MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#16 Florida State 81 #7 Virginia 60
Stephen F Austin 89 New Orleans 79
Eastern Kentucky 83 Tennessee Tech 72
Murray State 86 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 57
Presbyterian 75 USC Upstate 65
Longwood 83 Hampton 73
Chattanooga 53 Eastern Tennessee 51
Washington 65 Washington State 63
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#6 Stanford 63 #13 Oregon 61
#17 Kentucky 88 Florida 80
#19 DePaul 82 Seton Hall 76
Creighton 42 Georgetown 41
UNLV 80 San Diego State 65
San Diego 82 Pepperdine 59
Jackson State 73 Eastern Kentucky 55
Chicago 120 Indiana 112 OT
Washington 131 Houston 119
New York 123 Atlanta 112
Utah 134 Philadelphia 123
Golden State 129 Cleveland 98
LA Clippers 125 Miami 118
Brooklyn 136 Sacramento 125
Arizona 1 St. Louis 0
NY Islanders 3 Buffalo 1
Carolina 7 Columbus 3
Florida 6 Tampa Bay 4
Ottawa 6 Toronto 5
Chicago 3 Detroit 2
Winnipeg 6 Edmonton 5
Calgary 4 Vancouver 3
San Jose 3 Anaheim 2
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS
Class 3A | Norwell (23-5) vs. South Bend Washington (21-5) | 12 pm ET / 11 am CT
Class 4A | Carroll (Fort Wayne) (25-2) vs. Crown Point (23-1) | 4 p m ET / 3 pm CT
Class A | Northfield (21-5) vs. Pioneer (23-4) | 1 pm ET | 12 pm CT
Class 2A | Tipton (19-7) vs North Judson-San Pierre (20-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class A | Loogootee (19-4) vs. Greenwood Christian (16-6) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 2A | Linton-Stockton (24-1) vs. University (12-3) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
Class 3A | Silver Creek (22-3) vs. Tri-West Hendricks (17-6) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 4A | Franklin Community (22-2) vs. Brownsburg (16-10) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
|1||Gonzaga 20-0||1567 (55)||1|
|2||Baylor 17-0||1520 (8)||2|
|4||Ohio State 17-4||1365||7|
|7||Texas Tech 14-6||1102||13|
|14||West Virginia 14-6||824||17|
|17||Florida State 11-3||514||20|
|18||Virginia Tech 14-4||486||16|
|22||Loyola Chicago 18-4||200||NR|
|23||Oklahoma State 13-6||181||NR|
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES POLL
|1||Gonzaga 20-0||796 (28)||1|
|2||Baylor 17-0||772 (4)||2|
|5||Ohio State 17-4||647||9|
|8||Texas Tech 14-6||533||11|
|14||West Virginia 14-6||389||18|
|17||Virginia Tech 14-4||304||16|
|19||Florida State 11-3||300||19|
|22||Oklahoma State 13-6||100||24|
|23||Loyola Chicago 18-4||92||NR|
WOMEN’S AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL
|1||UConn 16-1||746 (26)||2|
|2||South Carolina 17-2||700 (2)||1|
|4||North Carolina State 13-2||642||4|
|5||Texas A&M 19-1||639 (1)||6|
|6||Stanford 18-2||627 (1)||5|
|12||South Florida 11-1||386||14|
|15||Ohio State 12-3||303||12|
|19||West Virginia 16-3||174||19|
|23||South Dakota State 17-2||130||23|
|25||Missouri State 13-2||79||25|
WOMEN’S RPI RANKINGS
|2||South Carolina 17-2||0.7009||2|
|4||Texas A&M 19-1||0.6812||4|
|6||Missouri State 13-2||0.6677||6|
|8||North Carolina State 13-2||0.6548||8|
|11||West Virginia 16-3||0.6382||10|
|18||Georgia Tech 11-5||0.6250||16|
|19||Ohio State 12-3||0.6239||18|
|20||UC Davis 7-1||0.6218||19|
|23||UT Martin 14-4||0.6173||23|
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Boilermakers Begin Stretch Run Tuesday vs. Michigan State
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue looks to bounce back from a difficult road loss to Minnesota when it closes out the season series against Michigan State on Tuesday. The game will be televised by ESPN with Dave Flemming and Dan Dakich on the call, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, from Mackey Arena.
Purdue has alternated wins and losses in its last six games and looks for some consistency coming down the stretch. The Boilermakers are still in the hunt for a Big Ten Tournament double-bye and NCAA Tournament top-five seed, but needs to start stringing wins together to reach those marks. With five scheduled games left, every win counts in the race for a top seed.
THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Michigan State by a 71-55 margin, having won three straight games against the Spartans — Purdue’s longest streak since the mid-to-late 90s. Purdue has won four straight games against MSU at Mackey Arena by a combined 57 points.
2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 331st (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.04 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.35 years (289th nationally).
3) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 12 of its 21 games this year, missing key personnel for nine games this year. Purdue has gone 8-4 in those 12 games with a full roster, all coming against power-conference teams (Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota).
4) 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.
5) A Purdue freshman has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in four of the last five weeks and in six of a possible 12 weeks this season.
6) During the month of February, Purdue is just 14-of-57 (.246) from 3-point range. However, in its nine home games this year, Purdue is shooting 35.4 percent from long distance (69-of-195).
7) Purdue is one of just four Big Ten teams to have one or fewer home losses in Big Ten play (Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio State).
8) With Purdue entering the AP Top 25, the Boilermakers have been nationally-ranked in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak in school history (1968 to 1975). Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue has been ranked in 72-of-110 Associated Press top-25 polls.
9) 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.
10) 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.
BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Back At It After Long Layoff
Ten days after playing perhaps its best game of the season, the Ball State men’s basketball team will return to the court Tuesday night vs. Bowling Green. BSU defeated Toledo on Feb. 6 then had two games postponed. Bowling Green’s last game was also against Toledo, an 88-81 BG win. That snapped a six-game losing streak for BG.
The Starting 5 – The Top 5 Storylines For This Game
1. CARDS AND BG – THE SERIES
Tuesday night’s game in Muncie will be the 90th all-time meeting between Ball State and Bowling Green, a series that dates back to 1965. The Cardinals won at Bowling Green a month ago, 88-64 in one of the team’s best performances of the year. Before that game, BG had won four straight over the Cardinals.
2. NOBODY CAN COME OUT AND PLAY
Ball State has had four games postponed over the last five games. Three of the last six games have been moved, including both scheduled games last week. The Cardinals have only played three times in 24 days. Around the league, more than half of the scheduled games have not been played. Since Feb. 6, eight of the last 14 MAC games on the schedule have been postponed.
3. CARDS MISSING FROM THE DECK
Between injuries and COVID protocols, one could say Ball State has had a very fluid roster. Ball State had nine available players January 9 at Buffalo, and also had nine available at Akron. Practices and in-game chemistry have been disrupted and roles have been difficult to define. In total, Cardinal players have missed 46 games in addition to Ishmael El-Amin missing the second half of the first Buffalo game. Here’s a breakdown of games missed by player:
Player Games Missed
Reggie Jones 16
Jarron Coleman 10
Jalen Windham 8
El-Amin 2nd half at Buffalo
4. THE LAST MEETING
After 2021 began with two losses and a game postponed, Ball State answered the bell with a dominating performance at Bowling Green on Jan. 12. Six players scored in double figures, led by Ishmael El-Amin with 20. The Cards shot 55% on the night, were +15 on the glass and made 12 3-pointers in the resounding win.
5. BALL STATE vs. BG’S BIG THREE
In that Jan. 12 meeting, Ball State shot the ball well but it needs to be mentioned how they defended Justin Turner, Daeqwon Plowden and Trey Diggs. Those three players combine to average 45.1 points per game. BSU held that trio to 30 points on 9-for-26 shooting. Turner was the only BG player in double figures.
IUPUI MBB: BURK NAMED #HLMBB NIKE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI senior guard Marcus Burk has been named the #HLMBB Nike Player of the Week. Burk averaged 35.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in the Jaguars’ two-game sweep of UIC. It marks the third time in his two-year IUPUI career that he’s earned the league’s weekly award.
The 6-foot-3 sharpshooter knocked down 69.2 percent (27-of-39) from the floor, 70 percent (7-of-10) from three and a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line. He had a season-high 36 points (15-20 FG, 4-5 3’s, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Jaguars’ 89-69 win over UIC on Friday (Feb. 12) and followed with 34 points (12-19 FG, 3-5 3’s, 7-7 FT), four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Jaguars’ 88-81 win on Saturday (Feb. 13).
It marked his sixth and seventh games of 30 points or more in an IUPUI uniform (second and third this season). In doing so, he surpassed the 1,000 point mark in his IUPUI career on Saturday, doing so in just his 47th career game.
For the year, Burk has climbed to No. 2 in the Horizon League in scoring (22.3 ppg), third in three-point percentage (.425), fifth in free throw percentage (.850) and tied for seventh in field goal percentage (.500) in league play. In addition, he leads the league in steals at 2.00 per game and is the only player in the league to be shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
Nationally, he ranks No. 6 in the country in scoring (22.0 ppg) and No. 28 in three-point percentage (.419). In addition, he’s ranked No. 42 nationally at 2.0 steals per game.
In addition to being named the #HLMBB Player of the Week, Burk has also been honored by CollegeSportsMadness as the High-Major National Player of the Week and by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello as the National Player of the Week.
MIAMI MBB: RedHawks Hit Road for Tuesday Game at Toledo
TUESDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks hit the road for a pair of games this week, beginning with a 7 p.m. game at MAC-leader Toledo on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
ABOUT TOLEDO: The Rockets enter Tuesday’s game with a 16-6 overall record and a 11-3 Mid-American Conference mark to lead the conference. Toledo has dropped two straight and lost their first home game of the season in an 88-81 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday. Five Rockets average double figures in scoring, led by Jackson Marreon’s 17.2 ppg. Ryan Rollins (13.4), Spencer Littleson (13.1), Setric Millner, Jr. (12.7) and JT Shumate (12.6) follow, respectively. Millner leads the Rockets on the boards at 6.5 per game, while Jackson averages 5.7 assists per game. As a team, the Rockets lead the MAC in three-pointers (10.68) and three-point field-goal percentage (.376).
THE SERIES WITH THE ROCKETS: Tuesday marks the 132nd meeting between Miami and Toledo with MU owning a 68-63 edge in the series. The Rockets have won the last 14 meetings, including a 90-81 win in Oxford earlier this season on Jan. 26. When playing in Toledo, the Rockets hold a 39-22 lead against the RedHawks. Toledo has won the last seven meetings in Savage Arena, including a 65-57 win on Feb. 22, 2020 in the last meeting between the teams in Toledo. Miami’s last win in the series also was its last on the Rockets’ homecourt, a 68-66 win on Feb. 12, 2011.
TELEVISION: Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN3.
RADIO: In its second year of its partnership with Van Wagner, the Miami Sports Network, powered by Pepsi, continues its coverage of Miami Basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. The radio broadcast also will be carried via the TuneIn App. Steve Baker and Terry Bridge will call the action. Tune-in to one of Miami’s gameday affiliates:
WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, Ind.)
WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, Ohio)
WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, Ohio)
GRANT IS MR. EFFICIENT: Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant is making a strong case to be considered one of the MAC’s most-efficient shooters. He leads the MAC in conference-only games in both 3-point field goal percentage (.536) and free-throw percentage (.931). Additionally, he ranks 20th among conference leaders in MAC games in field goal percentage (.459).
COLEMAN-LANDS RANKS 23RD NATIONALLY IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 2.94 assist/turnover ratio with 47 assists to 16 turnovers through 15 games. He leads the MAC and ranks 23rd nationally in assist/turnover ratio.
REDHAWKS RANK 11TH NATIONALLY FEWEST TURNOVERS: Averaging 10.31 turnovers per game, Miami ranks second the MAC in fewest turnovers and ranks 11th nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of its 16 games and the same number in two games this season. The RedHawks have had 10 or fewer turnovers in 10 of their 16 games, including a season-low four against Mount St. Joseph on Dec. 11.
BROWN REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Senior forward Dalonte Brown became the 37th member of Miami’s 1,000 Point Club on Jan. 12, 2021. Brown enters Miami’s next game with 1,103 career points and has moved up to 33rd on the list.
MORE ON BROWN: Dalonte Brown played in his 100th career game on Tuesday, Dec. 15 against Buffalo. He made his 100th career start against Toledo on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Entering Miami’s next game, Brown has played in 111 career games and made 104 career starts.
ROARING 20s: In Miami’s last two games, two RedHawks have had career-high scoring efforts both of 24 points. Junior forward James Beck came off the bench at Buffalo on Feb. 6 and poured in a career-high 24 points off 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, connecting on a sizzling 71.4 percent of his shots. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and added eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot to his line in 25:41 of action. Junior guard Mekhi Lairy amassed a career-high 24 points against Akron on Feb. 12, tallying 12 points in each half. Lairy knocked down 8-of 14 field goals (.571) and was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. He added three assists, three rebounds and a steal to his stat line.
ODDS ‘N ENDS
Over the last five games, junior guard Mekhi Lairy is averaging a team-leading 16.2 ppg and also has dished out 4.0 assists per game. Lairy has handed out three or more assists in 11 of Miami’s last 12 games.
Redshirt junior forward James Beck has averaged 17.0 ppg and a team-high-tying 7.5 rpg in Miami’s last two outings. He shot 75.0 percent from the floor over the last two games, knocking down 15-of-20 field goals.
Shooting 52.9 percent from the field against Akron on Feb. 12, Miami notched its seventh game this season shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field and its fifth in Mid-American Conference play. Miami shot a season-best 58.7 percent from the floor against Bowling Green on Jan. 21.
Senior guard Milos Jovic joined the Century Club on Jan. 30 against Western Michigan, playing in his 100th career game. Entering the RedHawks’ next game, Jovic has played in 103 career games.
The RedHawks have had balanced contributions from their starters and their bench. In its 11 MAC game, Miami is getting 32.5 percent of its scoring off the bench while averaging 73.5 ppg.
After averaging 85.75 ppg in the previous four games, Miami found itself in a defensive battle against Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 30, capturing a 65-56 win against the Broncos. The RedHawks have averaged 68.3 points per game in their last four outings.
Miami exceeded 80 points in four straight games from Jan. 19-26, scoring 81 against Ball State, 96 against Bowling Green, 85 at Western Michigan and 81 against Toledo. It was the first time since January 1990 that MU has strung together four-straight games scoring 80 or more points when Miami scored 87 at Ohio (Jan. 3, 1990), 83 against Central Michigan (Jan. 6, 1990), 96 at Bowling Green (Jan. 10, 1990) and 94 against Eastern Michigan (Jan. 13, 1990).
UP NEXT: Miami continues its road stretch at Northern Illinois for a 6 p.m. (ET) game on Saturday, Feb. 20.
DAYTON MEN’S BB: Men’s Basketball Goes Back On The Road To Visit Rhode Island Tuesday
DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers will return to action on Tuesday, when the Flyers travel to Rhode Island. Game time is 7 p.m. ET. It will be UD’s third consecutive game against a team it already played earlier this season.
Dayton is 11-6, and 7-5 in the Atlantic 10 after Friday’s 76-67 loss to VCU last Tuesday. Ibi Watson led UD with 20 points. Jordy Tshimanga had his first Dayton double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds), and Elijah Weaver added 10 points.
The game will carried by WHIO Radio, televised by the CBS Sports Network and streamed on the CBS Sports App. Streaming audio, video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.
• Moving into a bigger role this year, Jalen Crutcher got the kind of attention during the preseason that he is getting from opponents during the season. He was on the Naismith, Wooden, NABC and Bob Cousy Award Watch Lists, as well as the Lute Olson mid-season list.
• Crutcher, a four-year starter, was ranked the 12th-best player in the country by ESPN, 16th in CBSSports.com’s top college basketball players. The Athletic rated him sixth among its top 20 guards in the country. He was also named Second Team Preseason All-America by Stadium.
• Keep in mind that Crutcher was UD’s co-MVP last season, with consensus national PoY Obi Toppin. Crutcher is the first Flyer with 1,200 career points, 500 assists and 200 three-pointers.
• Crutcher lived up to his nickname of “Clutcher” in Dayton’s first six wins, scoring UD’s final points in the last seconds of regulation or overtime at the line. At Saint Louis, he scored 13 in the first half, was shut out for the first 15:59 of the second half, and then after Saint Louis tied the game, he scored 14 points in the final 4:01 to pave the way to a five-point road win.
• Ibi Watson is second on the team in scoring (15.8) and minutes (38.2), and percentage-wise, is nearly a 50-40-80 guy. He shoots 47% FG, 43% from 3-pt. and 82% from the line.
•If a “true freshman” is a player who signed the previous year and is playing without redshirting, can you call a player who signed in November and scores 22 points in December start a “truer freshman?” We call him Mustapha Amzil, and the 22 points he scored in first college game were the most at UD in 14 years. He then had 15 vs. GMU (with 6 reb & 4 asst).
• Amzil was A-10 Rookie of the Week exactly 50 days after he signed with UD on Nov. 16.
• He was named A-10 Rookie for the third time (the only multiple RotW this year) on Feb. 8.
• Jordy Tshimanga pulled down 16 rebounds at Fordham, the most by a Flyer in three years. He is averaging 9.2 rebounds in his last 10 contests. He has reached double digits in some way in the last 4 of the last 5 games: 10 points at VCU, 10 rebounds at SLU, 11 points vs. URI, 14 rebounds vs. George Mason and 14/12 vs. VCU.
• In nine games as a starter, Elijah Weaver has 66 points, 39 assists and 19 turnovers.
• Coach Anthony Grant was the consensus national coach of the year in 2019-20.
• The Flyers are back home on Friday, Feb. 19 Saint Louis. Game time is 7 p.m. ET. That game will serve as UD’s Senior Day.
BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Player of the Week
Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
G/F – Jr. – 6-6 – Muscatine, Iowa – Muscatine (Iowa) – Major: Business
- Averaged 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in wins over then-ranked No. 25/RV Rutgers and Michigan State. Made 10-of-14 three-pointers on the week (.714 pct.), going 5-for-7 (.714 pct.) from behind the arc in both games. Overall, shot 16-for-27 from the field (.590 pct.) and 5-for-6 from the free throw line (.830 pct.). Added four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in Iowa’s two games.
- Against Rutgers, led the Hawkeyes with a season-high 26 points and tied for the team lead with 10 rebounds (all defensive), marking his third double-double of the season. Shot 9-for-14 from the field (.643 pct.), including 5-for-7 from three-point range.
- Once again led the Hawkeyes with 21 points in Iowa’s win at Michigan State. In addition to scoring 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists, blocked a shot and recorded a steal in the win. For a second consecutive game, hit a season-high five shots from behind the three-point arc.
- Following the two wins, Wieskamp is now tied for ninth all-time in Iowa history in career three-pointers made (161) and will pass Dean Oliver (1998-2001) for sole possession of ninth place with one more three-point FG.
- Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career; was also a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2018-19.
- Last Iowa Player of the Week: Jordan Bohannon (Jan. 11, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
C – 7-1 – Alexandria, Va. – DeMatha Catholic (Md.) – Major: Undecided
- Recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and career-high-tying 15 rebounds to help Michigan defeat then-ranked No. 21/No. 21 Wisconsin 67-59. Also set a new career high with five blocked shots in the win.
- Became the first Wolverine to post 10-plus points, 15-plus rebounds and five-plus blocks in a game since 2004. The last Michigan player to accomplish the feat was Courtney Sims vs. Purdue (11 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks on 2/7/04).
- After trailing 42-29 early in the second half, helped Michigan complete its comeback by grabbing an offensive rebound and dishing an assist to teammate Isaiah Livers who hit a three-point shot to take a 59-57 lead with 2:56 remaining the game.
- Earns the sixth Freshman of the Week accolade of his career.
- Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Hunter Dickinson (Jan. 11, 2021)
BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Co-Player of the Week AND Freshman of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Fr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared
• Posted her third consecutive 30-point game with a career-high 39 points (on 12-of-18 shooting and 6-of-10 from three-point range), grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists in the Hawkeyes’ win at Nebraska on Feb. 11
• Set a Pinnacle Bank Arena record for points in a game (male or female), while becoming just the second NCAA Division I freshman since 2015-16 with seven 30-point games in a season (Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter also had seven in 2017-18)
• Registered her sixth double-double of the season
• Selected for her fourth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, tying the conference record for Player of the Week awards by a freshman set by Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. in 2013-14
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Monika Czinano (Feb. 1, 2021)
• Collects the 10th Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of her career, tying the conference record set by Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard in 2015-16
• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 8, 2021)
Co-Player of the Week
Imani Lewis, Wisconsin
Jr. – F – Willingboro, N.J. – Life Center Academy – Major: Personal Finance
• Averaged 27.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game with a .643 field-goal percentage and two double-doubles in a 1-1 week for the Badgers
• Tied her career high with 27 points in both games, including a 9-of-12 shooting performance in Wisconsin’s win over No. 12/11 Ohio State on Feb. 10, the Badgers’ first victory over a top-15 opponent since Jan. 31, 2013 (vs. No. 7 Penn State)
• Leads the Big Ten with 11 double-doubles this season
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Taylor Wurtz (Jan. 7, 2014)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Grace Berger, Jr., G, IND: Recorded her nation-leading and Big Ten record-tying third triple-double this season with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Hoosiers’ win over Penn State on Feb. 10
Ashley Owusu, So., G, MD: Tallied a game-high 25 points (10-15 FG), seven rebounds and seven assists in the Terrapins’ victory at Nebraska on Sunday
Arella Guirantes, Sr., G, RU: Averaged 22.5 ppg., 5.0 apg., 4.0 rpg. and 3.0 bpg. in two RU wins last week, including 30 points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks in Sunday’s victory at Purdue
MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BGSU’s Plowden Named MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Daeqwon Plowden, Bowling Green, Forward
Senior, Philadelphia, Pa. (Mastery Charter North)
Plowden averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Falcons capped a two-game week with a big Battle of I-75 victory at Toledo (Feb. 13). Plowden shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the floor and went 6-for-7 (85.7 percent) from the foul line on the week. After a 15-point, eight-rebound effort in a four-point loss to Kent State on Feb. 9, Plowden posted the sixth 20-point game of his career in BGSU’s 88-81 win over the Rockets. The native of Philadelphia registered 22 points, nine rebounds and one steal in the rivalry showdown.
American Athletic Conference Announces Weekly Men’s Basketball Awards
IRVING, Texas – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the 12th week of the 2020-21 season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kendric Davis, Jr., Guard, SMU
Davis led SMU to an away win over East Carolina on Feb. 8 with 25 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. It was his eighth 20-point game of the season and eighth time with seven or more assists this year.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Jeremiah Williams, Guard, Temple
Williams recorded a career-high 16 points along with four assists and two steals at Cincinnati on Feb. 12. The freshman was efficient from the field, going 7-or-11.
Darius Perry, Sr., Guard, UCF
Perry averaged 19.3 points, 3.7 assists and had a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio in three games last week for the Knights.
Mika Adams-Woods, So., Guard, Cincinnati
Adams-Woods led the Bearcats in scoring with 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over Temple and UCF.
Quentin Grimes, Jr., Guard, Houston
Grimes posted 29 points, including six 3-point field goals, four rebounds and two assists in the Cougars win at USF on Feb. 10.
Jaylen Forbes, So., Guard, Tulane
Forbes averaged 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Green Wave. The sophomore guard posted 39 points in the two wins (19.5 average).
Alterique Gilbert, R-Sr., Guard, Wichita State
Gilbert helped lead the Shockers to a win at UCF with 17 points and three 3-pointers on Feb. 10. The redshirt-senior guard had five points in the last 33 seconds to help seal the win.
PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Bush, Trammell Receive Big Ten Weekly Awards
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following a pair of four-set wins at No. 24 Michigan, the Big Ten announced Hayley Bush as Big Ten Setter of the Week and Taylor Trammell the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
Bush is one of three setters in program history to earn the weekly honor, having joined the ranks of All-Americans Val Nichol and Ashley Evans a season ago with her honor in September 2019. Meanwhile, Trammell’s honor marks Purdue’s first defensive player of the week accolade by a true freshman middle blocker since Kierra “KiKi” Jones received Co-Defensive honors twice in 2011 (redshirt-freshman Faye Adelaja was recognized in 2013).
Bush capped off a stellar weekend with 90 assists (48 assists on night one and 42 on night two), seven kills on 18 attempts while going errorless (.389 attack %). The weekend included a solo block that helped turn the tide for the Boilermakers in Sunday’s fourth set, a critical point in the eventual set win. Bush also contributed a .538 attack % on the Valentine’s Day matchup, with all seven of her kills coming in the four-set victory. Furthermore, the Union, Kentucky, product registered 22 total digs (11 each night) for a pair of double-doubles.
Additionally, Bush recorded her 3,000th career assist in Sunday’s brawl at No. 24 Michigan to become just the 11th Boilermaker in program history to reach the milestone. The redshirt-junior is on track to enter the Purdue annals during the 2021 season (No. 10 in program history: 3,066 by Paula Harmon, 1991-93).
Trammell produced another career-setting weekend, with a career-high nine blocks (2 solo, 7 block assists) in the first night at No. 24 Michigan, which tied as the fifth-most blocks by a Big Ten player this season. Overall, Trammell led the team in Week Four with 16 total blocks and averaged 2.0 blocks per set (3 solo, 13 block assists). Offensively, the Lexington, Kentucky, freshman added 11 kills and just three errors on 24 swings (.333 attack %) over the weekend.
It is the second setter of the week honor in Bush’s career and the first of its kind for Trammell.
Purdue returns home for a pair of matches against Northwestern on Friday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network Plus, and Saturday Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET on BTN. Saturday’s match will serve as senior day for the Boilermakers.
River States Conference Player of the Week winners selected for Feb. 8-14
CARLOW’S MILLER THREE-PEATS AS RSC WOMEN’S INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa.) University senior Olivia Miller competed highly in four field events to take home River States Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
The Bolivar, Pa., native competed in all three jumps and also did the shot put at the Indiana Tech Classic. She placed third in the high jump at 1.53 meters and sixth in the triple jump at 11.63 meters, two events that she ranks first in the conference in. Miller posted a mark of 5.11 meters in the long jump to move into second place in the conference.
Next up for the Celtics is the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championship Feb. 20 in Logan, Ohio.
IU KOKOMO’S JACKSON PICKS UP RSC WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo junior Lexi Jackson ran a top time in the 5,000 meters to gain River States Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
Jackson, from Walton, Ind., ran a time of 17 minutes, 41 seconds in the 5K at the Indiana Tech Classic. That is the No. 1 time in the RSC and the seventh-ranked time in the country. The time established a school record and was fourth place at the meet.
Next up for the Cougars is the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 20 at Logan, Ohio.
WVU TECH’S SMITH NAMED RSC MEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — WVU Tech senior Steven Smith put up another top time in the race walk to earn River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
The South Portland, Maine, posted a time of 13 minutes, 18 seconds in the 3,000-meter race walk to place second at the Montreat meet. That gives him another highly ranked time in the NAIA this year. He already ranked first in the country with a time of 12:19 the week before.
Next up for the Golden Bears is the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 20 in Logan, Ohio.
IU KOKOMO’S GAYLOR SNAGS RSC MEN’S INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo thrower Grant Gaylor shined in the shot put last weekend to earn River States Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
A senior from Kokomo, Ind., Gaylor uncorked a toss of 16.65 meters to win first place at the Indiana Tech Classic. That throw is ranked first in the RSC, seventh in the NAIA and set a school record. He won the event by more than one meter.
Next up for the Cougars is the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 20 in Logan, Ohio.
MIDWAY’S EVANS NAMED RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University forward Kwon Evans averaged a big double-double to gain River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
The 6-4 senior from Louisville, Ky., averaged 27.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Eagles went 2-0. He made 61 percent of his field goals (23 for 38) and was 5 for 11 from beyond the arc for 46 percent.
Evans started out with 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists versus Asbury. He finished up with 29 points, 10 rebounds and three assists versus Alice Lloyd (Ky.), a performance that included 12 for 16 from the field and 5 for 6 from long range.
Midway will be at IU Kokomo on Feb. 17.
MIDWAY’S CALLAHAN GETS ANOTHER RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University forward Allyson Callahan had a pair of 20-point games to garner River States Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
The 5-11 junior from Morehead, Ky., averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in two wins last week for the Eagles. She shot 50 percent from the field (15 for 30) and 55 percent from 3-point range (10 for 18).
Callahan had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Asbury. That game also featured four assists and 6 for 8 from long range. She then had 22 points, six rebounds and another four treys in a victory versus Alice Lloyd.
Midway will be at Campbellsville-Harrodsburg on Feb. 18.
ASBURY’S PARIS SELECTED FOR RSC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Asbury (Ky.) University junior Walker Paris had a huge day to earn River States Conference Baseball Player of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
The infielder from Mt. Vernon, Ind., was 3 for 5 with a double, a triple and a home run in a 13-5 victory over Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). That performance included five RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. His three extra-base hits pushed the Eagles to 4-0 on the year.
RIO GRANDE’S METTLER WINS RSC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Lane Mettler earned a victory in relief to pick up River States Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 8-14.
Mettler, from Bainbridge, Ohio, worked 2.0 scoreless innings of relief to lift the RedStorm to a 5-4 win over Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). He came on in the sixth to get out of a bases-loaded jam and keep the score 4-4. He also worked a scoreless seventh and got the win when the RedStorm took the game in walkoff fashion.
In his outing Mettler gave up one hit, struck out three and walked one.
Gonzaga, Baylor sit atop AP Top 25; Kansas returns at No. 23
The voters in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll are lined up with the committee that will select the NCAA Tournament field when it comes to which five teams are the nation’s best.
Agreeing on the order beyond that isn’t as simple.
Top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor remained atop Monday’s latest AP Top 25, where they have been for all 13 polls this season. And after Illinois rose one spot to No. 5, that put the top of the AP poll in sync with the initial rankings of the top 16 seeds released Saturday by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.
Among teams that didn’t lose last week, AP voters were a bit higher on No. 7 Virginia (seeded ninth), No. 9 Oklahoma (12th), No. 11 Iowa (13th) and No. 12 Texas (15th) following wins that came later Saturday. In addition, Alabama rose three spots to No. 8 in the AP poll to pull closer to the committee’s seeding of seventh overall shortly before the Crimson Tide scored 115 points in a win over against Georgia.
Sixth-ranked Houston (seeded eighth) didn’t play after the committee released its rankings.
THE TOP TIER
Coach Mark Few’s Bulldogs received 59 of 64 first-place votes in the new AP Top 25, while Scott Drew’s Bears claimed the other five. Next came three straight Big Ten teams, starting with No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State as the other No. 1 seeds in the selection committee’s rankings.
Illinois climbed to the top 5 for the second time this season, the other coming in late November, for the program’s highest ranking since reaching No. 1 during the 2004-05 season. The Illini dipped to No. 22 by January but have won five straight, including against Iowa and No. 21 Wisconsin.
No. 14 Creighton had the week’s biggest climb, jumping five spots after a weekend win over Villanova. The Bluejays have won six of seven since a Jan. 20 loss to Providence.
No. 11 Iowa climbed four spots after a pair of Big Ten wins, first against a ranked Rutgers team at home. Then came Saturday’s 30-point win at Michigan State, the worst home loss in coach Tom Izzo’s tenure with the Spartans.
In all, 11 teams climbed from last week’s poll.
No. 20 Missouri took the biggest tumble, falling 10 spots after losses at Mississippi and at home to Arkansas in Southeastern Conference play last week. The Tigers had cracked the top 10 last week for the first time since December 2012.
No. 15 Texas Tech fell eight spots after losing at home to No. 13 West Virginia, while No. 10 Villanova fell five spots after its loss to Creighton.
Beyond the top four, No. 18 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 22 Loyola Chicago also remained in their positions from last week.
Kansas’ streak-breaking absence from the AP Top 25 was a short one.
The Jayhawks fell out of last week’s poll for the first time in 12 years. But they immediately beat a ranked Oklahoma State team to start the week, then added two wins over Iowa State to jump back in at No. 23.
Kansas was one of three new additions to this week’s poll, joined by No. 24 Arkansas and No. 25 San Diego State. It marked the Razorbacks’ first appearance since January 2018, while the Aztecs spent two weeks in the poll in December.
FAREWELL (FOR NOW)
Oklahoma State (No. 23), Purdue (No. 24) and Rutgers (No. 25) fell out of the poll.
The Big 12 led the way with six ranked teams after having a national-best five teams in the NCAA selection committee’s rankings. The Big Ten was next with five ranked teams, while the SEC had four and the Atlantic Coast Conference had three.
No. 16 Florida St routs No. 7 Virginia 81-60 in ACC showdown
M.J. Walker scored 17 points and No. 16 Florida State built a big first-half lead, beating No. 7 Virginia 81-60 on Monday night in a showdown between the top two teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
RaiQuan Gray had 15 points as the Seminoles (12-3, 8-2) handed 2019 national champion Virginia its worst ACC loss in four years. Walker made five of Florida State’s season-high 13 3-pointers on 24 attempts (54%).
“We can play anybody in the country when we’re locked in and focused on our opponent and the game plan and execute it,” Gray said. “We have to keep that focus the rest of the year.”
Gray scored in double figures for the seventh straight game. Florida State has won 24 consecutive ACC home games dating to a victory over Clemson on Jan. 22, 2019.
Trey Murphy III had 13 points and Kihei Clark added 12 in the second half for Virginia (15-4, 11-2), which had won four in a row.
Florida State has taken four of the last five meetings at home. But this one was surprisingly lopsided; it marked the Cavaliers’ largest ACC defeat since falling 65-41 at North Carolina on Feb. 18, 2017.
The Seminoles shot a robust 29 of 58 (50%) from the floor against one of the nation’s stingiest defensive programs.
“If you want a chance to beat a team of this caliber, or that is playing at this level in this setting, you can’t be sometimes really good defensively,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “You’ve got to be all the time good in the areas that you have control over. You can’t control if they can make the big-time shot or an acrobatic play, but we can control if our defense is set, if we’re active on the ball, if we’re in position and not committing some lapse in judgment.”
Bennett dropped to 9-10 against Florida State.
Florida State jumped on the Cavaliers early. Gray and Walker had nine points apiece as the Seminoles went 6 of 10 from 3-point range on the way to a stunning 45-25 halftime lead.
Boston College fires coach Jim Christian, with team at 3-13
Boston College fired basketball coach Jim Christian on Monday with three weeks left in his seventh season and his team 3-13.
The Eagles have just one win in 10 Atlantic Coast Conference games.
Assistant Scott Spinelli will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.
“I know that Jim gave everything that he had into leading our program and mentoring our student-athletes,” said athletic director Pat Kraft, who inherited Christian from his predecessors. “Ultimately, the program is not headed in the right direction and though I hesitate to make a midseason coaching change in any sport, now is the right time for us to look forward.”
Under Christian, the Eagles were 78-132 and 26-94 in the ACC.
MEN’S BIG 10 BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK
• The Big Ten made history on Monday, Feb. 15, with Michigan (No. 3), Ohio State (No. 4) and Illinois (No. 5) becoming the first trio of Big Ten teams ever to be ranked in the top five of the Associated Press Top-25 poll this late in a season since the AP began publishing its poll in 1949. The closest any Big Ten trio came to being ranked in the top five of the poll on either Feb. 15 or later was Purdue (No. 3), Indiana (No. 4) and Iowa (No. 6) on March 2, 1987. The last time the Big Ten had three teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll this late in the season was March 5, 2018: Michigan State (No. 4), Michigan (No. 7) and Purdue (No. 10). (Research courtesy of Big Ten Network)
• The Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee revealed its top 16 teams and seeds on Saturday, Feb. 13. Michigan ranked No. 3 overall and Ohio State ranked No. 4 overall, with both teams earning No. 1 seeds. Illinois checked in at No. 5 and earned a No. 2 seed, while Iowa ranked No. 13 and was named a No. 4 seed. The Big Ten is the only conference to earn multiple No. 1 seeds and is also the only conference to secure both a No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed. The rankings and seeds reflect games played through Friday, Feb. 12.
• Marcus Carr (Minnesota), Kofi Cockburn (Illinois), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan), Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois), Luka Garza (Iowa), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), E.J. Liddell (Ohio State) and Trevion Williams (Purdue) were all named to the Naismith Trophy 2021 Midseason Team. The Big Ten leads all conferences with eight student-athletes on the Midseason Team, while the Big 12 ranks second with five.
• As of Feb. 15, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 10 of the NCAA NET Rankings and is the only conference to have multiple teams in the top 10. The Big Ten has a major presence in the NET with 13 of its 14 teams (.929 pct.) appearing in the top 100 and five teams in the top 25: Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 7), Iowa (No. 8) and Wisconsin (No. 18). Purdue (No. 23) and Rutgers (No. 25) both cracked the NET’s top 30.
• As of Feb. 15, KenPom’s rankings include four Big Ten teams in the top 10 in Michigan (No. 3), Iowa (No. 4), Illinois (No. 5) and Ohio State (No. 7). Wisconsin currently sits just outside the top 10 at No. 13, while Purdue (No. 22) cracked the top 25, and Rutgers (No. 26) and Indiana (No. 29) round out the top 30. The Big Ten owns 40.0 percent of KenPom’s top 10, while 11 of the conference’s 14 teams (.786 pct.) appear in the top 40 of the overall rankings. The Big Ten’s nine teams in the top 40 lead all conferences, including the Big 12’s six teams.
• By conference, the Big Ten ranks 1st in the nation in NET and 2nd in RPI (.5701). The conference’s RPI trails only the Big 12 (.5794). The Big Ten recorded a 70-14 record (.833 pct.) in non-conference play, marking the highest non-conference winning percentage by any conference in the NCAA.
• On Jan. 23, the University of Michigan Athletic Department paused athletic activities in all sports in response to a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services decision surrounding COVID-19. The Wolverines returned to the court on Sunday, Feb. 14, for the first time since defeating Purdue on Jan. 22. Following its 22-day layoff, Michigan defeated then-ranked No. 21/No. 21 Wisconsin 67-59 to improve to 14-1 on the season and 9-1 in Big Ten play. Senior forward Isaiah Livers led Michigan with 20 points, while adding seven rebounds. Freshman center Hunter Dickinson resumed his dominant play with 11 points, a career-high tying 15 rebounds and a career-high five blocks. The performance marked the fourth double-double of Dickinson’s career.
• After pushing then-ranked No. 6/No. 6 Illinois to the brink on Friday in a 72-77 overtime loss, Nebraska secured its first Big Ten win of the season with a 62-61 victory at Penn State on Sunday. Junior guard Teddy Allen led the Huskers in both points (14) and rebounds (six), and made the game-winning bucket with 12 seconds remaining to give Nebraska the win.
• No. 4/No. 4 Ohio State owns the longest current winning streak in the Big Ten (six games) and finished the week 2-0 with wins over Maryland and Indiana. The Buckeyes’ 73-65 win over the Terrapins marked Ohio State’s fifth-consecutive Big Ten road win dating back to the team’s Jan. 9 win at Rutgers. The last time Ohio State won more than five Big Ten road games in a season was in 2010-11 when they earned six-straight road wins. The Buckeyes finished the week with a 78-59 win vs. Indiana during which junior forward Justice Sueing recorded his fifth career double-double — and fourth this season — with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
• No. 5/No. 5 Illinois is riding a five-game winning streak and currently boasts a 10-3 record in Big Ten play, which marks the Illini’s best record through 13 conference games since 2005. With a 77-72 overtime win at Nebraska, Illinois has now won four-straight Big Ten road games, which is Illinois’ longest such streak since the Illini set a school record with 13-straight Big Ten road wins between Feb. 3, 2004 and Feb. 19, 2005. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu recorded his fourth 30-plus point game of the season by scoring a Big Ten single-game career-high 31 points. Teammate Kofi Cockburn registered a double-double in the victory (21 points and 13 rebounds) and has now recorded a double-double in nine of his last 10 games. Cockburn ranks second in the NCAA this season with 14 double-doubles, trailing only Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor (16). Cockburn has registered the most double-doubles by an Illini player since Mike Davis had 15 in 2010. Additionally, Cockburn ranks third in the country in field goal percentage (67.9 pct.).
• Iowa ranks third in the country in scoring offense (87.4 ppg) and second in assists per game (19.8), while leading the country in assist-turnover ratio (2.11). Illinois ranks fifth in the country in rebound margin (10.2). Defensively, Michigan ranks third in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (37.5 pct.).
Lakers’ Anthony Davis to rest injured Achilles; no rupture
Forward Anthony Davis’ injured Achilles tendon is not ruptured, and he will be reevaluated when the Los Angeles Lakers return from their road trip.
The defending NBA champions made the announcement Monday after an MRI exam for Davis, who is out indefinitely.
The All-NBA first-teamer left the Lakers’ game at Denver in the second quarter Sunday night with an apparent aggravation of the tendonosis that has bothered his right heel for at least two weeks. The seven-time All-Star had already missed five games this season with various minor injuries.
The Lakers (21-7) have nine games left before the All-Star break, starting Tuesday at Minnesota. Sitting in second place in the Western Conference, they are likely to be cautious with their superstar big man with an eye on keeping him healthy for the stretch run.
Davis’ offensive production is down this season with the Lakers less reliant on him after the additions of Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol.
The nine-year veteran is averaging 22.5 points – his lowest scoring average since his second NBA season – along with 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.
Davis was reinjured when he bumped into the leg of Nikola Jokic while driving to the hoop in Denver.
Davis sat out two games last week to rest his Achilles tendon, but returned with a 35-point game against Memphis last Friday.
Bulls run past Pacers with late flurry for 120-112 OT win
Zach LaVine wants to be more than just a flashy scorer. It’s a work in progress, but he showed Monday night how much he has improved this season.
After scoring 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to help Chicago force overtime, LaVine dug in defensively and helped lead the Bulls to a 120-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
“He’s tried to be more and more engaged (defensively),” coach Billy Donovan said. “I feel like he’s working defensively, and I think he’s finding out how difficult it is to be a two-way player in this league. He’s chasing all these guys, he’s getting hit and he’s working. And late in the game, he was involved in a lot of those defensive stops for us.”
The combination helped the Bulls end a 10-game losing streak in the series and an eight-game skid at Indiana.
And LaVine got plenty of help – after shooting an errant 19-footer at the end of regulation.
Garrett Temple started overtime with a 6-foot pull-up. After Thaddeus Young chased down an offensive rebound, Denzel Valentine made a 3-pointer to give the Bulls a 110-105 lead. They never trailed again.
“That’s what our defense is built on, forcing you into tough shots, making you miss and not letting you get second chances,” said Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, who had 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Brogdon helped Indiana charge back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Domantas Sabonis’ two free throws with 4:58 left in regulation gave the Pacers a 94-92 lead.
After LaVine scored four straight to give the Bulls a 105-103 lead, Brogdon’s 5-footer with 10.5 seconds left tied the score at 105.
“We competed and battled, it wasn’t always pretty,” Donovan said. “There were a lot of balls and plays we missed at the rim, but we scrapped and made them miss a lot at the rim. That’s how we have to play.”
Irving scores 40, Harden triple-double as Nets thump Kings
Even with one of their Big Three on the bench, the Brooklyn Nets had no problem keeping their high-powered offense running smoothly.
James Harden expected that.
What caught the three-time scoring champion by surprise was how well the Nets played defensively, if only for a short but pivotal stretch in the third quarter.
Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 40 points, Harden had his fifth triple-double with Brooklyn and the Nets beat the Sacramento Kings 136-125 on Monday night as injured Kevin Durant watched from the bench.
“Offensively, we’re going to have nights like this. What’s going to get us over the top is defense,” Harden said. “That third quarter we took it upon ourselves collectively to get stops and guard. That allowed us to get out in transition and get easy buckets.”
The Nets led 82-80 midway through the third before going on a 20-0 run that broke the game open.
Harden and Irving were responsible for much of it, another sign the two perennial All-Stars are getting more comfortable after a month of playing together.
Irving went 15 of 22 and made nine of the Nets’ franchise-record 27 3-pointers, including consecutive shots from beyond the arc to start the game and three more as part of a 23-4 spurt in the third period.
Harden got caught up watching Irving’s display.
“It’s a movie, like a show. Sometimes I forget I’m on the court,” Harden said. “One of the reasons why I’m here. He makes the game so easy for the rest of the team when he has it going like that.”
Harden had 29 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, his ninth straight game with a double-double. The club record is 10.
“That’s the type of offensive output we’re capable of. For us it’s the defense we’re trying to work with,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “They’re a difficult team to guard . and I thought we slowed them down.”
Hassan Whiteside had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings. De’Aaron Fox added 19 points and eight assists.
Brooklyn had seven players in double figures while Sacramento had six in a matchup between two of the NBA’s three worst defenses.
“Unfortunate, but we knew this was going to be that type of test,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “They’re not an easy team to stop, and as soon as we made mistakes . they turned them into 3, 3, 3 like that. Tough to beat a team when they hit 27 3s.”
The Nets were again without Durant, who sustained a mild left hamstring strain Saturday against the Warriors after returning from a weeklong quarantine due to COVID-19 issues. Durant watched from the end of the bench.
It didn’t matter much against the overmatched Kings.
Brooklyn scored 74 points in the first half, led by as many as 28 and shot 58% overall.
Randle scores 44 points, Knicks beat slumping Hawks 123-112
Beating Atlanta isn’t enough for the New York Knicks. They want Julius Randle to be in Atlanta.
Randle scored a season-high 44 points, making a career-best seven 3-pointers and leading the Knicks to their third straight victory, 123-112 over the slumping Hawks on Monday night.
Randle added nine rebounds and five assists in perhaps the best performance of a season that should merit consideration for the All-Star Game in Atlanta next month.
“What else does he have to do?” teammate RJ Barrett said. “The man’s an All-Star.”
Randle scored 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the first quarter to send the Knicks to a fast start and ended up one point shy of his career high. He didn’t feel good about his first season in New York, and the seventh-year forward was driven to make this one better.
“A lot of people may have wrote me off, a lot of people may have had their doubts or whatever it may be, and that was just motivation or fuel,” Randle said. “For me it was just about coming back a better player and a better teammate than I was last year.”
Barrett added 21 points and rookie Immanuel Quickley had 16 for the Knicks, who improved to 14-15 and can reach .500 with a victory over Orlando on Wednesday. They have doubled their win total through 29 games from last season, when they were 7-22.
Trae Young had 23 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who dropped their fourth straight and seventh in the last eight games.
The Hawks yielded 118, 125 and 125 in the first three games of the skid and had plenty more trouble defensively with a Knicks team that scored 20 more than its NBA-low 103.3 points per game. New York tied its season best with 66 points in the first half.
The Knicks raced to a 16-5 lead in the first four minutes and Quickley’s 3-pointer to open the second made it 42-28, New York’s largest lead.
Atlanta scored the first nine points of the third for a 72-66 lead after John Collins’ dunk, but couldn’t control Randle – the only Knicks player to score for nearly half the quarter. New York surged ahead again with a 15-2 spurt, and another 3 by Randle made it 93-86 with just over a minute remaining in the period.
“He hit every big 3,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “And our guys competed and we’re constantly trying to find those big-play moments on our side, and we got dinged by a guy making play after play all night.”
Morris comes up big in Clippers’ 125-118 win over Heat
Marcus Morris had season highs of 32 points and six 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Miami Heat 125-118 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
The Clippers won without four starters, including Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who were out for the second straight night because of injuries.
“A total team effort. We kept grinding,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
Morris recorded a season-high 23 points during Sunday’s win over Cleveland and he came back strong, scoring 26 in the first half. He was making a rare start with most of the regulars out.
“I’m a hooper. Whatever you need me to do,” Morris said. “I don’t just be talking.”
The Clippers have won eight of 11.
Jimmy Butler had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat. He made all 10 of his free throws. Bam Adebayo added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and reserve Tyler Herro scored 27 points.
“I’m not going to say we gave one away, we didn’t deserve to win,” Butler said. “We weren’t protecting the paint or rotating or running them off the line to make them miss. They were just comfortable the whole game.”
Ivica Zubac added 22 points for the Clippers. Lou Williams had 18 points and 10 assists, and two-way player Amir Coffey had a season-high 15 points and a career-high five 3-pointers. Coffey was in the G League a few days ago, and made 14 3s in his last game there.
“When you’re short-handed, you really find out what your team is made of,” said Terrance Mann, who added 15 points. “It brings your team closer.”
Los Angeles had 31 assists for the second straight game, something the franchise hasn’t done since December 2014.
“Sharing the basketball, getting into the paint and making a play for your teammate, we did it all night long,” Lue said. “It’s fun playing that way.”
The Clippers led by one heading into the fourth. They got back-to-back 3-pointers by Luke Kennard and Mann dunked to push their lead to 11 points.
Herro hit his fourth 3-pointer and followed with a basket to draw the Heat to 121-116 before the Clippers controlled the final seconds.
“We had some break downs. They capitalized on the important ones at swing moments of the game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We just did not do things well enough, consistently enough.”
Williams’ slick behind-the-back pass to Reggie Jackson gave the Clippers a nine-point lead in the third. Miami ran off 10 straight points, capped by Herro’s 3-pointer, to go back in front 76-75. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the quarter. Coffey’s fifth 3-pointer put the Clippers ahead 92-91 going into the fourth.
The Clippers outscored the Heat 20-9 to open the second quarter, using runs of 7-0 and 11-0 that were highlighted by four 3-pointers from Coffey to take a 53-44 lead.
Clarkson (40), streaking Jazz win showdown vs Simmons, 76ers
Even without Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers were scoring every time down the court.
But the Utah Jazz didn’t blink. They just gave the ball to Jordan Clarkson.
Clarkson had a season-high 40 points off the bench to send the streaking Jazz past Philadelphia 134-123 in a matchup of conference leaders Monday night despite a career-best 42 points from Ben Simmons.
“I’ve never played with anyone like JC in my lifetime,” teammate Joe Ingles said. “It’s pretty cool to play with someone that’s so locked into what his role is and so comfortable in the role.”
A leading candidate for NBA Sixth Man of the Year already, Clarkson knows his role is to score, and there aren’t many shots he’ll turn down. Nicknamed the Flame Thrower, Clarkson was so hot he didn’t want to come off the court.
“What Jordan did tonight was special,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “He and I just laughed about me telling him that I appreciate him at least hiding (his disappointment) when he comes out.”
Clarkson hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and Donovan Mitchell added 24 points to help the Jazz overcome an early 14-point deficit.
Utah (23-5) has won eight straight games and 19 of 20. Clarkson has been a sparkplug in several of those victories.
“With them saying they believe me, letting me be myself and embracing me, it plays into the whole role of who I am and that gives me even more confidence,” Clarkson said.
Clarkson set his career scoring high for a game that ended in regulation. He had 42 points in a three-overtime loss to Brooklyn on Feb. 13, 2019.
Philadelphia (18-10) was minus Embiid, a late scratch because of back tightness. Playing without his All-Star running mate, Simmons had 12 assists and nine rebounds – barely missing a triple-double. He easily topped his previous best of 34 points set on Dec. 7, 2019.
Beal outduels ex-teammate Wall, Wizards top Rockets 131-119
Bradley Beal and John Wall reunited on the floor in the nation’s capital wearing different uniforms and with no fans to cheer their electrifying drives to the basket.
One thing remained the same: They continued to motivate each other to play their best.
Beal scored 37 points in an entertaining duel with his ex-teammate, and the Wizards beat the Rockets 131-119 on Monday night in Wall’s first game in Washington since being traded to Houston.
“Even tonight, we’re pushing each other, telling each other to be better, guarding each other. It’s just competitive. It’s just our nature,” Beal said. “It’s a beautiful thing. I’m definitely looking forward to competing against him for the rest of my career, as crazy as that may sound.”
Wall, traded in December for Russell Westbrook and a first-round pick, had season highs of 29 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who were missing leading scorer Eric Gordon along with Victor Oladipo, Christian Wood and P.J. Tucker. Houston dropped its sixth straight.
Wall, the 2010 first-round pick who missed most of the previous two seasons with an Achilles tendon injury, took at least some satisfaction in showing the Wizards he hasn’t lost his speed or skill.
“They see it,” Wall said. “They’ve been seeing it all season.”
The Rockets were dealt another blow Monday. Center Ray Spalding suffered an Achilles tendon injury in just his second game with Houston, and coach Stephen Silas said “the prognosis is not good.”
“We’ll see what the tests bring tomorrow, but just off the initial (diagnosis), it didn’t seem like he’ll be playing anytime soon,” Silas added.
Pistons holding out Griffin amid trade, buyout consideration
The Detroit Pistons are taking another step in their rebuilding process, planning to part ways with Blake Griffin.
Detroit plans to keep the star forward out of the lineup while he and the organization work out a decision on his future, a clear sign his days with the team could be numbered.
“After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties,” Pistons general manager Troy Weaver said in a statement Monday. “We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.”
Griffin, who turns 32 next month, came to Detroit in a trade during the 2017-18 season as part of the franchise’s push to become relevant again.
The Pistons, though, have made only one postseason appearance with him and have spent much of the last year overhauling their roster in earnest. Detroit is 8-19 this season, and Griffin has already missed seven games.
“It’s a situation where we’re rebuilding and retooling and we have to give those minutes to guys like Saddiq (Bey),” coach Dwane Casey said.
If Griffin is traded or leaves via a buyout, it could give the popular veteran a chance to play more meaningful games than what Detroit can offer this season.
“I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward,” Griffin said.
Cavaliers sitting Drummond while pursuing trade for center
Andre Drummond is on the trade block – and the bench.
The two-time All-Star center will be inactive for upcoming games as the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are struggling badly after a solid start and are intent on playing newly acquired center Jarrett Allen, try to deal Drummond.
Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the decision to sit Drummond, one of the NBA’s leading rebounders at 13.5 per game, was difficult.
“Sometimes you’re forced into difficult positions that’s not easy to navigate, but in respect to Dre and all that he’s done and accomplished and as much as he’s helped us, we thought this was the fairest thing to do for him,” Bickerstaff said before the Cavs closed out a rough road trip Monday night at Golden State.
After the team met with Drummond and his agent, he was kept out Sunday’s game – the team called it “rest” – against the Los Angeles Clippers. Drummond will continue to stay on the sideline while the team tries to find a trade partner.
Bickerstaff said the Cavs will decide if the 27-year-old will remain around his teammates amid trade talks in the coming days.
The Cavs are shopping Drummond in advance of the March 25 trading deadline, and a person familiar with the team’s activity told the AP there is “nothing imminent” as far as a deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.
Allen was acquired last month along with forward Taurean Prince, and the Cavs view the 6-foot-11 center as a core player moving forward. Drummond, on the other hand, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $28.7 million this season, and there was no way the Cavs were going to be able to re-sign him as a free agent.
Former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson found dead in hotel room
Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday at a Florida hotel room, days after authorities spoke with him as part of a welfare check, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
A housekeeper discovered the 38-year-old’s body at around 11:30 a.m. Monday, official said.
There were no signs of trauma and the medical examiner’s office was looking into a cause of death at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, near Tampa.
Sheriff’s officials said his family initially reported Jackson missing on Wednesday. Deputies tracked him down to the hotel two days later, spoke with him and canceled the missing persons case.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said his department has opened an investigation.
“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” Chronister said in a statement posted on social media.
“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else,” the sheriff said, noting that Jackson, a South Tampa resident, was made an honorary deputy.
Jackson played for the San Diego Chargers for seven seasons before becoming a free agent because of a contract dispute. He then went on to play five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making his last appearance in 2016. He recorded 57 receiving touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times.
Pacman Jones arrested after allegedly beating person unconscious
Former NFL defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones is once again in trouble with the law, and his latest arrest sounds quite serious.
Jones was arrested in Cincinnati early Monday morning after he allegedly beat a person unconscious, according to court records obtained by WCPO. The 37-year-old was charged with misdemeanor assault after he was accused of punching and kicking a person in the head repeatedly.
Jones was scheduled to face a judge in Hamilton County on Monday.
Those who followed Jones’ career know that he has been arrested multiple times. He was suspended the entire 2007 season and part of 2008 for a strip club shooting he incited. He was even arrested at a casino as recently as 2019 but had been out of the news otherwise until now.
Jones played the bulk of his career for the Cincinnati Bengals. He retired in 2019 and opened up last year about his mental health issues.
UCF hires former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to lead Knights
Central Florida hired Gus Malzahn as its football coach Monday, a little more than two months after he was fired by Auburn.
Malzahn was 68-35 in eight years with the Tigers, never having a losing season and going 39-27 in the Southeastern Conference. UCF scheduled an afternoon news conference to introduce its new coach.
UCF lost both its athletic director (Danny White) and football coach (Josh Heupel) to Tennessee last month. UCF hired Terry Mohajir as AD last week. Mohajir was the athletic director at Arkansas State during Malzahn’s one season at the Sun Belt school.
UCF has been one of the top teams in the American Athletic Conference since joining the league in 2013. The Knights have won the conference three times and played in three BCS or New Year’s six bowls.
Coach Scott Frost led UCF to an unbeaten season in 2017, capped by a Peach Bowl victory against Auburn and Malzahn. Heupel took over in 2018 and led the Knights to another unbeaten regular season before losing in the Fiesta Bowl to LSU.
The Knights fell off last year to 6-4.
Auburn fired Malzahn in December, paying a $22 million contract buyout to the coach, after the Tigers went 6-4 this past season.
MAC SOFTBALL: Golden Flashes Selected to Win 2021 MAC Softball Title
Cleveland Ohio — The Mid-American Conference announced Monday afternoon the 2021 MAC Softball preseason poll and predicted MAC Regular Season Champion as voted on by the head coaches of the 11 MAC institutions with one coach abstaining from the vote.
The Kent State Golden Flashes were selected to finish the 2021 season on top of the MAC as Head Coach Eric Oakley and his team come off of a shortened 2020 season that saw them finished 9-10 in non-confenrence action only. In the 2019 MAC season, Kent State finished 11-5 in conference play, placing them as the #2 seed in the 2019 MAC Softball Tournament. The Flashes will return 2019 MAC Pitcher of the Year Andrea Scali to the circle this season, along with 2019 MAC Player of the Year Brenna Brownfield.
The Miami RedHawks finished second in the poll collecting two first place votes from the coaches, followed by Ball State in third with one first place vote. The remaining top half of the 2021 Softball Preseason Poll includes Ohio, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, and the 2019 MAC Tournament Champion Toledo Rockets.
Bowling Green and Western Michigan fall at the 8th and 9th spots in the poll, while Buffalo, and Akron round out the poll respectively.
The 2021 season began this past Friday, February 12th with teams traveling to compete in non-conference action.
2021 MAC Softball Preseason Poll
Kent State – 106 (7)
Miami – 94 (2)
Ball State – 88 (1)
Ohio – 76
Central Michigan – 66
Northern Illinois – 60
Toledo – 51
Bowling Green – 50
Western Michigan – 36
Buffalo – 19
Akron – 13
(*) First Place Votes
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Indiana Tied for Fourth Following Second Round of Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
MOBILE, Ala. – Indiana Men’s Golf continued play in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at the Magnolia Grove Crossing Golf Course on Monday, moving up to a tie for fourth place following the event’s second round. All five Hoosiers competing for the team currently sit in the top 25, led by freshman Clay Merchent who ended the day tied for 10th.
Mobile Bay Intercollegiate • Mobile, Ala.
Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course
Par 72 • 7,212
Live Scoring via Golfstat
Indiana Team Standing: T4th/15 – 565 (283-282; -11)
Top Indiana Individual: Clay Merchent – T10 – 140 (71-69; -4)
• Freshman Clay Merchent carded a 3-under-par 69 on Monday, moving into a tie for 10th place. He had a pair of birdies on both the front and back nine, including on the 569-yard No. 16.
• Senior Ethan Shepherd and junior Mitch Davis both ended the day tied for 13th. Shepherd improved by three strokes from yesterday, carding a 69. He started the day off by collecting four birdies on the front nine. Davis shot an even-72 with a trio of birdies.
• Freshman Drew Salyers is currently tied for 20th after a putting up a 72 on Monday. After a 37 on the front nine, he cut two strokes off of that score on the back nine.
• Junior Harry Reynolds was the third Hoosier to shoot an even-72. He had three birdies, including two on the back nine.
• As a team, the Hoosiers are tied for the second-most birdies in the field with 35. Shepherd is responsible for eight of them.
• Brock Ochsenreiter, who is competing as an individual, is currently tied for 47th after shooting a 74 for the second straight day.
BY THE NUMBERS
|Pos.||Name||R1||R2||Totals (to par)|
|T10||Clay Merchent||71||69||140 (-4)|
|T13||Mitch Davis||69||72||141 (-3)|
|T13||Ethan Shepherd||72||69||141 (-3)|
|T20||Drew Salyers||71||72||143 (-1)|
|T24||Harry Reynolds||72||72||144 (E)|
|T47||Brock Ochsenreiter**||74||74||148 (+4)|
**Competing as an individual
• The Mobile Bay Intercollegiate wraps up play Tuesday with a shotgun start beginning at Noon ET.
OHIO STATE MEN’S GOLF: Freshmen Lead the Way on Day 1 of Kiawah Invitational
KIAWAH ISLAND RESORT, S.C. – Rain on Sunday made for a long day of golf on Monday. Ohio State was led by a pair of freshmen making their Buckeye stroke-play debuts as Maxwell Moldovan and Adam Wallin are 6-under par and in a tie for ninth.
As a team, the Buckeyes opened with a round of 5-under 283 and are also 5-under for the second round with a couple of holes left to finish. The 10-under par score has the Buckeyes in a tie for seventh.
Wallin opened his day with a solid 1-under 71. He then made a couple of birdies and a double-bogey in his first four holes of the afternoon before catching fire. He birdied No. 16 and eagled the par-5 17th to turn in 3-under. Three more birdies and just one bogey coming home gave him a second round 67.
Moldovan was the only player in the field on Monday without a bogey. The Uniontown, Ohio native made six birdies and 28 pars and has two holes remaining in his second round.
Sophomore Jackson Chandler shot a 1-under 71 in the morning and followed with a 1-over 73 in the afternoon. Fellow sophomore Patrick Schmucking opened with a 72 and was 4-over through 10 holes of his second round. He finished with two birdies in the final eight holes to post a 74. Elis Svard rounded out the team scoring as he had a 72 in the morning and is 5-over with a hole to play in the second round.
Felix Kvarnstrom is playing as an individual this week and he currently sits at 2-under par with five holes left in his second round. He made a total of seven birdies in his 31 holes on Monday. Grant Engle shot a 72 in the morning and is 5-over par with six holes left in the second round.
Play will resume Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. ET.
T7 TEAM 283 / -5 (16)
T9 Moldovan 69 / -3 (16)
T9 Wallin 71 / 67 (-5)
T27 Kvarnstrom (Ind) 70 / E (13)
T43 Chandler 71 / +1 (17)
T57 Schmucking 72 / 74 (+2)
T70 Svard 72 / +5 (17)
T70 Engle (Ind) 72 / +5 (12)
Karatsev into Australian Open semis on debut
Aslan Karatsev has become the first man to reach the semifinals in his Grand Slam debut during the professional era.
The 114th-ranked qualifier from Russia advanced to the final four at the Australian Open with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over 18th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria
Dimitrov won the opening set easily but looked sluggish in the second and stopped chasing shots in the third.
After that set, Dimitrov was visited by a trainer and then took a medical timeout for treatment on a muscle problem around his hip or back.
He returned for the fourth set but couldn’t compete.
Dimitrov hadn’t dropped a set in his first four matches. Karatsev was coming off his first-ever five-setter after coming back from two sets down to beat No. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime. He beat eighth-seeded Diego Schwartzman in straight sets for his first win over a Top 10 player.
Karatsev will play either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev next.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1924 Boston Braves’ third baseman Tony Boeckel becomes the first major leaguer to be killed in an automobile accident when he dies from injuries received as a passenger yesterday in San Diego. Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel, also a passenger of the car driven by L.A. theater man Bob Albright, escapes without any serious injuries.
1950 The BBWAA does not select any players for the Hall of Fame this season, with former Giants Mel Ott (69%) and Bill Terry (63%) being the top vote-getters, but falling short on being named on 75% of the writers’ ballots required for induction. ‘Master Mel’ will get the nod next season, and ‘Memphis Bill’ will be enshrined in 1954.
1952 Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner officially retires after spending 39 years in the major leagues, 21 as a player with the Louisville Colonels and Pirates, and another 18 years as a coach with Pittsburgh. The ‘Flying Dutchman,’ who led the league in stolen bases for five seasons, won eight batting titles, the most in National League history until Tony Gwynn tied the mark in 1997.
1953 Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia participate in a four-way trade that sends five players to new clubs. Joe Adcock (Reds) and Jim Pendleton (Dodgers) will now play for the Braves, Earl Torgeson (Braves) goes to the Phillies, Rocky Bridges (Dodgers) is now a Red, with Russ Meyer (Phillies) joining the Dodgers.
1967 Red Ruffing, the former Yankee pitcher who authored 273 major league wins, is selected to be in the Hall of Fame by getting the most votes on the second ballot made necessary as a result of the BBWAA failing to choose a player in January. Former Cardinal outfielder Joe Medwick also received 75% of the writer’s votes, usually enough to be selected, however, only the top vote-getter gets the nod in this special run-off election.
1989 Orel Hershiser, who will earn $3,166,167 in the final year of the deal, becomes baseball’s first three-million-dollar man when he signs a three-year $7.9 million contract with the Dodgers. The 1987 Cy Young Award recipient will post an 18-18 record along with an ERA of 3.65 during the span of the agreement.
1996 General Mills announces a special edition of a Wheaties cereal box honoring the 75th Commemorative Year of the Negro Leagues that will feature superstars Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and ‘Cool Papa’ Bell. In 1934, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig became the first athlete depicted on a box of the Breakfast of Champions.
2001 Yankee premier reliever Mariano Rivera (7-4, 2.85, 36 saves) signs a four-year approximately $40 million contract with the Bronx Bombers. The 31 year-old Panama native surpassed Dennis Eckersley’s major league record with 16 saves in postseason games.
2003 Although banned by major league baseball for a Cooperstown induction, Pete Rose becomes a member of the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame. ‘Charlie Hustle’ joins 1998 inductee Shoeless Joe Jackson, also prohibited from becoming a member of the Hall of Fame.
2004 After leaving the Phillies as a free agent following the 2002 season to play for the Rangers, Doug Glanville returns to Philadelphia, signing a one-year contract with the team. The 31 year-old outfielder, who will retire at the end of the season after compiling a lifetime batting average of .277 during his nine-year tenure in the major leagues that also includes playing time with the Yankees and the Cubs, leaves with a 293-game errorless streak intact.
2004 The Rangers trade Alex Rodriguez along with cash to the Yankees in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later, Joaquin Arias. The deal comes on the heels of the Red Sox’s inability to land the American League MVP in a swap with Texas for Manny Ramirez due to the players’ association’s objection because of the need to restructure A-Rod’s existing contract as a result of the tentative transaction.
2007 Baseball’s Playing Rules Committee approves several changes, altering the regulations for the first time since 1996 that includes the elimination of tie games halted after the fifth inning due to weather by resuming the contest in the next scheduled start at the same ballpark. The new standards also implement a ten-game suspension for scuffing a baseball, prohibits players going into a dugout to make a catch, and allows pitchers to wear multicolored gloves.
2011 Rickie Weeks and the Brewers come to terms on a $38.5 million, four-year deal that includes a 2015 option based on plate appearances, which could increase the total value of the contract to $50 million. The 28 year-old second baseman broke a franchise record last season with 754 trips to the plate, mostly as the team’s leadoff hitter.
2011 Speaking to reporters at the Phillies’ spring training complex, a tearful Dallas Green, former big-league manager and senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., thanks everyone for their support after the shooting death of his granddaughter. Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was one of six victims killed five weeks ago in a shooting rampage during U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ ‘Congress on Your Corner’ gathering outside of a Tucson supermarket.
2013 After an appearance at a local winter festival, Guido’s costume, worn by one of the Brewers’ racing sausages, goes missing. A seven-foot Italian sausage impersonator will be seen later in the night, signing autographs at bars in Milwaukee.