INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

East Chicago Central
Munster 67 Hammond Morton 66 2OT
Chesterton
Chesterton 57 Portage 51
Mishawaka
Mishawaka 50 LaPorte 44
Michigan City 71 Plymouth 60
Elkhart
Concord 50 Goshen 44
Penn 39 Northridge 34
East Noble
Fort Wayne Snider 59 East Noble 47
Fort Wayne North 79 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 67
Homestead
Fort Wayne Wayne 74 Fort Wayne South 48
Homestead 64 Huntington North 53
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo 69 Harrison (West Lafayette) 50
Marion 64 McCutcheon 58
Noblesville
Noblesville 67 Zionsville 49
Fishers 54 Carmel 41
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine 58 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 56
Lawrence North
Warren Central 66 Lawrence Central 60
Southport
Indianapolis Roncalli 57 Franklin Central 46
Terre Haute South
Brownsburg 65 Plainfield 53
Bloomington North
Bloomington South 59 Greenwood 32
Center Grove 60 Mooresville 37
East Central
Columbus East 41 Columbus North 33
Whiteland 63 Shelbyville 54
Seymour
Jeffersonville 45 Seymour 27
New Albany 63 Bedford North Lawrence 61
Evansville North
Castle 68 Evansville North 39
Jasper 49 Evansville Reitz 38


CLASS 3A
Calumet
Hanover Central 64 Lake Station 43
River Forest 59 Calumet 52
Tippecanoe Valley
John Glenn 47 Culver Academy 41
South Bend Washington
Mishawaka Marian 51 South Bend Washington 47
Jimtown 58 New Prairie 50 OT
Lakeland
Lakeland 55 Wawasee 53
Woodlan
Fort Wayne Concordia 61 Garrett 44
Frankfort
Twin Lakes 56 Western 54
Mississinewa
Mississinewa 57 Bellmont 55
New Castle
Yorktown 64 Centerville 45
Lebanon
Danville 75 Western Boone 34
Tri-West 68 Monrovia 48
Owen Valley
Owen Valley 38 West Vigo 36
Guerin Catholic
Guerin Catholic 78 Indianapolis Herron 17
Brebeuf Jesuit 52 Indianapolis Shortridge 32
Beech Grove
Christel House 47 Indianapolis Ritter 44
Purdue Poly Englewood 60 Speedway 46
Greensburg
Greensburg 43 Rushville 27
Scottsburg
Silver Creek 63 Salem 40
Princeton
Southridge 37 North Daviess 31
Boonville
Evansville Mater Dei 45 Boonville 40

Mount Vernon (Posey) 43 Gibson Southern 36


CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Gary 21st Century 72 Lighthouse CPA 42
North Judson
LaVille 61 South Bend Career 32
Hebron 68 Wheeler 37
Westview
Westview 56 Fremont 44
Churubusco 49 Prairie Heights 46
Lewis Cass
Wabash 56 Rochester 48
Winamac 55 North Miami 50
Bluffton
Adams Central 75 South Adams 52
Lafayette Central Catholic
Lafayette Central Catholic 71 Seeger 34
Carroll (Flora) 68 Delphi 56
Tipton
Tipton 66 Elwood 34
Alexandria
Winchester 67 Alexandria 59
Hagerstown
Shenandoah 55 Knightstown 43
Triton Central
Eastern Hancock 67 Indianapolis Scecina 41
Sheridan
Covenant Christian 31 Cascade 30
Greencastle
North Putnam 60 Cloverdale 43
South Ripley
North Decatur 62 Milan 57
Southwestern (Hanover)
Providence 57 Eastern (Pekin) 40
Paoli
Sullivan 47 Paoli 39
Forest Park
Forest Park 61 Tell City 28
North Posey 60 South Spencer 49


CLASS 1A
Kouts
Demotte Christian 63 Hammond Science & Tech 43
Kouts 49 Washington Twp. 45
Triton
Marquette Catholic 47 Trinity Greenlawn 10
Bethany Christian
Elkhart Christian 59 Bethany Christian 52 OT
Caston
Tri-County 70 South Newton 39
West Central 55 North White 24
Southern Wells
Southwood 81 Southern Wells 50
Fountain Central
Faith Christian 82 Clinton Central 52
Rossville 64 Attica 34
Tri-Central
Liberty Christian 71 Anderson Prep 49
Blue River
Tri 58 Randolph Southern 39
White River Valley
Clay City 51 White River Valley 19
Bethesda Christian
Bethesda Christian 69 Traders Point Christian 26
Indianapolis Lutheran
Indianapolis Lutheran 88 Victory College Prep 41
Edinburgh
Morristown 65 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 51
Borden
Christian Academy 57 West Washington 33
South Central (Elizabeth) 51 Lanesville 32
New Washington
New Washington 49 Crothersville 41
Trinity Lutheran 66 Shawe Memorial 52
Loogootee
Orleans 79 Shoals 26
Tecumseh
Northeast Dubois 82 Cannelton 23
Wood Memorial 64 Tecumseh 43

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
Merrillville at East Chicago Central 6:30 pm
Gary West vs. Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Chesterton
Crown Point vs. Kankakee Valley 7:00 pm
Valparaiso vs. Hobart 8:30 pm
Greenfield-Central
Richmond vs. Muncie Central 6:00 pm
Anderson at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Lawrence North
Indianapolis Tech vs. Indianapolis Attucks 6:00 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Southport
Pike vs. Ben Davis 6:00 pm

Perry Meridian at Southport 7:30 pm


CLASS 3A
Calumet
Boone Grove vs. Hammond Noll 7:00 pm
Griffith vs. Highland 8:30 pm
Woodlan
Heritage vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger 6:00 pm
Leo at Woodlan 7:30 pm
Frankfort
Benton Central vs. West Lafayette 6:00 pm
Rensselaer Central at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Mississinewa
Maconaquah vs. Oak Hill 6:00 pm
Norwell vs. Peru 7:30 pm
New Castle
Jay County at New Castle 6:00 pm
Frankton vs. Delta 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
South Vermillion vs. Indian Creek 6:00 pm
Brown County vs. Edgewood 7:30 pm
Greensburg
Franklin County vs. Connersville 6:00 pm
Batesville vs. South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Scottsburg
North Harrison at Scottsburg 6:00 pm
Charlestown vs. Corydon Central 7:30 pm
Princeton
Pike Central vs. Washington 6:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Princeton 8:00 pm


CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Andrean at Bowman Academy 6:30 pm
North Newton vs. Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Bluffton
Manchester vs. Whitko 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Tipton
Taylor vs. Blackford 6:00 pm
Madison-Grant vs. Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Alexandria
Wes-Del vs. Muncie Burris 6:00 pm
Wapahani vs. Lapel 7:30 pm
Greencastle
South Putnam at Greencastle 6:00 pm
Parke Heritage vs. Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover)
Clarksville at Southwestern (Hanover) 6:00 pm
Henryville vs. Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Paoli
South Knox vs. Mitchell 6:00 pm
Eastern Greene vs. North Knox 7:30 pm


CLASS 1A
Triton
Culver at Triton 6:30 pm
Argos vs. Westville 8:00 pm
Blue River
Union City at Blue River 6:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Union (Modoc) 7:30 pm
White River Valley
Lighthouse Christian vs. North Central (Farmersburg) 6:00 pm
Bloomfield vs. Dugger Union 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian
Indianapolis Metropolitan vs. MTI Knowledge 6:00 pm
Indianapolis International vs. Indiana Math & Science 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran
Providence Cristo Rey vs. Greenwood Christian 6:00 pm
Central Christian vs. Eminence 7:30 pm
Edinburgh
Jac-Cen-Del vs. Waldron 6:00 pm
South Decatur at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
Loogootee
Washington Catholic vs. Barr-Reeve 6:00 pm
Springs Valley at Loogootee 7:30 pm

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#21 DAYTON 80 DAVIDSON 66

#1 HOUSTON 67 CINCINNATI 59

#16 KENTUCKY 91 MISSISSIPPI STATE 89

BYU 76 #7 KANSAS 68

#22 UTAH STATE 77 FRESNO STATE 73 OT

#20 SAN DIEGO STATE 72 SAN JOSE STATE 64

ELSEWHERE:

INDIANA 74 WISCONSIN 70

BALL STATE 79 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 71

NORTHERN IOWA 68 VALPARAISO 54

NOTRE DAME 70 WAKE FOREST 65

IOWA 90 PENN STATE 81

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#21 BAYLOR 74 CINCINNATI 55

#14 INDIANA 84 NORTHWESTERN 64

#23 CREIGHTON 99 XAVIER 57

OKLAHOMA STATE 68 #24 WEST VIRGINIA 61

NBA SCOREBOARD

GOLDEN STATE 123 WASHINGTON 112

CLEVELAND 121 DALLAS 119

ORLANDO 108 BROOKLYN 81

NEW ORLEANS 115 NEW YORK 92

BOSTON 117 PHILADELPHIA 99

ATLANTA 124 UTAH 97

MINNESOTA 114 SAN ANTONIO 105

MILWAUKEE 123 CHARLOTTE 85

DETROIT 105 CHICAGO 95

OKLAHOMA CITY 112 HOUSTON 95

MIAMI 106 PORTLAND 96

NHL SCOREBOARD

MONTRÉAL 4 ARIZONA 2

VEGAS 6 TORONTO 2

FLORIDA 3 BUFFALO 2

PHILADELPHIA 6 TAMPA BAY 2

DETROIT 8 WASHINGTON 3

NASHVILLE 4 OTTAWA 1

CAROLINA 3 MINNESOTA 2

WINNIPEG 4 ST. LOUIS 2

CALGARY 4 LOS ANGELES 2

COLORADO 5 DALLAS 1

PITTSBURGH 4 VANCOUVER 3 OT

NEW JERSEY 7 SAN JOSE 2

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TAMPA BAY 4 NY YANKEES 2

DETROIT 6 TORONTO 4

PITTSBURGH 13 ATLANTA 4

BOSTON 3 ST. LOUIS 3

WASHINGTON 10 HOUSTON 3

MINNESOTA 3 PHILADELPHIA 3

BALTIMORE 5 DETROIT 2

NY METS 7 MIAMI 1

OAKLAND 11 CLEVELAND 2

LA DODGERS 9 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6

SEATTLE 10 SAN FRANCISCO 10

KANSAS CITY 4 COLORADO 3

CINCINNATI 6 CHICAGO CUBS 6

LA ANGELS 6 MILWAUKEE 4

TEXAS 10 ARIZONA 3

SAN DIEGO 6 KANSAS CITY 4

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 9 INDIANA 6

VANDERBILT 20 INDIANA STATE 4

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 10 BUTLER 8

BALL STATE 10 SOUTHERN INDIANA 4

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

POLES UNCONCERNED ABOUT CALEB’S DESIRE TO PLAY FOR BEARS

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles isn’t worried about Caleb Williams pulling an Eli Manning.

Poles shrugged off the notion that Williams doesn’t want to play for the Bears, who own the No. 1 pick, during his press conference Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“No concerns about that at all,” said Poles. “I would love to know why if that was the case. … I think, as a young quarterback – and I’ve been around it – infrastructure is important.

“And I think we’ve made really good progress in terms of having (a) really good infrastructure for whoever were to come in or if Justin (Fields) were to stay here.”

Manning infamously refused to play for the then-San Diego Chargers – who held the No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft – and forced a move to the New York Giants.

Poles said he’s still in the process of deciding what to do with the top overall selection and current quarterback Fields.

“Contrary to reports out there, I have no master plan to present everyone today,” he said. “This is an opportunity for us to continue to gather information, learn about the different players in the draft, listen to what opportunities could come up, and then … make the best decision that we can for the Chicago Bears.”

Poles said if the Bears do ultimately draft a quarterback and trade Fields, they’d want to “do right” by him and be transparent with the process.

Chicago would reportedly demand a historic offer to trade the No. 1 pick. Williams is widely viewed as the top quarterback in the class and one of the best prospects of the last decade.

GIANTS GM BACKS JONES AS QB, HOPES TO RETAIN BARKLEY

New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen still sees a future with Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley serving as key pieces of the team’s offense.

Schoen told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday that he still has faith in Jones as the Giants’ starting quarterback, according to team reporter Dan Salomone.

Jones’ 2023 campaign was cut short due to a torn ACL suffered in November, but Schoen says the signal-caller is progressing well. He’s already throwing from a stationary position and should be ready for the start of training camp, Schoen added.

As for Barkley, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent, Schoen noted that the franchise tag is not “off the table,” according to NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.

Schoen and the running back’s agent are slated to talk this week at the combine.

“There’s nothing new on that front,” the executive said. “He’s a guy we’d like to have back.”

It’s the second straight offseason that the futures of the quarterback and running back have come into question.

The Giants franchise-tagged Barkley last summer, but the parties couldn’t agree on a long-term deal. The two-time Pro Bowler previously talked about playing his entire career for the NFC East franchise but also said the business side of the NFL opened his mind up to the possibility of playing elsewhere.

Jones was signed to a four-year, $160-million extension last offseason but struggled in 2023. He threw just two touchdowns to six interceptions across six starts.

Jones and Tommy DeVito are the only quarterbacks under contract for 2024. Schoen has discussed adding another signal-caller ahead of the upcoming campaign, with Tyrod Taylor slated to hit free agency.

PATRIOTS TARGETING RIGHT QB TO LEAD TEAM IN ‘RIGHT DIRECTION’

INDIANAPOLIS — Holding the No. 3 pick in April’s draft and $78 million in cap space, the New England Patriots are optimistic about their options in their first offseason this century without Bill Belichick.

Director of scouting Eliot Wolf, the club’s de facto general manager, and new head coach Jerod Mayo will continue putting the pieces in place for a rebuild at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.

“This is a new program, and we’re heading in the right direction. It’s a new era,” Wolf said at the podium on Tuesday. “We have leadership with Jerod Mayo, that is going to be tremendous. He’s just an unbelievable leader and developer of people. And I think that as we move forward with the new offense and defense, it’s going to be pretty special and exciting here.”

After posting their worst record (4-13) since 1992 last season with quarterbacks Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe, Wolf confirmed that the team will meet with the top three signal-callers in the draft class: USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye and LSU’s Jayden Daniels.

“I think it’s a really good year for quarterbacks,” Wolf said. “It’s a really good year at a lot of positions. Like any position we’re going to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, determine who fits for us. We’re pretty early in the process here. Like, I haven’t met any of these guys. Jerod hasn’t met any of these guys. So as we continue through the process here, we’ll determine what’s best for the team. One thing about the quarterbacks in this draft specifically that I’m excited about is that they all look like they’re really tough guys, which is obviously great at any position, but the quarterback position especially.”

The Boston Herald reported that the Patriots will meet with most of the quarterbacks available this week through formal and informal interviews.

Jones, 25, has not progressed since his Pro Bowl rookie season as a 2021 first-round pick. He threw 23 interceptions and 24 touchdown passes during the 2022-23 campaigns. Zappe, 24, completed just 59.9 percent of his throws last season with more picks (nine) than TDs (six).

Wolf was asked about what he is looking for in a franchise quarterback — for a franchise spoiled by two decades of dominance from Tom Brady.

“First of all being someone that can elevate his teammates,” Wolf said. “Someone that your teammates want to play for. I think that’s an extremely underrated thing that people don’t really talk about that much. Leadership’s important and obviously physical talent. We wouldn’t be talking about these guys if they weren’t physically talented.”

Wolf, 41, said all options — including a trade — are on the table with the No. 3 pick. He said the responsibility for the first-round pick will be his.

The Patriots also need help at wide receiver, tight end and offensive tackle. The draft class is deep with wideouts and tackles.

“I think it depends on who we’re talking about and what holes we end up having,” Wolf said. “There’s a lot of time between now and the start of the season to patch those holes in. And hopefully we’re going to do more than patch them. We’re going to try to get the best players that we can and we’ll see what happens at the quarterback position.”

NEW COMMANDERS GM ADAM PETERS: INTERVIEWS KEY TO QB SEARCH

INDIANAPOLIS — The first question new Commanders general manager Adam Peters was asked Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine was about Brock Purdy.

Peters came to Washington from the San Francisco 49ers, where he was the assistant GM when the front office pulled the trigger on drafting the Iowa State quarterback with the final pick of the 2022 draft. The rest was history.

“Now I’ve got to find a new quarterback,” Peters smiled.

It was not breaking news that the Commanders would seek an upgrade over Sam Howell and potentially draft a franchise quarterback this year. But Washington owns the No. 2 pick in April’s draft, a far cry from the final pick that Peters spent on Purdy. The Commanders sit ahead of QB-needy New England but behind Chicago.

Peters, in the GM seat for the first time of his career, will have plenty of say on the Commanders’ final decision. Peters said he will be meeting the crop of quarterback prospects in person for the first time this week, with some interviews lined up for Tuesday night and Wednesday.

“That’s just the beginning of the process,” Peters said. “It’s a huge part of really any position, is getting to know the person. That’s where we’ve always found, in scouting, you make the biggest mistakes more so on the person than the actual talent.”

Caleb Williams of Southern California, Drake Maye of North Carolina and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels of LSU are considered the cream of the draft crop. The running ability of Williams and Daniels in particular might make them an ideal fit for new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech and Arizona Cardinals head coach who has worked with Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray.

“We’ve really just talked about quarterback play in general, and what he looks for in quarterbacks and how we can find that right fit for him, if that’s what we’re gonna do,” said Peters, who hired Kingsbury three weeks ago.

“Certainly that hasn’t been decided yet by any stretch of the imagination. We still have a lot of work to do, whether it’s that pick or later.”

Peters went on to claim the Commanders “really like what we have” in Howell, a fifth-round pick by the previous regime in 2022, and that the quarterback room needs to have competition to ensure the best outcomes.

“You guys know how construction goes. It doesn’t go real fast,” Peters said.

New Commanders head coach Dan Quinn was scheduled to meet with reporters at 5 p.m.

FALCONS’ RAHEEM MORRIS, TERRY FONTENOT: ALL QB OPTIONS ON TABLE

INDIANAPOLIS — As the Atlanta Falcons settle in for the NFL Scouting Combine this week, team brass tackled the quarterback question head-on.

“If we had better quarterback play last year,” new head coach Raheem Morris said Tuesday, “I might not be standing here.”

Three straight 7-10 seasons spelled the end of Arthur Smith’s tenure as Atlanta’s coach. The Falcons flitted between Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke at starting quarterback throughout 2023, with neither able to take the job and run with it.

“We’ve got to get it right, and that’s real clear,” general manager Terry Fontenot said. “We haven’t shied away from that. We know that’s critical to get that position right.”

To replace Smith, the Falcons hired Morris, a former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and most recently the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator. Morris said he’s surrounded himself with “19 quarterback coaches” on his coaching staff, chief among them offensive coordinator Zac Robinson and QBs coach T.J. Yates, both former NFL signal-callers.

Ridder, a third-round pick in the 2022 draft, remains on the Falcons’ roster. He threw for 2,836 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games (13 starts) in 2023, but he tossed 12 interceptions and fumbled 12 times.

Morris and Fontenot made clear they’re leaving no stone unturned, particularly as the Falcons have an estimated $41.99 million in salary cap space.

“We have so many avenues right now because we have free agency money,” Morris said. “We have the ability to trade. … You’ve got option A, you’ve got option B, you’ve got option C, you’ve got option D.”

“It can be a veteran, it can be a young player. We won’t close any doors,” Fontenot added. “It’s about getting it right, whatever that is. And the cool thing about this year is there are a lot of really good options in all areas.”

The Falcons hold the No. 8 pick in the draft, with quarterback-needy teams like Washington and New England ahead of them.

A trade or free agent pickup could be the likelier play, though Morris was careful to sidestep specific questions about pending free agent Baker Mayfield (Tampa Bay) or trade-market possibilities Russell Wilson (Denver) and Justin Fields (Chicago).

“I’ve got so much respect for our fans that I won’t get myself in trouble or us in trouble talking about any particular person,” Morris said. “But it’s really exciting with the quarterback group that’s out there that we have the ability of acquiring. And that’s what makes our fan base, that’s what makes our front office, that’s what makes our coaches all excited to be able to talk in our rooms about those people.”

RAVENS LIKELY TO TAG DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE BARRING A DEAL

The Baltimore Ravens are expected to franchise tag defensive tackle Justin Madubuike if an extension isn’t reached by the March 5 deadline, general manager Eric DeCosta said Tuesday.

“We’re trying to get a deal done. We’ve had discussions with Justin,” DeCosta told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

“He’s a guy that’s obviously put himself in a fortuitous position this year by the way that he played. He had a great season for us. He’s a valued player on the team and we’re hopeful that we can get a long-term deal done.”

Asked about using the franchise tag if necessary, DeCosta replied: “I probably will, yes.”

Coming off his first Pro Bowl selection in 2023, Madubuike would earn $22.1 million in 2024 while playing under the franchise tag.

A third-round pick by Baltimore in the 2020 NFL Draft, Madubuike is set to become a free agent this offseason after finishing out his four-year, $4.85 million rookie deal last season.

Madubuike, 26, started all 17 games in 2023 and delivered 13 sacks, 33 quarterback hits and 56 tackles. He has 21.5 sacks and 153 tackles in 59 career games (47 starts).

REPORT: BUCS PARTING WAYS WITH LB SHAQUIL BARRETT

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will release veteran linebacker Shaquil Barrett in a salary-slashing move, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Cutting ties with the two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion will provide nearly $5 million in salary cap relief.

Barrett, 31, has an option bonus of $15.04 million due next month. The Bucs will designate the nine-year veteran as a post-June 1 cut, enabling them to divide his $26.67 million dead cap costs over 2024 and 2025. That means a $9.3 million cap hit in 2024 and $17.5 million in 2025, per the report.

Anticipating the move, Barrett said last month that he hoped to remain with Tampa Bay but understood that “it’s a business.”

Barrett started 16 games in 2023, equaling his career high, and delivered 4.5 sacks, 52 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception (a pick-six in a Week 2 win against the Chicago Bears).

He has 59 sacks, 125 quarterback hits, 22 forced fumbles and 400 tackles in 131 games (85 starts) with the Denver Broncos (2015-18) and Buccaneers. He won Super Bowl 50 with Denver and SB LV with Tampa Bay.

NFL FREE AGENT RB CLASS IS GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY LOADED

This year’s NFL free agency class for the running back position looks like it will be loaded.

Word emerged on Monday that running backs Saquon Barkley, Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs and Tony Pollard are all unlikely to receive a franchise tag from their current teams. Similarly, the Los Angeles Chargers are expected to let Austin Ekeler test the free agent market.

If all those running backs are made available, there will be tons of big-name players up for grabs in free agency.

In addition to Barkley, Henry, Jacobs, Pollard and Ekeler, D’Andre Swift, AJ Dillon, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and both Ravens running backs Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins will likely be available.

NFL running backs have been complaining about the compensation they have received in recent years. Now several of them will have a chance to test the market. The problem is, with so many big-name running backs available at the same time, the market might not work in their favor due to the over-supply.

What teams are most likely to try signing one of those backs? The Ravens will definitely be in the market, along with the Chargers. Some of the other teams losing those talented players may look to the draft or internal options for replacements.

NFL SCOUTING COMBINE PRESENTED BY NOBULL WELCOMES FANS WITH FREE “INSIDE LOOK” AND COMBINE EXPERIENCE

During the NFL Scouting Combine presented by NOBULL, the league will host two free fan-centric celebrations in Indianapolis: “Inside Look” and Combine Experience.

Taking place over the four days of the NFL Combine from Thursday, Feb. 29 – Sunday, March 3, “Inside Look” will take fans inside the stadium, providing them with up-close access to the league’s future stars, while Combine Experience – the NFL’s interactive fanfest – will return to Lucas Oil Stadium’s South Lot. Both activations are free for fans.

“A pivotal step in the journey from prospect to pro, the NFL Scouting Combine has become an exciting opportunity for fans to see future NFL talent up-close before they find their new team at the NFL Draft,” said Peter O’Reilly, executive vice president, league events, club business and international at the NFL. “Fans will get to witness an action-packed schedule in the stadium, which includes tight ends and defensive backs on Friday and quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs on Saturday, while also participating in some of the same drills as prospects at Combine Experience.”

“INSIDE LOOK”
Introduced for the first-time last year, “Inside Look” will take place inside Lucas Oil Stadium, providing fans with an opportunity to watch prospects up-close and in-person.

The in-stadium event will feature on-camera hosts to add context to drills; lively music to energize the crowd; in-stadium Next-Gen Stats; exclusive in-person interviews to keep fans in-the-know; and expanded content on the video boards to share special highlights. Expanded content includes prospect storytelling, explanation videos on drills, mic’d up coach and prospect segments, and custom walk-in content with NFL Legends.

“INSIDE LOOK” AT LUCAS OIL STADIUM – SCHEDULE

DATEPOSITIONHOURS OF OPERATION
Thursday, Feb. 29Defensive Linemen (DL)
Linebackers (LB)
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Drills begin at 3 p.m.
Friday, March 1Defensive Backs (DB),
Tight Ends (TE)
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Drills begin at 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 2Quarterbacks (QB)
Wide Receivers (WR)
Runing Backs (RB)
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Drills begin at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 3Offensive Linemen (OL)11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drills begin at 1 p.m.

 All times are local and may be subject to change.

COMBINE EXPERIENCE
At Combine Experience, fansare encouraged to wear their favorite NFL team gear to take photos with the Colts Super Bowl XLI Vince Lombardi Trophy, view all 57 Super Bowl rings up close, participate in interactive games, meet players and purchase exclusive merchandise from NFL Shop presented by Visa. Fans can train like the prospects, participating in the 40-yard dash, where they can race against NFL players on LED screens, and vertical jump. There will also be a Combine obstacle course and bench press photo opportunity.

Additionally, fans can enter to win tickets for Super Bowl LIX in New Orleans on Feb. 10, 2025, and the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit, MI on April 26-28.

While admission is free, fans must register for NFL OnePass either online or by downloading and registering on the NFL’s OnePass app. Fans can also register at NFL.com/combineaccess. All adults are required to register but can also register up to five children to get into the event.

COMBINE EXPERIENCE AT LUCAS OIL STADIUM’S SOUTH LOT – HOURS OF OPERATION

DATEHOURS OF OPERATION
Thursday, Feb. 291:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 211:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 311:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 All times are local and may be subject to change.​

For those not in Indianapolis, NFL Network, NFL+ and NFL Digital Media offer multi-platform coverage of the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine presented by NOBULL from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

NFL Network’s coverage of the Combine on-field workouts begins Thursday, Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. ET with the defensive linemen and linebackers, and continues Friday, March 1 at 3 p.m. ET with the defensive backs and tight ends; Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. ET with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs; and concludes Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. ET with the offensive linemen.

Lead draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah and host Rich Eisen anchor NFL Network’s coverage of the on-field workouts, joined by Charles Davis, Peter Schrager, Chris Rose, Ian Rapoport, Stacey Dales and Jamie Erdahl, as well as New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan (Thursday), former NFL offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (Sunday) and NFL Network analyst Shaun O’Hara (Sunday). 

WHAT NFL TEAMS NEED/WANT IN THE OFFSEASON: AFC SOUTH

OUTKICK

Texans: They rose from the cellar in amazing fashion last season, with the advent of great rookie seasons from C.J. Stroud, Will Anderson Jr., and Tank Dell. Time to take the next step. They have five picks in the draft’s first four rounds (two picks in the fourth), including Cleveland’s first-rounder at No. 23 overall. And they have a whopping $73 million in salary cap space. Now is the time to use it while Stroud still has three years on his rookie contract. They could easily benefit by adding some running back help, addressing the question of re-signing TE Dalton Schultz, addressing the question of re-signing defensive end Jonathan Greenard, and stocking the interior defensive line. Opportunity abounds.

Jaguars: The Calvin Ridley trade was solid and over 1K receiving yards and 8 TDs is a good return on the investment but the price for re-signing Ridley as a free agent becomes the question. The Jaguars later in the offseason will finalize an extension for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. It could be a record-breaker and make him the NFL’s highest paid player. The problem is he hasn’t played like the NFL’s best player and definitely didn’t last season when he took a step back from 2022. The other issue is the Jaguars have kind of blown it with edge rusher Josh Allen. They could have signed him to an extension before last season. They didn’t. He delivered a franchise record 17.5 sacks. So they can re-sign him or franchise tag him. But the price on both has gotten higher as the salary cap increased by 13 percent for 2024. So it makes sense Allen will increase his asking price on a long-term deal by, you guessed it, 13 percent. 

Colts: The Colts are in a good spot in that they have nearly $80 million in salary cap space to address some important issues. Those include keeping backup quarterback Gardner Minshew, who almost led the team to the playoffs in 2023. They include keeping or upgrading from receiver Michael Pittman. And also keeping cornerback Kenny Moore. Those moves would be to hold serve. Upgrade? The pass rush broke an Indy record with 51 sacks but anyone who saw C.J. Stroud’s dismantling of the defense late in the year understands Indy needs more rush help. That’s particularly true in a division with Stroud, Lawrence and the possibility Will Levis develops. The major problem this team faces is the roster is largely a win-now group but quarterback Anthony Richardson has only played four games. 

Titans: Their offensive line has been a disaster, but not to worry. It’ll get fixed. Or should. The club hired Brian Callahan as it’s head coach. He coached Bengals right tackle Jonah Williams, a free agent, who just had a good season and makes perfect sense as an addition. The Titans have some $85 million in salary cap space at their disposal, so they can afford to address anything they want. And, Brian just hired his dad, Bill Callahan, who happens to be perhaps the best offensive line coach in the league. And, more coincidence, it’s a great year for offensive tackles in the draft, too. It would be good for the Titans to add a center somehow. The Titans are rebooting. Rebuilding. And it’s going to start from the inside out.

WHY MARVIN HARRISON JR. IS SKIPPING NFL COMBINE: OHIO STATE WR TAKING ‘DIFFERENT’ APPROACH AHEAD OF NFL DRAFT

(SPORTING NEWS)

Marvin Harrison Jr. is a freak athlete. While his 6-4 frame certainly helps when it comes to playing wide receiver, the son of former NFL star Marvin Harrison has the speed, agility and athleticism to make a major impact at the next level. 

Those skills make the Ohio State wide receiver one of the must-watch players at the NFL Scouting Combine. The only problem? Harrison Jr. isn’t going to be in Indianapolis. 

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

THE DUST IS SETTLING ON COLLEGE SPORTS REALIGNMENT. A LOOK AT WHERE SCHOOLS ARE GOING

College sports in the U.S. has seen scores of schools change conference affiliation over the past century, but the pace has quickened over the past three decades and certainly over the past year. It is no longer a surprise to see storied programs leave their longtime conference home in search of more stability and more revenue in the college athletics arms race.

A look at football membership in the Power Five and the Group of Five, largely dating to the launch of the Big 12 in 1996:

ACC

1996 (9): Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia.

2023 (14): Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.

2024 (17): Boston College, California, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, SMU, Stanford, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.

BIG TEN

1996 (11): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin.

2023 (14): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin.

2024 (18): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Southern California, UCLA, Washington, Wisconsin.

BIG 12

1996 (12): Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech.

2023 (14): BYU, Baylor, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia.

2024 (16): Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Baylor, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Utah, West Virginia.

PAC-12

1996 (10): Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Southern California, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Washington State.

2023 (12): Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Southern California, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State.

2024 (2): Oregon State, Washington State.

SEC

1996 (12): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt.

2023 (14): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt.

2024 (16): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC

2013 (10, first season): Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, South Florida, Temple.

2023 (14): Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Memphis, Navy, North Texas, Rice, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UTSA.

2024 (14): Army, Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Memphis, Navy, North Texas, Rice, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UTSA.

CONFERENCE USA

1996 (6): Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Tulane.

2023 (9): Florida International, Jacksonville State, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, UTEP, Western Kentucky.

2024 (10): Florida International, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, UTEP, Western Kentucky.

2025 (11): Delaware, Florida International, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, UTEP, Western Kentucky.

MID-AMERICAN

1996 (10): Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan.

2023 (12): Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan.

2025 (13): Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Massachusetts, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan.

BIG WEST/WAC/MOUNTAIN WEST

1996 (Big West, 6): Boise State, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Texas, Utah State.

1996 (WAC, 16): Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Rice, San Diego State, San Jose State, SMU, TCU, Tulsa, UNLV, Utah, UTEP, Wyoming.

2024 (MWC, 12): Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State, Wyoming.

SUN BELT

2001 (7, first season): Arkansas State, Idaho, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, North Texas.

2024 (14): Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall, Old Dominion, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Texas State, Troy.

INDEPENDENTS

1996 (11): Arkansas State, Army, Central Florida, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, UAB.

2023 (4): Army, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Notre Dame.

2024 (3): Connecticut, Massachusetts, Notre Dame.

2025 (2): Connecticut, Notre Dame.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

NCAA PRESIDENT ISSUES MAJOR WARNING ABOUT STUDENT-ATHLETES AS EMPLOYEES

NCAA president Charlie Baker believes that the vast majority of college athletes should be very concerned about the potential of legislation that would make them employees of the schools they attend.

While speaking with reporters at the NCAA’s Washington office on Friday, Baker expressed concern about the lawsuits the NCAA is facing that could potentially result in athletes being classified as employees. Baker estimated that “95 percent” of colleges nationwide simply would not be able to afford sports if that were to happen.

“You’re talking about 95 percent of colleges that probably spend somewhere between … $40 million and $50 million on college sports, and they lose money,” Baker said, via Ben Nuckols. “They don’t have TV contracts and nobody can look at their income statements or balance sheets and conclude there would be a way for them to make money.”

Baker added that he has had conversations with members of Congress who agree that there needs to be a system established where players’ NIL rights are standardized and there are opportunities for athletes to make money without having to become employees of the schools they attend. Baker believes that can be achieved if Congress grants the NCAA a limited antitrust exemption that allows it to set rules safeguarding college sports without the threat of litigation.

The landscape of college sports has changed dramatically in recent years. Many prominent figures have expressed concerns over the impact the new name, image and likeness rules have had. Baker believes that designating student-athletes as employees could potentially be catastrophic for most athletic departments.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BRAD UNDERWOOD TELLS OUTKICK THAT SPORTS BETTING IS HURTING COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The proliferation of legalized sports betting across the United States has caused many headaches for leagues. The NFL has had several gambling incidents involving players and even had to lay down strict rules for the Super Bowl – held in Las Vegas. But, it’s not just professional sports. Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood says it’s hurting college basketball, too.

Underwood joined Dan Dakich on Tuesday’s episode of “Don’t At Me With Dan Dakich” and explained how legalized sports betting has changed his approach as a coach.

Underwood explains that college teams don’t have to report injuries the same way that pro teams do. Which, he thinks, can lead to some issues. That’s why Underwood is a proponent of injury reports in college sports.

“If [a student] sees player A, and he’s your leading scorer, and he’s walking around campus in a boot – or a teammate tells his dad, ‘Hey, I don’t think Johnny’s playing today because he hit his head in practice,’ [that’s a problem.”

Underwood went on to discuss how prop bets – which were recently banned in Ohio for college events – are an easy target for manipulation.

“There will be a day in a time when, conceivably, you could have two guys not jump for the jump ball because there’s a prop bet on it,” he said. “I think anything that challenges the integrity of competition stinks.”

He also admitted that sports bettors often attack players for blowing covers.

“We’ve had guys that have gotten very, very nasty text messages and so on, because they missed a layup that didn’t cover an over and under or whatever it was.”

Really, what all of it comes down to is whether sports betting ultimately starts to affect the integrity of the outcome. Sports is the one thing that is a true meritocracy and that’s why Americans love it so much. If that goes away? Forget about it.

“You you can’t ever jeopardize the integrity of competition,” Underwood continued. “And if we ever lose that, then that our sport is done.”

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: BYU HALTS NO. 7 KANSAS’ 19-GAME HOME WIN STREAK

Dallin Hall had 13 of his 18 points in the second half as BYU defeated No. 7 Kansas 76-68 on Tuesday night.

Kansas had won 19 straight home games dating to last season, which was tied for the third-longest active streak in the country. The Jayhawks had won 71 straight when leading at halftime.

It was BYU’s first win ever in Lawrence, Kan. The Cougars (20-8, 8-7 Big 12) came into the game third in Division I with 11.4 3-pointers per game, and second with 32.4 3-point attempts per game. BYU finished 13 of 34 from long range, including 7 of 15 after halftime. Jaxson Robinson also had 18 points for the Cougars.

The Jayhawks (21-7, 9-6) were led by Hunter Dickinson with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Dajuan Harris Jr. added 12 points, KJ Adams Jr. had 11 and Johnny Furphy had 10.

No. 1 Houston 67, Cincinnati 59

LJ Cryer produced his ninth 20-point game of the season as the Cougars earned a wire-to-wire victory over the visiting Bearcats.

Cryer scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the first half to steady Houston (25-3, 12-3 Big 12). Teammate Jamal Shead scored all nine of his points after the intermission. Shead missed 9 of 11 shots but finished with 11 assists and four steals.

Viktor Lakhin and Simas Lukosius scored 11 points apiece for Cincinnati (16-12, 5-10), which has dropped three straight and five of six. Dan Skillings Jr. had eight points and eight rebounds for Cincinnati.

No. 16 Kentucky 91, Mississippi State 89

Reed Sheppard capped his stellar night with a 15-foot runner with 0.5 seconds remaining to lift the Wildcats over the Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss.

Sheppard scored a career-best 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting as Kentucky (20-8, 10-5 SEC) recovered from a 13-point second-half deficit en route to beating Mississippi State for the 19th time in the past 20 meetings. Sheppard made four 3-pointers and also had seven assists, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals for Kentucky.

Josh Hubbard established career highs of 34 points and seven 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (19-9, 8-7), who had a five-game winning streak halted. Tolu Smith III had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Shakeel Moore added 10 points.

No. 20 San Diego State 72, San Jose State 64

Jaedon LeDee had 27 points and 11 rebounds and the Aztecs held off the visiting Spartans.

Elijah Saunders was the other scorer in double figures with 10 points off the bench for San Diego State (22-7, 11-5 Mountain West), which extended its home winning streak to 20 games and stayed a half-game behind No. 22 Utah State and Boise State for first place in the conference.

Myron Amey Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Trey Anderson scored 14 points and Latrell Davis contributed 13 points off the bench for San Jose State (9-20, 2-14), which cut a 17-point deficit to five with 5:21 to go but couldn’t get any closer than four down the stretch.

No. 21 Dayton 80, Davidson 66

Koby Brea scored a team-high 17 points off the bench to help lift the Flyers to a win over the visiting Wildcats in Atlantic 10 Conference action.

Brea hit five 3-pointers while Enoch Cheeks added 15 points for the Flyers (22-5, 12-3 Atlantic 10), who rebounded from last Wednesday’s loss at George Mason. DaRon Holmes II had 14 points, Kobe Elvis chipped in 11 and Javon Bennett and Nate Santos each finished with 10 for Dayton.

Connor Kochera led Davidson (15-13, 5-10) with 18 points. Reed Bailey supplied 12 for the Wildcats, who lost their second straight game.

No. 22 Utah State 77, Fresno State 73 (OT)

Great Osobor had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Aggies to an overtime win over the host Bulldogs.

Utah State’s Darius Brown II, whose 3-pointer at the end of regulation pushed the game into overtime, made another shot from beyond the arc with 34 seconds left in OT to break a tie.

The Aggies (23-5, 11-4 Mountain West) remain tied for first in the conference after winning for the fourth time in the past five games. The Bulldogs (11-17, 4-11), who got 21 points from Isaiah Pope, took their fourth consecutive loss.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: OKLAHOMA STATE DOWNS NO. 24 WVU

Anna Gret Asi scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma State to a 68-61 upset win over No. 24 West Virginia on Tuesday evening in Stillwater, Okla.

Asi also had six assists and three steals as the Cowgirls (14-14, 7-10 Big 12) beat a ranked opponent for the second time this season. Quincy Noble scored 15 points with seven rebounds and Hannah Gusters added 13 points.

In the third straight loss for the Mountaineers (22-6, 11-6), Jordan Harrison scored 22 points while JJ Quinerly added 17 points and five rebounds.

West Virginia led by two points midway through the first quarter, then Oklahoma State went on a 16-5 run that spilled into the next frame. The Cowgirls led by as many as 14 points and scored 20 points off 15 Mountaineers turnovers.

No. 14 Indiana 84, Northwestern 64

Mackenzie Holmes had 28 points and nine rebounds as the Hoosiers routed the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill.

Sydney Parrish also added a double-double for Indiana (23-4, 14-3 Big Ten) with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Sara Scalia scored 11 points and Lilly Meister chipped in 10.

Melannie Daley scored 24 points off the bench to power Northwestern (8-20, 3-14), marking the most points the junior guard has ever scored in a Big Ten game. Hailey Weaver added 11 points and four steals.

No. 21 Baylor 74, Cincinnati 55

Jana Van Gytenbeek scored a career-best 19 points off the bench to help the Bears race away from the host Bearcats.

Van Gytenbeek — a senior guard who averages just 11.3 minutes per game for her career — shot 8-of-11 from the floor and also had four assists and two steals to power Baylor (22-6, 11-6 Big 12) to its fourth straight win. Bella Fontleroy added 14 points and Dre’Una Edwards scored 10 with seven rebounds.

Cincinnati (13-15, 5-12) was led by Jillian Hayes’ 15 points. Baylor shot 40.9 percent from 3-point land while holding the Bearcats to 15.8 percent from that distance and 26.1 percent overall.

No. 23 Creighton 99, Xavier 57

Emma Ronsiek scored 25 points and was one of five Bluejays to score in double figures in a blowout win over the visiting Musketeers in Omaha, Neb.

Ronsiek also had seven assists, five rebounds and four blocks in the 13th win in the last 14 games for Creighton (23-4, 14-3 Big East). Morgan Maly added 19 points and eight rebounds, Lauren Jensen scored 16 points and Mallory Brake and Molly Mogensen scored 10 apiece.

Aizhanique Mayo paced Xavier (1-25, 0-17) with 13 points. Creighton shot 60.9 percent from the floor, its best mark this season in Big East play.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: CAVS’ MAX STRUS HITS HALF-COURT WINNER AT BUZZER

Max Strus sank a 3-pointer from well beyond midcourt as time expired to lift the host Cleveland Cavaliers to a 121-119 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Strus matched Donovan Mitchell by making seven 3-pointers on the evening. Strus, in fact, sank four in a 67-second sequence late in the fourth quarter before answering P.J. Washington’s go-ahead layup with 2.6 seconds left with his improbable shot.

Mitchell collected 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists to offset seven turnovers. Strus finished with 21 points and Jarrett Allen recorded 19 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won two in a row overall and completed a season-series sweep of the Mavericks. Cleveland recorded a 113-110 victory in Dallas on Dec. 27.

Strus’ heroics spoiled a banner night by Dallas’ Luka Doncic, who recorded 45 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and three steals.

Pistons 105, Bulls 95

Cade Cunningham scored 26 points and Simone Fontecchio had 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to boost visiting Detroit to a win against Chicago.

Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak behind a 42-6 edge in points from 3-point shots. The Pistons finished 14-for-37 (37.8 percent) from deep compared to a season-worst 2-for-29 (6.9 percent) showing for the Bulls, who have lost three of four.

Nikola Vucevic (25 points, 10 rebounds) and Andre Drummond (20 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles for Chicago, and DeMar DeRozan added 25 points.

Warriors 123, Wizards 112

Klay Thompson outscored Jordan Poole in a bench duel of former teammates, Chris Paul made a triumphant return from a 21-game absence and Golden State beat host Washington.

On a night when Andrew Wiggins wasn’t available for personal reasons and Stephen Curry made just 4 of 16 3-pointers, the Warriors rode Thompson’s hot hand to a ninth win in 11 games. Thompson buried 6 of 11 triples en route to a team-high 25 points in 27 minutes.

Poole, meanwhile, went just 2-for-8 from deep and 5-for-17 overall en route to 12 points against the team that traded him as part of a package for Paul this past offseason. Paul went for nine points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Magic 108, Nets 81

Franz Wagner scored 21 points and Moritz Wagner added 16 as Orlando held visiting Brooklyn to a season-low point total.

Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz scored 12 points apiece for Orlando, which led by as many as 33 and won for the fourth time in its past five games. Wendell Carter Jr. added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Brooklyn committed 20 turnovers and fell to 1-3 under interim coach Kevin Ollie. The Nets played without Cam Thomas (right ankle sprain) and Ben Simmons (left knee injury maintenance).

Hawks 124, Jazz 97

Jalen Johnson totaled 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead Atlanta over visiting Utah.

De’Andre Hunter added 20 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 and Dejounte Murray contributed 17 points and 11 assists to help the Hawks win their second straight game.

Collin Sexton led Utah with 22 points and Walker Kessler had 14 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks as the Jazz lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Celtics 117, 76ers 99

Jaylen Brown scored 31 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to help Boston extend its winning streak to nine games by beating visiting Philadelphia.

Philadelphia trailed by two with 8:50 to play, but Boston scored the next 16 points to take a 107-89 lead with four minutes remaining. Boston had a 56-28 edge in rebounds.

Tyrese Maxey tossed in a game-high 32 points for the 76ers, who received 16 points from Ricky Council IV. Tobias Harris and Cameron Payne each finished with 13 points.

Pelicans 115, Knicks 92

Trey Murphy III scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for visiting New Orleans, which pulled away from undermanned New York.

Brandon Ingram had 24 points and Zion Williamson finished with 21 points for the Pelicans, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Donte DiVincenzo scored 23 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 for the Knicks, who scratched Jalen Brunson (neck) and Isaiah Hartenstein (left Achilles) shortly before the opening tip. New York fell to 3-7 in the past 10 games.

Timberwolves 114, Spurs 105

Anthony Edwards shrugged off a late-second-quarter ankle injury to score 34 points as Minnesota held on to beat San Antonio in Minneapolis.

Naz Reid added 22 points off the bench for the Timberwolves. Minnesota won for the sixth time in seven games to remain atop the Western Conference standings despite playing without Karl-Anthony Towns, who missed the contest for personal reasons.

Devin Vassell led the Spurs with 21 points while Keldon Johnson added 20. Victor Wembanyama tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Bucks 123, Hornets 85

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 23 to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists as Milwaukee routed visiting Charlotte.

Bobby Portis added 21 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Jae Crowder had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks.

Miles Bridges led Charlotte with 17 points but was only 6 of 15 from the floor. Tre Mann scored 16 points and Brandon Miller added 14.

Thunder 112, Rockets 95

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points to lead host Oklahoma City past Houston for a sixth victory in a row, matching its season-best winning streak.

The Thunder improved to 41-17 after going just 40-42 in 2022-23. Jalen Williams supplied 24 points and Chet Holmgren had 18 to go along with 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which also beat the Rockets on Sunday.

Alperen Sengun paced the Rockets with 23 points and six assists while adding 11 boards. Jabari Smith Jr. totaled 18 points and 13 rebounds as Houston fell to 1-11 in its past 12 road games.

Heat 106, Trail Blazers 96

Jimmy Butler recorded 22 points, nine assists and four steals to help Miami overcome a 15-point deficit en route to a victory over host Portland.

Terry Rozier scored 19 points and Duncan Robinson added 17 as the Heat improved to 5-0 on a six-game road trip. Bam Adebayo contributed 13 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which has won nine of its past 11 games.

Anfernee Simons scored 26 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost their season-high ninth straight game. Jerami Grant added 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for Portland, which went 0-7 on its now-concluded homestand.

KLAY ‘WOULD LOVE TO BE A WARRIOR FOR LIFE’

Despite his recent benching, Golden State Warriors veteran Klay Thompson wants to stay with the franchise for his entire career.

When asked whether his recent role change impacts his desire to return, Thompson said, “Not really,” according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick.

“You’ve still got to examine all of your options, but I would love to be a Warrior for life. Whatever happens, though, I’ve got a few more years to play this game, so I’m gonna enjoy every second. I realize that I see light at the end of the tunnel, (and) I’m not sure if I want to play until I’m 40, man. That sounds really exhausting.”

Thompson has come off the bench in his last four games, the first time since his rookie season that he’s played in a reserve role. Over that stretch, the 34-year-old is averaging 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and two assists in 27.1 minutes. He’s also making four 3-pointers per game, shooting 42% from deep.

The Warriors are 3-1 since Thompson’s role change and 8-2 in their last 10 games. They rank 10th in the Western Conference.

The veteran guard is set to hit free agency in the summer and remains the only core member of the franchise who doesn’t have a deal in place for next season. The franchise extended head coach Steve Kerr last week.

“I’m doing great,” Thompson said. “I think I’m doing much better in not putting my identity in my performance, especially after 11 years of NBA basketball. That alone is an incredible accomplishment. And to be out here and still be playing and having fun and being healthy, that trumps any big shooting night or 50-40-90 milestones.

“It took me a long time to realize that, but once I finally did, my game has been much better. I’ve been so much more at ease and realizing that, ‘Gosh, this is such a cool opportunity for me.’ Guys would kill to be in my shoes, even with all the injuries and all that. The heights we’ve reached are rare, so it’s been awesome.”

The Warriors take on the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: KNIGHTS END LEAFS’ WINNING STREAK

Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and an assist, William Karlsson added a goal and an assist and the visiting Vegas Golden Knights defeated Toronto 6-2 on Tuesday, ending the Maple Leafs’ seven-game winning streak.

Ivan Barbashev, Mason Morelli and Nicolas Roy also scored for the Golden Knights, who were 1-4-1 in their previous six games. Vegas’ Shea Theodore added three assists, and Adin Hill stopped 28 shots.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Ryan Reaves scored for the Maple Leafs, and Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves.

Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe was given a game misconduct with two minutes to play, apparently for yelling at a referee.

Red Wings 8, Capitals 3

Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice and streaking Detroit posted a season-high goal total in a lopsided win over visiting Washington.

Lucas Raymond had a goal and two assists as the Red Wings won their sixth straight. Joe Veleno, J.T. Compher and Dylan Larkin each had a goal and an assist. Robby Fabbri and Alex DeBrincat also scored.

Hendrix Lapierre, Michael Sgarbossa and Max Pacioretty scored for the Capitals. Charlie Lindgren made 23 saves.

Penguins 4, Canucks 3 (OT)

Erik Karlsson scored at 1:42 of overtime to lift visiting Pittsburgh over Vancouver.

Rickard Rakell scored two goals, Lars Eller had a goal and an assist, Sidney Crosby registered two assists and Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for the Penguins, who have won three in a row for the first time since Dec. 27-31.

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist, Nils Hoglander and Brock Boeser also scored and Thatcher Demko turned away 36 shots for the Canucks, who have lost five of their past six games (1-4-1).

Avalanche 5, Stars 1

Andrew Cogliano and Nathan MacKinnon scored 49 seconds apart in a three-goal second period, Alexandar Georgiev had 33 saves, and Colorado beat scuffling Dallas in Denver.

Cogliano and MacKinnon added an assist each, Mikko Rantanen and Artturi Lehkonen also had a goal and an assist and Joel Kiviranta scored for the Avalanche. MacKinnon has at least one point in all 29 home games, the longest home point streak since Mario Lemieux’s 31-game run during the 1995-96 season.

Logan Stankoven scored and Jake Oettinger turned away 22 shots for Dallas, which has lost six of its past seven games.

Panthers 3, Sabres 2

Brandon Montour scored one goal and assisted on the other two as Florida edged Buffalo in Sunrise, Fla.

Panthers winger Matthew Tkachuk returned from a one-game injury absence and produced a goal and an assist. Sam Bennett also scored for Florida, which got 28 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Sabres — who had their season-best three-game win streak snapped — got one goal each from Dylan Cozens and Tage Thompson and 34 saves from Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.

Flyers 6, Lightning 2

Travis Sanheim and Noah Cates each had a goal and an assist for host Philadelphia, which scored five times in the third period to beat Tampa Bay.

Bobby Brink, Tyson Foerster, Sean Walker and Cam York add a goal apiece for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Samuel Ersson made 20 saves for the win.

Nick Paul and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning, who had won their previous two games. Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 23 shots.

Devils 7, Sharks 2

Nico Hischier had a goal and three assists and Nico Daws made 29 saves to lead visiting New Jersey over San Jose.

Jack Hughes had a goal and two assists, Jesper Bratt added a goal and an assist and Kevin Bahl, Colin Miller, Brendan Smith and Dawson Mercer also scored for New Jersey. Timo Meier, playing for the first time in San Jose since being traded to the Devils one year and one day earlier, added two assists.

Nico Sturm and Justin Bailey scored for the Sharks, who took their fourth straight loss. Kaapo Kahkonen, who replaced starter Mackenzie Blackwood in the first period, finished with 24 saves. Blackwood stopped all 13 shots he faced before leaving with an undisclosed injury.

Hurricanes 3, Wild 2

Stefan Noesen scored the go-ahead goal with 8:58 remaining in the third period and Carolina held on for a win in Saint Paul, Minn.

Jordan Staal finished with a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game skid. Andrei Svechnikov also scored, and Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn the victory.

Connor Dewar and Jonas Brodin scored for Minnesota. Ryan Hartman collected two assists for the Wild, who won their previous two games. Filip Gustavsson turned aside 25 of 28 shots.

Flames 4, Kings 2

Yegor Sharangovich broke a third-period deadlock to spark host Calgary to a victory over Los Angeles.

Andrew Mangiapane, Blake Coleman and Mikael Backlund also scored for the Flames, who have won four straight games. Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves and collected his fifth assist of the season, tops among all NHL goalies. Chris Tanev posted two assists.

Kevin Fiala collected a goal and an assist and Phillip Danault also scored for the Kings, who have lost three of four outings. Cam Talbot stopped 33 shots.

Canadiens 4, Coyotes 2

Sam Montembeault stopped 36 shots and Jordan Harris and Joel Armia each had a goal with an assist as host Montreal extended Arizona’s losing streak to 13 games.

The Canadiens snapped a five-game skid thanks in part to goals from Tanner Pearson and Nick Suzuki (empty-netter).

Playing without Clayton Keller (upper-body injury), Arizona had its chances but fell to 0-11-2 in its past 13 contests. Alex Kerfoot and Nick Bjugstad scored for the Coyotes, and Connor Ingram made 17 saves.

Predators 4, Senators 1

Roman Josi (two goals, one assist) and Gustav Nyquist (one goal, two assists) each had three points as streaking Nashville beat visiting Ottawa.

Michael McCarron also scored for the Predators, who have won six consecutive games, matching their longest streak of success this season. Juuse Saros made 24 saves in the victory.

Drake Batherson tallied the only goal for the Senators, who lost for the second time in as many days on their brief two-game road trip. Joonas Korpisalo logged 32 saves.

Jets 4, Blues 2

Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg in a win over visiting St. Louis.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Josh Morrissey each had two assists for the Jets, who have won four in a row and seven of their past eight games. Laurent Brossoit made 36 saves.

Pavel Buchnevich and Brandon Saad scored, and Joel Hofer made 28 saves for the Blues, who fell to 2-5-0 in their past seven.

BASEBALL NEWS

INDIA: REDS WILL WIN NL CENTRAL THIS SEASON

Jonathan India is confident the Cincinnati Reds will be the kings of the National League Central in 2024.

“This is the year we’re going to be a playoff team,” India said, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “We all know it. We just missed the playoffs by two games last year. We’re not going to miss it again.

“We’ve got more energy. We’ve more confidence. And a lot of us have a chip on our shoulder. We’re going to win the division this year.”

The Reds won 82 contests in 2023 to finish 10 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Cincinnati also missed the final wild-card spot by two games.

They were 26-33 in early June before going 56-47 the rest of the year, which included a 12-game winning streak – the franchise’s longest since 1957.

Cincinnati’s turnaround was led by youngsters Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Spencer Steer, and Andrew Abbott.

The club added veterans Jeimer Candelario, Frankie Montas, Nick Martinez, and Emilio Pagán this offseason.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: SHOHEI OHTANI HOMERS IN DODGERS DEBUT

Shohei Ohtani belted an opposite-field home run in the fifth inning of his first spring training game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who went on to a 9-6 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in Phoenix.

Ohtani took Dominic Leone to left with a high-arching shot in his third at-bat of his Dodgers debut, cutting the deficit at the time to 4-3. Ohtani, signed in the offseason on a record $700 million deal, also struck out in the first and scored a runner on a double-play grounder in the third.

Drew Avans brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth preceding Chris Okey’s three-run blast off Garrett Schoenle (0-1). Okey finished with four RBIs.

Juan Morillo (1-0) pitched one-third of an inning after Bobby Miller got the start and allowed one run on two hits in two frames.

Paul DeJong had a three-run homer and Colson Montgomery drove in two runs for the White Sox.

Pirates 13, Braves 4

Ke’Bryan Hayes’ game-tying grand slam to center field launched a 13-run uprising for host Pittsburgh to topple Atlanta in Bradenton, Fla.

After Hayes’ long ball in the third inning, Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run shot to center two innings later off Ben Bowden (0-1) to put the Pirates up for good. Abrahan Gutierrez and Jackson Glenn capped a seven-run sixth inning with back-to-back homers.

Jose Hernandez (1-0) pitched a scoreless fifth after the Braves had four RBI singles over the first three innings, with Sean Murphy responsible for two.

Red Sox 3, Cardinals 3

Jeremy Rivas walked to drive in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth for host St. Louis to draw with Boston in Jupiter, Fla.

Noah Song blew the save in the ninth for the Red Sox by issuing three walks with one hit. Starter Kutter Crawford scattered three hits and a run over two innings, while Nick Sogard brought in all three runs with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.

Cardinals starter Sonny Gray struck out two, allowed two walks and yielded two hits over two scoreless innings. Willson Contreras had an RBI double and Luken Baker hit an RBI single.

Orioles 5, Tigers 2

James McCann and Coby Mayo drove in three runs on back-to-back doubles in the go-ahead fifth inning for host Baltimore to down Detroit in Sarasota, Fla.

The uprising began when Daniel Johnson scored on an error to tie the game. He finished3-for-3 with a triple, a double and two runs. Nick Vespi (1-0) gave up a run on two hits in the fifth inning.

Zach McKinstry had a solo shot in the first inning and Keston Hiura had an RBI triple in the fifth for the Tigers. Devin Sweet (0-1) gave up four unearned runs on four hits and a walk.

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 4

Ryan Vilade hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning as Detroit’s split squad outlasted visiting Toronto in Lakeland, Fla.

Mark Canha and Spencer Torkelson scored on an error in the first inning before Torkelson hit a two-RBI double in the second inning for the Tigers. Drew Anderson (1-0) struck out two during two scoreless innings of relief.

Orelvis Martinez smacked a two-run double early for Toronto before Alan Roden’s two-run homer in the fourth inning knotted the game 4-4. Brandon Eisert (0-1) walked the bases loaded to set up Vilade’s go-ahead hit off Juan Nunez.

Rays 4, Yankees 2

Nick Meyer hit a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning as host Tampa Bay beat New York in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Jonny Deluca and Rene Pinto had RBI singles for the Rays earlier in the game before the Yankees responded each time. Jose Rojas sent a homer to center in the fifth and Anthony Volpe hit an RBI triple in the sixth to make it 2-2.

Rays reliever Michael Gomez (1-0) got the win despite allowing Volpe’s triple. New York’s Nick Ramirez (0-1) watched Meyer go yard.

Phillies 3, Twins 3

Willie Joe Garry Jr. hit a two-run single during a three-run ninth for host Minnesota to tie Philadelphia in Fort Myers, Fla.

Anthony Prato was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Garry’s timely hit off Brett Schulze. Garry and Jose Salas finished 2-for-2.

Trea Turner hit an RBI double before David Dahl’s two-run home run in the seventh put the Phillies up by three.

Nationals 10, Astros 3

Dylan Crews hit a two-run double and Robert Hassell III bashed a two-run homer during a seven-run third inning as Washington raced past host Houston in Palm Beach, Fla.

After Astros starter Jose Urquidy pitched two scoreless frames, the Nationals jumped all over Dylan Coleman (0-1) for five runs on a hit and three walks in one-third of an inning. In his first appearance in a Washington uniform, starter Zach Davies (1-0) struck out three batters and walked two with zero hits over two innings.

Pedro Leon had a two-run homer for the Astros.

Mets 7, Marlins 1

Ji Man Choi homered and Drew Gilbert added a two-run single as host New York took care of Miami in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Mets starter Adrian Houser pitched two innings of scoreless ball, while reliever Yacksel Rios (1-0) was credited with the win after a scoreless fifth.

Tristan Gray got the Marlins on the board first with a home run before reliever Josh Simpson (0-1) allowed Alex Ramirez’s RBI double to right that made it 2-1 in the fifth.

NASCAR NEWS

NASCAR TEAMS HAVE HIRED A TOP ANTITRUST ATTORNEY IN THEIR REVENUE DISPUTE. HERE’S WHAT IT MEANS

The NASCAR season is underway, with 38 races to determine another stock car racing champion in the 76th season of the top motorsports series in the United States.

There is a serious problem for NASCAR and its teams: Negotiations on a new revenue-sharing model have deteriorated. In mid-February, representatives from five teams told The Associated Press they have hired top antitrust sports attorney Jeffrey Kessler as an adviser.

The move was a power play by the 15 teams holding the 36 charters that guarantee entry into every race, a message that they won’t be bullied in the negotiations. Here’s what to know about this off-the-track brawl with millions at stake:

WHAT ARE CHARTERS?

The charters are the equivalent of having a franchise within NASCAR, but they aren’t permanent and can be revoked by the series. Their value is set by the current market rate, but the details are not disclosed. A charter purchased by Spire Motorsports last year was sold by Live Fast Motorsports reportedly for $40 million — an enormous jump from the $6 million Spire spent in 2018 when it became the first team to buy a charter from another team.

NASCAR determined which teams received charters in 2016. There are four charters that have not been offered for sale and are on hold by NASCAR for use if a fourth manufacturer enters the Cup Series.

The current agreement expires at the end of this season and teams have been trying for two years to get a better deal from NASCAR, including making the charters permanent.

NASCAR claimed it needed to first complete a new media rights package, and a new $7.7 billion television rights deal was announced in December. NASCAR’s economic offer to the teams came shortly after.

The five-member negotiating committee for the race teams told the AP that NASCAR was clear: “We’ve been told, ‘This is all there is; there is no flexibility.’ That’s not a negotiation,” said Curtis Polk, part owner of 23XI Racing with Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

NASCAR’S FINANCIAL HEALTH

The stability of NASCAR has ebbed and flowed for years, with much made about empty seats in the stands or viewership numbers from season to season. The series has weathered it all and the TV deal is considered substantial.

A recent S&P Global Ratings Report sees ongoing strength in live attendance, sponsorship and advertising-related revenue for NASCAR this year, and added that the new rights deal “provides good revenue visibility” through 2031.

The report also raised its rating on NASCAR’s credit, citing the series’ ability to pay down debt while still growing revenue. S&P expects NASCAR to see 6% to 8% growth this year in its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a standard accounting measurement.

S&P also expects a positive cash flow of $135 million to $145 million — which could be reduced to $85 million after infrastructure upgrades — that could be used to further trim its debt.

Polk noted the report proves that NASCAR is financially stable and has had little trouble paying down the nearly $1.5 billion it borrowed in 2019 to take its racetracks private.

“The rating agencies have upped NASCAR to a better rating based on the health of NASCAR,” Polk said. “That debt that NASCAR had is now down to like $400 million. They paid off $1 billion of debt in less than five years.”

WHAT IS THE ISSUE?

The teams want more than just a larger financial stake.

In addition to an increase in the percentage the teams receive from the media rights deal, the teams want the charters to become permanent the way franchises are in other leagues. With so many of NASCAR’s top team owners in their 70s — Roger Penske turned 87 last week — they want their investments to become legacies they can leave to their families.

NASCAR has refused to even consider making the charters permanent.

The teams also want a seat at the table when it comes to governance, and they want to create a collaborative environment to create new revenue opportunities.

WHAT CAN THE TEAMS DO?

The teams are independent from NASCAR, which sanctions the 38 races each year and distributes the purses along with revenue from licensing, merchandise and other streams. It also controls a swath of top-tier tracks.

The teams do not want to create a breakaway series of their own, citing the demise of CART when Tony George took the Indianapolis 500 away and formed a rival league. Two open-wheel series were not sustainable and in 2008 they reunified for what is now IndyCar. The damage was already done, though; what was once the top U.S. motorsports series was bypassed by NASCAR during the split.

The teams also have no plans at this time to promote a race outside of NASCAR’s supervision. They want to make a deal.

Teams could technically go on strike and stop showing up at the track, but it makes no financial sense and NASCAR would likely just find teams from a stock car series it doesn’t already own to fill a field.

WHO IS JEFFREY KESSLER?

The attorney is a specialist in sports labor and antitrust disputes. He helped secure a 9-0 win in 2021 at the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA v. Alston, a major case on athlete compensation. He also led the U.S. women’s soccer team in its successful fight for equal pay as well as litigations for current free agency rules in the NBA and the NFL.

Although retaining Kessler could mean the teams are exploring litigation, the negotiating representatives insisted the attorney so far has only been brought on to advise them in negotiations.

The Race Team Alliance met at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR declined to attend and the teams claim NASCAR is no longer negotiating with them as a group. Instead, they believe NASCAR is trying to talk to teams individually to create division in what is now a unified front.

WHAT IF A DEAL IS NOT REACHED?

NASCAR could remake the entire eligibility system and write its own rules for distribution of revenue. NASCAR does not have a collective bargaining agreement for teams and even though the RTA was formed to fight this battle, it is not a union.

The teams could make an antitrust challenge on NASCAR’s control of the market and argue NASCAR operates stock car racing as a monopoly.

But NASCAR has won legal fights before, including a 2009 case in which Kentucky Speedway failed to prove its denial to host a Cup Series race constituted an illegal monopoly.

GOLF NEWS

PGA TOUR STARTS THE FLORIDA SWING. LIV GOLF GOES TO SAUDI ARABIA

PGA TOUR

COGNIZANT CLASSIC IN THE PALM BEACHES

Site: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Prize money: $9 million. Winner’s share: $1.62 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Chris Kirk.

FedEx Cup leader: Matthieu Pavon.

Last week: Jake Knapp won the Mexico Open at Vidanta.

Notes: The tournament again leads off the Florida swing under a new name. Cognizant takes over as title sponsor of what previously was the Honda Classic. … Rory McIlroy is playing to beef up his pre-Masters schedule. He last played the tournament in 2018. … Six of the seven winners on the PGA Tour this year were outside the top 50 in the world ranking. The exception was Wyndham Clark, No. 10 when he won at Pebble Beach. … This is the last tournament for the leading top 10 in the FedEx Cup and the leading five players in “swing category” to earn a spot in Bay Hill next week. … Since turning pro after winning The American Express, U.S. Amateur champion Nick Dunlap finished in last place at Pebble Beach and missed the cut at Riviera. He is in the field this week. … NCAA champion Fred Biondi, who turned pro last year, received a sponsor exemption. … The field features five of the top 25 in the world ranking.

Next week: Arnold Palmer Invitational and Puerto Rico Open.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

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LPGA TOUR

HSBC WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Singapore.

Course: Sentosa GC. Yardage: 6,749. Par: 72.

Prize money: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $270,000.

Television: Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Jin Young Ko.

Race to CME Globe leader: Lydia Ko

Last week: Patty Tavatanakit won the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Notes: This is the second of three straight weeks in Asia. The HSBC Women’s World Championship dates to 2008 and typically gets a strong field. … Jin Young Ko is going for her third straight title in Singapore. … Lorena Ochoa set the course record of 268 in 2008, the inaugural year of the tournament. … The field features eight of the top 10 in the women’s world ranking, missing only Nelly Korda and Charley Hull. … Atthaya Thitikul, No. 11 in the world, has an injured left thumb and does not plan to return until the end of March. … Former U.S. Women’s Open champion In Gee Chun is playing on a sponsor’s invitation. … Minjee Lee is in the field, playing for the first time this year on the LPGA Tour. … Solheim Cup captain Stacy Lewis has named Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel as assistants for this year’s matches in Virginia.

Next week: Blue Bay LPGA.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

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LIV GOLF LEAGUE

LIV GOLF JEDDAH

Site: King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

Course: Royal Greens Golf & CC. Yardage: 7,048. Par: 70.

Prize money: $20 million. Winner’s share: $4 million.

Television: Friday-Sunday, 3-8 a.m. (CW app); Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m. (CW Network-tape delay); Sunday, 1-6p.m. (CW Network-tape delay).

Defending champion: Brooks Koepka.

Points leader: Dustin Johnson.

Last tournament. Dustin Johnson won LIV Golf Las Vegas.

Notes: Brooks Koepka is going for his third straight LIV victory in Saudi Arabia. The tournament was played in the fall the last two seasons. … Anthony Kim is expected to make his LIV debut as an individual. Kim has not competed anywhere since May 2012 at the Wells Fargo Championship. He is now 38. … Dustin Johnson’s victory in Las Vegas makes him the first player to win in each of the three seasons of LIV Golf. Among those with a chance to match him this week are Koepka and Cameron Smith. … Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Harold Varner III and Abraham Ancer have all won in Saudi Arabia outside the LIV Golf League. … Jon Rahm’s new team is leading the standings after two events. … Joaquin Niemann was the only LIV Golf player who received a special invitation to the Masters based on his European tour performances in the offseason. … Patrick Reed is no longer among the top 100 in the world.

Next week: LIV Golf Hong Kong.

Online: https://www.livgolf.com/

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EUROPEAN TOUR AND SUNSHINE TOUR

SDC CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Course: St. Francis Links. Yardage: 7,192. Par: 72.

Prize money: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $250,000.

Television: None.

Defending champion: Matthew Baldwin.

Race to Dubai leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Darius van Driel won the Magical Kenya Open.

Notes: The tournament is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour of South Africa. … This is the second of three straight tournaments on the African continent. … The field features only four players from the top 100 in the world. The highest-ranked player is Rikuya Hoshino, who is at No. 81. … South Africa only has five players in the top 100 in the world. Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who plays the PGA Tour, is the top-ranked South African at No. 59. … Only two players from Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup last year are in the field, Matthias Schwab and Jonas Blixt. Dylan Frittelli was in that category until winning earlier this year to get full European tour membership. … Keita Nakajima, a former world No. 1 amateur, is in the field. He is eligible from winning the Japan Golf Tour money title last year. … The tournament only became part of the European tour schedule last year.

Next week: Jonsson Workwear Open.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/ and https://sunshinetour.com/

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KORN FERRY TOUR

VISA ARGENTINA OPEN

Site: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Course: Olivos GC. Yardage: 6,795. Par: 70.

Prize money: $1 million. Winner’s share: $180,000.

Television: None.

Previous winner: Zack Fischer.

Points leader: Aldrich Potgieter.

Last tournament: Kevin Velo won the Astara Golf Championship in Colombia.

Next week: Astara Chile Classic.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour/

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Last week: Ricardo Gonzalez won the Trophy Hassan II.

Next week: Cologuard Classic.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/pgatour-champions/

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OTHER TOURS

Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia: New Zealand Open, Millbrook GC (Coronet and Remarkables), Arrowtown, New Zealand. Defending champion: Brendan Jones. Online: https://asiantour.com/ and https://pga.org.au/.

Japan LPGA: Daikin Orchid Ladies, Ryukyu GC, Okinawa, Japan. Defending champion: Jiyai Shin. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

GOOCH: RORY WIN AT MASTERS WOULD HAVE ASTERISK WITHOUT ALL TOP PLAYERS

Talor Gooch believes a Rory McIlroy victory at the Masters would be tainted by the fact that the tournament won’t be inviting some of the world’s top players because of their ties to LIV.

“If Rory McIlroy goes and completes his (career) grand slam without some of the best players in the world, there’s just going to be an asterisk,” Gooch told Australian Golf Digest’s Brad Clifton and Rohan Clarke. “It’s just the reality. I think everybody wins whenever the majors figure out a way to get the best players in the world there.”

Gooch feels the way he does about McIlroy’s potential achievement because the American isn’t getting a Masters invite himself.

“It’s not surprising,” Gooch said. “I think the majors have kind of shown that they’re not getting on board with LIV. (Joaquin Niemann) went outside of LIV and played some great golf and they rewarded him for that. So hopefully the day will turn when the majors decide to start rewarding good play on LIV. Hopefully that’ll be sooner (rather) than later.”

Gooch has been one of LIV’s most consistent players since joining the Saudi-backed league in 2021. He claimed the season-long individual championship last year after winning three events. In 2022, he finished inside the points in six of the seven regular-season tournaments.

Niemann was one of three players to get a special invitation to the Masters last week. The Chilean has played in several DP World Tour events, including the Australian Open, which he won in a playoff in December.

McIlroy has four major titles but has never prevailed at Augusta. He finished second there in 2022 after winning The Open and the PGA Championship in 2014 and the U.S. Open in 2011. He won the PGA Championship for the first time in 2012.

The Masters is scheduled for April 8-14 at Augusta National.

NASCAR NEWS

3-WIDE FINISH VALIDATES ATLANTA TRACK’S RECONFIGURATION

The collective gasp in the Atlanta Motor Speedway press box was clearly audible when Austin Cindric took the field four-wide on Sunday.

With Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Briscoe running side-by-side at the front of the field, Cindric steered his No. 2 Team Penske Ford to the bottom of the track as the cars approached Turn 1.

Squeezing through a hole between McDowell’s Ford and the white “out-of-bounds” lines between the apron and the racing surface at the 1.54-mile track, Cindric took the lead with 50 laps left.

Following Cindric into the corner, Kyle Busch kept the field four-wide into Turn 2, and when Busch cleared McDowell, Todd Gilliand took his place at the exit from the turn.

“It must have looked as cool as it felt,” Cindric said after the race. “You don’t get runs like that too often and be able to take ’em and do something with ’em.

“But I was pretty confident I was going to get clear before the corner and stay above the double white line. Yeah, it was cool.”

Cindric’s pass for the lead wasn’t an isolated incident. The Ambetter Health 400 featured unabated action throughout the race.

Appropriately, it ended with the closest finish among three cars in motorsports history, with Daniel Suarez taking the checkered flag 0.003 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Blaney and 0.007 seconds clear of third-place Busch.

What enhanced the excitement of this particular race was the relative instability of the cars in traffic.

“We were not comfortable,” Suarez said in his post-race press conference. “I don’t think there were many cars going wide-open besides the front-row cars… It was not easy, not easy at all.

“This race track is fairly new, and it already has some bumps, so it wasn’t easy. But it was great racing — it was great racing.”

Gilliand, who led a race-high 58 laps before a flat tire ruined his chances, put it more succinctly in a radio transmission reported by Jeff Gluck of The Athletic.

“It’s like going to a haunted house, you know?” Gilliland said. “It’s fun, but I’m scared for my life at the same time.”

A repaving project after the summer race of 2021 made the character of Sunday’s race possible. Before the resurfacing, Atlanta had the oldest, most degraded asphalt on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit.

The drivers loved the old pavement and initially decried the transformation of the speedway into a narrower track with higher banking in the corners, a track that now can accommodate the superspeedway competition package previously reserved for Daytona and Talladega.

It was the reconfiguration, however, that helped to create one of the most compelling events in recent memory.

For the first time in Cup Series history, the season began with back-to-back superspeedway races. In the Daytona 500, William Byron was inches ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman when caution slowed the race — after Byron had taken the white flag.

Six days later, the Atlanta race ended in a photo finish, engendering great expectations for NASCAR’s return to the track on Sept. 8 for the first race of the Cup playoffs.

It also created a temptation. If the Atlanta event earned overwhelming praise for the quality of its racing action, why not try the combination at other intermediate tracks?

That’s not a good idea, believes Byron, even though the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet has won twice at both Daytona and Atlanta.

“You take something that’s good in the sport, and you oversaturate it,” Byron said. “I feel like we’ve been down that path. We can’t oversaturate something that’s a niche, a unique thing that looks really great.

“I just think it’s in our best interest to have unique challenges each week, and that one is — Atlanta’s a great challenge. I love going there, but I don’t want that every week.”

Just as trips to a haunted house can lose their impact through repetition, the transformation of additional intermediate tracks into superspeedways would alter the balance of the sport — and haunt the balance sheets of team owners tasked with replacing wrecked race cars.

INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS PELICANS

Game Preview

In a midweek matchup, the Indiana Pacers can wrap up a four-game homestand with a victory in front of a national audience.

The Pacers (33-26) hope to bounce back from a Monday night loss when they host the New Orleans Pelicans (34-24) on Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

On Feb. 21, the NBA flexed the game into a national television slot on ESPN, with a new start time of 7:30 p.m. ET. The Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves game was originally slated for broadcast.

Indiana and New Orleans will play their two-game regular season series over three days this week. After squaring off in Indianapolis, the teams will face off at Smoothie King Center in The Big Easy on Friday.

Both the Pacers and Pelicans are battling for playoff positioning, sitting in the seventh and sixth spots in the East and West, respectively.

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The Pelicans will be playing on the second leg of a road back-to-back on Wednesday, as they face the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. This season, the Pelicans have a 4-5 record with no rest days between games.

Indiana’s high-flying offense will go up against a stingy Pelicans defense.

The Pacers remain the highest-scoring squad in the NBA at 124 points per game, with the second-best offensive rating of any team. Conversely, the Pelicans boast the No. 6-ranked defensive rating, give up 112 points per game (eighth fewest of any team), and are leading the league at 8.5 steals per game.

New Orleans has the seventh-best overall net rating in the NBA, but the Pelicans score 116.1 points per game, the 14th-best in the league. 

Indiana has won four of its last six games and was riding a three-game winning streak out of the All-Star break before losing to the Toronto Raptors 130-122 on Monday.

In the loss, the Pacers trailed by three points after three quarter before giving up 40 points in the final period. Bennedict Mathurin posted 34 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the loss and Pascal Siakam recorded 27 points and six assists.

Since returning from the break, center Myles Turner has put up big numbers, averaging 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. All-Star starting guard Tyrese Haliburton has remained solid, putting up 19.6 points and 11.8 assists across five games.

The Pacers could be without starting forward Aaron Nesmith for a fourth straight game on Wednesday as he recovers from a right ankle sprain.

The duo of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram at the forward positions leads the Pelicans again in 2023-2024. Williamson is averaging 22.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists, while Ingram is averaging 21.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists.

In his second full season with the Pelicans, and third overall, sharpshooter CJ McCollum has remained a steady offensive threat, averaging 18.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting (41.7 percent from 3-point range), and veteran 6-11 center Jonas Valanciunas has continued to prove a force in the middle, putting up 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

Also getting a lot of attention for the Pelicans this season is third-year forward Herb Jones, who is averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. Jones’ name has come up early as a potential All-Defensive Team candidate.

Williamson (left foot contusion) and McCollum (ankle) were listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game in New York.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Pelicans: G – Trey Murphy III, G – Brandon Ingram, F – Herbert Jones, F – Zion Williamson, C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury Report

Pacers: Aaron Nesmith – questionable (right ankle sprain), Doug McDermott – out (right calf strain)

Pelicans: CJ McCollum – questionable (left ankle sprain), Zion Williamson – questionable (left foot contusion), Jose Alvarado – out (league suspension), Dyson Daniels – out (left knee meniscectomy), E.J. Liddell – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

Dec. 26, 2022: A shorthanded Pelicans squad posted a 113-93 win over the Pacers at Smoothie King Center. New Orleans was without six players in the game, including stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Using 13-0 and 15-0 scoring bursts in the first two quarters, the Pelicans led 57-38 at halftime, holding the Pacers to their fewest points of any half that season. New Orelans then took a 90-62 advantage into the final frame before cruising to the win.

The Pelicans dominated the glass, outrebounding the Pacers 54-36 (16-6 offensive rebounds) and outsourcing the Blue & Gold 26-8 in second-chance points. The Pacers shot 42.2 percent as a team, including a poor 9-for-35 (25.7 percent) from 3-point range to the Pelicans’ 45.6 percent (12-for-40 from 3-point range).

Bennedict Mathurin led the Pacers with 15 points off the bench, Myles Turner scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield each logged 12 points.

Naji Marshall topped the Pelicans with a career-high 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting, Jonas Valanciunas recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds and C.J. McCollum chipped in 19 points. 

Noteworthy

  • Prior to the start of the season, Indiana was scheduled for just one nationally televised game (Jan. 30 at Boston). The Pacers’ run during the In-Season Tournament gave them three additional games on national TV, so Wednesday’s broadcast will be their fifth national game of the season.
  • Indiana and New Orleans have split their season series for three straight seasons. 
  • Former Indiana University star and Washington, Indiana, native Cody Zeller, who is in his 11th NBA season, has played in 37 games for the Pelicans this season. He is averaging 7.9 minutes per game for New Orleans.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: ESPN – Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Monica McNutt (analyst), Andraya Carter (sideline reporter)

Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

Tickets

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

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL BREAK ATTENDANCE RECORD WITH WIN ON EDUCATION DAY

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Cincinnati Cyclones for a bright and early matchup in front of a sellout crowd of 7,054 fans on Education Day. After going up early, the Fuel kept the lead and took the 4-1 victory.

1ST PERIOD

Kyle Maksimovich started the scoring at just 3:01 with a behind-the-back tip-in to put the Fuel up 1-0. Colin Bilek and Ross MacDougall both claimed assists on the goal.

At 7:38, Jon Martin scored his eighteenth goal of the season to give Indy a 2-0 lead. Cam Hillis and Maksimovich had the assists on that goal.

Cincinnati’s Brandon Puricelli scored next at 11:53 after a puck floated past the goal line behind Mitchell Weeks.

Less than a minute later, Martin got his second goal of the game to put the Fuel up 2-1. Captain Seamus Malone had the sole assist on that goal.

2ND PERIOD

At 2:35, Indy’s Victor Hadfield took the game’s first penalty for high sticking but the Fuel killed it off. Puricelli took Cincy’s first penalty of the game next with an interference call at 11:08.

As that penalty ended, the Fuel went back to the power play after a delay of game penalty on Cincinnati’s Zack Andrusiak. At 14:56, Bilek capitalized on the power play with a goal assisted by Bryan Lemos and Hillis.

At 15:28, Santino Centorame took a hooking penalty, giving Cincinnati a power play; however, Indy killed it off again.

With less than ten seconds to go, Sean Allen took a slashing penalty that would carry over into the third frame.

At the end of the second period, the Fuel were up 4-1, outshooting the Cyclones 32-11.

3RD PERIOD

After time expired on the Allen penalty, Indy’s Chris Cameron took a hooking penalty at 3:01 but the score remained the same.

Both teams had chances as time ticked down on regulation before Indy’s Brett Bulmer and Cincy’s Ben Hawerchuk dropped the gloves and earned offsetting fighting majors. Hawerchuk earned an additional roughing minor penalty, giving the Fuel a late power play opportunity.

Neither team scored with the remaining time and the Fuel eventually won 4-1 for their first win over the Cyclones this season.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday, March 1 for our International Women’s Month Celebration against the Iowa Heartlanders.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA TOPS WISCONSIN ON TUESDAY NIGHT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kel’el Ware was unstoppable. No pass was too high, basket too difficult, rebound too unreachable, or free throw too stressful.

Malik Reneau wasn’t going to be denied. Not with victory within reach.

They were the catalysts in Indiana’s 74-70 thriller over Wisconsin Tuesday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Reneau’s last-minute basket under extreme defensive pressure, a pair of Mackenzie Mgbako free throws, and ferocious crunch-time defense finally broke the Badgers (18-10 overall, 10-7 in the Big Ten).

“The game means a lot,” Ware said. “The whole team was on a downhill. We finally got over the hump.”

A game that featured everything — including a blown 15-point first-half lead and a 15-minute, second-half break to evacuate Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall because of a fire alarm that went off in the balcony — saw IU snap a four-game losing streak and, at least for now, end a generation of Badger-induced misery.

It was just the Hoosiers’ eighth win in the series in the last 39 meetings. They improved to 15-13 overall and 7-10 in the Big Ten.

“The locker room is very happy,” coach Mike Woodson said. “Nobody likes to lose. I hate losing. There’s a lot that comes with it.

“You have to stay patient. You can’t bury the guys. You have to pat them. These are 18- and -19-year old young men.

“We got the monkey off backs.”

Ware, a 7-foot center, opened 8-for-8 from the field for 18 points and six rebounds in his first 14 minutes. He finished with 27 points on 11-for-12 shooting with 11 rebounds. He was 4-for-4 from the line, blocked five shots, and altered or dissuaded multiple others.

“He was unbelievable,” Woodson said. “It was a man’s game. Maybe we didn’t go to him enough. He was fantastic, and we needed every bit of it to win.”

The reason, Ware said, was simple.

“You just have to play hard.”

Reneau had 14 points and eight rebounds. Mgbako matched those 14 points, which included a clutch 3-point basket down the stretch. Guard Trey Galloway had six points and 12 assists, many via lobs to Ware.

The Badgers had no answer. They missed their last six shots and didn’t score in the final two minutes.

“We fought for the win,” Ware said.

That fight was reflected in offense the way Woodson had envisioned it — 62 percent shooting, 42 percent from 3-point range, 10-for-15 from the line — combined with shutdown defense when it mattered most.

In short, it was all the things they hadn’t done in the last month.

“We’ve been down, losing these last four games the way we’ve lost them,” Woodson said. “You’re searching trying to figure it out.

“Mack stepped up with a big three. Malik hit the big two to put us up two. That was a huge basket. Then we got a big defensive stop.

“We haven’t done it consistently. Tonight was Indiana basketball at its best.”

Senior point guard Xavier Johnson was back after missing the last month with an elbow injury. He totaled five points in 15 minutes.

“Every night I go to bed wondering what this team would have been like if we had him healthy,” Woodson said.

“He made some mistakes. He did some good things. We’ve got to keep him safe to get us where we need to go.”

Added Ware: “It’s great to have him back. He brings speed and gets the ball going downhill. He helps us out a lot.”

IU opened by pounding the inside, hitting four of its first six shots, and jumped to a 10-6 lead after the first five minutes. IU had four assists on those baskets to reflects its early sharp passing and ball movement.

Johnson came in and in the first minute had a turnover, a rebound and an assist to help the Hoosiers surge to a 17-8 lead.

An Anthony Leal 3-pointer off a Galloway assist made it 23-14 at the 10-minute mark. Five straight Ware points gave IU a 32-17 lead and forced a Badger timeout with 6:09 left.

A Johnson 3-pointer made it 36-25 with 2:51 left in the half. Wisconsin closed within 38-33 at halftime. Ware had 20 points and seven rebounds.

Both teams played to a 12-12 draw five minutes into the second half.

Wisconsin had just tied it at 54-54 with 10 minutes left when Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall was evacuated.

“That’s the first time in my career I’ve been part of that,” Woodson said. “When we went in the locker room, you try to clean up things.”

Added Ware: “I didn’t know what was going on. We were coming to the sideline for a timeout and the refs said we had to go inside (the locker room). I saw the (alarm) flash going off.”

When play resumed, the teams traded baskets and defensive stops. Mgbako hit a 3-pointer. Ware converted a three-point play. Five ties followed in the next nine minutes.

Finally, Reneau muscled in a basket for a 72-70 IU lead with 50 seconds left. IU got a defensive stop and two Mgbako free throws with 25 seconds left.

Wisconsin was beaten.

“We played well early,” Woodson said, “but Wisconsin was not going to quit. They pushed us to the end.”

Now comes a Sunday trip to Maryland (15-13, 7-10).

“We have to validate this,” Woodson said. “We’ll see if we have a carry over into Maryland game.”

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOLMES’ 28 POINTS LEADS NO. 14 HOOSIERS OVER NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill.  – Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes score 28 points on a 12-for-13 performance from the floor as No. 14 Indiana picked up an 84-64 road win at Northwestern on Tuesday night.

KEY MOMENTS

IU (23-4, 14-3 B1G) kicked things off with triples from sophomore guard Yarden Garzon and senior guard Sara Scalia as it went on a 9-0 run to take a nine-point lead with 5:09 to play. Holmes added eight points in the opening frame as the Hoosiers built a 26-21 lead.

Senior guard Sydney Parrish stuck a right wing 3-ball early in the second quarter, forcing a Wildcat timeout as the lead grew to double digits. The lead grew to as many as 14 in the second quarter as the Hoosiers shot 53.8 percent from the floor. Holmes’ eight points helped IU take a 43-33 halftime lead.

Scalia started the third quarter off with a 3-pointer as Indiana held Northwestern (8-20, 3-14 B1G) scoreless for a five-plus minute stretch as Holmes scored 12 of her 28 in the frame. Freshman guard Julianna LaMendola grabbed an offensive board with 21 seconds left for a putback as she helped her team take a 71-45 lead to the fourth.

Sophomore forward Lilly Meister helped the Hoosiers seal the game with six points in the fourth quarter.

NOTABLE

Indiana sweeps the season series with the Wildcats and has won four-straight in the series.

Holmes became the second all-time leading scorer amongst the men’s or women’s programs at Indiana as she passed Steve Alford (2,438 career points) with a 2,466. It was her 16th game scoring 20 points this season.

Parrish recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. She finished three points shy of her 1,000th career point.

The Hoosiers shot 53.3 percent from the floor and improved to 15-0 when shooting 50 percent or better.

IU also won the battle on the boards, 41-27, behind Parrish’s 10 and nine from Holmes.

Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil added six points, four assists and three rebounds.

LaMendola tied a season-high eight points and had four rebounds in the win. 

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“I thought there was a lot of really good things that we did tonight. I thought we didn’t shoot the ball from beyond the arc like we normally do. When you get 21 looks at the at the goal and we only hit seven of those, that’s a little bit disappointing because we’ve been shooting the ball so well. But nonetheless, I thought we were not so good in the first half defensively. I thought we had to switch things up, especially guarding (Melannie) Daley. She was she was really good tonight. I thought our intent was much better in the second half coming out and getting stops. I’m not happy we turned the ball over 14 times, but did a lot of other really good things defensively. I thought we rebounded the ball great tonight. Mack(enzie) Holmes was crazy good, very efficient on 12-for-13 and nine boards and so it was a great road win for us.”

UP NEXT

Senior Day is set for Sunday, March 3 when Indiana hosts Maryland at 3 p.m. ET.

INDIANA BASEBALL

WINNING STREAK SNAPPED IN MIDWEEK TILT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The Indiana Baseball team (6-2) saw a six-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night at Bart Kaufman Field, falling to Purdue Fort Wayne 9-6.

Led by a three-run home run from junior outfielder Carter Mathison, IU closed a five-run gap to just two in the bottom of the eighth. Sophomore shortstop Tyler Cerny struck out with the bases loaded later in the frame, leaving the tying run on second base and the go-ahead run on first base.

The Hoosiers rattled off six unanswered runs after trailing 8-0 in the sixth inning but a solo home run from outfielder Ben Higgins in the top of the ninth helped the Mastodons see out their first-ever win in the series.

Purdue Fort Wayne hit five home runs on the afternoon while its pitching staff limited a potent IU offense to just six runs and nine hits. Mastodon pitcher Sean Kasper was awarded the win for his 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Cooper Katskee (L, 0-1) was tagged with the loss for IU.

Game action resumes for the Hoosiers this weekend in Frisco, Texas with contests against No. 16 Alabama (Friday), No. 25 Dallas Baptist (Saturday) and Arizona (Sunday).

Scoring Recap

Top Fourth

Purdue Fort Wayne struck first with consecutive solo home runs from Justin Osterhouse and Ben Higgins. Jacob Walker later extended the lead to three by driving an RBI-single through the gap on the left side of the infield.

Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Indiana 0

Top Fifth

Higgins continued his outstanding night with an RBI-single to left-center field, driving Nick Sutherlin around to score the fourth run of the game.

Purdue Fort Wayne 4, Indiana 0

Top Sixth

The Mastodons nearly put the game out of the reach in the eighth. Camden Karczewski caught the wind and homered over the bullpen in left field. Later in the inning, Osterhouse hit his second home run of the game; a massive three-run shot.

Purdue Fort Wayne 8, Indiana 0

Bottom Sixth

IU dug into the lead in the sixth, scoring for the first time in the contest. Joey Brenczewski hit a ball off the wall to score both Tyler Cerny and Brock Tibbitts. After Mitchell advanced to third on a wild pitch, Morgan Colopy drove him in with a sacrifice fly to the center fielder.

Purdue Fort Wayne 8, Indiana 3

Bottom Eighth

Carter Mathison closed the gap to just two in the eighth with a three-run home run into the bullpen in left field. Tyler Cerny came up with the bases loaded but struck out to strand the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Purdue Fort Wayne 8, Indiana 6

Top Ninth

Higgins went yard again in the ninth, recording his third RBI of the ballgame on a solo home run.

Purdue Fort Wayne 9, Indiana 6

Notes to Know

• Carter Mathison hit his 32nd career home run, moving him just four away from cracking the program’s all-time top-10 list.

• Josh Pyne and Brock Tibbitts tallied career hits 162 and 153 respectively as the duo inches closer to the 200-career hit plateau for the cream and crimson.

Top Hoosier Performers

#3 Mathison, Carter

2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

#23 Brenczewski, Joey

2-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Up Next

The Hoosiers return to Texas for the Frisco Classic, running from Friday to Sunday. A pair of top-25 matchups against Alabama and Dallas Baptist open the weekend before closing it out with Arizona. The games will be available via subscription on D1Baseball.com or can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE HOSTS PENN STATE FOR SENIOR NIGHT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team is set to honor its four seniors in the regular season home finale at Mackey Arena on Wednesday night against Penn State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on B1G+.

The radio tandem of Tim Newton and Jane Schott can be heard on 95.3 BOB FM for the Purdue Global Radio Network.

PROMOTIONS

Senior Night – Stay for a postgame ceremony to celebrate Purdue’s four seniors – Caitlyn Harper, Jeanae Terry, Abbey Ellis and Madison Layden.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (12-15, 5-11) vs. Penn State (16-11, 7-9)

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Time: 7 PM

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue picked up its second straight road win with a 79-55 win over Wisconsin on Sunday. Abbey Ellis dropped 21 points for her second straight outing with 20 or more. Caitlyn Harper tallied 19 points in her homecoming game. Freshmen Mary Ashley Stevenson and Sophie Swanson posted 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Boilermakers shot an even 50% from the field and from behind the arc, their first 50-50 outing since 2021-22.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series 35-24.

• The Boilermakers will honor its senior class of Caitlyn Harper, Jeanae Terry, Abbey Ellis and Madison Layden for their contributions to the program.

• Combined, the four seniors have accounted for 49% of scoring (3,019), 50% of rebounds (1,565) and 76% of assists (1,064) during the first three years of the Katie Gearlds era, helping the program reach the postseason twice, including its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016-17.

• Following her 14th game in double figures, Mary Ashely Stevenson enters the final week of the regular season ranked second among Big Ten freshman in scoring and rebounding in league play at  10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

• Stevenson’s 90.9% free throw clip in Big Ten games is second overall in the league, while her 81.7% mark on the year ranks sixth nationally among qualifying freshmen.

• After averaging 15 points last week, Sophie Swanson is up to fifth in Big Ten rookie scoring with 6.7 points per league game.

• Swanson has connected on 22 3-pointers in Big Ten play, good for fourth across the league’s rookies.

• Jeanae Terry is one of three players from the Big Ten and one of eight nationally to post over five points, rebounds and assists, plus one steal, per game.

• The Detroit native is second in the Big Ten with 38 steals during league play, including 15 in the last four games.

• Purdue freshman class leads all Big Ten rookie groups with 23.7 points per game, up to 23.3 points per league contest.

• Madison Layden’s next 3-pointer will make her the sixth player in Purdue history to reach 200 in a career. The Kokomo senior needs 13 points to reach the 1,000-point club as its 37th member.

• The Boilermaker freshmen have combined for 27 double-digit scoring performances this season, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Nebraska’s 28.

• Two Purdue rookies have reached double figures in nine games this season, most in the Big Ten.

• Abbey Ellis moved up to ninth in the Big Ten with a 84.3% free throw clip. The Australian international is second in Purdue history with an 87% mark at the line.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is just the fifth freshman in Purdue history to record 275 points and 125 rebounds.

•Jeanae Terry’s five points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals was only the sixth 4×5 in the Big Ten this season.

• Purdue is the only school in the country to have three different freshman score 19 or more points in a game this season.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

EDEY, SMITH NAMED TO OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY WATCH LIST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior Zach Edey and sophomore Braden Smith are two of 40 players named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy and All-America watch list, the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced Tuesday afternoon.

Purdue is one of four schools (Houston, Kansas, North Carolina) with two players on the list and the Boilermaker duo are two of four Big Ten players on the list (Northwestern’s Boo Buie, Illinois’ Terrence Shannon).

Edey won last year’s award and is looking to become just the seventh repeat winner of the award (Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Pete Maravich, Bill Walton, Ralph Sampson) and first since Virginia’s Ralph Sampson in 1981 to 1983.

On Monday, Edey was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the 11th time in his career – the most of any player in Big Ten history, passing Ohio State’s Evan Turner for the records. Edey averaged 30.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 80.8 percent (21-of-26) from the field and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the free throw line in Purdue’s two victories. He had zero turnovers in 65 minutes of action during the week.

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

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

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

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

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

Smith, meanwhile, is the only player in America averaging at least 12.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds, ranking fifth in the country in assists per game at 7.3. Smith needs just five assists to set the Purdue single-season record for assists in a season (Bruce Parkinson – 207). He is currently one of three players in Big Ten history to average 12 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.

On the season, Smith is averaging 12.7 points, 7.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range.

Smith’s 7.8 assist average in Big Ten play would rank second in Big Ten history.

On the season, he is already one of just two players in league history (Magic Johnson) to amass at least 350 points, 200 assists, 150 rebounds and 40 steals in a season. Smith has at least five games remaining.

Purdue hosts Michigan State on Saturday night in Mackey Arena at 8 p.m. ET, for its annual T-shirt game.

PURDUE MEN’S SWIMMING

BOILERMAKERS SET SAIL FOR BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN COLUMBUS

MEET INFORMATION

Purdue Men’s Swimming & Diving at the Big Ten Championships

Wednesday, Feb. 28 to Saturday, March 2

Opening Night Relays & Team Diving at 5 p.m. ET

10 a.m. Prelims, 5 p.m. Finals / All Sessions Streaming on B1G+

Sunday LCM Time Trials at 10 a.m. ET

McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion / Columbus, Ohio

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After having an opportunity to watch the women compete at the conference championships in person last week, Purdue men’s swimming & diving moves into the spotlight with a trip to Columbus for the Big Ten Championships.

Action is set for Wednesday evening through Saturday at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, which also hosted the swimming events at Big Tens as recently as 2021 when diving for both genders was contested in West Lafayette due to the pandemic. The Boilermakers won multiple Big Ten titles when OSU hosted in 2010 and 2017, including sweeping the 1-meter diving medals in 2010. The swimmers brought home two more medals three years ago.

Most of Purdue’s current seniors got their first taste of the Big Ten Championships in Columbus as freshmen when fans were not permitted to attend. Now some of them will close out their careers back at McCorkle with the stands full and the atmosphere as lively as ever.

Alex Jerden leads the program into the championship season for the first time as head coach. Jerden and assistant coach James Bretscher, an All-American at N.C. State, are no strangers to championship meets. But this year does mark the first time since the early 1980s that someone other than Dan Ross will be the head coach of the Boilermakers at Big Tens.

Purdue’s Ohio natives – Ethan Shaw (Dublin) and Jordan Rzepka (Solon) – return to their home state this week. Shaw won the 800-meter freestyle and was an A finalist in three other events at the long course Speedo Sectionals in Columbus in July.

EVENT SCHEDULE AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – 7-SESSION FORMAT

Wednesday         Thursday              Friday    Saturday

200 Medley Relay

Team Diving (Exhibition)

800 Free Relay

               500 Free

200 IM

50 Free

1-Meter Diving

400 Medley Relay

               100 Fly

400 IM

200 Free

100 Breast

100 Back

3-Meter Diving

200 Free Relay   1650 Free

200 Back

100 Free

200 Breast

200 Fly

Platform Diving

400 Free Relay

Diving Prelims Begin Daily at Noon | 1,650 Free & Relays are Finals Only

First Heat of 1,650 Free at 3:15 p.m. | Saturday Finals Open with Fastest Heat of 1,650 Free

Diving Consolation Finals Have Moved to the First Event of Finals Sessions

Purdue finished fourth at Big Tens three times in four years from 2018 to 2021. The Boilermakers also enjoyed a seven-year streak with at least one Big Ten champion from 2015 to 2021. Those titles were in platform diving (4), 200 breaststroke (3) and 3-meter diving (2).

From 2020 to 2022, Purdue won a relay medal in three consecutive seasons at Big Tens for the first time since 2001 to 2003. The Boilermakers were fourth in both the 200 medley and 400 free relays last season, their top finishes. But that wasn’t the only medal streak that ended a year ago. Rzepka was a championship finalist in all three diving events again in 2023 but was unable to duplicate his silver-medal winning ways on 3-meter and platform from his freshman season. It marked the first time since 2012 that a men’s diver did not medal for Purdue at Big Tens.

Rzepka is the program’s active career scoring leader at Big Tens, accounting for 147 points as underclassman. If he can qualify for three more championship finals this week, he’ll surpass the 200-point mark for his career.

Brady Samuels also scored in all three of his individual events in both of his underclassman years. After racing in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly on the same day last year, he has opted for the 50 free, 100 back and 100 free this year – giving him one individual event each day. Sam Bennett (2022 and 2023) and Shaw (2023) have also scored in all three of their individual events at Big Tens, although an injury will keep Bennett sidelined this year.

Coleman Modglin won the B final of the 200 breaststroke last season in Ann Arbor and has an opportunity to become a four-year scorer at Big Tens this week.

PROGRAM RECORDS SET DURING 2023 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

• Brady Samuels – 100 Back, 45.17 (at NCAAs)

• Nick Sherman – 200 Free, 1:33.27 (at NCAAs, also eclipsed mark at Big Tens)

• Nick Sherman – 200 IM, 1:42.62 (at Big Tens)

NOTABLE LIFETIME BESTS AT 2023 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

All-Time Ranks in Team History

• Brady Samuels – 2nd in 100 Back (45.86); Now Ranks 1st

• 200 Medley Relay – 2nd (1:23.86)

…Muhammad, Witty, Samuels, Sherman

• Ethan Shaw – 3rd in 500 Free (4:20.79); LTB Again at CSCAA NIC meet

• Coleman Modglin – 4th in 100 Breast (53.08)

• 400 Medley Relay Team – 4th (3:08.36); Purdue Already Faster in 2023-24

…Muhammad, Sherman, Samuels, Hart

• Idris Muhammad – 5th in 100 Back (46.98); Now Ranks 3rd

• Aaron Frollo – 7th in 500 Free (4:23.64)

• Ethan Shaw – 11th in 200 Fly (1:46.33); Now Ranks 8th

• Ethan Shaw – 12th in 400 IM (3:51.23)

• Aaron Frollo – 12th in 1000 Free (9:18.00)

• Andrew Swenson – 13th in 200 Back (1:44.41)

• Aaron Frollo – 14th in 1650 Free (15:27.18)

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH TOUGH DOWN FINAL STRETCH IN 70-65 WIN OVER WAKE FOREST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team is hitting its stride down the final portion of the regular season as they produced a statement win in a 70-65 victory over Wake Forest. The future was on display on Tuesday night inside Purcell Pavilion as the Fighting Irish (11-17, 6-11) outscored the Demon Deacons (18-10, 10-7) 32-22 in the second half, limiting them to 8-of-30 shooting in the half.

If Markus Burton wasn’t on your ACC Rookie of the Year ballot, he certainly got your attention tonight after dropping a career high 31 points. Burton became the fourth Irish freshman to record a 30+ point performance, joining the likes of Adrian Dantley, Troy Murphy and Chris Thomas. Furthermore, Burton has now tallied 59 points over the last two games.

Burton’s stat line tonight: 31 points, three assists, four steals, three rebounds. The freshman shot 9-of-15 from the field, 2-of-6 from three and a career best 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.

Carey Booth notched his fifth game in double figures this season with 15 points, which included draining three from deep. Booth’s 15 points were the most since his 17-point performance against Virginia on Dec. 30.

Braeden Shrewsberry was in double figures for the 11th time over the last 14 games, dropping 11 points tonight. Shrewsberry hit two three-pointers, which means he has now hit 52 treys during ACC play. The 52 threes breaks the Notre Dame ACC record for most threes during an ACC season, topping Prentiss Hubb, Matt Farrell and V.J. Beachem.

Tae Davis also secured 11 points as well, his 10th game in double figures. His most pivotal basket came with 22 seconds left in the game which gave the Irish a four-point lead. Lastly, Matt Zona tied his career high in rebounds with six.

Wake Forest’s Hunter Sallis, who ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring with his 18.3 ppg, was limited to seven points on 2-for-11 shooting. It marked a season low for him and the first time he was held to single digit points since last year’s Elite Eight round vs. UConn.

The Irish not only prioritized their defensive play, but were sure to take care of the ball on the offensive end as they tied their season low of just six turnovers.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Markus Burton was feeling it in the first half when he poured in 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 2-of-4 from three and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Both sides shot extremely well to start the game. Wake Forest hit six of their first eight to jump out to a 7-15 lead, in what was their largest lead of the half. Notre Dame battled back by recording a stretch in which they hit seven buckets in a row, surging to take a 28-27 lead. At that point in the game the Irish were 11-of-17 from the field compared to Wake’s 12-of-17.

Next, the Demon Deacons utilized an 8-0 run to gain some separation at 28-35, only to be ended by a Burton three-pointer. The Irish then cooled off, converting just 2-of-11 down the final stretch, which allowed Wake to match its largest lead of the half up eight at 35-43.

The Irish tacked on three free-throws before the break to cut it to 38-43. Notre Dame finished the half 13-of-28 from the field (.464) compared to Wake Forest’s 17-of-29 (.586). The Demon Deacons owned the rebounding advantage in the half 17-11. Matt Zona had five of those 11 rebounds for the Irish – already tying his season high. 

Wake Forest got off to a 5-1 second half start, threatening to push their lead to double digits until Carey Booth came up big with an and-one. Burton then crossed over the 20-point plane with a pair of free throws, then made it four straight points (team 7-0 run) with a great drive to the basket to make it a one-possession game.

The positive – the Irish got into the bonus with 13:13 left in the game. The negative – Davis and Roper were on the bench with four fouls apiece around the same time. Regardless, the Irish fought on and it was Booth’s turn to shine. At 12:41, Booth’s third trey of the game gave the lead back to the home squad at 51-50.

The game settled into a defensive grind with both sides suffering long droughts as Notre Dame later found itself trailing 55-56 with five minutes left. That’s when Burton lifted the Irish yet again with another impressive drive and finish. That was followed by a great driving layup from Davis to push the Irish out front 59-56 at the final media timeout (3:34 left).

A Shrewsberry three-pointer with 1:28 on the clock brought the fans to their feet and kept Wake Forest momentarily at bay now up 64-60. Later, it was Davis stepping up. One-on-one with his back to the basket and he beat his man and delivered to make it 66-62 Irish.

Fast forward to 17.1 seconds left and it’s Wake Forest ball. The Demon Deacons missed the jump shot and the Irish secured the possession with another team rebound.

Wake Forest was put into a must foul situation to try to regain possession as they fouled Burton, where he knocked down two final free throws to go a perfect 11-11 from the line.

The Irish led 68-62, but a Demon Deacon trey closed the gap to three at 68-65 with three seconds remaining. Wake Forest would commit one final foul and Shrewsberry’s made pair of free throws would close out the 70-65 win for the Irish.

UP NEXT

The Irish will host one more game inside Purcell Pavilion on Saturday, March 2, and that means Senior Day. Be sure to arrive early and help us celebrate our three seniors Raheem Braiton, Tony Sanders and Matt Zona. The Irish will tip off against the Clemson Tigers at 7:45 p.m. ET on the CW.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FINAL ROAD GAME SENDS BUTLER TO DEPAUL

INDIANAPOLIS – The final game for BU during the month of February will be played Wednesday night in Chicago. The Blue Demons will host the Bulldogs at Wintrust Arena. Action on FloHoops.com will get started at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024

Time: 8:00 PM ET / 7 PM CT

Location: Chicago, Ill. – Wintrust Arena

Live Stats: DePaulBlueDemons.com – StatBroadcast

Watch: BEDN on FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Riley Makalusky was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Monday.

– Makalusky only missed two shots (8-10) at Georgetown and knocked down five of her six 3-point attempts to score a team-high 21 points.

– Makalusky scored 10 of her 21 points in the third quarter at GU. (4-5 FG, 2-2 3PT FG)

– Butler ended the Georgetown game with 12 3-pointers, shooting 41 percent from long range.

– There were 25 lead changes in the game between Butler and Georgetown; Neither team led by double digits in the contest.

– Georgetown took 15 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter vs. Butler; The Bulldogs took one.

– Butler leads the BIG EAST and ranks 4th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (38.9%).

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.4).

– Rachel Kent has made a 3-pointer in 18-straight games. She ranks third in the conference in made 3-pointers with 65.

– Caroline Strande ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in both scoring (15.2) and rebounding (7.4).

– Jordan Meulemans did not play in the first meeting vs. DePaul on Jan. 31.

– Butler’s last win vs. a ranked opponent came at #25 DePaul on March 1, 2021.

– Butler and DePaul combined to make 21 3-pointers the last time they played at Wintrust Arena.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 16-0, 24-5

Creighton 13-3, 22-4

Marquette 10-6, 21-6

Villanova 10-6, 17-10

St. John’s 10-7, 16-13

Georgetown 8-9, 18-10

Seton Hall 7-9, 15-12

Providence 6-10, 12-17

Butler 5-11, 13-14

DePaul 4-12, 12-17

Xavier 0-16, 1-24

Scouting DePaul                                                                                                  

The Blue Demons have lost four-straight and will host the Bulldogs on Wednesday night with a 12-17 overall record. They remain a dangerous team that leads the league in bench points per game (18.5), offensive rebounds per game (12.7), and turnovers forced per game (17.7). Notre Dame transfer Anaya Peoples is the player to keep an eye on for the Blue Demons. A 5-11 graduate, Peoples ranks sixth in the league in scoring (17.6) and fifth in rebounds (8.0). She also leads the BIG EAST in steals (2.5) edging out her teammate Katlyn Gilbert (2.4). As a team, the Blue Demons rank second in the conference in steals per game (10.1). They also stay true to their identity by taking 24 3-pointers per contest.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

DePaul is 24-1 all-time against Butler. The lone Bulldog win came on March 1, 2021 against a nationally-ranked DePaul team. Butler scored a season-high 86 points in the victory and shot 54 percent from the field. They made 10 of their 22 3-point attempts and exploded for 30 points in the third quarter to take a lead. DePaul and Butler first met on the hardwood during the 1984-85 season as members of the North Star Conference.

Last Meeting vs. DePaul                                                                                    

DePaul recorded a 10-point win at Hinkle Fieldhouse earlier this season behind a 24-point performance from Anaya Peoples. The Bulldogs led 21-14 after one quarter, but the Blue Demons battled back to win the second frame 19-6. Butler was limited to 57 points in the setback. Caroline Strande led the offense with 12 points and Rachel Kent was the only other player to reach double figures with 10.

Tournament Talk                                                                                                 

The Bulldogs and Blue Demons are side-by-side in the conference standings making this matchup very important for each team in terms of tournament seeding. Currently, Butler would play as the No. 9 seed and face No. 8 seed Providence. The winner of that contest would move forward to face No. 1 seed UConn. DePaul would be the No. 10 seed and play No. 7 seed Seton Hall. In the lone meeting between SHU and DePaul, the Pirates would come out on top with a 91-78 victory. Butler and Providence split the regular season with each team winning on the road. One thing is certain as we head into March, the Huskies are the No. 1 overall seed. They claimed the BIG EAST crown with a 104-67 win at DePaul.

Riley Makalusky Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week          

Riley Makalusky was the top scoring freshman in the BIG EAST last week, while finishing in the top 10 overall, averaging 17.0 points to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. The guard had her top showing in BIG EAST play thus far on Saturday at Georgetown, tallying 21 points off 8-of-10 shooting, including a 5-of-6 mark from three, while adding two rebounds, a steal and an assist. In Wednesday’s win over Xavier, Makalusky had 13 points off 4-of-8 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three assists. She is Butler’s first BIG EAST Freshman of the Week this season.

Finishing Up February                                                                         

The Bulldogs are 4-2 during the month of February and are seeking their fifth win of this month for the first time since 2010. Since joining the BIG EAST in 2013-14, four Butler teams have reached four wins in February including last year’s club that won four-in-a-row. That group joined the 2019-20, 2018-19 and 2013-14 teams that notched four wins in February. The 2009-10 team went 6-1 before March arrived. That year BU played in the WNIT with a 23-9 overall record.

Makalusky Making Strides                                                                 

Riley Makalusky is set to make her 10th start of the season Wednesday night at DePaul. Since jumping into the starting lineup at Xavier on Jan. 24, Makalusky has averaged 10.4 points for BU during that span to rank second on the team in scoring. She is averaging 11.3 points per game during February and is shooting 51 percent from the field (25-49).

Welcome Back                                                                                      

Jordan Meulemans has hit at least two 3-pointers in every game since she returned from injury (2/9). Over her last five games, Meulemans has shot 54.5 percent from behind the arc making 12 of her 22 attempts. The BU guard has made multiple 3-pointers in a single game 15 times this season. She ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (2.3). Rachel Kent is tied for second (2.4).

Sharpshooters                                                                                       

Four of the top nine 3-point shooters in the BIG EAST Conference are Butler Bulldogs. Riley Makalusky leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0). Jordan Meulemans jumped up to second (46.2) and Caroline Strande comes in at fourth (43.7). Rachel Kent is also listed in the top ten. The grad transfer from IUPUI is shooting 41.1 percent from behind the arc. These four players account for 187 of Butler’s 228 made 3-pointers this year (82%). The Bulldogs lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage and DePaul ranks last in defending the 3 allowing opponents to shoot 35 percent.

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in Butler’s win over St. Thomas. She was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record with 16 made 3-pointers in that victory. Butler recently hit 15 3-pointers in their win over Xavier. They have hit 10+ 3-pointers in a game 10 times this year.

Grab the Board                                                                                     

Caroline Strande is the top rebounding guard in the BIG EAST. She has led Butler in rebounding 19 times this season (27 games) and in 12 of Butler’s 16 BIG EAST games.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Senior Day is set for Saturday, March 2 when the Bulldogs host the Marquette Golden Eagles at 3 PM. Five Bulldogs will be recognized before tip to celebrate their Bulldog careers. The 2024 Senior Class is made up of Rosemarie Dumont, Rachel Kent, Anna Mortag, Abby Stoddard, and Kendall Wingler.

BUTLER BASEBALL

BULLDOGS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT, DROP MID-WEEK BATTLE AGAINST SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Carbondale – In their mid-week matchup, the Butler Baseball team lost a close game to the Southern Illinois Salukis 10-8. This high-scoring bout was filled with hits on both sides. Butler outhit the Salukis 15-9 throughout the course of the game. On the pitching side, SIU’s Alec Nigut was awarded the win while Butler’s Tate Foxson picked up the loss. SIU pitcher Kade Coombe got the save.

The Bulldogs effort on offense was fueled by the bats of Carter Dorighi, Billy Wurch, and Drew Charney. The three each had two-RBI performances and Dorighi put together a four-hit day at the plate. The junior shortstop improved his season batting average to .360.

Scoring for the afternoon opened early in the first inning when the Bulldogs struck first. Wurch roped a two RBI double down the right-field line that scored Dorighi and Joey Urban.

SIU then broke out for seven runs in the bottom of the frame. Their effort was highlighted by four straight walks at the plate followed by a single, double, and an RBI ground out to clear the bases.

The Bulldogs responded well in the top of the second inning with two more runs of their own. Dorighi hit home his first run of the game with a sac fly to left field which scored Ian Choi. Later in the inning, Xavier Carter singled to left for Urban to score his second run of the game.

After the Salukis added three runs in the fourth inning, Butler held them scoreless for the rest of the game. On offense, the bats reignited in the fifth inning when Charney hit a two-run homer to left field. Ethan Vecrumba scored on the hit.

Butler continued their comeback effort by adding runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Vecrumba grounded out to hit home AJ Solomon in the seventh inning. Dorighi added his second RBI of the day on a single to left field and Jack Moroknek scored.

Tate Foxson, Ben Whiteside, Aidan Hatcher, Gage Vota, and Cole Graverson touched the mound for the Bulldogs on Tuesday afternoon. Across the last 4.2 innings, Hatcher, Vota, and Graverson kept the SIU bats quiet, allowing just three hits and zero earned runs.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will travel to Morehead, Kentucky to face off against the Morehead State Eagles in a three-game series. The series opener will be on Friday, March 1 with the first pitch at 3:00 p.m. ET.

BUTLER SWIMMING

2024 BIG EAST SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW

INDIANAPOLIS — The 2024 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships Presented by JEEP will take place Wednesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. At least year’s Championships, the Villanova women captured their 10th consecutive BIG EAST title with 1,534 points. UConn followed in second with 1,316.5 points.

All-session tickets can be purchased for $60 for adults between ages 18-64, and are good for all seven sessions, Wednesday through Saturday. All-Session tickets for seniors (65+) and children (17 and under), will be available on site at the championships for $32. Adult single-session tickets will be available for purchase at a later date. When available, adult single-sessions will be $16, while senior and children single-sessions will be $9.

All Championship action will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network on FloSports Presented by Invesco QQQ, with wall-to-wall coverage that includes all event preliminaries, finals, and awards.

About IUPUI Natatorium

Built in 1982, the IU Natatorium is one of the marquee swimming & diving venues in the world. The Nat has hosted countless nationally recognized events, including USA Olympic trials, the 2003 Mega Zone Championships and the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. The Natatorium is also home to the annual IHSAA boys and girls swimming championships, along with housing various swimming clubs from across the Midwest.

The Main Competition Pool of the IU Natatorium is 50-meters with eight racing lanes. Two moveable Bulkheads allow for long or short course events as well as hosting water polo and synchronized swimming. The seating capacity of the Natatorium is 4,700 making it the largest indoor pool in the United States. There is also room for additional seating of 1,500 on deck.

The depth of the pool is 9 feet at the ends and 10 feet at center of pool. Water temperature is kept at 79 degrees. The main pool contains six underwater windows for television and coaching analysis. There are approximately one million gallons of water in the main pool. Currently there have been 90 American Records and 12 World Records set in the pool to date.

Among the amenities are a state-of-the-art timing system and an LCD scoreboard, located high along the North wall.

Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Dive Prelims: 3:15 p.m. | Finals: 5:45 p.m.

200 Medley Relay (W/M)

1-Meter Dive (W)

800 Free Relay (W/M)

Thursday, Feb. 29

Swim Prelims: 10:00 a.m. | Dive Prelims: 1:00 p.m. | Finals: 5:45 p.m.

500 Free (W/M)

200 IM (W/M)

50 Free (W/M)

3-Meter Dive (M)

200 Free Relay (W/M)

Friday, March 1

Swim Prelims: 10:00 a.m. | Dive Prelims: 1:00 p.m. | Finals: 5:45 p.m.

100 Fly (W/M)

400 IM (W/M)

200 Free (W/M)

100 Breast (W/M)

100 Back (W/M)

3-Meter Dive (W)

400 Medley Relay (W/M)

Saturday, March 2

Swim Prelims: 10:00 a.m. | Dive Prelims: 1:00 p.m. | Finals: 5:45 p.m.

1,650 Free (W/M)

200 Back (W/M)

100 Free (W/M)

200 Breast (W/M)

200 Fly (W/M)

1-Meter Dive (M)

400 Free Relay (W/M)

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS RETURN TO HINKLE FOR WEDNESDAY TIP WITH ST. JOHN’S

The Opening Tip

• Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Wednesday night tip with St. John’s.

• Butler looks to end its current four-game losing skid.

• In the first meeting between the two teams, St. John’s took a 86-70 win at Carnesecca Arena Jan. 2.

• Butler’s 14 NCAA NET ranking Quad 1 games so far this season are second-most in the nation (rankings as of Monday, Feb. 26); Michigan is the national leader with 15.

• KenPom ranks Butler’s schedule so far this season as the nation’s sixth-toughest slate, while the NCAA NET strength of schedule metric lists it as No. 3 nationally (as of Monday, Feb. 26).

Butler (16-12, 7-10 BIG EAST) vs. St. John’s (16-12, 8-9)

Wednesday, Feb. 28;  8:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: CBS Sports Network – Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas & Evan Washburn

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 380, SXM App 970 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with the Red Storm

• All but one meeting in the series has come since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

• That first meeting came in the 1958 NIT (a 78-68 St. John’s win). Tony Hinkle coached Butler in that game. Lou Carnesecca would join the St. John’s staff as an assistant coach the next season.

• Butler and St. John’s played three times during the 2022-23 season with each winning on their home court. The Red Storm also won a BIG EAST Tournament first round game between the two programs.

• A total of 20 players saw action in that March 8, 2023 BIG EAST Tournament game; only five remain on the Butler and St. John’s rosters: Jalen Thomas, Connor Turnbull, Joel Soriano, Drissa Traore, and Posh Alexander (now at Butler).

Series:  St. John’s Leads, 12-11

Streak: St. John’s, W2

At Hinkle: Butler Leads, 8-2

First Meeting: SJU, 78-68; 3/13/1958 (NIT)

Last Meeting: SJU, 86-70; 1/2/24 (at SJU)

First Time Around

• St. John’s posted an 86-70 win over Butler Jan. 2 in Queens, N.Y.

• St. John’s put six players in double figures, led by Daniss Jenkins with 17 points. Joel Soriano (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Chris Ledlum (13 points, 11 rebounds) both registered double-doubles for the Red Storm.

• St. John’s had a 43-32 rebounding advantage, which included 17 offensive rebounds. Butler had 14 offensive rebounds, but St. John’s held a 23-7 margin in second-chance points.

• St. John’s shot 50 percent from the field.

• DJ Davis led the Bulldogs with 25 points. He went 5-for-10 from three-point range.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 11-4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

• Thad Matta is 34-11 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in eight of its home games this season (going over the 90-point mark five times).

• Butler is 77-2 over its last 79 non-conference home games, winning 15 straight.

Of Note

• Butler is coming off a 76-64 setback at Seton Hall Saturday night.

• Jalen Thomas led Butler with 12 points at Seton Hall, his third time this season and his fourth time in a Bulldog uniform leading the team in scoring.

• Posh Alexander is 7-for-11 from three-point range over the last two games; that includes matching a career-high with four makes at Villanova Feb. 20.

• Butler has combined to hit 23 three-pointers over its last two games. Those are two of the seven games this season that Butler has been in double figures in made threes.

• These last two games have also seen 62 of Butler’s 105 attempts come from three-point range (59 percent), the only games this season with more than half of their attempts coming from behind the arc.

• Butler went 10-for-13 from the free throw line at Seton Hall. On the season, Butler ranks 11th nationally in free throw shooting at 78.9 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game.

• DJ Davis ranks No. 1 nationally in free throw percentage at 96.6 percent; he has made 52 of 53 free throw attempts in BIG EAST play.

• Butler committed an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers at Seton Hall, matching the second-highest total in a game this season. The Bulldogs are averaging only 10.4 turnovers per game in BIG EAST play. Butler has 14 games this season with 10 or fewer turnovers, and the Bulldogs are 11-5 this season when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.

• Davis matched his career-high with five assists at Seton Hall Saturday; Landon Moore handed out four assists, just one shy of his season-high.

• Jahmyl Telfort led Butler with 19 points and seven rebounds at Villanova Feb. 20; it was Telfort’s sixth game this season scoring at least 19 points.

• The Butler offense has averaged 78.1 points per game this season. Butler has 12 games this season scoring 80 points or more (including seven games of 90 or more).

• Butler is 8-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and a perfect 14-0 when shooting a better percentage than their opponent.

• Showcasing the season-long prowess of the Bulldog offense, Butler has allowed 90 points in four games this season…and has won three of those games.

• The Bulldogs commit just 13.8 fouls per game, which ranks 12th nationally.

• Alexander leads the BIG EAST and is 25th nationally at 2.19 steals per game.

• Alexander is sixth in the conference and 58th nationally with 4.9 assists per game.

• Pierre Brooks II is 15th in the BIG EAST in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He is sixth in the BIG EAST in three-pointers made per game (2.39).

• Jalen Thomas ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.14 per game) and 16th in rebounding (6.2 per game).

• Telfort is third in the BIG EAST in minutes per game (35:00).

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOST MILWAUKEE IN HOME FINALE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will host Milwaukee (15-14, 10-8 HL) in its home finale on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 7:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Wednesday’s game is being dubbed BLACKOUT NIGHT presented by IUPUI Africana Studies and Black & Minority Owned Business Night as selected Central Indiana businesses will be highlighted throughout the evening. Fans are encouraged to wear black to Wednesday’s game.

IUPUI is coming off a hard fought 80-64 road loss at Northern Kentucky, despite playing without lead guard Bryce Monroe. The Jaguars led for much of the first half, but hit a cold spell late in the half as NKU built a 44-30 halftime lead. The Jaguars cut the lead back to two with 11:29 remaining, but never got fully over the hump as the Norse rebuilt the lead down the stretch. Jlynn Counter finished with 16 points, seven assists and four steals and Vincent Brady II had 15 points and six rebounds. Senior John Egbuta rounded out IUPUI’s double-digit scorers with 11 points.

Milwaukee won the earlier matchup between the two schools 87-67 on Feb. 4, blitzing the Jaguars in the second half after a tight first half. Monroe led IUPUI with 18 points and Abdou Samb closed with 12 points and six rebounds. Qwanzi Samuels contributed 10 points and six rebounds off the bench as the Jaguars played without Counter.

SCOUTING MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee is 15-14 overall and 10-8 in Horizon League play. The Panthers have won three of their past four, including a 96-88 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday. BJ Freeman leads three Panthers in double-digits at 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while Erik Pratt checks in at 12.5 points per game. Kentrell Pullian averages 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as Milwaukee outrebounds foes by 1.8 rebounds per game.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 6-16 all-time against Milwaukee, having dropped the last seven meetings in the series. IUPUI is 4-5 in the nine meetings in Indy and 4-11 as conference foes. Milwaukee won the meeting earlier this season, 87-67, in Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will travel to Cleveland State to face the Vikings on Saturday (Mar. 2) at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    PLANTING SEEDS

    IUPUI will be either the No. 10 or No. 11 seed in the upcoming Barbasol Horizon League Tournament and will head on the road for the opening round. If the season ended today, IUPUI would trek to No. 7 Cleveland State for an opening round game on Tuesday, Mar. 2.

    NOMINATION SEASON

    It’s officially postseason award nomination season and three Jaguars are up for Horizon League postseason accolades. Junior Jlynn Counter is on the all-league ballot while sophomore guard Vincent Brady II is up for the league’s All-Defensive Team. In addition, senior Yves Nkmoba is the Jaguars’ nominee for the league’s first-ever Sportsmanship Award.

    NKU LEFTOVERS

    IUPUI fell at NKU on Sunday 80-64, marking a ninth straight loss… IUPUI played without senior guard Bryce Monroe, pressing starting guards Vincent Brady II and Jlynn Counter into 37+ minutes each… Brady finished with 15 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3’s, 1-2 FT) and six rebounds and Counter closed with 16 points (4-12 FG, 1-3 3’s, 7-9 FT), seven assists and four steals… Counter matched his season-high with seven assists and four steals… the Jaguars matched their season-high with five blocked shots with Qwanzi Samuels and DJ Jackson blocking two each.

    JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in six statistical categories – steals (t-6th, 1.5 spg), assists (t-10th, 3.0 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (11th; 1.00 a/to), free throw percentage (12th, 76.9%), scoring (14th, 14.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (15th, 45.3%).

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, led the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) last season.

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter had a 23-point showing against Robert Morris, matching his season-high and most by a Jaguar this season. The Oklahoma City-native tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 825 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 41 times in 57 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 56 career games

    BIG. ROAD. DUB.

    IUPUI earned its best win of the season at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 85-79. The Jaguars had their best offensive game of the season, shooting a season-high 59.3 percent from the floor. The Jaguars scored a season-high 58 points in the paint, including making 18-of-22 (82 percent) shot at or near the rim.

    Here are some other notes from that win:

    -It marked just the second home loss for Purdue Fort Wayne this season

    -It was the first time all season IUPUI had five players score in double-digits

    -IUPUI had a season-high six dunks (Samb 4, Samuels 2); Samb had four dunks all season long before finishing four in that contest

    -IUPUI’s five three-point attempts were the team’s fewest since also attemping four against Denver on Feb. 14, 2015

    HOT QWANZ

    Since the calendar turned to 2024, forward Qwanzi Samuels is a combined 37-of-65 from the field and is now shooting 49.6 percent from the floor this season. His field goal percentage has climbed from 41.6 percent to 49.6 percent since Jan. 1.

    THAT’LL DOU   

    Sophomore Abdou Samb had his best offensive output of the season, scoring a season-high 13 points (6-10 FG) at Purdue Fort Wayne, including four dunks.

    In 17 games in the IUPUI starting lineup (3-14 overall), Samb is averaging 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds, going 50-of-79 from the field (63.3 percent).

    Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 61.3 percent since he moved into the starting five.

    #SCTOP10

    IUPUI players were featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays twice in three days on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 with a pair of dunks.

    Against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 29, Kidtrell Blocker’s one-handed dunk from the right side was the No. 8 play on SportsCenter.

    Two days later, Vincent Brady II’s one-handed dunk from the left baseline was chosen as the No. 4 play in the country that evening.

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only one IUPUI player (Qwanzi Samuels) has appeared in all 29 games so far this season as the other 14 players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. Only two others have played in 28 games – Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson. Everyone else has missed at least two games this campaign.

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

    Graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels recorded his first collegiate double-double at Minnesota (Dec. 16), having finished with a career-high 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the Jaguars’ bench.

    It marked his first-ever double-digit scoring game (in his 96th career game) and his second career game with 10-or-more rebounds.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup, using 11 different combinations this season.

    No IUPUI player has started every game (Monroe leads the team with 26 starts) and 10 different players have started at least seven games. Counter is second on the team with 23 starts. 

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 11 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (30.5 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (11.3 mpg).

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    Seven members of the squad topped a 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester, paced by John Egbuta (3.62) and Amhad Jarrard (3.51). Others included Vincent Brady II (3.48), Yves Nkomba (3.46), Derek Petersen (3.29), Qwanzi Samuels (3.12) and Bryce Monroe (3.00). 

    SEEING RED

    Both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

TIMMONS NAMED MAC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CLEVELAND – For her play over the course of the I-75 Tournament, Ball State redshirt junior catcher / first baseman McKayla Timmons has been named the Mid-American Conference Softball Player of the Week.

Timmons turned in one of the best weekends of her collegiate career, posting a .529 batting average with 12 RBIs, five home runs and eight runs scored. She hit at least one home run in the first four games of the tournament, including two home runs in Saturday’s 9-5 (9) victory at Georgia State.

Timmons started the game versus the Panthers with a two-run home run on the first pitch she faced. She added a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to tie the score at 5-5 to help force extra innings, before blasting a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left field for a ninth-inning grand slam which proved to be the game-winner. Overall, she finished the contest with seven RBI and two runs scored.

Timmons started the week strong, going a combined 5-for-7 in the doubleheader sweep at Kennesaw State, starting with a lead off home run in the opener which ultimately stood as the game-winning run in the 9-0 victory. In the nightcap, she drove in the game’s first run with an RBI double in the first inning and scored Ball State’s final run of the game with a solo shot in the 7-4 victory.

Timmons also had a hit in each game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Georgia Tech, including a two-run home run in the first inning of the opener.

The Ball State softball team opens its 12-game, three-state spring break tour Friday when it opens play in the EKU Colonel Classic with games versus Canisius (10 a.m.) and Purdue Fort Wayne (3 p.m.).

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STILL RECEIVING VOTES IN THE USA TODAY TOP 25 COACHES POLL FOR SIXTH-STRAIGHT WEEK

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team received five votes in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll which was released Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals own a 23-4 overall record and currently sit in second in the Mid-American Conference standings with a 12-2 ledger.

Ball State is one of 17 NCAA DI teams that have a 12-2 record in conference play. The Cardinals are also one of 14 NCAA DI teams that have only four losses so far this season. Two of the Cardinals losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State is the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season. Ball State also has the highest win percentage out of any NCAA DI program in the state of Indiana 23-4 (.852). This is the sixth week in a row the Cardinals have received votes.

 The USA TODAY Sports women’s basketball coaches’ poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at Division I schools. The panel is chosen by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The members represent each of the 32 Division I conference that receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RETURNS TO WORTHEN ARENA WEDNESDAY AGAINST AKRON

Ball State (23-4, 12-2 MAC) vs. Akron (9-16, 4-10 MAC)

February 28, 2024 >> Worthen Arena >>Muncie, Ind.>>  6:30 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– The Ball State women’s basketball team will play in a nationally televised regular season game on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. ET when it takes on Kent State at the M.A.C Center. The Cardinals are the only league school to have been chosen to play on ESPNU two years in row. The contest will be a rematch of a game played on Jan. 31, with the Cardinals defeating the Golden Flashes, 57-46, in Worthen Arena.

– Ball State recently fell to Mid-American Conference leader Toledo as both teams were battling for the top spot in the league standings. The Cardinals fell to the Rockets by a score of 70-48.

 –  The Cardinals have held a halftime lead in nine of their 13 Mid-American Conference games so far this season. Ball State is 10-2 in those contests.

– For the seventh time under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and the second season in a row, the Cardinals have reached the 20-win plateau. Sallee’s 20-win seasons at Ball State are — 22-10 (2015-16), 21-11 (2016-17) 25-7 (2017-18), 21-10 (2019-20), 20-13 (2021-22), 26-9 (2022-23) and 22-3 (2023-24).

– With only four Mid-American Conference games left, Ball State still sits in second of the league standings with a 12-2 mark just one game behind Toledo. The Cardinals could still be crowned the MAC regular season champions or have share of the title depending on the results in these next four games.

–  Wednesday’s game against Akron will mark the 50th time in program history the two schools have met with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 30-19. Ball State has won 12 of the last 15 meetings against the Zips. Brady Sallee owns a 12-8 mark against Akron.

– Ball State won its first meeting at Akron on Jan. 6 which resulted in a 71-64 overtime victory for the Cardinals. The Cardinals have won four-straight against the Zips. The last time BSU lost to Akron was on Jan. 15, 2022 at James A. Rhodes Arena by a score of 83-76.

Among the Elite:

The Cardinals are getting noticed on a national level as Ball State continues to receive votes in the latest USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. Ball State is currently one of 17 NCAA DI teams that have a 12-2 record in conference play. The Cardinals are also one of 14 NCAA DI teams that have only four losses so far this season. Two of the Cardinals losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State is the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season. Ball State also has the highest win percentage out of any NCAA DI program in the state of Indiana 23-4 (.852). This is the sixth week in a row the Cardinals have received votes.

Game Day Tidbits:

– In 27 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 89 times and has dished out 132 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) and Northern Illinois (2/7/24. Hampton is fourth in the nation in total steals (89) and ranks fifth in steals per game (3.30).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categories: 16th in winning percentage (85.2), 17th in turnover margin (5.11), 28th in 3-pointers per game (8.3), 30th in steals per game (10.6), 33 in turnovers forced per game (19.78), 37th in 3-point attempts (24.3), 37th in bench points (24.1), 42nd in field goal percentage (44.9), 43rd assists per game (16.0), 46th in scoring margin (11.9), 52nd in assist/turnover ration (1.09), 54th in scoring offense (73.7) and 62nd in 3-point percentage (34.3).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 18th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (2.77), 20th in total 3-pointers (72) and 25th in 3-point percentage (41.9).

Career Milestones:

– Ally Becki needs 26 assists 500 mark.

– Marie Kiefer has 126 blocks for her career — needs 26 to move into first place.

– Annie Rauch has 979 points for her career and needs 21 for 1,000.

MAC Tourney Appearances:

This season will mark the 34th appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in program history.  Ball State has advanced to Cleveland 22 out of the past 24 seasons.  The Cardinals are 22-31 all-time in MAC Tournament play and have advanced to the MAC Tournament finals on six occasions.  Ball State defeated Bowling Green in 2009 in the MAC Tournament Championship game.

Three Games Away:

Ball State is three games away from tying the programs record for most wins in a season. The Cardinals knotted the program record last year after winning their first round WNIT game for their 26th victory in 2022-23. In 2008-09, the Cardinals also went 26-9 under the direction of former head coach Kelly Packard. Current associate head coach, Audrey Spencer was the starting guard for that team.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NDAVAZOCHEVA EARNS MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State men’s volleyball junior outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva has earned Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Offensive Player of the Week honors which was announced this morning by the league office. This is the second time in Ndavazocheva’s career he has earned the award.

In Ball State’s only match of the week, Ndavazocheva led the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over Quincy. The junior outside hitter had 15 kills on 22 attempts with just one error, working out to a .636 hitting percentage. He added an ace in the win. His 15 kills averaged to 5.00 per set.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team returns home Friday for a 7 pm ET first serve against Queens of Charlotte in Worthen Arena.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS RIDE HOT SHOOTING AND CAREER NIGHT FROM PEARSON JR. TO WIN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Ball State men’s basketball team had a blistering shooting stretch against one of the MAC’s best defenses and a career high from Mickey Pearson Jr. to beat Central Michigan 79-71 on Tuesday night at McGuirk Arena.

The Cardinals (14-14, 6-9 Mid-American Conference) shot 71.9 percent (23 of 32) from the 10:41 mark of the first half to the 7:02 mark of the second half to turn a 17-11 deficit into a 74-58 lead. The Chippewas (16-12, 10-5 MAC) entered the matchup leading the MAC in field goal percentage defense and ranking second in the league in scoring defense.

Pearson Jr. dropped a career high 25 points on 9 of 13 shooting (3-5 on 3-pointers) and 4-4 at the free throw line, effectively catalyzing a second half rally for Ball State, who led 38-31 at the break.

Ball State got strong efforts from Davion Bailey, who made a trio of triples in the final five minutes of the first half, and Pearson Jr. and Jalin Anderson to start the second half, to bookend the halftime break. Bailey put up 18 points, five rebounds and two steals on the night, while Anderson added 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals to lead the Cardinals to their fourth win in the state of Michigan in four tries this season.

Basheer Jihad tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks, while freshmen Trent Middleton Jr. (six points, four assists, three rebounds) and Mason Jones (seven rebounds, two assists) also made contributions.

The visitors came out firing after halftime to the tune of a 10-3 run. The lead eventually peaked at 58-40 after an Anderson jumper culminated a stretch where the Cardinals outscored the Chippewas 47-23.

Central Michigan (16-12, 10-5 MAC) got 25 points from Paul McMillan IV and 16 points and seven rebounds from Derrick Butler, but couldn’t overcome the hot shooting night for Ball State.

The Cardinals went 49.1 percent (28-57) from the field for the game including 43.5 percent (10-23) from distance and made 81.3 percent (13-16) of their free throws. The Chippewas hit 41.5 percent (25-60) of field goals, 40.0 percent (10-25) of 3-pointers and 73.3 percent (11-15) at the charity stripe.

The visitors controlled the boards (37-30) and had one less turnover (14-13), winning the points off turnovers (16-12) and points in the paint (30-26) categories.

Ball State returns home to take on Western Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday to begin a two-game homestand.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

SCHEFFLER BLAST AND SEVEN-RUN 7TH CATAPULT CARDINALS PAST SOUTHERN INDIANA

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Decker Scheffler’s three-run home run keyed a seven-run seventh inning on Tuesday afternoon to lead the Ball State Cardinals to a 10-4 road win at Southern Indiana.

Scheffler, 3-of-5 on the day with four RBI, sparked a decisive rally that began after USI led 4-3 through six innings.

After piecing together single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings, Ball State knotted the score 4-4 in the seventh on Blake Bevis’ double that scored Michael Gonzalez. Bevis later scored on a fielder’s choice by Nick Gregory as the Cardinals took the lead and, one batter later, Scheffler deposited a homer to right for an 8-4 advantage.

Michael Hallquist scored on a double by Hunter Dobbins, and Gonzalez, who singled to lead off the inning, later doubled to drive in Matthew Kamins with the final run. In all, Ball State sent 12 hitters to the plate in the triumphant seventh inning, scoring seven runs on six hits and three walks.

The Screaming Eagles took an early lead with two runs in the second and third innings off Cardinals starter Keegan Johnson, who labored through 2.1 innings with four runs on four walks and three strikeouts. Lucas Letsinger (1-0) helped settle the USI bats over 4.1 scoreless innings as Ball State took the lead. Brady Owens pitched the eighth inning in relief, and Owen Quinn handled the ninth.

Said Ball State coach Rich Maloney, now in his 19th season leading the Cardinals, “Our boys played through our mistakes. We got some big hits and strong relief pitching to pull off the victory.”

Ball State (5-3) battles Jacksonville University in a three-game weekend series (March 1-2-3) that opens a five-game Florida road trip over spring break. The Cardinals visit Florida A&M for another pair of games (March 5-6) before returning to Muncie to open Mid-American Conference play on March 8 vs. Eastern Michigan.

BALL STATE SWIMMING

WOMEN’S S&D OPENS MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS WEDNESDAY AT OHIO

MUNCIE, Ind. – – After months of preparation, the Ball State women’s swimming & diving program will put all its hard work to the test this week at the Ohio Aquatic Center for the 2024 Mid-American Conference Swimming & Diving Championships.

Action in the four-day meet begins Wednesday (Feb. 28) with a pair of relay swims. Individual action gets underway Thursday (Feb. 23) and will run through Saturday (Feb. 25).

Live results will be available on meet mobile, while links for live video coverage will be provided on the official championship website: https://getsomemaction.com/tournaments/?id=217&path=wswim

2024 MAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 28        Thursday, Feb. 29             Friday, March 1  Saturday, March 2

Finals – 6 p.m.    Prelims – 10 a.m.

(Doors open at 9 a.m.)    Prelims – 10 a.m.

(Doors open at 9 a.m.)    Prelims – 10 a.m.

(Doors open at 9 a.m.)

200 Medley Relay             500 Freestyle      100 Butterfly      200 Backstroke

800 Freestyle Relay          200 IM  400 IM  100 Freestyle

50 Freestyle        200 Freestyle      200 Breaststroke

Prelims – 2 p.m. 100 Breaststroke              200 Butterfly

1M Diving            100 Backstroke  Finals – 3:40 p.m.

(Doors open at 3:30)

Finals – 6 p.m.

(Doors open at 5 p.m.)    Prelims – 2 p.m. 1650 Freestyle – First Heat of Time Finals

500 Freestyle – Consolation & Championship Heats             3M Diving          Finals – 6 p.m.

200 IM Consolation & Championship Heats           Finals – 6 p.m.

(Doors open at 5 p.m.)    1650 Freestyle – Championship Heat

50 Freestyle Consolation & Championship Heats 100 Butterfly Consolation & Championship Heats     200 Backstroke Consolation & Championship Heats

1M Diving Finals               400 IM Consolation & Championship Heats           100 Freestyle Consolation & Championship Heats

200 Freestyle Relay Championship Heat  200 Freestyle Consolation & Championship Heats               200 Breaststroke Consolation & Championship Heats

100 Breaststroke Consolation & Championship Heats        200 Butterfly Consolation & Championship Heats

               100 Backstroke Consolation & Championship Heats           3M Diving – Finals

3M Diving – Consolation  400 Freestyle Relay

400 Medley Relay Finals

The Cardinals have steadily improved under head coach J. Agnew, including turning in the three best teams scores since the 2014 season at the past three MAC Championships.

In fact, Ball State’s fifth place finishes at both the 2021 and 2023 MAC Championships are the best for the program since a fourth-place effort in 2005.

AT THE 2023 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Ball State finished the 2023 MAC Championships with five program records and 13 other times which broke into the top 10 on BSU’s all-time list. The Cardinals also picked up four medals, two silver and two bronze, on the way to earning 339 total points to place fifth among the eight-team field.

Payton Kelly was the first medalist of the meet for Ball State, as she placed second in the 50 freestyle with a program record time of 22.51. A mark she has already bested this season.

Kelly would go on to take third in the 100 freestyle with the then-second-best time in the BSU record book at 49.81. Kelly also established a new program record in that event this season.

The Cardinals also claimed a pair of podium finishes in the championship’s longest event, with Marcella Ribeiro placing second (16:44.97) and Callie Tuma taking third (17:00.39) in the 1650 freestyle.

The Cardinals also set program records in four of the five relays last season; the 200 medley relay (1:39.69), the 800 freestyle relay (7:22.09), the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.38) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:21.74).

IN THE MAC RANKINGS:

In the latest NCAA Division I Top Time Rankings as compiled by CollegeSwimming.com, the Cardinals have nine student-athletes ranked in scoring position in their respective events heading into the MAC Championships.

Leading the way are sophomore Payton Kelly who is first in the Mid-American Conference in the 50 freestyle with her program record time of 22.32 and freshman Kayla Newman who is third in the league in both the 1000 (10:10.05) and 1650 (15:50.07) freestyle.

Women’s Swimmers Currently Ranked in the MAC Top 16

50 Freestyle: 1st – Payton Kelly (22.32)

100 Freestyle: 4th – Payton Kelly (49.12)

200 Freestyle: 5th – Payton Kelly (1:48.24) / 15th – Kiran Stauffer (1:50.49)

500 Freestyle: 5th – Kiran Stauffer (4:54.01) / 8th – Kayla Newman (4:55.50)

1000 Freestyle: 3rd – Kayla Newman (10:10.05) / 10th – Callie Tuma (10:20.47) / 65th – Marcella Ribeiro (10:23.99)

1650 Freestyle: 3rd – Kayla Newman (15:50.07) / 8th – Callie Tuma (17:03.19)

100 Backstroke: T-7th – Hannah Jones (54.82) / 9th – Payton Kelly (54.91)

200 Backstroke: 10th – Lilia Newkirk (2:00.15)

100 Breaststroke: 3rd – Laura Wright (1:01.66)

200 Breaststroke: 6th – Laura Wright (2:15.47)

200 Butterfly: 4th – Alexa Von Holtz (2:00.06)

200 IM: 6th – Alexa Von Holtz (2:00.85)

400 IM: 7th – Alexa Von Holtz (4:21.75)

200 Freestyle Relay: 5th (1:33.08)

400 Freestyle Relay: 5th (3:23.14)

800 Freestyle Relay: 3rd (7:26.09)

200 Medley Relay: 5th (1:41.65)

400 Medley Relay: 5th (3:42.56)

FROM THE DIVING BOARDS:

Heading into the MAC Championships, senior transfer Grace Walker leads the Cardinals on both diving boards with a 1M score of 288.30 and a 3M score of 286.20, both of which are NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.

Ball State Divers Top Results in 2023-24

Grace Walker  (Sr.) – 288.30* on 1M / 286.20* on 3M

Leelah Fettig (Fr.) – 227.40 on 1M / 233.93 on 3M

Ella Penny (Fr.) – 224.63 on 1M / 185.18 on 3M

Ava Pavich (Fr.) – 197.78 on 1M / 188.85 on 3M

Hannah Justice (So.) – 189.65 on 1M

* = NCAA Zone Diving Qualifying Score

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

Ball State’s student-athletes have already established three program records its season. Sophomore Payton Kelly has two of those marks, with times of 22.32 in the 50 freestyle and 49.12 in the 100 freestyle. The other came from freshman Alexa Von Holtz with a time of 2:00.85. All three records came at the IUPUI House of Champions meet.

MAC AWARD WINNERS:

Ball State has already claimed a pair of Mid-American Conference weekly awards this season, with sophomore freestyle sprint specialist Payton Kelly earning MAC Swimmer of the Week honors twice.

Award Winners:

10/25/2023 – Payton Kelly MAC Swimmer of the Week

11/8/2023 – Payton Kelly MAC Swimmer of the Week

EVENT WINNERS:

As a squad, the Cardinals have chalked up 58 individual event wins and 13 relay victories so far this season. Freshman Alexa Von Holtz leads the way with 16 individual event wins, while sophomore Payton Kelly is right behind with 14. Kelly has also had a hand in 11 of the relay wins, while Von Holtz has swam on three.

2023-24 Women’s Individual Event Winners (58 Total)

16 – Alexa Von Holtz (Fr.)

   Oct. 28 at Buffalo – 100 Butterfly (56.42) / 200 Butterfly (2:02.98) / 200 IM (2:07.44)

   Nov. 3 vs. IUPUI – 200 Butterfly (2:05.42) / 400 IM (4:34.37)

   Nov. 4 vs. Eastern Michigan – 200 Butterfly (2:04.37) / 100 Butterfly (56.92) / 200 IM (2:07.15)

   Nov. 16 at House of Champions – 200 IM (2:00.85) – PROGRAM RECORD

   Nov. 17 at House of Champions – 400 IM (4:21.75)

   Nov. 28 at House of Champions – 200 Butterfly (2:00.06)

   Jan. 20 vs. Toledo – 200 Butterfly (2:03.10) / 200 IM (2:07.48)

   Jan 27 vs. Ohio – 200 Butterfly (2:02.53)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – 200 Freestyle (1:57.46) / 100 Butterfly (57.84)

14 – Payton Kelly (So.)

   Oct. 21 at Dan Ross Indiana Intercollegiate – 50 Freestyle (23.12) / 100 Freestyle (50.82)

   Oct. 28 at Buffalo – 50 Freestyle (23.05) / 100 Freestyle (50.58)

   Nov. 3 vs. IUPUI – 200 Freestyle (1:52.14) / 100 Freestyle (50.97)

   Nov. 4 vs. Eastern Michigan – 50 Freestyle (23.16) / 100 Freestyle (50.83)

   Nov. 16 at House of Champions – 50 Freestyle (22.32) – PROGRAM RECORD

   Nov. 18 at House of Champions – 100 Freestyle (49.12) – PROGRAM RECORD

   Jan. 20 vs. Toledo – 50 Freestyle (23.63) / 100 Freestyle (51.54)

   Jan 27 vs. Ohio – 50 Freestyle (23.53)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – 100 Backstroke (59.33)

9 – Laura Wright (Sr.)

   Oct. 21 at Dan Ross Indiana Intercollegiate – 100 Breaststroke (1:04.07)

   Oct. 28 at Buffalo – 100 Breaststroke (56.88) / 200 Breaststroke (2:19.98)

   Nov. 3 vs. IUPUI – 100 Breaststroke (1:04.57) / 200 Breaststroke (2:20.60)

   Nov. 4 vs. Eastern Michigan – 100 Breaststroke (1:05.06) / 200 Breaststroke (2:21.33)

   Jan. 20 vs. Toledo – 100 Breaststroke (1:04.02) / 200 Breaststroke (2:20.11)

5 – Marcella Ribeiro (Sr)

   Nov. 4 vs. Eastern Michigan – 200 Freestyle (1:54.22) / 500 Freestyle (5:05.86)

   Jan. 20 vs Toledo – 100 Freestyle (10:33.94) / 500 Freestyle (5:13.37)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – 1000 Freestyle (10:37.64)

3 – Hannah Jones (Jr.)

   Nov. 3 vs. IUPUI – 50 Freestyle (24.89)

   Jan. 20 vs Toledo – 100 Backstroke (57.06)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – 50 Freestyle (25.06)

3 – Kayla Newman (Fr.)

   Oct. 28 at Buffalo – 500 Freestyle (5:04.58) / 1000 Freestyle (10:20.96)

   Nov. 4 vs. Eastern Michigan – 1000 Freestyle (10:24.44)

3 – Lilia Newkirk (Jr.)

   Nov. 3 vs. IUPUI – 100 Backstroke (57.58) / 200 Backstroke (2:06.02)

   Jan. 20 vs Toledo 200 Backstroke (2:03.66)

3 – Grace Walker (Sr.)

   Nov. 3 vs. IUPUI – 3M Diving (275.25) / 1M Diving (286.28)

   Jan. 20 vs Toledo – 1M Diving (288.30)

1 – Alyssa Messenger (So.)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – 100 Freestyle (54.74)

1 – Kiran Stauffer (So.)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – 500 Freestyle (5:17.34)

2023-24 Women’s Relay Event Winners (13 Total)

5 – 200 Medley Relay

   Oct. 28 at Buffalo – Lilia Newkirk, Laura Wright, Hannah Jones, Payton Kelly (1:44.60)

   Nov. 3 vs. IUPUI – Hannah Jones, Laura Wright, Eliza Bader, Payton Kelly (1:45.10)

   Nov 17 at House of Champions- Lilia Newkirk, Laura Wright, Hannah Jones, Payton Kelly (1:41:65)

   Jan. 20 vs Toledo – Lilia Newkirk, Laura Wright, Hannah Jones, Payton Kelly (1:44.84)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – Lilia Newkirk, Julia Ofman, Hannah Jones, Angelina Eliacin (1:48.27)

4 – 400 Medley Relay

   Oct. 28 at Buffalo – Marcella Ribeiro, Kiran Stauffer, Haley Sakbun, Payton Kelly (3:26.82)

   Nov. 4 vs. Eastern Michigan – Lilia Newkirk, Laura Wright, Alexa Von Holtz, Payton Kelly (3:49.52)

   Nov. 16 at House of Campions – Hannah Jones, Laura Wright, Alexa Von Holtz, Payton Kelly (3:42.56)

  Jan. 20 vs Toledo – Marcella Ribeiro, Haley Sakbun, Hannah Jones, Payton Kelly (3:32.17)

2- 400 Freestyle Relay

   Nov. 18 at House of Champions – Kiran Stauffer, Haley Sakbun, Hannah Jones, Payton Kelly (3:23.14)

   Feb. 3 at Bellarmine – Haley Sakbun, Alyssa Messenger, Callie Tuma, Payton Kelly (3:38.36)

1 – 200 Freestyle Relay

   Nov. 4 vs. Eastern Michigan – Natalie Marshall, Kiran Stauffer, Hannah Jones, Payton Kelly (1:35.89)

1- 800 Freestyle Relay

   Nov. 17 at House of Champions – Kiran Stauffer, Haley Sakbun, Alexa Von Holtz, Kayla Newman (7:26.09)

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

VANDERBILT BATS END SYCAMORES WIN STREAK AT SEVEN GAMES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt scored in every inning to take control of Tuesday’s midweek contest early as Indiana State fell to the host Commodores at Hawkins Field, 20-4.

The Sycamores (7-1) took their first loss of the season on a windy day in Nashville as ISU was unable to hold the Vanderbilt (6-3) bats at bay. Eight of Vanderbilt’s nine starters in the lineup recorded hits, all nine scored runs, and seven drove in RBIs as the Commodores utilized a complete offensive effort in the win.

Mike Sears powered Indiana State’s offense with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning for his first big fly of the season. The ball measured out to 460-feet off the bat in one of the longest home runs off the bat of a right-handed hitter at Hawkins Field scoring Parker Stinson and Adam Pottinger to put ISU’s first runs on the board.

Luis Hernandez and Pottinger connected on back-to-back doubles in the top of the fifth inning combining for ISU’s final run in the contest as the Sycamores fell to 4-10 all-time against Vanderbilt with the loss.

Brennyn Cutts (1-1) took the loss on the mound after going the first inning allowing three hits and two runs while striking out one. Cam Edmonson, Cole Gilley, Brayden Lybarger, and Adam Berghorst also pitched on Tuesday as the Sycamores staff struggled surrendering eight walks and two hit-by-pitch against four strikeouts in the game.

JD Thompson (2-0) went the first 6.0 innings in the shortened game allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out five. Andrew Dutkanych IV went the final frame to close out the game.

Jacob Humphrey, Camden Kozeal, and Troy LaNeve all homered for Vanderbilt as the Commodores connected on 17 hits in the midweek win.

Up Next

Indiana State continues the season opening road trip heading to Hattiesburg, Miss. this weekend as the Sycamores prepare for a three-game series hosted by Southern Miss at M.M. Roberts Stadium. First pitch in Friday’s opener is set for 7 p.m. ET with the game to be carried live on ESPN+.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES ON THE ROAD FOR WEDNESDAY CONTEST AGAINST EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball travels to Evansville for the last road game of the regular season. The game tips off inside the Ford Center on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Series History

Wednesday will be the 187th meeting between the Sycamores and Purple Aces. Earlier this season, Indiana State defeated Evansville 87-73 with UE’s current leading scorer, Ben Humrichous, out of the lineup. Indiana State is putting its five-game win streak against Evansville on the line, which dates back to the double overtime win on February 10, 2022.

About UE

Evansville is in their second season with Coach David Ragland at the helm. The Purple Aces currently sit 10th overall in the conference with a 6-12 record in MVC play. Evansville was selected to finish 11-of-12 in the preseason MVC poll. Last season, Evansville went 5-27 overall and 1-19 in conference play. Two Purple Aces currently average 10.0+ PPG: Ben Humrichous (15.4) and Yacine Toumi (11.1)

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball recorded its second-straight win on Saturday in front of a sold-out Hulman Center crowd, 88-73, against UIC.

Robbie Avila led the way for Indiana State, scoring 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He recorded four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Ryan Conwell was the next leading scorer for the Trees with 18 points on 6-for-11 from the floor, also recording a double-double with 11 rebounds. Conwell chipped in three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Jayson Kent brought in another solid effort with 16 points on 5-for-9 from the floor, securing eight rebounds and three steals.

Julian Larry recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 assists, also grabbing five rebounds. Xavier Bledson tallied nine points, going 4-for-7 shooting in the game, while Isaiah Swope added eight points.

Last Time Out – UE

The University of Evansville men’s basketball team held a 26-24 halftime lead, but an 11-0 run by Southern Illinois in the second half keyed a 65-53 win on Sunday at the Ford Center. Humrichous led the Purple Aces with 11 points and 7 rebounds while Antonio Thomas recorded 10 points on a 4-for-5 shooting effort. Tanner Cuff scored nine points. Troy D’Amico led SIU with 17 points.

Postseason Implications

With two games left in the regular season, Indiana State has its eyes on its first Missouri Valley regular season title since 2000. ISU holds that destiny in its own hands, needing to win Wednesday’s game and Sunday’s game to secure an outright regular season title.

Win vs Evansville: clinch a share of the regular season title

Win vs Evansville AND win vs Murray State: clinch regular season title outright

Lose vs Evansville AND win vs Murray State: clinch a share of regular season title

Win vs Evansville AND Drake loss vs UIC: clinch regular season title outright

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

WILMER HERNANDEZ NAMED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association announced on Tuesday (Feb. 27) that Purdue Fort Wayne’s Wilmer Hernandez earned the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week award.

Hernandez averaged 2.69 digs per set last week, leading the Mastodons to a 2-1 week. The graduate student from Puerto Rico had a career-high 19 digs in a four-set win over McKendree, which is the most in a four-set match in the National Collegiate this season. He followed it up with a 10-dig effort against the Bearcats the following night in a five-set win. With his six digs at Ohio State, Hernandez finished the week averaging 2.69 digs per set.

He was targeted on 72 serves and had just two reception errors, both coming at Ohio State.

This is Hernandez’ first Player of the Week award in his career. He and the Mastodons are in action for a pair of MIVA matches on Thursday and Saturday (Feb. 29, March 2) at No. 13 Loyola Chicago and No. 14 Lewis.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

‘DONS HIT FIVE HOME RUNS IN WIN OVER NO. 20 INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the third straight season, the Mastodon baseball program has a win over a Big Ten opponent. The ‘Dons went on the road on Tuesday (Feb. 27) and defeated No. 20 Indiana 9-6. The ‘Dons hit five home runs in the game.

The win is the Mastodons’ first over a ranked opponent in program history.

The game was scoreless through the first three innings, but back-to-back solo home runs from Justin Osterhouse and Ben Higgins put Purdue Fort Wayne out in front. Jacob Walker added a third run in the inning bringing home Nate Simpson.

Higgins notched his second RBI of the day with a single in the next inning. The Mastodons scored four runs on two homers in the sixth inning. Camden Karczewski hit a solo shot before Osterhouse hit his second long ball of the game, driving in three runs and giving the ‘Dons an 8-0 lead.

The Hoosiers scored three runs in the sixth, and three more in the eighth inning on a home run from Carter Mathison. But with the count full and bases loaded, Owen Willard came through with a clutch strikeout to preserve the Purdue Fort Wayne lead.

Higgins hit his second home run of the game in the top of the ninth to add a Mastodon insurance run before Willard pitched a clean bottom half of the inning to seal the win.

Sean Kasper got the win in his first collegiate start on Tuesday and threw 3.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just two hits allowed. Willard picked up his first save of the year striking out two through 1.1 hitless innings.

As a team the ‘Dons recorded 12 hits. Higgins was 3-of-5 with two home runs, three runs knocked in and two runs scored. Osterhouse also had a single to go with his two home run day.

Indiana, fresh off a series sweep at Baylor over the weekend, falls to 6-2. The ‘Dons are 2-6. Purdue Fort Wayne is at Evansville this weekend.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODON WBB SEEKS 20TH WIN WHEN GREEN BAY VISITS FORT WAYNE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball is one win away from its 20th this season. The Mastodons will have their first chance at it on Wednesday (Feb. 28) when Green Bay visits the Gates Sports Center for a 7 p.m. tip.

Game Day Information

Who: Green Bay Phoenix

When: Wednesday, February 28 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Tickets:Link

Game Program:Link

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Green Bay | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Green Bay is 23-5 and 16-2 in the Horizon League. The Phoenix are currently tied with Cleveland State atop the league. Green Bay has lost to Oakland and Cleveland State, but has won its last since games since losing to the Vikings. The Phoenix have won their last six games by an average of 21.5 points, and are coming off a 43-point win over Detroit Mercy. Three players average more than 10 points per game led by 13.4 from Natalie McNeal.

The Series

Green Bay leads the all-time series 10-0. The Phoenix beat the ‘Dons 72-46 earlier this season, but the second two meetings last season were decided by a total of 10 points. The matchup in the Horizon League Championship last season saw Shayla Sellers score 21.

The ‘Dons are *Fire Emoji*

Purdue Fort Wayne has won eight of its last 10 games and has an average margin of victory of 11.3 in that span. In that stretch, Shayla Sellers is 92.9 percent (13-of-14), Erin Woodson is 91.7 percent (11-of-12), and Renna Schwieterman is 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line.

Playoff Picture

The Mastodons need to win one of the final two games of the regular season to OR Wright State to lose one game to clinch the No. 3 seed for the Barbasol Horizon League Championship without tiebreakers.

Er(in) on The Side Of Caution

Erin Woodson was selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season on Feb. 26. She helped Purdue Fort Wayne to a 2-0 record on the road with wins at Northern Kentucky and IUPUI, averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.

1,000/1,000

Amellia Bromenschenkel joined the 1,000-point club in the Mastodons’ win at IUPUI. She needed three points to reach 1,000, and she hit a free throw and a layup to reach the mark. She became the 22nd Mastodon in program history to reach 1,000 points, joining Shayla Sellers in the club.

Closing In…

Shayla Sellers needs 43 points to break into the program’s top-10 in scoring.

10. Rhonda Unverferth – 1,293 (1982-85)

11. Shayla Sellers – 1,250 (2019-present)

Recency Bias

Over the last eight games, Shayla Sellers is averaging 14.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game with a season-high 23 points at Wright State. She is shooting 47.4 percent (36-of-91) from the floor and 51.1 percent (24-of-47) from 3-point range.

Winning SZN

Purdue Fort Wayne has 19 wins, which is the most for the program since the 2010-11 season, when the Mastodons won 20. The Mastodons also have 12 league wins, the most since 2010-11.

Money Millie

This season, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures in all but six games. She is also 120th in the nation and fifth in the league in percentage, shooting 46.6 from the floor.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne beat IUPUI 68-65 in Indianapolis. Amellia Bromenschenkel joined the 1,000-point club after scoring 17 points against the Jaguars.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will have their final regular season game on Saturday (March 2). It will be Senior Day for Ryin Ott, Destinee Marshall, Sydney Graber and Shayla Sellers.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS CLOSE ROAD PORTION OF REGULAR SEASON AT WRIGHT STATE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodon men’s basketball team heads to Wright State on Wednesday (Feb. 28) to face the Raiders of Wright State University. It is the final road regular season game of the season for the ‘Dons.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (18-11, 9-9) at Wright State Raiders (17-12, 12-6)

When: Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 7 PM ET

Where: Dayton, Ohio | Nutter Center

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Radio: 1380 AM

Series Record: Wright State leads 12-5 | The Raiders won 106-98 in Fort Wayne this season.

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS

// Anthony Roberts has 1,931 career points between his time at Purdue Fort Wayne and St. Cloud State as he tries to reach the 2,000 point club. Roberts will be honored on Saturday (March 2) during Senior Day.

// The ‘Dons have five games this season in which they never trailed.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead in every game this season, except for two (at Pitt and vs. Wright State).

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for 24 or more minutes in six of the last seven games. The only outlier was a loss to Oakland which saw the ‘Dons lead for 7:29 of the game.

// The ‘Dons have committed single digit turnovers in each of the last four games. Over those 160 minutes of game action the ‘Dons have only 25 combined turnovers, for an average of 3.13 per half.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson has reached the top 10 in single season 3-point field goals.

5. 89 – Kason Harrell (2017-18)

6. 85 – Quinton Morton-Robertson (2023-24)

7. 81 – Matt Holba (2018-19)

8. 78 – Kason Harrell (2016-17)

9. 77 – Bobby Planutis (2022-23)

10. 76 – Eric Wilson (1986-87)

// Per Kenpom, Eric Mulder leads the nation in 2-point field goal percentage (75.6 percent).

// Jalen Jackson is second in the Horizon League in fouls drawn with 5.6 per 40 minutes. First is Cleveland State’s Tristan Enaruna. He averages 5.8 (per 40 minutes), according to Kenpom.

// Jalen Jackson has seven or more field goals in five of the last seven games.

// The ‘Dons have wins over each of the top three teams in the Horizon League standings: Green Bay (twice), Oakland and Youngstown State.

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 13 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 21-of-29 games and six of the last nine games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 23-of-29 games and double digit treys in eight games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in 11 games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 24th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.1 percent.

// Five times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello each have 54 steals, 49th in the nation and first in the league.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,239 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 10.0 is second in the league and 39th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but three games this season.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, the ‘Dons are 9-2 when four or all five starters reach double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but three this season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9.4 steals per game this season, 14th in the nation, are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 13.0 points per game: Jalen Jackson (16.1), Rasheed Bello (15.4), Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.5) and Anthony Roberts (13.3).

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 4th in turnover margin (+6.4)

// 11th in turnovers forced per game (16.52)

// 14th in steals per game (9.4)

// 24th in 3-pointers per game (9.4)

// 26th in fast break points per game (14.14)

// 27th in 3-point attempts per game (26.2)

// 27th in scoring offense (81.5)

// 28th in effective field goal percentage (55.1 percent)

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL TO BATTLE #9 VANDERBILT WEDNESDAY IN NASHVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  The University of Evansville baseball team will take on one of the nation’s top teams on Wednesday afternoon, as the Purple Aces will travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the #9 Vanderbilt Commodores at Hawkins Field.  First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday’s game can be seen live on the SEC Network+ streaming service.

Wednesday’s game will feature two of the nation’s top offenses when it comes to knocking doubles around the yard, as both UE and Vanderbilt rank in the nation’s top 10 so far in the category.  Evansville entered the week ranked third in NCAA Division I baseball with 26 doubles, while Vanderbilt ranked sixth with 24.  Evansville came up just one double shy of the program’s single-game school record for doubles on Sunday, as UE knocked seven doubles in an 18-4 win at New Orleans.

Evansville will enter Wednesday’s game at 4-3 on the season after Sunday’s win at UNO.  Offensively, Evansville is hitting .339 this year, with three players hitting above .400 in junior second baseman Cal McGinnis (.469), senior shortstop Simon Scherry (.417) and graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger (.400).  The Purple Aces have averaged 10.7 runs per game, and UE’s 75 runs through seven contests is the second-most in school history, behind only the 1956 squad, which scored 84 runs in its first seven games on the way to a school-best 11-0-1 start.

Vanderbilt, meanwhile, took a 5-3 overall record into Tuesday night’s game against Indiana State.  The Commodores entered the week hitting .295 as a team, led by senior catcher Alan Espinal’s .393 average.  Vanderbilt continues to be built around pitching and defense, as the Commodores boast a .982 fielding percentage while posting a 4.69 staff ERA with 85 strikeouts against just 37 walks in 71.0 innings of work.  Vanderbilt has held the opposition to a .218 batting average so far this season.

UE will turn to senior RHP Shane Harris (1-1, 13.50 ERA) to get the start on the mound on Wednesday.  Harris started last year’s contest at Vanderbilt, and held the Commodores to just a single run on two hits in 5.0 innings of work.  Evansville and Vanderbilt played a marathon 17-inning contest last March in Nashville in which the Commodores picked up a 2-1 victory.  The game ranked as the longest contest in Vanderbilt baseball history, and it was the second-longest game in NCAA Division I baseball last season.

EVANSVILLE BASKETBALL

SENIOR NIGHT SET FOR WEDNESDAY WHEN ACES HOST SYCAMORES

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Senior Night is on tap Wednesday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team plays host to Indiana State at the Ford Center.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.  Seniors Gage Bobe, Kenny Strawbridge Jr., Antonio Thomas and Yacine Toumi will be honored before and after the game.

Last Time Out

– Evansville led by a 26-24 score at halftime, but an 11-0 second-half run by Southern Illinois saw them finish with a 63-53 win

– Ben Humrichous led the Purple Aces with 11 points and 7 boards while Antonio Thomas registered 10 points

Reversing the Trend

– Entering the SIU game, Antonio Thomas averaged 2.8 points in the prior four games while shooting 21.4%

– He rebounded against the Salukis with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting

– Thomas continues to be efficient from the line, connecting on 84.6% of his tries (T-5th in MVC); he has hit 23 of his last 25 tries

– With UE clinging to the lead in the final minute against Bradley, Thomas calmly hit all four of his attempts to clinch the victory

Back at his Best

– Ben Humrichous continues to get better and better since returning to the floor

– He has scored 18+ points in three of the last four games, averaging 17.5 PPG over that time

– Humrichous was 7-of-12 from the field with 6 boards and 6 assists at UIC

– He remains one of the most versatile players in the MVC and the stat rankings are indicative of that: scoring (11th | 15.4 PPG), FG% (9th | 51.6%), 3PT% (2nd | 43.5%), blocks (8th | 1.00/game)

Still Going Strong

– Leading the Purple Aces with 15 points at Murray State, Tanner Cuff continued his recent success

– Cuff has 9+ points in 6 of the last 10 games while averaging 9.0 PPG (90 points) over that span

– In the home win over UIC, he recorded a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting

– Over the last 12 games, Cuff has 19 assists and 11 turnovers; the 6 games prior saw him post 6 assists and 10 turnovers

Scouting the Opponent

– Indiana State opens the final week of the regular season with a 1-game lead atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings

– The Sycamores are 24-5 overall and stand at 15-3 in conference action

– Isaiah Swope paces ISU with 16.9 points per game with Robbie Avila just behind at 16.7 PPG

– Avila has a team-high 20 blocks and ranks second with 7.0 boards and 103 assists

– Ryan Conwell checks in with 15.8 PPG with Jayson Kent (13.1 PPG) and Julian Larry (10.8 PPG) also recording double figures

– Kent paces the Sycamores with 8.2 rebounds per game

EVANSVILLE TRACK

ACES TRACK AND FIELD COMPLETE INDOOR SEASON AT MVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI AT HOME TO END REGULAR SEASON

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball enters the final week of the 2023-24 regular season when it hosts Lindenwood University Thursday and Southeast Missouri State University Saturday at Screaming Eagles Arena. Tipoff Thursday versus Lindenwood and Saturday versus SEM0 is set for 7:30 p.m. each night.

The USI-Lindenwood Thursday showdown is the Heart Health Red Out Game, sponsored by Ascension St. Vincent of Evansville, while the Eagles will celebrate Senior Night prior to the USI-SEMO contest.

Fans can track your Eagles by visiting the schedule on USIScreamingEagles.com for links to follow all of the action on the ESPN+, ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com), and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com/).

USI is tied for eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference with Tennessee Tech University with the two games left in the regular season for both squads. The Screaming Eagles (8-21, 5-11 OVC) owns the tiebreaker if Morehead State University is the top seed in the upcoming tournament.

The TTU Golden Eagles (10-19, 5-11 OVC) are scheduled to visit the University of Tennessee at Martin Thursday and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Saturday to finish the 2023-24 regular season. TTU has the tiebreaker with USI if UT Martin or Little Rock finishes ahead of MSU.

If USI and TTU should stumble this week, SEMO has a chance to jump both with a sweep of MSU and the Screaming Eagles. 

The top eight teams at the end of OVC play advance to the league tournament March 6-9 at the Ford Center in Evansville.

The Eagles were 1-3 during the road trip, after posting a split last week. USI defeated MSU, 80-73, on Tuesday, but lost to Western Illinois University, 82-76, Saturday. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led the Eagles last week with 27.5 points per game, while sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) also averaged in double-digits last week with 12.5 points per game.

For the season, Hernandez leads USI with 17.3 points per game this season, 21.3 points per contest in the OVC. Smith follows Hernandez with 14.0 points and a team-best 9.2 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high 12 double-doubles.

The Lions of Lindenwood (8-21, 2-14 OVC) enter the week having lost seven-straight. Lindenwood started last week with a 106-82 loss to the University of Tennessee at Martin Thursday at home and concluded its home schedule with an 82-73 loss to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Saturday.

USI took the first meeting versus Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri, 73-62, and leads the all-time series, 7-0. Eagles’ Smith led USI to the victory in the first meeting with a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds. Hernandez and sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) followed with 16 points and 11 points, respectively.

The Redhawks of SEMO (8-21, 3-13 OVC) start the week still in the hunt for a spot in the OVC Championship despite having lost five-straight. SEMO, who visits Morehead State University before coming to USI, was 0-2 last week after losing at home to Little Rock, 83-61, and UT Martin, 82-72.

USI lost the opening game of the season series with SEMO, falling in overtime, 93-91, on a last second shot in the extra period and trails the all-time series, 5-3. Hernandez led the Eagles with a career-high 35 points, while Smith had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI FALLS LATE TO BALL STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball allowed seven runs in the seventh and fell to Ball State University, 10-4, Tuesday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 2-6 to start the season, while Ball State goes 5-3.

USI jumped out in front, 2-0, by manufacturing a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Junior centerfielder Terrick Thompson-Allen (Sioux City, Iowa) was forced in on a walk by junior second baseman Lane Crowden (Jackson, Missouri) for the first tally before junior shortstop Ricardo Van Grieken (Venezuela) crossed the plate with USI’s second run after freshman rightfielder Ethan Rothschild (Evansville, Indiana) reached on an error.

After Ball State picked up a tally in the top of the third, USI posted its second-straight two-run frame in the bottom of the third. Thompson-Allen lined a two-run tripled down the left field line to get the scoring going in third, plating freshman leftfielder Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills, Kentucky) and senior designated hitter Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas) for a 4-0 lead.

Ball State chipped away at the USI lead with a tally in the fourth and the sixth to close to within one, 4-3, before exploding for seven runs to grab an 10-4 advantage. The Cardinals would cruise through the final two innings to grab the 10-4 decision.

In the game at the plate for USI, Thompson-Allen led the Eagles by going two-for-five with a triple and two RBI. Ebest also was two-for-five with a run scored and a double.

USI junior right-hander Gage Smith (Garrett, Indiana) took loss in relief as the Eagles used 10 hurlers in the game. Smith (0-1) allowed three runs on three hits in a third of an inning in the seventh.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Screaming Eagles continue the homestand Friday when they start a three-game set with the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). The first series all-time between USI and St. Thomas starts Friday at 4 p.m.; continues Saturday at 2 p.m.; and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Tommies are 4-4 to start the spring after taking three of four from Southeast Missouri State University over the weekend. 

Following the three-game set with St. Thomas, USI will be on the road for the next nine games. The Eagles will visit the University of Tennessee (March 6), Bellarmine University (March 8-10); Middle Tennessee State University (March 12); the University of Illinois (March 15-17); and Western Kentucky University (March 19).

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACON WOMEN KICK OFF ROAD TRIP WITH LEAP DAY GAME AT UNI

Valparaiso (5-20, 4-12 MVC)

Game #26 – February 29, 2024 – 6 p.m.

at UNI (11-14, 10-6 MVC)

McLeod Center (6,650) – Cedar Falls, Iowa

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team embarks on its final road trip of the regular season this week, starting off Thursday night as the Beacons play at UNI.

Previously: Valpo was unable to overcome a 15-2 run to start the game by visiting UIC Sunday at the ARC, falling to the Flames by an 82-59 final. In the second quarter, senior Leah Earnest joined the program’s 1,000-career point club and finished the game with a team-best 16 points.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 60-111. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: UNI leads the all-time series by a 13-5 margin and is 6-1 all-time against Valpo in Cedar Falls. In this year’s first meeting, the Panthers led 38-20 at halftime on their way to a 76-52 win at the ARC. Freshman Saniya Jackson paced Valpo in that contest and tied for game-high honors with 16 points, while junior Katie Beyer scored a season-high eight points.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…versus UIC

– UIC scored 15 of the game’s first 17 points, jumping out to a 15-2 lead 5:08 into the game, and the Flames held a 21-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

– Valpo got to as close as seven in the second period on a triple by freshman Layla Gold two minutes into the quarter.

– It was still a single-digit deficit at the midway point of the quarter when Leah Earnest scored her 1,000th career point, but the Flames scored nine of the final 13 points of the half to lead 41-27 at intermission.

– Earnest connected on a 3-pointer right out of the locker room to make it an 11-point game, but that proved to be as close as the game would be in the second half. UIC led 63-41 at the end of the third quarter on its way to the win.

– Earnest finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

– Jill Harris came up one point shy of her career high, scoring 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

– Valpo shot just 37.9% for the game, while UIC hit at a 55.8% clip. The Flames were 20-of-30 at the foul line to the Beacons’ 10-of-20 mark.

– The Flames outrebounded Valpo 44-26 and held a 50-34 advantage in points in the paint.

– Led by three steals from Olivia Brown, the Beacons tallied 10 steals, hitting double figures in that department for the 13th time this year.

…versus Belmont

– Valpo and Belmont were tied 8-8 at the first quarter media timeout before the Bruins scored the final five points of the period to lead 13-8 at the end of the first.

– The teams traded 12-5 stretches to start the second quarter. Belmont then scored nine points in a row to push its lead to double digits and led 41-29 at intermission.

– Belmont opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run over the first five-plus minutes to make it a 20-point game. The Bruins led 62-41 with 10 minutes to play.

– Leah Earnest scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to cut the Bruins’ lead to 19, but they scored the next 11 in a row to put the game away.

– Earnest posted game highs of 18 points and eight rebounds and paced the Beacons as well with five assists, just one off her career high.

– Earnest was joined in double figures by both Nevaeh Jackson and Saniya Jackson, both of whom ended the night with 10 points. Nevaeh Jackson also racked up a season-best five steals.

– As a team, Valpo tallied 12 steals — the 12th time this season it has hit double digits in that department.

– The Beacons shot just 35.1% from the field for the game and were just 5-of-27 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Belmont hit at a 57.7% clip and went 10-of-23 from deep.

– While Valpo committed one fewer turnover than Belmont (18-19), the Bruins held a 24-15 edge in points off turnovers. Belmont also enjoyed a 30-6 advantage in bench scoring.

…looking ahead

– The Beacons finish out their final road trip of the regular season Saturday afternoon at Drake.

– Valpo closes out the regular season at the ARC March 7 and 9 against Southern Illinois and Missouri State, respectively.

…on the road

– – Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 3-12 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

VALPO MEN’S GOLF

FINAL ROUND IN PUERTO RICO WASHED OUT

The Valparaiso University men’s golf team will not take the course as scheduled on Tuesday as the final round of the Dorado Beach Collegiate in Dorado, P.R. has been canceled due to rain. The course is saturated after heavy overnight rain and the tournament has been cut short due to unplayable course conditions.

Valpo finished the shortened event tied for seventh in a competitive 17-team field and broke the program record for 36-hole tournament overall score (557) and 36-hole tournament score in relation to par (-19). The previous 36-hole tournament team records were held by the performance at the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate in March 2022 (560, -8).

Junior Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) enjoyed a top-10 finish in the 107-player field, finishing tied for fifth. He established a new program record for 36-hole tournament score both overall (135) and in relation to par (-9). The previous records were shared by Zach Cutler at the 2016 Notre Dame Kickoff Classic and Yianni Kostouros at the 2022 Twin Oaks Intercollegiate (137, -5).

The Beacons will return to action on Tuesday, March 12 to begin the GCU Invitational in Phoenix. A link to live scoring will be available on ValpoAthletics.com. 

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

SHORTHANDED BEACONS FALL TO PANTHERS

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team played shorthanded with Cooper Schwieger and Connor Barrett absent due to illness, and host UNI took advantage by recording a 68-54 victory in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Valpo’s frontcourt of Kaspar Sepp (Tartu, Estonia / Fairmont Academy) and Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) provided the highlights, as Sepp was a point shy of a double-double while Palm matched a career best in the scoring column.

How It Happened

UNI jumped out to an 11-2 lead over the first six minutes before a 3 by Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) with 13:37 on the clock served as Valpo’s first made field goal.

The Panthers led 17-5 with 11:33 to go in the half and still held a 10-point bulge at 19-9 with 7:53 on the timer, but Valpo got back in it with six straight points including four from Palm to make it a four-point game.

A 9-0 run for UNI bolstered the lead to 15 as Landon Wolf hit a 3 with three minutes to go in the half. The margin reached as many as 19 and Valpo went into the break chasing 17 at 38-21.

Fastbreak points played a key role in the first half as the Panthers had some offensive struggles in the half court but owned a 13-0 edge in transition.

In the second half, the Panthers started dominating the paint and creating high-percentage looks at the rim, embarking on an 11-0 run to extend the lead from 14 to 25, breaking the game open with 12 minutes to play.

Valpo chipped away by scoring the next seven, but the Panthers coasted to the finish line. Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) heated up down the stretch and hit three 3s to help Valpo slim the final margin down to 14.Valpo outscored UNI after halftime 33-30.

Inside the Game

Palm finished with 14 points to match his career high, which was established last week on Feb. 21 vs. Indiana State.

Sepp was a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds while playing over 39 minutes. He went 4-of-5 from 2-point territory and his nine points marked more than he had scored in the previous five games combined.

Sepp’s 11 boards marked his most in conference play and represented his third double-figure rebounding effort of the year. His personal best of 12 came on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan.

Valpo was just 1-of-11 from 3 in the first half but knocked down 6-of-13 from behind the arc over the final 20 minutes.

Williamson finished with 13 points, breaking out of a slump with his best showing in the last four games.

UNI outscored Valpo 42-16 in the paint and 23-5 on the fastbreak. Valpo made an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers, snapping a streak of nine straight games winning the turnover battle. This was the team’s highest turnover total since Jan. 3 and second highest of the season.

Up Next

The Beacons (6-24, 2-17 MVC) will close out the regular season on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center as Illinois State will come to town for Senior Day. For ticket information, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets.

UINDY SOFTBALL

GREYHOUNDS NOW EIGHTH IN NEW FPCA POLL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UIndy softball team earned the eighth spot in the new National Fastpitch Coaches Association DII poll, released Tuesday. With a record of 9-3, the Greyhounds moved up one spot from last week’s poll.

UIndy went 3-1 at the Blue Bridge Battle over the weekend. The Greyhounds shut out Northwood and Trevecca Nazarene with scores of 7-0 and 5-0 respectively. Pitcher Kenzee Smith was the key element in the shutout wins. Against TNU, Smith struck out seven batters and only allowed two hits and two walks. For her performance, the senior was named the GLVC Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Their third win of the weekend came against Ferris State where the final score was 6-2. The only loss this weekend, only the second loss this season, was a 3-8 loss to Ohio Dominican to finish the tournament.

WEEK 3 NATIONAL FASPTICH COACH ASSOCIATION DII POLL

Rank      Team     Record   Points    Previous

1             North Georgia (16)           16-2       400        1

2             West Texas A&M              14-1       384        2

3             Tampa                                 11-2       368        3

4             Rogers State                      10-4       330        7

5             Grand Valley State           6-3         325        5

6             UT Tyler                              13-5       315        8

7             Cal State San Marcos       10-5       309        4

8             Indianapolis                       9-2         286        9

9             Colorado Christian           16-1       263        11

10           West Alabama                   12-4       258        13

11           Wilmington                        1-0         257        10

12           Central Oklahoma            7-5         221        12

13           Mississippi College           11-3       212        6

14           Wingate                              15-4       196        14

15           Nova Southeastern           12-2       159        15

16           Western Washington       13-1       153        16

17           East Stroudsburg               6-4         143        17

18           Pittsburg State                  14-2       137        18

19           Charleston                          6-0         102        19

20           Saint Leo                            11-3       90           20

21           Southern Arkansas           12-4       89           21

22           Northwest Nazarene       10-1       53           24

23           Angelo State                      15-4       51           22

24           Concordia                           11-4       26           23

25           Lenoir-Rhyne                     14-4       22           25

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Arkansas Tech (16), UAH (14), Texas A&M-Kingsville (8), Washburn (8), Cal State Dominguez Hills (4).

UINDY WOMEN’S GOLF

FLORIDA TRIP KICKS OFF SPRING SLATE FOR WOMEN’S GOLF

BOCA RATON, Fla.— The UIndy women’s golf team opened its spring schedule in Florida this week, competing at the loaded Lynn Invite Monday and Tuesday. In a field at featured five of the top-10 ranked Division II teams and seven in the top 15, the Greyhounds (298-302-298) finished in eighth place, highlighted by a top-10 finish from junior Anci Dy (+3).

The 11-team, 54-hole event was held at Boca Woods Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

INS & OUTS

Dy made a furious charge in Tuesday’s third and final round. The Traverse City, Mich., native carded a two-under 70—the second-lowest score of the day—to leap 14 spots on the leaderboard to settle at T-10. Already a two-time All-American, Dy has placed in the top 10 in five of six tournaments this season.

Senior Matilda Cederholm joined Dy in the top 20. She highlighted her week with an even-par 72 in the first round before settling at +5 to share 18th.

Freshman Jess Haines (+13) and sophomore Alice Webb (+14) finished at T-34 and T-38, respective, while sophomore Ava Ray rounded out the lineup players with a three-round score of +25. Freshman Caroline Whallon competed as an individual, placing 42nd at +16.

Led by medalist Ella Cheek (-2), second-ranked Dallas Baptist ran away with the team title, clearing the field by 18 stokes. Meanwhile, UIndy finished just one stroke back of 13th-ranked Saint Leo and only two back of No. 1 Nova Southeastern.

UP NEXT

UIndy has a string of region-heavy tournaments coming up, starting with the Findlay Spring Invite in Richmond, Ky., March 18-19.

ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

OPENS RUSSMATT INVITATIONAL WITH 6-5 COMEBACK VICTORY

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team opened their 2024 RussMatt Invitational on Tuesday with a 6-5 comeback victory over Dubuque.

Dubuque got on the board first with a run in the second and a run in the third, but the Fightin’ Engineers bounced right back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to tie it at two. With two outs, Connor O’Connell roped a fastball into right-center for an RBI triple to bring home Mason Rasmussen for the first run of the game. Two pitches later, Jonathan Oliger singled home O’Connell to tie it up.

Dubuque would retake the lead in the fourth, but Rose-Hulman would tie it once again with an RBI from Kade Kline to bring home Colton Brown.

After a pair of runs in the fifth, Rose-Hulman was playing from behind and needed something big to happen.

Colter Couillard-Rodak got the rally started with a one-out walk, and Rasmussen followed with a bloop single down the right field line. O’Connell then drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly.

After a walk from Oliger, Jackson Summers would deliver a pinch hit infield single on a high chopper to third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Josh Erpenbeck would be called upon to pinch hit in the biggest spot of the game and deliver with a two run double into left-center field to put Rose-Hulman on top 6-5.

Dubuque had a good chance to tie with with three runners on in the final two innings, but Oliger was able to close it out to pick up his second save of the season.

Zacheus Carr would pick up his second win of the season in relief with 3 innings pitched and just one earned run allowed.

The Fightin’ Engineers improve to 2-2 on the season, and they will return to action on Wednesday at 1 PM against Moravian.

ROSE HULMAN WOMEN’S TENNIS

ROSE-HULMAN WOMEN’S TENNIS FALLS 6-3 TO GROVE CITY AND WARTBURG

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s tennis team dropped their first two matches of their 2024 spring trip on Monday with loss to Alma and Grove City.

The Fightin’ Engineers brought home wins at #1 doubles, #1 singles, and #2 singles in both of the matches to make it a perfect 4-0 day for Taylor Goldman and Wynne Aldrich.

Camille Clark fought hard in the first match at #4 singles to send it to a third set, but she fell in the tiebreaker 10-7.

In the second match, Aldrich pulled out her fourth win of the day in the third set tiebreaker.

The Fightin’ Engineers fall to 0-5 on the season after a very tough spring schedule. They return to the court on Wednesday at 10 AM with a match against Davenport.

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S TENNIS

ROSE-HULMAN MEN’S TENNIS COMPLETES DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP OVER WARTBURG AND ALMA

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s tennis team opened up their spring trip with a pair of 7-2 wins over Wartburg and Alma on Monday afternoon at the USTA Tennis Center.

The Fightin’ Engineers dominated in doubles play with a perfect 6-0 record as a team. Chris Lian, Ervin Perkowski, and Rhian Seneviratne all finished the day with a perfect 2-0 record in doubles.

Grant Paradowski and Elijah Hadler paced the Fightin’ Engineers in singles with a pair of wins in the top-3 singles spots.

Ryan Burch and Jonathan Stadler joined the five players mentioned about as the seven undefeated players for the Fightin’ Engineers after their win at #3 doubles against Alma.

Rose-Hulman improves to 5-1 on the season, and the Fightin’ Engineers put their three-match win streak on the line on Wednesday at 10 AM against Davenport.

ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL

LUCAS SKIBBA NAMED ROSE-HULMAN FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Lucas Skibba has been named the new Offensive Coordinator for the football team at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, effective immediately.

Skibba has exhibited a strong history of coaching success during his career. He comes to Rose-Hulman from Wilmington College where he served as the Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator for the Quakers. In 2023, he led Wilmington to one of their best offensive seasons that included their most rushing yards since 2014, their least sacks allowed since 2018, their most points scored since 1999, and their most yards per game since joining the OAC.

Prior to his time at Wilmington, Skibba served as a Graduated Assistant Offensive Line coach at three different schools at three different levels including Northern Illinois (FBS), Murray State (FCS), and Wisconsin-Whitewater (DIII).

Skibba has also made stops at Dakota State University as the Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator as well as Coffeyville Community College as a Tight Ends coach.

Skibba earned his Bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and Recreation from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2016. He has also earned two Master’s degrees including Higher Education – Athletic Administration from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2020 and Sports Management from Northern Illinois in 2021.

Skibba and the Rose-Hulman football team open their 2024 season with a road game at DePauw on September 7 at 1 PM.

ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER ON SECOND DAY OF SPRING TRIP

MELBOURNE, Fla.– The Rose-Hulman softball team continued their spring trip to Florida with a doubleheader on Tuesday. The team earned a shutout win against Houghton with a final score of 11-0 after five innings, and suffered a loss to Eastern with a final score of 6-2. This puts the Fightin’ Engineers at 2-2 overall this season.

In the first game, Rose-Hulman was able to get things going early. The team jumped to a 4-0 lead after three innings.

Gabriella Ezzell extended the lead with her first home run of her Rose-Hulman career in the top of the fourth. A double by Aubrey Smith brought in a run by Katie Palmer to stretch the lead to 6-0.

Rose-Hulman continued to hit the ball well extending their lead to 11-0 to end the game after five innings. Phoebe Worstell earned the shutout win pitching all 5.0 innings totaling six strikeouts. Jessica Newsom was the standout at the plate with two doubles and a triple with three runs scored and two RBIs.

In the second game of the day, Eastern was able to score three runs to start the game and take the early lead. An error by the Eagles brought in a run by Katelyn Sarvis, and a sacrifice fly brought in a run by Kayla Schnippel to cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

Eastern finished the game strong scoring three more runs to put the game out of reach for the Engineers. Schnippel would suffer the loss in the circle after pitching only one inning.

The Fightin’ Engineers will continue their spring trip facing Grove City and Eastern on Wednesday, February 28 at 2:30 PM and 4:45 PM.

TAYLOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SEASON CONCLUDES WITH LOSS AT NO. 4 IWU

MARION, Ind. – The Taylor women’s basketball team fell 114-62 in a Crossroads League Quarterfinals game at No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan (26-3, 16-2 CL) on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats played with their desired up-tempo pace all game long, and the home team’s desired results followed in step. Though the Trojans had a relatively strong night shooting the ball at 42.9 percent from the field and 90.9 percent at the charity stripe, 23 turnovers led to 47 IWU points as the second-seeded Wildcats hit shots efficiently at every level.

Ava Henson had her shot falling early on with 10 first-quarter points. Claycee West picked up the scoring role with a trey and a pair of free-throws early in the second period, but Taylor found itself trailing 65-31 at halftime due to Indiana Wesleyan’s torrent pace.

Hope Custer and Maycee Woods got the second half started the right way with a steal and an and-one layup, respectively, but IWU controlled the remainder of the quarter and never took its foot off the gas thereafter.

Taylor Westgate made a pair of free throws with seven minutes remaining to bring her into a tie for 12th all-time on TU’s career scoring leaders list at 1,416 career points. The senior ended her day with 10 points.

Henson, who finished with a team-high 20 points, delivered a highlight in the fourth period on a converted four-point play at the top of the key.

Custer found her groove as the contest wore on as she poured in 11 second-half points and closed with 15 on the night to go along with a team-best six assists. West had a strong all-around game with seven points, six rebounds and a block.

TU’s main source of offensive success throughout the night came in transition and inside the paint, where the team scored 36 of its points.

Taylor (12-17, 7-11 CL) closed its first season under head coach Cassie Wiseman with a double-digit win total for the 34th consecutive year.

TAYLOR BASEBALL

FRICKEL’S GRAND SLAM HELPS POWER TU PAST IUPUC

UPLAND, Ind. – The ninth-ranked Taylor baseball team (7-7) overpowered IUPUC (4-11) 18-3 on Tuesday afternoon to finish off its nonconference schedule.

The Trojans were clicking on all cylinders early, led by a hitless, two-inning start from Wes Hunt (1-0). Hunt faced the minimum through two frames, aided by a nicely turned double play from shortstop Ben Kennedy.

TU’s bats also got off to a strong start, with Camden Knepp getting a single and Mason David knocking a two-out, two-run homer to the scoreboard in the first inning. The Trojans added on to their lead in a grand way with another two-out home run, this one a grand slam, from Brennan Frickel in the third inning that put Taylor ahead, 6-0.

Reliever Jared Crandall was sharp in his two innings of work, as the junior allowed just one run and struck out four. TU went back up by six runs in the bottom of the fourth behind a leadoff triple from Kennedy.

Already leading 7-1, the Trojans scored twice on separate balks in the fifth inning before Kaleb Kolpien secured his 199th career hit by delivering yet another two-out home run that plated three. The TU bats were far from done, however, as Frickel, Fletcher Roemmich and Brayden Manning all hit run-scoring doubles as part of a six-run sixth frame that made it 18-2, Trojans.

IUPUC got a final run back in the seventh inning, but Dalton Swinehart pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jack Ross did the same in the ninth with the aid of a double-play ball to Roemmich at short that marked the 27th out.

Taylor’s pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts against just two walks allowed, with Hunt, Crandall, Jake Boyer, Nathan Frady and Swinehart all recording multiple punch outs.

Frickel paced the Trojans with three hits and five runs batted in. Manning also had three hits and two RBIs, while Kolpien drove in four runs. Roemmich and Knepp rounded out those with multiple hits on the day for TU.

No. 9 Taylor begins Crossroads League play and finishes its homestand with a doubleheader on Friday against Saint Francis (9-3). First pitch of game one is scheduled for 12 noon.

WABASH MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL DROPS THREE-SET HOME MATCH TO GOSHEN

The Wabash College volleyball returned to action after a nine-day break in its schedule, playing a tough NAIA team from Goshen College. The Little Giants played three close matches but fell in straight sets to the visiting Maple Leafs.

Wabash (9-4) finished with a .218 hitting percentage, while Goshen (5-9) posted a .359 attack percentage. The Maple Leafs led from start to finish in the opening set to record a 25-21 victory. Wabash took an early lead in the second set and played to five ties, but Goshen took a 20-19 lead on the way to a 25-21 win.

The Little Giants forced six tied scores in the third set but were never able to gain a lead as Goshen won the set and the match with a 25-19 victory.

Jackson Leeper dominated the attack for Wabash, putting away ten kills with a .769 attack percentage. Bawbawi Thang added six kills and picked up a team-best six digs. Will Beikes gave out 29 assists.

Wabash opens Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League play Sunday afternoon at home against Wittenberg University at 2 p.m. at Chadwick Court. The Little Giants will then play Mount St. Joseph University at 6 p.m.

VINCENNES BASEBALL

JUAREZ, ROBINSON HOMER IN VU ROAD WIN AT OAKLAND CITY JV

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. – The Vincennes University baseball team got back in the win column Tuesday night when the Blazers traveled to Oakland City University to take on the Mighty Oaks JV squad.

The Trailblazers picked up some big hitting, including solo home runs by sophomores Brandon Juarez (Evansville, Ind.) and Jack Robinson (Mooresville, Ind.) as the Blazers came away with the 7-2 victory.

Vincennes broke open the scoring in a big way in the second inning, with Brandon Juarez leading off the inning with a solo home run, the first of his VU career, to put the Blazers on top 1-0.

Oakland City then answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs to take the lead before Jack Robinson evened the score in the third with a solo home run of his own, also his first VU home run.

VU would get the lead back in the fifth after a leadoff walk by sophomore Keegan Schlotterbeck (Centerville, Ind.), a sacrifice bunt by Robinson and sophomore Jace Parnin (Fort Wayne, Ind.) being hit by a pitch.

Schlotterbeck and Parnin executed a double steal with Schlotterbeck scoring on a throwing error to put VU head 3-2.

Parnin would later come around to score on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kade Hinton (Fort Wayne, Ind.) to increase VU’s lead to 4-2.

The Trailblazers weren’t done there however, freshman Bradyn Doulgas (Frankton, Ind.) pinch hit to lead off the sixth inning and drew a walk.

Sophomore Bryton Griffy (Louisville, Ill.) reached on a single and after stealing second was driven in on a two-RBI single by Jack Robinson, giving him three RBIs on the night.

Robinson later scored on an RBI single by Jace Parnin, his second hit of the game and third time reaching base safely, to put the Blazers ahead 7-2.

The VU pitching staff held serve as the Blazers cruised through the later innings to pick up the 7-2 victory over Oakland City JV.

Vincennes Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney sent eight different pitchers to the mound Tuesday night, led off by freshman starter Carson Allen (Louisville, Ky.) who lasted an inning and two-thirds, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out one.

Freshman Yancey Edlin (Pekin, Ind.) was the first out of the pen, retiring all four batters he faced, including striking out the final two batters of the third inning.

Edlin turned the game over to sophomore Josh McCormick (Indianapolis, Ind.) who struck out the side in the fourth inning and picked up the winning decision Tuesday night.

Freshmen Colten Okes (Evansville, Ind.), JD Bowser (Mt. Carmel, Ill.), sophomore Christian Pinson (Elizabethtown, Ky.), freshman Bryce Gross (Bridgeport, Ill.) and sophomore Jace Parnin combined to close out the final five innings of work, each throwing one inning a piece.

These five VU pitchers only allowed three Oakland City baserunners in the final five innings, with Gross striking out the side in the eighth and Okes, Pinson and Parnin each recording two strikeouts in their innings on the mound.

Vincennes will look to keep this positive momentum going into the weekend when the Blazers host another tough weekend slate of games at Jerry Blemker Field.

VU will begin the weekend slate Friday, March 1 against No. 12-ranked Kellogg Community College from Battle Creek, Mich. First pitch Friday is set for 6 p.m. eastern.

The Trailblazers will then return to the field Saturday, March 2 for a doubleheader with Lincoln Trail College at 3:30 p.m. eastern and Glen Oaks Community College from Centreville, Mich. at 6 p.m. eastern.

The weekend slate will conclude on Sunday, March 3 when VU squares off with No. 12 Kellogg C.C. in a single seven-inning game at 11 a.m. eastern.

Scheduled dates and times for all VU baseball games are subject to change. Be sure to follow ‘Vincennes University Athletics’ on Facebook, X, or Instagram to stay up to date on any and all VU baseball schedule changes.

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

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Hall Of Fame Birthdays

February 28, 1933 – Corpus Christi, Texas –  The great pass catching end from Southern Methodist University, Raymond Berry celebrates his birth. For more on this legend, please click his name.

February 28, 1945 – Orange, Texas – Michigan State’s giant of a defensive end, Bubba Smith was born. Read more about the this top player by clicking his name.

February 28, 1976 – The stalwart tight end from the University of California, Tony Gonzalez was born. Tony was the 13th overall  pick in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Pro Football Hall of Fame tells of how he was an impact player right from the onset and in his seventeen year career he never caught  less than 59 passes in a season. He played with KC for many seasons and then was traded to the Atlanta Falcons. His 1325 pass receptions ranked as the second most in NFL history when he retired and he still has the record with 16 consecutive seasons of over 50 receptions in a season. Tony Gonzalez received his Gold Jacket and posed for his bronze bust in Canton in 2019.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903      Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter lead a syndicate to buy the Phillies from John Rogers and A. J. Reach for $170,000. Owning more than one team will not be prohibited for another seven years.

1966      Refusing to report to spring training, Dodger pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin their joint holdout, asking for a $1 million three-year contract to be divided equally between them. The deal, equivalent to an annual salary of $167,000 for each hurler, will make them the best-paid baseball players, easily surpassing Willie Mays’ $125,000 yearly paycheck with the Giants.

1975      The Mets purchase slugger Dave Kingman from the Giants. San Francisco drafted the 26-year-old first baseman/outfielder as the team’s first pick in the initial round of the secondary phase of the 1970 amateur draft.

1985      Rick Reuschel signs as a free agent with the Pirates, spending the first two months in the minors. After being called up in May, ‘Big Daddy’ will win 14 games and be named the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year by the Sporting News.

1986      Joaquin Andujar, Dale Berra, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Jeffrey Leonard, Dave Parker, and Lonnie Smith, known as the ‘Cocaine Seven,’ are severely disciplined for their “prolonged pattern of drug use” and the distribution of drugs to others in the sport. Commissioner Peter Ueberroth drops their season-long suspension after they agree to donate ten percent of their base salaries to drug-related community service in the city they played, submit to random drug testing, and do one hundred hours of community service.

1989      The Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee elects Red Schoendienst, who spent 19 years in the major leagues and managed the Cardinals to a world championship in 1967, and Al Barlick, a 29-year veteran umpire, best known for his booming voice. The pair joins last month’s BBWAA selection of Reds’ catcher Johnny Bench and Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski.

1990      After meeting for more than five hours and taking three ballots, the Veterans Committee does not select a player for induction to the Hall of Fame for the second time in three years. The finalists, Phil Rizzuto, Nellie Fox, Richie Ashburn, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon, Tony Lazzeri, Cecil Travis, Carl Mays, Vic Willis, Hal Newhouser, and umpire Bill McGowan, do not receive the 11 votes required for election from the 14 members present at the annual meeting.

2000      “In the end, I could not ignore Darryl’s past infractions and concluded that each of us must be held accountable for his or her actions. I am hopeful that he will use this time away from the game productively and will care for himself and his family.” – BASEBALL COMMISSIONER BUD SELIG, commenting on his decision to suspend Darryl Strawberry. Baseball suspends Yankee outfielder/DH Darryl Strawberry for one year after his positive test for cocaine last month. Commissioner Bud Selig does not make any provision for an early return to the eight-time All-Star game from the suspension based on good behavior.

2005      Right-hander Jake Peavy (15-6, 2.27) and the Padres agree to the terms of a four-year deal, with the team holding an option for a fifth year. The 23-year-old right-hander, who led the majors with the lowest ERA, opted to sign now rather than take a chance in his first year of salary arbitration eligibility after the season.

2011      The U.S. government places a plaque at Jackie Robinson’s former apartment in Montreal as a tribute to the Canadian city for its exemplary treatment of the future Hall of Fame infielder. The season before he broke the color barrier, the Dodger farmhand led the hometown Royals to the 1946 International League championship with a .349 batting average, earning the circuit’s Most Valuable Player for his outstanding performance.

2014      In an online contest sponsored by the MLB Network, the fans choose Mets’ third baseman David Wright as the Face of Major League Baseball. The seven-time All-star, dubbed “Captain America” due to his heroics last season’s WBC, narrowly beat A’s infielder Eric Sogard in the bracket-style competition where fans voted on Twitter.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1926 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

U.S. troops were deployed to Nicaragua in May to help restore civil order after a revolt broke out against the new president Emiliano Chamorro. The resulting “Bryan-Chamorro Treaty” (terminated in 1970) granted the United States an option for a canal route through the country as well as the installation naval bases. For the majority of the century, Nicaragua’s politics had been dominated by the competition for power between the Liberals, who were centered in the city of León, and the Conservatives who were centered in Granada.

Controversial radio host Father Coughlin began broadcasting his right-wing addresses in which he criticized such diverse groups as U.S. bankers, trade unionists, and Communists. Later, he organized the National Union for Social Justice, which denounced President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” policies and advocated such measures as silver inflation as well as the nationalizing of banks, utilities, and many natural resources. Coughlin also published a magazine titled “Social Justice” in which he made increasingly anti-Semitic remarks directed especially at Jewish members of Wall Street.

In the American League…

After eleven seasons (ten-and-a-half years), New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp was replaced by an “up-and-coming” rookie from Columbia University named Lou Gehrig who would hold the position for 2,130 consecutive games.

Despite losing 11-7 to the Chicago White Sox at Sportsman’s Park III on April 22nd, the St. Louis Browns managed to tie an American League record with five double plays.

On April 13th, Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson and Philadelphia Athletics knuckleballer Eddie Rommel met for what is still considered to be the greatest opening-day pitchers’ duel in baseball history. After going head-to-head for fifteen grueling innings, Johnson emerged the 1-0 victor after fanning twelve batters.

In the National League…

The Cincinnati Reds used a Major League record-tying eight sacrifices on May 6th, in a 14-1 triumph over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies at Crosley Field.

The city of St. Louis declared May 22nd as “Rogers Hornsby Day” to honor the longtime player / manager. The Cardinals presented Hornsby with $1,000 in gold and a medal as the National League MVP for his performance in the 1925 season.

During a September 3rd outing against the Boston Braves, the New York Giants set a National League record after recording an astounding twelve runs in the fifth inning. The mid-game rally devastated the Braves who were unable to recover en route to an embarrassing 17-3 disaster.

Around the League…

The Major League Baseball Rules Committee finally agreed to allow the use of a resin bag by pitchers. The Committee also discussed the elimination of the intentional walk (forcing the pitcher to throw to the batter), as calling a “catcher balk” had not eliminated the practice as originally intended.

A ninteen year-old pitching phenomenon named Satchel Paige made his debut on May 1st in the Negro Southern League leading Chattanooga to a 5-4 triumph over Birmingham.

On May 8th, the bleachers along the left field line at Fenway Park were partially destroyed by a fire. Surprisingly, the Red Sox management opted not to replace the seats.

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

FEB. 28

February 28, 1967

Wilt Chamberlain missed his first field goal in four games to end his NBA record shooting streak of 35 consecutive field goals, during Philadelphia’s 127-107 victory over Cincinnati at Syracuse.

February 28, 1981

Houston’s Calvin Murphy made the last of his 78 consecutive free throws, in a game against San Diego, setting what was then an NBA record. The record was later broken during the 1993-94 season by Minnesota’s Micheal Williams, who converted 97 consecutive free throws.

February 28, 1987

Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn called his 2,000th consecutive game for the club, a streak spanning 22 years.

February 28, 2003

Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks legend, and the first ever NBA lottery draft pick, watches as his jersey number 33 is retired before a cheering crowd at Madison Square Garden.

February 28, 2013

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls blocks 11 shots in a 93-82 win over the Phliladelphia 76ers.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

32 – 53 – 13 – 23 – 11

February 28, 1940  – The world’s first televised basketball game as the University of Pittsburgh defeated Fordham University, 50-37. It would have been hard to appreciate the uniforms on the black and white broadcast.

February 28, 1960 – We touched upon it a bit the other day on the historic first Miracle on Ice as the US knocked off the USSR, but on this date the United States wins its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Squaw Valley before a home crowd, with 9-4 win over Czechoslovakia

February 28, 1966 – Los Angeles baseball pitching greats , Sandy Koufax, Number 32 and Number 53 Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers. They had some weight behind it to as this pair provided 49 wins for the Dodgers in 1965. Drysdale earned 23 W’s and Koufax led the Majors with 26 in ’65.

February 28, 1967 – Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain did the incredible once again when he drained his 35th consecutive shot in an NBA game

February 28, 1981 – Here is one man that you didn’t want to foul and put on the line.Houston Rockets star guard, Calvin Murphy who wore Number 23, set an NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws over a span of games.

February 28, 1998 –  Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is fourth NHL skater to earn 1,600  career points. The legendary star center and left winger wore Number 11 for his entire career with 3 different NHL teams which included the Canucks, the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

FEB 28

1922 — In the first formal college conference basketball tournament, North Carolina beats Mercer 40-26 to win the Southern Intercollegiate Conference championship. The 13-team conference keeps standings in its’ second season.

1929 — The Chicago Black Hawks are shutout for an NHL-record eighth straight game. It’s not a total loss, as the Black Hawks hold the New York Rangers scoreless for a 0-0 tie.

1940 — College basketball is televised for the first time. Station W2XBS transmits a basketball doubleheader from New York’s Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh plays Fordham and New York University competes against Georgetown.

1957 — Johnny Longden becomes the first jockey in history to reach 5,000 victories. Longden, who started his career in 1927, coaxes Bente to a head victory over Flying Finish II in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park.

1960 — The United States hockey team scores six goals in the third period to beat Czechoslovakia 9-4 and win the gold medal in the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Calif. The U.S. is down 4-3 after two periods, but Roger Christian scores three times in the third. Roger’s brother, Bill Christian, assists on two of the three goals.

1971 — Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA Championship by beating Billy Casper by three strokes.

1981 — Houston’s Calvin Murphy makes the last of his 78 consecutive free throws, in a game against San Diego, setting what was then an NBA record.

1986 — Baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth conditionally suspends Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds, Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets, Joaquin Andujar of the Oakland Athletics, Lonnie Smith of the Kansas City Royals, Enos Cabell of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeff Leonard of the San Francisco Giants and Dale Berra of the New York Yankees for one year for drug abuse. After conditions are met the suspensions are reduced.

1987 — Chick Hearn, broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers, calls his 2,000th consecutive game for the club, a streak spanning 22 years.

1993 — Winnipeg’s Teemu Selanne scores four goals and becomes the third rookie in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. Selanne scores his 51st goal in the third period to help the Jets defeat the Minnesota North Stars 7-6 at Winnipeg Arena.

1999 — Venus and Serena Williams become the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day. Venus wins the IGA SuperThrift Tennis Classic in Oklahoma City after Serena takes her first title on the WTA Tour at the Gaz de France Open.

2003 — In Val Di Fiemme, Italy, Johnny Spillane wins the Nordic combined sprint to become the first American to win a gold medal at the Nordic world championships.

2010 — Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the United States in the final event of the Vancouver Olympics. The American silver is the 37th medal won by the United States at these games and the U.S. wins the medals race for the first time since 1932.

2020 – Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Chinese triple Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules.

TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY

(All times Eastern)

Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts

AUTO RACING

6:25 a.m. (Thursday)

ESPN2 — Formula 1: Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

7 p.m.

NHLN — Oshawa at London

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Rhode Island at VCU

SECN — Missouri at Florida

7 p.m.

ACCN — Louisville at Duke

BTN — Northwestern at Maryland

ESPN2 — Auburn at Tennessee

ESPNU — Furman at Western Carolina

FS1 — Providence at Marquette

FS2 — DePaul at Xavier

8 p.m.

PAC-12N — California at Colorado

8:30 p.m.

CBSSN — St. John’s at Butler

SECN — South Carolina at Texas A&M

9 p.m.

BTN — Minnesota at Illinois

ESPN2 — Alabama at Mississippi

ESPNU — Virginia at Boston College

FS1 — Seton Hall at Creighton

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — Arizona at Arizona St.

11 p.m.

FS1 — Oregon St. at Oregon

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

PEACOCK — Michigan at Ohio St.

9 p.m.

PEACOCK — Iowa at Minnesota

11 p.m.

ESPNU — Portland at Gonzaga

COLLEGE SWIMMING & DIVING

5:30 p.m.

PAC-12N — Pac-12 Championships: 1M Diving, Federal Way, Wash.

GOLF

9:30 p.m.

GOLF — LPGA Tour: The HSBC Women’s World Championship, First Round, Sentosa Golf Club – Tanjong Course, Singapore

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: Atlanta vs. Philadelphia, Clearwater, Fla.

NBA BASKETBALL

7:40 p.m.

ESPN — New Orleans at Indiana

10:05 p.m.

ESPN — LA Lakers at LA Clippers

NHL HOCKEY

8:30 p.m.

TNT — St. Louis at Edmonton

SOCCER (MEN’S)

2:50 p.m.

FS2 — The French Cup: Valenciennes at FC Rouen 1899, Quarterfinal

8:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Moca FC at Nashville SC, First Round – Leg 2

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

1 p.m.

CBSSN — UEFA Nations League: Spain vs. France, Promotion & Relegation Matches – 2nd leg, Seville, Spain

TENNIS

5 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m.

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

5 a.m. (Thursday)

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Quarterfinals

6 a.m. (Thursday) TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Quarterfinals