BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Lafayette Jeff66Tri-West57
Connersville60Rushville39 
Guerin Catholic66New Castle61 
Greenfield-Central70Hagerstown50 
Jac-Cen-Del58Franklin County57 
Lafayette Jeff66Tri-West57 
North Central (Indianapolis)91Indianapolis Tech55 
Union City58Smith Academy38
Logansport48Caston331st

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Shelbyville61Franklin County49
Union (Modoc)49Cambridge City Lincoln48 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25

#9 CREIGHTON 93 KENNESAW STATE 58

#15 VIRGINIA 71 KENT STATE 64 OT

#8 MICHIGAN STATE 83 DETROIT 76

#6 DUKE 76 BELLARMINE 54

MARQUETTE 67 #4 WISCONSIN 65

#17 TEXAS TECH 80 TROY 46

#21 OREGON 83 SETON HALL 70

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Friday, Dec. 4
Boise State at UNLV — CANCELED
Southern Miss at UTEP — CANCELED

Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Texas at Kansas State | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Nebraska at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Penn State at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | FS1
Arkansas at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Kansas at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS2
Rice at No. 21 Marshall | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Memphis at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Toledo at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Bowling Green at Akron | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Troy at South Alabama | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Ball State at Central Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
UL Monroe at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 6 Florida at Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 19 Iowa at Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Boston College at Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 24 Tulsa at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Stanford at No. 22 Washington | 4 p.m. | FOX
Georgia Tech at NC State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina | 5:30 p.m. | ESPNU
San Jose State at Hawai’i | 6 p.m. |  Spectrum Sports
Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 23 Oregon at Cal | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Colorado State at San Diego State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Colorado at Arizona | 7 p.m. | FS1
No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
South Carolina at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 1 Alabama at LSU | 8 p.m. | CBS
No. 10 Miami at Duke | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX
UCLA at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
Oregon State at Utah | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
Wyoming at New Mexico | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Fresno State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia — POSTPONED
No. 14 Northwestern at Minnesota — CANCELED
Buffalo at Ohio — CANCELED
FIU at Charlotte — CANCELED
Florida State at Duke — POSTPONED
Houston at SMU | 9 p.m. | ESPNU — CANCELED
Kent State at Miami (Ohio) — CANCELED
Maryland at Michigan — CANCELED

Sunday, Dec. 6

Western Kentucky at Charlotte | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Washington State at No. 20 USC | 7:30 p.m. | FS1
UAB at Middle Tennessee State — CANCELED

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. WISCONSIN

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CDT/3:30 p.m. EDT Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 Location: Camp Randall Stadium (Field Turf) – Madison, Wis. TV: ABC: Joe Tessitore (p-b-p), Greg McElroy (analyst) & Holly Rowe (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 132, XM 196, Internet 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

INDIANA GAME NOTES:

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

Passing

Michael Penix Jr.: 124-220, 1645 Yds, 14 TD, 4 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott III: 119-405, 8 TD, 3.4 Avg

Receiving

Ty Fryfogle: 33-652, 7 TD, 19.8 Avg

Defense

LB Micah McFadden: 43 T, 3 S, 6.5 TFL, 2 INT, 3 QBH

CB Tiawan Mullen: 32 T, 2.5 S, 3.5 TFL, 3 INT, 2 PBU

S Jamar Johnson: 30 T, 1 S, 3.5 TFL, 3 INT, 1 FF

WISCONSIN STAT LEADERS

Passing

Graham Mertz: 55-84, 605 Yds, 8 TD, 3 INT

Rushing

Jalen Berger: 30-180, 1 TD, 6.0 Avg

Receiving

Jake Ferguson: 18-181, 4 TD, 10.1 Avg

Defense

LB Jack Sanborn: 20 T, 1 S, 1 TFL, 2 QBH

LB Leo Chenal: 13 T, 1 S, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 6 QBH

LB Nick Herbig: 9 T, 1 S, 5 TFL, 2 QBH, 1 PBU

SETTING THE SCENE • No. 10/11 Indiana (5-1, 5-1 B1G East) heads to No. 18/19 Wisconsin (2-1, 2-1 B1G West) on Saturday, Dec. 5. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CDT/3:30 p.m. EDT at Camp Randall Stadium (Field Turf) on ABC. • IU is ranked for the sixth-consecutive week, its longest stretch since 1987 (6 weeks), coming in at No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 and at No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports. • This marks its third week in the Top 10 in 2020, the most for the program since 1967 (5 weeks). • The Hoosiers entered the College Football Playoff rankings on Nov. 24 for the first time in school history at No. 12. • Indiana collected its first Top-10 ranking in the Nov. 8 AP Poll (No. 10) since Sept. 22, 1969 (No. 10), and its No. 9 rating from Nov. 15 was its best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4). • The Hoosiers 5-1 record is their best overall start since 2007 and their best conference start since 1987 (5-1). • Indiana is 13-6 overall and 10-5 in league play since the start of the 2019 campaign. • With its win over Maryland, IU clinched a winning Big Ten record in consecutive seasons for first time since 1987-88 and for the sixth time overall (1967-68, 1944-46 and 1936-37). • The Hoosiers five B1G victories are tied for the third-most in program history (2019, 1993, 1991, 1988, 1979, 1945) behind six-win campaigns in 1967 and 1987. • Indiana matched a school-record with five-straight conference wins (1967) before losing at No. 3 Ohio State and has won 10 of its last 13, its most successful stretch in Big Ten games since a 10-3 mark from Oct. 3, 1987-Oct. 29, 1988. • IU opened 4-0 for the first time since 2015 (4-0) and the seventh time in program history (1990, 4-0; 1986, 4-0; 1985, 4-0; 1967, 8-0; 1910, 5-0). It went 4-0 to start league play for just the third time (1987, 4-0; 1967, 5-0). • The Hoosiers defeated Michigan State, 24-0, to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2016 and earn their first victory in East Lansing since 2001. Indiana has both of its rivalry trophies, the Spittoon and the Old Oaken Bucket (Purdue). • IU’s 38-21 victory over No. 23 Michigan was its first over the Wolverines since Oct. 24, 1987 (14-10). • The Hoosiers 36-35, overtime win against No. 8 Penn State in the season opener was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in school history, with the last coming at No. 9 Ohio State (31-10) on Oct. 10, 1987. • It marked Indiana’s first Top-10 victory at Memorial Stadium since Nov. 25, 1967 (No. 3 Purdue, 19-14). • IU has defeated PSU, U-M and MSU in the same season for the first time in program history and beaten the Wolverines and Spartans in the same year for the first time since 1967. • The Hoosiers have downed two ranked teams for the sixth time in school history and for the first time since 2004. The 1945 team holds the program record with three ranked wins in one year.

• Indiana and Wisconsin will meet in Madison for the first time since 2013. • The Badgers hold a 41-18-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 23-9-1 edge in Madison. • IU’s last win vs. UW came in 2002, the second of consecutive victories. The Hoosiers knocked off No. 23 Wisconsin, 32-29, at Memorial Stadium (Oct. 12), following a 63-32 triumph at Camp Randall Stadium in 2001 (Oct. 6). • Redshirt freshman wide receiver Da’Shaun Brown (Racine) is the lone Hoosier from the state of Wisconsin. • Indiana is first in the Big Ten (T-3rd nationally) in takeaway margin (+9), interceptions (16, 1st) and takeaways (15, T-5th). • The Ohio State game (Nov. 21) marked IU’s first regular season Top-10 showdown in program history and just the second overall (1968 Rose Bowl, No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 1 Southern Cal). • Prior to their loss at No. 3 OSU, the Hoosiers won three straight Big Ten road games for the first time since 1982 and earned victories in their first two league games away from home for the first time since 1993. • With their win at Michigan State, Indiana earned its first triumph as a Top-10 team since Nov. 11, 1967, also in East Lansing (14-13). • IU set its largest margin of victory on the road in the MSU series, blanked the Spartans for the first time since 1993, and recorded its first road shutout since Oct. 23, 1993, at Northwestern (24-0). • With its victory over No. 8 Penn State, the Hoosiers have won 15 of their last 17 season openers. Indiana is 43-18 in Memorial Stadium openers with wins in 17 of its last 19 and 34 of its last 39. IU’s previous win over a ranked opponent came against No. 17 Michigan State in Bloomington, 24-21, in overtime on Oct. 1, 2016. This also marked the Hoosiers last win in a conference opener. Indiana improved to 5-7 in OT games with two-straight wins (44-41 double OT at Purdue – Nov. 30, 2019). • IU’s all-time record as a ranked team is 27-22-1.

WISCONSIN GAME NOTES:

The Badgers are back in action after their rivalry matchup with Minnesota, set for Nov. 28, was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19 in the Gophers’ program. Wisconsin has seen 3 of its first 6 scheduled games canceled. Wisconsin has won 10 straight meetings with Indiana dating to 2003, the Badgers’ fourth-longest win streak over a Big Ten opponent. Saturday’s game will mark just the fifth meeting over the last 10 seasons between the Badgers and Hoosiers, with UW claiming the last 4 games by an average of 43.0 points per contest.  The Badgers are in their 6th season under the leadership of head coach Paul Chryst, who is 54-17 (.761) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 36-11 (.766) conference record. Chryst is in his 15th season overall on the Badgers’ coaching staff. Allowing just 28 offensive points through three games, Wisconsin owns the nation’s No. 3 scoring defense (11.7 ppg) and ranks No. 1 in the FBS in total yards allowed (233.3 ypg).

SERIES HISTORY

Wisconsin and Indiana will meet as ranked foes for just the second time. In the only other matchup in which both teams were ranked, No. 16 Wisconsin blasted No. 25 Indiana by a score of 62-13 at Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 24, 1994.  The Badgers’ 10 straight wins over Indiana matches the 3rd-longest active win streak by a Big Ten team over a conference foe.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. SYRACUSE

BY THE NUMBERS:  .906 QB Ian Book is 29-3 (.906) as a starter, making him one of only two FBS quarterbacks to boast a .900 or above win rate (min. 20 wins), even as Book ranks 12th overall in total QB career starts (32). His 29 wins are tied for third among all FBS quarterbacks. 2 The Irish were ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll beginning November 8, their highest ranking since 2012. Through the Brian Kelly era (11 seasons), the Irish have been ranked in the AP Top 10 at least one week in each of the last seven seasons, and eight of the last nine. 3 Of the five longest regular-season winning streaks in college football history, Notre Dame has single-handedly ended three of those streaks: Oklahoma’s 45 (1953-57), Miami’s 36 (1985-88) and Clemson’s 36 (2017-20). 4 Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 32-3 (.914). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014. Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled three or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) since the start of 2018. 9 Notre Dame’s victory over No. 1 Clemson was Notre Dame’s ninth win over an AP No. 1 opponent, which ties for second-most all-time (Miami). Only Alabama has more (10). 11 The Irish have won 11-straight ACC home games. 14-0 QB Ian Book is currently 14-0 as a starter in Notre Dame Stadium. A win vs. Syracuse would give him a perfect record at home. He is also 18-0 as a starter against ACC teams. 15 The Irish boast a current win streak of 15 games, the longest among all FBS teams. 16.7 The defense has yielded just 16.7 points/game through the first nine games of the season. That figure ranks tied for third among all Power 5 teams. 17 In the win vs. No. 1 Clemson, K/P Jonathan Doerer matched the Notre Dame record for kicking points in a game (17), which ties for the most kicking points in a single game by any FBS player this season. He made four field goals, matching his previous career high in the 2019 Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa State. 23 Notre Dame has won 23-consecutive games at home, setting the modern-era record for longest home win streak. Only one Power 5 program has a longer streak. 32 Notre Dame has held 32-of-35 opponents during Clark Lea’s tenure as defensive coordinator to 30 points or less. That includes ranked opponents LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia, Navy and North Carolina. 34.2 Of the Top 10 rushers in the ACC, which includes Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams, the Irish have faced five: Louisville’s Javian Hawkins, North Carolina’s Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Duke’s Mataeo Durant. Notre Dame’s defense has limited those five Top-10 running backs to an average of 34.2 yards (171 yards total on 57 carries) and just one total touchdown among the five. None of those backs accumulated more than 57 rushing yards. Hawkins, who leads the ACC with 102.8 rushing yards per game, was held to just 51 at Notre Dame. By comparison, against those four teams, Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams has averaged 125.8 yards (503 yards total on 90 carries), with a total of eight touchdowns. 38:10 The Irish have only trailed for 38:10 minutes out of a total 540:00 minutes of regulation. 101 Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly notched 101 ˆ wins in his Notre Dame career with the victory over North Carolina. His 101 wins pass Lou Holtz to claim sole possession of second all-time in program history in career wins at Notre Dame. 120 Notre Dame has outscored opponents 120-28 in the second quarter this season.

The Irish rank third in the ACC in total offense (464.0 yards per game) and second in rushing offense (229.7). • Tthe Irish maintained their lead in the ACC in third-down percentage this season (52.5 percent). • Notre Dame continues to lead the ACC in average time of possession (34:11 per game), besting the next closest average by more than two minutes per game. The Irish have won the time of possession battle in eight of nine games this season, and the Irish have controlled the ball for at least 36 minutes in three games. • Notre Dame is one of five Power 5 teams to post three performance of 36:15 or more possession time this season. No other Power 5 teams have produced more than three games this season with at least 36:15 in possession time (Wisconsin, Louisville, Charlotte, Liberty, Penn State and Indiana have also marked three such performances, while Coastal Carolina has turned in four). • Through UNC, the Irish have only trailed for 38:10 total minutes this season out of a total 540:00 minutes. • The Irish scored 45 or more points in two-consecutive games for the first time since 1996 (vs. Pitt 60-6, vs. Rutgers 62-0). Entering BC, Boston College’s scoring defense ranked fourth in the ACC, allowing 24.6 points per game. Notre Dame surpassed that mark in the first half alone with 31 points in the first 30 minutes. • Notre Dame has outscored opponents 120-28 in the second quarter this season. • Boston College also entered the game allowing 373.0 yards of offense per game. Through the first half alone, the Irish racked up 327 yards, and ended the day with 561 yards. • Scoring on the first official play of the game’s opening drive vs. Clemson, the Irish posted a one-play, 75-yard drive, marking the fewest plays and shortest amount of time in an Irish scoring drive this season. Taking just 0:33 seconds, it is the fastest Notre Dame scoring drive since the 2019 Camping World Bowl, when Tony Jones Jr. broke off an 84-yard rush for a one-play, 00:15 second drive.

SYRACUSE NOTES:

ORANGE SET FOR SEASON FINALE ON SATURDAY • Syracuse will play its season finale on Saturday when the team faces Notre Dame to conclude the 2020 campaign. • The game will air on NBC with Syracuse alum Mike Tirico ’88 (PxP), Tony Dungy (analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (reporter) on the call. DECEMBER FOOTBALL • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic altering the ACC’s football schedule, Syracuse will tee it up for a rare December regular season game. It’s the latest in the year ‘Cuse has played a regular season game since facing Notre Dame at home on Dec. 6, 2003. • Including bowl games, Syracuse enters Saturday’s game riding a three-game win streak in the month of December, most recently winning the 2018 Camping World Bowl. In total, Syracuse is 17-7 in the month of December. HACKETT TO THE HOUSE • TE Aaron Hackett is tied for the Syracuse record in career touchdown receptions by a tight end, one shy of becoming the program’s all-time record holder. • Hackett enters Saturday’s contest tied with Nick Provo (9) for the most TD catches by an Orange tight end. • Six of his scores were tallied during the 2019 season, which was the second-most TD catches by a tight end in the ACC, trailing only Louisville’s Marshon Ford (7).

SERIES HISTORY • Saturday’s game will be the 10th all-time meeting between Syracuse and Notre Dame, but first as conference foes after the Fighting Irish joined the ACC for the 2020 season. • The series dates back to 1914, but six of the previous nine meetings have come since 2003. • Four of those prior meetings have been neutral site games, twice playing at Yankee Stadium and twice at MetLife Stadium. • Notre Dame leads the all-time series 6-3, including three-straight neutral site victories, but Syracuse won its most recent trip to South Bend in 2008. • Last time SU played at Notre Dame stadium (2008), with less than one minute to play QB Cameron Dantley hit WR Donte Davis with an 11- yard TD pass as the Orange won 24-23. LAST TIME VS. NOTRE DAME • It was a battle of top-12 teams when No. 12 Syracuse played No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium in 2018. • QB Eric Dungey was injured early in the first quarter, and Notre Dame jumped out to a 20-0 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish, winning 36-3. • PK Andre Szmyt registered Syracuse’s lone points on a field goal. WR Taj Harris led the way through the air with five receptions for 78 yards. • Notre Dame went on to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl, while the Orange capped a 10-win season at the Camping World Bowl.

NOTRE DAME

The Fighting Irish are coached by Brian Kelly, who is in his 11th season at the helm in South Bend. Kelly has a 92-37 record at Notre Dame and led the Irish to the College Football Playoff in the 2018 season. • Last week, Notre Dame beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill to remain undefeated on the season. The win was the Irish’s 15th-straight victory dating back to last season. • Against the Tar Heels, graduate student quarterback Ian Book went for 279 yards through the air and 48 yards on the ground. The California native ranks 16th in the country with 2,097 passing yards on the year. • Sophomore running back Kyren Williams leads Notre Dame with 901 rushing yards on the campaign, good for second in the ACC and seventh in the nation. His 12 rushing touchdowns rank eighth in the country. • Graduate wide receiver Javon McKinley finished with a career-best 135 yards against UNC last week. McKinley leads the Fighting Irish with 30 catches and 549 receiving yards this year.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN

CARDS NOTES:

Ball State and Central Michigan are both 3-1, one game behind MAC West Division leading Western Michigan with two games left. A win would keep the Cardinals in control of their own destiny for a division title and a spot in the MAC Championship game (BSU hosts WMU next week in the regular season finale). CMU’s only loss came to WMU, 52-44.  Nine of Ball State’s past 12 games, including all four this season, have been decided by a touchdown or less. BSU is 5-4 in those nine games, including single-score wins in each of the past three weeks. The Cardinals held off Toledo, 27-24, last week.  Ball State limited a Toledo team averaging 221 yards on the ground to just 42 yards on 28 carries last week. The Cardinals racked up 12 tackles for loss, their most in game since the GMAC Bowl against Tulsa after the 2008 season (15) and their most against a MAC opponent since Nov. 24, 2006 against Kent State (13). Ten different BSU players were involved in a TFL against Toledo, led by senior OLB Christian Albright with 3.0. Albright also recovered the game-clinching fumble forced by grad OLB Anthony Ekpe.  BSU now faces a Central Michigan team that ranks 12th nationally in rushing offense (239.2 ypg) behind RBs Kobe Lewis (97.8) and Lew Nichols III (84.3). On defense, the Chippewas feature the league’s top tackles-for-loss duo in DL Mohamed Diallo (9) and LB Troy Hairston II (8).  The FBS active leader with 235 career catches, senior WR Justin Hall is 10 receptions away from breaking Ball State’s career record. He is currently third on the list behind KeVonn Mabon (244 from 2012-16) and Dante Ridgeway (238 from 2002-04).   Senior RB Caleb Huntley, who missed last week’s game to injury, has the FBS’ longest active streak of 100-yard rushing games with a school-record seven straight. He also has a seven-game touchdown streak (13 TDs in that stretch). Fourth nationally with 145.7 yards per game, Huntley needs 98 yards to become the seventh back in BSU history to reach 3,000.  With Huntley and No. 2 RB Will Jones both sidelined last week, redshirt sophomore RB Tye Evans had a career-high 101 yards on 25 carries, extending BSU’s team streak to eight consecutive games with a 100-yard rusher.

SERIES NOTES: Five of the past six games between these teams have been decided by three points or fewer, including the past two matchups — a 24-23 BSU victory in Mount Pleasant in 2018 and last year’s 45-44 CMU win in Muncie.  Ball State has won five of its past six visits to Mount Pleasant. The past two of those victories came via field goals in the final minute — a 55-yarder by Scott Secor with 17 seconds left in 2014 for a 32-29 win and a 36-yarder from Morgan Hagee with 47 seconds left in 2018 for a 24-23 win.  Last year’s matchup, a 45-44 Central Michigan victory, was the second-highest scoring game in series history with 89 total points. The only higher scoring game between the teams was the 2007 matchup, a 58-38 CMU win, with 96 total points.  Senior ILB Jaylin Thomas had a career-high 14 tackles in last year’s game against Central Michigan and is averaging 9.7 tackles over three career contests against the Chippewas. Senior OLB Christian Albright has registered at least half a sack in all three of his career appearances against CMU.

MIAMI REDHAWKS FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. KENT STATE

MIAMI NOTES:

REDHAWKS WELCOME KENT STATE TO TOWN Fresh off its best performance of the season, the Miami University football team welcomes Kent State to town for a Saturday afternoon tilt. The contest is slated to begin at noon. TELEVISION The matchup with Kent State will be carried live on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan will handle play-by-play duties, while Corey Chavous will serve as the color analyst

FIRST AND TEN • Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (700), conference wins (301), MAC Championships (16) and bowl wins (7). The RedHawks also captured the 2019 MAC Championship with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan. • Although Miami was 4-26 in Coach Martin’s first 30 Mid-American Conference games, the RedHawks are 25-9 in the last 34 games versus schools from the MAC, the best record in the conference during that span. • The RedHawks clinched the MAC East Division Championship with a 6-2 record in 2019. This was the third time in four years the RedHawks finished the regular season with a 6-2 conference record. • Martin, in his seventh year leading the RedHawks, has had many of the same coordinators in the previous six seasons. Eric Koehler and George Barnett, both in their seventh years with Miami, handle the offense and Spence Nowinsky (third year) and John Hauser (seventh year) manage the defense. • Since 2014, Miami Athletics has added nearly $40 million in facilities for the football program. The Dauch Indoor Sports Center was opened in 2015 and the Athletic Performance Center was added in early 2017. Both facilities are located in the north end zone of Yager Stadium. • Miami was 5-0 last season in one-score games and has won eight-straight one-score games dating back to the 2018 campaign. This includes the season opening 38-31 win over Ball State. • Miami had a streak of 23 straight games with a lead snapped versus Buffalo. Prior to Buffalo, the last time Miami trailed for an entire game was Sept. 15, 2018, at Minnesota. • Miami competed in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl, its third bowl eligible season in the last four years. From 2006-15, Miami was bowl eligible just twice. • Miami’s defense has forced a turnover in 29 of its last 41 games and is 19- 10 in contests when it forces a turnover. The RedHawks’ defense has also recorded a sack in 31 of its last 41 games.

LAST MEETING:

The Miami University football team turned in a stellar defensive performance in a 23-16 win over Kent State, forcing a pair of turnovers and blocking a fourth-quarter field goal as the RedHawks outlasted the Golden Flashes in a rainy MAC battle at Dix Stadium. The Golden Flashes entered the contest averaging 42.0 points and 536.0 yards per game in three Mid-American Conference contests. The Miami defense held KSU to just 336 yards on 84 plays, including limiting KSU quarterback Dustin Crum to 23- of-44 passing for 209 yards. Crum came into the game averaging 243.3 passing yards per game. The RedHawks registered 13 tackles for loss against the Flashes, including three sacks of Crum. Miami’s rushing attack served as a nice sidekick to the defensive effort, rushing for a season-high 289 yards. Freshman Tyre Shelton led all rushers with 148 yards on 14 carries and junior Jaylon Bester added 67 yards, including a game-clinching 47- yard touchdown run with 3:19 left in the contest.

QUICK HITS – MIAMI DOMINATES AKRON, 38-7 • Akron came into last Saturday’s contest averaging 352.3 total yards and 186.3 yards on the ground. The Miami defense held the Zips to 145 total yards and four yards rushing on 28 attempts. • The defense controlled the line of scrimmage throughout, recording 7.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss. The pressure helped lead to Miami’s lone interception as well (a 62-yard pick-6 for Emmanuel Rugamba). • Kameron Butler led the way with 2.5 sacks and was joined by Ben Kimpler (1.5), Cecil Singleton (1.0), Ryan McWood (1.0) and Matthew Salopek (1.0). • Brett Gabbert arguably had his best game of his young career, completing 18-of-27 passes for 308 yards (first career 300-yard game) and four touchdowns. • Jack Sorenson recorded eight catches for a career-high 177 yards and four touchdowns in the win. • Mac Hippenhammer, playing in his first career game, had five receptions for 77 yards. CONNECT FOUR In the 38-7 win, Brett Gabbert threw four touchdowns, all to Jack Sorenson, matching a school record for receiving touchdowns in a game. The last time a player had four receiving touchdowns in a game was Sam Martin’s performance back in 2014 versus UMass. Gabbert was also named a Manning Award “Star of the Week” following his performance. 700 CLUB The win over the Zips was the 700th win all-time in Miami football history. The 700 wins is tops in the MAC and ranks 28th among Division I teams in NCAA history. BUTLER NAMED MAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Kameron Butler finished the contest with Akron with five tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as the Miami defense rattled Akron’s quarterback all afternoon long. Butler was part of a defensive unit that recorded 10 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks as the RedHawks held Akron to just four rushing yards on 28 attempts. ABOUT KENT STATE Kent State is 3-1 on the season, but is coming off of a 70-41 loss at Buffalo last Saturday. Quarterback Dustin Crum leads a high-powered offensive attack, an offense that is averaging 49.8 points and 606.5 yards per contest. SERIES VS. KENT STATE Miami is 50-17 all-time versus the Golden Flashes, which includes a 31-6 win in 2018 and a 23-16 victory last year. Miami has won each of its last three home contests versus the Flashes, with its last home loss coming back in 2012. HOME COOKING Miami finished a perfect 5-0 at home during the 2019 season and has won nine straight at Yager Stadium. Miami’s last home loss was on Sept. 29, 2018. In all, it has been 798 (when the KSU game takes place) days since Miami’s last loss at home.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Saturday’s matchup between Vanderbilt and No. 8 Georgia has officially been postponed to Dec. 19 because the Commodores do not meet minimum roster requirements for the game.

Vanderbilt’s lack of student-athletes is a result of COVID-19 issues as well as injuries and opt-outs.

The rescheduled game will be declared a no-contest if Georgia should qualify for the SEC Championship Game.

The Commodores have struggled mightily this season. The school recently fired head coach Derek Mason amid the team’s 0-8 record, with Todd Fitch replacing him on an interim basis. Vanderbilt also made history last week when Commodores kicker Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game.

Georgia – currently eighth in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s top 25 – has a 6-2 record and trails only Florida in the SEC East.

NFL

It appears Robert Saleh has a small political backing to lead an NFL squad.

A group of Michigan legislators sent a letter to Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp asking her to hire the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator as the team’s next head coach.

“We understand the difficulty of these upcoming decisions,” they wrote, according to the letter ESPN’s Michael Rothstein obtained. “As passionate and loyal Lions fans, we are asking you to hire Robert Saleh as the head coach of our team. … A head coach like Robert can bring tremendous energy and heart to the franchise and would help us reach peaks that have seemed unobtainable for so long. We have an exceptional opportunity here and we trust you to make the best decision.

“To turn the corner and become a winning franchise, these next hiring decisions are critical. We hope that you will consider Robert Saleh as the head coach, not only for us, but for everyone across the loyal fan base of our beloved Detroit Lions.”

Rep. Abdullah Hammoud and his staff authored the letter. It also thanked Hamp for firing general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia last week.

Saleh hails from Dearborn, Mich., and he played college football at Northern Michigan. He’s led the 49ers’ defense since 2017.

Despite dealing with a number of injuries in 2020, San Francisco ranks sixth league-wide in total defense. Saleh’s unit ranked second last season, and it played a major role in the franchise reaching the Super Bowl.

Patricia was relieved of his duties after amassing a 13-29-1 record in two-plus campaigns.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(PURDUE SI)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Isaiah Thompson scored eight of his 14 points in the last 5:32, Sasha Stefanovic led with 19 and Purdue rallied past stubborn Valparaiso 68-61 on Friday night after trailing for most of the game.

Zach Edey‘s free throws with 6:48 remaining gave Purdue (3-1) a 54-53 lead — its first lead since 3-2 with just over two minutes gone. Thompson extended the lead to 58-53 with a free throw and a 3-pointer and made four more from the line in the last 51 seconds to secure the comeback.

Valparaiso (0-3), which hadn’t beaten Purdue since 1965, leapt out to a 34-23 halftime lead thanks to 55% shooting and deadeye 3-point shooting from Jacob Ognacevich (3-for-3) and Donovan Clay (2-for-2).

Stefanovic, who scored 16 after halftime, opened the second half with a 3-pointer and, 10 minutes later drained another 3 that cut the Valpo lead to 49-48. The Boilermakers defense toughened, dropping Valpo’s shooting percentage to 31% in the second half.

A nearly four-minute scoring drought did in the Crusaders. Ognacevich was held to three points after halftime and finished with 12. Nick Robinson scored 15.

  • Purdue improved to 3-1 overall with a 68-61 win over Valparaiso on Friday night.
  • The win was Purdue’s 12th straight against Valparaiso, the longest-active streak against a single opponent. Purdue is now 17-1 all-time against Valparaiso.
  • The victory was Purdue’s sixth straight win at Mackey Arena against non-conference opposition.
  • Purdue is now 14-2 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2016-17 season.
  • Purdue’s 11-point comeback was its largest since a 13-point, second-half rally vs. Minnesota on Feb. 3, 2019.
  • Purdue recorded season lows in points (68), field goal percentage (.352), 3-point percentage (.261) and 3-pointers made (6). Purdue did turn the ball over a season-low nine times.
  • Through four games, Purdue has allowed just 25 offensive rebounds for 18 second-chance points.
  • The win was Purdue’s 300th all-time win at Mackey Arena against non-conference foes (300-38).
  • Purdue’s 37 free throw attempts were its most attempts since having 43 against Missouri on Nov. 25, 2014.
  • Isaiah Thompson has had zero turnovers in three of four games this season. His 14 points tied for the second most in a game during his career.
  • Trevion Williams recorded his 11th career double-double with a 17-point, 11-rebound effort. Williams has had at least 11 rebounds in three of four games this year and is now averaging a double-double on the season (10.5 PPG, 11.0 RPG).
  • Sasha Stefanovic scored 19 points with three rebounds and three assists, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the second half. He connected on four 3-pointers and has made at least two 3-pointers in every game this year, shooting 15-of-27 (.556) from long range.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Rocket Watts scored a career-high 23 points and No. 8 Michigan State started out flat against Detroit Mercy but avoided a huge upset, winning 83-76 on Friday night.

The Spartans (4-0) were coming off a road win over No. 6 Duke earlier this week.

The Titans (0-1) led by five points midway through the second half of a closely contested game with 10 lead changes and nine ties. Detroit Mercy’s last win over a Top 10 team on the road was in 1979 at Marquette with future NBA players, including Earl Cureton and the late Terry Duerod.

Detroit was led by Antoine Davis, who scored 24 points on 10-of-26 shooting while playing for his father, former Indiana coach Mike Davis. Matt Johnson scored a career-high 20 points, Marquell Fraser had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Bud Kuol fouled out with 12 points for the Titans.

Michigan State’s Gabe Brown scored 16 points, Aaron Henry had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Joey Hauser added 10 points.

BIG PICTURE

Detroit Mercy: The Horizon League team played its first game after having three canceled due to COVID-19 issues and can build a lot of confidence off this performance.

Michigan State: Coming off the school’s first win at Duke, a letdown was not surprising. It still won’t sit well with coach Tom Izzo.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Despite the lackluster win, Michigan State will likely avoid slipping in the Top 25.

UP NEXT

Detroit Mercy plays at Notre Dame on Sunday night.

Michigan State hosts Western Michigan on Sunday night.

NFL

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden announced Friday that running back Josh Jacobs will miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jacobs suffered an ankle sprain in last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, but the Raiders were initially hopeful he wouldn’t miss game action. Gruden also ruled out safety Johnathan Abram with a knee injury Friday.

The second-year tailback was hurt late against Atlanta during an ankle tackle to end a run and hadn’t participated in practice all week.

Devontae Booker will take over the team’s primary backfield role. Booker has been effective when called upon this season, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns in limited action.

Jacobs has racked up 782 yards and nine touchdowns on 206 carries this season. He’s also caught 25 passes for 175 yards.

Vegas sits just outside the AFC playoff picture at 6-5 following last Sunday’s defeat.

NBA

The NBA released the first portion of its 72-game schedule for the upcoming season Friday.

The Kevin Durant-led Brooklyn Nets will kick off the 2020-21 campaign Dec. 22 with a matchup against his former team, the Golden State Warriors, at 7 p.m. ET. That contest will be followed by defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Los Angeles Clippers at 10 p.m. ET to complete the league’s opening-night doubleheader.

On the nationally televised docket for Dec. 23, the Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks (7:30 p.m. ET) before Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks visit the new-look Phoenix Suns featuring Chris Paul (10:30 p.m. ET).

The campaign will also see the implementation of a play-in tournament featuring teams ranked 7-10 in winning percentage in each conference. The tournament is scheduled to run May 18-21 after the regular season concludes.

Friday’s schedule announcement covers games between Dec. 22 and March 4. The slate for the season’s second half will be announced at a later date sometime prior to the All-Star break (March 5-10).

Each team will play 37 or 38 games in the first half of the season, with 558 of 1,080 total regular-season contests taking place during this portion of the schedule.

Teams scheduled to play on the road twice in one market will play those games consecutively. The league has also taken steps to increase consecutive road games when teams visit opponents geographically close to one another, while single-game road trips have been reduced by about 50%.

Here are some players who will be returning to familiar confines during the season’s first half:

DATEHOMEAWAYMARQUEE RETURN
Dec. 22LakersClippersMontrezl Harrell
Dec. 25CelticsNetsKyrie Irving
Jan. 26RocketsWizardsRussell Westbrook
Jan. 29PelicansBucksJrue Holiday
Feb. 13NetsWarriorsKevin Durant
Feb. 15WizardsRocketsJohn Wall

Other intriguing matchups include Bucks-Lakers on Jan. 21, Lakers-Nets in Brooklyn on Feb. 18, and an NBA Finals rematch featuring the Lakers and Heat on Feb. 20.

The Toronto Raptors, Canada’s lone team, will be shown on eight nationally televised games during the first half of the season.

NBA

As the NBA prepares for its 2020-21 season to begin on Dec. 22, the enigmatic Kyrie Irving did not provide access to reporters on Friday as part of the Brooklyn Nets‘ media week.

Instead, the 28-year-old guard released a written statement “to ensure that (his) message is conveyed properly,” per ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

Here’s Irving’s statement in full:

COVID-19 has impacted us all in many ways, so I pray for the safety and health of our communities domestically and abroad. I am truly excited for the season to start and I am also praying that everyone remains safe and healthy throughout this journey.

Instead of speaking to the media today, I am issuing this statement to ensure that my message is conveyed properly.

I am committed to show up to work everyday, ready to have fun, compete, perform, and win championships alongside my teammates and colleagues in the Nets organization. My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself.

Life hit differently this year and it requires us, it requires me, to move differently. So, this is the beginning of that change.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement requires veteran players to “participate in photograph and media sessions” as early as the 22nd day prior to the first game of the regular season.

Additionally, under a section pertaining to promotional activities, the CBA states: “Upon request, the player shall consent to and make himself available for interviews by representatives of the media conducted at reasonable times.”

It’s unclear whether Irving’s statement constitutes participation in the Nets’ training camp media session or whether certain allowances have been made in regard to media availability within the amended agreement due to COVID-19.

In an injury-shortened debut season with the Nets in 2019-20, Irving averaged 27.4 points, 6.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game across 20 appearances.

NBA

The NBA won’t conduct random marijuana tests of players throughout the 2020-21 season, league spokesman Mike Bass confirmed in a statement obtained by The New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Bass cited unusual circumstances precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic in explaining the agreement reached by the league and the National Basketball Players Association. Testing for the drug in cases of cause will continue because marijuana is a banned substance under the current collective bargaining agreement, according to Stein.

The league intends to focus its random testing efforts on uncovering the use of “performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse” rather than marijuana, Bass said.

Players can be tested up to four times in a typical season. The NBA previously suspended testing for drugs, including marijuana, during its initial pandemic-induced hiatus in March.

NBA

Despite a rocky ending to his first season with the club, Paul George says he’s loyal to the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I want to retire a Clipper,” George said Friday in his first media session of the season, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

George joined the Clippers last summer via trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to team up with Kawhi Leonard. George had a strong regular season, but he faced plenty of criticism after a roller-coaster postseason in which he struggled to produce and the club blew a 3-1 second-round series lead to the Denver Nuggets.

The 30-year-old’s current contract expires after the 2021-22 season. The six-time All-Star is owed just over $35 million for the upcoming campaign, according to Spotrac.

The Clippers are scheduled to start their season Dec. 22 versus the Lakers.

NFL

The NFC East-leading New York Giants will likely have to find a way to beat the Seattle Seahawks without their starting quarterback after listing Daniel Jones as doubtful for Sunday’s contest due to a hamstring injury.

Colt McCoy is expected to start for New York if Jones is sidelined.

Jones, 23, suffered the injury in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals and was replaced by McCoy. The 34-year-old completed 6 of 10 passes for 31 yards in relief of Jones.

The sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Jones is in the midst of an inconsistent season. The signal-caller has thrown for more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (eight) on the year but hasn’t thrown an interception in his last three games. Jones is also the Giants’ leading rusher with 403 yards on the ground, a testament to the team’s offensive struggles.

McCoy, a 10-year NFL veteran, has made just 28 career starts and owns a 7-21 record. He’s also tossed 29 career touchdowns to 27 interceptions.

The 4-7 Giants sit first in the NFC East due to a tiebreaker over Washington, but the division remains wide-open with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys still in the mix.

MLB

Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell expected trade rumors would start surfacing some time after he signed his five-year, $50-million extension prior to the 2019 season. He just didn’t think it would be this soon.

“I’m aware it’s going to happen at some point, so I’m ready for whenever that point is,” Snell told Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times regarding a trade away from the team that drafted him 52nd overall in 2011. “I just hope it’s a couple years away from now, because I love it here. So, all in all, it’s a little surprising.”

The 2018 AL Cy Young winner added the Rays trading him is “going to suck.”

Late last month a report surfaced suggesting the Rays were open to trading Snell, who turned 28 years old on Friday. The former All-Star is owed $39 million over the next three years after earning approximately $8.7 million from the Rays over the past five seasons, according to Baseball-Reference.

“I know we thought our time was going to be these next three years,” Snell continued. “But maybe they feel with what happened with COVID and how they have to spend money, they probably have to hold back a little bit for whatever reason.”

Shortly after the conclusion of the World Series, the Rays announced they would not pick up Charlie Morton‘s $15-million team option for 2021. The right-hander has already signed a new one-year, $15-million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

“With Chuck (Morton) leaving, that’s my big caution flag. We had a very good starting rotation with Chuck here, and with him not being here – and we’re on the search for starting pitching – it’s definitely a bigger question mark now for me more than ever.”

In 108 career starts, Snell has authored a 3.24 ERA and 3.50 FIP over 556 innings. The left-hander was also controversially lifted from the decisive Game 6 of the 2020 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.