****INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS****

CLASS 6A

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (12-0) AT CARROLL (12-0)

CENTER GROVE (10-2) AT CATHEDRAL (10-1)

CLASS 5A

VALPARAISO (9-3) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (11-1)

WHITELAND (11-1) AT CASTLE (8-4)

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE (12-1) AT KOKOMO (12-1)

RONCALLI (12-1) AT EAST CENTRAL (11-2)

CLASS 3A

BISHOP CHATARD (9-4) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (13-0)

MONROVIA (6-7) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (12-1)

CLASS 2A

FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (8-5) AT ANDREAN (8-3)

LINTON-STOCKTON (13-0) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (10-3)

CLASS A

ADAMS CENTRAL (13-0) AT NORTH JUDSON (12-1)

LUTHERAN (13-0) AT NORTH DECATUR (13-0)

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY48TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN25 
ANDREAN45CROWN POINT42 
AUSTIN62NEW WASHINGTON43 
AVON69TERRE HAUTE SOUTH28 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE61BLOOMINGTON SOUTH27 
BEECH GROVE42INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN27 
BELLMONT64FORT WAYNE DWENGER19 
BEN DAVIS69PLAINFIELD33 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN37INDIANA DEAF26 
BLOOMFIELD41EDGEWOOD28 
BLOOMINGTON NORTH62MARTINSVILLE40 
BLUFFTON50MISSISSINEWA48 
BORDEN73CROTHERSVILLE23 
BREBEUF JESUIT56SHERIDAN40 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL59TRINITY LUTHERAN43 
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN40MUNCIE BURRIS25 
CARROLL (FLORA)60NORTH WHITE44 
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)55HUNTINGTON NORTH32 
CASCADE60DECATUR CENTRAL51 
CASTON49ROSSVILLE23 
CENTRAL NOBLE51BETHANY CHRISTIAN39 
CHESTERTON69HAMMOND MORTON25 
CLINTON PRAIRIE69TAYLOR12 
COLUMBIA CITY55FORT WAYNE SNIDER50 
COLUMBUS NORTH73SOUTHPORT40 
CORYDON CENTRAL52PAOLI36 
CRAWFORD COUNTY72NORTH HARRISON43 
CRAWFORDSVILLE33FOUNTAIN CENTRAL32 
CULVER42WINAMAC33 
DANVILLE82SPEEDWAY48 
DELTA64NEW CASTLE42 
DUGGER UNION32RED HILL (ILL.)25 
EASTERN HANCOCK60UNION (MODOC)22 
ELKHART67NEW PRAIRIE59 
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI41SOUTHRIDGE36 
EVANSVILLE NORTH61HERITAGE HILLS40 
EVANSVILLE REITZ81MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)29 
FAITH CHRISTIAN58FRONTIER41 
FOREST PARK52GIBSON SOUTHERN49 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK55FREMONT36 
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA60EAST NOBLE53 
FORT WAYNE LUERS65FORT WAYNE SOUTH37 
FORT WAYNE WAYNE60HERITAGE39 
FRANKLIN CENTRAL58NEW PALESTINE54 
GARRETT58FORT WAYNE NORTH35 
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL45RICHMOND27 
HAMILTON HEIGHTS43GUERIN CATHOLIC22 
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN55CENTER GROVE52OT
HIGHLAND65HANOVER CENTRAL46 
HOMESTEAD80NORWELL42 
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS46INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE32 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL55UNIVERSITY43 
INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE55PURDUE POLY NORTH11 
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI65PIKE61 
JASPER54EVANSVILLE BOSSE17 
JAY COUNTY67OAK HILL42 
JEFFERSONVILLE65PROVIDENCE50 
KANKAKEE VALLEY77MARQUETTE CATHOLIC39 
KNIGHTSTOWN41DALEVILLE30 
KOUTS52NORTH NEWTON16 
LAKELAND47WAWASEE31 
LAPEL56WABASH47 
LAWRENCEBURG45OLDENBURG ACADEMY35 
LEBANON48DELPHI41OT
LEO50EASTSIDE32 
LINTON-STOCKTON48BARR-REEVE31 
MADISON-GRANT44MARION40OT
MANCHESTER46ADAMS CENTRAL43OT
MISHAWAKA MARIAN58MERRILLVILLE44 
MISHAWAKA47ARGOS36 
MITCHELL54LOOGOOTEE38 
MONROE CENTRAL58WES-DEL24 
MOORESVILLE44BROWNSBURG37 
MORGAN TWP.57MICHIGAN CITY27 
NORTH MONTGOMERY33FRANKFORT27 
NORTHEASTERN51UNION COUNTY38 
NORTHVIEW49PARKE HERITAGE34 
NORTHWESTERN47TIPTON31 
ORLEANS55SHOALS29 
OWEN VALLEY58WEST VIGO39 
PARK TUDOR59INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY42 
PENN64JOHN GLENN32 
PERRY CENTRAL53SOUTH SPENCER50 
PERU43WHITKO25 
PIONEER65CLINTON CENTRAL64 
PLYMOUTH56BREMEN46 
PORTAGE63ILLIANA CHRISTIAN25 
PRINCETON54EVANSVILLE HARRISON34 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD73INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON16 
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN38COWAN33 
SHAKAMAK39CLAY CITY27 
SHAWE MEMORIAL50HAUSER47 
SHELBYVILLE48GREENSBURG41 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH47SOUTH BEND CLAY27 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON95SOUTH BEND RILEY13 
SOUTH KNOX53NORTHEAST DUBOIS44 
SOUTH RIPLEY51SOUTH DECATUR27 
SOUTHWOOD45EASTERN (GREENTOWN)21 
SPRINGS VALLEY44NORTH DAVIESS36 
SULLIVAN72WHITE RIVER VALLEY47 
TECUMSEH58WOOD MEMORIAL38 
TIPPECANOE VALLEY55NORTHWOOD47 
TRI-TWP.42WEST CENTRAL28 
TRI62HAGERSTOWN21 
VALPARAISO68HAMMOND CENTRAL20 
VICTORY COLLEGE PREP31CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL28 
VINCENNES LINCOLN57PIKE CENTRAL36 
WASHINGTON TWP.69WHEELER16 
WESTERN BOONE57COVINGTON25 
WESTERN63MACONAQUAH26 
WESTVIEW37LAKEWOOD PARK18 
WINCHESTER69YORKTOWN57 
ZIONSVILLE58CARMEL37 
JOHNSON COUNTY TOURNAMENT
GREENWOOD40GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN18R1
INDIAN CREEK66FRANKLIN56R1
WHITELAND71EDINBURGH30R1
LAFAYETTE TOURNAMENT
MCCUTCHEON52RENSSELAER CENTRAL46R1
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)61BENTON CENTRAL48R1
TWIN LAKES60WEST LAFAYETTE45R1
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC47LAFAYETTE JEFF10R1

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL: THE ELITE PLAYERS TO WATCH (LAST YEAR’S STATS)

Xavier Booker, Cathedral…(MICHIGAN STATE)… Ranked No. 1 nationally by Rivals, No. 3 by ESPN, No. 6 by 247Sports and No. 7 by On3sports. Averaged 12.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.4 assists per game

Myles Colvin, Heritage Christian…(PURDUE)… Rated as the No. 74 prospect in the country by 247Sports.

Logan Imes, Zionsville…(PENN STATE)… Ranked No. 186 nationally in the class by 247Sports. 17.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

Markus Burton, Penn…(NOTRE DAME)… 26.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

Sam Orme, Carmel…(BELMONT)… Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 64 small forward.

JQ Roberts, Bloomington North…(VANDERBILT)… Ranked as the No. 211 prospect by 247Sports. 14.4 points, 9.1 rebounds.

Joey Hart, Linton-Stockton…(CENTRAL FLORIDA)… 20.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists..three-star prospect and the No. 25 shooting guard in the country by 247Sports.

Zane Doughty, Ben Davis…(VALPO)… 11.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots.

Jermaine Coleman, Park Tudor..(PURDUE FT. WAYNE)… 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

Mason Jones, Valparaiso..(BALL STATE)… 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals.

Joey Brown, North Central… 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game… No. 243 in the country by 247Sports.

Ashton Williamson, Gary 21st Century… 19.1 points, 11.4 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 steals.

AJ Lux, Crown Point…(BELLARMINE)… 36.7% three pointers.

Nick Richart, Zionsville…(CHARLOTTE)… 9.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots.

Sheridan Sharp, Ben Davis… 9.9 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. No. 42 combo guard in the country by 247Sports.

A.J. Dancler, Southport.. 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals per game.

David Meriwether, Lawrence North… 15.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocked shots per game.

Jake Davis, Cathedral..(MERCER)… 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Kamari Jones, Lawrence Central..(WESTERN CAROLIA)… 15.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Jalen Hooks, Warren Central… 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists

Cooper Farrall, Culver Academy..(BENTLEY)… 20.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Ahmere Carson, Anderson.. 19.9 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.8 rebounds.

Anthony Ball, Decatur Central… 15.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game.

Jaxson Gould, Warsaw…(INDIANA WESLEYAN).. 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals.

Cade Brenner, NorthWood… 19.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Flory Bidunga, Kokomo.. No. 4 in the country in the 247Sports.. 17.5 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.3 blocked shots.

Kanon Catchings, Brownsburg.. 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. No. 116 in the class nationally by 247Sports.

Jack Benter, Brownstown Central.. (PURDUE)..26.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

K.J. Windham, Ben Davis… 12.7 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Micah Davis, Franklin… 14.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

Jaedin Reyna, Hammond Bishop Noll

Brauntae Johnson, Fort Wayne North Side… 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.7 steals.

Josiah Dunham, Evansville Christian.. 26.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

Ajani Washington, Fort Wayne Concordia.. 19.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Ronald Rutland III, Crispus Attucks.. 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Jalen Haralson, Fishers…16.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists…ranked No. 10 in the country by 247Sports.

Trent Sisley, Heritage Hills…19.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocked shots. Ranked No. 50 in the country by 247Sports.

Dezmon Briscoe, Crispus Attucks…6.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game.

Azavier Robinson, Lawrence North.. 8.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

Chase Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph…15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Chase Barnes, Fort Wayne Wayne…11.1 points and 2.0 rebounds.

Mason Carpenter, Richmond.. 9.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals.

Jaymen Townsend, Marion.. 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Jack Smiley, Valparaiso.. 7.0 points per game.

Keaton Aldridge, Jr., Cathedral

David Brigham Jr. Christel House Manual

Luke Ertel, Mt. Vernon

DeZhon Hall, Tindley

EJ Hazelett, Franklin Central

Braylen Langley, Evansville Reitz

Steven Reynolds III, South Bend Washington

Ethan Roseman, Bishop Chatard

Julien Smith, Mt. Vernon

Cameron Webster, Lawrence North

****INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL WATCH LIST COMPLETS LIST****

      LUKE ALMODOVAR, 6-3, NOBLESVILLE, 2023

      MARCUS ANKNEY, 6-3, CENTER GROVE, 2023

      ANTHONY BALL, 6-6, DECATUR CENTRAL, 2023

      K.C. BERRY, 6-1, DECATUR CENTRAL, 2024

      FLORY BIDUNGA, 6-10, KOKOMO, 2024

      JARED BONDS, 6-5, CARMEL, 2023

      XAVIER BOOKER, 6-11, CATHEDRAL, 2023 (MICHIGAN STATE)

      KOBI BOWLES, 6-1, LAWRENCE NORTH, 2024

      DEZMON BRISCOE, 6-7, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS, 2025

      LYNA BROOKS, 6-4, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, 2024

      SABIEN CAIN, 6-4, UNIVERSITY, 2024

      AHMERE CARSON, 6-3, ANDERSON, 2023

      CAMRON CASKY, 6-3, PIKE, 2024

      KANON CATCHINGS, 6-6, BROWNSBURG, 2024

      JERMAINE COLEMAN, 6-7, PARK TUDOR, 2023

      MYLES COLVIN, 6-5, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, 2023 (PURDUE)

      DAJOHN CRAIG, 6-0, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, 2023

       JAKE DAVIS, 6-6, CATHEDRAL, 2023

      MICAH DAVIS, 6-1, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY, 2024

      CALEB DEWEY, 6-3, EDINBURGH, 2023

      ELHADJ DIALLO, 6-3, BROWNSBURG, 2023

      ZANE DOUGHTY, 6-9, BEN DAVIS, 2023 (VALPO)

      GARWEY DUAL, 6-6, CARMEL, 2023

      AARON FINE, 6-3, NOBLESVILLE, 2024

      DHANI FLANNIGAN, 5-10, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, 2024

      SINCERE GERMANY, 6-4, CATHEDRAL, 2023

      JOSIAH GUSTIN, 6-7, PENDLETON HEIGHTS, 2024

      KALEB GLENN, 6-6, LALUMIERE, 2023 (LOUISVILLE)

      JALEN HARALSON, 6-7, FISHERS, 2025

      JOEY HART, 6-5, LINTON-STOCKTON, 2023

      BRYCE HOOVER, 6-0, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, 2023

      LOGAN IMES, 6-4, ZIONSVILLE, 2023 (PENN STATE)

      KAMARI JONES, 6-4, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, 2023

      LUKE KEGERREIS, 6-4, RONCALLI, 2023

      DAMIEN KING, 6-3, ANDERSON, 2025

      MASON LARKIN, 6-9, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL, 

      NICKENS LEMBA, 6-7, SOUTHPORT, 2023

      MASON LEWIS, 5-9, NORTH CENTRAL, 2024

      JORDAN LOMAX, 6-3, AVON, 2024

      LUKE MCBRIDE, 6-2, NORWELL, 2023

      TADEN METZGER, 6-3, FISHERS, 2024

      KEYON MILLER, 6-1, SOUTHPORT, 2023

      DYLAN MOLES, 6-3, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL, 2023

      BRAYLON MULLINS, 6-3, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL, 2025

      SAM ORME, 6-9, CARMEL, 2023

      JAXON PARDON, 6-3, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), 2024

      JAYDEN PINKSTON, 6-4, INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY, 2023

      NICK RICHART, 6-9, ZIONSVILLE, 2023

      PRESTON ROBERTS, 6-5, NOBLESVILLE, 2023

      AZAVIER ROBINSON, 6-1, LAWRENCE NORTH, 2025

      RONALD RUTLAND III, 6-1, INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS, 2024

      SHERIDAN SHARPE, 6-3, BEN DAVIS, 2023

      IAN STEPHENS, 6-5, NEW PALESTINE, 2023

      REPHAIM, STEVENSON, 6-7, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN, 2023

      MYLES STRINGER, 6-2, FISHERS, 2023

      JAYMEN TOWNSEND, 6-5, MARION, 2025

      BRADEN WALTERS, 6-5, LINTON-STOCKTON, 2024

      GAVIN WELCH, 6-6, NEW CASTLE, 2023

      SPENCER WHITE, 6-5, CARMEL, 2023

      AUSTIN WILLOUGHBY, 6-4, WHITELAND, 2023

      K.J. WINDHAM, 6-3, BEN DAVIS, 2024

      DEVON WOODS, 5-10, PIKE, 2023

      WESTON AIGNER, 6-3, CASTLE, 2023

      ISAAC ANDREWS, 6-2, WAPAHANI, 2024

      CHASE BARNES, 6-1, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, 2025

      TYLER BAILEY, 6-3, LALUMIERE, 2024

      JACK BENTER, 6-5, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, 2024

      LANDON BIEGEL, 6-5, OAK HILL, 2023

      PEYTON BLEDSOE, 6-4, LOOGOOTEE, 2023 

      CADE BRENNER, 6-3, NORTHWOOD, 2023

      DARRION BROOKS, 6-4, NEW HAVEN, 2023

      MARKUS BURTON, 6-0, PENN, 2023 (NOTRE DAME)

      JOSTEN CARTER JR., 6-4, NEW ALBANY, 2023

      JACOB CHERRY, 6-10, EASTERN (PEKIN), 2023

      FLETCHER COLE, 6-0, PAOLI, 2025

      THOMAS COLLINS, 6-1, CULVER ACADEMY, 2023

      DREW COOK, 6-0, NORTHVIEW, 2023

      CAMDEN CRAIG, 6-4, SWITZERLAND COUNTY, 2025

      AUSTIN CRIPE, 6-3, WEST NOBLE, 2023

      HAYDEN DASE, 6-6, KANKAKEE VALLEY, 2023

      TUCKER DAY, 6-7, HOMESTEAD, 2024

      H.J. DILLARD III, 6-5, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, 2025

      MARIAL DIPER, 7-0, ROCK CREEK ACADEMY, 2023

      JOSIAH DUNHAM, 6-0, EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN, 2024

      COOPER FARRALL, 6-6, CULVER ACADEMY, 2023

      AIDAN FRANKS, 6-2, WAPAHANI, 2023

      JOSHUA FURST, 6-6, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN, 2023

      JAXSON GOULD, 6-3, WARSAW, 2023

      BRYCEN HANNAH, 6-4, JOHN GLENN, 2023

      ANDREW HEDRICK, 6-0, COLUMBIA CITY, 2023

     CHRISTIAN HUMPHREY-REMBERT, 6-7, LALUMIERE, 2024

      ISAAC HIGGS, 6-3, EVANSVILLE REITZ, 2023

      COOPER HORN, 6-3, COLUMBUS NORTH, 2023

      CANNEN HOUSER, 6-4, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), 2024

      TARAY HOWELL, 5-8, EVANSVILLE BOSSE, 2024

      MASON JONES, 6-7, VALPARAISO, 2023

      KYRON KAOPUIKI, 6-3, HOMESTEAD, 2023

      CHASE KONIECZNY, 6-4, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH, 2025

      JEVON LEWIS JR., 5-9, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, 2024

      ZAIDE LOWERY, 6-4, LALUMIERE, 2023 (MARQUETTE)

      A.J. LUX, 6-5, CROWN POINT, 2023

      WILLIE MILLER, 6-3, LAKE STATION EDISON, 2023

      D.J. MOSS, GARY 21ST CENTURY, 2023

      JAYLEN MULLEN, 6-0, NORTH DAVIESS, 2023

      DOMINIQUE MURPHY, 6-4, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL, 2025

      TYLER MYERS, 5-11, EVANSVILLE DAY, 2023

      MARCUS NORTHERN, 6-2, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON, 2023

      IAN RAASCH, 6-5, NORTHWOOD, 2023

      JAQUALON ROBERTS, 6-7, BLOOMINGTON NORTH, 2023 (VANDERBILT)

      MATTHEW ROETTGER, 6-2, PERU, 2024

      GAGE SEFTON, 6-5, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN, 2023

      JUSTIN SIMS, 6-6, CHESTERTON, 2024

      SHANE SIMS, 6-3, EVANSVILLE HARRISON, 2025

      TRENT SISLEY, 6-7, HERITAGE HILLS, 2025

      JACK SMILEY, 6-1, VALPARAISO, 2025

      JOE SMITH, 5-11, PENN, 2023

      DEAGLAN SULLIVAN, 6-2, MISHAWAKA MARIAN, 2023

      EZEKIAL TANOOS, 6-3, WEST VIGO, 2024

      BRANDON TRILLI, 6-5, MUNSTER, 2023

      AJANI WASHINGTON, 6-2, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA, 2024

      CALEB WASHINGTON, 6-6, FLOYD CENTRAL, 2023

      DYLAN WATSON, 6-9, CASTLE, 2023

      CAMDEN WEBSTER, 6-3, KANKAKEE VALLEY, 2024

      ASHTON WILLIAMSON, 6-4, GARY 21ST CENTURY, 2023

      GAVIN WISLEY, 6-8, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH, 2023

      JACKSON WORS, 6-4, DELTA, 2024

      ISAAC ZAY, 6-1, FORT WAYNE LUERS, 2024

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS

RankTeamRecord
1.Georgia10-0
2.Ohio State10-0
3.Michigan10-0
4.TCU10-0
5.Tennessee9-1
6.LSU8-2
7.USC9-1
8.Alabama8-2
9.Clemson9-1
10.Utah8-2
11.Penn State8-2
12.Oregon8-2
13.North Carolina9-1
14.Mississippi8-2
15.Kansas State7-3
16.UCLA8-2
17.Washington8-2
18.Notre Dame7-3
19.Florida State7-3
20.UCF8-2
21.Tulane8-2
22.Oklahoma State7-3
23.Oregon State7-3
24.NC State7-3
25.Cincinnati8-2

****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 11****

WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/TV SCHEDULES

TUESDAY SCOREBOARD

OHIO 32 BALL STATE 18

BOWLING GREEN 42 TOLEDO 35

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT KENT STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN2

MIAMI (OHIO) AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 9 P.M. | ESPNU

THURSDAY, NOV. 17

SE LOUISIANA AT NICHOLLS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

SMU AT TULANE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 18

SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULSA | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 9:45 P.M. | FS1

RANKINGS: CHECK OUT THE LATEST TOP 25 POLLS

SATURDAY, NOV. 19

NAVY AT UCF | 11 A.M. | ESPN2

ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC

WISCONSIN AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

TCU AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX

NORTHWESTERN AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | FS1

AUSTIN PEAY AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

LOUISIANA AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

UMASS AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

INDIANA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UCONN AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

VIRGINIA TECH AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

DUKE AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UTSA AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

KANSAS STATE AT WEST VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | BIG 12 NOW

NORTH ALABAMA AT MEMPHIS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT JAMES MADISON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

HOUSTON AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE | 2:15 P.M. | ESPN2

BOSTON COLLEGE AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

OLD DOMINION AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OHIO STATE AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (FLA.) AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

PENN STATE AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NC STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TEXAS AT KANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

COASTAL CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

AKRON AT BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH TECH AT BYU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3:30 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

UL MONROE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

IOWA AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT AUBURN | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

CINCINNATI AT TEMPLE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

FIU AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

ARKANSAS STATE AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3

GEORGIA TECH AT NORTH CAROLINA | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN2

STANFORD AT CAL | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

MARSHALL AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

OLE MISS AT ARKANSAS | 6:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TENNESSEE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

TEXAS TECH AT IOWA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1

BOISE STATE AT WYOMING | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

OKLAHOMA STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO STATE AT MISSOURI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

USC AT UCLA | 8 P.M. | FOX

SYRACUSE AT WAKE FOREST | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UAB AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

COLORADO AT WASHINGTON | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

COLORADO STATE AT AIR FORCE | 9 P.M. | FS2

SAN JOSE STATE AT UTAH STATE | 9:45 | FS1

UTAH AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRESNO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UNLV AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 11

THURSDAY NIGHT

TENNESSEE TITANS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS, 6:15 P.M., AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY

CHICAGO BEARS VS. ATLANTA FALCONS, 11 A.M., FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS, 11 A.M., FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS VS. BUFFALO BILLS, 11 A.M., CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS, 11 A.M., FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 11 A.M., CBS

NEW YORK JETS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 11 A.M., CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 11 A.M., FOX

DETROIT LIONS VS. NEW YORK GIANTS, 11 A.M., FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS VS. DENVER BRONCOS, 2:05 P.M., FOX

DALLAS COWBOYS VS. MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 2:25 P.M., CBS

CINCINNATI BENGALS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 2:25 P.M., CBS

SUNDAY NIGHT

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 6:20 P.M., NBC

MONDAY NIGHT

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN

****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#1 NORTH CAROLINA 72 GARDNER WEBB 66

MICHIGAN STATE 86 #4 KENTUCKY 77 2 OT

#6 KANSAS 69 #7 DUKE 64

#13 AUBURN 89 WINTHROP 65

#17 SAN DIEGO STATE 74 STANFORD 62

#18 ALABAMA 65 S. ALABAMA 55

UNLV 60 #21 DAYTON 52

#25 UCONN 84 BUFFALO 64

ELSEWHERE:

PURDUE 75 MARQUETTE 70

WESTERN KENTUCKY 68 INDIANAPOLIS 50

WISCONSIN 56 GREEN BAY 45

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221115

****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#16 OKLAHOMA 77 BYU 66

#17 BAYLOR 58 SMU 55

#20 CREIGHTON 77 #22 NEBRASKA 51

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 85 OAKLAND 39

PENN STATE 77 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 63

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD:  http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221115

****NBA SCOREBOARD****

NEW ORLEANS 113 MEMPHIS 102

DALLAS 103 LA CLIPPERS 101

NEW YORK 118 UTAH 111

PORTLAND 117 SAN ANTONIO 110

SACRAMENTO 153 BROOKLYN 121

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

****NHL SCOREBOARD****

VANCOUVER 5 BUFFALO 4

NEW JERSEY 5 MONTRÉAL 1

TAMPA BAY 5 DALLAS 4

FLORIDA 5 WASHINGTON 2

TORONTO 5 PITTSBURGH 2

COLUMBUS 5 PHILADELPHIA 4

NASHVILLE 2 MINNESOTA 1

SAN JOSE 5 VEGAS 2

ANAHEIM 3 DETROIT 2

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

TOP MLB FREE AGENTS

1. AARON JUDGE (30, OF, YANKEES)

2. CARLOS CORREA (28, SS, TWINS)

3. TREA TURNER (29, SS, DODGERS)

4. XANDER BOGAERTS (30, SS, RED SOX)

5. DANSBY SWANSON (29, SS, BRAVES)

6. JACOB DEGROM (34, SP, METS)

7. JUSTIN VERLANDER (40, SP, ASTROS)

8. CARLOS RODON (30, SP, GIANTS)

9. WILLSON CONTRERAS (30, C, CUBS)

10. TYLER ANDERSON (33, SP, DODGERS)

11. BRANDON NIMMO (30, CF, METS)

12. CHRIS BASSITT (34, SP, METS)

13. KENLEY JANSEN (35, RP, BRAVES)

14. ANTHONY RIZZO (33, 1B, YANKEES)SIGNED WITH YANKEES 2-YEARS $40 MILLION

15. NATHAN EOVALDI (31, SP, RED SOX)

16. TAIJUAN WALKER (30, SP, METS)

17. JOSH BELL (30, 1B, PADRES)

18. CLAYTON KERSHAW (35, SP, DODGERS)

19. JOSE ABREU (36, 1B/DH, WHITE SOX)

20. MICHAEL WACHA (31, SP, RED SOX)

21. MARTÍN PEREZ (31, SP, RANGERS)

22. JAMESON TAILLON (31, SP, YANKEES)

23. RAFAEL MONTERO (32, RP, ASTROS)..SIGNED WITH ASTROS, THREE YEARS, $34.5 MILLION

24. JOC PEDERSON (30, OF, GIANTS)

25. SETH LUGO (33, RP, METS)

26. ROBERT SUAREZ (32, RP, PADRES)….SIGNED: FIVE YEARS, $46 MILLION, WITH PADRES.

27. J.D. MARTINEZ (35, DH, RED SOX)

28. JOHNNY CUETO (37, SP, WHITE SOX)

29. JOSE QUINTANA (34, SP, CARDINALS)

30. ROSS STRIPLING (33, SP, BLUE JAYS)

31. ANDREW BENINTENDI (28, OF, YANKEES)

32. MATT MOORE (33, RP, RANGERS)

33. MITCH HANIGER (32, OF, MARINERS)

34. COREY KLUBER (36, SP, RAYS)

35. NOAH SYNDERGAARD (30, SP, PHILLIES)

36. DREW SMYLY (33, SP, CUBS)

37. ZACH EFLIN (28, SP/RP, PHILLIES)

38. ANDREW CHAFIN (32, RP, TIGERS)

39. CHRIS MARTIN (36, RP, DODGERS)

40. BRANDON DRURY (30, INF/OF, PADRES)

41. JORDAN LYLES (32, SP, ORIOLES)

42. KEVIN KIERMAIER (32, OF, RAYS)

43. ANDREW HEANEY (31, SP/RP, DODGERS)

44. ADAM OTTAVINO (37, RP, METS)

45. JUSTIN TURNER (38, 3B, DODGERS)

46. RICH HILL (43, SP, RED SOX)

47. YULI GURRIEL (38, 1B, ASTROS)

48. A.J. POLLOCK (35, OF, WHITE SOX)

49. MATT CARPENTER (37, 1B/DH, YANKEES)

50. JURICKSON PROFAR (30, INF/OF, PADRES)

51. JEAN SEGURA (33, INF, PHILLIES)

52. MICHAEL BRANTLEY (35, OF, ASTROS)

53. MIKE CLEVINGER (32, SP, PADRES)

54. ZACK GREINKE (39, SP, ROYALS)

55. DAVID PHELPS (36, RP, BLUE JAYS)

56. DAVID PERALTA (35, OF, RAYS)

57. ELVIS ANDRUS (35, SS, WHITE SOX)

58. ANDREW MCCUTCHEN (36, OF, BREWERS)

59. BRANDON BELT (34, 1B/DH, GIANTS)

60. TREY MANCINI (31, 1B/OF, ASTROS)

61. KYLE GIBSON (35, SP, PHILLIES)

62. CARLOS SANTANA (36, DH, MARINERS)

63. MICHAEL LORENZEN (31, SP, ANGELS)

64. TOMMY KAHNLE (33, RP, DODGERS)

65. MATTHEW BOYD (32, SP, MARINERS)

66. BRAD HAND (33, RP, PHILLIES)

67. BRAD BOXBERGER (34, RP, BREWERS)

68. CRAIG KIMBREL (34, RP, DODGERS)

69. JOEY GALLO (29, OF, DODGERS)

70. ZACH DAVIES (30, SP, DIAMONDBACKS)

71. JACE PETERSON (32, INF/OF, BREWERS)

72. MICHAEL FULMER (30, RP, TWINS)

73. CHRISTIAN VÁZQUEZ (32, C, ASTROS)

74. LUKE JACKSON (31, RP, BRAVES)

75. TAYLOR ROGERS (32, RP, BREWERS)

76. JOSH HARRISON (35, INF, WHITE SOX)

77. DAVID ROBERTSON (37, RP, PHILLIES)

78. TUCKER BARNHART (32, C, TIGERS)

79. WILL SMITH (33, RP, ASTROS)

80. ERASMO RAMIREZ (32, RP, NATIONALS)

81. DYLAN BUNDY (30, SP, TWINS)

82. ROBBIE GROSSMAN (33, OF, BRAVES)

83. OMAR NARVAEZ (31, C, BREWERS)

84. CHAD PINDER (31, INF/OF, ATHLETICS)

85. TREVOR MAY (33, RP, METS)

86. AUSTIN HEDGES (30, C, GUARDIANS)

87. COREY DICKERSON (33, OF, CARDINALS)

****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****

HOLD STEADY: UGA, OHIO ST, MICHIGAN, TCU REMAIN CFP TOP 4

(AP) — Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU held on to the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night, with Tennessee at No. 5 and LSU at No. 6.

With three of the top six teams and only three weeks left until Selection Sunday, the Southeastern Conference appears well positioned to put two teams in the CFP for the second straight season and third time overall.

Georgia (10-0) and LSU (8-2) have already clinched spots in the SEC title game. Tennessee (9-1) can do no better than 11-1.

“The committee believes there’s been separation with Georgia,” said selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan, who is also the North Carolina State athletic director.

Ohio State (10-0) and Michigan (10-0) will finish the regular season against each other the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

No. 7 USC (9-1), the Pac-12’s best and probably last hope to make the final four, is seventh. USC faces UCLA (8-2), the committee’s 16th ranked team, on Saturday.

In another key Pac-12 game on Saturday, No. 10 Utah (8-2) visits No. 12 Oregon (8-2).

Alabama (8-2) is eighth, but the Crimson Tide has been eliminated from SEC championship contention and with two losses virtually eliminated from the CFP race.

Clemson (9-1) moved up to ninth, the highest ranked Atlantic Coast Conference team.

ANALYSIS

The selection committee not only chooses the four teams that play for the national championship, they fill any at-large spot available in the four other New Year’s Six bowls.

That job won’t be too tough this season. With the semifinals being played in the Fiesta and Peach bowls, that leaves only a couple bids that have not already been spoke for because of conferences’ contracts with bowls.

The Rose Bowl gets either the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions or the next-highest ranked team if that champion makes it into the semifinals.

If the Big Ten can get both Ohio State and Michigan into the CFP, it could open up a spot in Pasadena for No. 11 Penn State (8-2).

The Sugar Bowl similarly gets the SEC and Big 12 champions unless they are in the playoff and then it’s the next teams up in those conferences. For Georgia, Tennessee or LSU, the Sugar could be a consolation prize.

The next highest ranked Big 12 team after TCU is Kansas State (7-3) at 15. TCU has locked up a spot in the conference title game, but its opponent is TBD.

TCU is the Big 12’s only CFP contender, so the Horned Frogs making it into the semifinals would pave the way for one of its conference rivals to land in New Orleans.

The Orange Bowl gets the ACC champion or the next highest ranked team from that conference if the champ is in the playoff. Clemson and No. 13 North Carolina (9-1) are already set for the conference title game.

The Orange bowl also gets the highest ranked Big Ten or SEC team available, which puts Alabama in play depending on how many SEC teams make the CFP. Penn State will be in that mix if it wins out.

The Cotton Bowl has two at-large spots, but one of those is already reserved for the highest ranked champion from a Group of Five conference.

No. 20 UCF (8-2) from the American Athletic Conference is currently the best ranked non-Power Five team. No. 21 Tulane (8-2) and No. 25 Cincinnati (8-2) are also ranked from the AAC, setting up that conference to likely nab one spot in the Cotton Bowl.

The other Cotton Bowl bid is the one true at-large that can be filled by the highest ranked team available regardless of conference.

The likely candidates: TCU if it were to fail to win the Big 12, Alabama or Penn State. Dark horses: A Pac-12 runner-up, North Carolina and No. 14 Mississippi (8-2).

RAMS’ KUPP TO IR AFTER ANKLE SURGERY; OL JACKSON, BREWER OUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp will have surgery on his sprained right ankle, sidelining the Super Bowl MVP for at least the next four weeks while on injured reserve.

Starting left tackle Alaric Jackson will miss the rest of the year because of blood clots, and starting right guard Chandler Brewer will be out four to six weeks after knee surgery, coach Sean McVay said Tuesday while revealing the latest injury setbacks to the defending champions’ dismal season.

Kupp, the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year last season after winning the triple crown of receiving, sprained his ankle in the Rams’ 27-17 loss to Arizona last Sunday. He needs surgery Wednesday that is likely to sideline the Rams’ top offensive player for several weeks, but McVay did not rule out a return this season for his top offensive playmaker.

“Obviously you never, ever replace a player like Cooper Kupp,” McVay said. “But we’ve got to figure out the best way to accentuate the skillsets of the guys that will be playing.”

Kupp currently is second in the NFL with 75 catches, while his 812 yards receiving and six TD receptions are fifth. He was injured when he landed awkwardly after trying to catch a poorly thrown pass from backup quarterback John Wolford.

Matthew Stafford could return this week at New Orleans after missing a game in the concussion protocol, but he won’t have his favorite target.

Kupp has accounted for more than 35% of the Rams’ receptions this season, the highest rate for any player in the league. Their second-leading receiver, tight end Tyler Higbee, has 31 fewer catches than Kupp.

McVay said the recovery time for Kupp’s procedure is typically five to six weeks. The Rams (3-6) have eight games left in their season.

“This is unfortunately just part of the game,” Kupp tweeted. “Appreciate having a trusted medical team around me. Gonna get this thing fixed, then get back to work to get back to work!”

Kupp’s absence, along with injuries to two more offensive line starters, will be another collective setback for Los Angeles’ struggling offense, which is 31st in the NFL in yards per game (282.7), 29th in scoring (16.4) and last in yards rushing (68.1).

“What we have to really be able to do is figure out what is the best way for us to utilize the players that we’re expecting to play, what do they do best, and then how does that get reflected in the way that you’re trying to attack certain schemes,” McVay said.

Jackson had been praised since taking over at left tackle for injured Joseph Noteboom, but the undrafted free agent from Iowa needs medication for blood clots that will keep him out for the season, McVay said. Jackson had started six games this season at guard and tackle.

Brewer, who beat non-Hodgkin lymphoma in college, began the season on the Rams’ practice squad. He joined the starting lineup for the past two games and performed well while finally getting an offensive role after four years on LA’s roster. He continued to play after hurting his knee against the Cardinals, impressing McVay.

The Rams will have their 10th different starting combination in 10 games on the offensive line when they visit the Saints on Sunday. Ty Nsekhe, the 37-year-old veteran who joined the Rams last month, is likely to continue at left tackle after starting against Arizona.

Stafford was still in the NFL’s concussion protocol Tuesday morning.

“We are hopeful to get a little bit more clarity on some of those things this afternoon, whether that means he’s out of it or whether he’ll continue to remain in it,” McVay said.

MICHIGAN STATE OUTLASTS TSHIEBWE, NO. 4 KENTUCKY IN 2OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Michigan State found a way to finish.

The search continues for No. 4 Kentucky – even with consensus national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe back in action.

Malik Hall forced two extra periods with dunks off inbounds plays, Mady Sissoko delivered two game-changing slams late in the second overtime, and Michigan State rallied to beat No. 4 Kentucky 86-77 on Tuesday night.

“I just saw (coach) Tom (Izzo) in the hallway and I said you were more prepared to finish than we were,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

The Spartans (2-1) were ready thanks in part to what they endured on Friday, when they lost by one point to No. 2 Gonzaga on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

But they also got some help when Oscar Tshiebwe, last season’s consensus national player of the year, fouled out late in the first overtime after scoring 22 points and pulling down 18 rebounds in his season debut for the Wildcats (2-1).

Joey Hauser scored 23 points, Hall had 20 and Sissoko had a career-high 16 points with eight rebounds for the Spartans, who spent most of the second half playing catch-up.

Sissoko changed the tenor of the game with his tiebreaking alley-oop slam with 1:45 left in the second OT.

“There’s nothing better than seeing Mady going up for a lob because you know it’s going to be a dunk,” Hauser said.

And with Tshiebwe on the bench, Michigan State closed it out by outscoring Kentucky 13-1, the final blow coming on another dunk by Sissoko in the final minute.

“Yeah, I set them up. I said, `Let’s just go dunk the the damn ball,” Izzo said sarcastically. “I like dunks probably because I never could.”

Kentucky led 62-60 near the end of regulation when Tshiebwe lost Hall on an inbound pass. Hall took advantage by dunking with 3.7 seconds left.

“Give them credit, they did what they had to do,” Calipari said. “But the (first) out-of-bounds play, that’s something we never do. We just left him.”

It happened again in the first overtime when Hall broke free as the Spartans moved the ball into the front court. He drove in for the dunk to tie it 71-71 with 1.4 seconds left.

After Cason Wallace’s 3-pointer early in the second overtime gave Kentucky a 76-73 lead, the Spartans locked down Kentucky’s shooters and pulled away.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan State: Izzo’s teams always seem to finish stronger than they start and if these Spartans do that again this season, they could be scary. Despite poor early shooting, they overcome a sluggish start to knock off a top-five team.

Kentucky: The Wildcats returned to the venue from their last loss, a first-round NCAA Tournament defeat to Saint Peter’s in March, and left with the same result. Yes, they’re big, long, athletic and defend well. But they’ll need to develop a closing punch.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Michigan State: The Spartans were unranked in the preseason AP Top 25 and again this week. They’ll likely move into the poll after two strong showings against top-five foes.

Kentucky: Calipari’s squad didn’t need Tshiebwe last week. He missed the first two games while recovering from a knee procedure. But when he’s on the floor, the Wildcats are clearly one of the nation’s top teams. They may slide a few spots after this loss but will have a chance to recover – if they can beat No. 2 Gonzaga on the road this weekend.

HE’S BACK

Dick Vitale returned to ESPN’s broadcast Tuesday night following his battle against cancer. Vitale missed most of last season when his signature voice was impaired by lymphoma and melanoma.

He sat at midcourt, in front of Wildcats fans, and opened the broadcast by thanking everyone who sent text messages and notes of support and acknowledged the famous words of his late friend Jim Valvano – “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up” – inspired him to persevere.

HE SAID IT

“That’s a really good team and that will be a great team,” Izzo said. “So all you Kentucky fans, don’t jump off the ship. I told John, it’s illegal to have that many seniors at Kentucky.”

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Hosts Villanova on Friday.

Kentucky: Hosts South Carolina State on Thursday.

WILSON, DICK POWER KANSAS TO WIN OVER DUKE IN CHAMPIONS CLASSIC

INDIANAPOLIS – Jalen Wilson scored a career high 25 points and freshman Gradey Dick scored seven crucial points late to lift the No. 6/5 Kansas Jayhawks to a 69-64 win over No. 7/8 Duke Tuesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks finished the game on a 15-5 run over the final 4:37 to secure their sixth Champions Classic win in their last seven appearances. Wilson finished with 11 rebounds as well to notch his second double-double of the season.

Trailing 59-54 with 4:37 to play, Wilson hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to cut it to three with just over four minutes remaining.

The Duke lead was then cut to one at the 2:41 mark when Kevin McCullar Jr. scored on a putback to make it 59-58. Kansas then took its first lead since the 9:12 mark when Dick hit the only 3-pointer of the half for Kansas to make it 61-59. Duke answered back with a 3 of its own to retake the lead at 62-61 with 2:02 to play.

That was the last time Duke would lead, however.

Dick scored again off an alley-oop from Dajuan Harris Jr. to retake the lead at 63-62 with 1:39 to play. Dick scored again after an offensive foul on Duke to increase the lead to three at 65-62 with 1:04 left.

After a defensive stop, KJ Adams Jr. scored on a layup to make it 67-62 and ice the game for the Jayhawks.

Wilson has now started the season with a pair of double-doubles in his first three games and also became the first Jayhawk to have two double-doubles in the State Farm Champions Classic after posting one in 2020.

Harris posted a career-high 10 assists in the win as well. He is the first Jayhawk with double-digit assists in a game since Devon Dotson had 11 assists on February 8, 2020 at TCU.

Trailing 6-5 just more than three minutes into the game, the Jayhawks went on their first run of the game, going on a 12-0 spurt to take an 11-point lead. Wilson started the run with a layup and a jumper before McCullar Jr. hit a 3-pointer from the corner.

After a media timeout, Dick kept the run going with an and-one to make it a nine-point game. Wilson then capped the drive with a putback to give Kansas a double-digit lead at 17-6.

Kansas started 7-of-14 from the field, while Duke started 4-for-14 with four turnovers.

Duke trimmed the lead to six later in the half when Jeremy Roach connected on a bucket bringing the score to 21-15. The Jayhawks answered back with McCullar Jr. hitting a jumper to make it 23-15 with just less than eight minutes to play in the first.

The Blue Devils didn’t allow the deficit to get any larger the rest of the half and cut it to two points at one point in the half.

Leading 27-20 with 6:04 to play in the half, Dereck Lively II scored a bucket, before Roach converted an and-one at the 3:39 mark to make it a 27-25 game. Back-to-back buckets from Harris and Wilson stretched the lead back to six at 31-25.

The two teams traded buckets to make it 33-27, before Roach hit a pair of free throws 18 seconds before halftime to cut it to four at halftime, 33-29.

Kansas shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half, while holding Duke to 31 percent shooting and forcing 11 turnovers (six charges) to just two assists for the Blue Devils in the game’s first 20 minutes.

McCullar Jr. finished with 12 points and six rebounds in the win, while Dick finished with 14 points in the victory.

The Jayhawks will return to action Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse when they take on Southern Utah at 7 p.m. CT. Kansas will then head to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis, where they will open play Nov. 23 against NC State.

KINGS RACE PAST NETS 153-121 FOR 4TH STRAIGHT WIN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Terence Davis scored 31 points off the bench and sparked a big second-quarter run that helped the Sacramento Kings race past the New Jersey Nets 153-121 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

Kevin Huerter had 19 points and Domantas Sabonis added 17 as the Kings had their highest-scoring game in nearly 30 years. Sacramento has won seven of nine following an 0-4 start to coach Mike Brown’s first season.

“It’s a great feeling,” Brown said. “It’s why we are a team. … We have had guys contribute on multiple nights off the bench. Sky is the limit when you start to have that happen.”

Kevin Durant scored 27 points to lead Brooklyn but the Nets had no answers defensively against Sacramento. The 153 points allowed were the most ever in a regulation game in Nets history.

“We had great intentions,” Durant said. “They made shots. That’s demoralizing when you see teams making shots. It’s not like we didn’t try. They were better than us.”

The game was highly anticipated in Sacramento with the Kings getting a rare chance to play on national television. They made the most of their opportunity with a dominant performance fueled by the 27-4 second-quarter run.

Davis got it started with a 3-pointer that broke a 40-all tie midway through the period, and Sacramento didn’t miss another shot for nearly six minutes.

“It’s fun,” Huerter said. “You keep winning and people want to see you play. . We got good momentum here right now.”

The Kings made 10 straight shots from the field, with Davis leading the way with 10 points. Huerter capped it with the fourth 3-pointer for Sacramento during the spurt to make it 67-44.

Brooklyn missed nine of 10 shots during that stretch, with the Nets’ only points coming on a basket by Edmond Sumner and two free throws from Durant.

Sacramento didn’t stop there and built the lead to 109-70 on a 3 by Huerter with four minutes left in the third. It was the biggest lead at any point in a game for the Kings since they were up 44 on New York on March 3, 2015.

The Nets had their second straight poor defensive game after starting off strong on that end under coach Jacque Vaughn. Brooklyn allowed 94 points per game and 38.8% shooting in Vaughn’s first six games as coach but gave up 134.5 points per game and 54.3% shooting the last two games in losses to the Lakers and Kings.

“I don’t know if our minds, our bodies and souls are still in LA,” Vaughn said. “LA can do that to you sometimes. … We definitely gave maximum effort against the Clippers and we’ve been reeling ever since.”

KYRIE UPDATE

Vaughn said before the game he had no update on when star guard Kyrie Irving would return from a team-imposed suspension for refusing to say he had no anti-semitic beliefs. Irving was suspended for a minimum of five games and has now missed seven.

Vaughn said GM Sean Marks is in “constant communication” with the NBA and owner Joe Tsai.

“He tells me when he has an update, he’ll let me know,” Vaughn said.

TIP-INS

Nets: The most points allowed by the Nets in any game came in a 161-157 double-overtime loss to Phoenix on Dec. 7, 2006. … Durant has scored at least 25 points in all 15 games this season.

Kings: The only time the Kings scored more points in the Sacramento era came in a 154-98 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 2, 1993. … Kings rookie Keegan Murray left in the first half with a back injury and didn’t return.

UP NEXT

Nets: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

Kings: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

DONCIC, MAVS BLOW BIG LEAD, HANG ON TO BEAT CLIPPERS 103-101

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic was a little confused reacting to a key 3-pointer that helped Dallas avoid a loss after blowing a 25-point lead against Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Mavericks superstar gave the home crowd the universal “hush” symbol with an index finger to the lips after he grabbed an errant pass near the sideline and just beat the shot-clock buzzer.

“I wanted a celebration,” Doncic said about the last of his 35 points with 27 seconds remaining. “I’m not going to shush our fans, so I don’t know why I did that.”

Oh, well. They ignored him, and went home happy.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 21 points and the Mavericks held on for a 103-101 victory, avoiding what would have been a second loss this season after leading by 22 or more.

Reggie Bullock broke out of a shooting slump with four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including two in a row to put Dallas ahead for good at 99-93 with less than two minutes remaining.

About a minute later, Bullock was driving when his pass deflected off Finney-Smith’s hand and bounced toward the sideline, where Doncic reached for the ball and got in a shooting position.

It was just the second 3 of the game for Doncic, who had 11 rebounds and made all 11 of his free throws.

George scored 23 points, playing the entire second half to try to keep the LA rally going on the second night of a Texas back-to-back after winning in Houston.

“He got tired,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “That was on me. They were double-teaming him, just like we wanted them to do. We just had to complete some of the passes, which we didn’t do.”

Nicolas Batum scored the first 21 of his 22 points all on 3-pointers without a miss, then was fouled on purpose trying to get off a 3 with the Clippers down three in the final seconds.

Batum made the first free throw and missed the second on purpose, with the rebound going out of bounds off the Clippers. Dallas inbounded after a timeout and ran out the final 3.2 seconds.

The Mavericks led by 25 late in the first half, but the lead was down to two late in the third quarter and gone with about eight minutes remaining in a back-and-forth final quarter that featured seven ties and six lead changes.

Bullock scored all 13 of his points in the fourth, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 16. Marcus Morris Sr. scored 18 for the Clippers.

BACK IN IT

The Clippers finished off a 30-point swing by taking a five-point lead with eight minutes to go before Dallas quickly jumped back in front.

John Wall replaced Luke Kennard to start the second half and scored 10 of his 17 points in the third quarter. Kennard didn’t return after leaving with a right calf strain less than three minutes in.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, who made the two-game trip to Texas, was out again for right knee injury management. He hasn’t played since the third game of the season. … LA had its lowest-scoring first half (32 points) after matching its worst quarter of the season with 15 in the first. … Batum is the first Clippers player to finish a game perfect from 3 with at least seven attempts.

Mavericks: C JaVale McGee was inactive due to a neck strain. … F Maxi Kleber went to the locker room after getting upended onto his back in the second quarter, but returned before the end of the first half. He was eventually ruled out with a bruised lower back.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Detroit visits Thursday. LA has won six in a row in the series and is 20-4 since 2009-10, when the Clippers ended a 13-game losing streak against the Pistons.

Mavericks: Houston visits on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday. Dallas swept the Rockets last season, winning the four games by an average of 16.5 points.

MCCOLLUM, PELICANS BEAT GRIZZLIES WITHOUT INJURED WILLIAMSON

NEW ORLEANS (AP) C.J. McCollum scored 14 of his 30 points in the third quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame Ja Morant’s 36-point effort to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 113-102 on Tuesday night.

McCollum had averaged just 9.5 points on 27% shooting in his previous four games, but he was 7 of 13 from long range to help make up for Zion Williamson’s scoring absence with the star forward out with a bruised right foot.

“I’ve been playing like crap lately and feeling like crap and shooting the ball really poorly, which is uncharacteristic,” McCollum said. “You’re going to make shots; you’re going to miss shots. My track record speaks for itself in how I work and how I perform. You just keep swimming.”

Pelicans coach Willie Green said his teammates playfully mauled McCollum in the locker room for fighting through his shooting woes.

“We all joked around in the locker room and said, `Welcome back,'” Green said. “That’s the C.J. we’re accustomed to seeing. He’s been under the weather for a few days now. We knew that he would get his legs back under him.”

The Pelicans led 89-87 after three quarters and opened the fourth with a 15-4 run, led by five points from reserve guard Jose Alvarado, to take a 104-91 lead. The Pelicans also got 19 points each from Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr., and they held Memphis to 15 fourth-quarter points.

McCollum hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, and his seven overall helped the Pelicans finish with a season high 18 3-pointers on 38 attempts.

“You’ve got to tip your cap,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Obviously, they’ve got some lethal scorers in McCollum, Ingram and their teammates did a good job tonight.”

Morant had a 24-point first half to power Memphis to a 60-59 lead. Morant did his damage driving into the paint and also from the outside, going 8 of 12 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from long range. He also made 6 of 8 from the foul line and had three first-half steals.

Dillon Brooks added 19 for Memphis.

But Morant wasn’t happy with his team’s 42-point second half.

“We’ve just got to be able to finish in the paint and knock down open looks,” he said. “That’s pretty much what we’ve been doing all season, which made us a good team offensively.”

TIP INS

Grizzlies: F/C Jaren Jackson made his season debut after missing the first 14 games after right foot surgery. He looked rusty on 3-of-14 shooting. . G/F Desmond Bane, averaging 24.7 points a game, was out with a sore right toe. . Morant returned after missing Sunday’s loss at Washington with left ankle soreness.

Pelicans: Williamson missed the game with a right foot contusion and is day-to-day to return, said coach Willie Green. Williams, who is averaging 23.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game, hurt his foot Saturday early in the fourth quarter of a 119-106 victory over Houston. Green said there was “definitely some hope” he could play Wednesday night when the Pelicans host the Bulls.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Pelicans: Host Chicago on Wednesday night.

VETERAN SKIPPERS FRANCONA, SHOWALTER VOTED MANAGERS OF YEAR

(AP) — Terry Francona of the Cleveland Guardians and Buck Showalter of the New York Mets trace their beginnings as major league managers to a time when starting pitchers still threw complete games, defensive shifts were rare and stats like WAR, WHIP, OPS and FIP weren’t part of baseball’s everyday lingo.

Times have changed, but the veteran skippers keep winning games.

Francona and Showalter were voted Managers of the Year on Tuesday night, improving their already sparkling resumes.

Showalter – who narrowly won the National League award in a wide-open race – is just the third person to take the prize four times and the first to do it with four different franchises. He won in the AL with the New York Yankees in 1994, Texas Rangers in 2004 and Baltimore Orioles in 2014.

The other four-time winners are Hall of Famers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.

“Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same,” Showalter said. “You still have to do the same things to be successful in our game. We’ve just got a lot of different ways to verify some of the guts that you have. There’s a lot more stuff analytically that you can use to verify what your eyes and your experience may tell you. There’s a lot of different ways to skin a cat.”

Showalter received eight of 30 first-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 77 total points, edging Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts, who finished second. Roberts also earned eight-first-place votes but had just four second-place votes for 57 points.

Brian Snitker, who won in 2018, finished third with 55 points after his Atlanta Braves erased a big deficit and chased down the Mets to win the NL East. He received seven first-place votes in balloting by a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel.

Showalter guided New York to the second-best regular season in franchise history, finishing 101-61 for a 24-win improvement over 2021. He’s the first Mets manager to win the award, which has been presented since 1983.

The 66-year-old skipper brought stability and gravitas to a franchise that had been saddled with on- and off-the-field issues over the past several seasons.

Showalter credited general manager Billy Eppler and the rest of the organization with hiring the right people.

“That’s why you’re so picky about who you surround yourself with,” Showalter said. “Realizing you don’t have all the answers, but as a group you can be really strong if you have an open mind and open ears. Sometimes your actions speak so loudly you can’t hear a word somebody says.

“You can sit around and pop your gums a lot, or you can listen and understand the end game you’re all trying to get to.”

After leading their division nearly all season, the Mets settled for the top NL wild card and lost to San Diego at home in the opening round of the playoffs.

Francona won the AL award for the third time in 10 seasons. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes and nine second-place votes for 112 points from the BBWAA panel.

Baltimore’s Brandon Hyde finished second – earning nine first-place votes and 79 points – after leading the Orioles to a 31-win turnaround. Seattle’s Scott Servais was third with one first-place vote, eight second-place votes and 14 third-place votes. He led the Mariners back to the postseason this year, breaking a playoff drought that lasted two decades.

A two-time World Series winner with Boston, Francona’s 10th season in Cleveland may have been his best managing job. He’s the ninth person to win the award three times.

“It should be considered an organizational award, because that’s how I feel,” Francona said. “You start hearing people talk about you personally, it makes you a little uneasy, but for the things that it allows me to brag about our organization, that makes me really happy.”

Baseball’s youngest team, the Guardians unexpectedly won the AL Central, overtaking the Chicago White Sox in September and running away with the division. Cleveland then swept Tampa Bay in the wild-card round before losing in five games to the Yankees in the AL Division Series.

Voting was conducted before the postseason.

Francona made it through the season after major health issues forced him to leave the team in 2020 and 2021. The 63-year-old said he was re-energized by his young team, which had 17 players make their big league debuts this season.

He intends to return in 2023, but Francona and the Guardians have an open agreement that would allow him to step aside if he needed.

Cy Young Award winners will be announced on Wednesday, and the league MVPs on Thursday.

DEVILS BEAT CANADIENS 5-1, EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO 10 GAMES

MONTREAL (AP) Jack Hughes scored twice and the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Dougie Hamilton, Jesper Bratt, and John Marino also scored for New Jersey. Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves.

“It all about the team. It’s any line that’s contributing, a defense pair, the goaltender making saves,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “When you’re going that well, it’s all about team play and everybody participating in the wins.”

Evgenii Dadonov scored his first goal of the season for the Canadiens (8-7-1). Jake Allen’ finished with 34 saves.

“They really showed their speed and their execution in that second period,” Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis said. “It’s no coincidence that they’ve won 10 in a row and it’s a good test for us to take on, even if we didn’t get a good grade.

“There’s a lesson in everything and there’s definitely a lesson in this game, so we’ll have to go and find some answers in it.”

Montreal started aggressively and had the best scoring chance of the first period when Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield had an open two-man break but failed to convert.

The Devils opened the scoring in the second period. With Kirby Dach off for tripping, Hughes fired a perfect shot over Allen’s shoulder.

Hamilton doubled New Jersey’s lead minutes later by winning a puck battle and scoring on the short side.

“We got to work in the second (period) and really grinded them out,” Bratt said. “We really came back in the second and third period and showed our character.”

The Canadiens closed within 2-1 when a pass from Sean Monahan was deflected to Dadonov, who scored into a wide open net.

A giveaway in the defensive zone late in the second period left Hughes alone in the slot and he netted his second of the game.

With seven minutes left, another giveaway proved costly as Bratt capitalized and put the game out of reach. Marino added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

IT’S RAINING GOALS

The Devils’ offensive production has been among the best in the league, with production coming from all over the roster. The team already has 18 goal scorers and has found the back of the net 43 times during the win streak.

UP NEXT

New Jersey: At Toronto on Thursday in the second game of a three-game trip.

Montreal: At Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

DUCKS BEAT WINGS, SNAP 3-GAME SKID ON STROME’S OT GOAL

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Strome scored on a pass from Trevor Zegras with 49 seconds left in overtime and the Anaheim Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

John Klingberg scored his first goal for his new team with 46 seconds left in regulation to force overtime for the Ducks, who then made an opportunistic scoring play to earn only their fifth victory of the season – still none in regulation.

After a backhand clearing attempt by Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi accidentally hit Strome in front of the net, Zegras and Strome executed a back-and-forth passing game that ended with Strome shoving home his fifth goal of the season.

“Sometimes in 3-on-3, you’ve got to dive-bomb them and see if you can get a turnover, and it just hit my glove,” Strome said. “We deserved it, though. For all the stuff we’ve dealt with for the last little while, I thought we brought a good effort tonight.”

Mason McTavish scored a rare power-play goal for the Ducks, and John Gibson stopped 31 shots in only his third victory. Anaheim is still tied for the fewest points in the NHL, but its final two performances on this four-game homestand showed significant steps forward for a young, rebuilding team.

“In every aspect of our game, I just thought we were solid,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “It wasn’t that we were great. We weren’t bad at all. It was just a really solid game, and it was certainly a building block.”

Jonatan Berggren got his first NHL goal and Michael Rasmussen also scored for the Red Wings, who have lost four straight.

Ville Husso made 27 saves on the second stop of a four-game trip for Detroit, which got a pregame boost when Bertuzzi returned from a one-month absence with an upper-body injury that kept him out for 13 games. But Bertuzzi’s clearing mistake was the last of several late-game errors.

“We had a really good start to the season, and we’ve been competitive in this league, because we take risk out of our game,” coach Derek Lalonde said. “Unfortunately, a couple of times throughout that third (period) and especially in overtime, we got away from that.”

Berggren capitalized on a power play when a deflection rolled right to him in the first period. The 22-year-old Swedish rookie scored his first goal in his third career game.

McTavish answered with a quick reaction to a rebound in the slot. His goal was just the fifth all season on the power play for the Ducks, who have the worst man-advantage numbers in the league.

Rasmussen put the Wings ahead in the second period when he circled the net, fought off two Ducks defenders and unleashed a shot while skating away from the net.

Despite the discipline lapses that bothered Lalonde, Anaheim couldn’t score on a 5-on-3 advantage in the third or on two lengthy ensuing power plays.

Klingberg finally tied it with Gibson pulled for an extra attacker, flinging in a shot through traffic from the blue line. The Anaheim newcomer’s goal was only the second scored by a Ducks defenseman all season long.

LINEUPS

Red Wings: Bertuzzi was hurt while blocking a shot in Detroit’s second game of the season. … D Gustav Lindstrom was out with an upper-body injury.

Ducks: F Sam Carrick played his first NHL game since offseason hip surgery. … F Max Comtois was scratched to rest an accumulation of minor injuries, Eakins said. … D Nathan Beaulieu and D Kevin Shattenkirk missed their second straight games with injuries.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: At San Jose on Thursday night.

Ducks: At Winnipeg on Thursday night.

****(TOP INDIANA RELEASES)****

COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 11 GAME VS. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

OFFENSE

» WR: Alec Pierce, Ashton Dulin

» LT: Bernhard Raimann, Dennis Kelly

» LG: Quenton Nelson

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French

» RG: Will Fries, Matt Pryor, Danny Pinter

» RT: Braden Smith

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox

» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods

» WR: Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr., Mike Strachan

» QB: Matt Ryan, Sam Ehlinger, Nick Foles

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Deon Jackson, Zack Moss

  • Quarterback Matt Ryan started for the first time since Week 7 and completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards with a passing and rushing touchdown. His 39-yard rush in the fourth quarter was the longest run of his career, and he gained more rushing yards on that single play than he gained in any full game in his 15-year career.
  • Running back Jonathan Taylor ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run, his longest play since a game-clinching 67-yard touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 15 of the 2021 season.
  • Wide receiver Parris Campbell caught seven passes for 76 yards, including a go-ahead 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Over his last five games, Campbell is averaging about six catches for 52 yards and has three touchdowns.
  • Behind a strong performance from the Colts’ offensive line, Ryan was pressured on just four of his 30 dropbacks on Sunday against the Raiders.

DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Chris Williams

» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Ben Banogu

» WLB: Bobby Okereke, Grant Stuard

» MLB: Zaire Franklin

» SAM: EJ Speed, JoJo Domann

» CB: Isaiah Rodgers Sr., Brandon Facyson

» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II

» SS: Rodney McLeod Jr., Nick Cross, Trevor Denbow

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Dallis Flowers

  • Linebacker Shaquille Leonard was placed on injured reserve on Saturday.
  • Defensive end Kwity Paye sustained an ankle injury during Sunday’s game, head coach Jeff Saturday said.
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore forced an incompletion on a pass to wide receiver Davante Adams to end the game – his third game-clinching defensive play of the season (he tipped a pass to safety Rodney McLeod Jr. for an interception in Week 3, and he broke up a pass in the end zone to end the Colts’ Week 5 win over the Denver Broncos).
  • Defensive tackle Grover Stewart recorded his third sack of the season and powered the Colts’ run defense to limit running back Josh Jacobs to 3.7 yards per carry on Sunday. Jacobs entered Week 10 averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
  • Linebacker Zaire Franklin had 10 tackles and now has 96 on the season, second-most in the NFL.
  • Cornerback Kenny Moore II notched a TFL on a fourth-and-two play that forced a turnover on downs.

SPECIALISTS

» P: Matt Haack

» PK: Chase McLaughlin

» H: Matt Haack

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah Rodgers Sr.

» PR: Keke Coutee

  • Kicker Chase McLaughlin connected on a pair of 48-yard field goals, and also missed a 48-yard attempt, in Week 10. He’s now made 16 of 19 field goals and all nine PATs since re-joining the Colts before Week 2.
  • Special teams snap leaders: E.J. Speed (19), Tony Brown (17), Nick Cross (17), JoJo Domann (17), Ashton Dulin (17), Grant Stuard (17).

REPORT: COLTS LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD HAS SEASON-ENDING BACK SURGERY

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard is out for the season after having back surgery Tuesday morning, according to the NFL Network.

Ian Rapoport tweeted the news Tuesday at 1:34 p.m., citing an unnamed source.

“Leonard is on Injured Reserve, and the hope is the procedure fixes his issue for good,” Rapoport tweeted.

The three-time All-Pro linebacker missed all of the Colts’ off-season activities with an ankle injury that bothered him since his rookie season. He had back surgery in June to alleviate the ankle pain.

The surgery forced Leonard to miss all of training camp, the entire preseason and the Colts’ first three regular-season games, even though he was a full participant at practice most of September.

Leonard returned in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans but left the game in the second quarter after colliding with one of his teammates on a Tennessee touchdown.

Leonard stayed on the ground for several minutes before trainers helped him walk from the field to the locker room, where he was eventually diagnosed with a concussion.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT HORNETS

Game Preview

After winning three contests in a four-game homestand, the Indiana Pacers look to take its positive momentum on the road.

The Pacers (6-6) will travel to the Charlotte Hornets (4-11) on Wednesday, which snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 112-106 victory over the Orlando Magic (4-10) Monday.

Indiana has strung together a series of strong performances since Nov. 4, beating the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors while losing to the Denver Nuggets by just three points.

On Saturday, against the Raptors, the Pacers trailed 90-82 after 36 minutes before outscoring the visitors 36-14 in the fourth quarter.

Six Pacers scored in double-digits against the Raptors, led by 22 points from Buddy Hield – who has scored at least 20 points in six games this season  – 19 points and 10 rebounds by Myles Turner, 16 points by Jalen Smith and 15 points by rookie Bennedict Mathurin. From the field, the Pacers shot 50 percent (19-for-43 3-point) while holding the Raptors to 39.4 percent shooting.

Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton finished with 15 assists in the game – an individual season high for dimes dished.

In Charlotte’s win against the Magic, seven different players scored in double-digits, with six tallying at least 14. Center Mason Plumlee led the Hornets with 18 points and 10 rebounds while guards LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier each scored 17.

Thus far this season, the Pacers are averaging 117.3 points per game, which is second-highest in the NBA, while the Hornets are ranked 26th in scoring at 108.7 points per game. Indiana is averaging the second-most 3-pointers made per game at 15.5 while the Hornets are 23rd at 10.8.

On the defensive end, the Pacers are ranked No. 26 in points allowed per game at 117.2 while the Hornets are 19th at 114.7.

Indiana is 2-3 on the road this season and Charlotte is 1-5 at home.

The two teams have already met once this calendar year, but it was during a preseason matchup on Oct. 5. Indiana won that game in Charlotte 122-97.

Five Pacers scored in double figures, led by 16 from Aaron Nesmith and 15 points from Mathurin while the team shot 48.5 percent (6-for-30 3-point) in the preseason game. Terry Rozier led all scorers by putting up 18 points for Charlotte, which made just 34.4 percent of its shots (33-for-96 field goals).

The Pacers dominated in the paint in the preseason outing, outsourcing the Hornets 72-42.

Last season, the Hornets had the Pacers’ number – sweeping Indiana 4-0 in games played. The Hornets have won six consecutive games over the Pacers.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Buddy Hield, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Hornets: G – LaMelo Ball, G – Terry Rozier, F – Kelly Oubre Jr., F – P.J. Washington, C – Mason Plumlee

Injury Report

Pacers: Chris Duarte – out (left ankle sprain), Daniel Theis – out (sore right knee).

Hornets: Gordon Hayward – out (left shoulder contusion), Cody Martin – out (left knee procedure), Dennis Smith Jr. – out (left ankle sprain).

Last Meeting

Jan. 26, 2022: Charlotte scored a franchise record for points in a game with a 158-126 victory over Indiana.

In the high-scoring affair, the Pacers trailed 71-70 at intermission before the Hornets put up a franchise-best 87 points in the second half.

The 158 points by the Hornets were also the most points scored in a single game by any team during the 2021-2022 season. The largest lead in the game was 36 points for the Hornets.

The Hornets tied its franchise high with 24 made 3-pointers in the game, led by Kelly Oubre Jr. who sank 10 triples for a game-high 39 points. Ball recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists and Rozier collected 20 points.

For the Pacers, Goga Bitdaze and Isaiah Jackson topped the team with 17 points each.

From the floor, the Hornets shot 58.1 (24-for-45 3-point) to the Pacers’ 47.8 percent (10-for-34 3-point).

Noteworthy

Top of the pass: Through four weeks, Haliburton leads all NBA players with 124 total assists while also boasting a league-high 10.3 assists per game. He’s currently the only player in the NBA averaging at least 10 assists. He has the most double-doubles with points/assists in the league with seven.

Sharing is caring: Indiana is averaging the third-most assists per game as a team at 28.8. Against Toronto the Pacers finished with 33 total assists to the Raptors’ 14.

Getting over the hump: With a win against the Hornets, the Pacers can go above .500 for the first time since Feb. 23, 2020.

Upping his game: Turner has averaged career-highs in points per game (17.9) and rebounds per game (8.9) this season. On Saturday, the Pacers center recorded a third straight double-double.

Hoosier connections: Hayward, a former Butler University star who led the Bulldogs to the 2010 men’s basketball championship game, was born in Indianapolis and attended Brownsburg High School. Plumlee was born in Fort Wayne and attended Warsaw Community High School before transferring to Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, after his freshman year.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to tip off their next homestand against Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY ELEVEN TO DEFEND USL ACADEMY LEAGUE FINALS TITLE THIS WEEKEND IN TAMPA

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, November 15, 2022) – Indy Eleven’s U-19 Boys squad will defend its USL Academy League Finals title this weekend during play in the event’s featured Playoffs Bracket. The competition kicks off Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Tournament SportsPlex of Tampa Bay in Central Florida and will culminate with the top team in each side of the bracket facing off in the USL Academy League Championship on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET, to be held at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Playoff Bracket consists of the eight teams that won their divisions over the course of the USL Academy League season, a group Indy Eleven qualified for after capturing the East-Central Division crown with an 8W-1L-3D record and 27 points, placing Indiana’s Team one point ahead of Louisville City FC. The Eleven’s +37 goal differential (52 goals for/15 goals allowed) was the third highest mark amongst the 65 teams competing in the nationwide Academy League’s second season of play across the summer and fall.

“Our players are excited for the opportunity to return to the USL Academy League Playoffs and represent Indy Eleven,” stated Kiki Wallace, Indy Eleven Academy Director & Academy League Head Coach. “This event provides a great platform to showcase the up-and-coming talent within the club’s Academy system. The players realize, but embrace, the challenge that lies ahead in trying to repeat as National Champions.”

Indy Eleven has been drawn into Group A and will play round-robin matches within their group Thursday through Saturday:

Playoff Group A: Indy Eleven, AC Connecticut, Tampa Bay United, New Mexico United

Playoff Group B: Queensboro FC, North Carolina FC, San Antonio FC, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

Thursday, Nov. 17: Indy Eleven vs. Tampa Bay United – 9:00 a.m. ET

Friday, Nov. 18: Indy Eleven vs. AC Connecticut – 9:00 a.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 19: Indy Eleven vs. New Mexico United – 9:00 a.m. ET

Sunday Nov. 20: Placement Game – TBD (Championship at 2:00 p.m. ET)

This year’s 23-man roster for the USL Academy League Finals features 21 players from the Hoosier State and six returnees from last year’s championship squad. In addition, the roster includes a pair of current USL Academy Contract signings for the Eleven’s First Team in midfielder Diego Sanchez and goalkeeper Hayden Vostal, as well as midfielder Alann Torres, who in January became the first player in club history to sign a professional contract straight from his time as an Academy Contract player and spent the 2022 season on loan with USL League One outfit Forward Madison FC. Below is the full player and coaching roster that will represent Indiana’s Team this weekend:

Marlon Amaya – Elkhart, Ind

Grant Bailey – Carmel, Ind

Grey Berglund – Carmel, Ind

^ Benji Chavarria – Elkhart, Ind.

Jai Dindiyal – Mooresville, Ind.

Grayson Elmquist – Lake City, Mich.

^ Amari Fowlkes – Carmel, Ind.

Luke Kegerreis – Indianapolis, Ind.

Marcus Kennedy – Carmel, Ind.

Aiden Krumpelt – Carmel, Ind.

^ Giovanni Leon – Indianapolis, Ind.

Alexis Moro – Goshen, Ind.

Keiji Nakamae – Fishers, Ind.

Logan Neidlinger – Indianapolis, Ind.

^ Denis Paz – Elkhart, Ind.

Jhefferson Pina – Indianapolis, Ind.

Andrew Rudesill – Pataskala, Ohio

* ^ Diego Sanchez – Indianapolis, Ind.

Drew Thompson – Avon, Ind.

^ Alann Torres – Elkhart, Ind.

* Hayden Vostal – Geneva, Ill.

Henry Yoder – Westfield, Ind.

Ben Zec – Westfield, Ind.

Head Coach/Academy Director: Kiki Wallace

Assistant Coach: Peter Baah

Assistant Coach: Ernie Yarborough

Goalkeeper Coach: Bobby Edwards

Athletic Trainer: Sierra Garber, MS, LAT, ATC

Sporting Director, Academy Operations & W League: Phil Presser

* = signed to Indy Eleven First Team USL Academy Contract

^ = on roster for 2021 USL Academy League Finals

“This is a great opportunity for our players to compete for another Championship,” said Phil Presser, Indy Eleven Sporting Director, Academy Operations and W League. “These games give our staff an opportunity to see the character of our players and which ones can perform under a bit more pressure. The overall talent in this event has increased significantly, even since last year, and we are excited to see how our boys compete.”

JACKSON-DAVIS SELECTED TO JOHN R. WOODEN PRESEASON TOP 50 WATCH LIST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was among a group of 50 student-athletes selected to the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Preseason Top 50 Watch List today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on ESPN.com.

Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

Jackson-Davis was previously honored as a Preseason All-American by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, College Hoops Today, The Almanac, CBS Sports, The Athletic, the Associated Press, and Sporting News. Jackson-Davis was also named to the NABC Player of the Year Watch List, Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, and selected to the Karl Malone Award Watch List.

Jackson-Davis ranks 13th all-time at IU in scoring (1,624), 19th in scoring average (16.1), ninth in rebounds (810), seventh in blocked shots (179), and seventh in field goal percentage (55.8%).

He was named a third-team All-American as a sophomore, has earned all-district honors each of the last two seasons, and has been a third-team, first-team and second-team All-Big Ten choice in his first three campaigns with the Hoosiers.

The former Mr. Basketball winner ranked among the Big Ten leaders in points per game (18.3; 6th in the Big Ten), rebounds per game (8.1; 6th), field goal percentage (58.9%; 4th), free throws made (147; 5th), free throws attempted (218; 2nd), and total blocked shots (81, t-1st) in 35 starts for the Hoosiers in his third season on campus.

Jackson-Davis anchored a Hoosier defense that was ranked as the most efficient in the league by KenPom (24th in the nation) and held opponents to a league-low 39.6% shooting from the floor. Jackson-Davis has recorded 32 double-doubles and two 30-point/10-rebound performances in his career.

JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON TOP 50

Max Abmas, Oral Roberts

Posh Alexander, St. John’s

Timmy Allen, Texas

Armando Bacot, North Carolina

Matt Bradley, San Diego State

Tyger Campbell, UCLA

Colin Castleton, Florida

Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy

Kendric Davis, Memphis

RJ Davis, North Carolina

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

Zach Edey, Purdue

Adam Flagler, Baylor

Jayden Gardner, Virginia

Keyonte George, Baylor

DaRon Holmes II, Dayton

Tyrese Hunter, Texas

Harrison Ingram, Stanford

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA

Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton

Dereck Lively II, Duke

Caleb Love, North Carolina

Hunter Maldonado, Wyoming

Kevin McCullar Jr., Kansas

Darius McGhee, Liberty

Mike Miles Jr., TCU

Brandon Miller, Alabama

Kris Murray, Iowa

Nijel Pack, Miami (Fla.)

Will Richardson, Oregon

Jeremy Roach, Duke

Adama Sanogo, Connecticut

Marcus Sasser, Houston

Baylor Scheierman, Creighton

Terrence Shannon Jr., Illinois

Terquavion Smith, N.C. State

Nick Smith Jr., Arkansas

Julian Strawther, Gonzaga

Drew Timme, Gonzaga

Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky

Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona

Santiago Vescovi, Tennessee

Jordan Walker, UAB

Cason Wallace, Kentucky

Sahvir Wheeler, Kentucky

Dariq Whitehead, Duke

Cam Whitmore, Villanova

Jalen Wilson, Kansas

Isaiah Wong, Miami (Fla.)

BERGER AND HOLMES NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON TOP 50 WATCH LIST

LOS ANGELES – Indiana’s graduate student guard Grace Berger and senior forward Mackenzie Holmes were both named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List.

Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.

The duo has led Indiana to a 3-0 start for the sixth time in seven seasons, coming off a 79-67 win at No. 11/5 Tennessee on Monday night. They both posted double-doubles in the victory, Holmes leading the way with a team-high 16 points and 10 boards while Berger added 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals. In three games, Holmes is averaging a team-high 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 72.4 percent from the floor. Berger is adding 11.0 points, a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists and shooting 50 percent from the floor. The pair was also named to the 2022-23 preseason All-Big Ten teams and are both up for national positional awards in the Cheryl Miller Award (Berger) and Lisa Leslie Award (Holmes)

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2023 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2023 John R. Wooden Award will be presented in Los Angeles in April.

INDIANA WRESTLING ANNOUNCES NEWEST SIGNING CLASS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– Indiana Wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo announced the program’s newest signing class on Tuesday morning.

The Hoosiers have added a pair of in-state recruits to the program. Sam Goin and Aidan Torres will arrive in Bloomington in the fall of 2023.

Sam Goin | 165 lbs. | Crown Point, Ind.

Is a standout wrestler from Crown Point High School …  No. 1 rated wrestler at 160 lbs. in Indiana by IndianaMat … Ranked No. 56 overall in the class of 2023 and the No. 7 prospect at 160 lbs. by MatScouts … 2022 State Champion at 152 lbs. with a 32-0 record … 2021 fourth place finish at Indiana State Championships at 126 lbs. … Finished fifth in the state tournament at 106 lbs.

Intended Major: Biology

Why IU: “I picked IU because I love the coaching staff and the campus’ aesthetic.”

Aidan Torres | 141/149 lbs. | Chesterton, Ind.

A talented grappler from Chesterton High School … 2022 third place finish at Indiana State Championships at 145 lbs. … Finished in eighth place at 132 lbs. at the 2021 State Championships … Sixth place at 126 lbs in 2020 State Championships … top-15 rated senior in Indiana by IndianaMat.

Intended Major: Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Why IU: “I chose IU because they have the best coaching staff and brotherhood in the Nation. Go Hoosiers!”

PURDUE RALLIES IN SECOND HALF TO TOP MARQUETTE IN GAVITT GAMES 75-70

Purdue 75, Marquette 70 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 3-0 with a 75-70 win over Marquette in the Gavitt Games in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,876 at Mackey Arena. The sellout was Purdue’s 44th straight sellout, dating to Jan. 2019.

Purdue has started 3-0 or better 12 times under Matt Painter. In 10 of the 11 previous years (2014), the Boilermakers made the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue improved to 2-2 in the Gavitt Games, defeating Marquette in the 2017 (86-71) and 2022 (75-70) event. The Boilermakers have lost to Villanova in 2016 (76-73) and Marquette in 2019 (65-55).

Purdue improved to 10-1 all-time against Marquette. However, this was Purdue’s first win against a Shaka Smart-coached team in four tries (2011 vs. VCU, 2018 vs. Texas, 2019 vs. Texas). Purdue’s last non-conference loss came against Texas in the 2019 meeting.

Purdue has won 17 straight non-conference games at Mackey Arena, tied for the sixth-longest streak in Mackey Arena history.

The Boilermakers have won 16 straight regular-season non-conference games, dating to a 58-54 loss to Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 8, 2020.

Purdue has won 10 straight games in the month of November, dating to a Nov. 26, 2020, loss to Clemson.

Purdue has won 25 straight home games against unranked teams.

Purdue trailed by nine (58-49) with 9:54 to play, but outscored Marquette 26-12 the rest of the way. The Golden Eagles went just 4-of-19 from the field the remainder of the way. Purdue went 8-of-12 from the field, including 8-of-8 from inside the 3-point line in the final 10 minutes.

Purdue had two turnovers in the game’s first two minutes, but just four turnovers the last 38 minutes.

Zach Edey recorded his third double-double in as many games with a 20-point, 13-rebound, 3-block effort. He added one assist against no turnover, and went 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He recorded his 100th career dunk in the win. He is now averaging 20.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in just 29.5 minutes per contest.

Freshman Braden Smith scored 20 points with three assists and two rebounds. He went 6-of-8 from the field, 3-of-4 from long distance and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He scored 15 of his points in the second half.

Smith (15) and Edey (14) combined for 29 of Purdue’s 43 second-half points.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds, Braden Smith scored 20 and Purdue overtook Marquette for a 75-70 win on Tuesday night.

Smith went on his own 6-0 run in a 56-second span to turn a 62-59 Purdue deficit with 5:46 left into a 65-62 advantage and the Boilermakers (3-0) led the rest of the way.

Edey’s jumper with 47 seconds to go made it 71-62. David Joplin responded by burying a 3-pointer and sinking two foul shots to get the Golden Eagles within 73-70. Ethan Morton sealed it for Purdue making two foul shots with six seconds to go.

Smith and Edey combined to make 14 of 19 shots from the field. David Jenkins Jr. scored 10 points off the bench for Purdue.

Joplin, a reserve, scored 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting for Marquette (2-1). Kam Jones added 19 points and Oso Ighodaro 10.

It’s the second straight 3-0 start after last year’s team opened the year 8-0 and reached No. 1 in the AP poll in early December. Purdue has won 17 straight non-conference games at Mackey Arena.

LEROY KEYES PURDUE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2022 ANNOUNCED

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Athletics has unveiled the Class of 2022 inductees to the newly named Leroy Keyes Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame, with this latest grouping of Old Gold & Black standouts entering under the legendary namesake of one of the greatest Boilermakers of all-time.

Leading the way into the Hall of Fame is a former member of the Purdue Men’s Swimming & Diving team who went on to become the longest-tenured athletic director in school history; the late Morgan Burke. The former leader of Purdue Athletics (1993-2016) oversaw several notable Boilermaker successes, including two national titles (women’s basketball, 1999; women’s golf, 2010) and 20 regular-season Big Ten Conference championships.

“This class of inductees is especially significant in that they are the inaugural group in the newly named Leroy Keyes Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski. “While being inducted into our hall of fame has always been a significant accomplishment, it’s even more distinctive from this class forward as we honor the memory of Leroy Keyes, a legendary Boilermaker who impacted the University and the lives of so many individuals in such positive ways. Included in the very distinguished Class of 2022 is Morgan Burke, our long-time athletics director and someone who worked tirelessly to position Purdue Athletics and generations of student-athletes for success. We’re immensely proud of all these inductees and look forward to celebrating their legacies and accomplishments with family, friends and the Purdue community in February.”

Along with Burke, the Class of 2022 includes Camille Cooper (women’s basketball, 1998-2001), Walter Jordan (men’s basketball, 1975-78), Joe Corso (wrestling, 1974-76), Darlene (Warta) Renie (women’s swimming & diving, 1987-90), Stuart Schweigert (football, 2000-03), Lauren Sesselmann (soccer, 2001-05) and Alex Yunevich (football, 1929-31).

With the support of the Keyes family, Purdue Athletics and the John Purdue Club (JPC) have launched two memorial initiatives to commemorate the life and legacy of Leroy Keyes, the first of which being the naming of the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame in his honor. Additionally, JPC donors have supported the creation of the Leroy Keyes Athletics Leadership Fellowship. The graduate position within the athletics department will offer an opportunity for a future minority leader to launch their career in intercollegiate athletics while furthering their education.

Purdue’s latest hall of fame class will be publicly honored at Mackey Arena during the men’s basketball game vs. Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 19.

BUTLERSOFTBALL SIGNS FIVE IN 2023 RECRUITING CLASS

Butler Softball has announced the signing of five standouts to national letters of intent. Makena Alexander, Erin Clark, Katie Petran, Olivia Roberts, and Leigh Vande Hei will join the program beginning with the 2023-24 academic year.

“We are excited to announce our 2023 Bulldog recruiting class!” expressed Head Coach Scott Hall. “Our staff has worked exceptionally hard to identify and commit these young ladies as the future players that will carry on the Bulldog program. This class brings a lot of talent, versatility, and competitiveness. As a group, they are exceptional students and will represent Butler well in the classroom, in the community, and on the softball field.”

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Makena Alexander, infielder, Frankton, Ind., Frankton HS

For her junior season (2022) at Frankton, Alexander ranked No. 1 in Indiana and No. 10 nationally in slugging percentage (1.608). She also set a county record for home runs in a season, as well as her school’s career home run record.

Postseason honors for Alexander have included Extra Innings All-America First Team, Max Preps All-America Second Team, 2A Indiana All-State First Team, 2022 Herald-Bulletin Softball Player of the Year, and 2021 Herald-Bulletin Breakout Player of the Year.

Academically, she has produced a GPA the puts her in the top of her class.

Coach Hall on Alexander: “Power! Power! Power! Did I say, ‘She is powerful?’ Makena is one of the premier power hitters in the State of Indiana. She is an intimidating presence at the plate to opposing pitchers. It is easy to just say she is a good hitter, but she also loves being in the box for big moments. Mak also carries a big cannon attached to her right shoulder. She will add depth to our infield as well.  We are thrilled to get Mak in a Bulldog uniform and watch her game continue to grow!”

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Erin Clark, outfielder, Noblesville, Ind., Noblesville HS

At Noblesville, Clark’s teams were 4A semi-state runner-up in 2021 and won a 4A sectional championship in 2022.

Her Shockwaves Rayman team was USA Select 16u Class A National Champion in 2021. With the Indiana Bombers Poeck club, she tallied 15H, 16RBI, 3HR, 3-2B, 1-3B, and a 0.959 OPS.

Clark is a member of the National Honor Society at Noblesville.

Coach Hall on Clark: “Erin is the consummate teammate who will add depth to our outfield! She brings power to the plate and solid speed on the bases. I have watched Erin develop for several years, and I have no doubt that she will continue to grow and be a solid addition to our program. We love keeping local talent home. Erin knew early that she wanted to be a Dawg, and we are thrilled about that!”

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Katie Petran, pitcher/util., Chillicothe, Ill., Illinois Valley Central HS

At Illinois Valley Central, Petran’s records include strikeouts in a season (308), strikeouts in a game (26), and ERA (1.07).

Through her junior season (271 innings), she has registered 498K, 50BB, 1.574 ERA, .888 WHIP, and .182 BAA.

Coach Hall on Petran: “Katie flew under the radar earlier in her career. However, we noticed early that she has a lot of the tools that we need in the circle. She is, first and foremost, a competitor! She spins the ball well and locates it accurately.  She continues to develop as a pitcher, and she will compete for innings in the circle when she arrives on campus. She is also a threat at the plate and a solid infielder. We are thrilled and excited to have her join the Dawgs family!”

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Olivia Roberts, utility, Greenfield, Ind., Greenfield Central HS

At Greenfield Central, Roberts has garnered two Most Valuable Defensive Player awards, producing a fielding percentage of 0.981.

She has twice been named All-Academic in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Coach Hall on Roberts: “Every team needs a few players that can play multiple positions. Olivia will do that for us. She is a solid defender in the outfield and infield. She is a consistent contact hitter who is a tough out. Liv possesses good speed for range and baserunning and has a high game IQ. Another local talent that we love keeping close to home!”

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Leigh Vande Hei, outfielder, St. Charles, Ill., St. Charles North HS

At St. Charles North, Vande Hei was chosen All-State First Team as a junior and All-State Second Team as a sophomore. She received unanimous All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, and All-Area First Team accolades after both her sophomore and junior seasons.

After winning regional and sectional titles her sophomore season, her team won the 4A Illinois State Championship in 2022. A lead-off hitter on the championship team, Vande Hei’s stats included: .500 BA, .568 OBP, 1.170 OPS, .602 SLG, 54H, 5-3B, 55R, 22RBI, 25SB.

As a member of the Dennison SilverHawks, her fall 2022 stats read: .561 BA, .632 OBP, 1.510 OPS, .877 SLG, 32H, 5-3B, 2HR, 29R, 10RBI, 24SB.

Vande Hei is a member of the National Honor Society, VP of the Spanish National Honor Society, President of the Voluntourism Club, and President of Scholar Athletes.

Coach Hall on Vande Hei: “Speed never takes a day off! Leigh is a threat to create havoc for opposing defenses. She has great bat control at the plate and will take advantage of defenses who think she is just a slapper. Leigh is a lock down outfielder who covers a lot of ground. As a state champion, she knows how to win, and she will bring that attitude and competitiveness to our program.”

CARDINALS SUFFER 32-18 SETBACK TO OHIO TUESDAY NIGHT

MUNCIE, Ind. – – A seven-yard touchdown pass from John Paddock to Brady Hunt midway through the fourth quarter brought the Ball State football team within one score Tuesday night in #MACtion.

Unfortunately, the Bobcats (8-3; 6-1 Mid-American Conference) were able to counter with a pair of late field goals to hand the Cardinals (5-6; 3-4 MAC) a 32-18 loss on senior night at Scheumann Stadium.

“Obviously a disappointing loss in the final game at Scheumann Stadium for a group of 20 seniors that I have so much love and respect for,” head coach Mike Neu said. “It was a tough way to end it for them. We played against a good football team in Ohio. You can’t lose the turnover battle the way that we did and expect to win the ball game.”

Ball State was able to jump on the board first, thanks to a 27-yard field goal from Ben VonGunten with 6:44 remaining in the first quarter. However, Ohio countered with a pair of touchdowns and a field goal, capitalizing on a pair of BSU turnovers, to take a 17-3 edge into the half.

Sophomore Carson Steele led the offense early, rushing for 96 yards on 14 carries for a 6.9 yards-per-rush average, including another highlight reel hurdle of a defender. He would fall just shy of his sixth consecutive 100-yard game, however, as he was forced to leave the game before the half due to injury.

On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals defense came up with a big stop late in the second half, forcing a fumble of its own at the seven-yard line to halt a possible Ohio scoring drive with 18 seconds left in the half.

Ball State’s defense came up big once again on the opening drive of the second half, keeping the Bobcats off the board despite reaching the BSU 35-yard line. However, a 34-yard punt pinned the BSU offense at its own one and Ohio managed a safety on the next play.

Without Steele in the second half, the Cardinals turned to the passing game, with Paddock connecting with Tanner Koziol for a 10-yard score with 1:13 remaining in the third. Paddock then found Hunt in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion, cutting the lead to 19-11.

After an Ohio touchdown, Paddock connected with Hunt for the seven-yard score, cutting the lead to 26-18. Unfortunately, the Bobcats added field goals of 37 and 23 yards to ice the game.

Paddock would finish the game 29-for-48 with 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns, finding Hunt for career highs of nine receptions and 90 yards.

Jayshon Jackson added six catches for 67 yards, while Koziol finished the game with five receptions and 52 yards.

On the defense, Jaquan Amos led the Cardinals with 11 tackles, including one for loss, while Clayton Coll registered 10 tackles. BSU would also register a pair of sacks, with Kyle King recording one and Coll and Sidney Houston combining for the other.

On the Ohio side of the ball, Sieh Bangura ran for a career-high 148 total yards and a pair of scores, while quarterback Kurtis Rourke went 12-for-16 for 169 yards and one touchdown before an injury forced him out right before the half.

The Ball State football team closes the 2022 regular season next Tuesday with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Miami. With a win, the Cardinals would become bowl eligible for the third straight season

“We’ve got to regroup here,” Neu added. “We have one more opportunity left next Tuesday night and I believe in this team. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. We are not going to quit on each other. We are going to keep fighting; we are going to come back in here tomorrow and make the most of the time we have to focus all of our effort and energy to finish the season off with a win.”

VOLLEYBALL WELCOMES TOLEDO FOR REGULAR SEASON FINALE

UP THIS WEEK: The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes the 2022 regular season Wednesday with a 6 p.m. first serve versus Toledo inside Worthen Arena.

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Wednesday’s match versus the Rockets will be streamed live on ESPN+ … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of Ball State Athletics … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.

WHERE WE STAND: With one match remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals can lock up at least a share of the 2022 Mid-American Conference regular season championship and hosting rights for the 2022 MAC Championship with a win over Toledo Wednesday … Ball State enters the match with a 14-3 league record, a first-round tournament bye, and tied with Bowling Green (14-3) for the top spot in the conference … BSU also holds the tiebreaker versus the Falcons courtesy of its 3-0 sweep at BGSU on Oct. 28 … Ohio (12-5), Toledo (11-6), Central Michigan (11-6), and Northern Illinois (10-7) currently round out the six-team tournament field … Buffalo (9-8) is the only other league school in contention for a tournament berth, needing a win versus Akron and an NIU loss at Western Michigan to qualify.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Ball State holds a 72-11 lead in the all-time series versus Toledo, including four straight wins … In the first meeting this season, the Cardinals used a career-high 19 kills from junior outside Cait Snyder to claim at 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22) victory at Savage Arena on Oct. 19 … BSU holds a 34-4 all-time lead in matches played in Muncie, including a 26-3 mark inside Worthen Arena … BSU has won four straight meetings on its home floor, with UT last winning in Muncie on Sept. 29, 2016 by a score of 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18).

BALL STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

• In its 51st season of play, Ball State boasts a 993-631-2 (.611) all-time record in women’s volleyball … The Cardinals have captured 12 MAC West Division Championships, nine MAC Regular Season Championships, and eight MAC Tournament Championships … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).

• Ball State enters Wednesday’s match versus Toledo as the winningest program in league play with a 432-215 (.668) all-time Mid-American Conference record … Western Michigan is second on the list, seven matches behind the Cardinals at 425-222 (.657) … Toledo is 11th all-time based on winning percentage at 204-442 (.316).

• The Cardinals own an even better record when playing at home, boasting a 305-94 (.764) mark inside Worthen Arena … Factor in opponents from just the Mid-American Conference and Ball State is 224-57 (.797) when battling in “The Nest” … No MAC opponent owns a winning record inside Worthen Arena, as the Cardinals have at least a .632 winning percentage against all league schools on its current home floor.

• While Ball State had its 13-match winning streak snapped last Friday at Ohio, it still goes down as one of the longest in program history … To be exact, the 13-match winning streak is the seventh-longest all-time for the Ball State women’s volleyball program … In addition, Ball State won 13 consecutive sets during the run, which ties as the 14th-longest set winning streak in program history.

• Overall, Ball State’s backcourt enters the week as one of the nation’s best, ranking first in the MAC and fourth nationally with a 17.61 digs-per-set average … Only Tulsa (18.51), McNeese (18.35), and Loyola Maryland (17.85) have better averages … In addition, the Cardinals’ 1,955 total digs are seventh nationally, trailing McNeese (2,276), VCU (2,048), Valparaiso (2,043), SEMO (2,012), Chattanooga (1,986), and Houston Christian (1,956).

• Three Ball State student-athletes rank in the top 270 nationally in total digs, led by senior libero Maggie Huber in 43rd at 490 … Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski is second on the squad and 211th nationally at 347, while senior outside Natalie Risi is 269th at 320

• Ball State has five regulars averaging at least 2.26 digs per set in 2022, with Maggie Huber’s 4.41 mark ranking 75th among all NCAA Division I players.

• In addition to leading the team with a 4.41 digs-per-set average, Maggie Huber has started 24 of BSU’s 29 matches at libero … She has collected double-digit digs in 26 matches, including a season-high 30 in the Oct. 14 win at NIU … Three matches later, she added 29 digs in the Oct. 21 win over Western Michigan … Huber also leads Ball State’s primary passers with a .956 reception percentage, with just 22 reception errors in 503 total attempts.

•  Havyn Gates served as BSU’s starting libero in the other five matches and owns three of BSU’s six largest single-match dig totals so far this season … She collected a Ball State career-high 33 digs in the five-set thriller at Central Michigan (Sept. 24) and scored 24 digs in five-set matches versus Dayton (Sept. 13) and Northern Kentucky (Sept. 16) … Gates, who registered 42 digs in a match as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan in 2019, has 1,720 career digs including 596 at BSU and 1,124 at IWU.

• On offensive, senior middle Marie Plitt enters the week ranked first in the MAC and 18th nationally with a .402 (288-40-617) attack percentage … That mark includes a program record .833 (15-0-18) rate of success in Ball State’s sweep of Arkansas State (Sept. 9) … So far this season, Plitt has hit .300-or-better in 22 of BSU’s 29 matches, including a .467 (8-1-15) effort at No. 10 Purdue (Sept. 17) … Plitt also enters the week ranked second on the squad with a 2.59 kills-per-set average, including double-digit kills in 14 matches.

• Senior outside Natalie Risi is not far behind, ranking third on the squad with a 2.43 kills-per-set average … Risi has smashed double-digit kills in 14 matches this season, including eight of the last 15 outings … Risi has also collected 11 kill/dig double-doubles on the year and ranks third on the squad with a 2.88 digs-per-set average.

• Natalie Risi became just the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs with her third of 10 digs in the Sept. 3 match versus Mississippi State … She currently ranks ninth in program history with 1,260 digs … Risi also ranks 18th in program history with 902 career kills and needs 98 more to become only the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

• Speaking of 1,000 career kills, senior opposite Natalie Mitchem became just the 12th player in program history to eclipse the mark with her third of a team-high 12 kills in the Nov. 3 sweep of Kent State … She enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo ranked 12th in program history with 1,017 career kills, including double-digit kills in 50 career matches.

• Marie Plitt is also within striking distance of 1,000 career kills ranking 13th in program history with 960 … She also boasts one of the top attack percentages on Ball State’s career list, with her .350 mark ranking third all-time.

• Megan Wielonski continues to be one of the nation’s elite setters, entering the week ranked fourth nationally with 1,194 total assists … She is also 23rd nationally with her 10.76 assists-per-set average … Last season, Wielonski finished the year ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Over her career, Wielonski has helped the Cardinals hit .300-or-better in 17 of her 63 matches as the program’s starting setter, included two of the top four single-match performances in program history.

• Megan Wielonski became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists last season, while her 2,588 career assists currently rank 11th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she became just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).

• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski enters the week ranked 38th nationally with 44 service aces … Last season, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30, 2021) … Her 58 aces in 2021 tied as the sixth-most in a single season in Ball State history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping Amber Seaman’s total of 51 in 2018 … Overall, Wielonski ranks 16th in program history with 102 career service aces.

• With double-digit kills in 11 of the last 13 matches, including a career-high 19 at Toledo (Oct. 19), Cait Snyder enters the weekend with a team-leading 3.14 kills-per-set average … In MAC play, Snyder is averaging 3.46 kills-per-set which is third among all league players … Snyder has led the Ball State offense in kills in nine of the last 15 matches, and a team-high 11 times so far this season.

• Ball State continues to be one of the nation’s top offenses, ranking eighth in total kills (1,533) and 11th in total assists (1,410) … In addition, the Cardinals have the 43rd-best team attack percentage among the 334 ranked NCAA Division I programs at .255.

• The Cardinals have hit .300-or-better in eight matches this season and are a perfect 21-0 when out-hitting opponents.

CARDINALS FLOCK TO NEBRASKA FOR MATCHUP WITH MAVERICKS

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team is back on the road for a contest against Omaha. The Cardinals have started the season 1-1 and look to bounce back against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

Ball State is coming off its first defeat of the season after the Cardinals fell to the Indiana State Sycamores 83-71. Jarron Coleman led the Cardinals with a game-high 29 points. He added a team-high four assists and four rebounds. Demarius Jacobs produced his first double-double in a Cardinal uniform with a game-high 10 rebounds and 10 points. Jacobs added three assists and one block. Payton Sparks finished with 18 points, a team-high two blocks, and added one assist.

Spreading the Love

The Cardinals have four players averaging double-digit points and are led by Coleman with 19.0 points per game. Coleman also leads the team with a 61.5 percentage from behind the arc. His 4.0 3-pointers per game is 14th in the NCAA and second in the Mid-American Conference. He is second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game and is second on the squad with six assists. Kaiyem Cleary is second on the team with 17.0 points per game, but has only appeared in one contest. Sparks is second on the team with 7.0 boards per contest and is third on the squad with 16.5 points per game. Sparks also has a team-best four blocks. Sparks is shooting 60.0 percent from the field, which is a team best and third in the MAC. Jacobs rounds out the double-digit scorers with 15.5 points per game and paces the team with nine assists. Jacobs and Mickey Pearson Jr. each have notched a double-double as they are tied for the team lead. Pearson leads the team with 7.5 rebounds a game. Jalen Windham has a team-best five steals.

Stout Defense

Ball State has been strong on the defensive end of the court early in the season. The Cardinals are currently tied for 23rd in the country with 6.5 blocks per game, which lead the MAC. BSU has been stout on the glass and is 17th in the NCAA with a rebound margin of 15.5, which is at the top in the MAC. Ball State is averaging 45.50 rebounds per contest, which is tied for 22nd in the nation and leads the conference. The Cardinals have held opponents to 21.6 percent from behind the arc and opponents are averaging 61.0 points per game.

Series History with Omaha

Wednesday will be just the second meeting between Ball State and Omaha. Last season, the Cardinals defeated the Mavericks 73-69 inside Worthen Arena. This year’s matchup will feature two first-year head coaches, as Chris Crutchfield returned to his alma mater.

Scouting the Mavericks

Omaha enters Wednesday with a 1-2 record. The Mavericks are currently tied for 12th in the NCAA in free-throw percentage with a combined shooting effort of 82.7 percent. Frankie Fidler leads Omaha as the only Preseason All-Summit First Team selection. Fidler paces the team with 15.7 points per game and is shooting 90.0 percent from the charity stripe. Fidler is second on the squad with 6.0 rebounds per contest. Marquel Sutton has a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 13.7 points a game. JJ White has a team-high 14 assists. Dylan Brougham leads the team with three blocks. Fidler and Tony Osburn are tied for a team-best three steals.

NOTRE DAME, NORTHWESTERN TO MEET IN MID-WEEK MATCHUP

EVANSTON, Ill. — Fresh off of a 2-0 start to the 2022-23 women’s basketball season, which included a 90-79 Saturday win over California in the first ever Citi Shamrock Classic, Notre Dame will be back on the road on Wednesday to take on Northwestern (1-1) in Evanston.

Led by veteran head coach Joe McKeown, the Wildcats fell to No. 21 Oregon by a score of 100-57 in their season opener last week. A slow start against the Ducks doomed Northwestern and has the Wildcats sitting with a -17.5 scoring margin, which is last in the Big Ten. They are currently the only team in the conference with a negative mark.

After surrendering triple-digit points to Oregon, Northwestern held Penn to just 34.4 percent shooting from the field on Sunday in a 63-55 win. The Wildcats denied the Quakers second chance points, as they had 30 defensive rebounds and 46 total boards.

The star of this season’s show for McKeown and Co. has undoubtedly been forward Caileigh Walsh. The 6-3 sophomore out of New Jersey leads the team in scoring (12 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg). The latter number is tied for seventh in the Big Ten through a week of play. Senior Kaylah Rainey is one to watch as well. She had career highs in points (11), assists (4) and minutes (28) against Penn.

The Wildcats have some height; McKeown has five players who are at least 6-2, including a 6-3 Walsh.

Turning to the Irish, sophomore guard Olivia Miles is pacing the team in three categories: rebounds (7.5), assists (8.0) and steals (4.0). Graduate student Dara Mabrey has the top mark in the points category (16.0), while junior Maddy Westbeld leads Notre Dame with 3.0 blocks per game. That mark is currently tied for second in the ACC.

Mabrey has made 274 three-pointers between two years at Virginia Tech and more than two with the Irish. Should she hit a shot from behind the arc on Wednesday, it will eclipse her sister Marina’s career mark of 274. Eldest sister and fourth-year Notre Dame assistant coach Michaela Mabrey made 228 career three-pointers during her time playing in South Bend, which ranks sixth all-time.

Wednesday’s game tips off at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. Notre Dame is 2-1 all-time against Northwestern, and the teams have not played each other since 1988.

GAME 3 PREVIEW: IN-STATE BATTLE WAGES IN PURCELL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will look to build off its 2-0 start when they compete in three games over six days. Up first, the Fighting Irish will challenge Southern Indiana (1-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion. It’ll mark the first time these two programs have met.

FIRST CAREER ACC WEEKLY HONOR

he Atlantic Coast Conference announced its first Player of the Week and it was none other than Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski picking up the honor. It marked the first of his five-year career.

The 6-10 forward out of Jupiter, Florida, averaged 21 points and 11.0 rebounds, posting two double-doubles in wins over Radford and Youngstown State.

Laszewski tied his career high with 28 points in the 79-76 victory over Radford, scoring 10 of the team’s final 15 points to clinch the win. Laszewski also reeled in 12 boards and dished out three assists.

A few days later against Youngstown State – the same result – a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. For reference, Laszewski had nine career double-doubles before starting the season and now he’s 2-for-2.

He also got it done from the free-throw line, going a combined 15-for-18 aka 83.3 percent. The big man also flashed his range, converting a three in each game with a 3-for-6 week from beyond the arc.

BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DOUBLES

To help illustrate Laszewski’s hot start, keep this in mind – he entered the year with just nine career double-doubles to his name – he’s now 2-for-2 on collecting double-doubles to start the year. The last Irish player to garner three in a row – Paul Atkinson Jr, Feb. 2 -9, 2022.

EARLY SPURTS FROM WERTZ

Trey Wertz has jumped into the starting lineup in replace of the injured Marcus Hammond and has performed admirably.

First, Wertz notched his second-highest scoring output in an Irish uniform with 18 points against Radford. Not to mention Wertz connected on three treys in a row from 8:22-6:51 in the second half.

Then for the second time in his Irish career, Wertz recorded back-to-back games in double figures with 15 points against Youngstown State.

With that said, Wertz has started the season an efficient 13-of-18 from the field, converting 72.2 percent of his shots. His shooting percentage ranks first in the ACC and 44th in the country.

In addition, Wertz is 8-of-9 from two-point range.

FRESHMEN READY TO MAKE AN IMPACT

All the talk about the vets but there’s a freshmen class that was ranked in the top 15 in the country that’s ready to make an impact.

Let’s first start with JJ Starling who was ranked 18th by ESPN and was the highest-ranked ND recruit since at least 2007 (when ESPN recruiting database began). That spot was previously held by Demetrius Jackson, who was ranked No. 24 in 2013.

Starling had a breakout performance in game two of the season, registering 17 points against Youngstown State. The New York native went clutch mode, making back-to-back treys under the two-minute mark.

Important to note – Starling has started 6-of-8 from three as his 62.5 percent from deep ranks 2nd in the ACC.

Next, there’s 6-8 forward Ven-Allen Lubin, who was ranked 69th by ESPN and the ninth best at his position.

Lubin flashed his athletic prowess in game two vs Youngstown St on Nov. 13. Whether it was running down a Penguin player to record a big block, draining his first career three, or simply going 4-for-4 from the field to register nine points – Lubin impressed in his 24 minutes.

SCOREMAC RYAN

Since joining the Irish starting lineup on Feb. 9, 2022, Cormac Ryan has turned into Scoremac, averaging 12.8 ppg (carrying over into this season as well).

Over the final 12-game run last season he shot an impressive 56.1 percent from the field and 50.9 percent from three. Ryan had the best game of his career against Alabama in the first round of the NCAA tournament, scoring a Brey-era NCAA single game record 29 points and setting the Notre Dame NCAA record with a career-best seven three pointers.

Now spanning 14 games, Ryan has registered back-to-back double-digit scoring games to start the year. He notched 10 points and the game-winning basket against Radford, then contributed 13 points against Youngstown St.

LEARNED HOW TO WIN AND THEN SOME

The quote you heard from Coach Brey often this preseason – “these guys learned how to win last year and now they are ready for the challenge.”

This experienced Irish group went 15-5 in the ACC, earning the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. They then made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017, earning a First Four spot. Notre Dame defeated Rutgers in double OT and then Alabama before falling to Texas Tech closely in the Second Round.

Fast forward to now and that experience has paid off. First, the Irish battled back to take the lead against Radford with 9.5 seconds left for the 79-76 win. Against Youngstown State, it was a three-point game with 2:26 remaining, but the Irish staved off the attack and clinched the 88-81 victory.

NOTRE DAME, NORTHWESTERN TO MEET IN MID-WEEK MATCHUP

EVANSTON, Ill. — Fresh off of a 2-0 start to the 2022-23 women’s basketball season, which included a 90-79 Saturday win over California in the first ever Citi Shamrock Classic, Notre Dame will be back on the road on Wednesday to take on Northwestern (1-1) in Evanston.

Led by veteran head coach Joe McKeown, the Wildcats fell to No. 21 Oregon by a score of 100-57 in their season opener last week. A slow start against the Ducks doomed Northwestern and has the Wildcats sitting with a -17.5 scoring margin, which is last in the Big Ten. They are currently the only team in the conference with a negative mark.

After surrendering triple-digit points to Oregon, Northwestern held Penn to just 34.4 percent shooting from the field on Sunday in a 63-55 win. The Wildcats denied the Quakers second chance points, as they had 30 defensive rebounds and 46 total boards.

The star of this season’s show for McKeown and Co. has undoubtedly been forward Caileigh Walsh. The 6-3 sophomore out of New Jersey leads the team in scoring (12 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg). The latter number is tied for seventh in the Big Ten through a week of play. Senior Kaylah Rainey is one to watch as well. She had career highs in points (11), assists (4) and minutes (28) against Penn.

The Wildcats have some height; McKeown has five players who are at least 6-2, including a 6-3 Walsh.

Turning to the Irish, sophomore guard Olivia Miles is pacing the team in three categories: rebounds (7.5), assists (8.0) and steals (4.0). Graduate student Dara Mabrey has the top mark in the points category (16.0), while junior Maddy Westbeld leads Notre Dame with 3.0 blocks per game. That mark is currently tied for second in the ACC.

Mabrey has made 274 three-pointers between two years at Virginia Tech and more than two with the Irish. Should she hit a shot from behind the arc on Wednesday, it will eclipse her sister Marina’s career mark of 274. Eldest sister and fourth-year Notre Dame assistant coach Michaela Mabrey made 228 career three-pointers during her time playing in South Bend, which ranks sixth all-time.

Wednesday’s game tips off at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. Notre Dame is 2-1 all-time against Northwestern, and the teams have not played each other since 1988.

BALANCED ATTACK FALLS SHORT FOR SYCAMORES IN SEASON FINALE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana State closed out its 2022 season Tuesday night, as the Sycamores fell to Evansville in a tightly-contested four-set match (24-26, 25-8, 25-23, 25-23) inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Mallory Keller Storm Suhre led the attack for the Sycamores with 11 kills each, while Taylor Shelton added eight kills in her final match for the Blue and White. Emma Kaelin notched a double-double with 34 assists and 13 digs, leading the Trees in both statistical categories, and Jamie Brown recorded a match-high five blocks.

Indiana State used a six-point run to take a 13-10 lead in the opening set, with Keller notching a pair of kills during the run. Shelton added a service ace, one of two on the night for her, to make it 17-15 in favor of the Trees. Evansville went on a run late in the set and had a set point but a three-point run for the Sycamores, capped by a block assist by Suhre and Keller, gave Indiana State a 26-24 win in the set.

Evansville responded in the second, as the Sycamores found themselves in a hole they couldn’t recover from in the set. The Purple Aces opened up an 11-1 lead and never looked back, taking the second set 25-8 to even the match at one set apiece.

A pair of kills by Suhre early in the third set helped Indiana State jump out to a 7-5 lead, and the Sycamores maintained their lead following a block assist by Keller and Brown. Evansville went on a 9-1 run to take a 19-12 lead, but the Sycamores rallied with a run of their own. Kills by Keller, Shelton and Suhre, along with multiple Evansville errors, propelled the Trees on a 10-1 run to put Indiana State back in front, 22-20. Suhre added another kill late in the set, but Evansville rallied to take the last four points and win the third 25-23.

Indiana State found itself in a hole early in the fourth, as Evansville opened the set on a 9-2 run. The Sycamores clawed their way back into the set, with Keller leading the charge on a run to cut the deficit down to 16-14. Kaelin added a kill and an ace as part of a 5-1 run for the Sycamores, tying the set at 22-22 in the process. Despite the fight shown by the Sycamores in the fourth, Evansville held on to take the set 25-23, clinching the win in the process.

Inside the Numbers

Emma Kaelin’s double-double was her eighth of the season and her fifth this season in Missouri Valley Conference play.

Indiana State had the advantage in blocks for the 16th time in their 18 MVC matches.

With four block assists Tuesday, Jamie Brown finished the season with 89 block assists, a mark that is among the top-10 in program history for a single season.

News and Notes

Indiana State closes the season, its first under head coach Ashlee Pritchard, at 3-23 overall and 2-16 in MVC play.

Tuesday’s match was the final match in a Sycamore uniform for Melina Tedrow and Taylor Shelton.

Melina Tedrow finished her Indiana State career with 2,094 digs, the most in program history. Tedrow is 11th all-time in the Missouri Valley Conference in digs.

SYCAMORES CLOSE OPENING HOMESTAND AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Following a break after its opening game, Indiana State returns to action Wednesday evening when it plays host to Central Michigan inside Hulman Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m., with the game set to be carried on ESPN+.

Last Time Out

Indiana State overcame a 14-point deficit in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter in the season opener, rallying to defeat visiting Saint Louis 64-62 inside Hulman Center.

Anna McKendree led all scorers with 19 points, while Del’Janae Williams added 15 and Chelsea Cain scored 14. Indiana State scored 31 of its 64 points in the fourth quarter.

After a slow start for both teams, Saint Louis used a 22-point third quarter to build a double-digit lead. With its backs against the wall, Indiana State came out firing in the final quarter, with Cain, McKendree and Williams combining for 29 points in the final 10 minutes. The Sycamores, once down 51-37, closed the game on a 15-2 run to open the season victorious.

New Faces Fitting In

Indiana State’s roster features five newcomers, and four of the five played a role in the Sycamores’ season-opening 64-62 win over Saint Louis.

Chelsea Cain and Ella Sawyer both earned starting nods in their Sycamore debuts. Cain made a huge impact in the fourth-quarter comeback and finished the game with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists. Sawyer finished the game with three points, three rebounds and three assists.

A pair of freshmen also made their debuts off the bench for the Sycamores in the season opener. Bella Finnegan played 20 minutes, the most of any player off the bench, and finished with three points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Lily Niebuhr grabbed a pair of rebounds, both on the offensive end, in limited action for the Trees.

Welcome Back

Indiana State’s season opener against Saint Louis was a big one for three returning Sycamores who made their return to the court after missing signficant time due to injury.

Hattie Westerfeld had two points and a team-high six rebounds in her first action since the 2020-21 season, while Adrian Folks had three rebounds in 10 minutes in her first game since November 2021. Sommer Pitzer also saw her first minutes since the 2020-21 season.

Comeback Kids

Indiana State rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter in its season-opening win over Saint Louis, with the Sycamores overturning the deficit in the final eight minutes of the game.

The win was the largest comeback that Indiana State has overcome in head coach Chad Killinger’s tenure, surpassing the 13-point deficit Indiana State overcame at Drake last season.

Three’s Company

27 of Indiana State’s 31 points in the fourth quarter against Saint Louis were scored by three players – Anna McKendree, Del’Janae Williams and Chelsea Cain.

Williams and Cain were quiet in the first three quarters but were lights-out in the fourth, shooting a combined 7-for-11 from the field to help the Sycamores overcome a 14-point deficit.

Central Michigan at a Glance

Central Michigan enters Wednesday’s contest at 0-2 following losses to Valparaiso and Oakland to open the season. The Chippewas were picked to finish 12th in the Mid-American Coneference, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Central Michigan, traditionally a power in the Mid-American conference in recent years, is coming off its worst season in more than 20 years. The Chippewas were 4-25 overall and 2-18 in MAC play, missing the MAC Tournament field.

Head coach Heather Oesterle is accustomed to success at Central Michigan, having reached the NCAA Tournament as recently as the 2020-21 season. Oesterle’s first two seasons as head coach saw the Chippewas go 22-5 and 18-9, respectively, with one MAC regular season title and one MAC Tournament title.

Sydney Harris leads the Chippewas in scoring at 15.0 points per game, scoring in double-figures in each of the first two games this season. Anika Weekes had a double-double against Valpariaso with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but did not play in Central Michigan’s most recent game at Oakland.

Series History Against Central Michigan

Indiana State and Central Michigan have previously met eight times, with each team winning four in the series. The Sycamores are 3-1 all-time in Terre Haute against CMU, though the Chippewas won the most recent meeting between the teams in Hulman Center.

Last Game Against Central Michigan (Dec. 9, 2017)

Wendi Bibbins scored 22 points and Tierra Webb added 14 for Indiana State but a rally against the preseason Mid-American Conference favorite fell short in a 77-67 loss to Central Michigan at the Hulman Center.

Central Michigan went on a 15-0 run just before halftime and the Chippewas took an 18-point lead into the intermission thanks in part to Presley Hudson’s 18 points at the break, all from 3-pointers.

Indiana State battled back from a 22-point deficit and whittled Central Michigan’s lead down to 69-64 late in the fourth quarter following a 3-pointer from Ty Battle before baskets on back-to-back possessions for the Chippewas put the game out of reach.

Up Next

Indiana State hits the road for the first time this season when it plays at Purdue Sunday at 2 p.m.

MASTODON MEN’S GOLF INKS THREE FOR NEXT SEASON

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf head coach Billy King announced his three-member signing class for 2023: AJ Agnew, Nick Bellush and Brock Reschly.

Agnew plays for Borden High School under head coach Duane Potts. His best rounds were 65 (-5) and 68 (-4), the latter of which came at the Champions Pointe regional in 2022. He was the 2022 Fuzzy Invitational medalist with a 2-under 70, which was the highlight of the season that saw him be named the Southern Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Agnew was a regional and state qualifier in 2021, then medaled at the regional the next year, qualifying for state again. He was 21st at the state tournament. The Borden, Indiana native was a top finisher in several tournaments, and led his team to the first two Southern Athletic Conference Championships in school history. He was also a member of the first two tennis teams in school history to win sectional championships. His baseball team was also the first regional champion in school history. He owns a 3.97 GPA and will earn an Academic Honors and Technical Honors diplomas.

“AJ is just what we’re looking for in a student-athlete,” King said. “He is a multi-sport standout who always competes at the highest level. His competitiveness will be contagious. He is another solid recruit for the Mastodons.”

Bellush is a Bloomington, Indiana native that plays for Bloomington High School South. He was an All-County and All-Conference selection in all of his seasons of competition thus far. He had multiple top-five finishes, including a medalist honor at the Washington Hatchets Invitational. He led the Panthers to multiple team wins, including the sectional in 2021 and 2022 and the regional in 2022. His team placed fourth in the state in 2021 and sixth a year later. In summer tournaments, he had a 13th place finish at the American Junior Golf Association tournament and runner-up at the Hoosier Junior Championship. Bellush won the Indiana Junior Golf Association Group Championship with a score of 77-69-146. He is a member of the National Honor Society at Bloomington South.

“Adding Nick is a huge positive for our program,” King said. “His success in the classroom and on the course fits well with an already strong culture. We are blessed to welcome him and his family to our Mastodon family.”

Reschly competes for Northridge High School in Middlebury, Indiana, where he shot a career-best 66 on two occasions. He was named First Team All-Conference in 2021 and 2022 and earned trips to the state tournament in both seasons. Reschly led his team to two sectional championships in 2021 and 2022. He was the individual winner of the 2021 Indiana Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Age Group Championship, the 2022 IJGT Southern Junior Masters, 2022 Tour Event and 2022 Masters Tour Championship. Also a cross country athlete, he was named Academic All-State in 2021 and 2022.

“Brock completes the trifecta of solid student-athletes added to our team,” King said. “His attention to detail and internal drive will be a huge asset in the classroom and on the golf course. He is a true winner. I am so excited for our program.”

Agnew, Bellush and Reschly will join the Mastodons in the fall of 2023.

ACES COMPLETE A RECORD-BREAKING REGULAR SEASON

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – It was a special evening inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse as the University of Evansville volleyball team put the finishing touches on a special season with a 3-1 victory over Indiana State.

With its 11th Missouri Valley Conference win of the season, the Purple Aces surpassed the previous record of 10, which was set in 2000.  Entering the night, sophomore Giulia Cardona needed 11 kills to break Alondra Vazquez’ single season mark of 494.  She broke the record in the third set and became the first UE player to record 500 or more in a season.

Her total of 24 kills led all players as she hit .354 in the contest.  She added 9 kills and two service aces.  Vazquez recorded 19 kills, 9 digs and 5 block assists.  Laura Ruiz had a strong night with 12 digs and 4 aces while Kora Ruff and Blakeley Freeman added 10 digs apiece.  Ruff tallied 55 assists.

Set 1 – INS 26, UE 24

Giulia Cardona’s second kill of the night put UE in front 6-4 before a block by Madisyn Steele and Kora Ruff pushed the lead to 10-7.  Indiana State made its first run of the night, scoring six in a row to take a 13-10 lead.

Alondra Vazquez picked up a kill that got UE right back in the thick of it, tying it at 14-14.  After ISU went back in front at 17-15, Cardona picked up two more kills to tie it up while Emilee Scheumann added her first kill to put UE back in front – 18-17.  The Sycamores retook a 22-20 lead but Laura Ruiz served UE right back in front.  Her ace gave Evansville a 23-22 edge, but ISU rallied once again to take the frame by a 26-24 score.

Set 2 – UE 25, INS 8

Evansville came out with a burst of energy in the second set, scoring the first seven points.  Hannah Watkins picked up an early block and kill.  UE made it a double figure game at 11-1 and pulled away even more to go up 18-3.  Scheumann had a stellar kill that capped off a long rally during the run.

Ruiz added back-to-back aces to help the Aces tie the match on the strength of a 25-8 decision.

Set 3 – UE 25, INS 23

Early in the set, Cardona recorded her 495th kill of the season to break the program single season record.  The Sycamores jumped in front at 7-5 before Cardona put the Aces back in front with a kill to make it 8-7.  UE would slowly extend its lead to three points when Steele and Vazquez assisted on a block to make it a 14-11 contest.

Maddie Hawkins used her serving to extend the lead even more, adding an ace in a run that made it a 19-12 score.  Six in a row by ISU cut the deficit to one with Cardona getting UE back on track with a kill but the Sycamore run continued as they tied it at 20-20 before taking the lead on a block.  Trailing 23-21, Evansville finished on a strong note, scoring the final four points to take a 2-1 lead.

Set 4 – UE 25, INS 23

Vazquez opened the fourth set with a pair of early kills and an ace to put her squad up by a 9-2 score.  Indiana State scored four in a row to cut into the deficit with UE weathering the storm to go up 13-7.  Cardona had an ace during the stretch.

The Sycamores countered as they would cut the margin to a pair (16-14) before Watkins registered a kill.  Evansville looked to be in good shape as they would hold a 21-17 advantage but ISU reeled off three in a row to get within one before eventually tying it at 22-22.  Vazquez’ 18th kill of the night broke the tie before #19 clinched the victory.

Following the final MVC matches tomorrow, the bracket will be announced for the MVC Championship which is set to begin on Sunday inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

ACES WELCOME CHICAGO STATE TO THE FORD CENTER FOR EDUCATION DAY GAME

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Home for the first time in the regular season, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team hosts Chicago State at the Ford Center at 11 AM on Wednesday morning for its annual Education Day game.

Evansville and Chicago State are meeting for the ninth time in series history with the Aces capturing all eight previous meetings. The Aces and Cougars were scheduled to meet last season on Dec. 19, 2021 in Chicago, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19. The last time UE and CSU met was back on Dec. 18, 2019 inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse with the Aces winning, 76-42.

Evansville’s 89-81 win over EKU last Monday evening was UE’s first win in a season-opener on the road since Nov. 9, 2012 in a 54-45 victory at Ball State. Fifth-year guard Myia Clark was on fire last Monday at EKU. The St. Louis native finished with 25 points, tying the program record for most three-pointers in a single game with eight, going 8-for-9 from beyond the arc in the win. Newcomer Barbora Tomancova has impressed in her first two games in white and purple. Against EKU, Tomancova recorded 16 points and 15 boards before adding 11 points and four rebounds on Thursday night at No. 4 Iowa.

Wednesday’s game is slated to feature over 2,000 school children from the tri-state area for a game full of educational activities and fun. Fans interested in attending Wednesday’s matinee can purchase $5 tickets at the Ford Center box office on Wednesday.

EAGLES MAKE VALIANT, FOURTH-QUARTER RUN IN ROAD LOSS

DEKALB, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball made a strong, fourth-quarter run in their first road test of the season at Northern Illinois University Tuesday, but the hosting Huskies won by a final score of 61-53.

Both schools started with high-intensity defense to start the game, applying pressure down the court. Sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) scored USI’s first bucket with a long, two-point jumper. The combination of NIU’s senior guard Chelby Koker and senior forward A’jah Davis pushed the Huskies ahead 9-6 midway through the first quarter. USI junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) hit a deep, three-point bomb to tie the game 9-9 with three minutes left in the first, and she later scored again to bring Southern Indiana back to within two, 13-11. Northern Illinois finished the opening quarter with four unanswered to take a 17-11 lead after one.

To start the second quarter, baskets were at a premium, but USI senior guard Soffia Rieckers (Evansville, Indiana) connected from beyond the arc to make the score 18-14 NIU with 8:27 left in the first half. Layups by senior forwards Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) and Tara Robbe (Wildwood, Missouri) tied the game up at 18. After trading baskets for both sides, the Huskies took a three-point lead before the Screaming Eagles’ Raley cashed in on her second three of the game to even the game with 1:36 left in the second quarter, 23-23. The first half concluded with two buckets for Northern Illinois before Shafford drained a runner right before the halftime horn to cut the Huskies’ lead down to two, 27-25, at the break.

Raley led USI at the half with eight points, hitting twice from three. Shafford had six points. Both teams shot 40 percent overall in the first half.

Out of halftime, a pair of three-pointers by the Huskies’ graduate forward Emma Carter pushed NIU ahead 33-25 early in the third quarter. Midway through the third, NIU extended their lead to double figures after a couple more made triples. NIU led 48-31 going into the fourth quarter.

The Screaming Eagles showed resilience and made some noise to begin the fourth quarter, making a big 12-0 run to pressure the Huskies. Rieckers made another shot from beyond the arc to start the USI run in the first few seconds of the fourth. With 8:24 left, graduate forward Ashlynn Brown (Perrysburg, Ohio) converted a basket and the foul to make it a 48-37 ballgame. Brown continued to find the bottom of the net for USI, hitting a mid-range jumper and a three-pointer to narrow the deficit down to 48-43 NIU. Southern Indiana went 5-for-6 from the field during the scoring run.

After a called timeout by Northern Illinois, the Huskies hit two more triples to increase their lead back to 11. Southern Indiana rallied again, trimming the score back down to six after a pair of made free throws and the third three of the game by Raley with four minutes left. Northern Illinois’ Davis made two layups with two minutes left to put NIU back up 10. Shafford drained one more three-pointer and capitalized on two free throws for USI to make the score 58-53 with under a minute remaining, but NIU made their foul shots at the end to claim a 61-53 win.

Southern Indiana had three players finish in double digits. Raley led USI with 15 points off the bench and went 6-10 from the floor, including a perfect 3-3 from distance. Shafford tallied 11 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Brown posted 10 points with four boards and three assists, providing a boost during the Screaming Eagles’ big fourth-quarter run. Overall, USI shot 35.7 percent (20-56) and made seven shots from three. Defensively, the Screaming Eagles had 11 steals.

Northern Illinois was led by Koker and Davis, scoring 15 points each. NIU won the rebounding battle 37-29 and went 20-48 for 41.7 percent from the field.

Both teams moved to 2-1 on the season after Tuesday’s final. The Screaming Eagles will return home Saturday to Screaming Eagles Arena for a 1 p.m. tilt against Bowling Green State University.

WINNING SEASON AT STAKE AS FOOTBALL HOSTS SENIOR DAY

Drake (2-8, 2-5 PFL)

at Valparaiso (5-5, 4-3 PFL)

Game #11 Saturday, Nov. 19, Noon CT

Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football team will recognize 23 players as part of a pregame Senior Day ceremony prior to the 2022 season finale, which features a noon kickoff against Drake on Saturday at Brown Field. With a win, Valpo would tie for the program’s highest Pioneer Football League win total since the league’s founding and lock up a winning season.

Previously: Valpo is coming off a 45-24 victory at Marist in the final road game of the 2022 slate. The Beacons outscored the Red Foxes 24-3 in the first half in a game that saw standout running back Aaron Dawson finish with 199 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving), while Marist was contained to 36 yards on the ground. Kohlton Sherman and Max Franco each came up with interceptions in the win.

Series Notes: Drake has won 25 of the 30 all-time matchups between these two Pioneer Football League charter members, but Valpo owns the advantage in recent memory by winning each of the last two showdowns. The Beacons picked up their first-ever win at Drake by a 10-7 score during the Spring 2021 season, then repeated the feat with a 24-21 triumph last season in Des Moines. Valpo has lost nine straight home meetings in the series as the Brown & Gold last beat the Bulldogs at Brown Field in a 2003 overtime thriller, 51-45.

Following the Beacons: This week’s game will broadcast on ESPN+ with Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Tom Byrne (analyst) on the call. In addition, the hometown radio call will be available on 95.1 FM WVUR, The TuneIn Radio App and ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (14-25) is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2022. In his third season leading the program in Fall 2021, Valpo finished with a Pioneer Football League record of .500 or better for a second consecutive year. This marked the first time Valpo had achieved that feat since the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. The Beacons won four Pioneer Football League games in the same season for just the third time ever (2017 and Spring 2021) and four league games in any conference for just the third time since 1968. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

Dawson Threatening Program Record

Running back Aaron Dawson already shattered a record that had stood since 1949 for longest rushing touchdown with his 99 yarder vs. Butler and enjoyed one of the best single-game rushing performances in program history at Morehead State (241). Now, he is within striking distance of a program record for single-season rushing yardage.

During the Week 11 game at Marist, Dawson became just the third 1,000-yard rusher in program history, joining Jeff Horton (2005), Robert Washington (2021), and Dave Newnam (1977).

Dawson totaled 199 yards in the game against the Red Foxes, a contest that took place in his home state of New York. That marked his fifth game this season with 100 or more rushing yards and his second-highest rushing output of the season, behind only 241 at Morehead State.

During the game at Marist, Dawson climbed three spots on the program’s single-season rushing list, advancing from fifth to second. He usurped Robert Washington’s 2021 total of 1,105 for second place. Two of the top three single-season rushing marks in program history have come in the last two seasons.

Thanks to his big day in the season’s penultimate week, Dawson put himself in contention for the program’s single-season record going into the final week of the year, but it would take a big effort, as he enters the season finale 204 yards away from a program watermark that has stood since Jeff Horton’s memorable 2005 campaign.

Jeff Horton 2005    1,358

Aaron Dawson 2022    1,154

Robert Washington 2021 1,105

Dave Newnam 1977   1,009

John Knight 1961   998

PFL Accolade: For his aforementioned effort at Marist in Week 11, Aaron Dawson was tabbed the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. In total, the Beacons have collected four PFL weekly awards with Dawson and kicker Brian Bartholomew (Special Teams) nabbing two apiece.

VOLLEYBALL SIGNS THREE INCOMING FRESHMEN

Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that a trio of talented high school seniors — Kennedy Arp, Jessica Pickett and Mara Thomas – have signed to join the Beacon volleyball program as freshmen for the 2023 season.

“We are so very excited about this recruiting class,” Avery said. “They each have different personalities and playing styles and will bring unique strengths to our team. They are all perfect fits for our program’s playing style and culture.”

Kennedy Arp – 6’1” – Middle – Byron Center, Mich. – South Christian H.S. – FaR Out Volleyball

Arp was a Second Team All-State selection as a junior and has earned All-Region and All-Conference honors in consecutive seasons. She surpassed 1,000 career kills this season and moved into the running for Michigan Miss Volleyball. On the club circuit, Arp helped lead her FaR Out team to a national championship last summer and earned All-American honors.

Avery on Arp: “Kennedy is very athletic and knows how to win.”

Jessica Pickett – 6’6” – Middle – Carmel, Ind. – Carmel H.S. – Rev Volleyball Academy

Pickett has been named to AVCA Phenom Watch Lists, as well as the JVA Watch List four straight years. She was  named a JVA 2023 Player to Watch and was an Under Armour All-American Camp nominee. Pickett helped lead her club team to a ninth-place finish at 2021 AAU Nationals and led her high school team in blocks and hitting percentage as a senior.

Pickett on why she chose Valpo: “I chose Valparaiso University because of the competitive volleyball. I also love how close everyone is and it feels like family.”

Avery on Pickett: “Jessica will be our tallest player in program history and will bring a presence at the net.”

Mara Thomas – 5’7” – Setter/DS – Bogart, Ga. – Athens Academy – Metro Elite

Thomas was an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and an AVCA All-Region 3 honoree this year as a senior. The Georgia 2A State Player of the Year, Thomas has earned First Team All-State honors in each of the last three seasons. She also was Region 8-AA Player of the Year and has been a three-time First Team All-Region selection as well.

Thomas on why she chose Valpo: “I chose Valpo because of the great balance between strong academics and competitive athletics. I also love the team culture and am super excited to play at such a high level!”

Avery on Thomas: “Mara has a super high volleyball IQ and loves to compete.”

HOUNDS DROP EXHIBITION TILT AT WESTERN KENTUCKY

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The UIndy men’s basketball team dropped its lone exhibition contest of the season on Tuesday evening, suffering a 68-50 defeat at Western Kentucky.

The Greyhounds remain 2-0 on the young campaign, while the Hilltoppers improve to 3-0 as it counted as a regular season game for the hosts.

David Ejah recorded 11 points and five rebounds, while Sean Craig drilled four triples off the bench.

HOW IT HAPPENED

A pair of 3-pointers from Aaron Etherington and Ejah knotted the game at 27 apiece with 5:10 on the clock in the opening half. However, the Hilltoppers used an 11-0 run in the final three minutes to pull away and lead at the break, 38-27.

The WKU defense held steady in the second half, holding UIndy to 28.1 percent shooting from the field. Jesse Bingham enters double digits with just over five minutes left in the contest, drilling a 3-ball to put the Hounds within 12 for the team’s final field goal.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Hounds outrebounded the Hilltoppers, 44-40, with Kendrick Tchoua leading the team with seven.

– Ejah shot 50.0 percent (4-for-8) from the floor, hitting three 3-pointers.

– A total of nine free throws were shot on Tuesday between both teams. Bingham went 2-of-3 from the charity stripe in the only attempts for the Greyhounds.

– It was a clean game between UIndy and WKU, as neither team reached bonus in either half. The Hounds committed just nine fouls compared to the Tops’ 11.

– Jakobie Robinson dished out a team-best three assists, while also recording six rebounds, five points, and two steals.

HOUND BYTES

Head coach Paul Corsaro’s overall thoughts on the game…

“I’m really proud of guys tonight, especially on the defensive end. We held a team that averages 97 points to 68, and held them to under 40% shooting from the field. We outrebounded a team that has NBA length. Our kids battled for 40 minutes and there were opportunities to win that game. We have to clean some stuff up on offense, but overall we got better today.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds travel to Grand Valley State on Sunday afternoon for the first of two in-region contests in the state of Michigan. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Allendale.

TWO GAMES ON TAP THIS WEEK FOR UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. ET

vs. Hillsdale Chargers

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Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET

at Northwood Timberwolves

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INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team is set for a pair of non-conference battles this week on the hardwood. On Wednesday, the Hounds will battle Hillsdale at Nicoson Hall beginning at 5 p.m. ET. On Saturday, UIndy is set to take on Northwood on the road beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

The Greyhounds (0-2) enter this week after falling to both Malone and No. 5 Ashland last Friday and Sunday. Hillsdale comes to the Circle City on Wednesday riding a 2-0 record while Northwood also sits at 2-0.

The Hounds lead the all-time series over Hillsdale 5-3. UIndy won the last contest between the two programs by a final of 69-67 back during the 2018-19 season. Northwood leads the all-time series 5-3 over the Hounds with the Timberwolves defeating the Greyhounds last season 64-60 in overtime.

Live video, live stats, and live audio will be available for both games. You can follow along at the links above.

THREE FROM MEN’S SOCCER EARN ALL-MIDWEST REGION HONORS

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members from the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team have garnered All-Midwest Region honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA), officials announced on Tuesday. Pierre Lurot and Michael Tselios each earn First Team honors while Ibo Yilmaz was selected to the Second Team.

Lurot adds another First Team accolade to his total this season. A few weeks ago, he was named as the GLVC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and earned First Team All-GLVC honors as well. Lurot guided the UIndy backline this season while playing in and starting all 18 matches. With his help, the Greyhounds allowed just 21 goals all season en route to the team successfully outscoring their opponents by 19.

Tselios also collects First Team All-Region honors on the heels of his First Team All-GLVC selection. He finished the 2022 campaign second on the team in goals scored (nine) and total assists (three). Tselios was just one of five players on the squad to play in and start every match this season and he was a key part in the Hounds scoring 40 goals on the season for a 2.2 goals per game average.

Finally, Yilmaz was named as a Second Team All-Region honoree after he managed Second Team All-GLVC honors in the recent conference release. He led the team in goals scored (nine) and total points (19) despite playing in only 12 of the teams 18 matches. The senior rolled out a six-game consecutive stretch of scoring at least one goal in a match and was also tabbed as the United Soccer Coaches DII Player of the Week on Nov. 2 of this season after scoring the game-winner in the GLVC quarterfinals against Rockhurst.

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NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins730.7000.02522414-1-03-2-05-2-02-1-04 W
New York Jets630.6670.51961762-3-04-0-05-3-02-1-01 W
Buffalo Bills630.6670.52501513-1-03-2-04-2-00-2-02 L
New England Patriots540.5561.52031662-2-03-2-04-2-01-1-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs720.7780.02702064-1-03-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers540.5562.02002282-2-03-2-04-2-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos360.3334.01311492-2-01-4-02-5-00-2-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders270.2225.02032262-2-00-5-02-5-01-2-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens630.6670.02351962-2-04-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Cincinnati Bengals540.5561.02281853-1-02-3-02-3-00-3-01 W
Cleveland Browns360.3333.02172382-3-01-3-02-5-02-1-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers360.3333.01402072-2-01-4-01-5-01-1-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans630.6670.01661683-1-03-2-05-2-03-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts451.4502.01572032-2-02-3-14-4-11-3-11 W
Jacksonville Jaguars370.3003.52162052-3-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 L
Houston Texans171.1674.51492070-3-11-4-01-4-11-1-14 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles810.8890.02461674-1-04-0-05-1-02-1-01 L
New York Giants720.7781.01871734-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-01 W
Dallas Cowboys630.6672.02111644-1-02-2-05-3-02-1-01 L
Washington Commanders550.5003.51912132-3-03-2-03-4-01-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks640.6000.02572413-1-03-3-04-4-02-1-01 L
San Francisco 49ers540.5560.51981633-1-02-3-04-2-03-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals460.4002.02302581-4-03-2-03-5-01-3-01 W
Los Angeles Rams360.3332.51482002-4-01-2-03-5-01-3-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings810.8890.02261914-0-04-1-06-1-03-0-07 W
Green Bay Packers460.4004.51852163-2-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 W
Detroit Lions360.3335.02192642-3-01-3-03-4-02-1-02 W
Chicago Bears370.3005.52172472-3-01-4-01-6-00-3-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers550.5000.01831803-3-02-2-05-2-02-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.02322503-2-01-4-03-4-01-3-02 L
Carolina Panthers370.3002.02042433-3-00-4-03-5-03-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints370.3002.02222472-4-01-3-02-4-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston113.7866-15-22-08-38-27 W
Milwaukee103.7690.57-13-22-06-27-32 L
Atlanta95.6432.05-24-31-17-46-41 W
Cleveland85.6152.54-14-42-07-16-44 L
Washington86.5713.05-33-31-05-55-54 W
Toronto87.5333.55-13-61-26-55-51 W
New York77.5004.04-33-41-25-54-61 W
Indiana66.5004.04-32-31-15-46-41 W
Philadelphia77.5004.04-43-31-35-66-42 W
10 Miami77.5004.06-41-32-03-46-43 W
11 Chicago68.4295.04-42-41-16-54-62 L
12 Brooklyn69.4005.53-43-52-05-35-52 L
13 Orlando410.2867.04-40-61-21-64-61 L
14 Charlotte411.2677.51-53-62-42-72-81 W
15 Detroit312.2008.53-50-70-41-122-84 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Portland104.7144-26-21-08-36-41 W
Denver94.6920.54-05-43-27-37-31 W
Utah106.6251.05-15-52-19-36-43 L
Phoenix85.6151.56-12-42-08-26-42 L
Dallas85.6151.57-11-41-14-37-32 W
Memphis96.6001.55-14-52-25-45-52 L
New Orleans86.5712.04-24-43-05-45-52 W
Sacramento76.5382.54-33-32-32-57-34 W
LA Clippers87.5332.53-45-33-17-66-41 L
10 Minnesota68.4294.04-52-32-15-64-61 W
11 Golden State68.4294.06-10-73-24-44-61 W
12 Oklahoma City68.4294.04-32-50-43-45-51 L
13 San Antonio69.4004.53-53-40-12-73-72 L
14 LA Lakers310.2316.53-50-50-42-93-71 W
15 Houston212.1438.01-31-90-21-91-93 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins161420281365359-0-05-2-09-1-0
New Jersey Devils161330261360397-2-06-1-010-0-0
New York Islanders171160221157436-3-05-3-08-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes16105121850434-2-06-3-16-4-0
Toronto Maple Leafs1795321950466-2-13-3-25-2-3
Florida Panthers1696119853485-1-14-5-05-5-0
Tampa Bay Lightning1696119954535-2-14-4-06-3-1
New York Rangers1786319852484-3-34-3-05-4-1
Detroit Red Wings1675418746535-2-22-3-24-4-2
10 Philadelphia Flyers1676317741484-3-13-3-23-4-3
11 Montreal Canadiens1687117748535-4-03-3-15-4-1
12 Washington Capitals1879216751585-3-12-6-13-5-2
13 Pittsburgh Penguins1667315656573-2-13-5-22-6-2
14 Buffalo Sabres1679014759574-6-03-3-03-7-0
15 Ottawa Senators1559111551534-5-01-4-12-7-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets1559111543654-5-01-4-13-6-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights171340261361425-3-08-1-08-2-0
Dallas Stars1695220960434-2-05-3-25-4-1
Los Angeles Kings18107121961636-3-04-4-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets1494119943335-1-04-3-17-2-1
Seattle Kraken1685319852453-4-25-1-16-3-1
Colorado Avalanche1485117751384-2-14-3-06-4-0
Edmonton Oilers1697018959584-5-05-2-06-4-0
Calgary Flames1576216747506-4-11-2-13-5-2
Minnesota Wild1677216643472-4-15-3-15-4-1
10 Chicago Blackhawks1566315638464-3-12-3-23-4-3
11 Nashville Predators1678115642524-3-13-5-05-5-0
12 San Jose Sharks1869315552621-5-35-4-04-3-3
13 Arizona Coyotes1568113640541-2-15-6-05-4-1
14 Vancouver Canucks1759313558702-3-13-6-25-4-1
15 St. Louis Blues1468012634502-4-04-4-03-7-0
16 Anaheim Ducks16510111345703-4-02-6-14-6-0

TV TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Sacred Heart at UMass Lowell4:00pmESPN+
Pitt vs. Michigan6:00pmESPNU
Eastern Illinois at Ohio State7:00pmBTN
Harvard at Northeastern7:00pmNESN
FGCU at Tennessee7:00pmESPN+
Averett at Radford7:00pmESPN+
William & Mary at American7:00pmESPN+
Cleveland State at Canisius7:00pmESPN+
Cincinnati at Northern Kentucky7:00pmESPN+
Oakland at Toledo7:00pmESPN+
Delaware State at Columbia7:00pmESPN+
Marist at Lehigh7:00pmESPN+
Ohio at Detroit Mercy7:00pmESPN+
Hampton at East Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Charleston Southern at Tulane7:00pmESPN+
West Virginia Wesleyan at Robert Morris7:00pmESPN+
Trinity Baptist at Bethune-Cookman7:00pm
Iowa at Seton Hall7:30pmFS1
Army West Point at Siena7:30pmESPN+
Presbyterian at UAB7:30pmCUSAtv
Southern Indiana at Notre Dame8:00pmACCN
South Dakota State at Arkansas8:00pmESPN+
Southeast Missouri at Evansville8:00pmESPN+
Texas Southern at Houston8:00pmESPN+
Valparaiso at Chicago State8:00pmFLOHOOPS
Southern at Saint Mary’s8:30pmWCC
Arizona State vs. VCU8:30pmESPN+
Missouri State at BYU9:00pmBYUtv
CSU Bakersfield at Idaho9:00pmESPN+
Gonzaga at Texas9:30pmESPN2
San Francisco at Fresno State10:00pmMWN
Evergreen State at Portland State10:00pmESPN+
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Eastern Michigan at Kent State6:00pmESPN2
Miami (OH) at NIU7:00pm
Western Michigan at Central Michigan9:00pmESPNU
NBATIME ETTV
Indiana at Charlotte7:00pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Orlando7:00pmBally Sports
Oklahoma City at Washington7:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-WSH
Boston at Atlanta7:30pmESPN
NBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
Miami at Toronto7:30pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Chicago at New Orleans8:00pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Cleveland at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
Houston at Dallas8:30pmBally Sports
ATTSN-SW
Golden State at Phoenix10:00pmESPN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
New York at Denver10:00pmMSG
ALT
NHLTIME ETTV
Buffalo at Ottawa7:00pmMSG-BUF
Sportsnet
St. Louis at Chicago7:30pmTNT
Los Angeles at Edmonton10:00pmTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Friendly: Andorra vs Austria12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Turkey vs Scotland12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Kosovo vs Armenia12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Poland vs Chile12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Moldova vs Azerbaijan12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Czech Republic vs Faroe Islands12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Gibraltar vs Liechtenstein1:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Cyprus vs Bulgaria1:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Mexico vs Sweden2:30pmUnivision
England FA Cup: Woking vs Oxford United2:45pmESPN+
England FA Cup: Salford City vs Peterborough United2:45pmESPN+

What to Watch: Wednesday, 11-16-22

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Iowa at Seton Hall7:30pmFS1

Iowa(2-0) and Seton Hall(2-0) have only played twice in history with the series tied 1-1. Last time both teams met was in 2016 and Seton Hall won on the road 91-83 versus Iowa.

NBATIME ETTV
Boston at Atlanta7:30pmESPN

The Boston Celtics(11-3) are first in the Eastern Conference and are 5-2 on the road this season. The Atlanta Hawks(9-5) are third in the Eastern Conference and are 5-2 at home this season. Since 2021 the Hawks are 4-3 versus the Celtics.

NHLTIME ETTV
Los Angeles at Edmonton10:00pmTNT

The Los Angeles Kings(21pts) are second in the Pacific division and are 4-4-1 on the road this season. The Edmonton Oilers(18pts) are fourth in the Pacific division and are 4-5-0 at home this season. Last season the Oilers were 3-1 versus the Kings and this will be the first matchup between both teams this season.