BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Anderson Prep Academy 64, Indiana Deaf 46

Angola 50, Eastside 44

Beech Grove 58, Triton Central 38

Bellmont 56, Bluffton 31

Bloomfield 56, Greencastle 52

Boone Grove 55, Hebron 48

Brownstown 47, Eastern (Pekin) 46

Calumet Christian 38, Hammond Morton 36, OT

Cambridge City 67, Seton Catholic 65

Carmel 56, Warren Central 47

Carroll (Flora) 58, Taylor 45

Central Noble 70, Fremont 62

Charlestown 81, Salem 67

Churubusco 81, Fairfield 55

Clarksville 53, Borden 51

Covenant Christian 85, Indpls Ritter 67

Culver Academy 50, Dowagiac Union, Mich. 18

Danville 84, Crawfordsville 73

DeKalb 71, Garrett 39

Eastern (Greentown) 65, Clinton Central 46

Edgewood 59, Cascade, Idaho 48

Elkhart 56, Penn 47

Forest Park 74, Evansville Christian 63

Frankfort 68, Southmont 57

Frankton 87, Alexandria 41

Ft. Wayne North 91, Ft. Wayne Luers 66

Ft. Wayne Snider 68, Ft. Wayne South 55

Glenn 46, Bremen 31

Greensburg 69, Rushville 18

Guerin Catholic 56, Indpls Roncalli 50

Homestead 55, Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 50

Indian Creek 51, Central Christian 43

Indpls Brebeuf 75, Heritage Christian 51

Indpls Cathedral 74, Indpls Ben Davis 54

Indpls Manual 73, Eminence 71

Indpls N. Central 64, Center Grove 61

Indpls Park Tudor 74, Indpls International 41

Indpls Perry Meridian 54, Decatur Central 38

Jay Co. 47, Norwell 45

Jeffersonville 53, Jasper 28

Kokomo 72, Anderson 62

Lafayette-jefferson 86, Richmond 55

Lakeland 67, Prairie Hts. 54

Lanesville 60, Crothersville 26

Lawrence North 75, Indpls Pike 67

Lawrenceburg 58, S. Dearborn 55, OT

Lebanon 46, Monrovia 39

Leo 70, Lakewood Park 35

Liberty Christian 86, Waldron 66

Loogootee 65, Dubois 34

Madison 74, Columbus East 54

Madison-Grant 61, Lapel 60

Manchester 64, Maconaquah 55

Marion 71, Lafayette Harrison 60

McCutcheon 83, Muncie Central 75

Monroe Central 73, Cowan 64

Morristown 58, Batesville 51

N. Daviess 66, Linton 60

N. Harrison 76, Providence 64

N. Newton 68, LaCrosse 54

N. White 69, W. Central 44

New Albany 53, Bedford N. Lawrence 46

New Haven 89, Heritage 56

New Palestine 75, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 71

New Washington 58, S. Central (Elizabeth) 55

Noblesville 58, Avon 46

NorthWood 80, Elkhart Christian 51

Northeastern 57, Winchester 54

Oak Hill 67, Elwood 30

Orleans 56, Shoals 48, OT

Pioneer 51, Winamac 37

Plainfield 84, Franklin 56

Rochester 51, Peru 48

Rock Creek Academy 70, Madison Shawe 23

S. Bend Adams 63, S. Bend Riley 40

S. Bend Trinity 46, Bethany Christian 39

S. Decatur 64, Edinburgh 55

S. Ripley 92, Rising Sun 58

S. Spencer 64, Southridge 54

Shenandoah 84, Pendleton Hts. 47

Sheridan 34, Delphi 32

Silver Creek 92, Corydon 54

Southport 64, Terre Haute South 46

Southwestern (Hanover) 77, Jennings Co. 63

Southwestern (Shelby) 53, N. Decatur 46

Southwood 68, Northfield 58

Speedway 53, Bethesda Christian 40

Traders Point Christian 50, Providence Cristo Rey 48

Trinity Lutheran 70, Scottsburg 66, OT

Triton 49, Tippecanoe Valley 35

Union Co. 49, Union City 46

Valparaiso 49, Chesterton 27

W. Noble 63, Hamilton 25

W. Washington 73, Henryville 49

Wapahani 65, Daleville 51

Wawasee 69, E. Noble 47

Wes-Del 65, Blue River 63

Westfield 67, Franklin Central 61

Westview 42, Goshen 33

Whiteland 58, Martinsville 49

Whitko 47, Wabash 33

Woodlan 64, Adams Central 50

Hoosier Conference Playoffs

Championship

Western 60, Twin Lakes 43

Fifth Place

Lafayette Catholic 61, Cass 41

Ninth Place

Northwestern 58, Rensselaer 57

Seventh Place

Tipton 79, Benton Central 67

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-SEMI-STATE

1.    LaPorte
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

2.    Logansport
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

3.    Jasper
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

4.    Jeffersonville
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

STATE WRESTLING

Champ. Round 1 – Aidan Torres (Chesterton) 32-2 won by major decision over Devin Frazier (Centerville) 38-5 (MD 10-2)

Champ. Round 1 – Evan Shafer (Connersville) 38-0 won by fall over Brock Donati (Penn) 21-9 (Fall 3:29)

BOYS SWIMMING PRELIMS AT NEW PALESTINE

Event 1  Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay

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    School                                               Seed    Prelims       

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Preliminaries

  1 Greenfield-Central                                1:40.80    1:41.91 

     1) Samuel Logan SR                 2) Anthony Nagel SR              

     3) Clay Griffin SR                 4) Travis Black SR               

  2 New Castle                                        1:47.43    1:44.15 

     1) Connor Griffey SR               2) Aidan Sipes JR                

     3) Benjamin Hall SR                4) Jackson Criswell SR           

  3 Richmond                                          1:45.25    1:45.34 

     1) Landon Smith JR                 2) Ben Quinn SR                   

     3) Cayden Lindahl SO               4) Zavier Ryan Mills JR          

  4 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                            1:40.82    1:48.53 

     1) Ethan Murphy SO                 2) Matthew Garey SO              

     3) Camden Cave SO                  4) Grant Hoeppner JR             

  5 Shelbyville                                       1:47.25    1:53.20 

     1) Lance File JR                   2) Tyler Harker JR               

     3) William Rife FR                 4) Michael Fox JR                

  6 Eastern Hancock                                   1:49.12    1:54.32 

     1) Aaron Surburg SR                2) Kyle Messer FR                

     3) Joey Blocher SO                 4) Chase Morrow JR               

  7 Hagerstown                                        1:58.41    1:54.85 

     1) Aaron Turner FR                 2) Ryan Hill JR                  

     3) Noah Neuman JR                  4) Bryce Lamar SO                

  8 Centerville                                       1:58.78    1:57.24 

     1) Zach Hugo FR                    2) Matthew Burch SR              

     3) Payton Elsrod JR                4) Collin Harris SR               

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  9 Seton Catholic                                    2:24.12    2:15.57 

     1) Nick Rader SO                   2) Zach Teng SO                  

     3) Garrett Burkhardt JR            4) Ryan Murray SO                

 — Connersville                                      1:53.95         DQ 

     1) Jonah Hensley SR                2) Seth Spurlock SR              

     3) Quinton Jones SR                4) Owen Baker SO                 

 — New Palestine                                     1:49.64         DQ 

     1) Quincy Shirk JR                 2) Aidan Kingery FR              

     3) Jackson Schwartz SR             4) Eli Kleine JR                  

Event 2  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Samuel Logan              SR GCEN                 1:46.81    1:49.62 

  2 Benjamin Hall             SR NCAS                 1:53.42    1:49.70 

  3 Ben Quinn                 SR RICH                 1:50.56    1:49.77 

  4 Evan Flick                SR MVFV                 1:53.57    1:52.01 

  5 Tyler Harker              JR SHEL                 1:53.80    1:53.27 

  6 Jackson Criswell          SR NCAS                 2:01.01    1:54.28 

  7 Matthew McDaniel          JR EHAN                 1:56.62    1:54.54 

  8 Luken Edwards             JR EHAN                 2:01.88    1:54.83 

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  9 Jaeden Peters             SO GCEN                 1:57.87    1:55.62 

 10 Derek Noah                JR GCEN                 2:00.02    1:55.64 

 11 Ben Miesse                JR NPAL                 1:57.98    1:56.70 

 12 Kyle Ellis                JR NPAL                 2:02.05    1:57.69 

 13 Caleb Strege              JR MVFV                 1:55.69    2:00.04 

 14 Jack Kenny                SO CENT                 2:04.80    2:01.21 

 15 Owen Baker                SO CONN                 2:07.26    2:01.60 

 16 Chase Martin              SO NPAL                 2:08.89    2:02.68 

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 17 Jack Champion             JR MVFV                 2:09.40    2:02.75 

 18 Samuel Hastings           SO NCAS                 2:12.31    2:02.94 

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 19 Nathan Shawl              JR CONN                 2:07.13    2:04.22 

 20 Noah Neuman               JR HAGR                 2:15.26    2:10.57 

 21 Ethan Miller              FR RICH                 2:20.93    2:15.15 

 22 Quentin Osborne           JR HAGR                 2:28.93    2:17.91 

 23 Jesse Lane                SO RICH                 2:20.99    2:19.77 

 24 Lucas Elliott             JR EHAN                 2:29.89    2:22.99 

 25 Matthew Cranfill          FR CONN                 2:49.88    2:30.70 

 26 Zach Teng                 SO SETN                 2:38.84    2:38.17 

 27 Samuel Gibbons            SO CENT                 2:44.66    2:41.58 

 28 Brendon Brown             JR SETN                 3:05.60    2:52.17 

 29 Alec Erbse                SO CENT                 3:12.71    3:08.98 

Event 3  Boys 200 Yard IM

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Anthony Nagel             SR GCEN                 1:59.03    2:04.89 

  2 Matthew Garey             SO MVFV                 2:09.52    2:05.25 

  3 Cayden Lindahl            SO RICH                 2:05.04    2:05.26 

  4 Clay Griffin              SR GCEN                 2:07.88    2:12.20 

  5 Aidan Sipes               JR NCAS                 2:15.61    2:12.78 

  6 Ethan Murphy              SO MVFV                 2:17.34    2:14.34 

  7 Camden Cave               SO MVFV                 2:22.33    2:14.36 

  8 Aaron Turner              FR HAGR                 2:18.44    2:15.44 

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  9 Payton Elsrod             JR CENT                 2:20.43    2:15.48 

 10 Nicholas Grandstaff       SR GCEN                 2:16.33    2:15.90 

 11 Andrew Lacey              SR NCAS                 2:19.33    2:16.15 

 12 Payne Forrest             FR RICH                 2:20.90    2:19.99 

 13 Ryan Dagley               JR EHAN                 2:24.64    2:22.70 

 14 Cooper Harvey             FR CONN                 2:28.56    2:23.19 

 15 Paul Huynh                SO NCAS                 2:32.09    2:27.95 

 16 Aidan Kingery             FR NPAL                 2:30.83    2:29.50 

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 17 Tristin Maloney           SO SHEL                 2:36.98    2:29.64 

 18 Ethan Cordova             FR RICH                 2:47.43    2:34.14 

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 19 Matthew Burch             SR CENT                 2:38.79    2:35.32 

 20 Camden Schonfeld          FR CONN                 2:39.90    2:37.18 

 21 Michael Fox               JR SHEL                 2:39.44    2:37.45 

 22 Nate Minton               FR CENT                 3:15.02    3:14.22 

Event 4  Boys 50 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Brady Gray                SO MVFV                   22.22      21.69 

  2 Travis Black              SR GCEN                   21.34      21.84 

  3 Jonah Hensley             SR CONN                   22.89      21.87 

  4 Jackson Schwartz          SR NPAL                   22.82      22.27 

  5 Michael Joven             SR GCEN                   23.69      22.85 

  6 James Demircioglu         SR MVFV                   23.48      22.99 

  7 Bryce Lamar               SO HAGR                   23.58      23.56 

  8 Aaron Surburg             SR EHAN                   24.02      23.70 

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  9 William Rife              FR SHEL                   24.09      24.24 

 10 Tyler Swango              SO GCEN                   25.01      24.26 

 11 Quincy Shirk              JR NPAL                   24.60      24.40 

 12 Zavier Ryan Mills         JR RICH                   24.60      24.78 

 13 Trenton Round             SR NCAS                   26.92      24.85 

 14 Noah McClain              SO RICH                   25.84      25.21 

 15 Grant Hoeppner            JR MVFV                   25.07      25.41 

 16 Ryley Fry                 SR CENT                   26.12      25.74 

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 17 Joey Blocher              SO EHAN                   26.91      25.84 

 17 RJ Thalls                 SR RICH                   26.06      25.84 

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 19 Quentin Osborne           JR HAGR                   27.04      26.26 

 20 Chase Morrow              JR EHAN                   27.21      26.38 

 21 Quinton Jones             SR CONN                   26.37      26.43 

 22 Robert Ringley            FR CENT                   27.83      26.44 

 23 Max Upchurch              SO NCAS                   28.07      26.48 

 24 Austin Lines              SR NPAL                   27.53      26.55 

 25 Andrew Fewell             JR NCAS                   27.10      26.79 

 26 Lance File                JR SHEL                   26.78      26.85 

 27 Elijah Von Werder         SO SHEL                   26.77      26.94 

 28 Garrett Burkhardt         JR SETN                   28.20      28.32 

 29 Mason Burkhardt           SO SETN                   31.10      29.17 

 30 Owen Nobbe                SO CONN                   32.24      29.93 

 31 Ryan Murray               SO SETN                   30.77      30.83 

 32 Alec Erbse                SO CENT                   35.45      34.34 

 33 Brady Stinson             JR HAGR                   41.65      38.45 

Event 6  Boys 100 Yard Butterfly

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Samuel Logan              SR GCEN                   54.04      53.80 

  2 Benjamin Hall             SR NCAS                   57.95      54.74 

  3 Aiden Tierney             SR MVFV                   52.39      55.30 

  4 Clay Griffin              SR GCEN                   56.85      56.49 

  5 William Rife              FR SHEL                 1:01.58      56.72 

  6 Matthew McDaniel          JR EHAN                   57.06      56.99 

  7 Landon Smith              JR RICH                   57.91      58.13 

  8 Jack Champion             JR MVFV                   58.79      58.15 

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  9 Payton Elsrod             JR CENT                 1:00.79      59.65 

 10 Seth Spurlock             SR CONN                 1:05.56    1:01.27 

 11 Connor Griffey            SR NCAS                 1:02.92    1:01.29 

 12 Camden Cave               SO MVFV                 1:02.69    1:01.78 

 13 Kyle Ellis                JR NPAL                 1:05.00    1:02.11 

 14 Cameron Poe               FR NCAS                 1:02.74    1:02.39 

 15 Payne Forrest             FR RICH                 1:03.00    1:02.55 

 16 Liam Fuller               FR NPAL                 1:05.67    1:02.57 

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 17 Alexander Jahrsdoerfer    SO GCEN                 1:03.42    1:02.65 

 18 Eli Kleine                JR NPAL                 1:05.54    1:03.07 

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 19 Tristin Maloney           SO SHEL                 1:08.21    1:04.74 

 20 Daniel Stuckey            SR CENT                 1:09.84    1:05.52 

 21 Manuel Sesma Perez        SO SHEL                 1:16.41    1:12.58 

 22 Ethan Cordova             FR RICH                 1:18.15    1:14.14 

 23 Devin Inman               JR EHAN                 1:23.17    1:16.77 

 24 Collin Martin             SO CENT                 1:23.87    1:24.89 

 — Nathan Banta              SR HAGR                 1:35.48         DQ 

Event 7  Boys 100 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Travis Black              SR GCEN                   47.96      47.99 

  2 Brady Gray                SO MVFV                   49.74      49.10 

  3 Jonah Hensley             SR CONN                   51.53      49.32 

  4 Aidan Murphy              SR MVFV                   52.52      50.47 

  5 Jackson Schwartz          SR NPAL                   52.10      50.54 

  6 Logan Schomaker           SR MVFV                   51.20      51.15 

  7 Tyler Harker              JR SHEL                   51.16      51.16 

  8 Michael Joven             SR GCEN                   53.53      51.40 

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  9 Jackson Criswell          SR NCAS                   53.91      51.69 

 10 Bryce Lamar               SO HAGR                   51.69      51.80 

 11 Luken Edwards             JR EHAN                   54.74      52.16 

 12 Ben Miesse                JR NPAL                   53.02      52.60 

 13 Tyler Swango              SO GCEN                   55.88      53.18 

 14 Zavier Ryan Mills         JR RICH                   52.79      53.36 

 15 Samuel Hastings           SO NCAS                   57.93      55.26 

 16 Trenton Round             SR NCAS                 1:01.02      57.20 

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 17 Noah McClain              SO RICH                   57.98      57.53 

 18 Joey Blocher              SO EHAN                   59.37      57.59 

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 19 Chase Morrow              JR EHAN                 1:02.71      58.27 

 20 Ryan Hill                 JR HAGR                   59.78      58.44 

 21 Quaid Mull                SO HAGR                   59.01      58.93 

 22 Collin Harris             SR CENT                 1:00.40    1:00.23 

 23 Nick Rader                SO SETN                 1:05.55    1:01.02 

 24 Ethan Couch               FR RICH                 1:06.89    1:04.60 

 25 Manuel Sesma Perez        SO SHEL                 1:02.76    1:04.72 

 26 Matthew Cranfill          FR CONN                 1:08.73    1:05.68 

 27 Zach Teng                 SO SETN                 1:09.30    1:06.02 

 28 Zach Hugo                 FR CENT                 1:01.90    1:06.53 

 29 Nathan Danz               FR NPAL                 1:07.78    1:07.65 

 30 Owen Nobbe                SO CONN                 1:15.95    1:09.96 

 31 Brendon Brown             JR SETN                 1:14.44    1:12.45 

 32 Samuel Gibbons            SO CENT                 1:18.01    1:13.00 

Event 8  Boys 500 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Ben Quinn                 SR RICH                 4:58.58    4:56.43 

  2 Jaeden Peters             SO GCEN                 5:17.27    5:03.67 

  3 Derek Noah                JR GCEN                 5:17.07    5:14.64 

  4 Evan Flick                SR MVFV                 5:07.14    5:16.94 

  5 Tyler Osborn              SR GCEN                 5:30.56    5:16.96 

  6 Andrew Lacey              SR NCAS                 5:30.23    5:23.77 

  7 Caleb Strege              JR MVFV                 5:16.86    5:30.42 

  8 Jack Kenny                SO CENT                 5:35.67    5:35.36 

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  9 Owen Baker                SO CONN                 5:50.00    5:35.42 

 10 Wyatt Barrett             SO NCAS                 5:54.73    5:37.26 

 11 Kyle Messer               FR EHAN                 5:52.93    5:39.93 

 12 Augustus Upchurch         FR NCAS                 6:08.14    5:41.16 

 13 Noah Neuman               JR HAGR                 6:04.74    6:00.20 

 14 Riley Wells               SO MVFV                 5:58.54    6:01.24 

 15 Avery Brandt              FR CONN                 6:58.55    6:24.03 

 16 Jack Anderson             FR NPAL                 6:30.30    6:30.60 

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 17 Miles Roberts             FR RICH                 6:51.29    6:36.70 

 18 Devin Inman               JR EHAN                 6:43.58    6:37.00 

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 19 Marshall Hensley          FR CONN                 6:59.23    6:43.95 

 20 Landon Cavaletto          SO NPAL                 6:51.46    6:46.89 

 21 Collin Martin             SO CENT                 6:55.35    7:01.52 

 22 Hunter Chaffee            FR NPAL                 6:56.07    7:02.28 

Event 9  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay

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    School                                               Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Eastern Hancock                                   1:37.49    1:34.91 

     1) Luken Edwards JR                2) Ryan Dagley JR                

     3) Aaron Surburg SR                4) Matthew McDaniel JR            

  2 New Palestine                                     1:35.38    1:35.06 

     1) Jackson Schwartz SR             2) Eli Kleine JR                 

     3) Chase Martin SO                 4) Ben Miesse JR                 

  3 Greenfield-Central                                1:36.80    1:35.85 

     1) Michael Joven SR                2) Tyler Swango SO               

     3) Alexander Jahrsdoerfer SO       4) Derek Noah JR                 

  4 Hagerstown                                        1:41.51    1:39.14 

     1) Aaron Turner FR                 2) Quentin Osborne JR            

     3) Ryan Hill JR                    4) Bryce Lamar SO                

  5 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                            1:33.00    1:39.15 

     1) Jack Champion JR                2) Ethan Murphy SO               

     3) Grant Hoeppner JR               4) Logan Schomaker SR            

  6 Shelbyville                                       1:35.58    1:39.58 

     1) Tyler Harker JR                 2) Elijah Von Werder SO          

     3) Tristin Maloney SO              4) William Rife FR               

  7 New Castle                                        1:40.65    1:40.70 

     1) Aidan Sipes JR                  2) Trenton Round SR              

     3) Paul Huynh SO                   4) Andrew Lacey SR               

  8 Centerville                                       1:51.34    1:42.65 

     1) Collin Harris SR                2) Daniel Stuckey SR             

     3) Ryley Fry SR                    4) Jack Kenny SO                 

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  9 Richmond                                          1:45.01    1:46.03 

     1) Payne Forrest FR                2) Jesse Lane SO                  

     3) Noah McClain SO                 4) RJ Thalls SR                  

 10 Connersville                                      1:47.84    1:49.41 

     1) Cooper Harvey FR                2) Camden Schonfeld FR           

     3) Avery Brandt FR                 4) Nathan Shawl JR               

 11 Seton Catholic                                    2:01.60    1:58.75 

     1) Zach Teng SO                    2) Mason Burkhardt SO            

     3) Brendon Brown JR                4) Garrett Burkhardt JR          

Event 10  Boys 100 Yard Backstroke

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Aidan Murphy              SR MVFV                   58.50      55.86 

  2 Logan Schomaker           SR MVFV                   56.73      57.52 

  3 Tyler Osborn              SR GCEN                 1:02.05      59.17 

  4 Connor Griffey            SR NCAS                 1:01.11      59.58 

  5 Ethan Murphy              SO MVFV                 1:01.69    1:00.16 

  6 Landon Smith              JR RICH                   59.87    1:00.54 

  7 Aaron Surburg             SR EHAN                 1:03.04    1:00.80 

  8 Quincy Shirk              JR NPAL                 1:05.12    1:02.10 

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  9 Eli Kleine                JR NPAL                 1:07.82    1:06.05 

 10 Cameron Poe               FR NCAS                 1:09.27    1:06.51 

 11 Liam Fuller               FR NPAL                 1:08.61    1:07.58 

 12 Nathan Shawl              JR CONN                 1:07.76    1:08.46 

 13 Jesse Lane                SO RICH                 1:12.49    1:08.80 

 14 Augustus Upchurch         FR NCAS                 1:13.66    1:09.22 

 15 Zach Hugo                 FR CENT                 1:08.36    1:10.32 

 16 Lance File                JR SHEL                 1:13.34    1:12.00 

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 17 Samuel Schurger           SO GCEN                 1:14.41    1:13.06 

 18 Nick Rader                SO SETN                 1:18.94    1:14.28 

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 19 Elijah Von Werder         SO SHEL                 1:17.12    1:14.83 

 20 Lucas Elliott             JR EHAN                 1:22.09    1:15.85 

 21 Nate Minton               FR CENT                 1:21.08    1:16.83 

 22 Nathan Banta              SR HAGR                 1:21.96    1:17.14 

 23 Marshall Hensley          FR CONN                 1:31.79    1:20.69 

 24 Keegan Schmitt            FR GCEN                 1:16.89    1:20.95 

 25 Avery Brandt              FR CONN                 1:29.64    1:22.56 

 26 Miles Roberts             FR RICH                 1:22.46    1:23.18 

 27 Ryan Murray               SO SETN                 1:36.17    1:31.52 

 28 Mason Burkhardt           SO SETN                 1:35.24    1:38.56 

 29 Brady Stinson             JR HAGR                 1:49.62    1:48.06 

 — Daniel Stuckey            SR CENT                 1:13.91         DQ 

Event 11  Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke

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    Name                    Year School                  Seed    Prelims       

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  1 Cayden Lindahl            SO RICH                 1:03.22    1:01.23 

  2 Aiden Tierney             SR MVFV                   56.37    1:01.45 

  3 Aidan Sipes               JR NCAS                 1:03.86    1:01.99 

  4 Matthew Garey             SO MVFV                 1:06.54    1:03.19 

  5 Anthony Nagel             SR GCEN                   59.54    1:04.48 

  6 James Demircioglu         SR MVFV                 1:09.05    1:05.09 

  7 Aidan Kingery             FR NPAL                 1:09.08    1:07.87 

  8 Ryan Dagley               JR EHAN                 1:08.32    1:07.88 

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  9 Aaron Turner              FR HAGR                 1:10.48    1:08.17 

 10 Seth Spurlock             SR CONN                 1:12.05    1:09.48 

 11 Chase Martin              SO NPAL                 1:12.10    1:10.49 

 12 Matthew Burch             SR CENT                 1:14.91    1:10.60 

 13 Collin Harris             SR CENT                 1:12.36    1:11.16 

 14 Nicholas Grandstaff       SR GCEN                 1:11.73    1:11.26 

 15 Ryan Hill                 JR HAGR                 1:12.50    1:11.71 

 16 RJ Thalls                 SR RICH                 1:13.92    1:11.96 

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 17 Cooper Harvey             FR CONN                 1:17.80    1:14.47 

 18 Paul Huynh                SO NCAS                 1:16.20    1:14.72 

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 19 Quaid Mull                SO HAGR                 1:17.91    1:15.37 

 20 Kyle Messer               FR EHAN                 1:17.92    1:16.14 

 21 Ethan Miller              FR RICH                 1:22.88    1:17.87 

 22 Gabriel Schurger          SO GCEN                 1:23.36    1:17.91 

 23 Jack Anderson             FR NPAL                 1:14.82    1:18.28 

 24 Camden Schonfeld          FR CONN                 1:25.59    1:19.15 

 25 Robert Ringley            FR CENT                 1:20.97    1:21.63 

 26 Michael Fox               JR SHEL                 1:20.40    1:23.82 

 27 Wyatt Barrett             SO NCAS                 1:30.66    1:24.97 

 28 Garrett Burkhardt         JR SETN                 1:29.64    1:27.69  

Event 12  Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

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    School                                               Seed    Prelims       

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  1 New Castle                                        3:32.81    3:29.47 

     1) Benjamin Hall SR                2) Andrew Lacey SR               

     3) Connor Griffey SR               4) Jackson Criswell SR           

  2 Richmond                                          3:26.78    3:29.56 

     1) Zavier Ryan Mills JR            2) Landon Smith JR               

     3) Cayden Lindahl SO               4) Ben Quinn SR                  

  3 Greenfield-Central                                3:21.01    3:33.51 

     1) Travis Black SR                 2) Samuel Logan SR               

     3) Clay Griffin SR                 4) Anthony Nagel SR              

  4 Connersville                                      3:56.50    3:35.94 

     1) Owen Baker SO                   2) Cooper Harvey FR              

     3) Seth Spurlock SR                4) Jonah Hensley SR              

  5 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                            3:25.43    3:39.26 

     1) Jack Champion JR                2) Caleb Strege JR               

     3) Camden Cave SO                  4) James Demircioglu SR          

  6 New Palestine                                     3:47.85    3:40.66 

     1) Kyle Ellis JR                   2) Liam Fuller FR                 

     3) Quincy Shirk JR                 4) Chase Martin SO               

  7 Eastern Hancock                                   3:44.49    3:41.56 

     1) Joey Blocher SO                 2) Luken Edwards JR              

     3) Ryan Dagley JR                  4) Matthew McDaniel JR           

  8 Centerville                                       3:58.79    3:45.59 

     1) Jack Kenny SO                   2) Ryley Fry SR                  

     3) Daniel Stuckey SR               4) Payton Elsrod JR              

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  9 Shelbyville                                       3:56.00    3:58.57 

     1) Tristin Maloney SO              2) Manuel Sesma Perez SO          

     3) Lance File JR                   4) Michael Fox JR                

 10 Hagerstown                                        4:45.52    4:36.75 

     1) Quaid Mull SO                   2) Brady Stinson JR              

     3) Nathan Banta SR                 4) Noah Neuman JR                

 11 Seton Catholic                                    4:46.99    4:54.77 

     1) Brendon Brown JR                2) Ryan Murray SO                

     3) Mason Burkhardt SO              4) Nick Rader SO                  

NBA SCOREBOARD

Denver 120 Cleveland 103

Orlando 124 Golden State 120

Boston 121 Atlanta 100

Philadelphia 112 Chicago 105

Phoenix 132 New Orleans 114

Milwaukee 98 Oklahoma City 85

Memphis 109 Detroit 95….DESMOND BANE 10 points, five rebounds, two steals

Toronto 86 Minnesota 81

LA Clippers 116 Utah 112

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Fort Wayne 75 Cleveland State 68

Illinois Chicago 61 Green Bay 58

Canisius 80 Fairfield 69

Baltimore County 66 Vermont 55

IUPUI 72 Youngstown State 70

Longwood 64 Charleston Southern 58

South Alabama 65 Appalachian State 63

Detroit 85 Robert Morris 74

Georgia State 80 Troy 66

Oakland 85 Milwaukee 81

Campbell 73 Hampton 68

Northern Kentucky 81 Wright State 75

Akron 88 Ball State 79

Dayton 76 St. Louis 53

Iona 91 Monmouth 86

Southern Mississippi 85 Florida International 72

Long Beach State 84 Cal Poly 60

Hawaii 75 Northridge 74

Stetson 91 Jacksonville 75

Winthrop 71 High Point 63

Alabama Birmingham 76 Old Dominion 69

Kansas City 68 Denver 57

St. Peter’s 59 Marist 54

Riverside 81 San Diego 75

Omaha 72 North Dakota 62

Lipscomb 76 Kennesaw State 62

South Dakota State 68 North Dakota State 67

Toledo Buffalo 70

Grand Canyon 71 California Baptist 61

UC Irvine 89 Cal State Fullerton 78

Utah Valley 69 New Mexico State 66

Wyoming 79 New Mexico 67

Tarleton State 77 Dixie State 59

UNLV 76 San Jose State 60

Santa Barbara 71 Bakersfield 66

Boise State 81 Utah State 77

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#6 Stanford 80 Arizona State 41

#8 UCLA 83 #13 Oregon 56

#10 Arizona 59 California 50

#18 Arkansas 84 Ole Miss 74

#23 South Dakota State 86 North Dakota State 78

#25 Missouri State 62 Bradley 56

Richmond 68 St. Joseph’s 58

Green Bay 66 Wright State 62

Purdue Fort Wayne 71 Robert Morris 67

Cleveland State 76 Youngstown State 73

Milwaukee 58 Illinois Chicago 35

Denver 63 Kansas City 55

Colorado 60 Washington State 57

Long Island 63 Central Connecticut 50

Omaha 73 North Dakota 61

Illinois State 76 Drake 68

Cal Poly 55 Long Beach 44

Oregon State 77 USC 52

California Baptist 81 Grand Canyon 77 OT

Southern Illinois 84 Indiana State 69

Texas Pan-American 84 Seattle 74

Longwood 84 Gardner Webb 80

Alabama Birmingham 74 Old Dominion 61

Furman 54 Western Carolina 45

UC Irvine 71 Cal State Fullerton 58

Northern Iowa 78 Loyola Chicago 51

Florida International 59 Southern Miss 58 OT

Oakland 84 Northern Kentucky 81

Mercer 54 Wofford 47

Chattanooga 57 Greensboro 41

South Alabama 56 Appalachian 51

Troy 79 Georgia State 60

Evansville 57  Valparaiso 43

Santa Barbara 77 Bakersfield 63

New Mexico State 65 Utah Valley 62

San Diego 63 Riverside 59

Washington 78 Utah 61

NHL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 5 Chicago 3

Florida 7 Detroit 2

Edmonton 2 Calgary 1

Winnipeg 2 Vancouver 0

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INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: NOTES: Hoosiers Host Michigan State on Saturday

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OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. The Hoosiers will host Michigan State and are coming off an 82-72 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night.  This will be the third straight meeting in the series in Bloomington with IU capturing a 63-62 win in 2019 and a 67-63 triumph last season.

GAME INFORMATION

Michigan State (10-9, 4-9 B1G) at Indiana (12-9, 7-7 B1G)

Saturday, Feb 20 • Noon ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: ESPN (Jason Benetti and Dan Dakich)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 71-55

Last Meeting: at IU 67, MSU 63; 1/23/20

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 67-52 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 206-115 in 9+ years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Michigan State is led by Hall of Fame Coach Tom Izzo who is in his 26th season and is 638–250.

JACKSON-DAVIS LOOKING FOR POST SEASON HONORS

Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots.  He is coming off his 21st career double double – 20 points and 10 boards against Minnesota.  He has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week.  His most dominant performance this season was a 25-point, 17-rebound effort at Florida State. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game at Maui.  He has had 4 double-doubles in the last 5 games. He was named a second-team Mid-Season All-American by Dick Vitale and The Sporting News and was named to the Wooden and Naismith Award Mid-Season Watch Lists.   He is averaging 19.6 points, 9.4 rebounds while shooting 53.2% from the floor and a team-high 32 blocks this season. He is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to have 3 games of 25 points and 15 rebounds (at Minnesota, at Florida State, Nebraska). He is 6th in the nation in FTs made (113) and 2nd in FT attempts (171).  Both lead the Big Ten. He and Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmo are the only players in the league to score in double figures every game this season.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU has played a national-high 5 overtime games this season (2-3), the most since they played 6 in 1998-99.  IU has won 3 Big Ten road games this season after winning just 2 a year ago.  The Hoosiers also have 3 neutral site triumphs and are scheduled to play just 12 home games and 15 games away from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season. Senior Aljami Durham needs 30 points to become the 53rd player in IU history to score 1,000 points or more in his career with the Hoosiers. He has averaged 15.7 points in the last 3 games.  The Hoosiers are shooting 39.2 from deep in the last 3 games (20/51).  Opponents are shooting 31.8%.  The Hoosiers closed out the Minnesota game making 12 of 13 free throws in the final minutes and 20 of 21 charity tosses in the final 2 minutes and both overtimes against Northwestern.   IU held the nation’s second best offense, Iowa,  (87.8) to 69 and 65 points in their two meetings.   Sophomore Armaan Franklin (61.5%), Durham (60.0%) and sophomore Jerome Hunter (55.6%) have been the hottest Hoosiers from distance in the last 3 games.

PURDUE MBB: PURDUE // Boilermakers Hit the Road to Face Nebraska on Saturday

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Looking for its second straight win for the first time in over a month, Purdue travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the Cornhuskers in a Saturday afternoon matinee on the Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris, will handle the call from the comforts of their living rooms.

Purdue has alternated wins and losses in its last seven games and looks for some consistency coming down the stretch. The Boilermakers are still in the hunt for a Big Ten Tournament double-bye and NCAA Tournament top-five seed, but needs to start stringing wins together. 

THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Nebraska by a 16-6 margin, having won 10 of 14 games during Nebraska’s time in the Big Ten. Nebraska, however, leads the series at Pinnacle Bank Arena by a 3-2 margin. 
2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 331st (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.04 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.36 years (286th nationally). 
3) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 13 of its 22 games this year, missing key personnel for nine games this year. Purdue has gone 9-4 in those 13 games with a full roster, all coming against power-conference teams (Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota). 
4) Four freshmen have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the most in league history. Michigan (2012-13) and Ohio St. (2010-11) had 3. 
5) A Purdue freshman has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in four of the last five weeks and in six of a possible 12 weeks this season. 
6) During the month of February, Purdue is just 17-of-69 (.246) from 3-point range.
7) Purdue is one of just four Big Ten teams to have one or fewer home losses in Big Ten play (Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio State). 
8) Purdue has held 11 straight opponents to 72 or fewer points, the only Big Ten team to accomplish that.
9) With Purdue entering the AP Top 25, the Boilermakers have been nationally-ranked in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak in school history (1968 to 1975). Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue has been ranked in 72-of-110 Associated Press top-25 polls. 
10) Over the last five years since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue has the most wins in the Big Ten (63). Michigan State is next at 60. 
11) Purdue owns a 54-9 home record in Big Ten play since the 2014-15 season. Since that year, just one team, Michigan has beaten the Boilermakers twice at Mackey Arena. Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern are the five teams to not win in Mackey. 

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Akron Rides Hot Second Half Past Cardinals

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MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State was looking to take down one of the MAC’s top teams at Worthen Arena for the second time three games.

Akron came into Friday night’s action a half game behind Toledo for the top spot in the standings. BSU had taken down Toledo with a big second half two weeks ago. This time it was the visiting team that surged after the break.

Ali Ali led five double-figure scorers for Akron in an 88-79 win to sweep the season series from Ball State (7-11, 5-8 MAC). Ishmael El-Amin scored 20 points to pace BSU, while Brachen Hazen scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

It was the second game in a busy stretch for the Cardinals after a 10-day hiatus.

TURNING POINT: Ball State led by as many as 13 points in the first half and took a 36-30 lead into the break. But Akron got off to a blistering start in the second half, hitting its first nine shots from the floor, including five from 3-point range, in the first five minutes of the half. Ball State scored 10 points of its own during that stretch but could not keep pace, falling behind 53-46. It was tight from there, but the Zips never trailed again and ultimately pulled away down the stretch.

STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH: “It was a really hard-fought game,” James Whitford said. “I thought our guys were focused and really competed. I thought we learned some of the lessons from the Bowling Green game, but our defense in the second half couldn’t hold it. (Akron point guard) Loren Cristian Jackson is a great player. I thought we did a really good job of getting him to shoot a lot of mid-range in the first half. In the second half, they were able to get below us and behind us in pick-and-rolls. Our defense didn’t hold up for the full 40 minutes; I thought that was the difference.”

BRACHEN’S BUCKETS: Hazen scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and the 10th time this season. The redshirt senior post player scored 11 in the second half and raised his scoring average to a career-best 9.9 points per game.

FACING THE POY: Akron’s Loren Cristian Jackson, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, had a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists. The Cardinals held him in check scoring-wise on 2-for-12 shooting before he hit late free throws to reach double figures.

TALE OF TWO HALVES ON DEFENSE: Ball State held Akron two 34 percent shooting in the first half, but Akron rode its hot early shooting after the break to a startling 73 percent performance in the second half.

UP NEXT: Ball State is in the midst of what is scheduled to be a five-game homestand. The Cardinals face a quick turnaround, hosting Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Sunday.

MIAMI BASKETBALL: RedHawks Continue Road Stretch at NIU Saturday

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SATURDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks continue what is now a four-game road stretch when Miami travels to Northern Illinois for a 6 p.m. (ET) game on Saturday, Feb. 20.

ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies enter Saturday’s contest with a 2-12 mark and a 1-8 MAC record. NIU has lost its last three, all on the road, including an 81-76 loss at Akron on Tuesday. Northern Illinois’ last win was against the Zips on Jan. 12, 67-65. Tyler Cochran paces the Huskies, averaging 14.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg. Trendon Hankerson and Darius Bean are the other two Huskies averaging double figures in scoring at 12.0 and 10.5 ppg, respectively.

THE SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES: Saturday marks the 53rd meeting between Miami and Northern Illinois with the RedHawks owning a 34-18 lead in the all-time series. Miami has won the last two, both in Oxford, including a 70-58 win on Jan. 9, 2021. When playing in DeKalb, NIU is 14-10 against Miami. The Huskies’ last win in the series also was its last win against the RedHawks at the NIU Convocation Center, a 70-55 win on Feb. 2, 2020. Miami’s last win at NIU came on Feb. 3, 2018, 83-70.

TELEVISION: Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN3.

RADIO: In its second year of its partnership with Van Wagner, the Miami Sports Network, powered by Pepsi, continues its coverage of Miami Basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. The radio broadcast also will be carried via the TuneIn App. Steve Baker and Terry Bridge will call the action. Tune-in to one of Miami’s gameday affiliates:

WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, Ind.)

WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, Ohio)

WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, Ohio)

TuneIn App

ROAD WARRIORS: Miami is logging the miles, approximately 2,602 miles, as it rounds out its regular season. With rescheduled make-up games from earlier postponements, Miami now plays six of its last seven regular-season games on the road, including a four-game road stretch that started at Toledo on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

GRANT IS MR. EFFICIENT: Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant is making a case to be considered one of the MAC’s most-efficient shooters. He leads the MAC in conference-only games in free-throw percentage (.931), missing just two of his 29 attempts in MAC play. Grant ranks fifth in MAC-only games in three-point field goal percentage (.478). Additionally, he ranks 24th among conference leaders in MAC games in field goal percentage (.443).

COLEMAN-LANDS RANKS 23RD NATIONALLY IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 2.88 assist/turnover ratio with 49 assists to 17 turnovers through 16 games. He leads the MAC and ranks 23rd nationally in assist/turnover ratio.

REDHAWKS RANK 14TH NATIONALLY FEWEST TURNOVERS: Averaging 10.6 turnovers per game, Miami ranks second the MAC in fewest turnovers and ranks 14th nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of its 17 games and the same number in three games this season. The RedHawks have had 10 or fewer turnovers in 10 of their 17 games, including a season-low four against Mount St. Joseph on Dec. 11.

BROWN REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Senior forward Dalonte Brown became the 37th member of Miami’s 1,000 Point Club on Jan. 12, 2021. Brown enters Miami’s next game with 1,124 career points and has moved up to 3oth on the list.

MORE ON BROWN: Dalonte Brown played in his 100th career game on Tuesday, Dec. 15 against Buffalo. He made his 100th career start against Toledo on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Entering Miami’s next game, Brown has played in 112 career games and made 105 career starts.

ROARING 20s: In Miami’s last three games, three different RedHawks have eclipsed 20 points in scoring with two notching career-high scoring efforts both of 24 points.

Junior forward James Beck came off the bench at Buffalo on Feb. 6 and poured in a career-high 24 points off 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, connecting on a sizzling 71.4 percent of his shots. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and added eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot to his line in 25:41 of action.

Junior guard Mekhi Lairy amassed a career-high 24 points against Akron on Feb. 12, tallying 12 points in each half. Lairy knocked down 8-of 14 field goals (.571) and was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. He added three assists, three rebounds and a steal to his stat line.

Senior forward Dalonte Brown tallied a season-best 21 points off 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-7 effort from three-point range at Toledo on Feb. 16. He also sunk all six free throws. He added 11 rebounds and two steals to his line.

ODDS ‘N ENDS

Senior guard Milos Jovic joined the Century Club on Jan. 30 against Western Michigan, playing in his 100th career game. Entering the RedHawks’ next game, Jovic has played in 103 career games.

The RedHawks have had balanced contributions from their starters and their bench. In its 12 MAC game, Miami is getting 32.1 percent of its scoring off the bench while averaging 73.7 ppg.

UP NEXT: Miami starts a three-game, six day stretch when the RedHawks travel to Central Michigan for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and then moves on to Western Michigan for a noon game on Thursday, Feb. 25. Miami returns home for a 4:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 27 when the RedHawks host Kent State.

WRIGHT STATE BASKETBALL: Five double figure scorers not enough on Friday night

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The Wright State men’s basketball team saw its nine-game winning streak snapped on Friday night as the Raiders fell 81-75 at Northern Kentucky despite five players finishing with double digit scoring nights.

The Raiders (17-5 overall, 15-4 HL) trailed at the half for just the third time this season, while the Norse (13-9, 11-6 HL) have now won seven of their last eight.

Friday night, Wright State saw Loudon Love turn in the only double-double of the game, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Grant Basile tallied 15 points of his own, while Trey Calvin and Jaylon Hall both had 12 points. Tim Finke finished with 11 points of his own and added eight rebounds.

The Raiders finished the night shooting 44 percent (28-of-64) from the floor, while Northern Kentucky connected at a 46 percent (29-of-63) rate. The Norse hit two more three-pointers, 10 to the Raiders’ eight, and hit 81 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line, while Wright State was 11-of-15 (73 percent).

The first half was back-and-forth, remaining a four-point margin or less until Northern Kentucky took a six-point lead with 3:46 remaining in the half, extending the advantage to eight with just over a minute to play. The Raiders closed the half on a 5-1 run to go into the break down four.

Wright State closed to within one on a Holden three to make it 44-43 two minutes into the second half and briefly took the lead on a Hall three-pointer at 51-49 with 15:05, only to see the hosts answer with a 10-0 run over the next two minutes. Northern Kentucky again pushed the lead to 10 with 7:24 remaining, but again the Raiders responded, this time with a five-point run, to pull back within five points with just over five minutes remaining. Wright State cut the deficit to four twice in the closing minutes, but each time Northern Kentucky had an answer down the stretch.

DAYTON BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Sweeps Saint Louis With Senior Night Win

(DAYTON BASKETBALL)

DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated the Saint Louis Billikens 76-53 Friday at UD Arena. The Flyers picked up their first win since Feb. 5

On senior night, senior Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers with 19 points. Senior Ibi Watson added 14 points while freshman Mustapha Amzil added 10.

Dayton improves to 12-7 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic 10. Saint Louis saw its four-game winning streak snapped, falling to 11-4 over and 4-3 in A-10 play.

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Half:  Dayton 43, Saint Louis 23

The Flyers opened up the game with a 10-0 lead. Seniors Jordy Tshimanga and Ibi Watson combined for the first eight of those 10.

Watson scored nine of the Flyers’ first 19 points.

After Saint Louis cut the lead to 19-16, a 7-0 Flyer run came over just 53 seconds.  UD eventually extended that run to 13-0. Saint Louis was held without a point for over eight minutes after pulling within three.

Over 8-minute scoreless drought, Saint Louis went 0-of-11 from the field.

Dayton’s lead was extended to 20 off a fast-break basket by Jalen Crutcher.

With 43 first-half points, this was Dayton’s highest scoring half of the season.  Additionally, this was the largest halftime lead of the season. 

All eight Flyers who saw the floor scored, with Watson’s nine early points good for leading scorer.

Dayton outscored Saint Louis 18-6 in the paint and 13-2 on fast break points.

The Billikens were held to just 31.0% from the floor in the half.

2nd half:  Dayton 76, Saint Louis 53

Dayton began the half by extending the lead to 24.

Both teams traded baskets for most of the half, with the Flyer lead mostly staying between 20 and 25. The longest run by either team in the half was 6-0.

Jalen Crutcher scored 13 of his 19 in the half.

Redshirt freshman Zimi Nwokeji led Dayton with five second-half rebounds.

Senior walk-on Camron Greer saw his first action of the season.

The Billikens only shot 24.4% from the field in the half.

BY THE NUMBERS

Dayton shot 64% from the field in the first half, the best percentage from the Flyers in the opening half this year.

Jalen Crutcher’s six assists give him 563 in his career, good for second in program history. Four three-point makes gives him 237 for his career, now fifth in UD history.

Rodney Chatman added five assists.

Jordy Tshimanga led the Flyers with eight rebounds, and added a college career-high three blocked shots.

The 23-point win is the largest margin of victory for UD this season and the largest defeat for the Billikens.

Saint Louis shot 27.1% from the field, their lowest percentage of the season. This was just the second game where the Billikens shot under 40% from the floor.

The Flyers outscored the Billikens 25-2 in fast break points.

Dayton did not trail at any point of the game.

This was the Flyers’ fourth-straight win over Saint Louis. Dayton has not lost at home to the Billikens under Anthony Grant.

UP NEXT

UD will head on the road for the final two games of the regular season. They will play Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Saint Joseph’s and Sunday, Feb. 28 at St. Bonaventure.

Wednesday’s contest against Saint Joseph’s is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. ET.

EARLHAM MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s basketball falls to Rose-Hulman in road matchup

(EARLHAM RELEASE)

Final Score: Rose-Hulman 83, Earlham 61

Location: Terre Haute, Indiana – Hulbert Arena

Records: Earlham 1-6 / Rose-Hulman 9-2

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana – Earlham’s Jamel Barnes Jr. and Tommy Makabu each finished with over 20 points but the Quakers were not able to match the 53-point effort from host Rose-Hulman in the second half as Earlham fell to the Fightin’ Engineers, 83-61, on Friday evening at Hulbert Arena.

Barnes tallied 22 points on 9-of-24 shooting from the field, and grabbed a team-high six rebound. Makabu netted 21 points on a 9-of-13 shooting performance.

Earlham trailed Rose-Hulman by just one point, 30-29, at the half, after shooting 48.2 percent (13-of-27) in the opening stanza while holding the Engineers to a 35.3 percent shooting. The Quakers stayed on the Engineers’ heels early in the second stanza, and held a 42-41 lead over Rose-Hulman at the 15:02 mark following a Makabu 3-pointer.

Momentum swung in Rose-Hulman’s favor as the second half unfolded. The Engineers connected at a 72.4 percent (21-of-29) clip over the final 20 minutes, with a 15-2 run lasting nearly six minutes through the middle of the second half proving decisive.

Rose-Hulman had three players in double-digits, led by Isaac Farnsworth with 11 points and six boards. Samvit Ram and Max Chaplin each chipped in with 11 points, while Craig McGee dished out five assists.

The Fightin’ Engineers outrebounded the Quakers 40 to 20, including a 15-5 advantage on the offensive glass that translated to 22 (+15) second-chance points.

Earlham men’s basketball closes out the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 21, when it hosts Rose-Hulman at the Druley Performance Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Spectators are not permitted.

EARLHAM WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s basketball solid at both ends of the floor in victory at Rose-Hulman

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Final Score:  Earlham 55, Rose-Hulman 43

Location: Terre Haute, Indiana – Hulbert Arena

Records: Earlham 1-4 / Rose-Hulman 1-5

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana – Earlham College women’s basketball dominated Rose-Hulman over the first 10 minutes then maintained its pressure on the Fightin’ Engineers at both ends of the floor on its way to a 55-43 wire-to-wire victory over Rose-Hulman on Friday night at Hulbert Arena.

The win was the first for Earlham women’s basketball at Rose-Hulman since the 2013-14 season, but the Quakers’ second triumph over the Engineers over the last three meetings.

Kayla Bowling paced Earlham offensively with 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the field including four 3-pointers. First year Emma Craig cracked double-digits for the first time in her collegiate career with 10 points on a 5-of-8 effort from the floor.

Earlham shot a season-best 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field while holding Rose-Hulman to 31.6 percent (12-of-38) shooting.

Rosie Newhart led Earlham on the glass with seven rebounds, part of the Quakers’ tally of 28 boards.

Earlham held Rose-Hulman to just one field in the first quarter while surging ahead on an 11-0 run, which left the Quakers with a 17-4 lead after the first 10 minutes. Marissa Quiroz netted six points in the opening stanza, while Newhart chipped in four points and Acacia Tenette and Neely Trenshaw each added two points. Bowling drained her first 3-pointer of the night in the quarter’s final minute.

The Quakers held a double-digit lead through most of the second quarter, with a Bowling layup in the waning seconds of the frame giving Earlham a 26-12 lead at the intermission. Earlham kept pace with Rose-Hulman in the second half, and responded to a challenge from the Engineers in the third quarter when Rose-Hulman got to within seven of the Quakers. Earlham answered with a pair of Aubrey Hollander free throws and another Bowling trey, quickly extending the Quaker lead back to double figures.

Nola Wilson led Rose-Hulman with 18 points while Jordan Barlow added 10 points. The Fightin’ Engineers committed 23 turnovers, resulting in 24 points off turnovers for the Quakers. Earlham fared far better in the ball control department, committing just 12 giveaways.

Earlham women’s basketball closes out its regular season on Sunday, Feb. 21, when the Quakers host Rose-Hulman at Druley Performance Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Spectators are not permitted.

Murray scores historic 50 as Nuggets down crumbling Cavs

Not himself of late, Jamal Murray got a lecture from Nuggets coach Michael Malone about being more aggressive and not passing up open shots.

He listened – and launched.

Murray scored a career-high 50 points and became the first player in NBA history to get that many without trying a free throw as Denver adjusted to a schedule change by handing the Cleveland Cavaliers their ninth straight loss, 120-103 on Friday night.

Following the game, Murray was unaware that he had done something unique.

“I was just making my shots,” he said nonchalantly between sips of a postgame smoothie. “It’s kind of cool to make history. It’s a cool stat.”

Murray was cooler than cool. While All-Star starter Nikola Jokic added a triple-double on his birthday, it was Murray’s night.

The smooth guard made 21 of 25 shots, including 8 of 10 3-pointers and scored 30 in the second half. He added six rebounds and two steals during 38 electrifying minutes.

“To do it as efficiently as he did it is really remarkable,” said Malone. “That’s an incredible stat line.”

With the Cavs still hanging around in the fourth, Murray made three 3-pointers in a 65-second span to push Denver’s lead to 21. He celebrated his third straight long-range make – an off-balance number from 33 feet – to open the fourth by pounding his chest and screaming toward fans in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

“That’s what we live for as players,” Murray said, “that atmosphere.”

Murray scored Denver’s first 13 in the last quarter, and then passed his previous career best of 46 points by draining another 3 – on Jokic’s 10th assist – with 4 minutes left. Murray capped his incredible performance with a resounding dunk before being replaced with 2:23 left.

Collin Sexton scored 23 and Jarrett Allen 20 for Cleveland, which had a couple days to prepare for the Nuggets but still couldn’t stop them.

Not the way Murray was shooting.

The Cavs tried several different defenders on Murray, who was hardly bothered.

“It never matters,” he said.

After a strong start, the Cavs have fallen near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

“With the exception of Murray, we took some steps in the right direction,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.

Michael Porter Jr. added 22 points for the Nuggets. Jokic celebrated turning 26 with 16 points and 12 rebounds in getting his seventh triple-double this season.

A stopover in Cleveland was not originally part of Denver’s travel itinerary for a four-game trip. However, when the league postponed three San Antonio games – including one against the Cavs on Wednesday – earlier this week because of virus cases on the Spurs, the Nuggets were re-routed.

They made their first 12 shots, opened a 22-point lead in the second half and then let Murray close out the Cavs.

The Nuggets thrashed the Cavaliers on Feb. 10, beating them by 38 points and prompting Bickerstaff to criticize his players for being “embarrassed.” He expected a better effort in the rematch between the teams.

“I hope our guys respond,” he said 90 minutes before tip.

Cleveland played better, but didn’t have enough firepower to stay with the Nuggets.

Or Murray.

Embiid scores career-high 50 points to lead 76ers past Bulls

Joel Embiid was simply unstoppable.

Embiid scored a career-high 50 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-105 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Embiid added 17 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals in a dominating performance at both ends of the court.

“The only difference from this year and last year is about me being willing to dominate every single moment I’m on the floor on defense and on offense,” Embiid said.

Tobias Harris had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading 76ers, who played without Ben Simmons (illness) for the second straight game and clinched coaching duties for Doc Rivers at the All-Star Game.

Having Embiid, of course, has helped.

“It’s good to have him on our side, I’ll tell you that,” Rivers said.

Zach LaVine scored 30 points for the Bulls.

With the 76ers clinging to a 107-103 lead, Embiid blocked LaVine’s driving attempt with 1:02 remaining, then hit a 17-foot baseline jumper with 41 seconds left. When the Bulls called timeout, Embiid jogged to center court and put both hands up as if requesting cheers from the empty seats while the speakers played artificial “M-V-P!” “M-V-P!” chants.

“I play for the fans, and I play for the city,” Embiid said. “I always feel like they’re here with us even though they’re not.”

The Bulls did fine when Embiid wasn’t in the game.

With Embiid on the bench at the start of the fourth, the Bulls used a 10-2 run over the first 3 1/2 minutes to take an 89-87 lead after Ryan Arcidiacono stole an inbounds pass and converted a three-point play.

Then Embiid returned and scored six points during a 7-0 spurt that made it 94-89. After hitting a 16-footer, he grabbed an offensive rebound and made both free throws after getting fouled and then pulled down another offensive board and scored on a follow on the next possession.

“It really just feels like he’s unstoppable,” Philadelphia’s Matisse Thybulle said. “You start to think that maybe there’s no answer for him.”

It was still a game, though, as LaVine and the Bulls were playing tough until Embiid clinched it with his defensive and offensive prowess.

“Overall I thought the guys really competed, battled and hung in there,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.

Voted an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season on Thursday, Embiid scored 25 first-half points in a variety of ways, seemingly however he wanted.

“I’ve been adding a lot to my game and it’s been working well,” he said.

Embiid put an exclamation point on the half with 33 seconds remaining before the break by dribbling from Philadelphia’s free throw line, deking past Wendell Carter Jr. in the Bulls’ paint, scoring and getting fouled — an amazing show of athleticism from the 7-foot-2 big man.

Then, during one 29-second stretch in the third quarter, Embiid hit a 3-pointer, stole Thad Young’s pass and then assisted Tyrese Maxey’s fast-break layup. Maxey’s bucket gave Philadelphia its largest lead, 83-73 with 1:59 left in the third.

Clippers edge Jazz 116-112, snap Utah’s 9-game win streak

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, reserve Lou Williams had 19 and the Los Angeles Clippers edged Utah 116-112 on Friday night, snapping the Jazz’s nine-game winning streak.

The Clippers avenged an 18-point loss to Utah two nights earlier, when starters Leonard, Paul George and Nicolas Batum were sidelined. George had 15 points in his return from a seven-game absence with an injured toe.

“I wasn’t ready to play 30-plus today,” said George, who was held to 26 minutes. “Got to get back to that basketball conditioning. I probably would have hurt the team if I’d been on the floor past the minutes I was.”

Donovan Mitchell scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half for the NBA-leading Jazz, who lost for just the second time in their last 22 games. Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 points, reserve Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Rudy Gobert had 15 rebounds as Utah fell to 24-6.

“It felt like a playoff game, the intensity, the tough shots they were making all night,” Gobert said.

The Jazz got outrebounded 45-38.

“This is a bump in the road and a good one,” Mitchell said. “We lost the game on the boards, that was second-chance points, which is what really hurt us.”

Gobert added, “If we get those rebounds we win this game.”

After not making any 3s in the third, the Clippers got timely 3-pointers from Marcus Morris and Patrick Beverley, who had two apiece in the fourth. Beverley’s consecutive long-range baskets pushed their lead to 107-94 and finished off a 20-10 run. Los Angeles played without a center in the fourth, when Morris was added to the rotation and scored 10 points.

“We might be small in size but we’re not small in heart, for sure,” Beverley said. “Playing the No. 1 team, we got to go out and beat them. They’re not going to give it to you and that’s the mindset we came out with.”

Trailing by 10, the Jazz weren’t done yet. They closed to 112-110 on consecutive 3-pointers by Mitchell. Beverley and Leonard combined to make four straight free throws that kept the Clippers ahead 116-110.

George fouled Mitchell on a 3-point attempt, and Mitchell made the first two with 2 seconds to go. He deliberately missed the third and Royce O’Neale grabbed the offensive rebound but missed at the buzzer.

“We got our guys back and we wanted to win this game,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys went out and did a helluva job.”

The Clippers led by 15 points in the second quarter and were up by 10 early in the third only to see the Jazz tie it up. Mitchell scored 12 of Utah’s first 15 points, including seven in a row.

Neither team led by more than five points the rest of the third. Leonard, who returned after missing three games with a bruised leg, carried the Clippers with 14 points in the quarter after having just 12 in the first half. His pair of free throws sent Los Angeles into the fourth leading 79-75.

Bucks snap 5-game skid with 98-85 victory over Thunder

Giannis Antetokounmpo wanted to see how his Milwaukee Bucks would respond to adversity after losing five straight games.

The Bucks passed that test convincingly. Now they just need to handle prosperity a little better.

Antetokounmpo had 29 points, a season-high 19 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Bucks past the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-85 on Friday night to end their longest losing streak in four years.

“Guys were ready,” Antetokounmpo said. “Guys competed. Guys played hard. Even though we weren’t knocking down a lot of shots, we competed defensively and were able to rebound and share the ball. It’s good. We’re still building.”

The Bucks, who posted the NBA’s best regular-season record each of the last two seasons, avoided their first six-game skid since March 12-22, 2015. They hadn’t lost five straight since Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 in 2017.

After the Bucks fell 110-96 to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, Antetokounmpo said he appreciated facing adversity and being getting down because “that’s the only way you improve.” The two-time reigning MVP noted that “if everything always goes well and goes your way, you kind of not know the other side. You don’t feel it. So now we feel the other side.”

The Bucks responded by going on an 18-0 run midway through the game to lead by as many as 22 points in the third quarter. But after it appeared the Bucks were on their way to a blowout victory, Oklahoma City started to make things interesting.

“We were a play or two away from getting ourselves back in the game there,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.

Oklahoma City cut Milwaukee’s lead to 83-76 on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s free throw with 5:26 left. Khris Middleton answered by sinking a corner 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run, and the Bucks stayed ahead by double figures the rest of the way.

“That’s just the NBA, man,” said Milwaukee’s D.J. Augustin, who had 11 points and five assists in his first start of the season. “You’ve got a couple of options. You can either be up on a team, step on their neck and put them out, or you can keep the game going and they’ll make a run. It happens. We did a great job tonight keeping our composure when it got close late in the game. We just kept doing what we wanted to do and made big plays.”

Middleton scored 20 points for the Bucks and Lu Dort had 17 for the Thunder on a night when both teams struggled on offense.

The Thunder’s 85 points were the fewest by a Bucks opponent all season. Milwaukee’s 98 points represented its second-lowest point total of the season.

Oklahoma City didn’t make its first basket of the second half until Hamidou Diallo delivered a follow shot with 4:31 left in the third.

“Certainly we were in mud,” Budenholzer said. “Maybe they were in mud a little bit. It turned into more of a half-court (game), a little bit slower.”

Oklahoma City has lost six of its last seven games, though its one win during that stretch was a 114-109 victory over the Bucks on Sunday.

NCAA OKs limited fan attendance at men’s, women’s tourneys

The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans to attend all rounds of its men’s basketball tournament in Indiana and later rounds of its women’s tournament in Texas.

The governing body said Friday it is permitting 25% capacity at the men’s tournament venues to allow for social distancing. That figure will include all participants and essential staff along with the family members of team players and coaches.

On the women’s side, the NCAA will allow a capacity of up to 17% at each venue from the Sweet 16 to the Final Four. Games taking place for the first two rounds will limit attendance to team guests.

In each case, attendees must wear face coverings, while cleaning and disinfecting efforts will be emphasized at venues in keeping with COVID-19 safety protocols. The NCAA said it acted in conjunction with local health officials for each tournament.

NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline said the decision for the men’s tournament also followed conversations with the organization’s medical advisory group and will rely on testing and monitoring services from the Indiana University Health system.

“The No. 1 priority for decisions around the tournament continues to be the safety and well-being of everyone participating in the event,” Hainline said.

The NCAA had previously announced the 68-team tournament will be played entirely in Indiana because of the pandemic, with most games in Indianapolis. The tournament will begin with First Four games on March 18 at home arenas for Big Ten Conference schools Purdue and Indiana, with those venues located about a one-hour drive – in opposite directions – from downtown Indianapolis.

At Indiana, the school said it will allow up to 500 fans for tournament games at Assembly Hall with some seats reserved for local medical workers and first responders who have been vaccinated.

The Final Four takes place in Indianapolis on April 3. The national championship game follows two days later.

For the women, the 64-team tournament is being held in the San Antonio region, with first-round games beginning March 21. The Final Four will be held in the Alamodome in San Antonio on April 2, followed by the national championship game on April 4.

Big Ten Announces Adjustments to Men’s Basketball Schedule 

The Big Ten has announced five rescheduled men’s basketball games. In order to accommodate the rescheduled games, four additional contests have been moved to new dates. Additionally, an   8 p.m. ET tip time has been set for the previously announced rescheduled contest between Penn State and Nebraska on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The Big Ten will continue to work with its member institutions to identify rescheduling options for other games that have been postponed.

A full list of schedule adjustments can be found below:

Tuesday, Feb. 23       

Penn State at Nebraska – 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT on BTN (time update)

Thursday, Feb. 25       

Iowa at Michigan – 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT on ESPN (moved from March 4, 2021)

Nebraska at Illinois – 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT on BTN (moved from Feb. 24, 2021)

Northwestern at Minnesota – 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT on BTN (moved from Feb. 27, 2021)  

Saturday, Feb. 27       

Minnesota at Nebraska – 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT on BTN (rescheduled from Jan. 20, 2021

Monday, March 1       

Rutgers at Nebraska – 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT on BTN (moved from Feb. 28, 2021

Tuesday, March 2       

Illinois at Michigan – 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT on ESPN (rescheduled from Feb. 11, 2021

Indiana at Michigan State – 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT on BTN (rescheduled from Jan. 17, 2021

Thursday, March 4       

Michigan State at Michigan – Tip Time TBD on ESPN (rescheduled from Feb. 6, 2021

Nebraska at Iowa – Tip Time TBD on BTN (rescheduled from Jan. 24, 2021

AP source: Taijuan Walker, Mets strike $20M, 2-year deal

The Mets made a late addition to their starting rotation, agreeing to a $20 million, two-year contract with right-hander Taijuan Walker.

The 28-year-old joins a rotation headed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.

Mets manager Luis Rojas cautioned the deal was not yet final but already was viewing the addition as a boost.

“A guy like him, it just makes your rotation so strong when you can add him,” Rojas said from spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

New York’s need for a pitcher increased with the loss of Seth Lugo, who will miss the start of the season following elbow surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur.

New owner Steven Cohen was displayed a willingness to spend, retaining Marcus Stroman with an $18.9 million qualifying offer and acquiring Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in a trade along with All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor for a rotation also projected to include David Peterson.

The team hopes to get starter Noah Syndergaard back as soon as June. He is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last March.

Walker has a five-pitch repertoire with a 93 mph fastball mixed among sliders, split-finger fastballs, sinkers and curveballs.

He was 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA over 11 starts during the pandemic-shortened season for Seattle and Toronto, which acquired him Aug. 27 for a player to be named, who became outfielder prospect Alberto Rodriguez.

“Looking at the history and his season last year, everything that he can bring to a team is pretty outstanding,” Rojas said. “You talk about talent plus experience. Around the league players that have been in the same clubhouse as him, we heard about some leadership.”

Rojas spoke with some players who had worked out with Walker in Arizona during the offseason.

“Stuff looks good, fastball firm,” Rojas said.

Walker is 35-34 with a 3.84 ERA in 105 starts and three relief appearances over eight seasons with Seattle (2013-16, 2020), Arizona (2017-19) and Toronto.

AP source: Brett Gardner returns to Yanks for $4M contract

Brett Gardner is returning to the New York Yankees for a 14th season.

The 37-year outfielder and New York agreed Friday to a $4 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement, first reported by the MLB Network, was subject to a successful physical. The deal includes player and team options for 2022.

Gardner is the last player remaining from the Yankees’ last World Series title in 2009.

He had a one-year contract for 2020 with a $2 million signing bonus and a $10 million salary that became $2,962,963 in prorated pay, A fan favorite, he became a free agent after the Yankees declined a $10 million option, triggering a $2.5 million buyout.

Gardner hit .223 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 130 at-bats last year after reaching career-best totals of 28 homers and 74 RBIs in 2019 to go along with a .251 average.

“Obviously, he’s been a great Yankee, but we’ll just see how things unfold here,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday at spring training in Tampa, Florida.

Boone said then that Clint Frazier was projected as his starting left fielder after making great strides last year in his fourth season with the Yankees. The 26-year-old hit .267 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 131 at-bats during the pandemic-shortened season, after batting .267 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs over 225 at-bats in 2019.

Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II faces 14 years for assaults

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II agreed Friday to accept a 14-year prison sentence for raping a homeless woman and assaulting two other women.

Winslow, 37, agreed to changes to a previous guilty plea in order to avoid a potential 18-year sentence.

In 2019, Winslow was convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas, California. Facing a retrial on other charges, he later pleaded guilty to raping an unconscious teenager in 2003 and to the 2018 sexual battery of a 54-year-old hitchhiker in Encinitas.

That plea deal capped his sentence at 18 years. On Friday, a San Diego County Superior Court judge approved a change in which Winslow’s sexual battery plea was replaced with a guilty plea to assaulting the hitchhiker with the intent to commit rape.

That brought the potential sentence down to 14 years. Winslow will be sentenced next month.

His sentencing had been scheduled for last year. But it was postponed because of court closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Winslow was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and spent four seasons with the team, being named to the Pro Bowl in 2007. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and New York Jets. His last NFL season was in 2013.

Winslow is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr., who spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

Troubling new details released in death of Vincent Jackson

Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead in a hotel room on Monday, and the circumstances surrounding his death remain a bit unclear. What we do know, however, is that Jackson seemed to be in a tough place in life.

According to findings from the medical examiner’s office in Brandon, Fla., Jackson may have been dead for several days before a housekeeper found his body on Feb. 15. The Initial Case Summary, which was obtained by ESPN’s Jenna Laine, states that hotel staff entered Jackson’s room on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 and noticed that he was slouched over on the couch. The report states that they assumed Jackson was sleeping.

On Monday, hotel staff realized that Jackson hadn’t moved from his previous spot and called 911. The 38-year-old was pronounced dead when authorities arrived.

There were no signs of trauma or injury. The medical examiner’s report stated that Jackson used alcohol and smokeless tobacco but there was no indication of drug use. There is currently no timeline for the full completion of the autopsy report.

It is believed that Jackson had been staying at the hotel since Jan. 11. He had been reported missing by his family on Feb. 10, but authorities located him two days later and spoke with him. They closed the missing persons case at that point.

Jackson’s family told ESPN on Thursday that the three-time Pro Bowler’s brain has been donated to Boston University’s CTE Center. The family suspects Jackson was suffering from the brain disorder.

Jackson, a second-round pick in 2005, played 12 seasons in the NFL. He spent his first seven seasons with the then-San Diego Chargers before finishing his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He made three Pro Bowls and had 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns.

Here is how bad relationship was between Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson

The problems Carson Wentz had with the Philadelphia Eagles obviously extended beyond his strained relationship with former head coach Doug Pederson. Otherwise, the quarterback would not have wanted to be traded after Pederson was fired. However, it now clearer than ever that the two did not get along toward the end of their tenure together.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter discussed the Wentz situation during a Friday morning appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. He said Wentz was “done” in Philly and wanted out as badly as Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston. Schefter also described how Wentz and Pederson went extended periods of time without speaking with one another at all.

“There are a lot of things that went wrong,” Schefter said, as transcribed by Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels. “We have the team drafting Jalen Hurts. We have Carson feeling jilted by that. We have the team trying to reassure him. We have Carson not getting past that. We have Carson struggling. We have Carson and Doug not talking for weeks on end during the season, where the head coach and quarterback are not talking for eight, nine, 10 weeks.”

It’s hard to imagine something more dysfunctional than a head coach and quarterback not speaking for more than two months in the middle of a season. Schefter added that there were “a lot of other people” who contributed to Wentz wanting a trade, but it certainly sounds like his poor relationship with Pederson got the ball rolling.

Wentz and Pederson looked like a match made in heaven a few years ago, but things went south in a hurry. There was a lot of pressure to bench Wentz last season with how poorly he played, and eventually Pederson gave Jalen Hurts the nod. At that point, it sounds like Wentz completely turned on the coach and wanted nothing to do with the franchise anymore.

If you want to know how quickly things turned in Philly, just read this surreal quote Pederson gave about Wentz back in 2017.

Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday for draft picks. The deal will set a new NFL record for dead salary cap money.

Report: ESPN pushing back against NFL TV rights asking price

The NFL is hoping to wrap up negotiations for its television rights renewals in the coming weeks, but one of its partners is holding out and refusing to pay what the league wants.

The NFL has asked TV partners for double the price of what they are paying for current deals in this round of negotiations, according to Alex Sherman of CNBC. NBC, CBS, and FOX are willing to approach that asking price, but Disney has pushed back on it.

Disney, which owns ESPN and ABC, currently has the rights to Monday Night Football, as well as highlights packages, branded shows, and streaming rights. Disney also wants to join the Super Bowl rotation and get Monday night doubleheaders, which prompted the NFL to make the same request of them as they did of their other broadcast partners. Disney balked because it is already paying more than the other three networks despite airing fewer live games.

ESPN has been trying to make big moves and expand its live broadcast presence in the NFL. That is going to lead the NFL to ask for more money, and unless the league blinks, Disney probably can’t have it both ways.

Could NFL salary cap lead to superteams in 2021?

The NFL salary cap is set to fall in 2021, which is bad news for free agents hitting the market this offseason. It could lead to some unforeseen consequences that could hurt league parity instead of help it, too.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported on Thursday that the 2021 salary cap is likely to be between $180 million and $185 million, likely toward the lower end of that range. That represents a notable drop from the $198.2 million cap in 2020, largely due to pandemic-related revenue losses.

Due to the reduced cap space teams will be working with, NFL Network’s James Palmer told The DNVR’s “Three Ring Circus” podcast that some around the league believe some veterans will take less money to sign one-year contracts with Super Bowl contenders, potentially heralding some one-off NFL “superteams.”

“There’s people around the league that I talk to that think there’s going to be some super teams attempted to be put together for one year because of this style of where the cap is,” Palmer said. “Guys are going to take less money and go play with Tom Brady in Tampa for one season. And then we get back on track and they’re going to ask for their regular money.”

In a way, the Buccaneers did assemble their 2020 Super Bowl winners that way. Rob Gronkowski didn’t want to play anywhere else, and Antonio Brown wanted to join Brady as well. That said, Gronkowski was retired and only came back for the Buccaneers, while Brown was damaged goods and had no other suitors. Now, some players could turn down other contenders to play for Tampa Bay.

Here’s one name that could fit the bill if the Buccaneers are serious about getting even more talent for Brady.

Former MLB All-Star Johnny Damon arrested after DUI stop

Former All-Star baseball player Johnny Damon was arrested Friday in central Florida on a charge of resisting an officer after he was pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to court and jail records.

Authorities said the 47-year-old Damon slurred his words, seemed unsteady on his feet and had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the state’s legal limit for driving.

Damon was booked into the Orange County Jail early Friday after the incident in Windermere, Florida, a wealthy suburb of Orlando popular with professional athletes. He is charged with resisting an officer without violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

An online court docket did not show an attorney listed for Damon who could comment. Jail records show that Damon’s wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, also was arrested. She is facing charges of battery on an officer and resisting with violence.

A police officer pulled over Damon’s SUV after it swerved, hit a curb and drove past a stop sign, according to the Orlando Sentinel, citing a police report.

When asked how much he had had to drink, Damon said, “Just a little bit,” according to the police report.

Damon’s wife got out of the car even though he had been instructed to stay inside while they waited for another officer to show up, and she ignored the officer’s orders, according to the report.

The officer grabbed Mangan-Damon’s wrist and tried to push her against the car. Damon got between them and the officer and former ballplayer scuffled as the officer tried to put Damon and his wife in handcuffs, according to the report.

The second officer arrived and the couple were handcuffed and separated.

When asked to perform a sobriety test, Damon said he would because he is “a big boy.” During the first test, which required him to follow a red LED light with his eyes without moving his head, Damon kept turning his head despite repeated instruction not to, the police report said.

During a walking test, Damon took three steps, stumbled and apologized. He then held out his arms for balance and took an additional eight steps, the report said.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Cardinals Hang With #22 Arizona In Season Opener

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TUCSON, Arizona – The Ball State baseball season began its 100th season Friday night in the desert, taking on a nationally-ranked opponent. A couple of early runs was the difference for host and No. 22 Arizona in a 3-0 ballgame.

In its first game in 345 days, Ball State got two hits from Trenton Quartermaine and solid work from three pitchers. Arizona, ranked in every poll and even as his as 10th in the Collegiate Baseball News preseason ranking, plated two runs in the bottom of the 1st and added an insurance run on a groundout in the 5th. That was it. Other than those plays, the game was nearly an even match.

“I thought our team battled. Zach Losey and Ty Johnson were outstanding,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “Arizona was able to get one timely hit and we didn’t. That was the difference in the game. There was a lot to like and things we need to improve on.”

After starter Ty Weatherly got the first 12 outs, Losey came in and scattered three hits over three innings. Johnson, a freshman making his first college appearance, struck out three and induced a groundout in his inning of work.

Some top plays included a double play turnd with the bases loaded, a play Maloney called “huge.” Also, Nick Powell cut down a runner at second base early in the game with a nice throw.

Each team had five hits. It was a double from Arizona’s Ryan Holgate in the 1st inning that scored two runs. It was the only extra-base hit in the game. Arizona’s pitching kept BSU off the board to preserve the lead. Chase Silseth, making his first appearance for Arizona, went 5.2 innings for the win.

The 100th season of Ball State baseball continues Feb. 20-22 with three more games at Arizona. Saturday’s second game will start at 8 p.m. ET (6 MT).

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Bezerra Scores First Half Brace to Lead Hoosiers over Badgers

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WESTFIELD, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana (1-0-0) opened the 2020-21 men’s soccer season with a 3-0 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers (0-0-1) at Grand Park on Friday afternoon.

KEY MOMENTS

• Early in the first frame, sophomore forward Victor Bezerra ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that was stuffed by the Wisconsin keeper.

• Bezerra would later capitalize on two opportunities, scoring the first two goals of the season for the Hoosiers. His first tally came off an assist from redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass in the 39th minutes of action.

• Four minutes later, the Chicago native sent a rocket into the upper right corner of the net to beat the Badger keep for the brace.

• Just after the halftime break, senior forward Thomas Warr found the back of the net following a beautiful display of passing from the Hoosier attack. Sophomore defender Brett Bebej sent in a cross that was redirected by sophomore forward Herbert Endeley. The striker sent the ball into Warr who cashed in the opportunity for his first tally of the season.

• Sophomore keeper Roman Celentano did not face danger often as the defensive backline stood stout most of the afternoon. Wisconsin’s best chance came in the 75th minute when a cross found the foot of Badger Michael Wampler in the goal box. Celentano was up to the task, making a body save to preserve the shutout. 

NOTABLES

• In the program’s last 37 Big Ten Conference regular-season matches, Indiana has compiled a record of 27-1-9.

• The Hoosiers are undefeated in the last 10 matches (6-0-4) against Wisconsin dating back to Oct. 13, 2013. IU is 23-1-2 in home matches all-time against the Badgers

• Indiana is 5-1 in season-opening matches since the start of the 2015 season and holds a record of 3-0-2 in the last five Big Ten season-opening matches. All three victories have come against the Badgers. 

• Indiana improves to 3-0-3 all-time at Grand Park. This match was the first regular-season game played at the venue.

• Bezerra has secured three multi-goal games in his career at Indiana. He also recorded two goals against Ohio State on Oct. 29, 2019. He netted a hat trick against Kentucky in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Nov. 24.

• Junior defender Nyk Sessock and freshman defender Joey Maher each made their Indiana debuts in starting roles. Freshman defender Lawson Redmon, freshman midfielder Emerson Nieto, and redshirt freshman midfielder Quentin Helmer all made their collegiate debuts off the IU bench.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Victor Bezerra (2), Thomas Warr

ASSISTS: Brett Bebej, Herbert Endeley, Spencer Glass

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers are scheduled to play next at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 23 against Ohio State. The match is scheduled to be contested at Grand Park. All times, dates, and locations are subject to change.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Indiana Comes up Short Against No. 8 Penn State, 3-1

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Indiana volleyball team won their first set against Penn State since 2012, but could not get the victory as the Nittany Lions won in four sets (13-25, 27-25, 10-25, 18-25) on Friday at Rec Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

• After dropping the first set, Indiana jumped out to a 6-2 lead on Penn State in the second set. The Hoosiers had back-to-back blocks by freshman Savannah Kjolhede and a combination of Kjolhede and junior Breana Edwards.

• Indiana maintained a lead in the second set until Penn State tied it 22-22.

• After ties at 23, 24 and 25, Indiana got kills from freshman Tommi Stockham and Breana Edwards to win the second set, 27-25.

• Penn State used a 6-0 run in the third set to go up 20-9 and win the third set 25-10.

• Senior Brooke Westbeld served up an ace to put Indiana up 3-1 in the fourth set.

• Freshman Grae Gosnell served back-to-back aces to tie the fourth set 10-10.

• Penn State used a 3-0 run to go up 14-11 in the fourth set and won the fourth set, 25-18.

NOTES

• Indiana drops to 2-7 on the season. Penn State improves to 3-3.

• With their 27-25 victory in the second set it was the first Indiana set win against Penn State since Oct. 13, 2012.

• Freshman Tommi Stockham notched double-digit kills for the fifth time this season as she led the team with 15. Stockham added 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.

• Senior Brooke Westbeld recorded her second double-double of the season with 16 assists and 12 digs. Westbeld also had four kills and no attack errors on 12 swings.

• Sophomore Emily Fitzner led the Hoosiers with 18 assists.

• Breana Edwards tallied nine kills for Indiana.

IU Head Coach Steve Aird

“We were up and down. Penn State is a good team. We played well at times, but made too many errors. It’s going to take time. Right now we are inconsistent and we need to get more people on the same page playing well together.”

UP NEXT

Indiana returns for a second match against Penn State Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: No. 11 Purdue Downs Northwestern in 3

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 11 Purdue volleyball (5-4) swept Northwestern (2-1) in Holloway Gymnasium Friday night, 25-20, 25-15, 25-13.

The Boilermakers recorded a .267 hitting clip on the night while holding the Wildcats to a -.050 attack %, the lowest by a Purdue opponent in five seasons.

No. 11 Purdue’s offense was led by Caitlyn Newton, who recorded 14 kills and four errors on 35 attempts for a .286 hitting %. Meanwhile, Maddy Chinn led the team in efficiency with six kills and one error on her way to a .417 attack mark.

At the net, Purdue out-blocked Northwestern 11-4, with the final nine Boilermaker blocks notched in the final two sets. Jael Johnson and Grace Cleveland registered six block assists apiece on the night to lead the team.

Meanwhile, senior libero Jena Otec notched a team-best seven digs and redshirt-junior Hayley Bush tallied 24 assists on the outing.

Set 1 (25-20)

There were ten tied scores in the first set with seven lead changes. With the score 18-17 in favor of Purdue, the Boilermakers pulled away with a five-point unanswered run, spurred on by a kill from Cleveland to bring the score to 22-17, Purdue. Johnson sealed the set win with an ace. Chinn got off to a hot start going errorless in the first set with four kills on seven swings for a .571 hitting clip. 

Set 2 (25-15)

Purdue opened the set with a 5-1 lead, which included a pair of back-to-back block assists by Cleveland and Johnson. Cleveland went on to post four assisted blocks in the set while teammates Otec and Bush contributed two and once ace, respectively.

Set 3 (25-13)

The Boilermakers posted a .400 attack % in the set, the highest of the night. Bush recorded her lone kill of the match to break the neck-and-neck battle and bring the score to 5-4 and went on to record 10 assists in the set as the Boilermakers pulled quickly away from the Wildcats. On her first touch of the night, Emma Terwilliger recorded an ace for her first of the 2021 season. Meanwhile Cleveland added another four block assists to close out the match.

Up Next

Purdue will be back tomorrow versus Northwestern for Senior Day at 7:30 p.m. ET. The match will be televised on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s Soccer Opens the Season Saturday at Northwestern

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Soccer officially kicks off the long-awaited 2020-21 season on Saturday evening  when the Hoosiers visit Northwestern. Due to the weather, the teams will play inside at Ryan Fieldhouse on Northwestern’s campus. The match will be streamed on Big Ten Network+.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

Northwestern went 5-10-3 with a 3-6-2 Big Ten mark in 2019. The Wildcats are led by head coach Michael Moynihan, who is entering his ninth season and has guided Northwestern to four NCAA Tournament berths. Northwestern leads the series, 13-11-3 and won the last meeting, a 2-1 decision in Evanston on Oct. 11, 2018.

ENTERING VAN BENNEKOM’S SECOND YEAR

In the first season with head coach Erwin van Bennekom at the helm, Indiana went 8-9-2 on the year and advanced to the program’s 14th appearance in the Big Ten Tournament. He named the fourth coach in Indiana Women’s Soccer history on Dec. 4, 2018 after spending the last four seasons at Duke as associate head coach. His time at Duke was the most successful stretch in the Blue Devils’ history, earning a 68-17-11 record and advancing to a pair of Women’s College Cups. During the offseason, he added associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez and promoted assistant coach Emily Basten.

THREE EARN CONFERENCE PRESEASON HONORS

The Big Ten announced its Women’s Soccer Preseason Players to Watch List on Wednesday with sophomore Avery Lockwood and freshmen Anna Aehling and Jen Blitchok representing Indiana. In addition, the preseason poll was unveiled with the Hoosiers coming in in eighth place. Both were voted on by the conference coaches.

Lockwood, a midfielder from Grand Rapids, Mich., started every game last year and led the team in points (13), goals (5) and game-winners (3). She was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, as well as Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 Freshmen list. Aehling, a defender from Coesfeld, Germany, has competed for her country multiple times, including in the U17 UEFA European Championship, U17 FIFA World Cup and U19 UEFA European Championship. Fellow freshman Blitchok joins the Hoosiers as a forward from Grandville, Mich. She saw great success at the club level, leading Midwest United FC to a U18/19 U.S. Soccer DA Championship. She was also an All-State and All-Conference selection from Grandville High School.

RETURNING THIS SEASON

Along with Lockwood, the Hoosiers return several starters from last year including Melanie Forbes, Allison Jorden, Hanna Németh, Oliwia Wos, Madeline Carlson and Alaina Kalin. Between the pipes, senior goalkeeper Bethany Kopel has the most shutouts in program history with 16 and was the anchor behind setting a new record in shutouts (9) and tying the record for Big Ten shutouts (6) last season.

WHAT’S AHEAD

This year’s shortened schedule includes 11 regular season conference games, as well as a regional playoff weekend (April 8-11) and the Big Ten Tournament (April 15-18).

PURDUE WRESTLING

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No. 17 Purdue Wrestling Hosts Rivalry Clash Monday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 17 Purdue wrestling team hosts its final dual of the 2021 season Monday, welcoming intrastate rival Indiana to Holloway Gymnasium for an 8 p.m. ET contest, live on the Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers enter the weekend at 3-5 on the season and have won the last 10 meetings with the 2-5 Hoosiers, including last season’s 23-9 victory in Wilkinson Hall.

SENIOR DAY

The 10 young men that make up this year’s senior class were members of head coach Tony Ersland’s second and third recruiting classes at Purdue. They have played integral roles in the rising success and prominence of the program over the last few years, and have helped build our championship culture, which continues to grow today.

The group has combined for a pair of All-America awards, six NCAA Championship qualifications, Purdue’s best Big Ten Championship finish in 30 years, five Big Ten placewinning performances, 245 victories and 533 takedowns. They have collected 12 Academic All-Big Ten awards and five Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors, in addition to including a Purdue Student Athlete Advisory Council President-Elect and two members of our U.S. Armed Forced.

PURDUE LINEUP & RANKINGS

The Boilermakers held firm at No. 17 in the nation in this week’s NWCA Coaches Poll, and maintained their marks between 18 and 28 in the various other national dual and tournament polls, respectively. Seven of the 10 Purdue starters earned rankings in the first NCAA Coaches Panel rankings of the season, highlighted by Kendall Coleman’s No. 6 mark at 157 pounds and Griffin Parriott’s No. 9 ranking at 149 pounds. Senior Max Lyon also took a considerable jump this week in a few of the polls after his team-best third victory of the season over a top-10 opponent at 184 pounds.

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue picked up a win in its final road dual of the regular season, downing No. 22 Michigan State at Jenison Field House 21-12. The Boilermakers won six of the 10 varsity contests and six of the eight extra matches over the Spartans, including bonus-point wins for Parriott and junior Parker Filius. Parriott had a huge third period on his way to an 11-2 major decision, while Filius notched his first technical fall of the year at 141 pounds. Lyon won the signature bout of the evening, rolling up over four minutes of riding time in a 6-1 decision over ninth-ranked Layne Malczewski at 184 pounds.

PURDUE NOTES

• Head coach Tony Ersland is in his seventh season at Purdue and is 59-50 in dual competition with the Boilermakers.

• Ersland wrestled for the University of Iowa from 1992-97, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament at 177, and competing on the highest scoring team at the NCAA Championships in history (170).

• The Boilermakers’ 10 straight wins over the Hoosiers marks Purdue’s longest win streak in series history and Ersland’s six straight wins since becoming the Boilermakers’ head coach is the longest for any coach at Purdue.

• The 10 straight Purdue wins is also the longest streak for either team in series history since Indiana won 10 in a row from 1976 to 1983, and the Boilermakers have now won 16 of the last 22 meetings, including six straight in West Lafayette, last falling in 2006.

• Through eight duals and 80 varsity matches this season, 50 of Purdue’s 80 opponents (.625) have held national rankings.

• Senior Devin Schroder climbed to No. 2 in the country at 125 pounds via The Open Mat, TrackWrestling and WIN Magazine last week. It marks the second straight season the Boilermakers have had an individual move to No. 2 in the country, following Christian Brunner at 197 in 2019-20.

• With 38 back points this season, Schroder has eclipsed the 400-career back point mark and ranks second in Purdue history. He surpassed Scott Hinkel in his season-opening win in 2021, and how trails only Jake Patacsil, who owns 803 all-time.

• Junior Parker Filius notched his third career technical fall last weekend, dominating in a 19-2 victory over Jaden Enriquez. The win avenges a loss from Filius’ freshman year when the two met at 149 pounds.

• Senior Griffin Parriott has only been able to wrestle a limited schedule in 2021, but is unblemished at 3-0, including last weekend’s 11-2 major decision over Peyton Omania of Michigan State.

• With his 7-1 start to the season, sophomore Kendall Coleman is now 36-9 in his career and surpassed the 100-career takedown mark with his six-takedown effort at Illinois. He is one of the fastest Boilermakers in program history to 100 takedowns, hitting the mark in his 39th career match. Cashé Quiroga posted 124 takedowns in 40 matches as a freshman in 2009-10, while Jason Silverstein tallied 109 takedowns in 44 matches in 1998-99.

• Sophomore Thomas Penola is off to a 6-2 start at 197 pounds, returning to his natural weight after qualifying for the national championships at heavyweight in 2019-20. He is second on the team in takedowns and is tied for second on the team lead in dual team points this season.

• Senior Max Lyon’s three wins this season have come over top-10 ranked opponents. He opened his season with a bang at 184 pounds, knocking off No. 7 Zach Braunagel 4-3 at Huff Hall, then topped Iowa’s Nelson Brands 6-1, and most recently took out Michigan State’s ninth-ranked Layne Malczewski 6-1. All seven of his opponents this season are currently ranked in the top-17 in the country.

• Freshman Jacob Rundell has wrestled a similarly rough schedule in his early Boilermaker career, with his five dual opponents ranked in the top-30 at 133 pounds. He was three seconds away from overtime against No. 23 Jordan Decatur of Ohio State, tying the score at the buzzer, but falling on 1:02 of riding time for the Buckeye sophomore, and earned his first varsity dual win last Friday at Michigan State, topping Jordan Hamden 5-1.

• The Boilermakers will wear a commemorative sticker on their headgear in 2021, honoring the late Morgan J. Burke, who served as Purdue’s Athletics Director for 23 years and passed away in 2020.

OPPONENTS

Indiana

125: No. 17 Brock Hudkins (Sr.) – 0-2

or Jacob Moran (Fr.) – 5-3

133: Kyle Luigs (Jr.) – 1-5

141: Cayden Rooks (So.) – 2-5

149: No. 15 Graham Rooks (So.) – 2-1

157: Matt Ortiz (So.) – 1-4

or Jonathan Kervin (Fr.) – 1-8

165: No. 20 Nick South (So.) – 3-4

174: No. 6 Donnell Washington (So.) – 5-2

184: Drayton Harris (Fr.) – 0-7

197: Nick Willham (So.) – 2-5

285: Rudy Streck (Jr.) – 1-4 

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OHIO STATE WRESTLING

Buckeyes Conclude Regular Season with 28-12 Setback to Penn State
Next up will be the Big Ten Championships hosted by Penn State on March 5-7 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State dropped its regular season finale on Friday night, falling 28-12 to No. 3 Penn State.

The loss was the lone at home this season for the Buckeyes who finished 5-4 on the year.

Penn State took an early lead, and the Buckeyes fought all the way back to even the match at 12-12 after a thrilling pin from Ethan Smith. But the Nittany Lions closed strong, winning the final four bouts to take the match.

Malik Heinselman started the night with a solid 5-2 victory over No. 18 Robert Howard. Heinselman had the only two takedowns of the match, notching one late in the second period and another early in the third. Heinselman improved to 7-1 on the season.

Penn State then went in front 9-3 with a tech fall in the 133-pound match and a major decision in the 141-pound match.

Sammy Sasso, the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the 141-pound matc, put in workman like performance Friday night. He fell behind early as Beau Bartlett got the first take down but Sasso battled back and took a 4-2 lead into the third. He then rode out nearly the entire final two minutes to claim the riding time point and took a 5-3 decision. Sasso remains perfect on the season at 9-0.

Elijah Cleary found himself in another pivotal swing match at 157 with No. 9 Brady Berge. Neither wrestler scored in the first period and each only managed escape points late into the third. Berge caught a late takedown with just over 10 seconds left to win the match 3-1.

After the break, Ethan Smith provided a huge spark as he attacked and caught No. 13 Joe Lee on his back and was able to secure the pin at 2:33 of the first period. That gave the Buckeyes life and it evened the team score at 12-12.

Penn State regained the momentum as No. 7 Carter Starocci was able to pull out a 2-1 victory in the first overtime against Kaleb Romero. Both wrestlers had chances to win the match in the third period and again in the first sudden death period. Starocci was able to escape early in the first overtime and then held the on top advantage in the second overtime to claim the narrow victory.

No. 2 Aaron Brooks followed with a 13-4 major decision against Rocky Jordan and then Michael Beard pinned Gavin Hoffman at 1:21 in the first period of the 197-pound match to secure the team victory for the Nittany Lions.

Seth Nevills finished the night with a 3-2 win over Ohio State’s Tate Orndorff in the heavyweight match to make the final score 28-12.

That concludes the regular season for the Ohio State. The Buckeyes will now prepare for the Big Ten Championship which will be help March 5-7 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.

No. 3 Penn State 28, No. 9 Ohio State 12

125 — No. 8 Malik Heinselman def. No. 18 Robert Howard (PSU) | D, 5-2; Team Score 3-0

133 — No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) def. No. 24 Jordan Decatur | TF 27-8 (3:37); TS 3-5       

141 — No. 2 Nick Lee (PSU) def. No. 26 Dylan D’Emilio | MD, 15-3; TS 3-9

149 — No. 2 Sammy Sasso def. Beau Bartlett (PSU) | D, 5-3; TS 6-9

157 — No. 9 Brady Berge (PSU) def. No. 26 Elijah Cleary | D, 3-1; TS 6-12

165 — No. 7 Ethan Smith def. No. 13 Joe Lee (PSU) | PIN 2:33; TS 12-12

174 — No. 7 Carter Starocci (PSU) def. No. 2 Kaleb Romero | TB-1, 2-1; TS 12-15

184 — No. 2 Aaron Brooks (PSU) def. No. 17 Rocky Jordan | MD, 13-4; TS 12-19

197 — No. 17 Michael Beard (PSU) def. No. 25 Gavin Hoffman | PIN 1:21; TS 12-25

HWT — No. 13 Seth Nevills (PSU) def. No. 9 Tate Orndorff | D, 3-2; TS 12-28

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: Irish Downed By #5 Badgers, 4-2
MADISON, Wis.
 — Alex Steeves and Graham Slaggert scored for the Irish but fifth-ranked Wisconsin came back to defeat Notre Dame, 4-2, on Friday night at La Bahn Arena in game one of the weekend series. 

Steeves and Slaggert each had a goal and an assist, while Landon Slaggert had a pair of assists. Linus Weissbach led the Wisconsin offense with the game winner and empty net tallies in the third. 

Dylan St. Cyr made 30 saves in the Notre Dame (10-12-1) goal, including 14 in the first period. Robbie Beydoun finished with 29 saves for Wisconsin (15-8-0).  

The Irish were 0-for-2 on the power play, while Wisconsin finished 1-for-3 as Notre Dame’s penalty kill moved to 19-for-20 on the road this season.

How It Happened
The Irish took a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the game as Alex Steeves fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle that was deflected high past Robbie Beydoun with Landon Slaggert driving hard to the net. Both Landon and Graham Slaggert earned the assists on Steeves’ 11th goal of the season. 

Graham Slaggert pushed the lead to 2-0 at 8:28 of the first when he slammed a one-timer past Beydoun for his sixth of the season, with Landon Slaggert and Alex Steeves providing the assists. 

St. Cyr stopped all 14 shots he faced in the first as the Irish held the 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Wisconsin got on the board at 3:22 of the second period when Owen Lindmark finished an odd-man rush for his fourth goal of the season to make it a 2-1 game.

Cole Caufield then tied it up at 9:37 of the second while the Badgers were on the power play. 

On the shift following the Caulfield goal, Ryder Rolston almost scored on a rebound but his backhander hit the post. 

Chances later in the period by Jake Pivonka and Colin Theisen were turned aside by Beydoun as the second period ended tied at 2-2. 

A back-and-forth start to the third saw chances at both ends. St. Cyr made a big stop on a Brock Caufield one-timer at 7:57 of the third. But then at 8:18 Linus Weissbach gave the Badgers their first lead of the game with his ninth goal of the season.

The Irish killed off another Wisconsin power play past the midway point of the third. 

Searching for the tying goal, St. Cyr was pulled with 1:19 left in the third but Weissbach added an empty netter for the final 4-2 scoreline.

Notes

  • Senior Matt Hellickson skated in his 140th-consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
  • With a goal and an assist, Alex Steeves posted his fourth multi-point game of the season and the 11th of his career.
  • With a goal and an assist, Graham Slaggert posted his fifth multi-point game of the season and the sixth of his career.
  • With two assists, Landon Slaggert posted his fifth multi-point game of the season/his career.
  • With a penalty kill in the first period, Notre Dame improved to 18-for-18 on the road this season on the penalty kill before Cole Caufield snapped that streak on Wisconsin’s next power-play chance (now 19-for-20 on the road this season). 

Next Up

  • Notre Dame and Wisconsin close out their regular-season series tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET in a game that will be broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin and streamed on BTN Plus.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY: GREENVILLE SNAPS INDY’S FOUR GAME WIN STREAK

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NDIANAPOLIS – In the first of three straight games, the Fuel hosted the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Greenville took the early lead at the end of the first period only for both teams to trade goals throughout the night. Indy would fight until the dying seconds but would eventually fall 4-3 on Friday night.

Indy would deny Greenville of a shot on goal through the first 13 minutes of the game, earning themselves a chance on the power play late in the frame. Indy would put multiple shots on net but Greenville goaltender Ryan Bednard would stand strong and hold Indy at zero. Earning a late power play, Greenville would take the lead late in the period when Jesse Schultz fired a one-timer over the shoulder of Billy Christopoulos.

Developing several early chances in the offensive zone, the Fuel would again be denied by Bednard and the Greenville defense. Tying the game in 12 minutes into the second period Matt Marcinew got loose and tucked the puck through Bednard’s legs. Responding immediately, Greenville’s Karch Bachman beat Christopoulos with a slap shot to take the 2-1 lead. Doubling their lead, Joey Haddad deflected a point shot past Christopoulos to give the Swamp Rabbits a 3-1 lead. Nic Pierog would cut the Swamp Rabbits lead in half firing home a one-timer on the power play to send the Fuel into the locker room down by a goal.

Earning an early chance on the man-advantage, Indy put multiple shots on Bednard but would fail to capitalize on their chances. Putting a barrage of shots on the Fuel goal, Greenville would eventually capitalize when Ben Finklestein fed an open Jesse Schultz a back-door pass and Schultz tapped it home to make it 4-2. Cutting the Swamp Rabbits lead to one goal late in the third period, Dylan Malmquist stole a puck from Ryan Bednard and put it in an empty net. Indy would fight for the tying goal but would be denied and eventually fall 4-3 on Friday night.

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OHIO STATE MEN’S HOCKEY: MHKY: Buckeyes Prevail over No. 7/6 Michigan, 3-2

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Nappier makes 32 saves for Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind 32 saves from Tommy Nappier, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 3-2 win over No. 7/6 Michigan Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes led 2-1 after the first period and 3-1 after the second, on goals from Gustaf Westlund, Jaedon Leslie and Patrick Guzzo, with Layton Ahac picking up two assists.

The Buckeyes (6-14-1, 6-13-0-0-1-0 B1G) and Wolverines (11-8-0, 9-8-0-1-0-0 B1G) will close the weekend and regular season series at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be streamed through BTN Plus and on Ohio State Radio.

Ohio State 3, Michigan 2 – The Short Story

Gustaf Westlund scored just 1:51 into the game for the Buckeyes. The Wolverines answered with a power play goal at 7:22 but Jaedon Leslie put Ohio State back ahead at 12:05. In the second, Patrick Guzzo extended the Buckeye advantage to 3-1 at 3:37. Ohio State carried the two-goal edge until 4:21 of the third when the Wolverines found the back of the net. Michigan outshot the Buckeyes 13-3 in the final stanza, skating with the net empty for the last 1:55, but Tommy Nappier had 12 stops in the period and the Buckeye defense held to preserve the win.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik

“We just keep buying in. We keep working hard. I like our practice habits, it just hasn’t translated. Tonight we obviously played a really good hockey team. We just stayed more consistent tonight than we have in a really long time and I think that’s a key for us.”

Ohio State vs. Michigan

In the First … Ohio State opened the scoring in the first two minutes.To start the play,Mark Cheremeta dumped the puck in; the Michigan goalie went behind his net to get it, but was unable to control and Gustaf Westlund was able to come around and score into the vacated net at 1:51. Cheremeta’s assist was his team-best 11th of the year. At 7:22 Michigan’s Kent Johnson scored on the power play for a 1-1 game. Buckeye sophomore Jaedon Leslie broke the tie at 12:05, scoring on a long-range shot. Layton Ahac and Grant Gabriele assisted on the tally, Leslie’s second of the year. Shots were 10-6 in favor of Michigan in the period.

In the Second … The only goal of the stanza came at 3:37, when Patrick Guzzo tipped a shot from Ryan Dickinson. The assist was Dickinson’s first point as a Buckeye. Ahac had the second assist for a two-point night and his second career two-assist game. Michigan had the edge in shots, 11-10, and each team had two power play chances in the middle period. 

In the Third … Michigan made it a one-goal game at 4:21 when Matty Beniers tallied from in close. The Wolverines outshot the Buckeyes, 13-3, in the stanza and spent the final 1:55 with the net empty, but Ohio State closed out the win. The Buckeye penalty kill was 2-for-2 in the period, starting the third with 1:47 of power play time carrying over from the second.

Shots … The Buckeyes were outshot, 34-19. Tommy Nappier played all 60 minutes and had 32 stops. Ohio State blocked 20 shots in the game – Evan McIntyre, Tate Singleton and Ryan O’Connell each blocked three and Ahac, Austin Pooley, Gabriele and CJ Regula each were credited with two. In all, 10 Buckeyes had at least one block.

Special Teams … Ohio State was unable to score on two power play chances and Michigan was 1-for-4.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia2010.66713-27-85-116-46-42 W
Brooklyn1912.6131.511-58-73-210-96-45 W
Boston1514.5174.58-57-92-411-94-61 W
Toronto1515.5005.06-69-92-311-77-33 W
New York1416.4676.07-67-101-310-105-51 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee1713.56710-47-98-012-75-51 W
Indiana1514.5171.57-98-53-29-84-61 W
Chicago1216.4294.05-97-72-27-85-51 L
Cleveland1020.3337.07-83-122-48-91-99 L
Detroit821.2768.56-82-130-75-123-72 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Charlotte1315.4648-85-75-19-96-41 L
Miami1217.4141.57-75-102-37-115-51 W
Atlanta1217.4141.56-96-81-28-102-81 L
Orlando1218.4002.07-85-104-18-104-62 W
Washington917.3463.05-94-81-65-135-53 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah246.80013-211-43-211-49-11 L
Portland1810.6435.08-510-52-29-68-26 W
Denver1613.5527.58-68-75-111-95-51 W
Oklahoma City1118.37912.54-97-92-55-143-73 L
Minnesota723.23317.04-113-122-44-142-83 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers228.7339-513-30-215-58-21 L
LA Clippers229.7100.511-511-45-213-66-41 W
Phoenix1810.6433.010-58-52-210-78-21 W
Golden State1614.5336.011-65-83-29-75-51 L
Sacramento1216.4299.07-115-52-46-104-65 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio1611.5937-89-33-511-117-32 W
Memphis1312.5202.06-87-42-46-74-62 W
Dallas1315.4643.56-87-73-17-105-51 L
New Orleans1217.4145.07-75-104-27-125-52 L
Houston1117.3935.55-66-114-48-102-87 L