INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY SCORES
|BLUE RIVER||76||UNION (MODOC)||20|
|CENTRAL CHRISTIAN||60||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||52|
|DEKALB||48||CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)||42||OT|
|EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL||57||BOWMAN ACADEMY||47|
|EASTERN HANCOCK||71||RANDOLPH SOUTHERN||49|
|EVANSVILLE BOSSE||75||EVANSVILLE CENTRAL||60|
|EVANSVILLE NORTH||58||EVANSVILLE HARRISON||55|
|FORT WAYNE NORTH||54||FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY||51|
|HANCOCK COUNTY (KY.)||71||TELL CITY||52|
|HOMESTEAD||69||FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK||62||OT|
|INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON||78||PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD||36|
|KANKAKEE VALLEY||79||NORTH NEWTON||37|
|MOORESVILLE||86||CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL||56|
|MORGAN TWP.||52||RIVER FOREST||38|
|NEW ALBANY||59||SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)||48|
|NORTH POSEY||62||MOUNT CARMEL (ILL.)||41|
|NORWELL||54||FORT WAYNE WAYNE||47|
|PERRY CENTRAL||50||WOOD MEMORIAL||38|
|PIKE CENTRAL||40||VINCENNES LINCOLN||39|
|SOUTH BEND CLAY||72||OREGON-DAVIS||59|
|SOUTH SPENCER||96||EVANSVILLE DAY||65|
|WEST WASHINGTON||52||SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)||35|
|ALLEN COUNTY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT|
|JAY COUNTY||39||ADAMS CENTRAL||31||R1|
|JOHNSON COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|GREENWOOD||37||EDINBURGH||34||OT | R1|
|MARION COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|DECATUR CENTRAL||68||BEECH GROVE||60||R1|
|BREBEUF JESUIT||74||FRANKLIN CENTRAL||54||R1|
|NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)||66||INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI||43||R1|
|BEN DAVIS||77||LAWRENCE NORTH||48||R1|
|NORTHEAST CORNER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT|
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY
CARMEL (9-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (10-3)
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (0-7) AT HAMMOND MORTON (5-5)
HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH (2-6) AT HAMMOND NOLL (3-6)
INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL AT INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (6-3)
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (3-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN (1-6)
JAC-CEN-DEL (7-2) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (8-3)
MACONAQUAH (7-2) AT WESTERN (10-2)
NEW HAVEN (4-6) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (4-5)
SMITH ACADEMY (0-8) AT PIERCETON WOODS ACADEMY
SOUTH BEND RILEY (7-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (6-4)
SOUTH PUTNAM (2-10) AT WHITE RIVER VALLEY (4-6)
URBANA (ILL.) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (5-7)
DALEVILLE (6-2) AT DELTA (4-7)
COWAN (0-9) VS. YORKTOWN (4-5)
CHURUBUSCO (0-7) AT FREMONT (6-2)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (6-5) AT WESTVIEW (4-4)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL TUESDAY SCORES
|BEN DAVIS||38||COLUMBUS NORTH||25|
|BETHANY CHRISTIAN||53||SOUTH BEND CAREER||20|
|BETHESDA CHRISTIAN||60||PARK TUDOR||55||OT|
|BLUE RIVER||58||UNION (MODOC)||26|
|CISSNA PARK (ILL.)||58||SOUTH NEWTON||17|
|CLINTON PRAIRIE||54||NORTH WHITE||39|
|COLUMBUS EAST||58||BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE||51|
|CORYDON CENTRAL||57||FOREST PARK||34|
|COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)||47||MARQUETTE CATHOLIC||46|
|CRAWFORD COUNTY||37||SPRINGS VALLEY||34|
|EASTERN GREENE||54||DUGGER UNION||15|
|ELKHART CHRISTIAN||39||SOUTH BEND CLAY||34|
|EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL||58||EVANSVILLE MATER DEI||35|
|EVANSVILLE NORTH||62||EVANSVILLE REITZ||28|
|FORT WAYNE LUERS||55||NEW HAVEN||16|
|FORT WAYNE NORTHROP||52||LAKEWOOD PARK||25|
|INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE||46||IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY||24|
|INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI||42||GUERIN CATHOLIC||29|
|LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC||59||WEST LAFAYETTE||50|
|LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||42||FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY||27|
|NEW CASTLE||57||EASTERN HANCOCK||48|
|NEW PALESTINE||54||TRITON CENTRAL||44|
|NOBLESVILLE||64||MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)||30|
|ORLEANS||55||WHITE RIVER VALLEY||42|
|PARKE HERITAGE||43||SOUTH VERMILLION||18|
|PORTAGE||64||EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL||9|
|SHAWE MEMORIAL||46||ROCK CREEK ACADEMY||34|
|SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH||52||GOSHEN||37|
|SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)||69||KNOX||51|
|SOUTH KNOX||61||WOOD MEMORIAL||32|
|SOUTH PUTNAM||56||RIVERTON PARKE||50|
|SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)||53||INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN||28|
|SULLIVAN||48||NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)||31|
|TECUMSEH||72||MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)||30|
|TERRE HAUTE NORTH||72||MARSHALL (ILL.)||64|
|TWIN LAKES||73||RENSSELAER CENTRAL||59|
|WASHINGTON TWP.||58||MORGAN TWP.||46|
|ALLEN COUNTY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT|
|JAY COUNTY||48||ADAMS CENTRAL||38||R1|
|DELAWARE COUNTY TOURNAMENT|
|INDIANAPOLIS CITY TOURNAMENT|
|INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL||72||INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA||6||QF|
|INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||52||PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD||29||QF|
|INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD||56||INDIANAPOLIS RITTER||27||QF|
|HERITAGE CHRISTIAN||58||COVENANT CHRISTIAN||28||QF|
|NORTHEAST CORNER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY
DANVILLE (12-5) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (6-8)
DIXIE HEIGHTS (KY.) AT EAST CENTRAL (12-4)
EMINENCE (7-6) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (3-10)
FORT WAYNE DWENGER (7-12) AT NORWELL (13-4)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (12-2) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (9-7)
FORT WAYNE WAYNE (9-5) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (12-4)
FRONTIER (5-6) AT CULVER (4-10)
GARY 21ST CENTURY (2-5) AT BOWMAN ACADEMY (4-8)
GARY WEST (7-4) AT LAKE CENTRAL (15-3)
HAMMOND MORTON (3-10) AT HIGHLAND (12-4)
KOUTS (12-4) AT ANDREAN (11-5)
LEWIS CASS (7-10) AT NORTH MIAMI (11-5)
MISHAWAKA (9-6) AT WARSAW (12-5)
MONROE CENTRAL (9-7) AT UNION (MODOC) (6-7)
MUNCIE BURRIS (2-6) AT BLACKFORD (11-4)
NORTHVIEW (15-2) AT CASCADE (12-3)
NORTHWESTERN (13-3) AT OAK HILL (6-11)
PERU (4-12) AT MANCHESTER (1-16)
ROCHESTER (12-6) AT LOGANSPORT (4-14)
UNION COUNTY (5-6) AT RANDOLPH SOUTHERN (7-9)
VINCENNES LINCOLN (10-6) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (6-11)
WESTVILLE (7-8) AT SOUTH BEND CAREER (0-14)
CHURUBUSCO (5-10) AT FREMONT (6-10)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (9-7) AT WESTVIEW (5-12)
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS
W-L PTS PRV
1. ZIONSVILLE (5) 9-1 240 3
2. CHESTERTON (5) 11-0 220 4
3. WESTFIELD (2) 9-2 203 7
4. CARMEL 9-3 155 1
5. FISHERS (1) 12-2 135 2
6. VALPARAISO 11-2 100 9
7. CATHEDRAL 10-3 99 8
8. PENN 8-1 91 5
9. TECH 11-2 72 10
10. PIKE 7-1 68 NR
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BEN DAVIS 52. TERRE HAUTE NORTH 36. HOMESTEAD 32. LAWRENCE NORTH 30. GOSHEN 14. LAFAYETTE JEFF 7. MT.VERNON (FORTVILLE) 6.
W-L PTS PRV
1. LEO (2) 8-1 226 3
2. BREBEUF JESUIT (4) 8-2 194 2
3. NORTHWOOD (2) 12-1 178 4
4. GLENN (2) 11-0 176 5
5. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (1) 9-2 170 1
6. BISHOP CHATARD (2) 11-0 167 6
7. PERU 11-0 121 9
8. SULLIVAN 10-1 107 8
9. BROWNSTOWN 8-2 66 7
10. NEW CASTLE 9-2 45 NR
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: CONNERSVILLE 38. N. HARRISON 29. NORWELL 21. CULVER ACADEMY 16. BEECH GROVE 6.
W-L PTS PRV
1. CENTRAL NOBLE (8) 11-0 248 1
2. FT. WAYNE BLACKHAWK (4) 11-0 230 2
3. LINTON-STOCKTON (1) 13-1 203 3
4. MONROE CENTRAL 10-0 165 5
5. CARROLL (FLORA) 9-0 161 4
6. EASTSIDE 11-0 146 6
7. CLINTON PRAIRIE 12-1 94 9
8. LAKE STATION 9-0 81 NR
9. SOUTHMONT 8-1 54 8
10. EASTERN HANCOCK 7-2 53 7
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: S. SPENCER 38. EASTERN (PEKIN) 29. COVENANT CHRISTIAN 27. WAPAHANI 17. NORTHEASTERN 8. PARK TUDOR 6.
W-L PTS PRV
1. N. DAVIESS (7) 12-1 240 1
2. EDINBURGH (4) 11-0 234 2
3. BLOOMFIELD (1) 11-1 202 3
4. GARY 21ST CENTURY (1) 7-2 172 5
4. LOOGOOTEE 11-3 172 4
6. LUTHERAN 8-1 124 7
7. JAC-CEN-DEL 7-2 96 9
8. BARR-REEVE 7-6 72 6
9. TINDLEY 6-3 70 NR
10. TRITON 6-2 50 8
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: ORLEANS 42. ARGOS 39. FREMONT 19. LAFAYETTE CATHOLIC 16. BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 6. EV. CHRISTIAN 6.
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS
1. HOMESTEAD (15-1)
2. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (16-1)
3. FRANKLIN (18-1)
4. CROWN POINT (13-2)
4. NOBLESVILLE (14-3)
6. WESTFIELD (15-3)
7. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (15-5)
8. FISHERS (13-4)
8. COLUMBIA CITY (16-0)
10. FORT WAYNE SNIDER (12-2)
1. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (16-2)
2. GARRETT (16-1)
3. BENTON CENTRAL (19-0)
4. SILVER CREEK (16-1)
5. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (14-3)
6. JAY COUNTY (13-2)
7. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (13-4)
8. NORWELL (13-4)
9. WASHINGTON (15-3)
10. TWIN LAKES (14-4)
1. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (17-0)
2. WINCHESTER (16-1)
3. TIPTON (15-1)
4. EASTBROOK (12-2)
4. FOREST PARK (14-2)
6. FAIRFIELD (14-2)
7. TRITON CENTRAL (15-3)
8. UNIVERSITY (12-2)
9. EASTERN HANCOCK (13-2)
10. FRANKTON (12-4)
1. LANESVILLE (17-1)
2. WALDRON (16-1)
3. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (14-3)
4. JAC-CEN-DEL (13-4)
5. TECUMSEH (10-6)
6. BLUE RIVER (14-2)
7. VINCENNES RIVET (13-4)
8. TRINITY LUTHERAN (11-5)
8. NORTH WHITE (12-4)
10. NORTHEAST DUBOIS (12-3)
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#19 TEXAS TECH 65 #1 BAYLOR 62
#4 AUBURN 81 #24 ALABAMA 77
STANFORD 75 #5 USC 69
#9 KANSAS 62 #15 IOWA STATE 61
#18 KENTUCKY 78 VANDERBILT 66
#21 TEXAS 66 OKLAHOMA 52
#22 TENNESSEE 66 SOUTH CAROLINA 46
#25 ILLINOIS 81 NEBRASKA 71
TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#9 IOWA STATE 73 #25 KANSAS STATE 70
#15 GEORGIA TECH 63 PITTSBURGH 52
WASHINGTON 122 OKLAHOMA CITY 118
PHOENIX 99 TORONTO 95
NEW ORLEANS 128 MINNESOTA 125
CHICAGO 133 DETROIT 87
MEMPHIS 116 GOLDEN STATE 108
LA CLIPPERS 87 DENVER 85
TAMPA BAY 6 BUFFALO 1
FLORIDA 5 VANCOUVER 2
CHICAGO 4 COLUMBUS 2
NASHVILLE 5 COLORADO 4
TORONTO 4 VEGAS 3
PITTSBURGH 4 ANAHEIM 1
SAN JOSE 3 DETROIT 2
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS
#10 UCONN TO VISIT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team will return to action Wednesday night by hosting #10 UConn. SNY will cover the 7 PM tip between the Bulldogs and the Huskies. This contest will be just the third meeting between the two programs.
– Celena Taborn leads the NCAA in field goal percentage (74.6) and ranks seventh in the BIG EAST with a 14.4 scoring avg.
– Alex Richard ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (51.2).
– Butler made a season-high 11 3-pointers in the setback at Xavier. The Bulldogs average six made 3-pointers per game, ranking sixth in the BIG EAST.
– Kendall Wingler ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in minutes played (33.9).
– Butler grabbed a season-high 15 offensive rebounds at Xavier.
Scouting #10 UConn
The Huskies are 7-3 overall with a 2-0 record in the BIG EAST. Conference wins came at Seton Hall (74-49) and at home vs. Creighton (63-55). UConn got back to work on January 9 to defeat the Bluejays. Their game vs. Marquette along with road trips to DePaul, Georgetown and Villanova were all postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. Christyn Williams, Evina Westbrook and Olivia Nelson-Ododa have started in all 10 contests. Williams is averaging 13.7 points per game and is shooting 43 percent from the field. Westbrook and Nelson-Ododa rank third and fourth on the team in scoring (9.3 / 8.4 ppg).
All-Time Series vs. UConn
UConn won each meeting last year giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead over Butler in the all-time series. The first-ever meeting was a 103-35 victory in Storrs and the rematch was a 97-68 result inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Last Meeting vs. UConn
The Bulldogs hit 14 3-pointers against UConn on Senior Day last year, but the Huskies would exit Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 97-68 victory. Paige Bueckers led her team to victory with 20 points and 14 assists. Aaliyah Edwards was also a key contributor for UConn off the bench with a team-high 24 points. 1,721 fans attended the contest with UConn coming to town as the top-ranked team in the country. 68 points was the most points scored against UConn that season among BIG EAST teams.
BIG EAST Home Opener
Wednesday night will go down as the BIG EAST home opener for the Bulldogs. The last time BU came out on top in their conference opener at Hinkle Fieldhouse was during the 2018-19 season. The Bulldogs picked up wins at Villanova and Georgetown before returning to Indianapolis for home wins over Seton Hall and St. John’s. Head Coach Kurt Godlevske guided Butler to a 5-0 start in conference action that season. The team ended 11-7 and would eventually reached the Sweet 16 of the WNIT with 23 total wins.
Four Canceled Due to COVID-19
Butler’s last four games have been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. Their last game took place two weeks ago on Dec. 29 at Xavier. Last year, BU had eight games moved due to COVID-19. Only three of the eight games were rescheduled including Butler’s first trip to UConn.
Attack the Rim
Butler has been more aggressive with the basketball over their last six games. During that stretch, BU has attempted 115 free throws, connecting on 83 tries (72.1%). Over the first six games of the year, Butler only attempted 63 free throws resulting in 41 points. BU made a season-high 24 free throws at Hinkle against Denver. Their season-low came at IUPUI when they ended the game 1-for-1 from the charity stripe.
Behind The Arc
Emilia Sexton, Tenley Dowell and Kendall Wingler supplied BU with 11 3-pointers at Xavier. Sexton tied her career-high scoring total with 15 points on five made triples. She also grabbed a career-high five rebounds vs. the Musketeers. Dowell set a new season-high scoring total with 12 points by hitting a career-high four 3-pointers in the Cintas Center. She has now hit double figures in scoring in two-straight games.
Butler freshmen have scored 467 of the 750 Bulldog points this season (62.2%). BU first-year players were limited to just 17 points at Xavier. A freshman has led BU in scoring six times this year. Four freshmen regularly appear in the starting lineup for the Bulldogs. Those four players only trail Celena Taborn in points per game.
Butler scored 94 points in the setback to Denver on Dec. 10. It marked the highest point total by a team coached by Kurt Godlevske. Prior to that contest, the record under Coach G was 92 points (vs. Western Illinois 11/17/18).The last Butler team to hit 100 points was the 2010-11 Bulldogs that scored 105 points at Ball State.
Taborn Take Over
Celena Taborn notched her first double-double as a Bulldog on Dec. 5 at Marquette with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She followed that effort with 33 points and 10 rebounds vs. Denver. Taborn has now scored in double figures six times this season (9 games). She has 1,364 points in her collegiate career and is the first Bulldog to score 30+ in a single game since Kristen Spolyar when she scored 30 vs. Marquette on Jan. 17, 2020.
Butler is off this weekend and therefore can shift their focus to Friday, Jan. 21 when the ‘Dawgs host the Blue Demons at 7 PM. BIG EAST action continues for BU that Sunday with a 2 PM tip vs. Marquette. Each contest will stream on BEDN on FloSports.
BUTLER WLACROSSE SIGNS 10 FOR 2022 CLASS
Head coach Cecil C. Pilson has announced the signing of 10 student-athletes for the Butler women’s lacrosse program’s 2022 class. “I am excited to welcome these newcomers to the program,” said Coach Pilson. “They are a hard-working group of young women that want to achieve success on and off the field.” Hailing from Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas and Virginia, the class brings talent from all over the country. By position, the group includes five midfielders, two attackers, two defenders and a goalie.
Randolph HS | Randolph, N.J.
A four-year starter at goalie for Randolph, Buckley has more saves (253) than goals allowed (218) over the last two seasons in leading her team to be division champions. She was named First Team All-League in the Freedom Conference this past season after being named to the Second Team in 2019.
Buckley on Butler: “I chose Butler because of the prestigious academics and opportunities that it holds along with the athletics being Division I and in the BIG EAST Conference playing some of the top schools in the country.”
Eastport South Manor HS | Manorville, N.Y.
Midfield (Draw Specialist)
A draw control specialist at midfield, Dunne led her team in draw controls. She was named Rookie of the Year in 2021 and will be a captain during the 2022 season. Dunne also plays volleyball and soccer while being a National Honor Society member.
Dunne on Butler: “I chose Butler for the great academics, BIG EAST sports and its beautiful campus. Butler felt like a place I could call home.”
Flint Hill HS | Warrenton, Va.
A four-year varsity letter-winning defender, Hankins is a two-time Under Armour All-American and Virginia State Champion. The three-sport star also plays basketball and field hockey and has been on the Honor Roll for four years.
Hankins on Butler: “I chose Butler because walking onto campus gave me the feeling it was soon going to be my second home. I knew I would be given the opportunity for great athletics as well as academics.”
Blessed Trinity Catholic HS | Roswell, Ga.
A four-year starter at attack, Hudson posted 28 goals and 17 assists in 2021 after netting 16 goals and 37 assists in 2019. She was named All-State First Team in 2021 and Second Team in 2019. Hudson led her team to a state championship in 2021 and a No. 10 national ranking.
Hudson on Butler: “I chose Butler because from the very beginning it felt right. Butler provides me with rigorous academic opportunities and an overall sense of community within the campus and the team.”
Lake Forest HS | Lake Bluff, Ill.
Kaptrosky is a four-year starting midfielder who’s led Lake Forest to a conference championship. Her 107 points in 2021 helped her earn First Team All-Conference, All-Sectional and All-State honors while serving as team captain and winning the team MVP.
Kaptrosky on Butler: “I chose Butler because it has everything I want in a college. The balance of outstanding academics and competitive Division I lacrosse representing the BIG EAST Conference.”
Heritage Christian School | Indianapolis, Ind.
Attack / Midfield
The lone home-state signee of the 2022 class for the Bulldogs, Latham led Heritage Christian to a state championship in 2021. She totaled 90 goals, 32 assists, 110 draw controls and 63 ground ball controls last season to be named a USL All-American and the USA Today HS Indiana Lacrosse Player of the Year.
Latham on Butler: “I chose Butler University because it provides me with a great balance of everything that I wanted. Butler gives me the opportunity to play collegiate lacrosse at a high level while also providing me with excellent academics. The university not only has a great reputation in academics, but athletically and socially as well. I am so excited for Butler to be my home for the next four years! Go Dawgs!”
The Kinkaid School | Houston, Texas
Lynn tallied 37 goals, 12 assists, 18 ground ball controls, 63 draw controls and 13 forced turnovers as a midfielder in 2021 on her way to All-State accolades. She helped her team to the conference championship and second place finish in the state in 2019 and also runs for the cross country team.
Lynn on Butler: “I chose Butler for the family atmosphere of the team and the distinguished academics. I knew Butler was the place I wanted to go when I took my first steps on campus at the tour, and I felt at home.”
Washington-Liberty HS | Arlington, Va.
Ridgeway tallied 64 goals, 24 assists and 51 draw controls in 12 games as a midfielder/attacker in 2021. She earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region honors for her performance. Ridgeway also swims and runs cross country while being a National Honor Society member.
Ridgeway on Butler: “I chose Butler because it was a perfect balance of great academics and athletics. I instantly fell in love with the school the second I stepped on campus. The coaches and players I have met have been amazing, and I can’t wait to spend the next four years on the lacrosse team. Go Dawgs!”
Elizabeth Seton HS | Hyattsville, Md.
A two-time team captain on defense, Ross has also played at the Capital Lacrosse Club in addition to her high school team. She has earned the National Leadership Award in addition to other honors academically.
Ross on Butler: “I felt at home as soon as I stepped on campus. I was excited at the opportunity to play lacrosse at the Division I level in the BIG EAST Conference.”
Cretin-Derham Hall HS | Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Attack / Midfield
A five-year starting midfielder, Selander led her team to conference and sectional championships and a state tournament appearance in 2018 and 2019. She scored a school record 100 points last season on 85 goals and 15 assists while picking up 60 ground balls and totaling 77 draw controls. Selander was awarded with 2021 All-Conference, All-Section and All-State recognition and also named the Team MVP for her performance.
Selander on Butler: “I chose Butler University because of the beautiful campus that made me feel at home. When I first visited Butler, I loved the welcoming feel of the campus and the people there. I like the idea of staying in the Midwest while playing competitive lacrosse in a great conference. I am excited about the strong Health Sciences program and the opportunities it provides. Overall I am excited to be a Bulldog and play lacrosse for a school with strong academics that I love.”
BALL STATE RETURNS TO MACTION WITH ROAD TRIP TO AKRON
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State Cardinals men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood on Tuesday for a Mid-American Conference showdown with the Akron Zips. The Cardinals enter the contest with a 7-7 overall record and are 2-1 in the MAC, while the Zips bring in an 8-4 mark and are 1-1 in conference play. The jump is scheduled for 7 p.m. from James A. Rhodes Arena.
BSU is coming off a 78-72 road victory against EMU. For the second time this season, the Cardinals had five players in double digits. Luke Bumbalough recorded his third game of the year with 20 points, with 20 in Saturday’s contest. He tied with Payton Sparks for the team lead in rebounding with six. Tyler Cochran finished with 15 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 at the free-throw line. Sparks added 11 points. Miryne Thomas and Demarius Jacobs each chipped in with 10 points. Jacobs notched a game-high four assists. Jaylin Sellers and Sparks each blocked a shot. Sellers added nine points and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the field along with a team-high three steals.
Bumbalough paces Ball State with 12.9 points per game and leads the team with 46 assists. Cochran enters Tuesday averaging 11.4 points per contest, while Sparks is averaging 10.6. Sparks continues to pave the way on the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game. Cochran and Thomas are averaging 5.1 and 5.0 rebounds per contest, respectively. Cochran has been a force on the defensive end all season and has a team-high 27 steals. Jacobs and Bumbalough have double-digit steals with 12 and 10 respectively. Sparks, Thomas, and Basheer Jihad are all tied for the team lead in blocks with six each.
As a team, the Cardinals are tied for 41st the NCAA and lead the MAC with a 3-point percentage of .372.
Akron leads the overall series with Ball State 26-18. The Zips are currently on a three-game winning streak against the Cardinals, including an 88-79 victory on Feb. 19, 2021, in Muncie. Akron is 15-6 in games played at home against BSU.
Ali Ali leads the Zips with 15.1 points per game. Enrique Freeman (12.3), Zavier Castaneda (11.3), and Bryan Trimble Jr. (10.8) round out the double-digit scoring for Akron. Freeman is a menace in the glass with 11.1 rebounds per game, which is tied for sixth in the nation and leads the MAC. Aziz Bandaogo leads Akron with 19 blocks, while Freeman is second with 12. Ali leads the team in assists with 34. Greg Tribble and Mikal Dawson are in double figures in steals with 12 and 11, respectively.
All of BSU’s games are presented on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network as well as Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COMPETES IN THE “BATTLE OF THE BIRDS” AT EMU WEDNESDAY
Game 14 | Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan
Jan. 11 | Ypsilanti, Mich. | George Gervin GameAbove Center | 7 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats
Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Eastern Michigan (PDF)
Ball State Sell-A-Thon
– Sixth year head coach Fred Castro owns a 4-7 record against the Cardinals. Ball State swept the home and away series in Castro’s first and second seasons with the Eagles. BSU split the series with EMU last year with the Eagles winning in Worthen Arena and the Cardinals defeating the Eagles on their home court by a score of 68-64 on Jan. 23.
– Wednesday’s game against Eastern Michigan will mark the 86th time in program history the two schools have met with the Eagles leading the all-time series, 44-41.
– Head coach Brady Sallee holds an overall record of 12-9 against Eastern Michigan from 2012-13 to present.
– Ball State is looking to rebound from its 51-54 loss to Kent State Sunday in Worthen Arena. It was an up-and-down ball game but the Golden Flashes made a layup with 17 second left to seal their fate. True freshman Ally Becki along with teammate redshirt junior Anna Clephane led the Cardinals with 10 points apiece.
– Eastern Michigan enters Wednesday’s contest with a 1-1 Mid-American Conference record. The Eagles fell to Toledo in their league opener 48-64 and then recently defeated Central Michigan 80-60 on Saturday. Arena Combs led the Eagles against the Chippewas with 16 points.
-It may be cold outside but the Cardinals tend to get hot in the month of January under 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee. Sallee owns an overall record of 48-26 (.657) in the month of January dating back to his first season in 2012-13.
In the Nation In 3’s:
The Cardinals currently rank 13th in the nation among its Division I peers in 3-point field goals per game (9.2). Ball State also ranks in the top-50 in 3-point field goal attempts coming in at 11 with 384 and 24th in the nation for total 3-pointers with 120.
Sallee vs. the State of Michigan:
Ball State is 38-21 against Michigan schools during head coach Brady Sallee’s 10 seasons after beating Detroit Mercy (twice), Western Michigan (15 times), Eastern Michigan (12 times), Central Michigan (seven times) and Oakland University (twice).
After today’s contest, the Cardinals will play at Akron on Saturday for a 2 p.m. ET tipoff in James A. Rhodes Arena. Ball State will finally return home next week on Wednesday, Jan. 19 against Toledo at 7 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena.
IRISH PLAY HOST TO CLEMSON IN KEY ACC MATCHUP
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (9-5, 3-1) plays host to Clemson (10-5, 2-2) in a key early-conference season matchup in Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET, Regional Sports Networks). The Irish have won three league games in a row and five games overall while the Tigers have won five of their last six games.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
#23 DANE GOODWIN | Senior | 6-4 | 202 | Upper Arlington, OH
15.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, .478 FG%, .433 3FG%, .935 FT%
Has stepped up his game at all levels and on both ends of the court this season • reached double figure scoring in all 14 games this season (a career-best streak) • scored 14 points in the second half and overtime at Georgia Tech, overcoming an 0-for-5 day from behind the arc • ACC Co-Player of the Week (12/27/21) • reached 1,000 points in a career vs. Western Michigan • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .837 career average from the stripe (29-31 this season, which included two game sealing FTs late in the wins over UNC and GT).
#20 | PAUL ATKINSON JR. | Graduate Student | 6-9 | 230 | West Palm Beach, FL
11.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, .596 FG%, .769 FT%
A tone setter for the Irish in the post, has hit double-digit scoring in last six of seven games • came off the bench for the first time this season at GT and responded by hitting first eight shots, finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in 2020-21 • boasts a .652 career field goal percentage and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.
#0 BLAKE WESLEY | Freshman | 6-5 | 185 | South Bend, IN
14.3 ppg, .444 FG%, .342 3FG%
One of the most dynamic playmaking freshmen in the ACC • has reached double figures in scoring in 12 of 14 career games, including the last 10 straight • two-time ACC Rookie of the Week (12/13/21, 1/10/22) • in first career start at home in Purcell Pavilion, hit the game-winning jumper with :12 seconds remaining to upset No. 10/12 Kentucky • second in the ACC in freshman scoring (14.3 ppg) and sixth among all major conference true freshmen in ppg • exploded for 24 points, 18 in the second half at Illinois in the first true road game of his career • first Mike Brey freshman to score 20 points in a career debut (vs. CSUN) since Chris Thomas in 2001 • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985 • see page 4 for more Wesley freshman season breakdowns.
#3 PRENTISS HUBB | Senior | 6-3 | 176 | Upper Marlboro, MD
7.9 ppg, 3.6 apg
Connected on the game-winning jumper with five seconds remaining at Pittsburgh (12/28/21), capping a 13-point second half where he finished 3-3 from three-point range • edging closer to becoming the ninth Notre Dame player to post 500 career assists (496) • preseason All-ACC Second Team • led the team with 15 points against Boston College, coming off the bench for the first time since the victory at Miami last season • led the Irish in scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.
#14 NATE LASZEWSKI | Senior | 6-10 | 235 | Jupiter, FL
8.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, .455 3FG%
(pronounced La-SHEH-skee) • Had his break out game of the season last Wednesday vs. North Carolina, leading the Irish with 20 points (6-7 from three point range) and eight rebounds • pulled down nine rebounds in the victory at Georgia Tech • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has six 20-point games in his career.
OFF THE BENCH
#5 CORMAC RYAN | Senior | 6-5 | 195 | New York, NY
8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .364 3FG%, .833 FT%
The team’s best on-ball defenders • filled up the stat line against No. 10/12 Kentucky with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.
#2 TREY WERTZ | Senior | 6-5 | 192 | Charlotte, NC
4.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg
Provides ball handling and scoring a punch off the bench • hit double figures for the first time this season in the victory over No. 10/12 Kentucky with 12 points • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range last season • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.
IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS
With the victory over North Carolina last Wednesday, Notre Dame has chalked up a win over the Tar Heels and Kentucky in the same season for the first time in school history. The Irish also own wins over Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina in the most recent meetings between the Irish and the CBB blue bloods.
Notre Dame has won seven straight games in Purcell Pavilion dating back to last season. In those seven victories are wins over No. 11/11 Florida State last March, a 66-62 win over No. 10/12 Kentucky on December 11 and a five-point win over North Carolina last week.
Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.
Consecutive shots made to start the game at Georgia Tech on Saturday for graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. He eventually finished the game 8-for-9 with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Career-best streak of double-digit scoring games for senior Dane Goodwin – all 14 games this season. Goodwin lead the Irish at 15.0 ppg.
Points-per-game average for freshman Blake Wesley, which is the second-best average in the ACC and sixth-best among major conference true freshman (see page 4 for more details).
Points-per-game average for Dane Goodwin in Purcell Pavilion this season (six games). Goodwin is shooting .548 from the field, .531 from 3FG range, .882 from the line while pulling down 6.0 rebounds on his home court.
Through 14 career games Blake Wesley has scored an even 200 points – the only other true freshman in program history to accomplish the same feat: Troy Murphy, Chris Thomas, LaPhonso Ellis, Adrian Dantley and David Rivers. See page 4 for more information.
Career assists for senior Prentiss Hubb, who is looking to become the ninth Notre Dame player to log 500 assists in a career.
Career points for senior Nate Laszewski, who seeks to become the 67th Notre Dame player and 26th recruited by Mike Brey to score 1,000 points in a career.
Career points for senior Trey Wertz, who scored 747 points of those points at Santa Clara from 2018-20.
VALPO FALLS IN DOUBLE OVERTIME BATTLE AT LOYOLA
For a third consecutive season, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team had host Loyola on the ropes in a game at Gentile Arena, but once again one of the nation’s top mid-major programs escaped the Beacons, this time with an 81-74 double overtime victory. Valpo led by as many as 12 and nearly knocked off a Ramblers team that is receiving votes nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls, but instead the hosts extended their longstanding home court winning streak to 30 on Chicago’s north side.
How It Happened
The Beacons played strong defense throughout the first half and held a slight lead for the bulk of the game’s first 10 minutes.
Valpo owned a 16-13 edge at the 9:10 mark of the opening half before a triple by Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy) sparked a crucial run. The guests scored nine straight points during that stretch, and when Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) drilled a 3 at the six-minute mark, the Valpo lead ballooned to 12.
As to be expected from a high-quality opponent, Loyola battled back to trim the deficit to five at 25-20 with 4:49 left in the half. But Valpo responded, scoring the next five points including a 3 by Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) to surge back ahead by double figures at 30-20 with 2:38 to go in the half.
The Ramblers scored the only bucket of the half’s final 2:30, but Valpo still entered the break holding a 30-22 advantage.
The lead fluctuated between nine and 11 for the first six minutes of the second half before Valpo broke through with its largest cushion of the day at the 13:49 mark after Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) drained a triple to widen the gap to a dozen. Loyola responded with a traditional 3-point play, but Taylor connected from deep at the 13:02 mark to up the lead back to 12 at 42-30.
A five-point Loyola surge got the Ramblers back within seven, but Valpo again stretched the edge to double figures when Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) converted a jumper with 7:46 on the clock.
Loyola lowered the lead to four, but a steal by Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) led to an acrobatic bucket by Taylor on the other end, and Valpo owned a 55-49 advantage with 1:34 to play.
The hosts scored the final six points of regulation, burying two free throws with 17 ticks on the clock to tie the game at 55. That marked the contest’s first deadlock since 2-2 as Valpo had led for nearly the entirety of regulation.
The Beacons couldn’t cash in on the final possession of regulation, and then Loyola grabbed its first lead of the game at 56-55 early in overtime.
Ruedinger hit a massive go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:17 left in the first extra session, and Valpo built up a 66-63 lead with 37 ticks remaining in OT when Taylor swished a pair of free throws. However, Loyola’s Braden Norris hit a game-tying shot with 23 seconds left in OT, and the showdown extended to a second overtime tied at 66.
The Ramblers outscored the Beacons 15-8 in a double OT session in which Valpo never led. Valpo trailed by three with 28 seconds left before Loyola scored the game’s final four points at the foul stripe.
Inside the Game
The 22 first-half points represented a season low for Loyola, which had previously scored no fewer than 28 points in the opening half in each of its first 13 contests this season. The only other team to hold Loyola under 30 prior to halftime was Michigan State, which kept the Ramblers to 28 points in the opening 20 minutes.
The 22 opening-half points were the fewest allowed by Valpo this year against a Division-I opponent. Previously, 26 on Nov. 23 vs. Coastal Carolina was the team’s best opening-half performance in terms of points permitted. The only time Valpo allowed fewer than 22 was against East-West University on Dec. 7 (21).
The eight-point halftime deficit marked Loyola’s largest of the season. Previously, DePaul’s 37-31 edge was the largest halftime advantage a Loyola opponent owned this season.
The Beacons used their eighth different starting lineup of the season and their fifth unique lineup in the last five games as Kithier, Taylor, King, Krikke and Ruedinger comprised the starting five. Taylor re-entered the starting group with Edwards coming off the bench, while starting point guard Trevor Anderson was sidelined with a back ailment for the second consecutive contest.
This game marked the first time Valpo owned a double-figure lead over Loyola at any point in the 10 showdowns since Valpo joined the Missouri Valley Conference. The last time Valpo owned a double-figure edge in a game against the Ramblers was the final Horizon League matchup between the two schools on Feb. 19, 2013, a game Valpo led by as many as 17 en route to an 85-76 victory at Gentile Arena.
Taylor made multiple 3s for the 13th time in 17 games this season. In fact, he’s had multiple made 3s in eight straight outings. He’s the first Valpo player in over 30 years to make a 3 in each of the first 17 games of the season. Furthermore, Taylor knocked down a triple for the 80th consecutive game dating back to Dec. 15, 2018, a stretch that spans much of his career at D-II Winona State plus this season at Valpo.
Edwards finished with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, reaching the 20-point threshold for the second time this season and the fourth in his collegiate career. This marked his second-highest output of the year behind 23 vs. Tulane on Nov. 24. Edwards led Valpo in scoring for the second time this season and the sixth in his career. Both of Edwards’ 20-point efforts this season have come in games in which he came off the bench.
Taylor (17) and King (16) both joined Edwards in double figures. Edwards scored in double figures for the team-high 12th time this season, while King reached double figure for the seventh time in his eight games with the Beacons. Taylor’s double-figure effort was the 90th of his career and his ninth this season.
Ruedinger finished with a season-high eight points and drilled a pair of 3s as the true freshman made his second straight start.
Taylor has scored 15+ points six times this season including four times in his last six games.
Kithier led the team in rebounding for the 10th time in the 15 games he’s played this season. His nine boards lifted his total to 19 in two games since returning from being sidelined by COVID-19 health and safety protocols. He has squeezed six rebounds or more in eight consecutive contests.
Kithier handed out four assists – all in the first half – to finish one shy of equaling a career watermark. He also achieved a career-high with three blocked shots.
Edwards also had a big day on the boards, pulling down a season-high seven rebounds. He surpassed his previous season best of six on Nov. 13 vs. UIC and finished one shy of his career high, which was achieved twice last season.
In addition to already being without one starter due to an injury (Anderson), Valpo had to overcome foul trouble for several key players. Three of the five starters finished with four fouls or more including Kithier, who fouled out with 17 seconds left in regulation.
Valpo’s setback came to a Loyola team that was narrowly outside the Top 25 in this week’s AP and USA Today Coaches’ poll. The Ramblers have two losses this season, both to teams currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally. Loyola’s victory extended its home court winning streak to 30 games and its MVC home court winning streak to 23. The Ramblers haven’t lost a home conference game since February 2019 and haven’t incurred any home defeat since December 2019.
Valpo played its third overtime game of the season, slipping to 1-2 in such contests. This marked the team’s first double OT affair since a 91-85 win over Bradley on Jan. 28 of last season. It was the team’s first double OT loss since December 2016 vs. Santa Clara and the program’s first road double OT game since beating Western Illinois 94-92 on Feb. 14, 1994.
This marked the fifth time in the last six matchups between Valpo and Loyola that the game has either been decided by three points or fewer, or gone to overtime, or both. Valpo’s last three trips to Gentile Arena have all resulted in losses, but two came by two points and this one needed double overtime to determine a victor.
Of Valpo’s nine losses this season, five have either come by four points or fewer or overtime or both. Two of Valpo’s four games in the calendar year of 2022 have gone beyond the regulation 40 minutes.
Valpo held Loyola to 42.1 percent shooting, the second-lowest clip for the Ramblers this season. Michigan State was the only team to hold them to a lower shooting mark.
Loyola finished the game with eight made 3s, but they went just 3-of-20 from distance in the regulation 40 minutes including 0-of-10 in the second half before heating up to the tune of 5-of-6 in OT.
This marked the fourth time this season that Valpo has shot at a higher percentage than the opponent and lost. The Beacons converted at a 53.7 percent clip, their highest in MVC play and second-highest against a D-I opponent this season.
The Beacons won the rebounding battle for the second straight game, outdoing the Ramblers on the glass by eight. Prior to the last two games, Valpo had won the rebounding battle just twice in its first 13 D-I contests.
Valpo did match a season high with 19 turnovers, while the hosts committed only nine over the 50 minutes.
Valpo has played three of its first five conference games on the road and those three contests have come against the teams picked to finish in the top three in the preseason poll.
Valpo (8-9, 1-4) will return home on Saturday to host Missouri State in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. Please note that the start time has been changed from the original schedule to accommodate national TV. The game will tip at 4 p.m. For ticket information, visit valpoatheltics.com/tickets.
VICTORIA BRISACK JOINS PURDUE FORT WAYNE AS WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ASSISTANT COACH
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball head coach Steve Florio announced the hiring of a new assistant coach for the program: Victoria Brisack.
“I’m incredibly pleased and very excited to welcome Victoria to our staff,” Florio said. “She aligns perfectly with our good values and healthy team culture, and with a sincere passion for volleyball, she understands and appreciates the long history of success of both our volleyball programs and what that tradition means to our volleyball alumni and university.
“Throughout every step of the hiring process, Victoria’s warm personality, high character, and desire to mentor athletes and leaders was impressive. She will make an immediate impact her genuine positivity, her ability to build relationships, and lift people up. Her experience as a high level setter in the Big Ten will prove very helpful in training our setters and making our offense more efficient. Further, she has had the opportunity to learn from several excellent coaches, all of whom have different styles and philosophies. I’m eager to gain her perspective and implement what she has learned from those various experiences into our program,” Florio said.
Brisack comes to the Summit City after spending the 2021 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. She helped lead Notre Dame to a 10-8 ACC season, which included a 3-2 win over No. 18 Georgia Tech. Her primary duties included training servers and back row defensive players.
Prior to her time at Notre Dame, Brisack was the recruiting director, setting director and lead trainer for 1st Alliance/Lions Jrs Volleyball Club. She trained high school athletes pursuing intercollegiate athletics while working closely with setters.
Brisack received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in December of 2019 from Indiana University, where she was the primary setter for the Hoosiers for the majority of her four-year career. She finished her career with 2,734 assists, which ranks ninth in program history. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a recipient of the Lessow Community Outreach Award. While in school, she was also a counselor and director for Indiana’s volleyball camps. After graduating, Brisack worked for Sting United Madison Volleyball Club and picked up a volunteer assistant coach position at Big East member Marquette University
Brisack joins the Mastodon program as they seek their first Horizon League championship after joining the league in 2020.
GOOCH AWARDED MIVA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association announced Purdue Fort Wayne libero Troy Gooch was awarded Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday, Jan 11.
Gooch led the Mastodons in digs with 11 (1.83 digs per set) en route to a 1-1 weekend with a win over King on Friday, Jan. 7 in Bristol, Tenn. In Friday’s win, Gooch racked up seven digs, which resulted in the ‘Dons hitting .403 on offense.
This is Gooch’s second time receiving this honor. He was awarded Defensive Player of the Week was back on Feb. 16, 2021.
The ‘Dons play their home opener on Friday, Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) against Maryville on the Arnie Ball Court at the Gates Sports Center.
11 Beacons Recognized on Phil Steele All-PFL Teams
The Valparaiso University football team was well represented as Phil Steele released its All-Pioneer Football League teams for the 2021 fall season this week.
A quintet of Beacons garnered spots on the First Team with running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]), defensive lineman Trejuan Purty (Maryville, Tenn. / East Tennessee State), kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland), punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) and kick returner Chuck Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) all receiving recognition.
In addition, wide receiver Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground), defensive lineman Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC])¸ punter returner Josh Becton (Kansas City, Kan. / F.L. Schlagle) and long snapper Doug Haugh (Redlands, Calif. / Redlands Senior) were named to the Third Team, while offensive lineman Aaron Byrd (Bradley, Ill. / Bourbonnais) and linebacker Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) were tabbed Fourth-Team selections.
Washington finished the season with 1,105 rushing yards, the second-highest output in program history behind 1,358 by Jeff Horton in 2005. He became just the third 1,000-yard rusher in Valpo lore and tied the program record for single-season rushing touchdowns with 14. Despite playing only 17 games in a Brown & Gold uniform, the North Carolina native finished the year with 1,758 career rushing yards, a total that ranks ninth in program history.
Washington finished the season ranked 12th nationally in all-purpose yards per game at 131.27. He ranked ninth in the FCS nation in rushing TDs, 10th in rushing yards per game (100.5) and eighth in total rushing yards. Washington earned First Team All-PFL laurels for the second straight season after also being named the PFL Offensive Player of the Year following the Spring 2021 campaign.
Bartholomew led the PFL and ranked 34th nationally in field-goal percentage at .750 while also leading the league and ranking 26th in the nation in field goals per game at 1.20. He finished the year tied for second in single-season program history with 12 made field goals while cracking the program record book with 32 made PATs, which ranked fifth all-time. Bartholomew earned his second straight First Team All-PFL nod this year.
Also a two-time All-PFL honoree, Niesner posted a punting average of 43.2 this season, a mark that ranked third in program history. He tied program and PFL records for single-season punting average during the Spring 2021 campaign at 43.6, earning him PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Year recognition for the spring season. Niesner finished this season with the league’s top punting average, a mark that ranked 16th nationally.
Purty averaged 1.4 tackles for loss per game, a number that placed him 19th nationally and second in the PFL. He totaled 40 tackles, 15 of which came behind the line of scrimmage including 6.5 sacks. In total, opponents lost 56 yards on Purty TFLs. He also had a pair of breakups and a QB hurry.
Maxwell’s kick return total of 599 yards led the PFL and ranked 13th in the nation, while his kickoff return average of 25.0 led the league and ranked 22nd nationally. The speedy sophomore returned 24 kicks this fall including a long of 76.
Reese played in all 11 games this season while notching a team-high 457 receiving yards. Becton had 12 punt returns for 85 yards and seven kickoff returns for 120 yards. Martins was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year after leading the PFL outright with three fumble recoveries to go along with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two QB hurries, two forced fumbles, one blocked kick and one pass breakup. Haugh was All-PFL Honorable Mention at long snapper for a second straight season and earned the team’s Koenig Award for outstanding sportsmanship and character.
Byrd was named the squad’s Sever Award winner, which is presented annually to the program’s top offensive lineman, for a second straight year. Psota led the team with 71 tackles including 42 solos. He posted 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups, four QB hurries, one forced fumble, one blocked kick and one safety.
ACES TRAVEL TO PEORIA FOR WEDNESDAY CONTEST AT BRADLEY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to get back on the winning track, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team returns to the road on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. game against Bradley inside Carver Arena. ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the coverage.
– The MVC recently announced make-up dates for games that have been postponed
– On Jan. 21, UE travels to Illinois State for a 6 p.m. game before ISU returns the trip two days later in a 1 p.m. game at the Ford Center
– Evansville will play Indiana State in Terre Haute on Feb. 8 before the Sycamores come to Evansville on the 10th
Last Time Out
– Another one came down to the wire on Saturday with Drake defeating the Purple Aces by a 60-59 final inside the Ford Center
– Trailing by as many as nine points in the second half, UE stormed back and had a chance to win at the buzzer before two shots came up short
– Jawaun Newton had one his top games of the season, totaling 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting along with tying for the top rebound tally in the game with nine
– Shamar Givance recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals
– Through six homes games, the UE defense has shined, allowing the opposition to score an average of just 56.33 points per game…just one opponent has scored over 60 points at the Ford Center this season with UCF finishing with 75 on Nov. 20
– In eight road/neutral site games, the opposition has averaged 74.25 PPG
Taking Care of the Ball
– One of the things that has kept the Aces in each contest over the recent stretch has been the ability to take care of the ball
– The last seven games have seen UE turn the ball over just 57 times – an average of 8.1 per game…that tally is lower than the national leader in that statistic
– Evansville has finished with single digit turnovers in five of the last seven games and has not turned it over more than 11 times during that span
– That is a huge disparity from the first seven outings where UE committed 99 turnovers, an average of 14.1 per game
Another 20-point Performance
– For the second time this season and first since his 30-point game against Rice, Jawaun Newton finished with 21 points against Drake
– His season average is 14.3 PPG, but over the last nine games, he has recorded 16.4
– Newton continues to rack up the rebounds a the top level of his career, pacing the squad with 5.9 per game; that average is even higher over the last seven games with his mark standing at 7.0
Making the Adjustment
– As his freshman season has moved along, Blake Sisley has looked more and more comfortable at the next level
– After scoring a total of three points in his first six games, Sisley has averaged 6.5 points in the last four outings
– His top game saw him hit 5 out of 6 attempts on his way to 12 points versus Tennessee Tech
– Sisley has earned more playing time as the season has moved along, culminating in his top total of 24:33 against Drake
Scouting the Opponent
– A 78-71 overtime loss at Loyola on Saturday saw Bradley fall to 7-9 on the season and 1-3 through four MVC contests
– The Braves defeated UNI in the conference opener in December by a 71-69 final, but have fallen in three close games since the New Year
– Terry Roberts has leads the Braves in points, assist and steals
– His average of 15.3 PPG is 7th in the Valley while he ranks third with 4.2 assists per game and second with his average of 1.7 steals
– Rienk Mast is Bradley’s top rebounder, hauling in 7.8 per contest
– His average is second in the league.
BAILEY NAMED GLVC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS- The Greyhounds’ Logan Bailey was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Wrestler of the Week, announced by the league Tuesday.
Bailey, who earns his first career GLVC Wrestler of the Week honor, went 3-0 with a pair of pins at last week’s NWCA National Duals. In addition to the two pins, Bailey also notched a win over two-time All-American Jake Barzowski of St. Cloud State. The UIndy starter at 149 is currently ranked #9 in the NWCA Coaches rankings, and is 23-4 on the season with 14 pins. The last GLVC Wrestler of the Week from the Greyhounds was Derek Blubaugh, who earned the honor the first week of this season.
The Greyhounds host GLVC action Sunday, with William Jewell and Ouachita Baptist coming to the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center for duals. Davenport has pulled out of the event due to health and safety concerns in their program.
NEWS | SOFTBALL ROLLS OUT 2022 SLATE OF CONTESTS
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team rolled out their 2022 slate of contests on Tuesday (Jan. 11) afternoon. This year’s schedule is set to feature 18 contests taking place at Franklin’s Behrens Field in the spring.
The first pitch of the season is set for Jan. 26 when the Grizzlies take part in the Fontbonne Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., with four games on tap over a two-day stretch. Franklin opens play at home on Mar. 5 with a twin bill against Greenville University and follows it up with two games against Kalamazoo College one day later. Other non-conference home contests will see Franklin welcome Olivet (Mar. 25), Chicago (Mar. 26) and Spalding (Apr. 21) to Behrens Field. Out of league road trips will take Franklin to Wilmington (Mar. 8), Aurora (Mar. 19), St. Mary’s (Mar. 31) and DePauw (Apr. 7).
Conference play starts the first weekend of April, with Franklin heading south to face Transylvanaia on Apr. 3. The rest of the league road slate will have the Griz at Rose-Hulman (Apr. 13), Manchester (Apr. 23) and Anderson (Apr. 26) while the HCAC home schedule will see FC welcome Hanover (Apr. 6), Mt. St. Joseph (Apr. 9), Bluffton (Apr. 16) and Defiance (Apr. 30).
The conference tournament is slated to take place on May 5-7 on the home field of the regular season champion.
The full schedule is available at the link at the top of the page. The schedule is subject to change throughout the spring.
GRIZ BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College baseball schedule for the 2022 season is live and is set to feature a home-heavy slate of contests at John P. McDowell Field this coming spring.
Head coach Lance Marshall’s squad is set to play 14 of their first 16 games at home, starting with opening day on Feb. 26 when the Albion Britons come to town to begin a three-game series over two days. Before the end of March, Franklin will host Hope (Mar. 4-5), Alma (Mar. 12-13), Wilmington (Mar. 15), and Trine (Mar. 18-19) on their home turf with road games at Wilmington (Mar. 8) and DePauw (Mar. 20) sprinkled in ahead of their spring break trip.
Upon returning from their trip, the Grizzlies open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Apr. 2 when Bluffton comes to town. Other homestands in the regular season feature twin bills with Anderson (Apr. 5), Oberlin (Apr. 10), Manchester (Apr. 16), Mount St. Joseph (Apr. 23) and Earlham (May 3). The Grizzlies will be on the road for conference double headers at Defiance (Apr. 9), Rose-Hulman (Apr. 19), Transylvania (Apr. 30) and Hanover (May 7).
The full schedule with start times can be found at the top of the page. The schedule is subject to change throughout the season.
MEN’S HOCKEY JUST SHY OF TOP-15
ANGOLA, Ind. — The Trine University men’s hockey team came in just shy of the Top-15 in the latest USCHO.com NCAA Division III national poll, finishing first among teams receiving votes by a wide margin.
The Thunder received a program high 26 points in the latest edition of the poll which was release yesterday. The team was just three points behind No. 15 Curry College with the next highest vote getter being SUNY Brockport with 10 points. Three other members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) are currently ranked in the poll. Adrian College is the unanimous top-ranked team with St. Norbert College coming in eighth and Aurora University in 13th.
Trine is currently riding a 7-1 streak, with their lone loss during that stretch coming against Aurora. Last night the Thunder picked up another NCHA victory over visiting Finlandia University by the score of 6-4.
The team also finds itself eighth in the USCHO.com PairWise Ranking a statistical tool designed to approximate the process by which the NCAA selection committee decides which teams get at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. Although the NCAA selection committee does not use these rankings as presented by USCHO.com, the PairWise Rankings have been accurate in predicting which teams will make the tournament field. The Thunder continue to boast the second highest placement in the rankings, behind only top-ranked Adrian.
Trine is set to face off with Finlandia again this evening finishing off the season series. The game is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.
WHITEHEAD NAMED TO INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME’S 2022 SILVER ANNIVERSARY TEAM
NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Eighteen women have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2022 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago, including AJ Whitehead, a 2001 graduate of the Bethel Women’s Basketball program, from NorthWood High School.
The team includes 13 members of the 1997 Indiana All-Star squad, among them Indiana’s Miss Basketball. Five other all-state players are included to comprise the best of Indiana’s high school class of 1997.
1997 Indiana All-Stars on this year’s Silver Anniversary Team include Miss Basketball Lisa (Shepherd) Stidham along with Katie Douglas, Candace (Crawford) Hall, Ruth (Riley) Hunter, Jenny Martin, Katrina Merriweather, Liz (Stansberry) Mitchell, Staci Mueller, Julie Schrader, Constance (Murdock) Sherrod, Andi Speer, Tamie Stiner and Amber (Holle) Williams.
The remaining five, named to various all-state teams are: Erica Cory, Shannon Layne, Gretchen Miles, Abbi (Wilson) Rosen and A.J. Whitehead.
For further details on each honoree and her career, click here.
AJ Whitehead – All-state honors as team MVP for 25-1 state finalist team as a senior and received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award for girls basketball. Totaled 739 career points, 456 rebounds and 138 assists on teams that went 68-4 over three seasons, winning three Northern Lakes Conference titles, three sectionals, three regional championships and reaching the 1997 state finals. She earned NLC all-conference honors as a junior and senior. In three seasons at Bethel College, she totaled 1,676 career points and 804 rebounds in 108 games (15.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg career averages). Leading her team to the 2000 NCCAA National Championship, she was the 2000 NCCAA National Player of the Year and National Tournament MVP, a three-time NCCAA All-American, 2001 NAIA All-American and 2001 MCC Conference Player of the Year and three-time all-conference. Earning a master’s in exercise science, she has worked in strength and conditioning with the Turkish Basketball Federation, UW Green Bay, UMass Lowell, Purdue University and is currently the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Wisconsin. She resides in Madison, Wisconsin.
All Women’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 20th Women’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
The ceremony will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. Tickets for the event are available online now. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or email email@example.com for more information.
For the latest information on each of Bethel University’s 31 intercollegiate athletic teams, visit BUPilots.com or follow the Pilots on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BUPilots or on YouTube at /BethelSportsNetwork.
HANOVER WOMEN’S LACROSSE ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team will open the 2022 season on Sunday, February 13 under the guidance of sixth year head coach Brandon Allwood.
The 2022 campaign will feature nine home contests, including a three-game slate to open the year. The season-opener will feature Birmingham-Southern College followed by Marian University on Wednesday, February 16.
The Panthers then welcome Bethel College on Saturday, February 19 before heading north for Albion College on Saturday, February 26.
Hanover returns to Alumni Stadium on Wednesday, March 2 taking on Asbury College, their first meeting since the 2019 campaign. Other non-conference action will feature a trip to Marietta College on Saturday, March 5, a home contest with Lourdes University on Monday, March 7 and a neutral site meeting with the University of Dallas on Wednesday, March 16.
Sunday, March 27 will be a home contest with Heidelberg before opening Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Anderson on Saturday, April 9. The last meeting between Anderson and Hanover saw the Blue and Red reign victorious, 13-6.
The Panthers are set to wrap-up the home portion of their schedule with a three-game slate featuring Earlham on Wednesday, April 13, area-rival Franklin on Saturday, April 16 and Mt., St. Joseph on Saturday, April 23. The Panthers play their best ball at home with their last loss coming in overtime on Wednesday, February 24.
The regular season will conclude with a trip to Transylvania on Wednesday, April 27 followed by a non-conference contest at Spalding on Saturday, April 30.
The HCAC tournament is slated to begin on Wednesday, May 4.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS ROLL PAST SPRING ARBOR FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT HOME WIN
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor improved to 6-3 inside Odle Arena this season and scored a third-straight victory on the home planks with a 78-63 win over Spring Arbor on Tuesday evening.
TU controlled the action throughout, taking the lead for good on a Jason Hubbard basket at the 16:12 mark and never looking back. The Trojans turned the ball over only three times in the contest and posted a 20-0 scoring edge over SAU (6-13, 0-7 CL) in points off turnovers.
That lopsided margin and a 24-of-39 shooting performance from two-point range helped the Trojans overcome a red-hot three-point shooting exhibition from the Cougars, who entered the contest as the Crossroads League’s worst perimeter shooting lineup.
SAU connected on 10-of-17 looks from three-point range for a 58.8-percent rate, but Taylor limited the guests to just 14-of-34 from inside the line and picked apart the Cougars on the other end with 19 assists on 32 made baskets.
Hubbard led the way once again, filling the box score with 26 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal. The senior shot 11-of-16 from two-point range on his way to a fifth-straight game with at least 20 points and his eighth double-double of the season.
Gavin Yoon provided the main support with a season-high 19 points. The sophomore guard scored 13 points in the second half and finished eight-of-14 overall with a trio of triples. The outing was Yoon’s third-straight game in double figures and upped his scoring average to 13.8 points per game over his last four times in the starting lineup.
Hubbard and Yoon had plenty of additional help, as Kaden Fuhrmann also posted 13 second-half points to end with 16 overall and Jackson Lewis chipped in with six assists, six rebounds and five points in his return to the point guard position.
The outcome of the game was rarely in doubt, as Taylor used a 9-0 spurt early into the action to claim a 14-6 lead and extended the spread to 31-16 deep in the opening half.
The advantage dipped to six but TU scored the final three points before halftime and used a strong opening five minutes out of the break to build a 50-34 lead. The margin never lowered to single-digits over the final 15 minutes and got as high as 24 before settling at the final of 78-63.
Taylor (7-11, 3-4 CL) is slated to return to action on Saturday, January 15 for a 3:00 pm tip at home against No. 25 Saint Francis (15-4, 5-2 CL).
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES
GIANTS FIRE JOE JUDGE AS COACH AFTER 10-23 RECORD IN 2 YEARS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have cleaned house, firing coach Joe Judge a day after general manager Dave Gettleman retired.
The Giants announced the move late Tuesday afternoon, ending speculation that the owners planned to hire a new general manager and let him determine the 40-year-old coach’s fate.
Judge posted a 10-23 record in two seasons, including an embarrassing 4-13 mark this past season. The campaign ended with a six-game losing streak in which the offense did almost nothing with quarterback Daniel Jones sidelined with a neck injury.
Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said they felt it was best for the Giants to move in another direction after five straight seasons of double-digit losses.
The Giants have made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. They have gone through four coaches in the past six seasons, starting with Ben McAdoo in 2016, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, Pat Shurmur in 2018 and Judge who was hired in 2020.
Mara said he met with Judge on Monday and again on Tuesday, informing him of the decision at the second meeting.
“I said before the season started that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were headed when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement, which is why we have made this decision,” Mara said.
A former special teams coordinator with the Patriots who was mentored by Bill Belichick in New England and by Nick Saban at Alabama, Judge promised to bring a tough, hard-nosed brand of football back to the area. It was the kind of football Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin taught in building four champions.
There was no doubt the Giants played hard under Judge. They never gave up. They just didn’t win enough, especially this season which was marked by at least a dozen season-ending injuries. The O-line lost two starters in the first two weeks of the season, and leading tackler and linebacker Blake Martinez went down early.
Judge did seem to unite the Giants. There was little dissent. He repeatedly said he was changing the attitude and that would be a part of the process to build a winner.
Judge demanded his players comply with the rules. First-round draft pick Andrew Thomas missed a start against Washington in his rookie season in 2020 because he was late for a team meeting the night before the game.
Judge was like that. Everything was his way. When offensive line coach Marc Colombo and Judge got into a disagreement in his first season, Judge fired him. He also fired coordinator Jason Garrett this past season with the offense struggling, but it didn’t have the desired effect.
Now, the new general manager will hire another coach to try to turn the Giants around yet again.
“This will be a comprehensive search for our next general manager,” said Mara upon Gettleman’s retirement. “We are looking for a person who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication abilities, somebody who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, college scouting and coaching.”
The Giants have already put together a list of nine GM candidates they plan to interview, including long-time assistant general manager Kevin Abrams. He might be a hard sell for fans because he has been associated with the organization for more than two decades. The team has made the playoffs once (2016) since winning its fourth Super Bowl in February 2012.
The others on the list are Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen; Tennessee director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort; Titans VP of player personnel Ryan Cowden; Chiefs chief executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles; Cardinals VP of player personnel Quentin Harris, Cardinals VP of pro personnel Adrian Wilson, 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters and 49ers director of player personnel Ran Carthon.
Giants fans should be familiar with Carthon. The 40-year-old is the son of former fullback Maurice Carthon, who was a member of Parcells’ Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1986 and ’90 seasons.
Ran Carthon was a running back at Florida and he had a short NFL career with the Colts and Lions. He was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a scout in 2008, went to the Rams in 2012 as director of player personnel and joined the 49ers in 2017.
NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW
The NFL playoffs begin with Super Wild Card Weekend (January 15-17), which for the first time will conclude with a game on Monday night.
The NFL Super Wild Card Weekend schedule:
|Saturday, January 15|
|AFC||Las Vegas at Cincinnati||4:30 PM ET||NBC, Peacock, Universo|
|AFC||New England at Buffalo||8:15 PM ET||CBS, Paramount+|
|Sunday, January 16|
|NFC||Philadelphia at Tampa Bay||1:00 PM ET||FOX, FOX Deportes|
|NFC||San Francisco at Dallas||4:30 PM ET||CBS, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video|
|AFC||Pittsburgh at Kansas City||8:15 PM ET||NBC, Peacock, Telemundo|
|Monday, January 17|
|NFC||Arizona at Los Angeles Rams||8:15 PM ET||ESPN/ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes|
The NFL expanded the playoffs last season for the first time since 1990, adding a third Wild Card team in each conference and in the process creating “Super Wild Card Weekend” – three Wild Card games on Saturday and three games on Sunday.
With the addition of a Monday night game to the 2021 playoffs, Super Wild Card Weekend will now have two Wild Card games on Saturday (4:30 PM and 8:15 PM ET), three on Sunday (1:00 PM, 4:30 PM, and 8:15 PM ET), and one on Monday (8:15 PM ET).
On Saturday, the Las Vegas Raiders play at the Cincinnati Bengals (NBC, Peacock, Universo, 4:30 PM ET) and the New England Patriots visit the Buffalo Bills (CBS, Paramount+, 8:15 PM ET).
Super Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX, FOX Deportes, 1:00 PM ET), the Dallas Cowboys welcome the San Francisco 49ers (CBS, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video, 4:30 PM ET) and the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs (NBC, Peacock, Telemundo, 8:15 PM ET).
Super Wild Card Weekend concludes with the Arizona Cardinals visiting the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night(ESPN/ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+ ESPN Deportes, 8:15 PM ET).
TURNAROUND TEAMS & CONSISTENT WINNERS HIGHLIGHT PLAYOFF FIELD
There are seven new playoff teams in 2021: ARIZONA, CINCINNATI, DALLAS, LAS VEGAS, NEW ENGLAND, PHILADELPHIA and SAN FRANCISCO.
Since 1990 – a streak of 32 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.
The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:
|SEASON||PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS|
|1990||7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)|
|1991||5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)|
|1992||6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco)|
|1993||5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)|
|1994||5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego Chargers)|
|1995||4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)|
|1996||5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)|
|1997||5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)|
|1998||5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)|
|1999||7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis Rams, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)|
|2000||6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia)|
|2001||6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)|
|2002||5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)|
|2003||8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis Rams, Seattle)|
|2004||5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego Chargers)|
|2005||7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)|
|2006||7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego Chargers)|
|2007||6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)|
|2008||7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)|
|2009||6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)|
|2010||5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)|
|2011||6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)|
|2012||4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)|
|2013||5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego Chargers)|
|2014||5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)|
|2015||4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)|
|2016||6 (Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders)|
|2017||8 (Buffalo, Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Tennessee)|
|2018||7 (Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle)|
|2019||5 (Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco, Tennessee)|
|2020||7 (Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington)|
|2021||7 (Arizona, Cincinnati, Dallas, Las Vegas, New England, Philadelphia, San Francisco)|
Two teams won division titles – Cincinnati (AFC North) and Dallas (NFC East) – after missing the playoffs last season. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 18 of the past 19 years.
Cincinnati completed the “worst-to-first” turnaround, winning the AFC North the season after finishing in last place. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 17 of the past 19 seasons.
The divisions with new champions in 2021:
|AFC NORTH||NFC EAST||NFC SOUTH||NFC WEST|
|2021||Cincinnati||Dallas||Tampa Bay||Los Angeles Rams|
In the 20 seasons since realignment in 2002, 30 of the 32 NFL teams have won a division title at least once.
How the 2021 playoff teams have fared in the 20 seasons since realignment in 2002 (2021 division winners in bold/italics):
|TEAM||DIVISION TITLES||PLAYOFF BERTHS|
Seven of this season’s 14 playoff teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 1999, capturing 14 of the past 22 Vince Lombardi Trophies. Those teams are the Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII), Buccaneers (XXXVII, LV), Steelers (XL, XLIII), Packers (XLV), Chiefs (LIV), Eagles (LII) and Rams (XXXIV).
|XXXIV||1999||St. Louis Rams*|
|XXXVI||2001||New England Patriots*|
|XXXVII||2002||Tampa Bay Buccaneers*|
|XXXVIII||2003||New England Patriots*|
|XXXIX||2004||New England Patriots*|
|XLII||2007||New York Giants|
|XLIV||2009||New Orleans Saints|
|XLV||2010||Green Bay Packers*|
|XLVI||2011||New York Giants|
|XLIX||2014||New England Patriots*|
|LI||2016||New England Patriots*|
|LIII||2018||New England Patriots*|
|LIV||2019||Kansas City Chiefs*|
|LV||2020||Tampa Bay Buccaneers*|
|*In 2021 postseason|
The New England Patriots (.638), San Francisco 49ers (.604) and Green Bay Packers (.600) have the three highest postseason winning percentages in NFL history, while the Patriots (37 wins), Packers (36) and Pittsburgh Steelers (36) have the most postseason wins all-time.
The 14 playoff teams and their postseason records:
|New England Patriots||37||21||.638|
|San Francisco 49ers||32||21||.604|
|Green Bay Packers||36||24||.600|
|Las Vegas Raiders||25||19||.568|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||9||.526|
|Los Angeles Rams||22||27||.449|
|Kansas City Chiefs||15||20||.429|
YOUTH & CONSISTENCY HIGHLIGHT THE PLAYOFF QUARTERBACKS
The 2021 postseason is filled with young stars on the rise and veterans at the top of their game at the quarterback position.
Six starting quarterbacks are under the age of 27 – Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (age 25), Cincinnati’s JOE BURROW (25), Philadelphia’s JALEN HURTS (23), New England’s MAC JONES (23), Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (26) and Arizona’s KYLER MURRAY (24). The only postseason with more was 2020 (seven).
Four quarterbacks have won at least one Super Bowl title, including three that have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player:
- Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY, who has a league-record seven Super Bowl titles after leading the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl LV title last season, led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43) as the Buccaneers earned their first NFC South division title since 2007. Brady is the postseason’s all-time leader in games played (45), passing yards (12,449) and touchdown passes (83) and has been named Super Bowl MVP five times, more than any player in league history.
- Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES ranked fourth in the NFL with 4,839 passing yards and tied for fourth with 37 touchdown passes to help the Chiefs earn their sixth consecutive AFC West Division title and fourth since he became the starting quarterback in 2018. In eight career postseason starts, he has 2,324 passing yards (290.5 per game) with 21 touchdowns (17 passing, four rushing) against four interceptions for a 100.4 rating and has led the Chiefs to consecutive Super Bowl appearances. During the 2019 season, Mahomes became the youngest quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP honors as Kansas City earned the Super Bowl LIV title.
- Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS, who is expected to make his 21st career playoff start in the Divisional round, can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (21 starts) for the sixth-most in NFL history. Rodgers led the NFL with a 111.9 passer rating and became the fourth quarterback since 1970 to lead the league in the category in at least four different seasons. In 20 career postseason starts, he has 5,669 passing yards (283.4 per game) with 49 touchdowns (45 passing, four rushing) and 13 interceptions for a 100.5 rating. Rodgers earned Super Bowl MVP honors when he led the Packers to a Super Bowl XLV championship in 2010.
- Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 22 career postseason starts, the fifth-most in NFL history, and can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (23 starts) for the fourth-most all by a quarterback. He has totaled 5,757 passing yards and 37 touchdowns (34 passing, three rushing) in the playoffs and led the Steelers to Super Bowl titles in 2005 (XL) and 2008 (XLIII). In 249 regular-season games, he ranks fifth all-time in passing yards (64,088) and eighth in touchdown passes (418).
Five quarterbacks, including four age 25 or younger, are scheduled to make their playoff debuts:
- Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW (age 25), the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is slated to make his postseason debut on Super Wild Card Weekend. He finished the 2021 season ranked second in the NFL in passer rating (108.3), sixth in passing yards (4,611) and eighth in touchdown passes (34). In Week 16, Burrow recorded 525 passing yards, the fourth-most in a single game in NFL history.
- Las Vegas quarterback DEREK CARR makes his playoff debut after ranking fifth in passing yards (career-high 4,804) during the 2021 regular season. He became the fourth player with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of his first eight seasons in NFL history and the fifth player to reach 30,000 passing yards (31,700) in his first eight seasons all-time.
- Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS (age 23), a second-round selection (No. 53 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft, looks to make his playoff debut in the Wild Card round. He passed for 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns in 15 games this season and led all quarterbacks in rushing yards (784) and rushing touchdowns (10). Hurts has five career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.
- New England rookie quarterback MAC JONES (age 23) makes his postseason debut after totaling 3,801 passing yards, 22 touchdown passes and a 92.5 rating in 17 starts, all the most among rookies this season. He completed at least 70 percent of his passes in nine games, tied for the most such games by a rookie quarterback all-time. Jones became the third rookie to win each of his first six road starts and the fourth rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win seven consecutive starts (Weeks 7-13).
- Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY (age 24), the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, makes his postseason debut after leading the Cardinals to their first playoff berth since 2015. Murray totaled 3,787 passing yards with 24 touchdowns and a 100.6 rating while adding 423 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He became the first player with at least 70 touchdown passes (70) and 20 rushing touchdowns (20) in his first three seasons all-time.
Five starting quarterbacks will be making at least their second career postseason appearance:
- Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN, who led Buffalo to its second-consecutive AFC East division title, is expected to make his fifth-career postseason start. In his first four playoff starts, he has totaled 1,081 passing yards (270.3 per game) with five touchdowns against one interception for an 87.4 rating and added 237 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. He also recorded a receiving touchdown in the 2019 Wild Card round. Allen has 103 touchdown passes and 31 rushing touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2018 and is the first player ever with at least 100 touchdown passes and 30 rushing touchdowns in his first four seasons.
- San Francisco quarterback JIMMY GAROPPOLO is expected to make his fourth-career postseason start on Super Wild Card Weekend. He led the 49ers to a Super Bowl LIV appearance following the 2019 season. Garoppolo, who recorded 3,810 passing yards and 23 total touchdowns (20 passing, three rushing) in 15 starts this season, ranked third in the league with a 103.2 rating over the final 10 weeks of the regular season (Weeks 9-18).
- Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT makes his third trip to the postseason after leading Dallas to its first division title since 2018. In three career postseason starts, he has seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing) with two interceptions and a 95.7 rating. Prescott ranked third in the league with a 104.2 passer rating this season and tied for fourth with a franchise-record 37 touchdown passes.
- Los Angeles Rams quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD makes his fourth-career postseason appearance and first with Los Angeles. He has at least 300 passing yards and a passer rating of 85-or-higher in two of his first three playoff starts, all of which occurred on the road. Stafford ranked second in touchdown passes (41), third in passing yards (4,886) and sixth in passer rating (102.9) this season.
- Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL is set to make his fifth-career postseason start when the Titans host their the Divisional playoff game after leading Tennessee to consecutive AFC South division titles. He recorded 3,734 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes in 2021 and is the only quarterback with at least seven rushing touchdowns in each of the past two seasons.
BEST NFL PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES
|Eli Manning, New York Giants||2011||106||163||1,219||9||1|
|Kurt WarnerHOF, Arizona||2008||92||135||1,147||11||3|
|Joe Flacco, Baltimore||2012||73||126||1,140||11||0|
|Tom Brady, New England||2016||93||142||1,137||7||3|
|Tom Brady, New England||2017||89||139||1,132||8||0|
|John RigginsHOF, Washington||1982||136||610||4|
|Terrell DavisHOF, Denver||1997||112||581||8|
|Terrell DavisHOF, Denver||1998||78||468||3|
|Marcus AllenHOF, Los Angeles Raiders||1983||58||466||4|
|Eddie George, Tennessee||1999||108||449||3|
|Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona||2008||30||546||7|
|Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants||2011||28||444||4|
|Jerry RiceHOF, San Francisco||1988||21||409||6|
|Steve Smith, Sr., Carolina||2003||18||404||3|
|Charlie Brown, Washington||1983||14||401||1|
|Travis Kelce, Kansas City||2020||31||360||3|
|Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona||2008||30||546||7|
|Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants||2011||28||444||4|
|Demaryius Thomas, Denver||2013||28||306||3|
|Steve Smith, Sr., Carolina||2005||27||335||3|
|Wes Welker, New England||2007||27||213||2|
|PLAYER, TEAM||SEASON||TOTAL TD||RUSH TD||REC. TD|
|Terrell DavisHOF, Denver||1997||8||8||0|
|Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona||2008||7||0||7|
|Larry CsonkaHOF, Miami||1973||6||6||0|
|Franco HarrisHOF, Pittsburgh||1974||6||6||0|
|Sony Michel, New England||2018||6||6||0|
|Jerry RiceHOF, San Francisco||1988||6||0||6|
|John RigginsHOF, Washington||1983||6||6||0|
|Gerald Riggs, Washington||1991||6||6||0|
|Emmitt SmithHOF, Dallas||1995||6||6||0|
|Ricky Watters, San Francisco||1993||6||6||0|
|Damien Williams, Kansas City||2019||6||4||2|
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS HOLD FIRST PICK IN 2022 NFL DRAFT
The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 1 pick in the 2022 National Football League Draft, which is scheduled for April 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The tentative order of the first round was announced today by the NFL, subject to the results of the playoffs.
The draft order is determined by the following procedures:
(A) The winner of the Super Bowl game selects last and the loser selects next-to-last in all rounds, regardless of the record of the clubs in the regular season.
(B) The losers of the Conference Championship games select 29th and 30th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.
(C) The losers of the Divisional Playoffs select 25th through 28th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.
(D) The losers of the Wild Card games select 19th through 24th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.
(E) Clubs not participating in the playoffs select in the first through 18th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.
If, after all the foregoing procedures have been applied, ties still exist in any grouping except (A) above, such ties shall be broken by figuring the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of each involved club’s regular season opponents and awarding preferential selection order to the club which faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage.
If ties still exist between teams in the same division or the same conference, the divisional or conference tie-breaking method is used, whichever is applicable.
If ties still exist, the procedures for breaking ties for teams of different conferences shall be applied.
Clubs involved in two-club ties will alternate positions from round-to-round. In ties that involve three or more clubs, the club at the top of a tied segment in a given round will move to the bottom of the segment for the next round, while all other clubs in the segment move up one position. This rotation continues throughout the Draft.
2022 FIRST-ROUND DRAFT ORDER
|#||Team||Win||Loss||Tie||Winning Percentage||Win||Loss||Tie||Strength of Schedule|
|4.||New York Jets||4||13||0||.235||148||141||0||.512|
|5.||New York Giants||4||13||0||.235||155||134||0||.536|
|7.||Chicago Bears (traded to N.Y. Giants)||6||11||0||.353||150||136||3||.524|
|10.||Seattle Seahawks (traded to N.Y. Jets)||7||10||0||.412||149||138||2||.519|
|11.||Washington Football Team||7||10||0||.412||153||136||0||.529|
|15.||Miami Dolphins (traded to Philadelphia)||9||8||0||.529||134||155||0||.464|
|16.||Indianapolis Colts (traded to Philadelphia)||9||8||0||.529||143||146||0||.495|
|17.||Los Angeles Chargers||9||8||0||.529||147||141||1||.510|
|18.||New Orleans Saints||9||8||0||.529||148||141||0||.512|
|19.||Philadelphia Eagles #||9||8||0||.529||135||153||1||.469|
|20.||Pittsburgh Steelers #||9||7||1||.559||150||138||1||.521|
|21.||Cincinnati Bengals #||10||7||0||.588||135||151||3||.472|
|22.||New England Patriots #||10||7||0||.588||139||150||0||.481|
|23.||San Francisco 49ers # (traded to Miami)||10||7||0||.588||144||144||1||.500|
|24.||Las Vegas Raiders #||10||7||0||.588||147||141||1||.510|
|25.||Buffalo Bills #||11||6||0||.647||136||152||1||.472|
|26.||Arizona Cardinals #||11||6||0||.647||141||147||1||.490|
|27.||Tennessee Titans #||12||5||0||.706||136||152||1||.472|
|28.||Los Angeles Rams # (traded to Detroit)||12||5||0||.706||139||149||1||.483|
|29.||Dallas Cowboys #||12||5||0||.706||141||148||0||.488|
|30.||Kansas City Chiefs #||12||5||0||.706||155||133||1||.538|
|31.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers #||13||4||0||.765||135||154||0||.467|
|32.||Green Bay Packers #||13||4||0||.765||137||149||3||.479|
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BROWNS EXPECT MAYFIELD TO ‘BOUNCE BACK” AS STARTER IN ’22
CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns aren’t ready to throw Baker Mayfield away just yet.
The quarterback’s subpar season didn’t cost him his starting job, with general manager Andrew Berry saying Tuesday the Browns “fully expect” Mayfield to return as their quarterback after an injury-plagued 2021.
Mayfield played most of the season with a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder, and the injury contributed to him regressing and the Browns (8-9) missing the playoffs. He’ll have surgery on Jan. 19.
Mayfield’s shaky season – and the team’s hesitancy to sign him to a long-term extension – fueled speculation the Browns might go in another direction at quarterback.
That’s still possible. It is the unpredictable NFL after all, and things can change in a heartbeat or with one phone call.
But Berry at least temporarily kept the polarizing QB on top of the depth chart.
“We fully expect Baker to be our starter and to bounce back,” Berry said on a Zoom call. “We’re looking forward to Baker obviously getting healthy in the offseason and then putting good work through the spring and with his coaches for having the type of season that we know he can have moving forward.”
Mayfield first got hurt while trying to make a tackle in Week 2, and played most of the season with a protective harness that prevented his shoulder from popping out.
Berry reiterated coach Kevin Stefanski’s stance that the Browns were comfortable with the decision to keep playing an injured Mayfield because he was medically cleared and performed up to standards in practice.
“We felt good about the information that we had throughout the year and on hand,” he said. “The reality of it is we all wish that we and everybody across the team were able to perform better and allow us to reach the playoffs this year.”
Mayfield finished just 6-8 as a starter with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, including seven in his last three games. He ranked near the league’s bottom in several statistical categories, including completion percentage.
It’s not fair to lay all the blame for Cleveland’s slide on Mayfield, but that comes with the position.
Berry said part of the rationale for sticking with Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in 2018, is familiarity.
“I think it’s easy to forget this point of year that what we’ve seen with Baker over the past several years,” Berry said. “We’ve been with Baker for a long period of time. We know his work ethic, we know his drive and we’ve seen him as a talented passer in this league. We are looking forward to him getting healthy and continuing to make improvements.”
In a way, the Browns don’t have much of a choice.
They’ve already invested in Mayfield, exercising his $18.9 million contract option for next season. So unless they have a trade in mind or are convinced they can find a significant upgrade in free agency, Mayfield may be the Browns’ best option.
Berry hasn’t approached Mayfield’s agent about a long-term extension with the QB, who led the Browns to the postseason and their first playoff win since 1994 last season. Berry said he’s not concerned about Mayfield potentially playing next season without a contract beyond 2022.
Berry dismissed the notion Mayfield would be a “lame duck.”
“I don’t know that I would categorize it that way,” he said. “You have a number of players across positions that are entering the final years of their deals. That is not something that is really top of mind for me.”
After being sacked nine times in a Jan. 3 loss at Pittsburgh, Mayfield chose to sit out Sunday’s season finale against Cincinnati. He also missed two other games – one to rest the shoulder, one after testing positive for COVID-19.
Berry believes a healthy Mayfield will be better and that the 26-year-old fits what the team needs in a leader.
“Baker’s team oriented. He’s a competitor. He’s super tough,” Berry said. “He truly wants what’s best for the team and really to take the steps that he needs to improve to become the quarterback that we know that he can become.”
NOTES: Berry said the team will undergo a thorough evaluation of “everything” in coming weeks to improve. However, he remains confident in Stefanski calling plays despite the team’s offensive struggles. “That’s one of his strengths,” Berry said. … Berry confirmed the team has given permission for front-office executives Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Glenn Cook to interview for Chicago’s GM opening. “I’m just glad they’re interviewing for an NFC team so that I can root for them if they get it,” he joked.
AP SOURCE: MLB LABOR TALKS TO RESUME AFTER 42-DAY BREAK
NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball and the players’ association are scheduled to meet Thursday, ending a 42-day break in negotiations that began when management started a lockout in the sport’s first work stoppage since 1995.
With the scheduled start of spring training five weeks away, management was planning to make a new proposal to players, several people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.
The sides last met Dec. 1 in Irving, Texas, a brief session that broke off hours before the collective bargaining agreement expired. Since then, negotiations have been limited to peripheral issues. The meeting Thursday is scheduled to be conducted by video conference.
MLB payrolls dropped 4% in 2021 compared to the league’s last full season in 2019, and the $4.05 billion total was the lowest in a fully completed year since 2015.
Players have asked for liberalized eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration, a raise in the luxury tax threshold from $210 million to $245 million, changes to spark increased competition among clubs and measures to address what the union claims is service time manipulation.
Management has offered to increase the tax threshold to $214 million, to extend the designated hitter to the National League and the elimination of compensation for free agents for the first time.
Both sides would increase the minimum salary, players from $570,500 to $775,000 this season and management to a series of tiers: $600,000 for players with less than a year of big league service, $650,000 for at least one but less than two and $700,000 for at least two.
Negotiators also have discussed an NBA-style draft lottery, but management would limit it to the top three teams and the union would expand it to the top eight. Players would reward small-market teams with additional draft picks for success, such as making the playoffs or finishing with a winning record.
Baseball’s ninth work stoppage began Dec. 2, its ninth since 1972 but first since a 7 1/2-month strike in 1994-95.
Spring training is scheduled to start Feb. 16 in Florida and Arizona, and opening day is set for March 31.
With the need for at least three weeks of spring training and time for players to arrive and go through COVID protocols, an agreement by about March 5 is needed for an on-time start to the season.
NO. 19 TEXAS TECH ENDS NO. 1 BAYLOR’S 21-GAME STREAK, 65-62
WACO, Texas (AP) Texas Tech ended No. 1 Baylor’s nation-best winning streak at 21 games, with the 19th-ranked Red Raiders getting a second consecutive victory over a Top 10 team while still not at full strength.
Kevin McCullar, not even close to fully healthy after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury, had 12 points with a key 3-pointer late as Texas Tech won 65-62 on Tuesday night to hand Baylor its first loss since before last season’s NCAA Tournament. The 19th-ranked Red Raiders are still without injured leading scorer Terrence Shannon.
“Just a lot of determination and grit and character,” said Mark Adams, who was promoted to head coach when Chris Beard left last offseason to become coach at Texas. “Very proud of them and blessed to be their coach.”
Baylor (15-1, 3-1 Big 12) had lost only once at home over the past three seasons. The last loss anywhere had been in the Big 12 tournament last March. The Bears then won all six NCAA tourney games on the way to their first national title.
The Red Raiders (12-3, 2-1) had their biggest lead at 59-52 when McCullar hit his 3 from the left corner in front of their bench with 2:39 left, and they held on to follow up their home win Saturday over then-No. 6 Kansas.
“Everybody was just yelling,” McCullar said of the reaction from his teammates behind him when the shot went in.
McCullar played 31 minutes off the bench. He was 5-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
“He played with a lot of courage,” Adams said. “He played with a lot of heart tonight, and we couldn’t have won without Kevin’s performance.”
Adam Flagler and James Akinjo each had 17 points with their own late 3s for Baylor (15-1, 3-1), but the Bears fell two short of matching their own Big 12 record of 23 consecutive wins set two seasons ago.
Davion Warren made two free throws for the Red Raiders with 22 seconds left before a timeout. Akinjo had the last shot, bobbling the ball at the top of the key before gathering it and taking a 3-pointer that hit off the front of the rim as time expired.
Baylor was the last Division I team to lose this season. Fifth-ranked Southern California (13-1) was also undefeated before a 75-69 loss at Stanford earlier Tuesday.
“You’ve got to give Texas Tech a lot of credit. I think the first 15 minutes we did a great job, and then the last five minutes of the first half they finished on a great run and had momentum,” Bears coach Scott Drew said. “And then the second half they carried that momentum.”
The Bears quickly scored the game’s first nine points and had a 15-point lead late in the first half before things started to turn for Texas Tech, which beat Kansas without Shannon or McCullar. Shannon has missed six games in a row because of lingering back spasms.
Adonis Arms had 14 points for the Red Raiders, while Kevin Obanor and Bryson Williams had 13 each. Clarence Nadolny had 11 points.
Flagler had two 3-pointers in Baylor’s opening stretch, and made another one with 6:13 left in the first half for a 31-16 lead.
“We could have just quit in about that first 10 minutes,” Adams said. “But the guys just hung around and kind of got back in it at halftime, and then were able to gain some momentum as the game went on.”
Baylor didn’t score again before the break after Flagler’s fourth 3. The Bears had six missed shots and four turnovers while Tech scored 10 points to cut its halftime deficit to 31-26.
“It was very frustrating. Not only we didn’t score but we gave up easies in transition,” Akinjo said of that final stretch. “So that was more frustrating than us not scoring.”
Obanor had a dunk for Texas Tech only 10 seconds into the second half that started a quick 7-1 run. The Red Raiders tied it for the first time at 33-33 when Williams converted a three-point play with 18:28 left, though they didn’t lead for the first time until Nadolny hit a free throw with 9:52 left that made it 47-46.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders wrapped up a three-game stretch of games against top-11 teams, falling 51-47 at No. 11 Iowa State without McCullar and Shannon before the consecutive wins. It was the third of five games in a 10-day stretch. … It was the second time in three seasons the Red Raiders beat a No. 1 team. They beat then top-ranked Louisville 70-57 in a game at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 10, 2019.
Baylor: The Bears had also won 22 consecutive home games, winning those by an average margin of more than 26 points. They had had won 34 of 35, the only loss in that span by three points to Kansas on Feb. 22, 2020.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders host Oklahoma State on Thursday in the makeup of a scheduled Big 12 opener postponed from Jan. 1 because of COVID-19 protocols.
Baylor: The Bears host Oklahoma State on Saturday.
STANFORD RETURNS FROM COVID BREAK TO BEAT NO. 5 USC 75-69
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Harrison Ingram and Spencer Jones scored 21 points apiece and Stanford beat No. 5 Southern California 75-69 Tuesday for its first win over a top five team in nearly 15 years.
The Cardinal (9-4, 2-1 Pac-12) returned from a nearly three-week break for COVID-19 protocols and delivered a big win in a nearly empty arena. Stanford had lost 14 straight games against teams in the top five of the AP poll since beating No. 3 UCLA 75-68 on Jan. 28, 2007.
“This is the best win since I’ve been here. Easily,” Jones said. “I’ll tell you what, we’re not finished. We still know that there’s top 10 teams in this conference that we want to go at. So we’re definitely not done.”
Isaiah Mobley scored 16 points to lead the Trojans and Boogie Ellis added 14.
The Trojans (13-1, 3-1) were looking to tie the 2016-17 team for the school’s best start in more than 50 years but came up short at the end against Stanford. The loss coupled with No. 1 Baylor’s defeat means there are no unbeaten teams left in the country.
“We just didn’t defend at a high enough level, and offensively we couldn’t make open shots,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We had plenty of good looks. … Our offense didn’t give our defense much margin for error. We weren’t good on either side of the ball, as we have been for most of the season.”
Noah Taitz hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second half to give Stanford a 50-49 lead. The game remained tight from there until Stanford started to open it up late.
James Keefe tied the game with a layup with 3:50 to go, starting an 8-2 run that gave the Cardinal a 70-66 lead on two free throws from Ingram with 1:18 to play.
USC missed six of seven shots and three free throws over the final five minutes.
“Our number one key to the game plan was just to be the toughest team out there,” Jones said. “We knew it was going to be a battle boxing out all those big guys. We just kept battling and we knew we could never give up that aspect. We lost the rebounding battle by one, but I feel like we were the toughest time out there.”
USC: The Trojans had won 20 straight games against in-state competition since an overtime loss to UCLA on Feb. 28, 2019. But they were never able to build a cushion against the Cardinal and came up short.
Stanford: The Cardinal missed eight of nine shots during a stretch in the first half and trailed by seven before scoring the final six points before the break to make it 33-32. That was about the only signs of rust they showed in their return to action.
“If you can’t get excited for a top five team after sitting out for almost three weeks then our guys don’t have a pulse and I know they do have a pulse,” coach Jerod Haase said.
Stanford returned to the court for the first time since beating Liberty on Dec. 23 in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.
The Cardinal went into COVID protocol before the championship game of that tournament against Vanderbilt and then had games against California and UCLA postponed earlier this month. This contest was originally scheduled for Saturday before being moved back three days.
The Trojans played their second since nearly a three-week break for COVID protocols. They beat Cal 77-64 last Thursday in Berkeley.
The game was played in front of only a handful of fans as Stanford has limited attendance to family members only because of the spike in coronavirus cases.
The Trojans moved up to No. 5 in the AP poll this week, their highest ranking in the regular season since also being ranked fifth on Dec. 30, 1974. The stay shouldn’t last long after this loss.
USC: Host Oregon State on Thursday.
Stanford: Visit Washington State on Thursday.
MORANT SCORES 29, GRIZZLIES BEAT WARRIORS FOR 10TH STRAIGHT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant scored 29 points, including five in the final minute, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors 116-108 Tuesday night for their 10th straight win.
“I just like having that pressure,” Morant said of his scoring down the stretch. “I feel like that’s when I shine the most. I like to be the one taking that shot, hit or miss.”
Ziaire Williams and Tyus Jones had 17 points each, Williams recording a season-high in points. Jones keyed a fourth-quarter rally that put the Grizzlies ahead for good. He finished 6 for 8 from the field, including connecting on all five of his 3-point attempts.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season. Klay Thompson finished with 14 points. Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II scored 13 each.
The teams had a closely played game in the second half until consecutive 3-pointers by Jones gave Memphis a 109-100 lead with 3:33 left to play. That was enough of a buffer for the Grizzlies to keep their franchise-record win streak going, Memphis holding Golden State to 18 points in the fourth quarter.
“I thought Tyus Jones shooting 3s broke the game open. That was the key,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
The Grizzlies were the ones connecting from 3-point range in the first half hitting 8 of their first 13 from outside the arc. That allowed Memphis to build an 18-point lead in the second quarter, putting the Warriors in catch up mode from that point on.
“It was just turnovers early in the game, and that gave them a lot of confidence,” said Curry, who was 8 of 21 shooting, including 2 of 9 from 3-point range.
Grizzlies interim coach Darko Rajakovic noted it wasn’t just Williams’ offensive output, but the rookie from Stanford also had the job of guarding Curry from the opening tip. Rajakovic noted that Curry averages 14 3-pointers a game, but only took nine in the game.
“He did a really good job,” Rajakovic said of Williams’ defense. “He followed the game plan. Obviously, Steph Curry is an amazing scorer and shooter. (Williams) did a really good job of chasing him to get him inside the 3-point line.”
Trailing 59-51 at the half, the Warriors then turned up the defensive pressure, particularly with Payton shadowing Morant, to open the second half. The Warriors’ defense contributed to four early Memphis turnovers and the Grizzlies starting 1 of 7 after halftime.
“We did a lot of really good things to get back in it after a really bad first half,” Kerr said.
Then it settled into a playoff-type atmosphere with intensity on the court and the loud Memphis crowd on its feet and deeply involved. The teams exchanged leads, neither getting much more than a one-possession advantage and Golden State led 90-87 entering the fourth.
“It was a great game. Two of the best teams in the league,” Kerr said. “They’re the hottest team in the league, and we gave ourselves a chance, but we didn’t play well enough to win.”
For the Grizzlies, they kept their winning streak alive and moved even closer to the third spot in the Western Conference. They trail Utah by only percentage points for that spot.
“Our guys played another great game,” Rafakovic said. “Stuck together through the course of the game and through the ups and downs.
Warriors: Wiggins’ 3-pointer in the second quarter allowed him to pass Donyell Marshall for 19th in franchise 3-pointers. Marshall had 238. … Draymond Green was out with left calf tightness. Juan Toscano-Anderson started in Green’s spot. … Injured C James Wiseman had his high school jersey retired Monday night at Memphis East. Several of his Warriors teammates attended the ceremony. Wiseman has not played this season recovering from a right knee injury. … Payton and Otto Porter Jr., both listed as questionable before the game with injuries, were available. … Golden State was the last team to defeat the Grizzlies with a 113-104 win on Dec. 23.
Grizzlies: C Steven Adams missed his third game under health and safety protocols. … Assistant coach Darko Rajakovic served as interim coach against the Warriors with coach Taylor Jenkins still in health and safety protocols. Assistant Brad Jones served in the interim role the previous three games as Jenkins and Rajakovic, the lead assistant, were in protocols.
Warriors: At Milwaukee on Thursday night to continue a four-game trip,
Grizzlies: Host Minnesota on Thursday night in the second of a four-game homestand.
DJOKOVIC BACK INTO SWING IN AUSTRALIA, VISA QUESTIONS LINGER
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic held a practice session on Tuesday, a day after he left immigration detention, focusing on defending his Australian Open title even while he still faces the prospect of deportation because he’s not vaccinated against COVID-19.
The top-ranked tennis star hit the show courts of Melbourne Park, where the tournament is held, within hours of winning a legal battle that allowed him to stay in the country.
At issue is whether he has a valid exemption to rules requiring vaccination to enter Australia since he recently recovered from COVID-19. A judge ruled Monday he could stay, but the immigration minister could still send him home.
There were also new questions raised Tuesday over an immigration form, on which he said he had not traveled in the 14 days before his flight to Australia. The Monte Carlo-based athlete was seen in Spain and Serbia in that two-week period.
The back and forth over whether Djokovic complied with Australia’s rules has caused a furor in the country and beyond. When the vocal skeptic of vaccines was first granted a visa to travel to Melbourne, many complained he was being given special treatment from a country known for its strict travel restrictions during the pandemic.
But amid a flood of confusing information about what the rules are, others have charged Djokovic has become a convenient scapegoat for an Australian government facing criticism for its recent handling of the pandemic.
The nine-time Australian Open winner held a practice Tuesday afternoon at Rod Laver Arena. Soon after, tournament organizers made him the top-seeded player in the men’s singles draw.
The athlete was seen hitting shots from behind the baseline, taking feedback from his coach, and stretching beside the court with a trainer. He spent four nights confined to an immigration hotel and now is getting back into the swing less than a week before the Grand Slam tournament starts.
“Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete (at)AustralianOpen. I remain focused on that,” Djokovic tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday. “I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.”
But he still faces the prospect of deportation before the first match.
Djokovic was given an exemption by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer, from its vaccination rules to compete because he was infected with COVID-19 last month. That apparently allowed him to receive a visa to travel.
But federal border authorities stopped him on arrival last week and canceled his visa. Lawyers for the government have said an infection in the previous six months was only grounds for an exemption in cases in which the coronavirus caused severe illness.
It’s not clear why Djokovic was ever granted a visa if that’s the case.
A federal judge reinstated Djokovic’s visa Monday on procedural grounds, saying he hadn’t been allowed enough time to speak to his lawyers to contest the decision. But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering using his power to deport the 34-year-old Serbian under separate legislation.
Hawke’s office issued a statement saying the matter was still under consideration.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government has blamed the debacle on Tennis Australia, which ministers accuse of misleading players about vaccine requirements. But newspapers have reported that the sporting body had pleaded with the Department of Home Affairs to check the visa paperwork of Djokovic and other players before their flights.
A new potential stumbling block also emerged Tuesday after documents released by the Federal Circuit Court revealed Djokovic told authorities he had not traveled in the 14 days before his flight to Australia.
Djokovic touched down in Melbourne just before midnight Wednesday, answering “no” to the question about previous travel on his Australian Travel Declaration form.
But he was filmed playing tennis in the streets of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on Dec. 25, and later training in Spain – all within the 14-day window. He traveled to Australia from Marbella, Spain.
Djokovic told border officers that Tennis Australia completed the declaration for him, but the officer who canceled his visa said that the body would have done that based on information from Djokovic himself.
It was not clear if the document came up during Monday’s hearing.
The form notes that giving false or misleading information is a serious offense – and it could be grounds for deportation.
The drama has polarized opinions and elicited strong support for the 20-time Grand Slam winner in his native Serbia.
Morrison spoke about the issue with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic on Tuesday, and they agreed to keep in touch.
“The PM explained our non-discriminatory border policy and its role in protecting Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Morrison’s office said in a statement.
Brnabic asked Morrison to ensure Djokovic was treated with dignity, public broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia reported.
“The prime minister especially emphasized the importance of the conditions for training and physical preparation for the upcoming competition,” RTS reported.
The drama has put Morrison’s government in a tight spot ahead of elections due by May. While his government was widely praised for containing the nation’s COVID-19 death toll at the start of the pandemic, he has recently been criticized for loosening some rules, just as omicron cases have been rapidly surging.
The opposition home affairs spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, blamed the visa confusion on a lack of planning by Morrison’s government and said the saga made Australia “look like a bit of a joke” on the world stage.
“It does incredible damage to Australia” if Djokovic gets deported, Keneally told the Seven Network television, but “if he gets to stay it does incredible damage to our tough border laws and is a real insult to the Australians who did the hard work of lockdowns and vaccination.”
Andy Murray, who lost four Australian Open finals to Djokovic, said the court win was a “positive” for his fellow major winner but there were still details to clarify.
“I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the next few days,” Murray said. “I’m hoping we can move on from it now. It looks like he’s going to be able to play and compete in the Australian Open.”
RED WINGS HIRE NICKLAS LIDSTROM AS VP OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings hired Nicklas Lidstrom as vice president of hockey operations Tuesday, tapping one of the franchise’s great players.
General manager Stev Yzerman said his former teammate will be based in his native Sweden and involved in every aspect of helping him run the organization. Lidstrom’s job duties will include evaluating players with the Red Wings, on other NHL teams, in the AHL and Europe as well as on amateur levels.
Detroit drafted Lidstrom with the No. 53 pick overall in 1989 and he spent his 20 NHL seasons with the franchise, becoming one of the best defensemen of all time. He won seven Norris trophies to trail only Bobby Orr’s record total of eight.
Lidstrom retired in 2012, his No. 5 Red Wings jersey was raised two seasons later and he was a first-ballot Hockey Hall of Famer in 2015.
The 12-time All-Star helped Detroit win four Stanley Cups from 1997 to 2008, when he became the first captain of an NHL championship team born in Europe. He helped the Swedes win Olympic gold in 2006, earning a spot in the Triple Gold Club after also winning a world championship.
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|VILLANOVA AT XAVIER||6:30PM||FS1|
|LSU AT FLORIDA||7:00PM||ESPN2|
|TEMPLE AT TULSA||7:00PM||ESPNU|
|GEORGIA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE||7:00PM||SECN|
|MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN STATE||7:00PM||BTN|
|DUKE AT WAKE FOREST||7:00PM||ACCN|
|SAINT JOSEPH’S AT RHODE ISLAND||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|GEORGE MASON AT RICHMOND||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|UTAH STATE AT COLORADO STATE||8:00PM||CBSSN|
|ILLINOIS STATE AT DRAKE||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|ST. JOHN’S AT UCONN||8:30PM||FS1|
|VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA||9:00PM||ESPN2|
|TCU AT KANSAS STATE||9:00PM||ESPNU|
|MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS||9:00PM||SECN|
|NC STATE AT LOUISVILLE||9:00PM||ACCN|
|MARYLAND AT NORTHWESTERN||9:00PM||BTN|
|SAN DIEGO STATE AT WYOMING||10:00PM||CBSSN|
|CALIFORNIA AT WASHINGTON||10:00PM||PAC12N|
|BOISE STATE AT NEVADA||10:30PM||FS1|
|STANFORD AT WASHINGTON STATE||11:00PM||ESPNU|
|BOSTON AT INDIANA||7:00PM||NBCS-BOS|
|CHARLOTTE AT PHILADELPHIA||7:00PM||NBCS-PHI|
|ORLANDO AT WASHINGTON||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|DALLAS AT NEW YORK||7:30PM||ESPN|
|MIAMI AT ATLANTA||7:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|HOUSTON AT SAN ANTONIO||8:30PM||ATTSN-SW|
|CLEVELAND AT UTAH||9:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|BROOKLYN AT CHICAGO||10:00PM||ESPN|
|LA LAKERS AT SACRAMENTO||10:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|MONTREAL AT BOSTON||7:00PM||TNT|
|SEATTLE AT DALLAS||8:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TORONTO AT ARIZONA||10:00PM||TNT|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 CHICAGO||27||11||.711||—||15-4||12-7||5-2||18-7||9-1||1 W|
|2 BROOKLYN||25||14||.641||2.5||11-10||14-4||6-1||18-8||4-6||1 L|
|3 MIAMI||25||15||.625||3.0||12-4||13-11||6-1||16-7||7-3||2 W|
|4 MILWAUKEE||26||17||.605||3.5||13-7||13-10||6-2||18-13||6-4||2 L|
|5 PHILADELPHIA||23||16||.590||4.5||8-8||15-8||3-6||14-10||8-2||7 W|
|6 CLEVELAND||23||18||.561||5.5||11-9||12-9||4-1||14-9||4-6||1 W|
|7 CHARLOTTE||22||19||.537||6.5||12-5||10-14||5-3||14-9||6-4||3 W|
|8 TORONTO||20||18||.526||7.0||12-11||8-7||5-5||12-11||7-3||1 L|
|9 WASHINGTON||21||20||.512||7.5||11-7||10-13||5-5||14-13||5-5||2 W|
|10 BOSTON||20||21||.488||8.5||13-8||7-13||5-5||14-11||5-5||2 W|
|11 NEW YORK||20||21||.488||8.5||10-11||10-10||4-6||13-17||6-4||1 W|
|12 ATLANTA||17||22||.436||10.5||8-9||9-13||4-3||10-12||3-7||2 L|
|13 INDIANA||15||26||.366||13.5||12-10||3-16||2-7||8-21||2-8||1 L|
|14 DETROIT||9||31||.225||19.0||6-13||3-18||2-7||6-19||4-6||1 L|
|15 ORLANDO||7||34||.171||21.5||2-15||5-19||1-9||4-26||1-9||9 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 PHOENIX||31||9||.775||—||17-5||14-4||5-4||20-7||6-4||1 W|
|2 GOLDEN STATE||30||10||.750||1.0||18-3||12-7||7-1||16-7||6-4||1 L|
|3 UTAH||28||13||.683||3.5||14-7||14-6||9-0||18-4||6-4||3 L|
|4 MEMPHIS||29||14||.674||3.5||15-8||14-6||4-2||22-9||10-0||10 W|
|5 DALLAS||22||18||.550||9.0||11-8||11-10||8-2||18-10||7-3||6 W|
|6 DENVER||20||19||.513||10.5||9-7||11-12||3-5||13-12||5-5||1 L|
|7 LA LAKERS||21||20||.512||10.5||14-11||7-9||2-5||12-14||5-5||1 L|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||21||21||.500||11.0||14-12||7-9||3-5||13-17||4-6||2 W|
|9 MINNESOTA||20||21||.488||11.5||11-10||9-11||4-4||15-14||5-5||1 L|
|10 PORTLAND||16||24||.400||15.0||14-11||2-13||1-4||8-18||4-6||2 W|
|11 SAN ANTONIO||15||25||.375||16.0||7-10||8-15||1-4||8-15||3-7||3 L|
|12 SACRAMENTO||16||27||.372||16.5||10-14||6-13||4-6||11-19||3-7||5 L|
|13 NEW ORLEANS||15||26||.366||16.5||9-11||6-15||2-4||10-16||5-5||1 W|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||13||27||.325||18.0||8-13||5-14||1-5||10-19||2-8||5 L|
|15 HOUSTON||11||31||.262||21.0||7-13||4-18||1-4||4-17||1-9||3 L|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 FLORIDA PANTHERS||36||24||7||5||53||23||142||108||19-3-0||5-4-5||6-3-1|
|2 CAROLINA HURRICANES||33||24||7||2||50||24||115||73||11-3-1||13-4-1||8-1-1|
|3 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||38||24||9||5||53||22||128||110||12-4-3||12-5-2||6-3-1|
|4 NEW YORK RANGERS||37||23||10||4||50||21||107||94||10-3-2||13-7-2||5-4-1|
|5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||34||23||8||3||49||22||116||86||14-4-1||9-4-2||6-2-2|
|6 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||37||20||8||9||49||18||125||104||10-4-5||10-4-4||4-3-3|
|7 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||35||21||9||5||47||20||116||90||10-5-2||11-4-3||9-1-0|
|8 BOSTON BRUINS||32||19||11||2||40||18||99||84||9-6-1||10-5-1||7-3-0|
|9 DETROIT RED WINGS||37||16||16||5||37||15||101||125||12-5-2||4-11-3||3-5-2|
|10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||34||16||17||1||33||13||108||122||11-6-1||5-11-0||3-6-1|
|11 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||35||13||15||7||33||13||90||119||6-7-3||7-8-4||4-3-3|
|12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||36||14||17||5||33||13||105||126||9-7-3||5-10-2||4-6-0|
|13 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||28||10||12||6||26||10||64||80||4-5-3||6-7-3||5-2-3|
|14 BUFFALO SABRES||35||10||19||6||26||8||92||125||6-11-2||4-8-4||2-5-3|
|15 OTTAWA SENATORS||29||9||18||2||20||8||79||107||5-9-0||4-9-2||5-4-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||34||7||23||4||18||6||73||123||5-10-1||2-13-3||1-7-2|
|1 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||37||24||11||2||50||23||117||99||11-5-0||13-6-2||8-1-1|
|2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||39||23||14||2||48||20||138||117||12-9-2||11-5-0||5-3-2|
|3 COLORADO AVALANCHE||33||22||8||3||47||21||143||109||14-2-1||8-6-2||8-1-1|
|4 ST. LOUIS BLUES||36||21||10||5||47||19||126||98||14-3-2||7-7-3||7-2-1|
|5 ANAHEIM DUCKS||39||19||13||7||45||16||117||110||12-6-4||7-7-3||4-4-2|
|6 LOS ANGELES KINGS||36||18||13||5||41||16||100||94||12-8-2||6-5-3||6-3-1|
|7 MINNESOTA WILD||33||21||10||2||44||17||122||102||11-3-1||10-7-1||5-4-1|
|8 SAN JOSE SHARKS||37||20||16||1||41||19||105||114||10-7-1||10-9-0||6-4-0|
|9 CALGARY FLAMES||33||17||10||6||40||15||104||83||4-3-4||13-7-2||3-6-1|
|10 EDMONTON OILERS||34||18||14||2||38||16||113||111||10-6-0||8-8-2||2-6-2|
|11 WINNIPEG JETS||33||16||12||5||37||15||99||99||10-6-1||6-6-4||5-4-1|
|12 DALLAS STARS||32||17||13||2||36||15||92||94||13-3-1||4-10-1||4-6-0|
|13 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||35||16||16||3||35||13||91||100||8-7-1||8-9-2||8-1-1|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||36||13||18||5||31||10||87||121||6-7-3||7-11-2||3-4-3|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||34||10||20||4||24||10||95||126||6-11-2||4-9-2||1-7-2|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||33||7||23||3||17||7||72||128||3-12-1||4-11-2||2-7-1|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE