INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH69SOUTH BEND RILEY59 
WESTVILLE75PORTAGE CHRISTIAN20 
MADISON COUNTY TOURNAMENT
ALEXANDRIA87ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY50 
LAPEL75ELWOOD34 
ANDERSON78PENDLETON HEIGHTS49 
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN53FRANKTON52 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

BARR-REEVE48WHITE RIVER VALLEY30 
BLACKFORD63FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY23 
CANNELTON43CLOVERPORT (KY.)38 
COLUMBUS EAST78EASTERN (PEKIN)39 
EVANSVILLE NORTH52EVANSVILLE MATER DEI48 
SHAWE MEMORIAL57MADISON CHRISTIAN13 
SHENANDOAH49UNION (MODOC)21 
VINCENNES LINCOLN54LINTON-STOCKTON45 
MADISON COUNTY TOURNAMENT
ALEXANDRIA67ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY22R1
LAPEL66ELWOOD16R1
FRANKTON76LIBERTY CHRISTIAN21R1

HERE ARE SOME OF THE BIG MATCH-UPS THIS WEEK IN BOYS AND GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL.

GIRLS

HOMESTEAD (12-1) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (13-4) TUESDAY

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (15-1) AT CASTLE (12-3) SATURDAY

FRANKLIN (17-1) VS. MOORESVILLE (10-6) FRIDAY

WESTFIELD (13-3) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (12-3) SATURDAY

FISHERS (12-3) VS. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (13-4) SATURDAY

NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (13-4) VS. HOMESTEAD (12-1) TUESDAY, AT BEN DAVIS (10-5) FRIDAY

LAKE CENTRAL (13-3) VS. KANKAKEE VALLEY (12-5) TUESDAY

BENTON CENTRAL (17-0) AT UNIVERSITY (11-2) TUESDAY

COLUMBIA CITY (14-0) AT BELLMONT (11-4) FRIDAY

ZIONSVILLE (11-5) VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (10-4) WEDNESDAY

VALPARAISO (12-3) AT HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (10-4) SATURDAY

GARRETT (14-1) VS. FAIRFIELD (13-1) TUESDAY,  AT CENTRAL NOBLE (10-4) FRIDAY

BLUE RIVER (11-2) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (12-1) TUESDAY

EASTBROOK (11-1) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (11-3) TUESDAY

FOREST PARK (12-2) AT NORTHEAST DUBOIS (12-2) TUESDAY

NORTH WHITE (12-3) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (12-5) TUESDAY

BOYS

CARMEL (8-2) AT WESTFIELD (6-2) SATURDAY

FISHERS (11-1) VS. LAFAYETTE JEFF (9-1) TUESDAY, VS. PIKE (5-1) FRIDAY

WESTFIELD (6-2) VS. MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (6-1) TUESDAY

ZIONSVILLE (8-1) VS. BREBEUF JESUIT (8-1) FRIDAY

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (7-3) VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (8-1) TUESDAY

VALPARAISO (9-2) AT PORTAGE (9-1) FRIDAY, VS. PENN (7-0) SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS TECH (9-2) AT HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (6-2) FRIDAY

BEN DAVIS (6-2) VS. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (6-2) FRIDAY, AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (6-2) SATURDAY

LAWRENCE NORTH (5-2) VS. INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (4-5) TUESDAY

PENN (7-0) AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (5-2) THURSDAY, AT VALPARAISO (9-2) SATURDAY

MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (6-1) AT WESTFIELD (6-2) TUESDAY

FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (9-0) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (5-2) TUESDAY

INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (9-0) AT BEECH GROVE (6-2) TUESDAY

JASPER (7-1) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (5-1) TUESDAY

NORTHWOOD (10-1) AT COLUMBIA CITY (8-1) TUESDAY

WESTERN (7-2) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (5-3) TUESDAY

NFL SCOREBOARD

PITTSBURGH 26 CLEVELAND 14

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#23 WISCONSIN 74 #3 PURDUE 69

#8 ARIZONA 95 WASHINGTON 79

IOWA 80 MARYLAND 75

NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 133 HOUSTON 113

WASHINGTON 124 CHARLOTTE 121

MEMPHIS 118 BROOKLYN 104

UTAH 115 NEW ORLEANS 104

CHICAGO 102 ORLANDO 98

DETROIT 115 MILWAUKEE 106

DALLAS 103 DENVER 89

GOLDEN STATE 115 MIAMI 108

PORTLAND 136 ATLANTA 131

MINNESOTA 122 LA CLIPPERS 104

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 4 EDMONTON 1

INDIANA BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION BOYS POLL

1. CARMEL

2 FISHERS

3 WESTFIELD

4 ZIONSVILLE

5 CHESTERTON

6 CATHEDRAL

7 BREBEUF

8. HOMESTEAD

9 VALPARAISO

10 INDIANAPOLIS TECH

11 BEN DAVIS

12. LAWRENCE NORTH

13 MISHAWAKA MARIAN

14 PENN

15 NORTH CENTRAL – INDIANAPOLIS

16 CENTRAL NOBLE

17 TERRE HAUTE NORTH

18 MOUNT VERNON FORTVILLE

19 INDIANAPOLIS PIKE

20 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK

INDIANA BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION GIRLS POLL

1. HOMESTEAD

2 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

3 CROWN POINT

4 FRANKLIN

5 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

6 NOBLESVILLE

7. WESTFIELD

8 FISHERS

9 NORTH CENTRAL – INDIANAPOLIS

10. SILVER CREEK

11 LAKE CENTRAL

12 BENTON CENTRAL

13 MISHAWAKA MARIAN

14 COLUMBIA CITY

15 FORT WAYNE SNYDER

16 EAST CENTRAL

17 COLUMBUS EAST

18 ZIONSVILLE

19 VALPARAISO

20 GARRETT

ASSOCIATED PRESS MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

1 BAYLOR

2 DUKE

3 PURDUE

4 GONZAGA

5 UCLA

6 KANSAS

7 USC

8 ARIZONA

9 AUBURN

10 MICHIGAN STATE

11 IOWA STATE

12 HOUSTON

13 OHIO STATE

14 TEXAS

15 ALABAMA

16 KENTUCKY

16 PROVIDENCE

18 TENNESSEE

19 VILLANOVA

20 COLORADO STATE

22 XAVIER

23 WISCONSIN

24 SETON HALL

25 TEXAS TECH

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: ILLINOIS, OKLAHOMA, LOYOLA CHICAGO, UCONN, WEST VIRGINIA, IOWA, MINNESOTA, DAVIDSON, SAN FRANCISCO, CREIGHTON.

COACHES MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 BAYLOR

2 DUKE

3 PURDUE

4 GONZAGA

5 UCLA

6 KANSAS

7 ARIZONA

8 USC

9 AUBURN

10 MICHIGAN STATE

11 IOWA STATE

12 OHIO STATE

13 KENTUCKY

14 HOUSTON

15 VILLANOVA

16 TEXAS

17 PROVIDENCE

18 TENNESSEE

19. COLORADO STATE

20 ALABAMA

21 LSU

22 SETON HALL

23 WISCONSIN

24 XAVIER

25 TEXAS TECH

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: ILLINOIS, UCONN, OKLAHOMA, LOYOLA CHICAGO, ARKANSAS, MINNESOTA, SAN FRANCISCO, BYU, ST. MARY’S, FLORIDA, WEST VIRGINIA, FLORIDA STATE.

ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1 SOUTH CAROLINA

2 STANFORD

3 LOUISVILLE

4 ARIZONA

5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE

6 INDIANA

7 TENNESSEE

8 MICHIGAN

9 TEXAS

10 MARYLAND

11 UCONN

12 IOWA STATE

13 LSU

14 BAYLOR

15 GEORGIA

16 GEORGIA TECH

17 DUKE

18 BYU

19 NORTH CAROLINA

20 NOTRE DAME

21 KENTUCKY

22 IOWA

23 OKLAHOMA

24 S. FLORIDA

25 TEXAS A&M

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: MISSOURI, COLORADO, FLORIDA GULF COAST, KANSAS STATE, OHIO STATE, DEPAUL, MISSOURI STATE, VIRGINIA TECH, NEBRASKA.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

1 SOUTH CAROLINA

2 NORTH CAROLINA STATE

3 STANFORD

4 UCONN

5 LOUISVILLE

6 TENNESSEE

7 OKLAHOMA

8 ARIZONA

9 MICHIGAN

10 INDIANA

11 MISSOURI STATE

12 IOWA STATE

13 NOTRE DAME

14 CENTRAL FLORIDA

15 MISSOURI

16 VIRGINIA TECH

17 CREIGHTON

18 KANSAS STATE

19 BYU

20 KANSAS

21 LSU

21 NORTH CAROLINA

23 MARYLAND

24 WORTHAM

25 TEXAS

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES

NFL NEWS: Roethlisberger, Steelers top Browns to stay in playoff mix

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger looked for the last time into the Heinz Field stands peppered with No. 7 jerseys bearing his name and tried to soak in a moment as inevitable as it was unimaginable for most of his career.

This is the end for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

And rather than fight it, the player defined by his ability to fend off defenders with his left arm and make game-changing throws with his right embraced it.

Roethlisberger did a victory lap following a 26-14 win over Cleveland on Monday night that kept his team’s faint playoff hopes alive. He hugged team president Art Rooney II. He unsuccessfully fought back tears. Then he grabbed the hand of his wife Ashley and their three children and walked into the tunnel and out of sight.

His on-field performance – 24 of 46 for 123 yards, with a touchdown and a pick – was remarkable only for its inefficiency. He became the first QB since at least 1950 to win a game with more than 40 attempts for fewer than 150 yards, according to STATS.

But the numbers – as has often been the case during an 18-year career that includes two Super Bowl victories – were beside the point.

Roethlisberger played. The Steelers won. And so it goes.

Pittsburgh (8-7-1) will finish at .500 or better for the 18th straight season, or every year since the Steelers selected Big Ben with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

“That’s been the story of my career,” he said. “Not always pretty, but we find a way.”

The Steelers need a win over Baltimore next week and a loss by Indianapolis to lowly Jacksonville to make the postseason for the 12th time with Roethlisberger, a possibility he admits is slim.

Still, it exists, and that’s thanks in large part to rookie Najee Harris, who ran for a career-best 188 yards and a touchdown, and linebacker T.J. Watt, who sacked Baker Mayfield four times to give him 21 1/2 on the season, one short of the NFL record set by Hall of Famer Michael Strahan in 2001.

Yet the night belonged to Roethlisberger. The “Let’s Go Ben!” chants started immediately after he was introduced, replaced by “Thank You Ben!” after the 39-year-old took a knee in the final seconds to seal his 26th win over the team that bypassed the Ohio native in the draft nearly two decades ago.

“This is home, you know?” Roethlisberger said. “And I just, I know I was born in Ohio, but I live here and I’ll always be here.”

The only people more eager for Roethlisberger to retire than his family might be the Browns. Cleveland (7-9) – which was eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday – fell to 3-26-1 when facing Roethlisberger.

The Browns inexplicably put the game on Mayfield’s tattered shoulders rather than feeding running back Nick Chubb against the NFL’s worst rush defense. Chubb ran 12 times for 58 yards while Mayfield threw 37 passes, completing just 16, for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.

“If anyone questions how much I want it, turn on this tape,” Mayfield said. “I kept swinging. That’s who I am. That’s who I’ve always been.”

Mayfield plans to have surgery on his ailing left shoulder soon, though his erratic season made his long-term outlook murky for a team where instability at the position has been the norm for decades.

Things are different in Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger was 22 when he took over for an injured Tommy Maddox in Week 2 of his rookie season. He never let go, leading the franchise to an era of success that nearly rivaled the Super Steelers of the 1970s.

Roethlisberger finally admitted this week that “all signs” were pointing to his 18th season being his last. His tank might be running low, but it’s not empty, and he showed flashes – briefly, anyway – of his “Ben being Ben” prime.

A shoulder fake here. A step up in the pocket there. The feet don’t move as fast as they used to. His arm doesn’t deliver with the precision of the past. The field-stretching heaves have been largely replaced by dinks and dunks designed in part to protect him behind an offensive line that isn’t nearly as talented as the groups he led to the postseason with regularity.

Yet if there’s been one constant during Roethlisberger’s career, it’s been his mastery of the Browns.

Roethlisberger’s last win over Cleveland provided a small measure of revenge less than a year after he threw four interceptions in a first-round home playoff loss to the Browns last January.

That night was supposed to be the launching point for Cleveland heading into 2021. But injuries and inconsistent play from Mayfield among others will force the Browns to watch the playoffs from home for the 18th time in the last 19 years.

Not so for Pittsburgh, which heads into the finale of the NFL’s first 17-game season with something to play for.

“We’ve got another game,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got to keep fighting.”

Same as it ever was.

INJURIES

Browns: Lost CB Greedy Williams in the first half to a shoulder injury and LB Sione Takitaki to a shoulder injury in the second half. CB Denzel Ward exited in the third quarter with a groin issue, further depleting a secondary already missing starting safeties Ronnie Harrison and John Johnson.

UP NEXT

Cleveland: Wraps up the season at home on Sunday against AFC North champion Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh: Looks to sweep Baltimore for the second straight season on Sunday while watching the score in Jacksonville.

NFL NEWS: Report: Brown refused to go back into game due to ankle injury

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown refused to re-enter Sunday’s game against the New York Jets because of an ankle injury, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

The 33-year-old had been dealing with the injury for weeks. Brown reportedly told Tampa Bay’s coaching staff that he would not take the field because he did not feel he was healthy, Rapoport said.

However, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Brown didn’t tell coaches he was injured and it was the wideout’s decision to leave the field, according to The Athletic’s Greg Auman.

Arians asked Brown to go back in the game while the Buccaneers were driving the field with 3:30 left in the third quarter, according to NBC Sports’ Peter King. “Nope, I’m not going in,” Brown said, according to Arians.

The Buccaneers’ coaching staff reportedly then threw him off the sideline and cut him from the team, according to Rapoport.

Arians told King he was “very” angry with Brown, who walked over to the bench and began taking off his jersey and shoulder pads. Teammate Mike Evans attempted to stop Brown from leaving, but the receiver “had that look in his eye that I haven’t seen for a long time,” said Arians.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Davis scores 37 in No. 23 Badgers’ win over No. 3 Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis was hungry Monday night.

After skipping breakfast in the morning and spending the afternoon trying to figure out how to beat No. 3 Purdue on the road for the first time in nearly eight years, the Badgers found plenty of ways to feed their sophomore star.

Davis scored a career-high 37 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made most of the big shots to lead No. 23 Wisconsin past the third-ranked Boilermakers 74-69.

“I just went out and played my game,” Davis said. “My teammates did a really good job getting me the ball in the right spots.”

Davis repeatedly made the Boilermakers pay, too, by going 13 of 24 from the field, 2 of 5 on 3-pointers and 9 of 12 at the free-throw line. He also led the Badgers (11-2, 2-1 Big Ten) with two blocks and two steals.

Davis is the first Division I player to lead his team in all five categories in a road win over a top-five foe since Tim Duncan did it for Wake Forest against Maryland on Feb. 1, 1997.

Davis had plenty of help from other Badgers, too: Brad Davison scored 15 points and made two crucial 3s in the final four minutes and coach Greg Gard took a page out of Purdue’s playbook by playing a physical, harassing style and winning inside.

The result? Purdue (13-2, 1-2) lost for the first time since Dec. 9 and had a 13-game winning streak at Mackey Arena end. Zach Edey took advantage of his 7-foot-4 frame by scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Jaden Ivey added 14 points. It just wasn’t enough.

“We just have to grow up and be tougher, that’s it,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “That was a great lesson for us. You hate to have a loss as a lesson but that’s competition.”

Gard gambled that his team, which had been short-handed because of COVID-19 protocols, could overcome foul trouble by simply playing a tougher brand of basketball.

It looked as if Purdue had finally taken control when Ivey, Davis’ summer teammate with Team USA, scored on a layup with 11:11 left to give the Boilermakers a 49-42 lead.

Instead, Davis feasted on the Boilermakers defense. He scored three straight to give Wisconsin a 57-54 lead and when Purdue retook the lead at 58-57, Davis and Davison almost single-handedly led the Badgers on a decisive 14-5 run capped by Davis 3-pointer with 1 minute to go. That made it 71-63 and Purdue never fully recovered.

“I think it shows our team what we’re capable of being. We came in tonight, we weren’t scared they were ranked third or we were playing at their arena,” Davis said, explaining how the Badgers celebrated by spraying water in the locker room. “My jersey’s soaked right now and it’s cold. But they came out and fought tonight.”

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: This young team has grown up in a hurry and is playing traditional Badgers basketball. It takes care of the ball, makes free throws and stays in front of opponents on defense. If Wisconsin continues playing this way, they will be a tough matchup for anyone in the Big Ten.

Purdue: Just hours after breaking the school record by remaining in the top three for a seventh consecutive week, the Boilermakers had perhaps their most inexplicable performance of the season. They struggled to shoot, were outworked inside and couldn’t put the game away when they had the chance.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wisconsin: Monday’s performance, on the road, should turn any lingering doubters into believers. Expect the Badgers to make a big jump in next week’s rankings if they win again later this week over Iowa.

Purdue: The Boilermakers will take a hit in the rankings next week and not just because of the loss. This was not the same strong, aggressive team that dominated the nonconference schedule and Wisconsin exposed some vulnerabilities that need to be fixed.

QUOTABLE

“I felt like they played harder the entire game,” Edey said. “They played harder, got all the 50-50 balls, dominated the glass at times, ran harder and executed better.”

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Hosts Iowa on Thursday.

Purdue: Visits Penn State on Saturday.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Baylor, Duke remain 1-2 in AP Top 25 poll with few changes

(AP) — Baylor is the clear choice for No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. And the voters seem to agree on the group of teams behind the Bears, too.

The reigning national champions kept their firm hold on the top spot Monday, earning all 61 first-place votes for the third time in four weeks. It also marked the second straight week that there were no new teams entering the rankings, with the poll representing another reshuffling of the same group, including an unchanged top seven.

The Bears haven’t done anything to shake voters’ confidence, either. They entered the week as the only team ranked in top five in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency rankings for offense (117.6 points scored per 100 possessions) and defense (87.5).

Baylor (13-0) has won 19 straight games going back to last year’s title run in the Indianapolis bubble. That has included double-digit margins of victory against current No. 10 Michigan State in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas and against No. 19 Villanova.

The Bears won at No. 11 Iowa State on Saturday to open Big 12 play, tenuously holding at least a two-possession lead throughout the second half with a balanced attack, with six players scoring at least nine points.

“It shows we have a great rotation,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said afterward, adding: “Different people step up at different times, and you need that because not everybody has great shooting nights and great games.”

DUKE’S RECOVERY

The No. 2 Blue Devils (11-1) remained in place for the fourth straight week behind the Bears. They haven’t played since Dec. 22 after having to postpone last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference games at Clemson and Notre Dame due to COVID-19 protocols.

Duke hosts Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. Coach Mike Krzyzewski sounded optimistic Monday that the Blue Devils would play as scheduled, saying they were awaiting one test result but otherwise expected to have the entire team back together later in the day.

Krzyzewski said it “hit our program extremely hard” while impacting both players and staff, though the retiring Hall of Famer said he hasn’t had the virus himself.

“It went through just about our whole team,” he said. “We’re not in the shape that we have been in before, so it’s going to take time to ramp up.”

THE TOP TIER

Purdue, Gonzaga and UCLA rounded out the top five, followed by Kansas and USC in the unchanged top seven. Arizona, Auburn and Michigan State rounded out the top 10, marking the Tigers’ first trip there this season.

RISING

Nine teams moved up in the poll, with Providence making the week’s biggest jump of five spots to tie Kentucky at No. 16. No. 15 Alabama jumped four spots, while No. 14 Texas and Villanova each rose three spots.

SLIDING

No. 24 Seton Hall took the biggest tumble, falling nine spots after Big East losses to Providence and Villanova. No. 21 LSU fell five spots, while No. 18 Tennessee slid four and No. 11 Iowa State fell three.

STATUS QUO

In all, 12 teams held their position from last week, including No. 12 Houston, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 20 Colorado State and No. 25 Texas Tech.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 and Southeastern conferences each had five ranked teams to lead the country, followed by the Big Ten and Big East with four each.

The Pac-12 had three, then four leagues – the ACC, West Coast, American Athletic and Mountain West – each had one.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Iowa and Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Player of the Week
Keegan Murray, Iowa
F – So. – 6-8 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Prairie/DME Sports Academy (FL)

  • Scored 29 points and added 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in a 92-71 win over Western Illinois
  • Registered his third double-double of the season
  • Earns his third Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Keegan Murray (Dec. 20, 2021)

Freshman of the Week
Malaki Branham, Ohio State
G – 6-5 – Columbus, Ohio – St. Vincent-St. Mary’s

  • Scored 35 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists in an 87-79 overtime win over Nebraska
  • Finished 13-of-19 from the field, including 6-of-10 from long range
  • Earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: D.J. Carton (Dec. 23, 2019)

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Akron’s Ali, Miami’s Lairy Named Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Ali Ali, Akron, Wing        
Sophomore, Kendallville, Ind. (East Noble)         
Sophomore wing Ali Ali led Akron to its first league win with a career-high 32 points as the Zips defeated Buffalo 88-76 at James A. Rhodes Arena to open Mid-American Conference play on Saturday. Ali buried 7-of-12 shots from the field for a 58.3 shooting percentage, including a 50-percent showing from beyond the 3-point arc with two made triples. He visited the free throw line 22 times while registering a career-best 16 points from the charity stripe at a 72.7-percent rate. Ali added a team-high four assists, grabbed three rebounds and issued a blocked a shot.
 
Mekhi Lairy, Miami, Guard         
Senior, Evansville, Ind. (Bosse) 
Lairy poured in a career-high 28 points, evaporating an 11-point second-half deficit and lifting Miami to an 11-point advantage late in the second half, in a 91-81 win at Buffalo in the RedHawks’ lone game of the week. It was the RedHawks’ first MAC-opening win since 2017-18. Lairy scored seven points over the final 1:50 of the game to help clinch the road win, including two of his eight free throws to hand Miami their largest lead of the game with 44 seconds to play, 88-77. Lairy led all players in scoring, going 8-of-16 (.500) from the floor, including 4-of-5 (.800) from 3-point range, and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. He accounted for five of the RedHawks’ 12 assists for the game and added four rebounds to his line.


Other Nominees
Payton Sparks, Ball State, Center
Freshman, Winchester, Ind. (Winchester)            
Sparks recorded a career-best 20 points while adding nine rebounds, two assists, and a block. Sparks started the game against Bowling Green on fire, scoring the team’s first six points of the game. Sparks was a big reason the Cardinals outscored the Falcons, 34-12, in the paint. Sparks was on the court for a season-high 29 minutes. He also drew 10 of the Falcons’ 19 fouls.
 
Trey Diggs, Bowling Green, Guard           
Senior, Niceville, Fla. (Niceville)
Bowling Green senior Trey Diggs paced the Falcons in their MAC opener against Ball State with 18 points, all coming from behind the arc (6-of-10). The six triples marks a new season-high for Diggs, just one shy of his career-high. Diggs also set a new season-high for steals with two in the game and was second on the team for rebounds in the contest with five.
 
Harrison Henderson, Central Michigan, Forward              
Graduate, Dallas, Texas/South Grand Prairie
Henderson led Central Michigan to a victory at Kent State, 72-69, in CMU’s conference opener with 18 points and five rebounds. The forward was stellar at the line, hitting 8-of-9 free throws as CMU won for just the second time at Kent State since 1997.
 
Mark Sears, Ohio, Guard             
Sophomore, Muscle Shoals, Ala. / Hargrave Military Academy  
Ohio men’s basketball sophomore guard Mark Sears led the Bobcats once again on the court. Last week, Sears averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. On Jan. 1 at Western Michigan, Sears led Ohio to a MAC play Oper victory over the Broncos, scoring 21 points, while going 7-of-14 from the field. He also went 7-of-8 from the line, grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists and had three steals. Sears also registered a block in the Bobcats’ 59-47 victory, helping Ohio improve to 10-2 on the season.
 
JT Shumate, Toledo, Forward    
Junior, Newark, Ohio (Newark)
Shumate averaged 17.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.0 bpg in Toledo‘s two games last week. Shumate also shot 55.0 percent (11-of-20) from the field, 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from three-point range and 100.0 percent (7-of-7) from the charity strip. Shumate poured in a team-high 22 points, grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds and dished out a career-high five assists for his third double-double of the season in the Rockets’ MAC-opening 95-63 victory over Western Michigan.The Newark, Ohio native then scored 12 points and collected five rebounds in a 66-63 setback at Kent State. Shumate leads the MAC with a 51.9 3PTFG% and ranks fourth with 7.5 rpg and a 55.7 field-goal percentage.
 
Markeese Hastings, Western Michigan, Forward
R-So., Wyoming, Mich. (Godwin Heights)            
Hastings nearly averaged a double-double for the week, posting 9.0 points, 16.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block per game for the Broncos. In his first career MAC game, the redshirt sophomore scored nine points and snagged a career-high 18 rebounds at Toledo. The 18 rebounds are the most by any MAC player in a single game this season … Of his 18 rebounds, 11 were on the offensive end, with 10 of the offensive boards coming in the second half … Followed that up with nine points, 14 rebounds and two blocks against Ohio.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Villanova’s Gillespie, Butler’s Lukosius Take Weekly MBB Honors

NEW YORK – Villanova guard Collin Gillespie has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and Butler guard Simas Lukosius has been selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Gillespie led the Wildcats to wins against two top-20 opponents and Lukosius’ clutch performance helped carry the Bulldogs to a league victory.    
 
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Collin Gillespie, Villanova, G, Gr. – Gillespie led the Wildcats to two wins against ranked league foes. This past Saturday, he had a team-high 21 points and four rebounds in a 73-67 win at No. 15 Seton Hall. On Dec. 21, he registered 15 points and four assists in a 71-58 come-from-behind victory over then-No. 18 Xavier. For the season, Gillespie ranks second in the league in 3-pointers made (42), third in assist/turnover ratio (2.2) and third in free throw shooting (.865).  
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Simas Lukosius, Butler, G-F, Fr. – Lukosius was a key contributor in Butler’s 63-59 win against DePaul on Dec. 29. He scored 13 points in the first half to help the Bulldogs gain a 37-26 halftime lead and made two free throws with four seconds left to ensure a Butler victory. The 6-6 freshman from Vilnius, Lithuania, also had four rebounds.
 
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Tyrese Martin, Connecticut, G, Sr. – Scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds in a victory at Marquette (78-70). 
 
R.J. Cole, Connecticut, G, Gr. – Had 20 points, seven assists and two steals in a win at Marquette (78-70).  
 
Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton, C, So. – Had his first career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds in a double-overtime win at Marquette (75-69). Also had four blocked shots.
 
Noah Horchler, Providence, F, Gr. – Averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two victories. Had 17 points and 13 rebounds in a win against Seton Hall (70-65). In a victory at DePaul (70-53), posted 11 points and eight boards.
 
Justin Moore, Villanova, G, Jr. – Averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two wins. Had a game-high 17 points in a victory over Xavier (71-58). 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NIKE #HLMBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (JANUARY 3)

INDIANAPOLIS – Oakland’s Jamal Cain averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game with two double-doubles to lead the Golden Grizzlies to another 2-0 weekend during League play to earn Nike® #HLMBB Player of the Week, while Northern Kentucky’s Sam Vinson finished with 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds over a two-game stretch to be named Nike® #HLMBB Freshman of the Week as the Horizon League announced its men’s basketball weekly honors on Monday.

#HLMBB Player of the Week
Jamal Cain | Oakland | Redshirt Senior | Forward | Pontiac, Mich.

Cain registered his League-leading third Player of the Week award of the season as he led Oakland to a pair of wins to remain perfect in League play at 4-0. The Pontiac, Mich. native began the week recording a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds in a 79-61 win over RMU. He followed that performance with his League-best seventh double-double of the season with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and grabbed 11 boards in a win over Youngstown State, 87-72. Over the two-game stretch, Cain shot 56.3 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from distance. For the week, Cain led the Horizon League in scoring and was second in rebounds, while finishing top-10 in field-goal percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage.

#HLMBB Freshman of the Week
Sam Vinson | Northern Kentucky | Freshman | Guard | Fort Thomas, Ky.

Vinson picked up his League-best fourth Freshman of the Week honor of the season after averaging 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in NKU’s 1-1 week at home. Against Green Bay, he scored 11 points and tied a career high with six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Against Milwaukee, the guard amassed a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He matched a career best with four made 3-pointers of six attempts and again tied his career-high rebounding mark with six. Vinson shot 52.2 percent in the two games (12-of-23) with 50 percent accuracy from beyond the arc (5-for-10). He also averaged 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

2021-22 Nike® #HLMBB Players of the Week
November 15 – Grant Basile, Wright State
November 22 – Jamal Cain, Oakland
November 29 – Jamal Cain, Oakland
December 6 – Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
December 13 – Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky & Dwayne Cohill, Youngstown State
December 20 – D’Moi Hodge, Cleveland State
December 27 – Grant Basile, Wright State
January 3 – Jamal Cain, Oakland

2021-22 Nike® #HLMBB Freshmen of the Week
November 15 – Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee
November 22 – Sam Vinson, Northern Kentucky
November 29 – Sam Vinson, Northern Kentucky
December 6 – Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee
December 13 – Sam Vinson, Northern Kentucky
December 20 – Hubie Pivorius, Northern Kentucky
December 27 – AJ Braun, Wright State
January 3 – Sam Vinson, Northern Kentucky

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: HCAC 2021 Men’s Basketball Notebook, Week 8

Athlete of the Week:
Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Senior – In two games, Maurice Knight averaged 22.5 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Knight contributed 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists against Wabash. He then tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and two assists against Bluffton.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Jameel Cosby (Springfield, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Senior – Cosby averaged a double-double with 17.3 PPG and 10.3 RPG as the Beavers went 2-1 during the holidays. He went for a career-high 31 points in Bluffton’s 86-82 win over Adrian. He also notched his fifth career double-double with a game-high 11 boards while hitting 4-of-8 from deep.
  • Matt Krause (West Lafayette, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Senior – Krause averaged 14.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies in matchups with Albion, Juniata, and Earlham. He had his best showing of the three on New Year’s Day against the Quakers, going for 21 points and 13 rebounds as Franklin pulled away late to take a 72-57 win and move to 3-1 in league play.
  • Max Greenamoyer (Zionsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Sophomore – Greenamoyer paced the Blue and Red as he finished the two-game stretch averaging 16.5 points per game. In the contest against Kalamazoo, the sophomore netted 14 points including 4-of-7 shooting from three-point. At Olivet, he added 19 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the floor.
  • Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | First-Year – Smith propelled Manchester to its first win over Transylvania since 2017 after scoring 20 points and burying five three-pointers. Smith hit his first four three-point attempts against the Pioneers and finished the game shooting 7-13 from the floor and 6-10 from deep. Also scored 18 points and made three 3-pointers against No. 14 Elmhurst back on Dec. 21.
  • Simon Blair (Wagoner, Okla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | First-Year – Blair came off the bench for his first career double-double in a 73-56 Rose-Hulman win at Webster. Blair scored 12 points with 13 rebounds in 25 minutes of action, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and two blocked shots in the victory.
  • Brandon Cromwell (Versailles, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – Over four games played for the Pioneers, Cromwell totaled 61 points, 27 rebounds, 11 assists, nine steals, and a block for Transylvania. Cromwell scored a career-high 23 points against Whittier in Las Vegas at the D3Hoops.com Classic, hitting on 8-of-13 field goals, 4-of-4 free throws, and 3-of-5 three-pointers while adding five rebounds and three steals in the performance. In an 85-69 win against Illinois College on December 21st, Cromwell had a game-high and career-high 10 rebounds to help the Pioneers win the battle of the boards by a seven-rebound margin. Cromwell had his first career 4×5 composed of 10 rebounds, a career-high six steals, five assists, and five points. Over the two week period, Cromwell shot 48 percent from the field, 42 percent from three-point range, and connected on 16-of-18 free throws for an 89 percent clip.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: South Carolina stays No. 1 in women’s AP Top 25 despite loss

(AP) — South Carolina remained the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll on Monday despite experiencing its first loss of the season last week.

The Gamecocks (13-1, 1-1 SEC) fell to Missouri 70-69 in overtime Thursday on a last-second shot. South Carolina, which rebounded with a victory on Sunday, still received 22 of the 30 first-place votes from a national media panel to stay the top choice in the poll.

Coach Dawn Staley’s squad has beat five top-10 teams this season, including the No. 2 team twice. Stanford remained in second place.

It isn’t the first time that a team lost and remained No. 1 in the poll. Back when Louisiana Tech was a powerhouse in the early 1980s, the Lady Techsters saw their 54-game winning streak snapped by Old Dominion. Louisiana Tech stayed No. 1 the next week.

Louisville, which received five first-place votes this week, was third and Arizona was fourth. The Wildcats, who haven’t played since Dec. 17 because of COVID-19 issues, got the other three first-place votes. North Carolina State followed Arizona.

Indiana moved up two spots to sixth after an overtime win over then-No. 6 Maryland. Tennessee, Michigan and Texas moved ahead of the Terrapins, who fell to 10th.

Baylor saw its run of 137 consecutive weeks in the top 10 end, after the Bears lost to Kansas State on Sunday. That was the longest active streak after UConn’s ended a few weeks earlier. Baylor dropped to 14th in the poll. Louisville is now the active leader with 81 consecutive polls.

Missouri, bolstered by its victory over South Carolina, went from receiving no votes last week to just missing the AP Top 25. While the Tigers fell short of making the poll, Oklahoma jumped in at No. 23. The Sooners are ranked for the first time since 2017.

COVID-19

As of Sunday, more than 260 Division I women’s basketball game have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus since the season began. A majority of those have come after mid-December.

STREAK BUSTERS

It was a week that saw a few longtime streaks come to an end. Indiana’s win over Maryland was the Hoosiers’ first against the the Terrapins in 12 tries. Baylor’s loss to Kansas State was its first in 18 years, ending a 36-game winning streak by the Bears.

GAME OF THE WEEK

South Carolina at LSU, Thursday. The Gamecocks are looking up in the standings at new-look LSU with coach Kim Mulkey. The 13th-ranked Tigers (14-1) are 2-0 in the SEC so far this season.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Iowa and Michigan Claim Weekly Women’s Basketball Accolades

Co-Players of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
So. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Broke a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record with 44 points in a win over Evansville on Jan. 2, adding eight assists, five rebounds and two steals on the day
• Surpassed 1,000 career points in the first quarter of her 40th career game, becoming the fastest Big Ten women’s basketball student-athlete to reach that mark
• Becomes only the second NCAA women’s basketball student-athlete in the last 25 years to tally 1,000 points in 40 games or less (Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne did so in 38 games in 2011-12)
• Earns her seventh career Big Ten Player of the Week award and second of the season
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Dec. 6, 2021)
 
Naz Hillmon, Michigan
Sr. – F – Cleveland, Ohio – Gilmour Academy – Major: Communications and Media
• Playing in her 100th career game, tallied the 40th double-double of her career with 29 points and 15 rebounds in a win over No. 25 Ohio State
• Went 9-for-14 from the floor and 11-for-12 at the free throw line for her sixth 20-point game of the season
• With her 15 rebounds, she moved into third place all-time at Michigan with 875 rebounds
• Claims her sixth career Big Ten Player of the Week award and second this season
• Last Michigan Player of the Week: Naz Hillmon (Nov. 29, 2021) 
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Aleksa Gulbe, Sr., F, IND: Put up her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Maryland
Angel Reese, So., G/F, Maryland: Tallied a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds against Indiana for her eighth double-double of the year, adding three blocks and two steals
Nia Clouden, Sr., G, Michigan State: Moved to No. 7 all-time in Spartan career scoring with 1,596 points following a game-high 32 points in a win against previously unbeaten Nebraska
 
Freshman of the Week
Addison O’Grady, Iowa
F – Aurora, Colorado – Grandview – Major: Engineering
• Registered her first career double-double in the Hawkeyes’ win over Evansville on Jan. 2
• Set career highs with 14 points and 12 rebounds
• Shot 70 percent from the field and blocked two shots in 25 minutes of action
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (March 7, 2021)

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist Named #BIGEASTwbb Player of the Week

BIG EAST Player of the Week
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova, Jr., F
Siegrist continued to impress, averaging 25.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and .476 shooting in a 2-0 week for Villanova. The junior forward tallied 23 points, nine boards and four assists in Friday’s win over Seton Hall. She followed that with 28 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in Sunday’s win over St. John’s. Against the Red Storm, Siegrist converted what proved to be the game-winning and-one with four seconds left to lead the Wildcats to the 70-68 victory. Villanova has won five straight with Siegrist averaging 27.8 points and 10.2 rebounds during that stretch.
 
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Morgan Maly, Creighton, So., G/F – tied for the game high with 14 points off 5-of-11 shooting in Sunday’s win at Xavier; 5-11 from the field and 4-9 from three
Leilani Correa, St. John’s, Jr., G – team highs of 20 points, 10 rebounds in narrow setback at Villanova on Sunday
Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Seton Hall, Grad., G/F – 20 points, six rebounds, two steals in setback at Villanova on Friday; was 3-of-5 from deep
Brianna Herlihy, Villanova, Grad., F – back-to-back double-doubles to average 14.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and .522 shooting in wins over Seton Hall and St. John’s
Kae Satterfield, Xavier, Jr., G – team highs of 14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week; game-high 18 points in Wednesday’s win over Butler.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NIKE #HLWBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (JANUARY 3)

INDIANAPOLIS – Northern Kentucky’s Lindsey Duvall earned Nike® #HLWBB Player of the Week honors while Oakland’s Kennedie Montue picked up her first Nike® #HLWBB Freshman of the Week award this week. Duvall scored 26 points to lead the Norse to a road win at preseason favorite IUPUI to earn her second Player of the Week award of the season. Montue scored nine points as the Golden Grizzlies collected a road victory at Milwaukee.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | LINDSEY DUVALL | NORTHERN KENTUCKY | REDSHIRT SENIOR | GUARD | MT. WASHINGTON, KY.
Lindsey Duvall helped fuel the Norse to a 54-53 road win over Horizon League preseason favorite IUPUI this week. Duvall finished the game with 26 points, shooting 9-for-19 overall and connected on 7-of-12 three-pointers (58 percent). Her seven made three’s was a career-high, and Duvall was able to stay hot from beyond the arc against a Jaguars team ranked No. 1 overall in the country in three-point field goal defense. In the fourth quarter alone, Lindsey shot an impressive 4-for-6 (67 percent) from three-point range, and went on a scoring run of her own in the fourth period of 9-4 against IUPUI. Duvall then hit back-to-back three’s in the last 2:47 of regulation to see the Norse point total up to 54 to help secure the win. She finished the day with five rebounds, two steals and went 1-for-1 from the free throw line as well.
 
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | KENNEDIE MONTUE | OAKLAND | FRESHMAN | GUARD | PITTSBURGH, PA.
In her first extended action of the season, Kennedie Montue scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in a 13-point win. The Golden Grizzlies were down multiple starters and multiple rotation players, forcing Montue to play a career-high 18 minutes. Montue hit 2-4 threes and made her presence felt on the glass to contribute to a road win in the Klotsche Center.
 
2021-22 Nike® #HLWBB Players of the Week
November 15 – Macee Williams, IUPUI
November 22 – Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State
November 29 – Ivy Turner, Northern Kentucky
December 6 – Destiny Leo, Cleveland State
December 13 – Lindsey Duvall, Northern Kentucky & Kahlaijah Dean, Oakland
December 20 – Megan Walstad, Milwaukee
December 27 – Rachel McLimore, IUPUI
January 3 – Lindsey Duvall, Northern Kentucky
 
2021-22 Nike® #HLWBB Freshmen of the Week
November 15 – Ryin Ott, Purdue Fort Wayne
November 22 – Ryin Ott, Purdue Fort Wayne
November 29 – Bailey Lutes, UIC
December 6 – Bailey Butler, Green Bay
December 13 – Maddy Schreiber, Green Bay
December 20 – Haley Thierry, Youngstown State
December 27 –  Maddy Schreiber, Green Bay
January 3 – Kennedie Montue, Oakland

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Women’s Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week (Jan. 3)

Southern Illinois’ Makenzie Silvey helped lead the Salukis to a 2-0 record to open Valley play, including wins over Valparaiso and Loyola Chicago.  Silvey averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the two wins.  The award is Silvey’s third career MVC Player of the Week honor and second of the season. 

Missouri State freshman guard Isabelle Delarue helped the Lady Bears to a 2-0 start to league play with wins over Valparaiso and Loyola Chicago, averaging 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, earning her first Newcomer of the Week honor of the season. 



MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Makenzie Silvey, Gr, G, Southern Illinois
SIU graduate guard Makenzie Silvey averaged 19 points per game last week, helping the Salukis start 2-0 in conference play. On Friday against Valparaiso, Silvey scored 18 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. In Sunday’s win over Loyola, Silvey led the Salukis in scoring with 20, while adding four steals and two blocks. The graduate guard also drew six fouls from the Ramblers. With her performance on the weekend, Silvey has now eclipsed 1,700 career points, one of just three Salukis all-time to reach that plateau. Silvey currently sits 4th in the MVC in scoring average with 15.9 points per game and is tied for second in both assists per game (3.8) and minutes per game (34.6).
 
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Isabelle Delarue, Fr., G, Missouri State

Freshman Isabelle Delarue led the Lady Bears in the opening weekend of conference play with 12 ppg, while grabbing four rpg in 50 total minutes. Delarue was Missouri State’s long-range threat, as she led MSU with five made three-pointers for a .313 shooting mark from behind the arc. She also had the second-highest field goal percentage (.409) on the team, while blocking two shots and getting two steals. On Friday against Loyola, she set career highs in points (13), rebounds (5), field goals (5) and minutes (25), while shooting 50 percent from the field and 43 percent from three. Delarue’s 13 points against the Ramblers were a game high. On Sunday afternoon, the freshman posted her second consecutive double-digit scoring performance with 11 points and three rebounds against Valparaiso while setting a career high in field goal attempts (12), as the Lady Bears started Missouri Valley Conference play 2-0 and extended their MVC win streak to 21 games.
      
Noteworthy – In addition to the league’s player and newcomer of the week selections, several conference players had notable performances, and they include:  

Grace Berg (DU) – Berg recorded her ninth game this season scoring in double digits. She scored 16 points against Indiana State, shooting 60% from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line. She grabbed five rebounds and recorded two assists against the Sycamores. Against Evansville, she recorded 12 points, shooting 71.4 percent from the floor and 100 percent from the free throw line. She also grabbed two rebounds, one assist, and blocked one shot. Just two minutes into the Evansville game, she jammed her wrist but came back to score 12 points.  

Abby Feit (UE) – Putting up her strongest numbers on the biggest stage, junior guard/forward Abby Feit again showcased her talent against a Power Five opponent. Against Iowa on Sunday, Feit recorded the 50th double-figure scoring performance of her career, doing so with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds on the road at the No. 21 team in the country. On the weekend, Feit averaged 15 points in two road games and just missed averaging a double-double with 8.5 boards, while swatting a total of five shots and grabbing five steals.  

Kate Bullman (ILS) – Kate Bullman stepped up for the Redbirds in a big way this weekend, playing a team-high 38 minutes while recording 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals to help a short-handed Illinois State defeat I-74 rival Bradley, 64-57, at Redbird Arena. One of nine available players for Saturday’s game, Bullman posted career highs in minutes (38) and points (12) in her seventh career start.    

Natalia Lalic (INS) – Lalic scored a career-high 20 points Thursday night in Indiana State’s win over Drake. The senior guard also set career-highs of eight field goals and four 3-pointers in the win over the Bulldogs. Lalic scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half, including 3-pointers on four straight Sycamore possessions in the fourth quarter to give Indiana State the lead for good. She also added two assists and a block against the Bulldogs.

Allison Day (LUC) – Loyola senior forward Allison Day averaged a team-high 12.5 points in addition to 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.5 assists as the Ramblers opened Missouri Valley Conference play with a pair of road contests.  After putting up seven points (3-12 FGs, 1-3 3FGs), five rebounds, and a career-high three blocks on Friday at Missouri State, the Russellville, Ohio native finished a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line en route to finishing with a team-best 18 points in Sunday’s weekend finale against Southern Illinois.  A 2020-21 First Team All-Valley selection, Day currently leads the Rambler roster in both scoring (11.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg).  

Brice Calip (MSU) – Senior Brice Calip helped lead the Lady Bears to a 2-0 start in conference play and extend their Missouri Valley Conference win streak to 21 games. Calip averaged 12 ppg and 7 rpg in the opening weekend of MVC play, while dishing out a team-high six assists. The sixth-year senior was also 16-for-19 (.842) from the free throw line over the two games. On Friday afternoon against Loyola, Calip scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. She also dished out a team-high five assists with no turnovers against the Ramblers. On Sunday afternoon, Calip led the Lady Bears with 18 points, her second-most points in a game this season, and tied her season high with seven rebounds, six of which were offensive boards, against Valparaiso. The veteran tied her career highs in free throws and free throw attempts after going 12-for-14 from the charity stripe against the Beacons, while also playing all 40 minutes.    

Leah Earnest (VU) – Earnest scored in double figures in both of Valpo’s games on the opening weekend of MVC play. Earnest opened the weekend by tying for team-high honors Friday with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting at SIU, grabbed six rebounds and picked up a pair of steals. She followed with 10 points and six rebounds Sunday at Missouri State.

Megan Meyer (DU) – Meyer recorded one of the best offensive games of her career against Evansville. She tallied 19 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds – tying a season high in points and setting a career record in assists. Out of the 20 shots she took from different areas of the court, she only missed seven. Against Indiana State, she added five points and three assists for the Bulldogs. In her first season with Drake, transferred from Iowa, she has made her way into the starting lineup and continues to lead the Bulldogs offensively from the arc and with assists. She tallies eight games this season scoring in double digits. 

Je’Naiya Davis (UE) – The terrific run to start her career in white and purple continued for junior guard Je’Naiya Davis over the weekend. Davis finished in double-figures in both road contests, extending her streak to nine, including every game she has played as an Ace. Davis was consistent across the weekend scoring 15 points with four boards against Drake on Saturday before recording 14 points and four boards at No. 21 Iowa on Sunday. As conference play has now begun. Davis leads The Valley in scoring, averaging 19.2 points per game. 

Anna McKendree (INS) – McKendree had 10 points and four steals in Thursday’s win over Drake, giving the Sycamores a spark off the bench in their first conference game of the season. She was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and added a late free throw to help ice the game. Indiana State converted McKendree’s four steals into five points, while she also took two charges on the defensive end. The 10-point outing was her second straight game in double-figures.    

Olivia Brown (VU) – Brown led all players in Valpo’s contest at Missouri State on Sunday, going for a game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 5-for-6 from the 3-point line. It was the fourth 20+ point effort of Brown’s career, but her first in the Valpo uniform. She averaged 13.5 ppg for the week, as she tallied six points on Friday at SIU as well.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: HCAC 2021 Women’s Basketball Notebook, Week 8

Athlete of the Week:
Madison Kellione (Cynthiana, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – Kellione led the undefeated No. 6/11 Pioneers to a 2-0 showing during the voting period, scoring a career-high 33 points in an 83-75 win over John Carroll at the Transylvania Holiday Classic on December 20. In the win over John Carroll, Kellione sank a career-best 14-of-14 free throws at the line and tallied 21 of her game-high 33 points in the second half to put the Pioneers across the finish line. Kellione was named the Transylvania Holiday Classic Most Outstanding Player, leading the Pioneers to a 40-point win over Capital in the Classic clincher. Over two games, Kellione averaged 20.5 points per game, four assists, three rebounds, 1.5 steals per game, and hit all 18 of her free throw attempts. The junior shot 48 percent from the field during the period.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Payton Moore (Spiceland, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Moore racked up 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Ravens.
  • Brianna Gillig (New Riegel, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Gillig averaged 14.3 PPG and 9.5 RPG across four contests as the Beavers went 3-1 during the holidays. She hit 23-of-46 (50 percent) from the field and 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) at the stripe. Gillig also finished the four games with six assists and six steals.
  • Nysha Speed (Sterling Heights, Mich.) Defiance College | Guard | Senior – Speed helped the Yellow Jackets start the new year off right guiding them to a 66-59 win over Heidelberg on Saturday. Speed led Defiance with 19 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to help record another double-double on the season. 

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS

No. 3 Purdue Falls to No. 23 Wisconsin

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis was hungry Monday night.

After skipping breakfast in the morning and spending the afternoon trying to figure out how to beat No. 3 Purdue on the road for the first time in nearly eight years, the Badgers found plenty of ways to feed their sophomore star.

Davis scored a career-high 37 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made most of the big shots to lead No. 23 Wisconsin past the third-ranked Boilermakers 74-69.

“I just went out and played my game,” Davis said. “My teammates did a really good job getting me the ball in the right spots.”

Davis repeatedly made the Boilermakers pay, too, by going 13 of 24 from the field, 2 of 5 on 3-pointers and 9 of 12 at the free-throw line. He also led the Badgers (11-2, 2-1 Big Ten) with two blocks and two steals.

Davis is the first Division I player to lead his team in all five categories in a road win over a top-five foe since Tim Duncan did it for Wake Forest against Maryland on Feb. 1, 1997.

Davis had plenty of help from other Badgers, too: Brad Davison scored 15 points and made two crucial 3s in the final four minutes and coach Greg Gard took a page out of Purdue’s playbook by playing a physical, harassing style and winning inside.

The result? Purdue (13-2, 1-2) lost for the first time since Dec. 9 and had a 13-game winning streak at Mackey Arena end. Zach Edey took advantage of his 7-foot-4 frame by scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Jaden Ivey added 14 points. It just wasn’t enough.

“We just have to grow up and be tougher, that’s it,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “That was a great lesson for us. You hate to have a loss as a lesson but that’s competition.”

Gard gambled that his team, which had been short-handed because of COVID-19 protocols, could overcome foul trouble by simply playing a tougher brand of basketball.

It looked as if Purdue had finally taken control when Ivey, Davis’ summer teammate withTeam USA, scored on a layup with 11:11 left to give the Boilermakers a 49-42 lead.

Instead, Davis feasted on the Boilermakers defense. He scored three straight to give Wisconsin a 57-54 lead and when Purdue retook the lead at 58-57, Davis and Davison almost single-handedly led the Badgers on a decisive 14-5 run capped by Davis 3-pointer with 1 minute to go. That made it 71-63 and Purdue never fully recovered.

“I think it shows our team what we’re capable of being. We came in tonight, we weren’t scared they were ranked third or we were playing at their arena,” Davis said, explaining how the Badgers celebrated by spraying water in the locker room. “My jersey’s soaked right now and it’s cold. But they came out and fought tonight.”

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: This young team has grown up in a hurry and is playing traditional Badgers basketball. It takes care of the ball, makes free throws and stays in front of opponents on defense. If Wisconsin continues playing this way, they will be a tough matchup for anyone in the Big Ten.

Purdue: Just hours after breaking the school record by remaining in the top three for a seventh consecutive week, the Boilermakers had perhaps their most inexplicable performance of the season. They struggled to shoot, were outworked inside and couldn’t put the game away when they had the chance.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wisconsin: Monday’s performance, on the road, should turn any lingering doubters into believers. Expect the Badgers to make a big jump in next week’s rankings if they win again later this week over Iowa.

Purdue: The Boilermakers will take a hit in the rankings next week and not just because of the loss. This was not the same strong, aggressive team that dominated the nonconference schedule and Wisconsin exposed some vulnerabilities that need to be fixed.

QUOTABLE

“I felt like they played harder the entire game,” Edey said. “They played harder, got all the 50-50 balls, dominated the glass at times, ran harder and executed better.”

(Postgame Notes)

No. 3 Purdue fell to 12-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten with a 74-69 loss to No. 23 Wisconsin in front of the 33rd straight sellout at Mackey Arena on Monday night.

Purdue is 1-2 in league play for the second straight season.

The loss snapped a 13-game homecourt winning streak dating to last year and Wisconsin improved to 5-42 all-time at Mackey Arena.

Purdue fell to 19-7 at Mackey Arena since the start of the 2014-15 season against ranked teams.

Six of the last 10 games against Wisconsin have been decided by six or fewer points.

Zach Edey scored a career-high 24 points with 10 rebounds and two assists, coming in just 20 minutes. It marked his fourth double-double of the season. Edey has five games (in 14 contests) this year where he has scored at least 20 points in 20 or fewer minutes, the most for a player in a season since 2009-10 (next closest is three in a full season).

Trevion Williams surpassed 750 career rebounds (now with 753) to move into ninth place on the school’s career rebounding list.

TV TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
OHIO AT AKRON6:00PMCBSSN
AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA6:30PMSECN
KENTUCKY AT LSU7:00PMESPN
OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR7:00PMESPN2
TEXAS A&M AT GEORGIA7:00PMESPNU
NC STATE AT VIRGINIA TECH7:00PMACCN
MICHIGAN AT RUTGERS7:00PMBTN
CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT EASTERN KENTUCKY7:00PMESPN+
HOWARD AT PENN7:00PMESPN+
ARMY WEST POINT AT BUCKNELL7:00PMESPN+
BOSTON UNIVERSITY AT NAVY7:00PMESPN+
SETON HALL AT BUTLER8:00PMCBSSN
TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE8:00PMESPN+
VANDERBILT AT ARKANSAS8:30PMSECN
KANSAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE9:00PMESPN2
PROVIDENCE AT MARQUETTE9:00PMFS1
GEORGIA TECH AT DUKE9:00PMACCN
TULSA AT MEMPHIS9:00PMESPNU
BOISE STATE AT UTAH STATE10:00PMCBSSN
WYOMING AT NEVADA11:00PMFS1
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
TEXAS BOWL: LSU VS. KANSAS ST.9:00PMESPN
NBATIME ETTV
MEMPHIS AT CLEVELAND7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SAN ANTONIO AT TORONTO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
INDIANA AT NEW YORK7:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
MSG
PHOENIX AT NEW ORLEANS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SACRAMENTO AT LA LAKERS10:30PMNBATV
NBCS-CA
SPORTSNET
NHLTIME ETTV
NEW JERSEY AT BOSTON7:00PMMSG+
NESN
TAMPA BAY AT COLUMBUS7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
CALGARY AT FLORIDA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
SAN JOSE AT DETROIT7:30PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
COLORADO AT CHICAGO8:30PMESPN+
HULU
WINNIPEG AT ARIZONA9:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
NY ISLANDERS AT SEATTLE10:00PMESPN+
HULU
PHILADELPHIA AT ANAHEIM10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
NASHVILLE AT VEGAS10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM

NFL STANDINGS DIVISION | CONFERENCE
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
X-BUFFALO BILLS1060.6250.04562795-3-05-3-06-5-04-1-03 W
X-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1060.6250.04382704-5-06-1-08-3-03-2-01 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS880.5002.03083495-3-03-5-05-6-03-2-01 L
NEW YORK JETS4120.2506.03004773-6-01-6-04-7-00-5-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS1150.6880.04523407-2-04-3-06-5-04-1-01 L
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS970.5632.04424245-4-04-3-06-5-03-2-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS970.5632.03394074-4-05-3-07-4-02-3-03 W
DENVER BRONCOS790.4384.03112944-4-03-5-03-8-01-4-03 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-CINCINNATI BENGALS1060.6250.04443555-4-05-2-08-3-04-1-03 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS871.5311.53273856-2-12-5-06-5-03-2-01 W
BALTIMORE RAVENS880.5002.03743765-3-03-5-05-6-01-4-05 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS790.4383.03283555-3-02-6-04-7-02-3-03 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-TENNESSEE TITANS1150.6880.03913297-2-04-3-07-4-04-1-02 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS970.5632.04403394-5-05-2-07-4-03-2-01 L
HOUSTON TEXANS4120.2507.02554242-6-02-6-04-7-03-2-01 L
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS2140.1259.02274462-6-00-8-02-9-00-5-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-DALLAS COWBOYS1150.6880.04793325-3-06-2-09-2-05-0-01 L
X-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES970.5632.04183343-4-06-3-07-4-03-2-04 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM6100.3755.03134273-5-03-5-05-6-01-4-04 L
NEW YORK GIANTS4120.2507.02513943-4-01-8-03-8-01-4-05 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
X-LOS ANGELES RAMS1240.7500.04363455-2-07-2-08-3-03-2-05 W
X-ARIZONA CARDINALS1150.6881.04193283-4-08-1-07-4-04-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS970.5633.04003414-4-05-3-06-5-01-4-01 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS6100.3756.03573363-5-03-5-03-8-02-3-01 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XYZ-GREEN BAY PACKERS1330.8130.04203348-0-05-3-09-2-04-1-05 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS790.4386.03944094-3-03-6-05-6-03-2-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS6100.3757.02943763-5-03-5-04-7-02-3-02 W
DETROIT LIONS2131.15610.52884372-5-00-8-12-9-01-4-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
XY-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS1240.7500.04703366-1-06-3-07-4-03-2-02 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS880.5004.03343153-5-05-3-06-5-03-2-01 W
ATLANTA FALCONS790.4385.02934292-5-05-4-04-7-02-3-01 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS5110.3137.02873632-6-03-5-03-8-02-3-06 L
 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

NBA DIVISION STANDINGS DIVISION STANDINGS | CONFERENCE STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN2312.65710-913-36-117-76-43 L
PHILADELPHIA2016.5563.57-813-83-613-106-44 W
BOSTON1819.4866.011-77-124-412-105-52 W
TORONTO1617.4856.09-107-75-511-116-42 W
NEW YORK1720.4597.07-1110-93-511-165-52 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO2510.71413-412-64-216-78-28 W
MILWAUKEE2514.6412.013-612-86-217-107-31 L
CLEVELAND2116.5685.011-810-84-114-96-41 W
INDIANA1423.37812.011-93-142-78-183-74 L
DETROIT728.20018.04-133-152-65-173-72 W
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI2315.60512-411-116-116-77-32 L
WASHINGTON1918.5143.510-69-124-513-124-61 W
CHARLOTTE1919.5004.09-510-145-311-94-62 L
ATLANTA1620.4446.08-98-114-310-123-71 L
ORLANDO731.18416.02-135-181-84-232-86 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH2710.73014-713-38-017-47-31 W
DENVER1817.5148.08-610-112-411-106-41 L
MINNESOTA1720.45910.010-107-102-412-135-51 W
PORTLAND1422.38912.512-92-131-47-183-71 W
OKLAHOMA CITY1323.36113.58-115-121-210-165-51 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE297.80617-312-47-116-48-22 W
PHOENIX288.7781.016-412-44-418-77-31 W
LA CLIPPERS1919.50011.012-117-83-412-153-71 L
LA LAKERS1919.50011.012-107-91-511-134-62 W
SACRAMENTO1622.42114.010-126-104-511-165-51 W
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MEMPHIS2414.63213-811-64-219-97-35 W
DALLAS1918.5144.59-810-107-216-105-53 W
SAN ANTONIO1421.4008.57-107-111-48-155-53 L
NEW ORLEANS1324.35110.57-106-142-48-156-42 L
HOUSTON1028.26314.07-103-181-34-151-98 L
 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL CONFERENCE STANDINGS DIVISION | CONFERENCE | WILDCARD
EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
NEW YORK RANGERS34228448201018510-3-212-5-25-4-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING342185471910910111-3-310-5-26-3-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS34206848181198910-3-510-3-36-2-2
CAROLINA HURRICANES31237147231066610-3-013-4-18-2-0
FLORIDA PANTHERS32217446201229517-3-04-4-46-3-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS31218244211047613-4-18-4-17-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS311885411799819-5-29-3-38-1-1
BOSTON BRUINS2816102341580738-5-18-5-15-3-2
DETROIT RED WINGS331515333149011211-5-24-10-14-6-0
10 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS32131363213851066-6-27-7-45-3-2
11 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS301514131129910510-4-15-10-03-6-1
12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS33131553112961168-7-35-8-24-6-0
13 NEW YORK ISLANDERS2810126261064804-5-36-7-35-2-3
14 BUFFALO SABRES3310176268891166-9-24-8-42-5-3
15 OTTAWA SENATORS299182208791075-9-04-9-25-4-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS347234186731235-10-12-13-31-7-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS3522121451912710711-7-111-5-07-2-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES33199543171169112-3-27-6-37-1-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS332011242191018910-5-010-6-28-1-1
ANAHEIM DUCKS351711741151079810-4-47-7-34-3-3
CALGARY FLAMES301776401598674-3-413-4-25-4-1
MINNESOTA WILD311910240161169810-3-19-7-15-4-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE28188238171199311-2-17-6-17-2-1
EDMONTON OILERS3318132381611110710-6-08-7-22-6-2
LOS ANGELES KINGS33161253714918910-7-26-5-36-3-1
10 WINNIPEG JETS31151153514959110-6-15-5-45-4-1
11 SAN JOSE SHARKS33171513516941029-7-18-8-04-6-0
12 VANCOUVER CANUCKS3416153351389958-7-18-8-28-1-1
13 DALLAS STARS29151223214828511-3-14-9-15-5-0
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS3211174268741086-7-25-10-23-5-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN33101942410921226-11-24-8-22-6-2
16 ARIZONA COYOTES306213156631172-10-14-11-22-7-1
 

LAST UPDATED JAN. 4, 1:23 ET

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE