Christian Academy 81 Medora 49
Edon (Ohio) 46 Hamilton 30
Elkhart Christian 56 Marquette Catholic 51
Evansville Central 68 South Spencer 56
Faith Christian 76 West Central 48
Horizon Christian 76 Central Christian 31
Indianapolis Chatard 66 Indianapolis Shortridge 61
Indianapolis International 74 Indiana Deaf 58
Phalen Academy 91 Purdue Poly North 22
South Bend Clay 65 Trinity Greenlawn 58

Delphi Classic
Taylor 49 Delphi 42 R1
Frankfort 72 Pioneer 39 R1
North Montgomery 38 Rossville 33 R1
North Newton 42 Winamac 39 R1


Avon at Southport 7:30 pm
Blackford at Delta 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Highland 8:00 pm
Cascade at North Putnam 7:30 pm
Christel House at Indianapolis Metropolitan 7:30 pm
Columbia City at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Columbus East at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Concord at Edwardsburg (Mich.) 7:00 pm
Crown Point at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Decatur Central at Indianapolis Ritter 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Lighthouse CPA 8:00 pm
Eastbrook at Elwood 8:00 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at New Washington 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Eastside at Edon (Ohio) 6:00 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Franklin Central at Pike 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Hanover Central 8:00 pm
GEO Next Generation at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm
Goshen at East Noble 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Griffith at Calumet 8:00 pm
Homestead at Leo 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Phalen Academy 7:30 pm
Lake Central at Munster 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Westview 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Taylor (Ohio) 7:30 pm
Louisville Holy Cross (Ky.) at Providence 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Whitko 7:45 pm
Madison-Grant at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Martinsville at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Milan at East Central 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at South Adams 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at New Castle 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
New Prairie at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Marion 7:30 pm
North Posey at Boonville 8:00 pm
Oak Hill at Western 7:30 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Orleans at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Shoals at Lighthouse Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Southwood at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Tri-West at Harrison (West Lafayette) 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Frontier 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Frankton 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Whiteland at Seymour 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Fremont 7:30 pm

Delphi Classic
Frankfort vs. Taylor 7:30 pm SF

McLean County (Ky.) Tournament
Evansville Day vs. Owensboro Apollo (Ky.) 3:30 pm Pool
Rock Creek Academy vs. Hancock County (Ky.) 5:00 pm Pool
Evansville Day vs. Whitesville Trinity (Ky.) 6:30 pm Pool
Rock Creek Academy at McLean County (Ky.) 8:00 pm Pool


Angola 56 Woodlan 51
Blackford 52 Monroe Central 16
Carroll (Flora) 59 Northwestern 31
Cascade 59 Purdue Poly Englewood 50
Christian Academy 55 Medora 41
Covington 50 Terre Haute South 30
Fort Wayne Luers 65 Columbia City 55 OT
Greenwood Christian 66 Phalen Academy 22
Illiana Christian 54 Boone Grove 45
Indianapolis Herron 85 Providence Cristo Rey 5
Northeast Dubois 44 Shoals 26
Wapahani 44 Muncie Central 13

Central Christian Tournament
Crosspointe Christian 60 Irvington Prep 13 R1

Delphi Tournament
Delphi 57 Taylor 19 R1
Pioneer 48 Frankfort 14 R1
North Montgomery 31 Rossville 27 R1
Winamac 58 North Newton 19 R1


Anderson Prep at Alexandria 6:30 pm
Argos at New Prairie 8:00 pm
Bismarck-Henning (Ill.) at Attica 8:00 pm
Bloomington South at Jeffersonville 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Churubusco 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Boonville at Evansville Christian 7:00 pm
Borden at Floyd Central 7:00 pm
Bremen at Triton 7:30 pm
Calumet at Gary West 7:00 pm
Clarksville at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Clinton Central at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Daleville at Delta 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Indianapolis Ritter 6:00 pm
DeKalb at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Henryville 2:00 pm
Eastbrook at Elwood 6:00 pm
Elkhart at Goshen 7:30 pm
Evansville Bosse at Carmi (Ill.) 8:30 pm
Evansville Central at Mount Vernon (Posey) 8:00 pm
Evansville Harrison at Terre Haute South 6:30 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Mater Dei 6:30 pm
Fairfield at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Garrett 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne South at Heritage 7:00 pm
Greenfield-Central at Connersville 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Lapel 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm
Harrison (Ohio) at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Heritage Christian at Carmel 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Highland at Andrean 8:00 pm
Homestead at Angola 7:30 pm
Indian Creek at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Jasper at Pike Central 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Columbus North 7:30 pm
Jimtown at South Central (Union Mills) 7:30 pm
John Glenn at LaVille 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Chesterton 8:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at MTI Knowledge 6:00 pm
Knox at West Central 8:00 pm
Lakeland at Westview 6:00 pm
Lakewood Park at New Haven 7:30 pm
LaPorte at Kouts 8:00 pm
Logansport at Peru 7:45 pm
Milan at Christian Academy 6:00 pm
Monrovia at Indiana Deaf 6:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at Wheeler 8:00 pm
New Palestine at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
New Washington at Switzerland County 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Columbus East 7:30 pm
North Harrison at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
North Judson at Tri-Township 7:30 pm
North White at Faith Christian 7:30 pm
Northridge at Penn 7:45 pm
Providence at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Lowell 8:00 pm
Shawe Memorial at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Lebanon 7:00 pm
Shoals at Lighthouse Christian 6:00 pm
South Knox at North Posey 5:00 pm
South Spencer at Crawford County 8:00 pm
Southport at Indianapolis Tech 7:00 pm
Springs Valley at West Washington 7:30 pm
Terre Haute North at Plainfield 7:30 pm
Victory Christian at Lakeland Christian 6:30 pm
Wabash at Southwood 7:45 pm
Washington Twp. at Griffith 8:00 pm
West Noble at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Westfield at Franklin Central 7:30 pm

Central Christian Tournament
Loser Game 1 vs. Lose Game 2 4:00 pm
Winner Game 1 vs. Indianapolis Herron 5:30 pm SF
Crosspointe Christian vs. Winner Game 3 7:00 pm SF

Delphi Tournament
Pioneer vs. Delphi 6:00 pm SF



1. Lawrence Central (12-1)

2. Hamilton Southeastern (11-1)

3. Columbia City (11-1)

4. Fort Wayne Snider (12-1)

5. Center Grove (12-1)

6. Bedford North Lawrence (12-1)

7. Jennings County (11-1)

7. Homestead (8-1)

9. Lake Central (11-1)

10. Lawrence North (9-3)


1. Norwell (11-2)

2. Rensselaer Central (14-0)

3. Indian Creek (11-2)

4. Hamilton Heights (11-2)

5. Greensburg (10-2)

6. Western (11-0)

7. Scottsburg (12-1)

8. Benton Central (10-2)

9. Gibson Southern (9-3)

10. Evansville Memorial (9-1)


1. North Knox (12-1)

2. Eastern Hancock (12-0)

3. South Knox (10-1)

4. Eastbrook (10-1)

5. Lapel (11-2)

6. Carroll (Flora) (10-2)

7. Alexandria (9-3)

8. Crawford County (12-2)

9. Triton Central (9-2)

10. Blackford (9-2)


1. Lanesville (13-0)

2. Caston (12-0)

3. Borden (10-1)

4. Marquette Catholic (11-1)

5. Bethany Christian (10-1)

6. Springs Valley (11-1)

7. Orleans (11-1)

8. Morgan Twp. (10-2)

9. Tri-Township (12-0)

vs. North Judson (8-4)

10. Jac-Cen-Del (10-2)


Monday, Dec. 18

Bahamas Bowl

Western Kentucky 38 Old Dominion 35 OT

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

Marshall vs. UTSA

Frisco, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boca Raton Bowl

USF vs. Syracuse

Boca Raton, Florida

8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22

Gasparilla Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. UCF

Tampa, Florida

6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Troy vs. Duke

Birmingham, Alabama

12 p.m. | ABC

Camellia Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Montgomery, Alabama

12 p.m. | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl

Air Force vs. James Madison

Fort Worth, Texas

3:30 p.m. | ABC

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Georgia State vs. Utah State

Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

7 p.m. | ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

Northwestern vs. Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl

San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina

Honolulu, Hawai’i

10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Detroit, Michigan

2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Dallas, Texas

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Charlotte, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal

San Diego, California

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Houston, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

The Bronx, New York

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State

Orlando, Florida

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky

Jacksonville, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN


Seattle 20 Philadelphia 17



New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams, 6:15 p.m., Amazon Prime Video (stream with Amazon Prime Video)


Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, 2:30 p.m., NBC, Universo (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers, 6 p.m., Peacock


Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons, 11 a.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers, 11 a.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans, 11 a.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings, 11 a.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Washington Commanders at New York Jets, 11 a.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans, 11 a.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)


Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2:05 p.m., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears, 2:25 p.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins, 2:25 p.m., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)


New England Patriots at Denver Broncos, 6:15 p.m., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)


Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 11 a.m., CBS, Nickelodeon (stream with free trial from FUBO)

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 2:30 p.m., FOX, FOX Deportes (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers, 6:15 p.m., ABC, ESPN Plus, ESPN Deportes (stream with free trial from FUBO)


No Games Scheduled


  1. Purdue
  2. Kansas
  3. Houston
  4. Arizona
  5. UConn
  6. Marquette
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Tennessee
  9. Kentucky
  10. Baylor
  11. North Carolina
  12. Creighton
  13. Illinois
  14. Florida Atlantic
  15. Gonzaga
  16. Colorado State
  17. BYU
  18. Clemson
  19. Texas
  20. James Madison
  21. Duke
  22. Virginia
  23. Memphis
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Ole Miss


Miami 97, Auburn 87, Colorado 84, Utah 37, Iowa St. 24, Ohio St. 12, Michigan St. 10, TCU 10, Texas A&M 9, San Diego St. 8, Northwestern 5, Providence 5, Alabama 3, Dayton 3, Nevada 3, New Mexico 2, Grand Canyon 2, Washington 2, Saint Joseph’s 2, South Carolina 1, Mississippi St. 1.


#2 UCLA 77 #12 Ohio State 71

#15 Indiana 109 Evansville 56

#17 Connecticut 88 and 62

#12 Kansas State 102 Oral Roberts 59

#6 USC 93 Cal State Fullerton 44


  1. South Carolina
  2. UCLA
  3. North Carolina State
  4. Iowa
  5. Texas
  6. USC
  7. LSU
  8. Colorado
  9. Stanford
  10. Baylor
  11. Utah
  12. Kansas State
  13. Ohio State
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Indiana
  17. UConn
  18. Marquette
  19. Louisville
  20. Gonzaga
  21. Florida State
  22. Creighton
  23. Washington
  24. North Carolina
  25. TCU


Miami 45, West Virginia 37, Washington St 29, UNLV 18, Texas A&M 13, Texas Tech 13, Mississippi St. 6, Oregon St. 5, Minnesota 4, Green Bay 4, Davidson 4, Syracuse 3, Nebraska 2, Mississippi 2, Michigan St. 1.


LA Clippers 151 Indiana 127

Cleveland 135 Houston 130 OT

Chicago 108 Philadelphia 104

Minnesota 112 Miami 108

Toronto 114 Charlotte 99

Atlanta 130 Detroit 124

Oklahoma City 116 Memphis 97

Denver 130 Dallas 104

Utah 125 Brooklyn 108

Sacramento 143 Washington 131

New York 114 LA Lakers 109


Anaheim 4 Detroit 3

Pittsburgh 4 Minnesota 3

Montréal 3 Winnipeg 2 OT

Dallas 4 Seattle 3 OT

Calgary 3 Florida 1




Drew Lock fired a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba with 28 seconds remaining to give the Seattle Seahawks a dramatic 20-17 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.

Starting with 1:52 left, Lock drove the Seahawks 92 yards on 10 plays, hitting DK Metcalf for 34 yards along the way. Smith-Njigba later beat Eagles cornerback James Bradberry to make the scoring catch and help Seattle (7-7) halt a four-game losing streak.

Seattle’s Julian Love made two interceptions in the fourth quarter, including the game-clincher with six seconds left. The Seahawks never led until Lock’s TD throw to Smith-Njigba.

Jalen Hurts rushed for two touchdowns to equal the NFL single-season record, but the Eagles (10-4) lost their third consecutive game. With his second score on the ground, Hurts raised his season total to 14 and matched Cam Newton (2011) for the one-year record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

Hurts played despite battling an illness that reportedly led him to fly to Seattle separately from the team. He connected on 17 of 31 passes for 143 yards and the two interceptions, and he added a team-high 82 rushing yards on 13 carries for Philadelphia.

Lock completed 22 of 33 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown in his second straight start for the Seahawks. He played in place of Geno Smith (groin), who was active for the game but didn’t play for the second straight game.

Kenneth Walker III ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and Metcalf caught five passes for 78 yards for Seattle.

D’Andre Swift rushed for 74 yards on 18 carries for the Eagles.

The Eagles used the “Tush Push” to take a 17-10 lead as Hurts plunged in from the Seattle 1-yard line with 4:43 left in the third quarter.

The Seahawks cut their deficit to four when Jason Myers kicked a 43-yard field goal with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Philadelphia opened the contest with a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that took 8:29. Hurts finished it with a 3-yard keeper.

The Eagles increased their lead to 10-0 when Jake Elliott booted a 27-yard field goal with 6:20 left in the first half.

The Seahawks got on the board when Myers kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining in the half.

Seattle knotted the score at 10 when Walker broke loose on a 23-yard scamper with 10:05 left in the third quarter.


Cincinnati wideout Ja’Marr Chase likely will miss the Bengals’ Saturday meeting with the host Pittsburgh Steelers due to a shoulder injury, NFL Network reported Monday night.

Chase separated his shoulder in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s 27-24 overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings last Saturday. He could end up missing multiple weeks, per the report.

The Bengals (8-6) are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are already playing without starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who sustained a season-ending wrist injury in a 34-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 16. Jake Browning has taken over under center.

In 14 games this season, Chase, 23, has 93 receptions for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. He is in his third season with Cincinnati after the Bengals selected him with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 draft out of LSU.

Receivers Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd likely will be expected to step up in Chase’s absence.

Pittsburgh (7-7) earned a 16-10 win at Cincinnati on Nov. 26.


The Los Angeles Chargers signed quarterback Will Grier off the Patriots’ practice squad, and New England quickly filled the spot by claiming Nathan Rourke on waivers from Jacksonville on Monday.

It is the first significant move by Chargers interim general manager JoJo Wooden since the team fired Tom Telesco and head coach Brandon Staley last Friday.

The Jaguars are likely to add another quarterback considering Trevor Lawrence began the week in concussion protocol. C.J. Beathard is Jacksonville’s only practice-ready quarterback as of the end of business hours Monday.

Grier, 28, was a third-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2019. He lost both starts that season and has not appeared in a regular season game since. He completed 28 of 52 passes for 228 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.

After the Panthers waived Grier at the start of the 2021 season, he spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys (2021-22) and Cincinnati Bengals (2023) before being signed by New England this September.

New England lost quarterback Malik Cunningham to the Baltimore Ravens from the practice squad last week.

Rourke was waived from the active roster Saturday to clear a spot for return specialist Jamal Agnew, who was activated from the injured reserve list.

Rourke was heavily scouted in two seasons in the CFL. After passing for 3,349 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2022, he signed a three-year deal with the Jaguars before 2023 minicamp but did not make the team’s final 53-man roster in September.


The Minnesota Vikings are granting Nick Mullens another start quarterback in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions.

Mullens threw for 303 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday’s overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The 7-7 Vikings are currently the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said Monday that Mullens will continue to work toward eliminating turnovers in preparation for the home start on Christmas Eve.

Detroit (10-4) beat the Denver Broncos last week and remains in the running for the NFC’s No. 1 seed and lone first-round bye. The Lions and Vikings also play Week 18 in the regular-season finale at Detroit.

Saturday was Mullens’ first start in place of Kirk Cousins. The Vikings started Jaren Hall and Joshua Dobbs for four-plus games in the aftermath of Cousins’ season-ending Achilles injury in Week 8.

Mullens replaced Dobbs during the Vikings’ 3-0 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 10. He finished 26-for-33 passing in the loss to Cincinnati.

O’Connell said Sunday he graded Mullens favorably afterward, saying he “showed he can execute our offense.”


The NFL suspended Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee without pay for the remainder of the regular season and any potential postseason games for “repeated violations of playing rules intended to protect the health and safety of players,” the league said in a statement Monday.

The suspension comes after Kazee was ejected from Saturday’s 30-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts after a hit on a defenseless wide receiver, Michael Pittman, who stayed down after the violent hit and was ultimately ruled out of the game with a concussion.

“With 8:49 remaining in the 2nd quarter, you were involved in a play that the League considers a serious violation of the playing rules,” NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote to Kazee. “The video of the play shows that you delivered a forcible blow to the head/neck area of Colts’ receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who was in a defenseless posture. You had an unobstructed path to your opponent and the illegal contact could have been avoided. Your actions were flagrant, and as a result, you were disqualified from the game.”

The league also cited Kazee’s past history as a factor in the suspension.

“When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry with them a significant risk of injury to an opposing player, it is appropriate to impose substantially greater penalties,” Runyan wrote.

Under league rules, Kazee can appeal the suspension, which would be heard by one of two hearing officers jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA to hear such appeals.

Kazee is in his second season with the Steelers. In March, he signed a two-year deal that included a signing bonus of $1.75 million and salaries of $1.25 million in 2023 and $3 million in 2024.

Kazee, 30, was also suspended last September for three games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Kazee has 16 interceptions in 92 career games (62 starts) with the Atlanta Falcons (2017-20), Dallas Cowboys (2021) and Steelers.


Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith is still checking his list to find out which quarterback will start on Christmas Eve.

Smith told reporters Monday that either Desmond Ridder or Taylor Heinicke will be under center when the Falcons (6-8) host the Indianapolis Colts (8-6) on Sunday. He said the team will not bring in another quarterback and won’t start third-stringer Logan Woodside.

“Not final, but obviously still working through that,” Smith said. “Just met with the quarterbacks a minute ago before coming in here, and I’ll circle back with those guys because there’s some stuff we need to still work through.”

The Falcons suffered a 9-7 loss at lowly Carolina on Sunday for their second straight defeat, dropping them a game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

Ridder completed 12 of 20 passes for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Panthers. The second-year signal-caller is 6-6 as the starter, completing 63.3 percent of his throws for 2,528 yards with 10 TDs and 10 picks.

Heinicke played in three games (0-2 as a starter) when Ridder was in concussion protocol. He has completed 55.4 percent of his passes for 498 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.


The quarterback carousel in Pittsburgh will feature Mason Rudolph in Week 16.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that Rudolph will start Saturday’s home game against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals in a pivotal game for both teams. Mitch Trubisky has been benched.

The Steelers are hoping Rudolph can bring some stable quarterback play while starter Kenny Pickett continues to rehab from ankle surgery earlier this month.

The Steelers (7-7) have lost three in a row and four of five and are on the outside looking in for the AFC playoff picture as the 10th seed. The Bengals (8-6) have won three in a row on the shoulders of backup quarterback Jake Browning. They are currently the sixth seed in the AFC.

Pickett is questionable this week, Tomlin said, adding that he has “a chance” to be active for the first time since Dec. 3 at Arizona and is pushing to play.

There are big questions on the defensive side of the ball for Tomlin.

The NFL suspended Damontae Kazee without pay for the remainder of the regular season and any potential postseason games for “repeated violations of playing rules intended to protect the health and safety of players,” the league said in a statement Monday, citing past history and the hit on a defenseless Michael Pittman of the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) was ruled out by Tomlin on Monday. He assessed his injury as “not good.” Another safety, Trenton Thompson, is dealing with a stinger and his status for Saturday isn’t clear.

Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward entered concussion protocol on Monday.

Rudolph came in for the benched Trubisky to finish off Saturday’s 30-13 loss to the Colts. Tomlin yanked Trubisky after he threw two interceptions.

Rudolph, 28, started eight games in 2019 and is 5-4-1 overall as the starter for the Steelers. He has thrown for 2,369 yards and 16 TDs against 11 interceptions in 18 career games, all in Pittsburgh.

Trubisky is 0-2 as the starter this season, having thrown for 632 yards and four TDs and five picks.



Purdue’s slide from No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll turned out to be brief.

The Boilermakers headlined

The Boilermakers headlined Monday’s latest poll for the second time this season after beating former No. 1 Arizona over the weekend. The Wildcats had spent two weeks at No. 1 after Purdue’s loss to Northwestern ended the Boilermakers’ stint at the top after one week.

Purdue received 48 of 62 first-place votes in the latest poll to jump from third with the Arizona win, which marked the program’s first win against a No. 1 team in 23 years. It also marked the latest impressive nonconference win to a resume that already includes ranked teams in Gonzaga, Tennessee and Marquette.

Preseason No. 1 Kansas stayed at No. 2 with six first-place votes, while Houston moved up one spot to No. 3 and had the other eight votes. Arizona fell to fourth.


UConn, Marquette, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky and Baylor rounded out the top 10.

Of that group, the Sooners are making their first appearance inside the top 10 since February 2021. And the Wildcats cracked the top 10 for the first time this season after beating North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic.


Kentucky’s five-spot rise marked the biggest jump of the week. Oklahoma and Tennessee were next with four spots to push inside the top 10, while No. 13 Illinois rose three spots. In all, 10 teams climbed from last week’s poll.

No. 15 Gonzaga and No. 18 Clemson took the biggest tumbles, with each falling five spots after losses. Baylor, which lost in a blowout to Michigan State, and No. 12 Creighton were next by falling four spots. A total of seven teams slid from last week’s rankings.


Six teams held their position from last week, including UConn, No. 19 Texas, No. 20 James Madison, No. 21 Duke and No. 22 Virginia.


No. 23 Memphis and No. 25 Mississippi were the week’s new additions.

The Tigers handed Clemson its first loss after a 9-0 start to jump into the rankings for the first time this season.

As for Ole Miss, the Rebels (10-0) are off to their best start since opening at 13-0 in 2007-08. The program, in its first season under Chris Beard, is ranked for the first time since January 2019.

Miami (No. 24) and Northwestern (No. 25) fell out from last week.


The Big 12 led all conferences with six ranked teams, including No. 17 BYU. The Atlantic Coast Conference was next with four teams, followed by three each for the Big East, Big Ten and Southeastern conferences.

The American Athletic Conference had two ranked teams, while the Pac-12, West Coast, Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences each had one.


ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its Men’s Basketball Players of the Week presented by Air National Guard for the week of Dec. 11-17.

Player of the Week
Fletcher Loyer, Purdue
G – So. – 6-4 – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Homestead – Major: Organizational Leadership

•    Tallied 27 points, four steals, and three assists to lead Purdue to a 92-84 win over then-No. 1 Arizona
•    Shot 11-18 from the field, including 5-9 from three-point range
•    27 points and four steals marked career highs
•    Garners his second career Player of the Week award 
•    Last Purdue Player of the Week: Zach Edey (Dec. 11, 2023)

Freshman of the Week
Owen Freeman, Iowa
F – 6-10 – Moline, Ill. – Moline – Major: Sport and Recreation Management

•    Paired 14 points and 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes in Iowa’s 88-54 win over Florida A&M
•    Freeman is the first Iowa freshman to record a double-double since Joe Wieskamp in 2018
•    Earns his fourth Freshman of the Week award 
•    Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Owen Freeman (Dec. 4, 2023)


MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

Tyler Cochran, Junior, Toledo, Guard

Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)

Junior Tyler Cochran exploded for a career-high 33 points and also tallied eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in Toledo’s 88-87 victory over Marshall last Wednesday in the Rockets’ lone game of the week. Cochran was extremely efficient shooting as well, knocking down 13-of-16 shots (.813) from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.


Athlete of the Week:
Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Junior – Bryant Smith led the Spartans to triple digits on Saturday. Smith finished with 52 points, which ranks second in points scored in a single game in school history. The junior guard shot 11-18 from beyond the three-point arc and went a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. Smith currently leads the conference in points per game with a 22.1 average and is averaging 3.8 three-point field goals per game.

Notable Performances:

  • Tate Ivanyo (Valparaiso, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Junior – Tate Ivanyo poured in 28 points as Anderson cruised to a 90-73 victory against Olivet.
  • Will Gehlhausen (Norwalk, Ohio) Defiance College | Guard | Junior – In his first career start, junior guard Will Gehlhausen was a key component in Defiance’s comeback charge at Alma on Saturday with a career-best 29 points. Adding a career-high seven 3-pointers, Gehlhausen shot an impressive 11-for-14 from the floor and racked up 21 of his 29 in a second half in which the Yellow Jackets shot over 60 percent as a team.
  • Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | Fifth Year – Houston led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they remained perfect in HCAC action. He finished the week averaging 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. In the contest with Rose-Hulman, he netted 13 points and pulled in six rebounds. Against MSJ, Houston recorded a double-double with 14 points and tied a game-high 11 rebounds.
  • Zach Sawyer (Columbus, Ohio) Manchester University | Guard | Senior – Zach Sawyer collected his first career triple-double with an impressive 26 points, 18 rebounds, and 12 assists. Sawyer shot 11-16 from the floor and had a team-high six steals on Saturday evening. 
  • Miles McGowen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Miles McGowen led the Engineers in their two games this week. He recorded 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss to Hanover College, and 14 points with eight rebounds in the loss to St. John Fisher University.
  • Matthew Teague (LaGrange, Ky.) Transylvania University | Shooting Forward | Senior – Finished with his first double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the overtime win against Manchester. He finished 8-18 from the floor. 



South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll on Monday, while Washington was ranked for the first time since 2017.

The Gamecocks received all 36 votes from a national media panel after winning their only game last week in a rout. Many teams were finishing off their break for exams and there wasn’t much movement, with the top 10 unchanged from the previous week.

UCLA, North Carolina State, Iowa and Texas followed South Carolina. The second-ranked Bruins face No. 13 Ohio State on Monday night. That’s one of the only meetings between two AP Top 25 teams this week because schools have a short week because of the holidays.

Southern California, LSU, Colorado, Stanford and Baylor were next. The 10th-ranked Bears beat then-No. 24 Miami on Sunday.

The Hurricanes fell out of the Top 25 and were replaced by No. 25 TCU, which made its first appearance in the poll since 2020. Washington also entered at No. 23, the first time it has been ranked since the final poll in 2017. The Huskies’ first game as a ranked team will be at No. 19 Louisville on Wednesday.

UNLV also dropped out of the rankings after losing at Seton Hall on Saturday.


Virginia Tech coach Kenny Brooks earned his 500th career victory on Sunday in a win over Rutgers. His players were wearing shirts after the game in honor of their coach, who last year guided the team to its first-ever Final Four. The No. 15 Hokies have two losses this season, to No. 4 Iowa on a neutral court and at No. 7 LSU.


TCU is one of 14 unbeaten teams left in women’s college basketball, including five in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs (11-0) haven’t had the most difficult nonconference schedule and won’t play a ranked team until facing Baylor on Jan. 3. The other undefeated teams in the Big 12 are Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, UCF and West Virginia. The six have combined to go 59-0 but have played only three true road games.


LSU had a game to remember last Tuesday, routing McNeese State 133-44. The seventh-ranked Tigers set school records for margin of victory and points in a game, and they rattled off 47 consecutive points. Kim Mulkey’s team also beat Northwestern State 81-36 on Sunday in a game that saw the Hall of Fame coach get ejected. Next up is a trip to face Coppin State in a homecoming game for star Angel Reese.


Lauren Betts notched 17 points and 11 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the season, to help No. 2 UCLA beat No. 13 Ohio State 77-71 on Monday evening in Columbus, Ohio.

The Bruins (10-0) also got 19 points from Charisma Osborne, 15 points from Kiki Rice and 11 points from Gabriela Jacquez. Jacy Sheldon powered the Buckeyes (9-2) with 30 points while Taylor Thierry added 20.

Ohio State jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter, but the Bruins responded with a 15-7 run to the game heading into the second frame. UCLA pulled away in the middle two periods, and two layups from Jacquez early in the fourth quarter put the Bruins ahead by 22 points.

UCLA won the rebounding battle 40-30 and outscored Ohio State 46-30 in the paint.

No. 16 Indiana 109, Evansville 56

Yarden Garzon scored a career-best 30 points as the Hoosiers raced away from the Purple Aces in Bloomington, Ind.

Garzon shot 12-for-14 from the floor to lead Indiana (9-1) while Mackenzie Holmes added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Sydney Parrish and Sara Scalia added 12 points apiece.

Maggie Hartwig led Evansville (2-8) with 13 points and four rebounds. Alana Striverson scored 11 points, and Kynidi Mason Striverson had 10 points and five assists.

Indiana shot 71.7 percent from the floor and led by as much as 56 points. The Purple Aces shot 32.8 percent.

No. 17 UConn 88, Butler 62

Freshman Ashlynn Shade scored a season-high 22 points as the Huskies opened Big East play with a win over the Bulldogs in Hartford, Conn.

In its fourth straight victory, UConn (8-3, 1-0 Big East) also got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Aaliyah Edwards plus 16 points and seven assists from Paige Bueckers. Aubrey Griffin chipped in 14 points off the bench.

Caroline Strande and Rachel Kent each scored 13 points to lead Butler (7-4, 0-1).

UConn turned 14 Butler turnovers into 18 points and outscored the Bulldogs 13-3 on the fastbreak. The Huskies led by as much as 32 points.

The Huskies are off until Dec. 31, when they will host undefeated No. 18 Marquette.

No. 12 Kansas State 102, Oral Roberts 59

Ayoka Lee had 24 points and a career-high 21 rebounds as the Wildcats routed the Golden Eagles in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State (11-1) also got a boost from Gabby Gregory’s 16 points and Gisela Sanchez’s 13 points. Taryn Sides added 10 assists.

Ruthie Udoumoh led Oral Roberts (6-4) with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Taleyah Jones and Hannah Cooper each had 10 points.

The Wildcats led start to finish and outscored the Golden Eagles 52-20 in the paint while winning the rebounding battle 61-35. Kansas State also had 28 assists on 40 made baskets.


Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Helped Iowa top Cleveland State with 38 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals
• Sunk nine three-pointers, which tied her career high
• Had her 13th career game with 35+ points, 5+ assists and 5+ rebounds, the most in women’s college basketball since the 2009-10 season
• Earns her 22nd career Big Ten Player of the Week award (second-most in conference history)
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Dec. 11, 2023)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Elissa Brett, MICH: Tied her career high with 27 points, hitting a career-best eight three-pointers on 11 attempts, with seven rebounds and two assists in Michigan’s victory over Miami (Ohio)
Moira Joiner, MSU: Registered 27 points and connected on seven three-pointers, both career marks, with six rebounds, three steals and two assists as Michigan State bested Central Michigan
Leilani Kapinus, PSU: Notched 25 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists during Penn State’s dominant 119-43 triumph over St. Francis (Pa.)
Freshman of the Week
D’Yanis Jimenez, Wisconsin
G – Cape Coral, Fla. – Charlotte – Major: Undeclared
• Added a career-high 20 points in Wisconsin’s win over St. Thomas
• Went 5-for-5 at the charity stripe, a career mark, and 7-for-13 from the field
• Had three steals, an assist, block and rebound
• Earns her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Serah Williams (Feb. 27, 2023)


Athlete of the Week:
Grace Roland (Westmont, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | First Year – Roland scored a career-high 32 points and added 10 rebounds in the win over Elmhurst on Saturday. Her 32 points are the most for a Rose-Hulman player since 2006, and she is just the third player to score at least 32 points in a single game. Roland also finished 9-9 from the charity stripe which is tied for ninth in school history for most free throws made without a miss, and her 10 rebounds helped tally her third double-double of the season. For the week, Roland averaged 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Notable Performances:

  • Makynlee Taylor (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Makynlee Taylor averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2 assists as Anderson went 1-1 on the week.
  • Addy Allen (Wapakoneta, Ohio) Defiance College | Guard | Sophomore – Sophomore guard Addy Allen had a career afternoon in Saturday’s loss at Kalamazoo with a team-high 15 points. The Wapakoneta grad netted four 3-pointers, her best single-game total of her career.
  • Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Junior – Grace led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Rose-Hulman and erased a double digit deficit against MSJ. She finished the week averaging 17.0 points per game while pulling in 5.5 rebounds. In the win at Rose-Hulman, she netted 19 points with eight rebounds. At MSJ, the junior netted a team-high 15 points and pulled in three rebounds. Grace currently ranks fourth among the NCAA in points per game averaging 25.0.
  • Maddison Smith (Kewanna, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Sophomore – Maddi Smith tallied 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals against Franklin on Saturday.



Golden State Warriors veteran Draymond Green has started counseling and is expected to remain suspended for at least three weeks, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Green was suspended indefinitely for unsportsmanlike acts last week after he was ejected for striking Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic in the face. Considering his history of unsportsmanlike conduct, Green needs to meet certain league and team conditions before returning to play.

The forward was suspended five games in November for putting Rudy Gobert in a headlock as part of a team altercation with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was also ejected from a contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers for pushing Donovan Mitchell.

Gobert expressed empathy following Green’s most recent suspension. Kevin Durant, his former Warriors teammate, said he hoped that Green “gets the help he needs.”

Golden State also offered him support, with general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. expressing he’s optimistic that Green will straighten things out.

The Warriors have gone 2-1 without the 33-year-old in the lineup, and currently rank 11th in the Western Conference. Golden State takes on the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.


James Harden scored a season-high 35 points and handed out nine assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers extend their winning streak to eight games with a 151-127 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night in Indianapolis.

Harden shot 12 of 16 from the floor, including 8 of 11 from 3-point distance. Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Paul George had 27 points, Ivica Zubac finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for the Clippers.

Leonard, who came in averaging 33.8 points and shooting 64.8 percent from the floor over the previous five games, hit 12 of 18 field-goal attempts against Indiana. Los Angeles shot 57.1 percent from the floor and made half of its 38 3-point attempts.

Bennedict Mathurin scored a career-high 34 points off the bench to lead the Pacers, who have lost four straight.

Hawks 130, Pistons 124

Trae Young scored 31 points and dished out 15 assists as Atlanta handed visiting Detroit its 24th straight loss.

It was the fourth consecutive 30-point game for Young and his 16th double-double of the season. His performance helped offset a career-high 43-point effort from Detroit’s Cade Cunningham.

The loss leaves Detroit two games shy of the NBA record for longest losing streak within the same season. That record is jointly held by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers had a 28-game losing streak that carried over from the 2014-15 season into the 2015-16 season. The Cavs also lost 24 straight between the 1981-82 and 1982-83 campaigns.

Knicks 114, Lakers 109

Jalen Brunson scored 29 points and Julius Randle added 27 points and 14 rebounds as New York turned improved defense into a victory at Los Angeles.

Immanuel Quickley put up 20 points and Isaiah Hartenstein had 17 rebounds as the Knicks improved to 2-2 on a five-game road swing while rebounding from a 144-122 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

LeBron James amassed 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Anthony Davis had 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers. Los Angeles fell to 1-3 since winning the NBA in-season tournament on Dec. 9 with a victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Timberwolves 112, Heat 108

Anthony Edwards scored 10 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter as Minnesota rallied to beat host Miami.

The Heat led by as many as 17 points in the first half.

Miami lost despite seeing Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo return to action. Herro, who missed 18 games due to an ankle injury, scored a team-high 25 points. Adebayo, who sat out seven games because of a hip injury, posted 22 points, six rebounds and a team-high six assists.

Kings 143, Wizards 131

Domantas Sabonis had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists and Sacramento scored a combined 85 points in the second and third quarters en route to a victory over visiting Washington.

De’Aaron Fox finished with a game-high 30 points and added six assists for the Kings, who won their third game in a row. Keegan Murray contributed 25 points.

Jordan Poole scored 28 points, hitting a season-high eight 3-pointers for the Wizards, who have lost the first two games of a four-game trip.

Raptors 114, Hornets 99

Pascal Siakam scored 27 points and Toronto defeated visiting Charlotte.

Scottie Barnes added 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Raptors, who are 2-1 on a four-game homestand.

Terry Rozier scored 22 points for the depleted Hornets, who have lost five games in a row. P.J. Washington had 15 points and four steals.

Cavaliers 135, Rockets 130 (OT)

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 37 points and Sam Merrill scored five of his career-high 19 points down the stretch in overtime to help power Cleveland past visiting Houston.

Merrill delivered a key performance off the bench as his layup over Alperen Sengun with 2:35 remaining in the extra frame gave Cleveland a four-point lead. Fifty-eight seconds later, he extended the advantage to seven points on a 3-pointer, then grabbed his fourth rebound of the game on the ensuing Houston possession, leading to a Mitchell basket on the other end.

Fred VanVleet finished with 27 points, 17 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Sengun added 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Nuggets 130, Mavericks 104

Jamal Murray scored 22 points, Aaron Gordon tied his season high with 21 points and the host Denver beat Dallas.

Nikola Jokic finished with eight points on 3-for-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. It was the third time this season he failed to score in double figures, but he was ejected before halftime in each of the other two games where he didn’t put up at least 10 points.

Luka Doncic scored 28 of his 38 points in the first half and added 11 rebounds and eight assists in the game for Dallas. Doncic continued his torrid December, during which he is averaging 36.6 points, 11.6 assists and 9.3 rebounds.

Bulls 108, 76ers 104

Coby White supplied 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Nikola Vucevic added 23 points and Chicago defeated host Philadelphia.

DeMar DeRozan added 15 points, Patrick Williams had 13 and Jevon Carter chipped in with 12 for the Bulls, who continued to play without injured guard Zach LaVine. Chicago led 105-98 with 1:33 left after Vucevic hit a 3-pointer, and then they held off a late Sixers rally.

Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 40 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Tyrese Maxey added 29 points for the Sixers, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Jazz 125, Nets 108

Talen Horton-Tucker and Collin Sexton each produced 27 points and six assists to lead Utah to a win over Brooklyn in Salt Lake City.

Lauri Markkanen added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who won for the third time in four games thanks to a second-half rally.

Brooklyn’s Cam Thomas led all scorers with 32 points, but the Nets went scoreless during a key stretch late in the fourth quarter as Utah blew the game open with a 12-point run.

Thunder 116, Grizzlies 97

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points to lead Oklahoma City past visiting Memphis in the Grizzlies’ final game before the expected return of Ja Morant.

Morant, a two-time All-Star, is scheduled to make his season debut in Tuesday’s game at New Orleans. He served a 25-game suspension to open the season.

Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren, coming off a career-high eight blocks in Saturday’s win at Denver and tied for third in the league entering the game at 2.7 per game, had seven blocks in the win. He also recorded 17 points and six rebounds.



Troy is hiring Notre Dame offensive coordinator Gerad Parker to be its next head coach, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized.

Parker, 42, will replace Jon Sumrall, who left Troy earlier this month after two successful seasons to become head coach at Tulane.

Parker will be a first-time head coach after spending two seasons at Notre Dame, the last as offensive coordinator. Parker, who played at Kentucky, has also been an assistant at West Virginia, Penn State, Duke, Cincinnati and Purdue.

He was interim head coach at Purdue at the end of the 2016 season, in which Darrell Hazell was fired.

After a season as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at West Virginia, he joined Notre Dame in 2022 as tight ends coach for Marcus Freeman.

He was promoted to offensive coordinator and this past season the Fighting Irish ranked ninth in the country in yards per play at 6.95.

Troy won consecutive Sun Belt titles under Sumrall and is playing in the Birmingham Bowl against Duke on Saturday.



Thomas Harley scored at 2:16 of overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory against the visiting Seattle Kraken on Monday night.

Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist and Jason Robertson also scored for the Stars, who extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1). Joe Pavelski added two assists and goaltender Scott Wedgewood, filling in for the injured Jake Oettinger, made 35 saves to improve to 7-1-2 this season.

Matty Beniers and newcomer Tomas Tatar each had a goal and an assist and Eeli Tolvanen also scored for the Kraken, who also have points in four straight games (2-0-2). Goalie Joey Daccord, making his fifth straight start for the injured Philipp Grubauer, stopped 24 of 28 shots.

Harley’s winner came on a tip-in at the left post after a nifty pass from Duchene, who corralled the puck near the right faceoff circle. Tolvanen scored on a scramble in front of the net with 21.8 seconds remaining in regulation to even things at 3-3.

Ducks 4, Red Wings 3

Adam Henrique and Troy Terry each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which built a four-goal lead before holding on to win at Detroit.

Radko Gudas and Pavel Mintyukov also scored for Anaheim. Lukas Dostal made 29 saves as the Ducks won their second consecutive game after a five-game skid.

Alex DeBrincat scored two goals for the Red Wings, who lost for the sixth time in seven games (1-5-1). Detroit’s Jeff Petry also tallied and Shayne Gostisbehere logged two assists. Ville Husso (12 saves) exited with a lower-body injury in the first period. James Reimer (six saves) took the loss.

Canadiens 3, Jets 2 (OT)

Justin Barron scored a power-play goal in overtime as Montreal won at Winnipeg for its second straight win and third straight game with at least a point.

Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist for Montreal, while Christian Dvorak also tallied. Gabriel Vilardi and Cole Perfetti were the goal scorers for Winnipeg.

The game-winning power play was set up by a tripping call against Nikolaj Ehlers with 27 seconds left in regulation.

Flames 3, Panthers 1

Mikael Backlund’s short-handed goal early in the third period broke the tie and sent host Calgary past Florida.

Martin Pospisil and Blake Coleman also scored for the Flames, who have won two straight home games after a winless three-game road stretch. Coleman was awarded a goal despite missing the net with a shot as he was tripped while on a breakaway with the Panthers’ net empty.

Calgary goaltender Jacob Markstrom delivered a sparkling performance with 33 saves in his first game back after missing two weeks due to a broken finger.

Penguins 4, Wild 3

Sidney Crosby’s tiebreaking power-play goal in the third lifted Pittsburgh over visiting Minnesota.

At 3-3 after the Penguins blew a three-goal lead, Crosby scored at 6:20 of the third. Jake Guentzel threw the puck into the crease, then it bounced off a couple of Wild skates before Crosby shoveled it under goaltender Filip Gustavsson’s pads for his team-leading 18th goal of the season.

Ryan Hartman, Jake Middleton and Vinni Lettieri scored for the Wild, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Eric Montross, a former North Carolina and NBA big man, has died after a cancer fight, his family said. He was 52.

The school released the family’s announcement Monday morning, saying Montross died Sunday surrounded by loved ones at his Chapel Hill home. He had been diagnosed with cancer in March, leading to him stepping away from his duties as a radio analyst for UNC game broadcasts.

“To know Eric was to be his friend, and the family knows that the ripples from the generous, thoughtful way that he lived his life will continue in the lives of the many people he touched with his deep and sincere kindness,” the announcement said.

Montross played for the Tar Heels under Dean Smith from 1990-94 and was a two-time Associated Press second-team All-American. He started on Smith’s second NCAA championship team in 1993 before being the No. 9 overall pick by the Boston Celtics a year later and playing in the NBA until 2002.

In addition to his broadcast duties, he worked as senior major gifts director at the Rams Club, the fundraising arm of UNC’s athletics department. He was also known for charitable efforts, such as helping launch a father-child basketball camp for Father’s Day weekend to support the UNC Children’s Hospital.

“Eric was a great player and accomplished student, but the impacts he made on our community went way beyond the basketball court,” the school said in its own statement. “He was a man of faith, a tremendous father, husband and son, and one of the most recognizable ambassadors of the University and Chapel Hill.”

The family announced Montross’ illness when he was diagnosed, but didn’t specify the nature of the cancer.



The NFL on Monday suspended Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee for the remainder of the 2023 season “for repeated violations” of health and safety rules, including his hit on Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. on Saturday. 

Midway through the second quarter, as Pittman dove for a pass, Kazee lowered his helmet and shoulder into Pittman’s head. Pittman sustained a concussion on the play and is in the NFL concussion protocol; Kazee was flagged and ejected for the hit. 

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan, in a letter to Kazee, wrote:

With 8:49 remaining in the 2nd quarter, you were involved in a play that the League considers a serious violation of the playing rules. The video of the play shows that you delivered a forcible blow to the head/neck area of Colts’ receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who was in a defenseless posture. You had an unobstructed path to your opponent and the illegal contact could have been avoided. Your actions were flagrant, and as a result, you were disqualified from the game.”

“…When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry with them a significant risk of injury to an opposing player, it is appropriate to impose substantially greater penalties.”

Runyan issued the suspension, which covers the remainder of the regular season and any potential Steelers playoff games, for Kazee’s violation of the NFL’s rule on hitting a defenseless player’s head or neck. 

From the NFL:

_”Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (b)(1) which states that it is a foul if a player “forcibly hits the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder, even if the initial contact is lower than the player’s neck, and regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him.” _

Article 9 (a)(3) further explains that a player in a defenseless posture includes “[a] player attempting to catch a pass who has not had time to clearly become a runner…”

Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 also states, “[a] player who initiates contact against a defenseless opponent is responsible for avoiding an illegal act. A standard of strict liability applies for any contact against an opponent, even if his body position is in motion, and irrespective of any acts by him, such as ducking his head or curling up his body in anticipation of contact.”

Kazee, a veteran who started nine of 14 games for the Steelers, may appeal the suspension under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.



The Pacers extended their longest losing drought of the year to four games on Monday night as they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 151-127.

The Clippers (16-10), on the other hand, extended their win streak to eight games with their victory in Indianapolis. The leadership of James Harden’s season-high 35 points, fueled by his six 3-pointers on seven attempts in the fourth quarter, propelled them to the win.

For Indiana (13-12), the Blue and Gold were led by Bennedict Mathurin on a career-high night as he netted 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting off the bench. He also pulled down six rebounds and shot 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.

Isaiah Jackson followed behind with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds, giving him his fourth double-figure game in his five most recent outings. Obi Toppin and Buddy Hield both contributed 14 points apiece.

Both teams were unable to convert in their first possessions after both Kawhi Leonard and Tyrese Haliburton turned over the ball out of bounds for their respective teams. Bruce Brown soon jumpstarted the Pacers offense, however, when he scored Indiana’s first four points and earned them their first lead, 4-2, after roughly a minute of play.

Indiana went scoreless for the next two minutes. After a half court lob pass from Haliburton to Toppin resulted in a missed dunk, Toppin earned his own rebound under the basket and dished it out to Hield for a 3-pointer that ended the scoring drought.

After four lead changes, Indiana held a one-point lead at the 7:47 minute mark, but it was quickly overtaken twenty seconds later. The Clippers held the advantage for close to the remainder of the quarter, but the Pacers did not trail by more than six points at any time in the frame.

The frontcourt tandem of Leonard and Paul George were hard to stop in the first frame, as George contributed 13 points and Leonard added 10 points on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting clip.

After nearly eight minutes of trailing, the Pacers completed the comeback effort as Hield closed out the first frame by draining a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, putting Indiana ahead, 38-37.

Jackson, who earned a spot in the starting lineup in place of Myles Turner who did not play due to injury, led Indiana with 11 first quarter points on a 5-of-6 shooting clip. Bruce Brown added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor. Toppin and Hield added six points apiece.

Both teams shot significantly well in the first frame, as Indiana went 66.7 percent (16-of-24) and Los Angeles went 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the floor.

The Blue and Gold raced ahead with a quick five points to open the second frame, contributed by a Toppin 3-pointer and a T.J. McConnell layup. They would maintain their lead for the next six minutes until the Clippers found their own groove with a 24-9 scoring run from the 4:36 minute mark to the 2:36 mark, which allowed them to take back the lead and eventually take a 70-60 advantage.

Indiana went cold in the second frame, shooting just 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the floor and making only two of nine 3-point attempts. Mathurin, who earned 10 minutes of playing time off the bench in the second quarter, led the Pacers with 10 points.

Harden fueled the Los Angeles scoring attack in the second frame as he scored 12 of his 14 first-half points in the second quarter alone. Los Angeles took an eventual 13-point lead with 7.1 seconds remaining in the first half, but two made free throws from Jackson cut the deficit to 11 as the teams went into the locker room, 77-66.

The Clippers took control of the game in the third quarter as they steamrolled ahead with a 19-8 scoring run, allowing them to grow a 24-point advantage roughly seven minutes into second half play. Indiana made just three buckets of 12 attempts during this time.

Haliburton fueled the Pacers’ attack, accounting for 100 percent of Indiana’s first 13 points of the second half through a bucket of his own and 11 points resulting from four of his assists.

With a minute remaining in the frame, an Aaron Nesmith slam dunk gave him his seventh point as he led the Pacers in the scoring column in the second quarter. Mathurin followed behind with six points of his own. The Pacers closed out the third frame in the midst of what would become a 12-2 scoring run in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 114-94.

Nesmith continued to shine as he earned the first bucket of the fourth quarter from a corner 3-pointer. The Pacers defense held the Clippers to 0-of-5 to start the frame, giving themselves time to bring the deficit to 15 points—their lowest deficit since the 11:02 minute mark in the third quarter—off of a layup from McConnell.

However, a 3-pointer from Harden directly following McConnell’s layup halted Indiana’s momentum and marked the beginning of a 23-9 Los Angeles scoring run. This 3-pointer also propelled the start of Harden’s own scoring run, as he proceeded to net another five threes on five attempts within the next four minutes. The quarter belonged to Harden who notched 21 of Los Angeles’ 37 fourth-frame points.

Despite 14 points from Mathurin in the fourth quarter, the Pacers were ultimately unable to catch up to what eventually became a 32-point lead at one point in the frame.

Following Harden’s 35 points and team-high nine assists was Leonard’s 28 points, as well as George’s 27 points and four assists. Norman Powell added 19 points off the bench, while Zubac added 18 points.

Inside the Numbers

Fueled by Mathurin’s 34 points, Indiana’s bench outscored Los Angeles’ bench, 65-39. Nesmith’s 12 points, McConnell’s 10 points, and Jordan Nwora’s nine points also rounded out the Pacer reserves.

Indiana racked up 38 assists with the help of Haliburton’s team-high 11 assists.

The Pacers netted 12 3-pointers and shot 17-of-21 from the free throw line.

The Blue and Gold scored 20 points off of fast breaks, while the Clippers scored 11 fast break points.

The Clippers netted a season-high 151 points, supported by their additional season-high of 19 3-pointers.

Los Angeles outrebounded Indiana, 46-34.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Tonight was ugly. It’s just something that’s not acceptable. I don’t care how talented they are, or anything else, we just allowed them to really do whatever they wanted to do. I gotta take responsibility for not having these guys ready to play.” – Head Coach Rick Carlisle on the loss

“Defense is the easy answer. Anytime you let a team hang 150, you’re probably not gonna win more times than not. We’re struggling to defend right now. I think it’s understood that we’re not the team that’s sneaking up anymore. People are going to be prepared when they play us.” – Haliburton on defense

“It’s kind of disappointing, just the way we came out and played. But I think the good thing about the NBA is you get a day off, practice, and then you get to go back again and change the whole narrative. Just trying to keep your head up and focus on the next thing.” – Mathurin on the loss

“We’re missing some of our best defenders right now, that doesn’t help. But it’s not a valid excuse. We’re making a lot of mistakes, and we just need to do it better and we need to do it harder.” – Carlisle on defense

“I think that we got to where we were by just playing harder than people. And we’re not doing that right now. So the switch has to flip here, pretty quick.” – Haliburton on Indiana’s recent skid

“I feel like it says a lot about my game. What I have to do in order to help my team win, just finding the right place, just making an extra pass, taking the right shots.” – Mathurin on teams learning how to defend him

“We got a huge target on our back because of winning some games in the [In-Season] Tournament. The Pacers aren’t sneaking up on anybody. But our mindset, if it’s shifted to just simply trying to outscore teams and away from any kind of emphasis defensively, that’s gotta stop. If it means massive lineup changes, then that’s what will happen.” – Carlisle on mindset

“I’m really proud of Isaiah just for being ready. He’s done a great job of being prepared when his number is called, and you saw that tonight. I thought he was really good for us tonight, especially early. He had some really tough finishes in the paint.” – Haliburton on Jackson

“Our best players have to understand and they have to believe that the little things are important. That concentration and focus are extremely important. And so when the best players believe it, they preach it and it becomes gospel. It can’t just be the coach.” – Carlisle on leaders

Stat of the Night

Bennedict Mathurin came off the bench to earn a career-high 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor. His previous career high of 32 points was set on Oct. 29, 2022, and his previous season high came just one week ago on Dec. 11 (30 points at Detroit).


The Pacers were without center Myles Turner due to bilateral hamstring soreness. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Isaiah Jackson.

After missing Saturday’s game versus Minnesota with a bruised knee, guard Tyrese Haliburton was back in action tonight.

Up Next

The Pacers welcome Gordon Hayward and the Charlotte Hornets to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7:00 PM ET.



Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Morehead State. Tip is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 19 on BTN.

• Morehead State (8-3) enters the game on a six-game winning streak behind stellar play from fifth-year senior guard Riley Minix. The former NAIA All-American averages 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.

• Three additional Eagles average at least 10.0 points per game, including UTEP transfer guard Jordan Lathon (12.5), senior guard Drew Thelwell (11.8), and fifth-year senior guard Kalil Thomas (11.5). Thelwell and Thomas combined for 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting from the floor at SSAH last season.

• MSU is led by eighth-year head coach Preston Spradlin. His 124 career wins rank fourth in program history. He trails Ellis T. Johnson (179), Bobby Laughlin (166), and Wayne Martin (130).

Game Information

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2023 • 6:30 PM ET

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

TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Bruce Weber)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 6-0

Last Meeting: IU 88, MSU 53 on Nov. 7, 2022 in Bloomington

Series History

• The two programs have met six previous times on the hardwood with Indiana holding a 6-0 advantage. All six matchups have taken place in Bloomington.

• Indiana turned in a dominating, season-opening victory over Morehead State (88-53) on Nov. 7, 2022, The Hoosier frontcourt consisting of Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Malik Reneau, and Jordan Geronimo combined for 49 points on 21-of-34 shooting from the floor and 16 rebounds.

• The Hoosiers hold an all-time record of 20-0 against teams currently residing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Last Time Out

• Indiana went toe-to-toe with No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16) for 40 minutes behind a career day from senior guard Trey Galloway. The Culver, Ind., native netted 28 points on 12 made field goals, both personal bests. Galloway added three rebounds and one assist in nearly 38 minutes of run.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako continued his run of double-digit scoring outputs with 14 points on 2-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau posted 13 points, while sophomore center Kel’el Ware ripped down a career-high 15 rebounds to pair with 11 points.

• The Hoosiers led for the first 35 minutes of game time before ultimately falling by a final count of 75-71.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 16.1), rebounds (4.1 to 9.8), assists (0.5 to 1.8), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 56.3%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in points, rebounds, and blocks in 32 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in all 10 games this season after producing just eight such games as a rookie. In his last four outings, the 7-footer has averaged 10.6 rebounds, including a career-high 15 against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16).

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 39.4 points per game in the paint and shoots 55.1% (226-of-410) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 27.2 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16). The Hoosiers also tallied 50 paint points against Harvard (Nov. 26).

Sons of Coaches

• Senior guard Trey Galloway, known primarily for his on-ball defense, scored a career-high 28 points against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16). He converted 12-of-17 shots. Galloway has scored at least 15 points in five career games. IU holds a record of 4-1 in those contests.

• Galloway, who won the 2018 Indiana 3A state title for Culver Academies coached by his father, Mark, turned in his best collegiate season in 2022-23 with career highs in games played (32), games started (25), minutes per game (27.6), points per game (6.7), rebounds per game (3.0), assists per game (2.1), and 3-point field goal percentage (46.2).

• Freshman guard Gabe Cupps, the 2022 Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio led Centerville, coached by his father Brook, to the 2021 state title.

• Cupps has started each of the first two Big Ten games for the Hoosiers.

Indiana Takes Kansas Down to the Wire

• The Hoosiers led the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks for the first 35 minutes of the game before falling by a score of 75-71 on Dec. 16 in front of a striped-out crowd at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• Senior guard Trey Galloway posted a career night with 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor. Sophomore center Kel’el Ware tallied an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako added 14 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forward Malik Reneau scored 13 points. The quartet scored 93.0% (66-of-71) of the IU points.





BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore guard Yarden Garzon scored a career-high 30 points and No. 16 Indiana shot a NCAA Division I single game-high 71.7 percent from the floor in a 109-56 win over Evansville on Monday night.


Senior guard Sara Scalia’s drive to the rim for the and-1 opportunity pushed Indiana’s lead to 12-5 as part of an 8-0 run early in the first quarter. 

Garzon and senior guard Sydney Parrish combined to go 7-for-7 in the first ten minutes as it shot 64.3 percent from the floor as a team to take a 27-15 lead.

The lead opened to start the second quarter, as part of a 11-0 run that extended from the opening period. Seven different players scored points in the second quarter.

Indiana (9-1, 1-0 B1G) tacked on 24 more points in the second quarter as part of a collective 62.5 percent clip from the floor in the first half as it pushed its lead to 51-28 at the break.

34 points were scored by the Hoosiers in the third quarter, the most since the game format went to quarters in 2015-16. As a whole, IU shot 79.3 percent in the second half and outscored Evansville (2-8), 58-28.

Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes recorded 15 of her 22 points in the second half along with 18 points from Garzon.


Indiana shot 71.7 percent from the floor, which is the highest single game field goal percentage in NCAA Division I women’s college basketball this season. The previous single game high was set by Michigan State against Detroit Mercy earlier this season (70.9).

Additionally, it marked the program’s highest single game field goal percentage, with the previous record of 68.6 percent against Iowa in 1975, falling in Monday night’s win.

Garzon had a near-perfect shooting night across the board, hitting 12-14 from the field and going 3-4 from the line. She also hit a career high in scoring, putting up 30 points and leading scoring in the IU victory. It was the first 30-point game by an IU player since Mackenzie Holmes scored 30 points against Illinois on December 18th, 2022.

Holmes had a double-double, with 22 points and 10 rebounds, making this her second double-double this season. Also finishing the night in double figures were Scalia (12) and Parrish (12).

The Hoosier bench accounted for 31 points – a new season high – led by nine points from freshman guard Lenée Beaumont.

Freshman guard Julianna LaMendola scored a career-high in scoring, adding six points for the Hoosiers.

IU’s season win streak has increased to eight games and 16-straight wins at home in non-conference play.

109 points were the second-most points scored by the program in a game this season and its 54-point win margin ties for the program’s 10th largest win in school history.

Indiana shared the ball more than Evansville, reaching 19 total assists. Moore-McNeil led the Hoosiers with six assists.

IU outrebounded the Purple Aces 42-18 and five players recorded five rebounds or more.

Indiana scored 48 of its points inside the paint and converted 21 points on fast breaks.


Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“It’s good to be back in Simon Scott Assembly Hall. I thought we had a great crowd tonight We’re always grateful that our fans even on a Monday night and a little chilly out there that they showed up for us. I didn’t realize until after the game and I looked at the stat sheet I thought that was a very quiet 30 that Yarden (Garzon) had, but very efficient, she and Mackenzie both. Looking at the stat sheets that we did a real you know several really good things but too many turnovers. Some of those were charges with Sydney and Jules (LaMendola) and I think Yarden also had one. We are still not shooting a great from the free throw line as good as I think we can. One of our goals was to keep them under their average of 20 free throws and we kept them at 14. I thought that was we still fouled way too much, but at least we kept them under their average. For a week that is weird, always when you come off of finals week, to come out and try to get back in rhythm, I thought it was a good night.”


The Hoosiers close out non-conference play against Bowling Green on Friday at 6 p.m. on BTN.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Redshirt senior Aaron Casey earned yet another accolade on Monday (Dec. 18) as he landed on Phil Steele’s second-team All-America squad. The linebacker was also named to the first-team All-Big Ten list by the publication.

Sophomore Jaylin Lucas was Steele’s  All-Big Ten second team punt returner, while defensive lineman Andre Carter and long snapper Sean Wracher each were named to the conference’s third team. Wide receiver Donaven McCulley and punter James Evans each earned fourth team distinction.

Casey was among the nation’s best at the linebacker position with 109 tackles on the season, which included a Big Ten-best 20.0 tackles for loss – a total that ranked No. 2 in the FBS at the end of the regular season. The only FBS defender with multiple games of 4.0 tackles for loss or more, Casey ranked No. 2 nationally in TFLs, while his 19 solo tackles for loss led the nation.

In 2023, Casey led the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 nationally in tackles for loss (20.0) and solo tackles (78). His 109 total tackles sit No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 23 in the FBS and mark the first 100-tackle season by an IU defender since Tegray Scales (126) in 2016. He led the Power 5 with 22 tackles for loss or no gain per Pro Football Focus.

His 20.0 tackles for loss are tied for No. 4 on the single season charts with Nathan Davis (1995) and were the most by an IU defender since Scales’ 23.5 in 2016. Of his 20.0 tackles for loss, 19 of those were solo TFLs, which led the FBS. His career total of 36.0 tackles for loss finished No. 8 all-time at IU, just one behind Micah McFadden’s career total (37.0).

Casey is the 12th linebacker in Indiana history to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors and the third since 2017. He joins Scales (2017) and McFadden (2020) as the most recent to win the award. In 2023, Casey was the first IU defender to earn multiple Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards in a career and gave IU two defensive weekly award winners for just the second time in a single season.

Even with teams kicking short or electing for out of the end zone, Lucas was still the highest-rated kickoff return man in the FBS among specialists with 25-or-more returns on the season. His 572 kickoff return yards led the Big Ten, was No. 5 among Power 5 returners and sat ranked No. 14 in the FBS. His 100-yard kickoff return against Purdue tied for the longest play in IU history and was one of 10 returns of 100 yards in the FBS during the 2023 season, the only 100-yard effort in the Big Ten.

In 2023, Lucas finished with 1,108 all-purpose yards, the most in a season since Stevie Scott III (1,223) in 2018. His total included 572 kickoff return yards, 275 rushing yards, 247 receiving yards and 14 punt return yards. He accounted for five total touchdowns – 1 return, 2 rushing and 2 receiving – and led the team with 101 offensive touches during the season.

Carter was among the most disruptive defensive linemen in the Big Ten and finished his one season on campus with 49 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Per Pro Football Focus, Carter ranked No. 8 in the Big Ten in total pressures (sacks, hits and hurries) at 32 and his 697 total snaps played were No. 4 among Big Ten defensive linemen.

In 12 games played, Carter had at least 1.0 tackles for loss in seven games and posted four games with multiple tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The Detroit, Michigan, native began the season with 2.0 tackles for loss in each of the first two games. That total was the best start to a season since 2004 when Kyle Killion posted 5.5 tackles for loss in games versus Central Michigan and Oregon.

In his fifth and final season, Wracher continued his duties as the team’s primary long snapper. The Akron, Ohio, native appeared and snapped in all 57 games of his five-year career. His work with the punt unit helped Evans maintain an average of 45.8 yards per punt in 2023, the best single season mark in Indiana program history. The fifth-year senior has been named to a Phil Steele All-Big Ten team each season of his career.

In his second season at wide receiver, McCulley started 11 of 12 games on the outside and caught a team-best 48 passes for 644 yards. His six touchdown grabs were the most on the team and five came over the last five weeks of the season. He caught 60 percent of his targets during the season and his 10 contested catches ranked No. 3 among Big Ten wideouts in 2023.

His 48 grabs were tied for No. 10 in the Big Ten, his six touchdown catches ranked tied for No. 6 in the conference and a 13.4 yards per catch average ranked tied for No. 14 on the B1G charts. His six touchdowns led the team in 2023 and are the most by a wide receiver since Ty Fryfogle caught seven in 2020. His 48 catches are the most since Whop Philyor hauled in 70 during the 2019 season.

With a school-record punting average of 45.8 yards per punt, Evans blasted past Drew Hagan’s mark of 44.8 in 1999. Of his 57 punts, 22 traveled over 50 yards, with a long punt of 70 yards. His punting average ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 15 nationally.

A three-year anchor on special teams, he owns 201 punts in his career and is just the fifth Hoosier to reach the 200-punt mark in a career. With a career 43.9 yards per punt average, Evans ranks No. 1 on Indiana’s career charts, more than a full yard ahead of Alan Sutkowski (42.5 ypp; 1995-97).


Indiana football coach Curt Cignetti was busy Monday signing three receivers to add experience and depth to that position. The three players include Miles Cross (Ohio). Myles Price (Texas Tech) and Ke’Shawn Williams (Wake Forest). Cross caught 47 passes for 617 yards last season, Price caught 43 passes for 410 yards and five touchdowns for the Red Raiders. In four seasons for Texas Tech, Price caught 161 passes for 1,751 yards and 10 touchdowns. Williams caught 38 passes for 384 yards and a TD for the Demon Deacons. Williams has 107 career receptions for 1,385 yards and five touchdowns.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  Indiana volleyball head coach Steve Aird announced the addition of four high school athletes on Monday (December 18th) afternoon, reaffirming the program’s commitment to bringing talented, physical and hard-working prep players to Bloomington.

The Hoosiers covered four position areas in this year’s recruiting class, bringing in an outside hitter, a middle blocker, a right-side hitter and a defensive specialist. Two athletes hail from Indiana with prep players from Pennsylvania and Georgia rounding out the 2024 class.

Already boosted by the return next year of veterans Camryn Haworth, Morgan Geddes and Candela Alonso-Corcelles, IU will bolster a strong and talented roster with depth and athleticism across the board.

“We are excited to continue to build the program and we put a premium on players that love the game, value their education, compete like crazy and are grateful for the opportunity,” Aird said. “This class understands what we are looking for and how much work we have in front of us. I think Hoosier Nation will appreciate their passion, effort and ultimately their contributions.”

Reese Hazelton (6-2, OH, Philipsburg, Pa.), Ella Boersema (6-2, MB, Churubusco, Ind.), Avery Daum (6-2, RS, Peachtree Corners, Ga.) and Emma Segal (5-6, DS, Brookston, Ind.) make up IU’s biggest class on signing day since the 2021 class that featured the All-Big Ten setter Haworth.

Reese Hazelton | 6-2 | Outside Hitter | Philipsburg, Pa.

(Philipsburg-Osceola High School/Happy Volley Academy)

A true six-rotation outside hitter, Hazelton brings a physical presence to the recruiting class with a heavy arm on the pin. The Pennsylvania native will graduate early and enroll in January at IU to join the team for the spring 2024 semester.

Hazelton broke her school’s all-time kills and digs record as a junior and tallied the most kills in a single season in school history with 674 (6.9 kills per set) during her junior campaign in 2022. She rebroke the single-season record her senior year with 692 in 2023.

She finished her outstanding high school career with 2,483 kills. She also has career totals of 1,433 digs, 245 aces and a hitting percentage of well over .350. Hazelton ranked second in the state of Pennsylania in kills in 2023 and finished top-25 in the nation.

She helped lead Philipsburg-Osceola to a 27-3-2 regular season record, a conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the District VI tournament.

Hazelton took over in the state tournament, helping lead the Mounties to the PIAA 2A State Championship, the program’s first in school history. She totaled 46 kills and 23 digs in the state title game, cementing herself as one of the best players in the state’s history.

She played her club volleyball at Happy Volley Academy and becomes the fifth player from the state of Pennsylvania to join the Indiana volleyball program.

Intended Major:

• Business and Sports Marketing

Family Members:

• Kelly (Mom), Justin (Dad); Siblings: Hank

High School Stats:

• Aces: 245

• Digs: 1,433

• Kills: 2,483

• Blocks: 165


• 4x First Team All-State

• 4x State Final 4

• 4x Progressland Player of the Year

• 2023 PIAA 2A State Champion

• 2023 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference MVP

• 2023 Pennsylvania Kills Runner-Up

• 2022 Pennsylvania Kills Leader

• 3x Mountain League MVP

• School Record Holder in Kills and Digs

Why IU:

“I chose IU because of the phenomenal coaches and staff. The team’s gritty mindset and their drive to get better every day made me want to be a part of this team.”

Aird on Reese:

“Reese is a true, six-rotation outside hitter with a live arm and a great work ethic. She has been trained very well at her club program and is excited about the opportunity to compete in our program. She will arrive in Bloomington in January and have a great runway to her freshman year. She has been blessed with arm talent, but her ability to pass and defend will give us another great option at the pin. She has the ability to thrive in the Big Ten and we are excited to help her develop.”

One Thing Most Looking Forward to about Indiana:

“I’m most looking forward to the Big Ten play.”

Ella Boersema | 6-2 | Middle Blocker | Churubusco, Ind.

(Churubusco High School/Team Pineapple Volleyball Club)

One of the state’s biggest talents and one of the nation’s most efficient hitters, Boersema joins the Hoosiers as a physical presence at the middle blocker position.

A native of Churubusco, Ind., Boersema joins a program in IU that has a strong history in developing productive middle blockers at the Big Ten level.

Boersema finished her career with 1,164 kills, 176 blocks and 231 assists. She was a career .452 hitter which included leading the state with a .519 hitting percentage her senior season. That .519 clip also ranked 11th nationally among high school hitters.

She led Churubusco High School to a 30-6 record during her senior year and a spot in the regional final round of the IHSAA State Tournament after beating Fremont to win the sectional title. She played club volleyball for Team Pineapple, one of the fastest growing clubs in Northern Indiana.

Intended Major:

• Elementary Education

Family Members:

• Brandy (Mom), Joe (Dad); Siblings: Hannah, Cora, Samantha and Isla

High School Stats:

• Kills: 1164

• Aces: 231

• Blocks: 176

• Digs: 333

• Hitting Percentage: 0.450


• 4x All-Conference

• 2023 IHSVCA 2A All-State Team

• 2022 and 2023 Sectional Champions

• 1,000 career kills

• Multiple School Records

• 11th in nation in hitting percentage

• 1st in Indiana in hitting percentage

• 6th in Indiana in aces

Why IU:

“I chose IU because the moment I looked around the gym and the campus, I knew I could see myself there. The coaching staff are loving and amazing people. The people around me at home are very important so the distance from home helped me make the decision.”

Aird on Ella:

“We feel that Ella will be able to contribute from day one. She is a very physical, disciplined, mature young athlete that is more than ready to play at the Big Ten level. She is developing into an elite blocker and can score in a variety of ways. She is tough as nails and will work hard daily to develop her game. Her size and athleticism translate well to the demands at this level and she is an elite teammate. She will be asked to do a lot for the program out of the gate and I have all the confidence in her ability to do so.”

One Thing Most Looking Forward to about Indiana:

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone and getting closer as friends.”

Avery Daum | 6-2 | Right Side | Peachtree Corners, Ga.

(Wesleyan School/A5 Volleyball Club)

The No. 68 overall recruit according to Prep Volleyball, Daum has the ability to be a tough defensive presence on the right side for the Hoosiers. She will add depth to IU’s collection of hitters in 2024.

A native of Georgia, Daum and her A5 Volleyball Club won the 16’s Open National Championship in 2022. At the same tournament, Ramsey Gary and Ava Vickers won the 18’s Open National Championship.

While standing at 6-2, Daum has played mostly back row defense for her high school team this season, amassing 604 digs including 33 in a three-set match in September. For her prep career, she has totals of 618 kills, 974 digs and 172 aces. She was asked to wear the libero jersey for the majority of 2023 and averaged 5.2 digs per set.

She will be the third Georgia native to play for the Hoosiers and the first since 2011. Daum will provide strong depth to IU’s already talented collection of pin hitters.

Intended Major:

• Business

Family Members:

• Audrey (Mom), Ian (Dad); Siblings: Hollyn

High School Stats:

• Kills: 618

• Aces: 172

• Digs: 974


• Prep Volleyball Top 150 Class of 2024

• 2023 AVCA 3rd Team All-American

• 2023 Gwinnett County Super Six

• 2023 All Region 1st Team

• 2022 AAU Nationals Champion 16 Open

• 2022 USAV Nationals 16 Open Runner Up

• 2022 All Region 1st Team

• 2022 All County 1st Team

• 2021 USAV National Championship15 Open All Tournament Team

• 2021 USAV National Championship 15 Open Runner Up

• 2021 Gwinnett County Scholar Athlete Award

• 2020 All Region 1st Team

• 2020 All County 1st Team

Why IU:

“The opportunity to play in the Big 10 conference with outstanding coaches and resources is one of the main reasons I was drawn to IU. Indiana’s strong academic program was also a huge factor in my decision.”

Aird on Avery:

“Avery is a long, athletic pin hitter with a good feel for net play. I think she can become a good blocker at this level and will continue to work on getting stronger and more terminal as an attacker. She has a good skill base and lots of experience at the prep level to build off. She is a bright young lady and will have the potential to contribute to the program in a variety of ways.”

One Thing Most Looking Forward to about Indiana:

“I am looking forward to training and competing at the Big Ten level.”

Emma Segal | 5-6 | Defensive Specialist | Brookston, Ind.

(Frontier High School/Boiler Juniors)

Despite going for over 1,900 kills in her prep career at Frontier High School in Northern Indiana, Segal will transition back to her natural defensive specialist role when she arrives in Bloomington. She has worn the libero jersey for her club program and enjoyed great success as a defensive player.

Standing at 5-6, Segal will provide back row depth for the Hoosiers. She represents the tough, motivated and dedicated type of player in which Aird desires for his program. One of two native Hoosiers in the class, Segal will help make up a group of seven homegrown players next year.

In a high school career where she was tasked as a six-rotation outside hitter, Segal finished second in the IHSAA in kills with 677 including 6.77 per set. She finished the season hitting .342 across 101 sets played.

Intended Major:

• Business/Marketing

Family Members:

Becky Segal (Mom), Tim Segal (Dad); Siblings: Timmy and Kendall

High School Stats:

• Kills: 1908 (school record)

• Digs: 918

• Aces: 282 (school record)

• Blocks: 43


• 2023 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

• 2023 IHSVCA 1A All-State

• 2023 IHSVCA 1A/2A North All-Star

• 2020 AAU 14 Open National Champion

• MaxPreps Indiana Athlete of the Week Nominee – Week 5 2023

• HS Dream Team for Sept 21, 2023 (1 of 8 in the country)

• Indy Star Player of the Week Nominee – 2023

• WLFI Athlete of the Week – 2023 Week 7

• IHSVCA 1A All-State 2nd Team – 2021, 2022

• IHSVCA All-District 1st Team – 2021

• All Midwest Conference 1st Team – 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

• All White County Player of the Year – 2020, 2021, 2023

• All White County 1st Team – 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

• J&C Small School All-Area 1st Team – 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

• School record in kills and digs

Why IU:

“I chose IU because of the immediate feeling of family and the strong culture I got when I walked into Wilkinson for the first time. Also, the coaches and players made me realize very quickly that this was home.”

One Thing Most Looking Forward to about Indiana:

“I’m most looking forward to playing with my amazing teammates and playing for this phenomenal coaching staff in the best league in the country!”

Aird on Emma:

“Emma had an outstanding high school career in which she was asked to do a lot of everything. At the club level, she has been a very good defensive specialist. She is steady in serve receive and has a tremendous engine to make defensive plays and compete. She can flat out play the game and we are excited to see where she can contribute early in her career. The ability to handle the ball and serve at a high level.”



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue sophomore Fletcher Loyer was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time in his career after leading the Boilermakers to a 92-84 win over No. 1-ranked Arizona on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis.

It marks the second time he has won the award after winning it a year ago following a 27-point outburst against Nebraska in mid-January. He was also named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week a school-record three times a year ago.

In the win over Arizona on Saturday, Loyer tied his career high with 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 from 3-point range. He also set a career high with four steals, added three assists and one rebound.

For the season, Loyer is averaging 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from 3-point range and 90.0 percent from the free throw line.

In five career games against top-10 ranked teams, Loyer is averaging 19.2 points and 1.8 assists while shooting 16-of-36 (.444) from 3-point range. He scored 27 points against both No. 7 Tennessee and No. 1 Arizona and 18 points against No. 8 Duke and 14 points against No. 6 Gonzaga a year ago. In three games this year, Loyer is averaging 21.3 points against Tennessee, Marquette and Arizona.

Loyer and the No. 1-ranked Boilermakers host Jacksonville on Thursday night at Mackey Arena, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers will travel east to Buies Creek, N.C., to compete the Fighting Camel Duals hosted by Campbell and featuring No. 19 Stanford and North Dakota State. The four teams will face-off round robin style with the first matches scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. ET. Only Purdue’s match with Campbell will be streamed, appearing live on UFC Fight Pass.


Round 1 | 1 PM    Purdue vs. Stanford    Campbell vs. NDSU

Round 2 | 3 PM    Purdue vs. NDSU       Campbell vs. Stanford

Round 3 | 5 PM    Purdue vs. Campbell    NDSU vs. Stanford

*Times are approximate. Follow @PurdueWrestling on Twitter for updates.


4 – Matt Ramos is one of just four top-10 wrestlers to have at least 15 matches under his belt this year.

3 – True freshman Joey Blaze has already racked up a team high 3 tech falls on the year. Tied for the most any one Boiler had last season.

2 – With his 10-2 MD win over then #1 Anthony Noto, Ramos picked up his 2nd win over a top-ranked wrestler of 2023. He is the first Boiler under Ersland to do it  more than once in a year.

31 – True freshman Greyson Clark leads the team in back points with 31, with a +26 differential in his 11 matches.


True freshmen Joey Blaze and Greyson Clark earned spots in the lineup from day one of their college careers and have already shown the talent that made them both top-30 recruits.

Blaze (9-3) made the biggest splash early by knocking off No. 5 Ed Scott of N.C. State in sudden victory. He was the first unranked Boiler to beat a top-10  opponent since Thomas Penola pinned No. 9 Quinn Miller of Virginia. He has since jumped up to No. 18 in the polls.

Clark (9-2) has shown technique beyond his years. He already leads the team with 31 back points and is tied for the lead in pins with two. He also has the fastest tech fall for a Boiler this season, beating Clarion’s David McClelland 15-0 in 2:26.


• Head coach Tony Ersland is entering his 10th season at the helm of Purdue Wrestling and holds a 77-67 dual record.

• In his 10 seasons, the Boilermakers have brought their best stuff at tournament time. He has seen 195 wrestlers climb a podium in 45 different tournaments for an average of 4.3 per competition.

• In 2023 Matt Ramos finished with a 35-5 record which put him in a tie for 12th for wins and a tie for 10th for win percentage in a single season in program history.

• His career record of 67-19 (0.779) already has him sitting in eighth for best career winning percentage.


Matt Ramos wrestled his way to a seventh-place finish in a stacked field at the 2023 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. He is the now the seventh Boilermaker to climb the podium in Vegas three times, doing so in as many attempts.

In Purdue’s last dual outing, the team hosted their annual Boilermaker Duals and came away with a pair of victories. The first, a 44-0 win over Indianapolis and the second a 22-13 win over Northern Illinois. Ersland wrestled an almost exclusively underclassman lineup as one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten continues to rely heavily on their youth. Of the 13 different wrestlers who saw the mat for the Boilers, only two were upperclassmen. The young bucks combined to go 14-3 with seven bonus point wins.

Against UIndy, six of the matches ended with bonus points and it gave Purdue its largest margin of victory since their last meeting with the Greyhounds, which  ended 45-0 back in Nov. 2019. The team’s last shutout came against Brown in Nov. 2021.



Purdue  #19 Stanford

125        #4 Matt Ramos  #4 Nico Provo or

Wyatt Richter

133        Dustin Norris      #16 Tyler Know or

Dom LaJoie

141        Greyson Clark    #27 Jason Miranda

149        Marcos Polanco #10 Jaden Abas or

Dawson Sihavong

157        #18 Joey Blaze   #8 Daniel Cardenas

165        #22 Stoney Buell              #16 Hunter Garvin or

Zach Hanson

174        Brody Baumann #20 Lorenzo Norman or

Tye Monteiro

184        James Rowley     Jack Darrah or

Abraham Wojcikiewicz

197        Ben Vanadia       #14 Nick Stemmet

285        Tristan Ruhlman                Peter Ming


North Dakota State          Campbell

125        Ryan Henningson or

Amantee Mills    Anthony Molton or

Zander Phaturos

133        Fernando Barreto             Domenic Zaccone

141        Gavin Drexler or

Walker Bents      Chris Rivera

149        Kellyn March or

Max Petersen     Justin Rivera

157        Landen Johnson or

Boeden Greenley              Chris Earnest

165        Brendan Howes Dom Baker

174        Gaven Sax           Austin Murphy

184        Adam Cherne or

Aidan Brenot      Caleb Hopkins

197        Spencer Mooberry or

Lathan Duda       Levi Hopkins

285        Devon Dawson   Taye Ghadiali



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just six weeks into the 2023-24 season, Hannah Hidalgo has earned her fourth ACC Rookie of the Week award.

The freshman out of South Jersey earned the conference honor on Monday after posting 23 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals in a dominant 76-39 victory over Purdue last weekend. In doing so, Hidalgo became the first player in women’s college basketball to have at least 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals since January 2022.

Sunday’s performance was Hidalgo’s eighth game this year with at least 20 points, passing Skylar Diggins-Smith for the most 20-point games as an Irish rookie since at least 1999. On the topic of Diggins-Smith, she holds the Irish freshman record for steals in a year (90). Hidalgo is currently sitting at 55 just nine games into this season.

As of Dec. 18, Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC in scoring (23.6 points per game) and the nation in steals (6.1 per game). She leads all conference rookies with 5.8 assists per contest and ranks third overall in the ACC.

As far as Rookie of the Week appearances go, a fourth puts Hidalgo in rare company. She has now passed Ruth Riley-Hunter on the list, as she had three her freshman year in 1998. Hidalgo joins Diggins-Smith* and Jewell Loyd* at four. The record is six, held by Jacqueline Batteast*, Sonia Citron, Alicia Ratay* and Brianna Turner. Batteast, Citron, Loyd, Ratay and Turner all went on to earn conference Rookie/Freshman of the Year honors.

* denotes Big East Freshman of the Week honors since it was prior to Notre Dame joining the ACC



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – They often say after a tough loss, it’s best to immediately get back out on the court and erase that memory. On Tuesday night inside Purcell Pavilion, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team will look to bounce back and start a winning streak heading into ACC play after the holiday break. To do that, the Fighting Irish (4-6) will have to topple the Citadel Bulldogs (6-5) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. That match will air live on the ACC Network.


Notre Dame and The Citadel have only met twice before Tuesday with the Irish claiming victory in both. The last meeting was way back in 2006, where ND took it 74-50 inside Purcell Pavilion.

Also, a familiar face returns to Purcell – Citadel’s Elijah Morgan. The graduate guard was a three-year letterman for the Irish, playing in 28 career games. This season, Morgan is averaging the second most points on his team with 11.7 per game.

The contest will feature two defenses who have had solid starts to the season. ND is only giving up 67.8 ppg while Citadel’s number is at 66.4.


Freshman point guard Markus Burton:

His 15.8 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 5th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

Burton started his career with five straight games in double figures and currently leads the team with eight games in double figures.

Burton picked up his third game of 20 or more points at #8 Marquette on Dec. 9. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

Only 3 freshmen in the country are averaging over 15 points and 3.5 assists per game: Burton, Harvard’s Malik Mack and USC’s Isaiah Collier.

He ranks ninth in the ACC in Assists (3.7) and 12th in Free Throw Percentage (.829).


If you are looking for an early Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program, look no further than the defensive effort by this young Irish squad. In six of the last seven games, the Irish have allowed 65 points or fewer in regulation. Most notably, limiting the Hurricanes to a season low in points – 24 points fewer than their season average of 86 points per game.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 67.8 ranks fifth in the ACC.


The Georgetown game on Dec. 16 kicked off a six-game homestand for the Irish. The last time the Irish had six straight inside Purcell Pavilion -> games 2-7 at the start of the 2019-20 season.

At home, the Irish are averaging 72.0 points on 47.0% shooting from the floor, with a .331 mark from three-point range. Away from Purcell, the Irish are averaging just 56.8 points on 34.2% shooting, with a .212 mark from three.

Two Irish in particular have thrived at home – Markus Burton and Julian Roper II – both averaging double figures. Burton is scoring 18.4 ppg on 45.8 percent shooting, while Roper II checks in at 10.8 ppg on 48.8 percent shooting. Burton is also averaging 4.2 assists at home.


Burton has produced a stellar three-game stretch, totaling 54 points (18.0 ppg). He scored 17 points against Western Michigan and 20 points at #8 Marquette. Then he came on strong late in the Georgetown game, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the second half plus overtime.

Burton has also upped his assist numbers as of late. He’s dished out 28 over the last six games (4.7 apg in that span).

Next, J.R. Konieczny has recorded double-digit points in five of the last eight games. If you take out those first two games of the season and look at this eight-game stretch, Konieczny is averaging 11.3 points on 29-of-70 (.414) shooting.

Lastly, there’s Julian Roper II. The junior guard over the last 3 games – 13-of-24 from the field and 7-of-16 from three-point range. He’s totaled 36 total points in the three-game span (12.0 ppg).


Speaking of trending, Tae Davis’s trajectory is shooting up. Over the last five games, Davis is averaging 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.

In that five-game stretch, he had back-to-back games with double-doubles and three straight games in double figures before he ran into a game Marquette squad.

Coach Shrews has talked often about these guys making the most of their opportunities, whether its freshmen or transfers who haven’t had a chance. Take Davis for example –  in the 11th game of the season this Tuesday night against Citadel, Davis could already amass more season points this year than what he did his freshman year total at Seton Hall.

With that said, he now averages the third most points (9.0) and the most rebounds (5.9) on the team.


As previously alluded, Burton has had a knack for surging at the right moments in the second half. Four times this season, Burton has scored double-digit points in the second half alone: Niagara, Oklahoma State, Western Michigan and Marquette.

Burton is averaging a team-best 8.5 points in the second half.


“You have to play with that level of intensity every day. We’ve had good practices leading up to this focusing on our intensity. I thought we came out hard, we just have to be more disciplined down the stretch. Mainly on the defensive end.” – Roper II



HARTFORD – Butler opened BIG EAST action with an 88-62 setback at #17 UConn on Monday night. The Huskies improved to 8-3 on the year with the victory while BU moved to 7-4. 

The contest opened with each team burying a 3-pointer and that trend would continue over the first 10 minutes of action. Nika Muhl hit her first shot of the night in front of the BU bench, but the Bulldogs didn’t blink as Rachel Kent tied the game on the next possession with her first 3-point attempt.

Butler continued to feed the hot hand and Kent would have nine points before the first media timeout giving BU an 11-9 lead. The Bulldogs shot 83 percent from distance (5-6) and would own a 21-20 lead over UConn after the first quarter.

Kent and Karsyn Norman each hit a 3-pointer for BU in the opening stages of the second quarter which led to UConn calling an early timeout (7:46). The Huskies message was clear in the huddle as they attempted to take away Butler’s looks from 3-point range.

UConn also found their rhythm on the offensive end which led to a 19-4 scoring run. The Huskies hit their final eight shots of the second quarter to claim a 45-34 lead at the half. Kent led all players with 13 points and each team shot over 50 percent from the field.

The Huskies opened the second half on an 11-4 scoring run to increase their lead. BU added 3-pointers from Sydney Jaynes and Jordan Meulemans to get back within 12 points (56-44), but an 8-0 Husky run would move the score to 64-44 heading to the fourth.

Butler’s freshmen trio got some quality minutes at the XL Center in the fourth. Those three combined for 13 of BU’s 18 points over the final 10 minutes with Caroline Strande adding the other five.

Inside the Box Score

– Tonight was the first time BU has played UConn at the XL Center

– Butler led UConn 21-20 after the first quarter

– The Bulldogs shot 63% from 3-point range (10-16)

– BU had 19 assists on 25 made field goals

– Rachel Kent went 4-for-5 from 3-point range to score 13 points

-Caroline Strande had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals

– Karsyn Norman came off the bench to score 10 points

– Riley Makalusky made all three of her shots to score seven points

– BU is 0-6 all-time vs. UConn

– The Bulldogs are 1-10 all-time in BIG EAST openers

– Ashlynn Shade led all players with 22 points

– Paige Bueckers had 16 points and seven assists

– UConn has won four-straight games

– The Huskies are 5-0 at home

Up Next

Butler’s final non-conference game will fall on Thursday, Dec. 21 when the Bulldogs host the Ohio Bobcats at 1 PM. Fans can watch the action on the Butler Athletics YouTube channel.



Butler (9-2) vs. Georgetown (7-4)

Tuesday, Dec. 19;  6:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: FS1 – Jeff Levering & LaPhonso Ellis

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 384, SXM App 974 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with the Hoyas

• Both Butler and Georgetown own 7-3 advantages on the other’s home court as part of their all-time series.

• The teams first met in the 2009 Jimmy V Classic in New York City before becoming BIG EAST foes beginning with the 2013-14 season.

• The teams split their two match-ups during the 2022-23 season with each winning on the road.

• Only a total of four players on the 2023-24 rosters saw action in either of the two games last season: Butler’s Jalen Thomas and Connor Turnbull, and Georgetown’s Jay Heath and Wayne Bristol, Jr.

Series: Tied, 11-11

Streak: Georgetown, W1

At Hinkle: Georgetown Leads, 7-3

First Meeting: Georgetown, 72-65, 12/8/09 (Jimmy V; NYC)

Last Meeting: Georgetown, 68-62, 2/19/23 (at Butler)

• Tuesday’s game serves as the BIG EAST opener for both teams and is the first conference tip of the season as the opening BIG EAST slate includes a second game later Tuesday night and three games Wednesday.

• Butler carries a six-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game.

• The Bulldogs are 7-0 at home this season, averaging 90.6 points per game on 49.7-percent shooting. Butler has outscored its seven opponents by an average of 23.1 points per game.

• Butler’s nine non-conference wins heading into BIG EAST play are the most since the 2019-20 season.

• Butler’s 84.7 points per game rank 26th nationally.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in eight of its 11 games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• The Bulldogs hit a season-high 15 three-pointers Friday night against Saginaw Valley, going 15-for-32 from behind the arc. Eight different Bulldogs hit at least one.

• Butler scored a season-high 50 bench points against Saginaw (holding a 50-12 advantage). Twelve different Bulldogs scored in the contest.

• With a career-high 17 points Friday against Saginaw, Finley Bizjack became the tenth different Bulldog to hit double figures in a game this season. Friday night was the sixth game this season with five or more Bulldogs scoring in double figures.

• The Bulldogs had 25 assists on 35 made field goals in the win over Saginaw.

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field Dec. 9 vs. Cal; the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better in six games this season.

• The Bulldogs rank second nationally, committing just 12.6 fouls per game.

• Butler’s 78.5-percent free throw percentage is tenth nationally. The Bulldogs have shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in every game this season.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in five games this season. Butler is 7-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Butler out-rebounded Texas Tech, 40-24, Nov. 30. The +16 differential was the best of the season so far for the Bulldogs. Butler is 8-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• The Bulldogs trailed 37-34 at halftime Dec. 9 vs. Cal, giving the team its first win of the season when trailing at intermission (1-2).

• Augusto Cassiá made his Butler debut Friday night after being sidelined by a muscle strain in his leg to begin the season. Cassia had three points and four rebounds in 14 minutes of action.

• Posh Alexander led the Bulldogs in the Dec. 9 win over Cal with a season-high 21 points to go along with six assists.

• Alexander ranks third in steals (1.91 per game) and fifth in assists (5.3 per game) among the BIG EAST leaders.

• Pierre Brooks II scored 15 points in only 20 minutes of action against Saginaw; Brooks has scored in double figures in every game this season.

• DJ Davis ranks tenth nationally in free throw percentage (94.3). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 33 of his 35 attempts on the season.

• Against Buffalo Dec. 5, Jahmyl Telfort matched or set new career-highs in rebounds (nine), assists (eight) and steals (four) to go along with 18 points. His career-high eight assists came one game after setting a then career-high of seven against Texas Tech Nov. 30.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Thad Matta is 30-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

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

Balancing Act

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

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in the same game six times this season, including most recently in the Dec. 15 win over Saginaw Valley.

Working Overtime

• Butler is 2-0 in overtime games so far this season with a single-overtime win over Texas Tech Nov. 30 and a double-overtime win over Cal Dec. 9.

• In the three overtime sessions totaling 15 minutes, Butler scored 44 points. Over those 15 minutes, the Bulldogs shot 72 percent from the field, 80 percent from three-point range, and 93 percent at the free throw line.

• Butler has nine assists against one turnover in those 15 minutes.

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

Top Team Performances

• Prior to the Nov. 30 win over Texas Tech, the Bulldogs last scored 100 points in a game Dec. 30, 2017 when Butler defeated No. 1 Villanova, 101-93, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• The 86 points scored by the Bulldogs in the Nov. 23 loss to No. 19/20 Florida Atlantic were the most by Butler in a loss since a 90-87 loss to No. 21 Seton Hall Jan. 6, 2018.

• The Bulldogs forced ETSU into 19 turnovers and converted those into 36 points Nov. 13.

• No ETSU player reached double figures, the first time that Butler’s defense has accomplished that since the Feb. 29, 2020 win over DePaul.

• Butler limited SEMO to 29-percent shooting in the Nov. 10 win; the Bulldogs last held an opponent under 30 percent Jan. 1, 2023 at Georgetown.

• The Bulldogs went to the line 34 times, making 26 against SEMO. That is more makes and attempts than Butler had in any game last season.

• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan in the season opener were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.

Top Individual Performances

• Jahmyl Telfort (26) and DJ Davis (25) combined for 51 points in Butler’s 103-95 overtime win over Texas Tech Nov. 30 as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Telfort and Davis are the first pair of Butler teammates to each score 25 or more in the same game since Chuck Harris (29) and Simas Lukosius (27) in a March 9, 2022 win over Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament.

• Posh Alexander posted his first career triple-double in the win over Texas Tech Nov. 30, finishing with 10 points, 11 assists, and matching his career-high with 10 rebounds. It’s the first triple-double by a Butler player since Roosevelt Jones at St. John’s Feb. 6, 2016, and just the third Butler triple-double since 1984.

• Pierre Brooks II scored a career-high 26 points in the Nov. 24 win over Penn State; he followed that with 25 points in the Nov. 26 win over Boise State. Brooks is the first Bulldog with back-to-back 25-point games since Kelan Martin, who accomplished the feat in his final two games at Butler as part of the 2018 NCAA Tournament (27 vs. Arkansas and 29 vs. Purdue).

• Twenty of Brooks’s 25 points against Boise State Nov. 26 came in the second half; he is the first Bulldog to score 20 points in a half since Chuck Harris on March 6, 2021.

• Connor Turnbull’s six blocks Nov. 13 against ETSU were one shy of the Butler single-game record.



ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball sophomore guard Ryan Conwell earned Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.

Conwell shined bright on the big stage in Saturday’s first game of the Indy Classic at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, scoring a career-high 27 points to lead Indiana State to victory over in-state opponent Ball State.

The sophomore guard returned to his hometown Indianapolis and played a season-high 37.5 minutes on Saturday en route to making 10 total baskets, including four three-pointers. He shot 62.5% in the second half alone, scoring 16 of his 27 points and draining all four of his three-pointers as the Sycamores held off a late Ball State challenge to take the non-conference win.

Conwell also tied for the team-high in rebounds with six and dished out a trio of assists.

He jumped to averaging the second-most points on the ISU roster at 16.4 PPG, and holds second place in the MVC in three-point percentage (42.0%), three-pointers per game (2.9), and total three-pointers made (29) – all behind conference leader and teammate Isaiah Swope leading in all categories.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball plays the final home game of the calendar year on Tuesday, as they host the visiting Tennessee State Tigers at 7 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

The Sycamores have the advantage from previous years, holding a 3-0 all-time record against the Tigers. ISU was victorious in the last meeting, winning 78-72 in Hulman Center on December 18, 2019.

About Tennessee State

Tennessee State is in their 6th season with Brian “Penny” Collins at the helm. TSU competes in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), with the likes of Southeast Missouri State and Southern Indiana. This season, the Tigers were selected to finish 3rd in the conference of 11. TSU finished last season 18-14 and 10-8 in the OVC. TSU ended their season in their first round of the OVC tournament, falling to Southeast Missouri State 91-83. Five Cardinals are averaging more than 10.0 PPG this season, led by Christian Brown with 15.1 PPG and E.J. Bellinger with 12.6 PPG.

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State jumped out to a 23-point lead early in the second half and held off a late Ball State rally as the Sycamores topped the Cardinals inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse in the first game of the Indy Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Conwell scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting as the Indianapolis native utilized a variety of driving layups and three-pointers on his way to a career-night in front of his hometown fans. The sophomore scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half including going 4-for-6 from behind the arc to propel the Sycamores (10-1) to the win against their in-state rivals.

Overall, four Sycamores scored double-digits in the game with Isaiah Swope (18), Robbie Avila (14), and Julian Larry (11) all hitting the mark on Saturday afternoon. Avila added a game-high seven assists as ISU continued to show off its trademark offense assisting on 17 of the 28 made baskets in the game.

Last Time out – Tennessee State

The Tennessee State men’s basketball team shot 54.2 percent from deep on the way to a 117-59 win over the Boyce Bulldogs at home Saturday.  The Tigers (7-5) had six players score in double figures, led by Michael Shanks, who had a career-high 31 points and seven rebounds. Marcus Fitzgerald Jr.. tacked on 16 points and Kinyon Hodges chipped in as well with 13 points.

Tennessee State out-rebounded Boyce 48-26 in Saturday’s game, led by seven boards from David Acosta. The Tigers also collected 12 offensive rebounds and scored 15 second chance points. Tennessee State forced 16 Boyce turnovers while committing 10 themselves in Saturday’s game. The Tigers turned those takeaways into 27 points on the other end of the floor.



INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne’s Erin Woodson was selected as the Horizon League’s #HLWBB Freshman of the Week on Monday (Dec. 18).

In one of her more well-rounded games of her freshman campaign, Woodson scored seven points on 4-of-6 shooting at Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan. She was also 1-for-2 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Richmond, Virginia native also had three rebounds.

Woodson is the second Mastodon to earn Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors. Renna Schwieterman picked up the award on December 4. Purdue Fort Wayne is the only school in the Horizon League with two different players earn the award this season.

Woodson and the Mastodons are back in action on Thursday (Dec. 21) when Aquinas comes to the Gates Sports Center for the Mastodons’ annual Fitness Day game at 11 a.m.



ST LOUIS — For the second time in three weeks, forward Maggie Hartwig has been named the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Freshman of the Week.

After leading the University of Evansville women’s basketball team to their first home win against Lindenwood, freshman forward Maggie Hartwig has been recognized for her performance. This is the second time Hartwig has been named the Valley Freshman of the Week with her first recognition coming on November 27th. Weekly conference awards are decided by MVC staff.

The freshman had her third double-double performance of the season in UE’s first home win on Saturday afternoon. Hartwig made 16 points while pulling down 12 boards while leading the team in time on the floor with 38 minutes.

The forward locked in during the second half of Saturday’s contest against Lindenwood with 12 of her 16 points and eight of her 12 rebounds. Hartwig in particular helped give the Aces an advantage down the stretch, grabbing an offensive rebound after a missed Evansville free throw. Hartwig then made the second-chance basket to give UE a 1-point lead with two minutes left.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a return to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall 17 years in the making, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team fell 109-56 to the no. 16 Indiana Hoosiers.

The Purple Aces faced likely their toughest test of the season on Monday night against the ranked Hoosiers. Despite heavy defensive pressure, UE had four players in double figures led by MVC Freshman of the Week Maggie Hartwig with 13 points. Transfer sophomore forward Tamesha Dozier had a season-high in Bloomington with 11 points while going seven of 11 from the floor.

“While the shots didn’t fall the way we would like and we gave up too much in transition, I thought we played with toughness,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “It might not show in the box score but this game will make us better. I am very proud of our effort tonight in a tough environment.”

The Aces got off to a strong start in Bloomington as graduate center Barbora Tomancova had the first points of the night on a layup. UE led for a minute and a half in the first quarter following a three from guard Alana Striverson. But the Hoosiers quickly responded with an eight-point run to take a seven-point lead and force an Evansville timeout.

Out of the timeout, Dozier hit her first three of the night getting the game down to four. The teams traded buckets back and forth until Indiana had a short five-point run with four minutes left in the quarter. The Aces added two more field goals but found themselves down by 12 heading into the second quarter.

The Hoosiers put the game out of reach for UE early in the second quarter as Evansville didn’t find a basket until the fourth minute. But the cold stretch was broken with a bang as Hartwig hit her lone three of the night. The Aces had a strong quarter from behind the arc with two threes while also having a perfect 10 minutes at the line. A five-point run for UE in the final 35 seconds from the Striverson sisters made it a 51-28 game.

Evansville started the second half almost as quickly as the first with seven points in the first minute and a half. Guard Kynidi Mason Striverson made back-to-back treys after having a quiet first half. The Aces kept cutting into Indiana’s offense through the third but a nine-point run to close out the quarter had UE facing a 38-point deficit.

It was a tough offensive fourth for Evansville as the team had an over-five-minute scoreless streak. But the Aces kept fighting to the final buzzer as they made seven points in just under four minutes. The end of the game for UE was highlighted by an Alana Striverson three and free throws from freshman guard Sydney Bradley.

Evansville won’t have much rest until their next game on Thursday morning. The Aces head to Cape Girardeau for their final matchup before the holiday break against the Southeastern Missouri Redhawks. Tip-off for UE against SEMO is set for 11 a.m.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Another total team performance by the University of Evansville men’s basketball team saw five players in double figures as the squad improved to 9-2 with a 98-91 victory over UT Martin on Monday evening at the Ford Center.

Kenny Strawbridge Jr. registered a season-high 21 points with Yacine Toumi and Ben Humrichous finishing with 15 apiece for the Purple Aces.  Tanner Cuff added 14 points while Chuck Bailey III scored 12.  Humrichous paced the team with nine boards while Toumi added seven caroms, two blocks and two steals.  Cuff had another extraordinary all-around game, adding eight boards and eight assists to his 14-point night.

“It is a 40-minute game and sometimes you just need to find a way to win.  UT Martin is extremely talented and they average 85 points for a reason.  It was an up and down game with a lot of points.  We did not plan on playing zone tonight, but had it in our back pocket in case we needed it.  I feel like we are getting closer every day and credit our guys for sticking with it.  Tonight was a complete team win.”

Toumi opened the night with a 3-point play while a jumper by Kenny Strawbridge Jr. gave the Aces an early 5-0 advantage.  Strawbridge added a triple and dunk as he posted seven of UE’s first 10 points as they held a 10-4 lead at the 17:10 mark.

UT Martin countered with a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the night at 13-10 less than three minutes later, but the ensuing two minutes belonged to Evansville.  Five in a row by Joshua Hughes gave the Aces a 17-15 lead.  At the 11:08 mark. Tanner Cuff picked up a second-chance basket to push the lead to 27-21.

Once again, the Skyhawks answered, posting the next 11 to jump back in front, 32-27.  A fast-paced contest continued with Ben Humrichous taking over, connecting on back-to-back triples to put the Aces back in the lead at 33-32.  With 4:20 on the clock, the Skyhawks broke a 36-36 tie with four in a row and would take that same 4-point edge into the locker room with a 44-40 halftime lead.

The furious pace continued in the second half.  Evansville posted the opening six points to retake the lead in the opening two minutes.  Toumi accounted for four of the six tallies.  Antonio Thomas’ field goal at the 16:35 mark made it a 51-48 Evansville lead.  Over the next two minutes, UTM erupted with a 12-2 run to take their largest lead at 60-53.  Jordan Sears, who was held to six points in the opening stanza, registered 12 tallies in the first eight minutes of the second half.

Evansville stormed back with triples by Strawbridge and Chuck Bailey III helping the Aces go back in front.  After a UTM field goal gave them a 66-65 lead with 11:25 showing, UE switched to a zone defense and the adjustment paid immediate dividends.  The Aces reeled off 11 in a row over the next three minutes to take their largest lead at 76-66.  Tanner Cuff scored four in the rally while Bailey knocked down three free throws to complete the run.

Things continued to go the Aces way as the lead hovered around 10 points, but with UE holding an 88-80 lead with under two minutes left.  The Skyhawks made a furious rally, getting as close as three points in the last minute before two late stops and four Thomas free throws clinched the 98-91 triumph.

Shooting 56.3% in the second half, the Aces wrapped up the night with a 45.8% showing.  UT Martin finished the game at 48.6%.  Jordan Sears was the leading scorer in the contest, posting 26 points with 20 of those coming in the second half.  Jacob Crews recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Home action continues on Wednesday when the Aces welcome Tennessee Tech for a 7 p.m. game.





Texas—The UIndy football team grabbed the No. 22 position in the year’s final AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released Monday. The announcement marked the eighth time since 2012 that the Greyhounds finished the season ranked in the top 25.

Led by fifth-year head coach Chris Keevers, UIndy racked up nine wins in 10 regular-season games on the way to another GLVC title and an NCAA playoff berth. The Hounds finished the season at 9-2 after a first-round loss at then-No. 7 Pittsburg State in the Super Region 3 bracket.

The Greyhounds appeared in the coaches poll throughout the 2023 regular season, peaking at No. 8 in late October. UIndy has earned a spot in the nation poll for 25 consecutive weeks dating back to week one of 2022.


RK          SCHOOL (1st-place votes)              REC        PTS         PREV

1.            Harding (Ark.) (28)           15-0       700        3

2.            Colorado School of Mines             14-1       672        1

3.            Grand Valley St. (Mich.)  11-2       612        2

4.            Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)         13-2       571        11

5.            Pittsburg St. (Kan.)           11-2       525        7

6.            Central Missouri               11-2       523        6

7.            Kutztown (Pa.)   12-3       506        NR

8.            Valdosta St. (Ga.)              12-2       464        14

9.            Ferris St. (Mich.)               8-3         436        5

10.         Slippery Rock (Pa.)           12-2       431        15

11.         Delta St. (Miss.) 10-2       407        8

12.         Benedict (S.C.)   11-1       404        4

13.         Augustana (S.D.)               11-2       307        16

14.         Tiffin (Ohio)         11-1       302        9

15.         Western Colorado            10-2       266        10

16.         Bemidji St. (Minn.)           9-3         264        21

17.         Central Washington         9-4         262        NR

18.         Texas-Permian Basin        10-2       213        12

19.         Charleston (W.Va.)            10-2       179        24

20.         Virginia Union    10-2       161        13

21.         Minnesota St.    9-3         147        19

22.         Indianapolis (Ind.)            9-2         141        T-17

23.         West Florida       8-4         113        23

24.         Henderson St. (Ark.)        9-3         80           25

25.         Minnesota-Duluth            9-2         69           T-17

Others Receiving Votes:  Davenport (Mich.), 58; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 51; Shepherd (W.Va.), 38; Southern Arkansas, 37; New Haven (Conn.), 25; Emporia St. (Kan.), 23; Limestone (S.C.), 18; Missouri Western St., 16; Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 15; Ashland (Ohio), 14; McKendree (Ill.), 13; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 12; Angelo St. (Tex.), 11; Virginia St., 11; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 2; Frostburg St. (Md.), 1.



JACKSON, Mich. – After turning in a pair of dominant performances at the Cactus Classic, the Crossroads League has named Brody Whitaker as their Player of the Week. The honor is the second for Whitaker this season, and the second in his career.

Whitaker averaged 26.5 points per game at the Cactus Classic, helping Marian to a pair of wins over teams out of the Frontier Conference. The junior poured in 28 points in a win over Providence, and followed with a 25-point outing in the Knights’ upset win over No. 15 Rocky Mountain. For the weekend the Knights’ leading scorer averaged 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 53.1 percent from the floor.

Marian will return to action on December 30, as they close the 2023 calendar year at home against Rio Grande.
























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December 19, 1948 – Shibe Park, Philadelphia – Interestingly, the AAFC decided to put their title game on the very same day as the NFL’s. Yes, the 1948 NFL Championship Game also kicked off on this day as the Chicago Cardinals faced the Philadelphia Eagles. According to the PFRA ‘s Ken Crippen, who put together a really nice article on the game, the temperature at kick-off was a frigid 27 degrees. Field maintenance workers had to remove almost 5 inches of snow off the tarp covering the field surface. Still, strong winds and heavy snow kept falling throughout the contest, forcing the stadium light to remain on during the whole contest of the day game. The snow was so bad Crippen wrote that members of the officiating crew were assigned to guess where the goal line was and two others to guess where the sidelines were. Trust me as an official who worked on a grass field during a snowstorm. It is not a pleasant experience to find white lines in the snow! The defenses dominated the game itself, as the only scoring came in the third quarter when Cardinal Ray Moulof fumbled the ball at his 17-yard line, and the Eagles pounced on it. A few plays later, Philly’s Steve Van Buren carried the ball over the goal line. In the end, the Philadelphia Eagles were blanking the Chicago Cardinals, 7-0, in “the Philly Blizzard.”


December 19, 1980, Holiday Bowl match-up from San Diego had the SMU Mustangs facing the BYU Cougars. The Pony Express backfield of Craig Hames and Eric Dickerson scored at will early in the contest. The Mustangs were up 45-25 with 3:57 left; things looked good. However, after BYU scored, they recovered an onside kick and, soon after that, blocked a punt to propel an unbelievable comeback. Trailing 45-39 with the ball at SMU 41 with time for one final play, BYU quarterback Jim McMahon launched a Hail Mary pass, which found its way into the arms of tight end Clay Brown. Kurt Gunther’s extra point was the difference, as BYU won the game 46-45.


When the Eagles and Giants play in a late season game you never know what will occur. In 2010 the improbable happened once again in a win by the Philadelphia Eagles over their rivals, the New York Football Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19. This game so crucial to the hopes of both teams’ playoff chances. The crazy stuff started with slightly more than eight minutes to play in the game. The G-Men were up by 21. The Eagles crossed the New York goal line four times in the final seven minutes and 28 seconds of play. One was even a DeSean Jackson punt return as clock went to zeroes!  The win allowed the Eagles to move on to the 2010 NFL playoffs winning the tiebreaker over the Giants. The NFL called this the 88th Greatest League contest ever played.


The Cleveland Browns defeated the Buffalo Bills (not the same as the modern NFL Bills) 49-7 to cap off something remarkable. The 1948 Cleveland Browns were one of the greatest teams in professional football history. They went undefeated and won the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) championship, becoming the first team in professional football history to do so. The Browns were coached by Paul Brown, who is considered one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. Brown was a master of innovation, and he introduced many new concepts to the game of football, including the use of the forward pass as a primary weapon. The Browns were led by a number of All-Star players, including quarterback Otto Graham, fullback Marion Motley, end Dante Lavelli, and guard Lou Groza. Graham was one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, and he led the league in passing yards in each of the AAFC’s four seasons. Motley was one of the most powerful runners in NFL history, and he was a key part of the Browns’ potent running attack. Lavelli was one of the most versatile receivers in NFL history, and he was a threat to catch the ball anywhere on the field. Groza was one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and he was also a dominant blocker. The Browns dominated the AAFC in 1948. They outscored their opponents by a combined score of 457-163, and they averaged over 30 points per game. They also had the best defense in the league, allowing just 12.3 points per game. The Browns capped off their perfect season with a 49-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the AAFC championship game. It was one of the most dominant performances in NFL history, and it cemented the Browns’ legacy as one of the greatest teams in professional football history.


Bobby Layne the legendary University of Texas quarterback. The National Football Foundation says Bobby was not what one would call a great runner nor a classic passer but what he did out of the T-formation was remarkable. In 1945 Layne missed part of the season serving in the Merchant marine but returned near season’s end to help the Longhorns reach the Cotton Bowl and  he completed 11 of 12 passes and was part of all six Texas touchdowns as his team blew out Missouri, 40-27. By the time Layne had finished his college career he was an All America and had set 11 school records on the gridiron. Bobby Layne found his way along inside the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Layne then went to the National Football League and continued a record- setting career with Detroit and Pittsburgh. As a Lion he threw a clutch last second pass to help Detroit win the 1953 NFL Championship game. During his 15 year NFL career Bobby had two seasons where he was voted as First-Team All-NFL, four other seasons as a Second Team All-NFL and claimed the 1956 NFL scoring title. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Bobby Layne in 1967.


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