographic location and rivalries. Miami and Ohio, for instance, are a part of Ball State’s schedule in each of the next three seasons.

With the elimination of divisions, the top two teams based on conference winning percentage will compete in the MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit.

Ball State MAC opponents, 2024 to 2026:

2024 Home: Bowling Green, Miami, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan

2024 Away: Buffalo, Central Michigan, Kent State and Ohio

2025 Home: Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Ohio

2025 Away: Akron, Miami, Toledo and Western Michigan

2026 Home: Akron, Central Michigan, Miami and Toledo

2026 Away: Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Ohio

BALL STATE TRACK

CARDINALS HEAD TO INDIANAPOLIS FOR THE JAGUAR INVITATIONAL

MUNCIE, Ind. — Indoor track continues as the Cardinals prepare to head down to Indianapolis Friday morning for the IUPUI Jaguar Invitational. The two-day meet is set to take place in the Fall Creek Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center. 

The Cardinals’ most recent meet saw many celebratory moments, specifically after Jenna Oriani broke the 300m program record (39.48) and walked away with a first-place finish. Jenelle Rogers also had a successful day, recording two wins in the 60m hurdles (8.52) and the shot put (14.22m). 

The Jaguar Invitational

The Jaguar Invitational will be an opportunity to capitalize on the Cardinals’ recent success. Events will begin Friday morning with the pentathlon 60m hurdles at 10 a.m. ET. Saturday morning will open with the triple jump at 11 a.m. ET.

Looking ahead, track and field will head to Notre Dame on February 2-3 for the Meyo Invitational.

Ball State Entries in the Jaguar Invitational

Friday

Pentathlon 60m Hurdles (10:00 a.m.)

Pentathlon High Jump (10:50 a.m.)

Pentathlon Shot Put (1:00 p.m.)

Pentathlon Long Jump (2:10 p.m.)

Long Jump (4:00 p.m.) 

Weight Throw (4:00 p.m.)

60H Hurdles (4:00 p.m.)

Pentathlon 800m (4:10 p.m.)

60m Trials (4:30 p.m.)

Mile (6:05 p.m.)

600m (6:45 p.m.)

200m (8:05 p.m.)

Saturday

Triple Jump (1:00 p.m.) 

Shot Put (1:00 p.m.)

DMR (2:00 p.m.)

3k (2:40 p.m.)

60m Hurdle Finals (3:20 p.m.)

60m Finals (3:40 p.m.)

400m (4:25 p.m.)

High Jump (4:30 p.m.)

4x400m Relay (6:15 p.m.)

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES OPEN THREE-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST VALPO

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State begins a stretch of six home games in an eight-game span Friday evening when it faces in-state foe Valparaiso at 6 p.m. inside Hulman Center.

The game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Chelsea Cain led a balanced scoring effort with 16 points Sunday afternoon, but a strong-shooting second half propelled Missouri State past the Sycamores 89-71 inside Great Southern Bank Arena.

Indiana State finished with five players in double-figures, as Bella Finnegan tallied 14, Kiley Bess and Ella Sawyer had 12 each and Mya Glanton finished with 10. Glanton finished one rebound shy of a double-double, while Cain and Sawyer also dished out four assists apiece.

The Sycamores used a strong-shooting opening half to lead for a majority of the first 20 minutes, led by eight first-quarter points from Sawyer and eight in the second quarter from Glanton. Indiana State’s advantage lasted through the midway point of the third quarter, but a cold spell to end the quarter saw the Trees trail by nine with 10 minutes to go. A 15-2 Missouri State run to start the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for the Sycamores.

Hitting From Distance

Indiana State guard Bella Finnegan has found her stroke from behind the arc since the calendar flipped to conference play. Finnegan is connecting on 47.1 percent of her 3-point attempts against MVC foes this season, going 16-for-34 from behind the arc.

Finnegan’s numbers over the last five games are even better, as she has hit on 14 of her 27 attempts from distance during that span (51.9 percent).

Sharp-Shooting Sycamores

Indiana State has started to find increased success on the offensive end in recent games, as the Sycamores have shot better than 40 percent from the field in each of the last three contests. The Trees have also shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range in each of the last two games.

As a team, Indiana State has shot 41.5 percent from the field over its last five games, while shooting 39.7 percent from behind the arc during that span. Indiana State’s scoring has also been a balanced effort, with four of the Sycamores’ five regular starters averaging double-digit scoring this season.

Record-Setting Swats

Indiana State tied a program single-game record with 10 blocked shots in its 64-63 win over Southern Illinois. The last time the Sycamores had 10 blocked shots prior was Dec. 16, 2019 against Northern Kentucky.

In addition, Savannah White matched the program single-game record with seven blocked shots against Southern Illinois. White tied Shannon Thomas, the program’s all-time blocks leader, while her seven rejections were the most by an MVC athlete this season.

White jumped into the top five in the MVC in blocks per game following her record-setting night against Southern Illinois. She is currently second in the conference with 1.9 blocks per game against MVC foes.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s 3-point defense has been on a new level since the start of conference play, with MVC foes struggling behind the arc against the Sycamores. Through the first five games of the conference schedule, Indiana State’s opponents have made just 32 of their 133 3-point attempts, equating to a 24.1 percent mark from distance.

The Sycamores are currently the only team in the MVC to hold conference opponents below 25 percent from 3-point range, with four of Indiana State’s first seven conference foes shooting below 20 percent on 3-point attempts.

Milestone Moments

A pair of Indiana State players reached career milestones during the Sycamores’ most recent homestand, as Mya Glanton reached the 500-rebound mark for her career and Chelsea Cain scored her 500th point at Indiana State.

Glanton became the 22nd player in program history to reach 500 rebounds for her career, and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds last week against Murray State. Cain’s 500 points at Indiana State came in 44 games, with the senior forward averaging double-digit scoring in each of her two seasons as a Sycamore.

Rebound Machine

Mya Glanton’s 18 rebounds against Murray State represented a career-high and the fourth-highest single-game rebounding mark in Indiana State history. 10 of Glanton’s 18 rebounds came on the offensive glass, the most for any MVC athlete in a game this season.

Glanton leads Indiana State with 8.2 rebounds per game, including 3.8 offensive rebounds per game. She ranks second in the MVC in offensive rebounds and fifth in rebounds per game.

Valparaiso at a Glance

Valparaiso enters the weekend at 2-14 overall and 1-6 in conference play. The Beacons picked up their first MVC win of the season in their last game, defeating Bradley 79-55 to snap an eight-game skid. Valpo remains in search of its first road win of the 2023-24 season.

Leah Earnest leads the Beacons with 14.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, while Olivia Brown is also averaging double-digit scoring at 11.3 points per game. All five starters for Valpo average at least five points per game, while Raeven Raye-Redmond and Saniya Jackson both average more than two steals per game.

Mary Evans is in her sixth season as the head coach at Valparaiso and owns a 57-105 record at the helm of the Beacons. Evans is 5-4 in her head coaching career against Indiana State.

Series History Against Valparaiso

Indiana State owns a 10-7 advantage in the all-time series, though the Sycamores and Beacons have split the season series each of the last two seasons. The road team has won each of the last four meetings.

Last Meeting Against Missouri State (Feb. 17, 2023)

Indiana State was unable to get in a rhythm on the offensive end, as the Sycamores dropped a 54-47 decision to visiting Valparaiso inside Hulman Center.

Chelsea Cain led the Sycamores with 12 points, while Del’Janae Williams added 10 for the Blue and White. Mya Glanton and Bella Finnegan grabbed a team-leading six rebounds each.

Indiana State trailed for most of the second half, but managed to get within two early in the fourth quarter following an Anna McKendree fastbreak layup. The Sycamores went on a scoring drought of more than five minutes following that basket, though, which proved to be the difference as Valpo went on a 10-0 run during that span. Despite a pair of late baskets, Indiana State’s struggles were too much to overcome.

Up Next

Indiana State continues its three-game homestand Sunday afternoon against UIC, with tipoff slated for 1 p.m.

INDIANA STATE TRACK

STRONG MICHIGAN INVITATIONAL FIELD AWAITS FOR INDIANA STATE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State track and field competes in its second consecutive meet at a Big Ten venue Friday and Saturday when it takes part in the Michigan Invitational.

The first events for the Sycamores on both days will begin at noon.

Who’s In The Field?

Indiana State will compete against another strong field in Ann Arbor. The Division I schools in this weekend’s field, in addition to the Sycamores, are Butler, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Toledo and Wisconsin.

Five of the top 10 men’s teams in the Great Lakes region rankings are set to compete in this week’s field in Indiana State (No. 1), Wisconsin (No. 2), Michigan (No. 4), Notre Dame (No. 8) and Michigan State (No. 10).

Additionally, five of the top eight women’s teams in the Great Lakes region are in the field in Michigan (No. 1), Wisconsin (No. 3), Notre Dame (No. 4), Michigan State (No. 5) and Indiana State (No. 8).

Last Time Out

Indiana State track and field put together a strong showing for the third straight meet at the Indiana Invitational, picking up seven first-place finishes over the course of the weekend at Gladstein Fieldhouse.

The Sycamores nearly swept the first-place finishes in the men’s field events, as Will Staggs (pole vault), Shomari Rogers-Walton (long jump), Wyatt Puff (shot put) and Noah Bolt (weight throw) all took top spots in their respective events, while Kevin Krutsch was second in the high jump. Casey Hood Jr. (60m) was the lone Sycamore winner on the track, with Kyrsten Fehribach (high jump) and Dominique Wood (triple jump) picking up first-place finishes in women’s field events.

In addition to the top spots at the meet, the Sycamores also had multiple performances that cracked the program top-10 rankings. Niesha Anderson continued her stellar start to the 2023-24 season by moving into the top three in program history in the weight throw, while Napoleon Hernandez moved up to 10th in program history in the 600m.

Starting On Top

Indiana State was ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes region in the first set of USTFCCCA men’s regional rankings, which were announced Monday. The Sycamores earned their second-ever No. 1 regional ranking in program history with the announcement, as Indiana State was ranked first in the region once during the 2023 outdoor season, which culminated with another MVC Championship.

In addition, the Sycamores were ranked No. 8 in the Great Lakes region in the first set of USTFCCCA women’s regional rankings. The ranking was Indiana State’s highest ranking on the women’s side since opening the 2023 outdoor season at No. 6 in the region.

The Sycamores are ranked in the top 100 nationally on both the men’s and women’s side, based on the program’s top-50 national marks. The Sycamore women check in at No. 88, while the men are ranked at No. 96.

Sycamores On The National Stage

Indiana State’s strong start to the season has seen six Sycamore athletes ranked among the nation’s best in their respective events this season.

Niesha Anderson lead the way for the Blue and White, with her weight throw mark of 21.36m (70-01.00) ranking 13th nationally. Anderson is one of three Sycamore throwers to earn a top-50 national ranking, alongside Wyatt Puff in the shot put (21st, 18.28m/59-11.75) and Noah Bolt in the weight throw (49th, 20.16m/66-01.75).

Joining the trio of thowers in the top-50 national rankings for the Sycamores are pole vaulter Will Staggs (15th, 5.35m/17-06.50), and sprinters Terrance O’Bannon (24th, 6.66) and Casey Hood Jr. (27th, 6.67) in the 60m.

Trees At The Top

Indiana State’s season has gotten off to a strong start, as evidenced by the current MVC Performance List. The Sycamores own 12 marks that rank first in the conference, with 14 different athletes compiling those marks.

Two Indiana State athletes are responsible for multiple conference-leading marks this season. Shomari Rogers-Walton leads the MVC in both the long jump (7.37m/24-02.25) and triple jump (15.11m/49-07.00), while Tahj Johnson is the conference leader in the 400m (48.37) and runs one of the legs in the Sycamores’ top-ranked 4x400m relay (3:17.19) alongside Trent Jones, Nick Burns and Cameron Stevens.

Also owning top marks in the MVC are Terrance O’Bannon (60m – 6.66), Casey Hood Jr. (200m – 21.39), Rachel Mehringer (60m hurdles – 8.42), Kevin Krutsch (high jump – 2.04m/6-08.25), Will Staggs (pole vault – 5.35m/17-06.50), Wyatt Puff (shot put – 18.28m/59-11.75), Hannah Redlin (shot put – 15.06m/49-05.00) and Niesha Anderson (weight throw, 21.36m/70-01.00).

Indiana State’s 12 conference-leading marks are the most among MVC schools this season.

Up Next

A split-squad weekend is on deck for the Sycamores, with Indiana State set to compete in a pair of meets. The Trees will send a contingent to the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame February 2-3, while also playing host to the Blue-White Classic February 3.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

‘DONS TO COMPETE AT DOUG RAYMOND INVITATIONAL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne track and field teams are set to compete at the Doug Raymond Invitational this weekend, hosted by Kent State. A quartet of Mastodons will also be running at the IUPUI Invitational as well.

Doug Raymond Invitational 
When:
 Friday, January 26-Saturday, January 27
Where: Kent, Ohio | Kent State Field House
Meet Information:Link
Live Results:Link
Events Start: 11:00 a.m.

On Last Week – Women:

Louiza Kruiswijk’s school record highlighted last week’s Mastodon Invite. Kruiswijk won the triple jump event with a school record mark of 11.83m. Purdue Fort Wayne also won the long jump as Jai Reed jumped 5.39m to win the event. Elsewhere in the field, Nakia Harris-Campbell had the top mark in the weight throw of 15.91m. On the track, Jordan Yanders won both the 60 meter hurdles and the 200 meters while the distance medley relay team won the title with a time of 12:25.85.

Entries at Kent State – Women:

Francesca Carlo (shotput, weight throw), Abbigail Garwood (shotput, weight throw), Jesseca Hudson-Turpin (60 hurdles), Kassie Jordan (200, 400), Dylan Kirkwood (60 hurdles, pent), Madeline McClerren (200, 400), Korynne Mogan (200, 400), Jai Reed (60, 200), Marissa Van De Weg (400) and Ellie Zagel (pent).

On Last Week – Men:

The ‘Dons won four events while competing in friendly confines at the Mastodon Invite last weekend. Harrison Niswander took home the 3000 meter title with a new school record time of 8:20.46 and also was a part of the top distance medley relay team with Jarred Neff, Kobe Milledge, and Kehinde Oladapo. Niswander was named the league’s runner of the week for his effort. Ezra Lewellen also found success on the track at Lutheran Health Fieldhouse as he won the 60 meters. Freshman Andrew Roman also won the pole vault with his collegiate best 4.55m.

Entries at Kent State – Men:

Kai Auernheimer (hep), Hunter Crew (shotput, weight throw), Brent Donaldson (200, 400), Owen Kaufman (shotput, weight throw), Brevin Miller (shotput, weight throw), Jonas Morris (200, 400) and Brejion Peters (hep).

Running in Indy

Four men’s distance runners will be staying closer to home this weekend. Kehinde Oladapo, Kobe Milledge, Seth Mills, and Jack Mills will all compete at the IUPUI Invitational in the 800 meters on Saturday.

Up Next

Purdue Fort Wayne is set to split the squad between two meets next weekend. The ‘Dons will compete at both the Mrs. G Invitational and the Meyo Invitational on Friday (Feb. 2) and Saturday (Feb. 3).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS TAKE DOWN NKU 63-58 FOR ROAD #HLMBB WIN

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Jalen Jackson finished a rebound short of a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds to help the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team to a 63-58 victory at Northern Kentucky on Thursday (Jan. 25). The game was aired live on ESPNU. The ‘Dons have now swept the season series with the Norse.

Jackson finished 3-of-4 from three with his biggest coming with 2:54 left in the game. With the shot clock winding down in front of his own bench, Jackson rose up and drained a 3-pointer in traffic to put the Mastodons up 54-50. Rasheed Bello added his own three at 2:01 to put the ‘Dons up 57-50. An Eric Mulder layup at 1:13 and several key free throws down the stretch clinched the contest.

The ‘Dons limited NKU to 35.8 percent (19-of-53) from the floor and 3-of-18 from three. NKU had only two field goals in the final 10 minutes of the contest. Marques Warrick led the Norse with 27 points.

Quinton Morton-Robertson added 15 points. Anthony Roberts finished with 10.

The ‘Dons led for 26 minutes of the game. The contest featured 11 ties and eight lead changes.

The Mastodons finished at 40 percent from the floor (22-of-55).

NKU falls to 11-10 (6-4 Horizon League). The ‘Dons improve to 14-7 (5-5 Horizon League). Purdue Fort Wayne hosts Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 1) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

‘DONS FALL TO NO. 4 HAWAII IN FOUR SETS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team fell 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 34-32, 25-19) to No. 4 Hawai’i on Thursday (Jan. 25) evening on the Arnie Ball Court.

Mark Frazier had a match-high 14 kills with three blocks and two digs for the ‘Dons. Jon Diedrich added eight kills. Hawai’i out-hit the ‘Dons .355 to .157 with Spyros Chakas putting down 12 kills with four digs for the Rainbow Warriors.

The ‘Dons won a hard-fought set one. After the score was tied at 19, Axel Melendez Watts and Bryce Walker had kills in a four-point stretch to go up 22-21. From there, Walker and Andrej Polomac combined for a massive block, then the ‘Dons forced the Rainbow Warriors into an attacking error. After a Mastodon service error, Diedrich blocked Hawai’i’s Louis Sakanoko to take the opening frame. The ‘Dons hit .393 while holding Hawai’i to .115 in set one.

Hawai’i controlled set two to even the match after doubling up the ‘Dons 14-7. Mark Frazier had an ace to bring it back within four, but the Rainbow Warriors pulled away from there. The two teams stayed close through most of the third set. Hawai’i won two points in a row to gain an 18-16 advantage, but Frazier hit his third kill of the set to keep close. The Rainbow Warriors took five of the next six points and went on to win 25-21.

Frazier led the ‘Dons with three kills in the fourth set but Hawai’i hit .474 in the final set to take the match. Wilmer Hernandez had six digs to lead the Mastodons’ defensive efforts.

Hawai’i improves to 4-1. Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 4-2. The two teams will rematch on Friday night (Jan. 26).

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTING UIC AND VALPARAISO OVER THE WEEKEND

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team returns home to Meeks Family Fieldhouse for three straight games starting this weekend.

After a long road trip to Missouri and Illinois, the Purple Aces return to Evansville for their longest home stand of the year. UE kicks off the home stand with two games this weekend against the UIC Flames and the Valparaiso Beacons, starting with the Flames on Friday. The Aces contest against UIC is their annual Pride Night where the first 100 students will get a free Aces Pride shirt before the game.

The Flames come into tomorrow’s game off a thrilling 86-79 overtime win against Illinois State at home. Overall UIC is at .500 in Missouri Valley Conference play and a winning 10-7 overall record. The Flames Valley wins have come against the Redbirds, Bradley, and Southern Illinois with back-to-back wins. UIC is led on offense by junior forward Makiyah Williams who is averaging 12.5 points a game after transferring from Marquette. On defense, the Flames rely on senior guard/forward Jaida McCloud with 6.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks a game.

Valparaiso secured their first conference win over the weekend in a 79-55 beat down of Bradley at home The Beacons also have a win against Chicago State and an exhibition win against IU Northwest on the season. Valpo will have a game in Terre Haute on Friday before playing UE on Sunday afternoon. The Beacons offense is led by senior guard/forward Leah Earnst with 14.3 points a game. Valparaiso has one other player averaging in double-figures along with Earnst in 5th-year guard Olivia Brown at 11.5 points a game. Brown has just returned to Valpo’s lineup after four games away due to injury.

Evansville struggled to contain Southern Illinois offense in a 99-60 loss on Sunday. The Salukis were able to use their speed on offense to push pass the Aces on their home floor. A bright spot in Sunday’s game was freshman forward Nevaeh Thomas coming a bucket shy of her career-high in points in Carbondale. Thomas led UE in their game against the Salukis with 22 points while also setting a new career high in field goal attempts and blocks. The  forward attempted 15 shots through 31 minutes

and added two blocks under the rim.

The Aces also were on it under Southern Illinois’  rim on Sunday afternoon. Evansville had its best blocking game of Valley play with five shots turned away through 40 minutes. Two players set career highs in blocks while in Carbondale. Thomas had two while junior guard Julia Palomo recorded her first career block on Sunday.

EVANSVILLE SWIMMING

SWIMMING & DIVING READY FOR BUSY WEEKEND IN CHICAGO

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville swimming and diving team will compete twice over the weekend in Chicago this weekend in its final preparation for the upcoming conference championship season.  The UE men and women will first battle league rivals UIC and Missouri State in a double dual meet on Friday, before taking part in the multi-team UIC Invitational on Saturday.

Friday’s meet between UE, UIC and Missouri State will begin with diving at 3:30 p.m., with the swimming events kicking off at 5 p.m.  Saturday’s UIC Invitational begins bright and early at 10:30 a.m. central time.

UE will be competing for the third-straight weekend this weekend, after sweeping a double dual meet with Eastern Illinois and Wabash College last Saturday at EIU’s Padovan Pool in Charleston, Illinois.  The Purple Aces’ swimmers won 20 of 22 total events on the afternoon, as the UE men swept the Panthers and Little Giants by scores of 157-41 and 163-42, while the UE women knocked off EIU, 114-81.  UE junior swimmer Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) helped lead the charge by dominating the field in his three events, including setting a Padovan Pool record in the men’s 200-Yard IM event.

While the swimmers found success in the pool, the divers had the weekend off last weekend, but they will hope to build on a strong performance in their last competition.  Senior diver Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) earned Missouri Valley Conference Diver of the Week honors in her last meet after posting her first NCAA Zone Qualifying score as a Purple Ace with a mark of 279.90 in the one-meter competition against Southern Indiana.  Sophomore diver Levi McKinney, meanwhile, took home Mid-American Conference Diver of the Week honors last time out with an NCAA Zone Qualifying score of his own against USI.

This weekend’s action will be the last for UE before taking part in the conference championships.  The UE women will host the MVC Championships at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville from February 21-24, and tickets for the championships are now available on GoPurpleAces.com under the Tickets tab on the website.  The UE men, meanwhile, will travel to Carbondale, Illinois to take part in the Mid-American Conference Championships March 6-9.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

USI PULLS AWAY IN SECOND HALF TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball used a strong second half Thursday night at Screaming Eagles Arena to pull away and win its ninth consecutive game with an 81-61 victory against Western Illinois University, keeping the Screaming Eagles undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference with an 8-0 conference record.

Southern Indiana, who remains in first place in the OVC by 2.5 games, already surpassed its OVC win total from the 2022-23 season last week. Thursday’s win against the Leathernecks put the Screaming Eagles at 13-5 this season, surpassing last year’s overall mark.

Thursday’s matchup featured two top-three scoring offenses in the Ohio Valley Conference and the Screaming Eagles’ top-scoring defense in league play. After a couple of minutes of settling into the game, Southern Indiana grabbed an early 10-3 advantage three minutes into the contest following a pair of three-pointers and a layup. Then Western Illinois went to work on the offensive end for an 8-0 run to take a one-point lead in the middle of the first quarter. By the end of the first 10 minutes of action, the Leathernecks led 18-15.

The back-and-forth struggle from the first period lingered into the second quarter. After Western Illinois started the second by pushing its lead to five, USI’s freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) put consecutive baskets through the bottom of the net to bring the Screaming Eagles within one, 22-21. Halfway into the frame, the Leathernecks led 26-22 before USI senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) went on an individual spurt with a mid-range jumper and a triple to push Southern Indiana in front, 27-26. Raley ended up with 10 second-quarter points. Down the stretch of the first half, sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) helped expand the Eagles’ lead on her second trey of the game and a dazzling layup. Southern Indiana carried a 35-28 lead into the halftime locker room.

After a bit of a slow start from the floor to start the second half, Southern Indiana scored back-to-back layups from senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) and junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) to maintain its halftime margin. Then the Eagles started to find a consistent balance between their inside and outside game. Under the six-minute mark in the third period, Saunders canned another three to cross into double figures for the game, as USI led 42-35. About two minutes later, Shafford started to heat up from beyond the arc, splashing home a three from the wing to extend the Eagles’ advantage to 10, 47-37. Late in the third, USI went on a 12-0 run, which was sparked by a three-point play from Raley and a made three from Shafford. Southern Indiana went into the fourth stanza ahead 61-43.

Right away in the fourth quarter, Shafford cashed in another three-pointer. Later in the fourth, Southern Indiana went on an 11-2 run, which was highlighted by Gannon making a basket and drawing the foul twice within a minute of action. With six minutes left on the clock, Raley and Saunders swished back-to-back triples to increase the Screaming Eagles’ lead to 25, 75-50. In the two minutes that followed, Gannon scored twice more to set a new career mark. Southern Indiana closed out the victory from there.

Southern Indiana ended the game shooting 47.5 percent from the field (29-61) with 11 makes from long range, nearly double USI’s total three-point makes in the previous two games. USI was 12-23 for 52.2 percent at the foul line. The Screaming Eagles racked up 18 assists after 12 second-half helpers. Individually, Raley led all scorers with 21 points, while Gannon posted a career-high 18 points on 8-13 shooting. Shafford recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Saunders tallied a season-high 14 points with five rebounds and seven assists, which matched a season best.

Western Illinois, who dropped to 12-6 this season and 3-4 in league action, was held to 30 percent shooting (19-63) and only 19 percent (6-31) from outside the perimeter. The Leathernecks went 17-21 for 81 percent at the free-throw stripe. Freshman combo guard Raegan McCowan paced Western Illinois with 18 points.

The current run by the Screaming Eagles, overall and in conference play, is a team best since 2017-18 when USI rattled off 13 straight victories in the middle of the Great Lakes Valley Conference season. The Screaming Eagles also continue to ride their best start to a conference schedule since 1996-97. The current streak has featured six double-digit margins of victory and two single-digit wins in conference play, flipping some of the close defeats from last season. In addition to completing the three-game homestand sweep, Southern Indiana also picked up its fifth weekly sweep in the OVC schedule after having none in 2022-23.

The Screaming Eagles will return to game action for a pair of road contests next week. USI will head to Tennessee Tech University next Thursday, February 1, for a 5:30 p.m. start before visiting Tennessee State University next Saturday, February 3, for a 1 p.m. tip. Both road games can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES FALL SHORT OF LEATHERNECKS, 73-68

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball fell short of Western Illinois University, 73-68, in Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles fall to 5-16 overall and 2-6 in OVC play, while the Leathernecks are 13-7 overall, 6-1 OVC.

The Eagles started fast, building a 9-2 lead in the first three minutes. USI hit four of its first five shots with sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) dropping in two of the four shots.

WIU closed the gap to two, 11-9 and 13-11, with seven minutes gone in the half. The Eagles and the Leathernecks would trade buckets overt the next 10 minutes, with USI lead leading by as many as five points three times.

After the Leathernecks regained the lead 34-32, USI took back the advantage, 35-34, on a three-pointer by sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois). WIU would get the final three points of the half and ran into the locker room with a 37-35 lead into the break.

WIU extended its halftime margin to nine points, 54-45, with 13:10 to play in the game after hitting seven-of-11 to begin the second half. USI’ offense was cool in the first seven minutes, dropping in two of its first nine shots.

The Eagles started to climb back into the game with a 5-0 run and a strong defense that held the Leathernecks scoreless for five minutes to make the score, 56-50. USI continued to chip away at the deficit, closing to three points, 61-58, on a pair of free throws by junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) with 4:36 remaining.

USI reduced the deficit to two points three times (62-60, 66-64, 68-66) in the final minutes, but could not get by WIU in the 73-68 decision.

USI had three players in double-digits, led by Hernandez with game-high 26 points. The 26 points were Hernandez’s third-straight game with 20 or more points.

Smith followed with 12 points and barely missed his ninth double-double with a team-high nine rebounds. Campion rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points.

Next Up For USI:

USI returns to the road next for a pair of OVC games in Tennessee. The Eagles open the road trip February 1 with a visit to Tennessee Tech University and conclude the trip February 3 with an appointment with Tennessee State University.

TTU (7-13, 2-5 OVC) started its week with a 68-59 loss at Eastern Illinois University and conclude its road swing with visit to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday. Golden Eagles took the first game with USI earlier this month 73-59 at Screaming Eagles Arena and leads the all-time series, 3-0.

TSU (11-9, 4-3 OVC) has one game this week, a visit to EIU Saturday in Charleston, Illinois. USI took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series earlier this month, defeating the Tigers, 69-67, at Screaming Eagles Arena.

Fans can find all the ways to follow USI Basketball action at home by visiting USIScreamingEagles.com.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES ON SYCAMORES FRIDAY

Valparaiso (2-14, 1-6 MVC)

Game #17 – January 26, 2024 – 5 p.m. CT

at Indiana State (6-11, 2-5 MVC)

Hulman Center (9,000) – Terre Haute, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: Following a dominating victory over Bradley last time out, the Valpo women’s basketball team returns to the road for the first time in three weekends, starting out the downstate road trip Friday evening at Indiana State.

Previously: Valpo ntered the second quarter of its game at the ARC Sunday with a two-point lead over Bradley. Ten minutes later, the Beacons headed to the locker room 22 points to the good, as they exploded for seven 3-pointers and 33 points in all in the second quarter, sending them on their way to a 79-55 victory over the Braves — the team’s largest win in MVC play since 2019. Leah Earnest led the way with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, Olivia Brown returned to action and scored 17 points and Ella Van Weelden knocked down all four of her 3-point attempts in the second quarter for 12 points.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 57-105. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: Indiana State leads the all-time series with Valpo, 10-7, but it is the Beacons who have won five of the series’ last seven matchups, including each of the last three in Terre Haute. Both teams won on the other’s home court last season – ISU picked up a 66-58 win at the ARC despite four Valpo starters scoring in double figures, but the Beacons gained a measure of revenge with a 54-47 victory in Terre Haute, led by 16 points from Olivia Brown.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…versus Bradley

– Valpo led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, and was still ahead just 23-19 with 6:28 to play in the half.

– In what seemed like a blink of the eye, but what was in fact 1:19 of game time, the Beacons reeled off 11 points in a four-possession span. Ella Van Weelden had two 3-pointers in that stretch, the second of which forced a Bradley timeout with the score 34-21 and 4:53 to play

– The Braves scored on their first possession out of the stoppage, but that just set up a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes for Valpo. Van Weelden had the bulk of that run as well, knocking down two more 3-pointers.

– Bradley snapped the run with a basket inside the final minute. Fittingly enough, however, Valpo capped the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer, this one courtesy of senior Emma Tecca on its final offensive possession to send the Beacons into the locker room with a 47-25 lead.

– The result was never in doubt in the second half, as Valpo’s lead did not drop below 20 points. A 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter from Olivia Brown put the Beacons ahead 66-37 at the end of the quarter, and Valpo led by as many as 34 points in the final period.

– Leah Earnest led the way with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

– In her return to action, Olivia Brown dropped in 17 points, while Van Weelden was a perfect 4-for-4 from deep to match her career high with 12 points.

– Led by Earnest’s efforts on the glass, Valpo outrebounded Bradley 38-34 — the first time this year Valpo has held the edge in that category.

– Valpo finished the game hitting 12-of-28 (42.9%) from the 3-point line, season bests for both 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage. The Beacons also went 19-of-22 (86.4%) from the foul line, a season-best percentage there as well.

– Valpo entered the game ranked 35th nationally in steals/game, but had a season-low five thefts on Sunday. The Beacons still forced 14 Bradley turnovers, converting those into 13 points.

…versus Illinois State

– Valpo led by as many as four points in the early going, but Illinois State closed the first quarter on a 10-3 run to lead 17-11 at the end of one.

– Nevaeh Jackson poured in 17 points in the second quarter alone as the Beacons outscored the Redbirds 26-18 in the period. A Leah Earnest layup in the final seconds of the quarter gave Valpo a 37-35 lead at halftime.

– The Redbirds took the lead for good with a 6-0 run in the middle of the third quarter and led 56-49 with 10 minutes to play.

– Earnest scored on Valpo’s first trip in the fourth quarter to make it a five-point game, and when Emma Tecca drilled a 3-pointer with 7:24 to play, the Beacons were within 58-54. ISU scored 10 points on its next four trips, however, to extend its lead to 68-58 past the halfway mark of the quarter.

– Jackson’s second quarter alone surpassed her previous career high, as she finished with 19 points.

– Earnest finished with her third double-double of the year, scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

– Ava Interrante rounded out the trio of Valpo players in double figures with 14 points, a season high and one off her career best, as she hit 5-of-7 from the field, including both her 3-point attempts.

– Valpo shot just 39.7% from the floor (23-of-56) versus Illinois State’s 46.9% (23-of-49) clip, but the Beacons hit seven triples to the Redbirds’ six.

– ISU enjoyed a 10-point advantage at the foul line, going 25-of-32 to Valpo’s 15-of-18. The Beacons’ 83.3% clip from the charity stripe was the team’s best single-game performance of the year (minimum 10 attempts).

– Valpo committed just 13 turnovers to match its season low. On the defensive end, the Beacons hit the double-figure mark in steals for the eighth time this year, coming up with 12 thefts.

…looking ahead

– The swing through the Hoosier State finishes off Sunday afternoon at Evansville.

– Valpo has just one game next week, a Sunday afternoon matinee at UIC.

…on the road

– Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 0-10 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

@IndStWBB

– Indiana State enters Friday night’s game one game up on Valpo in the standings at 2-5 in MVC play.

– The Sycamores are 6-11 overall, with losses in five of their last six games.

– Four of ISU’s five starters are averaging in double figures, but none of those players is averaging more than 10.7 points/game.

A Big Win

– There was no drama in the second half at the ARC on Sunday, as the Beacons led Bradley by as many as 34 points on their way to the 79-55 victory.

– Valpo’s 24-point margin of victory was its largest since beating Western Michigan 75-51 in December 2020.

– It was the program’s largest margin of victory in MVC play since a 93-49 win over Evansville in January 2019.

– The Beacons held Bradley to 55 points, a season low for their opponents. The Braves shot just 29.1% from the floor, the lowest mark by a Valpo opponent since Illinois State shot just 28.8% in January 2021.

That Second Quarter Tho

– The offensive numbers from the second quarter in the Bradley win are the fun ones.

– Valpo scored 33 points in the period, the program’s second-highest output in a quarter since the change to quarters in 2014-15 — only bested by a 35-point third quarter in the aforementioned Evansville game.

– The Beacons were 9-of-14 from the field in the second quarter, including a 7-of-10 mark from behind the 3-point line, and hit 8-of-9 from the foul line. Their 33 points came on just 19 possessions, an average of 1.74 points per possession.

3lla Van W33lden

– Leading the way in that second quarter was sophomore Ella Van Weelden, who hit four 3-pointers in a single period for the second time this year. This time, the sophomore was perfect, connecting on all four of her tries.

– Van Weelden finished the afternoon with the 12 points she scored in that quarter, matching her career best set earlier this year in the fourth quarter at Southern Illinois. Notably, outside of those two single-quarter performances, her career high for scoring in a game is nine points.

– Van Weelden did not attempt a triple outside of the second period, becoming the first Valpo player to hit 100% from deep with at least four attempts in a game since Carie Weinman went 4-of-4 from 3-point range against Illinois State in February 2022.

A Unicorn of a Stat Line

– Senior Leah Earnest had a game unlike any ever seen by a Valpo women’s basketball player on Sunday in the win over Bradley.

– Earnest finished with game highs of 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists – in single-game records dating back to the late 1980’s, no Valpo player has ever hit all three of those marks in the same game.

– Earnest is one of just three Division I players this season to reach all three of those marks in the same game — Iowa’s Caitlin Clark did so against Loyola, while Abilene Christian’s Bella Earle did so against California Baptist. She is also one of just two MVC players to post a stat line like that in the last 13 seasons.

– Earnest recorded her fourth double-double of the year and set a career high for free throws made (7). She also matched her career bests for 3-pointers made (3), rebounds and assists.

Earnest’s Helping Hand

– Not only did Earnest score 24 points against Bradley, she also tallied six assists – five of which came on 3-pointers.

– This came two days after the senior posted 20 points and recorded three assists – all on triples – against Illinois State.

– That means over the course of last weekend, Earnest had a direct hand in 70 of Valpo’s 147 points – a 47.6% mark.

– Eight of nine assists coming on 3-pointers seems awfully high, but it’s not altogether out of line with the season Earnest has put together distributing the basketball.

– Of Earnest’s 46 assists, 37 of them (80.4%) have been on made 3-pointers. She has either scored or assisted on 57 of Valpo’s 121 made 3-pointers (47.1%) this year.

A Welcome Return

– Sunday was a big afternoon for fifth-year guard Olivia Brown.

– Prior to the game, Brown was recognized for reaching 1,000 collegiate points last month.

– Brown started the game on the bench, but answered the call 4:05 into the contest for her first action since getting injured in the fourth quarter at Missouri State Jan. 4.

– Brown made up for lost time, hitting her first shot attempt, a 3-pointer less than three minutes after entering the game — the first arrow in what proved to be 17 points in her quiver, as she hit 5-of-6 from the field, 2-of-3 from deep and 5-of-5 from the foul line.

– Brown now owns 1,061 collegiate points, 695 of which have come in her three seasons in the Valpo uniform.

What a Quarter, Ms. Jackson

– Freshman Nevaeh Jackson flew past her previous season best of 11 points in just one quarter of action Friday against Illinois State, dropping 17 points in the second quarter.

– Jackson went 6-of-8 from the floor in the period, including a perfect 3-of-3 mark from deep, and hit both of her free throw attempts.

– Impressively, Jackson did all that scoring in just 6:30 of game time, as her first points came with 8:11 to play in the quarter and her final points came at the 1:41 mark.

– The 17 points is tied for second-most by a Valpo player in a single quarter since the move to quarters in 2015-16, outdone only by Meredith Hamlet’s 19-point fourth quarter at Loyola in February 2018.

– Jackson is the second Valpo player this season to outdo their previous career high from scoring in a single quarter, as Ella Van Weelden did the same with her 12-point fourth quarter at Southern Illinois.

Double-Digit Quarters

– Jackson wasn’t the only Beacon to post a double-figure scoring quarter on Friday, as Leah Earnest closed with a flourish, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter.

– Earnest scored double figures in a quarter for the fourth time in her career, three of which have come this season (at UAB, 11, Q4; Chicago State, 12, Q1).

– Earnest also had a double-digit quarter as a sophomore, scoring 10 in the second quarter at Southern Illinois.

– Friday marked the second time this season that multiple Valpo players have posted a double-figure quarter in the same game, as Earnest had 12 in the first quarter and Olivia Brown 14 in the third quarter in the win over Chicago State.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and has taken another leap this year.

– Earnest enters Friday’s game ranked sixth in the conference in scoring (14.3) and ninth in rebounding (6.9).

– She is also averaging a team-best 2.9 assists/game as well.

– Earnest is on pace to become the first Valpo player since Debbie Bolen in 1991-92 to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in 14 of 16 games to date.

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has hit that mark or better five times this year, including a career-best 26 points at UAB.

– Earnest posted a pair of double-doubles last weekend, giving her four on the season.

– With her seventh rebound at Missouri State, Earnest hit the 500-rebound mark for her career, becoming the 19th player in program history with 500 career boards. She enters Friday’s game ranked 16th in program history with 538 career rebounds.

Youth in the Lineup

– The Beacons’ starting lineup has been 60% comprised of freshmen the last five times out.

– Layla Gold made her first collegiate start at Southern Illinois, joining Saniya Jackson and Nevaeh Jackson in the starting five.

– It was the first time Valpo has started three freshmen since March 11, 2016, when Hannah Schaub, Meredith Hamlet and Amber Lindfors were in the starting lineup against Northern Kentucky.

– Gold’s insertion into the lineup was necessitated after Olivia Brown suffered an injury in the fourth quarter of the previous game at Missouri State which kept her out against the Salukis. It was the first game Brown has missed in her three years at Valpo, snapping a streak of 71 consecutive games played.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end this season.

– The Beacons rank 44th nationally with 10.4 steals/game, and per HerHoopStats.com, their steal rate of 12.3% is good for 31st nationally.

– Valpo has been in double figures in steals in eight games this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond currently ranks fourth in the Valley with 2.2 steals/game despite playing just 15.4 minutes/game, while fellow rookie Saniya Jackson is eighth in the MVC with 1.9 steals/game.

– Both Jackson and Raye-Redmond have had an eight-steal game this season – Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 27 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL WELCOMES MISSOURI STATE FOR BLAZE’S BIRTHDAY AND COACHES VS. CANCER GAME

Missouri State (11-9, 3-6 MVC)

at Valparaiso (6-14, 2-7 MVC)

Game No. 21 – Saturday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will enjoy another home Saturday and look to repeat the success of last week’s home date as Missouri State comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the first matchup of the season between these two teams. Blaze is celebrating a birthday on Saturday, and some sources close to the situation are calling it “the biggest mascot birthday party ever.” High-flying frisbee dogs will perform at halftime, fans will gobble up BOGO (buy one, get one) hot dogs and the first 1,000 arrivers will receive a free mascot coloring book. In addition, Valpo will be participating in Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers week.

Last Time Out: Valpo battled to the finish, but host Southern Illinois escaped with a 75-69 win at the Banterra Center in Carbondale, Ill. on Wednesday. Valpo led by seven early in the second half before facing a gap as large as 13 after a 23-3 spurt by the Salukis. The Beacons battled back late but couldn’t get over the hump despite another stellar performance from Cooper Schweiger, who paced the team with 20 points and seven rebounds. Isaiah Stafford (16) and Jahari Williamson (11) also finished in double figures.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Soren Burkholder (play-by-play) and Jack Hutter (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-14) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: Missouri State possesses a 26-10 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1966-67 season. The two teams clashed just once last season, a 76-67 Valpo defeat in overtime on Feb. 1 in Springfield. The two squads played each other in the State Farm MVC Tournament four times in a five-year span with Missouri State ending Valpo’s season on three different occasions but Valpo winning a memorable MVC semifinal in 2019-20 to go to the conference title game. This marks the first time the Bears have visited the Beacons since Jan. 15, 2021. Valpo has dropped seven straight matchups between the two teams since that aforementioned 2020 victory in St. Louis.

Scouting the Bears

Picked to finish sixth of 12 in the MVC preseason poll.

Coming off an 83-80 double overtime win over Drake, knocking the Bulldogs out of the top spot in the league and handing them just their second league loss.

Got back on track with the win over Drake after dropping five of the previous six.

Led in scoring by Alston Mason at 18.2 points per game. The team’s second leading scorer is Donovan Clay, who started his collegiate career at Valpo and is averaging 13.5 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game.

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 26, 1913 – Jim Thorpe relinquished his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional. An Olympics Fandom.com article states that in late January 1913, the Worcester Telegram published a story announcing that Thorpe had played professional baseball, and other U.S. newspapers followed up the story. Thorpe had indeed played professional baseball in the Eastern Carolina League for Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1909 and 1910, receiving meager pay; reportedly as little as US $2 per game and as much as $35 per week. College players, in fact, regularly spent summers playing professionally but most used aliases, unlike Thorpe.

January 26, 1960 – According to the Raiders.com website at an AFL owners meeting Lamar Hunt of the Dallas Texans was named as the first AFL president.

January 26, 1960 – Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on the 23rd ballot. a dozen National Football league team owners cast 23 ballots over a nine-day span in a futile attempt to find a successor for Bert Bell, the league’s popular and competent commissioner, who had died three months earlier.

Early in the marathon meeting, Austin Gunsel, the NFL’s treasurer and Marshall Leahy, the league’s chief legal counsel, each had strong but almost-equal support. Numerous attempts to settle on experienced, well-known compromise nominees came to naught.Finally according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two powerful and respected administrators – Wellington Mara of the New York Giants and Paul Brown  of the Cleveland Browns, hit on the idea of Pete Rozelle, the 33-year-old general manager of the Los Angeles Rams, as a candidate most owners might accept. Rozelle was informed of their decision and then asked to leave the room so his name could be presented and discussed.

Pete Rozelle’s greatest accomplishments in his tenure as Commisioner we that he moved the Legue offices to New York from Philadelphia, announced a contract had been signed with CBS that produced the then-princely sum of $4,650,000 a year to be divided equally among the NFL’s teams and the merger with the AFL up to creating the Super Bowl spectacle.

January 26, 1976 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – In the NFL Pro Bowl, the NFC edged out the AFC, 23-20. The game’s MVP was Billy White Shoes Johnson the wide receiver of the Houston Oilers.

January 26, 1986 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – Super Bowl XX presented the New England Patriots versus the Chicago Bears. The Bears were the top team in the League boasting only a single loss all season in a Monday Night Football contest at Miami. The defense of that 1985 Bears team may be the best ever in NFL history as Buddy Ryan and Mike Ditka’s team surrendered only 198 points for the season per a History.com article. Players like Dan Hampton, Richard Dent, Mike Singletary and William the Refrigerator Perry made a formidable front against any opposing offense. In fact in this game at halftime the Patriots had a total of negative 19 yards! The impact of the defense was ferocious as they caused 6 New England Turnovers and 4 of them resulted in Chicago points. Walter Payton graced the ball control offense of the Bears to perfectly compliment the strong D. The Chicago Bears knocked around the New England Patriots that day 46-10 to capture the NFL crown the first such since 1963. Richard Dent from his defensive end position earned the Super Bowl XX Most Valuable Player Award.

January 26, 1991 – Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to gain entrance into the Pro Hall of Fame.

January 26, 1992 – Metrodome, Minneapolis – Super Bowl XXVI hosted the matchup of the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins. We looked to an article on the Washington Team website to garner the games details.  The 1991 Redskins were a tough seasoned group that year, starting the season with an 11-0 record. They finished 14-2 and then in the playoffs they crushed the aspirations of  Atlanta and Detroit with a 65-17 scoring differential. Their Super Bowl opponents the Bills were 13-3 in the regular season and had the NFL’s most explosive offense led by Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed and a defense that featured sack master Bruce Smith. The first quarter was scoreless as the Bill avoided two deep Washington drives by a missed field goal and an interception of Mark Rypien. However the Redskins would not be denied in the second quarter as they held a 17-0 halftime lead on a Lohmiller 34-yard field goal, a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rypien to Earnest Byner and a 1-yard TD plunge by Earnest Byner. It got worse for the Bill just 16 seconds into the third quarter as an errant Kelly pass landed into the hands of linebacker Kurt Gouveia, who returned it 23 yards to the Buffalo 2. One play later, Gerald Riggs crossed the goal line to increase the Redskins’ lead. The Bills got things rolling a bit later but it wasn’t enough as the Washington Redskins outlasted the Buffalo Bills, 37-24. The game’s MVP was Mark Rypien.

January 26, 1997 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – At Super Bowl XXXI the  Green Bay Packers knocked around the New England Patriots, 35-21. Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe was intercepted 4 times and sacked 5 times, 3 times by legendary player Reggie White as the Packers gave pressure all game long as listed by the Pro Football Reference site. The game’s MVP was kick returner Desmond Howard of Green Bay who famously returned a 3rd quarter kick 99 yards to paydirt to solidify the Packers lead.

January 26, 2003 – Qualc:omm Stadium, San Diego – Super Bowl XXXVII was a one sided affair as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders, 48-21 per the Ihavenet.com.  The Bucs used a surge of 34 unanswered points to dim Oakland’s chances. The Most Valuable Player was Tampa Safety Dexter Jackson who picked off two first half Raider passes. Super Bowl XXXVII  ended up having 138.9 million viewers which at the time made it the most watched show in television history.

January 26, 2014 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – The first year of the NFL’s attempt to bring a different angle to the stale NFL Pro Bowl had them not separate the stars by conference but take the vote winners and have two former stars in Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders choose the teams in a style much like you would do in gym class. Team Rice edged out Team Sanders, 22-21. The game’s MVPs were Nick Foles of Philadelphia and linebacker Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs.

January 26, 2020 – Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida – At the 2019 season’s NFL Pro Bowl the AFC defeated the NFC, 38-33.  Lamar Jackson, QB  of the Baltimore Ravens and his future teammate Calais Campbell who at the time was a Defensive End  with the Jacksonville Jaguars were awarded with the Most Valuable Player awards.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays for January 26

January 26, 1899 – Oshkosh, Wisconsin – The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh tackle, Marty Below was born. The National Football Foundation selected Marty Below to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

January 26, 1906 -Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Fred Miller the University of Notre Dame tackle celebrated his date of birth. The NFF voters inducted Fred Miller into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

January 26, 1935 – Emporia, Virginia – Henry Jordan the defensive tackle from the University of Virginia was born. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Jordan played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers. He was voted as All-NFL 6 times and played in four Pro Bowls and 7 NFL Title games plus Super Bowls I and II.  Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Henry Jordan posthumously in 1995.

January 26, 1950 – Jacksonville, Florida – The awesome University of Florida linebacker Jack Youngblood was born. The NFF lists that in 1969, Jack led the Gators in tackles with 66 and in 1970, he made the All-America team. Youngblood pulled off one of the greatest plays in Florida Gators history when playing the University of Georgia. The Bulldogs were up  17-10 and had the ball on Florida’s 1-yard line late in the game.  Georgia opted for a rushing attempt for a touchdown but in the plays process, Youngblood stopped him short of the goal line, knocked the ball out of his grip, and recovered it.! The failure to score made a difference in the game as Florida went on to win 24-17.! The National Football Foundation inducted Jack Youngblood into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1992. In the 1971 NFL Draft the LA Rams used their first pick to take Jack Youngblood. He spent 14 seasons with the franchise and was an All-Pro player 5 times playing in 7 straight Pro Bowls. Jack Youngblood entered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Jack in 2014.

January 26, 1960 – Greensboro, North Carolina – Clemson’s fine linebacker Jeff Davis was born. According to his NFF Bio Davis lead the Clemson Tigers defense in 1981 as he was its leading tackler and team co-captain as his teammates called him “The Judge.” Davis was the cause of many turnovers as over his career as his vicious hits led to ten fumbles eight of which he recovered himself to go along with four interceptions on the season. The National Football Foundation voters selected Jeff Davis to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 25 – 84 – 99 – 95 – 11 – 13 – 33 – 44 – 23 – 66 – 22 – 81 – 34 – 9 – 56 – 87 – 8 – 24 – 93

January 26, 1921 – Corb Denneny, Number 6, of the Toronto St. Patricks scored 6 goals in a home game against the Hamilton Tigers, that the Toronto squad won 10-3.

January 26, 1951 – Legendary players Mel Ott (long time Number 4) and Jimmie Foxx (long time Number 3) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 26, 1956 – Hank Greenberg (long time Number 5) and Joe Cronin (long time Number 4) are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 26, 1960 – Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

January 26, 1960 – Prep hardcourt sensation, Danny Heater, Number 25 scored 135 points in a high school basketball game in Burnsville West Virginia.

It was a National Scholastic hoops record! Heater played for Burnsville High as they dropped Widen HS in a lopsided 173-43 victory. Danny was 53 of 70 from the floor, 29 of 41 free throw attempts and remember this is over 25 years before there was a three point shot in high school hoops. Though the scoring is what is most remembered, Heater also hauled down 32 rebounds and had 7 assists in the game. Prior to the contest against Widen Danny averaged 27 points per game. The previous record of 120 points was set in the 1950s but the 6′-0″ senior was fed the ball from teammates when they saw he had the hot hand. The 135 is the second highest in basketball at all levels, as Jack Taylor of NCAA Division III’s Grinnell College scored 138 points years later in 2012. Some may say it was horrible for the coach to have run that score up, but the Burnsville Coach Jack Stalnaker lamented later he did it because he knew Heater’s father was an unemployed coal miner and the family had recently lost everything they owned in a house fire. Heater was a deserving kid according to Stalnaker, a humble young man and great student who had a chance to escape financial plight. The colleges had no awareness of this young player and that the scoring would give the young man a spotlight in the national media and a scholarship to college, if which without Danny would not be able to go to school.  Stalnaker told each man on the team of his plan to feed Danny the ball to get the recognition he deserved and badly needed, and all fully agreed, except Danny. The first 2-1/2 minutes of the game, Danny would pass the ball away to teammates rather than shoot, and the Burnsville Blaze trailed by 6. However after a wise timeout was taken where Danny saw how much it meant to the team for him to score, the reluctance fade and history was made.  Heater was never offered a scholarship to school but a retired state senator , after hearing his story paid his tuition & housing to attend the University of Richmond. Heater joined the Spider basketball team but left a week later due to being homesick. Heater has been embarrassed all his life about making the other team look so poorly. He eventually married and moved to Washington DC where he worked for Delta Airline for over 30 years. Another ironic twist of the story is that his parents attended all of his high school basketball games save one, this 135 point scoring spree due to his father being ill with the flu and his mother staying home to care for her husband.

January 26, 1976 – NFL Pro Bowl, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: NFC beats AFC, 23-20; MVP was Houston Oilers, WR, Number 84,  Billy White Shoes Johnson.

January 26, 1985 – The “Great One,” Wayne Gretzsky tallied his 50th goal of the season in just the 49th game he played in. Gretzsky wore Number 99 for the Edmonton Oilers

January 26, 1986 – Number 95 , Richard Dent became one of the rare defensive players to become the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XX as his ChicagoBears dropped the New England Patriots in the big game, 46-10

January 26, 1991 – Houston Rockets guard, Number 11, Vernon Maxwell becomes 5th player in NBA history to score 30 points in a quarter in Rockets’ 103-97 home win over Cleveland; joins Wilt Chamberlain (Number 13), David Thompson (Number 33), George Gervin (Number 44) andMichael Jordan (Number 23)

January 26, 1991 – Jan Stenerud, Number 3 became the first true placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame

January 26, 1992 – Super Bowl XXVI, Metrodome, Minneapolis, MI: Washington Redskins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24; MVP chosn was Washington, QB, Number 11, Mark Rypien,

January 26, 1995 – With a record 6,254,427 ballots cast by fans in NBA All-Star Voting, Detroit Pistons young star, Number 33, Grant Hill becomes the first rookie to lead all NBA players in All-Star votes received, earning #1 on 1,289,585 ballots

January 26, 1997 – Pittsburgh Penguins, Center, Number 66, Mario Lemieux ties NHL record with 4 goals in the 3rd period as Pittsburgh wins, 5-2 at Montreal; 39th career hat trick and 13th 4-goal game, tying NHL record shared by Wayne Gretzky (Number 99) and Mike Bossy (Number 22)

January 26, 1997 – Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots, 35-21; MVP: Number 81, Desmond Howard, Green Bay KR

January 26, 2003 – Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualc:omm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21; MVP selected was Tampa Bay, S, Number 34, Dexter Jackson,

January 26, 2014 – NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Rice beats Team Sanders, 22-21; MVPs were Philadelphia, QB, Number 9, Nick Foles and KC Chiefs, LB, Number 56, Derrick Johnson

January 26, 2019 – 64th NHL All Star Games, SAP Centre, San Jose, CA: Metropolitan All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament. The game’s MVP chosen was Pittsburgh Penguins, C, Number 87, Sidney Crosby,

January 26, 2020 – We lost the great Kobe Bryant on this day when a helicopter that he hired to transport he, his daughter and some friends crashed in foggy conditions into a mountain near Calabasas, California. Bryant famously wore Number 8 and Number 24 during his time in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers retired both numbers in his honor.

January 26, 2020 – NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida: AFC beats NFC, 38-33; MVP’s: Lamar Jackson (Number 8), QB (Baltimore Ravens), Calais Campbell (Number 93), DE (Jacksonville Jaguars)

TV SPORTS FRIDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Dallas at Atlanta7:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports
Houston at Charlotte7:00pmSCHN
Bally Sports
Phoenix at Indiana7:00pmAFSN
Bally Sports
LA Clippers at Toronto7:30pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Orlando at Memphis8:00pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
Oklahoma City at New Orleans8:00pmBally Sports
Portland at San Antonio9:30pmNBATV
ROOT
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Vegas at NY Rangers7:00pmESPN
MSG
Scripps
Florida at Pittsburgh7:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Los Angeles at Colorado9:00pmBally Sports
ALT
St. Louis at Seattle10:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Ohio at Kent State5:00pmCBSSN
Marist at Niagara6:30pmESPNU
Iona at Siena7:00pmESPN+
Manhattan at Canisius7:00pmESPN+
Michigan State at Wisconsin8:00pmFS1
Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure8:30pmESPN2
Utah Valley at Seattle U9:00pmESPNU
Stanford at California10:00pmFS1
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz 052:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Cagliari vs Torino2:45pmParamount+
FA Cup: Chelsea vs Aston Villa2:45pmESPN+
FA Cup: Sheffield Wednesday vs Coventry City2:45pmESPN+
FA Cup: Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest2:45pmESPN+
FA Cup: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City3:00pmESPN+
La Liga: Almería vs Deportivo Alavés3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Rennes3:00pmbeIN Sports
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Bolivia vs Ecuador3:00pmFOX Soccer Plus
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Brazil vs Colombia6:00pmFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA:LPGA: Drive On Championship12:00pmGOLF
PGA: Farmers Insurance Open3:00pmGOLF
PGA: Farmers Insurance Open5:00pmGOLF
TENNISTIME ETTV
Australian Open3:30amESPN
FIGURE SKATINGTIME ETTV
Men US Championships4:00pmUSA
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
Alaska-Fairbanks vs Long Island University2:00pmESPN+
Minnesota vs Michigan State6:00pmB1G+
Wisconsin vs Michigan7:00pmB1G+
Cornell vs Harvard7:00pmESPN+
Colgate vs Dartmouth7:00pmESPN+
Quinnipiac vs Yale7:00pmESPN+
St. Lawrence vs Clarkson7:00pmESPN+
New Hampshire vs Vermont7:00pmESPN+
Merrimack vs Northeastern7:00pmESPN+
Providence vs UMass Lowell7:00pmESPN+
Boston College vs Boston University7:00pmESPN+
Colorado College vs Western Michigan7:00pmNCHC.tv
Ohio State vs Penn State7:00pmB1G+
St. Lawrence vs Clarkson7:00pmESPN+
Denver vs North Dakota8:07pmMidco Sports
Miami vs Minnesota Duluth8:07pmNCHC.tv
Omaha vs St. Cloud State8:30pmNCHC.tv
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Valparaiso vs Indiana State6:00pmESPN+
Hofstra vs William & Mary7:00pmFloSports
Monmouth vs Hampton7:00pmFloSports
North Carolina A&T vs Campbell7:00pmFloSports
Northeastern vs Delaware7:00pmFloSports
UIC vs Evansville7:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois vs Murray State7:00pmESPN+
Missouri State vs Belmont7:30pmESPN+
Stanford vs Arizona State8:00pmPAC12N
Wright State vs Milwaukee8:00pmESPN+
California vs Arizona9:00pmPAC12N
Colorado vs Oregon State10:00pmPAC12N
Utah vs Oregon10:00pmPAC12N
Washington vs UCLA10:00pmPAC12N
Washington State vs USC10:00pmPAC12N

What to Watch: Friday, 1/26/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Michigan State at Wisconsin8:00pmFS1

The Michigan State Spartans leads all time series 80-61 versus Wisconsin Badgers. Last time both teams met was in 2023 which Wisconsin won 70-57 on the road versus Michigan State. Since 2019 the Spartans are 6-4 overall and 1-3 at home versus the Badgers.

NBATIME ETTV
Dallas at Atlanta7:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports

The Atlanta Hawks leads all time series 47-37 versus Dallas Mavericks. Last season the Hawks lead regular season series 2-0 versus the Mavericks. Atlanta is 27-15 all time at home versus Dallas. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.

NBATIME ETTV
Oklahoma City at New Orleans8:00pmBally Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder leads all time series 41-32 versus New Orleans Pelicans. Last season the Pelicans lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Thunder. New Orleans is 17-17 all time at home versus Oklahoma City. The Pelicans are 1-0 versus the Thunder in the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
Vegas at NY Rangers7:00pmESPN
MSG
Scripps

The Vegas Golden Knights leads all time series 6-4-1 versus New York Rangers. Last season the Rangers lead regular season series 2-0 versus the Golden Knights. New York is 2-2-1 all time at home versus Vegas. The Golden Knights are 1-0 versus the Rangers in the 2023-24 regular season.

TV SPORTS SATURDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Washington at Detroit12:00pmMNMT
Bally Sports
Miami at New York3:00pmABC
MSG
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at Denver5:30pmABC
ALT
NBCS-PHI
Houston at Brooklyn6:00pmYES
SCHN
LA Clippers at Boston7:00pmNBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
Utah at Charlotte7:00pmKJZZ
Bally Sports
New Orleans at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
Minnesota at San Antonio8:30pmBally Sports
LA Lakers at Golden State8:30pmABC
Spectrum
NBCS-BAY
Sacramento at Dallas9:00pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Boston at Philadelphia12:30pmNHLN
NESN
NBCS-PHI
Washington at Dallas2:00pmBally Sports
MNMT
Nashville at Edmonton4:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Buffalo at San Jose4:00pmNBCS-CA
MSG-BUF
NY Rangers at Ottawa7:00pmNHLN
Sportsnet
MSG
Vegas at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports
Scripps
New Jersey at Tampa Bay7:00pmBally Sports
MSGSN
Montreal at Pittsburgh7:00pmATTSN-PIT
Sportsnet
Arizona at Carolina7:00pmBally Sports
Toronto at Winnipeg7:00pmSportsnet
Florida at NY Islanders7:30pmBally Sports
MSGSN
Anaheim at Minnesota9:00pmBally Sports
Chicago at Calgary10:00pmNBCS-CHI
Sportsnet
Columbus at Vancouver10:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Kansas State at Houston12:00pmESPN
Georgia at Florida12:00pmESPN2
Virginia at Louisville12:00pmCW
Nebraska at Maryland12:00pmBTN
Boston College at Notre Dame12:00pmESPNU
Lehigh at Holy Cross12:00pmCBSSN
William & Mary at Northeastern12:00pmNESN+
UAlbany at New Hampshire12:00pmESPN+
Georgetown at Providence12:30pmFOX
Fordham at Duquesne12:30pmUSA
Seton Hall at Marquette1:00pmFS1
Missouri at South Carolina1:00pmSECN
Wagner at Central Connecticut1:00pmNEC Front Row
Akron at MIami (OH)1:00pmESPN+
Central Michigan at Western Michigan1:00pmESPN+
Detroit Mercy at Green Bay1:00pmESPN+
Loyola Maryland at Navy1:00pmESPN+
Bucknell at Army West Point1:00pmESPN+
Kansas at Iowa State1:30pmCBS
North Carolina at Florida State2:00pmESPN
Texas at BYU2:00pmESPN2
Towson at Delaware2:00pmCBSSN
Southern Illinois at Murray State2:00pmMVC TV
Boston University at Lafayette2:00pmESPN+
Sacred Heart at Fairleigh Dickinson2:00pmNEC Front Row
LIU at Le Moyne2:00pmNEC Front Row
The Citadel at Chattanooga2:00pmESPN+
Nicholls at A&M-Commerce2:00pmESPN+
Illinois State at Evansville2:00pmESPN+
Brown at Dartmouth2:00pmESPN+
Penn at Columbia2:00pmESPN+
Princeton at Cornell2:00pmESPN+
Yale at Harvard2:00pmESPN+
Bowling Green at Toledo2:00pmESPN+
Northern Illinois at Ball State2:00pmESPN+
Texas Tech at Oklahoma2:00pmESPN+
Lipscomb at Stetson2:00pmESPN+
Binghamton vs. Maine2:00pmESPN+
West Virginia at Oklahoma State2:00pmESPN+
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina2:00pmESPN+
Charleston at Campbell2:00pmFloSports
Elon at Hampton2:00pmFloSports
Hofstra at Monmouth2:00pmFloSports
North Carolina A&T at Drexel2:00pmFloSports
Pitt at Miami (FL)2:15pmCW
Indiana at Illinois3:00pmFOX
Villanova at Butler3:00pmFS1
California Baptist at Stephen F. Austin3:00pmESPN+
Grand Canyon at UTA3:00pmESPN+
NM State at Louisiana Tech3:00pmESPN+
Western Illinois at Morehead State3:00pmESPN+
Auburn at Mississippi State3:30pmSECN
Alabama A&M at Texas Southern3:30pmHBCU Go
Arkansas State at ULM3:30pmESPN+
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan3:30pmESPN+
Clemson at Duke4:00pmESPN
TCU at Baylor4:00pmESPN2
Charlotte at Tulane4:00pmESPNU
UNCW at Stony Brook4:00pmCBSSN
Omaha at Denver4:00pmALT
Rhode Island at George Mason4:00pmMASN
Long Beach State at UC Riverside4:00pmSpectrum
Utah State at Boise State4:00pmESPN+
North Carolina Central at Maryland Eastern Shore4:00pmESPN+
Colorado State at Wyoming4:00pmMWN
Merrimack at Saint Francis U4:00pmESPN+
Missouri State at Valparaiso4:00pmESPN+
Oakland at Milwaukee4:00pmESPN+
A&M-Corpus Christi at Northwestern State4:00pmESPN+
Samford at ETSU4:00pmESPN+
Colgate at American4:00pmESPN+
Southeast Missouri at Little Rock4:00pmESPN+
USC Upstate at Gardner-Webb4:00pmESPN+
Northern Arizona at Eastern Washington4:00pmESPN+
High Point at Winthrop4:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville at Bellarmine4:00pmESPN+
Kennesaw State at Central Arkansas4:00pmESPN+
North Florida at Eastern Kentucky4:00pmESPN+
Vermont at Bryant4:00pmESPN+
UTSA at South Florida4:00pmESPN+
Southern Miss at Marshall4:00pmESPN+
Southern Utah at Abilene Christian4:00pmESPN+
Jackson State at Bethune-Cookman4:00pmYouTube
Alcorn State at Florida A&M4:00pmESPN+
South Carolina State at Delaware State4:00pmYouTube
Coppin State at Norfolk State4:00pmHBCU Plus
Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois4:30pmESPN+
Tennessee Tech at SIUE4:30pmESPN+
Lindenwood at UT Martin4:30pmESPN+
Presbyterian at Radford4:30pmESPN+
Howard at Morgan State4:30pmESPN+
Colorado at Washington State5:00pmPAC12N
Iowa at Michigan5:00pmFS1
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech5:00pmACCN
Northern Colorado at Idaho5:00pmESPN+
Liberty at Jacksonville State5:00pmESPN+
UC San Diego at UC Davis5:00pmESPN+
VMI at Western Carolina5:00pmESPN+
New Orleans at McNeese5:00pmESPN+
UIC at Belmont5:00pmESPN+
Rider at Mount St. Mary’s5:00pmESPN+
South Alabama at Troy5:00pmESPN+
Utah Tech at Tarleton5:00pmESPN+
Arizona at Oregon5:30pmFOX
UTEP at Sam Houston5:30pmESPN+
UNC Asheville at Charleston Southern5:30pmESPN+
Kentucky at Arkansas6:00pmESPN
Bradley at Indiana State6:00pmESPN2/U
James Madison at App State6:00pmESPN2/U
Tennessee at Vanderbilt6:00pmSECN
Dayton at Richmond6:00pmCBSSN
La Salle at George Washington6:00pmMNMT
Furman at Wofford6:00pmESPN+
Houston Christian at UIW6:00pmESPN+
UNI at Drake6:00pmESPN+
FIU at Middle Tennessee6:00pmESPN+
Minnesota at Penn State6:30pmBTN
Alabama State at Prairie View A&M6:30pmYouTube
UAPB at Southern6:30pmESPN+
DePaul at Creighton7:00pmFS1
NC State at Syracuse7:00pmACCN
Arizona State at Oregon State7:00pmPAC12N
Air Force at Fresno State7:00pmMWN
Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar7:00pmESPN+
Georgia Southern at Old Dominion7:00pmESPN+
Mercer at UNCG7:00pmESPN+
NJIT at UMBC7:00pmESPN+
Queens at North Alabama7:00pmESPN+
Austin Peay at FGCU7:00pmESPN+
UCF at Cincinnati7:00pmESPN+
Montana State at Portland State7:00pmESPN+
LSU at Alabama8:00pmESPN
UCLA at USC8:00pmESPN2
Tulsa at Rice8:00pmESPNU
VCU at Davidson8:00pmCBSSN
UMass at Saint Louis8:00pmESPN+
South Dakota State at Oral Roberts8:00pmESPN+
Texas State at Louisiana8:00pmESPN+
San Francisco at Portland8:00pmESPN+
South Dakota at Kansas City8:00pmSummit
North Dakota at St. Thomas8:00pmSummit
Ohio State at Northwestern8:30pmBTN
Ole Miss at Texas A&M8:30pmSECN
Mississippi Valley State at Grambling State8:30pmHBCU Plus
UNLV at San Jose State9:00pmFS1
CSU Bakersfield at Cal State Fullerton9:00pmESPN+
Montana at Sacramento State9:00pmESPN+
Idaho State at Weber State9:00pmESPN+
Utah at Washington10:00pmESPN2
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary’s10:00pmESPNU
Gonzaga at Pacific10:00pmESPN+
San Diego at Pepperdine10:00pmESPN+
CSUN at UC Irvine10:00pmESPN+
Cal Poly at Hawai’i11:59pmSpectrum
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
FA Cup: Ipswich Town vs Maidstone United7:30amESPN+
La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Rayo Vallecano8:00amESPN+
Serie A: Atalanta vs Udinese9:00amParamount+
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Köln9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Hoffenheim vs Heidenheim9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs Freiburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Bayern München9:30amESPN+
FA Cup: Leicester City vs Birmingham City10:00amESPN+
FA Cup: Everton vs Luton Town10:00amESPN+
FA Cup: Sheffield United vs Brighton & Hove Albion10:00amESPN+
FA Cup: Leeds United vs Plymouth Argyle10:00amESPN+
La Liga: Las Palmas vs Real Madrid10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Nice vs Metz11:00ambeIN Sports
Serie A: Juventus vs Empoli12:00pmParamount+
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia M’gladbach12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Barcelona vs Villarreal12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Sevilla vs Osasuna12:30pmESPN+
FA Cup: Fulham vs Newcastle United2:00pmESPN+
Serie A: Milan vs Bologna2:45pmParamount+
La Liga: Mallorca vs Real Betis3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Monaco3:00pmbeIN Sports
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: Farmers Insurance Open2:00pmGOLF
PGA: Farmers Insurance Open4:00pmCBS
LPGA: Drive On Championship4:00pmGOLF
TENNISTIME ETTV
Australian Open: Women’s Final9:00pmESPN
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
Alaska-Fairbanks vs Long Island University2:00pmESPN+
Minnesota vs Michigan State4:00pmBTN
Colorado College vs Western Michigan6:00pmNCHC.tv
Ohio State vs Penn State6:00pmB1G+
Colgate vs Harvard7:00pmESPN+
Cornell vs Dartmouth7:00pmESPN+
Clarkson vs St. Lawrence7:00pmESPN+
New Hampshire vs Vermont7:00pmESPN+
Wisconsin vs Michigan7:00pmB1G+
UMass Lowell vs Providence7:00pmESPN+
Northeastern vs Merrimack7:00pmESPN+
Omaha vs St. Cloud State7:00pmNCHC.tv
Boston College vs Boston University7:00pmESPN+
Clarkson vs St. Lawrence7:00pmESPN+
Denver vs North Dakota7:07pmMidco Sports
Miami vs Minnesota Duluth8:07pmNCHC.tv
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Denver vs Omaha12:00amSummit
Memphis vs Rice12:00amESPN+
Michigan vs Michigan State12:00pmB1G+
UMass vs Rhode Island12:00pmESPN+
Western Michigan vs Central Michigan1:00pmESPN+
Coastal Carolina vs UL Monroe1:00pmESPN+
Santa Clara vs Saint Mary’s1:00pmESPN+
Georgia State vs Old Dominion1:00pmESPN+
Ball State vs Eastern Michigan1:00pmESPN+
Miami (OH) vs Ohio1:00pmESPN+
Western Illinois vs Morehead State1:00pmESPN+
MTSU vs FIU1:00pmESPN+
Manhattan vs Iona1:00pmESPN+
Harvard vs Yale1:00pmESPN+
Cleveland State vs Detroit Mercy1:00pmESPN+
South Carolina Upstate vs Gardner-Webb1:00pmESPN+
Middle Tennessee vs Florida International1:00pmESPN+
Robert Morris vs Youngstown State1:30pmESPN+
Mercer vs Furman2:00pmESPN+
Holy Cross vs Lehigh2:00pmESPN+
Lafayette vs Boston University2:00pmESPN+
Tennessee State vs Eastern Illinois2:00pmESPN+
American University vs Colgate2:00pmESPN+
Lindenwood vs UT Martin2:00pmESPN+
Tennessee Tech vs SIU Edwardsville2:00pmESPN+
Bellarmine vs Jacksonville2:00pmESPN+
Chattanooga vs Western Carolina2:00pmESPN+
Davidson vs Saint Joseph’s2:00pmESPN+
Central Arkansas vs Kennesaw State2:00pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky vs North Florida2:00pmESPN+
North Alabama vs Queens (NC)2:00pmESPN+
Kent State vs Bowling Green2:00pmESPN+
Akron vs Northern Illinois2:00pmESPN+
New Orleans vs McNeese2:00pmESPN+
Marshall vs Georgia Southern2:00pmESPN+
George Washington vs Fordham2:00pmESPN+
Louisiana Tech vs New Mexico State2:00pmESPN+
Southeast Missouri State vs Little Rock2:00pmESPN+
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Northwestern State2:00pmESPN+
Rider vs Saint Peter’s2:00pmESPN+
Maine vs Binghamton2:00pmESPN+
Canisius vs Fairfield2:00pmESPN+
Houston vs UCF2:00pmESPN+
Iowa State vs West Virginia2:00pmESPN+
St. Thomas vs North Dakota2:00pmSummit
FDU vs Sacred Heart2:00pmNEC Front Row
Jacksonville State vs Liberty2:00pmESPN+
Le Moyne vs LIU2:00pmNEC Front Row
Louisiana Tech vs NM State2:00pmESPN+
Providence vs Xavier2:00pmFloSports
Nebraska vs Iowa2:00pmBTN
Bryant vs Vermont2:00pmESPN+
Northern Kentucky vs Purdue Fort Wayne2:00pmESPN+
Cornell vs Princeton2:00pmESPN+
Columbia vs Pennsylvania2:00pmESPN+
Iowa State vs West Virginia2:00pmESPN+
Houston vs UCF2:00pmESPN+
Presbyterian vs Radford2:00pmESPN+
UNC Asheville vs Charleston Southern2:00pmESPN+
Mid-Atlantic Christian vs Longwood2:00pmESPN+
New Hampshire vs Albany2:00pmESPN+
Memphis vs Rice3:00pmESPN+
San José State vs Colorado State3:00pmMWN
New Mexico vs Air Force3:00pmMWN
Texas State vs Louisiana3:00pmESPN+
Arkansas State vs Troy3:00pmESPN+
Houston Christian vs Incarnate Word3:00pmESPN+
Northern Iowa vs Bradley3:00pmESPN+
Kansas City vs South Dakota3:00pmSummit
Stetson vs Lipscomb3:00pmESPN+
TCU vs Texas Tech3:00pmESPN+
Dartmouth vs Brown3:00pmESPN+
UMBC vs NJIT3:00pmESPN+
UTSA vs SMU3:00pmESPN+
TCU vs Texas Tech3:00pmESPN+
Rutgers vs Wisconsin3:00pmB1G+
Cincinnati vs Texas3:00pmLHN
Army vs Bucknell3:30pmESPN+
UT Arlington vs Grand Canyon4:00pmESPN+
Wyoming vs Fresno State4:00pmMWN
Boise State vs San Diego State4:00pmMWN
Appalachian State vs James Madison4:00pmESPN+
Southern Miss vs South Alabama4:00pmESPN+
Seattle U vs Utah Valley4:00pmESPN+
Tarleton vs Utah Tech4:00pmESPN+
Abilene Christian vs Southern Utah4:00pmESPN+
Sam Houston vs UTEP4:00pmESPN+
Stephen F. Austin vs California Baptist4:00pmESPN+
Siena vs Quinnipiac4:00pmESPN+
Weber State vs Idaho State4:00pmESPN+
Portland State vs Montana State4:00pmESPN+
Eastern Washington vs Northern Arizona4:00pmESPN+
Idaho vs Northern Colorado4:00pmESPN+
Sacramento State vs Montana4:00pmESPN+
Tulsa vs Charlotte4:00pmESPN+
SE Louisiana vs Lamar4:00pmESPN+
Nicholls vs Texas A&M-Commerce4:30pmESPN+
Navy vs Loyola (MD)5:00pmESPN+
Nevada vs UNLV5:00pmMWN
Pepperdine vs Loyola Marymount5:00pmESPN+
Portland vs San Diego5:00pmESPN+
Gonzaga vs San Francisco5:00pmESPN+
Drake vs Illinois State5:00pmESPN+
UC Davis vs UC San Diego5:00pmESPN+
Rider vs Mount St. Mary’s5:00pmESPN+
Cal State Fullerton vs Cal State Bakersfield5:00pmESPN+
UC Irvine vs Cal State Northridge5:00pmESPN+
Hawai’i vs Cal Poly5:00pmESPN+
BYU vs Kansas State5:00pmESPN+
Butler vs Marquette5:00pmFloSports
UC Riverside vs Long Beach State6:00pmESPN+
Florida Atlantic vs Wichita State7:00pmESPN+
Kansas vs Oklahoma7:00pmESPN+
Winthrop vs High Point7:00pmESPN+
Florida Gulf Coast vs Austin Peay7:00pmESPN+
Buffalo vs Toledo7:00pmESPN+
Notre Dame vs UConn8:00pmFOX

What to Watch: Saturday, 1/27/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Kansas at Iowa State1:30pmCBS

The Kansas Jayhawks leads all time series 126-51 versus Iowa State Cyclone. Last time both teams met was in 2023 which Kansas won 71-58 versus Iowa State. Since 2019 Kansas is 8-2 overall and 3-1 on the road versus Iowa State.

NBATIME ETTV
Philadelphia at Denver5:30pmABC

The Philadelphia 76ers leads all time series 54-43 versus Denver Nuggets. Last season the 76ers and Nuggets regular season series was tied 1-1. Denver is 26-21 all time at home versus Philadelphia. The 76ers are 1-0 versus the Nuggets in the 2023-24 regular season.

LA Lakers at Golden State8:00pmABC

The Los Angeles Lakers leads all time series 290-186 versus Golden State Warriors. Last season the Lakers lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Warriors. Golden State is 107-94 all time at home versus Los Angeles. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
Boston at Philadelphia12:30pmNHLN
NESN
NBCS-PHI

The Boston Bruins leads all time series 136-90-21 versus Philadelphia Flyers. Last season the Bruins lead regular season series 3-0 versus the Flyers. Philadelphia is 44-53-10 all time at home versus Boston. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.

Vegas at Detroit7:00pmScripps
Bally Sports

The Detroit Red Wings leads all time series 5-4 versus Vegas Golden Knights. Last season the Red Wings and Golden Knights regular season series was tied 1-1. Detroit is 2-3 all time at home versus Vegas. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.