INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

Ben Davis 64 Decatur Central 48
Bethany Christian 47 Prairie Heights 33
Brebeuf Jesuit 78 Indianapolis Metropolitan 51
Calumet Christian 57 Hammond Science & Tech 42
Cascade 65 South Putnam 40
Columbia City 68 Homestead 49
Concord 45 Elkhart 30
Daleville 66 Eastbrook 62
DeKalb 49 Angola 40
Elkhart Christian 46 Trinity Greenlawn 28
Fort Wayne Concordia 62 New Haven 48
Fort Wayne Luers 69 Jay County 60
Greenfield-Central 72 Indianapolis Shortridge 43
Indianapolis International 79 Believe Circle City 39
Jac-Cen-Del 44 Franklin County 42
Jennings County 78 Columbus North 58
Jimtown 47 Goshen 38
Merrillville 60 Crown Point 57
Mishawaka Marian 35 Culver Academy 24
Mooresville 67 Columbus East 61
New Palestine 64 Richmond 59
South Bend Adams 53 South Bend Washington 48
South Bend St. Joseph 48 NorthWood 46
Speedway 65 Indianapolis Lutheran 60
Vincennes Lincoln 58 Evansville Mater Dei 45
Wabash 44 Mississinewa 41
Warren Central 57 Zionsville 53
West Washington 66 Medora 35


Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Fairfield (Ill.) 47 Evansville Day 43


Indianapolis City Tournament
Christel House 58 Covenant Christian 41
Heritage Christian 71 Indianapolis Herron 22
Indianapolis Scecina 65 Indianapolis Chatard 54
Indianapolis Ritter 61 Indianapolis Tindley 58
Indianapolis Tech 66 Providence Cristo Rey 23
Indianapolis Washington 41 Purdue Poly Englewood 39

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY
East Central at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:45 pm
GEO Next Generation at Indiana Deaf 7:30 pm
Heritage at Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
North Judson at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
Parl Tudor at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Penn at Northridge 7:45 pm
Phalen Academy at Irvington Prep 7:30 pm
Smith Academy at Anderson Prep 7:00 pm
Southern Wells at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Southport at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Triton Central at Indianapolis Roncalli 7:30 pm
West Vigo at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Westfield at Noblesville 7:30 pm


Bi-County Tournament
Oregon-Davis at Triton 8:00 pm R1
Argos at John Glenn 7:30 pm R1
Bremen at New Prairie 7:30 pm R1
Culver at LaVille 8:00 pm R1


Porter County Conference Tournament
Tri-Township at Boone Grove 6:30 pm R1
Hebron vs. Kouts 8:00 pm R1

INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL AP POLLS

4A

1 FISHERS

2 LAWRENCE NORTH

3 WESTFIELD

4 NOBLESVILLE

5 LAKE CENTRAL

6 CATHEDRAL

7 GREENFIELD CENTRAL

8 CRISPUS ATTUCKS

9 RICHMOND

10 KOKOMO

3A

1 DANVILLE

2 GUERIN CATHOLIC

3 HERITAGE HILLS

4 BREBEUF

4 DELTA

6 NORTHWOOD

7 SCOTTSBURG

8 INDIAN CREEK

9 YORKTOWN

10 SOUTHRIDGE

2A

1 TIPTON

2 WAPAHANI

3 FORT WAYNE LUERS

4 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL

5 SOUTHWESTERN

6 PAOLI

7 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK

8 PROVIDENCE

9 PARK TUDOR

10 ADAMS CENTRAL

1A

1 EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN

2 BARR REEVE

3 CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

4 ORLEANS

5 CLAY CITY

6 TINDLEY

7 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN

8 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN

9 LOOGOOTEE

10 MORGAN TWP.

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Andrean 48 Lake Station 25
Angola 65 Westview 36
Austin 80 Crothersville 18
Barr-Reeve 40 Shoals 19
Beech Grove 56 Indianapolis Tech 43
Bethesda Christian 60 Indianapolis Washington 20
Blackford 58 Anderson Prep 19
Bloomfield 47 West Vigo 36
Bloomington North 46 Brownstown Central 42
Blue River 57 Randolph Southern 50
Borden 74 South Central (Elizabeth) 39
Brebeuf Jesuit 55 Park Tudor 26
Brownsburg 85 Pike 53
Charleston (Ill.) 52 Terre Haute South 39
Charlestown 53 New Albany 39
Churubusco 55 Lakeland 48
Clinton Prairie 44 Frankfort 41
Concord 55 Bethany Christian 42
Corydon Central 43 North Harrison 27
Covington 40 Crawfordsville 32
Culver Academy 59 Michigan City 40
Danville 52 McCutcheon 45
East Noble 68 Prairie Heights 24
Eastern (Pekin) 57 Clarksville 30
Eastside 58 West Noble 25
Evansville Bosse 49 Washington Catholic 14
Evansville Memorial 59 Mount Vernon (Posey) 22
Fishers 44 Carmel 37
Fort Recovery (Ohio) 52 South Adams 46
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 56 Fort Wayne Concordia 51
Fort Wayne Luers 78 Fort Wayne North 30
Franklin Central 41 Plainfield 36
Gibson Southern 78 Heritage Hills 45
Goshen 41 Jimtown 39
Greenfield-Central 55 Muncie Central 7
Guerin Catholic 40 Sheridan 37
Henryville 45 Christian Academy 31
Illiana Christian 66 Calumet 29
Jac-Cen-Del 62 Switzerland County 30
Jasper 57 Boonville 35
Jeffersonville 54 Seymour 48
Knightstown 61 Cambridge City Lincoln 31
Lafayette Central Catholic 55 Lebanon 44
Lanesville 62 Orleans 36
Lawrence Central 45 North Central (Indianapolis) 38
Lawrence North 69 Hamilton Southeastern 65
Lawrenceburg 37 East Central 33
Mooresville 41 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 37
New Washington 40 Shawe Memorial 31
Noblesville 67 Harrison (West Lafayette) 38
Paoli 49 Mitchell 38
Parke Heritage 64 Cloverdale 22
Pendleton Heights 57 Lapel 44
Princeton 47 North Posey 37
Rensselaer Central 89 North Newton 16
Scottsburg 72 Madison 37
Seeger 32 North Montgomery 26
Shenandoah 53 Cowan 25
South Decatur 46 Edinburgh 19
South Ripley 51 South Dearborn 40
South Spencer 67 Forest Park 56
Southern Wells 36 Heritage 35
Speedway 42 Western Boone 36
Tecumseh 51 Vincennes Rivet 50
Tri 65 New Castle 59
Triton Central 44 Covenant Christian 30
Valparaiso 67 Twin Lakes 51
Warren Central 60 Greensburg 56
Warsaw 69 Homestead 48
Wawasee 50 Mishawaka 27
West Lafayette 72 Lafayette Jeff 36
Wood Memorial 43 Southridge 40
Yorktown 47 Frankton 46


Porter County Tournament
Kouts 47 Boone Grove 41
South Central (Union Mills) 53 Morgan Twp. 47

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Avon at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm
Believe Circle City at Indianapolis Tindley 7:00 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Columbia City at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Columbus North at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
East Noble at DeKalb 6:00 pm
Edgewood at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Elkhart at Penn 7:30 pm
Elwood at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Evansville North at Washington 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Dwenger 6:00 pm
Fremont at Woodlan 7:30 pm
Gary West at Portage 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Ritter at Indianapolis Shortridge 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Indianapolis Attucks 7:30 pm
Iroquois West (Ill.) at South Newton 6:00 pm
Irvington Prep at Indiana Deaf 6:00 pm
Kankakee Valley at Munster 8:00 pm
Leo at New Haven 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Wabash 7:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Martinsville at Brown County 7:30 pm
Mishawaka at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Alexandria 7:30 pm
New Haven at Heritage 7:30 pm
North Knox at Sullivan 7:30 pm
North Oldham (Ky.) at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Northwestern at Western 7:30 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Providence 7:30 pm
Shoals at Dugger Union 6:00 pm
South Bend Clay at Mishawaka Marian 6:30 pm
South Bend Washington at Fort Wayne Northrop 6:00 pm
South Putnam at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Whiteland at Shelbyville 7:30 pm


Bi-County Tournament
Oregon-Davis at Triton 6:30 pm R1
Argos at John Glenn 6:00 pm R1
Bremen at New Prairie 6:00 pm R1
Culver at LaVille 6:30 pm R1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/

NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Saturday, Jan. 20

  • (4) Texans at (1) Ravens, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC).  This is a rematch of game that was played all the way back in Week 1. In C.J. Stroud’s debut. the Ravens kept him in check for a 25-9 win. The Texans are the only NFL team that has never won a game in the divisional round and they’ve also never won a road game in the playoffs. 
  • (7) Packers at (1) 49ers, 8 p.m. ET (Fox). This will mark the third time in the past five seasons that these two teams have met in the postseason with Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers going 2-0 against Matt LaFleur and the Packers.

Sunday, Jan. 21

  • (4) Buccaneers at (3) Lions, 3 p.m. ET (NBC). The Lions will be hosting their first divisional round home game since January 1992, and they’ll be facing a Buccaneers team they beat 20-6 back in Week 6. This game will feature the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (Jared Goff) facing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (Baker Mayfield). 
  • (3) Chiefs at (2) Bills, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+). For the third time in five seasons, these two teams will be meeting in the playoffs. We all remember their last postseason meeting back in January 2022 when the Chiefs put together a scoring drive in just 13 seconds to send the game to overtime (The Chiefs would eventually win). These two teams actually played in Kansas City back in Week 14 with the Bills winning 20-17. This is the seventh time that Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes have faced each other and the series is currently tied at three.  

Championship Sunday

Sunday, Jan. 28

AFC Championship, 3 p.m. ET (CBS)

NFC Championship, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

Super Bowl LVIII 

Sunday, Feb. 11

AFC vs. NFC in Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#6 TENNESSEE 85 FLORIDA 66

CINCINNATI 81 #19 TCU 77 OT

#2 PURDUE 87 INDIANA 66

KANSAS STATE 68 #9 BAYLOR 64 OT

#21 DAYTON 70 ST. LOUIS 65

#20 BYU 87 #24 IOWA STATE 72

PENN STATE 87 #11 WISCONSIN 83

#3 KANSAS 90 OKLAHOMA STATE 66

NEW MEXICO 99 #16 UTAH STATE 86

ELSEWHERE:

XAVIER 85 BUTLER 71

BALL STATE 76 EASTERN MICHIGAN 62

INDIANA STATE 88 MISSOURI STATE 66

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#11 TEXAS 91 KANSAS 56

#2 IOWA 96 WISCONSIN 50

NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 126 DENVER 121

PHOENIX 119 SACRAMENTO 117

LA CLIPPERS 128 OKLAHOMA CITY 117

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 5 SEATTLE 2

WASHINGTON 2 ANAHEIM 0

COLORADO 7 OTTAWA 4

WINNIPEG 4 NY ISLANDERS 2

DALLAS 5 LOS ANGELES 1

CHICAGO 2 SAN JOSE 1

CALGARY 3 ARIZONA 2 OT

EDMONTON 4 TORONTO 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

FALCONS INTERVIEW JIM HARBAUGH FOR HC VACANCY

The Atlanta Falcons interviewed Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh for their vacant head coach role, the team announced Tuesday.

Harbaugh owns a 118-46 record as a collegiate coach from his time with Stanford (2007-10) and Michigan (2015-23). The Wolverines recently beat Washington 34-13 to capture the College Football Playoff National Championship.

He also amassed a 44-19-1 record leading the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, his lone stint as an NFL head coach. The team made Super Bowl XLVII during the 2012 season before losing to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by brother John Harbaugh.

Harbaugh is the seventh coach to complete an interview with the Falcons, joining former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, Ravens assistant head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero.

The 60-year-old has also interviewed with the Los Angeles Chargers for their open head coach role. However, he reportedly remains in contract extension talks with Michigan as well. Potential sanctions from the NCAA stemming from multiple ongoing investigations into the program could complicate his situation.

Atlanta is looking for a new head coach after firing Arthur Smith following a third consecutive 7-10 campaign.

REPORT: EAGLES’ KELCE RETIRING AFTER 13 SEASONS

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce told teammates he’s retiring following Monday’s wild-card matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Kelce, 36, was visibly emotional toward the conclusion of Monday’s loss and declined to speak with reporters postgame. “No guys, not today,” he said, according to Schefter.

Right tackle Lane Johnson said Kelce “hinted” to teammates that it would be his final season.

“I love him. He’s one of the best to ever play the game,” Johnson said. “The things he can do on the football field athletically – I don’t think we’ll see another one like him for a long time.”

The six-time first-team All-Pro contemplated retirement over the past few seasons, but this time he’s expected to go through with it, Schefter adds.

“He’s special, and I love him,” head coach Nick Sirianni said, per NFL.com’s Grant Gordon. “He’s one of the most special guys I’ve been around.”

The future Hall of Famer was a sixth-round pick who went on to play 193 regular-season games and 12 postseason contests, including anchoring the offensive line in a Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.

Kelce has seen his profile rise over the past couple seasons. He has starred in several commercials and co-hosts the “New Heights” podcast alongside his brother, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.

SAINTS FIRE OC CARMICHAEL AFTER 15 SEASONS IN ROLE

The New Orleans Saints fired offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, the team announced Tuesday.

Carmichael has been

Carmichael has been the Saints’ OC since 2009 and part of the coaching staff since 2006.

The 52-year-old came to the NFC South club with former head coach Sean Payton as the quarterbacks coach and was promoted three years later.

Carmichael retained his position when Payton stepped down following the 2021 season and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen took over as coach.

While Payton was the play-caller during his tenure, Carmichael was part of a record-breaking offense with future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees under center. The Saints finished as a top-10 scoring offense 13 times and a top-five unit on 10 occasions in 16 seasons.

New Orleans’ offense struggled in 2022, finishing 22nd in points per game and 19th in yards per game. Carmichael’s group bounced back in 2023 to rank ninth in points, but the 9-8 Saints still missed the playoffs.

New Orleans also dismissed senior offensive assistant Bob Bicknell and wide receivers coach Kodi Burns on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank Pete, Bob, and Kodi for their service to the New Orleans Saints and to this coaching staff,” said Allen. “These types of decisions are never easy to come to, but are necessary as we move forward.

“I would especially like to thank Pete for his contributions to this staff for 18 seasons. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the job he has done and as a colleague.”

RAMS DC RAHEEM MORRIS TO INTERVIEW FOR FOUR HC VACANCIES

Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator Raheem Morris piqued the interest of four teams with vacancies at head coach, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

Morris is scheduled to interview for openings with the Carolina Panthers, Washington Commanders, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers, per multiple reports.

All four initial interviews are expected to take place via Zoom.

The Atlanta Falcons had reportedly also requested an interview with Morris, according to multiple reports.

Morris, 47, has spent the past three years as the defensive coordinator for the Rams, where he led his unit to finish 13th, 18th and 20th in total defense in the league.

Morris has experience as a head coach at the helm of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011.

He also served as the interim head coach after Dan Quinn was fired from the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. Prior to Quinn’s firing, Morris served in multiple roles for the Falcons starting in 2015, including passing game coordinator, wide receivers coach, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

He has two Super Bowl wins as part of the staff of the 2021 Rams and the 2002 Buccaneers.

REPORT: TOMLIN PLANS ON COACHING STEELERS IN 2024

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told his players Tuesday that he plans on returning for the 2024 season, sources told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The report comes amid speculation that Tomlin would step away from the team. He also told his players those rumors are unfounded, Garafolo adds.

Tomlin is set to enter the final year of his contract. He’s expected to address the media this week, per Garafolo.

Pittsburgh is coming off a 31-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round. Tomlin walked out of the postgame press conference when he was asked about his future with the club.

Tomlin was reportedly going to decide on what’s next for his coaching career following the game.

The Steelers began the campaign 7-7 and were forced to start three different quarterbacks. However, they won their final three games to make the playoffs.

Tomlin has been Pittsburgh’s head coach since 2007. He won a Super Bowl in 2008 but has seen limited success in the postseason since then. The Steelers have lost by a combined 68 points in their last five playoff games. Their most recent postseason win came in the 2016 season.

“Mike T’s a great coach,” running back Najee Harris said after the wild-card loss, according to Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “But we can’t put too much on Mike T. Sometimes, you just got to look at the players. Sometimes, you can’t even look at the coaches. You just got to look at the players, and we didn’t really execute.”

THIRD CHIEFS-BILLS PLAYOFF MEETING IN 4 SEASONS HIGHLIGHTS THE NFL’S DIVISIONAL ROUND

Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills will have a third shot at Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs.

This time, Buffalo gets to play at home.

And there won’t be a Super Bowl rematch between Mahomes and Jalen Hurts. At least not this season.

Mahomes will play his first career road playoff game next Sunday night against the Bills, who advanced to the AFC divisional round with a 31-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

The Bills (12-6) did what No. 2 seeds are supposed to do against No. 7 seeds, cruising to a double-digit victory in a game that was played a day late because of a snowstorm.

That sets up a third playoff meeting against the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (12-6) in four seasons.

Hurts and the defending NFC champion Eagles were routed 32-9 Monday night by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sending Philadelphia to an early vacation after a 10-1 start.

Kansas City defeated Buffalo 38-24 in the AFC championship game on Jan. 24, 2021. A year later, the Chiefs beat the Bills 42-36 in overtime in the divisional round.

Buffalo’s win over Pittsburgh means the No. 1 seed Baltimore Ravens (13-4) will host the fourth-seeded Houston Texans (11-7) on Saturday in the other AFC divisional game. The Texans advanced with a 45-14 rout of Cleveland in the weekend’s first wild-card game.

The No. 1 seed San Francisco 49ers (12-5) host the Green Bay Packers (10-8) on Saturday in one NFC matchup. That was determined when Green Bay destroyed Dallas 48-32 on Sunday, becoming the first No. 7 seed to beat a No. 2 seed since the NFL expanded the playoffs to 14 teams in 2020.

Baker Mayfield and the Buccaneers (10-8) advanced to face Detroit (13-5) on Sunday. The Lions beat the Los Angeles Rams 24-23.

The Allen-Mahomes rematch highlights the next round.

Buffalo turned its season around at Kansas City in Week 14. The Bills were 6-6 going into that game before a 20-17 victory ignited a five-game winning streak to conclude the regular season that ended with a winner-take-the-AFC-East win at Miami.

Mahomes is 10-2 at home in the playoffs, including Kansas City’s 26-7 win over the Dolphins on Saturday. He’s 2-1 in Super Bowls.

In the last Bills-Chiefs playoff meeting, Mahomes rallied Kansas City to a tying field goal in regulation after Buffalo took a 36-33 lead with 13 seconds remaining. The Chiefs won the coin toss in OT and Mahomes threw a TD pass to Travis Kelce to win it on the opening drive.

That led the NFL to change its overtime rules for the playoffs, ensuring each team gets a possession.

ICONIC PACKERS-49ERS MATCHUP DRAWING HEAVY ACTION

NFL fans — and television networks — lost out on a potential Cowboys-49ers NFC title game, but they gained an iconic Divisional Playoff matchup when Green Bay pulled a massive wild-card upset at Dallas.

Two legendary franchises will square off in primetime on Saturday night when the Packers visit the 49ers for their NFL record 10th all-time postseason meeting. The previous nine have all come in the past three decades, with San Francisco holding a four-game playoff winning streak over Green Bay.

The 49ers are heavily favored to make it five. The hosts and No. 1 seed in the NFC opened as consensus 9.5-point favorites. The line shifted to 10.0 at BetMGM despite the Packers being backed by 71 percent of the spread-line bets and 58 percent of the money.

The book reported Tuesday that the matchup leads all Divisional Playoff games in several categories: It’s the most bet game overall, the 50.5 points has been the most popular Over/Under market, and the Packers have been the heaviest-backed team at +10.0 points as well as in underdog moneyline bets at +375.

The Packers-49ers matchup has also drawn the most action at DraftKings, with Green Bay also backed by the most total spread-line bets while the 49ers have been the most popular moneyline play.

Green Bay is coming off a 48-32 win at Dallas. Some view it as clearing the path for San Francisco, which now avoids a potential matchup against the No. 2 seed entering the playoffs. Others see it as a young Packers team coming of age.

Green Bay’s moneyline opened at +350 at BetMGM but moved to +375 with one-sided action with 86 percent of the total bets and 87 percent of the money, compared to 14 and 13 percent for the heavily favored 49ers at -500.

Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs, who is coming off a six-catch, 151-yard performance at Dallas, is being offered at -170 by DraftKings to top 60.5 receiving yards against the 49ers. That has been the most popular player prop at the book thus far.

While San Francisco was idle over the weekend, the 49ers saw their odds as the Super Bowl favorite trimmed from +225 to +175 at BetMGM. The Packers are still +2800 longshots, although that is down significantly from +8000 before the Cowboys game.

“We’ve been counted out a lot of the season, but everybody keeps battling, keeps competing,” said Packers quarterback Jordan Love, whose team started 2-5. “I think it’s just noise on the outside. We’re not worried about it. We keep coming out here and showing what we’re about, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

The second most popular game has been Buffalo playing host to Kansas City, the first road playoff game of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ career.

The Bills are 2.5-point favorites and have been backed by 67 percent of the spread-line money despite coming out of Monday’s win over Pittsburgh with several key injuries on defense. While Buffalo has been the third-most bet team in terms of spread-line tickets, Kansas City’s +120 moneyline has also been the second-most popular in that market.

The Divisional Playoffs will begin with Houston at No. 1 AFC seed Baltimore on Saturday. The 9.5-point line has seen the underdog Texans backed by 71 percent of the bets and 53 percent of the handle. Houston has been the second-most popular team in terms of spread-line bets.

Baltimore also enjoyed a bye week, and the Ravens saw their Super Bowl odds shift from +325 to +275 after No. 5 seed Cleveland and No. 6 Miami were eliminated.

The fourth game of the Divisional Playoffs features Tampa Bay at Detroit. The Lions have held as a 6.0-point favorite, drawing 67 and 59 percent of the action, respectively. It has seen the smallest action among the four matchups in spread-line bets and in wagers on the 46.0-point Over/Under.

SUPER BOWL ODDS*
(Wild Card to Divisional Round)
–49ers +225 to +175
–Ravens +325 to +275
–Bills +650 to +500
–Chiefs +900 to +700
–Lions +2000 to +900
–Buccaneers +6600 to +2800
–Packers +8000 to +2800
–Texans +4000 to +3000
*BetMGM

NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: THE STARTING 11

 Following Detroit’s electrifying first-round playoff win, with none of the 66,000-plus in attendance having departed, defensive end AIDAN HUTCHINSON got some good news from Ross Tucker.

“How great is it that you’ll be here again next weekend?” Tucker asked in a live Westwood One postgame interview.

“Are we?” replied a shocked Hutchinson, who went to high school just 15 miles from Ford Field and starred at the University of Michigan.

“Dallas lost, so you’re back here,” Tucker informed him.

“Who do we play?”

“We don’t know who you play yet. You play the winner of the Bucs-Eagles game.”

“Let’s go, baby! Detroit, this is for you!”

Credit head coach DAN CAMPBELL for having Hutchinson and DETROIT (13-5) keenly focused. The Lions will need that focus again this week when they host a second playoff game in the same postseason for the first time in franchise history. Next up is TAMPA BAY (10-8), which captured that Eagles game in impressive fashion. In fact, the Buccaneers have won six of their last seven – and three straight on the road – behind a rejuvenated BAKER MAYFIELD.

Mayfield squares off against JARED GOFF on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, Universo) in a matchup of former first-overall draft choices aiming to lead their new teams to the Super Bowl. They join five other former first-round quarterbacks – Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN, Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON, Green Bay’s JORDAN LOVE, Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES and Houston’s C.J. STROUD – in action this weekend. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s BROCK PURDY – the last overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft – kept pace with all of them in 2023, leading the league with a 113.0 passer rating.

So zero in, eliminate distractions and focus on the task at hand. Get ready for one of the best weekends in all of sports.

Let’s go, baby.

The Starting 11 entering the Divisional Playoffs…​

1.   ALLEN-MAHOMES VII: JOSH ALLEN and PATRICK MAHOMES, who have split six all-time meetings, face off again when BUFFALO (12-6) hosts KANSAS CITY (12-6) in another win-or-go-home encounter on Sunday (6:30 p.m., CBS, Paramount+). Allen owns a 3-1 advantage in regular-season games, including a critical 20-17 victory earlier this season in Kansas City, while Mahomes has captured both postseason contests. Some called one of those postseason contests, their 2021 AFC Divisional clash, the best playoff game in league history.

  • In that meeting, Allen found GABE DAVIS for a 19-yard touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, giving Buffalo a 36-33 lead. But Mahomes stunned everyone by completing passes to TYREEK HILL and TRAVIS KELCE in just 10 seconds, setting up HARRISON BUTKER’s 49-yard field goal as the fourth quarter ended. And after Kansas City won the toss and Mahomes orchestrated a game-winning touchdown drive on the Chiefs’ first overtime possession, the game served as a catalyst to change league rules. Months later, the NFL voted to require both teams the opportunity to possess the ball in overtime even if the first team scores a touchdown.
    • That game also marked the only NFL contest (regular season or playoffs) in the Super Bowl era in which each starting quarterback threw for 300 yards, three-or-more touchdown passes, did not throw an interception and rushed for at least 60 yards. Mahomes and Allen combined for seven touchdown passes and each led his team in rushing.
    • Allen in last week’s win scored on a 52-yard run, the longest rush of his career and second-longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in a postseason game behind COLIN KAEPERNICK (56 yards vs. Green Bay in the 2012 Divisional Playoffs).
    • Mahomes makes his first postseason road start. He’s 12-3 overall in playoff games, 10-2 in Kansas City and 2-1 in Super Bowls.
    • Kansas City head coach ANDY REID hasn’t had to coach in a true road game during the playoffs since the 2015 Divisional Round.

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 11: The number of consecutive seasons (2013-23) in which at least three teams have reached the Divisional Playoffs that were not in the Divisional Round the year before, including BALTIMOREDETROITGREEN BAYHOUSTON and TAMPA BAY in 2023. Over a longer stretch, in 15 of the past 20 seasons (2004-23), at least half the teams to reach the Divisional Playoffs were not in the Divisional Round the previous year.

3.   SOMEBODY TO LOVE: Green Bay’s JORDAN LOVE and Houston’s C.J. STROUD made the first postseason starts of their respective careers last week. Each posted a 157.2 passer rating, the highest mark ever by a player in his first postseason start (minimum 20 attempts). Prior to last week, the three highest passer ratings by a player in his initial postseason start were recorded by Green Bay’s LYNN DICKEY (150.4 on Jan. 8, 1983), Philadelphia’s RODNEY PEETE (143.3 on Dec. 30, 1995) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (143.0 with the St. Louis Rams on Jan. 16, 2000).

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: In nine consecutive years (2015-23), the Associated Press All-Pro teams have featured at least 14 first-time All-Pros. Two of those first-time All-Pros, Lions tight end SAM LAPORTA and Buccaneers safety ANTOINE WINFIELD, will battle when TAMPA BAY (10-8) visits DETROIT (13-5) on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, Universo).

Winfield, who had 122 tackles, 12 passes defensed and six sacks in 2023, became the first defensive back since RODNEY HARRISON in 2000 to reach 120 tackles, 10 passes defensed and five sacks in a season. He also became the first defensive back this century with six sacks and six forced fumbles in a season.
LaPorta, meanwhile, posted more receptions (86) than any rookie tight end in NFL history, while his receiving yards (889) ranked fourth among rookie tight ends all-time. And with 10 receiving touchdowns, he also became one of three rookie tight ends ever to reach that mark. Along with teammate JAHMYR GIBBS, LaPorta helped the Lions become the first team in league annals to have two rookies score 10 scrimmage touchdowns.
In last week’s Wild Card win, Detroit wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN posted 110 yards on seven receptions. St. Brown has 10 100-yard receiving games in 2023, most in the NFL including the postseason.
Tampa Bay quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD led his team to the Divisional Round by throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and a 119.8 passer rating last week. He is the first Buccaneers player ever with 300 yards and three touchdown passes in a postseason game.

5.   SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUPJORDAN LOVE and his dangerous stable of young Packers wide receivers – a combination that has produced a 7-2 record and the NFL’s No. 1 passer rating (113.2) since Week 11 – face a 49ers defense that placed four players on the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster, including cornerback CHARVARIUS WARD, who led the league with 23 passes defensed in the regular season.

Also since Week 11, San Francisco owns the NFL’s top offense (415.4 yards per game), while Green Bay ranks third in that span (384.3), including the postseason.
Love’s 157.2 passer rating last week at Dallas was the highest mark since at least 1950 by an NFL player in a road postseason game (minimum 20 attempts), surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer BART STARR (143.5) in the 1966 NFL Championship Game, also at Dallas.
GREEN BAY (10-8) and SAN FRANCISCO (12-5) will establish an NFL record on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, FOX, FOX Deportes) with their 10th all-time postseason meeting. Three other series have included nine all-time postseason meetings: Dallas and San Francisco, Dallas and the L.A. Rams, and Dallas and Green Bay.
This season marks the 25th anniversary of the 49ers’ miraculous Wild Card victory over Green Bay in the 1998 playoffs, when Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG connected with Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS on a last-second, game-winning touchdown. And the last time these teams met in the postseason, at a snowy Lambeau Field in the 2021 Divisional Round, San Francisco upset the No. 1-seeded Packers, 13-10. Saturday marks the teams’ fifth postseason meeting since 2012, including a 37-20 San Francisco win in the 2019 NFC Championship.
Green Bay became the first No. 7 seed to win a playoff game and with a win this week would become the first team seeded lowest in a conference to advance to a Championship Game since Tennessee in 2019. Prior to the Titans, the last two teams to do it were the 2010 Jets and 2010 Packers, who won Super Bowl XLV.
Packers running back AARON JONES has three career postseason games with two-or-more touchdowns. Only five other running backs have more such games: Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVISFRANCO HARRISJOHN RIGGINSEMMITT SMITH and THURMAN THOMAS,

6.   STREAK SPEAK: San Francisco has won six consecutive Divisional Playoff games, a streak that began in 2011. Meanwhile, Kansas City brings a five-game Divisional Playoff winning streak into this week. The Chiefs are 5-0 in the Divisional Round since drafting quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES. The most consecutive Divisional Playoff victories all-time:

TEAMWINNING STREAKYEARS
New England*82011-18
San Francisco*62011-22
San Francisco61988-94
Oakland Raiders61973-80
Kansas City*52018-22
Dallas51970-75

*active

7.   DID YOU KNOW?: The Chiefs when allowing 17-or-fewer points, including the postseason, have won 45 consecutive games. When KANSAS CITY (12-6) travels to BUFFALO (12-6) on Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET, CBS, Paramount+), the Chiefs will look to extend the fourth-longest stretch in league history. The teams with the longest winning streaks when allowing 17-or-fewer points, including the postseason, in NFL annals:

TEAMWINSYEARS
Chicago681983-89
New England502001-06
Indianapolis492000-07
Kansas City*452017-23

*active

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: In six of the previous seven years, at least one road team has won in the Divisional Round. Entering this week, the road team has won five of the NFL’s last nine Divisional Playoff games. Included in that group of road winners are two of the last three Super Bowl champions – the 2020 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS and 2021 LOS ANGELES RAMS.

9.  TREND TIME: Baltimore this season has seven wins by 10-or-more points over opponents that entered the game with winning records, tied with the 2014 New England Patriots and 1929 New York Giants for the most such single-season wins in NFL history.

  • The Texans are bidding to become just the third team since at least 1950, the first year the league can confirm starting lineups for every game, to win multiple postseason games with a rookie head coach and rookie quarterback. With another win this week, head coach DEMECO RYANS and quarterback C.J. STROUD could join JOHN HARBAUGH and JOE FLACCO with the 2008 Baltimore Ravens and REX RYAN and MARK SANCHEZ with the 2009 New York Jets as the only teams to accomplish the feat.
    • HOUSTON (11-7) travels to meet BALTIMORE (13-4) on Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes) in a unique matchup that features the NFL team that committed the fewest turnovers this season (Houston, 14) against the club that tied for the league lead in both takeaways and turnover margin (Baltimore, 31 and plus-12, respectively). 
    • The Ravens are the AFC’s No. 1 seed for the first time since 2019 and are looking to host an AFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history.
    • Baltimore wide receiver ZAY FLOWERS is the first rookie to lead a No. 1-seeded team in receptions and receiving yards since the NFL implemented playoff seeding in 1975.
    • Houston’s C.J. STROUD last week became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win a postseason start, breaking the record held by MICHAEL VICK.

10. NEXT GEN STATS OF THE WEEK: On his 17-yard touchdown reception last week, Buffalo wide receiver KHALIL SHAKIR had a 0.7-percent chance of scoring when he caught the ball. Shakir has now registered receptions on 16 consecutive targets dating back to Week 16. Two days before, on his 76-yard touchdown reception, Houston’s BREVIN JORDAN reached the third-fastest speed by a tight end (20.03 MPH) this season.​

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The NFL’s moniker for the second round of its postseason – the Divisional Playoffs – is a bit of a misnomer but the name made sense when it first started. Before World War II, the NFL separated its teams into Eastern and Western divisions, with the winners squaring off in the annual NFL Championship Game. But in 1941, the CHICAGO BEARS and GREEN BAY PACKERS finished tied for first in the Western Division, forcing a playoff to determine the team that would face the Eastern Division champion NEW YORK GIANTS. Not surprisingly, the league needed a “divisional playoff” several more times over the next two decades. In 1967, the NFL realigned into four four-team divisions, the winners of which squared off in a Divisional Round of playoffs to determine the league’s two berths in the championship. Finally, when the NFL merged with the AFL in 1970, the new league split into two conferences, AFC and NFC, and continued to include a Divisional Round in the playoffs. Since the merger, the Divisional Round has included some of the greatest moments in league history, including the Immaculate Reception, the Minneapolis Miracle, Staubach’s Hail Mary, the Epic in Miami, the Ghost to the Post, the Sea of Hands and the longest game ever played.

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REPORT: ARIZONA TABS SAN JOSE STATE’S BRENT BRENNAN AS COACH

San Jose State’s Brent Brennan agreed to a five-year contract to become the next head football coach at Arizona, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Brennan, who will fill the vacancy left after Jedd Fisch departed to replace Kalen DeBoer at Washington on Sunday. DeBoer accepted a position at Alabama after Nick Saban retired last week.

Brennan, 50, previously was a finalist for the Arizona job in 2020 when Fisch was hired to replace the fired Kevin Sumlin.

Brennan has a 34-48 record as head coach of the Spartans, although he was 26-19 in the last four seasons. He guided San Jose State to its first Mountain West championship in 2020 as well as three bowl appearances (2020, 2022, 2023).

Fisch, 47, coached the Wildcats to a 10-3 record and a No. 11 final ranking in the AP poll this season.

Arizona finished the season with seven consecutive victories, including a 38-24 win over Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl.

Overall, Fisch went 16-21 in three seasons with the Wildcats. His first team went 1-11 in 2021 before winning five games the following year and made another jump this season.

TOP 2026 RECRUIT JULIAN LEWIS RECLASSIFIES TO 2025

Quarterback Julian Lewis, the No. 1 overall player in the 2026 recruiting cycle, is reclassifying to the 2025 class.

“Since I was 7 years old, one of my goals has been to play Division I football,” Lewis told ESPN’s Pete Thamel. “Through hard work and sacrifice that goal has become a reality. I have been blessed to have two good seasons under Coach Joey King and I have confidence that after this coming season I will be ready to compete at the next level.”

Lewis committed to USC last August but is still being pursued by several other programs. He’s expected to be the top quarterback in the updated ESPN 300, vaulting ahead of five-star prospect Bryce Underwood, who committed to LSU earlier in January.

The 16-year-old’s upcoming season will be his last at Carrollton High School in Georgia. King, who also coached Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence at Cartersville High School, believes Lewis can have a similar trajectory.

“He’s in the same category as Trevor. The skill set and arm talent he has are definitely advanced for his age,” King said.

Lewis passed for 3,094 yards, 48 touchdowns, and two interceptions while establishing a 140.1 quarterback rating during his sophomore campaign in 2023, according to MaxPreps. Lewis has racked up 7,212 yards and 96 TDs during his first two years of high school.

The Trojans are adding a blue-chip passer to their 2025 class. USC didn’t sign any quarterbacks in its 2024 class but did land a commitment from UNLV transfer Jayden Maiava. Head coach Lincoln Riley continues to revamp the position after 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams declared for the NFL draft and Malachi Nelson transferred to Boise State.

REPORT: HARBAUGH, MICHIGAN NEGOTIATING JOB PROTECTION AGAINST NCAA PROBES

Head coach Jim Harbaugh remains engaged in discussions with Michigan about a contract extension that could include some unusual termination clauses, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel.

Harbaugh is seeking immunity from termination stemming from any finding or sanction that could result from multiple ongoing NCAA investigations into the program, Wetzel reports.

He’s reportedly also hoping for a stipulation that prohibits athletic director Warde Manuel from firing him for cause, with the power of that decision instead lying with a three-member arbitration panel.

The termination language is a sticking point in finalizing an extension, Wetzel adds.

Additionally, the 60-year-old is reportedly aiming to delay the start date of a possible new agreement to Feb. 15 in order to lower the buyout for interested NFL teams to pay Michigan if they hire him away. Harbaugh’s buyout dropped from $2.25 million to $1.5 million on Jan. 11. The school is seeking to raise the coach’s buyout to $4 million.

The Los Angeles Chargers reportedly interviewed Harbaugh on Monday regarding their head coaching vacancy.

Harbaugh served a three-game suspension to begin the 2023 season for alleged recruiting violations in 2020 and 2021. He was banned another three games at the end of the season after the NCAA investigated an alleged sign-stealing scandal that included former staff member Connor Stalions.

It was reported in December that Michigan offered to make Harbaugh one of the highest-paid coaches in college football with a 10-year, $125-million extension that included a no-NFL clause for 2024.

Harbaugh led his alma mater to a 15-0 season, culminating in its first national championship since 1997. He has led the Wolverines to an 89-25 record over nine seasons, which includes three straight Big Ten titles in the past three seasons.

ALABAMA CLOSE TO HIRING SOUTH ALABAMA COACH KANE WOMMACK AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, AP SOURCE SAYS.

Alabama is working to finalize a deal to make South Alabama head coach Kane Wommack its new defensive coordinator, reuniting him with new Crimson Tide coach Kalen DeBoer, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because contract details were still being worked out and the hiring would need university approval.

ESPN first reported DeBoer was targeting Wommack as his first defensive coordinator at Alabama.

DeBoer, who was hired away from Washington last week to replace Nick Saban at Alabama, and Wommack worked together as assistants at Indiana in 2019 under Tom Allen. DeBoer was offensive coordinator and Wommack defensive coordinator.

The 36-year-old Wommack has been head coach at South Alabama for three seasons, going 22-16 overall and 13-11 in the Sun Belt.

South Alabama’s defense ranked 22nd in the country in yards per played allowed (5.01) in 2023, tied with Alabama.

DeBoer is expected to bring most of his offensive staff from Washington, including play-caller Ryan Grubb, to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

REPORTS: MARYLAND QB TAULIA TAGOVAILOA DECLARES FOR DRAFT

Record-setting Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is entering the 2024 NFL Draft, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer earlier this month. However, the NCAA denied his waiver request for a sixth year of eligibility, per the reports.

Taulia Tagovailoa, 23, began his career at Alabama in 2019 before following his offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, to Maryland when the latter became head coach there.

He started the past three seasons for the Terrapins, throwing for a Big Ten-record 11,256 yards. He also set school records for career completions (955), single-season completions (328 in 2021), career completion percentage (67.1 percent), single-season completion percentage (69.2 percent in 2021), career passing touchdowns (76) and single-season passing yards (3,860 in 2021).

Tagovailoa opted out of Maryland’s 31-13 victory against Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

Tagovailoa was seeking a waiver because he played in five games as a freshman with the Crimson Tide, one more than the limit allowed for a redshirt season.

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EDEY LEADS NO. 2 PURDUE TO BLOWOUT OF RIVAL INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Zach Edey had 33 points and 14 rebounds as No. 2 Purdue rolled past rival Indiana 87-66 on Tuesday night.

Edey was 11 of 23 from the field and 11 for 12 at the free throw line to help the Boilermakers (16-2, 5-2 Big Ten) win at Assembly Hall for the first time in three seasons. Fletcher Loyer scored 19 points and Lance Jones added 17 for Purdue.

Trey Galloway scored 17 points and Mackenzie Mgbakco had 15 for the Hoosiers (12-6, 4-3), who swept last season’s series.

It appeared the Boilermakers would run away with this one when they jumped out to an early 25-13 lead before extending the margin to 51-29 at halftime.

But the Hoosiers charged back, opening the second half on a 20-7 spurt and closing to 60-51 with about 13 minutes left. Purdue answered with five straight points and never allowed Indiana to get close again.

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Purdue: The Boilermakers

Purdue: The Boilermakers have been rolling since their second loss of the season. Indiana was simply next in line. Purdue dominated the first half and, despite allowing the one big spurt to start the second half, finished this road game off looking like one of the nation’s top teams.

Indiana: The Hoosiers played with heart and effort. As they found out, though, that’s not enough when you’re facing the 7-foot-4 Edey. This game might help them continue to grow, but that’s no consolation for a lopsided loss at home in a rivalry game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

One day after extending the nation’s longest active streak of being ranked in the top five to 27 weeks, the Boilermakers made a strong case to reclaim the No. 1 spot it held the previous four weeks. Whether they can will depend on what happens later this week with top-ranked UConn — and Purdue.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Plays at Iowa on Saturday.

Indiana: Begins a two-game trip Friday night at No. 11 Wisconsin.

NEW MEXICO DOWNS ANOTHER RANKED TEAM, TOPS NO. 16 UTAH STATE

Nelly Joseph scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting and New Mexico ended No. 16 Utah State’s 15-game winning streak with a 99-86 victory over the Aggies in Mountain West play on Tuesday night at Albuquerque, N.M.

Joseph also collected eight rebounds, blocked five shots for the second straight game and had three steals for the Lobos (15-3, 3-2). Donovan Dent had 15 points, a career-high 14 assists plus three steals, while Jaelen House had 14 points before fouling for New Mexico.

JT Toppin and Mustapha Amzil scored 12 points and Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 10 for New Mexico, which is 10-0 at home. The Lobos halted a seven-game losing streak against Utah State.

Ian Martinez scored 22 points and blocked three shots for Utah State (16-2, 4-1), which entered the day tied for the longest active winning streak in the country. Samford beat Western Carolina earlier Tuesday to run its winning streak to 16.

Mason Falslev registered

Mason Falslev registered 19 points and nine rebounds and Great Osobor had 15 points and eight boards for the Aggies. Josh Uduje scored 13 points and Darius Brown II had 11 for Utah State.

New Mexico has two straight wins against ranked teams, having beaten then-No. 19 San Diego State on Saturday.

The Lobos shot a solid 57.4 percent from the field despite making just 5 of 19 from 3-point range. New Mexico committed just seven turnovers.

Utah State connected on 44.1 percent of its shots and made 4 of 17 from behind the arc.

The Lobos led 62-42 early in the second half on a jumper by Joseph.

A short time later, Martinez scored 14 straight Aggies points to get Utah State back in the game. He capped it with a 3-pointer, three free throws and a driving layup in a span of 47 seconds as the Aggies pulled within 71-62 with 12:55 left in the game.

Brown then scored five straight points as Utah cut its deficit to 77-70 with 9:45 left.

Soon after, New Mexico used consecutive baskets from Joseph, Dent and Amzil to stretch its lead to 85-72 with 7:03 to play.

A 3-pointer by House gave the Lobos a 92-78 lead with 4:31 left. Amzil swished another trey 20 seconds later to make it a 17-point margin and New Mexico closed it out from there.

Joseph made all four of his 3-point attempts while scoring 16 first-half points. The Lobos shot 64.5 percent and took a 55-39 lead into the break.

HUNTER DICKINSON, NO. 3 KANSAS THRASH OKLAHOMA STATE

Hunter Dickinson scored a game-high 21 points as No. 3 Kansas overwhelmed Oklahoma State 90-66 on Tuesday night in a Big 12 matchup at Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas (15-2, 3-1 Big 12) notched its second win in a row, while Oklahoma State (8-9, 0-4) lost for the fourth straight time.

The Jayhawks, who led by as many as 28 points, registered their largest margin of victory in nearly two months.

Kansas dominated in all facets of the game, shooting 62.1 percent from the field to Oklahoma State’s 39.6 percent, outrebounding the Cowboys 33-25 and outscoring the hosts in the paint 46-24.

All five Kansas starters scored in double figures. Kevin McCullar Jr scored 18 and contributed a game-high eight assists. KJ Adams Jr. added 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while Dajuan Harris Jr. had 11 points.

Johnny Furphy, a 6-foot-9 freshman wing from Australia, matched up season high with 15 points for Kansas — all in the first half.

Bryce Thompson led Oklahoma State with 20 points. Brandon Garrison and Jarius Hicklen had 10 points apiece.

Kansas jumped in front from the start, scoring six points on fastbreaks and forcing Cowboys coach Mike Boynton to call his first timeout just 1:08 into the game with a 6-0 deficit.

The Jayhawks kept building their lead with a series of runs that Oklahoma State struggled to counter. With 12:06 left in the half, Kansas began an eight-point run, culminating on a dunk by Adams and a fastbreak layup from McCullar just before the half’s midpoint.

Kansas reeled off two more five-point runs after that and led by as many as 20 before going into the locker room up 48-33 at the half.

The Jayhawks sparkled in almost every facet prior to the break, outscoring Oklahoma State 24-10 in the paint, getting 12 fastbreak points and scoring nine from seven Cowboys turnovers.

Furphy was 5-for-5 from the floor and 3-for-3 on 3-point attempts in the opening half. Thompson led Oklahoma State with nine points before halftime.

PENN STATE TAGS NO. 11 WISCONSIN WITH FIRST BIG TEN LOSS

Kanye Clary supplied 27 points and Ace Baldwin Jr. chipped in 20 as Penn State handed No. 11 Wisconsin its first Big Ten defeat with an 87-83 victory on Tuesday evening at University Park, Pa.

The Nittany Lions (9-9, 3-4 Big Ten) had lost three of their previous four games, including a 17-point setback against No. 1 Purdue in their latest outing. However, they put together a much crisper effort in this one, shooting 53.3 percent from the field — including 60.7 percent after halftime — and finishing 8 of 20 (40 percent) from 3-point range.

AJ Storr had 23 points and Steven Crowl added 17 points and 11 boards to pace the Badgers (13-4, 5-1), who had won 12 of their previous 13 games. Wisconsin was respectable from the field (48.3 percent), from beyond the 3-point arc (7 of 16) and at the foul line (20 of 23) but was unable to get enough stops after intermission.

Penn State scored 12 of the game’s first 14 points — seven from Baldwin — to open an immediate double-digit advantage. The hosts again led by double figures with just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half before the Badgers went on an 11-3 run, capped by Markus Ilver’s 3-pointer that drew the visitors within 37-35.

Clary recorded the final basket of the first half to send the Nittany Lions into the locker room with a 39-35 edge.

Wisconsin finally caught up at 41-41 early in the second half, and then the teams were tied again at 43, 45, 52, 55 and 70 before the final deadlock at 72-72 with 4:01 to play.

Qudus Wahab broke that final tie with a dunk, and Clary made a jumper soon thereafter to put Penn State in front 78-74 with less than 2 1/2 minutes to go. Clary’s banked-in jumper with 37 seconds remaining made it a six-point game, and Wahab then dunked to seal the win in the waning seconds.

KANSAS STATE CLOSES OT ON 9-0 RUN, GETS BY NO. 9 BAYLOR

Arthur Kaluma converted a four-point play in the final minute of overtime to help Kansas State knock off No. 9 Baylor 68-64 on Tuesday night in Manhattan, Kan.

The Bears (14-3, 3-1 Big 12) held a 64-59 lead following a RayJ Dennis layup with 1:12 left in the extra frame, but the Wildcats closed the contest on a 9-0 run to improve to 5-0 in overtime games this season.

Tylor Perry and Cam Carter each netted 18 points to lead Kansas State (13-4, 3-1). Kaluma finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Langston Love scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed five boards for Baylor, which also got 11 points from Jalen Bridges. Yves Missi flirted with a double-double, recording nine points and 11 rebounds.

The teams traded 3-pointers to begin overtime before Love sank another to give the Bears a 60-57 edge with 3:52 remaining.

Kansas State didn’t score on its next possession, and Carter then fouled out. Jayden Nunn missed the two ensuing free throws before Will McNair Jr. scored inside for the Wildcats, but Love answered for Baylor to make it 62-59.

Dennis then made his layup to provide Baylor with its last points of the game.

R.J. Jones ignited Kansas State’s game-ending surge with a triple, and Kaluma followed with his four-point play to give the Wildcats a 66-64 advantage that they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Bears got off to an ice-cold start in the second half, missing their first 12 shots from the floor. They didn’t score until the 14:50 mark, when Josh Ojianwuna’s free throw put them up 32-31.

Perry later hit a 3 with 8:13 to go to give Kansas State a 45-42 lead. Baylor responded with nine unanswered points to move in front at 51-45.

The Wildcats scored eight of the final 10 points of regulation to force the extra frame, with Perry making 1 of 2 free throws with 14 seconds left to knot things at 54-54.

Nunn’s potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer caromed off the rim.

A 7-2 run to close the first half sent Baylor into the break with a 31-26 lead. Bridges led all first-half scorers with nine points.

NO. 21 DAYTON BEATS SAINT LOUIS, STRETCHES STREAK TO 11

DaRon Holmes II tallied game highs of 29 points and 14 rebounds to help lead No. 21 Dayton to a 70-65 victory over visiting Saint Louis on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Enoch Cheeks added nine points and nine rebounds for the Flyers (14-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10), who have won 11 straight games. Koby Brea chipped in nine points off the bench on 3-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.

Gibson Jimerson paced Saint Louis (8-9, 1-3) with 13 points, followed by 12 points from Terrence Hargrove Jr. Bradley Ezewiro added 10 points for the Billikens, who have dropped four of their last five games.

After facing a two-point halftime deficit — its first time trailing in conference play this season — Dayton opened the second half on a 19-9 run, which was capped with a Brea triple to give the Flyers a 47-38 lead with 12:17 remaining.

A tip-in layup from Saint Louis center Bruce Zhang punctuated a 6-0 Billiken run, cutting the deficit to three points, 50-47, at the 7:05 mark.

Holmes II then took the game over, scoring seven points as part of an 8-0 Flyers scoring run, giving Dayton a 58-47 lead with 5:06 left.

A Jimerson corner 3-pointer cut the Saint Louis deficit to six points with 2:29 left before Holmes II knocked down a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession.

Another Jimerson triple was followed by a Brea 3-pointer to give Dayton an eight-point lead with 43 seconds to play, putting the game away.

In the first half, Dayton jumped out to a 17-9 lead before going scoreless for five-plus minutes while allowing a 14-0 Saint Louis run.

With Dayton trailing by four points with 30 seconds left in the first half, Nate Santos threw in a running floater to trim the Billiken lead to two and set the halftime score at 30-28.

Sincere Parker and Hargrove paced Saint Louis’ first-half scoring with seven points apiece while Dayton was led by Cheeks’ eight points.

Saint Louis’ hasn’t won at UD Arena since January 2014.

NO. 20 BYU BEATS NO. 24 IOWA STATE FOR FIRST BIG 12 HOME WIN

Spencer Johnson scored 19 of his career-high 28 points in the first half and Noah Waterman added 18 as No. 20 BYU earned an 87-72 victory over No. 24 Iowa State at Provo, Utah, to win a home game in the Big 12 Conference for the first time.

Jaxson Robinson scored 15 points and Dallin Hall added 11 points with eight assists for the Cougars (14-3, 2-2), who entered off their first ever victory in their new conference, on the road at UCF on Saturday. Johnson and Aly Khalifa each had nine rebounds.

The Cougars went 13 of 35 (37.1 percent) from 3-point range as they improved to 2-1 against ranked teams. They beat then-No. 17 San Diego State on Nov. 10 but lost to No. 14 Baylor on Jan. 9.

Keshon Gilbert scored 16 points and Milan Momcilovic added 11 for Iowa State (13-4, 2-2), which beat then-No. 2 Houston last week before getting past Oklahoma State on Saturday.

In a tightly contested and physical game, BYU shot 47.4 percent from the floor while Iowa State was at 44.1 percent. The Cyclones shot 35.5 percent from the field in the second half when they went 1 of 11 from 3-point range.

After a back-and-forth opening 13 minutes of the game, BYU went on an 8-1 run to take a 32-26 lead with 3:47 remaining in the first half. The Cougars went on to lead by as many as seven in the opening 20 minutes before taking a 39-35 lead into halftime.

The Cyclones were within 41-39 just over a minute into the second half before the Cougars went on an 8-0 run for their first double-digit lead at 49-39 with 15:41 remaining.

Just under three minutes later, the Cougars started a decisive 11-3 run to take a 64-48 lead with 10:18 remaining in a stretch that included Iowa State’s Hason Ward getting ejected for a flagrant foul with a shoulder into the neck of BYU’s Richie Saunders.

In the first game between the programs since 2013, BYU defeated Iowa State for the first time in seven all-time meetings.

WOMEN’S TOP 25: NO. 11 TEXAS TROUNCES KANSAS

Aaliyah Moore scored 17 points and Madison Booker added 15 as No. 11 Texas cruised past Kansas 91-56 on Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (17-2, 4-2 Big 12) opened up a 47-26 halftime edge and eventually went up by as many as 38 points. Khadija Faye added 14 points and eight rebounds and Shaylee Gonzales contributed 12 points for Texas, which bounced back after losing 61-58 at then-No. 12 Kansas State on Saturday.

S’Mya Nichols led the Jayhawks (9-8, 2-4) with 14 points and five assists, while Zakiyah Franklin scored 11 points. Kansas had won its previous two contests, including a victory over then-No. 4 Baylor last Wednesday.

Texas connected on 59 percent of its field-goal attempts, including 7 of 11 3-point tries, and converted 22 Kansas turnovers into 30 points. The Jayhawks shot 33.3 percent from the floor and made only 1 of 13 3-point attempts.

NBA NEWS

ANALYSIS: AT HALFTIME OF THE NBA SEASON, THE THUNDER AND WOLVES SHOULD BE FEELING GREAT

Being good at the halfway point of the NBA season guarantees absolutely nothing. Take last year for example, when only three of the top 11 teams at halftime of the season would go on to win a playoff series and another three of those teams missed the postseason entirely.

Yes, a lot can — and will — change between now and April.

That said, there are some surprises as this season hits halftime, none bigger than the success stories being crafted in Minnesota and Oklahoma City. They’ve basically been atop the Western Conference since around Thanksgiving, with win totals on pace to smash the preseason expectations put forth by oddsmakers.

Many of the expected contenders indeed look like contenders: Boston has the best record in the NBA, defending champion Denver has been predictably excellent, Milwaukee and Philadelphia are near the top of the East and the Los Angeles Clippers have a better record than anybody over the last six weeks or so. No surprises there. But the Timberwolves and the Thunder have clearly raised some eyebrows.

“They take the challenge, and they like to guard, particularly against these heavyweight teams,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said of his club. “A lot of our young guys are still proving that they can be just as good in a lot of ways and win that battle. We talk about winning that battle with the guy in front of you all the time and they take pride in that.”

It’s pretty safe to assume that either Finch or Oklahoma City’s Mark Daigneault will be spending All-Star weekend in Indianapolis as coach of the Western Conference. That task goes to the coach with the best record two weeks before the All-Star Game (which makes this year’s cutoff date Feb. 4) and last year’s coaches are ineligible — which means Denver’s Michael Malone is assured of having that weekend off. So is Boston’s Joe Mazzulla, meaning it’s almost certain that either Philadelphia’s Nick Nurse or Milwaukee’s Adrian Griffin will be heading to Indy to coach the East.

The Thunder have been building for their future for years, stockpiling draft picks like squirrels do with acorns entering the winter months. Thing is, the future might really be starting now: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a bona fide star, Chet Holmgren is a legitimate threat to Victor Wembanyama’s rookie of the year candidacy and Oklahoma City has a starting lineup where everybody is 25 or younger. There are 15 active players in the league with more points than the entire Thunder starting lineup does combined. LeBron James is about 24,000 points ahead of OKC’s first five.

But here they are, and they look like a problem.

“I think there is an uncommon maturity about them,” Daigneault said. “And as I’ve said before, a lot of it is who they are as people, and I think a lot of them had that walking through the door. And then it gains momentum when there are like-minded people together and they bounce off each other in that way.”

The Wolves had 66-1 odds to win an NBA title entering the season. The Thunder, 100-1. The odds have moved considerably since; FanDuel Sportsbook had Minnesota at 21-1 on Monday, Oklahoma City at 18-1. They both have shorter odds now than the Los Angeles Lakers (29-1), Dallas (32-1), Miami (36-1) and Golden State (50-1). That wasn’t the case when this season began. The Warriors have struggled most of the season and the Lakers have really struggled since winning the in-season tournament.

If OKC and Minnesota (along with teams like Indiana and Houston) are on the good-surprise list, the Lakers and Warriors are on the opposite side of the ledger.

Count the Lakers and Warriors out at your own peril. But overlooking what the Thunder and Wolves have done so far would be equally perilous.

It was brutally cold in Oklahoma City this past weekend. The Thunder played Orlando at home on Saturday, air temperature of around 10 degrees at game time, the wind making it feel like it was about 10 below.

Put it this way: nobody drove to the Thunder game that night with their windows down.

When they do, that’s when Sam Presti will be happy. The Thunder general manager laid out his vision before the season started and he pointed out that if fans are driving to games with the Oklahoma wind in their hair, that means the weather is good, which probably means spring has sprung. Barring a collapse, the Thunder will be playing in late April, maybe May, maybe even June.

“It’s a long process,” Presti said as camp was beginning a few months ago. “It requires a lot of discipline, and there’s no promises.”

Correct. Nothing has been clinched yet. But it’s halftime of the NBA season, and the Wolves and Thunder should be feeling as good as anyone in the league right now.

NBA ROUNDUP: SUNS RALLY LATE, STUN KINGS

Kevin Durant hit two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining as the Phoenix Suns concluded the game with a 32-8 surge and beat the visiting Sacramento Kings 119-117 on Tuesday night.

Grayson Allen scored 29 points and matched the franchise record of nine 3-pointers for the second time this month for the Suns. Durant scored 27 points and Devin Booker had 16 points and 11 assists for Phoenix, which overcame a 22-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win its third straight game.

De’Aaron Fox made six 3-pointers and had 33 points and six assists for Sacramento, which lost its third consecutive game. Domantas Sabonis added 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his 11th triple-double of the season.

With the game tied and Durant lining up for the last shot, a switch left Fox on the defensive coverage, and he hit Durant’s wrist and was called for the foul. Durant calmly made both shots.

76ers 126, Nuggets 121

Joel Embiid had 41 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and host Philadelphia used a big run in the fourth quarter to defeat Denver.

It was the 18th straight game in which Embiid scored at least 30 points. Tyrese Maxey added 25 points and nine assists and Tobias Harris scored 24 points as the Sixers used an 18-2 run late to win their third consecutive game.

Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 25 points and 19 rebounds, 11 off the offensive glass. Michael Porter Jr. scored 20 points and Jamal Murray had 17 points and 10 assists.

Clippers 128, Thunder 117

Paul George scored 18 of his season-high 38 points in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles downed visiting Oklahoma City.

James Harden and Kawhi Leonard each put up 16 points as the Clippers won without center Ivica Zubac (calf) while improving to an NBA-best 18-4 since the start of December. Harden had eight assists.

Jalen Williams scored 25 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 19 as the Thunder lost in Los Angeles again, following a defeat against the Lakers on Monday. The back-to-back losses followed a four-game winning streak.

HOCKEY NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: OILERS DOWN LEAFS, PUSH WINNING STREAK TO 11

Ryan McLeod scored the go-ahead goal with 3:05 remaining as the Edmonton Oilers extended their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Edmonton rallied from a 2-0 deficit, capping the comeback with three third-period goals.

Evan Bouchard scored an empty-net goal to seal the win and also had an assist. Leon Draisaitl and Derek Ryan also scored for Edmonton, which hasn’t lost a game since Dec. 19 against the New York Islanders.

Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist, Morgan Rielly also scored and Pontus Holmberg added two assists for Toronto, which lost its fourth straight game (0-3-1) and had a six-game road point streak snapped.

Flames 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

Yegor Sharangovich scored the overtime winner to give host Calgary a comeback victory over Arizona for its season-high fourth consecutive win.

Nazem Kadri had one goal and one assist and Blake Coleman added a goal for the Flames, who erased a two-goal, third-period deficit for their eighth consecutive home win over the Coyotes.

Sean Durzi collected one goal and one assist and Logan Cooley also scored for the Coyotes. Goaltender Connor Ingram stopped 27 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Sharks 1 (SO)

Boris Katchouk scored in the ninth round of the shootout and Petr Mrazek stopped 37 shots to lift host Chicago to a victory against San Jose.

Sharks goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 24 of 25 shots in regulation and overtime. Cole Guttman opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 10:41 of the first period, sliding a rebound of a Ryan Donato shot from the slot past Blackwood.

San Jose avoided being shut out for the second time in as many days and the eighth time this season at 5:13 of the third period. Ryan Carpenter gathered Justin Bailey’s pass from behind the net and beat Mrazek with a snap shot just outside the crease.

Avalanche 7, Senators 4

Mikko Rantanen scored twice and Colorado scored five straight goals to rally past host Ottawa.

Samuel Girard had three assists, Nathan MacKinnon had two assists and Justus Annunen made 36 saves for the Avalanche, who earned their NHL-best eighth win when trailing after two periods.

Ridly Greig had two goals and Brady Tkachuk and Claude Giroux each had three assists for the Senators, who have lost six of their past seven games. Mads Sogaard made 27 saves.

Rangers 5, Kraken 2

Blake Wheeler scored twice as host New York had little trouble with short-handed Seattle.

Vincent Trocheck, Erik Gustafsson and Kaapo Kakko also scored as the Rangers won their second straight following a season-high, four-game losing streak. It was Wheeler’s second multi-goal game of his first season as a Ranger.

Jordan Eberle and Jared McCann each had a power-play goal and an assist for Seattle, which dropped its second in a row following a team-record, nine-game winning streak. Playing without leading scorer Vince Dunn (undisclosed), the Kraken were also missing Andre Burakovsky (lower body) and Matty Beniers (upper body).

Capitals 2, Ducks 0

Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for his first shutout of the season as Washington handed visiting Anaheim its third loss in four games.

Kuemper had nine saves in the final 9:17 to record the 31st shutout of his NHL career, moving him into sole possession of eighth place among active NHL goalies. Ethan Bear and Tom Wilson scored for the Capitals, who have won two of their past three.

John Gibson started for the second consecutive day after making 29 saves in a 5-4 overtime win at the Florida Panthers on Monday afternoon. He made 26 saves against the Capitals, but the Ducks were shut out for the fifth time this season.

Stars 5, Kings 1

Roope Hintz, Wyatt Johnston and Evgenii Dadonov each had a goal and an assist as Dallas handed visiting Los Angeles another road loss.

The Stars are 4-1-0 in their past five games, outscoring opponents by a 22-10 margin. Jake Oettinger stopped 31 of 32 shots for his 13th win in 24 games this season.

The Kings finished their six-game road trip with a disappointing 1-3-2 record. Los Angeles snapped an eight-game (0-4-4) winless drought Monday with its 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes but couldn’t continue the momentum in Dallas.

Jets 4, Islanders 2

Neal Pionk and Mason Appleton scored in a span of less than three minutes late in the second period as host Winnipeg extended New York’s slide.

Gabriel Vilardi opened the scoring in the first and Kyle Connor added an empty-netter with 1:22 left in the game for the Jets, who have won nine of 10 (9-1-0). Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves as Winnipeg allowed three goals or fewer for the 33rd straight game, tying the 1950-51 Maple Leafs for the fourth-longest streak in NHL history.

Anders Lee scored both goals for the Islanders, who have lost the first three games (0-3-0) of a four-game Western Conference road trip to fall to 5-8-3 since Dec. 15. Goalie Ilya Sorokin recorded 40 saves.

F JASON DICKINSON AGREES TO NEW 2-YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Jason Dickinson, handing out another extension to a veteran forward.

Chicago announced the deal on Tuesday. It runs through the 2025-26 season and carries a salary-cap hit of $4.25 million.

The Blackhawks also finalized a new two-year contract with Nick Foligno last week. While the last-place team has struggled this season, Foligno and Dickinson have provided solid play on the ice and valuable leadership in the locker room.

The 28-year-old Dickinson has a career-high 14 goals in 43 games this season. He also has seven assists and ranks third on the team with 64 hits heading into Tuesday night’s game against San Jose.

“Jason adds a unique two-way game to our lineup and his compete level is consistently strong every night,” Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said in a release. “He’s showing his offensive game this year, which has been a huge lift to our team. His leadership has been instrumental, and the impact has been evident around the room, particularly with our young guys.”

Dickinson was acquired by Chicago in an October 2022 trade with Vancouver. He had nine goals and a career-best 21 assists in his first season with the Blackhawks.

The 6-foot-2 Dickinson was selected by Dallas in the first round of the 2013 draft and spent his first six seasons with the Stars. He has 53 goals and 72 assists in 404 career regular-season games.

BASEBALL NEWS
RANGERS ACQUIRE RHP DANIEL DUARTE FROM REDS

The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Daniel Duarte from the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Also on Tuesday, the Rangers signed right-hander Jose Urena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the reigning World Series champions.

Duarte, 27, was 3-0 with one save and a 3.69 ERA in 31 relief appearances for Cincinnati last season. He also went 4-0 with seven saves and a 3.34 ERA during his time with Triple-A Louisville in 2023.

Duarte posted a 4.19 ERA in 34 career appearances with the Reds, who designated him for assignment on Saturday after signing free-agent pitcher Brent Suter.

Urena, 32, posted a 0-7 record with a 6.45 ERA in 10 games (all starts) split between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox in 2023.

He owns a 39-69 record with a 4.89 ERA in 199 career games (143 starts) with the Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Rockies and White Sox.

ASTROS RELIEVER GRAVEMAN TO MISS 2024 SEASON AFTER RIGHT SHOULDER SURGERY

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston reliever Kendall Graveman will miss the 2024 season after having surgery on his right shoulder, Astros general manager Dana Brown announced Tuesday.

Graveman had surgery last week, Brown said.

Graveman was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox last July and posted a 2.42 ERA in 23 appearances with the Astros. He developed soreness in his right shoulder and was not able to pitch in the playoffs.

Graveman tried to overcome the soreness through rest and rehab in the offseason. But once he began throwing off flat ground to prepare for spring training, the discomfort returned, according to the team.

Graveman, 33, is in his second stint with Houston. He was acquired from Seattle in 2021 and helped Houston reach the World Series.

Graveman has been one of the American League’s top relief pitchers since 2021 with a 2.74 ERA in 186 appearances with the Mariners, White Sox and Astros. He had a combined 24 saves and 51 holds in that span.

GOLF NEWS

GOLF GLANCE: PGA HITS WEST COAST; LPGA, CHAMPIONS KICK OFF ’24

The PGA Tour arrives on the West Coast this week while the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions begin their seasons.

PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: Sony Open in Hawaii (Grayson Murray)
THIS WEEK: The American Express, La Quinta, Calif., Jan. 18-21
Host course: PGA West, Pete Dye Stadium Course (Par 72, 7,187 yards). Other courses: PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course; La Quinta Country Club
Purse: $8.4M (Winner: $1,512,000)
Reigning champion: Jon Rahm
FedEx Cup leader: Chris Kirk
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Streaming: Thursday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
X: @TheAmExGolf
NOTES: This is the first of the five-event “West Coast Swing.” It is one of only two events that uses a pro-am format (AT&T Pebble Beach) and one of only four that utilizes multiple courses. … Rahm will not defend his title after signing with LIV Golf last month, but the field does include 21 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking. … Former U.S. Ryder Cup player Daniel Berger will make his first PGA Tour start since the 2022 U.S. Open as he returns from a back injury. Ranked No. 25 in the world at the time, Berger enters this week at No. 664. The four-time PGA Tour winner is exempt through 2024 via his win at the 2021 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. … Bill Haas, champion in 2010 and 2015, is making his 20th consecutive event start, the longest active streak in the field. … Since the tournament went to a 72-hole format in 2012, Patrick Reed’s 28-under-par 260 in 2014 is the scoring record.
BEST BETS: Scottie Scheffler (+550 at BetMGM) makes his fifth consecutive start in the event. He finished solo third in 2020 and T11 last year. … Patrick Cantlay (+1000) has three top-10s in five previous event starts, and he carded a final-round 61 while finishing second three years ago. … Xander Schauffele (+1100) is coming off a T10 at The Sentry, and he tied for third at the AmEx last year. … Tom Kim (+2500) finished T6 last year. He began 2024 with a T45 at The Sentry after closing out last year with a win at the Shriners and a T15 at the DP World Tour Championship … Chris Kirk (+4000) is one of 15 players making their third consecutive start to begin 2024. He backed up his win at The Sentry with a T18 last week.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego, Jan. 24-27

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: CME Group Tour Championship (Amy Yang)
THIS WEEK: Tournament of Champions, Orlando, Jan. 18-21
Course: Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (Par 72, 6,608 yards)
Purse: $1.5M (Winner: $225,000); Celebrities/Amateurs: $500,000 (Winner: $100,000)
Defending champion: Brooke Henderson (pro); Mardy Fish (celebrity)
Race to the CME Globe leader: first event
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2-3 p.m. (GC), 3-5 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (GC)
Streaming (Peacock): During all televised windows.
X: @HiltonGrandVac
NOTES: This is the first of 33 events to be held in 10 countries and 15 states in 2024. … The no-cut pro-am event features 35 professionals competing in a 72-hole stroke-play tournament, while 46 celebrities and amateurs compete over 72 holes in a Modified Stableford scoring format. Players earn 10 points for a double eagle, five points for an eagle, three for a birdie, two for a par and one for a bogey. A double bogey docks 10 points from a player’s score, while a hole-in-one earns eight points. … World No. 1 Lilia Vu is joined in the field by No. 2 Ruoning Yin, No. 5 Nelly Korda and No. 8 Charley Hull. … Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang share the tournament score record of 260 that they both posted in 2021, with Korda going on to win in a playoff.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: LPGA Drive On Championship, Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 25-28

PGA Tour Champions
LAST TOURNAMENT: Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Steven Alker)
THIS WEEK: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii, Jan. 18-20
Course: Hualalai GC (Par 72, 7,107 yards)
Purse: $2M (Winner: $340,000)
Defending champion: Steve Stricker
Charles Schwab Cup leader: first event
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Saturday, 7-10 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Twitter: @MEC_Golf
NOTES: This 54-hole event is the first of 28 tournaments in 2024, culminating with the Charles Schwab Cup champion in Phoenix in November. … Stricker, now 56, set the single-season records for scoring average (67.54) and money earned ($3,986,063) while winning three majors and six tournaments overall last year. … Bernhard Langer is the winningest player in Champions tour history with 46 victories. He is joined in the field by fellow three-time event champion Miguel Angel Jimenez. … Stewart Cink, who competed in four events last year, is considered a rookie on tour in 2024 and will make his first start at Hualalai. Other rookies who will turn 50 this year include four-time PGA Tour winners Heath Slocum (Feb. 2) and Chad Campbell (May 31).
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Chubb Classic, Naples, Fla. 16-18

LIV Golf League
THIS WEEK: Off
Series Winners: Talor Gooch (Individual), Crushers GC (Team)
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba, Mexico, Feb. 2-4

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

REPORT: RAPTORS, PACERS ‘ACTIVELY ENGAGED’ IN SIAKAM TRADE TALKS

The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers are “actively engaged” in trade talks regarding All-Star forward Pascal Siakam, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick.

Indiana’s reported offer includes versatile guard Bruce Brown, other salaries, and three first-round draft picks.

While the Raptors have spoken with other teams on a potential Siakam deal, their discussions with the Pacers have gained momentum in recent days, Charania and Amick add.

The two sides have reportedly exchanged several proposals and are far along in the process. However, no deal has been finalized or agreed upon, Charania and Amick report.

The Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks have each expressed exploratory interest in Siakam as well, sources told Charania and Amick.

The Sacramento Kings had also been in pursuit of the Raptors star before reportedly withdrawing their trade interest in him.

Siakam is in the final year of a four-year, $136.9-million contract. The 29-year-old is averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists over 39 appearances this season. He’s spent his entire career in Toronto after being selected 27th overall in 2016.

Meanwhile, Brown joined the Pacers in free agency this past summer after playing a key role in the Denver Nuggets’ championship run last season. He’s averaging 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, three assists, and 1.1 steals across 33 games.

Brown’s contract includes a $23-million team option for next season.

INDY FUEL

INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 13

  • INDY FUEL WEEK TWELVE RESULTS 2-2-0
  • INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD 17-14-4 (3rd in Central Division)

GAME 32 – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 VS. TOLEDO – 7-2 L

The Fuel hosted the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday night in their first home game of 2024. Despite going into the second period tied at one, the Walleye came away with the win, 7-2.

GAME 33 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 AT WHEELING – 5-2 W

The Fuel ventured back to Wheeling to take on the Nailers to start their second straight weekend on the road. After a dominant first period, the Fuel set the tone and came away with the 5-2 win, largely in part to Jon Martin’s hat trick in his first game back from the IR.

GAME 34 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 AT WHEELING – 8-7 W

The Fuel looked for the two-game sweep and fifth straight road win against the Nailers on Saturday night. The Fuel erased a five-goal deficit with a six-goal third period, winning their fifth straight on the road 8-7.

GAME 35 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 AT TOLEDO  – 5-3 L

The Fuel finished their weekend in Toledo with an early evening game against the Walleye. After a close two periods, the Fuel ultimately fell 5-3 to the Walleye on Sunday. 

ROSTER MOVES

  • F Kyle Maksimovich returned from Rockford (01/11)
  • D Josh Maniscalco assigned from Rockford (01/11) then recalled (01/15)
  • D Bray Crowder and F Andy Willis released (01/11)
  • D Trevor Zins traded to Idaho Steelheads for future consideration (01/11)

OIL DROPS

  • Jon Martin, upon returning from the IR, had his first hat trick of the season on Friday night. It was also the first hat trick of the Indy Fuel season. 
  • Darby Llewellyn scored his first goal of the season on Friday at Wheeling.
  • Cam Hillis cracked the Overall Leader list, ranking 17th in the ECHL in points. He also had one goal and two assists in the ECHL All-Star game on Monday.
  • Upon returning from suspension, Chris Cameron scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against Wheeling. That same game, Cameron dropped the gloves 7 seconds into the first period against Wheeling’s Matt Quercia.

TEAM NOTES

  • The Fuel have the second most penalty minutes in the league. Chris Cameron leads the team with 80 minutes.
  • On Saturday’s game in Wheeling, the Fuel had six goals in the third period. This helped the Fuel to victory, winning 8-7 and tied a franchise record of most goals in a road game as well as most goals in one period.
  • In Saturday’s game, Martin scoring at 8:40 and Maniscalco scoring at 8:49 tied a franchise record for the fastest two goals scored consecutively.
  • With the increasing number of penalty minutes, means more penalty kills. The Fuel allowed 3 PPG on Saturday, but are still eighth in the league overall on the penalty kill.

INDY FUEL WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

  • GAME 36 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 VS. KALAMAZOO
  • GAME 37 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 VS. TOLEDO

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA DROPS DECISION TO NO. 2/2 PURDUE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Trey Galloway had no time for spin. Not after this — Tuesday night’s 87-66 loss to second-ranked Purdue, opportunity missed, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall advantage wasted.

“We had some dumb fouls, some unnecessary fouls,” Indiana’s senior guard said. “There’s a difference between playing hard and playing not smart.”

He paused.

“Then it got away from us.”

Coach Mike Woodson was blunt. Toughness was a problem. Purdue All-American center Zach Edey was a problem. Shot making and fouls were problems.

Answers never came — a 22-point halftime deficit, second-half margins as large as 24.

“We got smacked in the first half,” Woodson said. “They set the tone. We came out with good intentions, and then we couldn’t make shots. That was a big difference. They made shots and got to the free throw line. Edey had a lot to do with that.”

A rivalry that so often ends in cliffhangers fell far short.

“Especially when it’s a big game like this,” Galloway said, “you’ve got to find ways to fight and be tough.”

The 7-4, 300-pound Edey dominated with 33 points and 14 rebounds. He was 11-for-12 on free throws.

“We couldn’t get to Edey quick enough,” Woodson said.

He thought back to last year, when IU utilized veteran big men Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson to limit Edey’s effectiveness.

Kel’el Ware and Malik Reneau couldn’t duplicate that.

“I’ve got to get my two big guys tougher,” Woodson said. “That would help. Ware didn’t play tough enough. Edey had his way. We have to work on that.”

A second-half flurry brought hope.

IU (12-6 overall, 4-3 in the Big Ten) made shots as it didn’t in the first half, defended as it didn’t, played with passion as it didn’t. A game that seemed lost had become winnable.

With Galloway as the offensive catalyst, IU cut a 22-point halftime deficit to 12 in five minutes. A minute later, it was nine. The crowd roared. Energy soared.

The Boilers (16-2, 5-2) responded.

The Hoosiers faded.

“The game wasn’t over,” Galloway said. “That was our mindset. We got it under 10, but we didn’t have that next gear to keep cutting into the lead.”

Added Woodson: “When you dig a hole like that, it’s hard to dig your way out of it.”

First-half struggles demanded poise IU didn’t show, Galloway said. The free throw disparity reflected that. The Hoosiers were 1-for-2 from the line in the first 20 minutes and finished 4-for-9. The Boilers were 14-for-16 and finished 22-for-29.

“We didn’t handle it great,” Galloway said “That’s the reason for their 16 free throws to our two. We have to be smarter. We can’t have silly fouls. You know it’s going to be a war and it was.

“We have to play physical all the time, but be smart and don’t foul when we don’t need to.”

Galloway led IU with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds. Forward Mackenzie Mgbako had 15 points, and might have had more if foul trouble hadn’t sidelined him for much of the first half.

Woodson said he should have played Mgbako more.

Early on, the 6-8 Mgbako exploited his four-inch size advantage over Fletcher Loyer to score IU’s first seven points. Still, Purdue led 9-7 after the first four minutes.

Ware picked up his second foul in less than seven minutes trying to guard Edey. Payton Sparks replaced him.

Purdue pounded inside with Edey, which opened the perimeter for Loyer. The result — eight points from each and a 25-13 Boiler lead after 10 minutes.

In that stretch, Purdue was 8-for-8 from the line to IU’s 0-for-0.

Reneau and Anthony Walker scored inside baskets. Sparks added a free throw. The lead was down to seven.

The Boilers pushed ahead 32-18, then 44-25 then 51-29 at halftime.

IU scored the first eight points of the second half — including consecutive Galloway 3-pointers — to ignite the crowd.

After five minutes, the lead was down to 12 at 58-46.  A Gabe Cupps 3-pointer cut the lead to nine.

Purdue surged ahead 75-56 with 6:10 left.

The rally was over.

Next up — road games at Wisconsin on Friday and at Illinois on Jan. 27.

“We’ve got to focus on Wisconsin and try to get a road win,” Galloway said.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 16 IU RETURNS HOME TO FACE MINNESOTA WEDNESDAY NIGHT

ABOUT THE GOLDEN GOPHERS

Minnesota edged out Nebraska, 62-58, at home on Sunday. Sophomore guard Amaya Battle hit a three-pointer with nine second remaining to seal the win. Sophomore guard Mallory Heyer led the way with 16 points as she earned a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll. Sophomore guard Mara Braun leads five players who average double figures (19.0 ppg.). The Gophers are averaging 77.6 points and shooting 44.4 percent from the field.

SERIES HISTORY

Minnesota leads 37-36

LAST MEETING

2/1/23 – W, 77-54 (Minneapolis)

NOTES

Indiana trails by one in the all-time series but has won six-straight and nine of the last 10 dating back to the 2015-16 season. The Hoosiers won the only meeting between the two schools last season, a 77-54 victory at Williams Arena on Feb. 1, 2023.

Wednesday will serve as a chance for the Hoosiers to bounce back as it dropped its first Big Ten game of the season in an 84-57 loss at Iowa on Saturday night. It snapped a 13-game season win streak and five-game streak that started off league play. Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes had a team-high 16 points against the Hawkeyes, while senior guard Sydney Parrish and sophomore guard Yarden Garzon each added 11 points.

Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil continues to be the Hoosiers’ floor general along with added scoring to begin conference play. The Greenfield, Tenn. native is averaging a team second-best 13.3 points per game in Big Ten action while dishing out 4.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and has picked up just eight fouls in 204 minutes of action.

Senior guard Sydney Parrish has also turned it up on the offensive end in the last four games for IU. She’s shooting 61.8 percent from the floor, 57.1percent from the 3-point line and averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. In wins over Michigan and at Nebraska, she combined for 9-for-11 from the 3-point line and earned a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll.

UP NEXT

Indiana travels to Purdue to play for the Barn Burner Trophy in action on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET at Mackey Arena.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE ROLLS PAST INDIANA IN BLOOMINGTON 87-66

[2] Purdue 87, Indiana 66 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 16-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten Conference with an 87-66 win over Indiana in Bloomington. The win snapped a two-game losing streak to the Hoosiers and was Purdue’s first in Assembly Hall since 2021.

The 21-point victory was Purdue’s largest in the series since the 2002-03 season and the largest in Bloomington since a 47-13 (34 points) win in 1934 – a span of 90 years.

Purdue now leads the all-time series with Indiana by a 126-92 margin, including a 20-12 margin under Matt Painter. Purdue is 14-4 in its last 18 meetings with Indiana, including 6-2 in games played in Bloomington.

Purdue is now 16-2 or better through 18 games the second straight season (17-1 last year) and for the third time in the last seven years (2017-18 also started 16-2). It’s the only three times Purdue has been 16-2 or better under Painter.

Matt Painter has tied Lou Henson for fifth place on the victories in Big Ten games only. Painter now owns a 214-122 career Big Ten record (Bob Knight – 354; Tom Izzo – 335; Gene Keady – 265; Ward Lambert – 228).

Purdue is now 74-16 since the start of the 2021-22 season, and 45-8 since the start of last season.

Purdue outrebounded Indiana 42-34 and had just eight turnovers to Indiana’s 10. Purdue has won 18 straight games when outrebounding and having fewer turnovers than its opponent.

Zach Edey recorded his second straight 30-point game with a 33-point, 14-rebound performance. Edey now has 11 career 30-10 games, all coming since the start of last year (a span of 52 games). His three 30-10 games are the most in the country this year.

Edey’s 11 games of 30 points and 10 rebounds are six more than any Big Ten player in the last 15 years. His 11, 30-10 games are the third most of any player in America over the last 15 years (Mike Daum – 21; Terry Taylor – 12). Among major-conference players, Creighton’s Doug McDermott had eight.

Edey moved into seventh place on the school’s career scoring list, now with 1,945 points.

Edey moved into 11th on the Big Ten’s career rebounds list with 1,047 rebounds.

Edey recorded his 50th career double-double, including 38 in 52 games since the start of last year. His 50 double-doubles are now the third most for a Big Ten player since the turn of the century (Jordan Murphy – 67; Ethan Happ – 52).

Edey has scored in double-figures in 69 straight games, now the third-longest streak for a major-conference player since the 2002-03 season (Oregon State’s Tres Tinkle – 96: Arizona State’s Ike Diogu – 91).

In his final two games in Bloomington, Edey averaged 33.0 points and 16.0 rebounds. He is the first player to have back-to-back, 30-point games in Assembly Hall.

Lance Jones tied a season high with 17 points, making 3-of-7 from deep. In his last two games, Jones is 6-of-14 from long range.

Fletcher Loyer tallied 19 points, three rebounds and three assists. Loyer went 4-of-4 from 3-point range and is now shooting 16-of-28 (.571) from 3-point range in Big Ten play.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Purdue center Zach Edey arrived at Indiana determined to leave a lasting impact Tuesday night.

Then he showed everyone why he is the reigning national player of the year.

The 7-foot-4 senior drew fouls, made shots and even chased loose balls, finishing with 33 points and 14 rebounds while leading the second-ranked Boilermakers to an 87-66 rout over the rival Hoosiers.

“This was my last chance to get a win here,” Edey said before handing Indiana its worst loss at Assembly Hall in this series.

Edey did it all, nearly single-handedly getting Indiana’s big men into early foul trouble. He was 11 of 23 from the field and 11 for 12 at the free throw line. He dove for a loose ball, and his shot-blocking presence had the Hoosiers out of sync. It was his second straight 30-point double-double since Purdue’s loss last week at Nebraska.

Thanks largely to Edey, the Boilermakers (16-2, 5-2 Big Ten) got their first win at Assembly Hall in three seasons and erased, for a moment, the bitterness of getting swept by Indiana last season. Fletcher Loyer scored 19 points and Lance Jones added 17 for Purdue, but Edey was the catalyst.

“He causes a lot of attention, and you see when he goes 1-on-1, he’s going to draw some fouls,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said after securing his 214th career conference win to tie former Illinois coach Lou Henson for No. 5 in Big Ten history. “It’s difficult to see someone at 7-4, 300 pounds that plays hard every single point. It just kind of shows you who he is.”

The Hoosiers (12-6, 4-3) didn’t like what they saw. Trey Galloway scored 17 points and Mackenzie Mgbakco had 15, but Indiana trailed for the final 37 minutes — most of that time by double digits after falling into an early 25-13 hole and a 51-29 deficit at halftime.

Indiana charged back by opening the second half on a 20-7 spurt and cutting the margin to 60-51 with about 13 minutes left. But then Purdue answered with five straight points, the final two coming on Edey’s free throws, and Indiana never got close again.

“I can’t sit here and complain about the officiating. It’s what it is. We couldn’t get to Edey quick enough,” Hoosiers coach Mike Woodson said. “I’ve got to get my two big guys a little tougher. I didn’t think we played tough enough, and Edey kind of had his way.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers have rolled in their last two games and Indiana was just the next in line. Purdue dominated this game and closed it out like you’d expect from one of the nation’s top teams.

Indiana: The Hoosiers played hard, but couldn’t match the intensity or physicality of Edey and the more experienced Boilermakers. Woodson hopes this loss shows his team the level it still must reach.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

One day after extending the nation’s longest active streak of being ranked in the top five to 27 weeks, the Boilermakers made a strong case to reclaim the No. 1 spot it held the previous four weeks. Whether they do depends on what happens later this week.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

THIENEMAN NAMED FWAA DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

DALLAS – On the defensive side of the football throughout the 2023 season, the best freshman in the nation was a Purdue Boilermaker. That distinction became official as the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) tabbed All-American defensive back Dillon Thieneman the Defensive Freshman Player of the Year presented by Chris Doering Mortgage.

Along with earning FWAA Freshman All-America accolades, Thieneman becomes just the second defensive player, as well as the first Big Ten player, to win a national freshman player of the year award from the organization. Thieneman is Purdue’s first player to make the FWAA Freshman All-America team since wide receiver David Bell (Cleveland Browns) and defensive lineman George Karlaftis (Kansas City Chiefs) in 2019.

As one of the best players in the country, regardless of class, Thieneman earned Third Team All-America accolades from The Associated Press to become the 50th All-American in program history, Purdue’s first All-America defensive back since Steve Jackson in 1990 (Gannett News Service) as well as the first AP All-America Boilermaker since College Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (1986). Thieneman ended his 2023 campaign ranked third nationally in interceptions (6) and solo tackles (74), leading all freshmen and setting new Purdue freshman records. His six interceptions were double the nearest freshmen, as four recorded three apiece throughout the 2023 season, while his 74 solo tackles ranked first amongst all Big Ten defenders.

Ending his first season as a Boilermaker, Thieneman went out with a bang by breaking a pair of school records. The defensive back made a pair of interceptions in the win over Indiana, bringing his season total to six to surpass Stuart Schweigert’s freshman record of five for a single season. Thieneman became just the eighth Boilermaker to record six interceptions in a season, the first since Ricardo Allen in 2013. Along with his pair of picks, Thieneman recorded a team-high eight tackles to lead the Purdue defense in stopping the Hoosiers. All of his tackles were solo, as he broke Woodson’s Purdue freshman record of solo tackles in a single season. Woodson ended his 1983 freshman campaign with 67 solo tackles.

The 2023 Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Thieneman also paced the nation’s freshmen in total tackles (106) and forced fumbles (2). He was Purdue’s leading tackler in eight different games, cracking double figures four times. Thieneman became the first Purdue freshman to record multiple double-digit tackle games since Ja’Whaun Bentley (New England Patriots) in 2014.

Following a historic debut season, Thieneman became the seventh Boilermaker to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Brian Fox – 1988, Eric Hunter – 1989, Corey Rogers – 1991, Stuart Schweigert – 2000, Rondale Moore – 2018, David Bell – 2019), including the third Purdue player in the last six seasons. He was the conference’s 11th defensive player to win the award as well as the fifth defensive back alongside the fellow Boilermaker Stuart Schweigert (2000), Charles Woodson (Michigan – 1995), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan – 2015) and Brandon Joseph (Northwestern – 2000).

Thieneman was the only Big Ten freshman defender to make one of the three all-league teams, earning Second Team All-B1G honors from the coaches and third team accolades from the media. He was a five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree throughout the 2023 season, becoming the first defender in conference history to win any weekly award five times in a single season. The Purdue defensive back joined a list of only seven other Big Ten players (six quarterbacks, one running back) to win at least five weekly accolades in a single season and the first Boilermaker to win a weekly conference award five times. Drew Brees (Offense – 2000), Travis Dorsch (Special Teams – 2001), Kyle Orton (Offense – 2004), Rondale Moore (Freshman – 2018) and David Bell (Freshman – 2019) collected Big Ten weekly honors four times in a season, tying for Purdue’s previous best.

The FWAA Freshman All-America players will be honored at a banquet hosted by former coach Steve Spurrier and SEC Network Analyst Chris Doering at Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille on Monday, Feb. 26, in Gainesville.

Thieneman Accolades

Third Team All-America (AP)

FWAA Defensive Freshman of the Year

Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year

FWAA Freshman All-America

Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year finalist

Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches), Third Team All-Big Ten (Media)

First Team Freshman All-America (The Athletic)

USA TODAY Big Ten Newcomer of the Year

Consensus Midseason Freshman All-America

5-time B1G Freshman of the Week (Only B1G defender in league history, Purdue record)

Thieneman by the Numbers

6 Interceptions (National Rank: 3rd, Freshman Rank: 1st, Purdue Freshman Record)

74 Solo Tackles (National Rank: 3rd, Freshman Rank: 1st, Purdue Freshman Record)

8.8 Tackles Per Game (National Rank: 31st, Freshman Rank: 1st)

2 Forced Fumbles (Freshman Rank: 1st)

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS OVERCOME LARGE DEFICIT BEFORE FALLING AT XAVIER TUESDAY NIGHT

In a game that featured huge swings of momentum and scoring runs back and forth, Xavier was able to post an 85-71 win over Butler Tuesday night at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.

The Bulldogs fought all the way back from a 19-point deficit to briefly take the lead in the second half before a final run by the Musketeers closed the contest.

The Musketeers are now 9-8 (3-3 BIG EAST), while the Bulldogs fall to 11-7 (2-5 BIG EAST).

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

Pierre Brooks II started the game by making four of his first five attempts from the field, including a trifecta of three-pointers, as Butler took an early 16-8 lead over the first four minutes of the game.

A prolonged 24-2 run by Xavier, which included 12 straight misses by Butler and a scoreless stretch that exceeded six minutes, gave the home team a 35-19 lead with 8:02 remaining in the half.

Butler responded with the next eight points to cut the lead in half at 35-27.

Another Xavier run gave the Musketeers their largest lead of the first half at 46-27 and an eventual 46-32 halftime advantage.

A 20-3 Butler run capped by 11 straight points from Posh Alexander (nine on three-pointers) gave the Bulldogs a 60-58 lead with 11:01 remaining in the game.

Xavier would respond with the next 13 points to take control of the game at 71-60.

The lead would never get smaller than seven over the closing stretch.

OF NOTE:

Butler’s Alexander matched his season-high with 21 points; he added five assists, four rebounds and four steals.

Brooks had a team-high 22 points, his fourth 20-point game of the season.

Butler committed only six turnovers, the team’s ninth this season with 10 or fewer.

Jalen Thomas had his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs struggled from the field, shooting only 35 percent.

Xavier countered by shooting 46 percent from the field.

Desmond Claude (26) and Dayvion McKnight (20) paced the Musketeers, who also got 15 points from the team’s leading scorer on the season Quincy Olivari.

Xavier won the rebounding battle, 43-35.

Xavier had a 30-11 advantage in fast break points.

Butler coach Thad Matta spent three seasons leading the Xavier program. From 2001-04, Matta posted a 78-23 mark and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday to face DePaul. Tickets are still available for that contest, which will air on FS1.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TO TREK TO FORT WAYNE FOR MIDWEEK MATCHUP

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IUPUI basketball team will step away from home for a quick one game trip on Wednesday night (Jan. 17) when the Jaguars trek to Fort Wayne to face Purdue Fort Wayne at 7:00 p.m. inside Allen County Memorial Coliseum. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

IUPUI (5-14, 1-7 HL) is looking to snap a five-game skid following Saturday’s home loss to Horizon League leader Oakland University. Junior Jlynn Counter scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the loss and senior Bryce Monroe contributed 16 points in the defeat. IUPUI fell into a first half hole and never fully recovered as the Golden Grizzlies scored the game’s opening 11 points before Vincent Brady II finally tallied, more than five minutes into the contest. Sophomore DJ Jackson had nine points and a team-high four assists off the bench and Brady, Qwanzi Samuels and Abdou Samb all finished with eight points.

Oakland feasted in the frontcourt, outrebounding IUPUI 35-20 and outscoring the Jaguars 42-28 in the paint. The Jaguars shot a respectable 43.1 percent from the field and 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from three, but allowed Oakland to shoot 54.4 percent for the game. Oakland shot 58 percent overall after halftime and finished with 13 offensive rebounds total.

SCOUTING PURDUE FORT WAYNE

Purdue Fort Wayne checks in at 13-5 overall and 4-3 in Horizon League play. The Mastodons are 8-1 this season at home with the lone loss having come to Wright State by a 106-98 score. The Mastodons are scoring 84.7 points per game and shooting 37.4 percent from three-point range, connecting on nearly 10 treys per contest. They also turn it over just 9.9 times per game while forcing 18 opponent miscues for a +8.1 turnover margin for the season. Rasheed Bello leads four Mastodons in double-digits at 15.6 points per game while UIC-transfer Jalen Jackson is scoring 15.1 points per game. Quinton Morton-Robertson (14.2 ppg) and Anthony Roberts (13.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg) also score in double-figures and freshman Corey Hadnot II averages 7.6 points per game off the bench.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 32-21 all-time against Purdue Fort Wayne, but just 12-14 in the 26 meetings in Fort Wayne. The Mastodons have won the last three meetings in the series.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will return home to open a three-game homestand, beginning with Robert Morris on Saturday (Jan. 20) at noon.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS EARN MUCH-NEEDED VICTORY IN 76-62 ROAD TRIUMPH AT EMU

Ypsilanti, Mich. – Davion Bailey scored 21 points to lead four Ball State players in double figures on Tuesday as the Cardinals earned a timely road win at Eastern Michigan, 76-62. Jalin Anderson contributed 15 points, Basheer Jihad had 14 points and Mason Jones added 10.

Bailey hit four 3-pointers and tied his career scoring high. He also paced the Cardinals with a season-high seven rebounds and added a pair of steals to help Ball State earn its first victory in Mid-American Conference play.

The Cardinals (9-8, 1-4 MAC) snapped a six-game losing streak while handing the Eagles (8-9, 1-4 MAC) their third straight defeat. It was Ball State’s first road win since beating Detroit Mercy on Dec. 6.

Ball State led by as many as 12 before an Eastern Michigan rally brought the Eagles within seven, 69-62, with 2:06 to play. Free throws down the stretch helped put the Cardinals ahead by double figures to stay.

Ball State took control midway through the second half with a 15-8 run after trailing 38-37. The Cardinals shot 60 percent in the second half to change fortunes shooting 40 percent in the first half. The Cardinals took a double-digit advantage on a deep 3-pointer by Anderson with 7:56 to play. Bailey extended the Cardinals lead to 12, 67-55, with a corner trey with 5:20 to play.

Ball State took advantage of 15 Eastern Michigan turnovers while securing 11 steals, their highest figure in the MAC. Anderson led the Cardinal thievery with five steals and also paced Ball State with six assists. Mickey Pearson added three thefts and eight points.

Ball State led 32-29 at halftime, outscoring EMU 13-10 over the last five minutes and leading by as many as six in the final minute. Both teams struggled shooting the basketball in the early going, and were a combined 5-of-22 from 3-point range in the first half.

Tyson Acuff, the leading scorer in the Mid-American Conference and ranked seventh nationally, led EMU with 21 points to match his season average, but the rest of the Eagles roster managed just 15-of-37 shooting (40%) and a combined 41 points.

After closing a two-game road swing, Ball State returns to Worthen Arena on Saturday to face the Miami Redhawks at 2:00 p.m.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

TRIO OF CONWELL, AVILA, AND KENT LEAD ISU TO 15-3 OVERALL, 8-0 AT HULMAN CENTER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball moved to 15-3 on the season and 6-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference with the win over Missouri State Tuesday night, 88-66.

Ryan Conwell led a trio of Sycamores that powered the offensive output inside Hulman Center with 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, tacking on five rebounds and three assists.

Robbie Avila recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 9-for-15 from the field with three triples. Avila recorded a team-high four assists. Teammate Jayson Kent also recorded a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Kent finished 5-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three. Isaiah Swope was the fourth and final Sycamore in double figures with 13 points.

Avila accounted for the first nine points of the Sycamores’ 11 to open the game. Six of the nine came from the paint and the final three from the free throw line. The Bears kept it close through the first five minutes, before Conwell went on a personal 7-0 run to open up the Sycamore lead to 20-9 at the 10:53 mark in the first half. In the next four minutes, Missouri State cut the deficit to six points, 29-23, with just under seven minutes remaining in the half. Indiana State closed out the first half on a 7-0 run, including five points from Avila. ISU led at the break 44-30.

Indiana State opened the second half extending the lead to 55-36 with an 11-2 streak, with six points from Conwell. An across-the-board effort for the next ten minutes of the game allowed the Sycamores to keep their distance from the Bears, forcing MSU to remain outside striking distance. The smallest lead from Missouri State in the second half was 15 points coming at the 3:30 mark. Conwell and Kent iced the game with three triples in the final 2:20 of the game to push the Sycamores to the 22-point victory, 88-66.

News & Notes

Indiana State continues to build the best record in the Coach Josh Schertz era with the 15-3 record.

ISU is off to its best start at home this season, 8-0, the best home record since the 2019-20 when the Sycamores won its first 10 home games.

The starting five of Avila, Swope, Conwell, Kent, and Julian Larry combined to score 83 of the 88 points (94.3%).

Indiana State finished shooting 55.6% from the floor, shooting 55% as a team in back-to-back games. ISU shot 55% in its last game vs Belmont. Before Belmont ISU had not shot better since Nov. 22 vs Pepperdine.

The Sycamores recorded its lowest turnover mark of the season with 5. The next lowest is 7, which ISU recorded twice: Nov. 21 vs Rice and Nov. 28 vs Southern Illinois.

Jayson Kent recorded his MVC-leading fifth double-double. Kent has grabbed 10+ rebounds in three of the previous four games.

Robbie Avila recorded his third double-double of the season, marking back-to-back double-doubles after scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Belmont.

During one of the media timeouts, a fan from the stands – Camden Harden – came down to the floor and participated in the EPIC Insurance Putt for Dough. Camden made a full-court putt to win $10,000.

Up Next

Indiana State hits the road to battle Murray State on Sunday, January 21. The game will air on ESPN 2 and 105.5 The Legend at 5 p.m. ET from Murray, Ky.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

RIVALRY WITH IUPUI RENEWS ON WEDNESDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne is back in action on Wednesday (Jan. 17) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to play IUPUI. Fans are encouraged to wear green to support Stomp the Stigma and mental health causes. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (13-5, 4-3 Horizon League) vs. IUPUI Jaguars (5-14, 1-7 Horizon League)
When: Wednesday, January 17 | 7 p.m. ET 
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Memorial Coliseum 
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: IUPUI leads 17-18
Game Notes: Link (PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS:

// The Horizon League has announced the Mastodons’ road game at Northern Kentucky on Jan. 25 will air on ESPNU. It will be a 7 p.m. tip in Highland Heights.

// Rasheed Bello was named to the CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List on Jan. 10. The award at the end of the season recognizes the best mid-major player in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have used the same starting lineup in every game this season.

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 10 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 14-of-18 games and each of the last four games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 14-of-18 games and double digit treys in six games.

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

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 11th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.6 percent (55-of-118).

// Three times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 19 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major 25 Poll. They have been as high as No. 9 this season.

// The ‘Dons are No. 135 in the latest NET rankings, the ‘Dons reached a program-best No. 53 on Dec. 8, 2023.

// Anthony Roberts has 40 steals, 16th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.22 steals per game ranks 30th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 20th in the nation in total steals (39). His 2.17 steals per game is 39th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,071 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

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

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 13.8 is first in the league and 29th in the nation.

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

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

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but one this season. Jalen Jackson has just two games with single-digit points, both nine points.

// The ‘Dons are averaging 84.7 points per game, 18th in the nation and up from 73.9 last season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10.2 steals per game this season are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 13.0 points per game: Rasheed Bello (15.6), Anthony Roberts (13.4), Jalen Jackson (15.1) and Quinton Morton-Robertson (14.2).

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 1st in turnover margin (+8.1)

// 7th in turnovers forced per game (18.0)

// 10th in steals per game (10.2)

// 13th in fast break points per game (16.39)

// 23rd in 3-pointers per game (9.8)

// 27th in fewest turnovers (9.9)

// 29th in scoring margin (+13.8)

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

UE BACK HOME WEDNESDAY TO FACE VALPO

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Next up for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team is a home contest against Valparaiso on Wednesday evening inside the Ford Center.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Last Time Out

– Following a first half that featured five lead changes, the Purple Aces fell to Missouri State by a final of 74-64 on Saturday

– The Bears led by one at the half before taking a lead of 16 points in the final stanza

– Josh Hughes set his career mark with 22 points as he converted 7 of his 10 3-point attempts

– Antonio Thomas recorded 15 points while Yacine Toumi (8 pts, 12 rbs) and Kenny Strawbridge Jr. (9 pts, 10 rbs) were on the cusp of posting double-doubles

Triple Play

– Through his first 16 games this season, Josh Hughes hit a total of six 3-pointers; in the Jan. 13 game against MSU, Hughes converted 7 of his 10 outside attempts on his way to a career-high 22 points

– Hughes’ seven triples is the most by a freshman in the MVC this season and second-highest in a game for any Valley player in 2023-24

– He has made the start in each of the last five games and posted 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in the first start of his career at Cincinnati

– He has scored at least 7 points in 5 of the last 7 games

Tallying up the Boards

– Highlighted by a career-best 12 rebounds against MSU, Yacine Toumi is 8th in the MVC with 6.8 boards per game and 4th with his average of 5.7 defensive caroms

– Over the last six games, Toumi has averaged 8.5 rebounds per game (91 total)

– He has posted double figures in 7 of the last 9 games and is second on the team with a season mark of 10.6 PPG

– Toumi has averaged 12.2 points over the last nine games (110 total pts) and recorded double-doubles against Tennessee Tech and Indiana State

Putting a Steak Together

– Over the last four games, Antonio Thomas has quietly averaged 9.3 points, including a 15-point effort against Missouri State

– He has recorded 7 or more points in 12 of the last 16 games including 27 in the win over UNI, his top Division I scoring effort

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

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

– Thomas is 12th in the MVC with a season free throw mark of 81.8%; he has converted 29 of his last 34 attempts

On a Roll

– In the Jan. 13 game against the Bears, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. had an efficient 9-point, 10-rebound performance

– The rebounding tally was his top of the season and over the last three games, he has hauled in 7 caroms per game

– Over the last eight contests, he has posted an average of 11.4 PPG (91 total points) while seeing his season average rise to 10.1 per contest

– Strawbridge registered 15 points at Indiana State after totaling 14 at Cincinnati

– His season mark of 21 points came in the triumph over UT Martin

Scouting the Opponent

– Valparaiso comes to Evansville with a 5-12 overall record and a 1-5 showing in the MVC

– The Beacons are coming off their first Valley win of the season as they defeated Illinois State by a final of 59-50 on Sunday in Normal

– Sunday’s win ended a 10-game losing streak

– Isaiah Stafford paces Valpo with an average of 16.2 points per game and a season mark of 28 triples and 39 steals

– Cooper Schweiger is second on the team with 10.6 points and 5.2 boards

– Their top rebounder is Jaxon Edwards, who checks in with 5.9 per game

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI HOSTS LITTLE ROCK, MOREHEAD STATE THIS WEEK

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball begins a three-game homestand Thursday when it hosts the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for a 7:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference matchup. The homestand continues Saturday when USI welcomes Morehead State University to Screaming Eagles Arena for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.

The USI-Morehead State contest Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at Screaming Eagles Arena.

The three-game homestand, which is the longest of the season for the Screaming Eagles, concludes January 25 when USI takes on Western Illinois University for a game that will be aired live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. The game, which is the White Out Game for USI, will mark the second-straight year that a game will be televised live from Screaming Eagles Arena.

Fans can track your Eagles all season by visiting the schedule on USIScreamingEagles.com for links to follow all of the action on the ESPN+, ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com), and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com/).

USI (5-13, 2-3 OVC) has lost its last two games, including last week’s loss at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 67-64.  Sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) led three Eagles in double-digits with his eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) followed with 15 points, while sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.

Hernandez leads the team through 18 games with 14.8 points per game, which ranks ninth overall in the OVC. Smith follows with 13.5 points and a team-best 9.5 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high eight double-doubles. The eight double-doubles are tied for first in the OVC.

Little Rock (8-10, 2-3 OVC) also lost its only game last week, 77-72, at the University of Tennessee at  Martin. The Trojans have lost their last two contests and three of the last four. 

USI took both games last season, winning at home and on ESPNU, 74-67, and on the road in thrilling fashion, 82-81.

The MSU Eagles (13-5, 4-1 OVC) are second in the OVC after falling for the first time last week, 61-48, at SIU Edwardsville. The loss broke Morehead State’s five-game winning streak and gave the Eagles their first loss in league play. MSU Eagles visit UT Martin on Thursday before coming to Screaming Eagles Arena.

Morehead State took both games with USI last year, winning at home, 84-80, and at Screaming Eagles Arena in overtime, 71-66. 

Tickets for the homestand are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office on-line. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

BINGHAM LISTED AMONG BEVO FRANCIS TOP 100

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UIndy senior Jesse Bingham was announced as a top-100 finalist for the 2023-24 Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award for the second straight season, the National Awards Committee and Small College Basketball released on Monday.

This season marks the eighth year the honor will be awarded, which recognizes the top men’s basketball players across NCAA Division II and III, along with NAIA, USCAA, and NCCAA. Bingham advanced to the top 50 last season, adding to his list of laurels such as NABC All-America and All-GLVC First Team.

Bingham is averaging 15.1 points and 4.2 rebounds through 15 games this winter, while also leading the team in assists (32), steals (23), and blocks (22).

Nova Southeastern redshirt-junior RJ Sunahara earned the top award last season.

Earlier this season, Bingham became the first Greyhound in program history to surpass 100 career blocks and 100 career steals.

The top 50 will be announced in February.

MARIAN WRESTLING

MARIAN RECORDS FIRST-EVER PERFECT VICTORY AS KNIGHTS TAKE DOWN CLEARY AND CORNERSTONE

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Marian wrestling team got back in the win column on Tuesday night, earning two wins against WHAC competition in a tri-match at Cornerstone. Marian took down the hosts Cornerstone 28-19, while dominating Cleary 60-0 for their first shutout of the year. Marian is 2-1 against the WHAC this season, and 5-6 overall on the season.

Marian 28-19 Cornerstone

The Knights played from behind on the scoreboard as their match started against Cornerstone, with the Golden Eagles securing wins in their first two matches. Logan Richardson (125) fell in an 11-1 major decision, and Anthony Hughes (133) was taken down in an 8-7 decision against Devan Johnson. The Knights first win of the match came by forfeit at 141 with Logan Wagner getting the free hand raise, setting up the first win on the match as Seth Johnson (149) won 9-0 over Luke Jaworski.

Johnson’s win gave Marian a 10-7 lead in the match, but the Golden Eagles responded with a win at 157 as Zach Wilson fell to Thade Radosa in a 4:21 pin. The Knights got the six points back at 165 as Jeff Dunasky Jr. won by forfeit, and Noah Hollendonner added five points to the team score with his 19-3 tech fall win over Cooper Mansfield. Peter Sells (184) would suffer a loss by fall, but Marian ended the match on a strong note taking both the 197 and 285 matches. Liam Begley won 14-10 against Jackson Turner to help put the finishing touches on the match, and Excell Brooks ended the match strong with a 13-0 major decision win over Stephos Georgiou.

Marian improved to 2-0 over Cornerstone with the win, remaining undefeated against the newest member of the WHAC wrestling family.

Marian 60-0 Cleary

The Knights earned a shutout win over the Cougars, landing their first shutout of the season. Logan Richardson (125), Anthony Hughes (133), Jeff Dunasky Jr. (165), and Liam Begley (197) all earned wins by forfeit to score 24 points, and the first points on the mat came from Logan Wagner (141) who won by fall in 2:16. Seth Johnson (149) won by fall against Carson Boisvert in 1:57, and Zach Wilson (157) followed with a win by fall in 3:00.

Marian continued to earn wins by fall, as Noah Hollendonner (174) took down Lenton Patrick in 2:22, and Peter Sells (184) won by fall in 2:16 against Tyler Brooks. Excell Brooks (285) finished the win for Marian with his win by fall over Roberto Perez in 2:14.

The perfect 60-0 final score is the first for Marian in program history.

Marian returns to action on Friday and Saturday, competing at the annual Missouri Valley Invite in Marshall, Missouri.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

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

NHL STANDINGS

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

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 17, 1952 – The 1952 NFL Draft took place and the top pick was Bill Wade from the University of Vanderbilt. The Pro-Football-Reference.com site says that after the Los Angeles Rams drafted Wade with the first pick there were two future Hall of Famers taken as the next selections. At number two the Dallas Texans took Linebacker Les Richter followed up by the Chicago Cardinals selecting receiver Ollie Matson with the third overall pick. Other players destined for the HOF in this draft were Hugh McElhenny going to the 49ers at number 9 and Frank Gifford hooking up with the Giants at 11. Gino Marchetti, Bobby Dillon and Yale Lary also were draft picks from this famous ‘52 draft that have bronze busts in Canton.

January 17, 1954 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The NFL Eastern Conference doubled up the Western Conference, 20-9 in the 4th NFL Pro Bowl. The game’s MVP was Chuck Bednarik, a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles.

January 17, 1960 – The 10th NFL Pro Bowl was once again played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In this edition the Western Conference pulled away from the Eastern Conference for a 38-21 final score. A pair of Baltimore Colts took home the MVP honors with Defensive lineman Eugene Lipscomb and QB Johnny Unitas being selected for their fine play.

January 17, 1970 – Astrodome, Houston – The 9th and final AFL All Star Game was played. The Western Division dominated the Eastern Division, 26-3. The game’s MVP was Los Angeles Charger quarterback John Hadl.

January 17, 1971 – Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida – Super Bowl V was a big one. It was also one of those big games that kept viewers on the edges of their seats right until the end per the NFL.com. The Baltimore Colts and the Dallas Cowboys rose above the rest of the League to have the honor of battling for the Lombardi. The game was knotted at 13 late in the fourth quarter. The Colts had the ball but starting signal caller Johnny Unitas had been knocked out of the game. A late push with backup quarterback Earl Morall at the helm took the Colts deep into Dallas territory. Blue Horseshoe kicker Jim O’Brien entered on to the field and with five ticks of the clock remaining booted the ball through the uprights! The Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13. FOr the only time in Super Bowl History a member of the losing team won the MVP award. Chuck Howley, the linebacker of Dallas, had little consolation in the trophy he took home compared to the large one that the Colts received.

January 17,  1977 – Seattle Kingdome – The NFL Pro Bowl saw Steelers legendary corner Mel Blount take home the MVP award as the AFC defeated the NFC, 24-14.

January 17, 1988 – Mile High Stadium, Denver – At the AFC Championship game that has gone down in history as the “The Fumble.”

The Following scoreboard posts are from Onthisday.com

January 17, 1988 – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. – The Nation’s Capitol hosted the NFC Championship game. Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings, 17-10

January 17, 1993 – Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami – At the AFC Championship the Buffalo Bills got past the Miami Dolphins, 29-10.

January 17, 1993 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco – The NFC Championship game resulted in the Dallas Cowboys knocking off the San Francisco 49ers, 30-20.

January 17, 1995 – The Los Angeles Rams announced that they were moving to St Louis.

January 17, 1999 – Mile High Stadium, Denver – AFC Championship game Denver Broncos beat New York Jets, 23-10;

January 17, 1999 – Metrodome, Minneapolis – The Dirty Birds of the Atlanta Falcons traveled to play the high flying offense of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game according to Twincities.com. The Vikings went 15-1 in the 1998 season, the best year in team history, and were 11-point favorites in the championship game against the Atlanta Falcons at home. But this is not a game that Vikings fans want to remember. With 2:18 left in the game Minnesota kicker Gary Anderson, who had not missed a field goal attempt or an extra point all season strolled onto the field with his team up 27-20 to possibly put the game out of reach for the Falcons.  To really put it into perspective that is a remarkable streak of 35 field goals and 59 extra points without a miss on the season! It was a sure thing right? G.A. was going to put the Vikes up by 10 at the two minute warning. At the most inopportune time, probably in the history of football, the terrific season of Gary Anderson fell apart as he missed the kick.  The Falcons had new life and drove the field to tie the game and send it into overtime! The Vikings were demoralized as they had let a 27-17 lead in the fourth quarter slip away. The Falcons with momentum eventually kicked the game winner in the extra session that sent them to the Super Bowl. The game has now been remembered as “The Miss.”  The Final score was the Atlanta Falcons 30 and the Minnesota Vikings 27.

January 17, 2001 – The NFL owners met in Dallas  and voted to increase the shared revenue across the League. The 32 teams agreed to pool the visiting team’s share of gate receipts for all games ( regular and pre-season) and divide the pool equally starting in the 2002 season. According to a 2004 paper titled “ Revenue and Wealth Maximization in the National Football League: The Impact of Stadia”  found on repository.usfca.org by Matthew Brown, Mark Nagel, Chad McEvoy, and Daniel Rascher the revenue plan greatly aided in the construction of new stadiums and remodeling of old ones in the NFL. Some local governments had teamed up with franchises and used subsidies to aid in the construction costs shortly after the shared revenue plan was accepted and NFL cities like the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and the Pittsburgh Steelers benefitted by this measure. Others like Dallas, New York, LA and Los Vegas have built super stadiums that really have revolutionized the game venue. Chicago’s Soldier Field and Green Bay’s Lambeau Field are examples of the funding to help with major facelift renovations of older stadiums to bring them up to speed with the NFL’s criteria of the 21st century.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

11 – -9 – 60 – 19 – 76  – 14 – 24 – 21 – 54 – 47 – 44 – 33 – 23 – 8

January 17, 1934

January 17, 1934 – Number 11, Carl Hubbell the New York Giants pitcher was awarded with an $18,000 contract, enormous at the time, shortly after winning the National League Most Valuable Player award for the 1933 season.

January 17, 1952 – At the 1952 NFL Draft: QB University of Vanderbilt, Number 9, Bill Wade was the number one overall pick by Los Angeles Rams

January 17, 1954 – 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP selected was Philadelphia Eagles, LB, Number 60, Chuck Bednarik.

January 17, 1960 – 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVPs were on offense Number 19, Johnny Unitas, the QB of the Baltimore Colts while on defense was his Colts teammate DL, Number 76, Eugene Lipscomb

January 17, 1961 – Oscar Robertson scored 23 points and registered 14 assists in the NBA All-Star game to become the youngest talent ever to win the game’s MVP award. Oscar wore Number 14 as a member of the Cincinnati Royals

January 17, 1970 – Willie Mays was named by the Sporting News as the Player of the 1960s decade. The legendary baseball star wore Number 24 during the extent of the decade with the San Francisco Giants.

January 17, 1970 – 9th AFL All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 26-3; MVP: selected was LA Chargers, QB , Number 21, John Hadl.

January 17, 1971 – Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP was Dallas, LB, Number 54, Chuck Howley

January 17, 1977 – NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP selected was none other than Pittsburgh Steelers, CB, Number 47, Mel Blount,

January 17, 1988 – AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous “The Fumble”, Browns’ Number 44, Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining

January 17, 1994 – Patrick Ewing, Number 33, became the first New York Knicks player to reach the 15,000-point mark in his NBA career; scores a game-high 34 points in the Knicks’ 106-94 win over visiting Minnesota

January 17, 1996 – Detroit center Number 19Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Number 9Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit

January 17, 2012 – Miami’s Number 23, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points during the Miami Heat’s 92-75 victory over Golden State; James, 28 years, 17 days, passes Number 8Kobe Bryant, 29 years, 122 days

TV  WEDNESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

7 p.m.

ACCN — Florida St. at Miami

BTN — Nebraska at Rutgers

CBSSN — UMass at Loyola of Chicago

ESPN2 — Mississippi

ESPN2 — Mississippi St. at Kentucky

ESPNU — Virginia Tech at Virginia

FS1 — Creighton at UConn

SECN — Mississippi at Vanderbilt

9 p.m.

ACCN — Louisville at North Carolina

BTN — Maryland at Northwestern

CBSSN — N. Iowa at Belmont

ESPNU — Texas Tech at Houston

FS1 — Providence at DePaul

PAC-12N — UCLA at Arizona St.

SECN — Auburn at Vanderbilt

10 p.m.

ESPN — Southern Cal at Arizona

11 p.m.

CBSSN — Nevada at San Diego St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

PEACOCK — Ohio St. at Maryland

8 p.m.

PEACOCK — Minnesota at Indiana

GOLF

2:30 a.m. (Thursday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Hero Dubai Desert Classic, First Round, The Majlis Course, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NBA BASKETBALL

7:40 p.m.

ESPN — Milwaukee at Cleveland

8:30 p.m.

ABC — Dallas at LA Lakers

NHL HOCKEY

7:30 p.m.

TNT — Chicago at Buffalo

TENNIS

3 a.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Second Round, Melbourne, Australia

12 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Second Round, Melbourne, Australia (Taped)

9 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Second Round, Melbourne, Australia

3 a.m. (Thursday) ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, Second Round, Melbourne, Australia