INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Evansville Christian 80 Tecumseh 43
Fort Wayne Concordia 61 Fort Wayne South 47
Indianapolis Herron 44 Providence Cristo Rey 42
Indianapolis Metropolitan 77 Indiana Math & Science 28
Indianapolis Tindley 62 Christel House 52
Irvington Prep 74 Thrival Indy Academy 59
Kouts 59 Washington Twp. 50
LaVille 84 South Bend Career 45
Marshall (Ill.) 63 West Vigo 53
Purdue Poly North 75 Believe Circle City 46
Shenandoah 39 Monroe Central 35
Wood Memorial 49 South Spencer 44

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Alexandria at Lapel 7:30 pm
Argos at Triton 7:30 pm
Batesville at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Pike 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at North Daviess 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Edgewood 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Boonville at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Bremen at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Cannelton at Tell City 7:00 pm
Clarksville at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
Clinton Central at Carroll (Flora) 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at North Montgomery 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Columbus North at Connersville 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at Austin 7:30 pm
Crawford County at West Washington 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Southport 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Leo 7:30 pm
Demotte Christian at Culver 7:30 pm
East Noble at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at Henryville 7:30 pm
Eastside at Hamilton 7:30 pm
Elkhart at New Prairie 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Castle 8:00 pm
Evansville Harrison at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Evansville Reitz at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Fairfield at Garrett 7:30 pm
Faith Christian at Bethesda Christian 7:30 pm
Floyd Central at Bedford North Lawrence 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Evansville Mater Dei 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Angola 7:30 pm
Fortune Academy at GEO Next Generation 7:30 pm
Fountain Central at Covington 7:30 pm
Frankfort at Danville 7:30 pm
Frankton at Hamilton Heights 7:30 pm
Fremont at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Frontier at West Central 7:30 pm
Good News Ministries at Central Christian 7:30 pm
Greenfield-Central at Delta 7:30 pm
Greensburg at Rushville 7:30 pm
Griffith at Munster 8:00 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at Proviso East (Ill.) 7:00 pm
Hammond Noll at Marquette Catholic 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Logansport 7:30 pm
Hauser at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Hebron at Washington Twp. 8:00 pm
Highland at Hanover Central 8:00 pm
Hobart at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
Huntington North at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Calumet 8:00 pm
Indian Creek at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Indiana Deaf at Tri 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Brownsburg 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Indianapolis International at Park Tudor 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Ritter at Cascade 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Warren Central 7:30 pm
Jasper at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
Knightstown at Blue River 7:30 pm
Lake Central at Merrillville 8:00 pm
Lake Station at Kouts 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Churubusco 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
LaLumiere Regional at LaVille 6:30 pm
LaPorte at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Lawrence Central at North Central (Indianapolis) 7:30 pm
Lawrence North at Carmel 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at East Central 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Wabash 7:45 pm
Lowell at Andrean 8:00 pm
Madison at Seymour 7:30 pm
Manchester at Northfield 7:45 pm
Marion at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
Martinsville at Speedway 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Lafayette Jeff 7:30 pm
Michigan City at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Milan at Rising Sun 7:30 pm
Mitchell at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Monrovia at Greencastle 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at Purdue Poly North 6:00 pm
Morgan Twp. at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Princeton 8:30 pm
Muncie Burris at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
New Albany at Jennings County 7:30 pm
New Washington at Medora 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Charlestown 7:30 pm
North Miami at Whitko 7:45 pm
North Newton at Tri-County 8:00 pm
North Vermillion at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
North White at Caston 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at North Knox 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Northview at Terre Haute South 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Concord 7:45 pm
Orleans at Loogootee 7:30 pm
Paoli at Shoals 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Attica 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Penn at John Glenn 7:30 pm
Perry Meridian at New Palestine 7:30 pm
Pike Central at North Posey 8:00 pm
Pioneer at North Judson 8:00 pm
Plainfield at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Goshen 7:30 pm
Portage at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Portland Christian (Ky.) at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm
Prairie Heights at Central Noble 7:30 pm
Providence at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Daleville 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Winamac 8:00 pm
Richmond at Anderson 7:30 pm
River Forest at Oregon-Davis 8:00 pm
Rochester at Southwood 7:45 pm
Salem at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Seeger at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Shakamak at Clay City 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Lanesville 7:30 pm
Smith Academy at Fort Wayne Guard 7:30 pm
South Adams at Woodlan 7:30 pm
South Bend Adams at Jimtown 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington at South Bend Riley 7:30 pm
South Knox at Evansville North 8:00 pm
South Ripley at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Jay County 7:30 pm
Southmont at Tri-West 7:30 pm
Southridge at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Sullivan at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Taylor at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Western 7:30 pm
Triton Central at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at Hammond Science & Tech 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Monroe Central 6:00 pm
Union City at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
Union County at Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 pm
Waldron at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Cowan 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Mishawaka 7:45 pm
Washington at Vincennes Lincoln 7:30 pm
Washington Catholic at North Central (Farmersburg) 6:30 pm
Wawasee at Northridge 7:45 pm
West Noble at Westview 7:30 pm
Western Boone at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Westfield at Fishers 7:30 pm
Westville at Portage Christian 8:00 pm
White River Valley at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Winchester at Centerville 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Vincennes Rivet 8:00 pm
Zionsville at Avon 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Hammond Central 75 East Chicago Central 44
Merrillville 63 Hammond Morton 53
Valparaiso
Kankakee Valley 52 Hobart 37
Crown Point 55 Lowell 45
South Bend Washington
South Bend Washington 53 Michigan City 15
Mishawaka 41 Plymouth 37
Pendleton Heights
New Palestine 42 Greenfield-Central 35
Pendleton Heights 56 Muncie Central 20
Indianapolis Cathedral
Lawrence North 76 Indianapolis Cathedral 34
Lawrence Central 75 Indianapolis Attucks 18
Pike
Franklin Central 51 Southport 14
Ben Davis 66 Decatur Central 39
Floyd Central
Bedford North Lawrence 58 New Albany 24
Silver Creek 60 Floyd Central 51


CLASS 3A
Highland
Hanover Central 55 Hammond Noll 35
Boone Grove 42 Griffith 41 OT
Garrett
Garrett 46 Heritage 33
Woodlan 54 Fort Wayne Dwenger 41
Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes 54 Western 46
Benton Central 61 North Montgomery 19
Maconaquah
Northwestern 57 Peru 45
Bellmont 42 Oak Hill 31
Yorktown
Frankton 59 Centerville 19
Hamilton Heights 64 New Castle 9
Cascade
Lebanon 46 Western Boone 31
Tri-West 69 Crawfordsville 11
Owen Valley
Indian Creek 75 Brown County 45
Northview 75 South Vermillion 30
Lawrenceburg
Greensburg 60 Franklin County 26
Lawrenceburg 56 Rushville 41


CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Illiana Christian 46 Whiting 39
Bowman Academy 66 Lighthouse CPA 16
Elwood
Eastern (Greentown) 53 Taylor 44
Blackford 57 Tipton 13
Lapel
Wapahani 37 Monroe Central 32
Lapel 50 Alexandria 36
South Putnam
Parke Heritage 53 Cloverdale 14
Southmont 45 South Putnam 35
Providence
Austin 46 Providence 35
Eastern (Pekin) 69 Clarksville 33
North Knox
North Knox 66 Sullivan 36
South Knox 68 Eastern Greene 39


CLASS 1A
Culver
Triton 42 Trinity Greenlawn 11
Argos 47 Westville 43
Bloomfield
Bloomfield 57 Dugger Union 26
Shakamak 74 Lighthouse Christian 30
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Oldenburg Academy 52 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 24
Morristown 67 Waldron 54
Barr-Reeve
Barr-Reeve 40 Loogootee 22
Springs Valley 64 Shoals 25

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE THURSDAY

No games scheduled

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Gary West at Lake Central 6:00 pm
Hammond Central vs. Merrillville 8:00 pm
Valparaiso
Portage at Valparaiso 6:30 pm
Kankakee Valley vs. Crown Point 8:00 pm
South Bend Washington
South Bend Riley vs. South Bend Adams 6:30 pm
Mishawaka at South Bend Washington 8:00 pm
Northridge
Elkhart at Northridge 6:00 pm
Goshen vs. Penn 7:30 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne)
Fort Wayne North at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 6:00 pm
DeKalb vs. Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Columbia City
Huntington North at Columbia City 6:00 pm
New Haven vs. Homestead 7:30 pm
Kokomo
Lafayette Jeff vs. Harrison (West Lafayette) 6:00 pm
McCutcheon at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern
Zionsville at Hamilton Southeastern 6:00 pm
Noblesville vs. Fishers 7:30 pm
Pendleton Heights
Richmond vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 6:00 pm
New Palestine at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral
Indianapolis Tech vs. Warren Central 6:00 pm
Lawrence North vs. Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
Pike
Indianapolis Roncalli at Pike 6:00 pm
Franklin Central vs. Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Avon
Terre Haute North vs. Terre Haute South 6:00 pm
Plainfield vs. Brownsburg 7:30 pm
Mooresville
Bloomington North at Mooresville 6:00 pm
Greenwood vs. Center Grove 7:30 pm
Whiteland
Columbus East at Whiteland 6:00 pm
Columbus North vs. Franklin 7:30 pm
Floyd Central
Jeffersonville vs. Jennings County 6:00 pm
Bedford North Lawrence vs. Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Evansville Harrison
Evansville Reitz vs. Evansville North 6:30 pm
Castle vs. Evansville Central 8:00 pm


CLASS 3A
Highland
River Forest at Highland 6:00 pm
Hanover Central vs. Boone Grove 8:00 pm
Rochester
Culver Academy vs. Bremen 6:00 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Rochester 7:30 pm
New Prairie
Jimtown at New Prairie 6:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph vs. South Bend Clay 8:00 pm
West Noble
NorthWood at West Noble 6:00 pm
Fairfield vs. Wawasee 7:30 pm
Garrett
Fort Wayne Concordia vs. Angola 6:00 pm
Woodlan at Garrett 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes
Rensselaer Central vs. West Lafayette 6:30 pm
Benton Central at Twin Lakes 8:00 pm
Maconaquah
Norwell at Maconaquah 6:00 pm
Northwestern vs. Bellmont 7:30 pm
Yorktown
Delta vs. Jay County 6:00 pm
Frankton vs. Hamilton Heights 7:30 pm
Cascade
Danville at Cascade 6:00 pm
Lebanon vs. Tri-West 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
Edgewood at Owen Valley 6:00 pm
Indian Creek vs. Northview 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard
Indianapolis Shortridge at Indianapolis Chatard 6:00 pm
Guerin Catholic vs. Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Beech Grove
Indianapolis Washington vs. Speedway 6:00 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg
Connersville vs. Batesville 6:00 pm
Greensburg at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm
Charlestown
Scottsburg at Charlestown 6:00 pm
Salem vs. Madison 7:30 pm
Southridge
Princeton vs. Washington 6:30 pm
Pike Central vs. Vincennes Lincoln 8:00 pm
Gibson Southern
Boonville vs. Mount Vernon (Posey) 7:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Gibson Southern 8:30 pm


CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Andrean at Lake Station 7:00 pm
Illiana Christian vs. Bowman Academy 8:30 pm
North Judson
LaVille vs. Wheeler 6:30 pm
South Bend Career at North Judson 8:00 pm
Eastside
Fremont vs. Westview 6:00 pm
Prairie Heights vs. Central Noble 7:30 pm
North Miami
Lewis Cass at North Miami 6:00 pm
Pioneer vs. Winamac 7:30 pm
South Adams
Fort Wayne Luers vs. Bluffton 6:00 pm
Whitko at South Adams 7:30 pm
Delphi
Carroll (Flora) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic 6:00 pm
Clinton Prairie at Delphi 7:30 pm
Elwood
Madison-Grant vs. Eastbrook 6:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) vs. Blackford 7:30 pm
Lapel
Wes-Del vs. Winchester 6:00 pm
Wapahani at Lapel 7:30 pm
Northeastern
Shenandoah vs. Knightstown 6:00 pm
Union County at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina
Triton Central vs. Eastern Hancock 6:00 pm
Irvington Prep at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Park Tudor
Sheridan at Park Tudor 6:00 pm
Covenant Christian vs. University 7:30 pm
South Putnam
Riverton Parke vs. Greencastle 6:00 pm
Parke Heritage vs. Southmont 7:30 pm
North Decatur
Milan at North Decatur 6:00 pm
South Ripley vs. Switzerland County 7:30 pm
Providence
Henryville vs. Brownstown Central 6:00 pm
Austin vs. Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
North Knox
Paoli vs. Linton-Stockton 6:00 pm
South Knox at North Knox 7:30 pm
South Spencer
Tell City at South Spencer 6:30 pm
Perry Central vs. Crawford County 8:00 pm


CLASS 1A
Morgan Twp.
Demotte Christian vs. Kouts 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Morgan Twp. 8:30 pm
Culver
Oregon-Davis vs. Marquette Catholic 6:30 pm
Triton vs. Argos 8:00 pm
Lakewood Park
Hamilton vs. Bethany Christian 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
South Newton
North White vs. Tri-County 6:30 pm
Caston at South Newton 8:00 pm
Northfield
Lakeland Christian vs. Southern Wells 6:00 pm
Southwood at Northfield 7:30 pm
Attica
Clinton Central vs. Fountain Central 6:00 pm
Rossville at Attica 7:30 pm
Anderson Prep
Cowan vs. Daleville 6:00 pm
Tri-Central at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
Union City
Union (Modoc) vs. Tri 6:00 pm
Blue River at Union City 7:30 pm
Bloomfield
Clay City vs. North Central (Farmersburg) 6:00 pm
Shakamak at Bloomfield 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian
Indiana Deaf at Bethesda Christian 6:00 pm
MTI Knowledge vs. Indiana Math & Science 7:30 pm
Eminence
Greenwood Christian vs. Providence Cristo Rey 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Eminence 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Jac-Cen-Del vs. South Decatur 6:00 pm
Oldenburg Academy vs. Morristown 7:30 pm
West Washington
Rock Creek Academy vs. Lanesville 6:00 pm
Borden at West Washington 7:30 pm
New Washington
Trinity Lutheran at New Washington 6:00 pm
Rising Sun vs. Shawe Memorial 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve
Orleans vs. Vincennes Rivet 6:00 pm
Springs Valley at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial
Evansville Christian vs. Northeast Dubois 6:30 pm
Cannelton at Wood Memorial 8:00 pm

WRESTLING REGIONALS

1. HOBART | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL, PORTAGE.

2. CROWN POINT | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CROWN POINT, LAPORTE.

3. PENN | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: MISHAWAKA, PLYMOUTH.

4. LOGANSPORT | 10 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON, TWIN LAKES.

5. GOSHEN | 9:30 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: ELKHART, WEST NOBLE.

6. CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), NEW HAVEN.

7. PERU | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: PERU, OAK HILL.

8. JAY COUNTY | 8:30 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: DELTA, JAY COUNTY.

9. NORTH MONTGOMERY | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CRAWFORDSVILLE, FRANKFORT.

10. PENDLETON HEIGHTS | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: ELWOOD, INDIANAPOLIS ARSENAL TECHNICAL.

11. PERRY MERIDIAN | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: SHELBYVILLE, SOUTHPORT.

12. RICHMOND | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: SOUTH DEARBORN, SHENANDOAH.

13. MOORESVILLE | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: AVON, MOORESVILLE.

14. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH | 10 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: BLOOMINGTON NORTH, SOUTHRIDGE.

15. JEFFERSONVILLE | 8 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: JEFFERSONVILLE, JENNINGS COUNTY.

16. CASTLE | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CASTLE, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL.

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

KANSAS CITY VS. SAN FRANCISCO

IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#24 ALABAMA 85 GEORGIA 76

#2 PURDUE 105 NORTHWESTERN 96 OT

#18 BAYLOR 77 CENTRAL FLORIDA 69

FLORIDA 94 #10 KENTUCKY 91 OT

#1 CONNECTICUT 74 PROVIDENCE 65

#16 AUBURN 81 VANDERBILT 54

BOISE STATE 86 #19 NEW MEXICO 78

ELSEWHERE:

VIRGINIA 65 NOTRE DAME 53

INDIANA STATE 78 BELMONT 72

DRAKE 81 VALPARAISO 70

EVANSVILLE 77 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 60

PENN STATE 61 RUTGERS 46

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#11 CONNECTICUT 81 VILLANOVA 60

OKLAHOMA 66 #2 KANSAS STATE 63

#22 CREIGHTON 76 MARQUETTE 71

#10 INDIANA 87 MARYLAND 73

#3 IOWA 110 NORTHWESTERN 74

ELSEWHERE:

IUPUI 69 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 63

BALL STATE 57 KENT STATE 46

DEPAUL 67 BUTLER 57

CLEVELAND STATE 70 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 60

ILLINOIS 77 MICHIGAN 64

NEBRASKA 68 PURDUE 54

NBA SCOREBOARD

CHICAGO 117 CHARLOTTE 110

LA CLIPPERS 125 WASHINGTON 109

CLEVELAND 128 DETROIT 121

MIAMI 115 SACRAMENTO 106

NEW ORLEANS 110 HOUSTON 99

MINNESOTA 121 DALLAS 87

ORLANDO 108 SAN ANTONIO 98

OKLAHOMA CITY 105 DENVER 100

PHOENIX 136 BROOKLYN 120

PORTLAND 119 MILWAUKEE 116

NHL SCOREBOARD

OTTAWA 3 DETROIT 2 OT

ANAHEIM 3 SAN JOSE 2 OT

LOS ANGELES 4 NASHVILLE 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: FLORIDA UPSETS NO. 10 KENTUCKY IN OT

Tyrese Samuel had a double-double, Walter Clayton Jr. made two crucial 3-pointers en route to 23 points and visiting Florida upset No. 10 Kentucky 94-91 in overtime on Wednesday night in Lexington, Ky.

Samuel finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Clayton made a 3-pointer to force overtime and hit another to give the Gators (15-6, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) the lead for good in the extra session. Zyon Pullin added 21 points.

Reed Sheppard scored 24 points, Rob Dillingham had 20, Antonio Reeves scored 19 and Ugonna Onyenso had 13 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (15-5, 5-3).

The score was tied at 86-all before Tre Mitchell made a free throw to give the Wildcats the lead with 2:49 left in overtime. Clayton answered with his 3-pointer and Pullin made 3 of 4 free throws to give the Gators a 92-87 edge with 32 seconds left to put the game away.

No. 1 UConn 74, Providence 65

Freshman Stephon Castle scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Huskies past the Friars in Storrs, Conn.

The longtime rivals combined for 48 fouls and 23 missed free throws, but the Huskies (19-2, 9-1 Big East) made 21 of their 25 foul shots in the second half en route to their ninth straight win.

Tristen Newton contributed

Tristen Newton contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds for UConn, and Cam Spencer added 15 points. Josh Oduro and Devin Carter each logged 20 points and nine rebounds for Providence (14-7, 5-5), which had won three in a row.

No. 2 Purdue 105, Northwestern 96 (OT)

Zach Edey scored 10 of his 30 points in overtime and Lance Jones added 26 points as the Boilermakers topped the visiting Wildcats in West Lafayette, Ind.

Fletcher Loyer scored 15 points and Braden Smith had 11 points with a career-high 16 assists for Purdue (20-2, 9-2 Big Ten), which shot 57.9 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle 36-22. The Boilermakers have won at least 20 games for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons.

Boo Buie and Ty Berry each scored 25 points as Northwestern (15-6, 6-4) saw its two-game winning streak come to an end. Brooks Barnhizer scored 14 points and Ryan Langborg added 12 for the Wildcats, who shot 57.6 percent from the floor.

No. 16 Auburn 81, Vanderbilt 54

Jaylin Williams scored 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting as the Tigers rolled over the visiting Commodores in Southeastern Conference play.

Denver Jones scored a season-best 19 points and Johni Broome recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for Auburn (17-4, 6-2 SEC), which halted a two-game slide. Chad Baker-Mazara added 11 points for the Tigers, who never trailed and improved to 11-0 at home.

Ven-Allen Lubin had season highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds for Vanderbilt (5-15, 0-7), which lost its seventh straight game and 14th in the past 16. Evan Taylor scored 14 points and Tyrin Lawrence put up 12 points for the Commodores, who are 0-5 on the road.

No. 18 Baylor 77, UCF 69

Langston Love poured in a career-high 24 points, hitting two key free throws with 40 seconds to play, as the Bears came from behind to beat the Knights in Orlando.

Baylor (15-5, 4-3 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak, while UCF (12-8, 3-5) fell for the third time in four games.

Darius Johnson led the Knights with 23 points and 10 assists before fouling out with 25 seconds remaining. Avery added 16 points, while Jaylin Sellers hit for 14 in the loss. UCF missed six of its seven free throws in the game.

Boise State 86, No. 19 New Mexico 78

Senior Max Rice scored a career-high 35 points, sinking a career-best seven 3-pointers, as the Broncos upset the Lobos in Albuquerque, N.M.

Chibuzo Agbo added 16 points and seven rebounds and O’Mar Stanley finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for Boise State (15-6, 6-2 Mountain West), which won for the third time in four games.

New Mexico (18-4, 6-3) was led by sophomore Donovan Dent’s career-high 31 points.

No. 24 Alabama 85, Georgia 76

Mark Sears overcame a slow start to finish with 23 points as the Crimson Tide escaped a 16-point hole to defeat the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.

Grant Nelson nailed two big 3-pointers en route to 20 points for Alabama (15-6, 7-1 SEC), which shot 62.5 percent in the second half.

RJ Melendez and Noah Thomasson scored 15 points apiece to lead Georgia (14-7, 4-4), which hurt its chances with 19 turnovers.

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: OKLAHOMA SQUEAKS BY NO. 2 KANSAS ST.

Skylar Vann racked up 21 points to help Oklahoma upset second-ranked Kansas State 66-63 in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday night for its first win in nearly 20 years over a team ranked No. 2 or better in the AP poll.

Vann, who was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, finished 9-for-18 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds as the Sooners (14-6, 8-1 Big 12) knocked off a top-two team for the first time since beating then-No. 2 Texas in the 2004 Big 12 title game. Lexy Keys chipped in 10 points and hit three 3-pointers for Oklahoma.

Gisela Sanchez matched her season high with 18 points for Kansas State (20-2, 9-1), which shot 25 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter as it was outscored 15-10. Serena Sundell, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, missed the potential game-tying 3-pointer from the left corner as time expired.

The Wildcats had 17 giveaways compared to Oklahoma’s 10, and the Sooners held a 16-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

No. 10 Indiana 87, Maryland 73

Mackenzie Holmes poured in 23 points and Sara Scalia tacked on 22 as the Hoosiers held off the Terrapins in College Park, Md.

Holmes finished 8 of 14 from the field, while Scalia drilled half of her eight 3-point attempts and made 8 of 9 free throws as Indiana (18-2, 9-1 Big Ten) won at Maryland for the first time in program history.

Jakia Brown-Turner scored a season-high 22 points for Maryland (12-9, 4-6), which pulled within seven early in the fourth quarter before a flurry of free throws from Scalia helped Indiana pull away. The Terrapins played without leading scorer Shyanne Sellers (15.4 points per game), who was out with a knee injury.

No. 11 UConn 81, Villanova 60

Aaliyah Edwards scored 22 points to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers who helped the visiting Huskies pull away from the Wildcats.

Paige Bueckers tallied 21 points, KK Arnold added 13 and Nika Muhl supplied 12 for UConn (18-4, 10-0 Big East), which bounced back after having its 13-game winning streak snapped by then-No. 15 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Lucy Olsen netted 15 points to lead Villanova (13-8, 6-4), which was outscored 44-24 in the second half en route to its third loss in the past four games.

No. 22 Creighton 76, Marquette 71

Morgan Maly notched 21 points as the Bluejays pushed past the Golden Eagles in Omaha, Neb.

Lauren Jensen chipped in 19 points to complement Molly Mogensen’s 11 as Creighton (17-3, 8-2 Big East) stacked up its seventh straight win. The Bluejays shot 26 of 53 (49.1 percent) from the field and held on despite going the game’s final 5:34 without a field goal.

Liza Karlen scored 29 points and Mackenzie Hare hit for 17 to lead Marquette (16-5, 5-5), which has now lost three of its past four games.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: BUCKS FALL IN DAMIAN LILLARD’S RETURN TO PORTLAND

Anfernee Simons hit the go-ahead jumper and scored 24 points as the Trail Blazers spoiled Damian Lillard’s homecoming to Portland with a 119-116 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Lillard played 11 seasons with the Trail Blazers before seeking a trade in the offseason and eventually being sent to the Bucks.

Simons put the Trail Blazers ahead with a floater with 17.6 seconds left and Jerami Grant added two free throws with 4.6 seconds to go as Portland won its second straight game.

Deandre Ayton had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and eight rebounds, Lillard had 25 points and seven assists and Khris Middleton had 21 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who have lost three of their past four games.

Suns 136, Nets 120

Kevin Durant heard some cheers in pregame introductions and scored 33 points in his return to Brooklyn as Phoenix surged ahead in the third quarter and went on to win in New York.

Durant played his last game for the Nets on Jan. 8, 2023, before requesting a trade to the Suns and getting his wish at last season’s trade deadline. He complemented his point total with eight assists, five rebounds and two blocks.

Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points and 11 boards and Devin Booker contributed 22 points and eight assists for the Suns. Cam Thomas scored 25 points and Mikal Bridges had 21 for the Nets, who played without Ben Simmons (bruised left knee).

Clippers 125, Wizards 109

Kawhi Leonard recorded 31 points and nine rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter as visiting Los Angeles dumped Washington.

Leonard added four assists and four steals for the Clippers, who overcame the absence of Paul George (left groin soreness) to post their 23rd win in the past 28 games. James Harden collected 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

Washington’s Kyle Kuzma scored 23 of his 27 points in the first half. Rookie Bilal Coulibaly scored 19 points and Corey Kispert added 16 off the bench.

Cavaliers 128, Pistons 121

Donovan Mitchell scored 20 of his season-high-tying 45 points in the fourth quarter as Cleveland rallied to beat visiting Detroit.

Darius Garland scored 19 points in his return from a 19-game absence for the Cavaliers, who have won three straight and 11 of their past 12. Jarrett Allen recorded his 16th straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Danilo Gallinari led Detroit with 20 points. Cade Cunningham scored 19 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 for the Pistons, who had won two of their previous three games.

Bulls 117, Hornets 110

Coby White had another memorable night in his home state, scoring a season-high 35 points as Chicago beat host Charlotte for the third time this month.

White, from Goldsboro, N.C., has led the Bulls in scoring in all three of their January wins over the Hornets. He had plenty of help this time as five of his teammates also scored in double figures, led by Nikola Vucevic with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Charlotte, which lost its fifth consecutive game, completed a 0-4 homestand. This was the first of those results to end in a single-digit margin. Miles Bridges connected six 3-point shots to lead the Hornets with 30 points.

Heat 115, Kings 106

Jimmy Butler scored 31 points as host Miami beat Sacramento to snap a seven-game losing streak.

The Heat collected 38 assists on 42 baskets. Josh Richardson scored a season-high 24 points, including 16 in the first half, and Bam Adebayo contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Keegan Murray put up a game-high 33 points for the Kings, whose four-game winning streak ended. Domantas Sabonis recorded his 13th triple-double of the season: 19 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists.

Thunder 105, Nuggets 100

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 34 points to lift host Oklahoma City over Denver.

Chet Holmgren contributed 18 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Thunder, who had lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

The Nuggets were without star Nikola Jokic, who missed the game due to lower back pain. Three players — Reggie Jackson, Aaron Gordon and Jamal Murray — each scored 16 points to lead Denver. Gordon added 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Magic 108, Spurs 98

Paolo Banchero scored 25 points and Franz Wagner added 20 as visiting Orlando built a big lead and held off San Antonio.

Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points for the Magic, who won for the second time in five games.

Devin Vassell led all scorers with 26 points while Victor Wembanyama added 21 and Jeremy Sochan racked up 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs. San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six games.

Timberwolves 121, Mavericks 87

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting and Minnesota pulled away for a win over Dallas in Minneapolis.

Rudy Gobert finished with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting for Minnesota, which won for the fourth time in its past five games. Josh Green scored 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting to lead the Mavericks, who are 4-7 since a three-game winning streak in early January.

The short-handed Mavericks played without Luka Doncic (right ankle sprain), Kyrie Irving (right thumb sprain), Dereck Lively II (broken nose), Dante Exum (right knee bursitis) and Derrick Jones Jr. (left wrist sprain).

Pelicans 110, Rockets 99

Jonas Valanciunas and Brandon Ingram posted double-doubles as visiting New Orleans snapped a three-game losing skid with a victory at Houston.

Valanciunas paired 25 points with 14 rebounds while Ingram added 24 points and 10 boards. CJ McCollum tallied 19 points as New Orleans won without Zion Williamson (foot) and Herb Jones (adductor).

Jalen Green scored a game-high 31 points while rookie Cam Whitmore tallied 17 off the bench for Houston, which had won two of its previous three games.

NFL NEWS

REPORT: CHARGERS PAYING JIM HARBAUGH $16M PER YEAR

The Los Angeles Chargers are paying new coach Jim Harbaugh a salary of $16 million per season, Pro Football Talk reported.

Previous reports said the former Michigan coach agreed to a five-year deal last week, putting the total value at $80 million if it is fully guaranteed.

If the report is accurate, Harbaugh would be the second highest-paid coach in the NFL behind only Sean Payton of the Denver Broncos at a reported $18 million per season. Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams ranks third at a reported $14 million.

Harbaugh’s brother, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, reportedly earned a salary of $12 million in 2023.

Jim Harbaugh, 60, returns to the NFL after leading the Wolverines to a national championship. He was 44-19-1 over four seasons as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, leading them to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season.

The Chargers, who finished 5-12 this season, fired head coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco in December after a 63-21 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Staley spent three seasons with Los Angeles, finishing with a 24-24 mark.

VIKINGS QB KIRK COUSINS REPORTEDLY NAMES PRICE: $90 MILLION

Approaching his 36th birthday while rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon, Kirk Cousins said he’s willing to take a little less to return to the Minnesota Vikings.

According to a report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Cousins would eschew free agency and stick with the Vikings the next two seasons if they meet his asking price of $90 million through 2025.

While it could seem a sticker-shock ask, Cousins was No. 15 in average salary at $35 million on his existing contract with the Vikings. If he nets another guaranteed contract and the cap hit for 2024 comes in at $45 million, he would be the eighth in the league between Josh Allen (Bills, $47.1 million cap number in ’24) and Derek Carr (Saints, $35.7 million).

Cap gymnastics make it feasible to reduce Cousins’ cap figure to a more palatable number for next season. But the Vikings also have critical contracts to negotiate with wide receiver Justin Jefferson and edge rusher Danielle Hunter, among others.

Cousins said he would focus in free agency mostly on “structure,” and not salary when his contract automatically voids in March.

“Everything that isn’t the dollars,” Cousins said when asked to elaborate on his definition of structure. “That stuff you also work through.”

Among teams potentially in the market for a quarterback this offseason, Cousins’ previous team, the Washington Commanders are projected to have the most cap space at nearly $77 million. New England has space — projected at nearly $66 million — but the Patriots are expected to closely consider top available quarterbacks in the draft with the No. 3 overall pick.

“I’m not going to try to sell myself, if you will. I kind of like to let people make their own decisions, because I do think the league needs quarterbacks, and if you’re trying to talk yourself out of a quarterback, then I can’t help you much,” Cousins said last month. “The Achilles is going to heal. And it’s on track, and I’m a pocket passer and there’s a lot of time before next season. For a lot of reasons, it doesn’t concern me, but if I can’t convince other people of that, then that’s OK.”

Cousins will be 36 before playing his next regular-season snap. A fourth-round pick in 2012, he was tied for the NFL lead with 18 touchdown passes when he suffered the Achilles injury eight weeks into the 2023 season.

Jefferson is owed $19.7 million on his fifth-year option, the last year of his rookie contract, and is a lock to become the fifth active wide receiver with a contract over $100 million. Raiders star Davante Adams is the NFL’s highest-paid receiver with a $140 million total contract value, but Dolphins All-Pro Tyreek Hill leads in average annual value at $30 million (Adams stands at $28M per, Rams’ Cooper Kupp averages $26.7M, and A.J. Brown draws $25M per year from the Eagles).

Hunter set a career-high with 16.5 sacks in 2023 after relenting on plans to sit out in a contract standoff.

NHL NEWS

CANUCKS ACQUIRE ALL-STAR ELIAS LINDHOLM FROM FLAMES

The Vancouver Canucks, tied with the Boston Bruins for the best record in the NHL, acquired All-Star center Elias Lindholm from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, giving the Canucks six representatives at the All-Star Game in Toronto this weekend.

In exchange for the 29-year-old Lindholm, the Canucks sent the Flames forward Andrei Kuzmenko, defensemen prospects Hunter Brzustewicz and Joni Jurmo, and a first- and conditional fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

The Swedish Lindholm is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. In 49 games with the Flames, he has nine goals, 23 assists and a career-high 20:44 average ice time this season. Earlier this month, he was named an All-Star for the first time in his career.

The fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft by Carolina, Lindholm has 212 goals and 333 assists for 545 points in 792 career games with the Hurricanes and the Flames.

Kuzmenko, 27, is in his second season in the NHL. After netting 74 points (39 G, 35 A) in 81 games last season, he has 21 points on eight goals and 13 assists in 43 games.

After opening the season 12-3-1, the Canucks have yet to slow down this season. They enter the All-Star break with a 33-11-5 record for a Western Conference-best 71 points.

Lindholm’s new teammates who will be joining him in Toronto this weekend are forwards Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser, defenseman Quinn Hughes, and goalkeeper Thatcher Demko. Canucks coach Rick Tocchet will be one of the coaches at the game, as well.

PINTO SCORES IN OT TO GIVE SENATORS 3-2 WIN OVER RED WINGS

DETROIT (AP) — Shane Pinto scored on a tip-in at 2:05 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Pinto deflected the puck in after Thomas Chabot shoveled it toward the net. It was his second goal in six games this season.

Brady Tkachuk and

Brady Tkachuk and Mark Kastelic scored for the Senators. Joonas Korpisalo made 23 saves.

Ottawa won the season series, 3-1.

Daniel Sprong and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings. Alex Lyon stopped 22 shots for Detroit, which finished the month with a 9-2-2 record.

Larkin extended his point streak to 12 games during the third period with his team-high 23rd goal.

In the teams’ previous meeting last month, a 5-1 Ottawa victory, Larkin was knocked unconscious from a hit by Mathieu Joseph. The Detroit crowd booed Joseph every time he touched the puck on Wednesday.

The Senators posted a 6-7-2 record in January.

Both teams were playing their final game before the All-Star break.

Sprong scored the only goal of the first period. His 13th of the season came on a one-timer from the left circle off a Joe Veleno pass.

Detroit only had three shots on goal in the period but managed to kill off two penalties.

Kastelic tied it at 3:09 of the second period with his second goal this season. He redirected Jacob Bernard-Docker’s shot from the point.

Tkachuk was called for tripping Jake Walman but it worked in Ottawa’s favor.

Tkachuk came out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway at 14:32 of the period. His 22nd goal was assisted by Pinto.

Larkin tied it at 2-all at 11:15 of the third, skating into the slot and sending the puck through traffic and beyond Korpisalo’s catching glove. J.T. Compher and Olli Maatta were credited with assists.

UP NEXT

Senators: Host Toronto on Feb. 10.

Red Wings: Host Vancouver on Feb. 10.

KINGS SNAP 4-GAME SKID, BEATING PREDATORS 4-2 GOING INTO ALL-STAR BREAK

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alex Turcotte had his first NHL goal and assist and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid in the final game for both teams before the NHL All-Star break.

Playing his second

Playing his second NHL game of the season and 14th overall, Turcotte — the fifth overall pick in 2019 — made it 2-0 in the second period and had an assist on Trevor Lewis’ goal with 6:39 left that helped Los Angeles win for just the third time in 17 games.

Dave Rittich, who played 17 games for Nashville in the 2021-22 season, made 38 saves to improve to 5-1-3 this season.

Carl Grundstrom also scored and Kevin Fiala added an empty-netter.

Filip Forsberg tried to rally Nashville with his 24th goal of the season at 5:15 of the third. Philip Tomasino scored his seventh with 3:24 to go, pulling the Preds to 3-2. Nashville snapped a six-game home points streak against the Kings.

Nashville didn’t seem to be the team for Los Angeles to beat with the Predators taking the first game in Los Angeles on Jan. 18. Nashville had won 12 of 15 between the teams, losing only three times in regulation in the last 27 games going 17-3-7 coming in.

The Kings came in sitting in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, tied with St. Louis and Nashville with 54 points. Nashville has lost three straight (0-2-1).

Grunderson put the Kings up with his eighth goal this season, a wrister over Juuse Saros’ glove into the far corner at 8:51 of the first period.

Then Turcotte scored at 5:36 on a wrister as he skated through the left circle and put the puck over Saros’ glove putting the Kings up 2-0. Trevor Lewis broke away from the celebration quickly to grab the puck for Turcotte.

The Predators thought they answered quickly with Tyson Barrie scoring his second goal of the season in his 800th NHL game. But the Kings challenged for goaltender interference and won, wiping the goal off the board.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Edmonton on Feb. 10.

Predators: Host Arizona on Feb. 10.

TERRY, DOSTAL GUIDE DUCKS TO COMEBACK WIN IN MINNESOTA

Troy Terry scored twice and Lukas Dostal made 35 saves as the Ducks earned a 3-2 comeback victory over the Minnesota Wild tonight at Xcel Energy Center.

With the win, Anaheim’s eighth third-period comeback of the season, the Ducks improved to 17-30-2 and have now earned points in three straight games (2-0-1). Anaheim hosts its final game prior to the 2024 NHL All-Star Break on Wednesday against San Jose.

Terry tied the game early in the the first and then scored the eventual game-winner with 8:20 to play in regulation. Ryan Strome also scored. Adam Henrique, Frank Vatrano, Bo Groulx, Radko Gudas and Urho Vaakanainen each tallied assists.

Dostal turned in one of the best performances of his young NHL career, earning his 13th win in the NHL with stops on 35-of-37 Minnesota shots – including each of the final 28 attempts.

Kirill Kaprizov and Jon Merrill scored for the Wild, who fell to 21-23-5 with their second consecutive defeat. Goaltender Filip Gustavsson totaled 22 saves.

Both teams got on the board early in the first thanks to a goal from their star wingers, with a bad-luck bounce being the difference after 20 minutes.

Kaprizov opened the scoring just under seven minutes in, converting a terrific cross-seam pass by Mats Zuccarello past a sliding Dostal.

Recently selected to his third straight NHL All-Star Game, Kaprizov leads the Wild in points (19-26=45) this season and ranks second in both goals and assists. He’s collected six goals and nine points in his last five games, both second-best in the NHL during that span.

With the helper, his first of two on the night, Zuccarello clinched his eighth 30-assist season in the NHL.

Terry answered a few minutes later for the Ducks, taking a centering pass from Vatrano and out-waiting Gustavsson from all alone in the slot for a snap shot over the blocker.

Terry’s first goal of the night extended his point streak to a season-best five games.

Anaheim’s representative at

Anaheim’s representative at next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto, Vatrano has assists in two of his last three games. Groulx’s assist was his second point this season and his fifth career point in the NHL.

The Wild would go back ahead late in the first though, when Zuccarello’s point shot first redirected off Merrill’s stick in the slot before ramping off Gudas’ blade and then past Dostal.

Zuccarello has recorded multiple points in 10 of his 40 games this season, including three of his last seven outings.

Minnesota appeared to double the advantage early in the second period, with veteran Marcus Johansson using the screen of center Joel Eriksson-Ek to beat Dostal from the circle, but the goal was nullified after Anaheim’s successful offside challenge.

The Wild outshot the Ducks 18-4 in the scoreless middle frame.

Anaheim would turn up the pressure early in the third though and a trio of veterans would team up to even the score. Skating along the offensive boards, Henrique got the puck to Gudas at the line, where the sturdy defenseman elected to throw a wrister on net. Strome then got inside positioning on Wild rookie blueliner Brock Faber, allowing him to tip the puck from the goaltender’s left to right for the tying goal.

Henrique’s two assists on the night pushed his own scoring streak to five. He has 10 points in his last seven appearances, including four multi-point performances.

Minnesota would have its chance to go back ahead for the third time with a power-play midway through the third, but a clutch kill by Anaheim would give Terry a chance at the decisive goal. Just after his penalty expired, the two-time All-Star winger attacked one-on-one against forward Ryan Hartman, who blocked the first shot but fell to the ice in the process. The rebound then came right back to Terry, with the free space from Hartman’s tumble leading allowing Terry to beat Gustavsson up high.

With the two-goal performance, Terry tied Vatrano for Anaheim’s team lead in scoring this season. Terry has multi-point efforts in three of his last five games and is now 11 goals shy of 100 for his NHL career.

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GREG NORMAN: LIV ‘FULL STEAM AHEAD’ AFTER PGA LANDS $3B INVESTMENT

Even though the PGA Tour landed a $3 billion private investment on Wednesday, LIV Golf chief executive officer Greg Norman doesn’t expect his organization to change course anytime soon.

Norman sent out a memo to his staff in the wake of the PGA Tour’s deal with Strategic Sports Group — a group made up of American sports owners — insisting that such funding won’t affect LIV.

“Let me make one thing very clear: nothing announced by other tours or investment groups changes LIV Golf’s positive trajectory or future plans,” Norman said in the memo. “We started LIV Golf with the goal of creating something new, taking the game to a global, diverse audience and driving innovation while growing golf’s fanbase.

“More investment in golf is a great thing for the game and for us. It’s a positive development for our players, our fans, and for the long-term future of the game.”

Norman added that LIV was “moving full steam ahead,” with its 2024 season just two days away from teeing off at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. He also said that he has “never been more confident in the league.”

The money the PGA Tour received from Strategic Sports Group will go toward a for-profit organization, PGA Tour Enterprises, which will provide tour members with the chance to become equity holders in the new program.

Last June, the PGA Tour announced it was creating a framework agreement with the DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the financial backers of LIV.

The sides were originally supposed to come to an agreement by Dec. 31, 2023, but they were unable to do so and agreed to an extension. The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that it is making strides in the right direction in ongoing negotiations with the PIF as it works toward a potential future investment.

2024 AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: PREVIEW, PROPS, BEST BETS

The PGA Tour has ratcheted up the stakes for the AT&T Pro-Am, providing Signature Event status to this week’s event at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links.

That means 49 of the top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings from last season are in the field, where they will compete for the $3.6 million winner’s portion of the $20 million purse. The event begins Friday along with 80 celebrities in the pro-am that will also take place at Spyglass Hill.

Our golf experts preview the event and provide their favorite prop picks along with best bets to win this week.

AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM
Location: Pebble Beach, Calif., Feb. 1-4
Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links (Par 72, 6,972 yards); Spyglass Hill (Par 72, 7,041 yards)
Purse: $20M (Winner: $3.6M)
Defending Champion: Justin Rose
FedEx Cup Leader: Chris Kirk

HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-7 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS)
Streaming (ESPN+): Thursday-Saturday, 11:45 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
X: @ATTProAm

PROP PICKS
–Viktor Hovland Top 10 (+140 at DraftKings): Hovland hasn’t been seen since opening 2024 with a T22 at The Sentry. The world’s No. 4-ranked player did close 2023 with five consecutive top-10s while claiming the FedEx Cup championship and starring for the winning European Ryder Cup team. Now he’s back at Pebble Beach, where he tied for 13th last year and also became the first Norwegian to win the U.S. Amateur title in 2018.

–Collin Morikawa Under 70 1st Round (-110 at BetMGM): Morikawa is coming off a missed cut at Torrey Pines, although he did open with a 67 before stumbling to a 75 in the second round. He also opened 2024 with a T5 at the Sentry, where he posted three rounds of 67 or better. You have to go pretty low to compete at the AT&T, where Rose won at 18 under last year. Morikawa is making his event debut, but the California native said Pebble is a place he’d “love to check” off the box with a win.

–Nicolai Hojgaard to Beat Beau Hossler (-110 at DraftKings): Hojgaard is a career-best 30th in the world rankings after his solo second at Torrey Pines. That continues an outstanding stretch for the PGA Tour rookie that includes winning the DP World Tour Championship to close out 2023 and a T7 at the Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago. Fatigue is a potential concern with Hojgaard already making his fourth start of ’24, but we’re going to ride his excellent form over the past few months. Hossler is coming off a T6 last week following a T47 at the AmEx.

2024 Prop Picks Record: 6-6

BEST BETS
–Rory McIlroy (+850 at BetMGM) is at the AT&T for the first time since missing the cut in 2018. He is making his 2024 PGA Tour debut while coming off a win at the Dubai Desert Classic.
–World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (+850) is making his tournament debut. He kicked off 2024 with a T5 at The Sentry before a disappointing T17 against a more modest field at the AmEx.
–Hovland (+1200) finished T22 at The Sentry in his lone start of 2024, but did close last year with a pair of wins among five consecutive top-10s. The same odds at DraftKings have seen Hovland the third most popular choice with 6.0 percent of the money backing him to win.
–Max Homa (+1600) has seen his odds shorten from opening at +1800 as the California native is third in the field with 5.4 percent of the bets backing him to win. He has finished T13 or T14 in three consecutive starts, including Torrey Pines last week.
–Xander Schauffele (+1200), a San Diego native, finished T3 at the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He opened at +1400 but has also seen his odds shorten with 2.8 percent of the total bets backing him.
–Jordan Spieth (+1800) won the event in 2018 and is teeing it up for the first time since a solo third at The Sentry. He is BetMGM’s biggest liability this week as Spieth leads the field in both total bets (9.0 percent) and money (15.9 percent). Spieth has also been the most popular play at DraftKings, where he leads the field with 14 and 6 percent of the action, respectively.
–Patrick Cantlay (+1800) hasn’t been in great form of late with a T52 and a T56 the past two weeks. That hasn’t deterred the public, who have backed him with 7.8 percent of the money wagered at BetMGM and 8 percent at DraftKings.
–Justin Thomas (+2500) arrives at Pebble Beach enjoying a resurgence as his scoring average his past 11 rounds has been 66.64, compared to 71.09 the previous 32. He’s the book’s second-biggest liability while being second with 5.4 percent of the total bets backing him.
–Tommy Fleetwood (+4000) is still seeking that elusive first victory on U.S. soil. Could this be the week? Fleetwood backed up a win at the Dubai Invitational with a T14 at the Dubai Desert Classic, and his longshot odds have made him a popular pick as BetMGM’s third-biggest liability this week.
–Rose (+6600) is the defending champion and also tied for third at the ’19 U.S. Open. While he has enjoyed success at Pebble, Rose has a T40, a T56 and a T57 in his first three events of 2024.

NOTES
–This is the second signature event of the year, featuring an 80-player field and no cut. The pro-am portion is contested over both courses on Thursday and Friday, with only the professionals competing at Pebble Beach over the weekend.
–The field includes 49 of the top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings along with the Aon Next 10 from the FedEx Cup Fall and Eligibility Points List. Hojgaard is in the field as the top player not otherwise exempt from the 2023 Race to Dubai, and Nick Dunlap will make his first start since turning professional last week following his win at The American Express.
–Peter Malnati, Maverick McNealy, Adam Scott and Webb Simpson are in the field as sponsor exemptions, and Thomas earned a spot for being in the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking (No. 26).
–The field was completed with nine players from Nos. 61 and beyond from the FedEx Cup Fall and Eligibility Points List: Alex Noren, Thomas Detry, Mark Hubbard, Erik van Rooyen, Brandon Wu, Davis Riley, S.H. Kim, Keith Mitchell, Hayden Buckley.
–17 players in the field have yet to qualify for the third signature event, the Genesis Invitational.
–Brandt Snedeker holds the tournament scoring record of 265 set in 2015.

BASEBALL NEWS

ANGELOS FAMILY AGREES TO SELL ORIOLES FOR $1.725B

The Angelos family on Monday formally announced their intent to sell the Baltimore Orioles to a group of private equity billionaires led by David Rubenstein and others, including Hall of Famer and lifelong Oriole Cal Ripken Jr., for $1.725 billion.

Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chairman of the Carlyle Group, will become the controlling owner of the Orioles upon the close of the transaction. The Angelos family will continue to hold a sizable investment in the Orioles, and John Angelos will serve as senior advisor to the organization.

Major League Baseball still must approve the sale. The owners are scheduled to meet next week in Orlando, Fla.

“When I took on the role of Chair and CEO of the Orioles, we had the objective of restoring the franchise to elite status in major league sports, keeping the team in Baltimore for years to come, and revitalizing our partnership group,” Angelos said in a statement. “This relationship with David Rubenstein and his partners validates that we have not only met but exceeded our goals.”

Puck News reported earlier in the week that the group will start off owning roughly 40 percent of the club. When John Angelos’ 94-year-old father Peter Angelos dies, Rubenstein and Michael Arougheti will buy up the remaining 60 percent.

Rubenstein is joined in the investment by Arougheti, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ares Management; Mitchell Goldstein and Michael Smith, co-heads of the Ares Credit Group; Kurt Schmoke, former Baltimore mayor; Grant Hill, NBA Hall of Famer; and Mike Bloomberg, entrepreneur and philanthropist, among others.

“I am grateful to the Angelos family for the opportunity to join the team I have been a fan of my entire life,” Rubenstein said in the release. “I look forward to working with all the Orioles owners, players and staff to build upon the incredible success the team has achieved in recent seasons. Our collective goal will be to bring a World Series Trophy back to the City of Baltimore.”

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One of the most storied rivalries in the Eastern Conference continues on Thursday night, but both teams will look much different than the last time they met.

The Indiana Pacers (27-21) and New York Knicks (31-17) will play their 194th regular season meeting on Friday when they face off at Madison Square Garden.

On the exact day the teams last played – a Dec. 30 Pacers win – the Knicks traded RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and draft picks to the Toronto Raptors for OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn. Since the trade occurred on the same day of the game, none of the aforementioned players suited up for New York.

Just over two weeks later, on Jan. 17  the Pacers acquired two-time All-Star Pascal Siakam from the Raptors in exchange for then-starting guard Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and draft picks.

Injuries could also play a factor in the next game.

New York will be without one – maybe two – of its key members on Thursday, as starting power forward Julius Randle is expected to miss multiple games after injuring his shoulder on Saturday against Miami. Randle had 28 points and 12 rebounds in New York’s first game against Indiana.

The Knicks could also be without Anunoby on Thursday, as he missed Tuesday’s game against the Utah Jazz (24-25) with right elbow inflammation. Since acquiring Anunoby, who played on the same Raptors teams with Siakam from the 2017-18 season until traded, the Knicks have a record of 12-2.

Indiana comes into the game off a 129-124 loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics (37-11) at TD Garden. The Pacers have won three of their last four games.

The Pacers trailed 81-66 at halftime in Boston before cutting it to 106-103 at the end of the third quarter. The Blue & Gold trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter before making it a three-point game with less than a minute left, but couldn’t pull off the comeback.

Indiana All-Star starting guard Tyrese Haliburton made his return on Tuesday after missing 10 of his previous 11 games, but was limited to playing just 22 minutes – including none of the fourth quarter – as he continues to manage a left hamstring strain. He still finished with 13 points and 10 assists in limited action.

Aaron Nesmith led seven Pacers that scored in double digits with 26 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam recorded 23 points and six boards.

Bennedict Mathurin, who is the fourth-highest scorer on the team at 14.3 points per game, missed his first contest of the season on Tuesday due to a toe injury.

The Knicks enter their matchup with the Pacers on an eight-game winning spree  – the longest active winning streak in the NBA – which includes a 118-103 win over the Jazz (24-25) on Tuesday.

Six players scored in double figures for the Knicks, led by 33 points by DiVincenzo and 29 from Brunson.

The Knicks rank highly in several statistical categories, and have the fourth-best net rating in the league currently.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Knicks: G – Donte DiVincenzo, G – Jalen Brunson, F – Precious Achiuwa, F – Josh Hart, C – Isaiah Hartenstein

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left hamstring strain injury management), Bennedict Mathurin – questionable (right great toe sprain), T.J. McConnell – questionable (illness), Jalen Smith – questionable (low back spasms), Myles Turner – questionable (mid back spasms)

Knicks: OG Anunoby – questionable (right elbow inflammation), Quentin Grimes – questionable (sprained right knee), Julius Randle – out (dislocated right shoulder), Mitchell Robinson – out (left ankle surgery)

Last Meeting

Dec. 30, 2023: A historic performance by Tyrese Haliburton propelled the Pacers to a 140-126 win over a shorthanded Knicks squad.

Posting 22 points and 23 points, Haliburton became just the third player in NBA history to record 20 or more points and 20-plus assists in consecutive games (the others are Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and John Stockton). Haliburton’s 23 assists also tied the Pacers franchise record for a game, set by Jamaal Tinsley in 2001.

Indiana led 64-62 at halftime before the Pacers dropped 41 points in the third quarter to pull away from the Knicks.

Five Pacers finished in double-digit scoring, led by 28 points by Myles Turner, while Aaron Nesmith drained seven 3-pointers en route to 25 points and Bennedict Mathurin chipped in 20 off the bench.

New York was without their third and fourth leading scores – RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley – as they were traded to Toronto earlier in the day for former Indiana Hoosier OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn.

Donte DiVencenzo led the Knicks with 38 points on 14-for-21 shooting (7-for-11 3-point) while Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle each scored 28 points. Randle also pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double, and Josh Hart also had a strong outing recording 10 points and 10 boards.

Indiana shot 58.8 percent from the field, including 23-for-43 from 3-point range, and the Knicks shot 47.4 from the floor (17-for-37 from 3-point).

Noteworthy

New York owns a 99-94 regular season record over Indiana.

Myles Turner will tie Austin Croshere (540) for 12th all-time (eighth in NBA franchise history)  in games played for the Pacers in his next game.

Pacers forward Obi Toppin was drafted by the Knicks with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and spent his first three seasons with the Knicks (2020-23). Obi’s brother, Jacob, plays for the G League Westchester Knicks.

Bennedict Mathurin and Oscar Tshiebwe were both named to the 2024 Panini Rising Stars game on Tuesday as part of All-Star weekend.

Mathurin needs 26 points to reach 2,000 for his career.

Indiana’s Isaiah Jackson is four points from 1,000 for his career.

OG Anunoby played at Indiana University from 2015 to 2017.

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), Pat Boylan (studio host)

INDIANA WOMEN’S BB

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NO. 10 HOOSIERS GET WIN AT MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Sara Scalia each had 23 and 22 points, respectively, as No. 10 Indiana won for the first time at Maryland in a 87-73 win at Xfinity Center on Wednesday night.

KEY MOMENTS

Indiana (18-2, 9-1 B1G) came out with back-to-back triples from sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser and Yarden Garzon. It would hit four from long range as it built a 14-2 lead with 6:10 to play as Maryland called timeout.

The Terps (12-9, 4-6 B1G) responded in the first with an 8-0 run of its own, but IU finished the frame with a triple from senior guard Sara Scalia and a buzzer-beater lay-in for graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes pushed the lead to double figures, 24-14.

A 28-point second quarter featuring eight points each from Holmes and Scalia pushed the Hoosiers to a 52-30 lead at the break. They shot 78.6 percent from the floor in the second including 14 points inside the paint. 

The Hoosiers had to weather a second half surge from Maryland. The home team would shoot 75 percent from the floor in the third quarter, putting up 29 points coming out of the break as the lead shrunk to single digits at the end of the third, 68-59,

Maryland came within as few as seven to open the fourth but Indiana used a midrange jumper from sophomore guard Yarden Garzon to go back up 11 with 6:45 to play. Four-straight made free throws from Scalia extended the to a 82-65 lead as IU’s defense didn’t allow a field goal for the final 7:45 of the game.

NOTABLE

Indiana wins its first game in the series between the two schools in College Park and has now won four of its last five in the series.

Holmes paced the Hoosiers with her sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds. It was her 24th career double-double and 19th game in double figures this season.

Scalia notched her seventh game with 20-points or more as she connected on four 3-pointers to push her season total to 63.

Garzon and Moore-McNeil also added double figures with 11 points and 10 points each.

Bargesser finished the night with nine points on 4-for-6 shooting and a team-high six assists. IU dished out 19 assists with Garzon, Scalia and Moore-McNeil each added three.  The trio also each pulled down five boards apiece.

The Hoosiers also won the battle on the glass, 33-24. Holmes had seven of IU’s 11 offensive boards.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, this is extra special, as most of you probably know we’ve never won here as a program, so we made history for our program in terms of being able to win at Maryland. That just tells you how good Maryland had been and what a fabulous job Brend (Frese) has done in her time here. I’m really proud of our group tonight, the triangle (defense) caught us off guard, but I thought our kids handled themselves well in the first half. We knew that Maryland was not going to go away, that’s just not how they are coached, and they have too much tradition and pride. They’re too well coached. We knew there was going to be a run made by them and that was in the third quarter. We were able to hang on to the lead and I thought that the way our experience really paid off down the stretch and the way we handled ourselves in spite of them making a run at us. We will have to go back and watch the film and seeing some of the slippage we had defensively, I did like how we handled ourselves, especially at the end when we just decided to be ultra-aggressive and try to get ourselves to the free throw line. That was the plan. I thought Mack(enzie Holmes) and Sara (Scalia and the rest of their teammates did a fabulous job there, especially after the four minute media of keep being aggressive.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will travel to Columbus for a Top 10 matchup at No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday at Noon ET on FS1.

INDIANA WRESTLING

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NO. 28 INDIANA TO HOST NO. 30 MICHIGAN STATE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– No. 28 Indiana will finish off a three-match homestand this weekend as it hosts No. 30 Michigan State on Sunday, Feb. 4 at noon in Wilkinson Hall.

The Hoosiers carry a 5-2 record and a 2-2 Big Ten mark ahead of Sunday’s dual. They are riding a two-match winning streak, defeating No. 21 Maryland and Purdue in consecutive weekends.

MICHIGAN STATE MATCHUP:

-Sunday should be a great day of wrestling with two evenly matched teams in No. 28 Indiana and No. 30 Michigan State going toe-to-toe on the mat.

-Indiana enters the dual at 5-2 and 2-2 in conference while Michigan State is 8-3 and 1-3 in the Big Ten. The Spartans are coming off their most impressive win of the season, defeating No. 17 Wisconsin, 22-15 on Friday, Jan. 26.

-Both Indiana and Michigan State boast five ranked wrestlers. The ranked spartans include No. 30 Jordan Hamdan (141), No. 21 Chase Saldate (157), No. 9 Caleb Fish (165), No. 15 Layne Malczewski (184) and No. 29 Kael Wisler (197).

-The matches at 141, 157 and 165 lbs. will all feature ranked wrestlers facing off.

-Michigan State head coach Roger Chandler is an Indiana alum and one of the best wrestlers in school history. He was a three-time All-American from 1995 to 1997 at 142 lbs., including a runner-up finish in 1997. Chandler also was the 1997 Big Ten champion.

-Indiana is seeking its first win over Michigan State since Jan. 22, 2015 when IU won 20-15 in East Lansing.

-Michigan State will also face No. 26 Illinois on Friday this weekend, prior to Sunday’s dual.

PURDUE REWIND:

-It was an exciting Saturday at Wilkinson Hall last weekend as No. 28 Indiana defeated rival Purdue, 22-9.

-Indiana won in seven of the ten bouts with two Hoosiers defeating ranked opponents.

-Brayton Lee (157) knocked off No. 16 Joey Blaze by decision, 4-2. DJ Washington (174) beat No. 32 Brody Baumann in a 9-4 decision.

-In addition to Lee and Washington, Cayden and Graham Rooks, Dan Fongaro, Roman Rogotzke and Nick Willham all won their bouts.

-The win propelled IU to a 5-2 record and 2-2 in the conference. The win also marked back-to-back years of defeating Purdue, the first time doing so since 2009 and 2010.

KING PIN:

-Indiana redshirt freshman Gabe Sollars has been racking up the pins all season claiming 11 by the point of matches through January 29.

-The NCAA recently released their mid-season award standings for Most Falls and Most Tech Falls and Sollars currently leads the NCAA with the most wins by fall.

-There’s currently a two-way tie for second in the most falls race between Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) and Kelvin Griffin (Lehigh). Both wrestlers currently have ten pins.

-Of Sollars’ wins this season, 64.7% of them have come by fall (11-of-17 wins).

CLASS OF 2018:

-Four of the ten Hoosiers in the routine starting lineup are sixth-year seniors.

-These seniors include Michael Spangler (125), Dan Fongaro (141), Graham Rooks (149) and Brayton Lee (157).

-Of the four, Rooks is the only one who has spent all six seasons in Bloomington. Spangler transferred from Pratt Junior College and Lock Haven.

-Fongaro and Lee each spent five seasons at their previous institutions, Columbia and Minnesota, respectively.

NEW FACES:

-Indiana has nine new wrestlers on the roster for this season.

-Of the newbies, five of them are freshmen while the other four are transfers.

-All five freshmen are from the state of Indiana. They include Bryce Lowery (Indianapolis), Joey Buttler (Greenwood), Cheaney Schoeff (Avon), Anthony Bahl (Crown Point) and Aidan Torres (Chesterton).

-Lowery, Buttler and Torres all won an IHSAA individual State Championship during their senior season. Bahl won a Team State Title with the Crown Point Bulldogs, the second in a row for the team, and their third in four years.

-Lowery won IndyStar’s Most Outsanding Wrestler award for the best senior wrestler in the state for the 2022-2023 school year.

-Indiana’s transfer class includes Dan Fongaro, Brayton Lee, Roman Rogotzke and Aaron Johnson.

-Lee, a known commodity around NCAA Wrestling, returns to his home state after spending five years at Minnesota.

-The two-time All-American (2020, 2021) is seeking to recapture his momentum after entering last season as the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. in the country.

-Lee’s 2022-23 season was cut short due to injury at The Big Ten Championships.

-Fongaro comes to Indiana after five years at Columbia where he competed at 141 and 149 lbs. He will wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Hoosiers.

-Fongaro owns fifth and sixth place finishes at the EIWA Championships in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

-Rogotzke, a transfer at 184 lbs., from South Dakota State, enters his redshirt sophomore season with plenty of momentum.

-Last year, Rogotzke racked up 17 wins and took first place at two open tournaments.

-Johnson joined the Hoosiers at the semester break.

-The Kennesaw, Ga. native and heavyweight wrestled at University of the Cumberlands (NAIA) in Williamsburg, Ky. from 2017-2022.

-Johnson was a four-time NAIA qualifier and three-time All-American at Cumberlands.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS:

-The Indiana Wrestling team had a number of wrestlers compete in offseason competition to get better and compete on the world stage.

-Senior Jacob Moran competed for Team Puerto Rico at 57 kg in Freestyle and took third place at the Central American and Caribbean Games while also competing at the 2023 U23 World Championships in Albania.

-Derek Gilcher took fifth place at the 2023 U.S. Open at the Senior Level at 74 kg.

-Gabe Sollars earned sixth place at the 2023 U.S. Open in the U20 division in Freestyle at 92 kg. He also had a sixth place finish at the U20 World Team Trials in the same weight class and division.

-DJ Washington finished in second at 86 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Nick Willham had a fourth place finish at 92 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Tyler Lillard earned 7th place at 74 kg in the U20 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Cole Rhemrev took 7th place at 67 kg in Greco-Roman at the U20 World Team Trials. Magnus Kuokkanen got 7th in the same division, but at 77 kg.

GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSION:

-Indiana’s roster features wrestlers everywhere across the country.

-Fifteen wrestlers on the team are home grown, in-state Hoosiers, including all of the freshmen.

-Of the 31 wrestlers on the team, there are 14 different states represented.

-The states represented on Indiana’s roster include Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Kansas, Kentucky and Georgia.

INDIANA SWIMMING

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HOOSIERS HEAD TO DOHA FOR WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Eleven athletes associated with Indiana swimming and diving will compete at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships, kicking off this weekend in Doha, Qatar. Nine of those are current IU student-athletes or coaches.

Indiana is represented by Team USA head coaches in two disciplines. IU head diving coach is once again serving as USA Diving’s head coach at the games, and associated head coach Cory Chitwood is in Doha as the open water swimming team’s head coach.

IU athletes will first appear February 3 when Mariah Denigan competes in the 10-kilometer open water swim. Denigan finished eighth last summer, seven spots better than her world championships debut a year before, to qualify for this year’s games. Four days later, Denigan will swim the 5K, in which she placed 18th in July. The IU junior can qualify for the 2024 Olympics with her performances in Qatar.

Diving kicks off February 4 with alum Andrew Capobianco and current IU junior Quinn Henninger teaming up in the men’s synchronized 3-meter event. Capobianco, an Olympic silver medalist in this event, finished fourth in the solo event at last year’s world championships. Two days later, alum Jessica Parratto will defend her world bronze medal in the women’s synchronized 10-meter competition with long-time teammate Delaney Schnell. Junior Carson Tyler is Indiana’s final diver to go, also competing in synchronized 10-meter February 8.

IU will also send four international swimmers on its current roster to Doha. Junior Ching Hwee Gan (400m freestyle, 1,500m freestyle) and freshman Mikkel Lee (50m butterfly) will represent Singapore with German junior Rafael Miroslaw (200m Freestyle) and French junior Kai Van Westering (100m backstroke, 200m Backstroke). Pool swimming competitions begin February 11, with both Singaporeans competing that day.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

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#2 PURDUE OUTLASTS NORTHWESTERN 105-96 IN OVERTIME
[2] Purdue 105, Northwestern 96 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 20-2 overall and 9-2 in the Big Ten Conference with a 105-96 overtime victory over Northwestern.

Purdue became the first team in the country to reach 20 victories. A year ago, Purdue was the first high-major program to reach 20 wins.

The Boilermakers snapped a two-game losing streak to Northwestern and won for the seventh straight time at home against the Wildcats. Purdue is now 45-6 all-time against Northwestern in Mackey Arena.

The last four games with Northwestern have been determined by six, six, four (OT) and nine (OT) points.

Purdue has now won six straight games overall, all of them coming by at least eight points.

Purdue has won 12 straight home games, the longest streak in the Big Ten. During the 12-game streak, Purdue has won by a total of 284 points (23.7 points per game).

The win was Purdue’s 13th quad-1 or quad-2 victory, the most in the nation by three wins.

Purdue’s 105 points were its most in a Big Ten game since scoring 107 against Rutgers on Jan. 18, 2016.

The 201 combined points were the most in a game during the Matt Painter era and the most since Nov. 14, 1997, vs. LIU Brooklyn (W, 119-95).

Over the last two years, Purdue is now 41-3 during the months of November, December and January.

Purdue averaged 1.46 points / possession, the fourth-best total in school history.

Purdue has won 119 straight games when scoring 90 or more points, dating to Nov. 26, 1987, vs. Iowa State.

Zach Edey scored 30 points with 15 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. It marked his 13th career 30-10 game, the second most for a player nationally since the 2010-11 season (21 by South Dakota State’s Mike Daum).

Edey’s nine career 25-15 games are the most for a high-major player in the last 15 years. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Oscar Tshiebwe had six each for second on the list.

Edey moved into fifth place on the school’s all-time career scoring list with 2,047 points. Dave Schellhase is fourth at 2,074 points.

Edey surpassed 1,100 career rebounds and now has 1,102 rebounds. He moved past Michigan State’s Draymond Green into seventh place on the Big Ten’s all-time rebounds list (1,102).

Edey set a school record by scoring in double figures for the 73rd straight game.

Edey tied a school record with his 54th career double-double.

Edey is now averaging 23.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 assists per game in all games played. In Big Ten play, Edey is averaging 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 assists per game, shooting 66.0 percent from the field.

Braden Smith recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points, 16 assists and four rebounds.

His 16 assists in a Big Ten game are tied for the most by a player in the last 15 years. The 16 assists are the second most by a Purdue player in school history and the most for a Boilermaker in the last 49 years. The 16 assists are the fourth most by a player in the country this year.

Smith now has five games of 10 or more assists, the third-most 10-assist games by a Boilermaker in school history.

In 11 Big Ten games, Smith is now averaging 10.3 points, 8.5 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Lance Jones’ 26 points were a season high. Jones now has 1,794 career points. Jones went 5-of-7 from 3-point range.

Fletcher Loyer went 3-of-5 from 3-point range and is now shooting 23-of-45 (.511) from 3-point range in Big Ten Conference play.

Mason Gillis scored 14 points, making all eight of his free throw attempts. He also made two 3-pointers and Purdue is 34-4 when he makes multiple 3-pointers.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey spent 40 minutes wearing down the Northwestern defense.

Then he took full advantage over the final five minutes Wednesday night.

The reigning national player of the year scored Purdue’s first 10 points in overtime, finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds, and helped the second-ranked Boilermakers avoid yet another upset by leading them to 105-96 victory.

“It’s kind of how we play,” Edey said. “We attack the rim or we get rebounds and we do all those things. We get teams into foul trouble, so over time they’re forced to go to some matchups they maybe don’t want against me and we’re able to exploit that.”

Edey had plenty of help. Lance Jones scored a season-high 26 and Braden Smith had 11 points and 16 assists — matching the second-highest game total in school history. The Boilermakers (20-2, 9-2 Big Ten) won their sixth straight and became the first Division I team with 20 wins this season.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins drew a technical foul and was ejected with 1.7 seconds left when he walked onto the court, yelling furiously at one referee with the ball still in play.

After being restrained by one of his players, Collins calmed down and congratulated Edey and Purdue coach Matt Painter on his way off the floor, then gestured to the booing crowd to get louder. The Boilermakers were given four technical free throws just before the final buzzer.

“I’m not going to go into the officiating. We have great officiating,” Collins said, noting Purdue took 38 more free throws than the Wildcats. “I just don’t know if I’ve ever seen a box score like that.”

Still, the Wildcats (15-6, 6-4) didn’t make it easy with a harassing defense that wouldn’t allow Purdue to pull away, and the Boilermakers helped by going 29 of 46 on free throws.

Boo Buie and Ty Berry each had 25 points for Northwestern, which led 78-73 with 2:37 left in regulation and had a chance to win it on Buie’s 15-foot runner at the buzzer. But the ball bounced off the front of the rim, and then the 7-foot-4 Edey took over.

He opened overtime with a short hook shot, drew a foul on a dunk, made two free throws on Purdue’s next possession and added two more dunks to give Purdue a 91-87 lead. Northwestern could only get as close as two the rest of the way.

Edey also had one block, falling two short of becoming the fourth Big Ten player with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks.

Buie moved into second on Northwestern’s career scoring list with his ninth straight 20-point game against a ranked opponent. He now has 1,936 points.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: Collins’ squad understands how to challenge Edey better than any other Big Ten team. But after topping the nation’s No. 1 team twice on its home court in the past two seasons, the Wildcats came up just short this time. Still, Northwestern remains one of the conference’s top teams.

Purdue: The Boilermakers protected their home court again — thanks to Edey’s late charge. They can’t rely exclusively on the reigning national player of the year, but he’s certainly a nice go-to option on an off night.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Purdue barely navigated the first of this week’s two obstacles. The trickier part comes Saturday at No. 6 Wisconsin. Win that one, and the Boilermakers won’t slide past No. 2 and could move up to No. 1.

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PURDUE DROPS ROAD GAME AT NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Purdue women’s basketball team dropped its Wednesday night game at Nebraska 68-54.

Abbey Ellis posted her 19th game in double figures this season with 15 points. Ellis is now 16 points away from joining the 1,000-point club as a Boilermaker. Caitlyn Harper battled her way for 10 points to join Ellis in double figures.

Mila Reynolds came off the bench to post a career-high seven points in 13 minutes on the floor. The Boilermakers (9-12, 2-8) shot 36.1% from the field and connected on four 3-pointers.

Nebraska (14-7, 6-4) finished the game with a 42.4% shooting clip with seven triples. The Cornhuskers put five players in double figures led by 14 points each from Darian White and Alexis Markowski 14

Purdue jumped up out to an early 13-10 lead hitting five of its first seven field goals. After trailing by two after the first, Reynolds connected on triple to put the Boilermakers ahead 20-19. The Cornhuskers responded with a 13-2 run that lasted until the 2:59 mark of the second.

Ellis went on her own 7-0 run to close the half to pull Purdue within three at 32-29 at the break.

Nebraska opened the second half on a 15-4 run with Purdue’s points coming from Harper. Jayla Smith chipped into the 14-point deficit with four straight points in the middle of the third. Purdue cut the gap to eight twice late in the period, before Rashunda Jones’ layup late in the third made it a 54-43 game going to the fourth.

Sophie Swanson connected on a corner three, and Mila Reynolds drove through contact for a layup to pull the Boilermakers back within 11 with 4:35 to play, but the lead proved too much to overcome in the final minutes. 

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Nebraska 10-9.

• The Boilermakers committed 12 turnovers, while forcing Nebraska into 13 miscues.

• Wednesday night wrapped up a seven-game stretch for the Boilermakers against teams in the NET top 30.

• Despite allowing 11 offensive rebounds, Purdue gave up 11 second chance points.

• Ellis led Purdue on the glass for the third time this season with a season-high six rebounds.

• Rashunda Jones matched her season high with five boards.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will return to Mackey Arena next Monday, Feb. 5, to take on Illinois. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. on BTN. Monday will be Purdue’s annual Fight Like A Boilermaker Pinkout. Purdue’s pink uniforms from the game will be auctioned off starting Friday at 9 a.m.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

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IRISH DROP 65-53 ROAD BATTLE AT VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Notre Dame men’s basketball put up a good fight against Virginia Wednesday night inside JPJ Arena, but the Fighting Irish (7-14, 2-8) ran into a very hot three-point shooting Cavaliers (16-5, 7-3) team – resulting in a 65-53 loss. Virginia improved to 12-0 at home this season.

A major plot point in the game tonight was Virginia lighting it up from three, particularly in the first half. Virginia finished with a season high 13 made three-pointers, which also marked the most made against the Irish this season. The Cavaliers drained 60 percent from deep in the first half, which included nine treys.

Leading the Irish tonight was the freshmen duo of Markus Burton and Braeden Shrewsberry. The pair each scored double-digit points in the second half alone, combining for 22 of the team’s 30 points in the second.

With 16 points tonight, Braeden Shrewsberry has now produced six double-digit scoring performances in the last seven games. He’s now 23-of-50 (.460) from three during that span.

Markus Burton pushed his double-digit scoring streak to 14 games with a team high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also dished out a team best four assists.

Lastly, freshman Logan Imes made his first collegiate start tonight and finished with three points, three assists, five rebounds and just one turnover.

HOW IT HAPPENED

It was 5-2 Virginia out of the first media timeout and the game turned into a flurry of three-pointers from both teams. In fact, the next six baskets were all from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers hit three in a row while Shrewsberry, Roper II and Burton offset the blows.

That ultimately led to Notre Dame recording a stretch in which they went 5-of-6 from the field to pull within three points at 15-18. Yet, Virginia was on a heater as well, recording a 7-for-10 stretch to go up 15-23 at the 6:04 media. 

Virginia became unconscious from three, particularly Jacob Groves, who simply couldn’t miss. He went 5-for-6 from deep in the first half, already tying his career high. The team finished the half with nine made treys – they average 6.5 made threes per game. Virginia’s ultimately shot better from three (60.0 percent) than they did from two (5-of-12, 41.7 percent).

Shrewsberry and Konieczny each tacked on a three in the final 90 seconds of the half but Virginia’s hot shooting resulted in a 23-38 halftime lead. Notre Dame was 5-of-10 from three and 9-of-21 overall from the field.

Irish got off to an 11-5 start in the second half after Shrewsberry and Zona each splashed a three. Shrewsberry later drained his fourth three (4-for-6 start) but Virginia immediately countered with a three of their own. Imes then joined the three party at 10:28 as the Irish started the second half 4-for-6 from deep. That basket cut the lead to 40-48.

However, a 9-2 scoring run from Virginia pushed the Cavaliers lead back to its halftime amount of 15, now 42-57. Later, Burton recorded a stretch in which he scored six of the team’s next eight points, cutting the deficit to 48-59; yet the momentum was stymied with yet another three, their 13th of the game, to make it 48-62 Virginia with 2:37 remaining. Virginia then settled in for the 65-53 final.

Notre Dame out-rebounded

Notre Dame out-rebounded Virginia 28-25 and ended up outshooting them 46.5 percent to their 45.3 percent.

UP NEXT

The three-game road swing continues with leg two in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. ET on ACC Network. 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

NO. 14 NOTRE DAME FACES THURSDAY BATTLE AT GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA — It’s back to work for No. 14 Notre Dame (15-4, 5-3), as the Irish head to the Peach State for a Thursday night battle against Georgia Tech (13-8, 4-5). The game will mark the halfway point of ACC play for Notre Dame, who took a break from the conference last week and defeated No. 8 UConn in Storrs.

“I talk about mindset a lot,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said on Wednesday. “We want to come out with the same dominant mindset no matter who we play. Sometimes you need a win like UConn to give us a bar of where we can be as a team and the confidence to go out and compete like we did against UConn every night. It gives us a measure of how we need to approach each game.”

That applies to the remainder of conference play in an ACC with six ranked teams, tied for the most in the nation.

Hannah Hidalgo will now take her talents south to McCamish Pavilion, and the Yellow Jackets will face a near-impossible task: stopping the ACCs leading scorer and the nation’s leader in swipes. Hidalgo is coming off of a career performance against the Huskies, during which she had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The showing broke Notre Dame’s single-game freshman scoring record and the program’s rookie record for most games with at least 30 points.

But Hidalgo isn’t the only valuable member of a team that won 10 non-conference games this year for the first time under Ivey. Sonia Citron and Maddy Westbeld are seemingly everywhere on the court at all times, knocking down 3s, rebounding or playing suffocating defense.

Citron — who had the tall task of defending All-American Paige Bueckers on Saturday night, holding her to just 5-17 from the floor — leads the ACC with a 93.3 clip from the free throw line in conference play, and she’s hit 16 of 39 shots from deep (41 percent). She is knocking down 2.7 treys per game, good for second in the league in ACC play.

Westbeld is one of just three ACC players averaging at least 14 points and 9 rebounds this season. The former mark is her highest since she posted 15.2 during her freshman year, and the latter is a career high. She helped seal the deal in Storrs on Saturday, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to send the home team home with a loss.

Georgia Tech has lost four of its last five games, but the Yellow Jackets faced three ranked teams in that span. They’ve played well at home — they’re shooting 45.7 percent as a team in their own arena — and they have a balanced, three-headed monster in Tonie Morgan, Kara Dunn and Rusne Augustinaite. Morgan and Dunn are the leading scorers, but Augustinaite is the 3-point specialist shooting 37.8 percent from behind the arc. The freshman from Lithuania has made 51 treys this season, which ranks second in the ACC.

Thursday’s game can be streamed on ACCNX, and tipoff is at 7 p.m. Notre Dame is 17-1 all-time against Georgia Tech and has never lost to the Yellow Jackets on the road.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH WELCOME SPARTANS FOR WEEKEND TILTS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame closes out its regular season series against the Spartans of Michigan State February 2-3 inside Compton Family Ice Arena.

The Irish are once again partnering with the 525 Foundation’s Drop 2 Stop program for their annual Pill Drop Game this Saturday, February 3.

As announced by the team Monday, all home games for the rest of the month are officially sold out. Fans looking to buy tickets for remaining regular season home games are encouraged to utilize SeatGeek for any additional tickets.

New this season, fans can view line charts for home games online at fightingirish.com/HKYLineCharts. Lines will be posted online approximately 90 minutes before puck drop (timing subject to change).

SERIES OVERVIEW

Opponent: Michigan State Spartans

Location: South Bend, Ind.| Compton Family Ice Arena

Schedule: Fri. 7:35 p.m. | Sat. 6:05 p.m.

TV: Peacock

Live Stats: FightingIrish.com

Radio: fightingirish.com/radioaffiliates/

Game Notes: Notre Dame | Michigan State

Themes: Fri. 2000’s Night | Sat. Hockey Jersey Night

QUICK HITS

The Irish open the final month of the regular season against Big Ten foe Michigan State February 2-3.

The two teams most recently met in East Lansing, Michigan, to close out the first half of the season with the Spartans taking both decisions at Munn Ice Arena.

The Irish most recently picked up a sweep over Penn State to close out the regular season series against the Nittany Lions with a 2-0-2 record. Following a 4-1 victory Friday night in front of a sold out barn, Notre Dame followed up their performance with a 6-3 victory Saturday to complete the sweep.

Three Irish skaters set career nights in the 6-3 win Saturday against the Nittany Lions, including Landon Slaggert who scored a career-best four points (1-3-4) and Danny Nelson who net his first collegiate multi-goal game.

With the primary assist on Landon Slaggert’s first goal Saturday night at OSU, Henry Nelson recorded his first collegiate point.

NOTRE DAME vs. MICHIGAN STATE

The Irish and Spartans previously met in East Lansing this season with the home team taking both decisions.

All-time, the Irish are 52-76-16 but hold the 32-28-11 edge on home ice in 71 contests in Indiana.

DON’T MISS A MOMENT

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IRISH HEADED HOME

The University of Notre Dame, in conjunction with The Odyssey Trust, announced the Irish would participate in the 2024 rendtion of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament.

The annual tournament is set to be played in Belfast, Ireland, next November (2024) with the Irish joining Harvard, Merrimack and Boston University as participants competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy.

The tournament was last played in 2022 with Quinnipiac reigning victorious that fall before winning the national championship at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

The tournament first began in 2015 and is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interation.

Over the course of six previous tournaments, 24 games have been played dating back to the inagural games in 2015.

Northern Ireland remains the only destination outside of the United States to host consequential NCAA Divison I ice hockey games.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The 2022-23 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year was one of two unanimous selections for 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team ahead of the coming season. Bischel was also a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and a Hobey Baker nominee a season ago.

Drew Bavaro made an immediate impact at the blueline last season after joining the Irish and will look to continue that success this season as a senior. He was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the preseason. Landon Slaggert also picked up preseason honors from the Big Ten when he was named an Honorable Mention heading into the season.

Following his performance against Mercyhurst, which included a nation’s best four goals on the weekend, Landon Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week October 31.

Two Irish were recognized for their play in the weekend sweep of Ohio State to open conference play at home. Bischel picked up First Star of the Week honors with a .984 save percentage in two games played. The graduate netminder stopped 60 of 61 shots faced and earned his 10th career shutout. With his third blanking of the season, Bischel leads the nation in blankings.

Landon Slaggert also picked up conference honors following the weekend against OSU, being tabbed Third Star of the Week by the Big Ten behind a goal and three assists.

After a weekend split against then-No. 13/12, Ryan Bischel was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his .953 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average.

Following a four goal weekend which included the team’s first hat trick performance in nearly two years, freshman Cole Knuble was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week. The honor came as Knuble’s first of his career and it was the fifth weekly award for the Irish this season.

FAMILY TIES

The 2023-24 Notre Dame roster features quite a few family connections to the program and hockey world.

Three sets of brothers are currently on the roster, including Justin and Trevor Janicke, Landon and Carter Slaggert, and Henry and Danny Nelson.

With the addition of the Nelsons this season, the Irish have had 17 sets of brothers lace up their skates together for the Irish.

Carter Slaggert also joins the Irish in 2023-24, becoming the third Slaggert brother to appear in a game for the Irish and joins his older brother Landon, who is a senior. Oldest brother Graham currently plays in the Buffalo Sabres organization and skated two years alongside Landon before graduating.

Senior forward Brady Bjork is the younger brother of former Irish All-American and current Chicago Blackhawk Anders Bjork.

Brady’s father, Kirt, played for the Irish from 1979-83 where he appeared in 141 and tallied 161 career points (76-85). When older brother Anders played for the Irish, they became the fourth set of father-son combinations within Notre Dame hockey.

The Slaggerts are part of the fifth set of father-son combinations to suit up for the Irish, joining their father and associate head coach Andy Slaggert.

Justin and Trevor Janicke are the sons of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93, appearing in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.

Justin, Trevor and Curtis represent the sixth father-son duo to play for the Irish.

Freshman Paul Fischer is the nephew of Mike Gearan, a member of the first varsity hockey team at Notre Dame. Fischer will honor his uncle by wearing his number during his career with the Irish, No. 16.

Freshman forward Cole Knuble is the son of former NHLer Mike Knuble, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including stints with Detroit, New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Cole was recently drafted by the Flyers’ organization where his father played during his early childhood. He will wear No. 22 with the Irish to honor his father.

Four current Irish skaters have siblings playing at the collegiate level, away from South Bend.

Cole Knuble’s brother, Cam, is a senior at Western Michigan University.

Ryan Siedem’s brother is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire.

Jayden Davis’ brother Matthew is a junior on the Denver Pioneers’ hockey team.

Maddox Fleming’s sister Delaney is a freshman on the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.

CURRENT IRISH AND THE NHL DRAFT

The 2023-24 roster features nine NHL draftees, including Jake Boltmann (CGY ‘20), Justin Janicke (SEA ‘21), Danny Nelson (NYI ‘23), Brennan Ali (DET ‘22), Paul Fischer (STL ‘23), Patrick Moynihan (NJD ‘19), Landon Slaggert (CHI ‘20), Cole Knuble (PHI ‘23) and Trevor Janicke (ANA ‘19).

The 2023 NHL draft saw three Irish rookies selected, the most since 2020, and 15th time in program history that at least three Irish icers were selected in a single draft class.

The trio of skaters selected in 2023, Danny Nelson (2nd Rd., 49 overall), Cole Knuble (4th Rd., 103 overall) and Paul Fischer (5th Rd., 138 overall) join fellow rookie Brennan Ali (DET ‘22) as draftees in the ND freshmen class.

When D. Nelson was selected in the second round of this year’s Draft, Notre Dame extended its streak of players drafted to 21 years (2004-present).

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER FALLS TO DEPAUL 67-57

INDIANAPOLIS – The DePaul Blue Demons handed Butler a 67-57 home loss on Wednesday night to improve their overall record to 11-12. The Bulldogs were limited to just six points in the second quarter to give DePaul a six-point lead at the half. Anaya Peoples would then come alive for the Blue Demons to score a game-high 24 points. With the loss, BU moves to 9-12 this season.

Cristen Carter scored from the left block on Butler’s opening possession, but the Blue Demons would be responsible for the game’s next eight points. The DePaul scoring spree happened in less than a minute, but it would not define the first quarter. Butler bounced back and went on a 12-0 run to grab a 21-14 lead. Rachel Kent and Caroline Strande each had six in the first quarter, Ari Wiggins was in the box score with five and Carter was 2-for-2 for four points.

The second quarter belonged to DePaul with the Blue Demons outscoring Butler 19-6 to take a 33-27 halftime lead. Strande had four of Butler’s six in the second. The ‘Dawgs shot just 20 percent from the field while DePaul made nine of their 13 attempts to end the first half.

DePaul’s message at halftime was clear and Anaya Peoples got involved in each possession for the Blue Demons. The graduate student scored 11 of DePaul’s 18 third quarter points including the first nine of the second half. Her scoring output gave the visitor’s a 51-42 edge with 10 to play.

BU made it close in the fourth with a 7-0 run that made the game 59-53. Sydney Jaynes used a post move and a fadeaway to score during that stretch while Karsyn Norman added a 3-pointer. DePaul scored the next four points to push the lead back to 10 and the Blue Demons would exit Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 67-57 win.

Inside the Box Score

– Caroline Strande was the top performer for Butler with a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds

– Rachel Kent was the only other Bulldog in double figures (10 points)

– Ari Wiggins had seven points and a team-high three steals

– Cristen Carter played well inside with six points, four rebounds and a blocked shot

– Sydney Jaynes posted six points and six rebounds for BU

– Kendall Wingler came off the bench to give the ‘Dawgs nine points

– Anaya Peoples went 11-for-16 to score her 24 points

– Peoples added five rebounds and a team-best four steals

Up Next

Butler’s first game in the month of February will be played on Sunday afternoon against Creighton. The 2 PM tip will stream on FloHoops.com.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER PUTS WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE AT NO. 13 CREIGHTON FRIDAY NIGHT

The Bulldogs travel to Omaha Friday night for a match-up with No. 13 Creighton. Butler has yet to face the Bluejays this season, the only BIG EAST foe that the Bulldogs have not tipped off against at this point in the 2023-24 season. The Bulldogs, winners of three straight, have matched their 2022-23 win total despite having 10 regular season games remaining.

Butler (14-7, 5-5 BIG EAST) at #13/13 Creighton (16-5, 7-3)

Friday, Feb. 2;  9PM ET

CHI Health Center; Omaha, Neb.

TV: FS1 – Connor Onion & Nick Bahe

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 381, SXM App 971 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Notes in PDF Form: https://butlersports.com/sports/2023/10/26/2023-24-butler-mbb-game-notes.aspx

The Series with the Bluejays

• Creighton’s 17-11 series lead over Butler is largely due to an 11-2 advantage in games played in Omaha.

• The Bluejays have won eight straight in Omaha.

• The teams first met in 1933; they played twice in 1975, but then did not meet again until the 2013-14 season when both joined the BIG EAST Conference.

Series: Creighton Leads, 17-11

Streak: Creighton, W3

In Omaha: Creighton Leads, 11-2

First Meeting: CU, 27-22; 1/30/1933 (at CU)

Last Meeting: CU, 73-52; 1/17/23 (at BU)

OF NOTE

• Butler is coming off a double-overtime win over Villanova that included the Bulldogs leading for only 1:07 of the 50 minutes.

• Butler scored 40 points over the first 31:30 of the game before heating up for 48 over the final 18:30. The game’s first tie came at 64-64 at the end of regulation.

• DJ Davis tied his career-high with 28 points (all after halftime); it marks the most points by a Bulldog in a game this season.

• In his 100th career game, Jahmyl Telfort picked up his first double-double with 22 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. It was his second-highest scoring output of the season.

• Butler has out-rebounded each of its last three opponents and is 12-0 this season when winning the glass.

• The Bulldogs committed only 10 turnovers Saturday in 50 minutes of action, the team’s 12th game of the season with 10 or fewer miscues. Butler is 10-4 on the season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• With 88 points Saturday, Butler has 11 games this season scoring 80 or more (including six games of 90 or more points). Butler hit 80 only six times all of last season.

• Butler made 17 of 22 free throw attempts against Villanova. On the season, Butler ranks seventh nationally in free throw shooting at 78.7 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

• The Bulldogs rank tenth nationally, committing just 13.6 fouls per game.

• Butler’s February schedule includes eight games, all against teams ranked No. 64 or better in the NCAA NET metric. Four of those games are on the road. Life in the BIG EAST…

• Davis went 3-for-4 from the free throw line against Villanova, his first miss since Dec. 9 vs. Cal. He ranks second nationally in free throw percentage (95.7). He is 34-for-35 in BIG EAST play.

• Posh Alexander enters Friday’s game with 499 career assists.

• Alexander leads the BIG EAST and is 12th nationally at 2.43 steals per game.

• Alexander is fourth in the conference and 42nd nationally with 5.1 assists per game.

• Pierre Brooks II is third in the BIG EAST in both three-point percentage (43.2) and three-pointers made per game (2.71). His three-point percentage ranks 15th nationally.

• Brooks is sixth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 16.6 points per game.

• Brooks has six 20-point games this season, including three of the last four games. He has scored in double figures in every game this season.

• Brooks finished with 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the Jan. 23 win over Georgetown, giving him the first double-double of his career. He went on his own 13-0 run midway through the first half.

• Butler’s 90-66 Jan. 23 win at Georgetown was the Bulldogs’ highest point total in a BIG EAST game since defeating DePaul, 91-78, Feb. 16, 2019.

• Butler had a season-high 11 steals in the Jan. 20 win against DePaul; Alexander matched his career-high with six, while Davis set a new career-best with five of his own.

• Alexander is now the most recent player to record six steals for Butler (Jan. 20) and against Butler (while playing for St. John’s, Jan. 10, 2023).

• Alexander’s 51 steals are already tied for 13th on Butler’s single-season list.

• Jalen Thomas ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.4) and 11th in rebounding (6.8).

Home, Sweet Hinkle

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

• Thad Matta is 33-9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

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

• Butler is 77-2 over its last 79 non-conference home games, winning 15 straight.

Balancing Act

• Four different Bulldogs have multiple 20-point scoring performances this season.

• Ten different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far this season.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in the same game seven times this season, including most recently in the Jan. 23 win at Georgetown.

Working Overtime

• Butler is 3-1 in overtime games this season, which includes a single-overtime win over Texas Tech Nov. 30 and double-overtime wins over Cal Dec. 9 and Villanova Jan. 27.

• Butler scored on every possession during the overtime period in the Bulldogs’ 103-95 win over Texas Tech Nov. 30. Butler went 4-of-6 from the field, but collected offensive rebounds on both misses and scored. The team went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and did not commit a turnover.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

TURNER’S CLUTCH FREE THROWS SEAL JAGUAR’S WIN OVER PENGUINS, 69-63

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team was up by one with a minute left to go before graduate student Jazmyn Turner sunk five free throws to seal the victory over Youngstown State on Wednesday afternoon, 69-63. Turner totaled 15 points while junior Katie Davidson led all scorers with 20 points.

IUPUI (5-15, 3-8 HL) shot 82.1 percent (32-for-39) from the free throw line which proved the difference as the Penguins only found themselves at the line 20 times.

Youngstown State (8-14, 4-8 HL) made their first seven of eight shots and held the lead at 21-20 with just two minutes left in the quarter. The Jags ended the high-scoring first quarter on a 5-0 run to take the lead, three of those points were sunk at the free throw line. IUPUI impressively committed no fouls in the opening quarter taking the early 25-21 advantage.

The Jags held control throughout the next two quarters, outscoring the Penguins in each. Although both teams were pretty even at the free throw line, each scoring six in the second quarter, the Jags took the edge shooting 4-for-16 while the Penguins shot 3-for-16.

After leading 39-33 at half, the Jags extended their lead out to 10 points twice in the third quarter. Youngstown State started to inch their way back in with a 6-1 run at 52-46. With just 30 seconds left in the third quarter, Davidson was fouled and sent to the free throw line where she made both shots. After the Jags forced a Youngstown State turnover, Abby Wolterman brought down an offensive rebound and put it back up at the buzzer to extend the Jags’ lead back to 10, 56-46.

In the fourth quarter, IUPUI held a 64-58 lead with just a minute left before Youngstown State’s Shay-Lee Kirby knocked down a three, to put the Penguins within scratching distance. After a Jaguar turnover, Emily Saunders added two free throws to bring Youngstown State within one. Turner then made five straight free throws to put the game out of the Penguins’ reach, 69-63.

Davidson led all scorers with 20 points and three steals while Turner added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Wolterman also added double-digit points with 10 points and six rebounds. Faith Stinson played locked down defense with three steals and four blocks.

With the win, IUPUI improves to 3-8 in Horizon League play and will next go on a four-game road trip, starting at Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday, February 3.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TO OPEN TWO-GAME WISCONSIN TRIP AT GREEN BAY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The IUPUI basketball team will embark on a two-game road trip to Wisconsin this week, beginning with a matchup with Horizon League leader Green Bay (14-9, 9-3 HL) on Thursday morning (Feb. 1). The two teams will tip-off at 11:00 a.m. CT (12 Eastern) on Thursday inside Green Bay’s Resch Center, where they’re 9-1 on the season. IUPUI (6-17, 2-10 HL) comes in looking to snap a three-game skid.

The two-game trip kicks off an arduous finish to the season as the Jaguars will play six of their final eight regular season contests away from home.

The Jaguars had a late rally fall short in an 83-76 home loss to Wright State on Sunday as IUPUI whittled an 18-point second half deficit all the way back to two in the closing minutes. However, the Raiders found their footing late and escaped with the seven-point victory. Junior Jlynn Counter led three Jaguars in double-digits with 19 points and junior Kidtrell Blocker tallied a career-high 18 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3’s, 3-3 FT) in just 21 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Vincent Brady II added 12 points and three steals in the loss. The Jaguars committed a season-low six turnovers, including just one in the second half, but shot just a tick over 40 percent from the floor against WSU’s 49 percent.

QUOTABLE

“(We’re) optimistic – feeling good. Honestly, the guys are upbeat, positive and kind of collectively coming together,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said during Monday’s IUPUI Coaches Show. “When you have transfers, you have new pieces, you have pieces who have been out, it just takes a minute for everybody to gel and truly understand their role.”

SCOUTING GREEN BAY

Green Bay is 14-9 overall and 9-3 in the Horizon League this season. The Phoenix are 9-1 at home on the year with the lone blemish having come to Western Illinois back on Dec. 9 by a 68-59 score. Noah Reynolds (19.3 ppg, 4.6 apg) paces the Phoenix while three others average better than eight points a game in Elijah Jones (8.8 ppg), Foster Wonders (8.4 ppg) and David Douglas Jr. (8.1 ppg). As a team, Green Bay shoots 46 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three-point range while holding opponents to 42.5 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from three.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 9-9 all-time against Green Bay and 4-5 in nine trips to Green Bay. The Phoenix won the earlier meeting between the two schools, 68-58, back on Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will close out the two-game trip at Milwaukee on Sunday (Feb. 4) at 2:00 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in four statistical categories – field goal percentage (9th, 47.5%), free throw percentage (9th, 77.0%), scoring (10th, 15.1 ppg) and assists (12th, 2.7 apg). In league play, Counter is second in the league in free throw shooting (88.4%) and also ranks in the top-15 in assists, steals 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 recent 23-point showing against Robert Morris, 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 785 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 39 times in 53 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 53 career games

    WRIGHT STATE TIDBITS

    IUPUI is coming off a near miss against Wright State, ultimately falling at home, 83-76 on Sunday (Jan. 28). IUPUI had a season-low six turnovers (just one in the second half), which also resulted in a season-high 67 field goal attempts. However, IUPUI shot just over 40 percent and saw WSU shoot 49 percent in the victory.

    Junior Kidtrell Blocker had a career-high 18 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3’s, 3-3 FT) in just 21 minutes off the IUPUI bench on Sunday.

    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 eight games, forward Qwanzi Samuels is a combined 24-of-35 from the field and is now shooting 51.6 percent from the floor this season.

    His field goal percentage has climbed from 41.6 percent to 51.6 percent during that span.

    THAT’LL DOU   

    Sophomore Abdou Samb 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 11 games in the IUPUI starting lineup (3-8 overall), Samb is averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds, going 31-of-49 from the field (63.3 percent).

    Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 60.5 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 23 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 last 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 started 14 straight games before recently being replaced by John Egbuta. Both Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson were recently awarded a string of starts and 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 21 starts) and 10 different players have started at least one time.

    IUPUI has used 10 different starting combinations this season.

    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 24.5 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 21 bench points in 17 of 23 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 (30.0 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (12.0 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.

    RETURNING CREW

    The IUPUI roster enjoyed considerable continuity from a season ago, bringing back 10 letterwinners from a season ago, including three primary starters in Jlynn Counter, Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson.

    Counter was a 3rd Team All-Horizon League selection while Brady and Jackson were voted to the Horizon League’s All-Freshman Team.

    SISTER BALLERS

    Two current Jaguars have sisters who have made their marks in Division I basketball.

    Vincent Brady’s older sister, Trinity, played four seasons at Nebraska, graduating last year. She started all eight of her appearances last season before missing the final 25 contests of the year due to injury.

    Qwanzi Samuels’ younger sister, Qadence, was ranked as the No. 41 recruit in the country last season and is an important reserve as a freshman at UConn, averaging 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OUTPACES KENT STATE TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN #MACTION

MUNCIE, Ind. – As two of the best defensive teams battled it out in Worthen Arena tonight, the Cardinals were able to outpace the Kent State Golden Flashes to remain undefeated (9-0) in Mid-American Conference action while also extended their win streak to 13 for the first time in program history.

Ball State (19-2, 9-0 MAC) remained atop of the MAC standings with its 57-46 defeat over Kent State (13-6, 7-2 MAC).

The Cardinal’s win was led by junior Ally Becki who scored 16 points while teammate senior Annie Rauch wasn’t too far chipping in 15 on the night. Rauch and Kiefer led the defensive charge with seven rebounds apiece.

The opening 10 minutes of play was intense which was to be expected as Ball State and Kent State are both presently two of the top teams to beat in the MAC. The Cardinals however have struggled in the first quarter in games past, but a different team showed up tonight. Ball State was able to jump to an early 12-4 lead over Kent State with just under five-minutes left in the frame. The remaining five minutes was a battle, but the Cardinals were able to end the quarter atop of Kent State by a score of 20-11.

It was pure defense in the second period that consisted of a lot of jump balls, players hitting the floor and the Cardinals holding the Golden Flashes to only six points. Ball State finally broke the scoring drought at the 2:30 mark when Kiefer drained a 3-pointer off the dribble. Rauch later completed the old fashioned 3-point basket to keep Ball State’s offense going. A few minutes later, Rauch had a steal and a fast break layup that would end the first half with Ball State having a 31-17 lead over Kent State at intermission.

The tables turned after the break and the Golden Flashes would outpace the Cardinals 23-5 for the majority of the third stanza to make the score 34-30 with 2:57 on the clock. It came to no surprise that the three-time MAC Player of the Week recipient, Becki answered and scored seven points to close out the third period which allowed the Cardinals to take an 11-point (43-32) advantage into the final 10 minutes of action.

The Cardinals were able to carry that momentum into the final quarter. BSU started the fourth period off with a 6-0 run to increase its lead to 51-32 with 5:27 left in the ball game. Despite Kent State’s valiant efforts for a comeback, Ball State’s defense was able to fend the Golden Flashes the rest of the contest to secure tonight’s victory.

The Ball State women’s basketball team continues its two-game home stand when it hosts Ohio Saturday in Worthen Arena at 1 pm ET.

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NO. 15 MVB OPENS MIVA PLAY AT HOME THURSDAY AGAINST NO. 11 LOYOLA CHICAGO; HOSTS NO. 8 PENN STATE FRIDAY

Series History: Loyola Chicago leads the all-time series 39-25

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Loyola Chicago 0 (4/6/23)

Series History: Penn State leads the all-time series 62-31

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Penn State 0 (1/31/20)

First Serve: Ball State (7-5) is coming off a hard fought 3-1 loss to No. 4 Hawai’i Sunday night in Worthen Arena. The match was so close that the win column could have gone either way. Against the Rainbow, the Cardinals saw three players reach double-digit kills, Braydon Savitski-Lynde (16), Tinaishe Ndavazocheva (16) and Patrick Rogers (13). The match against Loyola Chicago (5-5) Thursday is marks both squads’ Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opener. The Cardinals closed out their 2023 MIVA regular season against the Rambler’s in Muncie on April 6 resulting in a 3-0 victory for Ball State. After Thursday, the Cardinals return to the floor Friday for a 7 pm ET first serve against No. 8 Penn State.

Scouting Loyola Chicago: The Rambler’s own a 12-19 record when playing in Muncie. Second year head coach John Hawks’ inaugural season with the Ramblers was a resounding success as the team picked up a share of the 2023 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season title – its first since 2018. Loyola Chicago was picked to finish second in the 2024 MIVA Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 70 total points. Ohio State was picked to finish first while Ball State rounded out the top-three. Parker Van Buren and Nicodemus Meyerwere named to the Preseason All-MIVA Team. It was Van Buren’s second-straight year being named to the Preseason All-MIVA Team while Meyer earned the honor for the first time. Additionally, Van Buren was tabbed a Preseason First Team All-American by Off the Block. The Rambler’s recently defeated No. 16 George Mason in Chicago by a score of 3-1 on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Scouting Penn State: It has been since 2020 that Ball State has played Penn State which resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Cardinals in University Park, Pa. The Cardinals also won their last meeting over the Nittany Lions in Worthen Arena the year prior by a 3-1 decision. Penn State enters Friday’s contest with a 6-2 overall record and are coming off back-to-back wins over MIVA member Ohio State after defeating the Buckeyes 3-1 on Jan. 25 and 3-2 on Jan. 28. Penn State is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Nittany Lions are led offensively by John Kerr with 97 kills and a .352 hitting accuracy from the floor.

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 50-18 (.767) along with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament Championship, two MIVA regular season titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

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

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SECOND HALF SURGE SECURES THE COMEBACK FOR SYCAMORES OVER BELMONT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Indiana State men’s basketball secures its sixth-straight victory and the regular-season sweep over Belmont University with the Wednesday night win, 78-72, from the Curb Event Center in Nashville.

Isaiah Swope led the scoring for Indiana State with 17 points, knocking down five three-pointers while recording three rebounds and three assists. Jayson Kent recorded a double-double on a near-perfect night with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Kent shot 5-for-6 with his lone miss coming from beyond the arc.

Robbie Avila scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and tied the game-high with five assists. Ryan Conwell also tallied 12 points, recording five rebounds and dishing out two assists. Julian Larry rounded out the five Sycamore scorers in double figures with 10 points, also securing five rebounds and three assists. Xavier Bledson chipped in eight points and Aaron Gray with five in only six minutes of action.

After the Sycamores jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, the Bruins scored six-straight to take the lead. Avila scored eight of ISU’s first 10 points with a triple and by converting all three free-throw attempts. ISU’s offense slowed while Belmont got hot, exploding for a 23-2 run to take a 31-12 lead just halfway through the first half.

The Sycamores ended the streak with seven-straight points from Swope, Gray, and Bledson, which started the run for Indiana State. ISU closed out the first half in the final 10 minutes outscoring the Bruins 25-14. In the stretch, Swope accounted for nine points, Gray scored all five of his points, Conwell for five, and Kent for four. Swope knocked down a three-pointer just before time expired in the half to cut to a 45-37 game at the break.

Indiana State continued chipping into the deficit to open the second half, bringing the ballgame back within three points, 54-51, with 15:55 on the clock in the second half. ISU reclaimed the lead at 14:41 after an Avila offensive board and a putback layup, and at the 12-minute mark the game was tied once again at 59 apiece.

The game continued to grind. From the 54-51 lead by the Bruins at 15:55 to the 4:12 mark, neither team led by more than three points – until Avila drained a pair of free throws with 4:12 to play to give the Sycamores a 73-68 lead. After a missed shot attempt by ISU, Larry tipped out an offensive rebound leading to Swope banking in a clutch three-pointer with 3:19 remaining to keep the Sycamores at a six-point advantage, 76-70. Belmont followed with a bucket, but both teams went scoreless until Bledson iced the game with a pair of free throws with nine seconds to play to give the Sycamores the 78-72 victory.

News & Notes

Indiana State continue building the best record in the Coach Josh Schertz era with a 19-3 overall record and a 10-1 MVC record.

Outside of the first 10 minutes of the game, ISU outscored the Bruins 66-41. This scoring run began with Belmont held a 31-12 lead.

Indiana State shot 85%+ from the free-throw line for the third-straight game. ISU knocked down 18-of-21 attempts, accounting for 23.1% of the 78 points. ISU has also shot at least 20 free throw attempts in four of the last five games.

Jayson Kent recorded his third-straight double-double and fourth in his last five games. In those last five games, Kent is averaging 12.8 PPG and 11.2 RPG.

Jayson Kent and Julian Larry led the second-half offense for the Sycamores. Kent scored eight points on a perfect 2-for-2 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line. Larry scored all of his 10 points in the second half (3-for-3), recorded all five rebounds in the final 20 minutes, and committed zero turnovers after tallying three in the first half.

Xavier Bledson has been 2-for-2 from the free throw line in the last four games. In the three most recent wins (Belmont, Bradley, and UIC) Bledson’s free throws have come in crunch time to help ice the victories for ISU.

Aaron Gray’s five points is the most he scored for the Sycamores this season, making both shot attempts from the floor.

Isaiah Swope has made five three-pointers in two of the previous three contests.

Julian Larry’s five rebounds are his most since he snagged his season-high of six on December 5 vs Northern Illinois.

With the largest deficit for ISU in the game being 19, this was the first time since February 1, 2023 at Evansville that the Sycamores rallied from a 10+ point deficit to win the game.

ISU allowed Belmont to shoot only five free throw attempts, the second-lowest mark of the season (four vs Evansville).

Up Next

Indiana State returns to Hulman Center on Saturday, February 3 in the highly-anticipated contest against Drake University. The game has already been announced as a sellout, with student tickets still available for ISU students to claim with their student ID. Saturday’s game tips at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and 105.5 The Legend.

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SYCAMORES CLOSE OUT 2023-24 REGULAR SEASON WITH SENIOR DAY MEET AGAINST ILLINOIS STATE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes out the 2023-24 regular season this weekend at the Vigo County Aquatic Center as the Sycamores host Illinois State in their final tune-up for the 2024 Missouri Valley Championships. The dual meet is set to start at 7 p.m. on Friday evening.

Indiana State will recognize 2023-24 seniors Jordan Gruce, Makayla Sura, Kaimi Matsumoto, Esther Rydbeck Norden, Sierra Bowman, and Bailey Betzer in a pre-meet ceremony on the pool deck.

“Senior Day is always special and we’re looking forward to honoring this group of seniors,” head coach Josh Christensen said. “It’s a smaller class, but one that represents a great cross section of our team. They are leaving a strong legacy and will be missed!”

ISU is coming off one of their strongest meets of the season as the Sycamores made the trip to the Tim Welsh Classic in South Bend, Ind. taking on Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Akron. ISU set three new program records over the two-day competition with Claire Parsons (1000 Free), Erin Cummins (200 Free), and the ISU 200-yard Freestyle Relay team all establishing new program standards.

Parsons posted her third individual record of the 2023-24 season at the Rolfs Aquatic Center as the freshman continues to impress this season. The Terre Haute native boasts the fastest times in the MVC in the 500, 1000, and 1650-yard Freestyle events this year.

Fellow freshmen Cummins and Kaleigh Kelley (100 IM) have also set new ISU program records this season, while Chloe Farro (100 Free) also set a new mark in the sprint event. The combination of Chloe Farro, Kelley, Matsumoto, and Alexa Szadorski also set the ISU mark in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay this past weekend with a time of 1:31.89.

The Sycamores have topped Illinois State in four consecutive dual meets dating back to the 2017-18 season. ISU topped the Redbirds last season, 194-106, on the road at Horton Pool. The Sycamores claimed 12 of the 16 events in the dual meet to top Illinois State for the second time in the 2022-23 season after previously topping the Redbirds at the Valley Showcase.

Illinois State enters the meet with a 4-1 record in dual meet competition. The Redbirds topped Eastern Illinois, Ohio, UIC, and Northern Iowa over the season with the latest result coming on January 19-20 against the Panthers.

“This is going to be another very challenging, competitive meet,” Christensen said. “Illinois State is a talented team in the water and on the boards. With this being our last home meet, it’s an opportunity to hone our racing skills in a real meet environment.”

The Sycamores boast 48 times or scores inside the Missouri Valley Top-10 Performance List on the season heading into the weekend.

Sycamores in the MVC Performance Top 10s

Chloe Farro – 50 Free (23.14, 2nd), 100 Free (50.02, 3rd)

Kaleigh Kelley – 50 Free (23.39, T-7th), 100 Breast (1:03.85, T-10th), 200 Breast (2:18.85, 9th), 50 Fly (25.67, T-7th), 100 Fly (54.85, 4th), 100 IM (57.36, 3rd)

Alexa Szadorski – 100 Free (50.86, 8th)

Erin Cummins – 200 Free (1:48.96, 2nd), 500 Free (4:56.33, 5th), 1000 Free (10:09.90, 3rd)

Claire Parsons – 200 Free (1:50.49, 8th), 500 Free (4:51.86, 1st), 1000 Free (10:05.26, 1st), 1650 Free (16:52.20), 200 Back (2:02.18, 8th)

Peyton Heagy – 200 Free (1:51.07, 9th)

Haley Halsall – 500 Free (4:56.47, 6th), 1000 Free (10:17.12, 8th), 1650 Free (17:12.14), 200 Fly (2:01.89, 3rd)

Esther Rydbeck Norden – 1000 Free (10:13.36, 5th)

Olivia DiRuzza – 200 Back (2:01.61, 6th)

Ali Pearson – 50 Breast (29.31, 4th), 100 Breast (1:02.68, 4th), 200 Breast (2:16.38, 6th)

Kaimi Matsumoto – 100 Breast (1:03.85, T-10th), 200 Breast (2:17.87, 7th), 50 Fly (25.62, 6th), 100 Fly (55.31, 7th)

Dorotea Bukvic – 200 Breast (2:16.35, 5th), 200 IM (2:02.61, 3rd), 400 IM (4:22.67, 4th)

Raine Boles – 50 Fly (25.53, 5th), 200 Fly (2:05.18, 9th)

Raz Harel – 200 Fly (2:03.98, 7th)

Alexandria Cotter – 200 IM (2:02.89, 5th), 400 IM (4:21.25, 3rd)

200 Freestyle Relay – (1:31.89, 2nd)

400 Freestyle Relay – (3:23.76, 6th)

800 Freestyle Relay – (7:26.23, 2nd)

200 Medley Relay – (1:41.53, 4th)

400 Medley Relay – (3:43.91, 3rd)

Zoe Smith – 1M Diving (278.93, 3rd), 3M Diving (298.95, 3rd)

Bailey Betzer – 1M Diving (272.40, 4th), 3M Diving (275.25, 7th)

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‘DONS FALL AT HOME TO CLEVELAND STATE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Four Mastodons finished in double-figures on Wednesday (Jan. 31) night as Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball dropped their home tilt with Cleveland State 70-60.

Renna Schwieterman led the ‘Dons with 11 points while Shayla Sellers, Amellia Bromenschenkel, and Jazzlyn Linbo each scored 10. Linbo approached a double-double with seven rebounds and Sellers led all players with six steals, her most since her freshman season. Lauryn Stover pitched in six points in nine minutes, her career-best against Division I foes.

Linbo scored four points as part of a 9-0 Mastodon run to open the game. But the Vikings made their next eight shots in a row in an 18-7 run to lead by four after the first period. The ‘Dons held CSU without a three-point field goal in the second quarter and to their second-lowest percentage (18.2) in any game this season.

Bromenschenkel and Schwieterman each had five points in the third quarter, but CSU kept pace by shooting over 50 percent. Sellers had two steals in quick succession in the third and added two more in the fourth quarter. The ‘Dons outscored CSU in the fourth 21-19 and only turned the ball over twice.

The Mastodons finished the game with 12 steals in their ninth double-digit steals performance of the season. They scored 15 points off of CSU’s 17 turnovers.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 14-9 and 7-5 in the Horizon League. Cleveland State improves to 19-4, 10-2. The Mastodons renew their rivalry with IUPUI at the Gates Sports Center on Saturday (Feb. 3).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

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MASTODONS HOST MILWAUKEE ON THURSDAY EVENING

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Fresh off a road win at Northern Kentucky, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team returns to the Summit City on Thursday (Feb. 1) to host the Milwaukee Panthers. The Pacers Power Pack will perform at halftime. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (14-7, 5-5) vs. Milwaukee Panthers (10-11, 5-5)
When: Thursday, Feb. 1 | 7 p.m. ET 
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Mastodons lead 5-2
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne(PDF) | Milwaukee
Digital Program: Link
Tickets:Link

‘DONS & ENDS:

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 11 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 16-of-21 games and each of the last four games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 16-of-21 games and double digit treys in six games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in eight games.

//Quinton Morton-Robertson is 30th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.5 percent (61-of-147).

// Three times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// The ‘Dons are No. 157 in the latest NET rankings, the ‘Dons reached a program-best No. 53 on Dec. 8, 2023.

// Anthony Roberts has 45 steals, 45th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.14 steals per game ranks 36th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 28th in the nation in total steals (44). His 2.10 steals per game is 40th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,118 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// The ‘Dons are 6-1 when Jalen Jackson leads the team in scoring.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 11.4 is first in the league and 37th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but three games this season.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, the ‘Dons are 8-2 when four or all five starters reach double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but two this season.

// The ‘Dons are averaging 82.6 points per game, 23rd in the nation and up from 73.9 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10.0 steals per game this season are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY

// Jalen Jackson led the ‘Dons with 17 points with nine rebounds, shooting 70 percent from the floor (7-of-10) and 75 percent from deep (3-of-4).

// Purdue Fort Wayne held the Norse to 16.7 percent from deep (3-18).

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY THE ‘DONS ARE…:

// … making 10.0 3-pointers per game, one of two teams in the league making 10 or more. Behind Green Bay, with 10.9.

// … shooting 38.2 percent from three, third in the league.

// … first in turnover margin (5.8).

// … fourth in the league in scoring at 81.8 points per game.

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY,  INDIVIDUALLY…:

// … Quinton Morton-Robertson is second in the league in 3-pointers per game (3.4) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (40.5 percent).

// … Rasheed Bello is first (2.5) in steals per game. Anthony Roberts (1.8) and Jalen Jackson are tied for second (1.8) with Trey Robinson (NKU).

// … Eric Mulder is third in rebounds per game (8.0).

// … Rasheed Bello is fifth in assists (4.6).

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 1st in turnover margin (+7.3)

// 5th in turnovers forced per game (17.86)

// 10th in steals per game (10.0)

// 11th in fast break points per game (16.1)

// 23rd in points per game (82.6)

// 27th in 3-pointers per game (9.5)

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

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MASTODONS HOST TRIO OF MEN’S VOLLEYBALL MATCHES OVER FIVE DAYS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball will play host to Saint Francis (Pa.), No. 8 Penn State and No. 11 Loyola Chicago in a five-day span.

Game Day Information
Who: Saint Francis (Pa.) | Penn State | Loyola Chicago
When: Friday, Saturday, Tuesday | February 2, 3, 6 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: Friday | Saturday | Tuesday
Tickets:Friday | Saturday | Tuesday
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Saint Francis | Penn State | Loyola Chicago | MIVA

Know Your Foes

• Saint Francis is 3-4 to start 2024 with wins over Dominican, Central State and Queens. The Red Flash fell to Ohio State in the season opener in four sets. Against the common foe of NJIT, SFU lost in five sets, the same as the Mastodons. Andrew Deardorff is averaging a team-best 3.28 kills per set while Nathan Zini is pitching in 2.74.

• Penn State is 6-2 and is coming off a pair of wins against then-No. 1 Ohio State. It was a four-set win on the road and a five-set reverse sweep in University Park. That win over Ohio State is their only result in a true road environment. John Kerr is the best Nittany Lion attacker, averaging 3.59 kills per set and a .352 hitting percentage.

• Loyola Chicago is 5-5 in the first 10 matches of 2024, but the Ramblers have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation. They split with No. 3 Hawaii, took No. 8 Stanford and No. 9 BYU to five, fell to No. 1 UCLA in three, and topped No. 16 George Mason in four. Parker Van Buren has been a mainstay for LUC over the last three seasons, averaging a NCAA second-best 4.20 kills per set for his career.

Series Histories

• Purdue Fort Wayne leads the all-time series against Saint Francis 15-7 and has won three of the last four meetings. Saint Francis won last season’s meeting 3-2. It has not been a 3-0 match between the two teams since 2016, an SFU victory. The series dates back to 2003 when the ‘Dons won 3-0.

• Penn State holds a 46-16 advantage over the Mastodons in the series which dates back to 1984. The Nittany Lions won the first 10 meetings. The Mastodons are 9-20 against PSU in Fort Wayne, including a 3-1 win in 2019. Penn State won last year’s meeting in Hawaii 3-0.

• Loyola Chicago leads the series 41-24 dating back to 1996. The ‘Dons have won two of the last three, including last year’s match in Fort Wayne. That match saw Jon Diedrich record 19 kills and Bryce Walker add 14 kills and nine blocks.

Hello Old Friend

Former Purdue Fort Wayne assistant coach Lindsay Brown is now an assistant coach at Loyola Chicago. After her time in Fort Wayne, she spent a year at Princeton before joining Loyola’s staff in May of 2023.

Home Hype

In their second match against Hawaii, Purdue Fort Wayne had an attendance of 1,385, which was the most in a home match since 2008, the year following the Mastodons’ trip to the NCAA championship match.

That Seems Good

Andrej Polomac ranks 10th in the nation and is second in the MIVA with 9.76 assists per set this season.

Efficient Hitting

Purdue Fort Wayne is second in the MIVA and 14th nationally with a .317 hitting percentage this season. The Mastodons have hit over .300 in four of the five matches this season, including three over .400.

Movin’ Up The List

Jon Diedrich joined the 1,000-kill club in 2023 in a match against Charleston. He is among the 20 Mastodons that have eclipsed this mark. Here’s where he ranks.

12. Andrew Sellan – 1315 (2008-11)

13. Darryl Shank – 1310 (2008-11)

14. Raul Papaleo – 1264 (1990-93)

15. Ted Owen – 1206 (1984-87)

16. Jon Diedrich – 1204 (2020-24)

Papa Jon

Fifth-year player Jon Diedrich is the active NCAA career leader with 1,204 kills. Ohio State’s Jacob Pasteur is right behind with 1,201.

Last Time Out

Hawaii took a pair of matches from Purdue Fort Wayne 3-1 and 3-0. In the second match, Jon Diedrich had eight kills on 14 errorless swings.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will visit Queens for a pair of MIVA matches on February 9-10. This is Queens’ first year in the MIVA.

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TOUMI AND CUFF POST CAREER HIGHS IN WIN OVER UIC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Yacine Toumi and Tanner Cuff recorded career scoring highs while Ben Humrichous made his return for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in a 77-60 victory over UIC on Wednesday night at the Ford Center.

Toumi led the Purple Aces with 22 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.  He connected on 8 of his 10 field goal tries.  Cuff posted 16 points, two better than his top scoring output of the season.  After missing the last three games, Humrichous was back on the floor and tallied 15 points and four assists.  Isaiah Rivera led four double digit scorers for the Flames with 15 points.

“I’m proud of our guys for the job they did tonight.  UIC is a very good team and we knew it would be a tough game.  We did a good job of limiting their production in the paint and holding them below their average from outside,” UE head coach David Ragland exclaimed.  “We had production across the entire lineup tonight and did a great job of regrouping when they made a run.”

Three-pointers were falling in the early moments as UIC took a 6-0 lead and connected on their first three outside attempts to take an 11-6 advantage.  Gage Bobe got the Purple Aces rolling with a triple, but hot shooting by the Flames saw a 5-of-6 start culminate in a 13-6 advantage just four minutes into the game.

UIC took its largest lead of the period at the 12:53 mark when another 3-pointer pushed the lead to 20-11.  That is the point where Evansville took control on both ends.  After the Flames connected on four of their first five 3-point tries, the Aces held them to just 1-of-11 over the final 12 minutes of the half.  Offensively, UE outscored UIC by a 26-10 margin over the remainder of the half to hold a 7-point lead at the break.

With 9:06 remaining in the half, a basket by Humrichous capped an 11-3 run that got UE within one.  Tanner Cuff got the job done during that rally, scoring seven points in a row.  After the Flames connected on a field goal to retake a 25-22 advantage, Evansville countered with a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game.  Humrichous got it started with a 3-point play before Cuff posted consecutive baskets to break a 25-25 tie.

Toumi’s third field goal of the night broke a 29-29 tie inside the final three minutes and opened an 8-1 run to end the half.  Antonio Thomas recorded the final four points, including a drive down the lane at the buzzer to solidify a 37-30 lead at the break.

Evansville’s lead remained at seven points (45-38) with 14:44 remaining, but a 4-minute 8-0 stretch by UIC saw them retake a 46-45 lead.  Their defense held UE to 0-for-4 from the field while forcing a turnover.  Cuff put an end to the drought with his sixth make of the night.  His shot opened a 14-2 run that gave Evansville its largest lead of the game at 59-48 as the contest entered its final seven minutes.

Ben Humrichous finished the run in exciting fashion, drilling back-to-back triples to push the lead into double figures for the first time.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. knocked down a pair of free throws with 2:40 left on the clock to push the lead to 16 before UE took a 19-point lead in the final minute on its way to a 77-60 triumph.

UE’s offense was clicking, hitting 51.1% of its attempts while limiting the Flames to 35.9%.  The Aces finished with a 37-33 edge on the boards.  On Saturday, Evansville returns to the road, facing Valparaiso in a 3 p.m. contest.

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TRIP TO TENNESSEE ON TAP THIS WEEK FOR USI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball starts a road-heavy month of February in the Ohio Valley Conference this week with a two-game swing down to Tennessee, taking on Tennessee Tech University Thursday at 5:30 p.m. before visiting Tennessee State University Saturday at 1 p.m.

Both matchups can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

Southern Indiana (13-5, 8-0) will play six of nine games in February away from Screaming Eagles Arena. USI has won three Ohio Valley Conference road contests so far as part of the Screaming Eagles’ nine-game winning streak. The Eagles enter the road trip unbeaten in OVC play, sitting in first place by two games.

Heading into the halfway point of the conference season, USI looks to continue its momentum having won 10 of the last 11 games going back to mid-December. Southern Indiana’s nine consecutive wins overall and eight in a row in OVC action rank among the top 12 in the nation in active winning streaks, respectively. The current run by USI is a program best since the 2017-18 campaign while playing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. USI is enjoying its best start to a conference schedule since 1996-97. Southern Indiana received votes this week in the latest CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

Most recently, Southern Indiana completed a three-game homestand sweep last Thursday with an 81-61 victory against Western Illinois University. Following a tight, back-and-forth struggle in the first half, USI pulled away with a big second-half effort. For the game, the Screaming Eagles shot above 47 percent overall with 11 three-pointers.

In Thursday’s win, senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) led all scorers with 21 points, while freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) posted a career-high 18 points. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Shafford has scored 10 or more in 16 consecutive outings.

Sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) was named OVC Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday after her performance in last Thursday’s victory against the Leathernecks. Saunders tallied a season-high 14 points, connecting on four triples in the process, and matched a career-best seven assists. Saunders also grabbed five rebounds in her fifth start of the season.

Saunders has been solid since entering the starting lineup, averaging more than 10 points per game in the last five contests and leading to an increase in her season average. The guard is registering nearly three rebounds and leads the team with nearly three assists per contest. In the OVC, Saunders ranks inside the top 12 in assists and is second with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. In shooting the ball, Saunders paces Southern Indiana with a three-point percentage of 40 percent while hitting above 42 percent overall.

The play by USI’s forwards has been stellar lately. Raley has scored 10-plus in eight of the last nine games. The senior is recording 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in the nine-game stretch, shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor and 81 percent at the charity stripe. Senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) has been strong in the last five games, tying for a team-best 14.2 points per contest on 63 percent shooting during the span. Webb leads the OVC with a 56.6 field-goal percentage in conference-only games.

Through 18 games, Shafford leads USI in scoring at 14.7 points, which is seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference. Shafford is also third in the conference in shooting at 45.3 percent and fifth in rebounding with 7.7 boards per contest. Raley is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points, while Webb is third at 10.8 points per game.

As a team, Southern Indiana is third in the OVC with 70.4 points per contest. USI is first in overall shooting at 43.5 percent and third in rebounding with 40.2 rebounds per game. The Screaming Eagles have held opponents to a league-best 36.7 percent from the floor. In conference-only games, USI ranks second in scoring offense (73.6) and scoring defense (57.0). The Eagles are first in field-goal percentage (45.0) and field-goal percentage defense (32.8) in league play.

Tennessee Tech is 9-10 this season with a .500 record of 4-4 in conference play. The Golden Eagles are tied for fifth in the OVC standings. Tennessee Tech split its two games last week, falling 73-71 at Eastern Illinois University last Thursday before claiming a 67-58 win at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday.  The Golden Eagles average 69.1 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting. Graduate guard Maaliya Owens paces Tennessee Tech in scoring, recording 15.6 points per outing.

Tennessee State is 5-13 overall and is tied for ninth in the OVC standings with a 2-6 record. The Tigers have dropped three straight games, including a couple of overtime losses in the last two games. Last Thursday, Tennessee State fell at Eastern Illinois, 71-67. The Tigers are averaging 62.2 points per game on 38 percent shooting and are led in scoring by senior guard Sanaa’ St. Andre with 15.1 points per contest.

Thursday will be the fourth all-time meeting and second of the season between Tennessee Tech and USI. After Tennessee Tech swept the season series in 2022-23, Southern Indiana won the first faceoff this season, 69-66, in a thrilling game on January 6 at Screaming Eagles Arena. Shafford and Raley each posted a double-double for USI, while Saunders also scored in double figures after draining a clutch three-pointer late in the game to close out the win for USI.

Southern Indiana leads the series history against Tennessee State, 2-1, after USI captured a 78-57 victory on January 4 at Screaming Eagles Arena. Shafford went off in the game, knocking down six triples toward pouring in a career-best 26 points. The two teams split their two games last season.

Following the road swing to Tennessee this week, Southern Indiana will return home to Screaming Eagles Arena next week for a pair of games against Eastern Illinois and SIUE. Tickets for both are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office online. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

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USI STARTS FEBRUARY ON THE ROAD

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball begins February on the road for a pair of Ohio Valley Conference games, visiting Tennessee Tech University Thursday and Tennessee State University Saturday. Tipoff at TTU in Cookeville, Tennessee, is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, while the start time at TSU in Nashville is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fans can track your Eagles all season by visiting the schedule on USIScreamingEagles.com for links to follow all of the action on the ESPN+, ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com), and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com/).

USI (5-16, 2-6 OVC) hopes to get back on track on the road and break its five-game losing streak. The Screaming Eagles lost its only game last week, falling to Western Illinois University, 73-68, in the final game of the three-game homestand. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led the way for USI with 26 points in the loss.

Hernandez leads the team through 21 games with 16.7 points per game, which ranks sixth overall in the OVC. Junior guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) follows with 12.7 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high eight double-doubles.

USI has 10 games remaining in the 2023-24 regular season, nine in February and one in March. The Eagles, currently tied for eighth in the OVC, are on the road for six of the 10 remaining games as they fight for a spot in the league’s post-season tournament at the Ford Center March 6-9.

TTU (7-14, 2-6 OVC) has lost its last three games after losing a pair last week. The Golden Eagles lost at Eastern Illinois University, 68-59, January 25 and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 74-57, January 27.

TTU took the first meeting between the two programs this season, 73-59, in Screaming Eagles Arena. USI was led by Hernandez, who had 18 points, while sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) and Smith rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points and 10 points, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series, 3-0, after posting a sweep of the Screaming Eagles last year.

TSU (12-9, 5-3 OVC) is the hottest team in the league, winning its last four games. The Tigers extended their winning streak to four games with a 58-57 win at Western Illinois January 20 and a 64-60 win at Eastern Illinois January 27.

USI won the first meeting of the season with TSU, 69-67, at Screaming Eagles Arena. Hernandez led the Screaming Eagles to the January 4 victory with 20 points, while Smith recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. 

The Screaming Eagles lead the all-time series with the Tigers, 2-1, with the win in January and a split last year. USI won the 2022-23 season-finale at TSU last year, 93-81.

Tickets for the road trip are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office on-line. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

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STAFFORD REWRITES CAREER HIGH, HOST BULLDOGS FEND OFF BEACONS

Valparaiso University men’s basketball junior Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) made shots from all over the court. It didn’t matter if he was driving to the basket, firing from midrange or launching a 3, Stafford made tough looks look easy all night as part of a career-high 32 points that came in an 81-70 loss to Drake, the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion and a team battling for the top spot in the league standings again this season.

How It Happened

Drake scored the game’s first five points, but then Stafford battled back with five straight points to tie the game at five.

Valpo played well on the defensive end early in the half, and cut the lead to one at 12-11 after Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) hit one from long range with 12:49 left in the half.

The lead fluctuated between three and six until Stafford hit a 3 to cut it to two with 7:48 left in the half. After that, Drake embarked on an 11-0 run to open up a 13-point lead with three minutes left in the half. Valpo went into the break chasing 11 at 41-30.

Valpo used an 8-0 run to cut the lead to seven at 45-38 after a jumper by Stafford with 14:29 left in the second half. However, Drake responded with a quick 8-0 run of its own to send the lead right back up to 15 and negate the Beacon burst. 

Valpo never stopped fighting, cutting it down to single figures again before Drake beefed the lead back up to 18 with 3:04 to play. Valpo had another late flurry with Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) and Stafford hitting 3s to help decrease the gap to 11, which proved to be the final margin.

Inside the Game

Stafford’s 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting featured four made 3s. He surpassed his previous peak of 31 that was set when he was a freshman at Southern Indiana and matched this season on Jan. 17 at Evansville. 

Stafford became the fourth different Valpo player to score at least 32 points in a game over the last 10 seasons, joining Ben Krikke, Javon Freeman-Liberty and Alec Peters (five times).

Valpo had just two offensive rebounds, and both came in the final 30 seconds. The Beacons were outrebounded 48-30. This was Valpo’s fewest offensive boards in a game since Feb. 8 of last season at Indiana State.

The Beacons won the turnover battle 11-7 and grabbed eight steals to Drake’s two. Valpo’s solid defensive effort also included four blocks to Drake’s none.

The free-throw line played a big role in the game’s outcome, as Drake outscored Valpo 22-8 at the stripe. The Bulldogs went 22-of-27 (81.5 percent) to Valpo’s 8-of-13 (61.5 percent).

Darnell Brodie had a near 20&20 game of 19 points and 18 rebounds. This was the most rebounds hauled in by an opposing player against Valpo since Shakur Juiston on Nov. 28, 2018 vs. UNLV.

Junior Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) had 12 points, his eighth double-figure scoring effort in the last 10 games. He dished out five assists.

Senior Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) squeezed seven rebounds in 11 minutes of play. It marked his highest rebound total since grabbing 10 on Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois.

Valpo shot at a higher percentage than Drake from the floor (44.3 percent to 40.3 percent) and from 3-point range (36.4 percent to 36.0 percent). This was Valpo’s first loss of the season when shooting at a higher percentage than the opponent (previously 4-0).

Up Next

The Beacons (6-16, 2-9 MVC) will host Evansville on Saturday at 3 p.m. It’s Beach Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center with tickets available at valpoathletics.com/tickets.

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

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REIGNING LEAGUE CHAMPS VOTED SECOND IN GLVC PRESEASON POLL

INDIANAPOLIS – The three-time defending GLVC champion University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team was voted second in the annual league preseason coaches poll, announced Wednesday afternoon.

The preseason poll is selected by the league’s head coaches, who, per GLVC Bylaws, are not permitted to vote for their own team.

No. 2 UIndy

Received one first-place vote and 43 total points.

Ranked No. 12 in IWLCA D-II Preseason Poll.

Has claimed all three GLVC Regular Season and Championship titles since league’s inaugural season in 2021.

Advanced to NCAA Midwest Regional finals last season as No. 2 seed.

Coached by Peyton Romig, who takes over a program that went 18-3 overall and 6-0 in GLVC action in 2023.

Played on UIndy’s 2022 NCAA National Champion team.

Return IWLCA All-American and All-GLVC First Team honoree Joey Fowler, along with Honorable Mention selections Megan Dunn and Madison Phillips.

Rounding out the poll respectively in fifth through eighth was McKendree (21 points), Quincy (20), Lewis (16), and William Jewell (7).

The complete poll and voting results can be found below.

RK          SCHOOL               PTS (1st-place votes)

1.            Maryville             49 (7)

2.            UIndy                   43 (1)

3.            Rockhurst            35

4.            Missouri Western 33

5.            McKendree         21

6.            Quincy                  20

7.            Lewis                    16

8.            William Jewell    7

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VISITS S&T, MARYVILLE

at Missouri S&T Miners (6-15, 3-10 GLVC)

Thursday | February 1 | 6:15 ET

at Maryville Saints (11-8, 8-5 GLVC)

Saturday | February 3 | 2 ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team travels to Missouri to face Missouri S&T and Maryville on Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 respectively. UIndy and Missouri S&T faced each other in Indianapolis earlier in the season. The contest took place on Nov. 27 and the Greyhounds defeated the Miners 72-61. With this win the Hounds continue to lead S&T 16-6 in the all-time series.

Maryville is currently

Maryville is currently leading UIndy, 9-7, in the all-time series. The two teams faced each other less than a month ago on Jan. 6. The game took place in Indianapolis and the Saints defeated the Greyhounds 78-75 in overtime.

LAST TIME OUT

The UIndy women’s basketball team fell to Lewis, 79-64, on Saturday afternoon. 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. 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.

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GREYHOUNDS CAP ROAD TRIP AT S&T, MARYVILLE

at Missouri S&T Miners (10-8, 4-7 GLVC)

Thursdau | February 1 | 8:30 ET

at Maryville Saints (9-8, 5-6 GLVC)

Saturday | February 3 | 4 ET

The UIndy men’s basketball team ends its five-game road trip with another westward trip, visiting Missouri S&T and Maryville this weekend. The Greyhounds and Miners square off for the lone time this season on Thursday, while it will be the Crimson and Grey’s second battle with the Saints Saturday.

The Greyhounds lead the all-time series with the Miners, 18-2, while holding the edge against the Saints, 13-3.

LAST TIME OUT

The UIndy men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker in its lone contest last weekend, falling in overtime at Lewis on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in front of the Flyer faithful. Lewis rallied to score five points after the Greyhounds led by four in the waning seconds.

Jarvis Walker led all scorers with 24 points in 31 minutes off the bench. The junior was 7-for-13 from the field, including four triples.

The Greyhounds led by nine at the break before forging a comeback in the second half. Jesse Bingham and Paul Zilinskas each got a shot off with under a minute left, but neither fell through the hoop.

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ETCHISON’S RECORD-SETTING DAY FUELS MARIAN’S 81-69 WIN OVER SPRING ARBOR

INDIANAPOLIS – Fueled by a career and record-setting night by Gus Etchison, the Marian men’s basketball team powered their way to an 81-69 victory over Spring Arbor University. Marian’s win snaps their three-game losing skid, as they improve to 15-6 overall and 5-6 in the Crossroads League.

Gus Etchison came out playing like a man possessed Wednesday night, dominating from the first moment the ball hit his hands, as the junior guard scored Marian’s first points in the game with a pair of layups. The sharp-shooting Etchison then began to knock down shots with ease from outside, as he drained a pair of three-point field goals on two of the next three trips, vaulting Marian to a 12-4 lead. A fast break trey ball from the junior increased his total to 13 points in the first five minutes of play, with the Knights on top 15-4 at the under-15 media timeout.

After the timeout the Knights continued to look to Etchison, as he made two of his next three attempts from downtown, pushing Marian’s lead to 15 points as they surged ahead 25-11. The guard caught his first breather of the game with 10:58 to play in the half, standing with 19 points, and turned the action over to Brody Whitaker and Maximus Gizzi, who held Marian in check with a 28-14 lead at the second media stoppage. Etchison would return and knocked in 10 consecutive points to the Knights total, as the Cougars defense could do little to slow down his game. Marian led 36-23 coming back to play after the under-five media timeout, and used their defense to close the half strong as the Knights out-scored Spring Arbor 10-5 over the last 4:27.

Etchison would score the half’s final points with 1:54 to play before the break, ending the half with 33 points as Marian went into the locker room leading 46-28. Etchison’s first half scoring mark of 33 established a new record for Marian for points in a half, while the junior drained eight three-point shots, tying the single-game record in under 20 minutes of work.

Marian came back after halftime with a pair of good three point shots from Gavin Foe, as Etchison turned into the distributor in driving the lead over 20 points. The lead would hover around 19 points for the Knights through the first five minutes of the half, but the Cougars clawed back at Marian, hanging in the game thanks to timely scores and stops on the defensive end. With 11:36 to play in the game the Marian lead had been slashed to 11 points, but a response to a Gabe Newhof score by Gizzi rebounded Marian’s lead over four possessions.

Gizzi’s basket made the game a 61-48 contest, where the score stood for nearly three minutes as the defenses clamped down on the scoring threats. Spring Arbor connected with a free throw to drop the margin to 12, but a 5-0 run from Etchison quickly reverted Marian’s lead to 17 points, as the guard’s quick outburst pushed the Knights on top 66-49. Spring Arbor would continue to pester Marian, whittling the lead down to 10 points with 102 seconds remaining in the game. A turnover would lead to another Cougar basket with the scoring showing at 72-64, but trailing by three possessions with 1:26, the Cougars were forced into fouling.

The Knights would keep their composure as the fouls were thrown their way, as Whitaker, Gizzi, and Etchison calmly sunk 9-of-10 free throws in the final 1:16 to ice the game away, with Marian winning 81-69.

Gus Etchison was the story of the game, as he re-wrote his career-high for a third time this season with a 43-point night. Etchison finished the game with Marian’s single-game records for most made three pointers in a half with eight and in a game with nine, while his 33 points in the first half stood as new single half record. Etchison’s 43 points for the game sets the second-most points in a single game for Marian.

Brody Whitaker came one rebound shy of a double-double as he ended the night with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Gavin Foe scored 10. Gizzi finished with eight points, and Jackson Ames led the rebounding effort with 10 in the wire-to-wire victory.

Marian will end their week hosting Taylor University, with tip for the game scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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NO. 2 MARIAN GRINDS 11TH CROSSROADS LEAGUE WIN OVER (RV) SPRING ARBOR

INDIANAPOLIS – The newly-minted second-ranked Marian women’s basketball team kept their impressive 18-game winning streak alive in the PE Center on Wednesday night, as the Knights defeated (RV) Spring Arbor 61-45 in a defensive masterclass. Marian, winners of 18 consecutive, are now 11-0 in the Crossroads League and 20-1 overall on the season.

The first quarter set the tempo for Marian’s performance, as they took a 16-11 lead after 10 minutes of play over Spring Arbor. Abbey McNally played a pivotal role on both ends of the court, providing an early boost for Marian as she scored the team’s first four points while grabbing three early rebounds and a blocked shot on the defensive end. Spring Arbor struggled with eight first-quarter turnovers, but managed to narrow the gap with a late offensive surge, ending the quarter on a 6-2 run. Marian shot just 38 percent in the first quarter, as they failed to take advantage off of the Cougars’ giveaways.

The second quarter saw a back-and-forth battle, with Spring Arbor scoring the first six points to take their first lead. Despite trailing 17-16 on the scoreboard, Marian found an answer to reclaim their advantage in Allison Bosse, who helped Marian regain control on offense. The game would continue to teeter until a three-pointer from Sara Majorosova with 2:13 before halftime shifted the momentum in Marian’s favor. Another three from Bosse at the buzzer established a 33-29 lead for the Knights at intermission.

Marian carried the momentum into the third quarter, maintaining a lead of two or more points throughout the period. Senior Ella Collier provided a spark as she got over her first half struggles from the field, contributing to the team’s offensive success. Aliyah Evans and Collier closed the quarter with the final four points for either team, extending Marian’s lead to 49-41. The Knights’ defense showcased its elite level throughout the quarter, holding the Cougars to 0-5 from the floor in the final three minutes as the game switched to the fourth.

The fourth quarter saw Marian’s defense continue its dominance, allowing just four points from Spring Arbor. Collier and McNally helped seal a double-digit lead in the first two minutes of the quarter, while the Knights’ defense put the clamps down, denying any scoring from Spring Arbor for over three minutes after Alana Nelson’s basket one minute in. Late scores from Tamia Perryman and Kinnidy Garrard solidified Marian’s commanding 61-45 victory, as the Cougars failed to score over the game’s final 3:39 of play.

Bosse led the Knights in scoring in the win with 18 points, while McNally headlined the box score with a commanding 16-point, 21-rebound double-double for Marian. McNally’s 21-rebounds are the second most for her in a game this season. Collier would finish with 11 points in the game, adding two of Marian’s seven blocked shots as she ends the contest with 1976 career points, 25 away from passing Lakan Hasser-Smith for the all-time Marian record.

Marian will aim to close their week out undefeated, as they host Taylor University on Saturday afternoon with tip scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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ANDERSON CAPTURES OVERTIME VICTORY AGAINST ROSE-HULMAN

The Anderson University women’s basketball team (10-10, 6-7) captured a 71-68 overtime victory against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (10-10, 7-6) during Wednesday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in Terre Haute.

COACH JON GIN’S COMMENTS

This was such a great team win. It feels good to get a win on the road, especially in such a tight game. I’m proud of the squad and their efforts! Our bigs came to play, big shots were made and dubs were had. Stops were the key.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Rose-Hulman jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 4 minutes, 5 seconds. Jamie Baum scored five of Rose-Hulman’s points.

Anderson chipped away and took a 20-19 lead with 9:11 to go in the second quarter. In the opening minute of the second quarter, Lauren Smith hit a jumper and Sydney Sierota knocked down a 3-pointer to take the lead.

The second quarter consisted of four lead changes and four ties. Both teams remained within four points for the entire quarter as the Fightin’ Engineers entered halftime with a 40-38 lead.

Anderson opened the third quarter to take a 45-40 lead with 7:08 left in the third quarter. The Fightin’ Engineers responded with a 10-0 run to gain a 50-45 lead with 2:05 left in the third quarter. Rose-Hulman concluded the third quarter with a 53-50 advantage.

Smith knocked down a 3-pointers with 3:53 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 56-all.

Snapping a four-minute scoring drought, Mira Randolph hit a jump shot to put Rose-Hulman ahead 58-56 with 3:25 left in regulation.

Smith even the game at 58-all with a pair of free throws. A pair of baskets from Grace Roland and Ashley Black put the Fightin’ Engineers ahead 62-58 with 1:32 left in regulation.

Izzy Davis took a steal back for a layup with 1:13 left in the fourth. Bella Larrison tied the game at 62-all with 25 seconds left in regulation.

The Fightin’ Engineers missed the go-ahead shot with one second go. Rose-Hulman stopped Anderson’s inbound play at the buzzer to bring the game into overtime.

Anderson and Rose-Hulman traded baskets twice. Sierota made a layup to give the Ravens the lead with 2:05 to go. Ella Turner came up with a block on the following possession.

Ashley Black hit a jumper to even the score at 68-68 with 1:13 to go.

The Ravens came up with two offensive boards and Turner went to the line with 35 seconds to go. Turner split her pair of free throws.

Roland put up a 3-pointer with nine seconds, but Makynlee Taylor contested the shot and got the rebound.

Taylor was fouled and was awarded two free throws. She missed the second free throw, but Davis got the free throw and she was fouled. Davis split her free throws to give the Ravens a 71-68 lead with five seconds to go. Rose-Hulman advanced the ball with a timeout.

On the final possession, Black’s 3-pointer came up empty and the Ravens sealed the victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson outrebounded Rose-Hulman 53-43.

The Ravens converted 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) shots from 3-point range while the Fightin’ Engineers made 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) attempts from the perimeter.

Anderson drained 26-of-72 (36.1 percent) attempts from the field while Rose-Hulman hit 25-of-72 (34.7 percent) shots from the floor.

The Ravens rolled to a 7-0 advantage in fast-break points.

Rose-Hulman knocked down 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) shots from the free-throw line while Anderson converted 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) attempts from the charity stripe.

The Ravens outscored the Fightin’ Engineers 12-11 on second-chance points.

Anderson committed 18 turnovers while Rose-Hulman turned the ball over 13 times. Both teams scored 16 points apiece off turnovers.

Izzy Davis – 14 Points, 3 Assists, 1 Block

Makynlee Taylor – 13 Rebounds, 6 Points

Lauren Smith – 13 Points, 3 Steals, 2 Assists

Bella Larrison – 10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Blocks, 2 Steals

Sarah Sewak – 10 Points

Sydney Sierota – 8 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 3 Steals

Ella Turner – 9 Rebounds, 3 Points, 2 Blocks

Katie Tatum – 5 Points

Victoria Detraz – 2 Points, 2 Assists

UP NEXT

Anderson challenges Transylvania University (20-0, 13-0) in HCAC action on Saturday at 1 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Transylvania is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest D3hoops.com poll.

ANDERSON MEN’S BASKETBALL

RAVENS PUTS UP PROGRAM RECORD 19 THREES IN VICTORY AGAINST ROSE-HULMAN

The Anderson University men’s basketball team (16-4, 11-2) hit a program record 19 3-pointers in the victory against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin’ Engineers (8-12, 6-7) by a score of 118-80 during Wednesday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

COACH CARTER COLLINS’S COMMENTS

Obviously, it was quite the offensive performance by us [on Wednesday]. We did a great job of maintaining spacing on our drives, and we consistently made the correct decision when we got the ball into the paint. We have the ability to be really tough to guard when we play that way. I thought our defense started off a bit slow, but it did definitely pick up as the game progressed, particularly midway through the first half. Overall, it was a good night for us. We are locked in on our game against Transylvania at home on Saturday, and hope for a big crowd as the two conference co-leaders take the court.

RECORD BOOK UPDATES

19 3PT Made – Program Record (Previous Record – 18; vs. Indiana-East; Dec. 10, 1997)

37 3PT Attempts – 3rd in Program History (Most since 38 on Jan. 2, 2004, at Redlands)

10 Blocks – Tied for 7th in Program History (4th game with 10 or more Blocks this Season)

Elijah Mattingly moves into 4th for Blocks in a season with 52 (Most in Division 3 Era) and becomes the 4th Raven with 100 Career Blocked shots

Tate Ivanyo moves up to 40th on the All-Time Scoring list with 1,033 Points, passing Malik Laffoon

HOW IT HAPPENED

Anderson drained 19-of-37 (51.4 percent) shots from 3-point range while Rose-Hulman converted 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) attempts from the perimeter.

The Ravens converted 44-of-77 (57.1 percent) on shots from the field, while Fightin’ Engineers hit 30-of-68 (44.1 percent) attempts from the floor.

The Fightin’ Engineers committed 21 turnovers to the Ravens’ 14. Anderson outscored Rose-Hulman 25-19 off turnovers.

Anderson stole the ball 19 times throughout the game, while Rose-Hulman gathered eight steals.

Anderson held a 46-44 advantage from points off the bench and a 21-8 advantage against Rose-Hulman in fastbreak opportunities

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Bryson Huckeby – 24 Points, 8-12 (66.7%) FG, 6-9 3 PT, 6 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals

Cam Smith – 16 Points, 6-8 (75%) FG, 3 Assists, 1 Rebound

Tate Ivanyo – 15 Points, 6-8 (75%) FG, 3-4 (75%) 3PT, 6 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block

Elijah Mattingly – 10 Points, 6 Assists, 4 Rebounds, 4 Steals, 3 Blocks

Alex Hunt – 10 Points, 3 Blocks, 2 Steals, 2 Rebounds, 1 Assist

Bryce Williams – 8 Points, 2 Rebounds, 2 Assists

Kenney Troutman – 7 Points, 2 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Rebound

Jordan Gadis – 6 Points, 5 Assists, 2 Steals

Robert Davidson – 6 Points, 4 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Steal, 1 Block

Gavin Dowling – 5 Points, 1 Rebound, 1 Steal

Cedric Anderson – 4 Points, 2 Rebounds

Worthy Ebiringa – 3 Points, 2 Steals, 1 Rebound, 1 Assist

Marco Beverly – 2 Points, 3 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Steal, 1 Block

Jalen Bullock – 2 Points, 1 Block

Ayden Brobston – 1 Rebound, 1 Steal

HCAC RACE

Anderson beat Rose-Hulman 118-80, Goes to 11-2

Transylvania beat Hanover 87-64, Goes to 11-2

Manchester beat Bluffton 85-80, Goes to 10-3

UP NEXT

The Ravens take on Transylvania University (16-4, 11-2) in a battle for the HCAC lead on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Game 2 of a basketball doubleheader in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

WABASH MEN’S BASKETBALL

WABASH MOVES TO TOP OF NCAC STANDINGS WITH TEN-POINT ROAD WIN OVER KENYON

Wabash won its fifth straight men’s basketball contest and captured sole possession of first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference with a 74-64 road win at Kenyon College Wednesday evening.

Wabash (13-8, 9-3) claimed the top spot in the conference standings thanks to its road win combined with a 75-68 road loss by Denison at Oberlin. The Little Giants are a game ahead of Wooster in the win column and own a one-game lead over Wittenberg and Denison after Wittenberg claimed an overtime victory at home against DePauw Wednesday night. Wittenberg and Denison are tied for third place in the conference standings with 8-4 records.

Wabash used a 12 to 5 edge in offensive rebounds against Kenyon (5-15, 3-8 NCAC) to outscore the host Owls 16-0 in second-chance points. Wabash held a two-rebound edge overall, 38 to 36, led by Gavin Schippert’s eight-rebound effort.

Avery Beaver gave Wabash an early 2-0 lead in a game that saw both teams struggle to score early. The two teams played to a 4-4 tie over the first five minutes before Kenyon took its first lead at 7-6 on a three-point basket by Anthony Testa. Sam Comer responded with a turnaround jumper in the lane to return the lead to Wabash. Kenyon tied the score at 10-10 two minutes later.

Wabash went on a 6-0 run capped by a basket from Randy Kelley to take a 16-10 lead. Ahmoni Jones gave Wabash its largest lead of the first period with a three-point basket at 19-12 before Kenyon closed the gap to two points at 27-25 with 2:37 remaining in the period. Back-to-back baskets from Kelley stretched the advantage back to six points before the Little Giants settled for a 31-27 cushion at the break.

Kenyon closed the lead to two points in the first three minutes of the second half before a three-pointer from Vinny Buccilla, and a layup from Comer stretched the advantage back to seven points. Kelley added another layup off a turnover by the Owls and another three-pointer for a 46-33 Wabash lead with 14:14 left in the contest. Kenyon got as close as five points until Beaver’s three-pointer with 9:05 on the clock sparked a 6-0 run to push the lead back to double digits. Wabash maintained its edge throughout the remainder of the period for the ten-point victory.

Beaver paced the Wabash offense with 18 points. The senior guard played all but 20 seconds of the contest, going 6-of-13 from the field with three long-range baskets and a 3-for-3 effort from the free throw line. Jones added 15 points, while Kelly and Buccilla chipped 11 points apiece.

Gefen Bar-Cohen, the NCAC Offensive Player of the Week, shared game-high honors for the Owls with 15 points. He recorded a double-double with ten rebounds. Testa also scored 15 points, while Charlie Heywood scored 12 points, and Nick Nelson added 11.

Wabash shot 23 of 61 from the field (37.7 percent) and made 10 of 26 three-point shots (38.5 percent). Kenyon finished 25 of 55 overall and hit 6 of 16 three-point tries. The Little Giants made 18 free throws compared to only eight for Kenyon.

Wabash looks to try to hold its share of the conference lead when the Little Giants travel to Denison on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.

VINCENNES MEN’S BASKETBALL

DIXON’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADS NO. 6 BLAZERS TO 20TH WIN OF THE SEASON

CENTRALIA, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers moved up in this week’s NJCAA Division I National rankings to No. 6 this week.

The Blazers hit

The Blazers hit the road for their only game of the week Wednesday night, heading to Centralia to take on Kaskaskia College.

The Blazers looked to get the ball into the block all night and were able to pull away in the second half for a 72-52 victory over the Blue Devils.

The game began as a back-and-forth affair, with VU grabbing an early 11-7 lead before the Blue Devils answered back to take a 17-15 lead with just under 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

Vincennes then answered back with a 9-2 scoring run to take a 24-19 lead before the Blue Devils came back to cut the deficit down to one at 26-25.

The Blazers were able to close out the first half strong however, building their largest lead of the half at 33-26 and taking a 37-32 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.

VU looked to create some space on the scoreboard early in the second half and opened the final 20-minute period on a 14-4 scoring run to lead 51-36.

After Kaskaskia cut the VU lead back down to nine, the Blazers would later answer with eight unanswered to take a 66-48 lead.

The Blazers then looked to take some air out of the ball and keep the clock moving and were able to keep the defensive pressure to not allow the Blue Devils a late comeback.

VU scored the final two buckets of the game to finish out the 72-52 victory over Kaskaskia College, VU’s 20th win of the season.

Vincennes allowed just 20 points in the second half Wednesday night and only allowed five second half field goals against the Blue Devils.

“It was a combination of both ends of the floor in that second half,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “We were more methodical with the ball in the second half and didn’t get the turnovers. We moved the ball and swung it. Then they start to break down inside and they get in foul trouble. They get tired of trying to fight that thing. Then we did a better job of moving it and getting sealed inside.”

“We still didn’t finish it quite as well inside as we really wanted,” Franklin added. “I thought we could but good enough. We got Michael going in there with a bit of energy during the last rotation. But we just broke them down in there. Because of that, at the other end, they don’t get transitions. And once we stop their transition it’s more about how hard we want to work at staying squared between them and the basket. When we did, I think they are used to being able to bully and their guards are strong but we’ve got bigger guards and wings. So as long as we stayed squared, we were in pretty good shape.”

“Then once we did that, then we didn’t give up the pick and pops to the bigs and didn’t have to help as much,” Franklin said. “When we shut that down and the transition wasn’t there, then we got a little tougher on the backside rebounds. I thought in the first half we let them push us under the basket a few times. We knew better but we didn’t fight it quite as hard. In the second half we didn’t give those up.”

“So the things that hurt us in the first half, we knew how to deal with them, we didn’t deal with them as well as we should,” Franklin added. “In the second half we got a little more determined and did. It’s that simple. Then we went to who we are on the offensive end. We’re going to grind you. You know it’s coming and we’re like a great running team in football. Then that should set up easy passes and easy plays off of it and that’s how we are going to play and I thought that took a toll on them.”

The Trailblazers were led by a big second half by sophomore Michael Osei-Bonsu (Bolingbrook, Ill.), who scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half, while also picking up six rebounds.

Freshman Lebron Thomas (Bishopville, S.C.) just missed out on a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds, while also dishing out four assists.

Sophomore Victor Lado (Louisville, Ky.) got the VU offense going early, finishing his night with 12 points and a pair of blocks.

Sophomore Karyiek Dixon (Enfield, London, UK) had a big all-around night for the Trailblazers, finishing with his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high five blocks.

Sophomore Kent King (Washington, D.C.) played some big minutes off the bench and finished with nine points and five rebounds.

Sophomore Kris King (Washington, D.C.) came away with seven points, five rebounds and a team-high five assists for VU.

“We are going to be unrelenting on the inside,” Franklin said. “There is going to be two guys on the floor all the time that can hurt you and you are going to have to deal with it. It’s 40 minutes of it and we’re not hiding it from anybody. We’ve got a lot of different actions and ways that we can get to it. But we’re going to get to it and you are going to have to deal with it. That’s not going to change.”

“As we keep refining and defining how to do that and play off of it, as we hit better shots off of it and feed it better,” Franklin added. “As Lebron does a better job of being strong, controlled and patient as we attack and then get it swung when they take it away on his drive actions, we are going to be hard to handle. And we should be hard to handle. There should be no reason for us not to be. We put some big bodies, strong guys that we’ve worked with for two years to get them to know what they are doing in there. A lot of people don’t do that and a lot of people don’t have that and that’s not what they believe in. Okay, well we do, so deal with it if you can. It’s no secret. It’s what’s coming and it’s going to keep coming.”

The Trailblazers are idle this weekend but will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 7 when the Blazers host Shawnee Community College into the Physical Education Complex. Tip-off time next week is set for 7 p.m. eastern.

“I’ve got to get our guys motivated,” Franklin said. “I’m trying to hold true to that as best as I can. But we are in a position that we wanted to be in when the season started. We feel like we should be 22-0 but we’re 20-2. Going to be top-five in the country by the time we play our next game. We are going to be in first place in the league, whether it’s tied or by ourselves. And we’ve got five of the last eight Region games at home, including the one team that we lost to.”

“We are everywhere we wanted to be,” Franklin added. “We’re there right now, so all of these players should be super excited about working their tail off and trying to get themselves ready to go. That’s what we want. There’s no mystery about how we try to play or what we do. What we are trying to master and what skills, as a player, you should be working on. We keep adding little wrinkles that allow us to do the things that we’d like to do even better as we go from one game to the next. But our guys know who we are supposed to be. It’s just perfecting it. So, if I was a player, I’d be excited about that and we should have an exciting week of work.”

VINCENNES BOX SCORE

VINCENNES (72): Kris King 3-11 0-0 7, Ryan Oliver 0-1 0-0 0, Lebron Thomas 6-10 3-4 16, Victor Lado 6-12 0-2 12, Karyiek Dixon 4-9 2-3 10, Damarien Yates 0-1 0-0 0, Mathieu Nader-Kalombo 0-0 0-0 0, Kent King 4-7 0-1 9, Michael Osei-Bonsu 7-11 4-8 18, Team 30-62 9-18 72.

VU (20-2, 7-1) – 37   35 – 72

Kaskaskia – 32   20 – 52

Three-point goals: VU 3 (Kr. King, L. Thomas, Ke. King). Rebounds: VU 42 (Dixon 11). Assists: VU 18 (Kr. King 5). Steals: VU 4 (Kr. King, Oliver, L. Thomas, Lado). Blocked Shots: VU 10 (Dixon 5). Turnovers: VU 9. Personal Fouls: VU 16. Fouled out: None.

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The No. 6-ranked Vincennes University Trailblazers improve to 20-2 on the season, with a 7-1 record in Region 24 play.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

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

February 1, 1913 – American all-round athlete Jim Thorpe signs a contract to play baseball with the New York Giants; unlike his other sporting endeavours the Olympic-medal winner’s career in MLB was uninspiring

February 1, 1968 – Vince Lombardi stepped down as Green Bay Packers head coach. Green Bay’s longtime assistant Phil Bengtson became the franchise’s general manager for the 1968 season.

February 1, 1972 – The 1972 NFL Draft was held and the top pick was Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame who was the choice of the Buffalo Bills. There was only one Pro Football Hall of Fame player from this draft so far according to the Pro Football Reference and that was Penn State running back Franco Harris who went to Pittsburgh with the 13th overall pick.

February 1, 1981 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – The NFC tripled up the AFC, 21-7 in the 1980 season’s NFL Pro Bowl. The game’s Most Valuable Player was Eddie Murray the kicker of the Detroit Lions according to the OnthisDay.com.

February 1, 1987 – The 1986 season’s NFL Pro Bowl was also played at beautiful Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The results of the contest were that the AFC team edged out the NFC squad, 10-6. The game’s MVP was legendary Defensive End of the Philadelphia Eagles at the time, Reggie White.

February 1, 1998 – Another NFL Pro Bowl was played on this day in gridiron history and again at the player’s choice venue, Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want to make the Pro Bowl just for that trip? The AFC nipped NFC in the game by the final score of 29-24. The Seattle Seahawks veteran signal caller  of that season, legend Warren Moon won the Most Valuable Player.

February 1, 2004 – Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas – What a game Super Bowl XXXVIII was to match the League’s top two teams, the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots. American Football Fandom has the scoop. Although neither team could score in the first and third quarters, they both ended up with a combined total of 868 yards and 61 points. The game was scoreless for a Super Bowl record 26:55 before the two teams combined for 24 points prior to halftime and an amazing 37 combined points in a fast paced fourth quarter! New England Patriots squeaked by the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. The big game MVP was GOAT quarterback Tom Brady who had set a Super Bowl record for the most pass completions with 32,while completing 66.7 percent of his passes and accumulating 354 passing yards for 3 touchdowns. It was the second championship in three years for the Patriots.

February 1, 2009 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida – The Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers butted heads in Super Bowl XLIII. This Championship game may have more highlight reel plays than any other game in history! Who can forget the Larry Fitzgerald 64 yard score with 2:45 remaining to put the Cards up on the scoreboard.  Or the Santonio Holmes toe tap in the end zone late in the game that ended up being the game winner. But probably my favorite play was the game changing James Harrison 100 yard pick six to end the first half that was most likely a 14 point swing! Oh the drama of that play at the time it occurred! The Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23 and the toe dance along with some other crucial grabs on the final drive earned Santonio Holmes the MVP.

February 1, 2014 – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sets an all time record for the most NFL Most Valuable Player awards per the Washington Post. The great quarterback won his 5th such trophy at the NFL Honors in New York City. He also  capped off the evening by capturing the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year as well.

February 1, 2014 – Ray Guy (Oakland/LA Raiders) becomes second pure kicker, and first pure punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

February 1, 2015 – University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona – The question on everyone’s mind at the completion of Super Bowl XLIX was, “ Why Didn’t they go Beastmode?”  With 26 seconds remaining Seattle had the ball 2nd and goal from the Patriot’s one yard line with one timeout remaining. Russel Wilson was in shotgun formation having short yardage expert Marshawn Lynch perched on his left hip. New England had eight in the box expecting a run, but Wilson took the snap and promptly tried firing a short slant pass over the middle which Malcolm Butler the Patriots corner undercut and intercepted it per ESPN.com. There was no joy in the North West that evening as the Patriots denied the Seahawks another Lombardi as they held on to win by the score of 28-24 over the Seattle Seahawks. The game’s Most Valuable Player was Quarterback Tom Brady.

February 1, 2022 – Speaking of Tom Brady, he announced his retirement from playing football on his Instagram account. After 22 seasons ( 20 with New England and 2 with Tampa Bay), Brady played in a totla of 10 Super Bowl Games, hoisted the Lombardi Trophy 7 times and he personally won 5 Sup[er Bowl MVP awards.

Hall of Fame Birthday for February 1

February 1, 1908 –  New Haven, Connecticut – Albie Booth the great Yale University halfback arrived into this life. The National Football Foundation voters selected Albie Booth for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

February 1, 1915 – Ruple, Louisiana – The legendary LSU End, Gaynell Tinsley was born.  The National Football Foundation granted Gaynell Tinsley’s collegiate gridiron legacy entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

4 – 99 – 24 – 20 – 5 -12 – 77 – 

February 1, 1913

February 1, 1913 – Perhaps the most prominant World all-round athlete American Jim Thorpe signs to play baseball with the NY Giants. He had just won Gold at the 1912the Olympic in Sweden.

February 1, 1914 – In an exhibition baseball game in Cairo, EgypttheChicago White Sox and New York Giants play a 10-inning, 3-3 tie in an exhibition MLB game as part of special 56-game world tour.

February 1, 1919 – TheNational League’s Brooklyn Robins franchise traded former NL MVP Jake Daubert to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Tommy Griffith as the result of a salary grievance

February 1, 1950 – Green Bay Packers founder, player and coach Curly Lambeau resigns after 31 seasons and 6 NFL titles to his credit

February 1, 1955 – Hap Day becomes the first man to serve as Toronto Maple Leafs captain, coach and general manager when he is appointed to run the famous Canadian NHL club. Day wore Number 4 during his Maple Leafs tenure on the ice.

February 1, 1959 – Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favorite of the club from 1909 through 1927, was selected to become inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Wheat hit .317 over 19-year career, and batted .300 or better an amazing 14 times during the span of his career.

February 1, 1962 – The National League of baseball released its first ever162-game schedule. The increase of games was due to growth with the addition of the New York Mets and the Houston Colt 45s.

February 1, 1967 – The 10-team American Basketball Association (ABA) with George Mikan as Commissioner is formed and lasts 9 years; its three-point shot remains a feature of the game. Mikan who starred on the Minneapolis Lakers from 1948 through 1956 wore Number 99 during his playing days. Make sure you check out Rick Loayza on the Basketball History 101 Podcast on the Sports history Network where he has multiple episodes with stories about Mikan, including a couple times where Mikan and the Lakers played the Harlem Globe Trotters.

February 1, 1968 – Green Bay Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi stepped down from his position with the franchise. Longtime Packer assistant, Phil Bengtson took over as the clubs general manager for the 1968 season.

February 1, 1970  Long time New YorkRangers’ goalie Terry Sawchuk records his 447th and final win between the pipes, and his 103rd career shutout, both were NHL records at the time, as his New York team blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-0. The highly decorated goal tender wore Number 99.

February 1, 1973 – Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues. Though he wore Number 20 for much of his career with the New York Giants, Historian Larry Lester has researched that Irvin wore the Numbers 6, 16, and 18 in the Negro Leagues.  He also wore Number 7 in his initial year on the Giants roster and 39 later with the Chicago Cubs. Mr. Irvin is the fourth inductee through the special committee. You can find more on Larry Lester’s research on the Negro League players in an interview on Sports Jersey Dispatch about his great book, The Negro Leagues that he co-wrote.

February 1, 1992 – Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder Barry Bonds signed the highest single year contract in MLB history, $4.7 million with the franchise. The slugger wore Number 24 for 6 of his 7 seasons with the Pirates and then spent 15 later years wearing Number 25 with the San Francisco Giants.

February 1, 1992 – Defenseman Denis Potvin’s became the first player of the New York Islanders to have his number retired by the club. Potvin who wore Number 5 played his entire 15 year NHL career in NY.

February 1, 1995 – At the Delta Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah Jazz Number 12, Guard John Stockton passed Magic Johnson’s all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221, in a 129-98 win over the Denver Nuggets. Stockton played with the Jazz from 1984 through 2003.

February 1, 1997 – Future Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque scores a goal and an assist to become the Boston Bruins’ all-time scoring leader, with 1,341 points in an 18-year NHL career. He wore the Number 77 for the majority of his hockey career but was known as Number 7 in your programs in the first 11 of his eventual 23 seasons playing in the League.

February 1, 2004  – Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas – What a game Super Bowl XXXVIII was to match the League’s top two teams, the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots. New England Patriots edged by the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. The big game Most Valuable Player Number 12, Quarterback Tom Brady who had set a Super Bowl record for the most pass completions with 32.

Speaking of Brady and the Patriots… TB12 captured another Super Bowl MVP honor on this date in 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.  –  Super Bowl XLIX saw the Patriots denied the Seattle Seahawks another Lombardi as they held on to win by the score of 28-24 with a later interception at the goal line.

February 1, 2006 High school senior Epiphanny Prince scores US girls national prep basketball record 113 points in Murry Bergtraum HS’s 137-32 win over Brandeis HS in doing so she surpassed Cheryl Miller‘s 105 from a few years earlier.

February 1, 2009 – The Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers butted heads in Super Bowl XLIII.  A remarkable end of the first half 100 yard pick six by Number 92 James Harrison, and some late offensive heroics by Number 7 QB Ben Roethlisberger hooking up with game MVP Number 10, Santonio Holmes on a toe tap touchdown, allowed the Steelers to prevail 27-23.

February 1, 2014 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who wore Number 18,  becomes all-time record-holder for MVP trophies, winning his 5th at the NFL Honors in New York; also 2013 Offensive Player of the Year

February 1, 2014 Number 8 Ray Guy who played for the Oakland/LA Raiders became just second kicker only player, and first pure punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

TV SPORTS THURSDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
LA Lakers at Boston7:30pmTNT
Spectrum
NBCS-BOS
Indiana at New York7:30pmMSG
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at Utah9:00pmKJZZ
NBCS-PHI
Cleveland at Memphis10:00pmTNT
Bally Sports
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
IUPUI at Green Bay12:00pmESPN+
Saint Francis U at Central Connecticut6:00pmNEC Front Row
NJIT at Binghamton6:00pmESPN+
Maine at UMass Lowell6:30pmESPN+
Tulane at SMU7:00pmESPN2
Longwood at High Point7:00pmESPNU
Delaware at William & Mary7:00pmCBSSN
Drexel at Monmouth7:00pmESPN+
Northeastern at Towson7:00pmMNMT
Stony Brook at Hofstra7:00pmMSGSN
LIU at Fairleigh Dickinson7:00pmYES
Stonehill at Sacred Heart7:00pmNEC Front Row
Le Moyne at Wagner7:00pmNEC Front Row
Robert Morris at Oakland7:00pmESPN+
Cleveland State at Detroit Mercy7:00pmESPN+
Milwaukee at Purdue Fort Wayne7:00pmESPN+
Louisiana Tech at FIU7:00pmESPN+
UAlbany at Vermont7:00pmESPN+
UMBC at Bryant7:00pmESPN+
Troy at Georgia Southern7:00pmESPN+
App State at Georgia State7:00pmESPN+
Coastal Carolina at James Madison7:00pmESPN+
Old Dominion at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
Campbell at Elon7:00pmFloSports
Hampton at North Carolina A&T7:00pmFloSports
UNCW at Charleston7:00pmFloSports
Bellarmine at Kennesaw State7:30pmESPN+
Utah Valley at Stephen F. Austin7:30pmESPN+
Tarleton at Abilene Christian8:00pmESPN+
North Dakota State at South Dakota State8:00pmMidCo Sports
South Alabama at Texas State8:00pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky at Queens8:00pmESPN+
Weber State at Northern Arizona8:00pmESPN+
Idaho State at Northern Colorado8:00pmESPN+
North Dakota at South Dakota8:00pmSummit
Denver at Kansas City8:00pmSummit
St. Thomas at Omaha8:00pmSummit
Wisconsin at Nebraska8:30pmBTN
California at Arizona8:30pmPAC12N
Little Rock at SIUE8:30pmESPN+
UT Martin at Eastern Illinois8:30pmESPN+
Western Illinois at Lindenwood8:30pmESPN+
Morehead State at Tennessee State8:30pmESPN+
Southern Indiana at Tennessee Tech8:30pmESPN+
FGCU at Central Arkansas8:30pmESPN+
UTA at Southern Utah8:30pmESPN+
Stetson at North Alabama8:45pmESPN+
Stanford at Arizona State9:00pmESPN2
Youngstown State at Wright State9:00pmESPNU
Sam Houston at WKU9:00pmCBSSN
Seattle U at Grand Canyon9:00pmKUTP
UTRGV at Utah Tech9:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville State at UTEP9:00pmESPN+
Liberty at NM State9:00pmESPN+
Eastern Washington at Montana State9:00pmESPN+
Idaho at Montana9:00pmESPN+
Long Beach State at CSU Bakersfield10:00pmESPN+
Hawai’i at Cal State Fullerton10:00pmESPN+
UC Irvine at Cal Poly10:00pmESPN+
CSUN at UC San Diego10:00pmESPN+
Portland at Pacific10:00pmESPN+
Oregon at USC10:30pmESPN
Oregon State at UCLA10:30pmPAC12N
UC Davis at UC Santa Barbara11:00pmESPNU
San Diego at San Francisco11:00pmCBSSN
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
EPL: West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth2:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Getafe vs Real Madrid3:00pmESPN+
EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United3:15pmESPN+
GOLFTIME ETTV
Pebble Beach Pro-Am3:00pmGOLF
TENNISTIME ETTV
Davis Cup Qualifiers USA v. UKR Rubbers 1 & 2
Montpellier-ATP & Hua-Hin-WTA Early Rounds
2:00amTENNIS
Davis Cup Qualifiers USA v. UKR Rubbers 1 & 2
Montpellier-ATP & Hua-Hin-WTA Early Rounds
10:00amTENNIS
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Miami vs Wake Forest6:00pmACCNX
Virginia vs Virginia Tech6:00pmACCN
Wisconsin vs Ohio State6:00pmBTN
Tulsa vs East Carolina6:00pmESPN+
Syracuse vs Louisville7:00pmACCNX
Mississippi State vs Kentucky7:00pmSECN+
Wagner vs Le Moyne7:00pmNEC Front Row
Tennessee vs Georgia7:00pmSECN
Tennessee vs Georgia7:00pmSECN+
Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech7:00pmACCNX
FIU vs Louisiana Tech7:00pmESPN+
FDU vs LIU7:00pmNEC Front Row
Duke vs Pittsburgh7:00pmACCNX
Boston College vs Clemson7:00pmACCNX
NM State vs Liberty7:00pmESPN+
UTEP vs Jacksonville State7:30pmESPN+
WKU vs Sam Houston7:30pmESPN+
Mississippi vs Vanderbilt7:30pmSECN+
North Carolina vs NC State8:00pmACCN
South Carolina vs Auburn8:00pmSECN+
South Florida vs Memphis8:00pmESPN+
Kansas City vs Denver8:00pmSummit
South Dakota State vs North Dakota State8:00pmESPN+
South Dakota vs North Dakota8:00pmSummit
Omaha vs St. Thomas8:00pmSummit
Texas vs Baylor8:30pmESPN
Alabama vs Arkansas9:00pmSECN
Alabama vs Arkansas9:00pmSECN+

What to Watch: Thursday, 1/25/23

NBATIME ETTV
LA Lakers at Boston7:30pmTNT

The Boston Celtics leads all time series 209-164 versus Los Angeles Lakers. Last season the Celtics lead regular season series 2-0 versus the Lakers. Minnesota is 108-55 all time at home versus Los Angeles. The Celtics are 1-0 versus the Lakers in the 2023-24 regular season.

Cleveland at Memphis10:00pmTNT

The Cleveland Cavaliers leads all time series 32-21 versus Memphis Grizzlies. Last season the Cavaliers and Grizzlies regular season series was tied 1-1. Memphis is 15-12 all time at home versus Cleveland. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.