STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class A State Championship

FINAL | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 34, ADAMS CENTRAL 28

> Lutheran rallies from 14 point, first half deficit to win first football title

> Adams Central’s Blake Heyerly named Ress Mental Attitude Award recipient

> Final Records: Indianapolis Lutheran (15-0), Adams Central (13-2)

Class 3A State Championship

FINAL | GIBSON SOUTHERN 45, BREBEUF JESUIT 35

> QB Brady Allen throws 5 TD passes, rallies Gibson Southern to first state title

> Titans’ Ryan Holzmeyer wins Ress Mental Attitude Award

> Final Records: Gibson Southern (14-1), Brebeuf Jesuit (12-3)

Class 5A State Championship

Final | Indianapolis Cathedral 34, Zionsville 14

> Cathedral repeats as 5A champion

> Cooper Koers of Cathedral earns Eskew Mental Attitude Award

> Final Records: Indianapolis Cathedral (14-1), Zionsville (9-6)

NFL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

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

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

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

HOUSTON AT UCONN | 12P.M. | CBSSN

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

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

NAVY AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

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

TEXAS TECH AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

WAKE FOREST AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

MIAMI (OHIO) AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

AKRON AT TOLEDO | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MIAMI (FLA.) AT DUKE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

LOUISIANA TECH AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

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

CHARLOTTE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS STATE AT ARKANSAS STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TROY AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN3

UMASS AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 3 P.M. | FLOSPORTS

HAWAI’I AT WYOMING | 3 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

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

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

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M.

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 3:30 P.M.

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:45 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA | 3:45 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX

ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TULSA AT SMU | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

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

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS | 7 P.M. | FS1

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

PITT AT SYRACUSE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TULANE AT MEMPHIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 8 P.M. | FOX

NEVADA AT COLORADO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

BYU AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

ANDERSON60LAPEL54 
COLUMBUS NORTH58JENNINGS COUNTY52 
DUGGER UNION58COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN57 
EASTSIDE63EDGERTON (OHIO)46 
GARY 21ST CENTURY76INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY70 
HAMMOND MORTON39HAMMOND NOLL37 
KOUTS83HEBRON67 
NORTH POSEY59WASHINGTON38 
RENSSELAER CENTRAL67TRI-COUNTY27 
SOUTH DECATUR82SWITZERLAND COUNTY64 
WINCHESTER63RANDOLPH SOUTHERN59 
PARIS (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
SOUTH VERMILLION59GEORGETOWN-RIDGEFARM (ILL.)36 
SCHLARMAN (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL53SCHLARMAN (ILL.)42 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

CARMEL68HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN67OT
COLUMBIA CITY52FORT WAYNE LUERS27 
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP60DEKALB32 
FRANKTON64SHENANDOAH14 
FREMONT39WEST NOBLE16 
GARY WEST59HAMMOND NOLL43 
JAC-CEN-DEL55BATESVILLE48 
JAY COUNTY46WOODLAN43 
MADISON-GRANT56WABASH45 
MERRILLVILLE56MUNSTER29 
SCOTTSBURG60BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL53 
SOUTH ADAMS38BLUFFTON25 
WESTVILLE55RIVER FOREST37 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

SAN DIEGO STATE 27 BOISE STATE 16

IOWA 28 NEBRASKA 21

ARKANSAS 34 MISSOURI 17

CINCINNATI 35 E. CAROLINA 13

UTAH 28 COLORADO 13

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 34 NORTH CAROLINA 30

BOWLING GREEN 21 OHIO 10

CENTRAL MICHIGAN 31 EASTERN MICHIGAN 10

TEXAS 22 KANSAS STATE 17

UTAH STATE 35 NEW MEXICO 10

AIR FORCE 48 UNLV 14

ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 42 UTEP 25

COASTAL CAROLINA 27 S. ALABAMA 21 OT

CENTRAL FLORIDA 17 S. FLORIDA 13

IOWA STATE 48 TCU 14

WASHINGTON STATE 40 WASHINGTON 13

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

DUKE 84 GONZAGA 81

PURDUE 97 OMAHA 40

DAYTON 74 KANSAS 73

BAYLOR 75 MICHIGAN STATE 58

IOWA STATE 78 MEMPHIS 59

ALABAMA 80 DRAKE 71

KENTUCKY 86 N. FLORIDA 52

ILLINOIS 94 TEXAS RIO GRANDE 85

TENNESSEE 80 TENNESSEE TECH 69

AUBURN 89 SYRACUSE 68

CONNECTICUT 70 VCU 63 OT

USC 58 SAN DIEGO STATE 43

XAVIER 59 VIRGINIA TECH 58

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 74 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 66

IOWA 85 PORTLAND STATE 51

LSU 68 PENN STATE 63

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

SOUTH CAROLINA 79 ELON 38

BAYLOR 62 ARIZONA STATE 52

SOUTH FLORIDA 57 STANFORD 54

ARIZONA 75 DEPAUL 68

TENNESSEE 68 KANSAS 58

MICHIGAN 61 OREGON STATE TWO

IOWA STATE 75 CHARLOTTE 59

KENT STATE 75 UCLA 69

TEXAS A&M 58 SOUTH DAKOTA 44

MISSOURI STATE 76 VIRGINIA TECH 68

FLORIDA GULF COAST 81 TENNESSEE TECH 69

GEORGIA 71 NOTRE DAME 67 OT

TEXAS TECH 71 BALL STATE 67

PITTSBURGH 72 NORTHWESTERN 60

NEBRASKA 65 DREXEL 53

PENN STATE 80 ST. JOHN’S 75

VANDERBILT 51 RUTGERS 40

DAYTON 67 ILLINOIS 53

MICHIGAN STATE 84 OAKLAND 71

JACKSON STATE 67 INDIANA STATE 57

MINNESOTA 73 BRADLEY 54

NBA SCOREBOARD

LA CLIPPERS 107 DETROIT 96

CHICAGO 123 ORLANDO 88

PHOENIX 118 NEW YORK 97

CHARLOTTE 133 MINNESOTA 115

INDIANA 113 TORONTO 97

WASHINGTON 101 OKLAHOMA CITY 99

ATLANTA 132 MEMPHIS 100

SAN ANTONIO 96 BOSTON 88

MILWAUKEE 120 DENVER 109

NEW ORLEANS 98 UTAH 97

GOLDEN STATE 118 PORTLAND 113

SACRAMENTO 141 LA LAKERS 137 3OT

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 5 BOSTON 2

CAROLINA 6 PHILADELPHIA 3

CHICAGO 3 ST. LOUIS 2

MINNESOTA 7 WINNIPEG 1

ANAHEIM 4 OTTAWA 0

WASHINGTON 4 FLORIDA 3

NASHVILLE 4 NEW JERSEY 2

BUFFALO 4 MONTRÉAL 1

TAMPA BAY 3 SEATTLE 0

COLUMBUS 4 VANCOUVER 2

PITTSBURGH 1 NY ISLANDERS 0

DALLAS 3 COLORADO 1

TORONTO 4 SAN JOSE 1

(TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES)

NO. 5 DUKE HOLDS OFF NO. 1 GONZAGA FOR 84-81 VICTORY

LAS VEGAS (AP) Paolo Banchero scored 21 points to lead No. 5 Duke over No. 1 Gonzaga 84-81 on Friday night.

Duke (7-0) handed Gonzaga (6-1) its first loss since April’s national title game, when Baylor beat the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga battled back from a nine-point deficit thanks to Julian Strawther’s offensive prowess early in the second half, as he scored eight of the Bulldogs’ first 14 points to help them get within two. But Gonzaga suffered through a 0-for-5 span down the stretch and turned the ball over three times to allow Duke to seize the momentum and close the game on a 13-9 run.

Wendell Moore Jr. scored 20 points and Mark Williams added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Strawther led Gonzaga with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Drew Timme added 17 points, Chet Holmgren had 16 points and Rasir Bolton chipped in 15 for the Bulldogs.

The long-anticipated showdown involving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski became a battle of Duke’s relentless defensive pressure and Gonzaga’s precise passing through lanes that the Bulldogs created on the fly.

After Gonzaga took an early 4-0 lead, Duke quickly established dominance with a 17-6 run, with Banchero and Williams putting on a show for the heavily favored Duke crowd.

The Bulldogs closed the gap to three, 19-16, but Banchero scored 13 of Duke’s next 21 points. Holmgren, who had to sit midway in the first half due to foul trouble, returned with 1:27 left in the half and drained a soft one-handed jumper followed by a 3-pointer by Strawther.

Duke held 45-42 lead at halftime.

AMZIL HITS JUMPER AT BUZZER, DAYTON BEATS NO. 4 KANSAS 74-73

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Mustapha Amzil’s lone basket of the game was a memorable one.

Amzil hit a running jumper in the lane at the buzzer, and Dayton beat No. 4 Kansas 74-73 on Friday.

Kansas’ David McCormack blocked Malachi Smith’s layup with 3 seconds left. Amzil picked up the loose ball, and his shot went off the rim and backboard before going in.

“It was great,” Amzil said. “I had to watch the ball bounce in and down. It’s hard to describe. It’s surreal. It’s a great feeling.”

It was Amzil’s only shot from the field. He also went 2 for 4 at the free-throw line.

“Obviously great presence of mind by Mustapha to know the clock and give us a chance,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “We’re grateful the shot fell.”

Kansas coach Bill Self said after McCormack’s block it was “good fortune, bad fortune.”

“The bottom line is, we didn’t execute when we needed to,” Self said. “It was a heck of a shot. They deserved it. It was a great baseball game.”

After Smith cut the deficit to 73-72 on a layup, McCormack was called for an offensive foul with 9 seconds to play.

Ochai Agbaji scored four of his 21 points during a late 6-0 run, helping Kansas take a 73-70 advantage with just over a minute remaining.

Dayton (3-3) had five players score in double figures. DaRon Holmes II had 16 points, and Toumani Camara and Elijah Weaver both added 14.

“That was a battle,” Grant said. “That was a heck of a game.”

Christian Braun had 17 points for Kansas (4-1).

Weaver hit a pair of 3-pointers and Holmes ended a 16-1 surge with consecutive dunks to put Dayton up 53-50 five minutes into the second half.

After Kansas pulled within one, Holmes was left alone for a dunk that made it 70-67 with four minutes remaining.

Kansas went on a 17-8 run to go up 44-29 late in the first half. Braun ended the stretch with a slam off a floating pass from Dajuan Harris Jr.

NO. 4 CINCINNATI STAYS UNBEATEN, BEATS EAST CAROLINA 35-13

REENVILLE, N.C. (AP) No. 4 Cincinnati looked comfortable playing its first game in playoff position.

The Bearcats handled business in their final road game of the season Friday, beating East Carolina 35-13 in a quest to maintain a spot among the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings.

“We knew there were more things at stake,” coach Luke Fickell said. “It’s great when you have a mature group that you don’t have to go over every little thing. You trust that they’re enjoying it, but they have to understand that to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and Cincinnati (12-0, 8-0 American Athletic Conference, CFP No. 4) completed a perfect regular season. The Bearcats are trying to become the first team outside of a Power Five conference to compete in the four-team CFP.

“We got another one and we have to finish strong,” Ridder said.

They’ll be at home when facing Houston next week in the AAC title game.

“Put yourselves in position to play for championships, a lot of other things can happen,” Fickell said.

Defense and special teams helped put the game away for Cincinnati. Arquon Bush blocked a field goal and Ahmad Gardner returned the ball 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to make it 28-6.

“We always get the job done,” Bush said.

Less than four minutes later, Darrian Beavers intercepted a pass at the 7:27 mark, but the ensuing possession resulted in Cincinnati’s second turnover inside the East Carolina 5-yard line.

The Bearcats had four trips into East Carolina territory that resulted in no points, which let ECU hang around, but never really threaten.

East Carolina (7-5, 5-3) had a four-game winning streak snapped.

“You see why they’re in contention for a national championship,” East Carolina coach Mike Houston said of the Bearcats. “I thought our kids played really, really hard. I thought they did many things well. . For our young players, it’s a great learning experience.”

Ridder finished 17-for-28 for 301 yards with two interceptions. Alec Pierce caught eight passes for 136 yards. Jerome Ford rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown.

In a matter of four Cincinnati snaps early in the second quarter, the Bearcats went from down 3-0 to up 14-3.

Ridder connected with Leonard Taylor on a 44-yard touchdown play. Cincinnati got the ball back and went 58 yards in three plays, with Ridder’s 53-yard throw to Pierce setting up Ford for a 2-yard scoring run.

Then Cincinnati drove 88 yards on seven plays with Pierce snagging a 28-yard touchdown catch.

After building a 21-3 lead, Cincinnati botched another chance on Ford’s fumble at the East Carolina 3 on its final drive of the first half.

East Carolina closed within 21-6 and then drove to the Cincinnati 5 early in the fourth quarter. But after a penalty, the Pirates were ready to settle for Owen Daffer’s third field goal before Bush disrupted those plans in what seemed like a game-clinching sequence with 11:07 remaining.

The All-America cornerback Gardner grabbed the bouncing ball and was way out in front of the pack for a score.

“I was just making plays as they came,” Gardner said. “I wasn’t trying to be a superhero.”

East Carolina’s winning streak marked its longest string of success in AAC play in its eight seasons as a league member.

Cincinnati also went 12-0 in the 2009 regular season.

The Pirates, facing their highest-ranked team since a 27-10 home loss in 2006 to then-No. 4 West Virginia, were held to 282 yards of total offense.

“It also shows the level of defense that Cincinnati had,” Houston said. “We thought we would be able to run it better, but we couldn’t.”

Holton Ahlers was 19-for-38 for 228 yards, an interception and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jsi Hatfield.

WHITE’S SEASON-ENDING ACL INJURY A MAJOR WORRY FOR BILLS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills righted their ship, at least momentarily, with a rousing 31-6 victory over the Saints on Thanksgiving night in New Orleans.

Now, they’ll have to navigate the rest of their playoff run without their most important defensive player. The team announced Friday that Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White would miss the rest of the 2021 season with a torn ACL suffered in the second quarter of the win.

White, 27, has started 72 games in his Bills career and has become one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 2019. He underwent an MRI on Thursday morning. The team confirmed the worst fears of Bills fans later in the afternoon.

The Bills are already thin at cornerback behind White. Many felt he was their most indispensable player after quarterback Josh Allen. Buffalo’s defense leads the NFL in yards per game and yards per play. But the pass defense, perhaps the best in the game, will suffer greatly from his absence.

The offense, which has been maddeningly inconsistent over the past two months, will have to be even better if the Bills are to win the AFC East and perhaps gain the No. 1 overall seed in the conference.

Allen says the Bills need to start stacking wins as they head into the home stretch and a potential Super Bowl run. Winning two games in a row would be a start. The Bills have alternated wins and losses in seven straight games, dating back to a win at the Chiefs on Oct. 10.

On Thursday, Allen passed for 260 yards and four touchdowns, his sixth four-TD performance in the last two years. Buffalo’s defense limited an injury-riddled Saints team to 190 yards and 3.3 yards per play. The Bills’ defense leads the NFL in yards per pass attempt at a stunning 5.0. But that was with White operating as a shutdown cornerback.

“Prayers up for him,” Allen said of White after the win. “I hope nothing’s too serious and I know all the guys in the locker room are praying for him and hurting with him. You can’t say a single bad thing about that man. He comes in and busts his (butt) every day.

“He’s such a great teammate. He talks to everybody the right way and he just does the little things well that not many people see, but that’s why he’s so good . whatever the case may be, we got to have guys step up. I think you guys saw Dan Jackson come in and make some good plays. And again, we’re gonna have to have that going forward, I guess.”

The Bills have 10 days to get ready for their next test, a home game against the surging Patriots on Monday night, Dec. 6. The Patriots have won five straight heading into this Sunday’s home game against the Titans and had taken over first place in the AFC East until the Bills won in New Orleans.

White’s injury comes just as the Bills enter the toughest part of their schedule. They play the Patriots twice in four weeks, and they go to Tampa in two weeks to take on Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs. Tampa Bay leads the NFL in points per game and the Pats have put up 35 points a game during their five-game winning streak.

“The easiest way to get to the playoffs is winning your division,” Allen said, “and we’ve got to continue to find ways to stack these wins. Every week is a one-game season and we’ve got to look at it that way and find ways to win football games here going forward. But again, it’s the pursuit of perfection.”

The Bills have been perfectly inconsistent for nearly two months. The quest for perfection will be even more daunting without one of the top defensive backs in the league.

NFL CAPSULES

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-4-1) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 65-37

STREAKS: Bengals have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/26/21: Bengals 24 at Steelers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/21/20: Bengals 27, Steelers 17

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 28 of 44 atts. (63.6 pct.) for 273 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.7 rating last week. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in his past 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Passed for season-high 318 yards in Week 3 meeting. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had 59 scrimmage yards (39 rush, 20 rec.) & rushed for TD last week. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4 & 75+ scrimmage yards in 8 of past 9. Aims for 4th in row on road with rush TD. Had 142 scrimmage yards (career-high 102 rec., 40 rush) with 14 catches & rush TD in Week 3 meeting. Leads rookies in scrimmage yards (1,022), rush yards (685) & rush TDs (5). RB BENNY SNELL rushed for 84 yards & TD in last road meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at Cin. with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 7 catches for 101 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards & 6th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Cin. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 5 catches for 93 yards in Week 11. Had 9 catches for 96 yards in Week 3 meeting. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Had TD catch in Week 3 meeting. Leads rookie TEs with 5 rec. TDs. • LB T.J. WATT aims for his 6th in row vs. Cin. with sack. Has 5.5 sacks in 3 road games this season. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 12.5 sacks in 2021. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had 1.5 sacks in Week 11. CB CAMERON SUTTON led team with career-high 10 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Had PD in last road meeting.

QB JOE BURROW completed 20 of 29 atts. (69 pct.) for 148 yards & TD for 92.3 rating last week. Has 250+ pass yards in 6 of past 7. Passed for 3 TDs vs. INT & 122.9 rating in Week 3 meeting. Has 2+TD passes in 5 of his past 6 starts at home. Has 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of 3 starts vs. division in 2021. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 123 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 6thcareer game with 2 rush TDs. Aims for 8th in row with TD & 3rd in row with 110+ scrimmage yards, 2nd-longest active TD streak in NFL. Rushed for 90 yards in Week 3 meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Pit. Ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 9 rush TDs. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Had 4 catches for 65 yards & career-high 2 TDs in Week 3 meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 2021 home games. Has 315 rec. yards (105 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 games vs. division this season. Leads rookies with 867 rec. yards & 8 rec. TDs. WR TYLER BOYD had 6 catches for 49 yards last week & has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in Week 3 meeting. WR TEE HIGGINS has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had sack & FF last week & aims for 7th in row with sack, longest active streak in NFL. Had sack in Week 3 meeting. LB SAM HUBBARD had sack & 1st FR of season in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in Week 3 meeting. LB LOGAN WILSON is 1 of 4 AFC LBs with 5+ tackles in 10+ games in 2021. Had career-high 2 INTs in Week 3 meeting.

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NEW YORK JETS (2-8) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (2-8)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 5-3

STREAKS: Texans have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/15/18: Texans 29 at Jets 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/15: Texans 24, Jets 17

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) looks to make 1st start since Week 7. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 2 of his past 3 starts. QB JOE FLACCO completed 24 of 39 atts. (61.5 pct.) for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.5 rating in 1st start of season last week. Is 5-2 in career as starter vs. Hou. • RB TY JOHNSON aims for his 3rd in row on road with 60+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 6 catches for 44 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (141) & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD catch, longest active TD streak among rookies. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Ranks tied-2nd among rookie WRs with 4 rec. TDs & 4th with 415 rec. yards . WR COREY DAVIS had 5 catches in his last game vs. Hou. (1/3/21 w/ Ten.). • LB C.J. MOSLEY had 8 tackles last week & aims for his 9th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 12 tackles & FR in his last game vs. Hou. (11/27/17 w/ Bal.). LB QUINCY WILLIAMS led team with careerhigh 15 tackles & had 2 TFL in Week 11. DE SHAQ LAWSON had sack in only career game vs. Hou. (10/14/18 w/ Buf.). DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had 2nd PD of season last week. S ASHTYN DAVIS had 1st-career INT last week. Has 5+ tackles & FF in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 3 AFC DBs with 3+ FFs (3) & INT this season. CB BRYCE HALL had career-high 8 tackles in Week 11. Aims for his 4th in row on road with PD.

QB TYROD TAYLOR completed 14 of 24 atts. (58.3 pct.) for 107 yards & rushed for career-high 2 TDs last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 starts. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. NYJ. Has 28 TDs (22 pass, 6 rush) vs. 9 INTs in 19 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 138 scrimmage yards (111 rush, 27 rec.) & tied career-high with 3 rush TDs in only career game vs. NYJ (10/17/16 w/ Az.). RB REX BURKHEAD rushed for season-high 40 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYJ with TD. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5. Had 5 catches for 79 yards & TD in last game vs. NYJ (12/31/17 w/ NE). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Has 80+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Is 1 of 3 WRs (MIKE EVANS & ROBERT WOODS) with 550+ rec. yards in each of past 8 seasons. WR CHRIS CONLEY had 103 rec. yards & TD catch in last game vs. NYJ (10/27/19 w/ Jax.). • CB DESMOND KING had 8 tackles & 1st 2 INTs of season last week, his 2nd-career 2-INT game. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ tackles. LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with career-high 12 tackles & had 2 PD, incl. 2nd-career INT, last week. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 11 tackles, TFL, PD & 1st FF of season in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. LB JACOB MARTIN aims for his 3rd in row with sack & FF. DT ROSS BLACKLOCK had 2nd sack of season last week.

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (7-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (6-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/8/19: Colts 35 at Buccaneers 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/15: Colts 25, Buccaneers 12

QB TOM BRADY passed for 307 yards & 2 TDs last week & has 5 games with 300+ pass yards in 2021, tied-most in NFL. Leads NFL with 29 TD passes. Ranks 2nd in pass yards (3,177) & has 19 seasons with 3,000+ pass yards, most in NFL history. Has 100+ rating in 6 of his past 7 reg. season games vs. Ind. Aims for his 9th in row in reg. season vs. Ind. with 2+ TD passes. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 6 catches & 74 scrmimage yards (39 rec., 35 rush) last week. Has 7 games with 70+ scrimmage yards in 2021, tied-most among NFC RBs. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games vs. Ind. • WR MIKE EVANS led team with 73 rec. yards & had TD catch last week. Has 72 TDs, most in franchise history. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 10 rec. TDs & aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Has 4 seasons with 10+ TD catches since 2014, tied-most in NFL. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 5th TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ catches. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 8,739 rec. yards, 5th-most by TE in NFL history. Has 8 TDs (7 rec., 1 rush) in 7 career games vs. Ind., incl. playoffs. • LB LAVONTE DAVID aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 6+ tackles & 4th in row overall with 8+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ tackles. Needs 3 tackles for 3rd-consecutive season with 90+ tackles. Had FF in last meeting. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack in last meeting. S MIKE EDWARDS had career-high 3rd INT of season last week. S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. aims for his 3rd in row with FR.

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 11 of 20 atts. (55 pct.) for 106 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Has 0 INTs in 8 of his past 9 starts. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 starts at home. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (KIRK COUSINS) with 3 or fewer INTs (3) in 2021, min. 200 atts. Needs 16 pass yards for 6th consecutive season with 2,500+ pass yards. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 204 scrimmage yards (185 rush, 19 rec.) & career-high 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) last week, becoming 1st player ever with 175+ rush yards, 4+ rush yards & rec. TD in single game. Can become 1st player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 9 consecutive games. Leads NFL with 1,444 scrimmage yards (1,122 rush, 322 rec.) & 15 TDs (13 rush, 2 rec.) & is 4th player since 2000 with 1,000+ rush yards & 10+ rush TDs in each of 1st 2 seasons. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN aims for 4th in row on road with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ rec. yards. WR T.Y. HILTON had 6 catches for 95 yards & 2 TDs in only career game vs. TB (11/29/15). TE JACK DOYLE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. • LB DARIUS LEONARD is 1 of 2 in NFL (DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL) with 5+ tackles in 11 games in 2021. Had career-high 2 INTs & only career INT-TD in last meeting. CB KENNY MOORE had INT in Week 11. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Has 6 PD in past 3 at home. DE KWITY PAYE had sack & FF last week. LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN & S GEORGE ODUM each had 1st INT of season last week.

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ATLANTA FALCONS (4-6) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-8)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Jaguars 12 at Falcons 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/15: Falcons 23 at Jaguars 17

QB MATT RYAN passed for 384 yards & 85.8 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 starts on road & 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 road starts. Needs 4 TD passes to tie ELI MANNING (366) for 9th-most all-time. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 60+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 5 road games this season. Is of 2 RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 6+ games (6) with 5+ catches in 2021. Has career-highs in rush yards (303) & rec. yards (473) this season. TE KYLE PITTS (rookie) has 43 receptions, 3rd-most by rookie TE alltime in 1st 10 games, & 635 rec. yards, 2nd-most by rookie TE in 1st 10 games in NFL history. Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 road games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. WR RUSSELL GAGE had team-high 5 receptions last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team wtih 10 tackles & had 5thcareer sack last week. Has 110 tackles, his 2nd-consecutive 100+ tackle season. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 9+ tackles. LB DEION JONES needs 8 tackles for 5th-career 100+ tackle season. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. LB DANTE FOWLER has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 14 sacks in 3 seasons (2016-18) with Jax. CB A.J. TERRELL had season-high 9 tackles & 2nd-career INT in Week 11. Has 6 PD in his 4 road games this season. S ERIK HARRIS aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles.

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) completed 16 of 25 atts. (64 pct.) for 158 yards last week. Aims for 4th start in row with 0 INTs. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (208), pass yards (2,141) & TD passes (8) this season. • RB JAMES ROBINSON aims for his 5th in row at home & 3rd in row overall with rush TD. Has rush TD in 6 of his past 7. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 7 rush TDs this season & joined MAURICE JONES-DREW (2006-07) as only players in franchise history with 7+ rush TDs in each of 1st 2 seasons. RB CARLOS HYDE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. & 4th in row vs. NFC South with rush TD. • WR MARVIN JONES led team with 52 rec. yards last week. Had 5 catches for 80 yards in his last game vs. Atl. (10/25/20 w/ Det.). Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. Needs 14 rec. yards for his 8th consecutive season with 500+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 5 catches for 50 yards in Week 11. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. TE DAN ARNOLD has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has TD catch in only career game vs. Atl. (11/22/18 w/ NO). • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN had career-high 10 tackles & 1st FF of season last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 4. Has 6+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 at home. LB MYLES JACK had season-high 12 tackles in Week 11. Aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC with 8+ tackles. LB DAMIEN WILSON had 8 tackles, 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week.

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CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-6) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-7)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/13/17: Dolphins 21 at Panthers 45

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/13: Panthers 20, Dolphins 16

QB CAM NEWTON completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 189 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.5 rating & had 46 rush yards & rush TD last week. Has 72 career rush TDs & 44 career games with both pass & rush TD, both most by QB all-time. Passed for 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.4 rating in last meeting. Had 3 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. Mia. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 catches, 119 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 59 rush) & 17th-career TD catch last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his 6 games this season. Had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 130+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 9 on road. Needs 2 catches to surpass ROGER CRAIG & ALVIN KAMARA (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. • WR DJ MOORE had 5 catches for 50 yards & rec. TD last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 catches last week. Had 7 receptions for 117 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. Mia. (12/8/19 w/ NYJ). • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack last week & leads NFC with 10.5 sacks in 2021. Has 4 sacks in 5 road games this season & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DE BRIAN BURNS had sack last week. Has 4 TFL in 5 road games in 2021. LB SHAQ THOMPSON has TFL in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL & PD. CB STEPHON GILMORE has 6 PD & 2 INTs in his past 5 vs. Mia. S JEREMY CHINN had 13 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles in 11 of his 12 career road games.

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 27 of 33 atts. (81.8 pct. – career high as starter) for 273 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 108.7 rating last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (KYLER MURRAY) with 80+ comp. pct. in 2 games this season (min. 30 atts). Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating. • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 89 yards & had 4th TD catch of season last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 & 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 75+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 8 catches for 65 yards & had 1stcareer rush TD last week, his 4th game with 8+ catches this season, most among rookies. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. Leads rookies with 68 catches, 3rd-most ever by Mia. rookie. WR MACK HOLLINS had career-high 72 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 11. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. TE MIKE GESICKI had 5 catches for 50 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Ranks 5th among TEs with 49 catches & 579 rec. yards & is 1 of 4 TEs with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had PD last week. Has 7 PD & 2 INTs in 5 home games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with PD. Since 2020, leads NFL with 31 PD. S BRANDON JONES had 6 tackles, sack & FF in Week 11. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had PD & 2nd-career FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Rookie LB JAELAN PHILLIPS had sack last week & aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks.

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TENNESSEE TITANS (8-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 23-16-1

STREAKS: Patriots have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 11/11/18: Patriots 10 at Titans 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/15: Patriots 33, Titans 16

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 35 of 52 atts. (67.3 pct.) for 323 yards last week. Passed for 265 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 155.2 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. NE. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. Needs 319 pass yards for 6th-career 3,000-yard season. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for season-high 40 yards last week. Had 142 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 50 rec.) & rush TD in only career game at NE (10/31/10 w/ Min.). RB DONTRELL HILLIARD had career-high 82 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 35 rush) & led team with 8 catches in Week 11. RB D’ONTA FOREMAN had 90 scrimmage yards (65 rec., 25 rush) in only career game vs. NE (9/24/17 w/ Hou.). • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for 48 yards last week & has 5+ catches in 5 of past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Needs 4 catches to become 3rd player in franchise history with 50+ catches in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (107) in Week 11. Rookie WR DEZ FITZPATRICK had 1st-career TD catch last week. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Had PD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC East with PD. LB JAYON BROWN had season-high 14 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has 5 sacks in his past 3.

QB MAC JONES completed 22 of 26 atts. (season-high 84.6 pct.) for 207 yards & TD vs. INT for 96.6 rating last week & became 1st rookie ever with 80+ comp. pct. in consecutive games (min. 15 atts.). Has 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117 rating in his past 4 at home. Aims for 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Leads rookies in completions (245), comp. pct. (70.2), pass yards (2,540), TD passes (14) & rating (94.7). • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON (rookie) led team with 69 rush yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 56 yards in Week 11. Has rush TD in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards & rush TD. • WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 5 catches for 40 yards & 3rd TD of season last week. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR JAKOBI MEYERS is 1 of 3 AFC WRs with 4+ catches in 10 games this season. WR KENDRICK BOURNE aims for 5th in row at home with 55+ rec. yards. Has 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 5th in row at home with rec. TD. Had 6 catches for 97 yards in only career game vs. Ten. (10/20/19 w/ LAC). • LB KYLE VAN NOY had season-high 2 sacks & 1st-career INT-TD last week, 1st player this season with 2 sacks & INT in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has PD in 4 of past 5. CB J.C. JACKSON had 6th INT of season last week, 2nd-most in NFL.

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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-6) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (3-7)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 86-84-2

STREAKS: Eagles have won 8 of past 9

LAST GAME: 11/15/20: Eagles 17 at Giants 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/20

QB JALEN HURTS had 216 total yards (147 pass, 69 rush) & 3 rush TDs in Week 11 & became 2nd-youngest QB (23 years, 106 days old) to have 3 rush TDs in single game. Has 4 games with 2+ rush TDs, tied with CAM NEWTON (4) for most by QB in 1st 2 seasons all-time. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. • RB MILES SANDERS had season-high 94 rush yards last week. Had 95 scrimmage yards (85 rush, 10 rec.) in last road meeting. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC East with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for 63 yards last week & aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rush yards. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 5 receptions & 62 yards last week. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Needs 9 rec. yards for 3rd-consecutive 500-yard season. Rookie WR DEVONTA SMITH had 61 rec. yards last week. Leads all rookies with 7 games with 60+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies in rec. yards (664) & 5th in receptions (46). • CB DARIUS SLAY had 50-yard INT TD in Week 11 & became 3rd player since 2000 (SHELDON BROWN & VINCENT FULLER) with 50+ yard defensive TD in consecutive games. Is 1st player since EDDIE JACKSON (2018) with 3 defensive TDs in 4 game span. LB T.J. EDWARDS led team with 10 tackles & had 2nd-career INT & 1st-career FR last week. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. DT FLETCHER COX had 13th-career FF last week. Had sack in last meeting.

QB DANIEL JONES completed 21 of 28 atts. (75 pct.) for 100.9 rating & had 64 rush yards & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 90+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his 5 home starts this season & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 95+ rating. Has 7 games with 90+ rating in 2021, tied-3rd most in NFL. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 555 scrimmage yards (138.8 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Phi. with 115+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 1,704 scrimmage yards (131.1 per game) in 13 career games vs. NFC East. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER aims for his 4th in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR KADARIUS TONEY (rookie) led team with 7 receptions & 40 rec. yards last week. WR KENNY GOLLADAY has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his 3 home games this season. WR STERLING SHEPARD aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. & 8th in row vs. NFC East with 5+ receptions. TE EVAN ENGRAM has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. CB JAMES BRADBERRY aims for his 5th in row vs. Phi. with PD. Is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. DB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 1st INT of season last week, his 3rd-career INT. DB LOGAN RYAN has 7+ tackles in 4 of his 5 home games this season. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Is 1 of 2 DBs (JAMAL ADAMS) with 70+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. LB AZEEZ OJULARI ranks 2nd among rookies with 5.5 sacks.

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LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-4) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 4:O5 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 68-53-1

STREAKS: Broncos have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/27/20: Broncos 16 at Chargers 19

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/20: Broncos 31, Chargers 30

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 30 of 41 atts. (73.2 pct.) for 382 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 116.1 rating & rushed for career-high 90 yards last week. Has 350+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for 253 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.2 rating in last meeting. Has 17 TDs (15 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 114.6 rating in his past 6 starts vs. division. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 115 scrimmage yards (season-high 65 rec., 50 rush) & career-high 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DERRICK HENRY) with 3+ TDs in 2+ games this season. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Den. & 3rd in row overall with TD. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with TD catch. Has 22 career rec. TDs, most-ever by RB in 1st 5 seasons. Is only player in AFC with 500+ rush yards (573) & 400+ rec. yards (405). • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 9 catches for 112 yards last week. Has 75+ rec. yards in 4 straight games, longest active streak in AFC. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with TD catch. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 5 catches for 97 yards & TD in Week 11. Had 99 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • DE JOEY BOSA aims for 4th in row with sack. Had TFL in last road meeting. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (YANNICK NGAKOUE) with 5+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. LB KYZIR WHITE led team with 9 tackles & had PD in Week 11. Aims for 6th in row with 8+ tackles. LB UCHENNA NWOSU had sack & 1st FF of season last week.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 226 yards with 0 INTs in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs. Has 0 INTs in 4 of 5 home starts this season. Has 90+ rating in 3 of past 4. Completed 22 of 28 atts. (78.6 pct.) for 235 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 113.5 rating in his last start vs. LAC (9/27/20 w/ Car.). • RB MELVIN GORDON aims for 4th in row with rush TD. Rushed for 79 yards in last meeting. Has 404 scrimmage yards (101 per game) in his past 4 vs. division. Totaled 6,113 scrimmage yards (4,240 rush, 1,873 rec.) & 47 TDs (36 rush, 11 rec.) in 5 seasons (2015-19) with Chargers. RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS ranks 3rd among rookies with 514 rush yards this season. • WR JERRY JEUDY had 6 catches for 48 yards in Week 10. Has 6 catches in 3 of 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with 60+ rec. yards. Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. divison. WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 4 catches for 74 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. LAC (12/1/19). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with 70+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for his 8th in row vs. division with 50+ rec. yards. TE NOAH FANT has 5+ catches in 3 of past 4. Had rec. 65 yards in last meeting. TE ALBERT OKWUEGBUNAM had career-high 77 rec. yards in Week 10. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 6 tackles & INT last week & has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last home meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with INT. LB MALIK REED led team with season-high 9 tackles & had sack in Week 10. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack & FF in last meeting.

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LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-3) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 46-45-2

STREAKS: Packers have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 10/28/18: Packers 27 at Rams 29

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/15: Packers 24, Rams 10

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 250+ pass yards & 95+ rating in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. Has 3,026 pass yards (302.6 per game) & 22 TDs (21 pass, 1 rush) vs. 6 INTs for 97.1 rating in 10 career starts at GB. Has 90+ rating in 9 of his past 10 starts vs. GB. Needs 1 TD pass for 6th-career season with 25+ TDs. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 5 road games this season. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. • WR COOPER KUPP had 11 receptions for 122 yards in Week 10. Has 85 receptions for 1,141 rec. yards & 10 rec. TDs & became 1st player with 80+ catches, 1,100+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs in his team’s 1st 10 games of season all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row with 11+ catches & 4th in row on road with 115+ rec. yards. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 56 rec. yards & TD catch in only career game vs. GB (10/9/16 w/ NYG). TE TYLER HIGBEE had 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 10. • DL AARON DONALD has 8 TFL in his past 7 on road. Needs 2 sacks to become 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of 1st 8 seasons. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. LB VON MILLER has 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. GB. Leads all active players with 110.5 career sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 2 PD & 2 TFL in Week 10. Has 6 games with TFL & PD, most in NFL in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL & PD. LB TROY REEDER had season-high 11 tackles in Week 10. S TAYLOR RAPP had 10 tackles & 1st full sack of season in Week 10.

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 385 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.4 rating last week. Has 112 games with 100+ rating, tied with HOFer PEYTON MANNING for 3rd-most all-time. Passed for 296 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.1 rating & had rush TD in 2020 NFC-Div. meeting (1/16/21). Incl. postseason, has 1,750 yards (291.7 per game) & 15 TDs (13 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 112.7 rating in 6 career starts vs. Rams. Has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 111 rating in 4 home starts in 2021. • RB AJ DILLON had 6 catches & 97 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 44 rec.) last week. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches for 115 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Leads all players with 63 rec. TDs since 2016. Had 9 catches for 66 yards & rec. TD in 2020 NFC-Div. meeting (1/16/21). Had 133 rec. yards in last reg. season meeting. Aims for his 11th in row at home with 6+ catches. WR ALLEN LAZARD had 96 rec. yards & TD catch in 2020 NFC-Div. meeting (1/16/21). WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had season-high 123 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 11. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL needs 6 tackles for 2nd-career 100+ tackle season. LB PRESTON SMITH had 2 sacks & FF last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB RASHAN GARY had 1.5 sacks in 2020 NFC-Div. meeting (1/16/21). Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. DT KENNY CLARK had 1.5 sacks in 2020 NFCDiv. meeting (1/16/21).

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-5) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 22-19-1

STREAKS: Vikings have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 9/9/18: 49ers 16 at Vikings 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/14/15: 49ers 20, Vikings 3

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 341 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.4 rating last week. Has 25 games with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes, 2nd-most by QB in 1st 10 seasons all-time (HOFer DAN MARINO – 26). Can join CARSON PALMER (2004-05) as only QBs all-time with 8 straight road games with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. • RB DALVIN COOK had 115 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 6th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 95 scrimmage yards (55 rec., 40 rush) in last meeting. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 8 catches for 169 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 11 games with 100+ rec. yards, tied 2nd-most by WR in 1st 2 seasons in SB era. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ catches, 140+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Needs 56 rec. yards for 2nd-consecutive 1,000-yard season. WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 catches for 82 yards & 8th rec. TD of season last week. Since 2018, ranks 4th in NFL with 37 rec. TDs. Had 102 rec. yards in last meeting. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 10 tackles last week. Had FF in last meeting. Has 102 tackles, his 6th-consecutive 100+ tackle season. S HARRISON SMITH had 2nd sack of season last week. Had 2 TFL, sack, FR & INT in last meeting. Since 2012, is only player with 25+ INTs (28) & 15+ sacks (15.5). CB PATRICK PETERSON has PD in 3 of his past 4 at SF.

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 16 of 22 atts. (72.7 pct.) for 176 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.3 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 5th in row with 100+ rating. Since Week 8, leads all qualified passers with 113.2 rating. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL ranks 2nd among rookies with 560 rush yards. Aims for his 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB JEFF WILSON had 50 rush yards last week & has 50+ rush yards in 4 of his past 5 games. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 94 scrimmage yards (career-high 79 rush, 15 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season last week & became 1st WR in SB era with 3+ rush TDs in 2 of his 1st 3 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 994 rec. yards & needs 6 rec. yards for 1st career 1,000-yard season. TE GEORGE KITTLE has rec. TD in 3 consecutive games, longest streak of career. Had 90 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 at home. WR BRANDON AIYUK led team with 7 receptions for 85 yards & had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. • DL NICK BOSA had 2 sacks in Week 11 & has career-high 10 sacks in 2021. Leads NFL with 15 TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 5th in row with TFL. LB FRED WARNER led team with 7 tackles & had 5th-career FR last week. Is 1 of 2 (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 10 games with 7+ tackles in 2021. DL ARDEN KEY aims for his 4th in row with sack. CB JOSH NORMAN leads NFL with 6 FFs.

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CLEVELAND BROWNS (6-5) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 33-11

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/14/20: Ravens 47 at Browns 42

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Ravens 38, Browns 6

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT in last meeting. Has 2 TD passes & 120+ rating in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. Needs 334 pass yards to become 1st player in franchise history with 2,500+ pass yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. • RB NICK CHUBB had 144 scrimmage yards (130 rush, 14 rec.) & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 140+ scrimmage yards & TD. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 on road. Rushed for 82 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 576 scrimmage yards (115.2 per game) & 7 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. division. Needs 66 scrimmage yards to become 1st player in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 5th-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 9th in row vs. Bal. with 5+ catches & 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR RASHARD HIGGINS had 6 catches for 68 yards & TD in last meeting. TE AUSTIN HOOPER led team with season-high 53 rec. yards last week. TE DAVID NJOKU had TD catch in last road meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Bal. • DE MYLES GARRETT aims for 5th in row with TFL. Has sack in 6 of past 7. Had TFL & FR in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with sack. Aims for his 12th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Leads NFL with 13 sacks. LB ANTHONY WALKER led team with 8 tackles last week & aims for his 7th in row with 8+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division.

QB LAMAR JACKSON rushed for 124 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. Had 3 TD passes in 3 of his past 4 vs. Cle. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with 0 INTs. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 50+ rush yards. Leads QBs with 639 rush yards this season & is 1 of 5 players in NFL with 600+ rush yards in each of past 4 seasons. QB TYLER HUNTLEY completed 26 of 36 atts. (72.2 pct.) for 219 yards & rushed for 40 yards in 1st-career start last week. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 80 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 31 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has TD in 4 of past 5 & 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 196 scrimmage yards (98 per game) in his past 2 vs. Cle. • WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 7th in row vs. division with TD catch. Has 80+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 8 catches for 73 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 78 yards in last meeting. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY aims for 8th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 FFs, TFL & PD in last meeting. Has 9 PD in his past 6 at home. Is only player in NFL with 11+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. LB TYUS BOWSER had 2 sacks & 1st FF of season last week. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had INT in last meeting. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 3rd in row with sack.

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-7) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (4-6)

MONDAY, NOV. 29 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 12-6

STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Seahawks 20 at Washington 15

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/20

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 207 yards last week. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 98.7 rating in 2 career starts at Was. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his 4 road starts this season. Has 277 career TD passes, 3rd-most by QB in 1st 10 seasons all-time. • RB ALEX COLLINS has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 road games. Needs 46 scrimmage yards for his 3rd-career season with 500+ scrimmage yards (2017-18). RB DEEJAY DALLAS had 1st rush TD of season last week, his 4thcareer scrimmage TD. • WR DK METCALF has rec. TD in 3 of his 5 road games this season. Is 1 of 4 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS, MIKE EVANS & TYREEK HILL) with 175+ catches (187), 2,500+ rec. yards (2,840) & 25+ rec. TDs (25) since 2019. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 4 receptions for 115 yards last week, his 4th 100-yard game of the season. Ranks 4th in NFL with 15.3 yards per catch (min. 40 receptions) in 2021. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 14 tackles & 6th-career FF last week. Has 115 tackles, his 10th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles. Has 33 tackles (11 per game), 6 TFL, 4 PD & 2 sacks in 3 career games vs. Was. LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with career-high 15 tackles in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with 12+ tackles. Needs 2 tackles for 1st-career 100+ tackle season. S JAMAL ADAMS aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Has 4 sacks in 2 career games vs. Was. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack.

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 16 of 22 atts. (72.7 pct.) for 206 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 141.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 110+ rating. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 95 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 9 games of 50+ scrimmage yards in 2021. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 9 receptions for 56 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 4+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Since 2020, leads all RBs in receptions (118) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (960). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 5 catches for 103 yards & rec. TD in Week 11, his 10th-career 100-yard game. Is 1 of 2 WRs (COOPER KUPP) with 4+ games (4) with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2021. WR DEANDRE CARTER had 3rd rec. TD of season & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. WR CAM SIMS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 11, his 2nd-career TD catch. TE LOGAN THOMAS had career-high 13 receptions for 101 yards in last meeting. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 10 tackles & had 5th-career PD in Week 11. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ tackles. DT DARON PAYNE had only career INT in last meeting. S KAMREN CURL had 8 tackles last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. CB WILLIAM JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with PD. S LANDON COLLINS had FR in his only career game vs. Sea. (10/22/17 w/ NYG). Has 5+ tackles in 8 of his past 9 games. CB KENDALL FULLER aims for his 5th in row at home with PD.

BOOKER, SUNS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 15, BEAT KNICKS 118-97

NEW YORK (AP) The Phoenix Suns are taking a 15-game winning streak to Brooklyn for a showdown with the Nets.

It feels like a big game – just not to the surging Suns.

“We do it one at a time. We know we have a tough opponent tomorrow that’s been waiting on us, well-rested,” All-Star guard Devin Booker said. “So, we just have to come in with the same mentality, play the type of basketball that we do, defend at high level, put ourselves in good shape to get it done.”

Booker scored 32 points and the Suns beat the New York Knicks 118-97 on Friday night to match the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.

Chris Paul had 14 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who improved to 16-3. The reigning Western Conference champions will try to wrap up a perfect four-game trip Saturday against the Eastern Conference leaders.

“When you been in the league a long time, this ain’t a playoff game tomorrow,” Paul said. “It’s good for us to go out there and compete . We’re just trying to build. It’s not about winning a game in November.”

Phoenix also won 15 straight during the 2006-07 season. The Suns won a franchise-best 17 in a row later that season.

Deandre Ayton finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Booker was 14 for 27 from the field, making four 3-pointers. He did not attempt a free throw.

The Suns had to work hard to pull out victories in San Antonio and Cleveland to start the trip, but were in control most of the way at Madison Square Garden. They were ahead for the final three quarters and led by as much as 24 points.

Kemba Walker scored 17 points for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight games to the Phoenix since beating them twice during the 2017-18 season.

New York shot 9 for 18 from the floor in the first quarter, but the Suns were just a bit better, shooting 14 for 22 from the field for a 33-27 lead.

“If you give them the shots that we gave them, they got a lot of confidence early,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Once they get confidence early, they’re going to be tough to stop.”

Booker scored 21 points over the first two quarters for the Suns, who shot 24 for 45 (53%) to lead 57-44 at halftime.

The All-Star guard led an 8-2 run midway through the second quarter and capped it off by finding an open Mikal Bridges for a dunk that extended the lead to 48-34 with 4 minutes left in the second quarter.

And when Walker closed the deficit to 67-57 with 7:31 remaining in the third, Booker hit a 17-foot jumper and a 3-pointer in a stretch of a minute to extend the Suns’ advantage to 72-57.

YOUNG LEADS HAWKS PAST GRIZZLIES AS MORANT INJURES LEFT KNEE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Trae Young had 31 points and 10 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 132-100 victory Friday night over the Memphis Grizzlies, who lost star point guard Ja Morant to a left knee injury.

Clint Capela finished with 23 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, while John Collins scored 21 points. Young was 12 of 16 from the field, hitting three of his four 3-point attempts.

The Hawks won their seventh straight, best active streak in the Eastern Conference. They scored their most points in a game this season.

John Konchar led Memphis with 17 points, all in the fourth quarter when both teams had gone to their reserves. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 14 for Memphis, while Dillon Brooks scored 12.

Morant left in the first quarter with what the team said after the game was a sprained left knee. He had missed his only shot and converted a pair of free throws for two points.

Preliminary imaging revealed the sprain and the Grizzlies said further updates would be provided as appropriate.

“Obviously, our prayers and fingers crossed that everything is going to come out good,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said.

While the loss of Morant was tough for the Grizzlies, so were the Hawks. Atlanta shot 56% in the first half, going 5 of 8 on 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Memphis struggled from the field, shooting only 39%. The Hawks would finish the night shooting 58%.

The Hawks led 62-48 at the half behind 16 points from Young.

The Grizzlies were on offense and after Morant passed the ball, he hobbled to the baseline, eventually making it to the Grizzlies bench. He was helped to the Memphis locker room.

“It’s just tough when you see stuff like that. It’s just nothing you want to see in the game,” Memphis forward Jackson said.

“I think seeing the way that he went off the floor kind of sent shockwaves through the team,” Jenkins said. “The Hawks played really, really well. We had a lot of looks that didn’t fall. Definitely the mojo was kind of lost.”

Memphis couldn’t mount a rally with its sparkplug point guard in the locker room.

Meanwhile, Young was converting shots and Collins was adding a great supporting role. The Hawks opened the third quarter with a 26-4 run as Memphis missed its first 12 shots. Hawks coach Nate McMillan said the Hawks offense got Memphis “into scramble defense.”

“We did a good job of moving the ball and getting the ball to the open guys,” McMillan said. “And our guys were knocking down shots.”

The third-quarter assault stretched the Hawks’ lead to 36. Atlanta outscored Memphis 43-17 in the quarter, and the Grizzlies were on their way to their third loss in four games.

“I thought our defense was doing a really good job of making it hard for them to score,” McMillan said. “That third quarter, we kind of opened up things with limiting them to one shot and getting out in transition. “

FOX, HIELD LEAD KINGS OVER LAKERS 141-137 IN TRIPLE OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) De’Aaron Fox scored 34 points, Buddy Hield had 13 of his 25 after regulation and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 141-137 in triple overtime Friday night.

In a game that saw 19 ties and 23 lead changes, the Lakers led 126-124 a minute into the third overtime when the Kings went on an 11-2 run to go up by seven with 1:54 remaining. Marvin Bagley III had five points during the spurt, including a three-point play to give Sacramento the lead.

Carmelo Anthony hit a 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds remaining to get the Lakers within a basket, but Hield sank a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to put it away.

Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points for the Kings, who had seven players in double figures. They are 2-1 under interim coach Alvin Gentry.

The Lakers, who are 10-11 after dropping five of their last seven, had four players with at least 20 points with the first time this season. LeBron James led the way with 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 29, Anthony Davis 23 and Malik Monk 20.

The Lakers scored the first six points of the first overtime and were up 110-103 before the Kings scored seven straight, including Hield’s 3-pointer to tie it with 28 seconds remaining. Davis had a driving layup with 9.0 seconds remaining but Sacramento forced a second OT on Hield’s 18-foot jumper.

The largest lead anyone had in the second overtime was three points. James made a driving layup with 24 seconds remaining to tie it at 124. Sacramento had the final possession, but couldn’t get a shot off.

PAVELSKI NETS 2, REACHES 400 CAREER GOALS AS STARS BEAT AVS

DALLAS (AP) Joe Pavelski scored twice in 20 seconds in the opening 1:31 to reach 400 career goals, and two goaltenders combined to shut down the NHL’s highest-scoring team Friday night, as the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1.

Denis Gurianov added a power-play goal for Dallas, which has won its last five home games and five of six overall.

Cale Makar scored at 16:39 of the third period with the extra skater on the ice for Colorado, which had its six-game winning streak halted. Makar has goals in a franchise-record five straight games for a defenseman.

Jake Oettinger made 33 saves and earned the win. Oettinger was replaced by veteran Braden Holtby during the last 7:22 of the second period after being struck in the head by Nicolas Aube-Kubel. He returned for the third period. Holtby, who leads Stars goalies with eight starts had missed the previous five games with a lower body injury. He finished with four saves.

The Avalanche entered leading the league by averaging 4.06 goals per game. Darcy Kuemper stopped 19 shots and had his personal five-game winning streak – the longest active run in the NHL – stopped.

Each team will complete a back-to-back on Saturday night.

Pavelski first scored at 1:12 when he was left alone at the far post to Kuemper’s right and converted a pass by Jason Robertson from the opposite circle. At 1:31, Pavelski dipped his right knee as he skated on net, controlled a pass from Roope Hintz on his backhand, shifted the puck to his forehand and scored from between the circles.

Gurianov collected a rebound in the low slot off a shot by Miro Heiskanen and sent a wrister to Kuemper’s right for his second goal in two games.

Oettinger left at 12:38 of the second period when Aube-Kubel’s right elbow caught him in the head as Aube-Kubel charged the net along the goal line.

Oettinger went into the game leading the NHL with a 1.29 goals-against average in four games since being called up from Texas of the American Hockey League on Nov. 13.

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SABONIS POWERS BALANCED PACERS PAST SHORT-HANDED RAPTORS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 114-97 on Friday night.

Caris LeVert scored 19 points for the Pacers, who had seven double-digit scorers. Myles Turner had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Kelan Martin scored 15 points and Chris Duarte had 12.

“We stayed the course and they kind of wore down,” LeVert said. “We’re together right now, getting better each game.”

Malcolm Brogdon and Torrey Craig each scored 11 for the Pacers, who led by nine at halftime and were never seriously threatened in the second half.

“I thought Martin and Craig were a great tag team tonight,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said of his top bench scorers. “Those guys are really important to us.”

Brogdon also had 12 assists as the Pacers had a 31-17 edge in that statistic.

“Simply put, Malcolm Brogdon is a guy who does a little bit of everything for us,” Carlisle said.

Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 26 points, including four 3-pointers. Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam each had 17.

“They did a good job of moving the ball and we didn’t get to shooters,” Siakam said. “We were a step slow.”

The Raptors were without two injured starters for a second consecutive game.

“We’ve played a little up and down, like a young team might,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We’ve had a lot of bodies in and out. We’ve got to solve that.”

Martin scored 11 points in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer to give the Pacers their largest first-half lead at 64-53 with 1:20 remaining. Indiana led 66-57 at halftime.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPSSATURDAY

ANDREAN FIGHTING 59ERS (11-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI WILDCATS (12-2)

2A

ANDREAN FIGHTING 59ERS (11-3) Associated Press Poll: #8 IFCA Coaches Poll: #3. Andrean competing in its seventh state championship game and first since 2014 3A runner-up season. Fighting 59ers playing for third state championship in football and school’s second in three weeks after volleyball team won the 2A crown on Nov. 6 in Muncie.  Co-champions of the Northwest Crossroads Conference with a 4-1 mark this season (tied with Lowell).  Held off #6 Eastside 17-14 in Saturday’s semi-state victory.  Defeated conference rival and last year’s 4A state runner-up Hobart 31-28 on Sept. 24.

KEY PLAYERS: Sophomore quarterback Scott Ballentine (2,745 passing yards, 27 TDs), junior running back (Notre Dame) Drayk Bowen (794 yards, 15 TDs), senior receiver Robert Ballentine (46 catches, 863 yards, nine TDs), sophomore receiver Patrick Clacks III (45 catches, 702 yards, five TDs) and senior receiver Alonzo Paul Jr. (64 catches, 692 yards, six TDs). Bowen 99 tackles and three interceptions. Sophomore linebacker Trevon Stephens (90 tackles, 10 for loss).

Team Statistics

Andrean /Opponents

Total Points / Points Per Game 436 / 31.1 193 / 13.8

First Downs / Per Game – –

Rushing Yards / Per Game 1444 / 103.1 –

Passing Yards / Per Game 2802 / 200.1 –

Total Yards / Per Game 4246 / 303.2 –

Fumbles Recovered By 8 8

Intercepted By 11 9

Total Punts / Average 29 / 32.3 –

Penalties / Yards

Season Results (11-3)

8/20 at Merrillville L 47-21

8/27 at Crown Point W 21-7

9/4 at Central Catholic (MI) L 34-14

9/10 East Chicago Central W 45-0

9/17 at Highland W 38-14

9/24 Hobart W 31-28

10/1 Munster W 42-13

10/8 Kankakee Valley W 38-3

10/15 at Lowell L 17-7

Sectional

10/22 Wheeler W 44-6

10/29 Rensselaer Central W 28-2

11/5 at Whiting W 49-0

Regional

11/12 LaVille W 35-8

Semi-State

11/19 at Eastside W 17-14

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI WILDCATS (12-2) Associated Press Poll: #7 IFCA Coaches Poll: #7 n Evansville Mater Dei reaches sixth state championship game and gunning for second state title (2000 2A). School has finished runner-up the last three trips. n Wildcats have won nine consecutive games since suffering only two setbacks of the season to Evansville Memorial and Jasper in consecutive weeks on Sept. 10 and 17.  Tied for second in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference with a 7-2 record this year.  Survived a 28-27 thriller with at #4 Linton-Stockton in the sectional semifinals. Then defeated North Posey 42-13 a week later for Wildcats’ third straight sectional title.  Head coach Mike Goebel has led Mater Dei teams to 13 state championships, including a state record 12 in wrestling. His total is tied for the fifth-most in IHSAA history by a coach. He was also an assistant coach with Wildcats’ 1994 runner-up team. He also ranks seventh among the winningest active coaches with 248 victories. Since retiring as wrestling coach, he’s served as a co-host every year on the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals broadcast.

KEY PLAYERS: Quarterback Mason Wunderlich (2,470 passing yards, 28 TDs), running back Joey Pierre (1,222 yards, 10 TDs) and receiver Eli McDurmon (62 catches, 1,037 yards, 12 TDs), senior linebacker Tyler Martin (145 tackles, four sacks), senior lineman Nicholas Boots (99 tackles, six sacks) and senior lineman James Ralph (94 tackles, 32 ½ tackles for loss).

Season Results (12-2)

8/20 Evansville Central W 24-14

8/27 at Castle (Overtime) W 21-14

9/3 Vincennes Lincoln W 31-7

9/10 at Evansville Memorial L 15-29

9/17 Jasper L 13-31

9-24 Evansville North W 21-14

10/1 at Evansville Bosse W 42-10

10/8 at Evansville Harrison W 35-7

10/15 at Evansville Reitz W 21-17

Sectional

10/22 Forest Park W 35-6

10/29 at Linton-Stockton W 28-27

11/5 North Posey W 42-13

Regional

11/12 Triton Central W 42- 7

Semi-State

11/19 Indpls Scecina W 23-7

Team Statistics

Mater Dei /Opponents

Total Points / Points Per Game 394 / 28.1 202 / 14.4

First Downs / Per Game 209 / 14.9 147 / 10.5

Rushing Yards / Per Game 1912 / 136.6 1643 / 117.4

Passing Yards / Per Game 2502 / 178.7 1305 / 93.2

Total Yards / Per Game 4414 / 315.3 2948 / 210.6

Fumbles Recovered By 9/ 4

Intercepted By 11/ 9

Total Punts / Average 35 / 37.3 60 / 31.8

Penalties / Yards 72 / 613 66 / 596

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NORTHRIDGE RAIDERS (10-4)  vs. MT. VERNON MARAUDERS (13-1)

4A

NORTHRIDGE RAIDERS (10-4) : Associated Press Poll: NR IFCA Coaches Poll: NR.  Northridge making school’s first football state championship game appearance.  Raiders hoping to land first football crown, school’s third overall and first since boys cross country team won in 2004.  In the semi-state championship game, Tagg Gott intercepted a New Prairie pass with 2:17 left in the game and the score tied at 14-14. Two plays later, Gott connected with Jethro Hochstetler for a 76 yard TD pass for the winning margin, 20-14.  After starting the season 4-0, Northridge closed losing four of the final five to start the tournament at 5-4. Raiders avenged a 34-point regular season loss to NorthWood winning 28-7 in the sectional opener.  Raiders finished fifth in the Northern Lakes Conference with a 3-4 mark this season.  Ranked opponents beaten this tournament: def. #2 Leo 27-26 in OT in sectional championship def. #9 New Prairie on the road 20-14 in semi-state championship game.  Chad Eppley is in his first year as head coach of the Raiders. With a victory, he would become just the fifth first-year head coach to win a state championship.

KEY PLAYERS: Junior quarterback Tagg Gott (1,030 rushing yards, 15 TDs; 1,018 passing yards, eight TDs) and junior receiver Jethro Hochstetler (39 catches, 630 yards, six TDs), Ridge Howard (145 tackles), Peyton Shook (100 tackles, three interceptions) and Gott (84 tackles, four sacks).

Season Results (10-4)

8/20 at South Bend Adams W 21 – 0

8/27 South Bend St. Joseph W 39 – 14

9/3 Wawasee W 42 – 0

9/10 at Plymouth W 35 – 0

9/17 at Warsaw L 3 – 36

9/24 NorthWood L 8 – 42

10/1 Goshen W 35 – 10

10/8 at Concord L 7 – 40

10/15 at Mishawaka L 14 – 58

Sectional

10/22 at Northwood W 28 – 7

10/29 Columbia City W 35 – 21

11/5 at Leo W 27 – 26

Regional

11/12 Mississinewa W 25-7

Semi-State

11/20 New Prairie W 20-14

Team Statistics

Northridge/ Opponents

Total Points / Points Per Game 329 / 24 275 / 20

First Downs / Per Game 245 / 18 170 / 12

Rushing Yards / Per Game 2124 / 152 1873 / 134

Passing Yards / Per Game 1900 / 136 1444 / 103

Total Yards / Per Game 4024 / 287 3317 / 237

Fumbles Recovered By 8/ 16

Intercepted By 12/ 11

Total Punts / Average 29 / 32.1 51 / 32.1

Penalties / Yards 92 / 752 108 / 757

MT. VERNON MARAUDERS (13-1):  Associated Press Poll: #4 IFCA Coaches Poll: #5.  Mt. Vernon making school’s first football state championship game appearance.  Marauders aiming for school’s first football title, school’s third overall and first since the girls basketball team won the 3A crown in 2013.  Team leads the state in scoring at 48.4 ppg and ranks 10th in margin of victory at 29.3 ppg.  After losing season opener to Noblesville on Aug. 20, Mt. Vernon has won 13 straight including four shutouts along the way. n Champions of the Hoosier Heritage Conference with a 7-0 record this season.  Ranked opponents beaten this tournament: def. #1 defending state champion Roncalli 27-21 in the regional champinship game def. #6 Evansville Memorial on the road 42-28 in the semistate championship game.  Vince Lidy is in his first year as head coach of the Marauders. With a victory, he would become just the fifth first-year head coach to win a state championship. Lidy was a member of Castle’s 1994 5A state championship team coached by his late father, John Lidy. Also with a victory, he would become just the second father-son combo to win titles as a coach joining Bud Wright of Sheridan and Kevin Wright of Warren Central and Carmel (Gibson Southern’s coach in 3A has chance to do same). Lidy also was an assistant coach on Hamilton Southeastern’s 2005 5A runner-up team.

KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback Gehrig Slunaker (2,793 passing yards, 31 TDs), senior running back Keagan LaBelle (1,518 yards, 24 TDs) and senior receiver Ashden Gentry (50 catches, 1,141 yards, 12 TDs). LaBelle has 100 tackles, including 9 ½ for a loss.

Team Statistics

Mt. Vernon/ Opponents

Total Points / Points Per Game – / 48.4 – / 19.1

First Downs / Per Game – –

Rushing Yards / Per Game 3,273 / 234 – / 184

Passing Yards / Per Game 2,810 / 200 – / 95

Total Yards / Per Game 434 / 434 – / 276

Fumbles Recovered By 5/ 4

Intercepted By 9/ 5

Total Punts / Average 23 / 28.5 –

Penalties / Yards – –

Season Results (13-1)

8/20 Noblesville L 36-57

8/27 Franklin W 43-25

9/4 at Greenfi eld-Central W 42-21

9/10 at New Palestine W 49-10

9/17 Delta W 56-31

9/24 Pendleton Heights W 43-0

10/1 at New Castle W 46-0

10/8 at Shelbyville W 49-0

10/15 Yorktown W 63-13

Sectional

10/22 Pendleton Heights W 63-28

10/29 at Greenfi eld-Central W 49-34

11/5 Connersville W 70-0

Regional

11/12 Roncalli W 27-21

Semi-State

11/19 at Evansville Memorial W 42-28

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WESTFIELD SHAMROCKS (12-1) vs. CENTER GROVE TROJANS (13-0)

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WESTFIELD SHAMROCKS (12-1) Associated Press Poll: #2 IFCA Coaches Poll: #2.  Second-ranked Westfield making third appearance in six years in the football state finals and fourth trip in last nine.  Shamrocks aiming for school’s second football state championship and first in Class 6A.  Westfield and Center Grove will meet again in the first rematch of a 6A state championship game.  Team has won 12 straight games since its season-opening loss to 5A state finalist Indianapolis Cathedral on Aug. 20.  Repeat champions of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference with a 7-0 record this season.  Ranked teams beaten this state tournament: def. #5 Hamilton Southeastern 24-22 in sectional championship def. #8 Carroll (Fort Wayne). 37-14 in regional championship def. #4 Merrillville 48-19 in semi-state championship n Beat Class 5A state finalist and conference foe Zionsville 42- 21 back in Week 3 (Sept. 3).

KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback and Ball State recruit Maximus Webster (2,123 passing yards, 16 TDs; 498 rushing yards, seven TDs), senior running back Micah Hauser (1,252 rushing yards, 23 TDs). Receivers Gabe Aramboles, Ian Bruch, Nic Depasquale and Jackson Wasserstrom all have more than 400 receiving yards, Louisville commit Popeye Williams (85 tackles, 20 for loss), junior linebacker Tyler Dikos (138 tackles), Hauser (116 tackles, three interceptions) and junior Dillon Thieneman (99 tackles, eight tackles for loss).

Season Results (12-1)

8/20 Indianapolis Cathedral L 0-14

8/27 at West Lafayette Harrison W 33-11

9/3 at Zionsville W 42-21

9/10 Noblesville W 42-15

9/17 at Hamilton Southeastern W 34-21

9/24 Brownsburg W 24-21

10/1 at Avon W 45-24

10/8 Fishers W 34-14

10/15 at Franklin Central W 42-28

Sectional

10/29 at Noblesville W 49-6

11/5 Hamilton Southeastern W 24-22

Regional

11/12 at Carroll (Fort Wayne) W 37-14

Semi-State

11/19 Merrillville W 48-19

Team Statistics

Westfield Opponents

Total Points / Points Per Game 454 / 34.9 230 / 17.7

First Downs / Per Game 224 / 17.2 226 / 17.4

Rushing Yards / Per Game 2,401 / 184.7 2,498 / 192.1

Passing Yards / Per Game 2,352 / 180.9 1,320 / 101.5

Total Yards / Per Game 4,753 / 365.6 3,818 / 293.7

Fumbles Recovered By 1/ 2

Intercepted By 6/ 10

Total Punts / Average 28 / 31.1 44 / 27.7

Penalties / Yards 77 / 629 74 / 685

CENTER GROVE TROJANS (13-0) Associated Press Poll: #1 IFCA Coaches Poll: #1. Top-ranked, undefeated Center Grove making third straight 6A championship game appearance and fifth in the last seven seasons. Trojans looking to repeat as undefeated 6A champions, chasing fourth football crown overall and third in seven years. Team has won 27 straight games.  Beat Class 5A state finalist Indianapolis Cathedral 21-6 in Week 9 (Oct. 15).  Center Grove scoring at a 41.8 ppg clip while only allowing 10.2 ppg. Have held eight opponents to a TD or less this season.  Repeat champions of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference with a 7-0 record this season.  Ranked teams beaten this state tournament: def. #7 Lawrence North on the road 29-19 in the regional championship def. 10 Ben Davis 45-6 in the semi-state championship n Head coach Eric Moore is making his seventh championship game appearance in charge of Center Grove and looking for his fourth title. He is 223-72 in 23 years at the school and 271-77 in 27 years overall. He is sixth among Indiana’s active coaches with 271 wins.

KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback (Tennessee) Tayven Jackson (1,616 passing yards, 20 TDs), junior running back Drew Wheat (987 yards, 13 TDs), senior running back Daniel Weems (666 yards, nine TDs) and junior running back Micah Coyle (557 yards, nine TDs). Harrison Stomps (27 catches, 335 yards, two TDs), senior linemen Caden Curry, (Michigan State) James Schott, who have a combined 33 tackles for loss.

Season Results (13-0)

8/20 at Warren Central W 38-14

8/27 Decatur Central W 56-7

9/3 at Carmel W 41-14

9/10 Ben Davis W 45-21

9/17 at North Central (Indpls.) W 53-7

9/24 at Lawrence Central W 48-0

10/1 Pike W 49-6

10/8 Lawrence North W 43-19

10/15 at Indpls. Cathedral W 21-6

Sectional

10/29 at Franklin Central W 35-7

11/5 Columbus North W 41-7

Regional

11/12 at Lawrence North W 29-19

Semi-State

11/19 Ben Davis W 45-6

Team Statistics

Center Grove Opponents

Total Points / Points Per Game 544 / 41.8 133 / 10.2

First Downs / Per Game 242 / 18.6 146 / 11.2

Rushing Yards / Per Game 2,775 / 213.5 794 / 61.1

Passing Yards / Per Game 1,721 / 132.4 1,851 / 142.4

Total Yards / Per Game 4,496 / 345.8 2,645 / 203.5

Fumbles Recovered By 10/ 8

Intercepted By 15/ 3

Total Punts / Average 28 / 31.6 64 / 27.9

Penalties / Yards 73 / 635 62 / 500

GAME 12 PREP: OLD OAKEN BUCKET GAME RETURNS TO SOLD OUT ROSS-ADE STADIUM SATURDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Football (7-4, 5-3 B1G) returns home for Senior Day at Ross-Ade Stadium, hosting in-state foe Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G) on Saturday, Nov. 27, for the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

A total of 16 Boilermakers will be recognized on Senior Day on Saturday in a pregame ceremony. Head coach Jeff Brohm allows Purdue student-athletes to have the option of participating in Senior Day ahead of any decision-making process related to eligibility that may occur following the completion of the season.

Saturday’s Purdue-Indiana game is sold out, the second official sellout at Ross-Ade Stadium this season alongside the Wisconsin game (Oct. 23).

With the Indiana game (Nov. 27) sellout, Purdue will finish the 2021 season with an average home attendance of 56,333, which is the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since the 2008 season.

ABOUT THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET

• While Saturday’s game will be the 123rd meeting between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, this year’s matchup will be just the 96th edition of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.

• Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 60-32-3, including 15 wins in the last 23 showdowns.

• Purdue has won two of the three matchups under head coach Jeff Brohm. This year’s game returns following the cancellation of the 2020 game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair, covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.

• The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.

• George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket.

• Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.

ON THE LINE

• The Boilermakers have the opportunity against Indiana to win their eighth game of the regular season, an accomplishment that has not occurred for the Old Gold & Black since 2006.

• In 2006, former head coach Joe Tiller’s Purdue squad went 8-5 during its regular season schedule before dropping its final game to Maryland in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 29, 2006).

• Dating back to 2000, Purdue has won eight games in an overall season four times, all during the Tiller era (2000, 2003, 2006, 2007).

• Purdue is also seeking a sixth victory in Big Ten play, which would be the most since Joe Tiller’s 2003 Boilermakers went 6-2 to tie for second in the conference standings.

WINNING NOTES

• Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers claimed their fifth league victory with the 32-14 win against Northwestern (Nov. 20), getting to the five-win mark in Big Ten action for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.

• The Boilermakers won their fourth away game of the season with the win at Northwestern, a home game for the Wildcats at Wrigley Field. To find a Purdue squad with more road wins, one must search back to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.

BELL TABBED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST

• Junior WR David Bell was named a finalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday, Nov. 23, an honor annually “received” by college football’s outstanding FBS receiver.

• Any player, regardless of position (WR, TE, SB and RB) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. With the season that Bell is having (87 receptions, 1,207 yards, five touchdowns), he is certainly eligible.

• Bell joins former Purdue standout WR Taylor Stubblefield (2004) as the only Boilermakers to be a tabbed a finalist for the award.

• Among the fellow Biletnikoff finalists, Bell leads the group in receiving yards vs. Top 25 competitions at 624 yards.

• Bell currently leads the Big Ten in both receiving yards and receptions (120.7 yards and 8.7 catches per game).

• Bell ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game and third in receptions per game.

NUMBERS TO KNOW DOWN THE STRETCH

• The Boilermakers have made their presence known all across the college football landscape this season.

• The following numbers are the most important to remember:

    1: QB Aidan O’Connell is No. 1 in Big Ten in comp. pct. at 72.7.

    2: Purdue has two Top-5 wins for the first time since 1960.

    3: Bowl-eligible for third time under head coach Jeff Brohm.

    3: Three, again, #3 WR David Bell is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.

    5: DE George Karlaftis, #5, is a Bednarik semifinalist.

    6: O’Connell with 74.0+ pct. comp. in six-straight games.

    10: S Cam Allen, #10, tied for third in Big Ten for INTs (4).

    13: Past 6 games: 13 takeaways. Two total in first 5 games.

    40: Bell has 40 catches against Top-25 teams this season.

    624: Bell has 624 receiving yards in those games, as well.

    1,207: Bell has 1,207 rec. yards in 2021, 5th in Purdue history.

BEST RIVALRY PERFORMANCES

• When a rivalry game has been played 122 times since 1891, there is bound to be some big games by Purdue as a team and by individual Boilermakers. Here are some of the top Purdue performances throughout the history of the rivalry with Indiana.

• Most Points (68 – 1892): In just the second meeting between the programs, Purdue rolled to a 68-0 victory which still stands as the largest margin of victory in the rivalry.

• Most Rushing Yards (272 – Otis Armstrong): Seven Boilermakers have rushed for more than 200 yards against the Hoosiers, and Otis Armstrong leads the way. The Purdue running back chalked up 272 yards on the ground in 1972, leading the team to a 42-7 victory.

• Most Passing Yards (522 – Kyle Orton): Heisman Trophy candidate Kyle Orton made his final game at Ross-Ade Stadium a memorable one, throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-24 victory over the Hoosiers in 2004. He tallied 401 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, leading the Boilermakers to an easy win.

• Most Receiving Yards (209 – Kyle Ingraham): One of Orton’s favorite targets in the 2004 version of the Old Oaken Bucket Game was Kyle Ingraham, who hauled in 11 catches for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Not to be forgotten that day was Taylor Stubblefield’s record-setting performance. His 14 catches for 138 yards gave him 309 career receptions, an NCAA record at the time. 

SINGLE-SEASON RECORD WATCH

• The Boilermakers have completed 354 passes on the season, just 23 shy of the school record (377) set in 1998.

• Purdue is 403 yards away from the school record of passing yards in a single season (4,208-1998)

• Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell is currently on pace to destroy the school record for completion percentage by a Purdue quarterback; the fifth-year senior has completed 72.7 percent of his passes (263-362), well above David Blough’s record of 66.0 percent (305-462) in 2018.

• Junior WR David Bell (1,207) needs 101 yards to set a new Purdue record for receving yards in a single season; John Standeford’s 2002 season (1,307) remains the top mark for now.

BOWL BOUND

• With its sixth win of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue became bowl eligible for first time since 2018.

• The Boilermakers will be bowl bound for the third time in five seasons under Jeff Brohm.

AIR IT OUT, AIDAN

• The most accurate passer, currently, in the Big Ten Conference is Purdue signal caller Aidan O’Connell. The fifth-year senior QB is completing 72.7 percent of his throws (263-362), while averaging 26.3 completions per game. Both marks rank fifth nationally.

• Over his last six games, O’Connell is completing more than 75.0 percent of his pass attempts (.752, 197-262). Since the 2000 season, O’Connell is the only Purdue quarterback to string together three consecutive games above the 74.0-percent mark, let alone the current six-game span.

• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell has thrown for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell has a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.

• O’Connell passed for 423 yards in the win over Northwestern, Nov. 20, becoming just sixth Purdue quarterback to have multiple 400-yard games in a single season. He joined Drew Brees, who accomplished the feat three times in his historic career (1998-2000), as well as Boilermaker quarterbacks Jim Everett (1985), Curtis Painter (2006), David Blough (2016) and Elijah Sindelar (2019). O’Connell became the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to produce at least five 300-yard games in a season and the first since David Blough (2016). It was the eighth 300-yard passing game for O’Connell in his Purdue career, moving into a tie with Mark Herrmann for fifth on the all-time list.

• The effort by O’Connell at Northwestern (Nov. 20) was the 24th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers.

THE PRICE IS WRIGHT

• Junior wide receiver Milton Wright had a career day against Northwestern at Wrigley Field (Nov. 20), hauling in eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns to earn career highs in all three categories.

• The performance was Wright’s first multi-touchdown game of his career, and he joined David Bell as Boilermaker wide receivers recording a trio of receiving touchdowns in a game this season. In fact, only four other Big Ten receivers have scored at least three touchdowns in a game during the 2021 campaign.

• Wright’s performance also marked the sixth time a Big Ten receiver put together a 200-yard game this season. Three of those were by Boilermakers (Bell-2, Wright-1), the first time in school history that Purdue had three 200-yard games from receivers in a single season.

• Wright eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in the first half (five catches, 101 yards), securing his second 100-yard game as a Boilermaker.

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. PURDUE

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET Date: Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 Location: Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) – West Lafayette, Ind. TV: FS1: Chris Vosters (p-b-p) & Devin Gardner (analyst) Radio: IU Radio Network; XM 382, SXM App 972: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith.

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G East) closes out the season at Purdue (7-4, 5-3 B1G West) on Saturday, Nov. 27. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) on FS1. • The longtime rivals battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. • Saturday’s meeting marks the 96th Bucket game and the 123rd overall meeting. (more on page 2) • IU won 44-41 in double overtime the last time the two teams met on Nov. 30, 2019, in West Lafayette. • Last year’s game was canceled due to COVID-19 testing results at both schools. • The Hoosiers have faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 49-9. • Linebacker Micah McFadden shares second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 15 of the last 16 games. • Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (130) and yardage (1,428) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.

THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-31 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 16) • Jeff Brohm is 26-29 in his fifth season as Purdue head coach. Brohm guided Western Kentucky (2014-16) to a 30-10 mark and carries an overall record of 56-39.

NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

HOOSIERS VISIT HUSKIES IN SWEET 16 MATCH

SEATTLE – No. 15 national seed Indiana men’s soccer (15-5-1, 5-3-0 B1G) continues its NCAA Tournament run Saturday (Nov. 27) in a Sweet 16 matchup with No. 2 overall seed Washington (15-1-2, 6-1-2 Pac 12) at Husky Soccer Stadium in Seattle.

Originally slated for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff, the match was rescheduled for a 3 p.m. ET start due to evening weather conditions in Seattle.

The match will be streamed live for free on the Pac 12 website. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Indiana is one of two programs (Wake Forest) to advance to the third round of the tournament in each of the last seven seasons.

• The Hoosiers will look to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal round for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

• Saturday marks the first matchup between the two programs since September 8, 2001.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES

• Washington is led by 11th year head coach Jamie Clark. Clark has compiled a record of 143-51-22 during his time with the Huskies.

• Washington’s lone loss of the season came against then-No. 8 Oregon State, 3-2, in Seattle.

• Washington defeated Portland, 3-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament thanks to a hat trick from junior midfielder Dylan Teves.

• Teves is Washington’s leading scorer, tallying nine goals this season. Teves also has seven assists, second only to junior defender Charlie Ostrem’s eight.

• Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Fowler has started in goal in 17 of 18 matches for the Huskies, owning a 13-1-2 record with seven shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana owns a 4-0-0 all-time record against the Huskies.

• The two programs last met on September 8, 2001, in a 1-0 victory for the Hoosiers.

• The first three matches of the all-times series took place in the NCAA Tournament, with Indiana outscoring the Huskies, 6-1, in those matches.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

• The Indiana defense has posted 13 total shutouts this season, including a streak of seven straight clean sheets in October, the second-longest single-season shutout streak in program history. During that stretch, the Hoosiers did not concede a goal in 725 consecutive minutes of play.

• Junior Roman Celentano is the first-ever two-time Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, earning the award in back-to-back seasons. His career-high 11 shutouts rank No. 3 nationally.

• Junior Daniel Munie is the fourth Hoosier in the last five seasons to earn the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award, following Grant Lillard (2017), Andrew Gutman (2018) and Jack Maher (2019).

NOTES: INDIANA, MARSHALL MEET FOR HOOSIER CLASSIC TITLE

OPENING TIP

Indiana University begins its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Marshall for the championship of the Hoosier Classic. Both teams are 2-0 in the event. IU defeated Jackson State, 70-35 on Tuesday, while the Thundering Herd bested Louisiana, 93-79. The Hoosiers hold a 3-0 series lead against Marshall with IU taking a 91-67 win over the Thundering Herd on December 27, 1990.

GAME INFORMATION

HOOSIER CLASSIC

Marshall (4-1) at RV/RV Indiana (5-0)

Saturday, November 27 • 7 p.m. ET

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

TV: BTN (Wayne Randazzo and Trent Meacham)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Greg Murray, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App

Series History: Indiana leads 3-0

Last Meeting: IU 91, MAR 67 (Dec. 27, 1990 in Indianapolis)

ON THE SIDELINES

IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Dan Dakich served as interim coach for seven games at the end of the 2008 season. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points. His 19.8 ppg. average is tied for second among players who spent four years in Bloomington.

Coach Dan D’Antoni is in his eighth year of leading his alma mater. Woodson worked with Dan’s brother, Mike, with the Knicks as his defensive coordinator.

DOING IT WITH DEFENSE

As of Friday (Nov. 26), IU leads the nation in defensive field goal percentage at 28.4%. IU also leads the Big Ten allowing 52.8 points per game (t-5th nationally) and is rated as the 11th most efficient defense by KenPom. The Hoosiers set a school record on Sunday when they defended 25-straight Louisiana shots without a make in the first half. IU held Jackson State to 20.7% shooting and the 35 points was the fewest IU has given up since they allowed 35 points against Montana in 2018.

ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award.  He was a third-team All-American (Sporting News) last season. He started all 27 games in 2020-21 and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. The Big Ten Player of the Week on 11/15 is averaging 16.0 points and 8.2 rebounds, while shooting 62.0% from the floor. He has had two double-doubles this season and 24 in his career with IU posting a 19-5 record in those games.

Jackson-Davis became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark against St. John’s and now has scored 1,029 points as a Hoosier, rating 53rd all-time in IU lore.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (64), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (86), Miller Kopp (79), Parker Stewart (79) and Race Thompson (32) have combined for 340 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee have started 154 games. The Hoosiers are just outside the Top-25, receiving the 30th most votes in the AP Poll and 32nd most in the Coaches Poll.

In the first half, the IU defense is allowing 19.4 points on 21.6% shooting from the field, 21.3% from 3-point range and forcing an average of 8.4 turnovers and while adding 4.8 blocks. In 320 minutes of play, including three exhibition games, IU has trailed for just 1:48 and closed out two games (EMU and SJU) in which it held a 1-point lead in the final two minutes after holding a double-digit lead.

In the last 2 games, IU has made 16-of-34 (47.1%) 3-point attempts. Stewart has hit 7-of-10 during that stretch to lead IU.

IUVB DOWNED BY NO. 6 PURDUE, 3-1

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (10-21, 4-15 Big Ten) returned to the court on Friday night at No. 6 Purdue (23-5, 15-4 Big Ten) where they were able to pick up a set but ultimately fell, 3-1 (13-25, 25-21, 14-25, 20-25).

KEY MOMENTS

• The Hoosiers let Purdue take a 4-0 run to begin the first set. Indiana got their offense started with a kill and ace by Savannah Kjolhede. Mady Saris and Morgan Geddes recorded kills before a block by Kaley Rammelsberg and Saris tied the set at 7-7.

• Camryn Haworth and Saris slammed two combined kills, but the Hoosiers needed a timeout down, 14-9.

• Out of the break Kari Zumach tallied a kill but the Boilermaker attack was too much, and Indiana dropped the first set, 25-13

• Rammelsberg came out blazing to open the second set as she recorded the first three kills for the Hoosiers and got them out to a 5-3 lead. A kill by Saris and an ace from Brooke Westbeld kept the Hoosiers rolling.

• A block from Kjolhede and Zumach gave Indiana their largest lead of 9-4. Breana Edwards and Zumach saw back-to-back slams before Rammelsberg and Edwards put down a pair as the Hoosiers had a 16-11 advantage.

• Kjolhede grabbed a pair of kills as the Boilermakers were forced to call a timeout. Out of the break, Indiana kept up their momentum and took the second game, 25-21.

• Down early in the third set, Edwards got the Hoosiers going with two straight kill that was followed by a slam from Rammelsberg. Geddes saw a quick swipe to fall, but Purdue scored a quick two points to force Indiana to call a timeout.

• It was the Boilermakers for the rest of the set, but the Hoosiers tried to mount the comeback with a 4-0 run that comprised of kills from Geddes and Edwards, a solo block from Edwards, and a Haworth ace. IU went on to fall in the third set, 25-14

• Saris came alive to start the fourth set with a pair of kills and a solo block to give the Hoosiers an early 6-5 lead.

• After letting Purdue take a slight lead Rammelsberg found the floor to tie the frame at 10-10. Not going down easily, Geddes and Kjolhede saw back-to-back kills to even the set at 14-14. A kill from Saris gave the Hoosiers the lead.

• After going back and forth, a pair of kills from Edwards gave Indiana the 18-17 lead. The lead wouldn’t last long as the Boilermakers took a 20-18 lead and forced an Indiana timeout.

• Out of the timeout, Indiana couldn’t find their footing and lost the fourth set, 25-20.

NOTABLES

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg led the Indiana attack with 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .444. Rammelsberg also had two blocks.

• Senior Breana Edwards led the team in kills with 12. She also had a solo block.

• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris was in double-figure kills with 10. She led the way on defense with three blocks.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame had a team-high 24 digs.

• Graduate student Brooke Westbeld had a double-double with 22 assists and 10 digs.

• The Hoosiers won the ace battle, 3-2.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will conclude the 2021 season at No. 5 Wisconsin on Saturday, November 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

CLEVELAND GOES ERRORLESS ON SENIOR NIGHT VS. INDIANA

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior Grace Cleveland went errorless with a season-high 18 kills and a .563 hitting efficiency to lead the No. 6 Purdue volleyball team (23-5, 15-4 B1G) to victory over Indiana (10-21, 4-15 B1G) with a 3-1 final score (25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-20).

The win marks the 19th consecutive win over the Hoosiers and the ninth straight victory this season.

Cleveland celebrated Senior Night and her birthday with her second errorless performance of the season (last: 13-0-23 at UNLV on 9/2). Meanwhile, the Bloomington, Illinois, native added seven digs and five block assists to round out the evening.

As a team, Purdue hit a .315 clip while holding Indiana to a .105. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers closed the evening by out-blocking the Hoosiers, 16-6.

Senior Jael Johnson matched her career-high nine total blocks in the match, adding a .400 hitting % on the attack, with six kills on 10 attempts.

Posting her 17th straight double-digit kill match was Caitlyn Newton, who closed her birthday (shares the day with Cleveland) with 17 kills on 45 attempts (.267 efficiency). Newton paired the performance with 10 digs and four block assists for her fifth double-double of the season.

Joining Newton with a double-double was senior setter Hayley Bush. The Union, Kentucky native totaled 45 assists in the four setter to go alongside 10 digs for her 15th double-double of the year.

Purdue will be back tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network when it hosts No. 11 Nebraska to close out the regular season.

NO. 3 PURDUE ROLLS PAST OMAHA 97-40

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No. 3 Purdue accomplished one goal Friday by keeping the foot on the accelerator.

The bigger ones still lie ahead.

Zach Edey scored 20 points in 16 minutes, and the Boilermakers used their huge size advantage to pound Omaha 97-40.

Purdue outrebounded the Mavericks 53-22 and outscored them in the paint 48-16 while improving to 6-0 for the first time since 2015-16 and just the third time in coach Matt Painter’s tenure.

“A lot of teams settle and they get comfortable and we had to build off the energy of last weekend,” preseason All-American Trevion Williams said, referring to the sweep of No. 18 North Carolina and No. 5 Villanova. “Our goal was to come out strong and we did.”

They did it all.

Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Boilermakers shot 57.6% from the field and 52.6% on 3-pointers. Defensively, they were equally strong, allowing their lowest scoring total since routing Virginia 69-40 in December 2019.

Omaha (1-5) was led by Darrius Hughes with 13 points. It lost its fifth straight — all on the road — and produced its lowest point total since an 86-40 loss to Wisconsin in December 2012.

“We have to play these games,” coach Derrin Hansen said. “We’ve played them all in the last eight or 10 seasons and this is the most complete team we have played. They can rise up and and make shots from anywhere and they get them from anyone. This team has a little bit of everything and a lot of some things.”

Purdue was the highest ranked team the Mavericks have played in their 11-year Division I era and the disparity was clear from the opening moments. For the second straight game, Omaha took its only lead on its first basket — Dylan Brougham’s 3-pointer.

The Boilermakers countered with a 29-0 run, a span in which they forced 12 consecutive missed shots and four turnovers. When Marco Smith finally ended the drought with 8:44 to go, the Mavericks already trailed 31-5.

The Boilermakers led by as much as 37 before taking a 52-17 halftime lead, matching its highest scoring total in any half this season. They methodically extended the margin throughout the second half.

“Our ability inside, our size, is a huge advantage for us,” Painter said.

BIG PICTURE

Omaha: Hansen’s team never stood a chance with no players listed as taller than 6-foot-9. The Mavericks were outmatched on the perimeter, too. With six of the next seven at home, Omaha should simply leave this one in the past and focus on rebounding against a more manageable schedule.

Purdue: Edey, Williams and Caleb Furst dominated the middle against a much smaller team and with the Boilermakers going 7 of 12 on 3s in the first half, it was a devastating combination. While the Boilermakers cruised Friday, they’ll need to be equally efficient against tougher foes.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Purdue won’t get much help from a victory over a team that was picked to finish eighth in the Summit League this season. But UCLA’s loss to Gonzaga puts the Boilermakers in the mix for the No. 2 spot next week.

STAT PACK

Omaha: It started and finished a five-game road trip with losses to Indiana teams — Ball State and Purdue. … The Mavericks lost starting guard La’Mel Robinson with a season-ending injury before the Nov. 9 opener. … Omaha shot just 27% from the field and was 5 of 28 on 3s.

Purdue: Brandon Newman scored 16 points and Jaden Ivey had 12. … The Boilermakers won after earning their highest pre-Christmas ranking since 1987-88. … Williams was honored before the game for joining the school’s 1,000-point club. … The Boilermakers are 9-0 all-time against Summit League schools.

(Postgame Notes)

No. 3-ranked Purdue improved to 6-0 with a 97-40 win over Omaha, in front of 14,804 fans at Mackey Arena – the 28th straight sellout at Mackey Arena.

Purdue is now 6-0 for the third time under Matt Painter, joining the 2009-10 (14-0) and 2015-16 (11-) teams.

Purdue was playing its first game before Christmas as a top-3 ranked team since the 1987-88 season. All other seasons that Purdue reached the top 3, it did so after the Holidays.

After Omaha led 3-2, Purdue went on a 29-0 run, believed to be the largest run in school history.

The 57-point margin of victory tied for the sixth-largest margin in school history and the third largest in the modern era (69 vs. Chicago State on Nov. 12, 2017; 62 vs. Northern Illinois on Nov. 11, 2011).

Purdue’s 35-point (52-17) halftime lead tied for the third largest in school history.

The 40 points allowed were the 12th fewest in a game in school history and the fewest allowed since No. 5-ranked Virginia scored 40 on Dec. 4, 2019.

Purdue’s plus-31 (53-22) rebound margin was the seventh-largest margin in school history.

Purdue’s 97 points were the most since scoring 104 against No. 17-ranked Iowa on Feb. 5, 2020.

Purdue has scored at least 90 points in five of its first six games this season. Purdue has won 107 straight games when scoring at least 90 points.

Purdue shot a season-high 57.6 percent from the floor and has now shot over 50.0 percent in six straight games for the first time since shooting 50-plus percent in six straight games on Feb. 20 to March 12, 2016.

Purdue has trailed for just 22 minutes, 53 seconds in six games this year. It trailed Villanova for 17 minutes, 54 seconds, but just 4 minutes, 59 seconds in the other five games.

Purdue’s starters went 16-of-26 (.615) from the field, and only one starter played more than 20 minutes (Caleb Furst).

Trevion Williams recorded his 23rd career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Zach Edey scored 20 points in 16 minutes, the fourth time in six games this year that he has scored at least one point per minute played. This season, he has 106 points in 112 minutes played.

PURDUE SQUARES OFF WITH NO. 17/22 FLORIDA STATE SATURDAY IN ST. PETE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will close out the St. Pete Showcase on Saturday morning with an 11 a.m. tip against No. 17/22 Florida State. The Boilermakers vie for third place at the tournament and go for their first ranked win since the 2018-19 season.

The game from the McArhtur Center on the campus of Eckerd College will be streamed on FloHoops. Brian Jennings will carry the game the air for the Purdue Sports Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (4-2) vs. No. 17/22 Florida State (4-1)

Saturday, Nov. 27

Time: 11 AM

TV: FloHoops

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: TritonStats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue saw a total effort come up short in its first ranked test of the season against No. 22/23 West Virginia, falling 65-57. The Boilermakers got a team-high 13 points from Brooke Moore, while Cassidy Hardin chipped in 12 points on four 3-pointers. Despite being plus-eight in the rebounding battle, Purdue could not muster a game-tying shot when the gap was down to a single possession in the second half. Sophomore Ra Shaya Kyle only played five minutes due to foul trouble early in both halves.

NOTES

• Purdue is 0-2 all-time against Florida State, falling by three, 67-64, in the last meeting on Dec. 3, 2014, as a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

• Abbey Ellis is one of eight guards in the nation shooting above 50% from the field and 90% at the line.

• Cassidy Hardin is up to 92 career 3-pointers, compared to 11 2-point field goals, and recorded her 50th game with a triple against West Virginia.

• Purdue’s 3-point defense is the best in the Big Ten with opponents shooting just a 23.2% clip against the Boilermakers.

• Madison Layden, Ra Shaya Kyle and Abbey Ellis were held to a combined nine points against West Virginia.

• The Boilermakers are in the midst of five straight games against ranked opponents, which would be the first for Purdue since its run to the NCAA title game in 2000-01.

• Purdue is 15-9 all-time in the state of Florida and 10-8 when playing in-season tournaments in Florida.

• Rickie Woltman is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, minutes steals and blocks this season.

• Madison leads the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. The sophomore avoided her longest stretch without a three by making a pair against West Virginia.

• Purdue is looking to snap a 19-game skid against ranked opponents. The loss to West Virginia was just the third time Purdue fell to a ranked team by 10 points or less during the stretch.

BUTLER WBB TRAVELS TO IUPUI ON SUNDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The first road test of the season will send Butler downtown to face IUPUI on Sunday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is set for 3 PM inside The Jungle.

Bulldog Bits

– Celena Taborn is shooting 70% from the field this year and scored a season-high 10 points vs. SIUE.

– Emilia Sexton and Trinity White have each hit a 3-pointer in every game this year for BU.

– Sexton leads the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers (12) and 3-point attempts (31).

– Sexton ranks second in the BIG EAST in minutes played.

– Zoe Jackson ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with 21 assists. She posted a season-high eight vs. SIUE.

– Richard ranks second in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (63.6) and fourth in made field goals (28).

– Tenley Dowell has one offensive rebound in every game this year.

– Kendall Wingler did not play vs. SIUE.

Scouting IUPUI                                                                                       

IUPUI split their first two games of the 2021 season. They traveled to #11 Michigan in the season opener and took the Wolverines into overtime, before fading 67-62 in the extra period. That weekend the Jags went to Bowling Green to claim a 71-60 victory to even out their overall record. The solid start to the season allowed IUPUI to climb up to No. 10 in the Mid-Major Top 25. That momentum however was lost when the Jags were forced to cancel two Horizon League games due to COVID-19 implications. There were positive cases within the program and therefore games at Cleveland State and Purdue Fort Wayne were forfeited. IUPUI was also not cleared to travel to Southern Illinois on Nov. 24 which resulted in a no contest matchup vs. the Salukis. Head Coach Austin Parkinson has talented roster that is headlined by forward Macee Williams. The three-time Horizon League Player of the Year scored 17 points at Michigan and posted 23 points at Bowling Green. She is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds per contest and is shooting 56 percent from the field.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler leads the all-time series over IUPUI 17-7. The Bulldogs lost the first-ever meeting 70-37 in 1975. They won the most recent meeting in 2019 at Hinkle Fieldhouse 64-61.

Last Meeting vs. IUPUI                                                                        

Butler outscored IUPUI 17-11 in the fourth quarter to defeat the Jags in 2019 by the final score of 64-61. Genesis Parker led BU to victory with a team-high 23 points. Macee Williams was in the score book with a double-double, posting 17 points and 10 rebounds.

SIUE Defeats Butler                                                                                            

Trailing by 13 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs (0-5) used a 28-point second quarter to close the gap to eight at the half. SIUE responded with a 25-point third to bump its lead back to double digits where it would remain. Zoe Jackson led four Bulldogs in double figures with 16 points off 6-of-9 shooting. She also dished out a season-high eight assists.

Fantastic Freshmen                                                                               

Butler freshmen have scored 211 of the 304 Bulldog points this season (69.4%). The top three scorers on the roster are all freshmen: Alex Richard (12.8), Zoe Jackson (10.6) and Trinity White (8.6).

Season-High For Sydney                                                                                    

Sydney Jaynes scored a season-high nine points vs. SIUE by making all four of her field goal attempts. Jaynes played 17 minutes against the Cougars and also dished out a season-high two assists.

Only Six Have Played In all Five                                                         

Only six Bulldogs have suited up for all five games this season. Alex Richard, Zoe Jackson, Trinity White, Emilia Sexton, Tenley Dowell and Sydney Jaynes have been the core of the team early on in 2021. Richard and Dowell are the only Bulldogs to start in every game this season.

Sexton Scores New Career-High                                                         

Emilia Sexton made five 3-point field goals against SIUE to net a career-high 15 points against the Cougars.

Continue To Climb                                                                                              

Butler scored a season-high 74 points in the setback vs. SIUE. Additional season-high marks set in that contest included 28 made field goals, 21 assists, and 57 percent shooting from the field.

Up Next                                                                                                                  

Butler will begin BIG EAST play on Dec. 3 when they travel to Chicago to face RV DePaul. The game on Friday night will get started at 8 PM. The Bulldogs will then travel to Milwaukee and play a 3 PM contest against the Golden Eagles on Sunday. Each BEDN game will be available to stream on FloHoops.

CARDINALS HOST SYCAMORES FOR IN-STATE SHOWDOWN SATURDAY

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood on Saturday as Indiana State makes the trip to Worthen Arena. The Cardinals and Sycamores will meet for the 136th time. Ball State comes into the matchup with a 2-3 record, while Indiana State enters Saturday with a 3-3 record.

The Cardinals are coming off of an 89-86 victory over UMass on the final day of the Jersey Mike’s Classic. Tyler Cochran finished with his best performance in a Ball State jersey with 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field. Cochran tied with Payton Sparks for the team lead in rebounds with eight. Luke Bumbalough finished with 14 points with a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range. Jalen Windham recorded his third-straight game in double figures with 13 points while shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Mickey Pearson Jr. has recorded back-to-back games with 12 points as he was the fourth player with double digits. Pearson added the team’s only block of the game. Demarius Jacobs and Cochran tied for the team lead with four assists. Bumbalough and Cochran each had two steals to lead the team.

So far this season, Windham has finished in double digits in four of the five games, including the last two contests. Bumbalough has recorded three double-digit games, including the last two contests. Bumbalough enters Saturday leading the team with 13.0 points per game, while Windham is averaging 11.6. Sparks leads the squad with 7.2 rebounds per game. Cochran leads the team with seven steals.

Indiana State holds a 71-64 series lead against Ball State. ISU won the last meeting, 67-57, at home and have won six of the last 10 meetings. The Cardinals are 41-23 at home against the Sycamores.

Cooper Neese leads ISU with 16.5 points per game. Cameron Henry is second on the squad averaging 15.3 points per game and leads the Sycamores with 6.8 rebounds per game. Micah Thomas is the final ISU player averaging double digits with 14.6 points per game.

The game can be seen on ESPN+/3. All of BSU’s games are on Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.

(RV/RV) IRISH FALL TO (RV/#21) BULLDOGS IN OT, 71-67

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — For the first time in 21 years, the (RV/RV) Notre Dame women’s basketball team took on the (RV/#21) University of Georgia in its Friday afternoon bout in the Daytona Beach Invitational. The Fighting Irish (5-1) had a few chances in regulation to find victory, and later boasted a four-point lead in overtime, but the Bulldogs (5-0) escaped with the 71-67 victory.

Freshman guard Olivia Miles produced a career high 24 points to go along with her six rebounds and five assists. Maddy Westbeld and Maya Dodson each contributed 13 points as the latter also reeled in seven boards. In addition, Anaya Peoples grabbed a season high 11 rebounds, which led the team today.

Ultimately, 25 turnovers plagued the Irish on Friday evening, as the Bulldogs converted those into 16 points. 

How It Happened

A Sam Brunelle three-pointer at 5:47 in the first pushed the Irish out ahead 11-4 until Georgia found some traction to tie the game at 13-all by the three-minute mark. Yet, the Irish regrouped and ended the first on a 7-0 run, receiving contributions from Anaya Peoples, Olivia Miles and Maya Dodson.

Back-to-back Notre Dame turnovers resulted in a Georgia 5-0 start to the second quarter and they eventually pulled to within one possession at 22-20. Then Westbeld and Citron responded with back-to-back scores to force a Bulldogs timeout at 6:53 up 26-20. The Bulldogs responded out of the timeout with an 8-0 scoring spree to claim its first lead of the game.

Ultimately, Georgia took a narrow 31-30 lead into the half as 13 turnovers plagued Notre Dame. Miles led at the break with 11 points, the lone Irish in double figures. Notre Dame shot 39 percent  (14-of-36) compared to Georgia’s 43 percent (12-of-28).

There were seven lead changes and five ties in the back-and-forth third quarter. Peoples, Miles and Dodson got Notre Dame off to a quick 7-2 second half start. Mabrey hit a pivotal three at 5:40 and Citron connected on key and-one at 1:34 – each gave the lead back to Notre Dame. All-in-all, it was tied up at 49-apiece heading into the final quarter.

Westbeld connected on a huge trey at 8:31, which was followed by a Dodson put back, giving the Irish five points of separation. The see-saw of momentum continued as a Miles layup with 3:35 remaining tied the match up at 61-all. However, that would be the final points for either team in the fourth.

The Notre Dame defense did its part, forcing Georgia to miss four shots in a row, but both Miles’ and Mabrey’s shots in the final 33 seconds wouldn’t fall either as the two marched on to overtime.

Miles converted back-to-back layups in OT, pushing Notre Dame ahead 67-63 with 1:48 left. However, the Bulldogs countered with an 8-0 run to end the game.

Up Next

The Irish will be back in action in just 24 hours, when they try to take down a ranked foe in No. 16/19 Oregon State (3-0). That contest will tip off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. 

IRISH FACE AN ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE AT ILLINOIS

2021-22 FIGHTING IRISH – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (3-2) continues its run of five away games in the ACC/Big Then Challenge at No. 14/15 Illinois (4-2) on Monday night (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2). The Irish are coming off a 1-2 appearance at the 2021 Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Las Vegas, while Illinois has rebounded from its first two losses of the season to Cincinnati and Marquette with victories over Kansas State and UT Rio Grande Valley.

Notre Dame is 4-4 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and 2-0 in the event against Illinois. The Irish defeated Illinois, 84-79, Dec. 2, 2015, in the dedication game of the State Farm Center then held off the Illini 76-74 on Nov. 27, 2018, in Purcell Pavilion.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

#20 | PAUL ATKINSON JR. | Graduate Student | 6-9 | 230 | West Palm Beach, FL

Has scored in double figures in all five games this season while shooting .643 from the field (third in the ACC as of Nov. 27) • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in  2020-21 • boasts a .661 career field goal percentage – top for any returning NCAA Division I player this year – and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.

#3 PRENTISS HUBB | Senior | 6-3 | 176 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Preseason All-ACC Second Team • leads all returning ACC players in career assists (462) • led the Irish in  scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.

#5 CORMAC RYAN | Senior | 6-5 | 195 | New York, NY

Led the Irish with 16 points on 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc against St. Mary’s (CA) • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.

#23 DANE GOODWIN | Senior | 6-4 | 202 | Upper Arlington, OH

Has scored in double figures in all five games this season and leads the team with 15.0 ppg • five-game double-digit scoring streak is the second best of his career (seven straight in 2019-20 – final four games – and 2020-21 – first three games) • averaging 15.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg • posted career highs of 11.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 2020-21 • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .831 career average from the stripe.

#14 NATE LASZEWSKI | Senior | 6-10 | 235 | Jupiter, FL

Has pulled down 52 rebounds, including games with 16 and 15 boards, so far in 2021-22 • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.

OFF THE BENCH

#2 TREY WERTZ | Senior | 6-5 | 192 | Charlotte, NC

Led the Irish with five assists vs. St. Mary’s (CA) and played a season-high 26 minutes • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.

#0 BLAKE WESLEY | Freshman | 6-5 | 185 | South Bend, IN

Has hit double figures in three of his five career games played, including 14 against Chaminade and 10 against Texas A&M • first Mike Brey freshman to score 20 points in a career debut (vs. CSUN) since Chris Thomas in 2001 • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985 • consensus four-star prospect • athletic backcourt player expected to be an immediate key contributor.

#1 J.R. KONIECZNY | Freshman | 6-6 | 195 | South Bend, IN

(pronounced Ko-NEZZ-knee) Saw action in first career game vs. CSUN, scored first career points vs. Chaminade • all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County history (1,996) • joins classmate Blake Wesley as the first Northern Indiana Conference players to sign with Notre Dame since 2012 (D. Jackson, A. Torres).

#22 ELIJAH TAYLOR | Sophomore | 6-8 | 242 | Philadelphia, PA

Made Irish debut vs. Chaminade and scored his first career field goal • missed CSUN game as a precaution due to minor lower leg injury, then the High Point game with the flu • missed 2020-21 while recovering from ankle surgery • athletic front court player will provide depth on the Irish front line.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1

Since 2000-01 (first year of the Mike Brey era), Notre Dame has led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.44).

2

Victories in two ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups for the Irish against Illinois, including a five-point victory in the State Farm Center dedication game in 2015.

7

Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.

10.4

Rebounds-per-game average for senior Nate Laszewski, which as of Nov. 27 is tied for the lead in the ACC with NC State’s Dereon Seaborn.

35

Game streak of double-digit scoring performances for Paul Atkinson Jr. Atkinson hit double figures in all 30 games he played at Yale in 2019-20. The last time he did not score double figure points was against LSU (he had nine points) in the first round of NCAA tournament.

46

Three-point shooting percentage for Dane Goodwin (.462) this season. He is one of just two power conference players to shoot .490 FG/.460 3FG/.930 FT/15.0 PPG this season – along with Wake’s Daivien Williamson.

66

Or .661 to be precise – graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr.’s career field goal percentage – which led all returning NCAA Division I players this year. The 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year graduate transferred to Notre Dame during the offseason. Atkinson is 13-19 (.684) so far this season.

258

Games won by Notre Dame with Mike Brey and Associate Head Coach Anthony Solomon on the coaching staff. Solomon returns for his third stint with the Irish this season and with him on the sidelines, Mike Brey has won .676 percent of the games he has coached at Notre Dame.

451

Wins at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the most in school history and the ninth-most for any NCAA coach at his current school. The victory over Chaminade on Tuesday night was his 700th game at Notre Dame.

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE HISTORY

Notre Dame is in its ninth season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is 4-4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. For the Irish, the event has featured three home-and-home series with Iowa, Michigan State and Illinois and single games with Ohio State and Maryland.

NCAA ROUND OF 16 PREVIEW: WAKE FOREST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish welcome Wake Forest to Alumni Stadium for a round of 16 matchup in the NCAA Championships at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 28. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for $5 and students will get in free with their student ID. The match will be broadcast on ACCNX.

#4 NOTRE DAME vs. WAKE FOREST

Location: South Bend, Indiana | Alumni Stadium

TV: ACCNX

Live Stats: Click Here

Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer

Game Notes: vs. Wake Forest

THE IRISH IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

• Notre Dame is playing in its 23rd NCAA Championship in 2021 and have played in the tourney in 19 of the last 21 seasons.

• The Irish have an overall record of 20-20-3 in the NCAA Championships.

• The Irish have advanced to the round of 16 on 11 occasions and have made four quarterfinals.

• Notre Dame won the College Cup in 2013, defeating Maryland by a score of 2-1 to capture the title. It was the program’s only trip to the College Cup.

• Notre Dame is 14-8-3 when playing at home in NCAA Tournament play in program history and has advanced to the next round 16 times.

• The Irish are 12-8-2 in their opening NCAA Tournament matches in program history and have advanced to the next round 14 times.

• Notre Dame’s No. 4 national seed is the highest the program has earned since being the top-seed during the 2014 season.

THE WAKE FOREST SERIES

• The Irish and Demon Deacons will meet on the pitch for the 14th time in program history on Sunday evening.

• Notre Dame trails in the all-time series with a record of 4-7-2, however, the Irish are 1-1-1 when playing at home.

• The Irish fell to Wake Forest by a score of 3-2 last season at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame’s goals came from Dawson McCartney and Aiden McFadden.

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP REWIND

• The Irish captured its first ACC Championship title in program history with a 2-0 win over Duke in Cary, North Carolina.

• Dawson McCartney scored a brace in the title game and totaled three goals over the four tournament matches to earn ACC Championship MVP honors.

• Jack Lynn, Bryan Dowd and Philip Quinton joined McCartney on the ACC All-Tournament Team.

• The Irish didn’t allow a goal over the four games, becoming the first team to accomplish the feat when playing in four games and the sixth to ever finish the ACC Championships with no goals allowed.

• Notre Dame advanced past NC State (1-0), Louisville (0-0, 3-0 penalties), and Pitt (2-0) to get to the title game.

• The Irish snapped Pitt’s 19-match home winning streak with the 2-0 win in the semifinal round.

KEEP IT CLEAN

• The Notre Dame defense has come into form in the second half of the season, posting nine clean sheets in its last 11 matches.

• The Irish have totaled 12 shutouts on the season, with Bryan Dowd in goal for nine and Thomas Deslonchamps recording three.

• Notre Dame has seven clean sheets against ACC opponents, the most by any team in the conference this season (Pitt x2, Duke, Clemson, Louisville, NC State x2)

• Opponents have scored multiple goals in just four of 21 matches this season.

• Despite playing some of the top teams in the country, the Irish have allowed just five goals in the last 13 matches.

FINISHING STRONG

• The Irish have made it a habit of dominating the second half of matches, outscoring the opposition 29-7 in the final 45 minutes of regulation.

• Notre Dame’s defense hasn’t allowed a goal in the second half in the last 11 matches, outscoring the opposition 16-0 in the second half during that stretch.

• The last time the Irish allowed a goal was in a 2-1 win against Virginia on October 1.

LYNN LEADS THE LINE

• Lynn was Notre Dame’s representative on the ACC Preseason Watch List and was ranked No. 33 in TopDrawerSoccer’s midseason top 100 players rankings.

• Lynn paces all active Irish players in career goals with 30.

• Lynn became the 12th player in program history to reach the 30 career goal mark.

• The senior leads the team in goals (9) and points (22) on the year.

• The forward has nine goals and four assists on the season.

• Lynn was named All-ACC First Team for the second straight year by the league coaches.

• The forward enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign, scoring a career-high 10 goals to lead the Irish attack.

• Lynn has led the Irish in goals and points in each of the last two seasons.

BALANCED ATTACK

• Nineteen different Irish players have registered at least one point this season, as the team has totaled 136 on the season.

• Fifteen players have scored a goal through 21 matches, with 11 scoring multiple goals.

• Dawson McCartney and Paddy Burns are tied for the team lead in assists with five each while Jack Lynn and Daniel Russo are tied for second with four each. Matthew Roou, Ethan O’Brien and Matthew McLaughlin each have three.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

• The Irish have received significant contributions from the 2021 freshman class.

• Thirteen of Notre Dame’s 48 goals have been scored by freshmen.

• Matthew Roou ranks third on the team in goals scored with six while Eno Nto is tied for third on the squad with five goals to his name.

• Michael Rossi scored two goals in his debut season.

• Josh Ramsey has played in all 21 games, including 20 starts for Notre Dame this season at the center back position.

• Nto and Roou both scored goals in their first career starts, coming in the 2-0 win over NIU.

• Kyle Genenbacher has also logged minutes in 20 matches this season.

NO. 6 SYCAMORES FALL TO NO. 2 ILLINOIS STATE IN MVC SEMIFINAL ROUND

NORMAL, Ill. – Indiana State’s Missouri Valley postseason run came to an end on Friday night as the No. 6 Sycamores fell to host No. 2 Illinois State in Redbird Arena, 18-25, 15-25, 20-25.

The Sycamores (18-12) rallied back in all three sets against the Redbirds (18-13) as Indiana State hoped to pick up their second win in Redbird Arena this season after previously topping Illinois State in the facility back on November 6. However, it wasn’t meant to be as Illinois State took control of each of the three sets on Friday night in securing the berth in the MVC Championship match.

Mallory Keller paced the Sycamores offense throughout the match and finished with a team-high 10 kills and a .200 hitting percentage in the match. Kaitlyn Hamilton added six kills and a block, while Madeline Williams posted a match-high two service aces and seven digs. Chloe Mason (16) and Emma Kaelin (10) combined for 26 assists, while Melina Tedrow added a team-high 12 digs in the loss.

Tamara Otene led an Illinois State offense that hit .298 from the floor in the match with a team-high 14 kills. Katelyn Lefler (21) and Nora Janka (17) combined for 38 assists in the win, while Kaity Weimerskirch added a team-high 17 digs. Nicole Lund finished the night with seven kills and 10 block assists.

Illinois State jumped out to the 10-4 lead in the first set as the Redbirds utilized an 8-2 run highlighted by a pair of Otene kills. The Redbirds lead hit 20-12 on an Otene service ace before the Sycamores battled back late in the set. Kaitlyn Hamilton ended the Illinois State run with a kill and added another over the final stretch before the Redbirds closed out the frame on a Sycamore attack error.

The Redbirds momentum continued in the second set as Illinois State scored seven of the first eight points of the frame to jump to the early lead. Indiana State battled back to cut the margin down to four at 11-7 with a pair of Hamilton kills aiding in the 6-3 stretch. The Sycamores kept the margin at four points several times in the set, but were unable to close the gap as a Illinois State posted a pair of blocks late in the 25-15 set win.

The Redbirds jumped ahead to a 10-4 lead in the third set utilizing a 7-1 run mostly on Jessica D’Ambrose’s serve. Illinois State led 16-9 in the set before the Sycamores battled their way back into the frame with a 6-2 run. Over the stretch, Keller and Hamilton both connected on kills, while Williams dropped in her second service ace of the game to cut the match down to 18-15. The teams continued to swap points as Illinois State hit match point at 24-18 on an Otene kill. The Sycamores kept the match alive with back-to-back points, before Illinois State closed out the win.

The Sycamores advanced to the MVC Championships semifinal round for the second time in program history following their first round sweep over Bradley. ISU’s previous trip also ended in the semifinals back in 2017 when the Sycamores fell to Missouri State.

HUNTER’S SEASON-HIGH PACES SYCAMORES ON FIRST DAY OF GATA TURKEY THROWDOWN

STATESBORO, Ga. – Indiana State was unable to hold off a late Jacksonville State run on Friday afternoon as the Sycamores fell to the Gamecocks on the first day of the GATA Turkey Throwdown at Hanner Fieldhouse, 67-57.

The Sycamores (1-4) held a five-point lead nearing the midway point in the fourth quarter as Tonysha Curry drove into the paint for the layup. The basket put Indiana State up 54-49 for their largest lead of the quarter, before the Gamecocks (3-2) scored five in a row with Bre’Anna Rhodes scoring the first three points to tie the game up at 54-54 with 5:25 remaining.

The five-point swing led to an 18-3 stretch that spanned the final 6:10 as the Gamecocks closed out the first day win.

Marie Hunter led the Sycamores with a season-high 19 points as the junior guard went 7-of-16 from the floor while playing all 40:00 minutes in the contest. Adrian Folks added 12 points and five rebounds, while adding a team-high three assists.

Jacksonville State was led by Nekiyah Thompson’s 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting while converting all three three-point attempts. Rhodes added 13 points off the bench in 15 minutes’ action, while Keiara Griffin and Kennedy Gavin had seven rebounds apiece.

First Half

The Sycamores scored eight of the first nine points with Folks, Del’Janae Williams, and Hunter all scoring over the first 3:46 to put Indiana State ahead early. The Sycamores led 13-7 on a Folks outside jumper at the 4:41 mark and held a 14-9 lead on another Folks free throw, before Jacksonville State rallied back. The Gamecocks found their way back to cut the lead down to 15-14 on a pair of Keiara Griffin free throws, before Hunters’ put-back at the buzzer gave Indiana State the three-point lead at the break.

Indiana State scored eight of the first 12 points in the second quarter with Curry scoring a pair of layups over the stretch to put the Sycamores ahead 25-18 with 5:57 remaining. The Gamecocks rallied back to tie the game up at 27-27 on a Madison McCoy layup, before ISU scored the final four points to take the 31-27 lead into the break.

Second Half

Natalia Lalic put the first points on the board for the Sycamores in the second half with a layup at the 8:12 mark to set up a back-and-forth third quarter. Hunter added a jumper in the paint at the 5:10 mark to give Indiana State the 42-37 lead before Jacksonville State went on a 9-2 run to close out the quarter with Griffin’s three-point play putting the Gamecocks ahead 46-44 heading into the fourth.

The Sycamores rallied back from the third quarter deficit with Curry putting Indiana State ahead 49-48 with 8:53 remaining. Indiana State’s lead would reach five points at 54-49 on another Curry layup before the Gamecocks went on their closing run to secure the win.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State shot 40.0% from the floor, 11.1% from the three-point line, and 61.5% from the free throw line in the loss.

Jacksonville State was 43.9% from the floor, 15.8% from the three-point line, and 70.0% from the free throw line in the win.

Jacksonville State held the 38-32 rebounding edge in the game and posted a 38-30 scoring edge in points in the paint.

The Sycamores posted 10 steals in the contest and added 12 points off turnovers.

Del’Janae Williams connected on Indiana State’s lone three-pointer in the loss.

Jacksonville State held the 24-13 edge in points off the bench.

News & Notes

Tonysha Curry scored a season-high nine points in the loss for the Sycamores.

Del’Janae Williams made her first start of the 2021-22 year for Indiana State.

Hunter’s 19 points marked a season-high, while her 7-of-16 performance from the floor was also a high in both makes and attempts.

Mya Glanton, Adrian Folks, and Tonysha Curry all led the team with five rebounds.

Friday’s game between Indiana State and Jacksonville State was the first matchup for both programs in their respective team histories.

Up Next

Indiana State closes out the GATA Turkey Throwdown on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores take on host Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Hanner Fieldhouse. The game will be carried live on ESPN+.

SYCAMORES TO FACE IN-STATE RIVAL BALL STATE SATURDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In the midst of a five-game stretchy away from home, Indiana State basketball will travel to Muncie, Ind., Saturday to face in-state rival Ball State at Worthen Arena. Tip is set for 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3 as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide.

THE SERIES

» Saturday’s meeting with Ball State will be the 136th all-time between the two programs. Indiana State leads the series 73-62 and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cardinals with a 67-57 win at home Dec. 19, 2020. ISU has won six of the last 10 meetings in the series.

A WIN FOR THE SYCAMORES WOULD…

» Give ISU a 12-game lead in the series with Ball State

» Be the second-straight victory over Ball State

» Be the first win at Ball State since 2016

» Give ISU its second true road win of the season

» End a two-game losing skid

UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP

» For the first time in 12 years, the Indiana State basketball is under new leadership as first-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.

HENRY DOMINANT

» Cameron Henry continues to dominate the court — scoring in double-figures each of the first six games for Indiana State — including a pair of double-doubles. Over three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Henry put up All-MVC like numbers. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 5.7 assists per game while going for a career-high 25 points against Oklahoma in the semifinals. For his performance, he was named to the All-Tournament Second Team.

NEESE A PROBLEM FOR OPPOSING DEFENSES

» After posting career highs across the board IN 2020-21, Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. The junior is averaging a team-high 16 points while also hitting the glass for 4.8 rebounds a game. Neese has been lights out from the charity stripe (19-23) with an 82.6 make percent while shooting 32.6 percent (15-46) from distance. Neese has scored in double-figures in all six games this season with a season scoring 17 or more in five games.

MICAH THOMAS SHOW

» Newcomer Micah Thomas put on an offensive clinic in the finale of the Myrtle Beach Invitational, scoring a career-high 23 points against New Mexico State. Down 20 points with 13 minutes to go, Thomas pulled ISU to within six points with three minutes remaining. Thomas shot 9-for-16 from the field and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line but more impressive was his 14 second-half points. Thomas has scored 10 or more points in four of the five games he has played in while averaging 14.6 points a game. One of the best shooters on the team, he leads ISU with a 39.3 percent from deep.

MOVING THE ROCK

» Indiana State ranks second in the MVC with 14.3 assists per game while sitting third with a 1.21 assist-to-turnover ratio. Four players have recorded over 10 assists with Cameron Henry leading the way by a large margin with 26. Cooper Neese and Julian Larry have 11 each and Micah Thomas has assisted on 10 makes. The outlier is Xavier Bledson who has recorded 10 assists in just three games after missing the last three games at the MBI.

MASTODONS TOP SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 74-66

FORT MYERS, Fla. – In the first game of the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana 74-66 on Friday (Nov. 26).

The Mastodons were led by three that scored in double-figures: Jarred Godfrey (19), Ra Kpedi (16) and Bobby Planutis (16). Kpedi grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, five of which were offensive boards. Deonte Billups also pulled down eight rebounds.

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the Mastodons saw the Lions build up a 17-8 lead, which would be their biggest of the afternoon. Godfrey stemmed the tide with a 3-pointer, which started a 16-4 run for the ‘Dons. What followed were three layups from Godfrey, Planutis and Cameron Benford, then back-to-back triples from Planutis. The ‘Dons took a six-point lead into the locker room after Kpedi hit a free throw.

The Lions re-took the lead in the second half at the 17:01 mark, but Godfrey put the ‘Dons back up two with a triple. They never trailed again from this point and built a lead as large as 11. Jalon Pipkins laid in a fastbreak layup and converted the old-fashioned 3-point play with 0:56 left to put the game on ice.

From the point, Damian Chong Qui scored six points and dished out six assists without a turnover. The Mastodons forced the Lions into 16 turnovers, leading to 12 points. The ‘Dons also held SLU to 21.1 percent from 3-point range.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 3-1. Southeastern Louisiana falls to 3-3. The Mastodons will play in the 4:30 game tomorrow (Saturday, November 27) against Western Michigan.

PURDUE FORT WAYNE WBB HEADS TO SIUE ON SUNDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will take the floor at SIUE on Sunday for their third non-league game of the 2021-22 season.

Game Day Information

Who: SIUE Cougars

When: Sunday, November 28 | 3 p.m. ET

Where: Edwardsville, Ill. | First Community Arena at the Vadalabene Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | SIUE | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

SIUE is 2-2 this season with its losses coming on the road at Kansas and Memphis to open the season but the Cougars are riding a two-game winning streak coming into this game. The Cougars beat Big Ten foe Illinois 71-62 and Butler 87-74. SIUE has three players scoring in double-figures in Ajulu Thatha, Gabby Nikitinaite and Mikayla Kinnard. Thatha is shooting 46.2 percent from the floor for her 11.0 points per game, leading SIUE in both categories.

The Series

SIUE has a 13-9 edge in the all-time series including 6-5 advantage when the two teams were in the GLVC together. The Cougars took the last game 66-50 in Fort Wayne. The Mastodons’ last win came in 2013 which saw Arianna Simmons score 22 points to lead the ‘Dons to a 96-71 win.

Taking Care of the Basketball

Purdue Fort Wayne has the ninth-fewest turnovers in the country with 43. Southern Illinois is leading the country in that category with just 26.

Long-Range Missiles

Purdue Fort Wayne is sixth in the country in 3-point field goal percentage with a 43.2 percent clip. If extrapolated over an entire season, this would be the best 3-point percentage in program history.

‘Dons in the Horizon League…

In the Horizon League, the Mastodons are ranked first in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.16), assists per game (16.7), field goal percentage (48.1 percent), rebound margin (6.0), scoring average (80.7), steals per game (12.3), 3-point field goals per game (10.7), 3-point percentage (43.2 percent), turnover margin (7.67) and turnovers forced (22.0).

Double-Double Machine

With two-straight double-doubles against UIC and Evansville, Shayla Sellers was the first Mastodon to record two in a row since Sh’Toya Sanders in February 2020. Sellers is one of three players in the Horizon League with two double-doubles this season.

Spectacular Shayla

Shayla Sellers has the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the nation. She has dished out nine assists while only committing one turnover in 33 minutes per game.

Shayla’s Career Night

Shayla Sellers had her best performance as a Mastodon against UIC on November 18. She scored 23 and grabbed 11 rebounds, both career-highs, while shooting 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the floor, 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the fre. Sellers had only three points and three rebounds at halftime, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight boards after the intermission.

Double-Double Trouble

In the Mastodons’ 69-63 win over UIC, Purdue Fort Wayne got double-doubles out of Shayla Sellers and Ryin Ott. Sellers had career-highs in both points and rebounds with 23 and 11. Ott went for 14 points and 10 rebounds, the latter of which was a career-high.

In a League of Their Own

Purdue Fort Wayne has three of the top 10 scorers in the Horizon League: Sylare Starks (17.3 ppg), Shayla Sellers (14.7 ppg) and Ryin Ott (14.3 ppg). Purdue Fort Wayne is the only team in the League to have three scorers in the top 10.

Perfect From the Line

Aubrey Stupp is the only player in the Horizon League with a perfect free throw percentage with at least 2.5 made free throws per game. Stupp is 10-for-10, and is one of 13 players in the country that meet those criteria.

3 and Oh So Nice

Maria Marchesano became the second coach in Mastodon women’s basketball history to start 3-0 in their career. Kirk Kavanaugh, who coached the Mastodons from 1982-85, started his career 4-0. This opening four games included a 71-66 overtime win over Indiana Tech, where he was 32-10 as the head coach from 1980-82.

Back 2 Back!

Ryin Ott was selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second time in as many weeks on Monday, November 22. Ott helped lead the Mastodons to a 69-63 win over UIC by registering a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Through two weeks of action, Ott averaged 15.0 points per game, more than double of any other freshman in the league. This ranked eighth in the league among all players.

Last Time Out

Sylare Starks had career-highs with 23 points and seven rebounds in an 84-71 loss to Evansville. Shayla Sellers recorded her second-straight double-double.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will step back into Horizon League play when they hit the road to face Wright State on December 3 in Dayton, Ohio.

VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN MVC SEMIFINAL IN FIVE-SET BATTLE WITH LOYOLA

The fourth-seeded Valpo volleyball team battled toe-to-toe with top-seeded Loyola in MVC Tournament semifinal action Friday afternoon in Normal, Ill., but the Ramblers claimed the key final points as the Beacons dropped a 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 18-25, 15-13) decision. Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) moved into second place in program history in career blocks early in the match.

How It Happened

Trailing 18-16 in set one, Valpo put together a 7-1 run to flip the two-point deficit into a four-point advantage. The Beacons had three blocks during the run, including a pair which saw McCarthy and Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) team up on the rejection.

Loyola scored the next three points to close to within 23-22, but the teams traded sideouts on the last three serves. Kills from Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) accounted for Valpo’s final two points of the set, including on its second set point opportunity as the Beacons took the 1-0 lead in the match.

The Ramblers took control of the second set approaching the halfway mark, as Valpo last led at 11-10. Loyola scored 12 of the next 16 points from that juncture and eventually evened the match at one set apiece.

It looked like Valpo had the third set in hand, pulling away to an 18-11 advantage. But Loyola came back with a 9-1 run to erase the entire deficit and pull in front, 20-19.

A Boyer kill briefly tied the frame at 20-all before the Ramblers scored four of the next five to earn set point at 24-21. Valpo saved three set points to force extra points at 24-24 before Loyola came up with consecutive kills to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Valpo led nearly from the outset in the fourth set, sparked by six kills in the set from Boyer. The Beacons’ lead reached double figures at 21-11 on a service ace from Abby Boyle (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center), and Valpo eventually forced the decisive fifth set on a kill by McCarthy.

The teams traded the lead three times in the early stages of the fifth set, with a solo block from McCarthy giving Valpo a slim lead at 4-3 before Loyola scored five of the next six points to pull ahead, 8-5.

Kills by McCarthy and Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) cut the deficit to one point, but the Ramblers answered with three in a row to lead, 11-7.

Loyola eventually earned match point at 14-11. The Ramblers committed a pair of errors as Valpo stayed alive, but the Beacons’ push to force extra points in the decisive set came up one point shy as Loyola came up with the match-ending kill.

Inside the Match

This marked Valpo’s third consecutive appearance in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament (excluding last year’s withdrawal pre-tournament).

It was a balanced team effort on Friday, with five different players reaching double figures in kills.

Boyer led all players with a career-best 15 kills while hitting at a .289 clip. The junior was also part of five blocks.

Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) set a career high in the kills column as well, hitting .320 with 12 kills.

Ravotto tallied 11 kills and added 15 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.

Swistek and McCarthy rounded out the quintet of Valpo players with double-digit kills, registering 10 apiece. Swistek picked up 17 digs in the back row for her seventh double-double of the year, while McCarthy paced Valpo with six blocks.

Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) dished out a season-high 29 assists and Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) tallied 20 assists.

Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) notched a match-best 31 digs, the fourth time this season and 13th time in her career posting 30+ digs. Three of those 13 efforts have come in MVC Tournament play.

Valpo’s seniors all continued climbs up the program’s single-season and career charts on Friday. Cookerly moved into ninth place in program history in the 25-point era for single-season digs with 591.

Cookerly now owns 3,105 career digs, just 71 shy of the NCAA Division I career record.

Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) posted four blocks to give her 120 on the year, fifth-most by a Valpo player in the 25-point era. McCarthy is just behind her on the same chart, in a tie for seventh with 114 blocks.

McCarthy’s career total of rejections now sits at 445 blocks. She passed Heather Hynds for second place in program history in the category during the course of Friday’s match.

Anderson moved past the 4,500-assist mark for her career in the first set and now has 4,525 career assists.

VALPO BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME TO HOST TRINITY CHRISTIAN

Trinity Christian (5-4, 3-3 CCAC)

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

Game No. 7 – Saturday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m.

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

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: After a successful stay in The Bahamas that saw the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team finish third in a competitive eight-team field at the Nassau Championship, the Beacons will return to the Athletics-Recreation Center to host Trinity Christian College on Saturday night. Valpo will seek its third win in four games in the final tune-up before next week’s Missouri Valley Conference opener.

Last Time Out: The Beacons rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to top Tulane 68-64 on Wednesday in the third-place game of the Nassau Championship in Nassau, The Bahamas. Valpo opened the multi-team event with a 78-70 victory over Jacksonville State on Monday night before a 64-61 setback to Coastal Carolina in Tuesday’s semifinal. The Beacons bounced back less than 24 hours later, rallying past the Green Wave behind a career-high 23 points by Sheldon Edwards. Trevor Anderson had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists on his golden birthday, while Thomas Kithier dished out a career-high five assists to go along with eight rebounds and eight points. Freshman Keyondre Young had an enormous four-point play late in the game for one of his two triples, and Eron Gordon made an impressive layup for the go-ahead shot in the final minute.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN3 – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Casey Schmidt (analyst)

Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Zach Collins (play-by-play)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

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

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (85-82) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Thanksgiving Tournament Stat Stuffing

Valpo sophomore Sheldon Edwards stuffed the stat sheet in the third-place game of the Nassau Championship on Nov. 24 vs. Tulane.

He was one of five players in a competitive, eight-team field to earn all-tournament team honors, joining Setric Millner Jr. (Toledo), Ryan Rollins (Toledo), Essam Mostafa (Coastal Carolina) and Jalen Cook (Tulane).

In the triumph over the Green Wave, Edwards had a career-high 23 points, a career-high five made 3s, five rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. He surpassed his previous career high of 20 points, reached on two occasions last season (vs. SIUE, vs. Drake).

The five 3s surpassed his previous personal best of four, reached on four occasions. The three steals equaled a career high (third time), while the three blocks were behind only his four-rejection performance against UIC on Nov. 13.

Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Edwards averaged 16.0 points per game over three contests in The Bahamas. He notched 12 rebounds, seven steals, six blocks, four assists and 10 made 3s while going 8-of-10 at the free-throw line.

Edwards has reached double figures in all six games this season and seven straight dating back to last year.

With 13 blocks this season, Edwards leads the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks 31st He also ranks among the national leaders in 3-point field goal attempts (48, 18th).

Back on the Comeback Trail

The 12-point comeback on Nov. 24 vs. Tulane continued a no-quit attitude that has been apparent throughout the Matt Lottich Era. Valpo has come back from double figures down to prevail on 17 occasions under Lottich (sixth year) and has been on the wrong end of a double-figure comeback just four times in that span.

This marked the first time Valpo has come from double figures down to win since making a 14-point Bradley lead disappear in a 91-85 overtime victory last January.

Valpo topped Tulane despite trailing for 24 minutes and leading for eight.

All three of Valpo’s games in the Bahamas saw the team that was trailing at halftime rally to win the game. Valpo trailed by as many as seven in Monday’s victory over Jacksonville State and led by as many as eight in Tuesday’s setback to Coastal Carolina.

During the 2019-20 season alone, Valpo had six victories when facing a double-figure deficit. The largest of those came in the MVC quarterfinals, a memorable 18-point rally to beat Loyola 74-73.

Balanced Attack

Valpo has featured different leading scorers in each of the last five games.

Thomas Kithier (28 vs. UIC), Trevor Anderson (18 at Stanford), Ben Krikke (25 vs. Jacksonville State), Kevion Taylor (15 vs. Coastal Carolina) and Sheldon Edwards (23 vs. Tulane) have each taken a turn pacing the squad.

An assemblage of early-season scoring leaders is nothing new for the Beacons, who featured five different leading scorers in their first five games last year (Mileek McMillan, Donovan Clay, Nick Robinson, Jacob Ognacevic and Sheldon Edwards).

Ballin’ in The Bahamas: Notes Wrapping Up the Nassau Championship (Nov. 22-24)

Thomas Kithier has scored eight points or more in each of the first six games of the season.

Sheldon Edwards has reached double figures in scoring in all six games and has blocked at least one shot in each contest this season. He’s also canned a 3-pointer in every outing.

After holding Coastal Carolina to just 4-of-19 (21.1%) from 3 on Nov. 23, Valpo limited Tulane to 5-of-19 (26.3%) in the Nov. 24 third-place game. The Green Wave shot just 37 percent overall, the lowest total by a Beacon opponent this season.

Thomas Kithier handed out a career-high five assists in the Nov. 24 victory over Tulane, pacing all distributors as a 6-foot-8 forward.

The 34 3-point attempts against the Green Wave were Valpo’s most in a game since Jan. 28, 2021 vs. Bradley (also 34), and that game went to double overtime. This was Valpo’s most 3-point attempts in a regulation game since firing off 35 in last year’s season opener at Vanderbilt.

Kevion Taylor hit five 3-pointers in the semifinal game vs. Coastal Carolina, his most in a Valpo uniform.

Kithier gobbled up a career-high 12 rebounds against the Chanticleers, surpassing his previous personal best of 11, which came earlier this season vs. UIC.

Ben Krikke’s 25 points in the opening-round game against Jacksonville State tied his career high, which was set on Jan. 24 of last season at Illinois State. Playing for the first time this season after missing the first three games with an injury, Krikke had his seventh career two-steal game and rejected a pair of shots while shooting 10-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the foul line.

Trevor Anderson squeezed a career-high 11 rebounds against the Gamecocks, his second straight double-figure performance.

Valpo posted a 50-point half against Jacksonville State, its first since scoring 54 after halftime on Feb. 22, 2020 vs. Bradley.

Valpo committed a season-low six turnovers against the Gamecocks.

Connor Barrett drilled three 3-pointers on Nov. 22 vs. Jacksonville State, the first time this season and the sixth in his career that he has hit three triples in a game.

The event started with pandemonium, as the Drexel vs. Tulane game prior to the Valpo vs. Jacksonville State game on Monday, Nov. 22 had a lengthy delay due to a leak in the ceiling. The 5:30 p.m. Valpo game was delayed until 9:10 p.m. Eastern Time and was played on a practice court.

Series Notes: This will mark the fifth installment of an all-time series in which Valpo holds a perfect 4-0 mark, all at the ARC. Most recently, the hosts prevailed 98-71 on Nov. 27, 2019. The closest matchup came in 2016, a 14-point win for the Beacons. The most lopsided version of Valpo vs. Trinity Christian was an 83-46 contest in 2017.

A Hawkins Homecoming: Trinity Christian head coach Jason Hawkins played at Valpo for three seasons from 2000-2003. Valpo won regular season conference titles in each of those years, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and the NIT in 2003. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Valpo in 2003. Current Valpo assistants Matt Bowen and Luke Gore were on staff during Hawkins’ playing career. Hawkins then joined the staff as the Director of Basketball Operations for the 2003-04 season. The Gary, Indiana native and Bishop Noll High School graduate later returned to Valpo as an assistant coach in 2006. Hawkins has a deep history of coaching in Northwest Indiana, as he has spent time as the Athletic Director at Lake Station and previously coached, taught and was an assistant athletic director at Marquette Catholic in Michigan City. He was the head men’s basketball coach at IU Northwest from 2011-2014 and the head coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph from 2004-2006.

Inside the Trolls

Off to a 5-4 start this season including a 3-3 CCAC record.

Coming off an 84-71 loss vs. Holy Cross on Tuesday.

This game will count as an exhibition for the Trolls but a regular-season game for Valpo.

Played an exhibition at UIC and fell 91-50.

Opened the season against East West, a future Valpo opponent, and prevailed 85-82.

Led by James Pennington, who is averaging 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 17: Stanford 74, Valpo 60

Trey Woodyard scored his first collegiate points on his lone attempt of the evening.

In addition, Woodyard swiped a game-high three steals, the highest total by a Beacon over the season’s first three games.

Joe Hedstrom saw 15 minutes of action and drained a 3, the second of his collegiate career. That triple represented his first points in a Valpo uniform.

The Beacons shot a season-best 83.3 percent at the free-throw line, knocking down 10 of their 12 attempts. This was Valpo’s best free-throw percentage since going 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) on Feb. 14 of last season at UNI.

The team enjoyed a season watermark with nine steals, its highest total in that area since the upset win over No. 25 Drake on Feb. 7, 2021, a contest that featured 10 Valpo steals.

However, Valpo turned it over a season-high 19 times, the team’s largest figure in that column since the 2020-21 regular-season finale vs. Indiana State. It ties for the team’s highest total since committing 21 giveaways on Feb. 13, 2019.

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS740.6360.03261823-2-04-2-05-4-03-0-01 W
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS740.6360.03001772-4-05-0-05-1-02-1-05 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS470.3643.02012692-3-02-4-04-5-02-2-03 W
NEW YORK JETS280.2004.51783202-3-00-5-02-6-00-4-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS740.6360.02812504-2-03-2-02-4-01-1-04 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS640.6000.52602653-3-03-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS650.5451.02592953-3-03-2-04-3-01-2-01 W
DENVER BRONCOS550.5001.52001832-3-03-2-02-4-00-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS730.7000.02472304-1-03-2-04-3-00-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS640.6001.02682162-2-04-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS541.5501.52142263-2-12-2-03-3-01-1-01 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS650.5451.52442514-2-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS830.7270.02912544-2-04-1-05-2-03-1-01 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS650.5452.03092453-3-03-2-05-3-02-2-03 W
HOUSTON TEXANS280.2005.51502711-3-01-5-02-5-02-1-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS280.2005.51592622-4-00-4-02-5-00-3-02 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS740.6360.03262504-2-03-2-05-1-02-0-02 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES560.4552.02972601-4-04-2-04-3-00-1-02 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM460.4002.52122672-3-02-3-04-2-01-0-02 W
NEW YORK GIANTS370.3003.51892462-3-01-4-02-5-00-2-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS920.8180.03102023-2-06-0-05-2-04-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS730.7001.52712273-2-04-1-05-2-01-2-02 L
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS550.5003.52462221-4-04-1-04-4-01-3-02 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS370.3005.51942091-4-02-3-01-5-01-2-02 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS830.7270.02472144-0-04-3-06-2-02-1-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS550.5002.52552423-2-02-3-04-2-02-0-02 W
CHICAGO BEARS470.3644.01792542-3-02-4-02-4-02-1-01 W
DETROIT LIONS0101.0457.51742890-5-00-5-10-7-00-4-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS730.7000.03092225-0-02-3-05-3-01-1-01 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS560.4552.52262202-4-03-2-03-5-02-0-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS560.4552.52572492-3-03-3-04-4-01-2-04 L
ATLANTA FALCONS460.4003.01782881-4-03-2-02-5-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN145.7376-38-23-012-48-24 W
NEW YORK109.5264.05-65-33-17-84-61 L
PHILADELPHIA109.5264.04-46-50-45-63-71 L
BOSTON1010.5004.55-45-61-36-86-42 L
TORONTO911.4505.52-67-53-27-73-71 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO137.6506-37-42-17-46-41 W
MILWAUKEE128.6001.06-46-43-08-58-26 W
CLEVELAND910.4743.54-65-41-06-54-65 L
INDIANA912.4294.56-33-91-25-95-51 W
DETROIT415.2118.52-82-71-53-113-75 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI127.6326-16-63-16-35-51 L
WASHINGTON127.6327-25-53-49-66-41 W
CHARLOTTE138.6197-26-64-29-48-23 W
ATLANTA119.5501.58-13-83-16-47-37 W
ORLANDO416.2008.51-83-80-52-142-85 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH127.6326-46-33-07-25-51 L
PORTLAND1010.5002.59-11-91-16-75-52 L
DENVER910.4743.07-42-62-26-64-66 L
MINNESOTA910.4743.06-63-40-17-86-41 L
OKLAHOMA CITY613.3166.04-62-70-26-63-75 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE172.89511-16-13-09-19-16 W
PHOENIX163.8421.08-28-12-112-310-015 W
LA CLIPPERS118.5796.09-42-40-18-66-41 W
LA LAKERS1011.4768.07-63-50-35-74-61 L
SACRAMENTO812.4009.53-75-52-26-93-72 W
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS107.5886-14-65-08-46-41 W
MEMPHIS910.4742.06-53-51-18-54-62 L
SAN ANTONIO513.2785.53-62-70-31-103-71 W
NEW ORLEANS516.2387.03-72-91-14-84-62 W
HOUSTON216.1118.52-50-110-21-121-91 W

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS2014333114765211-0-03-3-35-3-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS221561311561489-3-16-3-08-2-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING191243271062527-3-25-1-17-1-2
DETROIT RED WINGS2199321958696-2-23-7-15-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS17107020953496-3-04-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES20810218758676-5-12-5-13-6-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS22515212548804-6-11-9-12-6-2
OTTAWA SENATORS1841319444693-7-01-6-11-8-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES191531311564396-1-09-2-16-3-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS211335311374507-1-36-2-28-1-1
NEW YORK RANGERS201343291260545-1-18-3-27-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS181260241064538-3-04-3-07-3-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS20106424959535-4-25-2-26-3-1
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1886420752565-3-23-3-24-3-3
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1987420847564-4-24-3-23-5-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS17510212532520-4-05-6-22-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD201361271174626-2-07-4-16-3-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES20107323965565-3-15-4-23-5-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS201181231056576-4-05-4-16-3-1
WINNIPEG JETS2097422856587-2-12-5-33-5-2
COLORADO AVALANCHE17106121967546-2-14-4-07-2-1
DALLAS STARS1897220850536-2-13-5-16-3-1
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS20711216645655-4-12-7-16-4-0
ARIZONA COYOTES20414210437742-5-12-9-14-5-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CALGARY FLAMES201235291268383-1-39-2-26-2-2
EDMONTON OILERS191450281274578-1-06-4-06-4-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS211173251169568-3-13-4-27-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS201280241164617-4-05-4-07-3-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS201091211053585-4-15-5-04-5-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS1988319749525-5-13-3-25-3-2
VANCOUVER CANUCKS21613214549703-6-13-7-12-7-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN20613113654725-6-01-7-13-7-0