INDIANA BOYS SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

AT LAFAYETTE JEFF 

CLASS A: GARY 21ST CENTURY (23-4) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (19-9), 1 P.M.

CLASS 4A: CHESTERTON (28-0) VS. KOKOMO (19-7), 3 P.M.

AT ELKHART

CLASS 2A: CENTRAL NOBLE (27-2) VS. CARROLL (FLORA) (24-1), 4 P.M.

CLASS 3A: MISHAWAKA MARIAN (23-3) VS. LEO (21-5), 6 P.M.

AT WASHINGTON

CLASS 3A: BEECH GROVE (20-6) VS. SULLIVAN (25-2), 1 P.M. 

CLASS 4A: CATHEDRAL (24-6) VS. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (24-3), 3 P.M.

AT SEYMOUR…GAMES BROADCAST ON IHSAATV.org (Powered by Indiana SRN)

CLASS A: JAC-CEN-DEL (22-5) VS. NORTH DAVIESS (25-3), 4 P.M.

CLASS 2A: EASTERN HANCOCK (22-5) VS. PROVIDENCE (19-6) | 6 P.M.

MEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT SCOREBOARD

OHIO STATE 54 LOYOLA CHICAGO 41

AUBURN 80 JACKSON STATE 61

TEXAS TECH 97 MONTANA STATE 62

PURDUE 78 YALE 56

VILLANOVA 80 DELAWARE 60

MIAMI, FLORIDA 68 USC 66

NOTRE DAME 78 ALABAMA 64

TEXAS 81 VIRGINIA TECH 73

ILLINOIS 54 CHATTANOOGA 53

DUKE 78 CAL STATE FULLERTON 61

ARIZONA 87 WRIGHT STATE 70

IOWA STATE 59 LSU 54

HOUSTON 82 ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 68

MICHIGAN STATE 74 DAVIDSON 73

TCU 69 SETON HALL 42

WISCONSIN 67 COLGATE 60

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT SCOREBOARD

CREIGHTON 84 COLORADO 74

MIAMI, FLORIDA 78 S. FLORIDA 66

SOUTH CAROLINA 79 HOWARD 21

SOUTH DAKOTA 75 OLE MISS 61

FLORIDA GULF COAST 84 VIRGINIA TECH 81

GONZAGA 68 NEBRASKA 55

IOWA 98 ILLINOIS STATE 58

BAYLOR 89 HAWAII 49

UTAH 92 ARKANSAS 69

MARYLAND 102 DELAWARE 71

LOUISVILLE 83 ALBANY 51

GEORGIA 70 DAYTON 54

TEXAS 70 FAIRFIELD 52

KANSAS 77 GEORGIA TECH 58

IOWA STATE 78 TEXAS ARLINGTON 71

STANFORD 78 MONTANA STATE 37

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 121 HOUSTON 118

PHILADELPHIA 111 DALLAS 101

ATLANTA 120 MEMPHIS 105

CLEVELAND 119 DENVER 116 OT

BROOKLYN 128 PORTLAND 123

NEW YORK 100 WASHINGTON 97

LA LAKERS 128 TORONTO 123 OT

MIAMI 120 OKLAHOMA CITY 108

NEW ORLEANS 124 SAN ANTONIO 91

UTAH 121 LA CLIPPERS 92

PHOENIX 129 CHICAGO 102

BOSTON 126 SACRAMENTO 97

NHL SCOREBOARD

OTTAWA 3 PHILADELPHIA 1

WASHINGTON 4 CAROLINA 3

BOSTON 4 WINNIPEG 2

BUFFALO 1 CALGARY 0

FLORIDA 3 ANAHEIM 0

COLORADO 5 SAN JOSE 3

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – SPRING TRAINING SCOREBOARD

CLEVELAND 3 CINCINNATI 2

OAKLAND 10 LA ANGELS 8

KANSAS CITY 5 TEXAS 5

MILWAUKEE 3 LA DODGERS 3

SAN DIEGO 6 SEATTLE 4

COLORADO 5 ARIZONA 3

CHICAGO CUBS 7 SAN FRANCISCO 3

TORONTO 9 BALTIMORE 5

BOSTON 7 TAMPA BAY 6

PHILADELPHIA 6 DETROIT 6

ATLANTA 3 MINNESOTA 1

PITTSBURGH 4 NY YANKEES 3

ST. LOUIS 4 HOUSTON 2

MIAMI 8 WASHINGTON 3

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Duke tops Cal State Fullerton to open Coach K’s last NCAAs

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Mike Krzyzewski got the defensive improvement he wanted to start the NCAA Tournament after some shaky performances down the stretch of his final season.

Duke began the retiring Hall of Famer’s last journey through the brackets with minimal stress, beating Cal State Fullerton 78-61 on Friday night.

“We played better tonight than we have been playing,” Krzyzewski said.

Freshman Paolo Banchero scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils (29-6), who jumped to a double-digit lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes. Duke led by 10 at halftime and pushed the margin to 20, avoiding the shocking exit that befell another of the sport’s top programs – Kentucky – in a 2-vs.-15 matchup a night earlier.

“I mean, we all watched the game last night,” said Wendell Moore Jr., who had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. “I mean, obviously we didn’t want it to happen to us as well.”

The West Region’s No. 2 seed had five players score in double figures while playing in its neighboring state, backed by vocal sections of fans eager to be part of what they hope will be Krzyzewski’s six-game run to title No. 6. Next up: a matchup with seventh-seeded Michigan State and its Hall of Fame coach, Tom Izzo.

Michigan State survives, edges Davidson 74-73 in NCAAs

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Michigan State was tough enough to take back the lead in a critical moment, then fortunate enough to withstand Davidson’s desperation final charge.

“I thought it was a little bit of a roller-coaster,” Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo said.

The Spartans survived regardless, getting a career-high 27 points from Joey Hauser to edge the Wildcats 74-73 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. The win sets up one more marquee postseason matchup with Duke and retiring Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski.

Seeded seventh in the West Region, Michigan State (23-12) had to wrestle away control of a tight game against the Wildcats in the second half. The Spartans used a 16-3 run to go ahead for good while allowing just one field goal over a critical 6-minute stretch, pushing the Spartans to their largest lead at 67-59 with a minute left and seemingly putting the game away.

Only the 10th-seeded Wildcats (27-7) took the fight to the final minute, though, even while getting tripped up by several quick – and sometimes borderline – whistles down the stretch.

Plummer’s late free throws lift Illini by Chattanooga 54-53

PITTSBURGH (AP) The result didn’t make sense to Brad Underwood. For the better part of 39 minutes Friday night, the Illinois coach watched his fourth-seeded team chasing 13th-seeded Chattanooga.

The Southern Conference champion Mocs, with alum and Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens cheering them on, smothered Illini All-America center Kofi Cockburn. They took double-digit leads in each half. They responded every time the Illini made a push.

The Illini didn’t panic. They dug in behind Cockburn and guard Alfonso Plummer, whose go-ahead free throws with 12 seconds to go helped them pull out a 54-53 NCAA Tournament win that maybe they didn’t deserve but will certainly take.

“I told (Chattanooga coach) Lamont (Paris) they played better than us, and we just happened to have more points than them at the end, and we led at the right time,” Underwood said.

The only time it mattered.

The Big Ten co-champions will play fifth-seeded Houston on Sunday after narrowly avoiding becoming the seventh team to fall to a double-digit seed.

“We just kind of hung in there,” Underwood said.

Wisconsin outlasts Colgate 67-60 as Davis leads comeback

MILWAUKEE (AP) Johnny Davis offered a simple explanation for how Wisconsin stepped up down the stretch to avoid a first-round upset.

“We just stopped being lazy on defense and non-fundamental,” the All-America guard and Big Ten player of the year said. “That’s all it was.”

Davis scored Wisconsin’s last 14 points and finished with 25 as the Big Ten co-champion Badgers came from behind to beat Colgate 67-60 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

The third-seeded Badgers (25-7) snapped Colgate’s 15-game winning streak and advanced to a second-round game Sunday against No. 11 seed Iowa State (21-12). The Cyclones defeated LSU 59-54 earlier Friday.

Wisconsin trailed by as many as five in the second half before going on a 10-0 run and holding Colgate scoreless for more than seven minutes. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard agreed with Davis’ blunt assessment of what caused the turnaround.

“At least he’s honest,” Gard said.

Davis showed he’s all the way back from the injured left ankle that knocked the Big Ten player of the year out of the Badgers’ regular-season finale. Davis returned for the Big Ten Tournament but shot 3 of 19 in a quarterfinal loss to Michigan State, which also advanced Friday night.

TCU gets first NCAA win since 1987 with rout of Seton Hall

SAN DIEGO (AP) Mike Miles Jr. scored 21 points and ninth-seeded TCU got its first NCAA Tournament victory in 35 years, easily dispatching eighth-seeded Seton Hall 69-42 on Friday night.

The Horned Frogs’ last tournament victory was in 1987 against Marshall, when coach Jamie Dixon was a senior at his alma mater. They haven’t had many opportunities since: This was their third appearance since 1988 and second in Dixon’s six seasons.

“Well, I can’t do anything about the last 35. I’ve been saying that for a while,” said Dixon, who led Pittsburgh to 11 NCAA trips in 13 years. “We’ve done good things since we’ve been back. Hopefully this is the start of more to come.”

Damion Baugh scored 14 points for TCU, which shot 27 of 53 (50.9%) from the field and led most of the game. It also dominated inside, outscoring Seton Hall 40-14 in the paint. Sixteen of TCU’s 27 field goals were layups.

“We got them in foul trouble early, which made them hesitant on the offensive end with their attack,” said Emmanuel Miller, who had 10 points. “I think going forward that’s a huge thing in what we need to do because we realize how important it was to do that today.”

The Horned Frogs (21-12) will take on the South Region’s top seed, Arizona, on Sunday in the second round. The Wildcats defeated Wright State 87-70 earlier Friday.

Ohio State puts clamps on Loyola Chicago in 54-41 NCAA win

PITTSBURGH (AP) No extended March stay for Loyola Chicago and Sister Jean this time.

Not with Ohio State taking away every inch of open space. Not with E.J. Liddell creating a bit of his own with each pull-up jumper. Not with the seventh-seeded Buckeyes showing that when healthy, they can make every trip down the floor for their opponent a frustrating mess.

E.J. Liddell scored 16 points, Big Ten Freshman of the Year Malaki Branham added 14 and Ohio State shut down the 10th-seeded Ramblers from start to finish, winning 54-41 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

The Buckeyes (20-11) advanced to play Villanova on Sunday in the South Region while preventing another March run by the Ramblers (25-8), who shot 27% (15 of 56) from the floor.

Smith leads Auburn to 10th straight NCAA opening win, 80-61

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Jabari Smith couldn’t wait for his first NCAA Tournament game so he could get back to having fun and helping second-seeded Auburn to its latest first-round victory.

Oh, and putting up a highlight-reel jam wasn’t bad, either.

Smith, the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year, had a sublime tournament debut with 20 points, 14 rebounds and a right-handed slam dunk that’ll be hard to miss among the highlights of the Tigers’ 80-61 victory over Jacksonville State in the Midwest Region on Friday.

The Tigers (28-5) will face 10th-seeded Miami on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16.

“We have No. 10 and you don’t,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said with a smile, referring to Smith.

Pearl’s got plenty of other standouts, too.

Walker Kessler, Smith’s 7-foot-1 partner in the paint, finished a block shy of a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks. K.D. Johnson broke out of a shooting slump with 10 points and a couple of 3s as Auburn took control late in the first half.

Texas Tech overwhelms Montana State 97-62 in NCAA 1st round

SAN DIEGO (AP) Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 20 points and set a dominating tone in the opening minutes for Texas Tech, which overwhelmed Montana State 97-62 Friday with one of the best-shooting games in the first round since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Bryson Williams also scored 20 points for Texas Tech (26-9), which shot 66.7% (36 of 54) from the field, including making 12 of 20 3-pointers. At one point the Red Raiders were trending toward breaking Syracuse’s record of 67.9% (38 of 56) against Southern Illinois in 1995. They settled for a tie for fourth.

Texas Tech, the No. 3 seed in the West Region, was too big, quick and talented for the Bobcats (27-8), who were making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996. The Red Raiders will play 11th-seeded Notre Dame in the second round.

Shannon also had six of Texas Tech’s 23 assists.

Villanova breezes past Delaware 80-60 in NCAA 1st round

PITTSBURGH (AP) Villanova’s hangover from another Big East title lasted maybe 10 minutes. Once the Wildcats found their footing, they ran away from scrappy Delaware.

Justin Moore scored 21 points, Collin Gillespie added 14 and second-seeded Villanova had little trouble with the 15th-seeded Blue Hens, breezing to an 80-60 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

The Wildcats (27-7) used a 35-10 surge spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second to turn an eight-point deficit into a blowout. Villanova will meet Ohio State in the second round of the South Region on Sunday. The No. 7-seeded Buckeyes downed Loyola Chicago 54-41 in the first of four games at PPG Paints Arena.

Villanova coach Jay Wright worried about his team’s legs after watching conference rivals Marquette and UConn flame out of the NCAAs quickly during first-round losses on Thursday.

“They just looked worn down,” Wright said.

Moore’s foul shots lift Miami to 68-66 NCAA win over Trojans

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Charlie Moore made two free throws with three seconds left and finished with 16 points to lift 10th-seeded Miami to a 68-66 win over No. 7 seed Southern California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Moore drove the lane in the final moments and appeared to have his layup blocked by Chavez Goodwin. But a foul was called and Moore made the free throws.

USC’s Drew Peterson put up a shot from halfcourt that banked off the backboard and front of the rim as time ran out, sealing the Hurricanes’ first win in the tournament in six years.

Miami (24-10) will play Auburn on Sunday in a Midwest Region second-round game.

Texas beats Hokies 81-73 for 1st NCAA tourney win since 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) Texas’ Marcus Carr says he doesn’t leave the gym on most practice days until he makes at least one halfcourt shot.

“Sometimes it takes me one rep,” Carr said. “Sometimes it takes me 11. However many it takes.”

Practice made perfect for Carr on Friday.

Carr beat the halftime buzzer by banking in a shot from roughly 60 feet away to put Texas ahead for good in an 81-73 victory over Virginia Tech that gave the Longhorns their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2014.

The sixth-seeded Longhorns (22-11) advance to a second-round East Region game Sunday against No. 3 seed Purdue (28-7). The Boilermakers trounced Yale 78-56 on Friday.

Koloko, Arizona overpower Wright State in NCAA 1st round

SAN DIEGO (AP) Christian Koloko scored 17 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and keyed a second-half surge for top-seeded Arizona, which beat No. 16 Wright State 87-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Bennedict Mathurin scored 18 points and Dalen Terry had 16 for the Wildcats (32-3), who were cheered on by thousands of red-clad fans who made the drive from Tucson. Arizona won its seventh straight game and earned its first NCAA Tournament win since beating Saint Mary’s in the second round in 2017.

First-year coach Tommy Lloyd has Arizona in the NCAAs for the first time since 2018. While he has plenty of NCAA Tournament experience after working on Gonzaga’s staff from 2001-21, this was the March Madness debut for his players.

“It feels amazing,” said Koloko, who also had six assists and five blocked shots. “You come to Arizona to play in the NCAA Tournament. This is my third year. And this is my first time playing in this tournament. I hope we’ll get the win on Sunday, too.”

Hunter scores 23 as Iowa State edges LSU in NCAA tourney

MILWAUKEE (AP) Iowa State turned to Tyrese Hunter at the very end, and the freshman delivered.

When it comes to Milwaukee in March, the Cyclones know exactly what to do.

Hunter scored 23 points and Iowa State shined in Milwaukee once again, using its hard-nosed defense to beat No. 6 seed LSU 59-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

“People say freshman this, freshman that, but at the end of the day, I’m a basketball player that’s out there with other basketball players just trying to compete and win,” said Hunter, who made two late 3-pointers to put LSU away. “I just go out there and do my thing.”

Izaiah Brockington added 19 points as the 11th-seeded Cyclones (21-12) got their first win in the NCAA tourney since 2017 – also in Milwaukee. They held the Tigers to 37% shooting and forced 19 turnovers, stopping a three-game slide.

Edwards scores 25 to power Houston past UAB in NCAA opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) Houston looks like a problem again.

A Final Four team a year ago, the Cougars played like a group capable of making another deep run this March as they opened the NCAA Tournament with an 82-68 win over UAB on Friday night.

Offensively, Houston can light up the scoreboard with highlight-reel plays. Defensively, these Cougars are pretty ferocious cats.

“Their reputation precedes them,” UAB coach Andy Kennedy said. “They give you nothing easy. They’re tenacious off the glass. They’re disruptive.”

They’re moving on.

Kyler Edwards scored 25 points, Fabian White Jr. added 14 and Houston’s defense clamped down in the second half to make things even tougher on UAB’s leading scorer, Jordan “Jelly” Walker, who made 1 of 10 3-pointers.

Embiid, Harden lead 76ers over Mavericks, 111-101

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid scored 32 points, James Harden had 24 points and 13 assists and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-101 on Friday night.

Embiid was 11 of 20 from the floor. Harden also had seven rebounds. Tobias Harris added 14 points, Georges Niang had 12 and Matisse Thybulle 10.

“We had a two-unit team tonight and played well together,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.

Jalen Brunson, the former Villanova star who played a good portion of his college home games at the Wells Fargo Center, hit his first seven shots and led Dallas with 24 points. He finished 10 of 14.

Suns rout Bulls, move closer to wrapping up top spot in NBA

PHOENIX (AP) As if the Phoenix Suns aren’t strong enough already, Deandre Ayton is adding some dimensions to his game.

“He is aggressive in the post. I didn’t see a ton of finesse,” Suns coach Monty Williams said after Ayton scored 20 points in the Suns’ 129-102 rout of the Chicago Bulls Friday night to move closer to clinching the NBA’s best regular-season record this season.

“I saw, `I am getting to my spot and if you are not going to give me any resistance, I may go through you.'”

Ayton was 8 of 11 from the field, continuing to make mid-range jumpers while also getting inside for easier shots. He also led the Suns with 12 rebounds.

At a franchise-best 57-14 through 71 games, the Suns moved nine games ahead of second-place Memphis with 11 games left. Memphis lost at Atlanta earlier Friday.

Durant, Curry lead Nets back to beat Trail Blazers 128-123

NEW YORK (AP) Seth Curry came back and some of the burden on Kevin Durant went away.

Durant scored 38 points, Curry returned to the lineup with seven 3-pointers in his best game as a Net, and Brooklyn rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-123 on Friday night.

Curry finished with 27 points, his most since coming from Philadelphia last month in the trade headlined by James Harden and Ben Simmons. Curry had missed the previous three games with left ankle soreness and with Kyrie Irving ineligible to play at home, Dallas took advantage of that Wednesday by constantly sending second defenders at Durant.

“You shouldn’t be able to run two or three guys at a player the entire game without having to pay for it,” Curry said, “so I think we did a good job of taking advantage of it tonight.”

Andre Drummond and Bruce Brown each added 17 points for the Nets. They bounced back from their loss at the buzzer to the Mavericks and won for the fifth time in six games.

James scores 35, Lakers beat Raptors in OT, snap 3-game skid

TORONTO (AP) LeBron James scored 19 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 128-123 on Friday night.

Avery Bradley hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds left in the extra session, putting the visitors up 125-123, then added a pair of free throws after a turnover by Toronto rookie Scottie Barnes.

“To be able to come into a very hostile environment and win a basketball game, and the way we won it, was big for our team,” James said. “We needed literally every minute, all 53 of them, to accomplish that.”

Wenyen Gabriel scored 17 points, Bradley had 14 and Austin Reaves 10 as Los Angeles avenged Monday’s home loss to the Raptors and ended Toronto’s winning streak at five.

Tatum, Brown combine for 62, Celtics beat Kings 126-97

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Jayson Tatum made seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points, Jaylen Brown added 30 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Sacramento Kings for the second time this season, 126-97 on Friday night.

Payton Pritchard had 14 points and eight assists as the Celtics won for the seventh time in eight games to remain in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

“Great energy from the start,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “In general, offense crisp, good focus, regardless of who they were playing, and that’s what we have to do.”

Domantis Sabonis had 30 points and 20 rebounds for slumping Sacramento. The Kings have lost nine of 12 since the All-Star break and seem destined to miss the playoffs for an NBA-record 16th consecutive season.

Gobert, Butler lead Jazz to 121-92 victory over Clippers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rudy Gobert had 19 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, and Jared Butler set career highs with 21 points and seven assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 121-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Jordan Clarkson added 20 points, Eric Paschall 17 and Nickeil Alexander-Walker finished with 13 points in his first start for Utah, which was without Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Robert Covington led Los Angeles with 18 points. Luke Kennard added 14 points and Terence Mann 13 as the Clippers shot just 27.5% from the field in the first half and trailed wire to wire.

With Gobert leading the way, the Jazz outscored the Clippers 56-32 in the paint and 24-10 in second-chance points.

“We didn’t give them any opportunity to get back in the game,” Gobert said. “Everyone was already locked in defensively and then offensively we know we’re going to score. We’ve got a lot of talent.”

Warriors’ Curry to miss at least 2 weeks with hurt foot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained ligament in his left foot.

The reigning scoring champion underwent an MRI exam that revealed the injury and he is scheduled to be re-evaluated in two weeks, the team said Friday.

A two-week absence for Curry would sideline him until the final five games of the regular season for Golden State, which is third in the Western Conference.

Curry went down with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter of a 110-88 home loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night when Marcus Smart made a diving lunge and landed on the two-time MVP’s lower leg. Curry grimaced in pain and hobbled along before exiting on the next dead ball moments later at the 4:09 mark.

Deshaun Watson changes mind, QB accepts trade to join Browns

(AP) — Deshaun Watson changed his mind. The Browns have their franchise quarterback, one with some extra heavy baggage.

Despite sexual misconduct allegations made by nearly two dozen women against Watson while he was with Houston, Cleveland will make him its starting QB, the face of its organization and the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Watson waived his no-trade clause Friday and accepted a trade to the Browns after previously rejecting the team – a stunning reversal that rocked the NFL and changed the trajectory of two organizations.

In deciding to bring on Watson, the Browns have gone all in to win a Super Bowl. It’s a choice they hope not to regret.

The Texans announced that they’re agreed to terms with the Browns, one of four teams to actively court Watson this week.

AP source: Chiefs agree with Smith-Schuster on $10.75M deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed with former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on a $10.75 million deal for next season, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract is pending a physical, which should be completed soon.

Smith-Schuster wasted little time in announcing the move himself, tweeting to Chiefs fans: “Let’s Go!”

The Chiefs have been searching for a high-profile wide receiver to take the pressure off Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce in the passing game. They tried several bargain options last season, including Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle, but nobody has been able to fill the role since Sammy Watkins left for Baltimore after the 2020 season.

Pringle signed a $6 million deal with the Bears for next season on Thursday.

Braves sign closer Kenley Jansen to $16M, 1-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves capped a busy week with another stunning move, signing three-time All-Star closer Kenley Jansen to a $16 million, one-year contract Friday night.

The 34-year-old Jansen, who had 38 saves and a 2.22 ERA in 69 appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, is expected to take over from Will Smith as the Braves’ primary closer.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he discussed the signing with Smith before finalizing the deal.

The left-hander had 37 saves and was especially effective down the stretch and in the postseason for the World Series champions. In the playoffs, Smith had six saves and didn’t allow a run over 11 innings.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDIANA JUNIOR GIRLS ALL-STARS

CORE PLAYERS

Zionsville Laila Hull…20.3 points and 9.6 rebounds

South Bend Washington RaShunda Jones….11.6 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 4.2 rebounds (Purdue)

South Bend Washington Amiyah Reynolds.. 9.2 points, 5.2 assists, 4.9 assists and 2.8 steals (Maryland)

Northwestern McKenna Layden.. 22.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 steals (Purdue)

Bedford North Lawrence Karsyn Norman.. 15 points

Noblesville Ashlynn Shade…21 points, 8.1 rebounds, four steals and four assists (UCONN)

RED GROUP: Warren Central’s Asiah Baxter, Hamilton Southeastern’s Riley Makalusky and Fishers’ Hailey Smith — will play the Kentucky Juniors, while the Blue Group — which includes Ben Davis’ Cristen Carter.

RED GROUP

Asiah Baxter, Warren Central

Riley Makalusky, Hamilton Southeastern

Hailey Smith, Fishers

Saige Stahl, Columbus East

Josie Trabel, East Central

Amber Tretter, Forest Park

BLUE GROUP

Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer

Cristen Carter, Ben Davis

Asia Donald, Hobart

Bailey Kelham, Garrett

MaKaya Porter, Mishawaka Marian

Renna Schwieterman, Jay County

INDIANA PACERS

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Coming off a tough loss against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Pacers looked to bounce back against a rebuilding Houston Rockets squad Friday night.

After Indiana secured a five-point halftime lead, things took an all-too-familiar turn for the worse in the third. Houston outscored the squad 39-22 in the stanza and took a 95-83 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Indiana (24-47) flipped the script in the final frame. Using a late pair of tough buckets from Goga Bitadze, the squad scratched and clawed its way to a 121-118 victory over the Rockets (17-53) at Toyota Center.

Bitadze’s clutch points capped off another perfect night for the young center. Starting in relief of Isaiah Jackson (concussion protocol), he finished with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-9 shooting, including three triples.

“It’s always good to get the win,” Bitadze said. “I took two games off. So, coming back, playing good, and getting this win was good for (my) confidence. And for the team as well.”

“When Goga plays like that, it’s hard to beat us,” Malcolm Brogdon added. The veteran guard dropped a team-high 25 points — 19 in the second half — on 11-of-19 shooting in the win.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

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FUEL HOLD ON TO DEFEAT THE NAILERS

INDIANAPOLIS – Playing the first of three games on the weekend, the Indy Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. Scoring three straight goals in the first period, Indy would go on to net six goals on the night and defeat the Nailers at home. 

Starting the game with two fights in the first 10 minutes, the two teams traded chances until Indy was the first team to get on the board. Jumping on a rebound in front of goaltender Brody Claeys, Riley McKay flipped the puck over the sprawling Wheeling goaltender to give the Fuel a 1-0 lead. 

Responding just under a minute later, Sean Josling snuck into the Fuel zone and fired a wrist shot that beat Cale Morris. Taking the one-goal lead with 7:12 left in the first period, Spencer Watson deflected a wrist shot from the point past Claeys, making the score 2-1 for the Fuel. Picking up a loose puck at the offensive blueline, Jordan Schneider fired a shot on net that beat an unsuspecting Claeys, giving the Fuel a 3-1 lead. 

Wheeling would be the first team to get on the board in the third period when Sam Hausinger streaked past the Fuel defense and tucked a puck around the stretched pad of Morris, cutting Indy’s lead to 3-2. Taking advantage of a 4-on-4 opportunity, Sam Houde caught a pass from Sean Josling and wristed a shot past Cale Morris, tying the game 3-3.

Scoring less than a minute into the final period, Spencer Watson deked his way through the Wheeling defense and chipped a shot over the shoulder of Claeys, giving the Fuel a 4-3 lead. Scoring on a 2-on-1 rush, Chase Lang fed Chad Yetman a cross-ice pass and he one-timed the puck past a sprawling Claeys to give the Fuel a 5-3 advantage. Wheeling responded with a goal of their own when Josh Maniscalco put home a bouncing puck in front of Morris, cutting Indy’s lead to 5-4.  Karl El-Mir would put home the empty netter, with 1:37 remaining sealing Indy’s 6-4 victory over the Nailers on Friday night. 

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER

Boys in Blue head south for clash with defending Eastern Conference champs

#TBRvIND Preview  

Indy Eleven at Tampa Bay Rowdies

Saturday, March 19, 2022 – 7:30 p.m. ET

Al Lang Stadium – St. Petersburg, Fla.

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2022 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS

Indy Eleven: 0W-1L-0D (-1 GD), 0 pts.; T-9th in Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Rowdies: 0W-0L-1D (0 GD), 1 pt.; T-7th in Eastern Conference

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OUT: FW Manuel Arteaga (knee), MF Ayoze (ankle)

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OUT: DF Alex McQueen (red card in 90’ on 3/12 @ LDN)

After opening the season in the sudden tundra of Northern Virginia last weekend, Indy Eleven will do a 180 towards the tropical clime of Tampa Bay for its Week 2 affair against the Rowdies on Saturday evening. The match will mark the first meeting of the old NASL rivals since 2019, snapping the hiatus caused by the Eastern Conference’s reshuffling across the last two COVID-affected seasons.

TWELVE MAKE DEBUTS FOR ELEVEN
Of the 16 newcomers to Indy’s 2022 roster, a dozen of them made their Eleven debuts last weekend at Loudoun. Starters last weekend included Elliot Panicco, Mechack Jerome, Alex McQueen, Noah Powder, Justin Ingram, Bryam Rebellon, Aris Briggs and Stefano Pinho; an additional four players – Raul Aguilera, Palmer Ault, Sam Brown, and Jonas Fjeldberg – made their debuts off the bench in the second half. For the Indianapolis native Ingram and Brownsburg native Ault (a recent USL Academy Contract signing), their time at Segra Field marked their professional soccer debuts.

#TBRvIND SERIES HISTORY
All-time Record (including NASL play): 3W-2L-8D (16 GF/15 GA)
USL Championship regular season: 1W-1L-2D (3 GF/4 GA)
USL Championship home record: 1W-0L-1D (1 GF/0 GA)
USL Championship away record: 0W-1L-1D (2 GF/4 GA)
NASL era (2014-2016): 2W-1L-6D (13 GF/11 GA)

Indy Eleven renews acquaintances with a more-than-familiar foe in the Rowdies, as the legendary club from Florida’s west coast has been a rival of Indy since the Eleven’s inaugural NASL season in 2014. Indy Eleven has a slight edge in its all-time series against Tampa, with the team’s record sitting at 3W-2L-8D. The squads are all even at 1W-1L-2D in USL play, but they haven’t met in nearly two-and-a-half years, with the last contest resulting in a 1-1 draw at Al Lang Stadium on Oct. 12, 2019.

FAMILIAR FACES IN FLORIDA
The Rowdies have a pair of connections to soccer in the Hoosier State on their 2022 roster in defenders Conner Antley and Timmy Mehl.  Antley became the first player in USL history to earn a transfer fee while going from a USL League One club (South Georgia Tormenta FC) to a Championship side leading up to the 2020 season, when he started half of his 12 appearances during the Eleven’s 16-match COVID-shortened campaign (0G/0A).  Mehl made a name for himself during a four year stint at Indiana University from 2015-18, when he made 72 appearances for the Hoosiers under Head Coach Todd Yeagley. Mehl twice earned Second Team All-Big Ten Team honors in 2017 & 2018, when he helped to anchor a defensive unit at or near the top of the NCAA’s defensive categories.

No. 3 Seed Purdue Cruises Past Yale in NCAA First Round

MILWAUKEE — Jaden Ivey dashed up the court, and Zach Edey towered over the lane.

Purdue’s speed and size were just too much for Yale.

Ivey raced his way to 22 points and Edey controlled the action inside, helping the Boilermakers shut down the Bulldogs for a 78-56 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Ivey, one of the fastest players in college basketball, went 3 for 6 from 3-point range and 7 for 9 at the free-throw line in 27 minutes. The 7-foot-4 Edey made the most of his size advantage against the Ivy League champions, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

“On the rebounds, I felt like I could just kind of get it over them,” Edey said.

No kidding. Yale coach James Jones inserted 6-8 EJ Jarvis into his starting lineup, looking for a bigger body to help with Purdue’s size. But it had little effect.

“Have you seen anybody in your life as big as (Edey) is?” Jones said. “Other than Yao Ming, I’ve seen nobody as big as he is. He is the second-largest man I’ve ever seen.”

Led by Ivey and Edey, No. 3 seed Purdue (28-7) won its NCAA opener for the fourth time in its last five tournaments. The lone exception occurred last year, when Purdue was upset by 13th-seeded North Texas in the first round.

The overtime loss to the Mean Green seemed like a distant memory as the Boilermakers pulled away from the 14th-seeded Bulldogs at the beginning of the second half. Next up is the winner of Virginia Tech-Texas in the second round of the East Region on Sunday.

“We all felt the feeling of losing last year, first round, so I felt like all of our guys were motivated,” Ivey said, “and so was I.”

Azar Swain scored 18 points for Yale (19-12), which had won 11 of 13. The Bulldogs shot just 36.5% from the field.

It was the first NCAA Tournament game for the Bulldogs since 2019. They won the Ivy’s regular-season title in 2020, but the postseason was canceled because of the pandemic. They didn’t play at all last season because the league canceled all sports due to COVID-19.

“We were an undersized team playing against one of the biggest teams in the country,” Yale guard Jalen Gabbidon said. “I thought we played tough, and it didn’t go our way.”

Led by Swain, who made each of his first five shots, Yale led 16-15 with 13:06 left in the first half. That’s when Ivey and the Boilermakers started to take over.

Ivey made two foul shots and a 3-pointer during a 10-0 spurt that put Purdue ahead to stay. Gabbidon’s driving layup got Yale within nine early in the second half, but the Boilermakers responded with a 17-2 run.

Sasha Stefanovic held his arms out in delight after his second straight 3-pointer rolled in for a 59-39 lead with 15:46 remaining. Mason Gillis scored and Caleb Furst connected on two foul shots to increase the advantage to 24 with 11:27 to go.

“They made some plays to start the second half,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “We were able to answer and then be able to push it out. I thought that was the key to the game right there.”

Furst finished with 10 points for Purdue, which improved to 25-0 this year when it scores at least 70 points.

BIG PICTURE

Yale: The size disparity hurt the Bulldogs in a variety of ways. They were outrebounded 42-33 and outscored 26-12 in the paint. They also shot just 8 for 32 from the field in the second half.

Purdue: The physical advantage for the Boilermakers also showed at the line, where they went 27 for 33, compared with 6 for 11 for the Bulldogs. Painter got a chance to rest several key players in the final minutes, which could help in the next round.

WORTH NOTING

Purdue is one of five teams nationally whose only losses this year were to NCAA Tournament teams, joining Gonzaga, Kentucky, Tennessee and Villanova.

IRISH PULL AWAY FROM CRIMSON TIDE TO ADVANCE

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (24-10) rode hot shooting senior Cormac Ryan and an increased defensive effort in the second half to pull away from No. 6 seed Alabama (19-14) for a 78-64 victory at Veijas Arena on the campus of San Diego State in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Basketball Championship Friday afternoon.

Less than 48 hours after their thrilling double overtime victory over Rutgers in the First Four in Dayton on Wednesday, the 11th-seeded Irish advanced to face No. 3 seed Texas Tech on Sunday, March 20 at 7:10 ET on TBS.

Ryan’s career night, which featured a Notre Dame NCAA-record seven three-point field goals led all scorers in the game. Freshman Blake Wesley added 18 points, while Paul Atkinson Jr. chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds.

Keon Ellis paced Alabama in scoring with 18 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams started out slow from the field early in the game, combining to miss 11 straight shots over a four minute stretch and went into the first media timeout with the Irish up 3-2 on a Cormac Ryan secondary transition three pointer.

After that slow start, both teams picked up the scoring to connect on nine of the next 10 shots from the field. Ryan continued his streak of hot shooting, making his first three attempts behind the arc combined with a free throw line pull up. At 11:06 in the first half the teams were tied at 13-13 with Ryan accounting for 11 of the Irish points.

The Irish would hit six of their next seven shots and Alabama would keep pace. A Crimson Tide three pointer, just their second of the game, provided the No. 6 seed with a one point lead with 7:27 left. Alabama followed up with another three pointer to cap an 8-0 run and take a five point lead.

Notre Dame answered with a 6-0 run of their own to briefly take a 26-25 lead with 4:40 left. Alabama answered with two free throws, then the teams traded three point field goals on each end, Ryan hitting his fourth on five tries and the teams were tied at 32-32 with 3:07 left.

Another offensive surge from the Irish earned an eight-point lead, but only for a few seconds. Nate Laszewski hit a three pointer off a great driving feed from Ryan, then Prentiss Hubb found Ryan streaking down the court after a turnover and launched a perfect alley oop pass that Ryan kissed off the backboard for his 18th point of the first half.

The Crimson Tide came right back to hit a three pointer and cut the lead back to five, which is where it ended up at halftime with the Irish up 41-36 at the break.

Notre Dame opened the second half with a three pointer off the pick and roll from Laszewski but that was quickly answered by three straight drives from Alabama’s J.D. Davison to cut the Irish lead to two points.

After a couple of back and forth possessions, with the shot clock running down Ryan crossed over his defender, stepped back and drained his fifth three pointer to put the Irish up 47-42 at the first media timeout of the second half.

Atkinson Jr. got loose down low for back-to-back buckets with the first off a great find from Wesley for an ‘and-one’ and then Trey Wertz dumping it off to him on a drive to go up 10 points. Alabama answered with a pick and roll dunk, but Ryan continued his torrid shooting with his sixth three pointer of the game to put ND up 11.

Wesley then took over the game for a three possession stretch, crossing over and driving for a dunk, then posting back-to-back drives to push the Irish up 14 at 61-47 with 8:18 left. The Irish defense started to assert itself a bit during the Wesley run, holding Alabama without a point for over three minutes and shooting 2-for-12 during the stretch.

Alabama forced three straight turnovers by the Irish to keep themselves in the game and chip away at the lead. They would eventually cut it to seven with five minutes left.

Once again, Ryan beat the shot clock again for a three pointer to go up eight, but Bama answered right back with one of their own.

On the next possession, Hubb drove and saw his shot swatted into the corner but while Alabama came down the court in transition, Wesley picked off the pass and took it the distance for a dunk to extend the lead back to 10 points with 3:59 left.

Soon after Wesley’s big play, Alabama head coach Nate Oats was called for a technical foul and Ryan hit two free throws, essentially ending any hope of a Crimson Tide rally. The Irish would eventually cruise to the end of the game and earn the 78-64 victory.

NOTES

Cormac Ryan’s career-high 29 points are the most for an Irish men’s basketball player since Adrian Dantley scored 31 in an 80-76 loss to Michigan on March 18, 1976 • Cormac Ryan’s 18 first-half points matched Blake Wesley (at Clemson) and Dane Goodwin (Boston College) for the most by an Irish player in the first 20 minutes this season • Ryan finished the game with a career-high 29 points, which is the most for any player in the Mike Brey era in an NCAA game • his seven three pointers are the most by any Notre Dame player in an NCAA game • Irish head coach Mike Brey now has 15 career wins in NCAA tournament play, matching Digger Phelps for the most in school history.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame will face No. 3 seed Texas Tech on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 7:10 p.m. ET on TBS.

NO. 13 IUPUI TO FACE NO. 4 OKLAHOMA IN FIRST EVER NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE

NORMAN, Okla. – The white-hot IUPUI Jaguars (24-6, 18-4 HL) have already put together the best season in school history. They’ve won 19 of their last 20 games and might have an even more impressive record were it not for two controversial forfeit losses in mid-November against Cleveland State and Purdue Fort Wayne. More importantly, IUPUI peaked at the right time, winning all three Horizon League Tournament games (by an average of 20-plus points each) en route to its second-ever conference championship.

Now the No. 13 seed Jaguars are heading to Norman, Oklahoma for the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. They face a Bridgeport Region clash on Saturday night with the No. 4 seed Oklahoma Sooners at Lloyd Noble Center. It will be IUPUI’s third-ever game against a current member of the Big 12, and possibly its first win.

The Jaguars have not played a Big 12 opponent in the last 10 years. Historically they are 0-2 against Kansas and 0-1 against Kansas State and Iowa State.

“It means so much to be able to represent IUPUI in the tournament,” said Rachel McLimore, an All-Horizon Second Team and All-Horizon Defensive Team selection. “A lot of people do not know much about our school and our team so it’s really cool to be able to show them on the national stage what a special program we have here.”

IUPUI won the 2020 Horizon League Basketball Tournament, but the Jaguars had their March Madness dreams dashed by COVID-19. Oklahoma hasn’t been to the Big Dance since 2018 (and hasn’t won there since 2017), but will be making its 22nd overall NCAA Tournament appearance.

So how did we get here? On Tuesday, March 8, the Jaguars held off Cleveland State 61-54 in this year’s Horizon League Championship game. The Vikings erased an 18-point third-quarter deficit and came within two with 3:29 to go, but Destiny Perkins sealed IUPUI’s win by scoring 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter. Four-time conference Player of the Year Macee Williams added 19 points and 18 rebounds.

The Jaguars have never played Oklahoma before, but know they can compete with Power Five teams. IUPUI began its season with a hard-fought 67-62 overtime loss to Michigan before upsetting the Iowa Hawkeyes 74-73. (Iowa, of course, is the newly-minted Big Ten champion).

“High-major teams don’t scare us,” head coach Austin Parkinson said. “At this time of year, you’re always going to play a really good opponent. I know Oklahoma is a high-powered offense, and they’ve got a really good coach, so it’ll be a great challenge.”

Said coach, Jennie Baranczyk, has helmed an impressive one-year turnaround in Norman. Oklahoma (24-8 overall, 12-6 conference) finished fourth in the Big 12 this year after going 8-22, 12-18 and 12-12 in three prior seasons. Baranczyk is the first Sooner head coach to win 24 games in her first year on the job, and her team defended home court with a 13-3 record at Lloyd Noble Center.

Oklahoma boasts the Big 12’s highest-scoring offense at 83.3 PPG, enough for No. 3 in the country. Two seniors, wing Madi Williams and guard Taylor Robertson, lead the charge: Williams is fourth in Big 12 scoring (18.2 PPG), and Robertson fifth (17.0 PPG). Both have been cornerstones of the program upon arrival four years ago.

It remains to be seen whether the Sooners will have their fourth-leading scorer, Skylar Vann (11.8 PPG). The sophomore injured her knee in Oklahoma’s Big 12 semifinal loss to Baylor and left the court on crutches. Baranczyk told the media that Vann might be able to play on Saturday, but her status is not guaranteed.

The Sooners’ most glaring statistical weakness is on defense: they allow a conference-worst 76.0 PPG. Meanwhile IUPUI allows just 55.7 PPG, good for second in the Horizon League and 24th nationally. Both guard the 3-point line well: Oklahoma limits foes to 28.6 percent from beyond the arc (second in the Big 12) and IUPUI allows just 24.8 percent (best in the Horizon League).

Interestingly, McLimore is one of two Jaguars with past experience against the Sooners. She played two minutes in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, grabbing a rebound as her former team DePaul vanquished Oklahoma 90-79. Also, graduate student Madison Wise faced the Sooners many times in her four years at Iowa State, although that was before Baranczyk became head coach.

In any case, the Jaguars feel ready for their first March Madness appearance despite facing a brand-new opponent.

“We scout pretty well,” said All-Horizon Third Team wing Rachel Kent. “We get into the nitty-gritty of what teams do. So I don’t really think it has been a hard shift to scout [Oklahoma] just because we are prepared, and we’ve been going over stuff like this for so long.”

Watch IUPUI play its first NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma on Saturday at 10 PM ET on ESPNU.

KNIGHTS SURVIVE AND ADVANCE TO NAIA QUARTERFINALS 77-70 OVER CLARKE

Sioux City, Iowa – Survive and advance is the nature of the game for March basketball, and the Marian women’s team did just that Friday afternoon in the Tyson Events Center taking down Clarke 77-70 in the NAIA Round of 16. Marian’s win advances the Knights to the NAIA Quarterfinals with a 30-4 record, sending Marian to the final eight teams for the first time since 2017.

Marian started out strong in the first two minutes, making each of their first four shots as Ella Collier and Allison Bosse combined for the team’s first 11 points. Bosse’s hot start continued as she connected on her next two field goal attempts, pushing Marian’s lead into double figures as the quarter reached its midway point. Clarke chipped back at Marian’s 18-6 lead coming back within seven, but a three-point play by Imani Guy with 1:20 to go vaulted the difference back to 10, as Marian ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 25-11.

The Knights hot start continued into the second quarter as Abby Downard and Guy pushed Marian’s lead to 17 points, but fouls began to mount for Marian as the Pride made their way to the line. Another three-point play from Guy allowed Marian to push back in front by 17 with 3:00 to play before the break as they withstood the whistles, but a 10-3 run over the final minutes gave Clarke an edge. Marian carried a 42-31 lead into halftime, shooting 61.5 percent from the field.

Clarke continued to pest Marian in the third quarter, cutting the lead down to three possessions with six minutes to play in the quarter. Marian stayed stagnat with 46 points to their name for nearly two minutes, but snapped their two minute scoreless spell with three unanswered from Collier. The 49-42 lead was still not safe, as another late push in the quarter from Clarke allowed the Pride to tie the game before the quarter’s end, using another 10-3 run. After three quarters, Marian and Clarke were tied 10-3.

Guy broke the tie at the start of the final quarter, and Downard made a pair of shots in the paint to help Marian push their lead to four in through two minutes. The lead teetered between one and two possessions as Clarke had a match for Marian’s offense on each of their own possessions. Marian increased their lead to six following a three-point play from Collier with 4:18 to go, but a streak of two points over two minutes allowed Clarke to stay in the game.

Nursing a narrow 70-68 lead with under a minute to play, Marian got their game-sealing bucket with 39 seconds to play, as Downard drained her only three of the game to beat the winding shot clock, extending the lead to five points. The Knights got an immediate stop forcing a contested three, and won the free throw war in the final 30 seconds making four of six attempts to put the game away, surviving for the 77-70 win.

The Knights ended the game shooting 59.6 percent from the field, making 16 of 22 foul shots. Guy led Marian in scoring and rebounding with a dominant 25-point, 17-rebound double-double, blocking three shots in the game. The rest of Marian’s starters each hit double-digit scoring, with Collier scoring 14, Downard 13, Bosse 11, and Kinnidy Garrard 10. Garrard had four blocks, while Downard racked up eight assists.

Marian will take on No. 4 seed Central Methodist tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET, with the game beginning the second session of games in the evening. This is Marian’s third appearance in the NAIA Quarterfinals.

Road Ends In NCAA Semifinals For Wabash Basketball

One of the greatest seasons in the 126-year history of Wabash College basketball ended Friday night with a 90-68 loss to Elmhurst in the semifinal round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Wabash finished the season with an overall record of 28-4, setting a mark for the most wins in school history. The loss ended a 24-game winning streak, the longest in program history.

The Little Giants were making their first appearance in the championship semifinals since winning the NCAA Division III title 40 years ago when the 1982 team claimed the title. This year’s Wabash team surpassed the 1982 squad’s previous record of 19 consecutive wins.

The 2021-22 Wabash team broke school records for the most points scored in a season (2,853) and rebounds (1,150) and averaged 89.2 points a game for the second-highest average in program history.

The four senior members of the team – Jack Davidson, Jack Hegwood, Kellen Schreiber, and Tyler Watson – helped Wabash win 84 games over a five-year period that included Davidson’s freshman year and a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season. The Little Giants recorded two 20-win seasons during that run with a 21-6 record in 2018-19 to go with the 28 victories this year.

Davidson completes his career as the most prolific offensive player in Wabash basketball history. The senior guard departs as the program’s all-time leader in points scored with 2,464, scoring average at 22.4 points a contest, free throws made (718), and games played and started with 110 appearances. He finished second in school history with 377 assists and in three-point field goals made with 324. His 817 points scored this season are 115 more than the second-highest total by a Little Giant player.

Watson finished his career with the fifth-highest assist total in school history at 288. He set a new single-season high with 170 assists in 32 games. Watson ranks 14th in all-time scoring for Wabash with 1,356 points.

Schreiber scored 1,220 points over his four-year career to rank 16th on the Little Giants’ all-time list. He shot 69 percent from the field this season for the fifth-best single-season shooting performance in Wabash history.

Hegwood played in 52 games in his four-year career and finished with 71 points and 59 rebounds, including a three-point basket in his final appearance in a Wabash uniform in Friday night’s semifinal contest.

As for the game itself, Wabash and Elmhurst both got off to a slow start on the neutral floor at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Bluejays (27-6) held a 6-4 lead after the first four minutes before scoring the next two baskets to move in front 10-4. Wabash closed the lead to two points three times over the next five minutes but was never able to tie the score. Elmhurst got a pull-up three-pointer from Jake Rhode to move back in front by five at 21-16.

The Bluejays scored on back-to-back Wabash turnovers to take a nine-point lead with 8:40 left in the first half. Wabash committed 15 turnovers in the game, with 12 coming in the opening 20 minutes of play for 17 Elmhurst points. The Bluejays pushed their lead to double digits and held a 14-point lead at the half, 48-34.

The Little Giants managed to cut the deficit to 11 points at the 14:53 mark of the final period on three free throws from Davidson. Wabash would get no closer as Elmhurst extended the lead to as many as 30 points with eight minutes left in the game before advancing to Saturday night’s championship game against Randolph-Macon College.

Davidson finished with a team-high 21 points after being limited to five points and no baskets in the first 20 minutes of the game. He made 5-of-11 shots in the second half to score 16 of his 21 points. Watson finished with 14 points for Wabash. Ahmoni Jones ended the night with 12 points. Schreiber scored 10 points in 12 minutes before being disqualified when called for a flagrant foul in the first half.

Rhode led Elmhurst with 32 points. Dominic Genco came off the bench to score 20 points. Lavon Thomas added 14 points.

Wabash came into the game shooting 51.5 percent from the field, but manage to connect on only 23 of 67 total shots for 34.3 percent. The Little Giants shot 6-of-28 from three-point range for 21.4 percent, well below their season mark of 29.4 percent. Elmhurst finished 23-of-67 overall for a 34.3 field-goal shooting percentage. The Bluejays hit 5-of-17 three-point attempts for 29.4 percent.

TV SATURDAY

BOXINGTIME ETTV
TOP RANK BOXING: EDGAR BERLANGA VS. STEVE ROLLS10:00PMESPN
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
NIT SECOND ROUND: OREGON AT TEXAS A&M12:00PMESPN
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (1)BAYLOR VS. (8)NORTH CAROLINA12:10PMCBS
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (1)KANSAS VS. (9)CREIGHTON2:40PMCBS
NIT SECOND ROUND: VCU AT WAKE FOREST4:00PMESPN+
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (3)TENNESSEE VS. (11)MICHIGAN5:15PMCBS
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (4)PROVIDENCE VS. (12)RICHMOND6:10PMTNT
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (4)UCLA VS. (5)SAINT MARY’S7:10PMTBS
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (7)MURRAY STATE VS. (15)SAINT PETER’S7:45PMCBS
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (4)ARKANSAS VS. (12)NEW MEXICO STATE8:40PMTNT
NIT SECOND ROUND: UNI AT BYU9:00PMESPN+
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (1)GONZAGA VS. (9)MEMPHIS9:40PMTBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – WOMENTIME ETTV
KANSAS ST. VS. WASHINGTON ST.11:30AMESPN2
MERCER AT UCONN1:00PMABC
VILLANOVA VS. BYU1:00PMESPNEWS
CHARLOTTE AT INDIANA1:30PMESPN2
TBA VS. N.C. STATE2:00PMESPN
TBA VS. OHIO STATE2:30PMESPNU
BUFFALO AT TENNESSEE3:00PMABC
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY AT MICHIGAN3:30PMESPN2
FLORIDA VS. UCF3:30PMESPNEWS
PRINCETON VS. KENTUCKY4:00PMESPN
JACKSON ST. AT LSU5:00PMESPNU
BELMONT VS. OREGON5:30PMESPN2
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS. NORTH CAROLINA7:30PMESPNEWS
UMASS VS. NOTRE DAME7:30PMESPN2
UNLV AT ARIZONA10:00PMESPN2
IUPUI AT OKLAHOMA10:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE WRESTLINGTIME ETTV
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: FINALS7:00PMESPN
FISHINGTIME ETTV
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES7:00AMFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA TOUR: VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP12:00PMGOLF
PGA TOUR: VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP2:00PMNBC
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR TRUCK2:30PMFS1
IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTS CAR CHAMPIONSHIP2:30PMUSA
XFINITY: NALLEY CARS 2505:00PMFS1
AMA SUPERCROSS: MONSTER ENERGY SERIES7:00PMCNBC
NBATIME ETTV
MILWAUKEE AT MINNESOTA5:00PMBALLY SPORTS
DALLAS AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT BROOKLYN7:30PMROOT SPORTS
YES
DETROIT AT CLEVELAND8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT WASHINGTON8:00PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-WSH
NHLTIME ETTV
CHICAGO AT MINNESOTA2:00PMNHLN
NBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
DALLAS AT NY ISLANDERS2:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG+
NEW JERSEY AT EDMONTON3:00PMMSG
SPORTSNET
LOS ANGELES AT VEGAS4:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
PITTSBURGH AT ARIZONA5:00PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT COLUMBUS5:00PMBALLY SPORTS
OTTAWA AT MONTREAL7:00PMSPORTSNET
TORONTO AT NASHVILLE7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
NY RANGERS AT TAMPA BAY8:00PMABC
ESPN+
CALGARY AT VANCOUVER10:00PMSPORTSNET
DETROIT AT SEATTLE10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
RUGBYTIME ETTV
SIX NATIONS: IRELAND VS. SCOTLAND12:00PMNBC

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI4724.66226-921-1511-230-137-32 W
MILWAUKEE4426.6292.524-1220-149-326-188-22 W
PHILADELPHIA4326.6233.020-1523-116-826-167-32 W
BOSTON4328.6064.024-1219-169-630-168-22 W
CHICAGO4129.5865.525-1016-199-426-172-83 L
CLEVELAND4030.5716.522-1218-188-523-194-61 W
TORONTO3931.5577.517-1622-157-523-196-41 L
BROOKLYN3734.52110.015-1922-159-626-185-51 W
ATLANTA3535.50011.523-1312-228-621-236-41 W
10 CHARLOTTE3535.50011.517-1718-186-722-226-43 W
11 NEW YORK3040.42916.515-1915-214-1015-265-52 W
12 WASHINGTON2940.42017.017-1812-226-722-222-86 L
13 INDIANA2447.33823.015-209-272-1311-344-61 W
14 DETROIT1951.27127.511-238-285-815-285-51 W
15 ORLANDO1853.25429.08-2610-272-1110-354-63 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 X-PHOENIX5714.80330-827-67-433-98-24 W
MEMPHIS4823.6769.024-1024-138-531-147-31 L
GOLDEN STATE4723.6719.529-818-1510-328-164-61 L
UTAH4426.62912.526-1118-1513-129-156-42 W
DALLAS4327.61413.523-1220-1512-230-158-21 L
DENVER4229.59215.020-1322-165-925-196-41 L
MINNESOTA4130.57716.023-1218-1811-428-189-13 W
LA CLIPPERS3637.49322.020-1516-227-721-254-63 L
LA LAKERS3040.42926.520-1710-233-1116-273-71 W
10 NEW ORLEANS2941.41427.516-2013-216-820-235-51 W
11 SAN ANTONIO2744.38030.014-2313-214-817-243-71 L
12 PORTLAND2643.37730.017-189-251-1211-301-93 L
13 SACRAMENTO2547.34732.516-229-255-717-283-72 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2050.28636.59-2611-244-814-311-98 L
15 HOUSTON1753.24339.510-247-293-109-352-84 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS6242146904025418026-6-016-8-67-2-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6141146884020314623-4-318-10-35-3-2
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6039156843720417219-5-420-10-26-4-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6139175833722618322-7-217-10-36-3-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS6237169833420116617-9-520-7-46-3-1
NEW YORK RANGERS6138185813418515920-6-318-12-25-5-0
BOSTON BRUINS6238195813618816718-10-220-9-37-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS63351810803121217715-11-520-7-57-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6231283652720523017-13-314-15-04-4-2
10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS5825249592415716214-12-411-12-56-3-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6125297572217622816-12-49-17-32-7-1
12 BUFFALO SABRES6221338501916421811-16-410-17-45-5-0
13 OTTAWA SENATORS6122345492116119912-19-210-15-33-7-0
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6122345492018522014-14-38-20-24-6-0
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS61193111491915421312-15-67-16-54-5-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS611636941141532348-18-38-18-65-3-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE6244135934124117324-3-320-10-26-3-1
CALGARY FLAMES6137168823521014719-5-618-11-26-2-2
ST. LOUIS BLUES6034179773221316820-7-414-10-54-3-3
LOS ANGELES KINGS6334218763118117616-13-318-8-55-4-1
MINNESOTA WILD5935204743022219518-7-117-13-34-5-1
EDMONTON OILERS6134234723120619318-12-016-11-46-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6135224743319817218-11-017-11-46-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS6333264702920019317-13-316-13-14-6-0
DALLAS STARS5933233693017417620-8-113-15-26-3-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6230257672717917814-12-416-13-36-3-1
11 WINNIPEG JETS62282410662719119416-12-212-12-86-3-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS64272611652318320416-12-411-14-72-6-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6126278602415919314-14-412-13-43-5-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS6122309531916221011-15-511-15-44-5-1
15 ARIZONA COYOTES602036444191592169-20-111-16-37-3-0
16 SEATTLE KRAKEN6218386421616022410-18-38-20-32-6-2
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE