INDIANA FOOTBALL STATE FINALS

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

11 AM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
ANDREAN (10-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (11-3) 
> DEFENDING CHAMP ANDREAN RETURNS FOR REMATCH WITH MATER DEI
> MATER DEI PLAYING FOR SECOND TITLE (2000 2A)
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

3 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
NEW PRAIRIE (13-1) VS. EAST CENTRAL (12-2)
> NEW PRAIRIE PLAYING FOR FIRST STATE TITLE IN ANY SPORT
> EAST CENTRAL PLAYING FOR THIRD CROWN, FIRST SINCE 2017
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

7 PM ET | CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (13-0) VS. CENTER GROVE (11-2)
> CARROLL APPEARING IN ITS FIRST FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
> CENTER GROVE PLAYING IN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE GAME, CHASING THIRD STRAIGHT CROWN
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

11 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (14-0)
> AC LOOKING FOR SECOND STATE TITLE IN REMATCH FROM 2021
> DEFENDING CHAMP LUTHERAN PLAYING IN THIRD TITLE GAME IN FOUR YEARS
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

3 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (10-4) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (13-1) 
> CHATARD HOPING FOR RECORD-EXTENDING 16TH FOOTBALL TITLE
> LAWRENCEBURG LOOKING FOR THIRD FOOTBALL CROWN AND FIRST SINCE 1978
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

7 PM ET | CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
VALPARAISO (10-3) VS. WHITELAND (12-1)
> VALPARAISO CHASING FIRST FOOTBALL TITLE SINCE 1975, SECOND OVERALL
> WHITELAND HOPING TO SECURE FIRST STATE TITLE IN ANY SPORT 
BOX SCORE | RECAP 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022%20Football%20State%20Finals%20Preview.pdf

STATE FINALS OFFICIAL PROGRAM: https://ihsaapublic.blob.core.windows.net/flipbook/2022-23/fb/index.html

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL TONIGHT:

ALL TIMES EASTERN
COLUMBUS NORTHATJENNINGS COUNTY7:30 PM
EDGEWOODATMARTINSVILLE7:30 PM
HAMMOND CENTRALATCHICAGO FARRAGUT (ILL.)9:00 PM
HAMMOND MORTONATHAMMOND NOLL8:00 PM
KOUTSATHEBRON8:00 PM
LAPELATANDERSON7:30 PM
NORTH POSEYATWASHINGTON7:30 PM
RENSSELAER CENTRALATTRI-COUNTY7:30 PM
WINCHESTERATRANDOLPH SOUTHERN7:30 PM
SCHLARMAN (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
COVINGTONVS.MILFORD (ILL.)7:00 PM

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL TONIGHT

ALL TIMES EASTERN
BLUFFTONATSOUTH ADAMS7:30 PM
DEKALBATFORT WAYNE NORTHROP7:45 PM
FORT WAYNE LUERSATCOLUMBIA CITY7:30 PM
FREMONTATWEST NOBLE7:30 PM
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERNATCARMEL1:30 PM
HAMMOND NOLLATGARY WEST7:00 PM
JAC-CEN-DELATBATESVILLE7:30 PM
MADISON-GRANTATWABASH7:30 PM
MUNSTERATMERRILLVILLE8:00 PM
SCOTTSBURGATBROWNSTOWN CENTRAL7:30 PM
SHENANDOAHATFRANKTON7:30 PM
WOODLANATJAY COUNTY7:30 PM

****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE****

WEEK 13

THURSDAY, NOV. 24

Mississippi State 24 #20 Ole Miss 22 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/cfb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=202211240077&home=77&vis=78&final=true

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

TULANE AT CINCINNATI | 12 P.M. | ABC

BAYLOR AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ESPN

UTAH STATE AT BOISE STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS

CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

TOLEDO AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

ARIZONA STATE AT ARIZONA | 3 P.M. | FS1

NC STATE AT NORTH CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

ARKANSAS AT MISSOURI | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

NEW MEXICO AT COLORADO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

NEBRASKA AT IOWA | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UCLA AT CAL | 4:30 P.M. | FOX

FLORIDA AT FLORIDA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

WYOMING AT FRESNO STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX

SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC

WEST VIRGINIA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

ARMY AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

RUTGERS AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

COASTAL CAROLINA AT JAMES MADISON | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

OLD DOMINION AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT MARSHALL | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

ELON AT FURMAN (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

EAST CAROLINA AT TEMPLE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

KENT STATE AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

AKRON AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN3

RICE AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GRAMBLING VS. SOUTHERN (NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC

ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT DELAWARE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

FORDHAM AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

DAVIDSON AT RICHMOND (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISVILLE AT KENTUCKY | 3 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TROY AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

AUBURN AT ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OREGON AT OREGON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

WAKE FOREST AT DUKE | 3:30 P.M.

ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 3:30 P.M.

MINNESOTA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

PURDUE AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

HAWAI’I AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

UAB AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTEP AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

MEMPHIS AT SMU | 3:30 P.M.

IOWA STATE AT TCU | 4 P.M. | FOX

MICHIGAN STATE AT PENN STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

UTAH AT COLORADO | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

NORTH DAKOTA AT WEBER STATE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTHERN MISS AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

GARDNER-WEBB AT EASTERN KENTUCKY (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

NEVADA AT UNLV | 6 P.M.

APPALACHIAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FIU | 6 P.M. | ESPN3

LSU AT TEXAS A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN

UCF AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

IDAHO AT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NOTRE DAME AT USC | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | FS1

SYRACUSE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TULSA AT HOUSTON | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

KANSAS AT KANSAS STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX

PITT AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

AIR FORCE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT MONTANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 10 P.M. | ESPN2

WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

BYU AT STANFORD | 11 P.M. | FS1

VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH – CANCELED

****NFL SCHEDULE****

WEEK 12

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2022

BUFFALO 28 DETROIT 25: BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20221124008&home=8&vis=2&final=true\

DALLAS 28 NY GIANTS 20: BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20221124006&home=6&vis=19&final=true

MINNESOTA 33 NEW ENGLAND 26: BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20221124016&home=16&vis=17&final=true

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2022

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#1 NORTH CAROLINA 89 PORTLAND 81

#3 KANSAS 69 WISCONSIN 68 OT

#6 GONZAGA 102 PORTLAND STATE 78

#8 DUKE 54 OREGON STATE 51

#18 ALABAMA 81 #12 MICHIGAN STATE 70

#20 UCONN 83 OREGON 59

#22 TENNESSEE 73 USC 66 OT

#24 PURDUE 80 WEST VIRGINIA 68

ELSEWHERE:

BUTLER 75 BYU 70

NEW ORLEANS 87 IUPUI 84

OKLAHOMA 69 NEBRASKA 56

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221124

****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#5 IOWA STATE 80 MICHIGAN STATE 49

#7 NOTRE DAME 90 AMERICAN 65

#8 NORTH CAROLINA 85 #18 OREGON 79

#12 LSU 80 GEORGE MASON 52

#13 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 82 VANDERBILT 73

#25 KANSAS STATE 76 CLEMSON 38

ELSEWHERE:

PURDUE 85 HARVARD 63

GEORGIA 68 WISCONSIN 60

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD:  http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221124

****NBA SCOREBOARD****

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****NHL SCOREBOARD****

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****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****

COUSINS, VIKINGS REBOUND FROM BLOWOUT TO BEAT PATRIOTS 33-26

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have quickly become a confident and resilient team under rookie coach Kevin O’Connell and his staff, and they sure showed it in this short week.

Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last a go-ahead score to Adam Thielen with 9:34 left to push Minnesota past the New England Patriots in a 33-26 victory Thursday night.

Justin Jefferson had 139 receiving yards and one of the touchdown passes from Cousins, who delivered the clutch performance against a formidable defense the Vikings (9-2) needed to bounce back from a blowout loss four days before.

They rebounded multiple times within the game, too. After an overthrow by Cousins was intercepted by Jonathan Jones and returned 55 yards to set up a field goal in the first quarter, the Vikings scored on five straight possessions excluding a kneel-down to end the first half.

“Kevin has empowered me so much. This team has empowered me so much,” said Cousins, who went 30 for 37. “At times, it almost brings me to tears the way these guys support me.”

Mac Jones passed for a career-high 382 yards and two scores to snap a lagging offense to life for the Patriots (6-5), but they ran out of steam down the stretch. Their fourth quarter included two three-and-out punts, a turnover on downs at the Minnesota 39 and a brief desperation last drive.

Jones found Hunter Henry for a wide-open 37-yard touchdown pass to start the second half for a 23-16 lead. Kene Nwangwu scored on a 97-yard kickoff return to strike right back for the Vikings.

Jones – who has completed more than 77% of his passes over the last two games – appeared to hit Henry for another score on the next possession with a twisting catch at the goal line that was ruled a touchdown on the field. The replay reversal to an incomplete pass forced the Patriots to settle for Nick Folk’s fourth field goal of the game.

“My hand was under it even when it hit the ground,” Henry said.

Another vital call went the Vikings way a few minutes later when Pierre Strong Jr. was called for running into punter Ryan Wright. With a fresh set of downs, Cousins and the Vikings cruised up the field for the go-ahead touchdown.

“We definitely had to come in and show people that last week, it just wasn’t our week,” Jefferson said.

O’Connell also got the bonus of a win over Bill Belichick, who drafted him with the Patriots in 2008.

“This one means a whole heck of a lot, just because I have so much respect for that organization and coach Belichick,” O’Connell said.

The Patriots allowed just three points in each of their last two games and brought the NFL sack leader Matt Judon to the stadium where the Vikings were decimated by Dallas on Sunday while Cousins took a career-high seven sacks.

With standout left tackle Christian Darrisaw sidelined by a concussion, the Vikings gave backup Blake Brandel plenty of extra help and put Cousins in far more favorable situations with shorter drops and quicker throws. The Vikings had 231 yards in the first half, more than the Patriots allowed in the previous two games combined.

MOVING ON UP

Jefferson had his footprints all over this game from the start, when his 3-yard reception on a crossing route in the end zone capped the opening drive. He made catch after improbable catch in tight coverage, including a 36-yard grab on a go route right before he was sandwiched by Jonathan Jones and Devin McCourty. Thielen’s touchdown came on the next play.

“His ability to not hear footsteps and not alligator-arm it but bring it in and get popped, that’s one of his many traits,” Cousins said.

Jefferson set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a player’s first three seasons to pass Randy Moss. Jefferson has hit the 100-yard mark in 21 of 44 career games, and this one was one of his finest given the way Belichick’s defenses frequently focus on taking star players out of the mix.

“Kevin did a good job,” Belichick said. “They made a few more plays than we did.”

INJURY REPORT

Patriots: RB Damien Harris (thigh) was hurt in the third quarter and didn’t return. … C David Andrews (thigh) and RT Isaiah Wynn (foot) were inactive, replaced in the starting lineup by James Ferentz and Yodny Cajuste.

Vikings: Fourth-stringer Duke Shelley started at CB, with Cameron Dantzler Sr. (ankle), Akayleb Evans (concussion) and Andrew Booth Jr. (knee) all sidelined. … DE Dalvin Tomlinson (calf) missed his fourth straight game, with James Lynch filling in.

UP NEXT

Patriots: Host the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 1 in another Thursday night game.

Vikings: Host the New York Jets on Dec. 4. They can clinch the NFC North division with a win and some help.

LAMB SETS TABLE ON THANKSGIVING AS COWBOYS BEAT GIANTS 28-20

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) CeeDee Lamb could only smile when officials upheld an out-of-bounds call on what the Dallas receiver hoped would be a touchdown on his second one-handed catch of the game.

He had to settle for setting up three TDs instead.

Lamb put the Cowboys in position for one of Dak Prescott’s two scoring passes to Dalton Schultz and Ezekiel Elliott’s TD run in a 28-20 victory over the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day.

The toe-tapping TD Lamb thought he set up for himself instead became rookie Peyton Hendershot running for the 2-yard score, then directing all three of his fellow tight ends into a giant Salvation Army red kettle for a Whac-A-Mole celebration with Dallas an extra point away from a 28-13 lead.

“I definitely thought the CeeDee catch was a touchdown,” Prescott said after his 10th consecutive victory over the Giants (7-4). “I went to the sideline, dropped my helmet and everything.

“The Whac-A-Mole was great. The guys told me about it early in the week. They were worried about getting fined or getting a penalty. We said, `Make sure you’re up two touchdowns. We got a couple of guys that can help with the fine. So, go for it.'”

The victory ended a three-game Thanksgiving losing streak for the Cowboys (8-3), who moved a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East while sweeping the season series. Philadelphia (9-1) leads the division.

Saquon Barkley was held to 39 yards rushing with a 1-yard TD behind a makeshift offensive line missing three starters because of injury in New York’s third loss in the past four games.

Dallas, the NFL leader in sacks coming in, dropped Daniel Jones three times while limiting him to 14 yards rushing after he ran for first downs seven times in the first meeting, a 23-16 Dallas win.

Jones’ TD pass to Richie James in the final seconds was too late for the Giants to take advantage of a 2-0 takeaway edge in the second Thanksgiving meeting out of 122 overall in the storied rivalry.

“It’s a divisional game and we didn’t play our best. That’s always disappointing,” Jones said. “We’ve got a really good opportunity with big games down the stretch. We’ve put ourselves in a good position. We’re still confident.”

The Giants thought they had the game’s first touchdown on Jones’ pass Isaiah Hodgins, but Tyre Phillips, playing out of position at right tackle, was flagged as an ineligible receiver downfield.

New York coach Brian Daboll screamed in disagreement to one of the officials, and the Giants ended up settling for a field goal.

“You’ll have to ask the officials,” Daboll said when asked about the negated TD, in one of several curt replies to reporters after the game.

Prescott’s TD tosses to Schultz came about five minutes apart in the third quarter, turning a 13-7 deficit into a 21-13 lead. The first was a 15-yarder on third-and-goal.

The Dallas quarterback’s winning streak against the Giants started after he lost to them twice when the Cowboys went 13-3 his rookie year in 2016.

Lamb, who finished with six catches for 106 yards, had a 25-yard grab over the middle before Elliott’s 6-yard scoring run on the first play of the second quarter.

The first one-handed grab by Lamb was a 15-yarder before Schultz’s second TD. A 23-yarder put Dallas at the 2, and Lamb thought he made another one-handed catch in the back of the end zone.

Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling that the toe-tapper was out of bounds. Referee Scott Novak was quite specific in upholding the call, saying a heel touched the back line before the second foot got down.

The Cowboys – and Lamb – were so confident about it being overturned, they had their PAT unit on the field after seeing the replay.

“I didn’t have a clean view of it, just based off the information, so I really wasn’t sure if he did get the heel down or not,” McCarthy said. “I did know he had the front part of his foot in based off what we saw up top.”

Elliott had a season-high 92 yards rushing, and the Cowboys overcame two interceptions from Prescott, who threw for 261 yards.

TWO MORE AGAIN

Dallas pass-rushing star Micah Parsons had his sixth two-sack game of the season, accounting for all of his team-leading 12. “I said, `If you get one, you’ve always got to get seconds,'” Parsons said.

RECORD-TYING KICK

Graham Gano tied the New York record for longest field goal with a 57-yarder in the first quarter. The kick came on fourth-and-32 after the negated TD and an intentional grounding penalty on Jones.

INJURIES

Illness sidelined three Cowboys who would have been active in DT Johnathan Hankins, DE Tarell Basham and CB Kelvin Joseph. … Giants CB Cor’Dale Flott left in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT

Giants: Washington visits Dec. 4 in the first of three consecutive NFC East games for the Giants. The third of those is another meeting with the Commanders.

Cowboys: A three-game homestand continues Dec. 4 against Indianapolis. Another AFC South opponent (Houston) follows Dec. 11 to finish that home stretch.

BILLS BEAT LIONS 28-25 FOR 2ND WIN IN 5 DAYS AT FORD FIELD

DETROIT (AP) The Buffalo Bills crashed Detroit’s Thanksgiving party, making themselves at home for their second victory in five days at Ford Field.

Tyler Bass made a tiebreaking 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left after missing an extra point late in the fourth quarter, lifting Buffalo to a 28-25 win over Detroit on Thursday.

“It was very deja vu-ish,” said Josh Allen, who set up the game-winning kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Allen led the Bills with 78 rushing yards.

The Bills were back in the Motor City after the NFL moved their previous home game against Cleveland because a winter storm dumped several feet of snow in western New York.

Buffalo became the third NFL team to play two games in five or fewer days on the road in the same stadium, and the first to win both.

And the Bills equaled the number of wins Detroit has this season at its indoor stadium.

Buffalo (8-3) has won two straight – after losing two in a row – to move a half-game ahead of Miami in the AFC East.

After Bass made the game-winning kick, Allen and Diggs embraced on the sideline.

“Let’s get back to having fun again,” Diggs recalled telling Allen after making eight catches for 77 yards and a score. “We got away from that a little bit.”

Allen threw a go-ahead, 5-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left, but Bass missed the extra point to make it 25-22 after the kicker matched his and the franchise record with six field goals in an eight-point win over the Browns on Sunday.

Allen had a passing and rushing touchdown in the first half, finishing 24 of 42 for 253 yards to more than make up for throwing his 11th interception of the season. He has accounted for 162 touchdowns, trailing only Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s total of 171 for the most by an NFL player in his first five seasons.

The Lions converted fourth-and-1 from midfield with Amon-Ra St. Brown’s 7-yard end-around to set up Michael Badgley’s game-tying, 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds to go. Badgley missed a 29-yard field goal late in the third and Jared Goff took a sack for a safety in the same quarter and those mistakes proved to be costly.

Detroit (4-7) missed an opportunity to win four straight games for the first time since 2016 and lost a franchise-record sixth straight game on Thanksgiving.

“I told them this one should sting,” coach Dan Campbell said. “We had a chance to win and we didn’t make it, but I don’t think this was a step backward. I’m frustrated, but we’re getting better. “

PIVOTAL PLAYER

Buffalo defensive tackle Ed Oliver forced and recovered a fumble in the first half, leading to Allen’s tiebreaking, 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Oliver also sacked Goff for a safety, three plays after Allen threw an interception at the Detroit 4, to put the Bills ahead 19-14 early in the third quarter.

INSTANT IMPACT

The Lions promoted linebacker James Houston from the practice squad and he became the first player in franchise history to have more than one sack in his NFL debut.

CODE RED

Allen’s interception in the third quarter was the sixth turnover for Buffalo in the red zone, surpassing the total it had the previous three seasons.

INJURIES

Bills: Edge rusher Von Miller (right knee) and LT Dion Dawkins (knee) left the game with injuries, and coach Sean McDermott said he didn’t have an update on their status.

Lions: DE Julian Okwara (elbow) was hurt during the game and Campbell said CB Jerry Jacobs left the game after he felt dizzy.

UP NEXT

Bills: Play at New England on Thursday night.

Lions: Play Jacksonville at home on Dec. 4.

KIFFIN PLANS TO RETURN; NO. 20 OLE MISS FALLS TO BULLDOGS

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State coach Mike Leach admitted the Egg Bowl series with Ole Miss ranks among the nation’s elite rivalries in unpredictability.

“Both sides let the other think they’d won it,” Leach said. “It was erratic on both sides. Just about the time you think it couldn’t get any crazier, it did.”

Will Rogers passed for two touchdowns and Mississippi State stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion with 1:25 remaining to preserve a 24-22 Egg Bowl win over No. 20 Mississippi on Thursday night.

“This game had a season’s worth of excitement in it,” Leach said. “It was a wild game. An up and down game.”

The build-up to the Egg Bowl was dominated by conflicting reports whether Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin will leave to become head coach at Auburn, replacing Bryan Harsin, who was fired in October.

Kiffin met privately with his team Wednesday confirming his plans to remain. However, WCBI-TV of Columbus, Mississippi, reported Kiffin will be announced as the Auburn head coach as soon as Friday. Kiffin denied the report on social media Wednesday.

When asked after the game if he planned on being the head coach at Ole Miss next season, Kiffin simply said, “Yes I do.”

Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC), which snapped a two-game losing streak in the series, rallied from a 16-7 deficit in the second quarter with a 10-point outburst in the fourth quarter. Massimo Biscardi hit a go-ahead 34-yard field goal before Rogers connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Rara Thomas to build the 24-16 lead with 7:58 remaining.

Ole Miss (8-4, 4-4 SEC) answered when Jaxson Dart threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wade with 1:25 left, capping a 99-yard drive and closing within 24-22.

After two Ole Miss timeouts to set up the two-point try, Mississippi State defensive tackle Randy Charlton batted down a shuttle pass from Dart to preserve Mississippi State’s the advantage. J.P. Purvis recovered the ensuring onside kick to seal it, setting off a postgame celebration undimmed by steady rain.

“It’s a great win. A great win,” Leach said. “We responded in some really tough situations. It’s a great win for the program, a great win for the players and they’re really excited about it.”

Rogers finished 27 of 39 passing for 239 yards, converting 8 of 16 on third down. Jo’quavious Marks led the Bulldogs with 74 yards rushing on 14 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run.

Dart was 30 of 38 passing for 250 yards and two touchdown, including a 2-yard touchdown to J.J. Pegues in the second quarter. Ole Miss was limited to a season-low 331 total yards. Quinshon Judkins had 87 yards on 21 rushes, but the Rebels finished with 74 rushing yards after two sacks.

“Really didn’t think we did a really good job coaching in game with adjustments,” Kiffin said. “Credit Mississippi State, too. They played hard.”

GAME CHANGING SERIES

Trailing 16-7 with 1:55 remaining in the first half, Mississippi State responded with a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 19-yard pass from Rogers to Lideatrick Griffin, with 8 seconds remaining.

“That was big. We struggled in the first half but mentally that drive helped us fight our way out of it,” Leach said. “The drive did a really good job of setting the stage for what we did in the second half.”

Rogers was 8 of 10 passing for 66 yards in the drive, converting twice on third-down situations to pull the Bulldogs within 16-14 at halftime, setting up 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 24-16 lead that proved decisive.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi State: This win checked off a lot of boxes, especially for Mike Leach after consecutive losses in a spirited in-state rivalry.

Since 2020, the Bulldogs have won seven games against AP Top-25 opponents, extended a double-digit streak of bowl appearances and consistently rank among the nation’s most productive passing offenses.

Mississippi State tends to fly under the national radar, but in the last two seasons, the Bulldogs are a solid 15-10 overall and 8-8 in the SEC.

Ole Miss: Just over a month ago, the Rebels were 7-0, ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll, mentioned as a dark horse in the CFP conversation and the head coaching status of Lane Kiffin was unquestioned.

The Egg Bowl loss capped a disappointing 1-4 finish. What happened? More importantly, what happens with Lane Kiffin?

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The loss for No. 20 Ole Miss jeopardizes a 29-week streak of holding a slot in the AP Poll. The Rebels advanced to No. 7 before losing four of the final five games.

Mississippi State received votes, but would need a considerable bump to pass eight other similar teams to break into the AP Poll.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State: Awaiting a bowl bid, marking 13 consecutive bowl appearances.

Ole Miss: Awaiting a bowl bid, marking 40 bowl appearances, the third consecutive under Kiffin.

MILLER LEADS NO. 18 ALABAMA PAST NO. 12 MICHIGAN STATE 81-70

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Freshman Brandon Miller carried Alabama through the first 20 minutes, capping his big half with a 30-footer at the buzzer.

Miller got some help in the second half and the Crimson Tide picked up an impressive early season victory.

Miller scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half and No. 18 Alabama pulled away to beat No. 12 Michigan State 81-70 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational.

After a rather light schedule for the first couple of weeks, Alabama (5-0) passed its first test of the season against the short-handed Spartans (3-2).

“All in all, he had a pretty good game. He needs to play well for us to be at our best,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said.

Miller, the top scoring freshman in the country at more than 20 points per game, was terrific in the first 20 minutes before getting scoring help in the second half. He capped his big first half hitting a 30-footer at the buzzer to give the Crimson Tide a 42-37 lead at the break.

Noah Gurley added 12 points, and Noah Clowney and Jahvon Quinerly both finished with 10 points.

“I definitely thought the 3 that I hit was an energy booster for me and the team,” Miller said. “We could have started of better but things happen. I felt like that was a change of the game.”

Tyson Walker led Michigan State with 21 points and A.J. Hoggard added 18. Scoring leader Joey Hauser had several hard falls to the court and was just 1 of 6 shooting. He finished with nine points.

Michigan State also played without starting forward Malik Hall after the school announced he would be sidelined for about three weeks due to a stress reaction in his left foot. The Spartans were also without guard Jaden Akins due to an ankle injury.

Hall averaged 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games this season. playing nearly 32 minutes per game.

“I’m disappointed to lose the first game of a tournament. But under the circumstances that these guys find out a day or two ago that you’re not going to have maybe a guy who’s playing the best, and definitely a guy that would have matched up with Miller,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

Alabama slowly extended its halftime lead but it was a three-minute sequence where the Tide finally built a cushion. Quinerly hit a 3-pointer from the wing to push Alabama’s lead to 11. Jaden Bradley followed by intercepting a pass at midcourt and his layup gave the Tide a 62-49 lead with 11:50 left.

After a timeout, Quinerly finished a driving layup, Nimari Burnett hit a 3 and Alabama had its biggest lead at 18. The Spartans closed within eight in the closing minutes but couldn’t overcome 33% shooting in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: The athleticism of the Crimson Tide was on display from the start. Alabama’s first three made baskets were dunks and it had five for the game.

Michigan State: The Spartans continued their brutal early-season schedule with a third game against a ranked opponent. The Spartans have already played two teams ranked in the top five at the time of their meeting facing then No. 2 Gonzaga and then No. 4 Kentucky.

UP NEXT

Alabama: Will face No. 20 UConn in the semifinals Friday.

Michigan State: Will face Oregon in a consolation game Friday.

NO. 8 NORTH CAROLINA RALLIES PAST NO. 18 OREGON 85-79

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Even if it was being played a couple hours north of campus, it felt like a home game for No. 18 Oregon with the namesake of the tournament, and a former women’s national player of the year sitting courtside.

That made the response North Carolina coach Courtney Banghart saw from her team even more impressive.

Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points during a fourth quarter flurry of shot-making, and No. 8 North Carolina rallied on multiple occasions in the second half and topped Oregon 85-79 in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday. The Tar Heels will face No. 5 Iowa State in the championship game on Sunday.

“We didn’t come out with the sense of urgency that I think they really have to understand that their success and their ranking, warrants,” Banghart said. “And then when things didn’t go so well, they stay totally locked into what we need to make changes on.”

Part of those changes included Hodgson not hesitating when she got clear looks in the fourth quarter. Hodgson scored 10 points in a 90-second span of the fourth quarter after it looked as if the Ducks were about to pull away. Hodgson’s four-point play with 5:12 remaining gave North Carolina a 72-68 lead. Oregon pulled within 74-73, but Hodgson hit four free throws down the stretch, sandwiched around Destiny Adams’ basket, and the Tar Heels were able to hold on.

Alyssa Ustby added 19 points for North Carolina (5-0) and the Tar Heels put five players in double figures. Deja Kelly had 17 points, Anya Poole added 11 and Kennedy Todd-Williams 10.

“My coach and my teammates have been telling me the year and a half I have been here just to shoot the ball and let it fly,” Hodgson said. “So having their confidence in me, I knew towards the end of the game that we needed something to just change kind of the stride of the game.”

Te-Hina Paopao led Oregon (4-1) with 18 points, Grace VanSlooten added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Jennah Isai scored 15 points. But the Ducks will lament chances they had to put the game away, leading by 11 in the opening moments of the second half and holding a 66-58 lead with 7:34 left after starting the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run.

That’s when Hodgson got hot from the perimeter. Her consecutive 3-pointers stopped Oregon’s run and her four-point play put the Tar Heels in front for good.

“Disappointed that we lost but I’m more encouraged now than I was actually coming into the game,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “I didn’t quite know what to expect with this group because we’re so young and hadn’t been tested. For the most part we played a really good game did a lot of really good things.”

GUESTS OF HONOR

Knight, the founder of Nike, was courtside, sitting next to former Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu for the matchup. Also in the stands was former North Carolina men’s coach Roy Williams, who was across town for the Tar Heels’ matchup against Portland in the men’s tournament earlier Thursday.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The Tar Heels started the week with their highest ranking since the 2014-15 season, when the they reached as high as No. 6 in the AP Top 25. The win over Oregon was North Carolina’s 20th straight non-conference victory.

Oregon: The Ducks will lament their struggles at the free-throw line. Oregon was 6 of 14 from the line and entered the game hitting 72% from the free-throw line for the season.

UP NEXT

North Carolina: The Tar Heels will face No. 5 Iowa State in the title game on Sunday.

Oregon: The Ducks will play Michigan State in the third-place game on Sunday.

NBA SUSPENDS LAKERS’ BEVERLEY 3 GAMES FOR SHOVING AYTON

(AP) — The NBA gave Patrick Beverley a three-game suspension Thursday, two days after the Los Angeles Lakers guard was ejected for shoving Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton from behind.

The suspension will cost Beverley $268,966, or about 2.1% of his $13 million salary.

It’s the second time Beverley has been suspended for shoving someone from behind; the other came in the last game of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2021 playoff run, when he struck Suns guard Chris Paul from the back and had to sit out the first game of the 2021-22 season.

“The suspension was based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike acts,” the NBA said in announcing the sanction.

Beverley was ejected with 3:55 left in the Lakers’ loss at Phoenix on Tuesday. Phoenix’s Devin Booker committed a flagrant foul against the Lakers’ Austin Reaves, who remained down on the floor briefly after the hit. Ayton stepped toward Reaves when he was still down, and Beverley charged in to give Ayton a shove. Ayton and Beverley were both assessed technical fouls, and Beverley was ejected.

“Tough foul, hard foul, Austin gets knocked down, there’s a little bit of chirping going on with Book and Ayton and some of our guys, and then from what I saw Ayton was just standing there about to walk over him,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Tuesday. “And then Pat Bev … you don’t want this to be a tough-man competition. You actually want to play tough basketball. But at the end of the day, I’m not mad at him. He’s there protecting his teammate.”

The Lakers, who are off to a 5-11 start, will be without Beverley for games at San Antonio on Friday and Saturday, as well as a home game against Indiana on Monday.

Beverley will be eligible to return Wednesday against Portland. He is averaging a career-low 4.1 points this season on just 27% shooting.

NEYMAR INJURED, RICHARLISON SCORES FOR BRAZIL AT WORLD CUP

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) With Neymar limping off the field with an ankle injury, Richarlison came through for the “Selecao.”

A spectacular acrobatic kick followed an easy tap-in from close range as Richarlison scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday at the World Cup.

After the match, the Tottenham striker learned of the extent of Neymar’s injury.

“The most important thing for us it to have him at 100% for the next match,” said Richarlison, whose first goal came after a buildup started by Neymar. “When I get to the hotel I’m going to go and see how he is doing.”

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar sprained his right ankle. He declined to speculate on whether he would be available to play in the team’s next match against Switzerland on Monday.

“We put ice on it while he was on the bench and then in physiotherapy,” Lasmar said. “There is no test scheduled for now but we will schedule it if needed. He will be under observation. We will know more tomorrow.”

Neymar was also injured at the 2014 World Cup. Playing at home in Brazil, his tournament ended with a back injury in the quarterfinals against Colombia when he had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Brazil ended up losing to Germany 7-1 in the semifinals.

Neymar was fouled nine times in the match against Serbia, four more than any other player so far at this year’s World Cup. But while taking care of Neymar, the opposing defense couldn’t stop Richarlison.

He had his back to the goal when he used one touch to get the ball up in the air near the penalty spot, then spun around and leapt off the ground before knocking the ball into the net with his right foot in the 73rd minute.

“My childhood dream has come true,” said Richarlison, who is playing in his first World Cup. “We knew it was going to be difficult to get past them. I’m used to playing against defensive teams like this in England. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities that I had and I did.”

Brazil had struggled to get past the Serbian defense until Richarlison scored from close range in the 62nd. Vinicius Junior assisted on both goals.

Neymar, seeking his first major title with Brazil, stayed at 75 goals for the national team, two shy of Pele’s scoring record.

He was tackled hard a few times and sprained his right ankle in the second half. He was crying on the bench after being substituted in the 79th and was limping as he left the stadium.

Brazil coach Tite started with an attack-minded squad that included four forwards – Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Raphinha and Richarlison. Attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta played alongside Casemiro, the lone defensive midfielder.

But Serbia had several players back and was able to keep Brazil from creating many significant opportunities. Neymar tried to control the pace but struggled to get free. He, Vinicius Junior and Raphinha all squandered chances early on.

Brazil’s best chance before Richarlison’s opening goal had been a low long-range shot by Alex Sandro that hit the post in the 60th. Neymar had his best opportunities with a free kick in the 50th and a shot from near the penalty spot in the 55th.

Serbia had its own injury issues for the match.

“We have three key players who are injured – it’s too much for us,” Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic said. “We are not Brazil with 200 million people. We are a very small country.”

The 30-year-old Neymar arrived to his third World Cup as Brazil’s main attraction. He helped the “Selecao” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but has yet to win a major title with the national team.

Brazil, trying to win its first World Cup in two decades, is unbeaten in its last 20 opening games, with 17 victories. It has finished first in its group in the last 10 World Cups.

SOUTH KOREA HOLDS URUGUAY TO 0-0 DRAW AT WORLD CUP

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) Another favored team has failed to impress in the early stages of the World Cup.

This time it was South Korea holding South American power Uruguay to a 0-0 draw on Thursday, a result that probably favors the Asian team.

The draw at Education City Stadium was yet another early World Cup match with a surprising result. Argentina and Germany both lost their opening games in major upsets. This one hinted at being another.

Uruguay coach Diego Alonso said he was satisfied, and so did South Korea counterpart Paulo Bento. Alonso sounded less convincing.

“I’m more than happy with the result,” Alonso said. “I’m sure that this group stage will be determined by the last match. We all know the second game is key, and so is the third one. But this will not affect whether we qualify of not.”

Uruguay will next face Portugal in Group H while South Korea plays Ghana, with both games on Monday. The top two teams in the group will advance to the round of 16.

South Korea, with forward Son Heung-min wearing a mask to protect a broken left eye socket, always looked the more likely to score against the more experienced Uruguayans. The South Koreans were quicker, pressing from the opening whistle.

Many South Korean fans wore Batman-like masks in solidarity with Son, who was injured on Nov. 2 in a Champions League match playing for English club Tottenham. He had a few early chances but seemed to tire in the second half.

“He (Son) had a serious injury,” Bento said. “He was inactive for a considerable amount of time. He could only get back with the team in the recent days. And of course it’s natural after an injury that it will take time some time to adapt. But I think overall we had a good performance.”

In a match with few clear scoring chances and South Korea often in control, Uruguay had the best opportunities to score: Diego Godin hit the post with a header in the 43rd minute and Federico Valverde hit it in the 89th.

Alonso started an attacking lineup with Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Facundo Pellistri up front, and with Valverde and Matias Vecino in midfield. But they seldom had the ball at the start.

South Korea pressed forward early and Son excited the crowd every time he touched the ball, but he managed only one threatening attack in the first half. South Korea always looked quicker than Uruguay, but not necessarily the more dangerous. The team’s best chance came in the 34th minute when Hwang Ui-jo sailed a close-range attempt over the crossbar.

As the second half wore on, Uruguay began to take more possession but always seemed cautious, taking less initiative despite having the more experienced players.

Son went down in a heap early in the second half with Martin Caceres getting the first yellow card of the match.

Alonso sent in Edinson Cavani for Suarez in 64th minute as the pace of the match slowed until Valverde hit the post in the final minutes.

“In the first 20 minutes, we struggled against Korea,” Alonso said. “We couldn’t take the ball from them. We couldn’t get any pressure and lost precision.

“Obviously, the second half we dominated much more. We were better than them, I think, but we lacked a bit of attacking. I mean attacking more. We tried to be more competitive, too.”

EMBOLO SCORES, DOESN’T CELEBRATE AS SWISS WIN AT WORLD CUP

AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) Born in Cameroon but playing for Switzerland, of course Breel Embolo would score when those two countries met at the World Cup.

Embolo promised he wouldn’t celebrate if he scored for the Swiss team against his country of birth on Thursday, and he kept his word. It turned out to be the only goal of the match as Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0.

“I would have liked him to be on my side,” said Cameroon coach Rigobert Song, who played in four World Cups for his home country, “but that’s not the way it went.”

The crowd waited and watched for Embolo’s reaction after he scored his 12th goal for Switzerland in the 48th-minute off a low pass from Xherdan Shaqiri.

He stood still in the goalmouth and first held his arms out wide, then raised his hands in a gesture of apology. He put his hands over his month as if realizing how profound the moment was as his Swiss teammates rushed toward him near the penalty spot.

Embolo then pointed toward the Swiss fans behind the goal where he had scored, and then to the Cameroon fans at the opposite corner of Al Janoub Stadium.

Even Song felt pride in the 25-year-old forward, who was born in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde but played for Swiss national youth teams before getting a passport from his adopted country when he was 17.

“I am happy for him and also proud of him. He’s my little brother. We’ve often spoken to each other on the phone,” said Song, who was asked what he said to Embolo on the field after the game. “I thought he played a great game and I wanted to tell him. We’re still brothers at the end of the day.”

Switzerland coach Murat Yakin said he had offered some advice to Embolo about dealing with his emotions.

“You can be friendly up to kickoff,” Yakin said, “and after that they are our opponents.”

Embolo left Cameroon with his family when he was 5. They spent time in France before settling in Switzerland, the country he is now representing at a second World Cup.

Embolo spoke to Swiss television after the match and wished Cameroon luck for the rest of the tournament.

It could be a short World Cup for Cameroon, which still has to face Brazil and Serbia in Group G and has lost eight straight games at the tournament dating back to 2002.

MILLA TIME

Cameroon great Roger Milla was paraded on the field before the game. Fans were shown a video montage of his goals at the 1990 World Cup, where Cameroon became the first African team to reach the quarterfinals.

Milla was joined by Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon’s greatest player who now runs the country’s soccer federation. Eto’o scored the only goal when Cameroon last won a match at the World Cup – a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in 2002.

QUIET DAY

Referee Facundo Tello had a quieter day than when he sent off 10 players in Argentina just before coming to Qatar. He showed red cards to seven Boca Juniors players and three from Racing Club after an extra-time brawl. In Qatar, Tello showed three yellow cards and no red cards.

UP NEXT

Switzerland will next play Group H favorite Brazil on Monday in Doha, the same day Cameroon faces Serbia.

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GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS NETS

The Indiana Pacers (10-7) aim to break a tied season series against the Brooklyn Nets (9-10) Friday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Indiana beat Brooklyn 125-116 on Oct. 29 before falling to the Nets 116-109 on Oct. 31. Both games were played in New York. 

The Pacers are coming off a 115-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, which snapped a five-game winning streak.

In the loss, the Pacers trailed nearly the entire game after falling behind by 17 points in the first quarter.

Pacers center Myles Turner scored 31 points in the game and rookie Bennedict Mathurin added 21 points off the bench. 

The Timberwolves’ big-man tandem of Rudy Gobert (21 points, 16 rebounds) and Karl Anthony-Towns (23 points, 11 rebounds) dominated, as the Pacers were outscored 74-38 in the paint and out-rebounded 50-30 overall.

After a shaky start to its season the Nets have improved its play in recent weeks, including winning three of its last four games. 

On Wednesday, the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 112-98 on 29 points from Kyrie Irving, 15 points by Royce O’Neale (five 3-pointers) and 14 points and 12 rebounds from Nic Claxton. Former NBA MVP Kevin Durant was held to 12 points.

This season, Irving is averaging 25.5 points per game and 4.2 assists and Durant is putting up 28.8 points per contest, 6.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

Brooklyn is averaging 111.3 points per game while giving up 111.8 compared to Indiana’s 116.8 points scored per game and 114.1 given up.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G –  Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Nets: G – Ben Simmons, G – Kyrie Irving, F – Kevin Durant, F – Royce O’Neal C – Nic Claxton

Injury Report

Pacers: Isaiah Jackson – questionable (left ankle sprain), Andrew Nembhard – questionable (left knee bruise), Chris Duarte – out (left ankle sprain), Daniel Theis – out (right knee surgery).

Nets: Seth Curry – out (left ankle injury management), T.J. Warren – out (left foot injury recovery), Yuta Watanabe – out (right hamstring tightness).

Last Meeting

Oct. 31, 2022: Coming off a loss to Indiana two days prior, Durant scored 36 points in a 116-109 Brooklyn win against the Pacers on Halloween.

The Nets jumped out to an early 33-18 lead in the first quarter before the Pacers stormed back late to tie the game halfway through the final frame.

Despite keeping it close down the stretch, including trailing 112-109 with 1:43 remaining, an Irving floater and free throws by Durant closed the game in the waning seconds.

Chris Duarte led the Pacers with 30 points and Hield chipped in 22.

Two key players didn’t take the floor due to injury, as Nesmith did not play for the Pacers and Simmons sat out for the Nets.

Indiana shot 47.3 percent in the game to Brooklyn’s 53.8 percent. The Pacers struggled to take care of the ball, turning it over 24 times to the Nets’ 19 giveaways.

Noteworthy

  • In the first matchup of the season with the Nets, the Pacers set a franchise record for 3-pointers made in a game with 23.
  • The Pacers have a record of 7-2 in November.
  • Mathurin’s career high for points in a game (32) was scored against the Nets on Oct. 29. 

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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Tickets

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MBB: INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 6 VS. JACKSON STATE

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 123rd season of competition in men’s basketball with the final matchup in the second-annual Hoosier Classic. The Hoosiers will host Jackson State at 12:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 25 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The game will be broadcasted on BTN.

• The Tigers are coached by first-year head coach and former NBA All-Star Mo Williams. He enjoyed a 13-year career that included an NBA Title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

Game Information

Nov. 25, 2022 • 12:30 PM ET • Hoosier Classic

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

TV: BTN (Connor Onion, Brian Butch)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 1-0

Last Meeting: IU 70, JSU 35 on Nov. 23, 2021 in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana and Jackson State have a brief history of just one matchup, a 70-35 Indiana victory on Nov. 23, 2021. The game was part of the first annual Hoosier Classic.

• The 35 points scored in the game by Jackson State marked the lowest output by an Indiana opponent since Montana State tallied 35 points on November 9, 2018.

• Fifth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson led the Hoosiers with 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in the win last season.

Hoosier Classic History

• The Hoosiers are 5-0 all time as hosts of the Hoosier Classic. This season’s field includes Jackson State, Little Rock, and Miami (Ohio).

• Indiana took down Miami (Ohio) by a score of 86-56 in Indianapolis in the first game of the event on Sunday, before beating Little Rock 87-68 in Bloomington on Wednesday. Jackson State fell to Little Rock (94-91) in their first matchup dropping a 78-68 decision at Michigan on Wednesday night.

Last Time Out

• Sixth-year senior forward Race Thompson led the Hoosiers to an 87-68 victory over Little Rock on Nov. 23 with his second-career 20-point game. He added eight boards and two blocks.

• True freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino contributed a season-high 13 points and seven rebounds in the win, while true freshman forward Malik Reneau tallied 10 points and six rebounds.

• Junior forward Jordan Geronimo blocked five shots for the second time in as many games to go along with 11 points off the bench.

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Trayce Jackson-Davis: 34; last at Xavier, 11/18/22

Xavier Johnson: 14; last at Xavier, 11/18/22

Miller Kopp: 9; last as Syracuse, 11/30/21

Race Thompson: 2; vs. Little Rock, 11/23/22

Other Notables

• Junior forward Jordan Geronimo blocked a combined 10 shots against Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 20 and Little Rock on Nov. 23. The tally marked the most by a Hoosier off the bench since 1996-97.

• Sixth-year senior forward Race Thompson posted his second-career 20-point game in the win over Little Rock on Nov. 23.

• Indiana has scored at least 80 points in all five games to open the season, the longest such streak since 1969-70 (seven games).

• Reneau has scored in double figures in four games this season.

• Fifth-year senior Xavier Johnson has charted double-figure assist numbers in five career games, including two as a Hoosier.

• The Hoosier bench has outscored opponents 169-63.

• Head coach Mike Woodson holds a record of 13-1 in non-conference games at the helm of the Hoosiers.

#24 PURDUE ROLLS PAST WEST VIRGINIA IN PHIL KNIGHT LEGACY

[24] Purdue 80, West Virginia 68 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 4-0 with an 80-68 victory over West Virginia in the Phil Knight Legacy Quarterfinals in Portland. Purdue is now 4-0 for the second straight year (started last year 8-0) and has started 4-0 in consecutive years for the first time since the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

The Boilermakers improved to 23-6 since the 2014 Maui Invitational in multi-team events. Purdue is looking for its second straight tournament title after winning last year’s Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic (wins over North Carolina and Villanova).

Purdue has won 11 straight games in the month of November, dating to an 81-70 loss on Nov. 26, 2020, vs. Clemson in the title game of the Space Coast Challenge.

Purdue has won 17 straight regular-season, non-conference games, dating to a Dec. 8, 2020, setback to Miami (Fla.), 58-54.

The win improved Purdue to 8-1 all-time against West Virginia, having won three games in a row by a combined 42 points.

Purdue shot a season-best 51.1 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point range. Purdue was also 24-of-28 (.857) from the free throw line and outrebounded the Mountaineers 35-31.

Purdue has won 51 straight games when shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line, dating to a March 3, 2004, overtime loss at Illinois.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 95-54 (.638) against KenPom top-100 teams. The 95 wins are the fifth most in the country.

Purdue improved to 149-12 under Painter when scoring at least 80 points, including 63-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season. Purdue has won 41 straight games when scoring at least 80 points.

Zach Edey recorded his third straight 20-10 game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. It marked his fourth straight double-double to start the season, the third-longest streak in Purdue history and longest in over 50 years (Terry Dischinger – 12 in 1959-60; Dave Schellhase – 10 in 1965-66).

Over the last three games, Edey is averaging 24.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in just 30.3 minutes per game.

Per 40 minutes this season, Edey is averaging 29.7 points and 18.3 rebounds.

Mason Gillis, playing on his 22nd birthday, tied a career high with 14 points while adding five rebounds and two steals.

Purdue’s freshman class tallied 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Ethan Morton dished out a career-high nine assists against no turnovers.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Zach Edey had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 24 Purdue to an 80-68 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night in the opening round of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament.

Mason Gillis added 14 points for the Boilermakers (4-0), and Brandon Newman came off the bench to score eight points.

Erik Stevenson scored 17 points as the Mountaineers (3-1) lost for the first time this season. Joe Toussaint added 16 points off the bench.

The Boilermakers took a 43-32 lead into halftime. Edey led the way with 12 first-half points.

“I thought he had an average game,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said of Edey. “He’s a really good player. One of the best players in the country. When you get 24 and 12 and you had an ‘average’ game, that’s pretty cool.”

The Mountaineers cut into the Boilermakers’ lead with a 9-0 run late into the second half, closing within four points before Braden Smith knocked down a 3-pointer with five minutes left to give Purdue a seven-point edge. That was the closest West Virginia got.

Stevenson scored six straight points to help West Virginia keep pace early in the second half, but exited the game at the 13-minute mark with an apparent leg injury. He checked back in with four minutes remaining.

“We were 4-0 because we were better,” West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said. “We still didn’t execute. We turned the ball over at a very alarming rate and we refused to rebound it.”

Purdue outrebounded West Virginia 34-32 and shot 47.1% from 3-point range (8 for 17).

West Virginia played solid defense, forcing 18 turnovers, but couldn’t get its shots to fall, going 5 for-22 (22.7%) from beyond the arc.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers handled an unranked West Virginia team to stay undefeated and advance to the PKL semifinals.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers picked up their first loss of the season at the hands of a ranked opponent.

BOILERS ROLL HARVARD TO NOTCH GEARLDS’ 250TH WIN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Head coach Katie Gearlds notched her 250th career win as the Purdue women’s basketball team rolled to an 85-63 win over Harvard in the first game of the Cancun Challenge. The Boilermakers improved to 5-0 on the year with their first win away from Mackey Arena.

Purdue shot above 50% for the fourth straight game behind a red-hot 60.7% clip, a season high. The Boilermakers drained eight 3-pointers with six split evenly by Cassidy Hardin and Lasha Petree.

Petree dropped another 20-piece for Purdue on the young season, matching her season high with 23 on 9-of-14 shooting. Caitlyn Harper joined her in double figures with an efficient 15 points in 19 minutes on 7-of-8 from the field. Abbey Elis chipped in 10 points off the bench.

The Boilermakers dished out 22 assists on 34 made field goals. As always, Jeanae Terry led the way with eight helpers. Madison Layden added five. It was Purdue’s third game this year with 20 or more assists.

Purdue has scored 70 or more points in all five wins this season and held opponents to 63 or fewer points in every game.

The Boilermakers lit it up in the opening 20 minutes behind a 63.3% shooting clip and 6-of-10 from distance. Petree and Harper tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively to start. Terry dished out seven dimes in the first half.

Purdue held an 18-13 lead through the first quarter and broke the game in the second. Outscoring Harvard (3-2) 27-8 in the period, Purdue held the Crimson off the board until the 5:48 mark, while rolling off a 16-0 run.

Harvard clawed back in the third. The Crimson scored a game-high 24 points in the period fueled by five 3-pointers. Purdue stemmed every Harvard run by never letting the gap shrink to less than 16.

The Boilermakers closed the game out in the fourth with seven points from Petree and five from Terry. Purdue kept the Crimson to eight 3-pointers on the afternoon, below its season average.

TERRY STUFFING THE SHEET

Jeanae Terry continues to make her impact on the court in ways beyond scoring. The senior went for seven points, eight assists and 13 rebounds in the win. Terry has reached double figures in assists or rebounds in four out of five games this year.

250 FOR KG

Gearlds joined the 250-win club Saturday in just her 319th game coached. The 2007 Purdue graduate is 22-15 in her second season at her alma mater. She claimed two NAIA national titles as a head coach at Marian in Indianapolis for eight seasons.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Harvard 2-0.

• Purdue totaled 46 points in the paint, its third game with 40 or more down low.

• Hardin’s three 3-pointers gave her 166 for her career to move her within one of KK Houser for 10th in program history.

• Petree is the first Boilermaker to lead the team in scoring twice this year.

• Ellis went 3-for-3 at the line to keep her season free throw percentage at 100%.

• Freshman Lilly Stoddard scored her first career points in the fourth quarter.

• Despite giving up 17 turnovers, the Boilermakers only surrendered just 11 points off turnovers.

• The Boilermakers have held an opponent to single digits in at least one quarter every game this season.

UP NEXT

Purdue will take on Florida State on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

BUTLERMBB PULLS OUT 75-70 THANKSGIVING DAY WIN OVER BYU AT BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS

Eric Hunter Jr. scored 12 of Butler’s final 17 points as the Bulldogs held on for a 75-70 Thanksgiving Day win over BYU on the second day of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Hunter finished with 19 points and went 3-for-3 from three-point range with all of those treys coming in the final seven minutes of the contest.

With the result, Butler improves to 4-2, while BYU is now 3-3.

The Bulldogs will now face North Carolina State in their third and final game of the event Friday in the fifth-place game.

STAT OF SIGNIFICANCE: Butler orchestrated a 17-6 run to take a 54-48 lead with 11:20 remaining after BYU opened the second half with a 12-0 spurt that erased a 37-30 Butler halftime lead. Jayden Taylor scored 11 of those 17 points during the run.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Taylor scored a season-high 20 points to lead Butler in scoring; he went 8-for-13 from the field.

Both Simas Lukosius and Manny Bates finished with 14 points. Lukosius had a team-best six rebounds, while Bates had a Butler-high of four assists.

The 19 points were both a season- and a Butler-high for Hunter.

Butler shot 53 percent from the field overall and went 6-for-10 from three-point range in the second half.

BYU’s last lead of the game came at 46-45 with 14:06 to play. Butler’s lead would grow to eight at two points later in the game before BYU trimmed the lead to one at both 66-65 and 69-68 as a 1-3-1 zone frustrated Butler at times during the final five minutes of the game. A Bates alley-oop slam and four Butler free throws over the final minute sealed the win.

BYU had a 39-27 rebounding advantage including 17 offensive rebounds, which led to 20 second-chance points for the Cougars.

Fousseyni Traore led BYU with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

BYU shot 42 percent from the field, but only 3-for-20 from three-point range.

Bates was limited to seven minutes in the first half with two fouls and DJ Hughes left the game later in the first half due to injury and did not return. Freshman Connor Turnbull played a career-high eight minutes, all in the first half.

OF NOTE:

Butler and BYU had met previously only once – Dec. 19, 1930. The Bulldogs won, 45-34, at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The 45 points scored and the 34 points allowed were both season-highs for the 1930-31 Bulldogs, who were coached by Tony Hinkle.

Butler opened the Battle 4 Atlantis Wednesday night with a 71-45 loss to No. 22/21 Tennessee. After defeating USC Thursday, Tennessee will play Kansas in Friday’s Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

BYU fell to USC by a score of 82-76 in Wednesday play at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs now move to the fifth-place game against North Carolina State, which is scheduled for Friday at 10 p.m. That contest will air on ESPN2. North Carolina State defeated Dayton, 76-64, Thursday.

MONROE SCORES 29 IN THANKSGIVING DAY LOSS AT NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS – Junior guard Bryce Monroe pumped in a career-high 29 points and the Jaguars shot 63 percent from the field, but fell just short against host New Orleans at the Big Easy Classic on Thanksgiving Day, 87-84. Junior Jlynn Counter finished with 16 points and Chris Osten recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior John Egbuta also finished in double-figures with 11 points and six rebounds.

K’mani Doughty led five New Orleans (2-3) players in double-figures with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

The game featured nine lead changes and 13 ties, the last coming with 1:31 remaining when Monroe dropped in a layup from point blank range. Doughty followed with a putback of a miss with 59.4 seconds left to give the hosts the lead for good. IUPUI had a chance to tie, but threw the ball away on an inbounds pass, leading to a Simeon Kirkland fast break bucket.

IUPUI (1-5) cut the lead back to three when Egbuta split a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left and followed with a defensive stop to regain possession with 14 ticks left. Monroe fired a long potential game-tying three from the wing that Osten tipped in with three seconds left. Forced to foul, UNO’s Jordan Johnson sank both ends of a one-and-one with 2.0 seconds left and Egbuta came up just short on a half court heave at the final horn.

“I’m proud of my guys,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We bounced back from a tough loss today and played really hard today. I thought Bryce was really good at breaking them down off the dribble and either getting all the way to the rim or setting up his teammates.

“Offensively, we were really good but defensively, we just didn’t get enough stops and there were times when we just didn’t finish the possession by getting the defensive rebounds.”

Monroe shouldered the load in the first half, scoring 17 of his career-high 29 in the first half. The Privateers honed in on Monroe for much of the second half, which allowed Counter to score 14 of his 16 after intermission.

IUPUI came out strong, building a quick 9-2 lead before things leveled off. UNO later took a 22-16 lead before settling for a 45-42 halftime lead.

UNO finished the game shooting 53 percent overall and 9-of-20 (45 percent) from three. IUPUI went 4-of-5 from three in the opening half and finished 5-of-12 (41.7 percent).

UNO outscored IUPUI 37-7 off the bench as Amhad Jarrard tallied six points off the bench and Boston Stanton III added a free throw in two minutes of work. IUPUI’s bench attempted just three shots, all coming from Jarrard.

The Jaguars will return to action on Friday (Nov. 25) when they face The Citadel at 5:00 p.m. Eastern to cap the three-game event.

THE CARDINALS FLY SOUTH FOR BAHA MAR HOOPS NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ball State men’s basketball team made a trip to The Bahamas for the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship. The Cardinals open the tournament against the Vermont Catamounts on Friday, Nov. 25, at noon.

Ball State has a chance to play either Missouri State or UNCW in the second game of the trip on Saturday. On Sunday, Ball State will play either North Texas, San Jose State, Oakland, or Long Beach State.

Last Time Out

Ball State is coming off an 86-72 victory against IU-South Bend in the team’s last contest and improved to 3-1 on the year. Jaylin Sellers led the way with a career-high 18 points and a career-best 14 rebounds as he picked up his first career double-double. For the second time this season, the Cardinals had six different players score in double figures. Payton Sparks finished the game with 17 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Jarron Coleman added 12 points, four rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal. Demarius Jacobs produced a career-high three blocked shots to accompany his 12 points, game-high five assists, three rebounds, and one steal. Mickey Pearson Jr. posted 12 points to go along with his nine boards and two assists. Jalen Windham closed out the double-digit scorers with 12 points as he added four assists and one steal.

Spreading the Love

The Cardinals have four players averaging double figures on the season. Coleman leads the team with 15.3 points per game. Coleman’s 45.8 percent from 3-point range leads the MAC. Coleman has brought down 5.8 boards a game. Sparks is second on the team with 14.8 points per game, he is second on the squad with five blocks, and is third on the team with 6.3 rebounds a game. Jacobs is averaging 13.8 points a game with 5.5 rebound per game. Jacobs has a team-best 18 assists and is tied for a team high in steals with eight. Sellers rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.0 points a contest. Sellers is second on the team with 6.7 rebounds a contest. Pearson Jr. has a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game.

Taking Advantage at the Free-Throw Line

As a team, the Cardinals are averaging 25.5 free throws per game, which is tied for 20th in the country and leads the MAC. Ball State is averaging 18.5 free-throws made per contest, which is 17th in the NCAA and leads the conference. 

Solid Defense

Ball State continues to be strong on the defensive end of the court. As a unit, the Cardinals are tied for 47th in the NCAA with 29.0 defensive rebounds per game, which is best in the MAC. BSU is averaging 5.2 blocks a game, which is tied for 40th in the nation and top in the conference.  Ball State is outrebounding opponents on an average of 11.8 rebounds per game, which is 14th in the NCAA and leads the MAC.

Series History with the Catamounts

Friday will mark the first meeting between Ball State and Vermont.

Scouting Vermont

Vermont enters Friday with a 1-5 record. The Catamounts are led by Dylan Penn who is averaging 12.5 points per game and is shooting a team-best 49.1 percent from the field. Aaron Deloney is the other Vermont player averaging double digits with 10.8 points per game and is second on the team with 14 assists. Robin Duncan has a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. Finn Sullivan leads the team with 16 assists and has a team-best seven steals. Sullivan is second on the squad with 5.3 boards per game.

QUICK START PROPELS NOTRE DAME TO 90-65 WIN OVER AMERICAN

Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey got about as balanced of a performance one can get out of her starters in Thursday’s 90-65 win over American (0-4) in the 2022 Goombay Splash.

The seventh-ranked Irish moved to 5-0 with the Thanksgiving victory, and it was a dominant first half that made the contest a no-doubter for Notre Dame. The Irish outscored the Eagles 26-11 in the first quarter, holding them to just 26.7 percent from the floor, and added 26 more points in the second half. The biggest lead of the game was 28 points with 3:44 to go in the second half.

For the third time in four games, the team had at least five players with 10+ points, four of them starters. The Irish entered the evening averaging 91.3 points per game (first in the ACC and fourth nationally), and the 90-point performance on Thursday didn’t do much to change that.

“I’m so grateful to be spending Thanksgiving in the Bahamas with family, friends and this team,” Ivey said after the game. “I loved the balance we displayed tonight with five players in double figures. Olivia [Miles] and Sonia [Citron] were solid, and KK [Bransford] had double-digit points for the second straight game.”

Miles led the Irish with 19 points and 10 rebounds in her fourth double-double of the year. All 10 boards were on the defensive end of the court. Miles is now averaging 16.6 points per game, which ranks fifth in the ACC as of Thursday evening.

Bransford continues to impress, as she posted 12 points and a career-high six buckets. The 5-11 guard is coming off of a 16-point performance against Ball State on Sunday.

Notre Dame will face Arizona State (4-0) on Saturday to close out the Goombay Splash. The Sun Devils are coming off of a narrow overtime victory (83-77) over New Mexico on Nov. 20. They came out of the gate hot, going 9-16 from the field to start before slow second and third quarters. Notre Dame’s takeaway from that game is that Arizona State can score, and they can score quickly, and they don’t give up. The Irish had issues closing out games in 2021-22, and Ivey has emphasized improvement in that area this season. So far, so good, as the Irish are outscoring their opponents 104-87 in the fourth quarter this year.

Players to watch for Arizona State include leading scorer and Delaware transfer Tyi Skinner, who is averaging 19.0 points per game but shooting just 36.8 percent from the field. Guard Treasure Hunt is a double-double machine, posting 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She is a Kentucky transfer.

Notre Dame and Arizona State have met four times, and the series is tied at two wins a piece. The last matchup came in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and the Irish won 84-67. The ND-ASU game will also be streamed on FloHoops and will tip off at 4:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.

FIGHTING IRISH TRAVEL TO TAKE ON HOKIES IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON MATCH

Notre Dame is on the road again this weekend in their last regular season match against Virginia Tech. The Irish will face the Hokies at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. The game this week will be broadcasted on ACC Network Extra.

Friday, Nov. 25 – Notre Dame @ Virginia Tech – 1:00 p.m. (ACCNX | Live Stats)

HISTORY VS. VIRGINIA TECH

• This will be the 15th meeting between the Irish and the Hokies with Notre Dame leading the overall series 11-3.

• Notre Dame has won the last eight matchups against Virginia Tech as they have been on a winning streak since 2016. The last Hokie win against the Irish was Nov. 6, 2015 in three sets in Purcell Pavilion (25-27, 20-25, 20-25).

• This is the second matchup against Virginia Tech this season as the Irish defeated the Hokies in four (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22) at Purcell Pavilion on Oct. 16, 2022. The Irish were led by Paris Thompson and Kaylyn Winkler who finished with 16 and 12 kills, respectively. Winkler also chipped in four blocks, followed by Lauren Tarnoff and Charity McDowell who finished with three blocks apiece in the first match up.

BY THE NUMBERS

1 | Head Coach Salima Rockwell captured her first win in the victory over Milwaukee on Aug. 28.

3 | The Irish introduce three graduate transfers to the 2022 team.

6 | The Irish introduce six new freshmen to the 2022 team.

7 | Salima Rockwell became the seventh head coach of the Fighting Irish on January 6, 2022.

10 | Charity McDowell finished with a career-high 10 blocks against Clemson on Sunday, Oct. 2.

20 | Paris Thompson recorded a career-high 20 kills in the three set sweep over Syracuse on Oct. 7.

21.5 | The Irish tallied an ACC high this season of 21.5 blocks in the matchup against Clemson on Sunday, Oct. 2.

54 | Phyona Schrader finished with a career-high 54 assists in the win over East Carolina on Sept. 9 and has 835 assists so far this season.

85 | Kaylyn Winkler is leading the Irish with 85 blocks so far this season, averaging 0.86 blocks per set.

236 | Lucy Trump is leading the team this season with 236 kills as a freshman, followed by fellow freshman Avery Ross who has recorded 222 kills.

435 | Hattie Monson is leading the Irish with 435 digs so far this season.

1,145 | Hattie Monson has tallied 1,145 career digs for the fighting Irish.

GAME 6 PREVIEW: LEFTOVERS SPECIAL – ST. BONAVENTURE

GAME 6NOTRE DAME VS ST BONAVENTURE
WHEN:FRIDAY, NOV. 25 | 4 PM ET
WHERE:ELMONT, NY | UBS ARENA
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ELMONT, N.Y. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will venture away from home for the first time this season in a neutral site clash with St. Bonaventure. The two sides will tip off on Friday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. ET, in the Gotham Classic finale in UBS Arena. That game will be streamed live on ESPN+.

BY THE NUMBERS

5849combined career points on the 2022-23 squad – most ever in Brey Era to start a season
338combined starts and 633 combined games played – Coach Brey’s most veteran team in his time at the helm
52.6%three-point shooting for Goodwin – leads the team
51.9%shooting for Starling – ranks 4th amongst Division-I freshmen
51.9%shooting from the field for the Irish – ranks 11th in the country
23-19Brey is now 23-19 in games decided by one point
19.6ppg for Laszewski – which leads all ACC players
19-1at home over the past two seasons
15NCAA  Tournament victories for Coach Brey – Ties Digger Phelps for the most at ND
14.0ppg for Starling – ranks 3rd amongst ACC freshmen
13Laszewski is 1-of-13 players in Division-I reeling in over 8 rebounds per game while averaging over 2.0 made three’s per game.
12.4Points-per-game average for Cormac Ryan since joining the starting lineup on Feb. 9, 2022 (17 games).
6graduate students on the roster – most of any Power-5 team
5All 5 Irish starters are averaging double-digit points
5-0when leading at the half
T-3rdfor most 1,000-point scorers of and D-I program
3double-doubles for Laszewski, which ranks 4th in the country
3rdin the country in free-throw percentage – 84.3 percent
220-plus point scoring performances for Goodwin and Laszewski
2Irish rank in the nation’s top-4 in minutes played per game – Goodwin and Laszewski

NATE THE GREAT

Nate Laszewski recorded 3 straight double-doubles to start the year and was one rebound shy against Lipscomb for making it 4-for-4. His 3 double-doubles ranks 4th in the country. 

He’s averaging an ACC best 19.6 ppg – also a career best for Nate. Meanwhile, his 8.8 rpg rank 6th in the ACC and his 58.0 percent shooting rank 3rd. 

He’s converting 2.2 made three-pointers per game – which leads the team. He’s 1-of-13 players in Division-I reeling in over 8 rebounds per game while averaging over 2.0 made three’s per game. 

CLOSERS

One of the biggest takeaways from the first 5 games is this – Irish down the stretch get clutch.  

Game 1 vs Radford – Irish make 6 of their last 9 from the field over the final 8:22

Game 2 vs YSU – Irish make its last six from the field over the final 4:29

Game 3 vs USI – Irish make its last 11-of-15 over the final 11:33. 

Game 4 vs Lipscomb – Dane Goodwin converts a three with 14 seconds left for the go-ahead game-winner.

Game 5 vs Bowling Green – The Irish end the game on a 23-5 scoring run. ND made 9 of its last 12 from the field starting at the 10:25 mark.

STAR(LING) FRESHMAN

All the talk about the grad school vets but there’s a freshmen named JJ Starling looking to make a name for himself in the collegiate landscape. 

Starling, who was ranked 18th by ESPN and was the highest ranked ND recruit since at least 2007 (when ESPN recruiting database began), is off to a fantastic start – averaging 14.0 ppg. In fact, he ranks 3rd in scoring amongst ACC freshmen. 

He took over the Bowling Green game on Nov. 22 – pouring in 23 points on a near-perfect 10-for-11 shooting night. He joins Torin Francis (10-11 vs Arizona on 3/27/2003) as the only other freshman in ND history to make at least 10 field goals while only missing one from the floor. 

Furthermore, his 23 points currently stands as a single game high amongst ACC freshmen. Nationally it’s tied for 15th. 

Shooting wise, his 51.9 percent from the field leads all freshmen guards in the nation. Overall (all positions), his shooting percentage ranks 4th in the nation amongst true freshmen.

Starling first impressed with a 17-point breakout performance vs Youngstown State on Nov. 13. Starling went clutch mode, making back-to-back treys under the two-minute mark to help clinch the win. 

DANE FEELIN GOOD(WIN)

Dane entered the year with 8 20+ point scoring performances and now has two through five games. 

He’s currently averaging a career best 15.4 ppg on a career high 54.9 percent shooting – as the latter ranks 6th in the ACC. 

He’s connecting on 52.6 percent from deep (10-of-19) and he’s doing so late in games – hitting a trey with 2:48 left against USI and 14 seconds left against Lipscomb. 

Goodwin carried the Irish to a 66-65 victory over Lipscomb, hitting the go-ahead three and game-winner with 14 seconds left. Goodwin tied his career high in made three-pointers, converting 6-of-8 from deep. He finished with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting. 

And oh by the way, he’s a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. 

EARLY SPURTS FROM WERTZ

It’s a been a big jump for Trey Wertz this season as he’s been absolutely dynamic on the offensive end of the court. 

For the first time of his Irish career, Wertz fired off three straight double-digit scoring games (it marked the 5th time in his collegiate career).

First, Wertz fired off 18 points against Radford, connecting on three treys in a row from 8:22-6:51 in the second half. 

Then it was 15 points against Youngstown State. Next, it was a season high 20 points against Southern Indiana, which included 12 points in the 2nd half. 

Wertz is connecting on 13-of-17 from two-point range. He leads teh team in both steals (1.6) and assists (4.0).

Lastly, he’s made a trey in all five games – averaging a team best 2.2 three’s per game alongside Laszewski. 

SPECIAL ABILITY UNLOCKED – FT SHOOTING

Game 1 – 21-of-25

Game 2 – 14-of-15

Game 3 – 23-of-28

Game 4 – 4-of-5

Game 5 – 13-of-16

Total – 75-of-89

With that said, Notre Dame ranks 3rd in the country in free-throw percentage, converting 84.3 percent of its shots. 

LEARNED HOW TO WIN AND THEN SOME

The quote you heard from Coach Brey often this preseason – “these guys learned how to win last year and now they are ready for the challenge.”

This experienced Irish group went 15-5 in the ACC, earning the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. They then made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017, earning a First Four spot. Notre Dame defeated Rutgers in double OT and then Alabama before falling to Texas Tech closely in the Second Round. 

Fast forward to now and that experience has paid off. First, the Irish battled back to take the lead against Radford with 9.5 seconds left for the 79-76 win. Against Youngstown State, it was a three-point game with 2:26 remaining, but the Irish staved off the attack and clinched the 88-81 victory. Then it was Dane Goodwin’s go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds left to remain unbeaten for the 66-65 win over Lipscomb. 

ELITE EIGHT PREVIEW: IRISH ONE WIN AWAY FROM COLLEGE CUP

#1 NOTRE DAME (17-2-3) VS #2 NORTH CAROLINA (18-4-1)
When:Saturday, Nov. 26 | 5 p.m. ET
Where:South Bend, IN | Alumni Stadium
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The road to the College Cup indeed runs through South Bend, as two storied programs collide at Alumni Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m. ET. It’ll be No. 1 Notre Dame (17-2-3) hosting No. 2 North Carolina (18-4-1) in an ACC showdown. This will mark the first time this season the two league foes will have matched up against each other.

The Fighting Irish are looking to punch their ticket to the College Cup for the 13th time and first time since 2010 (when they last won the national championship).

Notre Dame is 7-22-3 all-time against North Carolina and 3-7 against them in the NCAA Tournament. However, this will mark the first NCAA Tournament matchup taking place in South Bend. Important to note, the Irish boast a 50-3-1 record at home in the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA TOURNEY HISTORY

Notre Dame’s overall postseason record sits at 73-23-4, which ranks as the third most wins behind UNC (142-17-4) and Florida State (75-18-4). UCLA is right behind with 71-21-6. 

The Irish boast three NCAA championships, which is tied for second-most – 1995, 2004, 2010 – and five runner-up finishes (1994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008). 

They are making their 16th appearance in the quarterfinals and first since 2012. They are an impressive 12-3 in that round. 

UNBEATEN STREAK ROLLS ON …

Notre Dame is now unbeaten in its last 12 matches, outscoring the opposition 33-6 over that stretch. Their last loss was a 3-1 decision to Pitt on Sept. 25. 

ALBERT SAYS HI TO HERMANN TROPHY COMMITTEE

Korbin Albert has been an absolute highlight reel over the final stretch to the season and we’ll let the following stats speak for itself. 

Albert has scored an impressive 14 goals over the last 11 games. 

4 multi-goal performances over the last seven games – 5 total on the season

16 total goals – 8th in the country – tops for a midfielder

0.8 goals per game – 10th in the country

37 total points – 9th in the country

1.8 points per game – 11th in the country

6 game-winning goals – 4th in the country

She has 3 PK goals, so when looking at her 13 non-PK goals – 10 have come from outside the box. In addition, three have come via direct free-kicks. 

One of the best individual performances she’s had this season was against Florida State on Nov. 3 when she recorded her first career hat trick. The way she did, you just have to see to believe. 

9 of her 16 goals have come against top-25 teams.

And oh by the way, she’s your 2022 ACC Midfielder of the Year in the country’s top conference

HOLD THE LINE

Notre Dame’s defensive/goalie crew now boasts 14 shutouts on the year – their most since 2016 (15). Their shutout percentage of 0.636 ranks 6th in the country.

The Irish are the only Elite Eight team to have not given up a goal in this year’s NCAA Tournament, boasting an 11-0 goal differential. 

The Irish backline of Hudson, Klenke and ACC Defender of the Year Eva Gaetino have only allowed 65 shots on goal over 22 games – which equates to a stout 2.95 SOG per game

7 games this season the Irish backline has only allowed 1 SOG or fewer: TCU (Nov. 20), NC State (Oct. 6), Boston College (9/30), Virginia (9/22), Saint Louis (8/25), Western Michigan (8/21) and Marquette (8/18).

Mackenzie Wood won the starting role and has been tremendous – her 0.522 GAA ranks 8th in the nation, 1st in the ACCFurthermore, she has collected a career high 10 shutouts and would have had two more, both in NCAA Tournament, if it weren’t for late-game substitutions. Her 10 shutouts rank 13th in the country. 

TAKING THEIR PLACE

The Irish have made major statements all season long. Take this stat — 6-1-3 against the top-25. 

Notre Dame defeated then No. 2 Virginia 1-0 and No. 3 Florida State 4-0, marking the first time in program history in which they defeated two top-three teams during the regular season. This weekend, they could add No. 2 North Carolina to the list. 

The victory over FSU was its largest win against a top-3 program since Sept. 8, 2000 (6-1 win over #2 Santa Clara). Furthermore, the last time Florida State lost by 4 goals in an ACC matchup was on Oct. 15, 2002 against #2 UNC by a score of 5-1.

ND’s RPI was rated No. 4 entering the Tourney. They went 3-2-3 against the current RPI Top-25 and 7-2-3 against the Top-50. 

BREAKAWAY NUMBERS

The importance of scoring first? Well, the Irish are 17-0-1 and undefeated when doing so. In addition, the Irish are 11-0-1 when leading at the half. 

Notre Dame is averaging 9.6 shots on goal per game, which ranks 2nd nationally. Overall, the Irish are averaging 20.9 shots per game, which ranks 3rd nationally.

In comparison, shots on goal differential sits at 211-65. 

All those shots have led to 56 goals on the year and a scoring offense (2.6) that ranks 9th in the nation.

2ND HALF STRONG

When looking at Notre Dame’s 56 goals – 37 have come in the 2nd half. The 2nd half goal differential sits at 37-8. 

HOME SWEET HOME

The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult venue for opposing programs to succeed in. Since its creation in 2009, Notre Dame has gone 119-28-8.

This year the Irish have gone 11-1-2 inside Alumni. Last season, Notre Dame went 10-1-1. Therefore,  Notre Dame is 21-2-3 at home over its past two seasons. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Irish are 33-5-4 at home. 

Irish improved to 50-3-1 at home in the NCAA Tournament.

OFFENSIVE SPARKPLUGS 

Notre Dame has tallied a 56-14 goal aggregate over the 2022 season. Out of the 56 goals – it’s come from 10 different players: Albert (16), Wingate (14), Mercado (10), Van Zanten (7), Klenke (2), Ospeck (2), Coyle, Fisher, Matriano and Gaetino. 

The trio of Albert, Mercado and Wingate are all having career high  years up top in goals scored.

Wingate – 3rdin SOG per game (2.4), 10th in total goals and 13th in total points.

Now add in Van Zanten to complete the four-headed monster that is the Irish attack. As a foursome, they have contributed 74.7 percent of the team’s points. 

HOSTILO HOOPS COMMUNITY CLASSIC ON TAP FOR UE MEN

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah, Georgia will be the scene of the Hostilo Hoops Community Classic, which will see the University of Evansville men’s basketball team open play on Friday evening against South Alabama.  Tip is set for 5:30 p.m. CT at Enmarket Arena with the Purple Aces Radio Network and BeTheBeast having the coverage.
 

Weekend Schedule – Enmarket Arena – Savannah, Ga.
UE vs. South AlabamaFriday, Nov. 25 | 5:30 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Live Audio | Watch (BeTheBeast)
UE vs. Robert MorrisSaturday, Nov. 26 | 4 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Live Audio | Watch (BeTheBeast)
UE vs. FairfieldSunday, Nov. 27 | 7:30 p.m. CT | Live Stats | Live Audio | Watch (BeTheBeast)
UE Athletics AppApp Store (Apple Devices) | Google Play Store (Android Devices)
UE BasketballMen’s Basketball Home Page | Twitter | Weekend Game Notes

 
Weekend Outlook
– Evansville and South Alabama are set to meet for the 5th time in their histories and the first contest since 1994; UE has won three of the first four match-ups
– Robert Morris will be the second opponent on Saturday evening in the second meeting between the schools (UE won a meeting in December of 1996)
– For the first time on the hardwood, the Purple Aces take on Fairfield in Sunday’s finale
 
Last Time Out
– In another hard-fought contest, Evansville gave UCF all it could handle before a late stretch gave the Knights a 76-56 win
– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. was the leading scorer in the contest, totaling 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting
– Antoine Smith Jr. and Blaise Beauchamp scored nine apiece
– UE scored the opening six points of the game and would trail by just five at the break…in the second half, UE got within two points before the Knights pulled away
 
Back in Form
– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. reached the 20-point mark for the third time this season as he scored 20 at UCF
– He attempted a career-high 19 shots
– For the season, he ranks 10th in the Valley with 16.2 points per game
– He has attempted at least 13 shots in all five games
– Knocking down 9 of his 17 attempts, Strawbridge scored 23 points to lead UE to a 78-74 win at Miami Ohio
 
Scorching the Nets
– Blaise Beauchamp averaged just 4.67 points per game in the opening three games but has rebounded to average 12.5 points in the last two
– At SMU, he scored a season-high 16 points while hitting four triples (he hit a total of three triples in the first three games)
– Beauchamp followed that up with 9 points at UCF while adding two more treys
– He played a season-high 33:42 in the contest in Dallas


Leader on the Boards
– For the second time this year, Marvin Coleman II tied his career-high with 12 rebounds at UCF after doing the same against SEMO
– His average of 7.6 rebounds per game is 5th in the MVC
– Coleman is averaging 7 PPG on the season and hit that mark at UCF while draining a triple to complete the first half
– He connected on three of his four free throw attempts in the final seconds to ice the season-opening victory at Miami Ohio
 
Scouting the Opponent
– South Alabama comes into the weekend tournament with a 1-3 record, but the Jaguars have played well against top competition
– Following a 97-59 win over Mobile in the season opener, the Jaguars fell by just six at New Mexico
– USA dropped a 10-point game to Alabama before coming up just four points short at Oklahoma
– Isaiah Moore paces the Jaguars with 19.5 points per game while chipping in 4.0 rebounds
– Kevin Samuel checks in with 11.5 points and a team-best 9.3 caroms per contest.

VALPO SET FOR MULTI-TEAM EVENT IN SAVANNAH

Valparaiso (2-3, 0-0 MVC)
vs. South Dakota State (2-3, 0-0 Summit)
vs. James Madison (4-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)

Game No. 6 – Friday, Nov. 25, 12:30 p.m. CT
Game No. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. CT
Enmarket Arena (9,500) – Savannah, Ga.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will continue its road swing in Savannah, Ga. for the program’s annual Thanksgiving multi-team event. The Hostilo Community Classic begins on Friday afternoon as the Beacons battle South Dakota State, and then James Madison will provide the opposition on Sunday.

Last Time Out: Valpo fell 79-49 at Samford on Wednesday. The Beacons played the Bulldogs even in the second half (27-27) but faced a 52-22 halftime hole. Valpo was led in scoring by Kobe King, who racked up 20 points, while Ben Krikke collected a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman Ibra Bayu had six rebounds in 15 minutes in his collegiate debut after he had missed the first four games of the season due to a hernia.  

Following the Beacons: Streaming – Event Live + ($25 payment required) 

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst) 

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (99-99) is in his seventh season as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2022-2023. Twice during his tenure, Valpo has upset Top-25 opponents, defeating Drake and Rhode Island at the ARC. Valpo has four wins over AP Top 25 teams in program history, and two have come under Lottich. In 2019-2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness, the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, to reach the title game after playing in the opening round by winning three games in three days. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Series Notes – South Dakota State: This will be the first matchup between these two teams since Dec. 13, 1976, an 83-72 home victory for Valpo. The Beacons dropped a close one the previous year 76-74 in South Dakota.

Series Notes – James Madison: These two teams have met twice previously with Valpo capturing both meetings. Valpo visited James Madison and earned a 79-52 road victory on Dec. 29, 2014. The previous season featured an 81-49 win at the ARC on Nov. 23, 2013.

Back in Savannah

  • Valpo will return to a city that brings with it positive memories this weekend as the team won a multi-team event in Savannah in November 2017.
  • That season, Valpo captured the Savannah Invitational crown by beating Kent State 77-67 and UNCW 79-70 at Savannah Civic Center.
  • The UNCW win helped Valpo improve to 7-0 on the season, matching its best start in 73 years.
  • The Brown & Gold eventually got to 8-0 before incurring its first loss of the year.
  • – Valpo is 22-5 in its last 27 MTE games including a third-place finish at the Nassau Championship in the Bahamas last year.

Long Journey

  • The two games in Savannah will continue a long stretch away from home for the Beacons.
  • Valpo departed on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and will not return to campus until late on Thursday, Dec. 1 after games in three southern states.
  • Valpo started the Thanksgiving trip at Samford in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday and will continue on to Nashville, Tenn. for the Dec. 1 conference opener at Belmont.

Bayu Debut

  • Ibra Bayu made his season debut on Nov. 23 at Samford.
  • The freshman from the Netherlands had missed the first four games due a hernia.
  • He played 14 minutes off the bench and pulled down six rebounds.
  • His first collegiate basket came on a dunk in the final minute of the contest.

Kobe’s Kingdom

  • Kobe King has scored in double figures in 24 of his 28 games in a Valpo uniform, including each of the first five games this season.
  • Most recently, he poured in a team-high 20 points on Nov. 23 at Samford.
  • King is shooting 88.9 percent (16-of-18) from the free-throw line this season after finishing at 68 percent or lower in each of the last three seasons.
  • The former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball has scored 15 points or more on four occasions this season. He has a pair of 20-point outputs this year and four in his collegiate career.
  • He has scored 15 or more points in 14 of his 28 games with the Beacons.
  • King is up to 29 career double-figure scoring efforts including his tenure at Wisconsin.
  • At the end of last season, King became Valpo’s second All-Newcomer Team choice since joining the league and first since Bakari Evelyn in 2017-18.
  • He appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays after a three-quarter court buzzer-beater on Dec. 11 vs. Charlotte, a play that ranked No. 9 on the popular countdown that evening.

Scouting South Dakota State

  • Have not played since last Saturday, Nov. 19.
  • Coming off a 93-82 loss to Stephen F. Austin.
  • Dropped the previous game 71-56 at No. 9/10 Arkansas.
  • Wins came over St. Bonaventure and Boise State following a season-opening overtime loss at Akron.
  • Went 30-5 and 18-0 in the Summit League last season, which culminated with a Summit League Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth.
  • Picked second behind Oral Roberts in the Summit League preseason poll.

Scouting James Madison

  • Will play Coastal Georgia on Friday in Savannah and South Dakota State on Saturday before playing a third game in three days against the Beacons on Sunday.
  • Started the season 4-0 with wins over Valley Forge, Hampton, Buffalo and Howard before falling 80-64 to the No. 1 team in the country, North Carolina.
  • Picked fourth of 14 in the Sun Belt preseason poll.

Century Mark in Sight

  • Valpo head coach Matt Lottich earned his 99th career win on Nov. 19 vs. Incarnate Word.
  • He needs just one more victory to become the fourth head coach in program history to reach 100 career victories, joining Homer Drew, Bryce Drew and J.M Christiansen.
  • Last season, Lottich moved into sole possession of fourth place in program history, surpassing the legendary Gene Bartow (1964-1970). On a side note, Valpo assistant coach Matt Bowen worked under Bartow at UAB in 1995.

Ben Bits

  • Ben Krikke had a rare cold night when he was limited to six points on Nov. 23 at Samford. He did pull down a team-high nine rebounds, his second-highest total of the season.
  • Krikke got off to a strong start to his fourth season at Valpo, as the Edmonton native has scored 18 points or more in each of his first four games including three straight with 20 or more points.
  • Krikke became the first Valpo player with three straight 20-point outputs since program legend Alec Peters did so in December 2016 (at Missouri State, vs. Indiana State, vs. Santa Clara).
  • Krikke played all 40 minutes on Nov. 19 vs. Incarnate Word. This marked the first time in his career that he has played the entire game. He did play 40+ minutes on two prior occasions but both were overtime affairs.
  • After tallying a career-high 28 points in the Nov. 13 home opener vs. Western Michigan, Ben Krikke followed with 27 on Nov. 16 at Chicago State.
  • Krikke’s 27 points on Nov. 16 at Chicago State were the most by a Valpo player in a true road game since Javon Freeman-Liberty’s 28 on Jan. 15, 2020 at UNI.
  • Krikke became the first Valpo player to score 27 points or more in back-to-back games since Alec Peters did so in three straight outings in December 2016 (at Missouri State, vs. Indiana State, vs. Santa Clara).
  • Entering Nov. 25 vs. South Dakota State, Krikke has scored 1,075 career points. He is 121 points away from cracking the top 20 in program history.
  • Last season, Ben Krikke was one of three players in the Missouri Valley Conference to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor and 80 percent or better from the free-throw line, joining Isiaih Mosley of Missouri State and Malevy Leons of Bradley while owning the highest field-goal percentage of that elite group.
  • Krikke entered the season with a career field-goal percentage of 53.4, a mark that ranks seventh in program history.
  • Krikke had a 12-game double-figure scoring streak that was snapped in the final game of the season, the MVC Tournament quarterfinal vs. Missouri State. He totaled 22 double-figure outputs and seven performances of 20 points or more while pacing the team in scoring on 11 occasions.
  • The Valpo forward entered this season having played in 90 career games with two years of eligibility remaining. The threshold to crack the program’s all-time top 10 is 126 and the program record is 138 (Erik Buggs). He started the final 29 games last season after missing the first three games of the year due to an ankle injury.
  • After earning third team honors for the second straight year, Krikke became the first Valpo player to earn All-MVC accolades in two different seasons. The program’s last multi-time all-conference honoree was Alec Peters, who was a first-team all-Horizon League pick in each of his final three seasons, concluding in 2016-17.
  • He earned MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team status for the second straight year. He is the only Valpo player who has been part of the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team since the department joined the conference.

The 1,000-Point Club

  • Krikke reached the 1,000-career-point milestone in the Nov. 13 home-opening victory over Western Michigan.
  • He became the first Valpo player to join that esteemed group since current graduate assistant Tevonn Walker did so exactly five years prior – Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Trinity Christian.
  • Krikke’s milestone basket came at the 4:50 mark of the first half as his layup lifted his career point total into four figures. The crowd recognized the accomplishment with a loud ovation as public address announcer John Bowker communicated the news to the audience at the next dead ball.
  • Krikke received a commemorative game ball as part of a pregame ceremony prior to Valpo’s Nov. 19 contest vs. Incarnate Word.

Slamming It Home

  • The Nov. 19 victory over Incarnate Word featured no shortage of dunks. Kobe King led the way with three, while Quinton Green (2) and Maximus Nelson (1) were also involved in the dunk party.
  • Over the first three games of the season, the Beacons had one combined dunk (Green), before displaying six in the game against the Cardinals.
  • Nelson’s dunk was his first in a Valpo uniform, while King is up to 10 in his Valpo career after having seven last season. King and Green are out to the early team lead in dunks after Ben Krikke paced the squad with 11 a year ago.
  • Ibra Bayu wasted no time getting in on the dunking act, as the Dunking Dutchman slammed home his first collegiate basket in the Nov. 23 game at Samford.

Starting 2-0 at Home

  • Valpo has started the home docket with a 2-0 record for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. The only time in that stretch that Valpo did not start 2-0 at home was last season, when the home slate began with setbacks to Toledo and UIC.
  • The program is now 17-1 in its last 18 home openers with 15 of those victories coming by double figures.
  • Valpo has finished with a home record of .500 or better in 30 straight seasons.

Other Notes Wrapping Up Incarnate Word: Valpo 68, Incarnate Word 64

  • This marked the first close game of the year for the Beacons, as each of the first three contests were decided by double figures one way or the other.
  • Quinton Green tied a season high with 20 points, while Ben Krikke again paced the Beacons with 22. Krikke had his 12th career game with 20+ points including his third this season, while Green had his 19th 20-point game and his second in a Valpo uniform.
  • Kobe King was in double figures as well, finishing with 15 points. He has been in double figures in 22 of 26 Valpo games including each of the first four contests this season (three with 15+).
  • Krikke went 3-of-5 from 3-point distance after going a combined 0-of-5 from long range over the first three games. This marked his first game with three made triples since his freshman year – Jan. 15, 2020 at UNI. He did also have three made 3s in the exhibition game vs. Cedarville this season.
  • Maximus Nelson chipped in seven points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.
  • Jerome Palm squeezed a team-high eight rebounds.
  • Former Valpo player Chris Artis returned to the ARC as an assistant coach for Incarnate Word.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs820.8000.03002334 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 04 W
Buffalo Bills830.7270.03091994 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 00 – 2 – 02 W
Tennessee Titans730.7000.01931853 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 02 W
Baltimore Ravens730.7000.02481993 – 2 – 04 – 1 – 04 – 2 – 02 – 0 – 04 W
Miami Dolphins730.7000.02522414 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 04 W
Cincinnati Bengals640.6000.02652153 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 03 – 3 – 01 – 3 – 02 W
New York Jets640.6000.01991862 – 3 – 04 – 1 – 05 – 4 – 02 – 2 – 01 L
New England Patriots650.5450.52392023 – 2 – 03 – 3 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Los Angeles Chargers550.5001.02272582 – 3 – 03 – 2 – 04 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 02 L
Indianapolis Colts461.4092.01732202 – 3 – 02 – 3 – 14 – 4 – 11 – 3 – 11 L
Jacksonville Jaguars370.3003.02162052 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Las Vegas Raiders370.3003.02252422 – 2 – 01 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 02 – 2 – 01 W
Cleveland Browns370.3003.02402692 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 02 – 1 – 02 L
Denver Broncos370.3003.01471712 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 02 – 6 – 00 – 3 – 02 L
Pittsburgh Steelers370.3003.01702442 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 01 – 6 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Houston Texans181.1504.51592300 – 4 – 11 – 4 – 01 – 4 – 11 – 1 – 15 L
 
National Football Conference
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles910.9000.02631834 – 1 – 05 – 0 – 05 – 1 – 02 – 1 – 01 W
Minnesota Vikings920.8180.02622575 – 1 – 04 – 1 – 06 – 2 – 03 – 0 – 01 W
San Francisco 49ers640.6000.02361733 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 05 – 2 – 04 – 0 – 03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers550.5000.01831803 – 3 – 02 – 2 – 05 – 2 – 02 – 1 – 02 W
Dallas Cowboys830.7270.02791875 – 1 – 03 – 2 – 07 – 3 – 03 – 1 – 02 W
New York Giants740.6360.02252324 – 2 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 4 – 00 – 2 – 02 L
Seattle Seahawks640.6000.02572413 – 1 – 03 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Washington Commanders650.5451.02142232 – 3 – 04 – 2 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 02 W
Atlanta Falcons560.4552.02592744 – 2 – 01 – 4 – 04 – 4 – 01 – 3 – 01 W
Detroit Lions470.3643.02753102 – 4 – 02 – 3 – 04 – 4 – 02 – 1 – 01 L
Green Bay Packers470.3643.02022433 – 3 – 01 – 4 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 L
Arizona Cardinals470.3643.02402961 – 5 – 03 – 2 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 4 – 01 L
New Orleans Saints470.3643.02492673 – 4 – 01 – 3 – 03 – 4 – 01 – 2 – 01 W
Los Angeles Rams370.3003.51682272 – 4 – 01 – 3 – 03 – 6 – 01 – 3 – 04 L
Carolina Panthers380.2734.02072563 – 3 – 00 – 5 – 03 – 5 – 03 – 1 – 01 L
Chicago Bears380.2734.02412742 – 3 – 01 – 5 – 01 – 7 – 00 – 3 – 04 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston144.7787-17-32-09-49-11 W
Milwaukee125.7061.59-23-33-17-45-51 L
Cleveland126.6672.08-14-52-110-25-54 W
Atlanta117.6113.07-34-41-18-66-41 W
Indiana107.5883.56-44-31-18-47-31 L
Washington108.5564.07-43-43-17-66-41 L
New York99.5005.04-35-61-25-55-51 W
Toronto99.5005.06-23-71-37-74-62 L
Philadelphia99.5005.06-53-42-37-75-51 L
10 Brooklyn910.4745.54-45-63-16-46-41 W
11 Chicago810.4446.05-53-52-18-64-62 W
12 Miami811.4216.57-41-73-14-74-61 W
13 Orlando513.2789.04-51-81-22-84-62 L
14 Charlotte514.2639.52-63-82-53-102-81 W
15 Detroit515.25010.03-52-100-41-123-72 W
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix116.6479-12-54-010-35-52 W
Denver117.6110.54-27-54-29-46-41 W
New Orleans117.6110.56-35-44-07-46-42 W
Utah128.6000.56-26-63-111-45-52 L
Sacramento107.5881.06-34-42-34-58-21 L
LA Clippers118.5791.06-45-43-29-76-41 L
Memphis108.5561.56-24-62-26-55-52 L
Minnesota108.5561.55-55-32-15-66-45 W
Portland108.5561.54-46-41-18-44-64 L
10 Dallas98.5292.08-31-51-25-55-52 L
11 Golden State910.4743.08-11-94-36-66-41 W
12 Oklahoma City711.3894.54-53-60-53-63-73 L
13 San Antonio613.3166.03-63-70-22-111-96 L
14 LA Lakers511.3135.55-50-60-53-104-61 L
15 Houston314.1768.01-52-91-22-102-82 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins2017303416824511-0-06-3-08-2-0
New Jersey Devils201640321674468-3-08-1-09-1-0
Toronto Maple Leafs211155271161557-2-34-3-26-1-3
New York Islanders211380261369557-3-06-5-06-4-0
Detroit Red Wings191054241062586-2-24-3-26-2-2
Carolina Hurricanes20106424856564-3-16-3-33-4-3
New York Rangers211074241063584-3-36-4-14-4-2
Tampa Bay Lightning191171231164616-3-15-4-06-3-1
Pittsburgh Penguins20107323972654-2-16-5-26-3-1
10 Florida Panthers20108222969666-2-24-6-05-4-1
11 Montreal Canadiens20109121862716-5-04-4-15-4-1
12 Philadelphia Flyers2078519750654-4-13-4-42-5-3
13 Washington Capitals21810319858696-4-12-6-23-6-1
14 Buffalo Sabres20911018975705-6-04-5-02-8-0
15 Columbus Blue Jackets19711115756816-7-01-4-14-5-1
16 Ottawa Senators19612113658685-6-01-6-12-7-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights211641331677527-3-09-1-17-2-1
Dallas Stars201253271279566-2-16-3-26-2-2
Seattle Kraken191153251166546-4-25-1-18-1-1
Los Angeles Kings221192241070766-4-05-5-25-3-2
Colorado Avalanche18116123964464-3-17-3-07-3-0
Winnipeg Jets181161231151477-2-04-4-16-3-1
Calgary Flames1997321859626-4-13-3-24-3-3
St. Louis Blues19109020955655-4-05-5-07-3-0
Minnesota Wild1998220855554-5-15-3-15-4-1
10 Edmonton Oilers2010100201066725-6-05-4-03-7-0
11 Nashville Predators2099220753656-3-23-6-06-3-1
12 Vancouver Canucks20710317770793-4-14-6-25-4-1
13 San Jose Sharks22712317667802-7-35-5-04-4-2
14 Arizona Coyotes1879216748621-2-16-7-15-4-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks19610315648684-5-12-5-22-7-1
16 Anaheim Ducks20613113453844-4-02-9-13-7-0

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN’STIME ETTV
Gonzaga vs. Portland State12:30amESPN
Wooden Legacy12:30amESPN2
ESPN Events Invitational11:00amESPN2
Mary Baldwin at Longwood12:00pmESPN+
Loyola Maryland vs. Southern12:00pmFLOHOOPS
Vermont vs. Ball State12:00pmFLOHOOPS
Jackson State at Indiana12:30pmBTN
Battle 4 Atlantis1:00pmESPN2
Texas A&M at DePaul1:00pmFS1
ESPN Events Invitational1:30pmESPNews
South Dakota State vs. Valparaiso1:30pm
Utah Tech at North Dakota2:00pmESPN+
Eastern Illinois at Ohio2:00pmESPN3
St. Francis Brooklyn at South Florida2:00pmESPN+
San Francisco at Davidson2:00pmESPN+
Tusculum at Furman2:00pmESPN+
Loyola Chicago at Harvard2:00pmESPN+
Cornell at Monmouth2:00pmFLOHOOPS
Stephen F. Austin vs. Quinnipiac2:00pm
Omaha vs. ULM2:30pmFLOHOOPS
Missouri State vs. UNCW2:30pmFLOHOOPS
PK Invitational3:00pmESPN2
Bellarmine at Loyola Marymount3:00pmWCC
Denver at New Orleans3:00pmESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Samford3:00pmESPN+
PK Legacy3:30pmESPN
Battle 4 Atlantis3:30pmESPNU
Detroit Mercy at Washington State4:00pmPAC12
Notre Dame vs. St. Bonaventure4:00pmESPN+
Coppin State at Maryland4:00pmBTN+
A&M-Corpus Christi at UTEP4:00pmCUSAtv
Fairfield vs. Towson4:00pm
Hartford at Penn4:30pmESPN+
Montana State vs. UNCG4:30pm
PK Invitational5:30pmESPN
ESPN Events Invitational5:30pmESPNews
North Texas vs. San Jose State5:30pmFLOHOOPS
PK Legacy6:00pmESPNU
Maryland Eastern Shore at Virginia6:00pmACCN
South Alabama vs. Evansville6:30pm
Iowa vs. Clemson7:00pmCBSSN
William & Mary at Pitt7:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville State at New Mexico7:00pmMWN
USC Upstate at South Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Lafayette at Penn State7:00pmBTN+
UC Irvine vs. Nicholls7:00pm
Middle Tennessee vs. Hofstra7:00pm
Battle 4 Atlantis7:30pmESPN
ESPN Events Invitational8:00pmESPN2
Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech8:00pmACCN
Tulsa at Oklahoma State8:00pmESPN+
Prairie View A&M at Arkansas State8:00pmESPN+
Oakland vs. Long Beach State8:00pmFLOHOOPS
UT Southern at Alabama A&M8:00pm
Grambling State at UTSA8:30pmCUSAtv
Sacramento State vs. Hawai’i8:30pmESPN+
PK Legacy9:00pmESPNews
Idaho at Pacific9:00pmWCC
Lindenwood at Illinois9:00pmBTN+
Robert Morris vs. Mercer9:00pm
PK Invitational9:30pmESPN
TCU vs. California9:30pmCBSSN
NM State vs. San Diego9:30pm
Battle 4 Atlantis10:00pmESPN2
Southern Utah vs. Texas State11:00pm
PK Legacy11:30pmESPN
PK Invitational11:59pmESPN2
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Tulane at Cincinnati12:00pmABC
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan12:00pmCBSSN
Toledo at Western Michigan12:00pmESPNU
Utah State at Boise State12:00pmCBS
Baylor at Texas12:00pmESPN
Arizona State at Arizona3:00pmFS1
NC State at North Carolina3:30pmABC
Arkansas at Missouri3:30pmCBS
New Mexico at Colorado State3:30pmCBSSN
Nebraska at Iowa4:00pmBTN
UCLA at California4:30pmFOX
Florida at Florida State7:30pmABC
Wyoming at Fresno State10:00pmFS1
NBATIME ETTV
Minnesota at Charlotte5:00pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Orlando7:00pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Portland at New York7:30pmMSG
Root Sports
New Orleans at Memphis8:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports
Cleveland at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
Chicago at Oklahoma City8:00pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
LA Lakers at San Antonio8:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Sacramento at Boston8:00pmNBCS-CA
NBCS-BOS
Brooklyn at Indiana8:00pmYES
Bally Sports
Washington at Miami8:00pmNBCS-WSH
Bally Sports
Atlanta at Houston8:00pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Detroit at Phoenix9:00pmBally Sports
Utah at Golden State10:00pmNBCS-BAY
ATTSN-RM
Denver at LA Clippers10:30pmNBATV
ALT
NHLTIME ETTV
Carolina at Boston1:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
NESN
Colorado at Nashville2:00pmALT
Bally Sports
Montréal at Chicago2:00pmNBCS-CHI
Sportsnet
Toronto at Minnesota2:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Calgary at Washington2:00pmSportsnet
NBCS-WSH
Ottawa at Anaheim3:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia5:30pmTNT
St. Louis at Tampa Bay8:00pmTNT
Seattle at Vegas8:00pmATTSN-RM
Root Sports
Arizona at Detroit8:00pmBally Sports
NY Islanders at Columbus8:00pmBally Sports
MSGSN
New Jersey at Buffalo8:00pmMSG-BUF
MSGSN
Winnipeg at Dallas8:30pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Los Angeles at San Jose10:30pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
SOCCERTIME ETTV
FIFA World Cup: Wales vs Iran5:00amFS1
FIFA World Cup: Qatar vs Senegal8:00amFS1
FIFA World Cup: Netherlands vs Ecuador11:00amFOX
FIFA World Cup: England vs USA2:00pmFOX