INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

Anderson 70 Daleville 46
Andrean 49 Hanover Central 40
Avon 62 Decatur Central 56
Bethany Christian 60 Wawasee 55 2OT
Brownstown Central 95 Austin 47
Castle 54 Evansville Mater Dei 50
Caston 80 West Central 47
Elkhart 66 Plymouth 58
Evansville Bosse 78 Owensboro (Ky.) 66
Evansville Christian 72 Evansville Day 29
Evansville Harrison 70 Evansville Memorial 45
Faith Christian 90 Frontier 45
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 61 Fort Wayne Dwenger 47
Fort Wayne Canterbury 64 Fort Wayne Northrop 44
Fort Wayne Concordia 51 Central Noble 39
Fort Wayne Luers 49 Norwell 47
Gary West 63 Calumet 32
Guerin Catholic 78 Liberty Christian 61
Hamilton Heights 77 Hagerstown 43
Hammond Noll 66 Hammond Central 57
Lighthouse Christian 48 Dugger Union 47
Manchester 88 Churubusco 60
Marquette Catholic 65 Whiting 52
Michigan City 63 Hammond Morton 48
Mitchell 64 West Washington 48 OT
Monrovia 87 Brown County 62
Peru 56 Culver Academy 54
Pioneer 54 Demotte Christian 53
Portage 60 Lake Central 47
Rushville 43 Knightstown 38
Seton Catholic 52 Blue River 44
Southern Wells 58 Muncie Burris 42
Southwestern (Hanover) 57 Rock Creek Academy 49
Tri 67 Union County 42
West Lafayette 66 North Montgomery 47
Westville 55 River Forest 46
White River Valley 28 Owen Valley 26
Yorktown 76 Winchester 58

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Culver at Oregon-Davis 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Leo 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
Griffith at River Forest 8:00 pm
Illiana Christian at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Irvington Prep 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Knox 8:00 pm
New Palestine at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
North Vermillion at Parke Heritage 7:45 pm
Northview at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Wapahani 7:30 pm
Rossville at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
South Knox at Vincennes Lincoln 7:30 pm
South Ripley at Shawe Memorial 7:30 pm
Speedway at Indianapolis Shortridge 7:30 pm


Porter County Conference Tournament
Morgan Twp. vs. Hebron 7:30 pm 1st

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES TUESDAY

Anderson Prep 68 Providence Cristo Rey 6
Barr-Reeve 49 Eastern Greene 36
Batesville 54 South Decatur 27
Beech Grove 53 Indianapolis Ritter 31
Bloomington North 57 Edgewood 47
Bloomington South 74 Avon 55
Bluffton 64 Manchester 47
Borden 58 West Washington 31
Brebeuf Jesuit 51 Indianapolis Scecina 22
Brown County 60 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 43
Carmel 38 Indianapolis Cathedral 34
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 76 Fort Wayne North 32
Cascade 48 Bethesda Christian 42
Center Grove 70 Greenwood 15
Christian Academy 48 Cannelton 9
Clinton Central 51 Sheridan 42
Clinton Prairie 73 Frontier 61
Columbia City 62 Fort Wayne Northrop 53
Crown Point 45 Chesterton 43
Culver Academy 49 Plymouth 47 2OT
Daleville 64 Indiana Math & Science 25
Danville 46 Triton Central 33
Delta 54 Monroe Central 46
East Noble 50 West Noble 19
Eastbrook 70 Adams Central 22
Eastern Hancock 75 Randolph Southern 44
Evansville Reitz 58 Boonville 48
Fishers 63 Lawrence North 57 OT
Franklin Central 62 Southport 26
Franklin County 58 South Dearborn 30
Franklin 64 Martinsville 27
Frankton 55 Mississinewa 37
Gibson Southern 44 Evansville North 43
Greenfield-Central 51 Yorktown 33
Greensburg 45 New Palestine 35
Hamilton Southeastern 76 Pike 71
Heritage Christian 58 University 47
Heritage Hills 46 Evansville Christian 38
Huntington North 61 Fort Wayne South 38
Indianapolis Shortridge 54 Indianapolis Herron 18
Jac-Cen-Del 49 South Ripley 37
Jay County 51 Heritage 17
Jeffersonville 66 Scottsburg 47
Jennings County 69 Rushville 26
Kokomo 70 Muncie Central 31
LaVille 54 Argos 32
Lafayette Central Catholic 65 Lafayette Jeff 35
Lanesville 54 Perry Central 21
Lapel 50 Wapahani 37
Linton-Stockton 47 Sullivan 24
Madison 47 North Harrison 37
Marion 59 Elwood 32
Merrillville 45 Lowell 28
Mishawaka 49 New Prairie 40
Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) 54 Union City 51
Monrovia 64 Greencastle 49
Mooresville 67 Terre Haute South 16
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 54 New Castle 19
New Washington 67 Crothersville 26
North Daviess 50 Cloverdale 27
North Decatur 55 Hauser 18
North Knox 42 Loogootee 19
Northeast Dubois 40 Crawford County 31
Northview 37 Clay City 30
Oak Hill 39 Eastern (Greentown) 23
Oldenburg Academy 53 Milan 30
Olney (Ill.) 44 Vincennes Lincoln 42
Paoli 43 Eastern (Pekin) 24
Penn 78 South Bend Clay 21
Princeton 68 Evansville Central 62
Providence 49 Shawe Memorial 36
Seymour 44 Charlestown 40
Shelbyville 30 East Central 21
South Knox 80 Shoals 12
South Spencer 57 North Posey 48
Speedway 59 Indianapolis Lutheran 49
Springs Valley 47 Tell City 31
Switzerland County 49 Rising Sun 44
Tecumseh 57 Pike Central 30
Tippecanoe Valley 52 Wawasee 31
Trinity Lutheran 66 Greenwood Christian 23
Union (Modoc) 52 Centerville 45 OT
Union County 61 Cambridge City Lincoln 22
Valparaiso 61 Michigan City 34
Waldron 65 Edinburgh 33
Warsaw 59 Goshen 27
Western 67 Tri-Central 37
Westfield 53 Ben Davis 50
White River Valley 57 Owen Valley 34
Whiteland 47 Perry Meridian 42 OT
Winamac 52 Pioneer 29
Wood Memorial 58 Mount Vernon (Posey) 30


Greater Indianapolis Tournament
Purdue Poly Englewood 39 Eminence 36 1st

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Bellmont at Angola 7:30 pm
Bowman Academy at South Bend Career 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Caston 6:00 pm
Columbus North at Rushville 7:30 pm
Concord at Edwardsburg (Mich.) 7:15 pm
Cowan at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Faith Christian at South Newton 6:30 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Concordia 6:00 pm
Frankfort at Logansport 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at Calumet 7:00 pm
Hammond Morton at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at KIPP Indy Legacy 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Christel House 6:00 pm
Kouts at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
LaPorte at East Chicago Central 8:00 pm
Lewis Cass at Rochester 7:00 pm
Michigan City at LaPorte 7:00 pm
Mishawaka Marian at John Glenn 7:30 pm
Muncie Burris at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at Dugger Union 7:30 pm
North Miami at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Winchester 7:30 pm
Pioneer at North Judson 8:00 pm
South Central (Union Mills) at Westville 8:00 pm
South Putnam at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Southmont at Sheridan 7:00 pm
Taylor at Wabash 7:00 pm
Tri-Township at Marquette Catholic ppd.
West Vigo at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Westville at River Forest 8:00 pm
Whiting at Gary West 8:00 pm
Whitko at Southwood 7:45 pm


Porter County Tournament
Tri-Township at South Central (Union Mills) ppd. 1st

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

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NFL 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

#16 DAYTON 66 LASALLE 54

#12 DUKE 83 LOUISVILLE 69

TEXAS 75 #11 OKLAHOMA 60

#13 WISCONSIN 61 MINNESOTA 59

SOUTH CAROLINA 79 #6 KENTUCKY 62

#17 CREIGHTON 85 XAVIER 78

#2 PURDUE 99 MICHIGAN 67

#4 HOUSTON 75 #21 BYU 68

ELSEWHERE:

BUTLER 90 GEORGETOWN 66

NEBRASKA 83 OHIO STATE 69

BALL STATE 87 BUFFALO 59

NORTHERN IOWA 70 EVANSVILLE 63

INDIANA STATE 77 BELMONT 67

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#8 UCONN 85 MARQUETTE 59

ELSEWHERE:

WISCONSIN 59 MINNESOTA 56

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 102 CHICAGO STATE 76

NBA SCOREBOARD

DENVER 114 INDIANA 109

NEW YORK 108 BROOKLYN 103

OKLAHOMA CITY 111 PORTLAND 109

NEW ORLEANS 153 UTAH 124

LA CLIPPERS 127 LA LAKERS 116

NHL SCOREBOARD

OTTAWA 4 MONTRÉAL 1

DALLAS 5 DETROIT 4

TAMPA BAY 6 PHILADELPHIA 3

VEGAS 3 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2

MINNESOTA 5 WASHINGTON 3

ST. LOUIS 4 CALGARY 3

EDMONTON 4 COLUMBUS 1

ANAHEIM 4 BUFFALO 2

SAN JOSE 3 NEW YORK RANGERS 2 OT

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NBA NEWS

BUCKS FIRE COACH ADRIAN GRIFFIN AFTER 43 GAMES DESPITE ONE OF NBA’S TOP RECORDS, AP SOURCE SAYS

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have fired Adrian Griffin as coach after just 43 games despite having one of the league’s top records midway through the season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move.

Milwaukee is 30-13 to tie the Minnesota Timberwolves for the league’s second-best record. The Bucks are 3 1/2 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

But the dip in Milwaukee’s defensive performance had raised concerns about the Bucks’ viability as a championship contender even after they had acquired seven-time all-NBA guard Damian Lillard before the season to team up with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks rank 22nd in the NBA in defensive rating, down from fourth a year earlier.

Milwaukee had given Griffin his first head coaching job this summer after firing Mike Budenholzer, who led the Bucks in 2021 to their first title in half a century. The coaching change came after the top-seeded Bucks were stunned 4-1 by the Miami Heat in the first round of last season’s playoffs.

Griffin, 49, had spent 16 seasons as an NBA assistant, including the last five with the Toronto Raptors. That followed a nine-year NBA playing career.

Taking over a team with two members of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team in Antetokounmpo and Lillard put Griffin under a major spotlight at the beginning of his head coaching career. An early warning sign regarding Griffin’s tenure came before the season with the abrupt departure of assistant coach Terry Stotts.

Stotts had more than 1,000 games of head coaching experience, which figured to benefit Griffin as he began his own head coaching career. Stotts had called accepting the assignment a “no-brainer,” but he left the staff less than a week before the season opener.

HEAT TRADE 6-TIME ALL-STAR KYLE LOWRY AND A DRAFT PICK TO THE HORNETS FOR TERRY ROZIER

MIAMI (AP) — Kyle Lowry is in the final year of his contract, spent the last couple of weeks in a slump and just last week lost his spot in the Miami Heat starting lineup.

A trade seemed inevitable — and the Charlotte Hornets helped make it a reality.

Lowry was trade Tuesday by the Heat to the Hornets for Terry Rozier — someone enjoying the best season of his career — in a swap of guards that figures to be a big help for Miami in its playoff push.

The defending Eastern Conference champion Heat also are sending a first-round draft pick to the Hornets to complete the deal. The pick will be lottery-protected for 2027; otherwise, Charlotte gets the pick in 2028.

“Man, Kyle has been one of my favorite teammates, if not the favorite teammate,” Heat captain Bam Adebayo said. “He’s always talking about ways to get the ball. He always talks about giving me easy catches. He’s been positive. He’s like a brother to me and he’ll continue to be my brother.”

Rozier will wear jersey No. 2 for the Heat, and the team already was working Tuesday on preparing his uniform — just in case he’s able to play when Miami plays host to Memphis on Wednesday. He wore No. 3 in Charlotte; that number is retired in Miami to honor Dwyane Wade, one of Rozier’s favorite players.

“I want to thank Terry for all his efforts since coming to Charlotte,” Hornets President Mitch Kupchak said. “On the court, he was a true professional and a great competitor who set a positive example for our young players. He also made himself a staple of the Charlotte community with his commitment to giving back. We wish him all the best in the future.

“The acquisition of a future first-round pick provides us an asset as we look to build long-term sustainable success around our young core of talented players. We believe adding this future pick and the additional financial flexibility from this trade will be beneficial as we continue to build our team moving forward.”

Rozier is expected to be an immediate upgrade for the Heat. He is averaging 23.2 points and 6.6 assists — both career bests — in 30 games this season and is shooting a career-high 46% as well. The trade reunites him with former Charlotte teammate Caleb Martin, who is in his third season with the Heat and said he’s excited to play with Rozier again.

“Definitely a bittersweet situation, for sure,” Martin said.

Lowry — a six-time All-Star and 2019 NBA champion with Toronto — had started in each of his first 35 appearances with the Heat this season, then was taken out of the starting five last week, and it didn’t take long for speculation to begin that his time with Miami was running short.

He averaged 8.2 points and 4 assists per game for the Heat this season, turns 38 in March and is on a $29.7 million expiring contract. He struggled in his final five games with Miami, shooting 5 for 30 and averaging only 2 points and 3.6 assists in that span.

“Terry’s a great player,” Heat guard Tyler Herro said. “We appreciate Kyle and everything he’s done for us, our team. Getting rid of someone who’s been a part of something like this is never easy, but I think it is time, the right time to make a move and I’m excited about it.”

The 29-year-old Rozier is making $23.2 million this season and is under contract for two more seasons. Charlotte is 10-31, well outside the playoff picture in the East.

CAVALIERS’ TRISTAN THOMPSON SUSPENDED 25 GAMES FOR VIOLATING NBA’S DRUG POLICY WITH POSITIVE TESTS

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson was suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

According to the league, the 32-year-old Thompson tested positive for ibutamoren, a growth hormone, and SARM LGD-4033, commonly used by body builders and weight lifters for muscle enhancement.

Thompson will begin serving his suspension Wednesday when the Cavs, who have won eight straight games, play the first of two in three days at Milwaukee.

There was no immediate comment from Thompson or the Cavs.

During the suspension, Thompson is allowed to travel and practice. The only restriction is that he must be out of the arena at least two hours prior to tipoff for any games.

Thompson is in his second stint with the Cavs, who originally drafted the Canadian with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 draft. The 6-foot-11 Thompson has become a beloved player in Cleveland. He was a member of the 2016 NBA championship team, which won the city’s first major pro sports title since 1964.

Thompson spent his first nine seasons as a pro with the Cavs before bouncing around. He’s also played with Boston, Sacramento, Indiana, Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cavs re-signed him as a free agent to a one-year contract before this season. He’s only averaging 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 minutes, but Thompson has also helped Cleveland navigate a spate of injuries.

Cleveland has been without starters Darius Garland (broken jaw) and forward Evan Mobley (knee surgery) since mid-December, but the Cavs have played their best ball without them, and at 26-15 have moved into the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference.

Garland was cleared to resume on-court workouts last week after he had the wiring removed from his jaw, and Mobley has increased his activity of late. Both players are expected back in the lineup at some point next month.

Thompson had four points and five rebounds in Cleveland’s 126-99 win at Orlando on Monday night.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: PELICANS SET TEAM MARK WITH 153 POINTS

CJ McCollum scored 33 points and the hot-shooting New Orleans Pelicans posted a franchise-record point total in a 153-124 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

The old team mark for points was set in New Orleans’ 149-129 win over the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 19, 2018.

Herbert Jones Jr. scored 22 points, Brandon Ingram put up 18, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Zion Williamson added 17 points and a career-high 11 assists for the Pelicans, who wound up with a franchise-record 41 assists.

Collin Sexton scored 22, Simone Fontecchio had 18 and John Collins scored 14 for the Jazz, who lost their third straight game after a six-game winning streak. The Pelicans have alternated wins and losses for seven games.

Thunder 111, Trail Blazers 109

Jalen Williams drained a game-winning jumper with two seconds remaining to lift Oklahoma City over visiting Portland.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 33 points and 10 assists, but struggled with his shooting, going 10 of 24 from the floor.

The Blazers scored just 43 points in the second half to drop their sixth game in their last eight. Scoot Henderson led Portland with 19 points off the bench.

Nuggets 114, Pacers 109

Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, Jamal Murray also scored 31 points and Denver won at Indianapolis, spoiling Pascal Siakam’s home debut with Indiana.

Jokic’s triple-double was his 13th of the season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 14 points and Reggie Jackson scored 13 off the bench for Denver, which has won three straight, all on the road.

Siakam, acquired from the Toronto Raptors last Wednesday, finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Myles Turner led the Pacers with 22 points, and T.J. McConnell scored 17.

Knicks 108, Nets 103

Jalen Brunson scored 30 points and Julius Randle also finished with 30 and converted a go-ahead dunk with one minute left as visiting New York rallied down the stretch for a victory over struggling Brooklyn.

After facing a nine-point deficit going into the fourth, the Knicks grabbed a 98-97 lead on Randle’s putback with four minutes left. New York emerged with its fourth win in a row.

Mikal Bridges sank a career-high seven 3-pointers and led all scorers with 36 points, but he was held to three in the fourth quarter as the Nets lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ROUNDUP: SOUTH CAROLINA STUNS NO. 6 KENTUCKY

Graduate guard Ta’Lon Cooper matched his career high with 20 points as South Carolina stunned No. 6 Kentucky 79-62 on Tuesday night in Southeastern Conference play in Columbia, S.C.

Cooper shot 8 of 11 from the field as the Gamecocks (16-3, 4-2 SEC) hit 48.3 percent of their shots while handing the Wildcats their first double-digit loss since Feb. 7, 2023, when they fell 88-73 to Arkansas.

Rob Dillingham led Kentucky (14-4, 4-2) with 16 points, including 11 in the first half. Antonio Reeves had 15 points and Tre Mitchell tallied 13 for the Wildcats, who shot only 40.3 percent from the field.

After holding the Wildcats to their lowest-scoring half of the season in the first 20 minutes, the Gamecocks needed just over 12 minutes of the second period to more than double their eight-point halftime advantage to 62-44.

No. 2 Purdue 99, Michigan 67

Lance Jones scored a game-high 24 points and Braden Smith and Zach Edey both notched double-doubles as the Boilermakers cruised past the visiting Wolverines in West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten) relied on a 3-point barrage to blitz Michigan, finishing 14-for-21 from beyond the arc. Jones sparked the effort with a 5-for-9 showing from deep, helping the Boilermakers lead by as many as 35 points.

Playing without leading scorer Dug McDaniel, who is ineligible for road games due to an academic-related suspension, Michigan (7-12, 2-6) struggled to 33.8 percent shooting from the floor. Purdue shot 51.5 percent.

No. 4 Houston 75, No. 21 BYU 68

LJ Cryer sank five 3-pointers to highlight his 23-point performance, lifting the Houston Cougars over the BYU Cougars in Provo, Utah.

Big 12 Player of the Week Jamal Shead added 16 points and Houston (17-2, 4-2 Big 12) shot 43.5 percent from 3-point range to secure its third win in a row. Damian Dunn scored 10 points off the bench and Emanuel Sharp collected nine points and nine rebounds for Houston.

BYU’s Noah Waterman drained four 3-pointers to highlight his 17-point performance. Jaxson Robinson scored 10 points and Trevin Knell added eight points and six rebounds for BYU (14-5, 2-4), which has lost two in a row and four of its last six games.

Texas 75, No. 11 Oklahoma 60

Max Abmas scored 22 points and Dylan Disu added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Texas turned it on over the final 12 minutes to win a key Big 12 game in Norman, Okla.

Texas recorded its second straight win over a team ranked in the top 11 in the AP poll and beat the Sooners for the sixth consecutive time. Chendall Weaver added a season-high 11 points for the Longhorns (14-5, 3-3 Big 12), and Dillon Mitchell grabbed 13 rebounds.

Oklahoma (15-4, 3-3) was led by Jalon Moore’s 15 points and 10 from Otega Oweh. The Sooners shot just 39.3 percent in their first home loss of the season.

No. 12 Duke 83, Louisville 69

Sophomore Tyrese Proctor scored a career-high 24 points off the bench as the Blue Devils topped the host Cardinals.

Duke (14-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from a home loss Saturday to Pitt that led to the Blue Devils’ five-spot drop in the AP Top 25 poll. Duke was boosted by the returns of Mark Mitchell, who missed the previous two games, and Jeremy Roach, who sat out the loss against Pitt. Both players were nursing knee injuries.

Louisville (6-13, 1-7) was paced by Brandon Huntley-Hatfield’s 20 points and 11 rebounds. Mike James and Skyy Clark each scored 13 points and Ty-Laur Johnson had 10 as the Cardinals lost their fourth straight game.

No. 13 Wisconsin 61, Minnesota 59

Tyler Wahl scored 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting and the Badgers escaped with a win over the Golden Gophers in a Big Ten Conference matchup in Minneapolis.

AJ Storr added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Wisconsin (15-4, 7-1 Big Ten), which won for the eighth time in its past nine games and held on to first place in the Big Ten standings. Elijah Hawkins scored 16 points and distributed nine assists to lead Minnesota (12-7, 3-5).

Braeden Carrington made 1 of 2 free throws to put Minnesota on top 58-57 with 34 seconds left. Storr answered with a pair of free throws to swing the lead back to Wisconsin with 26 seconds to go. Wahl blocked Hawkins’ shot, recovered the ball and added two more free throws to make it 61-58 with five seconds left.

No. 16 Dayton 66, La Salle 54

DaRon Holmes II tallied a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds to help lead the Flyers to a victory over the Explorers in Philadelphia.

Javon Bennett and Nate Santos added 13 points apiece for Dayton (16-2, 6-0 Atlantic 10 Conference). The Flyers won their 13th straight game, their longest winning streak since a 20-game run in 2020.

Andres Marrero’s 13 points paced La Salle (10-9, 1-5), which dropped its fourth straight game. Khalil Brantley and Jhamir Brickus followed with nine points apiece for the Explorers, who made just 21 of their 59 shots (35.6 percent) from the field.

No. 17 Creighton 85, Xavier 78

Trey Alexander scored 16 of his season-high 27 points in the first half and Baylor Scheierman added 20 points as the Bluejays rallied for a victory over the Musketeers at Omaha, Neb.

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Creighton (15-5, 6-3 Big East) overcome a seven-point deficit in the last 12 minutes.

Desmond Claude and Dayvion McKnight each scored 20 points for Xavier, which saw its three-game winning streak end. Quincy Olivari added 15 as Musketeers (10-9, 4-4) fell to 1-4 on the road.

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Purdue, Illinois, and Wisconsin remain solidly entrenched in this week’s AP and USA Today Coaches Polls. The Boilermakers stayed steady in the No. 2 spot on both polls. Illinois climbed four places to No. 10 in the AP and three places to No. 11 in the Coaches list. The Badgers moved down two spots to No. 13 in the AP and to No. 10 in the Coaches Poll. 
  • Purdue big man Zach Edey was named Big Ten Player of the Week, presented by Air National Guard, for the week of Jan. 15-21. The senior claimed his third honor of the season and ninth of his career, one shy of tying the conference record, currently held by Evan Turner (2008-10). Edey averaged 31.5 points on 55.3 percent shooting, 16.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocked shots, as No. 2 Purdue scored a pair of wins. In an 87-66 victory at Indiana, the center tallied 33 points and 14 rebounds, then added 30 points and 18 boards, as Purdue topped Iowa 84-70. 
  • Wisconsin freshman John Blackwell claimed his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 13.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, as No. 13/10 Wisconsin split a pair of games. Blackwell scored 14 points, including 7-8 from the free throw line, in an 87-83 loss at Penn State, before notching 12 points and four rebounds as the Badgers scored a 91-79 win over Indiana.
  • MILESTONE WATCH… Congratulations to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, who became just the fourth coach in Big Ten history to coach 500 career conference games on Thursday night. Izzo will also enter Friday’s game at Wisconsin with 699 wins. Izzo is on the verge of becoming the 10th active coach in Div. I to record 700 career victories… Congratulations to Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann claimed his 250th career win on Saturday, as the Buckeyes topped Penn State. His 136 victories in Columbus are fifth most in program history… Wisconsin’s Greg Gard will seek his 100th career Big Ten win on Tuesday, when the Badgers host Minnesota.  
  • For the second time this season, Edey has also been one of five Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week by the  U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). This is the fifth time this season a Big Ten player has earned the honor and the second of the year for Edey. This week’s other honorees include High Point’s Kezza Giffa (Big South), Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II (Atlantic 10), Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht (SEC), and Houston’s Jamal Shead (Big 12).
  • Seven Big Ten teams rank in the top-60 in Friday’s NET rankings, including four in the top 25. Purdue’s No. 2 ranking is tops in the league, while Illinois and Wisconsin sit at Nos. 11 and 13, respectively, followed by No. 21 Michigan State, No.46 Ohio State, No. 49 Iowa, and No. 56 Nebraska. The Big 12 leads the nation with nine top-60 entrants, one more than the Big East and two more than the Big Ten and SEC.
  • The Big Ten has faced 51 Quad 1 opponents and 81 Quad 1 and 2 opposition, both the most of any conference in the country. The Big Ten ‘s 28 Quad 1 wins are tied with the Big East for second most in the country, two north of the Big 12 and six clear of the ACC, while its 49 combined Quad 1 and 2 wins are tied with the Big East for fourth in the nation, behind the ACC (60), SEC (57), and Big 12 (51).
  • The Big Ten ranks among the nation’s best conferences on both sides of the hardwood. Offensively, 10 teams average north of 75.0 points per game, led by Iowa’s Big Ten-best 86.1 points, which ranks fifth in the country, eight spots north of Purdue (85.1 points). Eight teams also rank in the top-75 in the country in field goal percentage, led by Purdue at 49.0 percent. Iowa (48.0 percent), Minnesota (48.0), Indiana (47.9), and Wisconsin (47.8) also rank in the nation’s top 50. Much of that offensive efficiency stems from taking care of the ball, as five team list in the top-40 in assists/turnover ratio. Iowa leads the nation with a 1.99 ratio, while Northwestern (1.77) and Michigan State (1.72) sit eighth and 13th, respectively.
  • Defensively, the Big Ten boasts nine teams that hold their opponents to below 70 points per game, led by Maryland, who surrenders just 63.8 points per outing, good for 17th nationally, followed by Michigan State, allowing just 65.2 points, and Rutgers at 66.5 points. Four Big Ten teams also rank in the nation’s top 35 in field goal percentage defense. Michigan State and Illinois top the conference, holding their opponents to 39.4 percent shooting, 16th and 17th in the country, respectively. The Scarlet Knights also rank 11th in the country with 5.7 blocked shots per contest, just ahead of Maryland’s 5.3 blocks per game, 19th in the country, while Penn State forces a league-best 15.84 turnovers per game, 16th in the country.    
  • Big Ten players also rank in the top-10 in several individual statistical categories. Purdue’s Zach Edey ranks second in the country with 23.3 points per game, fourth in rebounds per game (11.5), and third in double-doubles (12), while his 195 free throw attempts and 148 field goals rank first and fifth in the NCAA. Minnesota’s Elijah Hawkins leads the nation with 7.8 assists per contest, while Purdue’s Braden Smith’s 136 total assists are tops in Division I. Hawkins’ 132 assists and Smith’s 7.2 assists per contest are also fourth. Two Big Ten players, Michigan State’s Tre Holloman and Ohio State’s Bruce Thornton sit first and fourth in the nation with 5.45 and 4.39 assist/turnover ratios. Defensively, Rutgers’ Clifford Omoruyi’s 3.28 blocked shots per game, just ahead of Ohio State’s Felix Okpara whose 2.68 blocked shots are good for eighth, while Penn State’s Ace Baldwin Jr.’s 2.84 steals per game rank third.  
  • Eight Big Ten teams currently rank in the top-60 in today’s Kenpom rankings, including four in the top-20. Purdue leads the way at No. 2, followed by Illinois (#9), Wisconsin (#11), Michigan State (#18), Ohio State (#44), Iowa (#45), Nebraska (#51), and Northwestern (#59). The Big 12 leads the nation with 11 teams in the top-60, three more than the Big Ten and Big East, while the SEC has seven and ACC six.
  • Nine Eight Big Ten teams currently rank in the top-65 of the ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI) listing. Purdue leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 11 Illinois, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 43 Iowa, No. 46 Ohio State, No. 56 Northwestern, and No. 64 Nebraska. All 14 Big Ten teams also rank in the outlet’s top-60 Remaining Strength of Schedule listing.
  • Nearly 2.9 million fans have watched Big Ten basketball this season, including more than 1.8 million fans in our 14 home venues. Seven Big Ten teams rank in the top-20 in total attendance. Indiana leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the nation with 194,013 fans through 12 home games, just north of Nebraska (185,259) who sits third. Michigan State (177,564), Illinois (176,563), and Wisconsin (166,714) rank seventh, eighth, and 10th, respectively. In total, 11 Big Ten schools rank in the top-50 in total home attendance.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Principal® Midseason Top 25 Watch List. Purdue’s Zach Edey and Michigan State’s Tyson Walker were listed among those considered strong candidates for the honor which will be announced following the NCAA Tournament in April. 
  • The Big Ten closed its nonconference slate with a combined 117-37 record. The Big 12 (144-34), SEC (132-47), Atlantic 10 (131-60), and ACC (119-46) collected more wins, but the Big Ten’s .760-win percentage falls behind only the Big 12 (.809). Among the B1G’s 117 victories are 9 wins over AP Top 25 opponents.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, each Big Ten Conference member institution will compete in a 20-game conference schedule. The Big Ten Conference season begins Friday, Dec. 1, when Maryland visits Indiana and Northwestern hosts Purdue, the first of 12 conference games played between Dec. 1-10. Following a break in conference play, Big Ten action will resume on Jan. 2. During the conference season, schools will play seven teams twice — once at home and once on the road and six teams once, with three of those games being at home and the other three away.
  • The 27th annual Big Ten Tournament will be played at Target Center in Minneapolis between March 13-17, 2024, marking the first time the tournament has been played in Minneapolis. All 14 teams will advance to the tournament, with two 1st round games slated for Wednesday, March 13th. The top four teams will receive 1st and 2nd round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 15th.
  • A Big Ten media panel has chosen 2023 Consensus National Player of the Year Zach Edey as 2023-24 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. The league’s reigning Player of the Year, Edey became the first Boilermaker since Glenn Robinson in 1994 to win National Player of the Year accolades and the fifth Big Ten Player in the last 14 years to be named National Player of the Year joining Evan Turner (2010), Trey Burke (2013), Frank Kaminsky (2015) and Luka Garza (2021) as National Players of the Year.
  • The media panel also selected the 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Edey joined Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr., Maryland’s Jahmir Young, and Northwestern’s Boo Buie as unanimous selections. Also named to the team were Maryland’s Julian Reese, Minnesota’s Dawson Garcia, Michigan State’s A.J. Hoggard and Tyson Walker, Nebraska’s Keisei Tominaga, and Rutgers’ Clifford Omoruyi. All ten members of the 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Team received All-Big Ten honors following the 2022-23 campaign. Buie and Shannon joined Edey with First Team accolades, while Omoruyi, Walker, and Young were named to the Second Team. Hoggard earned a spot on the Third Team, with Garcia, Reese, and Tominaga receiving Honorable Mention.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 8 UCONN GROUNDS MARQUETTE

Paige Bueckers poured in 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting as No. 8 Connecticut cruised to an 85-59 victory over Marquette on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

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Bueckers canned 4 of 5 3-pointers, including a half-court heave at the halftime buzzer. Ashlynn Shade supplied 15 points and Nika Muhl and KK Arnold each chipped in 13 for the Huskies (17-3, 9-0 Big East), who have downed the Golden Eagles twice during their 13-game winning streak. Aaliyah Edwards had 10 points and a game-high 12 boards.

Liza Karlen paced Marquette (15-4, 4-4) with 21 points and six rebounds. Mackenzie Hare netted 19 points, but the Golden Eagles still fell for the fourth time in seven games.

Marquette trailed 19-18 after the first quarter, due in large part to Bueckers having to get her left knee looked at early in the period. UConn then dropped 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting in the second, taking a 49-38 lead into the break before trotting to the finish.

NFL NEWS

REPORT: CHARGERS’ OFFER TO HARBAUGH ‘EXTREMELY STRONG’

Jim Harbaugh’s return to the NFL could finally be imminent.

The Los Angeles Chargers have made an “extremely strong offer” to Harbaugh to become their next head coach and are in “striking distance” of securing a deal, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

The Chargers and the Michigan coach – who are reportedly meeting for a second time Tuesday – are at the point in negotiations where they’re discussing potential candidates for general manager and the coaching staff, adds Garafolo.

Harbaugh, who led his alma mater to a national title this season, also had significant interest from the Atlanta Falcons. The 60-year-old previously coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14 and has consistently flirted with a return to the pro level in recent years.

The Chargers are looking for a new coach to pair with franchise quarterback Justin Herbert after firing Brandon Staley.

L.A.’s other coaching candidates reportedly include Mike Vrabel, David Shaw, and Mike Macdonald, among others.

NFL PREVIEW: THE STARTING 11

YOUTHFUL QUARTERBACKS AGAIN TAKE CENTER STAGE ON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Two’s company and four’s a crowd.
Four teams remain and 28 others, just like the rest of us, are merely spectators in America’s most popular spectator sport.

And as the NFL prepares to determine the two clubs that will compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, the league can point to one fact underlining a brilliantly bright future.

Just like last season, all four starting quarterbacks in the NFL’s Championship Games – JARED GOFFLAMAR JACKSONPATRICK MAHOMES and BROCK PURDY – are under 30 years old. Prior to this week, that’s happened in consecutive seasons only once since the 1970 merger, 2003 and 2004.

Over the previous 53 seasons from 1970-2022, all four starting quarterbacks in Championship Games were under the age of 30 on only seven occasions: 1984, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2022.

Plus, Sunday’s AFC Championship Game featuring Mahomes (2018) and Jackson (2019) is the first postseason contest in league history involving former MVP quarterbacks under 30 years of age.

So welcome to the NFL’s Championship Sunday, and welcome to the future.

The Starting 11 entering the AFC and NFC Championship Games

1.   NINERS ARE SITTING PURDY: The 49ers’ BROCK PURDY will join BEN ROETHLISBERGER and MARK SANCHEZ as the only quarterbacks in league annals to start conference Championship Games in each of their first two NFL seasons. That’s especially impressive considering Purdy was the last selection in the 2022 NFL Draft while both Roethlisberger (11th overall) and Sanchez (fifth overall) were first-round choices. Since 1994, when the NFL reduced the draft to seven rounds, Purdy is the only quarterback drafted in the seventh round to start a conference Championship Game.

  • Over a longer stretch, 16 quarterbacks have started a conference Championship Game who were either undrafted or selected in the seventh round or later. Included in that group are Purdy in 2022 and an undrafted ERIK KRAMER, the last Lions quarterback to start the NFC Championship Game, in 1991.
    • The next Lions quarterback to start the NFC Championship Game, JARED GOFF, is attempting to become only the fifth starting quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple franchises to Super Bowl appearances. Only TOM BRADY (New England and Tampa Bay), CRAIG MORTON (Dallas and Denver) and Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING (Indianapolis and Denver) and KURT WARNER (St. Louis Rams and Arizona) have done it.

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 14: The number of postseason wins Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES would own as a starting quarterback with a victory on Sunday. In NFL history, TOM BRADY (14-3 from 2001-07) is the only starting quarterback to win 14 of his first 17 postseason starts. Mahomes is 13-3 over his first 16 postseason starts (2018-23) with 4,561 passing yards, 38 touchdown passes and a 106.7 passer rating. What’s more, with a win on Sunday, Mahomes would surpass BEN ROETHLISBERGER (13) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (13) to become one of only six all-time quarterbacks to win 14-or-more postseason starts, joining Brady (35) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (16), TERRY BRADSHAW (14), JOHN ELWAY (14) and PEYTON MANNING (14).

3.   JACKSONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: In last week’s win, Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON became the first player in NFL history to rush for two touchdowns, record 100 rushing yards, pass for two touchdowns and compile a passer rating of 100-or-higher in a postseason game. With a minimum of five playoff games, his 93.4 career rushing yards per postseason game ranks fifth in NFL history among all players, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVIS (142.5) and JOHN RIGGINS (110.7), DERRICK HENRY (104.6) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (103.4).

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Two players recently named to the Associated Press All-Pro team will go toe-to-toe on Sunday when Lions wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN meets 49ers cornerback CHARVARIUS WARD. In 2023, St. Brown has an NFL-leading 10 100-yard receiving games, including the postseason. Four of those efforts have come over the Lions’ last six games, including the Wild Card victory over the Rams. He also has a touchdown reception in five of his past six games, including last week’s 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, Ward during the regular season led the NFL with a career-high 23 passes defensed, including a career-best five interceptions. In 15 career playoff games, Ward has 13 passes defensed.

5.   SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Defensive coordinator AARON GLENN led a Lions unit that allowed just 88.8 rushing yards per game during the regular season, the second fewest in the league. Including the postseason, the only opposing player in 2023 who has topped 70 rushing yards against the Lions is Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, who had 104 on Nov. 19. Meanwhile, the 49ers’ offense during the regular season ranked third on the ground (140.5 rushing yards per game), led by the NFL’s rushing champion CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (1,459 yards). A 49ers player has rushed for at least 70 yards on 13 occasions this season, including the playoffs.

6.   STREAK SPEAK: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS have now advanced to the AFC Championship Game in six straight seasons (2018-23), surpassing the OAKLAND RAIDERS (five from 1973-77) for the second-longest streak of conference Championship Game appearances in NFL history. Only the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (eight from 2011-18) have a longer streak. The first five Championship Games in Kansas City’s streak were at Arrowhead Stadium. Sunday marks the Chiefs’ first road AFC Championship Game since a 1993 loss at Buffalo. This week also marks the first AFC Championship outside Kansas City since New England defeated Jacksonville at Gillette Stadium in the 2017 contest.

  • For the BALTIMORE RAVENS, Sunday’s game marks the first time the franchise has hosted an AFC Championship Game. The last time the city of Baltimore hosted the contest was Jan. 3, 1971, when the Baltimore Colts defeated the Oakland Raiders, 27-17, at Memorial Stadium en route to the Colts’ Super Bowl V championship. The Ravens make their first appearance in the AFC Championship since the 2012 season, when they went into Gillette Stadium and overpowered New England, 28-13, en route to a Super Bowl XLVII victory over San Francisco. Baltimore has made four prior appearances in the game as the road team. Since the Ravens’ inception in 1996, they’ve played the Chiefs just once in the postseason, a 2010 Wild Card victory at Kansas City.
    • Meanwhile, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS have won six consecutive home playoff games, the NFL’s longest active streak. The 49ers also are headed to a third consecutive NFC Championship Game. It’s the fourth time in franchise history San Francisco has reached three straight Championship Games (also 1988-90, 1992-94 and 2011-13 – the 49ers were also the last NFL team to play in three straight conference Championship Games). And since the 1970 merger, no franchise has played in more conference Championship Games than San Francisco. The 49ers will make their 19th appearance in the game, three more than the next-closest team, Pittsburgh (16). Meanwhile, the DETROIT LIONS have played in one NFC Championship, a loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Washington in 1991.
    • Sunday marks the third all-time postseason meeting between the Lions and 49ers. The prior two meetings also were in the Bay Area. Detroit won the first contest, a 1957 Divisional playoff at Kezar Stadium, en route to the Lions’ most recent world championship. That Lions victory also marked the last time Detroit won on the road in the postseason. Then, 26 years later, the 49ers captured the second meeting, a thrilling, come-from-behind victory in the 1983 NFC Divisional Round at Candlestick Park.

7.   DID YOU KNOW?: For the first time in 20 years, a pair of three seeds – the DETROIT LIONS and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – has reached the Championship Games. The last time that happened was 2003, when both the CAROLINA PANTHERS and INDIANAPOLIS COLTS were among the league’s final four. The last No. 3 seed to advance to and win a Super Bowl was the 2006 Colts.

  • While No. 3-seeded teams have lost four straight conference Championship Games since that Colts victory, No. 1 seeds haven’t fared significantly better. From 2018-22, No. 1 seeds have posted a modest 4-3 (.571) record in Championship Games and they’re only 12-9 (.571) overall in the postseason. And just one No. 1 seed in that span – the 2022 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – won a Super Bowl.
    • No team since the 2003-04 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS has won consecutive Super Bowls. Kansas City is aiming to break that 18-year streak (2005-22), the longest in league history.

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINES: Baltimore’s JOHN HARBAUGH launched his NFL career with the Eagles in 1998, one year before ANDY REID became Philadelphia’s head coach. Reid retained Harbaugh on his Philadelphia staff until the Ravens hired Harbaugh as head coach in 2008.

  • Sunday’s Chiefs-Ravens matchup will be the third postseason game in NFL history in which the head coaches have combined for 450-or-more wins. Including the postseason, Reid is 282-160-1 (.638) while Harbaugh is 172-108-0 (.614). The only other playoff games with head coaches accounting for at least 450 career wins were the 2018 AFC Championship between New England and Kansas City on Jan. 20, 2019 (BILL BELICHICK, 290, and Reid, 207) and a 1995 AFC Wild Card contest between Buffalo and Miami on Dec. 30, 1995 (Pro Football Hall of Famers MARV LEVY, 137, and DON SHULA, 347). That 1995 contest marked the final game of Shula’s remarkable career.
    • Also this week, Reid will appear in his 11th Championship Game as a head coach and surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (10) for second most in NFL history. Only BILL BELICHICK (13) has more.
    • Meanwhile, when the Lions visit the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, Detroit quarterback JARED GOFF will return to his roots. Goff grew up just north of San Francisco and graduated from Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif. He went on to start at Cal in Berkeley, Calif., before the Rams selected him No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. Another former Bay Area quarterback, TOM BRADY, also grew up a 49ers fan before starting for two seasons at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. Brady and Goff faced each other in Super Bowl LIII. Goff has started four career games at Levi’s Stadium – all with the Rams (wins in 2017 and 2018 and losses in 2019 and 2020).

9.   TREND TIME: Since 2018, when both PATRICK MAHOMES and LAMAR JACKSON became full-time starters, the Chiefs and Ravens own the NFL’s best winning percentages, including the postseason. Kansas City during that stretch is 88-27 (.765), No. 1 in the league, while Baltimore is 68-37 (.648), second in the NFL. Also since 2018 and including the postseason, Kansas City leads the league with 28.9 points per game while Baltimore (25.82) ranks second. On the other side of the ball, the Ravens lead the NFL in scoring defense during that period, allowing just 18.80 points per contest.

  • Since the 1970 merger and including the postseason, Mahomes (.777) has the best winning percentage among starting quarterbacks (minimum 50 starts). Second on that list is TOM BRADY (.751) and third is Jackson (.732).
    • Detroit defensive end AIDAN HUTCHINSON has eight sacks over his last four games, including Weeks 17-18 of the regular season.
    • Since Week 15 and including the postseason, Lions quarterback JARED GOFF has shined in the fourth quarter. In the final stanza during that stretch, Goff has compiled a 116.9 passer rating (843 passing yards, six touchdown passes) and the Lions are 5-1. In last week’s 31-23 win over Tampa Bay, Goff in the fourth quarter completed 16 of 21 attempts (76.2 percent) for 188 yards and a touchdown.
    • In three of the four Divisional games last week, the team that won the coin toss opted to receive. That happened in less than 5 percent of regular-season games this year (13 of 272).

10. NEXT GEN STAT OF THE WEEK: Since 2018, including the postseason, Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON has 14 touchdown passes on designed rollouts without play action. Only Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (23) has more in that period. No other quarterback in that span has more than six.

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The NFL’s final four includes arguably the league’s best four tight ends, including University of Iowa products GEORGE KITTLE and SAM LAPORTA, the respective first- and second-team tight ends on the 2023 Associated Press All-Pro list.

  • While Kittle and LaPorta have had impressive 2023 seasons, Kansas City’s TRAVIS KELCE has had an impressive career, especially in the postseason. Kelce enters this week with 145 career receptions in 20 postseason games. He needs seven receptions against the Ravens to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (151 receptions in 29 postseason games) for the most in NFL history. In last week’s 27-24 win at Buffalo, Kelce caught five passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns, reaching five receptions in a 12th consecutive postseason game, the second-longest streak in league history behind JULIAN EDELMAN (13). Kelce also reached 50 receiving yards in an 11th straight playoff game and trails only Edelman (13) in that category.
    • Kittle in last week’s 24-21 win over Green Bay led the 49ers with 81 receiving yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception. During the regular season, he led NFL tight ends with 1,020 receiving yards, helping San Francisco become the first team ever with a running back, two wide receivers and a tight end to eclipse 1,000 scrimmage yards in the same season.
    • LaPorta in Detroit’s 31-23 win over Tampa Bay posted nine catches, the most single-game receptions ever by a rookie tight end in a playoff game (surpassing KEITH JACKSON and JEREMY SHOCKEY, who previously shared the mark with seven). During the regular season, LaPorta caught 86 passes to establish the NFL’s single-season rookie record among tight ends. And, with 10 touchdown receptions, LaPorta joined running back JAHMYR GIBBS as the first pair of rookie teammates in league annals to each score 10 touchdowns.
    • Baltimore’s MARK ANDREWS caught six touchdowns in 2023 and joined Kelce as the only NFL tight ends with five-or-more touchdown receptions in each of the past five seasons. Andrews has 40 regular-season touchdown receptions since he entered the league in 2018. Only Kelce (52) has more in that period. What’s more, Ravens tight end ISAIAH LIKELY has five touchdown receptions over his last six games, including playoffs.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: OILERS TOP JACKETS, WIN 14TH STRAIGHT

Evander Kane and Warren Foegele each scored a goal and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

The score was tied 1-1 before Kane and Connor McDavid scored goals 55 seconds apart early in the third period. Dylan Holloway sealed Edmonton’s latest triumph when he scored with 4:24 left in regulation.

Stuart Skinner made 27 saves to earn his 11th straight victory, passing Grant Fuhr for the longest goalie winning streak in franchise history. Skinner is 18-2-0 in his past 20 starts. Edmonton improved to 22-3-0 since starting the season 5-12-1. The Oilers have allowed two goals or fewer in 12 consecutive games.

Dmitri Voronkov had the lone Blue Jackets goal, and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 20 shots. Columbus is 3-6-4 over its past 13 games and has just one win in its past six outings (1-4-1).

Golden Knights 3, Islanders 2

Sheldon Rempal scored his first NHL goal to snap a second-period tie and Nicolas Roy followed with what proved to be the game-winner two minutes later as Vegas beat New York in Elmont, N.Y.

Ivan Barbashev scored in the first period for the Golden Knights, who have won four of five (4-0-1). Adin Hill, who had missed the previous 15 games with a lower body injury, made 41 saves.

Brock Nelson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders, who fell to 1-1 under coach Patrick Roy and 6-9-4 since Dec. 15. Ilya Sorokin recorded 24 saves in the loss.

Senators 4, Canadiens 1

Ridly Greig and Jake Sanderson scored 41 seconds apart in the first period and visiting Ottawa continued its recent dominance over Montreal.

Ottawa’s Shane Pinto scored in his second contest of the season following a 41-game suspension for violating the NHL’s gambling rules. Mathieu Joseph added an empty-netter for the Senators, who have outscored the Canadiens 40-18 during an eight-game series winning streak.

Joonas Korpisalo made 24 saves for the Senators, who are 3-0-1 in their past four games, a stretch that began with a 6-2 home win over Montreal on Thursday.

Wild 5, Capitals 3

Marcus Johansson scored twice against his former team as Minnesota held on to beat Washington in Saint Paul, Minn.

Johansson, who spent parts of nine seasons with the Capitals over two stints, notched his second two-goal game of the season.

Anthony Mantha scored twice for the Capitals, who have lost two straight to start a four-game road trip. Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves.

Lightning 6, Flyers 3

Nikita Kucherov had three goals and one assist, Brayden Point contributed a goal and an assist and Tampa Bay defeated host Philadelphia.

Michael Eyssimont and Brandon Hagel each scored a goal for the Lightning, who have won six of their past seven games. Anthony Cirelli chipped in with two assists, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves.

Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have dropped three in a row, all at home. Flyers goaltender Samuel Ersson stopped 15 shots. Earlier on Tuesday, Philadelphia announced that goalie Carter Hart was granted an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons.

Blues 4, Flames 3

Brandon Saad scored his second goal of the game in the final minute to give visiting St. Louis a comeback victory over slumping Calgary.

Brayden Schenn and Jordan Kyrou also scored for the Blues, who won for only the second time this season when trailing through two periods. Goaltender Jordan Binnington made 32 saves. Nick Leddy collected three assists and Colton Parayko added two helpers.

Yegor Sharangovich collected one goal and one assist, while MacKenzie Weegar and Noah Hanifin each scored for the Flames, who have lost three straight games. Goalie Jacob Markstrom, who returned to the lineup after missing three games due to injury, stopped 22 shots.

Ducks 4, Sabres 2

Jakob Silfverberg scored twice to help Anaheim snap a three-game losing streak with a win over visiting Buffalo.

Cam Fowler had two assists, Adam Henrique and Sam Carrick each had a goal and John Gibson made 28 saves for the Ducks.

Jordan Greenway had a goal and an assist, Kyle Okposo scored and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 32 shots for the Sabres, who have lost two in a row.

Stars 5, Red Wings 4

Roope Hintz had two goals and an assist and visiting Dallas scored four unanswered goals in the second period, then held off Detroit.

Jamie Benn, Mason Marchment and Esa Lindell also scored for Dallas, while Wyatt Johnston added three assists. Jake Oettinger made 30 saves.

Dylan Larkin and Alex DeBrincat each had a goal and an assist for the Wings. David Perron and J.T. Compher also scored.
Sharks 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

Tomas Hertl scored at 1:29 of overtime as San Jose rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to defeat visiting New York.

A wide-open Hertl took a crossing pass from Jan Rutta at the bottom of the right circle and then fired a wrist shot over a diving Igor Shesterkin for the game-winner. It was Hertl’s 15th goal of the season.

Adam Fox had a goal and an assist and Artemi Panarin also scored for New York, which finished 1-2-1 on its western road trip while losing for the seventh time in the past 10 games (3-5-2).

MEN’S GOLF

2024 FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN: PREVIEW, PROPS, BEST BETS

There is plenty on the line when the third full-field event of the 2024 FedEx Cup season begins Thursday with the Farmers Insurance Open at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

It’s the final opportunity for players to earn spots into next week’s signature event at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Our golf experts preview the event and provide their favorite prop picks along with best bets to win this week.

FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
Location: San Diego, Jan. 24-27
Course: Torrey Pines Golf Course, South Course (Par 72, 7,765 yards); North (Par 72, 7,258 yards)
Purse: $9M (Winner: $1.62M)
Defending Champion: Max Homa
FedEx Cup Leader: Chris Kirk

HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Wednesday-Thursday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Friday, 3-5 p.m. (GC), 5-8 p.m. (CBS); Saturday, 2-4 p.m. (GC), 4-8 p.m. (CBS)
Streaming (ESPN+): Wednesday-Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 12-8 p.m.
X: @FarmersInsOpen

PROP PICKS
–Jason Day to Beat Tony Finau (110 at DraftKings): Finau finished T9 last year but hasn’t been in great form to begin 2024, following a T38 at The Sentry with a T25 last week. Day posted four rounds of 68 or better last week, but that was only good for a T34. However, he has an excellent track record at Torrey Pines, where he won in 2015 and 2018, tied for second in 2014 and third in 2022. He also posted a T7 last year.

–Sungjae Im to Finish Top 20 (+100 at BetMGM): Im tied for fourth last year and while he’s coming off a T25 at the AmEx, he has six top-20s and a T21 in his past seven worldwide starts.

–Emiliano Grillo Top South American (+150 at DraftKings): Grillo only managed a T44 last year, but that was behind only Jhonattan Vegas (T25) among those in this prop. Vegas is being offered at +290, behind Alejandro Tosti (+280) and Nico Echavarria (+425). Echavarria missed the cut in 2023 while Tosti was not in the field. Grillo went on to win the Charles Schwab Challenge last year and while he has three missed cuts in his past six starts, he is coming off a T7 at the Sony Open and finished T10 at the Zozo four starts ago.

2024 Prop Picks Record: 5-4

BEST BETS
–Xander Schauffele (+900 at BetMGM) has the longest active streak on tour with 36 consecutive cuts made dating back to the 2022 Masters. He finished T13 at Torrey Pines last year but is still seeking his first stroke-play title since the 2022 Scottish Open.
–Collin Morikawa (+1000) finished third last year and won just three starts ago at the Zozo. He’s being offered at +1100 at DraftKings, where Morikawa is second in the field with 7 percent of the bets backing him to win.
–Max Homa (+1100) is the defending champion and has eight top-10s in his past 11 starts in his home state.
–Patrick Cantlay (+1200) is seeking to rebound from a T52 at the AmEx following a T12 at The Sentry. He hasn’t won since the 2022 BMW Championship, and it’s fair to speculate whether his leading role on the players’ side in the merger discussions is impacting his game similar to how it affected Rory McIlroy previously.
–Keegan Bradley (+3000), who finished runner-up to Homa last year, is coming off a playoff loss to Grayson Murray at the Sony Open.
–Sahith Theegala (+3300) finished T4 last year. He has been sporadic, posting a win and a solo second along with a pair of missed cuts in his past five starts. Theegala’s odds have shortened to +3000 at DraftKings, where he leads the field with 10 percent of the money and 8 percent of the total bets backing him.

NOTES
–The event is contested from Wednesday-Saturday to avoid a conflict with the NFL playoffs and is one of four on the PGA Tour schedule that is contested on multiple courses. After players alternate on the two courses for the first two rounds, the final 36 holes are played on the South Course
–The top five players in the Aon Swing 5 standings after this event will earn a spot in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the second signature event of 2024. The current top five are Grayson Murray, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Justin Thomas, Kevin Yu and Carl Yuan. No. 6 is Michael Kim, a Torrey Pines High School graduate making his eighth event start this week.
–Tiger Woods (1999) and George Burns (1987) share the tournament scoring record of 266. Woods holds the 18-hole South Course record of 62 set in the third round in 1999.
–Nick Dunlap withdrew on Monday after winning the AmEx as an amateur and is considering whether to accept PGA Tour membership or return to the University of Alabama, where he is a sophomore.
–Former DP World Tour stars Ryan Fox and Adrian Meronk will make their first starts as PGA Tour members.
–Farmers will reportedly end its runs as the title sponsor when its contract expires after the 2026 event.

BASEBALL NEWS

ADRIAN BELTRE, JOE MAUER, TODD HELTON NAMED TO HALL OF FAME

Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton became the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday night, when results of the balloting conducted by voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America was announced by president Josh Rawitch at the plaque gallery inside the museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Beltre, a star third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers from 1998-2018, earned a resounding 95.1 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot.

Fellow first-ballot inductee Mauer, who played his entire career for his hometown Minnesota Twins from 2004-18, garnered 76.1 percent. His 293 votes were four more than the minimum needed to reach the 75 percent necessary for enshrinement.

Helton, a slugging first baseman who spent his 17-season career with the Colorado Rockies from 1997-2013, received 79.7 percent of the vote in his sixth season of eligibility.

Beltre, Mauer and Helton will be inducted along with former manager Jim Leyland — who was elected via the 16-member Contemporary Baseball Era Committee on Dec. 3 — in a ceremony scheduled for July 21 in Cooperstown.

Beltre and Mauer are the first pair of first-ballot inductees since Mariano Rivera and the late Roy Halladay were enshrined in 2019. The three-person class elected by the writers is also the largest since 2019, when Mike Mussina and Edgar Martinez were also elected.

Billy Wagner just missed with 73.8 percent of the vote in his penultimate season of eligibility. Gary Sheffield, in his 10th and final year on the ballot, finished at 63.9 percent.

Carlos Beltran, in his second year on the ballot, received 57.1 percent of the vote — up from 46.5 percent last year, when many believed he was being punished for his role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Chase Utley (28.8 percent) led the remaining debut candidates.

Beltre, the only third baseman to finish with at least 400 homers and 3,000 hits, is sure to wear a Rangers hat on his plaque after he concluded his career with an impressive eight-year stint in Arlington, Texas, that solidified his first-ballot status. While with Texas, he made three All-Star teams, won three Gold Gloves and finished in the top 10 in the American League MVP balloting four times while hitting .304 with 199 homers and 1,277 hits.

Beltre finished his 21-year MLB career as a .286 batter with 477 homers, 1,707 RBIs, 3,166 hits and 848 walks.

Mauer played all 15 seasons with the Twins and built his Hall of Fame case while spending his first 10 seasons behind the plate. The native of nearby St. Paul won three batting titles and three Gold Gloves as well as the AL MVP in 2009, when he set career highs with a .365 average, 28 homers and 96 RBIs. Mauer spent his final five seasons at first base following a series of concussions.

Another one-team icon, Helton earned induction on his sixth year on the ballot and will become the second Colorado Rockies player in the Hall of Fame, joining former teammate Larry Walker in Cooperstown. Helton batted above .300 in his first 10 full MLB seasons and finished his career with a .316 average along with 369 homers. He led the NL with a .372 average and 147 RBIs in 2000.

Wagner’s 422 saves rank sixth all-time. The diminutive left-hander made seven All-Star teams and averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings, the highest figure ever among pitchers to throw at least 900 innings.

Sheffield, a slugger known for his bat waggle and ferocious yet controlled swing, hit 509 homers and finished in the top 10 of the MVP balloting six times for five different teams.

Andruw Jones, a defensive whiz as well as a potent batter, received 61.6 percent on his seventh year on the ballot.

REPORTS: DODGERS, LHP JAMES PAXTON AGREE TO $11M DEAL

Add another potential starter to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ spendy offseason.

ESPN reported left-hander James Paxton agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal pending a physical, an important footnote considering he has a total of 25 starts since the 2020 season due to back and elbow surgeries.

Paxton, 35, would slot into a rotation that underwent a dramatic facelift but won’t yet include the biggest offseason addition, Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani, a two-way star and MVP with the Angels, will not pitch in 2024 due to offseason elbow surgery.

The Dodgers signed Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, acquired Rays No. 1 starter Tyler Glasnow and welcome back Walker Buehler from Tommy John surgery. Bobby Miller and Paxton could become the No. 4 and No. 5 starters, in some order, when the signing becomes official.

Yamamoto pitched as part of a six-man rotation common in Japanese professional baseball, Glasnow had Tommy John surgery in 2021, and Paxton missed the entire 2022 season.

Paxton sat out the month of September 2023 with the Boston Red Sox due to left knee soreness, and his reliability was likely a concern in the free agent market given his recent but repetitive injury history.

He is 64-38 in 156 career starts with 932 strikeouts in 850 2/3 innings with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and Red Sox. His career ERA is 3.69, but Paxton has made more than 20 starts only three times since breaking into the league in 2013 and last did so in 2019 with the Yankees.

REPORTS: BREWERS, 1B RHYS HOSKINS FINALIZING 2-YEAR DEAL

The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a two-year, $34 million contract with free agent first baseman Rhys Hoskins, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday night.

Hoskins’ deal includes an opt-out clause after the 2024 season, per the reports.

A torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in spring training forced Hoskins to miss the entire 2023 season after he hit .246 with 30 home runs and 79 RBIs across 156 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022.

In six major league seasons, all with Philadelphia, the 30-year-old has a .242 batting average to go along with 148 homers and 405 RBIs in 667 games. He finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2017.

Hoskins became expendable

Hoskins became expendable when Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced in early November that Bryce Harper would be the club’s full-time first baseman for 2024 and beyond.

Ten players got at least one start at first base for the Brewers last season, a list led by Rowdy Tellez (62 games) and Carlos Santana (49 games). Tellez signed a free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates last month, while Santana remains a free agent.

TENNIS NEWS

QUALIFIER DAYANA YASTREMSKA REACHES AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMIS

Dayana Yastremska defeated Linda Noskova 6-3, 6-4 in an Australian Open quarterfinal on Wednesday, becoming the first qualifier to reach the semifinals in Melbourne since 1978.

The 23-year-old Ukrainian

The 23-year-old Ukrainian finished off the 19-year-old Czech player in 1 hour, 18 minutes. Yastremska won 76 percent of her first serves and three of five break points.

She became the first qualifier to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Christine Dorey in 1978.

After the match, Yastremska said, “I think it’s nice to make history because at that time I still wasn’t born. I was born in 2000. So it’s the next generation. I’m super happy.”

In the semifinals, Yastremska will face the winner of the last quarterfinal featuring unseeded Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and No. 12 seed Qinwen Zheng of China.

Yastremska was coming off a straight-sets upset over 18th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. She has also knocked off No. 7 seed Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic and No. 27 Emma Navarro of the United States in the main draw at Melbourne.

After needing three sets to get through all three of her qualifying matches, Yastremska has dropped only one set total in five main-draw matches.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV WORKS 5 SETS TO REACH AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMIS

Third-seeded Daniil Medvedev navigated an up-and-down quarterfinal match at the Australian Open to emerge with a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over ninth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday in Melbourne.

Medvedev’s winning drop shot on match point sealed the victory in 3 hours, 59 minutes.

“I am so destroyed right now,” Medvedev said in a postmatch interview on court. “Honestly, not that I ran out of gas, but I was feeling very (tired) physically at the end of the second set. So I was, ‘All right. I need to try to stay tough.’ (I went up a) break in the fourth, but he played good. …

“Fourth set, I had no more concentration. I just had to try my best to do whatever I can, and let’s see. If I lose, I lose and I go home. That’s OK. I’m happy that … I managed to win, and I really liked the match point.”

Next up for Medvedev is a semifinal match against either second-seeded Carlos Alcaraz of Spain or sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany.

Medvedev, 27, is one win away from matching his best results at the Australian Open, runner-up finishes in 2021 (lost to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic) and in 2022 (lost to Spain’s Rafael Nadal). His lone Grand Slam championship came at the 2021 U.S. Open, when he got past Djokovic in the final.

Medvedev saved 10 of 15 break points against Hurkacz, who saved five of the nine break points on his own serve.

It was the second time in the fortnight that Medvedev played a five-set match. In the second round, when he escaped a two-set deficit against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, the match ended at 3:39 a.m. local time. On Wednesday, Medvedev survived through the daytime heat.

“With Ruusuvuori, after the second set, I’m on the court, it’s already like 2 in the morning, I don’t think I’m going to be able to catch a 6-hour flight tomorrow in the evening, so I’m going to have to tell me wife I’m going to stay one (more) day in Australia,” Medvedev said. “And I’m (still) here.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

PACERS G TYRESE HALIBURTON (HAMSTRING) OUT 3 GAMES

Indiana Pacers star guard Tyrese Haliburton will miss the next three games to manage a hamstring injury, coach Rick Carlisle confirmed Tuesday.

Haliburton sustained a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring on Jan. 8 and has missed five of the last six games. He tallied 21 points and 17 assists in a 118-115 loss at Portland on Friday.

The All-Star guard will be re-evaluated Saturday after missing Indiana’s home games against Denver on Tuesday, Philadelphia on Thursday and Phoenix on Friday. The Pacers (24-19) are 1-4 in their last five contests.

Haliburton, 23, is averaging a team-high 23.6 points and leads the league with 12.6 assists per game through 34 games (all starts) this season.

HALIBURTON NAMED TO 2024 USA BASKETBALL MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER POOL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Basketball announced today that Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton is among the 41-athlete player pool for the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s National Team. The players were selected by USA Basketball Men’s National Team managing director Grant Hill and is subject to change.

The 12-member 2024 USA Men’s National Team, which will represent the United States at the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris, will be announced at a later date.

In addition to Haliburton, the pool features 28 players who have represented the USA in Olympics and/or FIBA Men’s World Cup and who together have collected 23 Olympic or World Cup gold medals: Bam Adebayo, Jarrett Allen, Paolo Banchero, Desmond Bane, Scottie Barnes, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jaylen Brown, Jalen Brunson, Jimmy Butler, Alex Caruso, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Anthony Edwards, Joel Embiid, De’Aaron Fox, Paul George, Aaron Gordon, James Harden, Josh Hart, Tyler Herro, Jrue Holiday, Chet Holmgren, Brandon Ingram, Kyrie Irving, Jaren Jackson Jr., LeBron James, Cam Johnson, Walker Kessler, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul, Bobby Portis, Austin Reaves, Duncan Robinson, Jayson Tatum, Derrick White and Trae Young.

The 2024 USA Men’s National Team will be led by head coach Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors), who is assisted by Mark Few (Gonzaga University), Tyronn Lue (L.A. Clippers) and Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat). Last summer, the quartet coached the 2023 USA Basketball Men’s National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup in Manila. Kerr is a 2020 Olympic gold medalist after serving as an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich in Tokyo.

The USA officially qualified for the 2024 Olympics as one of the top two nations from the FIBA Americas zone at the 2023 FIBA World Cup in September. The American men will compete for their fifth straight – and 17th overall – Olympic gold medal.

GAME REWIND: PACERS 109, NUGGETS 114

In an electrifying early-week matchup with the reigning NBA champions, the Indiana Pacers came just short in the final ticks of a nail-biter.

The Pacers (24-20) led the Denver Nuggets (31-14) by eight points at halftime on Tuesday, trailed by double digits after three quarters, and came all the way back in the fourth quarter, before ultimately falling to the visitors 114-109 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Down 93-81 after three quarters, Pacers veteran point guard T.J. McConnell scored 11 points to start the final frame before a series of key plays on both ends of the floor by rookie Ben Sheppard put the Pacers ahead 103-102 with 3:42 left in the game.

The teams tied the score twice before two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic put back an offensive rebound to give the Nuggets a 109-107 lead with 1:38 left. Denver then got a stop on the next possession, and Jamal Murray sprinted for a basket that was called a goaltend to make it a two-possession game.

A tip-in by Pascal Siakam made it 111-109 with 28 seconds remaining, but Jokic drilled a 3-pointer at the top of the arc with 4.8 ticks left to close the game.

“The two defining plays of the game were the three at the end of the first half and the three that put the game away,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlslie said. “(Nikola Jokic) is just much more aggressive to look for those shots – there’s zero hesitation. We were up on a couple of them and he hit them right over us. Those are great players making great plays.”

Indiana has now lost three straight games, and eight in a row to the Nuggets. The Pacers returned home Tuesday after a six-game road trip, and will play their next three games in Indianapolis.

While he had already played in two games for the Blue & Gold, Siakam made his Gainbridge Fieldhouse debut, finishing with a stat line of 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Jokic recorded a triple-double in the win, accounting for 31 points (13-for-19 FG), 13 rebounds and 10 assists, and Murray also scored 31 on 11-for-24 shooting.

Myles Turner led the Pacers with 22 points, McConnell scored 17 and dished-out seven assists, and Andrew Nembhard – starting for an injured Tyrese Haliburton – added 15 points and seven assists.

Overall, the Pacers shot 43-for-87 (5-for-21 from 3-point range) while the Nuggets made 44 of 88 shots (11-for-33 3-point). The five made 3-pointers matched a season-low for Indiana.

Shooting 61 percent, but making just three 3-pointers, and limiting the Nuggets to 46.9 percent from the field, the Pacers built a 62-54 halftime lead. Siakam had 12 points in the first half for the Pacers while Murray scored 20 and Jokic had 15 for the Nuggets.

Indiana shot 63.2 percent, but didn’t make a 3-pointer, and used a 14-6 run midway through the first quarter, to build a 29-28 by the end of the frame.

Siakam came out on fire to start, making four of his first five shot attempts and a pair of free throws for 10 points to give the Pacers an 18-15 lead eight minutes into the game.

Back-to-back baskets by Nembhard and free throws by Turner pushed the Indiana lead to 26-21, before a mini Nuggets 8-5 run closed the quarter to make it a one-point game.

Murray carried the offensive load for the visitors in the first quarter, shooting 5-for-7 for 12 points.

Bennedict Mathurin was hot to start the second quarter, scoring five quick points and tossing an alley-oop dunk to Obi Toppin to help the Pacers to a 16-8 run and a 45-36 lead with seven minutes left in half.

The Pacers stayed ahead by double digits for much of the remainder of the half, but seven points by Jokic in the last three minutes – including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds on the clock – made it an eight-point game at the break.

In the third quarter, the Pacers shot 8-for-22, including 0-for-7 from 3-point range, while the Nuggets made 56 percent of their shots to outscore Indiana 39-19 in the period. Eight players scored in the third quarter for the visitors, led by 12 points by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

The Nuggets came out hot to start the third quarter, going on a 15-4 run, which was capped by five straight points by Caldwell-Pope, to retake the lead. Carlisle was ejected – for the first time this season – with 8:07 left in the third quarter.

The Nuggets extended their hot streak to 26-9 after a 9-0 run featured an and-one from Aaron Gordon and a 3-pointer by Michael Porter Jr. to put the visitors up 82-73 with 5:15 on the clock.

Out of a timeout, a mid-range basket by McConnell stopped the bleeding and propelled an 8-3 run, but the Nuggets answered with an 8-0 in the last two minutes and led 93-81 going into the fourth quarter.

McConnell scored 11 points out of the gate to start the fourth quarter, igniting a 13-5 run to narrow it to 100-95 with 6:44 left in the game.

After the Pacers split free throws a few moments later, Sheppard stole the ball on a chaotic possession and finished through contact to make it 100-98 — blowing the roof off the arena – before an Aaron Nesmith layup tied it at 100, and a Sheppard 3-pointer gave the Pacers a 103-102 edge.

“Ben Sheppard, I’m very proud of him,” McConnell said. “He gave us a spark, and that’s how you gotta play. Just to see him do that and get the crowd into it … I’m very happy for him, and big-time minutes for him tonight.”

From there, the teams battled to the end.

The Pacers continue their four-game homestand when they host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana outscored Denver 60-50 in the paint, but was outrebounded 42-38.

The Pacers matched a season-low five made 3-pointers in the game while the Nuggets drained 11 from deep.

Indiana shot 15-for-17 from the free throw line and Denver went 18-for-21.

Both teams had 10 turnovers.

Aaron Nesmith matched a season best with nine rebounds.

Siakaim recorded his first double-double with the Pacers.

Indiana’s bench outscored Denver’s reserves 60-50.

There were nine ties and 12 lead changes in the game.

You Can Quote Me On That

“(Pascal) Siakam is a good player. He’s going to be very consistent. He’s going to bring something very valuable to almost every element of our game offensively and defensively. When Tyrese (Haliburton) is back, it will enhance his game even more. Right now, we are very lucky to have him with Tyrese out because he can do a lot of things that can help us.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on Siakam

“Our emphasis on it is not going to waver. Guys that consistently go that hard get everybody’s attention.” –  Carlisle on the lineup on the floor at the start of the fourth quarter and their defense

“Defense is going to continue to be a theme. Our game is looking different right now offensively. We’re not getting the threes up we were. Some of that is not having Tyrese out there, and some of it is making adjustments so we can get some better looks.” – Carlisle on the team

“The two defining plays of the game were the three at the end of the first half and the three that put the game away. (Nikola Jokic) is just much more aggressive to look for those shots – there’s zero hesitation. We were up on a couple of them and he hit them right over us. Those are great players making great plays.” – Carlisle on Jokic

“Every time he goes in any game – whether it’s a Mad Ants game, or a Pacers game, or a pickup game somewhere in Nashville – the guy plays the same way. He’s a relentless competitor, his energy is boundless. He just brings and exuberance to the game that helps the team. … He’s making a case for more minutes” – Carlisle on Ben Sheppard

“82 games, you just have to be ready for anything. Guys can go down at any moment. I say this all the time – it’s just the next man up. We’re professional athletes, you get paid to stay ready. When your number’s called, you go out there and do your job.” – McConnell on adjusting with new talent on the team in the middle of the season

“I’ve played against (Siakam) for a number of years now. He just brings a different element and dynamic to our team. His ability to shoot the mid-range, make the three when he’s open and get to the rim, and give us length on defense as well gives us another dynamic. We’re excited to have him and take this thing to the next level.” – McConnell on Siakam

“He has won a championship and played at the highest level in this league for a long time. He has seen all different kinds of matchups and knows what to expect. He makes the right play … that’s the best part about him. He’s a great teammate. When he’s out there, he sees the game so well he’s not going to force anything and makes the right play.” – McConnell on Siakam

“That’s who Ty is. He’s a vocal leader and is happy for every guy one through 15. The confidence that he instills in everybody … when your franchise guy is like that, it’s easy to go out there and play your game. Who he is as a teammate is incredible – one of the best I’ve been around.” – McConnell on Haliburton’s support on the bench.

“So far, I like the personnel we have. It seems like the guys care about wanting to win and I think for me that’s the most important. Just being in an environment where at the end of the day, we want to give everything we have to win. It’s a lot of encouraging things and a lot of things that we can get better at.” – Siakam on the team

“It’s been tough. The first two days of the trade I don’t think I slept at all…It’s been crazy. I’m doing my best and obviously just trying to stay ready and get ready every game. It’s something that I’ve never been through and I have to continue to adjust as I go. But the guys here have been unbelievable kind of helping me through everything, everyone from the Chads to the equipment manager. It’s been great. I’m grateful for that.” – Siakam on adapting after being traded for the first time

“That fourth quarter was an example of (the Pacers’ defensive improvement). A team like Denver that has those big guys that they have…we sat down, we defended, everyone was engaged, was talking, Ben coming in bringing us a little bit of energy, we’re going to need all of that.” – Siakam on the defense in the fourth quarter

“We had wide-open shots and I want those guys to take those shots a thousand times at the end of the day. I’ve just got to continue to make the reads. And for me, when I have two, three people on me, I did my job at the end of the day and we’re going to punish those guys next time.” – Siakam on his decision-making in crunch time

“I think we have an opportunity to be special. It’s going to take all of us coming together. I’m learning and I’m getting better. We don’t even Tyrese back yet. We have a strong core of people that play hard and give everything. I think we can continue to get better as the defense continues to get better and just me understanding the offense a little better.” – Siakam on the team

“It’s been awesome. The energy, it’s my first time here. Just to see everyone excited and I think for me the most important thing is seeing kids all excited and wanting (you) to sign things, that’s always the thing that gives me the most joy to be honest. Everyone out there, I just want them to know that you’re getting a guy that’s going to come in and I want to give everything, I want the team to be successful, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make that happen…Just to see the support I’ve seen so far from the organization from the first day that I landed, I’m getting so much support from everyone and I’m just so grateful for that.” – Siakam on his first game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse as a Pacer

“For me, I love to be coached. I want to go out there, I want to learn, I want to get better. I never feel satisfied. A coach like him, he’s a Hall of Famer. I want to learn from those types of people. So far he’s been great.” – Siakam on playing for Rick Carlisle

Stat of the Night

Nikola Jokic has 118 regular-season triple doubles. On Tuesday, it was his first against the Pacers.

Noteworthy

USA Basketball announced a 41-athlete player pool for the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s National Team on Tuesday, and Tyrese Haliburton made the list. Haliburton played for USA during the 2023 FIBA Basketball World.

Haliburton is expected to also miss the next two games as he manages a left hamstring strain.

Tuesday was the 100th regular season meeting between the Pacers and Nuggets. The Nuggets lead 54-46 in the all-time head-to-head.

Pacers guard T.J. McConnell is four assists away from hitting 3,000 for his career. Just 241 players all-time have reached the milestone.

Jalen Smith was active pregame, but was downgraded to questionable with a sore lower back at halftime and didn’t play in the game.

Up Next

The Pacers continue their homestand on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 PM ET, when they welcome Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers to Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

INDY FUEL

PIT STOP: WEEK 14

INDY FUEL WEEK FOURTEEN RESULTS 2-0-0

INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD 19-14-4 (3rd in Central Division)

GAME 36 –

GAME 36 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 VS. KALAMAZOO – 3-2 OTW

The Fuel hosted the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday night in an attempt to climb to second place in the standings before facing Toledo on Saturday. After giving up two goals to the K-Wings in the third period, Bryan Lemos scored in overtime to give the Fuel a 3-2 win in front of over 5,000 fans at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

GAME 37 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 VS. TOLEDO – 4-1 W

The Fuel hosted the Toledo Walleye on Saturday night to kick off the second half of their season. In front of a sellout crowd of 6,503 fans, Indy dominated the Toledo Walleye who sit atop the Central division, in a 4-1 victory. This is the Fuel’s sixth sellout this season, which is their new single-season high in sellout games.

ROSTER MOVES

Zach Jordan loaned by Chicago (01/20)

Andrew Perrott recalled by Rockford (01/22)

OIL DROPS

Bryan Lemos scored 18 seconds into overtime, securing the win for the Fuel. That is the fastest OT goal in franchise history.

The following day, Zach Jordan scored just 37 seconds into the first period which is the fastest goal to open a game this season.

Cam Hillis is now 13th in overall scoring leaders across the league. He had one goal and two assists over the weekend.

Goaltender Zach Driscoll is just eight games from tying the franchise goalie wins record.

TEAM NOTES

On Saturday, the Fuel beat the Toledo Walleye for the first time since November 2022.

The Fuel’s home penalty kill is second in the league, and sixth overall.

After winning both games over the weekend, the Fuel are on a two-game home win streak.

INDY FUEL WEEK 15 SCHEDULE

GAME 38 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 VS. IOWA

GAME 39 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 VS. IOWA

GAME 40 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 AT KALAMAZOO

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SCALIA NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD TOP 10 CANDIDATE

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Senior guard Sara Scalia has been named to the Top 10 for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s College Basketball Association (WBCA) 2024 Ann Meyers Drysdale award.

The Stillwater, Minn. native has helped Indiana to a 16-2 record this season while shooting 44.8 percent from the 3-point line where she has connected on a team-high 56 triples. The team’s second leading scorer with 15.4 points per game, Scalia shoots 43.9 percent from the floor overall and adds 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals and holds a +2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. In nine games this season, she has connected on 50 percent or better from beyond the arc.

Scalia has scored in double figures 15 times this season including an IU-high 32 points on 8-for-11 from the 3-point line against Bowling Green. She has five 20-plus scoring games including back-to-back games last week against Minnesota and Purdue. At the line, she’s averaging 87.2 percent (41-for-47). She is the first IU player to appear as an Ann Meyers Drysdale Top 10 candidate as she was also named to the preseason watch list in 2022-23.

Named after the first player, male or female, named to an All-America Team in four straight college seasons, the annual award, now in its seventh year, recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates must exhibit the tenacity and scoring prowess of Class of 1993 Hall of Famer Ann Meyers.

Fans can support their favorite players in the remaining rounds by participating in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, starting Friday, January 26, on hoophallawards.com. The Fan Vote will count as one committee vote during the finalist selection process.

In March, five finalists will be presented to Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors, and Hall of Famers.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE CRUISES PAST MICHIGAN IN HAMMER DOWN CANCER GAME

[2] Purdue 99, Michigan 67 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 18-2 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten Conference with a 99-67 win over Michigan at Mackey Arena.

The win was Purdue’s second straight against Michigan for the first time since the 2017-18 season.

The Boilermakers have won 11 straight games at Mackey Arena including all 10 this season. Purdue is outscoring its opponents by 27.0 points per game in Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers are now 18-2 (or better) for the fourth time in school history (2023-24, 2022-23, 2017-18, 1987-88), including in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever.

Purdue has won four straight games, coming by an average margin of 21.0 points per game. During that span, Purdue is averaging 91.3 points per game and shooting 45.6 percent from 3-point range. During that span, Purdue is averaging 1.32 points / possession.

Purdue’s 1.41 points per possession against Michigan was its highest against a Big Ten opponent since having 1.47 points per possession against Iowa on Feb. 5, 2020. It marked the sixth-highest points / possession against a Big Ten team in school history.

With its performance, Purdue now owns the nation’s No. 1-ranked offense in offensive efficiency via KenPom (126.3).

Purdue’s first turnover of the game came at the 11:49 mark of the second half.

The 32-point margin of victory was the largest against Michigan since Feb. 13, 2002 (79-43) and the largest in a Big Ten game since Feb. 5, 2020, vs. Iowa (104-68). It was the third-largest victory ever against Michigan and the most points scored against the Wolverines since Jan. 31, 1970 (116 points).

Purdue has now scored at least 84 points in four straight Big Ten games for the first time since 1974 (six straight games).

Purdue set a school record for 3-point percentage in a game with a minimum of 20 attempts, by going 14-of-21 (.667). Eight different players made 3-pointers.

Purdue now has seven players that have made double-digit 3-pointers on the season. All seven are shooting at least 35.0 percent from deep, including six of them over 42.0 percent.

Purdue is now 76-16 since the start of the 2021-22 season and 47-8 since the start of the 2022-23 season.

Purdue is 84-3 since the start of the 2017-18 season when scoring at least 80 points.

Zach Edey recorded his 52nd career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The 52 double-doubles are now the second most by a Big Ten player this century (Jordan Murphy – 67) and now just two shy of Terry Dischinger’s school-record of 54 double doubles.

Edey moved into sixth place on the school’s career scoring list with 1,991 points.

Edey’s 71 straight games of scoring in double-figures is now off the school record set by Rick Mount (72).

Lance Jones scored a season-high 24 points while making 5-of-9 from long distance. Over the last four games, Jones is averaging 18.0 points per game while making 15-of-32 (.469) from long range.

Braden Smith scored 11 points with 10 assists, seven rebounds and one steal. Smith is tied for the nation’s lead with four, 10-assist games. He is now averaging 11.8 points, 7.3 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. In Big Ten play, Smith is averaging 9.2 points, 8.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue’s 7-foot-4 All-American Zach Edey didn’t score for more than 12 minutes. No matter, No. 2 Purdue still got off to a fast start.

“It’s so much bigger than me,” Edey said. “We’re not the Purdue Zach Edeys, we’re the Purdue Boilermakers. We have so many guys that can really score and everyone made plays.”

Lance Jones scored a season-high 24 points and Edey added 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Purdue to a 99-67 rout of Michigan on Tuesday night.

“I didn’t force anything,” Jones said. “I felt good. I think the big thing for me is playing with confidence.”

Jones, a fifth-year transfer from Southern Illinois, sank 5-of-9 3-point shots for the Boilermakers (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight game.

Purdue’s Braden Smith contributed 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Jaelin Llewellyn led Michigan (7-12, 2-6) with 16 points. Terrance Williams II and George Washington III each scored 10 points. The Wolverines connected on just 34% of its shots.

The Wolverines played without leading scorer and point guard Dug McDaniel, who is suspended indefinitely for road games. Coach Juwan Howard has not given a reason for the suspension.

“So they were missing his quickness and someone who can put pressure on the ball,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “I thought our guys did a good job of moving the ball and taking what the defense gave us and trying to establish our guys in the interior. We missed some shots around the rim in the first half. But we kept getting quality shots.”

The Boilermakers made 14-of-21 3-pointers for 67% and shot 52% overall. Purdue freshman Myles Colvin hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the second half, finishing with nine points.

Fletcher Loyer opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and ended the first half by hitting another 3-pointer with 3 seconds left. Those were Loyer’s only points in the first half but it set the tone for Purdue’s 49-25 halftime lead. In between, the Boilermakers, who never trailed, dominated despite a show start by Edey, who was 2-of-7 from the field in the first half.

The Boilermakers shot 47% in the first half while holding the Wolverines to 29%. Purdue didn’t commit a turnover in the first half.

Painter said it was good to see to a lot of bench players see action. Painter said this is his deepest squad.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Painter said.

While Purdue held a 46-37 rebounding edge, Painter said it wasn’t one of the team’s better rebounding games.

Two Michigan post players, Tarris Reed Jr. and Will Tschetter, fouled out.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: The Wolverines, who have lost seven of their last eight, never really posed a threat to the Boilermakers. Michigan couldn’t get in a rhythm offensively.

Purdue: The most impressive stats for the Boilermakers was its 3-point efficiency. Seven different players made a 3-pointer. Purdue must now prepare for a trip to Rutgers, where the Boilermakers have lost the last three meetings.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS HIT THE ROAD FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOUT AT MICHIGAN STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will hit the road for the third time in the last four games for a Wednesday night clash at Michigan State. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. on B1G+.

The game can be heard on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM with the Voice of the Boilermakers Tim Newton on the call.

GAME INFORMATION  
Purdue (9-9, 2-5) at Michigan State (13-5, 3-4)
Wednesday, Jan. 24
Time: 6:30 PM
TV/Stream: B1G+
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: Purduestats.com 

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue’s complete effort came up just short against No. 16 Indiana on Sunday at Mackey Arena, falling 74-68. Caitlyn Harper went for 18 points and six rebounds over a season-high 38 minutes on the floor. Freshmen Mary Ashley Stevenson and Rashunda Jones gave the Boilermakers 13 points each, while Madison Layden and Abbey Ellis tacked on 10 points. Purdue won the rebounding battle and tallied 30 points in the paint. Indiana countered with 15 3-pointers to pull away.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan State 44-37.

• Purdue has a trio of players closing in on the 1,000-point club for their careers. Jeanae Terry is 53 points away from reaching 1,000 for her career. Abbey Ellis and Madison Layden have a chance to etch their names into the Purdue 1,000-point club with 61 and 89 points remaining, respectively.

• Rashunda Jones stepped scored 19.5 points per game over her last two outings with a career-best 23 points against Penn State. Jones is third among Big Ten freshmen at 10 points per game. Jones is the first Purdue freshman with three 20-point performances since the 2016-17 season.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson moved up third in Big Ten freshman scoring with 10 points per game in conference play with a 13-point outing against Indiana. Stevenson is one of nine rookies from a major conference with nine points, five rebounds and one assist per game this season.

• Purdue’s freshman class averaged 34 points over two games last week with 42 points against Penn State and 26 against Indiana.

• Two freshmen have scored 10 or more points in six games this season, double the next highest total in the Big Ten.

• Madison Layden moved up to eighth on Purdue’s all-time 3-point chart, joining Stephanie White with 183 triples.

• Caitlyn Harper tallied 18 points against Indiana to move her to 1,799 for her career. She is 29th on the NCAA active scoring list.

• Jeanae Terry is 25 assists away from reaching 500 for her Purdue career. Terry holds the program record for career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.92.

• Averaging 5.7 assists and 7.0 assists per game, Terry and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only two players to rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten in rebounds and assists. Terry is one of eight players from a major conference averaging over five points, rebounds and assists this year.

• Madison Layden continues is shooting 48.2% from behind the arc this season to lead the Big Ten. The Purdue single-season record was set by Drey Mingo (48.2%) in 2010-11.

• The Boilermakers are shooting 77.5% from the line to rank 25th in the country and third in the Big Ten. Abbey Ellis sits fifth in the league with an 85% clip. Her career 87.5% mark at Purdue is second in program history to Courtney Moses’ 90.6% (290-320).

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

SHONDELL ERA TO CONTINUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Dave Shondell era of Purdue volleyball is set to continue, as director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski announced a four-year contract extension for the Art and Connie Euler women’s volleyball head coach. The contract runs through the 2027 season.

“Purdue Volleyball has established a standard of excellence through the leadership provided by head coach Dave Shondell,” Bobinski said. “The University and surrounding community embraces our volleyball team in every way, and that reflects the winning attitude of our student-athletes on and off the court. This culture of success starts with Dave, and we are pleased to announce this extension to his contract. We look forward to more exciting seasons in the years ahead.”

The program has flourished under Shondell’s guidance, producing 20 All-Americans which have racked up 38 All-America honors over their careers, 81 All-Big Ten selections, four NCAA Regional appearances in the last five years and a consistent place among the top-25, including its highest-ever national ranking at No. 4 in 2021.

“I am so thankful to Athletic Director Mike Bobinski and President Mung Chiang for entrusting me to lead the Purdue volleyball program,” Shondell said. “From the day I was hired, I have loved being part of this athletic department and university. I am grateful for the amazing players, committed coaches, loyal fans and my loving family for their support and belief over the past 21 seasons. This is a very special place to call home. Walking into Holloway Gym to train our athletes is the best job in the world. I hope to continue as head coach for a very long time.”

The program’s momentum has skyrocketed under Shondell’s guidance, seeing 12 wins against top-5 opponents since 2011 and the longest active streak among any Purdue team at 107 straight weeks in the poll. Meanwhile, Purdue’s No. 13 final ranking in December marked the seventh straight year Purdue was considered one of the nation’s top-20 teams when all was said and done. Moreover, he has kept the Boilermakers among the nation’s elite, owning a 110-42 record over the last five years alone (.724 win %).

The Boilermaker community has embraced the program, with 94% of all sold-out matches coming since Shondell took the reins in 2003. Moreover, a historic 2023 season saw the first complete season sellout in Purdue volleyball history.

Shondell built on the success of his predecessors, coming to Purdue after serving as a high school head coach, and quickly propelled the team to an NCAA Second Round appearance in just his second year with the program. Over his 21 years leading the Boilermakers, Purdue has amassed 18 NCAA tournament appearances, including an undefeated record in First Round matches and four Regional Final berths.

Purdue is coming off a third-place Big Ten finish in 2023 behind a 23-9 (15-5 Big Ten) record and an NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance, all while Shondell coached one of the youngest squads in the team’s history. Three Boilermakers received All-America accolades and totaled a program-record tying six Big Ten postseason honors, including two unanimous selections.

Shondell owns a .670 win % at Purdue, tallying 458 wins, which ranks eighth all-time among Big Ten volleyball coaches and second among those currently coaching. On the national stage, he is one of seven active coaches to lead their program for at least 21 years.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

KOVAL MAKES MCDONALD’S ALL AMERICAN GAMES FINAL ROSTER

Incoming Irish forward Kate Koval has earned one of the top honors a high school basketball player can. On Tuesday, Koval was one of 24 girls players to be named to the roster for the 2024 McDonald’s All American Games.

Koval, a 6-5 post who ranks as the No. 5 overall recruit in the 2024 class per the ESPN HoopGurlz Rankings, is originally from Ukraine but plays her high school basketball at Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.). She was the 2022-23 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year after posting 15.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. Koval had a 60.7 percent success rate from the floor.

Most recently, Koval was named First-Team All-Showcase at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass. She scored 32 points in her sole game, the most of any player at the mid-January event.

Notre Dame currently has six McDonald’s All Americans on its roster: KK Bransford, Sonia Citron, Hannah Hidalgo, Emma Risch, Kylee Watson, Maddy Westbeld. Hidalgo made noise last season with a 26-point performance at the game, breaking the scoring record and earning co-MVP honors.

The 2024 game will be played in Houston at the Toyota Center on April 2. It will be televised on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

WEATHERING THE STORM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Eight full days of non-competition. Over a week to self-evaluate, get better and learn from a recent tough stretch. On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the wait is over and Notre Dame men’s basketball returns to the court, hosting Miami at 7 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion. When the Fighting Irish (7-11, 2-5) clash with the Hurricanes (12-6, 3-4) on Wednesday on ESPN2, it’ll be the annual Irish Wear Green game. That means green jerseys, green shorts and all Notre Dame fans in attendance wearing green.

FIRST ACC RETURN MATCH

This week in South Bend, the Fighting Irish will have an opportunity to get back two road losses by welcoming Miami (Wednesday) and Boston College (Saturday) to Purcell Pavilion. This Wednesday marks the first time Notre Dame will challenge a repeat opponent in league play.

The first time around, Miami escaped with a 62-49 victory. While the Irish struggled to convert on the offensive end at times, Notre Dame’s defensive efforts limited the Hurricanes to a season-low in points. The Irish forced 13 Miami turnovers and dominated the offensive boards, 15-6. Where Miami got the best of ND – they scored 16 points in transition. The Irish had good looks, but just couldn’t capitalize offensively as they finished the day shooting 18-63 (.286) from the floor and 6-32 (.188) from beyond the arc.

Miami enters the game ranked 10th in the country in three-point percentage (.393), 26th in offense (82.4), 16th in effective field goal percentage (.567) and 24th in free-throw percentage (.767).

FIRST YEAR STAMP ON THE PROGRAM – DEFENSE

The year one Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program has been the vast improvement defensively from this young Irish squad. The Irish have held all seven of its ACC opponents to under their season averages, with Miami and Duke being held to season lows then.

Furthermore, an Irish opponent has not recorded 70 points or more since Georgetown on Dec. 16 (eight-game streak). With that said, Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 65.1 ranks 2nd in the ACC and 38th in the country. According to KenPom, Notre Dame’s defensive efficiency ranks 43rd nationally.

In ACC play only, Notre Dame leads the league in defense (62.1) and ranks second in both field goal percentage defense (.373) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.302).

Lastly, how does this year’s defense match up historically? According to Stats Inc which goes back to the 1996-97 season, ND’s 65.1 ranks 4th.

HITTING THE MARK

Point guard Markus Burton has put his name amongst the top freshmen in the country with his stellar play thus far. For those who aren’t acquainted with the local standout from Mishawaka, here are some quick hitters:

His 16.3 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 4th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

He is 1-of-4 players in the ACC averaging over 15 points and 3.5 assists.

If the season ended today, Burton’s 16.3 ppg would rank 3rd all-time in the ND freshman record book. The two in front of him – Adrian Dantley (18.3) and Troy Murphy (19.2).

Double-digit points in all but two games. He’s riding a current 11-game streak

Burton picked up his 5th game of 20 or more points against Florida State on Jan. 13. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

Ranks 10th in the ACC in scoring, 8th in Assists (3.9), 15th in steals (1.4) and 12th in FT% (.813).

Averaging 4.9 assists in ACC play which ranks 4th. Also averaging 15.4 points in league action.

THIS CLOSE

Consider this note a part two to the defensive note earlier. For Notre Dame’s last four losses – so looking at BC, FSU, Duke and NC State – the average margin of defeat was 5.8 points.

In both the NC State and Boston College games, Notre Dame boasted a lead as large as 12 points in the first half. Against Duke, the  Irish built a lead as large as nine.

Ultimately second-half starts or finishes have been the difference maker. NC State ended the game on a 19-6 run to win by two. Duke started the second half on a 12-6 run. Both FSU and BC started the second half on identical 8-0 runs.

SHREWSBERRY’S HOT HAND

Braeden Shrewsberry has been hitting his stride as of late. Over the last four games, he’s averaging 14.3 points, shooting 13-of-26 (.500) from three. He’s shooting 19-of-39 overall (.487). Shrewsberry has produced three double-digit scoring games in that span.

One of those double-digit scoring games was when Shrewsberry put the team on his back with a season-best 25 points in the OT win at Georgia Tech. He connected on a season-high five made three pointers.

He’s now averaging 10.1 points in ACC play (2nd most on team), shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from deep. Shrewsberry is averaging 2.4 made threes/game in league play which ranks 10th.

BOARDS BATTLE

Team-wise, ND’s rebounding numbers and rankings have risen as of late. In league play, the Irish rank 2nd in rebounding (41.1), and overall they rank 5th (37.8) in the ACC.

Kebba Njie has been a beast on the boards as of late. Over the last five games, he’s reeled in 48 rebounds (9.6 rpg). That stretch includes a career high 11 rebounds vs. NC State. He also nearly achieved his first career double-double when he had nine points and 10 rebounds against #14/13 Duke.

Njie leads the team in rebounding (6.3), O-Boards (2.2) and D-Boards (4.1). Plus, his numbers are higher In ACC play, where he ranks 9th in rebounding (8.0), 8th in O-Reb (2.4) & 11th in D-Reb (5.6).

Next, Carey Booth has been a rebounding machine as well. He reeled in a career best 13 rebounds at Boston College on Jan. 15, which included 10 defensive boards. It marked his first double-digit rebound game of the season. In addition, Booth now averages 4.0 defensive rebounds/game, which ranks as the second most on the team.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

XAVIER TO HOST BUTLER WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE CINTAS CENTER

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Xavier will go head-to-head at the Cintas Center on Wednesday night. The 7 PM tip will stream on FloHoops.com. Each team is in search of their first BIG EAST win.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio – Cintas Center

Live Stats: GoXavier.com – Statbroadcast

Watch: FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Caroline Strande made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds last week.

– Strande matched her career-high scoring total with 22 points against Providence.

– Strande ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.5) and 14th in scoring (14.5).

– Strande is the fifth-best free throw shooter in the conference (81.5%).

– Strande and Sydney Jaynes averaged 10 ppg in two games against Xavier last year.

– Jaynes shot 7-for-9 from the field against the Musketeers last season and had seven assists.

– Butler’s first BIG EAST win last year came at Xavier on Dec. 28 (79-65).

– Jordan Meulemans ranks 19th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage (44.2).

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.2) and third in 3-point percentage (37.6).

– Strande just went 5-for-6 from 3-point range in her last game setting new career-highs in each category.

– Cristen Carter matched her season-high totals in rebounds (7) and assists (2) vs. Providence while setting a new career-high in blocked shots (3).

– Rachel Kent needs 24 points on Wednesday to reach 1,500 in her career.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 8-0, 16-3

Creighton 5-2, 14-3

Villanova 5-2, 12-6

St. John’s 5-2, 11-8

Marquette 4-3, 15-3

Georgetown 4-3, 14-4

Seton Hall 3-4, 11-7

Providence 3-4, 9-11

DePaul 2-5, 10-10

Butler 0-7, 8-10

Xavier 0-7, 1-15

Scouting Xavier                                                                                     

The Musketeers are 1-15 this season with their lone victory coming at the Cintas Center against SIUE on Dec. 15. Last week, Xavier lost at DePaul on Tuesday (79-47) and at Georgetown on Saturday (77-49). Head Coach Billi Chambers took over the program in April of 2023 before spending the previous 10 years at Iona. She led the Gaels to two NCAA Tournament appearances and was a two-time MAAC Coach of the Year. No Musketeer play has started in every game this season. Nila Blackford and Daniela Lopez are the closest having played in 15. Blackford ranks third in the league in rebounds per game (8.8) and Kaysia Woods ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (2.0). Mackayla Scarlett leads the team with her 12.5 scoring average. Scarlett scored 21 of Xavier’s 49 points in their last game. She played a team-high 37 minutes and shot 7-for-19 from the field to become the only Musketeer to score in double figures.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler leads Xavier in the all-time series 31-21. The Bulldogs swept the regular season series a year ago, but the Musketeers won each matchup in 21-22. Since joining the BIG EAST, Butler is 14-7 against Xavier. They swept the Musketeers in 2013-14, 2014-15, 2018-19, and 2019-20. The first-ever meeting between the two programs was played during the 1982-83 season. Butler won that game 71-64 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Last Meeting vs. Xavier                                                                       

Butler recorded a 60-43 win over Xavier last year in their annual Pink Out game. The ‘Dawgs limited Xavier to just six points in the first quarter and seven in the fourth to find the win column. Sydney Jaynes helped BU get out to an 8-0 lead as Butler scored 20 of their first 30 points in the paint. Jaynes led the Bulldogs to victory with 16 points, five assists and three blocked shots. Caroline Strande came off the bench to add nine.

A Look at Last Week                                                                                           

The Bulldogs took two losses last week with a 60-42 setback to St. John’s in Queens followed by a 63-53 home loss to Providence. Caroline Strande led Butler in scoring (16.5) and rebounding (7.0). She didn’t miss a free throw attempt (7-7) and shot 85 percent from 3-point range (6-7). Cristen Carter started in each contest and averaged 4.5 rebounds. The only Bulldog to average more than 30 minutes of playing time last week was Rachel Kent.

20-Point Quarter                                                                                                 

The Bulldogs have not scored 20 points in a quarter during this calendar year. They had 20 in the first quarter vs. Ohio on Dec. 21 and 21 in the first quarter at UConn on Dec. 18. BU nearly reached that mark against Providence with 19 points in the third quarter on Sunday. They shot 50 percent from the field and outscored the Friars by 10 during that 10-minute stretch.

Shot Selection                                                                                       

The Bulldogs shot 46 percent against Xavier during the regular season last year while limiting the Musketeers to 38 percent. The top four BU scorers on this year’s team all shoot 41 percent or better. Butler is 6-4 this year when shooting 40 percent or better from the field.

3-Point Threat                                                                                       

Butler hit nine 3-pointers vs. Providence giving the team their highest total since making 10 against Seton Hall on Jan. 6. The Bulldogs also hit 10 3-pointers at UConn on Dec. 18. Reaching double figures against the Musketeers may be challenging as Xavier ranks third in the league in defending the arc. Xavier opponents are shooting just 29 percent from 3-point land.

New Wrinkle                                                                                                        

This week is the first time this season the Bulldogs will play back-to-back road games. The ‘Dawgs did play two games away from Hinkle Fieldhouse while in Stockton, California over Thanksgiving break but the second contest was not a true road game. Three-straight home games appear on the schedule after this week, but that stretch is followed by BU playing four of five on the road to end February.

Get It Started                                                                                         

Rachel Kent drilled a 3-pointer vs. Providence to supply the team with their first points of the game. She did the same thing when Butler played at UConn. Over the other five BIG EAST games, Sydney Jaynes was the first Bulldog to score with the lone exception coming at St. John’s (Ari Wiggins steal, led to a layup).

Grab the Board                                                                                     

Caroline Strande is the top rebounding guard in the BIG EAST Conference. She has led Butler in rebounding 13 times (18 games) this season and six times over the team’s first seven BIG EAST games.

2 for 20                                                                                                   

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

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in Butler’s win over St. Thomas to match the single-game high in the BIG EAST this season. She ended the contest going 8-for-10 from behind the arc to score a career-high 24 points. Meulemans was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record with 16 made 3-pointers in the victory.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler will play at Marquette this weekend with the Golden Eagles hosting the action at the Al McGuire Center. Tip on BEDN is set for 5 PM Eastern / 4 Central. Marquette recently dropped out of the Top 25 but are still receiving votes in the poll. They will face #8 UConn Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER SHOOTS 57 PERCENT IN 90-66 ROAD WIN AT GEORGETOWN

Butler got hot midway through the first half and kept the pedal down in taking a 90-66 win on the road at Georgetown Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 13-7 (4-5 BIG EAST).

The Hoyas fall to 8-11 and 1-7 in conference play.

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

Butler used a quick 15-0 spurt to take a 35-23 lead with 5:19 remaining in the first half. Neither team had led by more than three points over the first 12 minutes of the game.

The run eventually ballooned to 24-6 as 11 straight made shots by the Bulldogs gave the visitors a 44-29 advantage with 1:55 to play.

Pierre Brooks II scored 18 of Butler’s first 38 points over the first 15 minutes of the game.

Butler led, 44-32, at the half.

An 13-0 run by the Bulldogs gave the team a 75-51 lead with 7:57 to play.

The lead continued to expand, reaching as many as 29 in the closing minutes.

OF NOTE:

The Bulldogs shot 57 percent from the field, including a 62-percent clip in the first half. Butler is now 12-0 this season when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 6-1 when shooting better than 50 percent.

The Bulldogs committed only eight turnovers on the night. Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 11 games this season.

Brooks finished with 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, giving him the first double-double of his career. He shot 8-for-15 from the field, including four three-pointers.

It is the sixth 20-point game of the season for Brooks and his seventh time leading the team in scoring.

Over his last six games, Brooks is shooting 23-for-40 from three-point range (58 percent).

Jahmyl Telfort had 17 points, his highest total since scoring 20 in the Dec. 9 win over Cal.

DJ Davis scored 17 points and tied his career-high with five assists. He made all six of his free throw attempts. He entered the night ranked second nationally in free throw percentage (96.7). He has hit all 31 of his attempts in BIG EAST play.

Jalen Thomas had 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting. He added three blocks. Posh Alexander scored 10 points.

Butler had five in double figures for the sixth time this season.

Butler out-rebounded the Hoyas, 41-32, improving to 11-0 this season when that occurs.

Jayden Epps led Georgetown with 16 points, but made only four of his 19 attempts from the field to get there.

Butler’s defense limited Georgetown to 35-percent shooting.

Butler takes the season sweep over Georgetown, after also posting a 74-64 win Dec. 19 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.

Butler is now 13-11 all-time against Georgetown, which includes an 8-3 edge in games played in the nation’s capital.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Saturday tip against Villanova. A limited number of tickets remain for the contest, and fans are asked to check their section to see if they should wear blue or white as we “checker” out Hinkle. The game will air on FS1. 

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS LONGTIME MAC RIVAL MIAMI WEDNESDAY

Ball State (16-2, 6-0 MAC) vs Miami (4-12, 2-4 MAC)

January 24, 2024

January 24, 2024 >> Worthen Arena >>Muncie, Ind.>>  6:30 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– The Cardinals are coming off of an impressive 65-51 win over Toledo Sunday in Worthen Arena. The nationally televised game was on CBS Sports Network. With the win, Ball State improved to 16-2 while remaining undefeated in Mid-American Conference action with a 6-0 ledger. It marks the first time since the 2000-2001 season that the Cardinals have started MAC play 6-0. That year Ball State went 8-0.

–  Ally Becki’s 36-points against Central Michigan on Jan. 17 tied her for fifth all-time for most points scored in a game. She also went 10-11 from the field and 7-8 from 3-point range. The seven three pointers are also tied for sixth all-time in program history. Becki also scored `16 points versus Toledo on Sunday, Jan. 21 along with registering her 1,000th career point against the Rockets. Her performance this week earned her MAC Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.

– Wednesday’s game against Miami will mark the 73rd time in program history the two schools have met with the RedHawks leading the all-time series 40-32. Ball State won both its meeting over Miami last season.

 – Nyla Hampton earned her 1,000th career point against Toledo. Hampton finished her career at Bowling Green with 865 points and she has totaled 144 point thus far for her career as a Cardinal.

– It has been since the 2019-20 season that the Cardinals had two players reach 1,000 career points in the same season. That year it was Oshlynn Brown and Jasmin Samz.

– Annie Rauch is nearing 1,000 points as well with 892 points she needs 108 to reach the 1,000 point club as well. The last time three Ball State players scored a 1,000 points in the same season was Renee Bennett, Jill Morrison and Moriah Monaco in 2016-17.

– The Miami RedHawks are the closest Mid-American Conference opponent distance wise from the Cardinals. It takes approximately just a little over 71 miles from Oxford, Ohio to Muncie, Ind.

National Attention:

The Cardinals are getting noticed on a national level as Ball State has received six votes in the latest USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. Ball State also moved up to the 83rd  spot in the latest NCAA DI RPI rankings. Ball State is one of seven teams in NCAA DI women’s basketball that have won 10 or more games in a row. Ball State is also only one of 24 NCAA DI teams that remain undefeated in their respective conference play with a 6-0 mark in MAC action. The Cardinals are also one of 18 NCAA DI teams that have only two losses so far this season. The Cardinals only two losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State is the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season.

Game Day Tidbits:

– In her first 18 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 61 times and has dished out 90 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) which marks a season best for her. Hampton is fifth in the nation in total steals (61) and ranks sixth in steals per game (3.39).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categories: 10th in winning percentage (88.9), 20th in 3-pointers per game (8.7), 26 in turnover margin (5.00), 27 steals per game (10.9), 32 in turnovers forced (20.33), 38th in 3-point percentage (35.5), 40th in 3-point attempts (24.4), 58th in field goal percentage (44.7), 64th in assists per game (15.6), 72nd in scoring offense (73.7), 76th in scoring margin (10.7) and 77th in assist/turnover ratio (1.02).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 8th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (3.12), 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (45.7) and 13th in total 3-pointers (53).

Sallee Hot in January:

– It may be cold outside but the Cardinals tend to get hot in the month of January under 112th-year head coach Brady Sallee. Sallee owns an overall record of 65-29 (.684) in the month of January dating back to his first season in 2012-13.

Next Game:

Ball State returns to the road Saturday when it plays at Eastern Michigan at the George Gervin GameAbove Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan will mark the 89th time in program history the two schools have met with the Eagles leading the all-time series, 45-43.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RECEIVING VOTES IN THE USA TODAY TOP 25 COACHES POLL

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team received six votes in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll which was released Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals own a 16-2 overall record and currently sit atop of the Mid-American Conference standings with a 6-0 ledger.

Ball State is one of seven teams in NCAA DI women’s basketball that have won 10 or more games in a row. Ball State is also only one of 24 NCAA DI teams that remain undefeated in their respective conference play with a 6-0 mark. The Cardinals are also one of 18 NCAA DI teams that have only two losses so far this season. The Cardinals only two losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State was the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season.

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

BECKI EARNS MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS SEASON

CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the third time this season, junior guard Ally Becki (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has been tabbed the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week.

Becki was a key component in the Cardinals success last week after averaging 26.0 points per game while shooting 71 percent (15-21) from the field and 66 percent (10-15) from behind the arc. She also finished the week with 86 percent (12-14) shooting from the charity stripe.

Becki scored her 1,000th career point in a nationally televised game over Toledo Sunday night on the CBS Sports Network. The star-studded junior opened the week with a career best 36-point performance at Central Michigan Wednesday. Becki’s 36-points tied her for fifth all-time for most points scored in a game. She also went 10-11 from the field and 7-8 from 3-point range. The seven three pointers are also tied for sixth all-time in program history. That game, Becki was efficient from the free throw line as she went 9-10 from the charity stripe.

On Sunday, Becki scored 16 points while helping Ball State defeat Toledo. With Becki’s help, the Cardinals remained undefeated in league action with a 6-0 mark while also extending their win streak to 10.

The Ball State women’s basketball team will be back in action Wednesday in Worthen Arena as the Cardinals host rival Miami at 6:30 pm ET.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

LATE FIRST HALF RALLY PROPELS MEN’S BASKETBALL TO BLOWOUT WIN AT BUFFALO

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ball State men’s basketball team went on a 17-0 scoring run late in the first half on Tuesday night at Alumni Arena to pull away from Buffalo and cruise to an 87-59 win.

The Cardinals (10-9, 2-5 MAC) trailed 11-0 early, but used a 10-2 scoring run to quickly close the gap against the Bulls (2-16, 1-5 MAC). The visitors would take their first lead on a Trent Middleton Jr. 3-pointer to pull ahead 20-18 at the 11:45 mark. The 17-point rally, Ball State’s best against a Division I opponent this season, spanned almost seven minutes and allowed the Cardinals to go into halftime up 45-31.

Ball State continued to expand the advantage to as much as the final margin of 28 thanks to Basheer Jihad’s 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists and a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double by Mickey Pearson Jr. It was Pearson Jr.’s second straight double-double performance.

Also scoring in double figures for the Cardinals were Jalin Anderson (12 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals) and Ben Hendriks, who had 10 points in front of a crowd of friends and family from the nearby Toronto area.

The winning margin was the largest of the season so far against a Division I opponent and second-best overall (101-40 over Goshen College on Nov. 7).

The visitors shot 50.8 percent (31-61) from the field, including 43.5 percent (10-23) from distance and 78.9 percent (15-19) at the free throw line, while limiting the Bulls to 32.8 percent (20-61) shooting and 30.3 percent (10-33) on 3-pointers.

Buffalo got a game-high 27 points from Sy Chatman, but he was the only Bull to score at least 10 points. Ball State dominated the points off turnovers (20-2), points in the paint (40-20) and fastbreak points (28-10) categories while controlling the glass to the tune of a 46-27 advantage in rebounds.

The Cardinals host Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Worthen Arena in the first of back-to-back home games.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES FACE THE FLAMES IN CHICAGO ON WEDNESDAY

CHICAGO, Ill. – Indiana State men’s basketball heads to the Windy City to battle the UIC Flames. The game tips off at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23 on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

Wednesday will only be the fifth meeting between ISU and UIC, and the third since 2002. ISU is on a three-game win streak versus UIC, winning the most recent contest 79-60 last February.

About UIC

UIC is in its fourth year with Coach Luke Yaklich at the helm. UIC sits at the bottom of the MVC with a 1-7 league record. Last year, the team finished 12-20 overall and 4-16 in league play. They were beat out by Missouri State 74-57. Three Racers average more than 10.0 PPG: Isaiah Rivera (14.0), Toby Okani (11.3), and CJ Jones (10.4).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball moved to 16-3, 7-1 MVC as Coach Josh Schertz’s 50th coaching win at ISU in the victory against Murray State, 72-63.

Robbie Avila led the offense with 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor, knocking down 2-of-3 from behind the arc and going perfect at the free throw line, 4-for-4. Avila added seven rebounds and a game-high five assists. Ryan Conwell followed closely with 17 points, finishing 6-for-11 from the floor and 5-for-7 (71.43%) from deep. The sophomore added seven rebounds, playing all 40 minutes of the game. Julian Larry knocked down three triples en route to finishing with 13 points, a pair of rebounds, and four assists. Larry shot 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from three. Xavier Bledson tallied six points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Jayson Kent grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Last Time Out – UIC

Sophomore guard CJ Jones led four UIC players in double figures with 18 points and added a game-high eight assists, but Valparaiso found just enough of an edge in the final two minutes to pull out an 84-77 victory in Missouri Valley Conference action Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Ind.

Junior forward Filip Skobalj scored 15 points – two off his season high – while collecting a team-high six rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Tobi Okani chipped in with 11 points and graduate student guard Marquise Kennedy completed the Flames’ double-figure quartet with 10 points.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MASTODON MVB HOSTS NO. 4 HAWAII TWICE THIS WEEK

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball will play host to No. 4 Hawaii for the first time on Thursday and Friday (Jan. 25-26) in the Gates Sports Center.

Game Day Information
Who: No. 4 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
When: Thursday-Friday, January 25-26 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: Thursday | Friday
Tickets:Thursday | Friday
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Hawaii | MIVA

Know Your Foe

No. 4 Hawaii is 3-1 to start the 2024 season after going 29-3 last season and finishing as the national runner-up. The Rainbow Warriors split a series of matches with MIVA member Loyola Chicago to start the season before sweeping their next two matches against Emmanuel of Conference Carolinas. Spyros Chakas leads the team with an average of 4.23 kills per set on .438 hitting. Tread Rosenthal is pacing the offense that hits .350 by dishing out 10.07 assists per set.

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne is 1-2 against the Rainbow Warriors. The Mastodons’ one win came in 1992 at the Asics Grand Prix, Hawaii was ranked No. 8 at the time. Last season, the Mastodons visited the Big Island to play in the Outrigger Volleyball Invitational, which saw the Rainbow Warriors win 3-0. Bryce Walker hit .533 with nine kills in that match.

Aloha!

Mastodon freshman Casey Lyons is a native of Mililani, Hawaii, which is just 21 miles away from Hawaii’s campus.

That Seems Good

Andrej Polomac ranks fourth in the nation and is second in the MIVA with 10.67 assists per set this season.

Efficient Hitting

Purdue Fort Wayne leads the MIVA and is fourth nationally with a .375 hitting percentage this season. The Mastodons have hit over .300 in four of the five matches this season, including three over .400.

Movin’ Up The List

Jon Diedrich joined the 1,000-kill club in 2023 in a match against Charleston. He is among the 20 Mastodons that have eclipsed this mark. Here’s where he ranks.

12. Andrew Sellan – 1315 (2008-11)

13. Darryl Shank – 1310 (2008-11)

14. Raul Papaleo – 1264 (1990-93)

15. Ted Owen – 1206 (1984-87)

16. Jon Diedrich – 1188 (2020-24)

Hello, My Name Is Bryce And I’ll Be Your Server

Bryce Walker is nearing the program’s all-time top-10 list for aces.

13. Loren Gebert – 97 (1983-86)

14. Scott Lane – 95 (1999-00)

15. Hector Soto – 90 (1997-00)

16. Omar Rivera – 89 (2012-15)

17. Bryce Walker – 86 (2021-24)

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne swept last weekend against Maryville. Jon Diedrich had 13 kills and Mark Frazier pitched in 10.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will host Saint Francis (Pa.) and Penn State on the Arnie Ball Court. The match against Penn State will be homecoming for the Mastodons.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE FORT WAYNE WBB HANGS 102 AT CHICAGO STATE

CHICAGO – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team outscored Chicago State by 20 in the second half en route to a 102-76 win in the Windy City.

It was Purdue Fort Wayne’s first 100-point effort in a true road game since 2002 and the first away from home since 2013. It was also the first time since 2004 the Mastodons scored 100 points against a Division I team in regulation, and first time in program history to do so away from home.

The Mastodons had a 29-17 advantage in the third quarter. The ‘Dons had a 23-7 run in a 3:22 stretch in which the ‘Dons were 10-of-14 from the floor. Amellia Bromenschenkel had four layups in this stretch.

The ‘Dons replicated their run to a lesser degree in the fourth quarter, doubling up Chicago State 14-7 over a 2:48 of the final 3:40. Erin Woodson scored eight of her 10 in this quick burst.

Purdue Fort Wayne had five double-digit scorers: Audra Emmerson (22), Bromenschenkel (21), Destinee Marshall (15), Renna Schwieterman (12) and Woodson (10). Those five were 38-of-51 (60.1 percent) from the floor. This included a 6-for-6 effort from Marshall and 9-for-11 performance from Bromenschenkel.

Bromenschenkel finished with 21 points on 81.8 percent shooting with four steals, three rebounds, two assists and a block without a turnover.

While the ‘Dons had no one grab more than five rebounds, Jazzlyn Linbo, Schwieterman and Ryin Ott had five each.

Purdue Fort Wayne forced Chicago State into 18 turnovers that led to 22 Mastodon points. The ‘Dons only had seven turnovers, which was a season-low. The Mastodons had 23 fast break points and 28 points off the bench.

The Mastodons finished at 52.9 percent (36-of-68) from the floor and 37.9 percent (11-of-29) from 3-point range.

Chicago State was led by 19 points in 16 minutes from Taylor Norris. Tae’lor Willard had 18 points and nine assists. The Cougars finished at 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the floor.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 13-8 while Chicago State falls to 1-24. The Mastodons will return home for a game on Saturday (Jan. 27) at 2 p.m. against Northern Kentucky.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES UNI TO THE WIRE IN CEDAR FALLS

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In a contest that went right down to the wire, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team came up just short with UNI taking a 70-63 win inside the McLeod Center on Tuesday.

For the third time in his career, Yacine Toumi scored a career-high 20 points.  He hit 9 of his 16 field goal tries and tallied 6 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.  Chuck Bailey III scored 14 points while Tanner Cuff was one shy of his career mark, registering 13 points.  Cam Haffner scored six points, including consecutive triples in the second half that kept the Purple Aces right in the thick of the battle.  Tytan Anderson and Nate Heise led the way for the Panthers with 15 points each.

“I thought the guys had the right mindset over the last two days coming into this game.  The response was spot on; that is how you want to play – giving yourself an opportunity to win,” UE head men’s basketball coach David Ragland said.  “This is a hard place to win, especially with the start that we had, but if you take away the opening segments of each half, it is much closer.”

It was UNI getting the early jump, hitting three of their opening four attempts to take a 7-0 lead.  Yacine Toumi took a feed from Kenny Strawbridge Jr. to score Evansville’s first points of the game.  The early run for the Panthers continued as they opened an 11-2 advantage and maintained a 9-point lead, up 17-8 at the 12:11 mark.

Over the next four minutes, Evansville took control along with its first lead of the night.  Scoring eight in a row while hitting four out of five attempts, Cam Haffner took it coast-to-coast and fed Toumi for the go-ahead basket with 7:49 on the clock.  UE’s defense UNI to 0-for-5 with a turnover during that stretch.  Seconds after the Aces jumped in front, a triple by UNI opened a 5-0 spurt.

Gage Bobe knocked down a triple to make it a 1-point game and the Aces remained within a handful of points over the ensuing stretch before Chuck Bailey III found his groove.  His 3-point play got UE within a pair with 1:42 remaining and, following a Panthers miss, Tanner Cuff converted a layup to tie the game.  Bailey got the job done once again in the final minute, nailing a 3-pointer to send the Aces to the break with a 31-28 lead.

Evansville had a strong finish to the half; after falling behind by an 11-2 margin, the Aces outscored UNI by a 29-17 margin over the final 15:11 of the first period.

It took just a few seconds for UNI to tie the game in the second half, converting a 3-point play in their opening possession.  That would be the first of ten in a row by the Panthers to open the second half and a 38-31 lead.  Strawbridge got Evansville on the board with a 3-pointer and Toumi followed with a jumper that cut the deficit back to two.

UNI went back up by eight points as the game entered its final nine minutes, holding the Aces scoreless for close to three minutes and holding a 51-43 edge.  That is when Cam Haffner took matters into his own hands.  Consecutive triples by the sophomore cut the gap down to two at 51-49.  Cuff recorded a triple with just over six minutes remaining that made it a 54-52 game.  With just under five minutes remaining, the Aces had the ball and a chance to take the lead, but a turnover led to a UNI triple on the other end.  Another three by the Panthers extended the lead to 60-55 with three minutes on the clock.

Cuff connected on his fifth bucket of the contest to get UE within a possession, but each time the Aces rallied, UNI had the answer.  Late free throws saw them complete the game with a 70-63 win.  Evansville outshot UNI by a 44.6%-41.5% margin but it was the Panthers with the 37-30 rebounding edge.

Two home games are on the schedule for the Purple Aces when they host Illinois State at 1 p.m. Saturday before welcoming UIC on Jan. 31 in a 7 p.m. match-up.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI PLAYS WIU THURSDAY ON ESPNU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball concludes its longest homestand of the season by hosting Western Illinois University Thursday at 8 p.m. in Screaming Eagles Arena. The game will air live on ESPNU (Astound 368; Dish 141; DirectTV 206).

To showcase USI’s #ScreaglePride, a White Out Night will be held for both ends of Thursday’s OVC doubleheader, leading off with USI Women’s Basketball (also against Western Illinois) at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear white apparel to whiteout Screaming Eagles Arena!

Fans also 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 (5-15, 2-5 OVC) has lost its last four games, including last week’s losses to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 77-75, and Morehead State University, 81-70. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led the way for the USI with 29.0 points per game in the two losses.

Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) followed last week with 12.5 points per game.

Hernandez leads the team through 20 games with 16.3 points per game, which ranks sixth overall in the OVC. Junior guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) follows with 12.7 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high eight double-doubles.

WIU (12-7, 5-1 OVC) suffered its first loss in OVC play, falling to Tennessee State University, 58-57, at home Saturday. The Leathernecks saw its nine-game winning streak snapped, but they have won 10 of the last 12 games dating back to December.

WIU leads the all-time series with USI, 3-1, after defeating the Screaming Eagles last season, 86-78, in Macomb, Illinois. The first three meetings between USI and WIU date back to a pair of games in 1977 and one in 1981 (NCAA Division II Regional contest).

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 SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL EARNS TOP-15 SPOT IN DII PRESEASON POLL

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— The UIndy softball team earned the No.11 spot in the 2024 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Preseason Poll, released Tuesday. The Greyhounds are coming off a 53-10 season that included a GLVC regular season title and NCAA Super Regional appearance.

Entering her 20th season as the UIndy head coach, seven-time GLVC Coach of the Year Melissa Frost returns five All-GLVC First Team performers from last year’s team, including conference reigning GLVC Pitcher of the Year and three-time All-American Kenzee Smith.

The Greyhounds are the only GLVC team to receive votes in this year’s preseason poll. UIndy is set to open the 2024 slate at the Lee Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 9-11.

NFCA DII PRESEASON COACHES POLL

RK          TEAM (1st-place votes)   PTS

1.            North Georgia (16)           400

2.            Grand Valley State           384

3.            Central Oklahoma            359

4.            West Texas A&M              331

5.            Nova Southeastern           330

6.            East Stroudsburg               312

7.            Cal State San Marcos       298

8.            UT Tyler                              291

9.            Wilmington                        280

10.         Tampa                                 271

11.         UIndy                                  254

12.         Alabama Huntsville          215

13.         Southern Arkansas           192

14.         Adelphi                                160

14.         Concordia                           160

16.         Oklahoma Christian         148

17.         Wingate                              141

18.         Saint Leo                            133

19.         Rogers State                      124

20.         Charleston                          105

21.         Colorado Christian           102

22.         Oklahoma Baptist            49

23.         Columbus State                45

24.         Mississippi College           44

25.         Northwest Nazarene       22

Others receiving votes: Harding (17), West Alabama (12), Lenoir-Rhyne (6), Lubbock Christian (6), Missouri Southern (4), Auburn Montgomery (2), Sonoma State (2), Kutztown (1).

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 24, 1952 – Dallas Texans franchise was awarded after Dallas purchased assets of New York Yanks from the NFL. This is the first Texas NFL franchise in history. As we learned in the January 23 edition of this series, they were not very good and the NFL shut them down after just one season. The remnants of the franchise were sold to Caroll Rosenbloom in 1953 to form the Baltimore Colts.

January 24, 1964 – CBS purchased the NFL television broadcasting rights for the 1964 & 1965 seasons for a cool $28.2 million. NBC had bid $21.5 million for rights to the National Football League games in 1964 and 1965 but CBS won the war with the significantly higher amount offered. The ABC network paid a mere $2,350,000 in 1964 for the rights to broadcast the AFL, less than a third of the annual average of the NBC contract for the AFL’s rights in 1965 according to a New York Time article from January 30, 1964. 

January 24, 1971 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum -The NFC’s top players squashed the AFC squad by the score of 27-6 in the 21st NFL Pro Bowl. Fred Carr the linebacker of the Green Bay Packers and Mel Renfro the corner of the Dallas Cowboys were selected as the game’s MVPs.

January 24, 1982 – Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, Michigan – Super Bowl XVI was played and pitted the Cincinnati Bengals against the upstart San Francisco 49ers. For this story we go to StadiumsofProFootball.com who tells us that this was the first time the Big game was moved to a traditionally cold weather venue. The 49erswebzone.com fills us in with the other details of how after a sizable first half lead of 20-0 the 49ers watched on as the Bengals heated up in the second half to score 21 points of their own. But two Ray Wersching field goals in the fourth quarter preserved the San Francisco victory over the Bengals, 26-21. Niners legendary Quarterback Joe Montanaended up as the game’s MVP as he threw for one TD and had a QB rating of 100.0 in the game.

January 24, 2010 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis -The 2009 season’s AFC Championship game resulted in the Indianapolis Colts knocking off the New York Jets, 30-17.

January 24, 2010  – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – The NFC Championship game to see who would play the Colts was a tight one. The Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints would battle in this epic game. The starting quarterbacks were legends with Brett Favre guiding the team in purple while Drew Brees called signals for the Saints.  Farve threw for 310 yards and a score but was picked off two times while Brees had three touchdown passes and kept the ball away from Minnesota’s scrondary. Adrian Peterson scored the game tying touchdown on a two yard plunge at the 5:03 mark of the 4th to send the game to an extra session. Garrett Hartley sealed the Super Bowl trip for the Saints when he kicked a 40 yard field goal in overtime. The New Orleans Saints edged out the Minnesota Vikings, 31-28 per the Pro Football-Reference.com. 

January 24, 2016 – Mile High Stadium, Denver -At the AFC Championship game for the 2015 season it was Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos who overcame Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl.

January 24, 2016 – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte – The Carolina Panthers  had no trouble with dispatching the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship. The Panthers with Cam Newton under center and a ferocious defense gobbled up the red birds 49-15 to advance to the Big game against the Broncos.

January 24, 2021 – Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin – Tom Brady and his new team the Tampa Bay Bucs

Hall Of Fame Birthdays

January 24, 1881 – Springville New York – Cornell University’s legendary Guard, Bill Warner was born.

January 24, 1920 – Portland, Oregon – Chuck Taylor renown as a tough guard for Stanford. The National Football Foundation lists Chuck as an All-America guard in 1942.  After serving in the Navy Taylor played one year, 1946, with the Miami Seahawks of the All-America Conference, returned to Stanford as freshman coach in 1948, was assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers 1949-50, and returned again to Stanford as head coach in 1951. His 1951 team went 9-2, was in the Rose Bowl, and earned Taylor election as Coach of the Year. He was age 31, the youngest man ever named Coach of the Year. He also served as the Athletic Director for the Cardinal for many years. Taylor was heralded as a man who had gone to the Rose Bowl as a player, head coach, and athletic director. The NFF voters inducted Chuck Taylor into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

January 24, 1936 – Weathersfield, New York – The rugged Fullback from the University of Miami , Florida Don Bosseler celebrated his birth. The footballfounndation.org website states that Bosseler was a four-year starter at fullback for the University of Miami. In his senior year, 1956, he helped the team to an 8-1-1 record, was named as an All-American by the Associated Press. He rushed for 1,642 yards in his four years.  The National Football Foundation selected Don Bosseler into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. After school Don played in the NFL for 7 seasons with the Washington Redskins.

January 24, 1937 – Zanesville, Ohio – Bobby Beathard the talented GM with a great eye for finding talent was born. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Bobby Beathard as a contributor in 2018. Beathard was really good at discovering talent as he started out as a scout in the Falcons and Chiefs organizations according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. In 1972 Bobby became the director of player personnel for Miami, yes those undefeated Dolphins. Later in the 1970’s he was hired as the GM of the Washington Redskins and became famous for trading out of first round picks to acquire more draft capital, and built championship teams by doing so. All in all in his eleven seasons Washington used only 3 first round picks! The Super Bowl XVII roster of the Redskins had 27 free agents that Beathard had signed. In the early 1990s he helped build the San Diego Chargers into Super Bowl contenders. So in review Beatheard helped with 2 Championships with Miami, two with Washington and lost a Super Bowl with San Diego. That is a pretty good track record.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

42- 16 – 22 – 9 – 53 – 20 – 21 – 31 – 99 – 48

January 24, 1939 – Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler and George Sisler were all elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 24, 1950 – The most famous Number 42 in sports history, Jackie Robinson, became the highest paid Brooklyn Dodger to that point in history when he signed a $35,000 contract for the 1950 season.

January 24, 1956 – 6th NBA All Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, NY: West beats East, 108-94; MVP chosen was St. Louis Hawks, C, Number 9, Bob Pettit.

January 24, 1962 – We spoke just a moment ago about Jackie Robinson he was also selected as the first black man to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame on this day. An important date in history for Number 42.

January 24, 1971 – 21st NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 27-6; MVPs selected were both of defense, Green Bay Packers, LB, Number 53, Fred Carr and Dallas Cowboys, CB, Number 20, Mel Renfro

January 24, 1973 – Legendary lefthanded pitcher, Warren Spahn, Number 21 for much of his career, was elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

January 24, 1978 – 31st NHL All-Star Game, Buffalo Municipal Auditorium, Buffalo, NY: Wales beats Campbell, 3-2 (OT); MVP selected was NY Islanders, G, Number 31, Billy Smith.

January 24, 1982 – Number 16 of the San Francisco 49ers, Joe Montana was selected as the Super Bowl XVI Most Valuable Player after he and the Niners knocked off the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21.

January 24, 1986 – Mike Bossy who wore Number 22 for the New York Islanders scored his 1000th NHL career point on this day.

January 24, 1999 –  NHL All-Star Game, Ice Palace, Tampa, FL: North America beats World, 8-6; MVP selected was NY Rangers, C, Number 99, Wayne Gretzky.

January 24, 2007 –  NHL All-Star Game, American Airlines Centre, Dallas, TX: West beats East, 12-9; MVP chosen was Buffalo Sabres, C, Number 48, Daniel Briere.

TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Charlotte at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Washington7:00pmMNMT
Bally Sports
Memphis at Miami7:30pmBally Sports
Portland at Houston8:00pmROOT
SCHN
Cleveland at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
Oklahoma City at San Antonio8:30pmABC
Bally Sports
Phoenix at Dallas9:30pmESPN
Bally Sports
AFSN
Atlanta at Golden State10:00pmNBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Winnipeg at Toronto7:00pmSportsnet
Arizona at Florida7:00pmBally Sports
Carolina at Boston7:30pmTNT
Washington at Colorado9:30pmMNMT
ALT
St. Louis at Vancouver10:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Chicago at Seattle10:00pmTNT
Buffalo at Los Angeles10:30pmMSG-BUF
Sportsnet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
ETSU at VMI6:00pmESPN+
Providence at Seton Hall6:30pmFS1
LSU at Georgia6:30pmSECN
Radford at UNC Asheville6:30pmESPN+
Miami (FL) at Notre Dame7:00pmESPN2
Maryland at Iowa7:00pmBTN
NC State at Virginia7:00pmACCN
Murray State at Bradley7:00pmCBSSN
Davidson at Saint Louis7:00pmBally Sports Midwest
George Washington at Richmond7:00pmNBCSports.com
Fordham at Rhode Island7:00pmESPN+
Central Arkansas at Queens7:00pmESPN+
North Alabama at Kennesaw State7:00pmESPN+
South Florida at Temple7:00pmESPN+
Winthrop at Charleston Southern7:00pmESPN+
Gardner-Webb at Longwood7:00pmESPN+
High Point at USC Upstate7:00pmESPN+
Navy at Bucknell7:00pmESPN+
Holy Cross at American7:00pmESPN+
Lafayette at Loyola Maryland7:00pmESPN+
Army West Point at Boston University7:00pmESPN+
Mercer at The Citadel7:00pmESPN+
UNCG at Western Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Chattanooga at Wofford7:00pmESPN+
Samford at Furman7:00pmESPN+
Texas State at Troy7:00pmESPN+
Georgia State at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
James Madison at Old Dominion7:00pmESPN+
Southern Miss at Coastal Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Auburn at Alabama7:30pmESPN
Jacksonville State at Middle Tennessee7:30pmESPN+
East Carolina at Wichita State7:30pmESPN+
Florida Atlantic at Rice8:00pmESPN+
Tulane at UTSA8:00pmESPN+
Indiana State at UIC8:00pmESPN+
Drake at Missouri State8:00pmESPN+
Valparaiso at Southern Illinois8:00pmESPN+
Villanova vs. St. John’s8:30pmFS1
Mississippi State at Florida8:30pmSECN
Arkansas at Ole Miss9:00pmESPN2/U
Kansas State at Iowa State9:00pmESPN2/U
Illinois at Northwestern9:00pmBTN
Marquette at DePaul9:00pmCBSSN
Colorado State at Nevada10:30pmFS1
Colorado at Washington11:00pmESPNU
New Mexico at San Jose State11:00pmCBSSN
Utah at Washington State11:00pmPAC12N
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
AFC Asian Cup: Japan vs Indonesia6:30amParamount+
AFC Asian Cup: Iraq vs Vietnam6:30amParamount+
Bundesliga: Bayern München vs Union Berlin2:30pmESPN+
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Paraguay vs Uruguay3:00pmFS2
England League Cup: Fulham vs Liverpool3:00pmESPN+
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Peru vs Argentina6:00pmFS2
Liga MX: Juárez vs América10:06pmFS2
TENNISTIME ETTV
Australian Open3:30amESPN2

What to Watch: Wednesday, 1/24/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Providence at Seton Hall6:30pmFS1

The Providence Friars leads all time series 52-47 versus Seton Hall Pirates. Last time both teams met was in 2024 which Seton Hall won 61-57 on the road versus Providence. Since 2019 the Pirates and Friars are 5-5 with Seton Hall have won the last two games.

NBATIME ETTV
Cleveland at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks leads all time series 131-100 versus Cleveland Cavaliers. Last season the Bucks and Cavaliers regular season series was tied 2-2. Milwaukee is 77-37 all time at home versus Cavaliers. The Bucks and Cavaliers 2023-24 regular season series is tied 1-1.

Phoenix at Dallas9:30pmESPN
AFSN
Bally Sports

The Phoenix Suns leads all time series 105-87 versus Dallas Mavericks. Last season the Suns and Dallas regular season series was tied 2-2. Dallas is 48-38 all time at home versus Phoenix. The Mavericks are 1-0 versus the Suns in the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
Carolina at Boston7:30pmTNT

The Boston Bruins leads all time series 138-98-16 versus Carolina Hurricanes. Last season the Bruins lead regular season series 2-1 versus the Hurricanes. Boston is 62-37-7 all time at home versus Carolina. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.