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BEN DAVIS (21-6) VS. MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (22-2)
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EVANSVILLE NORTH (16-10) VS. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (22-3)
FLOYD CENTRAL (20-4) VS. FRANKLIN (11-14)
SB WASHINGTON REGIONAL
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BREBEUF JESUIT (18-7) VS. DANVILLE (20-5)
BEECH GROVE (18-6) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (22-3)
EVANSVILLE BOSSE (17-9) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (20-7)
NORTH HARRISON (19-3) VS. SULLIVAN (23-2)
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#1 GONZAGA 81 SAN FRANCISCO 71
#17 ST. MARY’S 75 SANTA CLARA 72
NORTHERN KENTUCKY 57, PURDUE FORT WAYNE 43
WRIGHT STATE 82 CLEVELAND STATE 67
DELAWARE 69 TOWSON 56
CHATTANOOGA 64 FURMAN 63, OT
GEORGIA STATE 80 LOUISIANA 71
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 83 SOUTH DAKOTA 60
NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 60 CHARLESTON 57
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 92 ORAL ROBERTS 72
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#6 UCONN 70 VILLANOVA 40
#15 BYU 59 PORTLAND 52
IUPUI 86 OAKLAND 63
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 72 ORAL ROBERTS 53
UT ARLINGTON 76 TROY 61
TULSA 88 WICHITA STATE 86 OT
CLEVELAND STATE 69 GREEN BAY 42
UNLV 82 UTAH STATE 69
SOUTH DAKOTA 81 KANSAS CITY 67
MEMPHIS 59 E. CAROLINA WARTY EIGHT
NORTHERN COLORADO 64 EASTERN WASHINGTON 45
GONZAGA 69 SAN FRANCISCO 55
AIR FORCE 75 NEVADA 60
BUCKNELL 56 LEHIGH 53
BOSTON 80 ARMY 74
AMERICAN 54 LAFAYETTE 48
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 66 SACRED HEART 58
HOUSTON 67 CINCINNATI 45
NAVY 50 HOLY CROSS 49
BRYANT 65 ST. FRANCIS NY 63
MOUNT ST. MARY 69 ST. FRANCIS PA 53
WAGNER 66 LONG ISLAND 55
WEBER STATE 74 SACRAMENTO 64
NEW MEXICO 63 SAN DIEGO STATE 60
IDAHO 75 PORTLAND STATE 52
COLORADO STATE 51 WYOMING 38
DETROIT 113 ATLANTA 110 OT
PHILADELPHIA 121 CHICAGO 106
MIAMI 123 HOUSTON 106
MINNESOTA 124 PORTLAND 81
DALLAS 111 UTAH 103
SAN ANTONIO 117 LA LAKERS 110
DENVER 131 GOLDEN STATE 124
NEW YORK 131 SACRAMENTO 115
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LOS ANGELES 3 BOSTON 2
FLORIDA 6 BUFFALO 1
TORONTO 5 COLUMBUS 4
COLORADO 5 NY ISLANDERS 4
CALGARY 3 EDMONTON 1
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MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLS/RANKINGS
AP MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
|1||GONZAGA 24-3||1514 (52)||1|
|2||ARIZONA 28-3||1435 (6)||2|
|3||BAYLOR 26-5||1402 (3)||3|
|14||TEXAS TECH 23-8||730||12|
|17||SAINT MARY’S 24-6||506||19|
|19||MURRAY STATE 30-2||424||22|
|23||COLORADO STATE 24-4||194||NR|
|25||NORTH CAROLINA 23-8||56||NR|
MEN’S COACHES POLL
|1||GONZAGA 24-3||790 (27)||1|
|2||ARIZONA 28-3||744 (2)||3|
|3||BAYLOR 26-5||706 (2)||4|
|4||AUBURN 27-4||704 (1)||5|
|14||TEXAS TECH 23-8||361||12|
|17||SAINT MARY’S 24-6||256||20|
|19||MURRAY STATE 30-2||223||22|
|24||COLORADO STATE 24-4||58||NR|
|25||OHIO STATE 19-10||36||23|
MEN’S RPI RANKINGS
|4||SAINT MARY’S 24-6||0.6410||4|
|13||COLORADO STATE 24-4||0.6277||14|
|18||SAN DIEGO STATE 21-7||0.6117||18|
|19||TEXAS TECH 23-8||0.6082||19|
|22||BOISE STATE 24-7||0.6041||22|
|24||MURRAY STATE 30-2||0.6035||24|
|25||SAN FRANCISCO 24-8||0.6028||NR|
MEN’S NET RANKINGS
|12||TEXAS TECH 23-8||()||12|
|19||SAINT MARY’S 24-6||()||18|
|22||OHIO STATE 19-10||()||21|
|23||MURRAY STATE 30-2||()||23|
|24||SAN FRANCISCO 24-8||()||24|
|25||LOYOLA CHICAGO 25-7||()||25|
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLS/RANKINGS
|1||SOUTH CAROLINA 29-2||735 (17)||1|
|2||STANFORD 28-3||729 (11)||2|
|3||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 29-3||696 (2)||3|
|10||IOWA STATE 25-5||484||8|
|14||OHIO STATE 23-6||335||13|
|17||VIRGINIA TECH 23-9||229||21|
|18||NORTH CAROLINA 23-6||227||16|
|22||NOTRE DAME 22-8||164||20|
|1||SOUTH CAROLINA 29-2||0.7192||1|
|3||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 29-3||0.6849||3|
|5||IOWA STATE 25-5||0.6497||5|
|13||SOUTH FLORIDA 22-7||0.6321||14|
|22||NOTRE DAME 22-8||0.6192||22|
|23||NORTH CAROLINA 23-6||0.6186||23|
|24||VIRGINIA TECH 23-9||0.6166||24|
|1||SOUTH CAROLINA 29-2||()||1|
|2||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 29-3||()||2|
|6||NORTH CAROLINA 23-6||()||6|
|10||IOWA STATE 25-5||()||10|
|11||VIRGINIA TECH 23-9||()||11|
|19||NOTRE DAME 22-8||()||19|
|24||OLE MISS 23-8||()||23|
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3 Arkansas 7-3 3
4 Vanderbilt 10-2 5
5 Stanford 8-3 6
6 Oklahoma State 6-4 4
7 Oregon State 9-1 13
8 Florida State 7-4 10
9 Notre Dame 8-1 12
10 Tennessee 10-1 17
11 Florida 10-3 14
12 LSU 9-3 7
13 Georgia Tech 10-2 18
14 Liberty 10-1 20
15 North Carolina 11-1 24
16 Arizona 9-3 11
17 Texas Tech 10-2 19
18 Tulane 10-2 NR
19 Clemson 11-0 NR
20 Georgia 9-2 15
21 TCU 8-3 16
22 NC State 8-4 8
23 Mississippi State 6-6 9
24 Maryland 9-2 21
25 Gonzaga 8-2 NR
COLLEGE BASEBALL NEWS POLL
1. Texas (11-1) 495 1
2. Vanderbilt (10-2) 492 4
3. Tennessee (10-1) 490 6
4. Oregon St. (9-1) 488 7
5. Stanford (8-3) 484 2
6. Louisiana St. (9-3) 482 3
7. Virginia (11-0) 481 12
8. Notre Dame (8-1) 479 9
9. Georgia Tech. (10-2) 476 10
10. Mississippi (10-1) 475 11
11. Georgia (9-2) 472 5
12. Liberty (10-1) 469 15
13. Florida (10-3) 467 16
14. North Carolina (11-1) 464 21
15. Gonzaga (8-2) 461 —
16. Oklahoma St. (6-4) 459 8
17. Texas St. (10-2) 457 —
18. Arizona (9-3) 454 14
19. Texas Tech. (10-2) 452 23
20. Arkansas (7-3) 450 20
21. Purdue (12-0) 447 —
22. Florida St. (7-4) 445 17
23. Miami, Fla. (8-3) 443 22
24. UCLA (8-4) 441 27
25. Old Dominion (9-1) 439 30
26. Tulane (10-2) 436 —
27. Connecticut (8-1) 434 —
28. Texas Christian (8-3) 431 18
29. Maryland (9-2) 429 19
30. U.C. Santa Barbara (7-4) 426 26
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Despite vitriol, MLB owners, locked-out players closing gap
NEW YORK (AP) For all the vitriol, Major League Baseball owners and locked-out players have closed the gap in recent weeks and are negotiating on similar frameworks for a new collective bargaining agreement.
With the lockout in its 96th day Monday, the sides remained apart to various degrees on three of the most significant items: the luxury tax, pre-arbitration bonus pool and minimum salary.
MLB told the union on Monday that Tuesday was the last possible day to reach an agreement that would allow a 162-game schedule, along with full salary and service time, a deadline first reported by The Athletic.
Openers on March 31 were among 91 games already canceled, and Commissioner Rob Manfred appeared to be on the verge of calling off more.
“This is a horrible, horrible situation. Everyone on the Yankees, everyone in Major League Baseball shares the blame, players, owners, executives for where we are. It’s a really bad look, especially (with) what’s going on in the world,” Yankees president Randy Levine said Monday on the team’s YES Network. “We all look pretty bad. … It’s embarrassing to be where we are.”
In an industry where payrolls project to total in the $4 billion range, the percentage differences on some items do not appear to be insurmountable.
The sides appear to be about $15 million apart on the minimum salary for this year, $20 million for 2023 and $25 million for 2024, each less than 1% of payrolls. This assumes about half of players in the major leagues at any given time are impacted by the minimum.
Differences are greater in the final two seasons, when the union is asking for cost-of-living increases.
The gap in the new pre-arbitration bonus pool is $50 million this year, rising to $70 million by 2026. But, again, the percentage of overall payroll affected by this item is relatively small, under 2%.
And then there is the most divisive issue, luxury tax thresholds. The sides are $18 million apart this year, a difference rising to $33 million by 2026.
How much is each additional $1 million in threshold likely to produce in spending on players? There’s no exact formula.
In 18 seasons of the luxury tax, there have been three seasons in which one team paid tax, 10 with two, two with three and one each with four, five and six.
Including non-monetary penalties for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season when the tax was suspended, there were 15 instances each of exceeding the first threshold during both the 2012-16 and 2017-21 agreements, up from nine in 2007-11 and eight in 2003-06.
A maximum estimate on luxury tax impact would be a five-times multiplier, and history shows the actual impact is likely to be less.
With much of this year’s free-agent class already signed, there are few stars other than Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa who could drive a team above the threshold.
MLB is concerned a higher 2022 figure would lead to bigger threshold numbers in later years, causing greater payroll disparity and making it more costly for mid- and small-market clubs to retain their stars.
This negotiation is more than those prominent items, and mindset is as important as current positions.
The union thinks it has moved toward clubs by retreating from proposals for more liberalized free agency and the restoration of salary arbitration for eligibility for all players with at least two years of major league service. Players also say they would agree to uniform and helmet advertisements, to a speedier process for a pitch clock and shift limits and to expand the playoffs, though the union prefers 12 teams and MLB would like 14.
MLB thinks it has increased money going to players by expanding the designated hitter to the National League, dropping direct free agent compensation, increasing slot values for amateur draft picks, boosting the postseason pool and improving the pension plan.
Clubs believe they have addressed players’ concern that young stars have not been given appropriate salaries, and the union thinks the teams have not gone far enough. Teams also have backed off their proposals for higher penalties for teams over the tax threshold.
Both sides are close to an agreement on an amateur draft lottery aimed to incentive competition. Management has offered the top five selections and players asked for the top six, with some differences on limitations for teams participation in consecutive years.
Despite moving toward each other, the sides remain headed to a lost season unless they find a compromise.
“That’s a mind-boggling, horrid, horrid thought,” Levine said. “Shame on all of us if it ever gets to that.”
BUTLER (13-18, #9 SEED) VS. XAVIER (18-12, #8 SEED) — BIG EAST TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND
Wednesday, March 9; 4:30PM
Madison Square Garden; New York City
TV: FS1 – Tim Brando & Bill Raftery
Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
Varsity Network Radio App
Full Notes (PDF) — https://bit.ly/3F4viOr
Butler travels to New York City for the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament. The Bulldogs are the No. 9 seed and will open play with a first round match-up Wednesday against eighth-seeded Xavier. The winner of Wednesday’s match-up will face No. 1 seed Providence in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
THE SERIES: Xavier owns a 45-24 advantage in the all-time series between the programs, which has seen match-ups as conference foes in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, a single season in the Atlantic 10 and since the 2013-14 season as members of the BIG EAST.
Xavier won the two regular season games this season. The teams also met in the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament first round with the Bulldogs pulling out a 70-69 overtime win.
Xavier Leads, 45-24
Streak: Xavier, W2
On Neutral Court: Xavier Leads, 4-2
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. Xavier: 4-7
First Meeting: Xavier, 28-26; 1/16/37 (at XU)
Last Meeting: Xavier, 68-66; 2/2/22 (at XU)
• This is the second consecutive BIG EAST Tournament that has featured a first round match-up between Butler and Xavier.
• Butler overcame a 19-point deficit to win 70-69 in overtime over Xavier in the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament; Chuck Harris led Butler with 21 points (all after halftime).
• According to KenPom, Butler played the 12th-toughest regular season schedule in the nation.
• Fifteen of Butler’s games this season have come against teams currently ranked in the Top 40 of the NCAA NET metric.
• Butler has had five different leading scorers over the team’s last six games; eight different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season.
• Bryce Nze enters the BIG EAST Tournament with 983 career rebounds.
• Nze averaged 20.0 points per game in the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament.
• Aaron Thompson averaged 16.0 points per game in Butler’s two match-ups with Xavier during the regular season; his 20 points vs. the Musketeers Jan. 7 were a season-high and one off his career-best output.
• Thompson is Butler’s leader in career assists; he broke Thomas Jackson’s record (540) Feb. 12 vs. Marquette.
• Thompson (154) is now ninth on Butler’s career steals list.
• Nze is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game over his last three games, which includes two double-doubles.
• Bryce Golden plans to utilize his “COVID redshirt season” and return in 2022-23.
• Bo Hodges is averaging 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in his 11 starts this season.
• The 25 points by Hodges Feb. 23 at Seton Hall were his high in a Butler uniform and the second-most by a Bulldog in a game this season.
• All six of Simas Lukosius’s double-digit scoring games have come against BIG EAST opponents and the Bulldogs are 5-1 in those games.
• Lukosius has made 39 of his last 41 free throw attempts and is shooting 89 percent from the charity stripe on the season.
• Jair Bolden (ankle) missed the regular season finale vs. Villanova Saturday.
MATCH-UP NUMBER 2: A late charge by the Bulldogs came up just short as No. 21 Xavier came away with a 68-66 win over Butler Feb. 2 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.
Sixteen of Zach Freemantle’s game-high 23 points came in the second half for Xavier.
After Xavier took its largest of the game at 49-34, the Bulldogs would climb back in the contest with a 7-0 lead that brought Butler within 60-53 with 4:45 remaining. The Bulldogs continued to climb closer on a Jayden Taylor three-point play with 56 seconds to play. That made the separation 65-61. The teams traded successful possessions but the margin never got closer than four until Taylor’s meaningless three-pointer went in at the buzzer.
Xavier led 29-26 at the half and then used a 14-2 spurt early in the second half to take a 43-30 advantage with 13:33 remaining.
Taylor and Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 18 points apiece. The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the field and committed only 11 turnovers, but two technical fouls contributed to the final score. Taylor’s 18 points tied his third-best scoring output of the season.
Freemantle was the only Musketeer in double figures. The home team shot 46 percent and had only eight miscues. Forty of Xavier’s points came in the paint.
Aaron Thompson added 12 points for the Bulldogs before fouling out with 3:15 to play and Xavier leading by nine.
MATCH-UP NUMBER 1: In a game that saw both teams shoot 50 percent or better from the field, No. 22 Xavier topped Butler, 87-72, Jan. 7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Adam Kunkel led the Musketeers with 25 points, including 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Xavier went 10-of-22 from three-point range and shot 55 percent overall from the field for the game. The Musketeers hit six of their first nine attempts from behind the arc on their way to a 29-17 lead with 6:55 remaining in the first half. Xavier led 42-31 at the half.
Aaron Thompson’s driving layup pulled Butler within 62-55 with 8:47 to play before Kunkel grabbed a loose offensive rebound and hit a three-pointer to return the game to double figures.
Thompson (20) and Bryce Golden (19) each finished the game one shy of their respective career-highs. The duo combined for 39 of the team’s 72 points.
TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs challenged themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule.
Butler’s non-conference opponents includes No. 9 Purdue — Crossroads Classic, No. 18 Houston — Maui Invitational in Las Vegas, and Michigan State — Gavitt Games.
TWO TIMES FOR THE FIRST YEAR: Simas Lukosius was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Jan. 31 following an impressive 2-0 week for the Bulldogs. This is the second weekly conference honor for the Lithuanian, who also was recognized on Jan. 3.
Lukosius averaged 13.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the team’s two contests. In the Jan. 26 win over Creighton, Lukosius scored 14 points and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. He was the team’s leading scorer in the Jan. 29 win over Georgetown, recording 13 points. He shot 45 percent from three-point range in the team’s two games.
QUITE THE BATTLE: As part of the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, the Bulldogs picked up a 66-62 overtime road win Dec. 7 at Oklahoma. Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 26 points. Butler trailed by 10 points at the half and by 13 early in the second half before clawing all the way back. After Oklahoma forced overtime with a three-pointer with two seconds remaining in regulation, the Sooners took a 62-58 lead in overtime before Butler scored the game’s final eight points.
ON THE WAY: Connor Turnbull, a 6-10 forward/center from Missouri, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulldogs beginning with the 2022-23 season.
Turnbull, from Saint Paul, Mo., stars for Fort Zumwalt North High School, where he earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors for Class 6. As a junior, Turnbull averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game, leading the team to a 27-4 record and the Class 6 state semifinals. He shot 34 percent from three-point range. Turnbull helped Brad Beal Elite to a runner-up finish at the 2021 Peach Jam as part of the Nike EYBL circuit.
BULLDOGS ANNOUNCED AS PART OF 2022 BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS FIELD: The Bulldogs will participate in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis for the third time as the 2022 bracket has been announced. Celebrating its 11th year of elite collegiate tournament play, the 2022 field will include Butler, BYU, Dayton, Kansas, North Carolina State, USC, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Butler was previously part of the Battle 4 Atlantis field in both 2014 and 2018. The Bulldogs went 2-1 in each event.
GONZAGA REMAINS ATOP AP TOP 25; TENNESSEE CRACKS TOP 10
(AP) — Tennessee kept winning against a demanding schedule of top teams in the Southeastern Conference. That has pushed the Volunteers to their highest ranking this season in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.
While Gonzaga, Arizona and reigning national champion Baylor remained atop Monday’s poll, Rick Barnes’ squad tied Purdue for No. 9 to crack the top 10 for the first time this season. That came after the Volunteers (23-7, 14-4 SEC) closed the regular-season schedule by beating No. 15 Arkansas despite blowing most of a 24-point lead.
Still, it marked their fourth straight win and ninth in 10 games. That stretch has included wins against No. 4 Auburn and No. 5 Kentucky, sending the Vols to this week’s SEC Tournament in Tampa, Florida, as the No. 2 seed.
Defense has been a strength, with the Volunteers ranking third nationally in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency by allowing 87.4 points per 100 possessions. They also rank seventh by getting a steal on 13.6% of defensive possessions and 18th by blocking 14.1% of opponents’ shots.
They also rank 17th in Division I by forcing 16.2 turnovers per game.
“It’s been hard, I can tell you,” Barnes said of the SEC after the Arkansas win. “I think we’ve been able to learn from a lot. I think we’ll learn from today. And we need to, because now you’re in tournament play. If you have letups and keep throwing lifelines at the wrong time, it ends your season.”
The Volunteers’ four-spot climb in the Top 25 tied No. 13 UCLA and No. 16 Illinois for the week’s biggest jumps.
THE TOP TIER
Mark Few’s Bulldogs claimed 52 of 61 first-place votes to hold the No. 1 ranking for the fourth straight week and eighth time this season going back to the preseason poll. Gonzaga faced San Francisco on Monday night as it openend play in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament.
The Wildcats stayed at No. 2 for the third straight week under first-year coach Tommy Lloyd and claimed six first-place votes, while Scott Drew’s Bears – who held the top spot for five weeks earlier this season – took the other three.
Auburn and Kentucky rounded out the top five, followed by Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Purdue and Tennessee.
Eight teams climbed from their positions last week, including Villanova rising three spots after beating No. 11 Providence and Butler last week, and Murray State moving up three spots to No. 19 after winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Southern California had the biggest fall of the week, tumbling five spots to No. 21 after losses to Arizona and UCLA. No. 18 Houston fell four spots after losing to Memphis in its regular-season finale. In all, 10 teams slid from the previous week.
Five teams stayed in the same position, with No. 6 Kansas and No. 24 Iowa holding their position along with the top three teams.
No. 23 Colorado State joined No. 25 North Carolina as the poll’s new additions, bumping Ohio State and Alabama from last week’s rankings. The Rams spent four weeks in December and January in the poll, peaking at No. 20.
The Tar Heels opened the year at No. 19 but fell out of the rankings by Thanksgiving – part of the Atlantic Coast Conference having just one ranked team in the Blue Devils for most of the season.
They hadn’t received any votes in the past six polls, but jumped back in Monday after winning at Duke on Saturday in retiring Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“I would say our expectations never changed,” UNC junior big man Armando Bacot said. “I don’t know if that’s us being delusional or just confident. But we always felt like we were a great team. … I don’t want to be complacent and I don’t want to be too excited because we’ve had big wins and haven’t responded in the right way.”
The Big 12, SEC and Big Ten led the way with four ranked teams each, followed by the Pac-12 and Big East with three.
The ACC joined the WCC with two ranked teams each, while the American Athletic, Ohio Valley and Mountain West conferences each had one.
SOUTH CAROLINA REMAINS ATOP WOMEN’S AP TOP 25 DESPITE LOSS
(AP) — South Carolina remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday despite suffering its second loss of the season.
The Gamecocks (29-2) fell to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference Tournament title game Sunday, but stayed atop the poll, edging No. 2 Stanford.
South Carolina received 17 first-place votes from the 30-member national media panel. Stanford, which won the Pac-12 tournament, got 11 first-place ballots. North Carolina State was No. 3 with two top votes. Baylor and Louisville rounded out the top five.
The Gamecocks’ loss snapped an 18-game winning streak for the team, which has gone 11-0 against ranked opponents this season.
“We’ve put ourselves in a really good position. Going into the NCAA Tournament it doesn’t feel good, but we’ve got a lot of feel-goods throughout the season that we’ll draw on,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said after the loss Sunday. “The ultimate goal is still very much in front of us, and we’ll buckle down and try not to be the sad faces that are in the locker room today in the next couple of weeks.”
It’s the second time this season that the Gamecocks still were No. 1 after losing a game.
Kentucky jumped into the poll at No. 16 after also beating then-No. 6 LSU and No. 18 Tennessee in the SEC tournament. Kentucky was ranked for the first 11 weeks of the season before falling out in the middle of January. The Wildcats have now won 10 straight games to get back in the AP Top 25.
UConn was sixth, with Texas, Iowa – jumping four spots from No. 12 – LSU and Iowa State rounding out the top 10. The Big 12 is the only Power Five conference yet to begin its tournament.
Central Florida earned its first ranking ever, coming into the poll at No. 25. UCF has won 10 straight games and is the top seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament that begins Tuesday.
Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech all fell out of the Top 25.
The final poll of the season will be released next Monday, a day after the NCAA announces this season’s field of 68 teams.
EYE OF THE TIGER
Princeton entered the Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 24 after going undefeated in the Ivy League regular season. The Tigers are 22-4 and have won 15 straight games. Princeton was last ranked for the final five weeks of the 2019-20 season. The Ivy League didn’t play sports last year because of the pandemic.
“We’re very grateful to be playing this year and being back together,” Princeton coach Carla Berube said. “It was over 18 months we hadn’t been all together playing any kind of organized basketball. In November and December we were trying to figure things out and the team came to work every day and worked really, really hard.”
GAME OF THE WEEK
The Big 12 championship game will be played Sunday with Baylor looking to sweep the regular season and tournament crowns again this year.
WAKE FOREST SIGNS FORBES TO ‘LONG-TERM’ CONTRACT EXTENSION
(AP) — Wake Forest says second-year coach Steve Forbes has signed a “long-term” contract extension as he leads a rapid rise for the long-struggling Demon Deacons program.
The school announced the deal Monday, the same day the Atlantic Coast Conference picked Forbes as coach of the year. The private university didn’t release terms of the extension.
Forbes said the negotiations were stress-free.
“I didn’t have to go to them,” Forbes said in a video teleconference with reporters. “They came to me. … I never lost one ounce of sleep about it. I knew (athletics director John Currie) and my agent would get it done. And they did.
“It wasn’t a commitment just to me. It was a commitment to my staff, my players and the entire program.”
Forbes was the only hire made by a power-conference men’s basketball program as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world in spring 2020, then labored through a pandemic-altered first season with six wins.
This year’s Demon Deacons were picked to finish 13th in the 15-team ACC. Instead, Wake Forest (23-8) has its highest win total since the 2008-09 season and holds the No. 5 seed for this week’s ACC Tournament in New York, where it opens play in Wednesday’s second round against the Boston College-Pittsburgh winner.
The Demon Deacons could also reach the NCAA Tournament for only the second time since 2010.
Forbes hit it big on the transfer market to enable him to restructure this year’s roster. Headlining the new additions is Oklahoma transfer Alondes Williams, who was the league’s No. 2 scorer (19.3) and assists leader (5.3) en route to being named ACC player of the year. The Demon Deacons also added Indiana State forward Jake LaRavia, picked as a second-team all-ACC performer.
“Him being on us everyday in practice and seeing how much he cares about this game … it was just great seeing him win that (award) and seeing what he’s been putting into this program to turn it around,” Williams said.
The extension marks the second time in recent months that Currie has sought to secure one of his headlining coaches who could be an attractive candidate for other jobs.
The school in November announced it had signed football coach Dave Clawson to an extension as he led the Demon Deacons to a top-10 national ranking in the ACC championship game.
“They put the ball in my court,” Forbes said. “This is where I want to be, I never said anything different. … I will say this: if your name is being mentioned for stuff like that, it’s a good thing because it means you’re winning. They ain’t going to put your name in there if you’re losing.”
SPORTING NEWS 2021-22 COLLEGE BASKETBALL ALL-AMERICA TEAM
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The one unanimous All-American for The Sporting News in 2021-22 spent the previous season averaging just 19 minutes in the 10 games he played before deciding to look for a new home. The player who came within a single vote of unanimity started one game all last season and took just a half-dozen shots per game.
And a year later, Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky and Johnny Davis are such dominant figures that Tshiebwe appeared on the first team of every ballot from the voters on our blue-ribbon, national panel of college basketball experts, and Davis missed on only one.
They have been essential figures on elite teams, with the Badgers winning a share of the Big Ten Conference regular season championship and Kentucky entering the SEC Tournament with 25 victories and the most impressive performance by any team, the Wildcats’ dominance of Big 12 co-champ Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.
They are not the only great players this season, though. There are guys on this year’s third team who might have been first-teamers in other years. There just wasn’t enough room. There may be “no great teams” in college hoops this season, but there is a galaxy of star players.
Here is The Sporting News All-America team:
Johnny Davis, Wisconsin
6-5, 194, So. G
Key stats: 20.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 44.6 pct. FG
Defining game: 37 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals in 74-69 victory at Purdue.
Overview: After a promising freshman season that portended a fine career for the Badgers, Davis has jetted past “fine” with a stunning season that saw him put up 30 in his first game, against 2021 Final Four entrant Houston, and go on to record a total of 15 20-point games. He also is an exceptional defender who can guard multiple positions and has a rare gift for rebounding for a player who spends so much time on the perimeter at both ends.
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
6-9, 255, Jr. C
Key stats: 17.3 ppg, 15.3 rpg, 60.pc6 t. FG, 1.5 bpg
Defining game: 17 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals in 80-62 victory at Kansas.
Overview: He is not an elite scorer but nonetheless anchors the UK attack. He has some issues to repair on defense, but without his presence and his dominance of the boards, the Wildcats would be a defensive sieve. In his first season since transferring from West Virginia, Tshiebwe has been everything to Kentucky at both ends of the floor. Most of all, he has rebounded at a level unseen in Division I basketball since the 1970s.
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
6-5, 215, Sr. G
Key stats: 19.8 pg, 5.2 rpg, 47.7 pct. FG, 41.1 3-PT
Defining game: 37 points, 7 rebounds, 7-of-12 3-point shooting in 94-92 double-overtime victory over Texas Tech.
Overview: Those who watched Agbaji face Michigan State in the opening game at the Champions Classic knew they were seeing a different player from the one who wore a Jayhawks uniform over the previous three years. He was embracing the responsibility of serving as KU’s primary option, the player who had to score or occupying the opposing defense if KU was going to win. He has produced five games of 25 points or more and hasn’t once missed double figures in scoring for the Jayhawks.
Keegan Murray, Iowa
6-8, 225, So. F
Key stats: 23.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 55.4 pct. FG
Defining game: 28 points on on 10-of-15 shooting in 86-60 victory over Michigan State.
Overview: It’s not that Murray does not score from 3-point range; he’s hitting 38.5 percent of his attempts. It’s that he has scored 676 points while accumulating only 150 of those from behind the 3-point line. He is an amazing finisher around the rim, hitting 63.9 percent on 2-point tries. With a couple blocks per game on average, he also has added considerable bite to the defense in a program that occasionally struggles in that area.
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
7-0, 285, Jr. C
Key stats: 21.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 59.7 pct. FG
Defining game: 37 points, 12 rebounds, 16-of-19 shooting in 80-67 victory over Wisconsin..
Overview: Cockburn is the sort of physically overpowering center we rarely see in college basketball any longer, a low-post force who demands double (and even triple) teams and manages to find a way to defeat them. He has recorded 14 double-doubles. If he were born in an earlier era, when this degree of size, strength and inside dominance was more valued at the professional level, he probably would have spent this past year excelling in the NBA. The League’s loss has been the Illini’s gain.
Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
6-6, 210, So. G
Key stats: 17.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 47.1 pct. FG, 37.9 pct. 3-PT
Defining game: 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5-of-8 3-PT shooting in an 83-79 victory at Illinois.
Overview: Mathurin is one of many Wildcats who made significant improvements in their first season under coach Tommy Lloyd. He has nearly doubled his scoring average, reaching double figures in all but three games. He is an exceptional rebounder for his position and frequently creates opportunities for his teammates, ringing up four or more assists nine times.
Jabari Smith, Auburn
6-10, 220, Fr. F
Key stats: 17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 43.6 percent 3-PT
Defining game: 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8-of-14 FG shooting in 81-77 victory at Alabama.
Overview: There is no college player better at pulling a 3-pointer from a standing position with a defender directly in his space. That may not come up a ton, but it’s a nice asset for a player closely defended. Smith is one of the two or three most talented players in Division I. It sometimes feels like he could do more, but coach Bruce Pearl says Smith has been big when the Tigers needed him.
Jaden Ivey, Purdue
6-4, 195, So. G
Key stats: 17.2 ppg 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 45.9 pct. FG
Defining game: 26 points, 6 assists,10-of-17 FG shooting in 84-68 victory over Illinois.
Overview: The most dynamic athlete to appear in Division I basketball in perhaps a decade, Ivey terrorizes defenses with his ability to penetrate the opposing foul lane. He has improved immensely as a shooter in his second season, up form 25.8 percent to a highly respectable 37.1 percent of jumpshots.
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
7-0, 194, Fr. C
Key stats: 14.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 43.8 pct 3-PT
Defining game: 20 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 9-of-14 shooting in 90-57 victory at BYU.
Overview: It took a while for Holmgren to understand how to apply his amazing talent to Division I basketball. He attempted a total of 15 shots in his first three games combined, firing single-digit shot attempts in 12 of his first 16 games. When the calendar turned to February, though, Holmgren turned into the nation’s most overwhelming player, with averages of 16.2 points, 11.4 rebounds. 3.8 blocks and 49.9 percent 3-point shooting. He has become a dominant force.
Drew Timme, Gonzaga
6-10, 235, Jr. F
Key stats: 17.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 53.3 pct FG
Defining game: 37 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 15-of-19 shooting in a 86-74 victory over Texas.
Timme is an All-American for The Sporting News for the second consecutive year. He has been an essential ingredient to the Zags’ 55 victories in their past 59 games. He had to adjust to a different function with this season’s team because of the addition of 7-footer Chet Holmgren in the frontcourt — a year ago, he most often was the lone big in a four-guard lineup — and produced 10 20-point games and nine games of 8 rebounds or more.
EJ Liddell, Ohio State
6-7, 240, Jr. F
Overview: There may be no more complete player in college basketball. From the start of the season, Liddell was OSU’s one consistent source of offensive production, and he carried that responsibility beautifully. He also was their most impactful defender, using his ability to leap high — and suddenly — to rank as the shortest player in the NCAA’s top 20 shot blockers. He’s so important to the Buckeyes that Liddell played 35 or more minutes 10 times in his final dozen regular-season games.
James Akinjo, Baylor
6-1, 190, Sr. G
In a season that was a relative desert for high-end point guards, Akinjo stood out as the nation’s most consistently impactful at that position — and he might have contended for first-team honors if not for an injury that knocked him out of two games in the second half of the season and limited him in several others. He produced a dozen games of seven or more assists, including a season-high 11 in a victory over Stanford. The Bears lost the entire starting backcourt from the 2021 NCAA champions, and Akinjo nearly made everyone forget that remarkable trio.
JD Notae, Arkansas
6-2, 190, Sr. G
Notae grabbed everyone’s attention by punishing Kentucky’s defense in the Razorbacks’ big home win, but he’d done the same to opposing teams from the very start of the season. Notae did not post a single-figure scoring game as he inherited the scoring load from last year’s terrific Hogs team and increased his scoring average by nearly 50 percent, to 18.9 points per game.
Collin Gillespie, Villanova
6-3, 195, Sr. G
Gillespie watched injured as the Wildcats lost close to eventual national champion Baylor in the 2021 Sweet 16, aware he might have made a difference in the final stages of that game. He hasn’t wasted the opportunity to rectify that disappointment. The Wildcats won a share of another Big East championship and have ranked among the top teams all season, largely due to Gillespie’s timely deep shooting, his punishing physical style in the lane and his exceptional leadership. He ranks as one of college basketball’s best shooters, hitting better than 43 percent on threes and 90 percent on free throws.
Paolo Banchero, Duke
6-10, 235, Fr. F
Banchero made a tremendous impression in his first college game, hitting Kentucky for 22 points and 7 rebounds in a Blue Devils victory over Kentucky. He has the touch and grace of a small forward but the size, muscle and knack for rebounding of a power forward. He hit a freshman wall of sorts in February, but recovered to finish with three consecutive 20-point games and promise of more to come in March.
JEAN-BAPTISTE 3 LIFTS CHATTANOOGA PAST FURMAN IN OT, 64-63
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) David Jean-Baptiste dribbled into the front court and launched a long, game-winning 3-pointer over three defenders to lift Chattanooga to a 64-63 overtime win over Furman in the Southern Conference championship game Monday night, claiming the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Mike Bothwell put Furman in front, 63-61 with a layup with 4.3 seconds left. Chattanooga opted not to call a timeout and Jean-Baptiste took the inbounds pass, wove his way through defenders and across the mid-court line and launched a pull-up shot that ripped cleanly through the net.
Bothwell scored 11-straight points, including a step-back 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation that forced the extra period and a three-point play to start overtime. His jumper with 2:30 left in extra time put the Paladins up, 56-53. Jean-Baptiste tied the game with a trey, but Alex Hunter put Furman back in front with an answering 3-pointer with 1:41 to go. Darius Banks drove for a contested layup for Chattanooga, but Furman’s Jalen Slawson was called for blocking and had to leave the game with a suspected head injury while Banks hit both free throws. Bothwell drove to the basket and dished to Garrett Hien for an open layup to put the Paladins up by three. A.J. Caldwell knocked down a 3 to get Chattanooga even at 61-61 with 27 seconds left before Bothwell scored his go-ahead layup.
Silvio De Sousa scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Chattanooga (27-7, 14-4). Jean-Baptiste hit three 3-pointers, two in overtime, to finish with 13 points and Malachi Smith added 12 points, eight boards and four assists.
Bothwell finished with 24 points to lead Furman (22-12, 12-6), with Hunter adding four 3-pointers and 12 points.
The Southern Conference has never sent two teams to the NCAA Tournament.
IOWA AND NEBRASKA RECEIVE WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
Co-Player of the Week
Keegan Murray, Iowa
F – So. – 6-8 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Prairie/DME Sports Academy (FL)
- Averaged 23.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 steal per game in Iowa’s three last week
- Recorded 26 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals in an 82-61 home win over Northwestern
- Scored 23 points and added seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and a steal in an 82-71 home win over Michigan
- Tallied 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, and an assist in the game against No. 20/17 Illinois
- Earns his sixth career Player of the Week honor
- Last Iowa Player of the Week: Keegan Murray (Feb. 28, 2022)
Co-Player of the Week
Alonzo Verge Jr., Nebraska
G – Sr. – 6-3 – Chicago, Ill. – Thornton
- Averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game in Nebraska’s two ranked road wins last week
- Recorded 13 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds in a 78-70 road victory over No. 23/23 Ohio State
- Scored 26 points and added six assists, five rebounds, and two steals in a 74-73 road win over No. 10/10 Wisconsin
- Earns his first career Player of the Week honor
- Last Nebraska Player of the Week: James Palmer Jr. (Jan. 22, 2018)
Freshman of the Week
Bryce McGowens, Nebraska
G – 6-7 – Pendleton, S.C. – Legacy Early College
- Recorded 26 points and four rebounds against Ohio State
- Finished 8-of-15 from the field
- Earns his eighth career Freshman of the Week honor
- Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Bryce McGowens (Feb. 21, 2022)
IOWA, NORTHWESTERN AND PENN STATE EARN BASEBALL WEEKLY HONORS
Player of the Week
Matt Wood, Penn State
C – Jr. – Gibsonia, Pa. – Pine-Richland
- Collected five hits over the weekend to help Penn State go 2-1 against Maine
- Hit .454 (5-11) on the weekend, with two RBI and four runs, including two hits and three runs in a game three win on Saturday
- Batting .458 with a .917 slugging percentage and .581 on-base percentage through seven games this season
- Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Penn State Big Ten Player of the Week: Greg Guers (April 18, 2016)
Pitcher of the Week
Adam Mazur, Iowa
P – So. – Woodbury, Minn. – Woodbury
- Earned his second straight quality start against Pepperdine to improve to 2-0 this season
- Allowed just three hits over 7.2 innings, while tying a season high with nine strikeouts against two walks
- Retired 10 straight during the contest and has only allowed one run on four hits over 13 2/3 innings with 18 strikeouts this season
- Wins his second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award in as many weeks
- Last Iowa Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Adam Mazur (Feb. 23, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Sean Sullivan, Northwestern
LHP – Andover, Mass. – Tabor Academy
- Struck out nine over six scoreless innings against Santa Clara in his second collegiate start
- Didn’t allow a walk and picked off a runner in the Wildcats’ 10-0 victory
- Improved his season ERA to 1.00 with 15 strikeouts in 9.0 innings pitched
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Northwestern Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Stephen Hrustich (Feb. 24, 2020)
MAC ANNOUNCES FINAL MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Setric Millner Jr., Toledo, Forward
Junior, Little Rock, Ark. (Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian
Junior Setric Millner Jr. helped Toledo capture back-to-back outright Mid-American Conference titles for the first time in program history by averaging a team-high 19.5 ppg and shooting a red-hot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the field. Millner also shot 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from three-point range and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free-throw line. A Little Rock, Ark. native, Millner opened his week on Tuesday by scoring 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and grabbing five rebounds in a 92-76 win at Buffalo. He then made 7-of-11 shots again as well as 3-of-4 from three-point range en route to tallying 19 points in the Rockets’ 96-56 victory over Bowling Green in their regular-season finale. Millner also helped Toledo hold the Falcons to their lowest point total of the season as well as a 35.4 FG%.
Sincere Carry, Kent State, Guard
Redshirt Junior, Solon, Ohio
Sincere Carry picked up his 12th and 13th 20+ point scoring performance of the season last week in wins over Northern Illinois and Buffalo. Carry led the Flashes to their 12th consecutive win while leading the team with 20 points and a season-high nine assists. He was 8-for-17 against the Bulls as the Flashes locked up the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament with a prime time nationally televised victory over Buffalo. Carry led the Flashes to a hard fought road win over NIU on Tuesday as well. He scored 22 points and added six assists as the Flashes battled to their sixth-straight road win. Carry scored or assisted on 80 of the Flashes’ 134 points on the week (60 percent).
Xavier Castaneda, Akron, Guard
Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young)
Junior point guard Xavier Castaneda (Chicago, Ill.) led the Zips to a pair of wins in the final week of regular season play by averaging 19.5 points per game. The primary ball handler for Akron played just over 69 minutes and committed no turnovers while dishing out five assists. He scored a game-high 22 points in a 79-60 win over Ball State to open the week. Castaneda shot 7-of-13 (.538) from the floor, including a 5-of-10 (.500) showing from deep. In the season finale against Central Michigan, Castaneda scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds while shooting 7-of-16 (438) from the floor in a 57-56 win.
Demarius Jacobs, Ball State, Guard
Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Uplift)
Demarius led the team for the week with 11.5 points per game and added 7.5 rebounds per game. He finished in double figures for both games, 10 against Akron and 13 at WMU. He led the team with two blocks for the week.
Daeqwon Plowden, Bowling Green, Forward
Senior, Philadelphia, Pa. (Mastery Charter North)
Daeqwon Plowden played an instrumental role in the Falcons’ upset win over Ohio on Tuesday (March 1). Plowden tied for the team lead in points with 18 while adding six rebounds and three assists. He also posted five blocks in the contest, the second time this season he’s hit that mark. He’s the first Falcon to have multiple games of five blocks or more in a single season since Richaun Holmes did so six times during the 2014-15 season. As for the game against Toledo on Friday (March 4), Plowden tallied a team-high 19 points with three rebounds and two assists. He added another pair of blocks in the contest as well as a steal.
Mo Njie, Eastern Michigan, F
Fr., Centerville, Ohio-Centerville-DME Sports Academy
Freshman Mo Njie (Centerville, Ohio-Centerville-DME Sports Academy) notched a double-double for the Eagles in the season finale at Miami, March 4, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was the second double-double for Njie, who previously accomplished the feat in the four overtime thriller against Florida International, Dec. 11. Njie tied his career-best in points (16) and field goals made in his return to southwest Ohio. A native of Centerville, Ohio, he was playing just 29 miles way from his hometown. Earlier in the week he poured in four points and grabbed five rebounds in the final home game of the year against Western Michigan, March 1.
Dae Dae, Grant, Miami
Guard, Junior, Lorain, Ohio (Lorain)
Dae Dae Grant paced Miami to a pair of wins in the final week of the regular-season that secured Miami a berth in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Grant scored 19 points in a road triumph at Central Michigan, draining nine free throws and handing out six assists. Grant again scored 19 points against Eastern Michigan, including 15 in the first half and helping Miami put together a 21-point run and take a 22-point lead in the opening 20 minutes. He shot 50.0 percent from the field against the Eagles and handed out four assists while hauling in five rebounds. For the week, Grant averaged 19.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.0 rpg.
Mark Sears, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Muscle Shoals, Ala. / Hargrave Military Academy
Sophomore guard Mark Sears led Ohio over the final week of the regular season, averaging 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. Overall, he went 10-of-30 from the field, 4-of-13 from three and was a perfect 17-of-17 from the free throw line. He also dished out an average of 6.5 assists per game. On. March 1 at BGSU, Sears scored 22 points, going 10-of-10 from the line, while grabbing 13 boards. The on March 4 at NIU, Sears scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists. He was also 7-for-7 from the line.
Lamar Norman Jr., Western Michigan, Guard
Junior, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Godwin Heights)
Lamar Norman Jr. wrapped up the regular season with 22.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting an even 50 percent (17-of-34) from the field and 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from three-point range. Norman’s final week began with a career-high 35-point performance, which included a 24-point explosion in the second half, as WMU rallied to win at Eastern Michigan. The junior hit 13-of-20 (.650) from the field in that contest, and buried a career-high eight three-pointers (one shy of the program’s single-game record), on 12 attempts. Norman then had 10 more points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in Friday’s finale against Ball State.
SPURS’ POPOVICH TIES NELSON FOR NBA CAREER WINS RECORD
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Gregg Popovich tied Don Nelson’s NBA record with his 1,335th career victory as a coach in the San Antonio Spurs’ 117-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
Popovich chose to ignore the achievement, as he has many others during his illustrious 26-year tenure leading San Antonio. He didn’t mention it to players after the victory, and he didn’t take any questions about the record during a brief, three-question session with reporters after.
“You guys know Pop,” San Antonio center Jakob Poeltl said. “I don’t think he really cares about stuff like that. It didn’t even really get mentioned. I doubt it will get mentioned when we get the next win. It’s just how he is.”
Popovich will try to pass Nelson when San Antonio hosts the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
“It’s hard to put into words how much of an impact he’s had on the Spurs organization, USA Basketball and basketball in general,” Spurs guard Josh Richardson said.
The only difference between this record-tying game and any previous was the 73-year-old Popovich’s decision to get a little physical with players prior to the game.
“He was trying to get us to play a little bit more aggressive,” Poeltl said. “In these last few games, we’ve been pretty soft on defense. Shootaround this morning was a little bit more intense. I think that was just him trying to get a message across. He was pushing guys around, and then it kind of ended up in a huddle mosh-pit situation.”
San Antonio needed the jolt, even with the struggling Lakers without LeBron James.
The Spurs had lost four straight with Popovich on the precipice of matching the record, and they were in danger of extending that skid with a late collapse as James sat the game out with a sore left knee.
Dejounte Murray had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Poeltl and Richardson each had 18 points. Richardson was making his first start with San Antonio.
Talen Horton-Taylor had 18 points to lead Los Angeles, and Russell Westbrook, Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony added 17 points each.
Popovich has five NBA titles and is a lock for enshrinement in the NBA Hall of Fame after a career in which he’s coached Spurs greats including David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Robinson sat courtside Monday, and Popovich jokingly told him to check into the game during a time.
These aren’t the same Spurs from Robinson’s prime. San Antonio is 25-40, already assured of a third straight losing season after 22 consecutive finishes over .500. Monday’s game nearly got away, too.
The Lakers pulled within 108-105 on Horton-Taylor’s jumper with 5:40 left, and the Spurs were scoreless for nearly four minutes before Poeltl’s free throw with 37.4 seconds left. Los Angeles never got closer than three, though.
“The just played a little smarter than us down the stretch,” LA guard Malik Monk said.
The Lakers were without James and Anthony Davis. James was a late scratch Monday after scoring a season-high 56 points Saturday in a victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Los Angeles had lost four straight and seven of eight prior to James’ highest point total with the Lakers, which matched the third highest of his career.
“It’s kind of frustrating that we have a great win like we did against Golden State and Lebron’s knee is a little sore and he’s got to miss and we take a little step back,” Monk said. “We’ve got to do a better job and figure things out as a team when he’s out.”
It marked the eighth straight game that the Lakers have faced a double-digit deficit.
The Lakers remained in the game by cutting to the rim without the ball for open layups, drives to the basket and the Spurs’ poor free-throw shooting. San Antonio was 16 for 30 on free throws, including 6 for 14 in the third quarter.
Lakers: James has missed 17 games this season due to various injuries, including abdomen and ankle ailments. Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel is hopeful James will play Wednesday in Houston. … Westbrook collected his third foul with 11:38 left in the first half. He finished with five fouls in 35 minutes.
Spurs: Devin Vassell, Lonnie Walker IV and Keita Bates-Diop all missed the game with an undisclosed illness. Popovich said it was not COVID-19 related. … Poeltl picked up two fouls in the first 1 1/2 minutes and spent the remainder of the first quarter on the bench.
Lakers: At Houston on Wednesday.
Spurs: Host Toronto on Wednesday.
EMBIID HAS 43 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS; 76ERS THUMP BULLS 121-106
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid had 43 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 121-106 Monday night in a showdown between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams headed in opposite directions.
James Harden added 16 points and 14 assists, and Tyrese Maxey added 17 points for the 76ers, who have won six of seven and stayed perfect with Harden in the lineup.
The 76ers improved to 5-0 with Harden since the blockbuster deal at the trade deadline that sent Ben Simmons to the Nets in exchange for the 2017-18 MVP. Harden sat out Philadelphia’s 99-82 loss at Miami on Saturday to rest his hamstring.
“It’s fun,” Embiid said. “He just makes the game easy for everybody.”
Harden is averaging 24.6 points, 12.4 assists and 7.4 rebounds as a member of the 76ers.
“Like a dream come true,” said Georges Niang, who scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, three of which Harden assisted.
Harden set up 76ers for open shots and driving dunks, like Embiid’s slam with 6:31 left in the third and Matisse Thybulle’s jam with 1:51 to play.
“He’s teaching me on the fly,” Thybulle said.
Embiid, the league’s leading scorer, made 15 of 27 field goals and 12 of 16 free throws.
“Joel had it going the whole night, which obviously makes the game a little easier for everybody,” Harden said.
The MVP frontrunner scored at least 40 points for the 10th time this season while upping his season average to 29.7 points per contest.
“Just being aggressive,” Embiid said. “The last two games I’ve had bad starts, so I wanted to be aggressive and live in the paint.”
Zach Lavine scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have lost five in a row.
The Bulls couldn’t beat the 76ers without Harden, and it certainly didn’t get any easier with the 10-time All-Star point guard directing Philadelphia’s offense.
“He’s a guy that has gotten a huge reputation, rightfully so, of being an incredible scorer; I also think he’s very unselfish,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said of Harden. “He’s a pass-first kind of guy. I think he gets a lot of pleasure out of that.”
HARDEN THIRD IN 3’S
Harden tied Reggie Miller for third on the career 3-pointers list, draining No. 2,560 with his patented step-back move with 1:09 left in the first quarter. With Tony Brown Jr. guarding him, Harden dribbled behind his back, then got the crowd buzzing by putting the ball between his legs four times before stepping back to the 3-point line and swishing the long-range shot.
BULLS VS. BEST
The Bulls have had trouble against the conference’s elite and dropped to 0-9 versus Miami, Philadelphia and Milwaukee – the three teams ahead of them in the standings. Philadelphia began play tied with the Bucks for second in the East, three games back of the Heat. The 76ers ended the season series with Chicago with a four-game sweep.
DeAndre Jordan received a loud ovation when he entered for his 76ers’ debut with 55.6 seconds left in the first quarter. The veteran center was signed by Philadelphia last week to back up Embiid. He had two points and three rebounds in 10:24.
Bulls: The Bulls were without third-leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and top rebounder (9.6 rpg) Nikola Vucevic due to hamstring tightness. … Lonzo Ball (left knee surgery), Patrick Williams (wright) and Alex Caruso (wrist) worked out on Sunday during practice, but did not participate in any contact.
76ers: Danny Green injured his left middle finger late in the first half and didn’t return.
Bulls: Hall of Famer Mo Cheeks, whose retired No. 10 76ers jersey hangs in the rafters, is an assistant coach for Chicago. … Dropped to 15-16 on the road.
76ers: Paul Millsap (personal reasons) was not in attendance. … Harden trails Ray Allen (2,973) and Steph Curry (3,101 entering Monday) for most 3-pointers made. … Harden also went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line and passed Paul Pierce for ninth all-time in free throws made. … Moved within 11 wins of reaching 3,000 all-time, which only Boston and the Lakers have accomplished in NBA history.
Bulls: At Detroit on Wednesday.
76ers: Host Brooklyn on Thursday.
JOKIC’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADS NUGGETS PAST WARRIORS 131-124
DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic had his second triple-double in as many nights with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 131-124 win over the short-handed Golden State Warriors on Monday night.
Jokic has recorded triple-doubles in 11 of his last 23 games, and leads the league with 18 this season. The reigning NBA MVP was coming off a 46-point, 12-rebound and 11-assist game in a 138-130 win over New Orleans on Sunday.
Monte Morris and Jeff Green added 18 points apiece for the Nuggets, who have won 11 of 13 and moved to 13 games over .500 for the first time this season. “We did a good job today in sharing the ball and finishing, scoring-wise,” Jokic said. “We ran very well in transition. It’s always nice to have 30-plus assists (as a team).”
The Warriors were playing with a depleted lineup after coach Steve Kerr announced Saturday that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins would miss the game to rest. Andre Iguodala and Gary Payton Jr. also were unavailable due to injuries.
Jordan Poole scored 32 points and Moses Moody 30 for the Warriors, who lost their fifth in a row and seventh in eight games. Golden State fell to 0-3 against the Nuggets this season.
Monday’s game was a makeup of a Dec. 30 game postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak that left the Nuggets without eight healthy players, the league mandated minimum to take the floor. But that resulted in the Warriors, who have another game in Denver on Thursday night, having to play at altitude twice in four days. Golden State has a Tuesday night game against the Los Angeles Clippers in San Francisco.
“It puts us in a way tougher spot than them,” Kerr said prior to the game. “We had to fly here again. They didn’t have to make an extra trip. They’ve got to play a back-to-back, I know. This was just another in many, many games rescheduled around the league that are inconvenient for everybody, but necessary to keep the league going, so you just do what you have to do.”
The Nuggets also are enduring a scheduling crunch, playing four games in five days and facing the Warriors both times in the second game of back-to-back this week.
“Every coach has to do what is best for their team,” Nuggets coach Michaell Malone said, adding that he expects to see the Warriors full complement of players when they make the return trip to Denver.
Down 71-69 at halftime, the Warriors moved in front 83-77 on a 3-pointer by Poole. But the Nuggets outscored Golden State 27-18 over a 9 1/2 minute stretch to take a 104-101 lead into the fourth quarter.
A 3-pointer by Poole pulled the Warriors to 117-114 with 4:57 remaining, but Austin Rivers had a jumper and a breakaway dunk sandwiched around Kevon Looney’s dunk for five-point Denver advantage with 2:29 remaining.
Jokic converted a three-point play, hit a floater in the lane and made another free throw to help the Nuggets hang on for the win. “Really good experience for our young guys, to be thrust into a position where they had to take on different roles, different responsibilities, competed and had a chance,” Kerr said. “That’s all you could ask, give ourselves a chance in the last few minutes, we just couldn’t close.” MVP CONSIDERATION
Kerr said Jokic’s strong play this season is deserving of another MVP award. “I don’t have a vote, but Jokic is just an unbelievable player and was spectacular tonight,” the Warriors coach said. “He makes his teammates better, he makes defense so difficult because no matter what you do he’s got a counter for it.”
Warriors: F Otto Porter Jr. was ruled out prior to the game because of non-COVID illness. “He’s just feeling sick and won’t play,” Kerr said. “He’s going to sit out and hopefully, he’ll feel better tomorrow.” . F Draymond Green, sidelined since early January with a back injury, is coming along well in his rehabilitation and progressing toward his return, though the Warriors would not put a timetable on it. “We’re optimistic,” Kerr said. “He’s had about a week, week and a half of being on the court almost every day, getting a lot of shots up, scrimmaging. He’s feeling a lot better and coming along, but still no target date.”
Nuggets: F Will Barton left Sunday night’s overtime win against New Orleans early because of a left ankle. “It’s not anything too serious, but just too sore to give it a go tonight,” coach Michael Malone said. … Jokic has 75 career triple doubles, three shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain for most by a center in NBA history.
Warriors: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night in completion of a road-and-home back-to-back.
Nuggets: Travel to Sacramento to play the Kings on Wednesday night.
CADE CUNNINGHAM SCORES 28, PISTONS BEAT HAWKS 113-110 IN OT
DETROIT (AP) Cade Cunningham had 28 points and 10 assists, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 113-110 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
“He’s the Rookie of the Year,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey. “It’s not even close.”
Jerami Grant scored 23 and reserve Marvin Bagley had 19 points for the Pistons, who have won a season-high three straight and six of their last eight games.
“I wish it was back in November, but it takes time for guys to grow,” Casey said. “I’m really optimistic about … the way they’re growing.”
Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic had 22 points before fouling out with 1.6 seconds left, drawing a whistle while defending Cunningham on an inbounds pass.
“I feel bad that I did it, but I didn’t have any intention of fouling the guy,” Bogdanovic said.
The Hawks, likely competing for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, had chances to win late in regulation and to extend the game to another overtime against a team playing only for pride.
But Trae Young and John Hunter each missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the game, and Hunter split free throws with 1.6 seconds left in regulation. Young also missed a jump shot with 6 seconds left in the fourth quarter to hurt his team’s chances of winning a third straight game.
“You have to have the same mindset every game, even against teams that are rebuilding,” said Young, who had 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting and 12 assists.
Atlanta led 30-29 after the first quarter, when Young accounted for most of its offense with eight points and four assists. Reserve Danilo Gallinari made three straight 3-pointers to put the Hawks ahead by nine early in the second quarter.
Young had both knees wrapped with heating pads while he seat on the bench for the first few minutes of the second half. After starting 3 of 3 and scoring eight points in the first 3:11, the dynamic guard missed his next 10 shots. He ended his drought with a game-tying shot in the lane with 4:50 to go in the fourth.
“We had it going early, but we weren’t able to sustain it,” Young said.
Pistons center Isaiah Stewart left the game midway through the second quarter after grabbing his right knee in pain, and didn’t return.
Hawks: Bogdanovic started in place of injured guard Kevin Hueter, who missed the game with a sore left shoulder. Bogdanovic connected on a 3-pointer for the 26th game in a row, one short of the best streak of his five-year NBA career. … Reserve C Onyeka Okongwu returned after missing two games in concussion protocol. … Collins played in his second straight game after missing six in a row with a strained right foot. … Hunter had 15 points after matching his season high with 26 points in his previous game.
Pistons: Cunningham played in his 50th game on Friday and ended it with 815 points, 289 rebounds and 255 assists. Magic Johnson and Luka Doncic are the two other players who were 20 or younger in NBA history to have that many points, rebounds and assists in their first 50 games. In Cunningham’s 51st game, he impressed Young. “He’s a very solid player,” Young said. “He had a great game. He was controlling the game for them.” … G Hamidou Diallo did not play due to a non-COVID illness. Diallo’s absence gave rookie and former Michigan standout Isaiah Livers a chance to play 25 minutes; he scored nine points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:27 left in the fourth quarter.
Hawks: Play at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Pistons: Host Chicago on Wednesday night.
OLADIPO RETURNS, HERRO SCORES 31, HEAT TOP ROCKETS 123-106
MIAMI (AP) Victor Oladipo entered a game for the first time in nearly a year, a loud ovation greeting him as he stepped onto the floor.
He took a charge seconds later. The cheers got louder.
And when he capped his night with a dunk, even louder.
Welcome back, indeed. Oladipo scored 11 points in just under 15 minutes of action, Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second quarter and the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 123-106 on Monday night.
“At the end of the day, I’m a winner,” Oladipo said. “And this team is all about winning.”
Oladipo was playing his first game since April 8 following a second surgery to repair a right quadriceps tendon. He took a charge on his first defensive possession, hitting the deck without any signs of problems.
Jimmy Butler scored 21 points for Miami, which got Kyle Lowry back after a four-game absence for personal reasons. Bam Adebayo finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who had a quick celebration for Oladipo in the postgame locker room.
“That was very uplifting for everybody,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Kevin Porter Jr. scored 22 points for Houston, which got 20 from Jalen Green, 16 from Josh Christopher and 14 from KJ Martin. Green was 4 for 4 from 3-point range in the game’s first 5:40, then missed his final six tries from beyond the arc.
Alperen Sengun had 13 points and eight rebounds, getting the start at center for Houston because Christian Wood was ill. It was just the sixth start this season for the 19-year-old from Turkey.
“We are almost to the end of the season,” Sengun said. “I’m playing more comfortable and I’ve learned a lot.”
The Heat trailed by 13 late in the first half before Herro scored 15 points in a 23-6 run over the final 4:35 before intermission. Butler had the other eight points in that run for the Heat, a burst capped by Herro making a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and then a 36-footer just before the buzzer.
“Just trying to come in and impact the game,” said Herro, the likely frontrunner for the NBA’s sixth man of the year award. “The second quarter was fun.”
But the story was Oladipo, who was 4 for 7 from the field, 2 for 3 from 3-point range, plus had four assists against his former team. He was with the Rockets briefly last season, before getting traded to Miami and playing in just four games before being shut down for a second surgery on the leg he originally injured in 2019.
“Everybody is really encouraging him,” Spoelstra said. “They’ve seen him behind the scenes, really working and grinding.”
Rockets coach Stephen Silas had Oladipo in Houston last season and said he enjoyed their 20 games together.
“He’s competitive. He wants to do things the right way. He is a fighter. For him to fight through all of the injuries that he’s had and manage the ups and downs and the emotional part of what he’s been through is admirable,” Silas said. “And he’s just a great guy, a really good person to kind of sit down and talk to.”
Oladipo had missed each of Miami’s last 89 games, including last season’s playoff appearance. He missed 201 games since the initial injury three years ago, sidelined for a year following the first surgery and more 11 months this time after the second surgery.
Finally, he’s back.
“Just to see him out there, it’s crazy,” Heat forward P.J. Tucker said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s pretty cool.”
Rockets: PG John Wall, who missed his 77th consecutive game dating back to last season, was in attendance. … An off-court item that the Rockets pointed to as a positive came a few nights ago, when Wood rented out a movie theater to take teammates to see “The Batman,” which was released Friday. “That’s growth from Christian to do that. … We’ve had a lot of cool moments,” Silas said.
Heat: The Heat outrebounded Houston 50-33. … Miami had more than just Oladipo playing with ties to Houston. Lowry and Tucker – who had 11 points and 12 rebounds – both spent parts of four seasons with the Rockets and Butler is a Houston-area native. … Lowry was scoreless, missing all three of his shots. … Gabe Vincent and Max Strus were out of the regular rotation with Lowry and Oladipo playing. “Guys understand the opportunity with this group. … We’re going to need everybody,” Spoelstra said.
At 44-22, Miami is 22 games over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 season. The Heat remained three games ahead of Philadelphia in the East standings; the 76ers beat Chicago on Monday night.
Rockets guard Dennis Schroder missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. “He’s been able to do his rehab. He’s been on the floor for a couple of days. He’s just trying to get to 100%,” Silas said.
Rockets: Host the L.A. Lakers on Wednesday.
Heat: Host Phoenix on Wednesday.
TOWNS, WOLVES ROUT BLAZERS 124-81, EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Portland Trail Blazers by double digits for the second time in three days, 124-81 on Monday night.
Malik Beasley added 19 points, and Naz Reid had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Minnesota.
Towns’ effort came in less than three quarters, as he and most of Minnesota’s starters stayed on the bench in the fourth with the game well in hand. Towns joined the home crowd in doing the wave from the bench as the Timberwolves fans reveled in their team’s blowout victory. Wolves guard Patrick Beverley added to the fun by launching T-shirts into the crowd during the fourth quarter.
“It’s an outstanding sports town. We just got to give them a reason to keep coming out,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “This is a team a lot of people like to watch play. … It feels like we got something growing here and we’ve just got to keep building on it.”
Monday’s game came two days after the Wolves beat Portland by 15 points at Target Center. Towns had 36 points in that win.
Minnesota matched its season-high win streak at five games as it tries to keep pace in the Western Conference.
Timberwolves fans, who have endured years of losing seasons, have continued to embrace their team as the wins have piled up.
“That’s what makes us go, the excitement they bring,” Reid said of the crowd. “Even talking to us on the bench, we hear you. We might not say nothing, but we hear you. We definitely appreciate that.”
Brandon Williams led the Trail Blazers with 27 points. Portland has dropped five straight after winning four in a row.
Unlike Saturday, when Portland held a lead in the second half, Minnesota left no doubt about Monday’s outcome. The Wolves never let up on the way to the 43-point rout.
“I sat at this microphone a couple nights ago. Obviously we lost the game, and I felt good about us,” Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. “I felt good about our effort. I felt good about how hard we played, how hard we competed. Obviously, I have a different feeling today.”
Both teams were without key players Monday. D’Angelo Russell, who had 14 points and 15 assists Saturday against Portland, was out with bilateral hamstring soreness. Anthony Edwards missed his fourth straight game with a left knee injury.
Portland was missing Anfernee Simons, who scored a game-high 38 points against Minnesota on Saturday. The fourth-year guard is averaging 17.3 ppg this season and missed the game with a left quad contusion.
Jaylen Nowell left the game with 1:31 left in the first half after getting hit in the face by Josh Hart’s elbow. His injury was announced as a nasal contusion and he missed the second half.
Finch said Nowell could have returned to the game but Minnesota chose not to risk it.
TOWNS EARNS WEEKLY HONOR
Prior to Monday’s game, Towns was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. In four games in the last week, Towns averaged 28.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Timberwolves won all four games during the stretch.
It’s the second time this season, and sixth time in Towns’ career, that he earned Player of the Week honors.
“He has played at an All-NBA level,” Finch said of Towns. “I think he’s on the MVP ladder now.”
Trail Blazers: Rookies Trendon Watford and Brandon Williams made their first career starts Monday for the short-handed Blazers.
Timberwolves: G McKinley Wright IV was transferred to the Iowa Wolves of the G-League on Monday.
Trail Blazers: Play at Utah on Wednesday for the final game of a four-game trip.
Timberwolves: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday to complete a three-game homestand.
RANDLE NETS CAREER-BEST 46, KNICKS RALLY PAST KINGS 131-115
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Julius Randle hit eight 3-pointers and scored 17 of his career-high 46 points in the third quarter as the New York Knicks rallied from a 20-point deficit and beat the Sacramento Kings 131-115 on Monday night.
One night after beating the Los Angeles Clippers in a win fueled mostly by New York’s younger players, Randle rallied the Knicks with a phenomenal shooting display in the second half. He made 12 of 17 shots after halftime, going 7 for 11 from beyond the arc, and finished with 10 rebounds.
RJ Barrett had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Knicks to their second consecutive win after seven straight losses. Immanuel Quickley added 27 points.
Domantas Sabonis had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings before being ejected in the fourth quarter after receiving double technicals. De’Aaron Fox scored 24 points, and Harrison Barnes had 23.
Held to 48 points in the first half, the Knicks nearly doubled their output in the third quarter when they outscored the Kings 44-24.
Randle opened the period with a 3-pointer and then made two more to give New York its first lead. Quickley scored four straight points, Fournier added two free throws and Randle made two free throws and a layup to put New York ahead 92-87.
The Kings got within 96-94 early in the fourth, before Quickley made a 3-pointer and Barrett scored on a layup. Randle followed with consecutive 3s to cap the 11-0 run.
The Knicks had lost 11 of 13.
The game was paused in the third quarter when Cam Reddish crashed hard to the court on his right shoulder and was taken to the locker room, further depleting an already shortened Knicks roster.
Knicks: Evan Fournier had 15 points and made three 3-pointers to give him 187 this season, third-most in franchise history. . Taj Gibson had five points and eight rebounds after sitting out Sunday because of an illness. . Jericho Sims picked up three fouls in his first six minutes on the court. . Obi Toppin (strained left hamstring) was held out a third consecutive game.
Kings: Alvin Gentry was whistled for his first technical foul this season in the second quarter. . Richaun Holmes (personal reasons), Moe Harkless (right ankle sprain) and Jeremy Lamb (left hip soreness) did not play.
Knicks: Continue their seven-game trip against the Mavericks on Wednesday. New York has won four straight in Dallas.
Kings: Host the Nuggets on Wednesday. Denver is 3-0 against Sacramento this season.
NHL SUSPENDS AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA-BASED KHL
(AP) — The NHL suspended its dealings with the Russia-based KHL on Monday, a move that could make it more difficult for teams to sign players from there.
The NHL told its teams to cease contact with KHL counterparts and Russia-based agents as part of the suspension of the memorandum of understanding between the leagues. They can continue to communicate with North American agents certified by the NHL Players’ Association but may have more difficulty completing agreements.
Daily Faceoff first reported the NHL cutting cites with the KHL. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the decision in an email to The Associated Press.
It’s the league’s latest move to sever ties with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement last week, the NHL announced it was suspending relationships with business partners in Russian and pausing Russian-language social and digital media sites – including terminating the NHL’s Russian broadcast agreement.
There are roughly 40 Russia-born players currently in the NHL. The KHL is in the midst of its playoffs, though Finland-based Jokerit withdrew after Russia invade Ukraine.
MAC ANNOUNCES BASEBALL PLAYERS & PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Baseball Player of the Week
Collin Mathews, Kent State, CF
Senior, Lewis Center Ohio/Olentangy
Mathews was red hot for the Golden Flashes as they swept Austin Peay. Mathews finished the weekend with a .700 avg., 8 RBI’s and 13 total bases. He had a trio of multi-hit games including going 5-6 in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep. He slugged a pair of homers and stole four bases, including a steal of home. He also had 11 putouts and assisted on a pair of double plays.
MAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Ty Johnson, Ball State, Pitcher
Sophomore, Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North)
Ty Johnson pitched an absolute gem against FAMU where he had a no-hitter through six innings of work. He only gave up one hit, which came in the bottom of the seventh. He struck out a career-high nine batters as posted the most innings pitched in a single appearance with six innings. He picked up his first win of the season and moved to 1-1 on the year.
HCAC 2022 SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 3
Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Nicole Lang (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Catcher | Junior – Lang led Rose-Hulman to an 8-2 record on its spring trip to Florida – after the team finished 9-27 last season – with a .441 batting average, nine doubles, one triple and two home runs. Lang scored 12 runs, had eight RBI and did so while playing the catcher position for every inning of all 10 games. She finished 15-34 at the plate for the 10-game week of doubleheaders Monday through Friday.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Ariel Thomasson (Boonville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | First-Year – Thomasson led Rose-Hulman’s pitching efforts in an 8-2 Florida spring trip – after the team finished 9-27 last season. Thomasson was 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 34 innings of work. She also recorded one save and held the opposition to a .194 batting average for the week. Highlight performances included a three-hit shutout against Regis in the opener and a complete game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Houghton.
- Kailyn Hubble (Anderson, Ind.) Defiance College | Outfield | Senior – Hubble went 4-8 in a doubleheader split against Hope. In game one she went 3-4 with a double and three RBI. All three of her RBI came in Defiance’s nine-run sixth inning with helped propel them to a 9-5 win over Hope in the first game of the season.
- Sydney Bosti (Aurora, Ind.) Franklin College | Catcher | Junior – Bosti Went 7-for-12 with four doubles and seven RBI for the Grizzlies as they went 2-2 against Greenville and Kalamazoo over the weekend. She went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the first game against Greeville on Saturday and went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI as the Grizzlies won an 11-8 thriller against Kalamazoo on Sunday.
- Kendra Hutchinson (Lafayette, Ind.) Hanover College | Utility | Junior – Hutchison led the Panthers as part of a tough winter break trip to Alabama where they took on Millsaps and Birmingham-Southern. The junior charted four runs on six hits with four RBI. She added two homeruns.
- Gracie Henson (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | First-Year – Henson picked up her first career win against Millsaps this past week pitching a complete game allowing just two earned runs on eight hits. She added four strikeouts on 28 batters faced in the contest.
- Delayne Sanchez (Osceola, Ind.) Manchester University | Infield | Sophomore – Sanchez went 2-5 with an RBI in the Spartans’ opening doubleheader against No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan.
- Carlee Jeter (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Jeter pitched in three games over the week, against Piedmont, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Alma. She pitched a total of 19 innings, allowing just seven total earned runs, for an ERA of 3.32. She had nine total strikeouts, and pitched all seven innings in two of the three games.
HCAC 2022 BASEBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 4
Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Infield | Sophomore – Christie led the Panthers through a very competitive week. Over a six game stretch, he recorded 11 runs on 11 hits with 12 RBI. The sophomore also added five homeruns, including a grand slam in the team’s victory over Purchase. Alex finished the week with a .964 slugging percentage.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Anthony Costello (Avon, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | First-Year – Costello tossed five and one-third innings in relief to get the win for the Ravens in Game one against St. Norbert. He gave up one hit, zero runs, zero walks and struck out five in his outing.
- Tyler Smitherman (Westfield, Ind.) Anderson University | First Base | Junior – Anderson put together a three-game sweep against St. Norbert. Smitherman went 8-for-15 with one double, two home runs and 11 RBI last week. In Game one, Smitherman went 5-for-5 with two homers and six RBI. Smitherman’s second homer was three-run blast to give Anderson a 6-4 lead in the seventh, on its way to an 11-4 victory. Anderson as a team put together a historic five-homer, 24-hit performance, rolling to a 20-11 victory in Game two. Smitherman finished 3-for-6 with one double and four RBI in Game two. He also drove in a run during Anderson’s 6-2 win in Game three.
- Christian Lancianse (Lexington, Ky.) Earlham College | Infield/Outfield | Sophomore – Lancianese recorded seven hits on 13 at-bats in a weekend series with Wilmington. The sophomore hit a lead-off homerun in game two of the series over the Maroon Monster in Sadler Stadium. He also tallied another solo homerun later in that game.
- Aiden Talarek (Middletown, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Junior – Talarek allowed just two unearned runs in six innings against Wilmington on Saturday. The junior allowed five hits from 27 batters faced and tallied two strikeouts.
- Logan Demkovich (Hammond, Ind.) Franklin College | Catcher | Senior – Demkovich went 5-for-9 with three home runs, 10 RBI, seven runs scored and three walks for Franklin in their weekend series with Hope. He recorded a home run in each of the three contests.
- Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Junior – Alter secured his first victory of the season as the Panthers took down Neumann to conclude their winter break trip to Myrtle Beach. The senior got the start pitching six complete innings surrendering just two runs on seven hits while striking out six.
- Brady Perez (Rochester, Ind.) Manchester University | Outfield | Junior – Perez hit three home runs last week to lead the Manchester offense. Hit a pair of two-run home runs in the weekend finale against Kalamazoo while adding a three-run home run in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Hornets. Drove in seven runs while also doubling once last week.
- Jake Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Graduate Student – Hughes got the complete game win for the Lions against Gordon on the opening game of the teams spring break trip. The grad student threw 7.0 innings allowing two runs (both earned). He did strike out eight opposing hitters and allowed only a single walk.
- Shane Garner (Carlisle, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Catcher | Senior – Garner went 3-11 at the plate with two home runs to lead Rose-Hulman’s power numbers in four Florida games last week. He batted .273 with an .818 slugging average, scored two runs and had four RBI in the week.
- Matthew Rouse (Louisville, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Senior – Rouse took the hard luck loss against Grove City after allowing just one hit and one run in six innings of work. Rouse struck out five and allowed only a double and three walks, holding Grove City to a .053 batting average in the outing.
- Trent Youngblood (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Second Base/Center Field | Sophomore – For the week Youngblood had 13 at bats with seven hits, one walk, and a batting average of .538. With those hits he recorded three doubles and brought home three RBI in games against Webster, North Park, and Benedictine. In the win against Benedictine, he recorded 3 of his 7 hits for the week, including two runs scored and one RBI. He also stole two bases.
- Connor Arnold (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | First Year – In a game on Saturday against Benedictine, Connor Arnold threw for five innings, allowing five hits and striking out five batters while only gaining two earned runs. Arnold got the win in a 6-5 victory for the Pioneers.
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK SELECTIONS MADE FOR FEB. 28-MARCH 6
MILES NAMED RSC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR WVU TECH
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — WVU Tech junior Courtney Miles pitched two complete games to earn River States Conference Women’s Basketball Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 28-March 6.
Miles, from Winchester, Ky., was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in her two outings. She pitched a total of 14.0 innings with 17 strikeouts, one walk and only three runs given up on the week.
The first of her two complete games was a 5-0 shutout of Pikeville (Ky.). She gave up only four hits in 7.0 innings, struck out five and walked one. A 5-3 win over Point (Ga.) included 12 strikeouts and no walks in 7.0 innings.
The Golden Bears are 9-3 on the year and will be going to The Spring Games in Florida March 12-16.
SCHMITT NAMED RSC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM (RV) RIO GRANDE (OHIO)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — (RV) University of Rio Grande (Ohio) senior Shelby Schmitt hit .692 in four games to garner River States Conference Softball Player of the Week Feb. 28-March 6.
Schmitt, a utility player from Fairfield, Ohio, led the RedStorm to a 4-0 week by hitting 9 for 13 at the plate. She had three doubles, six RBIs, a walk and four runs as well. Schmitt had an on-base percentage of .714 and a slugging percentage of .923.
Schmitt got a hit in every game. She capped off the week going 4 for 4 in a 6-4 win over Ursuline. She started off the week going 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs in a 13-2 win over Alice Lloyd (Ky.).
Rio Grande is 10-4 on the year and will play four games in Lawrenceville, Ga., March 11-12.
ZLATAR PICKS UP RSC MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OAKLAND CITY (IND.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University sophomore Teodor Zlatar went undefeated at No. 1 singles to earn River States Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week Feb. 28-March 6.
The native of Croatia won all three of his matches from the top of the singles lineup for the Mighty Oaks. The award is the first weekly conference of the season given out, and it encompasses all matches played so far this semester.
He won No. 1 singles bouts versus Georgetown, Austin Peay and McKendree. All three wins went into extra games with wins of 11-9, 7-5 and 7-5 in each of the third sets. He also played No. 1 singles for the Mighty Oaks.
Oakland City will host Midway (Ky.) on March 11.
ARISTIZABAL NETS RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OAKLAND CITY (IND.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University junior Liz Aristizabal picked up two wins over NCAA Division II competition to earn River States Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for Feb. 28-March 6.
Aristizabal, a native of Colombia, went undefeated at No. 1 singles with victories versus players from Southern Indiana and McKendree (Ill.). Versus Southern Indiana, she battled back from dropping the first set to win. She won in straight sets versus McKendree. Playing in No. 2 doubles, she was 1-1 on the week.
Oakland City will be hosting Midway on March 11.
CAMPBELL SLUGS RSC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 25 POINT PARK (PA.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University freshman Jordon Campbell had two grand slams to highlight his week and earn River States Conference Baseball Player of the Week Feb. 28-March 6.
Campbell, from Sunrise, Fla., hit .467 (7 for 15) in five games as the Pioneers went 4-1. He hit three home runs, drove in 11 runs, scored six times, walked five times and was 2 for 2 in stolen bases.
Campbell started out the week with two home runs — including a walkoff grand slam — in a 10-7 win over Cornerstone (Mich.). His second grand slam of the week broke open a 10-3 victory in the conference opener versus Brescia (Ky.).
Campbell had four hits in the series sweep over the Bearcats with a double, a triple, a home run. Point Park is 9-4 and will be at Oakland City (Ind.) on Thursday and Friday.
KLEIN TABBED RSC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 25 POINT PARK (PA.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — No. 25 Point Park (Pa.) University right-hander Easton Klein went 2-0 on the week to earn River States Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week Feb. 28-March 6.
Klein, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa., started off his week throwing a scoreless seventh inning of relief in a victory over Cornerstone (Mich.). He stuck out the side in the top of the seventh, and the Pioneers walked off the win in the bottom half.
He started the first game in the series sweep at Brescia (Ky.) and got the win in 7.0 strong innings. Klein struck out eight, walked one and worked around eights to give up just one run in the 10-3 victory.
For the week, Klein had 11 strikeouts, no walks and one run on eight hits in 8.0 innings. The Pioneers are 9-4, 3-0 RSC and will be at Oakland City (Ind.) on Thursday and Friday.
FALCONS WR RIDLEY SUSPENDED FOR ’22 FOR BETS ON NFL GAMES
ATLANTA (AP) For endangering the integrity of the sport by betting on games, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended by the NFL for at least the next season.
Ridley won’t play in 2022 and there is no guarantee for the NFL future of the player who had been expected to be the Falcons’ top target for quarterback Matt Ryan.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday suspended Ridley after a league investigation determined Ridley bet on NFL games in 2021 while away from the team addressing mental health concerns. The league says the suspension will carry “through at least the conclusion of the 2022 season.”
The NFL says the betting took place during a five-day period in late November 2021. Ridley was placed on the non-football illness list following Week 8 last season, which ended Nov. 1.
Ridley wrote on his Twitter account on Monday “I bet 1500 total I don’t have a gambling problem.”
He also seemed to take a light-hearted approach to his suspension when he added in another post “I know I was wrong But I’m getting 1 year lol.” He also said “Just gone be more healthy when I come back.”
Ridley defended himself in another tweet when he said “If you know me you know my character.”
A league investigation uncovered no evidence inside information was used or that any game was compromised by Ridley’s betting, Goodell’s announcement said. Nor was there evidence suggesting Falcons coaches, players or staff were aware of Ridley’s betting activity.
Ridley may petition for reinstatement after Feb. 23, 2023.
During the offseason, the Falcons have had no update on Ridley’s status. The team released a statement Monday in which it said it cooperated with the league’s investigation in the last month.
“We were first made aware of the league’s investigation on Feb. 9,” the Falcons said in the statement. “We have cooperated fully with the investigation since receiving notice, and support the league’s findings and actions. We are moving forward in the 2022 season with the decision that was made. With the decision that was made by the NFL, any further questions on the investigation should be directed to the league office.”
In a letter from Goodell to Ridley, the commissioner said:
“There is nothing more fundamental to the NFL’s success – and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league – than upholding the integrity of the game.
“This is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, game official, and anyone else employed in the league. Your actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage public confidence in professional football, and potentially undermined the reputations of your fellow players throughout the NFL.
“For decades, gambling on NFL games has been considered among the most significant violations of league policy warranting the most substantial sanction. In your case, I acknowledge and commend you for your promptly reporting for an interview, and for admitting your actions.”
Even before the suspension, Ridley’s future with the Falcons was in doubt. He sat out the final two months of the season after he was a last-minute scratch before the team’s 19-13 loss to Carolina on Oct. 31.
On that day, Ridley explained his absence when he wrote on his Twitter account “I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental well being.”
Ridley had posted no update on his Twitter account until Friday, when he posted an icon of a football and added “is life.” On Sunday, he added another update “I learn from my Ls.”
The Falcons’ 2018 first-round draft pick had 90 catches for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020. Ridley was expected to be Ryan’s top playmaker after Julio Jones was traded to Tennessee before the 2021 season. But Ridley had only 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns in his shortened season.
The Falcons had been approximately $7.3 million over the salary cap for 2022. They will be able to remove Ridley’s $11.1 million salary from their payroll for the season, moving them under the cap. That contract shifts to 2023, when Ridley would have been a free agent.
The suspension of Ridley could impact Atlanta’s plans for free agency and the NFL draft. Wide receiver now becomes a position of need, and the team could place a greater emphasis on re-signing free agent Russell Gage. Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts and Gage were Atlanta’s leading receivers last season.
This is not the first gambling suspension meted out by Goodell. He suspended Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw in November 2019 for gambling on an NFL game. Shaw has not played in the league since his suspension; he missed 21 games of the 2019 and 2020 schedules.
The most famous disciplining of NFL players for gambling came in 1963 when then-commissioner Pete Rozelle suspended star running back Paul Hornung of Green Bay and defensive tackle of Alex Karras of Detroit – both now Hall of Famers. Each was sidelined for that season, with Rozelle citing bets on league games and associating with gamblers or “known hoodlums.”
Twenty years later, Rozelle suspended Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, who was in just his second pro season.
“Schlichter will not be reinstated,” Rozelle said, ?until the league can be solidly assured that the serious violations of cardinal NFL rules he has committed will not be repeated.”
Schlichter was reinstated and played for 1984 and `85. But he couldn’t kick the gambling habit and eventually wound up in prison for a multimillion dollar ticketing scam.
Frank Filchock and Merle Hapes of the New York Giants were suspended by then-commissioner Bert Bell for not reporting attempted bribes, particularly for the 1946 championship game. Filchock actually played in that game, which the Giants lost 24-14 to the Bears, but Hapes was not allowed to take the field.
Subsequently, both were suspended. Filchock didn’t return to the NFL until 1950 with Baltimore, though he played parts of four seasons in Canada. Hapes never played another NFL game.
BENGALS PLACE FRANCHISE TAG ON SAFETY JESSIE BATES III
CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals on Monday placed the franchise tag on safety Jessie Bates III, keeping him with the team for the 2022 season.
The Bengals had tried unsuccessfully to come to terms on a long-term contract for the 25-year-old Bates, whose rookie deal expired at the end of the season, putting him on the verge of becoming a free agent.
Bates was selected in the second round of the 2018 draft and has emerged as one of the team leaders. He was a key player in 2021 as the Bengals reached their first Super Bowl in 33 years.
The franchise tag means Bates will be under contract through the 2022 season for roughly $13 million as the team continues to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
“Jessie has been an outstanding player here for four years,” Cincinnati executive vice president Katie Blackburn said in a statement. “Over the past year, we’ve tried to extend his contract here in Cincinnati, and while that hasn’t come to pass, we want him here for 2022 to be a part of what we think should be an exciting football season and bright future for our organization.”
Bates has played in 163 games – all starts – for Cincinnati, and has 406 tackles and 10 interceptions, one for a touchdown.
BROWNS PLACE FRANCHISE TAG ON TIGHT END DAVID NJOKU
CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns have placed a franchise tag for next season on tight end David Njoku, preventing him from hitting the free agent market.
Njoku was one of the few bright spots last season for the Browns, who went 8-9 and missed the playoffs amid massive expectations. The 25-year-old caught 35 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns in 2021.
The Browns believe Njoku, a first-round draft pick in 2017 from Miami, can produce even more and have spoken to his agent about a long-term contract.
It’s a dramatic turnaround for Njoku, who previously asked to be traded before emerging as one of the team’s most dependable weapons. The franchise tag means Njoku will be under contract through the 2022 season for roughly $11 million.
Njoku has 148 career receptions for 1,754 yards and 15 TDs in five seasons with the Browns. His 71-yard touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Chargers last season was the longest in the NFL by a tight end.
Cleveland also tendered contracts to exclusive rights free agent wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley and offensive linemen Blake Hance and Michael Dunn.
REPORT: CHIEFS TO FRANCHISE TAG BROWN
The Kansas City Chiefs are applying the franchise tag on left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The value of Brown’s franchise tag is projected around $16.5 million, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
General manager Brett Veach said earlier this month that Brown was likely to be tagged, which would give both sides an extended window to negotiate a long-term contract.
Brown, who the Chiefs acquired in a trade last offseason from the Baltimore Ravens, booked his third straight trip to the Pro Bowl in 2021 after starting 16 games as Patrick Mahomes’ blindside protector.
The 26-year-old has appeared in 64 games since entering the NFL as a third-round draft pick in 2018.
NFL CORNERBACK RICHARD SHERMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 2 CHARGES
SEATTLE (AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman pleaded guilty in Seattle on Monday to two misdemeanor charges stemming from a drunken driving and domestic disturbance last summer, as part of an agreement that spares him further jail time.
Sherman was arrested July 14 after police said he crashed his SUV in a construction zone and tried to break into his in-laws’ suburban Seattle home. His father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officers that he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper-spray at Sherman to protect his family.
The break-in attempt was captured on the home’s surveillance camera, which was later released by the court.
Sherman, who said after the arrest he was “deeply remorseful,” pleaded guilty Monday in King County Superior Court to two misdemeanor counts, first-degree negligent driving and second-degree criminal trespass. He also admitted to a criminal infraction of speeding in a roadway construction zone.
“I’m grateful for the community we have and the way people continue to accept you even though you’re a flawed human being and made a mistake,” Sherman told the court.
Sherman, a former star with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, will pay about $825 in legal fees, plus $500 for speeding in the construction zone, and be under court supervision for two years. He will be responsible for paying an as-yet-undetermined amount in restitution for damage to his in-laws’ house and to the state transportation department.
The judge gave Sherman credit for the two days he spent in custody when he was first arrested and suspended the 88 days remaining on the sentence, meaning he won’t be required to serve any additional time behind bars if he keeps out of trouble.
In an email, the King County prosecutor’s office said the resolution was in line with comparable cases.
“Mr. Sherman did not get special treatment one way or the other,” spokesman Casey McNerthney wrote.
Sherman originally faced several misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence, reckless endangerment of roadway workers, second-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest and third-degree malicious mischief.
Sherman had been belligerent, drinking heavily and had spoken of killing himself when he left his home in Maple Valley the night of July 13, according to police reports. His wife, Ashley Sherman, called 911 to try to have police stop him. He crashed in a construction zone along Highway 520 and then went to his in-laws’ home in Redmond.
Sherman, 33, became a Seattle sports legend during seven seasons with Seahawks. The cornerback was a star in their run to a 2014 Super Bowl victory, making a game-saving play to deflect a pass in the NFC championship game against the 49ers.
He is also the founder of the Blanket Coverage Foundation, a charity that provides low-income students with school supplies and clothes.
REPORT: PANTHERS GETTING TRADE CALLS FOR MCCAFFREY
The Carolina Panthers have received multiple trade inquiries for All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, sources told Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.
While McCaffrey isn’t on the trade block, the Panthers would be searching for a first-round pick and an additional piece of compensation in exchange for the running back, Jones adds.
Arguably one of the league’s most dynamic options out of the backfield, McCaffrey has struggled to remain on the field over the past two seasons. He’s suited up for only 10 games since 2020, accumulating 667 rushing yards and 492 receiving yards.
The Panthers made McCaffrey the NFL’s highest-paid running back with a four-year, $64-million contract during the 2020 offseason after he put up a league-high 2,392 scrimmage yards in 2019.
The 25-year-old carries a $14.3-million cap hit and a $26.6-million dead money charge for 2022, per Spotrac.
MOCK DRAFT 3.0
1. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – EVAN NEAL, OT, ALABAMA
2. DETROIT LIONS – AIDAN HUTCHINSON, EDGE, MICHIGAN
3. HOUSTON TEXANS – TRAVON WALKER, EDGE, GEORGIA
4. NEW YORK JETS – KAYVON THIBODEAUX, EDGE, OREGON
5. NEW YORK GIANTS – IKEM EKWONU, OT, NC STATE
6. CAROLINA PANTHERS – MALIK WILLIS, QB, LIBERTY
7. GIANTS (VIA CHI) – DEREK STINGLEY JR., CB, LSU
8. ATLANTA FALCONS – KYLE HAMILTON, S, NOTRE DAME
9. DENVER BRONCOS – KENNY PICKETT, QB, PITT
10. JETS (VIA SEA) – AHMAD GARDNER, CB, CINCINNATI
11. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS – SAM HOWELL, QB, NORTH CAROLINA
12. MINNESOTA VIKINGS – GEORGE KARLAFTIS, EDGE, PURDUE
13. CLEVELAND BROWNS – JORDAN DAVIS, DT, GEORGIA
14. BALTIMORE RAVENS – TREVOR PENNING, OT, NORTHERN IOWA
15. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (VIA MIA) – DAVID OJABO, EDGE, MICHIGAN
16. EAGLES (VIA IND) – NAKOBE DEAN, LB, GEORGIA
17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – CHARLES CROSS, OT, MISSISSIPPI STATE
18. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – GARRETT WILSON, WR, OHIO STATE
19. EAGLES – LEWIS CINE, S, GEORGIA
20. PITTSBURGH STEELERS – TYLER LINDERBAUM, C, IOWA
21. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – TREYLON BURKS, WR, ARKANSAS
22. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS – DEVONTE WYATT, DT, GEORGIA
23. ARIZONA CARDINALS – JERMAINE JOHNSON III, EDGE, FLORIDA STATE
24. DALLAS COWBOYS – DAXTON HILL, S, MICHIGAN
25. BUFFALO BILLS – TRENT MCDUFFIE, CB, WASHINGTON
26. TENNESSEE TITANS – KENYON GREEN, OL, TEXAS A&M
27. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – ZION JOHNSON, OL, BOSTON COLLEGE
28. GREEN BAY PACKERS – CHRIS OLAVE, WR, OHIO STATE
29. MIAMI DOLPHINS (VIA SF) – DEVIN LLOYD, LB, UTAH
30. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – JAMESON WILLIAMS, WR, ALABAMA
31. CINCINNATI BENGALS – ANDREW BOOTH JR., CB, CLEMSON
32. LIONS (VIA LAR) – DESMOND RIDDER, QB, CINCINNATI
REPORT: RAYS MADE OFFER TO FREEMAN
The Tampa Bay Rays are among a handful of teams interested in free-agent first baseman Freddie Freeman and made him an offer before the lockout began, sources told MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Freeman is one of the top players available in free agency after another terrific campaign in 2021. The 32-year-old hit .300/.393/.503 with 31 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 120 runs scored for the World Series-winning Atlanta Braves.
Tampa Bay projects to start Ji-Man Choi at first base in 2022, but Freeman would be a significant upgrade.
The 2020 National League MVP owns a career .295/.384/.509 slash line with 271 homers and 941 RBIs in 12 big-league seasons, all with the Braves. He also has five All-Star nods, three Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove on his resume.
The low-revenue Rays do not have a reputation for spending lavishly but have been active this offseason. They’ve already extended shortstop Wander Franco to an 11-year, $182-million contract, exercised Mike Zunino’s $7-million option, and signed pitchers Corey Kluber and Brooks Raley for a combined $18 million.
The Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays have also been connected to Freeman, who is reportedly seeking a six-year deal worth around $180 million.
NHL UNVEILING NEW LOGO FOR STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS AND FINAL
(AP) — The NHL on Monday unveiled a new logo for the Stanley Cup playoffs and Final that replaces the one used for the last 13 years.
League officials said the process of designing the new logo and word mark began more than two years ago, before the start of the pandemic. It’ll debut in earnest when the playoffs start in early May.
“This feels like the appropriate time to release the mark and really establish the mark in the landscape that we’re currently in,” senior design director Greg Mueller said. “With two new (U.S.) broadcast partners and the excitement about the upcoming Stanley Cup Final and fans in the buildings, this is the time.”
The design features a realistic rendering of the Stanley Cup set against a championship banner. Paul Conway, the league’s vice president of creative services, said many different designs were workshopped before deciding on having the trophy straight up, like it sits on the table before it’s presented.
Mueller said it’s about “celebrating the journey that gets to the moment.”
One font was derived from the Victoria Cougars etching on the trophy from 1925. The other is based on the sign outside the Windsor Hotel in Montreal, where the NHL was formed in 1917.
Chief brand officer Brian Jennings oversaw the rebranding process. Conway said Commissioner Gary Bettman gave his input before the final decision was made.
“All players dream of having their name engraved in immortality and it is every NHL team’s mission to raise a championship banner, and we wanted to visually capture and evoke the majesty of Lord Stanley in a manner that both respects the history and represents of the future of this great game,” Jennings said.
The 2022 playoffs are set to be a return to the standard, 16-team Eastern and Western Conference format last used in 2019. The postseason was expanded to 24 teams and contested in quarantined bubbles in 2020, and all divisional play was used for the first two rounds in 2021.
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
LONGTIME COLTS TE JACK DOYLE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Longtime Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle is retiring, the team announced Monday.
The 31-year-old Doyle played all 131 games of his nine-year career with his hometown team. His down-to-earth demeanor made him one of the locker room’s most respected players and even prompted a teammate to wear a T-shirt with four playing cards featuring Doyle’s face and the phrase “Jack of all trades.”
“Jack not only represented himself and his family with class, but represented our entire organization and the community with the utmost professionalism,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. “Simply put, Jack was one of the most well-liked players in our locker room.”
He was productive on the field, too.
In nine seasons with the Colts, he caught 295 passes for 2,729 yards and 24 touchdowns, making two Pro Bowls. Among Colts tight ends, Doyle ranks third all-time in receptions, fifth in yards receiving and fourth in TD catches.
After graduating from Indianapolis Cathedral High School, the former ball boy for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers took the only FBS scholarship offer he had – from Western Kentucky.
Doyle played in the 2013 Senior Bowl but was undrafted. He signed with the Tennessee Titans, who released him late that summer. Indianapolis claimed Doyle off waivers, and he never left.
“After I was hired by the Colts in 2017, one of the first roster moves we made was re-signing Jack Doyle,” general manager Chris Ballard said. “It was very apparent what type of player and leader he was and the impact he made as a teammate. He is a player we wanted our rookies to emulate.”
Doyle was a role model for his teammates off the field, too.
Indy’s 2018 Ed Block Courage Award recipient helped raise money for the Dayspring Center, a family emergency shelter, and hosted birthday parties for homeless children who lived at the shelter.
He and his wife, Cassie, also established a tuition grant to provide half scholarships for two incoming freshman to attend his prep alma mater. Other charitable ventures included visiting patients at Riley Hospital for Children and Read Across America events.
“We had ultimate trust in Jack to perform and execute at the highest level in any situation both offensively and on special teams,” coach Frank Reich said. “He was one of our most dependable players. Jack’s value to this organization will be hard to replace.”
BASEBALL GAMEDAY: HOST CINCINNATI/PURDUE FORT WAYNE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Coming off its first series win of the season, the Indiana baseball program will make a quick stop at home for a pair of midweek games at Bart Kaufman Stadium. The Hoosiers will host Cincinnati on Tuesday (March 8) and Purdue Fort Wayne (March 9) in 4 p.m. first pitches.
It will be just the second and third home games for the Hoosiers, with 12 of the first 15 games scheduled on the road. For Cincinnati (6-4), the Bearcats are coming off a win over Ohio State and a series victory over Northwestern over the last seven days. Purdue Fort Wayne (0-11) dropped all three games on the road at Tennessee Tech last weekend and will be playing the first midweek game of the season.
Tuesday, March 8 (4 p.m. ET)
IU: Luke Hayden, RHP, Fr.
UC: Luke Shea, LHP, R-So.
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Wednesday, March 9 (4 p.m. ET)
IU: Jack Walker, RHP, R-So.
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According to the NCAA’s latest RPI data, Indiana enters the week with a non-conference strength of schedule at No. 30 nationally and sits No. 56 in the RPI.
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The pitching staff ended the weekend series at Missouri State on a high note, as Jack Perkins and Bradley Brehmer each posted quality starts versus the Bears.
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Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 76 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.
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Three Hoosiers earned All-Tournament honors at the Round Rock Classic after IU picked up its first win of the season in the event.
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Redshirt-sophomores Morgan Colopy and Bobby Whalen have each reached base in all 10 games in 2022, while senior Phillip Glasser is riding a nine-game stretch on base.
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Freshman Brock Tibbitts took a pair of pitches out of the park in the IU’s season opener versus Miami (Ohio), but you don’t have to look far in the record books for the last rookie to hit multiple home runs in a game.
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Indiana matched a school standard with four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.
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Scouting the Opponent
Cincinnati took three of four games from Northwestern over the weekend at home. The Bearcats also beat Ohio State in a midweek tilt.
Paul Komistek (.410) and Griffin Merrit (.400) are each hitting .400 or better on the season, with Merritt (12), JP Sponseller (11) and Ryan Nicholson (10) each driving in double-digit RBIs through 10 games.
UC has hit 20 home runs over the first 10 games and allowed just seven.
Purdue Fort Wayne
Purdue Fort Wayne enters with a 0-11 record after falling in all three games at Tennessee Tech over the weekend.
The Mastodons leading hitter is Jack Lang with a .286 average and 12 hits. Braedon Blackford leads the team with eight RBIs and three home runs..
Indiana owns an all-time mark of 20-12 against Cincinnati in a series that began in 1900.
The two teams met just 21 times between 1900-2008 but have met 11 times since the 2009 season.
The two programs have split the last 12 meetings, including four wins by UC in Bloomington.
IU owns the longest winning streak in the series at four games from 1997-98, while UC has won consecutive games just once (2015-16).
Purdue Fort Wayne
Indiana owns an unblemished mark of 7-0 all-time against Purdue Fort Wayne.
The first meeting came in a doubleheader on may 14, 1980 and the two in-state programs went nearly 20 years between meetings. The two teams next met on Feb. 15, 2000.
IVEY NAMED 2ND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN BY THE SPORTING NEWS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In what will likely be the first of many postseason honors, Purdue sophomore guard Jaden Ivey has been named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News, the organization announced this morning.
The Sporting News is one of four entities that make up the All-American awards, joined by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Associated Press (AP). A player is considered a consensus All-American if named to all four lists.
Ivey has led the Boilermakers to a 25-6 record and a No. 8 national ranking heading into this week’s Big Ten Tournament. The 6-foot, 4-inch South Bend, Indiana, native is averaging 17.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while also adding 30 steals and 17 blocked shots. He is just one of three players nationally to reach those marks, being the only high-major player on the list. He needs just 84 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to become the second player in school history to have 600 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists in a season (Caleb Swanigan – 2017).
Ivey has played his best against ranked teams, averaging 19.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 14-of-34 (.412) from long distance in six games. He was outstanding in a win over No. 18 North Carolina with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, then added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against No. 5 Villanova.
He then had one of the signature moments of the college basketball season in an 81-78 win over No. 16 Ohio State, hitting a fadeaway 25-footer as the clock expired for the buzzer-beating victory. Three games later, he tallied 26 points with six assists and four rebounds to finish a season sweep of Illinois. He also had 25 points with four assists in a big win over a Rutgers team that had won four straight games against nationally-ranked teams.
Ivey tied a school record for most 3-pointers made without a miss with a 6-of-6 performance against Butler in the final edition of the Crossroads Classic.
Ivey has scored in double-figures in 28 of his 30 games played (missed one game with an injury) and has a team-best 11 games of 20 or more points, including double-doubles against North Carolina (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Minnesota (21 points, 10 rebounds).
BOILERMAKERS RIDE 12-0 START INTO NATIONAL RANKINGS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s unbeaten and program-record 12-0 start has earned the team a spot in the national rankings as the Boilermakers debuted at No. 21 in Collegiate Baseball’s weekly poll.
Collegiate Baseball’s weekly top-30 rankings date back to 1959 as the oldest college baseball poll in the country. Big League Chew bubble gum serves as poll’s current sponsor.
Purdue capped its third straight 4-0 week Sunday with Cam Thompson’s 11th-inning walk-off home run. The Boilermakers are one of five unbeaten teams remaining at the NCAA Division I level entering the week, joining Clemson, Virginia, Wake Forest and Tennessee Tech. Of those five, Purdue is the only one yet to play a true home game.
The Boilermakers have won 13 straight games dating back to the 2021 season finale. Only Wake Forest (14) has a longer active streak nationally. Purdue’s longest multi-season win streak is 16 from May 1908 and through May 1909. The 1909 Big Ten championship team’s 10-0 start had stood as the best start in program history for more than 100 years.
Purdue’s 2001, 2012 and 2018 teams also played their way into the national rankings en route to finishing with at least 32 victories. The 2001 and 2018 squads both won 13 consecutive games, matching the 1993 team for the longest single-season win streaks in team history. It’s a mark the current Boilermakers can match in this week’s home opener at Alexander Field. The 2012 Big Ten championship team posted a pair of 10-game win streaks, the only one to have multiple double-figure surges in the same season.
Baseball is the eighth program within Purdue Athletics to earn a spot in the national rankings this season, joining football, men’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, men’s golf, men’s swimming & diving and wrestling.
The Boilermakers are slated to host their earliest home opener ever (March 11) this week. The series opener with Bellarmine is currently set for Friday but it could be moved to Thursday in an effort to maximize favorable weather conditions.
BUTLER BASEBALL SPENDS SPRING BREAK AT NORTH FLORIDA
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will remain in Jacksonville at the start of the week to play two games against North Florida. BU most recently defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins on Sunday to move their overall record to 5-6.
Tuesday, March 8 – 6 PM
Wednesday, March 9 – 6 PM
Games played at Harmon Stadium | Dusty Rhodes Field
RHP Luke Zmolik vs. LHP Tony Roca
LHP Brandon Haggerty vs. TBD
Scouting North Florida
The Ospreys are 3-10 at the start of the 2022 season. Wins this year have been recorded against Presbyterian, USF, and Boston College. Tough competition can be found all over the North Florida schedule. They kept it close against #15/10 Florida in Gainesville (3-1), and hosted a three-game series against UConn at the end of February. Most recently UNF won one game of a three-game series against Boston College. They recorded 17 runs in their victory over the Eagles on Sunday.
Tony Roca is projected to start Tuesday against the Bulldogs. The left-hander is 0-2 this year with a 4.60 ERA. Roca has 19 strikeouts in 15.2 innings of action. Batters are hitting .259 against him in 2022.
At the plate, BU will be careful around Cade Westbrook and his .333 batting average. The redshirt-senior has 17 hits this year, including five doubles for eight RBI. Dallen Leach is also hitting over .300 with a pair of home runs this year.
On the Mound
Luke Zmolik will make his second start of the season on Tuesday night. His first collegiate start came on March 1 at Northern Kentucky. Zmolik threw 1.2 innings before being replaced on the mound. He threw 31 pitches.
Brandon Haggerty will make this third appearance on the mound this season on Wednesday night. The contest at North Florida will be the first start of the year for the left-handed transfer. His last appearance was a full inning at Northern Kentucky on March 1. He struck out three batters, but allowed four runs off four hits.
Strong in the 7th
The Bulldogs have scored 21 runs this season in the seventh inning. They picked up their fifth win of the season by scoring six of their seven runs in the seventh their last time out at Jacksonville.
There He Goes
The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST and rank seventh in the nation in stolen bases (32). Travis Holt leads the conference with eight steals and Scott Jones ranks second with six.
Holt Can Hit
Travis Holt ranks second in the BIG EAST with 17 hits. He leads BU with seven multi-hit games this year and is responsible for the longest hitting streak on the team (6).
Send Him Home Steinhart
Aaron Steinhart ranks second in the BIG EAST in Runs Batted In (14). He has also reached base safely in 11-straight games and is the team leader in multi-RBI games (3). Steinhart has six extra base hits this year and leads the club with two home runs.
Travis Holt, Aaron Steinhart, Ryan O’Halloran, and James Gargano have started in all 11 games this season.
Butler will host Western Illinois at Bulldog Park this weekend for a three-game series that begins on March 11. Game times are set for 3 PM, 2 PM, and 1 PM.
JOHNSON NAMED MAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly Player and Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Ty Johnson was named the MAC Pitcher of the Week after a stellar outing on the mound for Ball State.
Johnson pitched an absolute gem against FAMU where he had a no-hitter through six innings of work. He only gave up one hit, which came in the bottom of the seventh. He struck out a career-high nine batters as he posted the most innings pitched in a single appearance with six innings. He picked up his first win of the season and moved to 1-1 on the year.
Ball State begins Mid-American Conference play on Friday, March 11, as Eastern Michigan comes to Muncie for a four-game series. The home opener on Friday is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time.
From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney
“Ty Johnson competed with three quality pitches. He simply was outstanding and very deserving of Pitcher of the Week honors.”
QUARTERMAINE NAMED ONE OF COLLEGIATE BASEBALL’S NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
TUSCON, Ariz. – Collegiate Baseball announced its weekly National Players of the Week awards presented by Diamond on Monday. Trenton Quartermaine was selected as one of the National Players of the Week after an outstanding week at the plate for Ball State.
Quartermaine produced four-straight games with a home run last week. He hit four homers with four runs scored, and five RBIs as he went 7-for-19 at the plate for a .368 batting average. He was the only Cardinal hitter to not strikeout for the week. He produced a staggering 1.053 slugging percentage. He was solid defensively as well, as he posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on 20 chances.
Ball State begins Mid-American Conference play on Friday, March 11, as Eastern Michigan comes to Muncie for a four-game series. The home opener on Friday is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time.
From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney
“Trenton was outstanding this weekend and showed some prolific power to all fields.”
IRISH PREPARE FOR ACC QUARTERFINALS
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball begins postseason competition in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 10, 2022, against NC State, Clemson or Virginia Tech.
In 2021-22 the Notre Dame is…
… 17-2 when it shoots better than its opponent.
… 14-1 when it makes 10-or-more three-point field goals.
… 16-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
A NOTRE DAME WIN WOULD…
… improve ND’s ACC tourney first-game wins streak to 8 games.
… earn Notre Dame their fourth ACC semifinal appearance and first since 2017.
… push ND’s record in the ACC tournament at Barclays Center to 5-2.
IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS
Freshman Blake Wesley is the first rookie in the country this season to reach 450 points, 100 rebounds, 75 assists, 50 3FGM, and 39 steals. See page 5 for more details.
Notre Dame is the only major conference school in the country with two players in the top five in three-point field goal percentage – senior Nate Laszewski (3rd, .468) and classmate Dane Goodwin (5th, .448).
Irish players received postseason honors from the ACC – Blake Wesley (All-ACC 2nd Team, All-Rookie Team), Dane Goodwin (All-ACC 3rd Team) and Paul Atkinson Jr. (All-ACC Honorable Mention).
Prentiss Hubb’s assist/turnover ratio throughout his career in ACC competition. It is second among all active major conference players (Iowa’s Connor McCaffery is 1st at 4.46).
Notre Dame will confer an NCAA men’s basketball high seven degrees in May, as seniors Robby Carmody, Dane Goodwin, Prentiss Hubb, Nate Laszewski, Cormac Ryan and Trey Wertz all will earn their undergraduate degree while graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. has finished his work on a Master’s degree.
Notre Dame ended the season with 15 ACC wins, the most in a conference regular season in program history surpassing the 14 14 wins in 2014-15 (ACC), 2007-08 and 2010-11 (BIG EAST).
The Irish have connected on 10-or-more 3FGs 15 times this season (and are 14-1 in those contests). The 2016-17 team had 16 such games, while the 2019-20 quad owns the program record at 17.
Career assists for senior Prentiss Hubb in major conference play – finishing the season with the most of any player in the NCAA and by far the most of any ACC player (see page 6 for details).
Points this season for freshman Blake Wesley, who is looking to become just the fourth Notre Dame rookie to surpass 500 points in a season – Troy Murphy (519), Chris Thomas (516) and Adrian Dantley (511).
BARCLAYS CENTER SUCCESS
The Notre Dame men’s basketball program has compiled a 9-3 record at the Barclays Center and have recorded some memorable moments in the facility.
In 2016, Notre Dame, a six-seed in the NCAA tournament defeated No. 11 Michigan behind 18 points from V.J. Beachem. The Irish advanced to the Sweet 16 two days later with a last-second victory over Stephen F. Austin.
The 2017 run to the ACC Championship game included the program’s first victory over Virginia as an ACC opponent, then pushed Duke to the brink in the tournament final. Bonzie Colson connected on a three pointer as part of his 29 points against the Blue Devils to tie the game at 65-65, but was then lost by a sprained ankle which allowed Duke to pull away in the final minutes.
In 2018, as Notre Dame attempted to earn an NCAA bid after injuries sidelined Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell for much of the season, rallied from down 20 points to defeat Pittsburgh in the first round, then defeated Virginia Tech to post two more victories in the Barclays Center before falling to fully rested Duke.
IRISH HAVE A STRONG HISTORY IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
Notre Dame is finishing its ninth season as a member of the ACC and has already compiled a distinguished resume at the league tournament. The Irish are 11-6 (.647) all-time in the championship competition, including the 2015 title (defeating both Duke and North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina) while also advancing to the 2017 championship game against Duke.
The Irish have failed to win their first game in the tournament just once, the team’s first year in the league in 2013-14.
ATKINSON JR., GOODWIN, WESLEY EARN ALL-ACC HONORS
The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced its 2021-22 postseason awards and three University of Notre Dame men’s basketball student-athletes have earned accolades from the league. Freshman Blake Wesley was selected to the All-ACC Second Team and the All-Rookie Team, senior Dane Goodwin earned a spot on the All-ACC Third Team and graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. was an honorable mention All-ACC selection.
Wesley led the Irish in scoring in all games (14.8) and conference contest (15.7) while becoming the only true freshman in the nation to score over 450 points with 100 rebounds, 75 assists, 50 three-point field goals and 39 steals. The South Bend, Indiana, native posted eight 20-point games this season while being named ACC Rookie of the Week three times and the CBSSports/United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Week on January 10, 2022.
Wesley becomes the first Notre Dame player to earn All-Rookie honors in the ACC and the first from any conference since Jerian Grant make the BIG EAST All-Rookie team in 2011-12.
Goodwin earns All-ACC honors for the first time in his career after establishing himself as one of the best shooters in the league this season. He was named ACC Player of the Week on December 27, 2021 and averaged 14.2 points per game while shooting .500 from the field, .449 from three-point range and .855 from the free throw line.
The third Irish player to earn attention by a vote of the league’s coaches and media members was West Palm Beach, Florida, native Paul Atkinson Jr. The graduate transfer who played his first three years at Yale and was the 2020 Ivy League Player of the Year, was named to the All-ACC honorable mention team. The ACC Player of the Week on February 7, 2022, Atkinson Jr. averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds in ACC play this season and is second among all active players in career field goal percentage.
2021-22 All-ACC Team
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 380
Alondes Williams, Wake Forest, 373
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 372
Kameron McGusty, Miami, 315
Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse, 241
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 192
Dereon Seabron, NC State, 166
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 161
Blake Wesley, Notre Dame, 148
Jake LaRavia, Wake Forest, 147
Dane Goodwin, Notre Dame, 131
Mark Williams, Duke, 119
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 119
Jayden Gardner, Virginia, 106
Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech, 105
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 84
PJ Hall, Clemson, 72
John Hugley, Pitt, 54
Charlie Moore, Miami, 42
Brady Manek, North Carolina, 38
Kihei Clark, Virginia, 22
AJ Griffin, Duke, 22
Paul Atkinson Jr., Notre Dame, 20
Terquavion Smith, NC State, 15
Reece Beekman, Virginia, 15
Note: All-ACC Team points are determined on a 5-3-1 system (five points for first team, three points for second team, one point for third team).
ACC Player of the Year
Alondes Williams, Wake Forest, 41 votes
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 31
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 6
ACC Freshman of the Year
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 72 votes
Blake Wesley, Notre Dame, 4
Terquavion Smith, NC State, 1
Trevor Keels, Duke, 1
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Mark Williams, Duke, 46 votes
Reece Beekman, Virginia, 20
Leaky Black, North Carolina, 7
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 3
Charlie Moore, Miami, 2
ACC Most Improved Player
Dereon Seabron, NC State, 33 votes
PJ Hall, Clemson, 28
Mark Williams, Duke, 4
John Hugley, Pitt, 4
Dane Goodwin, Notre Dame, 3
Jesse Edwards, Syracuse, 2
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 2
James Karnik, Boston College, 1
RJ Davis, North Carolina, 1
ACC Sixth Man of the Year
Matthew Cleveland, Florida State, 52 votes
El Ellis, Louisville, 6
Anthony Walker, Miami, 6
Khadim Sy, Wake Forest, 6
Kadin Shedrick, Virginia, 5
Quinten Post, Boston College, 2
Cam Hayes, NC State, 1
ACC Coach of the Year
Steve Forbes, Wake Forest, 40 votes
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, 19
Mike Brey, Notre Dame, 13
Jim Larrañaga, Miami, 3
Mike Young, Virginia Tech, 1
Hubert Davis, North Carolina, 1
Tony Bennett, Virginia, 1
All-ACC Defensive Team
Mark Williams, Duke, 77 votes
Reece Beekman, Virginia, 69
Leaky Black, North Carolina, 55
Charlie Moore, Miami, 45
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 33
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 77 votes
Terquavion Smith, NC State, 73
Blake Wesley, Notre Dame, 72
AJ Griffin, Duke, 66
Trevor Keels, Duke, 50
JAGUARS ADVANCE TO THIRD CONSECUTIVE #HLWBB CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor and saw four-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams post 27 points and 15 boards in a resounding 86-63 semifinals round victory over Oakland University inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Monday (Mar. 7). Williams hit 13-of-14 from the floor to lead the IUPUI attack while Rachel McLimore and Rachel Kent both pumped in 13 points apiece in the victory.
The win sent the Jaguars to a third straight #HLWBB Tournament title game.
Kahlaijah Dean led Oakland (15-15) with 24 points off the bench.
“First off credit to Oakland, I think you’re going to see big things from them in the future,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “For our team, our offense was really good the entire game, we weren’t great defensively in the first quarter but after that we locked in. Macee, Rachel Kent and Rachel McLimore all played very well.”
IUPUI (23-4) got off to a slow start, particularly at the defensive end as Oakland led at the end of the first, 23-22. From there, the Jaguars put up the defensive clamps, starting the second quarter with a 7-0 run, punctuated by a Kent fast break layup. The Jaguars held Oakland without a field goal for the first six-plus minutes when Dean put home her own miss to cut IUPUI’s lead back to seven. The Golden Grizzlies nudged within four at 37-33 before the Jags closed the half with an 8-2 run to built a 45-35 halftime lead.
The Jags maintained the double-digit lead the remainder of the day and pushed it out to 19 late in the third quarter when Natalie Andersen got free for a layup after a Williams offensive rebounds. Andersen then opened the fourth quarter to push the lead beyond 20 and head coach Austin Parkinson was able to rest his starters down the stretch.
IUPUI outrebounded Oakland by a 40-28 margin and outscored the Golden Grizzlies in the paint, 52-36. The Jags were similarly strong from deep though, hitting 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from three-point range with six different players making at least one trey. Kent was 2-of-5 from deep and also had a team-high two steals.
MASTODONS FALL IN #HLMBB SEMIFINALS TO NORTHERN KENTUCKY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Mastodons’ March Madness dreams will have to wait until next year. No. 2 Purdue Fort Wayne fell 57-43 to No. 3 Northern Kentucky in the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Monday (March 7) evening.
The loss also snaps a 10-game win streak for the ‘Dons.
NKU led 19-9 with over eight minutes to play in the first half. The ‘Dons cut the Northern Kentucky lead to 25-19 by half thanks to baskets from Damian Chong Qui, Ra Kpedi, Jarred Godfrey and Johnathan DeJurnett.
In the second half, the ‘Dons shrunk the Norse lead to 27-22 after Chong Qui hit a 3-pointer with 17:57 to play. However, the Norse went on a 15-4 run from the 16:55 mark to the 11:34 mark to take a 42-26 lead.
The ‘Dons stayed in it with their defense, forcing 16 turnovers and limiting the Norse to 39.3 percent shooting. But the ‘Dons shot 28.8 percent on the night.
Godfrey led the ‘Dons with 11 points. He also added six rebounds and four assists. Kpedi led the ‘Dons in rebounds with seven. He also added nine points.
Marques Warrick had a game-high 19 points for the Norse.
With the loss, the Mastodons drop to 21-11. Northern Kentucky improves to 20-11 and will play No. 4 Wright State on Tuesday.
The Mastodons will await word of postseason opportunities.
HOUNDS HOLD STEADY AT NO. 2 IN NATIONAL POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis maintained its No. 2 spot in the most recent Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll as released by officials on Monday afternoon after securing wins over No. 10 GVSU and No. 25 Davenport over the weekend.
The Hounds sit just below No. 1 Le Moyne who they will face off against on road Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1900 The National League decides to downsize to eight teams for the upcoming season by eliminating the circuit’s franchises in Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville, and Washington. The remaining eight cities will stay the same for more than half a century until the Braves leave Boston, moving to Milwaukee in 1953.
1913 In Indianapolis, John Powers, founder of last year’s failed mid-western Columbian League, organizes the Federal League. To avoid the National Commission’s agreement, the upstart league will operate independently with franchises in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.
1923 Commissioner Landis allows pitcher Rube Benton, despite the left-hander admitting to having prior knowledge of the 1919 World Series fix, to return to the major leagues. The 32 year-old southpaw, who spent 6+ seasons with the Giants before sitting out the 1922 campaign, returns to the Reds for three years, compiling a 30-29 record during his second tour with the team.
1930 Babe Ruth inks a two-year deal for $160,000 with the Yankees, keeping him the highest-paid player of all time. The team’s general manager Ed Barrow predicts at the time that “No one will ever be paid more.”
1941 ‘Losing Pitcher’ Hugh Mulcahy of the Phillies becomes the first major league player drafted into the Armed Forces. The newest member of the 101st Artillery at Cape Cod’s Camp Edwards had lost 22 games last season and 20 in 1938 to lead the National League in defeats both years.
1946 The first spring training game ever played in Arizona takes place at Tucson’s Hi Corbett Field. The Indians, behind the pitching of Bob Lemon, beat the Giants, 3-1, in the inaugural Cactus League contest.
1947 In front of 5,000 fans at Havana’s new Gran Estadio de La Habana, the Yankees lose to the Dodgers in extra innings, 1-0, with Snuffy Stirnweiss’s tenth-inning single accounting for the Bronx Bombers’ only hit. Pete Reiser’s long double on a 3-2 pitch off Spec Shea scores Carl Furillo, giving Brooklyn the walk-off victory in Cuba.
1966 Before an intrasquad contest in St. Petersburg in a pregame ceremony, the Mets announce the election of their former manager Casey Stengel to the Hall of Fame. The 75 year-old ‘Old Perfessor’ benefitted from a new rule by the Baseball Writers Committee on Veterans that makes any manager, umpire, or executive 65 or older eligible for induction six months after retiring, bypassing the traditional five-year wait rule for players.
2001 In a press release, the Orioles announce Albert Belle “has been found to be disabled and unable to perform as a Major League baseball player,” due to a degenerative right hip. The Orioles will place the 34 year-old outfielder on the 60-day disabled list, thus beginning the process which conforms to the procedure set forth by Major League Baseball in the case of a disabling and permanent injury to a player.
2006 A Canadian team made up mostly of minor leaguers stuns the baseball world by beating a highly-favored Team USA in the first round of the WBC, 8-6. Thanks to Adam Stern’s inside-the-park homer, four RBIs, and a pair of sensational catches, with southpaw Adam Loewen, who keeps the American all-stars scoreless for 3.2 innings, helping the Canadians post their most significant victory in its national history of baseball.
2008 In hopes of a more lucrative deal in the future, Ryan Zimmerman inks a new one-year contract to play infield with the Nationals. After the third baseman homers and drives in four runs during a 12-10 split-squad victory over the Astros, he agrees to a $465,000 deal, slightly improving his present salary.
2011 The MLB names Kim Ng as their Senior Vice-President of baseball operations, making her the highest-ranking woman in the major leagues. The Dodger Assistant General Manager, a post she held since 2001, will report to Joe Torre, who had managed in LA during the last three years of her tenure.
2013 Allen Craig (.307, 22, 92) and the Cardinals agree to a five-year, $31 million contract extension valued at $43 million over six seasons. The 28-year-old first baseman played a vital role in the 2011 St. Louis World Championship, contributing three go-ahead RBIs, including a clutch eighth-inning line drive in Game 6 that sparked the start of an unforgettable Redbirds’ rally.
2016 A meeting today (3/08) at 3:08 p.m at Clemens Field, named after Samuel Clemens, which has a .308 gate and a 308 right-field foul pole, a .309 suite, and a monument depicting a .309 batting average, will help solve a mystery surrounding a not so well-known resident, Jake Beckley. The purpose of the gathering is to decide which number to use in commemorating the Hall of Fame outfielder’s batting average, .308 as listed by Baseball-Reference.com and many other resources or the .309, engraved on his plaque at Cooperstown.
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN||TIME ET||TV|
|ACC FIRST ROUND||2:00PM||ACCN|
|ACC FIRST ROUND||4:30PM||ACCN|
|MAAC FIRST ROUND||5:00PM||ESPN+|
|HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP||7:00PM||ESPN|
|ACC FIRST ROUND||7:00PM||ACCN|
|MAAC FIRST ROUND||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|CONFERENCE USA FIRST ROUND||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|CONFERENCE USA FIRST ROUND||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP||9:00PM||ESPN2|
|WAC FIRST ROUND||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|MAAC FIRST ROUND||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|BIG WEST FIRST ROUND||9:00PM||ESPN+|
|BIG WEST FIRST ROUND||11:30PM||ESPN+|
|WAC FIRST ROUND||11:30PM||ESPN+|
|BROOKLYN AT CHARLOTTE||7:00PM||BYES|
|CLEVELAND AT INDIANA||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHOENIX AT ORLANDO||7:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NEW ORLEANS AT MEMPHIS||7:30PM||TNT|
|MILWAUKEE AT OKLAHOMA CITY||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LA CLIPPERS AT GOLDEN STATE||10:00PM||TNT|
|COLORADO AT NEW JERSEY||7:00PM||MSG+|
|VEGAS AT PHILADELPHIA||7:00PM||NBCS-PHI|
|FLORIDA AT PITTSBURGH||7:00PM||ATTSN-PIT|
|ARIZONA AT DETROIT||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|SEATTLE AT TORONTO||7:30PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|DALLAS AT NASHVILLE||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|OTTAWA AT ST. LOUIS||8:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|NY RANGERS AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||MSG|
|TAMPA BAY AT WINNIPEG||8:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|ANAHEIM AT CHICAGO||8:30PM||NBCS-CHI|
|WASHINGTON AT CALGARY||9:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 MIAMI||44||22||.667||—||23-7||21-15||11-2||28-13||8-2||3 W|
|2 PHILADELPHIA||40||24||.625||3.0||19-13||21-11||6-7||24-15||8-2||1 W|
|3 MILWAUKEE||40||25||.615||3.5||23-12||17-13||9-3||25-18||6-4||4 W|
|4 CHICAGO||39||26||.600||4.5||24-10||15-16||7-4||24-17||5-5||5 L|
|5 BOSTON||39||27||.591||5.0||23-11||16-16||9-6||28-16||8-2||3 W|
|6 CLEVELAND||37||27||.578||6.0||20-11||17-16||7-4||22-16||4-6||1 W|
|7 TORONTO||34||30||.531||9.0||17-15||17-15||7-5||23-19||3-7||3 L|
|8 CHARLOTTE||32||33||.492||11.5||16-15||16-18||5-7||21-20||4-6||2 W|
|9 BROOKLYN||32||33||.492||11.5||13-18||19-15||7-6||22-18||3-7||4 L|
|10 ATLANTA||31||33||.484||12.0||19-13||12-20||8-5||20-21||5-5||1 L|
|11 WASHINGTON||29||34||.460||13.5||17-17||12-17||6-7||22-21||5-5||1 W|
|12 NEW YORK||27||38||.415||16.5||13-19||14-19||4-9||14-25||3-7||2 W|
|13 INDIANA||22||44||.333||22.0||15-18||7-26||2-12||11-32||3-7||2 L|
|14 DETROIT||18||47||.277||25.5||11-21||7-26||5-7||14-25||6-4||3 W|
|15 ORLANDO||16||49||.246||27.5||7-22||9-27||2-11||10-32||4-6||1 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 PHOENIX||51||13||.797||—||28-7||23-6||6-4||30-9||7-3||1 L|
|2 MEMPHIS||44||22||.667||8.0||22-10||22-12||7-5||29-14||6-4||1 L|
|3 GOLDEN STATE||43||22||.662||8.5||26-7||17-15||9-3||26-16||2-8||5 L|
|4 UTAH||40||24||.625||11.0||22-10||18-14||12-1||26-14||7-3||1 L|
|5 DALLAS||40||25||.615||11.5||23-11||17-14||11-2||29-15||8-2||5 W|
|6 DENVER||39||26||.600||12.5||20-11||19-15||5-9||24-18||9-1||3 W|
|7 MINNESOTA||37||29||.561||15.0||21-12||16-17||10-4||25-18||8-2||5 W|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||34||32||.515||18.0||19-14||15-18||7-6||21-23||7-3||1 L|
|9 LA LAKERS||28||36||.438||23.0||19-16||9-20||3-10||16-24||2-8||1 L|
|10 NEW ORLEANS||27||37||.422||24.0||15-17||12-20||4-7||18-21||5-5||1 L|
|11 PORTLAND||25||39||.391||26.0||16-18||9-21||1-11||11-29||4-6||5 L|
|12 SAN ANTONIO||25||40||.385||26.5||12-19||13-21||4-7||15-22||5-5||1 W|
|13 SACRAMENTO||24||43||.358||28.5||15-19||9-24||5-7||17-26||3-7||2 L|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||20||44||.313||31.0||9-23||11-21||4-7||14-28||3-7||2 L|
|15 HOUSTON||16||49||.246||35.5||9-21||7-28||3-8||8-32||1-9||1 L|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 CAROLINA HURRICANES||56||39||12||5||83||38||191||134||21-4-2||18-8-3||7-1-2|
|2 FLORIDA PANTHERS||56||38||13||5||81||36||233||164||25-6-0||13-7-5||6-4-0|
|3 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||55||37||12||6||80||35||192||155||19-5-4||18-7-2||8-2-0|
|4 NEW YORK RANGERS||56||36||15||5||77||32||169||139||19-5-3||17-10-2||7-2-1|
|5 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||57||34||14||9||77||32||185||152||15-8-5||19-6-4||6-3-1|
|6 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||56||36||16||4||76||34||207||167||19-7-1||17-9-3||5-4-1|
|7 BOSTON BRUINS||57||34||18||5||73||32||173||155||16-10-2||18-8-3||7-2-1|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||57||30||18||9||69||28||185||158||14-11-5||16-7-4||5-5-0|
|9 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||57||28||26||3||59||25||190||210||15-12-3||13-14-0||5-3-2|
|10 DETROIT RED WINGS||56||24||26||6||54||21||163||203||16-11-3||8-15-3||4-6-0|
|11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||53||21||24||8||50||20||137||152||11-12-4||10-12-4||4-4-2|
|12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||56||20||31||5||45||19||171||202||12-13-3||8-18-2||5-5-0|
|13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||55||17||28||10||44||17||139||192||10-15-5||7-13-5||2-6-2|
|14 BUFFALO SABRES||58||18||32||8||44||16||154||209||9-16-4||9-16-4||2-8-0|
|15 OTTAWA SENATORS||55||19||31||5||43||18||143||179||10-16-2||9-15-3||2-7-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||56||15||34||7||37||13||137||212||8-17-1||7-17-6||7-3-0|
|1 COLORADO AVALANCHE||57||41||11||5||87||38||227||163||23-3-3||18-8-2||7-2-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||55||34||14||7||75||32||193||134||16-4-5||18-10-2||8-1-1|
|3 ST. LOUIS BLUES||55||32||16||7||71||30||194||151||19-6-2||13-10-5||6-2-2|
|4 LOS ANGELES KINGS||58||32||19||7||71||30||172||162||14-12-2||18-7-5||8-2-0|
|5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||57||32||21||4||68||28||184||167||16-13-3||16-8-1||4-5-1|
|6 MINNESOTA WILD||54||32||19||3||67||28||203||177||16-6-1||16-13-2||2-8-0|
|7 DALLAS STARS||55||32||20||3||67||29||165||160||20-7-1||12-13-2||7-2-1|
|8 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||55||31||20||4||66||29||174||155||15-10-0||16-10-4||4-6-0|
|9 EDMONTON OILERS||57||30||23||4||64||27||185||183||14-12-0||16-11-4||4-5-1|
|10 ANAHEIM DUCKS||58||27||22||9||63||23||172||179||16-11-4||11-11-5||4-6-0|
|11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||57||28||23||6||62||25||164||165||12-10-3||16-13-3||7-3-0|
|12 WINNIPEG JETS||56||24||22||10||58||23||167||174||14-11-2||10-11-8||4-4-2|
|13 SAN JOSE SHARKS||56||24||25||7||55||22||145||179||13-13-3||11-12-4||2-5-3|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||57||20||29||8||48||17||144||198||10-15-4||10-14-4||3-6-1|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||58||17||36||5||39||16||148||207||10-17-3||7-19-2||1-8-1|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||55||16||35||4||36||15||132||201||9-20-1||7-15-3||5-5-0|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE