INDIANA BOYS SECTIONAL SCOREBOARD

CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Lake Central49Hammond Morton45 
Portage
Portage70Hobart28 
Plymouth
Michigan City58Mishawaka55 
South Bend Adams57South Bend Riley47 
Elkhart
Penn67Warsaw56 
Concord49Elkhart47 
DeKalb
Fort Wayne Snider60Fort Wayne North59 
Fort Wayne Northrop83East Noble72 
Huntington North
Homestead56Huntington North43 
Fort Wayne South78Columbia City39 
Logansport
Lafayette Jeff47McCutcheon36 
Harrison (West Lafayette)75Marion65 
Noblesville
Noblesville67Zionsville53 
Westfield62Fishers44 
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine63Muncie Central57 
North Central (Indianapolis)
Lawrence North53Indianapolis Attucks40 
Ben Davis
Southport67Pike63 
Ben Davis73Indianapolis Roncalli40 
Terre Haute North
Terre Haute North64Mooresville52 
Plainfield77Terre Haute South70 
Greenwood
Franklin63Shelbyville39 
Franklin Central37Greenwood29
Martinsville
Bloomington North48Columbus East37 
Bloomington South44Martinsville42 
Seymour
Jeffersonville61Bedford North Lawrence48 
Floyd Central61Jennings County542OT
Evansville North
Evansville Reitz66Evansville Central40 
Evansville North57Jasper44 
CLASS 3A
Hanover Central
Lighthouse CPA59Griffith52 
Kankakee Valley
Culver Academy60Kankakee Valley46 
Mishawaka Marian
South Bend Clay59Jimtown56 
John Glenn46South Bend Washington35 
Maconaquah
Benton Central43West Lafayette30 
Wawasee
Tippecanoe Valley60West Noble55 
Garrett
Leo48Angola15 
Norwell
Norwell72Heritage54 
Bellmont54Mississinewa43 
New Castle
Jay County44New Castle33 
Yorktown45Delta36 
Frankfort
Tri-West52Crawfordsville46 
Edgewood
Edgewood65South Vermillion57 
Lebanon
Brebeuf Jesuit83Indianapolis Shortridge48 
Indianapolis Chatard64Christel House Manual62 
Speedway
Beech Grove73Indianapolis Herron31 
Indianapolis Washington65Indian Creek63 
Connersville
Lawrenceburg48Rushville35 
Salem
North Harrison55Charlestown41 
Princeton
Pike Central43Princeton37 
Boonville
Gibson Southern52Heritage Hills48 
Evansville Bosse86Mount Vernon (Posey)48 
CLASS 2A
North Judson
Westville63Boone Grove45 
Westview
Central Noble71Churubusco55 
Bluffton
Whitko49South Adams36 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk70Manchester39 
Winamac
Lewis Cass74Rochester40 
Winamac49Delphi34 
Western Boone
Clinton Prairie46Western Boone39 
Fountain Central51Seeger46OT
Tipton
Madison-Grant59Blackford43 
Tipton61Taylor48 
Alexandria
Lapel53Alexandria31 
Hagerstown
Northeastern49Shenandoah46OT
Knightstown55Hagerstown47 
Park Tudor
Heritage Christian69Park Tudor54 
Covenant Christian36Indianapolis Scecina31 
South Putnam
Parke Heritage58Cloverdale33 
South Ripley
North Decatur57Milan50 
Southwestern (Hanover)
Switzerland County52Austin50 
Southwestern (Hanover)45Henryville37 
Tell City
Paoli42Crawford County36 
North Knox
Eastern Greene41North Knox33 
Southridge
North Posey38Southridge37 
Forest Park63Tecumseh39 
CLASS 1A
Kouts
Kouts59Morgan Twp.52 
Triton
Argos79West Central28 
Fremont
Fremont88Hamilton22 
Tri-County
North White74Tri-County52 
Pioneer42Frontier29 
Southern Wells
Southwood56Northfield50 
Lakeland Christian58Smith Academy47 
Attica
Faith Christian50Attica44 
Lafayette Central Catholic64Clinton Central38 
Wes-Del
Liberty Christian83Tri-Central64 
Daleville74Anderson Prep Academy25 
Blue River
Blue River61Union City54 
Randolph Southern 87Seton Catholic71
White River Valley
Bloomfield50Shakamak35 
Bethesda Christian
Traders Point Christian57Indiana Deaf39 
Indianapolis Lutheran
Greenwood Christian61Providence Cristo Rey41 
Indianapolis Lutheran60Central Christian38
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Jac-Cen-Del62Rising Sun48 
Borden
Rock Creek Academy72New Washington44 
Christian Academy61Lanesville28 
Edinburgh
West Washington53Shawe Memorial38 
Edinburgh57Trinity Lutheran38 
Loogootee
North Daviess71Washington Catholic19 
Orleans49Loogootee45OT
Springs Valley
Cannelton64Vincennes Rivet52 
Springs Valley67Wood Memorial36 

INDIANA BOYS SECTIONAL GAMES WEDNESDAY

LAKE CENTRAL SECTIONAL

Hammond Central (15-7) vs. Highland (6-16)

Gary West (7-13) vs. Munster (19-4)

PORTAGE SECTIONAL

Valparaiso (19-4) vs. Merrillville (8-14)

Chesterton (23-0) vs. Lowell (0-22)

GREENFIELD SECTIONAL

Pendleton Heights (8-15) vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) (19-2)

Greenfield-Central (15-7) at Anderson (19-4)

NORTH CENTRAL SECTIONAL

North Central (Indianapolis) (16-7) at Indianapolis Cathedral (19-6)

Lawrence Central (6-15) vs. Indianapolis Tech (17-7)

MACONAQUAH SECTIONAL

Twin Lakes (14-8) at Maconaquah (17-5)

Peru (17-2) vs. Western (13-8)

GARRETT SECTIONAL

Woodlan (15-8) vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger (12-9)

Fort Wayne Concordia (11-11) at Garrett (5-17)

FRANKFORT SECTIONAL

Danville (17-5) vs. Greencastle (8-15)

Frankfort (9-12) at Monrovia (6-16)

EDGEWOOD SECTIONAL

West Vigo (13-11) vs. Northview (15-9)

Owen Valley (8-12) vs. Brown County (2-19)

CONNERSVILLE SECTIONAL

Greensburg (20-4) at Connersville (18-6)

Franklin County (16-5) vs. Batesville (10-12)

SALEM SECTIONAL

Salem (5-16) at Silver Creek (11-12)

Madison (6-17) vs. Scottsburg (14-8)

WHITING SECTIONAL

Andrean (7-14) vs. Illiana Christian (21-2)

Lake Station (19-3) vs. Bowman Academy (1-15)

NORTH JUDSON SECTIONAL

North Judson (18-5) at South Bend Career (8-15)

South Central (Union Mills) (3-18) vs. LaVille (4-17)

WESTVIEW SECTIONAL

Fairfield (14-8) vs. Bremen (12-10)

Eastside (23-1) at Westview (7-15)

BLUFFTON SECTIONAL

Wabash (14-8) vs. Adams Central (14-7)

Fort Wayne Canterbury (8-14) at Bluffton (4-18)

ALEXANDRIA SECTIONAL

Frankton (13-9) vs. Wapahani (18-4)

Monroe Central (21-0) vs. Elwood (1-20)

HAGERSTOWN SECTIONAL

Union County (7-15) vs. Eastern Hancock (17-5)

Cambridge City Lincoln (7-12) vs. Centerville (0-21)

SOUTH PUTNAM SECTIONAL

Riverton Parke (6-17) vs. Southmont (16-6)

Cascade (8-14) vs. North Putnam (18-4)

KOUTS SECTIONAL

Hammond Science & Tech (2-16) vs. Gary 21st Century (18-4)

jh PREDICTION: 21st Century, 95-29.

Washington Twp. (4-16) vs. Covenant Christian (DeMotte) (6-15)

TRITON SECTIONAL

Trinity Greenlawn (15-7) at Triton (15-7)

Oregon-Davis (3-18) vs. Culver (6-15)

WRV SECTIONAL

White River Valley (5-16) at Clay City (9-13)

Bloomington Lighthouse (15-8) vs. North Central (Farmersburg) (13-8)

BETHESDA SECTIONAL

Indianapolis Metropolitan (10-12) vs. Indianapolis Riverside (6-9)

Indianapolis International (5-14) vs. Indiana Math & Science (15-9)

SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONAL

Hauser (9-13) vs. Morristown (3-17)

Southwestern (Shelbyville) (9-12) at Oldenburg Academy (5-15)

FINAL AP INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS

CLASS 4A

1. CHESTERTON (12)               23-0   240  1

2. FISHERS                                21-2   206  2

3. CARMEL                               17-5   151  4

4. HOMESTEAD                       19-5   147  3

5. BEN DAVIS                           18-6   125  5

6. PENN                                    20-2   121  6

7. MT.VERNON (FORTVILLE) 19-2   111  7

8. CATHEDRAL                        19-6   85   8

9. VALPARAISO                     19-4   75   9

10. ANDERSON                      19-4   73   10

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: LAWRENCE NORTH 35. BLOOMINGTON NORTH 26. FLOYD CENTRAL 15. LAFAYETTE JEFF 9. TERRE HAUTE NORTH 8. JASPER 7. LAFAYETTE HARRISON 6.

 CLASS 3A

1. GLENN (10)                                 21-2   236  1

2. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (2)      19-3   209  2

3. NORTHWOOD                            22-2   177  5

4. SULLIVAN                                    21-2   134  3

5. BROWNSTOWN                        20-3   121  8

6. NEW CASTLE                              17-4   109  9

7. NORWELL                                   19-4   92   6

8. LEO                                              16-5   84   4

9. CONNERSVILLE                         18-6   78   10

10. GREENSBURG                         20-4   62   NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PERU 55. BREBEUF JESUIT 44. N. HARRISON 27. S. BEND WASHINGTON 12.

CLASS 2A

1. MONROE CENTRAL (11)           21-0   230  1

2. EASTSIDE                                    23-1   206  2

3. CENTRAL NOBLE                        22-2   190  3

4. FT. WAYNE BLACKHAWK (1)   19-4   180  5

5. LINTON-STOCKTON                  20-4   136  4

6. CARROLL (FLORA)                    20-1   116  6

7. WAPAHANI                               18-4   103  7

8. S. SPENCER                               18-3   89   8

9. EASTERN HANCOCK               17-5   67   10

10. LAKE STATION                      19-3   54   NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: NORTHEASTERN 36. PARK TUDOR 18. CLINTON PRAIRIE 15.

CLASS A

1. GARY 21ST CENTURY (5)        18-4   222  2

2. N. DAVIESS (7)                          20-3   214  1

3. LOOGOOTEE                             18-5   166  4

4. BARR-REEVE                             16-7   148  5

5. N. WHITE                                  18-3   144  6

6. TINDLEY                                     16-7   131  7

7. EDINBURGH                             19-3   114  8

8. BLOOMFIELD                           17-6   103  3

9. LUTHERAN                               15-5   57   10

10. JAC-CEN-DEL                        17-5   42   NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: LAFAYETTE CATHOLIC 26. ARGOS 19. COVINGTON 18. METROPOLITAN 16. BLUE RIVER 14. BORDEN 6.

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE

SENIOR ALL-STATE

SUPREME 15

KURYN BRUNSON, FRANKLIN

JESSICA CARROTHERS, CROWN POINT

KATE CLARKE, CARMEL

ALYSSA CROCKETT, WESTFIELD

KORYN GREIWE, COLUMBUS EAST

ALLY MADDEN, BLUE RIVER VALLEY

TERESA MAGGIO, MCCUTCHEON

KYNIDI MASON-STRIVERSON, SILVER CREEK

AYANNA PATTERSON, HOMESTEAD

MILA REYNOLDS, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

ZOE STEWART, TERRE HAUTE NORTH

LILLY STODDARD, CROWN POINT

ALAINA THORNE, WASHINGTON

ASHLYN TRAYLOR, FRANKLIN

TANYUEL WELCH, NORTH CENTRAL

LARGE SCHOOL ALL-STATE

TAYLOR BOWEN, CULVER ACADEMY

HOPE FOX, EAST CENTRAL

DESTINEE HOOKS, NORTH CENTRAL

KENNA KIRBY, TRI-WEST

KENCIA LEVASSEUR, WASHINGTON

JYAH LOVETT, FORT WAYNE SNIDER

JULIA MANTYLA, NORTHRIDGE

LILLY MAPLE, MACONAQUAH

MORGAN OSTROWSKI, GARRETT

JADA PATTON, PENN

KELLY RATIGAN, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH

ABBY SANNER, WARSAW

OLIVIA SMITH, FORT WAYNE SOUTH

KENNEDY TOLEN, BENTON CENTRAL

ELLIE WILKERSON, PLAINFIELD

SMALL SCHOOL ALL-STATE

LAURYN BATES, FRANKTON

KARSYN CHERRY, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

MARIAH CLAYWELL, UNION CITY

MACIE COUCHENOUR, SOUTH KNOX

HAILEY CRIPE, PIONEER

OLIVIA FAUST, TRITON CENTRAL

ELLIA FOSTER, BREMEN

MADILYNN HUDSPETH, OREGON-DAVIS

HAILEE KLINE, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN

KAYBREE OXLEY, TECUMSEH

GRAYCIE POE, NORTH KNOX

JESSIE RINGEN, RENSSELAER CENTRAL

ABIGAIL TOMBLIN, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)

KYLA WILLIS, NORTH PUTNAM

ELLA WOLFE, TIPTON

UNDERCLASS ALL-STATE

SUPREME 15

ASHLYNN BROOKE, PIONEER

CRISTEN CARTER, BEN DAVIS

NEVAEH FOSTER, MISHAWAKA MARIAN

LAILA HULL, ZIONSVILLE

RASHUNDA JONES, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

MCKENNA LAYDEN, NORTHWESTERN

KARSYN NORMAN, BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

JORDYN POOLE, FORT WAYNE SNIDER

MAKAYA PORTER, MISHAWAKA MARIAN

AMIYAH REYNOLDS, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

KIRA REYNOLDS, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

ASHLYNN SHADE, NOBLESVILLE

CHLOE SPREEN, BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

JOSIE TRABEL, EAST CENTRAL

JULIANN WOODARD, JENNINGS COUNTY

LARGE SCHOOL ALL-STATE

ANIYAH BISHOP, LAKE CENTRAL

OLIVIA BROWN, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

DESTINI CRAIG, FORT WAYNE SNIDER

ASIA DONALD, HOBART

ISABELLA GIZZI, NEW PALESTINE

BAILEY KELHAM, GARRETT

JAYLAH LAMPLEY, LAWRENCE CENTRAL

RILEY MAKALUSKY, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

ELLERY MINCH, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE)

HAILEY SMITH, FISHERS

RENNA SCHWIETERMAN, JAY COUNTY

SAIGE STAHL, COLUMBUS EAST

ALISON STEPHENS, HOMESTEAD

MEREDITH TIPPNER, NOBLESVILLE

REAGAN WILSON, NOBLESVILLE

SMALL SCHOOL ALL-STATE

CAITLYN CAMPBELL, WINCHESTER

ALLY CAPOUCH, KOUTS

MACI CHAMBERLIN, BLUE RIVER VALLEY

KELSEY DUBOIS, UNIVERSITY

KENZIE FULKS, BETHESDA CHRISTIAN

BREA GARBER, FAIRFIELD

ALLI HARNESS, CARROLL (FLORA)

BAILEY PARHAM, TRI

ASHLEE SCHRAM, TIPTON

PAYTON SEAY, UNIVERSITY

EMMA SPERRY, FRANKTON

BAILEY TABELING, TRINITY LUTHERAN

AMBER TRETTER, FOREST PARK

MADISON WAGNER, CARROLL (FLORA)

LINZIE WERNERT, LANESVILLE

HONORABLE MENTION

SENIORS: ASHLYNN ALLMAN, LAPEL; NATALEY ARMSTRONG, GARRETT; TRINITY BARNES, GARY WEST; ELLA BICKEL, HERITAGE; MEGAN BOLEN, KNOX; GENESIS BOROM, PORTAGE; KATIE BREMER, CATHEDRAL; DIANA BURGHER, NORTH HARRISON; CHLOE CARDINAL, VINCENNES LINCOLN; MIA CATEY, MISSISSINEWA; JORDAN COON, CASTLE; KIRSTEN CROSS, LAWRENCEBURG; PATTY CHIKAMBA, UNIVERSITY; CHLOE CHURILLA, HIGHLAND; CAITLIN CONN, NORTH WHITE; KENDALL DAVISON, CLINTON CENTRAL; MIRANDA DEANE, SOUTHPORT; MADELYNN DENNY, MOORESVILLE; CORTNEY DOVE, PRINCETON; JESSIE DUVALL, SWITZERLAND COUNTY; ELIZABETH EDMONDS, ARGOS; MARISA ESQUIVEL, GRIFFITH; DELANIE GALE, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS); NICHOLE GARNER, WALDRON; JAIDN GREEN, EVANSVILLE NORTH; ARIEL HELM, LAWRENCE NORTH; DARRYN HOOD, TINDLEY; DEMARIA KING, CHARLESTOWN; LYNDSEY KOBZA, KOUTS; DAKOTAH KROHN, WOODLAN; DANI KROEGER, VINCENNES LINCOLN; KENNEDY KUGLER, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS; CHRISTINA LAMB, CASCADE; KELSI LANGLEY, TAYLOR; HALEY LANTER, WINCHESTER; BELLA LARRISON, WALDRON; KYLAH LAWSON, COLUMBUS NORTH; LAUREN LEACH, ANGOLA; JESSE LEDGERWOOD, WASHINGTON; LEXI LINDER, FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER; KATHRYN LOSO, GUERIN CATHOLIC; HADLEY LYTTON, HERITAGE HILLS; ANNIKA MARLOW, RUSHVILLE; GRACE MARSHALL, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN; REBEKAH MARSHALL, COLUMBIA CITY; CHLOE MCCLAIN, KOKOMO; MADDIE MCSURLEY, NEW PRAIRIE; MADDY MEEK, NEW CASTLE; BRIE MILLER, SOUTH PUTNAM; GENA MOORE, WINCHESTER; JAELYNNE MURRAY, PIKE; TYNLIE NEAL, CLINTON PRAIRIE; KALIAH NEIGHBORS, EVANSVILLE NORTH; NATALIE NIEHAUS, CASTLE; NATALIE NOEL, SALEM; ANNA PARENT, FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS; CAMIELL PERRY, SPEEDWAY; ABIGAIL RATTS, SALEM; JOZEE RHODES, PLAINFIELD; JADA RHONEHOUSE, FREMONT; KATIE RICE, NORTH MONTGOMERY; JORDAN RICHMOND, AVON; MICHELLE RODKEY, ROSSVILLE; EMME ROONEY, SILVER CREEK; EMILY ROPER, CARMEL; JORDYN SARVER, MITCHELL; ISABELLE SAYLOR, TRI-WEST; JASI SCAIFE, MUNCIE CENTRAL; TAYLOR SCHOONVELD, KANKAKEE VALLEY; TRESSA SENESAC, BENTON CENTRAL; HALLE SHELT, PARK TUDOR; MARISSA SHELTON, SOUTH BEND ADAMS; CARLY SHERFIELD, EDGEWOOD; GRACIE SHORTER, SULLIVAN; SYDNEY SIEROTA, SILVER CREEK; DAVINA SMITH, MERRILLVILLE; JAZMYN SMITH, WEST NOBLE; JADA STANSBERRY, ALEXANDRIA; MADDIE SWINGLE, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE); AUDREY TALLENT, PLAINFIELD; MACEY TIMBERMAN, NORTHVIEW; HALEY THOMAS, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE); LEXI THOMAS, ROCHESTER; ADRIE THOMPSON, TRI-WEST; KELSEY WAGGONER, CARDINAL RITTER; ANNABELLE WILLIAMS, JAC-CEN-DEL; ALEXIS WINES, LEBANON; DELANEY WOLFE, MARTINSVILLE; TAREN YATES, TRITON; JESSIE YELASKA, JOHN GLENN.

UNDERCLASS: TORI ALLEN, ANDREAN; LEAH BACHMANN, COLUMBUS EAST; MOLLY BAKER, COLUMBIA CITY; CARLEY BARRETT, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC; ADDISON BAXTER, COLUMBIA CITY; ASIAH BAXTER, WARREN CENTRAL; CARLEY BEGLE, FOREST PARK; GIOVONNIE BELTON, PIKE; SKYLAR BOS, COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE); ADDISON BOWSMAN, TWIN LAKES; CHANEY BROWN, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL; AMIYAH BUCHANAN, EVANSVILLE NORTH; CAMERAN CAHALL, MADISON; BRADIE CHAMBERS, LINTON-STOCKTON; AUBREY COLE, SEEGER; KENNEDY COLEMAN, CHARLESTOWN; AVA COUCH, NORTH CENTRAL; TAYLOR DELP, PLYMOUTH; JENNA DONOHOO, TECUMSEH; TAYLOR DOUBLE, HUNTINGTON NORTH; KYLEE EDWARDS, SHELBYVILLE; AIJIA ELLIOTT, KOKOMO; ALIVIA ELMORE, JENNINGS COUNTY; EVA FISHER, NORTHRIDGE; RILEY FLINN, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE); TAYLOR FORDYCE, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE); LAUREN FOSTER, INDIAN CREEK; KENNEDY FUELLING, NORWELL; KENZIE GARNER, SHERIDAN; NASIYA GAUSE, LAKE STATION EDISON; ARIANNA GERKIN, VINCENNES LINCOLN; LAYLA GOLD, CATHEDRAL; CHLOEY GRAHAM, GIBSON SOUTHERN; TAYLOR GUESS, BEN DAVIS;

KENDALL HALE, CANNELTON; RACHEL HARSHMAN, MOORESVILLE; ELLA HAUPERT, SOUTHWOOD; KYRA HILL, GOSHEN; JACKLYNN HOSIER, ALEXANDRIA; JOURNEY HOWARD, NEW ALBANY; KEYLEE HUDSON, EASTERN GREENE; NEVAEH JACKSON, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP; SANIYA JACKSON, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP; SOPHIE JOHNSON, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL; RHYLAN KALB, NORTHEAST DUBOIS; CLAIR KLINGER, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP; MORGAN LAWRENCE, WINCHESTER; OLIVIA LEAS, BLACKFORD; GRACIE LITTLE, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP; CAROLINE LONG, WESTERN;

OLIVIA MARKS, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS); REAGAN MARTIN, OWEN VALLEY; EMILY MATTINGLY, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL; KYIA MCKINLEY, EASTERN (PEKIN); KADENCE MELLOTT, TIPPECANOE VALLEY; SOPHIA MORRISON, EASTBROOK; KATIE MOYER, BREMEN; OLIVIA NICKERSON, TWIN LAKES; BAILEY ORME, CORYDON CENTRAL; ABBY PARSONS, CASCADE; FAITH RIEHL, LAKELAND; TESSA ROBERTSON, NORTH WHITE; CAMRYN RUNNER, HAMILTON HEIGHTS; ISABEL SCALES, CASTON; KYNDRA SHEETS, COLUMBIA CITY; AVAH SMITH, WOODLAN; OLIVIA SMITH, FISHERS; GABBY SPINK, GIBSON SOUTHERN; GRACE STAPLETON, EASTERN HANCOCK; KENDALL STERLING, SEYMOUR; MOLLY STOCK, HOMESTEAD; SAMIYAH STOUT, ELKHART; 

MACKENZIE THOMAS, CARMEL; TORI THOMPSON, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC; ADRIANNE TOLEN, WEST LAFAYETTE; JOSIE VAUGHN, CORYDON CENTRAL; MADISON VICE, CENTRAL NOBLE; ADDYSON VIERS, TRITON; KAYCIE WARFEL, PENDLETON HEIGHTS; WHITNEY WARFEL, PENDLETON HEIGHTS; SYDNEY WARRAN, CASCADE; LIV WATERS, BLACKFORD; AVA WEBER, CORYDON CENTRAL; RILEY WHITLOCK, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE); MYLIE WILKISON, GREENSBURG; ZOE WILLEMS, BETHANY CHRISTIAN; VANESSA WIMBERLY, LAKE CENTRAL; CAMRYN WISE, WAPAHANI; FAITH WISEMAN, INDIAN CREEK; ISABELLE WOOTEN, DANVILLE.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#2 ARIZONA 91 #16 USC 71

#4 DUKE 86 PITTSBURGH 56

TCU 74 #6 KANSAS 64

#7 KENTUCKY 83 OLE MISS 72

#10 WISCONSIN 70 #8 PURDUE 67

#11 VILLANOVA 76 #9 PROVIDENCE 74

#13 TENNESSEE 75 GEORGIA 68

#14 HOUSTON 71 CINCINNATI 53

NEBRASKA 78 #23 OHIO STATE 70

OAKLAND 69 IUPUI 58

MICHIGAN 87 MICHIGAN STATE 70

DAYTON 55 RICHMOND 53

AKRON 79 BALL STATE 60

TOLEDO 92 BUFFALO 76

BOWLING GREEN 80 OHIO 77

DETROIT 79 GREEN BAY 62

MIAMI OHIO 75 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 61

WESTERN MICHIGAN 71 EASTERN MICHIGAN 60

SOUTH CAROLINA 73 MISSOURI 69

OKLAHOMA 72 WEST VIRGINIA 59

ROBERT MORRIS 77 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 73

KENT STATE 63 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 55

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 80 MILWAUKEE 69

VCU 74 ST. BONAVENTURE 51

BOISE STATE 73 NEVADA 67

AIR FORCE 58 SAN JOSE STATE 54

VIRGINIA 75 LOUISVILLE 43

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ROBERT MORRIS 70 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 56

SETON HALL 74 XAVIER 53

OAKLAND 54 WRIGHT STATE 45

MILWAUKEE 55 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 46

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 73 DETROIT 50

NBA SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 116 DETROIT 113

BOSTON 107 ATLANTA 98

TORONTO 109 BROOKLYN 108

LA CLIPPERS 113 HOUSTON 100

MINNESOTA 129 GOLDEN STATE 114

DALLAS 109 LA LAKERS 104

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 5 OTTAWA 2

EDMONTON 3 PHILADELPHIA 0

COLUMBUS 4 NEW JERSEY 3

DETROIT 4 CAROLINA 3

CALGARY 5 MINNESOTA 1

WINNIPEG 8 MONTRÉAL 4

COLORADO 5 NY ISLANDERS 3

VEGAS 3 SAN JOSE 1

ANAHEIM 4 BOSTON 3

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES

MLB cancels opening day after sides fail to end lockout

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball’s financial fight cost regular-season games for the first time in 27 years when often acrimonious talks to end a management lockout collapsed Tuesday and Commissioner Rob Manfred scrapped March 31 openers.

With owners and players unable to agree on a contract to replace the collective bargaining agreement that expired Dec. 1, Manfred canceled the first two series for each of the 30 teams, cutting each club’s schedule from 162 games to likely 156 at most. A total of 91 games were erased.

“We exhausted every possibility of reaching an agreement before the cancellation of games,” Manfred said during a news conference in the left-field corner of Roger Dean Stadium as fans outside the spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals chanted: “We want baseball!”

Five miles away and 90 minutes later, the players’ association held its own news conference at a hotel, with union head Tony Clark and chief negotiator Bruce Meyer flanked by pitchers Max Scherzer and Andrew Miller – both members of the union’s eight-man executive subcommittee – and Noah Syndergaard seated among about a dozen players in the audience.

“This has been making in the years, seeing things that have happened over the course specifically of this last CBA,” Scherzer said, “things that have happened to different players in certain situations, that we absolutely have to have corrections.”

Manfred vowed players will not receive salary or major league service for games missed, exacerbating already visceral anger of the roughly 1,200 players locked into a contest of will against 30 controlling owners. Manfred maintained daily interleague play made rescheduling impossible.

“To say they won’t reschedule games if games are canceled or they won’t pay players for those games that are canceled is solely their position,” Meyer said. “We would have a different position.”

Talks that began last April went nowhere, and MLB locked out players Dec. 2 in the sport’s first work stoppage since 1995. There were just six economic negotiating sessions over the next 2 1/2 months in New York, but more intensive talks began Feb. 21 in Florida.

After 13 negotiating sessions over 16 1/2 hours Monday, the sides recessed at 2:30 a.m. having made progress but still far apart on key economic issues.

Tone changed with the daylight, and the league sent the players what it termed a “best offer” on the ninth straight day of talks. The union held a Zoom call of 30-40 players and reacted angrily with a rejection. Both sides said they were leaving town, and there was no date scheduled for bargaining to resume.

At 5:07 p.m. of the lockout’s 90th day, Manfred declared the opposite of play ball!

“Against that backdrop of growing revenues and record profits for owners of the league,” Clark said, “players seek and deserve nothing more than fundamental fairness.”

Baseball’s ninth work stoppage will be the fourth causing regular-season games to be canceled, leaving ballparks quiet from Fenway Park to Dodger Stadium.

Caught in the crossfire of the money fight, players said they would only discuss – but not commit to – possible on-field changes that Manfred says are needed, such as pitch clocks and the elimination of defensive shifts. An expanded postseason was another casualty – for now.

“Manfred gotta go,” tweeted Chicago Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman.

The bulk of fan ire on social media was aimed at Manfred, who was spotted practicing his golf swing between bargaining sessions by an Associated Press photographer Tuesday. Others were upset that Manfred was laughing and jovial with reporters at his news conference announcing the cancellation.

“Have no clue how he has the ability to laugh about anything right now,” Los Angeles Angels pitcher Michael Lorenzen tweeted. “Mind is blown.”

Players are angry payrolls decreased by 4% from 2015 through last year and many teams jettisoned a portion of high-priced veteran journeymen in favor of lower-priced youth.

“The game has suffered damage for a while now. … The game has been manipulated,” Clark said. “The value inherent and how players are respected and viewed has changed. Players have been commoditized, monetized in a way that is really hard to explain.”

Some clubs gave up on competing in the short term to better position themselves for future seasons.

“We have been screaming for years about competition issues,” Miller said.

The sport will be upended by its second shortened season in three years following a 2020 schedule cut to 60 games because of the pandemic. The disruption will create another issue if 15 days are wiped out and stars such as Shohei Ohtani, Pete Alonso, Jake Cronenworth and Jonathan India would be delayed an extra year from free agency.

Players would lose $20.5 million in salary for each day of the season that is canceled, according to a study by the AP, and the 30 teams would lose large sums that are harder to pin down.

The first 86 games of the 1973 season were canceled by a strike over pension negotiations, the 1981 season was fractured by a 50-day midseason strike over free agency compensation rules that canceled 713 games, and a strike that started in August 1994 over management’s attempt to gain a salary cap canceled the final 669 regular-season games and the World Series. It also led to a three-week delay of the 1995 season, when schedules were cut from 162 games to 144.

The most contentious proposals involve luxury tax thresholds, the size of a new bonus pool for pre-arbitration players and minimum salaries.

MLB proposed raising the tax threshold from $210 million to $220 million in each of the next three seasons, $224 million in 2025 and $230 million in 2026.

“We have a payroll disparity problem,” Manfred said, “and to weaken the only mechanism in the agreement that’s designed to promote some semblance of competitive balance is just something that I don’t think the club group is prepared to do right now.”

Players asked for $238 million this year, $244 million in 2023, $250 million in 2024, $256 million in 2025 and $263 million in 2026.

“We’re seeing it act as a salary cap,” Scherzer said. “The San Diego Padres have the higher payroll than the New York Yankees.”

MLB offered $25 million annually for a new bonus pool for pre-arbitration players, and the union $85 million this year, with $5 million yearly increases.

“There’s dollars to be allocated toward them that would fairly compensate their contributions on the field, more so than what’s on the table,” Scherzer said.

MLB proposed raising the minimum salary from $570,500 to $700,000 this year, with increases of $10,000 annually, and the union asked for $725,000 this year, $745,000 in 2023, $765,000 in 2024 and increases for 2025 and 2026 based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners.

“The last five years have been very difficult years from a revenue perspective for the industry given the pandemic,” Manfred said.

No. 10 Badgers nip No. 8 Purdue for share of Big Ten title

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Chucky Hepburn tried to keep a straight face as the freshman insisted he knew his game-winning 3-pointer was accurate as soon as he took the shot.

The laughter from his teammates told a different story.

Hepburn banked in a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to give No. 10 Wisconsin a 70-67 victory over No. 8 Purdue on Tuesday night that clinched the Badgers a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

“I knew we were about to be Big Ten champs after I released it,” Hepburn said before breaking out a grin.

The Badgers have plenty of reason to smile.

Wisconsin (24-5, 15-4 Big Ten) has won five straight and now has at least a share of its 20th Big Ten regular-season title. A victory Sunday at home against Nebraska would give the Badgers their first outright conference title since 2015, when they went on to reach the NCAA Tournament championship game.

Throughout its surprising season, Wisconsin’s heard criticism that it’s been lucky because it has won so many close games. This time, even the Badgers themselves could laugh at Hepburn’s good fortune.

“I’m not going to lie,” Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis said during the wild postgame celebration. “That was some bull… when that went in.”

Each of Wisconsin’s last two baskets came on bank shots. Davis banked in a jumper from just inside the 3-point line to extend Wisconsin’s lead to 67-64 with 25 seconds left.

“In terms of what we did at the end of the game, I wouldn’t trade anything,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “I thought our defense on Johnny Davis when he banked it in was good. I thought our defense on Hepburn when he banked it in was good. You get beat by two good shots that are so far off they bank in, it’s bad luck right there.”

After Wisconsin’s Brad Davison missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey tied the game by sinking a 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds remaining. The Badgers worked the ball to Hepburn, who calmly fired the winning shot from in front of Wisconsin’s bench.

Hepburn celebrated by running toward the student section on the opposite end of the floor with his arms outstretched. The freshman guard finished the night with a career-high 17 points.

“He’s had a moxie and a calm to him all year,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “He plays beyond his age, so to speak. At that position, that’s difficult. It’s like being a freshman quarterback.”

As Purdue tried to set up a desperation 3-point attempt, Wisconsin’s Tyler Wahl intercepted Trevion Williams’ inbounds pass. Wahl threw the ball aloft as the horn sounded and Wisconsin’s students stormed the court. That student section had created a raucous environment all night long.

“It was so loud at one point my ears were literally ringing,” Davis said.

All season long, Wisconsin has figured out a way to make winning plays when a game’s on the line.

The Badgers have won each of the last 15 times they’ve played a game that was decided by six points or fewer. Wisconsin’s only loss in those types of games was a 63-58 home decision against No. 11 Providence on Nov. 15 when a lower-body injury prevented Davis from playing.

The Badgers also completed first regular-season sweep of the Boilermakers (24-6, 13-6) since 2014, as the Badgers won 74-69 at Purdue on Jan. 3. They’ve now won each of the last 15 times they’ve played a game that was decided by six points or fewer.

“We’ve been in games like this before, where we’ve gotten some breaks,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “They got some breaks in the end, but you have to give them credit. They also worked really hard to be in this position. They’ve won a lot of close games all year. It’s not like they’re not good at winning close games. They have found a way all year. They’ve got a special group.”

Wahl scored 19 points for Wisconsin, and Davis had 16 points and eight rebounds.

Ivey scored 22, Zach Edey had 17 and Sasha Stefanovic added 11 for Purdue, which lost its second straight. Ivey and Edey combined to score Purdue’s last 28 points.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Ivey and Edey were spectacular down the stretch, but they didn’t get enough help. Purdue also went just 11 of 20 on free-throw attempts, with Ivey going 3 of 9.

Wisconsin: Hepburn is only a freshman, but he showed Tuesday he has the savvy to lead the Badgers on a deep postseason run.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

If Wisconsin follows up this win with a victory over Nebraska, the Badgers should move up a few spots and could even crack the top five. Purdue is at risk of falling out of the top 10 for the first time this season. The Boilermakers have been in the top 10 for 17 straight weeks, the longest streak in program history.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Indiana on Saturday

Wisconsin: Hosts Nebraska on Sunday.

No. 2 Arizona throttles No. 16 USC to win Pac-12 title

LOS ANGELES (AP) Bennedict Mathurin scored 19 points and Kerr Kriisa added 18 to help No. 2 Arizona wrap up its first Pac-12 Conference regular-season title in four seasons with a 91-71 rout of No. 16 Southern California on Tuesday night.

Justin Kier scored 12 points as the Wildcats (26-3, 16-2) rebounded from an out-of-character double digit loss at Colorado over the weekend.

Max Agbonkpolo scored 14 points, while Drew Petersen and Chevez Goodwin had 10 points each as the second-place Trojans (25-5, 14-5) saw their six-game winning streak come to an end. USC lost its first game since Feb. 5 when they failed to hold on to a second-half lead at Arizona in a 72-63 defeat.

The Trojans fell into a second-place tie in the conference standings with UCLA. The winner of Saturday’s game between Los Angeles rivals will finish alone in second place.

Playing in a game that was rescheduled from Jan. 2 because of USC’s COVID-19 concerns, Arizona had no issue with its third game in six days. The Wildcats led 17-8 at the first timeout just over five minutes into the game, went up by 20 for the first time with just under three minutes remaining in the first half and shot 55% (22 of 40) before halftime.

In winning their first regular-season conference title since the 2017-18 season, the Wildcats improved on their best overall record since they were 28-2 in 2013-14. Arizona also shot 48.1% from the field or better in all 10 of its Pac-12 road games.

Mathurin went 7 of 13 from the field for Arizona, while adding six assists and five rebounds. Dalen Terry and Oumar Ballo had 11 points each for the Wildcats.

Isaiah Mobley scored nine points for USC with a game-high 11 rebounds as the Trojans shot just 39.7% from the field and 22.2% (4 of 18) from 3-point range.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats not only rebounded from Saturday’s dreadful 16-point loss at Colorado, they finished the road portion of the schedule with an 8-3 record. There are nothing but home games and neutral courts ahead. Arizona closes the regular-season schedule with games against Stanford and Cal at Tucson, Ariz., where they are 15-0. On neutral courts Arizona is 2-0.

USC: The Trojans’ bid for a Pac-12 title fell short, although plenty of high-profile chances remain. USC gets cross-town rival UCLA next, putting a five-game winning streak against the Bruins on the line. The Trojans also head to the Pac-12 Conference Tournament next week at Las Vegas with a first-round bye in hand, then have the NCAA Tournament next with a chance to better last year’s Elite Eight run.

UP NEXT

Arizona: The Wildcats return home to face Stanford on Thursday.

No. 14 Houston tops Bearcats, takes AAC regular-season title

HOUSTON (AP) Fabian White Jr. had a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds as No. 14 Houston beat Cincinnati 71-53 on Tuesday night and clinched the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.

White scored 20 points in the first half as the Cougars (25-4, 14-2 AAC) built a 38-34 lead at the break. There were 16 lead changes and five ties in the first half.

“I’m always happy for my seniors, especially when they’re the leaders,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Fabian led this team. He’s led this team since Marcus (Sasser) and Tramon (Mark) went down (in December with season-ending injuries).”

Sampson said he doesn’t take winning games or championships for granted because he knows how hard it is and how hard his team has worked.

“Nothing happens easily,” Sampson said. “It’s hard to win a game. That’s the disconnect that people who have never coached or played don’t understand – how hard it is to win a game. . The problem with success is the more you have, the more it is taken for granted.”

White scored his previous career high of 22 points on Feb. 6 in Cincinnati.

“He’s about as good as anybody in this league this year,” Cincinnati coach Wes Miller said of White. “We’ve had a hard time with him both times we’ve seen Houston. His ability to play both inside and out causes so many problems.”

Josh Carlton had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kyler Edwards and Taze Moore each added 12 points for Houston, which shot 43% (23 for 54).

The Cougars won their fifth straight game and claimed the conference’s regular-season title for the third time in four seasons.

“This one hits a little different because we were counted out early in the season, even before conference even started,” White said of the conference title.

Houston outrebounded Cincinnati 41-28 and held an 18-6 advantage in second-chance points.

Mike Saunders Jr. scored 14 points, and John Newman III added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats (17-13, 7-10). Cincinnati shot 40% (20 for 50), including 8 for 27 from 3-point range. The Bearcats struggled from the free throw line, going 5 for 16.

Cincinnati has lost four straight games.

“I liked how we competed in the first 20 minutes,” Miller said. “I really liked it. Perfect? No. Some errors that were frustrating? Yes. I thought we competed our brains out for 20 minutes. I didn’t like the way we started the second half, and then, kind of in that hole again. We talked a lot about that, where you’re just kind of digging yourself into holes.”

The Cougars opened the second half by outscoring Cincinnati 22-9, capped by a three-point play by Edwards with nine minutes that gave Houston a 60-43 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Cincinnati: The Bearcats got 24 points from their bench. . Cincinnati’s 27 3-point attempts gave the team a school record with 771 3-point attempts this season. . Cincinnati scored a season low for a half with 19 second-half points.

“I thought we generated some really good looks in the second half,” Miller said. “You look down, and you’re 7 for 25 from the field, 3 for 16 from 3 and 2 for 8 from the free-throw line. I thought we just couldn’t get a couple of them to drop.”

Houston: The Cougars held a 32-20 advantage in points in the paint. . Houston made 20 of 24 shots from the line. . The win helps the Cougars, who are looking to strengthen their resume heading into the NCAA Tournament.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: Travels to SMU on Thursday.

Houston: Hosts Temple on Thursday.

No. 4 Duke rolls by Pitt 86-56 in Coach K’s final road game

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Krzyzewski’s final true road game at Duke ended like so many that came before it: with the fourth-ranked Blue Devils quickly quieting the crowd on their way to another blowout win.

Freshman guard Trevor Keels scored a career-high 27 points, Paolo Banchero added 21 and Duke clinched at least a share of its 13th Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title under Krzyzewski with an 86-56 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils (26-4, 16-3) wasted little time making sure Krzyzewski would pick up his ACC-record 201st road win, taking a 13-point lead before the game was four minutes old and cruising.

Krzyzewski improved to 272-154 in road games with the Blue Devils. Two of the losses have come at the Petersen Events Center since Pitt (11-19, 6-13) joined the ACC in 2013, including a stunning upset by the Panthers a year ago.

Not this time. The Blue Devils are bigger, deeper and more talented than Pitt and locked up the top-seed in next week’s ACC tournament with ease.

John Hugley led the Panthers with 19 points as Pitt dropped its third straight following a three-game winning streak.

Duke won its seventh straight to earn at least a share of the ACC regular-season title for the first time since 2010. The Blue Devils won the ACC tournament too on their way to the fourth of the program’s five national titles under Krzyzewski.

The Hall of Famer’s final team at Duke remains a work in progress, but the Blue Devils have been the class of the ACC during a down year for a powerhouse league Krzyzewski has helped define for more than four decades.

Duke’s three conference losses have been by a combined four points, and they head into Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night against North Carolina with some serious momentum. The Blue Devils’ last two wins have come by a combined 55 points.

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE

Pitt coach Jeff Capel played and coached under Krzyzewski before leaving to join the Panthers in 2018. Capel made it a point to honor his friend and mentor during a pregame ceremony that included a videotaped message featuring Capel, as well as former Duke star Dick Groat.

“Congratulations on the most amazing career in basketball,” Capel said. “You’ve given so much to the game and so much to us … I love you. I appreciate you. I am grateful for you and I wish you nothing but happiness and joy in stepping away from the game.”

Capel later presented Krzyzewski with a steel sculpture of a fist, with the four fingers and the thumb signaling the five pillars of Krzyzewski’s pillars of success.

The fist served as a metaphor for what awaited the Panthers, who were overwhelmed in the opening minutes as Duke raced to a 16-3 lead and was never really threatened.

Despite the comfortable margin, the 75-year-old Krzyzewski remained fully engaged.

After Pitt’s John Hughley opened the second half with a dunk, Krzyzewski sprung off the bench to employ Banchero to be more active, a talking-to that continued even after Duke quickly went back down the court to score. Krzyzewski animatedly led a timeout huddle even with his team up 24 and less than eight minutes to go, gesturing at each of his five players on the floor during the entire break.

A LASTING LEGACY

The family of former Panther standout Tom Richards awarded the men’s basketball program a $5 million gift to honor Richards, who died last October at age 66 following a long battle with cancer.

Richards was a point guard on the 1973-74 team that went 25-4 and reached the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament. Pitt will use the gift to help lead expansion and renovation efforts at the Petersen Events Center.

UP NEXT

Duke: Goes for the season sweep of the Tar Heels on Saturday night. The Blue Devils raced by North Carolina 87-67 in Chapel Hill on Feb. 5.

Pitt: Travels to Notre Dame on Saturday. The Fighting Irish edged the Panthers 68-67 on Dec. 28.

2021-22 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Honors Announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced its 2021-22 women’s basketball all-conference teams and individual award recipients Tuesday live on the Big Ten Network’s “B1G Today” show.

Iowa sophomore guard Caitlin Clark was chosen as Big Ten Player of the Year by both the conference coaches and a select panel of Big Ten media members, marking the fourth time in five seasons and eighth time overall that a Hawkeye has earned that honor. Clark is the first underclass player selected as Big Ten Player of the Year since 2015, when Ohio State freshman Kelsey Mitchell and Minnesota sophomore Amanda Zahui B. shared the award from the coaches and media, respectively. The last outright underclass recipient of the Big Ten Player of the Year honor was Ohio State sophomore Jantel Lavender in 2009.

Nebraska forward Alexis Markowski was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Michigan’s Kim Barnes Arico was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Northwestern junior guard Veronica Burton earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors for the third consecutive season, while Maryland freshman guard Shyanne Sellers was voted the Big Ten’s Sixth Player of the Year.

Clark, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, is a finalist for every major national player of the year award, leading the nation in scoring for the second consecutive season (27.5 ppg.) and also setting the pace in assists (8.3 apg.) this year, something no NCAA Division I women’s basketball player has ever done for an entire campaign — the only men’s basketball player to accomplish the feat was Oklahoma’s Trae Young in 2017-18. In addition, Clark has a conference-record (and NCAA-leading) five triple-doubles this season and six for her career, which ties the Big Ten all-time record held by former Iowa standout Samantha Logic (2011-15).

Markowski is the second Husker chosen as Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and the first since Jessica Shepard in 2016. Hailing from Lincoln, Neb., Markowski was an eight-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season — tying for third-most in conference history — and leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring (13.0 ppg.), rebounding (7.9 rpg.) and double-doubles (6).

Arico earns her second Big Ten Coach of the Year award, both in the past six seasons, having previously been recognized in 2017. Under her leadership, Michigan has been ranked in the top 10 nationally nearly every week this season, including program records for the highest-ever rankings in both major national polls (No. 4), and the Wolverines have appeared in all three of the NCAA’s regular-season top-16 seed reveals (most recently noted as the No. 8 national seed on Monday night). Arico has also been named to the Naismith Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List.

Burton enters seldom-seen territory as just the second three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, joining Penn State’s Tanisha Wright (2003-05). A semifinalist for the Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year award (and the only guard remaining on that list), the Newton, Mass., product leads the nation in steals (4.11 spg.) after winning that statistical national championship last year. With 111 total steals this season, she is also 10th on the Big Ten single-season list with the most thefts by a conference player since 2016-17, when former NU guard Ashley Deary had 118. Burton currently ranks second in Big Ten history with 388 career steals behind only Deary (429).

Sellers is the third Maryland student-athlete to receive the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honor and the first since Ieshia Small in 2018. Sellers is also the seventh freshman, and the third in the past four seasons, to be named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year since the award was first presented in 2006. A resident of Aurora, Ohio, Sellers was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season and is averaging 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while coming off the bench in 19 of 28 games for the Terrapins to date.

Clark and Michigan senior forward Naz Hillmon were unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selections by both the coaches and media, while Burton, Michigan State senior guard Nia Clouden and Ohio State junior guard Jacy Sheldon were unanimous first-team choices by the media. Burton was also a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team by both the coaches and media, while Markowski was unanimously voted to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by the coaches.

The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award recipients in the sport of women’s basketball on Tuesday, one from each conference school. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The complete All-Big Ten teams, as well as a list of other honorees can be found on the attached PDF.

All 13 games of this year’s Big Ten Tournament from March 2-6 will be televised live to a national audience, with the Big Ten Network carrying the first 12 games from the first-round contests on Wednesday through Saturday’s semifinals. All BTN games can also be seen live on the FOX Sports app.

Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game will be televised live on ESPN2 and will also be available on the ESPN app.

This year’s Big Ten Tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Follow all the Big Ten Tournament action on the official Tournament Central web site at bigten.org/WBBT and on Twitter @B1GWBBall (use the hashtags #B1GTourney and #B1GWBBall).

Russia excluded from more sports as sanctions mount

GENEVA (AP) More and more sports are following the appeal of the International Olympic Committee and banning Russian athletes from competing in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia was barred from competing in international ice skating, skiing, basketball, track and some tennis events Tuesday, a day after being kicked out of soccer competitions and hockey – Vladimir Putin’s favorite team sport. The decisions follow the IOC’s request to international sports federations to keep Russian athletes out of events they organize.

The International Skating Union, the body that runs the sport around the world, said no athletes from Russia or Belarus “shall be invited or allowed to participate” in events until further notice.

Belarus has been a key ally of Russia in its attack on Ukraine.

The world figure skating championships are scheduled for later this month in Montpellier, France. The ISU decision means Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova and 15-year-old teammate Kamila Valieva, who was the focus of a still-unresolved doping dispute at last month’s Winter Olympics, will be excluded from the competition.

The sports restrictions have drawn sharp criticism from Russia.

“Our country has always adhered to the principle that sport is beyond politics, but we are constantly drawn into the politics, because they understand the importance of sport in the lives of our Russian people,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, who was stripped of an IOC honor for organizing the 2014 Sochi Olympics, said Tuesday at a Sports Ministry meeting.

Russian and Belarusian tennis players including top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, who is Russian, will still be allowed to play on the ATP and WTA tours, but without national flags, and at the Grand Slams. The countries are barred from team competitions like the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup until further notice. Russian players won both last year and are already qualified for this year’s finals as defending champions.

In Norway, Russian cross-country skiers – who won 11 medals at the Beijing Olympics – were heading home after being excluded from competition by the International Ski Federation, known as FIS.

The decision came after a three-day standoff with Norwegian ski officials, who said they would refuse to let Russians and Belarusians race even if the governing body maintained its previous policy of allowing them to compete as neutral athletes.

“Firstly, I am glad that FIS has taken this decision,” said Norwegian ski federation president Erik Roste, who also sits on the governing body’s ruling council. “Then I have to be honest and say it has taken too long.”

The FIS position shifted Tuesday morning after its president, Johan Eliasch, took part in a conference call hosted by the IOC with the governing bodies of Olympic sports.

In track and field, Russia has been suspended since 2015 for doping violations but allowed to compete as “Authorized Neutral Athletes.” On Tuesday, the sport moved to a blanket ban on Russia and Belarus.

The governing body of track is run by Sebastian Coe. As an athlete, Coe defied calls to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and won a gold medal in the 1,500 meters.

“I have railed against the practice of politicians targeting athletes and sport to make political points when other sectors continue about their business,” Coe said. “This is different as governments, business and other international organizations have imposed sanctions and measures against Russia across all sectors. Sport has to step up and join these efforts to end this war and restore peace. We cannot and should not sit this one out.”

Russia was also suspended by the International Basketball Federation. That will hit Russia’s bid to qualify for next year’s men’s World Cup. Russia already had one qualifying game against the Netherlands called off last week. The Russian women’s team has qualified for a place at the World Cup in September.

The International Volleyball Federation said it had stripped Russia of hosting the men’s world championships in August and September and would seek another host country or countries.

“It would be impossible to prepare and stage the World Championships in Russia due to the war in Ukraine,” the FIVB board said.

Volleyball also suspended Russian teams and clubs from international events, while rowing, badminton, canoeing and triathlon decided to exclude Russian athletes from their competitions.

The sport of swimming, however, has so far chosen to ignore the recommendation from the IOC to ban Russians. The sport’s governing body, known as FINA, said Tuesday it would allow Russian and Belarusian swimmers to take part “as neutrals, competing under the FINA flag and with the FINA anthem.”

The FINA website still lists Russia as hosting the world short-course championships in December.

The swimming body, however, said it had withdrawn a federation honor awarded to Putin in 2014.

Russian athletes have already arrived in China for the Winter Paralympics, which open Friday. They are scheduled to compete as RPC, short for Russian Paralympic Committee, after the IOC offered a possible exemption for events starting at short notice. The Ukrainian team isn’t yet in Beijing, but organizers said they expect the country’s athletes to arrive in time.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it doesn’t want the Russian team to compete in Beijing.

“As the world watches in horror while Russia brazenly attacks the innocent people and athletes of Ukraine, this is the only acceptable action to be taken until peace has been restored,” the USOPC said in a statement.

The governing bodies of three Olympic sports – fencing, shooting and boxing – are led by Russians. So far, only shooting has barred Russian athletes from competing.

The billionaire president of the International Fencing Federation, Alisher Usmanov, said Tuesday he would “suspend the exercise of my duties … until justice is restored” after being sanctioned by the European Union. Shooting excluded Russians and Belarusians on Tuesday, part way through a World Cup event in Egypt, while boxing said it would discuss the issue “later this week” at a board meeting.

The invasion has also led to some sponsors and companies cutting ties. Adidas, the maker of the Russian national soccer team jerseys, said it was suspending its partnership with the federation with immediate effect.

Ex-UFC champion arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting that injured a man in Northern California, police said.

Velasquez, 39, was arrested Monday in San Jose and is being held without bail at Santa Clara County Main Jail, records show. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

It was not immediately known if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

The San Jose Police Department said officers responded to a shooting Monday and found a man with at least one gunshot wound. The man was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the department said on Twitter.

Velasquez was arrested hours later. What led to the shooting is still under investigation, police said.

Velasquez transitioned to pro-wrestling after retiring from his MMA career in 2019. A former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, he earned title belts in 2010 and 2012.

Jaguars reverse course on EVP, stick with Pederson/Baalke

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan reversed course on hiring an executive vice president Tuesday, leaving key football decisions to new coach Doug Pederson and general manager Trent Baalke moving forward.

Khan’s about-face came less than a month after he said he planned to tweak the franchise’s power structure to add “brainpower” to a “too flat organization.” Khan changed his mind after sitting in on staff meetings and witnessing a turnaround in terms of professionalism and chemistry.

“In just over three weeks, Doug Pederson has instilled a structured and disciplined approach that is clearly making a difference in our culture and mindset,” Khan said in a statement. “I feel we’re best served at this time by allowing Doug, Trent and their assistants to take ownership of our path forward.

“We will continue to explore the addition of personnel to other areas of our football operations to provide everyone the best chance to win.”

The EVP would have been in charge of day-to-day operations, a person who reports directly to Khan and has ultimate say in football decisions. Pederson and Baalke would have reported to the EVP. It’s a model the Jaguars first used with Tom Coughlin in 2017, the previous time they made the playoffs.

Khan went with a coach-centric model last year, with Urban Meyer having the final say. Now, they’re likely to have Pederson and Baalke work in tandem.

The Jaguars have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the second straight year and have about $60 million in salary-cap space, a number that could increase with potential roster moves over the next week.

Many expected Khan to clean house considering the Jaguars have lost 35 of their past 41 games and have a league-high 10 losing seasons in the past 11 years. But Khan insisted on keeping Baalke despite his presence creating concern for some coaching candidates.

Baalke has a less-than-stellar reputation in league circles, and his past five NFL seasons ended with a coaching change. But his first year as GM in Jacksonville was marred by Meyer, who was fired in mid-December after 13 games in what will go down as one of the most turbulent tenures in NFL history.

Khan kept the 57-year-old Baalke around to lead the coaching search, a winding process that started and ended with Pederson. Jacksonville hired Pederson five weeks after first interviewing the former Philadelphia Eagles coach. Pederson was one of 10 candidates interviewed in what Khan called an “exhaustive process with no preconceived notions.”

The 54-year-old Pederson was widely considered one of the top options. He made the playoffs three times in five seasons in Philadelphia and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.

Sun Belt releases schedule with departing C-USA schools

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday released a football schedule for the coming season that includes new members Marshall, Southern Mississippi and Old Dominion, two weeks after Conference USA put out its 2022 schedule with those schools included.

The dispute over where Marshall, Southern Miss and ODU compete next school year has now spilled into the courts. The three schools announced last fall that they planned to leave C-USA for the Sun Belt, saying they would join by July 2023.

Then all three schools announced last month they planned to make the conference switch this coming summer.

Conference USA officials have insisted league bylaws require the departing members to stay put for at least one more season. A few days after the three departing schools said they would play in the Sun Belt in 2022, C-USA released its football schedule with those teams as part of it.

C-USA demanded arbitration with the schools and filed for an injunction to keep them in the league for 2022-23.

Marshall and Southern Miss countered with complaints filed in West Virginia and Mississippi courts, respectively, and were granted temporary restraining orders to ward off arbitration. Old Dominion requested a similar injunction in Virginia on Monday.

The Sun Belt has stayed out of the legal dispute and forged ahead with its plans to have a 14-member football league in 2022. The conference also added James Madison, which is moving up from the FCS tier of Division I to join the Sun Belt in 2022.

Marshall, Old Dominion and James Madison will compete in the Sun Belt’s East Division and Southern Miss will be part of the West Division.

Old Dominion’s first Sun Belt game is scheduled for Sept. 24 at home against Arkansas State.

Marshall is set to play at Troy that same day and James Madison at Appalachian State.

Southern Mississippi, a founding member of Conference USA, is scheduled to open Sun Belt play on Oct. 8 at Troy.

Chicago Blackhawks drop interim tag for GM Kyle Davidson

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks hired Kyle Davidson as general manager on Tuesday, dropping his interim tag instead of going outside the floundering franchise for new leadership.

Davidson has been with the Blackhawks since he joined the organization as a hockey operations intern in 2010. The 33-year-old from Sudbury, Ontario, also has worked as a video analyst, hockey operations manager and assistant GM. He oversaw the team’s salary-cap management before he was elevated to the interim GM job.

“Today is another step not just for me, but for my Blackhawks teammates within the organization and Blackhawks fans across the world,” Davidson said in a statement. “I’m committed to building a winning team on and off the ice the right way – improving our internal framework and processes and working closely with a strong team of people to make decisions.”

Davidson was among six known candidates for the job. The team said it interviewed Carolina Hurricanes assistant GM Eric Tulsky, former NHL forward Scott Mellanby, longtime NHL executive Peter Chiarelli, Tampa Bay Lightning executive Mathieu Darche and Chicago Cubs executive Jeff Greenberg.

Former Blackhawks forwards Eddie Olczyk, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp assisted CEO Danny Wirtz and President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner with the team’s search. Mike Forde, the executive chairman of Sportsology and a former executive with Chelsea FC, also helped in an advisory role.

“Kyle is one of the final pieces of this new executive team that will lead the Chicago Blackhawks into the next generation,” Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement.

“Kyle’s fresh lens, integrity, commitment and knowledge of the game are all characteristics I believe make him the right person to structure the team on the ice.”

Davidson was elevated to the interim job after longtime general manager Stan Bowman resigned in October in the wake of a report by an outside law firm that found the organization mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010.

The report also played a role in the departure of Al MacIsaac, another of Chicago’s top hockey executives, and the NHL fined the team $2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response.”

Two lawsuits related to Kyle Beach’s allegations that he was assaulted by then-video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 were resolved in December.

Davidson made his first big move on Nov. 6, firing coach Jeremy Colliton and giving Derek King the job on an interim basis. He likely will wait until after the season to make any announcement on King’s status.

Chicago (19-27-8) began this year with playoff aspirations, but it dropped its first nine games and never recovered. It has made just one postseason appearance over the past five years.

“We have a vision here for the future of Blackhawks hockey and today we are a step closer to that coming together,” CEO Danny Wirtz said in a statement. “As an organization, we know we have a lot of work to do on and off the ice and Kyle is the leader we trust to oversee our hockey operations.”

The next big task for Davidson is making the most of the March 21 trade deadline. The Blackhawks traded their 2022 first-round pick to Columbus in the Seth Jones deal in July, and they would love to recoup that lost draft capital.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, defenseman Calvin de Haan and forwards Dylan Strome and Dominik Kubalik are among the Blackhawks who could be on the move.

Smith scores 2, Vegas tops Sharks 3-1 to give DeBoer 500th W

LAS VEGAS (AP) Reilly Smith scored twice and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The victory snapped a two-game skid for the Golden Knights and gave coach Peter DeBoer his 500th career win.

Vegas is third in the Pacific Division with 64 points, one back of the Los Angeles Kings and six behind the front-running Calgary Flames.

With the game tied 1-all in the second period, Jonathan Marchessault fed Smith, who scored on a rush to put Vegas ahead.

Smith scored again in the third for his 22nd career multigoal game when Marchessault fed the slot and William Karlsson was there to deflect the puck to Smith at the doorstep for a tap-in.

Keegan Kolesar also scored for Vegas. Robin Lehner returned after missing five games and made 16 saves.

Noah Gregor scored for San Jose. James Reimer made 10 saves in the first period but didn’t return due to a lower-body injury. Zachary Sawchenko stopped 18 shots over the final two periods.

Kolesar beat Reimer in the first to give Vegas a 1-0 lead when he one-timed Brett Howden’s cross-ice pass.

The Sharks got on the board early in the second after Nick Bonino whiffed on his shot and the puck bounced fortuitously to Gregor, who knocked it past Lehner.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Host the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Golden Knights: Host the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Bucs GM: ‘We’ll leave the light on’ for Brady

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will welcome back Tom Brady with open arms if the quarterback opts to reverse his retirement this offseason.

“We’ll see what the future holds,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told “Good Morning Football” on Tuesday at the NFL combine.

“Right now, we’re trying to make our plans to move forward if that’s the case that we need to move forward on,” Licht added.

Tampa Bay is reportedly willing to do whatever is necessary to facilitate Brady’s comeback.

Brady said in mid-February that he would “never say never” about playing again, fueling speculation that he could return for a 23rd NFL season.

Licht also seemed to suggest the Bucs aren’t convinced Brady will stay retired.

“We’ll leave the light on,” he said. “You always leave the light on for a guy like Tom Brady.”

Head coach Bruce Arians, however, apparently believes Brady’s decision is a permanent one.

“He slammed it shut when I talked to him,” Arians said, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

But even if Tampa can’t persuade the future Hall of Famer to reignite his career, the team apparently isn’t heading into a rebuild. The Bucs are reportedly eyeing potential blockbuster trades for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Seattle Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson.

Arians: Bucs won’t trade Brady if he comes out of retirement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be leaving the door open for Tom Brady’s potential return, but they won’t entertain trading the star quarterback.

“Nope, bad business,” said head coach Bruce Arians when asked if the club would accommodate Brady if he seeks a new team, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Arians added that Tampa Bay would need to receive five first-round draft picks to trade the future Hall of Famer, per Stroud.

Brady announced his retirement from the NFL last month after 22 seasons in the league. However, the 44-year-old left the door open for a comeback when he stated, “never say never,” which led to speculation about his return.

Arians said he would be shocked if Brady played the 2022 season, but general manager Jason Licht said the Bucs are leaving “the light on” in case the seven-time Super Bowl champion changes his mind.

If Brady were to return to the NFL, the Buccaneers still hold his rights for 2022, with the signal-caller counting for $9.1 million against the team’s salary cap, according to Spotrac.

Brady led the NFL with 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns while completing 67.5% of his pass attempts.

Prescott had left shoulder surgery, not expected to miss offseason workouts

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, head coach Mike McCarthy announced Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken.

McCarthy said Prescott’s procedure was a “clean up” and doesn’t expect it to limit the signal-caller in offseason workouts.

“It’s not a concern. We have no concern,” said McCarthy. “He is doing well.”

The Cowboys shut the 28-year-old down during last year’s training camp as he dealt with a right shoulder issue. Prescott was also coming off a season-ending ankle injury.

Prescott threw for 4,449 yards and 37 touchdowns against 10 interceptions while guiding Dallas to an 11-5 record through his 16 starts in 2021. He missed one game with a hamstring injury.

Report: WNBA proposed terminating Liberty as franchise over charter flights

The WNBA fined the New York Liberty $500,000 for the team’s improper use of charter flights throughout the 2021 season, according to Sports Illustrated’s Howard Megdal – but the penalty for running afoul of the current collective bargaining agreement could have been significantly steeper.

In response to the team clandestinely taking charter flights for each road game from mid-August onward, the league’s general counsel proposed a number of punishments, including stripping the Liberty of future draft picks, suspending Joseph and Clara Wu Tsai’s ownership of the team, or even terminating the franchise altogether, according to a Sept. 21, 2021, missive obtained by Sports Illustrated.

Instead, the Liberty were fined a league-record $500,000, negotiated down from $1 million, and Liberty executive Oliver Weisberg was removed from the WNBA’s executive committee.

The current CBA requires teams to take commercial flights, though players must receive “premium economy” seating if available – but even well-heeled owners like Joseph Tsai are prohibited from chartering private flights.

The Liberty also took a trip to Napa Valley over Labor Day weekend that violated the CBA as a benefit exceeding the allowable compensation to players.

On rare occasions – and at the league’s discretion – charter flights have been commissioned due to limited time between playoff games. This was the case between Games 2 and 3 of the 2021 Finals between the Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury, per ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel.

Last September, the Liberty informally pitched a plan to make charter flights the default travel mode for all teams, with the added expense covered for all 12 franchises for three years, a source told Sports Illustrated. The proposal failed to gain support among the majority of owners; some reportedly worried about the potential long-term costs of establishing a higher standard.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

GM: Colts still deciding Wentz’s future, criticism of QB ‘pretty fair’

The Indianapolis Colts still aren’t ready to decide Carson Wentz’s future.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Tuesday the club is continuing to evaluate the quarterback position following a disastrous end to the 2021 season.

“I don’t have the direct answer for you,” said Ballard when asked about his plans for Wentz, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. “We’re working through it.”

Ballard said he will sit down with owner Jim Irsay and head coach Frank Reich “over the next few weeks and figure it out,” per The Athletic’s Stephen Holder.

The GM revealed he met with Wentz for an hour on Tuesday. He emphasized that he wants the quarterback to take the criticism and build upon it moving forward.

“Most of it’s pretty fair,” said Ballard, according to the MMQB’s Albert Breer. “It’ll be interesting to see how he grows from this. I think he will.”

Wentz was widely slammed for his play as Indianapolis lost its final two games of the regular season to miss out on a wild-card spot.

Ballard couldn’t commit to Wentz as his starter moving forward immediately after the end of the campaign, saying he intended to “look at everything” to find the answer at quarterback.

The Colts are potentially eyeing a “big swing” at quarterback, which, if successful, would lead to Wentz being traded or released, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Reports surfaced in mid-February that Wentz’s standing with the Colts is “bleak,” with the two parties expected to part ways despite the team trading a 2022 first-round pick and a 2021 third-rounder for the signal-caller last March.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTES: Indiana Hosts Rutgers on Senior Night

(IU SPORTS INFORMATION RELEASE)

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will play its final regular season home game against Rutgers. IU has won two straight defeating Maryland, 74-64, at home and winning at Minnesota, 84-79. Rutgers has dropped two in a row and fell at home to Wisconsin, 66-61, on Saturday.

GAME INFORMATION

Wednesday, March 2 • 7:00 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin and Robbie Hummel)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App

Series History: Indiana leads 7-6

Last Meeting: RUT 61, IU 50 (March 11, 2021 in Indianapolis)

IU Rankings: KenPom (42nd), NET (44th)

ON THE SIDELINES

IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.

Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell is in his sixth year at Rutgers.

DEFENSE LEADS THE HOOSIERS

The Hoosiers are the top-rated team in the Big Ten in defense according to KenPom (19th nationally). IU is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (38.7%) and first in conference games only (41.2%). The lead the league in scoring defense (65.3) and are second in blocked shots (5.4). The Hoosiers 38.7% field goal defense mark would be the program’s best in the last 23 seasons. IU held opponents to 38.8% shooting in 1999-2000.

ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 17.4 points (6th in B1G), 8.2 rebounds (6th), shooting 57.5% from the floor (4th) and contributing 69 blocked shots (1st).

He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State.

He has had nine double-doubles this season and 31 in his career with IU posting a 23-8 record in those games. He notched four straight double-doubles for the first time in his career after he had 23 points and 12 boards at Nebraska.

Jackson-Davis now has scored 1,437 points as a Hoosier, rating 20th all-time in IU lore.

THOMPSON MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF

Redshirt Sr./Jr. Race Thompson has averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in the last nine games and is shooting 44.4% from long distance and 57.3% from the field in that time. He is ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.8). Thompson had his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at Michigan State.

Recently, he had 18 points against Penn State and Maryland, while added his fourth double-double of the season when he grabbed 12 boards against the Terrapins.

He is second on the team averaging 12.0 points and shooting 55.5% from the field with 21 blocked shots. He leads the team with 29 steals. He had a season-high 19-point effort against Maryland.

ODDS AND TRENDS

Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson averaged 21.3 points and 6.0 assists and shot 58.3% from long range and made 23-of-27 free throws in three games last week. He has had back-to-back 24-point games.  He had a near perfect night against Maryland when he made 7-of-7 field goals, 3-of-3 from long distance and made 7-of-8 free throws. He also added six assists. Johnson also went 10-for-10 from the free throw line at Ohio State.

IU shot a season-best 75.0% from the field in the second half against Maryland, making 15-of-20 field goal attempts. The Hoosiers 10-of-13 shooting (76.9%) from long range against Penn State was their third best shooting effort from distance since 1996-97 (USF, 1998 and Kent State, 2002).

In the last 15 games, IU has dropped its turnovers over 5.0 per game at 10.0 per contest. In the last two games, IU has shot 57.4% from the field (58-of-101) and 44.1% from long distance (15-of-34).

Despite being ninth on the team in minutes played, So./Fr. Jordan Geronimo is fourth on the team with 67 offensive rebounds. He tied his Big Ten career-high with 10 points at Minnesota on Sunday.

Five Earn All-Big Ten Honors; Cardaño-Hillary Named All-Defensive Team

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana women’s basketball placed all five starters on All-Big Ten teams while graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary made the All-Defensive team in the league’s annual postseason awards, announced on Tuesday.

Indiana places five players across the league’s first, second and honorable mention teams – the most in a single season in program history. It beats the previous record of four the Hoosiers placed on All-Big Ten teams in 2020-21. With a spot on the honorable mention team, graduate student guard Ali Patberg becomes the program’s third four-time All-Big Ten selection joining Cindy Bumgarner (1985-88) and Jill Chapman (1999-02). Cardaño-Hillary becomes the program’s fifth player named to the league’s All-Defensive team and the third player under head coach Teri Moren to earn a spot on the five-man team (Alexis Gassion, 2016 and Mackenzie Holmes, 2021). Additionally, Patberg earns the team’s Sportsmanship Award.

In a vote by the league’s coaches and media, senior guard Grace Berger placed on the All-Big Ten First Team for the second-consecutive season while senior forward Aleksa Gulbe earned second team honors (coaches and media) along with junior forward Mackenzie Holmes (coaches and media) and Cardaño-Hillary (coaches) and honorable mention (media). Patberg joins the quartet with a spot on the honorable mention team (coaches and media).

Berger leads Indiana with 16.4 points per game this season while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. She adds a solid stat line with 6.0 rebounds, a team-high 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game. One of IU’s best at the line, the Louisville, Ky. native shoots 81.4 percent at the charity stripe. Berger has two double-doubles to her name this season and has scored in double figures 23 times, including the last 12 straight games. She ranks 11th overall in scoring in the Big Ten, sixth in assists and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.0). She earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her efforts on Feb. 14, her second player of the week honor in her career. Her name etches the IU record books as fifth in assists (407) and 16th in scoring (1,42). Nationally, Berger was named to the 2022 Cheryl Miller award Top 10 watch list as one of the nation’s top small forwards and to the 2022 Wade Watch List.

Gulbe rounds out her IU career as a two-time All-Big Ten selection with a spot on the league’s second team. The Riga, Latvia native was a 2020-21 All-Big Ten honorable mention and has stepped up her game as a senior. She increased her scoring average by three points, adding 12.7 points per game for Indiana in 2021-22. In addition, she leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game and averages 1.0 blocks per contest. She leads IU with three double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures in 15 games. The 31st player in school history to record 1,000 points, the Riga, Latvia native has scored 1,014 career points and is ninth in career blocks (109).

Holmes adds All-Big Ten second team honors to her resume as she recently returned from a knee procedure that sidelined her from Jan. 13-Feb. 17. In her 18 games played this season, the Gorham, Maine native is averaging 16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks per game and a 59.9 field goal percentage. Her 30 points in a win at Ohio State set a new career-high as has scored 20 or more points five times. She joined the 1,000-point club this season and ranks fourth in all-time blocks (134). She earned a pair of Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season and is a 2022 Lisa Leslie Top 10 watchlist candidate as the nation’s top center. She also earned recognition on the 2022 Wade Watch List, 2022 Wooden Award late season Top 20 and 2022 Naismith midseason team.

Cardaño-Hillary earns her first All-Big Ten award as she earns a spot on the second team from the coaches and honorable mention from the league’s media while adding her name to the All-Defensive team. The graduate student guard averages 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. She is the team’s 3-point leader, knocking down 40 triples this season while shooting 37.4 percent. The Madrid, Spain native has really turned it up on the defensive end of the ball this season, recording 53 steals and 17 games with multiple swipes. She ranks second in the Big Ten with 2.1 steals per game.

Patberg claims a spot on the honorable mention team in her final season with the Hoosiers. Patberg, in her seventh season of collegiate eligibility, averages 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and shoots 41.7 percent from the floor. She has hit 38 triples this season and holds a +2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranks third in the conference. During her time at IU, she’s started in all 116 games she’s appeared in and ranks ninth in all-time scoring (1,677) and third in assists (502). The Columbus, Ind. native is a top 10 finalist for the 2022 Senior CLASS Award and is the recipient of the 2022 Big Ten Sportsmanship award for Indiana.

No. 5 seed Indiana (19-7) will begin play in the Big Ten Tournament against the winner of Penn State/Rutgers on Thursday, March 3 at approximately 1:50 p.m. ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

IVEY NAMED ONE OF FIVE FINALISTS FOR JERRY WEST AWARD

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the Purdue sophomore Jaden Ivey has been selected as one of five finalists for the Jerry West Award given to the nation’s top shooting guard.

Ivey is joined by a host of likely All-Americans on the list in Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji, UCLA’s Johnny Juzang and Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis. The initial list released in November consisted of 20 names, was whittled down to 10 semi-finalists in late January and the final five announced today.

Purdue is looking to become the first program to win two Jerry West Awards as Carsen Edwards won the honor in 2018. None of the other four schools mentioned among the finalists have won a West Award.

Ivey has led the Boilermakers to a 24-5 record leading into tonight’s showdown at No. 10 Wisconsin. The 6-foot, 4-inch South Bend, Indiana, native is averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while also adding 29 steals and 17 blocked shots. He is just one of three players nationally to reach those marks, being the only high-major player on the list. He needs just 116 points, 15 rebounds and 16 assists to become the second player in school history to have 600 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists in a season (Caleb Swanigan – 2017).

Ivey has played his best against ranked teams, averaging 18.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 11-of-27 (.407) from long distance in six games. He was outstanding in a win over No. 18 North Carolina with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, then added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against No. 5 Villanova.

He then had one of the signature moments of the college basketball season in an 81-78 win over No. 16 Ohio State, hitting a fadeaway 25-footer as the clock expired for the buzzer-beating victory. Three games later, he tallied 26 points with six assists and four rebounds to finish a season sweep of Illinois. He also had 25 points with four assists in a big win over a Rutgers team that had won four straight games against nationally-ranked teams.

Ivey tied a school record for most 3-pointers made without a miss with a 6-of-6 performance against Butler in the final edition of the Crossroads Classic.

Ivey has scored in double-figures in 26 of his 28 games played (missed one game with an injury) and has a team-best 10 games of 20 or more points, including double-doubles against North Carolina (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Minnesota (21 points, 10 rebounds).

Baseball Surges Past Miami (Ohio)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A pair of freshmen set the tone for the Indiana baseball program’s 15-2 victory over Miami (Ohio) in front of a Bart Kaufman Stadium Opening Day record of 1,984 fans on Tuesday (March 1) afternoon. Brock Tibbitts delivered a pair of home runs and Luke Hayden tossed two scoreless innings in his first career start.

Indiana (2-5) scored in six innings and the pitching staff allowed just two Miami (Ohio) (3-4) runs to open the home portion of the schedule in style. The Hoosiers his four home runs and added two triples in the game and scored 15 runs on the night.

Tibbitts powered the offense with his multi-home run game and five RBIs, while sophomore Kip Fougerousse hit his first home run of the season and plated three. Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis notched his third home run of the season and plated two runs.

Eight of nine starters collected hits on the night with all nine reaching base in the game. Freshman Josh Pyne was the fourth IU hitter to collect multiple RBIs in the game with a pair of runs batted in on two hits. Pyne and Tibbitts posted the two multi-hit games for Indiana, while Ellis and redshirt-sophomore Morgan Colopy was on base three times with a hit and two walks.

Hayden (1-0) threw two innings hitless, scoreless innings in his first career start. The right-hander struck out three and walked three in facing nine batters to earn his first career win. The quartet of freshmen Ryan Kraft and Grant Holderfield and seniors Braydon Tucker and Bradley Brehmer closed out the game. In all, the pitching staff struck out 16 in the game and allowed just two runs on four hits.

Scoring Recap

Bottom Second

The first six batters of the inning reached base, highlighted by a pair of three-run home runs. Brock Tibbitts homered after a walk to Matthew Ellis and a base hit by Morgan Colopy. Josh Pyne singled and Carter Mathison walked in front of a Kip Fougerousse three-run shot.

Indiana 6, Miami (Ohio) 0

Top Third

A walk and a double put runners on second and third with no outs. A ground out pushed the first RedHawk run across the plate, before Grant Holderfield got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the frame.

Indiana 6, Miami (Ohio) 1

Bottom Third

Colopy and Tibbitts each drew walks and Josh Pyne drove in a run with a base hit.

Indiana 7, Miami (Ohio) 1

Bottom Fourth

Tyler Doanes stood at first with two outs before Bobby Whalen tripled to deep right-center field to plate the first run of the inning. Ellis followed with a two-run home run.

Indiana 10, Miami (Ohio) 1

Top Fifth

A leadoff walk came around to score on a two-out wild pitch.

Indiana 10, Miami (Ohio) 2

Bottom Fifth

Tibbitts led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.

Indiana 11, Miami (Ohio) 2

Bottom Seventh

With two outs, Mathison walked and pinch hitter Hunter Jessee tripled to plate the first run of the inning. Doanes then delivered an RBI with a base hit.

Indiana 13, Miami (Ohio) 2

Bottom Eighth

Pinch hitters Samuel Murrison and Tucker Schank each singled in front of a Colopy walk. Tibbitts plated his fifth run of the game with a fielder’s choice and Pyne capped the scoring with an RBI groundout.

Indiana 15, Miami (Ohio) 2

Up Next

Indiana will travel to Springfield, Missouri, for a three-game series against Missouri State. The two teams will throw the first pitch in the series at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, March 4.

No. 8 Purdue Falls to No. 10 Wisconsin at the Buzzer

MADISON, Wis. — Chucky Hepburn banked in a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to give No. 10 Wisconsin a 70-67 victory over No. 8 Purdue on Tuesday night that clinched the Badgers a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

After Wisconsin’s Brad Davison missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey tied the game by sinking a 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds remaining. TheBadgers worked the ball to Hepburn, who calmly fired the winning shot from in front of Wisconsin’s bench.

Hepburn celebrated by running toward the student section on the opposite end of the floor with his arms outstretched. The  freshman guard finished the night with a career-high 17 points.

As Purdue tried to set up a desperation 3-point attempt, Wisconsin’s Tyler Wahl intercepted Trevion Williams’ inbounds pass. Wahl threw the ball aloft as the horn sounded and Wisconsin’s students stormed the court.

Wisconsin (24-5, 15-4 Big Ten) has won five straight and now has at least a share of its 20th Big Ten regular-season title. A victory Sunday at home against Nebraska would give the Badgers their first outright conference title since 2015, when they went on to reach the NCAA Tournament championship game.

The Badgers also completed first regular-season sweep of the Boilermakers (24-6, 13-6) since 2014, as the Badgers won 74-69 at Purdue on Jan. 3.

Wahl scored 16 points for Wisconsin, and Johnny Davis had 16 points and eight rebounds. Davis had collected 37 points and 14 rebounds in Wisconsin’s victory at Purdue.

Ivey scored 22, Zach Edey had 17 and Stefan Stefanovic added 11 for Purdue, which lost its second straight. Ivey and Edey combined to score Purdue’s last 28 points.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue fell to 24-6 overall and 13-6 in the Big Ten with a 70-67 loss to No. 10 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Tuesday night.

Aside from a setback to Michigan on Feb. 10, Purdue’s five losses have been by two, five, three, three and three points (16 combined points). Four of the losses have been on last-second 3-pointers, including in each of the last two games.

Purdue has trailed by double-digits in seven games this year. It has come back to win three of them, and nearly pulled off three more double-digit comebacks, before being defeated on last-second 3-pointers.

Purdue is 24-0 in games that it scores 70 or more points. It is 0-6 when held under 70 points.

Jaden Ivey and Zach Edey scored Purdue’s last 28 points of the game.

Jaden Ivey tallied 22 points (17 in the second half) with five rebounds, five assists and a steal. He surpassed the 500-point mark on the season (first player since Carsen Edwards in 2019) and now needs just 10 rebounds and 10 assists to become the third Purdue underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) with 500 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. (E’Twaun Moore in 2009; Caleb Swanigan in 2017).

The 22-point game was Ivey’s 11th 20-point game of the season. The All-America candidate is now averaging 17.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

Zach Edey tallied 17 points with 9 rebounds and a blocked shot in only 23 minutes of action.

Purdue lost for the first time this season when Sasha Stefanovic scores in double-figures, now 15-1 on the season and 33-6 in his career. He scored 11 points with three 3-pointers, now with 215 for his career.

Purdue’s bench managed just six points, just the second time this season it has been held under 10 points (the other was a loss to Indiana).

Unbeaten Purdue Faces Tough Test at Charlotte in First True Road Game

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Purdue (8-0) at Charlotte (3-3)

Wednesday, March 2 at 4 p.m. ET / C-USA TV Stream

Hayes Stadium / Charlotte, North Carolina

All-Time Series: First Meeting

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Purdue baseball faces its toughest test of its pre-conference schedule when it puts its flawless 8-0 record on the line Wednesday with a midweek visit to the Queen City to take on first-time foe Charlotte.

First pitch at Hayes Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET. It’s game No. 5 of the Boilermakers’ eight-game, 10-day trip in the state of North Carolina. Purdue swept Princeton in a four-game set over the weekend and returns to Ting Stadium in Holly Springs for a three-game set with Longwood this weekend.

Charlotte won 40 games last season, earning the No. 2 seed in an NCAA Regional hosted by East Carolina. The 49ers defeated Maryland on day 1 of the Regional and remained competitive in their subsequent losses – 7-5 to ECU and 2-1 to the Terps.

Charlotte hosts Gardner-Webb in its midweek opener Tuesday. The 49ers have wins against Connecticut, USF and West Virginia early this season while also battling nationally ranked Louisville in a one-run loss in the season opener.

THE LAST TIME

• Purdue played a game on a Wednesday: March 4, 2020 at Indiana

• Purdue played a Conference USA Opponent: March 2020 Series at Western Kentucky (Lost 2 of 3)

• Purdue played 5 or more consecutive games in the same state besides Indiana: 2017 Spring Break Trip in California

• Purdue won a non-conference game vs. a Regional qualifier from the year before: February 2019 at Texas

The Boilermakers have racked up 35 stolen bases during their 8-0 start (4.4 per game), ranking second nationally entering the week. Even if Purdue averages just 1.5 stolen bases per game during the remainder of the regular season, it would still break the program record – 106 set in 2000. Purdue’s lightning and lightning duo at the top of the lineup – Mike Bolton Jr. and Curtis Washington Jr. – have combined 13 steals and Evan Albrecht is also a perfect 6 of 6 while batting in the 9-hole.

Bracket Finalized For 2022 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament

NEW YORK – The bracket for the 2022 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by JEEP was finalized on Tuesday afternoon as Seton Hall won at Xavier 74-53 to officially close out the regular season. The Musketeers lock up the No. 10 seed while Georgetown gets the No. 9 seed to join the other nine seeded teams who solidified their tournament spots last week. The BIG EAST Tournament is set for March 4-7 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

On-site coverage of the BIG EAST Tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday, March 4, with the Fastbreak Pregame Special hosted by John Fanta, Meghan Caffrey and Harry Perretta, streaming on the BIG EAST Digital Network presented by SoFi available on FloSports.

No. 8 seed Providence will face No. 9 seed Georgetown to tip off the Tournament on Friday, at 11 a.m., in the first of three games that day. First Round action continues at 1:30 p.m., when No. 7 seed St. John’s faces No. 10 seed Xavier. Day 1 wraps up with a 4 p.m. tilt between sixth-seeded Seton Hall and 11th-seeded Butler. All three First Round games will stream live on BEDN.

Quarterfinal action tips off at noon on Saturday when the winner of the 8-9 game faces regular-season champion and top-seeded Connecticut in a game airing on FS1. A rivalry game is next in the 2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal when No. 4 seed DePaul faces No. 5 seed Marquette on FS2. FS2 will cover the evening session on Saturday as well, beginning with a 7 p.m. matchup between No. 2 seed Villanova and the winner of the 7-10 game. The nightcap tips at 9:30 p.m. when No. 3 seed Creighton faces the winner of the 6-11 matchup.

FS1 takes over coverage for the final three games, beginning with the Semifinals on Sunday. Saturday’s afternoon session winners meet at 3 p.m. before the evening session winners square off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s Semifinal winners move on to Monday’s title game, set for 8 p.m. on FS1. The winner of the BIG EAST Tournament receives the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

For more information on the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament, visit Tournament Central.

2022 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament

Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, Conn.

March 4 – First Round

Game 1: 8 seed Providence vs. 9 seed Georgetown, 11 a.m. (BEDN on FloSports)

Game 2: 7 seed St. John’s vs. 10 seed Xavier, 1:30 p.m. (BEDN on FloSports)

Game 3: 6 seed Seton Hall vs. 11 seed Butler, 4 p.m. (BEDN on FloSports)

March 5 – Quarterfinals

Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. 1 seed Connecticut, Noon (FS1)

Game 5: 4 seed DePaul vs. 5 seed Marquette, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. 2 seed Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS2)

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. 3 seed Creighton, 9:30 p.m. (FS2)

March 6 – Semifinals

Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m. (FS1)

Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 5:30 p.m. (FS1)

March 7 – Final

Game 10: Game 8 winner vs Game 9 winner, 8 p.m. (FS1)

Barry Keane Earns Spot in 5k Field at 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships

Butler’s Barry Keane will compete against the nation’s best, punching his ticket to the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced the participants late on the evening of Tuesday, March 1.

Keane will toe the line for the men’s 5,000 meters. The race is set for 5:05 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

Keane’s time of 13:25.96 is 13th in the 16-person field. In one of the most impressive races in Butler history Dec. 4, both Keane and Simon Bedard topped the Bulldogs’ school record in the indoor 5,000 meters at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener in Boston.

Keane’s time is the Ireland national record for an indoor 5,000 meters and broke Erik Peterson’s Butler record by nearly 15 seconds.

Florida State’s Adriaan Wildschutt enters the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA Championships with the top time (13:09.30).

The championships, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Birmingham, will be held March 11 and 12 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.

ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time Friday, March 11 and starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, March 12. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 13 on ESPNU.

For more information regarding the Division I indoor track and field championships and to purchase tickets, log on to ncaa.com.

Butler Baseball Comeback Falls Short at Northern Kentucky

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Norse broke an 8-8 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim a 13-8 victory over Butler on Tuesday afternoon. Aaron Steinhart shined for the Bulldogs as the team’s designated hitter. The three-hole hitter went 4-for-5 at Northern Kentucky with two home runs and five RBI.

Northern Kentucky hit three home runs in the second inning to take a quick 5-0 lead over Butler. They pushed three more runs across the dish in the third to take control 8-0.

Butler found the scoreboard in the fourth with an RBI single to center. Steinhart’s first home run would follow in the sixth, allowing the ‘Dawgs to close the gap to 8-5. Steinhart’s second round tripper came in the seventh to knot the scoreboard at 8-8.

The bottom of the seventh was the difference in the game as NKU would go ahead to score four runs on four hits. The top three hitters in the Norse lineup did a majority of the damage. Those three players combined for seven hits, eight RBI and four runs scored.

Luke Zmolik took the loss on the mound (0-1) while Noble was credited with the win (1-0).

Butler will return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host Manchester at Bulldog Park. First pitch is set at 3 PM.

Ball State Drops Tough One on Senior Day

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team was back inside Worthen Arena for the last time in 2021-22 on Tuesday against Akron. The Cardinals were led by Tyler Cochran as he produced his second double-double of the season. Ball State fell to 13-16 overall and 8-10 in the Mid-American Conference, while Akron improved to 20-9 overall and 13-6 in conference play.

Prior to the game the Cardinals recognized Blake Huggins and Miryne Thomas on Senior Night.

Cochran led Ball State with 18 points and produced a team-high 10 rebounds on his way to his second double-double of the season. Cochran also notched the team’s only steal. Demarius Jacobs was the only other Cardinal with double digits as he added 10 points with seven rebounds and the team’s only block. Luke Bumbalough led the team with three assists and chipped in with nine points.

The game started out very slow as neither team was able to get things going. The score was 7-4 with 12:17 left in the first half. The Zips went on a 25-14 run to end the first half and take a 32-18 lead into the break.

Akron started the second half on a 9-0 run and gave the Zips their largest lead of the night, 41-20, with 16:19 left on the clock. The Cardinals did not give in and battled back. With 2:19 left in the game, BSU was only down by 11, 71-60. Unfortunately, Akron scored the game’s final eight points and won the game 79-60.

As a unit, Ball State outrebounded Akron 37-31. The Cardinals held a 20-16 advantage in points in the paint as well as second-chance points, 13-11.

Xavier Castaneda collected a game-high 22 points. Enrique Freeman produced a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Ali Ali finished the game with 16 points. Mikal Dawson closed out the double-digit scoring with 11 points along with a game-high four steals.

Ball State finishes the regular season on Friday, March 4, with a road trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a matchup with Western Michigan. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip.

Women’s Basketball Travels to Central Michigan Wednesday For Midweek MACtion

Game 28 | Ball State at Central Michigan

March 2 | Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena  | 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN+  | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (92.5FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State | Central Michigan

Opening Tip:

– Wednesday’s game against Central Michigan will mark the 85th time the teams have met, with the Chippewas leading the all-time series record, 44-40. The Cardinals have won three of their last four meetings against the Chippewas including a 57-45 victory on Jan. 22 in Worthen Arena.

– Ball State and Central Michigan first met in 1977-78 on Jan. 14 in Muncie, Ind., resulting in a 70-66 victory for the Cardinals.

– The Ball State women’s basketball season is quickly coming to an end as the Cardinals only have one game remaining after tonight’s contest. Currently, the Cardinals sit in fifth place in the Mid-American Conference standings as they prepare for the upcoming 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. Although, Ball State hasn’t sealed its fate quite yet the Cardinals have put themselves in a good position thus far to finish in the top eight.

– On Saturday, Ball State will pay tribute to its lone senior Blake Smith prior to the contest against Eastern Michigan which begins at 1 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena. Smith is a native of Carmel, Ind. She has been a four-year letter winner for the Cardinals. She has played in 89 games for her career and has started in 37 of them.

– The Cardinals have had success on the road this season owning a 7-4 ledger as they head to Central Michigan Wednesday. Ball State is currently 3-6 when playing on the road at CMU from 2012-present but won the last meeting in Mount Pleasant by a score of 69-66 on Feb. 3, 2021.

In The Nation In 3’s:

The Cardinals currently rank 15th in the nation among its Division I peers in 3-point field goals per game 8.8. Ball State also ranks in the top-50 in 3-point field goal attempts coming in at 13 with 739 and 21st in the nation for total 3-pointers made with 237.

Rauch Is Perfect:

Junior Annie Rauch went a perfect 10-of-10 from the field on Wednesday night at Western Michigan. Rauch turned in a career best 22-point performance. We did some research and no other Cardinal has been perfect from the field in quite some time the closest was in 2007-08 when former Cardinal Emily Maggert went 9-of-10 against Western Michigan.

Backs, Crasher & Keys:

This year, the Cardinals are forgoing “traditional” positions and using their own such as backs, crashers, and keys, to bring a sense of team unity. That system proved to be the lift Ball State needed, especially with so many new faces on the court. BSU started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2017.

So Close To A Victory:

 In seven of the Cardinals eight losses in Mid-American Conference action they were by very slim margins, so slim in fact that those seven losses were lost by seven or less points. Ball State barely lost to Kent State (51-54), Akron (76-83), Toledo (55-58), Kent State (61-64), Buffalo (62-67), Toledo (66-69) and Northern Illinois (72-77).

MAC Success:

Under the direction of 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee, the Cardinals have had a wealth of success during MAC action. Sallee enters this conference season with 103-61 (.629) career MAC record. The Cardinals have punched their ticket straight to Cleveland in the MAC Tournament seven out of eight times under Sallee and have reached the championship game twice. Ball State earned a MAC West Division title in 2014-15 and has reached postseason play six times including making it to the round of 16 at the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in Sallee’s inaugural year.

Scouting Central Michigan:

– Central Michigan enters the contest with a 4-22 overall record and a 2-15 Mid-American Conference ledger. The Chippewas have lost their last eight contests. CMU’s only two league wins came against Northern Illinois (72-68) and Miami (70-59).

– Central Michigan was picked to finish sixth in the 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

– The Chippewas are coached by Heather Oesterle who was the longtime assistant coach with the program prior to being named head coach in July of 2019. This is Oesterle’s third season at the helm of the Chippewas.

– Ball State is 42-21 against Michigan schools during head coach Brady Sallee’s 10 seasons after beating Detroit Mercy (twice), Western Michigan (17 times), Eastern Michigan (13 times), Central Michigan (eight times) and Oakland University (twice).

GALAJDA NAMED BIG TEN’S SECOND STAR OF THE WEEK

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – For the second consecutive week, graduate student Matthew Galajda has been named Big Ten Hockey’s Second Star of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday (March 1).

The goaltender helped the Irish to a 2-0-0 sweep of second-ranked Michigan as Notre Dame improved to 4-0-0 versus the Wolverines this season as the only team to sweep Michigan this season.

Galajda stopped 59 of the 61 shots he faced over the weekend for a .967 save percentage and he had a 1.00 goals against average as Notre Dame took game one, 4-1, and followed with a 2-1 win in game two. 

On the season, Galajda is 15-5-0 with a .932 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average. His save percentage ranks seventh in the country, while his goals against average is eighth. He has started each of the last five games for Notre Dame as the Irish closed out the regular season on a five-game winning streak. Over that span, Galajda has a .956 save percentage to go along with a 1.40 goals against average.

Galajda previously earned Big Ten Second Star of the Week honors on Feb. 22 and was named the Third Star of the Week on Oct. 26 and Nov. 16.

B1G Stars Of The Week — March 1

First Star: Justen Close, Jr., G, Minnesota

Second Star: Matthew Galajda, Gr., G, Notre Dame

Third Star: Ben Meyers, Jr., F, Minnesota

Notre Dame’s 2021-22 B1G Stars of the Week

First Star: Max Ellis (Nov. 23), Ryan Bischel (Feb. 8)

Second Star: Ryder Rolston (Dec. 8), Matthew Galajda (Feb. 22, March 1)

Third Star: Matthew Galajda (Oct. 26, Nov. 16), Ryder Rolston (Jan. 25), Spencer Stastney (Feb. 1)

Next Up

As the No. 3 seed, seventh-ranked Notre Dame (25-9-0) will host a 2022 Big Ten Tournament best-of-three quarterfinal series against Wisconsin (9-22-3) this weekend at Compton Family Ice Arena

GAME ONE: Friday, March 4 (7 p.m./BTN+)

GAME TWO: Saturday, March 5 (6 p.m./BTN+)

GAME THREE: Saturday, March 5 (6 p.m./BTN+/if necessary)

Neese and Henry Earn Missouri Valley Conference Postseason Honors

ST. LOUIS — Indiana State guards Cooper Neese and Cameron Henry each earned Missouri Valley Conference postseason honors following the completion of the regular season, the League office announced Tuesday. Neese was named Third Team All-MVC while Henry was named to the All-Newcomer Team.

A Cloverdale, Indiana native, Neese started 25 games for the Sycamores this season, leading the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game while also averaging 4.3 rebounds and hitting a team high 59 shots from behind the arc. Neese scored in double-digits 17 times, including seven 20-point performances to go with two 30-point outings. He finished the regular season ranked fifth in the MVC in scoring and 3-point field goals made per game (2.4) while closing the year second at 35.7 minutes per game.

Neese became the 14th Sycamore in program history to record 35 points or more in a single game after scoring 35 in a win at Evansville earlier this season while also becoming the 41st member of the Indiana State 1,000-Point Club.

After transferring from Lincoln Memorial a year ago, Henry made an immediate impact on the Sycamores this season. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game over 27 games played this season. He finished ninth in the MVC in scoring and rebounding while finishing 10th in assists.

Henry, a Chesterfield, Virginia product, finished the season with 21 double-digit scoring efforts including a career high 28 points at Valparaiso on February 5. He finished the regular season with three double-doubles, including back-to-back games against Hanover (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Old Dominion (14 points, 13 rebounds).

UP NEXT

The Sycamores kick off the State Farm MVC Tournament Thursday night in St. Louis. No. 9 seed Indiana State will face No. 8 seed Illinois State in the opening round at Enterprise Center with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET. For complete information on Arch Madness, visit the Championship Central page.

Mastodon Men’s Basketball Ranked No. 25 in CollegeInsider Mid-Major Poll

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On the heels of a nine-game win streak and a share of the 2022 Horizon League Regular Season Championship, the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons have entered the CollegeInsider.com Men’s Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 Poll at number 25.

The Mastodons are the only Horizon League team in the top 25. Cleveland State and Oakland are also receiving votes.

The CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 is in its 22nd season of existence.

The Mastodons’ nine-game streak is the sixth longest active win streak in the nation. The Mastodons are 20-10 on season. It is the Mastodons’ fourth 20-win season since joining Division I.

The ‘Dons enter the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Championship as the No. 2 seed. The ‘Dons will play a quarterfinal on Thursday (March 3) in a 7 p.m. tip at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Basketball Season Ends at Robert Morris

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball season came to a close on Tuesday (March 1), as the Mastodons fell to Robert Morris in the opening round of the Keeps Horizon League Championship 70-56.

The 2021-22 edition of the Mastodons finished the season with a program-best 81.9 percent clip from the free throw line. It was only fitting that the final game of the season saw the ‘Dons go 15-of-16 from the line for a rate of 93.8 percent. Shayla Sellers (6-of-6), Sylare Starks (6-of-6) and Amellia Bromenschenkel (2-of-2) were all perfect from the stripe on Tuesday.

Sellers recorded a game-high 16 points, with six coming at the free throw line. Her 16 points is a career-high in postseason games. Ryin Ott pitched in 13 points, eight of which came in the first quarter.

The game started off with all Ott, as she scored the first eight points for the ‘Dons. RMU built up a lead as large as 15 midway through the third quarter. The Colonials led 45-30 before the Mastodons ran off an 10-8 run over the following 6:25 of game action. This shrunk the Robert Morris lead all the way down to three points after Ott laid in a runner to start the fourth quarter. Just after that, the Colonials rattled off an 11-0 run that put the game out of reach for good.

Aubrey Stupp had a career-high 10 rebounds. Amellia Bromenschenkel was the third Mastodon in double-figures with 10 points. Audra Emmerson had five assists.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s season comes to an end at 9-21. Robert Morris improves to 14-14 and will move on to the quarterfinal of the Keeps Horizon League Championship.

IRON MAN JAGUARS RUN OUT OF GAS AT OAKLAND IN #HLMBB TOURNEY EXIT

ROCHESTER, Mich. – A battle tested, five-man IUPUI basketball squad left it all on the floor on Tuesday night (Mar. 1) in the opening round of the KEEPS Horizon League Basketball Championships, but ultimately fell short to No. 5 Oakland, 70-58. The Jaguars outrebounded and outshot the highly favored Golden Grizzlies, but were denied an upset due to too many turnovers against a confounding OU zone defense.

Graduate transfer B.J. Maxwell tallied a team-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting in his final collegiate game and freshman Chuks Isitua finished with a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Nathan McClure tossed in 12 points and eight boards and freshman Boston Stanton III hit for a season-high 13 points, including 3-of-3 from three. Mike DePersia rounded out the IUPUI quintet with seven points and a season-high nine assists.

Horizon League Co-Player of the Year Jamal Cain had 17 points and six boards and Jalen Moore closed with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

“I’m really proud of my team,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We’ve faced adversity all season long and tonight was no different. There’s no quit in this group – they just keep fighting and fighting. Playing with five (guys) is unheard of and those guys went out and fought a really, really good team tonight.

“I’m not sure I can be more proud of a group of guys. We knew Oakland was going to throw everything at us and I thought we did a good job of matching their energy and matching their effort all night long.”

IUPUI (3-26) fell behind 13-2 and scored just one bucket in nearly nine minutes before McClure stuck a three to kickstart the offense. The Jags clawed nearly all the way back late in the half when Maxwell stroked a three before Cain responded with a deuce to make it 26-21 at the break.

The Jaguars refused to allow Oakland (20-11) to run away, even after yielding an 8-0 run that saw them fall behind 41-30 with 13:19 left. However, IUPUI counterpunched with a 7-0 run of its own on a McClure layup, Isitua layup and Stanton trey off a DePersia assist. The Jags had a chance to nudge closer, but McClure missed from in close and Moore responded with an old fashioned three-point play at the other end. The turn of events sparked an 8-0 Golden Grizzly run and the hosts kept the lead in double-digits over the final nine minutes.

IUPUI won the glass by a 30-28 margin and shot 49 percent from the floor and 9-of-15 (60 percent) from three-point range. The Jags also held Oakland to just 29 percent shooting from three, but committed 20 turnovers, leading to 15 Oakland points. OU collected 14 steals and outscored IUPUI 16-2 in fast break points.

Crenshaw was adamant coming in that his team would largely drain the shot clock to conserve energy and give his squad a chance to win. Equally impressive was getting his squad to the final horn intact as McClure and Stanton finished with four fouls apiece and Isitua and Maxwell had three each.

The Jaguars’ attention immediately turns to the 2022-2023 season as IUPUI has signed four newcomers for next year and will continue to fill out the roster in the offseason.

Women’s Basketball Takes on Missouri State Thursday Evening

Valparaiso (10-17, 8-8 MVC)
Game #28 – March 3, 2022 – 6 p.m.
Missouri State (22-5, 13-3 MVC)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The final weekend of the regular season is here for the Valpo women’s basketball team, and with it comes matchups against the top two teams in the MVC standings. The weekend opens Thursday evening against second-place Missouri State, with the Beacons needing one win in their final two games or a Drake loss to secure a top-six seed for Hoops in the Heartland.

Previously: Valpo cut a 15-point second-half deficit to as few as three points on Friday evening at the ARC, but could not get over the hump and take the lead as visiting Loyola pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 66-52 victory. The Beacons were led by 15 points from Carie Weinman, as well as 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists by Shay Frederick.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)
Streaming Audio: TuneIn app
Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 47-66. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: Missouri State has won all nine matchups in the series between the two programs, all of which have come since Valpo joined the MVC. Each of the last three meetings has been decided by 12 points or fewer, however. Earlier this season, Valpo dropped a 74-62 final to the Lady Bears in Springfield. Olivia Brown had a game-high 21 points in that contest and went 5-for-6 from 3-point range, leading Valpo’s 11-for-22 effort from deep.

@ValpoWBB…
…and @ValleyHoops
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

…versus Loyola
– Loyola led 20-14 at the end of the first quarter and was up 31-22 at intermission.
– Valpo scored 15 points in the first five minutes of the second half, but lost ground to the Ramblers, who scored on each of their first nine possessions of the half.
– Loyola’s lead grew to as many as 15 points in the third quarter before Valpo reeled off 11 straight points late in the quarter. The Beacons trailed just 51-47 with 10 minutes to play.
– It was a slow start both ways to the fourth quarter, as neither team scored a point in the first two minutes of the period. A free throw by the Ramblers was answered by a pair from the charity stripe by Weinman to make it a 52-49 game with 7:35 remaining.
– Valpo actually had the ball with a chance to tie the game, but a turnover led to a Loyola basket, which sparked a eight-point spurt for the Ramblers over the next two minutes.
– After shooting 50% or better from the field in three of its previous four games, Valpo was limited to 35.4% shooting on Friday evening.
– Valpo did go 10-of-12 from the foul line on Friday, eclipsing the 80% mark from the stripe for the fourth time in its last five contests.
– Valpo tallied just four steals as a team, a new season low, as it forced just nine Rambler turnovers.

…at Indiana State
– Valpo trailed 19-8 at the end of the first quarter and trailed by as many as 13 before closing to within 29-26 at halftime.
– The Sycamores got their lead up to nine points in the third quarter before a 11-0 run gave Valpo its first lead of the game, 42-40 with 4:10 to play in the third.
– Neither team would have more than a four-point lead until the final minute of the game as they struggled for control. Indiana State led 61-57 with six minutes to play.
– Valpo scored the next five, including a steal and fast-break layup for Grace White and an offensive rebound and second-chance basket by Maya Dunson, to edge back ahead, 62-61 with 4:15 to play. The Sycamores got a putback basket on their next possession before Carie Weinman drove and finished to return the lead to Valpo with 3:28 to play.
– The Beacons’ defense stepped up, forcing six missed shots by the Sycamores over their next four possessions. During that stretch, Dunson stepped up and drilled a huge 3-pointer to push the lead to four points.
– Free throws lengthened the lead out to 70-63, but Indiana State had one final threat, hitting two from the line and then getting a steal in the backcourt and finishing to make it 70-67 with 37 seconds to go. But Shay Frederick’s record-setting night concluded with her hitting two pairs of free throws in the final seconds to keep the Sycamores at bay.
– Dunson came off the bench with the best game of her career, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor — including 3-for-3 from the 3-point line — for 13 points, tying her career high and setting a new high while at Valpo.
– Dunson, who scored all 13 of her points after halftime, also grabbed seven rebounds to match her career best in that department as well.
– Valpo finished the game shooting 52.6% (20-for-38) from the floor and was 8-of-16 from 3-point range, its 50% clip from deep tying a season best. It is the third time in the last four games Valpo has shot at least 50% from the field.
– Valpo won despite Indiana State finishing with 32 more field goal attempts, thanks in large part to 22 offensive rebounds which the Sycamores converted into 18 second-chance points.
– This is the first time since the 2007-08 season that Valpo has lost a home game by 20+ points and come back to beat that same team on the road later in the season. That year’s team fell to Cleveland State by 23 at the ARC and came back to earn a 14-point win over the Vikings in Cleveland.

…looking ahead
– Southern Illinois opposes Valpo on Senior Day, Saturday afternoon, March 5.
– Hoops in the Heartland begins from Moline, Ill. next Thursday, March 10.

…at the ARC
– Friday is the eighth MVC home game of the season and the 12th of 13 home games in total this year for the Beacons.
– Valpo posted a 5-6 record at the ARC last season and is currently 5-6 at home this year.

@MSULadyBears
– Missouri State enters Thursday’s game at 22-5 overall on the year and in second place in MVC play at 13-3 in conference action.
– The Lady Bears are winners of seven consecutive games, most recently taking down Indiana State, 72-65.
– Abi Jackson leads the active MSU players, averaging 13.0 points/game and 6.5 rebounds/game.

The Race For the Top Six
– Valpo enters the weekend in sixth place in the MVC standings with an 8-8 record, one game ahead of Drake at 7-9.
– To lock up a top-six seed at Hoops in the Heartland and avoid Thursday, the Beacons need to finish at minimum in a tie with Drake, as Valpo holds the tiebreaker by virtue of the season sweep of the series.
– That means Valpo would clinch a top-six seed with either one win this weekend (Missouri State, Southern Illinois) or one Drake loss (at Evansville, at Indiana State).

Moving On Up
– Senior guard Shay Frederick is making an impact on a number of Valpo’s charts in the record book as the season nears its close.
– Frederick moved into Valpo’s career top-10 in scoring in its win at Indiana State, and last time out against Loyola, jumped to eighth place on that chart with 1,230 career points.
– Frederick also continues to rack up the assists, as she ranks second in program history with 483 career assists. That total is good for 19th in MVC history, and she is looking to become just one of 17 players in conference history with 500 career assists.
– Frederick also has moved into fifth place in program history for career 3-pointers made (188) and free throws made (274).
– Within the last two games, Frederick has not only cracked Valpo’s single-season top-10 in assists, she has moved all the way up into a tie for seventh with 134 assists this year.
– That matches the most assists by a Valpo player since 2000.
– In the win at Indiana State two games ago, Frederick went 14-for-14 at the foul line to set a new program single-game record for free throws made without a miss.

Reaching 1K
– Frederick is one of three Valpo players to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her career this season.
– Carie Weinman hit 1,000 collegiate points last month as the Beacons played at UNI.
– Weinman now owns 1,083 career points, 892 of which have come in her three seasons at Valpo.
– Meanwhile, Grace White became the third Beacon to reach the milestone this season two games ago in the team’s thrilling victory at Indiana State.
– White has scored 1,005 points, 728 of which have come in the Valpo uniform.

Rally Pros
– Five of Valpo’s eight MVC victories have seen the Beacons overcome double-digit deficits at some point during the game to earn the win.
– Valpo has now rallied from down 10 or more to win 15 times in head coach Mary Evans’ four-year tenure at the helm of the program.
– Valpo faced a 13-point deficit in the second quarter at Indiana State and came back to earn the five-point win.
– Valpo overcame a 12-point deficit in the second quarter to earn the win over Bradley at the ARC.
– At Drake, the Beacons trailed by 10 in the first half before coming back for the victory.
– Valpo’s home win over UNI featured a comeback from down 13 in the fourth quarter, tying the program’s largest comeback in the final period since the move to quarters — Valpo previously rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter in a 66-64 win over Loyola on Jan. 24, 2020.
– Against Evansville at the ARC, the Beacons trailed by as many as 14 points before picking up the win – it was Valpo’s largest comeback overall since the aforementioned Loyola game, which featured a 14-point deficit at one point.

Accomplishing Firsts
– Valpo has recorded a number of firsts in program history during conference play this year.
– The Beacons have registered their first road win over two MVC teams this season, winning for the first time both at Drake and at Bradley.
– Both Drake and Bradley were previously 6-0 at home versus Valpo before this season.
– The win at the Knapp Center completed Valpo’s first season sweep of Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– Prior to the Beacons’ win at the ARC over Drake earlier this season, the Bulldogs held a 13-0 advantage in the all-time series.
– The win over Drake in January also gave Valpo its first sweep of the UNI/Drake weekend in MVC play.
– Valpo completed its first season sweep of Bradley with the home win over the Braves.

Top 100 Wins
– Valpo has made a habit of knocking off top-100 opponents in MVC play over the last few seasons and has two more opportunities to do so this season having done so already three times this year.
– The home win over UNI came over a team which entered the night ranked #46 in NET, and the home victory came over a Drake squad which was #65.
– Most recently, the road win at Drake came over a Bulldogs squad which entered the day at #84.
– Valpo now has eight top-100 NET/RPI wins in Valley action over the last three seasons.
– Prior to its Feb. 16, 2020 win at Illinois State – its first top-100 win in conference play since joining the Valley – Valpo had gone nearly seven years without a top-100 victory.

Leading the Way
– Two Valpo players are currently on pace to lead the MVC in statistical categories this year.
– One season after leading the Valley in assists, Frederick again tops the chart this season as she’s averaging 5.0 assists/game.
– Frederick is trying to become the first MVC player to lead the conference in assists in consecutive seasons since Caitlin Ingle of Drake did so three straight seasons (2014-15 through 2016-17).
– Frederick currently ranks 42nd nationally in assists/game this season, while her 483 career assists are 26th-most among active players.
– Grace White is attempting to lead the conference in steals/game, as she enters the final weekend of regular season play with a conference-best 2.3/game.
– Should White lead the MVC in steals, it would be the third consecutive year a Valpo player took top honors in that category, as Carie Weinman has paced the Valley each of the last two seasons.

Krikke Named to All-MVC Third Team, King to All-Newcomer Team, Ruedinger to All-Freshman Team

A trio of Valparaiso University men’s basketball players were recognized on Tuesday morning as the Missouri Valley Conference office announced the league’s postseason all-conference teams.

Valpo’s Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) was named to the All-MVC Third Team, while Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse [Wisconsin]) earned MVC All-Newcomer Team recognition and Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy) was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

Krikke ranks tied for ninth in the conference in scoring average at 14.5 points per game in 27 games. He is also seventh in the league field goal percentage at 53.9 and fifth in free-throw percentage at 84.3. The junior scored in double figures in 21 of his 27 regular-season games including each of the last 11. Entering Arch Madness, Krikke is just 45 points away from reaching the 1,000-point milestone for his collegiate career.

Krikke is one of just four players in the MVC shooting above 50 percent from the field and above 80 percent from the free-throw line and owns the highest field-goal percentage and second-highest free-throw percentage in that elite group. His rebounding has also been on the rise, as he’s squeezed five boards or more in six straight games and 10 of his last 11. During the final 11 games of the regular season, Krikke averaged 15.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

This marks the second straight year that Krikke has achieved All-MVC Third Team honors. Last season, he was also a member of the MVC Most-Improved Team, MVC Scholar-Athlete Third Team and CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

King is averaging 14.2 points per game in 21 games, a scoring average that ranks 12th in the league. He has made 18 appearances in double figures and has scored 15 points or more in nine of his first 21 games in a Valpo uniform. King has reached double figures 11 times in his last 12 games. He also ranks ninth in the conference in offensive rebounds per game at 1.5.

Ruedinger, a walk-on who is not on an athletic scholarship this season, has played in 15 games and made 11 starts. The point guard is averaging 3.2 points per game while dishing out 23 assists against just five turnovers in 19.7 minutes per game. He is one of just three players in the nation with more than 25 assists and fewer than 10 turnovers, joining UCLA’s David Singleton and NC State’s Thomas Allen. Ruedinger has not had multiple turnovers in any game this season and has played turnover-free basketball in 11 of his 17 contests.

The MVC Most-Improved Team and All-Bench Team will be announced on Wednesday, while the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team will be announced on Thursday.

Beacon Bits

  • Krikke becomes the first Valpo player to earn All-MVC accolades in two different seasons. The program’s last multi-time all-conference honoree was Alec Peters, who was a first-team all-Horizon League pick in each of his final three seasons, concluding in 2016-17.
  • This marks the fourth consecutive season that Valpo has boasted an all-freshman team representative. Ruedinger follows Sheldon Edwards (2020-21), Donovan Clay (2019-20) and Javon Freeman-Liberty (2018-19). Valpo has had either an All-Freshman Team honoree or an All-Newcomer Team performer in each of the five seasons since joining The Valley.
  • King becomes Valpo’s second All-Newcomer Team choice since joining the league and first since Bakari Evelyn in 2017-18.

2022 All-Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Team

First Team Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown

AJ Green, UNI Jr. G 6-4 Cedar Falls (Iowa) Cedar Falls

Isiaih Mosley, Missouri St. Jr. G 6-5 Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge

Gaige Prim, Missouri St. Sr. F 6-9 Aurora (Colo.) Grandview (South Plains College)

Terry Roberts, Bradley Jr. G 6-3 North Amityville (N.Y.) Florida SouthWestern

Lucas Williamson, Loyola Gr. G 6-4 Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young

Second Team

Noah Carter, UNI So. F 6-6 Dubuque (Iowa) Dubuque Senior

Tucker DeVries, Drake Fr. G/F 6-7 Waukee (Iowa) Waukee

Marcus Domask, S. Illinois Jr. F 6-6 Waupun (Wis.) Waupun

Antonio Reeves, Illinois St. Jr. G 6-6 Chicago (Ill.) Simeon

Garrett Sturtz, Drake Sr. G 6-3 Newton (Iowa) Newton

Third Team

Ben Krikke, Valparaiso Jr. F 6-9 Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) Jasper Place

Rienk Mast, Bradley So. F 6-9 Groningen (Netherlands) Donar Groningen

Cooper Neese, Indiana St. Jr. G 6-4 Cloverdale (Ind.) Cloverdale

Braden Norris, Loyola Jr. G 6-0 Hilliard (Ohio) Hilliard Bradley (Oakland)

Roman Penn, Drake Sr. G 6-0 Calumet City (Ill.) Bishop Noll (Siena)

All-Newcomer Team

Tucker DeVries, Drake Fr. G/F 6-7 Waukee (Iowa) Waukee

Cameron Henry, Indiana St. Jr. G 6-6 Chesterfield (Va.) Lloyd C. Bird (Lincoln Memorial)

Kobe King, Valparaiso Sr. G 6-4 La Crosse (Wis) La Crosse Central (Wisconsin)

Chris Knight, Loyola Sr. F 6-7 Madison (Wis.) James Madison Mml. (Dartmouth)

Terry Roberts, Bradley Jr. G 6-3 North Amityville (N.Y.) Florida SouthWestern

All-Freshman Team

Tucker DeVries, Drake Fr. G/F 6-7 Waukee (Iowa) Waukee

Isaac Haney, Missouri St. Fr. G 6-2 Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo

Connor Hickman, Bradley Fr. G 6-3 Bloomington (Ind.) Bloomington South

Preston Ruedinger, Valpo Fr. G 6-2 Oshkosh (Wis.) Lourdes Academy

Blake Sisley, Evansville Fr. F 6-8 Santa Claus (Ind.) Heritage Hills

All-Defensive Team

Donovan Clay, Missouri St. Jr. G/F 6-8 Alton (Ill.) Alton High (Valparaiso)

Lance Jones, S. Illinois Jr. G 6-1 Evanston (Ill.) Evanston Township

D.J. Wilkins, Drake Sr. G 6-2 Merrillville (Ind.) High (Florida SouthWestern)

Lucas Williamson, Loyola Gr. G 6-4 Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young

Aher Uguak, Loyola Gr. F 6-7 Edmonton (Alberta) Harry Ainlay (New Mexico)

LARRY BIRD MVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

AJ Green, UNI

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Terry Roberts, Bradley

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Tucker DeVries, Drake

DEFENSIVE MVP

Lucas Williamson, Loyola

SIXTH-MAN OF THE YEAR

Bowen Born, UNI

Baseball continues impressive non-conference slate at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Opening a week that features five non-conference contests, the University of Evansville baseball team travels to take on Kentucky at 3 PM (CT) on Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, Ky.

Previewing the Matchup: Kentucky

The Aces and Wildcats are meeting for the 21st time in series history with the series tied at 10 each.

Kentucky enters the weekend on a hot streak, having won seven-straight to open the season with series sweeps of Jacksonville State and Western Michigan over the opening two weeks of play.

Evansville’s pitching was a bright spot over the weekend. After holding an ERA over 13 after the first four games, the Aces limited the Flyers to 11 total runs and recorded a combined 30 strikeouts across the weekend series.

Following the midweek matchup with Kentucky, the Aces return home for a split weekend against UIC and Ohio.

Craig Continues Climb

Over the weekend, senior Tanner Craig added another home run to his already impressive career total.

On Saturday in an 11-2 win over Dayton, Craig blasted the 32nd homer of his career and second of the young 2022 season.

Craig now sits alone in fourth in UE history and just six back of tying the program record.

Building a Challenge

Evansville has been intentional in how it scheduled the 2022 slate.

Of the 56 games on the schedule, seven are against teams ranked in the preseason top 25 poll.

The first four games of the season came against teams that reached the 2021 College World Series.

In all, four of Evansville’s opponents made the 2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament and 16 games will be played against Power 5 opponents.

Bronnenberg, Kramer Land on Palmer Cup Watch List

NORMAN, Okla.—The Arnold Palmer Cup committee announced its watch list recently, with two Greyhounds being considered to compete in the prestigious event. Keegan Bronnenberg and Anna Kramer were among the select few Division II golfers on the radar for this year’s United States team.

The reigning DII individual national champions, Bronnenberg sports an impressive 71.5 stroke average through five tournaments this season, including three top-five finishes and one win.

Kramer, meanwhile, owns a 74.6 average in 2021-22 and has placed T-3 or better in three events. She currently sits in 12th in the trusted Golfstat.com DII player rankings.

ABOUT THE PALMER CUP

The Palmer Cup was co-founded by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in 1997. The annual event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top male (starting in 1997) and female (starting in 2018) university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International golfers.

Both the U.S. and International teams shall consist of 12 men’s and 12 women’s golfers, with the first six from each side being selected using the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking. The remaining six players for the U.S. shall be selected by using five committee picks and one coach’s pick, with one of the committee selections mandated as a non-Division I golfer.

The final team member selections will be announced the week of May 2. The 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup will be played at Golf Club de Genéve in Switzerland on July 1-3, 2022.

Softball Crashes Coaches’ Top 5

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Riding an eight-game winning streak, the UIndy softball team climbed up to No. 5 in this week’s NFCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Tuesday. The ranking matched the Greyhounds’ highest position in the weekly poll since May 2016.
 
UIndy remains the lone GLVC team in the top 25. Unbeaten UT Tyler received all 16 first-place votes as the unanimous No. 1.

Davidson, Watson, Schreiber, Brumett Receive Conference Honors

Wabash College senior basketball players Jack Davidson, Tyler Watson, and Kellen Schreiber were all named to the 2022 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Team. Davidson was named the NCAC Player of the Year in addition to receiving First Team All-NCAC honors. Watson earned First Team All-NCAC honors, as well. Schreiber picked up Second Team All-NCAC recognition. In addition, Wabash head coach Kyle Brumett was named the NCAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

Davidson earned the Player of the Year Award for the second time after receiving the award in 2019. Davidson also received the NCAC Newcomer of the Year Award as a freshman in 2018. He is only the second player in conference history to earn at least two Conference Player of the Year awards after being named the Newcomer of the Year. He earned a place on the All-NCAC First Team for the third time in his career (2020, 2019) after receiving Second Team All-NCAC honors as a freshman player.

Davidson leads the conference and ranks third in the nation in scoring with a 25.2 points-per-game average. The senior guard is the nation’s top three-point field goal shooter, hitting 49.5 percent of his three-point tries. Davidson ranks second among Division III players in free throws made this season with 167 and is fifth in Division III in free throw percentage (91.8). He is second in the nation in total points scored this season with 680 through 27 games. Davidson recorded three double-doubles this season, all coming in conference games with two against Oberlin and one in the NCAC Tournament Championship Game against Wooster. He scored a total of 97 points in the NCAC Tournament to break the conference record for points for the tournament.

Davidson was also named to the Top-50 Watch List for the Bevo Francis Award presented to the nation’s top small college men’s basketball player. He also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team honors.

Watson received First Team honors for the first time in his career. The senior guard is averaging 15.9 points a game, the sixth-best in the conference. He averaged 5.3 assists a game to rank second in the conference and 39th among Division III players. He broke the Wabash single-game assist record by handing out 14 in the Little Giants’ victory over Hiram on February 6, picking up a double-double in the game by also scoring 18 points against the Terriers. Watson’s assist-to-turnover ratio for the season is 2.92 to rank second in the NCAC and 12th in the nation.

Schreiber earned Second Team honors for the first time in his career. The senior forward is fifth in the nation and leads the conference in field goal shooting percentage. He is shooting 69.7 percent from the field for the season. Schreiber is ninth in scoring with a 15.1 points-per-game scoring average. Schreiber picked up two double-doubles in back-to-back conference games against Allegheny and Hiram.

Brumett received NCAC Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his eight-year career at Wabash. He led the Little Giants to their first NCAC regular-season title and the school’s first NCAC Tournament championship. His Wabash team earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 1998. The Little Giants will play Berry College at Emory University on Friday, March 4 at 7:10 p.m. Wabash is currently on a 20-game winning streak, the longest in school history. The Little Giants rank fifth in the nation in scoring with an average of 90.9 points per game and are 16th in scoring margin with a differential of plus-13.6 points. Wabash is second in the nation in field goal shooting percentage (52.1), and three-point field goal shooting percentage (40.9). Wabash also ranks third in free throw shooting percentage (81.2).

Brumett is 122-75 in his eight seasons at Wabash. He won his 100th career victory as the head coach at Wabash with a 98-90 win over Emory at the Great Lakes Invitational at Marietta College on November 20. He is 258-154 in 16 seasons as a college head coach.

KNIGHTS LOSE HEART-BREAKER TO GRACE IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball suffered a gut-wrenching loss Tuesday night in the Crossroads League Championship game, as Christian Harvey’s potential game-winning layup was blocked in the waning seconds, sending Marian to an 86-85 defeat to Grace. Marian’s loss snaps their 11-game winning streak and sends Marian to the NAIA Tournament with a 25-5 record.

Marian started out slow in the championship game as the Lancers took-off on a 6-1 run in the games first 2:30, but a basket from Tyrie Johnson eased the Knights offense. At the media stoppage the Knights trailed 8-5, and quickly got their first lead of the game as Christian Stewart heated up by sinking three’s on back to back possessions. The lead pushed to six for the Knights following Luke Gohmann and Johnson buckets, but the Lancers denied Marian from taking off clawing back within one.

A three from Luke Heady with 9:04 to play before the break once again gave Marian a six point lead, but was not enough to keep the Knights in the lead as Grace roared back in front with a 9-0 run. A three-point play from Stewart as the clocked ticked under five to play allowed Marian to capture the brief lead before Grace once again went back in front. Five unanswered points from Stewart helped Marian control the final three minutes of the half, with three’s from Gohmann and Hayden Langkabel allowing Marian to enter the break on top 44-41.

The Knights knocked down six three’s in the first half and forced seven Grace turnovers, ending the half on a 13-6 run.

Feeding off the energy from the crowd the Knights increased their lead to seven coming out of halftime, getting a quick five from Stewart. The strong start wasn’t enough to keep Grace out of it as they responded with a 9-0 run of their own, and after the media timeout carried the run to a 15-1 swing. Trailing 58-52 with 13:01 remaining in the game, Marian finally snapped the run getting a pair of foul shots from Langkabel, but despite the first points of the game from Christian Harvey, the Knights still couldn’t close the gap.

A 9-2 run for Grace allowed the visitor’s to carry their lead to 11 with 10 minutes left to play, but Marian again found a jolt of energy as a blocked shot from Jacob Wiley and back to back layups from Harvey again brought the crowd back to life. Five straight points for Marian from Harvey allowed Marian to keep whittling away at their deficit, getting a 5-0 run from Stewart and Wiley to claw withing two. With 3:35 remaining the Knights took their first lead in nearly 13 minutes as Wiley completed a 3-point play, putting Marian back in front by one at 79-78.

The game went back and forth over the next minute as Grace was able to extend their lead to five with 1:36 to play, but the Knights hung in there drawing back within three on a fast break layup from Stewart. With 52 seconds remaining Harvey was fouled on the attack, and after making both the Knights found themselves trailing 86-65. Marian’s defense came up big in the final 30 seconds as Harvey poked one away leading to a fast break opportunity for Stewart, but his catch-and-shoot three rimmed out. The Knights would get the ball back with 4.7 seconds to go still trailing by one, but on the final play of the game Harvey’s driving layup opportunity was blocked, as Grace sealed the 86-85 tournament victory.

In the losing effort Stewart scored a game-high 32 points to set a new career-high, making 13 of his 18 shot attempts. Harvey scored 15 points doing all of his damage in the second half, and Wiley and Johnson each scored 10. Gohmann scored five while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.

Marian will learn their postseason destination on Thursday night when the NAIA announces the 64-team field during the NAIA Selection Show. The show will be aired live on the NAIA Facebook page at 8 p.m. ET.

Davidson Repeats As USBWA DIII Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

Wabash College senior Jack Davidson has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Division III Men’s Player of the Week for the period ending February 27.

Davidson, a 6-1 guard from Fishers, Indiana, earned the award for the second time this season. He was also named the USBWA DIII Men’s Player of the Week January 4, 2022.

Davidson averaged 32.3 points over the three games of the 2022 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament to guide the Little Giants to their first tournament championship. He broke the tournament record for total points score by finishing with 97 for the three-game stretch, also earning him the Al Van Wie Tournament Most Valuable Player Award.

Davidson shot 56 percent from the field in the three games. He hit 31-of-55 shot attempts, He was 16-of-26 from three-point range (61 percent) and shot 90 percent from the free throw line by going 19 of 21. Davidson also averaged 6.7 rebounds and four assists.

He scored 37 points in the opening game of the tournament in a 101-79 win over Hiram. Davidson followed with a 32-point effort against Denison in the conference semifinal game to help the Little Giants to a 98-74 victory and a third appearance in the conference championship game. Davidson put up 28 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to post his third double-double of the season and sixth of his career. 

Each Tuesday, the USBWA selects men’s and women’s Division III National Players of the Week. The program has resumed after a one-season hiatus and this is the seventh season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.

Lancers claim Crossroads League championship in thriller

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 2022 Crossroads League Tournament championship turned into an instant classic on Tuesday night.

Grace’s men’s basketball came out victorious in a thriller, battling to an 86-85 victory over No. 12 Marian.

The Lancers won their first conference tournament championship since 2012. As a result, the Lancers secured an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships. The NAIA Opening Round will be held next weekend with the bracket and game locations to be released this week on Thursday.

Grace is the lowest team to ever win the men’s basketball tournament championship. The fifth-seeded Lancers had to travel on the road for three straight games, including an 82-62 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene in the quarterfinals, 84-76 semifinal victory at No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan as well as Tuesday’s one-point championship win at No. 12 Marian.

The Lancers won the game with a complete team effort. Seven Lancers scored at least nine points with Frankie Davidson and Elijah Malone sharing scoring honors with 15 points apiece.

Grace proved hard to handle in the post, scoring 42 points in the paint and earning a dominant 39-23 advantage in rebounds.

Marian was efficient as usual on offense, shooting 53 percent from the floor, 45 percent on 3-pointers and committing just two turnovers.

But the Lancers made a few key defensive stops in the closing minutes, and Davidson and Malone provided the needed scoring down the stretch.

In the opening seconds of the game, Jakob Gibbs gave Grace the lead with a 3-pointer. Grace’s lead grew to 6-1 after a thunderous two-handed slam by Elijah Malone.

Marian needed nearly three minutes of action before making a field goal.

Another slam by Malone gave Grace an 8-3 edge. Marian responded with eight straight points to charge in front, sparked by a pair of 3-pointers.

Grace remained behind for the next several minutes, but the Lancers were unfazed. Brycen Graber was a key sub off the bench, helping stabilize Grace on the offensive end with five points and several key passes.

The Lancers manufactured a run of their own, and back-to-back triples from Graber and Carter Stolzfus put the Lancers on top 29-26 to force a Marian timeout.

An and-1 by Frankie Davidson gave Grace a 35-31 lead with less than four minutes remaining.

But the Knights erupted down the stretch with a trio of 3-pointers, pulling ahead late.

Ian Scott made a tip-in layup in the final seconds, but Grace still trailed 44-41 at halftime.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor before halftime, and Marian was electric from 3-point land (6 of 11).

Grace had a massive edge in rebounds (21-13) but an equally large disadvantage in turnovers (7-1).

Nine players registered a point for Grace in the half, led by eight points from Jakob Gibbs.

The Lancers seized control of the game with a pivotal run to begin the second half. Grace started the half on a 17-7 charge over the first six minutes.

Davidson dazzled to six quick points, Jakob Gibbs scored four more, and Malone threw down another emphatic dunk. A triple from Stoltzfus lifted Grace to a 58-51 lead.

The Lancers continued to roll. Cade Gibbs scored back-to-back buckets, including a fast break dunk, and another 3-pointer from Stoltzfus gave Grace an 11-point lead at 70-59 with 10 minutes to play.

Marian countered with seven straight points, cutting the cushion to four with 7:56 on the clock.

Davidson converted a tough layup to send the Lancer faithful into euphoria, but Marian did not flinch. Marian scored eight unanswered points to regain the lead at 79-78 with 3:35 on the clock.

After a Grace timeout, Jakob Gibbs was fouled and sank two free throws to regain the lead.

Marian scored again to go up by one, but Malone muscled his way to an and-1, beating a double team in the process to put the Lancers ahead 83-81 with two minutes to play.

After a defensive stop by Grace, Davidson broke down a defender and swished a 3-pointer that gave Grace an 86-81 edge with 1:36 to play.

That proved to be Grace’s last points, putting the fate of the game on the shoulders of Grace’s defense. Marian scored four quick points to put pressure on Grace.

Both teams came up empty on the next possessions, and Marian fouled Grace to extend the game. Grace missed the front-end of a bonus free throw, allowing Marian 4.7 seconds to set up a potential game winner.

The Knights had an attempt at the buzzer, but a driving shot near the hoop was blocked by Cade Gibbs to secure the victory.

The team spilled out onto the court in celebration, claiming the tournament banner, trophy and nets in the postgame festivities.

“The league we play in is a gauntlet. Every single night you have to show up. We had success early in the year, experienced some ups and downs during the year and continued to show fight late in the season,” said Grace head coach Scott Moore. “Every time this team has faced obstacles, they continue to battle through. This was great preparation for us as we get ready for another hopeful run in the national tournament.”

Davidson finished with 15 points and five boards, and Malone tallied 15 points and five boards.

Jakob Gibbs tallied 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, and Graber amassed 11 points while making all three of his 3-pointers.

Stoltzfus canned a trio of triples, and Cade Gibbs added 9 points, 6 boards, 4 assists and 1 game-saving block.

Ian Scott tallied 4 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal, and Jake Wadding had six points and three boards, and Eddie Gill IV added 3 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds.

The Lancers shot 59 percent overall from the floor, 59 percent on 3-pointers and 59 percent on free throws.

Rich’s 6 RBIs propels Lancers

KOKOMO, Ind. – Grace’s baseball secured a nonleague victory over IU South Bend on Tuesday.

The Lancers (6-7) poured in 12 runs in a 12-7 win at Kokomo’s Championship Park.

Grace was led by Alex Rich, who erupted at the plate. He hit 4 for 5 with 6 RBIs, doubling twice, homering once and scoring three times.

The Lancers had three home runs in the game, including one from Chris Griffin and a first-inning blast by Jeff Pawlik.

The Titans got on the scoreboard early with a run in the first and second innings, but the Lancers were equal to the task.

Pawlik’s two-run home run put Grace ahead for good at 2-1, and Sam Newkirk followed that up with a run-scoring single.

In the second inning, Rich drove in a pair of runners with a timely double.

In the third inning, Rich topped that performance. Grace loaded the bases with one out, and Rich dialed up an inside-the-park grand slam to score Patrick Danforth, Pawlik and Jake Cox.

IUSB rallied in the fifth, pushing across four runs to cut Grace’s lead to 9-6.

Griffin did his best to put the game out of reach. He hit a solo homer in the sixth, drove in another run with a double in the eighth, and later scored in the inning thanks to a double by Newkirk.

Griffin batted 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs, and Cox was also 2 for 3 with a pair of runs.

Patrick was hit by a pitch twice and scored three runs, Pawlik two runs and two RBIs, Newkirk hit 2 for 5 with two RBIs, and Austin Carr had two hits.

Grace used nine pitchers who all tossed one inning during the nine-inning affair. Mason Meyer, Joey Springer, Philip Wertz, Steven Hernandez, Jake Decker, Hunter Schumacher, Bret Wilhelmi, Caleb Farney and Isaiah Herbster teamed up for the victory.

The Lancers are scheduled for their home opener this weekend against Goshen on Friday and Saturday. Both doubleheader days are slated to begin at 1 p.m.

Spivey Scores 30 to Lead Men’s Basketball to RSC Championship

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team continued its winning streak on Tuesday as the Cougars defeated West Virginia Tech, 77-67 to claim the 2021-22 River States Conference Men’s Basketball Championship. IU Kokomo’s winning streak improved to 17 games with the win.

Trequan Spivey carried most of the offensive load for the Cougars, finishing with 30 points, on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and 11-of-15 from the free throw line. This is Spivey’s second 30-point effort of the season.

Hunter White chipped in with 16 points. Desean Hampton added eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds in the win.

Tayson Parker scored nine points.

As a team, the Cougars converted 23-of-28 free throw attempts.

White scored the first five points of the game for the Cougars to even things in the early goings. Spivey scored his first bucket of the game to give IUK a 7-5 lead and that sparked a 10-0 run by the Cougars, extending their lead to 15-5 just five minutes into the contest.

Parker knocked down back-to-back triple to put the Cougars up 16 points with 6:51 to play in the half which would turn out to be IUK’s largest lead of the game.

The Golden Bears chipped away at the IU Kokomo lead for the remainder of the half, cutting their deficit to nine points but a jumper from White gave the Cougars an 11-point advantage heading into the break.

WVU Tech opened the second half on a 14-6 run to make it a one possession game with just less than 14 minutes to go but a quick 5-0 run from the Cougars put them back up by eight points.

With 6:05 to go, the Golden Bears got within four, but the Cougars once again had an answer and did not let WVU Tech get any closer for the remainder of the game.

Over the final four minutes of the game, IUK went 15-16 from the free throw line to seal the Championship.

IU Kokomo now awaits their NAIA National Tournament assignment. The selection show is schedule for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Warriors Draw UMass at ACHA Nationals

TROY, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s ice hockey team was named the #6 overall seed in the ACHA Women’s Division I National Tournament that will take place at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Missouri from March 16-20.

The Warriors have earned a record of 22-8-1, going undefeated (14-0-0) in CCWHA play, and are coming off a regular season CCWHA Championship.

Tech will square off against the #7 seed University of Massachusetts, the Minutemen finished the season with a record of 16-4-1. The contest is slated for March 16th at 11:00 AM ET.

USI rolls to with 81-52 victory

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball ran away from the University of Illinois Springfield, 81-52, in the first round of the GLVC Tournament Monday evenings at Screaming Eagles Arena. USI goes to 18-7 overall, while Illinois Springfield concludes the season 12-17.

The Screaming Eagles and the Prairie Stars battle for control early in the contest with USI methodically pulling away towards the end of the first 20 minutes. USI’s big surge of the half was a 17-8 run to post its largest lead of the half, 34-21, when freshman guard Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Illinois) drained a three-pointer with 1:18 on the clock.

Stafford scored eight of his 13 first half points during the 17-8 run to pace the Eagles, who settled for a 34-25 lead at the intermission. 

In the second half, the Eagles needed a few minutes kick into gear, but when they did, it was high gear. USI used a 20-6 run to put distance between itself and the Stars, hitting a blistering eight-of-10 from the field, four-of-five from downtown for the 54-35 advantage. Sophomore guard Tyler Henry led the offensive outburst with nine of the 20 points.

USI continued to add to the margin, building the lead to as many as 33 points, 79-46, with 1:23 to play in the contest and settling for the 81-52 final.

In the scoring column, junior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) scored 17 of his game-high and season-best 22 points in the second half to lead the Eagles. Simmons was nine-of-14 from the field, including a pair of three-point bombs, and two-of-two from the stripe.

The 22 points put Simmons over 1,000 points for his collegiate career (USI: 552 points; Youngstown State University: 430 points).

Stafford added three points in the second half and followed Simmons in the scoring column with 16 points. The freshman guard was on fire from the field, hitting six-of-10 from the field and three-of-five from beyond the arc.

Freshman guard Isaiah Swope (Newburgh, Indiana) was third in the scoring column with 15 points and posted his first collegiate double-double with a season-high 10 assists. Henry rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points on four three pointers and a pair of free throws.

Junior forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan) continued to be a force on the glass with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Next Up in the GLVC Tournament:

USI continues GLVC Tournament action Friday at 6 p.m. when it plays fourth-seeded University of Missouri-St. Louis in the quarterfinals at First Community Arena on the campus of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The UMSL defeated 13th-seeded, Drury University tonight, 96-63, in St. Louis

The Tritons of UMSL, who won the GLVC Central Division, are 21-6 this year and have won their last seven contests, including a 76-68 victory over USI last week. USI holds a 39-15 all-time series lead over UMSL.

The Tritons have had USI’s number the last six games, taking four of the last six.

Following the second round of quarterfinal games Friday, the GLVC Tournament continues with the semifinals Saturday and the championship game Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at First Community Arena.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1927       Babe Ruth becomes the highest-paid player in major league history when the Yankees announce the Bambino will earn $70,000 per season for the next three years. The ‘Sultan of Swat,’ who had asked for $100,000, meets Colonel Jacob Ruppert at the owner’s brewery in the Yorkville section of Manhattan to finalize the historic deal.

1966       Commissioner William Eckert, citing a rule that prohibits clubs from signing players during their collegiate season, voids the Braves’ contract with USC standout Tom Seaver, who had signed with Atlanta for a $50,000 bonus a week earlier. The Mets will be awarded the future Hall of Famer’s signing rights in a lottery that includes the Phillies and Indians, who also were willing to match the Braves’ terms.

1989 “When he punched Keith Hernandez in spring training last season, it was the only time that Darryl Strawberry hit the cutoff man.” – STEVE WULF, Sports Illustrated journalist.

At a photo session, Mets’ outfielder Darryl Strawberry throws a punch at Keith Hernandez, the team’s no-nonsense All-Star first baseman. The spring training scuffle started over comments about salaries and results with the Straw walking out of camp.

1992       The highest-paid player tag now belongs to Ryne Sandberg, when the All-Star infielder signs a four-year contract extension worth 7.1 million dollars per season. The future Hall of Famer will unexpectedly retire during the season in 1994, walking away from nearly $15.8 million from the record deal he inked today.

1995       “Cleveland got the better of the deals. They didn’t get anybody.” – DAVEY JOHNSON, Reds’ manager. The Indians send Mike Curtis, Barbaro Garbey, Lee Granger, and Dave Gray to the Reds for “future considerations.” The transaction, which helps Cincinnati add much-needed players to their roster, marks the first trade of replacement players during a baseball strike.

2001       Rusty Greer, now the Rangers’ new leadoff hitter due to the A-Rod deal, signs a $21.8 million, three-year contract extension with Texas. The .307 career-hitting outfielder could make $36 million with incentives and options.

2005       Wearing their regular-season home uniforms instead of the traditional batting-practice spring training jerseys, the Nationals in their first game ever beat the Mets in the exhibition opener at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, 5-3. The first and last games the Expos played were also against the Mets before leaving Montreal for their new home in Washington, D.C.

2005       In a Capitol Rotunda ceremony, with legislators from both the House and Senate and baseball commissioner Bud Selig in attendance, President George W. Bush awards the nation’s highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously to Jackie Robinson’s widow. Rachel, the widow of the courageous ballplayer, accepts the award for her late husband, who died in 1972.

2005       With hundreds of Red Sox Nation citizens in attendance on the south lawn, President George W. Bush praises the team spirit and winning style of the 2004 World Champions during a White House ceremony. Fall Classic hero and Bush supporter Curt Schilling gives the former owner of the Texas Rangers a white baseball jersey emblazoned with the forty-third Chief Executive’s name and the number 43.

2007       Michael Young signs an $80 million, five-year contract extension offered by the Rangers. The deal, which keeps the three-time All-Star shortstop with Texas through the 2013 season, is the second-largest in franchise history, eclipsed only by the $252 million, 10-year deal Alex Rodriguez free-agent signing in December 2000.

2007       A chartered bus accident at Interstate 75 and Northside Drive in Atlanta kills five Bluffton University baseball players and the driver and his wife. The players, Zach Arend, David Betts, Scott Harmon, Cody Holp, and Tyler Williams, were en route to Sarasota, Florida, to play a twin bill with Eastern Mennonite University before heading to participate in the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers.

2012       In the first change to the MLB playoff structure since the introduction of wild-card teams in 1995, a new one-game, a wild-card game between the teams with the best records in each league, which are not division winners, will become the initial round of the postseason. The new postseason system, which would have allowed the Red Sox and the Braves to avoid their historical collapses last season, increases the reward of winning a division title but opens the door of the possibility of a third-place team winning the World Series.

BASEBALL’S BEST PITCHERS

STEVE CARLTON

The 1980 season was a banner year for Steve Carlton. Lefty, as he was universally known around the league, led all National League pitchers with 24 wins. He was the major-league leader in strikeouts with 286. He struck out 10 or more batters in 11 games. Carlton led all pitchers in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) with 10.2. Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Stone led all pitchers in wins with 25, but Carlton won the 1980 National League Cy Young Award by an overwhelming margin and finished fifth in the NL MVP voting behind his teammate Mike Schmidt. After his historic 1972 campaign (27 victories for a Phillies team that won only 62 games and finished in the NL East basement), Carlton’s next three seasons had been marred by mediocrity. But with a renewed focus, he established himself as one of the game’s top pitchers during the period 1976-1980. During those seasons he won 20 games or more three times, and won the NL Cy Young Award twice. Carlton was the best left-handed pitcher in the game.

BASEBALL’S BEST HITTERS

JOHNNY BENCH

Johnny Lee Bench (born December 7, 1947) is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League Baseball career, which lasted from 1967 through 1983, with the Cincinnati Reds, primarily as a catcher. Bench was the leader of the Reds team known as the Big Red Machine that dominated the National League in the mid-1970s, winning six division titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships.

A fourteen-time All-Star and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, Bench excelled on offense as well as on defense, twice leading the National League in home runs and three times in runs batted in. At the time of his retirement in 1983, he held the major league record for most home runs hit by a catcher. He was also the first catcher in history to lead the league in home runs. His record of 45 home runs in a season held the record for the most by a catcher, until Salvador Perez hit 48 in 2021.

On defense, Bench was a ten-time Gold Glove Award winner who skillfully handled pitching staffs and possessed a strong, accurate throwing arm. He caught 100 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons. In 1986, Bench was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history.

TV WEDNESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND: RADFORD VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T11:30AMESPN+
BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND: UNC ASHEVILLE VS. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN2:00PMESPN+
BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND: HIGH POINT VS. HAMPTON6:00PMESPN+
NOTRE DAME AT FLORIDA STATE7:00PMESPN2
WKU AT MARSHALL7:00PMESPNU
TEXAS A&M AT ALABAMA7:00PMSECN
RUTGERS AT INDIANA7:00PMBTN
GEORGETOWN AT SETON HALL7:00PMCBSSN
GEORGIA TECH AT CLEMSON7:00PMACCN
SAINT JOSEPH’S AT LA SALLE7:00PMESPN+
OKLAHOMA STATE AT IOWA STATE7:00PMESPN+
GEORGE MASON AT DAVIDSON7:00PMESPN+
OVC FIRST ROUND: TENNESSEE STATE VS. SIUE7:30PMESPN+
BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND8:00PMESPN+
UCONN AT CREIGHTON8:30PMFS1
LSU AT ARKANSAS9:00PMESPN2
AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE9:00PMSECN
WICHITA STATE AT TULSA9:00PMESPNU
MINNESOTA AT MARYLAND9:00PMBTN
MARQUETTE AT DEPAUL9:00PMCBSSN
MIAMI (FL) AT BOSTON COLLEGE9:00PMACCN
OVC FIRST ROUND: AUSTIN PEAY VS. TENNESSEE TECH10:00PMESPN+
WYOMING AT UNLV10:30PMFS1
NBATIME ETTV
CHARLOTTE AT CLEVELAND7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
INDIANA AT ORLANDO7:O0PMBALLY SPORTS
NEW YORK AT PHILADELPHIA7:30PMESPN
NBCS-PHI
MSG
UTAH AT HOUSTON8:00PMATTSN-RM
ATTSN-SW
MIAMI AT MILWAUKEE8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SACRAMENTO AT NEW ORLEANS10:00PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
OKLAHOMA CITY AT DENVER9:00PMALT
BALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT PHOENIX10:00PMESPN
ROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
BUFFALO AT TORONTO7:30PMMSG-BUF
SPORTSNET
ST. LOUIS AT NY RANGERS7:30PMTNT
LOS ANGELES AT DALLAS8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NASHVILLE AT SEATTLE10:00PMTNT

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI4121.66121-720-1411-226-129-14 W
CHICAGO3923.6292.024-915-147-324-146-42 L
PHILADELPHIA3723.6173.016-1321-105-721-146-43 W
MILWAUKEE3725.5974.021-1216-138-323-186-41 W
CLEVELAND3625.5904.519-1017-157-421-145-51 L
BOSTON3727.5785.021-1116-168-627-168-21 W
TORONTO3427.5576.517-1317-147-523-166-42 W
BROOKLYN3231.5089.513-1719-147-522-163-72 L
CHARLOTTE3033.47611.515-1515-185-720-202-82 L
10 ATLANTA2932.47511.518-1311-197-518-204-61 L
11 WASHINGTON2833.45912.516-1612-176-621-204-61 W
12 NEW YORK2536.41015.513-1912-174-814-241-95 L
13 INDIANA2142.33320.515-186-242-1110-302-81 L
14 DETROIT1547.24226.09-216-264-711-253-71 L
15 ORLANDO1547.24226.07-218-262-119-314-62 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX4912.80326-723-56-429-98-22 L
GOLDEN STATE4319.6946.526-717-129-226-134-62 L
MEMPHIS4320.6837.021-1022-107-429-138-22 W
UTAH3822.63310.522-1016-1211-124-128-22 W
DALLAS3725.59712.520-1117-1411-226-158-22 W
DENVER3625.59013.017-1019-155-821-178-26 W
MINNESOTA3429.54016.019-1215-177-422-186-42 W
LA CLIPPERS3331.51617.518-1315-186-620-236-44 W
LA LAKERS2734.44322.018-169-182-915-223-73 L
10 NEW ORLEANS2536.41024.013-1712-194-716-206-42 W
11 PORTLAND2536.41024.016-189-181-911-264-62 L
12 SAN ANTONIO2438.38725.511-1813-204-714-215-52 L
13 SACRAMENTO2340.36527.015-188-225-716-244-61 W
14 OKLAHOMA CITY1942.31130.09-2110-213-513-262-81 L
15 HOUSTON1546.24634.08-207-262-87-300-1010 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES5337115793618512619-4-218-7-36-2-2
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING5235116763318214618-4-417-7-28-1-1
FLORIDA PANTHERS5335135753321816123-6-012-7-56-4-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS5335144743319715219-5-116-9-35-4-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5533148743117814815-8-518-6-36-3-1
NEW YORK RANGERS5333155712915713417-5-316-10-25-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS5432184683116114616-10-116-8-36-3-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS5528189652617615612-11-516-7-44-6-0
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS5428251572517919615-11-113-14-07-3-0
10 DETROIT RED WINGS5424246542116019416-11-38-13-35-5-0
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS5020228481912814210-10-410-12-43-5-2
12 OTTAWA SENATORS5219285431813716610-16-29-12-33-6-1
13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5419305431816719711-13-38-17-24-6-0
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS5316271042161311849-14-57-13-53-5-2
15 BUFFALO SABRES541630840141431958-14-48-16-42-7-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS541334733111272068-17-15-17-65-5-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE5440104843721815323-3-217-7-28-2-0
CALGARY FLAMES5232146703018212515-4-417-10-29-1-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES5232146703018814119-6-213-8-47-2-1
MINNESOTA WILD5131173652719116216-5-115-12-23-7-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS5429187652715915314-12-215-6-57-2-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5430204642617515715-12-315-8-15-4-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5330194642816315115-10-015-9-44-5-1
EDMONTON OILERS5430213632717917114-11-016-10-37-3-0
DALLAS STARS5229203612615115119-7-110-13-26-3-1
10 ANAHEIM DUCKS5626219612216517215-10-411-11-54-5-1
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5526236582315415812-10-314-13-36-4-0
12 WINNIPEG JETS5424219572316316614-10-110-11-85-4-1
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS5424246542214316813-12-311-12-32-5-3
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS541927846161341859-14-410-13-43-6-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN551634537151401969-17-37-17-22-7-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES531435432131221957-20-17-15-34-6-0
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE