HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

BOYS

NCC

Friday, Jan. 8

Harrison at Tech, 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Logansport, 7:30 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Central, 8 pm, ppd.

McCutcheon at Central Catholic, 7:30 pm

Richmond at New Castle, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Alexandria vs. Anderson, 8 pm, Anderson Prep

Saturday, Jan. 9

Northrop at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

South Side at Marion, 7:30 pm

Lake Central at Harrison, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Central at Noblesville, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Western at Logansport, 7:30 pm

TEC

Thursday, Jan. 7

Shenandoah 76, Knightstown 24

Blue River 53, Tri 47, OT

Winchester 69, Randolph Southern 46

Union City 90, Union (Modoc) 22

Northeastern 68, Hagerstown 47

Friday, Jan. 8

Union County at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 9

Union City vs. Winchester, 8 pm, Monroe Central

Lincoln vs. Northeastern, 6 pm, Hagerstown

MEC

Thursday, Jan. 7

Shenandoah 76, Knightstown 24

Blue River 53, Tri 47, OT

Winchester 69, Randolph Southern 46

Union City 90, Union (Modoc) 22

Friday, Jan. 8

Cowan at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 9

Burris at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Tri-Central, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah vs. Blue River, 7:30 pm, Tri

EASTERN INDIANA

Thursday, Jan. 7

South Dearborn 51, Lawrenceburg 44

Friday, Jan. 8

Connersville at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

East Central at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Union County at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 9

East Central at Ross (Ohio), 7:30 pm

New Castle at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Shelbyville at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

Milan vs. Batesville, 5:30 pm, South Ripley

Switzerland County vs. Lawrenceburg, 6 pm, South Dearborn

Rising Sun at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm, South Dearborn

PIONEER

Thursday, Jan. 7

Herron 82, International 75

University 60, Covenant Christian 57

Friday, Jan. 8

Central Christian at Christel House, 7:30 pm

Faith Christian at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm

Tindley at University, 7:30 pm

Park Tudor at Metropolitan, 7:30 pm

Cristo Rey at Seton Catholic, 7:30 pm

Elwood at Anderson Prep, 5:30 pm, Anderson Prep

Pendleton Heights vs. Liberty Christian, 8 pm, Lapel

Saturday, Jan. 9

Greenwood Christian at Shortridge, 3 pm

Indiana Deaf at Bethesda Christian, 6:30 pm

Manual at Central Christian, 7:30 pm

Burris at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

HOOSIER HERITAGE

Friday, Jan. 8

Greenfield at Mount Vernon, 7:30 pm

New Palestine at Delta, 7:30 pm

Noblesville at New Castle, 8 pm

Richmond at New Castle, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Tipton at Yorktown, 7:30 pm

Pendleton Heights vs. Liberty Christian, 8 pm, Lapel

Saturday, Jan. 9

Mount Vernon at Whiteland, 7:30 pm

New Castle at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Shelbyville at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

Southport at New Palestine, 7:30 pm

BOYS STATE SCOREBOARD=THURSDAY

THURSDAY’ S GAMES
Bowman Academy57Andrean46 
Bremen52South Bend Washington48OT
Edgewood70Brown County37 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk77Fort Wayne Wayne42 
Hobart58River Forest44 
Indianapolis Herron82Indianapolis International75 
Jimtown62South Bend Clay59 
John Glenn50New Prairie46 
Marquette Catholic78South Bend Career44 
South Bend St. Joseph74Penn48 
Southern Wells72Smith Academy40 
Southwestern (Hanover)101Shawe Memorial34 
University60Covenant Christian57 
Westville91Portage Christian81 
Greene County Invitational
Shakamak44Clay City30 
Pike Central53White River Valley50 
Henry County Tournament
Shenandoah76Knightstown24 
Blue River53Tri47OT
Randolph County Tournament
Winchester69Randolph Southern46 
Union City90Union (Modoc)22 
Rivertown Tournament
South Dearborn51Lawrenceburg44 
Rising Sun66Switzerland County57 
Wayne County Tournament
Northeastern68Hagerstown47 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NCC

Thursday, Jan. 7

Anderson 52, Lapel 37

McCutcheon at Benton Central, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Friday, Jan. 8

Harrison at Tech, 6 pm

Kokomo at Logansport, 6 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Central, 6:30 pm

McCutcheon at Marion, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Marion, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Northrop at Kokomo, 6 pm

McCutcheon at Richmond, 5 pm, ppd.

Northwestern at Logansport, 1:30 pm

Twin Lakes at Harrison, noon

Anderson at Pendleton Heights, 8 pm, Pendleton Heights

TEC

Thursday, Jan. 7

Northeastern 45, Hagerstown 28

Friday, Jan. 8

Knightstown at Tri, 7:30 pm, Tri

Union City at Winchester, 6 pm, Winchester

Lincoln vs. Northeastern, 6 pm, Hagerstown

Saturday, Jan. 9

Eastern Hancock at Union County, 7:30 pm

MEC

Thursday, Jan. 7

Wapahani 60, New Castle 49

Friday, Jan. 8

Cowan at Daleville, 6 pm

Wes-Del at Eastbrook, 7:30 pm

Blue River vs. Shenandoah, 6 pm, Tri

Union at Monroe Central, 6 pm, Monroe Central

Saturday, Jan. 9

Eastern Hancock at Union County, 7:30 pm

Burris at Wapahani, 1:30 pm

EASTERN INDIANA

Thursday, Jan. 7

Franklin County 55, Talawanda (Ohio) 54

Friday, Jan. 8

Batesville at Milan, 5:30 pm, Milan

Rising Sun at South Dearborn, 6 pm, South Dearborn

Switzerland County vs. Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm, South Dearborn

Saturday, Jan. 9

Greensburg at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Rushville at East Central, 7:30 pm

HOOSIER HERITAGE

Thursday, Jan. 7

Mt. Vernon 66, Mississinewa 33

Wapahani 60, New Castle 49

Pendleton Heights 51, Frankton 38

University at Yorktown, 7 pm, ppd.

Saturday, Jan. 9

New Palestine at Hamilton SE, 2:30 pm

Shelbyville at Yorktown, noon

Anderson at Pendleton Heights, 8 pm, Pendleton Heights

GIRLS STATE SCOREBOARD-THURSDAY

THURSDAY’ S GAMES
Argos46North Miami22 
Bloomfield46Northeast Dubois34 
Boone Grove53River Forest34 
Carroll (Flora)73Delphi35 
Castle71Evansville Reitz18 
Caston52Culver22 
Clinton Prairie38Seeger30 
Columbus East67Seymour50 
Corydon Central42Eastern (Pekin)27 
Covenant Christian47Brebeuf Jesuit28 
Elkhart66Mishawaka27 
Evansville Memorial56South Knox27 
Forest Park47Jasper33 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk43Woodlan41 
Fort Wayne North60Fort Wayne Canterbury27 
Fountain Central39Indiana Deaf23 
Franklin County55Talawanda (Ohio)54 
Gary West42East Chicago Central29 
Goshen41Wawasee14 
Greenwood Christian75Hauser32 
Hamilton Heights59Lewis Cass20 
Heritage Hills46South Spencer20 
Indianapolis Cathedral56Lawrence Central49 
Indianapolis Lutheran59Central Christian24 
Indianapolis Ritter43Beech Grove34 
Kouts54Wheeler19 
LaPorte56Concord38 
Lafayette Central Catholic73Twin Lakes47 
Lakewood Park69Clinton Christian30 
Lanesville60Springs Valley28 
Lawrence North58Pike42 
Linton-Stockton51Vincennes Rivet26 
Loogootee35Wood Memorial31 
Madison59New Albany39 
Monrovia43Indianapolis Scecina35 
Morgan Twp.58Covenant Christian (DeMotte)37 
Mount Vernon (Fortville)66Mississinewa33 
New Washington35Borden25 
North Central (Farmersburg)54Clay City37 
North Decatur43South Decatur38 
North Judson59Kankakee Valley28 
North Knox57West Vigo51 
North Newton55Tri-County47 
North Vermillion49Riverton Parke36 
Northfield67Tippecanoe Valley48 
Paoli45North Daviess25 
Parke Heritage58North Putnam50 
Pioneer69Frontier27 
Scottsburg73Clarksville13 
South Bend St. Joseph62South Bend Riley33 
South Central (Union Mills)79Hebron37 
Southmont55North Montgomery29 
Taylor57Rossville40 
Trinity Lutheran56West Washington31 
Triton41Manchester35 
Wapahani60New Castle49 
Washington72Pike Central27 
West Lafayette61Western55 
Westview59South Bend Career18 
Hendricks County Tournament
Brownsburg57Cascade39 
Tri-West48Avon37 
Madison County Tournament
Alexandria70Elwood28 
Liberty Christian63Anderson Prep Academy18 
Pendleton Heights51Frankton38 
Anderson52Lapel37 
Shelby County Tournament
Triton Central51Morristown31 
Waldron36Southwestern (Shelbyville)33 
Wayne County Tournament
Northeastern45Hagerstown28 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Gonzaga 86 BYU 69

#5 Iowa 89 Maryland 67

#8 Wisconsin 80 Indiana 73 2OT

#12 Illinois 81 Northwestern 56

Colorado 79 #17 Oregon 72

St. Francis NY 70 Mount St. Mary 55

Bryant 93 Central Connecticut State 68

Northeastern 81 Hofstra 78 OT

Belmont 77 SE. Missouri State 66

Long Island 78 St. Francis PA 75

Morehead State 57 Tennessee Tech 54

Cincinnati 76 SMU 69

Texas Rio Grande 96 St. Mary TX 67

Colorado State 74 UNLV 71

Merrimack 97 Sacred Heart 90 OT

Eastern Kentucky 69 Jackson State 66 OT

Montana State 79 Northern Colorado 67

USC 87 Arizona 73

San Francisco 88 Portland 64

Southern Utah 85 Idaho 80

Tennessee State 74 Tennessee Martin 62

Stanford 91 Washington 75

Washington State 71 California 60

UCLA 81 Arizona State 75 OT

San Diego State 65 Nevada 60

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Pittsburgh at #2 Louisville postponed

#3 Connecticut at #6 Baylor canceled

#2 Louisville 71 Virginia Tech 67

Georgia at #5 South Carolina postponed

#8 Texas A&M 77 #10 Kentucky 60

#12 Maryland 93 #23 Michigan State 87

Tennessee 88 #13 Arkansas 73

#14 Mississippi State 68 Florida 56

#15 Michigan 64 Nebraska 62

#16 Ohio State 78 Illinois 55

#19 Indiana 85 Penn State 64

Virginia at #24 Syracuse postponed

Purdue at Rutgers postponed

Providence 62 Butler 50

Boston College 64 Notre Dame 61

Hofstra 68 Northeastern 57

Austin Peay 73 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 54

Morehead State 65 Tennessee Tech 62

Jackson State 74 Eastern Kentucky 60

Murray State 76 Eastern Illinois 68

Illinois State 74 Indiana State 60

Tennessee Martin 80 Tennessee State 39

Wake Forest 63 Miami, Florida 60

Georgia Tech 67 Clemson 55

Alabama 67 LSU 59

Drake 74 Evansville 50

Ole Miss 62 Auburn 58

Mount St. Mary 76 St. Francis NY 68

Valparaiso 63 Northern Iowa 56

UNLV 80 Colorado State 76

Vanderbilt at Missouri postponed

Merrimack at Sacred Heart postponed

BYU 76 Loyola Marymount 57

Idaho State 70 Northern Arizona 66

Montana State 54 Northern Colorado 46

San Diego State 59 Nevada 43

Eastern Washington 78 Weber State 57

Pacific 83 San Francisco 63

Santa Clara 77 St. Mary’s 59

Portland State 66 Sacramento 64 OT

TOP HEADLINES

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

(INDIANA RELEASE)

MADISON, Wis. — Madison misery won’t go away.

But the Indiana Hoosiers gave it a heck of a double-overtime run.

Not even forward Trayce Jackson-Davis’s second straight double-double, and a third straight double-figure scoring effort from guard Aljami Durham was enough. IU lost 80-73 at No. 8 Wisconsin.

“We gave ourselves a gas chance to win,” coach Archie Miller said. “They made a lot of wining plays at the end. We didn’t make enough. We didn’t do that when we needed to the most.”

He paused.

“I have to do a better job for them.”

IU (7-5 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten) was poised to end 22 years and 17 games of futility at the Kohl Center, building a late six-point lead.

Then Wisconsin guard D’Mitrik Trice got hot, previously 3-point-shooting challenged Tyler Wahl hit consecutive double-overtime 3-pointers, and the Hoosiers were left to consider what might have been.

“We had one mission, that was to win,” Durham said. “We did not come here to play close. Nothing was on our mind but get that win.”

Added Miller: “Our execution late killed us. We needed to be a little sharper coming down the home stretch.”

Fatigue was a factor. Jackson-Davis and Durham each played 49 minutes. Guard Rob Phinisee played 48.

With foul trouble limiting the minutes of forward Race Thompson and swingman Jerome Hunter, Miller had little choice but leave Jackson-Davis in.

“With Trayce we live and die with, if he’s a little tired, it is what it is,” Miller said.

The Big Ten’s two best defensive teams went at it, and offense paid a first-half price.

Rising above it was Jackson-Davis, whose “get-me-the-ball” second-half demands weren’t about to be ignored.

At one point, he scored eight straight Hoosier points to rally them from an early second-half Wisconsin surge.

He finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, a big jump given he’d scored a combined 15 points in two games against Wisconsin last year.

“Wisconsin is one of the best defensive teams in the country,” Miller said. “They don’t give you a lot. They’re tough to pierce the paint.”

And yet the Hoosiers did pierce it, time after time getting Jackson-Davis, and others, close-range shots. IU’s 44 points in the paint so infuriated Wisconsin coach Greg Gard that he benched forward Micah Potter down the stretch.

“We were able to get Trayce the ball on pick and rolls,” Miller said. “We ran good offense for most of the game.”

Durham had 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. Hunter had 12 points and seven rebounds despite playing with major foul trouble. Phinisee had 10 points and six assists.

Then there was freshman guard Anthony Leal, who had nine points in 35 minutes, huge for a guy who entered the game having played just 67 minutes for the season.

“He works his behind off,” Durham said. “I’m not shocked about it. You look up hard worker, it’s him. I look forward to him stepping up as we move forward.”

Wisconsin (10-2, 4-1) was led by Trice’s 21 points and seven assists.

“It was a very hard-fought game,” Miller said. “I’m proud of our guys and the way they competed and handled some adversity.”

Without guard Armaan Franklin, out due to the ankle injury suffered three days earlier against Maryland, IU started Phinisee, but often went with Leal and fellow freshmen Jordan Geronimo, Khristian Lander and Trey Galloway.

Foul trouble motivated some of that — Thompson had two early fouls, and Hunter had three by halftime — but so did Miller’s determination to play the young guys more.

While Galloway had emerged as a starting fixture, the others were waiting their chance.

Enter Leal and his 500-three-pointers-a-day mentality. It paid off with three 3-pointers along with a rebound, an assist and a blocked shot.

His first two long-range shots kept IU in the game in the first half.

“It’s a credit to him what a winner he is,” Miller said. “He sparked us, and made some big shots. He did a great job on both ends of the floor.”

Foul trouble hit minutes into the game when Thompson picked up two quick fouls. That made Wisconsin’s size advantage — starting 6-11 Nate Reuvers, the 6-10 Potter and 6-8 Aleem Ford — even more imposing.

The Badgers took advantage for a quick 9-4 lead. The Hoosiers adjusted with strong defense and getting Jackson-Davis the ball. The result was a 7-0 surge and an 11-9 lead.

Wisconsin rallied for a 12-point lead before IU, thanks to Leal’s perimeter sharp-shooting, closed to 29-24 at halftime.

The Badgers threatened to pull away early in the second half, but Jackson-Davis wouldn’t let them. He scored eight straight IU points before a Hunter three-pointer gave IU 50-48 lead with eight minutes left.

The Hoosiers inched ahead by four and then six behind a 26-10 second-half scoring edge in the paint.

Wisconsin surged back with a 7-0 run for a 57-56 lead as the clock ticked under two minutes.

IU regained the lead via Phinisee’s 3-pointer off a Durham assist. The Badgers tied it 59-59. The Hoosiers untied it on a Hunter dunk from a Jackson-Davis assist with 40 seconds left. Wisconsin tied it at 61-61 on a Trice floater.

IU had 17 seconds to work for the victory. Jackson-Davis had a shot, but couldn’t connect.

Overtime.

Leal hit his third 3-pointer, then played turnover-inducing defense on Reuvers. Hunter dunked off yet another Durham assist for a 66-64 IU lead.

Trice’s three-pointer put Wisconsin up 67-66. Durham drove for a layup and was fouled with 26 seconds left. His free throw made it 69-67. A Trice jumper tied it at 69-69 with 11 seconds left.

Overtime No. 2.

Consecutive three-pointers from Wahl gave the Badgers a lead they never lost.

Next up, a trip to Nebraska on Sunday.

“The Big Ten is a gauntlet,” Durham said. “We go forward and try to get a win at Nebraska.”

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

(INDIANA RELEASE)

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Midseason Top 25 Watch List today on ESPNU, which included Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2020-21 season thus far, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.
Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.3 points for the Hoosiers and is coming off his third double-double of the season against Maryland. IU is 13-2 in his 15 career games with a double-double.

On the 2021 Wooden Award™ Midseason Top 25, three players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™: Derek Culver (West Virginia), Carlik Jones (Louisville), and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga). Three schools have multiple players on the list, led by Gonzaga (Corey Kispert, Suggs, and Drew Timme), and followed by Illinois (Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu) and Villanova (Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl).

The Big Ten leads all conferences with six selections on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, followed by the ACC with five, the Big East with four, the Big 12 and WCC with three selections each, the Pac-12 with two , and Conference USA and the SEC with one selection apiece. 

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason or midseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.

NameSchoolConferenceHeightClassPosition
Scottie BarnesFlorida StateACC6-9Fr.G
Charles BasseyWestern KentuckyConference USA6-11Jr.C
James BouknightConnecticutBig East6-5SophG
Garrison BrooksNorth CarolinaACC6-10Sr.F
Jared ButlerBaylorBig 126-3Jr.G
Marcus CarrMinnesotaBig Ten6-2Jr.G
Kofi CockburnIllinoisBig Ten7-0SophC
Derek CulverWest VirginiaBig 126-10Jr.F
Cade CunninghamOklahoma StateBig 126-8Fr.G
Ayo DosunmuIllinoisBig Ten6-5Jr.G
John FulkersonTennesseeSEC6-9Sr.F
Luka Garza*IowaBig Ten6-11Sr.C
Collin GillespieVillanovaBig East6-3Sr.G
Ron Harper Jr.RutgersBig Ten6-6Jr.G/F
Sam HauserVirginiaACC6-8Sr.F
Matthew HurtDukeACC6-9SophF
Trayce Jackson-DavisIndianaBig Ten6-9SophF
Carlik JonesLouisvilleACC6-1Sr.G
Corey KispertGonzagaWCC6-7Sr.F
Remy MartinArizona StatePac-126-0Sr.G
Evan MobleyUSCPac-127-0Fr.F
Jeremiah Robinson-EarlVillanovaBig East6-9SophF
Jalen SuggsGonzagaWCC6-4Fr.G
Drew TimmeGonzagaWCC6-10SophF
Marcus ZegarowskiCreightonBig East6-2Jr.G

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

(PURDUE RELEASE)

Purdue Continues Road Gauntlet at No. 23 Michigan State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a postponement of Tuesday’s home game vs. Nebraska, Purdue will now play its third straight road game against a nationally-ranked team when it heads to No. 23-ranked Michigan State for a Friday night tussle on FS1.

The Boilermakers are coming off consecutive road losses to top-15 opponents Rutgers and Illinois in games that Purdue had chances in the second half to win. Purdue held leads of at least five points in the second half of both contests, before falling on the road. Now, it heads to a venue that Purdue hasn’t won in since the 2016-17 season as the Boilermakers look for the upset.

THE KEY TALKING POINTS

1) Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan State by a 70-55 margin and has won four of the last six meetings with the Spartans.

2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 324th in experience (1.08 years). Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the Big Ten (1.33). Among Power-6 schools, only North Carolina, Kansas State, LSU, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Auburn are less experienced.

3) Matt Painter is coaching in his 524th game at Purdue, passing Ward “Piggy” Lambert for second place on the Purdue games coached list. Purdue has had two head coaches in the last 41 years. Only Duke and Syracuse (1) have had fewer head coaches in the last 40 years.

4) Tonight’s coaches, Matt Painter and Tom Izzo, have combined for 1,005 career wins in 43 seasons, an average of 23.4 wins per season. The duo rank second and eighth on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list. The last game between two of the top-10 winningest coaches in Big Ten history came on March 15, 2015 (Michigan State vs. Wisconsin; Bo Ryan).

5) In its seven wins, Purdue is shooting 49.5 percent from the field and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.52 (134 / 88). In its five losses, Purdue is shooting just 41.6 percent from the field, has attempted 50 free throws and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.89 (64 / 72).

6) Two different freshmen (Zach Edey, Mason Gillis) have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week in the season’s first six weeks.

7) In three Big Ten road games, Trevion Williams is shooting 60.0 percent from the field. The rest of the team is shooting 37.6 percent.

8) Purdue has four of the top 14 freshmen scorers in the Big Ten this season (Newman – 2nd; Edey – 4th; Ivey – 11th; Gillis – 14th).

9) Purdue will play four straight Big Ten road games for the first time since Feb. 6 to Feb. 20, 1960 (5 straight road games).

10) Purdue averaged 15.4 turnovers per game during the first seven games. In the last five games, Purdue has averaged just 10.4 turnovers.

11) Purdue has won 102 straight games when scoring at least 90 points, spanning over 33 years (last loss: Nov. 24, 1987, to Iowa State).

INDIANA WBB: #19 Indiana Pulls Away For Win Over Penn State

(INDIANA RELEASE)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior guard Grace Berger recorded her second-career triple-double and sophomore guard Mackenzie Holmes set a new career-high in a 85-64 win on Thursday night at Bryce Jordan Center.

KEY MOMENTS

The Hoosiers struck first with a 3-pointer by Patberg and a bucket down low for Holmes to take an early 5-2 lead. They would stretch its lead out to seven before a Penn State run saw IU fall behind by three with 2:36 to play.

Three-straight buckets would cap off the first quarter for IU and regained a 19-16 edge.

In the second, IU went up by as many as six, 29-23, as Patberg connected inside the paint out of the media timeout. Penn State would use a fast break runout as the half expired to give IU a 3-point edge at halftime, 33-30.

Patberg and redshirt junior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third and Holmes completed the fast break to build a 10-point lead with 6:05 to go. It would be Indiana by 10 at the end of the third, 60-50, behind 9 points each from Holmes and Patberg.

Berger lit up in the fourth quarter, going 4-for-5 from the floor for 11 of IU’s 25 points in the frame. In all, 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds in her triple double came in the second half.

Indiana used a 64.7 clip in the final 10 minutes to seal the victory.

NOTABLE

With the victory over the Lady Lions, Indiana improved to 6-3 on the season and 4-1 in Big Ten play.

The Hoosiers have now won three-straight contests against Penn State and seven of the last eight. This was the only meeting between the two this season.

Berger notched her and the program’s second triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. She is the first player to two triple-doubles in NCAA Division I women’s basketball this season.

Indiana saw three hit double-digit scoring. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes knocked down 27 points, Senior guard Ali Patberg scored 24 and junior guard Grace Berger secured 15.

Holmes (27), Patberg (24), and Berger (15) scored 66 of the Hoosiers 83 points.

Holmes led all scorers with a career high 27 points. This was fifth straight game in double figures.

Patberg’s 24 points was a season high for the Columbus, Ind. native.

Indiana shot 51% from the field and had 50 of its points in the paint.

Redshirt junior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary made her first start for the Hoosiers on Thursday night.

The Hoosiers committed just two turnovers which is a new season low and the fewest in a game since they committed five against Penn State on Feb. 27, 2016.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“It was a good win for us especially coming off a disappointing Monday night against Maryland. I asked our girls, anytime this happens, that we have some bounce back ability in us. Tonight, I liked the way Ali Patberg came out in the second half in particularly. I thought she was way more aggressive. Of course, Mack (Mackenzie Holmes) was tremendous around the rim. And G (Grace Berger), she gets her career triple-double which is pretty cool. Those three in particular I thought. For me what stands out, the best part of the stat sheet and what stands out is that we had 24 assists and two turnovers. That is sharing the sugar and is taking care of it. I am very pleased with that. We shot 52 percent from the field. Of course, not so good from the three-point line, but I thought we had a lot of good ones. 18, I think we should roughly be around 12-15 kind of team that is going to shoot those. But I am a person of hope and believe that those are going to go in for us. We work on them every single day and the work that these guys are doing outside of practice is going to pay off, so I am going to continue to encourage them to shoot them.”

UP NEXT

Indiana returns home to host Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is set for 6 p.m. ET.

MIAMI MEN’S BASKETBALL

(MIAMI RELEASE)

SATURDAY’S GAME: Miami returns to the court for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 9 when the RedHawks host Northern Illinois University. This is just the second Mid-American Conference game for the RedHawks.

TELEVISION: Saturday’s game against Northern Illinois will be carried live on ESPN+. Steve Baker and Randy Hollowell will call the action.

ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies enter Saturday’s game with a 1-8 overall record and an 0-4 Mid-American Conference mark. NIU’s win came against Chicago State on Dec. 18, 64-54. The Huskies have dropped their last three games, including a 76-73 loss at Ohio on Tuesday. Three Huskies are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Tyler Cochran’s 13.8 ppg. Darius Beane and Trendon Hankerson follow, averaging 12.3 and 11.7 ppg, respectively. Cochran also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.4 rpg.

THE SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES: Saturday marks the 52nd meeting between Miami and Northern Illinois with the RedHawks owning a 33-18 lead in the all-time series. When playing in Oxford, the RedHawks are 23-4 against the Huskies. Miami captured the last meeting between the teams, 65-60, which was in Oxford on Feb. 15, 2020. Miami’s last loss in the series was in DeKalb, Ill., on Feb. 1, 2020, 70-55. The RedHawks’ last home loss to NIU was on Jan. 8, 2019, 83-70.

REDHAWKS LEAD MAC IN FEWEST TURNOVERS: Averaging 9.5 turnovers per game, Miami leads the MAC in fewest turnovers and ranks sixth nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in four games and the same number in one game this season. The RedHawks turned the ball over just four times against Mount St. Joseph on December 11, their second-straight game with fewer than 10 turnovers. The most turnovers the RedHawks have committed so far this season is 14 at Wright State on Dec. 5.

CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Entering the RedHawks’ next game with 979 career points, senior forward Dalonte Brown is just 21 away from becoming 37th member of Miami’s 1,000 Point Club.

LAIRY REMAINS PERFECT FROM FREE-THROW LINE: After sinking 10-of-10 free throws in the season opener against North Dakota, junior guard Mekhi Lairy has continued his perfect free-throw shooting through six games (21-of-21). Nationally, Lairy has the second-most made free throws while posting a 1.000 free-throw percentage and leads the MAC. Lairy’s season-opening performance against UND tied several others at Miami for the single-game free-throw percentage record (minimum of 10 attempts). The last time a Miami player was perfect from the charity stripe while hitting double figures in free throws was when Willie Moore went 12-for-12 from the line at Bowling Green on Jan. 25, 2014.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Senior forward Dalonte Brown has recorded two double-doubles this season with 19 points and 16 rebounds against Western Illinois on Dec. 9 and 17 points and 11 rebounds at Bradley on Dec. 19. Redshirt junior forward James Beck notched a 14-point, 10-rebound effort in the season opener against North Dakota.

20/20 VISION: Junior guard Mekhi Lairy became the most-recent RedHawk to log a 20-point scoring effort with a career-high-tying 21 points against Mount St. Joseph on Dec. 11. Lairy was 8-of-13 (.615) from the floor against the Lions. Sophomore Dae Dae Grant posted the first 20-point scoring effort for the RedHawks with 21 points against North Dakota in the season opener on Nov. 25.

COLEMAN-LANDS HOLDING STRONG IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 4.25 assist/turnover ratio with 17 assists to a mere four turnovers through six games. 

ODDS ‘N ENDS

Senior forward Dalonte Brown played in his 100th career game on Tuesday, Dec. 15 against Buffalo.

Junior guard Mekhi Lairy handed out seven assists at Bradley on Dec. 19, accounting for 64 percent of the RedHawks’ assists.

In their last outing, the RedHawks shot 50 percent from the floor for the game against Bradley. Miami also shot a solid 54.2 percent from three-point range against the Braves, going 13-of-24 from beyond the arc. It was a season-best three-point shooting percentage for the Red and White.

The RedHawks’ 13 triples against Bradley were a season high. Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant led the way with four three-pointers, while senior forward Dalonte Brown and redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands each knocked down three. Junior guard Mekhi Lairy chipped in two treys, and junior forward Josh Brewer added one.

UP NEXT: Miami hits the road for a pair of games next week, beginning with a Battle of the Bricks match-up at Ohio on Tuesday, Jan. 12. It will be the 208th meeting between Miami and Ohio. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Miami continues its road stretch at Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 16. It will be the 133rd meeting between the RedHawks and the Broncos.

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Five Irish Named Phil Steele All-Americans, 13 Tabbed All-ACC

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Five Notre Dame student-athletes were selected to Phil Steele’s All-America teams, in addition to two honorable mentions. Those five join a total group of 13 Irish players who earned All-ACC team honors from Phil Steele. 

Graduate student offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg, senior linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton were named first-team All-American, while redshirt freshman running back Kyren Williams and senior offensive lineman Aaron Banks claimed third-team honors. Graduate student offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer and junior offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson earned honorable mentions for the All-America teams. 

On the All-ACC teams, Patterson, Banks, Eichenberg, Owusu-Koramoah and Hamilton all claimed first-team conference honors. Williams and Kraemer were named to the second team. They were joined by graduate student wide receiver Javon McKinley, senior offensive lineman Robert Hainsey, senior defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and graduate student cornerback Nick McCloud on the third team, and graduate student quarterback Ian Book and freshman tight end Michael Mayer on the fourth team. 

First Team All-America

Liam Eichenberg

Totaling 38-consecutive starts on his career, Eichenberg has been tabbed as one of the best linemen in the country, being named a finalist for the Outland Trophy and recipient of the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He is a consensus All-American, having already been named to the Sporting News, FWAA and AFCA All-America first teams in 2020. He was twice named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, and was a member of an offensive line unit that was a finalist for the 2020 Joe Moore Award. He was also named first team All-ACC by the conference.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

The 2020 Butkus Award winner and ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Owusu-Koramoah is widely regarded as one of the best defensive players in the nation. Also a finalist for the Bednarik Award and Bowden Trophy, and semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Owusu-Koramoah was also a finalist for the Nagurski Award and named first-team All-ACC by the conference. The senior has totaled 62 tackles (42 solo), 11.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, one interception, three PBU, two FR and three FF on the season. Owusu-Koramoah is a consensus All-American, having been named already to the Associated Press, Sporting News, AFCA and FWAA All-America first teams, with just the Walter Camp team yet to be announced. 

Kyle Hamilton

An All-ACC First Team selection (chosen by the conference) and Bednarik Award semifinalist, sophomore Kyle Hamilton leads the Irish defense with 63 tackles (51 solo) in 2020, even with only 11 games played. Along with a 14-yard interception vs. Clemson in the ACC Championship, he has posted six PBUs, 4.5 TFL and two QB hits. He was selected to the FWAA All-America First Team and the Associated Press All-America Third Team. 

Third Team All-America

Aaron Banks

Banks has racked up 31-career starts and is a consensus All-American for 2020, having been named to the Associated Press and AFCA All-America first teams. He was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. Clemson (11/7). Selected to the All-ACC First Team, Banks is part of an offensive line that led the ACC and ranks seventh in the FBS in time of possession, controlling the ball for 33:56 minutes of game time and winning the time of possession battle in 11-of-12 games this season. The 33:56 time of possession average leads the ACC by more than two minutes per game. 

Kyren Williams

A semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, and selected by the conference as second-team All-ACC, redshirt freshman Kyren Williams has taken college football by storm, reaching the 1,000 rushing yard mark in the regular season finale vs. Syracuse. He has received an ACC weekly honor five times out of ten possible games this season. He currently totals 1,125 yards and 13 touchdowns, adding 35 receptions for 313 yards, in 2020. Williams was named second-team All-ACC by the conference. 

Honorable Mention All-America

Tommy Kraemer

Kraemer owns the most career starts by an Irish offensive player in 2020, ending the season with 39 under his belt. Returning to the field in 2020 after a season-ending injury in 2019, Kraemer produced at a high level, even after missing a game due to injury. Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week at Boston College, and selected to the All-ACC team chosen by the conference, Kraemer is a member of a unit that helps move the chains at a high level on third down. The Irish led the ACC and ranked ninth in the FBS in third down conversion percentage with a remarkable 49.4 success rate.

Jarrett Patterson

Patterson, a member of both the Outland and Rimington Trophy Watch Lists, earned a nod after only being able to play in eight games this season. Sidelined due to injury, Patterson’s performance in those eight games was impressive, and he finished 2020 with 21-career starts under his belt, while being named by the conference to the All-ACC Third Team. 

First Team All-ACC

  • Jarrett Patterson
  • Aaron Banks
  • Liam Eichenberg
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
  • Kyle Hamilton 

Second Team All-ACC

  • Kyren Williams 
  • Tommy Kraemer 

Third Team All-ACC

Javon McKinley

McKinley led the Irish in receiving yards (717), while tying for the lead in receptions (42) in 2020. He added three receiving touchdowns. Noting All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition from the conference, he was named ACC Receiver of the Week for his performance against Syracuse in the regular season finale. McKinley also posted one rush for 15 yards. 

Robert Hainsey

Hainsey, a mainstay on the Irish O-Line and selected by the conference as All-ACC Second Team, was a rare two-time team captain, and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, also being named Senior CLASS Award First Team All-America. He was named ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. South Florida, and has totaled 34-career starts. Also returning from a season-ending injury in 2019, Hainsey is a member of a line that has paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in Williams, and two additional players who have totaled more than 480 rushing yards on the season (RB Chris Tyree  – 496, QB Ian Book – 485). 

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa

Tagovailoa-Amosa, selected by the conference to the All-ACC Second Team, has totaled 17 tackles and 6.0 TFL with 2.5 sacks on the season. His two fumble recoveries rank tied for 12th among all FBS players and third in the ACC. As a group, the Irish defense ranks 12th in the FBS in third-down defense (31.4 percent), eighth in fumbles recovered (10), 17th in rushing defense (113.0 yards allowed per game), 14th in scoring defense (19.7 points allowed per game) and 17th in team TFL (7.5 per game). 

Nick McCloud 

A graduate transfer, McCloud quickly became a consistent presence for Notre Dame’s starting defense. Named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for his performance at Pitt, McCloud totaled a team-leading eight PBUs, as well as 33 tackles (22 solo), 2.0 TFL, one interception and two fumble recoveries. His fumble recoveries rank tied for 12th among all FBS players and third in the ACC. He was previously named third team All-ACC by the conference. 

Fourth Team All-ACC 

Ian Book 

The winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history (30-5), Book has completed 228 passes for 2,830 yards and 15 touchdowns, also adding 116 rushes for 485 yards (ranks third on the team). The graduate student and team captain won the 2020 Pop Warner National College Football Award, and was named third team All-ACC by the conference. He is a finalist for the Manning Award, as well as a semifinalist for the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards, while finishing in the Top 10 in Heisman voting.  

Michael Mayer

True freshman Michael Mayer ties for the lead on the Irish offense with 42 receptions, totaling 450 yards, adding two touchdowns. His 42 receptions in 2020 are the most in a single season by a Notre Dame true freshman tight end in Irish history, and rank tied for seventh among all Notre Dame tight ends for single-season receptions. He was named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week at Pitt and to the FWAA Freshman All-American Watch List, and was selected by the conference to the All-ACC Third Team. 

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Four Irish Named Walter Camp All-Americans; Owusu-Koramoah Becomes Unanimous All-American

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Four Notre Dame Football student-athletes earned nods to the Walter Camp All-America team, the final of the five major selections. Graduate student offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg and senior linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah were named to the first team, and senior offensive lineman Aaron Banks and sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton were selected to the second team. 

The first-team selection for Owusu-Koramoah completes a clean sweep of the five major All-America first teams, making him Notre Dame’s 36th unanimous All-American in program history. He is the first Irish player to earn the honor since Quenton Nelson in 2017, and the first Notre Dame defensive player since Manti Te’o in 2012. 

The Walter Camp nod represents the fourth first-team nod (of five) in 2020 for Eichenberg. Both he and Banks (two first-team selections) are consensus All-Americans for 2020. The three consensus All-Americans for the Irish bring Notre Dame’s program total to 105.

2020-21 marks the 131st edition of the Walter Camp All-America team – the nation’s oldest All-America team. Originating in 1889 with eleven players, it has since grown to include offensive, defensive and special teams individuals, also adding a second team in 1998.

First Team

Liam Eichenberg

Totaling 38-consecutive starts on his career, Eichenberg has been tabbed as one of the best linemen in the country, being named a finalist for the Outland Trophy and recipient of the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He is a consensus All-American, having already been named to the Sporting News, FWAA and AFCA All-America first teams in 2020. He was twice named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, and was a member of an offensive line unit that was a finalist for the 2020 Joe Moore Award. He was also named first team All-ACC by the conference.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

The 2020 Butkus Award winner and ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Owusu-Koramoah is widely regarded as one of the best defensive players in the nation. Also a finalist for the Bednarik Award and Bowden Trophy, and semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Owusu-Koramoah was also a finalist for the Nagurski Award and named first-team All-ACC by the conference. The senior has totaled 62 tackles (42 solo), 11.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, one interception, three PBU, two FR and three FF on the season. Owusu-Koramoah is a unanimous All-American, having been named already to the Associated Press, Sporting News, AFCA and FWAA All-America first teams.

Second Team

Aaron Banks

Banks has racked up 31-career starts and is a consensus All-American for 2020, having been named to the Associated Press and AFCA All-America first teams. He was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance vs. Clemson (11/7). Selected to the All-ACC First Team, Banks is part of an offensive line that led the ACC and ranks seventh in the FBS in time of possession, controlling the ball for 33:56 minutes of game time and winning the time of possession battle in 11-of-12 games this season. The 33:56 time of possession average leads the ACC by more than two minutes per game. 

Kyle Hamilton

An All-ACC First Team selection (chosen by the conference) and Bednarik Award semifinalist, sophomore Kyle Hamilton leads the Irish defense with 63 tackles (51 solo) in 2020, even with only 11 games played. Along with a 14-yard interception vs. Clemson in the ACC Championship, he has posted six PBUs, 4.5 TFL and two QB hits. He was selected to the FWAA All-America First Team and the Associated Press All-America Third Team. 

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Williams Selected As FWAA Freshman of the Year Finalist

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — University of Notre Dame redshirt freshman running back Kyren Williams has been selected as a finalist for the Shaun Alexander/FWAA Freshman Player of the Year Award. He is one of three finalists chosen from a group of seven semifinalists for the honor. 

Williams, the ACC Rookie and Offensive Rookie of the Year, made a definitive mark on Notre Dame’s offense, and created a challenging matchup for defenses from across the FBS, in 2020. He was the only freshman to surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the year, totaling 1,125 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, the most rushing TDs among any freshman player. Williams reached the 100-yard rushing mark in six games this season. 

The rookie also added 35 receptions (ranking third on the Irish offense) for 313 yards and a touchdown. His 14 total touchdowns lead all FBS freshmen. 

Among all FBS players, he is T-10th in rushing TDs, T-11th in total TDs and ninth in rushing yards. In the ACC, Williams ranks fourth in rushing yards per game (93.8), fourth in scoring – TDs (7.0 points/game) and fifth in all-purpose yards per game (119.83). 

A semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award

Williams earned an ACC weekly honor five times out of ten possible games this season, and was named All-ACC Second Team running back by the conference, also claiming honorable mention for the all-purpose slot. He was also selected to the Phil Steele All-America Third Team. 

Of the Top 10 rushers in the ACC, which includes Williams, the Irish have faced six (facing one twice and two in the same game): North Carolina’s Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, Clemson’s Travis Etienne, Duke’s Mataeo Durant, Florida State’s Jordan Travis and Syracuse’s Sean Tucker. Notre Dame’s defense has limited those six Top-10 running backs to an average of 63.0 yards (441 yards total on 94 carries) and just four total touchdowns among the six. Carter, who leads the ACC with 113.2 rushing yards per game, was held to just 57 vs. Notre Dame. By comparison, in those six games, Williams posted at least 100 rushing yards in five, averaging 121.3 yards (728 yards total on 119 carries), with a total of 10 touchdowns. 

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — 18 former Fighting Irish players are on National Hockey League training camp rosters ahead of the 2021 season, including Anders Bjork (Boston Bruins), Ian Cole (Colorado Avalanche), Jake Evans (Montreal Canadiens), Steven Fogarty (Buffalo Sabres), Dennis Gilbert (Colorado Avalanche), Vinnie Hinostroza (Florida Panthers), Stephen Johns (Dallas Stars), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Jordan Gross (Arizona Coyotes), Cale Morris (Chicago Blackhawks), Cam Morrison (Chicago Blackhawks), Andrew Oglevie (Buffalo Sabres), Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils), Andrew Peeke (Columbus Blue Jackets), Cal Petersen (Los Angeles Kings), Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins), Riley Sheahan (Buffalo Sabres) and T.J. Tynan (Colorado Avalanche).

The 2019-20 NHL season was a banner year for the Fighting Irish with a program-best 16 former Notre Dame players appearing in the league, including NHL debuts by Thomas DiPauli, Jake Evans, Jordan Gross and Andrew Peeke.

The 2021 NHL campaign is set to begin next Wednesday, January 13.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

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WHO: #18 Notre Dame (4-5-1, 3-4-1-0-1-1 B1G) vs. RV Arizona State (4-6-2)

WHEN: Saturday, January – 6:30 p.m. ET | Sunday, January 10 – 5 p.m. ET

WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena

WATCH: Saturday – NHL Network & NBCSports.com | Sunday – NHL Network & NBCSports.com

LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com

FOR STARTERS

The Fighting Irish open the second phase of their 2020-21 schedule with a home non-conference series versus Arizona State.

It will mark Notre Dame’s final non-conference games of the season until the playoffs and should games remain tied after regulation, this weekend’s series will only feature 3-on-3 overtime (no B1G shootouts).

While it will be the first post-break games for the Irish, Arizona State dropped a twogame series at undefeated Minnesota on Jan. 3 (L, 4-1) and Jan. 4 (L, 6-4).

Freshman forward Landon Slaggert won gold with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship on Tuesday night as the Americans downed Canada 2-0 in the championship game.

Alex Steeves (4-1-5) carries a five-game point streak into the series, while Graham Slaggert (2-3-5) has a four-game point streak.

Colin Theisen and Matt Hellickson enter the Arizona State series with matching 127-consecutive games played streaks (each game of their Irish careers).

Freshman defenseman Jake Boltmann has joined the Irish for the second semester.

Notre Dame is currently #18 in the USCHO Poll and is receiving votes in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll.

THE NOTRE DAME-ARIZONA STATE SERIES

The Irish and Sun Devils will be meeting for second weekend series of the 2020-21 season and just their third weekend series all-time.

The two teams met last month (Dec. 3-4) inside Compton Family Ice Arena, with the Sun Devils earning a 6-3 victory in game one before Notre Dame earned a 5-4 comeback win in game two.

The Irish rallied from a 4-2 third-period deficit to earn that 5-4 victory in game two.

Third-period goals by Jake Pivonka, Solag Bakich and then Nick Leivermann with five seconds left spearheaded the comeback for Notre Dame.

Leivermann’s goal with five seconds left marked the first game-winning goal of his career and was the latest third-period, game-winning goal in program history.

It marked the first time Notre Dame erased a two-goal, third period deficit to win since a 5-4 win over Penn State on March 1, 2019.

SLAGGERT GOLDEN WITH TEAM USA

Freshman forward Landon Slaggert and Team USA won the gold medal with a 2-0 victory over Canada at the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship on Tuesday night (Jan. 5) in the gold-medal game at Rogers Place.

Slaggert skated in all seven games for the U.S.and became the first Fighting Irish player to medal at the event since 2018 when current Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke helped the U.S. secure the bronze in Buffalo in 2018.

Notre Dame’s other World Junior Championship medalists include Anders Bjork (bronze in 2016), Mario Lucia (gold in 2013), Kyle Palmieri (gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011), Kyle Lawson (bronze in 2007) and Ben Simon (silver in 1997).

Including Slaggert, 23 Notre Dame players have now taken part in the IIHF World Junior Championships.

Slaggert played in six games for the Irish during the first semester before joining up with Team USA.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 HOCKEY

All seven teams take the ice this week, highlighted by a top-15 ranked conference series as No. 12/14 Wisconsin plays host to No. 1/1 Minnesota. Three weekend contests can be found on linear channels, while two additional games will be available to stream on NBC Sports and Big Ten Network+.

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Minnesota leads the nation at No. 1 in both polls, followed by Michigan at No. 9/9 and Wisconsin at No. 12/14. Notre Dame is ranked No. 18 in the USCHO poll, while Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State are receiving votes the USA Hockey Magazine poll.

• Minnesota sits atop the national polls for the fourth-straight week after starting its season 10-0-0 for the first time in more than 80 years. The Golden Gophers are the first Big Ten team to be named No. 1 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls since conference teams claimed that spot for three weeks in a row from Oct. 8 to Oct. 22, 2018. Ohio State earned the No. 1 ranking for two weeks (Oct. 8 and 15), immediately followed by Notre Dame on Oct. 22. Minnesota enters the weekend with a 12-game win streak dating back to the end of the 2019-20 season.

• The United States claimed the gold medal at the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship with an 2-0 victory against Canada on Jan. 5. Michigan’s Matty Beniers, Brendan Brisson and Cam York; Minnesota’s Brock Faber, Jackson LaCombe and Ryan Johnson; Notre Dame’s Landon Slaggert and Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield led the team to its fifth all-time gold medal. Michigan assistant coach Kris Mayotte and Ohio State associate head coach Steve Miller also served as assistant coaches for the U.S. squad. The Canadian team, featuring Wisconsin’s Dylan Holloway, finished with the silver medal for the 12th time in World Juniors history.

• Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on Big Ten Network+. All games televised on an ESPN network will be streamed on the ESPN App.

• Three Big Ten goalies find themselves among the top 25 nationally in save percentage (among those netminders who have played at least three games). Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine leads the nation with a .965 save percentage, followed by Michigan State’s Drew DeRidder (7th, .946) and Ohio State’s Tommy Nappier (21st, .918).

• Four Big Ten teams currently rank within the top 25 nationally in scoring. Minnesota leads the conference and ranks 11th nationally with 3.70 goals per game, followed by Wisconsin (14th, 3.40), Michigan (19th, 3.00) and Penn State ranking 22nd and averaging 2.90 goals per contest.

• On Dec. 18, the Big Ten announced the second half of the schedule for the 2020-21 hockey season. To allow for maximum flexibility in the potential rescheduling of games, this year’s schedule is built with a conference-wide bye the weekend of March 12-14. The 2020-21 schedule will conclude March 18-20, 2021, with the Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Individual team schedules can be found on pages 4-5 of this release.

• This season, teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation. If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.

MIAMI HOCKEY

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Miami RedHawks (4-7-1) vs.

Western Michigan Broncos (2-8-2)

Friday, Jan. 8 | 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9 | 5:00 p.m.

Goggin Ice Arena (Oxford, Ohio)

All-Time Series vs. WMU: 70-70-12 (Won last meeting, 5-1, on Jan. 3, 2021)

OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University ice hockey team continues the 2020-21 season this week as the RedHawks take on Western Michigan in the home opener for the 2020-21 season.

THE SERIES: The all-time series is tied by a 70-70-12 margin. The ‘Hawks are 2-7-1 in the last ten games against the Broncos, and the series this weekend are the third and fourth meeting of the two teams so far in the 2020-21 season.

PUCK POINTS

Freshman Ludvig Persson recieved his third and fourth career win and shutout during the weekend at Western Michigan, stopping a combined 58 shots, and allowing only two goals.

Persson’s performance gave him his third straight NCHC Goaltender of the Week honor, becoming just the second goaltender in conference history to win the award three times in row. Persson continues to shine in his first season in the NCAA. His save percentage (3rd, .963) and goals against average (5th, 1.13) are in the top-10 nationally, ahead of all other NCHC goaltenders.

The freshmen for Miami continued to see the scoresheet, with Joe Cassetti recording his first two Miami career goals, and Hampus Rydqvist getting his second goal on the season. Matthew Barbolini is currently second on the RedHawks in points (7) and assists (5).

Matt Barry, Phil Knies, and Ben Lown all also added to their offensive production, including seeing the scoresheet in both games against the Broncos. Knies and Barry both recorded three points on the weekend, with Lown added his first goal of the season in the Saturday game.

ABOUT LAST WEEK: Miami kicked off the regular travel portion of the schedule with a bang against Western Michigan, winning both games 3-1 and 5-1, respectively. The road sweep in Kalamazoo marks the first road sweep for the RedHawks since January 2016, and the Friday win at Lawson marks their first win at the Broncos’ home since December of 2017. Derek Daschke scored his team-leading third goal of the season in the first game of the weekend, with Knies scoring the eventual game winner to seal the deal. The RedHawks offense continued to explode on Saturday, with the line of Knies, Barry, and Lown combining for five points, and Cassetti and John Sladic scoring their first goals on the season. Rookie Robby Drazner collected his second of the season, capping the biggest offensive effort from Miami so far this season.

ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN: Miami and Western Michigan met last weekend, and the Broncos only got on the score sheet twice in the series, with Ethen Frank and Luke Grainger getting the goals. After graduating three of their top five scorers from 2019-20, the Broncos heavily rely on junior forward Drew Worroad (2g, 9a, 11p in 2020-21), and seniors Josh Passolt (3-6-9) and Frank (7-2-9) to get things started. After losing starting goaltender Brandon Bussi to to injury in the Pod, WMU has looked to goaltender Austin Cain to take up more minutes in net, as he has has started twelve games on the WMU schedule so far this year. Being offensively led by three seniors and two juniors returning from last season, the Broncos currently have 1 NHL draft pick on their roster, defenseman Ronnie Allard (1-6-7) for Philadelphia.

QUITE A DEBUT: With twelve games on the docket so far this season, all seven of the RedHawk rookies saw action in at least one game. 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 .963 save percentage and 1.13 GAA, Persson is the top-ranked rookie goaltender in NCAA Division 1 hockey, ranking first among freshmen goaltenders in both statistical categories. Persson was named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week for 12/14, 12/21, and 1/4.

MAKING SPECIAL TEAMS, SPECIAL: One spot Miami looks for a resurgence is in its penalty kill as it ranked 54th out of 60 teams nationally last season with a 75.4 percent kill rate. Even though the RedHawks didn’t see success on the PK, Miami did see success with the man advantage on the power play. Miami’s current penalty kill rate of 86.5% on the 2020-21 season is ranked 15th in the NCAA, ahead of NCHC foes like North Dakota, Denver, and Minnesota Duluth. The RedHawks saw some improvement on the power play against Western Michigan, scoring three power play goals last weekend.

THE LINEMATE CONNECTION: After not seeing much on the score sheet in the first two weeks of NCHC Pod play, Phil Knies, Ben Lown, and Matt Barry continued to see action on the same line against the Broncos. The line with upperclassmen combined for eight points total, leading the RedHawks to the road sweep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BACK BEHIND THE BENCH: Chris Bergeron (Miami ’93) continues his tenure, and is on second season as a head coach. After starting fresh in Oxford, Bergeron and his staff finished the 2019-20 season (his first) with a 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 final five seasons at the helm. Prior to going to Bowling Green, Bergeron spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Miami and helped the Red & White go an astounding 226-139-37 during his tenure. The RedHawks qualified for six NCAA Tournaments and reached the Frozen Four in Bergeron’s last two seasons as an assistant, including a national runner-up finish in 2009. As a player, Bergeron spent two years as team captain and helped Miami capture its first CCHA title in 1992-93, posting 61 of his 120 career points that season.

MIAMI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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ON TAP: Miami travels to Akron on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tilt versus the Zips.

LAST TIME OUT: Peyton Scott had 19 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double but the RedHawks fell 72-63 on Wednesday to the Ohio Bobcats. The RedHawks trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half, but cut OU’s lead to seven with 50 seconds to go but could get no closer.

ABOUT AKRON: Akron is 3-4 on the year and 0-4 in MAC play. Offensively, they are led by Jordyn Dawson, who averages 17.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest. The Zips enjoy shooting the triple as well, connecting on 7.9 per game.

SERIES WITH AKRON: Miami is 39-18 all-time versus the Zips, but Akron won both contests a year ago. Prior to that, Miami had won six straight in the series.

DYNAMIC DUO: The backcourt duo of sophomore Peyton Scott and freshman Katie Davidson are averaging a combined 33.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. The two players combined are averaging 71 minutes per contest as well. Scott and Davidson have each scored in double figures in every game this year.

BENCH PRESS: In Miami’s first six contests of the year they managed just 51 total bench points (8.5/game). In its last two games the RedHawks have combined for 29 points (14.5/game) off the bench. Much of that credit goes to Jada Duckett, who has 16 points off the bench in the past two games.

FAMILIAR FACE: The two head coaches in Saturday’s contest were teammates at Richmond during the 2003-04 season. The Spiders were 23-10 and advanced to the WNIT that season.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: While Miami’s 1-7 record is not ideal, when looking at its competition, the record makes a bit more sense. This season Miami’s eight opponents have a combined record of 43-18: Notre Dame (5-4), Valparaiso (4-3), Ohio State (5-0), Central Michigan (6-2), Evansville (4-3), Bowling Green (8-1), Buffalo (7-2) and Ohio (4-3).

GREAT SCOTT: Peyton Scott had a banner year for the RedHawks in 2019-20, averaging 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, earning All-MAC Freshman honors, but that is nothing compared to what she is doing in 2020-21. The sophomore is averaging 17.8 points and 5.9 rebounds this season. Playing much of this season as the team’s point guard, Scott is also averaging 4.6 assists per game after averaging just 2.2 a year ago. She ranks 14th in the MAC in scoring, 22nd in rebounding, second in assists, 14th in steals (1.5), sixth in free throw percentage (88.5%) and fifth in minutes played (35.6).

FRESHMAN PHENOM: Katie Davidson has made a quick impression on the basketball team. The freshman has scored in double figures in every game of her career and is averaging 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.  Her scoring average ranks 14th in the MAC and is second-best (12th nationally) in the conference among freshmen, trailing only BGSU’s Lexi Fleming (19.1). She also has a chance to become one of Miami’s best freshman in school history, despite the shortened season. Davidson is currently on pace to score 376 points, which would be the fifth-most points in Miami history for a freshmen, trailing only Lauren Dickerson (520), Courtney Osborn (513), Kim Lancaster (432) and Amanda Jackson (391).

SUPER SENIOR: Kelly McLaughlin scored 188 points and had 125 rebounds in her first three years with the RedHawks, averaging 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. This year, the senior has already scored 91 points and recorded 73 rebounds in eight games for an average of 11.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. She even made her first career three pointer versus Bowling Green.

POUND THE BOARDS: Despite its incredibly tough schedule, Miami leads the MAC in rebounding margin at +9.9 per game, but what they are doing on the offensive glass is even better. Miami has at least 10 offensive rebounds in every contest this season and over its last three MAC games Miami has 50 offensive boards. Miami ranks 21st in the country with 16.5 offensive rebounds per game.

PURDUE TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue track & field and cross country program’s schedule has been announced for the 2020-21 indoor and cross country season.

The Boilermakers will compete in five indoor track & field meets in the 2021 regular season in addition to the Big Ten and NCAA Championships in both indoor track & field and cross country.

“I am excited to for the upcoming indoor season, and I believe our student-athletes are even more excited to have the opportunity to compete this year,” Purdue coach Norbert Elliott said. “It looked doubtful early on, but I commend the Big Ten Conference for their hard work and efforts to put together a safe season. It has been a long time since our last meet, but our team is excited for the opportunity to compete.”

Purdue will open the indoor season at Michigan on January 16, travel to in-state rival Indiana twice and compete at Illinois and Iowa once.

The Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held from February 26-27 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, while the NCAA indoor championships are slated for March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Additionally, the Big Ten Cross Country Championships will take place on January 30, at the Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville, Indiana. The NCAA men’s and women’s cross country championship meet is currently scheduled for March 15.

The indoor season begins at Michigan on Saturday, January 16, followed by the first of two meets at Indiana on January 23. The month concludes when Purdue’s multi-event student-athletes travel to Illinois on January 30.

The Boilermakers return to Bloomington, Indiana, for a meet at IU on February 6 before the regular-season finale at Iowa on February 13. The two-day Big Ten Championships will be held two weekends later, from February 26-27, and the indoor season concludes with the NCAA Championships on March 12-13.

Purdue’s outdoor track & field schedule will be announced at a later date.

2021 Purdue Indoor Track & Field Schedule

January 16 – at Michigan

January 23 – at Indiana

January 30 – at Illinois (Multis)

February 6 – at Indiana

February 13 – at Iowa

February 26-27 – Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships – Spire Institute, Geneva, Ohio

March 12-13 – NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships – Fayetteville, Arkansas

2021 Purdue Cross Country Schedule

January 30 – Big Ten Cross Country Championships – Blue River Cross Country Course, Shelbyville, Indiana

March 15 – NCAA Cross Country Championships – Location TBD

The Boilermakers return to competition after a record-setting 2019-20 cross country and indoor track & field season. The team earned a total of seven All-America accolades and 10 All-Big Ten honors, broke five school records and set one Big Ten record. The men’s cross country team collected its highest national ranking in program history, at No. 9, while the men’s 60-meter dash squad was ranked No. 1 in the final national rankings. Elliott also was named the Great Lakes Region Men’s Coach of the Year.

The men’s cross country team placed 11th at the NCAA Championships, its best finish since 1950, and won the squad’s first-ever regional title. On the indoor track, Purdue won three individual Big Ten titles, one silver medal and five bronze medals. Five Boilermakers earned NCAA berths as one of the top 16 competitors in the nation in their respective events.

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CLEVELAND MAKES HUGE DEAL

The Indians drafted and developed Francisco Lindor, who blossomed into an All-Star shortstop and one of baseball’s best all-around players.

Cleveland chased a World Series title with him.

They’ll now do it without Lindor.

Knowing they could never meet his price, the Indians dealt the four-time All-Star and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, who have a new owner willing to spend at baseball’s highest levels in order to get his franchise back on top.

The cash-strapped Indians sent Lindor and Carrasco to the Mets on Thursday for young infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, and two minor league prospects: right-hander Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene. It’s a move Cleveland hopes can keep it competitive and capable of ending baseball’s longest title drought.

The Indians knew this day was coming. That didn’t make it any easier.

“They’re special people in addition to special players,” said Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, adding he cried when informing the players they were New York bound. “Trades like this are really, really hard to make. But at the same time, we feel it’s the right thing to do for us.

“Hopefully this will be – as painful as it is right now – a trade that positions us to be successful moving forward.”

Dealing Lindor, who is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, will cut roughly $30 million off the Indians’ payroll and allow them to rebuild.

For the Mets, the acquisition is another sign owner Steve Cohen means business.

“They did not come cheaply,” Mets president Sandy Alderson said of Lindor and Carrasco. “What we’re trying to do is create a new reality rather than deal with perception.”

A billionaire hedge fund manager, Cohen bought the team on Nov. 6 from the Wilpon and Katz families and pledged to increase spending. One of his next big-ticket items figures to be trying to sign Lindor to a long-term contract, something the Indians couldn’t do.

Lindor, who will be playing in a far different spotlight than he experienced in Cleveland, impacts the game with his bat, glove and legs. A two-time Gold Glove winner, he’s a career .285 hitter and averaged 29 homers, 86 RBIs and 21 steals in his six major league seasons – all with the Indians, who drafted him in 2011.

He’s been the face of the Indians’ franchise, with an infectious smile and joy for playing that has made him one of Cleveland’s most popular athletes. But he’s gone now, leaving the Indians without their best player and the team’s fans grumbling about owner Paul Dolan.

Cleveland had run out of options. Lindor has turned down numerous long-term contract offers from the Indians, betting on himself and knowing he could get more money from a major-market team when he becomes a free agent.

It may seem unfair, but Antonetti has long acknowledged the Indians don’t have money to throw around.

“What we have to do is deal with the reality of what the system is,” he said. “In this case, we had a top pick, got a really good player, he developed into a star, we made multiple attempts to try to sign him. That didn’t happen and now he’s transitioned to another organization. That’s just the reality of the professional baseball landscape right now.”

Carrasco is one of the game’s best comeback stories, overcoming leukemia to become one of the AL’s steadiest starters. The 33-year-old righty has an 88-73 career record with a 3.73 ERA.

Beyond his stats, Carrasco was a team leader. But with an abundance of young pitchers, including Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber, the Indians were in position to move a player of Carrasco’s caliber to fill more holes.

Carrasco can be replaced. Finding someone to fill Lindor’s shoes will be much tougher.

The 25-year-old Rosario is a good start. He was New York’s primary shortstop the past three-plus seasons, though he struggled at the plate last year and lost playing time to Gimenez.

“We think he has a chance to help our major league team either as a shortstop or as a player that could play multiple positions, or settle at a different defensive position,” Antonetti said. “But, a guy with great ability.”

Lindor is signed for only one more season, so the Mets will have to get to work quickly on locking him up for the long term.

“We’ve had one conversation with him and no conversations with his agent,” Alderson said. “We acquired Francisco because of his present ability and the possibility that he could be a Met long term. There’s no guarantee of that. It’s something that we will approach, you know, in the next few weeks.”

Cohen is hoping to turn around a franchise that has not won a World Series since 1986, and been overshadowed by the crosstown Yankees. Cohen intends to change that, with Alderson and new general manager Jared Porter running an overhauled baseball operations department.

Carrasco is signed at $12 million for each of the next two seasons, part of a deal that includes a $14 million team option for 2023 with a $3 million buyout. The option would become guaranteed if he pitches 170 innings in 2022 and is found to be healthy for the 2023 season.

Since Cohen’s takeover, the Mets learned pitcher Marcus Stroman accepted an $18.9 million qualifying offer and signed right-handed reliever Trevor May to a $15.5 million, two-year contract and catcher James McCann to a $40.6 million, four-year deal. New York also signed injured right-hander Noah Syndergaard to a $9.7 million, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.

The team hopes Syndergaard can return from Tommy John surgery in June.

“We’re closer to one player away,” Alderson said.

NICK SABAN SAYS MOVING TITLE GAME WAS DISCUSSED

Alabama coach Nick Saban acknowledged there were discussions about possibly moving the national championship game back because of COVID-19 issues.

The Associated Press and others have reported that Ohio State had spoken with CFP officials about possible player availability problems for the Buckeyes that could force the game to be delayed from Monday night in suburban Miami.

Saban said, “There were discussions as to whether it was fair to continue or to move the game back and all that.” But he noted that Alabama students return next week, creating “difficult management issues if we would have moved the game back.”

Asked Wednesday if the game was still on track to be played Monday night, Ohio State coach Ryan Day said: “Correct.”

“We’ll have plenty of players” available, Day said, though he didn’t disclose a specific number.

Saban also cited the Jan. 18 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft as a factor against pushing the title game back.

“So just the whole timing of the whole thing would have been a tough management,” the Alabama coach said. “But I would have put player safety on either team as the most important factor in this decision.”

INJURY NON-UPDATES

Don’t look for either coach to offer specifics on the status of their injured stars, Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields or Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.

Fields was banged up in the semifinal game against Clemson, and Ohio State coach Ryan Day has indicated he would play without specifying the nature of the injury.

“No real update. Don’t really give out injury updates,” Day said.

Fields didn’t either, but did say Thursday: “I’ll be good by Monday night.”

At Alabama, Waddle has been practicing this week trying to return from an ankle injury that required surgery.

Saban was non-committal about Waddle, noting that some players returning from injuries become too sore to practice the next day and others get stronger.

“So that’s a work in progress right now, so you really can’t predict where he might be,” he said.

STILL RUNNING HOT

Day can’t help but feel like he’s been on a treadmill gradually being tilted uphill in his first two seasons as the Buckeyes head coach.

It actually started in 2018 when he was an Ohio State assistant and was thrust into the role of interim coach when Urban Meyer was suspended for three games. He took over after Meyer’s retirement in January 2019, persuaded Fields to transfer to Ohio State and led the Buckeyes to the playoff semifinal game last season. Then, early in spring practice, 2020 was turned on its head by COVID-19.

He’s had little time to slow down.

“Hopefully, after this game I will take a deep breath,” he said. “Anyways, I feel like during these past two, two and half years, even a little bit more, I just haven’t been able to take a deep breath. You know, into March I was able to, and then the quarantine hit and then it just became chaos again.

“So looking forward to finishing this thing the right way and then taking a deep breath and decompressing and trying to reflect on what happened this year.”

SABAN GOT JOKES

Alabama tight end Miller Forristall believes Saban is funnier than people know. But the 69-year-old coach might need some fresh jokes since he’s still using some material from his days coaching Ronnie Brown with the Miami Dolphins.

“He definitely needs some new material,” Forristall said, laughing. “I was talking to Ronnie Brown the other day, another Cartersville (Georgia High School) alum, and he mentioned a joke Coach Saban said to him when he was in Miami, and I said he used that one the other day.

“It’s been a while since he was in Miami. Coach is a lot more lively and a lot more jovial than people just assume … he’s a lot more fun to be around than people take him as.”

Saban is known for a gruff, no-nonsense exterior, but players get to see a different side of him – and the program.

“People take that we have no fun and that he’s no fun,” Forristall said. “He thinks he’s funnier than he is, but he is pretty funny.”

PRICEY TICKETS

Not surprisingly, tickets on the secondary market are pricey for this game. One company, TickPick, said the average purchase price has been $1,759.68, with the cheapest ticket currently available for $1,045.

The average price is 34% higher than the six-year average of title games ($1,313.22). Only the 2018 championship game between Alabama and Georgia cost more on average: $2,210.06, according to the company.

The average for last year’s LSU-Clemson game: $1,584.99.

This time capacity is limited to about 16,000 fans and no tickets were sold directly to the general public.

— AP Sports Writer Mitch Stacy contributed to this report.

CLEVELAND FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED

Baker Mayfield hasn’t thrown a football in four days. The Browns haven’t practiced this week.

Cleveland’s return to the NFL playoffs feels cursed.

For the second straight day, the team’s headquarters and training facility stayed closed due to a COVID-19 flare-up that has knocked coach Kevin Stefanski out of Sunday night’s game in Pittsburgh and wreaked havoc on the Browns’ preparations.

There seemed to be a possibility the wild-card game could be moved back after Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, told NFL Network “there was some spread from one individual to another” among the Browns.

However, a league spokesman said Thursday there “is no change to the status of the game” at Heinz Field.

As his first postseason appearance draws near, Mayfield said he’s been doing all he can at home to get ready.

“A lot of band and bodyweight stuff,” the quarterback said. “Doing a lot of walkthrough of my footwork and trying to tie those in together. Just getting up, moving around like we potentially could. Everybody’s setup is different, and that is how it was in the offseason, so you have to find a way to get the most out of it and do it safely.”

The Browns and their die-hard fans waited almost 20 years to feel playoff excitement again, and it’s been doused by forces beyond their control.

Still, Mayfield said he and his teammates will do all they can to represent themselves well in the wild-card game – their second matchup with the rival Steelers in eight days.

“There are no excuses, but luckily, we just played them last week so it is not like we are practicing against a whole new defense,” Mayfield said. “We have to be ready for the wrinkles, but luckily, we have game-planned against these guys and everybody is sitting here in the second-week-in-a-row preparation for the Pittsburgh defense.”

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry echoed Mayfield, saying the Browns have to deal with the circumstances as best as they can.

“Practice is a big part of everything that we do and understanding that, but at the same time, it is 2021 and it feels like 2020 still and everything is still so unexpected,” Landry said. “We have to make the most of these Zoom meetings, out of the walkthroughs and out of the time that we have to be able to go over all the details.

“Because this game is happening obviously, despite what we are going through as a team. I do not think the league looks at is as a disadvantage or anything like that, so I think for us, we have to just continue to prepare and get ready to play the game.”

The Browns’ ever-changing COVID-19 list moved again.

Safety Ronnie Harrision became the latest player to test positive and will have to sit out Sunday. Harrison joins Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio, cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson, linebacker Malcolm Smith, wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge and tight end Harrison Bryant.

On Wednesday, starting linebacker B.J. Goodson was activated from the list and safety Andrew Sendejo came off Thursday.

The Browns are also down Stefanski and five assistant coaches.

For special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, Sunday’s game is a scenario he knew was possible due to the pandemic. He just never imagined it happening in the playoffs.

BUFFALO PLAYERS QUESTIONABLE FOR PLAYOFF OPENER

The playing status of the Bills’ two top receivers, Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, is uncertain for Buffalo’s wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Both were listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis on Thursday.

For Beasley, who has missed one game, it marked the first time he’s practiced since hurting his knee in the fourth quarter of a 38-9 win at New England on Dec. 28. Diggs, meantime, returned after not practicing Wednesday because of an injury to his oblique muscle.

Coach Sean McDermott provided no definitive update whether either will be able to play in speaking before practice.

“Still not sure. We’ll just have to see,” he said, referring to Beasley, before adding: “And I can tell you the same with Diggs.”

Diggs, who led the NFL with 127 catches for 1,535 yards, was added to the injury report this week after apparently being hurt in a 56-26 season-ending win over Miami on Sunday.

Diggs was slow to get up but continued playing after defensive end Christian Wilkins landed on the receiver’s back while he was down following a 16-yard catch in the second quarter. Wilkins was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

Diggs on Wednesday said he felt fine and jokingly added, “Don’t believe everything you read,” in referring to the injury report.

McDermott acknowledged Diggs’ comments by saying: “I appreciate where he’s coming from. But at the end of the day, I’m always concerned when guys are in the training room.”

In an encouraging development, backup receiver Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), who scored three times against Miami, and starting guard Jon Feliciano (knee) practiced fully and are expected to play.

Diggs and Beasley were key fixtures in a Josh Allen-led passing attack that helped the AFC East champion Bills (13-3) match a franchise record in wins and set a team record by scoring 501 points. Allen broke several single-season passing records including 4,544 yards passing and 37 TDs passing.

Beasley finished second on the team with 82 catches and 967 yards, both career highs, while scoring four touchdowns.

If there’s a bright side, the Bills have depth at the receiver position with John Brown returning on Sunday after missing five games with a knee injury and a stint on the reserve-COVID-19 list. Brown had four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown against Miami.

ATLANTA INTERVIEWS FOR HEAD COACHING JOB

The Atlanta Falcons have interviewed a pair of offensive coordinators, Nathaniel Hackett of the Green Bay Packers and Joe Brady of the Carolina Panthers, for their head coaching job.

The Falcons conducted a virtual interview with Hackett on Thursday, one day after meeting virtually with Brady.

The 41-year-old Hackett has been with the Packers since 2019 on the staff of former Falcons assistant Matt LaFleur, after previously serving as offensive coordinator for Buffalo and Jacksonville.

The son of former NFL and college coach Paul Hackett received a lofty endorsement from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, one of the leading contenders for the MVP award.

“I think one of the (prerequisites) to being a good head coach is presence in front of a room,” Rodgers said. “You have to have kind of a unique charisma and an ability to captivate your audience and part of that captivation is in the way you talk, your cadence, your inflection, story telling ability, and I think those are underrated qualities that a coach can have.

“Nate has all those things. He’s able to captivate the audience, which is usually the offense. Any time he gets up in his meetings, he has great energy.”

The 31-year-old Brady is a popular name in coaching searches after only one season as an NFL coordinator. The Chargers and Texans also have received permission from the Panthers to interview Brady.

Brady moved to Carolina last season after helping lead LSU to a national championship. His role as LSU’s passing game coordinator with quarterback Joe Burrow, the Heisman Trophy winner, was a key to the Tigers’ championship.

The Falcons have interviewed five candidates for head coach. Dan Quinn was fired after the team started the season with five straight losses. Raheem Morris went 4-7 as the interim coach.

On Monday, the team conducted virtual interviews with Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Morris interviewed last week.

Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles told The Associated Press on Wednesday he expects to interview but for now is focused on the playoffs.

The Falcons also are seeking a replacement for general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who was fired along with Quinn after the dismal start led to a 4-12 finish. It is possible the team could have a new general manager assist in the selection of a coach.

ALABAMA HEISMAN WINNER RECEIVES MORE AWARDS

 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith of Alabama added to his collection of postseason honors Thursday night, receiving the Maxwell Award as the college football player of the year.

Smith also won the Walter Camp player of the year and the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver.

Four other Alabama players received awards during the College Football Awards Show.

Smith won the Maxwell over his teammate, quarterback Mac Jones, and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Maxwell since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991. Howard also won the Heisman that year.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Smith leads the nation with 105 receptions and 20 touchdown catches. The Associated Press player of the year has 1,641 yards receiving, with an FBS-high 844 coming after the catch.

Other awards handed out Thursday:

– Alabama’s Jones won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Year Award. He threw 36 touchdown passes and four interceptions, completing 77% of his attempts.

– Alabama’s Najee Harris, who scored an FBS-leading 24 rushing touchdowns, won the Doak Walker Award as the top running back.

– Offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood became the sixth Alabama player to win the Outland Trophy as the outstanding interior lineman.

– Landon Dickerson of Alabama won the Rimington Trophy as the top center.

– Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins, the only player in the country with four interceptions and four sacks, won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the top defensive player.

– Free safety Trevon Moehrig, who had two interceptions and broke up nine passes, became the first TCU player to win the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back.

– Florida’s Kyle Pitts, who led all tight ends with 12 TD catches, won the John Mackey Award as the top player at his position.

– Miami’s Jose Borregales won the Lou Groza Award as the top kicker. A transfer from Florida International, he was 20 of 22 on field goals.

– Pressley Harvin III of Georgia Tech won the Ray Guy Award as the top punter after averaging an ACC-record 48 yards per punt.

– Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell was named Home Depot coach of the year. The Chanticleers won 11 games and were ranked as high as No. 9 in the AP Top 25.

NETS COOL OFF SIXERS

The Brooklyn Nets couldn’t put Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant into those throwback blue tie-dye jerseys from 30 years ago.

The NBA’s leading team still couldn’t come close to beating them.

Joe Harris scored a season-high 28 points and the Nets shook off the absence of their two superstars to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 122-109 on Thursday night.

Brooklyn jumped out quickly and had a double-digit lead for much of the second half while winning its second straight, both without Durant.

“Obviously it’s a totally different team when those guys are out here,” guard Caris LeVert said, “but I think we’ve done a great job of having a next-man-up mentality, guys stepping into those roles and fulfilling what we need as a team.”

LeVert had 22 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Jarrett Allen added 15 points and 11 boards for the Nets.

Irving was ruled out Thursday afternoon for personal reasons, though coach Steve Nash said before and after the game he hadn’t spoken to his point guard and didn’t know the reason for his absence, calling it a personal matter. LeVert said Irving texted his teammates before the game and they supported his absence. The Nets said Irving would not travel with the team to Memphis on Thursday night.

The Nets already knew they’d be without Durant for a second consecutive game because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Nash said Durant would be able to return Sunday if he continues to test negative for the coronavirus until then.

Nash said he didn’t think the strong performance without them sent a message to the rest of his players.

“I think the message is for the whole group that when we play connected and we have that fighting spirit, we give ourselves a great chance every night no matter who’s available,” he said.

The 76ers came in at 7-1 and off their best performance of the season, when they shot an NBA season-high 61.7% in a 141-136 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

DONCIC HAS 38 IN WIN

Luka Doncic came within one rebound of his second straight triple-double, finishing with 38 points and 13 assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Denver Nuggets 124-117 in overtime Thursday night.

Doncic sat out Sunday’s loss to Chicago and responded with his first triple-double of the season against Houston on Monday. He followed that up with a season high in points.

Nikola Jokic scored 20 of his 38 points after halftime and grabbed 11 rebounds for Denver. Jamal Murray added 21 points and nine assists.

Josh Richardson scored 14 points, including five straight in overtime to give the Mavericks the lead for good. His 3-pointer from the wing with 1:25 left put Dallas ahead 119-114. Denver got within three on a 3-pointer from Jokic, but Doncic scored four straight to ice it for the Mavericks.

Dallas rallied from four down to take a 101-97 lead on Maxi Kleber’s 3-pointer, his first points of the night, but Jokic scored the next five to put Denver ahead.

Kleber’s 3-pointer put Dallas up 109-107 with 2.4 seconds left, but Jokic capped a 17-point fourth quarter with an 18-foot jumper at the horn to send the game to overtime.

LILLARD SCORES 39

Damian Lillard had 39 points, including seven 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their sixth straight loss with a 135-117 victory Thursday night.

CJ McCollum added 20 points for the Blazers, who led by 33 in the second half. Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points and seven rebounds before Portland rested its starters in the fourth quarter.

D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards each scored 26 points for the Timberwolves (2-6), who continue to struggle without Karl-Anthony Towns as he recovers from a dislocated left wrist. He’s missed six games, coinciding with Minnesota’s losing streak.

Lillard, who also had seven rebounds and seven assists while playing less than 30 minutes, said he made a point of coming out strong.

“I need to be more aggressive, be in attack mode, just trying to lift the level of urgency from the start,” Lillard said.

The Timberwolves had a narrow 29-28 edge after the opening quarter, paced by Russell with 11 points.

Portland (4-4) pulled in front in the second, taking a 46-36 lead on Gary Trent Jr.’s 3-pointer. Robert Covington’s 3, which capped a 15-0 run, extended the lead to 54-36 as Minnesota’s offense stalled.

After leading 75-56 at the break, the Blazers pushed their advantage to 95-65 in the third quarter on Lillard’s 3-pointer from 33 feet out.

Edwards dunked to get Minnesota to 116-100 with just over six minutes left.

“Losses when they stack up, it hurts,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said. “We’re all competitors here. You’ve got to fight the natural instinct to let go of the rope when things get tough. You grab onto somebody next to you when things get tough.”

Saunders said help might be on the way soon because Towns has been making progress. “Once we get back to Minnesota, we’ll evaluate more, and get him around the team and see where he is at that point,” Saunders said.

Until their big man does return, Malik Beasley said the Timberwolves need to weather this slump.

“We’ve got to help each other. We’ve got to trust each other. That’s the main thing. We’ve got to have each other’s back. I don’t think we’re doing that right now. We’ve got to come together,” he said.

TOP RECRUIT LEAVING TEXAS TECH

Texas Tech freshman Nimari Burnett, the program’s first McDonald’s All-American, is leaving the program just 12 games into his career.

Coach Chris Beard made the announcement Thursday, two days after Burnett played a season-low six minutes in the No. 18 Red Raiders’ 82-71 victory over Kansas State.

Burnett, a high school standout in Chicago and consensus top 30 recruit nationally, never cracked the starting lineup in a crowded backcourt while averaging 5.3 points.

Burnett was struggling offensively, shooting 28% from the field and just 17% from 3-point range. The guard’s best showings came in consecutive games before the start of Big 12 play, when he had 12 points against Grambling State and 10 against Abilene Christian.

Texas Tech’s competition in the backcourt grew with the addition of Georgetown transfer Mac McClung, the team’s leading scorer. Burnett also has been competing for playing time with fellow freshman Micah Peavy, sophomores Terrence Shannon Jr. and Kevin McCullar and junior Kyler Edwards.