BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES-TUESDAY
|Bedford North Lawrence||53||North Knox||49|
|Bethesda Christian||81||Purdue Poly Englewood||73|
|Boone Grove||61||Covenant Christian (DeMotte)||41|
|Central Christian||59||Traders Point Christian||42|
|Central Noble||80||Lakewood Park||38|
|Columbus Christian||76||Living Water HomeSchool||68|
|Corydon Central||64||South Central (Elizabeth)||56|
|Covenant Christian||75||Bloomington North||72|
|Crown Point||78||Hammond Morton||40|
|Evansville Central||59||Evansville Mater Dei||41|
|Evansville Day||76||Washington Catholic||22|
|Evansville Memorial||64||Evansville North||57|
|Forest Park||70||Gibson Southern||58|
|Fort Wayne Blackhawk||74||Leo||42|
|Fort Wayne Canterbury||68||Lakeland Christian||30|
|Fort Wayne Dwenger||38||Bellmont||32|
|Fort Wayne Luers||71||New Haven||55|
|Fort Wayne North||76||Churubusco||73|
|Hanover Central||47||Illiana Christian||44|
|Heritage Christian||65||Indianapolis Shortridge||53|
|Indianapolis Chatard||85||Indianapolis Herron||34|
|Indianapolis Scecina||68||Providence Cristo Rey||47|
|Lake Central||73||Marquette Catholic||52|
|Lawrence North||68||Hamilton Southeastern||42|
|Lighthouse CPA||73||Hammond Noll||63|
|Linton-Stockton||58||Terre Haute South||48|
|Madison Christian||63||Cornerstone Christian (Ky.)||35|
|Mishawaka Marian||77||Michigan City||51|
|Mount Vernon (Posey)||67||Evansville Bosse||62|
|New Prairie||77||Elkhart Christian||59|
|North Central (Indianapolis)||66||Fishers||61|
|North White||37||North Newton||29|
|Owensboro (Ky.)||61||South Spencer||59|
|Park Tudor||49||Lafayette Central Catholic||37|
|Pendleton Heights||69||Eastern Hancock||46|
|Perry Central||75||Crawford County||61|
|Rock Creek Academy||41||West Washington||33|
|South Bend Career||53||LaCrosse||48|
|South Bend St. Joseph||85||Plymouth||35|
|South Dearborn||65||Franklin County||53|
|South Decatur||76||Oldenburg Academy||58|
|South Knox||62||Pike Central||34|
|South Vermillion||59||Riverton Parke||53|
|Southwestern (Hanover)||79||Switzerland County||42|
|Southwestern (Shelbyville)||66||Christel House Academy||25|
|Tippecanoe Valley||51||North Judson||45|
|Twin Lakes||53||Lewis Cass||49|
|West Noble||69||Prairie Heights||35|
|White River Valley||55||Bloomington Lighthouse||38|
FINAL REGULAR SEASON AP BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS
1. Homestead (13) 22-0 260 1
2. Carmel 19-2 214 2
3. Lawrence North 21-2 198 3
4. Cathedral 18-2 178 4
5. S. Bend Adams 20-1 166 6
6. Plainfield 19-2 129 5
7. Lafayette Jeff 19-2 98 9
8. Warren Central 17-6 95 7
9. Gary West 16-3 80 10
10. Crispus Attucks 17-5 75 8
Others receiving votes: McCutcheon 54. Fishers 7. Ev. Reitz 6.
1. Hammond (11) 14-1 236 1
2. Silver Creek (1) 16-4 218 2
3. Mishawaka Marian 16-3 180 3
4. Leo 18-2 126 4
5. Heritage Hills 15-3 121 8
6. S. Bend St. Joseph’s 15-4 109 9
7. Guerin Catholic 17-3 99 NR
8. Sullivan 16-2 94 10
9. Greensburg 15-3 90 5
10. Ev. Bosse 15-3 52 6
Others receiving votes: Danville 51. N. Harrison 40. Beech Grove 12. Brebeuf Jesuit 6. Western 6.
1. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (12) 19-3 240 1
2. Shenandoah 19-3 216 2
3. Central Noble 20-1 170 4
4. Parke Heritage 20-3 143 5
5. S. Ripley 19-1 140 6
6. Linton-Stockton 18-4 121 3
7. S. Spencer 15-4 109 7
8. Blackford 17-4 79 8
9. Covenant Christian 18-4 68 9
10. Northeastern 17-3 61 10
Others receiving votes: Carroll (Flora) 48. Rochester 16. Madison-Grant 16. Westview 7. Churubusco 6.
1. Barr-Reeve (12) 20-2 240 1
2. Loogootee 17-3 212 2
3. Kouts 21-2 192 3
4. N. Daviess 18-3 166 4
5. Lutheran 18-3 138 6
6. Morristown 17-4 104 7
7. Edinburgh 16-5 103 5
8. Tindley 13-9 77 8
9. Bloomfield 12-7 74 9
10. Orleans 15-4 57 NR
Others receiving votes: Argos 45. Covington 16. Lafayette Catholic 16.
INDIANA FOOTBALL ACADEMIC ALL-STATE
Maximus Bradley Monroe Central
Jacob Keith Monroe Central
Landan Patterson Monroe Central
Khaner Phillips Monroe Central
Hunter Reagan Union City
Nicholas Dunica Winchester
Trenton Edwards Winchester-Valedictorian
Elijah Love Winchester-Salutatorian
Jacob Ervin Cambridge City Lincoln-Salutatorian
Alex Hokey Cambridge City Lincoln
Ryan Dickenson Centerville
Luke Smith Centerville
Noah Westover Centerville
Noah Snodgrass Hagerstown
Jackson Clapp New Castle
William Grieser New Castle
Jace Logston New Castle
Layne Nicholson New Castle
Trenton Round New Castle
Lucas Witham New Castle
Jack Guiley Richmond
Holden Thomas Tri-Salutatorian
Derek Grissom Union County
Morgan Krom Union County
Garrett Ertel Franklin County
Adam Kelly Jr. Franklin County
Robbie Parsons Franklin County
Evan Seal Franklin County
Cameron Smith Franklin County
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Baylor 77 Iowa State 72
Michigan State 81 #5 Illinois 72
Kansas State 62 #7 Oklahoma 57
#8 Villanova 81 St. John’s 58
#10 West Virginia 74 TCU 66
#14 Texas 75 #17 Kansas 72 OT
Georgia Tech 69 #16 Virginia Tech 53
Ole Miss 60 #24 Missouri 53
Ohio 90 Akron 73
Miami Ohio 96 Central Michigan 54
Buffalo 102 Northern Illinois 74
VCU 67 St. Louis 65
Florida 74 Auburn 57
Georgia 91 LSU 78
Louisville 69 Notre Dame 57
Bowling Green 82 Eastern Michigan 69
Penn State 86 Nebraska 83
Arizona State 97 Washington 64
Connecticut 70 Georgetown 57
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#8 Maryland 111 Iowa 93
Mississippi State 81 Auburn 68
Tulane 72 Memphis 52
New Mexico 80 Air Force 66
Notre Dame 59 Pitt 48
Cleveland 112 Atlanta 111
Detroit 105 Orlando 93
Dallas 110 Boston 107
Brooklyn 127 Sacramento 118
Golden State 114, New York 106
Philadelphia 109 Toronto 102
Milwaukee 139 Minnesota 112
Denver 111 Portland 106
LA Clippers 135 Washington 116
Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2
Chicago 6 Columbus 5
Ottawa 5 Montréal 4
Buffalo 4 New Jersey 1
Nashville 2 Detroit 0
Advent to 4 Vancouver 3
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW VS. RUTGERS
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 travel to Rutgers after falling at home to Michigan State, 78-71, last Saturday. The Scarlet Knights won the first meeting between the two teams, 74-70, in Bloomington on January 24.
Indiana (12-10, 7-8 B1G) at Rutgers (12-9, 8-9 B1G)
Wednesday, Feb 24 • 8 p.m. ET
Rutgers Athletic Center • Piscataway, N.J.
TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Indiana leads, 7-4
Last Meeting: RU 74, at IU 70; 1/24/21
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 67-53 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 206-116 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. Rutgers is led by Steve Pikiell who is in his 5th season and is 76-74.
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 had a career-high 34 points and added 9 boards in the loss against Michigan State. He had 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 is averaging 20.8 points and 10.8 boards 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 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds while shooting 53.7% 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 3rd in the nation in FTs made (125) and 2nd in FT attempts (187). Both lead the Big Ten. He and Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu 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. Senior Aljami Durham needs 26 points to become the 53rd player in IU history to score 1,000 points or more in his career with the Hoosiers. 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. In the last 10 games, Durham is shooting 48.4% from long range, sophomore Jerome Hunter is shooting 45.8%, and sophomore Armaan Franklin is hitting on 43.2% from beyond the arc. Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.2 points and 9.4 rebounds. the last Hoosier to average 20 points was Eric Gordon in 2008 at 20.9. The last IU player to averaged 10 rebounds or more was D.J. White also is 2008 at 10.3. The last Hoosier to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season was Steve Downing who contributed 20.1 points and 10.6 boards in 1973.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME PREVIEW VS. SETON HALL
GAME 21: BUTLER (7-13, 6-11 BIG EAST) VS. –/RV SETON HALL (13-9, 10-6 BIG EAST)
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 7PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: CBS Sports Network – John Sadak & Julianne Viani
Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
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The Bulldogs tip off a pair of home games this week with a Wednesday night match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse against Seton Hall. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 22 before being postponed due to what was ultimately deemed a false positive COVID result within the Butler program.
• On Sunday at Xavier, Butler played without starters Aaron Thompson, Bo Hodges and Bryce Nze; all three are questionable for Wednesday’s game.
• Freshmen have scored 34 percent of Butler’s points so far this season.
• Freshman Myles Tate had a career-high 22 points in the Jan. 2 game at Seton Hall.
• The Jan. 2 game at Seton Hall included a season-high 11 three-pointers for Butler.
• Bryce Golden recorded his first career double-double Sunday at Xavier, including a career-best 12 rebounds.
• Jair Bolden currently stands at 998 career points; Nze went over 1,000 career points in the Feb. 2 game at Marquette.
• Freshman Myles Wilmoth had a career-high nine rebounds at Xavier.
• Chuck Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 11.5 points per game; he has three 20-point games.
• Butler has committed single-digit turnovers in seven games this season.
• Averaging only 11.5 turnovers per game, Butler just outside the Top 50 nationally.
• Eight different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season; five different Bulldogs have posted 20-point games.
• Christian David has started the last two games in place of the injured Bryce Nze, the first two starts of his Butler career.
• Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST at 7.7 rebounds per game.
• Harris is ninth in the BIG EAST with a 40.2 three-point percentage.
• Bolden is sixth in the BIG EAST at 2.6 three-pointers per game.
• Butler is allowing only 67.6 points per game in conference play, which is second in the BIG EAST.
• Butler’s 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Feb. 9 included overcoming a 16-point deficit.
• The Bulldogs had a season-best 46 points in the paint vs. St. John’s.
• No. 8 Creighton is the highest-ranked opponent Butler has beaten since a 101-93 win over No. 1 Villanova, Dec. 30, 2017.
THE SERIES: Butler and Seton Hall have met 17 times, all since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. The Bulldogs hold a slim 9-8 lead in the all-time series, including a 4-3 mark at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Seton Hall has won three straight in the series, including 68-60 decision in Newark Jan. 2.
Butler Leads, 9-8
Streak: Seton Hall, W3
At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Butler Leads, 4-3
LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. SHU: 2-6
First Meeting: Butler, 64-57; 1/29/14 (at SHU)
Last Meeting: Seton Hall, 68-60; 1/2/21 (at SHU)
FIRST TIME AROUND: A second-half run came up just short as Butler fell to Seton Hall, 68-60, Jan. 2 in Newark, N.J.
Sandro Mamukelashvili led Seton Hall with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Seton Hall’s largest lead of the game was 13 (45-32) with 15:21 remaining. The Bulldogs pulled back into the contest with an 11-0 run, highlighted by consecutive three-pointers from freshmen Myles Tate, Chuck Harris and Myles Wilmoth, making it 47-46 with 8:08 to play. Seton Hall responded with five straight points. Over the final six minutes, Butler would cut the lead to one on several occasions, but never got over the hump as Seton Hall capped the game at the free throw line.
The Pirates went 17-of-20 at the line, while Butler had only nine attempts. Aaron Thompson missed the game with a sprained knee ligament.
Tate recorded a career-high 22 points Jan. 2 at Seton Hall. His output included a career-best five three-pointers.
THREE AT A TIME: The Bulldogs shot a sizzling 11-of-22 from three-point range Jan. 2 at Seton Hall. The 11 three-pointers were the most by a Butler team since hitting 12 at Nebraska March 20, 2019 in the NIT.
LAST TIME OUT: Butler could not overcome 30-percent shooting and being down three starters in falling at Xavier, 63-51, Sunday night at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.
Butler played without injured starters Aaron Thompson, Bo Hodges and Bryce Nze.
The Bulldogs shot 18-of-61 overall, including 6-of-31 from three-point range. Butler shot only 19 percent in the second half.
Butler’s defense caused Xavier a number of problems as well, limiting the Musketeers to only 2-of-19 shooting from behind the arc. Xavier shot 44 percent overall and had 36 points in the paint.
With 5:10 remaining in the game, Butler pulled within four at 49-45. A Dwon Odom three-point play gave Xavier a cushion that allowed the home team to finish the game at the free throw line.
NEEDING EXTRA TIME: Butler’s Aaron Thompson and Bryce Nze posted double-doubles, leading the Bulldogs to a clutch 76-73 overtime win over St. John’s Feb. 9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Thompson had 17 points, including the basket with two seconds remaining in regulation that sent the game to overtime, to go along with 10 assists. Nze had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs overcame a 16-point deficit. Butler was able to end the Red Storm’s six-game winning streak.
Thompson and Nze are the first Bulldogs to post double-doubles in the same game since the same duo accomplished the feat Nov. 9, 2019 in a home win over New Orleans.
CALL IT A COMEBACK: Four of Butler’s seven wins have included a double-digit comeback. The Feb. 9th 16-point comeback against St. John’s is joined by three earlier ones in BIG EAST play. (12 vs. DePaul, Feb. 6; 13 vs. Creighton, Jan. 16; and 11 vs. Georgetown, Jan. 6).
The 16-point recovery against St. John’s was Butler’s biggest comeback since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017, taking a 91-89 double-overtime win.
2 FOR 20: Bryce Nze and Chuck Harris each scored 22 points in the Feb. 6 home win over DePaul. For Nze, it set his high mark in a Butler uniform (he has a career-high of 25 points from his time at Milwaukee), while Harris tied his career-high set earlier this season against Southern Illinois. The duo combined for seven three-pointers.
Nze and Harris are the first Butler duo to score 20 points in the same game since Kamar Baldwin (30) and Jordan Tucker (24) did so against St. John’s, Jan. 19, 2019.
INSTANT IMPACT: Bo Hodges had an appeal of a waiver for immediate eligibility approved by the NCAA prior to the Bulldogs’ Jan. 30 game with Xavier. In just his second game (and his first start) for Butler, Hodges set career-highs with 12 rebounds and eight assists to go along with 15 points, narrowly missing a triple-double Feb. 2 at Marquette.
‘BOARD’ OUT OF HIS MIND: Redshirt senior Bryce Nze is fourth in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 7.7 caroms per game. Nze pulled down 14 rebounds Jan. 19 at DePaul, his second time in three outings hitting that mark (also at St. John’s Jan. 12). It is his highest total in a Butler uniform (although he had 17 in a game while playing at Milwaukee). He has six games with 10 or more rebounds this season.
HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler is third in the BIG EAST and 52nd nationally, averaging only 11.5 turnovers per game. Butler had only six turnovers against Xavier Jan. 30, one of the team’s seven single-digit turnover outputs this season. The six turnovers matched the team’s season-low. The Bulldogs turned the ball over only seven times in 45 minutes of play in the Jan. 16 win over Creighton.
Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 55 of the 119 games that LaVall Jordan has been head coach at Butler.
YOUNG GUNS: The highest-rated recruiting class in Butler history has lived up to the billing so far. Chuck Harris, Myles Tate and JaKobe Coles (who is out for the remainder of the season with a meniscus injury) have each led the team in scoring in a game so far this season.
Harris has a pair of 22-point performances and is second among BIG EAST true freshmen in scoring (trailing only Marquette’s Dawson Garcia.)
Harris was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week by the conference office Dec. 28. Harris is the third Bulldog to earn Freshman of the Week honors since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. He joins Kelan Martin (final week of the 2014-15 regular season) and Kamar Baldwin (twice during the 2016-17 season) on that list.
Tate posted a career-high 10 rebounds in his first career double-double Jan. 16 vs. Creighton. Tate recorded a career-high 22 points Jan. 2 at Seton Hall. His output included a career-best five three-pointers.
This is only the third season since 2008-09 that three true freshmen have started a game for Butler: 2020-21 (Tate, Harris, Coles); 2011-12 (Roosevelt Jones, Kameron Woods, Jackson Aldridge); and 2008-09 (Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Ron Nored).
NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH COME UP SHORT AT LOUISVILLE, 69-57
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame fell behind Louisville early on Tuesday evening and was never able to make a complete comeback, falling to the Cardinals by a final score of 69-57.
Juwan Durham had the best performance on the offensive end for Notre Dame, scoring 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The other Irish player to join him in double figures scoring was Prentiss Hubb, who chipped in 14 points and led the team in assists with six.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish struggled to find rhythm on the offensive end in the first half, scoring 24 points on 9-of-28 shooting. Fortunately, Notre Dame held the hosts to 33 points to keep the deficit to single-digits at 33-24 at the halftime break.
Notre Dame managed to chip away at the host’s lead, trimming it to five points at 56-51 with 6:26 left in the game. However, Louisville responded with seven straight of its own to push the advantage back to double digits at 63-51. The Irish were never able to make a run in the final five minutes and fell by a final score of 69-57.
Notre Dame closes out its three-game road trip with a 2 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 27 in a matchup against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The game will air on ACCN.
MIAMI MEN’S BASKETBALL: RedHawks Seize Dominant 96-54 Win at Central Michigan
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.—Bolstered by a program single-game record 18 three-pointers in a dominant performance, the Miami University men’s basketball team rolled to a 96-54 win at Central Michigan University on Tuesday evening. It was the second-straight road win for the RedHawks, who move to 10-9 on the season and 7-7 in Mid-American Conference play. The Chippewas drop to 6-13 overall and 2-10 in MAC action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The RedHawks scored the first seven points of the game, giving Miami a quick 7-0 lead off a sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant triple at the 17:44 mark.
A jumper and trey from Grant and another triple by redshirt sophomore guard Myja White pushed the RedHawk lead to 23-12 with 12:27 to go in the opening half.
A 22-0 run from 10:40 to 3:30 in the opening half catapulted the RedHawks to a 45-14 lead. The scoring surge included five of Miami’s 12 first-half three-pointers, two coming from senior forward Dalonte Brown. Miami extended its lead to 40 points and carried a 58-18 lead into the intermission.
The RedHawks continued to apply pressure in the second half. Miami pushed its lead to 49 points, 94-45 with 5:20 to go in the game, off a three-pointer by redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands, which was the record-setting triple for the RedHawks.
Dae Dae Grant led all players with 25 points, including a 7-for-12 effort from three-point range. His seven treys tie for eighth among all-time Miami leaders in a single game.
It was Grant’s fifth 20-point scoring effort of the season and second straight. He has the top four scoring outputs by a RedHawk this season (28, 27, 26 and 25 points).
Three other RedHawks scored in double figures: Javin Etzler (13), Dalonte Brown (12), Mekhi Lairy (10).
Isaiah Coleman-Lands tied a career high with eight rebounds and tied a season high with six assists.
Miami set a program record for three-pointers in a game with 18, eclipsing the previous record of 17 against Midway on Nov. 29, 2017.
The 96 points against the Chippewas match the season-best scoring effort the RedHawks had earlier this season against Bowling Green on Jan. 21.
The 58 first-half points for the RedHawks were their most in a half this season, besting a 55-point second-half effort against Bowling Green on Jan. 21.
Miami shot a sizzling 52.1 percent from the floor and 51.4 percent from three-point range for the game. The RedHawks were a scorching 61.1 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from three-point range in the opening half.
The 42-point win for the RedHawks ties for the 19th-largest margin in a win and is third-largest margin of victory against a MAC opponent. It is Miami’s biggest win against Central Michigan in series history.
The RedHawks round out a rugged road stretch, playing the second of three games in five days when Miami travels to Western Michigan for a noon game on Thursday, Feb. 25.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW VS. WISCONSIN
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 11 Indiana is hitting the homestretch of the regular season as it kicks off a two-game road swing at Wisconsin on Wednesday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network Plus.
#11/12 INDIANA (14-4, 12-2 B1G) AT WISCONSIN (5-15, 2-15 B1G)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 • 7 p.m. ET
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis.
ABOUT THE BADGERS
Wisconsin is coming off a pair of losses last week to Minnesota and then No. 22 Northwestern. They are led by sophomore guard Sydney Hillard who averages 16.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Senior forward Imani Lewis also adds double figures with 15.4 points and a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game.
Indiana leads 50-24
1/10/21 – W, 74-49 (Bloomington, Ind.)
IU is coming off a 70-65 win over then No. 11 Michigan on Thursday night to move in to sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings. Senior guard Ali Patberg paced the Hoosiers with 21 points in the win along with double figure performances from juniors Grace Berger and Aleksa Gulbe.
The win extended its season streak of five consecutive victories, its longest win streak of the season and pushed the Hoosiers into sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings.
Indiana moved up to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, its highest ranking in school history in either of the major polls.
A season sweep will be on the mind of the Hoosiers on Wednesday evening, after picking up a 74-49 win over the Badgers on Jan. 10. It would be the third season sweep of another Big Ten opponent this season (Penn State, Illinois).
Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes leads the way for the Hoosiers the season with 17.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Berger (15.3 ppg.) and Patberg (13.6 ppg.) are also in double figure averages this season.
Indiana travels to No. 15 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Tip in Columbus is set for 3 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
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Ball State (11-9, 9-7 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois (11-8, 9-5 MAC)
DeKalb, Ill. | Convocation Center
Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats
Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Northern Illinois
• Senior forward Oshlynn Brown needs three rebounds to break the Ball State women’s basketball all-time scoring record which has been held by former Cardinal Emma Jones since 1987 with a total of 1,028 rebounds. Brown currently has 1,026 career rebounds. She reached the 1,000 rebound plateau on Feb. 13 in a 79-77 victory at Miami. That game, Brown became only the second player in program history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.
• This will mark the 61st meeting in a series that began in 1982-83 when the Cardinals defeated the Huskies 86-83 on Jan. 26 in DeKalb, Ill. The Cardinals lead the all-time series record 38-22. The last time the two met was in Muncie, Ind. on Feb. 8 resulting in a 78-74 win for the Huskies.
• Ball State ninth-year head coach Brady Sallee has won 13 of the last 18 meetings against the Huskies dating back to his first season at the helm in 2012-13.
• Both teams are looking to get back on the winning track on Wednesday night in DeKalb. Northern Illinois recently suffered back-to-back losses to Kent State while the Cardinals split their two-game series against Buffalo.
• Could history repeat itself, it looks that way. More than likely Oshlynn Brown will grab her three rebounds she needs to become Ball State women’s basketball’s all-time leading rebounder and ironically it was also the Huskies that the Cardinals were playing when former BSU forward Nathalie Fontaine (2012-16) broke the all-time scoring record at Ball State back on March 2, 2016.
In The Nation:
Senior forward Oshlynn Brown currently ranks seventh in the nation in double-doubles (12), 10th in defensive rebounds per game (8.5) and 29th in total rebounds (190). Brown is also currently third on the list of active NCAA DI for career double-double leaders with 45. The Cardinals rank seventh in the nation in free throw attempts and eighth in free throws made.
In the MAC:
Senior forward Oshlynn Brown ranks first in rebounding in Mid-American Conference games only, averaging 12.3 per contest and is seventh in scoring with 20.3 ppg. Sophomore guard Sydney Freeman is third in assists (4.8 apg) while the team is second in field goal percentage (.453). Ball State is in eighth place right now in the current standings.
2021 MAC Tournament:
Since the Mid-American Conference did away with the MAC East and West Divisions this year, the upcoming MAC Tournament will no longer have first round play in games. Instead, the top eight teams will go straight to Cleveland. The quarterfinals will begin on March 10 at 11 a.m. in Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse with the semfinals being played on Friday, March 12 and then the championship game on Saturday, March 13 at 11 a.m. ET.
• The Huskies are led by head coach Lisa Carlson who is in her sixth season at Northern Illinois.
• Northern Illinois always has that one player you have to look out for when it comes to scoring. Last year it was forward Courtney Woods that the Cardinals had to concentrate on and this year it is sophomore Chelby Koker who leads the team in scoring averaging 20.4 points per contest. She is one of only two Huskies that is currently averaging double figures. The Cardinals need slow down Koker’s scoring pace and also do a better job of rebounding to win Wednesday’s game over the Huskies.
• Three-point shooting is one of NIU’s strong suits this season. The Huskies rank first in three-point shooting category amongst the Mid-American Conference averaging 40 percent. The Huskies also lead the league in rebounding offense (44.4) and defense (30.9).
Ball State heads on the road one last time in regular season action when it closes out that portion of its schedule Saturday, Feb. 27 at Toledo. The game is set to tip-off at noon in Savage Arena. After that, the Cardinals have two more home regular season games left as BSU hosts Central Michigan at 7 p.m. in Worthen Arena on March 3 and then Western Michigan on March 4 at 1 p.m. ET. That game the Cardinals will recognize their three seniors Oshlynn Brown, Katie Helgason and Maliah Howard-Bass.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Evansville looks to important opportunity in Wednesday matchup with Indiana State
EVANSVILLE – Looking to anchor its spot in the MVC standings, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team makes a midweek trip to take on Indiana State at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
Last Time Out: Valparaiso 71, Evansville 56
- Evansville was powered on the evening by sophomore Abby Feit and junior Anna Newman.
- Feit led the Aces in scoring, tallying 13 points and adding seven rebounds in less than 30 minutes on the floor.
- Newman was the driving force to Evansville’s offensive effort on the night, dishing-out 11 assists to go along with six points and three rebounds.
- The only other Ace besides Feit to reach double-figures was freshman Rylie Stephens, finishing with 11 points.
- For Valpo, Carie Weinman led three players in double-figures for Valpo, accumulating 21 points on 8-11 shooting from the field.
- It was a much different offensive showing for Valpo early in the contest as the hosts scored 20 points in the opening quarter, while the Aces kept pace with their performance from a night ago with 13 points.
- After Valpo’s lead grew as large as 11 in the early portions of the first quarter, Evansville pushed back as sophomore Jossie Hudson scored six of the Aces eight points during a 8-2 Evansville run that saw Valpo’s advantage cut to just five.
- What proved to be the theme for the night transpired down the stretch of the second period as Valpo continued to hit shots and took a 34-23 lead at the break.
- In the second half, Evansville kept pace with Valpo, scoring 17 as the hosts did in the third quarter.
- The Aces grew as close as six in the third on a layup by Feit, but Valpo pushed its lead back to 11 heading into the final 10 minutes.
- The lead would reach as high as 22 for Valpo in the fourth before Evansville chipped away at it late in Valpo’s 71-56 win.
- The Aces and Valpo finished just one tenth of a percentage point off of one another in shooting percentage on the night.
- Evansville shot 39.6% (19-48), while Valpo shot 39.7% (23-58).
- What proved to be the key to the game was points off turnovers as Valpo out-scored Evansville 30-12 in the category.
Previewing the Matchup: Indiana State
- Evansville and Indiana State are meeting for the 62nd time whent he two sides meet Wednesday night with the Sycamores owning a 42-19 lead in the all-time series.
- In the last meeting between the two on Jan. 27, Evansville earned its first MVC victory since March 1, 2019, capturing a 70-63 win in overtime.
- Evansville’s 57-43 win over Valparaiso on Friday night at the ARC broke a losing streak of 13 road conference games for the Aces, dating back to the March 1, 2019 victory over Indiana State.
- The Aces have had success over the last three seasons against Valpo and Indiana State. Despite not winning a conference game in the 2017-18 and 2019-20 seasons, during the 2018-19 and this season, Evansville defeated both Valpo and Indiana State.
- Evansville’s six wins this season are the most for the Aces since winning 14 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
- Both Evansville and Indiana State are battling for seeding in the conference tournament in Wednesday’s contest. A win for the Aces would push Evansville two games clear of the Sycamores with the tiebreaker in their favor as well with four games to play. A win for Indiana State would put the two sides in a tie with two wins in conference play, but would give the Sycamores the advantage with a better winning percentage.
- Evansville is in search of finishing with the nine-seed or better in the MVC Tournament for the first time since earning the six-seed at 2017 Hoops in the Heartland.
Dominating the Boards
- On Friday night, Evansville dominated the boards, out-rebounding Valpo, 46-30.
- The 46 rebounds are the most for the Aces against an NCAA DI team since recording 48 rebounds against Indiana State on Feb. 2, 2018.
Double-Digits Again for Anna
- For the second time this season, junior guard Anna Newman reached double-figures in assists, tallying 11 at Valparaiso on Saturday.
- Newman also broke the 10-assist mark earlier this season with 12 assists against Bellarmine on Dec. 29.
- Previous to Newman’s 12 assists against Bellarmine, no Ace had recorded 10-or-more assists since Ashley Austin recorded 10 assists against Creighton on Feb. 12, 2009.
VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Basketball Hits Road Wednesday to Face Loyola
Valparaiso (8-10, 4-7 MVC)
Game #19 – Feb. 24 – 6 p.m.
at Loyola (10-7, 8-5 MVC)
Gentile Arena (4,963) – Chicago, Ill.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: After completing its home schedule last weekend, the Valpo women’s basketball team begins a stretch of five consecutive road contests to close out the regular season on Wednesday evening against travel partner Loyola.
Previously: Valpo earned a split of its final home series with Evansville last weekend. Having been away from competition for 14 days, the Brown and Gold dropped the opener to the Purple Aces, 57-43, but rebounded for a 71-56 win on Senior Night. Carie Weinman led the way in Saturday’s win with 21 points and six steals, the latter tying a career high.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN3 or ESPN+
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)
Live Stats/Streaming Audio: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans (33-46) is in her third season as head coach of the Valpo women’s basketball program in 2020-21. Evans led the Valpo program to a remarkable season across the board in 2019-20, one that concluded among the nation’s top turnarounds from the season before. Valpo posted a 17-12 record in Evans’ second season at the helm, the 17 wins the most by a Valpo team since the 2006-07 campaign and the 10th-most in a single season in program history. Valpo improved its record by 10.5 games over the previous season in 2019-20, tied for the sixth-best improvement in Division I.
Series Notes: Valpo enjoys a 24-6 advantage in the all-time series over Loyola and own a 6-2 series lead since joining the MVC. However, it was the Ramblers who earned the win in this season’s first matchup at the ARC by a 53-36 final. Valpo shot just 27.8% from the field in the first meeting this year and was just 1-for-25 from 3-point range.
– Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 176 points.
– Valpo is in its fourth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2020-21.
– The Valley was ranked eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 17-12 overall record, a 10.5-game improvement over the previous year ‑ good for sixth-best nationally.
– Valpo jumped 172 spots in the RPI from the previous year, the largest leap for any D-I team in the nation.
– Valpo’s 17 wins marked the most by a Valpo team since 2006-07.
– The Brown and Gold finished in sixth place in the MVC standings with a 9-9 record – the program’s best finish since joining The Valley.
– The .500 record in conference play was the program’s first since 2008-09.
– Valpo closed the regular season strong, going 6-3 in the second half of MVC play.
– Grace Hales earned Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades, while Carie Weinman was named to the MVC All-Defensive Team.
– As a team, Valpo set the program’s single-season record for free throw percentage (.792), while Hales broke the program’s individual single-season record in the category (.890).
…versus Evansville – Saturday
– Caitlin Morrison, making the 101st start of her Valpo career, posted 10 points, two assists and two blocked shots on her Senior Night. She continued adding to her career block total, which now sits at 103 — fourth-best in program history.
– Ella Ellenson made her 47th career start in the Brown and Gold, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds on her Senior Night. That effort capped a weekend that saw her crack Valpo’s career top-10 in blocked shots as well on Friday.
– Carie Weinman led the way for Valpo Saturday on both ends of the court. The junior scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including a trifecta of trifectas. Meanwhile, defensively Weinman matched her career high by coming up with six steals for the third time in her time in the Brown and Gold.
– Shay Frederick contributed 14 points — including three triples of her own — five assists and four steals, the latter tying her season best in the category.
– As a team, Valpo shot 14-for-43 from 3-point range in the win Saturday. The 43 3-point attempts were second-most in program history, just one shy of the team single-game record, while the 14 made triples tie for seventh-most in a single game.
– Valpo has knocked down exactly 14 triples in three of its last four meetings with the Purple Aces.
– Led by Weinman and Frederick, Valpo tallied 13 steals in Saturday’s win, matching its second-best effort in the category this year. Valpo finished the game a +10 (12-22) in the turnover column and outscored Evansville 30-12 in points off turnovers.
– Freshman walk-on Syria Butler and mid-year freshman enrollee Katie Beyer both made their debuts late in Saturday’s win.
…versus Evansville – Friday
– Valpo shot just 12-for-57 on Friday evening. The 21.1% clip was the program’s worst since going 10-for-50 in a loss at Green Bay in January 2017.
– 42 of Valpo’s 57 field goal attempts came from behind the 3-point line, tied for third-most in a game in program history. The Brown and Gold were just 7-for-42 from deep.
– Valpo held a +10 advantage in the turnover column (23-13), but was only able to convert that into a two-point edge (12-10) in points off turnovers.
– Caitlin Morrison tied her career high Friday with four assists.
– Freshman Leah Earnest made her first career start Friday evening as Grace White was sidelined due to injury. Fellow rookie Ava Interrante played a season-high 16 minutes, finishing with four points and two assists.
– Mid-year newcomer Molly Sheehan made her debut in the Brown and Gold Friday night, playing seven minutes in the fourth quarter and tallying four points, a rebound and a steal. When she stepped onto the court, Sheehan became the youngest Division I women’s basketball player to see action this year, as she turned 17 just over a month ago.
– Following the mid-week contest at Loyola, Valpo is slated to travel to Southern Illinois for a two-game series Feb. 27-28.
– The regular season wraps up for the Brown and Gold at Drake March 5-6.
…on the road
– Wednesday’s game will be the eighth road game for Valpo this season.
– Valpo is currently 3-4 on the road this year, with its most recent road games resulting in a series split at Illinois State Jan. 14-15. Valpo played five of its seven nonconference games away from home.
– In fact, the games against the Redbirds are the only road games Valpo has played in MVC action so far, as its series at Indiana State was canceled.
– Valpo went 9-5 in true road games in 2019-20, including a 4-2 mark on the road in nonconference play.
– The nine true road wins marked the most road victories in a single season
since the 2001-02 team won nine true road games – two of which came in postseason play in the WNIT.
CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Heads to Tulsa on Wednesday
(BEARCATS BASKETBALL RELEASE)
CINCINNATI (7-8, 5-5 AAC)
at TULSA (10-9, 7-7 AAC)
Wednesday, Feb. 24 // 9 p.m. ET
Reynolds Center // Tulsa, Okla.
SERIES INFO: 43rd meeting; Cincinnati leads 29-13 overall; Cincinnati leads 18-3 in Cincinnati and 10-8 in Tulsa;
Tulsa leads 2-1 at neutral sites
LAST MEETING: Tulsa won 70-66 on Jan. 2, 2021 at Fifth Third Arena
STREAK: Tulsa – 1
COACHES: John Brannen – second season at Cincinnati (27-18); sixth season overall (109-70)
Frank Haith – seventh season at Tulsa (126-85); 17th season overall (331-214)
AP/USA TODAY RANKINGS (FEB. 22): Cincinnati (–/–); Tulsa (–/–)
RADIO: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Terry Nelson
TV: ESPNU; Kevin Brown provides play-by-play with color analyst Dan Dakich
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- Wednesday marks Cincinnati’s sixth AAC road game in its last eight contests (since its home loss to Tulsa [1/2]). After games at SMU (1/7) and Wichita State (1/10), UC had six consecutive games postponed (one later rescheduled) due to COVID-19 protocols within the program. UC played its first game in 25 days at Temple (2/4).
- David DeJulius leads UC in scoring since the Bearcats return to play from COVID-19 protocols (2/4), averaging 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the five-game stretch. He entered Monday ranked among AAC leaders in assists (3rd at 4.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (4th at 2.2-to-1), defensive rebounds (9th at 4.5), minutes played (11th at 31.5) and scoring (21st at 10.3) for the season.
- Tari Eason leads UC shooting 47.8 percent (43 of 90) from the field this season. He has led the Bearcats in rebounds in seven games this season and ranks among league leaders in blocked shots (4th at 1.2), offensive rebounds (7th at 2.1), rebounds (12th at 5.5).
- In November, CBS Sports named Cincinnati the 10th greatest college basketball program since the advent of the NCAA Tournament in 1939.
- Cincinnati (7-8, 5-5 American) visits Tulsa (10-9, 7-7) on Wednesday at the Reynolds Center. Tipoff is 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
- The Bearcats had their four-game win streak snapped by No. 6 Houston on the road Sunday, 90-52. Jeremiah Davenport led UC with 11 points. Tari Eason added 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks.
- Tulsa hasn’t played since earning a 72-66 home win over Temple on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Elijah Joiner led four Golden Hurricane players in double figures with 17 points.
- Tulsa halted a seven-game UC win streak in the series earlier this season, earning a 70-66 victory on Jan. 2 at Fifth Third Arena.
- UC owns a 29-13 lead in the series overall, including a 10-8 edge in games played in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- UP NEXT: UC begins a three-game homestand Friday when it plays host to Tulane. Tipoff is 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
- DEJULIUS TOPS UC IN SCORING SINCE BREAK: Junior transfer David DeJulius leads UC in scoring since the Bearcats return to play from COVID-19 protocols (2/4). The Michigan transfer is averaging 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the five-game stretch. He poured in a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting with four 3-pointers and three steals at Temple (2/4) and contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists at Tulane (2/7) en route to earning AAC Weekly Honor Roll (2/8) accolades.
- DeJulius entered Monday ranked among AAC leaders in assists (3rd at 4.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (4th at 2.2-to-1), defensive rebounds (9th at 4.5), minutes played (11th at 31.5) and scoring (21st at 10.3) for the season.
- WILLIAMS JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: Preseason AAC First Team honoree Keith Williams became the 54th member of UC’s 1,000-point club at Tulane (2/7) with a game-high 20 points against the Green Wave.
- He entered Monday ranked among AAC leaders in scoring (9th at 14.1) and blocked shots (T15th at 0.7).
- DAVENPORT IN LAST 12 GAMES: Sophomore guard Jeremiah Davenport has scored in double figures in seven of the last 12 games for the Bearcats, averaging 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds with a team-high 20 3-pointers.
- EASON MAKING IMPACT IN FIRST SEASON: Freshman Tari Eason has made an immediate impact on the Bearcats this season, leading the Bearcats in rebounding in seven games this season. Entering play Monday, Eason ranked among AAC leaders in blocked shots (4th at 1.2), offensive rebounds (7th at 2.1), rebounds (12th at 5.5).
- Eason is shooting a team-best 47.8 percent (43 of 90) from the field this season.
- Tulsa ended a three-game losing streak with a 72-66 home win over Temple on Feb. 16.
- Preseason First Team All-AAC selection Brandon Rachal leads Tulsa, averaging 14.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. Elijah Joiner ranks second on the team, averaging 10.7 points with 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
- Tulsa tied Cincinnati and Houston for first place in the 2019-20 AAC regular-season standings at 13-5 while posting a 21-10 overall mark.
CINCINNATI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Basketball Plays at East Carolina on Wednesday
CINCINNATI (4-15, 3-12 AAC)
at EAST CAROLINA (7-11, 5-8 AAC)
Wednesday, Feb. 24 // 6 p.m. ET
Minges Coliseum // Greenville, N.C.
SERIES INFO: 19th meeting; East Carolina leads 10-8 overall; East Carolina leads 5-3 in Greenville, N.C.;
East Carolina leads 1-0 at neutral sites; UC leads 5-4 in Cincinnati;
LAST MEETING: East Carolina won 74-67 on Dec. 19 at Fifth Third Arena
STREAK: East Carolina – 1
COACHES: Michelle Clark-Heard is in her third season at Cincinnati (50-36); 11th season overall (228-116)
Kim McNeil is in her second season at East Carolina (15-31); fifth season overall (74-69)
AP/USA TODAY RANKINGS: Cincinnati (–/–); East Carolina (–/–)
TV: ESPN+; Chris Edwards and Mack McCarthy
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- Cincinnati (4-15, 3-12 American) plays its final three games of the regular season on the road beginning Wednesday at East Carolina (7-11, 5-8). Tipoff is 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
- UC is coming off a 75-66 home loss to Houston on Senior Day Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. IImar’I Thomas scored a team-high 16 points with six rebounds and three blocks. Caitlyn Wilson hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Jillian Hayes totaled 11 points with four rebounds.
- East Carolina posted a 74-59 Senior Day home win over Wichita State on Saturday. Lashonda Monk made four 3-pointers and tallied a team-high 18 points and five steals.
- The Pirates earned a 74-67 win over the Bearcats earlier this season (12/20) at Fifth Third Arena. Monk scored 32 points for ECU in the win. Thomas led UC with 23 points.
- ECU holds a slight 10-8 lead in the series with Cincinnati.
- UP NEXT: UC plays at Tulsa on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
- IImar’I Thomas has been named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, given to a women’s basketball student-athlete who excels both on and off the court. She is the first UC women’s basketball player selected as a finalist for the award since its inception in 2002. Fans can vote for Thomas at http://cpaw.me/voteiimari.
- The AAC Co-Preseason Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year award, Thomas entered the week ranked among the nation’s best in minutes played per game (2nd at 39.35), field goals made (12th at 157), points per game (17th at 21.9), total points (17th at 417), free throws made (24th at 94) and free throws attempted (28th at 116).
- Caitlyn Wilson is averaging 16.3 points with a team-best 24 3-pointers over the last six games as a starter. She entered the week ranked among AAC leaders in 3-pointers made (4th at 2.1) and 3-point shooting percentage (10th at .288).
- Cincinnati is coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since stringing together three consecutive 20-win campaigns from 2001-03.
- The Bearcats tied for second in the AAC regular-season standings a year ago with an 11-5 mark, the school’s best finish in The American and its best league result since placing second in the Conference USA standings in 2004.
- UC reached the championship game of the 2019 AAC Women’s Championship, rallying from a 15-point deficit to post a 57-51 win over UCF. The effort resulted in the Bearcats first conference tournament championship game appearance since 2003 (Conference USA).
- Michelle Clark-Heard won more games (46) during her first two seasons at Cincinnati than any other head coach in program history. She is also the first coach in UC history to record 20-win seasons in each of her first two seasons on the job.
- NATIONAL NUMBERS: Thomas entered Monday ranked among the nation’s best in several categories for 2020-21, including minutes played per game (2nd at 39.35), field goals made (12th at 157), points per game (17th at 21.9), total points (17th at 417), free throws made (24th at 94) and free throws attempted (28th at 116).
- AAC NUMBERS: Thomas lists among the AAC’s leaders in 10 statistical categories entering the week, including points per game (1st at 21.9), field goal percentage (1st at .525), minutes played (1st at 39.3), free throw percentage (3rd at .810), rebounds (5th at 7.4), defensive rebounds (5th at 5.1), assists (7th at 3.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (9th at 1.6), offensive rebounds (9th at 2.3) and blocks (T12th at 1.0).
- MILESTONE MOMENTS: Thomas became only the third player in program history to achieve 1,700 career points and 800 rebounds when she scored 23 points at Memphis (2/10). She joins Linda Norwell (1,799 points and 1,309 rebounds from 1974-77) and Bev Obringer (1,700 points and 977 rebounds from 1985-89) on the elite list.
- Thomas also moved into fifth place on UC’s scoring list after scoring 22 against UCF (2/13).
- CHART CHASING: Thomas enters the 20th game of the season ranked among UC’s best in multiple categories: field goal percentage (1st at .580), blocks (2nd at 121), rebounds (4th at 834), points (5th at 1,773) and rebound average (T8th at 7.1).
- WILSON STEPPING UP AS A STARTER: Caitlyn Wilson has made the most of moving into the starting lineup over the past six games. During the stretch, she is averaging 16.3 points with a team-best 24 3-pointers. She posted 20 or more points in each of her first three games as a starter. She hit five 3-pointers and tallied a career-high 23 points in UC’s 69-53 home setback to Temple (2/3) then followed that up by making six 3-pointers and scoring 20 points at Tulane (2/6). She posted 20 points with six 3-pointers against Memphis (2/10). She enters the week ranked among AAC leaders in 3-pointers made (4th at 2.1) and 3-point shooting percentage (10th at .288).
- AMONG AAC LEADERS (ALL GAMES): UC ranks among AAC team leaders in blocks (1st at 4.3), free throw percentage (1st at .708), assists (4th at 14.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th at 0.8).
SCOUTING EAST CAROLINA
- ECU has won two of its last three games this month while having three other contests either postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.
- Four Pirates are averaging nine or more points led by Lashonda Monk (14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.8 assists and a team-high 28 3-pointers) and Taniyah Thompson (11.3 points with 20 3-pointers).
- Monk was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year and earned Second Team All-AAC accolades a year ago. She ranked third in the NCAA in both steals (121) and steals per game (4.17).
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: IRISH MEET SPARTANS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD SERIES
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WHO: Notre Dame (10-12-2, 8-10-2-2-1-2 B1G) at Michigan State (7-13-2, 5-12-1-0-2-1 B1G)
WHEN: Friday, February 26 – 6 p.m. ET | Saturday, February 27 – 3 p.m. ET
WHERE: Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing, Michigan
WATCH: Friday & Saturday – BTNPlus.com
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
Notre Dame heads to Michigan State to close out the road portion of its regular-season road schedule with a two-game series (Feb. 26-27).
It will mark the seventh and eighth road games out of the last 10 for the Irish.
Last weekend, Notre Dame went 0-1-1 at fifth-ranked Wisconsin, including a comeback tie in game two (Max Ellis secured the extra point with the shootout winner).
Junior forward Alex Steeves was named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week (Feb. 23) for the second time this season after a four-point, three-goal weekend against the Badgers.
Steeves had a two-point (G, A) performance in game one and then netted a pair of third-period goals in game two to help the Irish erase a two-goal deficit.
Steeves leads the Irish with 26 points and 13 goals in 24 games this season and has earned at least one point in 17 of those 24 contests.
Steeves’ 13 goals rank tied for fourth in the country and his 12 goals in Big Ten play rank second behind only Cole Caufield.
Notre Dame is 7-2-0 on the road this season, including series sweeps at then third-ranked Michigan (Nov. 27-28) and at then first-ranked Minnesota (Jan. 15-16).
In road games, the Irish penalty kill is 21-for-23 (.913), while the power play is 8-for-24 (.333/fourth in the NCAA).
Dating back to Notre Dame’s game two, 2-1 win at Minnesota on Jan. 16, senior goaltender Dylan St. Cyr has started 10 of 11 games and posted a .923 save percentage to go along with a 2.48 goals against average and a 4-5-1 record.
THE NOTRE DAME-MSU SERIES
Former CCHA rivals, the Irish and Spartans have met 129 times dating back to their first meeting in 1926, which was played at the University Rink in East Lansing, Michigan (Notre Dame won the first game, 3-1).
All-time, the Spartans lead the series 69-45-15.
The first meetings as a Notre Dame varsity sport were in the 1970-71 season when the Spartans came to South Bend and split a weekend series: Michigan State took the first game 10-5, before the Irish bounced back for a 4-3 victory the second night.
Since the turn of the century (2000-01 season), the Irish hold the narrow advantage as Notre Dame is 22-21-10 against Michigan State since 2000.
Of those 53 games, 12 have gone to overtime and 17 have been decided by a single goal.
Irish head coach Jeff Jackson is 31-19-12 all-time against his alma mater Michigan State (including his time at Lake Superior State).
Jackson graduated from Michigan State in 1978 with a degree in communications, followed by an education degree in 1979.
Jackson coached current Michigan State head coach Danton Cole and current Spartan assistant Chris Luongo during their junior hockey days with the Detroit Falcons and then Jackson also coached Cole during the 1983-84 season with the Fraser Flags of the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League (GLJHL).
The current Notre Dame roster features four Michigan natives: Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Michigan), Max Ellis (Canton, Michigan), Ryder Rolston (Birmingham, Michigan) and Colin Theisen (Monroe, Michigan).
Since joining the Big Ten, Notre Dame is 8-4-4 against Michigan State.
Earlier this season (Dec. 19-20), the Irish went 0-1-1 against the Spartans to close out their first semester.
The teams skated to a 1-1 tie in the first meeting, with Max Ellis and Nick Leivermann scoring in the shootout to secure the extra standings point.
Drew DeRidder had 47 saves in that game to lift the Spartans to the tie.
In game two, Tommy Miller scored in overtime to give Michigan State the victory, while Graham Slaggert, Grant Silianoff and Michael Graham scored for the Irish.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Tyler Grauer Named to Stopper of the Year Watch List
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball’s Tyler Grauer was named to the initial watch list for the 16th annual Stopper of the Year Award, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced.
Grauer is one of 45 players, including one of two from the Missouri Valley Conference, on the initial list for the award, which is presented annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball. Illinois State’s Derek Salata was the lone MVC reliever named to the list alongside Grauer.
A Shawnee, Kan. Native, Grauer also earned Preseason All-American honors from the NCBWA (First Team and D1Baseball.com (Third Team) as well as Preseason All-MVC accolades.
Grauer appeared in seven games out of the bullpen during the 2020 season and recorded a team best five saves. The lefty finished the year with a 1.59 ERA over 11.1 innings with an 0-1 record.
One of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the nation, Grauer sat down 23 batters on strikeouts while issuing just one walk on the year. He held the opposition to a .239 average against.
The redshirt senior saw action during opening weekend against Pittsburgh, throwing two innings and allowing four runs.
The Sycamores will travel to SEC opponent Tennessee this weekend for a four-game series with the Volunteers.
HORIZON LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2020-21 #HLMBB ALL-LEAGUE AWARDS
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INDIANAPOLIS – After opening the season as the Preseason Player of the Year and helping Wright State to a share of its third-straight regular season title, Loudon Love has been named the Horizon League Player of the Year, as the League announced its men’s basketball All-League honors on Tuesday. Marques Warrick of Northern Kentucky was selected Freshman of the Year, Cleveland State’s Tre Gomillion earned Defensive Player of the Year and Matt Johnson of Detroit Mercy was named Sixth Man of the Year. In addition, Cleveland State’s Dennis Gates was selected as the Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. All awards were voted on by the League’s 12 head coaches.
Love is the Horizon League’s Player of the Year for the second year in a row, becoming the first player since Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes in 2014-15 to go back-to-back. The senior finished Horizon League play nearly averaging a double-double ranking sixth in points at 17.4 and third in rebounds at 9.9. Love currently ranks 17th in country in rebounds and 14th in offensive rebounds at 3.6 per contest. Overall this season, he registered 12 doubles-doubles, the most in the HL and tied for fourth in the country. In addition, he ranked third during #HLMBB play shooting 56.3 percent from the floor. Love also got it done on the defensive end earning a spot on the All-Defensive Team after finishing second in blocks with 1.3 during League games. This marks the third-straight season Love will be a member of the All-Horizon League first team, becoming the first Wright State player to be named to three All-League first teams.
Northern Kentucky’s Warrick ended the regular season averaging 15.9 points per game and garnered seven #HLMBB Freshman of the Week honors en route to being named Freshman of the Year. The Louisville, Ky. native finished Horizon League play ranked fifth in scoring at 17.5 points and top-15 in field-goal percentage shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. Warrick registered nine 20-point performances including setting a career-high 25 points at co-regular season champion Cleveland State on Jan. 9.
Johnson came off the bench in all but four games for Detroit Mercy during League play to earn Sixth Man of the Year. He finished HL play averaging 8.3 points, playing over 21 minutes per game and shot 46.8 percent from the floor while hitting 21 3-pointers. The senior recorded three 20-point games overall this season, including a pair during #HLMBB play with a 24-point outburst against Purdue Fort Wayne.
CSU’s Gomillion was voted Defensive Player of the Year and was a leader on the defensive side of the ball for a Vikings team that finished top-2 during Horizon League play in scoring defense at 68 points per game, field-goal percent defense at 41.9 percent, steals at 7.8 per game and turnover margin with a +2.1 margin.
Cleveland State’s Gates claims Coach of the Year for the second-straight season after leading the Vikings to a share of the regular season title for the first time since 2010-11 and the No. 1 overall seed heading into the Horizon League Basketball Championship for the first time in program history. CSU was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll but ended the season with a 16-4 mark in Horizon League play including a 9-0 start to the HL season. Gates becomes the eighth coach in HL history to win back-to-back Coach of the Year honors.
Love is joined on the All-Horizon League first team by Cleveland State’s Torrey Patton, Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis, Jalen Moore of Oakland and Tanner Holden of Wright State. Patton was the offensive spark for the Vikings averaging 15.3 points per game during HL games, including a 33-point game against the Titans, and shot 48.3 percent from the floor while also grabbing 7.5 rebounds. Davis, is a first team selection for the third-straight year and once again ended the regular season as the Horizon League’s leading scorer with 23.3, good for third in the country, while also ranking top-10 in the NCAA in 3-pointers made per game and free-throw percentage. Moore leads the nation in assists at 8.4 per game and also ranks third in the League in scoring at 17.8 points after totaling nine 20-point games, 11 double-digit assist efforts and nine double-doubles against Horizon League opponents. Holden joins teammate Love on the first team after averaging 15.8 points on 52.3 percent shooting for the Raiders, who are currently ranked 16th in the country in scoring offense, and also recorded 7.2 rebounds.
The All-Horizon League Second Team is comprised of Green Bay’s Amari Davis, IUPUI’s Marcus Burk, Trevon Faulkner of Northern Kentucky, Grant Basile of Wright State and Youngstown State’s Naz Bohannon. The All-Horizon League Third Team includes Bul Kuol of Detroit Mercy, Milwaukee’s Te’Jon Lucas, Northern Kentucky’s Warrick, Daniel Oladapo of Oakland and Jarred Godfrey of Purdue Fort Wayne.
Warrick is joined on the All-Freshman Team by Lucas Stieber of Green Bay, Micah Parrish and Trey Townsend of Oakland and Youngstown State’s Shemar Rathan-Mayes. Joining Gomillion and Love on the All-Defensive Team are Deante Johnson of Cleveland State, Wright State’s Tim Finke and Youngstown State’s Garrett Covington.
The 2021 Horizon League Basketball Championships will begin Feb. 25 and March 2 at campus sites and eight teams – four men and four women – will look to advance to Indianapolis and #REACHtheHORIZON on March 8-9 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
2020-21 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Award Winners
Player of the Year: Loudon Love, Wright State
Coach of the Year: Dennis Gates, Cleveland State
Freshman of the Year: Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky
Defensive Player of the Year: Tre Gomillion, Cleveland State
Sixth Player of the Year: Matt Johnson, Detroit Mercy
All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)
Torrey Patton, Cleveland State
Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy
Jalen Moore, Oakland
Tanner Holden, Wright State
Loudon Love, Wright State
All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)
Amari Davis, Green Bay
Marcus Burk, IUPUI
Trevon Faulkner, Northern Kentucky
Grant Basile, Wright State
Naz Bohannon, Youngstown State
All-League Third Team (alphabetical by school)
Bul Kuol, Detroit Mercy
Te’Jon Lucas, Milwaukee
Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky
Daniel Oladapo, Oakland
Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne
All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)
Lucas Stieber, Green Bay
Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky
Micah Parrish, Oakland
Trey Townsend, Oakland
Shemar Rathan-Mayes, Youngstown State
All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)
Tre Gomillion, Cleveland State
Deante Johnson, Cleveland State
Tim Finke, Wright State
Loudon Love, Wright State
Garrett Covington, Youngstown State
WRIGHT STATE VOLLEYBALL: Wright State hits the road, faces Milwaukee Wednesday
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LAST TIME OUT
WRIGHT STATE – The Raiders are coming off a 2-1 victory over Detroit Mercy last Wednesday to tally their first victory of the 2021 spring season. Wright State was first to score in the 13th minute as Rylee Clark put the hosts up 1-0. The Raiders would keep the momentum going to tally their second goal of the contest by way of Josie Krupp who connected on a through ball from Olga Massombo in the 30th minute, which proved to be the game-winner. Detroit Mercy cut Wright State’s lead in the 57th minute as Erica Toupin’s kick from midfield was lifted over keep Jessika Seward who came out to challenge the attack.
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee is coming off a 1-0 victory of Horizon League newcomer, Purdue Fort Wayne. A goal by Natalie Auble in the 10th minute was all the Milwaukee women’s soccer team needed in handing Purdue Fort Wayne a 1-0 shutout Wednesday at the Mosh Performance Center. The Panthers had plenty of opportunities to add to the scoreboard against the Mastodons, outshooting the visitors by a total of 20-6 on the afternoon.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
- Milwaukee is 27-9-6 all-time against the Raiders and will carry a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), as well as a five-game win streak, into play Wednesday. The last time WSU was able to claim the victory was a 1-0 decision in 2014.
- MKE is the five-time defending Horizon League champion and carries a conference record 35-game unbeaten streak (32-0-3) in regular-season league play into the matchup with the Raiders, the second-longest such streak in the country.
- Milwaukee women’s soccer team was picked by league coaches to again take first in the Horizon League regular season. The Panthers tallied 10 first-place votes and 132 points in the coaches’ poll to claim the No. 1 spot. MKE finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 17-2-1 and 8-0-1 in HL play. The Panthers advanced to the first round of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Division I Championship falling to No. 10 Wisconsin 1-0.
River States Conference Player of the Week winners named for Feb. 15-21
For Immediate Release (Feb. 23, 2021) at RiverStatesConference.com
CARLOW’S LECHNER EARNS RSC WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR/WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa.) University freshman Keri Lechner was selected River States Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and of the Week for her performance Feb. 15-21.
Lechner was voted the conference’s outstanding track athlete of the year after starring at the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships this past Saturday. There she won five events and competed in seven events overall. She was also named RSC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Newcomer of the Year.
Lechner won the 60 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 60-meter hurdles to dominate the sprints. She was also a part of the Celtics’ winning 4×400 relay. In the field, she took second in the long jump and also placed fifth in the high jump.
CARLOW’S MILLER NAMED RSC WOMEN’S INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR/WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa.) University multi athlete Olivia Miller was selected River States Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and the Week for her efforts Feb. 15-21.
That included the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships, where she was voted the conference’s outstanding field athlete of the year. She competed in four field events with two wins and three all-conference accolades.
Miller was first in the high jump with a meet record of 1.66 meters. She also won the long jump at 5.28 meters and took second in the triple jump at 11.35 meters. Miller threw the shot put and placed ninth.
Miller also competed on the track placing second in the 60-meter hurdles, sixth in the 600 meters and being a part of Carlow’s distance-medley relay.
OHIO CHRISTIAN’S DICKERSON SELECTED RSC MEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR/WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ohio Christian University distance runner Drake Dickerson was named the River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and also for the Week as a result of his performance Feb. 15-21.
The junior from Lancaster, Ohio, was voted the RSC’s outstanding track athlete of the year for three all-conference performances on the track during the conference indoor championships this past weekend. Dickerson was first in the mile at 4:37, took second in the 1,000 at 2:39.64, and he was a big part of the Trailblazers’ meet record and first-place finish in the distance-medley relay to close out the day at 10:53.76.
IU KOKOMO’S GAYLOR NAMED RSC INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR/WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo thrower Grant Gaylor was named River States Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and of the Week for his performance Feb. 15-21.
Gaylor was the outstanding field athlete of the year during the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championships this past Saturday. He was voted to that honor by winning the shot put with a meet record. His toss of 16.63 out-distanced the other competitors by a wide margin and is ranked Top 10 in the NAIA.
IU SOUTHEAST’S FARMER NAMED RSC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Southeast outfielder Santrel Farmer had a big day to earn River States Conference Baseball Player of the Week for Feb. 15-22.
The junior from Cox’s Creek, Ky., was 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs in a doubleheader split to start the Cajun Classic on Sunday.
He was 2 for 2 with a homer and three RBIs in the Grenadiers’ comeback over Benedictine (Kan.), 9-8. Farmer was 1 for 3 with an RBI despite a loss to No. 10 Central Methodist (Mo.) later in the day.
IU Southeast (5-5) will be at Cumberland (Tenn.) on Tuesday. That’s after going 2-2 at the Cajun Classic with a win over No. 6 LSU-Shreveport and a loss to No. 2 USAO.
POINT PARK’S QUINTANAR PICKS UP RSC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University left-hander Marco Quintanar earned River States Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for his outing Feb. 15-21.
A senior from Sunland, Ky., he tossed 5.0 shutout innings versus Cumberland (Tenn.) in his first start of the year. Quintanar allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking two. He did not get the win in a no-decision although the Pioneers won, 2-1, in eight innings.
Point Park (3-1) will be in Florida for five games Feb. 26-28.
RIO GRANDE’S WEBB SELECTED RSC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande outfielder Taylor Webb had a big opening weekend to win River States Conference Softball Player of the Week for Feb. 15-21.
The junior from Willow Wood, Ohio, hit .583 across three games on the first weekend of the season. She was 7 for 12 with a double, a triple and a homer for a slugging average of 1.083. She also scored four runs and knocked in two.
Webb started out 2 for 4 in a win over Taylor (Ind.). She then was 3 for 4 with a double, homer and three runs in a win over Grace (Ind.). Webb was 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs despite a loss to Cumberlands (Ky.).
Rio Grande (2-1) will be at No. 9 Truett McConnell and at No. 21 Reinhardt Feb. 27-28.
RIO GRANDE’S CAMPOLO SNAGS RSC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Sydney Campolo earned the first River States Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week honor of the year for her performance Feb. 15-21.
In her college debut, she struck out 12 batters in a 6-1 win over Grace (Ind.). It was a two-hitter over 7.0 innings with just two walks and the one run allowed.
Rio Grande (2-1) will be at No. 9 Truett McConnell and at No. 21 Reinhardt Feb. 27-28 to battle a pair of ranked opponents.
MIDWAY’S CALLAHAN NAMED RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, — Midway (Ky.) University’s Allyson Callahan was named River States Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Feb. 15-21, the third time this year’s she’s won the award.
The 5-11 forward from Morehead, Ky., scored a career-high 33 points in a win at IU Southeast to close out the season last week. She also grabbed eight rebounds and dished three assists. Callahan was 13 for 21 from the floor, 4 for 11 from long range and 3 for 3 at the foul line.
IU KOKOMO’S WEBSTER SCORES RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Billie Webster led the Cougars to a pair of wins to earn River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 15-21.
The 6-3 native of Richmond, Ind., averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game in two contests. He was 10 for 22 from the field and knocked down 17 of 20 free throws.
Webster keyed a win over Midway with a career-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds. He also grabbed four steals. In a later win over Oakland City in overtime, Webster collected 17 points, 8 rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Woods faces hard recovery from serious injuries in car crash
In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces his toughest recovery of all.
Woods was driving through a sweeping, downhill stretch of road through coastal suburbs of Los Angeles when his SUV struck a sign, crossed over a raised median and two oncoming lanes before it toppled down an embankment, coming to a halt on its side.
The airbags deployed. A sheriff’s deputy poked his head through a hole in the windshield to see Woods, still wearing his seatbelt, sitting in the driver’s seat.
The crash caused “significant” injuries all down his right leg that featured rods, pins and screws during what was described as a “long surgical procedure” at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer, said Woods shattered tibia and fibula bones on his right leg in multiple locations. Those were stabilized by a rod in the tibia. He said a combination of screws and pins were used to stabilize additional injuries in the ankle and foot.
A statement on his Twitter account said he was awake, responsive and recovering.
“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” said Carlos Gonzalez, the deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who was the first on the scene after a neighbor called 911.
“As if his body hasn’t endured enough,” Jon Rahm, the No. 2 player in the world, said from the Workday Championship in Florida. “I just hope he can get out of the hospital after recovery and he can still play with his kids and have a normal life.”
The single-car crash was the latest setback for Woods, who at times has looked unstoppable on the golf course with his 15 major championships and record-tying 82 victories on the PGA Tour. He is among the most recognizable sports figures in the world, and at 45 with a reduced schedule from nine previous surgeries, remains golf’s biggest draw.
He won the 2008 U.S. Open with shredded knee ligaments and two stress fractures in his left leg. His personal life imploded on Thanksgiving weekend in 2009 when he was caught having multiple extramarital affairs, and he returned to win his 11th award as PGA Tour player of the year and reach No. 1.
NBA chooses All-Star reserves, with Zion among first-timers
New Orleans forward Zion Williamson now can be called an NBA All-Star, and only three others in the game’s 70-year history have gotten there at a younger age.
Williamson is one of four first-time All-Stars, all revealed Tuesday night when the league announced the reserves for the March 7 game in Atlanta. Joining him as fellow All-Star rookies: Boston’s Jaylen Brown, New York’s Julius Randle and Chicago’s Zach LaVine.
Phoenix’s Chris Paul is an All-Star for the 11th time, and Brooklyn’s James Harden is one for the ninth consecutive year. The rest of the reserves include Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic from the Eastern Conference, along with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George, Utah teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, and Portland’s Damian Lillard from the Western Conference.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Mitchell said.
Team captains LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets will draft their teams next week, with the rosters to be unveiled March 4. Starters, revealed last week, were chosen through a combination of voting by fans, NBA players and a media panel.
Reserves were chosen through voting by the league’s head coaches.
“You do the best that you can,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s not easy. … Every year, it is hard, and when you look at this year in the East there were a number of guys who are worthy of making it. So, it’s difficult every year.”
Atlanta’s Trae Young, an All-Star last season, is not one this year despite averaging 26.9 points entering Tuesday, the most among anyone not selected. Miami forwards Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler didn’t make the cut, nor did Phoenix’s Devin Booker.
“Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league!!!! Simple as that,” James tweeted.
Utah’s Mike Conley – someone the NBA-leading Jazz desperately wanted to see get there for what would have been the first time – also missed out on the nod.
“For a guy like him who’s done so many things in his career, on and off the floor, he deserves this,” Mitchell said of Conley.
Not enough coaches agreed. There’s still a chance for Conley, because Davis is likely to miss the game because of injury. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will choose any injury replacements; a player who bows out will be replaced by someone else from his respective conference.
Williamson is 20, and only Kobe Bryant, James and Magic Johnson were younger in their All-Star debuts. There have been six other 20-year-olds chosen for past All-Star Games, but all were closer to their 21st birthday at the time than Williamson is now.
Randle has been the best player for the Knicks, who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Brown is averaging a career-best 25.5 points for Boston. And LaVine has been to All-Star weekend plenty of times before, winning two dunk contests and an MVP award at the Rising Stars game. But this will be his first time in the All-Star Game itself.
James and Durant will choose from eight other starters for their teams first when the draft takes place: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Dallas’ Luka Doncic, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard.
Brooklyn is the only team with three All-Stars. There are five teams – Boston, the Clippers, the Lakers, Philadelphia and Utah – with two All-Stars, and 11 clubs with one All-Star selection.
The 13 without an All-Star, for now: Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio and Toronto.
Indiana and Toronto, the East’s No. 4 and No. 5 seeds entering Tuesday, got no All-Star selections.
The players who were All-Stars last season who didn’t make the cut this year: Booker, Adebayo, Butler, Young, Toronto teammates Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam, Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis, Washington’s Russell Westbrook (who made it last season as a member of the Houston Rockets), Boston’s Kemba Walker, New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton.
Utah’s Quin Snyder will coach Team LeBron, and Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers will coach Team Durant.
Doncic hits last-second 3 to lift Mavs over Celtics 110-107
Luka Doncic slammed the scorer’s table in joy this time, rather than anger.
The Dallas sensation hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining – his second go-ahead 3 in the final minute – and the Mavericks avoided a fourth-quarter collapse in a 110-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
The Celtics trailed by 11 points with three minutes to go before Jaylen Brown put them in front in the final minute with a short jumper. Doncic answered with a difficult 3 over 6-foot-8 Daniel Theis before Brown pulled Boston even at 107-all with another bucket.
Doncic did it again – this time with Kemba Walker running at him on a step-back shot from the left wing – and turned to the scorer’s table in the same way he had after a last-second loss to Phoenix. Devin Booker hit the go-ahead shot in the final seconds of that game before Doncic’s desperation attempt missed. That 109-108 loss capped a six-game losing streak.
After the latest dramatic shot similar to one Doncic drained to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of a first-round series in the playoff bubble, Boston’s desperate inbound toss toward the basket hit the rim, sealing the Dallas win.
“It’s just something that I’ve been doing, I tried to do,” said Doncic, who missed a wide-open 3 that would have tied Portland late in a 121-118 loss on Feb. 14 before an eight-day break forced by two weather-related postponements.
“But sometimes you’re going to miss it, like the last game against Portland. Sometimes you’re going to make it.”
Doncic scored 31 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3, while Brown had 29 and Jayson Tatum added 28 in an All-Star matchup for the trio after Brown and Tatum were named Eastern Conference reserves earlier in the day. Doncic is a West starter for the second straight season.
Playing without Kristaps Porzingis for a second straight night on a back-to-back because of a tight lower back for his European sidekick, Doncic was steady to help Dallas build a fourth-quarter lead before another spectacular finish five days before his 22nd birthday. He had 10 rebounds and eight assists.
“He’s just a very unique player, a very unique person,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “The wiring of people like Luka Doncic, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, guys that have this laser-like focus in these situations. It’s difficult to explain how their minds and their brains work.”
The Mavericks won for the seventh time in nine games to get back to .500 for the first time in almost a month while dropping Boston below the break-even mark for the first time since the third game of the season. The Celtics were coming off an overtime loss at New Orleans when they blew a 24-point lead in the second half.
Nets use balanced scoring to send Kings to 8th straight loss
Bruce Brown scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 127-118 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
The Nets had five players score in double figures. James Harden recorded his sixth triple-double with the Nets, finishing with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. He ranks second in franchise history, one behind Jason Kidd.
Kyrie Irving added 21 points as Brooklyn extended its winning streak to seven games and improved to 21-12. The Nets swept their regular-season series against Sacramento, which has lost eight in a row.
De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 27 points.
Despite leading for much of the game, the Nets led by a point (110-109) after Fox hit a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. But, in a little more four minutes, the Nets went on a 14-1 run to put the game away.
“It’s all (defense),” lamented Harrison Barnes. “We have to be better at that.”
On a star-laden squad, Brown played the role of closer. Brown, who has filled in for the injured Kevin Durant at power forward, knocked down two 3-pointers from in front of the Kings’ bench and added a jump shot for good measure.
“He competes his butt off every single night,” Harden said of Brown. “He does it all.”
Jokic scores 41, Nuggets beat Trail Blazers 111-106
Nikola Jokic had 41 points and Jamal Murray celebrated his 24th birthday by scoring 19 of his 24 in the fourth quarter to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Portland Trail Blazers 111-106 on Tuesday night.
Damian Lillard had 20 of his 25 points in the second half and added 13 assists but it wasn’t enough for the Blazers, who were coming off a 32-point loss Monday night in Phoenix.
Lillard had only five points at halftime but the Blazers rallied from 12 down to tie it at the break behind Carmelo Anthony’s big second quarter. Anthony hit six of eight shots and two of his three 3-point attempts, scoring 16 of his 19 first-half points in the period. He finished with 24.
Jokic had 23 points in the first half and 12 more in the third quarter to help Denver forge a tie heading into the final 12 minutes.
Murray, held in check for the first three quarters, ended the night with a big fourth. He hit six of his next seven shots and three from deep, putting Denver ahead 93-90 with a step-back 3 with 5:59 left.
He then made a layup off a bounce pass from Jokic and a turnaround jumper in the lane that gave the Nuggets a 99-92 lead. Murray hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to answer 3-pointers from Lillard and Anthony.
Trail Blazers: Monday marked the 10th anniversary of Denver trading Anthony to the New York Knicks. One of the assets the Nuggets received was a first-round draft pick, which they used to select Murray No. 7 overall in 2016. … Portland has lost three straight for the first time this season.
Nuggets: Denver was still without G Gary Harris (adductor), P.J. Dozier (hamstring), Paul Millsap (left knee strain) and JaMychal Green (right shoulder). With their top two power forwards sidelined, Michael Porter Jr. started at that spot. … The Nuggets are 9-6 at home.
Michigan St tops No. 5 Illinois 81-72, bolsters NCAA chances
Aaron Henry scored 20 points and Joshua Langford had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Michigan State to an 81-72 win over No. 5 Illinois on Tuesday night.
The Spartans (12-9, 6-9 Big Ten) earned a desperately needed quality win to bolster their chances of playing in 23 straight NCAA Tournaments.
The Fighting Illini (16-6, 12-4) had won a Big Ten-best seven straight games, putting them in contention for a No. 1 seed in college basketball’s showcase that starts next month.
Trent Frazier scored 22 points for Illinois, whose star players weren’t as productive as usual against a suddenly stingy defense.
Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, coming off his second triple-double in a 94-63 win over Minnesota, had 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting. The dynamic Dosunmu did have nine rebounds and five assists. Illini center Kofi Cockburn scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Rocket Watts and Joey Hauser each scored 13 points for the Spartans, who were in control for much of the game with balanced offense and aggressive defense.
Ramey, No. 14 Texas rally for OT win over No. 17 Kansas
Courtney Ramey scored 15 points and made two free throws with a minute left in overtime to give Texas the lead as the 14th-ranked Longhorns earned a regular-season sweep of No. 17 Kansas with a 75-72 win Tuesday night.
Kansas had a chance to tie after Ramey’s free throws, but Jalen Wilson lost the ball driving for a layup. Kai Jones made one free throw for Texas (14-6, 8-5 Big 12) with 5 seconds left for the final margin.
Ochai Ogbajai scored 17 points for Kansas (17-8, 11-6), which had its five-game win streak snapped. The Jayhawks lost to Texas twice in the regular season for the first time since the Big 12 went to round-robin play in 2011-2012. Texas’ 25-point win at Kansas on Jan. 2 was the Jayhawks’ worst home loss under coach Bill Self.
“They have been the class of the league for a long, long time,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said. “It means a lot to win both games, but who knows, maybe we’ll play them again in the conference tournament.”
Several Texas seniors, who were playing their final home game, said they’ll cherish the victory.
“To be the first team to sweep Kansas, on senior night … it means a lot being able to be part of history,” said senior Matt Coleman, who had 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Texas led for most of the final four minutes of regulation before David McCormack’s put-back layup with 6 seconds left sent the game to overtime at 66-66.
Kansas led by 14 points late in the first half and 11 at halftime before Texas rallied. The Jayhawks seized control early with a 19-2 run punctuated by two run-out dunks by Bryce Thompson.
Texas missed its first 12 3-point attempts but turned the game around when the long-range shots started connecting. Freshman Greg Brown made two 3s to start the second half, and a twisting layup by Andrew Jones quickly had the Longhorns back within six.
Two dunks from Kai Jones and a 3-pointer from Andrew Jones put Texas ahead 57-54 with 9:10 to play.
McGuirl’s big second half lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma
Mike McGuirl scored 19 points, hitting three straight 3’s in the final minutes, and Kansas State took down No. 7 Oklahoma 62-57 on Tuesday night.
The Sooners led by six with three minutes to play, before McGuirl took over. Those 3’s gave Kansas State a 3-point lead. Austin Reaves missed a 3 in the final seconds as the Wildcats (7-18, 3-13 Big 12) won their second straight and first at home in Big 12 play this season.
“I like to let it fly and I thought I was shooting well so I trusted myself,” McGuirl said. “The shots were able to fall and I just believed.”
Davion Bradford scored 13 points and DaJuan Gordon had 11 which helped Kansas State beat a top 10 opponent at home for the first time in three years – beating then No. 4 Oklahoma.
“I told our guys we want to be the top story on SportsCenter tonight,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “If Mike is not, he’s got to be up there.”
The loss is the ninth straight in Manhattan for Oklahoma dating back to 2013, but just their first loss to a team with a losing record this season.
“This group has done a great job of taking care of business, but unfortunately it may take this loss to make us better,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “This conference is tough because if you don’t come to play every night, you’ll lose.”
Reaves scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half. De’Vion Harmon had 13 and Umoja Gibson had seven points and 11 rebounds (14-6, 9-5).
Late in the second half Reaves scored 10 straight points, but was the only Sooner to make a field goal in the final 10 minutes of the game. He sat the majority of the first half with two fouls – one was a technical.
Both teams shot 39% while Kansas State went 7 of 27 from 3 and the Sooners were 4 of 20.
No. 2 Baylor returns with 77-72 win to stay undefeated
Baylor coach Scott Drew figures it will take his team some time to get back to normal after a three-week gap between games.
Even so, the No. 2 Bears are still undefeated. They finally overcame some of the rust and Iowa State for a 77-72 victory Tuesday night that made them 18-0 for the first time in school history.
“Really excited to win, really excited to be back,” Drew said. “Obviously does three weeks affect your play? 100 percent.”
Adam Flagler scored a season-high 22 points and Jared Butler had 15 of his 18 points after halftime for the Bears (18-0, 10-0 Big 12), who trailed by 17 in the first half, and never led until MaCio Teague made two free throws with 4:26 left in the game.
They hadn’t played since an 83-69 win at then-No. 6 Texas on Feb. 2, when they had matched the best start in school history. Baylor then had six consecutive games postponed because of COVID-19 issues in the program, and hadn’t even had another full practice until Sunday.
“The best way I can explain what was going on, guys were out for numerous reasons,” Flagler said. “Spending time apart makes it difficult to practice and everything.”
With 6-foot-8 forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua out of the Baylor lineup, Mark Vital had 15 rebounds and three blocks.
Iowa State (2-17, 0-14) jumped out to a 15-4 lead in less than 6 1/2 minutes on a jumper by Tre Jackson. Their biggest lead was 32-15 when Tyler Harris made his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 6:24 left in the first half.
Harris finished with 22 points and five 3s. Rasir Bolton had 21 points for Iowa State, and Jalen Coleman-Lands 13.
Teague, who had 14 points, put the Bears up 66-65 with his two free throws with 4:26 left. They never trailed again, but needed a go-ahead basket by Teague after Coleman-Lands made a tying 3 with 2:53 left.
“Congrats to Baylor for figuring our a way to win, that’s why they’re No. 2 in the country,” Cyclones coach Steve Prohm said.
It was the closest game of the season for Baylor, which had won all of its previous games by at least eight points – and had only two games decided by fewer than 10 points.
“It really showed a lot of heart from our guys. I’ve talked to a lot of coaches that have had long pauses,” Drew said. “For those that have had it for reasons like us, normally they say three games until you’re normal, minimum. But to come away get a win and be able to perform like we did, very very pleased with that. “
Butler hit two 3s in the first 1:15 of the second half to get the Bears within 39-38, and they had the ball back after Mitchell rebounded a bad shot by Harris. They got four shots on their next possession, but couldn’t get any to fall to take the lead then.
Coming into the game second in the Big 12 averaging 17 points, Butler had three turnovers and took only one shot before halftime. That shot was a made 3-pointer with 1:54 left, part of Baylor’s 17-5 run to go into halftime only down 37-32.
“We had some positive energy, mojo going into the locker room from that,” Drew said. “That kept it in striking distance where we could make that second-half push, and get back in it, get the lead.”
UCLA dismisses track, cross country runner for alleged slurs
UCLA dismissed track and field and cross country runner Chris Weiland on Monday evening after an alleged video and text message exchange surfaced on Instagram of him using racist and sexist language.
Head coach Avery Anderson announced Weiland’s dismissal in a statement from the team’s Twitter account Monday night, while also acknowledging that he had previously suspended Weiland.
“Chris Weiland has been dismissed as a member of the cross country and track and field teams,” Anderson’s statement said. “When first learning of this a few months ago, I was disgusted and immediately suspended him indefinitely from the team.
“Even in my disgust, as a coach, my intentions are always to lead and educate and make the change happen that I want to see in this world. I can talk about changing the world, or I can put in the work to do so. And that is what I have done over the last few months with this individual.”
After reinstating Weiland in January, Anderson said in his statement that “was not the right decision” after team members expressed concern that Weiland’s “continued involvement with the team is incompatible with the culture of mutual support and respect we’re fostering.”
Before Weiland’s dismissal, the UCLA Black Student-Athlete Association on Sunday had issued a statement saying it was “deeply disturbing to learn that UCLA knew about an incident of blatant racism, homophobia, and sexism and did very minimal actions about it.”
The four-minute video of Weiland’s alleged remarks was posted to social media, and a man can be heard using anti-gay and racist slurs. In addition to the video, text messages allegedly from Weiland that included racist and sexist comments were also posted to social media.
Six-time NBA All-Star Pau Gasol returning to Spain to play for Barcelona
Pau Gasol is returning to Spain to play for Barcelona, with the team announcing that his deal runs through June 30.
The 40-year-old big man began his professional basketball career with Barcelona in 1998-99, spending three Liga ACB seasons with the club and playing with the team in the inaugural season of the Euroleague (2000-01), before making the jump to the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2001-02 season. He was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in his first season with Memphis.
“I’m happy to return to the club where I began, and I’m excited about this new opportunity: I hope to contribute to the first team very soon. I want to thank Barça and its technical staff for making it possible to join them,” Gasol said in a statement.
Barcelona’s coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, was Gasol’s teammate during the 2000-01 season when Barcelona won titles in the Copa del Rey de Baloncesto and the Liga ACB. Gasol was MVP of both finals.
On Saturday, Gasol had denied Spanish media reports that he had reached a deal with Barcelona, writing on Twitter that he remained “focused on my recovery and I am not ready to get back to competing just yet.”
Gasol has been trying to regain his fitness to be ready to play in his fifth Olympic Games. He said last year that he needed to play this season to give himself a chance of making it to Tokyo. He is a three-time Olympic medalist with Spain.
Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star, won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers after being traded to Los Angeles from Memphis in 2008. He also played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks and has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds.
He last played in the NBA in 2018-19, finishing the season with Milwaukee.
Source: Houston Rockets to waive DeMarcus Cousins
The Houston Rockets will waive DeMarcus Cousins, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Cousins, whos is coming back from multiple significant injuries, is averaging career lows of 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds a game in his first season with Houston.
A four-time All-Star, the 6-foot-10 big man has bounced around the league the past few seasons after rupturing his Achilles tendon during the 2017-18 season while with the New Orleans Pelicans. He then signed with the Golden State Warriors, but tore his quadriceps muscle in the 2018-19 season. Cousins joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2019-2020 campaign, but tore his ACL before ever suiting up for the team.
Cousins, 30, has averaged 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds for his career since being drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft.
The Athletic earlier reported news of Cousins’ impending release.
The Rockets have lost eight straight games and next play Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James unfazed by workload, pushes back on ‘narrative’ that he needs more rest
LOS ANGELES — After logging 40-plus minutes for the fourth time this month only to see the Los Angeles Lakers lose 127-124 in overtime to the Washington Wizards on Monday night, LeBron James insisted he can handle the workload that is being asked of him.
“I think this whole narrative of ‘LeBron needs more rest’ or I should take more rest or I should take time here, it’s become a lot bigger than what it actually is,” James said. “I’ve never talked about it, I don’t talk about it, I don’t believe in it. We all need more rest, s—. This is a fast turnaround from last season, and we all wish we could have more rest. But I’m here to work, I’m here to punch my clock in and be available to my teammates.
“And if I’m hurt or if I’m not feeling well, then we can look at it then. But I have nothing but honest people [advising me], but I’m also honest with myself, as well, and me having a love for the game and me being able to be available to my teammates is more important than anything.”
James played 43 minutes against the Wizards and amassed 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, but he admitted he wasn’t his sharpest.
He played all but one minute and six seconds of the fourth quarter and overtime and scored 13 points, but he shot 6-for-13 in doing so (0-for-4 from 3) and had four of his game-high eight turnovers during that time span. He also went 1-for-3 from the free throw line, including a miss on an and-1 attempt that would have put L.A. up by one with 9.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
“Obviously, I take full responsibility [for] missing that free throw,” James said. “I got to make the free throw up there; it’s an easy point for us. But we didn’t lose the game there. But I take that responsibility, for sure, and I got to be better.”
For the first month and a half of this season, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was certainly better at managing the 18-year veteran’s minutes. Prior to February, James averaged 33.3 minutes per game — which ranked 43rd in the league and represented the least amount of playing time in his career, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information.
Since the start of the month, however, James has averaged 38.2 minutes in 11 games — the most in the NBA — and L.A. is starting to struggle, having lost four out of its past five games since Anthony Davis aggravated his Achilles tendinosis while suffering a calf strain in his right leg against the Denver Nuggets.
“I’m not pushing myself,” said the 36-year-old James, who has played in all 32 of L.A.’s games this season. “I wouldn’t say that. I’m going out and playing the game. I’m doing my job, and I’m trying to do it at a high level, but that’s been a narrative around the league.
“I have never asked for time off or time throughout the season. And it’s growing to a point where it’s not even coming from me anymore. It’s just like, ‘OK, LeBron should take time off’ or ‘Why is his workload at this?’ I’ve been hearing it for five, six, seven years now, and I’m still going strong. So I don’t need a handout, I’m not looking for a handout; my job is to go out when I’m available, when I’m healthy to go out and play, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora happy to be back with team
Alex Cora spent the last year on the sideline after a suspension for his role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Now, sitting back in his manager’s seat with the Boston Red Sox after the team gave him a second chance to lead, Cora is soaking in every moment of being back in spring training.
“This is where I wanted to be. This is where I’m at,” Cora said last week. “I love every second of it, and I’m not going to take it for granted.”
Cora became one of Boston’s most popular sports figures after leading the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2018, his first season in the Fenway Park manager’s seat. When Boston fired Cora after the unraveling of the Astros’ trash-can banging scheme, many Red Sox players expressed disappointment that Cora would no longer be their manager.
“He’s someone that we all enjoyed playing for, and I loved to just sit and have a nice conversation with him, baseball-wise,” shortstop Xander Bogaerts said last January. “He’ll be someone we’ll miss a lot, me especially.”
If there was doubt about whether the Red Sox clubhouse would embrace Cora after the fallout of the sign-stealing scandal, those questions were quickly answered in the early days of spring training.
“You know everything we went through, winning the World Series in 2018, I just feel happy that he’s back,” pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez said. “He’s like a father, like a brother. Sometimes I feel like a teammate when I talk to him, and that’s part of the relationship that we have together and we can make it better. We will make it better.”
Even when Cora was not managing the Red Sox, Chris Sale said he maintained regular communication with the skipper, especially as he was beginning his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
When asked to describe the impact of Cora’s return to the team, Sale invoked the words camaraderie, trust and passion. Around the Red Sox clubhouse, Sale is known as a leadership figure who brings an old-school approach to the game (regularly seen wearing an “All me, PED free” T-shirt) and doesn’t speak in clichés.
“He wants to win, he does everything to better himself, the coaching staff, the team, the organization,” Sale said. “Being able to have that trust in the captain, he’s the guy running the show, he’s the guy putting the lineups up, he’s doing pitching changes and having that trust in knowing that he’s got your back to the very end.”
This year, Cora brings a season’s worth of pent-up enthusiasm and excitement about baseball that he wasn’t able to channel while watching games from his couch instead of the dugout, something he hopes can help Boston avoid a repeat of 2020’s last-place finish in the American League East.
“I’m going to do it the same way I’ve done it in ’18 and ’19,” Cora said. “Confident, with conviction, and trying to put these guys in situations to be successful. This is the way I know how to do it. This is what I do, and let’s see where it takes us.”
Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson backs new manager Tony La Russa after 1-on-1 meeting
If there was any concern as to how dynamic shortstop Tim Anderson and old-school manager Tony La Russa would get along, Chicago White Sox fans can breathe a sigh of relief at the start of spring training.
Anderson, who laughingly said that he wouldn’t “change my style, the way I play” after the White Sox hired the 76-year-old La Russa in October, said he arrived at camp early just to sit down and talk with his new manager.
The 27-year-old Anderson, who hit .322 in 2020 after winning the American League batting title in 2019, said he has gotten the chance to get to know La Russa, and he likes what he sees.
“Just to see what page he’s on is definitely awesome,” Anderson told reporters on Monday in Glendale, Arizona. “Just have conversations with him, very motivating.
“The drive to want to win, he has that. I’m behind him 110 percent. That’s the ultimate goal, is to win and to win a World Series here. I’m behind him.”
La Russa, in his second stint with the White Sox 34 years after they fired him, is 2,728-2,365 with six pennants over 33 seasons with Chicago, Oakland and St. Louis. Only Hall of Famers Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGray (2,762) have more victories.
But he hasn’t filled out a lineup card since the Cardinals beat Texas in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, and he’s very aware of that.
“One of the players asked me, ‘Hey, you were nervous [after addressing the team Monday]?'” La Russa said. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ … It means that you care and you understand that the unknown is out there. The challenge of the competition.”
Said Anderson: “I think he’s pretty solid. So far, everything has been great. The things he has been preaching have been good. I think we got the right man. I hope so.”
La Russa is no stranger to managing big personalities. He had Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco in Oakland. And his closer there, Dennis Eckersley, was known to pump his fist, point at opponents and fire imaginary guns at them after strikeouts.
Anderson said he’s at a point where he “can tell him anything I want to” after their one-on-one meeting.
“I ain’t afraid of him,” Anderson joked. “Tell him that.”
Washington won’t pick new name until 2022 season
The Washington Football Team will apparently hold only their name for one more season.
Washington teased its decision to not choose the organization’s new name until 2022 by launching a new team-created website, WashingtonJourney.com, on Tuesday.
“We’ve transitioned from our old name,” said the club on the site’s front page. “Now it’s time to write a new legacy. The future of Washington Football arrives in 2022.”
The site includes a timeline that walks fans through the name-change process. The franchise is also asking for fans to get involved, with a place on the site to submit their own ideas for the next team name and logo.
Among the current submissions displayed are the Washington Memorials, Washington Phoenix, and Washington Justice.
In October, Washington team president Jason Wright said the lengthy process that comes with an NFL team rebrand meant it was unlikely to happen in time for the 2021 season.
Wright also speculated in November that the NFC East team could possibly keep the Football Team brand.
“I don’t think anything is off the table,” said Wright.
Washington retired the controversial Redskins name before the 2020 campaign amid pressure from many of its marquee sponsors.
The club is expected to keep its burgundy and gold color scheme regardless of its ultimate decision.