Baltimore 34 Dallas 17
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#3 Iowa 93 #16 North Carolina 80
#5 Kansas 73 #8 Creighton 72
#6 Illinois 83 #10 Duke 68t
#12 Tennessee 56 Colorado 47
Penn State 75 #15 Virginia Tech 55
#21 Rutgers 79 Syracuse 69
#22 Ohio State 90 Notre Dame 85
Fort Hays State 81 Kansas State 68
New Orleans 74 Florida National 57
Morgan State 83 Iona 72
LaSalle 80 Lincoln PA 62
Maryland Baltimore County 76 Delaware 61
Indiana State 80 Truman State 66
Miami Florida 58 Purdue 54
South Florida 73 Stetson 62
Seton Hall 78 Wagner 45
VMI 100 Greensboro 65
Utah 75 Idaho State 59
Charleston Southern 94 Carver College 59
Longwood 77 North Carolina A&T 60
Dayton 66 Northern Kentucky 60
Kent State 80 Detroit 66
Georgetown 80 Coppin State 48
Central Connecticut State 94 Farleigh Dickinson 87
Campbell 80 Jacksonville 78
Georgia 63 Montana 50
Minnesota 85 Boston College 80 OT
Ball State 79 Northern Illinois 70 OT
South Alabama 80 William Carey 67
Bryant 101 St. Francis NY 82
St. John’s 82 Rider 79
Louisiana 90 LSU – Alexandria 75
Belmont 79 Tennessee State 64
Memphis 94 Mississippi Valley 57
Oklahoma State 83 Oral Roberts 78
Murray State 87 Austin Peay 57
Mississippi State 82 Jackson State 59
Marquette 82 Green Bay 68
Utah State 90 Colida 64
Weber State 85 Western Utah 73
St. Mary’s 73 UTEP 61
USC 91 UC Irvine 56
Portland State 88 NW. University 48
TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Utah 85 #15 Oregon State 79
#25 Gonzaga 89 Wyoming 50
Seton Hall 107 St. Peters 60
South Alabama 65 William Carey 40
California Baptist 91 William Jessup 62
Idaho State 65 Kansas State 50
Massachusetts 79 Rhode Island 69
Murray State 85 Mississippi Valley 60
Miami Ohio 67 Valparaiso 49
Stony Brook 65 Manhattan 52
Charleston 89 Winthrop 59
Tennessee Martin 75 Samford 67
Bryant 89 St. Francis NY 88
Louisiana Tech 73 Jackson State 66
Stephen F Austin 79 Texas Arlington 57
Denver 85 Colorado 84
Colorado State 86 San Diego State 77
Pepperdine 69 Bakersfield 58
San Diego 70 Cal State Fullerton 60
Vanderbilt 81 Eastern Tennessee 61
Texas Pan-American 73 Texas A&M-CC 68
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL – NCC/AREA
Harrison 67 University 48
Mississinawa Valley OH 59 Union City 38
Talawanda OH 71 Union County 52
Austin 70 Trinity Lutheran 64
Barr-Reeve 41 Bloomington South 36
Bellmont 50 Eastside 41
Bethesda Christian 76 Christel House Academy 40
Charlestown 49 Henryville 40
Columbus Christian 58 Martinsville Tabernacle 17
Crawfordsville 63 Heritage Christian 51
Crothersville 65 Medora 26
Crown Point 72 East Chicago Central 43
Culver 45 North Miami 37
Eastern Greene 52 North Central (Farmersburg) 32
Elkhart Christian 77 Prairie Heights 45
Elkhart 63 Goshen 45
Evansville Central 64 Vincennes Lincoln 62
Evansville Christian 67 Vincennes Rivet 29
Evansville Harrison 63 Boonville 35
Faith Christian 43 Seeger 35
Fremont 60 Garrett 58
Gary West 62 Lake Central 27
Granger Christian 52 Clinton Christian 38
Hammond 72 Highland 23
Harrison (West Lafayette) 67 University 48
Horizon Christian 73 Indiana Christian 37
Huntington North 57 Mississinewa 56
Indiana Math & Science 57 Indiana Deaf 43
Indianapolis Herron 78 Purdue Poly Englewood 60
Indianapolis Tindley 58 Indianapolis Home School 49
Indianapolis Washington 56 Indianapolis Chatard 50
Jay County 51 Southern Wells 28
Leo 57 Fort Wayne Luers 51
Lighthouse CPA 82 Bowman Academy 72
Lowell 75 Hammond Morton 60
Michigan City 81 Andrean 74
Mishawaka Marian 52 Mishawaka 45
Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) 59 Union City 38
Mount Vernon (Posey) 57 Gibson Southern 34
Penn 76 New Prairie 60
South Bend Riley 73 Fort Wayne North 50
South Spencer 85 Crawford County 64
Talawanda (Ohio) 71 Union County 52
Tipton 78 Elwood 41
Triton 65 Lakeland Christian 47
Woodlan 54 Angola 53
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Fort Wayne Wayne 81 Marion 18
Twin Lakes 74 Lafayette Jeff 19
Western 70 Kokomo 53
Harrison 96 Logansport 31
Jay County 64 Muncie Central 45
McCutcheon 73 Pioneer 55
Winchester 60 South Adams 37
Connersville 44 New Castle 43
Shenandoah 83 Monroe Central 30
Southwestern – Shelbyville 76 Knightstown 20
Alexandria 67 Eastern (Greentown) 35
Angola 49 Concord 37
Batesville 48 Hauser 41
Bedford North Lawrence 84 Jeffersonville 37
Benton Central 76 Rensselaer Central 38
Bethany Christian 73 Lakeland Christian 19
Borden 39 South Central (Elizabeth) 26
Bremen 68 Mishawaka 24
Brown County 72 Eastern Greene 57
Carmel 45 Westfield 41
Cascade 57 Indianapolis Ritter 40
Center Grove 42 Plainfield 40
Central Noble 61 Lakewood Park 38
Clarksville 49 Christian Academy 12
Clinton Prairie 55 Tri-Central 38
Connersville 44 New Castle 43
Culver 40 LaCrosse 37
Danville 54 Greencastle 27
Delta 58 Muncie Burris 23
Eastern Hancock 45 North Decatur 34
Evansville Mater Dei 49 Mount Vernon (Posey) 45
Evansville Memorial 66 Gibson Southern 42
Faith Christian 52 Frankfort 39
Fort Recovery (Ohio) 72 Blackford 30
Fort Wayne Concordia 60 DeKalb 23
Fort Wayne Wayne 81 Marion 18
Fountain Central 35 Crawfordsville 32
Garrett 52 Westview 12
Goshen 36 West Noble 30
Guerin Catholic 38 Greenwood Christian 36
Hamilton Southeastern 56 Pendleton Heights 46
Hanover Central 48 Kankakee Valley 32
Harrison (West Lafayette) 96 Logansport 31
Henryville 37 West Washington 29
Heritage 54 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 37
Highland 56 Hammond 19
Hobart 40 Illiana Christian 28
Indiana Deaf 50 Traders Point Christian 32
Indianapolis Home School 53 Indianapolis Tindley 31
Jac-Cen-Del 43 Waldron 26
Jasper 69 Evansville Bosse 39
Jay County 64 Muncie Central 45
Jennings County 57 Seymour 39
Jimtown 35 Elkhart Christian 30
Kouts 69 Westville 38
Lanesville 63 Paoli 40
Lapel 69 Daleville 34
Lewis Cass 45 Rossville20
Maconaquah 61 Oak Hill 34
Manchester 52 Huntington North 39
Martinsville 73 Columbus East 65
McCutcheon 73 Pioneer 55
Morgan Twp. 58 South Central (Union Mills) 42
New Haven 64 Fort Wayne North 43
New Palestine 48 Shelbyville 41
Noblesville 45 Brownsburg 42
Northview 69 Terre Haute South 65
Norwell 72 Northfield 45
Oldenburg Academy 45 Rising Sun 27
Oregon-Davis 67 Rochester 56
Orleans 62 Springs Valley 37
Owen Valley 49 Bloomington North 40
Parke Heritage 33 North Vermillion 30
Rushville 59 Triton Central 42
Salem 53 Brownstown Central 42
Shakamak 44 Riverton Parke 33
Shenandoah 83 Monroe Central 30
South Bend St. Joseph 59 NorthWood 50
South Bend Washington 56 Homestead 43 OT
South Putnam 69 Clay City 16
Southridge 55 North Posey 39
Southwestern (Hanover) 71 Milan 25
Southwestern (Shelbyville) 76 Knightstown 20
Tecumseh 59 Forest Park 35
Terre Haute North 69 West Vigo 44
Trinity Lutheran 55 South Ripley 34
Twin Lakes 74 Lafayette Jeff 19
Wabash 44 Bluffton 36
Washington Twp. 40 Boone Grove 25
Western 70 Kokomo 53
Yorktown 49 Wapahani 33
Zionsville 81 Western Boone 23
Marion County Tournament
Lawrence North 81 Decatur Central 49
Indianapolis Roncalli 79 Beech Grove 35
Southport 52 Brebeuf Jesuit 28
Lawrence Central 65 Perry Meridian 46
Warren Central 56 Park Tudor 29
ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS
1. Lawrence North (8)
2. Carmel (5)
3. Homestead (1)
4. Crispus Attucks
6. Lafayette Jeff
7. Warren Central
Others receiving votes: New Albany 56. S. Bend Adams 34. Fishers 29. Franklin Central 28. Columbus North 17. Lawrence Central 16. Gary West 16. Floyd Central 13. Chesterton 12. Plainfield 7. Pike 6. S. Bend Riley 6.
1. Silver Creek (14)
2. Heritage Hills
3. Ev. Bosse
5. S. Bend St. Joseph’s
6. Brebeuf Jesuit
9. Mishawaka Marian
Others receiving votes: Sullivan 44. Western 18. Heritage Christian 18. Beech Grove 14. Brownstown 13. Leo 7.
1. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (13)
2. Linton-Stockton (1)
5. S. Spencer
6. Central Noble
8. Covenant Christian
10. S. Decatur
Others receiving votes: Parke Heritage 43. Southwestern (Jefferson) 33. Bowman Academy 18. Andrean 16. Park Tudor 16. Tipton 15. Ev. Mater Dei 12. Clinton Prairie 6.
1. Barr-Reeve (9)
2. Kouts (4)
3. Loogootee (1)
7. Lafayette Catholic
8. Gary 21st Century
9. Greenwood Christian
10. N. Daviess
Others receiving votes: Edinburgh 54. Christian Academy 36. Tindley 36. Providence Cristo Rey 18. W. Washington 12. Tri-Central 6. Washington Twp. 6.
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS
1. Crown Point (6-0)
1. Penn (8-1)
3. Carmel (5-1)
4. East Central (6-0)
5. North Central (Indianapolis) (6-1)
6. Fishers (8-1)
7. Bedford North Lawrence (6-1)
8. Noblesville (5-1)
9. Hamilton Southeastern (5-2)
10. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (7-2)
1. Silver Creek (7-0)
2. Norwell (4-0)
3. Evansville Memorial (3-0)
4. Salem (7-1)
5. Garrett (9-0)
6. Mishawaka Marian (7-1)
7. Fort Wayne Concordia (6-2)
8. Washington (2-0)
9. Greensburg (1-0)
10. Central Noble (3-1)
1. Linton-Stockton (6-0)
2. Frankton (9-0)
3. Forest Park (7-0)
3. University (5-0)
5. Lafayette Central Catholic (4-0)
6. Northeastern (4-0)
6. Triton Central (6-1)
8. Andrean (5-0)
9. Clinton Prairie (5-1)
10. Fairfield (7-1)
1. Lanesville (9-1)
2. Loogootee (1-1)
3. Pioneer (3-1)
4. Trinity Lutheran (6-1)
5. Waldron (5-1)
6. Jac-Cen-Del (4-2)
7. Blue River (6-0)
8. Greenwood Christian (4-2)
9. Morgan Twp. (5-2)
10. North White (5-0)
Michigan has canceled its rivalry game against Ohio State due to COVID-19 issues plaguing the program, the school announced.
Between positive tests, contact tracing, and injuries, the Wolverines would have been without roughly 45 players had the game proceeded, reports The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.
“The number of positive tests has continued to trend in an upward direction over the last seven days,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. “We have not been cleared to participate in practice at this time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to field a team due to COVID-19 positives and the associated quarantining required of close contact individuals. This decision is disappointing for our team and coaches but their health and safety is paramount, and it will always come first in our decision-making.”
The Buckeyes’ eligibility to play in the Big Ten title game with only five results in 2020 is now uncertain. Previously, the conference laid out a six-game mandate to be eligible, but its athletic directors were reportedly working to amend the policy.
Ohio State could conceivably schedule a game with a new opponent to reach the six-game threshold.
The school was slotted fourth in each of the first two releases of the College Football Playoff rankings. The committee favored the Buckeyes over Texas A&M despite their limited schedule.
Michigan canceled last week’s game against Maryland because of COVID-19 problems, but a spokesperson said Monday the Wolverines were cleared for limited workouts.
Ohio State has won 15 of its last 16 meetings with Michigan.
Saturday’s matchup between Cincinnati and Tulsa has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns in the Bearcats’ program, the school announced Tuesday.
The contest will not be rescheduled.
Cincinnati and Tulsa are still set to meet in the AAC championship game Dec. 19. However, with no head-to-head matchup and both teams owning 6-0 conference records, home-field advantage for that contest will now be determined by the Dec. 8 College Football Playoff rankings.
Cincinnati was ranked seventh in last week’s CFP rankings, while Tulsa sat at the 24th spot.
The Bearcats haven’t played since Nov. 21 after their Nov. 28 game against Temple was also called off due to COVID-19 issues.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES: INDIANA VS. PURDUE
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. EDT Date: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 Location: Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind. TV: BTN: Brandon Gaudin (p-b-p), Matt Millen (analyst) & Rick Pizzo (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 121, XM 195, Internet 957: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith
IU STAT LEADERS
Jack Tuttle: 18-27, 161 Yds, 2 TD, 0 INT
Stevie Scott III: 137-462, 8 TD, 3.4 Avg
Ty Fryfogle: 34-687, 7 TD, 20.2 Avg
LB Micah McFadden: 52 T, 5 S, 8.5 TFL, 2 INT, 3 QBH
CB Tiawan Mullen: 36 T, 3.5 S, 4.5 TFL, 3 INT, 1 FF
S Jamar Johnson: 34 T, 1 S, 3.5 TFL, 4 INT, 1 FF
PURDUE STAT LEADERS
Jack Plummer: 88-124, 938 Yds, 8 TD, 2 INT
Zander Horvath: 89-442, 2 TD, 5.0 Avg
David Bell: 53-625, 8 TD, 11.8 Avg
LB Derrick Barnes: 54 T, 5.5 TFL, 1 INT, 2 QBH
LB Jaylan Alexander: 49 T, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU, 1 QBH
DL DaMarcus Mitchell: 34 T, 1 S, 6 TFL, 1 FF, 2 PBU
SETTING THE SCENE • No. 8/9 Indiana (6-1, 6-1 B1G East) hosts Purdue (2-4, 2-4 B1G West) on Saturday, Dec. 12. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT at Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf) on BTN. • The longtime rivals battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. • Saturday’s meeting marks the 96th Bucket game and the 123rd overall meeting. (more on page 2) • IU is ranked for the seventh-consecutive week, matching a school regular-season record (1945), coming in at No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 and at No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports. • The Hoosiers have been ranked in the Top 10 four times in 2020, the most for the program since 1967 (5 weeks). • Indiana collected its first Top-10 ranking in the Nov. 8 AP Poll (No. 10) since Sept. 22, 1969 (No. 10), and its No. 8 rating is its best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4). • IU entered the CFP rankings for the first time in school history on Nov. 24 and currently sit at No. 12. • The Hoosiers 6-1 record is their best overall start since 1993 (7-1) and their best conference start since 1967 (6-1). • Indiana is 14-6 overall and 11-5 in league play since the beginning 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 six B1G victories are tied for the most in program history (1967, 1987) • Indiana’s 11 Big Ten victories are tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • IU’s 14-6 win at No. 16 Wisconsin was its third over a ranked team in 2020, which matches the program record (1945). • The Hoosiers collected their first victory over the Badgers since defeating them in back-to-back seasons on Oct. 6, 2001 (63-32) and on Oct. 12, 2002 (32-29), the former coming at Camp Randall Stadium. • Indiana recorded its first road win over a ranked opponent since No. 18 Missouri on Sept. 20, 2014 (31-27), and its first conference road win over a ranked opponent since No. 22 Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001 (37-28). • Wisconsin’s six points marked its lowest total against IU since Oct. 24,1992 (3), and it was the Badgers first game without a touchdown since Oct. 3, 2015, against Iowa. • The Hoosiers matched a school record with five-straight conference wins (1967) before losing at No. 3 Ohio State and have won 11 of their last 14, their most successful stretch in league games in program history. • Indiana defeated Michigan State, 24-0, to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2016 and earn its first victory in East Lansing since 2001. • 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, MSU and UW 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. • Junior linebacker Micah McFadden was named the Walter Camp Foundation’s National Defensive Player of the Week. • Senior wide receiver Ty Fryfogle is one of 11 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. • Graduate student punter Haydon Whitehead is one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award. • Redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is one of 17 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award. • McFadden and Whitehead each earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors following the Wisconsin win.
Purdue-Indiana Series Data Purdue leads 71-42-6 all-time. Current Streak: Indiana won the last meeting last year in West Lafayette. In Bloomington: Purdue leads 35-19-2 First Meeting: Oct. 4, 1891 – Purdue won 60-0 at home. Last Meeting: Nov. 30, 2019 – Indiana won 44-41 in double overtime on the road. Noteworthy: In Joe Tiller’s final game as Purdue’s head coach on Nov. 22, 2008, the Boilermakers scored on 10 straight possessions in 62-10 victory over Indiana. Quarterback Curtis Painter completed 38 of 54 passing attempts for 448 yards and five touchdowns in the romp. Wide receivers Keith Smith (12-136, TD) and Desmond Tardy (9-114, TD) each eclipsed the 100-yards receiving mark, while Kory Sheets, Purdue’s all-time career touchdowns leader (54), added three rushing scores for the Boilers. Defensively, Purdue limited IU to merely 214 yards of offense, including just 92 passing yards. Purdue did not punt in the game and its only non-scoring drive was a turnover on downs on its final possession at the end of the game. Tiller wrapped up his 12-year career with the most victories by a head coach in school history with 87. 300-Yard Passing Games Jack Plummer’s 334 yards passing vs. Nebraska last week marked the third 300-yard passing game by a Purdue QB this season (also Plummer 367 yards at Minnesota and Aidan O’Connell 371 yards at Illinois) and the 17th such effort during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers. 300-Yard Passing Games at Purdue (since 2017) David Blough – 7 Elijah Sindelar – 4 Jack Plummer – 4 Aidan O’Connell – 2 100-Yard Receiving Games Under Jeff Brohm’s leadership, Purdue has seen 25 games with at least one player top 100 yards receiving, including eight games with two players over the century mark and one with three different players. The Boilermakers have at least one player with 100 or more yards receiving in five of six games in 2020 (two twice). 100-Yard Receiving Games at Purdue (since 2017) Rondale Moore – 10 (Tied for fourth-most in school history) David Bell – 10 (Tied for fourth-most in school history) Brycen Hopkins – 5 Anthony Mahoungou – 2 Isaac Zico – 2 Zander Horvath – 1 Gregory Phillips – 1 Jared Sparks – 1 Milton Wright – 1 Terry Wright – 1
This past week, 11 of 14 games were within one score in the fourth quarter, nine of 14 games were decided by six-or-fewer points, and three games were won with a second-half comeback of at least 10 points. Just another weekend at the office for the National Football League.
After Week 13 concludes tonight with the DALLAS COWBOYS at the BALTIMORE RAVENS (8:05 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), every team will have four regular-season games remaining. That’s four weeks to sort out eight division titles and six Wild Card playoff berths. Four weeks for household names to continue their dominance, for records to fall and young players to solidify their place on the NFL map. And four weeks of suspense and excitement at every turn.
Welcome to the final quarter of the NFL season.
BROWNS COMFORTABLE IN TIGHT GAMES: After a statement road win in Week 13, the CLEVELAND BROWNS (9-3) are tied with Buffalo (9-3) for the AFC’s third-best record behind Kansas City (11-1) and Pittsburgh (11-1). This week, the Browns host division rival BALTIMORE on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) with an opportunity to take another step toward their first playoff berth since 2002. With a win, the Browns would have their best record through the first 13 games of a season since opening 10-2-1 in 1969.
This season, Cleveland owns an NFL-best 6-0 record in games decided by six-or-fewer points. The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-0), NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-0) and INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-0) also are undefeated in games decided by six-or-fewer points. Eighty of 191 games (41.9 percent) have been decided by six-or-fewer points, tied for the second-most games at this point of a season in NFL history.
The most games decided by six-or-fewer points through Week 13 in NFL history:
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Cleveland wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY recorded eight receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown in the Browns’ Week 13 win. Landry, who is in his seventh season, has 71 career games with at least five receptions and has surpassed STERLING SHARPE (70 games) for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first seven seasons in NFL history. Only DEANDRE HOPKINS (78), ANTONIO BROWN (72) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (72) had more.
WATCH FOR SECOND-HALF COMEBACKS AT METLIFE: The ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-6), who play the NEW YORK GIANTS (5-7) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), are no stranger to second-half comebacks. The Cardinals had a 13-point comeback to beat Seattle in Week 7 and a 14-point comeback to beat Buffalo in Week 10.
In addition to Arizona, five other teams – the CHICAGO BEARS, MINNESOTA VIKINGS, PITTSBURGH STEELERS, TENNESSEE TITANS and WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM – have two victories this season in which they overcame second-half deficits of at least 10 points.
Across the league in 2020, 22 games have seen the winning team come back from down at least 10 points in the second half, tied with the 1989 season (22 games) for the most in NFL annals through 13 weeks of a season (with one game remaining tonight).
Meanwhile, the Giants have won four in a row and five of their last seven, including an impressive Week 13 win at Seattle in which New York held the league’s No. 3 scoring team entering the week (31.0 points per game) to just 12 points. The Giants’ two losses in that span were by a combined three points. New York’s defense, guided by coordinator PATRICK GRAHAM, leads the league in third-down defense (25.0 percent, 10 conversions in 40 attempts) over the team’s four-game winning streak.
The Giants are attempting to author one of the most significant in-season turnarounds in league history. They could become the first team in NFL annals to reach the playoffs after opening winless through five games, and the first to reach the playoffs with one-or-fewer wins through eight games.
POSSIBLE AFC PLAYOFF PREVIEW IN BUFFALO: In a battle of division leaders, the BUFFALO BILLS (9-3) host the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-1) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).
- In Week 13, Bills quarterback JOSH ALLEN threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions and a 139.1 passer rating. It marked the third time this season that Allen has thrown for at least 375 yards and three-or-more touchdowns with a rating of 130 or better. Only one other player in NFL history has had three such games in a season: DREW BREES in 2013.
- Allen faces the league’s No. 2 defense against the pass (199.8 yards allowed per game). The Steelers’ defense also leads the NFL in points allowed per game (17.6), sacks (44) and interceptions (16).
- On third down, the Bills’ offense leads the NFL, having converted 68 of 138 attempts (49.3 percent), while the Steelers’ defense ranks fourth, having allowed 61 conversions on 169 attempts (36.1 percent).
- With a sack on Sunday, the Steelers will establish the NFL record with at least one sack in 70 consecutive games. They enter the week tied with the 1999-2003 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, who had one-or-more sacks in 69 straight contests. Having led the league in sacks each of the previous three seasons (2017-19), the Steelers can become the first team in history to pace the league in sacks over four consecutive years.
CHIEFS RETURN TO MIAMI: Having secured a playoff berth last week for a sixth-consecutive season, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-1) return to Hard Rock Stadium, where they won Super Bowl LIV in February, to face the MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
- Last week, Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE caught eight passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. He leads all tight ends with 82 catches and 1,114 receiving yards this season, while tying for the lead with eight touchdown receptions. Among all players in 2020, only DK METCALF (1,119) has more receiving yards. Kelce now has at least 80 receptions in five consecutive seasons and has joined Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (eight seasons) and JASON WITTEN (six) as the only tight ends with five career seasons of 80-or-more receptions. However, Kelce is the first tight end with at least 80 receptions in five consecutive years. He also is the first tight end in league annals with five career 1,000-yard seasons.
- Kelce needs just 264 receiving yards over the season’s final four games to surpass GEORGE KITTLE (1,377 receiving yards in 2018) for the most single-season receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history.
- Making his fifth career start last week, Miami rookie quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for a career-high 296 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions for a 97.8 rating in the Dolphins’ 19-7 win over Cincinnati. Tagovailoa became the second quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and zero interceptions in each of his first five career starts, joining JEFF KEMP.
- Miami tight end MIKE GESICKI had 88 receiving yards on a career-high nine catches and added a touchdown reception last week. He ranks fourth among tight ends this season with 537 receiving yards
STINGY SAINTS DEFENSE GETS TEST AT PHILLY: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-2), who travel to meet the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-8-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), clinched a playoff berth for the fourth straight season last week. New Orleans has won nine consecutive games, the longest active streak in the league.
- Since the beginning of Week 9, the Saints’ defense leads the NFL by a significant margin in fewest points allowed per game (8.8), fewest yards allowed per game (233.4) and fewest rushing yards allowed per game (55.8). New Orleans also leads the NFL since Week 9 with nine interceptions and 13 takeaways, while ranking second in that span with 17 sacks.
VIKINGS, BRADY AND BYES: The MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-6) meet the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (7-5) on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX).
- The Vikings entered their Week 7 bye with a 1-5 record. Since, Minnesota has won five of six games and can see a clear path to a possible playoff berth.
- This week, Minnesota and the NFC’s leading rusher, running back DALVIN COOK (1,250 yards), face a Tampa Bay defense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL against the run, allowing just 74.2 yards per game.
- On offense, both Minnesota and Tampa Bay rank among the NFL’s top teams in the red zone. On drives penetrating the 20-yard line this season, Minnesota has scored 30 touchdowns on 40 possessions (75.0 percent, third in NFL). Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has scored 32 touchdowns in 45 red-zone drives (71.1 percent, sixth in NFL).
- The Buccaneers and quarterback TOM BRADY are coming off their bye. In 18 career regular-season games after a bye, Brady is 14-4 with 4,573 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions, for a 96.4 passer rating.
- Appearing in his 12th career game last week, Minnesota rookie wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had nine receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ win over Jacksonville. Jefferson, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,039 receiving yards this season, is the fifth rookie with at least 1,000 receiving yards in his first 12 career games in the Super Bowl era, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (2014), ANQUAN BOLDIN (2003), MARQUES COLSTON (2006) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998).
Minnesota overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Jacksonville, 27-24, in overtime in Week 13. This season, there have been 38 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win, the most through Week 13 in NFL history.
RODGERS-ADAMS COMBINATION HEADS TO MOTOR CITY: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS and wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS are arguably the most dangerous offensive combination in the NFL this season. The duo leads the GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-3) across Lake Michigan to meet the DETROIT LIONS (5-7) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX).
- Appearing in his 193rd career game last week, Rodgers became the seventh player in NFL history with at least 400 career touchdown passes and surpassed DREW BREES (205 games) as the fastest player to reach the mark.
- Rodgers has 36 touchdown passes this season and is the first player with five career seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes in league annals. He also accomplished the feat in 2016 (40 touchdown passes), 2014 (38), 2012 (39) and 2011 (45).
- Adams has four games with at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch this season, tied with ODELL BECKHAM JR. (four games in 2014) and TORRY HOLT (four in 2003) for the second-most such games in a single season in NFL history. Only MICHAEL THOMAS (six games in 2019) has more.
- Adams is the third player with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in seven consecutive games within a single season in NFL history, joining ANTONIO BROWN (eight games in 2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (seven games in 2007).
- Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 402 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 109.4 rating while running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for two touchdowns in the Lions’ Week 13 victory.
- Stafford is the seventh quarterback with at least 10 career games with 400-or-more passing yards in NFL history, joining DREW BREES (16 games), PEYTON MANNING (14), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (13), BEN ROETHLISBERGER (12), PHILIP RIVERS (11) and TOM BRADY (10).
- Last week, Peterson recorded his 28th career game with at least two rushing touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (27 games) for the third-most such games in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (38 games) and EMMITT SMITH (36) have more. Peterson, who has six rushing touchdowns this season, has 11 career seasons with at least five rushing touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (11 seasons) for the third-most such seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLEN (13 seasons) and EMMITT SMITH (12) have more.
SMITH CONTINUES REMARKABLE COMEBACK SEASON: When WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM quarterback ALEX SMITH takes his club on the road against the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) at State Farm Stadium in Arizona, he will play the team that selected him No. 1 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft.
- Smith this season is 3-1 as a starter, having led Washington to three straight wins, including a 23-17 triumph over previously undefeated Pittsburgh on the road in Week 13.
- As a starting quarterback, Smith has compiled eight winning seasons since 2011, when he went 13-3 in San Francisco. That stretch includes each of his five seasons (2013-17) as the starter in Kansas City.
MR. ROBINSON’S NEIGHBORHOOD: When the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-11) host the TENNESSEE TITANS (8-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Jaguars rookie running back JAMES ROBINSON has an opportunity to make history.
- Last week, Robinson totaled 108 scrimmage yards (78 rushing, 30 receiving) and one rushing touchdown. Robinson now has seven games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with CLARK GAINES (seven games in 1976) for the most such games by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Robinson has 1,278 scrimmage yards this season, tied with PHILLIP LINDSAY (1,278 scrimmage yards in 2018) for the second-most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. Only DOMINIC RHODES (1,328) had more.
- Titans running back DERRICK HENRY leads the NFL with 1,317 rushing yards and has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in eight consecutive road games, tied with CHRIS JOHNSON (eight games from 2009-10) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (10 games from 1996-97) has a longer streak.
KEY CONFERENCE GAME IN VEGAS: Playoff implications will be on the line when the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-4) head west to meet the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (7-5) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS).
- Last week, Las Vegas tight end DARREN WALLER had 13 receptions for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders’ 31-28 win. Waller became the fourth tight end in history to record at least 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a single game, joining RICH CASTER (Sept. 24, 1972) as well as Pro Football Hall of Famers SHANNON SHARPE (Oct. 20, 2002) and JACKIE SMITH (Oct. 13, 1963).
- Indianapolis quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 285 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 119.3 rating in the Colts’ Week 13 win at Houston. Rivers, who has 3,263 passing yards this season, is the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 15 seasons with 3,000 passing yards, joining TOM BRADY (18 seasons), Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (18), DREW BREES (16) and PEYTON MANNING (16).
- Colts defensive end JUSTIN HOUSTON registered three sacks and a safety in last week’s victory. Houston, who has at least three sacks in eight career games, is the fourth player with at least eight games of three-or-more sacks since 2000, joining JOHN ABRAHAM (10 games), JULIUS PEPPERS (nine) and DEMARCUS WARE (nine). Houston, who also recorded a safety in Week 3, is the fourth player to record two safeties in a single season since 2000, joining JARED ALLEN (2008), JUNIOR GALETTE (2014) and JAMEEL MCCLAIN (2008).
WEEK 14 NFL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 13-14
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, December 10|
|New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams||8:20 PM||FOX/NFLN/Amazon|
|Sunday, December 13|
|Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Houston Texans at Chicago Bears||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders||4:05 PM||CBS|
|New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks||4:05 PM||CBS|
|Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Chargers||4:25 PM||FOX|
|New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Washington Football Team at San Francisco 49ers*||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills||8:20 PM||NBC|
|Monday, December 14|
|Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns||8:15 PM||ESPN|
Lamar Jackson ran for 94 yards and a touchdown as the focal point of a relentless rushing attack that amassed 294 yards, and the Baltimore Ravens emerged from a COVID-19 outbreak to beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-17 on Tuesday night.
Returning from a one-game absence after testing positive for the potentially deadly virus, Jackson carried 13 times and threw for two scores. He was one of 23 Ravens to spend time on the reserve/COVID-19 list while four different strains of the virus swept through the organization.
The game was played on Tuesday night because Baltimore’s previous game — against Pittsburgh last Wednesday — was pushed back three times while the Ravens had at least one player test positive for 10 consecutive days.
Gus Edwards ran for 101 yards on just seven carries and rookie J.K. Dobbins — who also missed time on the COVID-19 list — added 71 yards rushing with a TD to help Baltimore (7-5) break a three-game skid and stay alive in its quest to reach the postseason for a third straight year.
Dallas came in with the worst rush defense in the league, and it showed. The Ravens averaged 7.9 yards per carry and prevailed despite getting only 107 yards passing from Jackson.
The last-place Cowboys (3-9) have lost six of seven. Andy Dalton went 31 for 48 for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 77 yards.
But Greg Zuerlein missed three field goal tries and Dallas yielded 20 straight points after taking an early 10-7 lead.
The game was supposed to feature Ravens receiver Dez Bryant going against his former team, but Bryant left during warmups and was scratched with what Baltimore termed “an illness.”
Bryant wrote on Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19 and later posted: “Yea I’m going to go ahead and call it a quit for the rest of the season… I can’t deal with this.”
He subsequently posted a series of tweets, including, “Yea I’m coming back… I’m being smart.”
Bryant scored 73 touchdowns with the Cowboys from 2010-17. He was signed by the Ravens in October and saw his first action in two years, catching four passes in three games.
On his first series since Nov. 22, Jackson threw a pass that was tipped and intercepted. That led to a Dallas field goal, but Jackson answered with a 37-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-2 play.
Tony Pollard took the subsequent kickoff 66 yards to set up a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Michael Gallup. It would be the last time Dallas led.
An interception by rookie Patrick Queen set up a 38-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Miles Boykin for a 14-10 lead.
Jackson’s second TD pass of the game, a 20-yarder in the third quarter to Marquise Brown, made it 24-10.
Jalen Hurts will be the starting quarterback Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles face the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Tuesday.
Carson Wentz will head to the bench and take on backup duties.
Hurts replaced Wentz in last Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, sparking a mini-surge from the inconsistent Eagles offense. The rookie finished the day 5-for-12 for 109 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Wentz’s struggles have been staggering this season, leading to calls to start Hurts in recent weeks. The 27-year-old has completed under 60% of his passes and leads the NFL in interceptions (15).
The Eagles spent a second-round pick on Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft and will face many questions over the future of the quarterback position this offseason. Wentz carries a $34.6-million cap hit next season and would cost $59.2 million in dead cap if cut, per Spotrac.
Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye is facing a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, a source told NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Bouye took a supplement connected to the six-game bans that Will Fuller and Bradley Roby of the Houston Texans received last week, according to Mike Klis of 9News.
The eight-year veteran has completed his appeal, according to Klis. The Broncos are already without two of their top three cornerbacks, as Bryce Callahan and Essang Bassey are on the shelf with injuries.
Bouye has recorded 23 tackles and six pass breakups over seven appearances this season. The Broncos acquired him from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March, sending a fourth-round pick the other way.
Undrafted out of UCF in 2013, Bouye made the Pro Bowl with the Jaguars in 2017. The 29-year-old is in the fourth season of a five-year, $67.5-million contract.
The Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers have not held substantive discussions regarding a James Harden trade despite Harden indicating he would be open to a move to Philadelphia, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski.
An agreement between the Rockets and 76ers may be difficult to reach. Houston is reportedly seeking a young franchise star in negotiations for Harden, plus multiple first-round picks or players still on their rookie deals.
The 76ers possess two franchise stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. However, new team president Daryl Morey, who left the Rockets this offseason after 13 years as their general manager, implied in November that he had no intention of trading either player and said he believes they can lead the franchise to a title together.
Philadelphia was first reported to be on Harden’s list of desired trade destinations in November. The 2018 MVP apparently then shifted his focus to the Brooklyn Nets and rejected a lucrative contract extension offer from Houston.
However, talks with the Nets were reportedly unproductive, and sources told ESPN that Harden has suggested he’d be open to a trade to other contenders, including the 76ers.
After missing multiple practices, Harden finally reported to Rockets training camp Tuesday and underwent COVID-19 testing at the Toyota Center, sources told Wojnarowski. Houston’s camp opened earlier in December but Harden remained absent, and new head coach Stephen Silas said Monday that he believed there was “no timetable” for his arrival.
The Chicago White Sox and free-agent outfielder Adam Eaton agreed to a one-year, $7-million contract with a second-year team option for $8.5 million, a source told Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago.
The deal is pending a physical, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Eaton confirmed the signing in an Instagram post Tuesday.
The 32-year-old played with the White Sox for three seasons from 2014 to 2016 before being traded to the Washington Nationals. Chicago acquired Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning in exchange for Eaton.
Eaton spent the next four campaigns with the Nationals, which included a World Series title in 2019.
He owns a career .282/.360/.416 slash line with 60 home runs and 44 triples across nine years in the majors with the White Sox, Nationals, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The White Sox have been busy to start the winter meetings, landing Eaton and reportedly right-hander Lance Lynn in a trade Monday night.
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Miami rallied for a 58-54 victory in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday at the Watsco Center. The Boilermakers led 32-14 at halftime but shot just 20.7 percent in the second half to fall to the Hurricanes.
Kameron McGusty scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, and Miami rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to hand Purdue its third straight road loss in the annual Challenge event.
Miami (3-0) closed the game on a 31-10 run — after being down by as many as 32-12 late in the first half — for the Hurricanes’ largest halftime-comeback victory over the last 20 seasons, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
McGusty hit two free throws with 1:36 left to give Miami its first lead since 1-0. He added a three-point play on the Hurricanes’ next possession for a four-point advantage.
Miami was held to 14 points in the first half, tying the record for fewest in a half in a ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. But the Hurricanes made 11 of 12 two-point shots to start the second half, and McGusty sank Miami’s first 3-pointer, in 16 tries, with 4:59 remaining to get within 50-45.
Miami was without guard Chris Lykes after he injured his ankle against Stetson. Lykes is averaging 15.5 points per game.
Zach Edey, a 7-foot-4 freshman, scored 15 points for Purdue (3-2) despite fouling out with 3:11 left. Trevion Williams also fouled out with eight points and seven rebounds.
Brandon Newman scored Purdue’s opening seven points during a 15-0 run to build a double-digit lead after the first four minutes of the game. The Boilermakers led 32-14 at the half after holding the Hurricanes to 5-of-22 (22.7%) shooting, including 0 of 10 from 3-point range.
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Ohio State Defeats Notre Dame, 90-85- In ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Balanced scoring with five in double figures led by E.J. Liddell’s 19 points and 12 rebounds
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 20 Ohio State travelled to South Bend, Ind., for a men’s basketball game for the first time in 48 years and handed Notre Dame a 90-85 defeat on the first evening of the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Ohio State stays unbeaten on the young season and moves to 4-0 while Notre Dame falls to 1-2.
The Buckeyes trailed for most of the first 30 minutes of the game before mounting a comeback from 11 down, 55-44, with just under 15 minutes to play.
“I am thrilled and proud. Gutted it out is a great way to describe it,” head coach Chris Holtmann said on his post-game radio show on the Ohio State Sports Network. “Our second half performance was special for this group that is still finding its way.
“We played together better, both offensively and defensively, in the half. I thought we played with more force and togetherness, and offensively we were able to make some shots. We dictated things more than in the first half.”
Sophomore E.J. Liddell starred with 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half. He also led with a game-high 12 rebounds. Senior C.J. Walker, playing less than two hours from his hometown of Indianapolis, expertly broke the press as necessary and hit crucial free throws down the stretch, including four in the final 18 seconds to extend an 86-85 Ohio State lead to the final score. Walker finished with 16 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 showing from the free throw line.
Two Walker free throws gave Ohio State its first lead of the second half, 62-61, and the two teams went through seven ties and lead changes for the next five minutes. Then Musa Jallow, playing his first game since the first game of the season, and Liddell had big baskets and Duane Washington a pair of free throws to help Ohio State to a 75-72 lead with 3:22 to play.
Notre Dame tied the score at 75-all, but Washington hammered home a “three” from the left wing with 2:48 to play to give Ohio State a 78-75 lead and the Buckeyes would not trail again. There were some big moments along the way:
§ Leading 78-77, Liddell rebounded and scored off a Walker miss, and then hit the free throw to make it 81-77;
§ At 81-80, Justice Sueing drove the lane and scored to put Ohio State back up by three;
§ Liddell then grabbed a big defensive rebound and hit a step-back jumper in the lane for an 85-80 lead inside of a minute to play;
§ A Sueing free throw in front of a Notre Dame three made it 86-85 with 30 seconds to play; and
§ After two Walker free throws made it 88-85, the Buckeyes played terrific defense for 18 seconds before forcing a Notre Dame turnover with a second to play.
Walker then iced it with his final two free throws.
Ohio State got balanced scoring with five players in double figures. Sueing joined Walker with 16 points. Washington had 13 points and Justin Ahrens hit four threes and scored 12 points to help the Buckeyes to a commanding 23-4 advantage in bench points.
Jallow scored seven points and was a force defensively.
“Jallow hardly practiced at all this week,” Holtmann said. “I wasn’t sure he was even going to play. We needed his defensive versatility. I couldn’t take him off the floor. It speaks to how important he may be for the team because of his defensive intangibles and IQ and all of that.”
Ohio State shot 46.8 pct. for the game while Notre Dame, which was led in scoring by Prentiss Hubb with 26 points, shot just over 50 pct. Notre Dame held a 35-32 rebound advantage. Ohio State had just eight turnovers, including only two in the second half.
Ohio State hosts Cleveland State on Sunday at Value City Arena. Tip time is 4 p.m. with the Big Ten Network televising.
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Indiana University begins its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. IU is coming off a third place finish at the Maui Invitational where it posted wins over Providence and Stanford. The FSU game is the the second of possibly 15 games against teams ranked in the AP Preseason Poll (Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan).
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Wednesday, Dec. 9 • 7:15 p.m.
Donald L. Tucker Arena • Tallahassee, Fla.
TV: ESPN (Dave O’Brien and Jay Bilas)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | Tune In
Series History: Indiana leads, 5-0
Last Meeting: IU 80, FSU 64; 12/3/19
This is a rematch of last year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge meeting where the Hoosiers knocked off the eventual ACC Champions, 80-64 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 58-44 with the Hoosiers. He is 197-107 in nine+ years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Leonard Hamilton is in his 19th season at FSU and has 383 wins with the Seminoles and 583 overall in his coaching career.
JACKSON-DAVIS HONORED BY MAUI INVITATIONAL/BIG TEN
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named All-Tournament at the Maui Invitational and Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the three-day event. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game. He is a Preseason All-Big Ten pick and has been named to several Preseason All-American teams and is on the watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and Malone Awards. He was named third team All-Big Ten and also selected to the All-Freshman team. He had 12 double-doubles, the most since D.J. White had 20 in 2007-08. Davis, a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Center Grove High School, was just one of four freshman nationally a year ago to lead his team in scoring, rebounds, FG percentage, FT made and FT attempted and blocked shots. The Hoosiers are 12-1 when he records a double-double, including a 26-point, 11-board effort earlier this season against Tennessee Tech.
IU returns seven of its top nine scorers, including four starters. Last year, IU was on the brink of earning its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2016 before the COVID-19 pandemic halted post season play after one game. The Hoosiers finished the season with a 20-12 record. IU is second in the Big Ten allowing opponents to shoot just 23.0% from long distance. Redshirt junior Race Thompson had a career-night against Providence. He finished with his first career double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. He is averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds. Senior guard Aljami Durham left the Texas game with an injured left ankle and his availability has not been determined. He had 19 points and six rebounds against Providence. Sophomore Armaan Franklin had one of the best games of his career with 13 points, 8 boards, 5 assists in 40 minutes against Stanford. He also held top-10 recruit Zaire Williams to 1-of-10 shooting.
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DeKALB, Ill. – Grit and resilience. They’re needed for any road league win, and the Ball State men’s basketball team has shown those traits twice in one week. Down by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Cardinals blitzed the home team Northern Illinois in overtime to win 79-70 on Tuesday night. The Cardinals dominated the extra period, growing the lead to 12 en route to a 1-0 start in league play.
The win came just three days after a clutch 68-66 win over UIC at Worthen Arena on Saturday.
Leading scorers K.J. Walton and Ishmael El-Amin each scored 18 points, combining for 9-for-12 foul shooting and 19 second-half points. Head coach James Whitford credited El-Amin for a “calming presence” on offense as the Cards rallied from a double-digit and 34-28 halftime deficit.
TURNING POINT: With the game tied and regulation winding down, Ball State got the needed stop and then put the game away early in overtime. With the score 63-63 at the the end of regulation, Thomas and El-Amin sank 3-pointers to put BSU up six and the Cards didn’t look back. Soon after, buckets by Brachen Hazen and El-Amin put the Cards up a dozen and the cruised to an important road win. Hazen scored nine points and added a team-best nine rebounds.
CLUTCH COMEBACK: NIU at several points led by double figures and the home team led 34-28 at half. Ball State quickly erased the deficit, despite shooting .280 in the first half. The Cardinals got back in the game for good when starting forward Miryne Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 16:03 left in the game.
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEAD COACH: “I thought it was a good game. We really struggled early offensively. We didn’t get great shots, but we were taking solid ones. We were struggling to get them to go down. In the second half, we were patient and got better ones … I thought it was a really resilient win. We had a lot of contributions. I thought the bench was really into the game, and it was a real team win. That’s two games in a row for us that we really played with some composure down the stretch. Ish had a real calming presence for us in both games.”
WE TOOK THEIR BEST PUNCH: After watching Northern Illinois play three times, Whitford thought the opponent’s effort against the Cardinals was the best of the season. Northern Illinois is a tough team that went 11-7 in league play last year but fell to 0-4 with the Cards’ victory.
LONG-TERM LEAGUE OPPORTUNITY: Tuesday’s league opener was the earliest start of league play for BSU since the 1979-80 season. And with fewer games on the schedule, Whitford says the importance of every conference game has never been higher. The coach said the opportunity to be 2-0 with two road wins in league play before the end of the calendar year is paramount. “The two most important games on our schedule are tonight and at Western Michigan,” Whitford said.
UP NEXT: Ball State has a solid non-conference opportunity Saturday evening when Illinois State comes to town. The game is at 7 p.m. ET, allowing Cards fans to also follow Ball State’s football game vs. Western Michigan at noon. For the latest on Ball State hoops, fans can follow @BallStateMBB on Twitter and Instagram.
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WEDNESDAY’S GAME: After a 10-day layoff between its first two games due to a game cancellation, Miami looks forward to a three-game homestand over a seven-day stretch. The RedHawks host the Miami Invitational December 9-11, battling Western Illinois on Wednesday, Dec. 9 to open the invite.
ABOUT WESTERN ILLINOIS: The Leathernecks enter Wednesday’s game with an 0-2 mark after a 99-58 loss at No. 3 Iowa last Thursday and being edged at home by Central Michigan, 79-73 on Sunday. Tamell Pearson averages a team-leading 17.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg. Rod Johnson, Jr. follows averaging 13.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg, while Will Carius chips in 10.5 ppg.
THE SERIES WITH THE LEATHERNECKS: This is the third meeting between Miami and Western Illinois with the RedHawks holding a 2-0 lead in the series. Wednesday marks the second time the teams will play Oxford with Miami taking the opening meeting, 81-72, on Nov. 26, 2016. In the last meeting between the teams on Dec. 2, 2017, Miami pulled out a 76-73 double overtime win in Macomb, Ill.
FRIDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks return to the court to round out the Miami Invitational facing Mount St. Joseph on Friday, Dec. 11.
ABOUT MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: The Lions return three starters from a team that posted a 6-19 mark a season ago. Brady Thomas led the team, averaging 14.9 ppg, while Devin Young added 14.0 ppg and a team-leading 5.6 rpg. Tanner Clos was the other Lion to average double figures in scoring (11.4 ppg).
THE SERIES WITH THE LIONS: This is the first meeting between MU and MSJU.
LAIRY REMAINS PERFECT FROM FREE-THROW LINE: After sinking 10-of-10 free throws in the season opener against North Dakota, junior guard Mekhi Lairy continued his perfect free-throw shooting at Wright State, going 2-for-2 from the line. Lairy’s performance against UND tied several others at Miami for the single-game free-throw percentage record (minimum of 10 attempts). The last time a Miami player was perfect from the charity stripe while hitting double figures in free throws was when Willie Moore went 12-for-12 from the line at Bowling Green on Jan. 25, 2014.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Three RedHawks rank among the top 10 in the Mid-American Conference in different shooting percentage categories. Junior guard Mekhi Lairy ties for first in free-throw percentage (1.000), senior forward Precious Ayah ranks second in field goal percentage (.615), while freshman forward Javin Etzler ranks 6th in 3-point field goal percentage (.500).
BUILDING BLOCKS: As a team, Miami ranks second in the MAC in blocked shots, averaging 3.5 per game with three RedHawks ranking among the top four. Junior forward Elijah McNamara averages 1.5 bpg to rank 3rd, while senior forward Precious Ayah and redshirt junior forward James Beck average 1.0 bpg to tie for fourth.
COLEMAN-LANDS LEADS MAC IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently leads the MAC in assist/turnover ratio with seven assists to a mere one turnover through two games.
CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Entering the RedHawks’ next game with 929 career points, senior forward Dalonte Brown is just 71 away from becoming 37th member of Miami’s 1,000 Point Club. Last season, Brown averaged 9.5 ppg. At that pace, he would hit the 1,000-point plateau in Miami’s ninth game.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES: Miami boasts five seniors on its 2020-21 roster and also features five juniors to provide the most-veteran squad in head coach Jack Owens’ tenure. Among the senior group are fifth-year seniors Precious Ayah and Milos Jovic. They are joined by Dalonte Brown, Benjamin Litteken and Michael Ritchie. The junior class includes redshirt juniors Isaiah Coleman-Lands and James Beck. They are joined by Mekhi Lairy, Elijah McNamara and Josh Brewer.
FRESH FACES: New to the RedHawk roster are freshman center Jackson Ames, freshman forward Luka Eller and freshman guard Bryson Tatum. Although not new to the team, redshirt junior James Beck saw his first game action in a Miami uniform after sitting out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines.
UP NEXT: Miami rounds out a three-game home stretch when it opens Mid-American Conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 15 against Buffalo. Game time is 5:30 p.m. and will be carried on ESPN+ or ESPN3.
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- Big Ten women’s basketball programs will be busy over the coming week, with games daily through Dec. 14. Highlighting that stretch are four BTN broadcasts and appearances by nearly all 14 conference teams, including defending Big Ten co-champion Northwestern, which will be the final conference squad to tip off its season when it plays host to Eastern Illinois Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
- Several Big Ten women’s basketball games were added to the BTN and the FOX Sports app schedule for the month of December, the network announced. These latest additions include four conference matchups in the next week — Wednesday (Michigan State at Minnesota – 9 p.m. ET), Thursday (Illinois at Nebraska – 8 p.m. ET), Friday (Rutgers at Wisconsin – 3 p.m. ET) and Dec. 14 (Minnesota at Northwestern – 9 p.m. ET). All Big Ten home games not airing on BTN in December will be streamed live on Big Ten Network+. Further television designations and tip times will be released at a later date. For the latest Big Ten women’s basketball television schedule, visit bigten.org/B1GWBBTV.
- As of Tuesday, the Big Ten is one of three NCAA Division I conferences with a non-conference winning percentage (against D-I opponents) of better than .800 with an .818 (27-6) mark to date. That includes two wins over Top 25 opponents — Maryland 115-96 over No. 14 Arkansas on Nov. 29 (setting a Big Ten record for points against a ranked team); Michigan 76-66 at No. RV/23 Notre Dame on Dec. 3.
- The Big Ten continues to share top honors among all conferences with five Top 25 teams in both the Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today polls, plus two others receiving votes. Both polls can be found in full on page 3 of this update.
- Iowa guard Caitlin Clark was named the Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week on Monday, becoming the first conference freshman to sweep both honors in the same week since Jan. 30, 2017 (Michigan’s Kysre Gondrezick). Clark averaged 26.5 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in the Hawkeyes’ wins last week at Drake and at home against Wisconsin.
- Clark had 30 points and 13 assists in the Hawkeyes’ 103-97 win at Drake on Dec. 2. According to Her Hoop Stats, Clark is the only NCAA Division I freshman since 2015-16 to have 30 points and 10 assists in a game. BTN research also notes Clark is the first Big Ten freshman with a 30-point game since Jan. 31, 2016 (Michigan’s Hallie Thome scored 31 points against Minnesota) and a 13-assist game since Feb. 9, 2017 (Maryland’s Destiny Slocum had 13 assists against Illinois).
- Big Ten teams are No. 1 in the nation in a number of NCAA statistical categories (as of Tuesday), led by the country’s top scoring offense (Maryland – 98.2 ppg) and scoring defense (Rutgers – 38.0 ppg). Rutgers is also first in the nation in turnover margin (+17.00) and turnovers forced (30.0), while Michigan State leads the country in assists (25.5 apg) and is essentially tied for the top spot in assist/turnover ratio (both MSU and Stanford are at 2.22).
- No. 14/11 Maryland made a Big Ten-record 21 three-pointers (tying for eighth on the NCAA Division I single-game list) in its 112-78 home-opening win over Towson on Dec. 3. The Terrapins topped the previous conference record of 19 treys, shared by Iowa (at Northwestern, Jan. 29, 2015) and Minnesota (at Illinois, Jan. 7, 2016).
- Maryland’s 21 three-pointers and .677 three-point percentage in the Dec. 3 win over Towson both are the best by any NCAA Division I program this season. In addition, Ohio State’s three turnovers in a Dec. 2 win over Kent State are tied for the fewest in the nation this year.
- Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes’ Big Ten record-tying 13-for-13 (1.000) field-goal percentage and seven blocked shots against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25 both rank as tops in the nation in those categories this season. Maryland’s Katie Benzan made eight three-pointers in a Nov. 29 win over No. 14 Arkansas, tying for the most in the country this year, while Michigan’s Naz Hillmon made a nation-leading 16 field goals in the Wolverines’ Nov. 27 victory at Oakland.
- Indiana junior guard Grace Berger, tallied the first triple-double in Indiana women’s basketball history on Nov. 25 with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Berger also recorded the 29th triple-double in Big Ten history and first since Jan. 23, 2018 (Illinois’ Alex Wittinger at Penn State). As of Tuesday, Berger is one of two Division I players with a triple-double this year (Taiah Thornton of Saint Peter’s did it the same day as Berger [Nov. 25] against NJIT).
- With its Dec. 5 win over Wisconsin, Iowa extended its home winning streak to 38 games, the second-longest active string in the nation behind Baylor (57). The Hawkeyes’ run began on Feb. 4, 2018, with a 92-84 win over Minnesota.
- Michigan’s win at Notre Dame on Dec. 5 was the Wolverines’ first over the Fighting Irish since Dec. 10, 2008 (63-59 in overtime at Crisler Center), and their first over Notre Dame in South Bend since Dec. 8, 1979 (66-60, also in overtime).
- Maryland has scored a combined 227 points in its last two games, tying the school record for points in consecutive games (Dec. 11 & 20, 2017 — 114-45 over Loyola-Md.; 113-49 at Coppin State).
- On Dec. 3, Indiana shut down Samford in a 71-26 victory, tying for the fifth-fewest points allowed in a game in school history and fewest since the 1973-74 season (a 62-25 win over Ball State). It was also the fewest points allowed by a Big Ten program since Nov. 30, 2019, when Maryland posted a 90-26 win over Belmont at the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Invitational, and the third time in four years a Big Ten team held an opponent to 26 points or fewer (Wisconsin downed Savannah State, 82-24 on Dec. 10, 2017).
- On Nov. 23, the Big Ten released its 2020-21 conference schedule, which will see schools play 20 Big Ten games, up two from the previous two seasons. Schools will play seven opponents twice (home and away) and the other six once (three at home and three on the road). To account for the additional games and preserve flexibility in the schedule, the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has been moved to March 9-13 and will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
- Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer began her 50th season and 26th at Rutgers on Nov. 27 when the Scarlet Knights downed Monmouth, 82-38. The Hall of Famer is the first NCAA women’s basketball coach ever to coach 50 seasons and the fourth men’s or women’s basketball coach in any NCAA division to reach that milestone — the others are Phog Allen (50 seasons at Kansas, Baker, Central Missouri and Haskell from 1906-56), Jim Smith (51 seasons at Division III Saint John’s-Minn. from 1965-2015) and Herb Magee, who is in his 54th season at Division II Jefferson, where he took over in 1967-68. Also of note, Harry Statham coached the men’s program at NAIA McKendree for 52 seasons (1966-2018).
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will look to bounce back Wednesday night at Mackey Arena when Buffalo comes to West Lafayette for the first time. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. on BTN+.Tim Newton will have the call on 95.3 BOB FM, as well as the online stream.GAME INFORMATION
Purdue (1-1) vs. Buffalo (2-1)
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Time: 6 PM
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: PurdueStats.comThe Boilermakers head into their penultimate non-conference contest after offensive struggles hindered a late-game rally against Valparaiso on Sunday night. Kayana Traylor led the way offensively with 15 points, while Brooke Moore notched her first game at Purdue in double figures with 10. Purdue For only the third time since 2014-15, the Boilermakers failed to knock down at least one 3-pointer.Tamara Farquhar has quickly overcome any doubts in her first two games since January. The senior is averaging a double-double of 13 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, both of which are career highs. Farquhar leads the Big Ten and ranks 24th in the nation in on the glass. The Canadian international has played a heavy role in Purdue’s early success at the foul line, knocking down eight of her ten attempts this season.NOTES
• Wednesday will be the first ever meeting between Purdue and Buffalo.
• The Bulls are coach by Felisha Legette-Jack, who spent six seasons as the head coach at Indiana from 2007-12.
• Traylor had her best two-game stretch of her career with 16.5 points per outing.
• Purdue has shot 38-of-54 at the line, the most makes and attempts in the opening two games since 2014-15’s 41-for-66.
• Traylor, Farquhar and Ra Shaya Kyle have had the lion’s share of work at the line, going a combined 29-of-41 (.707).
• Madison Layden is the lone Boilermaker to have a positive plus-minus in both games this season.
• Ajah Stallings has been a solid defensive contributor over her first two career starts.
• Head coach Sharon Versyp is five wins away from joining the Purdue 300-wins club.
• The Boilermakers are 1-for-28 from distance this season, with the lone triple coming from Traylor in the third quarter of the season opener.
• Purdue is 72-20 all-time against the Mid-American Conference.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
OXFORD, Ohio- The Miami University women’s basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and a stellar defensive effort to defeat Valparaiso, 67-49, on Tuesday night at Millett Hall. Valparaiso, coming off back-to-back wins over Illinois and Purdue drops to 2-2 on the season while Miami picks up its first win and is now 1-1 this year.
Overall four different RedHwks scored in double figures, while Miami’s defense held Valparaiso to 31.6 percent shooting and outrebounded the Crusaders 50-26.
How It Happened:
Senior forward Kelly McLaughlin led all Miami scorers and posted her first double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Peyton Scott and freshman guard/forward Katie Davidson continued their hot starts to the season, combining for 28 points–14 apiece–to add to the RedHawks’ overall total.
Redshirt senior Abbey Hoff put up a solid performance with 12 points and seven rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field.
Defensively, the RedHawks held the Crusaders to 10 points or less in two separate quarters, almost doubling Valparaiso’s score by the end of the first half.
What’s Next: The RedHawks travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Stay tuned to MiamiRedHawks.com for television details.
Minnesota and Wisconsin Standouts Honored as Three Stars
Gopher’s Reedy tallies four points in sweep of Spartans to earn First Star accolades
Scott Reedy, Minnesota
F – Sr. – Prior Lake, Minn.
- Notched a goal and an assist in both games as No. 5/5 Minnesota swept Michigan State last weekend for its best start since the 2001-02 campaign when the Gophers won six straight to open the season and were unbeaten in their first 13 contests (11-0-2)
- Closed out the second period with the eventual deciding goal as he scored four seconds into a Minnesota power play at 14:14 on Friday
- Tallied 12 shots on goal over the series and has scored goals in five of Minnesota’s six games this year, highlighted by an NCAA-best three game-winning goals
- Earns his second career weekly award and first of the season
- Last Minnesota honoree: Blake McLaughlin (Second Star) on Feb. 18, 2020
- Last Minnesota First Star honoree: Sammy Walker on Feb. 4, 2020
Cameron Rowe, Wisconsin
G – Fr. – Wilmette, Ill.
- Backstopped the Badgers to a 3-1 victory in his first career start at No. 13/14 Ohio State on Friday night
- Turned aside 40 of 41 shots faced on Friday for a .976 save percentage and his first career victory
- Finished the series with 54 saves, a conference-best .982 save percentage and a 0.62 goals-against average
- Claims his first career weekly honor
- Last Wisconsin honoree: Cole Caufield (First Star) on Nov. 25, 2020
Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota
G – Sr. – Mississauga, Ontario
- Backstopped the No. 5/5 Golden Gophers to their third sweep of the season, picking up a pair of wins at Michigan State and extending his personal winning streak to eight games
- Made 24 saves on 25 shots in Thursday’s victory before finishing the series with a 31-save performance on Friday to improve to 6-0-0 on the year, allowing only two goals or fewer in each of his last 11 appearances
- Leads the nation in save percentage (.956) and goals-against average (1.17) among goalies with more than two starts this season
- Earns his second career weekly award and first of the season
- Last Minnesota honoree: Blake McLaughlin (Second Star) on Feb. 18, 2020