INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Churubusco 67 Fort Wayne Wayne 64

Cowan 80 Wes-Del 64

Eastside 87 Hamilton 35

Fort Wayne Dwenger 62 E. Noble 32

Highland 54 Hammond Gavit 30

Illiana Christian 51 Calumet 50

Indianapolis Ritter 49 Beech Grove 47 OT

Lake Station 86 Hammond Science & Tech 54

Sheridan 55 Clinton Prairie 54 OT

Southwestern – Shelbyville 47 Tri 43

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 Villanova 96 Marquette 64

#8 Houston 82 S. Florida 65

#9 Virginia 57 Georgia Tech 49

Ole Miss 80 #10 Missouri 59

#15 Iowa 79 #25 records 66

#16 Tennessee 89 Georgia 81

#21 Wisconsin 61 Nebraska 48

Indiana 79 Northwestern 76 2OT

Providence 70 Connecticut 59

Tulane 58 Tulsa 48

Old Dominion 78 Charlotte 76 OT

Wake Forest 69 Boston College 65

Wichita State 61 Central Florida 60

Drake 80 Northern Iowa 59

Bradley 76 Valparaiso 52

Missouri State 65 Southern Illinois 53

LSU 94 Mississippi State 80

St. Louis 67 Rhode Island 60

San Diego State 77 San Jose State 55

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Connecticut 70 Seton Hall 49

#7 Baylor 82 Texas Tech 50

Wisconsin 75 #12 Ohio State 70

#15 Indiana 90 Penn State 65

#19 West Virginia 69 Kansas 61

#22 DePaul 81 St. John’s 73

Marquette 77 Butler 48

Western Michigan 74 Akron 66

Boise State 85 UNLV 59

Houston 89 Temple 52

Central Michigan 81 Miami Ohio 78

Tulane 64 Tulsa 47

Buffalo 82 Toledo 73

Bowling Green 80 State 79 OT

Ohio 88, Ball State 66

Providence 60 Creighton 48

Minnesota 83 Illinois 73

Cincinnati 73 Memphis 62

TCU 78 Kansas State 67

Texas 64 Oklahoma State 53

Fresno State 76 Air Force 58

NBA SCOREBOARD

Toronto 137 Washington 115

Dallas 118 Atlanta 117

LA Clippers 119 Minnesota 112

Brooklyn 104 Indiana 94

Memphis 130 Charlotte 114…..Desmond Bane 18pts (4-8 3-pointers), 2asst, 2stls

Chicago 129 New Orleans 116

Denver 133 Cleveland 95

LA Lakers 114 Oklahoma City 113 OT

Phoenix 125 Milwaukee 124

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 3 NY Rangers 2

Toronto 4 Montréal 2

Indiana hands Northwestern 10th straight loss, 79-76 in 2OT

Aljami Durham scored a career-high 24 points, Armaan Franklin tied his best with 23 points and Indiana beat Northwestern 79-76 in double overtime on Wednesday night for the Wildcats’ 10th straight loss.

Indiana trailed by as many as 14 points, and led for just 14 seconds through regulation and the first overtime.

Jerome Hunter put Indiana ahead 75-71 with 16.2 seconds left in the second overtime on a step-back 3-pointer. Chase Audige answered at the other end on a corner 3-pointer, and Durham helped the Hoosiers seal it by making four free throws in the final 5.7 seconds.

Indiana was 27 of 38 from the free-throw line compared to Northwestern’s 12 attempts.

Trayce Jackson-Davis had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana (11-8, 6-6 Big Ten). Hunter, who did not play in Indiana’s previous two games due to a coach’s decision, finished with seven points.

Franklin and Durham combined to score 16 of Indiana’s 20 first-half points. Each team shot under 31% from the field in the first half. Indiana only made one field goal in the opening eight minutes as Northwestern took a 12-3 lead, and the Wildcats were held to two field goals in the final eight minutes.

Northwestern led 54-47 with 2:16 remaining in regulation, but Durham closed on a personal 7-0 run, capped by a runner in the lane with 25.8 seconds left. The Wildcats weren’t able to get off a shot before the buzzer.

Franklin scored 10 of Indiana’s 12 points in overtime, and he assisted on Durham’s long jumper with 1.6 seconds left to force a second overtime.

Audige led Northwestern (6-11, 3-10) with 19 points. Pete Nance and Robbie Beran each added 12 points, and Ryan Young had 11. Northwestern reserve guard Ty Berry did not play following the passing of his father. Fellow guard Boo Buie wore Berry’s No. 3 jersey.

No. 24 Purdue Faces Challenge at Minnesota on Thursday 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue heads down the homestretch looking to solidify its NCAA Tournament resume and surge to a Big Ten Tournament double-bye as the Boilermakers head to the frigid tundra to face Minnesota on Thursday. Jason Benetti and Robbie Hummel will call the game, beginning at 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

The Boilermakers are coming off a 75-70 decision over Northwestern on Saturday and are looking for their fourth Big Ten road win of the season. Through Tuesday’s games, only Ohio State has won at least four Big Ten road games so far this season. 

THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Minnesota by a 106-85 advantage, having won consecutive meetings with the Gophers. The Boilermakers are 5-6 at “The Barn” under Coach Painter, having won two of their last three trips to Minneapolis. 
2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 331st (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.05 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.35 years (288th nationally).  
3) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 11 of its 20 games this year, missing key personnel for nine games this year. Purdue has gone 8-3 in those 11 games with a full roster, all coming against power-conference teams (losses to Iowa, Rutgers & Illinois). 
4) Matt Painter won his 350th overall game and 175th in Big Ten play on Saturday night against Northwestern. 
5) Four freshmen have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the most in league history. Michigan (2012-13) and Ohio St. (2010-11) had 3. 
6) A Purdue freshman has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in four straight weeks and in six of a possible 11 weeks this season. 
7) With Purdue entering the AP Top 25 last week, the Boilermakers have been nationally-ranked in six straight seasons, the longest streak in school history. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue has been ranked in 72-of-110 Associated Press top-25 polls. 
8) Over the last five years since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue has the most wins in the Big Ten (62). Michigan State is next at 60. 
9) Purdue owns a 53-9 home record in Big Ten play since the 2014-15 season. Since that year, just one team, Michigan has beaten the Boilermakers twice at Mackey Arena. Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern are the five teams to not win in Mackey. 
10) Purdue is on a quest for its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance as a top-five seed. Just six teams (Purdue, North Carolina, Kansas, Virginia, Duke, Kentucky) have had four straight years of top-five seeds, and several of those streaks are in jeopardy this season. 

Berger gets 3rd triple-double this season for Indiana women

Mackenzie Holmes scored 25 points, Grace Berger secured her third triple-double of the season and No. 15 Indiana beat Penn State 90-65 on Wednesday.

Berger had 17 points, 11 rebounds, and her 10th assist came with 2:35 remaining in the fourth quarter on a pass to Holmes in the lane. Berger has the program’s only three triple-doubles, including one against Penn State in January.

Berger started Indiana’s 12-0 run to begin the third quarter to help build the first double-digit lead of the game at 51-40. The Hoosiers shot 57.1% in the quarter and held Penn State to 3-of-12 shooting to turn a 40-39 halftime deficit into a 65-51 lead.

Ali Patberg added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Aleksa Gulbe scored 15 for Indiana (12-4, 10-2 Big Ten Conference). Nicole Cardano-Hillary was Indiana’s only starter not in double figures, scoring nine points with five assists and four steals..

Holmes was 10 of 12 from the field, 5 of 6 at the free-throw line and she also grabbed seven rebounds.

Niya Beverley scored 16 points for Penn State (8-8, 5-7). Maddie Burke added 13 points and Anna Camden 12.

Grace Berger Added to Wade Trophy Midseason Watch List  

ATLANTA – Junior guard Grace Berger is one of six players in the country to be added to the “Wade Watch” midseason list for the Wade Trophy, announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.

Berger is the team’s second leading scorer this season, averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 77.8 at the free throw line. She also holds an assist-to-turnover ratio of +2.9 and currently leads the nation in triple doubles this season, recording the first two in Indiana women’s basketball history along with one double-double.  The Louisville, Ky. native has scored in double figures 12 times this season. In addition, she is a top 10 finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award which honors the nation’s top small forward.

She joins Ali Patberg, who earned a spot on the preseason watch list, as one of 39 candidates for Wade Trophy. Indiana is one of five schools to earn multiple players on the award’s watch list. The Wade Trophy — now in its 44th year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen. First awarded in 1978 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), now known as SHAPE America, the Wade Trophy has been presented to the WBCA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year since 2001.

Wisconsin women take down No. 12 Ohio State 75-70

Imani Lewis scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Sara Stapleton added 13 points and 10 boards, and Wisconsin beat No. 12 Ohio State 75-70 on Wednesday night.

Lewis topped her previous best of 23 points and secured her Big Ten-leading 10th double-double this season.

Wisconsin (5-13, 2-13 Big Ten) had been outscored by an average of 17.5 points per game in its first 14 conference games this season, including an 11-game losing streak. The Badgers had also lost 29 of the past 32 meetings in the series, including four straight in Madison.

Sydney Hilliard had 13 points and seven assists, and Estella Moschkau scored 10 for Wisconsin. Julie Pospisilova, Wisconsin’s only starter not in double figures, finished with eight points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks.

Dorka Juhasz led Ohio State (12-3, 8-3) with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Madison Greene added 15 points and Braxtin Miller scored 10. Jacy Sheldon, who entered leading the team with 17 points per game, was held to seven points.

Kyrie Irving has 35 points, Nets use defense to rout Pacers

Steve Nash just wanted to see his Brooklyn Nets compete harder and tougher.

“They gave us everything we asked for,” Nash said.

And way more than the Indiana Pacers could handle.

Kyrie Irving had 35 points and eight assists and the Nets were defensively dominant in the first half in shutting down the Pacers 104-94 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

A night after an embarrassing effort in Detroit, when the Nets yielded 38 points in the first quarter, the Pacers didn’t reach that total until 8:46 remained in the third.

By then, the Nets had built a 32-point halftime lead, their largest since moving to Brooklyn in 2012, and with a 62-30 bulge allowed just two more points than their best total since moving from New Jersey.

“We haven’t played defense like that pretty much the entire season, so it was definitely good to see us taking a step in the right direction,” swingman Joe Harris said.

Irving was 17 for 17 from the throw line, career highs in both categories, and Brooklyn led by as many as 36 points.

James Harden added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who expect to get Kevin Durant back from his three-game absence for coronavirus health and safety protocol reasons when they open a five-game trip to the West on Saturday at Golden State, his former team.

Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who dropped their season-high fourth in a row. They were coming off their worst offensive performance of the season, with season lows of 95 points and 39.8% Sunday against Utah.

That was nothing compared to this mess.

Anderson leads Grizzlies’ 3-point spree in win over Hornets

Kyle Anderson hit a career-high six of Memphis’ franchise-record 23 3-pointers and scored 27 points to help the Grizzlies snap a four-game losing streak with a 130-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

Dillon Brooks added 20 points, Desmond Bane and Grayson Allen scored 18 each, and Ja Morant had 15 points and 11 assists.

“I feel like we’re a very dangerous team, knocking down shots,” Morant said. “I feel like the team we have now, there’s a lot of shooting we can put on the floor. We encourage everybody from the first man to the last man when they get in the game to shoot it.”

Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 34 points, connecting on 12 of 17 shots. LaMelo Ball added 17 points, and Gordon Hayward and Malcolm Bridges added 15 points apiece. Bridges had 10 rebounds.

“I think we gave great effort at the beginning of the game and kind of went away from it,” Rozier said. “Got discouraged, especially in the second half when they started hitting 3s. They just never looked back.”

The biggest burst for Memphis came in the third quarter. Anderson opened the second half with four 3-pointers in less than 3 minutes, leading to a Charlotte timeout.

“I think I had knocked down a corner 3 in the first half, and it just felt good,” Anderson said. “It came to me about four or five times in a row (in the second half).”

Later in the quarter, the Grizzlies had a 21-7 run and the Memphis lead swelled to 101-83 at the end of the third. Memphis outscored the Hornets 31-15 in the frame as Charlotte, which shot well in the first half, converted only six of its 20 shots.

Charlotte never threatened the rest of the way.

“Poor performance defensively out of our group overall,” Hornets coach James Borrego said about allowing Memphis to connect on the franchise-record 3-pointers. “The commitment we’ve had this season, tonight we were not there. We weren’t locked in.”

Both teams started the game shooting well, but Memphis was hindered by a handful of turnovers and a half dozen fouls in the first quarter.

LaVine scores 46 points, Bulls hit 25 3s to beat Pelicans

It was Zach LaVine and Coby White all night long. There were layups and jams, well-placed passes and 3-pointers.

So many 3s.

LaVine scored a season-high 46 points, hitting nine of Chicago’s franchise-record 25 3-pointers, and the Bulls cooled off the New Orleans Pelicans with a 129-116 victory Wednesday.

“I expect to do that. I put in the time and effort,” LaVine said. “It happens that way. You hit a couple, get hot. You wish it could happen every game. Obviously, it can’t. But when you get in a zone, you want to stay in it.”

White made eight 3s and scored 30 points in an impressive show by Chicago’s starting backcourt. LaVine and White became the first duo in NBA history to make at least eight 3s apiece in the same game, according to STATS.

Denzel Valentine added four 3-pointers and 16 points as the Bulls went 25 for 47 from beyond the arc and shot 59% (48 for 81) overall.

“We (were) due for a good team shooting night,” White said. “We haven’t been shooting the ball well as a team, especially at home.”

New Orleans had won four in a row, including a 130-101 victory over Houston on Tuesday night. But the Pelicans looked a little tired in the second half of the opener of a four-game trip.

“Bad combination tonight of them being great and making shots and us being a step slow defensively,” coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Zion Williamson had 29 points for New Orleans, and Brandon Ingram finished with 21 points on 6-for-19 shooting. Lonzo Ball scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half.

New Orleans led 74-66 at the break despite Chicago setting a franchise record with 14 3s in the first half. But the Bulls rolled right by the Pelicans with a big third quarter.

White connected from long range and Daniel Gafford had a driving dunk with 7:03 left, capping a 19-2 run for Chicago. White hit another 3 with 15.3 seconds remaining in the third, lifting the Bulls to a 106-88 lead.

“Their ball movement was incredible,” Williamson said. “The pace of their offense was great, and they were also hitting shots.”

Mavs’ Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban relented Wednesday and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its “longstanding league policy” to include the song.

The league’s initial reaction to Cuban’s decision was to say teams were free to conduct pregame activities as they wished with the unusual circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic. Most teams don’t have fans at home games.

But the NBA abruptly reversed course with Cuban’s decision reverberating around the country, including a question put to White House press secretary Jen Psaki during her daily briefing. Athlete protests of social and racial injustice during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” became a flashpoint between then-President Donald Trump and various leagues during his administration.

“With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” the league said.

The Mavericks played a prerecorded anthem with both teams standing along the free throw lines, as spelled out in NBA guidelines, before Wednesday night’s 118-117 win over Atlanta. In the past, Cuban always had live performances of the anthem, although that practice has changed across all sports because of the pandemic.

Less than half of the roughly 1,500 vaccinated essential workers were at their seats during the anthem. All players and coaches stood, including Dallas coach Rick Carlisle with his right hand over his heart.

“It’s an animated discussion, which is certainly not surprising,” Carlisle said before the game. “This was Mark’s decision. He was steadfast about it. It’s been quite a day.”

The Mavericks released a statement from Cuban while acknowledging the club would return to playing the anthem.

“We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country,” Cuban said. “But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been.

NBA says 1 player has tested positive for virus in past week

The NBA said one player tested positive for coronavirus in the past week, meaning only two have gotten that diagnosis in the last three weeks.

The total for the season in the NBA is up to 92, but of those, 48 – or 52% – tested positive in November, before training camps officially opened. The NBA reported one positive test for the weekly period ending Jan. 26, and no positive tests for the period ending Feb. 3.

Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns – who has missed 13 games – tested positive last month and his recovery is complete. The Timberwolves had Towns back in the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Towns made the decision after going through a pregame workout to evaluate his readiness.

“Underlying conditions and Covid don’t mix well,” Towns tweeted on Wednesday. Towns has lost seven relatives to COVID-19, including his mother.

The NBA does not reveal which players test positive for COVID-19, but Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton said earlier this week that Bucks guard Jrue Holiday tested positive for the virus. That would make Holiday the one player in the NBA’s Wednesday announcement.

Holiday is listed on the Bucks’ injury report for a virus-related issue, but those do not specify whether a player has tested positive or has been ordered to sit out because contact tracing found potential of exposure to another COVID-19 positive person.

“This is nothing to play around with and once he tested positive, you immediately think about his health, his safety and his family back home,” Middleton said. “He has little kids, too, that he has to worry about.”

Ex-Clemson QB Lawrence to have surgery before NFL draft

Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will have surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder before the NFL draft.

Lawrence’s representative, Kyle Strongin of MGC Sports, said Lawrence scheduled a workout for NFL personnel on Friday instead of waiting for Clemson’s pro day on March 11 because of the upcoming surgery. Strongin did not specify when the procedure would happen.

Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 passer who finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting to Alabama receiver Devonta Smith, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He led Clemson to three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and the 2018 national championship. He finished 34-2 in three seasons as a starter. The Tigers reached the College Football Playoff in all of those seasons.

QB Heinicke re-signs with Washington for $8.75M over 2 years

 Taylor Heinicke hoped an impressive performance in his playoff debut would keep him in the NFL.

It did more than that.

Heinicke re-signed with Washington on Wednesday, a two-year deal worth $8.75 million. The 27-year-old who was out of football and taking college classes online when he joined the practice squad as “quarantine quarterback” in December now has a full-time job and potentially a chance to compete for the starting role.

“I’ve never felt I had two feet in the door,” Heinicke said. “I’ve always felt that I’ve been fighting either trying to make practice squad or even make the (roster). It’s always been kind of one foot in, one foot out. Now I actually feel like there’s a little more security there. This is the first time I’ve felt that being in the league, so it’s a great feeling.”

Heinicke went toe to toe with Tom Brady in Washington’s wild-card round loss to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Buccaneers. He was 26 of 44 for 306 yards, a touchdown pass and an interception and rushing for a team-high 46 yards and a score.

Now he’ll be in Washington’s QB mix, which remains very much in flux. Coach Ron Rivera indicated Kyle Allen will be back but was noncommittal about Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith being on the roster in 2021.

“It’s going to be a competition,” Heinicke said. “I think that’s the best way to do it. I think that’s what Coach Rivera has said, also he’s harped on that. I think that’s best for everybody.”

Washington could also trade for or sign a veteran to compete with Heinicke and Allen or use the No. 19 draft pick on a developmental prospect.

“We all saw how Taylor Heinicke played in the playoff game,” executive vice president of personnel and football Marty Hurney said. “First, you start with evaluating your roster. Then you look at the quarterbacks that are out there. A lot of times it’s all about timing in the draft, what position you’re in and who’s out there available.”

Going undrafted out of Old Dominion, Heinicke had stints with Minnesota, New England and Houston before landing with Rivera in Carolina in 2018. He made his first start with the Panthers that year and didn’t play again until relieving 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins in Week 16 this season.

Benintendi goes to Royals in 3-team trade

The Red Sox sent Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in a three-team trade that also included the New York Mets, parting with the final member of the outfield trio that helped Boston win the 2018 World Series.

The Red Sox traded Benintendi along with an unspecified amount of cash to the Royals for Franchy Cordero and two players to be named. Boston also received minor league right-handed pitcher Josh Winckowski and a player to be named from the New York Mets. The Mets received outfielder Khalil Lee from the Royals.

“For our fans, this is not the first time in the last year they’ve seen an important player leave,” Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom told reporters in a conference call late Wednesday night after the deal was announced. “I know it’s tough, I know it’s painful.”

Benintendi, 26, led all players with 15 runs during Boston’s 2018 postseason run, when he joined Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the Red Sox outfield. Betts, who was the AL MVP that season, was traded to the Dodgers in a salary dump last spring, and Bradley is a free agent who remains unsigned.

“I wouldn’t have predicted it, but we are where we are,” Red Sox general manager Brian O’Halloran said.

Bloom has said that Bradley could still return under the right deal.

“We remain hopeful we will be able to find a fit with Jackie,” Bloom said, “and also recognize that might not happen.”

The No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Benintendi was second in AL Rookie of the Year balloting in ’17. He batted .290 with 16 homers and 87 RBIs while helping Boston win a franchise-record 108 regular-season games and the World Series in 2018.

But his numbers dropped off a little the next year and a lot in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when he batted only .103. In all, he has batted .273 with 51 home runs, 260 RBIs and 53 stolen bases for Boston; his 32 outfield assists is the most in baseball over the past four years.

Feeling pressure: 2020 champ Kenin loses at Australian Open

Sofia Kenin knew this would be a tough test at the Australian Open, a potentially early end to her first attempt to defend a Grand Slam title.

Upon realizing she probably would be playing big-hitting veteran Kaia Kanepi in the second round, Kenin acknowledged, she “maybe kind of broke down a little bit.”

Kenin was right to be worried. And, with Kanepi at her best, this one was over quickly. Delivering 10 aces, Kanepi powered her way past the No. 4-seeded Kenin, overwhelming the 2020 champion 6-3, 6-2 in just 64 minutes on Thursday.

“I obviously felt like I’m not there 100% – physically, mentally, my game. Everything just feels real off, obviously. It’s not good,” Kenin said at her news conference, where she wiped away tears.

“I mean, I just – I know I couldn’t really handle the pressure,” she said.

There’s very little that’s subtle about Kanepi’s game, and there wasn’t much nuance in the way she described her approach to this match: “I served really well today. I think this helped a lot. My game plan was to play aggressive, as I normally do.”

That pretty much sums it up.

Kanepi said her winning performance wasn’t merely a case of taking advantage of Kenin’s nerves because “I was nervous, too . . . playing the defending champion, that was the thought.”

Kanepi, 35, had beaten Kenin, 22, in their only previous matchup, part of why this was not a contest the American was looking forward to. Plus, Kanepi has been successful against some of the best on the biggest stages, with seven victories over Top 10 opponents at Grand Slam tournaments, including against then-No. 1 Simona Halep at the 2018 U.S. Open.

And then there was recent form.

Kenin walked off the court crying after a 6-2, 6-2 loss last week in a tuneup event at the site of the Australian Open and explained afterward that her left leg was sore. Kanepi, meanwhile, put an end to No. 7-ranked Aryna Sabalenka’s 15-match winning streak last week and had won 16 of her past 17 outings.

With serves topping 175 kph (110 mph), Kanepi saved all seven break points she faced. And she wound up with a 22-10 edge in winners.

“I couldn’t find my rhythm,” Kenin said. “I was obviously way too nervous.”

Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Return Home To Host #5 Minnesota

WHO: Notre Dame (10-9-1, 8-7-1-1-2-1 B1G) vs. #5/5 Minnesota (15-5-0,  11-5-0-0-0-0 B1G)
WHEN: Friday, February 12 – 7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, February 13 – 5:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena
WATCH: Friday – NBCSN & NBCSports.com | Saturday – RSNs & NBCSports.com
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
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FOR STARTERS

  • The Fighting Irish carry a season-long, three-game winning streak into this weekend’s series against fifth-ranked Minnesota.
  • Last weekend, Notre Dame swept Ohio State by scores of 6-1 (Feb. 5) and 8-1 (Feb. 6) marking Notre Dame’s first game with at least eight goals since an 8-2 win at Omaha on Oct. 20, 2018.
  • Junior forward Alex Steeves had a goal and six assists for a seven-point weekend against the Buckeyes en route to being name the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week (Feb. 9).
  • Steeves had a goal and three assists in game one of that series and added three assists in game two and he has now recorded at least one point in 15 of Notre Dame’s 20 games and has a five-game point streak (4-6-10).
  • Dating back to Notre Dame’s game two, 2-1 win at Minnesota on Jan. 16, senior goaltender Dylan St. Cyr has started all seven games and posted a .930 save percentage to go along with a 2.13 goals against average and a 4-3-0 record.
  • Graham Slaggert has a career-long, five-game point streak (1-7-8).
  • Landon Slaggert (1-4-5) and Spencer Stastney (3-1-4) have three-game point streaks.
  • Nick Leivermann has a two-game goal scoring streak (3-1-4).
  • With 526 career wins, Head Coach Jeff Jackson (Lake Superior State and Notre Dame) enters the weekend tied with George Gwozdecky (Miami and Denver 1989-2013) for 11th all-time in wins, while John MacInnes of Michigan Tech (1956-81) ranks 10th with 555.
  • Notre Dame is 7-1-0 on the road this season, including series sweeps at then third- ranked Michigan (Nov. 27-28) and at then first-ranked Minnesota (Jan. 15-16) and the Irish penalty kill is 17-for-17 away from home.

THE NOTRE DAME-MINNESOTA SERIES

  • Minnesota leads the all-time series 33-24-5 dating back to 1924-25 when the Irish lost 2-1 in overtime in the first meeting.
  • Notre Dame recognizes its first win over Minnesota in 1926-27 when the Irish shutout their opponent, 2-0, in Minneapolis.
  • Twenty-nine contests between the two teams have been decided by a single goal, with the Irish narrowly leading that category 16-13.
  • The teams are playing for a ninth consecutive season.
  • Before the Irish joined the Big Ten, those meetings largely overlapped with Mario Lucia’s time at Notre Dame from 2012-16 (Mario is the son of former Minnesota head coach Don Lucia – a 1981 Notre Dame graduate/former defenseman).
  • Earlier this season, the Irish swept then top-ranked Minnesota at 3M Arena by scores of 3-2 and 2-1 on Jan. 15-16.
  • Graham Slaggert had a goal and assist in the game one win, while Dylan St. Cyr stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the game two victory.

BIG TEN HOCKEY NOTEBOOK

• Five teams take the ice this week in a pair of conference series and a nonconference matchup. Three games can be found on linear channels, while every additional game will be available to stream on Big Ten Network+.

• Three Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Minnesota leads the conference at No. 5 in both polls, followed by Wisconsin at No. 7/6 and Michigan at No. 8/8. Notre Dame and Penn State are receiving votes in both the USCHO poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

• Nine standouts representing five Big Ten programs are among the nominees for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the top NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey player in the nation. The list of nominees includes Michigan’s Kent Johnson, Owen Power and Cam York, Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine, Notre Dame’s Alex Steeves, Penn State’s Alex Limoges, and Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield, Dylan Holloway and Linus Weissbach. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented to the winner at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

• Five Big Ten goalies find themselves among the top 25 nationally in save percentage among those netminders who have played at least eight games. Wisconsin’s Cameron Rowe leads the conference and ranks second nationally with a .948 save percentage, followed by Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine (4th, .936), Michigan State’s Drew DeRidder (9th, .932), Michigan’s Strauss Mann (12th, .927) and the Badgers’ Robbie Beydoun (22nd, .915).

• Wisconsin teammates Dylan Holloway and Cole Caufield were named First and Third Stars of the Week, respectively, following their performances in a series sweep of No. 2/2 Minnesota. Holloway is currently averaging 1.92 points per game, the highest of any Big Ten Player, while on an eight-game point streak and seven-game multi-point streak. Caufield extended his point streak to 12 games (13 goals, 12 assists) and leads the nation with 17 goals and 33 points on the season.

• Notre Dame’s Alex Steeves was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week after leading the Fighting Irish to a sweep of Ohio State with a nation-leading seven points on the weekend. The junior forward finished with a goal and three assists in Friday’s 6-1 victory, before adding three assists on Saturday for his third multi-point game of the season and the 10th of his career. Steeves has now recorded at least one point in 15 of Notre Dame’s 20 games and currently has a five-game point streak (4-6-10).

• Five Big Ten teams currently rank within the top 25 nationally in scoring, including two of the top three teams. Wisconsin leads the nation and the conference with 3.95 goals per game, followed by Minnesota (3rd, 3.90), Michigan (10th, 3.62), Penn State (24th, 2.94) and Notre Dame ranking 25th and averaging 2.90 goals per contest.

• Michigan’s Strauss Mann, Michigan State’s Drew DeRidder, Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine, Ohio State’s Tommy Nappier and Wisconsin’s Cameron Rowe were among the 35 players named to the watch list for the 2021 Mike Richter Award, which annually honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I men’s hockey and is named after former Wisconsin netminder Mike Richter. This year’s honoree will be announced at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

• Thirty-one Big Ten standouts headline a group of 106 NCAA players and recruits featured in NHL Central Scouting’s updated “Players to Watch” list for the 2021 NHL Draft. Michigan and Wisconsin tied for the lead among all schools with eight players listed, while Notre Dame followed in fifth with six. Michigan’s trio of freshmen – Matty Beniers, Kent Johnson and Owen Power – all earned “A” ratings as first-round candidates and lead a group of 11 current NCAA freshmen featured on the list.

• The 2021 Big Ten Hockey Tournament will be held March 18-20 at Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind. The tournament will return to the one-weekend, single-elimination format used during the first four years of Big Ten hockey and will feature all seven conference teams – Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. The tournament will consist of six games, with three games on Thursday, two games on Friday and the championship game on Saturday. Game times and television designations, as well as further details regarding the 2021 Big Ten Hockey Tournament, will be announced at a later date.

• This season, teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation. If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.

• Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on Big Ten Network+. All games televised on an ESPN network will be streamed on the ESPN App.