INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Carroll (Flora) 71 Tri-Central 60
East Central 51 Ross (Ohio) 38
Fort Wayne Snider 53 Fort Wayne Dwenger 47
Fort Wayne Wayne 78 Fort Wayne Canterbury 62
GEO Next Generation 43 MTI Knowledge 33
Greenwood Christian 63 Indianapolis International 50
Hammond Noll 72 River Forest 42
Indianapolis Shortridge 74 Traders Point Christian 41
Jimtown 57 Elkhart Christian 56 OT
Lakeland Christian 51 Clinton Christian 24
Mooresville Christian 65 Colonial Christian 20
Muncie Burris 62 Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) 43
Northview 66 Indian Creek 60
Purdue Poly Englewood 66 Covenant Christian 54
South Bend St. Joseph 65 Culver Academy 30
University 57 Indianapolis Chatard 49

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

Believe Circle City at Purdue Poly North 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Providence Cristo Rey 6:30 pm
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Indiana Math & Science 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Christel House 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at LaVille 6:00 pm
Tecumseh at Evansville Christian 8:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Kouts 8:00 pm
West Vigo at Marshall (Ill.) 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at South Spencer 8:00 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Lake Central 59 Munster 53
Valparaiso
Valparaiso 55 Chesterton 49
South Bend Washington
South Bend Adams 61 LaPorte 25
Northridge
Northridge 57 Warsaw 55
Penn 51 Concord 19
Carroll (Fort Wayne)
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 45 East Noble 43
Fort Wayne Snider 64 Fort Wayne Northrop 60
Columbia City
Columbia City 68 Fort Wayne Wayne 38
Homestead 82 Fort Wayne South 24
Kokomo
Harrison (West Lafayette) 71 Marion 29
Kokomo 55 Logansport 22
Hamilton Southeastern
Hamilton Southeastern 52 Westfield 21
Fishers 52 Carmel 38
Pendleton Heights
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 48 Anderson 42
Indianapolis Cathedral
Warren Central 77 North Central (Indianapolis) 58
Pike
Pike 72 Perry Meridian 19
Avon
Brownsburg 74 Avon 42
Mooresville
Bloomington North 57 Martinsville 32
Center Grove 47 Bloomington South 20
Whiteland
Whiteland 52 East Central 23
Franklin 37 Shelbyville 32
Floyd Central
Jennings County 59 Seymour 38
Evansville Harrison
Evansville North 58 Evansville Harrison 29
Evansville Central 51 Jasper 38


CLASS 3A
Highland
Highland 52 Calumet 10
Rochester
Bremen 53 John Glenn 35
Rochester 48 Knox 35
New Prairie
South Bend Clay 55 Mishawaka Marian 28
West Noble
Wawasee 42 Lakeland 15
Garrett
Angola 49 Leo 43
Twin Lakes
West Lafayette 69 Frankfort 18
Maconaquah
Maconaquah 50 Mississinewa 49 OT
Yorktown
Jay County 56 Yorktown 48
Cascade
Cascade 61 Monrovia 52
Owen Valley
Edgewood 63 West Vigo 43
Indianapolis Chatard
Indianapolis Chatard 55 Brebeuf Jesuit 40
Heritage Christian 67 Indianapolis Herron 18
Beech Grove
Speedway 56 Indianapolis Ritter 28
Lawrenceburg
Batesville 49 South Dearborn 25
Charlestown
Charlestown 49 Corydon Central 43
Madison 64 North Harrison 55
Southridge
Washington 52 Southridge 37
Vincennes Lincoln 48 Heritage Hills 39
Gibson Southern
Mount Vernon (Posey) 42 Evansville Bosse 29
Gibson Southern 60 Evansville Mater Dei 44


CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Lake Station 50 North Newton 8
North Judson
North Judson 39 South Central (Union Mills) 36
Eastside
Westview 51 Churubusco 42
Central Noble 47 Eastside 42
North Miami
Winamac 52 Wabash 46
South Adams
Bluffton 57 Manchester 47
South Adams 51 Adams Central 39
Delphi
Lafayette Central Catholic 71 Seeger 35
Clinton Prairie 46 Covington 37
Elwood
Eastbrook 65 Elwood 16
Lapel
Winchester 64 Muncie Burris 29
Northeastern
Union County 63 Hagerstown 30
Indianapolis Scecina
Indianapolis Scecina 52 Indianapolis Riverside 11
South Putnam
Greencastle 39 North Putnam 33
North Decatur
Switzerland County 47 Hauser 36
Providence
Brownstown Central 63 Southwestern (Hanover) 32
North Knox
Paoli 48 Mitchell 29
Linton-Stockton 62 North Daviess 27
South Spencer
South Spencer 41 Forest Park 35
Crawford County 43 North Posey 36


CLASS 1A
Morgan Twp.
Morgan Twp. 36 Tri-Township 34
Culver
Marquette Catholic 59 Culver 19
Lakewood Park
Lakewood Park 49 Elkhart Christian 23
South Newton
Tri-County 62 Frontier 13
Caston 62 West Central 37
Attica
Fountain Central 49 Faith Christian 46
Rossville 51 North Vermillion 30
Union City
Tri 43 Randolph Southern 26
Blue River 47 Cambridge City Lincoln 22
Bloomfield
North Central (Farmersburg) 51 White River Valley 46 OT
Eminence
Eminence 49 Indianapolis Lutheran 46
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
South Decatur 50 Edinburgh 21
West Washington
Lanesville 56 Christian Academy 26
West Washington 61 South Central (Elizabeth) 53
New Washington
Trinity Lutheran 73 Medora 21
Shawe Memorial 55 Crothersville 27
Barr-Reeve
Vincennes Rivet 43 Washington Catholic 15
Wood Memorial
Wood Memorial 61 Tecumseh 39

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Hammond Central vs. East Chicago Central 6:00 pm
Merrillville vs. Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Valparaiso
Kankakee Valley vs. Hobart 6:30 pm
Crown Point vs. Lowell 8:00 pm
South Bend Washington
Michigan City at South Bend Washington 6:30 pm
Plymouth vs. Mishawaka 8:00 pm
Pendleton Heights
Greenfield-Central vs. New Palestine 6:00 pm
Muncie Central at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral
Lawrence North at Indianapolis Cathedral 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks vs. Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
Pike
Franklin Central vs. Southport 6:00 pm
Ben Davis vs. Decatur Central 7:30 pm
Floyd Central
New Albany vs. Bedford North Lawrence 6:00 pm
Silver Creek at Floyd Central 7:30 pm


CLASS 3A
Highland
Hanover Central vs. Hammond Noll 6:00 pm
Griffith vs. Boone Grove 8:00 pm
Garrett
Heritage at Garrett 6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger vs. Woodlan 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes
Western at Twin Lakes 6:30 pm
North Montgomery vs. Benton Central 8:00 pm
Maconaquah
Peru vs. Northwestern 6:00 pm
Bellmont vs. Oak Hill 7:30 pm
Yorktown
Centerville vs. Frankton 6:00 pm
New Castle vs. Hamilton Heights 7:30 pm
Cascade
Western Boone vs. Lebanon 6:00 pm
Tri-West vs. Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
Indian Creek vs. Brown County 6:00 pm
Northview vs. South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg
Greensburg vs. Franklin County 6:00 pm
Rushville at Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm


CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Illiana Christian vs. Whiting 7:00 pm
Bowman Academy vs. Lighthouse CPA 8:30 pm
Elwood
Taylor vs. Eastern (Greentown) 6:00 pm
Blackford vs. Tipton 7:30 pm
Lapel
Wapahani vs. Monroe Central 6:00 pm
Alexandria at Lapel 7:30 pm
South Putnam
Cloverdale vs. Parke Heritage 6:00 pm
Southmont at South Putnam 7:30 pm
Providence
Austin at Providence 6:00 pm
Eastern (Pekin) vs. Clarksville 7:30 pm
North Knox
Sullivan at North Knox 6:00 pm
Eastern Greene vs. South Knox 7:30 pm


CLASS 1A
Culver
Triton vs. Trinity Greenlawn 6:30 pm
Westville vs. Argos 8:00 pm
Bloomfield
Dugger Union at Bloomfield 6:00 pm
Lighthouse Christian vs. Shakamak 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Oldenburg Academy at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 6:00 pm
Waldron vs. Morristown 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve
Loogootee at Barr-Reeve 6:00 pm
Springs Valley vs. Shoals 7:30 pm

WRESTLING REGIONALS

1. HOBART | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL, PORTAGE.

2. CROWN POINT | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CROWN POINT, LAPORTE.

3. PENN | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: MISHAWAKA, PLYMOUTH.

4. LOGANSPORT | 10 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON, TWIN LAKES.

5. GOSHEN | 9:30 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: ELKHART, WEST NOBLE.

6. CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), NEW HAVEN.

7. PERU | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: PERU, OAK HILL.

8. JAY COUNTY | 8:30 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: DELTA, JAY COUNTY.

9. NORTH MONTGOMERY | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CRAWFORDSVILLE, FRANKFORT.

10. PENDLETON HEIGHTS | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: ELWOOD, INDIANAPOLIS ARSENAL TECHNICAL.

11. PERRY MERIDIAN | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: SHELBYVILLE, SOUTHPORT.

12. RICHMOND | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: SOUTH DEARBORN, SHENANDOAH.

13. MOORESVILLE | 9 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: AVON, MOORESVILLE.

14. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH | 10 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: BLOOMINGTON NORTH, SOUTHRIDGE.

15. JEFFERSONVILLE | 8 AM ET  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: JEFFERSONVILLE, JENNINGS COUNTY.

16. CASTLE | 9 AM CT  
FEEDER SECTIONALS: CASTLE, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL.

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

KANSAS CITY VS. SAN FRANCISCO

IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

SOUTH CAROLINA 63 #5 TENNESSEE 59

GEORGIA TECH 74 #3 NORTH CAROLINA 73

#9 MARQUETTE 85 VILLANOVA 80

#25 TCU 85 #15 TEXAS TECH 78

#14 ILLINOIS 87 OHIO STATE 75

#21 DAYTON 83 GEORGE WASHINGTON 61

#23 OKLAHOMA 73 KANSAS STATE 53

#8 KANSAS 83 OKLAHOMA STATE 54

#17 UTAH STATE 82 SAN JOSE STATE 61

ELSEWHERE:

BOWLING GREEN 81 BALL STATE 72

INDIANA 74 IOWA 68

MICHIGAN STATE 81 MICHIGAN 62

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#23 WEST VIRGINIA 84 CENTRAL FLORIDA 43

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 82 RUTGERS 64

NBA SCOREBOARD

NEW YORK 118 UTAH 103

ATLANTA 138 LA LAKERS 122

BOSTON 129 INDIANA 124

TORONTO 118 CHICAGO 107

GOLDEN STATE 119 PHILADELPHIA 107

NHL SCOREBOARD

COLUMBUS 1 ST. LOUIS 0

SAN JOSE 2 SEATTLE 0

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

LIONS OC BEN JOHNSON IS STAYING, TURNING DOWN POSSIBLE CHANCE TO BE NFL HEAD COACH, AP SOURCES SAY

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson has decided to stay with the team and turn down potential opportunities to be an NFL head coach next season, leading the Washington Commanders and Seattle Seahawks to turn to other candidates.

Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Johnson informed teams he would not be leaving the Lions. They spoke on condition of anonymity because Johnson’s plans had not been announced.

Johnson was considered one of the front-runners for the Commanders in their widespread coaching search and he also interviewed twice with the Seahawks, most recently in person Monday. He was scheduled to talk to the Commanders on Tuesday.

One of the people familiar with the situation said the Washington brass is still meeting with Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn.

Johnson, 37, and Glenn helped coach Dan Campbell and the Lions win twice in the same playoffs for the first time since winning the NFL title in 1957 and reach the NFC championship game for the second time in team history and first time in 32 years. Their 34-31 loss to San Francisco on Sunday paved the way for teams to hire Johnson or Glenn.

This was Johnson’s second season running Detroit’s offense after serving in various coaching roles the three previous seasons.

Johnson, whom Campbell has called “a rock star,” broke into the NFL with Miami in 2012 after spending three years as an assistant at Boston College. He worked his way up with the Dolphins to receivers coach in 2018 before getting hired by Detroit and playing a major role in Jared Goff’s growth as a QB.

Last year, Johnson interviewed for the Houston Texans vacancy before they hired DeMeco Ryans.

Johnson staying in Detroit means the Commanders are left with a handful of candidates they’ve interviewed: Glenn, Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Houston offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik and Baltimore assistants Mike Macdonald and Anthony Weaver. It’s unclear if they’ll pivot to former Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel, their own offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy or someone else after missing out on the opportunity to hire Johnson.

Seattle was also interested in Johnson after Pete Carroll was let go following 14 seasons in charge. Johnson had a first interview with Seattle virtually and a follow up in-person interview on Monday after the Lions’ loss in the NFC title game.

Seattle made it clear that Johnson was one of its top candidates when it didn’t move forward on a hire prior to the conference championship games. Quinn seemed a clear front-runner because of his past connections to Seattle.

But the longer the Seahawks went without moving ahead with Quinn, the more it became obvious there were other options being considered, including Macdonald.

BUFFALO BILLS PROMOTE BOBBY BABICH TO TAKE OVER AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills promoted linebackers coach Bobby Babich to take over as the team’s defensive coordinator on Tuesday.

Babich fills a role left vacant last season after the team said Leslie Frazier elected to take the year off to pursue a potential head coaching job. The hiring of a coordinator is also an indication that head coach Sean McDermott will relinquish the defensive play-calling duties in Frazier’s absence.

The move comes after assistant head coach and defensive line coach Eric Washington left Buffalo after being hired as the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator last weekend.

Babich has been on the Bills staff since 2017, when McDermott was hired as coach. He began as an assistant defensive backs coach before taking over as safeties coach in 2018. He was then promoted to linebackers coach in 2022 in replacing his father, Bob Babich, who retired following the 2021 season.

Bobby Babich broke into the NFL in 2011 as the Panthers administrative assistant and became a defensive assistant the following year under McDermott, Carolina’s then-defensive coordinator.

Babich takes over a Bills defense expected to undergo a shake-up this offseason because of age and free agency. Starting safety Micah Hyde is contemplating retirement while fellow starter Jordan Poyer is in jeopardy of being cut for salary cap reasons. Buffalo’s defensive front has five regulars eligible to become free agents, including edge rushers Leonard Floyd and A.J. Epenesa and tackles DaQuan Jones and Tim Settle.

McDermott’s staff is also in transition, with Joe Brady taking over as offensive coordinator on a full-time basis after closing last season in an interim role following Ken Dorsey’s firing in mid-November.

The Bills are coming off an 11-6 regular-season finish, and were eliminated in the divisional round for a third straight year following a 27-24 loss to Kansas City.

REPORT: STEELERS EXPECTED TO HIRE ARTHUR SMITH AS OC

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to hire former Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith as their new offensive coordinator, sources told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The Steelers brought in Smith for an interview Sunday. He was one of three candidates the Steelers announced they were interviewing, along with Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson and former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Thomas Brown.

Smith spent the past three seasons with the Falcons and was fired in January after posting a 7-10 record all three times.

Prior to that, Smith was the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans for two seasons. Led by star running back Derrick Henry, Smith’s offense ranked 10th in scoring in 2019 and fourth in 2020. The Titans’ rushing attack also placed in the top three in both his seasons.

Smith will work with former first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett and the running back duo of Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren in Pittsburgh. The Steelers also sport a wide receiver combo of Diontae Johnson and George Pickens.

Pittsburgh has been on the lookout for a new offensive coordinator since firing Matt Canada during the 2023 season. Eddie Faulkner and Mike Sullivan shared coordinator roles after Canada’s departure.

The Steelers ranked 28th in scoring (17.9 points per game) in 2023.

REPORT: PANTHERS HIRING BUCS’ BRAD IDZIK, 32, AS OC

The Carolina Panthers are planning to hire 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers coach Brad Idzik as their new offensive coordinator, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Idzik would rejoin former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales, who was named head coach of the Panthers last week. They also worked together with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Bucs’ staff in 2023.

Idzik’s Buccaneers unit produced two 1,000-yard receivers this season. Mike Evans caught 79 passes for 1,255 yards and 13 touchdowns and Chris Godwin had 83 grabs for 1,024 yards and two scores.

Idzik would replace Thomas Brown, the offensive coordinator on former head coach Frank Reich’s staff. Carolina finished 2-15 in 2023 under Reich and interim coach Chris Tabor.

The Panthers ranked 31st in the NFL in scoring (13.9 points per game) and 32nd in total offense (265.3 yards per game) with 2023 No. 1 overall draft pick Bryce Young at quarterback.

Idzik was on Pete Carroll’s coaching staff in Seattle for four seasons as an assistant wide receivers coach (2019-20, 2022) and offensive quality control/assistant quarterbacks coach (2021).

REPORT: BRONCOS TO HIRE FORMER SAINTS OC PETE CARMICHAEL

The Denver Broncos are expected to hire former New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, NOLA.com reported on Tuesday.

While the exact role for Carmichael is unknown, the move will reunite him with Broncos head coach Sean Payton and potentially offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Carmichael, 52, was fired on Jan. 16 after an 18-year stint with New Orleans, including a significant portion as the offensive coordinator under the then-Saints head coach Payton.

Carmichael initially joined Payton’s staff in 2006 and worked with the team’s quarterbacks and passing game for three seasons. Carmichael has served as New Orleans’ offensive coordinator since 2009 and worked through the coaching transition from Payton to Dennis Allen.

The Saints (9-8) finished 14th in total offense (337.2 average yards per game) and 21st in rushing offense (102.5) in 2023, missing out on the playoffs in a tiebreaker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South division title.

CHIEFS TO WEAR HOME RED JERSEYS IN SUPER BOWL LVIII

The Kansas City Chiefs will be wearing their home red jerseys when they take the field against the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

Kansas City, which is the designated home team for the game on Feb. 11, was afforded the selection of uniform color.

The teams will be wearing the same uniform colors from Super Bowl LIV in February 2020. The Chiefs recorded a 31-20 victory over the 49ers in that game.

Wearing red on Super Bowl Sunday largely has mixed results for Kansas City. The Chiefs wore that color in a 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, however they dropped a 31-9 decision to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs wore white in their 35-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the very first Super Bowl as well as their 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII last year.

Their loss to the Chiefs aside, the 49ers have won the two other Super Bowls in which they wore white uniforms.

San Francisco posted a 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI and breezed to a 55-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

BIG 12 REVEALS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE, THE FIRST WITHOUT TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 has revealed its football schedule for the 2024 season, its first without Southeastern Conference-bound marquee programs Texas and Oklahoma.

The slate incorporates new members Arizona, Arizona State and Utah and marks the return of Colorado to the now 16-team league.

Each league team will continue to play nine conference games without being separated by divisions. Some will renew old rivalries lost during prior realignment and other prescheduled matchups will be played as nonconference games.

Among the notable matchups, BYU will travel to Utah on Nov. 9 for the 101st meeting of the intense rivals. It will be the first time since 2010 that the schools will face off as conference foes.

Arizona will host Arizona State on Nov. 30 for the Territorial Cup in a rivalry that began in 1899. Baylor will visit Houston on Nov. 30 for the first time since they were both Southwest Conference members in 1995 and Kansas will visit Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown on Oct. 26.

Previously scheduled games between Arizona and Kansas State and Baylor and Utah will be played as nonconference games to fulfill those commitments.

The 29th season of Big 12 football will kick off conference play when UCF visits TCU on Sept. 14.

Dates for several scheduled games have not been determined as yet, leaving them in play to be televised nationally on Thursday or Friday nights.

Conference play will conclude Thanksgiving weekend with eight games slated.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: GEORGIA TECH UPENDS NO. 3 NORTH CAROLINA

Naithan George scored 16 points and connected on the winning shot with 7.7 seconds to play as Georgia Tech upset No. 3 North Carolina 74-73 on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

George, a freshman, also had four assists and four rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (10-11, 3-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost eight of their previous nine games. It was the first time since 2004 that Georgia Tech beat an opponent ranked in the top five of the AP poll.

RJ Davis scored 28 points for North Carolina (17-4, 9-1), which had a 10-game winning streak end. His potential game-winning shot just before the buzzer failed to connect as he received contact from a Georgia Tech defender. The referees did not signal for a foul as Yellow Jackets fans stormed the court.

The Yellow Jackets also got 18 points from Kyle Sturdivant and 15 points from Miles Kelly. Armando Bacot added nine points and nine rebounds for North Carolina in its first loss since Dec. 16, which was also in Atlanta, against then-No. 14 Kentucky.

South Carolina 63, No. 5 Tennessee 59

Ta’Lon Cooper scored 18 points and the Gamecocks notched another big upset with a victory over the Volunteers in Southeastern Conference play in Knoxville, Tenn.

B.J. Mack added 16 points and Myles Stute had 13 as the Gamecocks (18-3, 6-2 SEC) won their fourth straight game and 11th in the past 13. South Carolina took down the Vols exactly one week after routing then-No. 6 Kentucky 79-62. The victory also was the Gamecocks’ first road win over a Top 5 program since a 72-66 victory over No. 3 Kentucky on March 2, 1997.

Dalton Knecht scored 31 points for Tennessee (15-5, 5-2), which had a four-game winning streak halted. It was the sixth straight game in which Knecht scored 25 or more points.

No. 8 Kansas 83, Oklahoma State 54

Hunter Dickinson recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Jayhawks cruise past the Cowboys in Lawrence, Kan.

KJ Adams Jr. made all seven of his shots while also scoring 16 points, and he added six assists for the Jayhawks (17-4, 5-3 Big 12), who defeated the Cowboys for the seventh consecutive time and improved to 11-0 at home this season. Dajuan Harris Jr. added 12 points and seven assists for the Jayhawks.

John-Michael Wright scored 16 points for Oklahoma State (9-12, 1-7), which lost for the seventh time in eight games.

No. 9 Marquette 85, Villanova 80
Senior Tyler Kolek scored a career-high 32 points to go along with nine assists, six rebounds and three steals to lift the Golden Eagles past the host Wildcats.

Oso Ighodaro added 15 points, Stevie Mitchell and David Joplin scored 12 each while Chase Ross chipped in with 11 as the Golden Eagles (16-5, 7-3 Big East) won their fifth game in a row.

Eric Dixon and TJ Bamba put up 24 points apiece and Mark Armstrong had 16 for the Wildcats (11-10, 4-6), who have lost five straight.

No. 14 Illinois 87, Ohio State 75

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half as the Illini beat the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.

Marcus Domask also scored 23 and Ty Rodgers put up 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Illini (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten), who have won four of five. Illinois made 51.7 percent of its field-goal attempts and outrebounded the Buckeyes 36-28.

Ohio State (13-8, 3-7), which has lost three straight and six of seven, was led by Jamison Battle (21 points and six rebounds). Roddy Gayle Jr. contributed 20 points.

No. 25 TCU 85, No. 15 Texas Tech 78

Trevian Tennyson scored 23 points as the Horned Frogs defended their home court, defeating the Red Raiders in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tennyson went 7-for-13 for TCU (16-5, 5-3 Big 12), which also got 18 points and five boards from Micah Peavy.

Texas Tech (16-4, 5-2) saw its two-game winning streak end. Pop Isaacs tallied 25 points and nine assists and Chance McMillian hit five 3-pointers as part of a 19-point outing.

No. 17 Utah State 82, San Jose State 61

Great Osobor lived up to his first name with 19 of his game-high 31 points in the second half as the Aggies pulled away from the Spartans for a Mountain West Conference win in Logan, Utah.

Osobor was 9 of 15 from the field and 13 of 19 at the foul line. Ian Martinez added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting and Darius Brown II recorded an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double as the Aggies (19-2, 7-1 Mountain West) upped their lead in the conference to one game over New Mexico ahead of a big meeting with San Diego State on Saturday.

Myron Amey Jr. and Alvaro Cardenas paced the Spartans (8-13, 1-7) with 14 and 11 points. But Amey required 18 shots to get his points as San Jose State continues to sit in last place in the conference.

No. 21 Dayton 83, George Washington 61

Nate Santos got the Flyers rolling and DaRon Holmes II effectively landed an early knockout punch against the visiting Revolutionaries.

Holmes, who earlier in the day was named among the 20 players on the Wooden Award late-season watch list, finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. He scored the Flyers’ first eight points of the second half as Dayton went on a 15-6 run to push its 14-point lead at the break to 53-30. Santos scored all 17 of his points in the first half as Dayton (17-3, 7-1 Atlantic 10) bounced back from a weekend loss to Richmond that ended its 13-game winning streak.

Darren Buchanan Jr. collected 13 points and eight boards to top the Revolutionaries (14-7, 3-5), who lost their fourth straight game.

No. 23 Oklahoma 73, Kansas State 53

Jalon Moore netted a career-high 23 points to propel the Sooners past the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan.

Moore finished 8-for-11 from the field and added nine rebounds while Javian McCollum supplied 21 points and Sam Godwin paired 11 points with seven boards for the Sooners (16-5, 4-4 Big 12), who ended a two-game losing streak.

Tylor Perry tallied 23 points as the lone double-digit scorer for the Wildcats (14-7, 4-4), who shot 30.2 percent overall and went 4-for-28 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range.

BIG TEN WON’T EXPAND CONFERENCE BASKETBALL SCHEDULES AND PLANS 15-TEAM TOURNAMENT FOR NEXT YEAR

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten plans to stick with a 20-game conference schedule for men’s basketball and an 18-game schedule for women’s basketball when the league expands to 18 teams next year.

The league also announced Tuesday that 15 of the 18 members will qualify for the Big Ten men’s and women’s basketball tournaments once Southern California, UCLA, Oregon and Washington arrive from the Pac-12. The Big Ten currently allows all 14 of its members to participate in the conference tournaments.

The Big Ten announced the 15-team tournament would maintain the event’s current five-day schedule. The new format also will have the top four seeds earning a double bye and the fifth through ninth seeds earning a single bye.

Big Ten officials said the conference regular-season schedules were remaining at 20 for the men and 18 for the women in part to allow for non-conference scheduling flexibility and to remain consistent with the schedule formats of peer conferences. The league plans to consider competitive balance, geography and traditional rivalries in determining which opponents a team will face twice in a season.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: KNICKS SILENCE JAZZ TO END HISTORIC MONTH

Donte DiVincenzo hit a career-high nine 3-pointers and finished with 33 points on Tuesday night for the red-hot New York Knicks, who completed their best month in almost 30 years with a 118-103 win over the visiting Utah Jazz.

DiVincenzo went 9-for-15 from beyond the arc and finished one 3-pointer shy of matching the franchise record, shared by J.R. Smith and Evan Fournier. Josh Hart posted his first career triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while Jalen Brunson had 29 points and nine assists for the Knicks, who won their final eight games of January to finish the month 14-2.

The 14 wins are the most by the Knicks in a calendar month since a Patrick Ewing-led, Pat Riley-coached team went 14-0 in March 1994.

Isaiah Hartenstein had a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds), Precious Achiuwa scored 18 points and Quentin Grimes added 12 points off the bench for the Knicks, who won for the second straight game without OG Anunoby and Julius Randle. Anunoby is day-to-day with right elbow inflammation, while Randle is out indefinitely with a dislocated shoulder.

Warriors 119, 76ers 107

Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 37 points in the second half as Golden State handed Philadelphia a fourth straight loss in San Francisco.

Jonathan Kuminga had 26 points, Andrew Wiggins added 23 and Brandin Podziemski had 11 for Golden State, which ended a two-game skid.

Tobias Harris led Philadelphia with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Sixers star Joel Embiid returned after missing two games due to left knee soreness; he finished with 14 points and went to the locker room with four minutes left after Kuminga fell on his knee while both were going for a loose ball.

Raptors 118, Bulls 107

Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points and Bruce Brown added 19 points and seven rebounds, lifting visiting Toronto over Chicago.

Trent made 9 of 15 shots from the floor and 6 of 11 from 3-point range for the Raptors, who outscored the Bulls 65-44 in the second half to snap a five-game skid. Toronto’s Jordan Nwora scored 17 points off the bench, Dennis Schroder collected 16 points and 10 assists and Thaddeus Young added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Former Raptor DeMar DeRozan recorded 25 points, five assists, four blocks and three steals for Chicago, which has lost three of its last four games. Ayo Dosunmu had 21 points and Nikola Vucevic collected 14 points and nine rebounds.

Celtics 129, Pacers 124

Jayson Tatum collected a game-high 30 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists to help Boston defeat visiting Indiana.

Jaylen Brown scored 25 points and Derrick White added 24 for the Celtics, who made 17 of their 36 3-point attempts.

The Pacers trailed 127-124 after Aaron Nesmith’s layup with 1:04 to play, but Boston extended its lead to five points on two free throws by Jrue Holiday with 16.8 seconds left. Nesmith finished the game with 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Hawks 138, Lakers 122

Trae Young and Dejounte Murray combined to score 50 points and Atlanta had three players log double-doubles in a win over visiting Los Angeles.

Young made his first six 3-point shots and finished with 26 points and 13 assists, his 29th double-double of the season. Murray, who missed Atlanta’s game on Sunday due to right hamstring tightness, returned to score 24 points — 10 of them in the fourth quarter to help stymie the Lakers’ comeback attempt. Murray added nine assists.

The Lakers got 28 points and six assists from Austin Reaves. LeBron James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Los Angeles played without Anthony Davis (hip/Achilles).

FORMER NBA G RAJON RONDO ARRESTED ON GUN, DRUG CHARGES

Former NBA guard Rajon Rondo was arrested on gun and drug charges in Indiana on Sunday.

Rondo, 37, was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, which are all misdemeanor charges, according to court documents and a spokesperson for the Indiana State Police, per WDRB-TV.

Rondo was pulled over Sunday afternoon in Jackson County initially on a traffic violation. After the officer smelled marijuana, the vehicle was searched and found to have a gun and drug paraphernalia.

Due to a no-contact order, Rondo is not legally allowed to possess a firearm. In 2022, he had an emergency protective order filed against him by a woman who claimed that Rondo threatened her with a gun and had a history of “volatile, erratic (and) explosive behavior,” according to ESPN.

Rondo last played in the NBA during the 2021-22 season, finishing a career that spanned 16 seasons. A four-time All-Star, he won two NBA titles, one with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.

He started with and spent the majority of his career with the Celtics (2006-2015) before stints with the Dallas Mavericks (2015), Sacramento Kings (2015-16), Chicago Bulls (2016-17), New Orleans Pelicans (2017-2018), Atlanta Hawks (2020-21), Los Angeles Clippers (2020-21), Cleveland Cavaliers (2021-22) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2018-2020, 2021-22).

In 957 career games, he averaged 9.8 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals.

NHL NEWS

JACKETS’ MERZLIKINS BLANKS BLUES FOR HIS 1ST SHUTOUT IN OVER 2 YEARS

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dmitri Voronkov’s third period goal broke a scoreless tie, and the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped the St. Louis Blues’ season-high five-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night.

Voronkov buried a one-timer off a Zach Werenski feed on an odd-man rush at 4:11 of the third. Voronkov has three points in two career games against St. Louis.

The assist moved Werenski past Nick Foligno for third most in franchise history with 193.

“I just kind of twisted and saw him there so I fired one over and he makes a good play,” Werenski said of the goal. “But I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. It kind of worked out, I guess.”

Elvis Merzlikins made 21 saves to record his 10th career shutout and first since blanking Carolina on Jan. 13, 2022, ending a 94-game span between shutouts. His toughest save came early in the third period when he robbed Jake Neighbours with a sprawling pad save.

Columbus played its fifth game in eight days and capped a five-game road trip with a 2-2-1 mark.

“It was amazing,” Merzlikins said. “I’m really happy and this is perfect way how to end this for before this break. … Not gonna lie, we are all really tired. Even this morning at breakfast when I walked down, it was silent. We are done. We want to go home now. And it’s really nice.”

It was Columbus’ first shutout of the season and first since Merzlikins blanked Carolina in 2022.

“I’m trying to explain the best I can that this team is all in,” Columbus coach Pascal Vincent said. “They’re all in. And they want to do things right and it’s like we’re growing as a team. The team chemistry is getting better and better. And they had to dig in. They had to really dig deep in order to compete today and do it the proper way. And that’s what they did. And most importantly I feel they do it for each other.”

Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for the Blues, who lost both games against Columbus this season. It was the second time the Blue Jackets swept a season series from St. Louis and the first time since the 2014-2015 season.

“The first period, we weren’t skating, we weren’t engaged at all,” Blues interim coach Drew Bannister said. “The second period I thought we started to skate a little bit more, but we were playing cute hockey and cute hockey doesn’t win at this level.”

Neither team found the back of the net in a first period that featured just 11 combined shots on goal.

The second period played out much like the first, scoreless with just 10 shots.

“Elvis played great tonight,” Werenski said. “He’s been playing good for a while now, so it’s good to see him get a shutout and then obviously Vrony there scoring a big goal for us, but I thought everyone contributed tonight. Everyone played well, everyone worked hard and it was a really solid hockey game from our group.”

Columbus was without one of its top forwards in Adam Fantilli (12 goals, 15 assists), who left Sunday’s game in Seattle after getting his leg cut by a skate.

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: Host Tampa Bay in their first game after the All-Star break on Feb. 10.

Blues: Visit Buffalo on Feb. 10.

BLACKWOOD MAKES 32 SAVES, SHARKS BLANK KRAKEN 2-0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Marc-Edouard Vlasic broke a scoreless tie with 12:33 remaining and Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves as the San Jose Sharks beat the Seattle Kraken 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Jan Rutta added an empty-net goal for the Sharks, who have won four of their last five games to move two points ahead of the idle Chicago Blackhawks at the bottom of the NHL standings.

Blackwood earned his first shutout since December 2021 with the New Jersey Devils. It was San Jose’s first shutout of the season.

The Kraken outshot the Sharks 32-22, including 13-3 in the first period, but fell to 6-3 all-time against San Jose. Joey Daccord stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Vlasic’s goal was his fourth of the season and second in two games. He beat Daccord high blocker side on a wrist shot from the left point.

Ty Emberson and William Eklund picked up assists.

Rutta extended his point streak to five games, scoring his third goal of the season with 21 seconds left.

The Kraken have lost six of eight following a nine-game winning streak. They trail the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators by two points for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

San Jose leading scorer Tomas Hertl missed the game due to a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Kraken: At Philadelphia on Feb. 10 after the All-Star break.

Sharks: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.

NHLERS CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT, WILL PLEAD NOT GUILTY

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube and New Jersey Devils forward Michael McLeod have been charged with sexual assault in London, Ontario, and will plead not guilty, their attorneys said Tuesday.

The charges stem from an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred in June 2018 involving members of Canada’s World Junior hockey team.

One player, Alex Formenton, turned himself in to police on Sunday. Formenton played parts of four seasons in the NHL and left his current team in Switzerland to return to Canada.

TSN reported earlier Tuesday that Hart, Dube, McLeod and Devils defenseman Cal Foote were ordered to surrender to London police to be charged. All four players recently were granted a leave of absence by their NHL teams.

“We act for Carter Hart and confirm he has been charged with one count of sexual assault,” law firm Savard Foy LLP posted on X, formerly Twitter. “He is innocent and will provide a full response to this false allegation in the proper forum, a court of law.”

“Mr. McLeod denies any criminal wrongdoing,” McLeod’s attorneys said in a statement. “He will be pleading not guilty and will vigorously defend the case. None of the evidence has been presented, let alone tested in court.”

“The London Police Service have charged Mr. Dube with sexual assault,” Dube’s attorneys said. “He will plead not guilty and maintains his innocence. He will defend the allegations in court.”

London police have scheduled a news conference on Feb. 5 to address the case.

TSN reported in May 2022 that a woman identified only by her initials in court documents settled a $3.55 million lawsuit she had filed against Hockey Canada and other defendants, including eight unnamed players.

The woman reported that the alleged assault took place in a London hotel room in June 2018 after a Hockey Canada Foundation fundraiser.

After news of the settlement, Canada’s Parliament convened committee hearings to learn more about the case and as details emerged, sponsors fled and several board members and top executives of Hockey Canada were removed. London police later reopened the investigation amid public outcry.

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT: BLUE JAYS, TURNER AGREE TO 1-YEAR, $13M DEAL

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a one-year, $13-million deal with slugger Justin Turner, sources told MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

Turner can earn an additional $1.5 million in roster and performance bonuses.

The 39-year-old remains in the AL East after producing a .276/.345/.455 slash line with 23 home runs, 31 doubles, and 96 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox in 2023.

The two-time All-Star has been one of the game’s most accomplished hitters since 2014, ranking 20th or better in fWAR, batting average, and on-base percentage. He should bring extra thump to a Blue Jays lineup that finished 14th in runs scored and 16th in RBIs last season.

D-BACKS, PEDERSON AGREE TO 1-YEAR DEAL REPORTEDLY WORTH $12.5M

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed designated hitter/outfielder Joc Pederson to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2025, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth $12.5 million and guarantees Pederson $9.5 million in 2024, sources told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The pact also reportedly contains a $14-million mutual option for 2025 that includes a $3-million buyout.

Pederson, 31, has hit .237/.336/.464 with 186 homers and 22 stolen bases over his decade-long career. He posted a .764 OPS with 15 home runs and 14 doubles over 121 games with the San Francisco Giants in 2023.

Throughout his time in the big leagues, Pederson’s been much more effective against right-handed pitching.

ROYALS TRADE INF/OF SAMAD TAYLOR TO MARINERS FOR CASH

The Seattle Mariners acquired infielder/outfielder Samad Taylor from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday for cash considerations.

Taylor, 25, made

Taylor, 25, made his major league debut with the Royals in 2023 and batted .200 with four RBIs and eight stolen bases (in eight attempts) in 31 games.

He played four defensive positions for Kansas City, logging time at second base, third base, left field and center field.

Drafted by Cleveland in the 10th round in 2016, Taylor is a .264 hitter with 56 homers, 287 RBIs and 179 steals in 559 games over seven seasons in the minors.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Royals to sign infielder Adam Frazier, as previously reported.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

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INDIANA PACERS SIGN JAMES JOHNSON TO SECOND 10-DAY CONTRACT

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced on Monday the team signed forward James Johnson to a second 10-Day contract.

JAYSON TATUM SCORES 30, COMES UP WITH LATE BLOCKS AS CELTICS HOLD OFF PACERS 129-124

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and had two blocks in the final 30 seconds to help the Boston Celtics hold off the Indiana Pacers 129-124 on Tuesday night.

Jaylen Brown added 25 points and Derrick White finished with 24 to help Boston win its season series with Indiana, 3-2. The Pacers eliminated the Celtics in the quarterfinal round of the In-Season Tournament in December.

Aaron Nesmith led the Pacers with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Pascal Siakam finished with 23 points and Myles Turner added 17. All-Star Tyrese Haliburton had 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds.

The Celtics led by 20 points late in the first half, but Indiana rallied and trailed 127-124 when White blocked a tying 3-point attempt by Nesmith. Tatum then denied an attempt by Turner at the rim, leading to a shot-clock violation.

Jrue Holiday extended Boston’s lead with two free throws. Nesmith pushed the ball up the floor and Tatum was called for a foul with 11.2 seconds on the clock as he appeared to cleanly block the shot. Boston challenged the call, and the foul was overturned after review.

After stumbling at the start of the teams’ two previous outings, the Celtics came out energized.

Kristaps Porzingis returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. His presence inside kept Indiana honest defensively and helped Boston’s shooters spread the Pacers out. It produced open looks for the Celtics, who knocked down 17 3s on the night. Porzingis finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Pacers went on a 25-10 run in the third quarter to regain the lead at 94-93. Boston responded over the final 4:11 of the period, ending it with Neemias Queta’s dunk off a pass from Tatum to give the Celtics a 106-103 edge entering the fourth.

The Celtics surged to begin the final period, using a 16-9 run to build a 122-112 cushion with just over five minutes to play.

UP NEXT

Pacers: At New York on Thursday.

Celtics: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

INDY FUEL

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INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 15

INDY FUEL WEEK FIFTEEN RESULTS 1-2-0

INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD 20-16-4 (4th in Central Division)

GAME 38 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 VS. IOWA – 4-1 W

The Fuel hosted the Iowa Heartlanders for the first time this season on Friday night. After just one goal scored through the first two periods, the Fuel came away with the 4-1 win.

GAME 39 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 VS. IOWA – 7-3 L

The Fuel hosted the Iowa Heartlanders for the second night in a row, this time in front of a sellout crowd of 6,475 fans. Ultimately, they fell 7-3 to the Heartlanders.

GAME 40 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 AT KALAMAZOO – 4-1 L

The Fuel went to The Glove to finish off the long weekend of games. The Wings came out on top in this one 4-1, despite being heavily outshot.

OIL DROPS

Kyle Maksimovich is ranked fourth in the league for game-winning goals with four this season.

Matus Spodniak scored twice in two days over the weekend. He scored, after a lengthy review, on Saturday and was the Fuel’s lone scorer on Sunday.

Chris Cameron has the most major penalties in the league this season with seven.

Chase Lang, upon returning from injury, scored quickly in the first period on Friday. He also claimed an assist that night.

TEAM NOTES

The Fuel are second in the league for PIM with 693. The only team in the league with more penalty minutes is Norfolk.

The Fuel will travel out of the country for the first time this season to face the Newfoundland Growlers. Then the Atlanta Gladiators will come to Indiana Farmers Coliseum as the Fuel have a long stretch of non-divisional opponents.

Currently ranked tenth in the league, the Fuel’s penalty kill success rate sits at 81%.

Through 40 games, the Fuel score most in the second period with 44 goals for in the second frame this season. They also allow the most goals during the second period, with 49 so far.

The Fuel so far, have allowed 1,096 shots this season which averages out to 27.4 shots allowed per game.

INDY FUEL WEEK 16 SCHEDULE

GAME 41 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 AT NEWFOUNDLAND

GAME 42 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 AT NEWFOUNDLAND

GAME 43 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 AT NEWFOUNDLAND

INDIANA HOOSIERS MEN’S BASKETBALL

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INDIANA HANDLES IOWA IN TIGHT FINISH

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Kel’el Ware scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds,reserve Anthony Leal scored a career-high 13 points, and Indiana withstood Iowa’s second-half rally and held on to beat the Hawkeyes 74-68 on Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Indiana entered having lost three of four. Indiana hadn’t beaten Iowa since Feb. 7, 2021, in a 67-65 contest. It was Indiana coach Mike Woodson’s first victory over Iowa. Northwestern remains the lone Big Ten team a Woodson-led squad hasn’t beaten.

Ware finished shooting 8 for 10 and 6 for 11 from the foul line. A former Mr. Basketball in high school from Bloomington, Indiana, Leal entered averaging 1.8 points per game and had only scored 14 points this season and just 16 points over the last two seasons. MacKenzie Mgbako added 11 points for Indiana.

Payton Sandfort had 26 points, Tony Perkins scored 22 and Josh Dix 10 for Iowa.

Gabe Cupps’ 3-pointer with 1:26 left gave Indiana (13-8, 5-5) the lead for good at 69-68 with 1:26 left.

Sandfort’s off-balance, catch-and-shoot jumper off a cross-court inbound pass from Owen Freeman gave Iowa its last lead at 68-66.

With 2:12 remaining, and trailing 66-64, Indiana’s Xavier Johnson drove the lane, tried to throw down a dunk but got fouled by Ladji Dembele at the rim. In the contact, Johnson’s feet came out from under him and he appeared to land on his left hand and stayed on the floor clearly writhing in pain before leaving for the locker room.

Trey Galloway made the two foul shots in place of Jackson to tie it.

Sandfort’s 3-pointer with 13:08 left before halftime brought Iowa within 19-15 following Indiana’s 15-7 outburst within the first five minutes. But the Hawkeyes went scoreless for seven minutes and Indiana scored 12 to build a 31-15 lead until Sandfort made a pair of foul shots with 6:11 remaining before the break. Indiana led 39-28 at intermission.

The Hawkeyes (12-9, 4-6) — losers of three of four — host Ohio State on Friday. Indiana hosts Penn State on Saturday.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 10 Indiana will begin a two-game road swing when it travels to Maryland on Wednesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Peacock.

GAME DAY INFO
#10/9 Indiana (17-2, 8-1 B1G) at Maryland (12-8, 4-5 B1G)
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 • 7 p.m. ET
Xfinity Center • College Park, Md.
Broadcast: Peacock (Sloane Martin, Julianne Viani-Braen)
Radio: B97 (Austin Render)
Live Stats: UMTerps.com
Social Media: Facebook | X | Instagram

ABOUT THE COACHES

IndianaMaryland
Teri MorenBrenda Frese
Career Record: 416-225 (21st Season)Career Record: 632-185 (25th Season)
Indiana Record: 217-95 (10th Season)Maryland Record: 575-154 (22nd Season)

ABOUT THE TERPS

The Terrapins dropped a pair of games last week at Michigan in overtime on Thursday (79-77) and at Penn State on Sunday (112-76). Junior guard Shyanne Sellers leads three double figure scoring averages for Maryland with 15.4 points and 5.2 assists per game. Sophomore guard Bri McDaniel (12.7 ppg.) and graduate student guard Jakia Brown-Turner (12.2 ppg.) also pace a squad who averages 80.5 points per game. Maryland is 9-1 at home this season.

SERIES HISTORY

Maryland leads 12-3

LAST MEETING

1/12/23 – W, 68-61 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

Indiana has won three of the last four matchups against the Terrapins in the all-time series and are still searching for their first win in the series in College Park. The Hoosiers won the only meeting between the two schools in 2022-23, a 68-61 win at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Jan. 12, 2023.

The Hoosiers improved to 11-0 at home with a decisive 100-59 win over Northwestern on Sunday. Six players scored in double figures behind a 27-point, 11 rebound double-double from graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes.

One of the best shooting teams in the country, IU currently ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage (51.6%) behind South Carolina (52.7%). This in thanks to part to Holmes, who leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (67.4 %). They have shot 50 percent or better on 11 occasions, shooting 60 percent or better three times this season. In its last three games, the Hoosiers have shot 53 percent or better.

Three Hoosiers were named to positional Top 10 award lists by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and WBCA this week. Senior guard Sara Scalia (Ann Meyers Drysdale), sophomore guard Yarden Garzon (Cheryl Miller) and Holmes (Lisa Leslie) each earned appearances on their respective awards lists, as Indiana is one of three schools to have three players on the lists (LSU and South Carolina).

Eyes will begin to focus on IU’s all-time scoring record, as Holmes closes in on taking over the top spot in the history books. She enters Sunday’s game just 91 points shy of Tyra Buss’s (2014-18) record of 2,364 points. Through her five seasons, the Gorham, Maine native has collected 2,256 points and is only the second player to score over 2,000 points in her IU career.

UP NEXT

Indiana remains on the road with a matchup at No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET on FS1.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE BATTLES NORTHWESTERN IN KEY BIG TEN SHOWDOWN

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 22

[2] Purdue (19-2, 8-2) vs. Northwestern (15-5, 6-3)

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024

6:30 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Indiana

Mackey Arena (14,876)

TELEVISION: BTN (Kevin Kugler, Robbie Hummel, Andy Katz)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers begin a big week in its quest for a Big Ten regular-season championship, starting with a contest against surging Northwestern at Mackey Arena on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers and Wildcats sit in second and third respectively in the Big Ten standings. In addition, the Boilermakers are looking for their sixth straight win and nation’s-best 20th win of the season.

• Entering Tuesday night’s action around the country, Purdue is tied with Houston, Grand Canyon and McNeese State for the nation’s lead with 19 victories. A win over Northwestern would give Purdue 20 wins, the first team in America to reach that plateau. A year ago, Purdue was the first major-conference team to reach 20 wins (third overall behind Florida Atlantic and College of Charleston).

• Wednesday’s game marks the first game of the second half of Big Ten play for the Boilermakers. Purdue will now have six home games in its final 10 contests after having just four in its first 10 games.

• Following its loss to Nebraska on Jan. 9, Purdue has averaged 86.6 points per game in its five straight wins, while shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from 3-point range. Purdue’s offensive efficiency in that span is 129.7 (129.7 points / 100 possessions). During that span, Zach Edey is averaging 27.0 points and 14.8 rebounds, while Lance Jones (15.2), Fletcher Loyer (11.2) and Braden Smith (10.0 PPG, 8.2 APG) are all averaging in double-figures.

• In 19 Purdue wins, opponents are averaging just 66.6 points per game and shooting 28.4 percent from long distance. In Purdue’s two losses, opponents average 90.0 points and shoot 55.8 percent from 3-point range. Purdue is -9.50 in turnover margin per game in its two setbacks.

• Purdue has won 11 straight home games, the longest streak in the Big Ten by a game over Wisconsin (10). During the 11-game streak, Purdue has outscored its opponents by 275 total points, an average margin of victory of 25.0 points per game. During the streak, only three games have been decided by 12 or fewer points. Purdue has shot 51.8 percent from the field and 43.0 percent from 3-point range during the streak. Purdue is the only Big Ten team to be unbeaten at home in all games played this year.

• With The Paint Crew in attendance, Purdue is 64-6 (.914) against Big Ten teams since the the 2014-15 season. If you exclude the 2019-20 season (we know you can’t), Purdue is 59-2 (.967) with The Paint Crew in attendance against Big Ten teams (Ohio State – 2018; Indiana – 2023).

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (1st), offensive efficiency (2nd), 3-point percentage (5th), rebound margin (6th), assists per game (7th), scoring margin (8th), defensive efficiency (13th), scoring offense (15th), assist / turnover ratio (16th) and fewest fouls per game (16th)

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (7) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (12). No one in the country has more than 10 Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 48-8, the fifth-most wins nationally, while the eight losses are the second fewest behind Houston (6). The eight losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT) and 16 points. Thirty-five of the 48 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 25 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue’s schedule is currently the toughest in the country, ranking No. 1 in SOS by the NCAA NET team sheets, KenPom.com and ESPN. The Boilermakers have faced teams ranked No. 3, 4, 8, 13, 17, 27, 41 and 47 in NET, with additional games coming against 11 (2x), 14, 25 and 60.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, for the third straight week. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 29 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 12). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 23 of those 29 weeks. The 29 weeks of being ranked in the top 5 ties the longest streak by a Big Ten team in the last 45 years.

• Edey needs three blocked shots to become the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson).

• Purdue begins the second half of Big Ten play on Wednesday when Northwestern visits Mackey Arena. A win over Northwestern would give Purdue a 9-2 Big Ten start for the fifth time under Matt Painter, including four times in the last seven seasons (2022-23, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2007-08).

• Purdue is now 19-2 (or better) through 21 games for the second straight season and for the third time in the last seven seasons (also 2017-18 season). It marks the first time in school history that Purdue has been 19-2 or better in consecutive seasons.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 13 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Purdue has five wins over teams ranked in the NET top 16.

• Over the last three seasons, Purdue owns a 58-6 (.906) record during the months of November, December and January, including a 40-3 (.930) mark over the last two seasons.

• Purdue is 17-0 this season when holding foes to 79 or fewer points. When opponents reach 80-plus points, Purdue is 2-2.

• During its current five-game winning streak, Purdue has trailed for  a total of 10 minutes and 42 seconds and by no more than 4 points (Iowa) — all coming in the first 10 minutes of the respective game.

• Four teams have yet to lose a Big Ten home game — Wisconsin (5-0), Nebraska (5-0), Northwestern (4-0) and Purdue (4-0). Purdue’s two league road losses are to teams (Northwestern, Nebraska) that have yet to lose a Big Ten home game and Purdue plays at Wisconsin on Sunday.

• In each of the last 11 games, the halftime margin has been at least 11 points (last time in single-digits was Alabama on Dec. 9, 2023). Purdue has led by at least 11 points in 10 of the games, while Nebraska led by 11 points against the Boilermakers. Purdue has led by at least 13 points in each of the last five games, including 20-point halftime leads in three of the contests.

• In Purdue’s last two games against Northwestern (both losses on the road), Purdue has shot just 10-of-41 (.244) from long distance and had 33 turnovers compared to just 12 for the Wildcats.

• A win over Northwestern would give Purdue its third winning streak this season of at least six games. Purdue has only done that twice before in a season (1986-87, 1994-95).

• Zach Edey can set the following school records against Northwestern: consecutive games scoring in double-figures (73rd) and double-doubles (54th). He is also in range of 200 career blocks and 1,100 career rebounds. If he reaches 10 points against Northwestern, it will be his 99th career double-figure scoring game. E’Twaun Moore holds the record with 116.

• Over the last two games against Northwestern, Zach Edey is averaging 29.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

• Zach Edey has drawn 707 fouls in career, including 181 this sesaon. He ranks first nationally in fouls drawn / 40 minutes this season (9.2). Kylen Milton of Arkansas Pine Bluff is second at 8.4 per game.

• Braden Smith surpassed 300 career assists in the win over Rutgers, now with 301 assists. He leads all sophomores (or younger) in career assists with 301. Coincidentally, second on the list in Colgate sophomore Braeden Smith (274).

• Based on a 38-game season, Braden Smith is on pace for 461 points, 208 rebounds and 268 assists. Since the 1947-48 season, only BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Cal’s Jason Kidd and Michigan State’s Magic Johnson have had 450 points, 250 assists and 200 rebounds in a season.

THE SERIES WITH NORTHWESTERN

• Wednesday’s meeting with Northwestern marks the 183rd meeting between the two teams, with Purdue holding a 134-48 series lead.

• Northwestern, however, has won two straight meetings and is looking for its first season sweep of the Boilermakers since the 2013-14 season — the last time it won two games in a row.

• Prior to Northwestern’s current stretch, Purdue won 11 games in a row from the 2014-15 to 2021-22 season.

• The last two Purdue setbacks to Northwestern came on the road when the Boilermakers were ranked No. 1 in the country. However, under Painter, Purdue is 12-4 when ranked against Northwestern, including 8-1 in Mackey Arena.

• Purdue has won six straight games against Northwestern in Mackey Arena, by an average of 12.5 points per game.

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PURDUE CLOSES JANUARY AT NEBRASKA WEDNESDAY NIGHT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will hit the road for the final time in January to square off with Nebraska on Wednesday night. The 8 p.m. ET tip will be streamed on B1G+.

As always, Tim Newton will be on the air for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (9-11, 2-7) at Nebraska (13-7, 5-4)

Sunday, Jan. 31

Time: 8 PM ET

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue gave No. 12 Ohio State all it could handle on Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena, but Abbey Ellis’ last-second mid-court shot missed in a 71-68 loss to the Buckeyes. Ellis totaled a team-high 14 points, all coming in the second half. Rashunda Jones gave Purdue 13 points off the bench, while Mary Ashley Stevenson finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Jeanae Terry tallied eight points, eight rebounds and five assists in a complete-game effort.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Nebraska 10-8.

• Jeanae Terry and Abbey Ellis are both 31 points away from the 1,000-point club – Ellis at Purdue, Terry for her career.

• Purdue’s freshman class has averaged 29.5 points over the last four games. Two Boilermaker freshmen have scored in double figures in seven games this season, the most in the Big Ten.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson improved her tally of seven-point, seven-rebound games to a Big Ten best eight games. Stevenson ranks fourth among league rookies with 9.4 points and second with 5.4 rebounds per game. Stevenson and Nebraska’s Natalie Potts are the lone rookies in the Big Ten to average nine points and five rebounds this season.

• Rashunda Jones ranks third on the Big Ten freshman chart with 9.7 points per game. She is one of 22 players in the nation and one of two in the Big Ten averaging nine points per game without making a start on the year.

• Madison Layden tops the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation with a 47.8% 3-point clip this season. Her shooting clip from the outside jumps up to 52.9% in Big Ten action.

• As she nears becoming the 36th 1,000-point scorer in program history, Abbey Ellis moved up to 29th on the career charts with her 54th game as a Boilermaker with more than 10 points, when she paced Purdue with 14 against Ohio State on Sunday.

• Jeanae Terry enters Wednesday alongside Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and Maryland’s Shyanne Sellers as the only three players from the Big Ten to average over five points, rebounds and assists this season.

• Terry is second in the Big Ten in assists (115) and assists per game (5.8), while ranking 15th and 20th nationally, respectively. The Detroit native needs 12 dimes to become the seventh player in Purdue history to amass 500 helpers in a career.

• Caitlyn Harper leads Purdue in scoring in Big Ten play with 12.6 points per game. The sixth-year senior is one of 12 players in the conference averaging double figures and shooting over 50% from the floor. Harper has scored 1,813 points in her career, ranking 29th among active players nationally.

• Purdue’s NET strength of schedule this season is the seventh hardest in the country.

• Wednesday night’s game will close seven straight games for Purdue against teams in the top 30 of the NCAA net. Maryland is the only team to drop outside the top 30 (33) since the Boilermakers faced them on Jan. 14.

• Purdue’s freshman class leads the Big Ten with 23 points per league contest, while also scoring 22.8 points per all games.

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HIDALGO NAMED USBWA TAMIKA CATCHINGS NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS — That’s a third. This week.

On Tuesday, Notre Dame freshman Hannah Hidalgo earned her third individual award of the week: USBWA Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Week. She has already notched her ninth ACC Rookie of the Week honor, and she was also named the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Week on Monday. This is Hidalgo’s third time earning the USBWA Freshman honor (Nov. 21 and Dec. 27).

This week’s flurry of awards comes after Hidalgo’s Saturday night 34-point performance in the 82-67 victory over No. 8 Connecticut in Storrs. She broke the single-game Irish freshman scoring record previously set in 1991 by Michelle Marciniak. It marked the second time this season Hidalgo has posted 30+ points against a top-10 team (South Carolina), and it was her third time in total putting up at least 30. That is also a program record.

In total on the week, Hidalgo averaged 28.5 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists against two ranked opponents.

The freshman leads the nation in steals (97) and steals per game (5.11) and leads the ACC in points per game (24.4) and total points (464), ranking fourth amongst all players nationally.

In addition to the aforementioned honors, Hidalgo has been named ACC Player of the Week twice, AP Basketball Player of the Week once, and she has spots on both the Nancy Lieberman Top 10 (nation’s best point guard) and Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.

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BUTLER TO BATTLE BLUE DEMONS AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS – The midway point of the conference schedule is here as the Bulldogs play host to the DePaul Blue Demons on Wednesday night. The month of January will come to a close with a 7 PM tip on FloHoops.com.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – Statbroadcast

Watch: BEDN on FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Caroline Strande made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second-straight week.

– Strande leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (51.9% / 28-54).

– Strande ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.5) and 12th in scoring (15.0).

– Strande is the seventh-best free throw shooter in the conference (82.9%).

– Strande hasn’t missed a free throw over Butler’s last five games (14-for-14).

– Butler is only the fourth team this season to hold a halftime lead over Marquette (31-25).

– Saturday was just the second time this season that BU lost after having the lead at half.

– Butler outscored Marquette 16-8 in the second quarter to build their first half lead.

– The setback to Marquette was the second time BU lost to a team while holding them under 60 points.

– The Bulldogs opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to tie the game in Milwaukee.

– BU freshmen accounted for 17 of Butler’s 30 rebounds at Marquette.

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.3) and third in 3-point percentage (38.3).

– Rachel Kent scored 12 points at Marquette to reach 1,500 in her career. She has made a 3-pointer in 11-straight games.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 9-0, 17-4

Creighton 7-2, 16-3

St. John’s 7-3, 13-9

Villanova 6-3, 13-7

Marquette 5-4, 16-4

Providence 5-4, 11-11

Georgetown 4-5, 14-6

Seton Hall 4-5, 12-8

DePaul 2-7, 10-12

Butler 1-8, 9-11

Xavier 0-9, 1-17

Scouting DePaul                                                                                                  

The Blue Demons are 10-12 this year with a 2-7 record against conference opponents. They defeated Xavier in Cincinnati to open BIG EAST action and topped Musketeers again in Chicago a month later on Jan. 16. DePaul has lost three-straight heading to Hinkle Fieldhouse. They remain a dangerous opponent as the third-highest scoring team in the BIG EAST (73.8 ppg). They lead the league in steals per game (10.6), rank second in free throw shooting (77.3) and third in both assists (17.9) and made 3-pointers per game (7.8). The downfall for DePaul has been their defense. They are last in the conference in scoring defense, allowing 70.3 points per game to opponents and they are also last in defending the 3-point line. Head Coach Doug Bruno is in his 38th season at DePaul. He has an experienced starting five unit that includes four graduate students. DePaul grabbed transfers from Missouri, Notre Dame, Michigan and Indiana to help fill the void left when Aneesah Morrow left campus. Anaya Peoples leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game. She played at Notre Dame for three years before transferring to Chicago at the beginning of last year. Peoples is the sixth-best scorer in the conference and ranks fifth in the league in rebounding (7.9). She and Katlyn Gilbert rank 1-2 in steals among all BIG EAST players and Gilbert is one of 18 players in the NCAA this year to record a triple double (12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals vs. Stonehill… second game of the season).

All-Time Series                                                                                      

Butler is 1-24 all-time against DePaul. Butler’s lone win in the series doubles as their last victory over a ranked opponent. They defeated the Blue Demons 86-81 on March 1, 2021 when DePaul was ranked #25. These conference rivals faced off for the first time during the 1984-85 season.

Last Meeting vs. DePaul                                                                                    

DePaul defeated Butler 87-62 in the last meeting. Five different players were responsible for the first five 3-pointers of the game for BU. The difference in the contest came in the second quarter. DePaul went on a 10-0 run to push their four-point lead to 14 at 41-27. The only Blue Demon players to score in that contest that are back for this game are Anaya Peoples and Jorie Allen. They combined for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Peoples also led DePaul with seven assists. The Bulldogs are in a similar boat as Sydney Jaynes and Jordan Meulemans are the only two returners to score the last time BU played DePaul.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll                                                              

Caroline Strande averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game last week while shooting 55.6 percent from the field to land on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. She led BU to their first conference victory by scoring a career-high 26 points at Xavier.

A Look at Last Week                                                                                           

The Bulldogs have something to build on after going 1-1 last week. They chalked up their first conference win of the season at Xavier and had the Marquette game tied at 48-48 with 4:31 to play in Milwaukee. Caroline Strande, Rachel Kent, and Riley Makalusky all averaged double figures in the scoring column for Butler. The ‘Dawgs dominated the action in the second quarter against each opponent (44-16) and shot 50 percent from the field for the week (52-104).

Heritage Christian Homecoming                                                                      

Ari Wiggins and Katlyn Gilbert both attended Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis.  Gilbert was just the second player at Heritage Christian to be recognized as a McDonald’s All-American and Wiggins was runner-up for Indiana Miss Basketball in 2021. Each student-athlete is in their first season with their new team. Wiggins played at Michigan as a freshman and sophomore while Gilbert enters her final year of eligibility after playing at both Notre Dame (2018-22) and Missouri (22-23).

Offensive Explosion                                                                             

Butler shot a season-high 62.3 percent from the field in their win over Xavier and connected on 54 percent of their 3-point attempts (13-24) to post 90 points at the Cintas Center. It was the first time Butler has ever scored 90 points against a BIG EAST opponent. The previous high point total was 86 in a Butler win at #25 DePaul back on March 1, 2021.

Home Sweet Hinkle                                                                                            

The DePaul contest is the start of a three-game homestand for Butler. The Bulldogs score more points and shoot better percentages from the field, from 3-point range and from the free throw line when they are playing inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. The team is 6-5 at home this season.

Hit Her Stride                                                                                        

Caroline Strande has led Butler in scoring nine times this season and has topped 20+ points four times. She leads the team with her 15.0 scoring average and has reached double figures for Butler in 17 of Butler’s 20 games.

Grab the Board                                                                                     

Caroline Strande is the top rebounding guard in the BIG EAST Conference. She has led Butler in rebounding 14 times this season (20 games) and in seven of Butler’s nine BIG EAST games. She only needs five more rebounds to reach 300 in her career.

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                                                                                                                 

The conference schedule will flip for Butler after the DePaul game to signal the midway point of the BIG EAST schedule. The ‘Dawgs will host the Creighton Bluejays over the weekend. The 2 PM Sunday tip will stream on FloHoops.com.

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EDDIE SCHOTT JOINS BUTLER’S STAFF AS QUARTERBACKS COACH

INDIANAPOLIS – Eddie Schott will remain with the Butler Football program next season as the team’s quarterback’s coach. The announcement came from Head Coach Mike Uremovich as the Bulldogs prepare for spring ball.

“I could not be more excited to have Eddie join the Butler coaching staff,” Uremovich stated. “He has been around the game his entire life and has been like a coach on the field for us the past two seasons.  He will do a great job mentoring the quarterbacks on and off the field.”

Schott spent the last two seasons at Butler as the team’s backup quarterback. He’s an Indianapolis native that attended Southport High School. Schott began his collegiate career in Muncie with the Ball State Cardinals. He did not see game action with BSU but appeared in four games for Butler after transferring at the start of the 2022 season. He also played in four games for the ‘Dawgs in 2023.

Schott comes from a football family. His grandfather, Dick Schott, played college football at Louisville and went on to play in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings.

Returning quarterbacks for the Bulldogs for the 2024 season include Landon Hochstein, Brady Preston, Reagan Andrew, and Sage Shindler.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BATTLES KENT STATE TO REMAIN ATOP OF THE MAC WEDNESDAY IN WORTHEN

Ball State (18-2, 8-0 MAC) vs Kent State (13-5, 7-1 MAC)

January 31, 2024

January 31, 2024 >> Worthen Arena >>Muncie, Ind.>>  6:30 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– The Ball State University women’s basketball team continues to make history this season, holding a 18-2 overall record which is the best start in program history. The program reached 18 wins with its 75-50 triumph at Eastern Michigan Saturday. With the win, the Cardinals remained undefeated in Mid-American Conference action (8-0) for only the second time in program history.

– A Cardinal win Wednesday against the Golden Flashes will make Ball State 9-0 in conference play for the first time in program history.

–  The Cardinals have held a halftime lead in seven of their eight Mid-American Conference games so far this season. Ball State is 7-0 in those contests.

– Wednesday’s game against Kent State will mark the 66th time in program history the two schools have me with the Golden Flashes leading the all-time series, 42-23. Ball State won its lone meeting over Kent State last year in Worthen Arena on Feb. 4 by a score of 80-71.

– Ball State’s only two losses this season came against national powerhouses Notre Dame and UConn. With wins over Pitt and Georgia this non-conference season Ball State head coach Brady Sallee has now defeated six Power 5 conference teams seven times during his tenure with the Cardinals — Minnesota (54-51, 2012-13), Iowa (77-72, 2015-16), Van- derbilt (88-79, 2017-18), Purdue (66-60, 2017-18), Pitt (68-66, 2022-23), Pitt (73-62, 2023-24) and Georgia (52-51, 2023-24).

– Both Nyla Hampton and Ally Becki each reached 1,000 career points on Jan. 21 against Toledo. 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 912 points she needs 88 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.

Amongst the Elite:

The Cardinals are getting noticed on a national level as Ball State has received 11 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 six teams in NCAA DI women’s basketball that have won 12 or more games in a row. Ball State is also only one of 14 NCAA DI teams that remain undefeated in their respective conference play with an 8-0 mark in MAC action. The Cardinals are also one of 12 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. Ball State also has the highest win percentage out of any NCAA DI program in the state of Indiana 18-2 (.900).

Game Day Tidbits:

– In 20 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 66 times and has dished out 101 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) which marks a season best for her. Hampton is sixth in the nation in total steals (66) and ranks ninth in steals per game (3.30).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categories: eighth in winning percentage (90.0), 14th in 3-pointers per game (9.0), 22nd in turnover margin (5.20), 25th in 3-point percentage (36.6), 33rd in turnovers forced per game (20.10) , 33rd in steals per game (10.7), 38th in 3-point field goal attempts (24.5), 39th in field goal percentage (45.5), 50th in scoring margin (12.7), 50th in bench points per game (24.0), 51st in assists per game (16.1), 57th in assist/turnover ratio (1.08) and 57th in scoring offense (74.6).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 11th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (3.05), 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (45.3) and 15th in total 3-pointers (58).

Career Milestones:

– Ally Becki needs 57 assists and 11 rebounds to reach the 500 mark.

– Marie Kiefer has 117 blocks for her career — needs 35 to move into first place.

– Annie Rauch has 912 points for her career and needs 88 for 1,000.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES TO RECEIVE VOTES IN USA TODAY TOP 25 COACHES POLL

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team received 11 votes in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll which was released Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals own a 18-2 overall record and currently sit atop of the Mid-American Conference standings with a 8-0 ledger.

Ball State is one of six teams in NCAA DI women’s basketball that have won 12 or more games in a row. Ball State is also only one of 14 NCAA DI teams that remain undefeated in their respective conference play with an 8-0 mark in MAC action. The Cardinals are also one of 12 NCAA DI teams that have only two losses so far this season. The Cardinals only two losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 11 UConn. Ball State is 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.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL CAN’T COMPLETE COMEBACK AGAINST BOWLING GREEN

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team struggled to stop Bowling Green’s Marcus Hill as the Falcons claimed an 81-72 road win on Tuesday night at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (11-10, 3-6 Mid-American Conference) trailed 33-31 at halftime and 68-58 with 5:13 to play, but a 6-0 Ball State scoring run courtesy of a Trent Middleton Jr. layup and four free throws by Basheer Jihad cut the deficit to four points with three minutes to play. The visiting Falcons (15-6, 6-3 MAC) subsequently hit three free throws after a controversial foul call and a 3-pointer to extend their advantage back to double digits.

Bowling Green began the second half on a 9-3 rally to get its edge to eight points, but the hosts responded and eventually cut the advantage down to one following a Mickey Pearson Jr. layup with 10 minutes to play that made the score 53-52. The Falcons scored nine straight points from there and never relinquished the lead in the second half.

Jihad went for a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds, while Pearson Jr. (15 points, seven rebounds, three assists), Middleton Jr. (14 points) and Davion Bailey (11 points) went for double figures scoring for the Cardinals.

Hill, a junior out of Rockford, Ill., who came into the night averaging a MAC-best 20.9 points per game, finished around the basket multiple times to the tune of 28 points on 13 of 18 shooting. Jason Spurgin (17 points, seven rebounds) and Rashaun Agee (14 points, 10 rebounds) also produced for Bowling Green.

Ball State hit 46.2 percent (24-52) of its field goal attempts including 42.9 percent (6-14) on 3-pointers plus 81.8 percent (18-22) from the free throw line. Bowling Green went 51.8 percent (29-56) from the field with 50.0 percent (8-16) from distance and 75.0 percent (15-20) at the charity stripe.

The Falcons controlled the rebounding battle 33-26 and had one less turnover (13-12) than the Cardinals while winning the points in the paint (40-30) and second chance points (16-6) categories.

Ball State is scheduled to return to the road and play at Western Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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ISU TRAVELS TO BELMONT FOR MIDWEEK MATCHUP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Indiana State men’s basketball travels to Tennessee to take on the Belmont Bruins inside the Curb Event Center on Wednesday. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

Wednesday’s contest is the second game in the series this season, with ISU winning the first 94-64 in Terre Haute. This will only be the sixth total matchup between Indiana State and Belmont and the fourth in two years. Prior to last season, ISU and BU played only twice in the 2013-14 season.

About Belmont

The Bruins are in the 5th season with Coach Casey Alexander at the helm. Coach Alexander owns a 73.8% winning percentage at Belmont (110-39) and a 60.8% career winning percentage (247-159). This is Coach’s 150th career game coached at BU. Belmont finished 21-11 in 2022-23 with a 14-6 MVC record. The Sycamores ended the Bruins’ season with a 94-91 win in the Quarterfinals of the 2023 MVC Tournament. Belmont currently sits in sixth in the MVC after being picked to finish fifth in the preseason. Three Bruins currently average 10.0+ PPG: Malik Dia (17.3), Cade Tyson (16.8), Ja’Kobi Gillespie (16.2).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball won its fifth-straight game to move to 18-3, 9-1 Missouri Valley Conference in an overtime win inside Hulman Center against Bradley University, 95-86.

Ryan Conwell led Indiana State in scoring with 22 points, shooting 7-for-13 from the floor and knocked down four three-pointers. Isaiah Swope recorded with 19 points with five rebounds and six assists. Robbie Avila was two points shy of having four consecutive 20-point games, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and tied his career-high in steals with three. Jayson Kent scored 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and amassed 16 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Julian Larry rounded out the five Sycamores in double figures with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and dished out six assists.

Last Time Out – Belmont

Behind a season-high 17 points from Keishawn Davidson, Belmont University men’s basketball defeated UIC, 74-65, Saturday from the Curb Event Center. Davidson added five assists and two steals as Belmont forced a season-high 23 turnovers. Jayce Willingham had 14 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Malik Dia had 13 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Cade Tyson had 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots.

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PURDUE FORT WAYNE WELCOMES VIKINGS TO GATES FOR #HLWBB GAME

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will play host to the Cleveland State Vikings on Wednesday (Jan. 31) for a Horizon League women’s basketball bout at 7 p.m.

Game Day Information
Who: Cleveland State Vikings
When: Wednesday, January 31 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Tickets:Link
Game Program:Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Cleveland State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Cleveland State is 18-4 and 9-2 in the Horizon League this season. The Vikings are coming off their second Horizon League loss of the season, a 69-56 loss at Detroit Mercy. Prior to that game, they had won seven in a row. Despite losing 2022-23 Player of the Year Destiny Leo to injury, the Vikings have found production from Colbi Maples and Mickayla Perdue, who are both averaging about 16 points per game.

The Series

Cleveland State has a 14-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Mastodons. Purdue Fort Wayne’s one win came in 2004, when the ‘Dons beat CSU in Cleveland 82-81 behind 25 points from Amy Gearlds.

Fresher Than The Prince of Bel-Air

Erin Woodson collected her third Freshman of the Week award on January 29. She averaged 10 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, helping Purdue Fort Wayne to wins over Chicago State and Northern Kentucky. She is the first Mastodon in program history to earn Freshman of the Week honors three times.

Home Sweet Gates

Purdue Fort Wayne is 6-0 inside the Gates Sports Center this season. Their only home loss came at the Memorial Coliseum. In home games this year, Purdue Fort Wayne is shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from 3-point range compared to 39.4 percent and 31.1 percent on the road. They are also two turnovers per game better at home compared to true road games.

Good Start!

Purdue Fort Wayne is 7-4 in the league. It is their best start to league play through 11 games since the 2010-11 season.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne topped Northern Kentucky 61-55 over the weekend thanks to 20 points from Shayla Sellers. She scored 10 of her 20 points in the final quarter. Erin Woodson added 10 points off the bench.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will play host to the IUPUI Jaguars on Saturday (Feb. 3). It will be a doubleheader with the men’s volleyball team, who plays No. 8 Penn State.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER GEARING UP FOR SPRING SCHEDULE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer has announced its 2024 spring schedule, featuring six exhibitions during the spring season in preparation for the 2024 championship season in the fall.

The spring schedule kicks off February 24 with a road trip to Belmont University and concludes April 18 with a visit to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

The spring slate includes a home date at Strassweg Field on March 16, as USI will host multiple scrimmages against Bellarmine University and Murray State University that day. Bellarmine and Murray State will also face each other on the same day.

In early April, the Screaming Eagles will travel to the University of Illinois, out of the Big Ten Conference, April 7 before going to Indiana State University on April 13.

“We are extremely excited for the 2024 Spring schedule,” USI Head Coach Eric Schoenstein said. “The plan was to schedule the toughest spring season in program history, and we feel like we have done that. As we continue to transition from Division II to Division I, we are using the spring to develop our current roster and get better each day. All six spring opponents are successful and talented programs, so each game will be a great test. We are eager to have the opportunity to play a Big Ten opponent at the University of Illinois, which will be a good measure to see where we are as we head into year three of D-I.”

The entire spring schedule is as follows (all times listed are Central):

-Saturday, February 24, 2 p.m. at Belmont University

-Saturday, March 16, 12 p.m. vs. Bellarmine University

-Saturday, March 16, 1:30 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Murray State University

-Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m. vs. Murray State University

-Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m. at University of Illinois

-Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m. at Indiana State University

-Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at Southern Illinois University

USI Women’s Soccer heads into its third NCAA Division I season in 2024, coming off a top-four finish and a quarterfinal appearance in the 2023 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The 2024 fall championship schedule will be released at a later date.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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TRIP TO TENNESSEE ON TAP THIS WEEK FOR USI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball starts a road-heavy month of February in the Ohio Valley Conference this week with a two-game swing down to Tennessee, taking on Tennessee Tech University Thursday at 5:30 p.m. before visiting Tennessee State University Saturday at 1 p.m.

Both matchups can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

Southern Indiana (13-5, 8-0) will play six of nine games in February away from Screaming Eagles Arena. USI has won three Ohio Valley Conference road contests so far as part of the Screaming Eagles’ nine-game winning streak. The Eagles enter the road trip unbeaten in OVC play, sitting in first place by two games.

Heading into the halfway point of the conference season, USI looks to continue its momentum having won 10 of the last 11 games going back to mid-December. Southern Indiana’s nine consecutive wins overall and eight in a row in OVC action rank among the top 12 in the nation in active winning streaks, respectively. The current run by USI is a program best since the 2017-18 campaign while playing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. USI is enjoying its best start to a conference schedule since 1996-97.

Most recently, Southern Indiana completed a three-game homestand sweep last Thursday with an 81-61 victory against Western Illinois University. Following a tight, back-and-forth struggle in the first half, USI pulled away with a big second-half effort. For the game, the Screaming Eagles shot above 47 percent overall with 11 three-pointers.

In Thursday’s win, senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) led all scorers with 21 points, while freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) posted a career-high 18 points. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Shafford has scored 10 or more in 16 consecutive outings.

Sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) was named OVC Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday after her performance in last Thursday’s victory against the Leathernecks. Saunders tallied a season-high 14 points, connecting on four triples in the process, and matched a career-best seven assists. Saunders also grabbed five rebounds in her fifth start of the season.

Saunders has been solid since entering the starting lineup, averaging more than 10 points per game in the last five contests and leading to an increase in her season average. The guard is registering nearly three rebounds and leads the team with nearly three assists per contest. In the OVC, Saunders ranks inside the top 12 in assists and is second with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. In shooting the ball, Saunders paces Southern Indiana with a three-point percentage of 40 percent while hitting above 42 percent overall.

The play by USI’s forwards has been stellar lately. Raley has scored 10-plus in eight of the last nine games. The senior is recording 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in the nine-game stretch, shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor and 81 percent at the charity stripe. Senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) has been strong in the last five games, tying for a team-best 14.2 points per contest on 63 percent shooting during the span. Webb leads the OVC with a 56.6 field-goal percentage in conference-only games.

Through 18 games, Shafford leads USI in scoring at 14.7 points, which is seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference. Shafford is also third in the conference in shooting at 45.3 percent and fifth in rebounding with 7.7 boards per contest. Raley is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points, while Webb is third at 10.8 points per game.

As a team, Southern Indiana is third in the OVC with 70.4 points per contest. USI is first in overall shooting at 43.5 percent and third in rebounding with 40.2 rebounds per game. The Screaming Eagles have held opponents to a league-best 36.7 percent from the floor. In conference-only games, USI ranks second in scoring offense (73.6) and scoring defense (57.0). The Eagles are first in field-goal percentage (45.0) and field-goal percentage defense (32.8) in league play.

Tennessee Tech is 9-10 this season with a .500 record of 4-4 in conference play. The Golden Eagles are tied for fifth in the OVC standings. Tennessee Tech split its two games last week, falling 73-71 at Eastern Illinois University last Thursday before claiming a 67-58 win at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday.  The Golden Eagles average 69.1 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting. Graduate guard Maaliya Owens paces Tennessee Tech in scoring, recording 15.6 points per outing.

Tennessee State is 5-13 overall and is tied for ninth in the OVC standings with a 2-6 record. The Tigers have dropped three straight games, including a couple of overtime losses in the last two games. Last Thursday, Tennessee State fell at Eastern Illinois, 71-67. The Tigers are averaging 62.2 points per game on 38 percent shooting and are led in scoring by senior guard Sanaa’ St. Andre with 15.1 points per contest.

Thursday will be the fourth all-time meeting and second of the season between Tennessee Tech and USI. After Tennessee Tech swept the season series in 2022-23, Southern Indiana won the first faceoff this season, 69-66, in a thrilling game on January 6 at Screaming Eagles Arena. Shafford and Raley each posted a double-double for USI, while Saunders also scored in double figures after draining a clutch three-pointer late in the game to close out the win for USI.

Southern Indiana leads the series history against Tennessee State, 2-1, after USI captured a 78-57 victory on January 4 at Screaming Eagles Arena. Shafford went off in the game, knocking down six triples toward pouring in a career-best 26 points. The two teams split their two games last season.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES TAKE ON UIC ON WEDNESDAY AT FORD CENTER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Fresh off its third Missouri Valley Conference win of the season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team looks for more when they host UIC on Wednesday evening.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having the coverage.

Season Win Notes

– For the first time in five seasons, the Purple Aces have won double digit games, earning win #10 of 2023 with an 82-51 victory over Tennessee Tech on Dec. 20

– With the win, UE clinched its first 10-win season since earning 11 victories in 2018-19; the 10th win also doubled the win total from the entirety of last season

– UE earned its 12th win of the season on Jan. 27 against Illinois State; it is the first time UE has won 12 games since 2017-18

– When Evansville racked up its 11th win on Jan. 17 against Valpo, the program won as many games this season as the last two years combined

Last Time Out

– Another total team effort resulted in the Purple Aces earning a 58-54 win over the Redbirds on Saturday

– After ISU opened the game on a 10-2 run, UE rallied to tie it up at 10-10 and would lead by six at the half

– Evansville’s lead reached 13 points in the second half, but the Redbirds cut their deficit to two in the final minute

– Yacine Toumi led a trio of double-digit scorers with 17 points while Josh Hughes tallied 11 and Tanner Cuff recorded 10

The Run Continues

– Following the Dec. 2 game against UNI, Yacine Toumi’s season scoring average stood at 8.8 points per game

– In the 13 games since, he has scored a total of 173 points, an average of 13.3 PPG

– Toumi has scored 13+ points in each of the last four games and has finished in double figures in 11 of those 13 games

– His efficiency continues to rank among the best in the MVC as his 57.5% shooting is 5th in the league

Back-to-Back

– For the first time this season, Tanner Cuff has posted consecutive double figure scoring games; he scored 13 points at UNI before recording 10 against Illinois State

– Going into the road game against the Panthers, he was averaging 5.0 PPG in the previous six games; he has 11.5 PPG in the last two outings

– Over the last 4 games, Cuff has 8 assists and just 2 turnovers; the 6 games prior saw him post 6 assists and 10 turnovers

– Cuff’s season assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.43 is second in the MVC

You Better Watch Out

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. has been credited with an average of 1.75 steals per game – third in the MVC

– Over the last four games, he has upped that average to 2.5 with 10 swipes

– While he has averaged 7.3 points in the last 6 games, Strawbridge continues to rank 4th on the team with a 9.6 PPG

Scouting the Opponent

– UIC heads to the Ford Center with an overall record of 8-13 and a 1-9 mark in the MVC

– The Flames have dropped six games in a row after defeating Valparaiso on Jan. 6

– In non-conference play, the Flames were 7-4 with wins over Loyola, Middle Tennessee, George Washington and Jacksonville State

– Isaiah Rivera is the leading scorer for UIC, recording an average of 14.2 points per game

– He is a 46.6% shooter from the field and has converted 41.4% of his 3-point tries

– CJ Jones has posted 11.0 PPG while Toby Okani averages 10.8 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds

UINDY SOFTBALL

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SOFTBALL GRABS FIRST IN GLVC PRESEASON POLL

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy softball team was unanimously picked first in the Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason coaches poll. 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.
 
UIndy is set to open the 2024 slate at the Lee Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 9-11.


2023 GLVC SOFTBALL PRESEASON POLL

RKSCHOOL (1st-place votes)PTS
1.UIndy (13)169
2.Lewis146
3.McKendree (1)137
4.Maryville127
5.Missouri-St. Louis124
6.Illinois Springfield123
7.Drury98
8.Rockhurst82
9.Quincy68
10.Missouri S&T65
11.Truman52
12.Upper Iowa38
13.Southwest Baptist29
14.William Jewell16

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

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

NHL STANDINGS

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

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 31, 1982

January 31, 1982 – NFL Pro Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The final score had the AFC squad defeating their counterparts of the NFC by the score of 16-13. There were Co-MVPs in this game as Kellen Winslow Sr. the tight end of the San Diego Chargers shared the honor with Lee Roy Selmon the standout defensive end of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

January 31, 1988 – Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego – Super Bowl XXII was not a very close one when the Denver Broncos faced the Washington Redskins. The Broncos jumped out quickly to a 10-0 lead  after Ricky Nattiel caught a John Elway pass for 56 yards and a score. But the Powerful Washington team tattled off 42 unanswered points as QB Doug Williams caught fire and threw for 340 yards and 4 TDS to help the Washington Redskins cruise to a 42-10 victory. The MVP was Doug Williams per the Pro Football Reference website.

January 31, 1993 – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – Super Bowl XXVII had some special historic moments, the Buffalo Bills became the second team since the early 1970’s Dolphins to play in three straight Super Bowls. It is interesting that this would be the third different NFC East team that the Bills would meet in this run of Super Bowls for them. The Cowboys were just 4 seasons removed from having a League worst 1-15 record. Super Bowl XXVII was shaped up to be interesting indeed, but one team came in a bit more prepared than the other. According to the American Football Fandom site Dallas forced a Super Bowl record nine turnovers —four interceptions and five lost fumbles and scored 35 points off of those Bills miscues. The Dallas Cowboys won in a landslide 52-17 over the Bills. Troy Aikman, the quarterback of the Cowboys, won the Most Valuable Player  honors as he tossed four touchdown passes and racked up 273 yards through the air. Another interesting note was that a 30 second commercial spot cost $850,000.

January 31, 1999 – Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida – Super Bowl XXXIII featured the Dirty Birds of the Atlanta Falcons facing the AFC Champs the Denver Broncos. Denver was the defending champs as a year earlier they had defeated Green Bay for the franchise’s first championship per the PFR. Quarterback John Elway was getting a little long in the tooth but his mastery of the offense was never in doubt. The Falcons were appearing in their first Super Bowl led by Quarterback Chris Chandler and running back Jamal Anderson. The Broncos were a little too much for upstart Atlanta though as they grounded the Falcons 34-19. Elway who threw for 336 yards and a touchdown took home the MVP trophy and traveled to Disney. A 30 second commercial during this Super Bowl would set you back a cool $1.6 million.

January 31, 2010 – Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens – The NFL Pro Bowl game had the AFC one upping the NFC, 41-34. The MVP of the game was Matt Schaub, the Houston Texans signal caller.

January 31, 2016 –  Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – NFL Pro Bowl Team Irvin defeated Team Rice, 49-27 as the NFL was still in the series of games where two legends would divide the Pro Bowl players up instead of playing Conference versus Conference. The dual Most Valuable Players were Seattle Seahawk players Quarterback Russell Wilson and Defensive End Michael Bennett.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays

January 31, 1909 – Hinsdale, Illinois – Bert Metzger the guard from Notre Dame was born. The National Football Foundation voters selected Bert Metzger to gain entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

January 31, 1913 – Pine Bluff, Arkansas – The fine Alabama End Don Hutson celebrated his birth. Don Hutson had no trouble gaining entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

January 31, 1913 – Roxbury, Massachusetts – Wayne Millner the legendary end from the University of Notre Dame was born. According to the National Football Foundation’s bio on him,  “Double L” Millner was a hero in two spectacular Fighting Irish wins during a dismal season otherwise in South Bend in 1933. Notre Dame had won only two of its first eight games and was scheduled against the unbeaten Army team. With one minute to play Notre Dame trailed the Cadets by 6. With his legendary teammate, Moose Krause, leading the way for him, Millner blocked an Army punt and recovered it for a touchdown. Notre Dame won 13-12 on the last minute heroics! Another story had Millner catching a late touchdown pass from QB Bill Shakespeare with 32 seconds left to lift the Irish to a 18-13 victory over Ohio State in a battle of unbeatens. He ended up having the honor of All-American status in two different seasons.  The National Football Foundation selected Wayne Millner in 1990 to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame. After college Millner joined the Boston Redskins and played 11 seasons for them, being interrupted briefly for his military service during the war. When he retired he was the top pass catcher in Redskins history. Probably his highlight game was in the 1937 NFL Championship game where he caught TD passes of 55 and 78 yards. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Wayne Millner in 1968.

January 31, 1938 – Oakland, California – The great Stanford end Chris Burford was born. The National Football Foundation voters chose the legacy of Chris Burford to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

January 31, 1953 – Brenham, Texas – Roosevelt Leaks the running back from Texas University arrived into this life. Leaks was the first African American Texas Longhorns player to earn All-America honors according to the NFF. Roosevelt Leaks finished his collegiate career with 2,923 yards and 26 touchdowns in just three seasons and was recognized as a  consensus All-America selection in 1973. The National Football Foundation selected Roosevelt Leaks to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

7 – 11 – 2 – 4 – 12 – 8 – 21 

January 31, 1920

January 31, 1920 – Number 7, Joe Malone, a Centerof theQuebec Bulldogs set an NHL record 7 goals in a 10-6 win against the rival Toronto St. Patrick’s on the ice of the Quebec Arena. Malone led the NHL with 39 goals on the season and his 49 total points also were tops in the League that year.

January 31, 1923 – Montreal Canadiens beat Hamilton Tigers, 5-4 at the Mount Royal Arena, Montreal; first penalty-free game played in NHL history

January 31, 1927 – TheNational League brass ruled future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby couldn’t hold stock in the St. Louis Cardinals and play for the New York Giants because of the obvious conflict of interest. Oddly enough the legendary ballplayer earned a $2,916 dividend on same day from his option with the Cardinals. That probably didn’t help his case any. Though he may not have worn a uniform number in 1927, no big league mandated them then, Hornsby would eventually in coming years be seen wearing 4, 9, 11 & 16 for various teams including the St. Louis Browns, Chicago Cubs, and St Louis Cardinals.

January 31, 1952  Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. Heilman played ball from 1914 through 1929 as a Right Fielder and a 1st baseman for the Detroit Tigers. He also played a couple of seasons for the Reds at the end of his career. The majority of his playing days he did not wear a number, and I am not sure what uniform digits he wore in 1929, 1930 & 1932. Waner was an outfield player for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 15 of his 20 years playing Major League ball. For most other seasons in Pittsburgh he wore the Number 11. His career spanned from 1926 all the way through 1945 in the Great American Pastime.

January 31, 1958 – “Jackpot Bowling” premieres on NBC with former Major League Baseball player and manager, Leo Durocher as its host. Leo was an infielder for a few teams. He spent most of his career wearing the Number 2 as a member of the St Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers organizations.

January 31, 1959 – Former Major League Baseball player and manager, Joe Cronin signs 7 year pact to become head of American League of Baseball. In his playing days Cronin was a Shortstop and he donned the Number 4 mostly during his seasons with the Washington Senators and the Boston Redsox.

January 31, 1971 – Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss

January 31, 1977 – Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie and Al López are elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

January 31, 1988 – Doug Williams, who wore Number 12 fortheWashington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII took home the Most Valuable Player Award at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego as Washington beat Denver Broncos, 42-10.

January 31, 1991 – Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBA player to have put up a triple-double in a game. Adams wore the Number 14 for most of career in the Mile High City. Adams was listed as being 5′-10″ tall.

January 31, 1993 – Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California saw the Dallas Cowboys slap around the Buffalo Bills, 52-17. The MVP of this game Number 8 of Dallas, Quarterback Troy Aikman.

January 31, 1997 – San Antonio forward Dominique Wilkins, wearing Number 21 scores 27 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ 97-95 loss to Minnesota. That evening points gave him 26,009 for his career;  and made him only the 6th NBA player to reach the 26k milestone.

January 31, 1999 – Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida – Super Bowl XXXIII featured the Dirty Birds of the Atlanta Falcons facing the AFC Champs the Denver Broncos. Denver was the defending champs as a year earlier they had defeated Green Bay for the franchise’s first championship per the Pro-Football-Reference. The Broncos were a little too much for upstart Atlanta though as they grounded the Falcons 34-19. Denver’s Number 7, Quarterback John Elway who threw for 336 yards and a touchdown took home the MVP trophy

January 31, 2015  – The Atlanta Hawks set a new NBA monthly win record as they move to 17-0 for January, with a 91-85 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Detroit at Cleveland7:00pmMNMT
Bally Sports
Chicago at Charlotte7:00pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
LA Clippers at Washington7:00pmMNMT
Bally Sports
Sacramento at Miami7:30pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
New Orleans at Houston8:00pmSCHN
Bally Sports
Dallas at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
Orlando at San Antonio8:00pmBally Sports
Denver at Oklahoma City8:00pmALT
Bally Sports
Phoenix at Brooklyn8:30pmABC
AFSN
YES
Milwaukee at Portland10:00pmMNMT
ROOT
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Ottawa at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Los Angeles at Nashville7:30pmTNT
San Jose at Anaheim10:30pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
UNCG at VMI6:00pmESPN+
St. John’s at Xavier6:30pmFS1
Northwestern at Purdue6:30pmBTN
Alabama at Georgia6:30pmSECN
Notre Dame at Virginia7:00pmESPN2
Wichita State at Tulsa7:00pmESPNU
Wake Forest at Pitt7:00pmACCN
Chicago State at Duquesne7:00pmESPN+
American at Lafayette7:00pmESPN+
Army West Point at Colgate7:00pmESPN+
Loyola Maryland at Bucknell7:00pmESPN+
Navy at Lehigh7:00pmESPN+
Chattanooga at Western Carolina7:00pmESPN+
ETSU at Mercer7:00pmESPN+
Furman at The Citadel7:00pmESPN+
South Florida at East Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Austin Peay at Jacksonville7:00pmESPN+
La Salle at Rhode Island7:00pmESPN+
Richmond at Fordham7:00pmESPN+
George Mason at Saint Joseph’s7:00pmESPN+
Baylor at UCF7:00pmESPN+
Cincinnati at West Virginia7:00pmESPN+
Lipscomb at North Florida7:00pmESPN+
UNC Asheville at Gardner-Webb7:00pmESPN+
USC Upstate at Presbyterian7:00pmESPN+
Charleston Southern at Radford7:00pmESPN+
Wofford at Samford7:30pmESPN+
Indiana State at Belmont7:30pmESPN+
Missouri State at Southern Illinois8:00pmESPN+
UIW at A&M-Commerce8:00pmESPN+
Florida at Kentucky8:00pmESPN
UNI at Bradley8:00pmCBSSN
Valparaiso at Drake8:00pmESPN+
UIC at Evansville8:00pmESPN+
Rice at Memphis8:00pmESPN+
ULM at Louisiana8:00pmESPN+
Providence at UConn8:30pmFS1
Penn State at Rutgers8:30pmBTN
Arkansas at Missouri8:30pmSECN
Southern Miss at Arkansas State8:30pmESPN+
Vanderbilt at Auburn9:00pmESPN2
UAB at North Texas9:00pmESPNU
Boise State at New Mexico10:30pmFS1
Santa Clara at Saint Mary’s11:00pmESPNU
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
La Liga: Barcelona vs Osasuna1:00pmESPN+
EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Brentford2:30pmUSA
EPL: Manchester City vs Burnley2:30pmPeacock
DFB Pokal: Hertha BSC vs Kaiserslautern2:45pmESPN+
La Liga: Atlético Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano3:00pmESPN+
EPL: Liverpool vs Chelsea3:15pmPeacock
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Duquesne vs VCU11:00amESPN+
Colgate vs Army11:00amESPN+
La Salle vs UMass11:00amESPN+
Detroit Mercy vs Northern Kentucky11:00amESPN+
Youngstown State vs IUPUI11:00amESPN+
Florida Atlantic vs UAB12:00pmESPN+
Old Dominion vs Texas State12:00pmESPN+
New Mexico vs San José State2:00pmMWN
South Alabama vs Arkansas State4:00pmESPN+
Grace vs Indiana Wesleyan5:00pmESPN+
Radford vs Charleston Southern6:00pmESPN+
Appalachian State – Marshall6:00pmESPN+
Rhode Island – George Washington6:00pmESPN+
Duquesne – VCU6:00pmESPN+
Kent State – Ball State6:30pmESPN+
James Madison – Georgia State6:30pmESPN+
Florida Gulf Coast – Bellarmine6:30pmESPN+
UConn – Villanova6:30pmSNY
Gardner-Webb – UNC Asheville6:30pmESPN+
Oakland – Wright State7:00pmESPN+
Saint Joseph’s – Loyola Chicago7:00pmESPN+
Fordham – George Mason7:00pmESPN+
Saint Louis – Dayton7:00pmESPN+
Florida Atlantic – UAB7:00pmESPN+
Western Michigan – Eastern Michigan7:00pmESPN+
Buffalo – Ohio7:00pmESPN+
Northern Illinois – Bowling Green7:00pmESPN+
Toledo – Akron7:00pmESPN+
Stetson – Eastern Kentucky7:00pmESPN+
Lehigh – Navy7:00pmESPN+
Bucknell – Loyola (MD)7:00pmESPN+
Lafayette – American University7:00pmESPN+
Central Michigan – Miami (OH)7:00pmESPN+
Xavier – St. John’s7:00pmFloSports
Cleveland State – Purdue Fort Wayne7:00pmESPN+
Indiana – Maryland7:00pmPeacock
Charlotte – Tulane7:00pmESPN+
Milwaukee – Robert Morris7:00pmESPN+
DePaul – Butler7:00pmFloSports
Georgetown – Seton Hall7:00pmFloSports
Illinois – Michigan7:00pmB1G+
Davidson – St. Bonaventure7:00pmESPN+
Kansas State – Oklahoma7:00pmESPN+
Marquette – Creighton7:00pmFloSports
Purdue – Nebraska7:00pmB1G+
Wichita State – Temple7:00pmESPN+
Presbyterian – South Carolina Upstate7:00pmESPN+
High Point – Longwood7:00pmESPN+
BYU – Kansas7:30pmESPN+
Oklahoma State – Iowa State7:30pmESPN+
Oklahoma State – Iowa State7:30pmESPN+
North Texas – UTSA7:30pmESPN+
Iowa – Northwestern8:00pmPeacock
Penn State – Minnesota8:00pmB1G+
SMU – Rice8:00pmESPN+
Colorado State – Air Force8:30pmMWN
Utah State – Nevada8:30pmMWN
Boise State – Fresno State9:00pmMWN
Wyoming – UNLV9:30pmMWN

What to Watch: Wednesday, 1/31/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Florida at Kentucky8:00pmESPN

The Kentucky Wildcats leads all time series 102-40 versus Florida Gators. Last time both teams met was in 2024 which Kentucky won 87-85 on the road versus Florida. Since 2019 the Wildcats lead series 9-1 versus the Gators.

NBATIME ETTV
Dallas at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports

The Dallas Mavericks leads all time series 80-58 versus Minnesota Timberwolves. Last season the Timberwolves lead regular season series 2-1 versus the Mavericks. Minnesota is 31-36 all time at home versus Dallas. The Timberwolves are 2-1 versus the Mavericks in the 2023-24 regular season.

Denver at Oklahoma City8:00pmALT
Bally Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder leads all time series 116-103 versus Denver Nuggets. Last season the Nuggets lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 65-34 all time at home versus Denver. The Thunder are 2-1 versus the Nuggets in the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
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The Nashville Predators leads all time series 42-37-3 versus Los Angeles Kings. Last season the Predators lead regular season series 2-1 versus the Kings. Nashville is 18-18-3 all time at home versus Los Angeles. The Predators are 1-0 versus the Kings in the 2023-24 regular season.