INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Batesville54Shelbyville51 
Bedford North Lawrence59Jasper55OT
Benton Central75Attica38 
Bloomington South61Northview35 
Caston62North Miami38 
Charlestown74Christian Academy60 
Churubusco81Garrett38 
Columbia City39East Noble31 
Crothersville60Shawe Memorial53 
Daleville71Southern Wells57 
Delta46Oak Hill39 
Dugger Union53Washington Catholic36 
Eastern (Greentown)64Carroll (Flora)53 
Eastern Greene55Edgewood53OT
Edinburgh74Brown County41 
Evansville Central43Evansville Memorial40 
Evansville Christian57Northeast Dubois48 
Evansville Mater Dei52Evansville Harrison49 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk95Fort Wayne Northrop53 
Franklin Central52Perry Meridian50 
Gibson Southern46North Posey35 
Hanover Central61North Newton33 
Illiana Christian63River Forest59OT
Indianapolis Lutheran60Bethesda Christian43 
Indianapolis Manual63Christel House Academy51 
Indianapolis Scecina79Cascade78 
Lawrence Central71Southport48 
Lawrenceburg54Oldenburg Academy43 
Liberty Christian71Tri-Central59 
Linton-Stockton54North Putnam38 
Loogootee53North Knox40 
Madison57Switzerland County36 
Mishawaka Marian85Marquette Catholic56 
Munster70Victory Christian45 
New Haven57Fort Wayne South43 
North Decatur60Rushville42 
North Judson45Culver39 
North White65Faith Christian38 
Oregon-Davis57Bremen39 
Owen Valley51North Central (Farmersburg)45 
Princeton67Tecumseh48 
Richmond70Franklin County44 
South Bend Washington63Kokomo59 
South Central (Union Mills)64South Bend Career31 
South Dearborn72Hauser41 
South Knox55Wood Memorial44 
South Spencer52Mount Vernon (Posey)46 
South Vermillion70Shakamak672OT
Southridge42Boonville24 
Springs Valley69Cannelton44 
Taylor82Elwood54 
Terre Haute South86Riverton Parke59 
Tipton71Lapel47 
Trinity Lutheran55Southwestern (Shelbyville)37 
University48Indianapolis Chatard33 
Vincennes Lincoln61Pike Central49 
Waldron67Indiana Deaf49 
West Vigo51Fountain Central41 
White River Valley47Vincennes Rivet31 
Yorktown68Pendleton Heights64 

INDIANA GIRLS STATE FINALS

Friday, Feb. 26

Class 2A State Championship
7 pm ET / 6 pm CT | Tipton (20-7) vs. Linton-Stockton (26-1) 
■ Tipton Blue Devils making first trip to girls basketball state finals
■ Top-ranked Linton-Stockton Miners are defending state champions

Saturday, Feb. 27

Class A State Championship
11 am ET / 10 am CT | Pioneer (24-4) vs. Loogootee (20-4) 
■ Loogootee Lions return as defending state champions
■ Pioneer Panthers, last year’s runner-up, return for a rematch

Class 3A State Championship
3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT | South Bend Washington (22-5) vs. Silver Creek (24-3) 
■ Top-ranked Silver Creek Dragons chasing first state championship
■ South Bend Washington Panthers return to title game for first time since 2009, looking for second crown

Class 4A State Championship
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT | Crown Point (24-1) vs. Brownsburg (17-10) 
■ Crown Point Bulldogs aiming for third title, first since 1985
■ Brownsburg Bulldogs return to girls state finals for first time since 1991 season

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Gonzaga 89 Santa Clara 75

#3 Michigan 79 #9 Iowa 57

Michigan State 71 #4 Ohio State 67

#5 Illinois 86 Nebraska 70

#12 Houston 81 Western Kentucky 57

#22 San Diego State 78 Boise State 66 OT

Miami Ohio 74 Western Michigan 66

Buffalo 85 Central Michigan 73

Ohio 86 Eastern Michigan 67

Arizona State 80 Washington 72

Detroit 83 Robert Morris 73

Purdue Fort Wayne 89 Green Bay 84 2OT

UCLA 76 Utah 61

Youngstown State 74 Illinois Chicago 58

BYU 79 San Francisco 73

Northwestern 67 Minnesota, 59

Oregon 71 Stanford 68

Oregon State 59 California 57

Arizona 69 Washington State 53

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Connecticut 81 Creighton 49

#2 North Carolina State 83 Pittsburgh 53

#3 Texas A&M 73 Alabama 67

#5 South Carolina 68 Ole Miss 43

#8 Maryland 88 Purdue 59

Iowa 89 #12 Michigan 67

#16 Arkansas 74 Auburn 69

#19 Kentucky 62 #17 Georgia 58

#20 Tennessee 78 Missouri 73

#21 Gonzaga 95 Pepperdine 49

Youngstown State 62 Purdue Fort Wayne 59

Virginia Tech 70 Clemson 64

North Carolina 84 Georgia Tech 59

Illinois State 79 Bradley 59

Cleveland State 69 Illinois Chicago 43

Mississippi State 68 LSU 59

Miami, Florida 69 Wake Forest 67 OT

Notre Dame 72 Florida State 64

Nevada 73 Utah state 60

Syracuse 92 Boston College 75

UNLV 68 Fresno State 66

BYU 66 Santa Clara 63

NBA SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 111 Dallas 97

Brooklyn 129 Orlando 92

Memphis 122 LA Clippers 94…DESMOND BANE 4PTS, 2REB

New York 140 Sacramento 121

Washington 112 Denver 110

Milwaukee 129 New Orleans 125

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Islanders 7 Boston 2

Washington 5 Pittsburgh 2

Tampa Bay 3 Carolina 1

Florida 3 Dallas 2

Chicago 2 Columbus 0

Ottawa 6 Calgary 1

New Jersey 4 Buffalo 3

Detroit 5 Nashville 2

Winnipeg 6 Montréal 3

Edmonton 3 Vancouver 0

TOP HEADLINES

Dickinson impresses as No. 3 Michigan routs No. 9 Iowa 79-57

Hunter Dickinson showed early on that he could guard Luka Garza without help.

Then, when Dickinson left the game for a bit with three fouls, his teammates took control.

Dickinson gave Garza fits around the basket, and Franz Wagner scored 21 points to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 79-57 victory over No. 9 Iowa on Thursday night. Garza’s three-point play early in the second half put the Hawkeyes up 37-36 – and drew Dickinson’s third foul. Michigan answered that with a 14-2 run that took place mostly while Dickinson was on the bench.

“All hands on deck,” Wolverines coach Juwan Howard said.

Dickinson more than held his own against Garza in a much-anticipated matchup of two standout big men who have known each other for years. The Wolverines (17-1, 12-1) passed yet another test against a highly ranked opponent, and they look increasingly alone atop the Big Ten, where every other team has at least four conference losses.

Garza led the Hawkeyes (17-7, 11-6) with 16 points, but he shot 6 of 19 from the field. The 7-foot-1 Dickinson, who like Garza went to high school in the Washington area, blocked Garza’s first shot attempt of the game. Even when Garza got the ball in good position in the post, he had a hard time scoring consistently.

“I know I’ve got to be better for my team,” Garza said. “For some reason, there was just a lid on the rim for me tonight.”

Michigan became the first team to hold the Hawkeyes under 65 points all season.

The Wolverines led 32-29 at halftime, then went on their run after Dickinson’s third foul. Dickinson returned to cap that run with a layup that made it 50-39.

“Tonight was a battle,” Dickinson said. “I’m still tired after that game.”

Isaiah Livers scored 16 points for the Wolverines. Dickinson added 14 in addition to all his fine defensive work.

“As you see, we didn’t try to double-team,” Livers said. “Game plan was for Hunter to guard him one on one, and for us to stay home to the shooters.”

Michigan was coming off a 92-87 win over No. 4 Ohio State last weekend. This game was more tedious at the start, but the Wolverines never seemed to grow frustrated.

Michigan St beats No. 4 Ohio St 71-67, improves NCAA resume

Tom Izzo walked into the locker room with fists in the air and an ear-to-ear grin on his face, welcoming water getting doused on him by Michigan State’s players celebrating what clearly was not just another win.

Aaron Henry had 18 points to help the Spartans improve their chances of making the NCAA Tournament with a 71-67 win over No. 4 Ohio State on Thursday night, two days after Izzo’s team beat No. 5 Illinois by nine points.

The Hall of Fame coach led Michigan State to the national championship in 2000, early in a string of 22 straight NCAA Tournaments that includes eight trips to the Final Four.

This year, though, it looked as if the Spartans (13-9, 7-9 Big Ten) would not make their usual appearance in the NCAA Tournament until their recent surge with three straight wins.

And that’s why Izzo had no problem with the postgame celebration.

“There would’ve been days I would’ve chewed them out for that,” he said.

Michigan State beat top-five teams in consecutive conference games for the first time in program history.

The Spartans rallied from a nine-point, second-half deficit against Ohio State with Gabe Brown finishing with 11 points and Josh Langford making key plays at both ends of the court.

The Buckeyes (18-6, 12-6) closed the game without coach Chris Holtmann, who was ejected for arguing with officials when he was called for a second technical foul with 1.4 seconds left.

“I’m not going to talk specifically about the officiating,” Holtmann said.

Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell had 18 points on 4 of 13 shooting and Duane Washington scored 17 on 7 of 16 shooting.

“We had trouble finishing around the baskets,” Holtmann said.

C.J. Walker scored 12 points and Justice Sueing added 10 for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes went ahead 49-40 midway through the second half, but Henry and Langford would not let them pull away as Michigan State outscored them 15-6 to pull into a 55-all tie with 6:42 left.

Malik Hall made free throws to put the Spartans ahead 64-63 with 2:23 to go. Henry followed with a jumper to give them a three-point lead with 1:08 remaining.

Both teams took turns making free throws until Michigan State’s Joey Hauser missed the first of two free throws.

That gave the Buckeyes the ball with 12.8 seconds left and a chance to tie or win the game in regulation. Washington came up short, defended by Langford, on a layup with about five seconds left to trigger Holtmann’s second technical.

“Give Michigan State credit,” Holtmann said. “They were more physical.”

Michigan State was coming off an 81-72 win over No. 5 Illinois at home on Tuesday and started strong against the Buckeyes, leading 11-6 a few minutes into the game. Henry went to the bench with 6:45 left in the first half after getting called for a second foul and scoring nine points, leading to the Buckeyes leading 38-33 at halftime.

No. 1 Gonzaga tested, pulls away to beat Santa Clara 89-75

Being challenged the past couple of months has been rare for top-ranked Gonzaga. Especially in conference play and especially at home.

Perhaps a little bit of a scare will be a good thing for the No. 1 team in the country.

Corey Kispert scored 25 points, Drew Timme had 16 of his 18 points in the second half and No. 1 Gonzaga won its 50th straight at home, beating Santa Clara 89-75 on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs won their 27th straight overall dating to last season, but struggled to shake the Broncos for most of the night.

“It was good for us, I think, to be in a tighter game,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “I give all the credit to Santa Clara. They came out with way more spirit and effort, and ran their offense with more purpose and conviction … and we weren’t quite as sharp on our end.”

Timme was a big reason why Gonzaga (23-0, 14-0 West Coast Conference) was finally able to pull away in the second half. Limited to just eight minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Gonzaga’s primary interior scorer made 7 of 9 shots as the Bulldogs pulled away from a 40-38 halftime lead.

Jalen Suggs nearly had a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Joel Ayayi added 11 points for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 10 in the first half.

“In the beginning we just went through the motions. They played with a lot more passion to start the game,” Suggs said. “After they made that run that just kind of lit a fire under us and woke us up. From then on I think we made a lot of good plays.”

Gonzaga’s 50-game home win streak matches the longest in school history. The Bulldogs have also won 20 straight games by double-digits, matching the longest streak ever by a team ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25. UCLA also won 20 straight by double-digits during the 1971-72 season.

“It’s not easy to get up for every single one of them,” Few said. “I think our squad has done an unbelievable job to this point of doing that and tonight we got beat to some balls especially early at inopportune times and they took full advantage of it.”

Guglielmo Caruso led Santa Clara (10-7, 4-5) with 19 points, and Giordan Williams added 18. The Broncos led 19-9 just eight minutes into the game and held the advantage for most of the first half before Gonzaga pulled ahead just before the break.

Santa Clara hung around for most of the second half and trailed just 73-66 after Josip Vrankic’s layup with 6:44 left, but could get no closer.

PURDUE // Purdue Travels to Happy Valley for Final Road Game of Season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Playing in its final road game of the season, Purdue travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to face Penn State at 7 p.m. ET, on FS1. Kevin Burkhardt and former Purdue graduate assistant Steve Lavin will handle the call remotely. 

Friday’s contest is a big game for the Boilermakers as they look for another double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers have had a double-bye in every Big Ten Tournament that has been played and Purdue has put itself in position to reach that goal again. Standing in the way is a very good offensive team in Penn State, at a place where recent games with the Lions have been nail-biters. 

THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Nebraska by a 40-13 margin, having won 10 of the last 11, and 24 of the last 28, contests with the Nittany Lions. Purdue’s last three wins over Penn State in State College have come in overtime (2015, 2017, 2019). Purdue won Big Ten titles in 2017 & 2019.
2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 330th (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.04 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.36 years (283rd nationally). 
3) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 14 of its 23 games this year, missing key personnel for nine games this year. Purdue has gone 10-4 in those 14 games with a full roster, losses coming on the road vs. Big Ten teams (Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota). 
4) Four freshmen have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the most in league history. Michigan (2012-13) and Ohio St. (2010-11) had 3. 
5) A Purdue freshman has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in four of the last five weeks and in six of a possible 12 weeks this season. 
6) During the month of February, Purdue is just 27-of-101 (.267) from 3-point range.
7) Purdue is one of just two Big Ten teams to have one or fewer home losses in Big Ten play (Purdue 6-1; Michigan 6-0). 
8) Purdue has held 12 straight opponents to 72 or fewer points, the third-longest streak in the country (8-4 record). 
9) With Purdue entering the AP Top 25, the Boilermakers have been nationally-ranked in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak in school history (1968 to 1975). Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue has been ranked in 72-of-112 Associated Press top-25 polls. 
10) Over the last five years since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue has the most wins in the Big Ten (64). Michigan State is next at 61. 
11) Purdue owns a 54-9 home record in Big Ten play since the 2014-15 season. Since that year, just one team, Michigan has beaten the Boilermakers twice at Mackey Arena. Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern are the five teams to not win in Mackey. 

PURDUE WBB: Boilermakers Fall to No. 8 Maryland

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Wearing special pink uniforms for its annual Beat Cancer Pinkout, the Purdue women’s basketball team dropped an 88-59 decision to No. 8 Maryland on Thursday night at Mackey Arena.

Fatou Diagne recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Senegal international was one of three Boilermakers in double figures on the night. Kayana Traylor scored a team-high 15 points and went 7-of-9 at the charity stripe. Brooke Moore poured in 13 points and notched a career-high five steals.

Purdue (6-14, 3-13) kept the high-scoring Maryland (18-2, 14-1) starting lineup relatively in check, holding them to 28 points below their combined season averages. The Boilermakers totaled 11 steals on the defensive end, the third-highest total this season. Purdue flipped 15 Maryland giveaways into 18 points.

The Boilermakers finished the game with a 38.6% field goal clip to the Terrapins’ 49.3%. Maryland picked up 54 points in the paint, converted 22 offensive rebounds into 20 points and scored 23 points off turnovers. 

After Maryland jumped out to a nine-point lead early in the first, the Boilermakers strung together seven straight points to cut the gap to two at 11-9. Diagne gave the Boilermakers a spark in the post, nearly recording a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds over the opening 20 minutes.

The Terrapins took advantage of 10 Boilermaker miscues to take a 44-26 lead at the break. Purdue shot 37.9% in the first half to Maryland’s 45% clip.

Madison Layden extended her 3-point streak to 18 games in a row, the third longest in program history, with a pair of distance makes in the third quarter. The freshman tallied all eight of her points in the third quarter.

In the fourth, Purdue continued to keep pace with Maryland for most of the frame. Traylor sparked an 8-0 run early on with four points of her own. The burst helped chip the gap down to 19 points, but that was as close as Purdue made it.

NOTES

• Maryland now leads the all-time series 14-2 against Purdue.

• Purdue is now 11-5 in Beat Cancer Pinkout games.

• Moore’s five steals matched Madison Layden for the most in a game this season.

• Layden recorded four steals and a team-high four assists. She has a steal in every game this year.

• Kayana Traylor hit double figures for the 15th time this season.

• Cassidy Hardin went 1-of-4 from behind the arc, knocking down her 13th triple of the year.

• Ra Shaya Kyle turned away a pair of shots, taking her 18 rejections, the most by a Big Ten freshman.

• Purdue recorded its second straight game with at least 10 made free throws.

• The Boilermaker went 6-of-12 in the final period.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will play their final home game for the 2020-21 campaign Sunday against Illinois at 2 p.m. on Big Ten Network+. Purdue will honor its four seniors in a postgame ceremony – Leony Boudreau, Tamara Farquhar, Fatou Diagne and Jenelle Grant.

ND WBB: Irish Feel Right at Home with 72-64 Win over Florida St

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – In a pivotal game to move up in the ACC standings and add a key win to the resume, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team (10-8, 8-6) stepped up with a 72-64 win over the visiting Florida State Seminoles (9-9, 8-8). With the victory, the Irish move up to fifth place and sit a half-game back from Syracuse. 

Five Irish finished in double figures including two of whom were honored on Senior Night. Mikki Vaughn netted 12 points and three rebounds, while Destinee Walker added 11 points, four boards and four assists. Speaking of seniors, Nicole Benz received her first career start tonight.

Maddy Westbeld continued to do super freshmen things, securing her second consecutive double-double (third on the year) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. She also dished out five assists. Fellow freshman Olivia Miles was a bright spot once more, tallying her third straight game in double figures with a season-high 11 points, plus a season-best eight rebounds. 

Lastly, Anaya Peoples rounded out the double-digit scoring performances with 11 points, in which eight came in the third quarter. 

“I’m super excited about this win,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey stated. “To be able to come out and beat a really good Florida State team, I am so proud of this group. I’m proud of the seniors, to honor them tonight with a victory.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame got off to a quick 10-2 start before Florida State cut the deficit to one possession at 10-7. The Irish then ended the quarter on a 7-0 run, shooting 7-of-17 in the period, to go up 17-7. Notre Dame’s defense held FSU scoreless for the final four minutes, limiting the Seminoles to 3-of-17 shooting. Westbeld led the home squad with seven points. 

The Irish made their last four shot attempts from the field to end the second quarter, as Vaughn, Miles, Brunelle and Peoples all got in on the action. Notre Dame outscored Florida State 20-2 in the paint in the first half. The Irish were 14-of-30 (.467) from the field compared to FSU’s 8-of-32 (.250), and as a result, Notre Dame led 32-19 at the midway point. 

The Fighting Irish fired off a 7-0 run from 6:11 to 4:42 in the third to garner their largest lead of the game, up 18, at 48-30. The quarter featured a superb one-on-one driving layup from Peoples and a great rebounding tip assist from Miles to Peoples that got the early enrollee fired up. 

The Seminoles did muster a little momentum at the end of the third, hitting a trey at the buzzer to pull within 52-39. Peoples was 3-for-3 in the period with eight points to go into double-digits. 

In the fourth, Miles, Walker and Vaughn continued to thrive, scoring the team’s first 12 points. A Westbeld trey with 3:19 left pushed the lead back up to 18 at 67-49. Yet a late FSU flurry pulled the Seminoles within six (70-64), but the combo of Westbeld, Walker and Miles iced the game from the free-throw line. 

NOTES

  • Notre Dame now leads the overall series 11-0, with a 4-0 record at home.
  • Tonight marked Notre Dame’s first home game since Jan. 17. 
  • Entering tonight’s game, Florida State had won the rebounding battle in each of its last five games played. In that span, it had out-rebounded the opposition by +5.8 boards per game (192-163). Tonight, Notre Dame outrebounded FSU 44-31.
  • With the victory, the Irish move up to fifth place and sit a half-game back from Syracuse. 
  • Westbeld extended her career-high double-digit scoring streak to eight.
  • She notched her second straight double-double.
  • Walker’s free throw streak ended at 27 tonight. She went 5-of-6 from the line. 
  • Olivia Miles registered her third straight game in double figures with a season-high 11 points to go with her season-high eight rebounds. 
  • Both seniors in Vaughn and Walker finished in double figures on Senior Day. Meanwhile, senior Nicole Benz earned her first career start. 

UP NEXT

The Irish end the regular season hosting No. 6 Louisville at Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 28. If the Irish would be successful, they could potentially climb to a No. 4 seed and earn a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament. 

INDIANA MBB: Jackson-Davis Announced as One of Five Finalists for 2021 Karl Malone Award

(IU RELEASE)

Springfield, Mass. (Feb. 25, 2021) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the five finalists for the 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its seventh year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.

The five finalists for the 2021 Karl Malone Award are Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Justin Champagnie (Pittsburgh), Sandro Mamukelashvili (Seton Hall) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova).

“We’re excited to recognize these five tremendous power forwards as the best in the collegiate game today,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Nonetheless, only one can take home the award come April and we’re grateful to have Karl Malone spearheading a committee that will take great care when evaluating these players in the games that matter most.”

A sophomore, Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.3 points (3rd in the Big Ten) and 9.5 rebounds (2nd in the Big Ten) and in conference games only is averaging 21.2 poinrs (2nd in the Big Ten and 9.9 rebounds (2nd in the Big Ten).

A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 student-athletes in November, which was narrowed to 10 candidates in January and now just five finalists. This month, the finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Naismith Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, February 26 on hoophallawards.com.

The winner of the 2021 Karl Malone Award will be presented on ESPN, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award, in addition to the Women’s Starting Five. Additional information about the award presentation, including date and time, will be released in the coming weeks.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Obi Toppin, Dayton (2020), Zion Williamson, Duke (2019), Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018), Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).

NOTRE DAME MBB: THREE-GAME ROAD SWING ENDS AT BOSTON COLLEGE SATURDAY

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH at EAGLES

.653

Shooting percentage in ACC play for graduate student forward Juwan Durham, which leads the conference for league play. Durham’s .581 career FG% at Notre Dame is third among all players with at least 200 FGM.

.718

Effective field goal percentage for Nate Laszewski this season, second in the nation and first among all major conference players. Laszewski is shooting .618 from the floor and .472 from three-point range.

2

Notre Dame is the only team in the nation with two players shooting over .600 from the field with at least 125 field goal attempts this season – junior forward Nate Laszewski (.618) and Juwan Durham (.603).

5.0

Nate Laszewski (7.8), junior guard Dane Goodwin (5.2) and Juwan Durham (5.2) are all averaging over 5.0 rebounds per game. They join seven other teams in the ACC with three or more players averaging over five rebounds and as a group mark the first season since 2011-12 the Irish have three players averaging over 5.0 rebounds (that season it was Tim Abromaitis (7.8), Jack Cooley (8.9) and current Irish assistant coach Scott Martin (5.7).

6.2

Assists-per-game average for junior guard Prentiss Hubb this season, which would rank ninth on the Notre Dame single-season list. Hubb has recorded five or more assists in 12 of his last 14 games played.

6.9

You would be hard-pressed to find a more improved player in the country than Nate Laszewski, in addition to increasing his scoring average by  close to seven points per game entering Saturday’s contest, he has increased his FG% from .410 a season ago to .618 and his three-point percentage fro .310 to .472.

7

Juwan Durham has reached double figure scoring in a team-high seven games straight. It is the longest such streak of his career and the Tampa, Florida, native has seen double figures in the box score in 10 of the last 12 contests as well.

8

So far this season, Notre Dame has seen eight scheduled games affected by COVID-19 safety guidelines enacted by the opposing team. Two games (at Pittsburgh Jan. 30, Syracuse, Feb. 20) were rescheduled while Notre Dame’s postponed home games with Georgia Tech (Jan. 6) and Clemson (Feb. 17) have not yet been set for a make up date.

11.9

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 ACC conference members Miami (12.6) and Virginia (13.1) on the national chart.

11

Strength of schedule rank for the Irish according to KenPom.com – the second-highest in the ACC behind Clemson (15th).

15

Adjusted offensive efficiency rank (115.2) for the Irish from KenPom.com – the highest for the team since they finished the 2016 season ranked ninth.

36

Notre Dame and Boston College will be meeting for the 36th time on Saturday afternoon. One of the two dedicated yearly repeat opponents for the Irish in ACC play (Georgia Tech is the other), the Irish are 14-1 against the Eagles in regular-season conference play.  

168

Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who swatted three shots at Syracuse last weekend to surpass current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey (166) for third on the Notre Dame career list. Durham, Humphrey and LaPhonso Ellis are the only Irish players to average 2.0 blocks per game during their Notre Dame careers.

423

Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, who is one of just two major conference players to have over 400 assists and 160 three point field goals in a career, joining Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon who is in his fifth year of competition.

Hubb is the 13th Notre Dame player to reach 400 assists and already owns the school record for assists in ACC play with 276.

MIAMI MBB: Miami Punches Ticket to Cleveland with 74-66 Win at WMU

(MIAMI RELEASE)

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Winning its third-straight road game, the Miami University men’s basketball team clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland with three regular-season games remaining on its schedule.

A pair of 20-point scoring efforts by senior forward Dalonte Brown and junior guard Mekhi Lairy helped lift Miami to a 74-66 win at Western Michigan University on Thursday afternoon. Miami improves to 11-9 on the season and 8-7 in MAC play, while the Broncos drop to 4-14 overall and 3-10 in conference action.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Western Michigan pushed ahead early and led by 11 midway through the opening half, 22-11. The Broncos continued to hold an 11-point lead with 5:46 to go in the first half, 33-22.

Miami staged a 15-0 run to capture a 37-33 advantage by the 1:40 mark. The run was fueled by triples from Brown, redshirt sophomore guard Myja White and redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands along with six points from junior forward Elijah McNamara. 

Brown sunk another triple with just over a minute to play to extend the RedHawk lead to five, 40-35. The Broncos finished the half scoring four unanswered to give Miami a 40-39 advantage going into the break.

The teams went back and forth early, before Western Michigan took a 51-46 lead with 13:18 to go. Miami chiseled away at the Bronco lead and took a 56-54 lead off a Brown three-pointer with 7:23 remaining.

Lairy put the RedHawks on top for good with a pair of free throws with 5:31 to play, and the RedHawks eventually built an 11-point advantage off another set of Lairy free throws with 20 seconds remaining, 74-63. WMU sunk the final basket with 12 seconds to go to make the RedHawks’ margin of victory eight.

NOTES:

In addition to Brown and Lairy’s 20-point scoring efforts, McNamara was the other RedHawk to score in double figures with 10 points.

Senior forward Precious Ayah hauled in a season-high 10 rebounds to lead the RedHawks on the glass. Brown and Lairy followed with nine and seven boards, respectively.

It is the first time this season that Miami has had two players score 20 points in a game. It also marks the sixth-straight game that a Miami player has scored 20 or more points.

Miami has won three-straight games, all on the road, after going 1-6 in its previous road contests.

UP NEXT:

Miami returns to Millett Hall for its final home game of the regular season when the RedHawks host Kent State for a 4:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Nets rout Magic 129-92, run NBA-leading win streak to eight

Kyrie Irving had 27 points and nine assists, James Harden scored 20 points and the Nets extended their longest winning streak since moving to Brooklyn to eight games with a 129-92 rout of the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

The Nets have the longest current winning streak in the NBA and their longest since a franchise record-tying 14-game run late in the 2005-06 season. They moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012.

This roll has come almost entirely without Kevin Durant, who missed his sixth straight game with a strained left hamstring.

“We just want him to stay patient, stay peaceful and when he comes back the world will be on notice again,” Irving said.

They’re explosive enough with their other two All-Stars, improving to 7-2 when Irving and Harden play but Durant doesn’t.

Landry Shamet added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who blew open the game with a 26-4 run spanning halftime. The NBA’s highest-scoring team reached 120 points for the 20th time, already tying a franchise record in only 34 games.

Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who dropped their second straight after a three-game win streak. They committed 18 turnovers, giving the Nets 24 points when they score enough without any help.

“We can’t beat ourselves and we can’t turn the ball over and that’s where it started,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.

Clifford predicted before the game that the Nets are so gifted offensively that there would be possessions where his team defended well and Brooklyn still scored.

Orlando looked good early, holding Brooklyn to five points in the first six minutes. Even after straightening things out later in the period, the Nets were down 28-24 after the first quarter.

That was about the only highlight for Orlando. The Nets surged ahead with a 12-2 burst midway through the second that gave them a 44-38 lead, with a 19-2 surge late in the period turning a three-point lead into a 65-45 bulge.

“We can’t start every game like how we’ve started the rest of the games during this kind of streak,” Irving said. “So we’ve just got to turn the next page and we put a few possessions together and we ended the first quarter well and I feel like that put us in position to take control of the pace of the game.”

The Nets outscored the Magic 41-19 in the second, shooting 16 of 22 (72.7%).

Irving, who missed all five 3-pointers in the first half, then made one before his steal and layup capped a 7-0 start out of the locker room that made it 72-47.

Antetokounmpo scores 38 as Bucks outlast Pelicans 129-125

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points, Khris Middleton added 31 and the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 129-125 on Thursday night.

It was the fourth straight win for the Bucks, who finished their first half of the season in third place in the Eastern Conference.

Zion Williamson scored 34 points and Brandon Ingram added 23 for the Pelicans, who had won two straight.

The Bucks won their previous three games by an average of 17.7 points. In those games, Antetokounmpo averaged 34.7 points, 15 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals.

But Thursday’s game was tight. There were 15 ties and 23 lead changes.

New Orleans took a 125-124 lead with 2:01 to play in the fourth quarter on a layup by Williamson. But after Antetokounmpo hit a jumper and then took a rebound the length of the court for a dunk, Milwaukee led 128-125 when New Orleans called timeout with 1:10 left.

Ingram and former Buck Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pointers and Ingram committed a charge before time ran out.

Antetokounmpo and Williamson showed their knack for getting to the hoop, with their first-quarter performances as evidence. Williamson’s 11 points included a drive past Antetokounmpo to score with a right-hand layup, two dunks and a put back of his own missed dunk. Antetokounmpo’s 13 points included turnaround hook and three layups.

It was the third matchup between the two superstars, with Antetokounmpo outscoring and outrebounding Williamson in both previous matchups.

The teams entered Thursday among the top five in the league in field-goal percentage – with the Bucks ranked second at 48.8%; the Pelicans fifth at 48.3%. But they shot even better than their season averages, with Milwaukee shooting 54.2% and New Orleans 50% from the floor.

The Bucks have generally dominated their opponents in rebounding, entering with a league-leading average of 48.5 per game. But they were outrebounded by the Pelicans 47-42. New Orleans’ Steven Adams had 13 rebounds.

The Bucks prevailed without guard Jrue Holiday for the 10th consecutive game (health/safety protocol). Holiday, who was acquired from New Orleans in a four-team trade in November that sent Bledsoe to New Orleans, is averaging 16.4 points and a league-leading 1.9 steals per game.

All-Stars Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers past Dallas 111-97

Ben Simmons clapped for his teammates and laughed with Joel Embiid as the 76ers’ reserves put the finishing touches on a rout.

The All-Stars had long done their part to keep Philly rolling atop the East.

Embiid had 23 points and nine rebounds, Simmons scored 15 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-97 on Thursday night.

“Ben set the tone. Joel was phenomenal,” coach Doc Rivers said.

Simmons and Embiid wrecked the Mavericks in the second quarter, and with each steal, dunk and drive showed why they were again selected as All-Stars and have led the Sixers to the best record (22-11) in the Eastern Conference.

Luka Doncic scored 19 points for the Mavericks. The Mavericks committed 22 turnovers and shot 41% from the floor.

The Sixers could soon have fans inside the Wells Fargo Center and the select few who get to watch will get a live look at perhaps the most dominant duo in the East outside of Brooklyn.

Simmons and Embiid made 8 of 12 shots in the second quarter and combined for 22 points to help the Sixers turn this one into a rout. Simmons backed down Doncic, put a spin move on the big man and hit a pretty one-handed reverse under the bucket and drew a foul. He sank it for a 12-point lead. Simmons later sneaked behind Willie Cauley-Stein and stole the ball, threw a bounce pass just past midcourt and hit a streaking Embiid for a thunderous two-handed dunk.

Simmons continued to make his case as a defensive player of the year and cut off the pick-and roll that limited Doncic to 3-of-9 shooting in the first half.

“I was just being me. Doing what I do,” Simmons said. “I like taking those challenges. Just tell me who to guard.”

Doncic, who averaged 28.9 points and has carried the Mavericks, brushed off Simmons’ often-smothering defense.

“I don’t really pay attention to who’s on me. I’m just trying to play my game,” Doncic said. “Sometimes I’m going to play better, sometimes worse.

Embiid did all of his damage in the second quarter – he missed 15 of 20 shots overall from the floor – but made 11 of 12 free throws.

“At certain times, they both had their way,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “We just weren’t consistent enough. There were times we contained Simmons well and other times we let him go right by us. We did some good things against Embiid early. We had him a little bit off balance and then he got into more of a groove in the second quarter.”

Rivers coached against Simmons and Embiid during his stint with the Los Angeles Clippers and has enjoyed having them on his side. Embiid has worked his way into MVP contention and is having a career year, coming into the game averaging 29.8 points.

“It’s funny, you know he’s big, but you don’t realize how big he is and then his post game is so much more efficient than I remember it,” Rivers said. “We were bothered by his post game, but I never knew it was that efficient.”

Simmons has about perfected what he does best, playing elite defense, scoring around the rim and hitting an improved crop of shooters for open looks (and yes, he still won’t shoot the 3).

“It’s very few guys that can play at the speed that he plays at downhill and transition, and then make bullet passes on target,” Rivers said. “I haven’t seen that, Jason Kidd actually comes to mind a little bit, but there’s very few players have been able to do both.”

Tyus Jones, defense lead Grizzlies past Clippers, 122-94

The Memphis Grizzlies clamped down on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Tyus Jones scored a career-high 20 points, Memphis slowed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and the Grizzlies beat the Clippers 122-94 on Thursday night.

Dillon Brooks finished with 19 points for Memphis, and Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant had 16 each, with Valanciunas adding 15 rebounds. Jones was 9 of 11 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from outside the arc.

Leonard scored 17 points, and George and Serge Ibaka had 13 points each, although George was stymied by a 3-for-12 shooting night, part of the Clippers connecting on 41%.

The Clippers were held to 12 of 34 (35.3%) shooting from outside the arc, below their 42% for the season.

“Just urgency to defend the 3-point line,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said about the defense. “That’s been something that has come in waves with our group over the course of the season.

“ying to deter catch-and-shoot 3s. Teams are still going to shoot it at a high rate. They still got 34 off, but we can upset those a little bit more.”

The teams will complete the two-game set Friday night at FedExForum.

“Absolutely,” Clippers forward Paul George said when asked if it helped ease the loss by playing the same team the next night, later adding: “They got stops. They shrunk the floor on defense. It’s a young team. You can’t give a young team life to play in transition. They got out. They ran the floor. They just showed their athleticism.”

The Grizzlies, who lead the league in points in the paint, concentrated on that factor in the first half to build a lead, then carried it through the game finishing with 72 paint points.

Leonard said the Grizzlies post play and passing to their bigs was a major factor.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” Leonard said.

While the Clippers are one of the strongest teams in the third quarter, it was Memphis that extended its lead to 17 in the third as the Grizzlies continued to shoot above 55%.

Memphis managed to hold off a couple of pushes from the Clippers and take an 89-75 lead into the third.

When the Clippers cut it to 92-83 with 10 minutes left, Memphis rattled off a 12-2 run for a 104-85 advantage with 6:27 left.

“I feel like our energy was there,” Morant said. “I feel like we were all locked in and out there competing. I feel like our talk was very high level. We knew our teammates had our back while guarding the ball. That led to some stops and we were able to get out and run.”

Beal scores 33, Wizards hang on late to beat Nuggets 112-110

Bradley Beal had a sinking feeling his 33-point effort was all for naught Thursday night when he found himself as Washington’s sole defender on Denver’s 4-on-1 fast break in the final seconds with the Wizards clinging to a two-point lead.

Jamal Murray was racing downcourt and Michael Porter Jr. looked as though he was heading toward the hoop for an easy bucket.

“My initial thought was they’ll probably get a damn layup and we’re going into overtime,” Beal said. “That was honestly my initial thought as I was running toward Murray and I just knew he was going to throw a lob to Porter Jr. for an easy layup or a dunk.

“Then, I saw him kind of slow down at the 3-point line and I was like, `Well, shoot. He’s trying to send us home. So, let me try to at least contest and force them to take the layup.”

As Beal went to deny Murray the 3-pointer, however, Porter headed toward the right corner, giving Denver four players straddling the arc and nobody in the paint.

Murray bounced a pass to Facundo Campazzo, who clanked a hurried 3 off the rim at the buzzer, leaving the Wizards to celebrate their 112-110 escape over the Nuggets.

“I’m happy as hell, I can tell you that,” Beal said after Washington’s sixth win in seven games.

Murray got the ball with about four seconds left after Nikola Jokic rebounded Raul Neto’s missed jumper.

Murray had already hit six 3s and scored 34 points. But he’d end up regretting bypassing the 3-pointer and ruing the bad pass he skipped to Campazzo.

“I just should have shot it,” Murray said. “It’s a 4-on-1. We’ve got to score.”

He was thrown off when Porter headed not to the basket but to the corner.

“Come on, guys. Lock in! We’re playing basketball. We’re 4-on-1, somebody should go to the rim,” Murray fumed. “I thought Michael was going to the rim. … He might have thought I was shooting it and I should have shot it. I gave (Campazzo) a really bad pass. And I didn’t run the clock, either.”

When Campazzo’s off-target 3 clanged off the rim, the Wizards had their second two-point win over Denver in eight days.

Murray blamed himself for this one.

“If I stop for the 3, I’ve got to shoot it,” he said. “And if Mike’s running the lane, he’s got to go to the rim, especially when there’s other guys behind him. So, I guess it’s just a tough play where we didn’t know what we were doing. We’ve just got to score.”

After his interview with reporters on Zoom ended, Murray posted a still shot on his Twitter account showing him, Porter, Campazzo and Monte Morris all setting up behind the 3-point line with 2.9 seconds left.

“My fault Nuggets nation.. on to the next one.. STICK WITH US!!” he wrote.

Rui Hachimura added 20 points for the Wizards, who swept the season series with the Nuggets and completed a 3-1 trip out West.

Denver got 24 points from Jokic and 18 from Porter.

Quickley, Randle lead Knicks to 140-121 rout of Kings

Immanuel Quickley scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half, and Julius Randle had 21 points and 14 rebounds to power the New York Knicks to a 140-121 win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

Quickley and Randle were two of six Knicks players to finish in double figures in scoring as New York improved to 16-17. Alec Burks had 24 off the bench, Derrick Rose finished with 18, RJ Barrett had 12 and Reggie Bullock chipped in with 10 as the Knicks had a season high for points.

“That’s the great part about this team,” Quickley said about the Knicks’ unity. “Whoever, we roll with them.”

While the Knicks cruised to their fifth win in their last seven games, Sacramento’s freefall continued. The Kings (12-20) dropped their ninth straight, a stretch in which they have allowed 126.3 points per game.

“How smart are we playing defensively?” Harrison Barnes asked rhetorically following his 22-point effort. “We have to play the game within the game better.”

De’Aaron Fox scored 29 points for the Kings. Marvin Bagley III added 19 and Tyrese Haliburton 17.

Barring both teams making unexpected runs to the NBA Finals, the Kings and Knicks entered the second and presumably final matchup of the season on significantly different trajectories. Sacramento appears to be a team that is trying to learn about itself while the Knicks have clearly defined expectations as to how they play.

And that was on full display.

New York led 77-62 at halftime due to a team approach in which all but one player scored in the opening 24 minutes. The Knicks shot 65.9% from the field (29 for 44), 52.9% from 3-point range (9 for 17) and knocked down all 10 free throws they attempted. Of New York’s 29 first-half baskets, 15 came off of assists.

In short, they were not a one-man gang – even if Randle and Quickley received “MVP” chants from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

“(Hearing the fans) chant `MVP’ for some of our players (feels) just amazing,” Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina said about the crowd, which also revived the franchise’s iconic `Dee-fense’ chant. “Just to feel that energy again and them chanting `Dee-fense,’ that’s huge. That’s huge.”

New York extended its lead to as much as 18 midway through the third quarter after Randle knocked down a 10-footer with 6:59 left, but the Kings ended the period on a 22-11 run which was capped by Fox’s buzzer-beating layup.

New York opened the fourth quarter with a 20-7 run to stretch its lead from 101-94 to 121-101. Burks capped the stretch with long 3-pointers on consecutive possessions.

“We feel those moments,” Randle said about the Knicks’ ability to overcome adversity. “I think the good thing is that we’re recognizing those moments and we tighten up in those moments. And execute.”

NBA suspends Wolves’ Beasley 12 games for felony gun threat

Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Malik Beasley has been suspended for 12 games without pay by the NBA for his recent guilty plea to a felony charge of threats of violence.

The league announced Thursday the punishment, which will begin with Minnesota’s game Saturday at Washington. Beasley is eligible to return March 27 against Houston.

Beasley, in his fifth NBA season, is averaging a career-best 20.5 points.

He was sentenced earlier this month to 120 days in jail for the Sept. 26 incident, when he pointed a rifle outside his home in suburban Minneapolis at a family on a house-hunting tour. Police later found weapons and marijuana in the home.

As part of Beasley’s plea deal, prosecutors dropped a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Beasley can serve his stay in the workhouse after his season is over; COVID-19 precautions could require the county to release him on electronic home monitoring for the duration of the sentence.

Speaking at his remote sentencing, he said, “I am not that person. I humbly apologize for my actions.”

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, in a statement distributed by the team, said the organization fully supports the NBA’s decision

“As we work together with Malik to advance his development as a player and a person, we look forward to seeing his growth,” Rosas said.

Kane’s 399th goal pushes Blackhawks past Blue Jackets 2-0

Patrick Kane broke a scoreless tie in the third period for his 399th career goal, Malcolm Subban got his first shutout of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 on Thursday night to sweep a two-game series.

After combining for 11 goals in the Blackhawks’ shootout win Tuesday night, the teams grinded through scoreless hockey before Kane grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and beat Joonas Korpisalo with a wrist shot from the right circle at 8:45 of the third.

“It was a big goal for the team, so I think more important than anything it gave us the lead and gave us the chance to get two points,” Kane said. “It was obviously a pretty tight game, both teams were grinding it out, trying to play tight. It was nice to get a break and be able to capitalize on it.”

Carl Soderberg added an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left in the game.

“It shows we can win in different ways,” Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. “Obviously, you love to score goals, but sometimes you can’t control that. This game can be random, but how we defend and our commitment to the details and the work ethic away from the puck, that we can control.”

Subban had 26 saves to record his second shutout in 71 NHL games and his first as a member of the Blackhawks. His only other one came on March 21, 2019, when he played for Vegas. He improved to 3-1-1 this season.

“Subban was solid, stable, good with the puck, too,” Colliton said. “He made good puck plays and made some good saves. Good trip, good finish to the trip.”

Korpisalo made 25 saves for Columbus.

Blue Jacket coach John Tortorella’s analysis was succinct.

“We play a good first period, they play a good second period, and it comes down to the third period – they score a goal and we don’t,” he said.

Chicago has won five of the last six, and seven of the last none.

ND BASEBALL: Irish Set to Open 2021 Season Against No. 16 Wake Forest

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — One week later than expected, the Notre Dame baseball team is on the road to begin the 2021 season. The Irish head south to Winston-Salem to take on the 16th-ranked Demon Deacons as the ACC slate begins this weekend. The series with Wake Forest starts a conference schedule that has 12 series instead of the usual 10 and the Irish will play every team in the ACC over the next few months except Miami. Head coach Link Jarrett enters his second season with the Irish and looks to keep the momentum going from the 2020 season when the Irish went 11-2 and won their final seven games of the season.

Irish Open 2021 Slate In Winston-Salem

  • The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will open the 2021 slate down in Winston-Salem as ACC play begins.
  • The Irish and Demon Deacons will square off for the first time since March of 2019 when the Irish began their spring break trip with a series win over Wake.
  • Notre Dame won the first game of the series 7-4 after a late rally from the Irish. Niko Kavadas belted a three-run go-ahead home run in the eighth to regain and hold the lead for the Irish.
  • After dropping the second game, Notre Dame once again had a comeback and won the rubber match 8-7 in extra innings. The Irish plated three runs in the ninth to tie the game at 7 and tallied one in the 10th after Brooks Coetzee beat the throw home. Mitch Megias shut the Deacs down in the 10th to clinch the series and his first career win.
  • Wake leads the all-time series 15-9 but the Irish have claimed the last two series between the two teams.

Kavadas Brings the Power

  • Heading into his senior season, Niko Kavadas returns as one of best sluggers in the ACC.
  • He has earned two preseason All-American honors from Perfect Game (Second Team) and Baseball America (Third Team).
  • In 2020, he tied for the conference lead with seven home runs and led the league with 0.54 home runs per game. His 0.54 mark ranked fifth nationally.
  • Kavadas was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week last season after a four home run and nine RBI weekend in a series sweep over Presbyterian.
  • Niko has 24 career home runs heading into 2021 which is nine shy of 10th place all-time at Notre Dame.

Speedy Spencer

  • Although the 2020 season was shortened, senior outfielder Spencer Myers made a name for himself on the base paths.
  • Only playing in 12 games in 2020, Myers amassed 15 steals which was the top mark in the NCAA at the end of the season.
  • Myers also led the country in steals per game with 1.25, the only player in Division I with a rate higher than 1.0.
  • In the series finale against Presbyterian, Myers swiped six bags in the game and it was the most by an Irish player in the past 14 years.
  • Myers was also a thorn in pitchers’ sides at the plate in 2020. He finished the year with a .431 batting average which ranked tied for the third in the ACC.
  • Myers heads into the 2021 season with 41 career stolen bases which is four shy of 10th all-time at Notre Dame.

Jack of All Trades

  • Sophomore Jack Brannigan was the swiss army knife in his first season for the Irish.
  • He started all 13 games at third base while making four appearances on the mound.
  • At the plate, Brannigan finished with a .255/.356./.426 line with a team-high 14 runs, 12 hits, 11 RBI and one home run.
  • On the mound, he finished with a 1-0 record and 1.93 ERA.
  • He put the stamp on the weekend sweep of North Carolina with a straight steal home in the 14-8 win. 
  • Following the season, Brannigan was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. It was the first Irish to earn Freshman All-America since Matt Vierling back in 2016.

Irish Find Missing Link

  • In his first season at the helm of the Irish, head coach Link Jarrett made an instant impact on the Irish offense.
  • The Irish finished the season with a .302 team batting average that ranked fifth in the ACC.
  • The Irish finished fourth in the league in on-base percentage (.414) and slugging percentage (.485).
  • The Irish finished top-three or better in a number of offensive categories in the conference including steals per game (1st, 2.69), RBI per game (2nd, 7.85), runs per game (3rd, 8.92) and home runs per game (3rd, 1.23).
  • Spencer Myers finished the year with a .431 batting average which was tied for third in the conference.
  • The Irish scored eight or more runs in 10 of 13 games last season, including every game of the seven game winning streak. 
  • Notre Dame was 10-0 in games in which they scored eight or more runs.

Plenty of New Faces

  • Heading into the 2021 season, a number of new faces will be donning Irish uniforms.
  • A total of 18 new players join the roster including five graduate transfers, two junior college transfers and 11 freshmen.
  • Of the incoming transfer class, five of the seven are pitchers that include RHP Christian Scafidi, LHP John Michael Bertrand, LHP Joe Sheridan, LHP James Hulbert and RHP Tanner Kohlhepp. The group brings a total of 507.1 collegiate innings pitched to the Irish pitching staff.
  • The incoming freshman class also includes a pool of talented players including Gatorade Pitcher of the Year from Indiana LHP Ryan Lynch,  C Danny Neri who was a 2x Under Armour All-American and OF Brady Gumpf, the son of longtime Irish softball coach Deanna Gumpf.

Olympics gymnastics coach kills himself after being charged

A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them.

John Geddert faced 24 charges that could have carried years in prison had he been convicted. He was supposed to appear in an Eaton County court, near Lansing, but his body was found at a rest area along Interstate 96, according to state police.

“This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.

Nessel earlier announced that Geddert was charged with a bushel of crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise. The charges were the latest fallout from the sexual abuse scandal involving Nassar, a former Michigan State University sports doctor now in prison.

Geddert, 63, wasn’t arrested and transported to court. Rather, Nessel’s office allowed him to show up on his own.

“We had no indication that Geddert intended to flee or hurt himself or others. We had been in contact with his attorney and were assured of his cooperation,” Nessel spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney said.

Calls seeking comment from attorney Chris Bergstrom weren’t immediately returned.

Geddert was head coach of the 2012 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, which won a gold medal. He was long associated with Nassar, who was the Olympic team’s doctor and also treated injured gymnasts at Twistars, Geddert’s Lansing-area gym.

Among the charges, Geddert was accused of lying to investigators in 2016 when he denied ever hearing complaints about Nassar. But the bulk of the case against him involved his gym in Dimondale and how he treated the young athletes whose families paid to have them train under him.

The charges against Geddert had “very little to do” with Nassar, said Assistant Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark.

Geddert was charged with using his strong reputation in gymnastics to commit a form of human trafficking by making money through the forced labor of young athletes.

“The victims suffer from disordered eating,” Nessel said, “including bulimia and anorexia, suicide attempts and attempts at self-harm, excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even when injured, extreme emotional abuse and physical abuse, including sexual assault.

“Many of these victims still carry these scars from this behavior to this day,” the attorney general said.

Nessel acknowledged that the case might not fit the common understanding of human trafficking.

Tiger Woods transferred to LA hospital after surgery

Tiger Woods was moved Thursday to another Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery to his right leg after being badly injured in a car crash.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said Woods was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for “continuing orthopedic care and recovery.”

The hospital didn’t provide any other details, saying it was respecting patient confidentiality.

“On behalf of our staff, it was an honor to provide orthopedic trauma care to one of our generation’s greatest athletes,” Dr. Anish Mahajan, Harbor-UCLA’s chief medical officer, said in a statement.

Woods was hurt Tuesday when a 2021 Genesis SUV he was driving on a downhill stretch of road struck a raised median in a coastal Los Angeles suburb, crossed into oncoming lanes and flipped several times.

Mahajan earlier said Woods shattered the tibia and fibula bones of his lower right leg in multiple locations. Those injuries were stabilized with a rod in the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones in the foot and ankle required screws and pins, Mahajan said in the statement released on Woods’ Twitter account late Tuesday night.

Woods was wearing a seatbelt and there wasn’t any evidence that he was impaired by drugs or alcohol, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said after the crash.

However, the crash investigation continues.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a Level 1 trauma center, meaning it is qualified to provide the most comprehensive surgical and other care for such injuries. Cedars-Sinai has a renowned Sports Medicine Institute that has catered to professional athletes and a rehabilitation program for sports-related and orthopedic injuries.

The wreck happened on the border between the communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The county supervisor who represents the area has requested a safety review of the roadway, where cars are known to gain speed because of the steep grade and authorities have said wrecks are common.

In 2017, Woods was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of his car parked awkwardly on the side of the road, with its engine still running, two flat tires and a blinker flashing.

Woods said he had an unexpected reaction to pain medication. He eventually pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving. Three weeks after the arrest, he entered a clinic for help dealing with prescription medication and a sleep disorder.

The crash this week was the latest setback for Woods, who has won 15 major championships and a record-tying 82 victories on the PGA Tour. He is among the world’s most recognizable sports figures, and at 45, even with a reduced schedule from nine previous surgeries, remains golf’s biggest draw.

He was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. Monday and Tuesday had been set aside for him to give golf tips to celebrities on Discovery-owned GOLFTV.

Report: Russell Wilson stormed out of meeting after his suggestions were dismissed

Russell Wilson’s issues with the Seattle Seahawks has been one of the big stories of the NFL offseason. But apparently the issues have been brewing since the regular season.

The Athletic published a story on Thursday about Wilson’s relationship with the Seahawks. The entire story contains great details and amazing depth. It is well worth your time.

The gist of the story is that Wilson envisions himself as one of the all-time great quarterbacks and wants a greater say in the organization. He thinks the offense should be tailored the way he wants and that the team should take his input on personnel decisions. On the other side, Pete Carroll is committed to playing football a certain way that has worked throughout his career: run the ball, no turnovers, explosive offense.

The Seahawks lost consecutive games in the regular season, with Wilson turning the ball over seven times in those two games. Carroll freaked out over all the turnovers.

After those losses, to Buffalo and the Rams, Wilson had some suggestions for what the offense could do.

The Seahawks ended up firing offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer over philosophical differences. Now there’s all kinds of talk about Wilson wanting a trade.

If Wilson wants more say in personnel decisions, Aaron Rodgers should tell him to join the club. If he wants a better offensive line, he should ask what areas of the team he would like money to be taken away from.

There is no doubt that Wilson is an excellent quarterback. Carroll is also an excellent coach. They have done great things together. They would probably be best off figuring out how to continue working well in the future, but it seems like Wilson might want to see what he could do somewhere else.

INDIANA WSOCCER: Forbes’ Goal in OT Leads Indiana Past Rutgers, 1-0

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior Melanie Forbes netted a goal in the 94th minute to give Indiana women’s soccer (1-1-0) a 1-0 overtime victory against Rutgers (1-1-0) Thursday afternoon at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS

• The first half was largely a defensive battle as the first shot for either team came on an on-target look by Indiana’s Oliwia Wos in the 32nd minute that was saved by Rutgers goalkeeper Meagan McClelland.

• The Scarlet Knights fired back with a shot by Giana Romano in the 39th minute to give Kopel her first save.

•  To start the second half, IU freshman Jen Blitchok attempted to break the stalemate on the corner kick, but it was saved by Rutgers’ McClelland.

• With the third shot for the Hoosiers in the 58th minute, senior Melanie Forbes had an on target look before it was saved.

• A shot in the 71st minute, Rutgers’ Emily Sapienza, gave Kopel her second save this afternoon.

• Rutgers had two shots in the 85th minute but couldn’t capitalize as Indiana’s defense blocked the shots.

• The gamewinner for Indiana came in the 94th minute. After freshman Anna Bennett served in a corner kick across the box, the ball bounced around before landing at the left foot of Forbes in. She tucked it in to the near post for the gamewinner.

NOTABLES

• Indiana is now 18-7-3 in season home openers. 

• This marks Indiana’s first victory in the seven-game series against the Scarlet Knights.

• Three out of the seven games against Rutgers have been played in overtime, Indiana is 1-1-1 in those contests.

• Forbes netted her second gamewinner and her sixth career goal.

• Goalkeeper Bethany Kopel earned her first win and clean sheet of the season with three saves. She continues to add on to the program record for most career shutouts with 19.

• IU led Rutgers in corner kicks, 6-3.

• Freshman forward Anna Bennett recorded her first career point with the assist.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Melanie Forbes

ASSISTS:  Anna Bennett

UP NEXT

• The Hoosiers will face Iowa Sunday, Feb. 28th at 1 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The game will be viewable on Big Ten Network +.

PURDUE WSOCCER: Last-Second Goal Leads Purdue to Overtime Thriller

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team earned its first win of the season with a dramatic 3-2, double-overtime victory over Maryland on Thursday evening at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center.

The Boilermakers (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) took a 1-0 lead just 30 seconds into the match on a goal by junior forward Sarah Griffith, but the Terrapins (0-1-1) evened the contest in the 19th minute and took a 2-1 lead in the 81st. However, sophomore defender Chloe Woodbeck headed in the match-tying goal with one second left in regulation to send it to overtime. In the 102nd minute, freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija scored her first collegiate goal to win it for the Boilermakers.

“I was very pleased with how we played the game,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “We controlled possession very well, we showed a lot of patience on the ball and switched the point of attack really well, which is something that we’ve been working on a lot lately. We were in Maryland’s half of the field the majority of the game, had the majority of the possession, and created some really good opportunities. I was really pleased with how we played and I was really impressed with how our back line defended.

Purdue out-shot Maryland 24-8, including 13-2 in the second half, while the home team had 10 shots on goal and held the Terrapins to three. Maryland’s goalkeeper made seven saves to help send the match into overtime.

Griffith led the team with a career-best 10 shots, four on goal, while freshman midfielder Emily Mathews had three shots, two on goal. Kevdzija, Mathews and junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova all recorded assists. In net, Bova made one save.

Griffith’s goal at the 30 second mark is the second-fastest in program history, while Woodbeck’s goal at 89:59 is the latest regulation score in team history.

“We wanted to control the ball, we wanted to control the tempo, and we did that,” Roff added. “We ended up giving up the two goals. What I was most proud of is how resilient our group is, just because when you do have the better run of play, and you find yourself down 2-1, it can be very discouraging. Maryland’s a team that’s hard to break down, a very athletic team. We just had trouble in the final third, getting good opportunities close to goals. I was really proud of our players for their resiliency and their willingness to keep battling until literally the final second.”

Griffith gave Purdue the early lead in the first minute when she got a ball from Kevdzija and dribbled through the UMD defense before beating the goalkeeper.

Three minutes later, Griffith had another opportunity when she had a long run down the sideline, but could not get a strong shot off. Junior midfielder Grace Walsh had a shot saved in the fifth minute, and Maryland’s keeper saved another Griffith shot seconds later and again in the 16th minute when she tipped the ball out.

Maryland scored the equalizer at 18:22 on a goal by Mia Isaac.

Griffith and Walsh responded right back with another shot at 19:03 and 20:39, respectively, but both went wide. Senior midfielder Hannah Melchiorre sent a strong shot in in the 27th minute, but it was wide left

With 13 minutes left in the half, Bova made a nice save, and a minute later junior defender Julia Ware made a great tackle to halt an extended Maryland attack.

Both teams had a corner kick opportunity in the last five minutes of the first half, but Maryland’s shot went wide and Purdue’s, in the final minute on a header, was saved.

Purdue had several great opportunities early in the second half. In the 48th minute, Mathews had a shot saved, and five minutes later two shots were wide right.

In the 59th, on a cross in from Woodbeck, Griffith hit the crossbar. Five minutes later, Mathews had another shot saved, and then Woodbeck sent a deep shot in from 30 yards out that also it off the top of the crossbar.

With 15 minutes remaining in regulation, senior defender Maya Lambert made a nice tackle to prevent the Terrapins from getting a shot off.

Maryland had a breakaway attempt that resulted in a shot that was wide with 11 minutes left before the visitors took a 2-1 lead on a header by Emily McNesby off a corner kick at 80:40.

The last-second heroics began with 17 seconds remaining, when Purdue earned a free kick. The ball in was deflected out by the Terrapin defender to set up a corner kick. Mathews quickly retrieved the ball and took the corner with seven seconds left and sent the ball into the box, where Woodbeck was there to head it in with one second on the clock. After several minutes of discussion by the officials, the goal was deemed official and the two teams went to overtime.

Only one shot was taken by either team in the first overtime period, by Griffith in the first 29 seconds, but it was blocked.

Kevdzija’s match-winning goal came at 101:54. On the run, she received a long ball from Bova, beat the Maryland defense and touched it past the keeper, who was out of her net. With her left foot, Kevdzija buried her first goal as a Boilermaker.

Purdue is back home on Sunday, Feb. 28 when it hosts Rutgers. Kickoff is set for noon.

Purdue Track & Field: Five Podium Finishes, Three Top-10 Marks Highlight Day One

GENEVA, Ohio – The Purdue track & field team opened competition at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships with five top-eight podium finishes and six finals qualifiers on Thursday afternoon at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The Boilermakers added three marks that rank in the top-10 in program history and four personal-best marks to begin the three-day conference championships meet.

“I thought today could not have gone any better for both the men’s and women’s teams,” Purdue coach Norbert Elliott said. “We got off to a really good start with Isaiah Martin, who’s currently leading the heptathlon, and it just kept on going throughout the entire day, from one event to the next. In the 200, with Marcellus Moore and Brian Faust, to the long jump with LJ Hill. Then on the women’s side with Simi Akinrinsola scoring in the weight throw. It was just a beautiful day all across the board. Who didn’t score had personal-best performances, and that’s all you could ask for. They really gave it their all today, and it sets up things for tomorrow too, bodes well for good momentum going into tomorrow’s competition.”

Purdue’s best finish in the finals came by senior Curt Eckstein in the 3,000, where he finished sixth overall in 8:06.24. It was a tight race to the finish, as the top seven finishers all crossed the finish line within 2.50 seconds.

Sophomore Johnny Vanos was seventh in the weight throw final with a mark of 20.06 meters, which came on his fourth throw.

In the women’s weight throw, sophomore Simi Akinrinsola recorded a throw of 18.92 meters. The mark ranks No. 10 in program history in the event and was good for an eighth-place finish in the final. Akinrinsola’s score came on her third throw of the afternoon.

In the men’s long jump, freshman LJ Hill made his Big Ten Championships debut and placed eighth in the final. On his fifth jump, he recorded a mark of 7.20 meters.

Additionally, the women’s distance medley relay was seventh with a time of 11:39.49. The finish was thanks to sophomores Emma Tate and Saran Kouyeth, freshman Payne Turney and senior Megan Slamkowski.

Through four events, junior Isaiah Martin leads the heptathlon with 3,163 points. He placed first in the long jump, with a mark of 7.25 meters, and was second in the shot put, with a throw of 13.71 meters. Both were season-best scores, and he added a 1.97m in the high jump to finish third in his final event of the day.

Senior Brian Faust and freshman K’Ja Talley both advanced to the finals in their event and added top-10 times in Purdue history in the process.

Faust’s time came in the 200, where he finished in 21.10, sixth-fastest in the team record books. He was fourth overall in the prelims and first in the fifth and final heat. Sophomore Marcellus Moore also advanced in the 200 with the third-fastest prelim time. His finish of 21.09 was first in his heat and would rank No. 6 in school history if he didn’t already hold the fourth-fastest time.

Talley moved up in the 60-hurdle record books with a time of 8.46 seconds, which is No. 8 all-time. Her personal-best time was fourth in the prelims. Talley will be joined in the final by freshman Nikia Smith, who ran the ninth-fastest time, in 8.62 seconds. Smith’s mark is a personal-best.

Sophomore Kerris Roberts and junior Camille Christopher also advanced to the final in the 200, both with the fastest times in their heats. Roberts was third overall in 23.73 and Christopher was fifth in the prelims in 24.04.

Through four scored events, both the men and women’s teams are in ninth place, with six points.

The championship continues on Friday, Feb. 26. The men are on the track from 10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. ET, and the women from 4-6 p.m. The meet concludes on Saturday, Feb. 27, with the men from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., and the women from 4-6:30 p.m.

HCAC: Spring 2021 Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll 

CARMEL, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was voted to finish first in the Spring 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Men’s Soccer preseason poll vote amongst coaches.
 
The Fightin’ Engineers narrowly edged out the competition, picking up 76 points in the vote. Hanover College, the reigning HCAC championships, were just behind with 73 points. Transylvania University finished third with 66 points, while Manchester University (55) and Anderson University (49) finished fourth and fifth respectively to round out the top five.
 
Listed below is the Spring 2021 HCAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll and the Spring 2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Men’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
Spring 2021 HCAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
 

1.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology76
2.Hanover College73
3.Transylvania University66
4.Manchester University55
5.Anderson University49
6.Defiance College40
7.Earlham College35
8.Franklin College20
9.Mount St. Joseph University19
10.Bluffton University17

 
2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch:
Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Wes ErnySRAnderson, Ind.Forward
Sam RowlisonJRFishers, Ind.Midfield
Caleb OliverJRMarion, Ind.Goalkeeper
RJ MacomberJRMarion, Ind.Midfield

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Jacob KigerJRGroveport, OhioMidfield
Patrick SpillmanSRAnderson, Ind.Midfield
Dalton TaynorJRTroy, OhioForward

 
Defiance

NameClassHometownPosition
Orry KillamSONapoleon, OhioGoalkeeper
Bennett PackSRGlasgow, Ky.Defense
Christian RennieSRConroe, TexasForward
Noah SvanbergSOGrand Rapids, OhioMidfield

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Trevor BraySRLouisville, Ky.Midfield
Jacob ThompsonSRSalem, Ind.Forward
Landon TakJRGreenville, Ind.Defense
Angel TapiaJRIndianapolis, Ind.Midfield

 
Hanover

NameClassHometownPosition
Evan RedmonJRLouisville, Ky.Midfield
Josh HughesSRLafayette, La.Forward
Myles JosephSRLafayette, La.Defense
Will BedelSRWalton, Ky.Goalkeeper
Luke EpplerJREvansville, Ind.Forward

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Josh GonzalezSRPortage, Ind.Forward
Keegan WondergemJRHudsonville, Mich.Midfield
Ruben GonzalezSOSylvania, OhioMidfield

 
Mount St. Joseph

NameClassHometownPosition
Josh BaileyJRWinchester, Ky.Midfield
Nick PhelpsSOAlexandria, Ky.Midfield
Tyler SandersJRCincinnati, OhioDefense
Luis Martinez-VelezFRSan Juan, Puerto RicoMidfield
Michael AbelFRCincinnati, OhioForward
Joseph StarkFRWestville, Ind.Defense

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Eric KirbySRLaGrange, Ky.Midfield
Brevin LacySRBothell, Wash.Midfield
Ryan TarrSRLouisville, Ky.Defense
Wyatt McKibbonSRYorkville, Ill.Defense

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Jak BirdsongJRLiberty Township, OhioMidfield/Defense
Mitchell CrispinSOCleveland, Tenn.Forward
Garrett DeanSRHarrodsburg, Ky.Defense/Midfield
Tyler DobbsJRLexington, Ky.Defense
Zach HillSRMt. Sterling, Ky.Defense

HCAC: Spring 2021 Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll 

CARMEL, Ind. – In the Spring 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Women’s Soccer preseason poll Hanover College was picked to take the title in a vote among league coaches.
 
With a commanding 80 votes, the Panthers earned the first-place spot. Just behind were the reigning 2020 HCAC champions, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with 71 points. Mount St. Joseph University finished third with 63 points. Transylvania University (53) and Anderson University (50) rounded out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
 
Listed below is the Spring 2021 HCAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll and the Spring 2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Women’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
Spring 2021 HCAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll
 

1.Hanover College80
2.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology71
3.Mount St. Joseph University63
4.Transylvania University53
5.Anderson University50
6.Franklin College46
7.Bluffton University31
8.Earlham College25
9.Manchester University17
10.Defiance College14

 
2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch:
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Maddie HuffmanSRMaineville, OhioMidfield/Forward
Nina McGinnSOMarion, OhioForward
Katlin SanningSOFairborn, OhioDefense
Hannah WagnerSRCincinnati, OhioDefense
Kate BurdenFRSidney, OhioDefense/Midfield

  
Earlham

NameClassHometownPosition
Jenna HoehSOChesterland, OhioMidfield
Eva LyonSODayton, OhioMidfield/Forward
Hannah WallhausserJRBerea, Ky.Forward

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Elaina PageSOCicero, Ind.Midfield/Forward
Madison ShortJRAvon, Ind.Defense
Lillian HainesSOLebanon, Ind.Forward/Midfield

  
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Jayden MurrayJRDelphi, Ind.Midfield/Forward
Adelle StankoSOOkemos, Mich.Defense
Alex ParrSORussiaville, Ind.Midfield/Forward
Maddie ShepardJRGreenville, OhioMidfield/Forward
Alexis BeemanSRO’Fallon, Mo.Defense/Midfield
Hannah HillkerJRMuskegon, Mich.Defense

 
Mount St. Joseph

NameClassHometownPosition
Alex HinesSRCincinnati, OhioDefense
Lauren HaynesSRCincinnati, OhioForward
Jodie WeimerSRCleves, OhioForward
Maddie MuterspawSRMiddletown, OhioGoalkeeper
Maddie ScherpenbergSRCincinnati, OhioMidfield
Emily ReichlingSRCincinnati, OhioDefense

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Lane LawrenceSORinggold, Ga.Forward
Christina RogersJRLaurel, Md.Defense
Maggie SheerinSRO’Fallon, Ill.Midfield
Sarah ShoemakerJRChesterfield. Mo.Midfield

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Abby BakerJRCorbin, Ky.Forward/Midfield
Emilie YatesSRLexington, Ky.Forward
Brooke PuterbaughJRLawrenceburg, Ind.Midfield
Megan CurrenJRWinchester, Ky.Defense
Morgan PattonJRLexington, Ky.Goalkeeper

BIG 10 HOCKEY: Statement on Date Change of the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament 

The Big Ten Conference Administrators Council, which includes the Directors of Athletics and Senior Women Administrators from all 14 member institutions, approved measures to change the dates of the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament from March 18-20 to March 14-16. The tournament will take place as previously planned at Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The decision to change the dates of the tournament was made in order to ease compression between the regular season and postseason tournaments in the interest of the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and officials. The tournament will include Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, and will consist of six games, with three games on Sunday, two games on Monday and the championship game on Tuesday. All six games will be carried live on BTN and the schedule can be found below:

Sunday, March 14

12 p.m. ET:  Quarterfinal #1

4 p.m. ET:  Quarterfinal #2

8:30 p.m. ET:  Quarterfinal #3

Monday, March 15

4:30 p.m. ET:  Semifinal #1

8:30 p.m. ET:  Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 16

8 p.m. ET:  Championship Game

Due to the number of games postponed this season and the limited number of windows remaining to reschedule contests, the Big Ten Champion and Big Ten Tournament seeding will be determined using the protocol for unbalanced schedules approved prior to the start of the season. The first element of that protocol is winning percentage in Big Ten games, with wins in regulation and overtime counted as wins and shootout results counted as ties for the purpose of calculating winning percentages. All institutions affected by postponements will continue to work with the Conference to identify rescheduling options prior to the end of the regular season.

MIAMI HOCKEY: RedHawks End Regular Season with Western Michigan

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Miami RedHawks (5-15-2) vs.

Western Michigan Broncos (8-11-3)

Friday, Feb. 26 | 6:05 p.m.

Lawson Arena (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Sunday, Feb. 28 | 2:05 p.m.

Steve “Coach” Cady Arena (Oxford, Ohio)

All-Time Series vs. WMU: 70-71-13 (Tied last meeting, 3-3, on Jan. 9, 2021)

OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University hockey team ends the 2020-21 regular season this week as the RedHawks take on Western Michigan for a home-and-home series against the Broncos.

ABOUT LAST WEEKEND: Miami continued the regular travel portion of the schedule with a home series on February 12 -13 that brought the Huskies of Saint Cloud to Oxford. The RedHawks split the weekend, with the RedHawks capitalizing at the right moments on Friday to upset the No. 6/7 Huskies by a 3-2 score. Casey Gilling, Alec Capstick, and John Sladic were able to add to their goal totals in game one, with Gilling’s goal being the eventual game-winner. The RedHawks offense only saw two goals on Saturday, with Dylan Moulton getting the first goal of his career. Senior goaltender Grant Valentine also got action in net for the first time this season, stopping 28 shots to keep the game close on senior night.

ABOUT WESTERN: The Broncos come to Oxford after sweeping a home series against the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth by scores of 4-0 and 4-1, respectively. Currently, junior Drew Worrad leads the team in scoring with 20 points on four goals and 16 assists on the season. Seniors Ethen Frank and Josh Passolt are second on the team scoring, with Frank holding the team-lead in goals, with 11. The Broncos are an assist heavy squad and have five players with at least ten assists on the season, led by Worrad’s 16. Cole Gallant has 12, Ronnie Attard has 11, and Passolt and Paul Washe have 10. WMU has been averaging 2.91 goals per game, which improved with their sweep of the Bulldogs. Defensively, Western Michigan allows 3.64 goals per game. Senior Austin Cain has been the starter in net for WMU, having started in 11 of the 22 games this season, including two games against the RedHawks this season. He holds a 4.05 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage. Freshman Alex Aslanidis saw action in the other games against Miami and has a 5-3-1 record, with a .882 save percentage and 3.03 GAA. Aslandis and Attard both earned NCHC Weekly honors after they swept Duluth.

QUITE A DEBUT: With sixteen games on the docket so far this season, all seven of the RedHawk rookies saw action in at least one game. Holland, Moulton, Drazner, Barbolini, Rydqvist, and Cassetti have all scored their first career goals so far this season, and Drazner and Barbolini both have assists to go with their goals. With his .935 save percentage and 2.24 GAA, Persson is one of the top-ranked rookie goaltenders in NCAA Division 1 hockey, ranking second among freshmen goaltenders in save percentage. Persson was named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week for 12/14, 12/21, and 1/4, along with being named December’s Goaltender of the Month for the NCHC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOUGH COOKIES TO CRACK: With the NCHC sporting four teams ranked in the USCHO.com poll and two more receiving votes, the RedHawks figure to once again play one of the most challenging schedules in the country this season. The league is also already home to the past four national champions, which means its success will come down to how it performs against the nation’s top teams. Last year, the Red & White played 11 games against teams that finished in the top 15 (2-8-1) and 16 against teams that finished in the top 20 (3-11-2). Miami met the #1 and #3 ranked teams in the country in the first week of action. The RedHawks have already seen three victories over ranked teams this season, getting a 1-0 win over #17/RV Omaha on December 12, a 3-0 shutout victory over #8/7 Denver on December 17, and a 3-2 victory over #6/7 St. Cloud on February 12.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSE: Of Miami’s 42 goals this season, 16 have come from defensemen (38.1%), with eight different Miami blue liners finding the back of the net already. The 16 goals from defensemen are second in the NCHC and are fourth in the NCAA.

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

Ohio State Continues to lead at Big Ten Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Just three races were held Thursday evening at the Big Ten Conference women’s swimming and diving championships but the first dives of the championship were also performed and the Ohio State Buckeyes continue to lead with rival Michigan lurking in second place.

Senior Kristen Romano won her second race of the championships – the 400 individual medley – with Katie Trace second, and freshman Katherine Zenick scored in her third event already at these championships to highlight the Buckeye efforts. Ohio State continues to lead the championships with 771 points with Michigan next with 650 points and Indiana in third with 530 points.

100 butterfly

It was the young Buckeyes who came through first on Thursday, in the 100 butterfly as three freshman, a sophomore and a junior scored points. Katherine Zenick led the way for the Buckeyes, making the A final and finishing in fifth with a tie of 52.73. Freshman Catherine Russo, freshman Tristan Harrison and sophomore Morgan Kraus all scored in the B final, finishing in ninth, 13th and 14th and junior Amanda Palutsis scored points for the Buckeyes in the C final. And despite Michigan going one-two in the event, the Wolverines only were able to cut 19 points off Ohio State’s 167.5-point lead entering the evening.

400 individual medley

Kristen Romano won the event in a Top 10 nationally time of 4:06.75 with senior Katy Trace right with her in second place in 4:07.90. Romano, who won the 200 individual medley Wednesday evening, is the first in the Big Ten to sweep the 200 and 400 IMs in nine years, or since Allysa Vavra of Indiana did it in 2012. Freshman Kyra Sommerstad and senior Natalia Jaspeado finished in 12th and 13th, respectively, for an 89-point swim for the Buckeyes, who increased their lead to back over 160 points in the event.

200 freestyle

Sophomore Amy Fulmer made the A final and finished in sixth place in 1:46.24. Also scoring for Ohio State was junior Sally Tafuto, who won the B final to finish ninth, and senior Nicole Fye was 19th.

3-meter diving

Three nights of diving began on the campus of Purdue University this evening. Ohio State’s tandem of sophomore Jackie Brenn and senior Lexie Barker each made the B final and finished in 12th and 13th place with NCAA A qualifying scores of 311.40 and 300.60, respectively.

Big Ten Conference Championships Women’s Swimming & Diving

February 23-27

Minneapolis, Minn. – Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center

West Lafayette, Ind. – Morgan Burke Aquatic Center

Thursday Results – Day 3

All Ohio State point scorers listed

100 butterfly – 1. MacNeil (UM), 49.68; 5. Katherine Zenick, 52.73 B; 9. Catherine Russo, 52.33 B; 13. Tristan Harrison 53.19 B; 14. Morgan Kraus, 53.26 B; 23. Amanda Palutsis, 54.62.

400 individual medley – 1. Kristen Romano, 4:06.75 B; 2. Katie Trace, 4:07.90 B; 12. Kyra Sommerstad, 4:14.55 B; 13. Natalia Jaspeado, 4:14.57 B.

200 freestyle – 1. Autumn Haebig (Nebraska), 1:44.39 B; 5. Amy Fulmer, 1:46.24 B; 9. Sally Tafuto, 1:46.48 B; 19. Nicole Fye, 1:48.64.

500 freestyle – 1. Sally Tafuto, 4:39.58 B; 8. Nicole Fye, 4:51.45; 9. Maya Geringer, 4:44.74 B; 18. Natalia Jaspeado, 4:49.12.

3-meter diving – 1. Anne Fowler (IU), 373.90 A; 12. Jackie Brenn, 311.40 A; 13. Lexie Barker, 300.60 A.

Team Scores

1.     Ohio State – 771

2.     Michigan – 650

3.     Indiana – 530

4.     Northwestern – 424.5

5.     Wisconsin – 327

6.     Minnesota – 289

7.     Nebraska – 276

8.     Iowa – 246.5

9.     Penn State – 189

10.  Purdue – 185

11.  Michigan State – 127

12.  Illinois – 109

13.  Rutgers – 30

WSOC: Ohio State Earns Win No. 1 of 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team (1-0-1, 1-0-1 BIG) earned its first win of the season with a 3-1 triumph over Wisconsin (1-1-0, 1-1-0 B1G) Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Indoor Field. Sophomore Emma Sears scored all three goals for the Buckeyes. 

Ohio State scored first when Sears tallied her second of the season in the 11th minute. Sears, a forward from Dublin, Ohio, added another, her third on the year, in the 36th minute to give the Buckeyes the 2-0 advantage. She then answered a late Wisconsin goal (88’) with her third of the game in the 89th minute.

Sears scored her first career goal the last time out in the 1-all double overtime season-opener vs. Michigan and now has four on the season.

The first score against the Badgers was set up by sophomore midfielder Brittany Duncan, her first of the season. The helper was the first of her career (12 games). The second goal was assisted by freshman Peyton McNamara, a midfielder from Norwalk, Conn. She played in her second game as a Buckeye Thursday.

Sears’ third was assisted by Marissa Birzon, a senior forward from East Amherst, N.Y. It was her third assist in 56 games played for the Buckeyes.

Senior Bailey Kolinsky (Derry, N.H.) was stellar in goal for the Buckeyes. She stopped six of seven Badger attempts on goal in the win.

Ohio State has a home game vs. Nebraska scheduled for noon Sunday before taking to the road for the first time this season at Maryland March 4. The game time for the game vs. the Terps has not been determined.     

  • The last Buckeye to score three times in a game was Emaly Vatna vs. Morehead State ((W, 8-0) Aug. 30, 2018.

Simpson, Fitzpatrick lead WGC; Johnson, DeChambeau struggle

Webb Simpson ran off three straight late birdies for a share of the lead Thursday in the Workday Championship. Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau ran up some big numbers.

Simpson matched Matthew Fitzpatrick with a 6-under 66 at The Concession in the World Golf Championships event moved from Mexico City to Florida because of COVID-19 circumstances.

Simpson’s finishing stretch included a wedge to 2 feet, a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and a two-putt birdie from about 40 feet on the par-5 17th.

Fitzpatrick, who contended last week at Riviera, played bogey-free on the Jack Nicklaus design that had never been used for a PGA Tour event.

“Very pleased with the start,” Simpson said. “I worked on a couple things last week with putting alignment and with my driver and I saw good things from that today. You always want to see it first round back, but it doesn’t always happen that way, so I was happy to see like tough tee shots with trouble, really stepping up and making good swings.

“And made a lot of putts today,” he added, “so that was a good feeling.”

Johnson had his first Sunday round over par in a year when he shot 72 last week while in contention. The start at this World Golf Championship was even worse.

The world’s No. 1 player drove left into the trees on the 18th hole as he was making the turn, had to pitch out sideways, came up short and then failed to get up-and-down to take double bogey. He made another double bogey on No. 5 with a tee shot into the water.

Johnson wasn’t alone in his struggles. DeChambeau also shot a 77, with his big trouble coming on the 16th. After a tee shot into the water, he went right of the fairway, came up short of the green and took three shots to get down for a triple bogey.

Bubba Watson had a 77, while Matthew Wolff shot an 83 and withdrew.

Brooks Koepka was a stroke out of the lead at 67 with Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner, who is playing for the first time since the Sony Open because his wife had their third child.

“If you’re on, you’re going to have chances. You’re going to be really good with the tee ball or you’re going to have chances with your iron play,” Horschel said. “If you’re off with your ball-striking and you miss in some tough spots, you can look pretty silly.”

Second-ranked Jon Rahm bogeyed the final hole late in the afternoon for a 68.

Tony Finau, coming off a playoff loss to Max Homa last week at Riviera, also was at 68 with defending champion Patrick Reed, Wade Ormsby, Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith.

Rory McIlroy had three bogeys in a 69.

“I think with any new course it’s just a matter of getting comfortable with visuals and lines off tees, and then I think we’re all sort of learning the golf course a little bit as we go along,” McIlroy said. “Most tour events we go to, we basically know where the four pin positions are going to be and we can practice to those.

“I think tee-to-green it’s pretty simple,” he said. “But then around the greens, I think it’s one of these places, the more you play it, the more you’ll just feel comfortable with it.”

Third-ranked Justin Thomas one-putted his last four holes – three birdies and one par – to salvage a 73 after he had dropped four shots in a three-hole stretch on his first nine. The par was a 10-footer on the par-5 seventh after it took him two shots to get out of a fairway bunker.

Homa, coming off the hometown win in Los Angeles, also had a 73.