BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Aiken (Ohio) 64 East Central 61
Alexandria 70 Monroe Central 52
Andrean 78 Marquette Catholic 46
Batesville 54 Hauser 50
Bellmont 61 Leo 41
Ben Davis 55 Indianapolis Attucks 46
Benton Central 55 Fountain Central 45
Bethesda Christian 59 Indianapolis Shortridge 38
Bloomington North 79 Columbus East 52
Bluffton 45 Madison-Grant 38
Brownsburg 82 Maconaquah 57
Brownstown Central 84 Corydon Central 34
Cambridge City Lincoln 66 Smith Academy 15
Carmel 54 Fishers 46
Cascade 62 Speedway 48
Center Grove 56 Avon 53
Chesterton 60 Hanover Central 28
Christel House 67 Irvington Prep 51
Christian Academy 55 Borden 51
Churubusco 54 Argos 44
Clay City 67 White River Valley 45
Clinton Prairie 73 Western 47
Columbia City 50 New Haven 49
Concord 56 LaPorte 50
Covenant Christian 53 Sheridan 50
Covington 66 Southmont 51
Crown Point 85 South Bend Washington 64
Culver Academy 57 Bowman Academy 42
Delphi 46 Frontier 35
Demotte Christian 59 Faith Christian 50
Eastern (Pekin) 72 Salem 54
Eastern Greene 54 Cloverdale 42
Edgewood 61 Monrovia 49
Eminence (Ky.) 55 Eminence 27
Evansville Bosse 63 Terre Haute South 59
Evansville Christian 63 Bloomfield 54
Evansville Mater Dei 57 Loogootee 36
Evansville Memorial 62 Boonville 46
Fairfield 46 Angola 32
Floyd Central 58 Evansville Reitz 55
Forest Park 64 Paoli 56
Fort Wayne Canterbury 56 Hamilton 24
Fort Wayne Wayne 82 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 68
Frankton 61 Tri-Central 48
Gary 21st Century 93 South Bend Career 33
Griffith 73 Whiting 44
Hamilton Southeastern 60 Pendleton Heights 49
Hebron 66 Rensselaer Central 40
Heritage Hills 70 South Spencer 47
Heritage 59 Eastside 45
Huntington North 56 DeKalb 44
Indianapolis Cathedral 91 Don Bosco Prep 73
Indianapolis Chatard 61 Muncie Central 53
Indianapolis International 66 Anderson Prep 60
Indianapolis Ritter 59 Greenwood Christian 40
Indianapolis Roncalli 55 Greenwood 40
Indianapolis Tindley 69 Gary West 51
Jay County 56 Blackford 43
Jennings County 73 Connersville 47
Kankakee Valley 59 Portage 51
Knox 76 West Central 33
Kokomo 72 Lewis Cass 35
Lakeland 69 Wawasee 67
Lapel 48 Oak Hill 28
Lawrence Central 65 Anderson 62
Lawrence North 86 Hammond Morton 48
Lawrenceburg 48 South Ripley 37
Linton-Stockton 65 North Knox 31
Louisville Eastern (Ky.) 57 Evansville North 47
Madison 67 North Harrison 59
Merrillville 66 Lowell 50
Mitchell 54 Perry Central 52
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 53 Delta 51
Mount Vernon (Posey) 61 Pike Central 58
New Albany 57 Jasper 54
New Castle 67 Morristown 26
New Prairie 49 South Central (Union Mills) 48
Noblesville 71 Guerin Catholic 41
North Central (Indianapolis) 77 Heritage Christian 56
North Montgomery 60 Attica 38
Northeast Dubois 43 Wood Memorial 38
Northeastern 64 Randolph Southern 20
Northview 43 Crawfordsville 33
Northwestern 50 Carroll (Flora) 45
Norwell 49 East Noble 46
Oldenburg Academy 39 Knightstown 36
Orleans 56 North Daviess 35
Penn 60 Goshen 57
Plainfield 71 Lebanon 42
Princeton 54 North Posey 34
Purdue Poly Englewood 70 Lafayette Jeff 63
Rising Sun 50 Crothersville 42
River Forest 64 Lake Station 48
Rochester 68 North White 36
Rock Creek Academy 72 Lanesville 48
Seeger 70 Western Boone 54
Shakamak 65 North Central (Farmersburg) 57
Shawe Memorial 72 Lighthouse Christian 43
Silver Creek 60 Bloomington South 52
South Bend Clay 90 Cassopolis (Mich.) 49
South Central (Elizabeth) 62 Clarksville 57
South Knox 47 Shoals 36
South Newton 56 Pioneer 48
Southern Wells 50 Lakeland Christian 30
Southport 73 Franklin 68 OT
Southwestern (Shelbyville) 82 Indianapolis Herron 69
Springs Valley 71 Tell City 49
Switzerland County 69 Milan 59
Talawanda (Ohio) 38 Franklin County 32
Taylor 54 Eastbrook 46
Tecumseh 80 Cannelton 29
Terre Haute North 54 Bedford North Lawrence 39
Tippecanoe Valley 36 Jimtown 29
Tipton 60 Adams Central 51
Tri-County 65 Caston 58
Tri-West 58 Greencastle 53
Tri 67 North Decatur 62
Trinity Lutheran 55 Jac-Cen-Del 43
Triton Central 48 Eastern Hancock 28
Triton 40 North Judson 33 OT
Twin Lakes 75 Logansport 72
Union City 64 Blue River 49
Union County 54 Shenandoah 41
Valparaiso 62 Munster 55
Wabash 74 Eastern (Greentown) 48
Waldron 83 Seven Oaks 22
Warren Central 64 Indianapolis Tech 55
Warsaw 43 Elkhart 40
Washington 48 Gibson Southern 46
Wes-Del 67 Cowan 56
West Lafayette 54 Frankfort 39
Westfield 78 Victory College Prep 20
Whitko 49 South Adams 34
Woodlan 60 Fort Wayne Northrop 58
Yorktown 50 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 48
Zionsville 61 Pike 52

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Argos 45 Plymouth 41
Bedford North Lawrence 57 Borden 41
Bloomington South 33 Evansville North 30
Charlestown 66 Richmond 46
Columbus Christian 60 Pleasant View Christian 6
Culver Academy 54 East Chicago Central 27
Elkhart Christian 35 South Bend Riley 31
Eminence 52 Eminence (Ky.) 34
Fort Wayne Concordia 64 Fort Wayne Wayne 27
Fountain Central 49 South Vermillion 7
Fremont 59 Garrett 18
Griffith 43 Bowman Academy 41 2OT
Indianapolis Ritter 59 Greenwood Christian 55
LaVille 45 Culver 23
Lake Station 44 Hanover Central 41
Morgan Twp. 56 Westville 36
North Central (Farmersburg) 63 Riverton Parke 19
North White 36 North Newton 31
Northfield 50 Churubusco 38
Parke Heritage 62 Attica 23
Rossville 52 Frontier 24
Seven Oaks 44 Washington Catholic 38
Tri-Township 53 Marquette Catholic 45
Twin Lakes 69 Logansport 29
University 56 Tipton 7
West Lafayette 56 McCutcheon 28
Wheeler 28 Hobart 26

WRESTLING SECTIONALS

1. East Chicago Central (9) | 9 am CT  Results 
East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Lake Central, Merrillville, Munster, Whiting.

2. Portage (8) | 9 am CT |  Results 
Andrean, Calumet, Griffith, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station Edison, Portage, River Forest.

3. Crown Point (10) | 9 am CT |  Results 
Boone Grove, Crown Point, Hanover Central, Hebron, Illiana Christian, Kankakee Valley, Lowell, North Newton, South Newton, Wheeler.

4. LaPorte (7) | 9 am CT |  Results 
Chesterton, Glenn, Knox, LaPorte, Michigan City, New Prairie, Valparaiso.

5. Mishawaka (9) | 9 am ET |  Results 
LaVille, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington.

6. Plymouth (10) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Bremen, Caston, Culver Academies, Culver Community, North Judson-San Pierre, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Triton, Warsaw Community, Winamac Community.

7. Twin Lakes (9) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Benton Central, Frontier, Logansport, North White, Pioneer, Rensselaer Central, Tri-County, Twin Lakes, West Central

8. Lafayette Jefferson (10) | 9 am ET | Results 
Attica, Carroll (Flora), Delphi Community, Faith Christian, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon, Seeger, West Lafayette.

9. Elkhart (8) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Concord, Elkhart, Fairfield, Goshen, Jimtown, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee.

10. West Noble (9) | 9 am ET  Results 
Angola, Central Noble, DeKalb, East Noble, Fremont, Lakeland, Prairie Heights, West Noble, Westview.

11. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (9) | 8 am ET | Results 
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Churubusco, Columbia City, Eastside, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Northrop, Garrett, Whitko.

12. New Haven (10) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Heritage, Homestead, New Haven, Leo, Woodlan.

13. Peru (10) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Lewis Cass, Huntington North, Maconaquah, Manchester, North Miami, Northfield, Peru, Southwood, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash.

14. Oak Hill (11) | 9 am ET | Results 
Eastbrook, Eastern (Greentown), Kokomo, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, Northwestern, Oak Hill, Taylor, Tri-Central, Western.

15. Jay County (9) | 8:30 am ET |  Results 
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Jay County, Norwell, South Adams, Southern Wells, Union City.

16. Delta (10) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Cowan, Daleville, Delta, Monroe Central, Muncie Central, Union (Modoc), Wapahani, Wes-Del, Winchester Community, Yorktown.

17. Crawfordsville (11) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Covington, Crawfordsville, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, North Vermillion, Parke Heritage, Riverton Parke, South Vermillion, Southmont, Western Boone, Zionsville.

18. Frankfort (10) | 9 am ET | Results 
Carmel, Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Fishers, Frankfort, Hamilton Southeastern, Lebanon, Rossville, Sheridan, Westfield.

19. Elwood (10) | 8:30 am ET |  Results 
Alexandria Monroe, Anderson, Elwood Community, Frankton, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Heights, Lapel, Noblesville, Pendleton Heights, Tipton.

20. Indianapolis Arsenal Technical (11) | 8 am ET |  Results 
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Indianapolis George Washington Community, Providence Cristo Rey, Purdue Polytechnic-Broad Ripple.

21. Southport (10) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Beech Grove,  Christel House, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), North Central(Indianapolis), Perry Meridian, Roncalli, Southport, Victory College Prep.

22. Shelbyville (9) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Franklin Central, Greenfield-Central, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, New Palestine, Purdue Polytechnic – Downtown, Shelbyville, Triton Central, Warren Central.

23. Centerville (11) | 9 am ET | Results 
Blue River Valley, Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Eastern Hancock, Hagerstown, Knightstown, New Castle, Northeastern, Richmond, Shenandoah, Tri.

24. South Dearborn (10) | 9 am ET | Results 
Batesville, Connersville, East Central, Franklin County, Greensburg, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Rushville Consolidated, South Dearborn, Union County.

25. Avon (11) | 8:30 am ET |  Results 
Avon, Ben Davis, Brownsburg, Danville Community, Greencastle, North Putnam, Pike, Plainfield, South Putnam, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks.

26. Mooresville (11) | 9 am ET | Results 
Cascade, Center Grove, Cloverdale, Decatur Central, Eminence, Greenwood Community, Martinsville, Monrovia, Mooresville, Whiteland Community.

27. Bloomington North (12) | 9 am ET |  Results 
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brown County, Edgewood, Northview, Owen Valley, Sullivan, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo.

28. Southridge (10) | 8 am ET |  Results 
Floyd Central, Forest Park, Jasper, Mitchell, New Albany, North Knox, Paoli, Pike Central, Southridge, Tell City.

29. Jennings County (13) | 9 am ET | Results 
Columbus East, Columbus North, Eastern (Pekin), Franklin Community, Indian Creek, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, Salem, Scottsburg, Seymour, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County, West Washington.

30. Jeffersonville (12) | 8 am ET | Results 
Borden, Charlestown, Clarksville, Corydon Central, Crawford County, Henryville, Jeffersonville, New Washington, North Harrison, Providence, Rock Creek Academy, Silver Creek.

31. Castle (9) | 9 am CT |  Results 
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Heritage Hills, South Spencer, Tecumseh, Washington.

32. Evansville Central (9) | 9 am CT | Results 
Evansville Central, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville North, Gibson Southern, Mt. Vernon, North Posey, Princeton Community, Vincennes Lincoln.

NFL CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 3 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 6:30 P.M. ET (FOX)

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

AFC VS. NFC IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#4 HOUSTON 74 KANSAS STATE 52

#14 MARQUETTE 75 SETON HALL 57

#23 IOWA STATE 79 #7 KANSAS 75

#3 NORTH CAROLINA 75 FLORIDA STATE 68

#21 BYU 84 TEXAS 72

#20 TEXAS TECH 85#11 OKLAHOMA 84

#10 ILLINOIS 70 INDIANA 62

MISSISSIPPI STATE 64 #8 AUBURN 58

#18 UTAH STATE 90 BOISE STATE 84 OT

TCU 105 #15 BAYLOR 102 3OT

WYOMING 79 #24 COLORADO STATE 76 OT

#12 DUKE 72 CLEMSON 71

#9 ARIZONA 87 OREGON 78

#6 KENTUCKY 63 ARKANSAS 57

#5 TENNESSEE 75 VANDERBILT 62

RICHMOND 69 #16 DAYTON 64

#17 CREIGHTON 85 DEPAUL 62

ELSEWHERE:

BOSTON COLLEGE 61 NOTRE DAME 58

EVANSVILLE 58 ILLINOIS STATE 54

BALL STATE 81 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 71

BUTLER 88 VILLANOVA 81 2OT

MISSOURI STATE 81 VALPARAISO 70

IOWA 88 MICHIGAN 78

INDIANA STATE 95 BRADLEY 86 OT

MINNESOTA 83 PENN STATE 74

NORTHWESTERN 83 OHIO STATE 58

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#5 IOWA 92 NEBRASKA 73

#24 WEST VIRGINIA 84 IOWA STATE 78

#10 TEXAS 67 CINCINNATI 50

#17 GONZAGA 73 SAN FRANCISCO 54

#4 KANSAS STATE 67 BYU 65

#15 NOTRE DAME 82 #8 CONNECTICUT 67

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 82 MICHIGAN 61

BALL STATE 75 EASTERN MICHIGAN 50

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 61 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 55

WISCONSIN 73 RUTGERS 62

MARQUETTE 59 BUTLER 48

NBA SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 118 DETROIT 104

NEW YORK 125 MIAMI 109

DENVER 111 PHILADELPHIA 105

UTAH 134 CHARLOTTE 122

LA CLIPPERS 115 BOSTON 96

MILWAUKEE 141 NORDLUND 117

SAN ANTONIO 113 MINNESOTA 112

LA LAKERS 145 GOLDEN STATE 144 2OT

SACRAMENTO 120 DALLAS 115

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 6 PHILADELPHIA 2

DALLAS 5 WASHINGTON 4 OT

EDMONTON 4 NASHVILLE 1

BUFFALO 5 SAN JOSE 2

NY RANGERS 7 OTTAWA 2

PITTSBURGH 3 MONTRÉAL 2 OT

TORONTO 4 WINNIPEG 2

CAROLINA 3 ARIZONA 1

TAMPA BAY 6 NEW JERSEY 3

FLORIDA 3 NY ISLANDERS 2 OT

DETROIT 5 VEGAS 2

ANAHEIM 3 MINNESOTA 2

VANCOUVER 5 COLUMBUS 4 OT

CALGARY 1 CHICAGO 0

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-6 – AFC WEST – NO. 3 SEED) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (14-4 – AFC NORTH – NO. 1 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 28, 2024 GAME TIME: 3:00 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely

Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Jason McCourty, Devin McCourty

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) KC: 82 or 225 BAL: 83 or 226 National: 88

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: KC leads series, 7-4

LAST GAME: 9/19/21: KC 35 at BAL 36

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/19/21

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: BAL leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: AFC-WC 1/9/11: BAL 30 at KC 7

FIRST GAME AT SITE

CHIEFS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 22-21 Championships: 4 [1960, 1969 (SB IV), 2019 (SB LIV), 2022 (SB LVII)]

Last Postseason Game: AFC-DIV 1/21/24: KC 27 at BUF 24

Andy Reid vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 6-2 Reg. Season: 258-144-1 (.641) Postseason: 24-16

CHIEFS advanced to 6th-straight AFC Champ. Game, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Seeking 4th SB appearance in past 5 years. • ANDY REID has 24 career playoff wins, 2nd-most ever by HC. Appearing in 11th Champ. Game as HC, surpassing HOFer Tom Landry (10) for 2nd-most ever by HC. With win, can become 4th HC ever to appear in 5 SBs. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 17 of 23 atts. (73.9 pct.) for 215 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 131.6 rating in AFC-Div., 5thstraight playoff game with TD pass & 0 INTs. Is 13-3 in 16 career playoff starts & can become 6th QB all-time with 14+ career playoff wins. Is 3-1 with 1,479 pass yards (369.8 per game) & 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs & 119.1 rating in 4 career starts vs. Bal., with 325+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in each game. • RB ISIAH PACHECO led team with 111 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 14 rec.) & had rush TD in AFC-Div., 6th-straight game overall with TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 5 career playoff games, with rush TD in each of past 3. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 5 catches for 75 yards & 2 TDs in AFC-Div., 12th-straight playoff game with 5+ catches & 11th-straight playoff game with 50+ rec. yards, both 2nd-longest streaks in NFL history. Needs 7 catches to surpass HOFer Jerry Rice (151) for most postseason receptions ever. Has 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in each of 5 career games vs. Bal, incl. 109 rec. yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 7 of past 8. Has 304 rec. yards (101.3 per game) in his past 3 overall. • WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had 62 rec. yards in AFC-Div. Had 5 catches for 98 yards & TD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/19/21 w/ GB). • DT CHRIS JONES had 1st-career playoff FF & PD in AFC-Div. Has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of past 5 overall. Has 2 sacks & 2 FFs in 2 career games at Bal. Had 10.5 sacks in 2023 reg. season. • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS aims for 4th in row with TFL. Has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had career-best 10.5 sacks in 2023. • LB NICK BOLTON led team with 13 sacks in AFC-Div., 3rd-straight game with 10+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 5 tackles in AFC-Div. Has 8 PD in his past 6 overall. Had career-high 14 PD in 2023. • CB CHAMARRI CONNER had career-high 10 tackles & FF in AFC-Div.

RAVENS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 17-12 Championships: 2 [2000 (XXXV), 2012 (XLVII)] Last Postseason Game: AFC-DIV 1/20/24: HOU 10 at BAL 34

John Harbaugh vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 4-4 Reg. Season: 160-99 (.618) Postseason: 12-9

RAVENS are hosting AFC Champ. Game for 1st time ever. Can advance to 3rd SB in franchise history (XXXV & XLVII). Led NFL in rushing offense in 2023 (156.5 yards per game). • JOHN HARBAUGH led Baltimore to SB XLVII title in 2012. • QB LAMAR JACKSON totaled 252 yards (152 pass, 100 rush) & 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 121.8 rating in AFC-Div., becoming 2nd player ever with 100+ rush yards, 2+ TD passes & 2+ rush TDs in a playoff game (Colin Kaepernick on 1/12/13). Has 100+ rush yards in 3 of 5 career playoff starts, most by QB in NFL history. Had career-high 3,678 pass yards in 2023 & led QBs with 821 rush yards, becoming 2nd player ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 800+ rush yards in a season, joining Kyler Murray (2020). Totaled 346 yards (239 pass, 107 rush) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) in last meeting vs. KC. • RB GUS EDWARDS set career highs in rush yards (810) & rush TDs (13) in 2023, 2nd-most rush TDs in a season in franchise history. • RB JUSTICE HILL had 77 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 11 rec.) in AFC-Div. • TE MARK ANDREWS can make 1st appearance since Week 11. Had 6 rec. TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 2 TEs (Travis Kelce) with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 5 seasons. • TE ISAIAH LIKELY had TD catch in AFC-Div. & has rec. TD in 5 of past 6 overall, incl. each of past 4 at home. • WR ZAY FLOWERS ranked 4th among rookies with 77 catches & 5th with 858 rec. yards, both most-ever by Ravens rookie. • WR NELSON AGHOLOR had TD catch in AFC-Div. Has TD catch in each of 3 career games vs. KC. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE had TFL in AFC-Div. Was selected to 1st-career Pro Bowl after leading team with 13 sacks in 2023, most by Bal. player since 2014. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 7 tackles & 2 TFL in AFC Div., 8th-straight game overall with 7+ tackles. Ranked 6th in NFL with 158 tackles in 2023, 3rd-straight season with 150+ tackles • LB PATRICK QUEEN aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Totaled career-best 133 tackles this season. • LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY tied career high with 9.5 sacks in 2023. Has TFL in each of 4 career games vs. KC. • S KYLE HAMILTON led team with career-high 13 PD in 2023. • S GENO STONE ranked 2nd in NFL with 7 INTs in 2023.

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES

DETROIT LIONS (14-5 – NFC NORTH – NO. 3 SEED) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-5 – NFC WEST – NO. 1 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 28, 2024 GAME TIME: 6:30 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) DET: 82 or 225 SF: 158 or 227 National: 88

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: SF leads series, 38-27-1

LAST GAME: 9/12/21: SF 41 at DET 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/16/18: DET 27 at SF 30

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Series tied, 1-1

LAST GAME: NFC-DIV 12/31/83: DET 23 at SF 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: NFC-DIV 12/31/83

LIONS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 9-13 Championships: 4 (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957)

Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/21/23: TB 23 at DET 31

Dan Campbell vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-1 Reg. Season: 29-33-1 (.468) Postseason: 2-0

DETROIT makes 2nd NFC-C appearance in franchise history (1991). Tied franchise record with 12 reg. season wins & clinched 1st division title since 1993. Became 2nd team ever (2013 Broncos) with 4+ players (4) each with 10+ scrimmage TDs in same season. • QB JARED GOFF aims for his 3rd in row in 2023 playoffs with 275+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Aims for his 5th playoff game in row with TD pass & 0 INTs. Ranked 2nd in pass yards (4,575) & 4th in TD passes (30) in 2023 reg. season. Passed for 338 yards & 3 TDs in last reg. season meeting (9/12/21). Has 2+ TD passes in each of his 4 career starts at SF. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has 115 scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2023 playoffs. Had 1,132 scrimmage yards (1,015 rush, 117 rec.) & career-high 13 rush TDs in 2023, his 5th-straight 1,000-yard season. • RB JAHMYR GIBBS had 114 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 40 rec.) & rush TD in NFC-Div. vs. TB. Can become 1st rookie with rush TD in each of 1st 3 playoff games since 2019 (Sony Michel). Ranked 1st among rookies in rush TDs (10), tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (11) & 3rd in scrimmage yards (1,261). Montgomery & Gibbs became 1st pair of teammates in NFL history each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ rush TDs in same season. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 8 catches for 77 yards & 1st-career postseason TD last week. Can become 1st player with 7+ catches in each of 1st 3 career playoff games since 2018 (Michael Thomas). Ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 119 catches, 3rd with career high 1,515 rec. yards & had career-high 10 rec. TDs in 2023. • TE SAM LAPORTA had 9 catches last week, most by rookie TE in playoff game all-time. Set NFL rookie TE record in receptions (86), had 4th-most rec. yards (889) by rookie TE all-time & became 3rd rookie TE ever with 10+ rec. TDs (10). Gibbs & LaPorta became 1st pair of rookie teammates each with 10+ TDs. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON aims for his 3rd in row in playoffs & 5th in row overall with sack. Had career highs in sacks (11.5) & TFL (14), FFs (3) & PD (7) in 2023. • LB ALEX ANZALONE has 5+ tackles in 17 of 18 games this season, incl. playoffs. Had career-high 129 tackles in 2023. • DB BRIAN BRANCH had 1st-career playoff sack last week. • DB C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had 1st-career playoff INT in NFC-Div. • S IFEATU MELIFONWU had 1.5 sacks last week.

49ERS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 37-23 Championships: 5 [1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII),

1989 (XXIV), 1994 (XXIX)]

Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/20/24: GB 21 at SF 24

Kyle Shanahan vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 2-0 Reg. Season: 64-51 (.557) Postseason: 7-3

49ERS have made NFC-C for 3rd-straight year & 4th time in past 5 seasons. Have 19 Champ. game appearances, most in NFL since 1970. Ranked 3rd in scoring offense (28.9 ppg) & scoring defense (17.5). Became 4th team ever with 4,000-yard passer & 4 players each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • QB BROCK PURDY became 5th QB ever to win a playoff game in each of his 1st 2 seasons. Led NFL in rating (113.0), ranked 3rd in TD passes (31) & 5th in pass yards (4,280) in reg. season. Became 5th player ever with 8 games of 120+ rating in a season. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 catches, 128 scrimmage yards (98 rush, 30 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Can become 3rd player ever (HOFers Marcus Allen & Terrell Davis) with 50+ scrimmage yards & TD in each of his 1st 6 career playoff games. Led NFL in scrimmage yards (2,023) & rush yards (1,459) & tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (21) in reg. season. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 75 receptions for career-high 1,342 rec. yards (7th-most in NFL this season) & 7 rec. TDs in reg. season. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 60 catches, 1,117 scrimmage yards (892 rec., 225 rush) & 12 TDs (7 rec., 5 rush) in reg. season. Had 9 catches for 189 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR JAUAN JENNINGS had 5 catches for 61 yards last week. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 81 rec. yards & 2nd-career playoff rec. TD last week. Had 65 catches for 1,020 rec. yards (most among TEs in 2023) & 6 rec. TDs in reg. season. 49ers became 1st team ever with RB, 2 WRs & TE each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • DL NICK BOSA had 10.5 sacks & 16 TFL in reg. season. Has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in 10 career playoff games. Had 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. • DL JAVON HARGRAVE had 7 sacks & 8 TFL in reg. season. • DL ARIK ARMSTEAD has 7 sacks in 10 career playoff games. LB FRED WARNER led team with 132 tackles & had career highs in PD (11) & INTs (4) in reg. season. Aims for his 4th in row in playoffs with TFL & 11th in row in playoffs with 5+ tackles. • LB DRE GREENLAW had 8 tackles & 2 INTs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Had INT-TD in last meeting. Had 120 tackles in reg. season. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD led NFL with career-high 23 PD & had career high 5 INTs in reg. season. Has 13 PD in 15 career playoff games.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Below are among the top storylines in the AFC and NFC Conference Championships:

  • Former MVPs, Top Defenses Meet in Baltimore
  • Chiefs Seeking Historic Super Bowl Run
  • Ravens, Jackson Rushing into Championship Game
  • Lions Look for First Super Bowl Berth
  • 49ers Seek Eighth Super Bowl Appearance

AFC Championship: Kansas City (13-6) at Baltimore (14-4) – 3 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC Championship: Detroit (14-5) at San Francisco (13-5) – 6:30 p.m. ET (FOX, FOX Deportes)

FORMER MVPS, TOP DEFENSES MEET IN BALTIMORE

Sunday’s AFC Championship in Baltimore between the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS and BALTIMORE RAVENS will feature former MVP quarterbacks PATRICK MAHOMES and LAMAR JACKSON. Mahomes earned the honor in 2018 and 2022, while Jackson won the award in 2019.

It will mark the fifth Conference Championship Game in NFL history featuring two former MVP quarterbacks and the first in which both quarterbacks are under the age of 30.

The Conference Championships to feature two former MVP quarterbacks in NFL history:

GAMETEAMSROAD QB HOME QBRESULT
2023 AFC ChampionshipKansas City at BaltimorePatrick Mahomes Lamar Jackson???
2020 NFC ChampionshipTampa Bay at Green BayTom Brady Aaron RodgersTB 31, GB 26
2015 AFC ChampionshipNew England at DenverTom Brady Peyton ManningHOFDEN 20, NE 18
2013 AFC ChampionshipNew England at DenverTom Brady Peyton ManningHOFDEN 26, NE 16
1997 NFC ChampionshipGreen Bay at San FranciscoBrett FavreHOF Steve YoungHOFGB 23, SF 10


Each quarterback will be facing one of the top defenses in the league this season. Baltimore led the NFL in scoring defense in the regular season, allowing 16.5 points per game, and in sacks, with 60. Kansas City ranked second in each category, allowing 17.3 points per game and totaling 57 sacks.

Sunday will mark the sixth Championship Game in NFL history featuring the top-two scoring defenses from the regular season and the first since the 2004 AFC Championship Game (New England at Pittsburgh on Jan. 23, 2005).

Sunday’s contest will also be the third Championship Game all-time to feature the two teams with the most regular-season sacks, joining the 2015 AFC Championship (New England at Denver on Jan. 24, 2016) and 2004 NFC Championship (Atlanta at Philadelphia on Jan. 23, 2005)

 CHIEFS SEEKING HISTORIC SUPER BOWL RUN

The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS are appearing in their sixth-consecutive Championship Game, the second-longest streak in NFL history. With a victory on Sunday, the Chiefs will become the third team ever to advance to four Super Bowls in a five-year span, joining the BUFFALO BILLS (1990-93) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2014, 2016-18).

Head coach ANDY REID has led the Chiefs to each of their last three Super Bowls and also brought the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. With a win on Sunday, Reid will become the fourth head coach in NFL history to advance to five-or-more Super Bowls, joining BILL BELICHICK (nine Super Bowl appearances) and Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA (six) and TOM LANDRY (five).

The head coaches to appear in the most Super Bowls in NFL history:

HEAD COACHTEAM(S)SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
Bill BelichickNew England9
Don ShulaHOFBaltimore Colts, Miami6
Tom LandryHOFDallas5
   
Andy ReidPhiladelphia, Kansas City4


Quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has compiled a 13-3 record in his first 16 career postseason starts, totaling 38 touchdown passes and 4,561 passing yards with a 106.7 passer rating.

With a victory in Baltimore, Mahomes will tie Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW (14 postseason wins), JOHN ELWAY (14) and PEYTON MANNING (14) for the third-most postseason wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Only TOM BRADY (35) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (16) have more.

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)PLAYOFF WINS
Tom BradyNew England, Tampa Bay35
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco, Kansas City16
Terry BradshawHOFPittsburgh14
John ElwayHOFDenver14
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis, Denver14
Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay, Minnesota13
Patrick MahomesKansas City13*
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh13
*entering Sunday

Three of Mahomes’ 13 postseason wins have come in the AFC Championship. With a win this week, Mahomes – who will be 28 years and 133 days old on Sunday – will become the youngest quarterback ever to win four Championship Games, surpassing TOM BRADY, who was 30 years and 170 days old when he won his fourth Championship Game.

With two touchdown passes on Sunday, Mahomes will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (40 touchdown passes) for the fifth-most postseason touchdown passes in NFL history. Only TOM BRADY (88 touchdown passes), AARON RODGERS (45) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (45) and BRETT FAVRE (44) have more.

The players with the most postseason touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tom BradyNew England, Tampa Bay88
Joe MontanaHOFSan Francisco, Kansas City45
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay45
Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay, Minnesota44
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis, Denver40
Patrick MahomesKansas City38*
*entering Sunday

Since the beginning of last year’s postseason, Mahomes has totaled 10 touchdown passes with no interceptions in his past five playoff games. He can become the first quarterback in NFL history without an interception in six consecutive postseason games (minimum 20 attempts in each game).

Tight end TRAVIS KELCE enters Sunday with 145 receptions, 1,694 receiving yards and 18 touchdown receptions in his postseason career, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE all-time in each category. With seven receptions at Baltimore, Kelce will surpass Rice (151 receptions) for the most postseason receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most postseason receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)RECEPTIONS
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco, Oakland Raiders151
Travis KelceKansas City145*
Julian EdelmanNew England118
*entering Sunday  

Last week in the Divisional round, Kelce totaled five receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns, his 12th consecutive postseason game with at least five receptions. With five catches at Baltimore, he will tie JULIAN EDELMAN (13 consecutive games) for the longest streak of postseason games with at least five receptions in NFL history.

Last week also marked Kelce’s fourth career playoff game with multiple touchdown receptions. If he accomplishes the feat again on Sunday, he will join Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (five games) as the only players ever with multiple touchdown receptions in five postseason games.

The players with the most postseason games with multiple touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco, Oakland Raiders5
Rob GronkowskiNew England, Tampa Bay4
Travis KelceKansas City4*
*entering Sunday

 RAVENS, JACKSON RUSHING INTO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The BALTIMORE RAVENS are seeking their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and first since winning Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season.

In the regular season, Baltimore had the league’s top rushing attack, averaging 156.5 yards per game on the ground. With a victory against Kansas City on Sunday, the Ravens will become the fourth team since 1990 and first since SEATTLE in 2014 to lead the league in rushing and make the Super Bowl in the same season.

The teams to appear in the Super Bowl after leading the league in rushing in the regular season since 1990:

SEASONTEAMSUPER BOWLRUSHING YARDS PER GAME
2014SeattleXLIX172.6
1992BuffaloXXVII152.3
1991BuffaloXXVI148.8


In the Divisional playoffs, quarterback LAMAR JACKSON became the first player ever with two touchdown passes, two rushing touchdowns, 100 rushing yards and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in a game. He also has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in three of his five career postseason games.

On Sunday, Jackson can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in four of his first six career postseason contests, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVIS (five games), JOHN RIGGINS (five) and EMMITT SMITH (four) as well as MARSHAWN LYNCH (four).

Jackson has 467 career postseason rushing yards and can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history with 500 career postseason rushing yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (594 rushing yards), JOSH ALLEN (563), RUSSELL WILSON (527) and COLIN KAEPERNICK (507).

The quarterbacks with the most postseason rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMESRUSHING YARDS
Steve YoungHOFSan Francisco22594
Josh AllenBuffalo10563
Russell WilsonSeattle16527
Colin KaepernickSan Francisco6507
Lamar JacksonBaltimore5467*
*entering Sunday

 LIONS LOOK FOR FIRST SUPER BOWL BERTH

The DETROIT LIONS are playing in their second Championship Game in franchise history (1991) and look to make to their first Super Bowl appearance.

Quarterback JARED GOFF is looking to become the fifth starting quarterback to advance to the Super Bowl with multiple franchises, joining TOM BRADY (New England and Tampa Bay), Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (Indianapolis and Denver), CRAIG MORTON (Dallas and Denver) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (St. Louis Rams and Arizona). Goff previously led the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl LIII appearance following the 2018 season.

The starting quarterbacks to advance to the Super Bowl with two franchises:

QUARTERBACKFIRST TEAMSECOND TEAM 
Tom BradyNew EnglandTampa Bay
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolisDenver
Craig MortonDallasDenver
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis RamsArizona


Rookie running back JAHMYR GIBBS recorded 68 scrimmage yards with a rushing touchdown on Super Wild Card Weekend and 114 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the Divisional playoffs. On Sunday, he can become the fourth rookie in NFL history to record a rushing touchdown in three playoff games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT (1977), JAMAL LEWIS (2000) and SONY MICHEL (2018).

Wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN, who recorded seven receptions on Super Wild Card Weekend and eight receptions in the Divisional playoffs, can become the third player in NFL history with at least seven receptions in each of his first three career playoff games, joining MICHAEL THOMAS and WES WELKER.

Rookie tight end SAM LAPORTA had nine receptions in the Divisional round, the most receptions by a rookie tight end in a playoff game in NFL history, and has the most receptions by a rookie tight end (12) in postseason history.

With six receptions in the NFC Championship Game, LaPorta can surpass AUSTIN COLLIE (17 in 2009) for the fourth-most postseason receptions by a rookie in NFL history.

The rookies with the most postseason receptions in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONRECEPTIONS
Ja’Marr ChaseCincinnati202125
Joseph AddaiIndianapolis200622
Torry HoltSt. Louis Rams199920
Austin CollieIndianapolis200917
Sam LaPortaDetroit202312*
*entering Sunday

Including the postseason, LaPorta has totaled 98 receptions for 968 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. On Sunday, he can join JA’MARR CHASE (2021) as the only rookies all-time with at least 100 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions, including the postseason.

Defensive end AIDAN HUTCHINSON recorded one sack in the Divisional playoffs and two sacks on Super Wild Card Weekend, his first two career playoff games. With two sacks against San Francisco, he would become the third player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least five sacks in his first three career playoff games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT (6.5 sacks) and LAMARR WOODLEY (six).

49ERS SEEK 8TH SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE

The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS have appeared in four of the past five NFC Championship Games (2019, 2021-23) and, including Sunday, have 19 Championship Game appearances, the most among all NFL clubs.

The 49ers are seeking to become the fifth franchise with eight Super Bowl appearances, joining NEW ENGLAND (11 Super Bowls), DALLAS (eight), DENVER (eight) and PITTSBURGH (eight).

Quarterback BROCK PURDY, who started and won in the Divisional playoffs last week and recorded two wins as a rookie starting quarterback during the 2022 postseason, can become the fourth starting quarterback to win four playoff games in his first two career seasons in NFL history, joining BEN ROETHLISBERGER (five wins), MARK SANCHEZ (four) and RUSSELL WILSON (four).

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in their first two seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMPLAYOFF WINS
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh5
Mark SanchezN.Y. Jets4
Russell WilsonSeattle4
   
Brock PurdySan Francisco3*
*entering Sunday

Running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY totaled 128 scrimmage yards (98 rushing, 30 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the Divisional playoffs and has recorded at least 50 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his first five career playoff games.

On Sunday against Detroit, McCaffrey can become the third player in NFL history with at least 50 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his first six career playoff games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLEN (first seven playoff games) and TERRELL DAVIS (seven).

The players with at least 50 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the most consecutive games to begin a postseason career in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)GAMES
Marcus AllenHOFL.A. Raiders7 (Jan. 8, 1983 – Jan. 5, 1986)
Terrell DavisHOFDenver7 (Jan. 4, 1997 – Jan. 17, 1999)
Larry FitzgeraldArizona5 (Jan. 3, 2009 – Jan. 10, 2010)
Curtis MartinHOFNew England, N.Y. Jets5 (Jan. 5, 1997 – Jan. 17, 1999)
Christian McCaffreyCarolina, San Francisco5* (Jan. 7, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2024)
Randy MossHOFMinnesota5 (Jan. 10, 1999 – Jan. 6, 2001)
*active streak

THE STARTING 11 – YOUTHFUL QUARTERBACKS AGAIN TAKE CENTER STAGE ON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Two’s company and four’s a crowd.

Four teams remain and 28 others, just like the rest of us, are merely spectators in America’s most popular spectator sport.

And as the NFL prepares to determine the two clubs that will compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, the league can point to one fact underlining a brilliantly bright future.

Just like last season, all four starting quarterbacks in the NFL’s Championship Games – JARED GOFFLAMAR JACKSONPATRICK MAHOMES and BROCK PURDY – are under 30 years old. Prior to this week, that’s happened in consecutive seasons only once since the 1970 merger, 2003 and 2004.

Over the previous 53 seasons from 1970-2022, all four starting quarterbacks in Championship Games were under the age of 30 on only seven occasions: 1984, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2022.

Plus, Sunday’s AFC Championship Game featuring Mahomes (2018) and Jackson (2019) is the first postseason contest in league history involving former MVP quarterbacks under 30 years of age.

So welcome to the NFL’s Championship Sunday, and welcome to the future.

The Starting 11 entering the AFC and NFC Championship Games

1.   NINERS ARE SITTING PURDY: The 49ers’ BROCK PURDY will join BEN ROETHLISBERGER and MARK SANCHEZ as the only quarterbacks in league annals to start conference Championship Games in each of their first two NFL seasons. That’s especially impressive considering Purdy was the last selection in the 2022 NFL Draft while both Roethlisberger (11th overall) and Sanchez (fifth overall) were first-round choices. Since 1994, when the NFL reduced the draft to seven rounds, Purdy is the only quarterback drafted in the seventh round to start a conference Championship Game.

  • Over a longer stretch, 16 quarterbacks have started a conference Championship Game who were either undrafted or selected in the seventh round or later. Included in that group are Purdy in 2022 and an undrafted ERIK KRAMER, the last Lions quarterback to start the NFC Championship Game, in 1991.
    • The next Lions quarterback to start the NFC Championship Game, JARED GOFF, is attempting to become only the fifth starting quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple franchises to Super Bowl appearances. Only TOM BRADY (New England and Tampa Bay), CRAIG MORTON (Dallas and Denver) and Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING (Indianapolis and Denver) and KURT WARNER (St. Louis Rams and Arizona) have done it.

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 14: The number of postseason wins Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES would own as a starting quarterback with a victory on Sunday. In NFL history, TOM BRADY (14-3 from 2001-07) is the only starting quarterback to win 14 of his first 17 postseason starts. Mahomes is 13-3 over his first 16 postseason starts (2018-23) with 4,561 passing yards, 38 touchdown passes and a 106.7 passer rating. What’s more, with a win on Sunday, Mahomes would surpass BEN ROETHLISBERGER (13) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (13) to become one of only six all-time quarterbacks to win 14-or-more postseason starts, joining Brady (35) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (16), TERRY BRADSHAW (14), JOHN ELWAY (14) and PEYTON MANNING (14).

3.   JACKSONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: In last week’s win, Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON became the first player in NFL history to rush for two touchdowns, record 100 rushing yards, pass for two touchdowns and compile a passer rating of 100-or-higher in a postseason game. With a minimum of five playoff games, his 93.4 career rushing yards per postseason game ranks fifth in NFL history among all players, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVIS (142.5) and JOHN RIGGINS (110.7), DERRICK HENRY (104.6) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (103.4).

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Two players recently named to the Associated Press All-Pro team will go toe-to-toe on Sunday when Lions wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN meets 49ers cornerback CHARVARIUS WARD. In 2023, St. Brown has an NFL-leading 10 100-yard receiving games, including the postseason. Four of those efforts have come over the Lions’ last six games, including the Wild Card victory over the Rams. He also has a touchdown reception in five of his past six games, including last week’s 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, Ward during the regular season led the NFL with a career-high 23 passes defensed, including a career-best five interceptions. In 15 career playoff games, Ward has 13 passes defensed.

5.   SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Defensive coordinator AARON GLENN led a Lions unit that allowed just 88.8 rushing yards per game during the regular season, the second fewest in the league. Including the postseason, the only opposing player in 2023 who has topped 70 rushing yards against the Lions is Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, who had 104 on Nov. 19. Meanwhile, the 49ers’ offense during the regular season ranked third on the ground (140.5 rushing yards per game), led by the NFL’s rushing champion CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (1,459 yards). A 49ers player has rushed for at least 70 yards on 13 occasions this season, including the playoffs.

6.   STREAK SPEAK: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS have now advanced to the AFC Championship Game in six straight seasons (2018-23), surpassing the OAKLAND RAIDERS (five from 1973-77) for the second-longest streak of conference Championship Game appearances in NFL history. Only the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (eight from 2011-18) have a longer streak. The first five Championship Games in Kansas City’s streak were at Arrowhead Stadium. Sunday marks the Chiefs’ first road AFC Championship Game since a 1993 loss at Buffalo. This week also marks the first AFC Championship outside Kansas City since New England defeated Jacksonville at Gillette Stadium in the 2017 contest.

  • For the BALTIMORE RAVENS, Sunday’s game marks the first time the franchise has hosted an AFC Championship Game. The last time the city of Baltimore hosted the contest was Jan. 3, 1971, when the Baltimore Colts defeated the Oakland Raiders, 27-17, at Memorial Stadium en route to the Colts’ Super Bowl V championship. The Ravens make their first appearance in the AFC Championship since the 2012 season, when they went into Gillette Stadium and overpowered New England, 28-13, en route to a Super Bowl XLVII victory over San Francisco. Baltimore has made four prior appearances in the game as the road team. Since the Ravens’ inception in 1996, they’ve played the Chiefs just once in the postseason, a 2010 Wild Card victory at Kansas City.
    • Meanwhile, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS have won six consecutive home playoff games, the NFL’s longest active streak. The 49ers also are headed to a third consecutive NFC Championship Game. It’s the fourth time in franchise history San Francisco has reached three straight Championship Games (also 1988-90, 1992-94 and 2011-13 – the 49ers were also the last NFL team to play in three straight conference Championship Games). And since the 1970 merger, no franchise has played in more conference Championship Games than San Francisco. The 49ers will make their 19th appearance in the game, three more than the next-closest team, Pittsburgh (16). Meanwhile, the DETROIT LIONS have played in one NFC Championship, a loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Washington in 1991.
    • Sunday marks the third all-time postseason meeting between the Lions and 49ers. The prior two meetings also were in the Bay Area. Detroit won the first contest, a 1957 Divisional playoff at Kezar Stadium, en route to the Lions’ most recent world championship. That Lions victory also marked the last time Detroit won on the road in the postseason. Then, 26 years later, the 49ers captured the second meeting, a thrilling, come-from-behind victory in the 1983 NFC Divisional Round at Candlestick Park.

7.   DID YOU KNOW?: For the first time in 20 years, a pair of three seeds – the DETROIT LIONS and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – has reached the Championship Games. The last time that happened was 2003, when both the CAROLINA PANTHERS and INDIANAPOLIS COLTS were among the league’s final four. The last No. 3 seed to advance to and win a Super Bowl was the 2006 Colts.

  • While No. 3-seeded teams have lost four straight conference Championship Games since that Colts victory, No. 1 seeds haven’t fared significantly better. From 2018-22, No. 1 seeds have posted a modest 4-3 (.571) record in Championship Games and they’re only 12-9 (.571) overall in the postseason. And just one No. 1 seed in that span – the 2022 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – won a Super Bowl.
    • No team since the 2003-04 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS has won consecutive Super Bowls. Kansas City is aiming to break that 18-year streak (2005-22), the longest in league history.

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINES: Baltimore’s JOHN HARBAUGH launched his NFL career with the Eagles in 1998, one year before ANDY REID became Philadelphia’s head coach. Reid retained Harbaugh on his Philadelphia staff until the Ravens hired Harbaugh as head coach in 2008.

  • Sunday’s Chiefs-Ravens matchup will be the third postseason game in NFL history in which the head coaches have combined for 450-or-more wins. Including the postseason, Reid is 282-160-1 (.638) while Harbaugh is 172-108-0 (.614). The only other playoff games with head coaches accounting for at least 450 career wins were the 2018 AFC Championship between New England and Kansas City on Jan. 20, 2019 (BILL BELICHICK, 290, and Reid, 207) and a 1995 AFC Wild Card contest between Buffalo and Miami on Dec. 30, 1995 (Pro Football Hall of Famers MARV LEVY, 137, and DON SHULA, 347). That 1995 contest marked the final game of Shula’s remarkable career.
    • Also this week, Reid will appear in his 11th Championship Game as a head coach and surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (10) for second most in NFL history. Only BILL BELICHICK (13) has more.
    • Meanwhile, when the Lions visit the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, Detroit quarterback JARED GOFF will return to his roots. Goff grew up just north of San Francisco and graduated from Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif. He went on to start at Cal in Berkeley, Calif., before the Rams selected him No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. Another former Bay Area quarterback, TOM BRADY, also grew up a 49ers fan before starting for two seasons at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. Brady and Goff faced each other in Super Bowl LIII. Goff has started four career games at Levi’s Stadium – all with the Rams (wins in 2017 and 2018 and losses in 2019 and 2020).

9.   TREND TIME: Since 2018, when both PATRICK MAHOMES and LAMAR JACKSON became full-time starters, the Chiefs and Ravens own the NFL’s best winning percentages, including the postseason. Kansas City during that stretch is 88-27 (.765), No. 1 in the league, while Baltimore is 68-37 (.648), second in the NFL. Also since 2018 and including the postseason, Kansas City leads the league with 28.9 points per game while Baltimore (25.82) ranks second. On the other side of the ball, the Ravens lead the NFL in scoring defense during that period, allowing just 18.80 points per contest.

  • Since the 1970 merger and including the postseason, Mahomes (.777) has the best winning percentage among starting quarterbacks (minimum 50 starts). Second on that list is TOM BRADY (.751) and third is Jackson (.732).
    • Detroit defensive end AIDAN HUTCHINSON has eight sacks over his last four games, including Weeks 17-18 of the regular season.
    • Since Week 15 and including the postseason, Lions quarterback JARED GOFF has shined in the fourth quarter. In the final stanza during that stretch, Goff has compiled a 116.9 passer rating (843 passing yards, six touchdown passes) and the Lions are 5-1. In last week’s 31-23 win over Tampa Bay, Goff in the fourth quarter completed 16 of 21 attempts (76.2 percent) for 188 yards and a touchdown.
    • In three of the four Divisional games last week, the team that won the coin toss opted to receive. That happened in less than 5 percent of regular-season games this year (13 of 272).

10. NEXT GEN STAT OF THE WEEK: Since 2018, including the postseason, Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON has 14 touchdown passes on designed rollouts without play action. Only Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (23) has more in that period. No other quarterback in that span has more than six.

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The NFL’s final four includes arguably the league’s best four tight ends, including University of Iowa products GEORGE KITTLE and SAM LAPORTA, the respective first- and second-team tight ends on the 2023 Associated Press All-Pro list.

  • While Kittle and LaPorta have had impressive 2023 seasons, Kansas City’s TRAVIS KELCE has had an impressive career, especially in the postseason. Kelce enters this week with 145 career receptions in 20 postseason games. He needs seven receptions against the Ravens to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (151 receptions in 29 postseason games) for the most in NFL history. In last week’s 27-24 win at Buffalo, Kelce caught five passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns, reaching five receptions in a 12th consecutive postseason game, the second-longest streak in league history behind JULIAN EDELMAN (13). Kelce also reached 50 receiving yards in an 11th straight playoff game and trails only Edelman (13) in that category.
    • Kittle in last week’s 24-21 win over Green Bay led the 49ers with 81 receiving yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception. During the regular season, he led NFL tight ends with 1,020 receiving yards, helping San Francisco become the first team ever with a running back, two wide receivers and a tight end to eclipse 1,000 scrimmage yards in the same season.
    • LaPorta in Detroit’s 31-23 win over Tampa Bay posted nine catches, the most single-game receptions ever by a rookie tight end in a playoff game (surpassing KEITH JACKSON and JEREMY SHOCKEY, who previously shared the mark with seven). During the regular season, LaPorta caught 86 passes to establish the NFL’s single-season rookie record among tight ends. And, with 10 touchdown receptions, LaPorta joined running back JAHMYR GIBBS as the first pair of rookie teammates in league annals to each score 10 touchdowns.
    • Baltimore’s MARK ANDREWS caught six touchdowns in 2023 and joined Kelce as the only NFL tight ends with five-or-more touchdown receptions in each of the past five seasons. Andrews has 40 regular-season touchdown receptions since he entered the league in 2018. Only Kelce (52) has more in that period. What’s more, Ravens tight end ISAIAH LIKELY has five touchdown receptions over his last six games, including playoffs.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: MISSISSIPPI STATE UPSETS NO. 8 AUBURN

Josh Hubbard scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Mississippi State overcame a slow start offensively to beat No. 8 Auburn 64-58 on Saturday in Southeastern Conference play at Starkville, Miss.

Cameron Matthews had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Shaklee Moore added 12 points for the Bulldogs (14-6, 3-4 SEC).

Johni Broome scored 14 points and Jaylin Williams added 10 to lead the Tigers (16-4, 5-2), who lost their second straight game after an 11-game winning streak.

Mississippi State shot 43.9 percent from the field, while Auburn made just 33.9 percent.

No. 3 North Carolina 75, Florida State 68

RJ Davis hit a floater in the lane and made three free throws over the last 45.5 seconds, and the Tar Heels knocked off the host Seminoles in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference leaders.

Davis scored a game-high 24 points and freshman Elliot Cadeau added his collegiate high 16 points for the Tar Heels (17-3), who improved to 9-0 in league play for the first time since 2001. Harrison Ingram posted his fourth double-double (13 points, 17 rebounds) in his last five games for the Heels, who won their 10th straight game.

Primo Spears scored a season-high 15 points to lead the Seminoles (12-8, 6-3 ACC), who came into the game in second place in the conference. Jamir Wakins and Darin Green Jr. chipped in with 12 points ea
ch for the ‘Noles and Chandler Jackson added 10 points.

No. 4 Houston 74, Kansas State 52

Jamal Shead and J’Wan Roberts combined for 31 points and the fourth-ranked Cougars turned a stifling, first-half defensive effort into a comfortable victory over the visiting Wildcats.

The Cougars (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) extended their homecourt winning streak to 17 games by opening the first half with an 11-0 run and closing it with a 9-0 surge en route to a 41-21 lead. Houston kept the Wildcats (14-6, 4-3) comfortably at bay throughout the second half.

Shead paired 17 points with three assists while Roberts added 14 points and six rebounds. Damian Dunn chipped in 13 points and four boards for the Cougars, who led by as many as 29. Cam Carter scored a team-high 16 points for Kansas State before fouling out with 4:47 left.

No. 5 Tennessee 75, Vanderbilt 62

Dalton Knecht continued his torrid scoring pace with 32 points as the Volunteers rallied from a halftime deficit to top the Commodores in a Southeastern Conference matchup in Nashville.

Knecht, who earlier this month became the first SEC player since Shaquille O’Neal to score at least 35 points in consecutive games, hit 13 of 21 shots from the field and 3 of 7 from beyond the 3-point line on Saturday. Santiago Vescovi added 12 points for the Volunteers (15-4, 5-1 SEC), while reserve Jordan Gainey and Zakai Zeigler each scored 10 points.

Tyrin Lawrence scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Vanderbilt (5-14, 0-6), while Ezra Manjon chipped in 14 points. But the Commodores didn’t get enough help from elsewhere, making only 36.7 percent of their field-goal attempts and getting outrebounded 38-31.

No. 6 Kentucky 63, Arkansas 57

Antonio Reeves scored 24 points and the Wildcats overcame a frigid first half to register a victory over the Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference play at Fayetteville, Ark.

Reed Sheppard added 14 points and four steals for Kentucky (15-4, 5-2 SEC), which won despite shooting 36.5 percent from the field. Tre Mitchell added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats, who never led during the game’s first 27 minutes.

Makhi Mitchell had 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Razorbacks (10-10, 1-6), who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Tramon Mark added 11 points and eight rebounds and Khalif Battle also scored 11 points.

No. 23 Iowa State 79, No. 7 Kansas 75

Tre King had 21 points and hit an unlikely four of the Cyclones’ season-high 14 3-pointers, as the hosts remained undefeated at home with a Big 12 victory over the Jayhawks in Ames, Iowa.

King, 3-of-16 from beyond the arc entering the game, highlighted a 14-of-30 3-point effort from Iowa State (16-4, 5-2 Big 12), which made nine of 15 in the second half alone to improve to 13-0 at home. Keshon Gilbert, who sank a key late 3, had 16 points for the Cyclones, who have won seven straight at home against ranked opponents.

Hunter Dickinson had 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Kevin McCullar scored 16 for Kansas (16-4, 4-3), which rallied from 12 points down thanks to 6-of-11 3-point shooting in the second half, but fell to 1-3 on the road in the Big 12.

No. 9 Arizona 87, Oregon 78

Caleb Love scored a career-high 36 points as the Wildcats ended a three-game road losing streak by beating the Ducks in Eugene, Ore.

Love, a senior transfer from North Carolina, made 12 of 18 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. He also hit 7 of 8 from the free throw line for the Wildcats (15-5, 6-3 Pac-12), who moved into a tie for the league lead with the Ducks (14-6, 6-3).

Jermaine Couisnard scored 20 points to lead the Ducks. N’Faly Dante had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

No. 10 Illinois 70, Indiana 62

Terrence Shannon Jr. made six consecutive free throws in the final 63 seconds to break the game’s final tie and lift the Fighting Illini to a Big Ten victory over the Hoosiers in Champaign, Ill.

Marcus Domask paced Illinois (15-5, 6-3 Big Ten) with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Shannon added 12 points and Coleman Hawkins and Luke Goode contributed 11 points apiece.

Malik Reneau scored 21 points before fouling out with 3:02 to go for Indiana (12-8, 4-5), which failed to hit a 3-pointer for the first time since Feb. 25, 2010. Xavier Johnson added 14 points while McDonald’s All-American Mackenzie Mgbako posted his collegiate first double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds).

No. 12 Duke 72, Clemson 71

Tyrese Proctor made two free throws with 1 second to play to lift the Blue Devils past the Tigers in a game with a back-and-forth late-game stretch at Durham, N.C.

Jared McCain scored 21 points, Proctor added 18 points and Mark Mitchell chipped in with 13 points for the Blue Devils (15-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who stayed within two games in the loss column behind first-place North Carolina. Duke, which had a 10-point lead early in the second half, avoided its second home loss this month.

PJ Hall made two foul shots to put Clemson ahead with 7.4 seconds remaining, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Joseph Girard III had all 13 of his points in the second half and Chase Hunter posted 11 points for Clemson (13-6, 3-5).

No. 20 Texas Tech 85, No. 11 Oklahoma 84

Chance McMillian scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Red Raiders to a win over the Sooners in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners had a chance to tie or take the lead in the final seconds after Joe Toussaint missed the second of two free throws to keep the Red Raiders’ lead at two. But Milos Uzan’s layup bounced off the rim and Pop Isaacs grabbed the rebound and hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left, though Oklahoma’s Rivaldo Soares hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Isaacs finished with 18 points, 13 in the second half, as Texas Tech (16-3, 5-1 Big 12) won for the 11th time in 12 games. Soares led Oklahoma (15-5, 3-4) with a season-high 19 points, going 3-for-5 from behind the arc.

No. 14 Marquette 75, Seton Hall 57

Oso Ighodaro racked up 21 points and the Golden Eagles used a strong second half to pick up a victory over the Pirates in a Big East Conference matchup in Milwaukee.

Ighodaro and David Joplin combined for 30 points in the Golden Eagles’ 45-point second half, where the hosts sank 19 of 31 field-goal attempts (61.3 percent). Joplin finished with 20 points for the game as Marquette (15-5, 6-3 Big East) rolled to its fourth straight victory.

Playing without leading scorer Kadary Richmond (general soreness) for the second straight game, the Pirates (13-8, 6-4) got 18 points and eight rebounds from Jaden Bediako. Dre Davis supplied 13 points and snatched nine boards for Seton Hall, which shot just 18.8 percent from beyond the arc (3 of 16) and committed 17 turnovers.

TCU 105, No. 15 Baylor 102 (3OT)

Jameer Nelson Jr.’s putback jumper with 10 seconds to play in triple overtime proved to be the difference as the visiting Horned Frogs recorded a win over the Bears in an epic Big 12 battle in Waco, Texas.

Nelson finished with a season-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting to lead all scorers. Emanuel Miller added 21 points for TCU (15-5, 4-3 Big 12), Micah Peavy had 18, Trevian Tennyson scored 15 and Charles O’Bannon Jr. contributed 11.

Yves Missi led Baylor (14-5, 3-3 Big 12) with a career-high 25 points. RayJ Dennis added 24 points and 10 assists, Walter tallied 15 and Langston Love racked up 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who have dropped three straight games.

Richmond 69, No. 16 Dayton 64

Jordan King scored a team-high 17 points to help lead the host Spiders to a victory over the Flyers.

Isaiah Bigelow added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Spiders (15-5, 7-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 10th consecutive game and their first over a ranked opponent since a win over then-No. 16 Iowa in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

Javon Bennett led Dayton (16-3, 6-1) with 18 points. Kobe Elvis added 11 points for the Flyers, who saw their Division I-best 13-game winning streak come to an end. The conference’s leading scorer, DaRon Holmes II, managed just nine points on 2-for-12 shooting from the floor.

No. 17 Creighton 85, DePaul 62

Trey Alexander scored 23 points to go along with seven assists and Ryan Kalkbrenner added 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Bluejays owned the second half to earn a victory over the Blue Demons at Omaha, Neb.

Steven Ashworth scored 17 points and Baylor Scheierman added 16 as the Bluejays (16-5, 7-3 Big East) improved to 10-1 at home while extending their winning streak to three games overall. Creighton has also won seven of its past eight, with the only loss in that stretch coming last week against No. 1 UConn.

Elijah Fisher scored 12 points while Jeremiah Oden, Jaden Henley and Jalen Terry added nine points apiece for DePaul (3-17, 0-9), which saw its losing streak reach eight games. The Blue Demons fell to 0-8 in true road games and neutral site games combined.

No. 18 Utah State 90, Boise State 84 (OT)

Darius Brown II scored 19 points and the Aggies moved into first place in the Mountain West with an overtime victory over the Bronco at Boise, Idaho.

Ian Martinez and Josh Uduje scored 18 points apiece for the Aggies (18-2, 6-1 MW), who won for the 17th time in their past 18 games. Great Osobor recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Isaac Johnson added 13 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out for Utah State.

Tyson Degenhart scored 24 points and O’Mar Stanley recorded 20 points and nine rebounds before fouling out for the Broncos (14-6, 5-2). Chibuzo Agbo added 15 points and Max Rice had 14 for Boise State.

No. 21 BYU 84, Texas 72

Noah Waterman and Jaxson Robinson scored 17 points each to help the Cougars roll to a win over the Longhorns in a Big 12 Conference clash in Provo, Utah.

The Cougars bounced back from back-to-back losses by shooting a season-best 64 percent from the floor. BYU led by just three at halftime but pushed its lead to double digits three minutes into the second half and decisively pulled away, going up by as many as 17 points with 8:31 left.

Fousseyni Traore added 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Cougars (15-5, 3-4 Big 12) while Richie Saunders and Spencer Johnson had 11 points each. Dylan Disu paced the Longhorns (14-6, 3-4) with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Wyoming 79, No. 24 Colorado State 76 (OT)

Akuel Kot scored 11 points in overtime, including a four-point play with 28 seconds left, as the Cowboys put the finishing touches on a thrilling comeback to topple the Rams in a Mountain West matchup in Laramie, Wyo.

Kot, who netted the Cowboys’ first four points in overtime, gave Wyoming a 76-74 edge with his four-point play, then split a pair of free throws with nine seconds left. He hit two more shots from the charity stripe with two seconds left to extend the lead to 79-76, and Wyoming survived when Isaiah Stevens’ shot from midcourt fell short.

Sam Griffin led the Cowboys (11-9, 4-3 Mountain West) with 24 points, Kot finished with 18 and Mason Walters tallied 13. Patrick Cartier topped Colorado State (15-5, 3-4) with 19 points, including five in overtime, and Stevens added 17 points, nine assists and two steals.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: CAITLIN CLARK, NO. 5 IOWA TOP NEBRASKA

Caitlin Clark piled up 38 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead No. 5 Iowa over Nebraska 92-73 on Saturday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa.

Clark, who shot 12-of-22 from the floor and 8-of-15 from 3-point range, also had two steals for the Hawkeyes (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten). Clark extended her streak to five consecutive games of hitting at least six 3-pointers. Iowa also got 16 points from Kate Martin and 12 points from Sydney Affolter.

Jaz Shelley powered the Cornhuskers (13-7, 5-4) with 19 points, while Alexis Markowski chipped in a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Iowa led by just five points at halftime, but pulled away by opening the third quarter with a 15-5 run, during which Clark contributed eight points and two assists. The Hawkeyes went on to lead by as many as 19 points as they shot 52.5 percent from the floor.

No. 4 Kansas State 67, BYU 65

Gisela Sanchez scored 18 points as the Wildcats outlasted the Cougars for their 14th straight win in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State (20-1, 9-0 Big 12) also got 14 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals from Serena Sundell, and 10 points from Gabby Gregory.

Lauren Gustin powered the Cougars (12-9, 2-6) with 25 points and 21 rebounds.

No. 10 Texas 67, Cincinnati 50

Aaliyah Moore scored 16 points to help the Longhorns beat the Bearcats in Austin, Texas.

Texas (19-3, 6-3 Big 12) also got 13 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks from Taylor Jones, and 13 points and six boards from Shaylee Gonzales. Reagan Jackson and Ariel Jackson each scored 10 points for Cincinnati (10-9, 2-6).

The Longhorns played without leading scorer Madison Booker, who coach Vic Schaefer said is “day-to-day” with a hamstring injury she suffered in practice on Friday. She’s averaging 15.1 points this season.

No. 17 Gonzaga 73, San Francisco 54

Yvonne Ejim tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the Bulldogs rout the Dons in San Francisco, Calif.

In its 14th consecutive win, Gonzaga (20-2, 7-0 West Coast Conference) was also boosted by Eliza Hollingsworth’s 20 points and Maud Huijbens’ 12 points and 11 rebounds. Aya Keita led San Francisco (8-12, 4-3) with 14 points.

Gonzaga never trailed and outrebounded the Dons 48-28. The Bulldogs held San Francisco to 3-of-20 shooting from 3-point range and scored 19 assists off 12 turnovers by the Dons.

No. 24 West Virginia 84, Iowa State 78

JJ Quinerly netted a career-best 31 points to power the Mountaineers past the Cyclones in Morgantown, W.V.

Quinerly shot 11-of-23 from the floor and tallied six rebounds and five steals in the victory for West Virginia (17-2, 6-2 Big 12). The Mountaineers also got 14 points apiece from Kylee Blacksten and Lauren Fields, and 13 points and six assists from Jordan Harrison.

Audi Crooks led Iowa State (12-7, 6-3) with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: LAKERS’ LEBRON JAMES TORCHES WARRIORS IN 2OT WIN

LeBron James capped one of his most remarkable triple-double performances with two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime on Saturday night, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a 145-144 win over the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.

James played 48 of the game’s 58 minutes, recording a career-high 20 rebounds to go with 36 points and 12 assists for his 110th career triple-double.

His free throws came following a drive to the hoop after Stephen Curry had given Golden State a 144-143 lead on a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left. Curry finished the night with nine 3-pointers and a game-high 46 points.

The nationally televised victory came on a night when it appeared the Lakers, opening a six-game trip, were destined for bad news when Anthony Davis walked gingerly to the locker room in the third quarter, having suffered what appeared to be a serious hip injury.

However, Davis reappeared in the fourth quarter and, while limping noticeably at game’s end, completed a 29-point, 13-rebound double-double in 45 minutes. He also had four blocks.

Spurs 113, Timberwolves 112

Devin Vassell scored 25 points, Victor Wembanyama added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Keldon Johnson hit the game-winning free throw as San Antonio roared back from 15 points down to stun visiting Minnesota.

Following a timeout after Johnson missed the second free throw, the Timberwolves had a chance to win the game, but Karl-Anthony Towns’ step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards led all scorers with 32 points and dished out 12 assists. Rudy Gobert and Towns added 19 points apiece.

Bucks 141, Pelicans 117

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 12 rebounds and host Milwaukee rode a major offensive turnaround to a rout of New Orleans in a matchup of teams completing sets of back-to-back games.

Three teammates joined Antetokounmpo with at least 20 points, as Damian Lillard added 26, Brook Lopez had 24 and Bobby Portis scored 20 off the bench. Cameron Payne added 11 points off the bench, and the Bucks scored 41 more points than they had in a 12-point loss to Cleveland on Friday.

Brandon Ingram scored 26 points, Zion Williamson had 23 and Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost at home to Oklahoma City on Friday.

Wizards 118, Pistons 104

Kyle Kuzma scored 30 points and Washington snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating host Detroit.

Jordan Poole contributed 17 points for the Wizards, who outscored Detroit 31-19 in the fourth quarter. Daniel Gafford had 15 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and nabbed three steals.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 30 points. Cade Cunningham had 20 points and 12 assists but also committed seven turnovers. Cunningham missed the previous eight games with a left knee strain.

Knicks 125, Heat 109

Jalen Brunson poured in 32 points as New York extended its winning streak to six games with a win over visiting Miami.

Brunson scored nine of his points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to help New York open up a 112-96 lead that Miami couldn’t overcome. He also dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds for the game.

Jimmy Butler finished with 28 points and eight rebounds as the Heat dropped their sixth straight game. Duncan Robinson hit five 3-pointers and recorded 19 points, while Tyler Herro had 18 points.

Nuggets 111, 76ers 105

Nikola Jokic had 26 points and 16 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 23 points and host Denver beat short-handed Philadelphia.

Reigning league MVP Joel Embiid was a late scratch for the 76ers due to knee soreness. He went through his pregame warmup, but ESPN reported that the training staff ruled him out. It is the fourth straight time Embiid has sat out a game in Denver. Paul Reed scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Sixers.

The Nuggets struggled to beat depleted Philadelphia but pulled away late. Michael Porter Jr. had 20 points and Aaron Gordon scored 18 for Denver.

Nets 106, Rockets 104

Cam Thomas scored 37 points as Brooklyn sped out to a big lead in the first half before surviving an extremely shaky fourth quarter and holding on for a victory over Houston in New York.

Thomas moved back into the starting lineup in place of Cameron Johnson (personal reasons). He scored 22 points in the first half, when the Nets led by as many as 28.

Dillon Brooks, Jalen Green and rookie Cam Whitmore scored 19 points apiece for the Rockets, who nearly matched their win total from last season’s 22-60 mark.

Clippers 115, Celtics 96

A dominant third quarter helped Los Angeles stretch its winning streak to five games with a road victory over Boston.

Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 26 points. Los Angeles received 18 points from Daniel Theis, 17 from Paul George and 14 from Terance Mann.

The Celtics shot 36 of 100 from the field (36 percent) and 10 of 40 from 3-point territory (25 percent). Jayson Tatum tossed in a team-high 21 points and had 11 rebounds, but Boston’s other starters combined for 17 points. Payton Pritchard came off the bench to score 12.

Jazz 134, Hornets 122

Lauri Markkanen finished with 33 points and Utah posted a record-setting first quarter in a victory over host Charlotte.

The Jazz racked up 47 points — the most in franchise history in an opening quarter — which was also the Hornets’ total at halftime. Markkanen had 26 of his points in the first half, and Collin Sexton racked up 19 of his 24 points before the break.

Reserve P.J. Washington pumped in 43 points — matching a career high — on 17-for-22 shooting while Nick Richards scored a career-high 26 points for the Hornets, who fell at home for the second straight night.

Kings 120, Mavericks 115

De’Aaron Fox scored 34 points and Sacramento kept Luka Doncic relatively quiet while notching a victory over host Dallas.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points and Kevin Huerter added 18 as Sacramento won its third straight game. Domantas Sabonis registered 17 points and 11 boards before fouling out for the Kings.

One night after tying the fourth-highest output in NBA history with 73 points, Doncic scored 28 on 9-of-26 shooting and missed eight of his nine 3-point attempts. He also had 17 assists and 10 rebounds for his 65th career triple-double while the Mavericks lost for the fourth time in five games.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: OILERS ONE SHY OF TYING CONSECUTIVE WINS MARK

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each scored a goal and combined for five assists as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Saturday for their 16th consecutive win to move within one of the NHL record.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman had the other Oilers goals, while Stuart Skinner, making his first career start against Nashville, made 28 saves for his franchise-record 12th straight victory.

Colton Sissons scored for Nashville and Kevin Lankinen stopped 17 shots. Nashville has dropped two of three games against the Oilers this season and three of four overall.

Pittsburgh holds the NHL record with a 17-game winning streak in 1992-93 while Columbus also had a 16-game win streak in 2016-17.

Maple Leafs 4, Jets 2

John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and visiting Toronto went on to defeat Winnipeg.

Auston Matthews scored his 40th goal for his 600th career point, while Ryan Reaves and Simon Benoit also scored for the Maple Leafs. Morgan Rielly added two assists and Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 shots in the win.

Dylan Samberg and Mason Appleton scored for the Jets while Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves. The teams completed a home-and-home series. The
Maple Leafs won 1-0 in overtime Wednesday in Toronto.

Bruins 6, Flyers 2

David Pastrnak had two goals and one assist, James van Riemsdyk added one goal and one assist and Boston handily defeated host Philadelphia.

Charlie McAvoy also contributed one goal and one assist, Danton Heinen and Charlie Coyle each scored and Pavel Zacha had two assists for the Bruins, who have won seven of eight.

Tyson Foerster scored two goals for the Flyers, who have lost five straight.

Stars 5, Capitals 4 (OT)

Thomas Harley scored his second goal of the game at 3:27 of overtime and Dallas defeated visiting Washington for its third straight win.

It was Harley’s second overtime winner in the past two games and came after Washington scored twice in the final two minutes of the third period to force the extra session.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who finished 0-3-1 on their road trip and are 1-6-1 on the road since Christmas.

Penguins 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

Marcus Pettersson’s goal at 2:43 of overtime gave Pittsburgh a win over visiting Montreal.

On a two-on-one with Rickard Rakell, and Montreal’s Nick Suzuki defending, Pettersson scored from the right circle on a lofted shot to the short side. Pettersson also had an assist. Lars Eller, who was playing in his 1,000th game, and Jake Guentzel scored in regulation, and Rakell had two assists for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing streak (0-2-1). Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 25 saves to improve to 5-1-1 in his career against Montreal.

Kaiden Guhle and Juraj Slafkovsky scored for the Canadiens, who have lost four of five (1-3-1).

Rangers 7, Senators 2

Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists and visiting New York scored five straight goals in the second period to come from behind for a win against Ottawa.

Zac Jones, Chris Kreider, Jonny Brodzinski and Alexis Lafreniere each had a goal and an assist, Mika Zibanejad had two assists and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the Rangers, who had lost two straight and four of five.

Brady Tkachuk and Jakob Chychrun scored and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 13 of 17 shots before he was replaced by Mads Sogaard. He made nine saves for the Senators, who came in riding a season-high five-game point streak (3-0-2).

Hurricanes 3, Coyotes 1

Dmitry Orlov scored the tiebreaking goal with 36 seconds remaining in regulation as Carolina earned a victory over Arizona in Raleigh, N.C.

Carolina will go into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak. Stymied by Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram (36 saves) most of the night, the Hurricanes had an unlikely hero in Orlov, who scored his third goal of the season. Amid a 14-3-4 stretch, the Hurricanes added some insurance 13 seconds later when Jesper Fast was credited with his fifth goal of the campaign through some net-front congestion.

Martin Necas tied the game in the second period with his 13th goal for Carolina, which outshot the Coyotes 39-11.

Lightning 6, Devils 3

Brandon Hagel and Brayden Point scored two goals apiece, defenseman Victor Hedman achieved an offensive milestone, and Tampa Bay beat New Jersey for its seventh straight home win.

The 2018 Norris Trophy winner, Hedman posted two second-period assists and another in the third that boosted him to 702 career points, becoming the 29th NHL defenseman to hit the 700-point plateau. Steven Stamkos and Nicholas Paul each had a goal and an assist and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy registered 21 saves in his 16th win.

New Jersey, which fell to 3-6-1 in its past 10 matches, got a goal and an assist from Ondrej Palat. Jesper Bratt and Tyler Toffoli scored. Netminder Vitek Vanecek stopped 36 of 40 shots.

Red Wings 5, Golden Knights 2

Dylan Larkin scored two goals – including the 200th of his career – and Alex Lyon made 28 saves to lead Detroit to a victory over visiting Vegas.

Jake Walman, Joe Veleno and Andrew Copp also scored for Detroit, which improved to 9-2-1 in its past 12 games. Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond each added two assists.

Ivan Barbashev and Paul Cotter scored and Alec Martinez had two assists for Vegas, which had its six-game point streak (5-0-1) come to an end. Logan Thompson stopped 24 of 28 shots for the Golden Knights, who don’t play again until Feb. 6 in Las Vegas when they try to snap Edmonton’s 16-game winning streak.

Flames 1, Blackhawks 0

Jacob Markstrom recorded his second shutout of the season and Calgary snapped a four-game skid with a victory over visiting Chicago.

Elias Lindholm scored the lone goal for the Flames, who won their final game before All-Star break. Markstrom made 32 saves — 12 in the third period — to post his 20th career shutout.

Goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped 30 shots for the Blackhawks, who have lost four straight games overall and are now winless in 20 road tilts (0-19-1). Chicago has been shut out in two consecutive games and in three of their past four outings.

Sabres 5, Sharks 2

JJ Peterka scored twice to help visiting Buffalo rally from a two-goal deficit for a second straight game to beat San Jose.

Dylan Cozens had a goal and two assists and Casey Mittelstadt had two assists for the Sabres, who also trailed by two in a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday and are 7-4-0 in their past 11 games. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 23 saves in the win.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Jan Rutta scored, William Eklund had two assists, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves for the Sharks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

MEN’S GOLF NEWS

FRANCE’S MATTHIEU PAVON MAKES HISTORY AT FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN

Matthieu Pavon made history on Saturday, firing a 3-under par 69 to become the first golfer from France to win on the PGA Tour in the modern era with his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Playing on Torrey Pines’ South Course, Pavon recovered from a bogey at the par-4 first hole to pick up five birdies against just one bogey for the rest of his round. He sank an 8-foot birdie putt at No. 18, putting him at 13-under 275 for the week, allowing him to squeak past Denmark’s Nicolai Hojgaard, who landed in second with a 12-under 276.

Hojgaard recorded a 2-under 70 on Saturday.

With the victory, Pavon became the first Frenchman since World War II to prevail in a PGA Tour event. The Tour’s modern era began in 1968.

A three-way tie for third featured Nate Lashley (67 on Saturday), Jake Knapp (69) and German Stephan Jaeger (72), who were all two strokes off the lead.

Taiwan’s Kevin Yu, coming off a T3 finish at The American Express last week, shot a 67 to tie for sixth at 10-under 278 along with Beau Hossler (68) and Tony Finau (69).

Max Homa failed to defend his title at the event, finishing tied for 13th at 8-under 280. He had a 69 on Saturday.

WOMEN’S GOLF

NELLY KORDA STILL ON TOP AT DRIVE ON CHAMPIONSHIP

Nelly Korda carded a 3-under 68 on Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard after three rounds of action at the LPGA Drive on Championship in Bradenton, Fla.

Korda entered the day with a two-stroke lead before recording three birdies, an eagle and two bogeys at Bradenton Country Club to move to 13-under 200. She now holds a four-shot edge over Megan Khang (66 on Saturday), Japan’s Ayaka Furue (69) and Lydia Ko of New Zealand (69), who are all tied for second at 9-under 204.

It was rough in the early going for Korda, who posted back-to-back bogeys at the par-3 seventh and the par-5 eighth.

But those ended up being Korda’s only blemishes, and she surged late, going eagle-birdie at Nos. 17-18 to close her round.

“I birdied the par-5 (sixth) and then unfortunately snap hooked my next two tee shots, which ended up both of them being bogeys,” Korda said. “And then just had a fresh attitude coming into the back nine. I mean, it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. Hopefully I can lead that into (Sunday).”

Korda, a Bradenton native, gave caddie Jason McDede credit for keeping her composed during the rough patch on the front nine.

“It’s nice to have a really positive teammate like I do in Jason,” Korda said. “He always makes sure I keep my head up and never doubt myself pretty much, to tell myself that I can make any hole an opportunity for birdie.”

With Saturday’s performance, the 25-year-old Korda is 18 holes away from her first victory on the LPGA Tour since November of 2022, when she won the Pelican Women’s Championship.

Just one stroke behind Khang, Furue and Ko are China’s Xiyu Lin (70), South Korean Sei Young Kim (69), Robyn Choi of Australia (66) and Auston Kim, who secured low-round honors on Saturday with a 7-under 64 to skyrocket 35 spots on the leaderboard.

Kim collected three birdies and an eagle over her final five holes. She finished with six birdies for her round, logging just one bogey — at the par-3 ninth.

“It was a bit of a blur. I was just playing golf. I honestly can’t remember what my scorecard looks like,” Kim said. “I made bogey on 9 unfortunately, I was an unfortunate three-putt; missed a really short one. But that helped me lock in a little bit more, provide a little bit extra focus.

“Once I made the turn, I felt like I was moving at really good pace, really good tempo.”

South Korea’s So Mi Lee, who was in second after the second round on Friday, limped to a 5-over 76 on Saturday to drop into a tie for 22nd.

Last year’s winner, Celine Boutier of France, is also in a tie for 22nd following a 1-over 72.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS GRIZZLIES

The streak-busting Indiana Pacers will wrap-up a four-game homestand with a Sunday matinee matchup in the Circle City.

Indiana enters Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies (18-27) boasting back-to-back Thursday and Friday night wins over the Philadelphia 76ers (29-14) and Phoenix Suns (26-19) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Sixers were riding a six-game winning streak while the Suns had won seven in a row before hitting the Blue & Gold roadblock.

Memphis beat Indiana 116-103 on Dec. 21, but Sunday’s game will look much different than the first contest, as injuries have decimated the Grizzlies’ roster since the start of the new year and the Pacers now have a second All-Star player on their roster in Pascal Siakam.

The Grizzlies have seven players on their injury report who aren’t expected to play this weekend, including star guard Ja Morant, who is out for the season with a right shoulder labrum repaired, and starters Desmond Bane (left ankle sprain) and Marcus Smart (right ring finger central slip tear). Memphis is also without big man Steven Adams for the season (right knee PCL surgery) and reserve point guard Derrick Rose (left hamstring strain) for the foreseeable future.

In the first game, Bane and Morant combined to score 51 points for the Grizzlies.

While Indiana’s injury is much shorter, the Pacers have been without All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who is dealing with a left hamstring strain, for a four straight games and nine of the last 10. Haliburton, who was named an All-Star starter on Thursday, is being reevaluated this weekend, according to head coach Rick Carlisle, and is listed as out once again for Sunday’s game.

The game will feature the highest-scoring team in the NBA in the Pacers (125.0 points per game) and the lowest-scoring team in the Grizzlies (107.8). The Grizzlies also rank near the bottom of the league in rebounding (23rd) and assists (25th), but have the 10th-best defensive rating (113.0).

Indiana enters Sunday’s game coming off a 133-131 Friday night win over Phoenix. Despite the Suns’ Devin Booker dropping a Gainbridge Fieldhouse-record 62 points, the Pacers rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit before coming up clutch in the final moments for the win.

Six players scored in double figures for the Blue & Gold, led by 31 points from Siakam’s 31. Siakam has been sensational since joining the Blue & Gold via trade, averaging 21.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists in five games played.

Obi Toppin (23 points, 11 rebounds) – who scored the game-winning basket with 3.4 seconds left on a putback – and Jalen Smith (13 points, 10 rebounds) each posted double-doubles off the bench in the victory over the Suns, Aaron Nesmith had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Andrew Nembhard totaled 22 points and dished out eight assists.

Nembhard has played some of his best basketball of the season recently, finishing with 19 points against Philadelphia and 22 versus Phoenix and dishing out eight assists in both games.

The Grizzlies enter the game coming off a a 107-106 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Grizzlies power forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. led the charge, posting 30 points and eight rebounds, while Ziaire Williams had 18 points off the bench, and Luke Kennard scored 15. Jackson Jr. has played a more significant role with so many key players out and is averaging 21.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for the Grizzlies this season.

Surprisingly, Memphis has played better on the road than at home in 2023-2024, posting a record of 13-12 as visitors.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Andrew Nembhard, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Grizzlies: G – John Konchar, G – Ziaire Williams, F – Vince Williams Jr., F – Santi Almada, C – Jaren Jackson Jr.

Injury Report

Pacers: Jalen Smith – questionable (lower back spasms), Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain management)

Grizzlies: Steven Adams – out (right knee PCL surgery), Desmond Bane – out (left ankle sprain), Brandon Clark – out (left Achilles tendon repair), Luke Kennard – out (sore left knee), Jake LaRavia – out (left ankle sprain), Ja Morant – out (right shoulder labral repair), Derrick Rose – out (left hamstring strain), Marcus Smart – out (right ring finger central slip tear)

Last Meeting

Dec. 21, 2023: In Ja Morant’s first game back from a 25-game suspension, the Grizzlies posted a 116-103 over the Pacers at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies led by 23 points at one point in the first half before the Pacers stormed back to make it a one-possession game at intermission. Indiana took the lead in the third quarter, but the Grizzlies outscored the Pacers 58-47 in the second half to secure the win.

Memphis’ Desmond Bane scored a game-high 31 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 points and Morant finished with 20 points, eight assists, and five rebounds.

Obi Toppin led the Pacers with 22 points, Tyrese Haliburton posted 17 points and 14 assists, and Myles Turner accounted for 15 points, six rebounds, and three blocks.

Memphis shot 51.2 percent in the game to Indiana’s 42.2 percent. The Grizzlies also won the rebounding battle 41-39 and outscored the Pacers 48-32 in the paint.

Noteworthy

Indiana has dropped five straight games against Memphis.

When center Myles Turner takes the floor on Sunday, he will tie Don Buse for 13th-most games played as a Pacer (539).

Indiana second-year guard Andrew Nembhard is two points from reaching 1,000 for his career, and Pacers third-year big man Isaiah Jackson is 14 points away from reaching 1,000 career points.

The Grizzlies’ roster features four players who played high school or college basketball in Indiana: Jackson (La Lumiere/Park Tudor), Bane (dSeton Catholic), John Konchar (Purdue Fort Wayne), and Jake LaRavia (Lawrence Central).

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

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

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

INDY FUEL

FUEL SELLOUT SEVENTH THIS SEASON, FALL TO IOWA

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Iowa Heartlanders for the second night in a row, this time in front of a sellout crowd of 6,475 fans. Ultimately, they fell 7-3 to the Heartlanders.

1ST PERIOD

Things moved quickly in the first period with few whistles until 12:47 when Kyle Maksimovich and Iowa’s Casey Dornbach took offsetting minor penalties for tripping and diving/embellishment respectively.

Those penalties expired before the 17:08 mark when Dornbach was called again, this time five minutes for fighting along with his teammate Will Calverley, Indy’s Colin Bilek and Ross MacDougall.

Calverly and MacDougall also received game misconduct calls for being the secondary altercation in that fight. DJ King and Jake Durflinger were also given a double minor each for roughing in that same altercation.

The period ended soon after that with no scores from either side but not without one more penalty, a slashing call to Jordan Martin at 19:19.

2ND PERIOD

At 3:52, Iowa’s Brett Budgell took a slashing call but the Heartlanders killed it off. Five minutes later, Indy’s Andrew Bellant took a five minute major penalty for charging and was soon joined by Zach Jordan who took a slashing call at 9:52.

Iowa struck first on the power play with a goal by Dornbach at 10:43. At 11:56, still on the power play due to the major call on Bellant, Iowa took a 2-0 lead after Nick Campoli scored.

At 13:22, Louis Boudon scored to make it 3-0, still on the power play. Eleven seconds later, Matt Cairns took an inciting misconduct penalty and exited the ice. Kyle Maksimovich served an unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor at the same time.

Campoli scored his second of the period at 15:08 to put the Heartlanders up 4-0, again on the power play.

Colin Bilek scored at 15:35 to get the Fuel on the board with the help of Cam Hillis and Santino Centorame. Less than two minutes later, Matus Spodniak scored to make it 4-2 after a lengthy review process.

At 18:16, Dornbach sat for elbowing giving the Fuel a power play opportunity that would carry over into the third period as they could not score before the second frame ended.

3RD PERIOD

Campoli completed the hat trick with a goal at 2:05 to put the Heartlanders up 5-2 before Chris Cameron scored his second goal of the season at 2:33 to make it 5-3.

At 4:49, Brandon Schultz took a tripping penalty, giving Iowa a power play opportunity that they took advantage of with a goal by Adam Goodsir to make it 6-3.

Iowa added to their lead with a goal by Brett Budgell at 10:38.

At 12:31, Chris Lipe took a delay of game penalty that gave the Fuel a power play chance but the Heartlanders killed it off.

Victor Hadfield took a boarding call at 16:28 but the Fuel were able to kill off the penalty.

Louka Henault took a double minor roughing penalty while Schultz took a roughing minor at 19:43. Soon after, time expired on the third period and the Fuel fell to the Heartlanders by a score of 7-3.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on February 8, 2024 against the Atlanta Gladiators for Thirsty Thursday.

FUEL HEAD TO K-ZOO TO FINISH THE WEEKEND

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fuel look to end with an above .500 record for the long weekend with a Sunday afternoon game in Kalamazoo.

LAST TIME OUT

The Fuel got out to a quick 2-0 lead just 6:22 into the game but Kalamazoo came firing back in the third period, tieing it up at two a piece with 9:50 left in regulation.

The game trickled into extra hockey but it did not last long as Bryan Lemos ended the game just 17 seconds into overtime to give the Fuel a 3-2 win at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

BASHFUL BILEK

Colin Bilek is coming off a feisty performance last night against the Iowa Heartlanders in Indy. The Fuel penalty minutes leader for Forwards dropped the gloves early on and took his opponent to the ground. He also added to his goal total with his 11th of the season to open the scoring for the Fuel.

Four of Bilek’s 11 goals on the season have come against the Wings, three of those being scored in Kalamazoo. His hot hand has been fueling the fire for Indy and he’ll look to continue that this afternoon in a crucial game to keep the Fuel in the hunt for the two-seed in the Western Central Division.

AROUND THE DIVISION

The Toledo Walleye have been holding the lead in the division with 54 points, despite a four-game losing streak. The Komets hold second place while the Fuel are tied with Wheeling for 3rd place at 44 points with Cincinnati creeping behind in 5th place with 42 points. Kalamazoo and Iowa bring up the rear in the Western Central Division with 38 and 36 points, respectively.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA FALLS LATE AT NO. 10/11 ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It was there, all of it, for Indiana — a road victory, a chance for a huge boost in its NCAA tourney prospects on Saturday.

Then it was gone.

Tenth-ranked Illinois snapped a 62-62 tie by outscoring the Hoosiers 8-0 in the final 76 seconds for a 70-62 final score.

“We played extremely well,” coach Mike Woodson said on the post-game radio show, “but we just didn’t play well enough to come out with a W.”

Free throw shooting and 3-point shooting cost them.

IU (12-8 overall, 4-5 in the Big Ten) was 12-for-22 from the line and 0-for-9 on 3-pointers. It was the first time it hadn’t made a 3-pointer in 14 years.

“We were awful at the free throw line,” Woodson said via his radio show. “Those are points you can’t go back and get. That makes it tough.

“On the 3-pointers, we had a couple of good looks, they just didn’t fall.”

That offset strong performances from Malik Reneau (21 points, seven rebounds), Mackenzie Mgbako (12 and 12), and Xavier Johnson (14 and four).

However, Johnson was 2-for-7 from the line. Reneau was 5-for-9.

“That’s a big chunk of the free throws,” Woodson said on the radio show. “In a close game, you have to make them. To me, there’s no excuse.”

IU held Illinois (15-5, 6-3), one of the Big Ten’s best offensive teams, to 12 points below its season average, 37 percent shooting and 30 percent on 3-pointers.

“When you hold this team to 37 percent shooting, 30 from threes, you think you walk out with a win,” Woodson said. “I thought our defense was excellent.”

Credit a bye week of defensive emphasis.

“We had a week to work,” Woodson said. “We went back to the basics.”

IU, which remains without a victory over a ranked team or a Quad 1 squad this season, pushed Illinois to the limit without center Kel’el Ware, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

The hope is he’ll return for Tuesday’s game against high-scoring Iowa.

“We have to get the big guy back,” Woodson said on the radio show. “The fact we haven’t had him the last couple of games, we were scraping and scratching trying to claw our way to a win. Hopefully, we’ll get him back and ready for Tuesday.”

Early on, IU took away Illinois’ inside game while thriving inside. It scored the game’s first five points and pressured Illinois into a 0-for-6 shooting start. With Johnson making a couple of acrobatic layups, the Hoosiers jumped ahead 14-6.

Dominant inside play — led by Reneau’s eight points — pushed IU to a 20-12 lead. Illinois pushed back to come within one, at 24-23, with 4:46 left.

A steal and Trey Galloway dunk was offset by a 12-2 Illinois run before Anthony Walker and Johnson delivered late baskets for a 38-34 Illini halftime lead.

Reneau had 14 points. Johnson and Galloway each had eight. Mgbako had eight rebounds.

A Johnson technical foul resulted in a pair of second-half opening free throws for the Illini.

That ignited the Hoosiers. Mgbako scored six of IU’s next seven points.  Reneau made two free throws. Johnson, Mgbako, and Reneau scored baskets. The defense forced Illinois into nearly six minutes of empty possessions. The 13-0 run boosted the Hoosiers to a 49-42 lead at the 12:33 mark.

Nine straight Illini points produced a 51-49 lead with eight minutes left. It led 57-52 before Johnson made a pair of free throws. Guard Anthony Leal scored a layup for a 58-56 score.

Then Reneau fouled out.

Still, baskets by Mgbako and Walker forged a 62-62 tie with 1:16 left.

Victory was there for the taking.

Then it was gone.

“We have to regroup and get ready for Iowa,” Woodson said on his radio show.

INDIANA WRESTLING

NO. 28 INDIANA WINS RIVALRY SHOWDOWN OVER PURDUE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– It was a dominant Hoosier performance in Wilkinson Hall as No. 28 Indiana defeated rival Purdue, 22-9, on Saturday night.

Indiana took seven of the ten bouts in the match, storming out to a 13-3 lead through the first half and never looking back.

With the win, Indiana remains undefeated at home with a 5-2 overall record and a 2-2 conference mark.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana redshirt senior Michael Spangler (125) gave No. 1 Matt Ramos a close fight in the opening match, securing a late takedown but it wasn’t enough as Ramos finished with an 8-6 decision victory.

• Graduate student Cayden Rooks (133) got Indiana on the board with an 11-2 major decision win over Jacob Matangay. It was the match’s only bonus-point victory.

• No. 23 Dan Fongaro (141) fended off a few late shots from Purdue’s Christian White to hold on for a 5-2 win by decision.

• Coming back from a 3-0 deficit, graduate student and No. 15 Graham Rooks (149) scored on a third period takedown and rode Marcos Polanco out in the last minute to secure a 5-4 decision.

• In a heated battle Indiana redshirt senior+ No. 20 Brayton Lee (157) fought through a 1-1 tie in the third period and took down No. 16 Joey Blaze for a 4-2 win.

• Stoney Buell (165) got Purdue back on the board with a 5-1 win over No. 22 Tyler Lillard.

• No. 10 DJ Washington (174) bounced back from being taken down early and racked up two takedowns over No. 32 Brody Baumann in a 9-4 decision.

• Indiana redshirt sophomore Roman Rogotzke (184) worked to a 3-3 tie in the third and then scored on a takedown in overtime to win SV-1, 6-3, over James Rowley.

• Purdue’s Ben Vanadia (197) scored on a takedown in Sudden Victory for a 6-3 win over No. 33 Gabe Sollars.

• Nick Willham (285) closed out the night with a steady 4-2 win by decision for Indiana over Tristan Ruhlman.

NOTABLES

• This was the second year in a row that Indiana topped Purdue.

• Indiana picked up wins over two ranked opponents.

• With Washington’s win, his season record now stands at 13-2.

• Lee remains undefeated at 3-0 in his final season of eligibility.

• C. Rooks’ win was his second win by major decision this season.

• The 13-point win for Indiana was the largest point differential for an Indiana win in the series since 2007.

• Indiana now leads the all-time series 55-43-3.

UP NEXT

• Indiana Wrestling will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 4 against Michigan State at noon in Wilkinson Hall.

FULL RESULTS

125: No. 1 Matt Ramos (PU) def. Michael Spangler (IU)               |Dec. 8-6 |                 Score: PU up 3-0

133:Cayden Rooks (IU) def. Jacob Macatangay (PU)                   |MD, 11-2 |               Score: IU up 4-3

141: No. 23 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Christian White (PU)               |Dec. 5-2|                 Score: IU up 7-3

149: No. 15 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Marcos Polanco (PU)           |Dec. 5-4 |               Score: IU up 10-3

157: No. 20 Brayton Lee (IU) def. No. 16 Joey Blaze (PU)             |Dec. 4-2 |               Score: IU up 13-3

165: Stoney Buell (PU) def. No. 22 Tyler Lillard (IU)                     |Dec. 5-1 |              Score: IU up 13-6

174: No. 10 DJ Washington (IU) def. No. 32 Brody Baumann (PU)   |Dec. 9-4 |             Score: IU up 16-6

184: Roman Rogotzke (IU) def. James Rowley (PU)                     |SV-1, 6-3 |            Score: IU up 19-6

197: Ben Vanadia (PU) def. No. 33 Gabe Sollars (IU)                    |SV-1, 6-3 |            Score: IU up 19-9

285: Nick Willham (IU) def. Tristan Ruhlman (PU)                       |Dec. 4-2 |             Score: IU up 22-9

FINAL TEAM SCORE:  NO. 28 INDIANA 22, PURDUE 9

INDIANA SWIMMING

NO. 6/9 HOOSIERS SURGE PAST PURDUE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 6/9 Indiana men’s and women’s swimming and diving each improved to 6-0 in dual meets this season with dominant performances Saturday (Jan. 27) against Purdue.

IU swimming and diving celebrated 14 seniors during a ceremony before the meet: Warren Briggs, Elizabeth Broshears, Brendan Burns, Billy Cruz, Tristan DeWitt, Anna Freed, Anne Fowler, Catherine Graham, Logan Graham, Maxwell Reich, Ella Ristic, Mia Ristic, Ashley Turak and Armando Vegas. Eight of those seniors tallied victories Saturday.

“Our seniors and our fifth-years were just spectacular today,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “They really led the way. They set the tone, and we did what we were supposed to do today. We have two very tough competitions coming up next Friday, so we’re going to have to lay this one to bed and get ready for what I think are two top-10 teams coming in here next week.”

Indiana had the top three finishers in 10 events; the women’s 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, and the men’s 50 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 IM.

The Hoosiers swept the women’s diving events as the 1-meter springboard and platform events were contested. Junior Skyler Liu won the platform event with a 378.60 score, while Fowler earned her victory on 1-meter. Fowler also dove off the 3-meter board in exhibition and scored 415.58 points – 16 points better than IU’s dual meet record. Sophomore Maxwell Weinrich had a notable performance on platform, earning scores of 10 and a 9.5 on his third dive, a forward 3 1/2 somersault pike, for a total of 87.75. He would finish second in the event, totaling 439.80 points.

“I’m really happy with how the kids did today,” assistant diving coach Eric Best said. “Skyler was great, winning the platform, and then of course Anne winning 1-meter and then when she dove 3-meter – that’s a school record. So, that was a great performance for her, and we filled in all of our zone cuts for platform, so now everybody’s qualified on everything. That’s a big deal. It’s nice to get that done.

“Obviously, Anne Fowler was spectacular,” Looze said. “It really couldn’t happen to a nicer person. She’s spent so many hours behind the scenes developing and leading her team of divers that it’s just nice to see her get a little recognition by a performance like that, and I’m super excited about what she’s going to do at Big Tens and NCAAs down the line.

“Maxwell was great on 10-meter – any meet you get a 10 in is always a great meet. Will [Jansen] lit it up. That’s a personal best for Will on 1-meter.”

TEAM SCORES

Men

No. 6 Indiana 218, Purdue 82

Women

No. 9 Indiana 221, Purdue 79

HOOSIER WINNERS

Men

Toby Barnett – 200 IM (1:49.52)

Warren Briggs – 1,000 freestyle (9:21.42), 500 freestyle (4:30.92)

Finn Brooks – 200 medley relay (1:25.57)

Brendan Burns – 200 medley relay (1:25.57), 200 freestyle (1:37.27), 100 butterfly (47.34), 400 freestyle relay (2:54.41)

Tomer Frankel – 200 medley relay (1:25.57), 100 freestyle (42.97), 400 freestyle relay (2:54.41)

Alejandro Kincaid – 200 backstroke (1:48.67)

Mikkel Lee – 200 medley relay (1:25.57), 400 freestyle relay (2:54.41)

Rafael Miroslaw – 50 freestyle (19.93), 400 freestyle relay (2:54.41)

Maxwell Reich – 100 breaststroke (53.63)

Armando Vegas – 200 butterfly (1:48.79)

Jassen Yep – 200 breaststroke (1:58.78)

Women

Brearna Crawford – 200 medley relay (1:38.80)

Mya DeWitt – 100 backstroke (54.06)

Anne Fowler – 1-meter (332.70)

Anna Freed – 200 IM (2:02.35)

Ching Hwee Gan – 200 freestyle (1:47.69)

Lily Hann – 200 butterfly (2:01.22)

Skyler Liu – Platform (378.60)

Kacey McKenna – 200 medley relay (1:38.80), 200 backstroke (1:58.53)

Kristina Paegle – 100 butterfly (55.18), 400 freestyle relay (3:20.53)

Anna Peplowski – 1,000 freestyle (9:51.59), 400 freestyle relay (3:20.53)

Ella Ristic – 500 freestyle (4:52.52), 400 freestyle relay (3:20.53)

Ashley Turak – 200 medley relay (1:38.80), 100 breaststroke (1:02.72), 100 freestyle (49.76), 400 freestyle relay (3:20.53)

Chiok Sze Yeo – 200 medley relay (1:38.80), 50 freestyle (22.89)

NCAA CUTS

A: None.

B: Tomer Frankel – 100 free (42.97); Maxwell Reich – 100 breast (53.63)

NCAA ZONE QUALIFYING SCORES

1-meter: Morgan Casey (274.05), Dash Glasberg (320.70), Anne Fowler (332.70), William Jansen (341.18), Ella Roselli (307.13), Maxwell Weinrich (323.18), Lily Witte (309.53)

3-meter (Exhibition):

Platform: Morgan Casey (257.70), Dash Glasberg (375.98), William Jansen (309.38), Skyler Liu (378.60), Ella Roselli (287.70), Maxwell Weinrich (439.80), Lilly Witte (246.45)

UP NEXT

Indiana will host its final meet before Big Ten Championships, welcoming No. 15/8 Louisville and No. 22/14 Wisconsin to the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center next Friday (Feb. 2).

INDIANA TRACK

HOOSIERS FINISH UP WEEKEND IN BOSTON

BOSTON, Ma. –  The Hoosiers closed out the weekend at the John Thomas Terrier Classic track meet with a couple of personal bests on Saturday at Boston’s Track and Tennis Center.

In the 3000 meter, Mariah Wehrle led the race with a top-20 finish. Freshman Lily Myers had a good race in her first collegiate 3k race with a time of 9:38.60. Katelyn Winton rounded out the group finishing in 39th with a time of 9:53.48.

The men’s distance squad ran their first DMR of the season clocking a time of 9:44.58, the second fastest on the day.

Phoebe Bates finished the 5000-meter race with a top-25 finish. She ran a time of 16:44.64 to lead the Hoosiers. Tori Schmidt ended the two-day meet on a high note with a personal best time of 17:22.04.

Up next, Indiana will compete at Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational from Feb. 2-3.

INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

INDIANA TAKES ON KENTUCKY IN MATCH PLAY EVENT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s golf team will take on border-rival Kentucky in a match play-style tournament on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Indiana vs. Kentucky Match Play • Orlando, Fla.

Grand Cypress Golf Club

Par 72 • 6,394 yards

MATCHUPS

Caroline Craig vs. Jensen Castle

Faith Johnson vs. Maria Villanueva

Chloe Johnson vs. Marta Echaverria

Caroline Smith vs. Brooke Oberparleiter

Maddie May vs. Marissa Wenzler

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• Kentucky is ranked No. 35 in the latest Scoreboard Powered by Clippd rankings and posted a 27-26 record in the fall portion of the season. The Hoosiers are ranked 68th with a record of 32-31 five stroke-play events from the fall. 

• Indiana head coach Brian May, who is in his second season with the Hoosiers, spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Wildcats. May helped lead UK to four NCAA postseason appearances, a t-18th finish at the 2021 NCAA Championships, two individual NCAA qualifiers, and several marks in the school record books.

• The Hoosiers dive into the stroke play portion of the spring schedule on Feb. 5 at the FAU Paradise Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. 

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO DARTMOUTH

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Men’s Tennis suffered their second loss of the season on Friday to Dartmouth, 4-2, In Hanover, N.H.

In doubles, redshirt freshman Facundo Yunis and sophomore Luc Boulier came out strong, earning a win on No. 2 doubles, 6-3. Memphis would quickly respond with wins on No. 1 doubles and No. 3 doubles to take the advantage heading into singles play.

Sophomore Sam Landau continued his strong start in singles play with a win on No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Nikola Kolyachev also earned a win, taking No 6. singles, 6-3, 6-0.

After the loss, The Hoosiers are 2-2 on the season. Indiana will be back in action on January 31 against Ball State at the IU Tennis Center.

Final Results

INDIANA 2, DARTMOUTH 4

Singles competition

1. Sam Landau (IU) def. C. Guerrero Alvarez (DART),  6-1, 6-4.

2. Henry Ren (DART) vs. Facundo Yunis (IU) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 3-4, unfinished.

3. Hikaru Takeda (DART) def. Michael Andre (IU), 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-3.

4. Miles Groom (DART) def. Jagger Saylor (IU) 6-4, 6-4.

5. Yujiro Onuma (DART) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IU), 6-3, 6-4.

6. Nikola Kolyachev (IU) def. Alex Knox-Jones (DART), 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. Henry Ren/Alex Knox-Jones (DART) def. Sam Landau/Michael Andre (IU) 6-4.

2. Facundo Yunis/Luc Boulier (IU) def. Hikaru Takeda/C. Guerrero Alvarez (DART), 6-3.

3. Miles Groom/Waleed Qadir (DART) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky/Carson Haskins (IU), 7-5.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 INDIANA RETURNS TO PLAY SUNDAY AGAINST NORTHWESTERN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 14 Indiana is back in action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Northwestern in Big Ten action. The game will be the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game and celebration of National Girls and Women In Sports Day.

GAME DAY INFO
#14/13 Indiana (16-2, 7-1 B1G) vs. Northwestern (7-12, 2-6 B1G)
Sunday, January 28, 2024 • 2 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington Ind.
Broadcast: B1G+
Radio: B97 (Austin Render)
Live Stats: HoosierStats.com
Social Media: Facebook | X | Instagram
Promotions: Breast Cancer Awareness Game • National Girls and Women In Sports Day • Postgame autographs (south lobby)

ABOUT THE WILDCATS

Northwestern hung tight with Penn State on Thursday night, falling 76-65 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats will look to get out of a three-game slump and are led by junior forward Calleigh Walsh’s 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Junior guard Melannie Daley adds 12.7 points per game as Northwestern averages 67.5 points and 41.7 percent from the floor per game.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 43-39

LAST MEETING

1/8/23 – W, 72-50 (Evanston, Ill.)

NOTES

Indiana returns to the court after a week’s break, last hitting the hardwood in a 74-68 win at Purdue on Jan. 21. The Hoosiers were led by 20 points each from senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil and senior guard Sara Scalia. It marked the eight-straight Barn Burner Trophy win for IU.

The Hoosiers and Wildcats meet for the first time on Sunday as part of this year’s two game series. Indiana has won three-straight dating back to the 2020-21 season.

A calling card to a Teri Moren team always includes a high defensive standard, which the Hoosiers continue to live up to this season. They lead the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (38.7%) and third in scoring defense (61.2 ppg.). They’ve held four opponents to 50 points or less and nine to 60 points or fewer. No team has shot over 50 percent against the Hoosiers all season and held under 35 percent or less six times.

Three Hoosiers were named to positional Top 10 award lists by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and WBCA this week. Senior guard Sara Scalia (Ann Meyers Drysdale), sophomore guard Yarden Garzon (Cheryl Miller) and Holmes (Lisa Leslie) each earned appearances on their respective awards lists, as Indiana is one of three schools to have three players on the lists (LSU and South Carolina).

Eyes will begin to focus on IU’s all-time scoring record, as Holmes closes in on taking over the top spot in the history books. She enters Sunday’s game just 91 points shy of Tyra Buss’s (2014-18) record of 2,364 points. Through her five seasons, the Gorham, Maine native has collected 2,256 points and is only the second player to score over 2,000 points in her IU career.

UP NEXT

A two-game road swing begins at Maryland on Wednesday night. Tipoff in College Park is set for 7 p.m. ET on Peacock.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE HEADS EAST TO FACE RUTGERS ON SUNDAY

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 21

[2] Purdue (18-2, 7-2) vs. Rutgers (10-8, 2-5)

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024

1 p.m. ET | Piscataway, New Jersey

Jersey Mike’s Arena (8,000)

TELEVISION: FOX (Tim Brando, LaPhonso Ellis)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Ralph Taylor)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers close out its first half of Big Ten play on Sunday, when it travels to Piscataway, New Jersey, and Jersey Mike’s Arena for a tough road contest with Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have defeated Purdue in its last three trips to New Jersey and the Boilermaker seniors are looking to complete a Big Ten road sweep with a win in the only arena that the group has not won a game.

• This week is Coaches vs. Cancer week, where Purdue will return to the Suits and Sneakers format. The Boilermaker coaching staff will wear suits in its game against Rutgers paired with Nike Air Max 87. Since CoVid, the Purdue staff has gone more casual in its attire.

• In addition in its game against Michigan on Tuesday, Purdue raised money for cancer research, via messages on its warm-up shirts and ribbon boards and the auctioning off of special, game-worn Hammer Down Cancer uniforms. The total raised this year surpassed $55,000 and over the last four years, the Coaches vs. Cancer week initiatives by Purdue Basketball has raised almost $225,000 with all the proceeds going to the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research.

• Sunday’s game at Rutgers marks the sixth road game in the first 10 Big Ten league games for the Boilermakers. Purdue leads the Big Ten with three league road wins (tied with Wisconsin). Purdue will then end the year with six home games in its final 10 regular-season contests.

• The Boilermakers are 18-2 (or better) through 20 games for the second straight season. It marks the third time in Matt Painter’s 19 seasons that Purdue has been 18-2 or better (2024, 2023, 2018), all coming in the last seven seasons.

• Following its loss to Nebraska on Jan. 9, Purdue has averaged 91.3 points per game in its four wins, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 45.6 percent from 3-point range and outrebounding opponents by over 15.0 rebounds per game. Purdue’s offensive efficiency in that span is 131.6 (131.6 points / 100 possessions). During that span, Zach Edey is averaging 27.3 points and 15.5 rebounds, while Lance Jones is averaging 18.0 points per game.

• In 18 Purdue wins, opponents are averaging just 66.9 points per game. In Purdue’s two losses, opponents average 90.0 points and shoot 55.8 percent from 3-point range.

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (1st), offensive efficiency (1st), rebound margin (3rd), 3-point percentage (3rd), assists per game (5th), scoring offense (9th), scoring margin (9th), defensive efficiency (11th), assist / turnover ratio (14th) and fewest fouls per game (16th)

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (7) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (11). No one in the country has more than nine Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 47-8, the fifth-most wins nationally, while the eight losses are the second fewest behind Houston (6). The eight losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT) and 16 points. Thirty-four of the 47 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 25 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue’s schedule is currently the toughest in the country, ranking No. 1 in SOS by the NCAA NET team sheets, KenPom.com and ESPN. The Boilermakers have faced teams ranked No. 3, 4, 8, 13, 17, 27, 41 and 47 in NET, with additional games coming against 12 (2x), 13, 23 and 57.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, for the second straight week. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 28 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 11). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 22 of those 28 weeks. It is the fifth-longest top-5 streak in Big Ten history and second longest in the last 45 years.

• Purdue’s starting lineup of Braden Smith, Lance Jones, Fletcher Loyer, Trey Kaufman-Renn and Zach Edey have started all 20 games.

• Edey needs nine points and seven blocked shots to become the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson). Edey was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Monday.

• Sunday’s game at Rutgers marks the halfway point for Purdue in the Big Ten Conference slate. A win would give Purdue an 8-2 start at the halfway point for the fifth time under Matt Painter, including four times in the last seven seasons (2022-23, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2007-08).

• Purdue is now 18-2 (or better) through 20 games for the second straight season and for the third time in the last seven seasons (also 2017-18 season). It marks the first time in school history that Purdue has been 18-2 or better in consecutive seasons.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 13 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Wisconsin is second with 10, while UConn, North Carolina and Tennessee have nine each.

• Over the last three seasons, Purdue owns a 57-6 (.905) record during the months of November, December and January, including a 39-3 (.929) record over the last two seasons.

• Purdue has won back-to-back Big Ten road games by at least 14 points for the first time since February of the 2020-21 season (75-58 at Nebraska; 73-52 at Penn State). Purdue has never won three straight Big Ten road games by 14 or more points.

• Purdue has also won four straight Big Ten games by 14 or more points for the first time in 119 years of being in the Big Ten Conference.

• Purdue has played half of its Big Ten road games, posting a 3-2 record in its first five league road games. Purdue has been at least .500 in its Big Ten road games in six of the last seven seasons, with the lone exception being 2020 (3-7). Purdue is 10-5 on the road since the start of last year in league play and since the 2021-22 season, owns the league’s best road record at 15-10.

• There are four teams that remain unbeaten at home in Big Ten play (Purdue, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Nebraska). Those four teams have combined for a 17-0 home record. Road teams are just 15-40 (.273) in Big Ten road games (thru Jan. 25). Purdue and Wisconsin each have three Big Ten road wins.

• Over the last four games, Purdue has 83 assists against 40 turnovers (2.08 A / TO Ratio). Purdue ranks sixth in the country in assists / field goals made at 64.2 percent.

• Purdue has scored at least 84 points in each of the last four games. The last time Purdue had 84 or more points in regulation in five straight Big Ten games was Feb. 11 to March 2, 1974 (6 straight games).

• Over the last seven games, Purdue is shooting 72-of-162 (.444) from 3-point range, making at least nine 3-pointers in six of them.

• Purdue is 25-of-26 (.962) in and-1 opportunities this season.

• Zach Edey has drawn 698 fouls in career, needing two fouls drawn for 700 in his career. He ranks first nationally in fouls drawn / 40 minutes this season (9.2). Drew Pember of UNC Asheville is second at 8.5 per game.

• Edey needs three more games of 10 points for 100 double-digit scoring games in his career. E’Twaun Moore is the school-record holder with 116.

• Fletcher Loyer’s 3-point percentage of 54.1 percent is the fourth best in America in conference games only (min. 20 3PM).

• Braden Smith’s 8.33 assists per game in conference play is the most in the country (Marquette’s Tyler Kolek — 2nd at 8.25). Smith is averaging 9.8 assists per game over the last four outings.

THE SERIES WITH RUTGERS

• Sunday’s meeting in Piscataway marks the 21st all-time meeting between Purdue and Rutgers, with Purdue owning a 14-6 series advantage. However, Rutgers has wn five of the last seven meetings between the two teams.

• Among Big Ten teams, Michigan and Rutgers are the only schools to own at least a .500 record against Purdue in the last 10 games.

• The Boilermakers haven’t won in Piscataway since a 78-76 victory in Feb. 2018 — spanning almost six calendar years.

• In addition, Rutgers has dealt Purdue two of its six losses when ranked No. 1 in the country. The others have come against Northwestern (twice), Indiana and Nebraska.

• Prior to the current stretch, Purdue won 10 straight games in the series, dating from March 1982 to Jan. 2019.

PURDUE SWIMMING

RZEPKA’S DIVING SWEEP, WINS FOR LOVE & SAMUELS NOT ENOUGH AT IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A high-scoring event sweep in the dive well for Jordan Rzepka and team-leading victories for Brady Samuels and Maggie Love highlighted the day as the Purdue swimming & diving teams dropped both ends of their rivalry dual Saturday at Indiana.

Team Scores

• Men: #7 Indiana 218, Purdue 82

• Women: #9 Indiana 221, Purdue 79

Rzepka demonstrated his versatility while winning on 1-meter (409.43) and platform (496.20), posting a pair of Purdue season-best list scores in the process. He earned a pair of 9.5s on his 109C in the fifth round on 10-meter, producing an eye-opening score of 105.45 on the dive. That mark powered the junior to the fourth-best list total in program history. He now ranks behind just three Olympians/NCAA champions – David Boudia, Steele Johnson and Brandon Loschiavo.

Rzepka and Max Miller teamed up for a 1-2 finish on 1-meter. Miller’s list total of 377.78 moved the freshman into 11th place in program history.

Divers Sophie McAfee and Holden Higbie also continued to perform at a high level. McAfee was the runner-up on 1-meter (319.95) and platform (327.68) via a pair of team season-best list scores. In program history, the junior moved into seventh place on the tower and 13th place on 1-meter. Higbie (425.25) moved into 11th place in team history on platform, placing third in the event.

Love and Kate Mouser teamed up for a 1-2 finish in the 200 breaststroke. Love led wire-to-wire and posted her ninth individual event victory of the season, pulling even with Caitlin Hurley again. Mouser was also the runner-up in the 200 IM.

Samuels out touched Israeli Olympian and Big Ten champion Tomer Frankel by 0.12 hundredths to win the 100 backstroke, also going wire-to-wire. It was Samuels’ team-leading 10th event victory of the season. Samuels and Frankel also went head-to-head in the 100 freestyle as Frankel won that event.

Abby Marcukaitis and Abbie Kehmeier finished 2-3 in the women’s 100 back.

The Purdue women suffered their first dual meet defeat of the season, ending their six-dual win streak. The Hoosiers remained unbeaten at 6-0 in duals on both the men’s and women’s side.

The Boilermakers are back in action next weekend when they host the two-day Big Ten Triple Duals and Quad against Minnesota, Northwestern and the Iowa women. Friday’s session is slated for 5 p.m. and the meet concludes Saturday at 11 a.m. Purdue’s Senior Day ceremony is set for Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

PURDUE WOMEN’S TENNIS

BOILERS SECURE FIRST ROAD WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST UTAH

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Purdue women’s tennis team defeated the University of Utah Utes 4-2 at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The victory over the Utes is the Boilermakers’ first win on the road so far.

At No. 2, Tara Katarina Milic/Carmen Gallardo Guevara claimed the first doubles win over Sara Akid/Kat Lyman, taking the match with a quick 6-1. Csilla Fodor/Kennedy Gibbs defeated Marcela Lopez/Ana Luiza Cruz at No. 1 to clinch the doubles point for the Boilermakers.

With singles play in full swing, Juana Larranaga secured the Boilers’ next point by besting Emma Kamper in two sets at No. 4. No. 133 Gallardo Guevara beat Utah’s Kaila Barksdale at No. 2, continuing her undefeated singles record this season.

Gibbs earned the final point for the Boilermakers after claiming victory over Yuhan Liu at No. 3. Fodor was robbed of the opportunity to gain her first ranked win of the season against No. 55 Marcela Lopez. When the match was ruled unfinished, the third set was totaled at 6-6.

Up Next

The Boilermakers will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla. Purdue will take on the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Purdue (4-1)- 4, Utah (3-2)- 2

SINGLES

1. Csilla Fodor (PUR) vs. No. 55 Marcela Lopez (UTAH)- 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-6 (Unfinished)

2. No. 113 Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Kaila Barksdale (UTAH)- 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

3. Kennedy Gibbs (PUR) def. Yuhan Liu (UTAH)- 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5

4. Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Emma Kamper (UTAH)- 6-3, 6-3

5. Kat Lyman (UTAH) def. Tara Katarina Milic (PUR)- 6-0, 7-6(1)

6. Sara Akid (UTAH) def. Ashlie Wilson (PUR)- 6-3, 6-0

DOUBLES

1. Csilla Fodor/Kennedy Gibbs (PUR) def. Marcela Lopez/Ana Luiza Cruz (UTAH)- 6-2

2. Tara Katarina Milic/Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Sara Akid/Kat Lyman (UTAH)- 6-1

3. Emma Kamper/Kaila Barksdale (UTAH) def. Ashlie Wilson/Juana Larranaga (PUR)- 6-4

ORDER OF FINISH

Singles- 6, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1 (Unfinished)

Doubles- 2, 3, 1

PURDUE WRESTLING

BOILERS DROP MATCH WITH RIVALS INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Stoney Buell and Ben Vanadia pulled ranked upsets, but the Purdue Wrestling team dropped its dual on Saturday night with in-state rival Indiana 22-9.

The Boilermakers (65-7, 0-4 B1G) earned three wins on the evening with No. 1 Matt Ramos, Buell and Vanadia all picking up decision victories. Almost every match was highly competitive, seven of the 10 bouts were decided by a takedown or less. Purdue has dropped the last two duals with the Hoosiers after winning the previous 12 in a row.

The redshirt-junior Ramos started things off positively for the Boilers in his first week back as the consensus No. 1 at 125. He took an 8-6 decision over Michael Spangler to win his ninth straight overall and eighth straight in dual competition. The win pushes him to 29-9 in his career against Big Ten opposition.

At 165, Buell brought the action early in his 5-1 decision win over No. 22 Tyler Lillard. The Dundee, Mich., native got in on two shots in the first period, finishing off the second to take the lead. Good work on top to ride out the length of the third secured the victory, his third over a ranked opponent this season.

Vanadia came away with the final win of the night for the Boilers, fighting for a gutsy 6-3 decision in sudden victory over No. 33 Gabe Sollars. The momentum of the match swung back and forth throughout. Trailing 1-0 in the third, Vanadia latched on to a single for the first takedown of the bout before Sollars got a reversal to force overtime. Another single in sudden victory gave him another three and a victory in his first career OT match.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers return home next week after two weekends on the road for a Sunday dual with No. 21 Wisconsin. The match will start at 1:00 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium and will be streamed on BigTenPlus.com.

Purdue 9, Indiana 22

125: #1 Matt Ramos (PUR) over Michael Spangler (IND) – Dec 8-6

133: Cayden Rooks (IND) over Jacob Macatangay (PUR) – MD 11-2

141: #23 Danny Fongaro (IND) over Christian White (PUR) – Dec 5-2

149: #15 Graham Rooks (IND) over Marcos Polanco (PUR) – Dec 5-4

157: #20 Brayton Lee (IND) over #16 Joey Blaze (PUR) – Dec 4-2

165: Stoney Buell (PUR) over #22 Tyler Lillard (IND) – Dec 5-1

174: #10 Donnell Washington (IND) over #32 Brody Baumann (PUR) – Dec 9-4

184: Roman Rogotzke (IND) over James Rowley (PUR) – SV-1 6-3

197: Ben Vanadia (PUR) over #33 Gabe Sollars (IND) – SV-1 6-3

285: Nick Willham (IND) over Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) – Dec 4-2

PURDUE TRACK

STRONG DAY AT LOUISVILLE FEATURES FIVE TOP-10 MARKS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five top-10 marks in school history were set as the Purdue track & field team wrapped up competition at the two-day Lenny Lyles Invitational on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

A pair of record book marks came in the heptathlon and another two were in the triple jump, along with one in the high jump to highlight the Boilermakers’ first multi-day meet of the indoor season. Purdue added three wins on Saturday and six more top-three finishes along with 13 personal-record marks and two season-bests at the Norton Healthcare Sport and Learning Center.

In total over the two days, the Boilermakers won four events, were runners-up four times and placed third five times. They registered 28 PRs and seven season bests to complement the five top-10 marks.

The performances came against a highly-competitive national field that featured more than 40 teams. Along with host-Louisville, the Boilermakers were joined by fellow Big Ten foes Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State.

“This was our biggest meet so far this season and we finished better than last week’s showing,” Purdue coach Norbert Elliott said. “We still have work to do, but I was notably proud of our men’s performance. On the women’s side, we are young and have had a few setbacks, but we still have time for others to post better marks in the Big Ten.”

Freshman Andreas Hantson wasted no time entering the record book. In his first collegiate heptathlon, he earned 5,417 points, third-most in school history and 11th-best in the NCAA this season. Hantson picked up personal-bests in three of the seven events on the way to a fifth-place showing overall.

Meanwhile, senior teammate Logan Sandlin earned a personal-best 5,169 points to enter the top-10 list at No. 6. He also notched three PRs, with one coming on Saturday, and was seventh overall.

Hantson posted two personal-bests to begin day two (60m hurdles, 8.91 and pole vault, 4.50 meters) before he and Sandlin went one-two in the 1,000-meters for a record-breaking finish. Hantson was first overall in 2:41.90, just ahead of Sandlin in second, in a personal-record 2:43.38. Both times broke the previous meet and facility records for a heptathlon 1,000m run.

Juniors Rieko Wilford and Damazvia Dames each posted top-10 marks in the triple jump. As they finished second and third in the event, Wilford jumped 12.64m and Dames jumped 12.49m. Wilford entered the day in a tie for 10th place all-time but moved up to sixth with the best mark by a Boilermaker since the Purdue record was set in 2014. Dames entered the all-time list at No. 9 with the team’s best jump since 2016, besides today’s mark by Wilford.

Wilford and Dames both notched the first two jumps to be in the top-nine in school history since 2016, while Wilford is the first to achieve a jump of at least 12.50m since 2014.

In the last event of the day, and with the entire team on the track cheering on, freshman Bode Gilkerson added one more top-10 mark in the high jump. He cleared 2.15m to tie for ninth place on Purdue’s list with the first record book jump by a Boilermaker since 2018. Gilkerson was third overall on misses, as he tied for the second-best clearance.

Sophomore Collin Kao won the pole vault with a clearance of 5.02m. It’s his second victory in the last three meets, as the Boilermakers have won all four men’s pole vault titles to begin the 2023-24 indoor season. Kao was one of four to clear 5.02m, but took the win on misses. Junior Grant Gogel also cleared 5.02m, a personal-best, and was fourth overall.

On the track, junior Brett Otterbacher was victorious in the 400m in 47.37. In a tightly contested race, Otterbacher won by 0.07 seconds.

A pair of freshmen recorded runner-up finishes. Alexia Smith was second in the 400m, in 55.03, and Ally Wigand ran the 5,000m in 17:38.43. Smith was running the 400m for the first time collegiately.

Senior Geno Christofanelli and the men’s 4×400 relay team each picked up third-place finishes. Christofanelli ran a personal-best 5,000m time of 14:36.34 while the relay squad crossed the finish line in 3:11.48.

Additional personal-record marks were achieved by senior Payne Turney (mile, 4:48.28), juniors Jahn Riley (400m, 47.93) and Zoe Sullivan (60m, 7.71) and sophomore John Hanson (shot put, 16.45m).

Season-bests were earned by senior Alex Frey (mile, 4:15.27) and sophomore Daniel Affleck (pole vault, 4.57m).

On Friday to open the meet, sophomore Bryanna Craig won the pentathlon, junior Zoe Sullivan won the unseeded 200-meter, freshman James Ammenhauser was second in the long jump and sophomore Nolan Macklin placed third in the seeded 200m.

Next weekend, Purdue heads to in-state foe Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational. Action is set for February 2-3 in South Bend, Indiana.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 15 NOTRE DAME STUNS NO. 8 UCONN IN STORRS, 82-67

STORRS, Conn. – That’s another victory over Connecticut. And that’s another record for Hannah Hidalgo.

On Saturday, No. 15 Notre Dame (15-4) defeated No. 8 UConn (17-4) on its homecourt. It is Notre Dame’s second-consecutive victory over the Huskies, and it is Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey’s first in Storrs.

Hannah Hidalgo broke Notre Dame’s single-game freshman scoring record, dropping 34 points against a top-10 team for the second time this season (South Carolina). The previous record of 33 was held by Michelle Marciniak and set in 1991.

Notre Dame went up 8-4 to start with 4 points a piece from Hidalgo and Maddy Westbeld. UConn stormed back, hitting 7 of its next 9 buckets and holding Notre Dame scoreless from the floor for the last 4 minutes of the first frame. Hidalgo and UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards led all scorers with 8, and Westbeld was the only other Irish player to score. It was 21-14 in favor of the home team after 10.

The second quarter belonged to Notre Dame. Nat Marshall was the first to score for the Irish, and she ended the frame with 8 after a 4-5 showing from the floor. Sonia Citron went scoreless in the first, but her 4-5 showing from the floor in Q2 yielded 9 points.

Then there’s Hidalgo, not-so-quietly adding 11 points to her 8 in the first frame to end up at 19. She completely silenced the crowd with a banked-in ball from behind the arc, which was fired off just fractions of a second before the buzzer. Advantage visitors, 44-35. Notre Dame shot 66.7 percent in the second quarter and 54.5 percent in the first half. The Huskies weren’t too shabby themselves, sinking 14-29 shots.

As a whole, Notre Dame outscored the Huskies 30-14 in Q2. The Irish were just 3 points shy of a quarter-season high of 33.

UConn came out of the locker room and seemingly put together multiple mini-runs. Huskies forward Aliyah Edwards dominated in the paint, going 5-6 and ending the frame with 10 points.

But Notre Dame had an answer. UConn was doubling Citron and Hidalgo, leaving Westbeld with wide-open looks. She hit back-to-back treys after starting 0-4 from deep to end the scoring for Notre Dame in Q3. The Irish took a 60-57 lead into the final quarter.

It was 60-60 with 9:06 left before Notre Dame went on an 8-0 run. The Huskies got as close as 5. But with 1:28 to go, Notre Dame went up 15. Game over.

In the end, Hidalgo had 34, Westbeld had 23, Citron had 15, and Marshall had 10. The Irish shot 55 percent from the floor. Last season against UConn, they shot 56.1 percent. Those performances are the two highest shooting performances against ranked teams under Ivey.

Notre Dame outrebounded the Huskies 37-27 and held leading scorer Paige Bueckers to 5-17 from the floor. Despite the second-half push from Edwards, the Irish dominated UConn in the paint, 46-26.

Up next, Notre Dame heads back on the road to Georgia Tech (13-7, 4-4).

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH SUCCUMB TO SIMILAR SCRIPT IN 61-58 LOSS TO BOSTON COLLEGE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Glenn & Stacey Murphy Notre Dame men’s basketball head coach Micah Shrewsberry stated in his post-game press conference that it felt like Groundhog’s Day. The Fighting Irish (7-13, 2-7) were yet in another single-digit game down the final stretch but couldn’t get over the final hump against the Eagles (12-8, 3-6) of Boston College, falling 61-58. The six losses in the month of January have been by an average margin of 6.3 points.

The Fighting Irish almost pulled off a late flurry to send the game to overtime, down six with 13 seconds left. Braeden Shrewsberry hit a corner three then with 0.8 seconds left the Irish earned a steal off a deflection out of bounds. Notre Dame then found a wide-open Kebba Njie at the top of the key whose three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.

J.R. Konieczny produced a 13-point first half and finished with 15 – a team high. Konieczny finished in double figures for the fourth time over the last five games.

Braeden Shrewsberry notched his fifth double-digit scoring performance over the last six games with 14 on Saturday. Shrewsberry went 4-of-9 from deep and recorded his sixth straight game with multiple three-pointers. He’s now 19-of-42 from beyond the arc during the stretch.

Lastly, Markus Burton kept his double-digit scoring streak alive with 10 points – his 13th straight game in double figures. The freshman dished out seven assists, one shy from his season high.

HOW IT HAPPENED

It was a cold offensive start for the Irish, as an early 6:45 scoring drought allowed the Eagles to garner an 11-5 lead at the 9:56 mark. However, the defense was doing its part, biding time for the offense by limiting Boton College to a 4-for-18 start from the field.

J.R. Konieczny lit a fire in the offense by going on an individual 8-0 run over a two-minute span, giving the Irish their first lead at 13-11 with 7:52 remaining. Keep in mind, Konieczny had 11 of those 13 points.

Logan Imes and Matt Zona each added a three-pointer in the closing minutes and Notre Dame took a 23-23 tie into the halftime locker room.

Konieczny and the team defense were the first half talking points. Konieczy scored 13 points (five shy of his season high) on 4-of-10 shooting. Defensively speaking, it marked the third time this season in which Boston College couldn’t score more than 30 points in a half – two of which were now against Notre Dame.

The Irish shared the offensive wealth to start the second half, for the first 11 points were scored by five different players. It went back and forth for most of the second half as it mainly stayed a one-possession game.

Fast forward to the 7:54 media timeout and the Irish trailed 48-42. That’s when Shrewsberry connected on his third trey of the game to pull within one possession once more. Moments later, Burton kept the Irish close with a key steal and breakaway layup.

Yet, the Irish just couldn’t push through to reclaim the lead. Boston College recorded a stretch in which they converted 6-of-8 from the field to go up 54-47 with four minutes left on the clock, marking the largest lead of the game for either team.

Later, Imes would convert two free throws and Davis as well, but the Irish still faced a deficit, down 57-53 with under two minutes remaining. The defense did its part again, giving the offense a chance. Enter Burton who came off the bench and responded with a big bucket.

It’s now Boston College basketball with the Eagles up two with 36 seconds left. Out of a BC timeout, Jaeden Zackery drove the paint and got the roll to push the lead to four. Now it’s Notre Dame working out of a timeout with 23 seconds on the clock. Imes drove down the lane and pitched to Shrewsberry who lofted up a three but it was too strong. BC’s Zackery then knocked down two from the free-throw line to make it a six-point game.

Shrewsberry did convert his next three-point attempt and on Boston College’s attempt to in-bounds the ball it was deflected out-of-bounds. The refs reviewed and it was Notre Dame basketball with 0.8 seconds left. The Eagles pressed and took away the corner looks but that left Njie open at the top of the perimeter, but his shot just missed.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame will look to cause some havoc on the road with three straight games away from Purcell, starting with at Virginia on Jan. 31. That match will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S TENNIS

IRISH CONCLUDE ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND

The Notre Dame men’s tennis team concluded their participation in ITA Kickoff Weekend in Lexington this afternoon. It was a tough pair of matches as the Irish fell to Kentucky and Nebraska in the event,

On Friday, the Irish opened up with host Kentucky in a match they would drop 4-0 to the #10 ranked team in the country. The top duo in the lineup of Sebastian Dominko and Jean-Marc Malkowski posted a dominant performance with a quick 6-1 victory. But the Wildcats would take the doubles points with wins are the 2nd and 3rd spots to claim the point.

The match took place at the Boone Tennis Center which only has 4 courts so the top four singles positions in the lineup began first. The Irish would drop matches at #4 and #2 singles in competitive but straight sets. Nil Giraldez fought his way into the match after a slow start and after losing the first set, would be up a break on a couple occasions in the second but could not force a deciding third set, losing on his court and giving Kentucky the win. Dominko took the first set in a tiebreak on the front court and was at 5-5 in the second in a match that saw neither player break serve the entire time. His match as well as the #5 and #6 position would be abandoned with the team score determined.

Saturday saw the Nebraska Cornhuskers across the net from Notre Dame. Dominko and Malkowski repeated their dominance at #1 doubles with yet another 6-1 win to start the day. But the Huskers would take the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3.

Dominko played another tight match where each player only broke serve once. The Slovenian sophomore would win the first set in a tiebreak and finish off with a second set 6-4 win to claim the court and tie the team score at 1-1.

Malkowski and Giraldez each pushed their opponents in extended second sets but the Huskers would take the wins at #4 and #3 respectively. Chase Thompson responded after dropping the first set 6-4 to take the second 6-4 himself. But the freshman found himself down in the third set and despite saving 5 match points and closing the gap, he would ultimately succumb 6-3 in the third and seal the contest in favor of the team in red.

Up Next:

The men’s team will have a weekend off from competing before returning to the courts on February 9th at Michigan. Then the Irish will start a long home stand with a double header against Auburn and Toledo on Sunday the 11th.

It won’t be a week off from competing for Sebastian Dominko as he travels to China to compete in Davis Cup this week. The sophomore will be representing his home country of Slovenia for the 4th straight year.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

DAVIS AND TELFORT LEAD BUTLER TO COME-FROM-BEHIND 2OT WIN OVER VILLANOVA

In a game when Butler’s first lead of the game didn’t come until the 41st minute of play, the Bulldogs took an 88-81 double-overtime win over Villanova Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

DJ Davis matched his career-high with 28 points and Jahmyl Telfort recorded his first career double-double.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 14-7 (5-5 BIG EAST). Villanova falls to 11-9 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

Hinkle Fieldhouse was sold out with more than 9,100 in attendance.

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

Butler missed its first 10 attempts from the field as Villanova built an early 11-0 lead over nearly the first seven minutes of the game. Eric Dixon had nine of the Wildcats’ first 11 points.

The Bulldogs would trim the first-half advantage to as few as five (21-16) with 6:13 remaining.

Villanova shot 57 percent from the field and had 22 points in the paint in taking a 36-27 halftime lead.

After missing those first 10 shots, Butler made 11 of 16 over the remainder of the first half.

Butler would cut the lead to six at 43-37 with 11:07 remaining before Villanova responded with a quick 9-3 spurt to re-take a 12-point lead (52-40) with 7:35 to play.

Dixon’s turnaround jumpshot with 1:16 remaining gave Villanova a five-point edge (64-59) before Butler sent the game to an extra session with a Davis three-pointer and Telfort driving dunk with five seconds remaining.

The 64-64 score at the end of regulation was the first tie of the game.

Butler’s first lead of the game came with 4:08 left in the first overtime after Andre Screen gave the Bulldogs a 66-64 advantage.

Butler got down by four in the first overtime (72-68) before Butler forced a second overtime with a Davis driving lay-up with five seconds remaining.

Villanova once again got up by four (78-74) midway through the second overtime before eight straight points from the Bulldogs led to an 82-78 lead with 30 seconds remaining.

Villanova trimmed the lead to one with a three-pointer, but the Bulldogs got stops and hit six free throws in the closing 23 seconds for the final margin.

OF NOTE:

Butler scored 40 points over the first 31:30 of the game before totaling 48 points over the final 18:30 of the contest.

All 28 of Davis’s points came after halftime. He finished the day 10-for-20 from the field and matched his season-high with five three-pointers.

Telfort’s first career double-double included 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. His 22 points were the second-most for him this season.

Butler made seven of 12 attempts from the field and all 10 of its free throws in the overtime sessions.

The Bulldogs shot 43 percent from the field despite the slow start.

Butler went 17-for-22 at the free throw line. Entering the game, Butler ranked seventh nationally in free throw shooting at 78.8 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

Davis went 3-for-4 from the free throw line, which was his first miss Dec. 9 against California. Entering the game, Davis ranked second nationally in free throw percentage (97.0). He is now 34-for-35 in BIG EAST play.

Butler is now 3-1 in overtime games this season, including a perfect 3-0 at home that features a pair of double-overtime triumphs.

Butler has 11 games this season scoring 80 or more. Butler hit 80 only six times all of last season. 

Butler enjoyed a 43-33 rebounding advantage in the game and is 12-0 this season when out-rebounded its opponent

Butler had only 10 turnovers in the 50 minutes of play. The Bulldogs have committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 12 games.

Dixon led Villanova with 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Tyler Burton had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Villanova shot 48 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs are now 6-5 against Villanova in games played at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler is 10-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs have nearly a week off from competition, leading into a Friday night game at No. 17 Creighton. The game in Omaha will tip at 9 p.m. (Eastern) and air on FS1.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MARQUETTE HOLDS OFF BUTLER 59-48

MILWAUKEE – Butler opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 scoring run to tie the game at 48-48, but the Golden Eagles would bounce back to end the game on an 11-0 scoring run to collect a 59-48 victory at the Al McGuire Center. Caroline Strande led BU with 13 points in the setback and with 12 points, Rachel Kent would reach 1,500 in her career. The Bulldogs are now 9-11 overall while Marquette moves to 16-4.

Action inside the Al McGuire Center was tied up (8-8) at the first media timeout. Butler got four points each from Caroline Strande and Rachel Kent and the Golden Eagles saw four of their five starters score a field goal in the opening stages of Saturday’s contest.

The ‘Dawgs trailed the Golden Eagles by just two points after the first quarter 17-15. Strande had a game-high eight points after 10 minutes and Riley Makalusky added a 3-pointer for BU, the team’s first of the game.

Butler freshmen supplied the team with their first five points of the second quarter and a 3-pointer from Kent followed to tie the game at 23-23. BU ended the first half on a 12-2 scoring run to take a 31-25 lead into the half. Jaynes scored on a paint touch, while Karsyn Norman and Kent added 3-pointers.

Butler shot 50 percent from the field (11-22) and 3-point range (4-8) over the opening 20 minutes.

Marquette fed the ball to Liza Karlen to start the second half and the senior forward delivered their first six points. Mackenzie Hare got involved soon after with a 3-pointer and her driving layup near the midway point of the third would give the home team a 36-35 lead and force BU to call a timeout.

The Golden Eagles outscored Butler 23-8 in the third to take a 48-39 lead into the fourth. Hare and Karlen combined for 33 of Marquette’s 48 points.

The Bulldogs made adjustments and Marquette’s lead vanished over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to knot the score at 48-48, but Karlen would shine in crunch time with six-straight points for the Eagles. Karlen hit a jumper, scored on the left block, and added two free throws to regain the Marquette lead. The game ended on Marquette’s 11-0 scoring run.

Inside the Box Score

– Caroline Strande had 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists

– Rachel Kent added 12 points, two rebounds and two assists

– Kent has made a 3-pointer in 11-straight games

– Karsyn Norman was a spark off the bench with nine points, seven rebounds and two steals

– Riley Makalusky had five points and six boards for the Bulldogs

– Marquette’s starters accounted for all 59 of their points

– Karlen had a game-high 25 points for Marquette and 11 rebounds

– Hare added 19 on 7-of-13 shooting

Up Next

Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse next week with a home game against DePaul. Tip on FloHoops.com will go up at 7 PM.

BUTLER TRACK

BUTLERXCTF WIN FOUR DIFFERENT EVENTS TO HIGHLIGHT THE MICHIGAN AND IUPUI INVITATIONALS

The Butler track and field team split up this weekend to compete at the Michigan Invitational and the IUPUI Invitational.

Top performances included:

Jesse Hamlin was the highlight of the weekend after he set a new program record in the indoor mile on route to becoming the Michigan Invite Champion. His mark of 3:57.99 breaks Simon Bedard’s record of 3:58.34 set in 2022.

Matthew Forrester earned the victory in the men’s 3,000 meters after posting a 8:02.62. William Zegarski followed in fourth at 8:04.99

Luke Finnegan took home the win men’s 200 meters at 21.45 at the IUPUI Invitational on Friday

Jack Elder won the men’s heptathlon with a score of 5,222 points. He led the way in the 60 meters at 7.08,1000 meters at 2:54.44 and shot put at 13.47 meters.

Luke Walden placed second in the men’s pole vault with a height of 4.83.

The quartet of Finnegan, Gavin Cougle, Troy Larrison and Zac Stanley finished second in the men’s 4×400 at 3:14.29

Wiktoria Klebowska claimed the last spot on the podium in the women’s 3,000 meters at 9:27.19. Else Rusthoven crossed the line just behind her in fourth at 9:29.97 to set a new personal record.

The Bulldogs will regroup and head to South Bend, Ind. for the Meyo Invitational beginning on Feb. 2.

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS

BUTLERWTENNIS DEFEATS GEORGETOWN 5-2 IN FIRST BIG EAST MATCH OF THE SEASON

First-year Butler head coach Stephanie Wooten-Quijada led the Butler women’s tennis program to their BIG EAST win of the season. The Bulldogs program defeated Georgetown 5-2 on Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio.

Doubles pair Jordan Schildcrout and Delaney Schurhamer claimed their second doubles win of the weekend over Morgan Coburn and Tatiana Zelenko, 6-1.

In singles play, Natalie Boesing, Schurhamer, and Katie Beavin obtain a clean sweep on the weekend. Boesing defeated Chloe Bendetti in a 6-1, 6-0 finish. Schurhamer beat Tatiana Zelenko, 6-2, 6-2. Katie Beavin defeated Emily Novikov, 6-4, 1-6, followed by a 10-3 tiebreaker to close out their match.

The Bulldogs will be back in action at the Butler Bubble on Tuesday, when they will take on UIC.

RESULTS

Singles

Natalie Boesing (BUT) def. Chloe Bendetti (GTWN), 6-1, 6-0

Delaney Schurhamer (BUT) def. Tatiana Zelenko (GTWN), 6-2, 6-2

Chase Metcalf (BUT) def. Avantika Willy (GTWN), 6-3, 6-3

Katie Garofolo-Ro (GWTN) def. Norah Balthazor (BUT), 6-1, 6-2

Katie Beavin (BUT) def. Emily Novikov (GWTN), 6-4, 1-6, 10-3

Morgan Coburn (GWTN) def. Emma Beavin (BUT), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Doubles

Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf (BUT) vs. Chloe Bendetti/Katie Garofolo-Ro (GWTN)

Delaney Schurhamer/Jordan Schildcrout (BUT) def. Tatiana Zelenko/Morgan Coburn (GWTN), 6-1

Emily Novikov/Paige Gilbert (GWTN) def. Lauren Cook/Norah Balthazor (BUT), 6-4

BUTLER MEN’S TENNIS

BUTLERUMTENNIS CLAIMS 4-3 WIN OVER GEORGETOWN

The Butler men’s tennis program clinched their first BIG EAST win of the season over Georgetown 4-3 on Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio.

BIG EAST Singles Player of the week Rahulniket Konakanchi defeated Sahil Morey 6-1, 6-3. Sophomore Nicolas Arts defeated Arthur O’Sullivan in a tight 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 finish. In addition, freshmen Arnesh Singh beat Henry Williams 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in a close win. 

Konakanchi and Patrick Joss defeated Akira Morgenstern and Arthur O’Sullivan in a tight 6-4 match. Konakanchi and Joss remain undefeated in doubles play thus far in the spring season. In addition, Borja Miralles and Singh beat Burke Pablo and Henry Williams 6-2.

The Bulldogs will head to Cleveland, where they will take on Cleveland State tomorrow.

RESULTS

Singles

Jake Fellows (GWTN) def. Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BUT), 6-2, 6-3

Nicolas Arts (BUT) def. Arthur O’Sullivan (GWTN), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Kieran Foster (GWTN) def. Borja Miralles (BUT), 6-4, 6-2

Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT) def. Sahil Morey (GWTN), 6-1, 6-3

Akira Morgenstern (GWTN) def. Patrick Joss (BUT), 7-5, 1-6, 6-2

Arnesh Singh (BUT) def. Henry Williams (GWTN), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

Doubles

Arnesh Singh/Borja Miralles (BUT) def. Burke Pablo/Henry Williams (GWTN), 6-2

Rahulniket Konakanchi/Patrick Joss (BUT) def. Akira Morgenstern/Arthur O’Sullivan (GWTN), 6-4

Nicolas Arts/Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BUT) vs. Kieran Foster/Jake Fellows (GWTN)

IUPUI TRACK

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD SQUAD ADDS THREE PR’S ON FINAL DAY OF HOME INVITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s track and field team tacked on three more personal bests as the Jaguars closed out its home invitational inside Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion on Saturday (Jan. 27). In addition, the Jaguars closed out the meet with a season-best effort in the 4×400 relay to punctuate a fast weekend.

In the jumps, freshman Journey Howard topped IUPUI’s three entries with a personal best high jump of 1.61m (5′ 3.25”) while Paige Laffoon jumped 1.57m (5′ 1.75”). Reese McCuan topped the triple jumpers with a best effort of 11.33m (37′ 2.25”).

Hannah Robbins turned in a personal best 3K time of 10:51.31, finishing just ahead of Hannah Sale’s time of 10:55.83. Later, Karis Davis paced the Jaguars’ four entries in the 400m event with a time of 1:00.46.

Freshman Paige Schulte ran a personal best time of 1:00.90 in winning her heat and Laci Spore followed with a heat win in a time of 1:02.59.

In the 800m event, Wini Barnett was the team’s lone entrant with a time of 2:30.68.

The Jaguars closed out the meet with a season-best 4×400 relay time of 4:01.04 as Howard, McCuan, Barnett and Modupe Awosanya placed sixth overall. The ‘B’ entry of Schulte, Spore, Jada-Marie Davis and Karis Davis crossed at 4:07.14, placing ninth.

PETERSEN PACES JAGUARS ON FINAL DAY OF IUPUI INVITATIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s track and field team finished up efforts at this weekend’s home invitational inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion on Saturday (Jan. 27), capping a strong weekend of running.

Senior Eric Petersen finished third overall in the 3,000m event in a time of 8:22.73 and Mitchell Gits was fifth at 8:24.83.

“A lot of guys raced on Friday night and came back on Saturday,” head coach Justin Roeder said. “I love having this facility, we love staying home and (the meet) was a great time.

“We had a young group that did the mile and 800 double and a handful of them ran PRs in the mile and then ran tough in the 800.”

Earlier in the evening, Alex Alba led IUPUI’s five entries in the 800m event with a time of 1:58.47, ultimately placing 14th of 35 runners overall. Freshman Noah Price notched a time of 1:58.93 and Janan Pillai ran 1:59.41. Nolan King and Connor Murphy posted successive times at 2:01.07 and 2:01.19 respectively.

Freshman Nicolas Probst capped his weekend double with a time of 9:13.59 in the earlier heat of the 3,000m event, placing 13th of 17 entrants.

In the 400m dash, sophomore Jaylon Cooper registered a time of 52.17 as the team’s lone entrant.

“(This meet) looks exactly like a championship is going to look like,” Roeder said. “That’s why we doubled 5K, 3K or maybe mile, 800. I loved the way they got out hot on the first day and then battled on tired legs on the second day. I’m excited. I’m really excited for four weeks of training to where we’re going to go.”

IUPUI SWIMMING

MEN’S SWIM AND DIVE FINISH FIRST AT UIC INVITE; WOMEN’S TEAM TAKES THIRD

CHICAGO – The IUPUI swim and dive teams competed in the UIC Invite on January 27. The men’s team finished first out of seven teams with a score of 635.5 while the women’s team finished third of seven teams with a score of 428.5. Emmaleigh Zietlow once again led the women’s team with three individual wins while Nathan Rariden recorded two individual wins for the men’s team.

Zietlow dominated the pool once again for the women’s team, sweeping her events. The junior earned wins in the 1000 free (10:15.55), 500 free (4:58.93) and 200 free (1:51.39). Lillian Brandt recorded a second-place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 57.04.

For the men’s team, freshman Nathan Rariden led the Jags for the second day in a row. Rariden earned first-place finishes in the 500 free (4:36.24) and the 200 free (1:39.77). Logan Kelly also recorded a top time finishing first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.42. Jack Gallob was just out-touched by 0.01 in the 100 back to earn second at 50.03.

The men’s 200 medley relay team made up of Gallob, Kelly, Kevin Burke and Spencer Jyawook took first with a time of 1:30.50.

On the boards, Alaina Heyde swept the women’s competition with wins in both the 1-meter (259.30) and the 3-meter (277.65). Senior Sadie Smith took second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 241.90. Sebastian Otero took second in the 3-meter with a score of 338.45 while Blake Vander Jeugdt took third in the 1-meter with a score of 298.00.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will return to the IU Natatorium to host Washington University on Friday, February 2.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGS TO CAP HOMESTAND AGAINST WRIGHT STATE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will cap its current homestand with a Sunday meeting (Jan. 28) with Wright State (11-10, 6-4 HL) inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum at noon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) describe the action from courtside.

The Jaguars (6-16, 2-9 HL) are looking to salvage a victory on the current three-game homestand after losses to Robert Morris and Youngstown State. IUPUI is also looking to avoid a regular season series sweep against Wright State after having lost to the Raiders in Dayton back on Nov. 29, 103-74. Senior Bryce Monroe led four Jaguars in double-digits in that defeat with 20 points and Jlynn Counter chimed in with 17 points. Kidtrell Blocker just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds and Abdou Samb added 11 points off the bench.

Wright State shot 61 percent from the floor in that win as Tanner Holden scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. IUPUI fell to Youngstown State on Thursday night, 78-50, as Monroe scored a team-high 11 points in that defeat. IUPUI shot just 33.9 percent overall and went 0-for-14 from three against the Penguins. YSU closed at 51 percent from the floor and was paced by 16 points apiece from Ziggy Reid and DJ Burns.

Counter continues to lead the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and assists (57) while Monroe is second on the team in both categories at 10.9 points per game and 51 assists. Sophomores DJ Jackson (9.3 ppg) and Vincent Brady II (9.1 ppg) are third and fourth on the team in scoring, respectively. In league play, Counter (13.8 ppg), Brady (11.1) and Monroe (11.0) are all scoring in double-digits while Jackson is fourth at 9.2 per game.

SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE

Wright State is 11-10 overall and 6-4 in Horizon League play. The Raiders come in riding back-to-back wins, having defeated Milwaukee and at Cleveland State in their past two outings. Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Trey Calvin leads the Raiders in scoring (19.6 ppg), assists (4.2 apg) and threes made (39) while Tanner Holden is second on the team in scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg). Five different Raiders average double-digits as Brandon Noel (13.9 ppg), Alex Huibregtse (11.0) and AJ Braun (10.9) are next in line. WSU comes in scoring 86.3 points per game and shooting 53.7 percent as a team. 

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 3-22 all-time against Wright State and has lost 12 straight to the Raiders. IUPUI is just 2-9 all-time in home games against WSU.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will travel to Green Bay on Thursday, Feb. 1 for an 11:00 a.m. CST (12 Eastern) tip-off on ESPN+.

   JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in five statistical categories – field goal percentage (9th, 47.4%), scoring (10th, 15.0 ppg), free throw percentage (12th, 75.3%) and assists (11th, 2.7 apg). In league play, Counter is second in the league in free throw shooting (86.5%) and also ranks in the top-15 in assists and field goal percentage.

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, led the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) last season.

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter had a 23-point showing against Robert Morris on Thursday, matching his season-high and most by a Jaguar this season. The Oklahoma City-native tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 766 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 38 times in 52 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 51 career games

    BIG. ROAD. DUB.

    IUPUI earned its best win of the season at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 85-79. The Jaguars had their best offensive game of the season, shooting a season-high 59.3 percent from the floor. The Jaguars scored a season-high 58 points in the paint, including making 18-of-22 (82 percent) shot at or near the rim.

    Here are some other notes from the win:

    -It marked just the second home loss for Purdue Fort Wayne this season

    -It was the first time all season IUPUI had five players score in double-digits

    -IUPUI had a season-high six dunks (Samb 4, Samuels 2); Samb had four dunks all season long before finishing four in that contest

    -IUPUI’s five three-point attempts were the team’s fewest since also attemping four against Denver on Feb. 14, 2015

    HOT QWANZ

    The past seven games, forward Qwanzi Samuels is a combined 21-of-27 from the field and is now shooting 52.9 percent from the floor this season.

    His field goal percentage has climbed from 41.6 percent to 52.9 percent during that span.

    THAT’LL DOU   

    Sophomore Abdou Samb recently had his best offensive output of the season, scoring a season-high 13 points (6-10 FG) at Purdue Fort Wayne, including four dunks.

    In 10 games in the IUPUI starting lineup (3-7 overall), Samb is averaging 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds, going 29-of-43 from the field (67.4 percent).

    Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 62.9 percent since he moved into the starting five.

    #SCTOP10

    IUPUI players were featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays twice in three days on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 with a pair of dunks.

    Against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 29, Kidtrell Blocker’s one-handed dunk from the right side was the No. 8 play on SportsCenter.

    Two days later, Vincent Brady II’s one-handed dunk from the left baseline was chosen as the No. 4 play in the country that evening.

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only one IUPUI player (Qwanzi Samuels) has appeared in all 22 games so far this season as the other 14 players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. The most recent to have been sidelined is John Egbuta, who missed two games due to illness before returning on Thursday night against YSU.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup. After relying on the starting group of Jlynn Counter, Bryce Monroe, Kidtrell Blocker, Qwanzi Samuels and Yves Nkomba to start the season (7 games, 2-5 overall), Crenshaw has tried some alternatives of late.

    Cooper Dewitt has started 14 straight games in place of Samuels and both Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson were recently awarded a string of starts. Sophomore Abdou Samb moved into the starting five, replacing Nkomba ahead of the Dec. 21 game with Defiance.

    No IUPUI player has started every game (Monroe leads the team with 20 starts) and 10 different players have started at least one time.

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

    Graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels recorded his first collegiate double-double at Minnesota (Dec. 16), having finished with a career-high 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the Jaguars’ bench.

    It marked his first-ever double-digit scoring game (in his 96th career game) and his second career game with 10-or-more rebounds.

    BENCH WORK

    IUPUI is averaging 24.7 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 21 bench points in 16 of 21 games (including six games of 30+).

    Nearly 37 percent of the team’s offensive production has come from reserves this season.

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 12 minutes per game, led by Jlynn Counter (29.9 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (12.3 mpg).

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    Seven members of the squad topped a 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester, paced by John Egbuta (3.62) and Amhad Jarrard (3.51). Others included Vincent Brady II (3.48), Yves Nkomba (3.46), Derek Petersen (3.29), Qwanzi Samuels (3.12) and Bryce Monroe (3.00). 

    SEEING RED

    It’s likely that both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

    ROAD KILL

    The road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

BALL STATE TRACK

TRACK AND FIELD ACHIEVES GREAT HEIGHTS AT THE JAGUAR INVITATIONAL

Indianapolis, Ind. — It was a weekend full of accomplishments for Ball State track and field as they competed at the Jaguar Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana Friday and Saturday.

Sophie Daugard and Kendra Keesling got the weekend started when both of them competed in their first pentathlon. Daugard had a great performance, walking away with a third-place finish and a lot to be proud of. The shot put proved to be her best event of the day with a first-place finish and a throw of 12.05m. Keesling was also a strong competitor, showing her strengths in the 60m hurdles and shot put.

Friday afternoon kicked off with the long jump where Jenelle Rogers and Emma Upp both advanced to the finals. Rogers hit a new indoor best mark of 5.93m, good for second place.

In the weight throw, Malena Higgins and Brooklyn Taylor both achieved a new personal best with throws of 14.06m and 12.93m.

The Cardinals had a couple of PRs to celebrate on Friday after Leila Williams-Molitor ran a 1:36.65 in the 600m and Maci Hoskins ran a 5:13.24 in the mile, finishing second in her heat.

Wrapping things up on Friday, Alana Springer had a powerful first-place finish and achieved a new indoor best in the 200m after running a time of 24.46.

Ball State came out just as competitive on Saturday. The morning began with the triple jump where Mckenna Cinotte and Brenna Lehrke both competed well. Cinotte finished second with a mark of 11.61m and Lehrke finished fourth with a new indoor best mark of 11.20m.

Rogers had another outstanding day with three first-place finishes. She started by hitting a new indoor personal best in the shot put while also moving up to the second farthest throw in Ball State indoor history with a mark of 14.79m. Rogers also recorded her third win this season in the 60m hurdles where she finished with a time of 8.58. To close out her successful day, she was the final leg of the first-place 4x400m relay team made up of Alexis Thigpen, Jenna Oriani and Emma Potter. The team pulled ahead early and crossed the finish line with a time of 3:48.30.

There were multiple other personal bests on the day.  Autumn Spence had a huge race in the 3000m, finishing in a time of 11:25.29 during her first indoor meet as a Cardinal. In a tough 60m race, Makayla Sumrall achieved the first-place spot and a new season-best time of 7.58.

As the Cardinals continue their road to conference, they will prepare for a big upcoming meet at the Meyo Invitational on February 2-3.

Ball State Individual Results at Jaguar Invitational

FRIDAY

    Pentathlon

    3rd – Sophie Daugard – 3194

    11th  – Kendra Keesling – 2459

    60 Hurdles

    6th – Sophie Daugard – 9.65

    8th – Kendra Keesling – 9.93

    High Jump

    7th – Sophie Daugard – 1.46m

    13th – Kendra Keesling – 1.34m

    Shot Put

    1st – Sophie Daugard – 12.05m

    8th – Kendra Keesling – 9.33m

    Long Jump

    3rd – 5.09m

    9th – 4.76

    800m

    5th – 2:38.50

    14th – 3:06.91

Long Jump

2nd – Jenelle Rogers – 5.93m

9th – Emma Upp – 5.32m

16th – Mckenna Cinotte – 5.04m

Weight Throw

15th – Malena Higgins – 14.06m

19th – Brooklyn Taylor – 12.93m

Mile

10th – Maci Hoskins – 5:13.24

600m

5th – Alexis Thigpen – 1:36.30

6th – Leila Williams-Molitor – 1:36.65

17th – Maci Easton – 2:03.13

200m

1st – Alana Springer – 24.46

3rd – Jenna Oriani – 24.59

30th – Jennah Rogers – 26.54

SATURDAY

Triple Jump

2nd – Mckenna Cinotte – 11.61m

4th – Brenna Lehrke – 11.20m

Shot Put

1st – Jenelle Rogers – 14.79m

12th – Malena Higgins – 11.77m

15th – Brooklyn Taylor – 11.63m

DMR

4th – Maci Hoskins, Alexis Thigpen, Mikayla Mimnaugh, Jessica Velez

6th – Ella Fullmer, Paige Kirtz, Leila Williams-Molitor, Kendyl Thrasher

3000m

14th – Autumn Spence – 11:25.29

60m Hurdles

1st – Jenelle Rogers – 8.58

60m

1st – Makayla Sumrall – 7.58

4th – Alana Springer – 7.64

6th – Jenna Oriani – 7.66

8th – Moriah Johnson – 7.73

400m

2nd – Emma Potter – 56.73

11th – Allison Valladay

High Jump

2nd – Malina Miller – 1.65m

4×400 Relay

1st – Alexis Thigpen, Jenna Oriani, Emma Potter, Allison Valladay – 3:48.30

14th – Mikayla Mimnaugh, Maci Hoskins, Aaleiah Winford, Maci Easton – 4:20.80

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES TO MAKE HISTORY, DEFEATS EMU ON THE ROAD

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Cardinals continue to etch their name in the record book with their 12th-straight victory as Ball State defeated Eastern Michigan on the road 75-50 Saturday afternoon in Mid-American Conference action at George Gervin GameAbove Center. The 12-straight wins is a program record for the Cardinals.

With the win, Ball State also improved to 18-2 on the season with its only two losses coming against national powerhouses Notre Dame and UConn. The Cardinals also remain atop of the MAC standings with an 8-0 conference mark which ties the program record for best league start in school history. The Eagles fell to 5-13 overall and 2-6 in the MAC with the loss.

All season long the Cardinals have tended to start the game off slow which was the case today in the opening quarter. Ball State only led by one (13-12) after the first stanza.

The Cardinals got stronger offensively in the second frame after Ally Becki brought her “A” game as she went 3-of-3 from the 3-pointer line. Nyla Hampton followed suit with her fast-paced offense and was able to get to the line after drawing some fouls in the paint. dynamic duo of Becki and Hampton combined for 15 points in the second quarter which helped Ball State end the first half with a 36-27 lead over Eastern Michigan at intermission.

After the break, it looked as if the Cardinals were going to run away with it as Marie Kiefer and Becki hit back-to-back baskets to push Ball State’s cushion to 12 (41-29) at the 8:47 mark. The Eagles picked up their defense and were able to come within six (45-39) after a 10-4 scoring spree with just over three minutes to play in the third. Ball State was able to adjust its defense holding EMU scoreless the remainder of the third stanza to take a 47-39 edge into the final 10 minutes of play.

The Cardinals went off offensively in the final quarter out pacing the Eagles 24-9 to seal today’s 25-point victory.

For the game, Becki led the team offensively with 21 points while also dishing out seven assists. Annie Rauch chipped in 11 points and Hampton ended the game with 10.

The Ball State women’s basketball team continues Mid-American Conference action when it hosts Kent State Wednesday at 6:30 pm ET in Worthen Arena. 

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL CRUISES TO WIN OVER NORTHERN ILLINOIS

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team cruised to an 81-71 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena behind a big performance from its big guy and balanced scoring behind him.

The Cardinals (11-9, 3-5 Mid-American Conference) got out to a 39-26 advantage at halftime over the Huskies (6-13, 0-7 MAC) and saw their edge peak at 20 points before the visitors made a late comeback attempt.

Trailing 14-11 early, Ball State went on a 21-4 scoring run from the 12:19 mark to the 5:47 mark of the opening period to regain the edge and create separation. Trent Middleton Jr. scored eight points and Basheer Jihad had seven during the stretch for the Cardinals.

The hosts got a 28-point, 14-rebound performance from Jihad to help secure the win over a Northern Illinois group that got to the basket on multiple possessions late to decrease its deficit to 75-69 with 1:43 to play. Mason Jones hit a layup and Jalin Anderson made two free throws on the next two possessions for the Cardinals to secure the win.

Davion Bailey (13 points, four rebounds, two steals), Anderson (11 points, seven rebounds, six assists), Jones (10 points, four rebounds) and Middleton Jr. (10 points, two assists) provided double-digit scoring for the hosts, who got nine points, six rebounds and four assists from Mickey Pearson Jr.

Ball State shot 47.2 percent (25 of 53) from the field for the game including 47.1 percent (8 of 17) from distance while going 88.5 percent (23 of 26) at the charity stripe. NIU was limited to 43.9 percent (29-66) shooting and 22.2 percent (4-18) on 3-pointers to be saddled with the loss.

The trio of David Coit (25 points), Zarique Nutter (20) and Xavier Amos (13) provided the bulk of the offense for the Huskies, who had only 13 points from the rest of the team. The Cardinals controlled the rebounding (40-29) and points in the paint (42-26) categories.

Ball State will look to claim its fourth win in five tries on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when the Cardinals host Bowling Green.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

NO. 15 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS NATIONAL POWERHOUSE FOURTH-RANKED HAWAI’I SUNDAY

First Serve:

The No. 15 Ball State men’s volleyball team will welcome the fourth-ranked Hawai’i Rainbows to Worthen Arena Sunday evening at 7 pm ET in Worthen Arena. Hawai’i leads the all-time series record 15-5 over Ball State. The Cardinals dropped their two matches to the Rainbows last season in Honolulu suffering 3-1 setbacks in both competitions.

The last time Hawai’i Came to Muncie:

Ball State hosted Hawai’i in 2022 where they defeated the four-time national champion in a 3-0 sweep on Jan. 29 and then wrapped up the two-match sweep in a five-set thriller on Jan. 31.

Last Serve:

The Cardinals recently competed at the First Point Challenge in Austin, Texas where the fell to No. 13 USC and Stanford by a score of 3-1. Against USC, Tinaishe Ndavazocheva recorded 23 kills and served up six aces. Against No. 8 Stanford, Patrick Rogers led BSU offensively with 19 kills. Ball State enters Sunday’s competition with a 7-4 overall record.

Coach Cruz:?Ball State head coach Donan Cruz enters his third season at the helm of the Cardinals and owns an overall record at BSU of 50-17 (.767) along with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament Championship, two MIVA regular season titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

About Hawai’i:

The Rainbows come to Muncie with a 5-1 overall record with their only loss coming against MIVA member Loyola Chicago on Jan. 5 by a score of 3-2. Hawai’i just recently defeated Purdue Fort Wayne on Thursday (3-1) and Friday (3-0).

 Preseason All-MIVA:?The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers. One of the Cardinals returnees is sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who was recently named to the 12-member preseason All-MIVA conference team. Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

About Hawai’i:

The Rainbows come to Muncie with a 5-1 overall record with their only loss coming against MIVA member Loyola Chicago on Jan. 5 by a score of 3-2. Hawai’i just recently defeated Purdue Fort Wayne on Thursday (3-1) and Friday (3-0). Spyros Chaka leads the Rainbows with 81 kills while averaging 4.05 kills per set for a .424 hitting percentage.

Preseason All-MIVA:?The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers. One of the Cardinals returnees is sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who was recently named to the 12-member preseason All-MIVA conference team. Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

Up Next: The Cardinals open MIVA action at home Thursday, Feb. 1 against Loyola Chicago at 7 pm ET in Worthen Arena. Ball State will then return to non-conference play Friday where they will host Penn State at 7 pm ET.

The Legend Don Shondell:?The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced changes to the MIVA Tournament format. The conference has also announced that future tournament winners will receive the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The MIVA Tournament has been played after every regular season since 1980 except 2020, and was also played from 1964-69. The new format for the MIVA Tournament will reward the highest seeds, providing an advantage for a path to the NCAA tournament via the MIVA’s automatic bid.

The opening round of the eight-team tournament will be played at the higher four seeds. No. 1 will host No. 8, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6, and No. 4 will host No. 5.

The semifinal and final rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the field. The field will also re-seed. The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed and the other two teams will play in the other semifinal. The two winning teams will play in the final match for the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The new namesake for the MIVA Championship Trophy was inducted into the inaugural class of the MIVA Hall of Fame in 2017. His impact on the conference is unmeasurable. He co-founded the MIVA and served as its first president. As the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals, he won 20 championships in 34 years with 14 trips to the NCAA tournament. He finished with a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), which is the second-most wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983, Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, and AVCA Hall of Fame in 2003.

The path to the MIVA title and the chance to hoist the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy begins on April 13. The semifinal will be on April 17 and the title match will be on Saturday, April 20.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES TOP BRAVES AT HOME IN OVERTIME THRILLER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball won its fifth-straight game to move to 18-3, 9-1 Missouri Valley Conference in an overtime win inside Hulman Center against Bradley University, 95-86.

Ryan Conwell led Indiana State in scoring with 22 points, shooting 7-for-13 from the floor and knocked down four three-pointers. Isaiah Swope recorded with 19 points with five rebounds and six assists. Robbie Avila was two points shy of having four consecutive 20-point games, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and tied his career-high in steals with three. Jayson Kent scored 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and amassed 16 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Julian Larry rounded out the five Sycamores in double figures with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and dished out six assists.

Indiana State and Bradley went back-and-forth in the first half until ISU took a six-point lead at the 12:43 mark, 14-8. Bradley tied the game at 23 apiece with 4:22 remaining. The Braves claimed a one-point lead with 2:37 left in the first half, 27-26, then the Sycamores went on a 7-0 run with five points from Swope to reclaim a six-point, 33-27 lead. Bradley made one bucket to cut the deficit to four, making a 33-29 ballgame at the break.

Bradley opened the second half on fire, making 13 of the first 14 shots in the half, including a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc. Despite Bradley being near perfect from the field, the Sycamores kept pace and trailed by only five points with 11 minutes to play, 63-58. Coming out of the under-eight media timeout, the two teams exchanged buckets until Indiana State grabbed a seven-point lead off back-to-back buckets by Avila and Swope, 74-67 with 5:43 remaining. The Braves cut the deficit and tied the game with 1:19 left in the game at 76-76. A dunk by the Braves gave them a 78-76 lead, followed up with clutch free throws to force the game into overtime at a score of 78-78.

The Sycamores dominated overtime, outscoring the Braves 17-8 while shooting 5-for-6 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. In the first 2:30 of overtime, the Sycamores held a one-possession advantage, 86-83. In the final 2:30 of overtime, Indiana State used a 12-3 outbreak and controlled the rest of the game. Avila knocked down a three from just left of the top of the key, followed by an Xavier Bledson triple from the right wing. A Bradley bucket cut the lead to 89-86 with 1:37 left in overtime, only for Swope to score on back-to-back layups and Bledson to knock down the final two clutch free throws to give the Sycamores the 95-86 victory.

News & Notes

Indiana State continued the streak of the best record in the Coach Josh Schertz era with 18-3 overall and 9-1 in the Missouri Valley.

The Sycamores are 9-0 at home this season.

Saturday’s attendance number was recorded at 8,223, marking the highest number of fans in attendance this season.

The 95 team points marks the 10th time this season ISU has scored 90+ points.

The Sycamores tied its career-low in turnovers with six, matching the previous lowest set versus Missouri State on January 16.

Indiana State finished shooting 50.8% as a team from the field, the fourth time in the last five games the team finishing better than 50%.

The 33 made field goals by the Sycamores ties for third-best this season (38 vs IUPUI, 35 vs Southern Indiana, 33 vs Rice).

Bradley finishing shooting 71.4% (20-for-28) from the floor in the second half, including 7-for-9 from deep.

Jayson Kent recorded a career-high 16 rebounds, beating his previous record set against Northern Iowa on January 7 with 13. This is the eighth time this season Kent has grabbed 10+ rebounds. Kent played in all 45 minutes on Saturday.

Isaiah Swope recorded a career-high six assists.

The Sycamores are 14-2 when four-plus players finishing in double-digit scoring and 7-1 when at least five players score 10+ points.

There were 11 lead changes in the 45 minutes played with 13 ties.

Jayson Kent: 45:00 minutes played – 0 turnovers.

Isaiah Swope: 42:37 minutes played – 0 turnovers.

Ryan Conwell: 43:39 minutes played – 1 turnover.

INDIANA STATE TRACK

STAGGS TIES PROGRAM POLE VAULT RECORD, FOUR SYCAMORES WIN EVENT TITLES AT MICHIGAN INVITATIONAL

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Will Staggs matched his own indoor program record in the pole vault at the Michigan Invitational, headlining 14 top-three finishes for Indiana State inside the U-M Indoor Track Building.

Staggs cleared 5.41m (17-09.00) to set the meet record in the event, while Casey Hood Jr. (60m), Kevin Krutsch (high jump) and Shomari Rogers-Walton (triple jump) also took home first-place finishes for the Sycamores.

In addition to the high-level finishes against a deep field featuring five of the top 10 teams in the Great Lakes region, Indiana State recorded 13 season bests at the meet while 15 Sycamores set personal records in Ann Arbor.

Event Winners

Casey Hood Jr. – 60m (6.72, ran 6.70 in prelims)

Kevin Krutsch – high jump (2.08m/6-09.75)

Will Staggs – pole vault (5.41m/17-09.00, ties indoor program record)

Shomari Rogers-Walton – triple jump (14.82m/48-07.50)

Top-Three Finishes

Daunte Majors – 60m (second, 6.77), 200m (third, 21.49)

Janiya Bowman – long jump (5.81m/19-00.75)

Tahj Johnson – 400m (third, 48.40)

Xavier Wills – 600m (third, 1:21.79)

Quincy Armstrong – 60m hurdles (third, 8.20, ran 8.06 in prelims)

Tahj Johnson, Zach Powell, Napoleon Hernandez, Xavier Wills – 4x400m relay (third, 3:19.36)

Kyrsten Fehribach – high jump (third, 1.71m/5-07.25)

Dominique Wood – triple jump (third, 11.43m/37-06.00)

Noah Bolt – weight throw (third, 20.31m/66-07.75)

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES, FLAMES SQUARE OFF IN SUNDAY MATINEE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its three-game homestand Sunday afternoon when it faces UIC at 1 p.m. inside Hulman Center

The game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Bella Finnegan led a trio of Indiana State players in double-figures with 17 points Friday night, helping the Sycamores defeat visiting Valparaiso 70-49 inside Hulman Center.

Mya Glanton added 12 points and five rebounds, while Ella Sawyer joined her in double-figures with 10. Chelsea Cain finished just shy of a double-double with eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Indiana State outscored Valpo 42-17 in the second half.

Indiana State led for a majority of the first half, thanks largely in part to eight points from Finnegan, but four 3-pointers from the visitors in the opening 20 minutes saw the Sycamores trail by four at the intermission. The Trees ratcheted up the pressure in the third quarter, outscoring the Beacons 19-4 and holding Valparaiso without a field goal in the quarter to go up by double-digits. Balanced scoring in the last 20 minutes propelled the Sycamores, who led by as many as 23, to their third conference win of the season.

Second Half Surge

Indiana State’s second half against Valparaiso was one of its best this season, as the Sycamores outscored the Beacons 42-20 over the final 20 minutes of play. The Sycamores shot better than 60 percent from the field across the third and fourth quarters, while limiting Valpo to a 4-for-20 clip from the field in the second half.

The second-half outburst from the Blue and White came courtesy of a balanced effort. Eight different players scored for the Sycamores over the final 20 minutes of play, with four of those players tallying six or more points across the third and fourth quarters.

Resurgence

Indiana State forward Mya Glanton has stepped up when the Sycamores have needed her this season, posting career-best numbers across the board for the Blue and White this year.

Glanton is one of four Indiana State players averaging double-digit scoring this season at 10.5 points per game and also leads the Sycamores in rebounding at 8.0 per game. Her numbers have gone up since the start of conference play, averaging a team-high 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds against MVC foes.

Finnegan Finding Her Stroke

Indiana State guard Bella Finnegan has found her stroke from behind the arc since the calendar flipped to conference play. Finnegan is connecting on 47.5 percent of her 3-point attempts against MVC foes this season, going 19-for-40 from behind the arc.

Finnegan’s numbers over the last six games are even better, as she has hit on 17 of her 33 attempts from distance during that span (51.5 percent).

Sharp-Shooting Sycamores

Indiana State has started to find increased success on the offensive end in recent games, as the Sycamores have shot better than 40 percent from the field in each of the last four contests. The Trees have also shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range in a pair of games during that span.

As a team, Indiana State has shot 45 percent from the field over its last four games, while shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc during that span. Indiana State’s scoring has also been a balanced effort, with four of the Sycamores’ five regular starters averaging double-digit scoring this season.

Record-Setting Swats

Indiana State tied a program single-game record with 10 blocked shots in its 64-63 win over Southern Illinois. The last time the Sycamores had 10 blocked shots prior was Dec. 16, 2019 against Northern Kentucky.

In addition, Savannah White matched the program single-game record with seven blocked shots against Southern Illinois. White tied Shannon Thomas, the program’s all-time blocks leader, while her seven rejections were the most by an MVC athlete this season.

White jumped into the top five in the MVC in blocks per game following her record-setting night against Southern Illinois. She is currently second in the conference with 1.9 blocks per game against MVC foes.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s 3-point defense has been on a new level since the start of conference play, with MVC foes struggling behind the arc against the Sycamores. Through the first five games of the conference schedule, Indiana State’s opponents have made just 37 of their 156 3-point attempts, equating to a 23.7 percent mark from distance.

The Sycamores are currently the only team in the MVC to hold conference opponents below 25 percent from 3-point range, with four of Indiana State’s first eight conference foes shooting below 20 percent on 3-point attempts.

Milestone Moments

A pair of Indiana State players reached career milestones during the Sycamores’ most recent homestand, as Mya Glanton reached the 500-rebound mark for her career and Chelsea Cain scored her 500th point at Indiana State.

Glanton became the 22nd player in program history to reach 500 rebounds for her career, and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds last week against Murray State. Cain’s 500 points at Indiana State came in 44 games, with the senior forward averaging double-digit scoring in each of her two seasons as a Sycamore.

UIC at a Glance

Winners of three straight, UIC enters Sunday’s game at 11-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play. The Flames defeated Evansville 70-61 on the road in their most recent game.

UIC features four players averaging double-digit scoring, led by Makiyah Williams at 12.1 points per game. Keimari Rimmer (10.7), Dais’Ja Trotter (10.6) and Danyel Middleton (10.3) also average more than 10 points per game, with Rimmer also leading the team in rebounding at 6.2 per game.

Ashleen Bracey is in her second season as the head coach at UIC and enters Sunday’s game with a. 30-24 record at the helm of the Flames. Bracey is no stranger to the MVC, as she played collegiately at Illinois State.

Series History Against UIC

Indiana State owns a 14-4 advantage in the all-time series and is 7-1 against UIC in Terre Haute. The Sycamores and Flames split the season series last year, with each team winning on the road.

Last Meeting Against UIC (Feb. 19, 2023)

Bella Finnegan led all scorers with 17 points, but visiting UIC narrowly defeated Indiana State, 56-50, inside Hulman Center.

Del’Janae Williams added nine points and was one of three Sycamores with a team-high five rebounds. Caitlin Anderson scored nine points off the bench, while Mya Glanton finished with eight.

Neither team led by more than five in the opening 20 minutes, but UIC came out of the locker room strong to open up an eight-point advantage. A technical foul on the Flames gave Indiana State momentum, as the Sycamores went on a 13-2 run to retake the lead early in the fourth quarter. Indiana State led 48-47 with less than three minutes remaining, but a 9-0 run by the visitors proved to be the difference.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

PARSONS SHATTERS 1000-YARD FREESTYLE MARK TO HIGHLIGHT FINAL DAY OF TIM WELSH CLASSIC

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Claire Parsons set the new Indiana State mark in the 1000-yard Freestyle event to highlight the final day of competition at the 2024 Tim Welsh Classic as the Sycamores wrapped up the event at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon.

Parsons (10:05.26) took three seconds off the previous mark set by ISU alum Paraskevi Kritkou back in the 2018 season to highlight the third individual Sycamore record the Terre Haute native has set in her inaugural campaign in the Blue & White. Her new mark in the 1000-yard Freestyle also was the Sycamores’ third record set on the weekend joining Erin Cummins (200-yard Freestyle) and the Sycamores’ 200-yard Freestyle Relay records set on Friday.

Overall, the Sycamores posted 15 top-10 finishes on Saturday running their weekend total to 32 top-10 results overall at the annual event held by Notre Dame.

“This weekend was exactly what we were wanting to see at this point in the season,” head coach Josh Christensen said. “We had a lot of well-executed races, which led to some great results. The team is exuding confidence, supporting each other, and competing as a team. We did all that in a tough, highly competitive environment. This meet highlighted the growth of our program and gives us a lot of confidence moving towards conference.”

Ohio State took home the team title at the event with a two-day score 1635. Akron was second in 821, while Notre Dame (820) and ISU (545) rounded out the teams in the field.

Saturday Morning Events

Claire Parsons set her third personal ISU record for the 2023-24 season and the team’s third of the weekend as the freshman distance swimmer started off the final day of the Tim Welsh Classic by taking down the program’s 1000-yard Freestyle event record on her way to finishing fifth in the field in 10:05.26. Fellow freshman Erin Cummins also nearly topped the mark finishing sixth overall in the 1000-yard Freestyle field with a time of 10:09.90, while Esther Rydbeck Norden (10:13.36, 7th) and Haley Halsall (10:17.12, 10th) both recorded season-best times in posting top-10 results. Rose Parsons (10:30.19) and Kamila Nowak (10:35.24) also finished inside the top-12 in the standings for ISU.

Kalli Agapios paced the Sycamores in the 200-yard Backstroke as the sophomore finished in 2:02.63 to knock three-quarters of a second off her season-best time in placing 12th in the field. Olivia DiRuzza finished 14th in 2:03.71, while freshmen Kate Reeves (2:05.21) and Ella Moustgaard (2:05.90) both added 15th and 16th-place results. Trista Bullock rounded out the group in the field finishing in 2:07.60 to place 17th.

Chloe Farro and Alexa Szadorski were both in the top-10 for ISU in the 100-yard Freestyle event to lead ISU. Farro posted a 50.62 to place eighth in the field, while Szadorski took 1.29 seconds off her entry mark to finish in 50.86. Kaleigh Kelley added a 17th-place result in 51.15, while Peyton Heagy (52.79), Jordan Gruce (53.68), and Ash Saple (53.99) all finished inside the top-30 in the field.

Dorotea Bukvic posted one of her top times of the season in the 200-yard Breaststroke event to finish sixth overall in the field with a time of 2:16.35. Ali Pearson was eighth in 2:18.36 with Kaimi Matsumoto finishing behind her teammate in 2:18.47. Kamila Nowak rounded out the group in 19th in 2:30.58.

Haley Halsall posted her second top-10 finish of the day in the 200-yard Butterfly to round out the day’s individual events. The sophomore finished in 2:02.10 to place ninth in the field for ISU. Raz Harel took 18th in 2:03.98, while Raine Boles (2:05.18) and Alexandria Cotter (2:05.36) finished 21st and 22nd overall. Rebecca Shaffer closed out the event finishing in 2:09.70.

Zoe Smith was ISU’s top finisher in the 1M Diving event as the senior posted a six-dive score of 256.45 to place sixth in the field. Bailey Betzer was also in the top-10 placing ninth overall with a score of 234.90, while Daniela Orta Castaneda (203.20), Sierra Bowman (188.90), and Brenna Woodruff (151.05) all finished inside the top-15.

Smith and Betzer were back inside the top-10 in the 3M Diving event with the duo placing sixth and 10th respectively in the field. Smith was tops for the Sycamores finishing with a score of 252.75, while Betzer closed out the weekend with a 218.05. Bowman finished behind her teammate in 11th with a six-dive total of 217.50, while Orta Castaneda (191.60) and Woodruff (168.50) closed out the weekend inside the top-15.

The Sycamores wrapped up the event in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay with the team of Farro, Kelley, Matsumoto, and Szadorski finishing seventh overall with a time of 3:24.84. The team of Cummins, Heagy, Pearson, and Claire Parsons finished 11th in the field in 3:27.63, while Bukvic, Cotter, Agapios, and Boles took 12th in 3:29.68. The quartet of Reeves, Rydbeck Norden, Rose Parsons, and Nowak finished 17th overall in 3:35.78, while Bullock, Gruce, Saple, and DiRuzza wrapped up the event 18th with a time of 3:37.85.

Saturday Morning Results

1000-yard Freestyle: Claire Parsons (10:05.26, 5th – ISU School Record)

200-yard Backstroke: Kalli Agapios (2:02.63, 12th)

100-yard Freestyle: Chloe Farro (50.62, 8th)

200-yard Breaststroke: Dorotea Bukvic (2:16.35, 6th)

200-yard Butterfly: Haley Halsall (2:02.10, 9th)

400-yard Freestyle Relay: Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, Kaimi Matsumoto, Alexa Szadorski (3:24.84, 7th)

3M Diving: Zoe Smith (252.75, 6th)

1M Diving: Zoe Smith (256.45, 6th)

Up Next

The Sycamores close out the 2023-24 regular season on Friday, February 2, as Indiana State welcomes Illinois State to the Vigo County Aquatic Center for a dual meet starting at 7 p.m. ISU will recognize 2023-24 seniors Bailey Betzer, Jordan Gruce, Sierra Bowman, Esther Rydbeck Norden, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Makayla Sura in a pre-meet ceremony on the deck.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

HUDSON-TURPIN VICTORIOUS IN 60 METER HURDLES AT DOUG RAYMOND INVITATIONAL

KENT, Ohio – Jesseca Hudson-Turpin won the 60 meter hurdles for the Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s women’s track and field team at the Doug Raymond Invitational.

Hudson-Turpin ran a time of 8.87 in the prelims to qualify as the top seed for the finals where she improved her time to 8.69 to win the event. Dylan Kirkwood took eighth in the event with her time of 9.66.

Jai Reed finished sixth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.79.

Marissa Van De Weg ran a time of 59.52 in the 400 to take eighth. Abbigail Garwood was 12th in the shot put (11.63 meters).

Purdue Fort Wayne is set to split the squad between two meets next weekend. The ‘Dons will compete at both the Mrs. G Invitational and the Meyo Invitational on Friday (Feb. 2) and Saturday (Feb. 3).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS NEVER TRAIL IN PINK OUT WIN OVER NKU

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Shayla Sellers recorded a game-high 20 points with six rebounds to help Purdue Fort Wayne to a 61-55 victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday (Jan. 27) afternoon at the Gates Sports Center. It was the 17th Annual Pink Out event with a check for $7,200 presented to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research at halftime.

The ‘Dons held NKU to 55 points, despite the Norse having scored 80 or more in three of their last four games.

Sellers scored 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter. NKU advanced to within a point in the final quarter twice, but both times Sellers answered with a basket.

The ‘Dons had only six turnovers in the game and forced 17 Norse miscues.

NKU shot 30.2 percent (19-of-63) and the ‘Dons finished at 32.9 percent (24-of-73). The 73 field goal attempts are the most for the ‘Dons in a game against a Division I opponent this season.

Erin Woodson added 10 points. Amellia Bromenschenkel grabbed 12 boards to go with her nine points. NKU was led by Carter McCray, who scored 15 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Jazzlyn Linbo had a season-high four blocks.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 14-8 (7-4 Horizon League), matching last season’s win total with at least 10 games to play. The Norse fall to 4-15 (2-8 Horizon League). Purdue Fort Wayne is back in action on Wednesday (Jan. 31) against Cleveland State at the Gates Sports Center.

EVANSVILLE SWIMMING

SWIMMING ACES WIN FIVE RACES AT UIC INVITATIONAL

WESTMONT, Ill. – The University of Evansville swimming team won five races on Saturday, posted 12 podium finishes overall, and produced five swims which rank among UE’s career top 10 in the seven-team UIC Invitational at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont, Illinois.

With the diving team taking Saturday off after both teams competed last night against UIC and Missouri State, the UE swimming team had another strong showing, led by freshman Rebecca Lago (Tezze sul Brenta, Italy).  Lago won both the 50 and 100-Yard Freestyle races in back-to-back events, posting season-best times of 23.73 and 52.08.  Lago then went even faster in the day’s final event, posting a 100-Yard split time of 51.81 as the lead leg of UE’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay squad which placed third overall.  Lago’s 50-Yard Freestyle time of 23.73 lowered her personal-best mark in the 50 Free, which ranks her the tenth-fastest female swimmer in the event in UE history.  Meanwhile, her 100-Yard split time of 51.81 ranks seventh-best all-time at UE.

Junior Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) helped UE sweep the 50 Free event, as he won the men’s event in a time of 20.69.  UE also swept the individual titles in the 200-Yard IM event, as junior Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) won the women’s event in a time of 2:06.87, while freshman Omar Ashraf Hassan (Doha, Qatar) won the men’s event with a time of 1:52.48, which cut over two seconds off his season-best time and ranks him as the seventh-fastest UE male in the event.

Hassan also moved into sixth-place on UE’s career top 10 in the men’s 200-Yard Butterfly, as he posted a time of 1:52.83 to place fourth overall.  Santos Lopez also lowered his personal-best time in the 100-Yard Freestyle, as he posted a 100 split time of 45.32 as the lead leg of UE’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay team to cement his place as the fourth-fastest UE male in the event.

UE received podium finishes in both the men’s and women’s 100-Yard Butterfly, as Santos Lopez placed second with a time of 48.98 on the men’s side, while freshman Evelyn Chin (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) finished third with a time of 57.11 on the women’s side.  Junior Mari Müller (Zurich, Switzerland) placed second in the women’s 200-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:23.80, while senior Jackson Caudill (Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County) added a third-place finish in the men’s 1,000-Yard Freestyle with a time of 9:32.10 to round out UE’s individual podium finishes.  UE also placed third in the women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay and both the men’s and women’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay events.

This weekend’s action concludes the regular-season portion of the schedules for UE.  The UE women will next return to action by hosting the MVC Championships at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville from February 21-24.  Tickets for the MVC Championships are now available on GoPurpleAces.com under the Tickets tab on the website.  The UE men, meanwhile, will travel to Carbondale, Illinois to take part in the Mid-American Conference Championships March 6-9.

EVANSVILLE TRACK

FLIPO SETS 400-METER PROGRAM RECORD AT PNC LENNY LYLES INVITATIONAL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Freshman runner Cedrik Flipo set a new program record in the 400-meter race on Saturday morning at the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational.

A new program record, a podium finish, and three personal bests highlighted the Purple Aces performance at the Lenny Lyles Invitational hosted by Louisville. UE’s lone new program record came in the men’s 400-meter as Cedrik Flipo (Beloeil, Quebec, Canada) ran in 49.11 seconds to break the previous record set in 1977 by Jeff Korb. Freshman Sonja Inzinger (Mautern an der Donau, Austria) had a podium finish in her first collegiate 5000-meter race with a time of 17:42.43 for third place.

“This weekend we competed a small group of individuals to gain more experience in their events,” said Head Coach Brooks LeCompte following the meet. “We had a couple of runners debut in the 5K as well as a freshman debut from Cedrik Flipo, which resulted in breaking one of the oldest standing school records! Most came away with personal bests, so all in all it was a successful trip to Louisville!”

Evansville had two personal bests in the mile race from Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) and Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada). Rodriguez placed 17th with a time of 4:15.28 while Martin placed 18th with a time of 5:09.84. The Aces also had another distance runner Samuel Lea (Wochester, England) finish eighth in the 5K with a time of 15:06.31. Sprinter Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind / Reitz HS) also competed on Saturday morning, racing in the 400-meter with a time of 58.04 seconds.

The full Evansville team returns to action next week, also in Louisville. UE will participate in the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic on Friday, Feb. 2 starting at 10 a.m.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL HANGS ON TO DEFEAT ILLINOIS STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A gritty effort across the board on Saturday saw the University of Evansville men’s basketball team earn a 58-54 victory over Illinois State in Missouri Valley Conference action at the Ford Center.

“That was a Valley game; very physical, gritty game that was far from pretty, but we found a way.  I thought our character improved through that win.  They (ISU) opened 10-2 but we climbed back in it,” UE head men’s basketball coach David Ragland said after the win.  “At the end of the day, we found a way to win.”

Yacine Toumi put forth another outstanding effort, draining eight of his 11 field goal tries on his way to 17 points.  Josh Hughes scored 11 points while picking up four boards and two blocks.  Tanner Cuff was the Purple Aces’ third double figure scorer with 10 points along with six boards and a pair of blocks.  ISU had three double digit scorers with Darius Burford scoring a game-high 18 points.

Illinois State began the day with the opening four points as UE started 0-for-4 from the field with three turnovers throughout the first four minutes.  Josh Hughes got Evansville’s first score of the day on a putback, but the Redbirds continued their strong start, taking a 10-2 lead at the 10:58 mark.  Evansville’s early woes saw them hit one of their opening seven attempts while turning it over five times.

Tanner Cuff connected on the Purple Aces’ second field goal of the afternoon and was the start of an 8-0 run that tied the game at 10-10.  His 3-point play was followed by a triple from Chuck Bailey III and a Hughes jumper that knotted the game at the 10:56 mark.  ISU quickly rebounded to post the next four points, but Yacine Toumi converted his first two baskets of the game to give UE its first lead at 16-14 with 5:25 left in the half.

In its ensuing possession, ISU tied it up at 16-16 and would again force a tie with a 20-20 score entering the final three minutes.  Evansville put together its best stretch to that point, outscoring the Redbirds by a 7-1 margin to take a 27-21 halftime lead.  Hughes registered the last five points for UE, including a 3-pointer.  The defense for the Aces forced a 0-for-12 showing from long range by ISU in the half.

Just over a minute into the final period, Gage Bobe knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Aces their first double figure lead of the game at 32-22.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. converted a 3-point play to extend the lead to 13 points.  As fast as Evansville extended the lead, Illinois State rallied back.  Outscoring UE by a 13-4 margin, the Redbirds cut the deficit to 39-35 with 12 minutes left.

Toumi put an end to the stretch, but ISU kept things within two possessions over the ensuing four minutes until a free throw made it a 43-40 game at the 8:51 mark.  The Aces slowly regained control, retaking an 8-point lead entering the final four minutes.  Most of the damage was done by Toumi, who had five points in a stretch that extended the lead to 53-45.  Evansville remained in solid shape when a Cam Haffner free throw made it a 56-50 game with 1:40 remaining, but ISU made one final push.

Two free throws saw the Redbirds make it a 4-point game and, following a UE miss, Johnny Kinziger connected on a jumper to cut the deficit to two with 49 ticks on the clock.  Evansville’s ensuing possession saw Toumi grab an offensive rebound as the shot clock was winding down.  UE was unable to get another shot off, giving the ball back to the Redbirds with 19 seconds left.  Suffocating defense by the Aces forced an ISU turnover and two Antonio Thomas free throws sealed the win.

Evansville shot 43.8% while the defense held Illinois State to 32.0%.  UE’s defense held the Redbirds to 1-of-21 shooting from 3-point range.  The rebounding statistic went ISU’s way by a 33-32 tally.

Another home game is on tap when the Aces welcome UIC to the Ford Center on Wednesday evening.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SWIMMING

BANKS SWEEPS BOTH DIVE EVENTS HIGHLIGHTING A SENIOR DAY VICTORY FOR THE MEN

EVANSVILLE, Ind.- The University of Southern Indiana Men’s Swimming and Diving team helps complete the sweep with a victory over Rose-Hulman University on Saturday afternoon at the USI Aquatic Center. The Screaming Eagles took care of business by a score of 150-87.

Senior Donnevun Banks (Evansville, Indiana) was recognized pregame for his decorated athletic career and contributions to USI. Head coach Cameron Kainer quoted the transfer senior as “a positive addition to our team and an athlete with a strong work ethic on and off the boards.” Banks joined the Eagles last January from Maryville University. He’s been a consistent force for the diving squad as displayed by his performance today and all year.

Results

The men were locked in winning 11 out of 13 events on the day. Another collective attack resulted in ten different Eagles winning a heat. In the ultra intense event, freshman Cole Baker (Springville, Indiana) broke the 50 yard freestyle school record (20.84).

Sophomore Jack Hannon (Lowell, Indiana) is breaking out at the right time winning two individual events in the 1000 yard freestyle (10:17.85) and the 100 yard freestyle (48.61). Sophomore Garrett Crist (Bargersville, Indiana) came close to the school record in the 200 yard IM (1:56.83).

On his day of celebration, Banks remained focused winning both the one meter (249.75) and the three meter diving events (269.10). The 269.10 score in the three-meter marks Banks personal best and just two points off the school record.

Next up for the Eagles:

The diving squads are back in action next Saturday in a rematch with the University of Illinois at Chicago. The meet will take place in Chicago at 11 a.m.

WOMEN’S SWIM AND DIVE’S COLLECTIVE EFFORT DOMINATES ROSE-HULMAN

EVANSVILLE, Ind.- The University of Southern Indiana Women’s Swimming and Diving team applied the pressure in a victory over Rose-Hulman University on Saturday afternoon at the USI Aquatic Center. The Screaming Eagles won in convincing fashion, 172-54.

Senior Jordan Ambrose (Mt.Vernon, Indiana) was recognized pregame for her magnificent career. Head coach Cameron Kainer quoted her as “a strong leader for our team and has been a face of kindness and welcomeness to everyone with great determination and grace.” Ambrose has battled an injury all season but was cleared to participate in her final competition at the USI Aquatic Center.

Results

The women took care of business winning all 13 events on the day. The Eagles won the meet by 118 points, which marks the biggest margin of victory in school history for both sides. Another collective effort, saw ten different Eagles contributing to first-place finishes.

The meet started with a blazing time from freshman Caiya Cooper (LaPorte, Indiana), freshman Hallie Meier (Plainfield, Indiana), sophomore Makana Goss (Noblesville, Indiana), and sophomore Sarah-Catherine Dawson (Prospect, Kentucky) in the 200 yard medley relay (1:52.91). Cooper also took over in the 200 yard freestyle (1:57.60) event off a quick turn-around.

Freshman Reagan Holmes (Henderson, Nevada) is starting to ramp it up at the right time of the year. She won both of her individual events convincingly in the 50 yard freestyle (25.39) and the 100 yard freestyle (55.60). Another steady force was freshman Hayden Shurtz (Ft.Wayne, Indiana) with wins in the 200 yard IM (2:12.26) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:06.20).

Four other Eagles earned victories in their respective individual events in Ella Johnson (Owensboro, Kentucky) in the 100 yard butterfly (1:03.00), sophomore Mattilynn Smith (Morgantown, Kentucky) in the 1000 yard freestyle (11:00.66), Goss in the 100 yard backstroke (1:02.37), and Meier in the 50 yard freestyle (5:18.33). Ambrose added an impressive third place finish in the 50 yard freestyle event (28.52) after coming off an injury.

Freshman Maranda Uttke (Grafton, Wisconsin) was consistent taking home both the one (218.85) and three meter (207.90) dive events. Cooper, Holmes, Meier, and Johnson finished the meet strong edging the competition in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:41.45).

Next up for the Eagles:

The diving squads are back in action next Saturday in a rematch with the University of Illinois at Chicago. The meet will take place in Chicago at 11 a.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA TRACK

USI MEN’S TRACK & FIELD COMPLETES PAIR OF WEEKEND MEETS

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Track & Field concluded a busy weekend where the Screaming Eagles took on two meets including the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, and the IUPUI Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Three different Eagles earned personal bests in the 3,000 meters at the IUPUI Invitational. Freshman Cole Hess (Cannelton, Indiana) took home fifth place with a time of eight minutes and 43.90 seconds. Behind Hess were freshman Tyler Zimmerman (Evansville, Indiana) and senior Draven Thompson (Huntertown, Indiana) who finished seventh and ninth, respectively. Zimmerman crossed the line at 8:50.09 while Thompson’s season-best time of 8:55.44 secured a top-10 finish.

In the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational, seniors Noah Hufnagel (Santa Claus, Indiana) and Mitchell Hopf (Santa Claus, Indiana) each earned top-15 finishes in the 3,000 meters. Hufnagels’ time of 8:18.46 was good for 11th place while Hopf crossed the line at 8:22.23 to earn 15th place.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles head back to Bellarmine University for the PNC Bellarmine Classic on February 2.

VALPO TRACK

WALDA RACES TO ANOTHER PROGRAM RECORD TO HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND IN WINDY CITY

The Valparaiso University track & field program notched several event wins and had multiple student-athletes climb in the program record book as part of the Blue Demon Alumni Classic, hosted by DePaul this weekend at Dr. Conrad Worrill Indoor Track and Field Facility in Chicago. Evan Walda (Fort Wayne, Ind. / South Side) added to his list of program records on Saturday.

How It Happened

Walda posted a time of 8:14.50 in the men’s 3000, edging out Ignacio Veloz Bonilla’s indoor record of 8:15.19 from last season.

The Beacons swept the men’s and women’s unseeded 3000 events with Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland) winning her race in 10:15.32 and Joseph Scheele (Mahomet, Ill. / Mahomet-Seymour) doing the same on the men’s side in 8:34.22.

Elsewhere in the distance, Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage) stopped the clock in 4:13.73 in the seeded mile, placing third of 11. Ehm turned in the third-fastest indoor mile in program history, behind only Tom Kilcoyne’s 1978 time of 4:13.0 and Alexander Bruno’s 2018 time of 4:05.75.

In the jumps, AJ Walsh (Lombard, Ill. / IC Catholic Prep) cleared 1.90m in the high jump to take the top spot, while Micah Mullings (Minesing, Ontario, Canada / Barrie North) won the long jump with a leap of 6.80m.

In the throws, Nate Smith (Lake Station, Ind. / Lake Station) finished third of 20 in the men’s shot put at 14.40m, while Will Rinker’s (Valparaiso, Ind. / Chesterton) weight throw of 15.86m was good for fourth.

In the women’s throws, Tori Gerhardt (Westville, Ind. / Chesterton) posted a top-5 finish in the weight throw, coming in fourth with a mark of 15.74m.

Up Next

The Beacons will compete in the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Feb. 2-3.

VALPO WOMEN’S TENNIS

SILVA SNATCHES SECOND STRAIGHT SPRING SEASON SINGLES SUCCESS IN SATURDAY’S SETBACK AT SIUE

Valparaiso University tennis sophomore Moira Silva (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) continued her strong start to the spring season by securing a straight-set success story in Saturday’s road match at SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. The host Cougars prevailed 4-1 in a match that utilized a clinch/clinch format.

How It Happened

After capturing the opening set 6-2, Silva nailed down her triumph at No. 2 singles by outlasting Margaux Guibal Britt 7-6(0) thanks to a dominant tiebreak.

Valpo dropped the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches. Silva and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) were involved in a 5-5 stalemate with Jill Lambrechts and Jordan Schifano at No. 1 when play was halted.

Czerwonka dropped a close first set to Lambrechts at No. 1 singles 7-5, but rebounded to take the second 6-4. She faced a 3-1 deficit in the third when the match was clinched.

SIUE recorded wins at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) battled in a second set that went to a tiebreak, but Amelia Gorman eventually pulled out that match at No. 4.

Inside the Matches

Silva improved to 10-3 in singles this season including a 5-0 mark in dual matches. She already owns 28 career singles wins as only a sophomore.

Silva’s win came over Guibal Britt, who was part of the All-Ohio Valley Conference second team last year. Czerwonka split sets with Lambrechts, who was an All-OVC First Teamer. Guibal Britt was one of four Cougars named to the Preseason OVC Top 10 list this year.

SIUE was picked second of seven in the OVC preseason poll and received two first-place votes. Both of Valpo’s matches so far this spring have come against teams picked to finish in the top two in their conference.

Up Next

The Beacons (3-2) will have a pair of home matches this week, welcoming Bellarmine to the Courts of Northwest Indiana for a noon start on Friday.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

FOUR FRESHMEN START AS SHORTHANDED BEACONS FALL TO BEARS

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Playing without the services of leading scorer Isaiah Stafford for family reasons, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team started four freshmen for the first time in 40 years on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Beacons were even or ahead for the majority of the first half, but the experience of visiting Missouri State proved too much to overcome as the Bears used a 12-0 second-half run to prevail 81-70 despite a combined 39 points from Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada / Orangeville Prep) and Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy).

How It Happened

Missouri State scored the game’s first six points, but Valpo rallied to take an 11-10 lead when Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase [Golden State Prep]) drilled back-to-back 3-pointers, the second one coming with 16:18 on the clock.

The lead changed hands several more times before a 7-0 Beacon burst opened up a 20-14 lead capped by Ola Aijboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]) blocking a shot on one end and making a layup on the other. DeAveiro delivered a 3 during that stretch as well, helping Valpo build up a 20-14 edge.

The Bears responded by scoring the game’s next eight points to go ahead 22-20. The Beacons regained the edge at 27-24 when Williamson connected from long range with 9:35 to go in the half.

DeAveiro hit a big 3 to put Valpo up 32-30 with 6:43 left in the half. Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) had a dunk with 1:50 on the clock, but the guests went into the break ahead 40-37.

Missouri State used a 12-0 run to widen the lead to 15 at 59-44 with 11:12 left in the second half.

Valpo scored nine of the game’s final 11 points to cut what had been an 18-point deficit with 2:30 to play to 11 as DeAveiro hit a 3 with 37 seconds to account for the final points of the day.

Inside the Game

DeAveiro led the Beacons with a career-high 20 points, surpassing his previous personal best of 19 set on Jan. 3 vs. Bradley. The junior point guard knocked down four of his six 3-point tries and all four of his free throw attempts while also dishing out seven assists, snatching four rebounds and swiping two steals.

DeAveiro became just the second Valpo player in the last 15 years to have seven or more assists to go along with 20 or more points in a game. DeAveiro was the first in that time period to do it in a conference game. Nick Edwards turned the trick twice last season, including a points-assists double-double of 20&12 on Dec. 21, 2022 vs. Stonehill.

Williamson added 19 points including a 9-of-10 showing at the free-throw line. This marked the freshman’s highest scoring output in league play and his third highest of the season. It was his highest point total since scoring a personal-best 24 on Dec. 29 at Elon.

Williamson’s nine made free throws marked a career high, as did DeAveiro’s four triples.

Valpo started four freshmen in the same game for the first time in 40 years. Schwieger, Williamson, Weatherspoon and Kaspar Sepp (Tartu, Estonia / Fairmont Academy) were all in the starting five. Williamson made his fourth start and first since Jan. 6 at UIC.

Schwieger was the third Beacon in double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds. 

Valpo blocked eight shots and now has 15 rejections in the last two games. The Beacons boasted their highest blocked shot total since nine on Nov. 14 vs. Green Bay and the team’s most in league play this year. Ajiboye and Edwards had three rejections apiece.

Valpo shot 88.9 percent (16-of-18) at the free-throw line and hit at a 40 percent clip from 3-point territory (10-of-25).

Valpo committed just seven turnovers, winning the turnover battle 9-7. Six of the seven Valpo players who logged more than three minutes in the contest were freshmen or sophomores, and those six players combined for no turnovers.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

The Beacons (6-15, 2-8 MVC) will return to the road on Wednesday to visit Drake at 7 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa. The game will air on ESPN+.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACON WOMEN FACE EVANSVILLE SUNDAY

Valparaiso (2-15, 1-7 MVC)

Game #17 – January 28, 2024 – 2 p.m.

at Evansville (2-17, 0-8 MVC)

Meeks Family Fieldhouse (1,164) – Evansville, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team looks to earn a split of the Hoosier State road trip this weekend, as the Beacons close the two-game swing Sunday afternoon at Evansville.

Previously: Led by 14 first-half points from senior Leah Earnest, Valpo held a four-point edge over host Indiana State Friday evening in Terre Haute, Ind., but the Beacons were held without a field goal in the third quarter as the Sycamores pulled away to a 70-49 victory. ISU scored the first 15 points of the second half to turn the tables after the Beacons led 32-28 at intermission.

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 57-106. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series over the Purple Aces 15-10 and holds a slight 6-5 edge in Evansville, including wins in each of its last three trips to the River City. Last season, the two teams split the season series, with each squad winning on the other’s home court – the Purple Aces took a 57-45 victory away from the ARC, while the Beacons returned the favor later in the year with a 74-68 win at Meeks. Olivia Brown had 16 points to lead Valpo in its victory.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…at Indiana State

– Valpo led for the majority of the first quarter, but ISU closed the period with six straight points – including a halfcourt shot at the buzzer – to lead 18-16 at the end of the quarter.

– A 3-pointer from Saniya Jackson and a driving layup from Leah Earnest accounted for a quick 5-0 run late in the second quarter which sent Valpo into the locker room with a 32-28 halftime lead.

– Out of the locker room, Valpo was unable to hit a field goal in the third quarter and didn’t crack the scoreboard until a pair of free throws by senior Ava Interrante with 3:10 to play in the period. At that point, the Sycamores had reeled off 15 points in a row to take a double-digit lead.

– ISU led 47-36 at the end of the third quarter and scored on each of its first five possessions of the fourth quarter to keep the Beacons from making a run.

– Leah Earnest finished with 18 points to lead all players on 8-of-13 shooting, while also pulling down a team-high six rebounds.

– Jackson joined Earnest in double digits in the scoring column, finishing with 10 points — her eighth double-digit effort of the season.

– After shooting 46.2% (12-of-26) in the first half to head into the locker room with the lead, the Beacons were limited to 20% (4-of-20) shooting in the second half.

– Valpo also hit just five 3-pointers on the evening, matching its lowest output to date in Valley play.

– There was only a three-turnover differential in that department (Indiana State 16, Valpo 19), but the Sycamores were able to turn the Beacons’ turnovers into 26 points, while Valpo scored just 14 points off ISU’s miscues.

…versus Bradley

– Valpo led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, and was still ahead just 23-19 with 6:28 to play in the half.

– In what seemed like a blink of the eye, but what was in fact 1:19 of game time, the Beacons reeled off 11 points in a four-possession span. Ella Van Weelden had two 3-pointers in that stretch, the second of which forced a Bradley timeout with the score 34-21 and 4:53 to play

– The Braves scored on their first possession out of the stoppage, but that just set up a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes for Valpo. Van Weelden had the bulk of that run as well, knocking down two more 3-pointers.

– Bradley snapped the run with a basket inside the final minute. Fittingly enough, however, Valpo capped the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer, this one courtesy of senior Emma Tecca on its final offensive possession to send the Beacons into the locker room with a 47-25 lead.

– The result was never in doubt in the second half, as Valpo’s lead did not drop below 20 points. A 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter from Olivia Brown put the Beacons ahead 66-37 at the end of the quarter, and Valpo led by as many as 34 points in the final period.

– Leah Earnest led the way with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

– In her return to action, Olivia Brown dropped in 17 points, while Van Weelden was a perfect 4-for-4 from deep to match her career high with 12 points.

– Led by Earnest’s efforts on the glass, Valpo outrebounded Bradley 38-34 — the first time this year Valpo has held the edge in that category.

– Valpo finished the game hitting 12-of-28 (42.9%) from the 3-point line, season bests for both 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage. The Beacons also went 19-of-22 (86.4%) from the foul line, a season-best percentage there as well.

– Valpo entered the game ranked 35th nationally in steals/game, but had a season-low five thefts on Sunday. The Beacons still forced 14 Bradley turnovers, converting those into 13 points.

…looking ahead

– Valpo has just one game next week, a Sunday afternoon matinee at UIC.

– The second half of the Valley slate begins the following weekend, as Indiana State and Evansville visit the ARC.

…on the road

– Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 0-11 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

@UEAthletics_WBB

– Evansville enters Sunday’s game still in search of its first MVC win, as the Purple Aces are 2-17 overall and 0-8 in the Valley.

– UE did have its closest Valley game to date last time out, dropping a 70-61 decision to UIC on Friday evening.

– Three Purple Aces are averaging in double figures, led by 13.6 points/game from Kynidi Mason Striverson, who also leads the team with 3.8 assists/game.

Halftime Leads

– Valpo has held halftime leads in each of the last three games: 37-35 versus Illinois State, 47-25 versus Bradley and 32-28 last time out at Indiana State.

– The Beacons saw the lead slip away in the third quarter of the two losses in that stretch, getting outscored in the third period 21-12 against Illinois State and 19-4 against Indiana State.

– On the other hand, Valpo was able to extend its lead against Bradley with a 19-12 edge in the third quarter.

– Within Valley play, Valpo owns a 123-117 total edge over its opponents in the second quarter, but the Beacons’ opponents have outscored them 177-111 in the third quarter.

A Big Win

– There was no drama in the second half at the ARC last Sunday, as the Beacons led Bradley by as many as 34 points on their way to the 79-55 victory.

– Valpo’s 24-point margin of victory was its largest since beating Western Michigan 75-51 in December 2020.

– It was the program’s largest margin of victory in MVC play since a 93-49 win over Evansville in January 2019.

– The Beacons held Bradley to 55 points, a season low for their opponents. The Braves shot just 29.1% from the floor, the lowest mark by a Valpo opponent since Illinois State shot just 28.8% in January 2021.

That Second Quarter Tho

– The offensive numbers from the second quarter in the Bradley win are the fun ones.

– Valpo scored 33 points in the period, the program’s second-highest output in a quarter since the change to quarters in 2014-15 — only bested by a 35-point third quarter in the aforementioned Evansville game.

– The Beacons were 9-of-14 from the field in the second quarter, including a 7-of-10 mark from behind the 3-point line, and hit 8-of-9 from the foul line. Their 33 points came on just 19 possessions, an average of 1.74 points per possession.

3lla Van W33lden

– Leading the way in that second quarter was sophomore Ella Van Weelden, who hit four 3-pointers in a single period for the second time this year. This time, the sophomore was perfect, connecting on all four of her tries.

– Van Weelden finished the afternoon with the 12 points she scored in that quarter, matching her career best set earlier this year in the fourth quarter at Southern Illinois. Notably, outside of those two single-quarter performances, her career high for scoring in a game is nine points.

– Van Weelden did not attempt a triple outside of the second period, becoming the first Valpo player to hit 100% from deep with at least four attempts in a game since Carie Weinman went 4-of-4 from 3-point range against Illinois State in February 2022.

A Unicorn of a Stat Line

– Senior Leah Earnest had a game unlike any ever seen by a Valpo women’s basketball player last Sunday in the win over Bradley.

– Earnest finished with game highs of 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists – in single-game records dating back to the late 1980’s, no Valpo player has ever hit all three of those marks in the same game.

– Earnest is one of just three Division I players this season to reach all three of those marks in the same game — Iowa’s Caitlin Clark did so against Loyola, while Abilene Christian’s Bella Earle did so against California Baptist. She is also one of just two MVC players to post a stat line like that in the last 13 seasons.

– Earnest recorded her fourth double-double of the year and set a career high for free throws made (7). She also matched her career bests for 3-pointers made (3), rebounds and assists.

A Welcome Return

– Last Sunday was a big afternoon for fifth-year guard Olivia Brown.

– Prior to the game, Brown was recognized for reaching 1,000 collegiate points last month.

– Brown started the game on the bench, but answered the call 4:05 into the contest for her first action since getting injured in the fourth quarter at Missouri State Jan. 4.

– Brown made up for lost time, hitting her first shot attempt, a 3-pointer less than three minutes after entering the game — the first arrow in what proved to be 17 points in her quiver, as she hit 5-of-6 from the field, 2-of-3 from deep and 5-of-5 from the foul line.

– Brown now owns 1,068 collegiate points, 702 of which have come in her three seasons in the Valpo uniform.

Productive Rookie

– Freshman Saniya Jackson has been a steady force on the offensive end this year.

– Jackson’s first double-figure scoring effort came at UAB in her fourth career game, when she scored 13 points.

– Jackson has scored in double figures eight times this season, most recently a 10-point effort last time out at Indiana State.

– Jackson is shooting at a .495 clip from the field this season, including a .645 mark from inside the arc.

– Jackson has racked up 32 steals this year – second-most on the team – while committing just 21 turnovers. Per HerHoopStats.com, as of Saturday, she is one of just 17 D-I players with 30+ steals and less than 25 turnovers.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and has taken another leap this year.

– Earnest enters Sunday’s game ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (14.5) and ninth in rebounding (6.9).

– She is also averaging a team-best 2.8 assists/game as well.

– Earnest is on pace to become the first Valpo player since Debbie Bolen in 1991-92 to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in 15 of 17 games to date.

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has hit that mark or better five times this year, including a career-best 26 points at UAB.

– Earnest posted a pair of double-doubles last weekend, giving her four on the season.

– With her seventh rebound at Missouri State, Earnest hit the 500-rebound mark for her career, becoming the 19th player in program history with 500 career boards. She enters Sunday’s game ranked 16th in program history with 544 career rebounds.

Youth in the Lineup

– The Beacons’ starting lineup has been 60% comprised of freshmen the last six times out.

– Layla Gold made her first collegiate start at Southern Illinois, joining Saniya Jackson and Nevaeh Jackson in the starting five.

– It was the first time Valpo has started three freshmen since March 11, 2016, when Hannah Schaub, Meredith Hamlet and Amber Lindfors were in the starting lineup against Northern Kentucky.

– Gold’s insertion into the lineup was necessitated after Olivia Brown suffered an injury in the fourth quarter of the previous game at Missouri State which kept her out against the Salukis. It was the first game Brown has missed in her three years at Valpo, snapping a streak of 71 consecutive games played.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end this season.

– The Beacons average 10.1 steals/game and have been in double figures in steals in eight games this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond currently ranks sixth in the Valley with 2.1 steals/game despite playing just 14.8 minutes/game, while fellow rookie Saniya Jackson is ninth in the MVC with 1.9 steals/game.

– Both Jackson and Raye-Redmond have had an eight-steal game this season – Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 30 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO LEWIS IN OVERTIME THRILLER

ROMEROVILLE, Ill. – The UIndy men’s basketball team was defeated by Lewis, 82-81, in overtime. The Greyhounds are now 12-6 on the season, 8-2 in GLVC play.

Jarvis Walker finished the contest with 24 points, this is his highest-scoring game this season. Walker was 7-for-13 from the field and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. Paul Zilinskas also a great day on the floor. Zilinskas had 19 points of his own and was perfect from the charity stripe (7-for-7).

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds came out hot in the second half, scoring 41 points in the second set of 20. The Hounds overcame a nine-point deficit at the half to send the game into overtime.

UIndy opened overtime with a 9-4 run for the first four minutes. Jesse Bingham scored four of those points to give the Greyhounds a five-point lead. Lewis stayed toe-to-toe with the Hounds keeping the game within a few points. A buzzer-beater three by the Flyers cemented the win.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Bingham was the third Greyhound to finish in double-digits, with 17 points.

– As a team, UIndy finished the game 45.9 percent from the field (28-of-61).

– Zalinskas was able to assist his teammates in reaching the basket. The junior had a team-high five assists on the night.

– Josiah Tynes also finished with a perfect night from the free-throw line, going 3-for-3.

MORE NOTES

Beau Freicks was the leading scorer for Lewis. Freickes had 22 points on the night. … The Flyers continue to lead the all-time series 52-40 against UIndy.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will continue their road series next weekend. The team will travel to Missouri to face Missouri S&T on Feb. 1 and Maryville on Feb. 3. The games will tip-off at 8:30 and 4 p.m. ET, respectively.

UINDY TRACK

GREYHOUNDS CAPTURE FIVE EVENT TITLES AT IUPUI INVITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis track and field teams had a successful weekend at the Division I-heavy IUPUI Invitational, with the teams travelling the 20 minutes north for their second opportunity to compete in the newly built Indiana State Fairgrounds Indoor Facility. Zoe Pentecost, Ellie Lengerich, Alex Meyer, Felix Rivet and Treyton Arnold were the Greyhounds to see the most success, with the group coming back to the southside with event titles to their names for the two-day event.

DAY 1

Day one saw Lengerich dominate in the pentathlon, where she eventually scored 3547 points for a season best and improving her already set NCAA provo mark. The junior placed second in the 60 hurdles, shot put and long jump, while scoring victories in 800 meters and the high jump. She was not the lone Greyhound to have day one success as the ever-dangerous Pentecost ran away with the weight throw title, finishing in first with a 19.84, just 0.01 under her season best set on Jan. 13 at the Robert H. Johnson Open. Claire Tabet fed off the momentum of Pentecost, grabbing a PR of 14.73.

On the men’s side of day one, Alex Meyer, the reigning GLVC Field Athlete of the Week, kept that fire burning, jumping 2.04 for a 0.03 PR and the title. More importantly, Meyer’s leap landed him above the NCAA provisional mark of 2.03 meters. Later on Friday, Meyer snagged another podium, landing third in the long jump.

Other notables from day one includes Mackenzie VanBibber’s second place for pole vault where she was just 0.02 shy of her career best. Mariah Judy and Clare Wigger both had quality days in the miles, with them each setting new PBs. Rounding out the PR party was Zaleeya Martin in the 200 meter, Emma Gaston in the 5000 meter and Brooklyn Franklin in the long jump.

DAY 2

After a long and grueling day one of competition, the Hounds were right back at the Fairgrounds for day two, which started just like day one did, with Pentecost showing out. The junior, fresh from her weight throw title the day before, landed in third in shotput with a 13.36. Just minutes later, the men’s DMR team of Tom Saint-Juvin, Harnoor Dosanjh, Jaycee Wilburn and Felix Rivet put the banked turns of the Fairgrounds to good use, landing in second with a 10:39.20.

Rivet’s day did not end there, however, as he went on to capture the 3000 meter crown, running a 8:27.31, setting a new PR. The event victories kept coming for the Hounds as Treyton Arnold outlasted a talented field in the pole vault to win the event. Arnold vaulted 4.93, improving his already impressive provo mark.

Outside of those performances, Ailliyah Reese landed fourth in the 60 meter hurdles, Emily Sonderman placed eighth in the 400 meter dash and Mariah Judy set a new PR of 2:21.74 in the 800.

UP NEXT

The Hounds are on the road for their next meet, making the trip up I-65 to Romeoville, Ill. to take on the Lewis Invitational on Feb. 2.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS FALL TO FLYERS IN GLVC BOUT

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The UIndy women’s basketball team fell to Lewis, 79-64, on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds are now .500 on the season, being 9-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

Jada Patton was the key player on the floor for the Hounds. Patton finished with 20 points, going 5-for-8 from the field and 10-of-13 in free throws.

INS & OUTS

UIndy started the contest with two three-pointers made by Elana Wells and Liv Becker. This set the tone for the first quarter. The two teams went wire-to-wire, keeping the scores within a few points of each other.

The Greyhounds started off the second quarter strong with an 8-2 run but the Flyers were able to rally together. Lewis was able to outscore the Hounds, allowing them to secure the win.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Jodi Mullins and Wells both finished in double-digits. Wells finished with 14 and Mullins had 12 points.

– Patricia Chikamba was a staple on defense. Chikamba finished with 10 defensive rebounds.

– Another important player on defense for the Hounds was Jada Haines. Haines finished with a season-high three blocks.

– UIndy struggled from the field. The team was 20-for-53 in shooting.

MORE NOTES

Kathryn Schmidt was the star on the floor for Lewis. Schmidt finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks, all team highs. … The Flyers continue to lead the Greyhounds in the all time series, 47-37.

UP NEXT

UIndy will continue their road series next weekend. The team will travel to Missouri to face Missouri S&T on Feb. 1 and Maryville on Feb. 3. The games will tip-off at 6:30 and 2 p.m. ET, respectively.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN DOWNS GRACE COLLEGE 70-47 TO COMPLETE REGULAR SEASON SWEEP

Winona Lake, Ind. – The Marian women’s basketball team played from behind early in the first quarter, but after surging into the lead never looked back as the fifth-ranked Knights captured a 70-47 win over Grace College on Saturday afternoon. Marian is now 19-1 overall on the season, and improves to 10-0 in Crossroads League contests.

Marian came out flat in the opening minutes on Saturday allowing Grace to claim an early 4-0 lead, but after opening the lid on the rim with an Abbey McNally basket, the Knights raced in front with an 8-2 run to take their first lead. Aliayh Evans scored a pair of buckets that helped pull Marian in front, with the Knights expanding off their scoring burst with seven unanswered points from Ella Collier. The 7-0 run by Collier gave Marian their first sizable control on the lead, as Marian went into the second quarter on top 15-8 after Grace managed a score on their final possession.

Kinnidy Garrard got the second quarter started on the right note as she scored on the team’s first possession, setting the tone in the 18-point quarter. Evans and Allison Bosse extended Marian’s lead into double figures for the first time with 5:31 to play before halftime, and a score from Collier 88 seconds later gave Marian their largest first half lead at 12 points. The Lancers would whittle Marian’s lead back to a three-possession game with 2:50 left in the first half on a three-point shot by Morganne Houk, but the trio of Evans, Bosse, and McNally would answer to keep the contest a 12-point game at the half. The Knights carried a 33-21 lead into halftime, shooting over 50 percent from the field.

In the third quarter the Knights put their stamp on the game, taking full control of the afternoon as they outscored the Lancers 26-10 in the period. Evans scored the first points of the second half with a jumper on the team’s first possession, igniting a 12-0 run for the visitors. Collier knocked down a pair of three’s in the run, as Marian doubled the Lancers total with a 45-21 lead. Grace would snap the run, but were unable to get closer than 22-points of the Knights in the period, as McNally began to shoulder the offensive load and add to her totals. Free throws from Garrard late in the quarter would push the difference to 30-points for one possession, as Marian ended the quarter leading 59-31.

With the game in hand, Marian eased off their pressure as they were out-scored in a quarter for the first time on Saturday. Grace would come no closer than 22 points of Marian, and scores from Collier and Bosse reassured the Knights grasp on the game, sealing their commanding lead. Marian would gradually rotate their reserves into the game, as the Knights closed their 10th Crossroads League win with a 70-47 victory.

Despite not making a field goal in the first four minutes or the last three minutes of the game Saturday, Marian ended the contest shooting a blistering 58 percent from the floor while holding Grace to a 35 percent clip. Ella Collier headlined the box score with a 24 point outing, shooting 10-15 from the field. McNally scored 17 points and stuffed the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, two blocked shots, and three steals, and Evans led the bench scoring with 12 points and a team-leading eight assists in the win. Bosse and Garrard combined to score the remaining 17 points from Marian’s totals.

Marian will host back to back games as they enter the final week of January, hosting on Wednesday January 31 against Spring Arbor and on Saturday February 3 against Taylor.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

(RV) MARIAN UNABLE TO COMPLETE UPSET BID OVER NO. 1 GRACE

Winona Lake, Ind. – In a thrilling Saturday showdown, the Marian men’s basketball team gave it their all against first-ranked Grace College, but despite leading the first 37 minutes of the game, Marian came up short in the winning moments as they lost 66-60. Marian falls to 14-6 overall on the year, as their three-game losing streak slides them to 4-6 in Crossroads League play.

Marian entered Saturday with an upset mentality, as they hammered Grace early with an 8-0 run in the games first 2:36, as a pair of three-point makes from Brody Whitaker and Gus Etchison got the Knights off on the right foot. The Lancers would find their offense and scored three consecutive field goals to make it a one-score game at the first media timeout, but Marian regained their edge as Maximus Gizzi scored back to back baskets. A three-point make from Josh Bryan increased Marian’s lead to 10 points just over seven minutes into the game, but after the hot start offense would soon be hard to find.

The Knights scored just 10 points for the remainder of the first half after Bryan’s three at the 12:45 mark, as missed shots marred their strong start to the game. With their opponent struggling on the offensive end Grace attempted to find an opportunity on their scoring trips, but unable to get closer than five points of Marian. Tough defensive play that forced eight first half turnovers prevented the Lancers from catching a rhythm, and allowed Marian to enter the half with a lead. The period would endure a near-three minute scoring drought, and when over Marian would see their lead grow back to as many as nine before settling into a 27-20 halftime lead.

Both teams shot under 35 percent from the field in the first half while combining for 13 turnovers. Marian limited the Lancer offense to just one made three point field goal in the first half.

Marian continued to hold their share of the lead as the second half started, keeping a distance of three possessions through the the first 2:26 of the half. A three-point make from Whitaker gave Marian a 32-24 lead early in the half, but a 5-0 response by Grace soon forced a Marian timeout and changed the tide in the game. The teams matched each other shot-for-shot for large stretches of the half, as neither scored on consecutive possessions for over eight minutes.

Shots from Josh Bryan and Gizzi kept Marian in a lead of three-to-seven points in the eight minute stretch, and a knockdown jumper from Ben Henderson at the 10:10 mark gave Marian a 46-39 lead. Grace would answer the Henderson make with a 7-0 run after returning to play following the under-10 minute media timeout, leveling the score at 46-46 with 7:46 to play. Gavin Foe responded and ended Marian’s near-three minute drought with a jumper, and sparked a 5-0 run as a fastbreak three from Whitaker increased Marian’s lead to five.

With seven minutes to play Marian led 51-46, but were unable to overcome the final roar from the Grace, as five unanswered points during a 2:42 Marian drought brought the game to a 51-51 draw. Bryan and Jakob Gibbs followed with back to back three’s to keep the score even, and Whitaker pushed Marian on top 56-54 with 3:31 to play. With Grace building steam, the home team claimed their first lead of the game with 3:09 to play, going in front 57-56 on a Jake Wadding three. Marian was unable to answer the back and forth nature of the game, and without a score to push back in front, a Carter Stoltzfus three on the Lancers’ next possession put the game in jeopardy as the home team claimed a two-score lead.

Marian would go just 1-for-7 from the field in the final 3:30 of the game, scoring just four points total in the stretch, all in the final minute. Jackson Ames was able to make it a two-point game with the team’s only make in the waning minutes, but an answer from Elijah Malone on the Grace end sealed the game, as Marian would go on to fall 66-60.

The Knights finished the game shooting 36.5 percent from the floor, with 26 of their attempts coming from beyond the arc, while their opponent ended the game shooting 48 percent from the floor, including a second-half clip of 60.7 percent. Whitaker led the Knights with 19 points in the game, and Gizzi scored 13 points to go with six rebounds a team-best three assists. Bryan scored nine points in the game, and Jackson Ames scored six points while collecting nine rebounds.

Marian will return home as they look to snap their losing skid, hosting Spring Arbor on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.

MARIAN TRACK

MARIAN WOMEN EARN NAIA QUALIFYING MARKS IN THREE EVENTS AT IUPUI INVITATIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s track and field team had a slew of success at the IUPUI Invitational, as they competed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Fall Creek Pavilion on Friday and Saturday. Marian added three new events to their NAIA qualifying list for the 2024 season, as the Knights hit three new A standards and one B standard.

Marian’s success over the weekend came in the form of six total NAIA standards met, with four of the marks first for the team this season. In addition to her repeat A standard in the weight throw, Arriana Benjamin hit the A standard in shot put for the first time this season, placing second in each event at IUPUI. Claire Lange, a semester enrollee at Marian, placed second in an A standard run in the 600m, and also helped guide the Knights’ 4x400m relay team to an A standard time. Lange was joined by Taylor Thomas on the A standard realy, as Thomas followed Lange’s path to success with an NAIA B standard in the 600m.

Lange and Thomas made up half of the team’s 4x400m relay squad, with Janae Bailey and Hanna Reuter making up the other two legs on the team. Gina Butz hit another A standard as she looks to maintain form in the high jump, claiming Marian’s lone win for the two-day meet with her 1.69m height in the high jump.

60m: Catalla Jones (13th), Armoney Clay (17th), Janae Bailey (29th)

200m: Bailey (15th), Clay (31st)

400m: Taylor Thomas (12th), Bailey (13th)

600m: Claire Lange (2nd, NAIA A), Thomas (7th, NAIA B), Hanna Reuter (9th)

800m: Nora Steele (16th), Rosie Barrett (27th)

Mile: Liz Loichinger (17th), Brooke Trinkle (27th), Luci Woodrum (28th)

5000m: Katie Woods (5th), Lainey Roth (8th), Josie Feldman (12th)

60m Hurdles: Brooke Coffman (19th)

4x400m Relay: ‘A’ team – Bailey, Reuter, Lange, Thomas (4th, NAIA A), ‘B’ team – Jones, Coffman, Maya Mundy, Clay (13th)

DMR: Barrett/Mundy/Steele/Loichinger (5th)

High Jump: Gina Butz (1st, NAIA A), Coffman (9th)

Pole Vault: Mia Curran (6th), Alli Taylor (no mark)

Long Jump: Reuter (6th), Butz (20th), Mundy (21st)

Triple Jump: Shirmara Anderson, Coffman (no mark)

Shot Put: Arriana Benjamin (2nd, NAIA A), Gabi Bilbrey (20th), Nhaydia Watson (22nd)

Weight Throw: Benjamin (2nd, NAIA A), Tracey Gooch (8th), Watson (9th), Keeley Hughes (12th)

Pentathlon: Nina Marinkovic (8th), Emma Bock (17th)

Marian will next compete in a split meet on February 2 and 3, with members of the program either competing at the Indiana Wesleyan Midwest Classic or the Notre Dame Meyo Invite.

KNIGHTS RECORD THREE NEW NAIA STANDARD MARKS AT IUPUI INVITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s track and field team competed in their first meet at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Fall Creek Pavilion on Friday and Saturday, as they competed in the IUPUI Invitational. Marian’s first meet of the season at the fairgrounds featured three new NAIA standard marks met by the Knights this season.

The Knights earned three wins at the IUPUI Invitational, and in total hit 10 NAIA standards over the course of the two-day meet. Marian’s newest members to hit a provisional NAIA standard at the B mark were Armani Glass in his runner-up finish in the long jump, the distance medley relay’s first place finish, and the 4×400 meter relay. Composing the DMR team were Robin Aguilar-Gonzalez, Andrew McDade, Tristan Trevino, and Blake Hipkiss, while the 4x400m relay team was made up of Richard Dube, Amarion Sanders, Eli Givens, and Olivier Lifrange.

Trevino and Manny Manneh hit an NAIA standard in their respective events for a second time this season, while Brenden Endres finished fourth for a second standard mark this season. Marian’s throws continued to show their dominance on the season, as Christian Rios, Isaiah Tipping, Jacob Netral, and Kevaughn Dawn all hit an A standard mark. Netral and Lifrange joined Marian’s list of winners over the weekend, winning the shot put and and 400m, respectively.

60m: Manny Manneh (2nd, NAIA B), Connor Maple (4th), Armani Glass (9th)

200m: Olivier Lifrange (8th), Maple (16th), Michael Hunter (25th)

400m: Lifrange (1st), Amarion Sanders (10th)

600m: Richard Dube (2nd), Andrew McDade (7th)

800m: Tristan Trevino (2nd, NAIA B), Howard Hendricks (8th), Mason Piatt (24th)

Mile: Robin Aguilar-Gonzalez (7th), Benjamin Moster (12th), Owen Pittman (14th)

3000m: Blake Hipkiss (7th)

60m Hurdles: Michael Hunter (5th prelims, disqualified from finals), Caleb Carter (9th), Emory McClellan (11th)

4x400m Relay: ‘A’ team – Eli Givens, Lifrange, Dube, Sanders (3rd, NAIA B), ‘B’ team – Eric Materna, Raif Miller, McDade, Hunter (9th)

DMR: Aguilar-Gonzalaz/McDade/Trevino/Hipkiss (1st, NAIA B)

High Jump: Gunner Kovach (4th), Jaiden Dresselhaus (T8th), Jordan Pohl (10th)

Pole Vault: Brenden Endres (4th, NAIA B), Evan Haag (T7th), Keagan La Belle (9th)

Long Jump: Glass (2nd, NAIA B), Sanders (15th)

Triple Jump: Pohl (6th), Van Lian (7th), Brendan Oleksak (no mark)

Shot Put: Jacob Netral (1st, NAIA A), Christian Rios (3rd, NAIA A), Kevaughn Dawn (5th, NAIA A)

Weight Throw: Isaiah Tipping (2nd, NAIA A), Rios (5th, NAIA A), Markevious Keys (9th)

Heptathlon: Felipe Mentz (5th)

Marian will next compete in a split meet on February 2 and 3, with members of the program either competing at the Indiana Wesleyan Midwest Classic or the Notre Dame Meyo Invite.

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines for January 28

January 28, 1904

January 28, 1904 – The world’s 1st college sports letters were given to Seniors who played on the University of Chicago’s football team by Amos Alonzo Stagg, were awarded with a letter “C”.  According to Jennifer Taylor Hall’s book Amos Alonzo stagg: Football’s Man in Motion the inaugural class of these dare we say, lettermen was called the “Order of the C.” It became an honored tradition that each spring the men of this exclusive club would return and gather together with the latest class having to sing to their coach in order to receive their letters.

January 28, 1954 – At the 1954 NFL Draft, Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford was the first pick by the Cleveland Browns.  The PFR informs us that Future Pro Football Hall of Fame entrant Raymond Berry was taken as the 232 overall pick by the Baltimore Colts, what a steal!

January 28, 1960 – Dallas Cowboys begins as the NFL made the formal announcement of awarding Dallas a franchise.

January 28, 1960 – Minnesota Vikings franchise is awarded by the NFL.

January 28, 1969 – The top pick of the 1969 NFL Draft was O.J. Simpson from Southern Cal by Buffalo Bills and as we know he is enshrined in Canton. Other future Hall of Famers from this draft were Mean Joe Greene to Pittsburgh at number 4, the Cardinals took Roger Wehrli, Ted Hendricks to the Colts at 44, and the Houston Oilers picked up Charlie Joiner with the 93rd pick per the Pro Football Reference website.

January 28, 1971 – Jim Plunkett from Stanford University was first the pick by the New England Patriots in the 1971 NFL Draft. John Riggins was the first player in this draft to get a gold jacket as the number 6 pick overall by the Jets, other future Pro Football Hall of Fame members picked in this draft were Jack Youngblood to the Rams at 20, Jack Ham to the Steelers at number 34, the Cardinals inking Dan Dierdorf with the 43rd pick, and the Eagles with a steal of Harold Carmichael at the 161st overall pick per the PFR.

January 28, 1975 – At the 1975 NFL Draft Quarterback Steve Bartkowski from University of California was the first pick by Atlanta Falcons. The Pro Football Reference says that there were multiple hall of farmers out of this draft. The Cowboys pick Randy White at number 2, Walter Payton by the Bears in the four slot and Robert Brazile selected as the number 6 overall pick by Houston’s Oilers franchise. Another future gold jacket bearer was Fred Dean of the Chargers at the 33rd pick overall.

January 28, 1990 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – Super Bowl XXIV The Denver Broncos ran into a buzzsaw in the San Francisco 49 ers. The Niners offense was clicking the whole game as the box score shows that the only quarter they didn’t put up 14 point in was the first quarter where they only scored 13 points and that was because they missed an extra point attempt.  Jerry Rice scored three touchdowns and torched the Broncos defense with 138 yards in receiving. The San Francisco 49ers showed there was no doubt that they were the best team in football  as they shallacked the Denver Broncos, 55-10. Quarterback Joe Montana won the MVP honors  as he had an astronomical QB rating of 147.6 according to the PFR and threw for 297 yards and 5 TDs.

January 28, 1995 – Memphis Mad Dogs were announced as the Canadian Football League’s 13th franchise as parts of an U.S.

League expansion plan.

January 28, 1996 – Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona – Super Bowl XXX was the third time that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys had met in the Super Bowl. The first two times were two of the greatest Championships the League had ever seen. The Steelers had won both contests by four points each time in the 1970’s. This time the Dallas Cowboys turned the needle on the point differential of these two teams matched up in the Super Bowl as they knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17. Cornerback Larry Brown of Dallas won the Most Valuable Players award after he picked off a couple of errant Neil O’Donnell passes and returned them for a total of 77 yards. The American Football Database claims that 95.13 million watch the contest just in the United States making it the most watched TV sports program ever at the time!

January 28, 2001 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida – Defense definitely won a championship in Super Bowl XXXV. The Baltimore Ravens D smothered the New York Giants offense all game long. Raven Duane Starks broke the game open in the third quarter with a 49 yard pick six. The Giants then promptly returned the kick off all the way on Ron Dixon’s 97 yard return to the house but Baltimore took the Giants kick after the score 84 yards for a touchdown return of their own to cancel out New York’s bright spot. The Baltimore Ravens routed the New York Giants, 34-7 with the MVP belonging to linebacker Ray Lewis according to the New York Daily News. With viewers at 131.2 million it became the fifth watched program in TV history.

January 28, 2018 – Orlando, Florida – AFC beats NFC, 24-23 at the NFL Pro Bowl. The game’s Most Valuable Players were Tight End of the Tennessee Titans, Delanie Walker and on the defensive side of the ball it was Von Miller the outside linebacker of the Denver Broncos.

Hall of Fame Birthday for January 28

January 28, 1937 – Caldwell, Texas – The fine tackle from Texas A&M, Charlie Krueger was born. The footballfoundation.org website states that he was an All-America selection in both 1957 and 1958 for the Aggies. The National Football Foundation selected Charlie Krueger’s great gridiron legacy to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Charlie then after school played professionally 15 years with the San Francisco 49ers.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

78 – 5 – 17 – 32 – 16 – 14 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 -10 – 8 – 14 – 24 – 52 – 6 – 82 – 58

January 28, 1904 – 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago’s football team are awarded blankets with letter “C” on them

January 28, 1922 – J E Clair takes the Green Bay franchise to joining the NFL

January 28, 1940 – Chicago Blackhawks forward Les Cunningham Number 78, scored 5 points,  in one period, 2 goals and 3 assists in the third period for an 8-1 victory over Montreal, becoming the first NHL skater to do so. It is one of the greatest 10:04 in individual hockey history, The record stood all the way until 1978.

January 28, 1943 – Speaking of the Blackhawks, one of their roster members made history exactly 3 years later. Sweater Number 5, Max Bentley slapped home four goals and added three assists for a total of 7 points in a game against the New York Rangers, as Chicago streaked to a 10-1 victory on the ice of Chicago Stadium before a crowd of over 7500. Max played Center while brother Doug Bentley was a Winger on the same line, put a puck between the pipes himself in the win.

January 28, 1954 – QB Bobby Garrett, Number 17 from University of Stanford first pick in the 1954 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns

January 28, 1960 – NFL announced that the Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises would be awarded

January 28, 1969 – USC, Runningback, Number 32,  O J Simpson became the first pick of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills

January 28, 1971 – Star Quarterback, Jim Plunkett, Number 16, from Stanford University was the first pick in the 1971 NFL Draft by New England Patriots

January 28, 1973 – Number 16, Henry Boucha, of the Detroit Red Wings, scored just 6 seconds into a game against the Montreal Canadiens. The Motor City skaters ended up doubling up the Habs with a 4-2 victory.

January 28, 1973 – Mickey Welch (played before uniform numbers), George Kelly (was a New York Giant for most of his career but did wear Number 14 for the Dodgers in 1932) and former MLB Umpire Billy Evans were all elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 28, 1974 – Sam Thompson (played before uniform numbers), Jim Bottomley (who wore all the uniform Numbers 1 thru 5), and former Umpire Jocko Conlan (who did once play and wore Number 8 for the Whote Sox) were all elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 28, 1975 – Quarterback, Number 10, Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons in the 1975 NFL Draft.

January 28, 1984 – Edmonton Oilers center Number 99,Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record point scoring streak ends at 51 games when Oilers beaten 4-2 by LA Kings; Gretzky totals 61-92-153 during the period

January 28, 1988 – Denver Nuggets point guard Number 14, Michael Adams takes record streak to 79 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal in 117-102 loss against Indiana at Market Square Arena; streak ends next game

January 28, 1988 – New York Rangers’ Number 16, Marcel Dionne scores a 2nd period power play goal in 5-2 win in Philadelphia; becomes 1st first player in NHL history to get 20 goals in each of his first 17 seasons

January 28, 1990 – Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Number 16, Joe Montana, SF, QB

January 28, 1992 – St. Louis Blues right wing Brett Hull, Number 16 became the 2nd player (after Number 99, Wayne Gretzky) in NHL history to record back-to-back seasons of 50 goals in 50 games; #50 comes in 3-3 Blues’ tie in Los Angeles

January 28, 1996 – Super Bowl XXX, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17. The game MVP was Number 24, Larry Brown cornerback of Dallas, whose two timely interceptions derailed Pittsburgh.

January 28, 2001 – The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV as their star of the defense Middle Linebacker Ray Lewis, Number 52, won the game’s MVP award. The Ravens won the game by a lopsided 34-7 score over the New York Giants. The 12 eventual 12-time Pro Bowler had made three solo tackles, two assists, and blocked four passes in the game to help his teammates allow only 152 total yards of offense by the Giants in the game.

January 28, 2018 – 63rd NHL All Star Games, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP was Number 6, Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks, RW

January 28, 2018 – NFL Pro Bowl, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 24-23; MVPs: Delanie Walker, Number 82, TE of the Tennessee Titans, and Number 58, Von Miller, Denver Broncos

TV SPORTS SUNDAY

NFL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV Channel
AFC Championship: Kansas City at Baltimore3:00pmCBS
NFC Championship: Detroit at San Francisco6:30pmFOX
NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Memphis at Indiana3:30pmBally Sports
Toronto at Atlanta6:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Oklahoma City at Detroit6:00pmBally Sports
Phoenix at Orlando6:00pmAFSN
Bally Sports
Chicago at Portland9:00pmNBCS-CHI
ROOT Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Los Angeles at St. Louis2:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
Columbus at Seattle9:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Xavier vs. UConn12:00pmFS1
Wright State at IUPUI12:00pmESPN+
Purdue at Rutgers1:00pmFOX
North Texas at Florida Atlantic1:00pmESPN2
Marist at Canisius1:00pmESPN+
Robert Morris at Cleveland State1:00pmESPN+
Northern Kentucky at Youngstown State1:30pmESPN+
Saint Peter’s at Siena2:00pmWNYA
Quinnipiac at Fairfield2:00pmESPN+
Manhattan at Niagara2:00pmESPN+
SMU at Wichita State3:00pmESPN2
Memphis at UAB5:00pmESPN
Temple at East Carolina5:00pmESPN2
Nevada at New Mexico10:00pmFS1
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
FA Cup: Ipswich Town vs Maidstone United7:30amESPN+
La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Rayo Vallecano8:00amESPN+
Serie A: Atalanta vs Udinese9:00amParamount+
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Köln9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Hoffenheim vs Heidenheim9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs Freiburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Bayern München9:30amESPN+
FA Cup: Leicester City vs Birmingham City10:00amESPN+
FA Cup: Everton vs Luton Town10:00amESPN+
FA Cup: Sheffield United vs Brighton & Hove Albion10:00amESPN+
FA Cup: Leeds United vs Plymouth Argyle10:00amESPN+
La Liga: Las Palmas vs Real Madrid10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Nice vs Metz11:00ambeIN Sports
Serie A: Juventus vs Empoli12:00pmParamount+
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia M’gladbach12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Barcelona vs Villarreal12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Sevilla vs Osasuna12:30pmESPN+
FA Cup: Fulham vs Newcastle United2:00pmESPN+
Serie A: Milan vs Bologna2:45pmParamount+
La Liga: Mallorca vs Real Betis3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Monaco3:00pmbeIN Sports
GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA: Drive On Championship2:00pmGOLF
TENNISTIME ETTV
Australian Open Men’s Final3:30amESPN2
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
St. Bonaventure vs Dayton12:00amCBSSN
North Carolina vs Virginia12:00pmCW
St. Bonaventure vs Dayton12:00pmCBSSN
Virginia Tech vs Syracuse12:00pmACCN
East Carolina vs South Florida12:00pmESPNU
UNCW vs Charleston1:00pmFloSports
Texas A&M vs Florida1:00pmSECN+
UIC vs Indiana State1:00pmESPN+
Texas A&M vs Florida1:00pmSECN
Monmouth vs William & Mary1:00pmFloSports
Maryland vs Penn State1:00pmB1G+
Loyola Chicago vs Duquesne2:00pmESPN+
Wright State vs Green Bay2:00pmESPN+
Villanova vs DePaul2:00pmFS1
Towson vs Delaware2:00pmFloSports
Pittsburgh vs Louisville2:00pmACCNX
Ohio State vs Purdue2:00pmB1G+
Northwestern vs Indiana2:00pmB1G+
NC State vs Boston College2:00pmACCNX
Seton Hall vs Creighton2:00pmCBSSN
Hofstra vs Hampton2:00pmFloSports
Elon vs North Carolina A&T2:00pmFloSports
Duke vs Miami2:00pmACCN
Drexel vs Stony Brook2:00pmFloSports
Campbell vs Northeastern2:00pmFloSports
Baylor vs Oklahoma State2:00pmESPNU
Stanford vs Arizona2:00pmPAC12N
California vs Arizona State2:00pmPAC12N
Georgetown vs St. John’s2:00pmFloSports
Southern Illinois vs Belmont3:00pmESPN+
Vanderbilt vs South Carolina3:00pmSECN+
Arkansas vs Missouri3:00pmSECN+
Richmond vs Saint Louis3:00pmESPN+
VCU vs George Mason3:00pmESPN+
Valparaiso vs Evansville3:00pmESPN+
Missouri State vs Murray State3:00pmESPN+
Vanderbilt vs South Carolina3:00pmSECN
Washington vs USC3:00pmPAC12
Utah vs Oregon State3:00pmPAC12
UAB vs North Texas3:00pmESPN+
Tennessee vs Mississippi3:00pmESPN/2
Temple vs Tulane3:00pmESPN+
Minnesota vs Illinois3:00pmB1G+
Colorado vs Oregon3:00pmPAC12
Florida State vs Georgia Tech4:00pmACCN
Oral Roberts vs South Dakota State4:00pmCBSSN
Washington State vs UCLA4:00pmPAC12
Oakland vs IUPUI4:00pmESPN+
Kentucky vs Alabama5:00pmSECN
Kentucky vs Alabama5:00pmSECN+
Wake Forest vs Clemson6:00pmACCN

What to Watch Sunday, 1/28/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Xavier vs. UConn12:0pmFS1

The Xavier Musketeers and UConn Huskies all time series is tied 4-4. Last time both teams met was thies season which UConn won 75-80 versus Xavier. The Huskies are 1-1 at home against the Musketeers. UConn won last matchup at home 82-79 versus Xavier.

NBATIME ETTV
Phoenix at Orlando6:00pmAFSN
Bally Sports

The Phoenix Suns leads all time series 41-27 versus Orlando Magic. Last season the Suns and Magic regular season series was tied 1-1. Orlando is 16-18 all time at home versus Phoenix. The Suns are 1-0 versus the Magic in the 2023-24 regular season.

NFLTIME ETTV
Kansas City at Baltimore3:00pmCBS

The Kansas City Chiefs leads all time series 7-5 versus Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs were 11-6 overall and 6-2 on the road during the 2023-24 regular season and the Ravens were 13-4 overall and 6-3 at home. Last time both teams met was in 2021 which the Ravens won 36-35 at home versus the Chiefs.

Detroit at San Francisco6:30pmFOX

The San Francisco 49ers leads all time series 39-28-1 versus Detroit Lions. The Lions were 12-5 overall and 6-3 on the road during the 2023-24 regular season and the 49ers were 12-5 overall and 5-3 at home. Last time both teams met was in 2021 which the 49ers won 41-33 on the road versus the Lions.

NHLTIME ETTV
Los Angeles at St. Louis2:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports

The St. Louis Blues leads all time series 122-96-22 versus Los Angeles Kings. Last season the Kings lead regular season series 3-0 versus the Blues. St. Louis is 68-33-10 all time at home versus Los Angeles. The Kings are 1-0 versus the Blues in the 2023-24 regular season.