INDIANA FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES NOVEMBER 4

SECTIONAL 1

LAFAYETTE JEFF (8-2) AT CROWN POINT (10-0)

SECTIONAL 2

WARSAW (8-2) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (10-0)

SECTIONAL 3

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (10-0) AT FISHERS (7-3)

SECTIONAL 4

NOBLESVILLE (4-6) AT WESTFIELD (7-3)

SECTIONAL 5

BROWNSBURG (9-1) AT AVON (2-8)

SECTIONAL 6

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (8-1) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (5-5)

SECTIONAL 7

PERRY MERIDIAN (4-6) AT WARREN CENTRAL (5-5)

SECTIONAL 8

CENTER GROVE (8-2) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (5-5)

SECTIONAL 9

MERRILLVILLE (8-2) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (8-2)

SECTIONAL 10

VALPARAISO (7-3) AT CHESTERTON (5-5)

SECTIONAL 11

MISHAWAKA (9-1) AT CONCORD (5-5)

SECTIONAL 12

FORT WAYNE NORTH (8-2) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (9-1)

SECTIONAL 13

DECATUR CENTRAL (4-6) AT PLAINFIELD (5-5)

SECTIONAL 14

WHITELAND (9-1) AT FRANKLIN (8-2)

SECTIONAL 15

BLOOMINGTON NORTH (6-4) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (8-1)

SECTIONAL 16

EVANSVILLE NORTH (6-4) AT CASTLE (6-4)

SECTIONAL 17

NEW PRAIRIE (10-1) AT HOBART (8-3)

SECTIONAL 18

NORTHRIDGE (7-4) AT NORTHWOOD (11-0)

SECTIONAL 19

LEO (8-3) AT COLUMBIA CITY (10-1)

SECTIONAL 20

MISSISSINEWA (8-3) AT KOKOMO (10-1)

SECTIONAL 21

BREBEUF JESUIT (7-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (10-1)

SECTIONAL 22

CONNERSVILLE (7-4) AT NEW PALESTINE (11-0)

SECTIONAL 23

MARTINSVILLE (8-3) AT EAST CENTRAL (9-2)

SECTIONAL 24

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (8-3) AT BOONVILLE (8-3)

SECTIONAL 25

WEST LAFAYETTE (11-0) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (11-0)

SECTIONAL 26

KNOX (8-3) AT JIMTOWN (9-2)

SECTIONAL 27

YORKTOWN (8-3) AT NORWELL (10-1)

SECTIONAL 28

INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (7-4) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (7-4)

SECTIONAL 29

DANVILLE (5-6) AT MONROVIA (4-7)

SECTIONAL 30

PIKE CENTRAL (3-8) AT OWEN VALLEY (11-0)

SECTIONAL 31

BATESVILLE (6-5) AT LAWRENCEBURG (10-1)

SECTIONAL 32

SOUTHRIDGE (10-1) AT HERITAGE HILLS (7-4)

SECTIONAL 33

ANDREAN (7-3) AT BREMEN (7-4)

SECTIONAL 34

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-3) AT ROCHESTER (10-1)

SECTIONAL 35

FORT WAYNE LUERS (6-5) AT EASTSIDE (9-2)

SECTIONAL 36

EASTBROOK (8-3) AT BLUFFTON (7-4)

SECTIONAL 37

LINTON-STOCKTON (11-0) AT SULLIVAN (7-4)

SECTIONAL 38

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (7-3) AT LAPEL (6-5)

SECTIONAL 39

INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (10-1) AT TRITON CENTRAL (9-2)

SECTIONAL 40

NORTH POSEY (9-2) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (8-3)

SECTIONAL 41

CULVER (7-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (10-1)

SECTIONAL 42

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (6-5) AT PARK TUDOR (8-3)

SECTIONAL 43

WEST CENTRAL (10-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (10-1)

SECTIONAL 44

ADAMS CENTRAL (11-0) AT NORTHFIELD (6-5)

SECTIONAL 45

SHERIDAN (10-1) AT HAGERSTOWN (7-4)

SECTIONAL 46

KNIGHTSTOWN (3-7) AT NORTH DECATUR (11-0)

SECTIONAL 47

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (11-0) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (8-3)

SECTIONAL 48

TECUMSEH (10-0) AT PROVIDENCE (8-2)

VOLLEYBALL STATE FINALS-SATURDAY

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

11 AM ET | TECUMSEH (31-4) VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (33-4)

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

1:30 PM ET | LINTON-STOCKTON (28-5) VS. WAPAHANI (31-5)

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

4:30 PM ET | PROVIDENCE (30-6) VS. BELLMONT (30-6)

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

7 PM ET | YORKTOWN (34-2) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (33-1)

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON POLLS

4A

PRESEASON

1. NOBLESVILLE (0-0)

2. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (0-0)

2. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (0-0)

4. FISHERS (0-0)

5. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (0-0)

6. LAKE CENTRAL (0-0)

6. ZIONSVILLE (0-0)

8. HOMESTEAD (0-0)

9. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-0)

9. FRANKLIN (0-0)

11. FORT WAYNE SNIDER (0-0)

3A

PRESEASON

1. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (0-0)

2. BENTON CENTRAL (0-0)

3. NORWELL (0-0)

4. JAY COUNTY (0-0)

5. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (0-0)

6. TWIN LAKES (0-0)

7. CORYDON CENTRAL (0-0)

7. GARRETT (0-0)

9. INDIAN CREEK (0-0)

9. SILVER CREEK (0-0)

11. WASHINGTON (0-0)

11. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (0-0)

2A

PRESEASON

1. FOREST PARK (0-0)

2. WINCHESTER (0-0)

3. UNIVERSITY (0-0)

4. FAIRFIELD (0-0)

5. ANDREAN (0-0)

6. EASTBROOK (0-0)

7. CARROLL (FLORA) (0-0)

8. FRANKTON (0-0)

8. TRITON CENTRAL (0-0)

10. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (0-0)

1A

PRESEASON

1. LANESVILLE (0-0)

2. VINCENNES RIVET (0-0)

3. TECUMSEH (0-0)

4. JAC-CEN-DEL (0-0)

5. TRINITY LUTHERAN (0-0)

6. WALDRON (0-0)

7. BLUE RIVER (0-0)

8. KOUTS (0-0)

9. TRI (0-0)

10. NORTH WHITE (0-0)

10. MORGAN TWP. (0-0)

INDIANA GIRLS HS BASKETBALL WATCH LIST

Laila Abdurraqib, 5-8, Lawrence Central, 2025

      Molly Baker, 5-10, Columbia City, 2024

      Lauren Barker, 5-5, Columbus North, 2023

      Carley Barrett, 5-9, Lafayette Central Catholic, 2025

      Asiah Baxter, 5-10, Warren Central, 2023

      Giavonnie Belton, 5-6, Pike, 2023

      Payton Benge, 6-1, Plainfield, 2024

      Anna Bishir, 5-7, Northwestern, 2025

      Addison Bowsman, 5-6, Twin Lakes, 2025

      Ashlynn Brooke, 5-6, Pioneer, 2023

      Chaney Brown, 5-9, Greefield-Central, 2025

      Olivia Brown, 5-6, Hamilton Southeastern, 2023

      Allie Caldwell, 5-10, Zionsville, 2024

      Cristen Carter, 6-2, Ben Davis, 2023

      Kirsten Clark, 5-9, Ben Davis, 2023

      Aubry Cole, 5-6, Seeger, 2023

      Ava Couch, 5-10, North Central, 2023

      Kelsey DuBois, 6-2, University, 2023

      Abby Fleetwood, 5-9, Indian Creek, 2023

      Riley Flinn, 5-11, Harrison (West Lafayette), 2023

      Lauren Foster, 5-7, Indian Creek, 2024

      Kenzie Fulks, 5-6, Bethesda Christian, 2024

      Sarah Gick, 6-0, Benton Central, 2024

      Isabella Gizzi, 5-7, New Palestine, 2023

      Avery Gordon, 6-5, Brownsburg, 2025

       Lizzie Graham, 5-8, Triton Central, 2023

      Taylor Guess, 6-0, Ben Davis, 2023

      Alli Harness, 5-8, Carroll (Flora), 2024

      Talie Harris, 5-7, Fishers, 2024

      Rachel Harshman, 6-0, Mooresville, 2024

      Ella Haupert, 5-6, Southwood, 2023

      Lilly Hicks, 5-6, Kokomo, 2024

      Laila Hull, 6-1, Zionsville, 2023

      Hannah Lach, 5-10, Carmel, 2023

      Jaylah Lampley, 6-2, Lawrence Central, 2025

      McKenna Layden, 6-2, Northwestern, 2023

      Reagan Martin, 6-0, Owen Valley, 2023

      Kyia McKinley, 5-11, Eastern (Pekin), 2023

      Ellery Minch, 6-2, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 2024

      Olivia Nickerson, 5-6, Twin Lakes, 2024

      Bailey Parham, 6-0, Tri, 2023

      Abby Parsons, 5-8, Cascade, 2023

      Camryn Runner, 5-7, Hamilton Heights, 2024

      Payton Seay, 5-8, University, 2023

      Aniah Smith, 5-4, Avon, 2025

      Hailey Smith, 5-9, Fishers, 2023

      Olivia Smith, 5-9, Fishers, 2023

      Emma Sperry, 6-0, Frankton, 2024

      Saige Stahl, 6-1, Columbus East, 2023

      Kailyn Terrell, 5-5, Brownsburg, 2023

        Sanaa Thomas, 5-4, Warren Central, 2023

      Tori Thompson, 5-8, Lafayette Central Catholic, 2023

      Meredith Tippner, 5-9, Noblesville, 2025

      Adrianne Tolen, 5-8, West Lafayette, 2024

      Madison Wagner, 5-10, Carroll (Flora), 2024

      Sydney Warran, 6-0, Cascade, 2023

      Leah West, 6-1, Greensburg, 2025

      Monica Williams, 5-9, Lawrence North, 2023

      Reagan Wilson, 5-7, Noblesville, 2024

      Isabelle Wooten, 5-10, Danville, 2023

     Tori Allen, 5-9, Andrean, 2023

      Madisyn Bailey, 5-8, Bedford North Lawrence, 2024

      Laney Baker, 5-10, East Central, 2023

      Addison Baxter, 5-9, Columbia City, 2025

      Carley Begle, 5-9, Forest Park, 2023

      Aniyah Bishop, 5-9, Lake Central, 2024

      Trinity Britton, 5-6, South Spencer, 2023

      Amiyah Buchanan, 6-0, Evansville North, 2023

      Ally Capouch, 5-11, Kouts, 2023

      Alexis Castator, 6-0, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2024

      Maci Chamberlin, 5-7, Blue River Valley, 2024

      Kennedy Coleman, 6-0, Charlestown, 2024

      Annika Davis, 5-7, Fort Wayne Luers, 2024

      Angelica Del Valle, 5-9, Portage, 2023

      Asia Donald, 5-9, Hobart, 2024

      Taylor Double, 5-10, Huntington North, 2023

      Julia Economou, 5-11, Penn, 2023

      Eva Fisher, 5-8, Northridge, 2023

      Taylor Fordyce, 5-10, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2023

      Kennedy Fuelling, 5-7, Norwell, 2024

      Brea Garber, 6-1, Fairfield, 2023

      Kayla Gibbs, 5-10, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2023

      Chloey Graham, 5-8, Gibson Southern, 2024

      Kendall Hale, 6-2, Cannelton, 2023

      Peyton Hartsough, 5-4, Lakeland, 2023

      Kyra Hill, 6-2, Goshen, 2024

      Sophie Johnson, 6-0, Evansville Memorial, 2024

      RaShunda Jones, 5-8, South Bend Washington, 2023

      Bailey Kelham, 5-9, Garrett, 2023

      Avery Kelley, 5-6, Evansville Memorial, 2024

      Brooke Lindesmith, 5-10, Crown Point, 2023

      Olivia Marks, 5-9, South Central (Union Mills), 2023

      Emily Mattingly, 5-10, Evansville Memorial, 2023

      Riley Milausnic, 5-6, Lake Central, 2024

      Monique Mitchell, 5-11, South Bend Washington, 2025

      Sophia Morrison, 5-6, Eastbrook, 2024

      Karsyn Norman, 5-7, Bedford North Lawrence, 2023

      Jordyn Poole, 5-5, Fort Wayne Snider, 2024

      MaKaya Porter, 5-11, Mishawaka Marian, 2023

      Amiyah Reynolds, 6-0, South Bend Washington, 2023

      Kira Reynolds, 6-4, South Bend Washington, 2025

      Isabel Scales, 5-5, Caston, 2024

      Addie Shank, 6-0, Fort Wayne Luers, 2024

      Kyndra Sheets, 5-6, Columbia City, 2024

      Gabby Spink, 5-9, Gibson Southern, 2025

      Chloe Spreen, 5-10, Bedford North Lawrence, 2024

      Samiyah Stout, 5-7, Elkhart, 2-24

      Bailey Tabeling, 5-10, Trinity Lutheran, 2023

      Lilly Toppen, 5-9, Kankakee Valley, 2023

      Josie Trabel, 6-0, East Central, 2023

      Amber Tretter, 6-1, Forest Park, 2023

      Josie Vaughn, 5-6, Corydon Central, 2025

      Madison Vice, 5-5, Central Noble, 2023

      Addyson Viers, 6-1, Triton, 2024

      Kylie Wells, 5-9, Merrillville, 2025

      Linzie Wernert, 5-9, Lanesville, 2023

      Zoe Willems, 5-7, Bethany Christian, 2024

      Ryiah Wilson, 5-7, South Bend Washington, 2025

      Faith Wiseman, 6-3, Indian Creek, 2024

      Juliann Woodard, 6-0, Jennings County, 2024

      Ava Ziolkowksi, 6-1, Crown Point, 2024

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE

NOV 1

ALL TIMES EASTERN
ALEXANDRIAATMUNCIE BURRIS7:30 PM
ANDERSONATPIKE7:30 PM
BROWN COUNTYATSHELBYVILLE7:30 PM
CENTER GROVEATFRANKLIN CENTRAL7:30 PM
CHURUBUSCOATFORT WAYNE DWENGER7:30 PM
CORYDON CENTRALATNEW WASHINGTON7:30 PM
CROWN POINTATHAMMOND CENTRAL8:00 PM
DEKALBATHERITAGE7:30 PM
EASTERN GREENEATBLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE7:30 PM
FOUNTAIN CENTRALATFAITH CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
GREENWOOD CHRISTIANATINDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE6:00 PM
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERNATCOLUMBUS NORTH7:30 PM
INDIANA MATH & SCIENCEATCENTRAL CHRISTIAN6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKSATZIONSVILLE7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRALATCOVENANT CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARDATTRI-WEST7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS HERRONATKIPP INDY LEGACY6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS TECHATCHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL7:30 PM
JEFFERSONVILLEATLANESVILLE6:00 PM
JIMTOWNATFAIRFIELD7:30 PM
MARIONATPENDLETON HEIGHTS7:30 PM
MARQUETTE CATHOLICATBOONE GROVE8:00 PM
MISHAWAKAATSOUTH BEND RILEY7:30 PM
MISHAWAKA MARIANATBREMEN7:30 PM
MOORESVILLEATNORTHVIEW7:30 PM
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)ATWHITELAND7:30 PM
NEW PRAIRIEATCONCORD7:45 PM
NORTH DECATURATFRANKLIN COUNTY7:30 PM
NORTH PUTNAMATNORTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
PERRY CENTRALATSOUTHRIDGE8:00 PM
PROVIDENCE CRISTO REYATINDIANAPOLIS SCECINA6:00 PM
RICHMONDATNEW CASTLE7:30 PM
RIVERTON PARKEATCLOVERDALE7:30 PM
SCOTTSBURGATJENNINGS COUNTY7:30 PM
SHAKAMAKATNORTH KNOX7:30 PM
SOUTH BEND CAREERATGRANGER CHRISTIAN6:45 PM
SOUTH DECATURATMILAN7:30 PM
SOUTH PUTNAMATSOUTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
SOUTHMONTATGREENCASTLE7:30 PM
TELL CITYATCANNELTON7:00 PM
TERRE HAUTE SOUTHATPLAINFIELD7:30 PM
TRINITY GREENLAWNATCULVER ACADEMY7:30 PM
UNIVERSITYATINDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE7:30 PM
WARREN CENTRALATBROWNSBURG7:00 PM
WES-DELATEASTERN HANCOCK7:30 PM
WEST VIGOATEDGEWOOD7:30 PM
WESTERNATNORTH MIAMI7:30 PM
WESTFIELDATNORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)7:30 PM
WHEELERATLOWELL8:00 PM
WHITE RIVER VALLEYATSOUTH KNOX7:30 PM
WOODLANATNEW HAVEN7:30 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10

TUESDAY, NOV. 1

BALL STATE AT KENT STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

BUFFALO AT OHIO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

THURSDAY, NOV. 3

UTEP AT RICE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

APPALACHIAN STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

UMASS AT UCONN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

DUKE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN2

SATURDAY, NOV. 5

AIR FORCE VS. ARMY (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 11:30 A.M. | CBS

OHIO STATE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | ABC

KENTUCKY AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NORTH CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TULANE AT TULSA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

FLORIDA AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT CHARLOTTE | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA TECH AT VIRGINIA TECH | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH FLORIDA AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

MARSHALL AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

SYRACUSE AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

WASHINGTON STATE AT STANFORD | 3:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

NEW MEXICO AT UTAH STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTSA AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

LIBERTY AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

SOUTH ALABAMA AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

FIU AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

TROY AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3

ALABAMA AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN

UNLV AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

HOUSTON AT SMU | 7 P.M.

MICHIGAN AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

CLEMSON AT NOTRE DAME | 7:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

SOUTH CAROLINA AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

JAMES MADISON AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

FLORIDA STATE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

WAKE FOREST AT NC STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

CAL AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

HAWAI’I AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS2

COLORADO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M.

TEXAS TECH AT TCU

OREGON AT COLORADO

OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS

UCLA AT ARIZONA STATE

PENN STATE AT INDIANA

ARIZONA AT UTAH

MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS

NAVY AT CINCINNATI

TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE

BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA

MINNESOTA AT NEBRASKA

IOWA AT PURDUE

MARYLAND AT WISCONSIN

BYU AT BOISE STATE

UCF AT MEMPHIS

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

CLEVELAND 32 CINCINNATI 13

NFL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2022

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT HOUSTON TEXANS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS

TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2022

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN

WORLD SERIES
GAME , HOU @ PHI POSTPONED

NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 116 INDIANA 109

PHILADELPHIA 118 WASHINGTON 111

TORONTO 139 ATLANTA 109

MILWAUKEE 110 DETROIT 108

UTAH 121 MEMPHIS 105

LA CLIPPERS 95 HOUSTON 93

NHL SCOREBOARD

BUFFALO 8 DETROIT 3

CAROLINA 3 WASHINGTON 2

LOS ANGELES 5 ST. LOUIS 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

JIM HARBAUGH EXPECTS 4 MICHIGAN STATE PLAYERS TO BE CHARGED

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh expects the four suspended Michigan State football players involved in roughing up two members of Michigan’s team to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

“I can’t imagine that this will not result in criminal charges,” the Michigan coach said Monday.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said later Monday that it would be irresponsible to respond to Harbaugh’s call for criminal charges due to the ongoing investigation.

“We’re not here to make any excuses for the behaviors Saturday,” Tucker said. “They are unacceptable.”

Harbaugh said defensive back Gemon Green was punched by a Spartan in the Michigan Stadium tunnel to spark the melee shortly after the fourth-ranked Wolverines beat their in-state rival on Saturday night and teammate Ja’Den McBurrows was attacked when he tried to help.

McBurrows is seen on a video shared on social media being pushed, punched and kicked by multiple Michigan State players, who pulled him out of the tunnel and into a hallway that doesn’t lead to either locker room.

Harbaugh said both players have injuries, adding he did not know if Green, a starting cornerback for a third straight season, would be cleared to play Saturday night at Rutgers.

Tucker announced Sunday night that linebacker Tank Brown, safety Angelo Grose, defensive end Zion Young and cornerback Khary Crump were suspended immediately. Tucker said the decision was made after “reviewing the disturbing electronic evidence.”

Brown, Grose and Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurrows.

“The incidents involving a small group of our players do not represent our culture,” Tucker said.

Tucker was very close to the aftermath, standing in the tunnel as Green was surrounded by police and escorted to the locker room while he shouted at Michigan State players. One social media post shows a Spartan, whose identity is not clear, appearing to swing his helmet at Green.

McBurrows and Green went up the tunnel alongside the Spartans following the game while many of Michigan’s players were waving their rivals off the field and other Wolverines were celebrating near the stadium’s student section.

“They were walking up the tunnel,” Harbaugh said when asked why Green and McBurrows were not with the rest of their teammates.

University of Michigan Deputy Police Chief Melissa Overton said Saturday night that an investigation began in partnership with Michigan State police, Michigan’s athletic department and the Wolverines’ football program.

“The investigation takes some time,” Overton said Sunday.

Tucker said the school is working with law enforcement, Michigan State and Michigan campus leadership, and the Big Ten Conference to evaluate what happened, including identifying other players who were involved in the altercations and contributing factors.

“The suspensions will allow the players to receive academic support and medical services, but they will not be able to attend any organized team activities,” said Tucker, who said the suspensions will remain in place until the investigations are completed.

Tucker’s head was touched in the tunnel by a fan in the stands Saturday night and the coach responded by swiping the fan’s hand away.

Michigan State President Samuel Stanley apologized for the “violent” skirmish.

“I’m extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior depicted by members of our football program,” Stanley said in a statement. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my heartfelt apology to the University of Michigan and the student athletes who were injured.”

Harbaugh said Monday an apology is not enough.

The Big Ten said Sunday it is gathering information and plans to take appropriate action.

It was the second straight game at Michigan that included an altercation in the long, narrow tunnel that goes from the locker rooms to the field.

Earlier this month, Penn State coach James Franklin said a policy change was needed to provide a more orderly use of the tunnel.

Some heated words were exchanged, and Michigan players said Penn State players threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at them as the teams headed to the locker room at halftime of a close game the Wolverines ultimately won 41-17 on Oct. 15.

Harbaugh said Franklin acted as a “ringleader” and claimed the Nittany Lions stopped in the tunnel to prevent his team from accessing its locker room.

AUBURN FIRES COACH BRYAN HARSIN, WHO WON 9 OF 21 GAMES

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn fired coach Bryan Harsin on Monday after less than two seasons, ending a rocky tenure in which the proud program struggled to compete in the Southeastern Conference.

Harsin went 9-12 overall and 3-5 this year. Auburn has lost four straight games while struggling against Power Five opponents, including a 41-27 loss to Arkansas on Oct. 29 that proved the final straw. Auburn will owe Harsin 70% of his remaining contract – more than $15 million – and half of that must be paid within 30 days.

“President (Chris) Roberts made the decision after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of the football program,” the school said in a brief statement announcing the move.

“Auburn will begin an immediate search for a coach that will return the Auburn program to a place where it is consistently competing at the highest levels and representing the winning tradition that is Auburn football,” the statement said.

Auburn canceled its weekly football football news conference about 90 minutes before Harsin was scheduled to speak. The school didn’t immediately name an interim coach. The Tigers play at Mississippi State on Saturday.

Harsin was hired away from Boise State in December 2020 and Auburn gave him a six-year, $31.5 million deal. He never came close to replicating his past success or making the Tigers competitive in the SEC, and he failed to keep up with rivals Georgia and Alabama on the field or on the recruiting trail.

Those results were unacceptable to a program that won a national title in 2010 and played for another in 2013, when it won the most recent of its eight SEC championships.

Auburn has lost three straight bowl games, including the Birmingham Bowl against Houston under Harsin. That was Auburn’s fifth straight loss and the Tigers dropped to 6-7, their first losing season since 2012.

The 45-year-old Harsin becomes the first Auburn coach to end his tenure with a losing record since Earl Brown went 3-22-4 from 1948-50, not counting interim coaches. He went 3-10 after winning six of his first eight games and won four times in 15 games against Power Five opponents.

The Tigers struggled throughout the season, with the normally reliable defense giving up 40-plus points three times while the offense never solved its own problems.

The heat on Harsin rose after a 41-12 loss to Penn State and didn’t cool off much after that. A listless 42-10 loss to No. 1 Georgia emphasized the talent gap facing the Tigers, who subsequently fell to Mississippi and the Razorbacks.

Harsin said after the loss in Athens that he focuses on the things under his control but added that the enjoyment of coaching “never goes away.”

Auburn is tied with Texas A&M for last in the SEC West at 1-4. Much of Jordan-Hare Stadium had emptied out by the fourth quarter against Arkansas.

“Obviously from the outcome of the game, nobody’s going to feel what we did was good enough,” Harsin said. “I think everyone is in there hurting, which we should be.”

Athletic director Allen Greene, who resigned in August with five months left on his initial five-year deal, made the out-of-the-box hire of a coach with no SEC background. Harsin had gone 69-19 in seven seasons at Boise State, his alma matter.

Harsin survived a school investigation into his program in the offseason that was initiated by then-President Jay Gogue following heavy turnover on his roster and coaching staff.

Three-year starting quarterback Bo Nix left for Oregon, where he has led the Ducks to a No. 8 ranking and 7-1 start. Defensive coordinator Derek Mason left for the same job at Oklahoma State, and Harsin fired offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

His first choice to replace Bobo, Austin Davis, accepted the job and then changed his mind, citing personal reasons. Auburn wound up standing by Harsin – at the time.

With all that as a backdrop, Harsin struggled to bring in top recruits. His 2023 class was ranked ahead of only Missouri and Vanderbilt in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite ratings.

When spring opened, Harsin said he wasn’t bitter.

“I’m a guy that wants to move forward, that wants to get better, that wants to keep moving,” he said at the time.

One former player had said Harsin treated the team “like dogs,” though others rose to Harsin’s defense. The investigation ended with Gogue decrying the “wild speculation” and misinformation in the “feeding frenzy” surrounding Harsin, whose contract ran through the 2026 season. He didn’t specify the nature of that speculation.

Harsin’s tenure ended with Auburn owing another huge payout. Like his predecessor, Gus Malzahn, the amount remains the same even if Harsin accepts another job. The school paid Malzahn, now the coach at UCF, $21.5 million after his firing.

Malzahn was fired after going 6-4 in 2020, but he didn’t have a losing record in eight seasons. Gene Chizik, who won the 2010 national title, went 3-9 two years later and was fired.

One losing season – and the strong possibility of another – was all it took for Harsin to lose his job.

FLORIDA DISMISSES PASS RUSHER COX FOR ‘CUMULATIVE EFFECT’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida has dismissed pass rusher Brenton Cox for what coach Billy Napier called “more of a cumulative effect here.”

Cox, a fifth-year junior and one of the team’s best defenders, is expected to turn pro and enter the NFL draft. The Stockbridge, Georgia native has 41 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss and four sacks. He also leads the Gators with 19 quarterback hurries.

“We’ve kind of decided to move on here,” Napier said Monday. “I think that being a football player at the University of Florida is a privilege. There’s certain expectations and standards that come with that. Obviously, he’s done a lot of good things for the University of Florida and we wish him nothing but the best.

“But sometimes you have to make decisions in the best interest of the team and certainly Brenton, we’re going to do everything we can do to help him with his transition. But as simple as that, we’ve decided to move on.”

A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Cox transferred to Florida from Georgia during the 2019 season. He was a three-year starter for Florida, leading the team in sacks (8 1/2) and tackles for a loss (14 1/2) in 2021.

Napier declined to provide details regarding what prompted his decision, saying “we’ll keep that in house.” He also would not say if Cox would be welcomed back for the school’s Pro Day next spring, when players with pro aspirations get to work out for NFL teams.

“Cross that bridge when we get there,” Napier said.

Napier said he was unaware that Cox appeared to throw a punch in the fourth quarter of Florida’s 42-20 loss to Georgia on Saturday. Replays show Cox turning and swinging at Bulldogs left tackle Broderick Jones after Jones blocked Cox during Kenny McIntosh’s 4-yard touchdown run.

Dismissing Cox surprised teammates and could have long-term effects on a program Napier has been charged with getting back to Southeastern Conference and national prominence.

“It definitely sends a strong message throughout the locker room,” cornerback Jaydon Hill said.

Florida (4-4, 1-4 SEC), which has lost 12 of its last 15 league games, plays at Texas A&M (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday.

CHUBB RUNS FOR 2 TDS, BROWNS BLAST BURROW, BENGALS 32-13

CLEVELAND (AP) For the first time this season, the Cleveland Browns put it all together and played like a complete team – offense, defense special teams.

Scary, on Halloween.

“It was one of those days where we imposed our will,” quarterback Jacoby Brissett said.

Nick Chubb r ushed for two touchdowns and Myles Garrett and Cleveland’s defense frustrated Joe Burrow as the Browns thrashed Cincinnati 32-13 on Monday night, keeping the Bengals star quarterback winless against them.

Garrett, who came to FirstEnergy Stadium wearing a Halloween costume, led a fired-up defense that sacked Burrow five times and held the Bengals (4-4) to 229 total yards – 100 in the first half.

“Myles was very good,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanki said with a smile. “He does what No. 95 does. He was playing dominant out there. He is very difficult for people to block one on one. He gets a ton of attention, and when that happens, others are getting one on ones.”

Burrow has already been to the Super Bowl in just three NFL seasons. However, the Ohio native has yet to beat Cleveland, dropping to 0-4 in four career starts against Cincinnati’s AFC North rival.

The Browns (3-5) ended a four-game losing streak, and in the process saved their season from slipping away as they try to stay competitive while awaiting quarterback Deshaun Watson’s return from an 11-game suspension.

Garrett was pleased with the performance, but as the Browns head into their bye, he stressed it won’t mean anything without another one like it.

“It has to be routine. It has to be the standard,” he said. “We have to make sure that everything we did leading up to this game is the same the week after this one. We wave what it takes. We have taken our lumps, but we will show what we have and our dedication to the game and what it takes to get wins in this league because they don’t come easily.

“Right now, to get a win like this, and in a dominant fashion, it is showing the guys how good we can really be.”

Brissett ran for a TD and passed for another, leading Cleveland to its fifth straight win over Cincinnati. He completed 17 of 22 for 278 yards and a career-high 133.7 rating while outplaying Burrow.

Chubb scored on runs of 3 and 11 yards, and Brissett added a 3-yard TD run and connected with Amari Cooper on a 4-yard pass in the second half as the Browns built a 25-0 lead while playing their best all-around game in 2022.

“The game was 25-0 before you even know it,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “We just didn’t come back. The worst thing to do against the Cleveland Browns is to give them a two, three score lead with their running game and their pass rush.”

Led by Garrett, Cleveland’s defense, which has struggled for most of the season, put relentless pressure on Burrow, who was without top receiver Ja’Marr Chase because of a hip injury.

However, even a healthy Chase may not have been enough to help Burrow. He finished 25 of 35 for 232 yards with two TDs and one interception.

“He’s one of the elite of the elite in the game,” Burrow said of Garrett, who finished with 1 1’2 sacks. “He’s always going to make plays like he did tonight.”

Burrow connected on scoring passes in the fourth quarter to Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, but those only helped him pad his stats and took some sting out of the scoreboard.

Garrett set the tone for a scary performance for the Browns by dressing up as Vecna, the sinister alien-like character from the TV series “Stranger Things.” This was indeed a strange night as the Browns finally looked like a competent team and recorded a lopsided win after so many close losses.

“We expect him to set the tone for us,” Brissett said of Garrett. “He will come up and tell you that he fed off of a lot of those other guys. There were not a lot of places for them to throw the ball tonight, and that was because of the back end but also because of the front end.”

It was Cleveland’s second blowout of Cincinnati in the past two years. The Browns thumped the Bengals 41-6 in their first meeting last year.

“They’ve had our number the last couple of years,” Burrow said. “They always play well against us, they have real good players in defense and are really well coached.”

BENGALS BROKEN

Cincinnati did not allow a second-half touchdown in its first seven games before the Browns scored three TDs after halftime.

TRADE TALK

With the trade deadline Tuesday, Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been involved in rumors for weeks. The chatter about his future began when he demanded to be dealt in August after the team failed to offer him a contract extension.

Hunt ran for 42 yards on 11 carries.

HADEN HONORED

Former Browns cornerback Joe Haden served as the honorary game captain. He signed a one-day contract to officially retire with Cleveland, which drafted him in the first round in 2010. Haden was a two-time Pro Bowler during seven seasons with the Browns before playing for rival Pittsburgh.

INJURIES:

Bengals: CB Chidobe Awuzie left the stadium on crutches and his right knee immobilized. … CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) left in the third.

Browns: RT Jack Conklin went to the locker room late in the first half with an undisclosed injury, but returned after halftime.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Browns: Bye week before visiting Miami on Nov. 13.

AP SOURCE: BEARS AGREE TO TRADE LB ROQUAN SMITH TO RAVENS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Chicago Bears agreed to trade linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

Smith, the NFL leader in tackles so far this season, joins a Baltimore team that has won two in a row and sits atop the AFC North.

The Ravens have had their issues defensively this season, but they’ve improved in that area and now add a second-team All-Pro to their linebacking group.

It’s the Bears’ second major trade involving a defensive player in less than a week. They dealt three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn to Philadelphia for a 2023 fourth-round pick on Wednesday.

Smith was at the dais addressing reporters when reports of the Quinn trade surfaced. He became emotional and cut the session short.

On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh held his usual weekly news conference – shortly before the news of the Smith trade broke. He was asked is he anticipated a move before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

“If I did, then the cat would be out of the bag,” he said.

The 25-year-old Smith has 83 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks this season. A first-round pick by Chicago in 2018, he has 16 1/2 sacks in his career.

With his rookie contract set to expire, Smith was hoping to strike a new deal. He participated in voluntary and mandatory offseason workouts, but with negotiations at a standstill with the Bears, things took a heated turn once training camp started.

Smith, who does not have an agent, opted to “hold in” – attending meetings and practices without participating in drills. Tensions boiled over when he went public with a trade request.

He accused general manager Ryan Poles of negotiating in bad faith.

Smith eventually ended his hold-in and practiced for the first time on Aug. 20.

Now he joins the Ravens, who have led by double digits in every game this season and would have an even better record if not for some pretty bad fourth-quarter collapses.

Ravens linebacker Justin Houston already has six sacks on the season. Linebacker Odafe Oweh and defensive lineman Calais Campbell are also pass-rushing threats – and the Ravens added linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul in late September.

Baltimore won at Tampa Bay last Thursday, so the Ravens have extra time to prepare for next Monday night’s game at New Orleans.

Harbaugh did have some bad news Monday, saying receiver Rashod Bateman could be out for a few weeks because of his foot injury. Also, running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) is day to day but could play against New Orleans.

The linebacking group could also receive a boost. Harbaugh said Tyus Bowser and rookie David Ojabo are set to be activated, and he thinks there’s a good chance Bowser will be ready to play. Both Bowser and Ojabo have been out because of Achilles tendon injuries.

WORLD SERIES RAINOUT, ASTROS-PHILS TO PLAY GAME 3 TUESDAY

PHILADELPHIA (AP) In the City of Brotherly Love and the undefeated Eagles, Justin Verlander showed the reverse of the first and playfully gave Phillies fans another kind of bird Monday – with his middle finger as he stepped off Houston’s team bus.

“Whole interaction was in jest as all the fans around you were just saying hello in their native tongue,” Verlander tweeted several hours later. “So I responded in kind … all in good fun. I enjoyed the banter.”

One more finger, of course, than you’d need to count the Astros ace’s World Series wins, 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA in eight starts.

Also the number of days Game 3 of the World Series was delayed – postponed by rain with the matchup tied 1-1, pushing the entire Fall Classic schedule back one day.

“We waited long enough that we can see on the radar what’s coming,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We had three, actually four different weather people looking at it. Everyone was consistent about this second wave of rain.”

The rainout moved Game 3 to Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, when the weather was supposed to be all clear and first lady Jill Biden had planned to attend Game 4. There was a smattering of boos at the ballpark when the washout was announced an hour before the scheduled first pitch on Halloween night.

Game 4 will now be played Wednesday and Game 5 is set for the scheduled travel day on Thursday night – Game 5 will compete with the NFL game that has, of all teams, the Philadelphia Eagles in Houston against the Texans.

There will be a travel day on Friday if necessary. That had been the original date of Game 6.

Game 6 has been rescheduled for Saturday and Game 7 would be Sunday. All games will start at 8:03 p.m. ET.

There has not been a World Series day game since 1987, and it appeared there was little discussion about turning Game 5 on Thursday into a late-afternoon start and keep it away from the NFL as it reigns as a ratings juggernaut. The Eagles-Texans game will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The World Series airs on Fox.

“For the World Series, an important consideration for us is having the biggest audience we can possibly get, and that’s a prime-time audience. That’s the reality,” Manfred said. “We think we have a great product that fans want to see. And we’re going to put the games on when it makes sense to play the games and hope to get a good audience.”

Houston right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. is set to pitch against Phillies lefty Ranger Suarez in Game 3. Noah Syndergaard had been scheduled to start for Philadelphia before the rainout.

“It affects both teams. You just have to turn it off, get a good night’s rest and be ready to play tomorrow,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s part of the game. You can’t control the weather, so you just deal with it.”

Phillies manager Rob Thomson was fine with the decision by Major League Baseball to postpone the game.

“Everybody would rather play in dry conditions. It’s going to be fair for everybody,” he said.

For fans, tickets that were good for Monday night now become valid for Tuesday’s game, when the calendar rolls over to November.

Game 1 starter Aaron Nola will start for the Phillies in Game 4 against Cristian Javier. Either Syndergaard or Kyle Gibson will start Game 5 for the Phils. Game 2 starter Zack Wheeler takes the mound for Game 6 on extra rest, setting up Suarez to start a possible Game 7 in Houston.

Thomson felt confident turning to Suarez in Game 7 even though he was roughed up by the Astros for six runs in three innings on Oct. 4 in his final start of the season.

“Some guys get sped up, get a little excited,” Thomson said. “Some guys, their heartbeat stays the same, and Ranger is one of those guys.”

Phillies righty Kyle Gibson could start Game 5 if the Phillies turn to Syndergaard in the bullpen in either of the next two games. Syndergaard went to the outfield after the postponement for some light long tossing in the rain.

Gibson would be a stretch after he went 10-8 in 31 starts but none since Oct. 1. His only postseason appearance was 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in Game 2 of the NLCS on Oct. 19 against the Padres. Gibson went 1-3 with a 9.79 ERA over his last six regular-season starts. Thomson said he could get 60-65 pitches out of Gibson.

The Astros and Phillies both worked out on the field Monday before the tarp was put down around 5 p.m. It started to rain about an hour later.

“I’m glad we took some batting practice and played some balls off the wall. That’s their real home-field advantage,” Baker said.

And once again, rain intruded on the World Series in Philly.

In 2008, the clinching Game 5 actually took three days to play. The Phillies and Tampa Bay were tied when the game was suspended and, after steady rain the next day, Philadelphia won the World Series a day after that.

The start of World Series games in Philadelphia in 1993, at Veterans Stadium, and 2009, at Citizens Bank Park, were delayed by rain. This year, the Phillies clinched the NL Championship Series with a win against San Diego on a rainy, gusty Sunday.

MANFRED: RUNNER ON 2ND IN EXTRAS RULE COULD STICK AROUND

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Starting extra innings with a runner on second base, the rule adopted by Major League Baseball as a way to shorten games during the pandemic, might be sticking around.

“Both fans and players like it. The clubs like it. Seems like it has legs to me,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday night after announcing Game 3 of the World Series between Houston and Philadelphia had been postponed by rain. “I have a few people who email me that don’t like it.”

Home teams went 113-103 in extra-inning games this year and are 262-263 in extras since the runner on second rule started in 2020, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Home teams were 312-294 in extra-inning games from 2017-19, Elias said.

“It makes you play a different game at home than you do on the road,” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “At home you can bunt, you can play for that one run. On the road, one run doesn’t mean that much. It can mean something, but basically they have an opportunity to tie it up, so you can go back and forth, back and forth. So you probably play for not the big inning but probably a crooked number on the road, where at home you get the last at-bat and that could be the game.”

Baseball has not used the rule during the postseason. Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 1-0 in 15 innings in the clinching Game 2 of their best-of-three American League wild-card series this year, and Houston defeated Seattle 1-0 in 18 innings to sweep their best-of-five AL Division Series.

Philadelphia manager Rob Thomson said modern bullpen use caused him to favor the rule.

“You’re not going to get in a 17-, 18-inning game. The chances are slim. So that helps you with roster juggling and things like that,” he said. “You’re really stringent on pitch counts for your starters and typically they’re lower now than they were even 10 years ago.

“So when you get into one of those 17-, 18-inning games, you’re going through pretty much everybody out of your bullpen, and then you’ve got to start making player moves. And when guys have to be down 15 days and you just sent down three or four of your pitchers, you can’t bring ’em back, then guys are coming off the roster to fill in, and you don’t want that.”

There were 216 extra-inning games in the third season of the pandemic rule of placing an automatic runner on second base in each extra frame, down from 233 last year and 78 during the shortened 2020 season. The longest game this year was Cleveland’s 7-6, 15-inning win over Minnesota in the second game of a doubleheader on Sept. 17. That was one inning shy of the longest in the three seasons of the rule, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 16-inning win at San Diego on Aug. 25, 2021.

Extending the rule change requires an agreement with the players’ association.

“That’s a decision for the players to make,” union head Tony Clark said Friday before the Series opener. “That’ll be one of the things that we’ve got to talk to the guys about.”

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW: SEC

PROJECTED FINISH:

1. Kentucky

2. Arkansas

3. Tennessee

4. Alabama

5. Auburn

6. Florida

7. Mississippi

8. Texas A&M

9. Mississippi State

10. LSU

11. South Carolina

12. Georgia

13. Missouri

14. Vanderbilt

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

Santiago Vescovi, Tennessee

Nick Smith, Arkansas

Brandon Miller, Alabama

Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky

Colin Castleton, Florida

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

Zakai Zeigler, Tennessee

Cason Wallace, Kentucky

Matthew Murrell, Mississippi

Tyrece Radford, Texas A&M

Tolu Smith, Mississippi State

ALABAMA

THE SCOOP

If you want a sense for what Nate Oats has done to Alabama basketball since taking over, consider this: The Crimson Tide were a 6-seed in the 2022 NCAA tournament before Notre Dame and Jahvon Quinerly’s ACL tear sent them packing. It was just the fourth time since 2006 that Alabama had been in the NCAA Tournament, and the season felt something like a disappointment. In truth, the Tide ebbed and flowed as much as any team in college basketball a season ago. They scored wins over Gonzaga, Houston, Baylor and Tennessee. They also lost to Missouri, Georgia and Iona. Alabama finished the season 19-14, dropping its last four games and falling outside the KenPom top 25 for the first time since early January — of 2021. To put that in perspective, it was the second-best season Alabama has had in 16 years, and it was still a letdown.

KEY DEPARTURES

JADEN SHACKELFORD (16.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 apg)

KEON ELLIS (12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 spg)

JD DAVISON (8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.3 apg)

JUWAN GARY (6.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.6 bpg)

JAMES ROJAS (5.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.7 spg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

BRANDON MILLER (freshman, Cane Ridge HS)

MARK SEARS (transfer, Ohio)

DOM WELCH (transfer, St. Bonaventure)

JADEN BRADLEY (freshman, IMG Academy)

NOAH CLOWNEY (freshman, Dorman HS)

NICK PRINGLE (transfer, Dodge City CC)

ARKANSAS

THE SCOOP

It didn’t take long for Eric Musselman to turn Arkansas back into a national powerhouse. The Hogs are coming off of back-to-back trips to the Elite Eight, yet this season may be their most anticipated since Mike Anderson managed to convince Bobby Portis to come back to school for his sophomore year. Arkansas has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country on campus, and the Muss Bus picked up another impressive transfer haul. There’s enough talent on the roster to ensure that NBA GMs and front office executives will be a constant presence every time the Razorbacks set foot on a college basketball court. Hype is one thing. But with 11 new players on the roster, is Muss worried about how many new faces his team has? Not at all.

KEY DEPARTURES

JD NOTAE (18.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.7 apg)

STANLEY UMUDE (11.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 spg)

JAYLIN WILLIAMS (10.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.6 apg)

AU’DIESE TONEY (10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.8 apg)

CHRIS LYKES (7.6 ppg, 1.5 apg, 0.9 spg)

CONNOR VANOVER (3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.6 bpg)

TREY WADE (3.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.6 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

NICK SMITH JR. (freshman, North Little Rock)

ANTHONY BLACK (freshman, Duncanville)

JORDAN WALSH (freshman, Link Year)

TREVON BRAZILE (transfer, Missouri)

JALEN GRAHAM (transfer, Arizona State)

MAKHI MITCHELL (transfer, Rhode Island)

MAKHEL MITCHELL (transfer, Rhode Island)

RICKY COUNCIL IV (transfer, Wichita State)

AUBURN

THE SCOOP

It may be hard to believe, but this will be Bruce Pearl’s ninth season as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers. It took a while for him to get the program to this level, but there is an argument to be made that, over the past five years, the Tigers have been the best program in the SEC. They’re the only team from the league to make the Final Four in the past five seasons. They’re also the only team to win two SEC regular-season titles in that span. The Tigers have an SEC Tournament title under their belt, and they have been shuttling players to the NBA as quickly as anyone else in the conference. In the process, Auburn’s home floor has become a fortress. If you want to know why the SEC has become arguably the best basketball league in the country, it’s the rise of this perennial doormat into a champion. Imagine how good the Big East would be if DePaul turned into Windy City Villanova.

KEY DEPARTURES

JABARI SMITH (16.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.0 apg)

WALKER KESSLER (11.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.6 bpg)

DEVAN CAMBRIDGE (5.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.6 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

JOHNI BROOME (transfer, Morehead State)

YOHAN TRAORE (freshman, Dream City)

CHANCE WESTRY (freshman, Compass Prep)

FLORIDA

THE SCOOP

It took Todd Golden just three seasons as the head coach at San Francisco to turn himself from ‘Kyle Smith’s guy’ into ‘the next golden boy’ of the college coaching ranks. After leading the Dons to the 2022 NCAA Tournament, Golden left the Bay Area for Gainesville, taking over a Florida program that has become synonymous with hiring college basketball’s wunderkinds. Now, in the Gators’ most recent attempt to capture lightning in a bottle, it didn’t quite work out. Things never really clicked for Mike White at Florida the way that they did for Billy Donovan. It isn’t easy going to a program where consistent finishes ‘only’ around the Top 25 are enough to get you put on the hot seat, but Golden embraces the expectations. In fact, it’s the history of success that has drawn him in, that made Florida the job that he targeted as others in the SEC began to open up. “Transparently, Florida is a job, a program, an institution that I’ve held in high regard,” Golden said. “Watching them win back-to-back nattys, playing in the O-Dome twice when I was at Auburn, all the fanfare and the support, the passion and the tradition. I told my wife, if I can find a way to get this job, we’re going.” Thankfully for Golden, the Gators wanted him just as badly. Can he bring Florida basketball back to prominence?

KEY DEPARTURES

PHLANDROUS FLEMING (11.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 spg)

TYREE APPLEBY (10.9 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg)

ANTHONY DURUJI (8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg)

BRANDON MCKISSIC (5.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

KYLE LOFTON (transfer, St. Bonaventure)

WILL RICHARD (tranfser, Belmont)

ALEX FUDGE (transfer, LSU)

TREY BONHAM (transfer, VMI)

RILEY KUGEL (freshman, Dr. Phillips)

DENZEL ABERDEEN (freshman, Dr. Phillips)

GEORGIA

THE SCOOP

When Mike White woke up on Selection Sunday this past season, he was the head coach at Florida waiting to find out if his program’s slim chances at getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament would come to fruition. When he went to sleep, he had already accepted the head coaching position at Georgia, taking over for Tom Crean, who had just led the Bulldogs to a 6-26 record and only one win in SEC play. Getting out before the seat gets too hot is not a bad strategy to remain employed, but going from a two-time national champion to a perennial basketball bottom-feeder — in the same league, no less — is not all that common. That said, Georgia has potential. It’s a talent-rich state. The program has incredibly passionate fans that love the university. They just need to be given a reason to care about hoops, the same way that fans at places like Auburn, Texas Tech and Alabama needed a reason to care. What’s the key to making that happen? “Everything,” White said. “What’s the key? ‘Get to work.’ We need to put a product on the floor that our fans can get excited about, with how we compete and how connected we are. This is a rebuild. It’s going to take some time, but I expect to be competitive.”

KEY DEPARTURES

AARON COOK (10.5 ppg, 5.4 apg)

NOAH BAUMANN (8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

CHRISTIAN WRIGHT (5.3 ppg, 2.0 apg)

DALEN RIDGNAL (2.7 ppg)

TYRON MCMILLAN (1.7 ppg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

TERRY ROBERTS (transfer, Bradley)

MATTHEW-ALEXANDER MONCRIEFFE (transfer, Oklahoma State)

FRANK ANSELEM (transfer, Syracuse)

JUSTIN HILL (transfer, Longwood)

JUSAUN HOLT (transfer, Alabama)

MARDREZ MCBRIDE (transfer, North Texas)

KYERON LINDSAY (freshman, Denton Guyer)

JADEN NEWELL (freshman, Choctawhatchee)

KENTUCKY

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Kentucky is coming off a season in which it lost in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament to 15-seed Saint Peter’s — just a year removed from finishing 9-16 overall in what was the worst season of hoops in Lexington since 1927. The Wildcats also lost three of their top four, and four of their top six, players from last year’s team. But as we are heading into the fall of 2022, there is a strong argument to be made that this is the most excited Kentucky fans have been — and should be — about a team since De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk were getting ready to make their Big Blue debut. That’s what happens when you bring the National Player of the Year back to school, and when you bring back an all-conference point guard next to him. Throw in the fact that Kentucky’s two most athletic players got the year of development they needed and that head coach John Calipari has a couple of superstar freshmen entering the fray? “My message to the players now is to not drink the poison,” Calipari said. “Don’t read the clippings. Don’t listen to the accolades. We [are] good, but not close to where we are going to be if they stay hungry, yet humble.” It’s a tough line to walk, but these Wildcats could be a special bunch.

KEY DEPARTURES

TYTY WASHINGTON (12.5 ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.9 apg)

KELLAN GRADY (11.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.3 apg)

KEION BROOKS (10.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 apg)

DAVION MINTZ (8.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.8 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

CASON WALLACE (freshman, Richardson)

CHRIS LIVINGSTON (freshman, Oak Hill)

ANTONIO REEVES (transfer, Illinois State)

ADOU THIERO (freshman, Quaker Valley)

LSU

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The date was April 1, which feels fitting. It seemed like a bad practical joke when yet another name entered the portal, making it a staggering 11 LSU players looking to transfer out of Baton Rouge. Two Tigers had entered the NBA Draft, too, meaning that Matt McMahon was on his 10th day at his new job — and he had exactly zero scholarship players lined up to play for him. That set off a whirlwind seven-week run where the former Murray State head coach quite literally had to build a roster from scratch, one good enough to compete in the SEC. He hit the portal. He mined his old Murray State roster and found a couple of late freshmen additions. He even managed to convince the pieces from last year’s LSU team to work out with him and his staff, keeping their name in the portal while giving the new guys a test drive. And by the start of June, he was done: 13 scholarship players and a roster that, if it sticks together for a couple of years, has a chance to make an impact.

KEY DEPARTURES

TARI EASON (16.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 spg)

DARIUS DAYS (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 0.9 apg)

BRANDON MURRAY (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.9 apg)

XAVIER PINSON (9.8 ppg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 spg)

ERIC GAINES (9.0 ppg, 2.9 apg, 2.1 spg)

EFTON REID (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.8 bpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

JUSTICE HILL (transfer, Murray State)

KJ WILLIAMS (transfer, Murray State)

TRAE HANNIBAL (transfer, Murray State)

KENDAL COLEMAN (transfer, Northwestern State)

CAM HAYES (transfer, N.C. State)

DEREK FOUNTAIN (transfer, Mississippi State)

TYRELL WARD (freshman, Dematha)

CORNEILOUS WILLIAMS (freshman, Combine)

JALEN REED (freshman, So. California Academy)

SHAWN PHILLIPS (freshman, Dream City Christian)

OLE MISS

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As Kermit Davis heads into his fifth season as the head coach at Ole Miss, on the surface, it might look as though the Rebel program has hit the skids since reaching the NCAA Tournament in his first season. But that would be a harsh assessment. Yes, Ole Miss has missed the last three NCAA Tournaments, but the truth about this program is not that simple. The Rebels finished above .500 in the SEC in 2020-21. Last season, they finished with just four league wins, equal to the number of surgeries its starters underwent. “It is what it is, it’s just hard,” Davis said. “We were an NCAA Tournament team and couldn’t stay healthy. Our McDonald’s All-American broke his hand and tore his ACL. Robert Allen tore his ACL. Jarkel Joiner had surgery on his back, came back and was never the same. At Ole Miss, you lose that kind of quality, it’s hard to win.” With quality back in the fold, can Davis get Ole Miss back to the Big Dance?

KEY DEPARTURES

JARKEL JOINER (13.2 ppg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg)

NYSIER BROOKS (9.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg)

LUIS RODRIGUEZ (6.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 spg)

AUSTIN CROWLEY (4.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.5 apg)

SAMMY HUNTER (2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.2 bpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

AMAREE ABRAM (freshman, So. Cal. Academy)

THEO AKWUBA (transfer, Louisiana)

JAYVEOUS MCKINNIS (transfer, Jackson State)

JOSH MBALLA (transfer, Buffalo)

MYLES BURNS (transfer, Loyola New Orleans)

TJ CALDWELL (freshman, Faith Family Academy)

MALIQUE EWIN (freshman, Berkmar)

ROBERT COWHERD (freshman, So. Cal. Academy)

MISSISSIPPI STATE

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Chris Jans is making the jump to the big leagues. Long considered one of the best ball coaches you haven’t heard of, Jans parlayed a win in the the NCAA Tournament with New Mexico State into taking over Ben Howland’s chair at Mississippi State. And while it might not be a great job, it is a great fit. Mississippi State is an underdog special. They’re going to be counted out every year, which is how Jans — who valeted cars to pay his rent the first couple of years he was a coach — likes it. He can win by attacking the JUCO ranks and finding the kids that need a second chance (or a first). The winning may happen sooner than you think, too. “I’ve said it from Day 1, from my first press conference,” Jans said, “Ben and his staff need to be commended for their coaching and for the quality of person they’ve recruited to Mississippi State. There were pieces left. With the portal, you gotta re-recruit them, but the advantage we had was access to them every day. We identified who we needed to retain, and we dug in.” Can Jans make a splash in his SEC debut?

KEY DEPARTURES

IVERSON MOLINAR (17.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.6 apg)

GARRISON BROOKS (10.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.8 bpg)

ROCKET WATTS (4.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.6 apg)

ANDERSSON GARCIA (4.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 spg)

JAVIAN DAVIS-FLEMING (3.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.4 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

DASHAWN DAVIS (transfer, Oregon State)

ERIC REED JR. (transfer, Southeast Missouri State)

TYLER STEVENSON (transfer, Southern Mississippi)

JAMEL HORTON (transfer, Albany)

MARTAVIOUS RUSSELL (freshman, Sipsey Valley)

SHAWN JONES JR. (freshman, Shadow Creek)

WILL MCNAIR JR. (transfer, New Mexico State)

KIMANI HAMILTON (freshman, Clinton)

MISSOURI

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It has been years, dating all the way back to Frank Haith’s first season in Columbia and Missouri’s last season in the Big 12, since the Tigers were truly a threat to do much of anything. Haith made one NCAA Tournament after losing to 15-seed Norfolk State in the First Round a decade ago. Kim Anderson managed eight SEC wins in three years. Cuonzo Martin made two NCAA Tournaments in five seasons, but he never won a game in the Dance. He also never finished in the top 40 in KenPom and, this past season, went 12-21. His Tigers ended the year rated as the worst team in the conference this side of Georgia. It’s been a long time since Mizzou, a program with a large and passionate fanbase, has been relevant. Dennis Gates, a Leonard Hamilton protege who won back-to-back Horizon League regular season titles, is the next in line to try and turn the program around.

KEY DEPARTURES

JAVON PICKETT (11.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg)

AMARI DAVIS (9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg)

JARRON COLEMAN (8.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg)

DAJUAN GORDON (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg)

TREVON BRAZILE (6.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

ISIAIH MOSLEY (transfer, Missouri State)

NICK HONOR (transfer, Clemson)

SEAN EAST (transfer, Logan CC)

D’MOI HODGE (transfer, Cleveland State)

TRE GOMILLION (transfer, Cleveland State)

DEANDRE GHOLSTON (transfer, Milwaukee)

MOHAMED DIARRA (transfer, Garden City CC)

NOAH CARTER (transfer, Northern Iowa)

AIDAN SHAW (freshman, Blue Valley)

SOUTH CAROLINA

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Lamont Paris is walking into a situation at South Carolina that pretty succinctly sums up the struggle that comes with taking over a new job in today’s game. The Gamecocks lost their top six scorers from a season ago while adding five new transfers and three freshmen to the mix. Culture and camaraderie are key to success at the collegiate level. At South Carolina, Paris is trying to develop that on the fly, all while trying to get the presumptive star of his team — freshman GG Jackson — into the mix after he joined the squad in the last week of July. Everyone is trying to get to know everyone else, and the way Paris opted to combat that unfamiliarity was to take a hands-off approach. Instead of going workout-heavy, he rolled the ball out and let his guys play. “The first thing we needed to do was just get guys to play with each other,” Paris said. “Learn who likes what, who can do what, where he can win. We had to get a feel for how we’re going to be as a team, what our identity is. I wanted to let them play and get some of those things figured out without us instructing them.”

KEY DEPARTURES

J. COUISNARD (12.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg)

ERIK STEVENSON (11.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg)

JAMES REESE V (10.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg)

DEVIN CARTER (9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg)

KEYSHAWN BRYANT (8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.9 spg)

WILDENS LEVEQUE (6.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 bpg)

AJ WILSON (3.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.9 bpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

GG JACKSON (freshman, Ridgeview)

MEECHIE JOHNSON (transfer, Ohio State)

HAYDEN BROWN (transfer, The Citadel)

BENJAMIN BOSMANS-VERDONK (transfer, Illinois)

DANIELS HANKINS-SANFORD (freshman, Chambers)

ZACH DAVIS (freshman, Denmark-Olar)

TENNESSEE

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Rick Barnes has found a way, at Tennessee, to do one of the most difficult things that you can do in modern college basketball. He built a foundation on the back of developing under-recruited prospects into NBA players, and then bolstered the program further by bringing in a series of one-and-done talents. “We strongly believe in our developmental program,” said Barnes. “Anyone can evaluate and know who’s a great talent, but when we get involved with a player, we make sure they fit what we’re about. We’re not just looking for a talent or a player, we’re looking for a fit.” Barnes has been at Tennessee for seven years now. In Year 3, he won the SEC regular-season title. He has made four of the past five NCAA Tournaments and finished in second in the league twice in the past four years. He won last year’s SEC tournament. Now, he brings back four starters from a team that finished the season in the KenPom top 10 and, according to Bart Torvik, was the third-best team in the country — behind only Kansas and Gonzaga — over the course of the last two months of the season.

KEY DEPARTURES

KENNEDY CHANDLER (13.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.7 apg)

JOHN FULKERSON (7.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.9 bpg)

B. HUNTLEY-HATFIELD (3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.3 bpg)

JUSTIN POWELL (3.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.7 apg)

VICTOR BAILEY (2.6 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.5 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

JULIAN PHILLIPS (freshman, Link Year Prep)

TYREKE KEY (transfer, Indiana State)

BJ EDWARDS (freshman, Knoxville Catholic)

DJ JEFFERSON (freshman, Minnesota Prep)

TOBE AWAKA (freshman, Cardinal Hayes)

TEXAS A&M

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Not many teams in college basketball had a weirder season than Texas A&M did. Coming off of a COVID year where they played the fewest number of games of any high-major team, the Aggies brought in nine new players last offseason. They went on to win 15 of their first 17 games, including at home against Arkansas — but after a 4-0 start to SEC play, they lost eight in a row and nine of 10. They went winless from January 15 through February 15. Then, just as quickly, it turned back around. Texas A&M won its last four games of the regular season, reached the SEC Tournament final and, after just missing the NCAA Tournament, made a run to the NIT final. The Aggies did all of that despite the fact that nine different players started at least 10 games and 11 of the 12 players that saw minutes in the rotation started at least once.

KEY DEPARTURES

QUENTON JACKSON (14.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg)

MARCUS WILLIAMS (7.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 apg)

HASSAN DIARRA (6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

JULIUS MARBLE (transfer, Michigan State)

DEXTER DENNIS (transfer, Wichita State)

KHALEN ROBINSON (transfer, Arkansas)

ERIK PRATT (transfer, Seward County CC)

JORDAN WILLIAMS (freshman, Second Baptist)

SOLOMON WASHINGTON (freshman, Carver)

VANDERBILT

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In a vacuum, looking at Vanderbilt’s record and what the program loses this offseason, it would be easy to assume that Jerry Stackhouse is in a bit of trouble heading into his fourth season as the head coach in Nashville. But numbers can be deceiving. Stackhouse inherited a program in 2019 that had won zero conference games the season prior. Since then, he has improved Vanderbilt’s final KenPom ranking in each of his first three seasons as head coach. Last year, he won more SEC games than in his first two years combined. The Commodores are coming off a 19-17 season that saw them finish 7-11 in the SEC. But they won at Arkansas last year. They beat LSU and Texas A&M, knocked off Alabama in the SEC Tournament and came a possession away from getting to the NIT Final Four. Losing a player as talented as Scotty Pippen Jr. is never easy, but Stackhouse brings back a number of key pieces, landed a promising freshmen class and, for the first time, has a roster with the veteran presence he wants at Vandy. “We’re finally getting to the point where we have some older players and leadership,” Stackhouse said. “You can see it, the signs of a really good team is your older players pulling guys to the side and letting them know when they made mistakes or there’s something they need to correct. It’s not just coming from the coaches.”

KEY DEPARTURES

SCOTTY PIPPEN JR. (20.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.5 apg)

RODNEY CHATMAN (7.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg. 1.6 apg)

JAMAINE MANN (4.6 ppg. 3.5 rpg, 0.7 spg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

EZRA MANJON (transfer, UC Davis)

EMMANUEL ANSONG (transfer, Green Bay)

NOAH SHELBY (freshman, Greenhill)

PAUL LEWIS (freshman, Bishop O’Connell)

COLIN SMITH (freshman, Compass Prep)

MALIK DIA (freshman, Ensworth)

LEE DORT (freshman, Greenhill)

HARDEN, MAXEY LEAD 76ERS PAST WIZARDS 118-111

WASHINGTON (AP) James Harden scored 23 points and had 17 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers clawed back to .500 with a 118-111 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night despite missing Joel Embiid.

Tyrese Maxey added 28 points for Philadelphia. Georges Niang sank all four of his 3-pointers in the second half – including three in the fourth quarter – and finished with 12 points as the 76ers won their third straight to close a four-game road trip and move to 4-4.

“We keep saying we’re a work in progress,” Harden said of his team, which reached the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. “We’re continuously trying to figure out great we can be. And I’m glad we were going through a tough time. Everything isn’t great (when) you’re winning games. It just feels that way.”

Embiid, the back-to-back NBA MVP finalist, missed out due to non-COVID-19 related illness.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 32 points and Bradley Beal added 19 for Washington, which lost its third in a row and second at home.

The Wizards closed to within five inside the final minute after going down as many as 18 early in the fourth quarter.

The 76ers took charge on a 27-6 run that spanned the late third and early fourth, during which the Wizards made just one field goal.

“We obviously missed some shots, we didn’t have great execution,” said Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. “Just the urgency to start the second half, I don’t think was there.”

Harden and Tobias Harris hit layups on back-to-back possessions to start it, the latter giving Philadelphia a 72-71 lead with 4:04 left in the third.

Niang’s first 3 made it 82-73 with 1:01 left in the third, and by the time he sank his third it stretched the lead to 95-77 early in the fourth.

“Third quarters are huge. – they always have been,” said 76ers coach Doc Rivers. “When you can come out and stretch a game in the third quarter, it changes the dynamic of the game. I would love us to be that type of team.”

TIP-INS

76ers: Improve to 2-0 without Embiid, who also missed Philadelphia’s 112-90 win at Toronto on Oct. 28. … Harris and De’Anthony Meldon had 16 points each. … Without Embiid, Philadelphia finished with zero second-chance points.

Wizards: G Monte Morris moved to 3001 career points – and eight on the night – when he hit a 3-pointer with 2:17 left in the first half. He finished with 19 … F Anthony Gill made his fifth career start and first since May 6 of 2021.

NOT ONLY A SCORER

Known most in his career for his scoring ability, Harden moved up two spots to No. 27 on the NBA’s all-time assists list with his performance, passing Stephon Marbury and Nate Archibald. At 6477 assists, he’s 100 shy of the all-time top 25.

“I just keep pushing, keep trying to make my teammates better, keep trying to make the play and good things happen,” Harden said.

SCRATCH THAT, REVERSE IT

Kyle Kuzma looked set to give Washington a 66-65 lead with 6:20 left in the third when he took Morris’ outlet pass on the break and honed in on an uncontested dunk. Kuzma attempted a reverse windmill finish that slammed off the back iron and fell for a 76ers rebound.

UP NEXT

The 76ers and Wizards meet again on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

HUERTER, MITCHELL PROPEL KINGS PAST HORNETS 115-108

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kevin Huerter scored 26 points, Davion Mitchell added 23 points including two clutch jumpers late in the game as the Sacramento Kings rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-108 for their second straight win.

Huerter and Mitchell combined to go 10 of 16 from 3-point range and Harrison Barnes added 14 points as the Kings outscored Charlotte 37-18 in the third quarter.

P.J. Washington, who scored 31 points in an upset win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, again led the shorthanded Hornets in scoring with 28 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 16 for Charlotte.

Charlotte’s Jalen McDaniels knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:09 left to tie the game, but Mitchell immediately answered with a pullup 3-pointer and a 19-foot jumper on consecutive possessions to put the Kings up by five with 24.2 seconds left.

“I kind of knew I had a mismatch and I knew I could have got to the rim. But they played back and I just stepped up and hit the shot,” Mitchell said.

“He brings a leadership presence from the bench,” Kings coach Mike Brown said of Mitchell, who was 9 of 11 from the floor. “He brings an understanding of what his role is and embraces his role. He’s a guy that I know anytime we call his number he is going to be ready to play.”

The Hornets turned the ball over 21 times resulting in 25 points for the Kings. Sacramento also lived at the foul line, making 24 of 28 free throws taking advantage of 31 fouls called on the Hornets.

“If we turn the ball over 21 times and foul like that, we’re not gong to win,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “Every drive, we fouled. We kind of gifted them like 10 or 12 points.”

Like the Hornets, the Kings were coming off a big win Saturday night after beating the Miami Heat at home.

It didn’t look good early for Sacramento as the Hornets shot 60.5% in the first half to build a 67-52 lead at the break with all five starters scoring in double figures.

But the Kings stormed back in third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 37-18 behind 12 points from Huerter, who broke free for some open jumpers. Matthew Dellavedova gave the Kings their first lead of the game with 3:43 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer from the right wing.

The Hornets would battle back to take the lead in the fourth quarter before the Kings rallied again with Huerter and Keegan Murray banging home back-to-back 3s with 4 1/2 minutes to play.

“We are fighting,” Mitchell said of the team’s win streak. “We are a team that don’t quit. We try to play 48 minutes.”

FOX’S INJURY

De’Aaron Fox only played nine minutes after knocking knees with a Hornets player in the first half. Kings coach Mike Brown said he’ll know about Fox’s injury on Tuesday but doesn’t believe it is serious.

WASHINGTON’S UPRISING

Washington continued to take advantage of his elevation to the starting role with restricted free agent Miles Bridges still out of the league while dealing with domestic violence charges. Bridges led the Hornets in scoring last season and the team is waiting to see what happens legally before making any decision on Bridges’ future.

“He played terrific and got us back in the game,” Clifford said.

Washington is averaging 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

TIP INS

Kings: Domantas Sabonis had 16 rebounds before fouling out with 2:24 left in the game.

Hornets: Continued to play without LaMelo Ball (ankle), Terry Rozier (ankle) and Cody Martin (quad). … Outscored Sacramento 54-34 in the paint.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Miami on Wednesday night.

Hornets: At Chicago on Wednesday night.

SIAKAM HAS 31 POINTS, 12 BOARDS, RAPTORS ROUT HAWKS 139-109

TORONTO (AP) Pascal Siakam had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Scottie Barnes scored a season-high 21 points and the Toronto Raptors routed the Atlanta Hawks 139-109 Monday night.

“We weren’t ready to play and we got our (butt) kicked,” Atlanta’s Dejounte Murray said.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 21 points and O.G. Anunoby had 14 as the Raptors set a season high in points and improved to 3-1 at home.

Siakam had six assists, his franchise-best 30th game with 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more assists. Siakam also reached those marks in Friday’s home loss to Philadelphia.

“I feel like Pascal’s been killing it,” Barnes said. “I feel like he should be in that question of being the MVP with the level he’s playing at.”

Barnes made a career-best five 3-pointers and finished 5 for 9 from long distance.

Toronto has won three straight home meetings with Atlanta.

“I thought there was more urgency coming from them,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said of Toronto. “They played harder. They out-scrapped us.”

Trae Young had 14 points and 10 assists, and John Collins had 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out as the Hawks lost their second straight. Atlanta lost at Milwaukee on Saturday.

Murray scored 20 points for the Hawks, Clint Capela had 13 and De’Andre Hunter 11.

The Hawks had a season-worst 18 turnovers, leading to 24 points for Toronto.

“Just not taking care of the ball, playing loose with the basketball,” McMillan said. “A team like this will pound you, as they did.”

Six of Atlanta’s turnovers came in the first quarter.

“When you play on the road and teams get turnovers like that, they feed off of it,” Capela said. “They did that, they did it again and again.”

Murray said the Hawks discussed their poor performance in the locker room after the game. Murray said he was satisfied the meeting had been productive.

“Absolutely,” Murray said. “You could tell by guys’ eyes and ears.”

Down 34-28 after one, the Hawks went ahead 49-48 after a basket from Young with 4:27 left in the second. Siakam scored six points and Barnes had five as Toronto closed the half with a 16-4 run to lead 64-53 at the break.

Siakam shot 1 for 7 in the third but scored six of his nine points at the free throw line as the Raptors took a 95-80 lead to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Young had seven assists in the first. It’s the tenth time in his career that he’s had seven or more assists in a quarter. Seven of those 10 have come in first quarters. . Atlanta has scored 100 or more points in 28 consecutive games.

Raptors: G Fred VanVleet was not available (sore back). Rookie center Christian Koloko made his first career start. . Toronto outscored Atlanta 43-10 in fast break points. . Barnes had a season-high with eight assists. . F Otto Porter Jr. (personal reasons) was unavailable for the second straight game. . Former Raptors star Chris Bosh had 27 games with 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more assists.

CRIME SPREE

Toronto had 13 steals while the Hawks had one. Anunoby led the Raptors with a season-high six steals.

FAMILY AFFAIR

Hawks rookie F AJ Griffin had two points, two rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes. His father, Adrian Griffin, is a 10-year NBA veteran and, since 2018, a Raptors assistant coach.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Conclude a five-game trip at New York on Wednesday night.

Raptors: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday night.

HOLIDAY DELIVERS AS BUCKS NIP PISTONS 110-108, STAY UNBEATEN

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jrue Holiday made sure the young and pesky Detroit Pistons wouldn’t take down an NBA heavyweight for a second straight night.

Holiday delivered one of the step-back jumpers that make his teammates marvel as he connected on a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 45.3 seconds left in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 110-108 victory over the Pistons on Monday night. Holiday finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

“He’s just a magician with it, man, the type of step-backs he does,” said Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and Brook Lopez had 24 to help the Bucks (6-0) remained the NBA’s lone undefeated team. Cade Cunningham scored 27 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 for the Pistons.

One night after beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors to snap a five-game skid, the young Pistons (2-6) nearly pulled off an equally surprising victory.

Detroit’s starting lineup included only one player (the 33-year-old Bogdanovic) who is older than 23. Three of the Pistons’ starters were 21 or younger. All five of the Bucks’ starters were at least 27, including the 34-year-old Lopez and 32-year-old Holiday.

“A lot of talented guys there learning how to play, but they’ve been learning quickly and getting a lot better,” Lopez said. “They’re definitely better than their record.”

Although they never led, the Pistons rallied from a 16-point deficit to tie the score at 105-all when Cunningham found Isaiah Stewart under the basket with 57.6 seconds left. Holiday answered by sinking a 26-footer on Milwaukee’s next possession while being guarded by Pistons rookie Jaden Ivey.

“Great players make great plays,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Holiday made a great shot.”

After Cunningham missed a shot that would have cut the Bucks’ lead to 108-107 with about 35 seconds left, Detroit got one more chance when Bogdanovic stole the ball from a driving Antetokounmpo with less than 15 seconds left.

The Pistons didn’t call a timeout and instead worked the ball to an open Cunningham, whose 3-point attempt with about five seconds left bounced off the side of the rim.

“I don’t know if I could have drawn up a better play for Cade to be open as much as he was open,” Casey said. “And the shot before that, he was wide open in his sweet spot. You’ve got to live with that.”

Lopez hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory before Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to complete the scoring.

Detroit was missing rookie center Jalen Duren, who sprained his left ankle Sunday in a 128-114 victory over the Warriors that snapped a five-game skid. Duren, the 13th overall pick in the 2022 draft, has averaged 7.4 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Ivey scored 19, Hamidou Diallo 13, Stewart 11 and Saddiq Bey 10 for the Pistons.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Bogdanovic’s contract extension was officially announced Monday. Although the team didn’t disclose terms, Bogdanovic has agreed on a two-year, $39.1 million contract. Casey said it’s important for any young team to also have some veterans on the roster. “He fits in,” the coach said before the game. “He’s patient. He’s sharing his knowledge with the players, things that he’s seen over his career.”

Bucks: Grayson Allen exited with a bruised left knee in the third quarter. … The Bucks missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the second half and finished 11 of 40 from beyond the arc. … Antetokounmpo was named the Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday. The two-time MVP averaged 35.7 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 1.7 blocks in the Bucks’ three games last week.

UP NEXT

This was the first of two consecutive matchups between these two teams. Wednesday’s rematch will end a season-high, six-game homestand for the Bucks.

JAZZ ROUT GRIZZLIES 121-105, IMPROVE TO 4-0 AT HOME

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Playing fearless is fueling success for the Utah Jazz.

Lauri Markkanen had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and the Jazz dominated on both ends of the court Monday night in a 121-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Utah repeatedly contested shots, crashed the boards and forced turnovers. On offense, the Jazz were equally relentless in knocking down one outside jumper after another.

“Nobody is backing down or afraid of anything,” veteran guard Mike Conley said. “That’s who we are. We are that team and it’s fun to be around that – guys who are scrappy that don’t care about getting elbowed and don’t care about fouling too many times.”

Markkanen made a season-high 11 field goals while shooting 69% from the floor.

He made an equally forceful impact as a defender, contesting shots and keeping shooters uncomfortable in the paint.

“He has good feet, and he knows how to use his size and length. He’s a legit 7-footer,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “His size, coupled with his ability to move, makes him a good defender.”

Malik Beasley added a season-high 18 points off the bench for the Jazz. Conley and Collin Sexton chipped in 15 apiece. Utah made 19 3-pointers to earn its second win over Memphis in three days.

Ja Morant had 37 points to pace the Grizzlies. Dillon Brooks added 19 points and Tyus Jones chipped in 12. Memphis shot 6 of 26 from 3-point range.

“Everything was on us,” Morant said. “We weren’t communicating, rotating, and we were just giving them easy looks.”

Morant went 5 for 5 from the floor in the first quarter and helped Memphis grab a 26-23 lead. He had 21 points by halftime.

Things unraveled for the Grizzlies in the second period amid a flurry of turnovers and a long shooting drought. Utah held Memphis to a single basket in 6 1/2 minutes. The Jazz also forced eight turnovers during the quarter and scored 10 points off those takeaways.

That opened the door for Utah to take control before halftime. The Jazz ripped off a 24-5 run, punctuated by Jordan Clarkson’s four-point play, to seize a 54-38 lead.

Utah outscored the Grizzlies 38-18 in the second quarter and limited Memphis to 32% shooting from the field. The Jazz also had 38 second-quarter points in their win over the Grizzlies on Saturday night.

“We lost our spirit there in the second quarter and they took advantage,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said.

Utah extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third after making seven 3-pointers in the quarter.

BETTER CHEMISTRY

Utah unraveled late last season amid reports of locker room strife between former stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. This season, the Jazz have made a 180-degree turn with team chemistry.

Clarkson said he’s having fun and enjoying this season because everyone shares a hunger to prove themselves and it has led to working hard together and communicating well on the court.

“We have a great thing going right now in terms of the vibe in the locker room,” Clarkson said.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Desmond Bane (right ankle soreness) was inactive. . Steven Adams had a team-high nine rebounds. . Memphis finished with only 13 assists.

Jazz: Markkanen blocked a career-high four shots. . Jarred Vanderbilt totaled 12 assists in the two wins against Memphis. . Utah improved to 4-0 at home.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Jazz: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

CLIPPERS EDGE ROCKETS 95-93 ON GEORGE’S CLUTCH JUMPERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George hit a go-ahead jumper with six seconds remaining, finishing with 35 points as the Los Angeles Clippers edged past the Houston Rockets 95-93 on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Ivica Zubac added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who played without Kawhi Leonard and John Wall. Leonard missed his fifth game and Wall sat out his second, both because of knee injury management.

K.J. Martin scored 23 points off the bench to lead the Rockets (1-8), who dropped their fourth in a row.

George’s 3-pointer tied the game 93-all with 39 seconds remaining. That got fans on their feet for the final seconds.

George stole the ball from former Clipper Eric Gordon. After another timeout, Reggie Jackson inbounded to George, who hit a jumper that gave the Clippers their first lead of the fourth quarter.

Gordon’s shot missed at the buzzer and he gestured to indicate he thought he’d been fouled.

George had three costly turnovers in the final minutes after hitting a 3-pointer that drew the Clippers within two earlier in the fourth. His first led to a dunk by Kevin Porter Jr. After George’s second turnover, he got called for an offensive foul.

George fed Zubac for a dunk that again got the Clippers within two. But Jalen Green answered with a basket to keep Houston ahead.

Martin, who finished four points off his career high, got hot late in the third and early in the fourth. Tari Eason and Martin combined to score 11 points in a row to put Houston back in front, 76-71, late in the third.

Martin had Houston’s first five points of the fourth before missing two free throws with the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead.

The teams traded narrow leads in the third, when George scored 12 points.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Jae’Sean Tate reaggravated the ankle injury that forced him to miss the season’s first four games. He’s day-to-day and will be re-evaluated in Houston.

Clippers: Robert Covington remains in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. … Los Angeles has won seven of its last eight against the Rockets.

LEONARD TO STAY HOME

Leonard won’t be joining the Clippers for their quick two-game trip to Texas this week.

“He’s frustrated. He wants to be out on the floor,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “Then not being on the floor, now you can’t travel. He wants to travel, but the doctor says it’s not the right thing to do right now with the stiffness (in his knee) and what he’s going through.”

UP NEXT

The teams meet again Wednesday in Houston.

THOMPSON HAS 3 GOALS, 3 ASSISTS AS SABRES BEAT RED WINGS 8-3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Tage Thompson had three goals and three assists for a career-high six points to lead the Buffalo Sabres to an 8-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

Rasmus Dahlin, Jack Quinn, Dylan Cozens, Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Asplund also scored for the Sabres, who won for the sixth time in nine games. Eric Comrie had 15 saves.

Buffalo had its highest scoring output since a nine-goal effort against Ottawa on Nov. 3, 2018.

“It’s fun watching the guys working for it,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “We’re trying to convince all of our guys to score some of the ugly ones and the pretty ones will just fall in there. We’ve been guilty of trying to pass the puck into the net. We got more direct.”

Dylan Larkin, Olli Maatta and David Perron scored for the Red Wings, who have lost three of their last four games. Alex Nedeljkovic finished with 38 saves.

“We didn’t show up and they showed up,” Larkin said. “No matter what level of hockey you play, you don’t show up it’s going to be embarrassing.”

Thompson is quickly building off a breakout campaign last season, when he had a career-high 38 goals. The forward has six goals and six assists in nine games this season.

“He’s a guy who can sort of take over a game and dominate,” Skinner said. “He did that.”

Thompson opened the scoring on a blast from the left circle with 3:08 remaining in the first period. Jeff Skinner set up Thompson’s one-timer with a cross-ice pass.

Maatta tied it 1:26 into the second period on a one-timer from the slot.

Quinn put Buffalo ahead four minutes later on a quick shot just under the crossbar following a nice setup by Thompson. It was the second career goal for Quinn, the eighth overall pick in 2020.

Skinner made it 3-1 with his 300th career goal after Thompson found him all alone in front of the Detroit net. The veteran was patient before picking out an opening on the glove side.

Thompson picked up his second of the evening on the power play with 1:30 left in the second. Seconds after hitting the post, Thompson froze both Red Wings defensemen with a toe drag before firing a wrist shot.

Perron got one back for Detroit with one minute remaining in the second, and the Red Wings briefly got back in it when Larkin cut Buffalo’s lead to 4-3 on a short-handed rush 4:19 into the third.

The Sabres then scored four times in a 6 1/2-minute stretch to pull away.

Dahlin made it 5-3 with a power-play goal with 7:07 remaining, and Cozens made it 6-3 nearly two minutes later.

Thompson picked up the hat trick with 4:02 remaining on another highlight-reel effort, maneuvering his way around defenseman Gustav Lindstrom and then Nedeljkovic.

Asplund capped the scoring in the final minute.

LYUBUSHKIN STILL OUT

Sabres defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin missed his second game in a row with a lower-body injury. Lyubushkin played through the injury in three games before being taken out of the lineup.

SABRES MOVES

With the Sabres short-handed on defense due to injuries, the team recalled Jeremy Davies from Rochester of the AHL. Forward Riley Sheahan cleared waivers and was assigned to Rochester.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Host Washington on Thursday night.

Detroit: Host Pittsburgh on Wednesday night to complete a four-game homestand.

SVECHNIKOV LIFTS HURRICANES OVER CAPITALS 3-2 IN SHOOTOUT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Andrei Svechnikov scored the winning goal in a shootout after tying the game in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Monday night.

Stefan Noesen also scored for Carolina in regulation. Martin Necas had two assists, and Frederik Andersen made 18 saves.

“I think we’re pretty resilient and play the game the right way,” Noesen said.

Alex Ovechkin and Dylan Strome scored in regulation for the Capitals. Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots.

It was the first shootout for both teams this season. Carolina’s Brent Burns and Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov converted to begin the tiebreaker, but Svechnikov had the only other tally.

“Sometimes you’re on the right side of it and sometimes you’re not,” Capitals center Lars Eller said.

Svechnikov is 7 for 13 career in shootouts, with five game-deciding goals.

“It’s a flip of a coin, but we have to be happy to get the two points,” said Andersen, who stopped Ovechkin’s shootout attempt. “We don’t care how they come.”

Carolina won its second straight, including an overtime victory Saturday at Philadelphia.

Washington’s Marcus Johansson took a penalty late in the third period, and Eller went to the box for two minutes in overtime.

“It didn’t set up the way you wanted it to,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “We didn’t get a chance to win. It got to a shootout and they were better than us in the shootout.”

Ovechkin converted on a second-period power play with a shot from the left side, notching his 47th goal in 86 career games against Carolina.

Svechnikov got the Hurricanes even with 4:18 to play in the second.

Noesen’s deflection of Burns’ shot on a power play produced the first goal 4:27 into the game. It was the first goal for Noesen with Carolina – he was playing his 10th game since joining the organization in the summer of 2021.

Strome was relentless in front of the net and it paid off with his goal 1:23 into the second.

There were two stretches of 4-on-4 action in the third period but neither ended with a goal. A tripping penalty on Johansson gave the Hurricanes a power play for the final 1:55 of regulation.

“I would love to score on the power play there,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Not letting that affect the rest of our game was pretty solid.”

Washington entered overtime for the first time this season. Even with the extra five minutes, the Capitals had a season-low 20 shots.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong with the effort,” Eller said. “We had to fight in our own end. It’s just a fight to get (the puck) out sometimes.”

CAPITALS HURTING

Earlier in the day, the Capitals announced winger T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Oshie left in the first period of Washington’s victory at Nashville on Saturday night. The team said defenseman John Carlson, who also sat out at Carolina, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

That meant defenseman Matt Irwin made his season debut and center Connor McMichael was in Washington’s lineup for just the second time this season.

LET HER STAY UP

Noesen had 48 goals for Carolina’s American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago last season. He said a common thread for his goal-scoring efforts has been the presence of his 23-month-old daughter at games.

She attended Monday night.

“I think we need to change her bedtime and get her here more often,” Noesen said.

FAREWELL FOR A WHILE

The Capitals and Hurricanes won’t meet again until mid-February, with a Valentine’s Day game in Washington and then four nights later an NHL Stadium Series matchup across the street from the Raleigh arena at Carter-Finley Stadium.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Tuesday night at home vs. Vegas.

Hurricanes: Thursday night at Tampa Bay.

GRUNDSTROM SCORES 2, KINGS BEAT BLUES 5-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Carl Grundstrom scored two goals in Los Angeles’ four-goal second period, and the Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Monday night.

“Had a couple of chances there and it was nice to get two goals tonight,” Gundstrom said. “I just try to stay open. It’s always fun to score.”

Gabriel Vilardi, Anze Kopitar and Arthur Kaliyev also scored for the Kings, who have won three of four. Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots.

Alexey Toropchenko scored for St. Louis, which has lost five straight in regulation for the first time since Craig Berube took over as coach during the 2018-19 season.

“You gotta realize how tough it is to win in this league,” said Brayden Schenn. “And I don’t think we realize that right now.”

It is also the Blues’ worst skid since an 0-6-1 stretch from March 22 to April 5, 2021.

“We got outworked and outskated,” Berube said. “Not hungry enough, not desperate enough. They gotta want to dig in and play a lot harder than that. I mean, we’re not playing good hockey.”

Jordan Binnington started for St. Louis but was pulled midway through the second period after giving up five goals on 19 shots. Thomas Greiss came on and stopped all 11 shots he faced.

Los Angeles went up 1-0 when Vilardi tipped in the puck from the right side off a pass from Kevin Fiala with 6:48 left in the first.

The Kings pulled away with four goals in the first 10 minutes of the second. The first two goals looked the same. Grundstrom scored on a backdoor tip-in at 3:44 and Kpoitar followed with a tip-in goal at 5:06 that caused the Blues fan to boo loudly.

“Well, you’ve got to take what you’re given,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “I think early in the year, we were forcing some stuff and still getting rewarded. Tonight, we took what was there. You have to read quick and take what’s there. Our team did a better job tonight on that than we have.”

Kaliyev scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot at 7:39 and Grundstrom scored his second goal at 9:59 for a 5-0 lead, ending Binnington’s night.

Toropchenko got the Blues on the scoreboard when he poked in the puck on a rebound of his own shot 43 seconds later.

Opponents have outscored the Blues 25-8 during their losing streak.

“We just need to compete,” St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk said. “It’s not much, not enough effort from our group and that’s the bottom line. We need to find ways to get the energy to just compete, that’s all there is to it. There’s nothing else. Turnovers, whatever else there is, it all stems from not playing a hard enough game.”

SCORING TWO

Grundstrom had his second career two-goal game. The first came last Nov. 27 in a 4-2 win against Ottawa.

SPOTTED

St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marol was shown on the videoboard taking in the game.

MILESTONES

RW Vladimir Tarasenko played in his 614th game with the Blues, passing Hall of Famer Al MacInnis and tying Bob Plager for 12th most in franchise history. … McLellan notched his 100th victory as the Kings coach. “I wasn’t even aware of it. The next 100 will be a lot tougher than the first 100,” McLellan said. “I’m only worried about 101 which is tomorrow night in Dallas.”

INJURIES

Kings: C Quinton Byfield (illness) is listed day to day. … LW Alex Iafallo (lower body) was out.

Blues: LW Brandon Saad (upper-body) is listed day to do. He has missed the past four games. … D Marco Scandella (hip) and D Scott Perunovich (shoulder) were out.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Dallas on Tuesday night.

Blues: Host New York Islanders on Thursday night.

HCAC 2022 FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 9

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Miguel Robertson (Petaluma, Claif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Quarterback | Junior – Robertson tied a Rose-Hulman single-game school record with seven touchdowns despite leaving the game at halftime in a 76-35 win over Defiance. Robertson completed 23-of-29 passes for 324 yards with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions for an efficiency of 252.8. Robertson spread around the football, connecting with two touchdown passes each to Jailen Hobbs, Daniel Huery and Adam Tice-Saliu along with one TD to Alex Gresock.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Deshawn Starks (Lexington, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | Cornerback | Senior – Starks gave the Lions a 35-0 lead in just the first Quarter with a 95 yard interception return touchdown. Starks also added three tackles in the game.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Kyle Farfsing (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Kicker | Senior – Farfsing set a new MSJ school record Saturday converting on all 9 extra point attempts. Farfsing also added a pair of touchbacks in the Lions 70-21 victory.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Maalik Tucker (Fostoria, Ohio) Bluffton University | Running Back | Senior – Tucker powered the Beaver offense with 19 rushes for 109 yards and two scores as well as three receptions for 54 yards in a loss at HCAC-leading MSJ on Saturday.
  • Martin Michael (Nashville, Tenn.) Defiance College | Wide Receiver | Senior – Martin had a career day with just two catches in Saturday’s defeat at Rose-Hulman. His 83 yards with a long of 60 were both career-high marks for the Nashville product.
  • Kai Ross (Lizton, Ind.) Franklin College | Quarterback | Sophomore – Ross went 19-for-29 for 220 yards passing and recorded three total touchdowns for the Grizzlies in their win over Manchester on Saturday. He connected with seven different receivers on the afternoon.
  • DeMarion Newell (Gary, Ind.) Franklin College | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Newell was all over the place for the Franklin defense in their 24-6 win over Manchester, recording a team-high and career-high 10 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss.
  • Derek Baldin (St. John, Ind.) Franklin College | Kicker | Sophomore – Connected on a 25-yard field goal and was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra point attempts for the Grizzlies Saturday at Manchester. He handled the kick-offs for the day, totaling 295 yards on five kicks.
  • Austin Oppel (Brandenburg, Ky.) Hanover College | Running Back | Senior – Oppel led the Panthers to a 1-0 week with a win over Anderson. Oppel picked up 164 yards rushing including two touchdowns. He turned in a game long 63 yard run for a score.
  • Devonte Hardiman (Princeton, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | Senior – Hardiman led a Panther defensive effort that surrendered just three points and just 185 total yards of offense in a win at Anderson. The senior picked up three tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss for a combined 13 yards.
  • Yoann Kinanga (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Hanover College | Kicker | Sophomore – Kinanga led the Panthers in a victory over Anderson posting a perfect 5-for-5 mark in PAT tries. He also racked up 643 total yards on 10 kickoffs with six touch backs.
  • David Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Running Back | Sophomore – on 21 carries, Smith picked up 105 years and had one score.
  • Marvin Collins (Riviera Beach, Fla.) Manchester University | Defensive Line | Senior – Collins had 10 tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 17 yards.
  • Josh Taylor (Mt. Orab, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Quarterback | Junior – Taylor did his damage in the air this week, leading The Mount past Bluffton 70-21. Taylor played just the first half completing 10 of his 13 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 23 yards on the ground.
  • Kyle Farfsing (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Kicker | Senior – Farfsing set a new MSJ school record Saturday converting on all nine extra point attempts. Farfsing also added a pair of touchbacks in the Lions 70-21 victory.
  • Tyce Miller (Bargersville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Back | Senior – Miller snagged an interception and recovered a fumble to lead Rose-Hulman’s defensive effort in a 76-35 win over Defiance. Miller also had 1 pass breakup and 1 tackle on the day.
  • Jailen Hobbs (Spring Lake, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Wide Receiver / Kick Return | Junior – For the third straight week, Hobbs return a kick for a touchdown (78 yard kickoff in this case) as Rose-Hulman defeated Defiance 76-35. The effort caps a remarkable three weeks for Hobbs that included an 89-yard kickoff return touchdown at Bluffton; a school record 148 yards in punt returns, including a 51-yard TD, against Franklin; and the 78 yard touchdown in his only kickoff return against Defiance.

HCAC 2022 MEN’S SOCCER NOTEBOOK, WEEK 9

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Michael Abel (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | Junior – Abel led the Lions past Defiance in their last game of the season. Abel scored a pair of goals including a game-winning header in the 88th minute.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Salemi led the Panthers in a 0-0 draw with Rose-Hulman. The junior keeper played an impressive game in frame charting a game-high seven saves including a one handed point blank save.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Drew Vaughn (Beavercreek, Ohio) Anderson University | Defense | Junior – Vaughn recorded two steals and three intercepts in Anderson’s 2-1 victory against Earlham.
  • Stephen Fite (Cincinnati, Ohio) Anderson University | Midfield | Junior – Fite scored the game-winning goal in Anderson’s 2-1 victory against Earlham on Wednesday.
  • Benjamin Davidson (Greenville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Davidson did the damage with his second and third goals of the season, leading Bluffton a 3-1 win over Manchester in the regular-season finale on Tuesday while helping the Beavers clinch their first-ever HCAC tournament hosting opportunity.
  • Angel Velasco-Urbina (Louisville, Ky.) Bluffton University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Velasco-Urbina finished with one save as the Beavers controlled much of the action in a 3-1 win over Manchester on Tuesday.
  • Chase Stiner (St. Joseph, Ill.) Defiance College | Midfield | Senior – Stiner closed his career at Defiance with three scores in his final three games, including a score on a penalty kick in Wednesday’s defeat at Mount St Joseph. He also led Defiance in shots (six) and shots on goal (four).
  • Ian Rowe (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Tallied seven saves for the Griz on Wednesday night in a scoreless draw with Transylvania, picking up his first clean sheet of the year.
  • Coghlin Kumler (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Midfield | Senior – Kumler led the Panthers in a 0-0 draw with Rose-Hulman tying a team-high three shots, two of which landed on frame.
  • Michael Trinh (Fairfax, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Trinh recorded five saves in a scoreless draw at Hanover that secured Rose-Hulman the No. 1 seed in the HCAC Tournament and its fourth consecutive HCAC regular season championship.
  • Trent Fry (Cynthiana, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Fry had seven saves against Franklin in their 0-0 draw posting a clean sheet. 

HCAC 2022 VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 9 

thletes of the Week:

Offensive Athlete of the Week:

Grace Ward (Edgewood, Ky.) Transylvania University | Setter | Junior – Ward had 114 assists for the week in three games that were all 3-0 wins over MSJ for the HCAC regular season championship, DePauw, and No. 7 Washington University in St. Louis. She averaged 12.67 assists per set and is now the NCAA DIII number one for assists per set 11.01. She is also seventh on the NCAA rankings for total assists with the least number of sets played among those ahead of her. Her total for the year is 1,057.

Defensive Athlete of the Week:

Lily Ebright (Wichita, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | First-Year – Ebright averaged 6.63 digs per set (53 total) to lead Rose-Hulman to its two biggest wins of the season over Earlham and Hanover. Rose-Hulman went from potentially out of the HCAC Tournament to hosting a first round tourney game after the week that included 29 digs from Ebright at Hanover and 24 digs against Earlham.

Notable Performances:

Paige Massie (Alvada, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Massie hammered home a career-high 14 winners with just one error for a ridiculous .520 hitting percentage in Bluffton’s five-set loss to Earlham on Saturday.

Courtney Maxwell (Beavercreek, Ohio) Defiance College | Setter | First-Year – Maxwell closed her first year season on a strong note with a season-high 32 assists during Saturday’s victory over Franklin. Her passing aided a balanced Defiance attack that saw four different Yellow Jackets record better than five kills, and the team finished with a season-best 20.5 percent kill percentage.

Jaelyn Tomoletz (Perry, Ohio) Defiance College | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Tomoletz was instrumental to Defiance’s season-finale victory against Franklin. She accounted for four of the Yellow Jackets’ six team blocks on Saturday combined with two more from Wednesday’s match at Bluffton.

Maria Young (Bedford, Va.) Earlham College | Right Side | Junior – Young had a stellar week offensively with 48 kills in a 1-1 week for Earlham. Young led the Quakers in a four-set loss to Rose-Hulman on Wednesday with a game-high 17 kills and a .255 average. She then put up 31 kills with only six errors to lead the Quakers to a five-set win over Bluffton on Saturday.

Erin Wagner (Amarillo, Texas) Earlham College | Setter | Senior – Wagner recorded a pair of 23-dig performances over the week to help Earlham go 1-1 and secure the No.3 seed in the HCAC volleyball tournament. The senior also added 95 assists and a service ace.

Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Harmon led the Panthers to a 1-1 overall week posting 12 kills and a .313 hitting percentage in the team’s contest against Rose-Hulman. The senior finished with 20 kills.

Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Dunn led the Panthers to a 1-1 overall week as she picked up 38 total digs including a team-high 23 digs in the team’s contest against Rose-Hulman.

Morgan Whitaker (Milford, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Whitaker led the Lions this week with 19 kills through six sets played. Whitaker hit .256 as the Lions claimed a 1-1 record for the week.

Grace Young (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Middle Hitter | Junior – Young was dominant at the net this week for the Lions. Young registered nine total blocks in six sets including seven versus Manchester on Saturday.

Allie Fults (Centralia, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Middle Hitter | Junior – Fults recorded 23 kills and 10 blocks for the week to lead Rose-Hulman to its two biggest wins of the season over Earlham and Hanover. Rose-Hulman went from potentially out of the HCAC Tournament to hosting a first round tourney game after the week that included 13 kills and five blocks against Earlham – and 10 kills and four blocks against Hanover.

Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Over the last three games, Miller had 39 digs, with each game being a 3-0 win over MSJ, DePauw, and No. 7 Washington University in St. Louis. Miller had a huge game with 21 digs in the 3-0 win over No. 7 Wash U.

HCAC 2022 WOMEN’S SOCCER NOTEBOOK, WEEK 9

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Kerigan Pollard (Greenfield, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | Sophomore – Pollard netted two goals on two shots for the Lions last week. Pollard played just 23 minutes but her presence was felt as the Lions took down Defiance 7-0.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Evie Masters (Arcadia, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defense | Sophomore – Masters powered a Bluffton defense that did not allow a shot in Wednesday’s 4-0 shellacking of the Spartans at Manchester on Wednesday afternoon. She played all 90 minutes and put a shot on goal.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lillie Casey (Loveland, Ohio) Anderson University | Midfielder | Sophomore – Casey notched a goal and an assist in Anderson’s 2-2 tie against Earlham.
  • Emma White (St. Marys, Ohio) Bluffton University | Midfield | Senior – White scored Bluffton’s first goal in a 4-0 shutout at Manchester on Wednesday, helping Bluffton secure its second HCAC tournament berth in school history. She fired five shots, placing four on frame.
  • Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio) Hanover College | Defense | Senior – Dattilo led the Panthers to securing the HCAC regular season title in a 1-1 draw with Rose-Hulman. The senior provided the game tying blow in the 85th minute to propel Hanover to the top spot. She finished the contest with three shots, all of which landed on frame.
  • Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hinegardner led the Panthers to the HCAC regular season title in a 1-1 draw. The junior goalkeeper posted a game-high six saves through 90 minutes of work.
  • Kiana Martin (Portage, Mich.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Midfield | Junior – Martin scored Rose-Hulman’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw against Hanover that secured the Fightin’ Engineers the No. 2 seed in the HCAC Tournament and a first-round tournament bye.
  • Kiley McKee (Aurora, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defense | Senior – McKee had an assist on Rose-Hulman’s goal in a 1-1 draw at Hanover that secured a first round bye for the Engineers in the HCAC Tournament. The effort marked Rose-Hulman’s 14th consecutive game without a loss.
  • Audrey Rawls (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – In the win over Franklin, senior Audrey Rawls posted one goal and two assists to help lead the Pioneers to a 5-0 win.
  • Alyssa Montgomery (Danville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Montgomery had four saves her the game against Franklin in 22 minutes.

HCAC 2022-23 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NOTEBOOK, WEEK 4

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Blaise Swartwood (Honolulu, Hawaii) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Smartwood won the 200-butterfly (1:58.96), 200-individual medley (2:01.07) and 200-breaststroke (2:16.49) events as the Fightin’ Engineers defeated Wabash 186-110 in dual meet action on Friday.
Men’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Hayward posted a six-dive 1-meter diving score of 236.65 points to capture first during Saturday’s Halloween Invitational. He recorded an average of 39.44 points per dive.
Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Sami Monarch (Shelbyville, Ind.) Transylvania University | Senior – Monarch competed in a double dual meet with Wittenberg and Wilmington this weekend. Monarch notched a 33.05 second section of the 200 medley relay (won), won the 50 free in 28.66, 100m free was 104.48 for second place, and then won another relay with 200m freestyle contributing a 29.34.
Women’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Audrey Hankins (Lynn Haven, Fla.) Rose-Human Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Hankins won 1-meter diving at the Illinois Wesleyan Halloween Invitational with a score of 170.65 points to help Rose-Hulman place third as a team in the event.
 
 
Notable Performances:
Men’s

  • Reid Haney (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | First Year – Haney captured second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:07.89 during Saturday’s Halloween Invitational. Haney also competed on the 4×125 freestyle relay and the 4×50 freestyle relay.
  • John Dinkel (Alexandria, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Dinkel placed second in 1-meter diving (214.35) and in 3-metr diving (210.20) as Rose-Hulman defeated Wabash 186-110 in dual meet action on Friday.
  • Kole Brannock (Georgetown, Ky.) Transylvania University | First Year – Brannock helped the Pioneers to a 200 medley relay win with a 28.12, won the 100m backstroke in 1:00.92, and then won the 200m backstroke in 2:17.08.

Women’s

  • Lauryn Shane (Greentown, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Shane finished 14th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:07.45. She also competed on the 3×100 butterfly relay, 4×50 medley relay, and 3×100 medley relay.
  • Nora Logsdon (Upland, Calif.) Anderson University | First Year – Logsdon secured fourth in the 1-meter diving event, turning in a score of 120.25 points and an average of 20.04 points per dive.
  • Natalija Pumpurs (Woodbridge, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Pumpurs led Rose-Hulman’s third place finish at Illinois Wesleyan with a fifth place finish in the 200 Back and a third place finish in the 200 Free Relay.

RIVER STATES CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS SELECTED FOR OCT. 24-30

Jenkins is RSC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for fourth time

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Tyler Jenkins claimed the River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for the fourth time this season with his performance Oct. 24-30. 

Jenkins, from Barnesville, Ohio, won the RedStorm Classic home event with a time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds in the 5,000-meter race. That beat the field of 31 runners and gave him the weekly conference honor once again. It was the final meet before the RSC Championship Nov. 5 at IU Kokomo. He won the race by 23 seconds. 

Kerns chosen for RSC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Amarissa Kerns from University of Rio Grande (Ohio) was chosen for River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 24-30. 

A freshman from Lancaster, Ohio, Kerns won first place at the RedStorm Classic to claim the award. She did so with a time of 11 minutes, 59 seconds in the two-mile race. She won the race by 24 seconds and beat out the other 20 runners in the field. It was the final race before the RSC Championship Nov. 5 at IU Kokomo.

Silva selected for RSC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Gabriel Silva from No. 21-ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) earned River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for the third time this year. The most-recent accolade is for Oct. 24-30. 

Silva, a sophomore from Sao Luis, Brazil, had four goals and eight points in a 2-0 week for the RedStorm. He had a big hat trick to power Rio Grande to a 4-0 victory over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) All of that came on seven shots. He then had a the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Brescia (Ky.) to close out the regular season and keep the RedStorm undefeated in conference play. 

Rivera Paramio gets RSC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for fourth time

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — WVU Tech goalkeeper Lucas Rivera Paramio claimed the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for the fourth time. This award was for Oct. 24-30. 

Rivera Paramio, a junior from Zaragoza, Spain, made two shutouts last week as the Golden Bears went 2-0 on the week. He combined for three saves in the victories, which were 4-0 over Brescia (Ky.) and 3-0 over WVU Tech. Keeping the goals to a minimum helped the Golden Bears claim the RSC regular-season championship and postseason No. 1 seed on a tiebreaker from fewest goals conceded in conference play. 

Hoopingarner picks up RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Keely Hoopingarner earned River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 24-30. 

Hoopingarner, from Noblesville, Ind., had two goals in a 2-1 win over Carlow to start off the week. That staked the Cougars out to a 2-0 lead. She took seven shots versus Point Park (Pa.) during a 2-0 loss. She had 16 total shots for the week. Hoopingarner’s week put her in the conference scoring lead for goals and points. 

Thaler takes home RSC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — St. Mary-of-the-Woods goalkeeper Kaylee Thaler had a big week to claim River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance Oct. 24-30. 

Thaler, a senior, had a combined 20 saves in a 2-0 weekend for the Pomeroys. It was a pair of 1-0 victories for SMWC with Thaler playing a big role in each. She had nine saves in a 1-0 victory over Rio Grande (Ohio). She followed that up with another 11 saves in a 1-0 victory over Ohio Christian. She played all 90 minutes in both games. 

Shirley is RSC Volleyball Setter of the Week for fourth time

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East junior Reece Shirley picked up her fourth River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week honor presented by Brown & Brown Insurance this year. The latest award is for Oct. 24-30. 

Shirley, from Michigan City, Ind., put up 133 assists in three matches for an average of 13.30 assists per set. She also tallied 35 digs and posted a pair of double-doubles as the Red Wolves went 2-1 on the week. 

Shirley had a big match of 50 assists, four kills and 15 digs in a 3-1 victory over IU Kokomo. Her other double-double came with 44 assists and 12 digs in a 3-0 loss to St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.). She had started out the week with 39 assists and eight digs in a 3-0 win over IU Southeast. 

Sugiya snags RSC Volleyball Attacker of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University outside hitter Anju Sugiya claimed River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 24-30.

The Tokyo, Japan, native had 39 kills in two matches and hit .326 for the week. She averaged 5.57 kills per set to power the Eagles to a pair of RSC victories. She also had 39 digs for an average of 5.57 per set there as well. 

Sugiya posted 16 kills and 15 digs in just three sets while hitting .371 versus Brescia (Ky.). She then had 23 kills, 24 digs and a .300 percentage in a 3-1 victory over IU Southeast. 

Chavez chosen for RSC Volleyball Defender of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jocelyn Chavez from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College was chosen as the River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 24-30. 

Chavez had 65 digs in three matches and nine sets for an average of 7.22 per set. That helped the Pomeroys to a 2-1 record in conference play and a big win to finish off the week. 

She had a week-high 29 digs in a sweep of Ohio Christian. Then there were 21 digs in a 3-0 win over IU East. She started off the week with 15 digs in a loss to IU Kokomo. 

TOP INDIANA RELEASES/HEADLINES

GAME REWIND: PACERS 109, NETS 116

After knocking off the Nets with a record-setting performance on Saturday night, the Pacers fell into a big hole in the first half in Monday’s rematch, trailing by as many as 24. Still, Indiana didn’t give in, buoyed by a career night from second-year guard Chris Duarte, and even managed to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter.

But the Pacers (3-5) couldn’t quite get over the hump, as the Nets (2-5) held on down the stretch for a 116-109 victory to split a two-game set with Indiana.

Duarte’s performance was a major bright spot in the loss, as the 25-year-old Dominican busted out of an early-season shooting slump in a big way, dropping a career-high 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 from 3-point range).

“I got hot,” Duarte said after the game. “My teammates realized that. Big credit to my teammates who were looking for me, realized I was hot, and fed me.”

But on Halloween night, the Pacers looked spooked early, falling behind 48-24 less than 15 minutes into Monday’s contest. That poor start ultimately proved to be the difference.

The Nets surged ahead very early, using a 10-0 run to open up a 14-4 lead. The Pacers countered with an 8-2 spurt of their own, but Brooklyn remained in front for the remainder of the opening frame behind 13 first quarter points from Kevin Durant.

An 11-2 run to close the period gave the hosts a 33-18 lead heading into the second quarter.

Brooklyn built on that momentum at the start of the ensuing frame. Kyrie Irving scored 11 points and knocked down three 3-pointers as the Nets opened the quarter with a 15-6 run to push the margin to 24.

“Their level of desperation was really there,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “I thought (Nets head coach) Steve (Nash) really had them ready. They’ve got two guys out there that are just breathtaking playmakers and shotmakers.”

The Pacers showed some signs of life by scoring the next seven. Duarte provided a nice spark a short while later, scoring eight straight Indiana points with two threes and a dunk.

Brooklyn led 61-46 entering the final minute before the Blue & Gold mounted a late charge to close the half. Duarte buried another trey with 55.5 seconds left, then Isaiah Jackson stripped Durant at the top of the key and coasted to a breakaway slam. After another Nets turnover, Buddy Hield drilled a three with 11.6 seconds remaining in the half and just like that, a 24-point deficit was down to seven entering the intermission, with Indiana down just 61-54.

But the Nets quickly built their lead up after the break, drilling three threes as they opened the second half with an 11-1 run. Brooklyn led by 19 midway through the third quarter before Duarte and Bennedict Mathurin scored five points each to trigger a 10-0 Indiana run.

That duo kept the visitors in the game, as Duarte scored 15 and Mathurin added 11 in the quarter. Duarte’s 3-pointer just before the buzzer sounded trimmed the deficit to 92-85 entering the fourth quarter.

The Blue & Gold erased most of that deficit in a matter of a couple minutes, pulling within two on James Johnson’s jumper with 9:42 remaining. Indiana tied the game at 100 a couple minutes later on Duarte’s layup with 6:54 to play.

But on the other end, Nic Claxton put back an Irving miss to put Brooklyn back in front and then Durant added a jumper to give the Nets a four-point cushion. Brooklyn maintained a two-possession lead for the next several minutes until Mathurin’s jumper made it a 112-109 game with 1:43 to play.

The Pacers got a stop, but Tyrese Haliburton missed a jumper on the other end. Irving then drilled a jumper with 41.4 seconds remaining to push the lead back to five and, after another Haliburton miss, Durant sealed the game at the free throw line.

Hield finished with 22 points and seven assists for Indiana. Mathurin tallied 16 points off the bench, while Haliburton finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

Durant was brilliant on the other side for Brooklyn, scoring 36 points, collecting nine rebounds, and dishing out seven assists. Irving added 26 points, six boards, six assists, and four steals, while Claxton tallied 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks.

The Pacers will return to Indianapolis and have a few days off before returning to action. Indiana opens a four-game homestand on Friday night against Miami.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers had a season-high 24 turnovers on Monday, the most turnovers Indiana has had in a game since Dec. 1, 2018. Brooklyn turned those giveaways into 26 points.

After going 23-for-46 and setting a team record for 3-pointers in a game on Saturday, the Pacers went 0-for-12 from 3-point range in the first quarter on Monday. They bounced back somewhat from there, but still went just 11-for-39 (28.2 percent) on the night.

Hield topped 20 points for the third time in his last four games.

Mathurin reached double figures for the eighth straight game to open his NBA career. The rookie had just three points at halftime, but scored 13 in the second half.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Confidence definitely goes up, way up. Your shot is falling, you’re feeling good. You see a couple go in, you always think that every shot that you think is going to go in. You just heat-check every time.” -Duarte on how it felt to see his shots go down on Monday

“Definitely a confidence-booster. We’ve all been on him to stay after it, it’s going to go in. Glad to see it go in tonight and now we’ll keep building from here.” -Haliburton on Duarte’s breakout

“I know I had a big Dominican crowd here, Latino community here in New York. So I just raised my arm up showing them love. I know they’re here supporting me, which is big to me and it means a lot to me.” -Duarte on his reaction after his buzzer-beater to end the third quarter

“I feel like as a team we got better today. We went through adversity. Our disposition was a little bit lacking in the first quarter, but…I liked the way our guys responded tonight. Chris had it going on tonight. You should have just seen all the love getting poured into him and wanting to see him continue his success.” -Pacers forward James Johnson on learning from Monday’s game

“Tough and obviously very skilled. He just knows the game. And when he’s in the game, he’s a ball-mover and an energy-giver. He’s been great in the locker room with our guys just with messaging and making sure they’re always hearing the right things. Even when he’s not playing, he’s been really tremendous with that. And the last two games, he’s kept himself (ready) and he’s answered the bell and he’s played really good basketball.” -Carlisle on the impact of Johnson, a 13-year-veteran

Stat of the Night

Duarte’s 30 points surpassed his previous career high of 27, set in his NBA debut in Charlotte on Oct. 20, 2022. Entering Monday, the second-year guard had reached double figures just once in his first seven games this season, going 18-for-54 from the field and 8-for-27 from 3-point range. He went 10-for-15 from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc on Monday.

Noteworthy

Jackson exited shortly before halftime and did not return due to a sore left knee.

Pacers center Myles Turner returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Saturday’s game for injury management with his left ankle on the second night of a back-to-back. Turner tallied seven points and five rebounds in 20 minutes and also blocked two shots to give him 995 rejections for his career.

Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith missed his second straight game with a sore right foot. Duarte started in his place.

Up Next

After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 PM ET.

PURDUE BASKETBALL PREVIEW

(THE ALMANAC)

KEY DEPARTURES

JADEN IVEY (17.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg)

TREVION WILLIAMS (12.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.0 apg)

SASHA STEFANOVIC (10.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg)

ERIC HUNTER (6.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

DAVID JENKINS JR. (transfer, Utah)

FLETCHER LOYER (freshman, Homestead HS)

BRADEN SMITH (freshman, Westfield HS)

CAMDEN HEIDE (freshman, Wasatch Academy)

WILL BERG (freshman, Sweden)

A year ago, Matt Painter and the Purdue Boilermakers were considered a legit Final Four threat, maybe even national championship material. They had a high-lottery pick in Jaden Ivey, a couple of talented bigs in Trevion Williams and Zach Edey alongside enough quality role players to make a deep tourney run. Instead, they bowed out to Cinderella Saint Peter’s in the Sweet 16. Now, Ivey and Williams are gone. So is veteran Sasha Stefanovic. The two point guards, Eric Hunter Jr. and Isaiah Thompson, both transferred out of the program. As such, it’s a completely different cast for Painter. He still has Edey back in the fold, and there are other returning players who got time a year ago: guys like Mason Gillis, who started 25 games, and Caleb Furst, who started a dozen. Ethan Morton averaged 15 minutes a game. There are also plenty of new faces. Painter and his staff brought in four freshmen, and three should be in the rotation. He brought in a key transfer in well-traveled David Jenkins Jr. (South Dakota State, UNLV, Utah), and Painter also has a couple of guys who redshirted a year ago ready to make an impact. But life without Ivey and Williams will obviously look different. Ivey was electric and could make something out of nothing. Williams could score, rebound and pass out of the post at a high level. Meanwhile, Stefanovic shot 38 percent from deep last season. How do they bounce back?

ROAD TO SUCCESS

Painter loves his frontcourt. The 7-4 Edey, who took up basketball in 2017, only logged 19 minutes a game last season because he couldn’t co-exist on the court with fellow big Williams. Now, Edey should get 30 minutes a night as long as he stays out of foul trouble. “I think he’s an All-American,” Painter said. “One of the best players in the country. And I think our four frontcourt guys are as good collectively as just about anyone’s four up front.” Furst played a lot early last season as a freshman, but then his minutes were cut as the season progressed. The 6-10 sophomore is versatile, can shoot well and should see time at both the 4 and 5 this year. Trey Kaufman-Renn redshirted last season, and the skilled 6-9 forward is another threat to step out and make shots from the perimeter. He’s added strength, so Kaufman-Renn can play both the 4 and the 5 as well. Another freshman, 7-2 Swede Will Berg, likely won’t see much time this season because of Edey, but Painter loves his upside due to his size and ability to stretch the defense. The trio of Edey, Furst and Kaufman-Renn should make Purdue difficult to defend up front. Edey is a monster, and is nearly impossible to stop when he gets the ball in the post. Both Furst and Kaufman-Renn should fare well alongside Edey because of their ability to space the floor. If teams double Edey, they can knock down open shots. If you don’t double Edey, prepare to get scored on inside. While Purdue won’t be able to replace Ivey on the perimeter, the Boilermakers do possess skill and depth at the guard and wing spots. Gillis was a key contributor a year ago, when he started 18 league games, shot a sizzling 45 percent from deep and averaged 6.6 points and 5.0 boards per game. Gillis is the ideal Painter player: he plays hard, defends, can feed Edey in the post and also makes shots. Brandon Newman averaged 8.0 points per game and shot 38 percent from 3 as a redshirt freshman two years ago, but he struggled last season. Painter is hopeful that the 6-5 junior guard can regain the form and just play his role: a shooter who defends and rebounds. Ethan Morton is ultra-versatile and has shown the ability to play and defend multiple positions, from the point to the 4-spot. Morton only averaged 2.4 points last season, but he’s able to make shots from deep, can guard and makes quality decisions with the ball in his hands. True freshman Cam Heide only played three games as a senior at Wasatch Academy due to a foot injury, but Painter expects the 6-6 wing to take on an immediate role due to his size, athleticism and ability to shoot. Redshirt freshman Brian Waddell tore his ACL and MCL last October, but the long and efficient 6-7 son of ex-Purdue grad Craig Waddell should be ready for the start of the season.

POTENTIAL POTHOLES

Who emerges as the point guards? “There’s uncertainty at the position,” Painter admitted. “But it’s not that we don’t have people who can do it. It’s just we haven’t seen it from them yet.” Purdue went after guys in the transfer portal. Nijel Pack (Miami) and Tyrese Hunter (Texas) took the NIL bags and went elsewhere. Now, Painter may have to rely on freshmen to run the team. Braden Smith is an in-state kid who is tough, can really pass and possesses all the intangibles. But he’s a freshman and is also coming off a couple of significant foot injuries. The hope is that Smith can shoulder the load. The backup plan is using the versatile junior Morton, plus Jenkins and another frosh, Fletcher Loyer, in a playmaking-by-committee strategy. Morton is a jack-of-all-trades guy while Jenkins has been a scorer his entire college career, so it may be difficult to transform his mentality at this point. Loyer is also more of a scorer than a facilitator. That means the key to the team could be the play of Smith. A year ago, the point guard position wasn’t exactly a strength, but Purdue had enough high-caliber players to make up for the deficiencies. This season, Smith and the other point guards will have shooters and Edey down low — but there isn’t a playmaker like Ivey. That’s the question besides point guard play for this group. Who steps forward and can get a bucket with the shot clock running down or with the game on the line?

THE X-FACTOR

Jenkins spent his first two seasons at South Dakota State and averaged 19.7 points as a sophomore. After sitting out a year, he put up 14.8 points in the Mountain West for UNLV before having his worst offensive campaign a year ago — just 8.5 points per game at Utah. Jenkins has shot 41 percent from downtown in his career and has been known as a scorer. The biggest question for him this season is whether he can morph into a true combo guard and fill a significant void: a veteran guard who can run the team at times. “He’s the wild card for us,” Painter said. “I don’t want to take away his ability to score, but we need someone to be able to shore up some point guard responsibilities.”

THE OUTLOOOK

It’s difficult not to have confidence that Painter will figure it out, even after losing three of his top four scorers from a team that went 29-8 overall and was ranked No. 1 in the country at one time. The Boilermakers have gone to the NCAA Tournament seven straight years, and 13 of the past 15 seasons. But it’s also tough to win without a high-level point guard or a big-time playmaker. Sure, the Boilermakers have one of the best big men in the country — but it’s not 1990, or even 2010. Bigs just don’t hold the same value anymore, especially 7-4 bigs who don’t do much damage away from the basket. The good news for Purdue is that they have some nice pieces, plenty of depth and Matt Painter. But it’s difficult to see the Boilermakers as much more than a first-weekend NCAA Tournament team unless Smith (or someone else) establishes himself as an upper-tier Big Ten point guard.

BUTLERMBB CLOSES EXHIBITION PORTION OF THE SCHEDULE TUESDAY NIGHT AT HINKLE

The Bulldogs have their final prep for the 2022-23 season Tuesday night as Butler welcomes Davenport to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. exhibition tip.

Butler (0-0) vs. Davenport (0-0)

Tuesday, Nov. 1;  7PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: None

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FIRST AUDITION: Butler came away with a 75-65 win over Tiffin Saturday night in the team’s first exhibition contest.

SOPHOMORE JUMP: Seventeen of Simas Lukosius’s game-high 20 points came in the second half Saturday against Tiffin. He went 7-for-10 from the field overall.

OLD FACES IN NEW PLACES: Graduate transfers Eric Hunter Jr. and Manny Bates had 17 and 16 points, respectively, against Tiffin. Bates went 7-for-12 from the field and had a team-best eight rebounds in his unofficial Butler debut. Hunter was 6-for-13 from the field and had four assists.

MISSING OUT: The Bulldogs were without Jalen Thomas, John-Michael Mulloy and Ali Ali against Tiffin due to various injuries.

WELCOME BACK TO THE NEW GUY: Thad Matta has returned to his alma mater to lead the Bulldogs. Matta also led the Bulldogs as the head coach during the 2000-01 season and served three seasons as Barry Collier’s top assistant for the three seasons prior to that. The 1990 Butler graduate played three seasons for the Bulldogs after transferring from Southern Illinois.

In his 17 years as a college head coach, which includes stints at Butler, Ohio State and Xavier, Matta possesses an incredible record of 439-154 (.740). Matta’s teams won 20 or more games in 16 of those 17 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 13 times.

Matta is a combined 70-26 in the first season at each of his previous head coaching stops (Butler in 2000-01, Xavier in 2001-02, and Ohio State in 2004-05), winning at least 20 games in each of those seasons.

LOOKING FOR THREE IN A ROW: Chuck Harris led Butler in scoring as both a freshman (2020-21) and a sophomore (2021-22). He looks to become the first Bulldog to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons since Kellen Dunham (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16). During the 2020-21 season, Harris was the first freshman to lead the Bulldogs in scoring since Tony Warren in the 1979-80 season.

PLAYING ABROAD: The Bulldogs went 4-0 on a European foreign tour over the summer, winning two games in Rome and another two games in Athens. Butler was abroad August 2-12.

PRESEASON PICKS: BIG EAST coaches have voted Butler eighth in the conference’s preseason poll, while Butler junior Chuck Harris was named Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.

NEW FACES: The Bulldogs added four transfers and one true freshman over the offseason in Eric Hunter Jr. (Purdue), Manny Bates (North Carolina State), Jalen Thomas (Georgia State) and Ali Ali (Akron). Three (Hunter, Thomas and Ali) were members of 2022 NCAA Tournament teams. Both Thomas and Ali are currently out due to injury.

Connor Turnbull joins the Bulldogs after earning Class 6 All-State honors from the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association following both his junior and season seasons. Pierce Thomas redshirted for the Bulldogs during the 2021-22 campaign, but will suit up for Butler this season in the first of his four seasons of eligibility.

TOUGH SLATE: Butler’s schedule includes 20 BIG EAST conference games as the league plays a true home-and-home round robin schedule. Butler will open the Battle 4 Atlantis with Tennessee, ranked No. 11 in both the preseason AP and coaches polls. The field also includes No. 5 Kansas, No. 24/25 Dayton, and USC, which is receiving votes in both polls. Butler will host Kansas State at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, and will travel to Penn State (Gavitt Games) and California during the non-conference portion of the schedule.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs officially open the 2022-23 season Monday night (Nov. 7), hosting New Orleans at Hinkle Fieldhouse. A limited number of tickets are still available.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS WHEELING UNIVERSITY IN EXHIBITION GAME TUESDAY

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team will make its first appearance of the 2022-23 season Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena when the Cardinals host Wheeling University in exhibition play.

The Cardinals’ roster includes five newcomers and seven returnees this season. Ball State returns All-Mid-American Conference selections Ally Becki (11.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Thelma Dis Agustsdottir (10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Becki was also tabbed to the 2022 All-MAC Tournament Team and was recently selected to the Preseason All-MAC First Team squad.

Joining Becki and Agustsdottir from the 2021 roster will be Anna Clephane (16.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Annie Rauch (6.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Marie Kiefer (6.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Estel Puiggros (5.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg) and Madelyn Bischoff (3.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg).

Ball State welcomes three true freshmen to the team in Hana Mühl, Ana Barreto and Sydney Bolden along with two transfers this season in Sydney Shafer and Alex Richard.

Tonight’s contest marks the first-ever meeting between Wheeling University and Ball State. The Cardinals defeated Oakland City in an exhibition game last season on Nov. 3, 2021, by a score of 122-26.

The Cardinals ended last season with a successful run at the 2022 MAC Tournament in Cleveland by knocking off No. 4 seed Northern Illinois and No. 1 seed Toledo to reach the title game where Ball State fell to No. 2 seed Buffalo, 79-75. Ball State also made its seventh WNIT appearance under current head coach Brady Sallee and 10th overall.

Sallee enters his 11th season at the helm of the Cardinals, already the winningest coach in program history. He touts a record of 183-132 (.580) in just 10 seasons and has guided Ball State to seven postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournaments, a WNIT Final 16 appearance, a Mid-American Conference West Division title (2014), nine MAC Tournament appearances and five 20-plus win seasons, a feat no head coach at Ball State had done before him.

Sallee has also coached the program’s all-time leading scorer Nathalie Fontaine (2,166), all-time rebounder Oshlynn Brown (1,106) and the all-time assists leader Carmen Grande (697).

Ball State officially opens the 2022-23 season on the road at Tennessee Tech on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm ET. After that, the Cardinals return home for its annual Field Trip Day on Monday, Nov. 14 at 11 am ET against IU East.

CARDINALS-GOLDEN FLASHES SET FOR TUESDAY NIGHT MACTION

MUNCIE, Ind. – As the calendar flips to November, midweek MACtion makes its triumphant return to the national landscape of college football. Ball State kicks off the annual slate of games with a primetime matchup with Kent State Tuesday night under the lights at 7 p.m. ET.

The Cardinals and Golden Flashes each enter with identical records in Mid-American Conference play as they contend in their respective divisions. A win for either side could go a long way in determining who will compete for a conference championship.

“Everything is on the line for both of these programs,” head coach Mike Neu said. “They’re 2-2 in the MAC just like we’re 2-2 in the MAC. They’re in the East and we’re in the West, but they’re going to be hungry just like we’re hungry. They played in the MAC championship game last year and were picked by a lot to win the East this year.”

Ball State has won 16 of its last 20 matchups with Eastern Division foe Kent State. All four of those wins by the Golden Flashes, however, have come in the last nine duels. Kent State has won the last three times these teams have met at Dix Stadium and touts at 12-game home winning streak overall.

The last loss by the Golden Flashes on their home turf was in 2019 to Miami, also the same year that the Cardinals last visited Dix Stadium, which was a 41-38 shootout in favor of the home team.

The winner of this game has scored at least 30 points in nine of the last 10 cross-divisional matchups, dating back to 1996.

“Everything is right in front of us,” Neu added. “Everything is on the other side of hard. We’re right in the thick of things just like every team in the MAC is right now. Everybody’s jam-packed right in the thick of everything. What the awesome thing is about the Mid-American Conference is in these midweek MACtion games, it can change every single week with every single game.

“We’ve just got to focus on us. I told every one of our guys that we’ve got everything that we want right in front of us, but we’ve got to make sure that we play our best football when it matters the most.”

Tuesday night’s game will be broadcast on the airwaves with Voice of the Cardinals Mick Tidrow, Haven Fields and Jack McMullen on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network, WLBC and SiriusXM 970. The game will be televised on ESPNU with Noah Reed and Rocky Boiman describing the action.

Inside the Series: Kent State

Ball State and Kent State are slated to meet for the 30th time in series history Tuesday night in Ohio. The Cardinals tout a 21-8 advantage overall and 9-5 on the road in the series. However, the Golden Flashes have taken the last three decisions inside its home stadium.

Head coach Mike Neu is 5-1 against Kent State, including 4-0 as a player (1990-93) and 1-1 as a head coach (2018-19). In those six matchups, the Cardinals have scored 28 points in all but five, which was a 10-6 win in 1992.

Coach Neu on Kent State…

“They’re great at home. They’ve done a great job at protecting their house. With Coach (Sean) Lewis and the ‘Flash Fast’ – the tempo in which they play offense with – they’ve got some explosive playmakers in their running back (Marquez) Cooper, wide receiver (Dante) Cephus and their quarterback Collin Schlee. Defensively, they’ve been a team that’s delivered when they needed it the most. It’s going to be a battle and a tough challenge to go on the road there, especially with a team that’s done so well at home.”

Defense Bringing the Juice

Ball State’s defense has been impressive over its last three games and is on a roll heading into November. Since Oct. 8, the Cardinals have allowed just 19.0 points per game, which is tied for the second-lowest in the MAC during that span with Miami. Only Buffalo (13.7) has produced a better mark.

In the last three games, Ball State has recorded 21 tackles-for-loss, including 11 sacks, and allowed just 178.7 yards through the air. In the five previous games, the Cardinals had 22 tackles-for-loss and five sacks while allowed 230.6 passing yards per game.

The Race to 30

Since 2015, midweek #MACtion has had a good indicator in determining a winner. Over the last seven-plus years, the first team to score 30 points is 90-4 in league games played between Tuesday-Thursday, good for a 95.7 win percentage. In that span, there have only been 25 games (out of 119) that a winner has not scored at least 30 points. In fact, the last time a winner of a midweek #MACtion game to not score at least 30 points was Ball State in the 2021 regular season finale vs. Buffalo (20-3) that clinched a bowl berth for the second consecutive season.

NO. 9 IRISH ROUTE TRUMAN STATE 92-47 IN EXHIBITION CONTEST

Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey is confident she has an incredibly deep roster, and that assessment held true in Notre Dame’s first, though unofficial, outing this season.

On Monday, the Irish hosted Truman State for their sole exhibition game heading into the 2022-23 season. Ninth-ranked Notre Dame came away with a dominant 92-47 victory, and all nine scholarship players scored on the night.

The evening was jump-started by a lights-out first quarter during which Notre Dame was 14-22 from the floor. The Irish had a 32-14 lead after 10 minutes.

Sonia Citron, the 2022 ACC Rookie of the Year, picked up right where she left off, leading the team with 17 points and 14 rebounds. She crashed the glass at nearly every turn, often tossing the ball back up or making acrobatic passes back outside to her teammates.

Texas graduate transfer Lauren Ebo had an impressive first showing in an Irish uniform, coming off the bench and scoring 14 points. Had Monday’s contest been a regular season game, it would have been her 25th career performance scoring in double figures.

“It was really exciting,” Ebo said of her inaugural public appearance at Notre Dame. “I love being out there with my teammates. I’m looking forward to bright things as we move forward this season.”

Ivey picked up another forward this offseason with the departure of former Irish big Maya Dodson: Oregon transfer Kylee Watson. The 6-4 junior made the start down low, shooting 7-12 on the day and finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Thanks in large part to both Ebo and Watson, Notre Dame had 58 points in the paint.

Freshman newcomer KK Bransford played nearly 23 minutes and showed she can make an immediate impact. A fierce competitor, her physicality showed as she fired up shot after shot down the lane, seemingly unphased by contact. Bransford also hit a three-pointer for the first time in an Irish uniform, one which unsurprisingly was met with an explosion of cheers from the bench.

“She’s done a really great job with her transition to our program,” Ivey said. “She has a very high IQ, she’s just trying to figure out her spots, find herself and get a rhythm within the offense. I felt like she found it in the fourth quarter.

“Every game, she’s going to get more and more comfortable.”

On the defensive side, Ivey was happy with her team’s performance. Defense has been a huge focus for the group this offseason, and a suffocating 47-point performance from the Bulldogs showed Ivey progress is being made. Truman State shot the three relatively well on the night, going 9-28 from beyond the arc.

Notre Dame’s first formal appearance of the 2022-23 campaign will come on Monday, Nov. 7, as the Irish host Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on ACCNX.

MATCH 17 PREVIEW: CLEMSON (ACC FIRST ROUND)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish open postseason play at Clemson in a pivotal 8-9 matchup at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Riggs Field. The match will air on ACCN.

NOTRE DAME vs. CLEMSON

Location: Clemson, South Carolina | Riggs Field

TV: ACCN

Live Stats: Click Here

Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer

Game Notes: vs. Clemson

IRISH IN THE ACC TOURNEY

• Notre Dame has an overall ACC Tournament record of 13-6-3 and has reached at least the quarterfinal round in all nine seasons in the league.

• The Irish are the defending ACC champs, winning the 2021 title for the first time in program history. Notre Dame didn’t allow a goal over four matches and defeated Duke by a score of 2-0 in the final.

• Notre Dame has reached the semifinal round or beyond in the ACC Championship in six of its nine seasons as a conference member.

• The Irish have made two appearances in the conference tournament finals.

• The Irish have won at least one match in all nine ACC Championship appearances.

• Prior to joining the ACC, Notre Dame won three Big East Tournament titles and three MCC (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) titles.

THE CLEMSON SERIES

• The Irish and Tigers will meet on the pitch for the 13th time on Wednesday.

• Notre Dame holds a lead in the all-time series with a record of 6-4-2.

• The Irish and Tigers played twice last season with Notre Dame holding a record of 1-0-1.

• In the regular season matchup, the Irish defeated Clemson 2-0 at Riggs Field. Both of Notre Dame’s goals came in the second half, as Daniel Russo and Matthew Roou both scored.

• The Tigers advanced past the Irish in the College Cup semifinals on penalties in the second meeting, winning the shootout 5-3.

DAN THE MAN

• Daniel Russo is in the best form of his life at the moment, scoring four goals over the last two matches.

• Russo leads the team this season with six goals, setting a career high for goals in a season.

• The junior scored the first hat trick of his career in the comeback win over Michigan, all coming in the second half.

FIRST HALF DOMINANCE

• The Irish are outscoring the opposition 15-7 over the opening 45 minutes of play this season.

• Notre Dame has given up just five goals from open play in the first half of matches this season, the other two goals coming from penalties.

• The Irish are currently 5-0-0 when holding a lead at the half.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

• Notre Dame has won every match in which it has scored multiple goals, going 7-0-0 when putting two or more goals on the scoreboard in 2022.

• The Irish are a perfect 7-0-0 when scoring first in matches this season.

• Twelve different Notre Dame players have scored a goal this season.

• Eight players have recorded multiple assists through 16 games, with Daniel Russo leading the Irish with four assists on the season.

• Of the 16 Notre Dame players that have recorded starts this season, nine have been either freshmen or sophomores.

100 CLUB

• With a win over UIC, McFarland Family Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chad Riley recorded the 100th victory of his head coaching career.

• Riley is the fifth head coach in program history to reach the 100-win mark for their career.

• Fifty-one of Riley’s wins have come at Notre Dame while 51 came in his five-year stint at Dartmouth.

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.

• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.

• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).

• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.

• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.

SYCAMORES HOST TUSCULUM FOR TUESDAY NIGHT EXHIBITION IN HULMAN CENTER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – It’s a new year for Indiana State basketball as the Sycamores open up the exhibition season against Tusculum University on Tuesday, November 1. Tipoff time for the exhibition is set for 7 p.m. ET inside the Hulman Center.

Live stats for the game will be provided via GoSycamores.com. Due to the nature of the exhibition, the game will not be broadcast on ESPN+ or 105.5 The Legend.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana State and Tusculum have never met each other on the hard court in their respective program histories.

TUSCULUM CONNECTION

Tusculum is a familiar opponent for ISU head coach Josh Schertz as the Pioneers competed against Schertz’s Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters in South Atlantic Conference action. Schertz is 29-4 lifetime against the Pioneers dating back to the 2008-09 season. Four ISU players have connections to Tusculum throughout their careers with Courvoisier McCauley, Cameron Henry, and Xavier Bledson all playing against the Pioneers during their careers at LMU. Trenton Gibson transferred to the Sycamores this year after a four-year career with the Pioneers.

TUSCULUM AT A GLANCE

Tusculum finished third overall in the 2021-22 South Atlantic Conference standings after posting a 19-8 overall record with a 19-5 mark in SAC play. The Pioneers earned the No. 3 seed in last year’s SAC Tournament, but Tusculum bowed out of the postseason following a 60-59 upset by Newberry in the quarterfinal round.

Gone is do-everything point guard Trenton Gibson (now on Indiana State), but the Pioneers return junior forward Inady Legiste as the team’s leading scorer (9.9 ppg) and shot blocker (38 blocks) heading into the year. Forward Justin Mitchell is the team’s leading returning rebounder with 5.0 boards per game while contributing 8.9 points on the offensive end. Head Coach J.T. Burton became the 28th coach in Tusculum history in March 2018 and guided the Pioneers to their first NCAA Tournament win in 2021.

HULMAN CENTER UPGRADES

The Sycamores will be unveiling the completed upgrades to the Hulman Center throughout the 2022-23 season. A nearly two-year renovation project added several updates to the building including a new exterior facade and a glass entrance at the south end that adds square footage and event/meeting space. Light through the glass changes the feel of the building. Previously, the bowl was closed off. From the outside and upon entering, people will be able to glimpse the bowl and the building’s high-energy events.

A new multi-purpose suite overlooking a new court as well as an open-faced area on the south end of the arena are immediately noticeable. Fans will enjoy new restrooms and concession stands while walking the new concourse area, while instantly noticing the new lighting for the court and an improved sound system. Prior to the start of the 2022-23 season,  a series of new scoring, message, and video boards was installed at the Hulman Center culminating with new center-hung scoreboard over midcourt in the arena. The project was made possible entirely through private funding thanks to a $2 million gift from the Hulman-George family.

2022-32 RETURN TRIPS

Several familiar faces dot the 2022-23 nonconference schedule as the Sycamores feature five returners from last season. ISU will feature four teams making the return trip to the Hulman Center this winter, while the Sycamores will hit the road once to close out the home-and-home contracts.

Return Trips

2022-23                                         2021-22 (Results)

Nov. 7 vs. Green Bay                    Nov. 9 at GB – W, 81-77

Nov. 12 vs. Ball State                    Nov. 27 at BSU – L, 97-75/

Nov. 17 vs. North Dakota State     Dec. 13 at NDSU – L, 77-70

Dec. 3 at Miami (Ohio)                  Dec. 4 vs. MOH – W, 69-68

Dec. 22 vs. Northern Illinois          Dec. 22 – Canceled (Covid)

NEWCOMERS TO THE SCHEDULE

The Sycamores 2022-23 schedule features three newcomers to the schedule as Indiana State will host Trinity Christian, while traveling to Southern Indiana and Duquesne. All three contests are first-time matchups between the programs. The Nov. 27 contest against Trinity Christian marks Indiana State’s lone regular season contest against a non-Division I member as Trolls are current NAIA members. The Dec. 11 contest at Southern Indiana marks ISU’s lone game against an Ohio Valley Conference member. The Dec. 17 game at Duquesne is ISU’s lone contest vs. the A-10

2022-23 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE FORMAT

With the addition of Belmont, Murray State, and UIC to the Missouri Valley Conference, the Sycamores will now play 20 conference games in an unbalanced schedule format. The Sycamores schedule will feature home-and-home contests with nearly every member of the MVC this season except for both Bradley and Belmont. ISU will host Bradley on January 18, while the Sycamores will make the trip to Belmont on February 22.

BRINGING BACK EXPERIENCE

Despite losing seven letterwinners to the transfer portal, Indiana State finds itself in a favorable position as the Sycamores return four starters (Cooper Neese, Cameron Henry, Kaile Stephens, Julian Larry) from last year’s squad — the only institution among the league’s 12 members to do so. The Sycamores also return six of their top seven scorers from the 2021-22 season with Cooper Neese (15.0), Cameron Henry (14.3), Kailex Stephens (9.8), Xavier Bledson (9.1), Zach Hobbs (6.3) and Julian Larry (5.7) all back in the mix for playing time this year.

WELCOME THE NEWCOMERS

The Sycamores roster welcomes nine newcomers to the floor in the 2022-23 season highlighted by five players with extensive NCAA experience. Joining the Sycamores roster this season include a trio of graduate transfers coming to Indiana State. Guard Courvoisier McCauley (DePaul), Trenton Gibson (Tusculum), and Cade McKnight (Truman State) all come to the Sycamores after graduating from their previous institutions. Guard Masen Miller (Truman State) and wing Jayson Kent (Bradley) come to the Sycamores with three years of eligibility remaining. ISU’s roster also features four freshman with the addition of the highly-touted center Robbie Avila, as well as guards Rob Martin, Jaden Schertz, and Isaac Holmes.

PURDUE FORT WAYNE WVB TRAVELS NORTH FOR MATCH AT MILWAUKEE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team is back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 1) with a match at Milwaukee at 7 p.m. ET.

Game Day Information

Who: Milwaukee

When: Tuesday, November 1 | 7 PM ET

Where: Milwaukee, Wis. | Klotsche Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Know Your Foe

Milwaukee is 8-17, 7-7 in Horizon League action. Since playing the Mastodons in September, the Panthers are 6-7 and are riding a three-match losing streak. The Panthers fell at Youngstown State and to Northern Kentucky and Wright State. The Panthers are led by three hitters that average more than 2.00 kills per set. Ari Miller is averaging a team-best 3.17 kills per set from the middle.

Series History

Milwaukee leads the all-time series against the Mastodons 7-2, including six-straight wins. The Mastodons have not beaten the Panthers since 2010, before the two were Horizon League foes. The ‘Dons won the first game in the series, which came in 1989 in Marquette, Michigan.

Jack(son) of All Trades

Ramei Jackson had one of the best individual performances in Mastodon history against Robert Morris on October 29. She had 19 kills while hitting a scorching .708. This was the third-highest hitting percentage of any Mastodon with at least 20 attempts in a match.

Pocket Aces (Plus Some!)

Nikki Jones had six aces in Purdue Fort Wayne’s four-set win over Robert Morris on October 29. It was the fourth-most in program history in four-set matches. It is the most aces in a match since Katie Crowe had six against Youngstown State in February of 2021.

Reigning Player of the Week

Rachael Crucis was named one of the Horizon League Players of the Week on October 26. She led the Mastodons to a four-set win over IUPUI, recording 27 digs. She had the Horizon League’s best 6.75 digs per set for the week. She helped hold IUPUI to .153 hitting for the match, including a .050 clip in the opening set.

That’s a Lot of Digs!

The Mastodons had a season-high 91 digs in their match at Cleveland State (Oct. 14), recording 23 more than the Vikings in that contest.

Sidney Slammer

Sidney Schiller had 20 kills in the Mastodons’ three-set match against Wright State. It was a career-high for Schiller in three-set matches. It was just two shy of her career-high in matches of any length.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a 3-1 win over Robert Morris on Saturday (Oct. 29) behind the arm of Ramei Jackson.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will head south for a duo of Horizon League matches at Northern Kentucky and Wright State.

EAGLES WELCOME TOMMIES FOR FINAL HOME MATCH

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer finishes their home season on Wednesday, November 2, as they host St. Thomas University at Strassweg Field for a 2pm kickoff. The Screaming Eagles are currently 1-11-3, 1-4-1 Summit League, and finish their season on the road in Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on Oral Roberts University on November 5 at 1pm.

USI and Western Illinois University fought to a tough 1-1 draw on October 26. Both defenses were stellar in the first half. The Eagles had a chance to take advantage of a hand ball inside the box which sent the Leathernecks down to 10 men. The Eagles weren’t able to convert on the penalty. Western Illinois then went down and took the lead. USI was able to equalize as sophomore Mical Hardtman (Hamilton Parrish, Bermuda) put a ball from a corner to the top of the box where graduate Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) controlled it and curled a beautiful ball into the bottom left-hand corner. USI had multiple chances to win the match, but the Western Illinois defense kept the Eagles at bay.

The Eagles have been trying to find their rhythm up front all year long. Coming into the season the man watch up front was junior Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri). Barton came into the season with 20 career goals and sat tied for 10th all-time at USI and was looking to climb the rankings. He has just one goal on the year but is leading the team in shots and shots on goal with 21 and 13. Newcomer Faddis is leading the team in goals with three while senior Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) and sophomore Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri) each have two.

USI Head Coach Mat Santoro has been very consistent with his starting lineups this season. Santoro has eight outfield players that have double digit starts this season and four of those have started every game they have played. Faddis and senior Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri) have started all 15 games while Walsh has the most minutes played with 1249. Freshmen Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) and Ednilson Voiles (Jeremie, Haiti) are the other two who have started every game they have played, both have played and started in 14 games. Kirchhofer missed the Western Illinois match due to suspension after receiving a double yellow card against Lindenwood University while Voiles missed the match with Chicago State University.

Junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) has been the main man in net for the Ealges. Meissner has started 14 out of the teams 15 games. Meissner has allowed 32 goals this season while making 64 saves and has faced 205 shots. Meissner was the man in net when USI has their lone clean sheet of the season at the University of Evansville. The Eagle’s defense has allowed two or less goals in 10 out of the 15 matches. This has come from a very consistent backline of Walsh, junior Travis Sides (Evansville, Indiana), and sophomore Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada). The USI defense has also seen starts from Hardtman, sophomore Aevar Ofjord (Grindavik, Iceland), senior Luke Lindsay (Plymouth, Minnesota), and junior Marky Lara (Evansville, Indiana).

The Summit League

Summit League play continued last week on Wednesday as USI and Western Illinois came to a draw, 1-1, while the University of Nebraska Omaha took down Lindenwood, 5-0. Eight teams were in action on Saturday, St. Thomas took down Lindenwood, 2-0, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The University of Denver was victorious over Eastern Illinois University, 3-0. Oral Roberts had a dominating win over Western Illinois, 8-0. Omaha and the University of Missouri-Kansas City finished the night with a 1-1 draw. The regular season concludes this week, on Wednesday St. Thomas and USI play a day game while Denver and Lindenwood play in a nightcap. The season ends on Saturday with four matches. Eastern Illinois and Omaha get started with the early kickoff from Omaha, Nebraska at 10:30am. USI and Oral Roberts play in the early afternoon match in Tulsa, OK. Western Illinois travels to take on Denver. St. Thomas travels to UMKC to finish off the season with a nightcap.

 With a win over USI on Saturday, Oral Roberts would lock up the regular season title. If Oral Roberts and USI draw, Denver could take the regular season crown with wins against Lindenwood and Western Illinois. Omaha could jump to the number two seed with a win on Saturday and two Denver losses. UMKC could take the two seed with a win and two Denver losses and an Omaha loss but would take the three seed with an Omaha loss and a Roos’ win. St. Thomas currently sits in the six seed but could jump Western Illinois with just one win and a Leatherneck loss. Lindenwood and USI currently sit seventh and eighth in the conference but are ineligible for the conference tournament. Eastern Illinois sits in ninth in the conference and is eliminated from postseason contention.

St. Thomas Tommies

The Tommies come into the match with the Eagles with a 3-10-2, 2-3-1 Summit League, record after beating Lindenwood on Saturday, 2-0. St. Thomas is being led by Jacek Nickowski and Carver Tierney with three goals each while Nickowski, Devan DiGardo, and Charlie Hoelscher all lead with two assists. The Tommie have had three goalkeepers start multiple games this season, but Tucker Mann has been the head man, playing and starting in 10 games, allowing 16 goals and making 46 saves while facing 127 shots. St. Thomas this season is being outscored 34-14 and being outshot 220-128. The Tommies currently have the sixth seed in the Summit League, holding the final spot in the league tournament. They are guaranteed to play in the tournament but with a win in their final games will jump Western Illinois if they lose to Denver on Saturday.

The match between the Eagles and Tommies can be seen on ESPN+.

USI TIPS OFF 2022-23 WITH EXHIBITION GAME

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball will give Screaming Eagles fans a sneak preview of the 2022-23 season with an exhibition game Wednesday night when it hosts Midway University at Screaming Eagles Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are a special $5 exhibition price, can be purchased on-line or at the USI Ticket Office. The ticket office opens one hour prior to game time. 

Season and single game tickets at Screaming Eagles Arena also are available at USIScreamingEagles.com/Tickets.

The Eagles begin their NCAA Division I journey after completing their final year in Division II with an 18-8 overall record and 12-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. USI also won the GLVC East Division before advancing to the GLVC Tournament semifinals last year.

Entering the 2022-23 season, USI has been predicted to finish seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference by the head coaches and the athletic communicators. The Eagles also were predicted to place as high as fifth in the league by Blue Ribbon Basketball Magazine.

Senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) was named Preseason All-OVC by Blue Ribbon Basketball Magazine and the league coaches and athletic communicators after posting 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last year. The senior guard reached the 1,000 points for his collegiate career last season (USI: 597 points; Youngstown State University: 430 points).

In addition to Simmons, USI bring back junior guard Tyler Henry (Brooklyn, New York), sophomore guard Isaiah Swope (Newburgh, Indiana), and sophomore forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois). Henry was second on the squad last year with 12.2 points per game, while Swope and Mielke posted 8.2 and 1.0 points per contest, respectively.

The Eagles also return senior center Jacob Polakovich, who averaged 11.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in 2021-22. Polakovich, who had 11 double-doubles last year and ranked fourth nationally in rebounding, rejoins the team in December once he recovers from an injury.

USI’s 2022-23 squad also features 10 newcomers – graduate forward Trevor Lakes (Lebanon, Indiana), junior guard Gary Solomon (Detroit, Michigan), sophomore guard Ryan Hall  (Kettering, Ohio), sophomore guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois), sophomore forward Nick Hittle (Indianapolis, Indiana), sophomore guard Sam Mervis (Indianapolis, Indiana), freshman center Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana), freshman guard/forward Peter Nwoke (Nigeria), freshman guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois), and freshman guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin).

USI Head Coach Stan Gouard returns for his third season at the helm of the Eagles. Gouard has compiled a 30-13 record at USI and is 234-124 as a head coach.

Following the exhibition game, USI starts the 2022-23 regular season at the University of Missouri November 7 and opens the 2022-23 home slate by hosting Southern Illinois University November 13 at Screaming Eagles Arena.

Midway is 0-2 in exhibition games this year, falling to University of Alaska-Anchorage twice, 87-63 and 87-65, over the weekend. The Midway Eagles open the regular season Tuesday at Simmons University before visiting USI for their final exhibition game of this fall.

MVC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS TURN ATTENTION TO TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL

Valparaiso (8-6-4, 7-1-2 MVC)

MVC Semifinal – Brown Field

Thursday, Nov. 3 – Murray State (6-11-3, 3-5-2 MVC) – 6 p.m.

Next Up in Valpo Soccer: After claiming a historic MVC regular season title, the Valpo soccer team will host the semifinals and title match of the 2022 MVC Women’s Soccer Championship at Brown Field this week. First up for the Beacons is a semifinal matchup against eighth-seeded Murray State at 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

Previously: Valpo took four points from the final week of conference regular season play, capped by a 4-0 win over Indiana State Sunday, Oct. 23 which, when combined with Illinois State’s win over Missouri State, propelled the Beacons to the top of the MVC table.

Looking Ahead: The tournament title match will be held on Brown Field at 1 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 6. The winner of that fixture will earn the MVC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Following the Beacons: All three of the MVC Championship matches from Brown Field, including Valpo’s semifinal Thursday at 6 p.m., will be broadcast live on ESPN+. In addition, Valpo will have a radio broadcast on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso). Links for the live video, audio and stats will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach John Marovich: In his 15th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 121-111-42 (.518) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.

Series Notes: Valpo is 5-1-0 all-time against the Racers, but the first five of the six matchups in the series came in a stretch between 2000 and 2007. In their first meetings as MVC foes this season, the Beacons came away with a 2-1 road victory. After falling behind 1-0 in the 20th minute, Addy Joiner equalized in the 28th minute off an Allie Anderson corner kick. The decisive sequence came early in the second half, as Nikki Coryell saved a penalty kick in the 50th minute, and less than a minute later, Abby White scored off a feed from Lindsey DuSatko on a counter following Murray State’s ensuing corner kick. Valpo withstood 12 corner kicks from the Racers in that matchup, while Coryell made seven saves – her highest total in an MVC match this season.

Scouting the Opposition: The Racers come into the MVC semifinal at 6-11-3 overall this year and went 3-5-2 in regular season conference action to earn the final berth into the tournament. MSU beat Drake in the opening round, 1-0 on a 76th minute goal by Morgan Bodker, to avenge a defeat four days earlier in the regular season finale. The Racers fell behind host Southern Illinois on Sunday in second-round action on a 32nd minute goal, but rallied to level the match through Mary Hardy in the 80th minute and then claimed the 2-1 win on a Saraya Young goal in the final minute of extra time. Young leads all Valley players with 15 points this season, including a conference-best seven assists, while Hardy and Sydney Etter each have four goals and two assists.

Valpo in the MVC Championship: While Valpo has been very successful in Valley action the last three years, the program is looking to turn around its historical fortune in the conference tournament. Valpo is 1-7-1 in MVC Championship action (including its time in the 1990s as an affiliate member in the sport) and has been knocked out in its first tournament match in six of its seven tournament appearances. The lone exception was the spring 2021 tournament, which saw Valpo advance on PKs after a 0-0 draw with Evansville and then win at Indiana State in extra time, 1-0, to go to the title match before falling 1-0 at Loyola. Last season, Valpo earned the double bye to the tournament semifinals, but dropped a 2-1 decision in extra time to Evansville.

Regular Season Champions: Trailing by two points entering the final match day, Valpo needed a win and some help to earn the MVC regular season title, and got both. Molly O’Rear’s goal in the 36th minute against Indiana State not only gave the Beacons a lead they would not surrender, it put Valpo atop the live conference table for good, as Illinois State led Missouri State at that point, 2-0, en route to a 4-2 win. For Valpo, it is the program’s fourth regular season conference championship. Valpo previously won Mid-Continent Conference regular season crowns in back-to-back seasons in 2005 and 2006, and posted a perfect record to claim the 2014 Horizon League regular season title.

Hosting Tournament Action: Valpo’s two regular season titles in the Mid-Con days came when the conference had predetermined sites for its tournament final rounds, meaning that this year marks just the second time Valpo will host the decisive rounds of a league tournament. When Valpo did so in 2014, it defeated Green Bay (2-0) and Detroit (1-0) to win the Horizon League tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. This will be just the second MVC Championship match Valpo has hosted, the only other one being the scoreless draw against Evansville in the opening round of the spring 2021 tournament which resulted in Valpo advancing on PKs.

Incremental Improvement: Since finishing joint sixth in the MVC table and missing out on the conference tournament via tiebreaker during the 2018 season, Valpo has improved its position in the final Valley standings each of the next four seasons. Valpo closed out the regular season in fifth place in 2019, finished tied for third in the spring of 2021 and were regular season runners-up last fall before claiming the regular season crown this fall.

Joiner Just Keeps Scoring: Sophomore Addy Joiner has been more than just a spark off the bench this season – she’s been an assassin in front of goal. Joiner finished the regular season with an MVC-best seven goals on the year – all of which have come as a reserve. The two-time MVC Offensive Player of the Week scored six of her seven goals in Valley play, one apiece in six of Valpo’s seven MVC Victories. Her six goals in conference play are the most by a Valpo player in league action since Jackie Kondratko netted six goals in Horizon League matches in 2009. Three of Joiner’s goals came in consecutive matches against Evansville, Belmont and Murray State ‑ the first Valpo player to score in back-to-back-to-back fixtures since Cory Griffith tallied goals in the last three matches of the 2017 season.

O’Rear Keeps Pushing: Freshman Molly O’Rear has established herself immediately in Valpo’s attack as a presence and made a huge impact on the Beacons’ success in MVC play. O’Rear scored match-winning goals against UNI and Evansville, while her goal at Belmont leveled that match at 1-1 and her goal against Indiana State gave Valpo a lead it would not relinquish. All 10 of O’Rear’s points (4g, 2a) came within MVC play, fourth-best in the conference within MVC matches.

Top-10 Placements: A trio of Beacons have cracked into the top-10 of various record book charts this season. Junior goalkeeper Nikki Coryell earned the 19th clean sheet of her career Oct. 9 against Evansville, tied for 10th-most in MVC history, while junior Kelsie James picked up her 10th career assist in that match, which is tied for sixth-most in Valpo history. Senior Allie Anderson’s corner kick led to Joiner’s goal at Murray State for her team-high fifth assist of the season – tied for fourth in a single season in program history. James matched Anderson with five assists on the season as well to crack Valpo’s single-season chart, as her corner was put away by Lindsey DuSatko for the match-tying goal against Southern Illinois.

Knocking Home Goals: This year’s Valpo side is the most prolific on the attack within Valley play since Valpo joined the MVC, finding the back of the net on 19 occasions – the highest-scoring league campaign in program history. Valpo, which led the Valley in goals scored in conference-only play, won four times by two goals or more – the program’s most since winning by multiple goals on four occasions in the Horizon League in 2009.

Limiting the Opposition: While the attack was on point, so was the Beacons’ defensive unit within MVC play. Valpo surrendered just five goals in its 10 MVC matches and posted five clean sheets – matching the program record for the most clean sheets within conference play in a single season. Last year’s side also registered five shutouts, while the 2011 and 2014 Valpo teams both blanked five Horizon League foes. Valpo, which led the conference in fewest goals allowed in MVC play as well, did not surrender more than one goal in any of its 10 MVC matches and has surrendered more than one goal just once in their last 27 MVC regular season matches, a stretch which includes 14 clean sheets.

Coryell Stands Out In Goal: Junior goalkeeper Nikki Coryell enjoyed another tremendous conference campaign in goal, leading the Valley in conference-only play in both GAA (0.50) and save percentage (.881) while not surrendering more than one goal in any of the Beacons’ 10 MVC fixtures. The two-time reigning MVC Goalkeeper of the Year, Coryell is just one clean sheet away from moving into a tie for second place in Valpo career history in the category. Among her saves in conference play were a penalty save in the waning minutes against Evansville to preserve a clean sheet and a penalty save at Murray State which led directly to the eventual match-winning goal.

A Historic Honor: Coryell was tabbed MVC Goalkeeper of the Week Sept. 26 for her pair of shutouts against UIC and Drake, her second weekly award of the season from the conference office and the sixth of her career. With six weekly awards, Coryell is now tied with Lori Moore (six-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week) as the most prolific weekly award winner in program history.

Winning Weekly Awards: The Beacons claimed seven weekly honors from the MVC office this season. In addition to the pair of awards apiece for Joiner and Coryell, Molly O’Rear (Sept. 20, Freshman), Nicole Norfolk (Sept. 26, Defensive) and Abbey Hillman (Oct. 10, Defensive) have been recognized by the conference this year.

Conference Success: Valpo has built on its success within conference play over the last few seasons. Since the start of the spring 2021 campaign, the Beacons are 16-4-6 within regular season MVC matches – a mark which improves to 16-2-6 with the removal of the two Loyola matches.

A Great Start: Valpo earned all nine points with three victories in its first three MVC fixtures, something which has been a good omen in the past and proved to be a good omen again this year. This year’s side was the seventh in program history to start conference play at least 3-0-0, as Valpo did so four times in the Mid-Continent Conference, once in the Horizon League and last season in the Valley. All seven sides to start with at least three straight wins finished no worse than second in the final conference standings, including four conference regular season titles.

Streak Comes to an End: Senior center back Nicole Norfolk started each of the first 65 matches of her collegiate career since arriving at Valpo for the 2019 season, but suffered an injury in the opening minutes on Oct. 13 at Belmont. Norfolk, who had been off the field for just 91 minutes total over her four seasons prior to that injury, then did not feature Oct. 16 at Murray State, snapping her starting streak.

Always in the XI: Only two players have started all 18 matches for Valpo this season: Kiley Dugan and Natalie Graf. Allie Anderson had started each of this season’s first 17 matches, but was forced to the sidelines due to injury for the regular season finale. In her fourth season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan has started all 68 matches since stepping on campus.

Valpo Picked Atop Preseason Poll: The Beacons were the hunted rather than the hunter this season, as Valpo was chosen atop the MVC preseason poll. Valpo gathered eight out of 11 potential first-place votes and totaled 116 out of 121 potential points, 22 points clear of second-placed Indiana State in the poll. Notably, with the regular season title, the program has matched or surpassed its preseason projection in each of its first six seasons in the Valley.

Quartet of Preseason Honorees: Plenty of individual standouts have helped Valpo get to the point where it earned the spot as the preseason Valley favoirte, and four of them were honored with preseason All-MVC accolades. Seniors Kiley Dugan and Nicole Norfolk were joined by juniors Nikki Coryell and Kelsie James as preseason honorees. Valpo topped all MVC schools with four members of the preseason All-Conference squad.

National Recognition: Senior Kiley Dugan and junior Kelsie James both earned preseason recognition on a national level, as both were named preseason Players to Watch by United Soccer Coaches. The preseason Players to Watch lists were released for the first time this season by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season. The lists included United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2021 who are scheduled to return for the 2022 season.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo put together its best season since joining the Valley last fall, finishing the year with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 6-1-1 mark in Valley play to finish in second place in the standings. The Beacons went unbeaten in their first seven MVC fixtures, part of a nine-match unbeaten streak – the second-longest such streak in program history. Eight players earned postseason awards from the MVC, highlighted by the selection of Nikki Coryell as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year for a second straight season. Kelsie James joined Coryell on the All-MVC First Team, while James and Kiley Dugan were both Second Team All-Region selections.

What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 20 letterwinners from last season’s MVC runner-up squad, including nine starters. Joining the fold this year are six newcomers – five freshmen and one transfer.

UINDY GARNERS #7 SPOT IN LATEST REGIONAL RANKINGS

INDIANAPOLIS—On the strength of a 6-1 record versus Division II opponents, the UIndy football team grabbed the No. 7 spot in this week in the Super Region 3 rankings. The Greyhounds trail four undefeated teams, a one-loss Ferris State squad and GLVC-rival Truman. The region’s top seven teams will qualify for the Division II playoffs, with the field announced on Sunday, November 13.
 
The Greyhounds are looking to make their seventh playoff appearance since 2012. They last earned a spot in the 2019 bracket, falling in the first round at Central Missouri. UIndy has amassed three postseason wins all-time, including a second-round appearance in ’18.


SUPER REGION 3 RANKINGS

RKTEAMvs. DIIIN-REGION
1.Grand Valley State8-05-0
2.Pittsburg State9-09-0
5.Ferris State6-14-1
3.Ouachita Baptist9-09-0
4.Davenport7-07-0
6.Truman7-17-1
7.UIndy6-16-1
8.Harding7-27-2
9.Emporia State7-27-2
10.Northwest Missouri State7-27-2

HOUNDS CLIMB INTO COACHES’ TOP 15

WACO, Texas—The UIndy football team moved up two spots in the AFCA DII Coaches Poll this week, coming in a No. 15. The Greyhounds made the jump after pulling off a 42-16 home win against Missouri S&T last Saturday.
 
The top 10 remained static for the second straight week. Meanwhile, Truman crashed the top 25, making their 2022 poll debut at No .21.


AFCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL

RKSCHOOL (1st-place votes)RECPTSPREV
1.Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (28)9-07481
2.Angelo St. (Tex.) (2)9-07202
3.Shepherd (W.Va.)9-06773
4.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)9-06524
5.Pittsburg St. (Kan.)9-06325
6.Delta St. (Miss.)9-05838
7.Ferris St. (Mich.)7-15737
8.West Florida7-15129
9.Benedict (S.C.)9-045615
10.Slippery Rock (Pa.)8-145313t
11.Northwest Missouri St.7-244613t
12.Colorado School of Mines7-237916
13.Davenport (Mich.)8-037618
14.Ashland (Ohio)7-13486
15.Indianapolis (Ind.)7-133417
16.Virginia Union8-127610
T-17.Harding (Ark.)7-224821
T-17.Indiana (Pa.)7-124811
19.West Georgia6-222324
20.Wingate (N.C.)8-1190NR
21.Truman (Mo.)7-1143NR
22.Newberry (S.C.)7-213812
23.Emporia St. (Kan.)7-280NR
24.Minnesota St. 7-268NR
25.Sioux Falls (S.D.)7-24619


Others Receiving Votes:  Texas A&M-Kingsville, 42; Albany St. (Ga.), 31; Henderson St. (Ark.), 26; Winona St. (Minn.), 26; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 13; Assumption (Mass.), 12; Kutztown (Pa.), 12; Notre Dame (Ohio), 9; Wayne St. (Neb.), 9; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 8; Tusculum (Tenn.), 4; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 3; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 3; New Haven (Conn.), 3.

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

GOSHEN ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills610.8570.0203983-0-03-1-04-1-00-1-04 W
New York Jets530.6251.51761591-3-04-0-04-3-01-1-01 L
Miami Dolphins530.6251.51781923-1-02-2-04-2-02-1-02 W
New England Patriots440.5002.51771631-2-03-2-03-2-01-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs520.7140.02231722-1-03-1-02-2-02-0-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01641892-2-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos350.3752.51211322-2-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders250.2863.01631742-1-00-4-02-3-01-2-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens530.6250.02081832-2-03-1-04-2-02-0-02 W
Cincinnati Bengals440.5001.01861642-1-02-3-02-3-00-3-01 L
Cleveland Browns350.3752.02001992-3-01-2-02-4-02-1-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers260.2503.01201971-2-01-4-01-5-01-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans520.7140.01321382-1-03-1-04-1-03-0-05 W
Indianapolis Colts341.4382.01291572-2-01-2-13-3-11-3-12 L
Jacksonville Jaguars260.2503.51721581-3-01-3-02-3-01-2-05 L
Houston Texans151.2143.51161540-2-11-3-01-4-11-1-12 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles7001.0000.01961184-0-03-0-05-0-02-0-07 W
Dallas Cowboys620.7501.51831334-1-02-1-05-2-02-1-02 W
New York Giants620.7501.51631573-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-01 L
Washington Commanders440.5003.51421722-2-02-2-02-3-00-2-03 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks530.6250.02101993-1-02-2-03-3-01-1-03 W
San Francisco 49ers440.5001.01761472-1-02-3-04-2-03-0-01 W
Los Angeles Rams340.4291.51181572-3-01-1-03-3-01-2-01 L
Arizona Cardinals350.3752.01822101-3-02-2-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings610.8570.01731444-0-02-1-05-1-03-0-05 W
Green Bay Packers350.3753.51451732-2-01-3-02-3-01-1-04 L
Chicago Bears350.3753.51551812-1-01-4-01-5-00-2-01 L
Detroit Lions160.1435.01732251-3-00-3-01-4-00-1-05 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons440.5000.02002053-1-01-3-03-3-01-2-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers350.3751.01461511-3-02-2-03-2-02-1-03 L
New Orleans Saints350.3751.01992002-3-01-2-02-4-01-2-01 W
Carolina Panthers260.2502.01581862-3-00-3-02-5-02-1-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston42.6672-12-11-04-24-21 W
Toronto43.5710.53-11-21-24-34-31 W
New York33.5001.03-00-33-23-32 L
Philadelphia44.5001.01-23-21-24-34-43 W
Brooklyn25.2862.52-30-21-02-22-51 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee601.0005-01-01-05-06-06 W
Cleveland51.8331.03-02-11-05-15-15 W
Chicago34.4293.52-21-21-13-33-42 L
Indiana35.3754.01-22-31-13-43-51 L
Detroit26.2505.02-20-40-21-62-61 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Atlanta43.5712-12-21-13-34-32 L
Washington34.4291.02-21-23-43-43 L
Charlotte34.4291.01-22-21-11-23-41 L
Miami25.2862.01-31-21-32-52 L
Orlando16.1433.01-10-51-11-51-61 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Portland51.8333-12-01-05-05-11 W
Utah62.7504-02-22-16-26-22 W
Minnesota43.5711.53-21-12-14-34-31 L
Denver43.5711.53-01-32-24-34-31 L
Oklahoma City33.5002.02-11-20-33-33-33 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix51.8334-01-12-05-15-14 W
Golden State34.4292.53-10-32-12-23-42 L
LA Clippers34.4292.51-22-22-13-43-41 W
Sacramento24.3333.01-31-10-20-42-42 W
LA Lakers15.1674.01-20-30-21-51-51 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio52.7142-13-12-15-22 W
New Orleans42.6670.51-13-11-02-24-21 W
Memphis43.5711.02-02-31-12-34-32 L
Dallas33.5001.52-11-21-11-33-31 W
Houston17.1254.51-10-60-11-51-74 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins981016739216-0-02-1-08-1-0
Carolina Hurricanes962113529252-1-04-1-16-2-1
New Jersey Devils963012631234-2-02-1-06-3-0
Buffalo Sabres963012637253-2-03-1-06-3-0
New York Rangers1053212531312-1-23-2-05-3-2
Florida Panthers953111529283-0-12-3-05-3-1
Philadelphia Flyers852111524213-1-12-1-05-2-1
Washington Capitals1054111530293-1-02-3-15-4-1
New York Islanders954010533244-2-01-2-05-4-0
10 Tampa Bay Lightning954010528281-1-04-3-05-4-0
11 Montreal Canadiens954010527273-2-02-2-05-4-0
12 Detroit Red Wings943210428323-1-11-2-14-3-2
13 Toronto Maple Leafs1044210427303-1-01-3-24-4-2
14 Pittsburgh Penguins94419432293-0-01-4-14-4-1
15 Ottawa Senators84408430274-1-00-3-04-4-0
16 Columbus Blue Jackets103706326442-4-01-3-03-7-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights1082016832175-1-03-1-08-2-0
Dallas Stars953111528213-1-02-2-15-3-1
Edmonton Oilers963012634283-3-03-0-06-3-0
Los Angeles Kings1165012541422-3-04-2-06-4-0
Winnipeg Jets953111526252-1-03-2-15-3-1
Chicago Blackhawks943210431313-1-11-2-14-3-2
Calgary Flames752010524204-2-01-0-05-2-0
Seattle Kraken1044210433342-3-12-1-14-4-2
Colorado Avalanche94419329271-1-13-3-04-4-1
10 Minnesota Wild94419331351-3-03-1-14-4-1
11 Nashville Predators93517322292-3-11-2-03-5-1
12 St. Louis Blues83506319301-3-02-2-03-5-0
13 Vancouver Canucks92526228351-2-01-3-22-5-2
14 San Jose Sharks113806324341-5-02-3-03-7-0
15 Arizona Coyotes82515223350-1-12-4-02-5-1
16 Anaheim Ducks92615220392-1-00-5-12-6-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

Football History Headlines

November 1, 1966 – Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana- NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle made the announcement that the League had awarded the 16th franchise in the NFL to the New Orleans Saints franchise. The Saints ended up playing their very first game on September 17, 1967 and the first play was a very memorable 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by rookie John Gilliam against the Los Angeles Rams, as the Saints won the game 27-13 in front of over 80,000 at Tulane Stadium. You can get more details on the story on this great article from nola.com.

November 1, 2003 – The University of Arkansas vs. the University of Kentucky football game tied an NCAA record for the longest ever played. The regular session of this game was extended by 7 overtime periods until a final outcome was acheived. The Razorbacks ended up finally coming out on top with the 71-63 victory over the Wildcats when Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen fumbled the football on a quarterback keeper play, ending the game.

HOF Birthdays

Slade Cutter – Navy

November 1,1911 – Oswego, Illinois – Slade Cutter a tackle for the Navy Midshipmen was born on this day. Slade in high school didn’t set out to play football. In fact he was a musician and played the flute. It wasn’t until he entered Severn Preparatory School in Maryland that the football coach there, a guy by the name of Paul Brown, yes that Paul Brown, asked him to try out for football. The National Football Foundation bio on Cutter goes onto say how he made the Severn team and then later became an All-American with the Naval Academy team. Cutter also won two letters in lacrosse and three in boxing and was the collegiate heavyweight boxing champion. During World War II Slade commanded a submarine the USS Seahorse and he and his crew sunk 19 Japanese ships. In 1957 Cutter was quoted talking about officers who played football and then had troops under their command: “There is a grapevine in the ranks of all the services. The men make it their business to find out who their officers are. There is a special respect for those who would carry the ball on a football field, throw a wicked block, or make a dead-stop tackle.” Slade Cutter was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1967.

Tom Mack – Michigan

November 1, 1943 – Cleveland, Ohio – Tom Mack the 1965 All-American guard out of the University of Michigan was born. Tom was the Los Angeles Rams 1st round pick in 1966 and boy what great pick he was. Mack played 13 seasons for the Rams and in that span he went to 11 Pro Bowls, never missed a game as his streak was 184 straight and was an All -NFL selection 5 times! Pretty amazing numbers for anyone but especially someone playing offensive line! Tom Mack entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 1999’s enshrinement ceremonies.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 1

Tom Curtis -Michigan

November 1, 1947 – Cleveland, Ohio – Marked the birth of a safety from the University of Michigan, Tom Curtis. Curtis played for the Wolverines from 1967 through the 1969 season where he was selected as a consensus All-American in 1969. The footballfoundation.org site also tells how Tom set records at Michigan for interceptions in a game, season with 10 adding 431 return yards to them. His career interception mark of 25 picks ranks second in Big Ten history and is tied for fourth to this day in the NCAA record books! The National Football Foundation inducted Tom Curtis into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Tom Curtis moved to the pro game after college, playing for the Baltimore Colts in 1970 and the 1971 seasons and was a member of the Super Bowl V championship team.

The Mad Stork – Ted Hendricks

November 1, 1947 – Guatemala City, Guatemala – Ted Hendricks the linebacker from the University of Miami, Florida came into this life. According to the National Football Foundation’s website bio on the player, Ted Hendricks stood 6- 7 and weighed in at 218-pound while at the University of Miami and his angry style of play along with his long lanky physical stature had peers dub him as the “Mad Stork”. As a defensive end during his three seasons with the Hurricanes, Ted received All-America recognition 3 times by totaling 327 tackles and that averages out to a remarkable 109 tackles per season. Pretty good numbers for a DE! Ted was also an above average student at Miami majoring in Math with a minor in psychology. The NFF selected and placed Ted Hendricks into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Ted was the number pick of the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 NFL Draft and he played pro football as a linebacker, 1969-83, with the Colts, Packers and Raiders, and was a member of four winning Super Bowl teams. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bio, in his career, Ted intercepted 26 passes, which he returned for 332 yards and a touchdown. He also recovered 16 opponents’ fumbles and scored a record-tying four safeties. Hendricks scored touchdowns on an interception, a fumble return, and a blocked punt. In all he blocked 25 field goals/points after attempts in his pro career scored 4 safeties and played on 8 Pro Bowl teams. In 1990, Ted Hendricks was honored by being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Steve Hutchinson – Leading the way

November 1, 1977 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Steve Hutchinson a guard from the University of Michigan was born. The profootballhof.com website states that Steve was 6’4”, 315-pound and was drafted in the first round, the 17th player taken overall, of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He played 12 NFL seasons both in Seattle and with the Minnesota Vikings. In that span he made 7 Pro Bowl teams, and was selected to the All Decade team of the 2000’s and even played in Super Bowl XL with Seattle. Steve was an integral part of an offensive line unit that blocked the way for Shawn Alexander to earn the Associated Press’ NFL MVP honors in 2005 after rushing for a team-record 1,880 yards and setting an NFL record with 28 touchdowns, 27 of those on the ground. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selected Steve Hutchinson to enter their ranks in 2020.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS:

35- 3 – 11 – 39 – 92 – 32 – 1 – 16 – 32 – 17 – 13 – 88 – 23 – 8 – 80 – 13 – 83 – 1 – 71 – 4

November 1, 1913 – Notre Dame upsets Army, 35-13 in the colleges’ inaugural football game; quarterback Gus Dorais (14 of 17 passes, 243 yards, 2 TDs) and receiver Knute Rockne use forward pass effectively

November 1, 1924 – Boston Bruins officially join the NHL, becoming the first United States based team to enter the League; Montreal Maroons also join NHL, but only last until 1938

November 1, 1938 – NL batting champion Ernie Lombardi, Number 35 of the Cincinnati Reds is named National League MVP; first catcher to win award; Boston Red Sox 1st baseman Number 3, Jimmie Foxx takes American League award

November 1, 1950 – Bosoton Celtics’ forward Chuck Cooper, Number 11 becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston’s 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

November 1, 1951 – Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Number 39, Roy Campanella won the first of his 3 National League MVP awards

November 1, 1953 – Herb Thomas, driving his own Number 92 Hudson Hornet wraps up the NASCAR Grand National Championship with 14th-place in 100-mile finale at Atlanta’s Lakewood Speedway; Thomas first repeat champion of the series

November 1, 1959 – Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, Number 32, Jim Brown ran for 5 touchdowns in Cleveland Browns, 38-31 win over Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium

November 1, 1959 – Montreal Canadiens’ goal tender Jacques Plante, Number 1 becomes first NHL net-minder to wear a fibreglass protective face mask

November 1, 1964 – Cleveland running back Jim Brown rushed for 149 yards in Browns’ 30-17 win at Pittsburgh to become the first NFL player to exceed 10,000 yards career rushing

November 1, 1964 – Houston Oilers quarterback Number 16, George Blanda attempted an AFL record 68 passes (37 completions) in 24-10 loss v Buffalo Bills at War Memorial Stadium

November 1, 1964 – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Number 16, Len Dawson passed for 435 yards and 6 TDs in 49-39 win over Denver Broncos at Municipal Stadium

November 1, 1966 – LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, Number 32 became the first 3-time winner of Cy Young Award; unanimous winner for 2nd straight year; final year only 1 award given for pitchers in both major leagues

November 1, 1968 – Detroit pitcher Denny McLain, Number 17 was named unanimous AL Cy Young Award winner after finishing MLB season, 31-6 for World Series winning Tigers

November 1, 1987 – New York Jets retired Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard’s jersey Number 13.

November 1, 1992 – NY Jets wide receiver Number 88, Al Toon became the 10th NFL player to make a reception in 100 straight games; Jets beat Miami Dolphins, 26-24 at The Meadowlands

November 1, 1994 – The Chicago Bulls organization retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan’s jersey Number 23 in a 2-hour ceremony at the United Center

November 1, 1996 – Shaquille O’Neil wearing Number 32 made his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O’Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes

November 1, 1997 – Louisiana State University running back Number 33, Kevin Faulk rushed for 212 yards and a school record 5 touchdowns in a 63-28 win at Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington

November 1, 1997 – North Carolina State University wide receiver Number 81, Torry Holt caught 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee

November 1, 1998 – Steve Young (Number 8) and Jerry Rice (Number 80) hooked up for their 80th career touchdown in Niners’ 36-22 loss to GB Packers at Lambeau Field; eclipse previous NFL mark held by Miami Dolphins tandem Dan Marino (Number 13) and Mark Clayton (Number 83)

November 1, 2003 – University of Pittsburgh wide receiver, who wore Number 1, Larry Fitzgerald established a new NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 14th straight game as Pittsburgh beats Boston College, 24-13 at Alumni Stadium. Pitt retired Fitz’s jersey soon after he was done playing college ball.

November 1, 2006 – Russian born hockey player, Number 71, Evgeni Malkin scored in the 1st period to become the first NHL player in 89 years with goals in his first 6 games as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Kings, 4-3 in Los Angeles

November 1, 2010 –  World Series: San Francisco beats Texas Rangers, 3-1 in Game 5 at Arlington to clinch Giants first title since relocating from NYC in 1958; MVP: SF shortstop Number 16, Édgar Rentería

November 1, 2015 –  World Series: KC Royals win first title since 1985; rally in 9th and break away in 12th to beat NY Mets, 7-2 in Game 5 in NYC; MVP: Royals catcher Salvador Perez, Number 13November 1, 2017 –  World Series: Houston Astros win their first ever title; beat LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium; MVP: Astros outfielder Number 4, George Springer III