HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SEMI STATE MATCH-UPS
WESTFIELD (11-1) AT CROWN POINT (12-0)
CENTER GROVE (11-1) AT BEN DAVIS (11-1)
MERRILLVILLE (10-2) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (11-1)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (11-1) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (10-2)
NORTHWOOD (11-2) AT LEO (11-2)
NEW PALESTINE (11-2) AT EAST CENTRAL (13-0)
KNOX (13-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (13-0)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (11-2) AT HERITAGE HILLS (12-1)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (10-3) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (10-3)
NORTH JUDSON (9-4) AT ADAMS CENTRAL (13-0)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (11-0) AT SHERIDAN (10-3)
SOUTHMONT (8-5) AT NORTH POSEY (12-1) (SATURDAY)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES MONDAY
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 41, INDPLS WASHINGTON 33
COVINGTON 39, RIVERTON PARKE 33
N. KNOX 74, WASHINGTON CATHOLIC 2
NORTH VIGO 51, CHARLESTON, ILL. 35
PENDLETON HTS. 62, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 42
SOUTH BEND CAREER ACADEMY 23, MICHIANA 18
SOUTHERN WELLS 42, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 21
INDIANA SRN BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON WATCH LIST
JACK BENTER, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (PURDUE, 28.7 POINTS, 7.0 REBOUNDS, 4.5 ASSISTS)
FLORY BIDUNGA, KOKOMO (KANSAS, GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, 20.2 POINTS, 13.8 REBOUNDS AND 4.5 BLOCKED SHOTS)
DEZMON BRISCOE, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (15.6 POINTS, 11.1 REBOUNDS, 4.0 BLOCKED SHOTS AND 2.4 ASSISTS)
KJ WINDHAM, BEN DAVIS (NORTHWESTERN)
NIC BOOK, WESTFIELD (TRANSFER FROM OAK HILL ACADEMY)
DYLAND MURANS, GUERIN CATHOLIC
RYDER CATE, RICHMOND (BUTLER, 13.2 POINTS, 5.8 REBOUNDS)
JALEN HARALSON, LA LUMIERE (TRANSFER FROM FISHERS TO LA LUMIERE 23.4 POINTS, 7.7 REBOUNDS, 3.9 ASSISTS AND 1.1 STEALS)
JAEDIN REYNA, HAMMOND NOLL (16.2 POINTS, 3.6 ASSISTS, 2.6 REBOUNDS AND 2.2 STEALS)
BRAUNTAE JOHNSON, FORT WAYNE NORTH (NOTRE DAME-FOOTBALL, 20.8 POINTS, 7.7 REBOUNDS, 4.4 ASSISTS AND 3.6 STEALS)
MICAH DAVIS, FRANKLIN (EASTERN KENTUCKY, 17.3 POINTS, 5.1 REBOUNDS, 3.9 ASSISTS AND 1.7 STEALS)
RON RUTLAND, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (UINDY, 18.0 POINTS, 3.8 REBOUNDS AND 3.1 ASSISTS)
JOSIAH GUSTIN, PENDLETON HEIGHTS (13.3 POINTS, 7.6 REBOUNDS, 2.4 BLOCKED SHOTS AND 2.1 ASSISTS)
EVAN HAYWOOD, BREBEUF JESUIT (BUTLER, 14.3 POINTS, 4.3 REBOUNDS AND 1.8 STEALS)
JAXON PARDON, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 15.5 POINTS, 3.6 REBOUNDS, 2.4 ASSISTS AND 1.6 STEALS)
KOBI BOWLES, LAWRENCE NORTH (13.2 POINTS, 3.1 REBOUNDS, 2.7 ASSISTS, 2.5 STEALS)
JEVON LEWIS, FORT WAYNE WAYNE (16.6 POINTS, 6.4 ASSISTS AND 2.1 STEALS)
JOSIAH DUNHAM, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (24.6 POINTS, 5.4 ASSISTS, 5.3 REBOUNDS AND 2.5 STEALS)
TARAY HOWELL, EVANSVILLE BOSSE (23.2 POINTS, 4.0 ASSISTS, 3.7 REBOUNDS AND 3.0 STEALS)
TYLER PARRISH, CHESTERTON (20.7 POINTS, 3.3 ASSISTS AND 2.7 REBOUNDS)
JUSTIN SIMS, CHESTERTON (16.5 POINTS, 7.5 REBOUNDS AND 1.8 BLOCKED SHOTS)
TADEN METZGER, FISHERS
JONANTHONY HALL, FISHERS
BRAYLON MULLINS, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (16.9 POINTS, 5.2 REBOUNDS, 2.6 STEALS AND 2.3 ASSISTS)
TUCKER TORNATTA, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
ISAAC ANDREWS, WAPAHANI
TREY BUCHANAN, WESTFIELD
BRADY KOEHLER, CATHEDRAL
AARON FINE, NOBLESVILLE
JUSTIN CURRY, NOBLESVILLE
JAELYN JOHNSON, PORTAGE
ISAAC ANDREWS, WAPAHANI
SABIEN CAIN, UNIVERSITY
CARTER KENT, JENNINGS COUNTY
CHASE KONIECZNY, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (19.0 POINTS, 6.4 REBOUNDS, 1.6 ASSISTS AND 1.3 STEALS)
TYLER PARRISH, CHESTERTON
BRENNAN MILLER, LAWRENCE NORTH
GAVIN BETTEN, MANCHESTER (21.4 POINTS, 11.6 REBOUNDS AND 3.1 BLOCKED SHOTS)
KELLEN PICKETT, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (13.9 POINTS, 8.0 REBOUNDS AND 1.9 ASSISTS)
AZAVIER ROBINSON, LAWRENCE NORTH (20.3 POINTS, 7.6 REBOUNDS, 3.1 ASSISTS AND 2.6 STEALS)
JUSTIN SIMS, CHESTERTON
TRENT SISLEY, HERITAGE HILLS (26.3 POINTS, 10.2 REBOUNDS, 2.9 ASSISTS AND 2.4 BLOCKED SHOTS)
TREY BUCHANAN, WESTFIELD
KODY CLANCY, SCOTTSBURG
DAVID CUNDIFF, MUNSTER
BRAYLEN LANGLEY, EVANSVILLE REITZ
MICAH DAVIS, FRANKLIN
TARAY HOWELL, EVANSVILLE BOSSE
LUKE LINDEMAN, BLOOMINGTON NORTH (11.7 POINTS, 4.7 REBOUNDS, 1.8 ASSISTS AND 1.3 STEALS)
DOMINIQUE MURPHY, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (22.5 POINTS, 6.5 REBOUNDS AND 1.4 STEALS)
DREW SNIVELY, ZIONSVILLE
CHASE BARNES, FW WAYNE (13.9 POINTS AND 3.3 REBOUNDS)
TYLER RAASCH, NORTHWOOD
TRE SINGLETON, JEFFERSONVILLE (13.5 POINTS AND 8.1 REBOUNDS)
MICHAEL COOPER, JEFFERSONVILLE (13.1 POINTS, 3.0 REBOUNDS AND 2.5 ASSISTS)
ALEX COUTO, CARMEL
ROBERT SORENSEN, GUERIN CATHOLIC (14.0 POINTS, 4.6 REBOUNDS)
JAYMEN TOWNSEND, MARION (19.3 POINTS, 7.6 REBOUNDS, 2.4 ASSISTS AND 1.7 STEALS)
GRADY CARPENTER, TIPTON (15.4 POINTS, 7.4 ASSISTS AND 6.3 REBOUNDS)
FLETCHER COLE, PAOLI
JOSIAH DUNHAM, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN
WILL HARMON, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL
KEAGEN HOLDER, MORGAN TOWNSHIP
KYLER KRULL, WHITKO
NOAH LOVAN, PROVIDENCE
JAKE MCGRAW, CLINTON PRAIRIE
KASYM NASH, BORDEN
JULIEN SMITH, MT. VERNON (13.1 POINTS, 3.8 REBOUNDS AND 1.2 STEALS)
JOSHUA RENFRO, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA
ISAAC SCHULTZ, ADAMS CENTRAL
NOLAN SWAN, TIPTON
LONTE WARD JR., INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
IZAAK WRIGHT, WABASH
TREY DILLARD, FW WAYNE
MASON ARTHUR, NEW WASHINGTON
ZAYVION BAKER, TERRE HAUTE SOUTH
JOSIAH BALL, MACONAQUAH
BRADYN BARTH, WEST NOBLE
NOAH SMITH, PLAINFIELD
TY BROWN, SOUTH SPENCER
STEPHEN AKASE, TIPPECANOE VALLEY
ALLEN BRIGGS, MICHIGAN CITY
NICOT BURNETT, MT. VERNON (POSEY)
CAM CASKY, PIKE
TYSON CHUPP, BETHANY CHRISTIAN
GARRETT CLARK, PORTAGE
JACKSON CLOWERS, MT. VERNON (POSEY)
CAM CRAIG, SWITZERLAND COUNTY
P.J. DOUGLAS, JEFFERSONVILLE
ELI ELLIS, PLAINFIELD
KEATON ALDRIDGE JR., CATHEDRAL
LUKE ELLSPERMANN, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
LUKE ERTEL, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 13.0 POINTS, 6.3 REBOUNDS, 4.3 ASSISTS AND 1.2 STEALS)
EVAN GAGNON, NORTH NEWTON
JULIAN GISH, PIKE CENTRAL
JACKSON GRAFF, NORTH POSEY
LANDEN HALE, HEBRON
COLBY HALL, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
IAN HALL, ORLEANS
MASON HARVEY, SETON CATHOLIC (17.7 POINTS)
AYDAN HEAD, HENRYVILLE
DAVID BRIGHAM JR., CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (14.0 POINTS, 4.1 ASSISTS AND 3.4 REBOUNDS)
PARKER HEHMAN, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
COLE HENRY, SOUTH RIPLEY
AIDEN HIBBARD, ELKHART CHRISTIAN
D’AMARE HOOD, DELTA
CEDRIC HORTON, RICHMOND (15.9 POINTS PER GAME AND HAD 4.0 REBOUNDS, 1.8 STEALS AND 1.7 ASSISTS)
MASON CARPENTER, RICHMOND (12.8 POINTS, 3.2 REBOUNDS, 2.2 STEALS AND 2.0 ASSISTS)
CANNEN HOUSER, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)
REID HOWARD, FOREST PARK
BRAYDEN HUEBNER, EVANSVILLE NORTH
WILLIAM JAMISON, HOMESTEAD
CADE KAISER, BATESVILLE
MATTHEW KING, HAMMOND CENTRAL
EVAN LAWRENCE, DANVILLE
CALEB LEHRMAN, FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER
JAMISON LEWIS, SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)
JORDAN LOMAX, AVON
J.T. MAY, SHAKAMAK
MICAH MCCLURE, ADAMS CENTRAL
JACKSON MCGEE, LEO
WIATT MCLAUGHLIN, WHITELAND
MALACHI MCNAIR, EVANSVILLE HARRISON
JACK MILLER, SCOTTSBURG
SAM MLAGAN, BETHESDA CHRISTIAN
QUADE MORTON, PIKE CENTRAL
KADEN MUCKERHEIDE, NORTH DECATUR
BLAKE NEILL, BLOOMFIELD
JAXON PARDON, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)
DEVION PENNY, LAFAYETTE JEFF
GRANT PORATH, BROWNSBURG
STEVEN REYNOLDS, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
MAX ROBERTSON, TRI-WEST
MATTHEW ROETTGER, PERU
BRAD ROHDE, HANOVER CENTRAL
TREY ROMINGER, PAOLI
ETHAN ROSEMAN, INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD
ALEX ROSS, PERU
TREIGH SCHELSKY, PARKE HERITAGE
JOEY SCHMITZ, CENTER GROVE
ALBERT SCHWARTZ, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
ELI SEGO, TRITON CENTRAL
LANDON SICHTING, INDIAN CREEK (18.0 POINTS)
SHANE SIMS, EVANSVILLE HARRISON
EJ HAZELETT, FRANKLIN CENTRAL
HUNTER SISSON, BENTON CENTRAL
BEN SLAGLEY, NEW PALESTINE
JACK SMILEY, VALPARAISO (14.1 POINTS, 3.4 ASSISTS AND 2.8 REBOUNDS)
JACOB SMITH, LAKE CENTRAL
ZEKE TANOOS, WEST VIGO
KADEN TEMPLE, EASTERN (PEKIN)
KIERAN TEWARI, YORKTOWN
COLE THOMAS, SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)
TUCKER TORNATTA, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
ELIJAH WAGNER, EVANSVILLE BOSSE
HUNTER WALSTON, NOBLESVILLE
BRADEN WALTERS, LINTON-STOCKTON
AJANI WASHINGTON, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
CAMDEN WEBSTER, KANKAKEE VALLEY
MICHAEL WELLMAN, PORTAGE
LEMETRIUS WILLIAMS, GARY 21ST CENTURY
ETHAN WOLFE, NORTHWOOD
JACKSON WORS, DELTA
DEZHON HALL, PIKE (17.3 POINTS, 2.8 REBOUNDS AND 1.1 STEALS AT TINDLEY)
TREY YODER, WOODLAN
MARK ZACHERY IV, BEN DAVIS
STEVEN REYNOLDS III, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (13.3 POINTS, 3.8 REBOUNDS, 1.1 ASSISTS AND 1.1 STEALS)
WYATT ZELLERS, SCOTTSBURG
DAMIEN KING, ANDERSON (11.5 POINTS, 4.8 REBOUNDS AND 1.2 STEALS)
NFL WEEK 10
DENVER BRONCOS 24 BUFFALO BILLS 22
NFL WEEK 11
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
DALLAS COWBOYS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO BILLS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS 6:20P (MT) 8:20P NBC*
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (MON) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
|1||Georgia (10-0)||1540 (54)||1|
|2||Michigan (10-0)||1464 (7)||2|
|3||Ohio State (10-0)||1433 (1)||3|
|4||Florida State (10-0)||1366||4|
|10||Oregon State (8-2)||934||12|
|12||Penn State (8-2)||857||9|
|13||Ole Miss (8-2)||810||10|
|18||James Madison (10-0)||405||21|
|20||Notre Dame (7-3)||359||22|
|22||North Carolina (8-2)||265||24|
|23||Kansas State (7-3)||240||NR|
|24||Oklahoma State (7-3)||178||15|
COACHES FOOTBALL POLL
|1||Georgia (10-0)||1591 (58)||1|
|2||Michigan (10-0)||1479 (3)||2|
|3||Ohio State (10-0)||1467 (3)||3|
|4||Florida State (10-0)||1428||4|
|10||Oregon State (8-2)||945||13|
|12||Penn State (8-2)||890||9|
|14||Ole Miss (8-2)||815||10|
|18||Notre Dame (7-3)||424||22|
|20||North Carolina (8-2)||387||23|
|21||James Madison (10-0)||343||21|
|24||Kansas State (7-3)||216||NR|
|25||Oklahoma State (7-3)||145||17|
MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 PURDUE 83 XAVIER 71
#3 ARIZONA 97 SOUTHERN 59
#6 HOUSTON 79 STETSON 48
#12 MIAMI FLORIDA 86 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 80
#14 ARKANSAS 86 OLD DOMINION 77
PENN 76 #21 VILLANOVA 72
MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
|1||Kansas 2-0||1530 (51)||1|
|2||Purdue 2-0||1464 (7)||3|
|3||Arizona 2-0||1356 (3)||12|
|5||UConn 2-0||1301 (1)||6|
|10||Florida Atlantic 1-0||1004||10|
|12||Miami (FL) 2-0||778||13|
|13||Texas A&M 2-0||728||15|
|18||Michigan State 1-1||516||4|
|20||North Carolina 2-0||501||19|
|24||James Madison 3-0||91||NR|
|1||Kansas 2-0||765 (25)||1|
|2||Purdue 2-0||737 (3)||2|
|3||Arizona 2-0||682 (3)||11|
|10||Florida Atlantic 1-0||465||9|
|11||Miami (FL) 2-0||366||13|
|15||Texas A&M 2-0||334||19|
|18||North Carolina 2-0||234||21|
|19||Michigan State 1-1||227||4|
|24||Saint Mary’s 2-1||59||23|
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCOREBOARD
#10 USC 93 LEMOYNE 42
#15 TENNESSEE 84 MEMPHIS 74 OT
WOMEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL AP POLL
|1||South Carolina 2-0||884 (23)||6|
|2||Iowa 3-0||869 (13)||3|
|9||Virginia Tech 1-1||601||8|
|12||Florida State 2-0||475||18|
|13||Ohio State 1-1||454||7|
|14||North Carolina State 2-0||445||NR|
|16||Notre Dame 1-1||375||10|
|17||North Carolina 2-0||346||16|
|23||Ole Miss 1-1||101||12|
|24||Washington State 3-0||97||24|
BOSTON 114 NEW YORK 98
TORONTO 111 WASHINGTON 107
MILWAUKEE 118 CHICAGO 109
SACRAMENTO 132 CLEVELAND 120
EDMONTON 4 NY ISLANDERS 1
COLORADO 5 SEATTLE 1
NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NO. 3 ARIZONA JUMPS 9 PLACES IN AP TOP 25 BEHIND KANSAS, PURDUE; JAMES MADISON RANKED FOR FIRST TIME
The first Associated Press men’s basketball poll of the regular season is typically a jumble of teams swapping positions as preseason expectations meet the reality of playing actual games.
The first poll of the 2023-24 is no different.
Kansas remained at No. 1 and received 51 first-place votes from a 62-person media panel in the poll released Monday, but the rest of the AP Top 25 was filled with teams moving up and down.
No. 2 Purdue moved up a spot with two easy opening wins and received seven first-place votes. No. 3 Arizona took a giant leap from 12 after beating Duke and had three first-place votes.
No. 4 Marquette moved up a spot as did defending national champion Connecticut, which received a first-place vote to round out the top five. No. 24 James Madison moved into the poll for the first time ever after taking down Michigan State in overtime.
Arizona’s rapid rise stemmed from a successful trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Wildcats were a bit of an unknown entity in coach Tommy Lloyd’s third season with several new players replacing key losses from a team that lost to Princeton in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
Arizona answered some of the questions with an impressive road performance, knocking off Duke 78-73 after blowing out Morgan State in its opener. The Blue Devils dropped to No. 9 after the loss.
“I said play with poise because you’re the better team,” Lloyd said. “Trust that you’re the better team over the course of 40 minutes. I knew that it would be a small margin but I feel like that. I love this group of guys and feel like we’re going to be as good a ball club as anybody in the country.”
Mark Byington has gradually strengthened James Madison’s program from 13 wins in his first season in 2020-21 to 22 last year.
The Dukes appear to still be on the rise after pulling off the biggest upset of the early season. Unfazed by playing the nation’s No. 4 team on the road, James Madison went to East Lansing and knocked off Michigan State 79-76 in overtime.
The win earned the Dukes their first AP Top 25 ranking since transitioning to Division I in 1976 and knocked the Spartans down 14 spots to No. 18.
“We’re not scared of names,” T.J. Bickerstaff said after scoring 21 points, including a tying shot with 30 seconds left in regulation. “We go hard.”
Florida Atlantic had its highest ranking at No. 10 in the preseason poll after last year’s surprising run to the Final Four. The Owls returned nearly everyone from that team and got this season off to a solid start with a 75-62 win over Loyola Chicago to remain in the top 10 this week.
“New team, new season, new chapter,” Owls coach Dusty May said.
UP AND DOWN
Michigan State had the biggest drop from the preseason and Duke was next after dropping seven spots. Arizona had the biggest jump, followed by No. 15 Baylor and No. 16 Southern California, which both climbed five places.
IN AND OUT
James Madison was joined by No. 25 Colorado in moving into the AP Top 25 this week. The Buffaloes easily beat Towson and Grambling State to open the season.
San Diego State had a quick fall after finishing as the national runner-up last season. The Aztecs dropped out of the poll from No. 17 following a nine-point loss to BYU. Saint Mary’s fell out from No. 23 after a home loss to Weber State.
TOP 25 ROUNDUP: TYLER PERKINS LEADS PENN’S UPSET OF NO. 21 VILLANOVA
Tyler Perkins scored 22 points, Ed Holland III added 12 and host Penn upset No. 21 Villanova 76-72 on Monday in Philadelphia.
Cam Thrower and Clark Slajchert contributed 11 points apiece and Nick Spinoso had 10 for the Quakers (3-1), who defeated the Wildcats for the first time since Dec. 11, 2018.
Justin Moore led Villanova (2-1) with 25 points, Jordan Longino added 14 and Eric Dixon had 12 points and nine rebounds. The Wildcats lost their first game of the newly reimagined Philadelphia Big 5 tournament, while Penn improved to 1-1 after a loss to Saint Joseph’s.
The Wildcats drew within 74-72 when Moore made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4.5 seconds left. Slajchert (11 points) responded with two free throws for the Quakers with 3.8 seconds left to secure the win. When the final buzzer sounded, fans stormed the court to celebrate.
No. 2 Purdue 83, Xavier 71
All-American 7-foot-4 center Zach Edey overcame a slow start to pour in 28 points while Braden Smith added 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists as the Boilermakers held off the visiting Musketeers in the Gavitt Tipoff Games series.
Edey, who missed his first four shots after missing a total of four shots over his first two games, was a force in the paint, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking four shots. Fletcher Loyer was the third and final Purdue player in double figures with 11 points in 25 minutes.
Desmond Claude led Xavier with 15 points while Gytis Nemeiksa was one of three Xavier players with 10 points. Freshmen Trey Green and Dailyn Swain also had 10 points apiece for Xavier.
No. 3 Arizona 97, Southern 59
Keshad Johnson scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half to help the Wildcats shake off a sluggish start as the Wildcats eventually overwhelmed the Jaguars in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona (3-0) was sloppy and sluggish at the start, committing 14 first-half turnovers. But the Wildcats eventually got hot, taking control with a 17-0 run that spanned halftime, and scoring 62 second-half points.
Tai’Reon Joseph scored 22 points for Southern (1-2), which took a 7-0 and 17-12 leads. However, the Jaguars missed their next 16 shots, a drought that lasted more than 13 minutes.
No. 6 Houston 79, Stetson 48
L.J. Cryer and Damian Dunn combined for 36 points and the Cougars turned two decisive first-half runs into a win over the visiting Hatters.
Cryer, a Baylor transfer, scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting while Dunn, a Temple transfer, added 15 points for Houston (3-0). That duo shot 5 of 7 from behind the arc in the first half as the Cougars seized a 22-point lead by the break.
Jalen Blackmon and Alec Oglesby scored 11 points apiece to pace Stetson (1-2).
No. 12 Miami 86, Florida International 80
Matthew Cleveland tied his career high with 23 points and the Hurricanes used a 23-2 second-half run to rally past the visiting Golden Panthers in Coral Gables, Fla.
This was the first game between these local rivals — separated by about 10 miles — in 15 years. The Hurricanes, who trailed by 12 points in the second half, lead the series 13-1. Miami (3-0) also got 18 points each from Wooga Poplar and Bensley Joseph. Nijel Pack added 17 points and a team-high five assists. Norchad Omier, who battled foul trouble, had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
FIU (0-3) was led by Arturo Dean, who struggled with in-game injuries but still managed 19 points and a game-high six assists. Dashon Gittens had 14 points, and Javaunte Hawkins added 11 points.
No. 14 Arkansas 86, Old Dominion 77
El Ellis scored 17 points and dished out eight assists Monday night as the Razorbacks held off the Monarchs in Fayetteville, Ark.
Davonte Davis added 16 points for Arkansas (3-0), while Makhi Mitchell contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. Khalif Battle came off the bench to tally 13 points and Trevon Brazile chipped in 11.
Chaunce Jenkins scored a game-high 21 points for the Monarchs (1-2), who also got 18 from Devin Ceaser and 14 points from R.J. Blakney.
ZIPS’ FREEMAN NAMED MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Enrique Freeman, Senior, Akron, Forward
Cleveland, Ohio (St. Martin De Porres)
Freeman averaged a double-double this past week as he helped lead the Akron Zips to a pair of wins over South Dakota State and Southern Mississippi in the opening week of play. He averaged 13 points, 11.5 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. Freeman started the season with a 13-point, 14-rebound performance on the road at South Dakota State (81-75). He added five assists and two blocks as the Zips handed the Jackrabbits just their 10th home loss since the 2011-12 season. He followed that performance with a 13-point and nine-rebound effort as the Zips bested Southern Mississippi in their home opener (72-54). He chipped in three assists, three steals, and one block against the Golden Eagles on November 10.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SOUTH CAROLINA JUMPS TO NO. 1 IN WOMEN’S AP TOP 25 AFTER CHAOTIC WEEK; COLORADO CRASHES TOP 5
South Carolina had a historic jump to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 after a chaotic opening week in women’s basketball that saw nine of the top 14 teams in the preseason poll lose, including defending national champion and preseason No. 1 LSU.
The Gamecocks weren’t the only teams making history in the season’s first regular-season poll, either. UConn and Colorado did too and it was a milestone poll for the Pac-12 Conference.
South Carolina was sixth in the preseason before vaulting up to the top spot in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Monday. No team has made a bigger leap to No. 1 in the history of the poll that dates to 1977.
South Carolina received 23 first place votes from the 36-member national media panel. Iowa was second with the other 13 first-place ballots. UCLA, Utah and Colorado rounded out the first five.
LSU fell to seventh after losing its opener to then-No. 20 Colorado. The Buffaloes now have their best ranking since closing out the 1995 season at No. 2 and made the biggest leap in poll history, moving up 15 spots, according to the website “Across the Timeline.”
UConn fell from second to eighth after losing to N.C. State, which jumped into the poll at No. 14. The Wolfpack’s entrance matched the highest for an unranked team, tying Kansas State in 2003. Despite the loss, the Huskies now have been ranked for 566 consecutive weeks, breaking a tie with Tennessee for the longest streak ever.
“The consistency we’ve had over those 30 years despite how much the game has changed is quite remarkable,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “The magnitude of it doesn’t hit me until someone points it out.”
This was only the second time when the poll’s preseason 1-2 teams did not remain in the top two spots in the first regular-season poll. It also happened at the start of the 1998-99 season: Purdue knocked off No. 1 Tennessee to open the season and vaulted up from five to one the next week. That was the biggest jump to the top spot until South Carolina’s move this week.
The Gamecocks opened the season by scoring more than 100 points in routs of then-No. 10 Notre Dame and then-No. 14 Maryland. The 114-76 win over the Terrapins was the Gamecocks biggest victory over a Top 25 opponent in school history. The Irish fell to 16 and Maryland to 20th.
South Carolina had a run of 38 straight weeks at No. 1 end in the preseason poll. That was the second-longest streak behind UConn’s 51-week run (2008-10).
Stanford climbed to sixth, Virginia Tech is ninth and USC is 10th. This is Southern Cal’s best ranking since the final poll of the 1994 season when the team was seventh. That gave the Pac-12 five teams in the top 10, the first time a conference has done that since the SEC accomplished in the final poll of the 1997 season.
Ole Miss had the biggest fall in the poll this week, dropping from 12 to 23 after losing to Oklahoma. The Sooners entered at No. 25. Mississippi State and Illinois dropped out of the rankings.
The Pac-12 has gone an incredible 28-0 to start the season, which is the most wins without a loss by a Division I conference to begin the year over the last 25 seasons, according to ESPN. The conference, which is changing next year with all but two of its teams joining the ACC, Big 12 or Big Ten, was the last to put three teams in the top five in the same week, doing so on Jan. 6, 2020.
IOWA’S CAITLIN CLARK ON PACE FOR PETE MARAVICH’S ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark is tracking toward the all-time NCAA Division I scoring record after setting the Hawkeyes’ points mark with 2,813.
Clark jumped to No. 1 on Iowa’s all-time scoring list Sunday at Northern Iowa and is fewer than 200 points from breaking into the top 15 in women’s college basketball history.
“It was like 15 or 16 points — and once I crossed 16 I didn’t even know,” said Clark of setting the school scoring record.
A rapidly expanding legacy stretches far beyond women’s basketball scoring achievements. She could be the all-time leading scorer in Division I basketball history before the NCAA Tournament begins.
Clark is averaging 32 points per game for the 3-0 Hawkeyes this season.
At her current pace, Clark would claim the all-time women’s scoring title on Feb. 15 — a home game against Michigan. She could take down the all-time college basketball scoring record during the Big Ten conference tournament.
Clark had 38 points at Michigan last season and scored 38 and 46 — her top single-game total at Iowa — in two games against the Wolverines as a sophomore.
Her personal best of 60 came in high school. She set the Iowa state single-game record with 13 3-pointers the same night against Mason City High School.
Kelsey Plum, a guard for the Washington Huskies, holds the record for points in women’s college basketball at 3,527. She played 139 games and averaged 25.4 points in her college career. Pete Maravich is the all-time scoring leader in college basketball with 3,667. Maravich played on the freshman team in 1966-67 and in his next three seasons at LSU, he averaged over 43 points per game, had four games with 60-plus points and set the NCAA record with 69 points in a 1970 win over Alabama. There was no 3-point line or shot clock in college at that time.
Already, Clark is being viewed in a similar light.
“Caitlin Clark is the best player in the country,” Northern Iowa coach Tanya Warren said after witnessing Clark’s 12th career triple-double. “No ifs, ands or buts about it. You’re not going to stop her, you’re not going to contain her.”
In addition to 32 points per game, Clark is averaging 9.0 assists and 8.3 rebounds this season.
Clark tied Elena Delle Donne’s record as the fastest to reach 2,000 career points in her 75th career game and owns the Big Ten single-season points record with 1,055 last season.
Clark averaged 27.8 points as a junior and put up 44 at Virginia Tech last week. A fourth-year senior, Clark, 21, could return for one more season in 2024-25 due to COVID-19 eligibility rules. She’s also already in the top 15 in women’s college basketball for career rebounds.
“I love my girls. But sometimes you’re playing checkers and she’s playing chess,” Virginia Tech head coach Kenny Brooks said. “She’s that good.
“She is a generational player.”
Maine’s Cindy Blodgett is 15th (3,005), USC’s Cheryl Miller 14th (3,018) and Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw 13th (3,025). At her current pace, Clark could jump all three before Big Ten play begins, with UConn’s Maya Moore (3,036) and Delle Donne (3,039) up next.
Megan Gustafson was Iowa’s record-holder for career points with 2,804 from 2015-19, 498 more than men’s record-holder Luka Garza.
“Can’t say enough about what Caitlin means to the program, she earned this record,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.
WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 15 TENNESSEE TAMES MEMPHIS IN OT
No. 15 Tennessee needed overtime and a double-double effort of 19 points and 12 rebounds from Jewel Spear to pull away from the Tigers in Knoxville, Tenn., netting an 84-74 win on Monday night.
Memphis (1-2) led by as many as nine points in the second quarter and capitalized from turning Tennessee (2-1) over 24 times in the contest. The Lady Vols clawed back in the second half to force the extra period, where they outscored the Tigers 15-5. Spear scored six points in overtime, while Jillian Hollingshead scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter. Sara Puckett led the Lady Vols with 24 points.
Kai Carter powered the Tigers with 18 points and three rebounds.
Tennessee was playing without preseason All-SEC selection Rickea Jackson, who is day-to-day with right leg injury. The Lady Vols host Troy on Sunday.
–No. 10 USC 93, Le Moyne 42
Freshman sensation Juju Watkins led the 10th-ranked Trojans to a dominant win over the Dolphins from the Northeast Conference, tallying 35 points, nine rebounds, six steals and two assists in a stat-stuffing effort in Los Angeles, Calif.
USC (3-0) led wire-to-wire and began the game with an 11-0 run. Le Moyne (0-4) trailed by as much as 59 points in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins made just two 3-pointers and turned the ball over 22 times.
Rayah Marshall added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Taylor Bigby had 10 points in a game where 10 different Trojans scored. Lytoya Baker led Le Moyne with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Trojans host Seton Hall next Monday.
IOWA AND NEBRASKA EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Averaged 32.0 points, 9.0 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game last week as No. 3/3 Iowa tipped off the 2023-24 campaign with three wins in as many outings
• Became Iowa’s all-time leading scorer with 2,813 career points, passing Megan Gustafson’s previous record (2,804)
• Recorded her 12th career triple-double (24 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) against Northern Iowa, joining Sabrina Ionescu as the only players in Division I women’s basketball history to record a triple-double in four different seasons
• Had 44 points, six assists and eight rebounds against No. 8/5 Virginia Tech, the fifth time in her career registering at least 40 points, five assists and five rebounds
• Earns her 19th career Big Ten Player of the Week award (tied for second-most in conference history)
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 27, 2023)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Mara Braun, So., G, MINN: Registered 25.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game in wins over LIU and Chicago State…Became the third-fastest player in Minnesota history to reach 500 points (31 games)
Alexis Markowski, Jr., C/F, NEB: Averaged a double-double (15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds) during Nebraska’s opening week victories over Northwestern State and Wyoming
Shyanne Sellers, Jr., G, MD: Paced the No. 14/11 Terrapins’ offense with 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals during a win over Harvard and setback to No. 6/4 South Carolina
Freshman of the Week
Natalie Potts, Nebraska
F – O’Fallon, Mo. – Incarnate Word Academy – Major: Business Administration
• Averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks to help Nebraska open its season with triumphs over Northwestern State and Wyoming
• Put up 10 points, five rebounds and two steals in her collegiate debut against Northwestern State
• Added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with two rebounds, two steals and a block at Wyoming
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Alexis Markowski (Feb. 28, 2022)
LUTZ IS GOOD ON SECOND CHANCE WITH 36-YARD FIELD GOAL IN BRONCOS’ 24-22 WIN OVER BILLS
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Broncos kicker Wil Lutz made good on his do-over field-goal attempt, much like Denver has done in rebounding from one of its most embarrassing defeats in franchise history.
Getting a second chance after missing wide right from 41 yards thanks to Buffalo being flagged for too many players, Lutz connected on a 36-yard field goal attempt as time expired to secure a 24-22 win over the sloppy, turnover-prone Bills on Monday night.
The Broncos (4-5) have won three straight and four of six since a 70-20 loss at Miami. And they came out of their bye week carrying over the momentum of a 24-9 victory over Kansas City, which ended a 16-game skid against their AFC West rival.
“We believe in each other. We believe in what we can do,” said quarterback Russell Wilson. “To beat the Chiefs, to beat these guys, it sets a standard of who we should be, who we can be, and who we are going to be.”
The Bills (5-5) continue to sink out of the playoff picture, having dropped four of six. Forget defending their AFC East title for a fourth consecutive season, the Bills are suddenly in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether for the first time since 2018.
“Yeah, I’m still confident. But it’s no secret. The clock’s ticking. Got to have some urgency now,” quarterback Josh Allen said after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble.
The clock might also be ticking on offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey’s tenure after the Bills failed to score 26 or more points for a sixth straight game. It’s matches Buffalo’s worst stretch since Allen’s rookie season in 2018.
“I’m confident. But I believe we can be better at the same time,” coach Sean McDermott said, when asked about Dorsey.
And he had few answers on what’s required to turn around a team whose offense is sputtering and defense held up for the most part despite missing five starters to injury.
“I think I need a little bit of time here after the game to assess that,” McDermott said. “Obviously I’m not real happy right now, so I’ll evaluate that in the next 24 hours here and see where that takes us.”
McDermott called the too many men penalty to be “inexcusable,” because it’s a situation the team practices at least two or three times a week.
Lutz was relieved.
“Extremely grateful that we get another opportunity, and you don’t get that opportunity every day,” Lutz said. So, huge win. Just grateful I was able to get another kick there.”
Lutz also overcame his own struggles in a game he missed an extra point by hitting the left upright, and was unable to get another extra-point attempt off when holder Riley Dixon bobbled the snap.
Lutz made four field goals and Javonte Williams scored on a 3-yard run.
After Allen scampered for a 6-yard touchdown to give Buffalo its only lead with 1:55 left, Wilson responded by overseeing a 10-play, 57-yard drive to set up Lutz’s field goal for the his 42nd career game-winning drive — the most among quarterbacks since 2012.
The key play of the drive came on third down and 10 from Buffalo’s 45 when Wilson – facing an all-out blitz – lobbed a pass deep over the middle intended for Jerry Jeudy, who was clearly interfered with by defensive back Taron Johnson.
Johnson was flagged for pass interference, giving Denver the ball at Buffalo’s 17.
After allowing 181 points in going 1-4 in their five outings, the Broncos have clamped down to allow 67 points in their past four. The Broncos have 16 takeaways over their past five outings.
Wilson finished 24 of 29 for 193 yards, including a perfectly placed 7-yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton. What initially appeared as if Wilson was simply throwing the ball out of bounds instead landed in Sutton’s hands, with the receiver able to get both feet in bounds. The play was initially ruled an incompletion before being overturned upon a replay review.
The Broncos forced four turnovers two weeks after forcing five against the Chiefs.
“It just feels so good to win, man. I’m sitting here thinking about the adversity that we hit, and how everybody kind of answered the bell there,” safety Justin Simmons said of the Broncos’ down-then-up season. “You’re always going to face adversity, it’s just a matter of how you respond.”
Allen has turned the ball over in all but two games, and thrown an interception in six straight – the longest run of his career. He finished 15 of 26 for 177 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown to rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid.
The turnover-fest began on Buffalo’s first play from scrimmage when Denver’s Ja’Quan McMillan pried the ball out of the hands of running back James Cook to force a fumble. Allen followed up by ending Buffalo’s second drive by having his hard pass over the middle glance off the hands of receiver Gabe Davis, with the ball bouncing directly to Simmons for his 30th career interception.
Allen’s second interception came in the final minute of the first half, and on the first play from scrimmage after Lutz hit a 49-yard field goal to put Denver up 12-8.
Allen fluttered a pass up the left sideline that was easily intercepted by Fabian Moreau, which led to Lutz making a 40-yard field goal to close the half.
Broncos: Host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
Bills: Host the New York Jets on Sunday.
DOLPHINS DESIGNATE ROOKIE RUNNING BACK DE’VON ACHANE TO RETURN FROM INJURED RESERVE
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami rookie running back De’Von Achane returned to practice Monday after missing the past four games with a knee injury, opening his 21-day window to be activated from injured reserve.
Achane hasn’t played since hurting his knee late in a Week 5 win over the New York Giants.
Coach Mike McDaniel said Achane didn’t tear anything in his knee; it was more of a sprain that could have been managed with a brace, but the team thought it was best to place him on injured reserve to allow it to heal fully.
“I just didn’t really envision him being one that would really flourish with a brace,” McDaniel said Monday.
“We took the time to make sure that we could get structurally completely strong. We erred on the side of caution with that, but everything seems to be ready to go for today’s practice.”
McDaniel did not say if Achane will play when the Dolphins host the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Miami (6-3) is coming off a bye week and is currently first in the AFC East.
Achane, whom the Dolphins drafted in the third round this year, was leading the NFL with 12.1 yards per carry before the injury. He rushed for 460 yards with seven total touchdowns in four games.
Achane had a breakout game in Week 3 against Denver after being a healthy scratch in the season opener and getting only one carry for 5 yards the next week. The former Texas A&M running back led the team with 203 total yards on 18 carries, 11.3 yards per rush and four touchdowns in Miami’s 70-20 win over Denver, and he immediately earned a larger role in the Dolphins’ then-No.1-ranked rushing offense.
Miami’s rushing production has dropped off slightly in the past four games. The Dolphins entered Week 5 averaging 185.8 yards per game but have rushed for 100.5 yards per game since Achane’s injury. They’ve failed to reach 100 yards twice in the past four games.
Raheem Mostert leads the team with 605 yards rushing and has a league-high 11 rushing touchdowns.
NOTES: Injured offensive linemen Rob Hunt (hamstring) and Rob Jones (knee) are both week to week but had a good week of rehab, McDaniel said. The team wants to see how both respond in practice this week. … Kendall Lamm, Miami’s versatile lineman who has filled in at tackle, will take some practice reps at guard, though McDaniel doesn’t expect him to switch to the position anytime soon.
BROWNS QB DESHAUN WATSON HAVING MRI ON ANKLE
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will have an MRI on his left ankle Monday, coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed.
Watson was wearing a walking boot after Sunday’s 33-31 victory at Baltimore but said he did not expect to miss any time.
“I’ll be fine,” he said after throwing for 213 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. “Right now I’m not feeling well, but I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready to go.”
Watson, 28, was injured when his leg got rolled up on by Ravens defensive end Jadeveon Clowney near the end of the second quarter. Backup P.J. Walker went in for the last play of the first half.
The Browns (6-3) will host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) in another big AFC North match this Sunday. Both teams have won two straight and are chasing the Ravens (7-3).
Watson completed 20 of 34 passes with one interception and rushed eight times for 37 yards against Baltimore. Trailing 31-17 in the fourth quarter, his 10-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Moore ignited a comeback capped by a 40-yard walk-off field goal from Dustin Hopkins.
REPORT: BENGALS DE TREY HENDRICKSON HAS HYPEREXTENDED KNEE
Cincinnati Bengals pass rusher Trey Hendrickson is awaiting MRI results on his hyperextended knee, NFL Network reported Monday.
The veteran defensive end left Sunday’s 30-27 loss to Houston after Texans wide receiver Noah Brown appeared to lose his balance and fell into his left leg late in the fourth quarter.
Hendrickson, 28, leads the Bengals with 8.5 sacks to go along with 27 tackles and two forced fumbles in nine starts.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection since joining Cincinnati in 2021, Hendrickson has 50.5 sacks and 107 quarterback hits in 85 career games (56 starts) with the New Orleans Saints (2017-20) and Bengals.
Hendrickson is likely to miss at least one game with Cincinnati (5-4) facing a short week ahead of Thursday night’s clash with the host Baltimore Ravens (7-3).
DOLPHINS OPEN RB DE’VON ACHANE’S 21-DAY WINDOW
The Miami Dolphins are opening the 21-day practice window for rookie running back De’Von Achane, head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday.
Achane landed on injured reserve on Oct. 11 after sustaining a knee injury in a 31-16 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 8.
He has missed the required four games and could be activated to the 53-man roster at any time.
The Dolphins (6-3) return from their bye week on Sunday to face the visiting Las Vegas Raiders (5-5).
Achane, 22, was leading the AFC with 460 rushing yards when he went on IR. He is averaging 12.1 yards per rush attempt and has nine catches for 67 yards and seven total touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving) in four games.
The Dolphins selected Achane in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.
In his absence, Raheem Mostert has rushed for 291 yards and four touchdowns in Miami’s past four games.
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ILLINOIS, MARYLAND AND PURDUE EARN WEEKLY FOOTBALL HONORS
Offensive Player of the Week
John Paddock, Illinois
John Paddock, Illinois
QB – Sr. – Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – Bloomfield Hills
- Led Illinois to a 48-45 overtime victory against Indiana by completing 24 of 36 passes for 507 yards and four touchdowns
- His 507 passing yards are the most ever in Memorial Stadium history and Paddock is just the second Illini in history to throw for 500+ yards, joining Dave Wilson (621, 11/8/1980 at Ohio State)
- Completed a 21-yard touchdown to Isaiah Williams for a walk-off game-winner in overtime
- Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
- Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Isaiah Williams (Nov. 6, 2023)
Defensive Players of the Week
Tarheeb Still, Maryland
DB – Sr. – Sicklerville, N.J. – Timber Creek Regional
- Recorded a team high seven tackles and two interceptions in the Terps’ 13-10 road win at Nebraska
- With the game tied 10-10 with less than four minutes to play, Still intercepted Nebraska’s pass in the endzone on third and goal and returned it 19 yards to set up Maryland’s game-winning drive
- Led a Maryland defense that forced five Nebraska turnovers
- Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Tre Watson (Sept. 24, 2018)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Jack Howes, Maryland
K – So. – Orlando, Fla. – Edgewater
- Made a pair of field goals, both in the fourth quarter, to lead the Terps to a 13-10 road win at Nebraska
- Kicked the game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired for the walk-off win, Maryland’s first walk-off win since beating Illinois on Sept. 17, 2021
- Connected on a 35-yard field goal to tie the game with 12:42 remaining in the fourth quarter
- Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Maryland Special Teams Player of the Week: Braedan Wisloski (Sept. 18, 2023)
Freshman of the Week
Dillon Thieneman, Purdue
DB – Westfield, Ind. – Westfield
- Recorded a team-high nine tackles, three more than any other Boilermaker, to help Purdue beat Minnesota 49-30
- Helped limit the Golden Gophers to 4-of-14 on third downs (28.6%)
- Led a Purdue defense that allowed just 45 yards of total offense in the first 25 minutes of the second half
- Earns the fourth Freshman of the Week honor of his career
- Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Dillon Thieneman (Oct. 30, 2023)
THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10
• With just two weekends remaining in the regular season, all 14 Big Ten teams will take the field this week. The action opens on Saturday at noon ET and features seven conference games and six divisional matchups. The complete schedule can be found to the right.
• Michigan and Ohio State sit atop the East Division standings with matching 7-0 Big Ten records, while Penn State is third at 5-2 in conference play. Iowa leads the West Division with a 5-2 Big Ten record, followed by Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin in second at 3-4.
• With a 22-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, Iowa earned at least a share of the Big Ten West Division title. The West Division participant in the Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover is yet to be determined. Iowa can clinch the West Division title outright and secure a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win in one of their two remaining games.
• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Michigan leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Ohio State and No. 12 Penn State, while Iowa is receiving votes.
• The College Football Playoff will release its next set of top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The Big Ten had four teams in last week’s CFP’s rankings, including three teams in the top 10: No. 1 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 20 Penn State and No. 22 Iowa.
• There are just seven undefeated teams remaining in the FBS, including two Big Ten teams: Michigan (10-0) and Ohio State (10-0). The Wolverines travel to College Park this weekend to face Maryland, while the Buckeyes welcome Minnesota.
• Michigan and Penn State currently rank among the top 15 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines lead the nation in scoring defense (7.5 points per game), while ranking No. 10 nationally in scoring offense (39.0 points per game). The Nittany Lions rank No. 4 nationally in scoring defense (13.1 points per game), while ranking 15th in scoring offense (37.7 points per game).
• Five additional Big Ten teams rank in the top 25 in terms of scoring defense: Ohio State (2nd, 9.9 points per game), Iowa (3rd, 12.3 points per game), Nebraska (18th, 18.2 points per game), Rutgers (19th, 18.3 points per game) and Wisconsin (24th, 19.6 points per game).
• Additionally, the Big Ten has three teams in the top 15 in terms of rushing defense: No. 2 Penn State (77.2 yards per game), No. 3 Nebraska (3rd, 79.6) and No. 12 Michigan (12th, 97.5), and five teams in the top 15 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Ohio State (1st, 93.06), Michigan (2nd, 94.97), Iowa (4th, 100.14), Penn State (105h, 110.49) and Rutgers (13th, 113.54).
• Michigan looks to claim its NCAA-leading 1,000th victory at Maryland this weekend (999-353-36 all-time record). The Wolverines are currently on a program-record 20-game conference winning streak, surpassing the 19-game Big Ten winning streak spanning 1990-92. Michigan has claimed wins in 26 of its last 27 games against conference schools.
• Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin need just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.
• Seven Big Ten Conference programs appear in the top 20 of the latest NCAA attendance rankings, including the nation’s top three schools: No. 1 Michigan (109,864 fans per game), No. 2 Penn State (108,958), No. 3 Ohio State (103,747), No. 12 Nebraska (86,905), No. 18 Wisconsin (75,917), No. 19 Michigan State (70,211) and No. 20 Iowa (69,250). Additionally, Big Ten teams own 14 of the top 15 single-game attendance highs this season, including the top nine spots.
• Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa, Michigan’s Zak Zinter and Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fashanu were named finalists for the 2023 William V. Campbell Trophy on Oct. 25. Now in its 34th year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. The finalists will travel to the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 5, where one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 34th Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
• The 2023 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff.
• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Monday, January 1, 2024, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. Houston will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 8, 2024, at NRG Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.
|Saturday, November 18, 2023 Football|
|Purdue||Northwestern||12:00 P.M.||Evanston, IL (Conf.)||TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: WGN Radio 720|
|Michigan State||Indiana||12:00 P.M.||Bloomington, Ind. (Conf.)||TV: BTN Stats Radio: Indiana Sports Radio Network Video|
|Michigan||Maryland||12:00 P.M.||College Park, MD (Conf.)||TV: FOX Stats Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network Audio Video|
|Rutgers||Penn State||12:00 P.M.||University Park, Pa. (Conf.)||TV: FS1 Stats Radio: Penn State Sports Network Video|
|Illinois||Iowa||3:30 P.M.||Iowa City, Iowa (Conf.)||TV: FS1 Stats|
|Minnesota||Ohio State||4:00 P.M.||Columbus, Ohio (Conf.)||TV: BTN Stats Video|
|Nebraska||Wisconsin||7:30 P.M.||Madison, Wis. (Conf.)||TV: NBC Stats Radio: Badger Sports Network|
MAC ANNOUNCES WEEK 11 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Football East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Ta’ron Keith, Bowling Green, Running Back
Junior, DeLand, Fla. (Mainland HS)
Bowling Green’s Ta’ron Keith achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first player in BGSU program history to record over 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in a single game. Keith’s performance contributed significantly to the Falcons 49-19 win over Kent State, which gave BGSU bowl eligibility for the second consecutive year. Keith was efficient with an impressive average of 11.4 yards per carry. He also set personal records with 130 receiving yards and eight receptions, while his total of 233 all-purpose yards marked a career high. Keith also recorded one rushing TD and one receiving TD in the win.
MAC Football East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Keye Thompson, Ohio, Linebacker
Graduate Student, Barberton, Ohio (Barberton)
Thompson led the Bobcats’ defense in their 20-10 victory over the Buffalo Bulls Tuesday night (Nov. 7). The graduate student recorded a team-best 13 tackles, highlighted by 12 solo stops. He also led the team in tackles for loss (3), forced fumbles (1) and fumble recoveries (1).
MAC Football East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Alec Bevelhimer, Miami, Punter
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Brebeuf Jesuit)
Alec Bevelhimer averaged 48.6 yards per punt in Miami’s 19-0 win over Akron. He had three punts of over 50 yards, including a 60-yard boot and downed 3-of-5 kicks inside the Akron 20-yard line.
MAC Football West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dequan Finn, Toledo, Quarterback
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (King)
Junior quarterback Dequan Finn was brilliant in Toledo’s 49-23 victory over Eastern Michigan on Nov. 8, connecting on 23-of-27 passes for a season-high 407 yards and three touchdowns. He completed his first six passes and was 14-of-17 in the first half when Toledo jumped out to a 35-3 lead.
MAC Football West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Tyler Jackson, NIU, Linebacker
Senior, Alief, Texas (DeSoto HS)
In his first NIU start at linebacker, Tyler Jackson made a big impact with 10 tackles, the second-highest total by a Huskie in a game this year and recorded his NIU career high 1.5 tackles for losses of five yards. Jackson was also credited with a quarterback hurry.
MAC Football West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Palmer Domschke, Western Michigan, Kicker
Sophomore, Bollingbrook, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)
Palmer Domschke was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points and kicked a crucial field goal in the win over Central Michigan. The field goal came late in the fourth quarter and gave the Broncos a two-score lead when he connected from 27 yards to make the score 38-28.
JIM HARBAUGH: MICHIGAN ‘GOTTA BE AMERICA’S TEAM’ OVERCOMING NAYSAYERS
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watched the Wolverines defeat Penn State on television as the team took on what he considers a new identity.
“The perseverance, just the stalwartness of these guys. Watching it, I would say, ‘This has gotta be America’s Team,” Harbaugh said Monday.
“America loves a team that beats the odds, beats the adversity, overcomes what the naysayers and critics, so-called experts think. That’s my favorite kind of team. Watching from that view on the television it was, ‘Finally. People get to see what I see every day.’”
Harbaugh wasn’t on the sideline for the Wolverines’ 10th win of the season on Saturday and said he found out he was suspended while aboard the team plane to Pennsylvania. His availability for the postseason — the Big Ten conference championship next month and the College Football Playoff — is up in the air.
“Someone showed me their phone,” Harbaugh said, saying he found out “via social media. (Michigan athletic director) Warde (Manuel) was pretty upset. He was on the plane, too. Pretty upset he heard it through social media, not the Big Ten office.”
Michigan is ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings with the latest version due to be released Tuesday night.
The suspension also carries game-day bans for Harbaugh for the final two games of the regular season — including a showdown with current CFP No. 1 Ohio State — for actions the conference said violated the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy, including conducting in-person scouting that led to stealing signs.
Harbaugh’s bid for an emergency restraining order on Friday was denied. Though the Wolverines played Saturday without Harbaugh on the sideline for the fifth time this season, Michigan left with a 24-15 victory.
Harbaugh served a four-game suspension from the Michigan sideline to start the 2023 season for recruiting violations and NCAA allegations he lied to investigators about the matter.
Harbaugh is permitted to serve as head coach during the week, including at practices. He arrived at his news conference on Monday with a raspy, gravelly voice but said he’s not sick.
“I’m the iron wall that viruses bash against and shatter,” Harbaugh said, noting his elixir will be “more pushups and eat an apple.”
DOES BO KNOW HEISMAN? OREGON’S NIX NEWEST LEADER
Most figured a Pac-12 quarterback would factor heavily into the 2023 Heisman Trophy picture, but few could have predicted the race might come down to a conference championship showdown between Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr.
In a Heisman Trophy race that has seen numerous QBs take the lead with oddsmakers, Nix is now the +100 favorite at BetMGM and the +120 favorite at DraftKings. That’s after throwing four touchdown passes in Oregon’s 36-27 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.
That was the fourth loss in five games for the Trojans, all but ending the repeat Heisman hopes for quarterback Caleb Williams, who entered the season as the heavy favorite.
Nix is currently trailed by Washington’s Penix, who is being offered at +275 and +300 by the two books.
Penix got the better of Nix last month, throwing a game-winning touchdown pass in the Huskies’ 36-33 win at home. The teams appear to be on a collision course for a rematch in the Pac-12 championship game, which could determine which makes the College Football Playoff — and who takes home the Heisman.
Nix has thrown for 3,135 yards with 29 touchdowns against only two interceptions through 10 games, while Penix has racked up 3,533 yards through the air with 28 touchdowns and seven picks.
Close behind them is LSU’s dynamic quarterback Jayden Daniels, who is being offered at +400 by BetMGM and +380 by DraftKings.
The top non-quarterback is Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., who is at +450 at both books. With no quarterback able to put a vice-grip on the Heisman yet, Harrison has thrust himself into the picture with 59 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding another score on the ground.
Meanwhile, Big Ten rival J.J. McCarthy of Michigan has been going the other direction through no fault of his own. After edging into the lead just three weeks ago, McCarthy is now a +10000 longshot at BetMGM and has just slightly better +9000 odds at DraftKings.
The Wolverines are 10-0 and coming off a win at Penn State, but Michigan is also embroiled in a sign-stealing investigation. That has resulted in coach Jim Harbaugh being suspended from the sidelines for the final three regular-season games, and McCarthy’s Heisman hopes have been collateral damage.
The junior has thrown for 2,194 yards and 18 TDs against just three interceptions. However, Michigan’s ground game has also taken charge, with McCarthy not making a single official pass attempt in the second half against the Nittany Lions.
Another quarterback who has seen his odds plummet is Jordan Travis, who has guided No. 4 Florida State to a 10-0 start. He hasn’t thrown an interception in his past three games, but Travis is coming off a modest 265-yard passing day against unranked Miami.
He also lacks the signature wins of the other marquee quarterbacks. The Seminoles, who have faced only one ranked team since their season-opening win against LSU, play host to North Alabama this weekend before their annual game at Florida and then the ACC championship game, likely to be against Louisville.
HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS (BetMGM/DraftKings)
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon (+100/+120)
Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington (+275/+300)
Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU (+400/+380)
Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State (+450/+450)
Carson Beck, QB, Georgia (+3000/+4000)
Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State (+4000/+4500)
Jalen Milroe, QB, Alabama (+5000/+5000)
J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan (+10000/+9000)
SHEDEUR SANDERS CLOSING IN ON COLORADO SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS THROUGH PAIN OF ALL THE SACKS AND HITS
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Shedeur Sanders is closing in on several Colorado records despite all the bumps and bruises from all the sacks and hits.
These days, the Buffaloes quarterback has become just as fluent in managing the pain that comes with being sacked 48 times as with running the Buffaloes’ pass-centric offense. He’s needed at least two pain-numbing injections this season to get through games and a few days off from practice here and there to recover from constantly scrambling behind a shaky offensive line.
But here he is, with two games left, just 57 yards shy of breaking Colorado’s single-season passing mark of 3,200 yards set by Sefo Liufau in 2014. Sanders, who’s made his watch-flex pose after big moments a popular trend, also has 26 TD passes, leaving him three away from eclipsing Liufau’s mark of 28 for a season.
The durable Sanders is also doing everything he can to help the Buffaloes (4-6, 1-6 Pac-12) pull out of their funk. They’ve dropped six of seven since a 3-0 start and now need two wins on the road — at Washington State on Friday, at No. 16 Utah in the regular season finale — to become bowl eligible.
“You can’t really go in a dark hole and you can’t go in a dark tunnel when you’re having a season like this because nothing will ever be perfect in life,” said Sanders, who went 23-3 as the starting quarterback at Jackson State before arriving in Boulder with his father, Deion Sanders, to help turn around a Colorado program that went 1-11 a season ago. “So you’ve got to take the good, you’ve got to take the bad. So that’s what I take from all this — is just keep being consistent, keep playing the game, keep doing my job, keep doing everything we could do to be able to have success.”
For Shedeur Sanders, that’s making sure he gets enough treatment throughout the week (his dad has given him some rest days) and by any means necessary to make it through a game. He received a pain-relieving injection at halftime against UCLA, his dad explained. And he needed another for his sore hip in order to finish the Oregon State contest.
“You have to mentally prepare yourself all week,” Shedeur Sanders said of dealing with the pain. “No matter what, it’s going to hurt.”
The persistence of Sanders earned him the “ Buffalo Heart Award ” after Colorado’s final home game of the season last Saturday, a 34-31 loss to No. 19 Arizona. The award is presented annually to the Colorado player who best exemplifies “heart, determination, desire and grit.”
“It means a lot that they understand what I’m going through day to day,” Sanders said. “I’m pushing through mentally, physically, and emotionally. I’m just very proud they are able to see that, too.”
Couple his production in Boulder with what he accomplished at Jackson State and Shedeur has thrown for more than 10,000 yards in his career.
Not that his performance on the next level is a big surprise to him.
“This proves you could come from anywhere and go to a different division, go play on a different level, on a different stage, and be able to do it,” Sanders said. “I really feel like it should be inspiration toward other FCS players, knowing all it takes is you just have an opportunity to do it on a bigger stage.”
The Buffaloes’ offensive line gave him more time to operate last weekend, with Sanders sacked three times against Arizona. He was brought down four times the week before against No. 10 Oregon State and seven times the week before that at UCLA.
“Just do the math, I feel like it’s an improvement,” Deion Sanders said. “They (offensive line) gave us a clean pocket at times. The times he had to scramble, you’re going to do that because the opposing team is going to blitz sometimes. But overall, I really think they’ve improved tremendously.”
Colorado also found some offensive rhythm in the second week of longtime NFL coach Pat Shurmur calling the plays after being promoted to the role of co-offensive coordinator. Fellow offensive boss Sean Lewis signaled them in from the sideline.
“We’ve got to be able to execute no matter what,” Shedeur Sanders said. “We have to have the type of mindset that no matter what, we’re going to get this.”
AP TOP 25 REALITY CHECK: A TOP-FIVE OF PERFECT 10S HAS BEEN UNCHANGED FOR FIVE WEEKS
There are more perfect 10s at the top of the AP college football poll than there have been in 14 years.
The top-five teams in the rankings Sunday are all 10-0. The last time there were at least five teams at 10-0 or better atop the rankings was 2009, when there were six.
During the 10-year College Football Playoff era this the first time there have been five 10-0 teams from Power Five conferences.
As the best teams in the country roll along in a season that has lacked big upsets, the top-five has been unchanged for five weeks: No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 Washington.
The last time the top five went that long unchanged was 2020 when it stayed the same for six week from Nov. 8-Dec. 13. Of course, that was anything but a normal season.
Before then, 2013 was the last season the top five held steady for at least five weeks, going unchanged from Sept. 8-Oct. 6.
It has also been three straight weeks of the same top eight, including No. 6 Oregon, No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Alabama.
While it feels like something has to give, maybe not for another coupe weeks.
Among the perfect 10s, only Michigan and Ohio State are scheduled to play each other before CFP selection Sunday on Dec. 3.
Extended to the top-eight and it gets more interesting. Washington and Oregon could rematch in the Pac-12 title game. Georgia and Alabama have already wrapped up spots in the Southeastern Conference championship.
Reality check can’t complain much about the AP poll voters because there hasn’t been much to argue about — at least at the top of the rankings — for a while.
No. 1 Georgia (10-0)
Next: at No. 21 Tennessee, Saturday
Reality check: TE Brock Bowers returned from ankle surgery with a touchdown catch against Mississippi and the Bulldogs showed again no team is better at its best.
No. 2 Michigan (10-0)
Next: at Maryland, Saturday.
Reality check: QB J.J. McCarthy’s rushing numbers have been modest (171 yards and three touchdowns), but it is a nice weapon to have in big spots as the Wolverines showed against Penn State.
Ranked: Just right.
No. 3 Ohio State (10-0)
Next: vs. Minnesota, Saturday.
Reality check: As great as WR Marvin Harrison Jr., is, it’ll be tough for him to win the Heisman Trophy, which has become a quarterback award. A massive game against Michigan is a must to even have shot.
Ranked: Could be No. 4.
No. 4 Florida State (10-0)
Next: vs. North Alabama, Saturday.
Reality check: Allowing a few huge pass plays has distorted the Seminoles’ otherwise improving defense. Fluky or systemic problem?
Ranked: Could be No. 3.
No. 5 Washington (10-0)
Next: at No. 10 Oregon State, Saturday.
Reality check: Despite having a couple of well-regarded edge rushers in Bralen Trice and Zion Tupuola-Fetui, the Huskies don’t get much pressure and are last in the Pac-12 with 13 sacks.
Ranked: Respect the perfect record. Respect the head-to-head. Getting harder to do every week.
No. 6 Oregon (9-1)
Next: at Arizona State, Saturday.
Reality check: Opponents have mostly abandoned the run against DT Taki Taimani and the Ducks’ defensive front. Only twice this season have they allowed more than 4.0 yards per carry in a game.
Ranked: About right.
No. 7 Texas (9-1)
Next: at Iowa State, Saturday.
Reality check: Red-zone troubles (125th in the nation in TD conversion percentage) have prevented the Longhorns from putting opponents away. And now they’ll be without star RB Jonathon Brooks (knee).
Ranked: Still, respecting that head-to-head against Alabama.
No. 8 Alabama (9-1)
Next: vs. Chattanooga, Saturday.
Reality check: CB Kool-aid McKinstry was a preseason All-American but fellow CB Terrion Arnold has played like a potential All-America, too.
Ranked: Just right.
No. 9 Louisville (9-1)
Next: at Miami, Saturday.
Reality check: Cardinals are a victory away from clinching a spot in the ACC title game, but also coming off one of their worst defensive performances of the season against Virginia.
Ranked: Too high.
No. 10 Oregon State (8-2)
Next: vs. No. 5 Washington, Saturday.
Reality check: Could be the first of two straight top-10 matchups for the the Beavers with the Ducks up next. For a program left behind in the Pac-12 by its rivals, it’s a chance to take a measure of revenge on a big stage.
Ranked: Just right.
No. 11 Missouri (8-2)
Next: vs. Florida, Saturday.
Reality check: In next year’s 12-team College Football Playoff format, the Tigers would be making a playoff push in the last two weeks of the season.
Ranked: Little low.
No. 12 Penn State (8-2)
Next: vs. Rutgers, Saturday.
Reality check: Coach James Franklin fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich after another big-game flop by the offense. There is still a chance for Penn State to get to 10 wins, and before you say it’ll be an empty 10 wins, it’s a whole lot better than losing to Rutgers and/or Michigan State.
Ranked: Too high.
No. 13 Mississippi (8-2)
Next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday.
Reality check: The only team in the country unlucky enough so far to face both Georgia and Alabama lost by a combined 76-27. Of course, Auburn does it every year.
Ranked: Little low.
No. 14 Oklahoma (8-2)
Next: at BYU, Saturday.
Reality check: Sooners ended a two-game losing streak with their best defensive performance in a while, holding West Virginia to 4.6 yards per play.
Ranked: Little high.
No. 15 LSU (7-3)
Next: at Georgia State, Saturday.
Reality check: The last three Heisman winners to play on teams that lost three games are Florida’s Tim Tebow (2007), Baylor’s Robert Griffin III (2011) and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (2016). That’s the company QB Jayden Daniels is trying to keep.
Ranked: Little low.
No. 16 Utah (7-3)
Next: at No. 19 Arizona, Saturday.
Reality check: WR Devaughn Vele has 19 catches for 281 yards in the last three games and is the closest thing a wonky passing game has to a No. 1 receiver.
Ranked: Just right.
No. 17 Tulane (9-1)
Next: at Florida Atlantic, Saturday.
Reality check: If you have been betting on the Green Wave to cover over the last few weeks, you’re taking a bath. They have played four straight one-possession games against losing teams.
Ranked: Too high.
No. 18 James Madison (10-0)
Next: vs. Appalachian State, Saturday.
Reality check: After losing DE Jalen Green (knee), the nation’s leader with 15 1/2 sacks, to a season-ending injury last week, the Dukes had a season-low one sack against UConn.
Ranked: Little high.
No. 19 Arizona (7-3)
Next: vs. No. 16 Utah, Saturday.
Reality check: The numbers don’t jump out, but WR Tetairoa McMillan does when you watch him. One of the most underrated receivers in the country.
Ranked: Too low.
No. 20 Notre Dame (7-3)
Next: vs. Wake Forest, Saturday.
Reality check: Expect a strong finish from RB Audric Estime, who had three 100-yard games early in the season, but only one in the last six.
Ranked: About right.
No. 21 Tennessee (7-3)
Next: vs. No. 1 Georgia, Saturday.
Reality check: Staring at an 8-4 season, the Volunteers got a sobering dose of reality: One big season with a special quarterback doesn’t necessarily mean the program is ready to compete with the best of the SEC every year.
Ranked: About right.
No. 22 North Carolina (8-2)
Next: at Clemson, Saturday.
Reality check: After just six games, WR Tez Walker is the the Tar Heels’ leading receiver with 35 catches for 600 yards and six TDs.
Ranked: Just right.
No. 24 Oklahoma State (7-3)
Next: at Houston, Saturday.
Reality check: Not many ranked teams will have two losses as ugly as the Cowboys’ combined 78-10 thrashings by South Alabama and UCF.
Ranked: This is OK, but the Cowboys can produce a wide-range of outcomes.
No. 25 Liberty (10-0)
Next: vs. Massachusetts, Saturday.
Reality check: First-year coach Jamey Chadwell didn’t inherit a loaded roster from Hugh Freeze, but he quickly has turned the Flames into the Conference USA’s best team.
Ranked: Just right.
STAT WATCH: LSU’S JAYDEN DANIELS ONLY FBS QUARTERBACK TO PASS FOR 350 AND RUN FOR 200 IN SINGLE GAME
LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels turned in the top statistical performance of the season against Florida and went from being a long shot for the Heisman Trophy to a serious contender.
Daniels passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 234 and two TDs in a 52-35 win Saturday night, and his 606 yards of total offense were a national season high.
He became the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history with 350 yards passing and 200 yards rushing.
“If he didn’t win (the Heisman) tonight, then he’s got to be the leading candidate,” coach Brian Kelly said. “He did something tonight that nobody has ever done. If that doesn’t make you the leading candidate, then maybe the Heisman isn’t for the best player.”
Daniels’ rushing total was a school record for a quarterback, and he joined Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (2013) as the only Southeastern Conference players with 200 yards passing and 200 rushing in a game.
Daniels also became the only FBS player with 12,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing in a career.
FanDuel Sportsbook on Monday listed Daniels and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. (plus-400) as its bettors’ co-No. 2 choices on the Heisman money line behind Oregon’s Bo Nix (minus-110).
HOLDING GABRIEL RESPONSIBLE
Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel was responsible for eight touchdowns in a 59-20 win over West Virginia. He passed for five and ran for three while amassing 473 yards of total offense.
Washington State’s Anthony Gordon was the last player responsible for so many TDs, with nine against UCLA in 2019.
ALL-PURPOSE CHART TOPPER
Cody Schrader’s 321 all-purpose yards for Missouri in a 36-7 win over Tennessee were an FBS season high.
He ran 35 times for 205 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 116 yards, and his all-purpose total was second in program history behind Devin West’s 333 against Kansas in 1998.
Schrader became the first Mizzou player with 90 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving, a feat he accomplished in the first half.
THE 200 CLUB
Daniels and Schrader were among four players to rush for 200 yards. The others were UCF’s RJ Harvey, who ran 24 times for 206 yards against Oklahoma State and San Jose State’s Kairee Robinson, who had 19 attempts for 200 against Fresno State. There have been 25 200-yard rushing performances this season.
Nebraska’s FBS-high turnover total increased to 27 after it threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in a 13-10 loss to Maryland. The Cornhuskers played three quarterbacks in the game, and each was intercepted.
The Cornhuskers have thrown 14 interceptions and lost 13 fumbles. Their 27 giveaways are the most through a Week 11 since San Jose State turned the ball over 39 times in 2017, according to Sportradar.
Jeff Sims has the second-highest interception rate since 2000 for a quarterback with more than 40 attempts. Sims, who started the first two games and has been a backup since, has been picked off on 12.8% of his attempts (6 of 47) this season. Baylor’s Kerry Dixon had a INT rate of 13.8% (9 of 65) in 2000.
Michael Dansby, who hadn’t played in San Jose State’s previous three games, made a dazzling return. He ran back an interception 98 yards for a touchdown early in the second half to break open a 42-18 win over Fresno State. It tied for second-longest interception return in the FBS this season and was the longest by an SJSU player since Gerald Jones’ 99-yard pick-six against Nevada in 2003.
BRADY HOKE TO RETIRE AS SAN DIEGO STATE COACH AT END OF THE SEASON AFTER 6 YEARS WITH THE SCHOOL
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State coach Brady Hoke announced Monday he will retire from leading the Aztecs after this season, having guided the program for six years over two stints that included three bowl appearances.
Hoke, 65, is 39-31 (.557) at San Diego State, but just 3-7 this year. He is in the fourth season of his second term as Aztecs head coach.
“I am proud of what we accomplished at San Diego State,” Hoke said. “I am grateful to all the great student-athletes I’ve had the chance to work with, molding them into men, husbands, fathers and pillars in the community. I will always cherish my time leading this program.”
Hoke went 13-12, turning around a long struggling San Diego State program in 2009-10 before becoming head coach at Michigan.
He went 31-21 in four years with the Wolverines. He was fired during the 2012 season.
Hoke returned to San Diego State first as an assistant in 2019 under Rocky Long, then was promoted to head coach again in 2020. He led the Aztecs to a school record 12 victories in 2021.
Hoke also spent six seasons as head coach at Ball State, his alma mater, going 34-38 with a 12-win season in 2008.
MISSISSIPPI STATE FIRES ZACH ARNETT AS HEAD COACH IN 1ST SEASON AFTER SUCCEEDING THE LATE MIKE LEACH
Mississippi State fired Zach Arnett on Monday after less than one season as head coach, just under a year since he took over the Bulldogs after the tragic passing of Mike Leach from a heart issue.
Arnett leaves the university after a 5-6 record, including a 4-6 mark this season with the program tied for last in the Southeastern Conference West Division at 1-6.
Senior offensive analyst Greg Knox, who has worked around the SEC for 28 of his 35 years of coaching, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2023 season, the university announced.
Mississippi State has games remaining against Southern Mississippi and rival Mississippi.
Arnett, 37, was in the first of a four-year contract that paid $3 million annually plus incentives. The contract length was the maximum allowed under Mississippi state law.
Arnett began this season as the SEC’s youngest head coach and the first of Hispanic descent in league history, and vowed last summer to maintain the same intensity. Mississippi State couldn’t fulfill that goal with a front-loaded schedule that included ranked LSU and Alabama, and certainly not after record-setting quarterback Will Rogers’ injury.
Athletics director Zac Selmon said in a statement that he determined a change in leadership was needed for the football program to move forward and “position it for the highest level of success.” Selmon added that he has the utmost respect for Arnett and appreciated his effort but the on-field results weren’t at the expected level.
Selmon said at an afternoon news conference that Arnett’s coaching staff will remain through the rest of the season. Players were informed of the decision Monday morning.
A search firm will be used to find the next head coach and that process is already underway, Selmon added.
“We don’t want to mix just jumping out there to do it if it’s not the right fit, not the right person for Mississippi State, so we’ll be as thorough as we need to be,” he said.
Shocking as in-season firings might seem, next month’s signing period has resulted in schools taking a more aggressive approach to hiring coaches. Consider how Mississippi State quickly promoted Arnett to interim coach and then head coach three days after Leach died on Dec. 12 to maintain continuity within the program and convey stability on the recruiting trail.
“We understand what’s happened with the transfer portal, we understand the recruiting calendar, we understand final schedule,” Selmon said. “So with all of that, there’s a lot of variables that we’ll take into consideration. But at the core of what we’ll do is make sure that we hire the best person for Mississippi State.”
Selmon acknowledged the challenging situation Arnett faced last December in taking over the Bulldogs after the death of Leach. Arnett had been defensive coordinator during Leach’s two-years-plus tenure at the school and had built it into one of the SEC’s toughest defensive units.
“There is no question that he has made a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes during his time here,” Selmon said in the statement. “We are grateful for his contributions to Mississippi State and wish him the very best both personally and professionally.”
After several seasons of exciting, high-octane offense with the Air Raid under Leach, the Bulldogs haven’t been nearly as proficient since switching to a pro-style scheme under Kevin Barbay. They rank last in the SEC in scoring (21.8 points per game) and next to last in total offense (325.8 yards).
They were thumped 51-10 by Texas A&M on Saturday in what turned out to be Jimbo Fisher’s finale in College Station. Fisher was fired on Sunday.
Mississippi State has scored 33 combined points in its last four games, one of which was a 7-3 victory at Arkansas.
Rogers missed those four games with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. The Bulldogs started true freshman Chris Parson at Texas A&M before turning to Mike Wright.
Defensively, the Bulldogs entered last weekend ranked 10th in the league at 362 yards allowed per game.
Arnett eventually guided the Bulldogs to a 19-10 ReliaQuest Bowl victory over Illinois to cap a 9-4 season. That game featured multiple tributes to Leach and demonstrated Arnett’s impact as defensive coordinator.
Knox, 60, spent last season as Buffalo’s running backs coach after four years in the same capacity at Florida, where he also was special teams coordinator.
Knox was the Gators’ interim coach for the final two games in 2021 after Dan Mullen was let go, guiding them past rival Florida State before they lost to UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl.
Mississippi State presents Knox with a similar scenario, trying to salvage some remnants of a lost season in Starkville.
“There’s a lot of games, a lot of stuff to play for,” Selmon said. “And I thought we at this point in the season, we needed that. Just a jolt of energy, a jolt of juice.”
NBA ROUNDUP: PASCAL SIAKAM’S LATE SHOT PUSHES RAPTORS PAST WIZARDS
Pascal Siakam made a jump shot with eight seconds to play and the Toronto Raptors came back to defeat the visiting Washington Wizards 111-107 Monday night.
Siakam had a season-best 39 points — 29 in the second half — and added 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Raptors overcame a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Scottie Barnes added 19 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, Jakob Poeltl scored 13 points and Precious Achiuwa had 10.
Kyle Kuzma scored a season-best 34 points for the Wizards, who have lost three straight. Daniel Gafford and Jordan Poole each had 14 points for Washington.
The Wizards led by as many as 23 points early in the third quarter.
Celtics 114, Knicks 98
Jayson Tatum scored 35 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, to propel Boston over visiting New York.
Tatum made 13 of his 23 field-goal attempts. He added seven assists and six rebounds in the win, which improved Boston’s home record to 5-0 and ended New York’s three-game winning streak.
Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 26 points. Julius Randle had 25 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Josh Hart (16) and Quentin Grimes (12) also scored in double figures for the Knicks.
Bucks 118, Bulls 109
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points and Bobby Portis added 19 off the bench to help Milwaukee beat Chicago, snapping a two-game skid.
Antetokounmpo and Portis each completed a double-double with 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Khris Middleton added 13 points while Damian Lillard scored 12 despite shooting 3-for-17 from the field
Nikola Vucevic led the way for the Bulls with 26 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Zach LaVine added 20 points while DeMar DeRozan was limited to 11 on 3-of-14 shooting.
Kings 132, Cavaliers 120
De’Aaron Fox poured in a game-high 28 points in 36 minutes in his return from a five-game absence, Domantas Sabonis missed a triple-double by one rebound and Sacramento topped visiting Cleveland.
Fox, recovered from a sprained right ankle, added six assists. Sabonis finished with 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Kings, who completed a 3-0 homestand. Keegan Murray (25 points) and Kevin Huerter (20) added to the Sacramento offense.
All five Cavaliers starters scored in double figures, led by Donovan Mitchell with 22 points. Evan Mobley added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which has alternated losses and wins for seven games.
DRAISAITL, MCDAVID HELP OILERS BEAT ISLANDERS 4-1 TO WIN KRIS KNOBLAUCH’S COACHING DEBUT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists, Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, and Edmonton beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Monday night in Kris Knoblauch’s debut as Oilers coach.
Zach Hyman and Evander Kane also scored for Edmonton and Stuart Skinner stopped 32 shots. The Oilers got their first home victory of the season and got their second straight win overall after losing four in a row.
It was Knoblauch’s first game since taking over for the fired Jay Woodcroft on Sunday following the Oilers’ 3-9-1 start.
McDavid, who was coached by Knoblauch in juniors, was happy to see him have early success.
“It’s obviously exciting for him. First win in the NHL, it’s been a long road for him. It is well deserved,” McDavid said. “He came in and was his calm self and didn’t give us too much. It was kind of like ‘guys go out and play.'”
Knoblauch was pretty pleased with his first day on the job.
“It feels amazing to get that first win, being a head coach was a highlight, just being here and obviously it gets much better when you win,” he said. “I liked how our team played, it wasn’t a perfect game, certainly we weren’t the better team in the first half of the game. I liked how we stayed patient, we stayed the course and we didn’t do any unnecessary risks.”
Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders and Ilya Sorokin finished with 28 saves. New York five in a row, including four straight in regulation.
“When you’re facing it and you’re feeling it and things are going the wrong way, it seems to pile on a little bit,” Islanders forward Anders Lee said. “So, we’ve got to stick together, take tomorrow, find a way and come back against Vancouver. That’s all we can do. It’s frustrating, it’s not fun right now.”
Knoblauch’s debut did not start smoothly as the Oilers coughed up a puck in their own end just 40 seconds into the game, allowing Bo Horvat to send it across to Barzal for a one-timer that beat Skinner glove-side.
Edmonton tied it with 5:43 to play in the opening period as Draisaitl skated around Islanders defenseman Sebastian Aho and took an off-balance shot that beat Sorokin for his sixth goal of the season.
The Oilers then took the lead with two power-play goals coming less than two minutes apart midway through the third period.
First, McDavid sent the puck from behind the net to Hyman in the crease and he chipped home his eighth of the season and fourth in the last two games at 7:35.
Draisaitl then made a long stretch pass to McDavid whose shot hit Sorokin but then trickled into the net at 9:33, ending his eight-game goal-scoring drought.
The Islanders took a chance with 2 1/2 minutes to play and pulled their goalie while on a power play, but Draisaitl intercepted a pass and sent Kane in on a short-handed breakaway to put his fourth into the empty net.
The Islanders were without defenseman Adam Pelech (lower body).
Islanders: At Vancouver on Wednesday night in the second of a four-game trip.
Oilers: Host Seattle on Wednesday night.
RANTANEN, COLTON SCORE 2 MINUTES APART IN SECOND PERIOD AS AVALANCHE BEAT KRAKEN 5-1
SEATTLE (AP) Mikko Rantanen and Ross Colton scored two minutes apart midway through the second period and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Seattle Kraken 5-1 on Monday night.
Cale Makar, Jonathan Drouin, and Valerie Nichuskin also scored for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon had three assists, and Devon Toews and Tomas Tatar each had two for Colorado. Alexandar Georgiev had 18 saves as Colorado won two of three in the season series, with the road team winning each time.
The win was coach Jared Bednar’s 300th, coming in his 550th game. He is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach.
“As a coach, you want them all to get rewarded for their hard work,” said coach Jared Bednar, who earned his 300th win. “One way to get rewarded is me giving them more ice time, but the production is what they’re looking for and what you need in order to win hockey games. So guys are feeling good about themselves, and it can carry over and give your team a little bit of confidence that you can get the job done under difficult circumstances.”
Brandon Tanev scored his first of the season for Seattle, making his return to action after suffering a lower body injury in the season opener at Vegas on Oct. 10. Joey Dacord finished with 26 saves.
Rantanen lifted Colorado into a 1-1 tie with 7:55 left in the second period. MacKinnon had a shot from the left circle that went off the side of the net. It bounced to Rantanen who swept it in for his 10th goal in 14 games. It is the second straight season Rantanen had tallied his 10th in fewer than 15 games.
Colton gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead with 5:48 left in the period when he was at the left post to poke in the rebound of Toews’ shot that had bounced off the chest of Dacord. It was his fourth of the year.
“I think we did a great job of coming to the rink that next day (after Saturday’s 8-2 loss to St. Louis),” Colton said. “We had a talk and kind of just said, ‘All right, we’ve got to flush it. This is unacceptable, took the slap on the wrist with video and then kind of learned from it.”
Makar made it 3-1 at 4:14 of the third with his fourth. Drouin’s goal at 9:09 was his first. Nichuskin’s with 3:17 left was his third.
“There were stretches of good hockey from our group, then there were times when we were not in the game and giving them too much time and space,” Tanev said. “When you give great players too much time and space, you make it look easy for them.”
Vince Dunn set up Tanev’s goal with a hard shot from the left circle. The puck rebounded to Tanev at the right post, and he shoveled it in at 6:13 of the first period.
Seattle thought it had taken a 2-0 lead on a short-handed goal by Alex Wennberg with 5:19 left in the opening period. But the Avalanche challenged it, claiming goaltender interference, and the challenge was upheld.
Avalanche: Host Ducks on Wednesday night.
Kraken: At Oilers on Wednesday night.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
CARLOS MENDOZA GETS THREE-YEAR DEAL AS METS MANAGER, TO BE INTRODUCED TUESDAY
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Mendoza was officially hired Monday as manager of the New York Mets with a three-year contract and the task of leading a turnaround from 2023’s huge failure.
The 43-year-old will be introduced Tuesday at Citi Field. His deal includes a team option for 2027.
Mets owner Steve Cohen and his wife Alex were the first people quoted in the team’s announcement.
“Carlos brings a wealth of experience to the Mets that includes more than a decade managing and coaching in the minors as well as serving as bench coach the last four years with our cross-town rivals,” they said in a statement. “Carlos is full of energy, passion and it was easy to see he’ll have a great rapport with both our veteran and young players.”
Mendoza spent the past four seasons across town as Aaron Boone’s bench coach with the New York Yankees. He replaced Buck Showalter, fired by the Mets on the final day of the season after two years as manager.
“I want Mets fans to know that I will pour every ounce of energy into this job and we share a common goal of bringing a championship to Queens,” Mendoza said in a statement.
Mendoza became the major leagues’ second Venezuelan-born manager after Ozzie Guillén, who led the Chicago White Sox from 2004-11 and Miami in 2012. Mendoza was Venezuela’s bench coach during this year’s World Baseball Classic.
His hiring was the Mets’ first major move under president of baseball operations David Stearns, hired last month.
“Carlos has a brilliant baseball mind and a finely honed ability to collaborate with others,” Stearns said in a statement. “He comes with a fantastic reputation as a trusted leader and someone who has been beloved in every stop of his career. Carlos knows what it takes to lead, especially here in New York, and I am looking forward to partnering with him to bring sustained success to this franchise.”
JOE ESPADA INTRODUCED AS MANAGER OF ASTROS, REPLACING DUSTY BAKER, WHO RETIRED LAST MONTH
HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Espada took a leave of absence as bench coach of the Houston Astros last year to spend time with his father when he fell ill with heart complications.
“I almost lost him while I was there,” Espada said. “And I asked God that day just to let him stay with me for a while longer because I wanted to share some good news in the future.”
On Sunday, he finally gave his father, Doloers, the long-awaited news of his promotion to manager of the Astros.
“I Facetimed and he started clapping,” Espada said. “His reaction was priceless.”
Espada was introduced as manager of the Astros on Monday, replacing Dusty Baker, who retired last month.
“I’m humbled by this,” Espada said. “This is a dream come true. I just can’t express my feelings about how happy I am to get to stay here and manage this team.”
It’s the first managerial position for the 48-year-old Espada, who has been Houston’s bench coach since 2018. Espada, who was born in Puerto Rico, is the second Latino manager in franchise history, joining Cuban-born Preston Gomez, Houston’s manager from 1974-75.
Espada had interviewed for multiple managerial positions in recent years without success. When Baker retired, he was optimistic he’d finally get his shot.
“I really hoped that I was going to get a chance to stay home and manage this team,” Espada said. “I love this city. I love this team. I love this community and I know I can protect and continue success and continue winning in this city.”
The Astros have advanced to the AL Championship Series in seven straight seasons and reached the World Series in 2021 and 2022, winning their second title in 2022.
“We wanted to continue the success here in Houston. … We came up with the right man for the job. Our fans deserve it,” general manager Dana Brown said.
Espada says he’ll immediately start setting up his coaching staff. In the year since Brown became the team’s general manager, he’s been impressed by Espada’s work ethic and demeanor.
“I was looking for someone with leadership skills, someone who could communicate, someone who would collaborate and ultimately someone who was humble,” Brown said. “I’ve had a chance to talk to Joe Espada almost the whole year and we’ve had great conversations, we hit it off early and I think, without a question, Joe is a good fit for this job.”
Espada began his coaching career in the Marlins organization, working in the minors until moving to the big-league club as the third base coach in 2010.
He remained with the Marlins through the 2013 season before taking a job as a special assistant to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. He joined the Yankees coaching staff in 2015 and worked as their infield and third base coach through the 2017 season.
Espada is a favorite among players and has strong relationships with everyone on the roster.
“Communication with these players is very important, empower them to have a say in the process,” he said. “I’ve seen this team win a lot of games and I know what it takes to win. I know how to push these players and when to push them and I think it matters.”
Espada was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the 1996 amateur draft and spent nine seasons in the minors. He advanced to Triple-A as a player but retired at age 29 after failing to reach the majors before starting his coaching career.
GUNNAR HENDERSON, CORBIN CARROLL UNANIMOUS ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
Baltimore Orioles infielder Gunnar Henderson and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll were named the American League and National League Rookies of the Year on Monday night, both by unanimous consensus.
Henderson and Carroll each received all 30 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Henderson, 22, joined a litany of Orioles players to win the award that includes Eddie Murray (1977), Cal Ripken Jr. (1982) and, most recently, Gregg Olson (1989).
After appearing in 34 games in 2022, Henderson retained rookie status for 2023 and split his time between shortstop and third base. In 150 games, Henderson batted .255 with a .325 on-base percentage and a .489 slugging percentage. He hit 28 home runs, 29 doubles, nine triples and 82 RBIs en route to winning a Silver Slugger award.
Behind Henderson, Cleveland Guardians pitcher Tanner Bibee placed second in voting with 67 total points. Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas was third at 25 points.
Carroll is the first player in Diamondbacks history to win Rookie of the Year honors.
Carroll, 23, also made his MLB debut in 2022 in a limited capacity before becoming an everyday player in 2023. Carroll batted .285 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage over 155 games for an Arizona team that reached the World Series.
Carroll hit 25 home runs, 30 doubles and 76 RBIs while stealing 54 bases. He was named to the NL All-Star team.
New York Mets pitcher Kodai Senga finished second in voting (71 points) after his first MLB season since coming over from his native Japan. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder James Outman finished third with 20 points.
PURDUE, PENN STATE AND NEBRASKA COLLECT BIG TEN WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL HONORS
Player of the Week
Raven Colvin, Purdue
Jr. – Middle Blocker – Indianapolis, Ind. – Heritage Christian – Major: Accounting
- Averaged a .500 attack percentage in Purdue’s 2-0 weekend over RV Minnesota and Michigan State
- Posted a season-high 14 kills at Minnesota, recording just one error on 22 swings for a .591 hitting percentage, a Big Ten play season-high for Colvin
- Followed the season-best with 12 kills and two errors in a 24-attempt performance for a .417 hitting % vs. Michigan Sate
- Colvin added six blocks in each of the matches, averaging 1.50 blocks per set in the 2-0 weekend for the Boilermakers
- Last Purdue Player of the Week: Chloe Chicoine (9/11/23)
Defensive Player of the Week
Lourdès Myers, Purdue
R-Jr. – Middle Blocker – Alliance, Ohio – St. Thomas Aquinas – Major: Human Development and Family Science
- Tallied a career-high nine total blocks in the Boilermakers’ four-set win vs. Michigan State
- Posted six block assists at Minnesota to help Purdue secure a series sweep vs. the Gophers
- Helped limit opponents to a .144 hitting percentage, the second-best mark in Big Ten play last week
- Led the league with 1.88 blocks per set in Week 12 and helped Purdue to the most team blocks per set margin in the conference last week at 3.63 blocks/set
- Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Raven Colvin (10/30/23)
Setter of the Week
Mac Podraza, Penn State
Gr. – Setter – Sunbury, Ohio – Big Walnut – Major: Business Management Foundations
- Averaged 11.86 assists per set, 2.43 digs per set and 1.00 blocks per set in No. 19 Penn State’s wins over Michigan (3-0) and No. 2 Wisconsin (3-1)
- Podraza tallied a season-high 51 assists in the win over the Badgers, adding 13 digs and four blocks in the Nittany Lions’ highest ranked win since 2017
- Last Penn State Setter of the Week: Mac Podraza (10/2/23)
Co-Freshmen of the Week
Andi Jackson, Nebraska
Fr. – Middle Blocker – Brighton, Colo. – Brighton High School – Major: Business Administration
- Jackson averaged 2.13 kills per set, 1.13 blocks per set and a .714 hitting percentage, helping Nebraska remain perfect on the season and move to 16-0 in conference play with wins over Northwestern and Illinois
- Jackson had eight kills and six blocks while hitting .600 in a 3-1 win over Northwestern, and followed that performance with nine kills and three blocks behind a career-best .818 hitting percentage against Illinois
- Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Bergen Reilly (10/30/23)
Chloe Chicoine, Purdue
Fr. – Outside Hitter – Lafayette, Ind. – McCutcheon – Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Led Purdue with 18 kills in the Boilermakers’ win over Michigan State. Totaled 14 kills at Minnesota to record 32 kills and average 4.00 kills/set in Purdue’s 2-0 week
- Led all Big Ten freshmen in Week 12 averaging 4.00 kills per set and is currently fifth in the league with 4.94 points per set, a mark which also leads all freshmen
- Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Chloe Chicoine (10/23/23)
TOP INDIANA RELEASES/NEWS
GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT 76ERS (IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT)
The Pacers (6-4) and 76ers (8-1) will meet on Tuesday night in Philadelphia for the second time in three days, but thanks to a unique scheduling wrinkle, Tuesday’s game actually has higher stakes than their previous contest.
That’s because Tuesday’s contest is designated as a group play game in the NBA’s new In-Season Tournament (IST). Indiana and Philadelphia are currently at the top of East Group A after both teams won their first group game. The winner of Tuesday’s contest will have the inside track to finish at the top of the group and secure a spot in the IST quarterfinals in December.
The Pacers will be have revenge on the mind on Tuesday after dropping a 137-126 decision to the Sixers on Sunday. To change the outcome on Tuesday, the Blue & Gold will be focused heavily on slowing down the duo of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.
Embiid, the reigning MVP, has tormented the Pacers for years and had another big night on Sunday with 37 points and 13 rebounds. But Maxey was even better, as the fourth-year guard went off for a career-best 50 points.
The Pacers have now surrendered 50 or more points to a player in two consecutive games, as Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 54 in Indiana’s 126-124 win over Milwaukee on Thursday. Prior to those two games, the Pacers had only allowed 13 50-point games in over 47 seasons of NBA basketball.
In spite of their challenges on the defensive end, the Pacers continue to be a juggernaut offensively. Indiana currently leads the NBA in both offensive rating (122 points per 100 possessions) and assists (30.7 per game) and are second in 3-pointers per game (15.8) and 3-point percentage (.389).
All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton has taken his game to another level, recording double-doubles in eight of his first nine contests to open the season, including a 25-point, 17-assist performance in Sunday’s loss. Haliburton ranks 19th in the league in scoring at 23.8 points per game and his league-leading 12.2 assists per contest are a full two assists more than second-place Trae Young.
Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Bruce Brown, F – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner
76ers: G – Tyrese Maxey, G – De’Anthony Melton, F – Nicolas Batum, F – Tobias Harris, C – Joel Embiid
76ers: Kelly Oubre Jr. – out (fractured ribs)
Nov. 12, 2023: The Pacers hung around with the Sixers for much of the night despite big nights from Maxey and Embiid, but Philadelphia pulled away late for a 137-126 lead.
Indiana rallied from a 19-point deficit and actually took its first lead of the night early in the fourth quarter, moving in front 105-104 on Aaron Nesmith’s layup with 10:45 to play. But the Sixers immediately answered with a 10-2 run and Maxey then took over to help keep the Pacers at bay over the final minutes.
Haliburton was brilliant in the loss, registering another double-double with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting (3-of-6 from 3-point range), 17 assists, and no turnovers. Myles Turner added 22 points while going 4-for-9 from beyond the arc and also tallied five rebounds and three blocks.
But it wasn’t enough to overcome Maxey and Embiid, who combined for 87 points. Maxey set a new career high with 50 points, going 20-for-32 from the field and 7-for-11 from 3-point range, while also amassing seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. Embiid added 37 points, going 12-for-26 from the field and 12-for-14 from the free throw line, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.
The Pacers have dropped their last seven games against the 76ers, their longest active losing streak against any NBA team. Indiana’s last win over Philadelphia came on Nov. 13, 2021 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Indiana has also lost eight in a row at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pacers haven’t won at Philadelphia since Dec. 14, 2018.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle needs four wins to pass Frank Vogel for the most in NBA franchise history. Carlisle currently as 247 career wins in Indiana. Vogel had 250, while Hall of Famer Slick Leonard is the overall franchise leader with 529 career victories across the ABA and NBA.
Myles Turner needs three 3-pointers to pass Billy Keller (506) for fourth place in franchise history.
Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)
TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
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The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5:00 PM ET.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
INDIANA OPENS 37TH CONSECUTIVE NCAA TOURNAMENT AT HOME
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana men’s soccer will host Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Monday (Nov. 13).
IU returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 48th time in 51 seasons while making its NCAA-record 37th consecutive appearance.
Indiana and Lipscomb will play their first-round match Thursday (Nov. 16) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff time is TBA.
The Hoosiers won the Big Ten Championship Double despite a 3-3-4 start to the season. Since then, Indiana has won nine of its last 10 including four of five Big Ten matches. With the run, Indiana secured its 12th Big Ten Championship Double, winning a share of the regular season title before beating co-champion Penn State in the tournament final.
The 2023 championship field consists of 48 teams with the tournament running from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11. The NCAA College Cup, consisting of the national semifinals and final, will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Indiana has appeared in the College Cup 22 times, including four of the last six, and has won the national title on eight occasions.
TOM ALLEN MONDAY PRESSER
TOM ALLEN: Good morning. Just want to start by congratulating Todd Yeagley and our soccer program, being regular season and conference tournament champions. Once again, just continued success in being the class of soccer in the Big Ten is impressive, so congrats to them. Wish them the best in the tournament.
Wanted to recognize some of our players for the week from this past week. The scouts that continue to do a tremendous job getting us ready, Race Stewart, Aaron Stewart, defensive scout team players of the week.
Offensive scouts were Eli Jochem and Derin McCulley.
On special teams, Jackson Wasserstrom and Clayton Allen. Guys continue to work really hard for our team, help us get prepared.
Obviously still just a tough, tough loss Saturday. Super proud of our fight of our team, and just the ability to give us a chance at the end. Really encouraged by the growth of our offense and their development. Very disappointed in our defense.
It’s on me. It’s my responsibility. Take full responsibility for that as head coach, and that side of the football must play better and really just didn’t get the job done.
But definitely played well enough offensively to win the game.
Opportunity this week is tremendous, being the Brass Spittoon. Huge opportunity for our team. Our guys understand, and thought we had a really good day yesterday coming back, bouncing back, and getting their minds right and having a good day together. That’s their whole focus now is get ready for the first trophy game we have of this season, and big opportunity.
Michigan State is a very talented football team; that’s just very obvious when you watch film. Physical, plays very, very hard. Just a lot of respect for them staying together and fighting, and it’s obvious on film that’s what they continue to do.
Big week for us, important game. Can’t wait.
Q. With a bowl opportunity off the table, a couple weeks left, I know you want to do right by the seniors and try to win out, but how do you get young guys more reps for the future? What’s your philosophy on that?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, there will be some that will naturally be involved just because of some guys getting nicked up or dinged up this time of year, but the objective is to win the football game Saturday and the following week, as well. Two very important games for us, for our program and for everything moving forward.
Bottom line is that yes, some of those younger guys are going to have opportunities because of their development throughout the season and get those chances during these last couple weeks of practice, but at the same time, the goal is to win the game.
Q. What’s kind of the plan this week in practice in terms of addressing some of the miscommunications and breakdowns defensively and just how you’re going to try to go about fixing that?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I think from day one, just continued reps on possible scenarios that happen within a call, with motions and movements, different things like that, and just make sure all the guys that are going to play are fully prepared for that, starting with the walk-throughs all the way through even some post-practice work to make sure those get fixed, that they get corrected.
Obviously caused us issues on Saturday, so without question, major emphasis. Make sure the plan is direct and simple enough to be executed by all the guys that may be playing, due to whatever happens throughout the course of the game, and making sure that our guys can execute the calls because that’s what has to happen.
Q. Wanted to ask you about Donaven. Obviously you tapped him as a potential breakout guy since the spring, but since he moved to receiver he’s dealt with two wide receiver coaches, two offensive coordinators, five quarterbacks. How has he been able to develop in the way he has despite all those moving pieces?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, that’s a valid point. I think it’s just a testament to him, his talent, his drive. He just keeps getting better and better all the time. I saw that in him and felt like he could be.
He and I have had a lot of one-on-ones about it, and the way he played on Saturday is the way I envisioned him playing, being a guy that is a very difficult match-up, very big, strong and tough to defend.
To me, I just think it’s once again, he’s worked extremely hard. He’s very coachable, very humble in regards to whoever he’s with. He doesn’t have some big it’s-all-about-me ego. It’s not that at all. He just works hard. Whoever the quarterback is, it’s just, give me the ball, give me a chance to make a play.
Just love who he is as a person, which is to me a great testament to his family. He’s been very well-raised. He understands how to do things the right way on and off the field, and that’s a tremendous thing. He just comes up and shows up every day and works really, really hard, and he’s a competitor.
Love him. I just think — continue to say he’s just going to keep rising.
Q. This might be an obvious question, but in dealing with sort of the letdown of losing bowl eligibility, the advantage basically of having these two trophy games — I recognize every game is important, but there being something tangible that you can put in front of the guys and say this is what you’re fighting for, it’s a rivalry, it’s a trophy game, there’s something we’ll be able to hold up and celebrate if we can win even if our longer term goals are off the table?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, there’s no question, and I don’t set the schedule. The fact that we play Michigan State at this point in the season, again, I think is — yeah, definitely advantageous in regards to what you just stated.
Our guys have worked extremely hard, and it’s a very driven group, very motivated group.
The seniors want to be able to do everything they can to raise that trophy at the end of the game. It means a lot to them.
Obviously even this past season, you saw the response a year ago, and it’s no different this year. We definitely have a lot to play for, and we understand that it’s a testament to your character as a person, as a team, and as a program when you don’t allow the circumstances on the outside to dictate your focus, your effort, how you do things on a daily basis and eventually how you perform on game day. Great opportunity in front of us, and we’re excited about it.
Q. The defense has had some kind of wild swings this year in terms of looking really good one week and then the next falling backwards. Have you been able to trace why is it you see that difference level in practice, or is it just — I’m curious, what have you seen behind the scenes? Have you been able to predict where this team is going in a given week on defense?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I will say this: I didn’t see this one coming. I didn’t. There’s been a couple weeks where I was concerned about our focus maybe collectively going into a certain game. But not the case this week. Just really hard to pinpoint for sure the reasons for some of the things.
I know you had about five pass plays that accounted for three-fourths of their yards, which is crazy, and I think it kind of caused us even as we called it, as Matt called it, just to — kind of squeaky about some calls that we probably shouldn’t have abandoned that broke down on us early to stay with them, because I think we needed some of those.
But at the same time, I don’t think — there wasn’t anything in the week that I saw that, man, I was really worried about this, about them not being locked in or focused or being able to make those communications and checks.
But I do think it does go back — we keep saying it, but being able to play several different guys and they’ve got to be able to get in there and make adjustments and be able to make the checks and do the things we’re supposed to do.
But once again, it’s my responsibility. It’s on the coaches. Our guys played hard, and they fought and they battled. Even defensively, as bad as we played at times, we had some huge stops in the score zone to force field goals, a huge stop at the end of the game to be able to force the punt to give our offense the ball back to at least drive down the field with a minute 30 to go and no time-outs. They bowed up in those situations, but obviously we didn’t do a good enough job as coaches, and like I said, the buck stops here.
The guys practiced hard last week, and I expect them to practice hard again this week. You’re right, the inconsistency is very frustrating, but it’s obviously a focal point for us this week to be able to allow us to be able to play to what we believe is our standard and the way we need to play and we can play, and that’s what we’ve got to do.
Q. When you said “frustrating,” you’ve seen what the defense can be. Does that make it harder each week when you fall back —
TOM ALLEN: Oh, yeah, I think there’s no doubt. That’s human nature. If you didn’t think they could do it, it’s just, okay, he just kind of — but when you see, you know the product that can be put out there on a consistent basis and when it doesn’t happen, especially when you see how well we were playing offensively on the road and had an opportunity that is so massive in front of us. It’s just really difficult to accept.
But at the same time, there’s a reason for everything, and we’ve got to face it and identify it.
So yeah, it is hard, a hard pill to swallow, but we’ve got to own up to it and move forward.
Q. With Aaron Casey, Saturday being the last time that he’ll be playing in Memorial, when you kind of reflect back on his recruiting process to now, what are you most proud of in how far he’s come?
TOM ALLEN: You know, I would say just the grit and perseverance that he’s displayed. It hasn’t been easy for him to just come here and become the guy right away. It took several years. Most guys aren’t willing to do that. They’re not willing to wait.
He’s showed tremendous just diligence and being true to himself. He’s been very consistent on and off the field. He’s never been a guy that’s ever caused any issue whatsoever, even when he was young and wasn’t getting to play. Just always where he’s supposed to be, doing what he’s supposed to do, and just growing, growing step by step.
It’s just been such a neat process to see him just grow and develop gradually over time, and then to be able to play his best football in his final season is just what you want.
You want guys to come here and be developed as men and as football players, and that’s what he’s done. Through all that, he’s been consistently taking care of his business in the classroom and representing his family in a first-class way in all that he does. That to me is to see a young man come here and fulfill his full potential, maximize that, that’s what you want for your guys.
We had a vision for him as a player when he got here, and he’s stayed true to that, he’s stayed with us, and it’s neat to see him rewarded for that.
Q. Asking about Andre Carter, in the same light, he’s only been here for the one year, but in getting to know him and learning his backstory, it seems like he’s been a pretty good representation of your program. Looking back on him this year, his impact, what do you take most from him?
TOM ALLEN: Well, you take a young man like that that a year ago we didn’t know, and you get to know him through the process. It’s a pretty quick process you go through. You see that you’re able to get him an opportunity for something he wants to be able to do for himself and his future.
Then just being a quality, quality person, just a joy to be around. You see that with him one-on-one. He has a good heart for people. He cares. He’s been through a lot. Life has not been easy for him and his family.
Just to see him choose to be able to just keep going — even yesterday coming back after a frustrating situation on Saturday and just come back with a smile and realize, hey, it’s back to work, I’m just being a pro about things, and that’s what you’ve got to be able to do.
We talked so much about the future of our guys and we spend such a really small part of their life playing football. There’s going to be so much more beyond the game and what their identity is as a man is never what happens on the football field even though it’s easy for that to be the case.
Just those kind of conversations with a guy like that that’s mature. He’s been through a lot in his life, and he sees that part of it.
So at the same time, he wants to also chase after being great on game day. I think we’ve helped him grow in those areas, helped him fulfill some of those things, but we want to see him finish out the right way.
Proud of bringing a guy like that here that fit with us, represents us in a great way in all that he does and is going to continue to play hard and finish strong.
Q. You’re very openly a very positive guy, but the third straight year without a bowl, you have these losses this year, some of them have come because of offensive problems, some of them defensive problems, some of them some special teams breakdown. When you’re driving home after a game, where is your level of frustration, and at some point do you say what do we have to do to get on the same page? Where is your level of frustration right now?
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, you know, being positive is a choice. I’m not positive because life is easy; you’re positive because life is hard, and things are hard. We have a lot of challenges that we have to battle and things you have to go through to get your guys ready to play, then the landscape of college football is now completely different than it’s ever been and those challenges have been accelerated here.
It’s just a really — “frustrating” is probably the best word to use. Just I was sick about that game and the outcome of that game and just did enough good things holistically and then enough mistakes defensively in my opinion to not, but you’ve got to protect the football, too. We’ve got to not get a kickoff return all the way inside the 20 called back and those kind of things that you can’t do to hurt yourself.
But you know what, that’s just being able to — the margin for error is very, very small, and to be able to eliminate those mistakes in all three phases that work together, and when they all do, we have a chance to be a really good football team.
It’s been very frustrating without question, and at the same time, I’m responsible. I’m in charge. It’s our program. I’ve been put in position to lead it, and when you don’t get the results you want, it’s on me.
Yeah, it’s hard to sleep. You lay your head down and you’ve got a million things going on in your head. You want it so bad for your kids, your players, our families, our coaches, their families, our fans, our university, everybody I represent, you feel all that. I’m just going to keep battling, keep fighting, but at the same time, it’s been hard, to be real honest with you. We’ve got to adapt and adjust to the new world that we’re in, and it’s different. There’s no question about it, with the changing of rosters and the different things that go with that.
At the end of the day, we’re going to stay together, keep arms locked and just keep fighting, keep building, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’ve got a chance to finish out with two huge trophy games that mean a whole lot to this team, to this program and to this university, and that’s the plan.
Q. Obviously Rod Carey came in, not an easy situation coming in mid-stream taking over the offense. Just talk about from the outside there’s been tangible improvement. Talk about what you’ve seen as far as improvement each week with the offense and him leading things.
TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I think really proud of him and the job he’s done with our offense. I think obviously Saturday was a great proof of that, that he’s done a really good job of bringing the staff together first and then bringing the offense together and being able to just keep seeing a little bit of growth every single week. It starts up front. Those guys’ development has continued to be there.
Then with the quarterback play, that’s been a huge plus these last few weeks, and then the receiver play has been elevated in all the positions.
I just think that there’s just a lot to be said about getting everybody believing, everybody together, and just getting some more consistent execution.
Still, got a chance to grow and got more opportunities to improve in that area. Could have done some more things on Saturday, as we all would agree as we talked and watched film from the game.
But just really proud of what he’s done, and you’re right, it’s not an easy situation to do that at all, but he’s come in and taken the guys that are here, both coaches and players, and got them all together and done a great job leading that group.
That to me is very exciting, very encouraging, and definitely one of the huge pluses from this past weekend.
GAME NOTES: MICHIGAN STATE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – With two games left in the regular season, there is plenty to play for as the first of two trophy games arrives with the Battle for the Brass Spittoon on Saturday (Nov. 18) inside Memorial Stadium when the Indiana football program hosts Michigan State. The 66th showdown for the spittoon will kick at noon on Big Ten Network.
In the final home game of the 2023 season, Indiana will honor its seniors in a pregame ceremony.
INDIANA (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) hosts MICHIGAN STATE (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten)
Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, Ind.)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | Noon ET
TV: Big Ten Network | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting the Scene
• The 66th Battle for the Brass Spittoon will take place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday between Indiana and Michigan State on Big Ten Network at noon. The all-time series sits at 49-18-2 in favor of MSU, with a 49-15-1 edge for the Spartans for the spittoon.
• After a 2022 double-overtime victory at Spartan Stadium, Indiana will look to retain the brass spittoon for back-to-back seasons for the first time since it won three straight between 1967-69.
• The Battle for the Brass Spittoon began with the 1950 meeting and the two schools have met in 66 of the last 74 seasons, which includes 13 straight seasons. During that stretch, the two teams did not meet in 1971-72, 1979-80, 1999-2000 and 2009-10.
• The road team has won each of the last three meetings with Indiana winning in East Lansing during the 2020 and 2022 campaigns and Michigan State winning at Memorial Stadium in 2021.
By The Numbers
9 – Receiving yards by junior Donaven McCulley at Illinois for his first career 100-yard receiving game. MORE ON PAGE 10
16 – Tackles for loss or no gain by Aaron Casey per Pro Football Focus to lead all Power 5 tacklers. MORE ON PAGE 12
19 – Of the 23 scholarship transfer student-athletes made their Indiana debut on the season. Of those, 18 appeared in the season opener and 10 have made at least one start in 2023.
2016 – Is the year of the last 100-tackle season by a Hoosier defender, as Aaron Casey is on pace to become the next to reach the mark with 86 stops through 10 games.
News & Notes
• Redshirt senior Aaron Casey has at least one tackle for loss in seven of the last eight weeks and has produced five straight games with at least eight tackles. He’s on pace to post the first 100-tackle season since Tegray Scales in 2016 with 86 stops entering Week 12.
• Casey piled up 4.0 tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks as part of a nine-tackle effort in the win over Wisconsin in Week 10 to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. His 4.0 TFLs are the most by a Hoosier since 2016 and rank tied for No. 9 in a single game in 2023.
• His 86 tackles rank No. 5 in the Big Ten entering Week 12 and he leads the Big Ten with 14.5 tackles for loss, which ranks No. 9 in the FBS. Casey’s 16 tackles for loss or no gain lead the Big Ten and the Power 5 per Pro Football Focus.
• Redshirt freshman Brendan Sorsby has accounted for 12 touchdowns over the last four weeks – all starts – with eight passing and four rushing scores. Over the last three weeks, Sorsby has rushed and threw for a score in each game.
• Sorsby became the first Indiana quarterback since at least 1996 with multiple passing touchdowns of 60-plus yards in a single with two scoring strikes over 60 yards at No. 10/10 Penn State as part of a three-touchdown day from the pocket.
• Per Pro Football Focus, redshirt senior Andre Carter ranks No. 11 in the Big Ten with 26 total pressures (sacks, QB hits or hurries).
• With 2.0 tackles for loss in each of the first two games of the season, Carter’s 4.0 TFLs were the most by a Hoosier in the first two games of a season since 2004 when Kyle Killion posted 5.5 tackles for loss.
• Redshirt senior Josh Sanguinetti pulled in his third career interception in the fourth quarter at No. 10/10 Penn State to set up the game tying score and end Drew Allar’s FBS record for attempts to start a career without an interception (311 attempts).
• Senior Louis Moore grabbed his first career interception in the second quarter versus Akron and followed that with his first defensive touchdown in the third quarter versus the Zips. He added his first Big Ten interception at Illinois in Week 11.
• The first career 100-yard receiving game for junior Donaven McCulley came at Illinois, as he piled up 11 catches (17 targets) and 137 yards with two touchdowns. He has 30 catches for 300 yards over the last three weeks.
• The Indiana special teams units blocked its first kick of the 2023 season at Maryland to move its streak to 12 straight seasons with at least one blocked kick. Special teams coordinator Kasey Teegardin’s crew has blocked at least one kick in each of his four seasons as the corps leader.
MICHIGAN STATE NOTES: https://msuspartans.com/sports/2023/8/28/michigan-state-football-2023-media-center.aspx
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
#2 PURDUE BEATS XAVIER IN THE GAVITT GAMES 83-71
 Purdue 83, Xavier 71 (Postgame Info)
No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 3-0 with an 83-71 win over Xavier in the 2023 Gavitt Games played at Mackey Arena.
The Boilermakers are now at least 3-0 for the third straight year, finishing the Gavitt Games with a 3-2 record (0-1 vs. Villanova; 2-1 vs. Marquette; 1-0 vs. Xavier).
The win was Purdue’s 27th straight non-conference, regular-season victory, dating to Dec. 8, 2020. It was also Purdue’s 17th straight win in the month of November and 22nd straight non-conference win at Mackey Arena.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak to Xavier, which had been the second-longest active losing streak to a single opponent (UCLA – 8). Purdue’s last win over Xavier had been on Dec. 5, 2001.
The Boilermakers have scored 83 or more points in their first three games for the second time in three years (2021-22) and for the fourth time under Matt Painter (2023-24, 2021-22, 2018-19, 2017-18).
The Boilermaker have shot at least 50.9 percent from the field in all three games this year.
Purdue has shot at least 46 percent from 3-point range in two of the three games this year. A year ago, Purdue shot at least 46 percent from 3-point range just twice all season.
Purdue is 61-14 (.813) overall since the start of the 2021-22 season.
Purdue shot 50.9 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. Purdue has won 57 straight games when shooting at least 50-40-70 from the three levels.
Purdue has won 52 straight games when scoring at least 80 points and is 74-2 when scoring 80 points since the start of the 2017-18 season.
Zach Edey recorded his 41st career double-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. It was his 20th career 20-10 game, now third among all active players (Armando Bacot, Fardaws Aimaq).
Edey moved into a tie for 18th place on the school’s career scoring list (1,595).
Through three games this year, Edey has 62 points, 30 rebounds and 11 blocks in just 77:25 of action. Per 40 minutes, Edey is averaging 32.0 points, 15.5 rebounds and 5.7 blocks. He has also drawn 27 fouls in those 77+ minutes.
Braden Smith tallied 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds and is now averaging 11.7 points, 8.3 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Myles Colvin went 3-of-3 from long distance for a career-high nine points, and is now shooting 7-of-10 from long range this year.
Purdue’s bench went 5-of-7 from long range. As a team for the season, Purdue is shooting 31-of-67 (.463) from 3-point range.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey’s second-half presence Monday night put pressure on Xavier.
His Purdue teammates took advantage of the openings he created and, of course, having the contributions of the reigning national player of the year.
Edey scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half while grabbing 11 rebounds and Braden Smith added 12 points and seven assists as the second-ranked Boilermakers pulled away late for an 83-71 victory over the Musketeers in their final Gavitt Tipoff game.
“We tried to keep him between a body and the basket and limit his offensive rebounds, his deep catches,” Xavier coach Sean Miller said. “We held him to 28 and 11 and he fouled out the whole team.”
The Boilermakers (3-0) extended their school record for consecutive regular season wins against non-conference opponents to 27. They also snapped a five-game losing streak in the series by beating the Musketeers for the first time since December 2001. The schools hadn’t met since 2012.
Xavier (2-1) was led by Desmond Claude with 15 points and six assists. Three players had 10 points.
But, as most teams do, the Musketeers struggled to contend with the 7-foot-4 Edey, who drew 11 fouls and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Abou Ousmane, a 6-10 forward, spent most of the night in foul trouble before picking up his fifth foul with 8:04 to play.
“If you watch him, you expect him to make every shot, but so does he,” coach Matt Painter said of Edey. “His gauge isn’t somebody else, his gauge is himself. But I know as long as we win, he’s happy.”
Xavier certainly made life more difficult for the Boilermakers than last week when they won two games by more than 30 points each.
Purdue scored the final four points of the first half to take a 37-29 lead and still couldn’t pull away after extending the margin to 46-35 early in the second half. The Boilermakers finally used an 11-5 spurt to open up a 71-57 cushion with 6:28 to go and Xavier never seriously challenged again.
Xavier: With six freshmen and four transfers, the Musketeers’ ceiling remains a mystery. But if Monday’s game is any indication, coach Sean Miller’s squad could pose a real obstacle in the Big East.
Purdue: Instead of jumping out to a big, early lead and pulling away, the Boilermakers passed their first real test of the season — and just in time for next week’s Maui Invitational.
COLVIN, MYERS, CHICOINE NAMED TO BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following a weekend of wins at Minnesota (W, 3-1) and vs. Michigan State (W, 3-1), a trio of Boilermakers were selected by the Big Ten conference office for weekly awards.
Raven Colvin was named Player of the Week, Lourdes Myers was selected Defensive Player of the Week and Choe Chicoine earned Co-Freshman of the Week. The honors mark the first of its kind for Colvin and Myers, while it is the fifth of the season for Chicoine.
With the honors, Purdue has set a program-best 12 weekly awards this season (previous: 11 in 2022).
Colvin averaged a .500 attack % over the two matches, with 26 kills and just three errors on the weekend in 46 attacks. At Minnesota, the junior posted a season-high 14 kills, with one error on 22 swings to lead the Boilermakers with a .591 hitting %, which marked a Big Ten season-high. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis, Indiana native followed the effort with a 12 kill, two error performance vs. Michigan State. She posted six total blocks in each match.
Overall, it is Colvin’s fourth nod by the Big Ten, having earned Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 30, Oct. 23 and Sept. 25.
Earning her first career accolade, Myers led the Big Ten with 15 total blocks in just two matches. The Boilermaker set a career-high nine total blocks in the four-set win vs. Michigan State after totaling six block assists at Minnesota. With her presence at the net, Purdue held opponents to a .144 attack % while averaging a Big Ten-leading 29 total blocks (3.63 per set) over the weekend.
Chicoine led all freshmen with 4.00 kills per set while averaging 4.94 points per set, a mark that ranked fifth among all players last week. The Lafayette, Indiana native led the team with 18 kills vs. Michigan State, coming one dig shy of a double-double, and tying a career-high four aces and three block assists. Meanwhile, the weekend began with a 14-kill performance at Minnesota, where she came also came within reach of a double-double, with eight digs and one block solo.
It is her fifth Freshman of the Week honor and the sixth total of the season.
This week, Purdue will have a pair of home matches. First, the Boilermakers take on Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. Twenty-four hours later, Purdue returns to action against Maryland, for a 7 p.m. ET start on B1G+.
RYAN WALTERS MONDAY PRESSER
Q. Seemed like third and short, fourth and short was your worst nightmare. Lost all these linemen, and last week your line plays maybe the best game of the year. You got Josh Kaltenberger back, but you’ve got guys playing out of their natural positions. What changed for that unit that you were able to have the success you had last Saturday?
RYAN WALTERS: I think couple things. You know, I think from a schematic standpoint our offensive coaches have done a good job of identifying what works with this roster and what is realistic to ask them to do.
Coupled with Hudson feeling healthy and being able to utilize him in the run game as well, and just our guys’ willingness to go fight. That’s what I was most proud of, especially up front.
Like you said, we’ve battled adversity through injuries, and like I said after the game, just playing musical chairs with who is at what position. Those guys’ attention to detail and willingness to learn and put time and effort into multiple positions, to be able to communicate different looks based on what’s called, they played really clean in the run game, and as a result we were able to get those short yardage first downs and run for 353. That’s a big deal.
Q. Speaking of adversity, when a college kid hears blood clots, that’s a pretty scary thing, especially if you rely on your leg for your position. Just kind of tell us about Freehill’s process and patience to hopefully get back. Obviously had a lot of success for you the other day.
RYAN WALTERS: Yeah, you’re right. Shoot, when we heard blood clots for the first time as a staff, in my mind — I’m not a doctor — but does sound like a big deal.
So had him see the specialist and gave him some time off. They also did a minor procedure and when he was healthy and felt comfortable enough to kick, he did.
Soon as it got to a point where there wasn’t any swelling when he would try to have those days where he would kick consecutive, then he was ready to go. Glad he is available now. He’s been doing a good job. I know he wants that one kickoff back that went out of bounds, but otherwise did a really nice job.
Q. Is your idea there to try to make the return man have to decide, do I let this roll into the end zone or…
RYAN WALTERS: No, it’s not by design, believe me. We were trying to keep the ball in bounds. Nobody wants to put the ball in the air near the goal line and play more than me, I promise you.
So we’ll keep working on that and try to get it fixed.
Q. What in the hell is the story behind this scary ass Chucky doll you guys come out to the field?
RYAN WALTERS: You will not be seeing the Chucky doll anymore, I promise. I didn’t notice it until we were about to leave the tunnel and run on the field. By that time, I thought if I would’ve done what I wanted to do, it would’ve been a distraction.
So we have had that conversation and Chucky will be put to rest. (Laughter.)
Q. Ryan, where has this offense been all year?
RYAN WALTERS: You know, that’s a loaded question, right? I think there are a multitude of reasons, not really excuses, but reasons why we haven’t been able to consistently perform the way we have or the way we did on Saturday.
One is just, you know, the health of the roster on offense, right? You got a new scheme, you got new faces, coupled with injuries throughout the season and coupled with like the type of opponents we’ve played.
There isn’t a team we’ve played that has a losing record, so the combination of those things throughout the course of the year and those things happening at different times, it’s hard to be consistent and it’s hard to improve when you don’t have those consistencies throughout the week, week to week, to improve.
So I think, one, like Hudson being healthy and being able to utilize his legs, his improvisational skills, and then also having like the same guys up front communicating with each other.
Tyrone and Mock healthy together again, Garrett Miller is getting healthy as the weeks go, and then having consistency on the outside with the wideout group for multiple weeks in a row. It’s all those things that kind of factor into being able to go perform and execute, right?
I always believed in the plan schematically week to week, and I just think we were able to execute that plan on Saturday. As a result, you know, sort of looked like we all believed it to look and really looked like in practice.
Q. You mentioned you haven’t played — nobody on your schedule has a losing record. What did you think the first time you realized that? I think one of our guys figured out the combine the record of your opponents is 71-39 right now.
RYAN WALTERS: I mean, everybody saw that pre-season, right? I think by various accounts we had — like one publication would say it’s the toughest schedule in the country; the other one was like Top 5.
I’ll be interested to see where it is at the end of the season. We all knew we were going to be playing quality opponents week in and week out, we knew the health of our team was going to be important, and we all knew our ability as a staff to adapt and adjust to the roster and what was going on week to week was going to be important as well.
And so obviously the win/loss column is not what we wanted it to be at this point, but I do think we have improved as a roster, as a program, not only on the field, but just the culture, the way we operate, the consistency with which we practice, buy-in from the guys, just all the things that make up a program in order to have sustained success.
I think those things are getting put in place, and we’re just trying to finish out the season strong so we gain some momentum and confidence going into next year.
Q. Nobody would dispute Mockobee and Tracy are two of your better playmakers. How often do you try to get both those guys on the field at the same time?
RYAN WALTERS: Yeah, I think that was just part of whatever Graham and the offensive staff thinks is conducive to what we’re seeing from the defense. If you had them out there at the same time too much, then they both get tired. Like to have one of those guys fresh and going in a game.
It does add some problems for defenses if they have to worry about both of those guys out there at the same time.
Q. I know no coach likes to get ahead of themselves, but there is I guess a shot, even 5-7 maybe you guys could get to a bowl game. Has that thought crossed your mind at all?
RYAN WALTERS: A little bit. You know, right now my thoughts are all on Northwestern. It would be beneficial if we lucked into that.
Obviously got to close out the season the right way to get that opportunity. If it comes, I mean, that’s added practices that are vital to the progress of your program, so would definitely help.
Q. Ryan, at some point almost every week you’ve been asked about how your team’s mood was, energy after losses. I think it’s fair to ask the same after the win. Any difference? Energy the same?
RYAN WALTERS: I mean, yeah, you win, right, you put a lot of effort and sweat equity into trying to come out victors in a field of competition, so everybody was obviously excited to see the results of what you worked hard for throughout the course of the week.
Then again, Sunday was like, okay, you put the game to bed, reset, let’s go do it again. You get back, refocused, and not riding the high of success. You know, it’s back to putting your head down and going to work and getting to know your opponent.
Q. Speaking of your opponent, what have you seen from Northwestern that you guys need to focus on?
RYAN WALTERS: Yeah, I’ve been really impressed through the year. They hit adversity more than anybody else did right from the jump with the coaching change and all the things surrounding that program.
So I was ultra impressed with the culture. You can tell those guys are rallied behind that staff, and you can tell that by the way they play. They play really, really hard. They play with discipline. They play with detail. They play with a toughness and a physicality.
So I’ve been impressed with just that on both sides of the ball and special teams, just the effort and physicality with which they play.
Offensively, you know, they operate primarily out of 11 and 12 personnel, but they’ll mix in an extra tackle here or a tight end. They’ll put two quarterbacks in there at times and give you a little bit of variety.
They play extremely well and together up front. I think the running back runs really hard. The quarterback’s got a good arm and he’s consistent. They got some wideouts that have some speed. The guy that transferred from Michigan in the slot can blow the top off the defense.
Then the two guys on the outside that do most of the playing are very consistent and don’t drop a lot of balls and run clean routes. So I’m impressed with the scheme they have on offense.
On defense they really rely on the second level. They’ve had a lot of experience. Most of their production comes from that group, and I think schematically it’s designed that way. They play with poise and fundamentals up front.
On the back end they got one of their safeties is really, really physical and will get downhill in a hurry, and when he gets it the ball carrier he gets there with an attitude. Been impressed him.
So we will have to play the way we played on Saturday, with that same type of effort, same type of physicality, same type of confidence. So I’m excited to go compete on the road and try to get two in a row for the first time this season.
Q. Ryan, 11:00 a.m. kickoff in Evanston. Probably not going to be a super big crowd or great super electric atmosphere. Are you worried about coming out flat? Probably not going to be a classic college football atmosphere.
RYAN WALTERS: You know, the thought has definitely crossed my mind. Definitely going to address it. Any time somebody is keeping score you got to be ready to go and chomping at the bit.
We definitely didn’t come off to a fast start this past weekend, but were able to rally and get stops when we needed them.
Yeah, I’ve been there. I’ve played at their stadium and I know what type of atmosphere to expect. But any time, like I said, the ball is kicked off and time is on the clock and somebody is keeping score, we got to be ready to go.
Q. They’ve obviously improved throughout the course of the year. You look at them last year under Coach Pat Fitzgerald and now with David Braun. How much have they morphed from the early in the season to now?
RYAN WALTERS: Not a huge different difference. Couple different guys are playing, but I know Braun had a lot of respect for Fitzgerald. Fitz was one of the more respected coaches in his conference, and you kind of saw the locker room rally behind Fitz and campaign for Fitz when that happened, and I guarantee you just by the way they play, that locker room, that university is chomping at the bit to get that interim tag pulled off.
So I’ve already explained to our guys what type of psyche this locker room probably has, again, with the physicality and effort that they play with and them continue to go improve week to week. You know they’ve rallied behind him. They’re at five wins. They need one more with two games to go to get to a bowl game. We’re going to get their best effort. There is no doubt. That is because they give everybody their best effort, especially here lately.
Like I said, I’m excited for a four quarter, tough, gritty, grimy, physical, detailed game.
Q. Just personnel-wise, Daniel Johnson didn’t play. What about Dylan Downing. Went off on a cart last week.
RYAN WALTERS: DJ is a week-to-week deal with some of the things he’s battling from an injury standpoint.
And Dylan, I don’t think was as bad as we thought it was postgame, and so hopefully he’ll be ready to go with some good rehab.
THIENEMAN EARNS FOURTH B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the fourth time this season, defensive back Dillon Thieneman earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades after helping the Boilermakers beat Minnesota.
The only defensive player in Big Ten history to win the award four times, Thieneman joined wide receivers Rondale Moore (2018) and David Bell (2019) as the only Boilermakers to be four-time B1G Freshman of the Week honorees. Both Moore and Bell went on to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in their respective debut seasons.
Thieneman collected the latest honor after leading Purdue in tackles for the sixth time in 2023. The Westfield, Indiana native tallied a team-high nine tackles in the victory over the Golden Gophers, and his five solo stops were also a Purdue best. With Thieneman at the back end of the defense, the Boilermakers limited Minnesota to 4-for-14 on third down (28.6 percent). Thieneman and the Purdue defense stepped up in the second half, allowing only 45 yards through the first 25 minutes before Minnesota added a late touchdown drive when the game was already in hand.
In his first season as a Boilermaker, Thieneman has already become a leader on the Purdue defense and one of the best defensive players in the country. As the nation’s leading freshman in tackles (88), solo tackles (60) and interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (2), Thieneman was named a semifinalist for the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award. He is the only Big Ten player up for the honor.
A consensus Midseason Freshman All-American, Thieneman ranks fourth nationally in solo tackles, averaging 6.0 per game. His 8.8 total tackles per game not only lead Purdue but rank third in the Big Ten and are more than any other freshman in the country. Thieneman has also made three interceptions this season, ranking 31st nationally and one of only four freshmen to record three INTs.
Thieneman and the Boilermakers hit the road for the final time in 2023, making the trip north to battle Northwestern (Nov. 18). Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT) on BTN.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL
BUTLER ROLLS ETSU FOR THIRD STRAIGHT 30-POINT WIN TO OPEN SEASON
Butler posted its third consecutive dominating performance to open the season, running away from East Tennessee State by a score of 81-47 Monday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Butler (3-0) has outscored its first three opponents of the season by a combined 108 points in 120 minutes of play.
The Bulldog defense forced ETSU (1-2) into 19 turnovers, which Butler converted into 36 points.
Butler held a slim 12-11 lead at the 11:49 mark of the first half before closing the opening stanza on a 33-9 spurt to take a 45-20 halftime advantage.
COACH THAD MATTA: “Once again tonight, our defense really got us going. We had a good run there to close the first half. Our guys off the bench were phenomenal; gave us a great lift. Not just scoring, but with their rebounding and their defense.”
Butler has scored at least 80 points in all three of its games this season (going over the 90-point mark twice); the Bulldogs scored 80 or more only six times total during the 2022-23 season.
Connor Turnbull had six blocks, doubling his career-high. That total was one shy of the Butler single-game record.
Butler’s defense held ETSU to 31-percent shooting, the third consecutive opponent Butler has limited to 32-percent shooting or less.
No ETSU player reached double figures, the first time that Butler’s defense has accomplished that since the Feb. 29, 2020 win over DePaul.
The Bulldogs made 11 three-pointers Monday night, with four of those coming from Landon Moore.
Moore reached double figures for the first time as a Bulldog, finishing with 12 points.
DJ Davis led Butler with 15 points; he added five rebounds and four assists.
For the third straight game, Butler had at least five players in double figures as Davis and Moore were joined by Posh Alexander (13), Pierre Brooks II (10) and Jalen Thomas (10).
For Thomas, it was his first time this season reaching double figures; he and Jahmyl Telfort had a team-high six rebounds.
Through three games this season, nine different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game. Davis, Brooks and Alexander have each scored in double figures in all three games to start the season.
Butler is 73-2 over its last 75 non-conference home games.
Butler has won 11 straight non-conference home games.
This served as the first match-up between Butler and ETSU.
Butler was without freshman Augusto Cassia, who sustained a strain to a muscle in his right leg more than a week ago. He is out indefinitely, and his status will be updated in the coming weeks.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs travel to No. 18/19 Michigan State Friday night as part of the annual Gavitt Tip-Off Games. The tip in East Lansing is set for 6:30 p.m. on FS1.
IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL
JAGUARS LOOK TO EXTEND BEST START SINCE 2009 ON TUESDAY NIGHT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The IUPUI basketball team will look to build on the program’s best start since the 2009-10 season on Tuesday night (Nov. 14) when the Jaguars take on Indiana State (1-1) inside the Hulman Center at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+. IUPUI (2-0) has opened the year with back-to-back wins over Spalding and at Valparaiso to start the current campaign.
At Valpo, the Jaguars outscored the host Beacons 22-11 over the final 6:10 to race to a 66-56 road victory. Bryce Monroe finished with 20 points and four rebounds and sophomore Vincent Brady II chimed in with 10 points off the bench in the victory. Senior John Egbuta provided a major lift off the bench on the interior with eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in 25 minutes.
After shooting just 29 percent in the opening half, the IUPUI offense got rolling in the second half, shooting 47 percent after intermission, including hitting 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from three.
Tuesday’s game marks the first meeting between the two schools since a 2015 contest in Terre Haute, won by the Jaguars, 72-70. IUPUI is just 3-5 all-time against ISU and 1-3 in four meetings in Terre Haute.
“For us, we knew our offense eventually would come. In general, we haven’t played that well offensively. One message that we’ve been emphasizing to the team is that we can defend. It gives you a chance to win. If you defend it, rebound it and we got stops and when you do that constantly, constantly, constantly, and then we played unselfish and that gives you a chance to compete and win the game,” Crenshaw said following Friday’s win at Valparaiso.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER
IRISH EARN #2 OVERALL SEED FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team was selected as the No. 2 overall seed and earned a bid into the NCAA Championship for the 24th time in program history.
The Irish will host the winner of Xavier and Kentucky in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Alumni Stadium. The match will air on ESPN+. The tournament bracket was unveiled on Monday afternoon.
The Irish have earned a top-16 national seed for the 15th time in their history. This marks the first time in program history that Notre Dame has earned the No. 2 seed.
Notre Dame (11-2-4) is making its fourth NCAA Championship appearance under McFarland Family Men’s Head Soccer Coach Chad Riley. The Irish will be playing in the NCAA Championship for the 20th time in the last 23 seasons.
The Irish are 21-20-5 (.511) all-time in NCAA Championship play. Notre Dame has advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 on 11 occasions, the national quarterfinals five times (2006, 2007, 2013, 2018, 2021), the College Cup twice (2013, 2021) and claimed the national championship during the program’s inaugural NCAA College Cup appearance in 2013.
Notre Dame has faced eight other qualifiers this season, entering 2023 NCAA tournament play. Of the 16 teams to earn national seeds, the Irish have faced five of the programs.
The ACC led all conferences for most teams in the field, seeing nine affiliate teams earn berths into the 2023 NCAA Championship field. Along with No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 UNC, No. 7 Virgina, No. 9 Clemson, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 15 Duke, Louisville, Syracuse and Pitt are set to represent the conference on the road toward the NCAA College Cup in Louisville.
Following Thursday’s first round and Sunday’s second round games, the NCAA Championship continues with third round matchups on Nov. 25 or 26 at campus sites. The national quarterfinals will follow on Dec. 1 or 2 at campus venues. The 2023 NCAA College Cup will be contested on Dec. 8 (national semifinals) and Dec. 11 (national final) at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, live on ESPNU.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
MEN’S BASKETBALL BACK IN WORTHEN TUESDAY NIGHT VS OAKLAND CITY
The Ball State men’s basketball team hosts Oakland City at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in finale of a three-game homestand to begin the season at Worthen Arena.
The battle between the Cardinals (2-0) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Mighty Oaks (1-3) will be the second on the schedule for Ball State against an NAIA member after having defeated Goshen College 101-40 last Tuesday. From here, the calendar features games with NCAA Division I teams exclusively.
Jalin Anderson’s career highs of 29 points and nine rebounds led the Cardinals to a 73-68 win over visiting Old Dominion on Saturday in the MAC-SBC Challenge. Leading only 38-36 at halftime before trailing with just over a minute to play, Anderson’s and-1 at the 1:04 mark put Ball State in front 64-63, and the hosts would lead from there.
Oakland City travels up I-69 to Muncie after going 0-2 at their Dunn Hospitality Group Classic last weekend, losing games to Central Baptist College and the University of Northwestern Ohio. The Mighty Oaks played an exhibition game at Appalachian State last Tuesday (87-49 loss).
Ball State recorded a 20-12 record (11-7 Mid-American Conference) in 2022-23 to earn the No. 4 seed in the MAC Tournament. Head coach Michael Lewis enters his second season leading the Cardinals after recent stops as an assistant at UCLA, Nebraska and Butler.
Juniors Mickey Pearson Jr. and Jihad headline the returners, as they averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds and 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, respectively, in 2022-23. Three transfers and five true freshmen bolster Ball State’s 2023-24 team.
SCOUTING OAKLAND CITY: The Mighty Oaks went 9-19 (3-14 River States Conference) last season in head coach Ken French’s second leading the program. Oakland City holds a 3-3 record to begin this season after tournaments in Richmond and Oakland City, Ind.
Junior guard Drake Moore leads the Mighty Oaks in scoring at 15.3 points per game while graduate DJ Redding and senior Abdul Wurie (11.0) also average in double figures scoring. Sam Muller (9.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game) leads Oakland City on the glass.
Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.
The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.
Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.
Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.
Ball State recently signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.
The Cardinals travel to Evansville for their first road game of the season at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) on Saturday at the Ford Center.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LOOKS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT CHICAGO STATE TUESDAY
-The Cardinals are looking to start the 2023-24 season with a 3-0 mark when Ball State travels to Chicago State Tuesday evening for a 6 pm tipoff. The last time Ball State opened the season 3-0 was in 207-18.
– Ball State is coming off an 86-71 road win at Troy in the Cardinals first MAC-SBC Challenge game. Junior Madelyn Bischoff led the Cardinals with a 22-point performance. Annie Rauch finished the game with 17 points. Ana Barreto scored a personal best 13 points and Nyla Hampton rounded out the double figure scoring with 12 points.
– Chicago State is looking for its first win of the season having lost three straight. The Cardinals and the Cougars have met a total of 14 times with Ball State winning all those meetings. The last time these two teams met was Dec. 30, 2022, in Worthen Arena with the Cardinals winning that contest, 119-53. The Cardinals also broke the program’s 3-point record in Worthen Arena with 17.
– So far the Cougars have lost to Loyola Chicago (47-74), Detroit Mercy (48-83) and Minnesota (42-100) this season.
– Ball State women’s basketball head coach Brady Sallee is beginning his 12th year at Ball State, returns 10 players from a record-setting squad that saw the Cardinals finish 26-9 with a 14-4 Mid-American Conference ledger. The Cardinals’ 26 wins a season ago tied the program record for most wins in a season. Ball State advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament and the second round of the postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the first time since 2018. The 20-win season also marked the sixth time in the last eight years Sallee reached the 20-win plateau.
Third Game of the Season:
– The Cardinals have got to the line 39 times, making 24 of those attempts.
– Ball State continues to dominate offensively on all areas of the court which includes 55 percent from the field (70-28) and 43 percent from behind the arc (19-44).
– In her first two contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 11 times and has dished out 12 assists. Hampton is seventh in the nation currently in steals (11) and eighth in steals per game (5.50).
– After two games the Cardinals rank third nationally in field goal percentage (54.7), ninth in steals per game (16.0), 15th in bench points (39.5), 16th in assists per game (21.5), 19th in turnover margin (11.0) 21st in three-point percentage (43.2) and 21st in scoring offense (91.5).
– The Cardinals have outscored their opponents in every quarter but one so far this season.
Inside the Paint:
After just two games the Cardinals proved that they can still dominate in the paint. So far this season Ball State has won both games after winning the paint battle; vs. Tennesse Tech (54-32) and Troy (48-34).
Falcon to Cardinal:
Hampton made her mark into the Bowling Green record book over her three-year stint, ranking first in steals per game (2.64), second in total steals (243), 10th in assists per game (3.02) and 14th in total assists (478). She also ended the 2022-23 campaign ranked seventh in the nation in steals per game (1.6). A three-time MAC All-Defensive Team recipient, Hampton is nearing the 1,000-point plateau with 865 career points. She has also pulled down 131 rebounds, dished out 278 assists, and stolen the ball 243 times. According to HD Intelligence, which rates and provides analytics on every player at the NCAA Division I and II levels, Nyla is the highest rated transfer for a school outside of the power 5 conferences.
Ball State Hosts Notre Dame:
The Ball State women’s basketball team is set to host Notre Dame for the first time ever in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals and the Fighting Irish face off for a 5 pm ET tipoff on Friday, Nov. 24. The game is a “Blackout” event due to Black Friday. Prior to last year’s contest in South Bend, Ball State and Notre Dame had not played one another since the 1981-82 season. The all-time series record is knotted at 2-2 between the two schools.
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL
HOLLAND NABS SIXTH MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR
ST. LOUIS –Indiana State outside hitter Kira Holland was named the MVC Freshman of the Week for the sixth time this season Monday afternoon after leading the Sycamores in kills in both ends of their weekend sweep.
Holland played a key role in both of Indiana State’s wins over the weekend, averaging more than five kills per set in a pair of three-set victories for the Sycamores. She opened her week with 18 kills on a .452 hitting percentage against Murray State, her most kills in a three-set match and her highest hitting percentage this season. Holland followed that with a 14-kill, 9-dig performance in ISU’s win over Belmont. She also added three assists, a pair of service aces and a block solo in the Sycamores’ weekend sweep.
Holland surpassed 300 kills for the season in the match against Belmont, and ranks first among freshmen and fifth in the conference with 3.94 kills per set in MVC play. Her 2.80 digs per set against conference foes ranks 21st overall and second among MVC freshmen. Overall, she ranks ninth among Division I freshmen in kills per set.
The weekly honor is the sixth of Holland’s career and the seventh MVC Freshman of the Week honor for a Sycamore this season after Macy Lengacher previously earned the honor during the opening weekend of play. She is just the third player in MVC history to earn six or more MVC Freshman of the Week honors.
Indiana State’s seven MVC Freshman of the Week honors are the most among MVC schools this season and accounts for more than half of the MVC Freshman of the Week honors in 2023, while this season marks the most MVC weekly honorees for the Sycamores in program history. Holland’s six MVC weekly honors are the most for a Sycamore athlete in program history.
Holland and the Sycamores close their 2023 season Wednesday evening against Evansville, with first serve set for 6 p.m.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL
OLLENDIECK NAMED MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State linebacker Garret Ollendieck was named this week’s Missouri Valley Football Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday morning.
Ollendieck had another monster game on the defensive side of the ball for Indiana State as the Sycamore junior linebacker posted his first career 3.0-sack game. The Cresco, Iowa native finished the contest with 11 tackles including three sacks against Western Illinois. He also added two quarterback hurries as ISU consistently harried the Leathernecks’ passing game on Saturday afternoon.
Ollendieck was disruptive early with his first sack of the game ending Western Illinois’ second drive in the first quarter. He added four tackles on a drive in the second quarter that led to an ISU interception to end another WIU drive inside Sycamore territory.
The junior linebacker came up big in the fourth quarter with his sack setting up a 4th-and-14 inside Western territory. The next play, he went back through the middle for a quarterback hurry on a play that resulted in an incompletion and turnover on downs. Justin Dinka scored three plays later for the game-clinching touchdown.
Ollendieck leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 13.5 tackles-for-loss and is third overall with 7.5 sacks in the 2023 season. He also enters the final week of the regular season sitting tied for fourth in the Valley with 8.7 tackles per game.
Indiana State hits the road for the final game of the 2023 season as the Sycamores travel to Carbondale, Ill. to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis on Saturday, November 18. Kickoff between ISU and SIU is set for 2 p.m. ET at Saluki Stadium with the game set to be streamed live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
SYCAMORES SET TO BATTLE THE JAGUARS AT HOME ON TUESDAY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball will battle the IUPUI Jaguars for the first time sinnce 2015 on Tuesday, November 14 in Hulman Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be aired on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
Single Game and Season Tickets Still on Sale
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About the Series
This matchup marks the first meeting between the Sycamores and Jaguars since 2015. Coach Schertz is new to the series history, while Coach Crenshaw was an assistant in the previous matchups as he is in his 18th total year with the Jaguars.
IUPUI returned 10 letterwinners and a redshirt from the 2022-23 season. IUPUI competes in the Horizon League, with the likes of Purdue Fort Wayne and Northern Kentucky.
Last season, IUPUI finished 5-27 overall and 2-18 in the Horizon League. For this season, IUPUI was selected to finished 10th of 11 in the conference. The Jaguars’ roster doesn’t feature a single true freshman, only rostering one redshirt freshman and five sophomores.
Head Coach Matt Crenshaw has spent a total of 15 seasons at IUPUI. As a player at IUPUI, Coach Crenshew rose atop the record books in career assists in school history with 510.
Last Time Out – Indiana State
Last Friday, the Sycamores were in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face the then-24th-ranked team in the nation, the Alabama Crimson Tide. ISU fell 102-80 and had four Sycamores finish in double digits. ISU moved to 1-1 on the season.
Last Time Out – IUPUI
Also last Friday, IUPUI traveled to face Valparaiso and won 66-56. IUPUI improved to 2-0 in their young season.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL
MASTODONS SWEEP #HLMBB WEEKLY AWARDS
INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne swept both weekly men’s basketball awards from the Horizon League, the league office announced on Monday (Nov. 13). Junior Rasheed Bello (Chicago, Ill. / DePaul Prep / UW-Parkside) has been named the Player of the Week. Corey Hadnot II (Atlanta, Ga. / Cypress Creek (Houston, Texas)) has earned the Freshman of the Week honor.
Bello, a transfer from NCAA Division II UW-Parkside, made a quick name for himself by averaging 20.3 points in his first week as a Mastodon and helping the ‘Dons to their first 3-0 start since 1999. Bello shot 51.3 percent (20-of-39) from the floor, making 5-of-11 from three. He recorded 11 assists with only one turnover on the week. He scored 15 points with six rebounds in the Mastodons’ win over DePaul to open the season. It was the program’s first win over a Big East foe. He scored 17 points in 17 minutes against Andrews on Nov. 9. He closed his week with 29 points, four assists, four rebounds and no turnovers against Texas A&M-Commerce on Sunday.
Hadnot averaged 9.7 points in the Mastodons’ three games to start the 2023-24 campaign. He scored nine points with three assists in 29 minutes to help the Mastodons to a season-opening victory at DePaul. Two days later he added 12 points vs. Andrews. He closed his week with eight points and two rebounds in a win vs. Texas A&M-Commerce on Sunday.
The Mastodons are one of only two undefeated teams in the Horizon League after the first week of play. The ‘Dons will play Northern Arizona on Friday in the Arizona Tipoff.
CARDONA GARNERS 4TH WEEKLY HONOR OF 2023
ST. LOUIS – In a weekend that saw her lead the University of Evansville volleyball team to a pair of home victories, Giulia Cardona has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. This is the fourth time Cardona has earned the award in 2023.
Cardona had a pair of unbelievable performances in the final home weekend of the season while leading the Purple Aces to wins over Belmont and Murray State. Cardona hit an unreal .355 while averaging 7.13 kills per set. She added 2.00 digs, 0.88 aces, 0.63 blocks and 0.38 assists per frame in the two contests.
Friday’s contest against the Bruins saw Cardona pick up 31 kills while hitting .435. She picked up 8 digs, 3 block assists, 2 aces and 2 assists. Cardona followed that up with a 26-kill effort against Murray State while hitting .274. She notched 8 digs, 5 aces, 2 block assists and an assist.
On Wednesday, the Aces complete the season with a 5 p.m. CT match at Indiana State.
SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL
ANDERSON SCORES OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Senior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) secured Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon as announced by the conference. This is Anderson’s second weekly award and the Screaming Eagles’ fifth honor this season.
The Eagles went 2-0 on the road trip to Lindenwood after taking down the Lions in a pair of 3-1 matches. USI had 107 kills, 95 assists, and 13 aces to pair with 153 digs and 13 blocks in just eight sets. The most impressive stat was the Eagles’ 0.225 hitting percentage through two matches.
Anderson was rightfully voted for the offensive accolade after posting a team-leading 42 kills, eight aces, and 51.5 points in eight sets played. To go along with her offensive abilities, Anderson nabbed 25 digs and three blocks. Thursday’s match saw Anderson secure a season-high 24 kills before she recorded her 11th double-double with 18 kills and 16 digs in Friday’s match. She has now secured seven straight double-digit kill performances and has earned double-digit digs in eight of her last nine matches.
USI enters the final week of the regular season 12-15 overall and 8-8 in conference play. The Eagles have an opportunity to clinch a postseason berth for the first time in the NCAA Division I era but will need to defeat the University of Tennessee at Martin at home. The USI, UT Martin matchup will be on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. Further announcements about the OVC Volleyball Championships will be released at a later date.
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SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
USI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS SEPULVEDA FOR 2024-25 CLASS
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball announced that 5’10” combo guard Lexi Sepulveda (Bolingbrook, Illinois) has signed a national letter of intent to compete for the Screaming Eagles in 2024-25.
“We are very excited to have Lexi as part of our team and family here at USI,” USI Women’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Stein said. “She fits perfectly into our style of play and our team culture here at USI.”
Sepulveda comes to USI out of Plainfield East High School, where she averaged 22.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 2.3 assists in 2022-23 as a junior. Her squad won 22 games last year. Additionally, Sepulveda surpassed 1,000 high school career points last season as a junior.
Sepulveda was named to the News-Gazette’s 46th All-State Second Team and was an Illinois AP and ILBCA Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention last season. Sepulveda’s other accolades from last season included two All-Tournament team selections, Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team selection in the SPC East, and First-Team Herald News All-Area selection.
“Lexi can make plays in many ways on both ends of the court,” Stein added. “She can score it off the bounce and from three, and she is a solid playmaker for her teammates. Her ability to guard on and off the ball really makes her a tough defender as well.”
Sepulveda also played club basketball for Mac Irvin Lady Fire S40 – Godfather.
UINDY MEN’S SOCCER
#13 MEN’S SOCCER SELECTED AS #3 SEED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team will be heading back to the NCAA Division II Tournament for a fourth-consecutive time after earning the No. 3 seed in the Super Region 3. This marks the seventh NCAA tournament appearance for UIndy in program history and the second in the Gabe Hall era.
The Greyhounds (11-1-7), fresh off a GLVC championship victory against UIS less than 24 hours ago, will host the regional at Key Stadium. The Hounds are set to face the Lake Erie Storm (11-6-4) in the first round. The Hounds and Storm have already met this season, with it ending in a 3-1 victory for the Greyhounds.
UIndy is one of four GLVC teams competing in the NCAA tournament this year. Illinois Springfield will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will play host to No. 7-seeded Lewis in their battle against Purdue Northwest in the first round. The last GLVC squad is McKendree who will host Southern Nazarene as the No. 4 seed.
SUKUP SNAGS SEASON’S FINAL GLVC FOOTBALL WEEKLY HONOR
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis sophomore quarterback Gavin Sukup has been named the GLVC Offensive Player of the Week in football, it was announced by the league office Monday.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gavin Sukup, #22 Indianapolis
So. | QB | Seward, Neb.
Team Result: 41-3 W at Southwest Baptist (11/11)
Registered season-high 357 passing yards, completing 18 of his 20 pass attempts (.900) in blowout win over SBU
Most single-game passing yards by GLVC quarterback this season
Connected on a pair of lengthy scores, tossing TD passes of 79 and 77 yards
Helped UIndy solidify themselves as the league’s outright champions and earn its second-straight NCAA postseason berth.
Earns third career Offensive Player of the Week Award (11/13/23, 10/2/23, 9/4/23)
Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Gavin Sukup (10/2/23)
HOUNDS RETURN TO TOP 20 IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON POLL
WACO, Texas—The UIndy football team climbed five spots to No. 17 in the final regular-season edition of the AFCA DII Coaches Poll, released Monday. The Greyhounds are coming off a GLVC-clinching win at Southwest Baptist and recently earned a return trip to the NCAA DII playoffs.
Nine teams from Super Region 3 appeared in this week’s top 25, meaning two ranked squads—Ouachita Baptist and Davenport—were left out of teh playoff picture. Meanwhile, UIndy’s postseason run starts at seven-ranked Pittsburg State this weekend.
AFCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL
|RK||SCHOOL (1st-place votes)||REC||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Colorado School of Mines (27)||11-0||723||1|
|2.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||9-1||679||2t|
|3.||Harding (Ark.) (1)||11-0||668||2t|
|4.||Benedict (S.C.) (1)||11-0||629||5|
|5.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||8-2||587||6|
|7.||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||10-1||556||8|
|8.||Delta St. (Miss.)||9-1||511||11|
|14.||Valdosta St. (Ga.)||10-1||349||19|
|15.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||10-1||347||4|
|20.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||9-2||153||10|
|21.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||8-2||143||12|
|25.||Henderson St. (Ark.)||9-2||86||NR|
Others Receiving Votes: Kutztown (Pa.), 46; Shepherd (W.Va.), 34; Missouri Western St., 20; Southern Arkansas, 19; Limestone (S.C.), 16; Central Washington, 14; Angelo St. (Tex.), 12; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 11; Emporia St. (Kan.), 8; Mars Hill (N.C.), 4; Truman St. (Mo.), 4; Virginia St., 4; New Haven (Conn.), 3; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 2; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 1.
MARIAN TO TRAVEL TO MIAMI GARDENS FOR NAIA OPENING ROUND
Kansas City, Mo. – On Monday November 13 the NAIA announced the 48-team field for the 2023 NAIA National Tournament, with the Marian volleyball team announced as a qualifier for the seventh consecutive year. Marian earned an at-large bid to the tournament, and for the first time since 2017 will go on the road as they travel to St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The 48-team event gets underway on Saturday November 18 at 24 campus sites across the country.
The Knights will go on the road for the NAIA Opening Round for the first time since 2017, as the Knights will fly to Miami Gardens to take on St. Thomas. In 2017 Marian flew to Xavier University in Louisiana, where the Knights won a thrilling 3-2 match in their first-ever Opening Round game to earn their first trip to Sioux City.
INSIDE THE MATCH
Marian enters the NAIA Opening Round with a record of 20-10, earning one of the 14 at-large berths into the NAIA Tournament field. Marian finished third in the Crossroads League, and reached the CL Tournament Semifinals this season. Marian is led by defensive star Emma Lyons who averages 5.07 digs per set, Mikayla Christiansen and Khori Dryden who each average 2.45 or better kills per set, and setter Logan Smith, who has a team-best 5.33 assists per set. Marian is in the tournament field for the seventh time, and has a record of 18-9 overall.
St. Thomas earned an automatic bid to the tournament field with their 25-2 record, as they were the champions of the Sun Conference Tournament. St. Thomas is in their sixth NAIA Tournament, and carry an overall NAIA postseason record of 2-15. The Bobcats offense is led by Amanda Allende, who has a kills per set clip of 3.43, while teammate Alexandra Bruno averages 3.07 kills per set. The Bobcats employ a 5-1 rotation in their lineup with setter Payton Bertke leading the team with 825 assists, and defensively Bianca Grassi has a team-best 457 digs.
This will be the first meeting in program history between the Knights and Bobcats, as Marian will play a new opponent for the fourth time in the NAIA Opening Round.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Marian will be looking to make their seventh consecutive appearance at the NAIA final site in Sioux City, Iowa, which will extend their program record. Marian has not missed the final site since first qualifying for the NAIA Opening Round in 2017. Marian is 5-0 all-time in the NAIA Opening Round and 1-0 on the road. Last year the Knights hosted and defeated Park-Gilbert in four sets to advance to Iowa.
Fans not making the trip to Florida can watch on The Sun Digital Network, linked above. Live stats will be available through St. Thomas’ athletics website. Updates of the match will be posted to the MUKnights X and Instagram pages throughout the match.
Saturday’s match in the NAIA Opening Round is set for 4 p.m. in Miami Gardens. For more information on the tournament field view the above link to go to the NAIA website.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER
NO. 10 MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER TO HOST TRUETT-MCCONNELL IN NAIA SECOND ROUND
Kansas City, Mo. – For the sixth time in seven years, the Marian women’s soccer team has been selected as a host for the NAIA Women’s Soccer Second Round, as the Knights will host Truett-McConnell on Saturday, November 18. Kick is set for 7 p.m. at St. Vincent Field.
The 40-team field will kick things off in the NAIA National Championship First & Second Rounds, presented by Select Sport America, at 10 campus locations on November 16-18.
Marian’s contest against Truett-McConnell on Saturday in the NAIA Tournament Second Round will be the first in program history, as the two teams will meet at St. Vincent Field Saturday evening.
The Bears enter the tournament with a 17-2-2 overall record, winning both the regular season and their second consecutive tournament championship in the Applachian Athletic Conference. Truett comes into the contest averaging 3.43 goals and 24.8 shots per game, while also posting 14 shutouts on the year. The Bears rank third among the NAIA in total shots and shots per game, fifth in shots on goal, and sixth in shutouts. Some key pieces for the Bears are senior Eliska Dvorakova, who has scored 12 goals and dished out 15 assists throughout the season, while Ashley Johnson and Nadia Ivanchenko have each added nine goals each. On the defensive side, Emelie Taylor has played a majority of minutes in goal for the Bears, collecting 25 saves and only allowing eight goals on the season.
WATCH AND FOLLOW
Fans unable to attend the NAIA Second Round game played at Marian can follow the action on the ISC Sports Network. The game will be pay-per-view, and the live stream will cost $9.99. Live stats will be made available at marianstats.com. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter and Instagram pages @MUKnights.
Tickets for Saturday’s match are $10 for general admission, while student, fans aged 65 and older, and youth tickets for ages 6-17 are $5. Children under the age of five are admitted free of charge. Tickets are on sale now at MUKnights.com.
To view all of the teams in the NAIA Tournament Field, click the above links. Marian and Truett-McConnell will square off Saturday night with a trip to Foley, Alabama and the NAIA Final Site on the line.
ZACH BUNDALO EARNS SECOND MSFA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
INDIANAPOLIS – Two days after becoming Marian’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes, senior quarterback Zach Bundalo has been named as the MSFA Mideast League’s Offensive Player of the Week. Bundalo’s honor is the second of the season and the fourth in his career.
The fifth-year senior Bundalo added to his legacy in the Marian record book on Saturday afternoon, throwing for a pair of touchdown passes against Siena Heights to become Marian’s all-time leader in passing scores. Bundalo now has 71 career passing touchdowns, breaking his tie with former Marian quarterback Luke Johnston for the most all-time. Bundalo additionally threw for 230 yards in the senior day win, helping Marian claim a share of the MSFA Mideast League Championship.
No. 5 Marian will learn their NAIA FCS Second Round Opponent on Saturday night, and an update on who and where the Knights are playing will be announced on MUKnights.com.
HCAC 2023-24 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 1
Athlete of the Week:
Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Junior – Bezold led the Panthers at WashU as they defeated Simpson and dropped a competitive 60-59 contest to Aurora. The junior tallied 57 total points, including a career and game-high 41 points in the win over Simpson. She also charted her eighth career double-double with 12 rebounds. Against, Aurora she netted 16 points and posted a perfect mark from the free-throw line.
- Lacie Fenstermaker (Leipsic, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Sophomore – Fenstermaker averaged 9.5 PPG and 12.0 RPG in a pair of losses for the Beavers. She hit 5-of-6 from the line and dished out a pair of assists for the week.
- Kaiya Albert (Rockford, Ill.) Defiance College | Guard | Senior – Kaiya Albert was impressed during her first pair of games with the DC program with a team-high 26 points during the week, including a team-best 19 points on Sunday at Heidelberg. Albert scored 11 of her 19 at the free throw line on Sunday afternoon and went 15-for-17 at the stripe over the week. Albert also pulled in 10 rebounds.
- Alexis Gibson (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Earlham College | Forward | Junior – Alexis Gibson led the Quakers at the Melissa Johnson/Hope Invitational with 38 points and 20 rebounds. In the season opener against Miami Middletown, Gibson scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. She also earned all-tournament honors.
- Jordan Coon (Evansville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Sophomore – Turned in a complete effort for Franklin in Wednesday’s season-opening win over Saint Mary’s, going for 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals and leading the Grizzlies in all of those categories.
- Madison Stamm (Fortville, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Senior – Madison Stamm earned All-Tournament honors over the weekend as the Spartans went 1-1 at the Teammates for Life Tip-off Tourney hosted by Kalamazoo. During Saturday’s opening game against Westminster, Stamm had 11 points and 3 steals. During Sunday’s Consolation game against the host Hornets, Stamm had 10 points and 2 steals. On the weekend, Stamm shot .286 from three-point range in 59 minutes of action and went 5-7 at the free-throw line.
- Morgan Jenkins (Erlanger, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Sophomore – Sophomore guard Morgan Jenkins led the Lions to a 2-0 week in the Lauren Hill Tip-Off Classic. The defeated Wilmington and Otterbein over the weekend and Jenkins averaged 16.0 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 steals and .5 blocks for the week. She was 11-23 from the field (.478 fg pct) and 4-10 (40% from three).
- Grace Roland (Westmont, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | First Year – Roland recorded a double-double in her Rose-Hulman debut with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to St. Mary of the Woods.
- Dasia Thornton (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Forward | Fifth Year – Thornton led No. 1 Transy to a 60-50 win over Depauw to extend the nation’s longest D3 winning streak to 34 games. Thornton finished with 15 points on 6-9 shooting (67%) and had 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, all team highs. It was the first time Transy defeated Depauw in program history and snaps Depauw’s 13 year season opening win streak.
HCAC 2023-24 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 1
Athlete of the Week:
Elijah Mattingly (Beech Grove, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Sophomore – Elijah Mattingly racked up 7 blocks while posting a 16-11 double-double as Anderson took down DePauw with a 79-63 road win. Mattingly’s 7 blocks marks the highest single-game block total by a Raven since 1986.
- Cam Rogers (Cincinnati, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Senior – Rogers led the Beavers to a split at Heidelberg University over the weekend. He bucketed 12.5 PPG and 8.0 RPG while hitting 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the line. Rogers had 14 points and 11 boards for his first Bluffton double-double in an 83-75 win over Adrian on Saturday.
- Landen Swanner (Gas City, Ind.) Defiance College | Guard/Forward | Junior – Junior wing Landen Swanner paced the Yellow Jackets in scoring during the season-opening Purple and Gold Tournament. Combining for 33 points, including a game-high 22 against Beloit on Friday, Swanner knocked down a team-high seven 3-pointers to get the team’s offense rolling each night. He also dished out six assists during the team’s victory over Miami-Hamilton on Saturday while scoring 11 points.
- Kendell Cave (Wallace, N.C.) Earlham College | Forward | First Year – Kendell Cave earned all-tournament honors at the Melissa Johnson/Hope Classic with 38 points and nine rebounds. The freshman put up a team-high 24 points against Capital, and recorded two blocks against Carroll.
- Lynn King (South Bend, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard/Forward | Junior – Notched a double-double and led Franklin with 15 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night in the season opener against Berea.
- William Herald (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | First Year – Herald led Hanover to a 2-1 week netting 42 points, averaging 14.0 ppg. He posted a 70.6 three point percentage going 12-of-17. In the contest with Spalding, the freshman made his college debut scoring all 15 points in the second half.
- Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Junior – During Manchester’s season-opening win against Alma College on Thursday, Bryant Smith led the Black and Gold with 20 points, shooting .500 from behind the three-point arc and .455 from the field. Smith also tallied 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in 35 minutes of action on Thursday.
- Bradley Harden (Alexandria, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – Harden led the Fightin’ Engineers with 20 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals in the 18-point win over DePauw. He shot 7-11 from the field and 2-4 from three in the win.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
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/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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|Oklahoma City||6||4||.600||2.0||3-3||3-1||0-1||1-4||6-4||1 W|
|Golden State||6||5||.545||—||1-3||5-2||2-1||5-3||6-4||3 L|
|LA Lakers||5||5||.500||0.5||4-0||1-5||3-1||4-3||5-5||2 W|
|LA Clippers||3||6||.333||2.0||3-1||0-5||0-1||2-4||3-6||5 L|
|New Orleans||4||6||.400||4.0||2-3||2-3||1-2||2-5||4-6||5 L|
|San Antonio||3||7||.300||5.0||1-4||2-3||1-1||3-3||3-7||5 L|
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|Miami Dolphins||6||3||0||.667||0.0||285||225||4-0-0||2-3-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Buffalo Bills||5||5||0||.500||1.5||262||184||4-2-0||1-3-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|New York Jets||4||5||0||.444||2.0||144||172||2-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|New England Patriots||2||8||0||.200||4.5||141||238||1-5-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||2-2-0||3 L|
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|Kansas City Chiefs||7||2||0||.778||0.0||208||143||4-1-0||3-1-0||5-1-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||5||0||.500||2.5||172||205||4-1-0||1-4-0||3-3-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||5||0||.444||3.0||239||215||2-3-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Denver Broncos||4||5||0||.444||3.0||196||248||2-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||3 W|
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|Baltimore Ravens||7||3||0||.700||0.0||270||157||3-2-0||4-1-0||4-3-0||2-2-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||6||3||0||.667||0.5||156||182||4-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Cleveland Browns||6||3||0||.667||0.5||214||170||4-1-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||5||4||0||.556||1.5||182||192||3-2-0||2-2-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
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|Jacksonville Jaguars||6||3||0||.667||0.0||196||190||2-3-0||4-0-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Houston Texans||5||4||0||.556||1.0||217||192||3-1-0||2-3-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||5||5||0||.500||1.5||242||248||1-4-0||4-1-0||4-3-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|Tennessee Titans||3||6||0||.333||3.0||154||180||3-1-0||0-5-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||2 L|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||8||1||0||.889||0.0||252||195||4-0-0||4-1-0||6-0-0||3-0-0||3 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||3||0||.667||2.0||269||165||4-0-0||2-3-0||3-3-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Washington Commanders||4||6||0||.400||4.5||217||274||1-3-0||3-3-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||2||8||0||.200||6.5||118||266||1-3-0||1-5-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||3 L|
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|San Francisco 49ers||6||3||0||.667||0.0||252||143||3-1-0||3-2-0||4-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||6||3||0||.667||0.0||200||201||4-1-0||2-2-0||5-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||6||0||.333||3.0||178||204||1-3-0||2-3-0||2-4-0||2-1-0||3 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||2||8||0||.200||4.5||176||263||2-3-0||0-5-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||1 W|
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|Detroit Lions||7||2||0||.778||0.0||241||203||3-1-0||4-1-0||4-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||6||4||0||.600||1.5||233||209||2-3-0||4-1-0||6-2-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||6||0||.333||4.0||179||182||2-2-0||1-4-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||7||0||.300||4.5||204||255||2-3-0||1-4-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
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|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||5||0||.444||0.5||178||173||2-3-0||2-2-0||3-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||4||6||0||.400||1.0||189||217||3-2-0||1-4-0||3-4-0||2-0-0||3 L|
|Carolina Panthers||1||8||0||.111||3.5||153||242||1-3-0||0-5-0||0-6-0||0-2-0||2 L|
|Detroit Red Wings||15||8||5||2||18||8||55||49||5-2-2||3-3-0||4-4-2|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||15||8||5||2||18||6||55||54||5-4-0||3-1-2||5-3-2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||15||6||5||4||16||6||53||54||4-2-2||2-3-2||4-3-3|
|New York Rangers||14||11||2||1||23||10||47||31||5-1-0||6-1-1||9-0-1|
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|New York Islanders||14||5||6||3||13||5||33||44||3-3-3||2-3-0||3-5-2|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||15||4||7||4||12||4||41||53||3-4-1||1-3-3||1-5-4|
|St. Louis Blues||13||7||5||1||15||6||37||36||5-2-0||2-3-1||6-4-0|
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|Los Angeles Kings||14||8||3||3||19||8||56||42||1-3-3||7-0-0||6-2-2|
|San Jose Sharks||15||2||12||1||5||2||18||67||2-5-1||0-7-0||2-8-0|
Oldest film of a football game?
November 14, 1903 – How about this treasure! The video below claims to be the oldest known existing copy of football in the world as Princeton traveled to New Haven to take on Yale. The Tigers overcame the Eli 11-6 in this historic game.
November 14, 1903 – The Crimson and the Big Green clashed in a early football rivalry at Harvard. Dartmouth blanked the Harvard eleven on this day 11-0.
Sid Luckman Day at the Polo Grounds?
November 14, 1943 – Polo Grounds, New York – I am not sure if it has ever occurred before but the home team held a special promotional day for the opposing quarterback. Yes the New York Football Giants promoted their game against the Chicago Bears on November 14, 1943 as Sid Luckman Day according to the goldenrankings.com website. Sid had grown up in Brooklyn and was a high school sports legend at Erasmus High. After that he turned down offers from larger colleges and played at local Columbia to star as a single-wing tailback. The folks around New York loved Sid Luckman because he was one of them, but the only problem was that George Halas used the first pick in the 1939 NFL Draft to claim Luckman for the Bears. The pick was a great one for Chicago as they went to three straight NFL Championship games winning the first two but then losing the third to Washington in 1942. Sid did not disappoint his hometown fans by his play but he did break their hearts as he picked apart their beloved Giants. Sid Luckman passed for 7 touchdowns versus the NY Giants that day and the Bears triumphed big by the score of 56-7.
Georgia v. Auburn , 1959
November 14, 1959 – Athens, Georgia – The number 12 Georgia hosted No. 8 Auburn in a big SEC game. Auburn came out of the gates swinging as they built a 13-7 lead on two long field goals by Hall of Famer and 1960 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Ed Dyas. Their touchdown was done via a quarterback sneak by Bryant Harvard. Georgia’s comeback began with less than three minutes to play when Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton hit Don Soberdash for two crucial completions to set up a touchdown pass to Bill Herron with 30 seconds left. Kicker Durwood Pennington became the real hero with the game-winning point after. Georgia defeated Auburn, 14-13 in a thriller. Georgia’s victory over Auburn was its first over College Football Hall of Fame coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan and the Tigers in seven seasons and it clinched the Bulldogs’ first SEC title since 1949. https://footballfoundation.org/news/2015/11/5/_55462.aspx
Cuozzo makes his mark
November 14, 1965 – According to barstoolsports.com the Baltimore Colts third-year backup QB Gary Cuozzo made his first NFL start, replacing the injured Johnny Unitas who was the reigning NFL MVP. Cuozzo lit up the Vikings for 5 TDs in a 41-21 rout in Minnesota. For the record, Unitas never threw more than 4 TD passes in a game in his entire career!
The Marshall Tragedy
November 14, 1970 – Kenova, West Virginia – A good portion of the Marshall University football team passed away in the horrible crash of a chartered Southern Airways DC-9. All 75 people on board were killed. According to history.com’s story on the accident the crash occurred about two miles away from the Tri-State Airport in Kenova as the group was returning from a football game they played against East Carolina University. The victims included 37 players of the Thundering Herd, along with the University’s A.D., the teams coaches, doctor and about 25 boosters. It was one of the largest tragedies in sports history.
Sherk is a Sack Machine
November 14, 1976 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium- When the Philadelphia Eagles visited the Cleveland Browns they knew the Browns had a pretty good defense. What they didn’t realize was that hidden in the Cleveland lineup was a one man wrecking crew, Jerry Sherk. Sherk was in the Eagles backfield almost as much as quarterback Mike Boryla. Sherk set a club record with 4 sacks, Cleveland won the game 24-3.
Shula Sets Record
November 14, 1993 – Miami Dolphins longtime Head Coach Don Shula becomes the winningest Coach in NFL history. When the Dolphins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 19-14 and it gave Shula his 325th victory in pro football to move him past the long standing record of Papa Bear George Halas.
Buffs Get back on Track
November 14, 1998 – Boulder , Colorado – In 1998, the CU Buffalos went into the game against the Iowa State Cyclones with a 6-3 record, but had lost three out of the previous four games after a 5-0 start. The Bleacherrport.com website goes onto say that the 5-0 record had earned Colorado a No. 14 ranking, but losses to No. 5 Kansas State, as well as unranked Kansas and Missouri, had dropped the Buffs out of the polls. Senior tailback Marlon Barnes rushed for a career-high 237 yards and two touchdowns as CU got back on track and rolled to a final score of Colorado 37, Iowa State 8.
November 14, 1998 – The Tennessee Oilers changed their name to the Titans officially on this day. According to a story of CBS, franchise owned at the time, Bud Adams stated, “We wanted a new nickname to reflect strength, leadership and other hero qualities.” The franchise started in 1960 as the Houston Oilers as part of the American Football League, and even won the AFL’s first two championship games and played and lost in two others during the brief existence of the League before merging with the NFL in 1970. Adams moved the teams from Houston to the state of Tennessee in 1996.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
42 – 44 – 9 – 22 – 72 – 48 – 19
November 14, 1943 – Chicago Bears future Hall of Fame Quarterback Number 42, Sid Luckman had an amazing game when he tossed 7 touchdowns passes vs New York Football Giants in a 56-7 Bears victory.
November 14, 1957 – Milwaukee Braves Number 44, Hank Aaron won National League MVP
November 14, 1964 – Detroit Red Wings Number 9, Gordie Howe sets NHL record 627th career goal
November 14, 1973 – Orioles Number 22, Jim Palmer was named American League Cy Young winner
November 14, 1976 – Cleveland Browns’ Number 72, Jerry Sherk set a franchise record with 4 sacks in a game
November 14, 1989 – Padres reliever Number 48, Mark Davis won the NL Cy Young Award
November 14, 1996 – Texas Ranger Number 19, Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVP
November 14, 2018 – New York Mets pitcher Number 48, Jacob deGrom won the National League Cy Young Award with his 10 wins, which was the fewest ever by a Cy Young winner in a non-strike-shortened season. The award was given on the merits of deGrom’s MLB-leading 1.70 ERA and 29 consecutive start streak which was longest in MLB history
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|Atlanta at Detroit||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Indiana at Philadelphia||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Orlando at Brooklyn||7:30pm||Bally Sports|
|San Antonio at Oklahoma City||7:30pm||TNT|
|Dallas at New Orleans||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Portland at Utah||9:00pm||ATTSN-RM|
|LA Clippers at Denver||10:00pm||TNT|
|Minnesota at Golden State||10:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Memphis at LA Lakers||10:30pm||Bally Sports|
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|Calgary at Montreal||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Vegas at Washington||7:00pm||MNMT|
|Pittsburgh at Columbus||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Tampa Bay at St. Louis||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Anaheim at Nashville||8:00pm||Hulu|
|Arizona at Dallas||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|New Jersey at Winnipeg||8:00pm||MSGSN|
|Florida at San Jose||10:30pm||Bally Sports|
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|Akron at Eastern Michigan||7:00pm||CBSSN|
|Toledo at Bowling Green||7:00pm||ESPN2|
|Western Michigan at NIU||7:00pm||ESPNU|
|MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Wisconsin at Providence||6:00pm||FS1|
|Mercer at Morehead State||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Penn State-York at UMBC||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Wofford at Tennessee||6:30pm||SECN+|
|Bucknell at La Salle||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|Carolina University at UNC Asheville||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|Michigan State vs. Duke||7:00pm||ESPN|
|Mississippi Valley State vs. UConn||7:00pm||FS2|
|Saint Francis U at Penn State||7:00pm||BTN|
|Colgate at Syracuse||7:00pm||ACCN|
|Temple at Drexel||7:00pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Florida A&M at Florida||7:00pm||SECN+|
|North Carolina A&T at Virginia||7:00pm||ACCNX|
|Brown at New Hampshire||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Georgia Southern at Jacksonville||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Hofstra at George Washington||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Northeastern at Harvard||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Sacred Heart at Holy Cross||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Stonehill at Saint Joseph’s||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Wagner at Rhode Island||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|High Point at Queens||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|IUPUI at Indiana State||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Toledo at Wright State||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Jacksonville State at West Virginia||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Bowling Green at Oakland||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Eastern Michigan at Florida Atlantic||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|DePauw at Northern Kentucky||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lipscomb at Tennessee Tech||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Bellarmine at Chattanooga||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Columbia International at UNCW||7:00pm||FloSports|
|Mid-Atlantic Christian at North Carolina Central||7:00pm||–|
|North Alabama at Mississippi State||7:30pm||SECN+|
|UMass Lowell at Georgia Tech||7:30pm||ACCNX|
|Mississippi College at Samford||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Berry at Belmont||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Boston University at Howard||7:30pm||HUBison|
|Marquette at Illinois||8:00pm||FS1|
|UIC at Loyola Chicago||8:00pm||NBCS-CHI|
|Southwest Minnesota State at Drake||8:00pm||–|
|UNCG at Vanderbilt||8:00pm||SECN+|
|Detroit Mercy at Ole Miss||8:00pm||SECN+|
|South Alabama at Alabama||8:00pm||SECN+|
|Texas A&M at SMU||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Prairie View A&M at Abilene Christian||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Tarleton at Bradley||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|UTSA at Lamar||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|UTRGV at TCU||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|WKU at Murray State||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Green Bay at Valparaiso||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Texas State at Oklahoma||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Fisk at Austin Peay||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Colorado State at Northern Colorado||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Alcorn State at Arkansas State||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Tiffin at Southern Indiana||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Loras at UNI||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Western Michigan at Northwestern||8:00pm||BTN+|
|CSUN at Chicago State||8:00pm||YouTube|
|Reinhardt at Troy||8:30pm||ESPN+|
|South Dakota at DePaul||9:00pm||FS2|
|Santa Clara at Stanford||9:00pm||PAC12N|
|Milwaukee at Colorado||9:00pm||PAC12N|
|Eastern Oregon at Gonzaga||9:00pm||KHQ|
|Southern Utah at Utah State||9:00pm||MWN|
|Evergreen State at Idaho||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Western New Mexico at NM State||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Oakland City at Ball State||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Kentucky vs. Kansas||9:30pm||ESPN|
|Pacific Union at Sacramento State||9:30pm||ESPN+|
|Iowa at Creighton||10:00pm||FS1|
|App State at Oregon State||10:00pm||PAC12N|
|Jackson State at Loyola Marymount||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Kansas City at Baylor||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|UC Irvine at USC||11:00pm||PAC12N|
|UH Hilo at Hawai’i||11:59pm||Spectrum|
|UEFA Women’s Champions League: St. Pölten vs Brann||12:45pm||DAZN|
|UEFA Women’s Champions League: Rosengård vs Eintracht Frankfurt||12:45pm||DAZN|
|UEFA Women’s Champions League: Barcelona vs SL Benfica||3:00pm||DAZN|
|UEFA Women’s Champions League: Slavia Praha vs Olympique Lyonnais||3:00pm||DAZN|
|ATP Finals Doubles Round Robin||6:00am||TENNIS|
|ATP Finals Singles Round Robin||8:30am||TENNIS|
|ATP Finals Doubles Round Robin||12:30pm||TENNIS|
|ATP Finals Singles Round Robin||3:00pm||TENNIS|
|WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Pfeiffer vs UNC Greensboro||11:30am||ESPN+|
|Nicholls vs SMU||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Cumberland vs Murray State||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Kent State vs LSU||12:00pm||SECN+|
|Johnson & Wales vs Queens (NC)||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene vs Wright State||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|East Carolina vs VCU||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Yale vs Boston University||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Erskine vs Winthrop||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Furman vs Charleston Southern||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Niagara vs Buffalo||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Austin Peay vs Kentucky||6:00pm||SECN+|
|Rhode Island vs Maine||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Columbia (MO) vs Indiana Wesleyan||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Saint Joseph’s vs Pennsylvania||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Duke vs Columbia||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Samford vs Troy||6:15pm||ESPN+|
|Kennesaw State vs Georgia State||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|UNC Asheville vs Charlotte||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|Xavier vs Old Dominion||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|Oakland vs Michigan||7:00pm||B1G+|
|Florida International vs Florida Gulf Coast||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Prairie View A&M vs Tulane||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Keene State vs Dartmouth||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Southern-New Orleans vs SE Louisiana||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lees-McRae vs South Carolina Upstate||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. Thomas (TX) vs Houston Christian||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lehigh vs Delaware||7:00pm||FloSports|
|Stetson vs High Point||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Morehead State vs Lipscomb||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|North Carolina Central vs Wofford||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Concordia Ann Arbor vs Central Michigan||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|UT Martin vs Central Arkansas||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Utah vs Baylor||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|South Dakota State vs Wisconsin||7:30pm||B1G+|
|Alcorn State vs Nebraska||8:00pm||B1G+|
|Little Rock vs Arkansas||8:00pm||SECN+|
|Northern Colorado vs South Dakota||8:00pm||Midco Sports Two|
|North Alabama vs Missouri||8:00pm||SECN+|
|Sam Houston vs Houston||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|UT Arlington vs Texas||8:00pm||LHN|
|Sam Houston vs Houston||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Utah State vs Kansas City||8:00pm||Summit|
|Tougaloo College vs South Alabama||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Wyoming vs Denver||8:00pm||ALT2|
|Washington State vs Montana||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|CSU Northridge vs Santa Clara||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Portland vs Seattle U||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|San Jose State vs Montana State||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Texas A&M-Kingsville vs UTEP||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Utah Valley vs BYU||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Warner Pacific vs Portland State||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|UC Irvine vs Saint Mary’s||9:30pm||ESPN+|
|WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Butler vs Xavier||6:00pm||FloSports|
|Iowa State vs Texas||7:00pm||LHN|
|Ohio State vs Illinois||9:00pm||BTN|
|Arkansas vs Mississippi||9:00pm||SECN|
|Long Beach State vs UC San Diego||10:00pm||ESPN+|