BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES FRIDAY
ALEXANDRIA 45 BLACKFORD 40
ANDREAN 49 MISHAWAKA 41
ANGOLA 55 GARRETT 36
AVON 68 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 55
BARR-REEVE 47 SPRINGS VALLEY 18
BATESVILLE 52 LAWRENCEBURG 48
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 71 COLUMBUS EAST 38
BEN DAVIS 57 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 53
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 67 INDIANAPOLIS RITTER 49
BLOOMINGTON NORTH 79 MOORESVILLE 48
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 63 SOUTHPORT 55
BLUFFTON 68 LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 40
BOONVILLE 52 TECUMSEH 21
BREBEUF JESUIT 70 INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE 31
BREMEN 62 NEW PRAIRIE 32
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 51 SCOTTSBURG 37
CARROLL (FLORA) 68 CASTON 62 OT
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 78 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 50
CHARLESTOWN 70 CLARKSVILLE 48
CHICAGO BLOOM (ILL.) 59 HAMMOND NOLL 55
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 40 ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 31
CHURUBUSCO 60 SOUTH ADAMS 45
CLAY CITY 63 BLOOMFIELD 46
CLINTON PRAIRIE 65 DELPHI 41
CONCORD 38 PENN 35
COVINGTON 57 ATTICA 16
COWAN 52 BLUE RIVER 45
CROTHERSVILLE 60 LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN 47
DALEVILLE 80 CENTERVILLE 75
DANVILLE 55 SOUTHMONT 49
DECATUR CENTRAL 61 INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI 50
DELTA 54 YORKTOWN 52
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 60 MUNSTER 52
EASTERN (PEKIN) 60 CRAWFORD COUNTY 46
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 48 MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) 47
EVANSVILLE HARRISON 85 CASTLE 66
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 44 EVANSVILLE REITZ 41 OT
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 53 JASPER 37
EVANSVILLE NORTH 55 GIBSON SOUTHERN 37
FOREST PARK 43 LOOGOOTEE 40
FORT WAYNE LUERS 74 FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 48
FORT WAYNE NORTH 61 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 58 OT
FORT WAYNE WAYNE 59 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 44
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 69 RIVERTON PARKE 31
FRANKLIN COUNTY 33 RUSHVILLE 29
FRANKLIN 47 GREENWOOD 33
FRANKTON 59 EASTBROOK 42
FREMONT 62 HAMILTON 26
GARY WEST 64 HAMMOND CENTRAL 59
GREENCASTLE 49 SOUTH PUTNAM 35
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 58 NEW PALESTINE 54
GRIFFITH 67 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 54
HAMMOND MORTON 61 BOWMAN ACADEMY 57
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) 62 LAFAYETTE JEFF 61
HEBRON 76 TRI-TOWNSHIP 30
HENRYVILLE 65 AUSTIN 56
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 53 INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD 42
HERITAGE HILLS 71 NORTH POSEY 68 2OT
HOMESTEAD 62 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 48
INDIAN CREEK 71 CLOVERDALE 34
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS 59 WARREN CENTRAL 56 OT
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 52 CASCADE 31
INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN 68 EMINENCE 43
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY 61 INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON 56
JAC-CEN-DEL 49 SHAWE MEMORIAL 41
JENNINGS COUNTY 73 EAST CENTRAL 65
KIPP INDY LEGACY 59 PURDUE POLY NORTH 40
KNIGHTSTOWN 54 CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 44
KOKOMO 59 MCCUTCHEON 34
LAVILLE 69 WINAMAC 55
LAKE CENTRAL 59 CULVER ACADEMY 24
LAWRENCE CENTRAL 61 ZIONSVILLE 56 OT
LEBANON 60 WESTERN BOONE 52
LINTON-STOCKTON 60 MITCHELL 48
MADISON-GRANT 53 ELWOOD 33
MISHAWAKA MARIAN 65 PLYMOUTH 27
MISSISSINEWA 47 OAK HILL 45
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) 44 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 42
MUNCIE CENTRAL 46 LOGANSPORT 37
NEW ALBANY 88 FLOYD CENTRAL 73
NOBLESVILLE 59 CARMEL 34
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) 68 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 49
NORTH DAVIESS 55 NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 40
NORTH DECATUR 67 EDINBURGH 59
NORTH JUDSON 50 ROCHESTER 45
NORTH NEWTON 58 HIGHLAND 47
NORTH VERMILLION 70 TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 49
NORTHEASTERN 56 EASTERN HANCOCK 52
NORTHWESTERN 44 TAYLOR 42
ORLEANS 61 NORTHEAST DUBOIS 27
OWEN VALLEY 88 BROWN COUNTY 72
PAOLI 32 WEST WASHINGTON 29
PARK TUDOR 59 PARKE HERITAGE 40
PERU 72 SOUTHWOOD 59
PIKE 57 BROWNSBURG 50
PLAINFIELD 75 MARTINSVILLE 52
PRINCETON 60 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 49
PROVIDENCE 51 LANESVILLE 12
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD 56 INDIANAPOLIS HERRON 9
RENSSELAER CENTRAL 65 NORTH WHITE 24
RICHMOND 82 MARION 62
ROSSVILLE 60 FRONTIER 24
SEEGER 50 NORTH MONTGOMERY 45
SETON CATHOLIC 61 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 53
SEYMOUR 40 JEFFERSONVILLE 39
SHAKAMAK 59 NORTH KNOX 53
SHENANDOAH 33 TRI 30
SHERIDAN 63 CLINTON CENTRAL 48
SILVER CREEK 68 NORTH HARRISON 32
SOUTH BEND ADAMS 51 ELKHART 40
SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH) 65 BORDEN 64
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 55 KOUTS 49
SOUTH DEARBORN 47 MADISON 44
SOUTH DECATUR 60 MILAN 54
SOUTH RIPLEY 61 HAUSER 47
SOUTH VERMILLION 65 EDGEWOOD 52
SOUTHRIDGE 43 SOUTH KNOX 34
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) 81 NEW WASHINGTON 54
SPEEDWAY 68 MONROVIA 62
SULLIVAN 51 NORTH PUTNAM 37
SWITZERLAND COUNTY 65 RISING SUN 50
TELL CITY 60 EVANSVILLE DAY 53
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 47 MORGAN TWP. 44
TIPTON 70 WESTERN 53
TRI-CENTRAL 83 EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 73 OT
TRI-WEST 52 FRANKFORT 49
TRINITY LUTHERAN 72 SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE) 58
TRITON CENTRAL 50 GREENSBURG 38
TRITON 56 PIONEER 47
TWIN LAKES 47 TRI-COUNTY 37
UNION COUNTY 65 HAGERSTOWN 54
VALPARAISO 58 LOWELL 39
VINCENNES LINCOLN 56 SHOALS 29
VINCENNES RIVET 66 WASHINGTON CATHOLIC 36
WABASH 70 MACONAQUAH 55
WALDRON 44 MORRISTOWN 33
WAPAHANI 70 LAPEL 35
WASHINGTON 54 SOUTH SPENCER 40
WES-DEL 90 UNION (MODOC) 33
WEST CENTRAL 57 SOUTH NEWTON 43
WEST LAFAYETTE 64 CRAWFORDSVILLE 62
WEST VIGO 68 NORTHVIEW 60 2OT
WESTVILLE 61 BOONE GROVE 56
WHEELER 53 LAKE STATION 44
WHITELAND 75 PERRY MERIDIAN 42
WINCHESTER 54 UNION CITY 47
WOOD MEMORIAL 57 PERRY CENTRAL 40

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson Prep at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
Batesville at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm
Carmel at Crown Point 7:00 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Castle at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Brownsburg 6:00 pm
Clinton Central at Attica 7:30 pm
Columbus North at Greenwood 1:30 pm
Connersville at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Covenant Christian at Traders Point Christian 7:30 pm
Covington at McCutcheon 7:30 pm
Crawford County at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Crothersville at Borden 6:00 pm
Culver at Knox 8:00 pm
Culver Academy at Hammond Science & Tech 2:30 pm
Daleville at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Delphi at Benton Central 7:30 pm
Demotte Christian at North Newton 8:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Southwood 7:45 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at Clarksville 7:30 pm
Edgewood at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Edon (Ohio) at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
Elwood at Providence Cristo Rey 6:30 pm
Eminence at South Putnam 7:30 pm
Evansville Day at McLean County (Ky.) TBA
Fairfield at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Forest Park at Washington 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Norwell 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Adams Central 2:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Warsaw 5:00 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Lawrence North 7:00 pm
Franklin at Columbus East 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Bloomington North 7:30 pm
Franklin County at South Ripley 7:30 pm
Frankton at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
Fremont at DeKalb 7:30 pm
Frontier at Caston 7:30 pm
Greenfield-Central at Southport 12:30 pm
Hagerstown at Wapahani 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Muncie Central 5:30 pm
Hammond Central at Michigan City 4:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Danville 7:30 pm
Heritage at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills vs. Guerin Catholic 3:40 pm
Indiana Deaf at Cambridge City Lincoln 3:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Greenwood Christian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Evansville Reitz 3:30 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Jay County at New Castle 7:30 pm
John Glenn at Tippecanoe Valley 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Knightstown at Union City 7:45 pm
Kokomo vs. Fishers 8:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at East Chicago Central 3:30 pm
Lapel vs. Muncie Burris 1:30 pm
LaPorte at South Bend Washington 6:30 pm
Logansport at Rochester 7:30 pm
Loogootee at Shoals 7:30 pm
Manchester at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Marion at Wabash 7:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at Kouts 8:00 pm
Medora at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
Merrillville at Andrean 8:00 pm
Milan at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
Monrovia at Clay City 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Mount Carmel (Ill.) at Mount Vernon (Posey) 5:30 pm
New Haven at Homestead 7:30 pm
Noblesville vs. Indianapolis Attucks 5:20 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
North Judson at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
North Knox at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
North Miami at Pioneer 7:30 pm
North Vermillion at Dugger Union 3:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Tell City 8:00 pm
Northfield at Peru 7:45 pm
Northridge at Angola 7:45 pm
Northwestern at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Maconaquah 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at North Putnam 7:30 pm
Perry Central at South Central (Elizabeth) 8:00 pm
Phalen Academy at Bowman Academy 4:00 pm
Pike vs. Yorktown 3:30 pm
Plainfield at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Prairie Heights at Eastside 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Richmond at Talawanda (Ohio) 7:30 pm
River Forest at Hobart 8:00 pm
Robinson (Ill.) at Barr-Reeve 8:00 pm
Rock Creek Academy at North Daviess 7:30 pm
Rossville at Western 7:30 pm
Salem at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Providence 7:30 pm
Shelbyville at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Silver Creek at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Smith Academy at Clinton Christian 2:30 pm
South Bend Career at Hammond Science & Tech 2:00 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Goshen 7:45 pm
South Dearborn at Harrison (Ohio) 7:30 pm
Southmont at Greencastle 7:30 pm
Southridge at Pike Central 7:30 pm
Springs Valley at Lanesville 7:30 pm
St. Francis (Ill.) at Gary 21st Century 8:00 pm
Tipton vs. Delta 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Morristown 7:30 pm
Tri-County at Seeger 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at West Washington 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at North White 7:30 pm
Tri-West at West Lafayette 1:30 pm
Union County at Hauser 7:30 pm
University at Liberty Christian 8:00 pm
Warren Central vs. Center Grove 2:00 pm
Washington Catholic at Shakamak 6:30 pm
Watseka (Ill.) at South Newton 7:00 pm
Wawasee at Whitko 7:45 pm
Wes-Del at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
West Noble at Churubusco 7:30 pm
Western Boone at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Westfield at Bethesda Christian 7:30 pm
Westview at Central Noble 7:30 pm
Westville at Portage 2:30 pm
White River Valley at Wood Memorial 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Leo 7:30 pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

BELLMONT 48 EAST NOBLE 30
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 51 INDIANAPOLIS RITTER 33
BLACKFORD 49 ALEXANDRIA 38
BLUE RIVER 33 COWAN 29
BLUFFTON 47 WOODLAN 44
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 59 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 44
CHESTERTON 64 PORTAGE 40
CHURUBUSCO 51 WEST NOBLE 33
CORYDON CENTRAL 49 SALEM 19
CULVER ACADEMY 49 ARGOS 29
DANVILLE 45 SOUTHMONT 35
EASTBROOK 56 FRANKTON 32
EASTSIDE 65 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 45
ELKHART 46 SOUTH BEND ADAMS 36
FAIRFIELD 54 LAKELAND 31
FISHERS 79 NOBLESVILLE 65
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 65 FORT WAYNE LUERS 50
FORT WAYNE SNIDER 63 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 31
FORT WAYNE SOUTH 72 FORT WAYNE NORTH 57
FRANKLIN 73 GREENWOOD 23
GREENCASTLE 39 SOUTH PUTNAM 37
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 60 NEW PALESTINE 52 OT
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 72 AVON 59
HOMESTEAD 60 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 24
HUNTINGTON NORTH 56 NEW HAVEN 24
INDIAN CREEK 77 CLOVERDALE 18
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS 51 CHRISTEL HOUSE 19
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD 45 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 42
JAY COUNTY 62 ADAMS CENTRAL 26
JOHN GLENN 37 SOUTH BEND RILEY 12
KANKAKEE VALLEY 51 HOBART 32
KNOX 60 OREGON-DAVIS 48
LAKE CENTRAL 59 MICHIGAN CITY 26
LEBANON 49 WESTERN BOONE 35
LEO 47 DEKALB 46 2OT
LOGANSPORT 44 MUNCIE CENTRAL 28
LOWELL 53 MUNSTER 28
MCCUTCHEON 67 KOKOMO 52
MERRILLVILLE 71 LAPORTE 26
NEW PRAIRIE 63 BREMEN 45
NORTHWOOD 56 MISHAWAKA 28
NORTHFIELD 47 SOUTHWOOD 43
NORTHVIEW 54 WEST VIGO 9
NORWELL 45 COLUMBIA CITY 44
PENN 55 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 3
SHELBYVILLE 58 NEW CASTLE 20
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 45 JIMTOWN 36
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 58 SOUTH BEND CLAY 15
SPEEDWAY 49 MONROVIA 44
SULLIVAN 62 NORTH PUTNAM 51
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 58 NORTH MIAMI 47
TRI-CENTRAL 39 EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 30
TRI-WEST 62 FRANKFORT 20
UNIVERSITY 55 MUNCIE BURRIS 38
VALPARAISO 45 CROWN POINT 29
WALDRON 56 MORRISTOWN 47
WAWASEE 29 GOSHEN 20
WEST CENTRAL 59 SOUTH NEWTON 8
WESTVILLE 50 BOONE GROVE 44
WHITING 65 LIGHTHOUSE CPA 2
WHITKO 67 MANCHESTER 58
WINAMAC 46 LAVILLE 30
ZIONSVILLE 50 WESTFIELD 48 OT

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Andrean at Griffith 8:00 pm
Barr-Reeve at Bloomfield 12:30 pm
Benton Central at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Lakeland 6:00 pm
Brownsburg at Bedford North Lawrence 7:30 pm
Brownstown Central at Austin 1:30 pm
Caston at Triton 2:30 pm
Clinton Central at Attica 6:00 pm
Clinton Christian at Elkhart Christian 12:30 pm
Crothersville at Rock Creek Academy 12:00 pm
Culver at Knox 6:00 pm
Culver Academy at Carroll (Flora) 6:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Marquette Catholic 3:30 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Southwood 7:45 pm
Edgewood at Paoli 12:30 pm
Elwood at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Eminence at South Putnam 6:00 pm
Evansville Bosse at Pike Central 1:30 pm
Faith Christian at North Newton 1:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Carmel 1:30 pm
Fort Wayne South at Richmond 7:30 pm
Gary West at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
Goshen at South Bend Adams 1:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Fort Wayne Concordia 1:30 pm
Hammond Morton at Highland ppd.
Hanover Central at River Forest 8:00 pm
Hauser at South Dearborn 1:30 pm
Huntington North at Marion 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Eastern Hancock 2:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Cascade 1:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Bethesda Christian 5:00 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Providence Cristo Rey 12:00 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at New Washington 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Columbus East 1:30 pm
Knightstown at Union City 6:00 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Harrison (West Lafayette) 2:30 pm
Lake Central vs. Chicago Fremd (Ill.) 6:45 pm
Lakeland Christian at Trinity Greenlawn 1:00 pm
Lapel at Tipton 1:30 pm
LaVille at Logansport 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Connersville 7:30 pm
Madison at Seymour 1:30 pm
Martinsville at Whiteland 1:30 pm
Milan at Edinburgh 12:30 pm
Mooresville at Bloomington North 12:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at Kouts 1:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Boonville 1:00 pm
New Albany at Jennings County 1:30 pm
North Vermillion at Dugger Union 2:00 pm
Northridge at Concord 12:30 pm
Notre Dame Academy (Ohio) at Homestead 1:30 pm
Oak Hill at Mississinewa 12:30 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Indiana Deaf 1:00 pm
Parke Heritage at North Putnam 6:00 pm
Parkway (Ohio) at South Adams 1:00 pm
Penn at Merrillville 7:30 pm
Peru at Guerin Catholic 1:00 pm
Pioneer at LaPorte 6:30 pm
Plainfield at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Providence at Borden 2:30 pm
Rochester at Wabash 1:30 pm
Rossville at Tri-County 12:30 pm
Rushville at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Muncie Burris 1:00 pm
Shoals at White River Valley 2:30 pm
South Bend Washington vs. TBA TBA
South Central (Elizabeth) at Southwestern (Hanover) 12:00 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Triton Central 7:30 pm
Sullivan at Brown County 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at Shawe Memorial 7:00 pm
Terre Haute North at North Knox 12:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at Orleans 1:30 pm
Tri-Township at North White 6:00 pm
Union County at South Decatur 1:30 pm
Valparaiso at Whiting 8:00 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville Harrison 2:30 pm
Warsaw at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Washington at Tell City 2:00 pm
Western at Twin Lakes 12:30 pm
Westview at Central Noble 5:00 pm
Wheeler at Lake Station 1:00 pm
Winamac at Demotte Christian 7:30 pm
Winchester at Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 pm
Yorktown at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 10:30 am


Marion County Tournament
Lawrence Central at Pike 10:00 am SF
North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit 11:45 am SF
Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14 7:00 pm 1st


Southern Roads Tournament
Christian Academy Madison vs. Columbus Christian 9:00 am R1
Seven Oaks vs. Pleasant View Christian 10:30 am R1
Lighthouse Christian vs. Cannelton 12:00 pm R1
Winner Game 1 at Medora 1:30 pm SF
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 3:00 pm SF
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 4:30 pm Con
Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 6:00 pm Con
Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 7:30 pm 1st

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES (WILL UPDATE WHEN ALL BOWL ARE COMPLETED)
SATURDAY, DEC. 16
MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. OHIO
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA
11 A.M. | ESPN

CELEBRATION BOWL
FLORIDA A&M VS. HOWARD UNIVERSITY
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ABC

NEW ORLEANS BOWL
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

CURE BOWL
MIAMI (OHIO) VS. APP STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
3:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO BOWL
FRESNO STATE VS. NEW MEXICO STATE
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

LA BOWL
UCLA VS. BOISE STATE
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
TEXAS TECH VS. CAL
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, DEC. 18
BAHAMAS BOWL (TEMPORARILY RENAMED THE FAMOUS TOASTERY BOWL)
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. OLD DOMINION
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA)
2:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 19
FRISCO BOWL
MARSHALL VS. UTSA
FRISCO, TEXAS

9 P.M. | ESPN
THURSDAY, DEC. 21

BOCA RATON BOWL
USF VS. TBD
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
8 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, DEC. 22

GASPARILLA BOWL
TAMPA, FLORIDA
6:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 23
BIRMINGHAM BOWL
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ABC

CAMELLIA BOWL
ARKANSAS STATE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMED FORCES BOWL
AIR FORCE VS. JAMES MADISON
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
3:30 P.M. | ABC

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
GEORGIA STATE VS. UTAH STATE
BOISE, IDAHO
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

68 VENTURES BOWL
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. SOUTH ALABAMA
MOBILE, ALABAMA
7 P.M. | ESPN

LAS VEGAS BOWL
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

HAWAI’I BOWL
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I
10:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 26
QUICK LANE BOWL
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
2 P.M. | ESPN

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
TEXAS STATE VS. RICE
DALLAS, TEXAS
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
KANSAS VS. UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
9 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
MILITARY BOWL
TULANE VS. TBD
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
2 P.M. | ESPN

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
5:30 P.M. | ESPN

HOLIDAY BOWL
NO. 15 LOUISVILLE VS. SOUTHERN CAL
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
8 P.M. ET | FOX

TEXAS BOWL
NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE VS. TEXAS A&M
HOUSTON, TEXAS
9 P.M. | ESPN

THURSDAY, DEC. 28
FENWAY BOWL
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
11 A.M. | ESPN

PINSTRIPE BOWL
THE BRONX, NEW YORK
2:15 P.M. | ESPN

POP-TARTS BOWL
NO. 18 NC STATE VS. NO. 25 KANSAS STATE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
5:45 P.M. | ESPN

ALAMO BOWL
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 14 ARIZONA
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
9:15 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 29
GATOR BOWL
NO. 22 CLEMSON VS. KENTUCKY
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN

TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL
NO. 19 OREGON STATE VS. TBD
EL PASO, TEXAS
2 P.M. | CBS

LIBERTY BOWL
MEMPHIS VS. TBD
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COTTON BOWL
NO. 7 OHIO ST. VS. NO. 9 MISSOURI
DALLAS, TEXAS
8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 30
PEACH BOWL
NO. 10 PENN ST. VS. NO. 11 OLE MISS
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ESPN

MUSIC CITY BOWL
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
2 P.M. | ABC

ORANGE BOWL
NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO. 6 GEORGIA
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA
4 P.M. | ESPN

ARIZONA BOWL
WYOMING VS. TOLEDO
TUCSON, ARIZONA
4:30 P.M. | BARSTOOL

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2024
RELIAQUEST BOWL
NO. 13 LSU VS. WISCONSIN
TAMPA, FLORIDA
12 P.M. | ESPN2

CITRUS BOWL
NO. 17 IOWA VS. NO. 21 TENNESSEE
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
1 P.M. | ABC

FIESTA BOWL
NO. 8 OREGON VS. NO. 23 LIBERTY
GLENDALE, ARIZONA
1 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL
NO. 1 MICHIGAN VS. NO. 4 ALABAMA
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
5 P.M. | ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE SUGAR BOWL
NO. 2 WASHINGTON VS. NO. 3 TEXAS
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
8:45 P.M. | ESPN

MONDAY, JAN. 8
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
HOUSTON, TEXAS
7:30 P.M. | ESPN

WEEK 15
SATURDAY, DEC. 9
ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

NFL
WEEK 14 SCHEDULE
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
DETROIT LIONS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
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HOUSTON 114 DENVER 106
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JAGUARS QB TREVOR LAWRENCE IS CONSIDERED A GAME-TIME DECISION TO PLAY AT CLEVELAND

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s availability for Sunday’s game at Cleveland will be a game-time decision based on how he feels during warmups.

Lawrence was a limited participant in practice for the second consecutive day Friday. He seemed to move around without any issues during the portion open to the media. He was formally listed as questionable to play against the Browns (7-5).

“He’s feeling good,” coach Doug Pederson said. “We will see. … Kind of base it on medical staff, how Trevor feels and if he can go or not.”

Lawrence suffered a high ankle sprain late in Monday night’s 34-31 overtime loss to Cincinnati. He sat out practice Wednesday but said he was feeling much better than expected when left tackle Walker Little accidentally stepped on him during a passing play.

Lawrence threw his helmet in disgust — rookie receiver Parker Washington ran the wrong route, forcing Lawrence to hold the ball longer than he wanted — and refused a cart to take him into the locker room for X-rays.

It’s the second time this season that Lawrence has been injured heading into a short week. He sprained his left knee in Week 6 against Indianapolis, played four days later at New Orleans and has worn a knee brace since.

If he does play against the Browns, he would do so on five days’ rest. Adding to Jacksonville’s injury issues, backup quarterback C.J. Beathard is dealing with an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder. The Jaguars (8-4) also will be without receiver Christian Kirk (groin), Little (hamstring) and rookie tight end Brenton Strange (foot).

Ezra Cleveland, a guard Jacksonville acquired from Minnesota at the trading deadline, has shared repetitions with journeyman Blake Hance at left tackle during practice this week. Cleveland hasn’t played left tackle since his college days at Boise State.

“Repetitions have helped a lot,” Cleveland said. “I’m thankful that they’re putting me out there during practice so that if I do end up playing out there at the game it works out and I’m not just getting thrown into the fire.”

JOSH BYNES RETIRES AFTER 12 NFL SEASONS; FORMER LB WON A SUPER BOWL WITH THE BALTIMORE RAVENS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Linebacker Josh Bynes, who played 12 seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, is retiring.

Bynes, who last played in the NFL when he made seven starts for the Ravens last season, spoke with reporters after Baltimore’s practice Friday. He appeared in 138 regular-season games. He started and finished his career with Baltimore and also played for Detroit, Arizona and Cincinnati.

Bynes played for the Ravens from 2011-13 and was part of the Super Bowl-winning team in 2012. He made the final tackle of that game, with Baltimore up by three and San Francisco desperately trying to return a free kick.

After three seasons with the Lions and two with the Cardinals, Bynes was back with Baltimore in 2019. He then spent a season with the Bengals before returning for his third stint with the Ravens.

WEEK 14 NFL CAPSULES

Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) at Cleveland Browns (7-5): Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said the team is preparing for both Trevor Lawrence (ankle) and C.J. Beathard to play for the Jaguars. Lawrence limped through practice Thursday but has a high-ankle sprain and his mobility would be minimal if he tries to play six days after being injured in the Jaguars’ loss to the Bengals. The Browns have allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL at 260.5, and pass rusher Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward are both playing with shoulder ailments. It’ll likely be Joe Flacco shouldering the load for the Browns at quarterback. He is 1-9 in his past 10 starts but had the Browns driving to take the lead when he threw an interception in Cleveland’s loss at the Rams last week.

Detroit Lions (9-3) at Chicago Bears (4-8): Urgency is being encouraged up and down the Lions’ locker room in the rematch with the Bears, who nearly upset Detroit in the first meeting. The Lions scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes to defeat the Bears 31-26 last month. The Lions subsequently lost to Green Bay and defeated the New Orleans Saints to hold a three-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings and the Packers in the division with five games remaining. They’re nipping at the heels of the Eagles and 49ers in the NFC playoff race, but that push would be deflated by another defeat. Balance is becoming the calling card for the Lions, who are fourth in the NFL in rushing and passing. The Bears haven’t won back-to-back games since 2021.

Carolina Panthers (1-11) at New Orleans Saints (5-7): Two concussions and a rib injury are among the injuries for Saints QB Derek Carr in the past month, and New Orleans weighed turning the offense over to Jameis Winston this week. The Panthers are eliminated from playoff consideration and lost the first meeting to the Saints, 20-17 in Week 2. But New Orleans’ playoff hopes are in peril thanks to three consecutive losses. The Saints were in sole possession of first place in the NFC South before losing to the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago. To remain in the mix, the Saints are in a must-win spot this week. Carolina swept the Saints in 2022.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7) at Atlanta Falcons (6-6): Atlanta can accelerate its march toward its first playoff game since 2017 by sweeping Tampa Bay. The Bucs can pull even in the standings with a victory. The Falcons already own a win over the Bucs — 16-13 on Oct. 22 — who understand the gravity of this NFC South game and the stakes the rest of the season. The Falcons are 3-0 in division games but last won the NFC South in their Super Bowl runner-up season (2016). Quarterback Desmond Ridder is 2-0 against Tampa Bay, beating them in the regular-season finale as a rookie and on Younghoe Koo’s 51-yard field goal earlier this season. He said the Falcons left “meat on the bone” in the three-point win at Tampa this season, a game in which Atlanta didn’t have a healthy Bijan Robinson (illness).

Houston Texans (7-5) at New York Jets (4-8): Any faint prayer for the playoffs rests in the hands of Jets QB Zach Wilson, who bounds back up the depth chart from the No. 3 role in the latest spin of the carousel by head coach Robert Saleh. Houston won for the fourth time in five weeks last Sunday, defeating the Denver Broncos 22-17. After facing the Jets, the Texans play three division games in the final four weeks — including two against the last-place Tennessee Titans. Houston and Indianapolis are tied one game behind Jacksonville in the AFC South entering the home stretch. The Texans are firmly in the wild-card mix and jumped into the No. 7 playoff spot in the AFC thanks to Pittsburgh’s loss to New England on Thursday night.

Indianapolis Colts (7-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-6): Pittsburgh’s loss Thursday pushed the Colts into the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff picture. Cincinnati has pep in its step on the heels of the historic effort from quarterback Jake Browning at Jacksonville. Making just his second career start after Joe Burrow’s season-ending right wrist surgery. Browning completed 32 of 37 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 22 yards and another score, calmly rallying the Bengals from TD deficits of 7-0, 14-7 and 28-21. The Colts won their fourth consecutive game last week, downing the Titans in overtime, and have the Steelers, Falcons and Raiders left on the schedule before hosting Houston in the Week 18 finale.

Los Angeles Rams (6-6) at Baltimore Ravens (9-3): The Rams answered a three-game losing streak with three wins in a row, scoring 37 points at Arizona and 36 last week to beat Cleveland in their highest outputs of the season. Baltimore has only one loss in the past seven games, thriving behind the No. 1 rushing attack (158.6 yards per game) and No. 2 defense (273.2 yards per game). The Ravens lead the NFL with 22 rushing TDs. Baltimore is coming out of the bye week and 12-3 in that situation under coach John Harbaugh. Rookie RB Kyren Williams keys the Rams’ offense, looking like the missing link the past two games in accounting for 317 total yards and three touchdowns. Rams QB Matthew Stafford has also picked up the pace, throwing seven touchdown passes with just one interception in the past two games.

Minnesota Vikings (6-6) at Las Vegas Raiders (5-7): The Vikings welcome back their best offensive player when they visit the Raiders. All-Pro WR Justin Jefferson missed the past seven games because of a hamstring injury that he sustained Oct. 8. The 24-year-old was off to a terrific start to the season before it was interrupted by injury. He hauled in 36 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns and had at least 149 receiving yards in three of those five games. Interim Raiders coach Antonio Pierce is 2-2 since taking over for Josh McDaniels, who was fired on Oct. 31. QB Aidan O’Connell is set to make the sixth start of his rookie campaign. The Purdue product has posted a 76.4 passer rating while completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Seattle Seahawks (6-6) at San Francisco 49ers (9-3): After a 41-35 loss last Thursday at Dallas, the Seahawks face the 49ers for the second time in 17 days. San Francisco won 31-13 at Lumen Field on Thanksgiving night as Christian McCaffrey rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks’ offense got untracked against Dallas, after entering the game with 20 consecutive possessions without a touchdown. Geno Smith threw for 334 yards and three TDs — all to DK Metcalf — and also rushed for a score. But Seattle’s defense allowed 25 or more points for the fourth time in the past five games. The 49ers have won four consecutive games, one shy of their season high. After starting 5-0, they lost three in a row before rebounding following a bye week. Their biggest victory came last Sunday in Philadelphia, when they avenged a defeat in last season’s NFC Championship Game by trouncing the Eagles 42-19, scoring touchdowns on six consecutive possessions. 49ers QB Brock Purdy is 3-0 in his career against the Seahawks, averaging 31 points against the division rival.

Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (8-4): The Bills are making their fifth visit to Kansas City in 34-plus months and sandwiched between playoff disappointments at Arrowhead, Buffalo has won consecutive regular-season games at the raucous road venue. That’s a welcome trend for a team embracing the must-win feel of this game having lost four of its past six games before a bye last week. If the playoffs began today, the Bills aren’t in the postseason picture. For the first time in recent memory there is some doubt about the Chiefs keeping pace with the Bills, who are fifth in the NFL in scoring at 27.3 points per game. The Chiefs suffered losses in three of their past five games and have multiple key injuries to navigate, including the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) and left tackle Donovan Smith (neck stinger). Last Sunday’s 27-19 loss to the host Green Bay Packers marked the fourth time Kansas City scored 21 or fewer points during the five-game stretch. Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 424 yards in an October victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, has been held to 210 or fewer yards in three of the past four games.

Denver Broncos (6-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-7): Los Angeles has no less than five teams to jump over in the season’s final five weeks if it wants to earn an AFC playoff spot. Only the Kansas City Chiefs have a winning record among the Chargers’ final opponents. They have two meetings with Denver, a Thursday night game next week in Las Vegas against the Raiders and a Dec. 23 encounter with the visiting Buffalo Bills. Los Angeles’ defense is going strong behind NFL sack leader Khalil Mack, who has 15 sacks this season, all in the last nine games. Denver saw its five-game winning streak end last week with a 22-17 loss in Houston. The Broncos nearly erased a 16-3 deficit in the third quarter but Russell Wilson tossed his third interception with nine seconds left to deal their playoff chances a major blow.

Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) at Dallas Cowboys (9-3): With an 0-2 record this season against teams that currently have winning records, the Cowboys still have a lot to prove — and gain — against the Eagles in Arlington, Texas. It will be the 130th meeting in the 63-year rivalry and the stakes could not be higher. Dallas is flying high on a four-game winning streak, while Philadelphia comes to Texas trying to shake off an ugly 23-point home loss to San Francisco. The Eagles are clinging to a one-game lead over the Cowboys in the NFC East and in the race for the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs. The 49ers and the Lions are also 9-3. Philadelphia won the first meeting against Dallas 28-23 at home in Week 9. The Eagles also won the signature of free agent linebacker Shaquille Leonard, who agreed to terms with Philadelphia this week after meeting with both teams. Sunday is also a primetime opportunity for quarterbacks Dak Prescott of the Cowboys and Jalen Hurts of the Eagles to perhaps take the lead in the race for NFL Most Valuable Player honors.

Tennessee Titans (4-8) at Miami Dolphins (9-3): Tennessee has two wins since Oct. 1, and the Dolphins have two losses in the same span. The Titans have seven losses in which they scored 16 points or fewer. Miami has a 70-point outing and has put up less than 17 points once in 12 games. The Titans have 20 offensive touchdowns in 2023. The Dolphins have 22 rushing touchdowns and 25 passing touchdowns. The Titans have a healthy Derrick Henry, which gives them a chance to execute a ball-possession plan to limit Miami’s offensive opportunities. Henry was over 100 yards with two touchdowns last week when he was sent to the locker room and didn’t return. Henry insists he’s ready to roll for Monday’s visit to Miami. The Dolphins have won three in a row with 99 total points and have a firm grip on the AFC East.

Green Bay Packers (6-6) at New York Giants (4-8): Tommy DeVito kept the starting QB job even with Tyrod Taylor returning from a rib injury after leading back-to-back wins to give the Giants a reasonable chance to finish with a winning record. New York’s offense isn’t a big-play machine, relying instead on RB Saquon Barkley — 865 yards from scrimmage — and a collection of wide receivers without a lead option since losing TE Darren Waller to a hamstring injury last month. The Packers are a different story with Jordan Love coming up clutch to win three consecutive games, steering Green Bay back into the playoff picture. Green Bay’s third-down offense (44 percent conversions) and the emergence of rookie WR Jayden Reed, one of three Packers’ receivers with five or more TDs, has helped cover in the absence of injured RB Aaron Jones. The Packers last allowed more than 24 points Sept. 28 at Detroit (34-20 loss). The Giants have scored more than 17 points once — 31 at Washington on Nov. 19 — since Sept. 17.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: THUNDER GET PAST WARRIORS IN OT

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 38 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 138-136 overtime win over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Friday.

The Thunder have won three of their last four and nine of their last 12, while the Warriors have dropped 10 of their last 14. Jalen Williams scored 28 points for Oklahoma City on 12-of-15 shooting while Chet Holmgren scored 21.

Oklahoma City jumped out to a 10-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in overtime, before Golden State made one final push, cutting the deficit to two on Stephen Curry’s 3-pointer with 29.7 seconds left.

But Luguentz Dort’s layup on the other end with 10.2 seconds remaining put the game away for good as the Thunder beat the Warriors for the third time in four meetings this season.

Curry led Golden State with 34 points — 10 in overtime.

Mavericks 125, Trail Blazers 112

Luka Doncic recorded 32 points, 10 assists and six rebounds to help Dallas notch a victory at Portland.

Dante Exum scored a season-high 23 points and added seven assists for the Mavericks on a night when Kyrie Irving departed with a right foot injury late in the first half. Irving had 11 points in 13 minutes before exiting.

Anfernee Simons had 30 points and eight assists in his third game of the season for the Trail Blazers. He missed 18 games due to a right thumb injury. Shaedon Sharpe registered 24 points and nine rebounds.

Bulls 121, Spurs 112

Coby White poured in 24 points and hit 5 of 7 attempts from beyond the arc as visiting Chicago came back from a 13-point deficit to beat San Antonio for its fourth straight win.

Chicago won its second road game of the season while the Spurs dropped their 16th straight game overall, tying a dubious team record set last season. Nikola Vucevic added 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulls.

Victor Wembanyama, 19, led the Spurs with 21 points and 20 rebounds, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to have a 20/20 game. Keldon Johnson added 20 points.

Rockets 114, Nuggets 106

Fred VanVleet had 26 points, Jalen Green scored 25 and visiting Houston beat Denver.

Alperen Sengun had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Dillon Brooks scored 16 for the Rockets, who survived a furious rally to earn their first road win of the season.

Nikola Jokic had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Jamal Murray finished with 21 points, Michael Porter Jr. added 20 for the Nuggets, who took their first home loss of the campaign.

76ers 125, Hawks 114

Joel Embiid had 38 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots to lift host Philadelphia past Atlanta.

Tyrese Maxey put up 30 points, De’Anthony Melton scored 15 and Tobias Harris contributed 13 for the Sixers, who have won two straight. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 11 points off the bench.

De’Andre Hunter scored 24 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Dejounte Murray each had 20 for the Hawks, who played without star guard Trae Young because of an illness. Saddiq Bey scored 16 and Clint Capela had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost three in a row.

Nets 124, Wizards 97

Mikal Bridges scored 21 points for Brooklyn, which surged ahead in the third quarter and pulled away to rout Washington in New York.

The Nets won for the sixth time in seven games and moved a season-high three games over .500 before starting a five-game trip Monday night in Sacramento.

Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points for the Wizards, who shot 41.8 percent, missed 27 of 33 3-point tries and lost their fourth straight. Deni Avdija added 15 and Tyus Jones contributed 14 for Washington, which allowed 20 points off 15 turnovers.

Cavaliers 111, Heat 99

A 21-2 run that began in the second quarter and extended into the third helped Cleveland beat Miami.

Donovan Mitchell, who led the way with game highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds, got off to a slow start, shooting 1-for-5 shooting in the first quarter. Miami capitalized and built a lead of as many as 16 points early in the second quarter, but Cleveland came alive with a 15-0 run to shave the deficit to one.

Darius Garland, who scored 18 points, fueled Cleveland’s defensive effort with four steals. Garland also matched Mitchell’s game-high total with six assists.

Hornets 119, Raptors 116

Gordon Hayward scored 24 points to lead four Charlotte players who reached the 20-point mark in the Hornets’ victory against visiting Toronto.

Miles Bridges had 22 points, Terry Rozier notched 21 points and Brandon Miller had 20 points as the Hornets won for just the second time in their past six games. Nick Richards posted 15 points off the Charlotte bench, and reserve P.J. Washington had 11 points. Rozier dished out 13 assists.

Scottie Barnes amassed 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists but missed a key late free throw for the Raptors, who lost for the fifth time in a six-game stretch. Pascal Siakam had 25 points, Precious Achiuwa added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and O.G. Anunoby had 11 points.

Celtics 133, Knicks 123

Derrick White scored a season-high 30 points, and Jayson Tatum added 25 to fuel host Boston to a victory over New York.

White drained six 3-pointers and finished 10-for-16 from the floor overall and 4-for-4 from the foul line to eclipse his previous season-best point total.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 21 points in his return from a four-game absence (calf). Boston’s Jaylen Brown scored 17 points before being ejected in the fourth quarter after arguing with an official from the bench.

Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett each scored 23 points, and Julius Randle added 20 for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row for the second time this season.

Magic 123, Pistons 91

Franz Wagner scored 27 points and Paolo Banchero added 24 points as Orlando handed visiting Detroit its 19th straight loss.

Cole Anthony had 16 points and Goga Bitadze added 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for Orlando, which led by as many as 34 and snapped a two-game skid. Gary Harris chipped in 11 points.

Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 21 points and six assists. Killian Hayes added 16 points and Alec Burks scored 14 for the Pistons, who were held to a season-low point total and fell to 2-20 overall.

Timberwolves 127, Grizzlies 103

Mike Conley scored 19 points against his former team, Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 24 and Minnesota used a big third quarter to run past host Memphis.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (four), Troy Brown Jr. (four) and Shake Milton (three) combined for 11 3-pointers as they each scored in double figures, helping the Timberwolves win their sixth in a row as they began a three-game trip.

Jaren Jackson Jr. had a team-high 21 points and Desmond Bane added 16 points for the Grizzlies, who lost for the second time in three games.

Kings 114, Suns 106

De’Aaron Fox scored 23 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, Domantas Sabonis added 15 points with 17 rebounds and visiting Sacramento rebounded after getting eliminated from the NBA in-season tournament with a victory over Phoenix.

Sasha Vezenkov scored 14 points while Malik Monk and Keegan Murray each had 13 for the Kings, who fell to the New Orleans Pelicans in the quarterfinals of the tournament Monday.

Devin Booker scored 28 points for the short-handed Suns, while Eric Gordon added 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points with nine rebounds.

Clippers 117, Jazz 103

Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 41 points to lead Los Angeles to a win against Utah and end an 11-game losing streak in Salt Lake City.

Paul George added 20 points, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 12 rebounds and James Harden finished with 12 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who have won three in a row and eight of 11 to get back over .500 for the first time since early November.

John Collins had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Talen Horton-Tucker scored 15 points off the bench and Keyonte George finished with 15 points for the Jazz, who have dropped four of five.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: OILERS EDGE WILD FOR 6TH STRAIGHT WIN

Evan Bouchard scored twice in a three-point outing and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected four assists as the host Edmonton Oilers claimed a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday to extend their winning streak to six games.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each notched one goal and one assist for the Oilers in the back-and-forth affair. Edmonton goaltender Stuart Skinner made 17 saves, more than half of them in the third period. McDavid has collected 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in an eight-game spree.

Bouchard joined Paul Coffey as the only Oilers defensemen ever to post a 10-game point streak, a feat Coffey accomplished nine times. Bouchard has compiled four goals and 11 assists during his run.

Matt Boldy netted one goal and one assist, while Joel Eriksson Ek and Connor Dewar also scored for Minnesota. Brock Faber and Marcus Johansson both recorded two assists, and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots.

Panthers 3, Penguins 1

Eetu Luostarinen scored the go-ahead goal with 13:50 left in the third period as Florida defeated Pittsburgh in Sunrise, Fla. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves as the Panthers ended a 2-1-0 homestand.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Aleksander Barkov (empty-netter) had Florida’s other goals, and Anton Lundell added two assists.

Reilly Smith scored and Tristan Jarry made 30 saves for the Penguins, who lost their fourth straight game (0-2-2) — their longest skid of the season. The Penguins went 0-for-3 on the power play, making them 0-for-36 with the man advantage over the past 13 games.

Blue Jackets 5, Blues 2

Jet Greaves made 41 saves in his second NHL start and first this season to help Columbus defeat visiting St. Louis.

Yegor Chinakhov had two goals and an assist, Kirill Marchenko had a goal and an assist and Dmitri Voronkov added two assists for the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Robert Thomas scored both goals and Joel Hofer made 17 saves for the Blues, who have lost three of four.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT: OHTANI DECISION IMMINENT, BLUE JAYS HAVE BUILT MOMENTUM

The biggest decision in baseball history could be imminent.

Shohei Ohtani’s choice of team is forthcoming and may be revealed Friday, a source told MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly remain one of the finalists for the superstar free agent and have built momentum over the past week.

Ohtani was believed to have visited the Blue Jays’ spring training complex Monday to meet with the organization’s top brass, who remained secretive on the topic.

Toronto has been linked to the two-way sensation for much of the offseason after its disappointing playoff exit to end last season. The Blue Jays are also in the midst of a second tier of renovations to upgrade the Rogers Centre, so signing a player of Ohtani’s caliber would help draw fans to the improved facility.

Earlier this week, Morosi believed there were five teams involved in the Ohtani sweepstakes, with the Los Angeles Dodgers regarded as the favorites. The Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants were the other clubs, according to varying reports.

Ohtani is expected to earn north of $500 million after winning the second unanimous AL MVP of his career in 2023.

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COLTS RULE OUT T BRADEN SMITH, RB JONATHAN TAYLOR FOR WEEK 14 GAME VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS

The Colts on Friday ruled out tackle Braden Smith (knee) and running back Jonathan Taylor (thumb) for their Week 14 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Shane Steichen said.

Smith exited the Colts’ Week 13 win over the Tennessee Titans with a knee injury. Taylor sustained his thumb injury in Week 12 and underwent surgery last week.

Cornerback JuJu Brents (quad), who has not played since Week 7 but was listed as a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, was not ruled out Friday. Linebacker EJ Speed (knee) did not practice Wednesday and Thursday but was not ruled out Friday as well.

Defensive tackle Grover Stewart will play in his first game since Week 6.

COLTS-BENGALS PREVIEW: AFC PLAYOFF RACE CONTINUES TO BE DEFINED BY BACKUP QUARTERBACKS, FROM GARDNER MINSHEW II TO JAKE BROWNING

Assigning wins and losses to one of 22 starters is, realistically, a sub-optimal way to look at a single player’s impact on a team.

Quarterbacks are the most important position in football, sure, but there’s so much that goes into a win or a loss beyond the guy who’s behind center.

But in an AFC wild card race that’s been turned upside-down by an avalanche of QB1 injuries, maybe there’s something to a team’s ability to win with its backup quarterback. After all, when half of the conference’s teams have had a backup start at least one game, it seems like a relevant statistic.

So that’s four of 12 teams – the Texans, Broncos, Bills and Chargers – in the wild card race that have had their Week 1 starting quarterback in every game this season. All four current division leaders – the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars – haven’t needed a backup to start, though the Jaguars may need C.J. Beathard on Sunday against the Browns with Trevor Lawrence recovering from an ankle injury.

This isn’t a perfect measurement – Gardner Minshew II played the majority of the Colts’ wins over the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans in Weeks 2 and 5, respectively, while Aaron Rodgers started Week 1 before sustaining a (potentially?) season-ending Achilles injury a few plays later. The Browns’ win over the Colts in Week 7 is credited to Deshaun Watson, though P.J. Walker played most of that game.

But among teams who’ve had to start a backup quarterback in at least six games, the Colts have clearly had the most success. They’re the only team better than .500 in those games, and the play of Minshew has been a key reason why the Colts enter Week 14 sixth in the AFC standings.

Against the Titans in Week 13, Minshew earned an overtime with with a deep ball to Alec Pierce and a walk-off touchdown to Michael Pittman Jr., making the kind of big plays the Colts have come to expect – but are not a given for a backup quarterback to make.

“I know it wasn’t pretty the whole time – I’m saying the whole game, right,” head coach Shane Steichen said. “It was back-and-forth with all that stuff. But to have that game winning drive right there, that says a lot about him, his preparation that he puts into it, his character, and the way he goes out competes. To get that game-winning drive was big by Gardner.”

The Bengals lost Joe Burrow during a Thursday night Week 11 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, which dropped them to 5-5 and thrust Jake Browning – the 2019 undrafted free agent – into a starting role. Browning was sacked four times and threw an interception in a 16-10 Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, pushing the Bengals to the brink in the AFC playoff race.

Then Browning torched the AFC South-leading Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football in north Florida, completing a remarkable 32 of 37 passes for 354 yards and breathing life into Cincinnati’s playoff hopes with a 34-31 overtime win.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley – who coached with Joe Burrow’s dad at North Dakota State and considers the Burrows family friends – said he saw plenty of the Bengals’ QB1 in their QB2 on Monday night.

“You know what Joe is like and what he brings to the table, his demeanor,” Bradley said. “So now looking at it, I can see that Joe maybe had an impact (vs. Jacksonville). Just the demeanor, the poise, the confidence. I’m not saying that (Browning) didn’t have it before, but you can see that run over and I think he even mentioned it last night.

“I think it’s like, ‘Here’s a newer quarterback. He’s had one start. Now what? Oh boy. They are going to be committed to the run game, take a little bit off his plate and go from there.’ I didn’t see that the last two games, especially last night. I think they’re saying, ‘This is our offense and he knows it so well. Let’s go execute and it’s as it was when Joe was in there.’ I think you can see that the coaches have great confidence in him.”

And all of a sudden the Bengals enter Week 14 in the thick of the playoff hunt, and with their backup quarterback coming off the best game a backup’s had this season.

“He’s definitely playing really well,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “Obviously, they trust him getting the ball downfield as well, especially with some of the passes he had down the field to Ja’Marr Chase and things like that. So, we just gotta continue to do what we do. It’s about us and putting pressure on the quarterback.”

(The Colts enter Week 14 second in the NFL with 42 sacks, and will get run-mauling defensive tackle Grover Stewart back on Sunday.)

After Week 14, the Colts may face another backup quarterback, with the status of Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller Kenny Pickett (ankle) unknown for Week 15. If he can’t play, 2017 No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky would start – and the Steelers lost with Trubisky behind center to the 10-loss New England Patriots Thursday night.

But that’s looking too far ahead. More importantly, on Sunday, the most established AFC backup quarterback (Minshew) will face a backup quarterback coming off an all-time heater (Browning).

Which team can win with, or because of, their backup quarterback will go a long way toward sorting out the jumbled AFC playoff picture.

“It’s a team game, every aspect of the team is battling against that other aspect of the other team and you hope the big picture ends with your team having a few more points than the other team,” offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. “We did that Sunday. It wasn’t the prettiest of all time but gosh, we got it done. Our guys are fighting and scrapping and we keep finding a way. Like I said, the challenge will continue to get bigger as the games get bigger and that’s what happens late in the year, which it is an exciting challenge. That’s what we’re in this thing for, so looking forward to it.”

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS LAKERS (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP)

The stage is set. Pacers vs Lakers on Saturday night in Las Vegas for the first In-Season Tournament title.

To quote star guard Tyrese Haliburton, the Pacers have been “shocking the world” throughout the inaugural In-Season Tournament, running off a perfect 6-0 record and knocking off all of the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference in last year’s standings en route to the Championship game.

Now there is just one team standing in their way of hoisting the new NBA Cup. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers blitzed through the Western Conference side of the bracket, also going 6-0, including a 133-89 demolition of the New Orleans Pelicans in Thursday’s Semifinal.

Both James and the Lakers are familiar foes to Pacers fans. The Blue & Gold have had several memorable matchups with James in the postseason over the years, facing his teams five times in the playoffs (three times with the Heat and twice with the Cavaliers), including the 2013 and 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. James’ teams won all five of those series, though the Pacers were usually competitive, taking the series to at least six games four times and twice to a winner-take-all Game 7. The Lakers, meanwhile, bested the Pacers in their only NBA Finals appearance in 2000.

So if the Pacers are to bring a championship home to Indiana, it’s only fitting that they must go through this particular opponent.

It’s a daunting task, but the Pacers have proven to be up for the challenge throughout this In-Season Tournament run. Rather than shying away from the spotlight, they’ve flourished under it, showing championship-level poise as they out-hustled and out-executed the Milwaukee Bucks down the stretch of Thursday’s 128-119 Semifinal victory.

Haliburton has been brilliant throughout the In-Season Tournament and particularly over the last two games. He recorded his first career triple-double in Monday’s Quarterfinal victory over the Celtics, then followed that up with a team-high 27 points, seven rebounds, and 15 assists in Thursday’s win over the Bucks in Vegas. The 23-year-old is emerging as a legitimate superstar and has tallied 28 assists and zero turnovers across the Quarterfinals and Semifinals.

Veteran center Myles Turner has also had a strong showing in tournament play and came up big on Thursday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. He’ll have an important matchup in the Championship, going up against eight-time All-Star Anthony Davis, who is once again playing at an elite level this season, averaging 22.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.

James, meanwhile, is somehow still one the league’s best players even at age 38 and in his 20th NBA season. Already the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, James is averaging 25 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.6 assists this season while shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from 3-point range. Slowing him down won’t be an easy task and expect the Pacers to throw a number of different bodies at him, with 6-5 forward Aaron Nesmith likely to see the most time on the four-time MVP.

The Pacers and Lakers had two close contests last season, with both games decided by a single point. They won on a buzzer beater in Los Angeles, when rookie guard Andrew Nembhard hit a three over James off a dish from Haliburton. Nembhard’s status for Saturday is in doubt after he injured his knee in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Semifinal.

There is plenty on the line for Saturday’s Championship, including a prize pool that will award $500,000 to every player on the winning team, as well as a financial prize for all members of the coaching staff. But for the Pacers, it’s about more than the money.

“The motivation is we play in the best league in the world with a bunch of the greatest competitors in the world,” Haliburton said before Thursday’s Semifinal. “I don’t know if people really care what the prize is to be honest with you. You just want to win because you want to say that you did and others didn’t, and I think that matters.”

Projected Starters

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

Celtics: G – D’Angelo Russell, G – Taurean Prince, F – Cam Reddish, F – LeBron James, C – Anthony Davis

Injury Report

Pacers: Andrew Nembhard – TBA (sore right knee), Jalen Smith – out (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Lakers: Gabe Vincent – out (sore left knee)

Last Meeting

Feb. 2, 2023: The Lakers rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to come away with a 112-111 win over Indiana at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Anthony Davis had a game-high 31 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks in the victory. LeBron James added 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting, seven rebounds, and seven assists.

Tyrese Haliburton scored a team-high 26 points and dished out 12 assists in 36 minutes for the Pacers in his first game back after missing 10 contests with left knee and elbow injuries. He found out at the start of the game that he had been selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career.

Aaron Nesmith added a career-high 24 points while going 9-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point range, but James and Davis spoiled the Pacers’ efforts late.

Noteworthy

While all other games in the In-Season Tournament counted towards the regular season standings, the Championship is an extra 83rd game that will not impact the records of the Pacers and Lakers.

The Pacers and Lakers will meet twice in the regular season. Indiana visits Los Angeles on March 24 and then hosts the Lakers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse less than a week later on March 29.

The Lakers hold a 64-34 all-time record against the Pacers and prevailed in the two teams’ only postseason meeting, winning the 2000 NBA Finals in six games.

The winning team on Saturday will receive the NBA Cup, a new trophy specifically designed for the In-Season Tournament champions. Each player on the winning team will also receive a medal. The NBA unveiled the designs for the trophy and medals earlier this week.

A panel of media members will vote on the In-Season Tournament MVP and a five-player All-Tournament Team, both of which will be announced following the conclusion of Saturday’s game.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: ABC – Mike Breen (play-by-play), Doris Burke (analyst), Lisa Salters (sideline reporter)

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

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

SARVER SNAGS ALL-AMERICA STATUS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana men’s soccer junior forward Samuel Sarver earned United Soccer Coaches third-team All-America honors, the coaches association announced Friday (Dec. 8).

Indiana has produced an All-American in each of the last 10 seasons – the nation’s longest active streak – as well as 13 of the last 14 seasons. During the 10-year run, 12 different Hoosiers have combined for 17 All-America honors. Sarver is the 50th Indiana player to earn All-America status, with those 50 players having totaled 78 honors in 51 seasons. 

Sarver was IU’s leading producer in 2023, collecting career-highs in goals (8), assists (6) and points (22). He ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in goals, points, game-winning goals (5), No. 3 in assists and shots (51) and fifth in shots on goal (20). His five goals in conference play tied for the league’s best. 

In a nine-game split between October 7 and November 12, Sarver totaled nine goal contributions (five goals, four assists) in nine games, a span in which the Hoosiers went 8-1 and rallied to win the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Sarver was named first-team All-Big Ten at the conclusion of the regular season. In the conference tournament, he tallied a goal or assist in each of the three matches to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Tournament honors.

With 19 goals and 14 assists, Sarver has totaled 52 points in his career. This season he became the 50th Hoosier to reach the 50-points milestone and the first junior to do it since Nikita Kitlov in 2012.

In 2022, Sarver scored four goals, all against ranked opponents, and added four assists. During his first season in cream and crimson, Sarver led all conference freshmen with seven goals which ranked No. 2 on the team. He also had four assists.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 9 VS. AUBURN

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a Saturday afternoon contest against Auburn as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 9 at the State Farm Center on ESPN2.

• Auburn (5-2) has bookended a five-game winning streak with a season-opening loss against No. 20 Baylor (88-82) and a true road loss against Appalachian State (69-64) their last time out.

• Junior center Johni Broome leads the Tigers in points per game (18.3), rebounds (9.1), and blocked shots (1.3). Freshman guard Aden Holloway is the only other Auburn player in double figures at 10.6 points per outing. He has hit a team-high 15 3-pointers.

Game Information

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 • 2 PM ET

State Farm Center (16,888) • Atlanta, Ga.

TV: ESPN2 (Dave O’Brien, Jimmy Dykes)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 1-0

Last Meeting: IU 107, AUB 90 on March 14, 1987, in Indianapolis

Series History

• Indiana and Auburn have met just once on the hardwood. The Hoosiers emerged with a 107-90 victory over the Tigers in the second round of the 1987 NCAA Tournament. IU would go win the ’87 title, the fifth in program history.

• The starting lineup for Indiana, led by Steve Alford (31 points) and Daryl Thomas (27), scored 105 of the team’s 107 points. Keith Smart nearly recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 15 assists, and nine rebounds. Rick Calloway produced an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Hoosiers.

• IU holds a record of 68-50 against teams from the SEC.

Last Time Out

• Indiana stayed steady down the stretch to earn a 78-75 victory over Michigan on Dec. 5 at the Crisler Center.

• The Hoosier starting frontcourt of sophomore forward Malik Reneau (15), sophomore center Kel’el Ware (13), and freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako (11) combined to score 39 points on 16-of-27 shooting from the floor. They also ripped down 18 rebounds.

• Indiana received 28 bench points in the game, the most in a Big Ten Conference game since outpacing the Buckeyes, 29-17, on Jan. 28, 2023.

Indiana Ties to the Peach State

• Head coach Mike Woodson spent six seasons (2004-2010) as the head coach with the Atlanta Hawks. After taking over one of the youngest rosters in the NBA, Woodson went 100-64 in his last two seasons with two trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

• Associate head coach Yasir Rosemond was a standout guard at Douglass High School in Atlanta. He earned All-State honors each of final three seasons and helped lead the Astros to the semifinals of the 1993 Class 4A state tournament.

• Sophomore forward Kaleb Banks was named the 2022 Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year, was a 2,000-point scorer, and averaged 23.0 points and 10.0 boards per game during his senior season at Fayette County in Hampton.

• Freshman guard Jakai Newton averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game during his junior season at Newton in Covington.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 41.0 points per game in the paint and shoots 57.6% (189-of-328) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 25.5 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16). The Hoosiers also tallied 50 paint points against Harvard (Nov. 26).

B1G Statement

• Indiana stands 2-0 in the Big Ten standings for the first time since the 2018-19 season.

• IU’s 78-75 win at Michigan marked the first conference road-opening triumph since topping Penn State (64-62) at the Bryce Jordan Center on Dec. 4, 2018.

Gunn, Bench Lead Indiana at Michigan

• Sophomore guard CJ Gunn produced a season-best eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc to go along with a career-high-tying three steals in a 78-75 win over Michigan on Dec. 5.

• The second unit provided 28 points in the game. Gunn and fifth-year senior Anthony Walker each tallied eight points, while junior forward Payton Sparks and sophomore forward Kaleb Banks scored six points each. The quartet added eight rebounds and five steals, collectively.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BIG TEN PLAY BEGINS ON SATURDAY FOR NO. 16 INDIANA AT RUTGERS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A quest for a Big Ten championship begins on Saturday afternoon when No. 16 IU opens up league play at Rutgers. Tip at Jersey Mike’s Arena is set for 4 p.m. ET on BTN.

GAME DAY INFO
#16/17 Indiana (7-1) vs. Rutgers (6-5)
Saturday, December 9, 2023 • 4 p.m. ET
Jersey Mike’s Arena • Piscataway, N.J.
Broadcast: BTN (Sloane Martin, Meghan McKeown)
Radio: B97 (Austin Render) | Sirius XM 85 or 196 and on the SiriusXM App
Live Stats: ScarletKnights.com
Social Media: Facebook | X | Instagram

ABOUT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS

Rutgers improved to 6-5 and are on a three-game win streak with a 98-67 victory over LaSalle on Tuesday night. Sophomore guard Kaylene Smikle leads the Scarlet Knights with 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while junior guard Destiny Adams adds 13.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per outing. They are averaging 71.0 points per game and shooting 43.9 percent from the floor.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 7-6

LAST MEETING

1/29/23 – W, 91-68 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

This is the first time in four years that the Hoosiers will play at Rutgers. A prior meeting on Dec. 30, 2021 scheduled for Piscataway was canceled due to COVID 19. They last played in Jersey Mike’s Arena on Dec. 31, 2019.

IU has won four-straight in the series with the Scarlet Knights, which dates back to Dec. 31, 2019.

The team will play its only Big Ten game prior to the upcoming holidays and will resume conference play on Dec. 31 at home against Illinois. ­

In Big Ten openers, Indiana is 19-21 all-time but have won its last five league openers dating back to the 2018-19 season. It is also starting on the road for the first time in five seasons, which coincides with the start of the winning streak when it defeated Illinois in overtime. Indiana and Rutgers are meeting in the B1G opener for the first time since the 2014-15 season in which then No. 17/18 Rutgers won, 66-51, in Bloomington.

With a win on Saturday, Indiana head coach Teri Moren can notch her 100th Big Ten victory. She currently holds a 99-57 all-time conference record as she goes into her 10th season with the program. Additionally, Moren is the program’s all-time win leader overall (207) and in Big Ten play (99).

Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes scored a team-high 17 points and sophomore guard Yarden Garzon added 14 points as No. 17 Indiana defeated Stetson, 72-34. The Hoosiers limited its foe to just 19.4 percent shooting and just 12.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Holmes was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll for her efforts in games against Stetson and Maine in the previous week. She averaged 19.5 points while shooting 80 percent from the floor along with 5.0 rebound and 2.0 blocks per game in two wins.

Indiana is currently led by three double figure scorers in Holmes (18.3 ppg., 6.4 rpg.), senior guard Sara Scalia (16.5 ppg.) and sophomore guard Yarden Garzon (11.5 ppg.).

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will get a nine-day break as it takes final exams and resumes action on Monday, December 18 when it hosts Evansville at 7 p.m. ET.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE IN REGIONAL SEMIFINAL

MADISON, Wis. – The No. 3 seed Purdue volleyball team fell in the Regional Semifinal vs. No. 2 seed Oregon in straight sets (14-25, 19-25, 27-29) after an efficient and senior Oregon offense set the tone. It was Purdue’s fourth Regional Semifinal appearance in the last five years.

The Boilermakers’ nine-match winning streak came to a close as the team ends the season with a 23-9 (15-5 Big Ten) record while Oregon, a team that finished second in the Pac-12, moves on to face No. 1 seed Wisconsin on Saturday with a 29-5 (16-4 Pac-12) record.

The Boilermakers were led by Eva Hudson’s 12 kills and Chloe Chicoine’s 10.

Graduate student Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 16 digs to close out her collegiate career. The libero goes down as one of the best to play the position for the Boilermakers, finishing as the season’s Big Ten leader, ranking fifth in career digs (1,461) and owning a total of four spots in the single-season records, with 4.56 digs per set in 2023 (fourth) and 4.62 last year (third). Meanwhile, she racked up 570 digs this season, third-most in program history, including the most in 18 years. She was one dig shy of tying #2.

It was just the second time this season Purdue was swept, with the last time coming on the second match of the season (L, 0-3 vs. Creighton).

The Boilermakers trailed the entirety of the first set, but responded in Set 2 by opening the frame with a .500 attack % through the first 15 points and led the set until Oregon went on a 11-3 run to take the set.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#4 PURDUE HEADS NORTH OF THE BORDER TO FACE ALABAMA

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 10

[4] Purdue (8-1) vs. Alabama (6-2)

1:30 p.m. ET | Toronto, Ontario

Coca-Cola Coliseum | 7,779

TELEVISION: FOX (Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The gauntlet continues for the No. 4-ranked Purdue basketball team as it travels north of the border to face Alabama in the Hall of Fame Toronto Series hosted by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto. The contest will mark Purdue’s seventh game (out of 10) against a team ranked in the KenPom top-60. Alabama is ranked No. 12 in the NET and 13 in KenPom.

• Purdue and Alabama both earned No. 1 seeds in last year’s NCAA Tournament and were ranked No. 1 for a combined nine weeks a year ago.

• The game is part of a doubleheader, as No. 24-ranked Clemson will face undefeated TCU in the second game. The four teams in Toronto have combined for a 29-3 overall record so far this year.

• Two of the nation’s best offenses will square off in Toronto on Saturday, as Alabama enters with the nation’s No. 2-ranked offensive efficiency, while Purdue owns the nation’s No. 4-ranked offensive efficiency. It will mark Purdue’s third game this season against a team with a top-5 offense at the time of the game (Gonzaga – 2; Marquette – 5).

• The Boilermakers are wrapping up a nine-game stretch in which it played Xavier (4 seed in 2023 NCAAs), Gonzaga (ranked No. 11), Tennessee (ranked No. 7), Marquette (ranked No. 4), Texas Southern (2023 NCAA Tournament), Northwestern (2nd rd. in 2023 NCAA Tournament), Iowa (2023 NCAA Tournament), Alabama (1 seed in NCAA Tournament) and Arizona (currently ranked No. 1). Purdue is 6-1 in those games so far.

• The game will be a Homecoming for senior Zach Edey, who returns to his hometown to play a game for the first time since his sophomore year in high school (2017-18 season). When the game was scheduled in April, Alabama’s Charles Bediako was also intending to return home to Toronto, be he opted to stay in the NBA Draft.

• Purdue has won 31 straight non-conference, regular-season games, tied for the longest streak for any program in the country over the last 10 years (31 by Villanova from 2015-18). It will have been over three calendar years (Dec. 8, 2020 vs. Miami) since Purdue has lost in the non-con.

• Purdue’s 66 wins since the start of the 2021-22 season are the fourth most in the country (Houston – 74, Kansas – 69, Arizona – 68, Purdue – 66, Gonzaga – 65, Duke – 64, UCLA – 63). Among Big Ten teams, Wisconsin (52) and Iowa (50) are next on the list.

• Matt Painter has moved into sixth place Big Ten’s list for conference wins with 210, tying Indiana’s Branch McCracken (210) on the chart. He needs two victories to tie Lou Henson (423) for fourth place on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list.

• Zach Edey needs 26 points to tie Robbie Hummel (1,772) for 10th on Purdue’s career scoring list. He also needs 10 rebounds to tie Terry Dischinger (958) for second on the career rebounding list. He needs one block to tie Russell Cross (175) for fifth on the career blocks list.

• Purdue was voted No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll on Nov. 27, the third straight year that the Boilermakers have been ranked No. 1. Prior to the 2021-22 season, Purdue had never been ranked No. 1. Purdue is the first Big Ten program to be ranked No. 1 in three straight seasons.

• Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue has spent nine weeks ranked at No. 1, tied for the most in the country with Gonzaga.

• With its No. 4 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 21 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 11 weeks (Kansas – 10). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 15 of those 21 weeks.

• A year ago, Purdue became the first team since Wisconsin in 2015 to win an outright Big Ten regular-season title and the Big Ten Tournament title in the same season. No team since Michigan State (1999, 2000) has won consecutive Big Ten Tournament and outright regular-season championships.

• Purdue is in search for its 26th Big Ten Championship, already owning the most Big Ten titles in league history. Should Purdue win the Big Ten title in 2024, it will mark its fourth title in the last eight seasons and back-to-back titles for the first time since 1994-95-96.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

THE IRISH ARE HEADING TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

LOUISVILLE — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s soccer team is heading for the College Cup final for the second time in program history, defeating Oregon State 1-0 on Friday night at Lynn Family Stadium.

Notre Dame’s other appearance came during the 2013 season, which saw the Irish capture their first national championship in program history.

Eno Nto scored the winner for the Irish in the 51st minute with Wyatt Lewis picking up the assist.

Notre Dame’s defense turned in a masterclass on the way to the clean sheet. Bryan Dowd made four saves in the contest and Josh Ramsey made a number of huge defensive plays to help the Irish.

The Irish will play in the title match against No. 9 Clemson on Monday, Dec. 11 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The match will air on ESPNU. Buy tickets here.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame and Oregon State played a scoreless opening 45 minutes of play, as both teams grew into the match in the opening stages of the contest.

The best chance for the Irish came in the 32nd minute as Matthew Roou found space in the box. His shot was blocked into the path of Daniel Russo, who fired a shot towards the near post but the Oregon State keeper went to ground to make the save.

The Irish backline put out a number of fires over the course of the half but managed to keep it 0-0 heading into the halftime break.

Notre Dame started the second half on the front foot and found the opener in the 51st minute. Wyatt Lewis did a great job of picking out Nto in the box, who fired in a clinical finish just inside the near post to put the Irish on top 1-0.

Josh Ramsey came up with a huge defensive sequence in the 68th minute, saving a shot off the line and then somehow keeping the ball out of the back of the net in a scrum close to the goal before Dowd finally collected it to end the threat.

The Irish got stuck in for the last 22 minutes, putting out fires all over the pitch to send the team to the final for the second time in program history.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the match…

“We knew it was going to be a hard game, obviously overall we’re just super proud of the team and how they handled the 90 minutes. We were a little disappointed at half time, we felt we could have played a little bit better, a little bit smarter in the first half. The team responded incredibly well to start the second half obviously with this guy (Eno Nto) scoring an unbelievably good goal, but I just think we were smarter, we responded well, and we looked more like ourselves.

Credit to Oregon State in the first half, they’re obviously here for a reason and they made it tough for us, but I think the team responded really well in the second half and got the result.”

ND STAT OF THE MATCH

The Irish have allowed just one goal over 400 minutes of play in the NCAA Championships, posting three clean sheets.

ND NOTES

The Irish improve to 24-20-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 3-0-1 when playing at the College Cup in program history

The Irish reach the NCAA Championship final for the second time in program history

The Irish have now held opponents to one or no goals in 19 of 21 matches this year

Notre Dame has 12 clean sheets on the season, with Dowd in goal for 11 of them

Nto’s goal was his career-best 11th of the season, giving him the team lead for the Irish

Lewis’ assist was his third of the season and he now has five points in the 2023 campaign

UP NEXT

The Irish will play in the title match against No. 9 Clemson on Monday, Dec. 11 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The match will air on ESPNU.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

TALE AS OLD AS TIME

MILWAUKEE – A tale as old as time – well, 1920 to be exact. Over a century ago, Notre Dame men’s basketball and Marquette clashed on the hardwood for the very first time. On Saturday night in Milwaukee, the rivalry adds another chapter to the story. The Fighting Irish will tip off against the Golden Eagles at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

There is no team that Notre Dame has played more over the years than Marquette. Notre Dame holds a distinct edge in the series at 81-38 with a 32-23 record on the road. Though the two sides have never met in Fiserv Forum. Saturday’s game wraps up a home-and-home series between the two.

ARE YOU REA-TAE FOR IT

The hottest player on the team right now is Tae Davis. He’s produced back-to-back games with a double-double and three straight games in double figures. He has amassed 46 points (15.3 ppg) and 28 rebounds (9.3 rpg) over that three-game span.

And that’s making the most of your opportunity. Those 46 points in three games are over half of what he scored in an entire season at Seton Hall last year. With that said, he now averages the second most points (10.4) and the most rebounds (6.3) on the team.

ALSO #TRENDING

J.R. Konieczny is emerging as an early-season standout for the Irish. He has recorded double-digit points in four of the last six games. If you take out ND’s first two games and look at that six-game stretch, Konieczny has since averaged 11.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting.

D-UP!

If you are looking for an early Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program, look no further than the defensive effort by this young Irish squad. For the fifth straight game, the Irish defense has held its opponent to 65 points or fewer. Most notably, limiting the Hurricanes to a season-low in points – 24 points fewer than their season average of 86 points per game.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 66.0 now ranks 3rd in the ACC and 70th in the country.

“We can guard, even for a group of freshmen and sophomores,” Coach Shrewsberry said. “They’re believing in what we’re talking about. We’re sitting in a stance and guarding. It’s all positive.

“We’ve emphasized the defensive end so much. We’re guarding people. We’re getting people into the right shots that we want them to take. That part there is what we’ve hung our hat on. It’s given us a chance to be in every game. For a team that doesn’t see the game or understand it defensively yet, we’re really guarding. That’s purely effort right now. Wait until we start understanding what’s going on and seeing it and talking to each other. Holy smokes.”

ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY

“Another great opportunity for us.” Those are the words Coach Shrewsberry has echoed to his squad leading up to Saturday’s matchup. The Irish just had a crack at a top-10 ranked team on the road in Miami and hung in there – just couldn’t get over the edge down the stretch. Now, it’s an old foe in a top-10-ranked Marquette squad.

A win on Saturday would not only mark Coach Shrewsberry’s first top-10 ranked victory on the road as a head coach, but also Notre Dame’s first top-10 road win since a 95-91 victory against Duke in Cameron Indoor on Jan. 16, 2016.

HOME SWEET HOME

Eight games into the season and the Irish have spent four of them away from the friendly confines of Purcell Pavilion. At home, the Irish are averaging 73.0 points on 49.3% shooting from the floor, with a .359 mark from three-point range.

Away from Purcell, the Irish are averaging just 56.8 points on 34.2% shooting, with a .212 mark from three.

The Irish are coming off their best offensive game of the season, pouring in a season-high 86 points against Western Michigan, on a season-best 59.2 percent shooting. And the good news for the Irish – after Saturday’s contest against #8/7 Marquette – six straight games inside Purcell Pavilion. That six-game stretch includes the likes of Georgetown, Virginia, NC State and Duke.

CRASHING THE GLASS

The Irish dominated the offensive boards at #8 Miami as they outrebounded the Hurricanes 15-6. It marked the first time Notre Dame achieved at least 15 O-boards since they grabbed 19 against High Point on Nov. 16, 2021.

Tae Davis was a big part of that, reeling in four offensive rebounds to ultimately collect a career-high 10 boards. Davis now leads the team in offensive rebounding with 2.1 per game, which ranks 14th in the ACC.

HITTING THE MARK(US)

Everyone is starting to take notice of freshman point guard Markus Burton. To help you get more acquainted, read up on the following stats:

His 15.1 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 7th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

Burton started his career with five straight games in double figures before the streak ended with 8 points at South Carolina. He has six games in double figures now on the season.

Burton picked up his second game of 20 or more points against Oklahoma St on Nov. 17. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

Only four freshmen in the country are averaging over 15 points and 3 assists per game: Burton, Harvard’s Malik Mack, USC’s Isaiah Collier and Tulsa’s PJ Haggerty.

Back-to-back games with a season-high six assists. He’s recorded 22 assists total over the last four games (5.5).

SECOND HALF SURGE

Speaking of Burton, he’s had a knack for surging at the right moments in the second half. Three times this season, Burton has scored double-digit points in the second half alone: Niagara, Oklahoma State and Western Michigan. Lastly, Burton is averaging a team-best 8.6 points in the second half.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS WELCOME CAL TO HINKLE FOR SATURDAY NOON TIP

Butler (7-2) vs. California (3-5)

Saturday, Dec. 9;  Noon

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: FS1 – Dan Hellie & Casey Jacobsen

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 383, SXM App 973 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Series: Butler Leads, 1-0

One Year Ago

• Butler defeated Cal, 82-58, in Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 10, 2022. It was the first meeting between the two programs in series history.

• All five of Butler’s starters scored in double figures.

• Of Butler’s 2023-24 roster, only Connor Turnbull saw minutes in the game at Cal less than one season ago.

Of Note:

• Butler is in the midst of a five-game homestand, which includes the final four non-conference games of the season and the BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown Dec. 19.

• The Bulldogs rank eighth nationally, committing just 13.3 fouls per game.

• Butler had a season-best 22 fast-break points in Tuesday’s win over Buffalo. That was helped by a season-best 10 steals by Butler.

• Jalen Thomas posted 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Buffalo; it marked his first double-double and the fourth of his collegiate career.

• Thomas had scored a total of 23 points over his last five games before busting out for a season-high 18.

• Against Buffalo, Jahmyl Telfort matched or set new career-highs in rebounds (nine), assists (eight) and steals (four) to go along with 18 points. His career-high eight assists came one game after setting a then career-high of seven against Texas Tech Nov. 30.

• Butler’s lead against Buffalo climbed to as many as 24 early in the second half.

• The Bulldogs’ defense limited Buffalo to 39-percent shooting Tuesday night. The Bulls were the fifth opponent that Butler has held to less than 40-percent shooting from the field so far this season.

• DJ Davis ranks sixth nationally in free throw percentage (96.9). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 31 of his 32 attempts on the season.

• Butler’s 77.6-percent free throw percentage is 22nd nationally. The Bulldogs have shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in every game this season.

• Prior to the Nov. 30 win over Texas Tech, the Bulldogs last scored 100 points in a game Dec. 30, 2017 when Butler defeated No. 1 Villanova, 101-93, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent from the field vs. Texas Tech. It marked the fourth consecutive game shooting 50 percent or better. Butler has made at least half of its attempts in five of the first nine games of the season.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in five of the team’s nine games to start the season, including the win over Texas Tech.

• The Bulldogs hit a season-best 12 three-pointers in the win over Texas Tech.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in six of its nine games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Pierre Brooks II has made 17 of his 34 three-point attempts (50 percent) over the team’s last five games; in the team’s first four games of the season, he went 7-for-24 (29 percent).

• Andre Screen has made 28 of his first 36 attempts (78 percent) to begin his Butler career. Screen had a season-high 14 points in the win over Texas Tech.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in five of the team’s nine games this season. Butler is 5-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Butler out-rebounded Texas Tech, 40-24, Nov. 30. The +16 differential was the best of the season so far for the Bulldogs. Butler is 6-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• Nine different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far at this early point of the season. Brooks is the only Bulldog who has scored at least 10 points in each game so far this season.

• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 75-2 over its last 77 non-conference home games.

• Butler has won 13 straight non-conference home games.

• Thad Matta is 28-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

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

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SELLERS SET TO BECOME ALL-TIME STARTS LEADER FOR MASTODON WBB ON SATURDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Shayla Sellers of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will become the program’s all-time leader when she starts on Saturday (Dec. 9) in the Mastodons’ game against St. Thomas. Prior to the game, she will be honored for joining the 1,000-point club.

It is Defend the Fort day. There is a t-shirt giveaway for students while supplies last and mini golden basketballs for all fans while supplies last. An autograph session will follow the game. The Mastodon men will play Southeast Missouri at 7 p.m. Both teams will wear special Defend the Fort warmup shirts pregame.

Game Day Information

Who: St. Thomas Tommies

When: Saturday, December 9 | 4 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Memorial Coliseum

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Tickets: Link

Digital Program:Link

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | St. Thomas | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

St. Thomas is 4-5 to start the year and is coming off a 67-65 win at Milwaukee. This came after a four-game losing skid, with losses to UC Irvine, Butler, Iowa State and Western Illinois. Amber Scalia is leading the team with 17.3 points per contest. She is coming off a 24-point effort at Milwaukee. Jade Hill is pitching in 15.2 points and 4.2 points per game.

The Series

St. Thomas and Purdue Fort Wayne have met just once: 366 days ago. Destinee Marshall and Ryin Ott both had double-figure scoring efforts. St. Thomas returns four of their five starters from that game, while the ‘Dons have all five back.

Home Sweet Other Home

In the Mastodons’ Division I history, they are 22-17 at the Memorial Coliseum.

Shayla The Starter

Shayla Sellers will become the program’s leader when she starts on Saturday. It will be her 119th start, putting her past Jordan Zuppe, who started 118 from 2007-11.

What a Start!

Purdue Fort Wayne’s 7-2 start is the best through nine games in the Division I era of the program. With a win, 8-2 would also be the best start through nine games in the DI era. The Mastodons’ most wins with two losses came in 1995-96 when they started 18-2. They finished 23-5 in the best season in program history.

Turn, Turn, Turn It Over

Purdue Fort Wayne has forced three teams into 23 or more turnovers this season, including a season-high 31 against Great Lakes Christian. The 31 turnovers forced against the Crusaders is the most since the ‘Dons forced Manchester into 34.

Net Positive

In the first release of the NET rankings, Purdue Fort Wayne was No. 80, the highest in program history. Of Horizon League schools, only Green Bay (27) was higher. Purdue Fort Wayne was the only Horizon League school to have both their men’s and women’s teams in the top-100 in the initial NET rankings.

Defense Done Wright

Purdue Fort Wayne held Wright State to 60 points on December 3, which was the Raiders’ second-fewest this season. It was second only to a 99-55 loss at Michigan State. The ‘Dons held the Raiders to 1-for-17 from the 3-point line in the final three quarters, resulting in just 36 points in the final 30 minutes.

#3Nation

Purdue Fort Wayne hit 14 or more 3-pointers twice this season (Western Kentucky and Oakland). This is the first time since 2014 that the Mastodons have had two games with 14 or more triples in a season and the first time ever that the ‘Dons have done it in back-to-back games.

We Love Threes…

Purdue Fort Wayne has been dangerous from 3-point land this season. The Mastodons are leading the Horizon League and top-30 in the nation with a 37.6 3-point percentage and 9.1 3-point makes per contest. Audra Emmerson is in the top-100 nationally with 20 3-pointers made.

… and It’s Been a While Since We Haven’t

The Mastodons love making threes so much, they haven’t had a game without a 3-pointer made since January 1, 2021, a streak of 88 games. This includes every game in the Maria Marchesano era.

Some More on the 3-Ball

The Mastodons have seven players shooting at least 40 percent from the 3-point line. Lauryn Stover is 1-of-2 (50 percent), Amellia Bromenschenkel is 11-of-24 (45.8 percent), Renna Schwieterman is 15-of-33 (45.5 percent), Ryin Ott is 13-for-29 (44.8 percent) and Shayla Sellers is 13-of-32 (40.6 percent).

Post Up Syd!

Sydney Graber is shooting 70.4 percent from the floor this season. If she had enough attempts, this mark would be the sixth-best in the nation.

Chasing 1,000

Amellia Bromenschenkel is looking to become the next 1,000 point scorer in Mastodon history. She has 742 in her career. With her average of 14.1 points per game this season, she is on pace to reach 1,000 career points in 20 games.

Magic Numbers 70 and 80

Under head coach Maria Marchesano, the Mastodons are 19-4 when they score 70 points or more and 10-1 when they hit 80.

Audramatic

Audra Emmerson is shooting 41.7 percent from deep since January 1, 2023, a mark of 58-of-139 over 26 games, including 20-of-56 (35.7 percent) this year.

Ott-omatic – Yep, We’re Using The Same Joke Twice

Over the last three games, Ryin Ott is averaging 16.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 65.2 percent from the floor (16-of-29) and 60.0 percent from 3-point range (9-of-15). She had a career-high 21 points at Oakland on November 30 with a 6-for-7 effort from 3-point range.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne won its fifth game in a row with a 57-46 victory on the road at Bellarmine. Ryin Ott scored a team-high 17 points. Shayla Sellers (13) and Destinee Marshall (12) added double-digits.

Coming Up

The ‘Dons have eight days off before playing at Western Michigan on December 17. The Broncos are 4-4 and are coming off a 62-59 loss to Detroit Mercy.

‘DONS LOOK TO DEFEND THE FORT AGAINST SEMO

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne hosts SEMO on Saturday (Dec. 9) in a doubleheader at the Coliseum. The Mastodon women will play St. Thomas at 4 p.m., the Mastodon men will play at 7 p.m.

It is Defend the Fort night. There is a t-shirt giveaway for students while supplies last and mini golden basketballs for all fans while supplies last. Autograph sessions will follow both games. Both teams will wear special Defend the Fort warmup shirts pregame. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (9-1) at SEMO Redhawks (3-6)
When: Saturday, December 9 | 7:00 p.m. ET 
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Tickets:Link
Series Record: The ‘Dons lead 4-2
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | SEMO (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS

// As part of the Defend the Fort theme for Saturday, the ‘Dons will wear white “FORT WAYNE” uniforms inspired by ones the ‘Dons wore in their win over Indiana at the Coliseum in 2016.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 10th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 48.2 percent (26-of-50). Maximus Nelson is shooting 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from three. Nelson doesn’t appear on the national rankings as he is shy of the 2.5 made 3-pointers per game required to make the list.

// The Mastodons average 23.1 points off turnover this season, which is 26.7 percent of all points. Sparking points off turnovers, the ‘Dons are sixth in the nation in turnovers forced per game at  18.3 and eighth in the nation in fastbreak points with 19.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but one game this season (at Oakland, Dec. 2). The ‘Dons have been first in the nation in turnover margin, at 8.5, since the win against Green Bay 11 days ago.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 21 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll. The ‘Dons received votes last week and were ranked 21 two weeks ago.

// The ‘Dons are 54 in the latest NET rankings, the highest spot in program history.

// Corey Hadnot II has earned three Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors this season. Rasheed Bello and Quinton Morton-Robertson each have a Horizon League Player of the Week pick.

// The Mastodons’ 9-1 start is their best start to a season over the first 10 games during the NCAA Division I era of the Mastodons.

// The Mastodons’ 5-0 start was their longest undefeated stretch to start a season as a NCAA Division I program. It was their longest stretch to start a season since the 1992-93 team opened 9-0. That team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament, the only NCAA bid (Division I or II) in program history.

// Thanks to the 5-0 start to the season, the ‘Dons now have now had a winning streak of at-least four games in every season since 2009-10 except for one (2017-18). That is 14-of-15 seasons.

// A win for the ‘Dons on Saturday would make them 10-1 on the season. The last time the ‘Dons started 10-1 was 1989-90 when the ‘Dons opened 10-0 and lost game number 11.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 10th in the nation in 3-point percentage (48.2 percent).

// Thanks to wins over Northern Arizona (Nov. 17) and South Dakota (Nov. 18), the ‘Dons won the Arizona Tip-Off. Quinton Morton-Robertson was named the MVP of the event and selected to the All-Tournament Team with Rasheed Bello.

// The ‘Dons are averaging 86.6 points per game, up from 73.9 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10.3 steals per game are up from 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// 26.7 percent of points this season have come off turnovers (231-of-866).

// Rasheed Bello is sneaking up on 1,000 career points. Combined with his scoring at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside, he has 940 career NCAA points.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 12.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (14.9), Anthony Roberts (14.9), Jalen Jackson (14.4) and Quinton Morton-Robertson (12.5).

// The ‘Dons have partnered with Team IMPACT to add Bolton Richardson to the squad in 2023-24. Added to the team at a signing ceremony in July, Bolton will be at games, practices and other team activities.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 1st in the nation in turnover margin (+8.5)

// 6th in the nation in turnovers forced per game (18.3)

// 8th in the nation in fast break points per game (19)

// 12th in the nation in steals per game (10.3)”

// 14th in the nation in scoring margin (+20.1)

// 17th in the nation in points per game (86.6)

// 20th in the nation in effective field goal percentage (57.5 percent)

VS. SOUTHERN INDIANA

// The ‘Dons scored 40 percent of points (28-of 70) in the paint.

// The ‘Dons out-scored the Screaming Eagles 36-23 in the second half, after finishing the first half tied at 34.

// Purdue Fort Wayne overcame their largest deficit this season, 12, in the win.

// Rasheed Bello blocked a shot with his shoe. The highlight made SportsCenter and was shared by the NCAA, CNN and Sports Illustrated.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS THREE-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST EASTERN MICHIGAN SATURDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball opens a three-game homestand Saturday when the Screaming Eagles host Eastern Michigan University for a 1 p.m. matchup from Screaming Eagles Arena.

Saturday is Ugly Holiday Sweater Day at Screaming Eagles Arena. Fans are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweater with a special prize for the ugliest sweater. There will also be other games and prizes to get into the holiday spirit!

Saturday’s game can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin.

The upcoming home set will be the second three-game homestand of the season for Southern Indiana (3-4). USI began the 2023-24 campaign with three straight at Screaming Eagles Arena in November, capturing wins in all three home contests. Since then, it has been tough sledding for the Screaming Eagles, who played three of the last four on the road and dropped four straight games. The upcoming homestand will conclude the non-conference schedule, as USI seeks to bookend the out-of-conference slate with 3-0 marks at home.

Southern Indiana looks to rebound after the most recent setback on Wednesday night, falling 89-53 at Saint Louis University. Despite getting good looks on the offensive end against the Billikens, shots refused to fall for USI. Southern Indiana shot below 38 percent for the game.

In Wednesday’s game, junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) led USI with 14 points, scoring double figures for the fifth consecutive game. Shafford also reached 100 career three-pointers made on Wednesday. In addition to scoring 10 or more in the last five games, Shafford has efficiently shot the basketball above 40 percent.

On Wednesday, the Eagles also received some good contributions from its newcomers against the Billikens. Sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana), who transferred this year from Valparaiso University, tallied nine points on three made triples. Freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) also chipped in nine points on four makes from the field. Freshman guard Sophia Loden (Mascoutah, Illinois) scored five points and played solid defense in 11 minutes of action down the stretch of Wednesday’s contest.

On the season, USI averages 66.3 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting. Individually, Shafford tops the squad in multiple categories, including 13 points and 7.6 rebounds per outing. Senior forwards Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) and Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) are averaging just over nine points per contest.

Eastern Michigan (1-6) will be the second Mid-American Conference team USI has faced in the non-conference schedule, as Southern Indiana defeated Northern Illinois University in the second game of the season, 66-60. Eastern Michigan will be taking on its third opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference in USI, as Eastern Michigan claimed a 68-65 home win against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in November and lost last time out on Thursday in a tight battle at Lindenwood University, 71-64. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have also lost four straight games and are 0-5 away from home so far this season.

This season, Eastern Michigan averages 57.3 points per game on 36.1 percent shooting. Junior guard Lachelle Austin paces the Eagles at 10.5 points per contest. Austin had a standout game with a career-high 27 points in Thursday’s defeat against Lindenwood. Junior guard ZaNiya Nelson sits right behind Austin at 10.1 points per game.

Southern Indiana and Eastern Michigan met for the first time last season in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where USI claimed a 66-60 victory. In last year’s matchup, USI led by seven at the break, but the Eastern Michigan Eagles fought back in the third quarter to take a two-point lead into the final period. USI went on to outscore Eastern Michigan by eight in the fourth quarter to earn the six-point win.

In last year’s meeting, Raley had a sensational performance for Southern Indiana, leading USI with 17 points while also grabbing 16 rebounds for her second career double-double. It was also the first time a Screaming Eagle pulled down 15 or more rebounds in four years. Raley went on to earn Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week following the big-time effort.

Following Saturday’s meeting against Eastern Michigan, USI will be out of game action in the coming week for final exams before welcoming the University of Cincinnati from the Big-12 Conference to Screaming Eagles Arena next Sunday, December 17.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS FACE FLYERS AT HOME ON SATURDAY

vs Lewis (5-3, 4-0 GLVC)

Saturday | December 9 | 12:30 p.m. ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team will face Lewis in Nicoson Hall on Saturday in a GLVC bout. The Flyers currently lead the Greyhounds in the teams’ all-team series, 45-37. The last time the two teams faced each other was on Jan. 28, 2023 at Lewis, where the Flyers won 68-53.

LAST TIME OUT

UIndy lost to Governors State, 76-67, on Dec. 5 in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Elana Wells paced the team with 20 points and four assists while Jada Patton had her first career double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Patton is the second Greyhound this season to achieve a double-double and the sixth game where Wells contributed points in the double-digits.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2023/12/7/WBB_Game_Notes_12_9.pdf

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS HOSTS LEWIS ON SATURDAY

vs. Lewis Flyers (3-3, 2-0 GLVC)

Saturday | December 9 | 3 p.m.

The UIndy men’s basketball team welcomes Lewis to Nicoson Hall on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the final GLVC contest of the 2023 calendar year. The Flyers lead the all-time series, 51-39, however, the Greyhounds have won each of the past two meetings.

LAST TIME OUT

The Greyhounds kept their winning ways going on Tuesday night, fighting past a gritty Grand Valley State Lakers team to score a 67-63 region win. With the Hounds’ dub, they return to above-.500 basketball for the first time this season.

The Hounds saw three hit double figures in scoring, with Jesse Bingham leading with 16. David Ejah was just shy of his first double-double of the season, ending the day with 11 points and seven rebounds in the team’s third straight victory.

With the win, UIndy evened the all-time series at six apiece. The Greyhounds have now won four of the past five matchups with the Lakers.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2023/12/7/vs._Lewis.pdf

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NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston165.76210-06-59-115-47-31 W
Philadelphia147.6672.08-36-44-210-56-42 W
New York129.5714.06-36-61-310-66-42 L
Brooklyn129.5714.08-54-41-311-86-43 W
Toronto913.4097.56-63-70-65-124-63 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee157.68210-25-52-313-77-31 L
Indiana128.6002.07-55-35-110-76-43 W
Cleveland139.5912.06-67-32-29-47-33 W
Chicago914.3916.57-62-83-26-95-54 W
Detroit220.09113.01-101-101-52-120-1019 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando157.68210-25-53-110-48-21 W
Miami1210.5453.05-47-63-09-94-61 L
Atlanta912.4295.53-66-63-26-113-73 L
Charlotte713.3507.04-73-63-37-104-61 W
Washington318.14311.51-72-111-72-171-94 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota174.81010-17-34-012-29-16 W
Oklahoma City147.6673.07-47-31-28-67-31 W
Denver149.6094.09-15-82-112-75-53 L
Utah715.31810.56-51-102-47-123-72 L
Portland615.28611.02-64-91-32-113-73 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers149.60910-24-74-211-67-33 W
Sacramento128.6000.56-36-54-311-86-41 W
Phoenix1210.5451.55-67-42-49-86-42 L
LA Clippers1110.5242.07-34-72-210-87-33 W
Golden State1012.4553.55-65-63-49-104-61 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas138.6196-47-44-28-65-52 W
Houston109.5262.09-11-82-29-84-62 W
New Orleans1211.5222.08-44-73-29-96-41 L
Memphis615.2867.01-95-62-35-124-61 L
San Antonio318.14310.01-102-81-33-120-1016 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins930.7500.03842665-0-04-3-06-2-03-1-03 W
Buffalo Bills660.5003.03282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets480.3335.01712512-5-02-3-02-6-01-3-05 L
New England Patriots3100.2316.51692721-6-02-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs840.6670.02752084-2-04-2-06-1-03-1-01 L
Denver Broncos660.5002.02633024-3-02-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers570.4173.02752582-4-03-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.02022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Cleveland Browns750.5832.02582455-1-02-4-05-3-03-2-02 L
Pittsburgh Steelers760.5382.52102504-4-03-2-05-4-03-1-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals660.5003.02462733-3-03-3-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars840.6670.02852593-4-05-0-06-3-04-1-01 L
Indianapolis Colts750.5831.03002962-4-05-1-05-3-03-2-04 W
Houston Texans750.5831.02812495-2-02-3-04-3-01-2-01 W
Tennessee Titans480.3334.02132554-2-00-6-02-6-00-3-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1020.8330.03292885-1-05-1-06-1-03-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.03882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.01592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.52613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers930.7500.03521894-1-05-2-07-1-03-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams660.5003.02682533-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5003.02642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2316.52303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions930.7500.03272864-2-05-1-06-2-02-1-01 W
Minnesota Vikings660.5003.02632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers660.5003.02582434-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-03 W
Chicago Bears480.3335.02422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons660.5000.02262404-2-02-4-04-4-03-0-02 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers570.4171.02332453-3-02-4-04-4-02-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints570.4171.02572552-3-03-4-02-5-01-2-03 L
Carolina Panthers1110.0835.01913131-4-00-7-00-8-00-3-05 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins251753371682629-2-18-3-25-4-1
Florida Panthers261682341680679-4-07-4-26-3-1
Detroit Red Wings251474321496778-3-36-4-16-2-2
Toronto Maple Leafs23136430980777-4-16-2-37-1-2
Tampa Bay Lightning2812115291291998-3-34-8-24-5-1
Montreal Canadiens261112325972936-8-15-4-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2711142241177915-7-06-7-24-5-1
Ottawa Senators211011020973698-8-02-3-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers241851371782668-2-010-3-17-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers2614102301278716-6-18-4-16-3-1
New York Islanders251177291076825-3-56-4-26-1-3
Carolina Hurricanes2614111291385868-2-16-9-05-4-1
Washington Capitals231283271056707-4-25-4-15-4-1
New Jersey Devils2413101271387895-6-18-4-06-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2611123251175695-6-16-6-23-4-3
Columbus Blue Jackets299155239851017-7-22-8-35-4-1
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche261682341592779-3-07-5-25-3-2
Dallas Stars251573331388756-4-19-3-24-4-2
Winnipeg Jets251582321581688-5-17-3-17-3-0
Arizona Coyotes2513102281183728-5-05-5-26-4-0
Nashville Predators2614120281385819-6-05-6-08-2-0
St. Louis Blues2613121271275857-4-06-8-15-5-0
Minnesota Wild25912422878885-4-24-8-24-4-2
Chicago Blackhawks25816117860894-6-14-10-03-6-1
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights271755391489649-2-28-3-34-2-4
Los Angeles Kings231643351689535-4-311-0-08-2-0
Vancouver Canucks2717913517103709-3-18-6-05-5-0
Calgary Flames2611123251176896-5-15-7-25-4-1
Edmonton Oilers2411121231084837-4-14-8-07-3-0
Seattle Kraken27813622771944-7-14-6-53-5-2
Anaheim Ducks261016020969885-9-05-7-01-9-0
San Jose Sharks278172188581115-6-23-11-05-4-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 9, 1933 – Athletic Park, Sarnia – According to thegreycup.com, the Toronto Argonauts edged out the Sarnia Imperials by the score of 4-3 in the 1933 Grey Cup. It was the 3rd Championship that the Argos had won since the Cup’s inception.

December 9, 1934 – Polo Grounds, New York City – “The Sneakers game” is what this National Football League Championship game has been fondly referred to on profootballhof.com.  This was a rematch of the two teams that played in the 1933 League Championship contest, the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants.  The Bears entered the game as the favorites, after all they had not lost a game all season and had beaten the Giants twice earlier in the season. Weather, the great equalizer set in and John Mara, the Giants treasurer noticed that the turf of the Polo Grounds was practically a sheet of ice just hours before kick off. Mara let the coaching staff know including team Captain Ray Flaherty about the field. Flaherty’s thoughts went back to a game he remembered that he and his team at Gonzaga College had played with similar icy conditions where they took off their cleats and put on basketball shoes to try and gain better traction. Equipment personnel of the Giants raced over to Manhattan College to borrow their basketball teams’ footwear.  Both teams struggled with traction at the onset of the game but right about then is when Head Coach Steve Owen deployed his secret strategy and had his receivers and backs to put the limited amount of sneakers that they had on loan. The G-men had gained a definite advantage and scored 4 touchdowns in the final stanza to surprise the Chicago Bears with a 30-13 Giants victory.

December 9, 1935  – The first Heisman Trophy Award was issued but it actually was called the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy for this issuance. The Heisman Trophy label came about in 1936 per Heisman.com. Anyway Jay Berwanger a half back from the University of Chicago won the Trophy for being college football’s top player in 1935. The details of Jay’s stats are a little sketchy bu we do know that per the Heisman website Berwanger received a telegram from Manhattan’s Downtown Athletic Club, informing him that he had won a trophy for being the “most valuable football player east of the Mississippi,” as well as a trip for two to New York.

December 9, 1939 – UCLA ties rival USC. This was a watershed moment for the Bruins that brought their program to the same level as the dominant Southern Cal football per the Southern branch website.. Both teams were undefeated coming into the game and late in the game it was a scoreless tie but USC missed out on a great scoring opportunity when Trojan Grenny Lansdell coughed up the football as he was appearing to be ready to cross the goal line after a tremendous hit and strip by USC’s Ned Matthews and Jackie Robinson. Yes that Jackie Robinson, the famous brave #42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team that broke racial barriers in professional sports in the United States. The Bruins recovered the loose ball for a touchback but more importantly  preserved the tie which helped put UCLA football on the map! Enjoy the highlight video, Jackie Robinson is number 28 on the gridiron and you can see what a great football player he was, including the fumble he helped create with his tackle.

December 9, 1938 – The 1939 NFL Draft took place. Ki Aldrich from TCU was the first pick by the Chicago Cardinals. This was the first year that the draft had been expanded to 20 rounds. The first League draft took place in 1936 and according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website prior to that players were free to sign with any team that they wanted to. Philadelphia Eagles owner, Bert Bell, who would later be the NFL commissioner, proposed the plan to have teams pick in the order reversed on how they finished. 

December 9, 1939 – Landsdowne Park, Ottawa – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers took home their second Grey Cup title when they outlasted the Ottawa Rough Riders by the score of 8-7 per the CFL.ca website. The story on the CFL web page is a pretty good one that I suggest you take a look at. In it they also mention that weather played a factor in the score as it was a snow covered field and temperatures were minus five degrees Celsius. 

December 9, 1939 – Once again the Chicago Cardinals held the first pick in the NFL Draft. George Cafego from University of Tennessee was first picked by the Cards in the 1940 NFL Draft.

December 9, 1941 – The 7th Heisman Trophy Award is given to halfback Bruce Smith from the University of Minnesota. Smith helped the Gophers earn consecutive National Titles on undefeated seasons per the Heisman.com website. Bruce was over 200 pounds and was one of the fastest players in football so this proved to be a deadly combination to go with his great athleticism in the single wing offense he was in.

December 9, 1949 – The NFL absorbs the franchises of the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers & Baltimore Colts as rival league, the AAFC dissolves due to poor finances. A great story on Sporting Chance Press tells the detail of the merger as NFL Commissioner Bert Bell reached an agreement for the NFL to merge the Colts , Browns and Niners into their league while the other AAFC teams would disband.

December 9, 1973 – St Louis Cardinal place kicker, Jim Bakken boots six successful field goals against the Atlanta Falcons. Pro-football-history.com gives us the final score 32 to 10 for the Red Bird win.

December 9, 1984 – Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams breaks the NFL single season record by running 2,105 yards on the year. Dickerson did it in style as he rushed for 215 yards  against the Houston Oilers per the Rams.com. The dominant performance helped the Rams secure the 27-17  win.

December 9, 1990 – New York Giants running back Otis Anderson becomes the eighth player to rush for at least 10,000 yards in a career per OnthisDay.com.

December 9, 1995  – Ohio State Running Back Eddie George wins the 61st Heisman Trophy Award. Heisman.com describes how George averaged 152.2 yards per game for a total of 1826 yards on the ground in his senior season to help the legendary Buckeye rusher gain the coveted hardware. His 22 touchdowns and 11 straight games of rushing for at  least 100 yards catapulted Eddie over the competition in the voting.

December 9, 2006 – Troy Smith the quarterback from Ohio State won the 72nd Heisman Trophy Award.

December 9, 2013 – The Chicago Bears retired Mike Ditka’s #89 jersey from further use by players in the Bears franchise.

December 9, 2017  – The 83rd Heisman Trophy Award went to Quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

99 – 48 – 72 – 54 – 25 – 29 – 33 – 24 – 27 – 10 – 89 – 6 – 12 – 29

December 9, 1931 – Baseball cuts squad from 25 to 23 players & NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers

December 9, 1935 – 1st Heisman Trophy Award was won by Chicago Maroons Quarterback, Number 99,  Jay Berwanger

December 9, 1938 – 1939 NFL Draft: Ki Aldrich, Number 48 from TCU first pick by Chicago Cardinals

December 9, 1939 – 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego, Number 72 from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals

December 9, 1941 – 7th Heisman Trophy Award Minnesota half back, Number 54,  Bruce Smith

December 9, 1949 – NFL merged with AAFC; Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers & Baltimore Colts join league intact, other teams in New York and Los Angeles are merged with existing units

December 9, 1973 – NFL St. Louis Cardinal, Number 25,  Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons

December 9, 1984 – LA Ram Number 29, Eric Dickerson rushed 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

December 9, 1987 – Boston Celtic’s legend, Number 33, Larry Bird’s streak of 59 consecutive free throws ended

December 9, 1990 – NFL NY Giant Number 24, Otis Anderson became the 8th NFO player to rush for 10,000 yards or more

December 9, 1992 – NHL’s New Jersey Devils organization announced that it would change its colors to black, red, & white for the 1992-93 season

December 9, 1995 – 61st Heisman Trophy Award was won by Ohio State running back Number 27, Eddie George

December 9, 2006 – 72nd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Ohio State Quarterback Number 10, Troy Smith

December 9, 2013 – Mike Ditka’s Number 89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears

December 9, 2017 – 83rd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oklahoma Quarterback Number 6,  Baker Mayfield

December 9, 2018 – New England Patriots quarterback Number 12 Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes in NFL history; moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins; record includes TDs thrown in regular season & post-season

December 9, 2018 – Green Bay quarterback, Number 12, Aaron Rogers breaks Tom Brady’s NFL record with his 359th straight pass without an interception during Packers 34-20 win over Atlanta Falcons; finishes game with streak intact at 368

December 9, 2021 – Chicago Black Hawks Number 29,  Marc-Andre Fleury became just the 3rd NHL goaltender to reach 500 career wins in 2-0 shut-out over the Canadiens at Montreal

TV SATURDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
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NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
ARIZONA AT BOSTON1:00PMNESN
SCRIPPS
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SCRIPPS
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SPORTSNET
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OTTAWA AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
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NY RANGERS AT WASHINGTON7:00PMMSG
MNMT
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MSGSN
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ALT
CAROLINA AT VANCOUVER10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
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ROOT SPORTS
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
FCS QUARTERFINALS12:00PMESPN
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ARMY AT NAVY3:00PMCBS
HEISMAN TROPHY8:00PMESPN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
SYRACUSE AT GEORGETOWN11:30AMFOX
TULANE VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE11:30AMSECN
ILLINOIS AT TENNESSEE12:00PMCBS
KENTUCKY VS. PENN12:00PMESPN2
CALIFORNIA AT BUTLER12:00PMFS1
VALPARAISO AT VIRGINIA TECH12:00PMCW
UAPB AT UCONN12:00PMFS2
FGCU AT MINNESOTA12:00PMBTN
SOUTH CAROLINA AT EAST CAROLINA12:00PMESPNU
UMASS LOWELL AT UMASS12:00PMNESN+
VIRGINIA U. OF LYNCHBURG AT MORGAN STATE12:00PMESPN+
TROY AT DAYTON12:30PMUSA
TOWSON AT UMBC1:00PMMASN
CAROLINA UNIVERSITY AT QUEENS1:00PMESPN+
YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT WESTERN MICHIGAN1:00PMESPN+
AMERICAN AT VMI1:00PMESPN+
PURDUE VS. ALABAMA1:30PMFOX
KANSAS STATE AT LSU1:30PMSECN
INDIANA VS. AUBURN2:00PMESPN2
LOUISVILLE AT DEPAUL2:00PMFS1
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT CREIGHTON2:00PMFS2
GRAND CANYON AT LIBERTY2:00PMESPNU
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT MONMOUTH2:00PMESPN+
PORTLAND AT NORTH DAKOTA2:00PMSUMMIT
WESTERN OREGON AT BOISE STATE2:00PMMWN
CAIRN AT LEHIGH2:00PMESPN+
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CLEVELAND STATE AT KENT STATE2:00PMESPN+
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SOUTHERN INDIANA AT INDIANA STATE2:00PMESPN+
COLGATE AT VERMONT2:00PMESPN+
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WKU AT BUFFALO2:00PMESPN+
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AT MAINE2:00PMESPN+
LE MOYNE AT BINGHAMTON2:00PMESPN+
LA SALLE AT LAFAYETTE2:00PMESPN+
WOFFORD AT COASTAL CAROLINA2:00PMESPN+
BOB JONES AT FURMAN2:00PMESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT MERCER2:00PMESPN+
CSU BAKERSFIELD AT SOUTH DAKOTA2:00PMSUMMIT
CHARLOTTE AT DUKE2:15PMCW
HOUSTON CHRISTIAN AT TEXAS3:00PMLHN
HOFSTRA AT SAINT LOUIS3:00PMESPN+
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NORTHWESTERN STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS3:00PMESPN+
WISCONSIN AT ARIZONA3:15PMESPN
UAB AT ARKANSAS STATE3:30PMESPN+
ARKANSAS VS. OKLAHOMA4:00PMESPN2
TCU VS. CLEMSON4:00PMFS1
ALABAMA A&M AT GEORGIA TECH4:00PMACCN
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN AT WYOMING4:00PMMWN
DREXEL AT WEST VIRGINIA4:00PMESPN+
MARSHALL AT OHIO4:00PMESPN+
UNC ASHEVILLE AT WESTERN CAROLINA4:00PMESPN+
SIENA AT ST. BONAVENTURE4:00PMESPN+
JACKSON STATE AT HOUSTON4:00PMESPN+
ELIZABETH CITY STATE AT NICHOLLS4:00PMESPN+
MARIST AT DARTMOUTH4:00PMESPN+
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT UIW4:00PMESPN+
BETHESDA AT UC SANTA BARBARA4:00PMESPN+
SPRING HILL AT SOUTH ALABAMA4:00PMESPN+
KANSAS CITY AT LINDENWOOD4:30PMESPN+
OMAHA AT A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI4:30PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL AT RADFORD4:30PMESPN+
NEW MEXICO VS. SANTA CLARA5:00PM
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MILWAUKEE AT UC DAVIS5:00PMESPN+
GEORGE FOX AT PORTLAND STATE5:00PMESPN+
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MISSOURI AT KANSAS5:15PMESPN
OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE6:00PMBTN
CANISIUS AT PITT6:00PMACCN
EASTERN WASHINGTON AT AIR FORCE6:00PMALT
GOSHEN AT LOYOLA CHICAGO6:00PMESPN+
FAIRFIELD AT SACRED HEART6:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
COPPIN STATE AT GEORGE WASHINGTON6:00PMESPN+
CINCINNATI AT XAVIER6:30PMFS1
SAINT MARY’S AT COLORADO STATE6:30PMCBSSN
BRYANT AT STONY BROOK6:30PMSNY
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA AT SOUTHERN6:30PM
UCLA VS. VILLANOVA7:00PMFOX
BYU AT UTAH7:00PMPAC12N
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PACIFIC AT FRESNO STATE7:00PMMWN
SAM HOUSTON AT MISSOURI STATE7:00PMESPN+
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JAMES MADISON AT OLD DOMINION7:00PMESPN+
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DRAKE VS. NEVADA7:30PM
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OZARK CHRISTIAN AT ORAL ROBERTS8:00PMKGEB
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BELMONT AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE8:30PMCBSSN
IDAHO STATE AT SOUTHERN UTAH8:30PMESPN+
NOTRE DAME AT MARQUETTE9:00PMFOX
UTEP AT OREGON9:00PMPAC12N
NORTHWEST NAZARENE AT UTAH STATE9:00PMKMYU
IDAHO AT UTAH TECH9:00PMESPN+
CAL POLY AT WEBER STATE9:00PMESPN+
UC SAN DIEGO AT PEPPERDINE9:00PMESPN+
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT VS. UNLV10:00PM
UC IRVINE AT SAN DIEGO STATE10:30PMFS1
ARIZONA STATE AT SAN DIEGO10:30PMCBSSN
GONZAGA AT WASHINGTON11:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: WORLD CHAMPIONS CUP2:00PMESPNEWS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
EPL: CRYSTAL PALACE VS LIVERPOOL7:30AMUSA
LA LIGA: DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS VS LAS PALMAS8:00AMESPN+
SERIE A: HELLAS VERONA VS LAZIO9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: UNION BERLIN VS BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS BAYERN MÜNCHEN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: WOLFSBURG VS FREIBURG9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: WERDER BREMEN VS AUGSBURG9:30AMESPN+
EPL: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS BURNLEY10:00AMUSA
EPL: MANCHESTER UNITED VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH10:00AMPEACOCK
EPL: SHEFFIELD UNITED VS BRENTFORD10:00AMPEACOCK
LA LIGA: REAL BETIS VS REAL MADRID10:15AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: RENNES VS MONACO11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: ATALANTA VS MILAN12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
EPL: ASTON VILLA VS ARSENAL12:30PMNBC
BUNDESLIGA: BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS RB LEIPZIG12:30PMESPN+
LA LIGA: VILLARREAL VS REAL SOCIEDAD12:30PMESPN+
SERIE A: INTERNAZIONALE VS UDINESE2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
EPL: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS MANCHESTER UNITED3:00PMUSA
LA LIGA: MALLORCA VS SEVILLA3:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: PSG VS NANTES3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
VERMONT VS MANHATTAN12:00PMESPN+
BROWN VS NEW HAMPSHIRE12:00PMESPN+
PROVIDENCE VS YALE12:00PMESPN+
GEORGE MASON VS MOUNT ST. MARY’S1:00PMESPN+
DAYTON VS MIAMI (OH)1:00PMESPN+
ASBURY VS BELLARMINE1:00PMESPN+
SYRACUSE VS OHIO1:00PMESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH VS ARKANSAS STATE1:00PMESPN+
ROBERT MORRIS VS TEXAS A&M1:00PMSECN+
MARIST VS ALBANY2:00PMESPN+
BUFFALO VS DREXEL2:00PMFLOSPORTS
NORTHERN ARIZONA VS SAN FRANCISCO2:00PMESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN VS OAKLAND2:00PMESPN+
MERCER VS NORTH CAROLINA A&T2:00PMFLOSPORTS
COPPIN STATE VS GEORGE WASHINGTON2:00PMESPN+
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS SOUTHERN INDIANA2:00PMESPN+
NEBRASKA VS MICHIGAN STATE2:00PMBTN
NORTH ALABAMA VS CHATTANOOGA2:00PMESPN+
CENTRAL BAPTIST VS CENTRAL ARKANSAS2:00PMESPN+
CHICAGO STATE VS VALPARAISO2:00PMESPN+
UAB VS NICHOLLS2:00PMESPN+
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST VS PEPPERDINE2:00PMESPN+
GONZAGA VS RICE3:00PMESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE VS NORTHERN IOWA3:00PMESPN+
MILWAUKEE VS LOYOLA CHICAGO3:00PMESPN+
TEXAS STATE VS OKLAHOMA STATE3:00PMESPN+
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS ALABAMA3:00PMSECN+
UNLV VS OKLAHOMA3:00PMESPN+
STETSON VS DENVER3:00PMSUMMIT
ALCORN STATE VS NORTH TEXAS3:00PMESPN+
WEBER STATE VS UTAH TECH4:00PMESPN+
BOISE STATE VS BYU4:00PMESPN+
UTAH STATE VS UTAH VALLEY4:00PMESPN+
INDIANA VS RUTGERS4:00PMBTN
PORTLAND VS UTEP4:00PMESPN+
BOISE STATE VS BYU4:00PMESPN+
ST. THOMAS VS PURDUE FORT WAYNE4:00PMESPN+
EASTERN ILLINOIS VS WRIGHT STATE4:00PMESPN+
YOUNGSTOWN STATE VS SAINT FRANCIS U4:00PMNEC FRONT ROW
FURMAN VS SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE4:30PMESPN+
UT MARTIN VS TROY4:30PMESPN+
KENTUCKY STATE VS NORTHERN KENTUCKY4:30PMESPN+
SAINT LOUIS VS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS5:00PMESPN+
FRESNO STATE VS CAL POLY5:00PMESPN+
MURRAY STATE VS AUSTIN PEAY5:00PMESPN+
HARVARD VS BOSTON UNIVERSITY7:00PMESPN+
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