BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-THURSDAY

Anderson55Richmond51 
Barr-Reeve56Jasper54 
Batesville61South Dearborn54 
Bethany Christian60Elkhart Christian53 
Blackford62Mississinewa53 
Bloomington North73Edgewood44 
Bloomington South59Scottsburg48 
Blue River65Knightstown50 
Brownsburg80Indianapolis Tindley56 
Carmel63Lawrence North49 
Carroll (Flora)60Clinton Central45 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)55Huntington North41 
Castle62Evansville Bosse45 
Central Christian57Horizon Christian52 
Chesterton62Michigan City51 
Clarksville52Switzerland County39 
Concord72NorthWood67OT
Covenant Christian79Speedway55 
Covington60Fountain Central57 
Crawfordsville64Western Boone56 
Danville79Frankfort71 
Delta55Greenfield-Central52 
East Central38Lawrenceburg36 
Eastern Greene72White River Valley38 
Eastern Hancock73Tri55 
Evansville Day77Tecumseh61 
Evansville Harrison61Evansville Central56 
Evansville Reitz68Evansville Memorial62 
Fishers57Westfield52 
Floyd Central61Bedford North Lawrence38 
Forest Park64Evansville Mater Dei61 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk89Fort Wayne South44 
Franklin69Trinity Lutheran58 
Frontier71West Central34 
Greencastle54Monrovia47 
Greenwood48Shelbyville31 
Guerin Catholic67Heritage Christian45 
Hamilton Heights53Frankton50 
Hamilton Southeastern61Franklin Central48 
Harrison (West Lafayette)66Logansport55 
Henryville43Eastern (Pekin)40 
Heritage Hills59Boonville48 
Indianapolis Lutheran81Victory College Prep61 
Indianapolis Ritter83Purdue Poly Englewood70 
Indianapolis Roncalli69Indianapolis Chatard58 
Indianapolis Tech82Kokomo72 
Jay County48Oak Hill41 
Jeffersonville67Rock Creek Academy35 
Jennings County66New Albany622OT
Lapel66Alexandria65 
Lawrence Central91North Central (Indianapolis)76 
Linton-Stockton47South Knox40 
Loogootee78Orleans47 
Marion77Muncie Central49 
McCutcheon79Lafayette Jeff71 
Milan75Rising Sun66 
Mishawaka Marian57Bremen29 
Morristown65Jac-Cen-Del48 
Muncie Burris68Anderson Prep Academy47 
Munster81Griffith28 
New Prairie60Elkhart50 
New Washington58Medora28 
North Central (Farmersburg)78Washington Catholic33 
North Daviess56Bloomfield38 
North Decatur49Waldron36 
Northeast Dubois49North Knox45 
Northeastern (K. Vanlandingham 1957Hagerstown28 
Northview67Terre Haute South38 
Paoli53Shoals46 
Parke Heritage63Attica15 
Peru65Tipton62OT
Pike71Decatur Central52 
Princeton53Mount Vernon (Posey)49 
Providence68South Central (Elizabeth)43 
Rensselaer Central65Faith Christian62 
Riverton Parke51Seeger43 
Rossville42Clinton Prairie36 
Seymour53Madison50OT
Shenandoah56New Castle54 
Silver Creek105Salem66 
South Bend Adams56Jimtown27 
South Bend Riley61South Bend Washington39 
South Bend St. Joseph96South Bend Clay52 
South Decatur92Columbus East66 
South Ripley75Southwestern (Hanover)67 
South Spencer65Pike Central40 
South Vermillion66North Vermillion28 
Southridge77Evansville North63 
Springs Valley50Mitchell42 
Sullivan68Owen Valley54 
Tell City67Cannelton45 
Tippecanoe Valley51Wabash44 
Tri-Central77Elwood61 
Tri-West74Southmont68 
Union County55Cambridge City Lincoln32 
Wapahani69Cowan54 
Warren Central61Center Grove53 
Warsaw64Mishawaka50 
Washington85Vincennes Lincoln42 
West Vigo58Shakamak53 
Whiteland50Indian Creek38 
Winchester86Centerville37 
Wood Memorial52Vincennes Rivet31 
Zionsville55Avon54 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS

CLASS 4A
Merrillville
Gary WestatMerrillville6:30 pm
Chesterton
ValparaisoatChesterton6:30 pm
Hobartvs.Crown Point8:30 pm
Mishawaka
Michigan Cityvs.LaPorte6:30 pm
South Bend AdamsatMishawaka8:00 pm
Goshen
Elkhartvs.Penn5:30 pm
Northridgevs.Warsaw7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider
Carroll (Fort Wayne)vs.East Noble6:00 pm
Fort Wayne NorthropatFort Wayne Snider7:30 pm
Columbia City
HomesteadatColumbia City6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Southvs.Huntington North7:30 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette)
NorthwesternatHarrison (West Lafayette)6:00 pm
Kokomovs.McCutcheon7:30 pm
Zionsville
NoblesvilleatZionsville6:00 pm
Carmelvs.Fishers7:30 pm
Muncie Central
Richmondvs.Mount Vernon (Fortville)6:00 pm
New PalestineatMuncie Central7:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis)
Lawrence CentralatNorth Central (Indianapolis)6:00 pm
Lawrence Northvs.Indianapolis Cathedral8:00 pm
Ben Davis
Southportvs.Perry Meridian5:30 pm
Indianapolis RoncalliatBen Davis7:30 pm
Terre Haute North
Terre Haute Southvs.Brownsburg6:00 pm
PlainfieldatTerre Haute North7:30 pm
Franklin
Franklin Centralvs.Center Grove6:00 pm
GreenwoodatFranklin7:30 pm
East Central
MartinsvilleatEast Central6:00 pm
Bloomington Northvs.Columbus North7:30 pm
New Albany
Floyd Centralvs.Jennings County6:00 pm
Jeffersonvillevs.Bedford North Lawrence7:30 pm
Evansville Harrison
CastleatEvansville Harrison6:30 pm
Jaspervs.Evansville North8:00 pm
CLASS 3A
Griffith
HammondatGriffith7:00 pm
Hammond Gavitvs.Calumet8:30 pm
Kankakee Valley
Culver Academyvs.Knox7:00 pm
Hanover CentralatKankakee Valley8:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph
John Glennvs.South Bend Washington6:00 pm
Mishawaka MarianatSouth Bend St. Joseph7:30 pm
Wawasee
West Noblevs.Lakeland6:00 pm
Tippecanoe Valleyvs.NorthWood7:30 pm
Garrett
WoodlanatGarrett6:00 pm
Fort Wayne Dwengervs.Angola7:30 pm
Twin Lakes
WesternatTwin Lakes6:00 pm
West Lafayettevs.Benton Central7:30 pm
Norwell
Eastern (Greentown)vs.Bellmont6:00 pm
HeritageatNorwell7:30 pm
New Castle
Yorktownvs.Jay County6:00 pm
Hamilton HeightsatNew Castle7:30 pm
Tri-West
North Montgomeryvs.Monrovia6:00 pm
DanvilleatTri-West7:30 pm
Edgewood
South Vermillionvs.Brown County6:00 pm
Brownstown CentralatEdgewood7:30 pm
Heritage Christian
Guerin CatholicatHeritage Christian6:00 pm
Indianapolis Chatardvs.Lebanon7:30 pm
Speedway
Indian CreekatSpeedway6:00 pm
Beech Grovevs.Indianapolis Herron7:30 pm
Rushville
Batesvillevs.Lawrenceburg6:00 pm
GreensburgatRushville7:30 pm
Madison
Scottsburgvs.Salem6:00 pm
Silver CreekatMadison7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln
PrincetonatVincennes Lincoln6:30 pm
Pike Centralvs.Washington8:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey)
Evansville Memorialvs.Heritage Hills7:00 pm
Boonvillevs.Gibson Southern8:15 pm
CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Hammond NollatLake Station7:00 pm
Bowman Academyvs.Andrean8:30 pm
North Judson
Westvillevs.Rensselaer Central6:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills)atNorth Judson8:00 pm
Fairfield
LaVillevs.Prairie Heights6:00 pm
BremenatFairfield7:30 pm
Eastside
Blufftonvs.Churubusco6:00 pm
Adams CentralatEastside7:30 pm
Manchester
Lewis CassatManchester6:00 pm
Delphivs.Rochester7:30 pm
Fountain Central
Clinton Prairievs.Lafayette Central Catholic6:00 pm
Sheridanvs.Seeger7:30 pm
Taylor
Madison-Grantvs.Tipton6:00 pm
Eastbrookvs.Blackford7:30 pm
Alexandria
LapelatAlexandria6:00 pm
Elwoodvs.Frankton7:30 pm
Union County
Hagerstownvs.Northeastern6:00 pm
ShenandoahatUnion County7:30 pm
Triton Central
Irvington Prep Academyvs.Indianapolis Scecina6:00 pm
Eastern HancockatTriton Central7:30 pm
Cascade
Universityvs.Western Boone6:00 pm
Covenant Christianvs.Park Tudor7:30 pm
South Putnam
North Putnamvs.Parke Heritage6:00 pm
SouthmontatSouth Putnam7:30 pm
South Ripley
Switzerland Countyvs.Southwestern (Hanover)6:00 pm
South DecaturatSouth Ripley7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin)
ClarksvilleatEastern (Pekin)6:00 pm
Henryvillevs.Crawford County7:30 pm
North Knox
Vincennes Rivetvs.Linton-Stockton6:00 pm
South KnoxatNorth Knox7:30 pm
Forest Park
South Spencervs.Evansville Mater Dei6:30 pm
Perry CentralatForest Park8:00 pm
CLASS 1A
Kouts
Washington Twp.atKouts7:00 pm
Covenant Christian (DeMotte)vs.Morgan Twp.8:30 pm
Oregon-Davis
LaCrossevs.Triton6:00 pm
Argosvs.Culver7:30 pm
Fremont
Bethany ChristianatFremont6:00 pm
Hamiltonvs.Fort Wayne Blackhawk7:30 pm
Tri-County
Frontiervs.Pioneer6:00 pm
South Newtonvs.North White7:30 pm
Northfield
Southern Wellsvs.North Miami6:00 pm
Lakeland ChristianatNorthfield7:30 pm
Attica
Clinton CentralatAttica6:00 pm
Faith Christianvs.North Vermillion7:30 pm
Tri-Central
Liberty ChristianatTri-Central6:00 pm
Anderson Prep Academyvs.Cowan7:30 pm
Tri
Randolph Southernvs.Blue River6:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincolnvs.Union (Modoc)7:30 pm
Bloomfield
North Central (Farmersburg)vs.Shakamak6:00 pm
White River ValleyatBloomfield7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian
Indiana DeafatBethesda Christian6:00 pm
Indianapolis Riversidevs.Traders Point Christian7:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran
Providence Cristo Reyvs.Greenwood Christian6:00 pm
Waldron
Morristownvs.Jac-Cen-Del6:00 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville)vs.Rising Sun7:30 pm
New Washington
Lanesvillevs.Christian Academy6:00 pm
BordenatNew Washington7:30 pm
Edinburgh
Shawe Memorialvs.Trinity Lutheran6:00 pm
Crothersvillevs.West Washington7:30 pm
Loogootee
Orleansvs.Barr-Reeve6:00 pm
North DaviessatLoogootee7:30 pm
Tecumseh
Springs Valleyvs.Wood Memorial6:30 pm
Northeast DuboisatTecumseh8:00 pm

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#7 Ohio State 89 #8 Iowa 85

Cincinnati 63 Temple 60

BYU 105 Portland 60

Utah 73 Arizona 58

Stanford 70 California 55

Utah state 69 Fresno State 53

Oregon State 91 Washington 71

Rutgers 76 Minnesota 72

Colorado State 74 Wyoming 72

Washington State 74 Oregon 71

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Louisville 97 Boston College 68

#2 South Carolina 77 Auburn 58

#7 Texas A&M 54 LSU 41

#8 Baylor 83 Kansas 50

#10 Maryland 84 Wisconsin 48

#11 Ohio State 92 Iowa 87

Ole Miss 72 #15 Kentucky 60

#16 Arkansas 85 Missouri 80

#25 George 83 Alabama 76 OT

Florida State 61 North Carolina 51

Penn State 85 Nebraska 74

Syracuse 85 Wake Forest 78

BYU 75 Pepperdine 61

Georgia Tech 71 Clemson 69

Virginia Tech 74 Pittsburgh 55

Valparaiso 71 Bradley 66

Colorado state 69, Wyoming 61

Michigan State 81 Illinois 60

Fresno State 90 Utah state 62

Montana State 102 Weber State 53

San Diego 51 Loyola Marymount 43

Portland State 61 Montana 60

San Francisco 78 St. Mary’s 51

Pacific 86 Santa Clara 62

Idaho 79 Eastern Washington 69

NBA SCOREBOARD

Utah 112 Atlanta 91

Golden State 147 Dallas 116

Portland 121 Philadelphia 105

Houston 115 Memphis 103…. Desmond Bane 16 points, three assists, one steal, one rebound

LA Lakers 114 Denver 93

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Rangers 4 Washington 2

Nashville 6 Florida 5

Columbus 4 Dallas 3

Toronto 7 Vancouver 3

Ottawa 3 Montréal 2

Chicago 6 Carolina 4

Arizona 4 St. Louis 3

Winnipeg 4 Calgary 1

TOP HEADLINES

Big Ten officially moves men’s basketball tourney to Indy

INDIANAPOLIS — As expected, it was confirmed Thursday that the Big Ten Conference is moving its men’s basketball tournament from Chicago to Indianapolis next month, joining the women’s league tournament and the entire NCAA Tournament in the Circle City.

The Big Ten is expected to officially announce the change of venue Friday morning.

The conference has been exploring the details to move the men’s tournament from Chicago’s United Center to Indianapolis for months. The games are scheduled from Wednesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 14.

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament was already scheduled for Bankers Life Fieldhouse from March 9-13.

The 2021 IHSAA Indiana Girls Basketball Tournament will be a two-day affair

A change is coming to the Indiana Girls state finals. The IHSAA will play the tournament over two days at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27.

“We are very appreciative of our friends and partners with the Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, who always want to help provide a memorable experience for our girls basketball state finals,” IHSAA commissioner Paul Neidig said in a statement. “Given the pandemic, more time was needed in between games for the facility to be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the participants and spectators so a Friday evening game was suggested as the best way to accomplish that goal.”

The Friday game will tip off at 7 p.m. The Saturday games will tip at 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

NHL revises virus protocols with 40 players on COVID-19 list

With COVID-19 problems cropping up and four teams currently idled, the NHL has revised its virus protocols in a bid to keep the shortened season on track.

Glass panels have been removed from behind benches for better air flow, players and coaches are not allowed at the arena until 1 hour and 45 minutes before the game unless they’re getting treatment for injuries and all meetings must be virtual.

“Every day things change, and you just go with the flow,” 66-year-old Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. “If there’s no glass behind the bench, there’s no fans back there, so it’s not going to affect anything. It shouldn’t at all.”

The 31 teams were also told to space out locker rooms more to provide 6 feet of space between people. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the updates Thursday in an email to The Associated Press.

The league is not yet considering adding a daily rapid test to go along with PCR testing, like the NBA did. PCR tests are considered to be more accurate, but there’s a 12-24 hour turnaround on results.

The moves were made as the NHL sees some concerning trends, including 40 players on the COVID-19 unavailable list.

In the first three weeks of the season, approximately 90 players have appeared on the list, which can include a positive test result unconfirmed or confirmed, symptomatic isolation, high risk close contact or quarantine for travel purposes.

Vegas, New Jersey, Buffalo and Minnesota are currently paused with at least one player on the list. The Wild added five new players to the list Wednesday and the Sabres said Thursday that 61-year-old coach Ralph Krueger had tested positive and will enter virus protocol immediately. Vegas had three coaches in the protocol last week.

“The way I’m looking at it is it’s hard to avoid anywhere,” said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour, whose team has had four games postponed because of an outbreak. “We’re doing the best we can.”

So far, 22 games have been postponed affecting 16 of the league’s 24 U.S.-based teams. Only one of the 40 players currently on the COVID list is from a Canadian team, and that is because Pierre-Luc Dubois is in quarantine after a trade from Columbus to Winnipeg.

The Jets’ union representative, Andrew Copp, said he understands some of the changes but is particularly unhappy with later arrivals on game day, which he believes will be challenged in the name of preventing injuries.

“It’s getting your mind right, it’s getting your body right to put out the best possible product for the fans and trying to lower injury as much as possible,” Copp said. “This is pretty much the only place we’re allowed to come. … I don’t see what the difference is between a 5:15 and 4:15 entrance for guys.”

After completing last season in quarantined bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, the NHL planned for 2021 outside a bubble with 12 different protocol documents spanning 213 pages. The rules call for masks everywhere at team facilities, including locker rooms, and coaches and backup goaltenders wearing them on the bench. Teams were also shuffled into four divisions and are playing only division foes to limit travel.

Being on the road at all may be the biggest concern.

“Because you are going in and out of hotel lobbies and elevators with other people around, it’s impossible to feel as safe,” Bowness said. “You’ve got strangers on the elevator. In Carolina the other day when we were getting on to an elevator, a couple got off and the woman did not have a mask on, so we don’t know, was she coughing in the elevator? Was she sneezing? Who knows?”

Players, coaches and staff are also limited to the hotel and rink on the road.

“I think the protocols are appropriate,” Philadelphia general manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday. “These are difficult times. Look, you can do everything right and still contract COVID. I think we’re all trying to be careful. I think the players recognize how fortunate we are to be back playing, playing games, competing for a Stanley Cup and earning a paycheck.”

LeBron’s triple-double powers Lakers past Nuggets, 114-93

LeBron James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Dennis Schroder added 21 points and the Los Angeles Lakers roared away in the second half for a 114-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

Talen Horton-Tucker scored 12 of his 17 points during that inspired second-half effort by the defending NBA champions, who returned from a strong seven-game road trip and improved their surprisingly unimpressive home record to 5-4 by winning this rematch of the Western Conference finals in the bubble.

James moved into third place on the NBA’s career field goals list while recording his 96th career triple-double and his second of the season, helping the Lakers open a five-game homestand with their 11th win in 14 games.

Jamal Murray scored 20 points and Monte Morris added 16 for the Nuggets, who struggled down the stretch of their second loss in eight games.

Nikola Jokic managed just 13 points and 10 rebounds after getting 47 points and 12 boards Sunday in the Nuggets’ most recent outing against Utah.

The Lakers took control with a 19-0 run spanning the final two quarters propelled by James and Horton-Tucker, who drove impressively into the paint to make four straight shots along with two steals and a block.

Denver took a 12-point lead into halftime with a 29-16 rebounding edge, but the Lakers closed the third quarter with a 15-0 run to take an eight-point lead.

Trent, Anthony lead undermanned Portland past 76ers 121-105

Without Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum, Portland’s “other guys” stepped in for the stars and pulled off the upset in Philly.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points and Enes Kanter had 17 points and 18 rebounds to lead the undermanned Trail Blazers to a 121-105 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and a Trail Blazers team with four starters missing led by as many as 29 points against the top team in the East.

“Dame is our best player, our superstar,” Kanter said. “But on both ends of the floor, the other guys did an amazing job today.”

Joel Embiid scored 37 points for the Sixers. Tobias Harris added 12 points and 11 boards.

Embiid puffed-up his All-Star game credentials in a game that otherwise lacked star power. Sixers guard Ben Simmons sat out with tightness in his left calf. Portland played without Lillard (abdominal strain) and Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain). Throw in four players already out with injuries — including Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and McCollum (left foot) — and the Trail Blazers were down to nine players.

“It does change the chemistry of the game,” coach Terry Stotts said. “We’ve lost games against teams that were short-handed.”

Portland got one this time around. CJ Elleby scored 15 points for the Trail Blazers.

Banged-up Warriors go small, overpower Mavericks 147-116

With no traditional center available, the Golden State Warriors’ “dearth lineup” proved more than enough Thursday night.

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a career-high 40 points, Stephen Curry had 28 and the Warriors went small in a runaway win, beating the Dallas Mavericks 147-116 in the first of a two-game series.

Draymond Green had 11 points and a season-high 15 assists as a makeshift center, helping Golden State get by without using any player taller than 6-foot-7 forward Andrew Wiggins due to injuries. The Warriors outscored Dallas 54-36 in the paint and outrebounded the Mavs 45-42.

“It felt a lot like summer league,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the game’s frenetic pace. “I think I only called plays out of timeouts. It was like the `Run TMC’ days. I just needed my fish tie.”

Golden State took control late in the third quarter after a floater by Tim Hardaway Jr. pulled the Mavericks within 93-91 with 5:52 left in the period. The Warriors went on a 17-4 run mixing outside shooting and attacks on the rim and led 110-96 after three.

With Curry and Green on the bench during the first half of the fourth quarter, Golden State went on a 17-7 run to put the game away. Dallas trailed 130-105 with 5:35 to play when coach Rick Carlisle emptied his bench.

The 147 points were a season best for Golden State and the most allowed this year by Dallas. The win puts the Warriors, looking to return to the playoffs after last season’s last-place finish the West, in a tie for eighth place with San Antonio.

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 27 points. Kristaps Porzingis had 25, Hardaway added 19 and Jalen Brunson 18 off the bench. Dallas came off a Wednesday night win at Atlanta that snapped a six-game losing streak and has lost six straight home games.

The Mavericks shot 51.1% during the first half with 15 3-pointers, which tied a franchise record for a half, then hit only 31.9% during the second and scored 20 points in each of the last two periods.

“This was a difficult lesson,” Carlisle said.

Wall, Gordon lead Rockets past Grizzlies 115-103

John Wall scored 22 points, Eric Gordon added 20 and the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 115-103 on Thursday night.

Jae’Sean Tate had a season-high 19 points for Houston, while Christian Wood scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting before rolling his right ankle in the third quarter. He did not return and left the arena in a wheelchair.

Wall said the veteran Rockets have told Tate, a rookie, to stay within his game and take advantage of his shots, particularly corner 3s.

“He listened to the veterans, so we’re fine with those,” Wall said.

Rookie Desmond Bane led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while Ja Morant added 15. Tyus Jones and Brandon Clarke finished with 13 each as Memphis lost its second straight.

Both teams lost by big margins in their previous games, ending extended winning streaks. But Houston showed no carryover from its 17-point loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. After shooting 26% from 3-point range against the Thunder, the Rockets were 19 of 45 (42.2%) against Memphis.

Tate said that the loss to the Thunder “was a great wakeup call to us. We figured we came into a team that jumped on us from the gate.”

“We just realized that we’re not that team that can just walk into games and not be ready from the jump.”

The game got away from the Grizzlies late in the first half as the Rockets used an 18-4 run to carry a 60-47 lead into the break. The Grizzlies endured stretches of poor shooting in the half as Houston connected on 51% of its shots, including 9 of 18 from outside the arc.

“Regardless of how we shoot the ball, we’ve got to be able to defend,” Bane said. “That’s got to be our constant and our consistent thing that we can hang our hat on. Tonight, we weren’t good enough.”

Now, the Rockets must deal with the questions about Wood’s ankle.

“We’ve just got to keep rolling and keep playing,” Wall said.

Clarkson’s 23 points power Jazz past slumping Hawks, 112-91

Jordan Clarkson sank five 3-pointers while scoring 23 points and the Utah Jazz protected the NBA’s best record with a runaway 112-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 21 points and Donovan Mitchell added 18 for Utah (17-5).

Atlanta point guard Trae Young was held out with a bruised right calf. Rajon Rondo made his second start of the season and did not score. Another starter, forward De’Andre Hunter (right knee), missed his third consecutive game.

John Collins led Atlanta with 17 points. The Hawks have lost three consecutive games and four of their last five.

Utah couldn’t pull away from the short-handed Hawks until outscoring Atlanta 35-26 in the third period.

“In the second half I feel like we started attacking defensively,” Clarkson said. “… The biggest thing that we kind of preach … is getting the stops because that’s going to fuel the offense.”

Without Young, their leading scorer, the Hawks’ offense struggled.

After failing to lead at any point of its 116-92 loss at Utah on Jan. 15, Atlanta led 2-0 when Kevin Huerter opened the game with a jumper. It was the Hawks’ only lead.

Huerter had 16 points.

Utah answered Huerter’s basket with 12 consecutive points. Mitchell had six points in the run.

The Jazz led 45-37 at halftime. The Hawks set season lows for points in any half and by shooting only 30% (15 of 50) from the field in the first half.

The Hawks’ shooting improved only slightly in the second half to finish at 32.7% (32 of 98).

“If you’re shooting 30% for the game, it’s going to be hard to win,” said Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce. “It caught up to us in the second half.”

Kings’ Fox calls NBA All-Star Game plan ‘stupid’

Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox is one NBA player who thinks it’s a bad idea for the league to plan an All-Star Game in March during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I mean, if I’m going to be brutally honest, I think it’s stupid,” Fox told reporters after the Kings’ victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. “If we have to wear masks and do all this for a regular game, then what’s the point of bringing the All-Star Game back? But obviously, money makes the world go round, so, it is what it is.”

Reports emerged Thursday stating the NBA and the NBPA were finalizing plans to hold the annual exhibition game in Atlanta on March 7.

Players’ union president Chris Paul has been an advocate of the idea – which includes a reported plan to donate proceeds from the event to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and COVID-19 relief efforts – sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fox said despite his feelings, he wouldn’t necessarily sit out if fan votes select him for the contest.

“If I get voted in, so be it,” he said.

When asked if he would appear otherwise, Fox said his impression was a player could be fined if they didn’t compete, as the rule’s been in previous years.

“You know you get fined if you (don’t play),” he said. “If you’re supposed to be in it, and you’re not hurt, and you decide not to play, that’s a hefty fine. So hell yeah, I’ll play in it.”

However, discussions around this potential All-Star Game are believed to include opt-out clauses for players, according to Wojnarowski.

LeBron James rips NBA for having All-Star Game

LeBron James was critical of the NBA for moving forward with plans to host an All-Star Game this season.

The NBA is finalizing plans to hold an All-Star Game on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The league would also hold a skills competition as part of the 5-day break in the season.

Some players feel holding the All-Star Game is an unnecessary risk. James is part of that crowd and also feels the league misled the players about having an All-Star Game.

Despite complaining, James says he plans to be at the All-Star Weekend physically, even if he is not there mentally.

The players association has agreed to the game, but James isn’t alone among his peers in criticizing the game.

James leads all Western Conference players in the first All-Star voting returns and is second overall to Kevin Durant.

BUCKEYES PICK UP 89-85 WIN AT NO. 8 IOWA

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State men’s basketball did something Thursday that it hadn’t done in 121 previous seasons: it won for the fourth-consecutive time on the road against a Top-15 team.

The Buckeyes used hot 3-point shooting and a key run midway through the second half to defeat No. 8 Iowa, 89-85, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The Buckeyes improve to 15-4 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten while Iowa is now 13-5, 7-4.

Ohio State made 14 3-point field goals and turned a 61-50 deficit midway through the second half into a 67-66 lead at the 10:12 mark thanks to a 17-5 run. The Buckeyes took the lead for good on a Kyle Young dunk with 8:10 remaining for a 71-70 lead and iced the game when Justin Ahrens made three 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the game.

The box score showed another balanced scoring effort as four players finished in double figures, led by the trio of Duane Washington Jr., Young and E.J. Liddell, who all finished with 16 points. Ahrens’ three 3s gave him nine points on the night while CJ Walker added nine assists in his 25 minutes of action. Justice Sueing had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

On the defensive end, the Buckeyes held Luka Garza, the nation’s leading scorer and favorite to win the Wooden Award as the national player of the year, to 16 points – 10 below his average.

Ohio State’s four-consecutive road win over top 15-ranked teams includes a stretch of games vs. No. 15 Rutgers, No. 14 Illinois, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 8 Iowa. The Buckeyes have won seven of their last eight games overall and four in a row.

The first half saw 13 lead changes with the Hawkeyes hitting a late 3 to head to the locker room with a 45-42 lead. Sueing led the Buckeyes with 10 points. He also added four rebounds. Freshman Zed Key came off the bench to lead Ohio State with five boards to go with six points on 3-of-3 shooting.

Ohio State is back to the road for a 9 p.m. tip at Maryland Monday.

Brett Favre called out for hypocritical comments on Deshaun Watson

Brett Favre was critical of Deshaun Watson this week for demanding that the Houston Texans trade him, and many have pointed out that Favre’s thoughts on the situation are surprising when you consider his own history.

Favre told Yahoo Sports that he disagrees with how Watson is handling his trade demand. He said NFL players are paid so much that they should simply show up to work and let the situation work itself out.

“You get paid a ton of money to do a certain job, and just do it, and let the chips fall where they may,” Favre said. “I think we make too much money to voice an opinion, but I’m not saying he’s wrong. Again, I think it’s a different day and time, and it’ll be interesting to see how the organization handles it.”

That’s not exactly a scorching-hot take, but those who followed Favre’s career know he once demanded a trade. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported years ago that Favre was so upset with the Packers for not acquiring Randy Moss that he told them he wanted out of Green Bay.

As Albert Breer of The MMQB reminds us, Favre also used to skip some offseason activities to work out on his own in Mississippi, especially later in his career.

Watson’s agent, David Mulugheta, was among those who called Favre out for his hypocrisy.

“Brett should probably stop throwing stones from that glass house he’s sitting in,” Mulugheta wrote on Twitter.

Favre should probably understand where Watson is coming from, which is why his remarks were so surprising. We’ve also heard plenty of reports about just how ugly things have gotten with the Texans organization, so most people don’t blame Watson. We wouldn’t be surprised if Favre backtracks at some point.

Report: Mets confident they’ll sign Bauer, Dodgers still in mix

The New York Mets are increasingly confident they’ll sign right-hander Trevor Bauer, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

New York is offering the free-agent ace a three-year contract believed to be worth close to $100 million, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. He adds the deal will likely include an opt-out clause after the first season.

The team expects to hear from Bauer in roughly the next 24 hours, according to Heyman. The situation is reportedly fluid, but there’s hope the two sides can reach an agreement.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are also in the mix for the reigning NL Cy Young winner, sources told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Bauer’s agent appeared to confirm the reports Thursday of those two clubs being her client’s remaining suitors.

The 30-year-old hurler led the Senior Circuit in ERA (1.73), WHIP (0.79), complete games (two), and shutouts (two) while recording 100 strikeouts to only 17 walks for the Cincinnati Reds in 2020.

Adding Bauer to the Mets or Dodgers would significantly boost one of the league’s two top rotations. L.A. already employs Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and David Price, while New York boasts Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, and Noah Syndergaard.

LA Angels acquire veteran OF Dexter Fowler from Cardinals

he Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night for cash or a player to be named later.

Fowler batted .233 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 23 games last season, his fourth with St. Louis. The switch-hitting former Rockies and Cubs slugger is a career .259 hitter with 127 homers and 561 RBIs.

Fowler, who turns 35 next month, can play all three outfield positions. Although Fowler’s production has declined in recent years, the Angels see the veteran as an important leader for their clubhouse and a short-term solution in right field so they can give more minor league development time to Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh.

“He’s an outstanding human being, and he’s a high-energy player,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said. “Over a 162-game season, energy is important, and this guy brings that smile, that energy on a daily basis. And we still think he can play. We think there’s a lot left in the tank. The homework we’ve done, he’s put in a ton of work this offseason. For him to waive his no-trade clause … it’s an honor.”

Fowler also is costing the Angels only $1.75 million in salary.

He is headed into his 13th full big league season in the final year of a five-year, $82 million contract. He has a $14.5 million salary in 2021, and St. Louis remains responsible for the two final $1 million installments of his $10 million signing bonus, due July 1 and Oct. 1.

Indians president said team unaware of Callaway’s behavior

Troubled of what may have happened under his watch, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said the team was unaware of inappropriate behavior toward women by former pitching coach Mickey Callaway while he was with the club.

Antonetti said he became “distraught” and “disturbed” in learning of the accusations against Callaway that were reported on Monday night by The Athletic.

“When I read the article, that was the first time I became aware of the alleged behaviors,” Antonetti said Thursday on a Zoom call. “And had we known about the behaviors that were described in the article at the time, we would have acted on them. But we didn’t.”

Antonetti said the Indians are cooperating with Major League Baseball’s investigation into the allegations against Callaway, who was suspended as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

Five women who spoke to The Athletic on condition of anonymity said Callaway, who was with Cleveland from 2010-17 and served as the pitching coach for his last five seasons, sent uninvited and sometimes unanswered messages to them via email, text or social media.

He asked one to send nude photos in return, according to the report.

Callaway, who managed the New York Mets for two seasons after he left the Indians, has said any relationships were consensual and that his conduct “was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved,” the report said.

Callaway did not respond to a text message from The Associated Press.

Antonetti said he was not aware if the Mets reached out to the Indians while they were checking into C Callaway’s background before hiring him.

“Not to my knowledge, no,” he said. “And there had never been any complaints against Mickey in his time with us, either to me or to our human resources department or other leaders.”

Before he would address any questions about recent free-agent signings by the Indians, Antonetti wanted to discuss the “really important” issue regarding Callaway.

Elliott’s raise gives Clemson two $2 million coordinators

Clemson’s Tony Elliott is joining college football’s club of $2 million assistants.

The school’s board of trustees approved a $300,000 raise for the team’s offensive coordinator, bumping his total compensation to $2 million starting July 1 when the university’s new fiscal year begins. Along with defensive coordinator Brent Venables, at $2.4 million a year, the Tigers will be the only program in college football with both coordinators making that much, according to USA Today’s database of assistant salaries.

Elliott also had his contract extended through the 2025 season, along will adding the title of assistant head coach.

Elliott’s name came up for several NFL jobs and he was contacted in Tennessee’s head coaching search. However, this latest move looks to keep Elliott at Clemson a while longer.

“We were so happy to retain coach Elliott. He had opportunities, but we wanted to make sure he stayed here,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said.

Elliott, a former Clemson receiver, has worked on the staff since 2011. He served as co-coordinator with Jeff Scott from 2015-19 until Scott left to become South Florida’s head coach. Elliott took control by himself this past season.

The board also approved a raise for quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Brandon Streeter, increasing his salary by $25,000 to $615,000 a year.

Elliott and Streeter will continue leading one of the country’s most productive offenses that will transition from quarterback Trevor Lawrence to DJ Uiagalelei next season.

The board also approved a $300,000 salary for new running backs coach and former Clemson ACC player of the year C.J. Spiller. Spiller was named to the latest class for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Spiller takes over for Elliott at that position group, while Elliott will coach tight ends going forward.

“To have C.J. out on the road recruiting and have him leading these young men day in and day out is something I’m really, really excited about,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

Spiller’s contract is through the 2022 season.

Latest bill would bar NCAA limits on athlete NIL rights

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy introduced a bill Thursday that would guarantee college athlete the right to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals while barring the NCAA, schools and conferences from imposing restrictions.

The College Athlete Economic Freedom Act is the third piece of legislation related to name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes introduced in Congress since December and second sponsored by Democrats.

The latest bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan of Massachusetts, focuses on creating a national standard for so-called NIL compensation that would pre-empt the more than two dozen state laws currently in the pipeline. Iowa became the latest state to get in the game, with lawmakers introducing a bill Wednesday they hope will go into effect July 1.

The bill would give college athletes unfettered access to the free market, allow them to organize and make group licensing deals, and hand oversight to the Federal Trade Commission.

“It’s simple: this is about restoring athletes’ ownership over the use of their own names and likeness. They own their brand, not their school or the NCAA,” Murphy said in a statement. “Giving students a right to make money off endorsements is just one part of a much broader package of reforms that need to be made to college athletics, but it’s a good start.”

In December, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, put forth an NIL bill that is narrowly focused like Murphy’s, but with numerous restrictions that critics consider too NCAA-friendly.

Wicker’s bill would provide antitrust protections to the NCAA, shielding the association from legal challenges to its NIL rules, and allow the association to limit the types of financial agreements for athletes. Murphy’s bill provides no such antitrust cover and would punish schools that stand in the way of athletes earning money off their fame.

Last month, the NCAA delayed what was expected to be a landmark vote on NIL legislation after the Justice Department warned the association it could be in danger of violating antitrust laws.

“As leaders at the NCAA finally come to grips with the need for change, it’s important that Congress enact reforms to establish and protect student-athletes’ right to be compensated for the use of their name, image, likeness, or athletic association,” said Trahan, who was a volleyball player for Georgetown.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have also introduced the College Athlete Bill of Rights, which would extend the federal government’s reach into intercollegiate athletics far beyond name, image and likeness compensation.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an antitrust case involving the NCAA in March that could ultimately guide where name, image and likeness reform and the definition of amateur athletics is headed.

Kittle dismisses ‘chatter’ about Niners trading Garoppolo

George Kittle dismissed talk about the San Francisco 49ers possibly trading Jimmy Garoppolo the way he sheds tacklers after making catches.

“I think it’s speculation. I think it’s rumors. I think it’s chatter,” Kittle said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. “I think people on social media like to talk about things that I don’t know if they have any idea about. Being in the building, in the locker room, I don’t really hear anything in there. So I’m just confident my quarterback, when he’s healthy, he’s a hell of a football player.”

Kittle, a two-time Pro Bowl tight end and 2019 All-Pro, said he hasn’t talked to Garoppolo about it. The 49ers reportedly had interest in Matthew Stafford before Detroit traded him to the Los Angeles Rams.

“I think it’s his second or third year of dealing with these exact same rumors every single offseason,” Kittle said. “And he just comes back to work and he just goes back and he plays and not worried about it. I think Jimmy’s a grown man and he can deal with that. And, he’s a hell of a quarterback.”

Garoppolo has two years remaining on his five-year, $137.5 million contract. He has a no-trade clause for the 2021 league year.

The Niners went from losing to Kansas City in the Super Bowl last year to 6-10. Injuries were a major factor. Garoppolo, Kittle, cornerback Richard Sherman, edge rusher Nick Bosa, running back Raheem Mostert and receiver Deebo Samuel all missed at least half the season.

“When you have that many injuries, especially to key players, we lost a lot of guys early and I think it just kind of prohibited us from getting that unity, getting that flow going as an offense,” Kittle said. “Our defense played at a high level all year, despite all the guys that they missed. But we just had so many guys in and out of the huddle early on offense. I think that was a struggle for us, especially because we have a young team on offense as well. So you just got to stay healthy and really I’m not worried about anything else other than that.”

AP NewsBreak: MLB average salary fell for 3rd straight year

The average Major League Baseball salary dropped for an unprecedented third straight year, even before the shortened season caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Major League Baseball Players Association said Thursday the 2020 average would have been $3.89 million if a full season had been played. That was down 4.2% from the 2019 average of $4.05 million and represented a 5.2% decrease from the record average of just under $4.1 million in 2017. The average started to slip in 2018, falling by $1,436.

Because the pandemic caused players to receive roughly 37% of pay last year, the actual average plunged to $1.59 million, its lowest since 1998.

“We have been consistent in our position that the current trends in our game need to be addressed regarding the lack of incentive to compete and the need for the system to better reflect the value created by players throughout the service time spectrum,” union head Tony Clark said in an email to The Associated Press. “While there are other forces at play, and concerns that we have in addition to the above, we look forward to discussing each of the issues I just highlighted as a way to move our industry forward.”

Before 2018 and 2019, the average had not dropped in consecutive years since the union started tracking it at $19,000 in 1967. Before the last three years, the only decreases had been in 1987, when clubs were found guilty by an arbitrator of collusion against free agents; in 1995, after the end of a 7 1/2-month strike; and in 2004.

Last year’s drop showed the widening imbalance between top stars and other players. The average fell despite Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich all starting long-term contracts guaranteeing $215 million or more.

The union’s annual survey included 1,087 players, up from 988 in 2019. Active rosters were scheduled to expand from 25 to 26 for the 2020 season and went up to 28 because of the pandemic, which likely is responsible for part of the decrease. More players were in the major leagues with salaries closer to the minimum, which rose to $563,500 from $555,000.

Without adjusting for the pandemic, the average of players with five to six years of major league service – the group one year from free agency – dropped from $7.57 million in 2019 to $6.51 million in 2020.

Among players eligible for salary arbitration, the 5-6-year group fell to $6.51 million from $7.57 million; the 4-5-year group rose to $4.49 million from $4.43 million; the 3-4-year group dropped to $2.8 million from $2.92 million; and the 2 years, 115 days to 3-year group dropped to $2.05 million from $2.15 million. Players needed 2 years, 115 days to be eligible for arbitration.

Among players not yet eligible for arbitration, the 2 years to 2 years, 114 days group fell to $673,000 from $935,000; the 1-2 year group rose to $787,000 from $653,000; and the 0-1 group rose to $640,000 from $617,000.

Major League Baseball’s final 2020 report last month showed payrolls plunged to $1.75 billion during the pandemic-shortened season from $4.22 billion. That included a drop in base wages to $1.54 billion from $3.99 billion, excluding prorated shares of signing bonuses, earned bonuses and option buyouts.

Versatile INF La Stella, Giants reach $18.75M, 3-year deal

Versatile infielder Tommy La Stella completed an $18.75 million, three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, giving the club a reliable left-handed hitter with a track record of getting on base.

The 32-year-old La Stella was a key contributor down the stretch for the Athletics across the bay in Oakland last season after the 2019 All-Star got traded by the Los Angeles Angels in late August.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi values versatility, and La Stella provides it. He played 33 games at second base during the shortened 60-game 2020 schedule, 10 at first, six at third and another nine as designated hitter.

“Tommy has a rare offensive profile. The combination of excellent plate discipline and contact skills and some power is one we value,” manager Gabe Kapler wrote in a text message. “Tommy was obviously a key piece of Oakland’s run last year, and between the Angels and A’s, we saw the competitiveness up close. What people may not know is how Tommy constantly looks for the best way for him to get to and stay at his personal peak performance level. It’s as good as any player out there. His attention to detail has put him in this sought-after position.”

La Stella is set to earn $2 million this season, $5.25 million in 2022 and $11.5 million in 2023. The contract includes La Stella making yearly donations to the Giants Community Fund of $10,000 this year, $26,250 in `22 and $57,500 in ’23.

He batted .281 last season between the Angels and A’s with five home runs, 14 doubles and two triples. His .370 on-base percentage helped make him one of the hardest players to strike out among qualified players with just 12 Ks in 228 plate appearances.

San Francisco went 29-31 last year in Kapler’s first season, missing a playoff berth on the season’s final day with a 5-4 loss to playoff-bound rival San Diego.

To open room for La Stella on the 40-man roster, San Francisco designated outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe for assignment.

NFL NEWS: Report: Teams calling Eagles to gauge possible Wentz trade

The Philadelphia Eagles are receiving calls from other teams regarding the availability of Carson Wentz, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.

However, the Eagles still intend to keep the quarterback, Rapoport adds.

Wentz was reportedly unhappy when the team benched him in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts down the stretch, and he’s seeking a move if he doesn’t return to the starting position.

The signal-caller’s strained relationship with the organization stems from tension with former head coach Doug Pederson, who was fired after the season. His termination hasn’t completely erased all of the quarterback’s concerns, though Wentz hasn’t formally requested a trade, Rapoport notes.

During their search for a new head coach, the Eagles reportedly told candidates they intend to keep Wentz. The franchise hired Nick Sirianni to be its head coach, and he provided no timetable for when a decision will be made on the starting quarterback job.

Wentz’s contract makes a potential departure complicated on Philadelphia’s end. The signal-caller signed a four-year, $128-million extension in June 2019 and has an abundance of guaranteed money coming his way.

The Eagles will owe the passer a $10-million roster bonus if he’s on the team by the third day of the 2021 league year – which is also when $15 million of his base salary for 2022 becomes fully guaranteed.

Drafted with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, Wentz regressed mightily in 2020. He completed under 60% of his passes and tossed a league-leading 15 interceptions.

Report: Atlanta will host NBA All-Star Game on March 7

The NBA and NBPA have agreed on holding this year’s All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 7, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Both sides could finalize the details as soon as Thursday, Charania adds.

The Hawks’ State Farm Arena will likely host the annual exhibition game, and momentum toward adding a Slam Dunk and Three-Point Contest is building, Marc Stein of The New York Times reports.

HBCUs and COVID-19 relief apparently could be among the event’s potential benefactors.

However, not everyone seems to be on board with the reported plans. Kings star De’Aaron Fox slammed the idea of proceeding with the All-Star Game following Sacramento’s 116-111 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

“I mean, if I’m going to be brutally honest, I think it’s stupid,” Fox said, courtesy of ABC10. “If we have to wear masks and do all this for a regular game, then what’s the point of bringing the All-Star Game back? Obviously, money makes the world go round, so, it is what it is.”

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Religious Headwear Permitted Without State Association Approval in High School Volleyball

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High school volleyball players will no longer need to obtain state association approval to wear religious headwear during competition. The rule change highlights three changes approved for the 2021-22 season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee conducted its annual meeting January 10-12 in a virtual setting and recommended three rules changes that were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The Volleyball Rules Committee strongly considered both the financial impact and participation restrictions COVID-19 had on schools and state associations during the 2020-21 season as they approached the proposed rules changes,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “In doing so, the committee focused on rules that make the sport more inclusive by easing the restrictions on religious headwear, provided state associations with more flexibility in regard to officials uniforms, and lessened the penalty for a late lineup.”

Acting on a recommendation from the NFHS Board of Directors, the Volleyball Rules Committee amended Rule 4-1-6, noting that “head coverings worn for religious reasons are not considered hair devices” and do not require state association approval to be worn. However, they must be made of non-abrasive or soft material and fit securely. Head coverings worn for medical reasons still require state association approval.

“Our goal is always to have our athletes be able to participate as long as there isn’t a safety concern involved,” said Jo Auch, assistant executive director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association and chair of the NFHS Volleyball Rules Committee. “It made perfect sense to relax that rule and remove the requirement for the states to authorize the wearing of religious headwear.”

In addition, the penalty in Rule 7-1-4 for a late submission of a lineup was lessened to mirror the penalty for a late roster, which was amended a year ago. If a lineup is not submitted to the second referee two minutes prior to the timed pre-match warmup or less than one minute remaining in the timed interval or intermission, it results in an unnecessary delay/yellow card warning. If the lineup has not been submitted by the end of the timed pre-match warmup or by the end of the timed interval or intermission, an unnecessary delay/red card penalty shall be assessed to the offending team at the start of that set.

The committee also amended Rule 5-3-1a, which now allows officials to wear a white, blue (cyan) or gray collared shirt, as determined by the state association. Previously, a white shirt was required. This rules change aligns the high school rule with a similar collegiate rule that permits multiple color options.

A complete listing of the volleyball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Volleyball.” 

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, volleyball is the second-most popular sports for girls (trailing track and field) with 452,808 participants in 16,572 schools nationwide. In addition, there are 63,563 boys participating in the sport at 2,692 schools, and 25 states conduct state championships in boys volleyball.

Germany bars Liverpool from coming for Champions League game

Germany will not allow Liverpool into the country to play a Champions League game at Leipzig on Feb. 16 because of border restrictions imposed over new variants of the coronavirus.

The German Interior Ministry said Thursday that an application by Leipzig for special permission for Liverpool to enter the country was refused by federal police.

“The Corona Protection Order agreed by the federal government last Friday envisions only a few exceptions and no special arrangement for professional athletes,” the ministry said in an e-mailed statement. “The federal police has told the RB Leipzig club today that the circumstances of the given case do not meet the requirements for an exemption.”

That means the game, the first leg of the round of 16, can’t be played as scheduled on Feb. 16 in Leipzig. The German club could ask UEFA to move the game to a neutral venue. Switching the order of the legs so that Liverpool plays at home first could also be an option, but would likely require Leipzig’s players and staff to go into quarantine on their return to Germany from Britain.

UEFA is open to delaying games affected by travel bans. On Tuesday it set April 2 as the latest possible date to finish last-16 games in time for the quarterfinals.

Germany is blocking most arrivals of non-residents from Britain to restrict the spread of new variants of the virus. If the travel restrictions are extended beyond the current expiry date of Feb. 17, Manchester City’s first-leg trip to play Borussia Monchengladbach on Feb. 24 could be affected.

In the Europa League, Arsenal’s home and away games against Benfica may be affected by British restrictions on travel to and from Portugal.

NOTRE DAME MBB: IRISH BEGIN TWO-GAME ROAD SWING AT GEORGIA TECH

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BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH at YELLOW JACKETS

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In its eighth season in the ACC, Notre Dame has failed to finish .500 or above in the month of February just once (2018-19) – including 6-2 last season – and the second month of the year as keyed some memorable rises in the league standings. See page 4 for more details.

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Notre Dame’s three-point shooting percentage in its last two road games (23-42). The Irish were 13-24 at Miami on Jan. 24, then 10-18 at Pittsburgh on Jan. 30.

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Notre Dame career field goal percentage for graduate forward Juwan Durham, which would rank him fifth on the Irish career charts since 1996-97 for a player with at least 200 FGM. See page 4 for more.

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Statistical categories in which junior Nate Laszewski is among the top 10 in the country – EFG% (.727, 2nd); FG% (.623, ninth) and 3FG% (.509, 10th). Laszewski is the only major conference player in the nation shooting .600 from the field, .500 from 3FG range and averaging over 8.0 rebounds per game.

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So far this season, Notre Dame has lost five scheduled games to COVID-19 safety guidelines, while two other games (last Saturday at Pittsburgh, Feb. 20 at Syracuse) are rescheduled contests that were also lost to COVID-19 issues. Notre Dame’s Jan. 6 home game with Georgia Tech has yet to be rescheduled.

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Notre Dame’s NCAA-leading fouls per game number, as the Irish continue their tradition of not fouling the opponent to allow easy points late in a contest. The Irish are ahead of Virginia (12.7) and Wright State (13.1) for the national lead.

20+

Notre Dame’s 26-point victory at Pittsburgh on Jan. 30, followed by the 21-point win agains Wake Forest on Feb. 2, marked the first time since the Irish joined the ACC (2013-14) that the team has won back-to-back games by 20 points or more.

24

Notre Dame and Georgia Tech will be meeting for the 24th time Saturday evening, with the Irish holding a 12-11 lead in the series. Notre Dame has won four in a row against the Yellow Jackets and will be looking to win five straight for the first time in the series between the two teams.

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Rebounds pulled down in the last three games by Nate Laszewski, who has bolstered his rebounds-per-game average from 4.6 last season to 8.2 in 2020-21 – a mark that ranks third in the ACC entering this weekend’s action.

160

Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who passed Torin Francis (157) to move into fourth on the Notre Dame career list. Durham is one of just three Irish players to average over 2.0 blocks per game in a career (LaPhonso Ellis, current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey).

244

Career assists in ACC play for Prentiss Hubb – the most of any active ACC player (Xavier Johnson, Pitt, is second with 219) and seventh among all active major conference players. Hubb is the first Irish player to record 200 assists in ACC play.

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Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, who is one of just two major conference players to have over 380 assists and 150 three point field goals in a career. The other two players are in their fifth season of action, Hubb is in his third. See page 4 for more details.

444

School-record men’s basketball victories at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the 10th most for any active NCAA Division coach at his current institution.

1994

Notre Dame Associate Head Coach Rod Balanis is a 1994 graduate of Georgia Tech and played for legendary Yellow Jacket head coach Bobby Cremins. Balanis was a part of teams that made four trips to the NCAA Championship tournament while earning two Sweet 16 berths and a trip to the 1990 Final Four in Denver, Colorado.

FEBRUARY = ACC SURGES FOR IRISH HOOPS

In three of the last four seasons, Notre Dame has entered the month of February on a downward trend, only to utlize the second month of the year as a springboard up the league standings. The Irish are 1-0 in February so far this season.

  • 2016-17 – Notre Dame finished January 0-3, then dropped the first game of February before finishing the month with five straight victories. The Irish finished the season 12-6 in the ACC and advanced to the ACC Championship game and the second round of the NCAA tournament.
  • 2017-18 – Knocked back by injuries, the Irish limped into February with six consecutive losses and again lost their first game of the month. Notre Dame persevered to finish 5-3 in February, win two games in the ACC tournament and were widely recognized as the final team left out of the NCAA tournament.
  • 2019-20 – Losing four of six games entering February and saddled by a 2-6 conference record, Notre Dame finished 6-2 through an eight-game February ACC slate to eventually finish 10-10 in the league and win its first game in the ACC tournament before the post season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Irish are 27-20 in February as a member of the ACC. Remove the outlier February in 2018-19 (2-5) and Notre Dame is 25-15 in February (.625) and has failed to win at least four games only once (the aforementioned 2018-19 season).

HUBB’S ASSISTS/THREE POINT SHOOTING AMONG THE BEST IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Prentiss Hubb’s 244 career assists are the most of any active ACC player. The Upper Marlboro, MD, native is up to 384 career assists as well (see sidebar, page 6).

  • Hubb also has connected at 159 career three-point field goals, giving him over 380+ assists and 150+ 3FGM.
  • He joins Wisconsin’s D’Mitrick Trice and Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon – both of whom are in their fifth season of action – as the only major conference players with 350+ assists and 150+ 3FGM.
  • Among all Division I players, Hubb is among 16 who have posted 380+ assists and 150+ 3FGM. He and UConn’s R.J. Cole are the only players to reach those marks in their third season of action (all 16 others are either in their fourth or fifth season of eligibility).

CHARTING LASZEWSKI’S HOT SHOOTING

Junior Nate Laszewski has established himself as one of the best and most efficient shooters in college basketball this season.

OHIO STATE MEN’S HOCKEY: MHKY: Buckeyes Host Irish in B1G Matchup

BTN to televise series in Value City Arena 

COLUMBUS, Ohio —  The Ohio State men’s hockey team hosts Notre Dame to close a four-game homestand this weekend. The Buckeyes (5-12-1, 5-11-0-0-1-0 B1G) and Irish (8-9-1, 6-7-1-1-2-1 B1G) will meet at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

The games will be televised by BTN and available through the Fox Sports app, with Fred Pletsch and Dan Kelly on the call. Ohio State Radio will have the action on 1460 AM and John Mowat and Herb Howenstine will be on the broadcast.

Buckeye Notes to Know

·       Ohio State and Notre Dame met in December in Notre Dame, Ind., splitting two games with a 3-0 Irish victory and 3-2 Buckeye win.

·       All-time, Ohio State is ahead in the series with ND, 41-40-11, including 21-17-7 in Columbus.

·       Goalie Tommy Nappier is on the Mike Richter Award Watch List. The senior has started 17 of 18 Buckeye games this year and is second nationally in saves (500).

·       The Buckeyes will rotate road and home series through the remainder of the regular season, traveling to Penn State and Wisconsin and hosting Michigan and Arizona State. The Big Ten Tournament will be a single-elimination tourney, set for March 18-20 in Notre Dame, Ind.

·       Buckeye freshman Travis Treloar leads Ohio State with 16 points, sharing the team goal (6 with Quinn Preston) and assist (10 with Mark Cheremeta) leads. He is tied for first in goals and third in points among B1G rookies and ranks 10th among all B1G skaters in points.

·       The Buckeyes’ game vs. Minnesota last Saturday delivered 164,810 viewers. It was the most-watched men’s hockey game in BTN history and the largest audience for a nationally rated regular season college hockey game since 2014.

·       Quinn Preston is tied for 10th nationally and second in the Big Ten with four power play goals this season.

Buckeye Snapshot

·       Ohio State is 5-12-1 this season and 5-11-0-1-0-0 in Big Ten play. The team is looking to end a three-game losing streak. 

·       The Buckeyes are scoring 2.17 goals a night and allowing 3.22 per outing. The squad has been outshot on average, 33.4-28.1.

·       Ohio State’s power play is 13-for-62 (.210) and the penalty kill is 51-for-63 (.810).

·       Freshman Travis Treloar is first on the team with 16 points, followed by sophomore Mark Cheremeta with 14, junior Quinn Preston with 12 and senior defenseman Grant Gabriele with 10.

·       Treloar and Preston are first with six goals each, followed by sophomore Tate Singleton with five.

·       Treloar and Cheremeta share the team lead with 10 assists apiece.

·       In goal, Tommy Nappier has started 17 games and has a 2.99  goals-against average and .912 save percentage. Evan Moyse has three appearances and one start, with a 3.12 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. 

Buckeyes vs. Irish

·       All-time, Ohio State leads the series with Notre Dame (according to the Buckeye record book), 41-40-11, with the first game Feb. 13, 1965. In Columbus, Ohio State leads 21-17-7.

·       Notre Dame is ahead in Big Ten regular season games, 7-6-1.

·       The squads faced off on Irish home ice Dec. 1-2, 2020, splitting a series. Notre Dame took game one, 3-0, before a Buckeye come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

·       The teams last met in Columbus Jan. 17-18, 2020. The Buckeyes rallied for a 4-4 OT tie (with Notre Dame winning the shootout) in game one and Ohio State claimed game two, 2-1.

·       Among the current Buckeyes, Austin Pooley has played a team-best 15 games vs. Notre Dame. Junior Quinn Preston is first with four goals, four assists and eight points vs. ND (in 10 games). Junior Gustaf Westlund has three goals and five points vs. ND (in nine games) In goal, Tommy Nappier has a 2.01 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in seven games with six starts.

·       Ohio State and Notre Dame skated as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association until 2012-13 when the league was disbanded. Ohio State was a founding member of the conference in 1971-72 and played for two years before leaving for three seasons (1973-74, `74-75, `75-76) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Irish were in the league in 1981-82 and `82-83 and then rejoined in 1992-93. The Buckeyes and Irish last met as CCHA foes March 23, 2013 in the CCHA Tournament semifinals, a 3-1 ND win at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Up Next

·       The Buckeyes will travel for a series at Penn State. The teams will meet at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and 2 p.m. Feb. 13, with both games on BTN Plus and Ohio State Radio.

·       Ohio State will return home for a matchup with Michigan Feb. 19-20, with puck drop at 5:30 p.m. each night and the games on BTN Plus and Ohio State Radio.

MIAMI MEN’S HOCKEY: RedHawks Travel to Duluth for Road Series

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Miami RedHawks (4-12-2) vs.

#5/6 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (10-5-2)

Friday, Feb. 5 | 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6 | 5:00 p.m.

AMSOIL Arena (Duluth, Minn.)

All-Time Series vs. UMD: 5-24-2 (Lost last meeting, 3-6, on Jan. 30, 2021)

OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University hockey team continues the 2020-21 season this week as the RedHawks take on the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth on the road in Minnesota for a rematch of last weekend’s series.

ABOUT LAST WEEKEND: Miami continued the regular travel portion of the schedule with a home series with the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The RedHawks were swept on the weekend, with the visitors finding the right times to capitalize on both nights in Oxford. Michael Holland scored the first goal of his young career in the Friday game, with Duluth responding with one more to follow to seal them the close win. The RedHawks offense was able to see small bursts on Saturday, with Casey Gilling getting his first of the season and Matthew Barbolini getting a piece of the action. The Bulldog goals from earlier in the game proved to be the difference-maker, as they got the win by a 6-3 margin.

ABOUT MINNESOTA DULUTH: Duluth enters the weekend with a record of 10-5-2. Duluth traveled to Oxford to take on Miami, winning the series by a combined 8-4. This is a rematch series against the RedHawks and Bulldogs, as this is the fifth and sixth time the two teams have faced each other this season. Senior forward Nick Swaney leads the team in scoring with 21 points on seven goals and a team-best 14 assists. Junior forwards Noah and Jackson Cates aren’t far behind, with 12 points each. Jackson Cates has the team-lead in goals, with eight. Senior forward Kobe Roth, Cole Koepke, and Swaney are second on the team in goals, with seven. Freshman Wyatt Kaiser, a Chicago draft pick, leads all defensemen with eight points, all of which are assists. Junior Hunter Lellig and freshman Connor Kelley are the lone defensemen to light the Bulldogs’ lamp this season. UMD ranks 22nd in the nation on scoring offense at 3.00 goals per game. Defensively, Minnesota-Duluth ranks 9th in the country in goals allowed per game, allowing 2.18 goals per game. Sophomore Ryan Fanti has started in 14 of the team’s 17 games this season. Fanti has an 8-4-2 record, a 2.33 goals-against average, and a .908 save percentage. Freshman Zach Stejskal has started in three games with a 2-1-0 record and a .944 save percentage, and a 1.30 goals-against average.

QUITE A DEBUT: With 18 games on the docket so far this season, all seven of the RedHawk rookies saw action in at least one game. Holland, Drazner, Barbolini, Rydqvist, and Cassetti have all scored their first career goals so far this season, and Drazner and Barbolini both have assists to go with their goals. With his .936 save percentage and 2.06 GAA, Persson one of the top-ranked rookie goaltenders in NCAA Division 1 hockey, ranking second among freshmen goaltenders in both statistical categories. Persson was named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week for 12/14, 12/21, and 1/4, along with being named December’s Goaltender of the Month for the NCHC.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: After a large senior class graduation and a bunch of other departures, there are many holes in the Miami lineup, and that’s where the big freshman class comes in. With three forwards, three defenders, and one goaltender, the freshman class for 2020-21 is one of the most geographically diverse classes in Miami history. The rookie class includes:

Robby Drazner: Defender/Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Nanaimo Clippers, BCHL)

Hampus Rydqvist: Defender/Gothenburg, Sweden (Maryland Black Bears, NAHL)

Michael Holland: Forward/Charlotte, N.C. (Boston Jr. Bruins, NCDC)

Brian Silver: Forward/Lake Bluff, Ill. (Omaha Lancers, USHL)

Dylan Moulton: Defender/Nolensville, Tenn. (Green Bay Gamblers, USHL)

Matthew Barbolini: Forward/Williamsville, N.Y. (Lincoln Stars, USHL)

Ludvig Persson: Goalie/Hindas, Sweden (Lone Star Brahmas, NAHL)

TOUGH COOKIES TO CRACK: With the NCHC sporting four teams ranked in the USCHO.com poll and one more receiving votes, the RedHawks figure to once again play one of the most challenging schedules in the country this season. The league is also already home to the past four national champions, which means its success will come down to how it performs against the top teams in the nation. Last year, the Red & White played 11 games against teams that finished in the top 15 (2-8-1) and 16 against teams that finished in the top 20 (3-11-2). Miami met the #1 and #3 ranked teams in the country in the first week of action. The RedHawks have already seen two victories over ranked teams this season, getting a 1-0 win over #17/RV Omaha on December 12 and a 3-0 shutout victory over #8/7 Denver on December 17.

HARD WORK, REWARDED: Miami freshman goaltender Ludvig Persson racked was named to the Mike Richter Award watch list, being one of seven freshmen named to the list. The Mike Richter Award is the award for the nation’s top goaltender and is in the eighth year of existence. Persson, along with Matt Barry and Derek Daschke, was named to the Hobey Baker Fan Vote, where fans can vote at hobeybaker.com/vote among other players from across the NCAA.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSE: With injuries in the Miami lineup, defenseman Bray Crowder saw time as a forward in Saturday’s game against Duluth. Of Miami’s 35 goals this season, 14 have come from defensemen (40.0%), with seven different Miami blue liners finding the back of the net already. The 14 goals from defensemen are second in the NCHC and are third in the NCAA.

BACK BEHIND THE BENCH: Chris Bergeron (Miami’93) continues his tenure and is on the second season as a head coach. After starting fresh in Oxford, Bergeron and his staff finished the 2019-20 season (his first) with an 8-21-5 overall record. Before returning to Oxford, Bergeron went 171-154-44 in nine seasons as BowlingGreen’s head coach, leading the Falcons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990 in his final season in 2018-19. BGSU posted 20 or more victories in Bergeron’s last five seasons at the helm. Before going to Bowling Green, Bergeron spent ten seasons as an assistant coach at Miami and helped the Red & White go an astounding 226-139-37 during his tenure. The RedHawks qualified for six NCAA Tournaments and reached the Frozen Four in Bergeron’s last two seasons as an assistant, including a national runner-up finish in 2009. As a player, Bergeron spent two years as team captain and helped Miami capture its first CCHA title in 1992-93, posting 61 of his 120 career points that season.

MIAMI WBB: RedHawks Hit The Road For Contest at Kent State

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ON TAP: Miami looks for its second straight win as it travels to face Kent State on Saturday, Feb. 6. Opening tip is slated for noon.

ABOUT KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes are currently atop the MAC standings but have played just three times since the calendar clicked over to January. Overall, KSU is 5-3 and leads the MAC in win percentage with a 4-1 conference record. Nila Blackford leads the way with 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

SERIES WITH THE FLASHES: This is the 94th meeting between the two schools with Kent State holding a slight 47-46 advantage in the all-time series. KSU has won the last three, and Miami’s last victory in Kent, Ohio was back on Feb. 17, 2018.

LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore Peyton Scott’s career-high 37 points led the Miami University women’s basketball team to a 73-64 win over the Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday evening at Millett Hall. Scott was joined in double figures by senior Kelly McLaughlin (10) and freshman Katie Davidson (10). Scott also led the team with 10 rebounds and added five steals and two assists. Her 37 points ranks as the sixth-most in school history, tied with Lauren Dickerson’s 37 in 2019 versus Eastern Kentucky.

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE THAT WAIT: Miami is coming off a 73-64 win over Western Michigan. The win snapped a 13-game losing streak and was Miami’s first conference win since Feb. 5, 2020.

GREAT SCOTT: Peyton Scott had a banner year for the RedHawks in 2019-20, averaging 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, earning All-MAC Freshman honors, but that is nothing compared to what she is doing in 2020-21. The sophomore is averaging 19.8 points and 6.7 rebounds this season. Playing much of this season as the team’s point guard, Scott is also averaging 5.4 assists per game after averaging just 2.2 a year ago. She ranks fifth in the MAC in scoring (19.8), 10th in rebounding (6.7), first in assists (5.4), fifth in steals (2.6), 10th in field goal percentage (40.1%) and seventh in free throw percentage (84.8%).

DO IT ALL: Over her past six games, Peyton Scott has done everything for the women’s basketball team. She has played 238 of 240 minutes, while averaging 23.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.2 steals per game.

CHASING HISTORY: There has only been one triple-double in Miami history, Linda Mallender in 1984 (10 pts., 12 rebs., 10 asts.), but Peyton Scott continues to threaten that record nearly every game. Last week, Scott had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds versus Ball State. Earlier this month, she nearly had a quadruple double, posting 34 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and seven assists. In all, Scott has had four different games with at least 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists this year.

LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR: Peyton Scott also ranks second in the MAC in minutes played (37.6), but even that doesn’t tell the entire story. Over her last nine games, the sophomore has played 355 of 360 available minutes. In all, she has played all 40 minutes in seven of 16 games this year.

REWRITING HISTORY: Peyton Scott’s attack on the record has kept Miami’s SID busy in 2020-21.

* She now owns two top-10 scoring performances all-time at Miami, with 34 points versus NIU and 37 points against Western Michigan. In the contest with the Huskies, she made 14 field goals, which ranks first in Miami history.

* Earlier this year, she had 13 assists at Ball State, which is tops in school history.

* Her season average of 19.8 points would rank second all-time at Miami, behind just Amanda Jackson’s 21.6 average during the 2007-08 campaign.

* Scott is on pace to finish her first two seasons at Miami with a combined 851 points. Only Lauren Dickerson (1,146) and Courtney Osborn (1,033) have scored more points in their first two years at Miami.

FRESHMAN PHENOM: Katie Davidson has made a quick impression on the basketball team. The freshman has scored in double figures in 11 games this season and is averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Her scoring average ranks 20th in the MAC and is second-best in the conference among freshmen.

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST: Kelly McLaughlin scored 188 points and had 125 rebounds in her first three years with the RedHawks, averaging 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. This year, the senior has already scored 160 points and recorded 96 rebounds in 14 games for an average of 11.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She ranks 22nd in the MAC in scoring, ninth in rebounds and first in shooting percentage (53.7%).

NO RESERVES: Miami has played much of the season with an extremely thin roster, competing much of the year with a max of 10 players due to opt outs and injuries. In 16 games this season, Miami has used eight different starting lineups and just Peyton Scott and Katie Davidson have started every contest.

WRIGHT STATE MBB: Men’s Basketball travels to UIC for a weekend pair

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The Wright State men’s basketball team hits the road for a pair of games at UIC this weekend, taking a five-game winning streak into the weekend, while the host Flames have lost three in a row. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Raider fans can follow the action on ESPN+ on Friday and Saturday or can tune into Chris Collins and Jim Brown calling the play-by-play on WRZX 106.5 FM both days.

Last time out, Wright State swept Robert Morris, winning Friday’s opener 79-70 before a 86-56 victory on Saturday. Friday’s win saw Grant Basile finish with 29 points, including 19 in the second half, on the way to a double-double in his third consecutive 20-plus point game. Jaylon Hall was the third Raider in double figures, finishing with 10 points off the bench in 27 minutes of action. On Saturday, Loudon Love tallied a career-best 34 points to pace four Raiders in double figures. Love tallied 15 points and eight rebounds in the opening 20 minutes alone. Holden finished with 16 points of his own, including eight in the opening 12 minutes. Tim Finke recorded 12 points on four three-point baskets while grabbing eight rebounds, and Grant Basile followed up his 29-point Friday with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

FLAMING HOT

UIC has lost its last three contests, all on the road, including a pair at Northern Kentucky last weekend. The Flames have been good at home, posting a 6-1 mark, and are only 2-6 on the road. UIC has won all four of its home HL contests this season. Wright State and UIC have previously met 60 times entering this weekend’s action, with each team winning at home last year. UIC had a four-point win the first meeting in mid-January before a 17-point Raider home win in February. The first matchup came on Jan. 11, 1993, an 85-82 UIC victory in Chicago.

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Teyvion Kirk collected the third triple-double in UIC history in the Flames’ win over Oakland on Dec. 20. The junior scored a career-high 22 points and brought in a career-best 11 rebounds to go along with 11 assists. He became the third player in program history to record a triple-double, joining Godwin Boahen (Dec. 22, 2016) and Tarkus Ferguson (Dec. 5, 2018). UIC has done its job at maintaining a lead, as the Flames are 5-0 when winning at halftime this year.  The Flames have won games against Central Michigan, Valparaiso, Oakland and Robert Morris twice when leading after 20 minutes. Eight of UIC’s 15 games this year have been decided by five or fewer points, including both contests against Northern Kentucky last week, with the Flames having  a 5-3 record in close contests this year. UIC has played a pair of overtime games, defeating Robert Morris on Jan. 16 and falling to Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 8.

SHARING THE BOARDS

Wright State leads the Horizon League and is 10th nationally in rebounding margin at +9.8 and also leads the HL in total rebounds with 730 (Oakland is second with 707 total rebounds in 4 additional games). The Raiders lead the HL in total defensive rebounds by over 100 boards (527) and defensive rebounds per game average (31.0). It’s been a team effort on the glass, with Loudon Love leading the way with a team-best 10.1 rebounds per game, while Tanner Holden averages 7.2/per, Grant Basile 7.1/per and Tim Finke 6.2/per.

DAYTON MEN’S BB: Men’s Basketball Back Home to Host George Mason For Second Time This Season

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DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers will return to Blackburn Court on Friday, when George Mason visits UD Arena.  Game time is 7 p.m. ET.  

Dayton is 10-5, and 6-4 in the Atlantic 10 after a 69-64 loss at Duquesne on Tuesday.  Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers with 28 points, six assists and three steals, while Mustapha Amzil and R.J. Blakney each added 11.  Amzil also had 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. 

The game will carried by WHIO Radio, televised on ESPN2 and streamed on the ESPN App.  Streaming audio, video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

#TRENDING

• Moving into a bigger role this year, Jalen Crutcher got the kind of attention during the preseason that he is getting from opponents during the season.  He was on the Naismith, Wooden, NABC and Bob Cousy Award Watch Lists, as well as the Lute Olson mid-season list.

• Crutcher, a four-year starter, was ranked the 12th-best player in the country by ESPN, 16th in CBSSports.com’s top college basketball players.  The Athletic rated him sixth among its top 20 guards in the country.  He was also named Second Team Preseason All-America by Stadium. 

• Keep in mind that Crutcher was UD’s co-MVP last season, with consensus national PoY Obi Toppin. Crutcher is the first Flyer with 1,200 career points, 500 assists and 200 three-pointers.

• Crutcher lived up to his nickname of “Clutcher” in Dayton’s first six wins, scoring UD’s final points in the last seconds of regulation or overtime at the line. At Saint Louis, he scored 13 in the first half, was shut out for the first 15:59 of the second half, and then after Saint Louis tied the game, he scored 14 points in the final 4:01 to pave the way to a five-point road win.

• Ibi Watson is second on the team in scoring (15.2) and minutes (38.6), and percentage-wise, is nearly a 50-40-80 guy.  He shoots 45% FG, 40% from 3-pt. and 85% from the line.

•If a “true freshman” is a player who signed the previous year and is playing without redshirting, can you call a player who signed in November and scores 22 points in December start a “truer freshman?” We call him Mustapha Amzil, and the 22 points he scored in first college game were the most at UD in 14 years.  He then had 15 vs. GMU (with 6 reb & 4 asst).

• Amzil was A-10 Rookie of the Week exactly 50 days after he signed with UD on Nov. 16.

• After playing a total of 18 minutes with no points or rebounds in his first four games of the year, redshirt freshman Zimi Nwokeji has averaged 21.0 minutes, 6.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in the last nine games.  His second-half dunk at GW was No. 5 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.

• Jordy Tshimanga pulled down 16 rebounds at Fordham, the most by a Flyer in three years.   He is averaging 8.3 rebounds in his last eight contests.  He has reached double digits in some way in the last 3 of the last 4 games:  10 points at VCU, 10 rebounds at SLU, 11 points vs. URI.

• In seven games as a starter, Elijah Weaver has 43 points, 32 assists and 15 turnovers.

• Coach Anthony Grant was the consensus national coach of the year in 2019-20. 

UP NEXT

• Dayton will play at UMass on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ET. 

• The Flyers are back home on Saturday, Feb. 13 against St. Joe’s.  Game time is 2 p.m. ET.

Buckeyes Sweep Season Series with Iowa: Sophomore Jacy Sheldon scored a career-high 29 points

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a frustrating game on Monday, No. 11 Ohio State got back in the win column on Thursday, thanks in large part to a career-high 29 points from sophomore Jacy Sheldon, as the Buckeyes downed Iowa 92-87.

The win pushes Ohio State to 11-2 on the season and the Buckeyes sweep the season series with Iowa for the first time since 2008.

Sheldon had struggled in her last two games, shooting just 3-of-20 and had her streak of 16 games in double figures snapped. But she bounced back in a big way on Thursday. The Dublin, Ohio native was 8-of-12 from the floor and a career-best 12-of-14 from the free throw line.

Dorka Juhasz continued her double-double streak with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Fellow forward Aaliyah Patty chipped-in with 15 points and six rebounds.

The Buckeyes had 20 assists on the night with nine coming from their point guard Madison Greene. Those nine assists were a career-high and went along with her 12 points. Senior Braxtin Miller finished with six points, five assists and team steals.

Ohio State has now won 22 consecutive games when scoring more than 80 points. This was also the first time scoring 90 point since Dec. 10 against Miami (Ohio)

For the third consecutive game, the Buckeyes got off to a slow start, letting Iowa run out to a 9-2 lead. But they fought back with three three-pointers and eventually led 18-16 after the first. In the second, the Buckeyes shoved the lead out to as many 13 points behind nine points in the quarter by Patty. OSU led 41-30 at the break.

Ohio State shoved the lead out to as many as 16 in the third quarter, but Iowa ended the quarter on a 14-7 run to trim the margin to 63-57 with 10 minutes to play. The Buckeyes were never able to stretch the lead to a comfortable margin in the fourth quarter, but they did enough to claim their 11th win of the season.

The Buckeyes will remain at home to host Minnesota on Sunday at 1 p.m. This will be the only meeting this season between the two teams.

DAYTON WBB: Women’s Basketball Heads To Philadelphia To Take On Saint Joseph’s

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DAYTON – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team heads back out on the road this Friday to take on Saint Joseph’s at 6 p.m. at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS

Dayton enters the weekend with an 8-1 record overall and a perfect 7-0 mark in Atlantic 10 play, putting them in first in the conference standings. The Flyers have also won seven games in a row dating back to Jan. 1.

Head coach Shauna Green is in her fifth season in charge of the Flyers and was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year last season, her second time at UD.

As a team, the Flyers are averaging 64.7 points per game and holding opponents to 53.4 points each contest. Dayton is shooting 42.3 percent overall, 31.5 percent from three point range, and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. UD is also outrebounding opponents by +9.7 margin.

Dayton is led by redshirt senior Erin Whalen with 13.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while fellow senior Jenna Giacone is adding 12.4 points each contest, including back-to-back 20-point games in her last two outings.

SCOUTING SAINT JOSEPH’S

Saint Joseph’s hosts the Flyers with a 5-2 record on the season and a 3-2 A-10 mark. The Hawks have gone undefeated at home, going 4-0 this year.

Head coach Cindy Griffin has been at SJU for 20 seasons and has 11 postseason appearances with the Hawks.

This year, the Hawks are scoring 67.1 points each outing and allowing just 59.0 points to opposing squads. Saint Joseph’s is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from behind the arc, and 75.2 percent from the charity stripe. The Hawks are outrebounding opponents and committing fewer turnovers.

Leading Saint Joes is Alayna Gribble with 13.4 points per game and shooting 42.1 percent from three. Gabby Smalls is contributing 11.0 points and 8.8 rebounds each outing as well.

LAST TIME OUT

Dayton traveled to Saint Louis Tuesday for a make-up game and took a 59-52 overtime victory in a back-and-forth affair. Three Flyers scored in double digits in the effort.

Saint Joseph’s also went into overtime in their last game, but came up on the losing end 50-48 at Rhode Island Sunday. The Hawks fell despite holding the Rams to just three points in the fourth quartter and were led by Gabby Small’s 11 points.

THE SERIES

Dayton and Saint Joseph’s have played 32 times previously with the Flyers winning 19 times and the Hawks winning 13 times. The Flyers have won eight in a row in the series including last year’s meeting on Feb. 2, 59-44, in Philadelphia.

STATISTICAL RANKINGS

This season the Flyers rank sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense and 10th in scoring defense. UD is also 17th in blocked shots per game and 21st in rebound margin. Individually, Tenin Magassa is 10th in the country in blocked shots per game while Araion Bradshaw is 26th in assist to turnover ratio.

PRESEASON POLL

Dayton was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll behind conference favorites VCU and ahead of Saint Louis, Davidson, Duquesne, and Fordham. The Flyers received two first-place votes.

PRESEASON HONORS

The Atlantic 10 released its preseason all-conference teams and recognized a trio of Flyers. Redshirt senior Erin Whalen earned First Team honors while fellow redshirt senior Araion Bradshaw was named Third Team and All-Defensive Team. Junior Kyla Whitehead joined Bradshaw on the Third Team as well.

UP NEXT

The Flyers remain in Philadelphia to take on La Salle Sunday at 12 p.m.

Matthew NeSmith, Mark Hubbard share Phoenix Open lead

Co-leader Matthew NeSmith nearly made a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th – and barely got a reaction from the few fans. Xander Schauffele flubbed a chip – and couldn’t help but hear a surprised spectator’s reaction.

With attendance capped at about 5,000 at sunny TPC Scottsdale – a fraction of the usual turnout but the most for a PGA Tour event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – the Waste Management Phoenix Open opened Thursday with some very different sights and sounds.

NeSmith started on No. 10, and went through 16 in the morning before many of the 2,000 allowed fans made their way to the stadium hole.

“Probably made the quietest almost hole-in-one ever on 16,” NeSmith said. “I got about six claps there and hit it to 6 inches.”

Schauffele had no trouble hearing the fan after the botched chip.

“When there’s a lot of people it almost becomes white noise,” Schauffele said. “Out here, I chunked my chip and some guy was like, `Dang, he duffed it.’ I’m like, `Yeah, you’re right, I just duffed the crap out of that chip.'”

NeSmith and Mark Hubbard topped the leaderboard at 8-under 63, a stroke ahead of fellow morning starters Nate Lashley and Sam Burns, and two in front of 53-year-old Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker.

Hubbard had his lowest score on the PGA Tour, and NeSmith matched his career low.

NeSmith holed a 30-yard bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 13th and chipped in from 55 feet for birdie on the par-4 sixth.

“I’m just trying to keep it in play, keep it in the short grass, give my irons a chance to speak for themselves, and that’s usually how I play my best golf,” NeSmith said after hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation.

He also shot 63 in November at Sea Island.

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Indiana Men’s Golf Set to Open Season at Big Ten Match Play

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s golf team officially opens the 2020-21 season on Friday in the Big Ten Match Play Championship on the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. The event will feature 12 Big Ten programs and IU will begin against Ohio State on Friday at 8 a.m.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Feb. 5-6, 2021

Big Ten Match Play Championship • Palm Coast, Fla.

Hammock Beach Resort • Ocean Course

Live Scoring via GolfStat

TEAM COMPETING (12)

Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern, Minnesota, Purdue

INDIANA LINEUP

IU will bring six to the tournament, with five playing in each match. Substitutions can be made between matches.

Mitch Davis (2-3-1)

Clay Merchent (first appearance)

Harry Reynolds (1-3)

Drew Salyers (first appearance)

Ethan Shepherd (9-2)

Brock Ochsenreiter (4-10)

(career match play record)

TOURNAMENT NOTES

This is the seventh consecutive year the event will be played at Hammock Beach Resort and the 13th year overall for the event. Last year, Indiana put up a 1-1-1 mark with a win against Rutgers, a loss to Penn State and a draw with Michigan. Davis, Shepherd and Evan Gaesser earned wins on the final day to lead IU past the Scarlet Knights. The Hoosiers won the very first Big Ten Match Championship in 2009.

The 12 teams have been drawn into a single-elimination bracket, with the seeds determined using the Nov. 11, 2020, final fall Golfstat rankings. Each team match will consist of six individual matches. Play gets started on Friday morning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. ET. No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Purdue and No. 4 Penn State will each receive a first-round bye. Indiana is the No. 10 seed.

In Friday’s afternoon session, beginning at 1 p.m. ET, top-ranked Northwestern will play the winner of the Maryland/Michigan State match, Minnesota will face the winner of the Indiana/Ohio State match, Purdue will take on the winner of Rutgers/Wisconsin and Penn State will take the course against the winner of Iowa/Nebraska.

On Saturday, the morning session (8 a.m. ET) features the championship semifinals and consolation semifinals, while Saturday afternoon concludes with the championship, third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches.

This is the first time the Hoosiers have competed since Feb. 23, 2020 at the Dorado Beach Collegiate.

MAKING CAREER DEBUTS

Freshmen Clay Merchent and Drew Salyers will make their Indiana debuts on Friday. Merchent is a native of Noblesville, Ind. and was a four-time All-State pick. Nationally, he posted a pair of AJGA wins and seven top-10 finishes, including at the Thunderbird Invitational and the Ping Invitational. Salyers, who hails from Howard, Ohio, owns numerous scoring titles, including all scoring and win records at East Knox. He also holds the Golfweek Tour Low 18-hole scoring record of 62 (-10) and his Golfweek career scoring average of 71.5 is the second-best all-time in Golfweek Junior Tour history. This past October, he won the Indiana PGA Indianapolis Open, carding a 10-under-par 134 to best the rest of the competitive field by six strokes.

HOOSIERS RETURN PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE

In addition to the impressive freshmen class, IU brings back its top three averages from season in Davis (73.81), Shepherd (74.00) and Ochsenreiter (74.13). The three of them have combined for 222 rounds of golf, including 109 from Ochsenreiter who returns for his fifth year. Davis had an impressive fall competing unattached, as he finished T2 at the Golfweek Hoosier Amateur at the Pfau Corse, T4 at the Golfweek Purdue Amateur and T11 at the Indiana PGA Indianapolis Open.

CINCINNATI VB: Bearcats Gear Up for Crosstown Rival Xavier

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team will face crosstown rival Xavier twice this weekend in a split series.

The Bearcats travel to Cintas Center on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 for a 6 p.m. ET first serve against the Musketeers ahead of UC’s home opener on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. inside Fifth Third Arena.

Cincinnati (1-1) is coming off a season opening series on the road at Illinois State. UC knocked off the Redbirds Friday but fell in straight sets on Saturday.

During Friday’s victory over Illinois State, Madison Waters and Maria Tobergte shared their first double-doubles of the season. The duo tied for the team high with 19 kills and averaged 4.75 kills per set with Waters adding 15 digs and Tobergte 11.

Waters leads the Bearcats in kills through the first week of play with 30, averaging 4.29 kills per set.

Ashley Kozer led the team in assists over the two matches with 82, along with scooping 28 digs.

SCOUTING XAVIER

The Musketeers are 1-1 on the season, coming off a 3-2 loss against Marshall and a 3-1 victory over Bellarmine last weekend.

This week’s BIG EAST Player of the Week MaryAnn O’Toole had a dominating weekend, posting 31 kills, 2 blocks and 39 digs. She averaged 3.44 kills per ser and ranks second on the team in digs.

BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Delaney Hogan also had a strong weekend, averaging 2.56 kills per set and posting a .328 hitting percentage.

LAST TIME

Cincinnati has won four straight over Xavier, dating to 2014. In the most recent matchup on Sept. 19, 2019, UC swept the Musketeers 3-0 The crosstown series started in 1973 and the Bearcats lead 25-11 all time.

OHIO STATE MEN’S GOLF

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Buckeyes Ready to Open Season at B1G Match Play

Ohio State won the event in 2019

Big Ten Match Play Championship  

Dates:              Feb. 5-6, 2020

Host:               Big Ten Conference

Course:           Hammock Beach Resort, Ocean Course, Palm Coast, Fla.

Live Scoring:  Golfstat

Format:           Match play, 6 players per team

Tee Times:      Friday – Round 1, 8 a.m. shotgun; Round 2, 1 p.m. shotgun

Saturday – Round 3, 8 a.m. shotgun; Round 4, 1 p.m. shotgun

Teams:            Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska,

                          Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State heads south to sunny Florida to open its 2021 season at the Big Ten Match Play Championship. The event is being held The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. This will be the first of seven regular season events this spring for the Buckeyes before the Big Ten Championship at the end of April.

Ohio State’s lineup will consist of Elis Svard, Patrick Schmucking, Felix Kvarnstrom, Jackson Chandler, Grant Engle and Adam Wallin.

The Buckeyes have competed in 11 of the 12 previous installments of the tournament, dating back to 2009.

Last year, Ohio State went 2-1 in its three matches. The Buckeyes tied Nebraska in the opener, but the Huskers advanced on the total holes won tiebreaker. They then rolled Wisconsin 5-1 and beat rival Michigan by the same score to close out the event.

Felix Kvarnstrom and Patrick Schmucking ran the table in their matches, each finishing a perfect 3-0 for the tournament.

The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort is aptly named as it is situated along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The course features wetlands, lakes, and six holes directly on the ocean. A Jack Nicklaus design, the Ocean Course is considered “Florida’s Ocean Course” and has been recognized in nearly all major golf publications as a stellar challenging course.

The No. 7 seed Buckeyes begin with a first-round matchup versus No. 10 Indiana.

If Ohio State wins the match, they will take on No. 2 seed Minnesota.

The tournament is a traditional bracket style competition, with consolation matches to determine placing.

OHIO STATE WRESTLING: Buckeyes Head to West Lafayette for Tri-Match with Iowa & Purdue
Just four regular season matches remain before next month’s Big Ten Championships 

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Iowa & No. 27 Purdue

Date: Feb. 7, 2021

Time: 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Venue: West Lafayette, Ind. — Holloway Gymnasium

Watch: BTN & BTN Plus+
Live Updates: @wrestlingbucks

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 8 Ohio State is riding a four-match win streak as it heads to West Lafayatte, Ind., this Sunday for a tri-match with No. 1 Iowa and No. 27 Purdue. The match with Iowa will start at 2 p.m. and will be televised on BTN. Fans then need to jump over to BTN Plus+ to catch the Purdue match which will start at 4 p.m.

This weekend starts the closing stretch of the abbreviated season. After these two matches, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on rival Michigan on Feb. 12 and then host Penn State on Feb. 19. The sprint of regular season matches will then give way to a two-week break leading into the Big Ten Championships on March 6-7. That will be the last chance for each wrestler to make their case for being one of the chosen 33 to compete at the NCAA Championships on March 18-20.

  • Big weekend ahead for the Buckeyes (4-1) as they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for a tri-match with No. 1 Iowa and No. 27 Purdue. The match with Iowa will be televised on BTN.
  • Ohio State has just four team victories against Iowa but two of those wins have come in the last six meetings.
  • Against Purdue, Ohio State holds a 53-23-7 record and the Buckeyes have won 10 consecutive matches dating back to 2007.
  • According to Track Wrestling, eight Buckeyes have Top 25 rankings including five in the Top 10.
  • Malik Heinselman became the latest “Black Shirt” member this week. The black shirt signifies a student-athlete is conducting themselves in the right way on and off the mat and he can now wear black inside the Jennings Wrestling Facility. Heinselman joins Sammy Sasso, Ethan Smith and Kaleb Romero.
  • Kaleb Romero is 5-0 on the season and has won each of his last three matches by major decision
  • Sammy Sasso has recorded a team-high two pins so far this season and has an overall record of 5-0.
  • Freshman Anthony Echemendia has started his much-anticipated Buckeye career with four consecutive victories.
  • The Buckeyes blanked Maryland last Sunday 41-0. That was just the fourth time in program history that Ohio State held an opponent scoreless and the first time since 1979. The other two occurrences came in 1939 and 1927.

OHIO STATE SWIMMING: Swimming & Diving Teams Travel to Purdue Triple Dual 

First visit for an Ohio State team to West Lafayette since the 2015 season 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Friday for a Saturday triple dual meet against host Purdue University along with teams from Indiana University and Rutgers University (women only). Start time is 10 a.m. at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. The meet will be closed to the public.

The competition – a 16-event dual order of events – will start at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. There will be two heats of each event for both the men and the women racers. Dive scoring will come from the 1-meter and platform events.

Order of Events

200 Medley relay

1,000 Free

200 Free

100 Back

100 Breast

200 Fly

50 Free

100 Free

200 Back

200 Breast

500 Free

100 Fly

200 IM

400 Free relay

Ohio State Today

Both the Ohio State men’s and women’s teams are 1-1 on the season, with season-opening wins Jan. 16 over Penn State at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and losses to nationally-ranked Indiana teams, respectively, Jan. 22 in Bloomington, Ind.

Ohio State’s women are ranked 14th nationally in the CSCAA Coaches’ Poll and the Ohio State men are ranked 17th.

The visit to compete at Purdue will be the first for the Ohio State women’s team since 2015, and since 2013 for the men’s program.

2021 Race/Diving Wins – Ohio State Women

Taylor Petrak

§  100 free vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

Sally Tafuto

§  500 free vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

§  1,000 free vs. Indiana, Jan. 22

Katie Trace

§  400 IM at Indiana, Jan. 22

Brynna Wolfe

§  100 back at Indiana, Jan. 22

§  200 back at Indiana, Jan. 22

200 Freestyle Relay

§  Petrak, Rayner, Crane, Zenick vs. IU, Jan. 22

400 Freestyle Relay

§  Zenick, Petrak, Rayner, Fulmer vs. PSU, Jan. 16

Mackenzie Crawford

§  1-meter vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

§  3-meter vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

2021 Race/Diving Wins – Ohio State Men

Sam Andreis

§  50 free vs. Indiana, Jan. 22

Paul Delakis

§  200 free vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

§  400 IM at Indiana, Jan. 22

Charlie Clark

§  500 free vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

§  1,000 free vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

Jason Mathews

§  100 breast vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

§  100 breast at Indiana, Jan. 22

§  200 breast at Indiana, Jan. 22

Hunter Armstrong

§  100 free vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

§  100 back vs. Indiana, Jan. 22

Joseph Canova

§  1-meter dive vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

§  3-meter dive vs. Penn State, Jan. 16

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Omaha to host all rounds of the Division I Women’s Volleyball tournament

The Division I Competition Oversight Committee approved consolidating the Division I Women’s Volleyball tournament to one location in support of providing the most flexibility to conduct competition and health protocols for the student-athletes. 
The 48 teams selected to participate in the tournament will gather in Omaha, NE, which is already scheduled to host the National Semifinals and Finals. All rounds of the tournament will take place at CHI Health Center Omaha and the Convention Center. First-round matches will occur April 13, followed by second-round matches April 14. The regional semifinals will be held April 17, followed by the regional finals April 19. The two national semifinal matches will be April 22, and the national championship match is scheduled for April 24. ( All dates are subject to change). 

INDIANA STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Sycamores Travel North for Grand Valley State Snowdown Showdown this Weekend

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ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Indiana State track & field programs will make the trek north this weekend to Allendale, Mich., for the Grand Valley State Snowdown Showdown.

The heptathlon will begin on Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. ET with events on Saturday slated to start at 9 a.m. ET.

LAST TIME OUT

The Sycamores picked-up their second consecutive team victories last Saturday when they both were the Sycamore Team Challenge victors. Indiana State’s men earned a combined 207 points and defeated Southeast Missouri State (77), Miami (OH) (76), Purdue Fort Wayne (41) and Bradley (32). The Indiana State women tallied 206 points and overtook Miami (OH) (78), Bradley (74), Southeast Missouri State (62) and Purdue Fort Wayne (57).

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Indiana State swept the MVC Field Athlete of the Week awards after strong performances by both the men and women. Dearis Herron was named the Male Field Athlete of the Week, using his final jump in the long jump to set a facility record and record the best mark in the Valley of 7.28m (23-10.75). Freshman Selene Weaver won the women’s award, winning the women’s pole vault with a facility record and personal-best vault of 3.69m (12-01.25).

RANKINGS CENTRAL

In their first appearance in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional Rankings the ISU men entered at #7 while the women entered at #12. In the national TFRI, the Sycamore men appear in the top-100 at #75, the second-highest rated MVC squad. The Sycamore women appear at #63 in the national poll, also as the second-highest rated MVC team.

EVENT SQUAD RANKINGS

The Sycamore men appear in the top-40 of nine events in the USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings. They are led with a #7 ranking in the high jump with an average jump of 2.03m (6-07.75). ISU’s women appear in the top-40 of four events, led by the shot put at 14th with an average toss of 13.61m (44-08.00). Event Squad Rankings places a rank order to a program’s “squad” of athletes in a particular event, using the cumulative season-best qualifying marks from a team’s top-four ranked athletes on the national descending-order list.

FLYING HIGH

Indiana State’s men’s high jumpers began their season in a big way at the John Gartland Invitational. Nick Schutlz and Kevin Krutsch both cleared a bar of 2.11m (6-11.00) to finish one-two in the event. Their clearance is a personal-best for both athletes and puts the atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: Nicole Fougerousse Named Pitching Coach for Sycamore Softball

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head softball coach Mike Perniciaro announced the addition of Nicole Fougerousse (few-jers) to the coaching staff for the 2021 season.

“We are excited to add Nicole to our coaching staff,” said head coach Mike Perniciaro. “She is a former Sycamore and has valuable experience that will make our team better. She has extensive knowledge of pitching fundamentals and mechanics, plus her experience in the realm of sport psychology will be an added bonus that will help our team grow. Nicole has a passion for coaching and a brings a high energy level to the field.”

Fougerousse served as the pitching coach at Tennessee State University in 2016 before moving to Ireland to complete her Master of Science degree in Sport Psychology.  Once returning to Indiana, she opened an indoor softball training facility located in Linton, focusing on developing each athlete holistically.

In 2011, Fougerousse took over the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School program and improved their season record, ERA and batting average over the five years as their head coach. In 2015, she led the Cardinals to their fifth Sectional title in school history, and a 2-1 loss against Indianapolis Lutheran kept them from the school’s first Regional Championship.

While still attending Indiana State University on the Gongaware Scholarship, Fougerousse formed the first non-profit travel softball organization in Greene County, Indiana. From 2006-2012 she coached the 10U-16U Clover Softball travel teams. In 2010, Fougerousse was the pitching coach for the IHSAA State Runner-Up Linton-Stockton Miner softball team, who went 26-1 and posted an ERA of .54 for the season.

Fougerousse brings over a decade of coaching experience to the position and returns to where she began her collegiate career in 2005. Numerous knee surgeries sidelined her playing prematurely, so she jumped straight into the coaching realm.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VB: Katie Crowe Named Horizon League Player of the Week

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced on Thursday, February 4 that Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball senior Katie Crowe was selected as one of the League’s Players of the Week.

Crowe led Purdue Fort Wayne to their first two Horizon League wins in program history, sweeping Youngstown State twice. In those two matches, Crowe averaged 5.00 kills per set, a .359 hitting percentage, 4.67 digs per set, and 1.17 aces per set. She had double-doubles in both contests with 13 kills and 10 digs on Monday and 17 kills and 11 digs on Tuesday. These were her 37th and 38th career double-doubles.

The senior from Leo, Indiana had seven aces against the Penguins, six of which came in Monday’s match. Three of her aces came in a row.

In addition to her statistics for the week, Crowe also became a member of the Purdue Fort Wayne 1,000-kill club. She needed 10 kills on Tuesday to reach the plateau, and it only took to the 3-2 mark of the second set to do so. She had nine kills in the opening set. She became the 10th Mastodon in program history to join both the 1,000-kill and 1,000 dig clubs.

After two weeks of play, Crowe is the Horizon League leader in kills per set and points per set.

This is Crowe’s first Horizon League Player of the Week honor, but she was named the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week twice in 2019.

Crowe and the Mastodons are back in action on Monday, February 8 at IUPUI, which is 0-4 this season.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB: Purdue Fort Wayne Men’s Hoops Take On The Titans This Weekend

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball (6-9, 5-9 Horizon) travels north to the Motor City to face Detroit Mercy (6-8, 5-5 Horizon) as the ‘Dons look to move up the Horizon League Championship seeding.

GAME 1

When: Friday, February 5 | 6:00 p.m. ET

GAME 2

When: Saturday, February 6 | 5:00 p.m. ET

Game Day Information

Where: Calihan Hall | Detroit, Mich.

Video: ESPN3 (Friday | Saturday)

Radio: The Fan 1380 AM (link)

    Talent: Brett Rump, Art Saltsberg

Live Stats: Link

Series History: Mastodons lead 2-0

Game Notes (PDF): Purdue Fort Wayne | Detroit Mercy | Horizon League

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Detroit Mercy has won three straight and five of their last six games.

• Junior Antoine Davis is the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals last week.

• Antoine Davis is averaging 21.1 points per game on the season.

• Detroit Mercy is giving up 76.2 points per game while scoring 74.9.

• In the first 2021 Horizon League Basketball Championships rankings released by the league this week, the Titans were ranked ninth while the Mastodons were seventh.

THIS GAME IS NO SECRET:

During the Feb. 5 and 6 games at Detroit Mercy, the Mastodon men’s basketball student-athletes will wear warm-up shirts with the phrase “THIS GAME IS NO SECRET”. These shirts are part of College Insider’s initiative to recognize legendary coach John McLendon and the “Secret Game”. McLendon, while the coach at the North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central), arranged the “Secret Game” in 1944. It was the first integrated college basketball game in the South between his team and a group of Duke University students. The game played with no fans and the public only learned about the game years later. McLendon’s revolutionary up-tempo style helped his team win the game 88-44. The two teams then mixed squads and played a scrimmage. McLendon would go on to coach Horizon League member Cleveland State from 1967 to 1969.

FROM THREE!:

• The Mastodons are No. 6 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.7 percent.

• The Mastodons set a program record for single-game 3-point percentage at Milwaukee (Jan. 16) by making 70.6 percent (12-of-17).

• Three of the Mastodons’ top 10 all-time 3-point percentage performances have happened this season.

1st, Jan. 16 at Milwaukee (70.6 percent, 12-of-17)

7th, Dec. 27, vs. Robert Morris (64.7 percent, 11-of-17)

10th, Jan. 9, vs. UIC (61.1 percent, 11-of-18)

‘DONS AND ENDS:

• The Mastodons have 10 players averaging 9.8 minutes per game or more. The last time the ‘Dons finished a season with that many players seeing 9.8 or more minutes per game was 2011-12 when 11 different players did so.

• The Mastodons picked up two career high performances last week. Bobby Planutis had a career-high 16 points in the opener against Oakland. Jalon Pipkins followed up the next day with a career-best 21 points.

• Jalon Pipkins attempted a combined three 3-pointers in the six games against Robert Morris, Northern Kentucky and UIC. However in the last six games against Milwaukee, Green Bay and Oakland he is 12-of-23 at 52.2 percent from three.

• Two of the best shooting games during the Division I era have occurred this season. The ‘Dons shot 64.2 percent against Robert Morris (Dec. 27) and 62.8 percent at Milwaukee (Jan. 16). The performances rank fourth and fifth best in program history during the DI era.

• The ‘Dons didn’t miss a shot in the first seven and a half minutes of the second half at Milwaukee (Jan. 16). The ‘Dons were 7-for-7, 6-of-6 from three, with four made free throws for good measure.

• Dylan Carl is 17th in the nation in two-point shots. He has made 42-of-57 from inside the arc for a 73.7 percent mark.

• With two overtime wins this season, the ‘Dons are now 8-3 in overtime games under head coach Jon Coffman.

• The ‘Dons have shot 60 percent or better in a half six times this season.

• The Mastodons’ 33 point victory over UIC on Jan. 9 was the Mastodons’ largest over a league opponent since defeating IUPUI by 38 points on March 8, 2014 85-47 in the Summit League Tournament.

• The Mastodons are shooting 50.2 percent on the season, 15th best in the nation and best in the league.

• The Mastodons are scoring 75.8 points per game, 86th best in the nation.

• The Mastodons’ 8.5 3-pointers per game rank 77th in the nation.

• Six times this season, the ‘Dons have kept their opponent to a sub 30.0 percent shooting performance from beyond the arc.

• The ‘Dons limited Southeastern Louisiana to 3.6 percent (1-of-28) from three. Per sports-reference.com, since 2010-11, it was only the third time a team has limited an opponent to a sub 4.0 percent performance from beyond the arc with 28 or more attempts from three. Of note in the game, Southeastern Louisiana made their first attempt and missed their next 27.

• Deonte Billups made a career-high six 3-pointers in the opener against Northern Kentucky. It is the most 3-pointers in a game by a Mastodon this season. It was one of Billups’ best games as a Mastodon. All told he was 8-of-10 from the floor for a career-high 22 points while adding three rebounds.

MORE BLOCKS THAN A TWITTER TROLL:

Dylan Carl has 103 blocks in his career. He is in fifth place in program history in the category.  Up next on the list is Brent Calhoun (2012-17) with 109. Carl and Calhoun were teammates in 2016-17.

THE ‘DONS WENT TO JARRED:

• Jarred Godfrey is officially on the 1,000-point total watch as he enters this weekend with 985 career points.

• Jarred Godfrey is leading the team in points (16.5), rebounding (5.3), assists (3.3) and steals (1.7) per game.

• Jarred Godfrey finished with a line of 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals against Robert Morris (Dec. 27). Per sports-reference.com, he is one of only 10 players since the 2010-11 season to record such a line in a game. The list includes Ben Simmons and Kemba Walker. He is the only player on the list to do so while taking fewer than 14 shots from the floor. Godfrey shot 9-of-11.

• Sports-reference.com produces game scores for individual performances, with 10 being average and 40 being outstanding. Godfrey earned a 31.8 for his 41-point outburst against UIC. He received a 31.0 for his game against Robert Morris (Dec. 27). Current Memphis Grizzlies member John Konchar is the only other Mastodon in program history with two game scores better than 31.0. The database goes back to the 2010-11 season.

• Jarred Godfrey was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for his two performances over UIC. Additionally, Godfrey was named the Lou Henson National Player of the Week by CollegeInsider.com. He averaged 28.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Godfrey shot 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from the floor and 60.0 percent (6-of-10) from three.

• Godfrey’s Player of the Week was boosted by a 41-point performance on Jan. 8. The career high stands as the most by a Mastodon in program history at the Gates Sports Center. It was also three points shy of the program record for points in a game. He finished a career-best 11-of-12 from the line. Godfrey scored eight points in the extra session.

• Jarred Godfrey has made 53-of-59 free throws on the season (89.8 percent), best in the league. He entered the season shooting 69.6 percent from the line in his career.

• Jarred Godfrey has scored 20 or more points in six Horizon League games this season.

• Jarred Godfrey’s 1.7 steals per game ranks fourth in the league.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB: Purdue Fort Wayne WBB Heads to Youngstown State This Weekend

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will hit the road this week, traveling to Youngstown State for Friday and Saturday games.

Game Day Information

Video: ESPN+

Series History: Youngstown State leads 4-2

Last Meeting: 11/13/2011 | L, 91-81 | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Youngstown State | Horizon League

GAME 1

When: Friday, February 5 | 2 p.m.

Where: Beeghly Center | Youngstown, Ohio

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

GAME 2

When: Saturday, February 6 | 1 p.m.

Where: Beeghly Center | Youngstown, Ohio

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Know Your Foe

Youngstown State is 6-4 in Horizon League play and is coming off a split series with Robert Morris on the road. The Penguins has four wins this season against UIC. Freshman Nneka Obiazor is leading the team with 14.5 points per game, while Mary Dunn and Chelsea Olson are also in double-figures at 13.6 and 12.1 points per game.

The Series

Purdue Fort Wayne and Youngstown State have not played a women’s basketball contest since November 13, 2011 in Fort Wayne, which the Penguins took a 91-81 win. Prior to that, the Mastodons beat 73-61 on the road. YSU leads the overall series 4-2.

Career-Highs for the Newcomers!

Freshman Rylie Parker and Eastern Kentucky transfer Valerie Clark both had career-highs against Wright State on Friday, January 29. Parker led the team with 13 points while Valerie Clark had 12, which came on four 3-pointers.

Shayla’s Impact on the Horizon

Shayla Sellers is third in the Horizon League in blocks with 19 this season, which is fourth on a per game basis at 1.19. In addition to her blocks, she is also third in the League in total steals with 28. She is eighth in the League in steals per game at 1.75.

I’ll Take That Basketball, Thank you!

Purdue Fort Wayne is top-50 in the country in steals with 136 this season. This ranks 44th overall and second in the Horizon League. The Mastodons have recorded double-digit steals in six games this season. The ‘Dons had 18 steals against SIUE and 14 at Evansville.

How Was Oakland’s Shooting? Not Great Bob!

In Purdue Fort Wayne’s second game against Oakland, the Mastodons held the Golden Grizzlies without a 3-pointer, forcing OU to go 0 for 10 from beyond the arc. This was the worst shooting performance by an opponent since Illinois went 0 for 21 against the ‘Dons in 2014. This was the second time a team under Niecee Nelson has kept an opponent scoreless from 3-point range, the first team was the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in 2018, who went 0 for 7.

Ring the Bell

Sierra Bell had a career-high 21 points on January 16 against Green Bay, which surpassed her previous high as a Mastodon of 16 points, which came earlier this year at Evansville. She used a 7 of 16 shooting day with 4 of 11 from deep for her 21 points, while also recording four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

What’s Up Shay?

Shayla Sellers had an impressive weekend stat line against Cleveland State to start 2021. In the two-game series, the sophomore had 27 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks. Her 15 points on New Year’s Day tied her career-high and her five assists in the second game were also a career-high.

Swipe, Swipe, Swipe it, Swipe

Shayla Sellers had five steals against Green Bay on January 15, which was the most for any Mastodon since she had eight herself on November 24, 2019.

Now That’s a First!

Purdue Fort Wayne freshman Jaida Wolfork recorded double-digit rebounds in her first two games as a Mastodon. Given available game-by-game records, she became the first freshman in program history to grab 10 boards in her first two collegiate contests. She was also the first Mastodon freshman to record 10 rebounds in back-to-back games since two players did it in the 1999-2000 season, but Wolfork is the first to do so in the Division I era.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Wright State in a pair of contests at home last week. The ‘Dons had career-high performances from Rylie Parker and Valerie Clark, who led the Mastodons in the first game. The ‘Dons were even with the Raiders through three quarters in game two.

Coming Up

The ‘Dons will have another road series next week, when they visit Cleveland State, who they fell to twice earlier this season at home.

IUPUI MBB: JAGUARS TO HEAD NORTH TO FACE GREEN BAY

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Dates:   Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 – 4 p.m. CST

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 – 4 p.m. CST

Location:              Green Bay, Wisc. – Kress Center  

Live Video:          Game #1 / ESPN3

Game #2 / ESPN3

Tickets: NONE AVAILABLE

Game Notes:     IUPUI (PDF)   |  GB (PDF)

Live Stats:            Live Stats

Social Media:                     Twitter   |   Instagram

Series History:   All-Time Results

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The IUPUI basketball team will make one of the more arduous trips the Horizon League has to offer this week when the Jaguars trek north to face Green Bay in a two-game series. The two teams will square off on Friday (Feb. 5) and Saturday (Feb. 6) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern and both contests will be seen on ESPN3.

IUPUI (4-7, 3-7 HL) is 3-3 over its last six games after opening the season with multiple COVID-19 delays and a 1-4 mark in its first five contests. Since then, the Jaguars have gotten on track, led by the scoring duo of seniors Marcus Burk and Jaylen Minnett. Burk is averaging 23.5 points per game over the past six games and shooting 50 percent from three-point range during that span while Minnett is averaging 17.5 points and 3.2 assists per game during that same span. Inside, senior Elyjah Goss took over as the program’s all-time leading rebounder last week and currently leads the Horizon League at 10.6 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-7 Illinois-native is coming off back-to-back double-doubles in the two-game series with Milwaukee as he averaged 11.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots against the Panthers last week.

Goss now has four double-doubles on the year and 18 in his IUPUI career.

More to follow…

FEATURES ON THE IUPUI BASKETBALL TEAM

IUPUI students have written stories on different subjects on this year’s men’s basketball team through a series of class assignments. Read their work, as published earlier on IUPUIJags.com and other social channels.

    RIMM INSTILLING NEW CULTURE INTO MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM, by Bobby Taylor

    COHESION KEY AS JAGUARS SET TO OPEN UNIQUE 2020-2021 CAMPAIGN, by Andrew Thomison

    HOOPS ROOTS RUN DEEP IN DePERSIA FAMILY, by Ed Clark

    MINNETT LOOKING TO IMPROVE AS A LEADER HEADING INTO SENIOR SEASON, by Devin Voss

    GEORGIADIS’S TRAVAILS LAND HIM AT IUPUI, by Alex Burr

OPENING TIPS (notes about this week’s series with GB / click here to read the full game notes)

IUPUI is coming off a weekend split of a home series with Milwaukee last week and has won three of six games since starting the year 1-4 overall. The Jags come in at 4-7 overall and 3-7 in Horizon League games.

Since joining the Horizon League, IUPUI has experienced significant success against Green Bay, winning five of the six meetings. The Jags have won all three of their trips to Green Bay since joining the league. 

Senior Marcus Burk is on a tear, averaging 23.5 points over his past six ballgames, which includes his having to miss the opening half of the first game of the WSU series to COVID-19 protocols. More impressive has been his efficiency as he’s hit 52.5 percent (53-of-101) attempts from the field and 50 percent (17-of-34) from three-point range during that span. Burk has since climbed to No. 3 in the Horizon League in scoring (19.6 ppg) and No. 7 in field goal percentage (46.6%).

IUPUI is 9-3 under head coach Byron Rimm when holding opponents to 69 points or fewer.

Senior Elyjah Goss took over as IUPUI’s all-time leader in rebounds last week and now has 788 in his collegiate career. After leading the league in rebounding last season at 11.5 boards per game, he currently leads the league again this season at 10.6 rebounds per game. Goss already holds IUPUI’s single-game (21 reb) and single-season (369 last season) records for rebounding.

Senior Jaylen Minnett is coming off a season-high 26-point effort in last Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee. Minnett hit 9-of-23 shots, including three 3’s, and all five of his free throw attempts in that contest.

The Horizon League recently announced the postseason tournament format as the first round (seeds 5-12) will be played on campus sites on Thursday, Feb. 25, followed by the quarterfinals round on campus sites on Tuesday, Mar. 2. The semifinals and championship game will return to Indianapolis in 2021 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

IUPUI has had eight different players start at least one game with sophomore Nathan McClure being the most recent addition to the Jaguars’ starting five, just prior to the Northern Kentucky series. Goss and sophomore Mike DePersia are the only players to have started all 11 games so far this season.

    AGAINST THE PHOENIX

    IUPUI has had Green Bay’s number since joining the Horizon League prior to the 2017-18 season, including winning all three of the matchups in Green Bay. IUPUI had won six-in-a-row against Green Bay prior to losing last year’s Feb. 6 meeting in Indy.

    Senior Jaylen Minnett personally tormented Green Bay last year, averaging 31.5 points per game in the two meetings while connecting on 14-of-28 from three-point range 11-of-12 from the foul line. His 32 points (11-27 FG, 8-18 3’s, 2-3 FT) was a career-best effort.

    MR. REBOUND

    While it was seemingly a foregone conclusion entering the season, senior Elyjah Goss took over as IUPUI’s all-time leader in rebounds last week against Milwaukee. The Illinois-native posted back-to-back double-doubles in the two-game set with the Panthers and eclipsed IUPUI Hall of Famer Don Carlisle’s all-time rebounding record on Jan. 29 and has grabbed 788 rebounds in his four-year career.

    After earning Horizon League All-Defensive Team honors last year and leading the league in rebounding at 11.5 rebounds per game, Goss has backed it up and is leading the league in boards again this year at 10.6 rebounds per contest.

    Goss owns IUPUI’s single-game (21), single season (369) and career rebounding (788 and counting) records.

    He entered this season fifth on the program’s career rebounding list and owns six career games of 17 boards or more. He owns 35 career double-digit rebound games and 18 career double-doubles. Last year, he tied IUPUI’s D1 record with 12 double-doubles in a season.

    Below is a look at IUPUI’s top four in career rebounds.

    1.    788    Elyjah Goss    2017-pr.

    2.    769    Don Carlisle    1997-01

    3.    703    Brandon Cole    2002-06

        703    Jesse Bingham    1985-89

    69 OR LESS

    Through a combination of pace and defense, IUPUI has found that 69 carries weight on the scoreboard. When holding foes to 69 points or less the past two seasons, IUPUI is 9-3 (.750) and 2-29 (.065) when the opposition hits for 70-or-more.

    SATURDAYS ARE FOR STEAK (TACOS)

    Going through the NBA process this past summer, senior Marcus Burk was afforded three pieces of advice heading into the college campaign. Tighten up his body, become better defensively and show more playmaking ability.

    Burk went to a largely vegetarian diet in August 2020 (he allows himself to eat meat on Saturdays – his favorite is steak tacos) and worked tirelessly on his body during the offseason, shedding 10 pounds. His work in the weight room has seen him up his strength and lower his Body Mass Index (BMI). His BMI was at 13.7 at the close of last season and now hovers between 7-8.

    Defensively, he currently leads the Horizon League at 2.09 steals per game and has routinely drawn the assignment of guarding the opposition’s best wing players.

    MARCUS MY WORD

    Marcus Burk was one of five players voted to the Horizon League Preseason First Team before the season by the league’s coaches, media and sports information personnel. Burk averaged 21.3 points per game last year and drained 93 3’s in his first year with the program.

    Burk scored in double-digits in 29 of his 32 games last season, including hitting for 20-or-more 19 times. He topped 30 points on four different occasions, highlighted by a career-high 39 points in an overtime win at Oakland last season.

    With Burk returning, it marks the first time IUPUI’s top scorer from a season ago returned since Darell Combs returned in 2016-17 after leading the Jags in scoring at 16.3 points per game in 2015-16. Combs upped his output to 16.8 points per game as a senior in 2016-17.

    Including his two years at Campbell before coming to IUPUI, Burk has totaled 1,674 points (No 19 among active D1 players) and 276 threes made (No. 7 among active D1 players) in his collegiate career.

    NOT JUST 3’S

    Last year, Burk was far more inclined to fire from three while this year, he’s mixing it up more. A season ago, 39% of his field goals came from behind the line and 44% of his attempts were three-point attempts.

    This season, teams have chased him off the line as 31% of his made field goals are threes and 39% of his overall attempts have come from behind the arc.

    BATMAN & ROBIN, PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY

    Marcus Burk and Jaylen Minnett are challenging to be one of the top duos, ranking among the nation’s top returning pairs this year.  The duo is one of four in the country that returns to school after averaging at least a combined 35 points per game or better last season.

    UTSA – Jhivan Jackson (26.8) & Keaton Wallace (18.8) = 45.6

    Austin Peay – Terry Taylor (21.8) & Jordyn Adams (17.4) = 39.2

    Iowa – Luka Garza (23.7) & Joe Wieskamp (14.0) = 38.0

    IUPUI – Marcus Burk (21.3) & Jaylen Minnett (16.6) = 37.9

    Burk’s 21.3 points per game were the most by an IUPUI player since George Hill averaged 21.5 per game in 2007-08. Minnett connected for a school record 115 3’s during the season and became the 24th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points in an IUPUI uniform.

    This season, they’re down a tick at a combined 34.6 points per game.

    JAYL3N

    Senior Jaylen Minnett became the 24th player in program history to achieve 1,000 career points in an IUPUI uniform against Green Bay on Feb. 6, 2020 as part of a career-high 32-point effort last season. He enters today’s game with 1,290 career points, ranking No. 14 on the program’s all-time list. He became the 16th player to hit for 1,000 points in three seasons or less in IUPUI history. Given his track record, he should move into the top 10 by season’s end. Below is a snippet of the program’s all-time leading scorers and where Minnett sits.

    10.)     1,373     Ron Angevine     1979-83

    11.)    1,340     Don Carlisle     1997-01

    12.)     1,319     Brandon Cole     2002-06

    13.)     1,290    Jaylen Minnett    2017-pr.         14.)     1,247     Eric McKay     1982-85

    Minnett has also taken over as the program’s all-time list in threes made and will continue to add to that total all season long.

    1.) Jaylen Minnett    267    2017-pres.

    2.) Brandon Cole        238    2002-06

    3.) Rodney Thomas    215    1996-00

    4.) Carlos Knox        208    1994-98

    Finally, Minnett owns the fifth-longest streak of consecutive games with at least one made three in NCAA history at 69 games… Minnett made at least one trey in all 32 games last season and all 33 games of his sophomore campaign. He also hit threes in the final three games of the 2017-18 season.

    Here’s the list of the longest streaks of threes made in NCAA Division I history:

    1.) Mack Smith (Eastern Ill.)    ended Jan. 14, 2021    91 straight games / OVC record

           Cory Bradford (Illinois)    ended Feb. 10, 2001    88 straight games / B10 record

    3.) Jordan Howard (Central Ark.)    ended 2017    73 straight games / Southland rec.

           Wally Lancaster (Va. Tech)    ended 1989    73 straight games / ACC record

    5.) Jaylen Minnett (IUPUI)    ended Jan. 2, 2021    69 straight games / HL record

    TWO-HEADED MONSTER

    The Jaguars’ point guard duo of Mike DePersia (4.4 ppg, 3.3 apg) and Bakari LaStrap (3.5 ppg, 1.6 apg) have been formidable this season, having combined to deliver 55 assists against 27 turnovers (2.04 a/to ratio). The pair combines to play 39.7 minutes per game while averaging 7.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

    BY GEORG-IADIS

    Junior Dimitri Georgiadis is coming off his best game of the season as he pumped in five points and four rebounds in nine minutes last Saturday against Milwaukee. Georgiadis was slowed at the start of the season as he recovered from a knee injury, but is slowly gaining momentum as the Jaguars’ top big man off the bench.

    PILING UP

    IUPUI has three high achieving seniors on the roster who all rank among all of Division I college basketball’s active career leaders in specific categories.

    Senior Marcus Burk, who played his first two seasons at Campbell, ranks No. 19 in all of college basketball with 1,674 career points (898 in an IUPUI uniform). Burk also ranks No. 7 among active D1 players, having made 276 three-point field goals (118 in an IUPUI uniform).

    Senior Jaylen Minnett ranks 13th among Division I players by having made 267 three-point field goals in his IUPUI career.

    Senior Elyjah Goss ranks No. 12 among all active Division I players by having grabbed 788 career rebounds.

    TAP INTO THE RESERVES

    After averaging just 10 points per game off the bench last season, this year’s Jaguars has shown more depth and options off the bench. Through 11 games, IUPUI reserves are scoring 16.0 points per game and have topped 20 points four times.

    Azariah Seay is currently fourth on the team in scoring at 6.3 points per game, largely off the bench and Bobby Harvey is next in line at 6.1, primarily as a reserve. Freshman Bakari LaStrap checks in at 3.5 points per game and has come off the bench in all 11 contests.

    Seay scored a career-high 14 (6-9 FG, 2-4 3’s) against Cleveland State on Jan. 2 and Marcus Burk scored 14 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3’s) against Wright State on Jan. 22 as the Jaguars top games by reserves this season.

    CLASS ACTS

    IUPUI is coming off a banner semester in the classroom, achieving a 3.20 grade point average during the fall. Ten Jags (Carrasco, DePersia, Dhaliwal, Harvey, LaStrap, McClure, Pandev, Seay, Shirley and Stoltz) all posted a GPA of 3.0 or better, paced by McClure (3.93), Stoltz (3.75) and DePersia (3.66).

IUPUI WBB: JAGS HIT ROAD FOR TWO GAMES AT UIC

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CHICAGO, Ill. – With just three weeks left in the regular season, IUPUI women’s basketball begins its push toward the Horizon League Tournament with games at UIC on Friday (Feb. 3) and Saturday (Feb. 4). Both games against the Flames will begin at 3 p.m. ET and will be streamed on ESPN+.

Friday, Feb. 3

@ UIC // 3 p.m. ET // Live Stats // ESPN+

Saturday, Feb. 4

@ UIC // 3 p.m. ET // Live Stats // ESPN+

Rachel on a roll

– Rachel McLimore is averaging 23 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game in the last four games for IUPUI. During the run, McLimore is shooting 45 percent from the field, 44 percent from three and 75 percent from the free throw line. McLimore has hit at least seven free throws in three of the last four games and hit three threes in each of the last two.

– In the first nine games of the season, McLimore averaged just 9.7 points per game, had made a collective three threes and eight free throws. McLimore shot just 21 percent from three in the first nine games.

Williams still going

– Macee Williams is averaging 14.3 points and 10 rebounds in her last four games since the Jags returned from two weeks off due to COVID-19 protocols. Williams has scored in double-figures in each of her last three games and pulled down 10 rebounds in two of the three. In the last game against Green Bay, WIlliams scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, going 8-for-10 from the free throw line against the Phoenix. Williams also led the team with five assists.

Jags seeding in the Horizon

– In the first update of the Horizon League Seeding, the Jags find themselves in fifth place in the league. If the tournament were to start today, IUPUI would face off against Green Bay in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament. The first five seeds will receive a first round bye in the tournament.

IUPUI against the Flames

– IUPUI has never lost a game against UIC in seven meetings. The Jags have won each of the last six games by at least 25 points. In the last four games, IUPUI has scored at least 71 points and has not given up more than 51. The average scoring margin in the series since IUPUI joined the Horizon League is 78.2 to 46.

–  Macee Williams has scored in double-figures in five of the six games she has played UIC. In her last game against the Flames, Williams has 23 points and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. She also shot 64 percent from the field in the last two games.

–  As a sophomore, Williams averaged 16.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game, shooting over 70 percent from the field.

–  The Jags have dominated the first half against the Flames, outscoring UIC 99-51 in the first half last season and 81-48 two seasons ago.

–  In the two meetings last season, IUPUI shot 49.6 percent from the field while holding UIC to just 34.4 percent shooting. The Jags were 18-for-55 from three (32.7 percent) to UIC shooting 5-for-20 from deep (25 percent).

Notes From Green Bay

– The Jags were outscored in the paint in both games against Green Bay. IUPUI had only been outscored in the paint in one other game this season (L at Notre Dame).

– IUPUI’s seven-point win in the second game of the weekend was the first game IUPUI has won that was decided by less than 20 points.

–  IUPUI allowed the Phoenix to shoot a combined 48.5 percent from the field, the highest combined FG% in back-to-back games IUPUI has allowed this season. The Jags allowed the second and third-highest FG% of the season behind allowed Notre Dame to shoot 52 percent.

–  The Jags jumped out to early leads in both games, outscoring Green Bay 33-21 in the first quarter in both games. Coming out of halftime, IUPUI was outscored 36-27.

–  Trinity Duckworth (game one) and Agatha Beier (game two) each made their first-career starts in the absence of Destiny Perkins.

Jumping out Early

–  IUPUI has led at halftime in every game this season, outscoring their opponents 241-154 in the first quarter and 239-150 in the second quarter. The second half has been much closer with the Jags outscoring opponents by 14 in the third and two in the fourth.

Can’t Come Back

–  The five minute mark has been a telling point for IUPUI. The Jags have not won a game if they have been trailing with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, if IUPUI has had the lead with five minutes left, they have not lost a game.

Big Points and Big Wins

–  The Jags offense was on a roll before having to take two weeks off due to COVID-19 procedures. Before beating Green Bay by seven points and scoring 68 points in the game, IUPUI’ s nine eight had come with the Jags scoring at least 71 points and winning by at least 20 points.

EVANSVILLE XC: Cross Country set for second meet at Murray State

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EVANSVILLE – After a successful first meet of the season, the University of Evansville men’s and women’s cross country teams head to the Murray State Open on Friday.

The women’s team gets under way in the 5k at 2 PM with the men’s team taking to the course for its 8k at 2:45 PM.

Joining Evansville in the meet are host Murray State, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, North Alabama, SIUE, and Campbellsville.

The Aces women’s team opened the season at the Belmont Opener on January 24 and got a classic performance from senior Anna Lowry to lead the team. Lowry captured the individual victory in the 5k with a time of 17:42, helping power Evansville to an eighth-place team finish.

On the men’s side, Evansville also opened at the Belmont Opener, putting in a strong team performance to capture a sixth-place finish. Four Aces finished inside the top 50, led by newcomers JJ Pedersen and Peter Epur in 33rd and 34th, respectively.

INDIANAPOLIS LACROSSE: Robb Honored as USILA Preseason All-America

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BALTIMORE, Md. – UIndy redshirt-junior Brian Robb garnered 2021 USILA/Warrior and New Balance Preseason All-America Honorable Mention, released Thursday. The midfielder out of Shawnigan Lake, British Colombia became the third Greyhound to earn national preseason accolades since the program’s inception in 2016.

Robb totaled seven points in five game in the shortened 2020 season after starting all 19 games in 2019. The 5-11 midfielder also scored 23 goals in the ’19 season, where he totaled 35 points and had almost a 68 percent accuracy for his shots on goal. Robb recorded at least one point in 16 of the 19 games in 2019 as well.

UIndy was tabbed No. 10 in the USILA DII poll and also picked as the favorite in the GLVC this season. The Greyhounds will kick off their season this Saturday, Feb. 6 in a home contest against Lewis. The two teams will kick off the game at 2 p.m. at Key Stadium.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S LACROSSE: #10 Greyhounds Tabbed as GLVC Favorites

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INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 10 UIndy men’s lacrosse team was picked on Tuesday morning to win the 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference title for the second year in a row, the conference office announced after a vote by the league’s seven head coaches.

The Hounds totaled the most first-place votes (4) in the preseason poll as well as points (34), the fourth straight season the Greyhounds were picked as the front runners of the conference. Rockhurst (1) and Lindenwood (2) gathered the remaining first-place votes at 30 and 29, respectively. Maryville totaled 19 points and were selected fourth overall, with Lewis rounding out the top five with 18 points. Davenport enters its first season with 11 points in the preseason poll, while Quincy received six points and finished seventh.

The Greyhounds enter the 2021 campaign as two-time defending GLVC champions, winning the last two GLVC tournaments in both 2018 and 2019. Head coach Greg Stocks returns for his sixth season, returning several top All-Conference selections Austin Barnett, Jack Belobrajdic, Drew Billig, Josh Jackson, Jordan McKenzie and Brian Robb. The 2019 DII Coach of the Year, Stocks has a record as a Greyhound of 43-23 since the program started in 2015.

The 2021 GLVC Men’s Lacrosse Championships Tournament will feature the top four finishers in the league standings and will be held at Hunter Stadium on the campus of Lindenwood University from May 7-9. The semifinals will be played on Friday, May 7, and the Championship decided on Sunday, May 9.

The Greyhounds will kick off their season this Saturday, Feb. 6 in a home contest against Lewis. The two teams will kick off the game at 2 p.m. at Key Stadium.

2021 GLVC PRESEASON POLL

RK           SCHOOL               PTS (1st-place votes)

1.            UIndy    34 (4)

2.            Rockhurst            30 (1)

3.            Lindenwood       29 (2)

4.            Maryville             19

5.            Lewis     18

6.            Davenport          11

7.            Quincy  6

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S  LACROSSE: #6 Women’s Lax Picked Second in GLVC Preseason Poll

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INDIANAPOLIS – The sixth-ranked UIndy women’s lacrosse team landed in the No. 2 spot in the 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference’s Preseason Poll, the league announced on Thursday. The poll was conducted by the conference’s eight head coaches.

Lindenwood, who is ranked second in the DII preseason poll, received five first-place votes and 47 points overall, just barely edging the Greyhounds’ 45 points and first-place nod. McKendree totaled 34 points for the third-place slot, with Rockhurst getting the fourth-place spot on 32 points. Lewis (23) and newcomer Missouri Western (20) were chosen as fifth and sixth, respectively, while Maryville (12) and Quincy (11) round out the rankings.

UIndy head coach James Delaney enters his fourth season with the program on a current record of 41-7 with two straight NCAA tournament appearances. Prior to the 2020 season, the Hounds were able to secure back-to-back GLIAC titles in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Three-time All-American Riley McClure is set to return on defense, while all-region student-athletes Grace Gunneson, Abigail Lagos and Peyton Romig are back on the field this season as well.

The 2021 GLVC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament will feature the top four programs determined by regular season standings. On the campus of McKendree University, the 2021 GLVC championship will be held from April 30 – May 2 at Leemon Field.

2021 GLVC PRESEASON POLL

RK           SCHOOL               PTS (1st-place votes)

1.            Lindenwood       47 (5)

2.            UIndy    45 (3)

3.            McKendree        34

4.            Rockhurst            32

5.            Lewis     23

6.            Missouri Western            20

7.            Maryville             12

8.            Quincy  11

INDY FUEL: NIC PIEROG IS LEADING THE CHARGE AGAINST HEAD INJURIES

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When Nic Pierog was a senior at Clarkson University, he missed two games due to a concussion. For any player, missing games isn’t ideal but if it means a future without mental health issues due to concussions, sitting out a few games can’t be that bad.

In his third professional hockey season, Nic Pierog has not only cemented himself as one of Indy Fuel’s top goal scorers but he has been one of the largest advocates for the Headway Foundation. Headway is an organization that aims to spread concussion awareness by taking a peer-to-peer approach to keep athletes in the game for the long-term. They also provide resources to those who have experienced sports-related concussions at all levels.

Pierog started with the foundation during his college days and has since become the Director of Outreach and Operations for Headway. “I was playing in the ECAC at the time at Clarkson University,” said Pierog. “(The co-founders) graduated from Harvard and Yale so they also had the ECAC connection and that’s how Headway started out. By doing a concussion awareness week for just the ECAC in Division 1 hockey. We kind of grew from there.”

Founded in 2015, Headway began by hosting a Concussion Awareness Week with just one division in men’s college hockey. Since then, the campaign has grown to involve over 800 teams across several different sports. “It’s just been awesome to see the growth and the support we’ve gotten on social media from professional teams, collegiate teams, prep schools, youth hockey,” Pierog said. “That was the big goal we had last year and this year to grow the youth involvement. We’ve done a good job at that and we’ve branched out to not just hockey anymore but alpine skiing, volleyball, basketball, any sport we’re now trying to work with.”

Concussion awareness is just one of the many seeds Headway wants to grow. Advocating for mental health awareness, teaching meditation techniques and connecting those who have dealt with concussions is paramount to forwarding the progress of Headway. “I don’t think it is something that anybody can see. It’s not an injury that’s external, it’s something that’s going on internally,” said Pierog. “The more research and more awareness that is around that, the stigma of mental health, we can only benefit moving forward. That’s where concussion awareness advocacy just as an organization for Headway, we want to impact as many people and create those connections with as many people out there to tell them there are multiple resources on the Headway Foundation website to go to for different situations, for different athletes, for different people and we’re just trying to be that outlet for people.”

In order to promote Concussion Awareness among athletes, Headway introduced the #NewTough pact. A campaign asking athletes to take action by reporting symptoms of concussions, supporting teammates with injuries and playing smart to avoid unnecessary injuries. As part of the #NewTough pact, Headway is asking athletes to be a supportive teammate. “A lot of athletes try and cover up symptoms and play through it,” said Pierog “You could almost say, in the past, it’s been a sign of weakness that you’re not playing through injury. You don’t want your teammates to judge you the wrong way. So we ask every teammate to be supportive whether their teammate is going through any type of injury, especially a head or neck-related injury.”

“My senior year at Clarkson I had a concussion and I was out for two games. When you have supportive teammates texting you and asking how you’re doing, it means the world to you when you’re not at the rink with the guys.”

This season, the Indy Fuel and the Junior Fuel youth organization are proud to partner with Nic and the Headway Foundation to raise awareness for concussions. To help support Headway and concussion awareness, the Fuel will be donating $100 for each Indy Fuel goal in Friday’s game to the Headway Foundation as well as wearing Headway stickers on their helmets during Friday and Saturday’s games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

INDIANA FEVER: Danielle Robinson signs with the Fever

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever announced today they have signed guard Danielle Robinson to a multi-year contract, who arrives after playing in 2020 with the Las Vegas Aces for her ninth season in the WNBA. The 5-foot-9 veteran guard heads into her 10th season at 19th in WNBA history in career assists, 14th in assists per game and 20th in free throw percentage.

Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Danielle will continue to add to the championship culture we are striving for during this free agency period,” Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Tamika Catchings said. “As a player with multiple All-Star game and playoff appearances, she is exactly what we are looking to add as a positive asset to blend with our current roster.”

Robinson played all 22 games during the regular season for the Aces last year, who entered the postseason as the No. 1 overall seed after capturing an 18-4 record. During the regular season, she averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds and shot 51.2 percent from the floor. Robinson also started seven of the eight playoff games for the Aces last season.

“I am super excited to make my way to the Hoosier state to join a community I know is just as obsessed with basketball as I am and I can’t wait to get to work,” Robinson said. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to play with a group of immensely talented, dynamic and invested women. Saying that I’m grateful for this opportunity doesn’t do this feeling justice.”

When Robinson left Norman, she joined Nancy Lieberman, who played under direction of current Fever Head Coach Marianne Stanley at Old Dominion, and Dawn Staley, as the first three women’s college basketball players in history to cross the 2,000-point, 700-assist and 300-steal benchmarks in a career.

The three-time WNBA All-Star was drafted by San Antonio in the first round (No. 6 overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. The newest free agent acquisition by the Fever, forward Jantel Lavender, was selected with the No. 5 overall pick.

INDIANA FEVER: Fever Sign Jantel Lavender

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever announced today they have signed a multi-year deal with forward Jantel Lavender. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Lavender was acquired by the Fever via trade from Chicago last season on August 28, along with a second and third round draft pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft from the Sky.

“We are extremely excited to officially welcome Jantel to our team,” Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Tamika Catchings said. “Her experience on championship caliber teams and the energy that she portrays both on and off the floor will be vital to our team. She will be huge in our evolvement to a Championship team.”

The 6-foot-4 forward underwent surgery on the fifth metatarsal in her left foot before the 2020 season and did not play last year.

Lavender was the fifth overall selection by Los Angeles in the 2011 WNBA Draft, and would go onto win a WNBA Championship, as well as the Sixth Woman of the Year award with the Sparks in 2016.