INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

Argos 60 North Miami 44
Barr-Reeve 79 Washington Catholic 24
Blue River 64 Union (Modoc) 25
Bowman Academy 61 South Bend Adams 54
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 61 DeKalb 41
Castle 91 Evansville Central 70
Christian Academy 59 Silver Creek 56 OT
Clay City 62 Dugger Union 32
Cloverport (Ky.) 60 Cannelton 36
Crosspointe Christian 65 Mooresville Christian 63
Culver 78 Community Baptist 56
Elkhart Christian 64 LaLumiere Regional 58
Evansville Reitz 56 Boonville 36
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 57 Homestead 52
Fort Wayne Concordia 51 Leo 50
Fort Wayne Dwenger 57 New Haven 53
Fort Wayne North 58 Fort Wayne Canterbury 50
Fort Wayne Wayne 80 Norwell 55
Griffith 56 Hanover Central 35
John Glenn 45 Triton 44 OT
Lake Central 55 Highland 35
Lighthouse Christian 63 Eminence 49
Oak Hill 67 Southwood 50
Portage 68 Hammond Central 47
Purdue Poly Englewood 77 Indianapolis Washington 67
Purdue Poly North 43 GEO Next Generation 35
Rock Creek Academy 55 Louisville Collegiate (Ky.) 37
Seymour 58 Salem 32
Shelbyville 59 Columbus East 53
South Bend Clay 72 Oregon-Davis 40
South Bend Riley 66 Michigan City 64
Tippecanoe Valley 56 LaVille 45
Tipton 82 Wabash 50
Traders Point Christian 53 Columbus Christian 46
Victory College Prep 64 Indiana Math & Science 53
Warsaw 56 Penn 53 OT
Winamac 45 Northfield 33


Allen County Conference Tournament
Adams Central 62 South Adams 35
Bluffton 47 Southern Wells 20
Heritage 56 Woodlan 52


Johnson County Tournament
Whiteland 67 Franklin 64
Greenwood Christian 63 Indian Creek 57
Greenwood 81 Edinburgh 49


Marion County Tournament
North Central (Indianapolis) 78 Indianapolis Lutheran 64
Park Tudor 68 Beech Grove 60
Lawrence North 67 Lawrence Central 59
Pike 70 Perry Meridian 42
Ben Davis 71 Brebeuf Jesuit 65
Franklin Central 54 Southport 50
Warren Central 61 Decatur Central 44
Indianapolis Roncalli 63 Speedway 51


Northeast Corner Conference Tournament
Fairfield 54 Churubusco 34
Fremont 72 Prairie Heights 38
Eastside 61 Hamilton 55
Central Noble 41 West Noble 33

INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Centerville at Connersville 7:30 pm
Covenant Christian at Columbus North 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Indianapolis International at Indianapolis Shortridge 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Indianapolis Riverside 7:30 pm
MTI Knowledge at Purdue Poly North 7:30 pm


Delaware County Tournament
Daleville at Delta 6:00 pm R1
Wapahani vs. Cowan 8:00 pm R1


Marion County Tournament
North Central (Indianapolis) at Park Tudor 6:30 pm QF
Lawrence North at Pike 6:30 pm QF
Ben Davis at Franklin Central 6:30 pm QF
Warren Central at Indianapolis Roncalli 6:30 pm QF


Northeast Corner Conference Tournament
Fremont at Fairfield 7:30 pm QF
Lakeland at Westview 7:30 pm QF
Central Noble at Eastside 7:30 pm QF
Garrett at Angola 7:30 pm QF

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

Austin 58 Henryville 24
Barr-Reeve 68 Washington Catholic 11
Bedford North Lawrence 71 Columbus East 35
Benton Central 61 Lafayette Jeff 33
Bethany Christian 70 South Bend Career 19
Bethesda Christian 44 Park Tudor 34
Bloomington North 55 Mitchell 24
Blue River 60 Union (Modoc) 47
Boone Grove 55 Calumet 31
Brebeuf Jesuit 50 Tri-West 46
Cannelton 24 Cloverport (Ky.) 18
Carmel 57 Columbus North 43
Charlestown 58 Eastern (Pekin) 29
Chesterton 74 Hobart 50
Christian Academy 44 Clarksville 28
Clinton Prairie 48 North White 28
Columbia City 71 Wawasee 31
Concord 36 Jimtown 17
Corydon Central 46 Forest Park 27
Crawford County 48 Springs Valley 36
Culver Academy 38 Twin Lakes 33
Delphi 46 Faith Christian 39
Dixie Heights (Ky.) 45 East Central 30
Eastern (Greentown) 57 Tipton 22
Eastern Hancock 66 New Castle 36
Eminence 61 Lighthouse Christian 29
Evansville Memorial 67 Evansville Mater Dei 44
Fort Wayne Luers 68 New Haven 32
Fort Wayne Northrop 56 Bellmont 50
Fountain Central 45 Covington 27
Frontier 33 North Newton 29
Goshen 38 South Bend St. Joseph 31
Greencastle 42 North Montgomery 26
Greensburg 70 Brown County 43
Hamilton Heights 65 Western 35
Hammond Central 75 Whiting 29
Harrison (West Lafayette) 41 Kokomo 34
Heritage Hills 66 North Posey 65 2OT
Indianapolis Riverside 27 Irvington Prep 14
Indianapolis Roncalli 62 Guerin Catholic 36
Jennings County 67 Floyd Central 44
Lafayette Central Catholic 64 West Lafayette 56
Lakewood Park 62 Clinton Christian 2
Lanesville 73 Trinity Lutheran 39
Lapel 35 Blackford 33
Loogootee 37 Pike Central 33
Maconaquah 58 Pioneer 36
Madison-Grant 64 Taylor 49
Manchester 52 Peru 27
Marquette Catholic 55 Demotte Christian 18
Martinsville 41 Terre Haute South 17
McCutcheon 56 Carroll (Flora) 49
Medora 61 Columbus Christian 34
Mississinewa 62 Marion 22
Morgan Twp. 48 Washington Twp. 40
Munster 51 Crown Point 41
National Trail (Ohio) 39 Cambridge City Lincoln 10
New Palestine 43 Triton Central 37
Noblesville 58 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 34
North Central (Indianapolis) 58 Zionsville 55
North Decatur 60 Morristown 31
North Judson 42 LaVille 39
North Vermillion 33 Attica 21
Northview 50 Cascade 47
Oldenburg Academy 66 Hauser 20
Orleans 50 White River Valley 36
Plymouth 61 LaPorte 35
Portage 43 East Chicago Central 39
Providence 47 New Washington 44
Richmond 60 Connersville 44
Rising Sun 45 Milan 41
Rossville 48 Frankfort 38
Scottsburg 82 Paoli 32
Shakamak 50 North Daviess 37
Shelbyville 43 Rushville 33
Silver Creek 58 Madison 31
South Bend Clay 40 Elkhart Christian 34
South Decatur 70 Crothersville 28
South Knox 77 Wood Memorial 47
South Spencer 62 Boonville 43
Southridge 41 Northeast Dubois 27
Southwood 51 Lakeland Christian 36
Sullivan 48 North Central (Farmersburg) 46
Tecumseh 64 Mount Vernon (Posey) 25
Terre Haute North 39 Marshall (Ill.) 36
Tri-County 62 Seeger 33
Tri-Township 51 Kouts 39
Tri 52 Northeastern 47
Triton 35 Winamac 25
West Vigo 42 Cloverdale 38
Western Boone 61 Crawfordsville 38


Allen County Conference Tournament
Adams Central 52 South Adams 46
Bluffton 70 Southern Wells 27
Woodlan 49 Heritage 21


Delaware County Tournament
Wapahani 47 Daleville 30
Yorktown 45 Cowan 19


Indianapolis City Tournament
Indianapolis Cathedral 61 Indianapolis Herron 19
Covenant Christian 38 Purdue Poly Englewood 34
Indianapolis Chatard 68 Indianapolis Scecina 18
Heritage Christian 83 Indianapolis Tindley 36


Northeast Corner Tournament
Fairfield 38 Churubusco 20
Fremont 49 Prairie Heights 45
Eastside 52 Hamilton 12
Central Noble 61 West Noble 32

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL AP POLLS

4A

1. FISHERS (12-0)

2. LAWRENCE NORTH (10-0)

3. WESTFIELD (9-0)

4. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (10-0)

5. NOBLESVILLE (10-1)

6. LAKE CENTRAL (11-0)

7. BEN DAVIS (8-2)

8. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (11-0)

9. INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (10-3)

10. KOKOMO (11-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: RICHMOND (14-0), EVANSVILLE HARRISON (9-2), CONCORD (9-2), NORTHRIDGE (10-2)

3A

1. HERITAGE HILLS (12-1)

2. DANVILLE (11-1)

3. BREBEUF JESUIT (7-3)

4. DELTA (10-2)

5. INDIAN CREEK (11-1)

6. GUERIN CATHOLIC (10-4)

7. SCOTTSBURG (10-3)

8. SOUTHRIDGE (10-1)

9. SILVER CREEK (8-3)

10. NORTHWOOD (8-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BELLMONT (10-3), FAIRFIELD (6-3), EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (6-4), HAMMOND NOLL (9-6), HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (7-3), PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD (7-1)

2A

1. WAPAHANI (11-0)

2. TIPTON (12-0)

3. FORT WAYNE LUERS (9-1)

4. PROVIDENCE (10-2)

5. SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (12-2)

5. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (10-3)

7. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (10-4)

8. PAOLI (8-1)

9. PARK TUDOR (8-2)

10. ADAMS CENTRAL (6-1)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PARKE HERITAGE (10-3), SULLIVAN (10-3), WESTVIEW (8-2), NORTH JUDSON (8-2), LINTON-STOCKTON (8-4), GARY 21ST CENTURY (7-5), HAUSER (10-2), TRITON CENTRAL (9-3)

1A

1. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (10-1)

2. BARR-REEVE (10-1)

3. ORLEANS (8-2)

4. CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (10-1)

5. CLAY CITY (8-3)

6. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (8-3)

7. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (7-2)

8. TRITON (7-1)

9. LOOGOOTEE (9-4)

10. INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (10-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: MORGAN TWP. (9-3),  WASHINGTON TWP. (6-1), ELKHART CHRISTIAN (5-3)

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson Prep at Union City 6:00 pm
Avon at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Danville at Decatur Central 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Greencastle 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Norwell 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Frontier at Culver 7:30 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm
Lake Station at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
Lewis Cass at North Miami 7:45 pm
Mishawaka at Warsaw 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Union (Modoc) 6:00 pm
Monrovia at Edgewood 7:00 pm
Northwestern at Oak Hill 6:00 pm
Plainfield at Franklin 7:30 pm
River Forest at Michigan City 8:00 pm
Rochester at Logansport 7:30 pm
Union County at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Wabash at Eastbrook 7:30 pm


Northeast Corner Tournament
Fremont at Fairfield 6:00 pm QF
Lakeland at Westview 6:00 pm QF
Central Noble at Eastside 6:00 pm QF
Garrett at Angola 6:00 pm QF

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCOREShttps://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/

SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

AFC:    4:30 P.M.                      5 CLEVELAND AT 4 HOUSTON (NBC, PEACOCK, TELEMUNDO)

AFC:    8:00 P.M.                     6 MIAMI AT 3 KANSAS CITY (PEACOCK)

SUNDAY, JAN. 14

AFC:    1:00 P.M.                      7 PITTSBURGH AT 2 BUFFALO (CBS, PARAMOUNT+)

NFC:    4:30 P.M.                       7 GREEN BAY AT 2 DALLAS (FOX, FOX DEPORTES)

NFC:    8:00 P.M.                       6 LOS ANGELES RAMS AT 3 DETROIT (NBC, PEACOCK, UNIVERSO)

MONDAY, JAN. 15

NFC:    8:00 P.M.                       5 PHILADELPHIA AT 4 TAMPA BAY (ESPN/ABC/ESPN+, ESPN2/ESPN+- MANNINGCAST, ESPN DEPORTES)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

NEBRASKA 88 #1 PURDUE 72

IOWA STATE 57 #2 HOUSTON 53

#25 TEXAS 74 CINCINNATI 73

#6 KENTUCKY 90 MISSOURI 77

BOISE STATE 65 #17 COLORADO STATE 58

#16 AUBURN 66 TEXAS A&M 55

#14 BAYLOR 81 #18 BYU 72

#11 DUKE 75 PITTSBURGH 53

#22 CREIGHTON 84 DEPAUL 58

#20 UTAH STATE 83 WYOMING 59

#19 SAN DIEGO STATE 81 SAN JOSE STATE 78

ELSEWHERE

RUTGERS 66 INDIANA 57

AKRON 80 BALL STATE 76

NOTRE DAME 75 GEORGIA TECH 68 OT

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#23 MARQUETTE 75 SETON HALL 54

ELSEWHERE:

MINNESOTA 82 MICHIGAN 66

MICHIGAN STATE 74 MARYLAND 69

NBA SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 113 ORLANDO 92

SACRAMENTO 131 DETROIT 110

NEW YORK 112 PORTLAND 84

MEMPHIS 120 DALLAS 103

LA LAKERS 132 TORONTO 131

NHL SCOREBOARD

TORONTO 7 SAN JOSE 1

TAMPA BAY 3 LOS ANGELES 2 OT

SEATTLE 5 BUFFALO 2

VANCOUVER 5 NY ISLANDERS 2

ANAHEIM 5 NASHVILLE 3

WINNIPEG 5 COLUMBUS 0

FLORIDA 5 ST. LOUIS 1

EDMONTON 2 CHICAGO 1

CALGARY 6 OTTAWA 3

ARIZONA 4 BOSTON 3 OT

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

TENNESSEE TITANS FIRE COACH MIKE VRABEL AFTER BACK-TO-BACK LOSING SEASONS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk wants a fresh approach to compete in the NFL, so she fired coach Mike Vrabel on Tuesday morning after six seasons and losing 18 of the past 24 games.

Strunk said in a statement it was a decision “as difficult as any I’ve made.”

But she said she believes teams best positioned to win must be aligned and collaborate across the board. The Titans started that shift a year ago, hiring Ran Carthon as the franchise’s first Black general manager and expanding its analytics staff. More changes were needed to “fully achieve our vision.”

Strunk said she assessed the team throughout the season in an interview released by the team. The Titans went 7-10 in 2022 and just finished a 6-11 season Sunday.

“I thought it was time to make that change,” Strunk said.

The announcement came a day after the Titans cleaned out their lockers with Vrabel not speaking to reporters. It was the first time in the franchise’s 27 seasons in Tennessee the head coach did not talk to reporters since the team moved to the state from Texas.

Several Titans, from rookie quarterback Will Levis to two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, all said they wanted to keep Vrabel as their coach.

“We all have to do better and do our job better,” said Simmons, who finished the season on injured reserve as the Titans used a league-high 83 players.

Carthon is scheduled to discuss the decision and his first NFL coaching search at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans now are the sixth NFL team at the moment looking for a new coach, joining Atlanta and Washington who fired coaches Monday. The Raiders, the Chargers and Panthers didn’t wait for the season to end before firing coaches.

NFL teams can’t start in-person interviews until after the divisional round after owners voted in October to push those back a week to slow down the hiring process and try to increase diversity in hiring.

They also cannot interview head coaching candidates employed by other NFL teams until Tuesday or Wednesday for any coach whose team is done or team has a playoff bye.

Teams can start virtual interviews. Any internal candidates or someone not currently employed by the NFL can interview in person.

Strunk said the Titans did think about trying to trade Vrabel and gauge interest from other NFL teams in a coach expected to be a top candidate. She noted a coach has to be willing to be traded, and trying to deal Vrabel might’ve delayed the Titans’ search by three weeks.

“To get the right head coach, I was just not willing to go to the back of the line and take a chance of missing out on someone we really wanted,” Strunk said.

Hired in January 2018, Vrabel went 56-48 overall, including a 2-3 record in the playoffs.

He led the Titans to the AFC championship game in the 2019 season as part of three straight playoff berths. Tennessee lost at home in a wild-card game after the 2020 season and as the AFC’s No. 1 seed capping the 2021 season.

The Titans contended for a playoff spot in the season finale of his first five seasons until they were eliminated from postseason contention for this season in December. Vrabel wound up coaching a team that used the most players in the NFL in each of the past three seasons because of injuries.

Vrabel signed a contract extension after a 2021 season where he won the AP NFL Coach of the Year award. He said last week that “of course he wants to be here” in 2024, but used an expletive to make clear that losing stinks.

Strunk fired general manager Jon Robinson on Dec. 6, 2022, in the midst of the team’s seven-game slide to blow a third straight division title. She hired Carthon in January 2023, though he had few resources to fix the roster.

The Titans go into this offseason with the seventh overall draft pick, the second-most salary cap space in the NFL and believe they have their quarterback after Levis went 3-6 as a rookie. The 33rd pick overall out of Kentucky took over at the end of October after veteran Ryan Tannehill sprained his right ankle.

Strunk said she will never shy away from having “unapologetically high expectations” for the team her late father founded in 1960. She called this offseason as important as any in the franchise’s history. This will be the third head coach Strunk has hired, and she said she learned to cast a wide net and taking her time.

She said they’re going to “work to get it right” in wanting to meet fans’ high expectations.

“I’m prepared to make the hard decisions to hopefully get us there sooner,” Strunk said.

The Titans wrapped up Vrabel’s sixth season beating Jacksonville 28-20 on Sunday to deny their oldest division rival a second straight AFC South title.

Tennessee breaks ground on a new enclosed stadium expected to cost $2.1 billion sometime this spring, which is set to open for the 2027 season. That only adds to the pressure of making the right decisions from top to bottom moving forward.

JAGUARS FIRE RUNNING BACKS COACH BERNIE PARMALEE, BRINGING TOTAL DISMISSALS TO NINE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson has fired nine assistants in total, including running backs coach Bernie Parmalee.

Parmalee’s exit was announced Tuesday, a day after Pederson dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell and seven of his assistants on that side of the ball.

Pederson also declined to renew the expiring contract of assistant offensive line coach Todd Washington.

The moves came after the biggest late-season collapse in franchise history. The Jaguars were 8-3 and atop the AFC South in late November before losing five of six games down the stretch and missing the playoffs.

Jacksonville ended the season with a 28-20 loss at Tennessee in what had become a win-and-in finale. Defense was a huge issue in that one — Derrick Henry ran for a season-high 153 yards — as well as the other five losses in December and January.

Caldwell’s unit allowed 29.2 points and 146.8 yards rushing a game in those losses.

Pederson opted against making many moves on offense, apparently blaming most of those issues on injuries to quarterback Trevor Lawrence and receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, as well as a revolving offensive line.

But Parmalee’s position group was inconsistent all season. Jacksonville’s rushing attack ranked 24th in the NFL despite having Travis Etienne healthy for all 17 games. Etienne finished with 1,008 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Backup Tank Bigsby, a third-round draft pick, was a non-factor in his rookie season.

BROWNS KICKER HOPKINS ‘UNLIKELY’ TO PLAY AGAINST TEXANS IN PLAYOFF GAME BECAUSE OF HAMSTRING INJURY

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins is expected to sit out Saturday’s wild-card playoff game at Houston with a hamstring injury he sustained while chasing a kick returner in Cleveland’s win over the Texans on Dec. 24.

Coach Kevin Stefanksi said Tuesday that it was “unlikely” Hopkins will play this week. Hopkins, who was one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers all season, missed the final two regular-season games with the injury.

Hopkins is 33 of 36 on field-goal tries and made all eight attempts beyond 50 yards. Acquired just before the season in a trade with the Chargers, he’s also made four game-winning kicks.

Riley Patterson will handle kicking duties for the Browns (11-6), who signed him to their practice squad on Dec. 25. Three days later, he made a 33-yard field goal as Cleveland clinched a playoff spot with a win over the New York Jets.

WATT TO MISS WILD-CARD GAME VS. BILLS WITH KNEE INJURY

Pittsburgh Steelers pass-rusher T.J. Watt won’t play in Sunday’s wild-card game against the Buffalo Bills due to a knee injury, head coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.

Watt suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which is considered a multi-week injury, in last Saturday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The linebacker was hurt after his leg was caught awkwardly in the turf after a collision with a teammate.

In more positive news for the Steelers, Tomlin said he’s optimistic safety Minkah Fitzpatrick will be able to suit up against the Bills. Fitzpatrick missed the last three games with a knee injury.

The coach also confirmed that Mason Rudolph will remain the starting quarterback for the start of playoffs despite Kenny Pickett’s return to health. Rudolph started the last three games, leading Pittsburgh to three wins to secure a postseason berth.

Watt is the key piece of Pittsburgh’s top-tier defense, which ranked sixth in points allowed. The 29-year-old led the NFL in sacks with 19, while the rest of the Steelers produced 28 total quarterback takedowns.

Without its Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Pittsburgh is now facing a far tougher task to stop one of the league’s best quarterbacks, Josh Allen, and one of the best overall offenses. Buffalo finished the season sixth in points per game, fourth in total yards per contest, and first in third-down percentage.

The Steelers will rely more heavily on Alex Highsmith and Markus Golden with Watt out.

JERRY JONES ‘COULDN’T BE MORE PLEASED’ WITH MCCARTHY’S COACHING

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised head coach Mike McCarthy for how he’s handled the 2023 season.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with what he’s done and how he’s coached. … I really mean it. He has really made as big a difference from his head coaching vantage point as anybody could from any vantage point in the NFL,” Jones said, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.

The executive added: “He’s the big difference this year.”

McCarthy has led the Cowboys to a 12-5 record in each of the last three seasons. The club won two NFC East division titles during that stretch and made the playoffs in all three campaigns.

The Cowboys’ offense has soared to new heights under McCarthy. After four seasons, they moved on from offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, which has paid off: Dallas ranks first in points per game and fifth in yards per contest this year.

Quarterback Dak Prescott is playing the best football of his career in 2023. He leads the league in touchdown passes (36) and is second among quarterbacks in EPA per play this season, per Ben Baldwin’s database.

Even though McCarthy has led the team to regular-season success, there’s still doubt about the 60-year-old’s future in Dallas. The Cowboys have failed to get past the divisional round since 1995 and have a 1-2 record in the postseason under McCarthy.

“The last thing that I want to do is spend any time talking with him about these kinds of things, on agreements, extension of agreements, especially when I’ve got one,” Jones said when asked about McCarthy’s future, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas will face off against the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round on Sunday.

QB DRAKE MAYE ON NFL EARLY ENTRANT LIST; WAITING ON CALEB WILLIAMS, MARVIN HARRISON JR.

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye and 33 others were granted special eligibility for the 2024 NFL Draft.

The special classification allows draft-eligible players to participate in games like the East-West Shrine Bowl, HBCU Legacy Bowl and Senior Bowl. The change is part of a soft deadline — which was Jan. 5 — altered to aid in the planning and invitation process of these games.

All other draft-eligible players have a deadline of Jan. 15 to declare for the draft or remain in school.

Maye is No. 2 in the 2024 class in Field Level Media’s rankings. Prominent underclassmen expected to enter the draft but not on the early entrant list distributed by the NFL to teams on Tuesday include USC quarterback Caleb Williams, considered a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick, and Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

Harrison Jr., the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison (Colts), caught 155 passes and 31 touchdowns in three years with the Buckeyes.

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, another All-American projected as an early pick, is also not on the early list from the league.

The list of 34 players includes Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen, Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt and running back Audric Estime, Florida State receiver Keon Coleman, LSU receiver Malik Nabers and Texas wideout Xavier Worthy.

Each of the players met the NFL’s three-season eligibility rule and renounced their eligibility with written notification to the NFL office by Jan. 5.

In addition, Clemson running back Will Shipley notified the NFL that he has fulfilled his degree requirements and also is eligible.

The players granted special eligibility for the 2024 NFL Draft:

Name/Pos./College
Ajou Ajou, WR, Garden City C.C.
Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin
Joe Alt, T, Notre Dame
Kiran Amegadjie, T, Yale
Cole Bishop, DB, Utah
Austin Booker, DE, Kansas
Javon Bullard, DB, Georgia
Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
Jonah Elliss, DE, Utah
Audric Estimé, RB, Notre Dame
Blake Fisher, T, Notre Dame
Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon
Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon
Kalen King, DB, Penn State
Kamari Lassiter, DB, Georgia
Cam Little, K, Arkansas
Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
Amarius Mims, T, Georgia
Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon
Ennis Rakestraw, DB, Missouri
Chop Robinson, DE, Penn State
Jaden Shirden, RB, Monmouth (N.J.)
Carson Steele, RB, UCLA
Kingsley Suamataia, T, BYU
Leonard Taylor, DT Miami (Fla.)
Brian Thomas, WR, LSU
Sione Vaki, DB, Utah
Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky
Nate Wiggins, DB, Clemson
James Williams, DB, Miami (Fla.)
Mekhi Wingo, DT, LSU
Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas
Jaylen Wright, RB, Tennessee

The following underclassman has in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that he has fulfilled his degree requirements. Consequently, he is eligible for selection:
Name/Pos./College
Will Shipley, RB, Clemson

BRONCOS GM APPROACHED RUSSELL WILSON’S AGENT IN-SEASON; QB IN LIMBO FOR ’24

Russell Wilson was informed by head coach Sean Payton that the Denver Broncos are still working through a decision on his status with the franchise for 2024.

Wilson sat down with Payton in a 30-minute meeting on Monday, according to the coach, where the quarterback was told the Broncos don’t intend to leave him hanging all offseason.

“I told him, ‘Look, I don’t think it’s going to be a long, drawn-out process but it hasn’t been decided relative to what our plans are,” Payton said, adding more clearly that Denver hasn’t made “an official decision” on whether Wilson will be part of the team in 2024.

All signs point to a split as Wilson alleges an ultimatum — involving adjusting injury guarantees in his contract — preceded his benching, with the Broncos promoting backup Jarrett Stidham to start the last two games in an 8-9 season. Payton said he wasn’t privy to financially driven conversations and called that move a “football decision.”

Wilson said the front office approached him after the Broncos’ 24-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 29.

“We beat the Chiefs,” Wilson said. “They came up to me during the bye week and beginning of the bye week, Monday or Tuesday, they told me if I didn’t change my contract, my injury guarantee, that I’d be benched the rest of the year.

“I was definitely disappointed about it. It was a process for the whole bye week. We had just come off beating the Chiefs, I was excited for us fighting for the playoffs and getting on a hot streak. The NFLPA and NFL got involved or whatever at some point.”

Paton said Tuesday he did reach out to Wilson’s representatives in “good faith and creative attempt to adjust his contract.”

“We couldn’t get a deal done, we moved on with our season,” Paton said. “Fast forward to Week 17, Sean makes a change at the QB position. This was a football decision, in the best interest of the team, completely independent of the conversation with the agent.

“Negotiations are hard. You have difficult conversations, tough conversations. … We always try to handle ourselves professionally and in the best interest of the Broncos.”

Wilson is assured of receiving $39 million next season even if he’s not welcomed back by the Broncos. Should he be unable to pass a physical next March, his 2025 pay of $37 million would be guaranteed, too.

“I wasn’t going to remove or push or take away my injury guarantee,” Wilson said. “This game is such a physical game. I’ve played 12 years. That matters to me.”

Stidham said Monday he’s “very confident” he’ll be the Broncos’ starting quarterback in 2024 in the second year of a two-year, $10 million deal he signed in March 2023.

Wilson, 35, said he is shooting to regain his job.

“I want to be able to play, I want to be able to help this team win,” he said. “I know every time I step on the field it’s a physical game. I never play timid. I never play scared.”

REPORT: COWBOYS DC DAN QUINN PLANS MULTIPLE HC INTERVIEWS

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn plans to interview with the Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Commanders about their head-coaching vacancies, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The interviews would likely take place at the end of next week.

Quinn’s Cowboys, the No. 2 seed in the NFC, host the Green Bay Packers in a wild-card game on Sunday.

Dallas finished the regular season ranked fifth in the NFL in scoring defense (18.5 points per game) and total defense (299.7 yards per game). The Cowboys also tied for fifth with 26 takeaways.

Quinn, 53, had interviews with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts last January before announcing he’d be staying in Dallas to address “unfinished business.”

Quinn went 43-42 in five-plus seasons as Atlanta coach and guided the Falcons to the Super Bowl following the 2016 season. Atlanta blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl and lost 34-28 in overtime to the New England Patriots.

REPORT: DOLPHINS SIGN PASS-RUSHER JUSTIN HOUSTON

Veteran pass-rusher Justin Houston signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network reported on Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Dolphins, who will visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in an AFC wild-card game.

Houston spent his first eight seasons with the Chiefs (2011-18) before playing with the Indianapolis Colts (2019-20), Baltimore Ravens (2021-22) and Carolina Panthers (2023).

Houston, who turns 35 on Jan. 21, recorded nine tackles and half a sack in seven games (all starts) with the Panthers this season. He asked for his release from the team last month in a bid to sign with a contender.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Houston has 112 sacks, 19 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries and five interceptions in 170 career games (151 starts).

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NEBRASKA TOPPLES NO. 1 PURDUE

Keisei Tominaga had 19 points and Rienk Mast added 18 to help Nebraska knock off No. 1 Purdue 88-72 on Tuesday night in a Big Ten Conference game in Lincoln, Neb.

It was the Cornhuskers’ first win over a top-ranked team since 1982, when they won at old Big 8 foe Missouri. They did it Tuesday by hitting a season-high 14 3-pointers on just 23 attempts, making seven in each half.

Tominaga went 5 of 9 on 3-pointers while Mast, who was matched up against reigning national player of the year Zach Edey, made two 3s and was 8 of 17 from the field. CJ Wilcher added 16 points, Juwan Gary scored 12 and Brice Williams had nine points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Nebraska (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten).

Purdue (14-2, 3-2) fell to 1-2 in true road games as it found itself taking more 3-pointers than 2-pointers for the first time all season. The Boilermakers were 13 of 33 from outside, with Mason Gillis hitting five as part of a season-high 16 points, but they made just 11 of 24 shots from inside the arc.

Iowa State 57, No. 2 Houston 53

Milan Momcilovic hit a late tiebreaking jumper and two key free throws as the Cyclones topped the previously unbeaten Cougars in a Big 12 slugfest in Ames, Iowa.

Houston (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) — which was the last unbeaten Division I team in the country — shrugged off its most ragged start of the season and tied the score at 41-41 with 10:48 to play. Jamal Shead’s jumper with 3:17 to play gave Houston its first lead, but it was short-lived.

Tamin Lipsey led Iowa State (12-3, 1-1 Big 12) with 14 points while Momcilovic finished with 11.

No. 6 Kentucky 90, Missouri 77

Rob Dillingham scored 23 points and Tre Mitchell had 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Wildcats pulled away from the Tigers in Lexington, Ky.

D.J. Wagner scored 16 points and Antonio Reeves added 14 for Kentucky (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), which improved to 9-0 all-time against Missouri at home and 15-3 against Missouri overall.

Noah Carter scored 20 points, Sean East II had 19 and Tamar Bates added 18 for the Tigers (8-7, 0-2).

No. 11 Duke 75, Pitt 53

Kyle Filipowski poured in a game-high 26 points as the Blue Devils cruised past the host Panthers.

Filipowski canned 11 of 12 shots and also brought down 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who built a 25-point lead by halftime and never looked back. Jared McCain supplied 12 points and five boards for Duke, which also got nine points and four assists from Jeremy Roach.

Zack Austin paced the Panthers (10-6, 1-4) with 11 points. Carlton Carrington chipped in 10 points, while Blake Hinson and Jaland Lowe finished with nine apiece.

No. 14 Baylor 81, No. 18 BYU 72

Jalen Bridges tallied 25 points and five rebounds to lead the Bears over the Cougars in Waco, Texas.

Ja’Kobe Walter finished with 16 points, Langston Love chipped in 15 and Jayden Nunn added 11 for the Bears. Baylor (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) forced 14 turnovers and scored 18 points off those takeaways.

Spencer Johnson and Trevin Knell led BYU with 15 points apiece. Dallin Hall added 13 points and Jaxson Robinson chipped in 10 for the Cougars (12-3, 0-2), who lost despite shooting 49.1 and outscoring the Bears 34-22 in the paint.

No. 16 Auburn 66, Texas A&M 55

Behind 22 points from Jaylin Williams and 14 points off the bench from K.D. Johnson, the Tigers held on for a hard-fought home win over the Aggies.

Johni Broome was held scoreless in the opening half but finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots for the Tigers (13-2, 2-0 SEC).

Henry Coleman III scored a team-high 17 points for Texas A&M, while Radford added 14 points. Wade Taylor IV and Hefner tallied eight points apiece. Andersson Garcia (six points, 13 rebounds) played well off the bench for the Aggies (9-6, 0-2).

Boise State 65, No. 17 Colorado State 58

O’Mar Stanley compiled 17 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season in the host Broncos’ upset victory over the Rams.

The Broncos (11-4, 2-0 Mountain West) own the nation’s longest active home winning streak with 22 consecutive victories at ExtraMile Arena. Tyson Degenhart and Chibuzo Agbo each had 13 points and Max Rice and Andrew Meadow each finished with 11 for Boise State.

The Rams (13-3, 1-2) lost both games of their road swing to Utah State and Boise State. Colorado State was led by Isaiah Stevens’ 15 points and Nique Clifford’s 12 points and eight rebounds.

No. 19 San Diego State 81, San Jose State 78

Jaedon LeDee tallied 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Aztecs to a win against the host Spartans in a Mountain West Conference game.

Lamont Butler scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half, Micah Parrish scored 13 points and Jay Pal contributed 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Aztecs (14-2, 3-0 MWC), who won their seventh in a row.

Alvaro Cardenas scored 21 points, Myron Amey Jr. scored 20 and Tibet Gorener finished with 15 for San Jose State (7-9, 0-3), which lost its 31st straight game against a ranked opponent.

No. 20 Utah State 83, Wyoming 59

Great Osobor scored a game-high 20 points, Darius Brown II collected a double-double and the Aggies opened the second half with 11 straight points in a Mountain West Conference win over the visiting Cowboys.

Brown added 13 points and 11 assists for the Aggies (15-1, 3-0), who won their 14th straight game since a Nov. 11 overtime loss at Bradley. Isaac Johnson chipped in 10 points as Utah State hit 52.5 percent from the field, including 20 of 33 in the second half.

Mason Walters scored 17 points and Akuel Kot added 14 for the Cowboys (8-8, 1-2), but it wasn’t enough. Wyoming made only 40 percent of its field-goal tries and had 16 turnovers, which the Aggies cashed in for 17 points.

No. 22 Creighton 84, DePaul 58

Ryan Kalkbrenner and Baylor Scheierman each scored 20 points as the Bluejays beat the Blue Demons in Chicago.

Trey Alexander scored 17 points, Kalkbrenner had nine rebounds and Scheierman grabbed eight as Creighton (12-4, 3-2) won its third consecutive game in Big East play after an 0-2 start. The Bluejays earned their 19th consecutive victory over the Blue Demons.

Da’Sean Nelson and Jaden Henley each scored 12 points for DePaul (3-12, 0-4), which lost its 16th consecutive game in regular-season conference play going back to last season.

No. 25 Texas 74, Cincinnati 73

Max Abmas drained a pull-up jumper with 6.2 seconds remaining to help the Longhorns get by the Bearcats in a Big 12 thriller.

Dylan Disu scored a career-high 33 points while Abmas added 15 for Texas (12-3, 1-1 Big 12), which rebounded from a home loss to Texas Tech on Saturday.

Trailing 70-67, the Bearcats (12-3, 1-1) rallied behind baskets from Jamille Reynolds and Simas Lukosius to take a 71-70 lead. Lukosius then drained a turnaround jumper as the shot clock was expiring to put Cincinnati up 73-70 with 59 seconds left. The Bearcats led 73-72 when Cincinnati’s John Newman III missed the front end of a one-and-one situation with 23 seconds remaining. Abmas was able to get downcourt and get off the game-winning shot.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

LIZA KARLEN’S 30 POINTS POWER NO. 23 MARQUETTE PAST SETON HALL

Liza Karlen poured in a career-high 30 points, 20 in the second half, and No. 23 Marquette pulled away from Seton Hall for a 75-54 win on Tuesday night in South Orange, N.J.

Karlen went 11-for-16 from the field and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career. She added six rebounds to help the Golden Eagles (14-2, 3-2 Big East) win their second straight.

The Golden Eagles led just 33-31 at halftime, and Azana Baines tied the game for Seton Hall in the first 30 seconds of the third quarter. Karlen had a fastbreak layup, but Seton Hall managed to tie the game twice more. Karlen’s jumper set off a 9-0 Marquette run, and she wound up with 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the third quarter.

Jordan King piled up 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Marquette, and Mackenzie Hare had 12 points. Skylar Forbes grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Micah Gray had 16 points and Baines added 12 to go along with six rebounds for Seton Hall (10-6, 2-3).

NBA NEWS

CHRIS PAUL OUT AT LEAST 3 WEEKS AFTER HAND SURGERY

Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul will be out at least three weeks following surgery Monday on his broken left hand, the team announced Tuesday.

Paul, 38, was injured in the third quarter of Friday’s 113-109 victory against the Detroit Pistons.

He underwent surgery to repair a second metacarpal fracture in his left hand and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Rookie guard Brandin Podziemski is expected to have an increased role in the absence of Paul, who is averaging 8.9 points and 7.2 assists in 32 games (11 starts) this season.

Paul is no stranger to injuries, particularly to his hands. He’s had five injuries to his left hand and six to his right, according to ESPN. He’s also had four hand or wrist surgeries, including his left wrist after the 2021 NBA Finals.

A 12-time All-Star, Paul was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets.

In 19 seasons with the Hornets (2005-11), Los Angeles Clippers (2011-17), Houston Rockets (2017-19), Oklahoma City Thunder (2019-20), Phoenix Suns (2020-23) and Warriors, Paul has averaged 17.7 points, 9.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 1,246 games (1,225 starts).

NBA ROUNDUP: ANTHONY DAVIS HELPS LAKERS EDGE RAPTORS

Anthony Davis recorded 41 points and 11 rebounds, LeBron James added 22 points and 12 assists and the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in over a month with a 132-131 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

Christian Wood scored 14 points and Cam Reddish added 13 as the Lakers won for just the fifth time in 15 games since winning the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament last month.

Taurean Prince, Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell each scored 11 points for the Lakers, who shot 54.3 percent from the field.

Scottie Barnes scored 26 points and Pascal Siakam added 25 as the Raptors fell to 3-2 since RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley were added to the mix following a trade with the New York Knicks. Barrett scored 23 points and Quickley added 21 before he fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Kings 131, Pistons 110

Domantas Sabonis notched a triple-double with 37 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds and visiting Sacramento defeated Detroit.

Keegan Murray supplied 32 points and De’Aaron Fox had 26 for the Kings, who finished the game on a 30-9 run. Malik Monk sparked Sacramento off the bench with 20 points and nine assists.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 26 points, while Jaden Ivey had 22 points and six assists. Jalen Duren added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Detroit, which has lost five straight, was playing for the first time since it learned that leading scorer Cade Cunningham would miss time with a left knee strain.

Timberwolves 113, Magic 92

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting and Minnesota cruised to a win over host Orlando.

Rudy Gobert registered a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which bounced back from a loss against the Dallas Mavericks two nights earlier. Jaden McDaniels finished with 15 points, and Naz Reid posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Moritz Wagner scored 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting off the bench to lead Orlando. Jalen Suggs tallied 20 points and Paolo Banchero scored 18.

Knicks 112, Trail Blazers 84

OG Anunoby scored 23 points as New York took control early and extended its winning streak to a season-high five games with a wire-to-wire rout of visiting Portland.

Julius Randle added 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in three quarters as the Knicks hit 18 threes, led by as many as 39 and allowed their fewest points of the season.

Jerami Grant scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers, who dropped to 4-14 in their past 18 games. Portland shot 38.4 percent and scored its fewest points of the season.

Grizzlies 120, Mavericks 103

Desmond Bane collected 32 points and nine rebounds to lift visiting Memphis over Dallas.

Marcus Smart scored 23 points before exiting in the third quarter after dislocating a finger on his right hand. The undermanned Grizzlies played without stars Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Ja Morant (season-ending shoulder injury).

Kyrie Irving finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Luka Doncic added 31 points for the Mavericks, who fell to 3-1 on their season-long seven-game homestand. The pair combined to make just 4 of 15 attempts from 3-point range.

REPORTS: HEAT HAND COACH ERIK SPOELSTRA RECORD EXTENSION

The Miami Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra agreed to a contract extension for eight years and more than $120 million, ESPN reported Tuesday night.

It would represent the largest overall deal for a head coach not only in the NBA, but in North American sports, per the report.

In average annual value, Spoelstra’s $15 million per year would slot in behind San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who earns $19 million on his current contract but for a shorter length of time.

Spoelstra has guided the Heat to two NBA titles (2012, 2013) and four other NBA Finals appearances (2011, 2014, 2020, 2023). Miami lost in five games to the Denver Nuggets last June after toppling the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Spoelstra, 53, ranks 19th all-time with 725 NBA coaching victories. He is 725-506 over 15-plus seasons since taking over the Heat in 2008-09.

HOCKEY NEWS

CAPITALS F TOM WILSON, D RASMUS SANDIN DAY-TO-DAY

Washington Capitals All-Star forward Tom Wilson and defenseman Rasmus Sandin are dealing with upper-body injuries and are listed as day-to-day.

Wilson took a stick to the face in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings but returned after dealing with a bloody nose. Sandin missed the game with an illness.

Star captain Alex Ovechkin did not practice Tuesday due to maintenance.

Capitals coach Spencer Carbery told reporters Tuesday that he feels Wilson will be back at practice Wednesday.

Wilson, who has 11 goals and 19 points in 38 games this season, was named an All-Star last week for the second time in three seasons.

Sandin has 11 assists In 36 games this season.

Forward T.J. Oshie may return in the Capitals’ next game Thursday against the visiting Seattle Kraken, Carbery said. Oshie, who is also dealing with an upper-body injury, has two goals and two assists this season in 21 games.

DEVILS C JACK HUGHES EXPECTED TO MISS WEEKS, NOT MONTHS

New Jersey Devils All-Star center Jack Hughes’ injury absence is expected to last weeks, not months, coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday.

Hughes sustained an

Hughes sustained an upper-body injury during the Devils’ 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and did not play in Saturday’s loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Hughes, 22, is tied with Jesper Bratt for the team lead with 45 points through 32 games. He is tied with Bratt for the team lead with 30 assists and ranks second to Tyler Toffoli (16) with 15 goals.

Drafted No. 1 overall in 2019, Hughes has recorded 252 points (102 goals, 150 assists) in 276 games since making his NHL debut in October 2019. Hughes was named an All-Star last week for the third straight season.

NHL ROUNDUP: MATTHEW TKACHUK POSTS HAT TRICK AS PANTHERS WIN 8TH STRAIGHT

Red-hot Matthew Tkachuk scored a hat trick and earned an assist as the visiting Florida Panthers defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Tuesday for their eighth straight victory.

Tkachuk, who grew up in St. Louis, has six goals and nine assists during his six-game point streak.

Kevin Stenlund and Sam Reinhart also scored for the Panthers and Anthony Stolarz made 29 saves in his first start since Dec. 30.

Brayden Schenn scored and Joel Hofer made 26 saves for the Blues, whose two-game winning streak ended.

Coyotes 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

Nick Schmaltz scored at the 4:04 mark of overtime as Arizona came from behind to beat Boston in Tempe, Ariz.

Schmaltz took a feed from Clayton Keller and slid into the low left circle for the winner, which snapped the Coyotes’ three-game skid. Keller and Dylan Guenther each had a goal and an assist for Arizona, and Matias Maccelli also scored. Connor Ingram made 29 saves.

David Pastrnak, Jesper Boqvist and Jake DeBrusk scored in Boston’s second straight loss. Morgan Geekie had two assists. Linus Ullmark (32 saves) left in discomfort after a save in overtime.

Maple Leafs 7, Sharks 1

Mitchell Marner scored two goals and added two assists as host Toronto blew out San Jose.

Jake McCabe added a goal and two assists and Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won four in a row. Auston Matthews, Pontus Holmberg and Nicholas Robertson also scored for Toronto. William Nylander, who signed an eight-year, $92 million contract extension on Monday, contributed three assists. Martin Jones made 22 saves.

Henry Thrun scored for the Sharks, who have lost 12 consecutive games, all in regulation. Kaapo Kahkonen allowed four goals on 20 shots before being replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood early in the second. Blackwood made 22 saves.

Lightning 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Nick Perbix scored a nifty backhanded goal as Tampa Bay opened a four-game homestand with an overtime win over visiting Los Angeles.

Brandon Hagel and Tyler Motte scored third-period goals to erase a two-goal deficit as the Lightning moved to 12-1-0 in their past 13 meetings with Los Angeles. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper recorded his 500th career victory.

The Kings’ Phillip Danault broke an 11-game goal drought and Matt Roy scored. Trevor Moore recorded two assists in his 300th NHL game.

Ducks 5, Predators 3

Ryan Strome, Frank Vatrano and Mason McTavish scored first-period goals and visiting Anaheim held on for a win against Nashville in the opener of a six-game road trip.

Troy Terry had a goal and an assist, Jackson LaCombe and Alex Killorn each had two assists and Lukas Dostal made 39 saves for the Ducks, who had lost five in a row.

Alexandre Carrier, Philip Tomasino and Denis Gurianov scored and Juuse Saros made 28 saves but surrendered five goals for the fourth time in his past five starts for Nashville, which had won three of four.

Canucks 5, Islanders 2

Filip Hronek and Quinn Hughes scored within a span of 2:17 late in the first period for visiting Vancouver, which continued surging with a win over New York in Elmont, N.Y.

Elias Pettersson and Tyler Myers scored in the second and Dakota Joshua added an empty-netter with 1:28 left in the third for the Canucks, who have collected 17 goals while winning three straight to improve to 3-1-0 on a season-long seven-game road trip. Goalie Casey DeSmith made 18 saves.

Brock Nelson scored twice for the Islanders, who have lost four of five (1-3-1) and eight of 12 (4-5-3). Goalie Ilya Sorokin recorded 29 saves.

Kraken 5, Sabres 2

Jaden Schwartz, who missed the previous 16 games with an upper-body injury, had a goal and an assist as Seattle defeated host Buffalo.

Yanni Gourde, Vince Dunn, Alex Wennberg and Matty Beniers also scored and Eeli Tolvanen and Will Borgen each had two assists for Seattle, which won its seventh consecutive game and extended its franchise-record point streak to 11 games (9-0-2). Goaltender Joey Daccord made 36 saves.

Jeff Skinner and Alex Tuch each had a goal and an assist and Casey Mittelstadt added two helpers for the Sabres, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Devon Levi stopped 21 of 26 shots.

Flames 6, Senators 3

Yegor Sharangovich and Blake Coleman each scored twice and host Calgary rode a four-goal third period to beat struggling Ottawa to snap a two-game skid.

Noah Hanifin scored once in a three-point game and Connor Zary collected one goal and one assist for the Flames, while goalie Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves. Nazem Kadri collected two assists, including his 600th career point.

Jacob Bernard-Docker, Dominik Kubalik and Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators, who have lost four straight games and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 shots and Ridly Greig collected two assists.

Canucks 5, Islanders 2

Cole Perfetti scored twice and picked up an assist and Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for the shutout as Winnipeg blanked visiting Columbus for its seventh straight win.

The Jets extended their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2).

Daniil Tarasov stopped 18 shots for Columbus.

Oilers 2, Blackhawks 1

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl scored and Stuart Skinner made 25 saves to lift streaking Edmonton to a road victory against Chicago.

Edmonton matched a season high with its eighth consecutive victory. Six wins during the Oilers’ current tear have come away from Rogers Place. McDavid stretched his team points lead to 55 with the go-ahead goal at 1:32 of the second period.

Chicago has lost 12 of 15 and was thwarted in its bid for its first three-game home winning streak of the season. Jason Dickinson capped a frenzied sequence to open the scoring at 5:52 of the first period.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT: CUBS AGREE TO DEAL WITH JAPANESE STAR IMANAGA

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a contract with star Japanese left-hander Shota Imanaga, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

The exact terms of the deal aren’t yet known. It’s expected to be a complicated contract, with the guaranteed money in the area of two years and $30 million, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. The deal will also include a series of player and team options, as well as escalator clauses that could boost its total value to approximately $80 million.

The Cubs will also have to pay a posting fee to Imanaga’s Japanese team, the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, on top of his contract.

Imanaga will undergo a physical Wednesday in Chicago, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. His deadline to sign is Thursday at 5 p.m. ET, when his posting window expires.

The 30-year-old went 64-50 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 1,021 strikeouts while earning two All-Star berths during his eight seasons with Yokohama. Imanaga also threw a no-hitter in 2022 and was Japan’s starter against the United States in last year’s World Baseball Classic championship game.

Imanaga recorded a Central League-leading 174 strikeouts last season and issued only 24 walks while posting a 10.6 K/9, 2.80 ERA, and 1.05 WHIP in 148 innings for Yokohama. However, Imanaga was prone to giving up the long ball, allowing the second-most home runs (17) in his league.

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COLTS NEWS

COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY BEING TREATED FOR SEVERE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is being treated for a severe respiratory illness and will be unable to perform with his band later this week, team officials said Tuesday.

The announcement comes three days after Indy (9-8) was eliminated from playoff contention with a 23-19 loss to the Houston Texans.

“He is receiving excellent care and looks forward to returning to the stage as soon as possible,” the team said in a statement. “We’ll have no additional information at this time, and we ask that you respect the privacy of Jim and his family as he recovers.”

The Jim Irsay Band was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles on Thursday night as part of the next Jim Irsay Collection tour stop, which allows the public to view a unique variety of pop culture items such as sports memorabilia, musical instruments and original printed works.

The 64-year-old Irsay began running the team’s day-to-day operations in 1995 after his father, Robert, suffered a stroke. When his father died in 1997, he won a legal battle with his stepmother to keep the franchise.

Irsay has been a fixture around team headquarters since his father bought the Los Angeles Rams and swapped franchises with the late Carroll Rosenbloom to acquire the Colts, starting his career as a ballboy when Hall of Fame quarterback John Unitas was still playing in Baltimore.

Following the Colts’ move from Baltimore to Indy in 1984, Irsay became the league’s youngest general manager at age 25.

The Colts have won one Super Bowl and two AFC titles during Irsay’s tenure.

INDIANA PACERS

TYRESE HALIBURTON MEDICAL UPDATE

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton underwent an MRI Tuesday morning, which confirmed a left hamstring strain. Haliburton will begin receiving treatment and updates will be provided as appropriate.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS WIZARDS

Before embarking on their longest road trip of the season, the Pacers (21-15) will wrap up a five-game homestand on Wednesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against the Washington Wizards (6-30).

The Pacers will be without All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton on Wednesday, after he slipped during the second quarter of Monday’s win over Washington and sustained a left hamstring strain. An MRI on Tuesday morning confirmed the injury and Haliburton is expected to be sidelined for several games, but there is reported relief regarding the severity of the injury.

Indiana showed impressive resilience in the aftermath of Haliburton’s injury on Monday, rallying in the second half for a 133-131 win over the East-leading Celtics. Second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin led the charge with 26 points off the bench, including two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining to secure the victory.

With Haliburton sidelined, both Mathurin and fellow 2022 draft pick Andrew Nembhard figure to be thrust into more prominent roles.

The 21-year-old Mathurin has already been playing his best basketball of the season in recent weeks, scoring 20 or more points in four of his last six contests. Over that span, Mathurin has averaged 20.8 points per game while shooting 59.7 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from 3-point range. He’s also gotten to the free throw line with regularity, attempting nearly six foul shots per game.

While Mathurin is primed to take over some of the scoring load in Haliburton’s absence, Nembhard figures to slide into the starting point guard role. It’s been an injury-riddled second season for Nembhard, who has missed 12 games due to injury, but he returned to the lineup on Monday after missing the past three contests due to a mid-back sprain. The 23-year-old Nembhard has lots of support and trust from the Pacers coaching staff and his teammates to steady the ship for as long as Haliburton is out.

Wednesday’s meeting with Washington will be the third and final regular season contest between the Pacers and Wizards. The Blue & Gold defeated Washington at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Opening Night back on Oct. 25, but the Wizards prevailed on Dec. 15 in Washington.

The Wizards have won just twice since that victory over Indiana and enter Wednesday’s contest having dropped five straight and eight of their last nine. Washington ranks last in the league in defensive rating, allowing 121.9 points per 100 possessions.

Offensively, the Wizards rely heavily on the duo of Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Poole. The 6-9 Kuzma leads the team in scoring at 22.6 points per game and ranks second in both rebounding (6.1 per contest) and assists (4.2). The 6-4 Poole, who was acquired last summer in a trade with Golden State, averages 16.5 points and 3.6 assists. Both Kuzma and Poole attempt over six 3-pointers per game.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Andrew Nembhard, G – Bruce Brown, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Wizards: G – Tyus Jones, G – Jordan Poole, F – Deni Avdija, F – Kyle Kuzma, C – Daniel Gafford

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain)

Wizards: None

Last Meeting

Dec. 15, 2023: The Wizards used a 15-0 run in the second quarter to open up a double-digit lead they maintained for the remainder of the night, cruising to a 137-123 win over Indiana in Washington.

Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Poole combined for 61 points for the Wizards in the victory. Kuzma had a game-high 31 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Poole tallied 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (3-of-4 from 3-point range), four boards, and eight assists.

Isaiah Jackson led Indiana with a season-high 20 points and 13 rebounds, going 10-for-13 from the field and pulling down six offensive boards. Tyrese Haliburton also had a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists, while Obi Toppin added 16 points and five boards.

Noteworthy

The Pacers have won two straight and four of their last five games against Washington at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard and Wizards forward Corey Kispert were teammates on the 2020-21 Gonzaga team that reached the national championship game in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Indiana and Washington were involved in a draft night trade this past June. The Pacers traded the rights to seventh overall pick Bilal Coulibaly for the rights to eighth overall pick Jarace Walker and two future second-round selections.

Pacers center Myles Turner needs six blocks to reach 1,200 for his career. In his ninth season in Indiana, Turner is chasing down Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record of 1,245 blocks.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: 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)

INDY FUEL

FUEL HOST WALLEYE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

GAME DAY TIMING:

6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M.: Puck drop

WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY:

Need a good mid-week pick-me-up? Come out and watch the Fuel take on the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday, January 10!

Stick around after the game for postgame autographs with select players in the lobby!

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE HOCKEY: 

INDIANAPOLIS– The Fuel will host their first home game of 2024 on Wednesday, January 10. The first place Toledo Walleye will visit Indiana Farmers Coliseum as the Fuel look for their first win against the fish.

LAST TIME OUT

The last time these two teams met was Sunday, November 19 when the Walleye came to Indy and defeated the Fuel 4-1. The lone Indy goal that day came from defenseman Santino Centorame and was assisted by Cam Hillis who now leads the team in points and assists.

CENTERING CENTORAME

Centorame has had a huge impact on scoring this season despite being a defenseman. With two power play goals and four power play assists, he has been a huge asset to special teams. With 16 total points through 29 games, he is on pace to have the highest scoring season for a defenseman in Fuel history. 

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA FALLS AT RUTGERS

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Road misery returned.

A second straight road loss, this time by a 66-57 score at Rutgers on Tuesday night, left Indiana coach Mike Woodson searching for answers that start with one over-riding truth:

“We have to get back to work.”

Rutgers’ strengths were defense, rebounding and forcing turnovers, and Indiana (11-5 overall, 3-2 in the Big Ten) had no answer. It lost its second-half offense, missing free throws and field goals when it wasn’t turning it over.

The Hoosiers were just 4-for-15 from the line, and 7-for-26 on three-pointers while losing at Jersey Mike’s Arena for the fifth straight time.

“If I had a magic pill, I would use it,” Woodson said about the shooting struggles. “It’s all mental. You should feel good about yourself for putting yourself on the line.

“(To shoot like that) is unacceptable. We have to get better.”

IU finished with 18 turnovers, 14 more than it had three days earlier against Ohio State.

Rutgers (9-6, 1-3) had a 51-40 rebounding advantage, and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds.

“We were awful,” Woodson said. “We missed 11 free throws. We missed a lot of wide-open threes. We had 18 turnovers and gave up 19 offensive rebounds. That’s losing basketball. I’m surprised we were that close.”

The Hoosiers couldn’t win even after holding the Scarlet Knights to 32 percent shooting and forcing 15 turnovers.

“We have to be more solid,” Woodson said. “The way we play at home, we have to play like that on the road.”

Senior guard Xavier Johnson, so good against Ohio State, struggled against Rutgers. He was ejected early in the second half with a flagrant foul, finishing with two points, three steals, two assists and five turnovers.

Center Kel’el Ware led IU with 13 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks. Forward Malik Reneau had 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds. They were a combined 11-for-20 from the field. The rest of the Hoosiers were 12-for-48.

“All these things are fixable,” Woodson said. “We’ll see if we can fix it.

“We have to continue to work. I have to get them over the hump.”

Early on, IU and Rutgers combined for six turnovers and four points. The Hoosiers battled from a 7-2 deficit to a 9-7 lead thanks to a Mackenzie Mgbako three-pointer, a Trey Galloway layup and a Ware dunk.

Despite five turnovers, the Hoosiers surged ahead 14-9 when CJ Gunn hit a three-pointer with 12 minutes left. The lead grew to seven, then shrunk to one as turnovers mounted, shots missed and Woodson rotated players in to find offensive efficiency.

At one points, IU missed seven straight shots and went scoreless for nearly six minutes. In that stretch, Rutgers missed 11 of 12 shots.

The reason for the substitutions, Woodson said, was because he thought the starters needed some rest and was confident in the bench.

“I can’t play those guys 40 minutes,” Woodson said. “I thought they needed a blow. I feel good about our bench. I need our bench to give us more. We didn’t get it.”

A Mgbako three-pointer and a Galloway dunk couldn’t offset 11 Hoosier turnovers. The Scarlet Knights hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 30-27 halftime lead. They had a 12-4 edge in points off turnovers. Ware led IU with eight points and seven rebounds.

Rutgers built a couple of six-point leads in the first five minutes of the second half. Johnson finally scored, then added a steal, then was ejected. Still, IU closed within a point at 39-38 on baskets from Ware and Reneau despite 14 turnovers and 3-for-10 free throw shooting.

Credit a defense that held Rutgers to 33 percent shooting while forcing 10 turnovers.

The Scarlet Knights pushed ahead 45-38 with nine minutes left, forcing Woodson to call a timeout for some strong coaching. It didn’t help. IU added four more turnovers. Rutgers built a 13-point lead.

Mgbako ended the Scarlet Knights’ 12-0 run with a basket with 5:35 remaining. He added a three-pointer 90 seconds later. Galloway had a steal and a dunk. Ware hit a three-pointer. IU got within six points, but no closer.

The Hoosiers have another short turnaround. They host Minnesota on Friday night. Woodson said he expects Johnson, Galloway and fellow seniors Anthony Walker and Anthony Leal to set the tone.

“Those guys have to lead,” Woodson said.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 HOOSIERS SQUARE OFF WITH LADY LIONS ON WEDNESDAY

ABOUT THE LADY LIONS

Penn State is coming off a 95-55 win over Northwestern at home on Jan. 2. Four players scored in double figures behind 17 points from Ali Brigham. Shay Ciezki is the team’s active leading scorer with 16.2 points per game. Leading scorer and preseason All-Big Ten honoree Makenna Marisa has missed the last four games with an injury (17.2 ppg.). The Lady Lions average 88.6 points per outing, the league’s third highest scoring offense.

SERIES HISTORY

Penn State leads 33-19

LAST MEETING

12/8/22 – W, 67-58 (University Park, Pa.)

NOTES

Indiana extended its win streak to 12 games with a 91-69 win at Nebraska on Sunday. It improved to 4-0 in the Big Ten for the second time in program history (the other in 2019-20).

It was led by a pair of 20 point scorers in the win with graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes leading the way with 22 points. Senior guard Sydney Parrish added 20 as she hit six triples. The Hoosiers shot 60.7 percent from the floor and 60.9 percent from 3-point range.

Their 14 3-pointers set a school record for most in a road game in school history. Parrish and senior guard Sara Scalia (five) combined for 11 of the 14 from the arc.

A win on Wednesday would improve IU to 5-0 in Big Ten play, a mark they’ve never reached before. It remains just one of two Big Ten unbeatens (Iowa).

The Hoosiers are leading the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 52.1 percent. They have shot 50 percent or better on eight occasions, shooting 60 percent or better three times this season.

In the series with Penn State, IU has won six straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings.

UP NEXT

A primetime matchup between Indiana and Iowa awaits on Saturday in Iowa City. Tipoff on FOX is set for 8 p.m. ET.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

NEBRASKA ENDS #1 PURDUE’S 7-GAME WIN STREAK

LINCOLN, Neb. — Keisei Tominaga scored 19 points to lead Nebraska, which opened up an 11-point halftime lead then held off two second-half surges to upset No. 1 Purdue 88-72 on Tuesday night.

Purdue (14-2, 3-2 Big Ten) hit its first four 3-pointers of the second half as it sliced Nebraska’s 41-30 halftime lead to 51-50 on Braden Smith’s free throws with 13:51 left. But the Huskers countered with a 14-2 run to go up by 13 on CJ Wilcher’s 3-pointer with 11:52 remaining.

The Boilermakers surged again, cutting the Nebraska lead to 68-62 on Lance Jones’ driving layup with 9:09 left. The Huskers responded with a 3-pointer by Wilcher that started a 20-10 game-ending run.

Nebraska built its halftime lead by holding Purdue scoreless for the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half, scoring 13 unanswered in a run that began with two 3-pointers by Tominaga and ended with seven straight from Sam Hoiberg.

Reink Mast had 18 points for Nebraska, Wilcher scored 16 and Juwan Gray finished with 12.

Mason Gillis led Purdue with 16 points, Zach Edey had 15 points, Fletcher Loyer had 13 and Smith and Jones finished with 10 each.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE HOSTS #3 IOWA AT SOLD-OUT MACKEY ARENA

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a week off, the Purdue women’s basketball team is set for a sold-out Mackey Arena when it hosts No. 3 Iowa on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The Boilermakers will make their debut on Peacock with Zora Stephenson on the play-by-play and Kim Adams as analyst.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will have the call for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

PROMOTIONS
Food & Clothing Drive – Fans are encouraged to bring gently worn winter clothing and Purdue gear to donate to Lafayette Urban Ministries. Those who donate clothes will receive a 10% discount to purdueteamstore.com. Fans can also bring canned or non-perishable food items that will go to ACE Food Pantry.

GAME INFORMATION  
Purdue (9-5, 2-1) vs. No. 3 Iowa (15-1, 4-0)
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Time: 8 PM
TV/Stream: Peacock
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: Purduestats.com 

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers were slated to play at Maryland on Saturday, but a roof leak at the XFINITY Center postponed the game until Jan. 14 back out in College Park.

Last time on the court, Purdue outlasted a late run by Rutgers to win 77-76 at Mackey Arena. Madison Layden led the way on the offensive end with 19 points, while Rashunda Jones added 10 points off the bench. Purdue totaled 16 points off 15 Rutgers turnovers, while committing just 10 giveaways in the win.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Iowa 40-38. The Hawkeyes have won the last seven matchups. Purdue’s last win over Iowa came on Jan. 10, 2019, at Mackey Arena when the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 17.

• Wednesday night is officially a sellout at Mackey Arena. It marks the second straight year with a sellout for the Boilermakers and the fourth in Purdue history. Purdue set a new attendance record against No. 4 Indiana last season with a crowd of 14,876, the first sellout since the 1999-2000 season.

• Madison Layden has been on fire from behind the arc this season with a Big Ten best 49.3% from distance, which ranks eighth nationally. The Kokomo, Ind., native has drained four or more triples in six games this season to tie for eighth in the country among players from major conferences this year.

• Layden leads the Big Ten in 3-point shooting percentage in conference games at 66.7%.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson has recorded eight points and eight assists in four games, which ties her fifth nationally among major conference freshmen and leads the Big Ten.

• Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring defense at 62 points per league game. The Boilermakers have held nine teams to 60 or fewer points, good for second in the Big Ten

• The Boilermakers are the only team to have two different players win Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season with Mary Ashley Stevenson and Rashunda Jones.

• Jeanae Terry continues to fill up the stat sheet on offense, leading the Big Ten in rebounding (12.3) and assists (7.7) per league game. The fifth-year senior is the only player to rank in the top-10 of the Big Ten in rebounds and assists in all games.

• Terry is one of 15 players nationally and one of three from the Big Ten to average over five points, rebounds and assists per game. (Shyanne Sellers – Maryland, Caitlin Clark – Iowa).

• Purdue moved to 2-1 in Big Ten play with back-to-back wins over Wisconsin and Rutgers. Purdue tallied 83 points per game and committed just 22 giveaways, while the defense surrendered 63 points per game over the last two outings.

• Abbey Ellis sits 14th in the Big Ten this season with 14.6 points per game. In her third season in West Lafayette, Ellis is 103 points away from becoming Purdue’s 36th 1,000-point scorer.

• Purdue has knocked off three ranked opponents during the Katie Gearlds era, including the program’s first top-5 road win at No. 2 Ohio State last season. Prior to Gearlds’ arrival, the Boilermakers had dropped their last 18 ranked matchups.

• Four different Boilermakers have topped 20 points this season, tied for second most in the Big Ten.

• Purdue enters Wednesday night with 499 all-time victories at Mackey Arena.

• Purdue is on its longest home winning streak since 2007 at 10 games and the second longest active streak in the Big Ten.

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

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH TAKE DOWN YELLOW JACKETS IN OVERTIME ROAD WIN

ATLANTA – Before tonight, Notre Dame men’s basketball and Georgia Tech had squared off 20 times since the Irish joined the league back in 2013. Out of those 20 encounters, 18 were decided by single digits with 13 of them being five points or less. On Tuesday night inside McCamish Pavilion it was no different. The Fighting Irish (7-9, 2-3) took down the Yellow Jackets (8-7, 1-3) in an exciting fashion as Notre Dame clinched the overtime win 75-68.

It marked the first true road victory for Glenn & Stacey Murphy Head Coach Micah Shrewsberry and this year’s Irish squad.

Braeden Shrewsberry finished the night 25 points, his second straight game in double figures. Shrewsberry is now 9-for-16 from three over the last two games as he knocked down a season high five treys against the Yellow Jackets, shooting 55.6% from behind the arc.

Marcus Burton followed with 12 points on the night, dishing out seven assists for the Irish. Plus, Tae Davis (10p/10r) and JR Konieczny (10p/11r) each recorded double-doubles on the night.

Notre Dame also converted a weakness from last week into a strong point tonight, converting 19-of-21 from the free-throw line. The Irish also outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 48-33.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Burton and Shrewsberry connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give the Irish their first lead of the game, up 13-10, at 12:28. Next, five Notre Dame turnovers over the next four minutes and 10 seconds allowed Georgia Tech to reclaim the lead up 17-13.

Then three different Irish starters all got into the mix to deliver counter punches. Davis and Booth both had tough takes to the basket to tie at 17-all, then Konieczny countered a Yellow Jacket three with one of his own to tie it again at 20-all going into the 6:13 media timeout.

Another turnover spree plagued the Irish as they coughed it up three times in a two-minute span. The result was a 7-0 Georgia Tech run which prompted a Coach Shrewsberry timeout with 4:53 remaining till half.

The Irish regained their composure and recorded a stretch in which they made 5-of-6 from the field. Shrewsberry’s third trey of the half resulted in a Notre Dame 9-0 run to put the visitors up 31-29 at the break.

Shrewsberry’s nine points led the Irish at halftime, followed by seven from Burton and six from Davis. Notre Dame outshot Georgia Tech 45 percent (13-29) from the field to their 32 percent (11-34). The Yellow Jackets’ advantage was scoring 14 points off of 10 ND turnovers.

Georgia Tech scored the first five points of the second half. Coach Shrewsberry, who emphasized needing a better start to the second half after the Duke game, made a quick substitution change. Roper II, who just re-entered the game, recorded five straight points, which was then followed by a Konieczny slam. Thus, the Irish fired off a 10-2 scoring run to go up 41-36 which prompted a Georgia Tech timeout at 16:31.

Georgia Tech’s top scorer Miles Kelly got the Yellow Jackets back in the game with eight points over the next five minutes. Braeden Shrewsberry countered with a pair of mid-range jumpers but the Irish lead was cut to two at 49-47 at the 9:42 media. Yet, Kelly kept the hot hand, as his third trey of the half gave the Yellow Jackets back the lead just moments later.

Later at 5:37, Shrewsberry’s fourth three-pointer of the game tied it at 54-all, but Georgia Tech’s Kelly struck again from deep to maintain the lead. Shrewsberry then hit a pair of free throws to counter the blow, and down on the defensive end he grabbed a big rebound which ultimately led to Notre Dame free throws to recapture the lead at 58-57.

Georgia Tech and Notre Dame traded the lead back-and-forth and with 1:39 remaining, the Irish found themselves down one at 61-60 and with the basketball. Enter Shrewsberry again, hitting his fifth three-pointer of the game. Followed by a Burton free throw, the Irish had a 64-61 advantage.

While the Yellow Jackets brought it within one at 64-63, Shrewsberry knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the Irish lead 66-63 with 16 seconds left in regulation. With 5.5 seconds on the clock, Georgia Tech was able to send home a trey to tie it up at 66-all. Burton was able to get a pull up jumper off before the horn sounded, but the Irish and Yellow Jackets would be heading into overtime in McCamish Pavilion.

Roper II converted the first basket in overtime, burying a three. Georgia Tech would knock their only shot in overtime, as a Yellow Jacket pullup jumper made it a 69-68 ballgame. The Irish then continued to get it done from the stripe, converting six free throws to ice the game.

UP NEXT

The Irish have to play two games within a three-day period coming up. It starts back in South Bend when Notre Dame hosts Florida State on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2:15 p.m. ET. The Irish will then immediately fly to Boston College to play the Eagles on Monday at 7 p.m. After the BC matchup, the Irish will have a week off from competition.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER AND NO. 11/12 MARQUETTE SET FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT TIP

Butler heads to Milwaukee to face its second consecutive Top 15 opponent in Marquette.

Butler (10-5, 1-3 BIG EAST) at #11/12 Marquette (11-4, 2-2)

Wednesday, Jan. 10;  9PM ET

Fiserv Forum; Milwaukee, Wis.

TV: CBS Sports Network – Tom McCarthy & Steve Lappas

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 381, SXM App 971 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with Marquette

• Butler and Marquette meet for the 50th time in a series that dates back to 1922.

• Butler joined the BIG EAST for the 2013-14 season and the 20 most recent match-ups have come as conference foes.

• The teams met twice in the season prior to Butler joining the BIG EAST with the Bulldogs taking a Maui Invitational win on a Rotnei Clarke buzzer-beater and Marquette winning, 74-72, in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in what would be the final game on the Butler sidelines for Brad Stevens before he took the Boston Celtics job.

Series: Marquette Leads, 25-24

Streak: Marquette, W3

At Marquette: MU Leads, 16-10

First Meeting: MU, 18-17, 12/16/1922

Last Meeting: MU, 72-56, 2/28/23 (at Butler)

• The Bulldogs fell to No. 4 UConn, 88-81, in the team’s last outing.

• Butler lost for the first time this season when leading at halftime (now 9-1).

• Butler shot a season-best 23-for-25 (92 percent) from the free throw line against UConn.

• On the season, Butler ranks seventh nationally in free throw shooting at 78.5 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

• DJ Davis scored a game-high 22 points in Friday’s loss to UConn. It marked his third consecutive (and fourth overall) 20-point scoring output of the season.

• Davis is shooting 20-for-39 (51 percent) from three-point range over his last six games.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in nine of its 15 games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Butler’s 82.1 points per game rank among the Top 40 nationally.

• The Bulldogs rank sixth nationally, committing just 13.3 fouls per game.

• Pierre Brooks II scored 19 points against UConn and is the only Bulldog to score in double figures in every game this season.

• UConn shot 54.5 percent from the field, which was the highest mark by a Butler opponent this season.

• Butler shot 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from behind the arc against UConn, the team’s second-best performance of the season in terms of percentage.

• Jahmyl Telfort scored 16 points against UConn, which included a season-best 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line.

• Posh Alexander is among the BIG EAST leaders in steals per game (second at 1.9 per game) and assists per game (fifth at 5.2 per game).

• Brooks’ 16.5 points per game scoring average is seventh in the BIG EAST.

• Davis (22) and Brooks (20) both eclipsed 20 points in the team’s Dec. 23 game at Providence; it marked the third game this season when two Bulldogs scored 20 or more.

• Davis, Brooks, Jahmyl Telfort and Alexander all have games scoring 20 or more points this season.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in seven games this season, including a season-low five against Providence Dec. 23. Butler is 8-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

• Butler owned a 46-22 advantage in points in the paint over Georgetown in the BIG EAST opener Dec. 19. Butler has outscored its opponent in the paint in 11 games this season.

• Butler out-rebounded Georgetown, 37-29, in the BIG EAST opener. Butler is 9-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• Davis ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage (95.7). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 45 of his 47 attempts on the season.

• Landon Moore scored 14 points Dec. 23 at Providence Dec. 23, his highest scoring output in a Butler uniform.

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field Dec. 9 vs. Cal; the Bulldogs have shot 50 percent or better in six games this season.

• The Bulldogs trailed 37-34 at halftime Dec. 9 vs. Cal, giving the team its first win of the season when trailing at intermission (1-4).

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER TO BATTLE #22 CREIGHTON AT D.J. SOKOL ARENA

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will face a ranked opponent for the second time this season when they hit the road for a Wednesday night conference battle at Creighton. The Bluejays will host Butler at D.J. Sokol Arena. Tip is set for 7 PM Eastern / 6 Central.
 
GameDay
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024
Time: 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT
Location: Omaha, Neb. – DJ Sokol Arena
Live Stats: GoCreighton.com – Statbroadcast
Watch: BEDN – FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Rachel Kent needs five more 3-pointers to reach 300 in her collegiate career.

– Caroline Strande has led Butler in rebounding in five-straight games and 10 times total this season.

– Strande ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.6) and 12th in scoring (14.9).

– Strande is the ninth-best free throw shooter in the conference (78.8%).

– Butler has outrebounded their opponent in three-straight games.

– Jordan Meulemans led Butler in scoring for the third time this season with 15 points vs. Seton Hall.

– Meulemans ranks fourth in the BIG EAST and 12th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage (47.1).

– Strande (6th) and Kent (9th) are also top ten in the league in 3-point field goal percentage.

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.9).

– BU has made seven or more 3-pointers in 11-straight games.

– Ari Wiggins ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in steals per game (1.8).

– Lilly Stoddard logged 15 minutes of playing time vs. Seton Hall and recorded a career-high two assists.

– Butler’s only road win this season came at Wisconsin on Dec. 3.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 4-0, 12-3

St. John’s 3-1, 9-7

Villanova 2-1, 9-5

Providence 2-1, 8-8

Marquette 2-2, 13-2

Georgetown 2-2, 12-3

Creighton 2-2, 11-3

Seton Hall 2-2, 10-5

DePaul 1-3, 9-8

Butler 0-3, 8-6

Xavier 0-3, 1-11

Scouting #22 Creighton                                                                       

The Bluejays beat the Blue Demons in Chicago on Saturday afternoon to improve to 11-3 on the season. Creighton also recorded a conference win over St. John’s before the New Year but sit at 2-2 in the BIG EAST standings with losses to Marquette and UConn. Head Coach Jim Flanery led Creighton to an NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago and has five seniors in the starting lineup this year. Emma Ronsiek ranks fifth in the conference in scoring (17.9) and Lauren Jensen is close behind at eighth (16.6). The Bluejays are the best free throw shooting team in the league (82.6) and they make more 3-pointers per game (9.1) than any other team in the conference.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Creighton leads the all-time series against Butler 14-8. The Bluejays have won the last five meetings, but Butler swept Creighton during the 2019-20 season. The Bulldogs have recorded three total wins inside D.J. Sokol Arena. They won big in 2019 (75-43) and made the most of their first trip to Omaha back in 2014 (67-59).

Last Meeting vs. Creighton                                                                 

Creighton capped off the 2022-23 regular season with a 74-46 win vs. Butler. The Bluejays opened up a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and saw four of their five starters score in double figures. Lauren Jensen scored a team-high 16 points and Emma Ronsiek added 13. Anna Mortag led Butler in scoring with 16 points.

A Look at Last Week                                                                                           

Butler faced two of the top defensive teams in the BIG EAST last week and were limited to 55 and 50 points in setbacks to Georgetown and Seton Hall. Caroline Strande averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds to lead BU in each statistical category. Rachel Kent was the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 12.5 points. Kent and Meulemans each made six 3-pointers to lead the team from long range and Cristen Carter played well off the bench to average 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Strande Needs 17                                                                                               

Caroline Strande needs 17 points at Creighton to reach 500 career points. She had 13 vs. Seton Hall and matched her career-high 3-point total with three made 3’s vs. the Pirates.

Strande Shoulders the Scoring Load                                                 

Caroline Strande has scored in double figures for Butler in 12 of the team’s 14 games. She has led BU in scoring five times and has hit at least one 3-pointer in three-straight games.

Focused Freshman                                                                                             

Riley Makalusky has scored seven points or more in three of Butler’s last four games. She has hit a 3-pointer in three of those four contests and grabbed four boards vs. the Pirates.

Carter Coming Along                                                                            

Cristen Carter has grabbed three rebounds or more in 10 of Butler’s 14 games this season. The freshman forward averages 3.2 rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time per game. Carter has also scored at least one field goal in Butler’s last five games. She is shooting 51.4 percent from the field this season.

Meulemans Is Money                                                                          

Jordan Meulemans has hit a 3-pointer in 11-straight games. 41 of her 53 made field goals this season have been from 3-point range and she recently notched a season-high two steals vs. Seton Hall.

Move Your Feet                                                                                                   

Butler will have to defend Creighton without fouling on Wednesday night. Sending the Bluejays to the foul line is a recipe for disaster for teams as Creighton not only leads the BIG EAST, but also leads the NCAA in free throw percentage (82.6). The Bulldogs have been good at avoiding contact on the court and rank 16th in the nation in fewest fouls per game (13.4).

Ball Pressure                                                                                         

The Bulldogs will have to disrupt the Bluejay offense as Creighton ranks fourth in the country in fewest turnovers per game (11.1) and sixth in assist to turnover ratio. Creighton averages 73.2 points per game (4th in BIG EAST) but allows 64.4 points (9th in BIG EAST). Each team shoots 42 percent from the field and allows the opposition to make 41 percent of their shots.

Butler For 3!                                                                                                         

Jordan Meulemans and Rachel Kent are two of the top 3-point shooters in the NCAA. Meulemans has made a team-high 41 3-pointers this season and Kent is second on the team with 37. Meulemans is shooting 47.1 percent from 3-point range and Kent is also above 40 percent (40.7). There is a long way to go, but each student-athlete is on pace to place their name in the BU record book for most 3-pointers made in a single season.

2 for 20                                                                                                   

Jordan Meulemans and Caroline Strande became the first Bulldog teammates to score 20 points or more in the same game since Feb. 28, 2020. Meulemans scored a team-high 23 points against Chicago State on Dec. 10 and Strande scored a career-high 22 points. The last Bulldog duo to score 20 each in the same game prior to this season was Kristen Spolyar and Kat Strong. Spolyar had 28 at St. John’s and Strong posted 21.

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in the win over St. Thomas to match the single-game high in the BIG EAST this season. She ended the contest going 8-for-10 from behind the arc to score a career-high 24 points. Meulemans 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 the victory.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler will play Villanova at home on Saturday night. January 13th features a Hinkle Fieldhouse doubleheader! The men’s team will host Seton Hall that day at noon and the women’s team will be in action at 7:30 PM.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGS TO OPEN TWO-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST GREEN BAY ON WEDNESDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will kickoff a quick two-game homestand on Wednesday (Jan. 10) afternoon when the Jaguars host Green Bay (9-8, 4-2 HL) inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Wednesday’s game is sponsored by Allstate and will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) describe the action.

IUPUI (5-12, 1-5 HL) is coming off a narrow miss on the road at Youngstown State on Sunday as the Jaguars took the Penguins to the wire before falling, 75-65. Vincent Brady II scored a season-high 18 points, including four treys, and Bryce Monroe added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the loss. Junior Jlynn Counter came off the bench with 11 points but the Jaguars were hindered by 28 turnovers which led to 33 YSU points.

The Jaguars were down two with just over four minutes to play until YSU reeled off a late 10-0 run to escape with the victory. IUPUI hit a season-high eight threes and dominated on the glass, but yielded far too many YSU possessions, thanks to the glut of miscues. Graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels just missed a double-double with nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench.

SCOUTING GREEN BAY

Green Bay is 9-8 overall and 4-2 in Horizon League play. The Phoenix come in at 3-7 in 10 games away from home with road wins at Montana State, UIC and Detroit Mercy. Reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Noah Reynolds tops the team in scoring (18.4 ppg) and assists (4.2 apg) while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor. Elijah Jones averages 8.7 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 62.8 percent from the floor.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 9-8 all-time Green Bay and 4-3 in the seven matchups in Indianapolis. The Jaguars won the most recent meeting, 68-53, inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Feb. 4 behind 16 points apiece from Brady and Jackson. 

UP NEXT

IUPUI will cap the two-game homestand on Saturday (Jan. 13) when the Jaguars host Oakland University at 2:00 p.m. The department will recognize Favorite Professors throughout the day and the first 75 fans in attendance will receive complimentary IUPUI pint glasses for their attendance.

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

    BRADY BUNCH (OF NOTES)

    The past five games, sophomore Vincent Brady II is averaging 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 44.2 percent overall and 9-of-24 (37.5 percent) from three and 16-of-20 (80 percent) from the foul line.

    At Youngstown State on Sunday, Brady hit for a season-high 18 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 3’s, 4-4 FT), including a season-high four treys (most by an IUPUI player this season).

    In Horizon League play, Brady is leading the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and threes made (9) and is second on the team in rebounding (4.7 rpg).

    MONROE EFFECT

    At Youngstown State on Sunday, Bryce Monroe hit for 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-4 3’s) with a career-high six rebounds and career-high tying seven assists.

    YOUNGSTOWN TIDBITS

    IUPUI hit a season-high eight threes at Youngstown State on Sunday, including four from Brady… graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels just missed his second double-double of the season with nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds… IUPUI had season-highs in defensive rebounds (33), total rebounds (45) and rebound margin (+12), but saw those numbers largely negated by a season-high 28 turnovers (which led to 33 YSU points)… IUPUI got to the line just 11 times in the loss, making a season-low seven freebies. 

    #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 three Jaguars (Kidtrell Blocker, John Egbuta and Qwanzi Samuels) have appeared in all 17 games so far this season as 12 different players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup. After relying on the starting group of Jlynn Counter, Bryce Monroe, Kidtrell Blocker, Qwanzi Samuels and Yves Nkomba to start the season (7 games, 2-5 overall), Crenshaw has tried some alternatives of late.

    Cooper Dewitt has started the past nine games in place of Samuels and both Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson have recently earned six starts. Most recently, sophomore Abdou Samb moved into the starting five, replacing Nkomba ahead of the Dec. 21 game with Defiance.

    SAMB, FOR STARTERS

    In five games in the IUPUI starting lineup (2-3 overall), sophomore Abdou Samb is averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, going 14-of-19 from the field (73.7 percent).

    The past five games, Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 63 percent since he moved into the starting five.

    ACTION JACKSON

    Sophomore DJ Jackson has started the past six games, scoring double-digits in five of those six contests. During that span, Jackson is averaging 11.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.5 steals/game while shooting 23-of-48 (47.9%) from the floor and 18-of-22 (81.8%) from the foul line.

    Jackson had scored in double-digits just two times in the season’s first 11 games.

     MR. DO-IT-ALL

    In his second season with the program, junior guard Jlynn Counter has become the Jaguars’ Mr. Do It All, leading the team in scoring (14.6 ppg; 10th in HL) and tied for the team-lead in assists (42) and steals (19). He ranks second on the team in rebounding (4.4 rpg).

    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 tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 684 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 33 times in 47 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 13 times in 47 career games

    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.

    BENCH WORK

    IUPUI is averaging 25.7 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 21 bench points in 15 of 17 games (including five games of 30+).

    TEN MAN ROTATION

    Ten different Jaguars are playing at least 10 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (29.3 mpg) down to Yves Nkomba (10.1 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

    It’s likely that 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.

    ROAD KILL

    The road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBB’S ALLY BECKI EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State junior Ally Becki (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has been tabbed the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week. This is the second time this season Becki has earned the honor.

Becki not only shined on offense but also defense in the opening week of MAC action. Becki averaged 17.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.0 steals as she helped lead the Cardinals to victories over Western Michigan and Akron.

Becki led Ball State offensively in both contests, scoring 15 against the Broncos before dropping 20 in an OT victory versus the Zips. Becki was especially key at Akron when she scored 7 of the 11 points in overtime for Ball State, which allowed the Cardinals to seal the 71-64 win. Becki was also just shy of double-double at Akron as she tallied nine rebounds. She also added six assists and five steals.

Becki helped Ball State improve to 12-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play along with extending the Cardinals’ win streak to six.

You can catch Becki and the Ball State women’s basketball team at home Wednesday in Worthen Arena as the Cardinals are set to host the Buffalo Bulls. Tipoff is set for 6:30 pm ET.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BATTLES BUFFALO AT HOME WEDNESDAY IN MIDWEEK #MACTION

Ball State (12-2, 2-0 MAC) vs Buffalo (7-5, 1-1 MAC)

January 10, 2024

January 10, 2024 >>Worthen Arena >Muncie, Ind.>> 6:30 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– The Ball State women’s basketball team looks to remain undefeated in Mid-American Conference play when it hosts Buffalo in Worthen Arena Wednesday for a 6:30 pm ET tipoff. The last time Ball State started its league season 3-0 was in 2019-20.

– The Cardinals are coming off of a 71-64 OT win at Akron Saturday. Ally Becki led Ball State with a 20-point performance while also scoring seven of the Cardinals 11 points in the extra period to help propel BSU past Akron.

– The Bulls have opened MAC play with a 1-1 ledger with a loss to Kent State (73-64) and a win at Central Michigan (77-69).

 – Wednesday’s game against Buffalo will mark the 37th time in program history the two schools have met, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 20-16.

– Ball State and Buffalo’s first-ever meeting was on Jan. 30 at Buffalo in 1998-99. The Bulls won that meeting 71-63 and would go on to win the next two over the Cardinals. Ball State’s first-ever victory over Buffalo was in Worthen Arena on Feb. 9 by a score of 72-59.

– The Cardinals won their last meeting against the Bulls on Jan. 18, 2023 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ball State scored 30 points in the final 10 minutes of action which helped the Cardinals to an 81-59 victory at Buffalo. Ally Becki led all players that contest with 23 points while adding 10 rebounds.

 – Ball State head coach Brady Sallee has defeated six Power 5 conference teams seven times during his tenure with the Cardinals — Minnesota (54-51, 2012-13), Iowa (77-72, 2015-16), Vanderbilt (88-79, 2017-18), Purdue (66-60, 2017-18), Pitt (68-66, 2022-23), Pitt (73-62, 2023-24) and Georgia (52-51, 2023-24).

Game Day Tidbits:

– In her first 13 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 54 times and has dished out 68 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) which marks a season best for her. Hampton is third in the nation in total steals (54) and ranks fifth in steals per game (3.86).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categorie: 24th in steals per game (11.4), 32nd in turnovers forced (20.50), 28th in 3-pointers per game (8.6), 27th in winning percentage (85.7), 40th in 3-point attempts (24.6), 53rd in bench points (24.9), 41st in turnover margin (4.79), 66th in assists per game (15.9), 70th in 3-point field goal percentage (34.8), 60th in field goal percentage (44.9), 75th in scoring offense (74.2) and 85th in assist/turnover ratio (1.01).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 7th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (3.31), 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (47.8) and 16th in total 3-pointers (43).

Career Milestones:

– Ally Becki needs 75 points for 1,000, 82 assists and 43 rebounds to reach the 500 mark.

– Nyla Hampton needs 29 points for 1,000.

– Marie Kiefer has 113 blocks for her career — needs 39 to move into first place.

We Love Our Fans:

Ball State fans have come to support the Cardinals all season in Muncie including the game against #14 Notre Dame as Ball State played in front of a record-breaking crowd of 5,442 people surpassing their previous attendance record of 4,711 which was set versus Eastern Michigan on Feb. 24, 2007. So far this season, the Cardinals have welcomed a total of 12,560 fans to Worthen Arena in just four home contests while averaging 3,163 attendees per game.

Next Game:

Ball State continues its two-game home stand when it hosts Bowling Green Saturday at 1 pm ET in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals and the Falcons have met a total of 73 times in program history with the Falcons leading the all-time series record, 47-26.

Sallee is HOT in January:

It may be cold outside but the Cardinals tend to get hot in the month of January under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee. Sallee owns an overall record of 59-28 (.678) in the month of January dating back to his first season in 2012-13.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO AKRON

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team led by six points over MAC favorite Akron with under four minutes to play, but the Zips closed strong to win 80-76 on Tuesday night at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (8-7, 0-3 MAC) went up 71-65 after a Davion Bailey 3-pointer at the 4:00 mark, but visiting Akron (11-4, 3-0 MAC) drained a trio of triples in just more than a minute to pull ahead. Ball State had a few opportunities late to tie the game, but the Zips clamped down on defense to pull out the victory.

Basheer Jihad tied a career high of 27 points and blew past his career high in rebounds, finishing with 16 for his sixth double-double of the season. Jalin Anderson went for 21 points and five assists, while Mickey Pearson Jr. (12 points, four rebounds) and Bailey (11 points, six rebounds, four assists) also scored in double figures for the hosts.

Ball State overcame foul trouble for Jihad and early turnovers to lead 35-33 at the halftime break thanks to a last-minute 3-pointer from Pearson Jr. Akron led 52-43 at the 12:44 mark of the second half, but the Cardinals responded with a 17-5 scoring run, featuring 10 points out of Jihad, to regain a 60-57 advantage with 8:05 to go.

NCAA Division I leader in rebounding and double-doubles Enrique Freeman was held in check in the first half (five points), but ended the night tallying 14 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow senior Ali Ali had a team high 17 points for the Zips, while they got 14 points from Greg Tribble and 12 from Mikal Dawson, who both hit critical jump shots late.

The Cardinals outrebounded Akron 40-32, but the Zips won the turnover battle 13-5. Ball State shot 45.3 percent (24-53) from the field including 43.5 percent (10-23) from distance and 78.3 percent (18-23) at the charity stripe. Akron went 43.3 percent (26-60) on field goals, 35.7 percent (10-28) on 3-pointers and 69.2 percent (18-26) on free throws.

Ball State’s next game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday at Toledo.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ISU BASKETBALL BATTLES THE BULLDOGS ON WEDNESDAY

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana State men’s basketball prepares to battle the MVC preseason favorite Drake University Bulldogs on Wednesday night at the Knapp Center. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

This will be the 98th meeting between the ISU and Drake. In the previous 15 matchups between the Sycamores and Bulldogs, Drake has an 11-4 advantage. In those 15 games, six have been played in Des Moines and the Bulldogs are a perfect 6-0 at home in that stretch.

About Drake

Drake is in their 6th season with Coach Darian DeVries at the helm. Coach DeVries owns a .724 winning percentage. The Bulldogs currently sit tied for second in the MVC with three other schools. Drake was selected to finish first in the conference with 24 votes. Drake lost in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament to fifth-seed Miami 63-56. Four Bulldogs currently average 10.0+ PPG: Tucker DeVries (18.8), Atin Wright (15.1), Kevin Overton (12.6), Darnell Brodie (10.9).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball moved to 4-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference and 13-2 overall with the win Sunday afternoon at Northern Iowa, 77-66.

Jayson Kent led the offense with a huge career day, setting personal highs in points and rebounds. Kent finished with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor, his career high in points in his collegiate career, and added a 5-for-7 effort from the foul line. The junior knocked down three triples for a new season high, tying his total in a Sycamore uniform. On the glass, he grabbed 13 rebounds for a career high marking his fourth double-double of the season.

Robbie Avila also recorded double-digits in rebounds with 10, marking the third time in his career he has finished with 10+ rebounds. En route to the highest plus-minus of the game of 15, Avila scored eight points and tied his career-high with eight assists, also good for the game-high. Isaiah Swope finished with 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Julian Larry and Ryan Conwell rounded out the four total Sycamores who finished with 10+ points, both recording 10 apiece. Masen Miller logged nine points, his second-highest point total of the season, by knocking down a trio of three-pointers.

Last Time Out – Drake

The Drake men’s basketball team was dealt its first Missouri Valley Conference loss of the season by Belmont in an 87-65 decision at the Curb Event Center on Sunday afternoon. Junior transfer guard Atin Wright led Drake with 14 points, including 11 in the second half. Junior forward Tucker DeVries added 13 points, including 11 in the first half.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS AT PENGUINS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN #HLMBB PLAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 13-3 Mastodons and 11-5 Youngstown State Penguins clash on Wednesday evening in Youngstown in Horizon League men’s basketball action. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (13-3, 4-1 Horizon League) vs. Youngstown State Penguins (11-5, 3-2 Horizon League)
When: Wednesday, January 10 | 6:30 p.m. ET 
Where: Youngstown, Ohio | Beeghly Center
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Series tied 5-5
Game Notes: Link (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS:

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in nine games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 12-of-16 games and each of the last three games.

// Rasheed Bello had seven steals on Dec. 29 vs. Northern Kentucky, tying a program record in the NCAA Division I era. Some of the best individual steal performances in program history have come against Northern Kentucky. During the NCAA Division II era, Randy Spicer had eight steals against Northern Kentucky on Jan. 9, 1999.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 12-of-16 games and double digit treys in five games.

// The  ‘Dons have shot 40.0 percent or better in 13-of-16 games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in six games.

// Quinton Morton Robertson is 9th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.7 percent (45-of-97). Maximus Nelson is shooting 41.6 percent (32-of-77) from three. Nelson doesn’t appear on the national rankings as he is shy of the 2.5 made 3-pointers per game required to make the list.

// The Mastodons average 21 points off turnover this season, which is 24.9 percent of all points. Sparking points off turnovers, the ‘Dons are 6th in the nation in turnovers forced per game at 18.06  and 10th in the nation in fastbreak points with 17.38.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 14 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll. They have been as high as No. 9 this season.

// The ‘Dons are No. 111 in the latest NET rankings, the ‘Dons reached a program-best No. 53 on Dec. 8, 2023.

// Anthony Roberts has 38 steals, 13th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.38 steals per game ranks 21st in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 21st in the nation in total steals (35). His 2.19 steals per game is 45th in the nation.

// 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.

// The ‘Dons are 5-0 when Jalen Jackson leads the team in scoring.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 16.2 is first in the league and 18th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but two games this season (at Oakland, Dec. 2 and at Pitt, Dec. 20).

// The ‘Dons have limited six of the last seven consecutive opponents to under 30 percent shooting from three.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, seven times this season four starters have reached double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but one this season. Jalen Jackson and Anthony Roberts each have just two games without 10 points.

// The ‘Dons are averaging 84.4 points per game, 22nd in the nation and up from 73.9 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10.5 steals per game this season 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: Rasheed Bello (15.1), Anthony Roberts (13.8), Jalen Jackson (15.1) and Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.1).

// The Mastodons’ 5-0 start was their longest undefeated stretch to start a season as a NCAA Division I program. It was their longest stretch to start a season since the 1992-93 team opened 9-0. That team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament, the only NCAA bid (Division I or II) in program history.

// Thanks to the 5-0 start to the season, the ‘Dons now have now had a winning streak of at-least four games in every season since 2009-10 except for one (2017-18). That is 14-of-15 seasons.

// The ‘Dons have won 20 straight home non-league games, a streak that started on Nov. 16, 2019 vs. Stetson.

// Thanks to wins over Northern Arizona (Nov. 17) and South Dakota (Nov. 18), the ‘Dons won the Arizona Tip-Off. Quinton Morton-Robertson was named the MVP of the event and selected to the All-Tournament Team with Rasheed Bello.

// The ‘Dons have partnered with Team IMPACT to add Bolton Richardson to the squad in 2023-24. Added to the team at a signing ceremony in July, Bolton will be at games, practices and other team activities.

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 2nd in the nation in turnover margin (+8.1)

// 6th in the nation in turnovers forced per game (18.06)

// 9th in the nation in steals per game (10.5)

// 10th in the nation in fast break points per game (17.38)

// 13th in the nation in 3-point percentage defense (27.2 percent)

// 18th in the nation in scoring margin (+16.2)

// 27th in 3-pointers per game (9.6)

// 27th in the nation in fewest turnovers (9.9)

50-POINT HALVES THIS SEASON:

68 (1st) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

62 (2nd) vs. Andrews (Nov. 9)

58 (2nd) vs Wright State (Jan. 6)

57 (2nd) vs. South Dakota (Nov. 18)

57 (2nd ) vs. Detroit Mercy (Dec. 31)

52 (2nd) vs. Oakland (Dec. 5)

50 (2nd) vs. Wittenberg (Nov. 25)

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY THE ‘DONS ARE…:

// … shooting 51.0 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from three, both second in league.

// … first in scoring margin (+13), turnover margin (6.8) and steals per game (9.6).

// … averaging 11.0 3-pointers per game, second to only Green Bay (11.2).

// … second in the league in in scoring at 87.0 points per game.

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY,  INDIVIDUALLY…:

// … Quinton Morton-Robertson leads the league in 3-pointer percentage (52.9 percent) and 3-pointers per game (3.6).

// … Rasheed Bello is first (3.2) and Anthony Roberts is second (2.2) in steals per game.

// … Jalen Jackson is third in field goal percentage (58.7 percent) and fourth in scoring (18.4).

// … Eric Mulder is third in rebounds per game (8.4).

VS. WRIGHT STATE

// The ‘Dons had three players score 20+ points, Quinton Morton-Robertson (26), Jalen Jackson (24) and Rasheed Bello (23). The last time the ‘Dons had three players score 20 plus was Jan. 3, 2019 vs. South Dakota State (Kason Harrell (23), John Konchar (23), Matt Holba (20)).

// The Mastodons scored 44 of their 98 points in the paint, 44.9 percent.

// The ‘Dons shot 54.0 percent from the floor. The ‘Dons are now 45-4 under Coffman when shooting 54.0 percent or better in a game.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS AND GOLDEN GRIZZLIES MEET FOR SECOND TIME

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball is back at home this week for a game against Oakland on Wednesday (Jan. 10) at 7 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center. This is the second time this season that the ‘Dons and Golden Grizzlies have met.

Game Day Information
Who: Oakland Golden Grizzlies
When: Wednesday, January 10 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Tickets: Link
Digital Program: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Oakland | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Oakland is 6-7 and 2-3 in the Horizon League, already with a loss to the Mastodons. Since meeting with the ‘Dons in the Horizon League opener, the Golden Grizzlies lost to Detroit Mercy and Youngstown State and picked up wins against Northern Kentucky and Robert Morris. Oakland has three players averaging double-digits: Markyia McCormick, Brooke Quarles-Daniels and Linda Van Schaik.

The Series

Oakland leads the all-time series 19-12, but Purdue Fort Wayne has won the last two matchups. The series dates back to 1985. The Mastodons won the game earlier this season 84-66 behind five double-digit efforts. Ryin Ott scored a career-high 21 points with five 3-pointers.

Wins x 10

The Mastodons reached their 10th win when they beat Robert Morris on January 4. It marked the fastest the ‘Dons have reached 10 wins since the 2010-11 season, they also were 10-5 to start.

How Many Ways Can We Say We Like Threes?

The Mastodons have made 10 3-pointers in eight games this season. In the Division I era (2001-present), the Mastodons have hit double-digits 3-pointers eight times in six seasons, including 2023-24. The most games of 10+ triples came in 2013-14, when the ‘Dons had 14 such games.

2023-24: 8 games

2022-23: 11 games

2014-15: 11 games

2013-14: 14 games

2009-10: 8 games

2008-09: 8 games

Coming In Hot

Over the last six games, Erin Woodson is 7-of-12 from 3-point range. This brought her season 3-point percentage up to 32.0 percent.

They’re Free, May As Well Make Them

Purdue Fort Wayne made 10 or more free throws in 12 games in a row from Nov. 11-Dec. 30. This was the longest streak of games with double-digit free throw makes since the 2006-07 season, when the Mastodons had a stretch of 15 such games.

Just Give Us 10 Minutes…

Purdue Fort Wayne is out-scoring its opponents in final three quarters and overtime periods this season by 122 points.

All-Arounda-Schenkel

Amellia Bromenschenkel ranks in the top-10 in the Horizon League in points (13.4 – sixth), rebounds (6.4 – eighth), field goal percentage (48.5 – sixth), blocks (0.8 – eighth) and minutes (32.0 – fifth) per game.

She’s A Plus!

The Mastodons are +107 when Shayla Sellers is on the court this season, the best of all players. On a per game basis, Jazzlyn Linbo has the best +/- average at +8.43 per game.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne dropped a Horizon League game 60-56 at Detroit Mercy. Destinee Marshall scored a team-high 13 points.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will visit Cleveland State on Saturday (Jan. 13) for a 1 p.m. game. Colbi Maples and Mickayla Perdue are top-five in the league with 14+ points per game.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ROAD TRIP TO PEORIA ON TAP FOR UE MEN’S BASKETBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Taking back to the road on Wednesday, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels to Peoria, Ill. to face Bradley.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

– Murray State led from start to finish on their way to an 81-59 win over the Purple Aces on Saturday at the Ford Center

– MSU led by 9 at the break and as many as 27 in the second half

– Gage Bobe and Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 12 apiece while Yacine Toumi and Antonio Thomas each finished the game with 10 points

Season-High

– Converting all four of his outside attempts against Murray State, Gage Bobe posted a season-high 12 points

– Entering the game, he missed 10 consecutive triples over a 6-game span

– His previous season mark of 9 points came at Missouri State with all nine points coming from the long ball

Defining Consistency

– Antonio Thomas has recorded 7 or more points in 11 of the last 14 games for the Purple Aces including 27 in the win over UNI, his top Division I scoring effort

– He recorded 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting and a 9-for-10 effort from long range

– At Bellarmine, Thomas made a run at a triple double, posting 9 points, 8 boards and 5 assists and finished in double figures with 10 points at Indiana State and 10 vs. Murray State

– Thomas is tied for 15th in the MVC with 1.20 steals per game and has jumped to a tie for 13th in the league with an 81.6% free throw shooting mark; he has hit 24 of his last 28 free throw tries

Make it Seven in a Row

– Recording 10 points against Murray State, Yacine Toumi reached double figures in scoring for the seventh-consecutive game

– Over that span, he has averaged 13.7 points and 8.0 rebounds

– Toumi’s playing time has gone up – he played 28 minutes or under in each of the first 12 games but has played over 30 minutes in each of the last three outings

– He has two double-doubles in the last four games, including a 19-point, 10-rebound performance at Indiana State

– Toumi was 9-for-13 from the field against the Sycamores and has converted 25 of his last 38 attempts over the last four games, an astonishing 65.8%

Scouting the Opponent

– Bradley holds a 10-5 overall record and have split their first four MVC games entering Wednesday’s contest

– After opening the season with six wins in a row, the Braves lost their next five before putting together a 4-game win streak

– Four Braves average double figures with Connor Hickman pacing the team with 14.8 points per game

– Malevy Leons is second with 13.3 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game

– Darius Hannah and Duke Deen hold averages of 11.8 and 11.3 PPG, respectively

– Bradley has won the last ten meetings against the Aces

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SHAFFORD NAMED OVC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) has been named Ohio Valley Conference co-Player of the Week. The OVC’s weekly accolades are voted upon by the league’s communications directors.

The player of the week award is the first of the season for the Screaming Eagles. Shafford also represented USI on the 2023-24 Preseason All-OVC Team.

In earning the honor, Shafford averaged a double-double in two games last week, registering 21 points and 12 rebounds per game. The junior also shot efficiently over 46 percent overall and 50 percent from long range.

Shafford began the week with a standout performance in USI’s 78-57 win over Tennessee State University. Shafford posted a career-high 26 points on 60 percent shooting and matched a career-best six three-pointers made. The guard also pulled down nine rebounds in 32 minutes. The scoring effort was her third 20-point outing of the season.

In Saturday’s 69-66 win against Tennessee Tech University, Shafford tallied 32 minutes played once again and recorded her eighth career double-double and the third of the season. Shafford notched 16 points and a new career-best 15 rebounds.

Shafford’s efforts last week helped Southern Indiana to a 4-0 start in OVC play and extend the team’s winning streak to five games.

On the season, Shafford paces the Screaming Eagles with 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per contest. Plus, Shafford is shooting over 48 percent overall and nearly 42 percent beyond the arc. Within the OVC, Shafford ranks top-4 in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. Additionally, Shafford has scored 10 or more points in 12 consecutive games.

Shafford and the Screaming Eagles (9-5, 4-0) return to action Thursday at 5 p.m. with an OVC contest at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Thursday’s game can be seen live with an ESPN+ subscription.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI VISITS SIUE THURSDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball visits Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Thursday for its only matchup in the Ohio Valley Conference this week. Tipoff Thursday at the First Community Arena in Edwardsville, Illinois, is set for 7 p.m.

Fans can track your Eagles all season 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 (5-12, 2-2 OVC) has split the first four conference games, including a split at home last week.  The Eagles opened home OVC action with a 69-67 victory over Tennessee State University, but faltered late against Tennessee Tech University, 73-59, in the homestand finale.

Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led the Eagles in scoring last week with 19.0 points per game, shooting 54.2 percent from the field (13-24) and 83.3 percent from the stripe (10-12). Sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) followed with 12.5 points per contest, while grabbing a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game.

Hernandez leads the team through 17 games with 14.8 points per game, which ranks ninth overall in the OVC. Smith follows with 13.1 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high seven double-doubles.

The Cougars of SIUE (8-8, 1-2 OVC) lost its only conference game last week, falling at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 88-80. SIUE has lost its last two games and three of the last five. 

USI leads the all-time series with SIUE, 45-22, but the Cougars had the upper hand last season. SIUE and USI split the season series with each winning on its home floor before the Cougars took the deciding game of 2022-23 by defeating the Eagles in the first round of OVC Championship.

Following the trip to SIUE, USI returns to Screaming Eagles Arena to start a three-game homestand next week. The Eagles start the homestand by hosting Little Rock January 18 at 7:30 p.m. and continue the three-game set with Morehead State University January 20 at 3:30 p.m. The homestand concludes January 25 when USI hosts Western Illinois University for the first OVC game between the two programs.

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

NFL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/standings

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

January 10, 1953 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The third NFL Pro Bowl was played. What a top notch group of players were on the field for this one! The list of quarterbacks alone per the Pro-Football-Reference website will give you goosebumps! Y.A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin, Bobby Layne and Otto Graham. In the backfield were names like Frank Gifford and Doak Walker on defense greats like Ernie Stautner, Chuck Bednarik and so many more!  The National Conference defeated the American Conference by the score of 27-7. The game’s  Most Valuable Player was Don Doll, the defensive back from the Detroit Lions.

January 10, 1965 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The 1964 NFL Pro Bowl game was played.  The Eastern Conference was coached by Don Shula then of the Baltimore Colts and he matched wits with the head coach from the Cleveland Browns, Brant Collier who would mastermind the strategies of the Western Conference.  According to the website sportshistorycollectibles.com, The West more than double the offensive production of the East 411 yards to 187. It was no wonder then that the Western Conference defeated their Eastern counterparts 34-14. The MVPs of the game were Quarterback Fran Tarkenton of  the Minnesota Vikings and Defensive back Terry Barr, of the Detroit Lions.

January 10, 1982 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco – The NFC Championship Game where with :58 second remaining Joe Montana threw a miraculous pass to the back of the end zone and Dwight Clark lept to grab it, cementing “the Catch” as one of the top plays in NFL history.

January 10, 1982  – Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati – The San Diego Chargers had to put on their parkas and travel to chilly Cincinnati to play the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. We found a great story on this game on FullPressCoverage.com where they tell that game time temperatures were 9 degrees below 0 on the thermometers! With a constant 27 MPH wind the wind chills were recorded at  -59°F! If you remember back to our December 31 post we said that the 1967 NFC Championship game fondly remembered as the Ice Bowl had a temperature of -13°F and that was the coldest NFL game ever played, that game did not have the windchill factor that the Freezer Bowl did though. So windchill-wise the Freezer Bowl in the coldest NFL game on record. The Chargers coming from Southern California were not used to the cold and it froze their “Air Coryell” offense. The Bengals had a secret weapon, their head coach, Forrest Gregg was a hall of Fame tackle that played on that Green Bay squad that had won the Ice Bowl  some decade and a half earlier. The Cincinnati Bengals had a true homefield advantage in this one as they cruised past the San Diego Chargers, 27-7.

January 10, 1990 – NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players

January 10, 1996  – The Miami Dolphins franchise announced that they hired a new head coach, former Dallas Cowboys Jimmy Johnson would be their next on field leader. Johnson who had big shoes in Big D by winning two Super Bowls with the “Boys” was filling some even bigger shoes of the now retired Don Shula, who spent 26 seasons as the Miami field boss. We discussed Shula’s legacy and his retirement in the January 5 post.

January 10, 2011 – University of Phoenix Stadium – The 13th BCS National Championship pitted the nation’s top division 1 College teams of Auburn and Oregon against each other for all the marbles. ESPN.com has the story of how Michael Dyer of Alabama had a run a a few yards where he then was spun down by a would be tackler. Everyone on the field stopped, including Dyer for a moment but then after hearing his sideline yelling to keep going he completed a 37 yard run to drive the ball deep into Oregon territory with about two minutes left to play. Michael had landed on top of the tackler for a moment but his body never hit the ground and he sprung back up so quickly that his progress was not judged to be stopped. The Tiger methodically inched the ball closer and milked the clock. Finally Dyer took off on another run burst to get the ball to the Duck one yard line. That is when kicker Wes Byrum nailed the nineteen yard field goal to break the tie and give Auburn the national title.  #1 Auburn outlasted #2 Oregon, 22-19.

January 10, 2022 – The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship was a college football bowl game played on January 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the contest the number 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs faced their longtime rival the Crimson Tide of Alabama who were the top team in the land. The Bulldogs scored 20 4th quarter points, including a 79 pick six to cap the triumph 33-18. and become the 2021’s season National Champs.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays

January 10, 1892

January 10, 1892 – Jersey City, New Jersey –  Army’s strong tackle, Alex Weyand was born. The National Football Foundation voters chose the name and statistics of Alex Weyand to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

January 10, 1909 –  –  The great guard who played at the Washing University of St. Louis and Army Harvey Jablonsky celebrated the start of his life.  Harvey Jablonsky was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978 per the National Football Foundation website.

January 10, 1921 – Newark, Ohio – John Tavener the center of Indiana University was born. The National Football Foundation selected John Tavener to go into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

4 – 9 – 44 – 10 – 24 – 16 – 87 – 11 – 3 – 53 – 33 – 99 – 9 – 11 – 6 – 8

Sweater Number 4 on today’s docket in Newsy Lalonde in played for the Montreal Canadiens and on January 10, 1920 the hockey legend lit the lanterns six times against the Toronto St. Patricks. Lalonde six strikes were part of an NHL record setting 21 goals in a single game by one team for the Canadiens.

The Number 9 was worn on the sweater of Maurice Richard who on January 10, 1951 registered his 16th career hat trick, all the points in the game, as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the New York Rangers 3-0. The scoring that evening also lifted Richard into second place in All-Time scoring of the NHL at the time as his 274 lantern lighters took him just passed Howie Morenz.

January 10, 1953 – 3rd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 27-7. The MVP of the game was DB Don Doll, Number 44, of the Detroit Lions.

January 10, 1965 – 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 34-14; MVPs: Number 10, Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, QB; Terry Barr, Number 41 Detroit Lions, DB

January 10, 1967 – 17th NBA All-Star Game, Cow Palace, San Francisco, Ca: West beats East, 135-120; MVP: Number 24, Rick Barry, SF Warriors, SF

The digits of Number 16 and Number 87 are for the tandem of Joe Montana to Dwight Clark who on January 10, 1982 in the NFC Championship game, connected on a play that is forever known as “The Catch.” The leaping grab in the back of the endzone by Clark with 58 seconds remaining pushed the San Francisco  49ers over the Dallas Cowboys 28-27, and a few weeks later the Noners won the Super Bowl.

January 10, 1984 – Luis Aparicio ( Number 11), Harmon Killebrew (Number 3), and Don Drysdale (Number 53) were all elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

January 10, 1986 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Number 33 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)

January 10, 1989 – LA Kings center Number 99, Wayne Gretzky became the NHL’s all-time leading scorer in combined regular season & playoff points; 4 assists in 5-4 home win over Edmonton brings his total to 2,011, 1 more than Number 9, Gordie Howe

January 10, 1996 – Boston guard Number 11, Dana Barros drained a 3-point field goal in his 89th straight game, during the Celtics’ 113-104 win over Sacramento Kings; NBA record streak ends in next game when he goes 0 from 9

January 10, 1998 – Vancouver Canucks veteran center Number 11, Mark Messier became the 6th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists in a 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place

January 10, 2003 – NBA announces Charlotte, N.C. is awarded an NBA expansion franchise to be known as the Charlotte Bobcats and start play in 2004-05; eventually changes to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 season

January 10, 2011 – FIFA Ballon d’Or: Barcelona forward Number 10, Lionel Messi won his 2nd straight award from teammates Andrés Iniesta ( Number 8) and Xavi (Number 6); Brazilian forward Number 10, Marta wins women’s award for 5th consecutive year

TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY

BASKETBALL      

TIME     

TV

Men: Providence at St. John’s

6:30 p.m.            

FS1

Men: Northwestern at Penn St.

6:30 p.m.            

BTEN

Men: Louisville at Miami

7 p.m.

ACCN

Men: Saint Joseph’s at Saint Louis

7 p.m.  

CBSSN

Men: Clemson at Va. Tech

7 p.m.  

ESPN2

Men: Tennessee at Mississippi St.

7 p.m.  

SECN

Women: UTSA at FAU

7 p.m.  

ESPN+

Women: Oklahoma at Kansas St.

7 p.m.  

ESPNU

NBA: Oklahoma City at Miami

7:30 p.m.            

BSUN

Men: N. Carolina at N.C. St.

8 p.m.  

ESPN

Men: Wisconsin at Ohio St.

8:30 p.m.            

BTEN

Men: UConn at Xavier

8:30 p.m.            

FS1

NBA: New Orleans at Golden State

8:30 p.m.            

ABC ESPND

Men: Boston College at Syracuse

9 p.m.  

ACCN

Men: Butler at Marquette

9 p.m.  

CBSSN

Men: Oklahoma at TCU

9 p.m.  

ESPN2

Men: Arkansas at Georgia

9 p.m.  

ESPNU

Men: Florida at Mississippi

9 p.m.  

SECN

NBA: Denver at Utah

10 p.m.

ESPN

Men: Washington St. at Southern Cal

10:30 p.m.         

FS1

Men: Colorado at California

11 p.m.

ESPNU

NBA: Denver at Utah in progress

11 p.m.

ESPND

FIGURE SKATING              

European Championships: Men

1 p.m.  

E!

GOLF    

DP Tour: Dubai Invitational (Thu.)

2:30 a.m.            

GOLF

HOCKEY              

IIHF women: Sweden-USA

6 a.m.  

NHLN

NHL: Minnesota at Dallas

7:30 p.m.            

TNT

NHL: Vegas at Colorado

10 p.m.

TNT

SOCCER

Turkey: Fenerbahce-Konyaspor

Noon    

BEIN/E

Spain: Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid

2 p.m.  

ESPN2 ESPND

South America: River Plate-Newell’s

3:45 p.m.            

GOLTV/E

TENNIS

ATP/WTA: Live events

2 a.m.  

TENNIS

ATP/WTA: Live events

6 p.m.  

TENNIS

ATP/WTA: Live events (Thu.)

2 a.m.   TENNIS