INDIANA FOOTBALL STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
2A: ANDREAN (10-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (11-3), 11 A.M. ET
4A: NEW PRAIRIE (13-1) VS. EAST CENTRAL (12-2), 3 P.M.
6A: CARROLL (FW) (13-0) VS. CENTER GROVE (11-2), 7 P.M.
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
A: ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. LUTHERAN (14-0), 11 A.M.
3A: BISHOP CHATARD (10-4) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (13-1), 3 P.M.
5A: VALPARAISO (10-3) VS. WHITELAND (12-1), 7 P.M.
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES
|Brownsburg||66||North Central (Indianapolis)||53|
|Cambridge City Lincoln||73||Wes-Del||64|
|Carroll (Fort Wayne)||59||Norwell||58|
|Central Noble||47||Fort Wayne Canterbury||44|
|Forest Park||56||Crawford County||35|
|Fort Wayne Concordia||65||Leo||51|
|Greenwood Christian||67||Parke Heritage||59|
|Harrison (West Lafayette)||72||Rossville||29|
|Indianapolis Scecina||62||Irvington Prep Academy||27|
|Lafayette Central Catholic||62||Seeger||42|
|Mooresville||62||Terre Haute North||48|
|Park Tudor||70||Guerin Catholic||66|
|Pike Central||64||Vincennes Lincoln||62|
|Purdue Poly Englewood||99||Victory College Prep||42|
|Silver Creek||65||Columbus East||57|
|South Adams||57||Union City||49|
|Tell City||62||Perry Central||28|
|White River Valley||50||North Knox||38|
|Whiting||80||Hammond Science & Tech||57|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES
|Blue River||54||New Castle||42|
|Floyd Central||47||Eastern (Pekin)||37|
|Harrison (Ohio)||53||South Dearborn||39|
|Hillcrest (Ill.)||56||Hammond Morton||39|
|Indianapolis Cathedral||52||Indianapolis Chatard||37|
|Lanesville||60||South Central (Elizabeth)||22|
|North Decatur||74||Switzerland County||34|
|Silver Creek||41||North Harrison||34|
****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE****
THURSDAY, NOV. 24
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT ALABAMA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
TULANE AT CINCINNATI | 12 P.M. | ABC
BAYLOR AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ESPN
UTAH STATE AT BOISE STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
TOLEDO AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
ARIZONA STATE AT ARIZONA | 3 P.M. | FS1
NC STATE AT NORTH CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARKANSAS AT MISSOURI | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NEW MEXICO AT COLORADO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NEBRASKA AT IOWA | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UCLA AT CAL | 4:30 P.M. | FOX
FLORIDA AT FLORIDA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
WYOMING AT FRESNO STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC
WEST VIRGINIA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
ARMY AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
RUTGERS AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COASTAL CAROLINA AT JAMES MADISON | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
OLD DOMINION AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT MARSHALL | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
ELON AT FURMAN (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
EAST CAROLINA AT TEMPLE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
AKRON AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN3
RICE AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING VS. SOUTHERN (NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC
ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT DELAWARE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
FORDHAM AT NEW HAMPSHIRE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
DAVIDSON AT RICHMOND (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISVILLE AT KENTUCKY | 3 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TROY AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
AUBURN AT ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
OREGON AT OREGON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
WAKE FOREST AT DUKE | 3:30 P.M.
ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 3:30 P.M.
MINNESOTA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
PURDUE AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
HAWAI’I AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
UAB AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTEP AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
MEMPHIS AT SMU | 3:30 P.M.
IOWA STATE AT TCU | 4 P.M. | FOX
MICHIGAN STATE AT PENN STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1
UTAH AT COLORADO | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NORTH DAKOTA AT WEBER STATE (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN MISS AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
GARDNER-WEBB AT EASTERN KENTUCKY (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
NEVADA AT UNLV | 6 P.M.
APPALACHIAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FIU | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
LSU AT TEXAS A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UCF AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
IDAHO AT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NOTRE DAME AT USC | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | FS1
SYRACUSE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT HOUSTON | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS AT KANSAS STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX
PITT AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
AIR FORCE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT MONTANA (FCS FIRST ROUND) | 10 P.M. | ESPN2
WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
BYU AT STANFORD | 11 P.M. | FS1
VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH – CANCELED
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2022
BUFFALO BILLS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (THANKSGIVING) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2022
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#3 KANSAS 80 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 74
#7 BAYLOR 89 MCNEESE STATE 60
#9 ARKANSAS 78 #17 SAN DIEGO STATE 74 OT
#14 ARIZONA 81 #10 CREIGHTON 79
#11 INDIANA 87 LITTLE ROCK 68
#13 AUBURN 43 NORTHWESTERN 42
#15 KENTUCKY 96 N. FLORIDA 56
#19 UCLA 100 PEPPERDINE 53
OHIO STATE 80 #21 TEXAS TECH 73
#22 TENNESSEE 71 BUTLER 45
SAMFORD 79 VALPARAISO 49
SOUTHERN MISS 70 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 58
INDIANA STATE 85 DREXEL 81
WISCONSIN 43 DAYTON 42
MICHIGAN 78 JACKSON STATE 68
UNLV 71 MINNESOTA 62
DENVER 86 IUPUI 64
CENTRAL FLORIDA 76 EVANSVILLE 56
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221123
****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#4 OHIO STATE 105 WRIGHT STATE 52
#11 VIRGINIA TECH 73 MISSOURI 57
#17 UTAH 69 OLE MISS 67
EASTERN MICHIGAN 71 IUPUI 49
BALL STATE 80 UTAH STATE 55
TENNESSEE MARTIN 81 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 51
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221123
MINNESOTA 115 INDIANA 101
CLEVELAND 114 PORTLAND 96
CHARLOTTE 107 PHILADELPHIA 101
ATLANTA 115 SACRAMENTO 106
BOSTON 125 DALLAS 112
MIAMI 113 WASHINGTON 105
BROOKLYN 112 TORONTO 98
CHICAGO 118 MILWAUKEE 113
NEW ORLEANS 129 SAN ANTONIO 110
DENVER 131 OKLAHOMA CITY 126 OT
DETROIT 125 UTAH 116
GOLDEN STATE 124 LA CLIPPERS 107
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp
BUFFALO 6 ST. LOUIS 2
FLORIDA 5 BOSTON 2
TORONTO 2 NEW JERSEY 1
PITTSBURGH 2 CALGARY 1
ARIZONA 4 CAROLINA 0
MONTRÉAL 3 COLUMBUS 1
MINNESOTA 6 WINNIPEG 1
DETROIT 3 NASHVILLE 0
NY ISLANDERS 3 EDMONTON 0
WASHINGTON 3 PHILADELPHIA 2
DALLAS 6 CHICAGO 4
VANCOUVER 4 COLORADO 3
VEGAS 4 OTTAWA 1
ANAHEIM 3 NY RANGERS 2
SEATTLE 8 SAN JOSE 5
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp
****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****
THE STARTING 11 — NFL CELEBRATES MADDEN’S INCOMPARABLE LEGACY
Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the National Football League without Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN MADDEN.
After the iconic coach, broadcaster and entertainment pioneer passed away late last year, the league determined that Thanksgiving was the best way to truly honor one of its most impactful individuals and preserve his legacy in perpetuity.
The inaugural “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” this week will feature special broadcast tributes during respective Thanksgiving games on CBS, FOX and NBC. Additionally, each network will select a “Madden Player of the Game,” who will receive a $10,000 donation in their name from the NFL Foundation to the youth or high school football program of their choice.
And to honor Madden in this week’s Starting 11, the league remembers the pro football legend through 11 of his most memorable quotes…
1. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE: “Since 1981, I’ve spent every Thanksgiving Day broadcasting a game, and it is one of my favorite days. You can say, ‘Woe is me, I never get to be part of the tradition,’ or you can say, ‘Heck, we’ve got our own tradition, and it’s pretty good.’”
- Traditions were important to Madden. Whether honoring the game, family, the turducken dish he discovered in New Orleans and shared with his bus drivers, colleagues and friends, or the NFL’s long history of playing on Thanksgiving, time-honored celebrations were held in high regard by the Pro Football Hall of Famer.And another tradition that surely would’ve made Madden proud is the NFL’s long trend of teams overcoming down years and rebounding to make the playoffs. Two teams in that category will meet on Thanksgiving Day at AT&T Stadium (4:30 PM ET, FOX), when the NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3) visit the DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3). In each of the last 32 seasons (1990-2021), at least four teams annually have reached the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the previous year. In 2021, Dallas was one of seven teams that earned playoff berths after missing the postseason the year before. This season, the Giants have put themselves in prime position to join that group.Madden and longtime broadcast partner Pat Summerall were in the Texas Stadium booth for CBS the last time the Giants met the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 1992.
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 99: “Sometimes we think video games are just games for kids, and then once they get out of grammar school or high school, they never play again. But that’s when they really start playing.”
- Madden helped create one of the most exclusive groups in sports: The 99 Club, made up of those players with a 99 rating in the Madden NFL video game.One current member of that club, defensive end MYLES GARRETT, will meet a recent 99 overall member, quarterback TOM BRADY, when TAMPA BAY (5-5) travels to CLEVELAND (3-7). Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX) also features Browns running back NICK CHUBB, who currently carries a 98 Madden rating. In real life, Chubb has the second-highest career rushing average (5.3 yards per carry) in NFL history (minimum 1,000 attempts).Other current members of the 99 Club are Raiders wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS, Rams defensive lineman AARON DONALD and 49ers tackle TRENT WILLIAMS.
3. CONVICTION AND HUMILITY: “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.”
- Three players that epitomize those qualities and certainly would’ve impressed Madden in 2022 will meet on Sunday when BALTIMORE (7-3) squares off with JACKSONVILLE (3-7) at TIAA Bank Field (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Quarterback LAMAR JACKSON has first-place Baltimore in position to reach the playoffs for the third time in his four seasons as the Ravens’ starter. Meanwhile, the Jaguars’ TREVOR LAWRENCE has shown remarkable improvement, having already passed for more touchdowns than his rookie season. Additionally, in four of his past five games, Lawrence has not thrown an interception. Jacksonville running back TRAVIS ETIENNE has averaged 120.0 scrimmage yards per game since Week 7. Only TONY POLLARD and DERRICK HENRY have higher averages over the past five weeks in the NFL.
4. MADDEN SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: “Football isn’t nuclear physics, but it’s not so simple that you can make it simple. It takes some explaining to get it across.”
- Remembered as one of the best teachers in football history, Madden became the first American sports broadcaster to use a telestrator during the Super Bowl XVI broadcast on CBS, as the 49ers defeated the Bengals, 26-21. He certainly would’ve used that telestrator this week to explain the chess match at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) when SAN FRANCISCO (6-4) hosts NEW ORLEANS (4-7).Saints wide receiver CHRIS OLAVE has 51 receptions for 760 yards, both first among NFL rookies.San Francisco safety TALANOA HUFANGA, a big reason the 49ers have shut out opponents in the second half of each of their past three games, has emerged as a leader in the San Francisco secondary.
5. MADDEN SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: “Discipline is knowing what you’re supposed to do and doing it as best you can.”
- Don’t expect a lot of laundry on the field when the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-7) visit the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-2) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). The Rams rank second in the league with just 4.3 penalties per game while the Chiefs (5.1) are tied for the fourth fewest. In the last meeting between the clubs (Week 11, 2018), the Rams defeated the Chiefs, 54-51, the first game in NFL history in which each team reached 50 points. In the third-highest-scoring game (105 combined points) of all-time, the two clubs combined for 1,001 total yards of offense.
6. THAT’S A LOUD DEFENSE: “You got one guy going BOOM, one guy going WHACK, and one guy not getting in the end zone.”
- The WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (6-5) have won five of their last six games heading into Sunday’s matchup with the ATLANTA FALCONS (5-6) at FedExField (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Over that stretch, since Week 6, the Commanders rank second in the league in goal-to-go defense, allowing touchdowns on just 45.5 percent of opponents’ goal-to-go possessions. Washington linebacker JAMIN DAVIS is tied for second in the NFL with six goal-to-go tackles this season.
7. DRESSING FOR SUCCESS: “It’s a lot easier to get a suit than it is to get a coach.”
- When Pro Football Hall of Famer AL DAVIS hired Madden as Raiders head coach in 1969, Madden was just 32 years old. So, naturally, he would’ve been impressed with the effort of another rookie head coach, Minnesota’s KEVIN O’CONNELL. This week, O’Connell and the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-2) host BILL BELICHICK and the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-4) on Thanksgiving night (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Belichick earlier this season surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer GEORGE HALAS for the second-most wins in NFL history, including the postseason.O’Connell has an opportunity to join a significant group of rookie head coaches. In the NFL’s previous 102 seasons, only 22 individuals have won at least nine of their first 11 games as an NFL head coach, a list that includes Madden (nine in 1969) and Halas (nine in 1920).
8. GOODS & PROVISIONS READY TO GO: “Don’t worry about the horse being blind; just load the wagon.”
- The DETROIT LIONS (4-6) have won three straight and enter Thanksgiving against the BUFFALO BILLS (7-3) in second place in the NFC North. Running back JAMAAL WILLIAMS leads the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns, the most by a Lions player since Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS had 16 in 1991. Head coach DAN CAMPBELL and his club are bidding for the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2016.
9. MUSIC CITY, MEADOWLANDS PATIOS COULD BE CROWDED: “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”
- Tennessee’s DERRICK HENRY leads the NFL in both carries (230) and rushing yards (1,010) this season. In last week’s win, he became the fifth running back all-time with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine consecutive seasons) as well as ADRIAN PETERSON (seven), SHAUN ALEXANDER (five) and MICHAEL TURNER (five). TENNESSEE (7-3) hosts CINCINNATI (6-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) in a rematch of a thrilling 2021 AFC Divisional playoff game.Meanwhile, CHICAGO (3-8) visits the NEW YORK JETS (6-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Since Madden led the Raiders to a Super Bowl title in 1976, only two teams have averaged more than 200 rushing yards per game: The 2019 BALTIMORE RAVENS (206.0) and the 1977 CHICAGO BEARS (200.8). The 2022 CHICAGO BEARS (197.9) have a chance to join that group, led by quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, who last week became the second player in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020).
10. THIS WEEK IN MADDEN HISTORY: Nov. 28, 1976 (46 years ago) – Future Pro Football Hall of Famers KEN STABLER and CLIFF BRANCH connect on a 35-yard touchdown as the Raiders dominate Tampa Bay in a 49-16 victory. The Raiders go on to win their next five games, including Super Bowl XI over Minnesota. From the start of that ’76 season through Oct. 9, 1977, Madden and Stabler would lead the Raiders to wins in 20 of 21 games, including the postseason … “I’ve often said, ‘If I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny.’ Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders, you think about Ken Stabler.”
11. HIGH-CALORIC AROMAS: “The only things that smell good are fat and sugar. Tofu being boiled doesn’t smell good. Anything that smells good is fattening.”
- The franchise that drafted Madden in 1958, the Philadelphia Eagles, certainly would’ve impressed him this season, especially with the team’s play on the offensive line. Philadelphia has started the same five offensive linemen – LANDON DICKERSON, LANE JOHNSON, JASON KELCE, JORDAN MAILATA and ISAAC SEUMALO – in nine of its 10 games, losing just one start due to injury.This week, PHILADELPHIA (9-1) hosts GREEN BAY (4-7) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).
WEEK 12 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, November 24||Buffalo at Detroit (Thanksgiving)||CBS||12:30|
|New York Giants at Dallas (Thanksgiving)||FOX||4:30|
|New England at Minnesota (Thanksgiving)||NBC||8:20|
|Sunday, November 27||Denver at Carolina||FOX||1:00|
|Tampa Bay at Cleveland||FOX||1:00|
|Baltimore at Jacksonville||CBS||1:00|
|Houston at Miami||CBS||1:00|
|Chicago at New York Jets||FOX||1:00|
|Cincinnati at Tennessee||CBS||1:00|
|Atlanta at Washington||FOX||1:00|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona||CBS||4:05|
|Las Vegas at Seattle||CBS||4:05|
|Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City||FOX||4:25|
|New Orleans at San Francisco||FOX||4:25|
|Green Bay at Philadelphia||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, November 28||Pittsburgh at Indianapolis||ESPN||8:15|
THANKSGIVING NFL PREVIEW: BUFFALO BILLS (7-3) @ DETROIT LIONS (4-6)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Bills lead all-time series, 6-4-1
STREAKS Bills have won last 3
LAST GAME 12/16/18: Lions 13 at Bills 14
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/14: Bills 17, Lions 14
LAST WEEK: W 31-23 vs. Cleveland in Detroit
COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 1-0
PTS. FOR 28.1
PASSING Josh Allen: 238-368-2,930-21-10-96.9
RUSHING Josh Allen (QB): 71-483-6.8-4
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 76-1,033-13.6-8
PTS. AGAINST 17.4
SACKS Von Miller: 8
INTs Jordan Poyer: 4
TAKE/GIVE 0 (18/18)
PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 48.3 (43.7)
KICKING Tyler Bass: 93 (30/30 PAT; 21/24 FG)
QB JOSH ALLEN has 159 career combined pass & rush TD, tied 3rd-most by QB in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Has 6,414 pass yards (305.4 per game) & 57 TDs (48 pass, 9 rush) vs. 17 INTs for 101.3 rating in his past 21 road starts. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Is 2-0 on Thanksgiving with 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 122 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 115+ rating. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for season-high 86 yards last week & had 14thcareer rush TD. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 11. Has 1,033 rec. yards in 2022, his 5th-straight 1,000-yard season. Has 5+ catches & 70+ yards in 10 of his past 11 on road. Has 5+ catches & 65+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his 7 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with TD catch & 7th in row on Thursday with 5+ catches. • WR GABE DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • TE DAWSON KNOX tied his career high with 7 receptions last week. Had 2 rec. TDs on Thanksgiving last season (11/25/21 at NO). • LB VON MILLER has 6 sacks in 5 road games in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Has 10.5 sacks in 12 career Thursday games. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with 7+ tackles & 12th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • LB MATT MILANO had 12 tackles, 3 TFL, 10th-career sack & 8th-career FR last week. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. • DT ED OLIVER had career-high 3 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 0.5+ sacks & PD.
LAST WEEK: W 31-18 at N.Y. Giants
COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-1
PTS. FOR 25.0
PASSING Jared Goff: 209-327-2,442-15-7-92.8
RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 159-668-4.2-12
RECEIVING Amon-Ra St. Brown: 56-594-10.6-3
PTS. AGAINST 28.2
SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 5.5
INTs Kerby Joseph (R): 3
TAKE/GIVE +1 (13/12)
PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 48.6 (40.2)
KICKING Michael Badgley: 30 (12/12 PAT; 6/6 FG)
QB JARED GOFF completed 21 of 25 atts. (84 pct.) & had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.8 rating on Thanksgiving last year (11/25/21 vs. Chi.)., highest single-game comp. pct. (min. 20 atts.) on holiday in NFL history. Has 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 112.3 rating in 6 career Thursday starts. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts & 2+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9 at home. Passed for 321 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 111.6 rating in his only career start vs. Buf. (9/27/20 w/ LAR). • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had career-high 3 rush TDs in Week 11 & became 4th RB (Shaun Alexander, Preist Holmes & HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson) with 5+ games (5) of 2+ rush TDs in his team’s 1st 10 games of season since 2000. Leads NFL with 12 rush TDs. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 3rd rush TD of season last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN led team with 7 receptions for 76 yards last week. Has 7+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home & aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON had 2nd-career INT & 1st-career FR last week. Is 2nd rookie (Leslie O’Neal) with 5+ sacks (5.5) & 2+ INTs (2) in his 1st 10 career games since 1982. • DL ALIM MCNEILL had 1st sack of season & career-high 3 TFL last week. • CB WILL HARRIS had 8 tackles & 1st FF of season in Week 11. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. • S KERBY JOSEPH had 3rd INT of season last week & is only rookie with 3+ INTs & 2+ FFs (2) in 2022. • S DESHON ELLIOTT had 8 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles in 8 of his 9 games in 2022.
THANKSGIVING NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 72-46-2
STREAKS Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME 9/26/22: Cowboys 23 at Giants 16
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/21: Cowboys 44, Giants 20
LAST WEEK: L 31-18 vs. Detroit
COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-1
PTS. FOR 20.5
PASSING Daniel Jones: 183-281-1,937-9-4-89.8
RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 213-953-4.5-6
RECEIVING Darius Slayton: 24-413-17.2-2
PTS. AGAINST 20.4
SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 5
INTs Dane Belton (R), Julian Love: 1
TAKE/GIVE +1 (12/11)
PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 47.7 (40.7)
KICKING Graham Gano: 71 (17/19 PAT; 18/20 FG)
QB DANIEL JONES had season-high 341 pass yards & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 road starts in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 90+ rating. Had 275 yards (196 pass, 79 rush) in Week 3 meeting. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 497 scrimmage yards (124.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 road games this season. Has 298 scrimmage yards (149 per game) & rush TD in 2 career Thursday games. Had 126 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD in Week 3 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career games at Dal. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 5 catches for 86 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 5th in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. • WR RICHIE JAMES had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 11. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 3 vs. Dal. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had season-high 7 tackles last week & has 6 games with 5+ tackles in 2022, tied-most by DL. • LB JAYLON SMITH aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 516 tackles, 20 TFL, 20 PD & 9 sacks in 68 games (2017-21) w/ Dal. • LB JIHAD WARD has PD in 2 of his past 3 & had PD in Week 3 meeting. • LB TAE CROWDER had FF in last road meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Dal. with 5+ tackles. • S JULIAN LOVE had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Led team with 14 tackles in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 6+ tackles & 7th in row overall with 5+ tackles.
LAST WEEK: W 40-3 at Minnesota
COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 8-3
PTS. FOR 25.1
PASSING Dak Prescott: 103-152-1,132-8-4-96.2
RUSHING Tony Pollard: 118-701-5.9-6
RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 58-751-12.9-5
PTS. AGAINST 16.7
SACKS Micah Parsons: 10
INTs Trevon Diggs: 3
TAKE/GIVE +7 (16/9)
PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 48.7 (42.8)
KICKING Brett Maher: 83 (26/27 PAT; 19/21 FG)
QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 22 of 25 atts. (88 pct.) for 276 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.3 rating last week. Has 28 TDs (26 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 110.3 rating in his past 11 home starts. Has 1,393 pass yards (278.6 per game) & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 98.4 rating in 5 career Thanksgiving starts. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 350+ pass yards. Has 21 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 100.1 rating in 11 starts vs. NYG. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 14th-career game with 2 rush TDs last week. Has 488 scrimmage yards (97.6 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career Thanksgiving games. Has 1,013 scrimmage yards (92.1 per game) & 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 11 career games vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row in 2022 & 6th in row vs. NYG with TD. • RB TONY POLLARD became 4th player since 1990 with 75+ rush yards (80), 100+ rec. yards (100) & 2+ rec. TDs (2) in single game last week. Rushed for 105 yards in Week 3 meeting & had 103 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 28 rec.) in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with TD & 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB has 5+ catches in 8 of his past 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had rec. TD in Week 3 meeting & TD catch in last home meeting. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 8th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) last week, tied 2ndmost by player in 1st 2 seasons since 1982. Has 13 sacks & 17 TFL in 13 career home games. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with sack. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had 3 sacks in Week 3 meeting & has 10 sacks & 4 FFs in his past 10 vs. NYG. • CB TREVON DIGGS has 10 PD & 3 INTs in 5 career games vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with INT & 5th in row vs. NYG with 2+ PD.
THANKSGIVING DAY PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-4) @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-2)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 9-4
STREAKS Patriots have won past 5
LAST GAME 12/2/18: Vikings 10 at Patriots 24
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Patriots 30, Vikings 7
LAST WEEK: W 10-3 vs. N.Y. Jets
COACH VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 5-3
PTS. FOR 21.3
PASSING Mac Jones: 134-195-1,386-4-7-80.8
RUSHING Rhamondre Stevenson: 144-644-4.5-4
RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 44-509-11.6-3
PTS. AGAINST 16.9
SACKS Matthew Judon: 13
INTs Four tied: 2
TAKE/GIVE 0 (17/17)
PUNTING (NET) Jake Bailey: 42.1 (35.3)
KICKING Nick Folk: 81 (21/21 PAT; 20/24 FG)
QB MAC JONES completed 23 of 27 atts. (career-high 85.2 pct.) for 246 yards with season-high 104.6 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Had 84.6 comp. pct. (22 of 26) in his only career Thursday start (11/18/21 at Atl.). Has TD pass in 7 of his past 8 road starts. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had 82 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 26 rush) & teamhigh 6 catches last week. Has 6+ catches in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 85+ scrimmage yards. Has 362 scrimmage yards (120.7 per game) & rush TD vs. NFC North in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with 85+ scrimmage yards. Ranks tied-5th among RBs with career-best 41 catches this season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had season-high 93 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row overall & 8th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS has 9+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with rec. TD & 6th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. • TE HUNTER HENRY has rec. TD in 4 of his 5 career Thursday games. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had 1.5 sacks last week & has 1.5+ sacks in 3 of past 4. Has TFL in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on Thursday. Leads NFL with career-high 13 sacks this season. • DB ADRIAN PHILLIPS has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • DB DEVIN MCCOURTY has INT in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Min. • DB MARCUS JONES (rookie) had GW 84-yard PR-TD with 5 seconds remaining last week & became 6th player since 1970 with GW PR-TD in final 2 minutes of reg. or in OT.
LAST WEEK: L 40-3 vs. Dallas
COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0
PTS. FOR 22.9
PASSING Kirk Cousins: 239-377-2,461-14-8-85.6
RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 156-799-5.1-6
RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 72-1,093-15.2-4
PTS. AGAINST 23.1
SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 9.5
INTs Harrison Smith: 4
TAKE/GIVE +7 (18/11)
PUNTING (NET) Ryan Wright (R): 46.8 (43.3)
KICKING Greg Joseph: 63 (21/25 PAT; 14/19 FG)
QB KIRK COUSINS completed 32 of 44 atts. (72.7 pct.) in last meeting. Has 1,865 pass yards (310.8 per game) & 12 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.7 rating in his past 6 on Thursday, incl. 691 pass yards (345.5 per game) & 5 TDs vs. INT for 110.8 rating in 2 career starts on Thanksgiving. • RB DALVIN COOK has TD in 5 of his past 6. Needs 55 scrimmage yards for 4th-straight 1,000-yard season. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 170+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had career-high 8 catches & 106 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 22 rec.) in last meeting. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 4,109 career rec. yards & can surpass HOFer Randy Moss (4,163) & Odell Beckham Jr. (4,122) for most by player in 1st 3 seasons all-time. Since 2020, ranks 2nd in NFL with 20 games of 100+ rec. yards, most by player in 1st 3 seasons ever. Leads NFC with 1,093 rec. yards in 2022. • WR ADAM THIELEN has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 in primetime. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with 85+ rec. yards & 5th in row on Thursday with 7+ catches. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB DANIELLE HUNTER has 6.5 sacks in 6 career Thursday games & aims for his 5th in row on Thursday with sack. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 22 sacks in 22 career primetime games & aims for his 7th in row in primetime with sack. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 7+ tackles in 8 of his past 9 games. Had 16 tackles & INT in last meeting. • CB PATRICK PETERSON ranks 3rd in NFL with 12 PD this season. • S HARRISON SMITH has PD in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles.
AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 11
Tight end TRAVIS KELCE of the Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker MATT MILANO of the Buffalo Bills and defensive back MARCUS JONES of the New England Patriots are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 11 (November 17, 20-21).
OFFENSE: TE TRAVIS KELCE, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
- Kelce recorded six receptions for 115 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 17-yard touchdown reception with 31 seconds remaining in the Chiefs’ Week 11 victory. He is the third tight end in the Super Bowl era with two games of three-or-more touchdown receptions in a single season, joining Todd Christensen (1983) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. (1982).
- Kelce has 33 career games with at least 100 receiving yards and surpassed Rob Gronkowski (32 games) for the most such games by a tight end in NFL history.
- This is the second-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Kelce (Week 15, 2021) and first this season.
- He is the fifth tight end to win the award multiple times, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe (three), Alge Crumpler (two), Jimmy Graham (two) and Rob Gronkowski (two).
DEFENSE: LB MATT MILANO, BUFFALO BILLS
- Milano recorded 12 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery in Buffalo’s 31-23 victory over Cleveland in Detroit. He is the first player with at least 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery in a single game since Ryan Shazier (Week 2, 2015).
- This is the second-career Defensive Player of the Week award for Milano (Week 3, 2018) and first this season.
- Milano is the fourth former Boston College player to win Defensive Player of the Week multiple times, joining Luke Kuechly (five times), Mathias Kiwanuka (twice) and Mike Mamula (twice).
SPECIAL TEAMS: DB MARCUS JONES, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
- Jones recorded an 84-yard punt-return touchdown with five seconds remaining in the Patriots’ 10-3 win over the New York Jets. It marked the first punt-return touchdown in the NFL this season.
- Jones became the sixth player to record a game-winning punt-return touchdown in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime since 1970 and it was second-latest game-winning punt-return touchdown in regulation since 1970, trailing only DeSean Jackson (no time remaining on December 19, 2010).
- This is Jones’ first-career Special Teams Player of the Week award and he becomes the fourth Patriots rookie to earn the honor since 2000, joining Jake Bailey (Weeks 3 and 11, 2019), Bethel Johnson (Week 13, 2003) and Laurence Maroney (Week 7, 2006).
- Jones is the first player from Houston to win Special Teams Player of the Week.
NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 11
Running back TONY POLLARD of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive lineman AIDAN HUTCHINSON of the Detroit Lions and running back CORDARRELLE PATTERSON of the Atlanta Falcons are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 11 (November 17, 20-21).
OFFENSE: RB TONY POLLARD, DALLAS COWBOYS
- Pollard had a career-high 189 scrimmage yards (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two touchdown receptions in the Cowboys’ 40-3 win at Minnesota in Week 11. He became the fourth player since 1990 with at least 75 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a single game, joining Joey Galloway (November 12, 1995), Todd Gurley (December 24, 2017) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (December 7, 2003).
- This is the first-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Pollard and he joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (10-time winner) and Ezekiel Elliott as the only Cowboys running backs to win the award since 1990.
- He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce (three-time winner) and DeAngelo Williams (two-time winner) as the only former Memphis Tigers to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors.
DEFENSE: DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON, DETROIT LIONS
- Hutchinson registered his second-career interception and first-career fumble recovery in the Lions’ 31-18 win at the New York Giants in Week 11. He is the first rookie defensive lineman to record an interception and fumble recovery in a game since Kerry Wynn (Week 16, 2014).
- This is the first Defensive Player of the Week award for Hutchinson and he joins Kerby Joseph (Week 9) as the only Lions rookies to ever earn the honor. He is the first Detroit defensive lineman to win the award since Ezekiel Ansah (Week 17, 2017).
- He becomes the fifth Michigan defensive lineman to earn the honor, joining Frank Clark, Brandon Graham, Curtis Greer and James Hall (twice).
SPECIAL TEAMS: RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, ATLANTA FALCONS
- Patterson recorded a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Falcons’ 27-24 comeback victory over Chicago. He has nine career kickoff returns for a touchdown, surpassing Josh Cribbs (eight) and Leon Washington (eight) for the most in NFL history.
- This is Patterson’s second-career Special Teams Player of the Week award, also earning the honor as a rookie in Week 8 of the 2013 season with Minnesota. He was also named Offensive Player of the Week in Week 3 this season.
- He is the sixth former Tennessee Volunteer to win three overall Player of the Week awards, joining Peyton Manning (27-time winner), Reggie White (six) Arian Foster (three), Terry McDaniel (three) and Chuck Smith (three).
JETS BENCH ZACH WILSON, MIKE WHITE TO START VS. BEARS
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Zach Wilson has gone from being the future of the New York Jets franchise to an underachieving benchwarmer.
Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision Wednesday to sit Wilson and replace him with Mike White as the starting quarterback Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
“Zach’s career here is not over,” Saleh said, adding that the plan is to have the second-year quarterback “reset” with the hope Wilson plays again this season. “This is not putting a nail in his coffin.”
Joe Flacco will serve as White’s backup, and Wilson will not be active against the Bears.
“We haven’t wavered in our belief that he’s going to be the future of this franchise,” Saleh said.
Saleh didn’t commit Monday to having Wilson under center this week after the second-year quarterback’s dismal performance in the Jets’ 10-3 loss to the Patriots in New England. The No. 2 overall pick in the draft last year was 9 of 22 for a measly 77 yards with several wayward throws. The Jets managed just 2 total yards on seven possessions in the second half.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say surprised because I haven’t been doing my job,” Wilson said of the benching. “Of course I would like to not agree with the decision and everything, but it comes down to I have to play better.'”‘
Saleh said he’ll evaluate the quarterback position on a day-to-day basis, and added the entire offense must be better.
“His decision-making has been fine, his practice habits and all that stuff have been fine,” Saleh said of Wilson. “But there are some basic fundamental things that have gotten really out of whack for him. This is just an opportunity for him to sit back, focus on those things, find a way to reconnect with all the different things we fell in love with during the draft process.
“And it’s something I feel he’s going to be able to do.”
Wilson has taken a lot of criticism this week not only for his play on the field, but how he handled his postgame news conference. When asked if he thought he and the offense let down the defense – which sacked Mac Jones six times – Wilson replied curtly: “No. No.”
It appeared to be a lack of accountability and Saleh acknowledged there might have been “a little irritation,” but insisted Wilson’s comments had no bearing on the decision. Saleh said Wilson addressed the team, but declined to share details.
Wilson didn’t realize how his postgame comments came across until his father texted him before he got on the team bus asking him what he said.
“The way that I handled the situation wasn’t right,” he said, adding he deserved the criticism. “I’ve got to be a better football player and I’ve got to be a better leader for these guys.
“I have an opportunity to turn the page as a player as a leader and take a step forward.”
Wilson is 5-2 this season as the starter of the Jets, who are off to a surprising 6-4 start and in the middle of the playoff hunt. But he has struggled with consistency and not shown the progress expected of him. Wilson has just four touchdown passes and five interceptions in seven starts.
“I’ve got to do a better job for him,” offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said. “I’ve got to do a better job for the offense.”
Flacco, who started the first three games while Wilson was sidelined with a knee injury, still leads the Jets with five TD throws despite not having played since Sept. 25. Flacco was dropped to No. 3 behind White on the team’s depth chart a few weeks ago.
“He’s more than capable of getting it done,” LaFleur said of White.
White briefly became a bit of a folk hero for the Jets last season during a four-game stretch that included three starts – and one that landed his jersey and a game ball in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Making his first NFL start against Cincinnati on Oct. 31, 2021, in place of an injured Wilson, White completed 37 of 45 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in a 34-31 victory. He joined Cam Newton (2011) as the only players since 1950 to pass for at least 400 yards in their first career start. White’s 37 completions were the most by a player in his first start.
He injured his right forearm early in his next start and was forced out of the Jets’ 45-30 loss at Indianapolis. White made the start in New York’s next game against Buffalo, but was intercepted four times in the 45-17 defeat. He hasn’t taken a snap in a regular-season game since.
AARON RODGERS SAYS HE’S BEEN PLAYING WITH BROKEN THUMB
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledged Wednesday that he’s been playing with a broken right thumb for the past six weeks.
Rodgers hurt his thumb Oct. 9 during a foiled Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London. Although the Packers have listed Rodgers with a thumb injury ever since, the four-time MVP hadn’t said publicly that it was broken.
“I just know on the flight home I was in some pain,” Rodgers said. “(I) actually didn’t even want to get X-rayed, because I was still going to play, didn’t matter what the X-ray showed. But they talked me into it.”
Rodgers says his thumb now feels the best it has since the Giants game.
Because the Packers (4-7) played a Thursday night game last week – losing 27-17 at home to Tennessee – they had extra time to prepare for Sunday night’s game at Philadelphia (9-1).
“It’s definitely a challenge, but the days off helped,” Rodgers said. “I’m feeling better this week.”
Rodgers hasn’t missed any games, but the injury has limited his practice time and he hasn’t approached the level he reached while earning MVP honors each of the last two seasons. That loss to the Giants started a 1-6 tailspin that has put the three-time defending NFC North champions’ playoff hopes in jeopardy.
Rodgers downplayed the impact of the injury Wednesday and said surgery wasn’t seriously considered. Rodgers also said he didn’t believe the injury was the reason the Packers had run more plays than usual in the shotgun formation.
“I think I’ve had worse injuries I’ve played with,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers said during the first few weeks after the injury, his thumb didn’t get significantly worse but also didn’t get much better.
“There would be a couple plays every game, maybe a snap slightly inside or a hit that might jolt it a little bit,” Rodgers said. “Just dealing with the occasional kind of dull pain and working through it.”
Rodgers noted he’s dealt with other injuries that can affect his throwing. He mentioned a knee injury in 2018 that hindered his footwork and the broken index finger he played through during his college career at California.
The Packers need Rodgers in top form as they attempt to rejuvenate their playoff hopes on the road against the Eagles, who own the NFL’s best record.
Defensive tackle Kenny Clark acknowledged Wednesday that “every game from this point on is a playoff game” because the Packers have so little margin for error. Cornerback Rasul Douglas offered a particularly blunt appraisal.
“Lose and you might as well start planning your trip to wherever you’re going in the offseason,” Douglas said.
The Packers have been in this type of position before.
They were 4-6 in 2016 when Rodgers predicted the Packers would “run the table.” Sure enough, a victory at Philadelphia started an eight-game winning streak that sent the Packers to the NFC championship game, where they lost to Atlanta.
Rodgers noted the similarities Wednesday while also pointing out that 2016 Eagles team was 5-5 rather than 9-1.
“I think when you win, it creates momentum,” Rodgers said. “When I said it in 2016, how many people actually believed then? Probably not many. But then we got the first one. Then we came home and got the second one. We beat Seattle, got the third one and I think there was a lot of momentum that started in the locker room and guys started realizing this was a possibility.
“It’s like a snowball effect rolling downhill. And so we’ve got to pack that snowball this week and get it to the top of the hill and let it start rolling downhill.”
NOTES: The Packers claimed LB Justin Hollins off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams and released RB Patrick Taylor. … LB De’Vondre Campbell, who has missed three straight games with a knee injury, didn’t practice Wednesday. WR Romeo Doubs, who has sat out two straight games with an ankle injury, also didn’t practice. Others who didn’t practice Wednesday were OT David Bakhtiari (knee), S Tariq Carpenter (illness), S Rudy Ford (illness), G Elgton Jenkins (knee) and OT Rasheed Walker (illness).
RAMS QB STAFFORD BACK IN CONCUSSION PROTOCOL, OUT SUNDAY
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his second game in three weeks for the Los Angeles Rams after going back into the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Sean McVay confirmed Stafford will sit out when the Rams (3-7) visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but the coach said his Super Bowl-winning quarterback doesn’t necessarily have a concussion.
Instead, McVay described Stafford’s injury as a “neck issue.”
The Rams’ season of miserable injury news continued Wednesday with Stafford’s latest setback and the loss of key defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson, who is out for the season after tearing the meniscus in his knee.
Stafford left the Rams’ loss at New Orleans early last Sunday when he felt numbness in his legs following a hit in the third quarter. Stafford has been examined by doctors who haven’t yet determined whether he incurred a concussion, but Stafford is still back in the protocol because of the way he exited the game, McVay said.
“We’re checking all those boxes and going through all that,” McVay said. “There’s a lot of layers to it, but you certainly want to make sure you’re doing everything in your power to (address) exactly what went into that feeling, and letting the experts be able to give their opinion, look at the MRI and those scans, and be able to give the right information so that we can move forward accordingly with him.”
Stafford missed the Rams’ loss to Arizona two weeks ago after going into the protocol the first time. The Rams still haven’t confirmed whether Stafford incurred a concussion in that instance, either.
McVay said Stafford and the Rams haven’t decided whether the quarterback could go on injured reserve or even be shut down for the season. Los Angeles has only six games remaining after Sunday and a daunting road to playoff contention.
The Rams are uncertain who will play quarterback when they face the Chiefs on Sunday.
Third-stringer Bryce Perkins will get most of the snaps in practice because backup John Wolford has a lingering neck injury that forced him to miss last week’s game at New Orleans. Los Angeles signed quarterback Case Cookus – a Thousand Oaks native who most recently played in the USFL – to the practice squad for depth.
Stafford is one of the NFL’s most durable quarterbacks over the past 12 years. He had missed only eight games in that stretch – all in the 2019 season with Detroit because of a back injury – before his absence against the Cardinals.
Robinson was hurt against the Saints, and his season-ending injury means he might have played his final snap for the Rams entering free agency. Robinson left Detroit to sign with the Rams in 2020, and he played a key run-stopping role on Los Angeles’ defense while playing in all 21 games on the way to a championship.
Robinson’s absence and the Rams’ decision to waive linebacker Justin Hollins one day earlier mean the LA defense will have significant changes before it tries to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Defensive linemen Marquise Copeland and Bobby Brown will get additional playing time in Robinson’s absence, while Hollins’ pass-rushing role will be filled by Terrell Lewis and possibly by Michael Hoecht, a 310-pound defensive lineman with athleticism.
McVay said the Rams waived Hollins and leading rusher Darrell Henderson to create opportunities for other players in front of two soon-to-be free agents unlikely to return to the team. Henderson was claimed by Jacksonville, and Hollins was claimed by Green Bay.
The Rams’ top running backs at Kansas City will be Cam Akers and rookie Kyren Williams, who recently returned from a long-term injury absence. Los Angeles has the NFL’s 31st-ranked rushing offense.
Los Angeles’ injury-riddled offensive line is still struggling with problems for center Brian Allen (thumb) and left tackle Ty Nsekhe (knee), who both missed practice Wednesday. McVay said he’s optimistic Nsekhe – the Rams’ third different starting left tackle this season – will be able to play Sunday.
CARDINALS FACING MYRIAD ON-AND OFF-FIELD ISSUES
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) If the object of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series is to document the day-to-day real struggles of an NFL team, the Arizona Cardinals are providing plenty of fodder for bad football and good television.
The Cardinals (4-7) have lost three of their past four games, been hit by myriad of injuries and are now dealing with the fallout of losing assistant coach Sean Kugler, who was fired after an alleged incident in Mexico City the night before the team’s embarrassing 38-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The popular 56-year-old Kugler – who was the team’s offensive line coach and run game coordinator – had been with the team since 2019. ESPN reported Kugler’s dismissal came after he allegedly groped a woman in Mexico City on Sunday night. He was sent home by the team before Monday’s game.
The Cardinals have not elaborated on why Kugler was dismissed.
Veteran right tackle Kelvin Beachum has had a long relationship with Kugler – he coached Beachum as a rookie when both were with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012. He said he doesn’t know any details of what happened, but that the team had to figure out a way to move past the surprise and disappointment.
“I had a chance to talk with (Kugler) yesterday,” Beachum said. “He’s devastated by it. It shocked the room, shocked this team. But we’ve got to move on. … Got to find a way to put some pieces together and get a win this weekend.”
Coach Kliff Kingsbury acknowledged for the first time that Kugler had been fired during Wednesday’s press conference, but said he couldn’t elaborate on the reasoning because it was an “ongoing legal process.”
“It’s a tough part of the business any time changes have to be made,” Kingsbury said. “It’s my least favorite part of the business, but we all understand the business.”
Amid the off-the-field drama, the Cardinals are still trying to win football games. That starts with a home game against the Los Angeles Chargers (5-5) on Sunday.
There was one piece of good news Wednesday: Kingsbury said he expected quarterback Kyler Murray to be on the field after he missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury. Colt McCoy has been under center the past two weeks, leading the team to a win over the Rams, but also the lost to the 49ers.
“If we didn’t let him, we might have a fist fight in my office,” Kingsbury said of Murray jokingly. “I feel like he’s definitely trending in the right direction.”
Murray was listed as a full participant in the team’s Wednesday’s practice report, though it was an estimation because the team had a walkthrough instead of a full practice.
“I feel good,” Murray said.
Murray returns, but now the Cardinals are beat up at other spots. Receiver Rondale Moore (groin) will likely miss the Chargers game after suffering an injury during the first offensive series against the 49ers. Greg Dortch came in as Moore’s replacement and played great – catching 10 balls for 103 yards – but his status for Sunday’s game is also in question because of a thumb injury.
All of this misfortune has happened while HBO’s cameras are rolling. The Cardinals are the feature team in this year’s mid-season edition of the award-winning show.
Veteran tight end Maxx Williams said Kingsbury had a meeting with the team and everyone’s handling the turmoil as well as possible.
“We’re still here to play football,” Williams said. “Coaches get fired all the time, things happen all the time, injuries. We’ve still got to play a football game this Sunday, it’s a short week. I know everyone in our room is here to work.”
Kugler is the second member of the Cardinals’ coaching staff to face discipline this season. Running backs coach James Saxon was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with two counts of domestic battery. He eventually resigned from his position.
The constant turmoil has been a pattern this season.
Murray signed a $230.5 million contract in the offseason – which should have been good news – but quickly devolved into a fiasco when it was discovered the team put an unusual study clause into the contract, which called into question Murray’s work ethic. The clause was eventually removed.
Three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed the season’s first six games after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Newly acquired receiver Marquise Brown was arrested during training camp and charged with criminal speeding.
And those are just the highlights.
Or, more accurately, the lowlights.
“I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” Beachum said. “You’ve just got to find a way to battle, rectify things, find a way to right to ship. We’re at a point in the season where there’s still hope.”
SEVEN MICHIGAN ST FOOTBALL PLAYERS CHARGED IN TUNNEL MELEE
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Seven Michigan State football players have been charged for their actions during the postgame melee in Michigan Stadium’s tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.
The most serious charge is against cornerback Khary Crump, who faces one count of felonious assault. The charges against the six others are misdemeanors. Linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown, safety Angelo Grose, cornerback Justin White, defensive end Brandon Wright and defensive end Zion Young are each charged with one count of aggravated assault, and linebacker Jacoby Windmon faces one count of assault and battery.
No Michigan players are facing charges, which were announced ahead of the teams’ final regular-season games. No. 3 Michigan plays rival No. 2 Ohio State on the road Saturday with the Big Ten East Division title at stake. A few hours later, the Spartans close out the season at No. 11 Penn State, needing a win to become bowl eligible.
Scuffles broke out in the Michigan Stadium tunnel on Oct. 29 after the Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7. Social media posts showed Michigan State players pushing, punching and kicking Michigan’s Ja’Den McBurrows in and near a hallway that doesn’t lead to either locker room. Brown, Grose and Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurrows.
McBurrows and defensive back Gemon Green went up the tunnel, walking alongside the Spartans, after the game while much of Michigan’s team was waving the Spartans off the field after beating their in-state rivals for the first time in three years.
Green, in another post, is seen surrounded by police while shouting across the tunnel at Michigan State players.
Crump in one video appears to swing his helmet at a Michigan player. That could account for the more serious charge, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. The state law describes felonious assault as an attack “using knife, iron bar, club, brass knuckles or other dangerous weapon without intending to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm.”
A conviction for a misdemeanor count of assault carries a prison term of up to one year, while misdemeanor assault and battery carries a maximum sentence of 93 days behind bars.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has said one of the players, whom he did not identify, might have had a broken nose. He also said Green was punched by a Spartans player and McBurrows was attacked when he tried to help.
The statement from the prosecutor’s office provided no detail on the allegations, including who is accused of hitting whom. It added that the office will have no further comment as the case proceeds. It was not clear when the charged players will make initial appearances in court.
Michigan State’s athletic director and football coach did not immediately return requests for comment.
Michigan president Santa J. Ono said Wednesday in a statement that the school appreciated “the thoughtful, deliberate approach from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to this unfortunate incident.”
“We also want to express our concern for all the players involved, especially those who were injured,” Ono said. “The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any additional reviews of this matter.”
An attorney representing Green, Tom Mars, said after the charges were filed that he was “not at all surprised by the prosecutor’s decision.”
Asked if his client might sue over the melee, Mars said that after conferring with Green and his father, they agreed with his recommendation “not to take any action about the tunnel incident until the season is over.”
“I don’t want any of this to be a distraction to Michigan football and neither does Gemon,” Mars said.
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker suspended eight players – including Malcolm Jones, who was not charged – for their roles in the melee.
After the Oct. 29 incident, then-Michigan State President Samuel Stanley publicly apologized for the “violent” skirmish. His departure wasn’t related to the brawl in Ann Arbor last month.
“I’m extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior depicted by members of our football program,” Stanley said then in a statement. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my heartfelt apology to the University of Michigan and the student-athletes who were injured.”
After charges were announced Wednesday, Michigan State Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff released a statement that said the school would “continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigative reviews.”
“While we do not condone the actions taken by some football players on Oct. 29, we will support our student-athletes through this process,” she said. “MSU believes strongly in restorative justice practices and the education around harmful actions.”
She added that universities “must make our respective environments safe places for competition.” She said she was committed to making “meaningful changes” to that end and would report back by the end of the year. Woodruff didn’t elaborate on what those changes could be.
#9 ARKANSAS TAKES DOWN #17 SDSU IN OVERTIME AT MAUI INVITATIONAL
LAHAINA, Hawaii – Trevon Brazile, who led ninth-ranked Arkansas (5-1) with 20 points, had a steal with seven seconds left in regulation and Kamani Johnson tipped in a shot at the buzzer to force overtime against #17/19 San Diego State (4-2). The Razorbacks outscored the Aztecs 11-7 in overtime to take a 78-74 third-place victory on the final day of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
Brazile boasted nine additional rebounds and teammates Ricky Council IV and Anthony Black added 19 and 15 points, respectfully. The Razorbacks trailed for most of the contest, but a late surge closed the gap and Kamani Johnson forced overtime at the buzzer with a second-chance layup.
Both teams started strong defensively with fast play and 15 combined turnovers but struggled offensively. Between both teams, they went zero for 16 beyond the arc in the first half. Arkansas shot 40%, touted 33 points from the bench and led for only 8:52, but it was enough to secure the victory.
Black was named to the event’s All-Tournament Team and led all scorers with 22.33 PPG.
Arkansas returns home to face Troy on Monday (Nov. 28). Tipoff at Bud Walton Arena is set for 7 pm and the game will be televised on SEC Network.
BALLO, NO. 14 ARIZONA BEAT NO. 10 CREIGHTON FOR MAUI TITLE
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Oumar Ballo dominated inside with 30 points and 13 rebounds for No. 14 Arizona, which held off No. 10 Creighton 81-79 on Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational for the third time.
The combination of the unstoppable 7-foot, 260-pound Ballo and his speedy, talented supporting cast was just enough for the Wildcats (6-0) to remain undefeated. Kerr Kriisa added 13 points and nine assists, Azuolas Tubelis had 12 points and Courtney Ramey scored 10. Arizona scored its final points with 2:21 to play but managed to hold on.
Ryan Nembhard scored 20 points for Creighton (6-1), which was trying to beat a ranked opponent for the third straight day. Ryan Kalkbrenner added 16 points, Trey Alexander scored 15 and Baylor Scheierman had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Arizona appeared to be pulling away late, but the Bluejays kept hanging around.
Scheierman made a layup with 2:41 left to pull Creighton within 79-72 but Kriisa made a beautiful pass to Ballo for a dunk and an 81-72 lead with 2:21 left. He was fouled but missed the free throw.
Nembhard made a layup and Scheierman a 3-pointer to get Creighton within 81-77. Kalkbrenner made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to three. Ramey missed a 3-point attempt with 18 seconds left.
Creighton called timeout with 7.4 seconds left to set up a final play. Kalkbrenner didn’t have an open 3 and passed to Nembhard, who was fouled by Ramey with 2 seconds left. He made the first shot and intentionally missed the second, with Arizona rebounding.
Ballo was strong from the start, tallying 16 points and nine rebounds in the first half to help the Wildcats to a 39-30 lead.
Creighton: The Bluejays reached the title game by beating No. 21 Texas Tech in the opening round and stopping No. 9 Arkansas in the semifinals.
Arizona: The Wildcats also won the Maui Invitational in 2000 and 2014. Coach Tommy Lloyd was part of two Maui titles as a Gonzaga assistant in 2009 and 2018.
Creighton plays at No. 4 Texas on Dec. 1 as part of the Big 12-Big East Battle.
Arizona opens Pac-12 play at Utah on Dec. 1.
MITCHELL SCORES 34, CAVALIERS BEAT TRAIL BLAZERS 114-96
LEVELAND (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points and Jarrett Allen had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Darius Garland had 24 points and 12 assists, and Evan Mobley posted 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks as the Cavaliers completed a 4-0 homestand. Cleveland owns the third-best record in the NBA at 12-6.
“Defenses have a tough decision to make on how they’ll guard us,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “A lot of times, they’ll err on the side of defending Donovan, but he’s a willing passer. And that’s where Jarrett does a great job of finding those gaps.”
Jusuf Nurkic had 22 points and six rebounds, and Jerami Grant scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers, who have lost four straight. Anfernee Simons scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and had six assists.
Portland guard Damian Lillard missed his second game in a row with a right lower leg strain. The six-time All-Star will be evaluated at the end of the month after suffering his second calf injury of the season, sidelining him for six games thus far.
“I think the guys’ mood is good, especially to be in the tough spot we are now,” Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. “We’re scrapping and we’re positive and we’ll keep at it.”
ROZIER’S BIG 4TH QUARTER LEADS HORNETS PAST SIXERS 107-101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Terry Rozier scored nine of his 22 points in the final 5 minutes as the Charlotte Hornets rallied past the Philadelphia 76ers 107-101 on Wednesday night in a matchup of injury-riddled teams.
Charlotte, which trailed by 13 points in the first half, won for only the second time in 13 games and ended a three-game skid.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Rozier has been carrying a huge burden because of injuries to starting guard LaMelo Ball and others.
“He’s just not getting a lot of easy shots because of the situation right now,” Clifford said. “He’s playing huge minutes and he’s got a lot of responsibility. But he took over there in the fourth quarter.”
Philadelphia was playing without three starters – Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey – but got strong efforts from Shake Milton, De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell and Tobias Harris.
Milton had 22 points, Melton 20, Harris 19 and Harrell 16 for Philadelphia. Harrell was playing in Charlotte for the first time since that franchise allowed him to leave via free agency last summer.
The Sixers were coming off a home win Tuesday night over Brooklyn.
“I thought we played great,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. “Honestly, I think we ran out of gas. I didn’t see a negative thing we can say in this game.
“Honest to God, I thought we played hard. I mean in the first quarter we had 33 points. From then on, we missed a lot of makeable shots, which you’ll live with.”
P.J. Washington finished with 19 points, Kelly Oubre scored 14 and Nick Richards had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.
YOUNG HAS 35 POINTS, HAWKS END KINGS’ 7-GAME WINNING STREAK
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young scored 35 points, Clint Capela added 11 points and 14 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks snapped the Sacramento Kings’ seven-game winning streak with a 115-106 victory Wednesday night.
Young had 10 points in the third, including a straightaway 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a 97-86 lead, and his 27-foot 3 made it 110-97 with 3:58 left in the game and brought a huge roar from the crowd as the Kings never really threatened the rest of the way.
Young iced it with a 3 inside the final minute to make it 113-102.
“We were just playing fast, playing aggressive, getting downhill,” Young said. “When we get into the paint, whether we’re scoring in the paint or firing to somebody on the wing or the perimeter, it brings good offense. We were doing a good job of getting in the paint and making plays.”
Sacramento went on a 15-4 run, pulling within six in the third on Malik Monk’s 3. The Kings entered the fourth trailing by nine but never got any closer than seven the rest of the way as De’Andre Hunter scored five straight points to push the lead to 107-95 midway through the fourth.
Monk led the Kings with a season-high 27 points, and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 13 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox, coming off two straight games with at least 32 points, finished with 18 points on 7-of-20 shooting for Sacramento, which ended its longest winning streak since Nov. 13-26, 2004.
TATUM HAS 37 POINTS, 13 REBOUNDS, CELTICS BEAT MAVS 125-112
BOSTON (AP) With Dallas closing the gap, Jayson Tatum turned the matchup with Luka Doncic into a game of one-on-one.
And the Boston star bested the Mavericks’ each time.
Tatum had 37 points and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 31 on Wednesday night to help the NBA-best Celtics respond after a rare loss and beat Dallas 125-112.
“His ability to answer the moment. His ability to make everyone around him better,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said. “You can count on him to play every night.”
Doncic, the NBA’s leading scorer, had 42 points for the Mavericks. Tatum, the No. 4 scorer in the league, had been listed as questionable with a sprained ankle.
“He was going to play. He knew who he was matched up with,” Brown said. “Don’t let him fool you. He knew he was going to play the whole time.”
Boston led by as many as 27 points in the third quarter before Dallas scored 13 of the next 15 points. The Mavericks got within nine, 104-95 with about 3:30 remaining, and it was 117-107 when the two stars squared off.
Tatum drove for a two-handed, rim-hanging slam, then Doncic was called for an offensive foul. Doncic fouled Tatum, who hit two free throws to give Boston a 121-107 lead, then Tatum blocked Doncic’s layup attempt.
“I told him I didn’t want you to dunk it,” Tatum said. “He looked at me like, `You thought I was going to dunk it?'”
Brown hit a 3-pointer to make it 124-107 and ice it.
LOWRY SCORES 28, HEAT RALLY PAST WIZARDS 113-105
MIAMI (AP) Kyle Lowry took care of the start. Tyler Herro came through for the finish.
And the Miami Heat got a much-needed win.
Lowry scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half, Herro made four 3-pointers down the stretch and the Heat wasted a 21-point second-half lead before beating the Washington Wizards 113-105 on Wednesday night and ending a four-game slide.
“We found a way,” Lowry said. “They made it close … but we found a way to get the win.”
Caleb Martin scored 24 points and Herro finished with 17 in his first game back following an eight-game absence with a sprained ankle.
Bam Adebayo added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, which trailed briefly in the fourth quarter after building a 17-point halftime lead.
Kyle Kuzma scored 33 points for the Wizards. Kristaps Porzingis scored 21, Will Barton had 13 and Deni Avdija finished with 12 for the Wizards, who had won six of seven.
The teams will meet again Friday in Miami.
“We know we beat ourselves in that first half,” Kuzma said. “We just didn’t come out and match their physicality. … Credit to everybody having resilience and fighting back. But we’ve got to do that longer than just 24 minutes.”
Both teams were shorthanded. Washington played without Bradley Beal (right thigh contusion) and Rui Hachimura (right ankle soreness). Miami was again without Jimmy Butler (right knee soreness), plus were missing shooters Max Strus (right shoulder impingement) and Duncan Robinson (left ankle sprain).
Lowry – the 36-year-old point guard who has logged more minutes than anyone other than Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant this season – more than did his part to take up the slack.
DEROZAN SCORES 36, BULLS DOWN BUCKS 118-113
MILWAUKEE (AP) DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and eight assists, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-113 on Wednesday night.
Chicago began the week with a 6-10 record and having lost four straight but has now beaten the NBA’s top two teams. The Bulls ended Boston’s nine-game winning streak on Monday.
“We’ve had some down moments, losing games in a row, dropping games we feel like we should have won. Getting our butts whooped at home,” DeRozan said. “We’ve kind of went through so many emotions already, 20 games into the season. Sometimes, that’s beneficial. You’ve got to soak in that hurt.”
Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points apiece for Chicago, and Coby White finished with 14 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks, who lost for just the second time in 11 home games this season. Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 11 assists.
The Bucks committed 20 turnovers that led to 17 points for the Bulls.
“They are a really handsy team and they pack the paint,” Holiday said.
Milwaukee led 109-106 before White made a tying 3-pointer with 1:15 left. After Antetokounmpo was called for a charge, White took a pass from DeRozan and buried another 3 to put the Bulls ahead to stay.
“My teammates trusted me,” White said. “I was just trying to help us win.”
The Bucks turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and DeRozan found Vucevic, who swished a corner 3.
The Bucks had won 17 of their previous 19 games, including playoffs, over their Central Division rivals.
“I’m happy with the way we competed. Milwaukee is a great team. They are champions,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “It’s a great measuring stick but it is only one game.”
The team must focus on consistency, LaVine said.
WILLIAMSON HAS SEASON-HIGH 32 POINTS, PELICANS BEAT SPURS
SAN ANTONIO (AP) New Orleans forward Zion Williamson is starting to feel like his self again. San Antonio can attest to that.
Williamson had a season-high 32 points along with 11 rebounds and the Pelicans never trailed while handing the Spurs their sixth straight loss, 129-110 on Wednesday night.
“Zion was a monster from start to finish,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said. “Driving the ball, kicking it about to his teammates. Taking advantage of mismatches. Defensively, I thought he was really solid tonight. Just in the right spots, communicating, switching with contact, all the things we work on. Monster game by Z tonight.”
Williamson, who missed all of last season following surgery to repair a fractured right foot, has had two consecutive solid outings. He was limited to nine points in a 128-83 victory over Golden State on Monday night, but his defensive effort was key.
“Defensively, I’m starting to find my movements and feeling the game out,” Williamson said. “Really seeing the game. I was happy about last game (defensively). This game, it just trickled over to my offense.”
Williamson was 14 for 18 from the field while scoring 28 points in the paint.
Even with C.J. McCollum out due to an illness, the Pelicans extended their lead to 24 points in the fourth quarter in winning for the seventh time in nine games.
San Antonio’s reserves went on an 11-0 run to cut New Orleans’ lead to 118-102 with 3:20 remaining, but the game was essentially decided in the opening minutes.
Spurs guard Devin Vassell had 26 points and eight assists and Doug McDermott added 21 points. San Antonio has lost 11 of 12.
Jonas Valanciunas finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans.
JOKIC HAS 39 POINTS, NUGGETS OUTLAST THUNDER 131-126 IN OT
OKAHOMA CITY (AP) Nikola Jokic scored 39 points, Aaron Gordon added 30 and Bruce Brown had a triple-double to help the depleted Denver Nuggets outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-126 in overtime Wednesday night.
Brown had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
“He’s a winner. Those are the guys you want on your team. Some guys are in the foxhole with you, some guys have one foot out, one foot in. Bruce is all the way in,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. “He’s a guy that leaves his heart out there every night. And 17, 13 and 10 with four steals. That’s a pretty impressive stat line in 45 minutes of play.”
Playing without starters Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., Jokic took it upon himself to dominate the opening period, hitting all five of his shots and scoring 14 points as the Nuggets took a 17-point lead into the second.
But Isiah Joe came off the Thunder bench to hit four-three pointers and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 points in the second quarter as Oklahoma City put up 42 points and pulled within six at the half. Alexander finished with 31 points and 11 assists. Joe hit 7 of 10 3s for the game to finish with 21 points.
Lu Dort hit back-to-back 3s and rookie Jalen Williams also hit from distance to give Oklahoma City its first lead, 75-72 three minutes into the second half. The Thunder outscored the Nuggets 35-14 in the period to lead by 13.
But Jokic hit Gordon with a no look pass for a layup in the final minute to tie it game and neither team could score on their final possession, taking the game to overtime. Denver scored the first five points of the extra period.
“For us to come down from 15 in the fourth? That’s what they do,” Malone said. “OKC makes a habit of that. They’ve come back a lot of times from big deficits and tonight we were able to flip the script.”
“I gave Nikola about a minute forty-nine rest at the end of the third and he played the rest of the way. I played him 64 for minutes in a playoff game once, People don’t think he’s athletic, but he’s like Secretariat man. He can run for days.”
BOGDANOVIC, PISTONS BEAT JAZZ FOR BACK-TO-BACK ROAD WINS
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and Kevin Knox II had a season-high 21 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, to boost the Detroit Pistons to their second straight road win, 125-116 over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Marvin Bagley III scored a season-high 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Alec Burks added 18 points for the Pistons, who were missing Cade Cunningham (shin), Saddiq Bey (ankle) and Isaiah Stewart (toe).
“It was big time. Every guy that is playing brought something to the table. Even if we are missing guys, we played great together with who we have,” Bogdanovic said.
The Pistons had lost seven in a row overall and 10 straight on the road before beating Denver on Tuesday, their first away victory this season. Despite playing back-to-back, the Pistons were quicker to the loose balls and seemed to grab all the 50-50 rebounds.
“Our togetherness brought us extra energy. That was a huge win last night and gave us big confidence and once again we played a great game,” Bogdanovic said.
Malik Beasley led Utah with 29 points and a season-high eight 3s while Jordan Clarkson had 24 points and Collin Sexton, starting for the injured Mike Conley (knee), set a career high with 12 assists.
Bogdanovic spent three years with the Jazz before he was traded in the deal that brought Kelly Olynyk to Utah. He played his best in clutch situations, as Jazz fans saw him do often.
“I spent a great three years here and had great runs to the playoffs so it was extra special to play in front of these great fans and get a win like that,” Bogdanovic said.
After the Jazz got within 113-110 with 3:49 to play, Bogdanovic found Burks for a 3-pointer and added two free throws while the Pistons held Utah scoreless for 3:22.
“We are just trying to help the young guys learn how to win,” Burks said. “That last 3 was all on (Bogdanovic). Great players make great plays. I just tried to help him out making the shot.”
The Pistons were up by as many as 14 in the first half before settling for a 66-54 halftime advantage, bolstered by a 15-2 edge in second-chance points.
WIGGINS SCORES SEASON-BEST 31 POINTS, WARRIORS BEAT CLIPPERS
SAN FRANCSICO (AP) When the opposing defenders focus too much attention on Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins lets loose and makes them pay.
Wiggins scored a season-high 31 points, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers during a key stretch midway through the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-107 on Wednesday night.
“Steph’s going to be Steph, always,” Wiggins said. “Tonight the ball was moving and found a lot of people, made some shots.”
Wiggins shot 12 for 18 and matched his most 3-pointers this season with six in his third straight 20-point performance.
“He’s shooting the lights out. He’s just been so consistent from the field and from the 3-point line,” coach Steve Kerr said. “You see how comfortable he is in our offense, constantly slipping to the rim.”
Curry added 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds, while Thompson scored 18 points. He hit his first three shots and two 3-pointers and four of his initial five shots on the way to 15 points in the opening quarter.
After a slow start this season finding his shooting groove, Thompson was coming off a season-best 41-point game at Houston on Sunday in which he made 10 3s.
Marcus Morris Sr. had 19 points to lead the Clippers and Terance Mann added 17. Amir Coffey made his initial three field goals, but Los Angeles went just 5 for 13 from long range in the first half to fall behind 66-47 at the break as the Warriors shot 56.5%.
John Wall was limited to nine points on 2-for-8 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point tries.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sat out with a sprained right ankle after he landed on it Monday while trying to block a shot in the fourth quarter Monday night in a home victory over Utah.
Kerr wants to use Draymond Green more regularly with the second unit when possible to give the reserves a reliable ballhandler and floor leader given their recent struggles.
“It looks good and we’ll continue to do it,” Kerr said of Green leading the second team.
DEVILS’ 13-GAME WIN STREAK HALTED IN 2-1 LOSS TO MAPLE LEAFS
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils’ franchise-record tying 13-game winning streak came to an ugly end, real ugly.
Matt Murray made 34 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Devils 2-1 Wednesday night in a game in which New Jersey had three goals disallowed. The final disallowed goal resulted in fans pelting the ice with debris, causing play to be stopped for more than five minutes.
“Nobody feels good. I don’t feel good,” said Devils coach Lindy Ruff, whose team also hit two goalposts. “I don’t like the feeling. I don’t like the losing; I know it’s been a while, but you don’t want that feeling. Now you gotta get over that and get ready for your next game.”
While the Maple Leafs enjoyed their seventh win in 11 games (7-1-3) and the goals by John Tavares and Pontus Holmberg, they were miffed about the debris, including cans of beer, that whizzed by their heads.
“You take cover,” said Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe, whose team briefly went to the locker room. “It’s all you can do. I’ve been through that experience a few other times … but I felt like it could get dangerous.”
The three overturned goals riled the sellout crowd at the Prudential Center, but the calls appeared correct.
Goals by Nate Bastian and Damon Severson waved off in the first and second periods, respectively, for goaltender interference. A short-handed tally by Erik Haula was overruled by officials because he kicked the puck into the net. The fact the puck hit off the stake off a Leafs’ player didn’t alter the ruling.
Haula skated onto the ice to try to get the fans to stop tossing debris.
“I don’t care if I get a beer spilt on me but I got gear on. There’s other people there and you’d hate to see somebody get knocked with something in the head,” said Haula, who added he was hit by a chicken finger.
Toronto became the first team to beat the Devils (16-4) since Washington on Oct. 24.
HUSSO MAKES 26 SAVES, RED WINGS SHUT OUT PREDATORS 3-0
DETROIT (AP) Ville Husso made 26 saves for his third shutout this season, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Filip Hronek, Dylan Larkin and Michael Rasmussen scored in Detroit’s third straight win. It was Hronek’s fourth goal in his last three games, and Larkin got his ninth of the season, tying for the team lead.
Nashville had gone 4-0-1 over its last five games and won its last six meetings with Detroit. Kevin Lankinen stopped 26 shots in his first start in nearly two weeks, but the Predators were shut out for the second time this season.
“I thought we deserved better than to get shut out,” Nashville coach John Hynes said. “I thought we had some really good looks 5-on-5, some good looks on the power play. That’s the way it goes sometimes. You play pretty well and don’t get any results for what your effort was.”
The Red Wings committed 10 giveaways in the first period, but the Predators only had seven shots on goal.
Larkin scored at 4:09 of the second period, snapping a wrist shot past Lankinen’s glove.
“That’s what you need out of your top player,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said of Larkin. “I think his overall game has improved and he has some winning habits and a commitment to doing things correctly. He’s getting rewarded and our group is getting rewarded.”
Nashville had a 5-on-3 power play midway through the period but Husso stopped four shots.
“Toward the end of the power play, we had a couple of good looks, a couple of good one-timers and he made some really good saves,” Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. “If you get almost two minutes, 5-on-3, you’ve got to find a way to score.”
Husso had three shutouts in his first two NHL seasons with St. Louis, which dealt him to Detroit during the offseason. He credited the defensive effort.
“The guys were unbelievable in front of me again tonight and that was an amazing 5-on-3 kill,” he said. “That gives us a lot of energy and I think we are on a good track right now. There are still things where we can be better, but I like the work we do every day.”
SKINNER SCORES 2; SABRES WIN 6-2, TO SNAP BLUES’ 7-GAME ROLL
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jeff Skinner scored twice, with his second capping a three-goal, second-period outburst, and the Buffalo Sabres defeated St. Louis 6-2 Wednesday night, snapping the Blues’ seven-game winning streak.
Buffalo followed a 7-2 victory at Montreal on Tuesday to win two straight after ending an eight-game skid.
“For us, the last two games, we’ve had contributions from everyone,” Skinner said, referring to what’s changed since the skid.
“It’s a tough league, it’s gonna be tough some nights, and you’re going go through sort of different types of games, different types of adversity, and you just have to battle through that,” he added. “Hopefully now we can keep this one rolling for a bit.”
Minor-league callup Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 34 shots for his fourth career NHL win, and first since Dec. 16. Getting his second start since Eric Comrie sustained a lower-body injury, Luukkonen’s best save came with 4:24 left in the second period, when he kicked out his right pad to stop Vladimir Tarasenko set up on the doorstep.
Rookie Jack Quinn capped the win with two third-period goals, and Victor Olofsson and Dylan Cozens also scored.
Pavel Buchnevich and Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, and Jordan Kyrou had an assist to extend his points streak to six games (two goals, nine points).
Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots in his first loss in seven starts, and was denied in his bid to win his 100th career game.
SAVARD’S GOAL IN 3RD LIFTS CANADIENS OVER BLUE JACKETS 3-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) David Savard scored the go-ahead goal against his former team early in the third period, sending the Montreal Canadiens past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Wednesday night for their second comeback victory in three games.
Arber Xhekaj and Sean Monahan also had goals in the third for the Canadiens after the first two periods were scoreless. Sam Montembeault made 29 saves as Montreal avenged a road loss to Columbus six days earlier.
“I’m happy with the mindset we had tonight,” Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis said. “(We) simplified it a bit, played a smart road game and not beat ourselves early, and get through the first five or six minutes. Because I feel the last two or three games that’s put us behind the 8-ball.”
Mathieu Olivier scored for the Blue Jackets, and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 26 shots in his second consecutive loss. Columbus has dropped two of three, both at home.
Play was virtually even through two periods before Olivier picked off a weak Canadiens clearing pass and scored from the right circle at 1:08 of the third.
Xhekaj tied it 1:30 later when his shot from the blue line got past a screened Korpisalo.
“I pick my spot and the puck went in,” Xhekaj said. “It felt good.”
Savard made it 2-1 at 3:35 by burying a feed from Kirby Dach off the rush for his first goal of the season.
“They got two good bounces – one ran up their stick, one went off a skate,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “We got on our heels a bit. It was a pretty solid game all the way through. It’s too bad, because we’re playing a heck of a game. We weren’t giving up much at all. We had some good looks ourselves.”
Monahan added an empty-netter at 18:07.
KRAKEN SET CLUB RECORD FOR GOALS IN 8-5 WIN OVER SHARKS
SEATTLE (AP) Jaden Schwartz scored twice and the surging Seattle Kraken set a team record for goals Wednesday night, overcoming Timo Meier’s hat trick in an 8-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Playing their second NHL season, the Kraken got goals from a franchise-high seven players to win their third straight. Martin Jones made 22 saves as Seattle moved to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.
“That was fun for the fans. It stunk for the coaches,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said, half-joking. “This isn’t the way you draw it up, but it’s still a win and you’ve got to find different ways to win hockey games. This one had that feel right from the go tonight.”
Andre Burakovsky, Vince Dunn, Ryan Donato, Jamie Oleksiak, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Matty Beniers also scored for the Kraken. Schwartz put his second goal of the night into an empty net late.
“It’s kind of nice to see us chip in offensively. Not that you want every game to be run-and-gun like that, but we were able to pull through,” Oleksiak said. “Any way you can squeak one out, that’s huge. But I heard it’s like a Kraken record or something, most goals in a game? So I’m sure the fans enjoyed that.”
Meier’s three goals gave him a team-leading 12. It was his first hat trick of the season and fourth of his career.
Logan Couture and Alexander Barabanov also scored for the Sharks.
“Obviously disappointing,” Meier said. “To come back, and then we just gave up too much. We were turning too many pucks over. We had some parts of the game we played well but it just wasn’t consistent enough for 60 minutes. I think that was a winnable game. We just shot ourselves in the foot.”
It was a back-and-forth game throughout. San Jose led 2-1 after the first period. In the second, Seattle scored three times in less than five minutes to pull ahead, but the Sharks tied it 4-all a minute into the third before the Kraken pulled away.
JAPAN GETS 2 LATE GOALS TO UPSET GERMANY 2-1 AT WORLD CUP
DOHA, Qatar (AP) Another World Cup day, another World Cup shock.
Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals Wednesday to help Japan come from behind and upset Germany 2-1.
Both Doan and Asano play for German clubs.
“I believe it’s a historic moment, a historic victory. If I think about the development of Japanese soccer, thinking of players, for them this was a big surprise,” said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu, who had five Germany-based players in his starting lineup and three, including the scorers, on the bench.
“They’re fighting in a very strong, tough, prestigious league. They’ve been building up their strength. In that context we believe that those divisions (Bundesliga and second division) have been contributing to the development of Japanese players,” Moriyasu said. “I’m very grateful for that.”
Ilkay Gundogan had given four-time champion Germany the lead with a first-half penalty. But Doan, who plays for Freiburg, pounced on a rebound to equalize in the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot from Takumi Minamino.
Then Asano, who plays for Bochum, sprinted clear of Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd minute.
It was the first competitive meeting between the two nations. They played two friendlies in the past, with Germany winning 3-0 in 2004 before a 2-2 draw in 2006.
Germany outplayed Japan for much of Wednesday’s match and had 24 attempts on goal compared to Japan’s 11. The Japanese had only 24% possession.
“It’s brutally disappointing, not only for the players, but also the coaching team,” Germany coach Hansi Flick said. “We deserved to go in front. It was more than deserved. Then you have to say that Japan gave us a lesson in efficiency.”
The match was played a day after Argentina’s 2-1 upset loss to Saudi Arabia.
Before their game, Germany’s players covered their mouths during the team photo to protest against FIFA following its decision to stop plans to wear armbands that were seen as protesting discrimination in host nation Qatar.
Nancy Faeser, Germany’s sports minister, attended the match at the Khalifa International Stadium and was sitting beside FIFA president Gianni Infantino while wearing the same “One Love” armband that FIFA had outlawed with its threats of consequences.
It was only the third time Germany had lost its tournament-opening game after defeats against Algeria in 1982 and Mexico in 2018. In the other World Cup openers for Germany, the team had won 13 matches and drawn four.
Despite giving away the penalty for a clumsy challenge on left back David Raum, Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda made a string of saves and was player of the game.
“We fought as a team,” Gonda said. “We have to make sure we never stop.”
Japan will next play Costa Rica on Sunday, while Germany will face Spain. The Spanish routed Costa Rica 7-0 in the other Group E match.
Germany’s buildup was fraught by protests and political statements because of Qatar’s human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers and members of the LGBTQ community.
Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich complained Tuesday that he had the feeling he wasn’t able to fully enjoy playing at the tournament because of all the negative coverage.
Germany was playing at the World Cup for the first time since its surprising group-stage exit as defending champion in 2018, while Japan is appearing in its seventh straight World Cup and is looking to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.
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GAME REWIND: PACERS 101, TIMBERWOLVES 115
Two of the hottest teams in the NBA took to the hardwood at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thanksgiving eve, but it was the visitors who left with the sweet taste of victory.
The Minnesota Timberwolves (10-8) spoiled a five-game Indiana Pacers (10-7) winning streak with a 115-101 road win on Wednesday.
Indiana led just once in the game – by a single point in the third quarter.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Timberwolves.
Minnesota’s big men gave the Pacers trouble all evening, as three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds and All-Star power forward Karl Anthony-Towns recorded 23 points and 11 boards. Overall, the Pacers were outscored in the paint 74-38 and out-rebounded 50-30.
Pacers center Myles Turner had a strong outing, scoring 31 points while rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored 21 points.
Early on, the Pacers fell behind big.
After trailing by 17 points in the first quarter, the Pacers narrowed the score to 53-48 by intermission.
The Blue & Gold came out cold from the field, making just eight of 26 shots (4-for-9 3-point) in the opening frame, but was able to narrow the deficit to 29-21 in the waning seconds of the first quarter.
Off the tip, the Timberwolves went on an 8-0 run as the Pacers missed its first five shots.
A 3-pointer by Buddy Hield took the lid off the rim after three scoreless minutes for the Pacers before Aaron Nesmith hit a trey cut it to 10-6.
Minnesota then responded with an 11-2 run, including nine unanswered points, to lead 21-8 with 4:22 on the clock.
In the final 1:43 of the first quarter, the Pacers went on an 8-2 run, anchored by a four-point play by Mathruin.
While Indiana struggled on offense, Minnesota came out strong making 13 of 23 shots in the first quarter.
“I think we took ourselves out of our game,” Turner said. “I think we have to get off to better starts. As we start playing these teams out West and Brooklyn (on) Friday, these teams that are in playoff contention, you can’t get off to slow starts with them because they’ll bury you.”
The Pacers had a much different start to the second quarter, opening with a 7-0 run on five points from Mathruin to make it a one-possession game with 10 minutes left in the half.
Minnesota was able to establish some distance until a 9-1 run – on three points from Mathurin, point guard Tyrese Haliburton and Turner each – cut it to 43-41 with 3:34 remaining.
A pair of baskets by the Timberwolves in the final 26.3 second made it 53-48 at the break.
Mathruin led all scorers with 16 points and Turner had 10 points for the Pacers, which shot 17-for-47 (8-for-19 3-point) in the opening half. Gobert topped the Timberwolves with 11 points, as the visitors shot 55 percent in the first half.
Turner was unstoppable out of the break, scoring 15 of the team’s first 20 points, including a trio of 3-pointers and a posterizing dunk over Jaden McDaniels to cut the Pacers’ deficit to 72-70 with 4:28 in the third quarter.
Despite the scoring outburst by Turner, the Timberwolves used a pair of small scoring streaks to push its lead to 87-77 at the end of 24 minutes of play.
In the third quarter it was a battle of the bigs, as Turner had 15 points while Towns scored 13 in the frame.
The closest the Pacers got to the lead in the final frame was nine points.
A 3-pointer from Anthony Edwards and four straight from Gobert extended the Timberwolves’ midway through the fourth quarter to 101-86 and the Pacers were unable to make a comeback.
Haliburton finished with 10 points and 14 assists for his 11th double-double of the season, which continues to lead all NBA guards.
Five different players scored in double figures for the Timberwolves.
From the field, the Pacers were 37-for-96 (16-for-44 3-point) to the Timberwolves’ 47-for-78 (13-for-17 3-point).
“That was rough,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “ It’s pretty clear that we’re not sneaking up on anybody anymore. A team like Minnesota’s is a team with a lot of veterans and they came in with the idea that they wanted to physically have a lot of a lot of disposition and presence to start the game, and they made it hard on us defensively. And so we obviously did a lot of things not very well.
“The rebounding was not good, our shooting was poor,” Carlisle continued. “They had something to do with that. We fought through it, but they were just better tonight.”
Stat of the Night
Minnesota’s 74 points in the paint are the most the Pacers have given up in a single game this season. Previously, on Nov. 9, the Pacers gave up 60 points in the paint to New Orleans.
Inside the Numbers
Minnesota is averaging 5.6 blocks per game this season. The team totaled 10 blocks against the Pacers, led by four from McDaniels.
The Timberwolves beat the Pacers in both second-chance points 19-4 and fast-break points 22-14.
When five or more players score in double-digits for the Pacers, the team is now 7-4.
Turner’s 31 points are the second most he has scored in a game this season. He put up 37 points against New Orleans on Nov. 7.
Haliburton has achieved exactly 14 assists in three straight games and has finished with double-digit assists 12 times this season.
Mathurin, who continues to lead all rookies in scoring, has scored at least 20 points in eight games.
You Can Quote Me On That
“We need to watch film and see what we did wrong and get back to (our) defensive principles. I think we were not in our right spots tonight. I don’t know what happened out there, but that was not us defensively.” – Hield on giving up 74 points in the paint
“They just had trouble guarding me …. They were looking for me all night. I was continuing to be aggressive and had a great outcome.” – Turner on his scoring
“We struggled, really, at both ends. I wouldn’t say it was all one end. I thought it was a combination. It’s one game and it felt like two or three losses, they were just coming at us in waves. But it’s one game and we’ve got to learn from it. … The thing that has set our team apart from some other teams is our connectedness, our sharing of the ball. And we just didn’t move it well offensively tonight. And you know, when you’re not connected offensively, your defense struggles in the same way.” – Carlisle on the loss
At the end of Wednesday night’s games, the Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers had the longest win streaks at five games each.
Chris Duarte missed an eighth consecutive game due to injury. The Pacers were also without Andrew Nembhard and Isaiah Jackson.
The Pacers’ five straight wins was its longest winning streak since the 2019-2020 season. During that season, the Pacers won five consecutive games three times.
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INDY FALLS TO WHEELING, 4-2
WHEELING – The Fuel faced off with the Wheeling Nailers this Thanksgiving Eve after defeating them 6-1 on Sunday in their first meeting. Unfortunately, they did not have enough time to complete the comeback and fell to the Nailers, 4-2.
The Nailers got off to a hot start in the first period with a series of shots on goal that Driscoll was able to stop.
Cédric Paré opened the scoring for the game with a goal assisted by Wheeling’s Cédric Desruisseaux and Josh Maniscalco to make it 1-0, the first time the Nailers have had a lead over Indy all season.
The period moved quickly after that, the only significant stoppage coming from a goal review by Wheeling that was not a goal, keeping the score 1-0. This period, the Fuel saw twenty-one shots on goal by their opponent, surpassing the previous high on eighteen from this season against Reading.
The Fuel got into some trouble early in the second period, getting another penalty. This time though, Chase Lang scored Indy’s sixth shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game at one each.
After a tripping call against Nate Pionk, the Nailers scored on the power play to make it 2-1 late in the second period. The goal was courtesy of Josh Maniscalco, his second point of the game. The Nailers tacked on another goal before the period would end, this time a shorthanded goal by Tyler Drevitch that dribbled in.
Justin Addamo added another goal for the Nailers to make it 4-1 to open the third period. A few minutes later, Bryan Lemos tallied his fourth goal of the season and 50th of his ECHL career from a beautiful pass by Seamus Malone to make it 4-2.
Despite a few more chances for both teams, that is how the third period ended with the Wheeling Nailers evening out the season series at one game a piece.
The Fuel host the Iowa Heartlanders on Friday night at 7 p.m. for a Black Friday matchup.
INDIANA TOPPLES LITTLE ROCK, 87-68
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Blood flowed and Race Thompson didn’t rattle, although he did end up with a rare Hoosier head-band look. There was a game to win, leadership to show, and this Indiana senior forward was more than up to it.
He wasn’t alone.
On a night when All-America forward Trayce Jackson-Davis didn’t play, IU cruised to an 87-68 Hoosier Classic victory over Little Rock. Ten Hoosiers played. Ten Hoosiers scored.
“We have a deep team,” Thompson said. “You’ve seen what we can do with and without Trayce. That’s why this team is so special.”
Thompson shook off a bloody gash to his head that required a quick first-half trip to the locker room for 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals, plus enough rim-rattling dunks — thanks to pick-and-roll teamwork with guard Xavier Johnson — to fill a Sportscenter highlight segment.
“Me and X got into a ball-screen thing,” Thompson said. “You see Trayce and X do it all the time. When you set good screens, good things are going to happen. They guards will make plays for you. It was X playing and making the plays.”
As far as the cut, which resulted in a Flagrant 1 foul on Little Rock (2-4), Thompson said, “I guess it was an elbow. I have a big, old gash, but I’m good.”
So are the No. 11 Hoosiers, who are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Hoosier Classic, which wraps up on Friday against Jackson State.
“We have great chemistry off the court,” guard Jalen Hood-Schifino said, “and on the court, it shows.”
Victory came with a physical price. Forward Malik Reneau took a hard first-half fall on his back and briefly went to the locker room. Thompson soon joined him.
Reneau started after Jackson-Davis, along with guard Trey Galloway, were held out for “precautionary” reasons. Guard Anthony Leal was sidelined with an ankle issue.
That forced coach Mike Woodson to go to his bench early and often.
“Trayce was out, it’s next man up,” Woodson said. “Gallo was out, and it’s next man up. That’s what this team has to be about.
“I’ve coached games where my best players were out of the lineup. I can’t wait on those guys. I’ve got to get guys to perform.”
As far as Jackson-Davis, Woodson said, “We’ll continue to evaluate him. He’s beat up a little bit. It’s nothing major. We rested him tonight. We hope get him ready for Jackson State.”
Johnson just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 assists. He added four rebounds.
“X is capable of doing that,” Woodson said. “I expect him to do that. He was solid when things weren’t going well for him early. He got everyone else involved and was making basketball plays.”
Added Hood-Schifino: “With Trayce out, Race and X were great in the pick and rolls. They stepped up and led us.”
Hood-Schifino had 13 points and seven rebounds. Reneau finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Geronimo had 11 points and five blocks of IU’s 11 blocks.
The Hoosiers held Little Rock to 33 percent shooting and forced 12 turnovers.
“Defensively, we’re doing good,” Thompson said. “When we get all our pieces together, when you have Trayce protecting the rim, you see JG (Geronimo) blocking a bunch of shots, but we can still get better. It just takes time.”
Reneau was the main early offense with eight points and an assist on a Thompson dunk as IU pushed ahead 10-2.
Guard Tamar Bates came in after seven minutes and quickly hit a basket. Johnson followed with a driving layup. Geronimo added a reverse layup. Hood-Schifino delivered an alley-oop pass for a Geronimo dunk. IU led 20-11.
The Hoosiers unleashed fast-break fury for a 37-22 lead. Eight straight Little Rock points followed. Reneau ended that streak with a basket. The Hoosiers took a 39-30 halftime lead. Reneau led with 10 points and four rebounds.
Little Rock twice closed within six points in the first four minutes of the second half. IU’s 2-for-10 three-point shooting didn’t help. A couple of Thompson dunks did.
Enter Miller Kopp. Shrugging off an earlier three-point airball, his consecutive three-pointers pushed the lead to 13 after eight minutes.
A minute later, the Hoosiers were up 60-45. A minute after that, the lead was down to 10, then seven.
Geronimo hit a three. Bates drove for a layup. Johnson hit a three-pointer. The 15-point lead was restored with 7:45, and then extended to 20, at 78-58, with 6:15.
Little Rock was finished.
“We were up nine at half, and you’ve got to give them credit, they’re a competitive team,” Woodson said. “They were competing like we were.
“You’d like to come to the locker room up 20, but it was nine and I was pleased with that. We started the second half a little slow. We had to pick it up. I thought we responded.”
HOOSIERS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT BEHIND STELLAR OFFENSIVE NIGHT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Behind a brilliant attacking effort from Morgan Geddes and Candela Alonso-Corcelles, the Indiana Volleyball team (16-15, 9-10) saw off visiting Illinois 3-1 on Wednesday evening.
A closely contested match throughout saw the Hoosiers make big plays down the stretch to come away with a third-consecutive win, 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20.
The Hoosiers have nine wins in the conference for the first time since 2010 and will go for their 10th win in the Big Ten on Friday against Maryland.
As a team, the Hoosiers hit .306, the second match in the Big Ten and the fifth overall that they’ve eclipsed the .300 plateau as a team this year.
Alonso-Corcelles hit .452 (17-3-31) while Morgan Geddes (.314) and Kaley Rammelsberg (.467) were fantastic as well.
This marks the first win over the Illini since 2010, breaking a streak of 20-straight losses.
One final regular season match awaits the Hoosiers with a visit from Maryland on Friday evening at 5:00 PM EST in Wilkinson Hall.
SET 1 (Indiana 25, Illinois 21)
• The Illini jumped out to a quick start, winning the first five points before Steve Aird used his first timeout of the set.
• IU would settle in nicely after that, using a 12-7 run and a kill from Kaley Rammelsberg to level the score at 12-all.
• Candela Alonso-Corcelles had an outstanding first set with five kills including a big one to make the score 19-16.
• Kills from Camryn Haworth and Savannah Kjolhede closed out an entertaining 25-20 win in the first set.
SET 2 (Indiana 25, Illinois 23)
• After exchanging points through the first half of the set, IU jumped out to a 12-9 advantage following an attack error from Illinois’ Raina Terry.
• Following an Illinois timeout, the Illini recorded a kill and ace to go up 23-20, forcing IU on their heels at the end of the frame.
• The Hoosiers responded with a 5-0 run to close out the set including back-to-back kills from Morgan Geddes to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
SET 3 (Illinois 25, Indiana 21)
• A kill from Morgan Geddes followed by an Illinois attacking error sent the Hoosiers out to a 12-9 lead in the third set.
• Raina Terry turned it on in the third, supplying a string of three-straight kills to take a 18-13 lead and force an IU timeout.
• The Hoosiers would close the gap to just one at 18-19 but never closer as Illinois picked up the third set win.
SET 4 (Indiana 25, Illinois 20)
• The Hoosiers got off to a blistering start, opening up a 6-2 lead following a kill from Candela Alonso-Corcelles.
• Illinois closed the gap to just 15-14 following a service ace that was mishandled by Isa Lopez.
• Big kills from Kaley Rammelsberg and Savannah Kjolhede opened IU’s lead back to 22-19 and forced Illinois into a timeout.
• Candela Alonso-Corcelles rounded out her outstanding night with two more big kills to finish off the Illini in four.
• Candela Alonso-Corcelles had a career high 17 kills on 31 swings with just errors while hitting a productive .452 on the evening.
• Camryn Haworth continued her run of terror on the Big Ten with 45 assists, eight kills and eight digs. She also had four blocks and two aces.
• Kaley Rammlesberg was efficient in attack with eight kills on 17 swings and just one error.
• Morgan Geddes had a big night, tallying 16 kills while hitting .314.
• Paula Cerame dug out 28 balls including 25 in the first three sets to pair with six assists and one ace in the victory.
COLVIN SETS BIG TEN RALLY-SCORING ERA RECORD IN 3-1 WIN AT MARYLAND
COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The Boilermaker defense stole the show in the 3-1 victory (22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 30-28) at Maryland, powered by Raven Colvin’s Big Ten rally-scoring era record of 16 blocks.
Not only did Colvin set a career-high, the Big Ten season-high and the Purdue four-set match record, the sophomore matched the Purdue’s 31-year-old single-match blocks record, set by Donna Gill in 1991. Moreover, the 16 blocks tie as the second-most in a single match by a Big Ten player in league history, including the most by a player during the rally scoring era. Only one other conference student-athlete has reached even 15 blocks in the 21st century, which was also a Boilermaker: Stephanie Lynch in 2007.
Colvin was also on every one of Purdue’s team blocks, totaling five solo, 11 assisted. Colvin’s defensive performance was coupled by four service aces and 10 kills– one of three Boilermakers to post double-doubles tonight.
As a team, Purdue posted 84 digs, the most in a single match this season. A total of four Boilermakers notched double-digit digs: libero Maddie Schermerhorn with 24 digs, Ali Hornung with 17 digs, Eva Hudson with 12 digs and Grace Balensiefer with 12. Both Hudson and Balensiefer’s back row performances were part of a double-double.
Balensiefer’s double-double was the second of the season, with her defensive performance coming alongside 41 assists. Both marks were season-highs for the Northern Illinois transfer. Meanwhile, Hudson led the team with 18 kills on the night with a career-high 68 attempts.
With the result, Purdue improves to 5-3 over its last eight matches and earn its 20th win of the season (20-9, 11-8 Big Ten).
Purdue heads to Penn State for Thanksgiving, where they will close out the regular season at No. 11 Penn State on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. The showdown will be streamed on B1G+.
GAME 12 PREP: B1G WEST, OLD OAKEN BUCKET ON THE LINE FOR PURDUE FOOTBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After closing out the home slate with a win over Northwestern, Purdue Football travels south to face Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket and a chance to win the Big Ten West. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN.
The Boilermakers won last season’s matchup 44-7 in West Lafayette, the largest margin of victory in the series since a 62-10 win in 2008.
Purdue enters Saturday’s contest tied atop the B1G West with Iowa at 5-3. A win would secure a share of the first divisional crown in program history, and if the Hawkeyes lose to Nebraska Friday, a victory would advance the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis.
The Boilermakers limited Northwestern to only 240 yards of total offense, their fewest allowed in a B1G game since holding Indiana to 205 yards in last year’s Bucket game.
OLD OAKEN BUCKET HISTORY
• While Saturday’s game will be the 124th meeting between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, this year’s matchup will be just the 97th edition of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.
• Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 61-32-3, including 16 wins in the last 24 showdowns.
• Purdue has won three of the four matchups under head coach Jeff Brohm (game was not played in 2020 due to COVID-19).
• The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair, covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.
• The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.
• George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket.
• Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.
LAST TIME WE MET
• The Old Oaken Bucket returned to its rightful home, as Purdue cruised to a 44-7 victory over Indiana in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium.
• The Boilermakers won for the third time in the past four rivalry matchups with the largest margin of victory in the series since a 62-10 win in 2008.
• Aidan O’Connell threw for 278 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, completing 26 of his 31 passes for the best completion percentage (.839) by a Boilermaker in an Old Oaken Bucket game.
• The Boilermakers limited Indiana to just 205 yards of total offense and recorded 10 tackles for loss, including a career-high 3.0 TFL by defensive tackle Branson Deen.
• With one game remaining, the Boilermakers find themselves tied with Iowa atop the Big Ten West at 5-3.
• A victory over Indiana would secure a share of the divisional title for the first time in program history since the conference went to the divisional format in 2011.
• The Boilermakers have finished second in the Big Ten West twice under head coach Jeff Brohm (2018, 2021).
• An Iowa loss and a Purdue win would make the Boilermakers outright B1G West champions, sending them to the conference championship game for the first time ever.
BIG WINS AWAY FROM HOME
• Playing on the road in Big Ten play hasn’t fazed Purdue lately. The Boilermakers have won six of their past eight conference games away from home, including the three this season against No. 21 Minnesota (Oct. 1), Maryland (Oct. 8) and No. 21 Illinois (Nov. 12).
• Three of those victories were over ranked teams. Purdue beat No. 2 Iowa 24-7 last season (Oct. 16, 2021), knocked off No. 21 Minnesota this October and took down No. 21 Illinois two weeks ago.
• Last season, Purdue went 3-1 in B1G games away from home, which included a neutral site win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field. The Boilermakers ended the 2021 campaign with five victories away from Ross-Ade Stadium, their most since 1943.
• Charlie Jones is 252 yards away from setting a new Purdue single-season record for receiving yards; John Standeford’s 1,307 yards have stood for 20 years (2002).
• Devin Mockobee is 126 yards from passing Markell Jones (875) for the most yards by a Boilermaker freshman in a single season; Jones’ 2015 campaign set a new Purdue standard.
• Payne Durham is two touchdowns away from becoming the first Boilermaker tight end since 1980 (Dave Young) to catch nine TDs in a single season; Young owns the season touchdown record by a tight end with 10 in 1979.
• Aidan O’Connell is 166 yards away from becoming the fifth quarterback in Purdue history to throw for more than 3,000 passing yards in multiple seasons, joining some elite company. Drew Brees produced three 3,000-yard seasons, while David Blough, Jim Everett and Curtis Painter did it twice over their careers.
• With back-to-back wins over teams from the Prairie State, the Boilermakers have won at least seven games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2006-07.
• The victories over Illinois and Northwestern also secured a winning conference record for Purdue, the first time that has happened in back-to-back seasons since 1997-98.
• Purdue has won at least seven games in three different seasons under Jeff Brohm (2017, 2021, 2022), out of a possible five years due to the 2020 season shortened to only six games.
• Senior defensive end Jack Sullivan leads the Boilermakers with five sacks this season, ranking seventh in the conference.
• Four of his five sacks have come in league games, the fourth-most in the B1G.
• Sullivan had a crucial strip sack in the win over Northwestern, forcing a turnover late in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.
• Graduating with a degree in Professional Flight Technology and Aviation Management, Sullivan plans to become a commercial pilot following his playing career.
RED ZONE, END ZONE
• The Boilermakers have been successful in the red zone this season, scoring 42 out of 45 times for a 93 percent rate and ranking sixth in the country.
• Thirty-two of those 42 red zone scores have been touchdowns (76%).
• In conference play, Purdue only trails Ohio State as the highest scoring team in the red area. The Boilermakers are 30-of-32 in conference action with 20 touchdowns and 10 field goals.
FOURTH QUARTER DEFENSE
• The Purdue defense steps up in the fourth quarter, allowing only 28 points (4.0 ppg) in the final quarter over the past seven games.
• In the past five games, the Boilermakers have surrendered only two touchdowns and one field goal in fourth quarters to finish strong.
• Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Charlie Jones has made an immediate impact since transferring to Purdue from Iowa, ranking third nationally in receptions (93) and receiving touchdowns (11) as well as sixth in receiving yards (1,056). Jones is one of only two receivers to rank in the top 10 of all three categories.
• Jones has recorded six 100-yard games this season, including four in B1G play, to become the sixth Boilermaker to accomplish the feat in a single year.
• In B1G action, Jones has hauled in a conference-best 8.0 receptions per game to go along with 84.5 receiving yards per league contest.
• With a 32-yard touchdown in the win over No. 21 Illinois, Jones became the eighth Boilermaker in Purdue history to record 10 touchdowns and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.
• It’s safe to say Jones enjoys the Purdue offense. After making 21 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns during the entire 2021 season, it only took him three games to surpass last year’s totals with the Hawkeyes.
O’CONNELL = BURLSWORTH TROPHY FINALIST
• Awarded to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on, Aidan O’Connell joined Stetson Bennett (Quarterback – Georgia) and Carlton Martial (Linebacker – Troy) as the three finalists up for the Burlsworth Trophy.
• The Burlsworth Trophy was named after Brandon Burlsworth, who went from a walk-on to an All-American at Arkansas. Finalists will be honored and the winner of the 2022 Burlsworth Trophy will be announced on December 5 at 8 p.m. ET at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
• O’Connell began his career as a walk-on listed eighth on the depth chart before becoming one of the best quarterbacks in Purdue history.
• O’Connell already ranks in the program’s Top 10 in several career categories: completion percentage (1st – 66.8%), 500-yard games (T1st – 2), 400-yard games (2nd – 5), 300-yard games (2nd – 13), touchdown passes (5th – 63), passing completions (5th – 776) and passing yards (6th – 8,563).
• Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards and total offense. Completing 27 passes per game, he sits fifth in the country. His 283.4 passing yards per game rank 14th nationally.
• O’Connell has kept up his game against conference opponents, throwing for an average of 274.9 yards in B1G games to lead the league.
• With three multi-touchdown games, Jones is just the sixth Purdue receiver since 2000 to have three-or-more multi-touchdown games in a season.
BRING ON THE PAYNE
• A semifinalist for the Mackey Award (college football’s most outstanding tight end), Payne Durham has been an important piece of the Purdue offense with 50 catches for 511 yards and seven touchdowns to rank second among Boilermakers in all three categories.
• The redshirt-senior ranks among the top tight ends nationwide, cracking the Top 10 in touchdowns (2nd-7), receptions (5th-50) and receiving yards (8th-511).
• Durham hauled in his 20th career touchdown reception in the win over Northwestern, tying DeAngelo Yancey (2013-16) for eighth on Purdue’s all-time list. He ranks second among tight ends, trailing Dave Young (27, 1977-80), and is just one touchdown away from sitting alongside three of the best receivers in Purdue history: former teammate David Bell (2019-21), Dorien Bryant (2004-07) and Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).
• With a win over Northwestern in the home finale, Purdue finished 4-2 at Ross-Ade Stadium for the second straight season.
• Purdue fans, including the Ross-Ade Brigade student section, packed the stadium nearly to capacity (57,282) all season long; an average of 57,129 came to Ross-Ade Stadium throughout the fall, the highest average home attendance since 2007 (59,326).
• Purdue sold out games against Nebraska (Oct. 15) and Iowa (Nov. 5).
BUTLERMBB FALLS TO NO. 22 TENNESSEE IN BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
No. 22/21 Tennessee used a decisive 17-1 run in the second half to take a 71-45 win over Butler in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Butler will now meet BYU Thursday evening.
With the result, Butler falls to 3-2 on the season, while the Volunteers are now 3-1.
STAT OF SIGNIFICANCE: The Tennessee defense limited the Bulldogs to 32-percent shooting for the game while forcing 23 turnovers.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Tennessee scored the final 10 points of the first half to take a 28-23 halftime lead on a Zakai Ziegler three-pointer at the buzzer.
In a game plagued by foul trouble, Butler had five different players with two fouls in the first half.
Tennessee scored the first four points of the second half to take their then largest lead at 32-23 with 19:18 remaining; Butler responded by cutting the lead to two at 36-34 with 14:47.
The 17-1 Tennessee run followed that put the game out of reach.
Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with a game-high 18 points. He went 5-for-8 from the field and connected on four of Butler’s five three-point shots. It matched his season-high.
Taylor added a career-high four steals.
Santiago Vescovi led Tennessee with 13 points; 11 of those points came during the key 17-1 run.
Tennessee had three players in double figures and another two with 9 points apiece.
The all-time series between Butler and Tennessee is now tied 3-3.
The Bulldogs are now 4-3 overall in the Battle 4 Atlantis with the 2022 event being the team’s third appearance.
UP NEXT: Butler will meet BYU on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30 p.m. BYU lost to USC, 82-76, Wednesday night. The game will air on ESPN3.
BUTLERVB FALLS TO XAVIER IN OPENING ROUND OF BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
OMAHA – The Xavier Musketeers eliminated the Butler Bulldogs from the 2022 BIG EAST Volleyball Championship Tournament on Wednesday evening 3-1 (16-25, 13-25, 25-20, 21-25). Butler ends the 2022 season at 16-15 overall.
Top performances for the Bulldogs came from Mariah Grunze, Cora Taylor and the 2022 BIG EAST Libero of the Year Jaymeson Kinley. Grunze led the team with 17 kills while hitting at a .220 clip. Taylor had a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs. Kinley was in the box score with 22 digs, moving her season total to 618 a new program record!
Megan Sheridan capped off her great BU career with 13 kills while adding a dig and three blocks. Amina Shackelford was also heavily involved in the action with 12 kills and three blocks.
Xavier was led to victory by Brooklyn Cink, and her match-high 23 kills. Carrigan O’Reiliy set up the action with 43 assists and chipped in with 12 digs. The match dig leader was Lucia Corsaro with 25.
Xavier will return to action on Friday to take on tournament host Creighton in the semifinals.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT UP NEXT FOR @BUTLERUWBB
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. this week to participate in the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament. BU will play two games in two days. Action unfolds on Friday, Nov. 25 with Butler playing Sacred Heart at 2 PM. The next day, Butler will play Binghamton at 2 PM.
– This is the first-ever meeting between Butler and Sacred Heart.
– BU has shot over 45% from the field in each game this season.
– Rachel McLimore led Butler in scoring vs. Tennessee State with a season-high 21 points.
– McLimore hit a season-high four 3-pointers and added three assists vs. the Tigers.
– Sydney Jaynes matched her career-high scoring total Monday night with 14 points vs. TSU.
– Jaynes also set a new career-high mark with three blocks.
– Jessica Carrothers pulled down a career-high seven rebounds vs. Tennessee State.
– The Bulldogs outscored TSU 24-11 in the third quarter to pull away from the Tigers.
– Butler made a season-high 29 field goals in their last win. They are shooting 50 percent from the field this season.
– BU scored 42 of their 72 points in the paint Monday night.
– The ‘Dawgs pushed the ball to score 20 fast break points vs. TSU.
Scouting Sacred Heart
The Pioneers are 1-4 this year with their lone win coming in the season opener vs. Hartford (72-34). Four-straight losses followed the first game of the season with Sacred Heart taking losses to La Salle, Monmouth, Brown and Iona. The team only averaged 50.2 points per game during that stretch. Ny’Ceara Pryor and Sajada Bonner each average double figures for SHU in the scoring column. Pryor leads the team in points (14.8), assists (3.2), and steals (4.4). Bonner is the top 3-point shooter on the roster. She is scoring 10.4 points per game. Head Coach Jessica Mannetti has been with the Pioneers since the 2013-14 season. Sacred Heart has made three postseason appearances during her tenure.
Butler vs. Tennessee State Recap (11/21)
Butler got back on track with a 72-55 win over visiting Tennessee State. Rachel McLimore scored a game-high 21 points as the Bulldogs used a 24-point third quarter to pull away. With Butler’s win, all 11 BIG EAST teams are now .500 or better on the season, with five teams still undefeated (UConn, Creighton, St. John’s, Villanova, Xavier).
Around the BIG EAST
For the second straight week, three BIG EAST teams were listed in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The BIG EAST boasts the nation’s top three scorers. DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow leads Division I with 31.5 points per game, followed by second-ranked Azzi Fudd of Connecticut, who is averaging 30.0 points per game. Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist rounds out the list in third with her 29.0 scoring average.
The Bulldogs used a 24-point third quarter to pull away from Tennessee State on Monday night. This season, Butler is +19 against the opposition in the third frame.
Bulldog Bench Points
The Butler bench has scored at least 25 points in every contest this year. BU reserves average 31.2 points per game.
A Look Ahead
Butler will play a 4-1 Binghamton team on Saturday. The Bearcats have wins over Bloomsburg (63-46), Army (76-61), Pittsburgh at Johnston (71-45) and Canisius (75-72). Their lone setback came at Syracuse (92-59) on Nov. 14. The Binghamton offense is a balanced attack that features four student-athletes scoring 10+ points per game. Ella Wanzer, Clare Traeger and Danai Bowman all average 11 points per game after the first five games of the season. Head Coach Bethann Shapriro Ord is in her fourth season with the program. She previously spent seven years at Weber State.
This is Butler’s first tournament action since the 2019-20 season. That year, Butler participated in the Daytona Tournament. They were defeated by Georgia in game one, but bounced back to collect at 60-55 win over Ohio the next day.
Putting up Points
Butler is averaging 71 points per game this season. After the first four games of the 2021-22 campaign, the ‘Dawgs were only scoring 57 points per game.
Spread the Floor
Butler has six players on the roster with at least three made 3-pointers. The ‘Dawgs shoot 37 percent from behind the arc and are led from distance by Rachel McLimore (7-14). The Bulldogs have also defended the 3-point line well this season. Opponents are making just 27 percent of their 3-point attempts vs. BU.
BU has outrebounded their opponent in every game this season. They average 38.5 rebounds per game and are +11 in rebound margin.
Rachel McLimore has scored 1,093 points in her collegiate career to go along with 294 rebounds and 223 assists. McLimore needs two more free throws to reach 200 in her career.
The Bulldogs are shooting 50.0 percent from the field over the first four games of the season. Kelsy Taylor and Sydney Jaynes are tied for the team lead shooting 66.7 percent.
BU freshman Jessica Carrothers leads the team with 12 assists early in the 2022-23 season. She has recorded three assists in every game this year and also leads the team with seven steals. The backup point guard only has five turnovers in 82 minutes of action. Her scoring production is also trending up. Carrothers is 11-for-11 from the free throw line over her last two games and has shot 8-for-12 from the field.
Butler will play Binghamton on day two of the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament. The 2 PM tip is set for Saturday, Nov. 26.
JAGUARS DROP OPENER OF BIG EASY CLASSIC TO DENVER
NEW ORLEANS – The IUPUI basketball team dropped the opener of the Big Easy Classic on Wednesday night (Nov. 23) to a hot shooting Denver squad, 86-64. Denver shot 64 percent from the field and put five players in double-digits in rolling past the Jaguars.
Sophomore Jlynn Counter tallied a team-high 16 points and graduate transfer Chris Osten recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Bryce Monroe made his first start with the Jaguars and finished with 10 points in a team-high 32 minutes.
IUPUI shot 44 percent from the field, but struggled from three-point range, connecting on just 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) attempts.
“I thought we played with better pace offensively. We took care of the ball and got some good, clean looks tonight,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “I’d like to see us shoot the ball with more confidence, but guys are still getting used to playing with one another.
“This is the first time we’ve had a healthy Bryce and he’s trying to figure out how to play with the other guys. It’s still a work in progress, but today was a step forward for us offensively.”
IUPUI (1-4) started well offensively, but was unable to string together stops against the Pioneers (3-1). The score was tied at 14 all after Osten scored in close at the 14:24 mark of the first half, but Denver fired off a 9-2 burst to seize a seven-point lead. Later, eight straight Denver points pushed the lead out to 14 late in the first half and took a 46-34 lead into halftime.
IUPUI snuck within nine at 56-47 with 14:40 remaining when Counter leaked out and scored in transition. However, Denver retaliated with three consecutive threes to double its lead and never looked back.
While Denver shot 64 percent from the floor, the Pioneers also outscored the Jags 25-9 from the foul line as IUPUI was whistled for 21 fouls and drew just 14.
Counter hit 7-of-13 shots for his 16 points while Osten was an efficient 7-of-9 shooting in a return to his home state. Monroe hit just 4-of-13 from the floor and made one of the team’s three threes. Junior John Egbuta had eight points and a pair of boards and Vincent Brady II closed with seven points.
Tevin Smith led Denver with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Touko Tainamo had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tyree Corbett also had a double-double for the Pios with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the Denver bench.
IUPUI will return to action on Thanksgiving Day when the Jaguars play host New Orleans at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+.
JAGS FALL TO EASTERN MICHIGAN ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team fell to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, snapping their three-game win streak, 71-49. Transfer Jazmyn Turner led the Jaguar offense with 10 points followed by Rachel Kent and Genesis Parker with nine.
EMU (4-0) opened the game on a 11-0 run and kept the momentum throughout most of the game. Jaci Jones broke up the run with a jumper to score IUPUI’s first basket, but it wasn’t enough to turn the momentum as the Eagles held the lead after the first quarter 19-7. Going into the half the Jags were down 35-19.
IUPUI brought the game within 12 points with back-to-back threes from Rachel Kent and Natalie Andersen to finish out the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough as EMU outscored the Jags 16-9 in the fourth quarter to seal the win at 71-49.
Turner led the offense with 10 points followed by Kent and Parker with nine. Ali Berg and Turner each recorded five boards. IUPUI shot just 33.9 percent from the floor.
IUPUI will return to Indy to face Green Bay on December 3 for a 2:00 PM tip.
WBB USES STRONG SECOND QUARTER TO EARN FIRST WIN OUT WEST AT UTAH STATE
LOGAN, Utah – The Ball State women’s basketball team (3-2) led most of the contest due to an up-tempo offense and some fierce defense that set the tone as the Cardinals went on to defeat Utah State (1-4), 80-55, Wednesday night in Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Arena.
“After a long day of travel yesterday, I was really impressed with my teams’ energy level and toughness today,” Ball State head coach Brady Sallee said. “We were locked in defensively today and turned that “D” into a lot of easy buckets.”
It was a slow start for both squads in the opening 10 minutes of action. The game was knotted 15-15 with 2:55 left in the first quarter. As time was winding down, redshirt senior Anna Clephane drew a foul knocking down both from the charity stripe and then scored a layup in the final seconds to give Ball State the 19-15 edge over Utah State at the end of the first stanza.
Sophomore Madelyn Bischoff opened the second frame with a layup, while fellow sophomore Marie Kiefer followed that play with a rebound and then a fast break layup that clearly got the Cardinals on the right track. After that, Ball State outscored Utah State 27-8 for the remainder of the quarter. Utah State never recovered from the Cardinals’ 55 percent (10-18) shooting in that frame. Ball State also held the Aggies to 20 (2-10) percent from the floor. The Cardinals continued to play both sides of the ball well and would take an impressive 46-23 cushion over the Aggies at intermission.
For the game, it was a well-rounded scoring effort with the starting five players plus the bench chipped in with 40 points. Ball State had 11 players score two or more points. Bischoff and senior Annie Rauch led Ball State in scoring with 12 points apiece. Defensively, Rauch led the Cardinals with eight rebounds.
The Ball State women’s basketball team will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 23 at BYU. The game is slated to begin at 4 pm ET.
IRISH FALL TO NO. 4 LOUISVILLE IN FINAL HOME MATCH
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Fighting Irish finished out their home schedule against the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, Nov. 23 in Purcell. In their second matchup of the year against the Cardinals, Notre Dame fell in three (22-25, 22-25, 13-15).
The Irish were led by Lucy Trump with 12 kills and six digs, followed by Avery Ross and Paris Thompson who finished with eight kills and seven kills, respectively. Phyona Schrader also tallied 32 assists, six digs, and three kills for the Irish.
Notre Dame took their first lead of the set at 5-4 and continued to stay in a close, competitive battle with the Cardinals. Tied at 9-9, the Irish started to get going offensively and after a kill from Lauren Tarnoff, the Irish took their biggest lead of the set at 14-10. A Louisville block gave the Cardinals the lead at 19-18, but back-to-back kills from the Irish allowed the Irish to take the 20-19 advantage and force a Louisville timeout. The set was tied again at 22-22, but three straight Cardinal points gave Louisville set one 25-22.
Louisville posted an early 9-5 lead over the Irish, but it didn’t take long for Notre Dame to close the gap to two at 10-8. The Cardinals extended the lead to five at 15-10, but the Fighting Irish’s efforts brought it within three again at 20-17. A kill from Paris Thompson sparked a 3-0 run for Notre Dame, making it a 21-20 set and forcing a Louisville timeout. Another Thompson kill kept it within one at 22-21, backed by a kill from Trump to make it 23-22. Despite the fight from the Irish, the Cardinals closed out the set at 25-22 again.
The Irish trailed early as Louisville was able to post a 10-4 lead to start the third. Notre Dame closed the gap to four at 11-7, but the Cardinals offense started to get going and Louisville extended their lead to seven at 19-12. The Cardinals would close the set on a 6-1 run and take home set three 25-13.
The Irish will take on Virginia Tech in their final regular season match of the year on Friday, Nov. 25 on the road.
IRISH GROUNDED AT BU
BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 19 ranked University of Notre Dame hockey program dropped their first game of the East Coast road trip at No. 11 Boston University, 5-2, Wednesday night.
The third period continued to be the kryptonite for the Fighting Irish as they allowed three goals in the final period of play as they fall to 6-7-2 on the season.
The Terriers took the lead nearly halfway through the first period as a shot snuck by Bischel at 9:34 of the frame. Moments later the Irish took a pair of penalties just 34 seconds apart and faced a five-on-three penalty kill.
After successfully killing off the two-man disadvantage, the Irish rallied to hold possession in the attacking zone and capitalized off a one-timer from Ben Brinkman, his first in an ND sweater.
The score remained tied through the remainder of the first as the two teams skated to the locker rooms with one goal each.
The two teams continued to battle through a physical second period but an innocent shot from along the far hash beat Bischel five-hole at 7:52 of the second stanza to give BU the 2-1 lead.
With just seven minutes to play in the second, the Irish found themselves on the man-advantage following a roughing call on the Terriers. Despite peppering the BU netminder with five shots on goal during the powerplay, the Irish were unable to find twine and skated on trailing by one.
Late in the period a scrum out front resulted in both sides being issued a roughing penalty. The Irish and Terriers skated the remainder of the period four-on-four, with Notre Dame finding a few additional shots but ended 40 minutes of play trailing by one.
After the two teams had cleared the ice for the second intermission, BU challenged a previous play late in the period and were unsuccessful.
With 10 seconds remaining on the four-on-four, the Terriers extended their lead when a shot beat a sprawled out Bischel glove side to make it a 3-1 game.
Landon Slaggert brought the Irish back within one with his first of the year at 4:36 of the final period.
The Irish were called for a cross-check at 7:39 of the third frame and the Terriers took advantage, beating Bischel glove side for the 4-2 score.
Playing the puck along the boards, Bischel’s pass was intercepted by a Terrier who took advantage of the Irish netminder out of position to make it 5-2 with 9:20 left to play in regulation.
The goal would prove to be the final one of the contest as the Irish fell to the Terriers Wednesday.
Ben Brinkman net his first with the Irish at 16:23 of the opening period to even the score, 1-1. Justin Janicke found Brinkman at the top of the circle who wound up for the one-timer at the top of the circle. Hunter Strand, who fed a pass along the boards to J. Janicke was credited with the second assist.
The Irish scored their second of the night at 4:36 of the third period when Landon Slaggert net his first of the season. Picking up a backhanded pass from Jack Adams, Slaggert fired a shot high over the stick of a diving Comesso in net. Jackson Pierson also picked up an assist on the goal.
Both goal scorers net their firsts of the season as Ben Brinkman and Landon Slaggert combined for the two goals Wednesday. For Brinkman, it was his first with the Irish.
The Irish killed three of their four penalties, including nearly 90 seconds of a five-on-three opportunity in the first period.
Notre Dame fired 28 shots on net, breaking the BU netminder twice. With three shots on goal a piece, Nick Leivermann, Hunter Strand, Ryder Rolston, Jesse Lansdell, and Landon Slaggert all boasted a team high.
Brinkman’s two blocked shots led the team as the Irish combined for eight total.
Ryan Bischel made 38 saves in net for the Irish in the loss.
The Irish wrap up their East Coast road trip with a 4 p.m. puck drop at Boston College Friday inside Conte Forum Arena.
HENRY, BLEDSON LEAD SYCAMORES TO VICTORY IN GULF COAST SHOWCASE FINALE
ESTERO, Fla. – Cameron Henry and Xavier Bledson combined for 44 points Wednesday evening as the Sycamores bounced back and defeated Drexel, 85-81, at Hertz Arena to take third place in the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase with a 201 record in the tournament.
Henry posted his first double-double of the year with a season-high 22 points and team-high 10 boards while Bledson posted a Division I career-high 22 points off the bench.
Freshman Robbie Avila played over 25 minutes and shot 4-of-5 from the field with three triples for a career-high 11 points.
The first half of the game saw 11 lead changes, but after the and-1 from Henry at 5:30 in the opening frame, the Sycamores (5-1) would never trail again.
With Indiana State down 16-14 at the first media timeout, Bledson checked in and immediately started lighting it up. He drew a foul on a hookshot with 7:11 to go and knocked down his free throw to give the Sycamores a 27-26 lead. He hit another bucket less than a minute later and then sent a no-look, behind-the-head pass to Henry who was coming in from the back door and Henry laid it up while drawing a foul to help get the lead back for ISU, 32-30, with 5:30 left in the half.
Avila drilled his second triple of the night at 1:52 to push ISU’s lead to 37-32, and Bledson let one fly from deep at the buzzer to send the Sycamores into the break up 40-35.
The Sycamores came out firing in the second half and made their first four attempts of the frame including a pair of triples. Avila swiped a pass to set Henry up for a layup in the first minute before knocking down his third three of the night to put the Sycamores up by eight points at 45-37 with 18:35 left.
Drexel came back within five points of ISU but Bledson answered with another and-1 to get the lead back to eight, and then Cooper Neese knocked down his first three of the game at 12:00 to make it 62-54 Sycamores. The Dragons threatened again, cutting their deficit to three points at 7:51, but ISU countered that with a three-point play off an and-1 for Henry followed by a huge triple from Trenton Gibson at 6:12 to put the Sycamores up 70-63.
Henry gave the Sycamores their largest lead of the night at 2:59 when he swiped a pass and laid up the transition basket for the 81-71 lead, and Gibson knocked down a pair of crucial free throws with 18 seconds on the clock to make it 85-75 and give some leeway for a pair of Drexel threes in the last five seconds.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State started off 0-for-6 from three in the game and did not hit a triple until 7:47 in the first half. ISU then shot 3-of-4 the rest of the half with a pair of treys from Robbie Avila.
The Sycamores outshot the Dragons 55.2 percent to 52.6 percent from the field, but the Dragons shot 52.4 percent from three compared to ISU’s 30.4 percent.
ISU won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Drexel 33-27.
All five of Drexel’s starters scored in double figures, and ISU’s bench proved to be the difference behind Bledson’s 22 points and Avila’s 11.
The Sycamores dished out 15 assists and committed just 11 turnovers.
News & Notes
The Sycamores improved to 37-43 in MTE’s in the DI era Wednesday night.
Cameron Henry’s double-double was his first of the season and fourth in a Sycamore uniform. He shot 9-of-12 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe alongside a season-high and team-high six assists.
Xavier Bledson was 5-for-5 from the free throw line and 8-of-14 from the field for his career-high 22 points.
Wednesday was the first time ISU had two players score 20 or more points in a game since February 17, 2021 against Evansville.
Robbie Avila was 3-of-4 beyond the arc for a career-high 11 points alongside a career-high four rebounds.
Bledson was named to the All-Tournament as he led the Sycamores in scoring and averaged 15.7 points through all three games. He also averaged 3.0 rebound per game and dished out six assists with two steals.
The Sycamores return home to host Trinity Christian Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
MCCAULEY NAMED TO LOU HENSON AWARD WATCH LIST
BOSTON, Mass. — The Watch List for the 2022-23 Lou Henson National Player of the Year award
was announced on Tuesday, and Indiana State senior guard Courvoisier McCauley has played his way onto the list.
The award, which is presented annually to the top mid-major player in division I college
basketball, honors the former Illinois and New Mexico State head coach who won 775 games
in 41 seasons.
Henson is the winningest coach in Illinois basketball history with 423 victories. During his 21
seasons (1975-1996), Henson led the Fighting Illini to 16 postseason appearances, including 12
NCAA tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 1989.
Henson, who is also the all-time winningest coach in New Mexico State history with 289
victories, is one of only 11 coaches to take two different schools to the NCAA Final Four. His
teams have made 19 NCAA appearances and four NIT appearances.
Through five games this season, McCauley leads the Sycamores in scoring and rebounding, averaging 20.2 points and 6.8 boards per game. He posted a double-double in his ISU debut against Green Bay with 23 points and 10 rebounds and was named Missouri Valley Newcomer of the Week on November 14. He dropped a DI career-high 30 points against North Dakota State and has nailed 20 3-pointers on the year, hitting six in a single game on two occasions.
Players on teams from the following conferences are eligible for the award: America East,
Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic,
Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern,
Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast.
2022-23 LOU HENSON AWARD WATCH LIST
Max Abmas 6-0 Sr. Oral Roberts
Taran Armstrong 6-6 So. California Baptist
Emoni Bates 6-10 So. Eastern Michigan
Mike Bothwell 6-3 Sr. Furman
Jordan Brown 6-11 Jr. Louisiana
Joe Bryant Jr. 6-1 Sr. Norfolk State
Sincere Carry 6-1 Sr. Kent State
Antoine Davis 6-1 Sr. Detroit Mercy
RayJ Dennis 6-2 Jr. Toledo
Tucker DeVries 6-7 So. Drake
Jordan Dingle 6-3 Jr. Penn
Kenny Dye 6-0 Sr. Queens
Aaron Estrada 6-3 Sr. Hofstra
Tosan Evbuomwan 6-8 Sr. Princeton
Enrique Freeman 6-7 Jr. Akron
Jordan Gainey 6-4 So. USC Upstate
Ques Glover 6-0 Jr. Samford
Jared Godfrey 6-5 Sr. Purdue-Fort Wayne
Qua Grant 6-1 Sr. Sam Houston
Mason Harrell 5-9 Sr. Texas State
Freddy Hicks 6-6 So. Tarleton
Cam Holden 6-5 Sr. Towson
Jaden House 6-4 Jr. High Point
Logan Johnson 6-2 Sr. Saint Mary’s
Dillon Jones 6-6 So. Weber State
Nelly Junior Joseph 6-9 Jr. Iona
Taevion Kinsey 6-5 Sr. Marshall
Zeke Mayo 6-3 So. South Dakota State
Courvoisier McCauley 6-5 Sr. Indiana State
Darius McGhee 5-9 Sr. Liberty
Ajay Mitchell 6-5 So. UC Santa Barbara
Jordan Minor 6-8 Sr. Merrimack
Isaac Mushila 6-5 Sr. Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Drew Pember 6-10 Sr. UNC Asheville
A.J. Plitzuweit 6-2 So. South Dakota
Charles Pride 6-4 Sr. Bryant
Tucker Richardson 6-5 Sr. Colgate
Sam Sessoms 6-0 Sr. Coppin State
Reyne Smith 6-2 So. Charleston
Ben Sheppard 6-6 Sr. Belmont
J.T. Shumate 6-7 Sr. Toledo
Jalen Slawson 6-7 Sr. Furman
Jake Stephens 7-0 Sr. Chattanooga
Parker Stewart 6-5 Sr. UT Martin
Ray’Sean Taylor 6-1 Sr. SIU Edwardsville
Trey Townsend 6-6 So. Oakland
Cameron Tyson 6-3 Jr. Seattle
Marques Warrick 6-2 Jr. Northern Kentucky
Walter Whyte 6-6 Sr. Boston University
Isaiah Wilkins 6-4 Sr. Longwood
UT MARTIN TAKES CONTEST FROM ‘DONS
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Purdue Fort Wayne fell in the final game of the Hostilo Community Classic on Wednesday (Nov. 23) with an 81-51 decision to the UT Martin Skyhawks.
Amellia Bromenschenkel led the Mastodons with 12 points but was hampered by foul trouble, fouling out after 25 minutes. Audra Emmerson added 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
A slow start saw the ‘Dons fall behind by 15, but the ‘Dons were within single digits at 42-33 as late as the third quarter. Shayla Sellers had a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter.
Sharnecce Currie-Jelks scored a game-high 21 points for UT Martin.
Purdue Fort Wayne was limited to 19-of-61 shooting while the Skyhawks connected on 30-of-55. The Skyhawks made 14-of-16 from the free throw line, the ‘Dons were 5-of-6.
Purdue Fort Wayne is now 3-4. UT Martin is 2-4.
It was the Mastodons’ second to last non-league game of the season. The Mastodons will visit St. Thomas on Dec. 8.
The ‘Dons are back in action on Dec. 2 in league play against Detroit Mercy at the Gates Sports Center.
LATE RUN PUSHES UCF TO 76-56 WIN OVER ACES
ORLANDO, Fla. – Kenny Strawbridge Jr. returned to form, scoring 20 points as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team dropped a 76-56 contest against the University of Central Florida on Wednesday evening inside Addition Financial Arena. Full stats will be posted as soon as they are available.
“UCF has a ton of experience and they are going to win a lot of games. We did a nice job of containing them in the first half, but it seemed like the flood gates opened during a stretch in the second half,” UE head coach David Ragland said. “We need to do a better job of stopping the bleeding during those types of stretches and generate quality possessions.”
Antoine Smith Jr. score nine points while Blaise Beauchamp matched his total.
Strawbridge hit two early shots to give the Aces a 6-0 lead. Evansville’s defense held the Knights to an 0-for-5 start from the field before they got on the board at the 15:32 mark. UCF took its first lead of the night at 9-8 with just under 13 minutes left in the half. Their second triple of the night put them up 14-11 but it was Antoine Smith Jr. providing an immediate answer on the other end to tie it right back up.
UCF reeled off 11 points in a row to take their largest advantage of 25-15 with four consecutive shots finding the bottom of the net with under nine minutes left in the half. Confident in his team’s ability to play through the adversity, Coach Ragland did just that and his team responded. Five in a row by Blaise Beauchamp highlighted a 7-0 rally for Evansville.
With the first half entering the final minute, the Knights padded their lead at 11 when a Taylor Hendricks dunk pushed the advantage to 35-24. UE was undeterred by the deficit and grabbed the momentum entering halftime. Smith drained his second triple of the game and following a UCF miss, the Aces had the final possession. With time running down, Marvin Coleman II drained a triple to send the Aces to the break down just five – 35-30.
What turned into a 10-0 run by the Aces continued to open the second half when Gage Bobe turned a steal into a fastbreak basket to open the scoring. Coleman hit a layup on the ensuing possession to make it a 35-34 game. Five minutes into the final stanza, Preston Phillips knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a 42-39 game, but in the blink of an eye, the tide turned.
Eight in a row by the Knights in less than a minute saw them match their largest lead at 50-39. Strawbridge helped UE get back within seven tallies before UCF would begin to take control. Inside of the 6-minute mark, they opened up a 66-51 lead and would go on to take the win by 20.
UE travels to Savannah this weekend where they are set to face South Alabama, Robert Morris and Fairfield.
EAGLES HEAD INTO THANKSGIVING WITH 85-52 WIN ON WEDNESDAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball picked up an 85-52 home win Wednesday against Bethel University (Ind.), as USI’s junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) recorded a career-high 23 points on the afternoon.
Both teams tried to find their flow in the first few minutes of the first quarter Wednesday. For USI, sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) picked up right where she left off from her 21-point, 11-rebound performance on Saturday. Shafford scored five quick points off a mid-range jumper and a three-pointer that put USI ahead 7-2 in the early going. After a little bit of a dry spell, Bethel closed the gap to make the score 11-9 USI, but the Screaming Eagles went on to finish the first quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 20-9 advantage into the second period. Senior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) scored six straight points for USI in the late, first-quarter run.
After scoring five points in the first period, Raley attacked the basket in the early minutes of the second quarter, getting to the free-throw line. Her made free throws with 7:56 left in the first half put USI up by 20, 29-9. A minute later, the Screaming Eagles kept feeding Haithcock in the paint, as her bucket inside gave USI a 31-13 lead and put her in double figures. Southern Indiana went on another big run before halftime, putting together a 13-2 run inside the last four and a half minutes. Raley reached double digits for the game with 1:21 left in the second when she cashed in with a basket and a foul, hitting the free throw and giving USI a 41-18 lead.
The Screaming Eagles went into the intermission ahead 44-18. Raley and Haithcock led USI with 14 and 13 points, respectively, at the break. Southern Indiana shot 44.4 percent (16-36) in the first half while Bethel shot 26.1 percent (6-23) through the first two quarters. By halftime, USI had 16 fast break points, 19 points off turnovers, and 20 points in the paint.
Out of halftime, Shafford canned two straight triples in the first 90 seconds of the third to cross into double figures for the game and put USI up 50-18. Shafford and Raley were strong in the third quarter. Raley scored seven points quickly midway through the period to reach 21 points, setting a new career high after a made three with 4:34 remaining in the third. The three-pointer gave USI a 31-point lead, 59-28. Bethel had a 10-5 stretch in the back half of the third to make the score 64-39 USI heading into the fourth period.
About halfway into the fourth quarter, Southern Indiana’s junior guard Lexie Green (Indianapolis, Indiana) found her rhythm from deep. Green put two consecutive three-point shots through the bottom of the net, and then she followed those threes up with a successful old-fashioned three-point play, giving her nine quick points and a 77-43 lead for USI with five minutes remaining in the fourth. Green hit double digits before the game went final.
USI was led in scoring by Raley with 23 points, a new career best for the junior, shooting 7-8 from the floor and 8-9 at the free-throw line. Raley also finished with eight rebounds. Shafford ended up with her second consecutive double-double effort, tallying 13 points and 10 boards. Haithcock had 15 points, and Green posted 11 points, a new career high and her first career double-digit game. Senior guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) added seven points, six assists, and four steals. USI went 31-58 (53.4 percent) from the field, 8-17 (47.1 percent) from three, and 15-18 (83.3 percent) from the charity stripe. Southern Indiana outrebounded Bethel 35-24 and totaled 23 assists. The Screaming Eagles also registered 20 fast break points, 29 points off turnovers, and 36 points in the paint.
For Bethel, the Pilots were led by senior forward Katie Kinker with 13 points and sophomore guard Maiah Shelton with 10 points. The Pilots shot 40.4 percent (21-52) from the floor, 23.5 percent (4-17) from three, and 75 percent (6-8) from the line.
The Screaming Eagles will go 10 days before their next game. USI will play on December 3 at Murray State at 2 p.m. to begin a five-game road swing.
STRONGMAN EARNS MVC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM SPOT
Valpo volleyball senior middle Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) represented the Beacons on the MVC All-Tournament Team for her stellar work on both sides of the net in Valpo’s pair of tournament matches.
Strongman opened the tournament with nine kills on a team-best .444 hitting in the sweep of Murray State in the opening round on Sunday and also tied for match-high honors with four blocks. On Monday in second-round action against UIC, Strongman tied for a team best with seven kills and did not commit an attack error, hitting .467, and tied for a team high with three blocks as well.
For the tournament, Strongman hit at a .455 clip while averaging 2.67 kills and 1.17 blocks per set over the Beacons’ two tournament matches. Strongman is the 10th different Valpo player to earn an All-Tournament accolade this season, as three different Beacons earned a tournament honor in the three early-season tournaments which announced an All-Tournament Team.
KING PACES VALPO IN SETBACK AT SAMFORD
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team fell 79-49 on Wednesday in a pre-Thanksgiving matinee at Samford. The Beacons were led in scoring by Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) who posted 20 points. Freshman Ibra Bayu (Flevoland, Netherlands) made his collegiate debut after missing the first four games due to a hernia.
How It Happened
Samford scored the game’s first nine points before King helped Valpo scratch the scoreboard three minutes in.
The Bulldogs went on a 13-0 run to increase the lead to 26-6 by the half’s midway mark. By halftime it was 52-22.
Freshman Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton North) made a 3 at the 14:43 mark of the second half, his second 3 of the game after he also knocked down a triple late in the first half.
King scored seven points in a span of just under a minute from the 13:11 mark to the 12:06 mark of the second half.
The Beacons drilled several 3s late in the second half with Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada) at the 6:40 mark and Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) at the 5:34 mark.
Bayu had his first collegiate basket via the dunk with 13 seconds to go.
Inside the Game
King finished with 20 points including 5-of-6 at the foul line. He has scored in double figures in all five games this season including four with 15 points or more. This was his second 20-point output of the year and the fourth of his career.
Senior Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) squeezed nine rebounds to pace the team, while Bayu pulled in six boards in just 14 minutes.
The Beacons played the Bulldogs even in the second half, 27-27.
Valpo (2-3) will head to Savannah, Ga. for the Hostilo Community Classic, a multi-team event that begins on Friday at 12:30 p.m. against South Dakota State. The streaming for the game will be behind a paywall, or as always the Valpo radio broadcast is available free of charge.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS TO NORTHWESTERN SUNDAY
Valparaiso (2-2, 0-0 MVC)
Game #5 – Nov. 27, 2022 – 2 p.m.
at Northwestern (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,039) – Evanston, Ill.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team returns to the road for the first time in nearly three weeks on Sunday when it makes the short trip to Evanston to face Northwestern. The game is the first of two in non-conference play for the Beacons against Big Ten opponents.
Previously: Valpo suffered a heartbreaking loss on Monday in the finale of its three-game homestand, as visiting UAB scored in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime and then scored the game-winning basket with 3.3 seconds to play in the extra period as the Beacons fell, 83-81. Ali Saunders set a Valpo freshman record for single-game scoring, pouring in 32 points.
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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 50-70. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.
Series Notes: Sunday marks the fourth meeting on the hardwood all-time between Valpo and Northwestern. Valpo won the first matchup in the series at the ARC in 2005, but the Wildcats have claimed wins in both meetings in Evanston – most recently a 69-48 Northwestern win on Nov. 21, 2019. Grace White led Valpo with 15 points off the bench in that game, while Marlee Profitt delivered 10 points.
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.
– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.
– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.
– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.
– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
– Valpo led throughout the second half until UAB got a basket with 33 seconds to play from Denim DeShields to tie the score at 66-66.
– Valpo ran the shot clock down on its possession and then turned to junior Leah Earnest, who deftly finished at the rim with 7.3 seconds to go to restore the two-point Beacon lead. But UAB called a timeout, advancing the ball, and got a layup of its own by Maria Roters with 2.8 seconds to play to send the game to overtime tied at 68.
– The start of overtime was all UAB, as the Blazers scored 10 points over their first five possessions to lead 78-71.
– Ali Saunders remained aggressive, driving to the rim on Valpo’s next trip to make it a five-point game. Then, following a UAB miss, Earnest was able to finish inside to cut the Blazer lead to 78-75 with 1:31 to go in overtime.
– A baseline jumper with just over a minute to play restored the Blazers’ five-point edge before Saunders scored a third-chance bucket to move Valpo within three.
– UAB missed two free throws on its next trip, followed by another inside basket by Saunders, and then split a pair with 17 seconds to go to give the Beacons the ball in a two-point game, setting the stage for the final 10 seconds.
– Saunders again finished with just over eight seconds to play to tie the game, but UAB rushed the ball up the court and Roters scored with 3.3 seconds remaining for the game-winning points.
– Saunders scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field, setting a Valpo freshman record for points in a game.
– Earnest scored 13 points and led all players with 13 rebounds, while Olivia Sims matched her career best with 12 points.
– Valpo out-shot UAB on the evening, 47.5%-43.5%, but the Beacons hit just 6-of-21 from 3-point range.
– Valpo did out-rebound its opponent for the first time this year, besting the Blazers on the glass by a 44-36 margin, and out-scored UAB in the paint, 46-42.
…versus Eastern Illinois
– Valpo led by 10 in the first quarter, but the Panthers erased the deficit and used a 12-0 run to take the lead in the second quarter. EIU eventually led 36-35 at intermission.
– Neither team enjoyed more than a three-point lead in the third quarter and the teams were tied at 52-52 entering the fourth period.
– Valpo led 57-54 following a triple by senior Olivia Brown with 8:31 to play in the game. The Beacons went scoreless on their next four trips, as EIU scored six in a row to take the lead for good.
– Valpo had a shot to tie with 1:38 to play, but was unable to connect.
– The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Valpo in the series with EIU.
– The Beacons shot just 37.7% from the field on Wednesday. They did knock down 10 3-pointers and went 11-of-12 (91.7%) from the foul line.
– Wednesday marked just the second time in the last four seasons that Valpo has lost after holding a double-digit lead at some point during the contest.
– Brown paced the Beacons on Wednesday with a team-best 20 points, one off her high in the Valpo uniform. She also grabbed six rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end, and led the Beacons with four assists.
– The Beacons return home to the ARC for their next two games, welcoming a pair of MAC opponents: Bowling Green (Dec. 2) and Western Michigan (Dec. 7).
– Valpo’s final game before a break for final exams will be a road test at Western Michigan Dec. 9.
…on the road
– Monday’s game is the second of 14 true road games for Valpo this season, four of which will come in non-conference play.
– The Beacons won their first road game of the season, the season-opening 71-64 win at Central Michigan, and were 5-11 in true road games last season.
– Northwestern enters Sunday’s game with a 3-2 record on the season, most recently defeating Niagara 76-38 on Tuesday.
– The Wildcats have faced one MVC team this year, beating Southern Illinois 84-69.
– Caileigh Walsh is averaging a team-best 12.6 ppg through five games.
GAMEDAY GUIDE: MARIAN MEETS NORTHWESTERN IN NAIA QUARTERFINALS IN SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS – For the second consecutive season, the Marian football team is in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals, and will be taking on a familiar foe as they travel to Orange City, Iowa, to take on Northwestern. The third meeting all-time beteween the Knights and Red Raiders is set up after Marian steamrolled St. Xavier 41-7 in the First Round, while Northwestern dismantled Dickinson State 49-7.
Marian and Northwestern are meeting for the third time in program history, with this marking the third ever meeting in the postseason. Marian is 1-1 all-time, winning the first matchup 42-32 in the FCS First Round in 2012. Quarterback Adam Wiese threw for a then-school record 479 yards in the win, torching the previous school record by 100 yards. Marian’s win in 2012 propelled the Knights on a run to winning the school’s first NAIA National Championship.
Marian’s loss came in last year’s NAIA FCS Quarterfinals, as the Knights were defeated 25-20. Playing without their starting running back and starting place kicker, Marian battled and led in the first, second, and fourth quarters. A leaping touchdown from Baron Huebler in the second quarter gave Marian a 10-6 lead while a fourth quarter field goal from Gage Puterbaugh thew the Knights in front 20-19, but a late score by the Red Raiders sealed the win. Marian was intercepted on their final drive of the game, as they attempted to take the lead.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Knights are trying to advance to the NAIA FCS Semifinals for the first time since 2019. Marian is 5-3 all-time in the quarterfinals, losing in last season’s matchup with Northwestern. Marian is 2-1 all-time in the rematch against a playoff opponent who they played in the previous season. The Knights won in back to back years in 2014 and in 2015 in the Quarterfinals over Grand View, and capped the 2015 season by avenging a loss to Southern Oregon by winning the 2015 NAIA Championship. Marian’s only loss in a rematch of the same opponent in consecutive seasons is their spring loss to Reinhardt in the first round, as Marian lost to the Eagles after beating them in 2019.
WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG
For fans unable to make the trip to northwest Iowa, live video for the game can be found here. Live stats can be located here for the game. For Marian fans interested in listening to a Knight audio broadcast of the game, Scott McCauley and Zach Graves will be live from Orange City, broadcasting live through the ISC Sports Network. The game will be audio only on the ISC Sports Network, and the game will be free to listen to here. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter and Instagram pages @MUKnights.
Saturday’s kickoff between the 9-1 Knights and the 10-1 Red Raiders comes at 1 p.m. EST.
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|Tennessee Titans||7||3||0||.700||0.0||193||185||3 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||7||3||0||.700||0.0||248||199||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||4 W|
|Buffalo Bills||7||3||0||.700||0.0||281||174||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||6||4||0||.600||0.0||213||169||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||6||4||0||.600||0.0||265||215||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 W|
|New York Jets||6||4||0||.600||0.0||199||186||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||5||5||0||.500||1.0||227||258||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||4||6||1||.409||2.0||173||220||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 1||4 – 4 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||3||7||0||.300||3.0||216||205||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||3||7||0||.300||3.0||225||242||2 – 2 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||3||7||0||.300||3.0||240||269||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||7||0||.300||3.0||147||171||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||7||0||.300||3.0||170||244||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Houston Texans||1||8||1||.150||4.5||159||230||0 – 4 – 1||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 4 – 1||1 – 1 – 1||5 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||9||1||0||.900||0.0||263||183||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||8||2||0||.800||0.0||229||231||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||4||0||.600||0.0||236||173||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||3 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||5||0||.500||0.0||183||180||3 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||7||3||0||.700||0.0||251||167||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||6 – 3 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|New York Giants||7||3||0||.700||0.0||205||204||4 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||0 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||6||4||0||.600||0.0||257||241||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||6||5||0||.545||1.5||214||223||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||5||6||0||.455||2.5||259||274||4 – 2 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||4||6||0||.400||3.0||250||282||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Green Bay Packers||4||7||0||.364||3.5||202||243||3 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||4||7||0||.364||3.5||240||296||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 L|
|New Orleans Saints||4||7||0||.364||3.5||249||267||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||7||0||.300||4.0||168||227||2 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|Carolina Panthers||3||8||0||.273||4.5||207||256||3 – 3 – 0||0 – 5 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||8||0||.273||4.5||241||274||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||1 – 7 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Boston||14||4||.778||—||7-1||7-3||2-0||9-4||9-1||1 W|
|2 Milwaukee||12||5||.706||1.5||9-2||3-3||3-1||7-4||5-5||1 L|
|3 Cleveland||12||6||.667||2.0||8-1||4-5||2-1||10-2||5-5||4 W|
|4 Atlanta||11||7||.611||3.0||7-3||4-4||1-1||8-6||6-4||1 W|
|5 Indiana||10||7||.588||3.5||6-4||4-3||1-1||8-4||7-3||1 L|
|6 Washington||10||8||.556||4.0||7-4||3-4||3-1||7-6||6-4||1 L|
|7 New York||9||9||.500||5.0||4-3||5-6||1-2||5-5||5-5||1 W|
|8 Toronto||9||9||.500||5.0||6-2||3-7||1-3||7-7||4-6||2 L|
|9 Philadelphia||9||9||.500||5.0||6-5||3-4||2-3||7-7||5-5||1 L|
|10 Brooklyn||9||10||.474||5.5||4-4||5-6||3-1||6-4||6-4||1 W|
|11 Chicago||8||10||.444||6.0||5-5||3-5||2-1||8-6||4-6||2 W|
|12 Miami||8||11||.421||6.5||7-4||1-7||3-1||4-7||4-6||1 W|
|13 Orlando||5||13||.278||9.0||4-5||1-8||1-2||2-8||4-6||2 L|
|14 Charlotte||5||14||.263||9.5||2-6||3-8||2-5||3-10||2-8||1 W|
|15 Detroit||5||15||.250||10.0||3-5||2-10||0-4||1-12||3-7||2 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Phoenix||11||6||.647||—||9-1||2-5||4-0||10-3||5-5||2 W|
|2 Denver||11||7||.611||0.5||4-2||7-5||4-2||9-4||6-4||1 W|
|3 New Orleans||11||7||.611||0.5||6-3||5-4||4-0||7-4||6-4||2 W|
|4 Utah||12||8||.600||0.5||6-2||6-6||3-1||11-4||5-5||2 L|
|5 Sacramento||10||7||.588||1.0||6-3||4-4||2-3||4-5||8-2||1 L|
|6 LA Clippers||11||8||.579||1.0||6-4||5-4||3-2||9-7||6-4||1 L|
|7 Memphis||10||8||.556||1.5||6-2||4-6||2-2||6-5||5-5||2 L|
|8 Minnesota||10||8||.556||1.5||5-5||5-3||2-1||5-6||6-4||5 W|
|9 Portland||10||8||.556||1.5||4-4||6-4||1-1||8-4||4-6||4 L|
|10 Dallas||9||8||.529||2.0||8-3||1-5||1-2||5-5||5-5||2 L|
|11 Golden State||9||10||.474||3.0||8-1||1-9||4-3||6-6||6-4||1 W|
|12 Oklahoma City||7||11||.389||4.5||4-5||3-6||0-5||3-6||3-7||3 L|
|13 San Antonio||6||13||.316||6.0||3-6||3-7||0-2||2-11||1-9||6 L|
|14 LA Lakers||5||11||.313||5.5||5-5||0-6||0-5||3-10||4-6||1 L|
|15 Houston||3||14||.176||8.0||1-5||2-9||1-2||2-10||2-8||2 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||20||17||3||0||34||16||82||45||11-0-0||6-3-0||8-2-0|
|2 New Jersey Devils||20||16||4||0||32||16||74||46||8-3-0||8-1-0||9-1-0|
|3 Toronto Maple Leafs||21||11||5||5||27||11||61||55||7-2-3||4-3-2||6-1-3|
|4 New York Islanders||21||13||8||0||26||13||69||55||7-3-0||6-5-0||6-4-0|
|5 Detroit Red Wings||19||10||5||4||24||10||62||58||6-2-2||4-3-2||6-2-2|
|6 Carolina Hurricanes||20||10||6||4||24||8||56||56||4-3-1||6-3-3||3-4-3|
|7 New York Rangers||21||10||7||4||24||10||63||58||4-3-3||6-4-1||4-4-2|
|8 Tampa Bay Lightning||19||11||7||1||23||11||64||61||6-3-1||5-4-0||6-3-1|
|9 Pittsburgh Penguins||20||10||7||3||23||9||72||65||4-2-1||6-5-2||6-3-1|
|10 Florida Panthers||20||10||8||2||22||9||69||66||6-2-2||4-6-0||5-4-1|
|11 Montreal Canadiens||20||10||9||1||21||8||62||71||6-5-0||4-4-1||5-4-1|
|12 Philadelphia Flyers||20||7||8||5||19||7||50||65||4-4-1||3-4-4||2-5-3|
|13 Washington Capitals||21||8||10||3||19||8||58||69||6-4-1||2-6-2||3-6-1|
|14 Buffalo Sabres||20||9||11||0||18||9||75||70||5-6-0||4-5-0||2-8-0|
|15 Columbus Blue Jackets||19||7||11||1||15||7||56||81||6-7-0||1-4-1||4-5-1|
|16 Ottawa Senators||19||6||12||1||13||6||58||68||5-6-0||1-6-1||2-7-1|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||21||16||4||1||33||16||77||52||7-3-0||9-1-1||7-2-1|
|2 Dallas Stars||20||12||5||3||27||12||79||56||6-2-1||6-3-2||6-2-2|
|3 Seattle Kraken||19||11||5||3||25||11||66||54||6-4-2||5-1-1||8-1-1|
|4 Los Angeles Kings||22||11||9||2||24||10||70||76||6-4-0||5-5-2||5-3-2|
|5 Colorado Avalanche||18||11||6||1||23||9||64||46||4-3-1||7-3-0||7-3-0|
|6 Winnipeg Jets||18||11||6||1||23||11||51||47||7-2-0||4-4-1||6-3-1|
|7 Calgary Flames||19||9||7||3||21||8||59||62||6-4-1||3-3-2||4-3-3|
|8 St. Louis Blues||19||10||9||0||20||9||55||65||5-4-0||5-5-0||7-3-0|
|9 Minnesota Wild||19||9||8||2||20||8||55||55||4-5-1||5-3-1||5-4-1|
|10 Edmonton Oilers||20||10||10||0||20||10||66||72||5-6-0||5-4-0||3-7-0|
|11 Nashville Predators||20||9||9||2||20||7||53||65||6-3-2||3-6-0||6-3-1|
|12 Vancouver Canucks||20||7||10||3||17||7||70||79||3-4-1||4-6-2||5-4-1|
|13 San Jose Sharks||22||7||12||3||17||6||67||80||2-7-3||5-5-0||4-4-2|
|14 Arizona Coyotes||18||7||9||2||16||7||48||62||1-2-1||6-7-1||5-4-1|
|15 Chicago Blackhawks||19||6||10||3||15||6||48||68||4-5-1||2-5-2||2-7-1|
|16 Anaheim Ducks||20||6||13||1||13||4||53||84||4-4-0||2-9-1||3-7-0|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN’S||TIME ET||TV|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||11:00am||ESPN|
|Florida State vs. Siena||11:00am||ESPN2|
|North Carolina vs. Portland||1:00pm||ESPN|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||1:30pm||ESPN2|
|Ole Miss vs. Stanford||1:30pm||ESPNU|
|Duke vs. Oregon State||3:00pm||ESPN|
|IUPUI at New Orleans||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Villanova vs. Iowa State||3:30pm||ESPN2|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||4:00pm||ESPNews|
|Oklahoma vs. Nebraska||5:00pm||ESPN|
|Xavier vs. Florida||5:30pm||ESPN2|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||6:30pm||ESPN3|
|Memphis vs. Seton Hall||7:30pm||ESPNews|
|UConn vs. Oregon||8:00pm||ESPN2|
|Purdue vs. West Virginia||10:00pm||ESPN2|
|Michigan State vs. Alabama||10:30pm||ESPN|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL – WOMEN’S||TIME ET||TV|
|North Carolina at Oregon||5:00pm||ESPNU|
|Iowa State vs. Michigan St.||7:30pm||ESPNU|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Mississippi State at Ole Miss||7:00pm||ESPN|
|Buffalo at Detroit||12:30pm||CBS|
|NY Giants at Dallas||4:30pm||FOX|
|New England at Minnesota||8:20pm||NBC|
|FIFA World Cup: Switzerland vs Cameroon||5:00am||FS1|
|FIFA World Cup: Uruguay vs Korea Republic||8:00am||FS1|
|FIFA World Cup: Portugal vs Ghana||11:00am||FOX|
|FIFA World Cup: Brazil vs Serbia||2:00pm||FOX|