BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Anderson at Fishers, 7:30 pm

International at Richmond, 7 pm

Logansport at Winamac, 7:30 pm

Central at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Noblesville at Marion, 7:30 pm

Victory Prep at Tech, 7:30 pm

Westfield at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 12

Anderson at Logansport, 7:30 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Tech, 7:30 pm

Marion at McCutcheon, 7:30 pm

Muncie Central at Harrison, 8 pm

Richmond at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 13

Anderson at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Tech at Metropolitan, 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Muncie Central, 3 pm

Logansport at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Plainfield at Harrison, 7:30 pm

West Lafayette at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Centerville at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Union County, 7:30 pm

Tri at Liberty Christian, 7:30 pm

Union City at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Madison-Grant, 7:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 12

Blue River at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Lincoln at Winchester, 7:30 pm

North Decatur at Union County, 7:30 pm

Tri at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Union City at Daleville, 7 pm

Saturday, Feb. 13

Centerville at Waldron, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at North Decatur, 7:30 pm

Morristown at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Bishop Luers, 7:30 pm

MEC

Monday, Feb. 8

Union (Modoc) at Indiana Christian, 5:30 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Eastern Hancock at Wapahani , 7:30 pm

Frankton at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Morristown at Blue River, 6:30 pm

Union City at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Wes-Del at Cowan , 6 pm

Friday, Feb. 12

Blue River at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Eastbrook at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Lakeview Christian at Union (Modoc), 6 pm

Lapel at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Wapahani , 7:30 pm

Morristown at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Union City at Daleville, 7 pm

Saturday, Feb. 13

Daleville at Eastbrook, 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Heritage Christian, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Centerville at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at South Dearborn , 7:30 pm

Thursday, Feb. 11

Batesville at Rushville , 7:30 pm

East Central at Connersville , 7:30 pm

Rising Sun at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 12

Greenfield at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

South Ripley at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 13

Batesville at East Central, 2:30 pm

Greensburg at Madison, 7:30 pm

Milan at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

New Palestine at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Lawrenceburg , 7:30 pm

HOOSIER HERITAGE

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Mount Vernon at Mooresville, 7:30 pm

Central at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

South Ripley at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 12

Greenfield at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Mount Vernon at Brebeuf Jesuit, 7:30 pm

New Castle at Delta, 7:30 pm

New Palestine at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at Fishers, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 13

Anderson at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Beech Grove at Mount Vernon, 7:30 pm

Greenfield at Western Boone, 7:30 pm

Jay County at Delta, 7:30 pm

New Palestine at Connersville, 7:30 pm

PIONEER

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Alexandria at Burris, 7:30 pm

Central Christian at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Greenwood Christian at Trinity Lutheran, 7:30 pm

International at Richmond, 7 pm

Traders Point at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm

Tri at Liberty Christian, 7:30 pm

University at Burris, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Feb. 11

Anderson Prep at University, 7:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 12

Park Tudor at Bishop Chatard, 7:30 pm

Cristo Rey at International, 7 pm

University at Victory Prep, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 13

Greenwood Christian at TBA, 7:30 pm

International at TBA, 7:30 pm

Park Tudor at TBA, TBA

TBA at Anderson Prep, 6 pm

TBA at Burris, 7:30 pm

TBA at University, 7:30 pm

TBA at Liberty Christian, 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL REGIONALS

CLASS 4A 
LAPORTE
Merrillville [14-5] vs. Penn [20-3]
Crown Point [21-1] vs. LaPorte [13-10]
MARION
McCutcheon [13-5] vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne) [23-2]
Noblesville [21-4] vs. Homestead [19-5]
DECATUR CENTRAL
North Central (Indianapolis) [24-2] vs. Brownsburg [14-10]
Indianapolis Roncalli [20-4] vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) [18-5]
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
Bedford North Lawrence [21-2] vs. East Central [19-4]
Franklin [20-2] vs. Castle [14-4]
CLASS 3A 
JIMTOWN
Lakeland [20-7] vs. Griffith [13-3]
Kankakee Valley [13-10] vs. South Bend Washington [19-5]
BELLMONT
Angola [19-5] vs. Norwell [21-5]
Benton Central [14-3] vs. Hamilton Heights [18-1]
GREENCASTLE
Indian Creek [17-6] vs. Tri-West [15-6]
Indianapolis Chatard [16-7] vs. Brownstown Central [19-6]
CHARLESTOWN
Rushville [17-8] vs. Washington [19-1]
Silver Creek [21-3] vs. Evansville Memorial [18-4]
CLASS 2A 
WINAMAC
North Judson [18-5] vs. Andrean [18-1]
Bluffton [14-10] vs. Fairfield [14-8]
FRANKTON
Rochester [12-8] vs. Clinton Prairie [20-2]
Tipton [17-7] vs. Frankton [23-3]
SOUTHMONT
Triton Central [20-3] vs. University [10-3]
Shenandoah [21-3] vs. South Putnam [14-1]
CRAWFORD COUNTY
Linton-Stockton [23-1] vs. Forest Park [17-3]
South Ripley [17-5] vs. Eastern (Pekin) [13-9]
CLASS 1A 
CASTON
Fort Wayne Blackhawk [19-6] vs. Triton [11-11]
Pioneer [21-4] vs. Kouts [17-6]
WES-DEL
Tri-Central [15-8] vs. Blue River [21-3]
Clinton Central [12-12] vs. Northfield [19-5]
SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)
Southwestern (Shelbyville) [17-7] vs. Bethesda Christian [16-6]
Greenwood Christian [14-6] vs. Bloomfield [12-8]
SPRINGS VALLEY
Lanesville [21-3] vs. Tecumseh [14-6]
Trinity Lutheran [20-4] vs. Loogootee [17-4]

AP TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 18-01567 (55)1
2Baylor 17-01520 (8)2
3Michigan 13-114384
4Ohio State 15-413657
5Villanova 12-212813
6Illinois 13-5123912
7Texas Tech 14-5110213
8Houston 16-210605
9Virginia 13-396914
10Missouri 13-396618
11Alabama 15-591110
12Oklahoma 12-58639
13Texas 11-58416
14West Virginia 13-582417
15Iowa 13-67578
16Tennessee 13-469011
17Florida State 10-351420
18Virginia Tech 14-448616
19Creighton 14-546515
20USC 15-3411NR
21Wisconsin 14-635819
22Loyola Chicago 17-3200NR
23Oklahoma State 12-5181NR
24Purdue 13-78524
25Rutgers 11-665NR

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 18-0796 (28)1
2Baylor 17-0772 (4)2
3Michigan 13-17224
4Villanova 12-26693
5Ohio State 15-46479
6Illinois 13-556213
7Houston 16-25565
8Texas Tech 14-553311
9Virginia 13-349115
10Missouri 13-346517
11Alabama 15-54537
12Oklahoma 12-540214
13Texas 11-53966
14West Virginia 13-538918
15Tennessee 13-437810
16Iowa 13-63148
17Creighton 14-530412
17Virginia Tech 14-430416
19Florida State 10-330019
20USC 15-3187NR
21Wisconsin 14-617120
22Oklahoma State 12-510024
23Loyola Chicago 17-392NR
24UCLA 13-47521
25Purdue 13-745NR

WOMEN’S AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1South Carolina 15-1748 (29)2
2UConn 13-17033
3Louisville 18-16671
4North Carolina State 12-2642 (1)4
5Stanford 17-26346
6Texas A&M 18-16317
7Baylor 14-25618
8UCLA 11-35325
9Maryland 13-250610
10Arizona 11-25039
11Oregon 12-341912
12Michigan 10-139313
12Ohio State 12-239311
14South Florida 10-133914
15Indiana 11-426717
16Tennessee 12-323918
17Gonzaga 16-223219
18Arkansas 14-723016
19West Virginia 15-222921
20Kentucky 13-520715
21Northwestern 11-319722
22DePaul 10-415520
23South Dakota State 15-29823
24Georgia 14-48925
25Missouri State 11-256NR

NBA SCOREBOARD

Charlotte 119 Houston 94.

Washington 105 Chicago 101

Toronto 128 Memphis 113….(Desmond Bane 13pts, 3reb, 2asst)

Dallas 127 Minnesota 122

San Antonio 105 Golden State 100

Phoenix 119 Cleveland 113

Milwaukee 125 Denver 112

LA Lakers 119 Oklahoma City 112 OT

TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Connecticut 63 #1 South Carolina 59 OT

#10 Arizona 79 #11 Oregon 59

ELSEWHERE

Kent State 93 Toledo 87 OT

Seton Hall 60 Georgetown 52

Arizona State 55 Southern Utah 44

Portland 69 and Pacific 67

St. Louis 81 St. Joseph’s 58

Marist 70 Rider 57

Louisiana 57 Texas Arlington 48

Jackson State 59 Southern 49

St. Bonaventure 71 Davidson 63

Alabama State 75 Mississippi Valley 55

Alabama A&M 76 Arkansas Pine Bluff 69

Alcorn State 71 Grambling 67

San Diego 74 Loyola Marymount 64

Fairfield 67 St. Peter’s 61

Incarnate Word 66 McNeese State 47

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Islanders 2 NY Rangers 0

Columbus 3 Carolina 2

Toronto 3 Vancouver 1

Edmonton 3 Ottawa 1

Tampa Bay 4 Nashville 1

TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL

#1 Gonzaga 82 BYU 71

#4 Ohio State 73 Maryland 65

Kansas 78 #23 Oklahoma State 66

ELSEWHERE

SMU 71 E. Carolina 56

Minnesota 79 Nebraska 61

UNLV 69 Air Force 64

San Diego State 85 San Jose State 54

Youngstown State 80 Rochester (MI) 50

Maryland Baltimore County 60 Stony Brook 48

Fairfield 77 Quinnipiac 70

Eastern Kentucky 78 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 74

Hampton 76 High Point 71

Furman 68 North Carolina Greensboro 49

Long Island 96 St. Francis NY 84

Florida A&M 59 North Carolina Central 50

USC Upstate 77 Gardner Webb 69

Colorado 78 Oregon State 49

Mercer 89 Samford 82 2OT

Lafayette 80 Loyola Maryland 76

Tennessee Martin 76 Austin Peay 75

Coppin State 74 Norfolk State 64

Abilene Christian 82 Texas A&M-CC 69

Alabama A&M 56 Arkansas Pine Bluff 55

Mississippi Valley 68 Alabama state 65

Jackson State 57 Southern 53

BUTLER MBB: Butler MBB Looks to Stop the Red Storm’s Winning Streak Tuesday at Hinkle (NOTES)

(BUTLER RELEASE)

GAME 17:  BUTLER (6-10, 5-8 BIG EAST) VS. RV/– ST. JOHN’S (13-7, 7-6 BIG EAST)

Tuesday, Feb. 9;  9PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse;  Indianapolis, Ind.

TV:  FS1 – Joe Davis & Steve Lavin

Radio:  107.5FM/93.5FM/1070AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

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• Butler is 5-3 at Hinkle this season, including 4-2 in BIG EAST play.

• Butler is 6-1 all-time against St. John’s at Hinkle.

• Butler is allowing only 66.3 points per game in conference play, which is second in the BIG EAST.

• Butler had season-highs in both free throws (24) and attempts (36) in Saturday’s win over DePaul.

• Bryce Nze had 22 points Saturday against DePaul, his highest total in a Butler uniform; it included a career-high three three-pointers.

• Freshman Chuck Harris matched his career-high with 22 points against DePaul; Harris has missed only one game this season, the team’s Jan. 12 loss at St. John’s.

• Freshmen have scored 35 percent of Butler’s points so far this season; newcomers have produced 57 percent of the scoring output.

• Bo Hodges has pulled down double-figure rebounds in two of his three games in a Butler uniform.

• Nze is third in the BIG EAST at 7.9 rebounds per game.

• Jair Bolden is second in the BIG EAST at 2.81 three-pointers per game.

• Nze went over 1,000 career points in the Feb. 2 game at Marquette; Bolden currently stands at 973 career points.

• Butler committed nine turnovers at Marquette Tuesday, its seventh game this season with single-digit turnovers.

• Averaging only 11.0 turnovers per game, Butler is 25th nationally.

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

• Myles Tate posted his first career double-double (15p/10r) vs. Creighton Jan. 16.

• With 428 assists, Aaron Thompson is now sixth on Butler’s career list.

• Only three Bulldogs have appeared in all 16 games this season.

• No. 8 Creighton is the highest-ranked opponent Butler has beaten since a 101-93 win over No. 1 Villanova, Dec. 30, 2017.

The Bulldogs welcome St. John’s to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Tuesday night tip. The Red Storm are one of the nation’s hottest teams, bringing a current BIG EAST-best six-game winning streak into the contest. Butler’s defense, which allows only 66.8 points per contest, will be tested by the conference’s highest-scoring offense (79.7 points per game).

St. John’s took the first meeting between the teams this season by a score of 69-57 in Queens, Jan. 12. This match-up in Indianapolis was originally scheduled for Dec. 14 before being postponed due to COVID protocols.

THE SERIES: Butler leads the all-time series between the two teams, 9-7. All but one match-up (a 1958 NIT game) have come since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. That includes a 6-1 mark at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler Leads, 9-7

Streak: St. John’s, W1

At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Butler Leads, 6-1

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

First Meeting: St. John’s, 78-68; 3/13/58 (NIT)

Last Meeting: St. John’s, 69-57, 1/12/21 (at SJU)

FIRST TIME AROUND: Butler St. John’s used a late 10-1 run to pull away in a 69-57 win over Butler Jan. 12 at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.

Seven straight makes by the Bulldogs pulled the visitors within four at 55-51 with just over nine minutes remaining. Butler then cooled by making just two of their next 11 attempts from the floor as St. John’s was able to put together the decisive 10-1 run.

The Red Storm’s pressure forced the Bulldogs into 16 turnovers, which proved to be the deciding factor. Julian Champagnie led the Red Storm with 18 points. The Red Storm shot 45 percent from the field, but turned the ball over only eight times.

Jair Bolden led Butler with 17 points, including five three-pointers. Bryce Nze pulled down 14 rebounds, his highest total in a Butler uniform. Butler had a 39-30 rebounding advantage.

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

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

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

‘BOARD’ OUT OF HIS MIND: Redshirt senior Bryce Nze is third in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 7.9 caroms per game. Nze pulled down 14 rebounds Jan. 19 at DePaul, his second time in three outings hitting that mark (also at St. John’s Jan. 12). It is his highest total in a Butler uniform (although he had 17 in a game while playing at Milwaukee).

HANDLE WITH CARE: Butler is second in the BIG EAST and 25th nationally, averaging only 11.0 turnovers per game. Butler had only six turnovers against Xavier Jan. 30, one of the team’s seven single-digit turnover outputs this season. The six turnovers matched the team’s season-low. The Bulldogs turned the ball over only seven times in 45 minutes of play in the Jan. 16 win over Creighton.

Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 54 of the 115 games that LaVall Jordan has been head coach at Butler.

FIGHT IN THE DAWG: Butler overcame a 13-point deficit with less than eight minutes to play, pulling out a gritty 70-66 overtime win over No. 8 Creighton Jan. 16 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

For Butler, No. 8 Creighton is the highest-ranked opponent Butler has beaten since a 101-93 win over No. 1 Villanova, Dec. 30, 2017.

Creighton unleashed a 26-3 run early in the second half to erase a seven-point Butler halftime lead and ultimately take a 51-38 advantage with 11:28 to play. At that point in the second half, Butler was 1-of-14 from the field, while the Bluejays hit 11 of their first 13 attempts. A Denzel Mahoney free throw had the CU advantage at 13 again (58-45) with 7:38 to play. Butler closed regulation on a 17-4 run to send the game to overtime.

The 17-4 run by the Bulldogs to send the game to overtime was similar to the Bulldogs’ closing stretch in the Jan. 6 win over Georgetown. A Hoya basket with 4:29 remaining gave Georgetown a 55-53 lead. Butler held the Hoyas scoreless the rest of the way in taking a 63-55 win. That closing 10-0 run proved to be the difference. Overall, Butler forced Georgetown misses on 13 of their final 14 attempts from the field.

Three of Butler’s wins have included overcoming double-digit deficits (12 vs. DePaul, Feb. 6; 13 vs. Creighton, Jan. 16; and 11 vs. Georgetown, Jan. 6).

YOUNG GUNS: The highest-rated recruiting class in Butler history has lived up to the billing so far. Chuck Harris, Myles Tate and JaKobe Coles (who is out for the remainder of the season with a meniscus injury) have each led the team in scoring in a game so far this season. In a six-point game midway through the second half at No. 7 Villanova Dec. 16, coach LaVall Jordan employed a line-up of his four freshmen alongside John-Michael Mulloy, who played a total of 76 minutes as a freshman last season.

Harris has a pair of 22-point performances and is third among BIG EAST true freshmen  in scoring (trailing only Marquette’s Dawson Garcia and Posh Alexander of St. John’s.)

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

• The Big Ten boasts seven teams in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and six teams in the USA TODAY coaches poll. The Big Ten leads all other conferences with seven teams in the AP poll. Three Big Ten teams appear in the top 6 of both polls: No. 3/No. 3 Michigan, No. 4/No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6/No. 6 Illinois. In total, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 20 of both polls. In addition to the seven teams appearing in either one or both of the two polls, Minnesota also received votes in both polls. Rutgers (No. 25) reentered the AP poll for the first time since Jan. 4, while Purdue (No. 25) cracked the USA TODAY poll for the first time this season. Illinois and Ohio State continued their ascension in  both sets of rankings this week, with the Fighting Illini climbing from No. 12/No. 13 to No. 6/No. 6 and the Buckeyes jumping from No. 7/No. 9 to No. 4/No. 5. At the top of both polls, Michigan achieved its highest rankings of the year, moving from No. 4/No. 4 to No. 3/No. 3.

• As of Feb. 8, the Big Ten has a major presence in the NCAA NET Rankings with 13 of its 14 teams (.929 pct.) appearing in the top 100 and seven teams in the top 25. Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 7), Iowa (No. 9), Wisconsin (No. 16), Purdue (No. 23) and Rutgers (No. 25) all cracked the NET’s top 25. The Big Ten has four teams in the NET’s top 10 and is one of just two conferences to have multiple teams in the top 10 (SEC with two teams).

• As of Feb. 8, KenPom’s rankings include four Big Ten teams in the top 10 in Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 4), Iowa (No. 5) and Ohio State (No. 8). Wisconsin currently sits just outside the top 10 at No. 11, while Purdue (No. 22), Rutgers (No. 24) and Indiana (No. 25) all cracked the top 25. The Big Ten owns 40.0 percent of KenPom’s top 10, while 11 of the conference’s 14 teams (.786 pct.) appear in the top 45 of the overall rankings. The Big Ten’s nine teams in the top 30 lead all conferences, including the Big 12’s six teams.

• By conference, the Big Ten ranks 1st in the nation in NET and 2nd in RPI (.5760). The conference’s RPI trails only the Big 12 (.5822). The Big Ten recorded a 70-14 record (.833 pct.) in non-conference play, marking the highest non-conference winning percentage by any conference in the NCAA.

• Indiana faced two of the top teams in the country this week in then-ranked No. 12/No. 13 Illinois and then-ranked No. 8/No. 8 Iowa. After suffering a 71-75 overtime loss to the Fighting Illini on Tuesday, the Hoosiers rebounded to end the week with a 67-65 win over the Hawkeyes. With the game tied at 65-65, sophomore Armaan Franklin hit a game-winning field goal with 1.8 seconds left on the clock to complete the Hoosiers’ season sweep over the Hawkeyes. Sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis registered his seventh double-double of the season by leading the team with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

• Illinois is currently riding a four-game winning streak and finished its week 2-0 with wins at Indiana and vs. then-ranked No. 19/No. 20 Wisconsin. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu  was named Big Ten Player of the Week after recording a triple-double against the Badgers with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Dosunmu became just the third player in Illinois history to record a triple-double and the first to do so since 2001 (Mark Smith, 2/1/79; Sergio McClain 1/13/01). According to Illinois, Dosunmu is the third player to a record a 20-plus point triple-double against a ranked team in the last 10 years. The last Big Ten player to record a triple-double was Ohio State’s JaQuan Lyle (16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Rutgers on 1/13/16). Teammate Kofi Cockburn registered a double-double in the victory (23 points and 14 rebounds) and has now recorded a double-double in eight of his last nine games. Cockburn is tied for the NCAA lead this season with 13 double-doubles and has registered the most double-doubles by an Illini player since Mike Davis had 15 in 2010. Additionally, Cockburn ranks fifth in the country in field goal percentage (67.0 pct.)

• Ohio State has now won seven of its last eight games and most recently defeated then-ranked No. 8/No. 8 Iowa. Ohio State spread its scoring around in its win over the Hawkeyes, with E.J. Liddell, Duane Washington Jr. and Kyle Young all scoring 16 points each. Justice Sueing recorded the fourth double-double of his career with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Ohio State has now recorded four-consecutive road wins against Big Ten teams ranked in the AP’s top 15 at the time of competition (Rutgers, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa). Additionally, dating back to November of 2019, Ohio State is 6-0 in its last six games against AP top-10 teams.

• Rutgers defeated Minnesota 76-72 on Thursday to extend its current winning streak to four games. This is the first time since Rutgers joined the Big Ten that the Scarlet Knights have won four straight conference games. The last four-game win streak that Rutgers put together was in 2003-04 when the Scarlet Knights defeated St. John’s, Villanova, Notre Dame and Miami in the Big East. Junior center Myles Johnson notched his fifth double-double of the season in the win with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

• Maryland picked up its fourth ranked win of the season after defeating then-ranked No. 24 Purdue 61-60 in College Park. The Terrapins have now recorded at least four ranked wins for a fourth-consecutive season.

• Iowa senior center Luka Garza, who leads the country in scoring this season (25.5 ppg), eclipsed 2,000 career points in the Hawkeyes’ 84-78 win over Michigan State (Feb. 2). According to @BTNStatsGuys, Garza is the first player in Big Ten history to post at least 2,000 points, 800 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 three-pointers in a career. Garza became the 30th player and just the second Hawkeye in Big Ten history to hit 2,000 points.

• Iowa ranks third in the country in scoring offense (87.8 ppg) and assists per game (19.5), while leading the country in assist-turnover ratio (2.04). Illinois ranks third in the country in rebound margin (10.8). Defensively, Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (37.4 pct.).

Big Ten Announces Adjustments to Men’s Basketball Schedule

The Big Ten has announced adjustments to its men’s basketball schedule. Illinois at Nebraska, which had been previously postponed on January 13,has been rescheduled to February 12. Illinois at Michigan State, which had been previously postponed on January 23, has been rescheduled to February 23.

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

In order to accommodate the rescheduled contests, the Big Ten also announced additional changes to the schedule. A full list of schedule adjustments can be found below:

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Indiana at Northwestern – 5:30 pm ET/4:30 pm CT on BTN (time change)

Rutgers at Iowa – 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT on BTN (time change)

Wisconsin at Nebraska – 9:30 pm ET/8:30 pm CT on BTN (moved from Feb. 11, 2021)

Thursday, Feb. 11

Purdue at Minnesota – 5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT on ESPN2 (time and network change)

Friday, Feb. 12      

Illinois at Nebraska – 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT on BTN (rescheduled from Jan. 13, 2021)  

Tuesday, Feb. 23       

Illinois at Michigan State – 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT on FS1 (rescheduled from Jan. 23, 2021)  

Wednesday, Feb. 24       

Nebraska at Illinois – Game to be moved to final week of the season (Date and Time TBA)   

INDIANA WBB: Ali Patberg Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate

(IU RELEASE)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Indiana women’s basketball senior guard Ali Patberg has been named one of thirty women’s candidates for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

A three-year captain for the Hoosiers, Patberg started in 78 games and holds career averages of 15.1 points, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, a 45.5 field goal percentage and 79.1 free throw percentage. She became the 28th member of IU’s 1,000-point club this season and has scored 1,181 career points in Cream and Crimson. Patberg is a top 10 finalist for the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award, was a 2020 WBCA All-American honorable mention and is a two-time All-Big Ten selection including first team honors in 2019-20.

Patberg graduated from Indiana’s world-renowned Kelley School of Business in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in finance where she held a 3.7 GPA and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in recreational administration. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and 2020 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

In addition, the Columbus, Ind. native has dedicated her time to countless volunteer outreach programs during her time at Indiana including IU women’s basketball’s Candy Stripe Crew. The event, which she has participated in all four years while she’s been at Indiana, the team hosts 50 disabled and handicapped adult and children for a two-hour basketball clinic. Other volunteer work Patberg has participated in includes Habitat for Humanity Build, Camp Riley Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, Salvation Army Kettlebell Kick-Off, Fairview Hoosier Readers, Fairview recess buddies and Read Across America.

Patberg’s nomination as one of the top 30 candidates marks the third time in four years the Hoosiers have put a player on the prestigious list – Brenna Wise (2020) and Tyra Buss (2018).

Thirty NCAA® women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award®. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

The women’s candidates will be narrowed to two fields of ten finalists in late February, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will then select one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2021 NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring.

Illinois and Purdue Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Player of the Week

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
G – Jr. – 6-5 – Chicago, Ill. – Morgan Park (Ill.) – Major: Communication

  • Scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 12 assists in the Illini’s 75-60 win over then-ranked No. 19/N0. 20 Wisconsin. Became just the third player in Illinois history, and the first since 2001, to record a triple-double (Mark Smith, 2/1/79; Sergio McClain 1/13/01). Became the first Illinois player to record a triple-double against a ranked opponent.
  • Recorded the first triple-double by a Big Ten player since Ohio State’s JaQuan Lyle (16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Rutgers on 1/13/16). The last Big Ten player to record a 20-plus point triple-double in a conference game was Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell (23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists at Rutgers on 2/8/15).
  • Contributed 10 points and six rebounds in Illinois’ 75-71 overtime win at Indiana.
  • Helped the Illini defeat the Badgers in Champaign for the first time in 10 years and the Hoosiers in Bloomington for the first time in 11 years.
  • Earns the fifth Player of the Week accolade of his career; was also a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2018-19.
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Ayo Dosunmu (Feb. 1, 2020)

Freshman of the Week

Jaden Ivey, Purdue

G – 6-4 – South Bend, Ind. – La Lumiere School (Ind.) – Major: Undecided

  • Averaged 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in contests against Maryland and Northwestern. Also added two steals and one blocked shot on the week.
  • Registered career highs in points (20) and rebounds (seven) during Purdue’s 75-70 win over Northwestern. Also added three assists and two steals in the win.
  • Scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in a tight 61-60 loss at Maryland.
  • Is one of four Boilermaker freshmen to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season and is the second to win the award multiple times (Jan. 25 and Feb. 8). Fellow freshmen Zach Edey (Nov. 11), Mason Gillis (Dec. 21) and Brandon Newman (Jan. 18 and Feb. 1) have all won the award this season.
  • Earns the second Freshman of the Week accolade of his career.
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Brandon Newman (Feb. 1, 2021)

Iowa and Penn State Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Player of the Week

Johnasia Cash, Penn State

Sr. – F – McKeesport, Pa. – McKeesport – Major: Recreation, Park & Tourism Management

• Averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds with a .630 field-goal percentage and a double-double in two Lady Lion victories last week

• Recorded 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in a Feb. 4 win over Nebraska, extending her streak of consecutive double-doubles to four in a row, the longest by a PSU player since 1997 (Angie Potthoff)

• Needed just 16 minutes to score 18 points (8-11 FG) in Sunday’s victory over Wisconsin, stretching Penn State’s active conference winning streak to four in a row, its longest since 2017

• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award

• Last Penn State Player of the Week: Kamaria McDaniel (Dec. 9, 2019)

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Mackenzie Holmes, So., F, IND: Registered 25 points (12-17 FG), 13 rebounds and four blocks in the Hoosiers’ win at Iowa on Sunday, Indiana’s first at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 1994

Caitlin Clark, Fr., G, IOWA: See below

Veronica Burton, Jr., G, NU: Logged 19.5 ppg., 9.5 rpg., 5.5 apg. and 3.0 spg. in the Wildcats’ two victories last week over No. 11 Ohio State and at Michigan State

Freshman of the Week

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared

• Averaged 30.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in the Hawkeyes’ two conference matchups last week

• Scored 30 points in both contests at No. 11/13 Ohio State and at home against No. 17 Indiana, giving her a conference-leading six 30-point games this season

• Finished with nine assists at OSU, one shy of what would have been her sixth double-double this season

• Collects the ninth Freshman of the Week award of her career, the second-most freshman honors in a single season (most since Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard earned a conference-record 10 awards in 2015-16)

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 1, 2021)

NOTRE DAME MBB: IRISH AND BLUE DEVILS MEET ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON

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BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH at BLUE DEVILS

.500

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.

.573

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.

.650

Field goal percentage over the past seven games for Juwan Durham, who is in the midst of his most consistent stretch of play for the Irish in his fifth season. Over those past seven games Durham is averaging 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

2

Juwan Durham is just below the statistical cut off to qualify for the national leaders in FG% (5 FGM/G, Durham is at 4.1).

Expand the field just a bit to 70 total FGM and Durham (.583, 70 FGM) combines with junior forward Nate Laszewski (.643, 92 FGM) to give Notre Dame the only major conference team in the nation with two players shooting over .580 this season with 70 FGM.

3

Statistical categories in which Nate Laszewski is among the top 10 in the country – EFG% (.727, 1st); FG% (.643, seventh) and 3FG% (.525, fifth). 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.

5

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.

8.1

You would be hard-pressed to find a more improved player in the country than Nate Laszewski, in addition to increasing his scoring average by over eight points entering Tuesday’s game, he has increased his FG% from .410 a season ago to .643 and his three-point percentage fro .310 to .525.

11.6

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 Wright State (12.8 ) and Virginia (12.9) for the national lead.

25

Points scored by junior guard Dane Goodwin the first match up between Notre Dame and Duke in December of 2020. Goodwin finished the game 10-of-12 from the field.

51

Assists handed out by junior guard Prentiss Hubb in the past six games, including back-to-back 10 assists performances against Wake Forest (2/2/21) and at Georgia Tech (2/6/21).

161

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

254

Career assists in ACC play for Prentiss Hubb – the most of any active ACC player (Xavier Johnson, Pitt, is second with 226) and sixth among all active major conference players. Hubb is the first Irish player to record 200, then 250 assists in ACC play.

394

Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, who is one of just two major conference players to have over 390 assists and 150 three point field goals in a career, joining Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon who is in his fifth year of competition.

As Hubb closes in on becoming the 13th Notre Dame player to reach 400 assists, his surge of assists lately has landed him among the nation’s leaders. In overall assists, Hubb is t-15th with 101 and t-18th with 5.9 apg. In conference play, Hubb is t-7th in total assists (76) and ninth in apg (6.9).

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 utilize the second month of the year as a springboard up the league standings. The Irish are 1-1 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 27-21 in February as a member of the ACC. Remove the outlier February in 2018-19 (2-5) and Notre Dame is 25-16 in February (.609) 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 254 career assists in league play are the most of any active ACC player. The Upper Marlboro, MD, native is up to 394 career assists as well (see sidebar, page 6).

Hubb also has connected at 161 career three-point field goals, giving him over 390+ assists and 160+ 3FGM.

He joins Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon – in his fifth season of action – as the only major conference players with 390+ assists and 160+ 3FGM.

Among all Division I players, Hubb is among 16 players who have posted 390+ assists and 160+ 3FGM. He and UConn’s R.J. Cole are the only players to reach those marks in their third season of action (all 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 MBB: BUCKEYES WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT, BEAT MARYLAND 73-65

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COLLEGE PARK, Md.— No. 4 Ohio State continued its run on the road, beating Maryland in the Xfinity Center for the first time Monday, 73-65.

The win was the fifth-consecutive for the Buckeyes who improve to 16-4 on the season and 10-4 in the Big Ten.

Four Buckeyes scored in double figures led by Duane Washington Jr. and Kyle Young with 18 points apiece. Washington was 7-of-15 from the floor and also had four rebounds and four assists. For Young, the 18 points were a career high.

Justin Ahrens and CJ Walker each chipped-in with 11 points. Ahrens made three more 3-pointers, giving him 45 on the season. Walker was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and also dished-out three assists.

Seth Towns came off the bench and provided a much-needed spark in the first half. He finished with six points on a pair of three pointers. E.J. Liddell didn’t score until the second half but finished with seven points and team-highs of six rebounds and three blocks.

The Buckeyes used a 9-0 run over a 58 second span to erase an early 13-5 deficit to a 15-14 lead. After the Terps regained the advantage, Ohio State used a 14-1 run to go on top 33-26 and then closed out the half leading 35-30 at the break. Washington Jr. was 5-of-8 from the floor, including a 3-of-6 effort from 3 to lead all scorers with 13 first-half points.

Ohio State made 8-of-16 three-point attempts in the first half with Towns and Ahrens each knocking down a pair.

The Buckeyes started the second half on an 11-2 run over the first seven minutes. Maryland missed its first nine shots of the second half. That seven-minute stretch gave the Buckeyes a 46-32 advantage and while the Terrapins cut the lead to nine on a couple of occasions, the Buckeyes were never really threatened down the stretch.

Ohio State returns home to host Indiana this Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon and coverage will be on ESPN.

With the win, Ohio State has won five-consecutive Big Ten road games for the second time in the Chris Holtmann era. The current streak started with a win at Rutgers then with wins at Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Maryland. The 2018 Buckeyes won at Wisconsin, Iowa, Rutgers, Northwestern, vs. Minnesota (at MSG in NYC) and at Purdue.

The last time Ohio State won more than five true Big Ten road games was during the 2010-11 campaign when Ohio State won at Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota. A streak of 13-consecutive road wins for Ohio State was snapped with a loss at Wisconsin (2/12/11).

The Buckeyes won their final five road games in 2009-10 at Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State. OSU Then opened 2010-11 with wins at Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota.

Ohio State moved to No. 4 nationally in the weekly Associated Press Poll earlier in the day Monday. The Buckeyes were last ranked in the Top 5 in a game vs. Wisconsin at VCA (1/3/20), a 61-57 loss for the then No. 5 Buckeyes.

Since the 2013 Big Ten season, Ohio State has been ranked among the Top 5 nationally 16 times with a record of 11-5.

As a Top 10 team all-time, Ohio State is 346-80. When ranked No. 4, Ohio State owns a record of 38-6.

The win was the first for the Buckeyes at the XFinity Center.

Justin Ahrens connected on 3-of-8 3-pointers, he has made two or more from deep in each of the last seven games and three or more in six of the last seven.

A Kyle Young layup with 14:13 left in the second half gave the Buckeyes an 11-point lead (43-32). Under Chris Holtmann, Ohio State owns a 69-4 record, including a 37-2 mark vs. the Big Ten, when building a 10-or-more point lead at any point in a game. Young finished with a career-high 18 points.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Basketball Notebook, Week 5

Athlete of the Week:
Brady Thomas (Columbus, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Junior – For the first time the season the Mount St. Joseph University men’s basketball team have a one in the win column. On Saturday they took down the previously unbeaten Beavers of Bluffton. The did so behind a valiant effort from Brady Thomas, who scored a season-high 26 points in Saturday’s contest. He did so on 10-16 shooting from the field and 5-8 from three point range. For good measure he added an extremely efficient 12 points in Friday’s game against Bluffton. He again was very efficient going 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from deep.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Austin Lyons (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Junior – Lyons averaged 20.5 points for the week. He knocked down 13-of-20 (65 percent) shots from the field, 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from 3-point range and 8-of-8 (100 percent) from the free-throw line.
  • Josiah Ricketts (New Harmony, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | First-Year – Ricketts helped propel the Panthers to victory on Saturday as they defeated Manchester 85-69. The freshman posted a career-high 16 points with two rebounds and two assists.
  • Mitch Mendenhall (New Haven, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | First-Year – Mendenhall earned his first collegiate start this past weekend at Hanover. Mendenhall scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
  • Craig McGee (Loveland, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – McGee averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as Rose-Hulman went 1-1 against Anderson last week. He scored 13 points with six rebounds and five assists in Thursday’s win over the Ravens, then poured in 21 points with four assists in Saturday’s loss. For the week, McGee shot 53 percent from the field (10-19) and 92 percent on the free-throw line (12-13).

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

HCAC 2021 Women’s Basketball Notebook, Week 5

Athlete of the Week:
Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Senior – Haberthy and the MSJ women’s basketball team had a perfect week sweeping Bluffton in a pair of games. On Friday the Lions defeated Bluffton in overtime and Haberthy was magnificent scoring 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from three. She also added three rebounds and five steals. On Saturday is watch much of the same for Haberthy as she scored 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting, going 4-of-8 from deep. She again registered five steals and this time pitched in a pair of rebounds.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Junior – Dellinger compiled averages of 20 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and one block.
  • Briana Townley (Paulding, Ohio) Defiance College | Forward | Sophomore – In two games against Manchester last week, Townley averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while making all four of her free throw attempts. Townley grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in Friday’s contest before pouring in a game- and career-best 24 points with 10 boards, one assist and a blocked shot on Saturday, when she scored nearly half of her team’s 51 points.
  • Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Junior – Miller played a critical role in a pair of Manchester victories over Defiance this week. Miller poured in 21 points, her third career game with 20 or more points, in Friday’s 71-59 road victory at Defiance. Miller added seven rebounds, one steal, and one block on Friday night. On Saturday, Miller posted her second double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Black & Gold’s 57-51 home win over the Yellow Jackets. Miller converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 58 seconds left in the game to put the Spartans up five – effectively sealing MU’s sweep of Defiance. For the week, Miller averaged 17.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg. She also finished 14-15 at the free throw line for the week.
  • Jordan Barlow (Haven, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Sophomore – Barlow averaged 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in 2 Rose-Hulman losses to Anderson last week. Barlow shot 10-14 from the field with a career-high 20 points in Thursday’s loss.
  • Zenoviah Walker (Danville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Senior – The senior had a season-high 18 points in a critical 62-55 Saturday road win at Franklin to lead Transylvania to a weekend sweep of the Grizzlies. Walker shot 7-for-12 from the field to lead the Pioneers with 18 points, adding a game-high four assists along with four rebounds and two steals for the all-around effort. Walker had another balanced performance the night before in a runaway 76-51 win against Franklin in Lexington with seven points, a game-high four assists, three rebounds, and one steal on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor and 1-for-2 shooting from three-point land in 20 minutes of play. For the week, Walker averaged 12.5 ppg, four assists per game, 3.5 rpg, and 1.5 steals per game on 56 percent shooting from the field to highlight Transylvania’s 2-0 week in conference play. 

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

HCAC Spring 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 3 

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Addie Conley (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Middle Hitter | First-Year – Conley had a monster week for the Lions who went 4-0 this week. For the week Addie registered a team-high 40 kills, against an extremely impressive only four errors. She registered an outstanding .474 hitting percentage and added 10 aces for good measure. During the Lions Tuesday night sweep of Bluffton, she was perfect with 17 kills and zero errors.
Defensive:
Chloe Holder (Elberfield, Ind.) Franklin College | Middle Blocker | First-Year – Holder totaled 28 kills and a team-leading 20 blocks as Franklin won all five of their matches last week. She hit .397 on the week, set a career-high with eight kills in the Grizzlies’ three-set win over Rose-Hulman and turned back a career-best seven attempts in Franklin’s five-set comeback win over Defiance on Saturday. She matched her season-best with eight kills and a .615 hitting percentage with six blocks in the non-conference matchup with Defiance.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Sarah Dickman (Richmond, Ind.) Earlham College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Dickman amassed 64 kills (4.00/set) with a .318 hitting percentage over 16 sets in four matches while leading Earlham volleyball to a 4-0 week. She had a career-high 21 kills on 44 swings with just four errors (.386 attack percentage) in Tuesday’s five-set HCAC win over Defiance College and aided the Quakers’ defensive efforts with 16 digs. In the nightcap against the Yellow Jackets, Dickman tallied 13 kills with 3.0 total blocks and a service ace. Dickman closed out the week with performances of 16 and 14 kills respectively in the doubleheader against Manchester; in the second match against the Spartans, she also charted two service aces and 15 digs. For the week, Dickman averaged 2.69 digs per set (43 total) and 4.31 points per set (69.0 total).
  • Sydney Fuller (Shoreline, Wash.) Earlham College | Middle Blocker | Junior – Fuller tallied 10.0 total blocks and 18 digs over four matches in a 4-0 week for Earlham Volleyball. Fuller charted 3.0 total blocks with eight digs in Earlham’s five-set HCAC win over Defiance College on Tuesday, while also adding five kills and one service ace. She came back with 1.0 block and three digs with four aces and four kills in the second match against Defiance. Fuller capped the week with 5.0 blocks and seven digs with eight kills in a four-set HCAC victory at Manchester on Saturday and finished the match with 17.0 points. She recorded 1.0 block with one kills while playing in just two sets of the Quakers’ four-set win over the Spartans in the non-conference match. For the week, Fuller averaged 0.71 blocks per set, 1.29 digs per set, 1.29 kills per set (18 total, and 2.54 points per set (35.5 total).
  • Sofia Helton (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Setter | First-Year – Helton handed out 124 assists for 8.8 assists per set while playing in four of Franklin’s five wins on the week. She recorded double-doubles in wins over Rose-Hulman (32 A, 14 D) and Defiance (47 D, 15 A) and added five aces on the week. Helton set a new career-high in assists in Franklin five-set comeback win over Defiance in Saturday’s conference matchup.
  • Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Harmon helped lead the Blue and Red past Bluffton in a five set sweep. Harmon tallied a combined 22 kills, including a team-high 19 in game one.
  • Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind.) Manchester University | Right Side Hitter | Sophomore – Planck had 35 total kills over MU’s four matches this past week. Planck leads Manchester in kills with 116 on the year.
  • Rachel Ressler (Tipton, Ind.) Manchester University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Ressler continues to give maximum effort for the Spartans. Ressler led MU in digs this past week with 63 over the Black & Gold’s four matches. Ressler has 140 total digs on the season.
  • Brooke Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Aselage has been known through the early portion of her career as an outstanding attacker, well this week she played outstanding defense. Over the four matches, all wins for the Lions, despite being primarily an offensive player she led the team with 67 digs, averaging 4.79 digs per set.
  • Katryna Dahlberg (Hutto, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Dahlberg recorded 56 digs in 10 sets (5.6 digs per set) as Rose-Hulman finished 1-2 last week highlighted by a win over Anderson. Dahlberg averaged over seven digs per set with 22 in a 3-set loss to unbeaten Transylvania for a season-high total. The two-time HCAC Defensive Player of the Year has moved into fourth on the Rose-Hulman all-time digs list with 1661.
  • Madison Sweeney (Eminence, Ky.) Transylvania University | Middle Blocker | First-Year – The first-year middle blocker led the Pioneers in kills in two of three matches this week to lead the Pioneers to a 3-0 week in season (and HCAC) play with two three-set sweeps over Hanover on Tuesday and a 3-0 win over Rose-Hulman in their lone match on Sunday. In the opening win against Hanover, Sweeney had a match-high 11 kills to lead Transy to a 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 win in the conference match vs. the Panthers. The freshman also provided three digs and one block. 5-of-her-11 kills came in the crucial second set to put the Pioneers up 2-0. In the nightcap Sweeney led the way with 12 kills and added two blocks to complete the sweep at Hanover. Against Rose-Hulman on Sunday, Sweeney amassed eight kills and added three digs. Five of her kills came in the opening set of a 25-12 victory for the Pioneers to set the tone for the Sunday sweep. For the week, Sweeney totaled 31 kills, six digs, and three blocks to boost the Pioneers to a 7-0 start on the season.
  • Kailey Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specailst | Sophomore – The sophomore led Transylvania in digs in all three matches for the week as she anchored the backline for a 3-0 week in HCAC play. Campbell compiled a team-high 15 digs in the opening 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 win over Hanover in the conference match. Campbell added two aces and four digs in the opening win. The defensive specialist followed up with a team-high 14 digs and another ace in the 25-20, 25-23, 25-18 nightcap victory against Hanover. Campbell finished up the week spurring a defense that held Rose-Hulman to set-by-set hitting percentages of .024, .000, and .143 in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-23 win at the Engineers. Campbell led the Pioneers with 19 digs and two assists. For the week, Campbell totaled 38 digs, three aces, and six assists to strengthen Transylvania’s record to 7-0 on the year. 

River States Conference Player of the Week honorees picked for Feb. 1-7

For Immediate Release (Feb. 8, 2021) at RiverStatesConference.com

BLEVINS PICKS UP RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR RIO GRANDE (OHIO)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) forward Shiloah Blevins averaged a double-double to earn River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 1-7. 

The 6-5 sophomore from South Webster, Ohio, put up 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in two contests. He also shot 56 percent from the field as the RedStorm went 2-0 versus RSC competition. 

Blevins first had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a win over WVU Tech. That included the winning dunk at the buzzer. Blevins followed that up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a victory versus Carlow. 

Rio Grande will be at Ohio Christian on Feb. 11. 

HALL CHOSEN FOR RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR ALICE LLOYD (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College senior Haley Hall averaged 20.0 points per game to garner River States Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 1-7.

A 5-8 guard from Grayson, Ky., Hall put up 40 points in two games as the Eagles went 2-0 versus RSC schools. She also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 43 percent overall and 43 percent from long range. 

Hall posted 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a win at Ohio Christian. She then totaled 25 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a win over Oakland City (Ind.). The Eagles will be hosting IU Southeast on Feb. 9. 

STEPHENS-STEWART NAMED RSC MEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR POINT PARK (PA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University freshman Daimere Stephens-Stewart won both sprints this past weekend to earn River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.

Stephens-Stewart, from Pittsburgh, Pa., won the weekly honor on the track just one week after being named the conference athlete of the week in the field for his jumps. Back on the track, Stephens-Stewart won the 60 meters and 200 meters at the Ohio Christian University Trailblazer Invitational.

His win the 60 meters was with a time of 7.05 seconds to improve upon his conference-best mark. Stephens-Stewart won the 200 in 23.76 seconds to give him two of the top four times in the RSC. 

Point Park will be at the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championship Feb. 20 at Logan, Ohio. 

RIO GRANDE’S HARRIS LEAPS TO RSC MEN’S INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Spencer Harris won two jumping events to take home River States Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 1-7. 

The Gallipolis, Ohio, native won first place in the long jump and high jump at the Ohio Christian University Trailblazer Invitational. His leap of 7.06 meters in the long jump is now tops in the conference as is his height of 1.84 meters in the high jump.

Next up for the RedStorm is the RSC Indoor Track & Field Championship Feb. 20 in Logan, Ohio.

LECHNER WINS RSC WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR CARLOW

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa.) University freshman Keri Lechner swept three sprinting events last weekend to earn the River States Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Feb. 1-7.

The Wampum, Pa., native won the 60 meters, 200 meters and 60-meter hurdles at the Ohio Christian University Trailblazer Invitational. Her performance led the Celtics to the team title in the standings.

Lechner won the 60 meters with a school–record time of 7.96 seconds. Her win in the 200 came with a personal–best time of 27.50 seconds. The hurdles win came with a time of 9.21 seconds.

Carlow will be at the Indiana Tech Classic on Saturday. 

CARLOW’S MILLER REPEATS AS RSC WOMEN’S INDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa.) University senior Olivia Miller turned in another big week and is the River States Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 1-7, her second week in a row winning the award. 

Miller, from Bolivar, Pa., won the high jump, finished second in the long jump and sixth in the shot put at the Ohio Christian University Invitational this past weekend. Her high scores led Carlow to the team victory in the standings.

She won the high jump at 1.60 meters. Her leap of 5.07 meters in the long jump was a school record. She tossed the shot put 9.25 meters. 

Carlow will be at the Indiana Tech Classic on Feb. 13. 

Kansas’ record Top 25 run over; Michigan jumps to No. 3

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Kansas dropped out of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the first time in 12 years on Monday, ending the Jayhawks’ record streak of 231 consecutive weeks ranked in the Top 25.

Gonzaga and Baylor held down the top two spots, just as they have all season, with the Bulldogs getting 55 of 63 first-place votes and the Bears getting the other eight. Michigan took advantage of Villanova’s loss at St. John’s to jump into the top three, rival Ohio State climbed three spots to No. 4 and the Wildcats rounded out the top 5.

Illinois gave the Big Ten three teams in the top six after beating Indiana in overtime and pounding No. 21 Wisconsin over the weekend. The Illini were followed by Texas Tech, Houston, Virginia and Missouri, which beat Kentucky and No. 11 Alabama to reach the top 10 for the first time since Dec. 24, 2012.

The real drama came not at the top of the poll, though, but at the bottom of it.

When Kansas and UCLA fell out this week, it left the AP Top 25 without the Jayhawks, Bruins and fellow bluebloods Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina – with their combined 33 national championships – for the first time since Dec. 18, 1961. It also meant none of the 13 winningest Division I programs were ranked; No. 24 Purdue barely squeaked in.

The Jayhawks began their Top 25 streak on Feb. 2, 2009, when freshman guard Bryce Thompson was 6 years old. Their decade-plus of dominance, which began the season after winning the national championship, included 10 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles, five conference tournament titles, two more Final Four trips and a runner-up finish in 2012.

Their game against No. 23 Oklahoma State on Monday night was to be the Jayhawks’ first unranked in 434 games.

“It’s basketball and we have another game to focus on,” Jayhawks guard Jalen Wilson said after a 91-79 loss at No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday, their sixth defeat in the last 10 games. “In basketball you sometimes have to focus on what’s in front of you and not think about the past and what you couldn’t done. Another day, another game we just have to focus on.”

The Jayhawks started 8-1 and climbed to No. 3 by Dec. 28, with their lone loss to Gonzaga and victories over then-ranked teams Kentucky, West Virginia, Creighton and Texas Tech on the road. But they have scuffled since the start of Big 12 play, losing Thompson to an injury and failing to get enough production from an otherwise veteran team.

“We have plenty of games to go win and I know this team can do it,” Kansas guard Christian Braun said. “Everyone’s head is in a good spot, but we just have to do it on the court. We have to stop talking about it and actually be about it.”

Kind of like the Bulldogs and Bears have been this season.

Gonzaga trailed Pacific at halftime last week before a 25-8 finishing run to win the game easily, then had its game against Santa Clara canceled over the weekend. The Bulldogs had a tough test against BYU on Monday night.

“It’s really hard when everybody around them nationally and everything just thinks you’re going to breeze through stuff,” Bulldogs coach Mark Few said after their latest win, “but it’s not reality.”

Baylor beat then-No. 6 Texas on the road last week in the first matchup involving top-10 teams from the state of Texas, only to announce another pause for COVID-19 on Thursday. The Bears aren’t scheduled to play again until Feb. 20.

The Crimson Tide and Sooners were followed at No. 13 by the Longhorns, who fell seven spots after their losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State last week. The Mountaineers were next, with Iowa falling seven spots to No. 15, followed by Tennessee, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Creighton and Southern California.

Rounding out the Top 25 were Wisconsin, Loyola of Chicago, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Rutgers.

IN AND OUT

Loyola entered the poll for the first time since the final poll of the 1984-85 season. That may surprise those who recall the Ramblers’ dramatic run to the Final Four in 2018, but they never cracked the Top 25 that season.

The Trojans’ win over then-No. 21 UCLA on Saturday night propelled them to their first ranking since December 2017, while Oklahoma State and Rutgers also joined the Top 25. The Cowboys are ranked for the first time since February 2015.

The Bruins dropped out, along with Kansas, Florida and Drake, whose 18-0 start was spoiled in a 74-57 loss to Valparaiso.

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

Colorado, San Diego State and Xavier were the first three to reside outside the Top 25, while Belmont continued to pick up votes after the Bruins improved to 20-1 with romps over Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Virus scraps 3 games for No. 2 Baylor men

The No. 2 Baylor men’s basketball team has postponed three more games because of COVID-19 issues and won’t play again until at least Feb. 20.

The Bears didn’t play Saturday’s scheduled home game against TCU and had already postponed Wednesday’s game at No. 12 Oklahoma before the latest changes announced Monday.

Now postponed are next Saturday’s home game against No. 7 Texas Tech, then two games next week at No. 14 West Virginia. That includes a Feb. 15 game at Morgantown, and then a Feb. 18 game in Waco that was supposed to be the makeup of a game postponed in January because of COVID-19 protocols in the Mountaineers program.

Baylor’s next scheduled game is Feb. 20 at home against No. 23 Oklahoma State.

Rio Grande Valley coach Lew Hill dies day after final game

Texas Rio Grande Valley coach Lew Hill died Sunday, a day after coaching what was his final game, the university said.

Hill, who was 55, was in his fifth season as coach of the Vaqueros, who lost 77-75 against Texas Southern on Saturday night.

The school said the cause of death was not known, and didn’t provide any other details.

Hill took over at Rio Grande Valley in 2016-17, right after going to the NCAA Final Four as an assistant coach on Lon Kruger’s staff at Oklahoma. Hill was an assistant for Kruger with the Sooners from 2011-16 after seven seasons with Kruger at UNLV (2004-11).

“Words cannot describe how any of us feel right now. Everyone in our department is devastated by this news,” Rio Grande Valley athletic director Chasse Conque said. “Coach Hill was an incredible human being. He was my close friend and a trusted colleague. He cared deeply about those around him, from his family, to his players, to his staff and really, everyone in the department and at UTRGV.”

The school said it would name an acting head coach soon, and make a determination on the status of upcoming games.

“This is a tragic loss, not only for the UTRGV community but for the entire Rio Grande Valley community,” school president Guy Bailey said. “Coach Hill was very involved in the community and always had a knack for making everyone he met feel special.”

Hill, who was originally from Mount Vernon, New York, also was an assistant coach at South Alabama (1990-92), Southeast Missouri State (1992-94), East Carolina (1994-98) and Texas A&M (1998-2004).

Rio Grande Valley was 8-4 this season under Hill. He had a 66-77 record with the Vaqueros, including a 20-win season in 2018-19.

Hill is survived by his wife and their two children, a son and a daughter, and Hill also had three other daughters.

Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58

Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was 58.

Gomez died unexpectedly at home Sunday, his family said in a statement. No cause of death was given.

“Pedro was far more than a media personality. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor,” the Gomez family added. “He was our everything and his kids’ biggest believer.”

Gomez joined ESPN as a Phoenix-based reporter in 2003 after being a sports columnist and national baseball writer at The Arizona Republic since 1997. He was best known at the network for his coverage of Barry Bonds and his pursuit of the home-run record during the steroid controversy.

He was a correspondent on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” “Baseball Tonight” and additional shows, including the network’s “Wednesday Night Baseball” package.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement on Twitter and the network’s public relations page. “Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level and his professional accomplishments are universally recognized. More importantly, Pedro was a kind, dear friend to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s family and all who love him at this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Gomez grew up in Miami, and said the greatest game he remembered from his childhood was the San Diego Chargers win over the Miami Dolphins in a 1981 AFC divisional playoff game. He attended the University of Miami and majored in journalism.

His parents fled Cuba for the United States in 1962. Gomez was part of ESPN’s coverage in 2016 when the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Cuban national team, and shared the story of taking his father and brother’s ashes to Cuba.

While the visit to Cuba was one of his more emotional assignments, he once said in a network bio that his favorite event he covered was Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series between the Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs.

Said Gomez: “After Steve Bartman’s attempt to catch the foul ball over Cubs left fielder Moises Alou, producer Jim Witalka and I were whisked from behind the Cubs dugout, where we were getting ready to do on-field interviews with the NL Champs for the first time since 1908, to virtually the same spot behind the Marlins dugout, where we saw Josh Beckett racing back and forth from the clubhouse to the dugout while chugging beers and saying, `Rally Beers, Pedro.’ It was a memorable night at Chicago’s venerable Wrigley Field.”

MLB renews 7-inning doubleheaders, runners on 2nd in extras

Seven-inning doubleheaders and runners on second base to start extra innings will return for a second straight season under an agreement for 2021 health protocols reached Monday between Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

The deal did not include last year’s experimental rule to extend the designated hitter to the National League or expanded playoffs. After allowing 16 teams in the postseason last year instead of 10, MLB had proposed 14 for this year before withdrawing that plan last month.

Last year’s expanded playoffs agreement did not come together until hours before the season’s first pitch.

“We’re comfortable with both rules,” San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler wrote in a text to the AP. “It seems like most were good with them in ’20, and with a year of familiarity under our belts, we’ll tackle them fine.”

There were 78 extra-inning games last year, and the longest by innings were a pair of 13-inning contests at Houston, won by the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 29 and by Oakland on Aug. 7. Every previous season since 1901 had at least one game of 15 innings or longer.

“During a season with the possible delays from COVID, I think the seven-inning and runner on second rules will help any teams make up for lost time,” Arizona catcher Stephen Vogt wrote in a text to The Associated Press. “I would love to get back to traditional baseball ASAP, but I like them for the 2021 season.”

There were 45 games postponed for COVID-19-related reasons and just two were not made up, between St. Louis and Detroit. In order to accomplish that, there were 56 doubleheaders, the most since 76 in 1984. About 12% of games were part of doubleheaders, the highest percentage since 13.6 in 1978.

“I actually liked both the seven-inning doubleheaders and the runner on second,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin wrote in a text to the AP. “I was skeptical at first, but they both were successful in my opinion.”

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker agrees with keeping the experiment because it “saves pitching” during the pandemic.

“I don’t mind either rule,” Baker said in a text to the AP. “Besides, what are you gonna do?”

The agreement includes more sophisticated contact tracing for COVID-19 that includes the use of technology, and more league rules on behavior to comply with coronavirus protocols.

Spring training opens Feb. 17 and the season starts April 1. The union last week rejected MLB’s proposal to delay spring training and opening day until April 28, a plan that would have led to a compressed schedule of 154 games per team instead of the usual 162.

The extended DH was included in last year’s health and safety protocols. MLB would not include it in this year’s after the union rejected the proposal for a delay in the season that included the DH being used again in the NL.

Last season’s start was delayed from March 26 to July 23 because of the pandemic, and each team’s schedule was cut to 60 games.

Cardinals re-sign C Yadier Molina for 18th season

The St. Louis Cardinals are bringing back catcher Yadier Molina for an 18th season, agreeing Monday to a $9 million, one-year deal with the nine-time Gold Glove winner.

“We are excited to announce that we have agreed to terms with Yadier Molina on a new contract!” the team said in a statement. “We will have more details (Tuesday) on Yadi continuing his Cardinals legacy.”

The 38-year-old Molina hit .262 with four home runs in 42 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, his last under a $60 million, three-year deal. He ended up making a prorated $7,407,407 of his $20 million salary last year.

The nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion has appeared in 2,025 games for St. Louis since breaking into the majors in 2004, third on the franchise list behind Hall of Famers Stan Musial (3,026) and Lou Brock (2,289).

Molina is a career .281 hitter with 160 home runs, but he’s best known for his defense. He trails only Ivan Rodriguez (13) and Johnny Bench (10) for most Gold Gloves by a catcher.

St. Louis agreed last month to bring back 39-year-old pitcher Adam Wainwright – Molina’s longtime batterymate – on an $8 million, one-year deal. The Cardinals also recently acquired star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies.

In the 10 years since the Platinum Glove Awards were introduced honoring the best fielder regardless of position in each league, Molina and Arenado are tied for the most with four each.

AP source: MLB slightly deadening ball amid HR surge

Major League Baseball has slightly deadened its baseballs amid a years-long surge in home runs.

MLB anticipates the changes will be subtle, and a memo to teams last week cited an independent lab that found the new balls will fly 1 to 2 feet shorter when hit over 375 feet. Five teams also plan to add humidors to their stadiums, raising the total to 10 of 30 MLB stadiums equipped with humidity-controlled storage spaces.

A person familiar with the note spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the memo, sent by MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Morgan Sword, was sent privately. The Athletic first reported the contents of the memo.

The makeup of official Rawlings baseballs used in MLB games has come under scrutiny in recent years. A record 6,776 homers were hit during the 2019 regular season, and the rate of home runs fell only slightly during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season – from 6.6% of plate appearances resulting in homers in 2019 to 6.5% last year.

A four-person committee of scientists commissioned by MLB concluded after the 2019 season that baseballs had less drag on average than in previous seasons, contributing to the power surge. Their report blamed the spike in part on inconsistencies in seam height.

MLB’s balls are hand-sewn by workers at Rawlings’ factory in Costa Rica, leading to inevitable, minor deviations in production that can have sizeable repercussions.

The league mandates all baseballs have a coefficient of restitution (COR) – essentially, a measure of the ball’s bounciness – ranging from .530 to .570, but in recent years the average COR had trended upward within the specification range.

In an effort to better center the ball, Rawlings has loosened the tension on the first of three wool windings within the ball. Its research estimates the adjustment will bring the COR down .01 to .02 and will also lessen the ball’s weight by 2.8 grams without changing its size. The league does not anticipate the change in weight will affect pitcher velocities.

The memo did not address the drag of the baseball, which remains a more difficult issue to control.

The Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox already have humidors. The five teams adding humidors were not identified in the memo.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Cardinals Add Vic Hall as Cornerbacks Coach, Flip QB/RB Coaching Duties

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Cardinals Add Vic Hall as Cornerbacks Coach, Flip QB/RB Coaching Duties

New CB coach previously worked with BSU defensive coaches Stockton, Zidenberg

MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State football team has tabbed Vic Hall to join its staff as cornerbacks coach. A former standout player at Virginia and in the Arena Football League, Hall comes to Muncie after recently coaching defensive backs at Hampton and Howard.

In 2018, Hall was a graduate assistant working with the corners at Western Illinois. He coached on that staff alongside current Ball State defensive coordinator Tyler Stockton and passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Josh Zidenberg. The Leathernecks ranked in the top 25 of the FCS in total defense in 2018.

“Vic is a tremendous fit because of his familiarity with what we are doing from a defensive standpoint and his previous work with Tyler and Josh,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “I was a college scout when Vic was coming out of Virginia and have been able to follow his career. He has displayed a great work ethic to move up the coaching ladder to this point, and he will be an outstanding role model and teacher for our young men. He complements our defensive staff extremely well with what he brings to the table.”

Hall spent 2020 as the safeties coach at Hampton. The Pirates did not play football in the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, he coached cornerbacks at Howard. Prior to joining the college ranks at Western Illinois, Hall coached at National Collegiate Prep in Washington, D.C., from 2014-18. During his time there, he held titles of quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator.

A high school All-American from Gretna, Virginia, the versatile Hall went on to an accomplished collegiate career at Virginia as a cornerback and return man who also saw time at quarterback and receiver. He was teammates with Zidenberg at UVa. Hall earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Virginia in May 2009. He then made his professional mark in the Arena Football League, setting a league record with 15 interceptions in 2011 for the Chicago Rush on his way to AFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Lynch, Hecklinski Flip Position Groups

The Cardinals also announced an adjustment to the offensive coaching staff, as Kevin Lynch and Joey Hecklinski will switch position group assignments. Lynch, the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator, will now coach quarterbacks, while Hecklinski will coach running backs.

Lynch is entering his second season as BSU’s offensive coordinator. He had coached running backs since joining the staff in 2016 and had been one of only eight FBS offensive coordinators to coach that position group in 2020. Hecklinski just completed his second season on the staff, coaching QBs in 2020 after serving as a graduate assistant the previous year.

“With Kevin’s role as offensive coordinator and my involvement in coaching our quarterbacks, this move will allow us to work closer on a day in, day out basis,” Neu said. “We also have a veteran quarterback in Drew Plitt who we want to continue to involve more in our game planning, and this structure will provide the best dynamic for that collaboration. Having worked closely with Joey this past year in the quarterbacks room, I also know he is prepared to take on his own room with our running backs and will thrive in that role.”

The Cardinals had a banner season in 2020, finishing 7-1 overall, winning the program’s first MAC championship since 1996 by defeating No. 23 Buffalo and claiming the first bowl victory in school history by beating No. 19 San Jose State in the Offerpad Arizona Bowl.

Ball State finished the year ranked No. 23 in both the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll, marking the first year-end ranking in either poll in program history. The Cardinals are set to return 20 starters from that team.

Iowa State gives Matt Campbell new contract through 2028

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has agreed to a new eight-year contract through 2028 after leading the Cyclones to the Big 12 championship game and a New Year’s Six bowl.

The school did not release terms of the contract Monday.

The Cyclones are coming off their most successful season in school history. They were 9-3 overall and first in the Big 12 at 8-1. They lost to Oklahoma in the conference championship game, then beat Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl and were No. 9 in the final Associated Press Top 25.

Iowa State also agreed to provide Campbell a total of $3 million for staff salary increases over the next three years.

Campbell is 35-28 in five seasons at Iowa State and has been named Big 12 coach of the year three times, including in 2020.

“Coach Campbell has always put investments in his student-athletes and football staff before his own personal gains,” athletic director Jamie Pollard said. “That is the essence of servant leadership and is what makes Coach Campbell so successful.”

Iowa State this spring will open a $90 million Sports Performance Center, which will house the Cyclones football team and all of the program’s support services.

“I am extremely thankful to our president, Dr. (Wendy) Wintersteen and our athletic director, Jamie Pollard, for supporting our staff and program,” Campbell said. “The university has made a terrific commitment to Cyclone football and I’m thrilled to continue to move this program forward.”

Shohei Ohtani, Angels agree on $8.5 million, 2-year contract

The Los Angeles Angels are far from finished with their effort to unlock Shohei Ohtani’s enormous two-way potential.

Ohtani agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the Angels on Monday, avoiding arbitration. He will make $3 million in 2021 and $5.5 million in 2022, and both years are guaranteed.

Ohtani had asked for $3.3 million for the upcoming season, and the Angels had countered with $2.5 million. Instead of going to what would have been a difficult, complicated arbitration hearing because of Ohtani’s two-way talents and the pandemic-shortened season, the sides reached a deal that extends up to his final year of arbitration eligibility in 2023.

“Obviously it’s a unique case,” new Los Angeles general manager Perry Minasian said. “There aren’t any examples of this. But as we talked, we felt this number lined up over a two-year deal. There’s risk and reward for both sides, but it made sense for them and it made sense for us. We’re ecstatic we could get a deal done.”

Although the Japanese star is coming off a rough season at the plate and on the mound, the Angels remain committed to Ohtani’s enormous potential in both positions. Minasian said he fully expects Ohtani to be a two-way player again this season.

“I think he’s feeling great,” Minasian said. “He’s ready to go. Mentally, physically, he’s definitely put in the work, and what’s pretty impressive is the amount of time and energy this guy puts into his craft. When you combine that with the talent, we feel like he’s going to be a huge part of this club and help us win multiple games in multiple ways. We believe he’s a difference-maker.”

Ohtani earned $259,259 in prorated pay from his $700,000 contract in 2020, but the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year struggled in his return from Tommy John surgery to double duty after serving exclusively as a designated hitter in 2019.

Ohtani batted .190 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 175 plate appearances as the Angels’ DH, his numbers declining sharply from his first two seasons in the majors.

He also performed poorly in his first two mound starts since 2018, giving up seven runs, three hits and eight walks while getting just five outs. He was subsequently shut down for the season as a pitcher to rest his arm, but Minasian said Ohtani has been working out at full strength this offseason in California and Japan.

The Angels eagerly wrapped up a mutually agreeable deal for a player whose attention-commanding skills and international visibility have been quite valuable to the long-struggling franchise beyond his contributions on the diamond.

The Angels don’t plan to decide how often Ohtani will pitch until after spring training, but Minasian indicated Ohtani will have every opportunity to be in a six-man rotation expected to include Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning and newcomers Jose Quintana and Alex Cobb.

“To lock Shohei in for a couple of years where he feels comfortable and knows what’s ahead of him for a couple of years benefits him,” Minasian said. “And for us going forward, it tells us what we’re doing financially. We felt comfortable taking the risk on a multi-year, and we felt like locking Shohei in.”

The big-budget Angels have missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons, and they’ve endured five straight losing seasons for the first time since 1977. Los Angeles hasn’t won a postseason game since 2009.

Bueckers leads No. 2 UConn over No. 1 South Carolina in OT

With the shot clock about to expire and her team ahead by a single point in overtime, Paige Bueckers threw up a long 3-pointer that hit the back of the rim and bounced high into the air.

There was no doubt in Bueckers’ mind that the ball would come down through the net.

UConn’s freshman star scored 31 points, including her team’s final 13, to lead the No. 2 Huskies to a 63-59 overtime victory Monday over top-ranked South Carolina.

Bueckers scored all of the Huskies’ nine points in overtime, including that improbable 3-pointer with just over 10 seconds left. There were 13 seconds on the clock when it left her hand.

“It bounced straight up, so I was like, `Man, it’s got to go in,'” she said. “It looked good. It felt good, but, yeah, I would say that was a really nice bounce.”

The Gamecocks’ Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson missed 3-pointers in the final seconds.

The thriller came just hours after the Gamecocks and Huskies earned the top two spots in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.

Aliyah Boston had 17 points and 15 rebounds for South Carolina (15-2), which overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

A layup by Aubrey Griffin had given the Huskies (14-1) a 50-43 lead with just over 8 minutes left, before South Carolina turned up the defense and went on an 11-0 run.

Victaria Saxton’s layup over Olivia Nelson-Ododa gave the Gamecocks a 52-50 lead, and Boston’s jumper extended that to 54-50 with just under 2 1/2 minutes to play.

But Bueckers, who also had six steals and five assists, hit two straight jumpers to tie the game at 54 with 46 seconds left in regulation.

“She’s that player,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She’s that player that comes along that people talk about – `Hey did you see that kid from Connecticut?’ She’s that kid.”

Henderson missed a fall-away jumper with 4 seconds left and the Gamecocks missed three chances to tip-in a game winner.

The loss ended a 12-game winning streak for South Carolina.

“We’ll learn from it,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “I told our players that everything we want is still in front of us.”

BUTLER VB: Saint Louis to Host Butler VB Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will play volleyball at Saint Louis on Tuesday. Opening serve will take place at 5 PM. The Bulldogs have won two-straight and are 1-1 in road matches this spring.

Scouting Saint Louis

The Billikens are 0-3 at the start of the 2021 spring season. They opened the year with a 3-0 setback at No. 24 Western Kentucky then took a tough 3-2 loss later that day to Evansville. Saint Louis most recently played an A-10 match at VCU and lost 3-1. Tuesday’s contest at Chaifetz Pavilion will serve as the home opener for the Billikens. Head Coach Kent Miller has three student-athletes on the roster with more than 30 kills to their credit over 12 sets. Maya Taylor leads the team in kills with 36. Kennedy Cordia will set up the action. She averages 9.4 assists per set. Defensively, Carlie Rodgers is the team leader with 57 digs (4.75 per set) and Sara Daniels patrols the net with a team-best 11 blocks.

All-Time Series vs. the Billikens

Butler leads the all-time series over Saint Louis 15-6. Their last win over the Billikens came in 2012 when each program played in the Atlantic 10. BU won 3-0 at home that season, but lost 3-1 at Saint Louis.

Season-High Totals Set vs. the Sycamores

Madison Friebel – 58 Assists, 3 Kills

Jaymeson Kinley – 29 Digs, 4 Service Aces

Hannah Kelly – 9 Digs, 2 Service Aces

Lauren Hughes (Season Debut)

Elana Brueggemann – 17 Kills, .353 Attack %, 2 Blocks

Marisa Guisti – 4 Kills, 7 Digs, 7 Blocks

Caroline Cleveland – 16 Digs

Melody Davidson – 16 Kills, .433 Attack %

.239 Team Attack Percentage

67 Kills

63 Assists

10 Aces

‘Dawgs Win with Defense

Butler opponents are hitting just .136 this season. Four different Bulldogs have recorded 10 blocks or more over the opening 18 sets and libero Jaymeson Kinley has been fantastic averaging 5.0 digs per set. The BU school record for a full season is 5.29 digs per set.

Going the Distance

Three of Butler’s four matches this season have gone a full five-sets. In each win this year, BU has lost the first set, but has fought back to win the second.

Double-Double Tracker

Madison Friebel (3)

– 30 Assists, 14 Digs vs. Valpo (1/29)

– 55 Assists, 19 Digs at Loyola (1/29)

– 58 Assists, 10 Digs vs. Indiana State (2/4)

Brittany Robinson (2)

– 20 Kills, 14 Digs at Loyola (1/29)

– 19 Kills, 10 Digs at Bellarmine (1/31)

18-for-18

Five Bulldogs have played in all 18 sets this season. Madison Friebel, Jaymeson Kinley, Caroline Cleveland, Amina Shackelford, and Melody Davidson. Of those five student-athletes, only Davidson was on the roster last year.

Home Matches

BU will host Cincinnati on Saturday, Feb. 20 to wrap up their non-conference slate. That match will begin at 2 PM inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. Nationally-ranked BIG EAST opponents will also visit Indianapolis in March. #25 Marquette and #19 Creighton will each play two matches vs. BU. The Golden Eagles head to Hinkle on March 5. The Bluejays will visit March 12.

BUTLER SB: Butler Softball Picked Sixth in BIG EAST Preseason Poll

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Butler was picked sixth in the 2021 BIG EAST Softball preseason poll, which was announced by the league office Monday (Feb. 8).

Villanova enters the 2021 season as the favorite as the BIG EAST Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll was announced on Monday. The Wildcats earned 62 points, including six first-place votes, to stand atop the poll, edging 2019 BIG EAST postseason champion DePaul, which tallied 55 points and three first-place votes. The BIG EAST Preseason Poll is based on a vote of the league’s head coaches who are not permitted to vote for their own teams.

The Bulldogs posted a 15-8 overall record before the 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 15 wins were tops among BIG EAST teams.

The Bulldogs return 2019 All-BIG EAST second team selection Lauren Fey, who was batting .421 over 23 games in 2020. Shortstop Maddie Moore also earned All-BIG EAST second team honors in 2019. 

At the plate, Karli Rickett’s seven home runs and 16 RBI led the team in 2020, tying her for third in home runs and ninth in the BIG EAST in RBI. In the circle, she led the team and was third in the BIG EAST with 88 strikeouts (against only 21 walks) and opponents hit just .195 against her, which also led the BIG EAST. Alyssa Graves posted a 6-3 record, joining forces with Ricketts on one of the conference’s strongest pitching staffs.

Head coach Scott Hall enters his 11th season leading the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs open the 2021 season this weekend with five games at the Northern Iowa Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. BIG EAST play begins March 13 as the Bulldogs travel to Seton Hall for a three-game series.

BIG EAST Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll – points

1) Villanova – 62 (6 first-place votes)

2) DePaul – 55 (3)

3) St. John’s – 43       

4) UConn – 43       

5) Creighton – 40       

6) Butler – 30       

7) Seton Hall – 26       

8) Providence – 17       

9) Georgetown – 8  

BUTLER WSOCCER: Butler WSoccer Opens 2021 Campaign at Indianapolis on Tuesday

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The Butler women’s soccer team will take a short drive to downtown Indianapolis to open the 2021 spring season at UIndy on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  Kick-off is set for 5pm at Key Stadium. No spectators will be allowed at the contest.

Tuesday’s game will be the first regular season match-up between the Bulldogs and Greyhounds, despite only a nine mile distance from the Sellick Bowl to Key Stadium.

MEET THE BULLDOGS                                                                   

Butler will hit the pitch with several familiar faces this spring.  The Bulldogs return nine of 11 starters, including 2019 All-BIG EAST selections Katie Soderstrom (First Team), Anja Savich (Second Team) and Aliya Diagne (Freshman Team). Soderstrom and Savich were also named to the All-Region Third Team.

The Bulldogs also return goalkeeper Stephanie Rodriguez, who played every minute in goal for the Bulldogs in 2019. Anchored by Rodriguez, Butler’s defense posted nine shutouts (six in the BIG EAST) along with a 0.80 GAA on the season.

2021 PRESEASON BIG EAST                                                    

Rodriguez was voted BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year earlier this month. Rodriguez, along with Bulldog forwards Savich and Soderstrom, were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. With three honorees, Butler had the most representation in the preseason voting.

In the 2020-21 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Georgetown and Xavier were unanimous favorites to win their respective divisions this spring. The Conference schedule will feature two geographic divisions, with the Hoyas favored in the East and the Musketeers picked to win the Midwest. Xavier took the top spot with 16 points, including all four available first-place nods. DePaul followed in second with 12 points and the remaining first-place vote, edging Butler which tallied 11 points. Marquette followed in fourth with six points, while Creighton rounded out the Midwest with five points.

SCOUTING THE INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS                                                                                

Indianapolis enters Tuesday’s match coming off a 15-5-1 overall record during the 2019 season. The Greyhounds advanced to the GLVC Tournament after posting a 11-3-1 record in conference play, but fell in the quarterfinal to No. 1 seed and No. 6 ranked Southern Indiana, 0-1. Indianapolis would go on to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA DII Soccer Championships, taking down Walsh 1-0 and host Findlay 1-0 in the first and second rounds. The Greyhound’s post-season run came to an end in the third round, falling to the overall No. 2 seed Grand Valley, 0-9.

RECAP: THE 2019 BULLDOGS                                                                     

The Bulldogs ended the 2019 season at 10-5-4 overall and 5-2-2 in the BIG EAST to secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The post-season berth was the program’s sixth tournament appearance in seven years as members of the BIG EAST and fifth consecutive. After a 1-1 draw with No. 6 seed Providence, Butler fell by way of penalty kicks (5-4) in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals.

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UP NEXT                                                                                                                     

Butler will host an afternoon exhibition against Ball State at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. on Friday, Feb. 12.  The Bulldogs will then return to the Sellick Bowl to host Marian (Ind.) on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Kick-off is set for 12PM.

BALL STATE WBB: WBB Returns To The Court Monday For a MAC Matinee At Home Against NIU

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Game 16

Ball State (9-6, 7-4 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois (9-6, 7-3 MAC)

Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena

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Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Northern Illinois

Opening Tip:

• This will mark the 60th meeting in a series that began in 1982-83 when the Cardinals defeated the Huskies 86-83 on Jan. 26 in DeKalb, Ill. The Cardinals lead the all-time series record 38-21. Ball State and Northern Illinois split the two-game series last year both winning on their home turfs. The last time the two met was in DeKalb on March 4, 2020 resulting in a 86-79 loss for the Cardinals.

• Ball State ninth-year head coach Brady Sallee has won 13 of the last 17 meetings against the Huskies dating back to his first season at the helm in 2012-13.

• Today’s contest was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20 but due to COVID-19 pandemic the game was postponed until this afternoon.

• Northern Illinois got to enjoy a few days off as the Huskies did not play Saturday, Feb. 6. NIU is coming off of a 79-78 upset over MAC favorite Bowling Green on Feb. 3 in DeKalb,Ill. With the victory, the Huskies will ride a three-game win streak into Worthen Arena Monday.

• The Cardinals five-game win streak was snapped Saturday in Worthen Arena by Akron. Ball State fell to the Zips 89-84 in overtime. BSU had not lost a game since its 88-85 overtime victory at Ohio on Jan. 13. Senior forward Oshlynn Brown led the Cardinals against Akron with a 29-point, 19 rebound performance. The 19 rebounds matched Brown’s career high.

• The Cardinals have a tough week ahead them as they are set to play four games in an eight day span.

Down To The Wire:

The Cardinals have taking their last six contests down to the wire and I mean down to the wire. The Cardinals have not won or lost by more than seven points in six games. Ball State has played two overtime contests in less than a month winning one at Ohio (88-85) on Jan. 13 and then losing to Akron (89-84) on Feb. 6. The most the Cardinals have won by in their last six games was a seven-point margin (78-71) at Western Michigan on Jan. 30.

1,000 Points, 1,000 Rebounds:

Senior Oshlynn Brown currently has 1,292 career points and 970 rebounds. Brown needs 30 rebounds to hit 1,000. Brown will become only the second player in Ball State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points and rebounds. Former Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) so far is the lone player in program history to get 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Rebound That Basketball:

Senior forward Oshlynn Brown is moving up the all-time rebounds list at Ball State. She currently ranks 4th with 970 rebounds. Brown needs 17 rebounds to take sole possession of the third spot which is currently held by former Cardinal Nathalie Fontaine (2012-16) with 985 rebounds. Brown needs 39 rebounds to become the BSU’s all-time leader in that category which is currently owned by for Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) with 1,028 rebounds.

Scouting NIU:

• The Huskies are led by head coach Lisa Carlson who is in her sixth season at Northern Illinois.

• Northern Illinois always has that one player you have to look out for when it comes to scoring. Last year it was forward Courtney Woods that the Cardinals had to concentrate on and this year it is sophomore Chelby Koker who leads the team in scoring averaging 20.2 points per contest. She is the lone Huskie that is currently averagin double figures. The Cardinals do not need to send Koker to the line as she ranks in the top 10 nationally in free throw percentage.

• Three-point shooting is one of NIU’s strong suits this season. The Huskies rank at the top of the three-point shooting category amongst the Mid-American Conference averaging a little over 38 percent.

Next Game:

The Ball State women’s basketball team remains at home Wednesday when it hosts Ohio for its annual “Play4Kay Think Pink” game. The game is at 7 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals hold this event every year to raise money for cancer.

PURDUE FT WAYNE VB: Mastodon WVB Heads South to IUPUI This Week

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball is set for its third week of Horizon League play as the Mastodons will hit the road to face rival IUPUI on Monday and Tuesday.

Game Day Information

Video: ESPN+

Series History: Purdue Fort Wayne leads 27-23

Last Meeting: 9/10/2019 | L, 3-1 | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | IUPUI

GAME 1

When: Monday, February 8 | 6 p.m.

Where: The Jungle | Indianapolis, Ind. (No fan attendance)

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

GAME 2

When: Tuesday, February 9 | 6 p.m.

Where: The Jungle | Indianapolis, Ind. (No fan attendance)

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+ (link will be here when ESPN determines it)

Know Your Foe

IUPUI is 0-4 on the young season after dropping four road matches at Youngstown State and Green Bay to start the year. The Jaguars are led by a freshman this season, as Maddie Haines is first on the team with 3.25 kills per set. Darragh Dixon is pacing the offense with 8.58 assists per set. Defensively, Rhiannon Schuenemann is the best on the team with a 4.29 digs per set clip.

The Series

One of the longest-running series for Purdue Fort Wayne is against IUPUI. The two squads have met 50 times with Purdue Fort Wayne taking more than half the meetings. IUPUI has taken the last two and hold a 8-2 advantage in the last 10 meetings. In conference matches, the two teams are even at 10 wins each, but have yet to meet as Horizon League foes.

Horizon League Player of the Week

After leading the Mastodons to a 2-0 week against Youngstown State, Katie Crowe was named one of the Horizon League’ two Players of the Week on February 4. Crowe averaged 5.00 kills per set, a .359 hitting percentage, 4.67 digs per set and 1.17 aces per set against the Penguins. She recorded her 37th and 38th career double-doubles, while also reaching 1,000 kills for her career. This was her first Horizon League Player of the Week honor, but she was named the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week twice in 2019.

Where It Ranks

Katie Crowe’s performance against Youngstown State on February 1 was special in more ways than one in Mastodon history. Between the two matches, her stats ranked in the program’s single-match top 10 categories:

• .650 hitting percentage (13-0-20) – 6th all-time (min. 20 att.)

• .650 hitting percentage (13-0-20) – 2nd in rally scoring era (min. 20 att.)

• 6 aces – 6th in 3-set matches all-time

• 6 aces – 2nd in any match in rally scoring era

Make It A Double

Katie Crowe has three double-doubles this season, with 38 total in her career. She opened the season with a double-double against UIC, then had two straight games with one in a pair of games against Youngstown State.

Pocket Aces

Purdue Fort Wayne had 12 aces against Youngstown State on Monday, February 1, which is the most aces in a match since the Mastodons has 12 against Oral Roberts on November 18, 2011.

Swing Low, Sweet Penguins

Purdue Fort Wayne held Youngstown State to just 18 kills in their match on Monday, February 1. This was the lowest number of kills an opponent has had against the Mastodons since Kent State had 16 on August 31, 2018.

The Crowe’s Perch

In the second set of Purdue Fort Wayne’s 3-0 win over Youngstown State on February 2, Katie Crowe recorded her 1,000th kill of her career, joining an elite group of Mastodons in the club. She reached the 1,000th dig plateau last season, but with the addition of her 1,000th kill, she became the 10th Mastodon to become a member of both clubs.

1,000-Kill, 1,000-Dig Club Members

Joni Smith (1107 kills, 1319 digs) 1985-88

Heather Teagarden (1669 kills, 1123 digs) 1992-95

Julie Parrot (1180 kills, 1607 digs) 1993-96

Laura Douglas (1904 kills, 1623 digs) 1997-00

Fabiana Souza (2305 kills, 1434 digs) 2002-05

Cynara Martins (1124 kills, 1455 digs) 2004-07

Rebekah Roehm (1506 kills, 1015 digs) 2006-09

Emily Spencer (2106 kills, 1403 digs) 2011-14

Nicole Rightnowar (1584 kills, 1348 digs) 2015-18

Katie Crowe (1007 kills, 1061 digs) 2017-present

Horizon League Leaders

Katie Crowe and Rachael Crucis lead the Horizon League in a few categories in the early-going this season. Crowe leads the League in kills per set (4.15) and points per set (4.81) while Crucis is the League-leader in total digs with 69.

Hittin’ High

Sydney Boerst currently ranks second in program history in career hitting percentage at .321. She is the leader in the rally scoring era (2001-present), and only trails Andi Reichart (.362) overall. She hit .343 last season.

Blocking Your Way to the Top

Sydney Boerst ranks eighth in program history in blocks per set with 0.93. She currently is right behind Natalie Seiler (2014-17).

Diggin’ Up Everything

Rachael Crucis is second in program history in digs per set at 4.71. She only trails Tessa McGill, who recorded 4.77 digs per set from 2009-12.

Between a Block and a Hard Place

Sydney Boerst ranks sixth in program history in total blocks in a career with 351. She needs four to move into fifth to tie with Andi Reichhart (355, 1994-97).

The Last to Reach the Summit, The First on the Horizon

Katie Crowe was the last Mastodon to receive First Team All-Summit League accolades, as she earned the honor in 2019. She was also the first Mastodon in program history to be named Horizon League Player of the Week, as she earned the honor on Feburary 4, 2021.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne is coming off a pair of wins against Youngstown State in the second week of Horizon League play. Katie Crowe led the Mastodons with 30 kills, which gave her a Horizon League Player of the Week nod.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will return home for two matches against Robert Morris on Monday and Tuesday of next week (Feb. 15-16). The match on Monday will serve as the 14th annual Pink Out match to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation. The match is part of the ‘Dons’ “Pink Week” which also features women’s basketball and soccer games that week.

IUPUI MSOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER TO OPEN SPRING CAMPAIGN AGAINST GREEN BAY

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WESTFIELD, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will open the Spring 2021 season on Wednesday (Feb. 10) when the Jaguars host Green Bay (1-0 HL) at Grand Park at 1:00 p.m.. With the venue change, Wednesday’s match will not be broadcast on ESPN platforms. Head coach Brian Barnett’s team returns a strong defensive core and a new cast of offensive weapons in hopes of building off last year’s 4-10-3 campaign.

This marks IUPUI’s first regular season game inside Westfield’s renowned Grand Park facility.

Live Stats

IUPUI SOCCER FAN POLICY

Athlete guests will not be allowed to attend the men’s soccer match between Green Bay and IUPUI on Wednesday (Feb. 10). Departmentally we had hoped to welcome a limited number of fans to our first soccer game at Carroll Stadium, but are unable to do so inside Grand Park. IUPUI Athletics will continue to work with Horizon League, Marion County and campus health directives to provide a safe return for a limited number of athlete guests for its next home men’s soccer match on Monday, February 22.

PRESEASON POLLS

IUPUI was recently picked to finish ninth among the 11-team #HLWSOC Preseason Poll. UIC and Oakland finished tied for the top spot while Green Bay was picked to finish seventh.

#HLMSOC STANDINGS

SCHOOL               CONF    CPCT.    OVERALL              PCT.       STREAK

Detroit Mercy    1-0          1.000     1-0                          1.000     W1

Green Bay           1-0          1.000     1-0                          1.000     W1

Milwaukee         1-0          1.000     1-0                          1.000     W1

Oakland               1-0          1.000     1-0                          1.000     W1

UIC                         1-0          1.000     1-0                          1.000     W1

IUPUI                    0-0          0.000     0-0                          0.000     —

Cleveland State 0-1          0.000     0-1                          0.000     L1

Northern Kentucky 0-1  0.000     0-1                          0.000     L1

Purdue Fort Wayne 0-1  0.000     0-1                          0.000     L1

Robert Morris    0-1          0.000     0-1                          0.000     L1

Wright State      0-1          0.000     0-1                          0.000     L1

RETURNING STARTERS (7)

Gianni Catenacci – Sr. – D (1 goal, 4 assists)

Ethan Diedel – Jr. – D (17 apperances, 11 starts)

Corey Goede – Jr. – D (15 starts)

Caleb Hussain – Soph. – D (13 starts)

Quinn McCallion – Jr. – GK (1.84 GAA, 84 saves)

Tommy Patacca – Sr. – D (3 goals, 1 GWG)

Chris Workman – Soph. – MF (1 goal)

HONOREES AND LEADERS

Workman was the lone IUPUI player to earn postseason accolades last season, being named to the 11-man All-Freshman Team. Workman appeared in 16 games and made 13 starts in the midfield while tallying a goal at Northern Kentucky in front of a large contingent of family and friends. Workman was fourth among IUPUI’s field players with 1,280 minutes played and played 90 or more minutes seven different times.

ON THE SIDELINES

Head coach Brian Barnett is in his fifth year on the Jaguars’ sidelines, having taken over the program just prior to the 2016 campaign. He led the team to the #HLMSOC Tournament Semifinals in 2018 before falling to eventual league champion UIC on penalty kicks. Barnett is joined on the sidelines by John Schwien, who enters his first year with the program.

NEW FACES

IUPUI has six new faces on the roster this year in true freshmen Rayan Choukri, Mandela Cybahiro, Max Guidry, Logan Finnegan, Owen Jarrell and Tyler Kaput. Choukri and Cybahiro were teammates for Millennium Indy and Finnegan, Jarrell and Kaput were all three teammates for Galaxy SC. Four other Jaguars – Tylin Broaders, Nate Pendleton, Lucas Morefield and Ethan Miller – are all in line to make their IUPUI debuts after redshirting last season.

SCOUTING GREEN BAY

Green Bay is 1-0 to start the season, having defeated Cleveland State 2-1 in double overtime in Cleveland to start the season. Villi Kadal and Bernard Assibey Rhule combined on both of the Phoenix goals with Kaldal scoring off an Assibey Rhule assist in the 24th minute and Assibey Rhule tallying the winner from Rhule in the 110th minute. In goal, Jamison Yoder made four stops in the victory. Green Bay went 6-8-2 and 4-4 in Horizon League play last season.

VERSUS THE PHOENIX (see the entire history here)

IUPUI is 4-3-2 all-time against Green Bay and won the most recent two meetings between the two sides. IUPUI won in come-from-behind fashion last year as Patacca tallied the winner in the 104th minute. The Jags went down 1-0 in the 54th minute, but Alan Aguilar netted the equalizer 42 seconds later and Patacca scored in the second overtime for the win. McCallion made four stops in the victory and Patacca ripped off a game-high four shots. Six of the nine meetings between the two sides have gone to overtime.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

The Horizon League will compete in a weekly, single round robin format this season that began on Feb. 3. Games will be played every six days.

ESPN COVERAGE

Every IUPUI home match at Carroll Stadium will be aired on ESPN platforms (either ESPN3 or ESPN+) this season. In addition, selected road matches will also be aired on ESPN platforms at the host schools’ discretion.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: Edwards Earns MVC Newcomer of the Week Distinction

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A banner weekend concluded with a pair of honors for Valparaiso University men’s basketball freshman Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) on Monday.

Edwards became the second Valpo player to receive a weekly award from the Missouri Valley Conference this season as he was named the league’s Newcomer of the Week. In addition, the rookie was tabbed the MVC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

The Valpo guard helped his team hand No. 25 Drake its first loss of the season on Sunday, a convincing 74-57 triumph that came a day after a narrow 80-77 defeat to the Bulldogs. Edwards averaged 15.5 points per game over the two contests this week to tie for the team lead while knocking down five 3s, swiping five steals, dishing out four assists and pulling down seven rebounds. He hit four triples in Saturday’s matchup to lead the team in scoring, equaling a career high with 20 points.

Edwards followed with his second straight double-figure scoring output by posting 11 on Sunday, when he made his third career start and first since Dec. 1. He was also a factor on the defensive end with three steals to help Valpo hold Drake to a season-low 57 points. In addition, Edwards threw down a thunderous dunk in Sunday’s victory that checked in at No. 7 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. The Valpo freshman became the first member of the Brown & Gold to earn MVC Newcomer of the Week honors since teammate Donovan Clay did so during the final week of the 2019-20 regular season.

Without much time to bask in the glory of Sunday’s win, which was the fourth over a nationally-ranked opponent in program history and the second under head coach Matt Lottich’s watch, Valpo will be back on the court on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to host Bradley at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The game will be on ESPN3 with links to live coverage available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO SOFTBALL: Valpo Softball Announces 2021 Schedule

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It might feel barely above zero degrees outside, but inside, Valpo Softball is deep into preparations for the 2021 campaign — a season which starts this weekend as the program announced the entirety of its 2021 game schedule today.

The season kicks off this weekend with four games over three days at the DePaul Dome Tournament in Rosemont, Ill., as Valpo takes on Kansas City twice and Western Illinois in addition to the host Blue Demons. After a weekend off, Valpo then heads to Nashville for doubleheaders Feb. 26-27 against Tennessee State and Belmont.

The next weekend, a trip east is on the docket as Valpo takes part in a tournament at Marshall March 5-7. A brief return back to Valpo for the scheduled home opener against Western Illinois March 10 is followed by an excursion to Louisville for one game against the Cardinals and two versus Western Kentucky March 13-14. Non-conference road games at Notre Dame (March 24) and Northern Illinois (April 14) are also scheduled within the heart of MVC play.

The MVC slate opens for Valpo March 20-21 at Bradley, with each three-game, two-day series featuring a doubleheader the first day and a single game the second day. Valpo will also play three-game sets at Evansville (March 27-28), UNI (April 10-11) and Southern Illinois (May 1-2) within conference play.

The conference home opener sees Valpo welcome Indiana State to town April 2-3. Missouri State (April 17-18), Drake (April 24-25) and Illinois State (May 7-8) are also scheduled to visit the Valpo Softball Complex this year. Valpo’s series with Loyola will be split into a doubleheader in Chicago April 21 and a single game at Valpo April 28.

The MVC Tournament will be held May 13-15 at Evansville, with the top six teams in the regular season standings earning spots in the field. The tournament champion will earn the MVC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad which posted a 9-10 record in the truncated 2020 campaign, including eight regulars in the batting order.

MARIAN WBB: IMANI GUY NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Avon, Ohio – The Marian women’s basketball team was honored with their third Crossroads League Player of the Week award on Monday afternoon, as the league recognized Imani Guy as this week’s winner. Guy joins Ella Collier and Abby Downard as previous Marian winners, as the senior claims her first weekly honor.

Imani Guy had a monster week, averaging a double-double of 15 points and 14.5 rebounds per game on the week, while shooting 52 percent from the field. Guy set a Marian single-game rebounding record against Bethel with her 20 rebounds, breaking a seven-year old record for Marian set on February 8, 2014. The senior also averaged 3.5 blocks per game, and tied her career-high with five blocks against Bethel.

Marian will travel to No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday night, looking to complete a season sweep of the Wildcats.

WRIGHT STATE WBB: Angel Baker named Horizon League Player of the Week

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DAYTON/INDIANAPOLIS – Wright State women’s basketball junior Angel Baker has been named the Horizon League’s Player of the Week, the league announced Monday Afternoon.

Baker averaged 27.5 points and five rebounds as the Raiders completed the weekend sweep of Milwaukee. She opened with 27 points – shooting 12-for-24 on Friday and 3-for-5 from the line, adding a team-leading three assists and pulling down seven rebounds in the process as the Raiders handed the Panthers just their fourth loss of the season, 67-58.

The junior finished the weekend tallying her second highest career outing in a Raider uniform, 28 points. Shooting 11-for-18 from the field and 5-for-8 from the free throw line. The Indianapolis native pulled down three rebounds and added two assists as well.

The Raiders are 13-5 on the season and 13-3 in Horizon League action. Wright State will return to the road and face off against Northern Kentucky, this weekend. The Raiders and Norse tipoff at 1 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

WRIGHT STATE VB: Volleyball looks to keep rolling on the road at Oakland

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The Wright State volleyball team heads back out on the road for the second time this spring season as the Raiders head north to take on Oakland on Monday and Tuesday nights. The Raiders are off of a 4-0 start, all three set sweeps, while Oakland is 2-0 and will play its first home matches this week.

Both matches are scheduled for 5 p.m. starts, and fans can follow the action via live stats or streaming via live video. Monday’s contest will be on ESPN+, while Tuesday will be either on ESPN3 or ESPN+.

Last time out, Wright State remained undefeated with another set of sweeps this past week over Northern Kentucky. Monday night, Megan Alders led the way with eight kills while Teddie Sauer had seven of her own. Nyssa Baker had six kills and a match-high four blocks, with Alders and Sauer each adding two. The Raiders finished with eight service aces, paced by Sam Ott’s three, while Lainey Stephenson passed out 23 assists and Jenna Story had 19 digs. On Tuesday, the Raiders dominated nearly every statistical category for the second straight night against the Norse (0-2), finishing with 34 kills as a team. Celia Powers paced the attack with nine kills, while Same Wolf had six and Teddie Sauer had five of her own. Wright State finished with seven kills, including a pair each from Jenna Story and Ellee Ruskaup.

GRIZZLIE(S) OUTLOOK

Wright State and Oakland are each undefeated in this spring season, with the Raiders at 4-0 and Golden Grizzlies at 2-0 after road wins at Robert Morris the opening week of play before then having a bye week last week. Wright State has won three of the four meetings in the Allie Matters Era, including the last three straight, and clinched the 2019 HL regular season title at the O’Rena in Nov. 2019.

OAKLAND OVERVIEW

Outside hitter Patti Cesarini was named Horizon League Player of the Week (1/28) after averaging 4.0 kills per set at a .267 clip in Oakland’s series sweep at Robert Morris. In her collegiate debut, Cesarini tied for a team-high in kills with 16 to lift OU to a thrilling five-set victory over RMU. Her strong play continued in the next match, as she tallied 16 kills, hitting .429 with just one error in three sets. Jamie Walling is 12 kills shy of becoming the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,000-kill club. The senior has totaled 350-plus kills the last two seasons, including a career-best 364 as a sophomore. Oakland is under the direction of 14th-year head coach Rob Beam, who guided the Golden Grizzlies to an 8-8 mark in conference play and an overall record of 15-14 in 2019. Previously, Beam spent five years at Wright State (2000-2004) as assistant coach and later associate head coach.

ROAD VICTORS

Wright State opened the season with two road wins at Milwaukee on Jan. 25 and 26, the sixth time in the program’s Division I Era that the Raiders had opened a season with wins in their first two true road matches. The Raiders have a chance to tie their best mark ever this week at Oakland, matching the 1995 team that won its first four true road matches – at ACC foes VIrginia and North Carolina State and at Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) foes Milwaukee and Green Bay. Those four wins took a combined 14 sets (3-0 vs. VA & GB; 3-1 vs. NCSU & MKE).

LEADING THE WAY

Despite four three-set wins to open the year, are tied with four other HL players for the most service aces around the League with 7, as Wright State’s 30 overall service aces and 2.50 aces/set average also lead the League. Jenna Story’s 65 digs are the third-most in the HL, while her 5.42 digs/set average is only behind NKU’s Ashton Terrill (7.17 avg in 2 matches/six sets). The Raiders lead the HL in opponent hitting percentage, holding them to an .053% mark – that rate leads the NCAA amongst programs with at least 4 sets played. (Howard currently has a .000 opp. hitting percentage after one match played (3-0 win).

DAYTON MBB: Mustapha Amzil Named Atlantic 10 Rookie Of The Week For Third Time

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – University of Dayton freshman Mustapha Amzil was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the third time this season and second consecutive week today. 

Amzil averaged 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two Flyer games last week, while making five of the nine shots he took from beyond the arc (.556).  At Duquesne on Tuesday, he recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  He also blocked three shots.  Last Saturday against George Mason, he hit double digits for the ninth time in 11 career games, scoring 10 points (2-3 from distance).

He is the only multiple A-10 Rookie of the Week award winner this season. A November signee, he earned his first A-10 Rookie award exactly 50 days from his signing date.  He had three practices before playing his in first game.  A forward from Helsinki, Finland, he has started all 11 games he has played, averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.  He also leads the team in total steals (15).

Dayton swept the basketball A-10 Rookie of the Week awards for the second time.  Women’s basketball’s Tenin Magassa was also named.

Dayton is 11-5 overall and 7-4 in the A-10.   This week, the Flyers are scheduled to play VCU on Tuesday and Saint Joseph’s on Saturday, both at home.  The VCU game will tip-off at 5 p.m. ET, and will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

DAYTON WBB: Magassa Earns Second A-10 Rookie Of The Week Honor

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference released its weekly women’s basketball awards Monday and recognized University of Dayton freshman Tenin Magassa as Rookie of the Week.

This is the second accolade for the 6-5 freshman center, having previously received the award on Jan. 18.

Last week, Magassa averaged 13.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 64.3 percent from the floor. She opened the week with 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight blocks, which is tied for the fourth most in a game in UD history. She went on to have another nine-rebound outing in the victory at Saint Joseph’s before finishing off the week with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the win at La Salle.

The Flyers are 10-1 on the season and 9-0 in A-10 play, sitting atop the league standings. Dayton has won nine games in a row while going 7-0 in away games this season.

Dayton returns to action this Friday at home against Richmond at 5 p.m.

For more information regarding the Dayton women’s basketball program, check back at DaytonFlyers.com.

CINCINNATI VB: Carrier Placed on AAC Weekly Honor Roll

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CINCINNATI – The American Athletic Conference recognized University of Cincinnati’s Kailea Carrier as she earned a spot on this week’s Honor Roll.

Carrier had an outstanding performance this past weekend where she led the team in kills per set, averaging 3.25 per set. Carrier was nearly perfect in Friday night’s victory over crosstown rival Xavier, hitting .429 with 13 kills on 28 total attempts with only one attack error. Defensively, she added .75 blocks per set on the weekend.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati returns home on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. where it will play host to East Carolina University in its first American Athletic Conference matchup of the season. The match up will take place over two days, returning on Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. to finish out the series. Both games will be live streamed on ESPN+ with live stats available at BearcatStats.com.

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CINCINNATI MBB: DeJulius Named to AAC Weekly Honor Roll

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CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball junior guard David DeJulius was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday.

DeJulius averaged a team-high 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the Bearcats went 2-0 last week, returning from a 25-day layoff due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Detroit, Michigan, native scored a career-high 26 points with four 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals in UC’s 63-60 road win at Temple on Feb. 4. He followed that performance with 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists in UC’s 64-61 victory at Tulane on Feb. 7.  

It marks the second time this season DeJulius has been selected to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll. He earned the accolade on Dec. 14 following an 11-point, seven-assist effort at then-No. 12 Tennessee on Dec. 12.

For the season, DeJulius is averaging 10.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds for the Bearcats. He has scored in double figures in each of UC’s last three games, averaging 16.7 points during the stretch. 

Entering the week, DeJulius ranks among AAC leaders in assists (second at 5.1), assist-to-turnover ratio (third at 2.4), defensive rebounds (10th at 4.5) and minutes played (11th at 30.9).

UP NEXT

Cincinnati (5-7, 3-4 AAC) remains on the road, traveling to Memphis (12-6, 8-3) on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.