East Chicago Central
Hammond Morton vs. Munster 7:00 pm
Portage at Chesterton 8:00 pm
LaPorte at Mishawaka 6:00 pm
Michigan City vs. Plymouth 7:30 pm
Concord vs. Goshen 6:00 pm
Penn vs. Northridge 7:30 pm
East Noble
Fort Wayne Snider at East Noble 6:00 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Fort Wayne South 6:00 pm
Huntington North at Homestead 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo vs. Harrison (West Lafayette) 6:00 pm
McCutcheon vs. Marion 7:30 pm
Zionsville at Noblesville 6:00 pm
Carmel vs. Fishers 7:30 pm
New Palestine vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:00 pm
Lawrence North
Lawrence Central vs. Warren Central 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli vs. Franklin Central 7:00 pm
Terre Haute South
Plainfield vs. Brownsburg 7:00 pm
Bloomington North
Bloomington South vs. Greenwood 6:00 pm
Mooresville vs. Center Grove 7:30 pm
East Central
Columbus East vs. Columbus North 6:00 pm
Shelbyville vs. Whiteland 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Seymour 6:00 pm
Bedford North Lawrence vs. New Albany 7:30 pm
Evansville North
Castle at Evansville North 6:30 pm
Jasper vs. Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm

Hanover Central vs. Lake Station 7:00 pm
River Forest at Calumet 8:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley
Culver Academy vs. John Glenn 7:00 pm
South Bend Washington
Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Washington 6:00 pm
New Prairie vs. Jimtown 7:30 pm
Wawasee at Lakeland 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia vs. Garrett 7:00 pm
Western vs. Twin Lakes 7:00 pm
Bellmont at Mississinewa 7:00 pm
New Castle
Centerville vs. Yorktown 7:00 pm
Western Boone vs. Danville 6:00 pm
Monrovia vs. Tri-West 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
West Vigo at Owen Valley 6:00 pm
Guerin Catholic
Indianapolis Herron at Guerin Catholic 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge vs. Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Beech Grove
Christel House vs. Indianapolis Ritter 6:00 pm
Speedway vs. Purdue Poly Englewood 7:30 pm
Rushville at Greensburg 7:00 pm
Salem vs. Silver Creek 7:00 pm
Southridge vs. North Daviess 6:30 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Boonville 6:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Gibson Southern 8:00 p

Bowman Academy
Lighthouse CPA vs. Gary 21st Century 7:00 pm
North Judson
LaVille vs. South Bend Career 6:30 pm
Wheeler vs. Hebron 8:00 pm
Fremont at Westview 6:00 pm
Churubusco vs. Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass
Wabash vs. Rochester 6:00 pm
North Miami vs. Winamac 7:30 pm
South Adams vs. Adams Central 6:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic
Seeger at Lafayette Central Catholic 6:00 pm
Carroll (Flora) vs. Delphi 7:30 pm
Elwood at Tipton 7:00 pm
Winchester at Alexandria 6:00 pm
Shenandoah vs. Knightstown 7:00 pm
Triton Central
Eastern Hancock vs. Indianapolis Scecina 7:00 pm
Covenant Christian vs. Cascade 7:00 pm
Cloverdale vs. North Putnam 7:00 pm
South Ripley
North Decatur vs. Milan 6:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover)
Eastern (Pekin) vs. Providence 7:00 pm
Sullivan at Paoli 7:00 pm
Forest Park
Tell City at Forest Park 6:30 pm
South Spencer vs. North Posey 8:00 pm

Hammond Science & Tech vs. Demotte Christian 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Kouts 8:30 pm
Trinity Greenlawn vs. Marquette Catholic 6:30 pm
Bethany Christian
Elkhart Christian at Bethany Christian 7:00 pm
South Newton vs. Tri-County 6:00 pm
West Central vs. North White 7:30 pm
Southern Wells
Southwood at Southern Wells 6:00 pm
Fountain Central
Faith Christian vs. Clinton Central 6:00 pm
Rossville vs. Attica 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian vs. Anderson Prep 7:00 pm
Blue River
Randolph Southern vs. Tri 7:00 pm
White River Valley
Clay City at White River Valley 7:00 pm
Bethesda Christian
Traders Point Christian at Bethesda Christian 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran
Victory College Prep at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:00 pm
Morristown vs. Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:00 pm
Christian Academy vs. West Washington 6:00 pm
Lanesville vs. South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
New Washington
Crothersville at New Washington 6:00 pm
Shawe Memorial vs. Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Shoals vs. Orleans 7:00 pm
Cannelton vs. Northeast Dubois 6:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Tecumseh 8:00 pm



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Major League Baseball

National League

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with INF Nick Ahmed on a minor league contract. Reassigned LHPs Reggie Crawford and Thomas Szapucki to minor league camp.


National Football League

BALTIMORE RAVENS — Hired Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach, Dennis Johnson as defensive line coach, Doug Mallory as defensive backs coach and Travelle Wharton as assistant offensive line coach.


National Hockey League

DALLAS STARS — Recalled D Derrick Pouliot and C Logan Stankoven from Texas (AHL).

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned F Cole Koepke to Syracuse (AHL).


FORDHAM — Hired Tyler Henderson as assistant football coach.




Now it is Houston’s turn at the top of The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.

The Cougars moved to No. 1 for the first time this season in Monday’s latest poll, climbing one spot to end the six-week stay of reigning national champion Connecticut. Houston (24-3) became the fifth team to hold the top spot this season.

Purdue rose one spot to No. 2, while the Huskies’ loss to Creighton dropped them to third in a poll that included South Florida cracking the rankings for the first time in program history.

Kelvin Sampson’s Cougars spent seven weeks at No. 1 last year, their first stint at the top since the “Phi Slama Jama” days during the 1982-83 season with a team featuring future NBA greats like Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Now they’re back, playing in a new conference home (the Big 12) with the same defense-first formula that has Houston leading the country in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency (87.1 points allowed per 100 possessions).

“Our guys are tough,” Sampson said after an overtime win at Baylor. “We’re not always pretty. But last time I checked this is not a beauty contest.”


The top 10 featured the same universe of teams, though in reshuffled order.

Tennessee moved up a spot to No. 4 for its highest ranking of the season, followed by Marquette. Arizona, Kansas, Iowa State, North Carolina and Duke rounded out the top 10.


While there was plenty of movement, there were no major leaps among the week’s 12 rising teams. No. 11 Auburn and No. 12 Creighton had the biggest jumps of a modest three spots, while four others teams rose two positions.

No. 21 Dayton took the biggest tumble of nine teams that dropped, falling five spots after a loss at George Mason. No. 15 Baylor fell four spots after losing at BYU before falling to Houston.

No. 24 Florida was the only team to hold its position from last week.


South Florida has been a surprise in its first season under Amir Abdur-Rahim, who led a remarkable turnaround at Kennesaw State from a one-win season to an NCAA Tournament bid last year. Now he’s helped the Bulls (21-5) go from being picked ninth in the American Athletic Conference to their first-ever ranking at No. 25.

The other two additions are familiar: No. 22 Utah State spent five straight weeks in the poll earlier this season, while No. 23 Gonzaga is back in after falling out for six straight weeks to end that program’s first stretch among the unranked since the 2015-16 season.


Colorado State (No. 22), Texas Tech (No. 23) and BYU (No. 25) fell out from last week.


The Southeastern Conference led the way with six ranked teams, including No. 14 Alabama, No. 16 Kentucky and No. 18 South Carolina. The Big 12 was next with four teams, all in the top 15.

The Big East had three, followed by the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast, Pac-12, Mountain West and West Coast conferences with two. The Atlantic 10 joined the AAC with one.


Player of the Week
Zach Edey, Purdue
C – Sr. – 7-4 – Toronto, Canada – IMG Academy (Fla.) – Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision

  • Averaged 30 points on 80.8 percent shooting from the field and 11 rebounds as No. 2/3 Purdue claimed a pair of wins last week
  • Shot 7-8 from the field and 11-11 from the free throw line for 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes of a 96-68 win over Rutgers
  • Scored 35 points on 14-18 shooting from the floor and grabbed 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass, in an 84-76 win at Michigan
  • Garners his 11th career Player of the Week award and sixth of the season
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Zach Edey (Feb. 5, 2024)

Freshman of the Week
Mackenzie Mgbako, Indiana
F – 6-8 – Gladstone, N.J. – Roselle Catholic – Major: Sport Marketing and Management

  • Averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, as Indiana suffered a pair of losses
  • Scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in an 85-70 loss to Nebraska
  • Added seven points and three assists as the Hoosiers fell at Penn State 83-74
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Mackenzie Mgbako (Jan. 2, 2024)


MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Marcus Hill, Junior, Guard, Bowling Green
Rockford, Ill. (Rockford Christian)
Marcus Hill was a key piece in BGSU’s upset win over the rival Toledo Rockets Friday night (Feb. 23). Hill tallied a team-high 31 points for the Falcons, his third 30-point game this season, while shooting 45.8% from the field. He added a 9-of-11 day at the free throw line in the effort and recorded six rebounds. As for the game against Central Michigan, Hill registered 15 points for BGSU while nearly logging a double-double with eight rebounds. Hill tallied a block in each game as well, now with at least one in three straight games.



Texas rose to its highest ranking in more than a year in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll Monday after another week of shakeups amongst the top teams.

The Longhorns moved up two spots to No. 3 after four of the top seven teams lost at least one game last week. Texas hadn’t been this high in the Top 25 since the school was also third on Nov. 14, 2022. Texas has won seven straight games and closes out the regular season this week against No. 20 Oklahoma and BYU. The Longhorns are a game behind the Sooners for first place in the Big 12.

South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 team, receiving all 35 votes from the national media panel, after routing Alabama and Kentucky. The Gamecocks clinched their third consecutive outright Southeastern Conference regular-season championship and eighth in 11 years. They visit Arkansas on Thursday night before hosting Tennessee in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

Ohio State was second in the poll. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the Big Ten title with their 14th consecutive win on Sunday.

Stanford was fourth after splitting a pair of home games against Arizona and Arizona State. Despite the loss to the Wildcats, the Cardinal clinched at least a share of their 27th Pac-12 regular-season championship.

Virginia Tech moved up three spots to fifth. The Hokies have won 10 consecutive games and earned at least a share of their first ACC regular-season title at 14-2.

Iowa, USC and UCLA followed the Hokies. LSU moved up four places to ninth and UConn climbed five spots to 10th. It’s the first time that UCLA, LSU and UConn — who were in the top five in the preseason poll — are all in top 10 in a month.


N.C. State dropped six spots to 12th after losses to North Carolina and Duke. The Wolfpack had won eight of nine before the two defeats. Two losses separate second place and seventh place in the ACC standings as of Monday; Syracuse at 13-4 is in second and North Carolina and Duke, both 10-6, are in seventh. N.C. State hosts Syracuse on Thursday. The Orange are led by Dyaisha Fair, who moved into fifth on the NCAA career scoring list on Sunday, passing Brittney Griner.


UNLV re-entered the poll this week, moving in to No. 24. The Rebels are tied for West Virginia in that spot. Princeton fell out after losing to Columbia on Saturday. The Lions received two votes marking the second consecutive year that Columbia has received points in the Top 25.


The NCAA selection committee will reveal Thursday for the second time this year its top 16 teams to this point in the season. There has been a lot of movement amongst teams since the first reveal two weeks ago that had South Carolina, Ohio State, Stanford and Colorado as the potential No. 1 seeds.


Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Averaged 24.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 2.0 steals in Iowa’s split week
• Tallied 24 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals at Indiana
• Recorded her 16th career triple-double on 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists against Illinois
• Earns her 28th career Big Ten Player of the Week award (all-time leader in conference history)
• Her 10th weekly honor is the second-most in a single season in Big Ten history
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 19, 2024)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Mackenzie Holmes, IND: Posted 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 70 percent from the floor in Indiana’s split week, which included an upset of No. 4 Iowa  
Celeste Taylor, OSU: Registered 18.0 points, 5.0 steals, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds during wins over Penn State and Maryland
Makira Cook, ILL: Contributed 24.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while connecting on 14-of-15 free throws during Illinois’ 1-1 week, which featured its first win over No. 14/16 Indiana since 2013  
Freshman of the Week
Natalie Potts, Nebraska
F – O’Fallon, Mo. – Incarnate Word Academy – Major: Business Administration
• Totaled 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in Nebraska’s two victories
• Netted a game-high 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals against Northwestern
• Went 6-of-8 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 at the free throw line versus the Wildcats
• Had 12 points, seven rebounds, a block and steal against Minnesota
• Earns her seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Natalie Potts (Feb. 12, 2024)



Josh Hart scored the go-ahead layup with 2.8 seconds remaining and the host New York Knicks pulled out a controversial 113-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Hart’s winning score was set up by a blatant missed call with 8.5 seconds left and Detroit up 111-110. New York’s Donte DiVincenzo dove for the ball near half court and plowed into the legs of Ausar Thompson, who had been trying to get control of the ball.

No foul was called, and the ball ended up in the hands of the Knicks’ Jalen Brunson, who passed to Hart for the decisive basket. Crew chief James Williams later admitted the referees erred on the non-call.

Brunson racked up 35 points and 12 assists as the Knicks defeated the Pistons for the 14th consecutive time. Cade Cunningham had 32 points and eight assists for Detroit, which has lost six straight.

Heat 121, Kings 110

Bam Adebayo had 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, the depleted Miami bench got a combined 34 points from Kevin Love and Haywood Highsmith, and the undermanned Heat held off host Sacramento.

Miami was missing Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jovic and Thomas Bryant, all suspended for their part in a Friday fight at New Orleans, plus Tyler Herro and Terry Rozier, both out with knee injuries. Even so, the Heat earned their fourth win in a row.

Keegan Murray paced the Kings with 28 points, while De’Aaron Fox had 27 to go with eight rebounds. Domantas Sabonis finished with a game-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists but had just 14 points as Sacramento saw its three-game winning streak end.

Nets 111, Grizzlies 86

Dennis Schroder scored 18 points as visiting Brooklyn earned its first win under interim coach Kevin Ollie, a wire-to-wire rout of Memphis.

After being outscored by 93 points in their previous three games, the Nets dominated Ollie’s third game since he took over for Jacque Vaughn. Brooklyn ended a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in nine games by allowing its lowest point total of the season. Cam Thomas added 14 points for the Nets but exited with a right ankle injury.

Lamar Stevens led the Grizzlies with 17 points, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 but shot just 2-for-12. Memphis finished with its lowest point total of the season and lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

Raptors 130, Pacers 122

Scottie Barnes recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, RJ Barrett scored nine of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and Toronto weathered a career-high-matching 34 points from Bennedict Mathurin to top Indiana in Indianapolis for its third win in a row.

In a game with 10 ties and 21 lead changes, Toronto used a fourth-quarter surge to take the lead for good. Immanuel Quickley finished with 19 points for the Raptors, and Jakob Poeltl added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pacers’ Pascal Siakam posted 27 points and nine rebounds against his former team, while Myles Turner added 16 points and 11 rebounds.



Evan Bouchard, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist to help the Edmonton Oilers end a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Zach Hyman also scored, Connor McDavid had two assists and Stuart Skinner made 38 saves for the Oilers, who avoided matching their longest losing streak of the season and regained sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division.

Trevor Moore and Alex Laferriere scored and David Rittich made 27 saves for the Kings, who have lost two of three. Adrian Kempe, who leads Los Angeles with 51 points, appeared to injure his wrist when he fell awkwardly to the ice off a faceoff with about a minute left and went directly to the locker room.

McDavid has recorded at least one assist in eight straight games, tallying 20 in that span.

Islanders 3, Stars 2 (OT)

Bo Horvat lifted visiting New York to a much-needed win in Dallas, scoring in overtime to beat the Stars for the second time this season.

Mathew Barzal capped a marathon shift by weaving his way in and out of traffic in the Stars’ zone until finding Horvat, who fired a shot beyond Scott Wedgewood’s glove with 2:06 left in overtime. Horvat scored 41 seconds into overtime of a 3-2 win over the Stars on Jan. 21, when Patrick Roy made his debut as Islanders head coach.

Ryan Pulock scored in the first period Monday and Kyle MacLean scored in the second for the Islanders, who won for just the second time in seven games (2-3-2) and improved to 5-5-3 under Roy.

Kraken 4, Bruins 3 (SO)

Kailer Yamamoto converted the lone shootout goal as Seattle defeated visiting Boston.

Jordan Eberle, Vince Dunn and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in regulation for Seattle, which improved to 4-1-1 in its past six games. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves through overtime and then stopped all three of the Bruins’ shootout attempts.

David Pastrnak had two goals and an assist for Boston, which played in its sixth straight overtime game. Charlie Coyle also scored and Linus Ullmark stopped 24 of 27 shots as the Bruins extended their road point streak to 13 games (7-0-6).

Capitals 6, Senators 3

Defenseman John Carlson scored on his multi-milestone night and Hendrix Lapierre recorded his first two-goal game as Washington beat the visiting Ottawa.

On a night when Carlson set the Capitals’ franchise mark with 984 games played by a defenseman, he also moved into second place on the club’s career goals list for defensemen with his 145th during Washington’s four-goal first period.

Shane Pinto and Brady Tkachuk each posted a goal with two assists and Drake Batherson also scored for Ottawa, which entered on a 3-0-1 spurt. The Senators’ Anton Forsberg was pulled after allowing four goals on 10 first-period shots.



SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — José DeLeón, a major league pitcher for 13 seasons who led the National League in strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989, has died. He was 63.

Los Leones del Escogido, DeLeón’s team in the Dominican Winter League, said he died Sunday evening at a hospital in Santo Domingo. The team said DeLeón had health issues without giving further information.

DeLeón was 86-119 with a 3.76 ERA in 264 starts and 151 relief appearances for Pittsburgh (1983-86), the Chicago White Sox (1986-87, 1993-95), St. Louis (1988-92), Philadelphia (1992-93) and Montreal (1995). The right-hander struck out 1,594 in 1,897 1/3 innings.

He topped the NL with 201 strikeouts in 1989 and and tied for the NL lead with 19 losses in 1985 and 1990.

Selected by the Pirates in the third round of the 1979 amateur draft, DeLeón made his major league debut on July 23, 1983, striking out nine over eight innings in a 5-2 win over visiting San Francisco.

DeLeón finished 7-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 15 starts and was seventh in voting for NL Rookie of the Year, an award won by the New York Mets’ Darryl Strawberry.

DeLeón was traded to the Chicago White Sox in July 1986 for Bobby Bonilla, who earned four consecutive All-Star Game selections with Pittsburgh from 1988-1991.

DeLeón made his only postseason appearances in 1993, allowing one run over 4 2/3 innings in a pair of AL Championship Series relief appearances against Toronto.


Jack Flaherty needed to make just 10 pitches in his Detroit Tigers spring training debut as he combined with five relievers to pitch a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over the visiting Houston Astros on Monday in Lakeland, Fla.

Flaherty struck out Chas McCormick and Jake Meyers in the first inning. Flaherty, a longtime St. Louis Cardinal, signed a one-year, $14 million contract with Detroit in free agency.

Tyler Holton (1-0) was credited with the win after Riley Greene grounded out to second in the third inning, scoring Akil Baddoo. Brady Allen later ripped a three-run home run to right for the Tigers.

Astros reliever Oliver Ortega (0-1) gave up the Tigers’ first run. Houston didn’t have a base hit until Dixon Machado’s infield single in the sixth.

Red Sox 7, Phillies 6

Chase Meidroth’s RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the ninth before Nick Yorke scored the winning run on Andrew Schultz’s wild pitch to deliver Boston a comeback win over visiting Philadelphia in Fort Myers, Fla.

The game-ending sequence made a winner out of Red Sox reliever Zachary Fogell (1-0), who walked one in a scoreless top of the ninth. Boston compiled 10 hits but left 10 men on base. Rob Refsnyder had two RBIs.

Whit Merrifield, Darick Hall and Aramis Garcia hit home runs for the Phillies. Schultz (0-1) allowed two hits in the ninth while going for the save.

Orioles 2, Braves 1

Jordan Westburg and Kyle Stowers hit solo shots to help Baltimore edge host Atlanta in North Port, Fla.

Westburg’s homer came off Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) in the fourth inning, while Stowers tacked on the crucial second run in the seventh. Forrest Wall went yard in the eighth for the Braves before Baltimore’s Nolan Hoffman struck out three in the ninth for the save.

Starters Seth Johnson and Max Fried each went two innings for Baltimore and Atlanta, respectively. Jacob Webb (1-0) pitched a spotless third for the O’s.

Rays 8, Orioles 3

Junior Caminero hit a three-run shot and Tanner Murray added a two-run homer as visiting Tampa Bay defeated Baltimore’s split squad in Sarasota, Fla.

The Rays’ four-run third inning dug them out of an early 2-0 hole after Tyler Nevin went deep for the Orioles. Daniel Johnson also homered for Baltimore.

Jeff Belge (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Tampa Bay after 1/3 inning of work following Trevor Martin’s start. O’s reliever Cionel Perez (0-1) gave up the four-run third.

Mets 6, Nationals 3

Trayce Thompson hit a grand slam and an RBI single as New York topped host Washington in Palm Beach, Fla.

Thompson’s homer to deep left center in the third off Robert Garcia (0-1) scored Pete Alonso, who had two doubles and a walk, as well as Francisco Lindor and Brett Baty. Mets starter Max Kranick (1-0) pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Nationals starter Josiah Gray fanned five with two hits over two innings. Brady House had a two-run single and James Wood added an RBI single.

Yankees 9, Twins 2

Juan Soto hit a game-tying two-run double in the third and Jace Avina had an RBI ground rule double and a run two innings later as host New York blew past Minnesota in Tampa, Fla.

Avina finished 2-for-3 with his RBI and two runs after taking over in right field for Soto. Jorbit Vivas tacked on a three-run home run for the Yankees, while Nestor Cortes scattered seven hits and two runs over 2 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Reliever Cody Morris (1-0) fanned three over 2 1/3 innings.

Jose Miranda had an RBI double and Jair Camargo drove him in with an infield single to give the Twins a 2-0 lead. Ryan Jensen (0-1) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the fifth.

Blue Jays 8, Pirates 4

Brian Serven had five RBIs on a three-run homer and a two-run double as host Toronto cruised past Pittsburgh in Dunedin, Fla.

Yusei Kikuchi (1-0) struck out three and allowed one hit over two innings as the Blue Jays’ starter. Nathan Lukes added two of Toronto’s 13 hits, including a double.

Termarr Johnson belted two home runs for three RBIs for the Pirates. Starter Roansy Contreras (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings.

Cardinals 1, Marlins 1

Ivan Herrera hit an RBI single in the second for St. Louis and Jesus Sanchez responded with one of his own in the third for Miami.

The Marlins were limited to three hits and took nine strikeouts but earned six walks. The Cardinals got nine hits but Miami pitchers rang up 10 strikeouts.

Sem Robberse went two innings as the Cardinals’ starter and gave up a hit and walk while fanning two. Marlins starter Eury Perez scattered three hits, one run and three strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings.


The St. Louis Cardinals are signing long-time San Francisco Giants infielder Brandon Crawford, pending the completion of a physical, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Crawford, 37, is expected to compete for a backup infield spot, likely behind rookie shortstop Masyn Winn.

Crawford, a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, has played all 13 of his big-league seasons with the Giants, who selected the UCLA product in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

In 2021, when he won his fourth Gold Glove, Crawford slashed .298/.373/.522 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs and finished fourth in National League MVP voting.


The Minnesota Twins are acquiring outfielder Manuel Margot from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for middle infielder Noah Miller, according to multiple reports Monday.

Margot, 29, is in the second year of a two-year deal worth $19 million with a team option for 2025.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Margot played his first four seasons (2016-19) with the San Diego Padres and is now in his fourth season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Margot joined the Dodgers via a trade during this past offseason, arriving with right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow and cash in exchange for outfielder Jonny DeLuca and right-hander Ryan Pepiot.

Compiling a career slash line of .255/.309/.385, Margot has 91 stolen bases to complement his 52 home runs and 283 RBIs over 788 regular-season games.

Margot hit .316 in six games during the 2020 World Series against the Dodgers, following a breakout American League Championship Series during which he hit three home runs against the Houston Astros.

Miller, 21, was a first-round pick (No. 36 overall) by the Twins in 2021. He has yet to rise above Class A in his three professional seasons.

According to The Athletic, the trade opens the possibility for the Dodgers to bring back free agent Kike Hernandez, who played with the Boston Red Sox and Dodgers last season.

Hernandez would continue to provide depth on the stacked Dodgers roster, slashing .257/.343/.458 against lefties during his 10-year career.



Ben North only wanted to hit a couple sacrifice flies. He ended up with a couple grand slams.

Creighton’s North turned in one of the eye-popping performances of the first two weeks of the college baseball season when he homered with the bases loaded in his first two at-bats against Houston Christian on Friday.

“With less than two outs for both of them, I’m trying to get a ball in the air to the outfield and score the run via sac fly because the infield was playing in hoping to get a groundball and maybe turn a double play,” he said Monday. “So, just trying to get a pitch elevated and put a good swing on it. Luckily I was able to do so.”

Both opposite-field homers left the park in Sugar Land, Texas, with the help of a wind blowing out to right. North also tripled in the 22-1 win and finished with a school record-tying 10 RBIs, most in the nation this season.

North’s first slam was his first homer in 32 games since April 1, and he had connected just twice in his first 54 career games.

“I’m a relatively big guy so I like to think I have the power to drive it out,” the 6-foot, 200-pound third baseman said. “Last year I definitely struggled a little bit at the plate. So this year, I’m just looking to get off to a better start and continue on that path the rest of the season.”

North is among six everyday players batting at least .350. The Bluejays (5-0), traditionally one of the best defensive teams in the country, have a team average of .376 and are No. 2 in scoring with 14.2 runs per game.


Wake Forest (6-1) held on to its No. 1 ranking despite a 4-3 midweek loss to UNC Greensboro. The Demon Deacons rebounded with a three-game weekend sweep of Dayton, outscoring the Flyers 32-11.

Arkansas (5-2) remained No. 2 in the rankings and No. 3 by Baseball America. The Razorbacks played three one-run games over the weekend, winning two. LSU (7-1) stayed No. 2 by Baseball America and No. 3 by


Oklahoma State produced the best finish of the week when Donovan LaSalle scored on Lane Forsythe’s suicide squeeze bunt for a 2-1 win over second-ranked Arkansas in 14 innings Friday.

Forsythe was able to bunt between the mound and third base on lefty Colin Fisher’s 0-2 pitch, and LaSalle scored standing up.

“It looks like a good play because the kid (Forsythe) did his job,” Cowboys coach Josh Holliday told reporters. “If he doesn’t do his job, I look like an idiot.”


Texas pitchers threw 27 shutout innings in a three-game weekend sweep of Cal Poly, the first time the Longhorns held an opponent scoreless in three straight games since doing it against Minnesota in 2015.

Labarron Johnson Jr. and Gage Boehm combined on a three-hitter in a 2-0 win. Charlie Hurley and two relievers combined on a five-hitter in a 6-0 win. Cody Howard and three relievers pitched the final shutout, which was kept intact when Jake Steels was thrown out at the plate in the sixth.


Arkansas’ Hagen Smith struck out 15 in a row to start a top-10 matchup against Oregon State on Friday and finished with a school record-tying 17. All but one out in his six-inning outing were by strikeout. The Razorbacks won 5-4. … Brendan Summerhill went 6 for 6 in a 24-4 win over Utah Tech on Tuesday for Arizona’s first six-hit game in 20 years. … Miami homered four times in the third inning and finished with eight in a 22-5 win over LIU on Sunday.


ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its baseball weekly awards for games played Feb. 19-25.
Player of the Week
Devin Taylor, Indiana
So. – OF — Cincinnati, Ohio — LaSalle

  • Batted .667 (10-for-15) with three home runs and six RBI to fuel Indiana to a 4-0 week, including a sweep at Baylor
  • Compiled a 1.333 slugging percentage, .750 on-base percentage and a 2.083 OPS
  • Scored 10 runs and compiled 17 total bases while making 12 putouts in left field
  • The 2023 Big Ten Freshman of the Year earns his first weekly Player award
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Josh Pyne (May 15, 2023)

Pitcher of the Week
Christian Coppola, Rutgers
So. – S-RHP — Galloway, N.J. — Cedar Creek

  • Hurled six innings of one-hit ball in a 10-3 win over Old Dominion on Feb. 23
  • Retired the final 11 batters he faced, fanning the side in the sixth to finish with nine strikeouts
  • Held the Monarchs to a .053 batting average and two earned runs in his second start of the season
  • The 2023 All-Big Ten First Team selection garners his second career Pitcher award
  • Last Rutgers Pitcher of the Week: Christian Coppola (April 17, 2023)

Freshman of the Week
Luke Gaffney, Purdue
Fr. – 1B — Danville, Ky. — Boyle County

  • Hit .500 (8-for-16) and drove in six runs as Purdue took three of four games from George Mason, a 2023 NCAA Regional finalist
  • Recorded a .500/.529/.938 slash line and reached base in nine of his 17 plate appearances
  • Extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games to begin his collegiate career
  • Captures the weekly Freshman award for the second-straight week
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Luke Gaffney (Feb. 19, 2024)


MAC Baseball Player of the Week
Grady Mee, Western Michigan, 2B  
Sophomore, Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer)
Grady Mee had a huge weekend for WMU in its four-game sweep at Pepperdine, as he went 8-for-14 (.571) at the plate with eight runs scored, six RBIs and a .684 on-base percentage. The sophomore had two hits and scored at least once in each of the four games, starting on Friday when he hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to put Western Michigan on top, 6-4. The Broncos went on to win that game 11-4 and after his grand slam, did not trail for the rest of the weekend. After racking up four hits and three runs in Saturday’s twin bill sweep, Mee capped his weekend by going 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored as the Brown and Gold finished their four-game weekend sweep with a 19-1 victory.
MAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
DJ Newman, Bowling Green, Pitcher
Sophomore, Archbold, Ohio (Archbold)      
In a weekend where Memphis tallied 28 runs, DJ Newman kept them scoreless over seven innings in his start on Friday (Feb. 23). Getting the nod on the mound in the series opener, Newman gave up just two hits and one walk to the Tigers while striking out a career-high 11 and not allowing a run. Newman’s 11 strikeouts are tied for the most by a MAC pitcher this season and his seven innings are tied for second. He picked up the win, his first of the season and BGSU’s first over Memphis in program history.


The top five remains the same in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings, with Wake Forest holding steady at No. 1, followed by Arkansas, LSU, Florida and TCU. Vanderbilt drops three spots to No. 9 after losing at home to Dayton and Gonzaga during a 3-2 week, allowing Oregon State, Texas A&M and Tennessee to move up one spot apiece to Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively.

Clemson, East Carolina and Duke maintain their positions in the next three spots, and Virginia moves up one spot to No. 13 after a 3-0 showing at the Jacksonville Classic, highlighted by high-end wins against Iowa and Auburn.

North Carolina falls two spots to No. 17 after dropping two of three in a traveling series against ECU. Texas and Alabama each move up one placed to 15 and 16 after undefeated weeks.

This is more movement toward the back of the rankings, as Iowa, UCLA and Kansas State fall out of the Top 25, creating some room for teams to move up and three new teams to enter. Campbell jumps in at No. 21 after a 4-0 week that included a midweek victory against ECU, on the heels of a quality series win against UC Santa Barbara, which slips two spots but remains in the rankings at No. 24 after taking two of three at Sacramento State.

Dallas Baptist and Auburn also join the rankings at No. 23 and No. 25, respectively. The Patriots remain undefeated after a 4-0 week highlighted by a midweek win against Oklahoma. The Tigers went 2-1 in Jacksonville, with a quality win against Iowa as well as a tight loss to Virginia.



Player of the Week 

Billie Andrews, Nebraska  

Sr. – SS – Gretna, Neb. – Gretna – Major: Graphic Design 

  • Hit .619 with 13 hits, five extra-base hits, four home runs, eight runs and six RBI in five games at the Mary Nutter Classic 
  • Led the 30-team tournament in slugging (1.238), hits (13), home runs (4) and total bases (26) 
  • Averaged 2.6 hits per game, 1.0 extra-base hits per game, 0.8 home runs per game, 1.6 runs per game and 1.2 RBI per game  
  • Recorded a hit in all five games, with multiple hits in four of the five games, tying her career-high in hits with a 4-for-4 outing against No. 20 Utah 
  • Tied her career best with two home runs as part of a 3-for-5 day against No. 19 UCLA, marking her seventh career multi-home-run game to tie a Nebraska record 
  • Earns her seventh career Player of the Week honor 
  • Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Sydney Gray (Feb. 19, 2024)  

Pitcher of the Week 

Ashley Miller, Northwestern 

Gr. – RHP – Leo, Ind. – Leo – Master’s: Management 

  • Appeared in all four games for Northwestern at the Mary Nutter Classic, making two starts  
  • Allowed one run in 17.0 innings pitched (0.41 ERA) and held opposing batters to a .143 batting average 
  • Surrendered four hits and one run while striking out six in a 1-0 loss to No. 19 UCLA on Friday  
  • Picked up her third save of the season in a 9-8 win over San Diego on Saturday  
  • Tossed a one-hit shutout against Oregon State on Sunday, striking out nine en route to her second complete game shutout of the season 
  • Carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against Oregon State, retiring 21 of 23 batters faced 
  • Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Lauren Boyd (March 28, 2023) 

Freshman of the Week 

Bridget Nemeth, Penn State  

RHP – Glendora, Calif. – Glendora – Major: Agribusiness Management 

  • Led the Nittany Lions in innings pitched with 16.0 throughout three games played, tossing a complete game in her lone start of the weekend 
  • Allowed just one earned run across the 16 innings, for an ERA of 0.44 
  • Yielded a .197 opponent batting average, striking out 24 batters with three walks  
  • Earned the victory in all three mound appearances, bringing her individual record to 8-0 on the season 
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Paige Maynard (Feb. 20, 2023)  



Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won a closest-to-the-pin tiebreaker to earn $1.6 million at the end of The Match 9 on Monday night in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The ninth edition of the exhibition golf series brought McIlroy, Max Homa and LPGA stars Lexi Thompson and Rose Zhang together for a 12-hole skins match under the lights at The Park golf course.

But after McIlroy won three skins for a combined $800,000 for charity, no player emerged to win any of the final four holes.

At the par-5 12th hole, McIlroy announced that an unidentified friend of his was donating $500,000 to bring the total remaining stakes to $1.6 million. After McIlroy missed an eagle putt and was given the birdie, Homa drained a longer birdie putt to match him.

So the four players returned to the fairway from approximately 100 yards out for a tiebreaker. McIlroy went first and stuck his wedge shot to 4 feet, 2 1/2 inches, and none of his counterparts came close to beating him.

The only other player to win a skin was Thompson at the second hole, when she sank a lengthy eagle putt to net $200,000. Homa and Zhang did not get on the board.

At No. 4, players had to select just one club to use for the entire hole. McIlroy used a 5-wood from tee to green — including his putts — to make par and win his first skin.

It was just McIlroy’s second time participating in The Match series and his first win. He and Tiger Woods lost to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in The Match 7.

“I just think (I will remember) how much fun it was, being out here with Max and Rose and Lexi and playing at such a great facility,” McIlroy said. “All these people out here, the atmosphere, it was a really cool night.”

This was the first edition to feature female competitors. Zhang, still just 20 and a student at Stanford, burst onto the national scene last June when she won her LPGA debut at the Mizuho Americas Open.

“Just from being in this kind of environment, it’s kind of my first time and definitely outside of my comfort zone,” Zhang said. “It just makes me so excited to see what’s to come.”



First team

Dezmon Briscoe, Crispus Attucks, Jr.

Ron Rutland III, Crispus Attucks, Sr.

Brady Koehler, Cathedral, Jr.

Keaton Aldridge, Cathedral, So.

Ethan Roseman, Bishop Chatard, So.

Second team

David Brigham Jr., Christel House, So.

Elexander Harris, Tech, So.

Xavier Highbaugh, Cardinal Ritter, Sr.

Damon Van Horn, Tindley, Sr.

Antwan Dorsett, Purdue Poly, Sr.

Third team

Mason Lewis, Crispus Attucks, Sr.

Luke Peters, Heritage Christian, Sr.

Clem Butler, Washington, Sr.

Chris Hurt, Crispus Attucks, Jr.

Lebron Gough, Cathedral, Jr.

Honorable mention

David Mendez, Scecina, Sr.


Playing on the second night of a back-to-back is always challenging, but it’s been especially problematic for the Pacers this season.

Monday night’s game against Toronto at Gainbridge Fieldhouse followed an all-too-familiar narrative, as the rested Raptors (22-36) outlasted Indiana (33-26), 130-122, snapping the Pacers’ three-game win streak. The Pacers are now just 2-9 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the second-worst record in the NBA when playing with no rest.

The Blue & Gold were riding high after a 22-point drubbing of a red-hot Dallas team on Sunday, but played from behind for much of Monday’s contest and saw a late rally come up just short.

“We’ve all got to get better,” Pacers forward Pascal Siakam said after the loss. “These games are super important. I think that we put a lot of pressure on like, ‘Oh man, we’re supposed to win these games against certain teams.’ Everyone’s good and no matter what a team’s record is we should just go play basketball.”

The loss spoiled a tremendous night from second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin, who matched his career high with 34 points while going 11-for-15 from the field, 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and 7-for-9 from the free throw line while also tallying nine rebounds and five assists.

“As the game went on and we were struggling, Mathurin’s shot-making in the second half, particularly in the third quarter, held us in the game,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “We got down by 12 and he kind of single-handedly kept us in the game. He was making some hellacious and really heroic-type shots.”

Siakam added 27 points, nine rebounds, and six assists for Indiana in his second game against his former team, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raptors, who had seven players reach double figures.

RJ Barrett led the visitors with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting and five assists, while All-Star forward Scottie Barnes recorded his fifth career triple-double, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and fiveblocks.

Coming off a season-high 33-point performance in Sunday’s win over Dallas, Myles Turner picked up where he left off early on Monday night. Turner scored eight of Indiana’s first 15 points, knocking down his first two 3-point attempts.

The lead changed hands 11 times in the opening frame, but it was Toronto that held a narrow 30-28 advantage entering the second quarter.

The contest continued to be a back-and-forth affair in the ensuing frame. There were five ties and four lead changes in the first six-plus minutes of the second quarter but Toronto surged ahead thanks to a 7-0 run.

A three from Siakam and a transition bucket from Mathurin on the next two Pacers possessions brought Indiana within one at 51-50. But back-to-back baskets from Barrett and Barnes built back a cushion for the Raptors.

Mathurin’s 3-pointer cut the deficit back to two with 2:22 remaining in the first half. That’s where the margin remained when Turner drew a foul on Jakob Poeltl and headed to the line with 1:06 remaining in the first half. Turner hit the first free throw and missed the second, but he followed his miss, corralled the rebound, and appeared to put it back in the basket to give Indiana the lead. The basket was waived off, however, by referee Bill Kennedy, who called Turner for an offensive foul.

Two layups by Poeltl in the final minute of the half gave Toronto a 61-56 advantage at the break.

Siakam provided a spark shortly after halftime, scoring eight straight Pacers points — all of them coming at the rim — in a 1:46 spurt. Siakam’s outburst cut Toronto’s lead to 67-66, but the Pacers went cold immediately thereafter. The Raptors took advantage, reeling off 11 unanswered points over the next 3:30 to open up the first double-digit lead of the night.

The Pacers eventually rediscovered their shooting stroke and used a 10-2 run that featured threes from Jalen Smith and Mathurin to get back within four.

Mathurin closed the quarter with a flourish, scoring seven points in the final 1:16. After he and Ochai Agbaji traded free throws, Mathurin drilled another three off a dish from T.J. McConnell to trim the deficit to 88-85 with 55.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter. After a miss on the other end, McConnell found a cutting Mathurin, who converted a tough shot while falling down to make it a one-point game.

Barnes’ layup on the other end closed the scoring for the quarter and gave the visitors a 90-87 lead entering the fourth quarter.

They wouldn’t remain in front for long, as Mathurin buried his fourth trey of the night 17 seconds into the final frame to tie the game. Toronto briefly regained the lead following Gradey Dick’s 3-pointer on the other end, but the Pacers took their first lead of the second half soon after on Smith’s putback basket that made it 96-95 with 10:05 to play.

The two teams traded the lead five times over the next 1:30 before the Raptors surged back in front. Eight straight Raptors points — including threes from Dick and Immanuel Quickley — broke a 102-102 tie and forced a timeout from Pacers Carlisle with 7:12 to play.

The visitors extended their lead even after the stoppage, stretching the margin to 115-104 following Dick’s three with 6:21 remaining.

The Pacers mounted one last charge. A Mathurin layup cut deficit to 117-108 with 4:32 remaining. Tyrese Haliburton then knocked down a three from the left wing off a Mathurin offensive rebound and kick-out — just the second field goal of the night for the Pacers’ All-Star point guard — to make it a two-possession game with 3:50 to play.

After a Toronto timeout, the Pacers forced a turnover and Andrew Nembhard’s layup made it 117-113 with 3:17 remaining. But Gary Trent Jr. knocked down a jumper on the other end and Barrett hit a three at 2:15 that pushed the Raptors’ lead back to nine and the visitors held on for the victory.

Turner recorded a double-double in the loss, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks. Nembhard added 11 points, while McConnell tallied 10 points, four boards, and four assists off the bench.

Quickley scored 19 points for Toronto, while Dick added 18 off the bench, going 7-for-9 from the field and 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Poeltl had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks in 22 minutes before exiting in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle, Agbaji scored 13 off the bench, and Trent added 11 points and five boards.

After falling to the Pacers in Toronto on Feb. 14, the Raptors have won three straight games coming out of the All-Star break.

The Pacers will wrap up a four-game homestand on Wednesday against New Orleans before embarking a three-game road trip that begins with a rematch against the Pelicans before continuing on to San Antonio and Dallas.

Inside the Numbers

Mathurin’s 34 points matched his career high, set earlier this season on Dec. 18 against the Clippers. According to StatMuse, his 34 points were also the most points ever by a Canadian player against Toronto.

Turner recorded his 12th double-double of the season in the loss.

Haliburton went 2-for-11 from the field and 1-for-6 from 3-point range, finishing with just nine points and seven assists. It was only his fourth game this season in which he failed to score in double figures and just the second time he did not have either double-digit points or assists in a game, with the other game being Jan. 8 against Boston when he played just 13 minutes before exiting with a hamstring injury.

Toronto’s reserves outscored Indiana’s bench, 40-25. The Pacers entered the night leading the league in bench points, averaging 47.6 per game, and are now just 2-9 on the season when the opponent scores more bench points.

The Raptors shot 55.2 percent from the field and went 12-for-28 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range, while the Pacers shot 46 percent and were 13-for-42 (31 percent) from beyond the arc.

Toronto outscored Indiana 78-50 in points in the paint and 26-11 in fastbreak points.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Disappointing result. Tough game. No excuses. I thought Toronto really made a point of making it difficult on Tyrese…We just weren’t able to get over the hump in the game.” -Carlisle on the outcome

“Toronto plays the fastest pace in the league. They had 26 (fastbreak points), they had 23 last game. We did better there, but they just got in the paint too often. (When you give up) 78 paint points, you’re going to lose most of the time.” -Carlisle on defensive issues

“We just weren’t as a present on defense. Against a team like that, they’re running, they’re moving and they cut a lot. So we’ve got to be in sync…It just wasn’t sustained for longer periods of time.” -Siakam on issues slowing down the Raptors

“I was really bad on defense tonight. I take all accountability. I’m looking forward to being better next game.” -Mathurin on the Pacers’ defensive issues

“Benn’s special. I thought he played very well, he made some tough shots, which he can do. He was rolling out there.” -Siakam on Mathurin’s performance

“Just happy to step into my shot. I know I work really hard so I’d seen the first one go in, I took the next one and the next one went in, and I just kept going.” -Mathurin on his big offensive night

“He’s rebounding well. Everybody took a step back defensively tonight, but he’s made great strides defensively this year. We know he can put the ball in the hole. And that stretch in the second half, he was out of this world. As simple as that. We couldn’t get anything going and he just rose up and made some tremendously difficult shots.” -Carlisle on Mathurin’s strong play recently

“It’s great playing with a guy like Pascal who creates so much attention. He’s so great when he has the ball in his hands that he creates a lot of distraction for the defense. Pretty much just trying to feed off of that.” -Mathurin on getting comfortable playing with Siakam

Stat of the Night

The Pacers’ 2-9 record on the second night of a back-to-back this season is the second-worst mark in the league. Only Washington has been worse when playing on no rest, going 0-10 on the second night of a back-to-back.


The Raptors have a 2-1 lead in the season series with Indiana, with the road team prevailing in all three contests so far. Toronto won 132-131 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Nov. 22 and Indiana came away with a 127-125 on Feb. 14 in Toronto. The two teams will meet once more in Toronto on April 9.

Pacers forward Doug McDermott played five minutes in the first half before exiting with a sore right calf.

Starting forward Aaron Nesmith missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle.

Up Next

The Pacers wrap up four-game homestand by hosting Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 PM ET.




9:30 A.M.: Doors open

10:30 A.M.: Puck drop


Join the Indy Fuel to celebrate Education Day!

Students will receive a workbook that incorporates hockey education throughout the game during the coolest field trip ever!

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds.

TICKETS: Tickets for today’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.

BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.

You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.


INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel will play their annual Education Day game on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in front of a sold out crowd of local school groups. Hosting the Cincinnati Cyclones for the second time this season, the Fuel look for their first win over their division rivals.


The last time these two teams met was November 22 when the Fuel visited Cincinnati to take on the Cyclones and ultimately fell 7-3 in a low shots game. Colin Bilek, Kyle Maksimovich and Cam Hillis were the Fuel’s three scorers while Mitchell Weeks started in net.


Last season, the Fuel took on the Kalamazoo Wings on Education Day in front of a crowd of 6,880 young fans, breaking a record for most fans in attendance at a Fuel game in franchise history. Their support helped propel the Fuel to a victory bringing their Education Day record to a winning 3-2-0-0.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Indiana Hoosiers will try for a “three-peat” this week at the 2024 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, running Wednesday (Feb. 28) through Saturday (March 2) inside the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University.

IU is the highest-ranked team coming into the meet, ahead of No. 14 Ohio State, No. 18 Michigan and No. 22 Wisconsin. The Hoosiers were undefeated in dual meets this season and were the top team at their midseason meet, the Ohio State Invitational, also held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The event begins Wednesday evening with the first set of finals in the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay. The following three days will consist of two sessions, with preliminaries in the morning to determine final seeding for the evening session. All seven sessions can be streamed on the Big Ten Plus digital platform.

“Our men’s swimmers have done a fantastic job of preparation in both the pool and the weight room,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “We are excited to see how their hard work materializes this week at the Big Ten Championships, and we can’t wait to have a lot of fun in Columbus!”

“It’s been great to see this team grow over the past year,” head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “We are ready to take on all challenges.”


Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Saturday, March 2 • 10 a.m. ET (prelims), 5 p.m. (finals)

McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion • Columbus, Ohio

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Wednesday (5 p.m. ET) – 200 Medley Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay

Thursday (5 p.m. ET) – 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 1-Meter Dive, 400 Medley Relay

Friday (5 p.m. ET) – 100 Butterfly, 400 IM, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 3-Meter Dive, 200 Freestyle Relay

Saturday (5 p.m. ET) – 1,650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, Platform Dive, 400 Freestyle Relay



Toby Barnett – 200 breast (1:55.13), 400 IM (3:42.54)

Luke Barr – 100 back (46.04), 200 IM (1:42.88)

Warren Briggs – 500 free (4:18.80)

Finn Brooks – 100 breast (51.34), 100 fly (45.67)

Brendan Burns – 100 back (45.13), 200 back (1:40.04), 200 fly (1:40.78)

Tristan DeWitt – 1,650 free (15:00.62)

Tomer Frankel – 100 free (42.19), 100 fly (45.26), 200 fly (1:41.94)

Dash Glasberg – Platform (375.98)

Quinn Henninger – 1-meter (388.55), 3-meter (414.40)

Mikkel Lee – 50 free (19.43)

Josh Matheny – 100 breast (51.81), 200 breast (1:51.31)

Rafael Miroslaw – 100 free (42.54), 200 free (1:32.52)

Maxwell Reich – 100 breast (51.87), 200 breast (1:51.89)

Carson Tyler – 1-meter (393.90), 3-meter (466.35)

Maxwell Weinrich – 3-meter (428.93), Platform (439.80)

Kai van Westering – 200 back (1:42.07)

Jassen Yep – 100 breast (51.49), 200 breast (1:50.71)


Indiana won its second straight Big Ten Championship in 2023.

IU earned 27 medals, 11 individual conference titles and broke nine pool records over four days at the 2023 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Hoosiers totaled 1,595.5 points to outscore runner-up Ohio State (1,290.5) and the field by 305 points.

For the third straight season, the IU pair of Brendan Burns and Andrew Capobianco earned championship award distinctions. Once more the Big Ten Champion in all five events he swam, Burns was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships. Capobianco and Carson Tyler teammate shared the Big Ten Diver of the Championships Award as they combined to help IU sweep the diving titles for a second consecutive year. Burns and Tyler return for the 2024 championships.


Indiana has won 29 Big Ten Championships including five of the last seven and six since the beginning of head swimming coach Ray Looze’s tenure. The Hoosiers have also managed 13 consecutive top-three finishes going back to 2011.

Indiana has won 310 Big Ten individual titles, counting swimming and diving combined, as well as 76 relay titles.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  A midweek tilt is in store for the Indiana Baseball team (6-1) as it looks to close the month of February on a seven-game winning streak. Purdue Fort Wayne visits from the north for the 10th all-time meeting between the programs.

Freshman righty Seth Benes gets the nod as the starting pitcher on Tuesday for the second-straight week. A host of pitchers will be available for the Hoosiers to throw in this week’s contest.

Sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 26 after hitting nearly .700 in last week’s action. It marks the second straight week the Hoosiers have won a conference weekly award with Taylor following up Connor Foley’s Pitcher of the Week award on Feb. 19.

Following Tuesday’s action, IU heads back to Texas for the Frisco Classic. The weekend will feature two more ranked opponents on Friday (No. 16 Alabama) and Saturday (No. 25 Dallas Baptist).

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vs. Purdue Fort Wayne (Tuesday, February 27th)

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Probable Starters

#20 Indiana vs. Purdue Fort Wayne

• Seth Benes (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. Sean Kasper (0-0, 3.00 ERA)


Weekend Recap – at Baylor

• Indiana continued its outstanding start to the season, sweeping Baylor in its own ballpark by a combined score of 29-10. The Hoosiers never trailed in the three-game series and took an early lead in the first inning of all three contests.

Weekend Notes

– First non-conference true road series sweep for IU since 2007 (at Florida A&M)

– Fewest runs conceded in a three-game series since 2019 (10)

– 15 runs scored in the Sunday game (Feb. 25) were most in non-conference road game since 2015

– Best start (6-1) to a full 56-game season since 2018

Moving Up in the Polls

• The Hoosiers find themselves in the four main baseball polls (D1 Baseball, Baseball America, Perfect Game and NCBWA) this weekend after a 6-1 start to the season. IU is as high as No. 20 (D1 Baseball), setting the stage for two more ranked matchups this weekend.

• Friday’s matchup with No. 16 and undefeated Alabama will be a top-20 matchup in Frisco and will also pit IU against former Maryland coach Rob Vaughn. The Hoosiers will then see No. 25 Dallas Baptist on Saturday afternoon, another undefeated program.

• IU’s first three weekends see it play four different top-25 programs. Following the trip to Frisco Classic is a visit from undefeated Troy, one of the top mid-major teams in the entire country.

Sophomore Stud

• Sophomore Devin Taylor is tearing the cover off the ball to begin 2024, reaffirming his case to be one of the top available college bats in the 2025 MLB Draft. Through seven games this year, the Cincinnati native is batting .552 (16-29) with three home runs and eight RBIs.

• He leads an IU lineup that is hitting a collective .319 on the campaign with three players at a .364 average or better. The Hoosiers have mashed 15 home runs this year and have scored 60 runs. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 26 and currently leads the conference in batting average.

Foley’s That Dude

• Facing the task of building the entire weekend rotation from a year ago, sophomore Connor Foley has helped ease the task for Saturdays. Through two starts, he has yet to concede a run and has struck out 14 batters in 10 scoreless innings. He dominated Baylor on Saturday afternoon with six innings and just one hit enroute to the victory.

• Fellow sophomores Brayden Risedorph (Friday) and Ethan Phillips (Sunday) have made consecutive starts in their respective roles as well.

Offense is Rolling

• It should be no surprise that the IU offense is starting to click in the early parts of the season. Despite leaving a number of runners on base, IU has scored 60 runs in seven games and put up at least nine hits in each contest so far. It also has hit 15 home runs in the early going led by four from Morgan Colopy.

• Six different players have eight-or-more hits and three Hoosiers are hitting .364 or better (Taylor, Tyler Cerny and Josh Pyne) so far this season.

Scouting the Opponent

Purdue Fort Wayne (1-6, 0-0)

• The Mastodons make the trip down from Fort Wayne after losing three of four to Western Kentucky last weekend. Purdue Fort Wayne was swept by Murray State on opening weekend.

• Camden Karczewski (.381) and Jacob Walker (.360) are both hitting .360 or better across the first seven games of the season.

• Purdue Fort Wayne’s pitching staff boasts a 10.31 earned run average in seven games. Right-handed pitcher Sean Kasper (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will get the start on Tuesday afternoon.

Inside the Series

Indiana vs. Purdue Fort Wayne

• The two programs meet for the 10th time with IU winning all nine of the previous matchups. IU has won the last two games (2022 and 2023) by a combined score of 27-3.


ROSEMONT, Ill.  –  A dominant week at the plate, which helped spark a perfect 4-0 record for the Indiana Baseball team, led sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor to Big Ten Player of the Week honors. This is IU’s second weekly honor from the Big Ten this season, following Connor Foley’s Pitcher of the Week award (Feb. 19).

Taylor continued his torrid start to the season this past week, hitting .667 (10-15) with three home runs, five walks, six RBIs and 10 runs scored. He had three three-hit games and recorded the fifth multi-home run game of his career on Sunday at Baylor.

Through seven games this year, the Cincinnati native is batting .552 (16-29) with three home runs and eight RBIs. He leads an IU lineup that is hitting a collective .319 on the campaign with three players at a .364 average or better. The Hoosiers have mashed 15 home runs this year and have scored 60 runs.

Among power five players this season, Taylor is fifth in the NCAA in hits (16) and batting average (.552) (min. 25 at-bats). He currently leads the Big Ten in batting average and is one of eight conference players with three-or-more home runs.

The 2023 Big Ten Freshman of the Year was a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree last season but earns his first Player of the Week accolade from the conference.



Opening Tip

• Indiana University returns to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the penultimate home game in its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball against the Wisconsin Badgers.  Tip is slated for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a live stream available on Peacock.

•The Badgers are led by sophomore guard AJ Storr. The St. John’s transfer is averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 32 made 3-pointers.

• Fifth-year senior forward Tyler Wahl provides 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while junior forward Steven Crowl adds 11.2 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game.

• Junior guard Chucky Hepburn is second in the Big Ten at 2.1 steals per game. He also leads the Badgers with 100 assists.

Game Information

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 • 7 p.m. ET

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

TV: Peacock (Noah Eagle, Robbie Hummel)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 97-81

Last Meeting: WIS 91, IU 79 on Jan. 19, 2024, in Madison

Series History

• Indiana holds an advantage of 97-81 in the series with Wisconsin that spans over 110 years of competition. The Hoosier defeated the Badgers by a score of 63-45 on Jan. 14, 2023, when UW last visited Bloomington. Trayce Jackson-Davis totaled 18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and five blocks.

• Wisconsin won a 91-79 tilt when the two sides met in Madison on Jan. 19, 2024. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau scored 28 points to go along with eight rebounds, while freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako registered 17 points. The Badgers had four post double figures in the scoring column, including 26 from junior guard Max Klesmit.

Last Time Out

• Indiana dropped an 83-74 game at Penn State on Feb. 24. The Hoosiers finished the game 2-of-15 (13.3%) from the 3-point line and 14-of-25 (56.0%) from the free throw line.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau and sophomore center Kel’el Ware combined to score 43 points on 16-of-25 (64.0%) from the floor and 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the line.

• Reneau totaled a game-best 27 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in 22 games this season, including 16 efforts of at least 15 points and seven 20-point nights. He notched a career-high 34 points against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29) and a Big Ten career-high of 28 points at No. 11/8 Wisconsin (Jan. 19).

• Reneau is averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29 minutes per game. He is shooting 57.2% (171-of-299) from the floor, 32.5% (13-of-40) from the 3-point line, and 65.6% (80-of-122) from the free throw line.

• The Miami native has posted double figure scoring outputs in 11-of-12 games played away from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 37 3-pointers this season. Over the last 11 games he is averaging 14.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in Big Ten play. He has reached double figures in the scoring column in 18 of the last 22 games.

• The Roselle Catholic graduate scored 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor against Northwestern (Feb. 18). Three days later against Nebraska (Feb. 21), Mgbako posted a career-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. He posted his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at No. 10/11 Illinois (Jan. 27).

• Among freshmen in the Big Ten, Mgbako is first in total points (311), points per game (11.5), and free throws made (74), second in made 3-pointers (37), and third in total rebounds (111).

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 15.1), rebounds (4.1 to 9.4), assists (0.5 to 1.5), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 57.0%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 31 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 20 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards 11 times this season, including three games over 15 boards.

• In 14 conference games, Ware is averaging 15.3 points on 59.6% (87-of-146) shooting from the floor and 47.1% (8-of-17) from the 3-point line. He is also averaging 10.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per night. He is one of three players (Zach Edey, Purdue; Julian Reese, Maryland) to average a double-double in B1G play.

• 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.

• Against Northwestern, Ware posted 22 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocked shots. He is one of seven players across Division I hoops this season to produce a line with at least 20 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks.

Frontcourt Shows Out in Road Loss at PSU

• The frontline of sophomore forward Malik Reneau and sophomore center Kel’el Ware combined for 43 points and 14 rebounds in an 83-74 setback at Penn State on Feb. 24. IU outscored the Nittany Lions 50-28 in paint points.

• Reneau charted a game-high 27 points and six rebounds, while Ware compiled 16 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots.

Mgbako’s Career Night Not Enough vs. NEB

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako produced a career high for the second-straight game with 22 points in an 85-70 loss against Nebraska on Feb. 21. He also added seven boards.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware posted a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double to go along with three blocks. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau added 15 points.

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Xavier Johnson: 21; last vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Payton Sparks: 9; last vs. Ohio, 3/9/23

Kel’el Ware: 7; last vs. Northwestern, 2/18/24

Malik Reneau: 7; last at Penn State, 2/24/24

Trey Galloway: 3; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

Mackenzie Mgbako: 2; last vs. Nebraska, 2/21/24


ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.

Mgbako averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steal per game for the Hoosiers. The former McDonald’s All American was one of four major conference freshmen to post at least 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in conference play last week.

The Gladstone, N.J., native secured a career-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and one steal against Nebraska on Feb. 21. He tallied seven points, three assists, and one steal at Penn State on Feb. 24.

The honor is the second of his debut season with the Hoosiers. He joins Cody Zeller (seven honors), Noah Vonleh (seven), Trayce Jackson-Davis (five), Jalen Hood-Schifino (four), Romeo Langford (three), Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (two), James Blackmon Jr. (two), and Thomas Bryant (two) as Indiana players to earn multiple Big Ten Freshman of the Week selections in a season since the award was first distributed during the 2010-11 season.

Mgbako and the Hoosiers return to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for a contest against Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 27.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– The Indiana Softball program has announced changes to the Hoosier Classic’s schedule this weekend at Andy Mohr Field.

The only changes being made are to the games on Saturday, March 2.

The game schedule will remain the same as originally planned for Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3, as well.

The updated and full schedule for the Hoosier Classic is listed below.

Friday, March 1:

Indiana vs. Bowling Green (4 PM)

Saturday, March 2:

Indiana vs. Bowling Green (12 PM)

Indiana vs. Valparaiso (3 PM)

Bowling Green vs. Valparaiso (5:30 PM)

Sunday, March 3:

Valparaiso vs. Bowling Green (11 AM)

Indiana vs. Valparaiso (1:30 PM)



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s men’s basketball center Zach Edey has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his role in victories over Rutgers and Michigan, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

It marks the fifth time this season that Edey has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week and the 11th time during the course of his career, all coming in the last two seasons. The 11 career weekly honors have passed Ohio State’s Evan Turner for the most in Big Ten history.

Edey averaged 30.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 80.8 percent (21-of-26) from the field and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the free throw line in Purdue’s two victories. He had zero turnovers in 65 minutes of action during the week.

In Thursday’s win over Rutgers, Edey tallied 25 points (7-of-8 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs) with seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in just 27 minutes of action. He followed that performance up with a 35-point, 15-rebound, 2-assist showing in Sunday’s win over Michigan, going 14-of-18 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free throw line.

In the win over Michigan, Edey recorded the season’s first 35-15 game nationally of the 2023-24 campaign, the first 35-15 game on 75 % field goals and no turnovers in over 20 years and marked his fourth career 35-15 game with 75 % shooting – no other player since 2000 has more than two games of those marks.

Edey’s seven career 30-15 games are the most for a high-major player in the last 15 years (Marvin Bagley, Blake Griffin – 4) by three games. His 10 career games of at least 25 points and 15 rebounds are also the most nationally in that span (Blake Griffin – 9).

Edey moved into second place on Purdue’s career scoring chart, passing Joe Barry Carroll (2,175), now with 2,197 points. He is just 125 points behind career leader Rick Mount (2,323). He also moved into the top 15 on the Big Ten’s all-time scoring list (2,197 points).

His 14 career 30-10 games are the second most for any player in the last 15 years (South Dakota State’s Mike Daum – 21). Edey now needs three points and 22 rebounds to become the first player in Big Ten history with 2,200 career points and 1,200 career rebounds.

Edey has 664 points (15th in school history) and 331 rebounds (5th in school history) during his senior season. He is shooting 62.7 percent from the field and is one assist shy of his career high with 51 (52 in 2022-23). He is averaging 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.8 assists per game, shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 71.9 percent from the free throw line.

In Big Ten play, Edey’s averages balloon to 24.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 63.9 percent from the field.

Edey and the No. 2-ranked Boilermakers will host Michigan State in a Saturday night showdown in Mackey Arena, starting at 8 p.m. ET.



ROSEMONT, Ill. – Luke Gaffney hit safely in all four games while batting .500 for the second weekend in a row, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors again to become the first player in league history to win the award consecutively to open a season.

Freshman of the Week was added to the conference’s weekly awards program to begin the 2011 season. Ohio State’s Josh Dezse (2011), Maryland’s Jason Savacool (2021) and Rutgers’ Trevor Cohen (2023) all won Freshman of the Week twice over the first three weeks of the season, but Gaffney is the first to be a repeat honoree to begin a campaign. 

Gaffney helped the Boilermakers take three of four in a neutral-site series for the second weekend in a row, finishing the four-game set vs. George Mason 8-for-16 with his first two collegiate home runs and a team-high six RBI. While hitting safely in the first eight games of his collegiate career, he’s 17-for-34 with eight extra-base hits – leading the team with 17 hits and 13 runs scored.

From the cleanup spot in the lineup, Gaffney homered in his first at-bat of games 1 and 3, both Purdue wins. His two-out, two-run homer in his first at-bat of the series allowed the Boilermakers to quickly respond after GMU had gone up 3-0 in the top of the first. Purdue went on to win the opener 7-4 and it marked the lone game of the weekend in which the Patriots held him to just one hit.

Sunday’s game was tied 1-1 until the fifth inning when the Boilermakers blew it open with their third 10-run frame of the Greg Goff era (2020-present). Gaffney’s RBI double opened the scoring in the extended frame, plating the go-ahead run. Two innings earlier, he had tied the game with an RBI single.

Gaffney scored three times in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader, extending his runs scored streak to six consecutive games before it was snapped Sunday.

Logan Sutter (8) and Camden Gasser (6) have joined Gaffney in hitting safely in every game they’ve played to begin their Purdue careers. That trio is a combined 41-for-86 (.476) during Purdue’s 6-2 start, accounting for 47% of the team’s total hits.

Against George Mason, there were five Boilermakers with at least seven plate appearances that reached base safely more often that they were out. Gaffney (.529 OBP) and Gasser (.588) were joined by Keenan Taylor (.857), Aaron Dolney (.714) and Keenan Spence (.529) on the list. They led the way as Purdue posted a .437 team OBP in the series and sports a .422 mark over the first eight games.

Indiana’s Devin Taylor was the last player around the conference to repeat as Big Ten Freshman of the Week, claiming the award on March 20 and 27 last season en route to being the league’s Freshman of the Year. In Purdue history, only Jordan Minch (2013) was previously a multi-time Freshman of the Week honoree. Minch was a two-year weekend starting pitcher for the Boilermakers and the first lefthander to start on Opening Day until Jordan Morales did it this year.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The words around this Notre Dame men’s basketball program down the final stretch have been ‘culture taking shape’ and ‘late-season growth’. The Irish won three straight and then nearly pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in college basketball history, rallying down 29 at Syracuse to ultimately lose by three (88-85).

The Fighting Irish will have little time to regroup when fourth-place Wake Forest rolls into town with their 10-6 league record (18-9 overall) and fresh off an 83-79 victory over No. 8 Duke. The Demon Deacons are a flawless 8-0 at home, but are just 2-6 on the road in league play.

Notre Dame holds a slight 8-7 edge over Wake Forest in the overall series with a 5-1 record at home. The Demon Deacons have won two in a row in the series, including last season’s 81-64 victory in Winston-Salem. The two haven’t clashed in Purcell since Feb. 2, 2021, when ND took it 79-58.

Hunter Sallis ranks 3rd in the ACC in scoring with his 18.7 ppg and 4th in field goal percentage with his 51.4 percent. Also averaging double figures are Kevin Miller (15.5), Andrew Carr (13.7) and Cameron Hildreth (13.5). As a team, Wake Forest averages 79.6 ppg (3rd in ACC), shooting 47.8 percent from the field (2nd in ACC). They lead the league in free-throw percentage at 80.2 percent.


It would have been the greatest comeback in not just school history but by an ACC member institution as well, but Notre Dame fell a possession short at Syracuse on Feb. 24. Syracuse forced 11 early turnovers and shot 61 percent from the field to go up 29 points late in the first half. Notre Dame then closed the half on a 9-0 run to make it a 20-point game. Then magic happened in the second half.

The Irish scored a season-high 56 points in the second half. That’s the most points the program has ever scored in a half of any ACC game. Notre Dame shot 68.8 percent from the field and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from three. The Irish made five straight shots to slice into a deficit that was 10 (82-72) with 4:12 remaining to get within three, 86-83, with 1:07 left. Both Shrewsberry and Burton had cracks at a three-point attempt to tie but both fell short.

Burton and Shrewsberry scored 20 and 18 points respectively in the second half, thus 38 of the team’s 56 points. Shrewsberry hit all six of his three-pointers in the second half.


Freshman guard Markus Burton is grabbing the attention of Irish fans, ACC opponents and the national media, but what’s crazy about it all is that he’s doing something that has never been done before in the history of the program.

Burton is currently averaging over 16.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. If that stat line holds up upon season’s end, he’ll be the first player to put up those numbers in Notre Dame history (aka at least 16 points, 4 assists and 2 steals).

Chris Thomas would be the closest one to that with his 15.6 points, 7.6 assists and 2.2 steals for the 2001-02 season.


Point guard Markus Burton has proven himself to be one of the most dynamic freshman guards in the country. Here are some quick hitters for those who aren’t acquainted with the local standout from Mishawaka:

His 16.7 ppg leads all ACC freshmen, with the next highest being Duke’s Jared McCain at 13.6.

Ranks 4th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

ACC freshman rankings: 1st in scoring, 2nd in assists/game (4.3), 1st in steals/game (2.0).

Double-digit points in all but 2 games. He’s currently riding a 20-game streak.

He’s scored at least 16 points in 7 straight games.

Overall rankings: 9th in the ACC in scoring, 5th in Assists (4.3), 4th in Steals (2.0), 9th in FT% (.812).

League play only rankings: 2.3 steals (1st), 5.0 assists (3rd), 16.5 points (8th).

Produced two games with 15+ point, 5+ assists, 5+ steals. Since 1996, only one other Irish player had produced two games in the same regular season with at least 15 points, 5 assists and 5 steals- his name was Chris Thomas.

Averaging 8.9 points in the 2nd half – has scored double-digit points 11 times in the 2nd half alone this season.

Averaging 17.1 points at home.

53 steals (6 away from cracking the program top-10 for a season); 2.0 spg — would become just the 4th player in program history to average 2 spg in a season (Chris Thomas, David Rivers, Jerian Grant).

Three-time ACC Rookie of the Week – ties Blake Wesley for most at ND.


The year one Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program has been the defensive intensity. 16 games and 12 different ACC opponents – all but one (Syracuse on Feb. 24) held under their season average, with Miami, Duke and Louisville each held to season low point totals.

Of the 16 ACC matchups that have already happened, only 4 opponents have reached the 70-point park against the Irish defense.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 65.6 has risen to 26th in the country, plus 2nd in the ACC. According to KenPom, Notre Dame’s defensive efficiency ranks 33rd nationally.

In ACC play only, Notre Dame ranks 2nd in scoring defense (64.6) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (.414).


Burton has now tied Blake Wesley for most ACC Rookie of the Week awards with three. He earned his third on Feb. 26 after averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in a 1-1 week for the Irish. After scoring 16 points in the win at Louisville, Burton was a man-possessed in the 2nd half at Syracuse. The freshman scored 20 points in the 2nd half, where he shot 8-of-13 from the field, which included two treys. Burton finished with 28 points, one shy of his career high, plus a career-high tying 8 assists.

Markus Burton won his second ACC Rookie of the Week award on Feb. 12 after pouring in a team best 19 points then posting an incredible stat line in the win over Virginia Tech. Burton balled out with 16 points, a season high tying eight assists and a season best six steals – as the latter tied for the third most steals in a single game in program history. Since 1996, only two other Irish have finished with at least 16 points, eight assists and six steals in a game – Chris Thomas in 2001 and Jerian Grant in 2013.


We are officially on Burton freshman scoring record watch as we head into the final stretch of the season. The freshman guard enters Tuesday’s matchup with 450 points on the season – which already puts him in the No. 6 spot. Next up is No. 5 David Rivers and his 474 points. To get to No. 1 Troy Murphy’s 519, Burton would have to average 16.2 points over the next six games.

From a scoring average perspective, Burton’s 16.2 ppg ranks 3rd all-time behind Troy Murphy (19.2) and Adrian Dantley (18.3).


Markus Burton won’t be the only freshman leaving his name in the ND record book this season after Braeden Shrewsberry continues to light it up from three.

Let’s first start with his prolific performance at Louisville on Feb. 21. Shrewsberry tied the program single-game record for made three-pointers by a freshman after draining seven against the Cardinals. He tied the likes of Pat Connaughton, Chris Thomas and Ryan Hoover. Shrews’ 23 points marked his second-highest points total on the season.

Then there’s the fact that Shrewsberry has knocked down 50 three-pointers in ACC games this season. He is just one three-pointer away from tying the program record for most threes in an ACC season set by Prentiss Hubb, Matt Farrell and V.J. Beachem.

FWIW – those 50 threes in ACC play are tied for the third most this season and sit six behind Blake Hinson of Pitt for the most.

Lastly, Shrewsbery is shooting 45.0 percent from deep in ACC play – that number would rank 4th all-time in ACC program history.


Braeden Shrewsberry has secured 10 double-digit scoring performances over the last 13 games.

Overall on the year: team best 2.5 made threes/game – ranks 7th in the ACC. His 2.5 made threes ranks 2nd nationally amongst DI freshmen.

Shrewsberry’s 3.4 made threes/game since Jan. 1 ranks 10th amongst all DI players of any class.

He’s now averaging 11.8 points in ACC play (2nd most on team), shooting 43.8 percent from the field & 45.0 percent from deep – latter ranks 3rd amongst ACC players. Also averaging 3.1 made threes/game in league play – ranks 3rd.


Two young freshman guards in Burton and Shrewsberry have proven they aren’t afraid of a hostile environment. In true road games, Burton and Shrewsberry are averaging 16.2 points and 13.4 points, respectively.

Most recently for Burton – 28 points at Syracuse, 16 points at Louisville, 17 points at Pitt, 19 points at Duke.

For Shrewsberry, we’ve already mentioned his 18 points in the 2nd half at Syracuse and his 23-point showing at Louisville with seven made threes. Both of those were outdone by his season high 25-point effort in the OT win at Georgia Tech. He’s averaging 3.4 made threes/game in road games.


Here are some other under-the-radar stats to keep an eye out for this week.

Braeden Shrewsberry has made 5 straight starts – averaging 13.8 points – 4.2 made threes per game.

Shrewsberry has produced 13 three-pointers in back-to-back games. That’s tied for third most in program history for back-to-back games. After his seven made threes performance at Louisville, Shrewsberry came out in the 2nd half at Syracuse and knocked down six.

Tae Davis has made 20 of his last 23 from the free-throw line, raising his percentage from .618 to its current .692.

Davis also recorded his 9th game in double figures this past Saturday at Syracuse with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. His 7 rebounds were the most since Jan. 9.

Carey Booth has produced back-to-back games with 9 points, shooting a combined 8-13 FG. It marks the most points and made field goals since his 17-point performance against Virginia on Dec. 30.

In addition, Booth has made 10 of his last 14 from two-point range.

Team-wise – Notre Dame has secured four straight games with double-digit assists, marking the best stretch of the season.


Speaking of trending, Markus Burton has ratcheted up his defensive intensity down the final stretch. The starting point guard is now up to 53 steals (6 away from cracking the program top-10 for a season).

He’s averaging 2.0 spg. If that holds, he would become just the 4th player in program history to average 2.0 spg in a season (Chris Thomas, David Rivers, Jerian Grant).

His 2.0 steals per game ranks 4th in the ACC. Furthermore, his 2.3 steals/game in league play leads all ACC players.


One of Notre Dame’s greatest strengths this season has been its rebounding. In ACC play, the Irish rank 2nd in rebounding (37.0) and 3rd in rebound margin (+3.6). In addition, they rank 4th in both offensive (10.1) rebounds per game and 3rd in defensive 26.9).

The Irish are 9-7 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

And it’s been a total team effort on the rebounding front. Get this, Konieczny, Booth, Davis and Njie all lead with the same defensive rebounds average – 3.5 per game.

Njie leads the team in rebounding (5.6) and in offensive boards (2.1) as the latter ranks 14th in the ACC. Davis ranks 2nd in rebounding (5.2) and 2nd in O-boards (1.6).


CHARLOTTE – For the third time this season, Notre Dame guard Markus Burton has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Rookie of the Week. His three Rookie of the Week honors have now tied Blake Wesley for the most in the program’s history of being in the league. Burton averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in a 1-1 road week for the Irish.

The Mishawaka, Indiana, native turned it on in the second half of both games. In the win at Louisville, he tallied 10 of his 16 points after halftime. At Syracuse, he scored 20 of his game-high 28 points after the break as Notre Dame rallied down 29 points and had a shot to tie in the final minute. Burton finished with 28 points – one shy of his season high – as well as a season-high tying eight assists.

Burton continues to make his case for the ACC Rookie of the Year award and why not him? He leads all ACC rookies in scoring with his 16.7 points per game, with the next highest being Duke’s Jared McCain at 13.6. All-in-all he ranks 1st amongst ACC rookies in scoring, 1st in steals per game (2.0) and 2nd in assists per game (4.3).

And how about this stat – Burton could become the first player in program history to average at least 16.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in a single season. Burton is currently averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals.

Catch Burton’s dynamic skill set on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET when the Irish host Wake Forest inside Purcell Pavilion. That matchup also airs live on the ACC Network.



The Bulldogs posted their second consecutive nine-under 279 at the Dorado Beach Collegiate Monday in Puerto Rico. The final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

On a day that saw 12 of the 17 teams in the field post red numbers, the Bulldogs gave up one position on the leaderboard. Butler is now ninth at 18-under 558 entering Tuesday’s final round.

Derek Tabor continued to pace the Bulldogs, posting a five-under 67 to climb 10 spots on the leaderboard. He is now at eight-under 136 and in a tie for 11th.

Tabor’s scorecard Monday on the par-72 Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach was unblemished as he had five birdies against no bogeys on the 7,112-yard course.

Host UNC Greensboro entered the second round with a one-shot lead over West Virginia; they finished the day with a nine-stroke advantage over Ball State, which climbed into second. UNCG is at 539 (-37) through 36 holes. 

Kent State’s Chris Vandette kept his one-shot lead over UNCG’s Randall Hudson that he entered the day with. Both shot six-under 66 Monday and Vandette is now at 14-under 130 for the event.

Tabor was joined in red figures Monday by teammates Damon Dickey (69) and Leo Zurovac (71). Will Horne carded an even-par 72.


T11) Derek Tabor, 69-67—136 (-8)

T23) Damon Dickey,  70-69—139 (-5)

T48) Will Horne, 70-72—142 (-2)

T53) Daniel Tanaka, 70-73—143 (-1)

T81) Leo Zurovac, 76-71—147 (+3)

T94) Henry Quinn (playing as an individual), 76-74—150 (+6)

Tuesday’s final round shotgun start is scheduled for 8 a.m. Live scoring will be available via GolfStat.



INDIANAPOLIS – The first midweek matchup of the 2024 season will send the Bulldogs to Carbondale, Ill. to play Southern Illinois. Butler most recently swept a three-game series at Alabama A&M while the Salukis lost all three at Central Arkansas. Live stats and an audio stream will be available for the contest that starts at 4 PM Eastern / 3 PM Central.


Time: 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT

Ball Park: Itchy Jones Stadium

Location: Carbondale, Ill.

Pitching Matchup

RHP Tate Foxson vs. Alec Nigut

Scouting Southern Illinois

The Salukis swept Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. opening weekend and added a midweek victory to their resume at UT Martin allowing them to begin their season 4-0. The winning streak was snapped last weekend however with Southern Illinois taking three, one-run losses at Central Arkansas.

We are just two weeks into the season, but Southern Illinois heads into this matchup ranked ninth in the nation in scoring (12.1 runs per game). They have reached base on balls 68 times (second in NCAA) and have 91 hits over seven games (11th in NCAA).

Each program is expected to use the bullpen on Tuesday, but head coach Lance Rhodes will likely start with Alec Nigut on the mound. A left-handed junior, Nigut threw two innings at UT Martin last Tuesday. The Skyhawks scored six runs off seven hits that day against Nigut, yet the Saluki bats were able to lead the team to a 14-11 victory.

Jordan Bach leads the team with a .500 batting average and Steven Loden is off to a hot start with a team-best five home runs. Southern Illinois has six everyday starters with an average above .300. Joining Loden with double digits in the RBI column is senior Bennett Eltoft (10).

Last Meeting

Butler played at Southern Illinois in 2022 and were defeated 16-4 in Carbondale. The Salukis scored five runs in the second inning and blew the game open with six more in the fifth. The only Bulldogs to appear in that game that are still on today’s roster are Cade Vota and Cole Graverson.

A Look Back at Last Week

Nick Miketinac, Tyler Banks, and Nate Rosser all picked up wins on the mound last week for the Bulldogs. The offense got a lift from Kade Lewis and Joey Urban. That duo combined for 10 hits and 12 RBI. Seven different players accounted for the team’s eight home runs last week. Lewis led the way with two and also came up with a triple. BU hit .306 as a team vs. AAMU.

Bulldog Bits

– Kade Lewis hit .500 at AAMU to raise his season batting average to .389

– Lewis hit a home run in game one and two at AAMU

– He had at least one run, one hit and one RBI in each game

– Billy Wurch went 3-for-4 at AAMU and is now batting .400 this year

– Evan Parks was out of the lineup on Sunday, but is batting .375 over four starts this season

– Parks, Urban and Moroknek are the only three Bulldogs to have three hits in a single-game this year

– Urban leads BU with three multi-RBI games this season

– Urban and Lewis have each reached base safely in five-straight games for BU

– Lewis enters Tuesday with a five-game hitting streak intact

– AJ Solomon was the BU lead-off hitter at AAMU

– Butler has scored 11 runs this season in the third inning

– The first BU save of the season went to Cole Graverson

– Nick Miketinac leads the club in innings pitched (7.1)

– Tyler Banks and Nate Rosser share the team lead in strikeouts (5)

BIG EAST Standings

Creighton 5-0

Seton Hall 4-2

Butler 3-2

St. John’s 2-2

Georgetown 3-4

Xavier 3-4

UConn 2-4

Villanova 1-5

Up Next

Butler will play a three-game series at Morehead State this weekend. The first game falls on Friday afternoon at 3 PM.



NEW YORK – Butler guard Riley Makalusky was honored as the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Monday morning after an announcement from the conference office. She helped the Bulldogs split a pair of games last week. Highlighting the action was an 84-46 home win over Xavier.

Makalusky was the top scoring freshman in the BIG EAST last week, while finishing in the top 10 overall. She averaged 17.0 points to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

That talented guard had her top showing in BIG EAST play thus far on Saturday at Georgetown, tallying 21 points off 8-of-10 shooting, including a 5-of-6 mark from three, while adding two rebounds, a steal and an assist.

In Wednesday’s win over Xavier, Makalusky had 13 points off 4-of-8 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three assists. She is Butler’s first BIG EAST Freshman of the Week this season.



DORADO, Puerto Rico – Heading into Tuesday’s final round of the 17-team Dorado Beach Collegiate golf invitational at TPC Dorado in San Juan, Ball State is in second place through 36 holes and Kash Bellar is in fourth place among 107 total participants.

Standing in fourth place after Sunday’s first round, Ball State rose among the leaders with a program-record 16-under-par performance as a team, beating a -14 effort at last year’s Butler Invitational and another -14 outing two years ago at Dorado Beach. The Cardinals (276-272—548) shot 12-under on Sunday and sit behind host and 42nd-ranked UNC Greensboro (539) who was just three strokes better than Ball State in round two.

Ball State’s 272 team score Monday on the par-72 Dorado track was just one stroke off the lowest recorded score in program history – 271 in the 2005 Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational (par 70). Relative to par, this was the lowest round in school history.

At 28 strokes under par through two rounds, the Cardinals have also recorded the lowest 36-hole score, relative to par, in school history.

Individually, Bellar (68-65—133) carded a second-round 65 for the event’s lowest round of the day. He was 4-under-par on Sunday and 7-under on Monday, leaving him three strokes behind tournament leader Chris Vandette (130) of Kent State. UNCG’s Randall Hudson (131) is in second place after two rounds and West Virginia’s Max Green (132) sits in third.

“We had a great day moving up the leaderboard on another very competitive day here at Dorado,” said Ball State coach Mike Fleck who has born witness to each of those program records since he took over the Cardinals’ program in 1998. “We went toe-to-toe with UNCG throughout the round producing the second lowest team round on another day where scoring conditions were ideal and scores were low.”

Ali Khan (69-68—137) sits in 14th place overall after shooting 4-under on Monday, and Carter Smith (71-68—139) is in 23rd with his own round of 4-under. Freshman Alec Cesare (68-72—140), Sunday’s Ball State star with eight birdies, cooled a bit on Monday with an even-par 72. Rounding out the Cardinals lineup, Braxton Kuntz (71-71—142) – who leads the tournament with 28 holes of par – was 1-under on Monday to leave him in 48th place.

Fleck added praise for his top three golfers today: “What can I say about Kash’s round today? He was awesome! His 65 and Carter’s and Ali’s 68 led the way to the best team round in program history, relative to par. I’m very proud of our guys and we are excited for the opportunity to tee it up in the final pairing tomorrow.”

Through 36 holes and two days of competition on the 7,112-yard Sugarcane Course, only Ball State, UNCG and Texas-San Antonio have all five golfers to score below par. Kent State (551) is in third place, three strokes behind Ball State, followed by UTSA (552) and West Virginia (552), both tied for fourth.

Ball State also has two individual golfers in the competition, with Griffin Hare (74-75—149) and Jensen Klondike (71-79—149) both tied in 90th place after 36 holes.

Kash Bellar: 33-35—68 | 32-33—65 (-11, 4th)

Ali Khan: 35-34—69 | 34-34—68 (-7, 14th)

Carter Smith: 35-36—71 | 34-34—68 (-5, 23rd)

Alec Cesare: 32-36—68 | 37-35—72 (-4, 28th)

Braxton Kuntz: 35-36—71 | 34-37—71 (-2, 48th)


Griffin Hare: 33-41—74 | 36-39—75 (+5, 90th)

Jensen Klondike: 35-36—71 | 40-38—78 (+5, 90th)



The Ball State baseball team plays at Southern Indiana in Evansville on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) in its first midweek game of the year.

A radio broadcast can be listened to on 97.7 FM, and live stats links are available above and on the schedule page.

The Cardinals (4-3) wrapped up a weekend in Conway, S.C., with a 7-1 win over Illinois on Sunday morning. Logan Schulfer threw 5.1 shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three in the winning effort. Third baseman Michael Hallquist went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, walk and three runs scored to lead the Ball State offense in its second win so far over a Big Ten Conference opponent (Feb. 18 vs Michigan State).

The Screaming Eagles (2-5) went winless in their season-opening weekend in Mobile, Ala., before taking 2 of 3 at home against Eastern Michigan this past weekend. USI was projected to finish eighth in the 10-team Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll.

The two teams are scheduled to face off on March 26 at 3 p.m. in Muncie.

Up Next

Ball State plays a three-game set at Jacksonville starting at 6 p.m. on Friday in Florida.



The Ball State men’s basketball team plays its final game of the season in the Great Lakes State when it takes on Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+ with Adam Jaksa, Matt DeVries and Cristiana Rosa on the call, while Mick Tidrow and David Eha handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. This will be the 109th meeting in the series between the Cardinals and Chippewas.

Ball State (13-14, 5-9 Mid-American Conference) fell to Central Michigan (16-11, 10-4 MAC) by a score of 71-65 back on Jan. 6 in the MAC home opener for the Cardinals despite 21 points and five rebounds from Davion Bailey and a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double for Basheer Jihad.

The Cardinals had a chance in the final three seconds of Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan, but a halfcourt shot was off to allow the Eagles to escape with a 58-56 win. Jihad tallied 18 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in the setback.

The Chippewas have been the biggest surprise in the MAC. After being voted last in the preseason head coaches polls, Central Michigan currently sits at third in the league standings. CMU is coming off an 88-60 loss at Miami (OH) on Saturday after defeating Bowling Green 62-60 in overtime last Tuesday at home.

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas went 10-21 (5-13 MAC) last season in head coach Tony Barbee’s second leading the program. Barbee has head coaching experience at Auburn and UTEP while recently serving a stint as an assistant at Kentucky.

The Chippewas hang their hat on defense, pacing the MAC in field goal percentage defense (41.2, No. 49 nationally) and ranking second in the conference in scoring defense allowing 70.1 points per game.

Guards Anthony Pritchard and Brian Taylor lead the way for CMU, as Pritchard ranks third in the MAC in both assists per game (4.4) and steals per game (1.7) as the team’s leading scorer (13.5 ppg), while Taylor is fifth in the MAC in rebounds per game (7.7) and sixth in average blocks (1.2).


Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (19.1 points per game) and rebounding (8.0) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 17 games so far, scoring in double-figures 26 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (515) ranks third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding and scoring averages are fourth. Jihad leads the MAC in free throw attempts (207) and makes (153), ranking No. 14 and No. 16 in those categories nationally.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 50 in Division I in free throw shooting (76.2 percent, No. 33) and fewest fouls committed (15.2 per game, No. 49). Ball State 3-point shooting (36.9 percent, No. 38 nationally) and scoring defense (70.4 points per game) both rank third in the league.

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

GREAT LAKES STATE FINALE: Tuesday marks the Ball State men’s basketball team’s last game in the state of Michigan on the 2023-24 calendar.

The Cardinals hold a 3-0 record in the state this season after taking down Detroit Mercy on Dec. 6, Eastern Michigan on Jan. 16 and Western Michigan on Feb. 3.

1,000 Points: Junior guard Jalin Anderson hit the 1,000-point mark in his career with a last-minute free throw at Northern Illinois on Feb. 20.

The Jackson, Tenn., native scored 604 of those before transferring to Ball State, where he’s averaged 15.0 points per game in 27 games (406 total).

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (57) and 3-point shooting (43.8 percent) so far this season, and the shooting efficiency is first in the MAC among players who’ve made at least 40 triples.

The Indianapolis native’s 2.5 triples made per game ranks second in the MAC, while his total 3-pointers made in conference games (38) is just one behind Northern Illinois’ David Coit, who’s attempted 40 more than Bailey.

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State swept the season series with Northern Illinois and has now won 9 of 10 games against the Huskies thanks to the 70-63 decision on Tuesday in DeKalb.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered its record to 63-40 in the series, including 26-23 on the road.

FRESHMAN MAKING MOVES: Freshman guard Trent Middleton Jr. has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 9 games after doing so twice in the first 16 games of his collegiate career.

The Philadelphia native has averaged 8.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game during the span.

SECOND TRIP AROUND THE MAC: Ball State began its back end of double play opponents on Feb. 17 after playing each of the other 11 Mid-American Conference teams in first 11 league games of the year.

Ball State’s regular season series against Akron, Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo have wrapped up with those schools being single-play opponents for the 2024 schedule.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three of the other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

BUFFALO BLOWOUT: The 28-point winning margin on Jan. 23 at Buffalo was Ball State’s largest of the season against a Division I opponent and second-largest overall behind a 101-40 rout of Goshen in the Nov. 7 season opener.

The loss for the Bulls was their second-most lopsided in MAC play to date and third-worst overall.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 86.2 (81 of 94), which is No. 69 in NCAA Division I.

Bailey (83.3 percent, 25-30) and Middleton Jr. (81.7 percent, 49-60) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead the MAC in free throw shooting at 76.2 percent,

which ranks No. 33 nationally.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (19.1 ppg), rebounding (8.0 per game) and field goal percentage (46.3) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season.

Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Jalin Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.5 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. Anderson leads the MAC in steals (26) in conference play and is fourth overall at 43 total steals so far.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and has already established his career high for single season points, assists, rebounds and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting eight 20+ point games so far this season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

Up Next

Ball State returns to Muncie for its last homestand of the schedule, as it is scheduled to play Western Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.



CHICAGO – Indiana State entered the 2024 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a target on its back, and the Sycamores certainly delivered under pressure. The Trees swept the men’s and women’s indoor titles Monday at the Dr. Conrad Worrill Indoor Track and Field Center, marking the second time in the last three seasons that the Blue and White swept both indoor team titles.

Championship Monday saw four Sycamores earn individual event titles, as Casey Hood Jr. (60m), Kevin Krutsch (high jump), Rachel Mehringer (60m hurdles) and Shomari Rogers-Walton (triple jump) all placed first in their events. 18 Sycamores earned all-conference honors on the final day, with Indiana State earning points in 15 of the 17 events contested on both the men’s and women’s side.

Indiana State finished with an indoor program record 183.5 points on the men’s side, winning the title by 67 points over Illinois State. The Sycamores finished with 121 points on the women’s side to defeat pre-championship favorite Murray State by eight. It is Indiana State’s seventh men’s indoor title and eighth women’s indoor title in program history.

In addition to the team titles, Indiana State also picked up multiple specialty awards. Will Staggs earned the MVC Elite 17, which goes to the highest GPA among top-three finishers in any event. Staggs was also named the MVC Most Outstanding Men’s Field Athlete for the season. Niesha Anderson earned MVC Most Outstanding Women’s Field Athlete for the season, while Casey Hood Jr. and Shomari Rogers-Walton were named the MVC Men’s Freshman of the Year and MVC Men’s Most Valuable Athlete of the meet, respectively.

Team Scores


1. Indiana State – 183.5

2. Illinois State – 116.5

3. Northern Iowa – 109

4. Drake – 68

5. Southern Illinois – 66.5

6. Bradley – 49

7. Belmont. – 37.5

8. Valparaiso – 21

9. UIC – 8

10. Evansville – 2


1. Indiana State – 121

2. Murray State – 113

3. Illinois State – 94

4. Belmont – 85

5. Bradley – 69

6. Northern Iowa – 55

7. Southern Illinois – 54

8. Drake – 48

9. Missouri State – 16

10. Evansville – 6

11. Valparaiso – 1

Monday MVC Champions

Casey Hood Jr. – 60m (6.65)

Rachel Mehringer – 60m hurdles (8.42)

Kevin Krutsch – high jump (2.09m/6-10.25)

Shomari Rogers-Walton – triple jump (14.75m/48-04.75)

Monday All-Conference

Terrance O’Bannon – 60m (second, 6.66)

Iyanla Hunter – 400m (second, 54.94)

Shanisa Stinson – 60m hurdles (second, 8.51)

Jaden Smith – triple jump (second, 14.57m/47-09.75)

Dominique Wood – triple jump (second, 11.84m/38-10.25)

Casey Hood Jr. – 200m (third, 21.25)

Janiya Bowman – 200m (third, 24.02)

Tahj Johnson – 400m (third, 47.96)

Napoleon Hernandez – 800m (third, 1:51.02)

Quincy Armstrong – 60m hurdles (third, 8.07)

Alysha Bradford, Riley Tuerff, Janiya Bowman, Iyanla Hunter – 4x400m relay (third, 3:47.33)

Lawrence Mitchell – high jump (third, 2.02m/6-07.50)

Brett Norton – shot put (third, 17.89m/58-08.50)

Mitch Conard – heptathlon (third, 5168)

Monday Scorers for the Sycamores

Tahj Johnson, Napoleon Hernandez, Trent Jones, Cameron Stevens – 4x400m relay (fourth, 3:18.11)

Ali Ilupeju – triple jump (fourth, 13.92m/45-08.00)

Wyatt Puff – shot put (fourth, 17.82m/58-05.75)

Hannah Redlin – shot put (fourth, 14.27m/46-10.00)

Isiah Thomas – 60m (fifth, 6.85)

Daunte Majors – 200m (fifth, 21.62), 60m (sixth, 6.86)

Grace Quinlan – high jump (fifth, 1.68m/5-06.00)

Elias Foor – shot put (fifth, 17.77m/58-03.75)

Niesha Anderson – shot put (fifth, 14.15m/46-05.25)

Jake Ottersbach – heptathlon (fifth, 4671)

Michelle McDonald – 200m (sixth, 24.58), 60m (seventh, 7.68)

Caden Emmert – 800m (sixth, 1:53.96)

Kyrsten Fehribach – high jump (sixth, 1.65m/5-05.00)

Collin Forrest – 60m hurdles (seventh, 8.28)

Ethan Breen – mile (eighth, 4:16.18)

Erica Barker – 3000m (eighth, 9:46.91)

Sunday MVC Champions

Will Staggs – pole vault (5.45m/17-10.50)

Shomari Rogers-Walton – long jump (7.67m/25-02.00)

Niesha Anderson – weight throw (21.40m/70-02.50)

Sunday All-Conference

Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff – pole vault (second, 3.85m/12-07.50)

Claire Pittman – long jump (second, 5.87m/19-03.25)

Mitch Conard – long jump (third, 7.31m/23-11.75)

Elias Foor – weight throw (third, 19.67m/64-06.50)

Grace Quinlan – pentathlon (third, 3565)

Sunday Scorers for the Sycamores

Jackson Krieg, Trent Jones, Ethan Breen, Jason Dworak – distance medley relay (fourth, 10:06.83)

Selene Weaver – pole vault (fourth, 3.85m/12-07.50)

Ali Ilupeju – long jump (fourth, 7.27m/23-10.25)

Noah Bolt – weight throw (fourth, 19.64m/64-05.25)

Dan O’Laughlin – pole vault (fifth, 4.85m/15-11.00)

Erica Barker – 5000m (sixth, 17:17.92)

Kyra Young, Alysha Bradford, Halle Miller, Morgan Dyer – distance medley relay (sixth, 12:09.08)

Parker Speth – pole vault (sixth, 4.75m/15-07.00)

Landis Brandon – pole vault (sixth, 3.75m/12-03.50)

Abby Balllengee – pole vault (seventh, 3.75m/12-03.50)

Dominique Wood – long jump (seventh, 5.60m/18-04.50)

Brett Norton – weight throw (seventh, 19.23m/63-01.25)

Aliseonna Garnett – weight throw (seventh, 16.35m/53-07.75)

Kennedy Merrell – pole vault (eighth, 3.65m/11-11.75)

Ryan Golliher – weight throw (eighth, 18.38m/60-03.75)



Championship Monday was a banner day for the Sycamore sprints and hurdles group, featuring a pair of conference champions to go along with all-conference performers in eight different events. Casey Hood Jr. led a quartet of Sycamores in the men’s 60m with a time of 6.65 to narrowly beat out teammate Terrance O’Bannon (6.66) for the title. Hood Jr. also picked up all-conference honors in the 200m (21.25), while Daunte Majors scored in both the 60m (6.86) and 200m (21.62). Isiah Thomas rounded out Indiana State’s stacked 60m group with a time of 6.85 to place fifth.

The women’s 60m hurdles was a big event for the Sycamores, who went 1-2 atop the podium. Rachel Mehringer went wire-to-wire this season as the top-ranked athlete in the event and ran a time of 8.42, while Shanisa Stinson ran a PR for the second straight day of 8.51. Also earning all-conference honors in the hurdles was Quincy Armstrong on the men’s side, as his time of 8.07 placed him third in the field, while Collin Forrest (8.23) added a seventh-place finish.

Indiana State also had all-conference honorees in both the men’s and women’s 400m. Iyanla Hunter ran a career-best 54.94 on the women’s side to finish runner-up, while Tahj Johnson clocked a season-best 47.96 to place third on the men’s side. Janiya Bowman closed her strong indoor season with an all-conference nod in the 200m, her career-best time of 24.02 placing her third. Michelle McDonald was the only Sycamore women’s sprinter to score in multiple individual events, picking up points for the Trees in both the 60m (7.68) and 200m (24.58).

Indiana State’s 4x400m relay teams both picked up points on the final day. The Sycamores’ team of Alysha Bradford, Riley Tuerff, Bowman and Hunter earned all-conference honors on the women’s side with a time of 3:47.33, while the men’s team of Johnson, Napoleon Hernandez, Trent Jones and Cameron Stevens placed fourth with a time of 3:18.11. Both relay times were season-bests.


Indiana State earned points in four distance events Monday, including an all-conference performance from Napoleon Hernandez in the 800m. Hernandez (1:51.02) and Caden Emmert (1:53.96) both had career-best times in the event to place third and sixth, while Ethan Breen (4:16.18) picked up an eighth-place finish in the mile.

Erica Barker picked up another point for the Blue and White in the 3000m, a day after scoring for the Sycamores in the 5000m. Barker ran a time of 8:46.91 to place eighth in the event, while Jason Dworak (8:29.85) was the top finisher for the Trees in the men’s 3000m.


Shomari Rogers-Walton and Kevin Krutsch both earned individual titles on Championship Monday, leading the way for a strong performance from the jumps group. Rogers-Walton completed his sweep of the horizontal jumps events with a first-place finish in the triple jump (14.75m/48-04.75), while Jaden Smith was right behind him in second (14.57m/47-09.75) and Ali Ilupeju (13.92m/45-08.00) placed fourth.

Krutsch cleared a season-best 2.09m (6-10.25) to win the high jump title, with Lawrence Mitchell also earning an all-conference finish after clearing 2.02m (6-07.50). On the women’s side, Grace Quinlan placed in the top five after clearing 1.68m (5-06.00), while Kyrsten Fehribach cleared 1.65m (5-05.00) to finish sixth.

In addition to the 1-2 finish in the men’s triple jump, Indiana State also had an all-conference honor in the women’s triple jump. Dominique Wood recorded a season-best mark of 11.84m (38-10.25) to place second in the field.


Indiana State had five throwers finish in scoring position in the shot put on Championship Monday, led by Bree Norton’s all-conference mark in third. Norton’s mark came in at 17.89m (58-08.50), just ahead of teammates Wyatt Puff (17.82m/58-05.75) and Elias Foor (17.77m/58-03.75), who were fourth and fifth. Norton’s mark was a season best, while Foor’s was a career best.

The Sycamores also had a pair score in the women’s shot put, as Hannah Redlin earned a fourth-place finish with a mark of 14.27m (46-10.00) to pace the Trees. Niesha Anderson finished fifth with a mark of 14.15m (46-05.25).


Mitch Conard picked up all-conference honors in the heptathlon with a strong close to the two-day event. Conard scored 5168 points in the event, using top-five finishes in both the 60m hurdles (8.43) and pole vault (4.00m/13-01.50) to jump into the podium places.

Jake Ottersbach also earned a top-five finish in the heptathlon, closing with 4671 points. Ottersbach placed in the top three of the 60m hurdles (8.37) on the final day to help secure his top-five finish.

Up Next

Will Staggs’ season will continue at the 2024 NCAA Indoor National Championships March 8-9 in Boston.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball got back to receiving votes in the national rankings on Monday, picking up votes in both the AP Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.

The Sycamores earned a point in the AP poll and two points in the Coaches Poll after a 2-0 week in the Missouri Valley. Last week’s poll (February 19) was the first time in the new year that ISU was left off the two polls without receiving any votes; ISU earned its spot first on the Coaches Poll on January 2 and remained until last week. Two weeks ago (February 12) the Sycamores received national rankings in both polls, landing at No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.

In the mid-major poll this week, Indiana State jumped two spots to No. 4, trailing Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga, and Appalachian State. Outside of three-straight No. 1 weeks in the poll, this is the second-highest ranking held by the Sycamores. When ISU took over the No. 1 spot, it jumped from fifth to first.

In the 2-0 week, Indiana State traveled to Valparaiso and won 83-64 then defeated UIC at home 88-73. ISU heads to Evansville this Wednesday then hosts Murray State on Sunday at home for Senior Day.


ST. LOUIS – Indiana State men’s basketball sophomore Ryan Conwell has been selected as the Newcomer of the Week for the fourth time this season, released by the Missouri Valley Conference.

Conwell averaged close to a double-double in the 2-0 week for the Sycamores with 16.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.5 AST/G, 1.0 STL/G, and 1.0 BLK/G. He shot 50% for the week (11-for-22) and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.

In game one, Ryan Conwell each finished with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal. In game two, Ryan Conwell was the next leading scorer for the Trees with 18 points on 6-for-11 from the floor, also recording a double-double with 11 rebounds. He chipped in three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Conwell was part of two different scoring streaks by the Sycamores that led them to a double-digit lead in the first half, scoring 13 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in total in the half.

Conwell was selected as Newcomer of the Week three times prior (February 5, January 15, and December 18). In MVC action alone this season, the guard averages 16.0 PPG and 5.2 RPG and is shooting at a 45.9% clip from the field.

Catch the Sycamores in action this week at Evansville on Wednesday and on Sunday back inside the Hulman Center for Senior Day.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its season-opening road trip this week as the Sycamores make the trip to Nashville, Tenn. for what is becoming an annual clash between ISU and the Vanderbilt Commodores. First pitch on Tuesday, February 27, is set for 5:30 p.m. ET with the game set to be streamed live on SECN+.

The Sycamores (7-0) are coming off one of the best starts in program history as Indiana State closed out their opening Florida road trip undefeated over the first two weeks of 2024. ISU topped Louisville, UConn, South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Michigan State, and Marshall (twice) to open the year marking the first time the Sycamores opened a year with seven consecutive wins and sixth time overall in program history.

Indiana State is riding the high streak this weekend into their first national ranking of 2024 with the Sycamores coming in at No. 24 in the Perfect Game College Top 25 poll. ISU spent seven weeks ranked in the national polls in 2023 finishing as high as No. 9 in both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Collegiate Baseball News (CBN) polls at the end of the year.

The Sycamores extended their winning streak this past weekend against Michigan State and Marshall at the Snowbird Baseball Classic held in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Sycamores topped the Spartans, 8-7, in extra-innings, while adding a 5-4 10-inning win over Marshall, before capping the weekend with a 12-5 win over the Herd.

Parker Stinson had a big week for the Sycamores with a trio of home runs coming against South Florida and Marshall (twice) as the senior outfielder has provided the early power bat for the ISU lineup. The Yorktown, Ind. native hit .333 for the week with an .833 slugging percentage, while driving in six RBIs and scoring four runs. Stinson’s two-run shot against Marshall in the Saturday contest gave ISU an early lead over the Herd, while his RBI sacrifice fly added to the Sycamore totals in the extra-inning win.

Randal Diaz continues to get it done at the plate as well with the junior shortstop continuing to add to a 27-game on-base streak while hitting .357 at the plate on the season. Diaz leads ISU with 10 hits and has reached base 17 times over his 35 plate appearance in the leadoff spot of the Sycamore lineup. He connected on one of the biggest hits of the 2024 season to date with a grand slam top cap an eight-run fifth inning against Marshall in ISU’s 12-5 win on Sunday.

Dominic Listi has also shined at the plate for the Sycamores and is an on-base machine posting a team-high .515 on-base percentage on the year in the two-hole of the lineup. The redshirt senior has added a team-high eight runs scored, while driving five walks and getting hit by five pitches.

Luis Hernandez and Henry Brown have provided clutch hitting on the season with the duo tied for the team RBI lead. Brown was the big bat on opening weekend with five RBIs in wins over Louisville and UConn, including the go-ahead three-run home run on opening day against the Cardinals. Hernandez had a pair of three-RBI contests against both South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast and added two more runs batted in against Michigan State.

The Sycamore pitching staff remains among the nation’s best sitting inside the top-15 in five different statistical categories on the year. ISU’s pitchers are second in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.27), fifth in walks allowed per nine innings (2.08), seventh in ERA (2.08), 11th in WHIP (1.05), and 14th in shutouts (1) over the first two weeks of the season. Luke Hayden (0.00) is tied for the national lead in individual ERA through his first two starts, while Jacob Pruitt (0.77, 77th) is fourth nationally in individual strikeouts (20).

Combined as a pitching staff, 14 Sycamore pitchers have gone 65.0 innings on the year posting a 79:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while allowing opponents to hit just .212 from the plate. Seven different pitchers have recorded wins, while four different pitchers have saves on the season.

Scouting Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt remains highly ranked in all major national polls and enters the week with a 5-3 record after winning the series against Gonzaga at Hawkins Field this weekend. The Commodores took the first two games against the Bulldogs winning 12-2 (8 inn.) and 4-3, before falling in Sunday’s finale, 9-8. Vanderbilt was ranked in Perfect Game (No. 11), Baseball America (No. 9), D1Baseball (No. 9), and NCBWA (No.

Vanderbilt has played all eight games at home in the 2024 season hosting Florida Atlantic, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, and Gonzaga to start the year. The homestand continues with the midweek games against Indiana State and Evansville (Wednesday), before VU travels for the first time to compete at the 2024 Astros Foundation College Classic held in Houston, Texas. Vanderbilt will also host Illinois State (Mar. 8-10), Belmont (Mar. 19), and Valparaiso (Mar. 26) as the Commodores are scheduled to take on five MVC teams this season.

Alan Espinal (.393), Jack Bulger (.367), Jayden Davis (.345), and RJ Austin (.323) are all among the Vanderbilt batting leaders on the year through the first eight games on the year. Bulger has provided the early power with two early home runs, while Jayden Davis paces the team with five doubles. Three different Vanderbilt players have posted eight RBIs on the year.

Fourteen different Vanderbilt pitchers have seen time on the mound this season with 13 making multiple appearances over the first eight games. The Commodores have posted a 4.69 team ERA on the year over 71.0 innings on the mound. The staff has posted an 85:37 strikeout-to-walk ratio while allowing teams to hit .218 from the plate.



If there were any questions as to how the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf program was going to deal with increased expectations this spring, in wake of winning the program’s first Horizon League championship a year ago, Mastodon followers can breathe easy.

“With the experience (of our players),” 16th-year coach Bill King said, “they are handling the expectations really well. It is nice to have those expectations, to have those high hopes.”

The Mastodons return all five of the golfers (Kasey Lilly, Hunter Mefford, Nick Holder, Jadden Ousley, and Burke Pitz) who led the program to the league title last spring, and King brought in some new talent to challenge the veteran guys.

Purdue Fort Wayne blazed out of the spring gates last weekend with a record-setting performance from Lilly (again), and a strong team performance in the World Golf Village Collegiate event in Saint Augustine, Fla.

“Our fall (season) was amazing,” King said. “We set numerous records, and we are on track to obliterate some records that have been set.”

In the spring-opening event, graduate student Lilly set a new Mastodon mark for 54 holes with a score of 203 and finished second individually out of 108 golfers. His score broke his previous record by one stroke.

He was named this week’s Horizon League Golfer of the Week and now holds eight of the top-10 54-hole scores in program history.

As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne finished fourth out of 18 teams with a team total of 866 behind winner Stetson (848).

The Mastodons topped the other three Horizon League programs, as IUPUI (875), Oakland (884), and Youngstown State (917), also competed.

Despite all that the Mastodons achieved in the past 12 months, King’s student-athletes were selected second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll behind Wright State.

“We took it just fine,” King said of the selection. “Wright State had an extremely good fall, as did we. They had a little bit better scoring average, and they returned a lot of golfers.

“For us to be second, that is nice, but we know how preseason rankings are. They really don’t mean anything until you get out on the course.”

To push the older players, King brought in three freshmen (AJ Agnew, Nick Bellush, and Brock Reschly) last fall, and Agnew and Bellush made the opening trip to Florida.

“They are really impressive,” King said of the freshmen. “They are extremely talented and mature for their age. We’re adding pieces every year that fit our culture.”

And it is getting easier to do so, according to King.

Not only does King have a championship-level program to sell to prospects now, but he has the facilities at both Pine Valley Country Club and Apex Golf Lab to offer, as well.

“It is a totally different job now,” King said in comparing his recruiting today to 16 years ago. “When I go to Junior events in Indiana and throughout the Midwest, and the Purdue Fort Wayne brand is brought up, we’re in the conversation with the big boys now.”

Earlier this winter, the program received a couple of tangible assets that will continue to draw top talent in.

First, the Mastodons received their championship rings for winning the 2023 Horizon League title and advancing to the NCAA Regional for the first time.

“It meant the world to me,” King said, “because it was the culmination of 16 years of hard work by everybody.”

In addition to that special moment, the Mastodon players are equally excited about the purchase of a brand new $90,000 travel van equipped with bucket seats, a TV, and wi-fi to “ride in style,” according to King.

“It will make our travel much safer,” King said, “and it will allow our kids to catch up on homework and ride in style and with more space. We are super excited about that.

“That came together with 16 years of fundraising and great community and donor support.”

The Mastodons will continue their pursuit of excellence at the Daytona Beach intercollegiate hosted by Stetson on March 4 and 5.



INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne’s Erin Woodson was selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week on Monday (Feb. 26), marking her fourth time earning the award.

Woodson helped Purdue Fort Wayne to a 2-0 road record this week, with wins at Northern Kentucky and IUPUI. With the wins, the Mastodons clinched a top-four seed in the Barbasol Horizon League Championship and a home game for the quarterfinal round on March 7.

Woodson averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, pitching in eight points in a 12-point win at Northern Kentucky. She had four rebounds in each game.

This is Woodson’s fourth Freshman of the Week honor. Only Northern Kentucky’s Carter McCray has more awards this season. Woodson and the Mastodons are back in action on Wednesday (Feb. 28) when they welcome Green Bay to the Gates Sports Center.



FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Mastodons head to Bloomington for the season’s first midweek contest as they’ll face off with No. 20 Indiana.

Game Day Information 
When: Tuesday, February 27 | 4 p.m. ET
Where: Bart Kaufman Field | Bloomington, Ind.  
Live Stats:Link
Series History: Indiana leads 7-0. The ‘Dons have faced Indiana seven times on the diamond since 2000 and will meet this year for the third straight season. The Hoosiers have defended their home turf each time.
Weather: High of 66/low of 53, 60% chance of rain

Probable Starters:

Purdue Fort Wayne: RHP Sean Kasper

Indiana: TBD

Scouting the Hoosiers: Indiana enters Tuesday with a 6-1 record after a three-game sweep on the road at Baylor. The only blemish so far was a season-opening loss to No. 12 Duke which was followed with a win over No. 18 Coastal Carolina. Devin Taylor is off to a hot start for Indiana hitting .552 with three homers.

Offensive Onslaught: The ‘Dons recorded 21 hits in Friday’s win against Western Kentucky, their most since totaling 21 hits against Murray State in 2015. Every Mastodon starter had a hit in the game. Jacob Walker had four hits while Grant Thoroman and Justin Osterhouse each had three hits.

At WKU: The ‘Dons hit .309 as a team in the four-game series at WKU. Jacob Walker hit .500 with seven hits and four walks. Grant Thoroman also had seven hits in the series. Nick Sutherlin finished with 11 total bases. Camden Karczewski drove in five runs with six hits.

Two B1G Games: The ‘Dons take on two teams from the Big 10 this season. After Tuesday’s matchup with Indiana, Purdue Fort Wayne faces Michigan State on March 20 in East Lansing, Michigan.

Up Next: Purdue Fort Wayne starts a four-game series at Evansville on Friday (March 1).



CHICAGO – The University of Evansville track and field team set a new program record in the men’s 4×400 relay on the final day of the MVC Indoor Championships.

A program record, a personal record, and a fourth-place finish were the highlights for the Purple Aces on the second day of the MVC Indoor Championships. The men’s 4×400 relay team of Raymond Felton III (Houston / Clear Brook HS), Austin Liversgowdy (Florence, Ky. / Cooper HS), Alvaro Monfort (Castile Y Leon, Spain), and Cedrik Flipo (Beloeil, Quebec, Canada) had UE’s highest finish of the day in fourth place. Evansville won its heat and improved on the program record from earlier in the season by over two seconds with a time of 3:17.14.

The women’s 4×400 relay team also had a strong showing on Monday afternoon, coming in just under their program record time at the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic. The women’s team of Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway), Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria), Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada), and Kalina Urbaniak (Suchy Las, Poland) finished with a time of 3:59.14 for ninth place.

Prauchner ran in the only finals race that required qualification for the Aces. Prauchner finished seventh in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:14.90. UE had two other runners compete individually on Monday as Samuel Lea (Worchester, England) and Sarah Vanderhoof-Dossett (Franklin, Tenn. / Independence HS) ran the 3000-meter race. Lea ran a 8:42.42 for 25th while Vanderhoof-Dossett ran a 10:41.27 for 26th place.

Evansville’s other personal best on Monday came in the field as senior Brooke Springer (Henderson, Ky. / Henderson Community HS) threw a 10.13 in the women’s shot put. Springer broke her previous best throw by over half a meter and came a hundredth of a meter shy of the program record set by Antonia Lamond in 2023. The Aces also had Zach Dove (Princeton, Ind. / Princeton Community HS) and Jaden Hayes (Huntingburg, Ind. / Southridge HS) in the men’s shot put. Dove threw 14.87 meters for 17th while Hayes threw 13.07 meters and a 21st place finish.

Overall, UE finished in 10th place on both the men’s and the women’s side. The men were 10th of 10 while the women were 10th of 11.

Evansville will have almost a full month off from competition before beginning the outdoor season in March. The Aces first meet of outdoor competition will be on March 22nd and 23rd at the Margret Simmons Invite hosted by Murray State. 



MILL SPRINGS, NC. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf opened the season at the Bright Creek Intercollegiate, hosted by Gardner-Webb University. The event featured four NCAA Division I schools that included three rounds of play on Saturday and Sunday. The Screaming Eagles finished the three rounds in fourth place.

The final standings of Intercollegiate was host Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian College, North Carolina A&T, and USI. The Eagles put themselves in a hole after a day one score of 360 as a team. USI made a massive improvement in round two with a team score of 339. Finally, they finished on Sunday with a score of 341.

USI was represented by senior Halle Gutwein (DeMotte, Indiana), senior Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois), junior Baileigh Schneider (Huntingburg, Indiana), freshman Ashlynn Weir (Evansville, Indiana) and freshman Alexis Wymer (Bridgeport, Illinois).

Gutwein led the Eagles with a 17th place finish at +40 on the weekend. Schneider was right behind her with a 19th place finish at +41.

What’s Next

The Eagles next match is in a little over a week at the Huntsville Intercollegiate in Huntsville, Alabama. The three-day match will take place on March 4-6 at the RTJ Golf Trail at Hampton Cove. The meet will be hosted by Samford University.



The Valparaiso University men’s golf team climbed three spots on the team leaderboard on Day 2 of the Dorado Beach Collegiate, which is being hosted by UNCG at the par-72, 7112-yard TPC Dorado Beach Sugarcane Course in Dorado Beach, P.R. Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) paced a group of three Beacons who produced sub-70 rounds on Monday. 

How It Happened

VanArragon carded a 67 (-5) to lead the team in Round 2 of the event. He climbed into tied for 19th in a competitive, 106-player field, moving up 28 places on Monday. He now sits at 138 (-6) through two rounds.

The team’s top tournament score belongs to Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) who followed his 66 from Sunday’s round with a 69 (-3) on Monday to finish 36 holes at 135 (-9). He is tied for fifth on the player leaderboard.

The third Valpo player to go under 70 on the second day of competition was Mason Bonn (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel), who posted a 69 (-3). He is at t-48 through 36 holes with a 142 (-2).

Freshman Adam Melliere (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville) carded a 71 (-1) to finish the day at 146 for the tournament. All four countable Beacon scores were under par on Monday.

Golfing as an individual, Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) went even par with a 72 to finish the first 36 holes at 145.

As a team, Valpo bettered its Round-1 score by five strokes to 276 (-12) in Round 2. The team rose three spots on the leaderboard, as its 557 (-19) for the tournament is tied for seventh in a 17-team field. Valpo is three strokes behind Missouri Valley Conference foe Illinois State, which sits in sixth place.

Host UNCG is atop the team leaderboard at 539 (-37), while Kent State’s Chris Vandette holds the top spot on the player leaderboard at 130 (-14).

Inside the Round

Valpo’s 18-hole team score of 276 (-12) was its best of the season. In fact, this marked the third best 18-hole team score in terms of overall score in program history, behind only the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge (273, first round) and the 2023 Rutherford Intercollegiate (2023, second round).

In relation to par, the -12 was the second-best 18-hole score in program history and best since Sept. 7, 2014, when the Beacons went 15 under in the first round of the Golfweek Program Challenge.

The team’s best work came on par-4 holes at 3.97, tied for third in the field. Delisanti is tied for the third-best par-4 scoring average in the tournament at 3.75.

Delisanti owns a team-best 10 birdies, while VanArragon and Booth both posted eagles on Monday. VanArragon eagled the par-5 14th hole, while Booth’s came on the par-5 ninth hole.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“Even though our scoring improved today over yesterday’s round, our ball striking still wasn’t where we wanted it. We had a good amount of opportunities to knock short irons and wedges closer to the pin, but we didn’t get much within 10–12 feet. We had 18 birdies and an eagle as a team, but that’s still not enough on this type of golf course.”

“We had one of our best starts to any round with 11 birdies and an eagle in the first six holes. We were battling through some rain showers and even two rain delays, but the guys really got after it and took advantage of some excellent scoring opportunities. Our Par-5 scoring was really good during that stretch, making birdie or better in seven out of eleven of those holes. We only made two birdies in the remaining nine Par-5 holes. That needs to improve for us tomorrow.”

“While we might have some rain conditions to deal with tomorrow, we’ve seen the course three times including the practice round, and we have yet another great opportunity to play well. We’re looking forward to some terrific shot execution and rolling in some putts tomorrow.”

Up Next

The Dorado Beach Collegiate will conclude on Tuesday in Dorado, Puerto Rico as the teams compete in Round 3 of the 54-hole event. A link to live scoring via GolfStat can be found on



INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy junior attacker Triston Shaffer and senior faceoff specialist Caleb Parker have been named the GLVC Players of the Week in men’s lacrosse, it was announced by the league office Monday.


Triston Shaffer, #8 UIndy

Jr. | A | Memphis, N.Y.

Major: Financial Economics

Team Result: 18-4 W vs. Walsh (2/21) |13-3 W at Lake Erie (2/24)

Recorded eight points on six goals and two assists in pair of wins last week

Scored a hat trick in each game

Took 14 shots with 12 on goal for an .857 shots-on-goal percentage

Added two ground balls

Earns first career Offensive Player of the Week Award

Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Drew Billig (4/10/23)


Caleb Parker, #8 UIndy

Sr. | FOGO | Bixby, Okla.

Major: Business

Team Result: 18-4 W vs. Walsh (2/21) |13-3 W at Lake Erie (2/24)

Went 30-of-43 (.698) at the face-off ‘X’ with 26 ground balls in pair of wins last week

Added one goal and an assist against Walsh

Earns third career Defensive Player of the Week Award (2/26/24, 4/3/23, 4/11/22)

Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: KC Carlson (2/19/24)



INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis senior Kenzee Smith was named the GLVC Softball Pitcher of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday.


Kenzee Smith, #9 Indianapolis

Sr. | RHP | Indianapolis, Ind.

Major: Nursing

Team Results: 7-0 W vs. Northwood, 6-2 W vs. Ferris State (2/23) | 5-0 W vs. Trevecca Nazarene, 3-8 L vs. Ohio Dominican (2/24)

Tossed shutouts in both starts, improving her record to 4-0

Allowed six hits and four walks, while punching out 16 batters

Highlighted by performance against TNU, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in the shutout

Earns eighth career Pitcher of the Week Award (2/26/24, 5/1/23, 4/10/23, 2/28/22, 2/21/22, 4/12/21, 3/29/21, 3/22/21)

Last Greyhounds’ Pitcher of the Week: Kenzee Smith (5/1/23)



New Albany, Ind. – The Marian Softball team swept their season opening doubleheader against IU-Southeast Monday afternoon, winning game one 11-0 in five innings and game two 11-4. The Knights are 2-0 on the young season following their first wins of the season.

Game 1 | Marian 11-0 Indiana Southeast | 5 Innings

The Knights got off to a quick start offensively in game one against the Grenadiers plating a run in the first inning as Abby Madere reached base with two outs, and an errant throw on an infield grounder hit by Sierra Norman to the pitcher producing a quick run. The Knights then continued to take advantage of the poor defense from the host school in the top of the second inning, as six runs scored on four hits. Abbey Hoffman reached base for the first time in her young career on an error, while a pair of two-out walks loaded the bases for Anna Pritchett, who ripped a two-RBI single.

Abby Madere came to the plate with a 3-0 lead following Pritchett’s single, and like her classmate she too delivered a 2-RBI base hit to drive in two more runs. Sierra Norman would clean up the inning in a big way, capping the six-run frame with a two-run home run to center field, as her 35th career home run gave Marian a 7-0 lead after nine outs of softball. The Knights were held scoreless in the third inning, but would gain another run in the top of the fourth as Madere continued her big day with an RBI double that scored Savannah Harweger.

Leading 8-0 entering the fifth inning, Marian put the game to rest in the top half with Emily Phillips recording her first career RBI on a sacrifice fly, and Harweger drove in another run with her RBI groundout. The strong opening game for Madere ended with another RBI hit, as the sophomore singled to center to drive in Lily Wendt for the 11th run of the contest, capping the scoring for the Knights.

Defensively, Olivia Stunkel picked up where she left off during the 2023 season as she began the afternoon with three perfect innings in the circle. Stunkel recorded one strikeout in her first three innings, and started the fourth inning strong with two ground outs. A two-out base hit would end the junior’s perfect game bid, while two walked batters applied pressure to the pitcher, but Stunkel stood tall getting a strikeout to end the fourth unscathed. Macy Coan would make her collegiate debut to finish the game in the fifth inning, pitching a scoreless frame as she allowed just one walk facing four batters to end the run-rule 11-0 victory.

In the circle, Stunkel claimed the win throwing four shutout innings, striking out two batters against two walks. Stunkel would allow the only hit of the game, and Coan carried the same walk to strikeout ratio as her teammate in her first inning of work in 2024. The Knights had eight hits in the five innings played with Madere and Wendt combining for five of the base knocks. Madere had three hits and four RBI to lead the team, while Norman’s first home of the season plated two runs.

Game 2 | Marian 11-4 Indiana Southeast | 7 Innings

Unlike game one, Marian got the slow start on offense as their side was retired in order in the top of the first, while IU-Southeast found offense with the Grenadiers managing three hits and a run off starter Jaylah Guilliam. Guilliam would strand two runners as a strikeout and flyout ended the threat, and in the top of the second her offense came to her defense with four runs. A Hayley Greene double down the line came for Marian’s first hit of the game, and after Abbey Hoffman and Lily Wendt reached on a single and walk, catcher Reagan Hiatt leveled the score with an RBI walk. Mackenzie Dalton produced an RBI for the Knights on a groundout, and Savannah Harweger recorded her first hit of the year in the following at bat, driving in two runs with a single through the middle. The three-hit frame catapulted Marian into a 4-1 lead.

The score held static going into the bottom of the third inning until the Grenadiers found their bats once more, getting a three base hits and a walk off of Guilliam. The offensive production for IUSE drove in two runs, but the senior pitcher got out of harm’s way with two infield groundouts to hold a 4-3 lead. Marian would respond in the top of the fourth with two more runs, as a pair of wild pitches helped score Dalton, while an error by the catcher allowed Anna Pritchett to score later in the inning, giving the Knights a 6-3 lead.

Guilliam held the score in check after the fourth inning stranding a pair of base hits in the home half, and in the bottom of the fifth a one-out double was left to dry as the senior recorded a pair of strikeouts to end her outing. Abby Madere reignited her bat in the top of the sixth inning helping Marian put the game out of reach, as she slammed a three-RBI double into left field, allowing Pritchett, Harweger, and Dalton to round the bases and score for the visitors. Hoffman would add to the lead with a sacrifice fly to score Madere, ending the half inning with a 10-3 Marian lead.

Macy Coan and Lauren Mayer finished the game in the circle for the Knights, with Coan allowing one run on two hits as she pitched the sixth inning. Madere would drive home Ella Piercy in the top of the seventh to get the run back for Marian, and in the home half Mayer recorded a strikeout while stranding a single to end the game with Marian on top 11-4.

Jaylah Guilliam earned her first win of the year in the circle pitching five innings, striking out three batters. The senior allowed 10 hits, but with timely plays by her defense the damage was limited to three runs in her season debut. Coan and Mayer combined to allow three hits in their relief appearances, with Mayer picking up a strikeout in her time pitching on Monday. Marian had 13 hits in game two, with three coming from Madere’s bat. The sophomore led the team with four RBI, and Harweger, Greene, and Hoffman eacn had two hits. Dalton and Hoffman each scored two runs in the win.

The Knights are back in action for their home opener on Thursday, February 29th in a doubleheader against (RV) Indiana Tech with the first pitch set for 2:00 p.m. at MU Softball Diamond.



Jackson, Mich. – For the third time this season, Marian junior guard Gus Etchison has been voted on as the Crossroads League Player of the Week. Etchison’s honor comes on the heels of a pair of strong games, helping Marian end the regular season on an eight-game winning streak.

Etchison played a key role in Marian’s two wins on the week, leading the team in scoring averaging 29.5 points per game. In addition to his scoring outputs of 33 at Mount Vernon and 26 in their upset win over #6 Indiana Wesleyan, Etchison averaged 3.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. The guard earned 26 trips to the foul line on the week, and became the sixth player in program history to record his 600th point in a single season.

Etchison and the Knights will begin the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday night, hosting No. 5 seed Bethel University at 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on the ISC Sports Network, with a pay-per-view price for games in the tournament set at $6.99.



Jackson, Mich. – For the fourth time this season and the ninth time in her career, Marian women’s basketball senior Ella Collier has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Week. Collier’s honor is her second in as many weeks, and comes after her strong week helping lead Marian to the Crossroads League Championship.

Collier was a strong factor for Marian as they completed their second-ever undefeated conference season, averaging 20.5 points per game in the final week of the regular season while shooting 68 percent from the floor. Collier managed to average 4.5 boards per game, and in the conference championship game Collier forced 5 steals against No. 4 IWU. The program’s all-time leading scorer put up 20 points in Marian’s win over Indiana Wesleyan to complete the regular season.

Marian will begin the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night, hosting Goshen College at 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on the ISC Sports Network, with a pay-per-view price for games in the tournament set at $6.99.
































Football History Headlines

February 27, 1933 –  Birmingham, Alabama – Dr. Frank L. McVey, the acting president of the Southern Conference held a formal meeting of member school presidents to form what would officially known as the Southeastern Conference per an article on There is more SEC’s formation history on a post we had in December.

February 27, 1959 – The Chicago Cardinals traded promising running back Ollie Matson to the Los Angeles Rams for a total of 9 players. LA’s General Manager Pete Rozelle gave up seven roster players, a 1959 second round draft pick and a player to be named later in the deal for Matson according to our guest Joe Ziemba. To get more information pick up a copy of Joe’s excellent book “When Football was Football; The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL” as well as listening to his awesome podcast “When Football was Football.”

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 27

February 27, 1932 – West Columbia, Texas – Baylor’s standout Tackle, Jim Ray Smith arrived into the world. For more on this legend, simply click his name.

February 27, 1933 – Corpus Christi, Texas – Raymond Berry an end from Southern Methodist University was born. Berry was selected by the Baltimore Colts as a 20th Draft round, Futures Choice and this surprised many. You see Raymond only caught 33 ball in his entire career at SMU. He also had to wear one shoe with a thicker sole than the other because of one leg being longer than the other. The Colts minded none of this and they had a very clear vision of the kind of player this young man could be. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Raymond’s bio says that he played with a lot of grit and hustle. These traits plus an amazing desire to play professional ball was a fire that drove Berry to stardom. On his account he developed 88 moves to get open as a receiver. His patterns were so crisp that it is said he was within inches of where the play diagrammed him to be consistently. His hands were true and very soft to the catch. Oh and did we fail to mention he had the most prolific quarterback of the era tossing him the pigskin, Johnny Unitas? The Hall’s bio on Berry goes on to say; “A first- or second-team All-Pro choice in 1957 through 1961 and again in 1965, he was selected to play in six Pro Bowl games during his career. A sure-handed receiver, Raymond fumbled only once in 13 years. Perhaps his greatest moment came in the famous overtime 1958 NFL Championship Game. He set a then-record with 12 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. Several of his grabs came in the Colts’ life-or-death, last-minute drive to the tying field goal. In the overtime period, two receptions good for 33 yards were the major gains in Baltimore’s drive for the winning score.” His career stats were 631 catches for 92375 yards and 68 scores. This is what gets a guy into the Pro Football Hall of Fame where Raymond Berry was enshrined in 1973.

February 27, 1972 – East St Louis, Illinois – Dana Howard the great linebacker from the University of Illinois was born.  The National Football Foundation describes Dana as a “tackling machine!” The NFF’s Bio on Howard states that Dana Howard became the first player in school history to earn a major national award when he received 1994 Butkus Award as the best linebacker in the nation. Dana was a two-time First Team All-American in both 1994 and had the distinction of unanimous in 1994. When Howard stopped playing collegiate football he was Illinois’ all-time leading tackler with 595 career stops, which was a Big Ten record at the time.  Dana Howard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018. Dana was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1995 NFL Draft in its 5th round. Howard also spent time with the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears. Dana also played football overseas for the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe.


1912      The Yankees announce they will begin wearing pinstripes on their uniforms this year, abandoning the new look at the end of the season. After Jacob Ruppert buys the team, the vertical lines will appear permanently, making their return in a 5-1 loss to Washington during the team’s home opener in 1915.

1948      Pirates legendary third baseman Pie Traynor and left-hander Herb Pennock to the Hall of Fame. The Pittsburgh infielder spent his 17-year career in the Steel City, compiling a .320 lifetime batting average, while the ‘Knight of Kennett Square’ posted a .590 win-loss percentage during his 22 seasons in the majors, including a 162-90 stint for the Yankees from 1923-1933.

1984      San Francisco trades pitcher Fred Breining and outfielder Max Venable to the Expos for first baseman Al Oliver. The Giants will trade the veteran infielder and Renie Martin to the Phillies for Kelly Downs and George Riley in August.

1985      The Yankees send second baseman Toby Harrah to Texas for outfielder Billy Sample and a player to be named later (Eric Dersin). The 36-year-old veteran infielder, an original Ranger, will replace Bobby Valentine as the club’s manager, finishing the 1992 season with a 32-44 record.

1988      The Orioles trade third baseman Ray Knight to Detroit for pitcher Mark Thurmond. The 1986 World Series MVP, after he hits only .217, will retire at the end of the season, playing primarily as the Tigers’ first baseman and DH.

1989      John Olerud, the Blue Jay’s pick in the third round of the upcoming June Amateur Draft, undergoes brain surgery to remove an aneurysm. The Washington State University left-handed first baseman had collapsed on January 11 after a workout.

1998      From Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, WGN TV airs the funeral of beloved broadcaster Harry Caray, who spent 53 years behind the mike doing play-by-play for the A’s, Cardinals, White Sox, and Cubs. The eulogies reflected the 83-year-old zest for life, with stories bringing joy and laughter from the crowd that included Billy Williams, Mark Grace, Ryne Sandberg, Rick Sutcliffe, Minnie Minoso, and former Bears coach Mike Ditka.

2003      The new Veterans Hall of Fame selection committee, consisting mostly of Hall of Famers, selects none of the 41 players, executives, and umpires under consideration. Gil Hodges is 11 votes shy of 75 percent needed for induction, receiving 50 votes of 81 votes cast (61.7%).

2006      In spring training intra-squad action, Koby Clemens goes deep off a 43-year-old non-roster pitcher given special permission to train with the Astros. In his next at-bat, the 19-year-old minor leaguer gets brushed back with an inside fastball by the 300-game winner, his dad, Roger.

2006      Effa Manley is among the 17 significant historical figures from the Negro Leagues elected by a select committee for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Newark Eagles executive, known as the Boss, will become the first woman enshrined in Cooperstown.

2008      The White Sox wear Northern Illinois University baseball caps in their spring training opening game, honoring the victims of a campus shooting rampage earlier this month. After the contest, the players autograph their hats, which will be auctioned off at NIU to benefit a scholarship fund in memory of the five students killed in the attack.


Off the field…

One of the most sensational court cases in twentieth-century America, the “Scopes Monkey Trial” went infinitely beyond the boundaries of law and the courtroom to question the social, intellectual, and cultural values of America. In 1925, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that it was willing to financially support anyone challenging a recently enacted Tennessee law that prohibited the teaching of Darwinism in the state’s schools. John T. Scopes, a twenty-five year-old high-school science teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, who taught evolution in his school biology class, accepted the ACLU offer and agreed to stand as the defendant in a test case to challenge the law. At the conclusion of the hearings, Scopes’ attorney asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty in order that the case might be appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court where, he hoped, the anti-Darwin law would be overturned. The jury, complying with his request, returned a verdict of guilty and fined Scopes $100.

In the American League…

Ty Cobb set another one of his many Major League records on May 5th after going six-for-six, (including three home runs) in a Detroit Tiger win over the St. Louis Browns. Cobb’s sixteen total bases topped the American League record previously set by Joe Hauser (fourteen) on August 2nd of 1924.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Ira Flagstead initiated three double plays on May 19th in an 8-2 loss to the St. Louis Browns breaking the record previously set by Tris Speaker in 1918. (All of Speaker’s were unassisted).

Rookie Ben Paschal of the New York Yankees hit two inside-the-park home runs, in an 11-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on September 22nd. Paschal totaled seven home runs in the month of September setting a franchise record (for rookies) that stood until 1998.

In the National League…

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Glenn Wright pulled off the impossible after completing a solo triple play at second base during a 10-9 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on May 7th. Wright ended the game after snagging a Jim Bottomley line drive while simultaneously stepping on the bag before Johnny Cooney could return. Then he tagged Rogers Hornsby who was attempting to retreat after coming down from first base.

Second baseman Milt Stock of the Brooklyn Dodgers set a modern National League record after tallying four hits in four consecutive games.

Marv Goodwin (one of the few remaining “spitball” pitchers) was killed in an accident during an Air Reserve training flight on October 21st. The former right-hander for the St. Louis Cardinals had recently joined the Cincinnati Reds at the end of the season and became the first active-player ever to be killed in a plane crash.

Around the League…

At the annual meeting of American League owners, a plan was adopted to alternate the site of future World Series openers by league rather than deciding it by a coin toss. Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 would be played in one park and 3, 4, and 5 would take place in the other.

On April 5th, New York Yankees icon Babe Ruth collapsed suddenly at a railroad station in Asheville, North Carolina. He later underwent an emergency operation for an ulcer at New York Hospital on April 17th and remained in bed until May 26th.

Baseball legend Christy Mathewson died of tuberculosis on October 7th at Saranac Lake, New York, at the age of forty-five. At the time of his death he was part owner and president of the Boston Braves franchise.


FEB. 27

February 27, 1955

Boston beat Milwaukee 62-57 at Providence, Rhode Island in a game which set a record for fewest points scored by both teams since the introduction of the 24-second clock.

February 27, 1959

Boston Celtics star Bob Cousy dished off for what was then an NBA record 28 assists in a 173-139 win over Minneapolis, the highest scoring game in NBA history at that time. Boston’s 173 points is still the record for a non-overtime game, a mark that was matched by Phoenix in 1990. Scott Skiles of Orlando set the NBA single-game assist record of 30 on December 30, 1990. Cousy’s record of 19 assists in one half has stood for more than 40 years.

February 27, 1996

The Bulls defeated Minnesota 120-99 at the United Center and improved to 50-6, reaching 50 wins with the fewest losses in a season of any major professional sports team (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB) this century.

February 27, 1998

The Indiana Pacers defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-59. The 65-point margin of victory is the second-largest in NBA history, outpaced only by the 68-point margin when Cleveland defeated Miami 148-80 on December 17, 1991.

February 27, 1999

Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler works his 1,500th Clippers game in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.

February 27, 1999

The Golden State Warriors, with a 110-93 defeat of Denver, became the seventh franchise in NBA history to register 2,000 victories. The Warriors’ mark includes the triumphs posted by the Philadelphia Warriors (1946-62) and San Francisco Warriors (1962-71).

February 27, 2002

Mengke Bateer becomes the second player from China to play in the NBA, when he joins the Denver Nuggets and records three rebounds in 14 minutes of Denver’s 110-93 loss at Golden State.

February 27, 2012

In the third quarter of the West’s 152-149 victory over the East, Kobe Bryant breaks Michael Jordan’s record for career points scored in the ASG. Needing 19 points to surpass Jordan’s record of 262 career points, Bryant finished the game with 27 points to set the new record at 271 points.

February 27, 2013

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors scores 54 points in a 109-105 loss to the New York Knicks.


33 – 14 – 7 – 44

February 27, 1874 – The game of baseball made its way across the pond and was played for the first time in Great Britain a the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

February 27, 1959 – Ollie Matson, Number 33, a star running back in the NFL was part of the largest trades in League history when the Ls Angeles Rams sent the Chicago Cardinals 9 players for his services.

February 27, 1959 – Boston Celtics great Number 14, Bob Cousy,  set an NBA record when he recorded 28 assists as he and his Celtics teammates scored 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

February 27, 1960 – The “First Miracle on Ice” occurred.The United States Olympic hockey team knocked off the USSR squad 3-2 in a historic run to win the gold medal in Squaw Valley. This was the first men’s Olympic Gold that USA Hockey ever won. Canada took silver while the Soviet’s won the bronze medal. Bill Cleary, Number 7 for the US scored 7 goals and added 7 assists in the 7 games the Americans played in. 

February 27, 1963 – The New York Yankees and their star slugger Mickey Mantle, Number 7 agreed to a contract that the baseball super star signed worth $100,000. Pretty big cash at that time for a sports star.

February 27, 1966 – Richard Petty, Number 43 races back from 2 laps down to win the Daytona 500 as rain shortened the event to 198 laps.

February 27, 1982 – Denver Nuggets star player Dan Issel, number 44 connects on an amazing 63rd consecutive free throw in a streak of games in the NBA.


FEB 27

1918 — The first neutral site game in NHL history is held in Quebec City. Frank Nighbor scores twice in the first period to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

1955 — Boston beats Milwaukee 62-57 at Providence, R.I. in a game which set records for fewest points scored by one team, and by both teams, since the introduction of the 24-second clock.

1959 — The Boston Celtics beat the Minneapolis Lakers 173-139 as seven NBA records fall. The Celtics set records for most points (179), most points in a half (90), most points in a quarter (52) and most field goals (72). Boston’s Tom Heinsohn leads all scorers with 43 points and Bob Cousy adds 31 while setting an NBA record with 28 assists.

1966 — Richard Petty wins the rain-shortened Daytona 500 by more than a lap at a speed of 160.927 mph. Petty holds the lead for the last 212 miles of the scheduled 500-mile event, which is called five miles from the finish. Cale Yarborough finishes second.

1977 — Stan Mikita of the Chicago Black Hawks scores his 500th goal in a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

1982 — Florida apprentice Mary Russ becomes the first female jockey to win a Grade I stakes in North America when she captures the Widener Handicap aboard Lord Darnley at Hialeah (Fla.) Park.

1992 — Prairie View sets an NCAA Division I record for most defeats in a season with a 112-79 loss to Mississippi Valley State in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. Prairie View’s 0-28 mark breaks the record of 27 losses shared by four teams.

1994 — Sweden wins its first hockey gold medal, defeating Canada 3-2 in the first shootout for a championship at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Canada is 1:49 away from its first championship in 42 years when Magnus Svensson’s power-play goal ties it at 2. Paul Kariya’s shot is stopped by Sweden’s Tommy Salo after Peter Forsberg puts Sweden ahead on his team’s seventh shot.

1998 — Indiana’s 124-59 victory over Portland marks the first time in the NBA’s 51-year history that one team scores more than twice as many points as the other.

2005 — David Toms delivers the most dominant performance in the seven-year history of the Match Play Championship, winning eight out of nine holes to put away Chris DiMarco with the largest margin of victory in the 36-hole final. The score 6 and 5, could have been much worse as Toms was 9 up at one point.

2006 — Effa Manley is the first woman elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. The former Newark Eagles co-owner is among 17 people from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues chosen by a special committee.

2010 — Steven Holcomb drives USA-1 to the Olympic gold medal in four-man bobsledding, ending a 62-year drought for the Americans in the event. Holcomb’s four-run time was 3:24.46, with Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz pushing for him.

2015 — Travis Kvapil’s NASCAR Sprint Cup car is stolen early in the day from a hotel parking lot, forcing him to withdraw from a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team didn’t have a backup car in Atlanta, so it’s forced to drop out when the stolen machine couldn’t be located in time for NASCAR’s mandatory inspection.



2:30 a.m. (Tuesday)

FS2 — AFL Pre-Season: Melbourne at Carlton


8 p.m.

PAC-12N — Nevada at UCLA


6:30 p.m.

FS1 — Georgetown at Villanova

7 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at Clemson

CBSSN — Davidson at Dayton

ESPN — Kentucky at Mississippi St.

ESPN2 — Cincinnati at Houston

ESPNU — Virginia Tech at Syracuse

PEACOCK — Wisconsin at Indiana

SECN — Georgia at LSU

9 p.m.

ACCN — Wake Forest at Notre Dame

BTN — Penn St. at Iowa

CBSSN — UNLV at Wyoming

ESPN — Texas at Texas Tech

ESPN2 — NC State at Florida St.

SECN — Vanderbilt at Arkansas

10:30 p.m.

FS1 — Nevada at Colorado St.

11 p.m.

CBSSN — San Jose St. at San Diego St.


7 p.m.

BTN — Indiana at Northwestern

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — St. John’s at Marquette


1 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: Washington vs. Houston, West Palm Beach, Fla.


7:30 p.m.

TNT — Philadelphia at Boston

10 p.m.

TNT — Houston at Oklahoma City


5:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Cavalry FC at Orlando City SC, First Round – Leg 2

8:05 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Deportivo Saprissa at Philadelphia Union, First Round – Leg 2

10:20 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: St. Louis City SC at Houston, First Round – Leg 2


5 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP, Santiago-ATP, Acapulco-ATP, Austin-WTA, San Diego-WTA Early Rounds

5 a.m. (Wednesday)

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Wednesday)

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP, Santiago-ATP, Acapulco-ATP, Austin-WTA, San Diego-WTA Early Rounds