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Jalen Hurts rushed for a 12-yard touchdown in overtime to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a thrilling 37-34 win against the visiting Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

Hurts’ final score capped off an incredible performance in which he passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more for Philadelphia (10-1). Jake Elliott drilled a 59-yard field goal to tie the game with 20 seconds in regulation, and DeVonta Smith finished with seven catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Josh Allen threw two touchdowns and rushed for two scores for Buffalo (6-6). Gabe Davis had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, but he miscommunicated with Allen on a potential game-winning score in overtime that gave the Eagles a chance to come back.

After Tyler Bass hit a 40-yard field goal to put the Bills ahead 34-31 with 5:52 to go in overtime, Hurts led the game-winning drive with his feet and his arm. He scrambled for 27 yards, including the 12-yard touchdown, and he found Smith for gains of 17 yards and 11 yards as the Buffalo defense struggled to keep pace.

Broncos 29, Browns 12

Russell Wilson threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lift host Denver to a victory over Cleveland.

Wilson threw for just 134 yards but added 34 more on the ground. Samaje Perine rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos (6-5), who recorded their first five-game winning streak since the 2015 season. Denver rushed for two touchdowns in the first 18:49 of Sunday’s game after finding the end zone on the ground just once in its previous 10 games.

Cleveland rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 134 yards and added his first career passing touchdown before exiting late in the third quarter with a concussion after a high hit from Denver linebacker Baron Browning. P.J. Walker came in and completed 6 of 13 passes for 56 yards for the Browns (7-4), who saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt.

Chiefs 31, Raiders 17

Patrick Mahomes passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns and Isiah Pacheco ran for a pair of scores as visiting Kansas City topped Las Vegas.

The Chiefs (8-3) covered at least 71 yards on each of its touchdown drives while sending the Raiders (5-7) to their second straight defeat. Raiders QB Aidan O’Connell was 23-for-33 for 248 yards and a TD, and Josh Jacobs rushed 20 times for 110 yards and a score. Meyers (six catches, 79 yards, one TD) and Davante Adams (five catches, 73 yards) were the Raiders’ top receivers.

Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter on the heels of Monday night’s loss to Philadelphia, Kansas City responded with 21 straight points to regain the advantage. Daniel Carlson kicked a 34-yard field goal with 2:09 left in the third quarter to pull the Raiders to within 21-17, but the Chiefs answered with a 39-yard scoring pass from Mahomes to Rashee Rice on their next possession.

Rams 37, Cardinals 14

Matthew Stafford threw a season-high four touchdown passes and Los Angeles won consecutive games for the first time this season with a lopsided victory over Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

Tyler Higbee caught two TD passes and Kyren Williams added two receiving TDs of his own after missing the Rams’ past four games with an ankle injury. Williams added 143 rushing yards on 16 carries, including a 56-yard run in the third quarter. Stafford was 25-of-33 passing for 229 yards and one interception.

Kyler Murray was 27-of-45 passing for 256 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals (2-10), who have lost eight of nine.

Jaguars 24, Texans 21

Josh Allen came up with 1.5 sacks to headline a strong defensive stand late in the fourth quarter, helping Jacksonville edge host Houston.

The Jaguars (8-3) led 24-14 after Brandon McManus made a 53-yard field goal with 11:20 remaining in the game. But the Texans (6-5) rallied, pulling within three when C.J. Stroud found Nico Collins for a 17-yard touchdown with 5:15 left.

After forcing a punt, Houston took over at its own 11-yard line. Allen dropped Stroud for a loss of 15 yards, but three plays later, the Texans found themselves at the Jaguars’ 37. That’s when Allen teamed up with Travon Walker for another sack. Houston would end up getting to 39, but Matt Ammendola didn’t have enough leg on a 58-yard field goal attempt with 29 seconds to go.

Colts 27, Buccaneers 20

Jonathan Taylor rushed for two touchdowns and Gardner Minshew added another rushing score as host Indianapolis held off Tampa Bay.

Taylor, who finished with 91 yards on 15 carries, pounded it in from the 1 with 7:30 left in the game to answer Baker Mayfield’s 23-yard scoring strike to Mike Evans. That gave the Colts (6-5) a 27-17 lead. The Buccaneers (4-7) responded with Chase McLaughlin’s 24-yard field goal at the 4:10 mark, then got the ball back at its 35-yard line with a chance to tie. But Mayfield was strip-sacked with 1:29 remaining, sealing the outcome.

Minshew completed 24 of 41 passes for 251 yards with an interception as Indianapolis stayed in contention for an AFC wild card. Michael Pittman was his favorite target with 10 receptions for 107 yards. Mayfield hit on 20 of 30 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns to Mike Evans and one pick. Rachaad White rushed 15 times for 100 yards.

Titans 17, Panthers 10

Derrick Henry scored two rushing touchdowns and Tennessee clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter to defeat visiting Carolina in Nashville, Tenn.

The Titans (4-7), who played their previous three games on the road, snapped a three-game losing skid, while the Panthers are now an NFL-worst 1-10. Henry finished with 76 rushing yards on 18 carries, while rookie Titans quarterback Will Levis completed 18 of 28 passes for 185 yards.

Panthers rookie Bryce Young was 18-of-31 passing for 194 yards, with 23 rushing yards and a costly lost fumble.

Falcons 24, Saints 15

Bijan Robinson rushed for a touchdown and caught another as host Atlanta defeated New Orleans to move into a tie for first place in the NFC South.

Robinson had 91 of his team’s 228 rushing yards and added 32 receiving yards from Desmond Ridder, who returned from a two-game benching to start for the Falcons (5-6). Ridder completed 13 of 21 passes for 168 yards and was intercepted twice by Tyrann Mathieu.

Derek Carr passed for 304 yards for the Saints (5-6), who never reached the end zone despite five trips inside the Atlanta 20-yard line. Carr threw a first-quarter interception that Jessie Bates III returned 92 yards for a touchdown.

Steelers 16, Bengals 10

Tight end Pat Freiermuth had a career day, catching nine passes for 120 yards, and Najee Harris ran for 99 yards and a touchdown to lead visiting Pittsburgh to a key win over Cincinnati.

Playing with a new offensive coordinator and play-caller following the firing of Matt Canada, the Steelers (7-4) didn’t need to produce much to beat a Bengals offense missing Joe Burrow. Kenny Pickett completed 24 of 33 passes for 278 yards with Eddie Faulkner serving as the offensive coordinator and Mike Sullivan as the play-caller.

Jake Browning, in his first NFL start for Cincinnati (5-6), completed 19 of 26 passes for 227 yards with a touchdown and an interception in place of Burrow. The Bengals were held to 25 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Giants 10, Patriots 7

Tommy DeVito threw for 191 yards and a touchdown and helped New York win consecutive games for the first time all season, this one a squeaker over visiting New England in East Rutherford, N.J.

DeVito completed 17 of 25 passes for the Giants (4-8), who have turned to him following injuries to Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor. He lost a fumble on the opening drive and was sacked six times Sunday.

The Giants benefited from continued QB chaos for New England (2-9). After Bill Belichick kept the Patriots’ starting QB decision under wraps, Mac Jones tossed two interceptions in the first half and was replaced by Bailey Zappe after halftime. Zappe guided the Patriots’ lone scoring drive, then drove them into field-goal range in the final 3:15. But rookie Chad Ryland hooked a 35-yard field goal try wide left with three seconds left.


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and during the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET windows on Sunday, Nov. 26, the 12th week of the 2023 season.

  • With two games remaining in Week 12, 10 of 14 games (71.4 percent) have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter, with seven games having been decided by one score.

    This season, 70 percent of all games (125 of 178) have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter.

    Eight teams – BALTIMORE (8-3, entering Sunday Night Football),JACKSONVILLE (8-3), KANSAS CITY (8-3) and MIAMI (8-3) in the AFC and DALLAS (8-3), DETROIT (8-3), PHILADELPHIA (10-1) and SAN FRANCISCO (8-3) in the NFC – have at least eight wins through Week 12, tied with 2020, 2019 and 2003 for the most such teams with at least eight wins through the first 12 weeks of a season since 2002.

    The DENVER BRONCOS, who began the season 0-3, earned their fifth consecutive victory – tied with Philadelphia for the longest active win streak in the NFL – and improved to 6-5 this season with a 29-12 win over Cleveland in Week 12.

  • Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS totaled five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) as the Eagles overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Buffalo, 37-34, in overtime.

    Philadelphia improved to 10-1 for the second-consecutive season and is the fourth team in NFL history to win at least 10 of their first 11 games of a season in consecutive years, joining the 1941-42 CHICAGO BEARS, 2005-06 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS and 1972-73 MIAMI DOLPHINS.

    Hurts has 11 career games with at least two rushing touchdowns and surpassed CAM NEWTON (10 games) for the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.

    Hurts – who had 10 rushing touchdowns in 2021, 13 rushing touchdowns in 2022 and has 11 rushing touchdowns this season – is the first quarterback ever with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons and joined CAM NEWTON (2011, 2015 and 2020) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in three career seasons.

    Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards with two touchdowns in Week 12.

    Allen has eight career games with at least 300 passing yards and 50 rushing yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (eight games) for the most such games in NFL history.

    Allen has eight games with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown this season, tied with DAUNTE CULPEPPER (eight games in 2002), STEVE GROGAN (eight in 1976) and CAM NEWTON (eight in 2011) for the second-most such games by a quarterback in a season in NFL history. Only KYLER MURRAY (nine games in 2020) has more.

    Allen has seven career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer OTTO GRAHAM (seven games) for the second-most such games by a quarterback in his first six seasons in NFL history. Only JALEN HURTS (11 games, currently in his fourth season) has more.

    Allen, who had at least eight rushing touchdowns in each of his first three seasons (2018-20) and has nine rushing touchdowns this season, joined CAM NEWTON as the only quarterbacks ever with at least eight rushing touchdowns in four career seasons.

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns and tight end TRAVIS KELCE had six receptions for 91 yards as the Chiefs overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat Las Vegas, 31-17.

    Mahomes has 66 career games with at least two touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (65 games) for the most such games by a player in his first seven seasons in NFL history.

    Kelce has 11,076 receiving yards in 154 games, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (191 games) as the fastest tight end to reach 11,000 receiving yards in NFL history

    Kelce is the fourth tight end ever with 11,000 career receiving yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (15,127 receiving yards), JASON WITTEN (13,046) and ANTONIO GATES (11,841).

  • On Thanksgiving, the Dallas Cowboys defeated Washington, 45-10, as cornerback DARON BLAND recorded an interception-return for a touchdown and linebacker MICAH PARSONS registered 1.5 sacks.

    Bland is the first player in NFL history with five interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season, surpassing ERIC ALLEN (four in 1993 with Philadelphia), Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN HOUSTON (four in 1971 with the Houston Oilers) and JIM KEARNEY (four in 1972 with Kansas City).

    Parsons has 11.5 sacks this season and is the third player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least 11 sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons, joining DWIGHT FREENEY and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE.

  • On Thursday night, San Francisco defeated Seattle, 31-13, as running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY recorded five receptions, 139 scrimmage yards (114 rushing, 25 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns.

    McCaffrey, who has 16 scrimmage touchdowns this season and had 19 scrimmage touchdowns with Carolina in 2019, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (Minnesota and New England) as the only players with at least 16 scrimmage touchdowns in a season with two different teams in NFL history.

    McCaffrey has 11 rushing touchdowns and five touchdown receptions this season and is the fifth player in history and first in 48 years with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five touchdown receptions in his team’s first 11 games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1962) and O.J. SIMPSON (1975) as well as ABNER HAYNES (1962) and CHUCK FOREMAN (1975).

    McCaffrey has 53 career games with at least five receptions, tied with MATT FORTE (53 games) for the fifth-most such games by a running back in NFL history. Only LARRY CENTERS (81 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (76), KEITH BYARS (59) and TIKI BARBER (54) have more.

  • In the first-ever Black Friday game, Miami defeated the New York Jets, 34-13, as wide receiver TYREEK HILL registered nine receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown.

    Hill has 1,324 receiving yards this season, the most receiving yards by a player in his team’s first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era and he is the fourth player in NFL history with at least 1,300 receiving yards in his team’s first 11 games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1,349 receiving yards in 1951), CHARLIE HENNIGAN (1,327 in 1961) and JULIO JONES (1,305 in 2018).

    Hill, who has 80 scrimmage touchdowns (73 receiving, seven rushing) since entering the NFL in 2016, is the fifth wide receiver ever with at least 80 scrimmage touchdowns in his first eight seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (108 scrimmage touchdowns), RANDY MOSS (98), MARVIN HARRISON (83) and TERRELL OWENS (83).

  • Houston rookie quarterback C.J. STROUD passed for 304 yards and had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and rookie wide receiver TANK DELL had five receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown in Week 12.

    Stroud has 3,266 passing yards this season and surpassed JUSTIN HERBERT (3,224 passing yards) for the second-most passing yards by a player in his first 11 career games in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (3,434) had more.

    Stroud is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards in four consecutive games.

    Stroud has six games with at least 300 passing yards this season, tied with ANDREW LUCK (six games in 2012) for the second-most such games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Only JUSTIN HERBERT (eight games in 2020) has more.

    Stroud has five games with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes, tied with JUSTIN HERBERT (five games in 2020) and ANDREW LUCK (five games in 2012) for the most such games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

    Dell is the third rookie in NFL history with at least five receptions and a touchdown reception in four consecutive games, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (Weeks 14-17, 2014) and AMON-RA ST. BROWN (Weeks 15-18, 2021).

    Stroud and Dell have connected for seven touchdowns this season and are sixth rookie quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history to connect for at least seven touchdowns, joining New England’s JIM PLUNKETT and RANDY VATAHA (nine touchdowns in 1971), the New York Giants’ CHARLIE CONERLY and BILL SWIACKI (nine in 1948), Cleveland’s TIM COUCH and KEVIN JOHNSON (eight in 1999), Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK and T.Y. HILTON (seven in 2012) and the St. Louis Rams’ TONY BANKS and EDDIE KENNISON (seven in 1996).

  • Additional notes from Sunday include:

    • Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Steelers’ 16-10 win at Cincinnati.

      Watt has 91 sacks in 98 career games and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (82 games) as the only player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to reach 90 sacks in fewer than 100 NFL games.

      Watt has 13.5 sacks this season and is the second player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least 13 sacks in five of his first seven seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (six seasons).

      Watt, in his 98th career game, recorded his 20th career game with at least two sacks and became the sixth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least two sacks in 20-or-more of his first 100 NFL games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (29 games), RICHARD DENT (23) and BRUCE SMITH (20) as well as his brother, J.J. WATT (23) and JARED ALLEN (20).

      Watt has a sack in 57 career games, tied with AARON DONALD (57 games) for the fifth-most career games with at least one sack in a player’s first seven NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers DEMARCUS WARE (68 games) and REGGIE WHITE (63) as well as VON MILLER (61) and MYLES GARRETT (59) have more.

    • New York Giants rookie quarterback TOMMY DEVITO passed for 191 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 103.9 rating in the team’s 10-7 win over New England.

      DeVito is the fifth undrafted rookie quarterback to win two of his first three starts in the common-draft era, joining DEVLIN HODGES (three wins in 2019 with Pittsburgh), ED RUBBERT (three in 1987 with Washington), MATT MOORE (two in 2007 with Carolina) and JOE PISARCIK (two in 1977 with the New York Giants).

      DeVito, who had a 137.7 passer rating in Week 11 and a 103.9 passer rating in Week 12, is the first undrafted rookie in the common-draft era to record a passer rating of 100-or-higher in consecutive starts.

    • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans’ 17-10 win over Carolina.

      Henry has six rushing touchdowns this season and became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his first eight career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON as well as EDDIE GEORGE and RICKY WATTERS.

    • Los Angeles Rams running back KYREN WILLIAMS had six receptions, 204 scrimmage yards (143 rushing, 61 receiving) and two touchdown receptions in the Rams’ 37-14 win over Arizona.

      Williams is the fourth player in NFL history with at least 140 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a game, joining LARRY BROWN (Dec. 16, 1973), BILLY CANNON (Dec. 10, 1961) and KAREEM HUNT (Sept. 7, 2017).

    • Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in Week 12.

      Murray has 18 career games with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown, tied with DAUNTE CULPEPPER (18 games) for the third-most such games by a quarterback in his first five seasons in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (31 games) and JOSH ALLEN (25) have more.​



Ohio State’s loss to Michigan sent the Buckeyes plummeting four spots to No. 6, making room for Oregon to move into the first five of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

Georgia held the No. 1 spot for the 24th straight week, gaining 52 of 62 first-place votes. The other 10 votes went to Michigan, who defeated Ohio State 30-24 and rose one place to No. 2.

Washington moved to No. 3, with Florida State also climbing one rung to No. 4.

The top four teams all are 12-0.

Georgia, Michigan, Florida State and Washington all have cemented berths in their respective conference championship games. The Huskies will meet No. 5 Oregon (11-1) in the Pac-12 title game Friday at Las Vegas.

This is the first time the Pac-12, which is set to disband after this season as 10 teams defect to other leagues, had two teams in the top five since the last ranking of the 2016 season.

The College Football Playoff committee ultimately determines the four teams that will compete for the national championship, and its latest rankings will be unveiled on Tuesday.

Following No. 6 Ohio State are two other 11-1 teams — No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Alabama.

No. 9 Missouri and No. 10 Penn State, both 10-2, round out the top 10.

With a loss to Kentucky, Louisville fell out of the top 10 and dropped six places to No. 15. That allowed No. 11 Ole Miss to move up one place, followed by Oklahoma, LSU and Arizona.

Also dropping six spots was No. 21 Oregon State, which lost 31-7 to Oregon.

Out of the Top 25 this week are Kansas State and Tennessee. They were replaced by No. 21 North Carolina State and No. 25 SMU.


Mississippi State hired well-respected offensive mind Jeff Lebby as its new coach on Sunday.

Lebby has been the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma the past two seasons. He also ran the offense at Ole Miss (2020-21) for two seasons and at UCF (2018-19) for the second of his two seasons.

Lebby, 39, replaces Zach Arnett, who was fired with two games remaining in his first full season as coach. The Bulldogs went 5-7 this season.

“As we continue to invest in excellence at Mississippi State, the future of our football program is incredibly bright with the addition of Jeff Lebby at the helm,” athletic director Zac Selmon said in a news release. “I am confident that Jeff is the perfect leader for the next exciting chapter of Mississippi State football.

“He will bring an exciting brand of football, elite student-athlete development, and a winning culture to Starkville, all while doing so with high integrity. He is a dynamic recruiter who will attract an elite coaching staff and the nation’s top talent. There is no doubt in my mind that Jeff’s leadership, vision, and resilient work ethic will take this program to incredible heights.”

This season, Lebby’s Oklahoma offense ranks third in scoring (43.2 points per game) and fourth in total offense (502.4 yards per game). The Sooners scored 50 or more points on five occasions, including outputs of 73, 69 and 66 points.

“Being the head coach at Mississippi State is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Lebby said in the news release. “My family and I are fired up to engrain ourselves in this community, build relationships with our players, and hit the recruiting trail. This is a special place with special people and a football program with a storied tradition.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to add our dynamic offensive scheme to an NFL powerhouse with a nationally regarded history of elite defensive play.”

Arnett was promoted to head coach after the tragic death of Mike Leach in December 2022.


Texas A&M is expected to hire Duke coach Mike Elko as its next head coach, according to multiple reports.

An official announcement is expected in the next 24 hours, ESPN reported Sunday afternoon, citing sources.

Elko served as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M for four seasons before leaving to become Duke’s head coach. He is 16-9 in two seasons with the Blue Devils, including 7-5 this season.

Texas A&M is looking for a head coach after firing Jimbo Fisher after nearly six seasons. Ironically, Fisher brought Elko to College Station on his original coaching staff after the 2017 season.

Elko, 46, was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2022, when the Blue Devils went 9-4.

This season, Duke opened the season with an impressive 28-7 takedown of Clemson.

The Blue Devils were 4-0 before quarterback Riley Leonard injured an ankle in a 21-14 loss to Notre Dame. Leonard later sustained a toe injury against Louisville on Oct. 28 and hasn’t played since.

Duke is 3-5 since the 4-0 start. The Blue Devils closed the regular season with a 30-19 win over Pitt on Saturday.

Fisher went 45-25 with the Aggies before being fired with two games remaining this season.


Louisiana-Monroe fired coach Terry Bowden on Sunday, one day after the Warhawks finished a 2-10 season.

Bowden, the son of Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden, went 10-26 in three seasons at ULM. The Warhawks were routed 52-21 by Louisiana on Saturday to finish 0-8 in Sun Belt play and conclude the seasons with 10 straight losses.

“After a thorough review, we have decided to make a change in the leadership of ULM football,” ULM athletic director John Hartwell said in a statement. “I want to thank Coach Terry Bowden for all he has done over the last three years for our football program and our university.”

The Warhawks went 5-19 in Sun Belt play in Bowden’s three seasons.

Bowden, 67, has a 185-140-2 coaching record and is best known for his stint at Auburn from 1993-98. He was the National Coach of the Year for leading Auburn to an 11-0 record in 1993 and compiled a 47-17-1 record at the school before he resigned with a 1-5 mark midway through the 1998 season.

Bowden later resurfaced at Akron and went 35-52 with the Zips from 2012-18.

Bowden also served as head coach at lower-level programs Salem (1983-85), Samford (1987-92) and North Alabama (2009-11).


UTEP fired head football coach Dana Dimel on Sunday after six seasons and a 20-49 overall record, multiple outlets reported.

The Miners finished their season on Saturday with a 42-28 loss to No. 25 Liberty to end 3-9 (2-6 Conference USA).

Dimel took over before the 2018 season, and the Miners were 1-11 in each of his first two seasons. They had their only winning season under Dimel in 2021, when they finished 7-6 after a loss to Fresno State in the Liberty Bowl.

Dimel began his coaching career in 1987 at Kansas State, his alma mater, and was on staff there until Wyoming (1997-99) named him its head coach. He also was the head coach at Houston (2000-02) and returned to Kansas State before being hired to lead UTEP.

He has a career record of 50-88.


Houston parted ways with Dana Holgorsen after five seasons as its head coach, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday.

The reported move comes one day after the Cougars dropped a 27-13 decision to UCF in Orlando, Fla. Houston finished with a 4-8 record overall and 2-7 conference mark in their Big 12 debut season.

The Houston Chronicle reported UTSA’s Jeff Traylor, Tulane coach Willie Fritz, former TCU coach Gary Patterson, and former Texas Tech and Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury are among the candidates to replace Holgorsen.

Holgorsen has posted a 12-13 record since the Cougars appeared in the American Athletic Conference championship game in 2021. Overall, he owns a 31-28 mark during his time with Houston and a 61-41 record during his eight previous seasons with West Virginia.

Holgorsen will be owed close to $14.5 million by the school on a contract that was extended after the AAC championship game. He is owed $4.4 million in 2024, $4.5 million in 2025, $2.76 million in 2026 and $2.82 million in 2027, per the Chronicle.


Michigan offensive lineman Zak Zinter offered a smile and a thumbs-up on social media Sunday after undergoing surgery for a broken tibia and fibula.

Zinter was injured in the third quarter of Michigan’s key 30-24 victory over Ohio State that moved the Wolverines up to No. 2 in the Associated Press rankings.

A preseason first-team All-American, Zinter’s Wolverines teammates were on the field as he was loaded onto a cart and taken off the field following his gruesome injury. Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy offered hugs to Zinter’s parents.

When Blake Corum scored on a 22-yard run after Zinter’s injury, he put up six fingers, then five as a tribute to his teammate, who wears No. 65.

“Thanks for having my back boys and finishing strong!” Zinter posted to social media Sunday after his surgery. “I’ll be back better than ever.”

Zinter added that he plans to be in Indianapolis on Saturday for Michigan’s Big Ten Championship Game matchup against Iowa.



Solomon Washington poured in a career-high 18 points as No. 12 Texas A&M erased a 21-point deficit for a 73-69 victory over Iowa State in the third-place game at the ESPN Events Invitational on Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla.

A 16-0 run that covered the final 2:44 of the first half and nearly the first two minutes of the second fueled the impressive comeback as the Aggies (6-1) handed the Cyclones (5-2) their second straight loss.

Wade Taylor IV scored 14 points and Jace Carter, Hayden Hefner and Andersson Garcia finished with nine points apiece for the Aggies, who were playing without two of their top players in Henry Coleman III and Boots Radford.

Iowa State lost despite having four players in double figures, including Tamin Lipsey, who recorded his second career double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds) before fouling out. Milan Momcilovic (15 points), Keshon Gilbert (14) and Curtis Jones (12) also hit double figures.

No. 15 Texas 86, Wyoming 63

Max Abmas hit for a season-high 23 points and Kadin Shedrick added 17 on 7-of-10 shooting as the Longhorns rolled past the visiting Cowboys in Austin, Texas.

Texas (5-1) led by 15 at halftime after a slow start and a 7-2 surge to end the first half. The advantage grew to 21 points five minutes into the second half and to 82-57 with 2:58 to play as Texas forged a 15-2 run.

Sam Griffin, Cam Manyawu and Brendan Wenzel scored 12 points apiece for Wyoming (4-2). Akuel Kot chipped in with 10 points and Manyawu grabbed 10 rebounds. Wyoming shot just 39 percent from the floor.

No. 18 Colorado 85, Iona 68

Tristan da Silva scored 17 points, KJ Simpson had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Buffaloes beat the Gaels in Boulder, Colo.

J’Vonne Hadley and Cody Williams scored 12 points each and Julian Hammond III had 11 for Colorado (5-1), which shot 60.8 percent from the field and remained undefeated in four home games this season.

Greg Gordon scored a game-high 19 points, Idan Tretout finished with 18 and Jeremiah Quigley added 11 for the Gaels (2-4).

No. 19 Florida Atlantic 84, Virginia Tech 50

Vladislav Goldin scored 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting, and he keyed a suffocating defense with a game-high three blocks as the Owls defeated the Hokies in the ESPN Events Invitational championship game in Kissimmee, Fla.

FAU (5-1) also got a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds from Alijah Martin, who made 5 of 9 shots, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers. Martin was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Virginia Tech (5-2) had its four-game winning streak broken. Hokies guard Hunter Cattoor, an Orlando native who was essentially back in his hometown, scored 11 points but went 0-for-8 on 3-pointers.


A career-high-tying 22 points from Maria Gakdeng wasn’t enough as No. 18 North Carolina was upset by Florida Gulf Coast 65-64 on Sunday at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.

North Carolina (5-2) had the ball with 7.9 seconds left, but Deja Kelly’s attempt from mid-range bounced off the rim. Gakdeng shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, and also grabbed nine rebounds for the Tar Heels, while Kelly had 24 points.

Dolly Cairns scored 18 points to power the Eagles (5-2), while Maddie Antenucci added 15 points. Kierra Adams — who had seven points off the bench — scored what proved to be the game-winner on a floater as the shot clock expired.

FGCU shot 11-of-27 from 3-point range for a 40.7 percent clip. Likely to haunt UNC were nine missed free throws. The Tar Heels also committed 15 turnovers to just eight assists.

UNC’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as it hosts No. 1 South Carolina on Thursday in the inaugural ACC-SEC Challenge.

No. 4 Stanford 79, Albany 35

Cameron Brink piled up 21 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks as the host Cardinal beat the Great Danes.

Hannah Jump added 16 points for Stanford (7-0), while Kiki Iriafen and Elena Bosgana each scored 11 points. Kayla Cooper had 16 points to lead Albany (4-2) — where longtime Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer played one season of basketball.

Stanford led start-to-finish, going ahead by as many as 46 points. The Cardinal knocked down 10 3-pointers and won the rebounding battle 52-23.

No. 14 Baylor 93, Alcorn State 47

Yaya Felder scored 16 points as the host Lady Bears topped the Lady Braves in Waco, Texas.

Baylor (5-0) also got 15 points from Sarah Andrews, 11 points from Jana Van Gytenbeek and 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Aijha Blackwell. Alcorn State (0-4) was led by Nakia Cheatham’s 13 points.

After a brief two-point Alcorn State lead, Baylor broke off a 24-4 run to take the lead for good. The Lady Bears shot 55.2 percent from the floor and knocked down 11 3-pointers. Baylor also won the rebounding battle 35-19.

No. 15 Ohio State 83, Cornell 40

The Buckeyes had 10 different players score as they raced past the visiting Big Red in Columbus, Ohio.

Cotie McMahon and Rebeka Mikulasikova each scored 14 points for the Buckeyes (5-1), while Jacy Sheldon had 10 points, and Taylor Thierry stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Summer Parker-Hall led Cornell (2-4) with 13 points.

Ohio State led by 11 points after the first quarter, then outscored Cornell 23-2 in the second quarter to take a sizable lead into halftime. The Buckeyes had 24 assists to just seven turnovers while forcing the Big Red into 26 turnovers and holding them to 1-of-12 from 3-point land.

No. 20 Louisville 81, Gonzaga 70

Kiki Jefferson scored 21 points as the Cardinals closed the Betty Chancellor Classic with a win over the Bulldogs in Katy, Texas.

Louisville (6-1) also got 16 points and five assists from Nina Rickards and 13 points from Jayda Curry. Gonzaga (6-2) was led by Yvonne Ejim’s 23 points and seven rebounds, while Brynna Maxwell added 16 points.

Gonzaga led by two points heading into the second quarter, but Louisville outscored the Bulldogs 28-15 in that frame to take an 11-point advantage into halftime. The Cardinals recorded 10 steals and forced Gonzaga into 21 turnovers.



Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in Bobby Portis’ missed shot with 18.1 seconds remaining for the game-winning points, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied past the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 108-102 Sunday in Damian Lillard’s first game against his old team.

Lillard totaled 31 points and capped his big game with four clinching free throws for his sixth 30-point game of the season.

The meeting was the first since Portland ended an 11-year relationship with Lillard, dealing him to the Bucks in the offseason in a three-team deal that brought Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton and Toumani Camara to the Trail Blazers along with a 2029 first-round pick.

The win Sunday was Milwaukee’s seventh in its last eight games, while Portland lost for ninth time in its last 10 outings.

Nets 118, Bulls 109

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points as host Brooklyn hit an NBA season-high 25 3-pointers and stormed back from a 21-point deficit for a victory over skidding Chicago.

The Nets gave up the game’s first 13 points and trailed 30-9 with 4:37 left in the first quarter. Brooklyn outscored the Bulls 109-79 the rest of the way and 99-73 over the final three quarters. Brooklyn finished two shy of the team record set Feb. 15, 2021, in Sacramento and set a record for 3s in a home game. The Nets also finished four shy of the NBA record set by Milwaukee on Dec. 29, 2020.

Royce O’Neale and Lonnie Walker IV added 20 apiece. The duo combined to shoot 12-of-20 from 3-point range as the Nets hit 20 of their 3s after the opening quarter. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 27 but the Bulls lost their fourth in a row and seventh time in eight games. Coby White added 23 while Patrick Williams and Zach LaVine contributed 20 apiece as the Bulls made 13 of their first 21 shots and eight 3s in the opening quarter and finished at 48.2 percent overall.

Celtics 113, Hawks 103

A 34-point, nine-rebound performance from Jayson Tatum helped Boston improve its home record to 7-0 by beating visiting Atlanta.

Tatum didn’t score in the third quarter before dropping 13 points in the fourth. The Celtics led by at least eight throughout the final 12 minutes. Al Horford had 15 rebounds for Boston, which received 15 points and 11 assists from Derrick White. Jaylen Brown added 21 points, and Neemias Queta grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Celtics had to overcome a 33-point effort from Trae Young, who also had five rebounds and seven assists. Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter tossed in 24 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 23. Bogdanovic made 7 of his 10 3-point attempts.

Suns 116, Knicks 113

Devin Booker sank the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left for visiting Phoenix, which squandered a 15-point lead before edging New York.

Booker scored 20 points in the second half and finished with a double-double (28 points, 11 assists) for the Suns, who have won seven straight, including the last two games without Kevin Durant. The 13-time All-Star warmed up beforehand but sat out his second straight game with a sore right foot. Eric Gordon scored 25 points while Jordan Goodwin (14) and Nassir Little (11) got into double figures off the bench.

Jalen Brunson had 35 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost two of their past three games. Julius Randle scored 28 points and reserve Immanuel Quickley added 18.

Magic 130, Hornets 117

Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony scored 30 points apiece as Orlando extended their winning streak to seven games, beating visiting Charlotte.

Paolo Banchero had 23 points, Jalen Suggs scored 12 and Goga Bitadze contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for Orlando, which has won seven consecutive games for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Moritz Wagner added 11 points and seven rebounds. Franz Wagner and Anthony recorded season-high point totals for Orlando, which shot 54 percent from the field and 37 percent (10 of 27) from 3-point range.

Miles Bridges paced Charlotte with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Terry Rozier collected 22 points and nine assists, Brandon Miller had 20 points, P.J. Washington 13 and Mark Williams added 12. Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball had seven points before exiting midway through the second quarter with a right ankle strain. Ball had to be helped to the locker room after colliding with Banchero near the basket.

Timberwolves 119, Grizzlies 97

Anthony Edwards scored 24 points and Minnesota held host Memphis to just 38.6 percent shooting from the floor in sending the Grizzlies to their fourth consecutive loss.

Every Minnesota player who saw action scored, with five reaching double-figures. Mike Conley shot 6-of-9 from 3-point range, leading to the Wolves’ 15-of-34 shooting (44.1 percent) from the beyond arc, and finished with 18 points. Conley also dished a game-high 10 assists.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 18 points and three blocks, Desmond Bane scored 13 and Santi Aldama had 14 points with a team-high seven rebounds.

Nuggets 132, Spurs 120

Nikola Jokic had a season-high 39 points along with 11 rebounds and nine assists, Michael Porter Jr. scored 25 points and host Denver beat San Antonio.

Reggie Jackson had 20 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 16 points and Julian Strawther added 10 points for Denver. The Nuggets played without forward Aaron Gordon, who sat with a right heel strain. With Jamal Murray sidelined since early November, Denver was without two starters.

Victor Wembanyama had 22 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four blocks, Devin Vassell scored 19 points, Malaki Branham added 15 points, Julian Champagnie finished with 13 points and Keldon Johnson and Tre Jones scored 10 each for the Spurs, who dropped their 12th straight.

Cavaliers 105, Raptors 102

Darius Garland scored 24 points and Cleveland defeated visiting Toronto.

Max Strus scored all 20 of his points in the third quarter for the Cavaliers, who had lost their two previous games. Donovan Mitchell added 10 points for Clevland. Evan Mobley had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Jarrett Allen chipped in with 18 points.

Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl each scored 18 points for Toronto. Poeltl added 13 rebounds. Scottie Barnes had 15 points for the Raptors, who had won their two previous games. Dennis Schroder scored 15 points, Gary Trent Jr. had 13 points and OG Anunoby added 11.



Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists for the Edmonton Oilers in an 8-2 win against the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.

It’s the ninth five-point game of McDavid’s NHL career, surpassing Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most among active NHL players.

Zach Hyman had two goals and an assist, Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane each had a goal and an assist, Darnell Nurse had three assists and Stuart Skinner made 21 saves for the Oilers, who have won two straight following a three-game losing streak.

Anaheim’s Max Jones scored two goals and Lukas Dostal stopped 10 of 16 shots before he was replaced by John Gibson, who finished with eight saves for the Ducks. Anaheim has lost six in a row.

Red Wings 4, Wild 1

David Perron scored two goals – including his 300th – and Shayne Gostisbehere had a goal and three assists to help lead Detroit to a home win over Minnesota.

Alex Lyon made 37 saves in goal and Dylan Larkin added a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who have won three straight games. Joel Eriksson Ek scored the lone goal for Minnesota, which has lost seven straight games. The Wild outshot the Red Wings 38-23 and were 1 of 5 on the power play. Detroit was 2 of 5 with the man advantage.

Just 1:29 into the third period, Detroit grabbed a 3-1 lead when Perron scored on a power play, taking a pass from Gostisbehere and firing a shot from the left faceoff circle past Gustavsson for goal No. 300.

Hurricanes 3, Blue Jackets 2

Andrei Svechnikov scored his first goal of the season to give Carolina, which erased a two-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes, a victory against visiting Columbus at Raleigh, N.C.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Brady Skjei also scored for the Hurricanes. Seth Jarvis had assists on the final two goals. Svechnikov, an All-Star selection last season, didn’t score in any of his first 11 games as his season debut was delayed as he recovered from knee surgery following an injury last season. Sebastian Aho set him up with a pass and Svechnikov delivered from the slot.

Pyotr Kochetkov made 21 saves for the Hurricanes. The Blue Jackets’ Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist and Kirill Marchenko scored the game’s first goal in the third period. Elvis Merzlikins had baffled the Hurricanes through two periods and ended up with 40 saves.

Blues 4, Blackhawks 2

Jake Neighbours scored twice, Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and two assists and Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots to lift visiting St. Louis to a victory against Chicago.

St. Louis capitalized on an early flurry to win for the third time in four games, with each victory in that span coming on the road. Chicago has lost six of seven. Torey Krug and Robert Thomas had two assists apiece for the Blues, while Wyatt Kaiser had two for Chicago.

Outshot 10-8 in the first period, the Blues made the most of their chances with a three-goal burst against Chicago goaltender Arvid Soderblom, who finished with 24 saves. Ryan Donato and Boris Katchouk scored for the Blackhawks.

Predators 3, Jets 2

Roman Josi had a goal and two assists and Juuse Saros made 32 saves to lead Nashville to its fifth straight victory, beating visiting Winnipeg.

It was the first three-point game of the season for Josi, who joined Filip Forsberg (37) as just the second player in Predators history with 30 career three-point games. Yakov Trenin and Gustav Nyquist also scored for Nashville.

Josh Morrissey and Cole Perfetti scored and Laurent Brossoit made 23 saves for Winnipeg, which had a five-game win streak snapped and lost for just the second time in 10 games.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss ran through the usually stingy Tampa Bay defense Sunday.

Gardner Minshew surprised the Buccaneers – with his feet as well as his arm.

Taylor ran for two scores, Minshew added another on the ground and the Indianapolis Colts defense came up with a late turnover Sunday to preserve a crucial 27-20 victory over Tampa Bay that keeps Indy in the playoff hunt heading into December.

“I know we came out throwing it early there, and then settled into the run game,” coach Shane Steichen said. “JT popped a few big ones, Zack popped a few. It was good. That one-two punch back there is awesome.”

The trio of Taylor, Moss and Minshew combined for 155 yards rushing and three TD runs against an opponent that had allowed just four scoring runs all season. Those numbers might have been even higher if Taylor had not slid after picking up a late first down to keep the clock moving.

But it was a fourth-and-1 late play call at the Bucs 49-yard-line that caught everyone off-guard.

Indy (6-5) lined up in a jumbo package with an extra tight end, an extra offensive lineman and linebacker Zaire Franklin playing fullback. Minshew faked a handoff inside, stepped back and found Mo Alie-Cox sprinting wide open between the hashmarks for a 30-yard gain.

“Our tight end coach, Tom (Manning), came to me with the idea and we were doing our short-yardage meeting and I said, ‘That looks pretty good. That looks like a walk-in touchdown. Let’s have that one for sure (this week),’” Steichen said. “They gave us a look and it worked.”

Three plays later, Taylor punched it across the goal line for a 27-17 lead with 7:30 to play. He finished with 15 carries and 91 yards while Moss had eight carries for 55 yards. Indy’s third straight win put it above .500 for the first time since September and begins the final six weeks with momentum and a favorable schedule.

The two-time defending NFC South champion Bucs (4-7) are heading in the opposite direction after losing their fourth straight road games, this one with uncharacteristic defensive breakdowns and two devastating turnovers.

“It’s just not finishing at the end,” linebacker Devin White said. “It’s not like we’re going out there doing our thing and getting demolished by any teams. I think that’s the hardest thing is that we’re in every game and we’re making plays, but we’ve got to kind of limit some other things so we can get over the top and win those games.”

The Colts took control after Baker Mayfield injured his right ankle on the game’s opening series, an injury that forced Tampa Bay to settle for a field goal after having first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Indy converted Ronnie Harrison Jr.’s interception into Taylor’s strong 4-yard run to make it 10-3 and Minshew extended the margin by deftly sidestepping White on a 2-yard run for a 17-3 lead.

Mayfield answered with a 1-yard to an uncovered Mike Evans, cutting the halftime deficit to 17-10 and they closed to 20-17 when Evans hauled in a 23-yard TD pass early in the fourth.

But the Colts responded with their nifty fourth down call, Taylor’s score and the strip-sack of Mayfield with 89 seconds to play.

Mayfield was 20 of 30 with 199 yards, two TDs, one interception and a game-sealing fumble that he lost. Evans had six catches for 70 yards and Rachaad White ran 15 times for 100 yards.

Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr. had 10 receptions for 107 yards against one of his father’s former teams.


Buccaneers: Tampa Bay played without starting LB Lavonte David (groin) and starting, CB Jamal Dean (ankle and foot). Mayfield missed two plays on the Bucs’ first series but returned on the second.

Colts: Steichen said the Colts avoided any key new injuries after C Ryan Kelly (concussion protocol), CB JuJu Brents (quad) both were inactive.


Three-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard no longer plays for the Colts after being waived Tuesday, but he still made it to the stadium so he could watch from a suite. Outside the stadium, the large poster of Leonard now reads “thanks for the memories” while inside the stadium, the crowd roared when Indy played a brief highlight package of Leonard’s top plays.


Indy quarterback Anthony Richardson had already returned to the team complex and on Sunday, he also was back on his home turf. Richardson, the fourth overall draft pick in April, had season-ending shoulder surgery last month in Los Angeles. He initially stayed there to rehab but recently returned to Indy. He was seen on the field during pregame warmups, wearing a protective sling, in his first home appearance since getting hurt Oct. 8 against Tennessee.


Buccaneers: Host Carolina and top overall draft pick Bryce Young next Sunday.

Colts: Visit the Titans next Sunday, seeking a season sweep.



Game Preview

Following their fourth and final In-Season Tournament Group Play win on Friday, the Indiana Pacers (9-6) will aim to keep their momentum going when they face off against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse before setting off on a two-game road trip to Miami.

The Blue and Gold enter the matchup following a 136-113 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night that allowed them to finish 4-0 in Group Play of the In-Season Tournament. Friday’s matchup became a game of back-and-forth play until the fourth quarter when a 32-9 Indiana scoring run allowed the Pacers to pull ahead and take their largest advantage since their 12-point lead in the second quarter. The victory secured the Pacers a top-two seed and homecourt advantage for the Quarterfinals of the In-Season Tournament Knockout Rounds, which will take place on Dec. 4 and 5.

On Friday, Tyrese Haliburton recorded his 12th double-double of the season as he racked up 26 points and dished out 10 assists in the win. Myles Turner followed behind with a double-double of his own, adding 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor to go along with 10 rebounds.

Buddy Hield was also one of the seven Pacers to end the night in double-figure scoring. Hield has shined in his increased role since earning three consecutive starts for the Pacers. After scoring just five points in the two games prior to his first start on Tuesday, Hield has averaged 24.3 points per game in the three games he earned starts for while shooting 69.2 percent (27-of-39) from the floor and 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from beyond the arc.

The Pacers have continued to dominate offensively, especially with the help of Haliburton (25.4 ppg), Turner (17.2 ppg), Hield (13.9 ppg), and Bennedict Mathurin (13.0 ppg). With the contribution of the NBA franchise-record 157 points racked up by Indiana in Tuesday’s win, the Pacers have consistently led the league in points per game averaging 128.3 points. Indiana also holds the league-best field goal percentage (50.5 percent) and average number of assists per game (30.3 apg), while Portland ranks last in the league in offensive output (104.4 ppg).

The beginning of the season has been tough for the injury-ridden Trail Blazers, who enter the matchup 4-12. Portland snapped an eight-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 121-105 victory over the Utah Jazz, but then fell on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, 108-102.

The Trail Blazers are led in the scoring column by veteran forward Jerami Grant, who has been contributing an average of 22.8 points per game.

Center Deandre Ayton did not play on Wednesday against the Jazz due to lower back soreness, but returned on Sunday in Milwaukee. Ayton is averaging 12.6 points per game and a team-leading 10.8 rebounds per contest. He has racked up seven double-doubles this season and has recorded a double-double against Indiana in the three most recent matchups between the two teams.

With injuries in the Portland guard rotation, former Pacer Malcolm Brogdon has earned six starts this season, including four straight. Brogdon is averaging 17.7 points per game, which is a league-best for points per game among players who come off the bench.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Bruce Brown, F – Buddy Hield, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner

Trail Blazers: G – Malcolm Brogdon, G – Shaedon Sharpe, F – Toumani Camara, F – Jerami Grant, C – Duop Reath

Injury Report

Pacers: Aaron Nesmith – questionable (right wrist sprain)

Trail Blazers: Deandre Ayton – probable (sore lower back), Rayan Rupert – questionable (G League assignment), Anfernee Simons – out (right thumb ligament tear), Ish Wainright – out (left knee MCL sprain), Robert Williams III – out (right knee ligament tear)

Last Meeting

Jan. 6, 2023: After what had been a back-and-forth matchup for the majority of the contest, a 15-2 scoring run in the fourth quarter gave the Pacers momentum to close out the game ahead and defeat the Trail Blazers, 108-99.

Bennedict Mathurin led the six Pacers who ended the night in double figures with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. Turner pitched in 17 points and seven rebounds, while Haliburton contributed a double-double of 15 points and 12 assists.

In addition, the Pacers held the Trail Blazers to under 30 points in each of the four quarters.

The Blazers were led by Anfernee Simons who notched 20 points on the night. He was followed in the scoring column by Damian Lillard’s 18 points and eight assists, Jusuf Nurkic’s 14 points and 19 rebounds, and Jerami Grant’s 15 points.


The Pacers are 38-60 all-time against the Trail Blazers. The Blue and Gold went 1-1 with Portland in the 2022-23 season and have defeated the Trail Blazers in the two most recent meetings in Indianapolis.

On Friday, Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle earned his 250th win to tie Frank Vogel for the second-most coaching victories in franchise history. Hall of Famer Slick Leonard holds the franchise record with 529 career wins.

Tyrese Haliburton, who is averaging a league-leading 12.1 assists per game, recorded his 1,000th assist in a Pacers uniform on Friday.

Buddy Hield needs six 3-pointers to secure a top-10 spot in the franchise ranks for most 3-point field goals made in franchise history. Hield currently ranks 11th with 417 3-pointers and trails Troy Murphy with 419. In addition, Hield sits in 27th place in NBA history for the most 3-pointers made in a career with 1,754.

Trail Blazers guard Malcolm Brogdon spent three seasons with the Pacers before being traded to the Boston Celtics on July 9, 2022.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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


The Pacers will host Malcolm Brogdon and the Portland Trail Blazers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 PM ET.



INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel finished their weekend in Kalamazoo with a Sunday afternoon matchup against the K-Wings. In their fifth meeting so far this season, the Fuel came away with a 4-2 victory.


Jon Martin got on the game sheet first as a big boarding call landed him in the penalty box for two minutes at 7:06 in the first frame. This caused some feistiness between the two teams that have met four times already this season.

The K-Wings killed off that penalty and then took one of their own, a holding call on Brandon Saigeon. They followed that up with a delay of game penalty to the Kalamazoo captain Chaz Reddekopp at 15:38.

The Fuel captain Seamus Malone immediately retaliated with a goal to put the Fuel up 1-0 late in the first period. Bryan Lemos and Cam Hillis claimed assists on that power play goal.

Despite getting outshot 9-5, the Fuel led by one goal after one.


In what was Kalamazoo’s teddy bear toss game, Justin Taylor scored to make it 1-1 at 2:46 of the second period and the bears flew. After a few minutes for cleanup, the game was back on.

At 7:30, Jon Martin broke the tie with the help of his younger brother Jordan to make it 2-1 in favor of Indy.

Former K-Wing Darby Llewellyn took a roughing penalty at 9:23 after a scuffle in front of Indy’s net. That penalty was killed off before Jordan Martin netted his first goal of the season with the help of Victor Hadfield and Matus Spodniak at 15:03 to make it 3-1.

DJ King was next to take a penalty in his first game back with the Fuel. He sat for cross-checking for two minutes at 15:53. Ty Glover found the back of the net on the K-Wings’ power play to make it 3-2 at 17:12.

Josh Passolt took a roughing penalty at 18:14, giving the Fuel a power play to end the period on.


At 6:07, Colin Bilek extended the Fuel’s lead to 4-2 with his third goal in three games back from injury. Lemos claimed his second assist of the game on that goal along with Trevor Zins.

The third period did not see much more excitement as both teams had near-equal possession time and shots but no goals as time ticked down.

With under two minutes to go, Kalamazoo pulled Hunter Vorva from the net in favor of the extra skater but could not score. Ultimately, Kalamazoo outshot Indy 27-26 but the Fuel pulled away with the 4-2 win.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on November 29, 2023 for Wednesday Night Hockey against the Wheeling Nailers.



Indiana fired head coach Tom Allen after seven seasons, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday morning.

The reported move comes one day after the Hoosiers dropped a 35-31 decision to Purdue. Indiana finished the season with a 3-9 overall record and 1-8 mark in the Big Ten.

Under Allen, Indiana was 3-24 in Big Ten games since the Hoosiers went to bowl games in 2019 and 2020.

Allen, 53, posted a 33-49 overall record and 18-43 mark in Big Ten play.

His high-water marks came after posting an 8-5 record in 2019 and a 6-2 mark during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.

Indiana rewarded Allen in March 2021 with a seven-year contract that increased his salary to $4.9 million annually and included a buyout of $20.8 million if the university elected to fire him prior to Dec. 1, 2023.



INDIANAPOLIS – Kel’el Ware dominated and we have seen this before.

Mackenzie Mgbako dominated and this was new, suggesting it will soon become the norm.

They were part of an inside barrage that wore down Harvard 89-76 Sunday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse and offered a hint of what the Hoosiers (5-1) can become.

“As long as we play hard,” Ware said, “we’ll be good.”

Ware, a 7-foot sophomore forward, had a career-high 28 points, plus eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Mgbako, a 6-8 freshman forward, set career highs with 18 points and eight rebounds.

After a two-point, one-rebound showing against Connecticut, Mgbako followed with nine points and a rebound against Louisville before Sunday’s assertive showing.

“He’s a freshman and he’s been working,” coach Mike Woodson said. “Hopefully, this will be a nice carry over to the next game.”

IU had a 34-26 rebounding advantage, including 11 offensive rebounds. That reflect a season-long rebounding emphasis that is starting to pay off.

“It’s staying in shape and constantly working,” Ware said. “We have to box out. It’s getting a body on a body. Being physical and getting a rebound.”

Added Mgbako: “It’s staying strong and staying active. If we do that, we can get some boards.”

Harvard (5-2) came in with a strong three-point-shooting resume and delivered an 8-for-17 first-half blitz for a 40-39 halftime lead.

Woodson’s message was clear — defend the three-better, keep up its in-the-paint dominance.

Mission accomplished (Harvard was 1-for-8 from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes; IU finished with a 50-28 edge in points in the paint).

Woodson said some of the Crimson’s early three-pointers came because the Hoosiers weren’t diving on the floor for loose balls.

“That can’t happen.”

He said the other three-pointers came because the Hoosiers weren’t guarding close enough.

“We did a better job of getting up to touch them (in the second half),” he said.

Harvard’s zone couldn’t keep the Hoosiers out of the paint.

“Our bigs have worked well together when teams play zone,” Woodson said. “Moving forward, teams will play zone some. They will press some. They will double the post some. You have to combat it and execute and put the ball in the hole.”

Added Mgbako: “The key to attacking a zone is getting it inside so we can run the high-low game. Bigs are essential to beating a zone because they are such a threat.”

IU overcame some injuries. Guard Xavier Johnson missed the second half with an ankle/foot injury suffered late in the first half while completing a three-point play (he finished with three points, a rebound and an assist). Forward Malik Reneau briefly went to the locker room holding onto his back. He returned to finish with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Johnson’s injury gave seldom-used guard Anthony Leal an opportunity. He totaled one rebound and one assist in six minutes. Gabe Cupps added two points, three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes.

“Losing X is a big loss,” Woodson said. “He’s a big piece to the puzzle.

“For me, it’s always next man up. Guys have to stay ready and step up. Anthony gave us some positive minutes. Gabe brought it home.

“We’ll see where we are with X. We need him to be healthy to help us win.”

Mgbako’s six early points pushed IU to a 12-10 lead. The Crimson’s fourth three-pointer forged a 15-15. They inched ahead by two, then four, then six.

A Mgbako three-pointer (after two earlier ones were changed to twos) and a Ware dunk off a Reneau assist made it a 24-23 Harvard lead with eight minutes left. Four more Ware points gave the Hoosiers a three-point lead.

Harvard twice surged ahead by two. Johnson’s three-point play put IU ahead 34-31. Ware followed with a dunk. The Crimson followed that with their sixth three-pointer.

A Kaleb Banks three-pointer gave the Hoosiers a 39-34 lead. Consecutive Harvard three-pointers followed for a 40-39 Crimson halftime lead.

Ware led IU with 12 points. Mgbako had nine.

Harvard opened the second half with a pair of early four-point leads. Reneau started strong with four points, but an injury briefly sent him to the locker room. Johnson was already out with ice on his ankle/foot.

Still, baskets from forward Anthony Walker and Mgbako pushed the Hoosiers ahead 47-45. A Ware three-pointer gave them a five-point lead. A Reneau basket followed by an Mgbako rebound basket and free throw gave Indiana a 63-51 lead with 13 minutes left.

With the Hoosiers dominating the paint, Harvard never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

IU’s next game is Friday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Maryland in its Big Ten opener.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Indiana men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley recorded his 200th head coaching victory Sunday (Nov. 26) in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 as the Hoosiers defeated No. 7 national seed Virginia, the program that beat IU in the 1994 national championship match – Yeagley’s final game as and IU student-athlete.

Freshman Collins Oduro’s 11th-minute goal was the difference as IU shut out the Cavaliers 1-0 to move on to the Elite Eight for the 29th time in program history, extending the NCAA record.

Indiana will play the winner of Western Michigan and No. 2 national seed Notre Dame, a match kicking off at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.


• 10′ – Indiana absorbed pressure in the opening minutes, giving way to a couple Virginia chances. Their best chance early came from senior midfielder Mouhameth Thiam who, after a nice bit of combination play, found himself open on the left side of the box but sent his effort into the crossbar.

• 11′ – Moments later, Indiana had the breakthrough. The Hoosiers played quickly down the left side to senior forward Maouloune Goumballe. Goumballe took it toward the end line and played across the box. Oduro met the cross at the top of the six-yard box and slipped it in.

• 47′ – Virginia had a shot on goal right out of the half, but senior goalkeeper made the save, diving to his right.

• 63′ – A long ball was played ahead of Virginia freshman forward Stephen Annor Gyamfi. Harms came off his line to get it, but the Cavalier was the first to the ball and headed over Harms towards goal. Senior Jansen Miller rushed back and cleared the ball off the line just in time to keep IU’s lead intact.

• 70′ – Miller made another goal-line save a few minutes later as a headed attempt leaked towards the inside of the post. The senior nearly did the splits to get his foot to it but was on time again.


• Indiana earned its eighth-straight win and 12th win 13 games.

• The Hoosiers handed the Hoos their first defeat since Sept. 22. Indiana was also just the second team to shut out Virginia this season, earning its ninth clean sheet of the season – which matches last year’s total.

• IU has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal round in three of the last four seasons as well as five of the last seven.

• Yeagley’s 200th victory is his 193rd since becoming IU’s head coach ahead of the 2010 season. Since then, no NCAA Division-I men’s soccer coach has more wins. Coach Yeagley has 362 victories as a head coach, assistant coach and player. Sunday marked his 27th NCAA Tournament victory.

• IU is 5-2-1 against Virginia all-time. Sunday was the first-ever matchup in Charlottesville. The last seven meetings have all been decided by one goal.

• With his assist to Oduro, Goumballe has tallied a goal contribution (five goals, three assists) in each of his last eight matches.

• Oduro tallied goal No. 5 of his freshman campaign. He has scored twice in three NCAA Tournament matches.  


Indiana advances to the Elite Eight.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue volleyball squad was selected as a No. 3 seed and host site for the NCAA First & Second Rounds, with matches played on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1. Purdue will welcome Fairfield, Eastern Illinois and No. 6 seed Marquette as the teams designated to play in Holloway Gymnasium alongside the Boilermakers.

Purdue is slated to play Fairfield in the First Round, scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. No. 6 seed Marquette vs. EIU will play immediately before at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Winners from each round will meet on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. All matches will be streamed on ESPN+.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can purchase tickets through the online portal, or in person at the Purdue ticket office.

The Boilermakers will host the opening rounds for the third time in the last five seasons as they earn their 35th overall tournament appearance. Additionally, it is the ninth consecutive year and the 18th time in the last 20 seasons Purdue has earned a bid. Thursday’s matchup will be the first-ever between Purdue (21-8) and Fairfield (22-6). Meanwhile, the Boilermakers will have an opportunity to play either Marquette (20-10), a team they faced earlier this season in a thrilling five-set victory, or Eastern Illinois (28-4), a team last played in 1992.

Purdue, which finished third in the Big Ten standings behind a 21-8, 15-5 Big Ten record, feature a young squad that has secured a 6-3 record vs. top-25 opponents and 11-4 vs. opponents ranked or receiving votes, all the while competing in the toughest schedule Shondell has constructed in his 21 seasons. The team’s No. 3 seed is the highest in the NCAA’s current seeding format, which began in 2022.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The overall No. 2 seed Fighting Irish men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a gritty performance in penalties by a mark of 4-2 to get past Western Michigan in front of a packed Alumni Stadium.

Notre Dame played with 10-men for the final 84 minutes of play after KK Baffour was sent off with a red card in the 26th minute of play. The Irish defense held the nation’s sixth-ranked scoring attack scoreless despite being down a man.

The Irish jumped

The Irish jumped out in front of the penalty shootout, as Bryan Dowd made a huge diving save followed by a make from Matthew Roou. The next Western Michigan taker put his effort off the post and then Paddy Burns sent the keeper the wrong way to put Notre Dame up 2-0 after two rounds.

Both Western Michigan and Eno Nto of Notre Dame converted during the third round to move the score to 3-1. The next Bronco penalty taker scored, giving Daniel Russo the chance to send the Irish to the quarterfinals. The senior clinically dispatched his shot inside the right post to keep the Irish alive in the tourney.

Dowd was sensational on the evening, making seven saves and posting a clean sheet.



Butler closed out its Thanksgiving Weekend in Orlando with a 70-56 win over Boise State Sunday in the 2023 ESPN Events Invitational.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 5-2 and capture fifth place in the event by winning two of their three games.

The Broncos fall to 3-3 on the season.

After scoring a career-high 26 points in Friday’s win over Penn State, Pierre Brooks II made a run at that number Sunday, finishing with 25 points. Twenty of those points came in the second half.

COACH THAD MATTA: “I thought kind of from the start, we were solid. We had a little bit of a letdown defensively in the first half there. We were down about five in the first half and went on (a 17-4) run or whatever it was to end the first half. And I challenged these guys to come out strong, but they got us to start the second half. We were a little bit sloppy, but I thought the guys locked down and did a tremendous job. Very, very happy. And, and I’m sure Boise State is too, but we’re as banged up as we could be. I mean guys were limping to the finish line but as I told them, they showed great toughness and that was the difference. Our defense was really, really good today.”


Brooks was 9-for-16 overall, but made seven of his eight attempts in the second half, including all three of his shots from behind the three-point arc.

Brooks is the first Bulldog to score 20 points in a half since Chuck Harris on March 6, 2021.

Posh Alexander had 10 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Jahmyl Telfort scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting, adding a team-best five assists and four rebounds.

Jalen Thomas pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, matching his best mark of the young season.

Butler shot 52 percent from the field, the third consecutive game shooting 50 percent or better. Butler has made at least half of its attempts in four of the first seven games of the season.

The Bulldogs’ defense limited Boise State to 32-percent shooting.

Early in the second half, Boise State trimmed the lead to three (38-35 at the 18:35 mark) before Butler unleashed a 14-0 run to take control of the game, 52-35.

Butler made seven of its final eight attempts of the first half to take a 35-27 halftime lead. An Andre Screen lay-in as the first half clock expired capped a 17-4 scoring run by the Bulldogs to close out the first half. That was in response to Boise State taking its largest lead of the half at 23-18 with 6:03 remaining following a 15-4 run of their own.

All three teams that Butler faced in Orlando made the 2023 NCAA Tournament; five of Butler’s seven opponents to start the season were part of the 2023 NCAA Tournament field.

Butler and Boise State had not met as men’s basketball opponents prior to today.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs, after playing their last four games away from home, return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Thursday night tip against Texas Tech. The match-up, part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, is slated for a 6:30 p.m. tip on FS1. Tickets are still available for the contest. 



ATHENS, Ohio – Four Jaguars tallied double-digit points as the IUPUI women’s basketball team fell on the road at Ohio on Sunday, November 26, 75-71. Sophomore Abby Wolterman scored a career-high 16 points in the loss.

IUPUI scored first with Katie Davidson securing the first two points followed by Jaela Johnson giving the Jags the 4-0 lead. IUPUI held the lead until the four minute mark in the first quarter when the Bobcats tied it up at 11. After a few back-and-forth baskets, Ohio held the one point advantage after the first quarter at 18-17.

Johnson once again gave the Jags a lead with a three-point basket to start the second quarter, 20-18. Ohio answered quickly and eventually took their largest lead of eight in the first half at 38-30. At the half, the Jags we’re down by four at 43-39.

The Bobcats came out in the third quarter shooting 76.9 percent from three to take a nine point lead at 64-55. The Jaguars fought hard in the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to bring the score within two. The Bobcats once again sunk a three-pointer to extend their lead. IUPUI saw one more chance within two points with nine seconds left but Ohio’s Jaya McClure secured the lead with two free throws at 75-71. 

Tahlia Walton led the Jags with 18 points and seven rebounds while Davidson added 17 and Wolterman totaled her career-high 16. Johnson also finished in double-digit points with 10. IUPUI shot 44.3 percent from the field and just 15.0 percent from behind the arc while Ohio finished the game with a 52.4 percent from three.

The Jags drop to 1-5 and will now begin Horizon League play when they travel to Wright State on Thursday, November 30. The Raiders and Jaguars will tipoff at 7:00 PM.



MUNCIE, Ind. – – Ball State women’s volleyball saw its season extended Sunday night when it received an at-large bid into the 2023 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) , produced for the sixth time by Triple Crown Sports.

“We’re excited to be able to continue to fight together and make a run in the NIVC,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We have a lot of talent on this team and we want to continue to represent Ball State with pride and enjoy competing together as long as possible.”

The Cardinals (16-14) open competition in the 32-team event Thursday (Nov. 30) with a 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT first serve at Middle Tennessee (20-9). In Thursday’s other first round match at the Alumni Memorial Gymnasium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Clemson (17-13) and Eastern Kentucky (21-8) will square off at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT.

The winners of the two matches will square off at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT on Friday (Dec. 1).

Produced by Triple Crown Sports, this is the 13th overall season for the NIVC and its sixth in its current format. The NIVC was held for seven seasons (1989-95) as a 20-team event and was reestablished in 2017 with a 32-team field. This will be Ball State’s second appearance in the event, with the first coming in 2018.

Champions of the current NIVC era include Boston College (2022), UNLV (2021), Georgia Tech (2019), Iowa State (2018) and Ole Miss (2017).

Here is the 32-team field for the 2023 NIVC:

Automatic qualifiers (*- won or had share of regular season conference title):

Buffalo (23-8) – Mid-American*

Citadel (27-3) – Southern*

Drake (22-10) – Missouri Valley

Howard (17-14) – Mid-Eastern Athletic

Sacramento State (21-11) – Big Sky*

St. John’s (23-10) – Big East

?South Florida (19-11) – American*

UMKC (22-8) – Summit*

Wichita State (21-8) – American

Winthrop (14-13) – Big South

At-Large Selections:

Arkansas State (16-14) – Sun Belt

Ball State (16-14) – Mid-American

Chicago State (13-8) – Independent

Clemson (17-13) – Atlantic Coast

DePaul (17-14) – Big East

East Carolina (20-10) – American

Eastern Kentucky (21-8) – Atlantic Sun

Florida Atlantic (20-12) – American

Georgia Southern (21-8) – Sun Belt

Middle Tennessee (20-9) – Conference USA

Montana State (21-8) – Big Sky

North Texas (17-15) – American

Northern Colorado (17-11) – Big Sky

Pacific (18-10) – West Coast

South Dakota (18-10) – Summit*

Southern Illinois (20-11) – Missouri Valley

Tulsa (17-14) – American

UNLV (19-12) – Mountain West

UT Arlington (20-10) – Western Athletic

UTEP (21-9) – Conference USA

Valparaiso (18-14) – Missouri Valley

Wyoming (20-9) – Mountain West

In bracket order, here are the matchups, locations and match times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET; designated home team listed second):

Round 1 at Wichita State, Nov. 30

Tulsa vs. UMKC, 4:30 p.m.

Arkansas State vs. Wichita State, 7 p.m.

Round 2, Dec. 1

Winners, 2:30 p.m.

Round 1 at Drake, Nov. 29

DePaul vs. Southern Illinois, 4 p.m.

Chicago State vs. Drake, 7 p.m.

Round 2, Nov. 30

Winners, 7 p.m.

Round 1 at Sacramento State, Nov. 30

Pacific vs. Montana State, 7 p.m.

UNLV vs. Sacramento State, 10 p.m.

Round 2, Dec. 1

Winners, 10 p.m.

at Northern Colorado, Nov. 30

Wyoming vs. South Dakota, 5 p.m.

Valparaiso vs. Northern Colorado, 8 p.m.

Round 2, Dec. 1

Winners, 8 p.m.

at St. John’s, Dec. 1

South Florida vs. Buffalo, 4 p.m.

Howard vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m.

Round 2, Dec. 2

Winners, 7 p.m.

Round 1 at East Carolina, Dec. 1

Georgia Southern vs. Winthrop, 2 p.m.

The Citadel vs. East Carolina, 6 p.m.

Round 2, Dec. 2

Winners, 6 p.m.

Round 1 at UTEP, Dec. 1

UT Arlington vs. Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m.

North Texas vs. UTEP, 9:30 p.m.

Round 2, Dec. 2

Winners, 4 p.m.

at Middle Tennessee, Nov. 30

Clemson vs. Eastern Kentucky, 4 p.m.

Ball State vs. Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Round 2, Dec. 1

Winners, 7 p.m.


Dec. 5, 6, or 7


Dec. 7, 8, 9, or 10





ESTERO, Fla. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball poured in 17 3-pointers en route to a 90-77 win over Western Kentucky on Sunday (Nov. 26). This tied the most triples in the program’s Division I history.

The ‘Dons were on fire from the 3-point line, finishing 17-of-33 for 51.5 percent.

Audra Emmerson played the best game of her career, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists (all set or tied career-highs) with just one turnover. She was 6-of-14 from the floor (42.9 percent) and 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range.

Shayla Sellers (17), Renna Schwieterman (15), Amellia Bromenschenkel (13) and Sydney Graber (10) joined Emmerson in double-figures.

The Mastodons dominated on the boards, out-rebounding the Hilltoppers 44-27. The ‘Dons had 18 offensive rebounds, which led to 15 second-chance points.

Purdue Fort Wayne also had 22 assists. Emmerson and Destinee Marshall had six each, Bromenschenkel had five, Graber had three and Sellers had two.

The ‘Dons came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, out-scoring WKU 30-19. Purdue Fort Wayne was 7-of-10 from 3-point range and 11-of-17 overall in the opening 10 minutes. Emmerson hit a pair of threes in the first three possessions.

Midway through the third quarter, Graber found Emmerson cutting under the basket, which Emmerson converted with a behind the layup. This was arguably the play of the game, putting the ‘Dons back up eight after WKU went on a 6-0 run.

The ‘Dons never trailed.

Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 1-0 all-time against current Conference USA teams.

Western Kentucky had three in double-figures: Alexis Mead (24), Teresa Faustino (13) and Karris Allen (11).

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 4-2 while Western Kentucky falls to 6-3. The Mastodons return to the Midwest for the start of Horizon League play next. They will be at Oakland on Thursday (Nov. 30).



CHICAGO — A three-pointer from junior guard Alana Striverson with 1:12 left in triple overtime was the difference maker for the University of Evansville women’s basketball in its first win of the season.

The Purple Aces had five players score in double-figures with contributions up and down the bench in their 104-103 win over the Chicago State Cougars. Outrebounding the Cougars and better shooting behind the arc helped lift UE to the win in a marathon triple-overtime game. Despite fouling out before the overtime periods, sophomore point guard Kynidi Mason Striverson led Evansville on offense with 27 points and four assists on 50% shooting.

“I’m really proud of our girls for keeping their heads up and sticking with it,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the win. “I think we had it won in the first overtime but a tough technical call made that a closer one. Our offense could have used that as an excuse but they kept fighting.

“We’re really banged up right now, we’re sick, we have all those things that you could use as a reason not to go out and fight and win. And we didn’t make any excuses, we went out there and got the job done. I’m really proud of our players. We got a bunch of kids that had some chance to play some extended minutes that haven’t played those types of minutes. That was really good for them. And I’m really proud of the team.”

It was a close game early as the teams’ traded shots. But the Aces pulled away with a six-point run midway through the first quarter. A layup in the final 10 seconds of the quarter from Mason Striverson gave UE a nine-point lead after 10 minutes. Evansville struggled to get much going in the second quarter with only 13 points. Three layups in the final two minutes of the first half kept the Aces on top with a six-point lead.

 The start of the second half returned to the back-and-forth pace from the beginning of the game. A made and-1 from Chicago State in the third made it only a one-point game after UE led for almost 20 minutes. Evansville responded with a four-point run, including a three for Mae Dozier, to keep the lead going into the fourth quarter.

With a four-point lead the Aces kept having to keep the Cougars at bay as the lead changed for the first time since the first quarter with seven minutes left in regulation. Six straight points for UE returned them the lead for another five minutes. But two fouls and a jump shot from Chicago State had Evansville down one with only 30 seconds left. A made free throw from Mason Striverson tied the game up and would be the last basket as regulation ended with the point guard fouling out of the game.

The Aces had a hot start to overtime as freshman point guard Tené Smith broke through offensively with six straight points. Up by nine, UE’s shooting dried up for the rest of the first overtime period as the game was tied at 79 all with 36 seconds left. While the first overtime was a game of runs, the second overtime period was a basket-for-basket contest. Evansville benefited from getting to the line five times to keep the game within one possession. Down a basket with seven seconds left, forward Maggie Hartwig put up a second chance shot with two to go, forcing a third overtime.

An early three from Smith got the overtime period off to a good start for the Aces. The Cougars were able to get the game back within a point two times over the final three and a half minutes. A layup from Hartwig and a massive three-pointer from Striverson with 1:44 left in overtime were the difference. With a two-possession lead, UE was able to hold on for the final minute and a half of the game, clawing out a triple-overtime 103-102 win.

Mason Striverson, Hartwig, Striverson, Smith, and graduate center Barbora Tomancova all had double-figure games. Hartwig also led the team in rebounds with 15 for her second double-double of the season. Forward Celine Dupont also grabbed 14 boards with nine from Tomancova and Dozier to help Evansville dominate at the glass. The Aces outrebounded Chicago State 70-59 while also benefiting from 34 bench points compared to the Cougars 16.

UE has a quick turnaround to its next game on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Evansville will welcome the Bellarmine Knights to Meeks Family Fieldhouse for a 6 p.m. tip on Wednesday night.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball concluded its two-game road swing Sunday afternoon with a 95-57 loss at Purdue University.

Sunday’s contest was USI’s second straight game on the road against a Power-5 conference opponent and the second of three against a P-5 school during the non-conference slate.

Southern Indiana got off to a good start in the opening quarter, as senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) scored the game’s first basket. The Screaming Eagles received balanced scoring early on, as all five starters found the hoop before the first media timeout. In the meantime, Purdue shot the ball well from deep, hitting three triples before the timeout and building a 20-14 lead. In the first six minutes, both teams shot over 60 percent. Purdue stayed hot and went on to hold USI scoreless for the remainder of the opening quarter, taking a 35-14 advantage into the second period.

The Eagles broke the scoring drought at the 8:33 mark of the second quarter when junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) drove to the basket to make it a 37-16 score. In the middle of the second, Raley tallied eight straight points for USI in the span of two and a half minutes, putting the senior forward into double figures. Southern Indiana finished the first half strong. Trailing 55-26 with 3:41 left until halftime, USI ended the first half on an 8-0 run. Freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) provided an energy boost off the bench during the run, pushing the ball for a layup and getting a big block on the defensive end. The Boilermakers led 55-34 at the intermission.

A tough scoring quarter in the third for the Eagles led to a 79-41 Purdue lead going into the fourth period. In the fourth, USI had a nice spurt on the offensive end in the middle of the frame, as Shafford connected for a couple of baskets and freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) scored after establishing an inside position underneath the hoop. Southern Indiana went on to record a pair of baskets under the three-minute mark to make the score 95-57 before both teams went scoreless for the last two minutes to end the game.

USI was 21-for-60 for 35 percent shooting and went for 79 percent (11-14) at the foul line. While the Eagles grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to Purdue’s nine, the Boilermakers won the overall rebounding battle, 39-29. Individually, Shafford led Southern Indiana with 14 points while Raley posted 13 points.

Purdue shot 58 percent (34-59) from the floor, making nine threes, and was 78 percent (18-23) at the free-throw line. The Boilermakers had four players register double-digit scoring.

With Sunday’s loss, USI moved to 3-2 on the season while Purdue improved a .500 mark of 3-3.

Southern Indiana will return to Screaming Eagles Arena Friday for a 7 p.m. matchup against Murray State University. Friday’s game will be available on ESPN+.



The Valpo volleyball program returns to the postseason for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last six years, as the Beacons learned they had earned an at-large bid to the 2023 National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Sunday evening. Valpo will make the trip to Greeley, Colo. for the tournament’s first two rounds and will face host Northern Colorado on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT.

Valpo earns the postseason berth — the seventh in head coach Carin Avery’s tenure at the helm of the program — on the strength of an 18-14 record this season. The Beacons finished with a 10-8 record in the always-challenging MVC slate, as they have now finished in the top half of the Valley standings in each of their seven years in the MVC — the only MVC program to accomplish that feat.

This marks Valpo’s fourth appearance in the NIVC since the tournament was revived in 2017. Valpo first earned an NIVC berth in 2018 and won each of its first two matches to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. The 2021 season brought a memorable run on the Beacons’ home court at the ARC, as Valpo won each of its first four tournament matches — all in straight sets — to advance all the way to the NIVC title match. Last season, Valpo earned an NIVC bid as well and fell in the first round at Ohio.

Northern Colorado carries a 17-11 overall record into the NIVC and went 12-4 in Big Sky regular season action before falling in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament to Eastern Washington. The Bears, whose RPI as of Monday was 102, and Beacons shared just one regular season opponent — UNC beat Bradley in four sets in early-season tournament action, while Valpo took down the Braves in five sets in both matchups in MVC play.

The winner of the first-round matchup between Valpo and Northern Colorado will take on the first-round victor between Wyoming and South Dakota in Greeley on Friday evening at 7 p.m. CT.



Drake (5-1, 0-0 MVC)

at Valparaiso (4-2, 0-0 MVC)

Game No. 7 – Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. CT

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

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will open up Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday night as the Beacons host Drake in head coach Roger Powell Jr.’s first-ever league game at the helm of a program. Valpo will continue a home-heavy stretch by playing its sixth home game in the season’s first seven contests and its third straight at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the defending MVC champions come to town. Valpo is seeking a third straight victory, its fourth win in five games and its fifth victory in the season’s first seven contests.

Last Time Out: Valpo led wire-to-wire in Saturday’s 71-59 triumph over Southern at the ARC, surviving several pushes where the Jaguars whittled what had been a 15-point gap all the way down to one. Each time, the Beacons had the answer to stay ahead, and the hosts hit their free throws over the final minute to pull away in the last nonconference game before league action tips off. Cooper Schwieger and Isaiah Stafford shared game-high honors with 17 points apiece, while Stafford finished one rebound shy of a double-double.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – The Valley on ESPN+ Exclusive – Telly Hughes (play-by-play) and Adam Emmenecker (analyst)

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

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (4-2) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: Drake holds a slight 10-8 lead in an all-time series that began in 1944-45. The Bulldogs have won four straight head-to-head matchups and six of the last seven. Drake has won eight of the 12 collisions that have occurred since Valpo joined The Valley. Valpo lost 85-82 in double overtime in the most recent showdown on Feb. 4 of last season.

Valpo in Valley Openers

This marks the second time in three years that these two teams have lifted the lid on conference play by locking horns as Valpo visited Drake to start the 2021-2022 MVC slate.

This marks the first time Valpo has played a conference game in the month of November since joining Division-I in 1978-79.

Valpo is 1-5 in league openers since joining The Valley. The Beacons have dropped the last four MVC openers after a half-court buzzer-beater by Markus Golder helped Valpo start the 2018-19 conference campaign with a 58-56 home win over Illinois State.

Valpo vs. Valley Favorites

Valpo will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak against teams picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference on Wednesday.

The Beacons are 2-10 against the MVC preseason favorite in regular-season matchups since joining the league.

The most recent win over a league favorite occurred on Feb. 13, 2021 at UNI.

Date                Opponent       Results           Score

2/4/23              Drake              L                      85-82(ot)

12/29/22          at Drake          L                      68-63

2/23/22            Drake              L                      71-65

12/2/21            at Drake          L                      73-66

2/14/21            at UNI             L                      74-60

2/13/21            at UNI             W                    70-57

2/25/20            Missouri St     W                    89-74

1/23/20            at Missouri St L                      67-60

2/10/19            Loyola             L                      56-51

1/15/19            at Loyola         L                      71-54

1/17/18            at Missouri St L                      64-57

12/31/17          Missouri St     L                      67-50

Starting Strong

At 4-2, Valpo owns its best record through the first six games of the season since also starting 4-2 in 2019-20, a year where the team went on to play in the MVC title game.

With a win on Wednesday over Drake, Valpo would own five victories in the first seven games of the season for the first time since starting 8-0 in 2017-18.

With a win on Wednesday, Valpo would own a three-game winning streak, which would tie for the program’s longest since the start of the 2019-20 season.

Home-Heavy Start

Valpo will close out a stretch of three straight home games and six of its first seven at the ARC on Wednesday.

After this game, the Beacons will hit the road for three straight.

Valpo started the season with three straight home games, the first time it has done so since 2016-17.

This marks the most home games (six) that Valpo has had in the first seven games of a season since the 1969-70 season, when the Beacons traveled to Air Force and had home games against Saint Procopius, No. 10 Notre Dame, Whittier, Pacific Lutheran, Gustavus Adolphus and South Alabama over the first seven contests.

Valpo has owned a record of .500 or better at home in 31 straight seasons.

Team Trends

Valpo has held its opponents to 33 percent or lower from 3-point range in all six games this season.

The Beacons have had 15 or more free-throw attempts in each of their six games.

Valpo has won the turnover battle in five of the team’s six games this season including four straight and each of the team’s four victories.

Valpo ranks second in the conference and 42nd nationally in turnover margin per game at +4.2.

The Beacons rank second in the league and 27th nationally in blocks per game at 5.5.

In each of Valpo’s six games this season, the team that has shot 3s at a higher percentage has won the game.

Positive Strides

Jerome Palm has scored 42 points in the first six games this season. He is one basket away from tying or surpassing his 23-game point total from last season of 44.

Jaxon Edwards has scored 52 points in six games for Valpo this season. Last season, he totaled six points in 11 games while playing at Murray State.

Sherman Weatherspoon IV had season highs in points (eight) and rebounds (six) on Nov. 25 vs. Southern. He had three total rebounds for the season in his first five games and none over his previous three before tallying six against the Jaguars. He entered the game 2-for-14 from 3-point range but went 2-for-4 against Southern.

Darius DeAveiro has 19 points over his last two games after he totaled seven over the first four games of the season including two points over his previous three games before this two-game stretch. He’s had five assists or more in four of his six games.

Cooper Schwieger has scored a dozen points or more in three straight including a season-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the Nov. 25 win over Southern. He has seven or more rebounds in four games this season and is 4-of-6 from 3 over the last two games after going 2-of-9 from long range in the first four contests.

Isaiah Stafford is averaging 17.5 points per game this season after averaging 8.8 in 2021-22 at Southern Indiana before playing JUCO ball last year.

Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 25: Valpo 71, Southern 59

Isaiah Stafford and Cooper Schwieger had 17 points apiece to share game-high honors while also serving as the team’s top two rebounders.

Stafford squeezed nine caroms to pace the team in that area followed by Schwieger with seven and Weatherspoon with six.

Schwieger’s 17 points outdid his previous season best of 13, which came last time out on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois. The freshman has tallied 12 points or more in three straight and has scored at least eight points in each of his six contests.

Stafford tied a season-high with seven made free throws and got to the stripe regularly with a season-high 11 attempts.

With 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Stafford joined the short list of Valpo players who have achieved that combination in a game in the last decade – Ben Krikke, Javon Freeman-Liberty (x3), Tevonn Walker, Alec Peters (5x), Shane Hammink and Ryan Broekhoff (6x in his career).

Darius DeAveiro tallied eight points and handed out a team-high five assists.

This marked Valpo’s most lopsided victory against a Division-I opponent since Jan. 28, 2023, an 81-69 win over Evansville.

Valpo tied a season high with 18 made free throws, the third time this year that the team has converted exactly 18 freebies. The team shot 70 percent or better at the charity stripe in each of the last five contests.

Valpo did a good job on the defensive glass, allowing just seven Southern offensive rebounds, the first time this season a Beacon opponent had fewer than 10.

Scouting the Bulldogs

Preseason favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference, collecting 24 first-place votes and 558 points to outdo UNI (19 first-place votes / 524 points) for the top spot.

Led by MVC Preseason Player of the Year Tucker DeVries, the son of head coach Darian DeVries.

Coming off a 77-71 win over Texas Southern on Saturday night.

Lone loss came to Stephen F. Austin 92-68.

Will be playing their first true road game of the season on Wednesday.

Lost to Miami 63-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season after blitzing Bradly 77-51 in the MVC title game to take the conference tournament crown.



EMPORIA, Kan. – The UIndy men’s basketball team nearly knocked off No. 24 Emporia State on Sunday afternoon before dropping a 82-72 decision.

The Hornets finished the game on a 17-6 to seal the victory over the Greyhounds, who led 66-65 with five minutes left.

Jesse Bingham led the team in scoring with 17 points, while four others finished with nine.


In what will prove to be one of the best back-and-forth games of the season, the Hounds and Hornets needed all 40 minutes to decide the victor.

David Ejah kept the momentum alive late in the second half with consecutive buckets, including a 3-pointer from the corner to give UIndy a 63-62 lead late.

The host Hornets opened an 8-0 run before a Paul Zilinskas and-1 kept the Hounds’ hopes alive. Emporia State continued to work around the UIndy defense in the final minutes, drilling its last four field goal attempts and sinking 5-of-7 from the charity stripe.

UIndy refused to go away in the first half, with Josiah Tynes hitting a 3-pointer from the left wing to beat the buzzer and knot the game at 38 heading into the break.


– Sean Craig recorded four points and four rebounds in 14+ minutes off the bench.

– UIndy held Emporia State to just 6-of-19 from 3-point land, which came in shooting nearly 39 percent from deep this season.

– The Greyhounds were whistled for 26 fouls compared to the Hornets’ 14 and, as a result, attempted 13 fewer free throws.

– The Hornets committed 11 thefts on Sunday, while forcing 16 Greyhound turnovers.

– Due to early foul trouble, Kendrick Tchoua was limited to just over 16 minutes of action; however, the senior center was +6 when on the floor for the Hounds.


Sunday marked the first meeting between UIndy and Emporia State … Atavian Butler led Emporia State with 22 points … Zac Szul followed up his game-winner from Wednesday with a solid nine points and four assists in 21+ minutes.


Head coach Paul Corsaro on the loss…

“They’re one of the best teams in the country. I think we can be, but the reason we’re not yet is our guys have to buy in to being more disciplined down the stretch and pay a little more attention to detail. All of our guys gave us something, but at the end of the day we have to execute down the stretch.”


The Greyhounds open GLVC play on Thursday against Southwest Baptist. Tip at Nicoson Hall is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston134.7657-06-47-112-38-21 W
Philadelphia115.6881.56-35-24-18-46-41 W
New York97.5633.54-35-40-27-47-31 L
Brooklyn88.5004.55-43-40-37-75-52 W
Toronto89.4715.05-43-50-45-85-51 L
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee125.7068-14-42-110-57-32 W
Indiana96.6002.06-43-24-17-66-41 W
Cleveland98.5293.04-55-31-25-46-41 W
Chicago513.2787.54-61-72-24-82-84 L
Detroit214.1259.51-61-81-42-80-1013 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando125.7067-25-31-17-28-27 W
Miami107.5882.04-16-63-07-67-32 L
Atlanta88.5003.53-55-33-26-74-61 L
Charlotte510.3336.03-62-43-35-83-71 L
Washington214.1259.51-61-81-51-131-99 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota124.7507-15-32-08-28-21 W
Oklahoma City115.6881.05-46-11-15-48-21 L
Denver116.6471.58-03-62-19-45-51 W
Utah511.3137.04-41-71-35-83-71 W
Portland412.2508.02-52-71-22-81-91 L
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix116.6474-47-22-28-58-27 W
Sacramento96.6001.04-15-52-28-67-31 W
LA Lakers107.5881.07-23-53-28-57-31 W
Golden State89.4713.03-65-32-27-73-71 W
LA Clippers78.4673.05-22-60-16-64-61 W
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas106.6254-26-43-15-45-51 L
Houston86.5711.08-10-52-17-57-32 W
New Orleans98.5291.56-43-42-27-75-51 L
Memphis313.1887.00-83-51-33-103-74 L
San Antonio314.1767.51-82-61-23-100-1012 L


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins830.7270.03392515-0-03-3-06-2-03-1-02 W
Buffalo Bills660.5002.53282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets470.3644.01632382-4-02-3-02-6-01-3-04 L
New England Patriots290.1826.01482481-5-01-4-02-4-02-2-04 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs830.7270.02561814-2-04-1-06-1-03-1-01 W
Denver Broncos650.5452.02462804-3-02-2-03-4-01-2-05 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.52022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
Los Angeles Chargers470.3644.02692582-4-02-3-02-4-01-1-03 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers740.6361.51822054-2-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 W
Cleveland Browns740.6361.52392095-1-02-3-05-3-03-2-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals560.4553.52122423-3-02-3-01-6-00-4-03 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars830.7270.02542253-3-05-0-06-2-04-1-02 W
Indianapolis Colts650.5452.02692682-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-03 W
Houston Texans650.5452.02592324-2-02-3-03-3-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans470.3644.01852244-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-01 W
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1010.9090.03102465-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-05 W
Dallas Cowboys830.7272.03471855-0-03-3-05-3-03-1-03 W
New York Giants480.3336.51592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders480.3336.52463501-4-03-4-02-7-00-5-03 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers830.7270.03101704-1-04-2-06-1-03-0-03 W
Seattle Seahawks650.5452.02292494-2-02-3-05-3-01-3-02 L
Los Angeles Rams560.4553.02322342-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2100.1676.52063212-4-00-6-02-6-00-4-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions830.7270.02942584-2-04-1-05-2-02-1-01 L
Minnesota Vikings650.5452.02532302-3-04-2-06-2-02-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers560.4553.02312243-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-02 W
Chicago Bears380.2735.02302862-3-01-5-02-5-00-3-01 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons560.4550.02132324-2-01-4-04-4-03-0-01 W
New Orleans Saints560.4550.02292222-2-03-4-02-4-01-2-02 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers470.3641.02122272-3-02-4-03-4-01-1-02 L
Carolina Panthers1100.0914.01732921-4-00-6-00-7-00-2-04 L


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Boston Bruins201433311369507-1-17-2-25-3-2
Florida Panthers201271251258557-3-05-4-17-3-0
Detroit Red Wings201163251174607-3-24-3-15-3-2
Tampa Bay Lightning211065251078746-2-34-4-25-3-2
Toronto Maple Leafs19106323867665-4-05-2-35-3-2
Buffalo Sabres21910220959705-5-04-5-24-4-2
Montreal Canadiens21910220759755-6-04-4-24-6-0
Ottawa Senators1688016760546-6-02-2-05-5-0
Metropolitan Division
New York Rangers191531311466456-1-09-2-18-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes201280241167677-2-05-6-06-4-0
Philadelphia Flyers211191231064585-5-06-4-16-4-0
Washington Capitals17105222843487-4-13-1-17-2-1
New York Islanders2086622752624-3-44-3-23-4-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2010100201063525-6-05-4-06-4-0
New Jersey Devils1999119967704-5-15-4-03-7-0
Columbus Blue Jackets22612416662774-6-12-6-32-7-1
Western Conference
Central Division
Colorado Avalanche201460281376587-2-07-4-07-3-0
Dallas Stars191252261166575-4-17-1-15-4-1
Winnipeg Jets201262261271596-3-16-3-18-2-0
St. Louis Blues201181231060626-3-05-5-16-4-0
Nashville Predators2010100201067647-4-03-6-06-4-0
Arizona Coyotes2099220765634-4-05-5-24-5-1
Minnesota Wild19510414457773-4-22-6-22-6-2
Chicago Blackhawks19613012649702-6-04-7-03-7-0
Pacific Division
Vegas Golden Knights211452301169508-2-16-3-14-5-1
Los Angeles Kings191333291376474-3-39-0-08-1-1
Vancouver Canucks221471291488567-1-17-6-05-5-0
Seattle Kraken2289521762784-6-14-3-44-3-3
Calgary Flames21810319862743-3-15-7-25-3-2
Anaheim Ducks21912018958734-8-05-4-02-8-0
Edmonton Oilers20712115766744-4-13-8-05-5-0
San Jose Sharks21415210434894-6-20-9-04-5-1


Heisman Awards

November 27, 1940 – Tom Harmon becomes the first Michigan player to ever win the Heisman Trophy Award. The running back of the Wolverines was the 6th player to win  the trophy named in honor of the legendary coach John Heisman.

November 27, 1943 – U.S. Marine Boot Camp – Angelo Bertelli is handed a telegram in boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina informing him that he had just won the Heisman Trophy for 1943. Bertelli had just completed playing football as the QB of Notre Dame. He was the first Notre Dame player to win the coveted award per the Irish Legends web page. 

News from 1954 through 1956

November 27, 1954 – Birmingham, Alabama – In the 19th Iron Bowl it was those Auburn Tigers who came out on top over theCrimson Tide of Alabama 28-0.

November 27, 1956 – The 1957 NFL Draft took place and it was Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung who was the first pick by Green Bay Packers.

November 27, 1960 – New AFL teams in the heat of battle as the Buffalo Bills tie the Denver Broncos at 38-38. The Democrat and Chronicle fills us in on the details,  that the Bills found a way to blow a 31-point third-quarter lead and were fortunate to hold on for a 38-38 tie when the defense stopped the Broncos’ last drive and Denver settled for Gene Mingo’s 19-yard tying field goal with four seconds remaining. Bills coach Buster Ramsey was quoted as saying;  “For the first three quarters I watched the greatest display of defensive football I’ve seen in the league this year. Every man had almost perfect execution on every play. Then, for reasons that I cannot put a finger on, the whole thing collapsed.”

1966 Draft and an Iron Bowl memory

November 27, 1965 – 1966 NFL Draft was held on this day and the number one pick was Tommy Nobis from University of Texas who was picked by the Atlanta Falcons. The franchise had come into existence on June 30 earlier in the same year per ESPN.com.  https://www.espn.com/blog/sportscenter/post/_/id/62824/this-day-in-sportsthe-city-of-atlanta-gets-its-nfl-wings

November 27, 1965 – Birmingham – Alabama outplays Auburn 30-3 in 30th Iron Bowl. 

Washington High Score

November 27, 1966 – D.C.Stadium, Washington – In highest-scoring NFL game with the teams combining for 113 points, the Washington Redskins out raced the New York Giants in a track meet game of 72-41 per a Washington Post story on the event. The Washington club scored 10 touchdowns in the contest and picked off 5 Giants passes to help the team get over the 70 point threshold.

Iron Bowl Blitz

November 27, 1971 – Birmingham – The 36th Iron Bowl was somewhat of a one sided affair as Tide washed out the Tigers 31-7.

November 27, 1976 – Birmingham – Alabama dominated Auburn 38-7 in the 41st edition of the Iron Bowl Game.

November 27, 1982 – Legion Field, Birmingham – “Bo Over the Top” The 47th Iron Bowl was one that maybe best defines the Auburn/Alabama rivalry. The Bleacher Report put together a nice article on the game that has all the details but here are the highlights according to their story. The setting before the game is that Alabama had basically owned the series for about 25 seasons with Bear Bryant at the helm of the Tide. The Crimson squad seemed poised to chalk up another “W” for their seasoned coach as they outgained the Tigers 507 to 257 total yards in Bryant’s final Iron Bowl before his untimely passing in the upcoming offseason. The stats don’t tell the whole story though unless you look at a young Tigers halfback named Bo Jackson, who racked up 144 yards and a TD near then end to seal a 23-22 Auburn victory over their rivals. This was Auburn’s first win in the Iron Bowl in 10 years! Bo Knows how to break streaks!

November 27, 1987 – Legion Field, Birmingham – In their annual SEC matchup it was the Auburn Tigers who blanked the Crimson Tide of Alabama 10-0 in the 52nd Iron Bowl thanks to onthisday.com for this info.

Turkey Day fun for Sanders

November 27, 1997 – The Silverdome, Detroit, Michigan – After falling behind 17-3, the Detroit Lions scored a Motor City Thanksgiving Day record 55 points against the Bears according to the undefeated.com. The Lions really roared to life in the second half when erupted for 38 points to help lead them to a 55-20 victory over their opponents from the Windy City. Lions’ Barry Sanders on the day rushed 19 times for 167 yards and 3 scores as he forgot about the turkey and feasted on the Bears defense on the national day of thanks!

74th Iron Bowl

November 27, 2009 – Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama – The version number 74 of the Iron Bowl kept fans on the edge of their seats. According to ESPN.com, the second ranked Tide took the lead with 1:24 left in the contest and thwarted a late Tigers charge to escape with a 26-21 come from behind victory. 

Lou Holtz Hired

November 27, 1985 – South Bend, Indiana- The University of Notre Dame named Lou Holtz as its 25th coach per the Irish Legends web page.  Holtz had a great run as the headman of the Irish from 1986 through the 1996 season as he led them to a 100-32-2 record as he coached more ND football games than anyone in history. His win total was second only to the great Knute Rockne. Under his guidance the Golden Domers played in 9 New Year’s Day bowl games, finished in the top 6 of the AP rankings five times and went undefeated and claimed the National Championship plus earned the Coach of the Year Award from more than a few sources. http://www.irishlegends.com/Pages/calendar/11.asp  https://und.com/coach/lou-holtz/

HOF Birthdays

Dexter Very

November 27, 1889 – Fairdale, Pennsylvania  – Dexter Very the prolific Penn State University End was born. During the 1912 season according to footballfoundation.com, Dexter scored 9 touchdowns in 8 games as he carried an average gain of 13 plus yards on every run around end. The National Football Foundation selected Dexter Very to enter into the College Football hall of Fame in 1976.

Johnny Blood

November 27, 1903 – Johnny Blood McNally was a larger than life player who played running back in the NFL for the Packers from 1929 through 1933, took 1934 off then returned in 1935 and 1936. Johnny also played for the Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pottsville Maroons. He attended college at St,. John’s of Minnesota and played football there in 1921 and 1922. According to a story on Packers.com Johnny adopted the alias Johnny Blood while playing sandlot football and turned it into one of the most magical names in sports. There are also reports that the alias “Blood” was denoted from a popular Rudolph Valentino movie title “ Blood and Sand.” It also was a fitting name for one of the game’s most colorful and eccentric players. Most important, Blood was pro football’s first big playmaker. Like most of the Packers’ great backs of the Iron Man Era, Blood was a proficient receiver, runner, passer, punter and defender. Johnny Blood was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

Ken O’Brien

November 27, 1960 – Ken O’Brien the quarterback who played for both UC Davis and Sacramento State was born. After the 1982 Season he was voted as a Division II All-American at his position and per the NFF ranked No. 2 in total offense and No. 3 in passing efficiency in DII. Ken’s 23 TD passes in just 10 games and his .611 completion led his Cal Davis team to a perfect 10-0 record until they lost in the National Division II final to Southwest Texas. The NFF Board of voters inducted Ken O’Brien into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Ken had a brilliant eleven year NFL career with the Jets and the Eagles.

Frank Sheptock

November 27, 1963 – Shamokin, Pennsylvania – Frank Sheptock the linebacker from Bloomsburg came into this life. Sheptock was a 3 time All-American with the Bloomsburg Huskies of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Frank Sheptock was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

OL -Larry Allen

November 27, 1971 – Larry Allen began his college football career at Butte Junior College in Oroville, California before transferring to Sonoma State, a Division II school near San Francisco according to the profootballhof.com website bio on him. The stock rose high enough that the Dallas Cowboys in the 1994 NFL Draft picked Larry with their second round pick, number 46 overall of the draft. Larry had versatility and this was proven as he played every position on the Cowboys line in his 12 seasons with the team except center. Larry played 14 seasons overall in the NFL as he spent a couple in San Francisco and in that span he played in 11 Pro Bowls and had seven straight All-Pro Seasons. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Larry Allen in 2013.


98 – 5 – 7 – 9 – 60 – 21 – 29 – 20

November 27, 1940 – 6th Heisman Trophy Award went to Michigan’s legendary halfback, Number 98, Tom Harmon.

November 27, 1941 – New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio was named AL MVP, for the 2nd time

November 27, 1947 – Joe DiMaggio, Number 5 of the New York Yankees, won his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by 1 vote

November 27, 1953 – Cleveland Indians 3rd baseman, Number 7, Al Rosen was unanimously named AL’s MVP

November 27, 1956 – 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung, Number 5 from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers

November 27, 1960 – Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings Number 9, became 1st NHL skater to score 1,000 points

November 27, 1961 – Gordie Howe became the 1st player in NHL history to play in 1,000 NHL games

November 27, 1965 – 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis, Number 60 from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons

November 27, 1974 –  St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Number 21, Bake McBride wins NL Rookie of Year

November 27, 1985 – St Louis Cardinals Number 29, Vince Coleman won the NL Rookie of Year

November 27, 1994 – CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: BC Lions beat Baltimore FC, 26-23; first-ever championship in pro football history featuring a US v Canada matchup; Lions win on last second Number 5, Lui Passaglia field-goal

November 27, 1997 – Lions’ Number 20, Barry Sanders becomes NFL’s 2nd all-time rusher


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Buffalo at NY Rangers7:00pmMSG-BUF
Boston at Columbus7:00pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Colorado9:00pmBally Sports
Vegas at Calgary9:30pmScripps
Washington at San Jose10:30pmMNMT
Oakland at Xavier6:30pmFS1
Western Illinois at Wisconsin7:00pmBTN
New Hampshire at UConn7:00pmCBSSN
Manhattan at Fordham7:00pmSNY
Troy at Eastern Kentucky7:00pmESPN+
Springfield at Bryant7:00pmESPN+
UMBC at Hampton7:00pmFloSports
Presbyterian at Elon7:00pmFloSports
Saint Peter’s at Rutgers7:00pmBTN+
Utah Tech at Lindenwood8:00pmESPN+
Houston Christian at TCU8:00pmESPN+
Northern Illinois at Northwestern8:00pmBTN+
Mount Marty at South Dakota State8:00pmSummit
Arkansas Baptist at UAPB8:00pmYouTube
Loyola New Orleans at Louisiana8:30pmESPN+
York at Omaha8:30pmSummit
Navajo Tech at Weber State9:00pmESPN+
Eastern Washington at Washington State10:00pmPAC12N
Point Loma Nazarene at San Diego State10:00pmMWN
UC Santa Barbara at Fresno State10:00pmMWN
Utah at Saint Mary’s11:00pmESPNU
North Dakota State at San Jose State11:00pmMWN
Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Lecce12:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Bologna vs Torino2:45pmParamount+
EPL: Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers3:00pmUSA
La Liga: Girona vs Athletic Club3:00pmESPN+
Primera División: Estudiantes vs Lanús5:00pmParamount+
Primera División: San Lorenzo vs Central Córdoba SdE5:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Goiás vs Cruzeiro6:00pmParamount+
Primera División: Newell’s Old Boys vs Defensa y Justicia7:30pmParamount+
Primera División: Racing Club vs Belgrano7:30pmParamount+
Duquesne vs Bowling Green7:00pmESPN+
Howard Payne vs Houston Christian7:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville State vs UAB7:00pmESPN+
Marshall vs Wright State7:00pmESPN+
Southern Wesleyan vs Wofford7:00pmESPN+
Xavier vs Miami (OH)7:00pmESPN+
Dickinson State vs Montana9:00pmESPN+
Long Beach State vs Pepperdine9:00pmESPN+