GIRLS SEMI-STATE SATURDAY
Class 3A | Norwell (23-5) vs. South Bend Washington (21-5) | 12 pm ET / 11 am CT
Class 4A | Carroll (Fort Wayne) (25-2) vs. Crown Point (23-1) | 4 p m ET / 3 pm CT
Class A | Northfield (21-5) vs. Pioneer (23-4) | 1 pm ET | 12 pm CT
Class 2A | Tipton (19-7) vs North Judson-San Pierre (20-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class A | Loogootee (19-4) vs. Greenwood Christian (16-6) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 2A | Linton-Stockton (24-1) vs. University (12-3) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
Class 3A | Silver Creek (22-3) vs. Tri-West Hendricks (17-6) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 4A | Franklin Community (22-2) vs. Brownsburg (16-10) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
NCC BOYS BASKETBALL
Friday, Feb. 19
Harrison at Marion, 7:30 pm
Arsenal Tech at Logansport, 7:30 pm
Kokomo at Anderson, 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Richmond, 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Muncie, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20
Huntington North at Marion, 7:30 pm
Kokomo at North Side, 6 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Muncie, 7:30 pm
Lapel at Anderson, 7:30 pm
Richmond at Wayne, 4:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 19
Centerville at Tri, 7:30 pm
Seton Catholic at Lincoln, 7:30 pm
Union City at Union County, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Northeastern , 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20
Knightstown at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Union City, 6 pm
Tri at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 19
Blue River at Wes-Del, 6 pm
Daleville at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Pendleton Hts., 7:30 pm
Union at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20
Elwood at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Hauser at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
South Adams at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm
Tri at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Yorktown, 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 19
Batesville at Morristown, 7:30 pm
Connersville at Franklin County, 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20
East Central at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm
Greensburg at South Ripley, 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Rushville at Oldenburg, noon
South Dearborn at Switzerland County, 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 19
Delta at Shelbyville, 8 pm
Mt. Vernon at New Palestine, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Pendleton Hts., 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20
East Central at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Delta, 7:30 pm
Martinsville at Greenfield, 7:30 pm
New Castle at Brebeuf Jesuit, 7:30 pm
New Palestine at Whiteland, 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Yorktown, 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 19
Greenwood Christian at Brown County, 7:30 pm
Indiana Deaf at Anderson Prep, 6 pm
Scecina at Shortridge, 6 pm
Seton Catholic at Lincoln, 7:30 pm
Speedway at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm
Waldron at Liberty Christian, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 20
Alexandria at Burris, 7:30 pm
Anderson Prep at Borden, 4:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Fountain Central, 7:30 pm
Clinton Central at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian at Frankfort, 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at Cristo Rey, 7:30 pm
Seton Catholic at Jay County, 7:30 pm
University at Scecina, 1 pm
BOYS BASKETBALL THURSDAY
|Fort Wayne Luers||61||Paulding (Ohio)||52|
|Highland||64||Hammond Science & Tech||32|
|Huntington North||76||Fort Wayne Canterbury||47|
|Rensselaer Central||87||Kankakee Valley||74|
|South Bend Career||77||Mishawaka Christian||65|
|South Central (Union Mills)||35||Culver||30|
|Victory Christian||42||Culver Academy||35|
|West Lafayette||46||Benton Central||29|
ALL-NCC GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS
TYRA FORD ANDERSON
KARLEE GOODWIN ANDERSON
ANN HENDERSON HARRISON
EMMA HENDERSON HARRISON
CHLOE McCLAIN KOKOMO
SANAA CARTLEDGE LAFAYETTE JEFF
GABBY RICHIE LOGANSPORT
OLIVIA AGILAR MARION
TERESA MAGGIO McCUTCHEON
DAYLYNN THORNTON McCUTCHEON
MARYA FARRELL McCUTCHEON
JASI SCAIFE MUNCIE CENTRAL
ALAYHA ALLEN RICHMOND
JAKAIA LOTZ RICHMOND
AMYA COLLINS ANDERSON
MAKYRA DIXON ANDERSON
ZAKIYA BECK-MYERS TECH
OILVIA LOWRY HARRISON
RILEY FLINN HARRISON
HALEY THOMAS HARRISON
AIJIA ELLIOTT KOKOMO
AMAYA MILIAN LAFAYETTE JEFF
CAITLYN MILLER McCUTCHEON
HEATHER JOHNSON McCUTCHEON
GARYNN SIMS-JONES MUNCIE CENTRAL
JAYCI ALLEN RICHMOND
Miami 118 Sacramento 110
Toronto 110 Milwaukee 96
Brooklyn 109 LA Lakers 98
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#11 Iowa 77 #21 Wisconsin 62
Wichita State 68 #6 Houston 63
#4 Ohio State 92 Penn State 82
#3 Michigan 71, Rutgers 64
#1 Gonzaga 87 St. Mary’s 65
#25 San Diego State 67 Fresno State 53
Illinois State 88 Bradley 71
BYU 80 Pacific 52
Eastern Illinois 68 Murray State 59
Oregon State 74 Utah 56
San Diego 71 Santa Clara 60
Austin Peay 79 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 57
Loyola Marymount 68 San Francisco 63
Longwood 70 Charleston Southern 62
Vermont 80 Maryland Baltimore 71
Southern Utah 88 Sacramento State 69
Tennessee State 91 Tennessee Tech 86
Eastern Kentucky 89 Tennessee Martin 72
Weber State 92 Northern Arizona 59
Winthrop 76 High Point 70
UCLA 74 Arizona 60
Eastern Washington 90 Montana 76
Washington State 82 California 51
Stanford 79 Washington 61
Oregon 60 Colorado 56
Campbell 76 Hampton 57
USC Upstate 65 Presbyterian 51
Gardner Webb 77 Radford 49
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#21 Tennessee 75 #2 South Carolina 67
#4 North Carolina State 66 Wake Forest 47
BYU 61 #16 Gonzaga 56
#3 Louisville 82 Pittsburgh 58
#15 Ohio State 100 Purdue 85
#14 Indiana 70 #11 Michigan 65
Iowa 96 Penn State 78
NY Rangers 3 Philadelphia 2
Columbus 3 Nashville 0
Washington 3 Buffalo 1
Los Angeles 3 Arizona 2
Toronto 7 Ottawa 3
Pittsburgh 4 NY Islanders 1
New Jersey 3 Boston 2
St. Louis 3 San Jose 2
Minnesota 3 Anaheim 1
INDIANA STATE WRESTLING: THE 83rd ANNUAL IHSAA WRESTLING STATE FINALS
Session 1 | Friday | First Round 106-145 | 11 am ET Session 2 | Friday | First Round 152-285 | 7 pm ET Session 3 | Saturday | Quarterfinals 9:30 am ET, Semifinals to follow Consolations 5 pm ET & Finals 7:30 pm ET
Two hundred twenty-four (224) wrestlers in all, 16 in each of the 14 weight classes, will begin first round competition on Friday. Due to facility restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, two sessions will used with weight classes 106-145 beginning at 11 am ET and weight classes 152-285 beginning at 7 pm ET. First-round winners will return to wrestle on Saturday with quarterfinal action beginning at 9:30 am ET and semifinal matches to follow after all weight classes have concluded. Consolation bouts begin at 5 pm ET and championship matches under the spotlight are scheduled for 7:30 pm ET. Team scoring will begin with Friday night’s preliminary matches. Scoring, per National Federation (NFHS) rules, will go to eight places and, additionally, two (2) advancement points will be awarded per match for a championship bracket victory while one (1) point is earned for advancement in the consolation bracket. Finally, points will be awarded to the top eight place-winners: 1st place: 16 points; 2nd place: 12 points; 3rd place: 9 points; 4th place: 7 points; 5th place: 5 points; 6th place: 3 points; 7th place: 2 points; 8th place: 1 point. n Five of last year’s state champions including three who will defend last year’s crown in the same weight class and another who seeks a third consecutive title headline this year’s field with the goal of adding more to their resume this weekend. Perry Meridian senior Alex Cottey (32-2) is the defending champ at 113 who will be looking to compete in his fourth state championship match on Saturday night. He was runner-up at 106 as both a freshman and sophomore. Blake Boarman (28-1), an Evansville Mater Dei senior, is the defending winner at 138 pounds. Boarman was the state runner-up at 120 two seasons ago. Senior Evan Bates (34-0) of Chesterton also returns as last year’s state champion in the 220 class. Crown Point junior Jesse Mendez won the 126 pound crown as a freshman and the 132 class last year as a sophomore. He’ll chase a third state championship, this time in the 138 division where he’s 30-0 this season. Cathedral junior Zeke Seltzer was last year’s 120 pound winner and has stepped up to 126 where he is 29-0 this year. He’ll also look to advance to his third straight championship final having finished as the runner-up at 113 two seasons ago. Bates, Mendez and Seltzer, all undefeated this year, lead a group of 24 wrestlers who enter the weekend without a loss. n Defending State Champion Indianapolis Cathedral is the three-time defending state champion after winning the school’s fourth wrestling crown last year. The third-ranked Fighting Irish are coached by Sean McGinley and boast three semi-state champions of their six participants this weekend.
AP source: Eagles send Carson Wentz to Colts for draft picks
Carson Wentz helped steer the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title and later received the richest contract in team history.
He’s already gone before that deal even kicked in.
The Eagles agreed to trade Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person familiar with the deal. Philadelphia receives a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional second-round pick in 2022 that can turn into a first-round pick if Wentz plays 75% of the snaps this year or 70% and the Colts make the playoffs.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal hasn’t been announced.
Wentz is coming off the worst season of his five-year career and was benched for rookie Jalen Hurts after 12 games. He finished third in NFL MVP voting in 2017 when he led the Eagles to an 11-2 record before a knee injury ended his season and Philadelphia went on to win the Super Bowl.
The deal reunites Wentz with Colts coach Frank Reich, who served as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator his first two seasons in the league. Press Taylor, an offensive assistant coach with the Eagles during Wentz’s tenure, also has joined Reich’s staff.
The Colts are turning to their fourth starting quarterback in Reich’s four years. Andrew Luck retired abruptly before the 2019 season and Jacoby Brissett took over. Philip Rivers led the team to the playoffs in his only season in Indianapolis in 2020. After Rivers retired, Wentz became an ideal replacement for the team.
Brissett is about to become a free agent and the only other quarterback on the roster is Jacob Eason, who never took a snap last season as a rookie.
Wentz’s new teammates are already welcoming his arrival.
“Let’s get to work!!! Welcome to Indy! Can’t wait to see what the future holds in the 317,” two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard wrote on his social media account, citing the city’s area code.
Receiver Parris Campbell was even more succinct on Twitter: “LETS WORK!!”
Harden, Harris lead streaking Nets past Lakers, 109-98
James Harden scored 23 points, Joe Harris added 21 with six 3-pointers and the Brooklyn Nets routed the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 109-98 Thursday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.
Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven rebounds as Brooklyn easily won this matchup of NBA title contenders and improved to 4-0 on a five-game West Coast road trip even without Kevin Durant, who missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.
“I don’t think we’re getting too carried away,” Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said. “We played a solid game and got a good win on the road, but it’s early and we’ve got a lot of growing to do. We have to take the opportunity to get better regardless of the results, but it also feels sweet when you go out West and win some games.”
The Nets knew this statement win had an asterisk: Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder sat out for Los Angeles, leaving the defending champions without two of their top three scorers.
“We’ll see them down the road again with a whole entire healthy Lakers team,” Irving said. “That’s what we wanted, and we expect that.”
LeBron James scored his 35,000th career point while getting 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost for only the second time in 10 games.
“Missing AD and then our starting point guard in Dennis, it’s a big blow for us,” James said. “But they’re missing key players as well. Neither team was full strength. We just didn’t play up to our capabilities tonight. Give them credit.”
Davis missed his second straight game after aggravating his strained right calf last weekend, and Schroder was a late scratch under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
“Obviously AD is an MVP-caliber player, and then Dennis, he’s our engine,” Lakers guard Quinn Cook said. “He makes everything go with his pace and his defense. Guys have to step up, but to lose him right before tipoff, it’s something we definitely haven’t dealt with all season.”
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 15 points and hit five of the 18 3-pointers by the Nets, who pulled away comfortably in the second half. Brooklyn also showed off its recently improved defense, limiting the Lakers’ good looks all night.
Powell leads Raptors to 110-96 win over skidding Bucks
Norman Powell’s efficiency ensured the Toronto Raptors would extend the Milwaukee Bucks’ longest skid in four years.
Powell matched a season high with 29 points, Pascal Siakam had 27 and the Raptors beat Milwaukee 110-96 on Thursday night to hand the Bucks their fifth consecutive loss.
“I thought we did a great job as a team of moving the ball and playing hard on defense to open up our transition so we could get easy looks,” Powell said.
Powell shot 9 of 12 overall, 4 of 7 from 3-point range and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. He had 15 points in the first quarter alone and made a pair of 3-pointers to start a 21-4 run that put the Raptors ahead for good.
“He was aggressive and decisive tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
The Bucks last dropped five straight games from Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 in 2017. Milwaukee’s entire slide has come without guard Jrue Holiday, who has missed six consecutive games due to health and safety protocols.
“When things go bad, that’s where you get better… that’s where you improve,” said Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out. “You can turn the other way and just go home and quit, or you’ve just got to keep fighting. We might lose 10 in a row. I don’t know. I don’t know what the future holds. But I know that we’ve got to have good thoughts, and behind our actions, we’ve got to have effort.”
Toronto wasn’t at full strength for this one either and still defeated the Bucks for the second time in three nights.
The Raptors beat the Bucks 124-113 on Tuesday despite losing Kyle Lowry to a sore left ankle early in the third quarter. Lowry didn’t play at all Thursday, though the Raptors said it was due to a sprained left thumb rather than his sore ankle.
Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for the Raptors. Milwaukee’s Donte DiVincenzo had 14 points, Khris Middleton 13, Brook Lopez 12 and Bryn Forbes 11.
After trailing by as many as 23, the Bucks got the margin down to 10 on a number of occasions but couldn’t get any closer.
NBA All-Star captains: It’s LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
The voters have spoken: They wanted LeBron James of the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers to be an All-Star captain, again.
So, he is. And Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant will be his opposition.
James and Durant were revealed Thursday as the leading fan votegetters in the Western and Eastern Conferences for the All-Star Game, meaning they’ll be captains for the matchup in Atlanta on March 7. James will start for the 17th time, extending his record, and Durant is an All-Star for the 11th time.
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18) have more total All-Star selections than James.
The other starters: Denver’s Nikola Jokic and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard join James as West frontcourt picks, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Dallas’ Luka Doncic are the starting guards from the West, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid are alongside Durant as the East frontcourt starters, while Washington’s Bradley Beal and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving are the East starting guards.
Doncic and Portland’s Damian Lillard were tied in the NBA’s weighted system for the second West guard spot; Doncic got the nod because he got more fan votes. Fan votes counted for 50% of the starter selection process; player votes counted as 25% of the total, and votes from a media panel made up the other 25%.
Reserves will be announced Tuesday, to be decided by voting by NBA head coaches. James – the leading overall vote getter this year, with more than 5.9 million votes from fans – and Durant will then pick their teams, with the rosters for Team LeBron and Team Durant to be revealed March 4.
James is 3-0 since the NBA went to a player-captain format, defeating Curry’s team in 2018 and Antetokounmpo’s team in each of the past two seasons. Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz will coach James’ team in Atlanta; Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers is currently the frontrunner to coach Durant’s team, with the standings after Sunday’s games to decide that spot.
Garza, Wieskamp help No. 11 Iowa beat No. 21 Wisconsin 77-62
Luka Garza got his points, but a rare road victory at Wisconsin was what mattered.
Garza scored 30 points, Joe Wieskamp had 17 and No. 11 Iowa pulled away to beat No. 21 Wisconsin 77-62 on Thursday night.
“As I’ve said before, I didn’t come back to score points, and I didn’t come back to win awards,” said Garza, who returned for his senior season. “I’ve won awards, I did that last year. My main focus this year is just winning games.”
Garza raised his nation-leading average to 24.7 points, making 11 of 19 shots, including 4 of 6 from three-point range, and grabbing eight rebounds. Freshman Keegan Murray had 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-6, 10-5 Big Ten).
“He’s hard to contain,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said about Garza. “Just because he’s worked so hard to make himself to that type of player he is, and he plays so hard. You watch him on the floor and it’s all-out effort each time down. And obviously if he catches it, it’s a basket, a foul.”
“I think that’s the thing that makes them really go, in terms of their efficiency, because they’re No. 1 in the country now in offense. They can rely on throwing him the ball and something positive is going to happen 90% of the time.”
Micah Potter had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin (15-8, 9-7), Brad Davison added 15 points and D’Mitrik Trice 11. The Badgers lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Wisconsin had won 13 of the previous 15 games against Iowa at home.
“I think we beat a really good team,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I thought we shared the ball, which is kind of a staple of our team, but I thought our man-to-man was good again. We mixed it, of course, but I thought our man-to-man was really good.”
Down 16 early in the second half, Wisconsin pulled to 49-46 on Brad Davison’s 3-pointer with 9:17 remaining. Iowa hit seven consecutive shots to regain control, extending the lead to 68-54 when Garza worked underneath for a layup.
“We know a team like Wisconsin’s not going away,” Garza said. “They’re top 20 in the country for a reason. This team is a Big Ten championship team. They won it last year and they got all their guys back, so they know what it’s like to be down and come back. We knew they had a run in them. They got hot from three. We needed to do a little better job in our defense in stopping them from shooting threes, but nonetheless, we came together and made a run of our own.”
Wisconsin hit just 4 of its first 30 shots, including an astonishing 1 of 18 inside the arc, as Iowa opened a 25-13 lead on Weiskamp’s 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the half.
The Hawkeyes scored the first seven points of the second half to open a 43-27 lead before the Badgers rallied.
Wisconsin hit just 4 of its first 30 shots, including an astonishing 1 of 18 inside the arc, as Iowa opened a 25-13 lead on Weiskamp’s 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the half.
The Badgers finished 13 of 34 from three-point range, but 8 of 36 inside the arc.
“In terms of the twos, I’ll go through and evaluate the shots,” Gard said. “If there’s really poor shot selection, we’ll talk about that, if It’s a common theme, but for the most part, I thought we had decent looks.”
Wichita State holds on to surprise No. 6 Houston 68-63
Dexter Dennis took cover among a group of Houston players on an inbounds play in the final seconds and broke from the pack for a crucial steal that helped Wichita State surprise the sixth-ranked Cougars and take over the top spot in the American Athletic Conference.
Tyson Etienne and Alterique Gilbert each scored 16 points and Dennis added 12, leading Wichita State to a 68-63 victory on Thursday night.
The Shockers (13-4, 9-2) moved past Houston (17-3, 11-3) and into first place in the conference standings.
The timely steal by Dennis led to an unlikely victory for Wichita State.
“I was kind of hiding a little bit, hiding behind someone,” Dennis said. “I knew he didn’t see me. And as soon as the ball left his hand, I broke.”
Dennis intercepted the ball near midcourt, burst toward his basket and drew an intentional foul call that helped seal the win.
The Shockers’ victory and move atop the conference was unexpected for a team that lost seven players in the offseason and its head coach shortly before the season started.
“It felt legendary, in a weird way, to win to be honest,” Dennis said. “Just considering all we have been through this year, it felt amazing.”
DeJeon Jarreau led the Cougars with 16 points. Quentin Grimes added 13 points and Justin Gorham 10.
Ricky Council added 11 points for Wichita State, which had its first home victory against a top-six opponent since beating No. 2 Louisville on Feb. 25, 1967. The Shockers also snapped a six-game losing streak against Houston.
Shockers interim coach Isaac Brown said he was concerned about three things going into the game: “Rebounds, rebounds, rebounds.”
So, he was thrilled to see Wichita State outrebounded Houston 35-33.
“I’m just so excited about it,” Brown said. “I thought we did a great job meeting the challenge.”
Houston led by as many as 12 points in the first half before Wichita State stormed back and cut the deficit to 34-33 by halftime.
Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said that part of the game, which came with Jarreau and Gorham on the bench for long stretches, was key.
“They made some tough shots,” Sampson said. “I mean tough shots. And if you make 10 3-pointers at home, you’re probably going to win.”
Those 3-point shots were key.
Gilbert hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap an 11-0 run by Wichita State at the start of the second half. The Shockers led 44-34 and were 9 of 13 from 3-point range to that point.
An impressive stat for a team that entered the game shooting 32.3% from the 3-point arc this season, ranking 246th nationally.
Sampson pointed to the play of Etienne – whom he called, “maybe the best guard in our conference” – and Gilbert as key.
“We were playing Shocker basketball in the second half,” Brown said. “We were getting out in transition, getting into sets for certain guys. The guys believed in what we were doing.”
Sampson said he was happy his team got back into the game, but “getting outscrapped” is what he was thinking about the most.
“They were just tougher than we were on the boards,” Sampson said, “and I don’t know how many times I’ve said that over the last six years. Not many. But they were tough.”
NOTRE DAME MBB: IRISH HEAD TO CARRIER DOME FOR KEY CONFERENCE BATTLE WITH SYRACUSE
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BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH at ORANGE
Shooting percentage in ACC play for graduate student forward Juwan Durham, which leads the conference for league play. Durham’s .579 career FG% at Notre Dame is third among all players with at least 200 FGM.
Notre Dame is the only team in the nation with two players shooting over .600 from the field with at least 125 field goal attempt this season – Nate Laszewski (.652) and Juwan Durham (.602).
Will we see another close battle between the Irish and Orange on Saturday afternoon? Three of the last four meetings between Notre Dame and Syracuse have been decided by two or less points. Two of them memorable Irish victories: a 51-49 defensive slugfest at the Carrier Dome in 2018 (the Irish were without two starters in that contest) and an 88-87 offensive thriller in the Dome last season. The Orange edged the Irish in Purcell Pavilion last season by two points as well.
Statistical categories in which junior forward Nate Laszewski is among the top eight in the country – EFG% (.755, 1st); FG% (.652, eighth) and 3FG% (.516, t-fifth). Laszewski is the only player in the country shooting over .600 from the field, .500 from three-point range and averaging over 7.0 rebounds per game.
You would be hard-pressed to find a more improved player in the country than Nate Laszewski, in addition to increasing his scoring average by close to eight points per game entering Saturday’s contest, he has increased his FG% from .410 a season ago to .652 and his three-point percentage fro .310 to .516.
So far this season, Notre Dame has seen eight scheduled games affected by COVID-19 safety guidelines. Two games (at Pittsburgh Jan. 30, Saturday at Syracuse) have been rescheduled while Notre Dame’s postponed home games with Georgia Tech (Jan. 6) and Clemson (Feb. 17) have not yet been set for a make-up date.
Victories in 12 games in the month of February for the Irish over the past two seasons (9-3). Notre Dame is 3-1 in the second month of the year in 2020-21. See page 4 for more details on ND’s February surges.
Notre Dame’s NCAA-leading fouls per game number, as the Irish continue their tradition of not fouling the opponent to allow easy points late in a contest. The Irish are ahead of Virginia (12.6) and Wright State (12.8) for the national lead.
Adjusted offensive efficiency rank (116.3) for the Irish from KenPom.com – the highest for the team since they finished the 2016 season ranked ninth. Notre Dame is 56th in the latest KenPom overall ranking which ranks the 2020-21 Irish schedule as the 12th-toughest in the country.
Notre Dame and Syracuse will be meeting for the 53rd time on Saturday afternoon, with the Orange holding a 30-22 advantage in the series. The Irish are on a two-game win streak at the Carrier Dome, a first in the Mike Brey era and will be looking for their third consecutive win on Syracuse’s home court for the third time in school history. Notre Dame won three straight at Syracuse’s Archbold Gym in 1936, 1939 and 1941, and three in a row at the Carrier Dome in 1986, 1990 and 1992.
Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who has passed Torin Francis (157) to move into fourth on the Notre Dame career list. Durham is one of just three Irish players to average over 2.0 blocks per game in a career (LaPhonso Ellis, current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey). See the full list on page 8. Durham needs three more blocks to pass Humphrey into third place all-time at Notre Dame.
Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, who is one of just two major conference players to have over 400 assists and 160 three point field goals in a career, joining Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon who is in his fifth year of competition.
Hubb is the 13th Notre Dame player to reach 400 assists and already owns the school record for assists in ACC play with 266.
The last time a team in the Notre Dame – Syracuse series defended its home court occurred in 2017 when the Irish defeated Syracuse 84-66 in Purcell Pavilion. Since that game, both teams are 2-0 on the road in the series.
HUBB’S ASSISTS/THREE POINT SHOOTING AMONG THE BEST IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Prentiss Hubb’s 267 career assists in league play are the most of any active ACC player. The Upper Marlboro, MD, native is up to 407 career assists as well (see sidebar, page 6).
Hubb also has connected at 164 career three-point field goals, giving him over 400+ assists and 160+ 3FGM.
He joins Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon – in his fifth season of action – as the only major conference players with 400+ assists and 160+ 3FGM.
Among all Division I players, Hubb is among 16 players who have posted 400+ assists and 160+ 3FGM. He and UConn’s R.J. Cole are the only players to reach those marks in their third season of action (all 14 others are either in their fourth or fifth season of eligibility).
CHARTING LASZEWSKI’S HOT SHOOTING
Junior Nate Laszewski has established himself as one of the best and most efficient shooters in college basketball this season.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Cards Host Akron In Televised Showdown
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Amidst an ever-changing schedule, the Ball State men’s basketball team has a nationally-televised opportunity Friday night as Akron visits Worthen Arena. Ball State lost at Akron three weeks ago, but Friday’s game may look markedly different due to BSU having more Cards in the deck.
The Starting 5 – The Top 5 Storylines For This Game
1. UPDATE YOUR CALENDARS
The postponements that have happened during this season are starting to come due. It was announced this week that Ball State will play Friday’s game vs. Akron, then again Sunday night at 7 p.m. vs. Western Michigan. Kent State will come to Muncie Wednesday, Feb. 24 for a makeup game and then Ball State has a regularly-scheduled home game Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Central Michigan.
2. CARDS AND AKRON – THE SERIES
Friday’s game is the 44th meeting between Ball State and Akron on the court, with UA leading the series 25-18. BSU had won three straight over Akron before road losses there on Jan. 30 and last year. Ball State is 12-8 against Akron all-time in Muncie.
3. FINALLY A FULL DECK AGAIN
Knock on wood while you read this, but it appears Ball State finally has some options on its roster. BSU had nine available players in road losses at Buffalo and at Akron. Practices and in-game chemistry have been disrupted and roles have been difficult to define, and the Cardinals will be aiming for incremental progress in order to peak at the right time. In total, Cardinal players have missed 47 games in addition to Ishmael El-Amin missing the second half of the first Buffalo game. Here’s a breakdown of games missed by player:
Player Games Missed
Reggie Jones 17
Jarron Coleman 10
Jalen Windham 8
El-Amin 2nd half at Buffalo
4. THIS TIME MAY LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT
Akron beat Ball State handily three weeks ago, but the Cardinals will have a different look. Leading scorer and rebounder K.J. Walton and starter Miryne Thomas missed the first game and Jarron Coleman was still working his way into game form. Conversely, Akron played 14 players in that game.
5. BALL STATE LOOKING FOR FIRST SCRIPT FLIP
Ball State is 0-2 this season in the second meeting against a team it already lost to. BSU lost to Buffalo twice and Ohio twice. The Cardinals had two such ‘script flip’ wins last year, coming against CMU and WMU. Ball State has a chance to answer back against Akron on Friday night.
IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL: JAGUARS TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The red hot IUPUI basketball team will hit the road one final time in the 2020-2021 regular season this week when the Jaguars trek to Youngstown, Ohio, to face Youngstown State (13-10, 8-10 HL) in a two-game series. The two teams will square off on a Friday (Feb. 19) and Saturday (Feb. 20) inside YSU’s Beeghly Center with both games tipping off at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Both contests will be aired on ESPN3.
IUPUI (7-8, 6-8 HL) comes in having won three of its past four games and four out of six since Jan. 29. The Jaguars put together an impressive home sweep of UIC last week, defeating the Flames 89-69 on Friday and following with an 88-81 victory the next day. Senior Marcus Burk was nothing short of brilliant in the sweep, totaling 70 points in two games while shooting 69.2 percent from the floor and 7-of-10 (70 percent) from three-point range. Burk tallied a season-high 36 points on 15-of-20 shooting on Friday and backed it up with a 34-point effort on Saturday. He was later named #HLMBB Player of the Week, while also earning recognition from ESPN.com and Mid-Major Madness. Burk also went past the 1,000 point mark in his IUPUI career on Saturday, doing so in just his 47th career game.
Not to be outdone, senior guard Jaylen Minnett registered his fourth and fifth straight games of 20-or-more in the scoring column, pumping in 45 points and 10 threes in the two-game sweep. Minnett hit 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from the field in the two games and 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from three-point range. A third senior, Elyjah Goss, notched his fifth and sixth straight double-doubles by averaging 16 points and 11.5 rebounds per game against the Flames. Goss continues to lead the Horizon League at 10.9 rebounds per game and is now averaging 10.0 points per game for the year.
Sophomore point guard Mike DePersia, who was named to the #HLMBB All-Academic Team on Thursday, tied the IUPUI single-game record with 14 assists on Friday, doing so without committing a turnover. DePersia hasn’t committed a turnover since a Jan. 23 loss to Wright State and has delivered 31 assists then and played 207 minutes since his last miscue.
Youngstown State comes in on a tear, having won five straight since the calendar shifted to February. The Penguins swept Purdue Fort Wayne last week by scores of 84-70 and 72-70. For the year, senior forward Naz Bohannon leads YSU in scoring (16.4 ppg) and is second on the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg). Guard Darius Quisenberry averages 14.5 points per game and senior wing Garrett Covington checks in at 11.7 points per game. Collectively, YSU outrebounds foes by 2.1 rebounds per game and is among the league’s best in turnover margin at +3.2.
IUPUI has struggled mightily with YSU, going just 1-14 all-time against the Penguins. YSU has won the last eight meetings between the two schools, including six-in-a-row since the Jags joined the Horizon League for the 2017-2018 campaign. IUPUI’s lone victory came in Youngstown on Feb. 5, 2000 by a 55-48 score. The overall series dates back to Dec. 1975 with the first three meetings occurring prior to IUPUI’s move to Division I play.
IUPUI is 6-4 in the past 10 games and has won three of its past four after sweeping UIC last week. The Jags enter play at 7-8 overall and 6-8 in #HLMBB play.
Few players in the country come in as hot as IUPUI senior Marcus Burk. Burk was unstoppable in last week’s sweep of UIC, totaling 70 points in the two games while shooting 69.2 percent from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range. Burk surpassed the 1,000 point mark in his IUPUI career last Saturday (Feb. 13), doing so in just his 47th career game. Burk was honored as the #HLMBB Player of the Week and was also recognized by ESPN.com and College Sports Madness. Burk has climbed to No. 6 nationally in scoring (22.0 ppg) and is among the Horizon League’s top 10 in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw percentage and leads the league in steals.
While Burk grabbed the headlines, his senior colleagues Jaylen Minnett and Elyjah Goss have also been dominant of late. Minnett has scored 20-or-more in each of IUPUI’s last five games, averaging 22.6 points per game during that span and hitting 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from three-point range. Goss is riding an IUPUI Division I record six straight double-doubles, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds over than span while shooting 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the field in that stretch.
IUPUI is 10-3 under head coach Byron Rimm when holding opponents to 69 points or fewer.
Youngstown State has dominated the series with IUPUI, winning 14-of-15 meetings and eight-in-a-row dating back to 2000. IUPUI is 0-6 against the Penguins since joining the Horizon League in 2017.
The Horizon League recently announced the postseason tournament format as the first round (seeds 5-12) will be played on campus sites on Thursday, Feb. 25, followed by the quarterfinals round on campus sites on Tuesday, Mar. 2. The semifinals and championship game will return to Indianapolis in 2021 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
IUPUI has had eight different players start at least one game with sophomore Nathan McClure being the most recent addition to the Jaguars’ starting five, just prior to the Northern Kentucky series. Goss and sophomore Mike DePersia are the only players to have started all 15 games so far this season.
THE RECORD SETTERS
IUPUI head coach Byron Rimm II refers to his senior trio of Marcus Burk, Elyjah Goss and Jaylen Minnett as the ‘Record Breakers’.
Goss is the program’s all-time leader in rebounds and Minnett is the program’s all-time leader in threes made. Burk has simply exceeded 1,000 career points in just 47 career games and is likely going to be a two-time All-Horizon League selection when the postseason teams are announced.
The trio has combined to account for 67 percent of the team’s scoring this season (717 of 1067 points) and that has climbed to new levels recently.
Last Friday against UIC, the trio scored 78 of the team’s 89 points and then followed with 69 of the squad’s 88 points in the Saturday win.
IUPUI has three high achieving seniors on the roster who all rank among all of Division I college basketball’s active career leaders in specific categories.
Senior Marcus Burk, who played his first two seasons at Campbell, ranks No. 13 in all of college basketball with 1,788 career points (1,012 in an IUPUI uniform). Burk also ranks No. 7 among active D1 players, having made 290 three-point field goals (132 in an IUPUI uniform).
Senior Jaylen Minnett ranks 12th among Division I players by having made 281 three-point field goals in his IUPUI career and is No. 67 in active career scoring with 1,377 points.
Senior Elyjah Goss ranks No. 11 among all active Division I players by having grabbed 834 career rebounds.
IUPUI was brilliant in its two-game sweep of UIC last week, putting up ridiculous numbers against the Flames. In the two games, IUPUI shot 57.4 percent from the floor and 20-of-40 from three-point range while holding UIC to just 44.4 percent overall and 16-of-54 (29.6 percent) from deep. In addition, IUPUI outrebounded UIC by 22 rebounds in the two games.
IUPUI had topped 80 points just one time all season before hitting for 89 and 88 in back-to-back games last week.
MARCUS MY WORD
Marcus Burk was one of five players voted to the Horizon League Preseason First Team before the season by the league’s coaches, media and sports information personnel and is living up to the advance billing. Burk averaged 21.3 points per game last year and drained 93 3’s in his first year with the program.
This season, he’s upped his scoring output to 22.0 points per game and increased his field goal percentage (43.2% to 49.4%), three-point percentage (38.6% to 41.9%) and free throw percentage (78.2% to 82.1%). In addition, he currently leads the Horizon League in steals (2.0/game) and has upped his assist and rebounding numbers.
He recently surpassed 1,000 points in his two-year IUPUI career, doing so in just his 47th career game.
Including his two years at Campbell before coming to IUPUI, Burk has totaled 1,788 points (No. 13 among active D1 players) and 290 threes made (No. 7 among active D1 players) in his collegiate career.
INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S BASKETBALL: Final Regular-Season Road Trip On Tap
The Greyhounds will embark on their final road trip of the regular season when they head to Rolla, Mo., to face off with Missouri S&T on Saturday. The trek is followed by a three-game homestand that wraps up the 2020-21 regular season.
The Miners have won just four games this season and currently sit at the bottom of the GLVC Point Rating standings (PDF). The freshman duo of Julien Smith and Kaden Froebe has started all 17 contests and rank 1-2 on the team in minutes per game. Smith ranks fourth in the GLVC in scoring (18.5 ppg) and Froebe tops the team in both rebounding (6.1 rpg) and assists (3.3 apg) while also ranking second in DII in total steals (45).
Meanwhile, UIndy is in the hunt for one of the eight GLVC Tournament spots. The Hounds have racked up wins in seven of their last 10 contests to position themselves 10th in the latest league standings. Looking up in the table shows both Lindenwood and Rockhurst within striking distance, while glancing back reveals Maryville not far behind.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: Five-Game Road Stretch Concludes at SIU
Valparaiso (8-15, 5-6 MVC)
at Southern Illinois (10-10, 4-10 MVC)
Game No. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Game No. 25 – Monday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
Banterra Center (8,284) – Carbondale, Ill.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The first stretch of five consecutive conference road games in the program’s Division-I history concludes this weekend as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team makes its way to Carbondale, Ill. to take on Southern Illinois on Sunday and Monday. Valpo players and coaches have not had much free time on their calendars, as this wraps up a stretch of eight games in a 17-day period with the last five of those taking place away from the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Last Time Out: The term heartbreak doesn’t begin to describe Valpo’s near-miss on Wednesday night at No. 22/23 Loyola. A last-second and potentially game-tying putback by Goodnews Kpegeol was waved off due to a foul and the host Ramblers escaped with a 54-52 win. Although Valpo didn’t quite corral the program’s second straight win over a nationally-ranked team, it did continue the team’s trend of rising to the occasion against elite competition. The effort marked a significant turnaround from the first meeting between the two teams, when the Ramblers rolled to a 75-39 victory on Jan. 20.
Following Valpo Basketball: Television/Streaming (Sunday) – Marquee Sports Network, ESPN+ – Connor Onion (play-by-play) and Mike Trude (analyst)
Television/Streaming (Monday) – The Valley on ESPN Exclusive – Harry Schroeder (play-by-play) and Kelly Burke (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 (81-75) 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.
Rising to the Occasion
Three of Valpo’s best performances all season have come against Top 25 competition, with the Brown & Gold earning the fourth nationally-ranked win in program history on Feb. 7 by blitzing No. 25 Drake 74-57, a win that was sandwiched around one-possession setbacks to Top 25 teams.
Valpo narrowly missed its first Top 25 road win in program history on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Loyola, falling 54-52. The two-point margin of defeat was the closest Valpo has ever come to winning a true road game against an AP Top 25 foe in 42 opportunities. The previous closest call was Dec. 30, 2001, a 74-70 loss at No. 14 Arizona.
Counting a Dec. 4 game against a Purdue team that went on to earn a Top 25 ranking later in the season, Valpo has played five games against teams that have been ranked at some point this year during the 2020-21 campaign. Valpo has led at halftime in four of the five contests (with the lone exception being the first game vs. Loyola).
Valpo was 2-65 against AP Top 25 teams prior to Matt Lottich’s promotion to head coach and owns a 2-5 record since, a mark that easily could be 4-3 with two losses to ranked teams by three points or fewer this season.
To make the performance even more impressive, Valpo pushed Loyola to the brink despite playing without two usual starters as Connor Barrett and Daniel Sackey were both sidelined by injuries.
Over the last three games, Valpo has outscored the opponent in bench points by a combined count of 90-23, an average of 22.3 points per game.
Valpo’s bench accounted for over half of the scoring in the Wednesday, Feb. 17 game at No. 22/23 Loyola with the trio of Zion Morgan (15), Goodnews Kpegeol (10) and Jacob Ognacevic (3) totaling 28 points while the five starters accrued 24.
Morgan established a career high for the second time in the last three games, getting to 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting while draining a pair of 3s. Morgan did not reach double figures in his first 35 career games at Valpo, but has now done so twice in his last three contests.
Morgan played a season-high 28 minutes in the game against the Ramblers, pulling down five rebounds, three assists and a steal to go along with his offensive output.
The fifth-year senior drained a pair of 3s in the game after he had attempted just one 3 all season before that outing. Morgan was 0-for-10 from beyond the arc in his Valpo tenure prior to the Feb. 17 game at Loyola and went 2-for-2 against the Ramblers.
The other key breakthrough off the Valpo bench is the play of Goodnews Kpegeol. He has scored seven points or more in three straight games and is averaging 8.3 points per game during that stretch. Kpegeol has 25 points over his last three appearances after he had 42 points over his first 12 games of the year.
Kpegeol’s 10 points on Feb. 17 at Loyola equaled a season watermark established on Dec. 9 vs. SIUE. His 24 minutes played against the Ramblers marked his second-highest total behind 27 at Purdue on Dec. 4.
Kpegeol’s 10 points came on 5-of-7 shooting while he also boasted four rebounds and played well on the defensive end.
Valpo’s other boost off the bench is Jacob Ognacevic, who has scored eight points or more in three of his last five games and has made nine 3s in that five-game span after a stretch where he didn’t attempt a 3 in any of his previous five games.
Ognacevic’s playing time has also been on the uptick, as he has played 14 minutes or more in five straight after six straight games of 10 minutes or fewer.
Valpo held Loyola to just 54 points on Feb. 17, the fewest points Valpo has permitted in a road game since holding Illinois State to 53 on Feb. 5, 2019.
Valpo has limited a Division-I opponent to 57 points or fewer three times this season, and all of them have come in the last five games.
The 54 points allowed were the fewest Valpo has ever permitted in a game against a nationally-ranked opponent.
The 54 points was Loyola’s second-lowest total this season and lowest in a home game.
Valpo held a team that was averaging 75 points per game and hitting at a 58.6 percent clip over its previous three home games to a 38.5 percent shooting mark in its own gym on Feb. 17 at Loyola.
Valpo has held the opponent below 40 percent shooting in three of its last five games.
OHIO STATE MBB: BUCKEYES CONTINUE THEIR RUN, BOUNCE PENN STATE 92-82
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.— Life on the road in the Big Ten is not easy, but No. 4 Ohio State has enjoyed its trips as of late. The Buckeyes picked up a sixth-consecutive win on the road with a 92-82 victory at Penn State Thursday.
With the win, Ohio State improves to 18-4 overall and 12-4 in the conference. This also sets the table for a big showdown Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena with No. 3 Michigan.
Facing its largest deficit of the game, the Buckeyes sprung a 15-0 run over a nearly four-minute stretch in the second half to turn a seven-point hole into an eight-point lead. The Buckeyes never trailed the rest of the way.
Offensively, E.J. Liddell and Duane Washington Jr. led the way with efficient efforts. Liddell had 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and was also 5-of-7 from the line. Washington finished with 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 4-of-5 from long range.
CJ Walker had 13 points and a team-high seven assists while Musa Jallow also contributed impactful minutes, finishing with nine points and three rebounds.
Another big key to the game was Ohio State’s shooting down the stretch. The Buckeyes made seven of their last nine field goals and 9-of-11 free throws over the game’s final 10 minutes. Conversely, Penn State made just five of its last 20 shots from the floor after a hot start.
Ohio State entered the break leading 47-43 in a back-and-forth affair. Both teams shot extremely well in the first 20 minutes. The Buckeyes made 17-of-26 (.654) while the Nittany Lions connected on 15-of-28 (.536).
Penn State started the second half hot again, making seven of its first 12 shots to build a 61-54 lead. But the 15-0 run coupled with the Buckeyes shooting down the stretch was enough for Ohio State to grind out another Big Ten road victory.
The Buckeyes will return home for the aforementioned meeting with No. 3 Michigan this Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS will have the coverage.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 14 IU Grits Out Win Over No. 11 Michigan
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a nail biting top 15 matchup, No. 14 Indiana outlasted No. 11 Michigan on Thursday night, 70-65, inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- Exchanging baskets for most of the first quarter, senior guard Ali Patberg and redshirt junior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary were the first to score for Indiana. Junior guard Aleksa Gulbe tied it up at six apiece early with a pair of made free throws before Patberg made a pullup jumper off a Michigan turnover to take the lead. The Wolverines strung together a quick seven points to regain control of the contest. The Hoosiers would try to pull ahead with a quick two points from Patberg, but Michigan would get the 17-13 advantage as the frame came to a close.
- Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes scored her first two points to start the second 10 minutes and freshman guard Chloe Moore-McNeil followed it up with a 3-pointer that would tie the game at 18. Finding her spot again, Moore-McNeil hit her second triple and Holmes fought her way to the basket to keep the Hoosiers alive.
- Out of a called Indiana timeout after a quick two baskets by the Wolverines, Patberg made two straight 3-pointers and Indiana was out to a 32-30 lead with 3:27 left in the quarter. With the Wolverines trying to crawl back into the lead, the hot Hoosiers offense would stay alive and take a 37-35 lead into the halftime break after a made 3-pointer from Gulbe.
- The 3-pointers continued to fly for Indiana coming out of halftime as Cardaño-Hillary drained her first 3-point basket of the night to add to the Hoosiers’ advantage.
- Stuck in an exchange of scoring, it was Michigan who would find the 46-42 advantage as the media timeout approached. Coming out of the time out, junior guard Grace Berger forced a turnover and was able to break away for the layup. Gulbe made it a one-point game with 3:30 left in the third quarter but the Wolverines would respond with a surge of their own. A basket by Berger and two free throws would put the Hoosiers within one at the buzzer.
- Despite Michigan having the 52-51 advantage to enter the final 10 minutes, Berger came out firing with a jumper that would put the Hoosiers back in the lead. Letting Michigan back in front, 55-53, the Indiana offense would respond with baskets by Cardaño-Hillary and Patberg to flip the lead back to the Hoosiers. All tied up at 59-59, the contest tipped Michigan’s way until Berger took two trips to the line to give Indiana the 63-61 lead with 2:18 left in game. Patberg would tack onto that lead with a driving layup to make the score 65-62 under the two-minute mark. With fouls at both ends, Berger remained a perfect 10 for 10 from the line and Patberg’s trip to the stripe would seal it for the Hoosiers.
- Holding the Wolverines without a field goal for the last 3:48 of Thursday night’s contest, Indiana sealed bonus shots down the stretch.
- The Hoosiers have now won three of the last four against Michigan, including four straight at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- The win is now the second over a ranked team for the Hoosiers this season as they also defeated then No. 21 Northwestern on the road.
- After Michigan took a 61-59 lead at the 3:48 mark of the fourth quarter, Indiana did not allow Michigan another field goal the rest of the game.
- Ali Patberg scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half and connected on all three of her three-point field goal attempts in the opening half. For Patberg it was her 20th career came scoring 20 or more points.
- Berger scored 16 points and added four rebounds and four assists.
- Gulbe added 13 points for Indiana.
- Indiana shot 7-for-13 (53.8 percent) from three in the first half. For the game Indiana made 9-of-18 three-point field goals.
- Indiana held a 20-4 advantage in points off turnovers and forced 15 Michigan turnovers.
- The Hoosiers connected on 17-of-19 from the free-throw line (89.5 percent). Grace Berger shot 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Berger made eight of those free-throws in the fourth quarter.
- Indiana committed just eight turnovers. The Hoosiers rank sixth in the country in fewest turnovers per game. It was the sixth game this season Indiana has had under 10 turnovers.
- Michigan came into the game averaging 80.2 points per game and Indiana held the Wolverines to 65 points. Michigan had a scoring margin coming in of +19.3 point per game.
- Indiana handed Michigan their second loss of the season and second Big Ten loss of the season
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“This one feels good. That is a really good team who we have a lot of respect for. Looking at the stats, although there was a discrepancy in the rebounding margin, we went in knowing we were going to have to outrebound them in order to win the game. But sometimes that doesn’t hold true especially when you can make shots. Tonight, I think it was just a matter of it being very crowded in the low block for Mack (Mackenzie Holmes). I think Michigan came in here willing to allow us to try and beat them from the outside. It was nice to see our three-ball go in. I thought Grace Berger was quiet offensively, but yet got to the free-throw line, stayed aggressive, and goes 10-for-10 at the free-throw line coming down the stretch which was huge. I am really happy with our eight turnovers, but I thought collectively the eight or nine that were out there playing, played exactly, we knew it was going to be a grind out there. It was going to be physical which it was. Both teams got to the free-throw line 19-20 times respectively. I thought Mack’s defense was better in the fourth against Naz (Hillmon) and Ali Patberg did a tremendous job against Leigha Brown. Grace Berger did a tremendous job against Akienreh Johnson. Give our kids credit for following the scouting report, especially defensively. But it was really nice to see our free-throws at 89 percent, almost 90 percent, excellent. And obviously for our 3-ball to go in tonight. I also thought we did some really good things defensively.”
Indiana is back in action on Wednesday, February 24th at Wisconsin.
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Purdue Topped by Ohio State on the Road
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a 55.2% clip from the field and eight 3-pointer, the Purdue women’s basketball team could not keep pace with No. 15 Ohio State on Thursday afternoon at Value City Arena, falling 100-85.
Purdue (6-12, 3-11) had four players in double figures, led by a career-high 21 points from Fatou Diagne. The redshirt senior was 10-of-15 from the field and 1-for-1 on free throws. Brooke Moore tallied 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with a pair of triples.
Madison Layden went 3-of-4 from distance to finish with 13 points in addition to five assists. Rokia Doumbia added 10 points off the bench.
While Purdue recorded hits second-highest field goal percentage of the year and picked up 48 points in the paint, it was not enough to overcome a 58.2% field goal clip and 10 triples by Ohio State (13-3, 9-3), led by 23 points from Dorka Juhasz.
Both clubs flew out the gates in the first period, each scoring 23 points. The Boilermakers shot 58.8% from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 from Diagne. Moore twice knocked down 3-pointers that gave Purdue a two-possession lead in the first.
After a Kayana Traylor layup to start the second, Diagne picked up her 13th point in just 9:14 of playing time to put the Boilermakers ahead 27-23. Purdue then fell on the wrong side of an 18-0 run and trailed by 13 at the break.
Purdue shot 51.6% in the first 20 minutes and went 3-of-8 from behind the arc over the opening 20 minutes, while the Buckeyes connected on 60% of their field goals.
The Boilermakers turned up the intensity in the third quarter, scoring 27 points in the frame. Purdue spread the wealth with six different players finding the scoresheet, topped by eight points from Layden. Ohio State matched the pace with 26 points and a quartet of triples.
The Buckeyes used a quick 15-4 run at the start of the fourth to build up its lead to as many as 25 in the frame. Despite the gap, Purdue finished strong on an 11-1 run, including the final nine points of the game.
• Ohio State leads the all-time series 48-31 against Purdue.
• Cassidy Hardin made her return after missing the last three games. The junior was 2-of-2 from distance
• Layden dished out at least five assists for the second time this season.
• Purdue went a perfect 3-for-3 at the line.
• The 85 points were the second most by the Boilermakers this season.
• Ra Shaya Kyle scored eight points off the bench, her highest total since Dec. 13 against Bowling Green.
• Layden continued a pair of streaks, recording a steal in every game this season and knocking down at least one 3-pointer in 16 straight outings.
• Thursday was just the 10th time across the country this season that a team lost despite shooting 55%.
• Purdue surrendered 100 points in a game for the first time since Dec. 9, 2010, against Texas A&M.
• Doumbia matched her season high with seven rebounds.
The Boilermakers will head out for their penultimate road game of the season Sunday for an 11:30 a.m. tip against Michigan State televised on Fox Sports 1.
Matthews pads NHL goals lead, Maple Leafs rout Senators 7-3
Auston Matthews scored his 15th and 16th goals to pad his NHL lead and had two assists to help the league-leading Toronto Maple Leafs thump the last-place Ottawa Senators 7-3 on Thursday night.
Matthews has scored those 16 goals in just 17 games played, and has scored 15 times in his last 13 contests. He has a 15-game points streak.
“The puck’s going in the net right now and that’s great, but the most important thing is that we’re winning,” Matthews said.
Toronto beat Ottawa for the second straight night after blowing a 5-1 lead in a 6-5 overtime loss in the series opener Monday night.
Mitch Marner had a goal and three assists, Joe Thornton a goal and two assists, William Nylander a goal and an assist, and John Tavares and Ilya Mikheyev also scored.
Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves for Toronto in place of No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen, who had started 10 straight with Jack Campbell sidelined because of a leg injury. Joseph Woll backed up Hutchinson as the North Division leaders gave Andersen a break from having to dress.
“I thought he was really good,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “He got better as the game wore on.”
Tim Stutzle had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, and Connor Brown and Drake Batherson also scored.
Marcus Hogberg allowed a goal on five shots before leaving the game with a lower-body injury midway through the first period. Matt Murray made 20 saves in relief.
“They got a couple early and we got away from the way we have to play,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “We got sloppy and just allowed them too much room.”
Toronto opened the scoring on its second power play of the night at 10:29 of the first when Matthews fired a shot through Hogberg.
“He’s picking goalies apart,” Nylander said. “They don’t really stand a chance.”
Thornton, who had two goals disallowed Wednesday, finally got his third of the season late in the period when he redirected Jake Muzzin’s point shot past Murray.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamore Baseball Opens 2021 with Pittsburgh at Snowbird Baseball Classic
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State baseball will begin its 2021 campaign on Friday as the Sycamores open a three-games series with Pittsburgh as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Both Friday and Saturday games are slated for a 2 p.m. start while the series finale is scheduled to begin at noon. All three games will be streamed via FloBaseball while live stats will be available throughout the series. Fans can follow @IndStBaseball throughout the series for live updates on Twitter.
NEWS AND NOTEWORTHY
» Probable starting rotations have not been announced at the time of release.
» The Sycamores are 0-1 all-time against Pitt with the lone meeting coming in 2020 at the Snowbird Baseball Classic. The Panthers defeated Indiana State 11-1 in the season opener.
» This weekend’s series kicks off a stretch of 24 consecutive road games for Indiana State, who also play Tennessee (February 26-28), Florida International (March 5-7), Florida Gulf Coast (March 9), Florida Atlantic (March 11-13), UAB (March 19-21) and Saint Louis (April 1-3) for non-conference action. The Sycamores will also travel to Normal for a four-game MVC series with Illinois State (April 9-11) before playing its first home games on April 16-18 against Valparaiso.
» Indiana State is coming off an 8-6 2020 campaign in which the Sycamores came away with a weekend sweep of Elon and a series win over Kansas before COVID-19 canceled the season.
» Indiana State secured its 12th-straight winning season in 2020 while also finishing in the top-100 in RPI for eighth-straight year.
» Indiana State returns eight position starters and nine key pitchers from its 2020 team that finished 8-6 before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. Returning for the Sycamores after starting all 14 games and leading the team in average is infielder Jordan Schaffer (.339, 19 H, 6 RBI). Utility man Dominic Cusumano also returns for the Sycamores after hitting .318 with 14 base hits and a .400 on-base percentage.
» The Sycamores return nearly all their arms on the mound from a year ago apart from 2019 MVC Newcomer of the Year Collin Liberatore. Tristan Weaver (LHP), Connor Cline (RHP) and Cam Edmonson (LHP) return after combining for nine starts last season. ISU’s bullpen returns several key pieces including LHP Tyler Grauer.
» Redshirt senior Tyler Grauer has earned several preseason accolades coming into 2021. He has been named a First Team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA and a Third Team Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com. Grauer earned Preseason All-MVC accolades by a vote of league coaches and is rated the 6th-best reliever in college baseball and the 18th-best draft prospect in the MVC according to D1Baseball.com. Grauer, a Shawnee, Kan. native, appeared in seven games out of the bullpen during the 2020 season and recorded a team-best five saves. The lefty finished the year with a 1.59 ERA over 11.1 innings with an 0-1 record. One of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the nation, Grauer sat down 23 batters on strikeouts while issuing just one walk on the year. He held the opposition to a .239 average against. In 2019, he had a 1.91 ERA with a 48-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37.2 innings.
» Starting pitcher Tristan Weaver joined Grauer on the Preseason All-MVC squad. Weaver finished the abbreviated 2020 season with a 1-1 record on the mound and a 1.85 ERA in four starts. The left-hander struck out 34 batters and walked just eight while holding opponents to a .100 average against in 24.1 innings. Weaver is rated the 39th-best starting pitcher in the nation and the 10th-best draft prospect in the MVC according to D1Baseball.com.
EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Aces set for season-opening series at Georgia
EVANSVILLE – The long wait since March 10, 2020 comes to an end Friday when the University of Evansville baseball team opens the 2021 campaign with a four-game series at SEC foe Georgia on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Athens, Ga.
Previewing the Matchup: Georgia
Evansville and Georgia are set to do battle for the seventh time when the two sides meet on February 19 with the Bulldogs owning a 6-1 advantage in the series.
The Aces are 35-72 all-time against teams from the SEC and will play four times against the SEC this season with three against Georgia this weekend and a midweek matchup against Kentucky on March 3.
The Bulldogs were 14-4 last season and finished the season ranked third in the nation when the season ended abruptly on March 13.
Evansville will look to utilize its end-of-season momentum from 2020 to fuel its start to 2021. The Aces closed the 2020 campaign with a 5-4 victory over Indiana in the grand opening of German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium on March 10.
Shane Gray looks to continue his form from 2020 into the start of the 2021 campaign. Gray struck-out a team-high 19 batters in 22.2 innings last season.
After the COVID-19 shortened season in 2020, Evansville returns nearly all of its roster from a season ago.
Just one Ace who played for Evansville in 2020 does not return for the 2021 campaign.
Evansville also added 10 newcomers to the team in the offseason to bolster the Aces depth.
Record on Opening Day
Entering this season, Evansville is 3-7 over its last 10 seasons in season openers and 2-6 in opening series during that same stretch.
Evansville has not had any issues scoring in season openers, averaging 5.1 runs per game in openers.
Craig Hauls in Awards
After being named to Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week, MVC Player of the Week, and to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team, junior Tanner Craig looks to continue his momentum in 2021.
Before the season began, Craig was named to The Valley’s Preseason team, the 2021 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award watch list, Perfect Game’s all-MVC team, and was named NCBWA Second-Team All-America.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Black named to 2021 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
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CARY, NC – Wright State infielder Tyler Black had been named as one of the 55-player preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list today by USA Baseball, beginning the process of identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country for the 2021 season. The 43rd Golden Spikes Award will be presented in July.
Black becomes the third Wright State player to be recently featured on the Golden Spikes Award watch lists, joining former Raider infielder Jeremy Hamilton, who was on the preseason watch list in 2008, and former left-handed pitcher Danny Sexton, who was named to the midseason watch list in 2017.
Additionally, D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game each recently tabbed Black as their Horizon League preseason player of the year, while Perfect Game also called Black its top draft prospect in the Horizon League
“We are thrilled to be bringing the Golden Spikes Award back this year and kicking off the 2021 amateur baseball season with the fifty-five-player preseason watch list,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. “The athletes who make up this year’s initial watch list have an incredible amount of talent and we are looking forward to their return to the diamond so we can follow their journeys during what will undoubtedly be a highly competitive season.”
Sixteen different collegiate athletic conferences are represented on the 2021 preseason watch list with eight of those conferences boasting multiple selections, including the American Athletic, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Big West, Pac-12, Sun Belt and Southeastern Conferences.
Fan voting will once again play a part in the Golden Spikes Award in 2021. Amateur baseball fans will be able to vote for their favorite players on GoldenSpikesAward.com, starting on June 8 with the naming of the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists. USA Baseball will announce the finalists for the award on June 24 and fan voting will open at GoldenSpikesAward.com concurrently, remaining open through July 2.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball To Open 2021 Season At South Carolina Friday
DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team will open the 2021 campaign over the weekend at South Carolina. The Flyers will open the series on Friday at 4 p.m. before returning for a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday with the Gamecocks. UD will finish the weekend with a 12 p.m. game on Sunday, with all three contests coming at Founders Park in Columbia, S.C.
All three games will include free live stats and there will be a stream available for fans to watch with a paid subscription to SEC Network+.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
The Flyers posted a 6-8 record in the shortened 2020 campaign, but found success in the opening weekend last season, going 3-1 in the first four games.
Dayton was picked third in the 2021 Preseason Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll and received four first place votes finishing behind VCU and Fordham.
Senior Riley Tirotta has been the center of attention when it comes to different publications when it comes to the Atlantic 10 Conference. The third baseman was picked as the A-10 Preseason Player of the Year by Perfect Game and D1Baseball.com. Tirotta was also named to the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List, which consists of 48 different hitters throughout Division I.
The Flyers will also return a majority of starters from 2020 including last season’s leader in batting average, senior Mariano Ricciardi, and home runs, graduate student Alex Brickman.
UD will also return all three members of the weekend rotation from last season, with senior Hunter Wolfe headlining the three. Wolfe was named to the Perfect Game A-10 Preseason All-Conference Team alongside Tirotta after tying for the conference lead in strikeouts with 33. The Flyers also return senior Cole Pletka and graduate student Ben Olson, who together comprised 12 of 14 starts on the mound for Dayton in 2020.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina finished last season with a 12-4 record, ending the campaign on a five-game winning streak.
The Gamecocks feature junior Wes Clarke offensively. Clarke was named to the SEC Preseason Second Team, the NCBWA Preseason First Team, and to the Third Team All-America for Collegiate Baseball. The junior led the SEC with eight home runs, driving in 22 runs as well in 2020.
On the mound, South Carolina held opposing hitters to a .180 batting average against posting a 2.81 ERA for the entire team. Senior Brannon Jordan was a main component of that, compiling 32 strikeouts in 21 innings on the mound, allowing hitters to a .104 batting average against. He along with Thomas Farr and Julian Bosnic will be the probable starters for the Gamecocks this weekend.
Friday’s contest will mark the first ever matchup between the two schools.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Opens 2021 At Clemson This Weekend
The University of Cincinnati baseball team returns to the diamond for the first time in 345 days, facing No. 25 Clemson in a three-game set to open the 2021 campaign at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C.
The all-time series is knotted at two games apiece dating back to 1938. Cincinnati is 1-1 at Clemson and the teams are even in neutral-site matchups. This weekend marks the first meeting since 2011.
HOW TO FOLLOW
UC’s series at Clemson will be streamed on ACC Network Extra, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s digital viewing option on the ESPN app and website. ACCNX is available if your cable provider carries the ACC Network. Announcers Tim Bourret (Friday), Marty Clary (Saturday, Sunday), William Qualkinbush (Friday, Saturday) and Pete Yanity (Sunday) will call the action.
WATCH: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Visit BearcatStats.com all season long for live stats for UC baseball games.
• UC was 7-8 in a pandemic-shortened 2020 season and on a seven-game winning streak when games ended.
• Head Coach Scott Googins enters his fourth season with a 66-67 mark at UC and a career mark of 407-424.
• The Bearcats had a .407 on-base percentage and .969 fielding percentage a year ago.
• Clemson had a 14-3 overall record and 3-0 mark in 2020.
• The Tigers are led by sixth-year Head Coach Monte Lee, who has won 68 percent (182-86) of his home games.
• Clemson has nine of its first 11 games at home.
• Friday – LHP Evan Shawver (CIN) vs. RHP Davis Sharpe (CU)
• Saturday – LHP Dean McCarthy (CIN) vs. RHP Ty Olenchuk (CU)
• Sunday – LHP Garrett Schoenle (CIN) vs. LHP Caden Grice (CU)
STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS …
LHP Evan Shawver has been named one of the Top 100 prospects in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft according to D1 Baseball. Listed at No. 45, the Amherst, Ohio, native ranks as the AAC’s top pitcher. Shawver posted a 1.59 ERA in four starts during 2020, recording 35 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.
Shawver, 3B Eric Santiago and DH Wyatt Stapp were preseason All-American Athletic Conference selections, the first time in UC history three players earned preseason honors. Stapp is a two-time preseason all-conference honoree while Santiago and Shawver were tabbed for the first time.
Stapp batted .283 in 46 at-bats with 13 hits, 11 RBIs, eight runs, two doubles and two stolen bases in 2020.
Santiago started all 15 games for UC last season, posting a .314 batting average with 16 hits, one home run, nine RBIs, seven runs and three doubles in 51 at-bats.
Head Coach Scott Googins led the Bearcats to one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2019. The Bearcats won the Anerican Athletic Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first time in 45 years.
The AAC’s preseason poll, released on Dec. 30, 2020, tabbed the Bearcats to finish sixth. The conference will feature four-game home series this year with one day featuring a twin bill DH.
UC will open the home schedule at UC Baseball Stadium set for Friday, March 12 against Western Michigan.
Baseball earned a 3.345 team GPA in the fall of 202 with six players, Joey Bellini, Deondrae Bremner, Wyat Geesaman, Tanner Holen, Griffin Merritt and Zach Segal named TOP CATS for 4.0 GPAs.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Purdue Soccer: Purdue Edged in Opener by Illinois
WESTFIELD, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team opened the 2020-21 season with a 1-0 loss to Illinois on Thursday afternoon at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana.
The Boilermakers (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) had a 12-8 advantage in shots and junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made six saves, but a goal by the Fighting Illini (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) in the 81st minute broke a scoreless tie. Four of Purdue’s shots went on goal, while seven of Illinois’ were on net.
“I was pleased with our effort today, I thought we worked extremely hard, we defended very well and didn’t give up a lot of opportunities,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “But, you have to give Illinois credit, they took advantage of a strange sequence in the box, where the ball might’ve gone off the post and somehow came right to one of their players in the six, and she tucked it away. It was one of those games where it probably was going to come down to a moment like that, and we had a couple and they had a couple, and they were able to convert. Credit to Illinois, they’re an athletic, hard-working team. There were times where they definitely disrupted our rhythm a little bit.”
The loss snapped a five-match win streak in season-openers for the Boilermakers, who opened the year against a Big Ten opponent for the first time in program history.
Freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija led the Boilermakers with three shots, one on goal, and redshirt junior forward Sarah Griffith had two shots. Four other players had a shot in the contest, and Kevdzija was one of three with shots on goal.
Bova had six saves, one shy of tying her career high. Two came in the first half and four were in the final 45 minutes.
Kevdzija was one of five to make their Purdue debuts on Thursday and one of four in the starting lineup. Sophomore midfielder Gabby Hollar and freshmen midfielders Victoria Kevdzija and Emily Mathews also started, while freshman forward/defender Samantha Wong came off the bench.
“Some players made their debuts today, which I thought were outstanding,” Roff added. “Nicole Kevdzija was very threatening up top, we just need to give her a little more support up there. Emily Mathews did really well play-making in the midfield, so I really like what those two did as young players. Our two center-backs, (senior) Maya Lambert and (junior) Julia Ware, were very good, they built out of the back well, defended well and really didn’t give Illinois a lot of good chances.
“I really didn’t feel like we were threatened that much, but it was a solid performance, a good first time out. We would’ve loved to get a result, I think a 0-0, 1-1 draw was probably fairer with how the two teams played and how they stacked up, but you have to give Illinois credit, they found a way. We have to go back to work and figure out how we’re going to score some goals next week and get ready for Maryland. All in all, I’m pleased with the debut, happy to be back and proud of how our players worked. I know next week we’ll be ready to play even better than we did today for sure.”
Purdue’s first chance of the match came in the fourth minute, when Griffith had a shot that went high.
In the 16th minute, Kevdzija sent a ball in to junior midfielder Ally Mussallem inside the six, but she was just offside. Three minutes later, at 18:57, Bova made her first save of the match on a shot towards the top-right of the net.
The Boilermakers’ first corner came in the 25th minute, but Illinois cleared the attempt into the box.
Nicole Kevdzija had her first chance of the match in the 33rd minute. She dribbled down the near sideline and in for a shot from 25 yards out, but Illinois’ goalkeeper made the save.
Bova had her second save of the half in the 37th minute on a ball in from 20 yards away on the far corner of the box. Inside the six, she made a leaping save to deflect the ball out and force a corner kick, which the Purdue defense cleared to prevent any further chances.
To open the second half, Nicole Kevdzija connected to Griffith in the 51st minute with a pass to the near side at the edge of the box, but Illinois’ defense prevented Griffith from getting a shot off from just inside the 18.
Bova stopped another shot inside the six in the 57th minute, and the defense forced a shot that sailed high on the ensuing corner kick.
Junior midfielder Teagan Jones and Victoria Kevdzija had opportunities in the 61st and 62nd minutes, but Jones’ shot in from the near corner went right to the keeper inside the six, and Kevdzija’s arching ball off a throw-in was caught.
Two minutes later, the Boilermakers had one of their best opportunities of the match. Nicole Kevdzija dribbled into the box and passed to her left to Griffith, who sent a shot in from the near side to the far post. However, her attempt went just wide to keep the match scoreless. Less than a minute later, Nicole Kevdzija had a shot blocked from 15 yards out.
Bova made another nice save in the 66th minute on a low shot from 30 yards away, as she dove to her left.
In the 77th minute, junior midfielder Sydney Duarte had a breakaway opportunity, but after evading several defenders, her shot from inside the box was saved.
Illinois found the match’s lone goal at 80:33. Makena Silber scored off a rebound that hit the goalpost. Purdue was unable to get a shot in the final nine minutes.
Both teams had two shots in the opening half, with both of Purdue’s on goal. In the second half, the Boilermakers out-shot the Illini 10-6 and had a -3 advantage in shots on goal. Illinois had five corner kicks in the contest and Purdue had four.
“I thought the first half we were very good and created some great chances,” Roff said. “In the second half, I feel like we were a little fatigued, which, being the first game, it’s hard to predict how playing 90 minutes is going to affect us, it’s something we haven’t done in so long. We lacked a little sharpness in the final third, there were times where things looked promising, but things weren’t quite sharp enough to create chances when those small windows opened up. Those are the things that we’ve been doing well in training, so game day is different. That’s the next step, doing all those great things that we see on a daily basis in a Big Ten match.”
Illinois was the designated home team for Thursday’s contest. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, in Champaign, Illinois, and the date and location change was due to Illinois’ field not being ready for play.
Purdue returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 25, when it hosts Maryland. The home-opening match is set for a 5 p.m. ET kickoff.
NOTES: Purdue is 0-1 on the season … The Boilermakers fall to 9-13-3 all-time against Illinois and 1-3 in neutral-site contests … The loss snaps a five-match win streak in season-opening contests, all under sixth-year coach Drew Roff … Purdue is now 5-1-0 in season-openers and 3-2-1 in Big Ten openers under Roff … Thursday’s match was the first time in team history the Boilermakers opened a season against a Big Ten foe … Purdue held a 12-8 advantage in shots, while Illinois had a 7-4 edge in shots on goal … Marisa Bova had six saves to the Illini’s four … Five Boilermakers made their Purdue debut, with four in the starting lineup … Nicole Kevdzija had a team-high three shots, while Sarah Griffith had two.
PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: No. 11 Boilermakers Welcome Wildcats
Friday, February 19 | 6 p.m. ET
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Northwestern at No. 11 Purdue
Saturday, February 20 | 7:30 p.m. ET
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Northwestern at No. 11 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 11 Purdue volleyball program (4-4) is set to host Northwestern (2-0) for a Friday and Saturday matchup in Holloway Gymnasium.
Purdue will open Week Five of play on Friday, February 19 at 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network Plus and will reconvene against the Wildcats the following night at 7:30 p.m. ET on BTN.
The Boilermakers are set to honor their seniors Caitlyn Newton, Jena Otec and student athletic trainer Gabby Hofmeister on Saturday following the match.
Scouting No. 11 Purdue (4-4)
– The Boilermakers are coming off a 24-8 (14-6 B1G) record and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
– Purdue is ranked No. 11 in the nation for the second straight week, marking the first time with back-to-back weeks with a No. 11 ranking or better since Sep. 8 (No. 8) and Sept. 15 (No. 11) in 2014.
– The Boilermakers tallied 32 blocks in Week Four in Ann Arbor, including 17 in the first night – which ties the 2019 and 2018 season-bests. It is the most combined blocks by a Purdue team in back-to-back matches in over six seasons.
– As a team, Purdue owns 392 kills on 1,057 attempts and .248 attack % while holding opponents to 418 kills on 1,105 attempts and a .248 hitting clip.
– The Boilermakers have out-served their opponents, 43-22 in aces and 1.43-0.73 in serve %.
– Purdue’s defense is among the best in the Big Ten, ranking second in both digs per set (15.57) and opponent service aces (0.73 per set – only behind Northwestern’s 0.33 % through six sets).
– Two of the team’s three 2019 All-Americans returned: Cleveland (third-team) and Caitlyn Newton (honorable mention).
Scouting Northwestern (2-0)
– Northwestern is coming off paused team activities, which went into place Feb. 1, after its Week 2 matches at Nebraska were mutually agreed upon to cancel.
– The Wildcats recorded a pair of sweeps over Rutgers the opening weekend.
– Players to Watch: sophomore Temi Thomas-Ailara and redshirt sophomore Abryanna Cannon. The outside hitters lead the team in kills (29 and 19 kills, respectively).
– Northwestern owns the best attack % by a Big Ten team with a .425 mark versus Rutgers in the opening match (1/22).
– The team produced six aces in each of the outings against Rutgers.
– Leading the Wildcats defense is middle blocker Alana Walker with 10 total blocks on the year and Cannon and Kiara McNulty with 21 digs apiece.
– Held Rutgers to a .099 attack percentage over its two matches.
– Northwestern owns a .355 hitting percentage through its first six sets and averages 2.0 aces per set, good for No. 2 in the league.
Hayley Bush: Big Ten Setter of the Week
– Recorded her 3,000th career-kill in the last match at then-No. 24 Michigan, becoming just the 11th Boilermaker in program history to do so.
– Enters Week Five with 3,034 career assists and is on track to break into the program’s career top-10 list. when the redshirt junior hits 3,066, she will tie Paula Harmon (1991-93) with the program’s 10th-highest mark.
– Produced seven kills with no errors on 13 attempts at No. 24 Michigan (2/14) for a .538 attack percentage.
– Added 22 digs over the two matches.
– Ranks No. 3 overall in the conference with 10.37 assists per set this season.
– Notched a career-best seven kills in the second night at Michigan and a career-high three blocks on night one.
– Bush produced a career-best 22 digs vs. No. 6 Minnesota (2/6).
– Ranked No. 40 in the nation in assists per set (10.71) last year.
Taylor Trammell: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
– Ranks first on the team and No. 10 in the Big Ten with a .383 hitting % (joins Wisconsin’s Devyn Robinson, .481, as the only two freshmen in the league to rank among the league’s best).
– Trammel set a career-best nine blocks night one vs. then-No. 24 Michigan, the most blocks by a true freshman since All-American Kierra “KiKi” Jones recorded nine on two occasions (8/27/11 vs. Charleston and 11/2/11 vs. No. 5 Illinois).
– Was Purdue’s first true freshman to be awarded Defensive Player of the Week since All-American Kierra “KiKi” Jones in 2011).
– It marked Trammell’s first Big Ten weekly honor of her career.
– Currently holds 45 kills, nine errors on 94 swings (.383 hitting %).
– Owns 35 blocks, a team-best (four solo, 31 assisted) to average 1.17 per game.
– In the last seven matches, Trammell has allowed just one error or less per match in six of them.
– Trammell’s induction to collegiate play saw a team-leading .300 attack % over the first two matches at No. 1 Wisconsin, with nine kills on 20 swings.
Maddy Chinn: Making Strides
– Chinn recorded her first double-digit output with her 13 kills at then-No. 24 Michigan.
– The sophomore enters Week Five just 10 kills away from her 100th career kill.
Grace Cleveland: Efficiency in Ann Arbor
– In night two at Michigan, produced a season-best 19 kills with just two errors on 30 swings for a .587 attack %, the most efficient the junior as been in her career with at least 19 kills in a match.
– Exploded in the third set in the second night in Ann Arbor, registering eight kills and no errosr (.889 attack %), which was key in the Boilermakers momentum swing and eventual victory.
– Recorded a .355 hitting clip night one, with 13 kills and just two errors on 31 swings, while adding six block assists at the net.
Career Markers to Watch (Through matches of 2/18/21)
– Hayley Bush recorded her 3,000th career assist in the last match vs. then-No. 24 Michigan.
– Four Boilermakers nearing their 1,000th career kills/digs benchmark:
> Caitlyn Newton: 945 kills
> Jena Otec: 926 digs
> Marissa Hornung: 954 digs
> Grace Cleveland: 761 kills
Athletes Unlimited: 3 Alums Featured
– Sherridan Atkinson (2016-18), Val Nichol (2011-2014) and Erin Williams (2015-18) will make their way to Dallas for the first-ever U.S. women’s pro volleyball league of its kind.
– Atkinson and Nichol will compete in the eight matches while Williams will work behind the camera, managing the media during matches and video content.
– The matches will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Dailymotion and Twitch.
OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL
Ohio State Set to Visit Illinois
Buckeyes defeated Penn State on Wednesday
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After one of the best comeback wins in 2021, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is hitting the road to take on Illinois. Friday’s match is slated for 6 p.m. ET and Saturday’s contest starts at 4 p.m. ET.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes completed a reverse sweep by taking the final three sets to upset No. 8 Penn State, 3-2, on Wednesday. Ohio State remains undefeated at 7-0 after getting its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Lauren Witte led the defense with nine blocks while Emily Londot had her third double-double (20 kills, 12 digs). Vanja Bukilić and Jenaisya Moore added 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Mac Podraza put up 42 assists and 15 digs. As a team, the Buckeyes tallied a season-high 15 blocks.
Illinois (2-4) has not played since Feb. 6 due to its series with Northwestern being postponed. The squad is looking to snap a four-match skid after suffering losses to No. 1 Wisconsin and then-No. 9 Penn State. The Fighting Illini top the Big Ten and stand 22nd nationally with 2.00 aces per set.
HISTORY WITH THE FIGHTING ILLINI
Ohio State trails 46-38 in its all-time series with Illinois, dating back to 1974. The Buckeyes are 16-23 when playing in Champaign and have lost the last six meetings.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
The Buckeyes currently sit at No. 4 in the Big Ten behind 14.90 digs per set and 12.55 assists. Ohio State has held its opponents to a .156 hitting clip and averages 13.72 kills, which ranks fourth and sixth, respectively. Individually, Mac Podraza’s 10.21 assists (5th), Kylie Murr’s 3.90 digs (7th), Lauren Witte’s 1.28 blocks (7th) and Emily Londot’s 3.83 kills (7th) ranks among the conference’s leaders.
Ohio State continues its road swing at Rutgers Feb. 26-27.
MIAMI VOLLEYBALL: RedHawks Take Down Broncos, 3-1
OXFORD, Ohio—A balanced offensive attack and sharp defensive effort propelled the Miami University volleyball team to a 3-1 win against the Western Michigan Broncos on Thursday evening in Millett Hall. The RedHawks notched a 25-14, 25-19, 15-25, 26-24 win to move to 4-3 on the season and also in Mid-American Conference play. The MAC West Division-leading Broncos drop to 6-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Two service aces by senior Abigail Huser helped Miami to an early 9-5 lead. After the Broncos collected two points, Miami went on a 9-0 flurry, powered by two service aces from senior Morgan Seaman and a pair of kills apiece from freshman Maggie McCrary and senior Sarah Wojick, to extend its lead to 18-7. Hitting .409 in the opening stanza, the RedHawks cruised to the 25-14 win in the first set.
The Broncos took an early 6-3 lead in the second set, but Miami chiseled away and knotted the game at 7-7 off a big solo block by Wojick. The RedHawks took their first lead of the set at 9-8 off Seaman’s third service ace off the match. The teams exchanged punches until the RedHawks turned a two-point deficit into a three-point advantage off a balanced offensive attack that produced a 5-0 run to take a 20-17 lead. The RedHawks did not look back, taking a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-19 win in the second set.
The teams went back and forth through the early stages of the third set. WMU pulled out to an 8-5 lead, but Miami fired right back to knot things up at eight apiece with help from two block assists by freshman Abby Stratford who teamed up with sophomore Lindsay Taylor and Wojick on the blocks. The Broncos rattled off five unanswered points to push ahead 13-8. Miami closed within two, 16-14, but WMU went finished the third set on a 9-1 run to post a 25-15 win.
Two kills from sophomore Allyson Severance and a block from Maggie McCrary helped Miami open up a quick 4-1 lead. The Broncos came back to knot the set at six apiece and took their first lead at 9-8. The teams traded blows until the RedHawks claimed an 18-14 lead. Miami pushed ahead to a 24-21 advantage, but the Broncos did not back down and knotted things at 24-24. Kills by Taylor and junior Sophie Riemersma iced the match for the RedHawks with a 26-24 set four win.
Senior Abigail Huser tied a career high with two service aces.
Huser also amassed 23 digs, her second-straight 20-plus dig effort.
Gaby Harper and Wojick led the RedHawks with 10 kills apiece.
Seaman notched 25 assists, 10 digs and three service aces.
Miami played its first four-set match of the season.
The RedHawks are now 3-0 at home this season.
Miami returns to the court on Friday, Feb. 19 to take on Western Michigan in the second game of the two-game series. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m. The RedHawks will honor their four seniors during Friday’s match.
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|Oklahoma City||11||17||.393||12.5||4-9||7-8||2-5||5-14||3-7||2 L|
|LA Lakers||22||8||.733||—||9-5||13-3||0-2||15-5||8-2||1 L|
|LA Clippers||21||9||.700||1.0||10-5||11-4||5-2||12-6||6-4||1 L|
|Golden State||16||13||.552||5.5||11-6||5-7||3-2||9-7||6-4||2 W|
|San Antonio||16||11||.593||—||7-8||9-3||3-5||11-11||7-3||2 W|
|New Orleans||12||16||.429||4.5||7-6||5-10||4-2||7-11||5-5||1 L|