MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 Illinois 73 Northwestern 66

Georgia 80 #20 Missouri 70

#24 Arkansas 75 Florida 64

Purdue 75 Michigan State 65

Rhode Island 91 Dayton 89 2OT

Toledo 87 Miami Ohio 75

Kent State 76 Western Michigan 69

Tulsa 72 Temple 66

Bowling Green 75 Ball State 62

Maryland 64 Nebraska 50

Oklahoma State 76 Iowa State 58

Akron 81 Northern Illinois 76

Connecticut 73 Providence 61

St. John’s 93 Xavier 84

Loyola Marymount 76 Santa Clara 73

St. Louis 78 LaSalle 57

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#11 Michigan 86 Michigan State 82

Georgia Tech 67 Miami, Florida 56

Pittsburgh 83 Boston College 80

Villanova 98 Butler 74

UNLV 73 San Diego State 71

NBA SCOREBOARD

Boston 112 Denver 99

Toronto 124 Milwaukee 113

LA Lakers 112 Minnesota 104

Portland 115 Oklahoma City 104

New Orleans 144 Memphis 113

Brooklyn 128 Phoenix 124

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Islanders 3 Buffalo 0

Washington 3 Pittsburgh 1

Colorado 3 Vegas 2

Los Angeles 4 Minnesota 0

INDIANA BOYS AP BASKETBALL POLLS

Class 4A

1. Homestead (14)          21-0  280  1

2. Carmel                          18-2  228  2

3. Lawrence North         19-2  208  3

4. Cathedral                     16-2  184  4

5. Plainfield                      18-1  172  5

6. S. Bend Adams            18-1  153  6

7. Warren Central           16-5  138  7

8. Crispus Attucks           16-4  99   9

8. Lafayette Jeff               17-2  99   8

10. Gary West                  15-3  72   10

Others receiving votes: McCutcheon 23. Ev. Reitz 12. Center Grove 6. Fishers 6.

Class 3A

1. Hammond (13)              13-1  274  1

2. Silver Creek                    14-4  238  2

3. Mishawaka Marian      15-2  213  4

4. Leo (1)                             17-1  204  6

5. Greensburg                    14-2  133  7

6. Ev. Bosse                         15-3  114  3

7. Danville                           13-2  104  9

8. Heritage Hills                  14-3  103  5

9. S. Bend St. Joseph’s      13-4  98   8

10. Sullivan                          15-2  85   10

Others receiving votes: Guerin Catholic 78. N. Harrison 18. Western 10. Hanover Central 8.

Class 2A

1. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (14)    17-3  280  1

2. Shenandoah                            18-3  250  2

3. Linton-Stockton                      17-3  195  4

4. Central Noble                          16-1  185  5

5. Parke Heritage                        19-3  162  6

6. S. Ripley                                    16-1  131  7

7. S. Spencer                                13-4  114  3

8. Blackford                                  16-4  90   9

9. Covenant Christian                16-4  86   8

10. Northeastern                        16-3  64   NR

Others receiving votes: Carroll (Flora) 48. Madison-Grant 28. Rochester 22. Westview 13. Churubusco 12.

Class A

1. Barr-Reeve (14)            19-2  280  1

2. Loogootee                     16-3  244  2

3. Kouts                              18-2  226  3

4. N. Daviess                      16-3  172  5

5. Edinburgh                      16-4  166  4

6. Lutheran                        17-3  146  8

7. Morristown                   16-4  108  10

8. Tindley                            13-8  100  6

9. Bloomfield                     11-6  65   9

10. Covington                    10-4  58   NR

Others receiving votes: Orleans 50. Argos 29. Triton 23. Lafayette Catholic 13.

PURDUE MBB: Boilermakers Complete Sweep of Spartans 75-65

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Trevion Williams scored 28 points and Eric Hunter Jr. scored 15 and Purdue pulled away from Michigan State for a 75-65 win on Tuesday night.

Williams, who shot 13 for 21, scored 10 of Purdue’s last 18 points in the game’s final 4:45.

Gabe Brown’s 3-pointer brought Purdue within 51-50 with 8:24 left before Jaden Ivey and Hunter made back-to-back 3s for the Boilermakers (14-8, 9-6 Big Ten).

Michigan State (10-9, 4-9) reeled off six straight — Aaron Henry made a pair of free throws and jumper — and then Williams took control for Purdue.

Henry hit a 3 to reduce Michigan State’s deficit to 62-59 with 3:28 left but the Spartans never got closer.

Ivey scored 11 points for Purdue and Zach Edey 10.

Henry led Michigan State with 15 points, Joey Hauser scored 11 and Julius Marble 10.

The Spartans have dropped two straight and five of their last seven. Michigan State heads to Bloomington, Indiana to face the Hoosiers on Saturday.

Based on rankings as of today, Michigan State’s last five contests include matchups against No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5. Illinois.

Purdue faces Nebraska on the road on Saturday. The Boilermakers haven’t won consecutive games since Jan. 17 and Jan. 20.

POSTGAME NOTES:

Purdue improved to 14-8 overall and 9-6 in the Big Ten Conference with a 75-65 win over Michigan State at Mackey Arena on Tuesday.

The win was Purdue’s fourth straight over Michigan State, the Boilermakers’ longest streak against the Spartans since winning seven straight games from March 1993 to Feb. 1997.

Purdue has won six of the last eight meetings, and seven of the last 10 games, against Michigan State.

Purdue has won five straight home games against Michigan State by a combined 67 points. The five straight home wins are the longest at Mackey Arena since winning six straight from March 1968 to Feb. 1975.

Purdue is now 54-9 at home against Big Ten foes since the start of the 2014-15 season. Purdue’s 63 wins are the most in league play since the start of the 2016-17 season.

When Purdue’s freshman class scores at least 30 points, Purdue is now 9-2, after scoring 31 points in the win over Michigan State.

Purdue’s seven turnovers are its fewest since having six against Notre Dame on Dec. 19, 2020.

Purdue scored 48 points in the paint, equaling a season high also set against Indiana State.

Purdue’s two centers, Trevion Williams and Zach Edey, combined for 38 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Williams had 28 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. In two games against Michigan State this season, Williams scored 54 points with 15 rebounds, and five assists in only 57 minutes of action.

BALL STATE MBB: Turner, BG Pull Away Past BSU

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MUNCIE – After not playing for 10 days, the Ball State men’s basketball team couldn’t survive a hot Bowling Green team Tuesday night in a 75-62 loss at Worthen Arena. After beating league leader Toledo on Feb. 6, the Cardinals returned to face a team they had beaten a month ago but couldn’t repeat the feat.

Justin Turner scored 27 points for Bowling Green (12-9, 8-7), which was also coming off a win over Toledo this past weekend. Kaden Matheny added 21 for BG, which was +8 on the offensive glass and forced 23 BSU turnovers.

Ball State (7-10, 5-7), which led 35-34 at halftime, got 11 points each from K.J. Walton, Ishmael El-Amin and Jarron Coleman.

TURNING POINT: The game featured 14 lead changes as the two teams traded punches for 32 minutes of game time. An El-Amin jumper pulled BSU to within 58-54 at the 7:42 mark, but BG pulled away right there. The visitors scored the next 12 points to go up 70-54. Bowling Green then controlled the clock the rest of the way to leave Muncie with a win.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEAD COACH: “Credit Bowling Green, they played like a championship team tonight,” Whitford said. “They were the tougher team physically and mentally. They were outstanding defensively and very physical. When they made a run in the second half, we were like a deer in the headlights. We were getting frustrated on the court with the whistles. On offense we were choppy. I’m watching us in practice and we’re moving the ball and playing the right way. Tonight the ball was stopping a lot. And that’s part of not having played…that will sort itself out.”

HIATUS…BUT GUYS ARE BACK: Ball State has had four games postponed – two home and two away. A couple games are expected to be rescheduled soon. More importantly, the roster is starting to become full again and the Cardinals have a few weeks to come together and peak at the right time.

“We’re constantly remaking our team. The chemistry of our team is in a good place,” Whitford said. “I think this group will put it together. This is the team we wanted to have and we need to put it together in the next couple weeks.”

UP NEXT: BSU has a nationally-televised game at home this Friday night. The Cards host Akron at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

MIAMI MBB: RedHawks Topped by Toledo, 87-75

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TOLEDO, Ohio—Senior forward Dalonte Brown scored a season-high 21 points but it was not enough as the Miami University men’s basketball team (8-9; 5-7 Mid-American Conference) dropped an 87-75 decision to the University of Toledo (17-6; 12-3 MAC) at Savage Arena on Tuesday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Five unanswered points from Brown gave Miami a 15-12 lead by the 14:24 mark of the first half.

Triples from junior guard Mekhi Lairy and redshirt freshman forward Javin Etzler handed Miami respective one-point advantages, the last coming at 12:18, 21-20. A 12-1 run by the Rockets gave them a 10-point cushion by the 7:27 mark, 32-22.

Miami shrunk the gap to six twice late in the opening half, the last coming at 1:22, 43-37, but three free throws by Toledo down the stretch gave the Rockets a 46-37 advantage going into the intermission.

Toledo quickly pushed its lead to double figures in the second half and used a 13-0 run to take a 69-45 lead by the 12:03 mark.

Miami staged a late 11-0 flurry, powered by eight points from sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant, to cut the gap to single digits by the 1:04 mark, 82-73. The Rockets hit five free throws down the stretch to push their lead back to double figures. A Grant layup with 18 seconds remaining left the final score at 87-75.

NOTES:

Brown had a season high with 21 points, his first 20-point scoring effort of the season. He tied a season high with three triples.

Brown’s 21 points in addition to his 11 rebounds gave him his fourth double-double of the season. He added two blocked shots and two steals to his line.

Etzler hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds to lead all players, doubling his previous career best on the boards. Six of Etzler’s rebounds game on the offensive glass. He also tied a career high with nine points.

Grant matched a career high with five assists. He chipped in 17 points and was the RedHawks’ other double-figure scorer in addition to Brown.

The RedHawks’ 16 offensive rebounds were a season high, besting the 15 they hauled in at Wright State on Dec. 5. They converted those into 21 second-chance points.

UP NEXT:

The RedHawks continue a two-game road stretch when they travel to Northern Illinois for a 6 p.m. (ET) game.

DAYTON MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Drops Double-OT Decision At Rhode Island, 91-89

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KINGSTON, R. I. – The University of Dayton Flyers fell in double overtime at Rhode Island, losing 91-89 to the Rams.

The Flyers squandered a near-record-setting performance by redshirt Zimi Nwokeji.  Nwokeji’s career-high 29 points were one short of the Flyer freshmen record of 30 set by Shawn Haughn set on Feb. 13, 1994 against Saint Louis.

Dayton is now 11-7 overall and 7-6 in the Atlantic 10.  Rhode Island broke a four-game losing streak and improves to 10-12, and 7-8 in the A-10.

First Half:  Dayton 34, Rhode Island 28

Rhode Island started out hot, making its first three shots en route to a 7-0 lead.

The Rams led 8-5 with 15:20 left in the first frame.

Coming out of the media timeout at 15:20, Flyer guard Rodney Chatman made his first appearance since Dec. 30.  Chatman tore a tendon in his right hand in the La Salle game, and the surgery to repair that tendon sidelined him for 11 games.

Dayton got it going in the next four minutes, forcing a URI timeout after a 6-0 run.  UD led 18-12 at the 11:10 mark.

Rhody went on a 6-0 run of its own to pull to within 20-18 at the 7:44 media break.

The Flyers match the 6-0 run to lead 28-23 with 3:20 left in the half, and closed the half with a 12-5 spurt to lead 34-28.

Zimi Nwokeji established a new scoring career high in the first half alone, scoring 12 points.  He also matched his previous career best with six rebounds.

The two teams combined to make just three of 24 three pointers in the half.  Dayton was 1-for-13, while Rhode Island was 2-for-11.

GAME BREAKDOWN

Regulation:  Dayton 69, Rhode Island 69

Jalen Crutcher scored Dayton’s first six points of the half and UD led 43-36 at the 15:27 mark.

The Flyers used a 9-0 run to lead 52-38 with 11:30 left.

At the 9:30 mark, URI broke a six-and-a-half minute stretch without a field goal and the Rams began climbing back from Dayton’s 18-point advantage with the score Dayton 58, Rhode Island 43.

The Flyers still led by 10, 59-49, with 7:18 to go.

It was a four-point game (65-61) with 3:57 left.

The Rams took a 69-68 lead when Mahkel Mitchell grabbed an airball and scored on a stickback with 1:33 remaining.

Neither team could score for four possessions until Jordy Tshimanga was fouled while rebounding a Rhode Island miss with 6.8 seconds left.  He made one of two free throws to send the game into overtime when a URI three missed.

First Overtime:  Dayton 78, Rhode Island 78

Dayton led by four (76-72) with 2:54 left in the first OT, but URI scored five straight points to lead 77-76.

Zimi Nwokeji’s difficult tip-in gave the lead back to Dayton with 19 ticks left.

Malik Martin made one of two free throws with 10 seconds on the clock to tie it.

Dayton had to inbound the ball in front of its own bench with 1.7 seconds to go.  Jalen Crutcher was able to work himself free but his 25-footer rimmed off.

Second Overtime:  Rhode Island 91, Dayton 89

The game was a one-possession affair for the entire overtime.

Dayton took its last lead on a free throw by Jalen Crutcher with 1:54 to go.

Rhode Island scored the next four points.

The Flyers had a chance to tie 3.2 seconds left, but Crutcher could only make one of two free throws.  After Antwan Walker made one of two freebies, Dayton turned the ball over in the backcourt trying to run a specialty play that would tie or win the game.

BY THE NUMBERS

Zimi Nwokeji’s 29 points were the most by a Flyer freshman in more than 25 years, and the second-most ever by a Dayton rookie.  He scored a game-best seven points in the overtimes.  He was 9-of-10 from the field, 9-of-11 from the line and also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. 

Of the Dayton players to play more than 20 minutes in the game, Nwokeji was the only one to have a positive +/- rating (+7).

Jalen Crutcher’s 22 points were the eighth time this season he scored 20 or more points.  He also had five assists.

Ibi Watson scored 16 points, with 11 coming after halftime.

Stats were mostly even.  Dayton shot 45% from the field, but just 19% from three and 65% from the line.  Rhode Island was held to a 39% FG%, and shot 27% from three and 63% at the line.  The Rams had a slight rebounding edge (49-47), but the Flyers fell down in turnovers.  Dayton coughed it up 16 times, compared to nine for URI.

UP NEXT

UD will return home to play Saint Louis on Friday on the Flyers’ Senior Night. 

Seniors Rodney Chatman, Jalen Crutcher, Camron Greer, Jordy Tshimanga and Ibi Watson will be recognized in pre-game ceremonies.

Game time is 7 p.m. ET.

XAVIER MBB: Men’s Basketball Falls at St. John’s

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QUEENS, N.Y. – Zach Freemantle and Colby Jones each hit the 20-point mark, but Xavier fell to St. John’s, 93-84, at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday evening. The Musketeers move to 11-4 overall and 4-4 in BIG EAST play, while St. John’s moved to 13-8 overall and 7-7 in BIG EAST action.

Freemantle’s 22-point performance marks a second straight game where he led the Musketeers in scoring, leading four Musketeers in double figures for the night. Jones’ 20 points were a new career high, topping his previous career high of 16 points.

FIRST HALF:

St. John’s jumped out to an early 9-4 lead before the Musketeers responded with a 10-0 run to take a 14-9 lead less than eight minutes into the game.

The Red Storm retook the lead with a 15-3 run to take a seven point lead.

Xavier pulled to within one, 36-35, in the final four minutes of the half, but SJU closed out the half on a 10-3 run to take a 46-38 lead into the break after leading by as many as 10 in the first half.

Zach Freemantle led the Musketeers with 10 points in the first half.

SJU held a narrow advantage on the boards, 21-20.

SECOND HALF:

St. John’s maintained the multiple possession lead through out the first eight minutes of the second half, with Xavier getting as close as seven, before the Red Storm pushed it lead out to as many 13, 65-52, with 12 minutes to play.

Seven straight points from Nate Johnson pulled the Musketeers within six, 65-59, with 10 minutes to play, the closest the game had been since the 2:34 mark of the first half when Xavier trailed by four.

The Red Storm would push the lead back out to as many as 12 in the final 10 mintues, but the Musketeers would pull back within six, 90-84, in the final minute thanks in part to 11 points from Colby Jones in the final six minutes of action.

SJU scored the final four points of the game to set the final score at 93-84.

Jones led the Musketeers with 14 points after the break.

NOTABLES:

Zach Freemantle led the Musketeers with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, following up a career-performances against UConn. Freemantle also grabbed 10 boards for a second-straight double-double, his fourth as a Musketeer.

Colby Jones finished with 20 points, a new career-high, on 6-of-9 shooting, including going 3-of-5 from outside and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. His previous career-high of 16 was set against St. John’s earlier this season.

After an 11-point second half, Nate Johnson finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and a Xavier career-best six assists, matching for team-high on the night.

Paul Scruggs finished with 14 points, six rebounds and a team-high matching six assists.

St. John’s held a 42-37 advantage on the boards, though the Musketeers held a 11-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

UP NEXT:

Xavier returns to action on Sunday, February 21, hosting Butler at Cintas Center at 7:00 p.m.

AP source: Panthers to release 2-time Pro Bowl DT Short

The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team has not announced the decision, which does not come as a surprise.

Short has played in just five games over the last two seasons due to injuries to both shoulders, which twice landed him on injured reserve. He was set to count $20.8 million against this year’s salary cap, but the Panthers will save about $9 million by releasing him before June 1 – money that could be pegged to use the franchise tag on offensive tackle Taylor Moton.

Before the injuries, the 32-year-old Short was a force in the middle, with 270 tackles and 32 1/2 sacks in his first six seasons with the Panthers. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2018.

Dolphins kicker Sanders signs $22 million deal through 2026

Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders has a new contract to go with his All-Pro status.

Sanders, the Dolphins’ leader in career field goal percentage, signed a $22 million extension through 2026. The deal announced Tuesday includes $10 million guaranteed.

Sanders was chosen All-Pro after tying the franchise’s single-season points record with 144 in 2020. His 36 field goals made ranked second in the NFL and second in Dolphins history, and his field goal rate of 92% was a team record.

His career totals are 77 of 89 for 87%. Sanders was a seventh-round pick by Miami in 2018.

Report: Watt seriously considering Browns

Former Houston Texans star J.J. Watt is seriously considering the Cleveland Browns as one of his free-agent options, sources told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The three-time Defensive Player of the Year is reportedly keen on joining the Browns due to the franchise’s ability to pay him market value and its potential to be a contender in 2021.

Watt has also prioritized finding a strong supporting cast and team culture, which Cleveland possesses, added Cabot.

The Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, and Tennessee Titans are apparently among around a dozen clubs eyeing Watt since his release Friday.

Of those four teams, Cleveland is best-placed to meet the pass rusher’s salary demands, with a projected $21.7 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap.

Pittsburgh will need to make significant moves, as it’s currently projected to be $30.6 million over the expected $180.5-million cap. Meanwhile, Tennessee and Buffalo sit at $3.08 million and $323,000 over the cap, respectively.

Watt’s sack numbers have waned in recent years, with the defensive end producing five this season and four during an injury-shortened 2019 campaign. However, the 31-year-old racked up 16 quarterback takedowns and seven forced fumbles in 2018, bouncing back from a host of ailments that limited him to just eight games over the prior two years.

Phillies invite Odubel Herrera to camp, sign Jeff Mathis

Former All-Star center fielder Odubel Herrera was among 31 non-roster players the Philadelphia Phillies have invited to spring training.

Herrera, who will earn $10 million this season, hasn’t played for the Phillies since 2019 when he was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

The charges against Herrera were dismissed but he was removed from the team’s 40-man roster last year and wasn’t part of the 60-player pool for the shortened season.

He will report to the team’s minor league mini-camp.

Catcher Jeff Mathis signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Tuesday and will join the major league camp. Mathis batted .161 in 24 games for Texas last season.

Other non-roster players invited to major league spring training include: pitchers Neftali Feliz, Brandon Kintzler, Bryan Mitchell, Ivan Nova, Hector Rondon and Michael Ynoa; catchers Christian Bethancourt and Rodolfo Duran; infielder Ronald Torreyes and outfielders Travis Jankowski and Matt Joyce.

Serena tops Halep at Australian Open, sets up Osaka showdown

Serena Williams was not pleased with the way her play suddenly was slipping in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

After one mistake against No. 2 seed Simona Halep – who won the last time they played each other – Williams pointed at her racket strings and made a sour face, as if to indicate it wasn’t her fault. After another, Williams looked up at her guest box with palms up and asked, “What is happening?”

That dismay didn’t last long. Williams recalibrated her shots with the help of terrific footwork, overcame 33 unforced errors and claimed the last five games, beating Halep 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday to return to the final four at Melbourne Park for the first time since she won the tournament in 2017. That was her most recent Grand Slam title.

“I just realized I was making a lot of unforced errors in those games that I lost. And I knew that I had an opportunity to play better,” said Williams, now two wins away from claiming her record-tying 24th major singles championship. “So I was just like, `Just stay in there. You just can keep going.’ And that’s what I just did.”

She set up a showdown against No. 3 Naomi Osaka, a three-time Slam champ who will carry a 19-match winning streak into Thursday’s semifinals.

“She’s Serena,” Osaka said. “I feel really intimidated when I see her on the other side of the court.”

This will be their fourth matchup; the most memorable, of course, was Osaka’s victory in the 2018 U.S. Open final.

On that night, Williams got into an argument with the chair umpire after her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was caught trying to relay a signal – that’s not allowed in Grand Slam play – and wound up being docked a game. Osaka’s win closed with thousands of fans filling Arthur Ashe Stadium with boos, and both of the athletes in tears during the trophy ceremony.

“We both have had closure,” Williams said, “and we have reached out to each other.”

There were no spectators Tuesday in Rod Laver Arena, because they’ve been banned from the tournament during a five-day government lockdown in response to a local rise in COVID-19 cases (the applause and other crowd noise TV viewers hear is added to the broadcast feed and isn’t actually happening in the stadium).

Smashing success: Djokovic beats Zverev, into Australian SF

Novak Djokovic smashed a racket, sending a piece of the frame flying. Later, he plopped himself down right there at the back of the blue court, looking forlorn as can be.

He dropped the opening set against Alexander Zverev, one of the young guys trying to shove aside Djokovic and the rest of the Big Three. Djokovic trailed 3-0 in the third. And 3-0 in the fourth, too, eventually even facing a set point.

Ah, but this is Djokovic we’re talking about, the ultimate competitor. And this is Djokovic at the Australian Open, where no man ever has been better. So, naturally, Djokovic pulled himself together and pulled out the victory, reaching his ninth semifinal at Melbourne Park by eliminating No. 6 seed Zverev 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday night.

“I kind of regained my focus after I broke that racket. Things started to shift a little bit for me in a positive direction,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview in Rod Laver Arena about the way he mangled his equipment by hitting it against the court three times after netting a backhand return at 3-1 in the third set.

“It was a relief for me, but I wouldn’t recommend this kind of relief-channeling, if you want to call it,” Djokovic said later. “Of course I’m not proud of that, but you go through a lot of different emotions, you go through an inner battle. Everyone is different. I have my own demons that I have to fight with.”

Djokovic is closing in on a ninth championship in Australia, which would add to his own record for a man. And an 18th Grand Slam title overall, two fewer than rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (who plays in the quarterfinals Wednesday).

Both Djokovic and Zverev wore tape on their midsections Tuesday to help with abdominal issues; Djokovic was hurt during his third-round win against Taylor Fritz and said he hasn’t been practicing as normal on his off-days.

Several leading men have been injured in Australia, and Djokovic thinks a big reason for that is the unusual circumstances of players’ needing to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in the country because of the strict COVID-19 pandemic regulations Down Under.

“What we are seeing is not normal. It’s not what we are used to. Top players are the fittest,” the No. 1-ranked Djokovic said after his 23-ace performance against Zverev.

In the semifinals, Djokovic will face the surprise of the tournament: Aslan Karatsev, a 27-year-old from Russia who is ranked 114th and needed to go through qualifying rounds just to get into the main draw of a major for the first time.

“To be honest,” Djokovic said, “I haven’t seen him play at all before the Australian Open.”

INDIANA MBB: IU and Minnesota Meet Wednesday Night in Bloomington

(IU RELEASE)

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. The Hoosiers will host Minnesota on Wednesday night after falling at Ohio State 78-59 on Saturday.

GAME INFORMATION

Minnesota (13-8, 6-8 B1G) at Indiana (11-9, 6-7 B1G)

Wednesday, Feb 17 • 9 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo)

Radio: IU Radio Network  (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr,  Joe Smith) | TuneIn

Series History: Indiana leads, 103-69

Last Meeting: at IU 72, MINN 67; 3/4/20

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 66-52 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 205-115 in 9+ years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Minnesota is led by Richard Pitino who is 140-116 in 8 years in Minneapolis.

JACKSON-DAVIS LOOKING FOR POST SEASON HONORS

Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots.  He is coming off a 23-point, 9-board effort at Ohio State.  He has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week.  His most dominant performance this season was a 25-point, 17-rebound effort at Florida State. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game at Maui.  He had 23 points at Iowa and had 19 points and 14 boards against Illinois. He followed that up with 17 points and 12 boards against the Hawkeyes on Sunday.  He was named a second-team Mid-Season All-American by Dick Vitale and The Sporting News and was named to the Wooden Award Mid-Season Watch List.  He has had 20 career double-doubles. The Hoosiers are 16-4 when he reaches that milestone.  He is averaging 19.6 points, 9.4 rebounds while shooting 53.0% from the floor and a team-high 32 blocks this season. He is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to have 3 games of 25 points and 15 rebounds (at Minnesota, Nebraska). He is 6th in the nation in FTs made (109) and 2nd in FT attempts (166).  Both lead the Big Ten.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU has played a national-high 5 overtime games this season (2-3), the most since they played 6 in 1998-99.  IU has won 3 Big Ten road games this season after winning just 2 a year ago.  The Hoosiers also have 3 neutral site triumphs and are scheduled to play just 12 home games and 15 games away from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season. Jackson-Davis is averaging 22.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and shooting 70.4% in his career against the Gophers.  He had 27 points and 16 boards in Minneapolis and 18 points and 10 caroms in Bloomington.  Redshirt junior Race Thompson’s father, Darrell, is the all-time leading rusher in Minnesota Gopher football history with 4,815 yards.  He is an analyst for the football team on the Gopher Radio Network.  Race went to Armstrong High School and resides in Plymouth.  Senior Aljami Durham needs 46 points to become the 53rd player in IU history to score 1,000 points or more in his career with the Hoosiers. IU held the nation’s second best offense, Iowa,  (87.8) to 69 and 65 points in their two meetings.   Against Providence, Texas, Stanford, Florida State and Butler, the IU defense held those 5 top 37.4% shooting from the field and 31.7% accuracy from long distance.

BUTLER MBB: Butler MBB and Marquette Set for Wednesday Night Tip at Hinkle (NOTES)

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GAME 19:  BUTLER (7-11, 6-9 BIG EAST) VS. MARQUETTE (9-12, 5-10 BIG EAST)

Wednesday, Feb. 17;  6:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse;  Indianapolis, Ind.

TV:  FS1 – Alex Faust & Casey Jacobsen

Radio:  1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

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• Butler is 6-3 at Hinkle this season, including 5-2 in BIG EAST play.

• Wednesday’s game with Marquette begins a stretch that has the Bulldogs at home for three of their next four games.

• Aaron Thompson has posted back-to-back games with double-digit assists.

• Marquette won the first meeting between the two teams, 70-67, Feb. 2 in Milwaukee.

• In that game, Butler erased an 18-point deficit with 12 minutes remaining to have a tying three-point attempt in the air as time expired.

• In his second game in a Butler uniform, Bo Hodges had 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in the match-up against Marquette.

• Nze went over 1,000 career points in the Feb. 2 game at Marquette; Jair Bolden currently stands at 983 career points.

• Butler had a season-high 19 assists on 23 made field goals in Saturday’s loss at Georgetown.

• Butler forced Georgetown into 23 turnovers, a season-high for a Bulldog opponent; Butler had a season-high 12 steals.

• Christian David, in his fifth game since returning from ACL surgery, had nine points on a career-best three three-pointers at Georgetown.

• Butler’s 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Feb. 9 included overcoming a 16-point deficit.

• The Bulldogs had a season-best 46 points in the paint vs. St. John’s.

• Butler is allowing only 67.5 points per game in conference play, which is second in the BIG EAST.

• Freshmen have scored 33 percent of Butler’s points so far this season.

• Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST at 7.7 rebounds per game.

• Jair Bolden is fifth in the BIG EAST at 2.7 three-pointers per game.

• Butler has committed single-digit turnovers in seven games this season.

• Averaging only 11.4 turnovers per game, Butler is 47th nationally.

• Eight different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season; five different Bulldogs have posted 20-point games.

The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse Wednesday night, hosting Marquette.

THE SERIES: Butler holds a narrow 23-21 lead in the all-time series with Marquette, which dates back to 1922. The Bulldogs are 12-6 in games played at Hinkle Fieldhouse, including a 6-1 home mark since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

Butler Leads, 23-21

Streak: Marquette, W2

At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Butler Leads, 12-6

LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. Marquette: 3-4

First Meeting: Marquette, 18-17; 12/16/22 (at MU)

Last Meeting: Marquette, 70-67; 2/2/21 (at MU)

FIRST TIME AROUND: Butler nearly came all the way back from an 18-point second half deficit, only to have a game-tying attempt not find the mark in a 70-67 Marquette win Feb. 2 in Milwaukee.

Seven second-half three-pointers pulled the Bulldogs back into contention after Marquette took its largest lead of the contest at 50-32 with 12:20 to play.

A Jair Bolden three-pointer pulled Butler within 69-67 with 18 seconds to play before Koby McEwen hit one of two free throws for Marquette. Bolden got a contested look with just a few seconds left on the clock. It was no good and Butler was not able to get back behind the three-point line after the offensive rebound to get another shot at the tie.

Marquette shot 62 percent from the field, but the Bulldogs stayed in contention by forcing 21 turnovers. Butler scored 46 points in the second half to spur the comeback. In his second game as a Bulldog and in his first start, Bo Hodges narrowly missed a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and a career-best eight assists. Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 16 points, going 4-of-5 from three-point range.

Butler went 10-of-23 from three-point range, but made only 13 of their 25 attempts from the free throw line.

McEwen and D.J. Carton led Marquette with 18 points apiece.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior Aaron Thompson ranks sixth on Butler’s career assists list, now with 449 helpers. He is just eight assists shy of Jeff Rogers for fifth on the list. Thompson has posted double-digit assists in back-to-back games, two of the four times in his career that he has done that.

With 117 career steals, Thompson is also a single swipe shy of tying Shelvin Mack for 15th on Butler’s career list.

NEEDING EXTRA TIME: Butler’s Aaron Thompson and Bryce Nze posted double-doubles, leading the Bulldogs to a clutch 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Thompson had 17 points, including the basket with two seconds remaining in regulation that sent the game to overtime, to go along with 10 assists. Nze had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs overcame a 16-point deficit. Butler was able to end the Red Storm’s six-game winning streak.

Thompson and Nze are the first Bulldogs to post double-doubles in the same game since the same duo accomplished the feat Nov. 9, 2019 in a home win over New Orleans.

CALL IT A COMEBACK: Four of Butler’s seven wins have included a double-digit comeback. The Feb. 9th 16-point comeback against St. John’s is joined by three earlier ones in BIG EAST play. (12 vs. DePaul, Feb. 6; 13 vs. Creighton, Jan. 16; and 11 vs. Georgetown, Jan. 6).

The 16-point recovery against St. John’s was Butler’s biggest comeback since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017, taking a 91-89 double-overtime win.

2 FOR 20: Bryce Nze and Chuck Harris each scored 22 points in the Feb. 6 home win over DePaul. For Nze, it set his high mark in a Butler uniform (he has a career-high of 25 points from his time at Milwaukee), while Harris tied his career-high set earlier this season against Southern Illinois. The duo combined for seven three-pointers.

Nze and Harris are the first Butler duo to score 20 points in the same game since Kamar Baldwin (30) and Jordan Tucker (24) did so against St. John’s, Jan. 19, 2019.

INSTANT IMPACT: Bo Hodges had an appeal of a waiver for immediate eligibility approved by the NCAA prior to the Bulldogs’ Jan. 30 game with Xavier. In just his second game (and his first start) for Butler, Hodges set career-highs with 12 rebounds and eight assists to go along with 15 points, narrowly missing a triple-double Feb. 2 at Marquette.

‘BOARD’ OUT OF HIS MIND: Redshirt senior Bryce Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 7.7 caroms per game. Nze pulled down 14 rebounds Jan. 19 at DePaul, his second time in three outings hitting that mark (also at St. John’s Jan. 12). It is his highest total in a Butler uniform (although he had 17 in a game while playing at Milwaukee). He has six games with 10 or more rebounds this season.

HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler is third in the BIG EAST and 47th nationally, averaging only 11.4 turnovers per game. Butler had only six turnovers against Xavier Jan. 30, one of the team’s seven single-digit turnover outputs this season. The six turnovers matched the team’s season-low. The Bulldogs turned the ball over only seven times in 45 minutes of play in the Jan. 16 win over Creighton.

Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 54 of the 117 games that LaVall Jordan has been head coach at Butler.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Indiana State to Blackout Cancer Against Evansville on Senior Night

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State men’s basketball team will finish its 2020-21 home slate with a 5 p.m. showdown against in-state rival Evansville Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Hulman Center.

Wednesday is the final home game for Tobias Howard Jr., Randy Miller Jr., and Tyreke Key. Sycamores will honor the trio will be honored in a pregame ceremony and the traditional post game ceremonies will happen immediately after the game

SENIOR CELEBRATION

Three student-athletes, graduate transfers Tobias Howard Jr. and Randy Miller Jr., as well as four-year letterman Tyreke Key, will play their final home game in Hulman Center Wednesday night. Joining the celebration is four-year manager Kenneth Jordan.

PEPSI GIVEAWAY

The 2020-21 Senior Day is sponsored by Refreshment Services Pepsi. Fans can check in on the Sycamores’ March On app during Wednesday night’s game for a chance to win a Gatorade mini-hoop and other prizes. Download the March On app here.

BLACKOUT CANCER

Wednesday’s contest is also Indiana State’s Blackout Cancer game. Though different from last season because of attendance restrictions, the fundamental mission of the night remains the same. The Sycamores have once again teamed up with Hi-99 WTHI (99.9 FM) to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

                ISU’s coaching staff will be donning all black on the sidelines for the game, and the team will be wearing special edition black out jerseys. The black game jerseys will be auctioned off in the week following the contest (deliverable to the winners at the end of the season) on GoSycamores.com. Additional information on how to purchase will be made available after the game. All net proceeds from the jersey online auction will be presented in the month of February to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the month of February.

KEY TABBED MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Senior Tyreke Key was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week Monday, Feb. 15 after scoring 29 points on 70.7 percent (12-of-17) shooting from the floor and adding five rebounds and two steals in Indiana State’s 76-70 victory over Evansville Feb. 14.

LANSING 11th to 100 VALLEY WINS

Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing became the 11th coach in the 117-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference to reach the 100 win mark in Valley play with the team’s 76-70 win over Evansville Sunday, Feb. 14.

SCORING ODDITY

Sunday’s 76-70 victory over Evansville saw a scoring oddity as the Sycamores had only two players in double-digit scoring: Tyreke Key (29) and Jake LaRavia (20). It was the first time since Feb. 26, 2020 at Southern Illinois that Indiana State had two players reach the 20-point plateau (Jordan Barnes and Key).

RED-HOT SHOOTING

When the Sycamores shot .596 from the floor against Evansville Sunday, Feb. 14, it was their best shooting game since beating San Jose State 86-57 behind a .642 shooting performance in 2018. The win also came as Evansville shot .543 overall, marking the first time Indiana State won while its opponent shot .500-or-better since Valparaiso shot .500 from the floor and ISU won 87-82 Feb. 13, 2019.

KEY EYES WHO’S NEXT

Senior guard Tyreke Key jumped three spots on the Indiana State all-time scoring list with his 29 point performance against Evansville Sunday, Feb. 14. The guard now has 1,586 career points, passing No. 8 Jordan Barnes (1,558), No. 7 David Moss (1,562), and No. 6 Jake Odum (1,568), and sitting 87 points behind Butch Wade (1964-67), who scored 1,672 career points. The Celina, Tenn. native needs to average 21.8 points over the final four guaranteed games in order to catch Wade and move into the top five all-time.

NEXT UP

Indiana State has a nine-day break in its schedule, not set to play again until traveling to Valparaiso to finish the season Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: UE men set for rematch at Indiana State

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In the finale of a unique home-and-home Missouri Valley Conference series, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels to Terre Haute to face Indiana State on Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. CT.  The Purple Aces Radio Network and ESPN+ will have full coverage.

Setting the Scene                                                                                                           
– UE looks to halt a 9-game skid against the Sycamores in Wednesday’s contest while also looking to put an end to a road losing streak versus ISU…the last Evansville win inside the Hulman Center was more than 10 years ago – January 26, 2011
– Evansville looks to regain its outside shooting touch…UE has hit 9 or fewer triples in five of the last six games…prior to that, UE hit 10 or more 3-pointers in 7 out of 8 games between Dec. 21 and Jan. 16
– The Sycamores have won eight of their last nine games
 
Last Time Out                                                                                                           
– A game that featured pivotal runs by both teams saw Indiana State overcome an 8-point deficit with four minutes remaining in the first half to take a 37-35 lead at the break on Sunday at the Ford Center
– In the second half, ISU led by as any as 13 tallies before hanging on for a 76-70 victory
– Shamar Givance and Jawaun Newton led the Aces with 14 points apiece while Samari Curtis scored 13 and Noah Frederking finished with 10
– Points off turnovers played a huge role in the game as the Aces gave up a season-high 21 points in that department
 
Quite a Streak                                        
– Noah Frederking has put together a streak of four consecutive double figure contests while reaching the 10-point mark in 12 games this season…he has registered 6 points or more in 18 out of 19 games
– Frederking led the Aces with 14.5 PPG in the Loyola series going 7-for-12 from outside and 11-of-21 overall
– His outside shooting has been steller over the last three games with 9 of his 16 attempts finding the bottom of the net
 
Quite a Streak                                        
– Noah Frederking has put together a streak of four consecutive double figure contests while reaching the 10-point mark in 12 games this season…he has registered 6 points or more in 18 out of 19 games
– Frederking led the Aces with 14.5 PPG in the Loyola series going 7-for-12 from outside and 11-of-21 overall
– His outside shooting has been steller over the last three games with 9 of his 16 attempts finding the bottom of the net
 
Scouting the Opponent                                      
– On Sunday, Indiana State took a 76-70 win over the Aces at the Ford Center for their 8th win in the last nine games…their record stands at 12-8 overall and 9-6 in the Valley
– ISU was led by Tyreke Key, who scored 29 points…he hit 12 of his 17 attempts to push his season scoring average to a team-leading 16.6 points per game
– Jake LaRavia and Cooper Neese check in with 12.2 and 10.8 points per game, respectively
– LaRavia has a team-high 44 assists and 29 steals while sitting second with 6.0 rebounds per game and a total of 17 blocked shots.

VALPO MEN’S BB: Another Top 25 Opponent Awaits Valpo Basketball at #22 Loyola

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Valparaiso (8-14, 5-8 MVC)
at #22 Loyola (18-4, 13-2 MVC) 

Game No. 23 – Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
Gentile Arena (4,963) – Chicago, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will continue its grueling schedule on Wednesday night with a visit to Chicago’s North Side to take on Missouri Valley Conference leader Loyola in Rogers Park. After notching the fourth victory against a nationally-ranked opponent in program history on Feb. 7 vs. then No. 25 Drake, Valpo will look to continue that success against the 22nd-ranked Ramblers on Wednesday. Valpo is seeking its first ever true road win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

Last Time Out: Valpo split a weekend series in Cedar Falls, recording the program’s first-ever victory at UNI on Saturday with a 70-57 triumph before experiencing the other side of a double-figure gap in Sunday’s 74-60 defeat. Valpo had six players score eight points or more in a balanced win on Saturday and posted the team’s best field-goal percentage in a road conference game since joining The Valley at 55.1. However, 16 turnovers and a 4-of-20 (20 percent) 3-point shooting effort plagued the Brown & Gold in Sunday’s setback.

Following Valpo Basketball: Television (Saturday) – MVC TV Network (NBC Sports Chicago Plus [Ch. 201 Comcast], FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Indiana Plus, ESPN3/+ out of market only) – Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and David Kaplan (analyst) 

Radio – Valpo Sports Network (WVUR 95.1 FM, TuneIn Radio App) – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst) 

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (81-74) is in his eighth season overall at Valpo and fifth as head coach in 2020-21. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Another Top 25 Opportunity

  • For the third time in the last six games, Valpo will clash with a member of the Associated Press Top 25 as Loyola sustained its No. 22 ranking in the Feb. 15 poll.
  • Valpo’s win over Drake on Feb. 7 was just the fourth in program history over a nationally-ranked opponent and the second under head coach Matt Lottich.
  • Valpo enters Wednesday seeking the program’s first true road win over a Top 25 team. Valpo is 0-41 all-time on the road against nationally-ranked squads.
  • This will mark Valpo’s first road game against a Top 25 foe since an 80-50 loss at No. 21 Purdue on Dec.7, 2017. Valpo’s closest call in recent years came on Nov. 22, 2015, a 73-67 loss at No. 25 Oregon.

An Elusive Victory

  • Valpo’s performances at UNI over the years were frequently as cold as the Cedar Falls temperatures prior to a breakthrough win on Saturday, Feb. 13, 70-57 over the Panthers.
  • That snapped a 14-game Cedar Falls losing streak and marked the team’s first-ever victory at UNI. Valpo had dropped all three prior Missouri Valley Conference matchups at the McLeod Center and held an 0-11 mark at UNI prior to 1992.
  • This marked the second straight season Valpo ended a long skid in a Missouri Valley Conference city as a stretch of 22 straight losses at Evansville that dated back to 1969 came to an end a year ago.
  • Valpo had lost the previous three overall matchups with UNI, all by double figures, before recording the double-figure victory.
  • The win marked Valpo’s most lopsided triumph in the all-time series and helped the team improve to just 4-27 (now 4-28) all-time vs. UNI.

Other Notes Wrapping Up Feb. 13 (Valpo 70, UNI 57)

  • This marked Valpo’s most lopsided road win since coasting past High Point 87-72 on Dec. 18, 2019. The 13-point margin of victory on Saturday was Valpo’s largest in a road conference game since winning by 16 at Illinois State in 2018-19.
  • No Valpo player scored more than 12 points, but six finished with eight or more including four in double figures. Ben Krikke and Jacob Ognacevic shared team-high honors with a dozen apiece.
  • Ognacevic finished in double figures for the seventh time during his freshman season including the third time in a four-game span.
  • Ognacevic saw increased playing time, receiving 19 minutes of run, his highest total in MVC play and highest overall since Dec. 17 vs. Purdue Northwest. In addition, the freshman was a team-best +19 in the plus/minus column.
  • Zion Morgan thrived on both ends of the court, posting 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He reached double figures for the first time in a Valpo uniform, surpassing his previous career high of seven. He added two assists and a steal while finishing second on the team with a plus/minus of +15.
  • The fourth member of the Brown & Gold in double figures was Mileek McMillan, who made four of his seven shots to finish with 10 points. He reached the double-figure threshold for the first time since the season opener at Vanderbilt while making his first conference start of the season.
  • Valpo received strong play at the point guard position throughout the evening. Daniel Sackey chipped in nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. Not only was Valpo’s scoring balanced, but the assist column was as well, with six different players registering multiple helpers.
  • Goodnews Kpegeol was another key contributor, shooting 3-of-5 including a pair of made 3s on his way to a line that featured eight points, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Kpegeol made two 3s on Feb. 13 after having just one all season entering the contest. Saturday’s eight points marked his highest scoring output in conference play.
  • Of the six players who scored eight points or more on Feb. 13, only one ranked in the top six on the team in scoring (including both active and inactive players) entering the weekend. While their teammates handled most of the scoring load, key scorers Eron Gordon and Donovan Clay played important roles on the glass, sharing the team lead with six rebounds apiece.
  • The Valpo shooting was a sight to behold, as the Brown & Gold finished at a season-best 55.1 percent clip from the field while going 11-of-24 (45.7 percent) from behind the arc. That field goal percentage was the team’s top mark since shooting 58.6 percent in last year’s Senior Night win over Missouri State.
  • The 55.1 percent clip was Valpo’s best field-goal percentage in a road contest since shooting 56.3 percent at Santa Clara on Dec. 18, 2017. It also marked the team’s best road shooting performance in a league game since joining The Valley.
  • The Panthers shot just 33.9 percent, the lowest clip by a Valpo opponent this season. Valpo boasted its best showing in terms of field-goal percentage defense since holding Southern Illinois to 23.6 percent on Feb. 12, 2020.
  • This was Valpo’s best road game in terms of field-goal percentage defense since holding Drake to 33.9 percent on Feb. 24, 2018.
  • This was the second time this season Valpo held a Division-I opponent to 57 points or fewer, and both came in a three-game span. The 57 points marked the fewest Valpo had given up in a road game since holding Illinois State to 53 on Feb. 5, 2019.
  • Another number that attests to Valpo’s depth is bench points, where the guests outscored the hosts 36-6 on Feb. 13.
  • Perhaps the lone bugaboo on a successful Saturday was the offensive glass, where Valpo was outdone by the eye-popping count of 14-0.

Notes Wrapping up Feb. 14 (UNI 74, Valpo 60)

  • UNI shot at a 52.8 percent clip including 47 percent from long range while going 10-of-10 at the free-throw line. Valpo’s biggest offensive struggles came from 3-point land, where the visitors went just 4-of-20 including 1-of-11 after halftime.
  • Ben Krikke led the way with 12 points, while Sheldon Edwards (11) and Donovan Clay (10) joined him in double figures. Valpo received eight bench points from Jacob Ognacevic and seven from Goodnews Kpegeol, who scored 15 points over the two games in Cedar Falls.
  • Clay had his 11th-double figure scoring output of the season, while Krikke enjoyed his 16th including his fourth in the last five contests and seven in the last nine. Edwards was in double figures for the fourth time in his last five games and the eighth time overall during his rookie campaign.
  • Valpo had a strong night at the free-throw line, going a season-high 92.3 percent (12-of-13). It was Valpo’s best free-throw shooting performance since going 14-of-15 (93.3 percent) vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 25, 2019 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a much warmer climate than the chilly temperatures in Cedar Falls.
  • Valpo committed 16 turnovers in the setback, while the Panthers owned a 25-14 edge in points off turnovers.

A Grueling Stretch Continues

  • Wednesday’s visit to Loyola will mark the middle of Valpo’s stretch of five straight road games, the program’s longest such stretch since Dec. 7-28, 2017, when the team played six straight away dates, visiting Purdue, Ball State, Northwestern, Santa Clara, UC Riverside and Indiana State.
  • This marks the program’s longest stretch of consecutive road games in conference play since joining a Division-I conference for the first time in 1982.
  • In addition, Wednesday marks the sixth game in a stretch of eight games in 17 days.
  • Six of Valpo’s first eight Missouri Valley Conference games were postponed due to COVID-19, causing the backlog of makeup games currently being held.
  • Valpo didn’t practice from Dec. 20-Jan. 4 leading into the start of the conference season. The team also had a two-week pause shortly before the start of the nonconference slate in November.
  • Three nonconference games were cancelled and two were added during a challenging season for schedule-makers.
  • In all, Valpo has had nine games either cancelled or postponed. In addition, two Missouri Valley Conference series (at Evansville, at UNI) were pushed back one day from the original dates to make room for makeup games.
  • From Jan. 20 (vs. Loyola) to Feb. 21 (at Southern Illinois), Valpo is scheduled for 14 games in a 34-day span.

BALL STATE WBB: Visits Buffalo Wednesday For First Of Two Meetings In Four Days

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Game 19

Ball State (10-8, 8-6 MAC) vs. Buffalo (11-6, 8-4 MAC)

Buffalo, N.Y. | Alumni Arena

Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Buffalo (PDF)

Opening Tip:

• Wednesday’s game against Buffalo will mark the 31st time in program history the two schools have met, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 17-13.

• Ball State won the two-game Mid-American Conference series against the Bulls last season posting a 69-65 victory on Jan. 22 in Worthen Arena before defeating Buffalo on the road on Feb. 15, 69-58, at University Arena.

• Brady Sallee owns a 7-6 (.538) ledger when coaching against the Bulls from 2012-13 until present.

• Ball State and Buffalo’s first-ever meeting was on Jan. 30 at Buffalo in 1998-99. The Bulls won that meeting 71-63 and would go onto win the next two over the Cardinals. Ball State’s first-ever victory over Buffalo was in Worthen Arena on Feb. 9 by a score of 72-59.

• The Cardinals got back on the winning track again Saturday at Miami earning a 79-77 victory against the RedHawks. Although, it wasn’t pretty, especially after BSU had played four games in a matter of eight days, the team was tired but powered though for the road win. The Cardinals also got to celebrate senior forward Oshlynn Brown’s accomplishment of reaching 1,000 career rebounds. Brown pulled down a defensive rebound at the 6:48 mark of the third quarter to reach the milestone.  Brown became only the second player in program history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. She finished the day with 28 points and 10 rebounds for her 43rd career double-double.

Down To The Wire:

The Cardinals have taking eight of their last nine contests down to the wire and I mean down to the wire. Ball State has played two overtime contests in less than a month winning one at Ohio (88-85) on Jan. 13 and then losing to Akron (89-84) on Feb. 6. The most the Cardinals have won by in their last nine games was a seven-point margin (78-71) at Western Michigan on Jan. 30.

Consistent Clephane:

Anna Clephane led the Cardinals charge with a career best 24-points at Ohio. Clephane made some key baskets at some crucial times to give Ball State the 88-85 overtime road win at Ohio on Jan. 13. Clephane continues playing a vital role to the Cardinals’ success after scoring 16 points in a 68-64 victory at Eastern Michigan on Jan. 23. Clephane knocked down a last second 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter that sent the Cardinals into a 20-12 scoring spree in the second period to take the 56-41 lead at intermission. She also brought BSU back to life on many occasions against the RedHawks ending the night with 12 on Jan. 27, then scored 14 points at WMU on Jan. 30, she chipped in 14 at CMU on Feb. 3, 12 versus Akron on Feb. 6, 15 against NIU on Feb. 8, 12 vs. Ohio on Feb. 10 and 17 at Miami on Feb. 13. Currently, Clephane ranks third on the team in overall scoring (11.6 ppg) and third in MAC games only (12.9 ppg.).

1,000 Points, 1,000 Rebounds:

Senior Oshlynn Brown currently has 1,358 career points and 1,002 rebounds. Brown hit the 1,000 rebound plateau at Miami on Feb. 13 to become only the second player in Ball State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points and rebounds. Former Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) is the only other player in program history to get 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Jones was the first-ever women’s basketball player to be inducted in the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Moving On Up:

Senior forward Oshlynn Brown is moving up the all-time rebounds list at Ball State she is currently second all-time with 1,002 rebounds. Brown needs 27 rebounds to become the BSU’s all-time leader in that category which is currently owned by former Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) with 1,028 rebounds. She recently surpassed former Cardinal and current assistant coach Audrey McDonald-Spencer (2006-10) to take sole possession of 10th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,358 points. Brown needs 51 to move in ninth which is held by former Cardinal Char Thomsen (1995-98).

Next Game:

Ironically, Ball State will return to Worthen Arena on Feb. 20 to take on the Buffalo Bulls again at 1 p.m. ET. That game is a makeup contest due to its original postponement because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. After that, Ball State will head to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois at 8 p.m. ET in the Convocation Center.

OHIO STATE WBB: No. 15 Buckeyes Host Boilermakers Thursday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After the postponement of Sunday’s game, No. 15 Ohio State will get back out on the court Thursday afternoon when it hosts Purdue. This will be the lone meeting between the two teams this season. Both teams are looking to get back on track as each is coming off a loss their last time out. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on BTN Plus+

·         Ohio State and Purdue are hooking up for the lone time this season when the two teams meet at Value City Arena on Thursday.

·         The Buckeyes hold a 47-31 edge in the all-time series between the B1G foes and are 24-9 in games played in Columbus.

·         Ohio State is itching to get back out on the court as will not have played in over a week because of the postponement of the Northwestern game on Sunday. The Buckeyes are 12-3 on the season and 8-3 in Big Ten play.

·         Purdue opened conference action 2-1 with wins over Penn State and Nebraska but has since dropped nine of its last 10 including five straight. The Boilermakers are coming off a 75-57 setback to Rutgers at home last Sunday. Kayana Traylor (13.9 ppg) and Brooke Moore (10.9) are the two Boilermakers averaging in double figures.

·         Dorka Juhasz was named to the Naismith Midseason Player of the Year Watch List. She is one of five players from the Big Ten on the list.

·         Juhasz is riding a five-game double-double streak. That is the longest streak since Jantel Lavender did it five games in a row in 2010. Juhasz is also just 89 points away from 1,000 in her career.

·         Aaliyah Patty had her streak of seven consecutive games with 10 or more points snapped on Wednesday at Wisconsin. But she is still averaging 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season.

·         All five Buckeye starters are averaging in double-figures led by Jacy Sheldon at 16.3 ppg.

·         Braxtin Miller is the team’s leader both on and off the court but the Buckeyes sure need her on the court. Her numbers may not be eye-popping but her veteran presence can’t be quantified by a number. She fouled-out for the second time this season and just the third time in her collegiate career on Wednesday. The Buckeyes have lost both times she has fouled-out and Oklahoma State also lost to Iowa State on Jan. 24, 2018.

·         Miller has had at least one steal in every game but the first game this season.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: #13 IRISH OPEN SPRING SLATE VS. VALPO

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 13 Notre Dame returns to action after a 6-1 fall with a home contest against Valparaiso on Thursday, February 18. First serve inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center is set for 1 p.m. ET and the match will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra. The match is currently slated to be Notre Dame’s lone non-conference matchup before 11 consecutive contests against ACC opponents.

#13 NOTRE DAME vs. VALPARAISO

Location: Notre Dame, Ind.

Live Stream: ACC Network Extra

FOR STARTERS

The Irish return to action this spring having gone 6-1 in the fall portion of the schedule which consisted entirely of ACC opponents.

Notre Dame’s fall triumphs included four wins over teams that were ranked in the AVCA Fall Top-15 Poll.

The Irish opened its season with a win at No. 11 Louisville before earning a pair of victories against No. 5 Syracuse and a five-set win over No. 10 Pittsburgh.

Notre Dame’s win over No. 5 Syracuse on October 2 marked the first top-five victory for the Irish since they took down #5 Stanford in straight sets on August 29, 2009.

The Irish also earned back-to-back ranked victories (Oct. 2-3 vs. #5 Syracuse) for the first time since knocking off No. 24 Ohio State and No. 23 Michigan State on September 10 & 15, 2017.

Notre Dame’s fall success currently has them ranked No. 13 in the traditional AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll.

Freshman Paris Thompson has joined the Irish roster this spring and is currently eligible to practice.

HISTORY VS. VALPO

The Irish and Valpo will be meeting for just the third time on Thursday.

Notre Dame has won the other two contests between the two schools, including a sweep inside Purcell Pavilion a season ago on September 4, 2019.

Caroline Meuth had a game-high 10 kills in that contest while Charley Niego added nine kills and Zoe Nunez earned 43 assists in three sets.

Kiara Schmidt also led all players with 20 digs in that Irish win.

ACCOLADES APLENTY

 The Irish had multiple players earn ACC honors in the fall portion of the 2020-21 campaign.

Freshman libero Hattie Monson was named the ACC’s Freshman of the Week after totaling a team-high 20 digs and a game-high three aces in her Irish debut, a season-opening road sweep at Louisville on September 25.

The Irish swept the ACC weekly honors on October 6 with Charley Niego being named the conference’s Player of the Week and Lindsey Miller earning Freshman of the Week honors.

Niego was spectacular with a 19-kill, 18-dig performance in Notre Dame’s four-set victory over Syracuse on October 2 before adding 15 kills with a .467 hitting percentage the following day in a sweep of the Orange.

Miller totaled 20 kills, seven blocks and a hitting percentage of .588 in the pair of victories over Syracuse.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

A trio of freshmen in Aubrey Hamilton, Lindsey Miller and Hattie Monson have made an immediate impact for the Irish this season.

Miller led all active freshmen in the fall with a .444 hitting percentage, which currently stands 23rd in the country and third in the ACC.

Monson enters the spring with a team-high 128 digs and ranks second in the ACC with a mark of 4.92 digs per set.

Hamilton ranked second on the Irish with 77 kills in the fall in addition to adding 17 digs and 14 total blocks.

OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL: Ohio State Hosts Penn State on Wednesday

Rescheduled from Jan. 31

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team faces its first ranked opponent of the season when No. 8 Penn State comes to town on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. matchup.

WEEKLY BASICS

Ohio State vs. Penn State | Feb. 17 | 5 p.m. | Covelli Center

LAST TIME OUT

The Buckeyes extended their win streak to 6-0 with a pair of straight-set victories over Iowa last weekend. Ohio State is off to its best start since the 2013 team opened with a 13-0 mark. Vanja Bukilić hit .422 and averaged 3.83 kills per set while Mac Podraza paced the team with 12.17 assists.

SCOUTING PENN STATE

Penn State brings a 2-2 record into Wednesday’s contest after falling twice to No. 5 Minnesota. Jonni Parker led the offense in both matches with 18 and 21 kills, respectively. Kaitlyn Hord had 17 blocks on the weekend.

HISTORY WITH THE NITTANY LIONS

Ohio State trails 50-16 in its all-time series with Penn State, dating back to 1981. The Buckeyes have lost the last two meetings, including a 3-0 decision in 2019.

BIG TEN RANKINGS

The Buckeyes currently sit at No. 3 in the Big Ten behind 14.96 digs per set and 12.88 assists per set. Ohio State has held its opponents to a .155 hitting clip and averages 13.39 kills with both marks ranking fourth. Individually, Mac Podraza’s 10.58 assists (4th), Kylie Murr’s 4.00 digs (6th), Lauren Witte’s 1.17 blocks (7th) and Emily Londot’s 3.83 kills (9th) ranks among the conference’s leaders.

UP NEXT

Ohio State has a quick turnaround as it heads to Illinois for a Friday-Saturday series.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: IRISH ANNOUNCE 2021 SCHEDULE

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Heading into his second year at the helm of the Irish, head coach Link Jarrett announced the 2021 schedule Tuesday afternoon.

The Irish are set to embark on a 46-game schedule, including 23 home games and 12 ACC series. All games and times are subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols and other scheduling adjustments. To keep up with all the changes as the season progresses, check out the schedule on the baseball page at und.com.

Notre Dame’s six ACC home series are against Duke, Louisville, NC State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Florida State. The road conference series are against Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Virginia Tech.

Notre Dame is set to open the season on February 19 down in Baton Rouge as they will participate in a tournament with Louisiana Tech, LSU and Air Force. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, March 19 against Duke at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish are also scheduled to play five non-conference home games along with the six home conference series.

Notre Dame spring sport attendance policies have not been decided yet. Once a policy has been decided, it will be announced on und.com.

The season will conclude with the 2021 ACC Championship. The current site for the tournament is still to be determined.

VALPO BASEBALL: Season Preview: Valpo Ready to Play Ball with Season Opener Approaching

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The pop of the mitt and the crack of the bat will be music to the ears of Valparaiso University baseball players and coaches this week.

The team is on the brink of starting its 2021 season on Friday, Feb. 19 at UAB, finally returning to the diamond in a game situation for the first time in over 11 months after the 2020 campaign came to a screeching halt due to COVID-19.

“It’s going to be nice to take the field and have a break from the craziness of the last year,” head coach Brian Schmack said. “Some of the freshmen haven’t played in even longer than the players who were here last year because their final high school seasons were canceled. It’s going to feel weird to get back on the field, and everyone is looking forward to it. Hopefully this gives them some added perspective on how quickly things can be taken away and they have an increased appreciation for the opportunity to compete.”

Starting Pitching

During the shortened 2020 season, Valpo employed an uncommon strategy, utilizing former closer Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) in an “opener,” role, where he took the ball for the first inning or two before handing it off to a typical starter. Rhodehouse is penciled into a similar role this year and will likely start the first game of each weekend series. The righty appeared in eight games and made six starts last year, one of four pitchers in the nation to start six games.

“Every time Easton threw last year, we were tied or the score was close,” Schmack said. “We want to use our top pitchers in close situations instead of hoping that we get to use them in a high-leverage spot that may never arise. We were pleased with Easton opening games last season, and we’re excited to continue that.”

Sophomore RHP Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) will get the ball after Rhodehouse on Fridays. He struck out 11 over 17 2/3 innings in his five appearances as a freshman. Sophomore RHP Trent Turzenski (Burlington, Wis. / Burlington) has earned the role of Saturday starter after posting a team-best 2.48 ERA with 16 strikeouts over 19 innings as a freshman. On Sunday, Schmack will turn to junior RHP Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville), who struck out 17 over 18 innings during his four starts last year.

“Our starters all have good stuff and they’ve learned how to utilize their stuff by making improvements over the last 12 months,” Schmack said. “We’ve seen positive strides from Ryan, Trent and Colin, and they give us the best opportunity to win those weekend games. With this year’s four-game MVC format, we’ll determine our fourth starter based on who is available and who steps up.”

Relief Pitching

Fifth-year senior RHP Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge), junior RHP Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian Hills CC]), junior RHP Nolan Lebamoff (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll [Kankakee CC]) and redshirt freshman LHP Jake Miller (Chester, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep) all figure to play roles out of the Valpo bullpen.

Tieman has spent time in various capacities throughout his Valpo tenure, from closer to Friday starter to long reliever. The right-hander is a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team choice, 2018 All-MVC Honorable Mention selection and former Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American. Tieman is four strikeouts away from 200 for his career and six away from cracking the Top 10 in program history.

Chasey joined the program this season after spending two years of junior college baseball at Indian-Hills CC- Centerville, where he was named an NJCAA Region 11 Honorable Mention selection in 2019. Lebamoff also comes in as a JUCO transfer and was the Kankakee Community College Pitcher of the Year in 2019, when he tied for third in the nation in saves among NJCAA Division-II players. Miller provides a strong option from the left side after he redshirted during the 2020 season.

“Tieman has been impressive; we’re excited to have him in the back end of our bullpen,” Schmack said. “Lebamoff has showed well, and Chasey had a very good preseason. Miller has impressed us and shown an uptick in velocity this year. We like our situation in the bullpen.”

Outfield

The opening day outfield will feature no shortage of experience as seniors Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson), Jonathan Temple (Turlock, Calif. / Turlock Modesto JC) and Steven Fitzsimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper) are the projected starters.

Dent received 2019 All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades before leading the team in batting average at .311 while starting all 16 games during the shortened 2020 season. He had a team-high 19 hits, tied for the club lead in RBIs with seven and was second on the squad with seven runs scored.

A two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team choice, Fitzsimmons had a breakout junior senior in 2019 by hitting .268 with nine doubles before playing in 13 games and making 12 starts during the 2020 campaign.

Temple joined the program as a JUCO transfer prior to last season and started all 16 games while tying for the team lead with three doubles, collecting 12 hits and drawing seven walks in 2020. Junior Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) will also see time in the outfield and receive at-bats at DH.

“Our outfield features older guys who have showed well and proven they deserve an opportunity,” Schmack said. “We’re very comfortable with this group, and we’re excited to see those seniors perform.”

Infield

The projected starting infield includes three underclassmen and one senior as Valpo is expected to line up from third to first with freshman Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo), fifth-year senior Damon Jorgensen (Blair, Neb. / Blair [Coffeyville]), sophomore Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) and sophomore Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central).

Jorgensen ranked second on the team in batting average a year ago and is now in his third season at Valpo after coming in as a JUCO transfer. An all-local right side features a Hanover Central alum at second base and a South Central product at first, while the hot corner is held down by the rookie Hannahs, the son of Indiana State head coach Mitch Hannahs.

“It’s a very young group aside from Damon, who is a fifth-year senior leading the charge in the middle,” Schmack said. “We had an opening at third base, and Kaleb has done a great job defensively and showed us he can handle that position. On the right side, Nolan and Kyle are young guys who only had 30-40 at-bats as freshmen against high-level competition. Both changed their bodies for the better during the offseason, and it’s good to see that growth.”

Freshman Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) is a utility infielder, while fellow rookie Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) will see time at DH and first base.

Catcher

Junior Jake Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) and sophomore Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) will share time behind the plate to begin the season.

“We have four catchers on the roster, which is something we’ve never had before,” Schmack said. “With doubleheaders on Missouri Valley Conference weekends this season, the importance depth at that position is magnified. Both Jake and Angel have different strengths and we’ll see who gives us the best opportunity to win each weekend.”

Kapers has made 44 starts over the last two seasons, while DiFederico batted .348 in a limited sample size last season, playing in seven games and making six starts.

The 54-game slate begins on Friday, Feb. 19 at UAB with Missouri Valley Conference play getting underway on Thursday, April 1 at DBU.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Basketball Notebook, Week 6

Athlete of the Week:
Ronny Williams (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Senior – Williams racked up averages of 30 points, five rebounds and three steals during Anderson’s sweep of Bluffton University. Williams poured in 32 points during Anderson’s 85-76 overtime win on Friday. He also contributed four assists, four steals and five rebounds. Williams then notched 28 points, five rebounds and two steals during a 75-71 victory on Saturday. For the week, Williams shot .667 from the field and .600 from the perimeter.
 
Notable Performances:

  • AJ Kenney (Marion, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Sophomore – Kenney’s 30 points at Anderson on Friday night tripled his previous (10) career-high! He also ripped down a career-high tying seven boards while blistering the nets with a ridiculous 14-of-18 shooting performance in just his second career start. Kenney averaged 22.0 PPG and 6.0 RPG on 21-of-29 (72.4 percent) shooting from the field.
  • Matt Krause (West Lafayette, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Junior – Krause averaged 14 points and 14.5 rebounds over this weekend’s matchups with Mount St. Joseph. He finished with 16 points and a season high 16 rebounds on Thursday night in a win over the Lions and added 12 points and 13 board on Saturday, giving him five straight double-doubles.
  • Max Greenamoyer (Zionsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | First Year – Greenamoyer helped propel Hanover to a 1-1 overall week against Transylvania. The freshman averaged 10 ppg, including a 6-of-13 mark from three-point. In the team’s home victory over TU, Greenamoyer netted a career-best four first-half three-pointers that helped secure the 94-65 victory. He currently ranks fifth in the HCAC in 3-pt field goals per game at 2.0.
  • Cortiz Buckner (Lafayette, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Senior – Buckner matched a career-high with 27 points at Rose-Hulman on Saturday. Buckner finished 12-14 from the floor. He added four assists and two steals.
  • Brady Thomas (Columbus, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Junior – Thomas led the Lions to a 1-1 record on the week against Franklin this week. During the Lions 75-72 win on Saturday he was flat out outstanding offensively. He scored a career-high 33-points on 11-of-15 shooting and an unbelievable 7-of-8 from three point range. This followed up an outstanding Thursday night performance in which he scored 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. For the week he averaged 29 points per game, on 60.6 percent (20-33) shooting from the field and 72 percent (13-18) from three point range.
  • Craig McGee (Loveland, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – had one of the most historic weeks in Rose-Hulman history to lead the Fightin’ Engineers to two wins over Manchester. McGee became the first player in Rose-Hulman history to complete a rare career feat – 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists – with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists on Friday. On Saturday, McGee recorded just the third triple-double in nearly 120 seasons of Rose-Hulman men’s basketball history, and all three have been achieved by McGee in the last two years. McGee had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the 73-69 victory.
  • Lucas Gentry (Mt. Vernon, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | Senior – The senior forward scored a career-high 42 points on Thursday to lead the Transylvania men’s basketball team to an 89-84 win over the Hanover Panthers and totaled 54 points for the week as the Pioneers split a home-and-home series with the Panthers. Gentry had a career-best game on Thursday, becoming the first Pioneer in nearly three years to score 40 or more points in a game, hitting a career-high seven three-pointers on 7-for-10 shooting from three-point range and making a career-best 16 field goals on 16-for-24 shooting from the floor. Gentry amassed 42 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists in 44 minutes of play as he collected his fifth double-double. Gentry had 21 points in the first half and scored the first nine points of overtime for the Pioneers as part of a personal 9-0 run to lift the Pioneers to the overtime win. For the week, Gentry totaled 54 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, made 8-of-13 three-pointers (62 percent), and shot 58 percent from the field overall.

 
2021 HCAC Season Records
Anderson                    5-3
Bluffton                       7-3
Defiance                      1-5
Earlham                       1-5
Franklin                       5-3
Hanover                      3-4
Manchester                1-8
Mount St. Joseph      2-6
Rose-Hulman              8-2
Transylvania                6-2

HCAC 2021 Women’s Basketball Notebook, Week 6

Athlete of the Week:
Zenoviah Walker (Danville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Senior – The guard led Transylvania to a regular season sweep of Hanover and a 2-0 week against HCAC opponents while propelling the Pioneers to their two highest single-game scoring outputs of the season. In Friday’s 87-67 win at Hanover, Walker led the way with a co-game high 17 points, adding five assists, five rebounds, and three steals on 7-for-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 three-point shooting. The 87 points was the highest amount of points in a game by the Pioneers this season. Walker followed up her efficient Friday performance with a game-high seven assists to go with 12 points, five rebounds, and one steal in a 99-78 win in the rematch against the Panthers in Lexington as Transylvania’s offense was in high gear all weekend. For the week, Walker averaged 14.5 points per game, six assists per game, five rebounds per game, and two steals per game, shooting 48 percent from the floor, and 5-for-11 from three-point range.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Junior – Dellinger averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the week as Anderson split with Bluffton. During Saturday’s 57-50 win, Dellinger notched 20 points and six rebounds.
  • Kalyn Pickens (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Defiance College | Guard | Senior – Pickens led Defiance to a 2-0 record last week by averaging 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Pickens, the Yellow Jackets’ lone senior, shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the field and 76.5 (13-of-17) at the free throw line for the week. In Saturday’s DC win at Earlham, she scored a career-high 18 points in 25 minutes, going 4-of-6 from the floor and 10-of-11 at the foul line.
  • Bayleigh Torrance (Whiteland, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Sophomore – Torrance averaged 16.5 points and seven rebounds per game as the Grizzlies earned a weekend split with Mount St. Joseph. She had a career afternoon on Saturday, setting career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
  • Madison Stamm (Fortville, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | First-Year – Stamm scored 10 points on Friday night against Rose-Hulman. She scored the final seven points for MU in the Spartans’ 43-39 win at Rose on Saturday afternoon. Stamm went a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line to help Manchester earn a weekend split with the Fightin’ Engineers.
  • Jordan Barlow (Haven, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Sophomore – Barlow averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game as Rose-Hulman finished 1-1 against Manchester last weekend. She had 14 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s narrow loss to the Spartans.

 
2021 HCAC Season Records
Anderson                    5-4
Bluffton                       7-3
Defiance                      2-6
Earlham                       0-4
Franklin                       5-4
Hanover                      3-3
Manchester                4-6
Mount St. Joseph      4-2      
Rose-Hulman              1-4
Transylvania                7-2

HCAC Spring 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 4

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Emily Abshire (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Abshire had a phenomenal week for the Lions, helping the team to a 3-0 record over the course of the week. In Wednesday’s thrilling five set win over Rose-Hulman she set the conference-high for kills in a match with 27, the previous high was 24. Then she followed that up with an outstanding weekend registering 16 kills across the Lions six set sweep of Manchester. For the week she totaled 43 kills on 93 attempts, registering a .315 hitting percentage.
Defensive:
Katryna Dahlberg (Hutto, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Dahlberg recorded a season-high 40 digs in a narrow five-set Senior Night loss (19-17 in the fifth) to Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday. Dahlberg also had 14 digs against Hanover, totaling 54 digs in the week and 6.8 digs per set.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Kaycie Gates (Newburgh, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter/Outside Hitter | Junior – Gates delivered 10 service aces in 14 sets. In a three-set win against Defiance, Gates recorded seven aces for the Ravens. As a setter, Gates averaged 3.00 assists per set. The Ravens finished 1-3 for the week.
  • Ashlyn Transier (Cicero, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Transier recorded 11 blocks in 13 sets. During a three-set win against Defiance, Transier racked up eight blocks. The Ravens finished 1-3 on the week.
  • Kaylie Campbell (Camden, Ohio) Bluffton University | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Campbell helped the Beavers to a 3-1 week, including 2-0 in Heartland Conference competition. She finished with three solo blocks and 11 block assists, averaging 1.0 blocks per set. Campbell also helped the cause with 22 kills and three digs.
  • Mackenzie Benham (Marshall, Mich.) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Junior – In four matches last week, Benham had a team-high 40 kills with 11 errors in 140 attacks for a hitting percentage of .207. Benham added four service aces and six total blocks (two solos) for the week.
  • Kyndall Boyll (Centerpoint, Ind.) Franklin College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Boyll turned in 20 kills, a .218 hitting percentage, six digs and three blocks in Saturday’s opener with Bluffton, leading Franklin with 21.5 points. She recorded her second career 20-kill contest.
  • Abby Sewell (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Middle Blocker | Senior – Sewell recorded a pair of eight-block showings for the Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon against Bluffton, recording a career-high five solo blocks in the five-set opening match. She added 23 kills with a .250 attacking percentage over the two matches.
  • Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Vance helped lead the Panthers to a 2-1 week. The sophomore had an impressive week with 22 kills, hitting 35.8 percent. She averaged a team-best 3.67 kills per set and tallied two service aces.
  • Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Junior – Ketcham, the Panthers starting setter, led the defensive efforts this past week recording a team-high 47 digs, averaging 4.7 per set. The setter also tallied four total blocks. She added a team-best 52 assists. The junior charted a game-high 26 digs in the team’s match-up with Earlham.
  • Jordan Holland (Osceola, Ind.) Manchester University | Setter | First-Year – Holland had a phenomenal performance in a narrow five-set defeat at Bluffton. In the first match of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Holland totaled 51 assists – the most assists by a Spartan in a single match since 2016. She added 10 digs against the Beavers as well. Holland added 25 total assists Saturday at Mount St. Joseph.
  • Sophia Koop (Lawrenceville, Ga.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Koop smashed 25 kills with just nine errors to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in tight losses to Mount St. Joseph and Hanover. Against Mount St. Joseph, Koop had a season-high 14 kills. Against Hanover, Koop hit .400 with 11 kills and just one error in 25 attacks.
  • Karrington Jackson (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Middle Blocker | Sophomore – The sophomore middle blocker had a career-high 16 kills in Transylvania’s 3-1 conference win over Defiance and led the Pioneers to a 2-0 week in HCAC play by sweeping Defiance. Jackson totaled 16 kills to just two errors over 28 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .500 in the opener to carry the Pioneers to the victory. She also added three blocks and three digs as part of her all-around effort to keep the Pioneers undefeated on the season and in HCAC play at 5-0 for first place. Over two matches, Jackson totaled 20 kills, five blocks, and three digs to lead Transylvania’s offensive attack. She also finished the week with a .457 attacking percentage.
  • Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – The sophomore libero had a team-high 18 digs in the conference win over Defiance on Saturday and led Transylvania to a 2-0 week by virtue of their doubleheader sweep of the Yellow Jackets. Miller’s defense forced Defiance into 22 errors in the four-set win for Transy; Miller added a block, an ace, and 10 kills in the conference-official win. In the second game against Defiance, a three-set win, Miller generated a co-team high nine digs to go with two aces as the Pioneers took 6-of-7 sets versus the Jackets on Saturday. For the week, Miller tallied 27 digs over two matches along with one block, three aces, and 10 kills.

BIG 10 HOCKEY: Michigan and Minnesota Earn Three Stars Honors

Gophers’ LaFontaine earns First Star accolades after posting back-to-back shutout wins at Notre Dame  

First Star

Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota
G – Sr. – Mississauga, Ont.

  • Posted back-to-back shutouts at Notre Dame over the weekend as No. 5/5 Minnesota reclaimed first place in the Big Ten behind a pair of 3-0 wins
  • Stopped all 52 shots faced on the weekend and left the series with an NCAA-best 15 wins on the season and five shutouts
  • Added his second assist of the season to set up the game winner on Friday, tied for the NCAA lead in goaltender scoring this season
  • Earns his fourth career weekly award and his third of the season
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Jackson LaCombe (Third Star) on Feb. 2, 2021
  • Last Minnesota First Star: Blake McLaughlin on Jan. 26, 2021

Second Star 

Cam York, Michigan

D – So. – Anaheim, Calif.

  • Led No. 8/8 Michigan and the conference with four points on the weekend as the Wolverines split with No. 7/6 Wisconsin
  • Recorded a trio of assists in a 5-1 win on Saturday, before adding a final helper in Sunday’s 3-2 loss
  • Headlined a Wolverine defense that limited the nation’s highest scoring offense, while also holding the nation’s leading scorer Cole Caufield scoreless for the first time in a conference series this season
  • Claims his first career weekly honor 
  • Last Michigan honoree: Nick Blankenburg (Second Star) on Jan. 19, 2021

Third Star 

Sampo Ranta, Minnesota

F – Jr. – Naantali, Finland

  • Recorded three points and tied for the conference lead with two goals as the Gophers earned a pair of 3-0 wins at Notre Dame
  • Found the back of the net on Friday before following up with another goal and an assist on the game winner on Saturday
  • Set new career highs for goals (14) and points (22) in a season over the weekend, while his 14 goals are tied for second most in the nation this season
  • Claims his fourth career weekly honor and second of the season
  • Last Minnesota honoree: Jackson LaCombe (Third Star) on Feb. 2, 2021

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Men’s Golf Earns Second Place Finish at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate

(IU RELEASE)

MOBILE, Ala. – Indiana Men’s Golf earned a second-place finish at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, with three earning a place in the top 10 and freshman Clay Merchent tying for third. It is the best team finish for Indiana in a stroke play event since the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational in Sept. 2018. All six Hoosiers competing, including Brock Ochsenreiter who played as an individual, finished in the top 31.

Indiana Team Standing: 2nd/15 – 844 (283-282-279; -20)

Top Indiana Individual: Clay Merchent – T3 – 209 (71-69-69; -7)

CHIP-INS

• The 844 three-round score for Indiana is the 10th best three-round team score in program history and the lowest since an 839 at the Windon Memorial in Oct. 2017. In addition, Tuesday’s final round of 279 (9-under-par) is the best low round since the team shot 278 (10-under) in the Bighorn Invitational on March 24, 2018.

• Freshman Clay Merchent carded a 3-under-par 69 for the second consecutive day to earn a tie for third place. The finish is the best for a Hoosier since Brock Ochsenreiter finished second at the Steelwood Collegiate in Oct. 2018. Merchent moved up seven spots on the final day, collecting four birdies and shooting a 34 on the back nine.

• Freshman Drew Salyers and junior Mitch Davis finished tied for ninth place. Salyers fired a 68 on the final day, the best round of anyone on the team this week, to move up from 20th place. He was especially impressive to start as he birdied four of his first six holes. Davis knocked off a pair of strokes from yesterday, shooting a 70 with three birdies and just one bogey on the day.

• Senior Ethan Shepherd tied for 21st place after carding a 2-over-par 74. He had three birdies on Tuesday.

• Junior Harry Reynolds shot an even-72 for the third straight day to finish tied for 27th.

• As a team, the Hoosiers tied for the second-most birdies in the field with 52.

• Brock Ochsenreiter, competing as an individual, moved up 16 spots as he put together his best round of the week with a 3-under-par 69. Ochsenreiter had just one bogey and carded three birdies, including three-straight on No. 2, 3 and 4.

OHIO STATE MGOLF: Moldovan Finishes 4th in Buckeye Debut

KIAWAH ISLAND RESORT, S.C. – Freshman Maxwell Moldovan lived up to the hype in his Ohio State debut as he finished tied for fourth at 10-under par. As a team, the Buckeyes finished eight in the 14-team field at 8-under par.

Moldovan carded rounds of 69-69-68 (-10) and made just one bogey over 54 holes. He was one of three players to post all three rounds in the 60s and his 42 pars were tied for the most in the tournament. Not bad for his first official collegiate event.

Fellow freshman Adam Wallin also finished under-par in his first collegiate stroke-play event, carding rounds of 71-67-75 (-3). He ended up in a tie for 23rd.

Graduate Elis Svard rebounded from a 77 in the second round to card a 2-under 70 on Tuesday. He made three birdies and just one bogey on the day. Jackson Chandler and Patrick Schmucking rounded out their tournaments with rounds of 77 and 78, respectively.

Playing as individuals, Felix Kvarnstrom and Grant Engle each finished well on Tuesday. Kvarnstrom matched Svard with three birdies and just one bogey for a 2-under 70. He posted his 15th career Top 20 finish as he ended in a tie for 16th at 4-under par. Engle carded a 1-under 71, his lowest of the week, and finished in a tie for 58th at 6-over par.

The Buckeyes return to action on Match 8-9 at the Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island. That event will be played at the Plantation Course at the Sea Island Golf Club.

8.         TEAM            283-283-290 (-8)

T4.       Moldovan        69-69-68 (-10)

T16.     Kvarnstrom (Ind) 70-72-70 (-4)

T23.     Wallin             71-67-75 (-3)

T46.     Svard               72-77-70 (+3)
T54.     Chandler         71-73-77 (+5)
T58.     Engle (Ind)      72-79-71 (+6)
T70.     Schmucking    72-74-78 (+8)

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Sekne Records Top-5 Finish at Kiawah Island

Purdue’s second-round total of 277 is tied for the 10-lowest round in school history.

Purdue’s 54-hole total of 852 is tied for the 11th-best, 54-hole score in school history.

Herman Sekne’s 54-hole score of 10-under par 206 is tied for the ninth-best, 54-hole score in school history.

Sekne’s total is the lowest for a freshman in Purdue history, coming in his second career tournament.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Freshman Herman Sekne totaled a 54-hole score of 10-under par 206 to lead Purdue to a seventh-place finish at the competitive Kiawah Invitational held at the Kiawah Island Resort’s Oak Point Golf Club.

Sekne finished tied for fourth with rounds of 70-67-69, becoming one of seven players in school history to shoot 70 or lower in all three rounds.

The Boilermakers finished the 54-hole event in seventh place at 12-under par 852 (288-277-287), marking just the ninth time that Purdue has been at even or under par in all three rounds of tournament play.

Wake Forest won the tournament, which featured seven Big Ten teams, at 37-under par 827. Clemson, Kentucky and East Tennessee State rounded out the top four. UNC Wilmington and Iowa finished tied for fifth at 14-under par, two shots ahead of Purdue.

The Boilermakers defeated Big Ten opponents Ohio State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Michigan State and Maryland.

Peyton Snoeberger pieced together three solid rounds to place tied for 28th at 2-under par 214 (72-72-70). Cole Bradley shot even-par 216 (72-70-74), good for a tie for 35th.

Joe Weiler (219) and Nick Dentino (223) finished tied for 46th and tied for 64th, respectively.

Andrew Farraye finished tied for 70th, playing as an individual.

Purdue will now be off for over a month as its next competition will be at the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Charleston, S.C., on March 28 to 30.