NFL PLAYOFFS

Baltimore 20 Tennessee 13

New Orleans 21 Chicago

Cleveland 48 Pittsburgh 37

NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 16

NFC:    4:35 PM (ET)  Los Angeles Rams (11-6) at Green Bay Packers (13-3) (FOX, FOX Deportes) 

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (14-3) (NBC, Universo) 

Sunday, January 17

AFC:    3:05 PM (ET)  Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) (CBS, CBS All

Access, ESPN Deportes)

NFC:    6:40 PM (ET)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-5) at New Orleans Saints (13-4) (FOX, FOX Deportes)

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Miami at Boston postponed

LA Lakers 120 Houston 102

Golden State 106 Toronto 105

Minnesota 96 San Antonio 88

Utah 96 Detroit 86

LA Clippers 130 Chicago 127

Denver 114 New York 89

Oklahoma City 129 Brooklyn 116

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Maryland 66 #12 Illinois 63

#5 Iowa 86 #16 Minnesota 71

#19 Virginia Tech 77, Notre Dame 63

Indiana 84 Nebraska 76

Indiana State 76 Loyola IL 71

Xavier 74 Providence 73

Fresno State 80 San Jose State 65

Maryland Baltimore 68 New Hampshire 66

Hartford 75 UMass Lowell 58

Charleston 73 Drexel 68

UNCA 85 Hampton 77

Vermont 84 Binghamton 44

Winthrop 91 Gardner Webb 83

Maine 45 New Jersey Tech 41

Monmouth 72 Marist 62

Illinois State 73 Evansville 68

Missouri State 78 Valparaiso 68

Norfolk State 89 Morgan State 85

James Madison 100 Chowan 76

Florida A&M 70 South Carolina State 68

Navy 73 Lehigh 58

Holy Cross 70 Army 61

Northern Iowa 78 Bradley 72

Bradford 68 Charleston Southern 48

Siena 75 Fairfield 68

Wichita State 82 Cincinnati 76

Longwood 78 Campbell 69

Colgate 89 Boston 45

Lafayette 87 Bucknell 76

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#12 Maryland 83, Purdue 46

#15 Michigan 70 Illinois 50

#2 Louisville 70 Clemson 45

Nebraska 68 #23 Michigan State 64

Washington State 71 #7 Arizona 69 OT

#8 Texas A&M 74 #13 Arkansas 73

#11 Oregon 100 California 41

#19 Indiana 74 Wisconsin 49

#9 UCLA 92 Utah 67

#5 South Carolina 75 #10 Kentucky 70

#14 Mississippi State 60 Ole Miss 56

Dayton 67 George Washington 54

Georgia 68 Florida 58

Virginia Commonwealth 69 St. Bonaventure 67 OT

Rhode Island 62 Davidson 44

Gardner Webb 68 Charleston Southern 59

UMass Lowell 74 Hartford 52

Massachusetts 61 Fordham 56

Boston 62 Colgate 58

Delaware 77 William & Mary 64

Siena 69 Rider 60

Miami, Florida 69 North Carolina 59

Quinnipiac 68 St. Peter’s 56

Tennessee 64 LSU 63

Maine 74 New Jersey Tech 51

Presbyterian 66 South Carolina Upstate 53

Richmond 80 Duquesne 78

Alabama 80 Vanderbilt 56

Georgia Tech 56 and Virginia Tech 54

Longwood 54. Campbell 52

LaSalle 81 St. Joseph’s PA 66

Liberty 60 Kennesaw State 50

Western Carolina 49 North Carolina Greensboro 42

Holy Cross 61 Army 42

Lipscomb 65 Bellarmine 58

Eastern Michigan 67 Western Michigan 62

Iowa State 99 Texas Tech 72

Bucknell 79. Lafayette 45

Wake Forest 68 Boston College 48

North Carolina A&T 97 South Carolina State 54

Marist 50 Manhattan 46

Penn State 69 Minnesota 60

New Hampshire 57 Binghamton 52

High Point 58 Winthrop 41

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

NCC

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Marion at Bishop Luers, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Friday, Jan. 15

Anderson at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

Harrison at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

Tech at Marion, 7:30 pm

Logansport at McCutcheon, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

Hamilton SE at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Crispus Attucks at Marion, 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Peru, 7:45 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Tindley, 7:30 pm

Cass at Logansport, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Zionsville, 6:30 pm

Richmond at Northmont (Ohio), 7:30 pm

West Lafayette at Harrison, 7:30 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Union County at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Knightstown at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Union County, 7:30 pm

Tri at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Union City at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

Blackford at Winchester, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Lincoln at Oldenburg, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Mississinewa at Winchester, 7:30 pm

MEC

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Union (Modoc) at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Union County at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Wes-Del at Daleville, 6 pm, Daleville, ccd.

Friday, Jan. 15

Randolph Southern at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Union County, 7:30 pm

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

Union City at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Wapahani, 6 pm, Wapahani

Winner Game 2 at Cowan, 6 pm, Cowan

Saturday, Jan. 16

Centerville at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Purdue Poly North, 7 pm

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Lawrenceburg at Franklin County , 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 14

Connersville at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm

Greensburg at Batesville, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Bellevue (Ky.), 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Conner (Ky.) at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Morristown, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

East Central at Franklin County, 1:30 pm

Greensburg at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at North Decatur, 7:30 pm

Noblesville at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Rushville at New Castle, 7:30 pm

PIONEER

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Shortridge at Central Christian, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Greenwood Christian at Indian Creek, 8 pm, Indian Creek

Park Tudor at Southport, 6:30 pm, Southport

Thursday, Jan. 14

Tindley at International, 6:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Bethesda Christian at IMSA, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Liberty Christian, 7:30 pm

University at Burris, 7:30 pm

Central Christian vs. Central, 9 pm, Ev. Harrison

Saturday, Jan. 16

Anderson Prep at Tri-Central, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at Burris, 7:30 pm

Park Tudor at Greenwood Christian, 7:30 pm

University at Cardinal Ritter, 7:30 pm

Central Christian at Harrison, 10 am, Ev. Harrison

Central Christian vs. Reitz, 5 pm, Ev. Harrison

HOOSIER HERITAGE

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Columbus East at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Yorktown at Delta, 6 pm, Delta

Thursday, Jan. 14

Connersville at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Avon at Mount Vernon, 7:30 pm

Greenfield at New Castle, 7:30 pm

New Palestine at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

Greenfield at Lapel, 7:30 pm

New Palestine at Mooresville, 7:30 pm

Rushville at New Castle, 7:30 pm

Shelbyville at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

NCC

Monday, Jan. 11

Tech at Ritter, 6 pm, Cathedral

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Connersville at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Harrison at Lafayette Jeff , 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Lebanon, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Zionsville, 7:30 pm

Mississinewa at Marion, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Carmel at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 14

McCutcheon at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Central at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

North Judson at Logansport, 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Lafayette Jeff at Guerin Catholic, 7:30 pm

Mt. Vernon at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

Harrison at Brownsburg, 7:30 pm

Tech at Kokomo , 7:30 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Anderson, noon

Logansport at Marion, 1:30 pm

Central at McCutcheon, 1:30 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Lincoln at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Tri, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Union City at Union County, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 14

Anderson Prep at Tri, 7:30 pm

Lincoln at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Knightstown at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

Blue River at Union County, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

MEC

Tuesday, Jan. 12

New Castle at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Shenandoah at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Union at Blue River, 6 pm

Cowan at Daleville, 6 pm, Daleville

Yorktown at Wes-Del, 6 pm, Wes-Del

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Union at Monroe Central, 6 pm

Thursday, Jan. 14

Lapel at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Central at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

Winner Game 2 at Wapahani, 6 pm, Wapahani

Saturday, Jan. 16

Blue River at Union County, 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Waldron, noon

Ritter at Shenandoah, noon

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Brown County at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

Cincinnati HomeSchool (Ohio) at East Central, 7:30 pm

Connersville at Richmond, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Jac-Cen-Del, 7:30 pm

Shelbyville at Rushville, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Southwestern, 7:30 pm

South Ripley at Batesville, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Jan. 14

East Central at Columbus North, 7:30 pm

Greensburg at Brownstown, 7:30 pm

Oldenburg at South Dearborn, 6 pm

Friday, Jan. 15

Batesville at East Central, 7:30 pm

Franklin County at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

Hagerstown at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Jac-Cen-Del at Greensburg, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Columbus North, 2:30 pm

Rushville at Pendleton Heights, 1:30 pm

South Dearborn at Batesville, 7:30 pm

HOOSIER HERITAGE

Tuesday, Jan. 12

New Castle at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm

New Palestine at Triton Central, 7:30 pm

Noblesville at Mt. Vernon, 6:30 pm

Plainfield at Greenfield, 7:30 pm

Shelbyville at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Yorktown at Wes-Del, 6 pm, Wes-Del

Thursday, Jan. 14

New Palestine at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Winner Game 1 at Delta, 6 pm, Delta

Friday, Jan. 15

Greenfield at New Castle, 6 pm

Mt. Vernon at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Jan. 16

Greenfield at Indian Creek, 1:30 pm

Mt. Vernon at Shelbyville, 2:30 pm

Rushville at Pendleton Heights, 1:30 pm

IBCA BOYS BASKETBALL POLL

1. Carmel (10-0)

2. Lawrence North (9-0)

3. Fort Wayne Blackhawk (10-0)

4. Homestead (12-0)

5. Indianapolis Cathedral (9-1)

6. Lafayette Jeff (11-0)

7. Indianapolis Attucks (10-2)

8. Silver Creek (8-2)

9. South Bend Adams (10-0)

10. Barr-Reeve (10-2)

11. Westfield (8-1)

12. Hammond (6-1)

13. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6-1)

14. Zionsville (7-3)

15. Gary West (7-2)

16. Warren Central (4-4)

17. New Albany (6-3)

18. Heritage Hills (7-0)

19. Bloomington North (5-1)

20. Lawrence Central (7-5)

IBCA GIRLS COACHES POLL

1. Penn (14-2)

2. North Central (Indianapolis) (15-2)

3. Bedford North Lawrence (14-1)

4. Crown Point (10-1)

5. Fishers (13-2)

6. Silver Creek (14-2)

7. Hamilton Southeastern (9-2)

8. East Central (12-2)

9. Evansville Memorial (13-1)

10. Noblesville (14-3)

11. Linton-Stockton (15-1)

12. Franklin (14-1)

13. Mishawaka Marian (14-2)

14. Carmel (9-5)

15. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (13-2)

16. Homestead (10-4)

17. Zionsville (12-3)

18. Salem (14-2)

19. South Bend Washington (14-4)

20. Lawrence North (12-7)

TOP SPORTS HEADLINES

BROWNS DOMINATE EARLY, BEAT STEELERS

(BROWNS RELEASE)

PITTSBURGH — The Browns made it clear from the moment they clinched their first playoff berth in 18 years they weren’t satisfied.

A national, primetime audience got to see exactly what that meant Sunday on a historic night Browns fans won’t soon forget. And if they were a little late, they missed one of the best playoff first quarters the NFL has ever seen.

With four rapid-fire touchdowns, the Browns made NFL history with 28 first-quarter points, the most-ever in the playoffs, and rolled up a few more accolades along the way to secure the franchise’s first postseason victory since 1994.

Perhaps more importantly, though, the Browns’ 48-37 win over the Steelers was yet another display of the kind of resolve that got the team to this point of the NFL calendar. Without their head coach, without a slew of key contributors and with just one practice under their belts after a week that was drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Browns dug deep and played the kind of complementary, opportunistic football that wins games in January.

“I told them after the game … I admire them so much and I respect them,” said special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who served as the acting head coach in place of Kevin Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

“They have had so much adversity in terms of schedule changes – I know everybody has had adversity and I am not trying to say we had any more adversity than anybody else – but at the end of the day, this was a difficult week and a playoff week, but they never batted an eye.”

Stefanski coached the team virtually throughout the week but was not permitted to have any contact during Sunday’s game. He was a part of the postgame celebration, though, as he and a number of other players and coaches who weren’t able to be a part of the Browns’ first road playoff victory since 1969 joined the fun via Zoom.

“To have those guys there in our celebration was great,” QB Baker Mayfield said. “The best thing about it was the mentality of everybody saying, ‘Hey, we did not just want to just win this game.’ Like I said last week, it is just the stepping stone to where we eventually want to go. For a lot of guys, it was a huge win – my first playoff win, for starters – but nobody here is satisfied yet.”

The Browns advance to the AFC Divisional Round and will face the No. 1 seed and defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on CBS.

“We have been the underdogs since the beginning of the season,” DE Myles Garrett said. “Nobody thought that we would have a winning record. Nobody thought that we were going to get to the playoffs. Nobody thought that we were going to do anything in the playoffs. We just have to keep on proving people wrong. That is what it is all about. Don’t hold yourself to other people’s standards.”

Cleveland’s defense forced five turnovers, tied for its most all season, with three of them coming in the first quarter. The Browns picked off Ben Roethlisberger four times and forced the veteran QB to try to single-handedly bring back the Steelers from a double-digit deficit they faced almost the entire night.

Mayfield, meanwhile, came out firing with a quick touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry and finished with 263 yards and three touchdowns in the first playoff game of his career. Though the Browns were without Pro Bowl G Joel Bitonio and lost RT Jack Conklin to an injured hamstring in the first half, Mayfield had plenty of time to throw and wasn’t sacked. He didn’t throw an interception for the fourth straight game.

RAVENS HOLD OFF TITANS

(RAVENS RELEASE)

After hearing so much talk about Derrick Henry, the Ravens finally silenced him.

Holding Henry to 40 yards on 18 carries, his lowest rushing total of the season, Baltimore’s defense stifled the NFL’s leading rusher and exorcised some demons during Sunday’s 20-13 playoff victory.

Henry was the driving force when the Tennessee Titans upset Baltimore in last year’s playoffs, punishing the Ravens with 195 yards on 30 carries. Henry demoralized the Ravens again in Week 11, when he dominated down the stretch and ended the game with a 29-yard touchdown run in overtime and 133 yards on his final stat line.

Facing Henry again was a defining moment for Baltimore’s defense and the entire unit rose to the challenge. This will go down as one of the Ravens’ best defensive efforts in playoff history, shutting down a running back who became just the eighth player in league history to rush for 2,000 yards this season.

“I got a ton of respect for Derrick Henry, he’s the hardest running back to tackle,” defensive end Derek Wolfe said. “You’ve got to bring it every time you tackle him. He’ll run you over. For us to accomplish that kind of goal against a back like that? That’s a testament to show you what kind of guys we have on this defense, and what kind of guys we have on this team.”

The Ravens’ front seven won the physical battle up front that left Henry with no room to run. Defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams were out with injuries when Baltimore lost to Tennessee in Week 11, but they were back in the lineup, and their presence was felt.

“He’s the king. He’s a beast – 2,000 yards,” Campbell said. “But today, he wasn’t going to run the ball.”

Henry didn’t hesitate to credit Baltimore’s defense after the game.

“They executed their plan,” Henry said. “All the credit goes to those guys, you know, of stopping the run. The last two times we had success and they had a plan to make sure we didn’t have success, and that’s what they did. Credit goes to those guys. They did a great job today for them to be able to win the game.”

This was a group effort, which is necessary to stop Henry. Wolfe tied for the team lead with six tackles and manhandled whomever Tennessee tried to block him with. Veteran outside linebacker Pernell McPhee also had six tackles, as he and Matthew Judon did a super job setting the edges and denying Henry the option to bounce his runs outside.

When the Ravens acquired Campbell and Wolfe in the offseason, re-signed McPhee, and drafted inside linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison, it was done with games like this in mind. The Ravens wanted their defense to be faster and more physical, to better deal with the league’s most physical runners like Henry and Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns, who have hurt Baltimore in the past.

Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale called Henry the best back in the NFL leading up to the game, but Martindale had a plan. According to Next Gen Stats, the Ravens loaded the box with at least eight players on 72 percent of Henry’s rushing attempts on Sunday.

SAINTS DOWN CHICAGO TO ADVANCE

(SAINTS RELEASE)

It will be New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, part III.

With their 21-9 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Saints moved on to the divisional round of the 2020 NFL playoffs and will host the Buccaneers next Sunday at 5:40 p.m. on Fox. The Saints (13-4) defeated the Bucs (12-5) in both regular-season meetings.

In a game where New Orleans struggled to find a rhythm early offensively, Deonte Harris , who returned this week from the Reserve/Injured list, proved to be consistent. Harris hauled in seven catches for 83 yards, both career highs. Star wideout Michael Thomas , who also returned to action this week after missing the previous three games, recorded five grabs for 73 yards including a 38-yard reception to help spark the offense in the second half.

Ten Saints players recorded a catch and the Saints controlled the time of possession, 38:58 to 21:02.

“I thought in the first half, it wasn’t necessarily third downs, we had some minus plays and it was the complete opposite in the second half,” Saints Coach Sean Payton said about the execution of the offense in his postgame press conference. “We didn’t have a lot of possessions, but I know we had two long drives. I thought the second half time of possession was important. It proved to be important.”

The Saints embarked on a 12-play, 85-yard scoring drive in the third quarter that swung the game in their favor. On the drive, Taysom Hill and the New Orleans offense lined up for a fourth-and-three attempt at the Chicago 13-yard line with 5:09 remaining in the quarter when Bears cornerback Eddie Jackson committed a neutral zone infraction, giving the Saints a first-and-goal. A play later, Drew Brees connected with Latavius Murray for a six-yard score, extending the Saints’ lead to 14-3.

Brees completed 28-of-39 passes for 265 yards and two scores. With his 27th completion Sunday, Brees surpassed Joe Montana for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time postseason completions list (462).

Saints star running back Alvin Kamara came up just short of the century mark on the ground as he carried 23 times for 99 yards and one score, including a 25-yard scamper.

The Saints’ defense was dominant.

With the team’s sack leader Trey Hendrickson ruled out of the game due to injury, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins wreaked havoc in the middle of the loaded Saints defensive front. Rankins recorded one sack.

New Orleans held Chicago to 239 total yards of offense. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky went 19-for-29 with 199 yards passing while running back David Montgomery notched just 31 yards on the ground.

The Saints set franchise records for fewest points allowed and fewest yards allowed in a postseason game.

JACKSON DOESN’T SHAKE HANDS AFTER RAVENS WIN

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson went straight to the locker room after earning his first career playoff win in Sunday’s wild-card game, opting not to shake hands with Tennessee Titans players.

Jackson said afterward that his decision to avoid any postgame interaction with Tennessee’s players stemmed from their behavior when the two teams met in the regular season.

“I feel it was just disrespect to see what went on before the game the last time we played those guys, and they were standing on our logo and seeing them get into it with our coach,” Jackson said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “That was just disrespectful because we treat all of our opponents with respect. It wasn’t no reason for us to shake hands and stuff like that.

“We’ll be the bigger guy, so we just walked off the field. I feel like we were being the bigger guys.”

Members of both teams engaged in a pregame confrontation in Week 11 after Titans players huddled on Baltimore’s midfield logo before kickoff. Tennessee cornerback Malcolm Butler and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh were seeing exchanging words during the altercation. The Titans won the tilt 30-24 in overtime.

But the Ravens got their revenge Sunday.

Several Baltimore players celebrated cornerback Marcus Peters’ game-sealing interception on the Titans’ logo, and some waved to Tennessee’s sideline.

RAMS EXPECT AARON DONALD TO PLAY VS. PACKERS

All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is expected to play for the Rams on Saturday in Green Bay after injuring his ribs in Los Angeles’ playoff victory at Seattle.

Rams coach Sean McVay also said Sunday night that quarterback John Wolford and receiver Cooper Kupp are likely to be available for Los Angeles (11-6) against the Packers despite getting hurt against the Seahawks.

McVay said he doesn’t expect to name a starting quarterback this week for the Rams’ showdown with the top-seeded Packers (12-4), preferring to wait until game day for the second straight week.

Wolford left Lumen Field in an ambulance after getting hurt early in his second career start while taking a low hit to the head from Seattle’s Jamal Adams. Wolford’s injury turned out to be a stinger, and he returned to the stadium for the postgame celebration.

Longtime starter Jared Goff took over and led the Rams to the win, but went 9 for 19 less than two weeks after undergoing surgery on his right thumb.

“It affected him yesterday,” McVay said. “If you watch the game, it did. It might not have been painful, but it was something that he did a great job battling. There were things he’s typically able to execute where it seemed like (the thumb injury) was a factor.”

McVay said he expects both quarterbacks to be available in Green Bay, but he will monitor their progress before deciding on a starter.

The coach also said the Rams are much more likely to have a third quarterback active against the Packers after Los Angeles had only two in uniform in Seattle. Veteran Blake Bortles and rookie Bryce Perkins are the Rams’ other two quarterbacks.

McVay was vague on the details of Donald’s injury, which occurred in the second half of the Rams’ 30-20 victory when he pulled Russell Wilson down onto him during a tackle in the third quarter. Donald left the game and went to the locker room, but eventually returned to watch the Rams’ win from the sideline.

“We’ll be smart with him throughout the week,” McVay said. “He’s going to do everything in his power to be ready to go. Don’t expect that to affect his game status for this week.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES

(OHIO STATE SI)

Head Coach: Ryan Day

Record at Ohio State: 23-1

Career Record: Same

Career vs. Alabama: 0-0

Head Coach: Nick Saban

Record at Alabama: 164-23 (14th)

Career Record: 255-65-1 (25th)

Career vs. Ohio State: 2-2

Ohio State and Alabama meet in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game Monday, Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. (EST) on ESPN. Ohio State is 7-0 overall and is coming off a CFP semifinal win over Clemson, 49-28, Jan. 1 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Alabama is 12-0 and fresh off a 31-14 victory over Notre Dame in the CFP semifinal at the Rose Bowl, a game that was played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State is 3-2 all-time in its four CFP appearances (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021). Alabama is 7-3 in the CFP and has been in six of the seven playoffs. Ohio State won the initial CFP in 2014-15, defeating No. 1 Alabama, 42-35, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and No. 2 Oregon, 42-20, in the championship game at AT&T Stadium. It was the school’s eighth national championship. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has guided the program into consecutive CFP appearances for the first time in school history. The Buckeyes are 23-1 overall under Day, including a 10-1 record against AP Top 25 ranked teams and a 5-1 mark vs. Top 10 teams.

Ohio State is seeking national championship No. 9 in this, its 131st season of football:

2014 CFP – 14-1 (Urban Meyer)

2002 BCS – 14-0 (Jim Tressel)

1970 NFF – 9-1 (Woody Hayes)

1968 AP – 10-0 (Woody Hayes)

1961 FWAA – 8-0-1 (Woody Hayes)

1957 Coaches/FWAA – 9-1 (Woody Hayes)

1954 AP – 10-0 (Woody Hayes)

1942 AP – 9-1 (Paul Brown)

Ohio State is playing in its fifth national championship game – CFP or BCS – in the last 19 years:

2020 – CFP Ohio State vs. Alabama

2015 – CFP Ohio State 42, Oregon 20

2008 – BCS LSU 38, Ohio State 24

2007 – BCS Florida 41, Ohio State 14

2002 – BCS Ohio State 31, Miami 24 2OT

Ohio State is 25-26 all-time in bowl and post-season games.  Ohio State is 63-27 all-time in night games, including a 48-22 record in away games and at neutral sites.  The Buckeyes are 22-13-3 all-time vs. current members of the SEC.  The program has 39 Big Ten championships. f 931 all-time wins are second all-time in FBS history.  84 first-round NFL Draft picks rank No. 1 all-time. f Ohio State is second nationally with 22 National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes.  The program has produced 88 unanimous or consensus All-Americans.

SCOUTING ALABAMA

Alabama became the first team in SEC history to go 10-0 against conference foes in the regular season this year and had the fifth undefeated regular season under head coach Nick Saban.  The Crimson Tide won each of its 10 regular season games by 15 or more points before a 52-46 win over Florida in the SEC championship game.  Alabama topped Notre Dame, 31-17, in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Arlington, Texas.  The Crimson Tide’s offense features two Heisman Trophy finalists: QB Mac Jones and WR DeVonta Smith.  Among Alabama’s top defensive players is CB Patrick Surtain II, a finalist for the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. f Alabama head coach Nick Saban has plenty of Ohio ties: he was the Buckeyes’ defensive backs coach from 1980-81 under Earl Bruce and later the head coach at Toledo for one year in 1990. From 1991- 94, he served as the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator.  Saban was 2-1 against Ohio State while the head coach at Michigan State from 1995-99 and is 0-1 against the Buckeyes at Alabama.

Ryan Day’s Ohio State Buckeyes are 10-1 vs. Top 25 ranked teams and 5-1 vs. Top 10 teams:

2020 (4-0)

vs. No. 2 Clemson – W, 49-28

vs. No. 14 Northwestern – W, 22-10

vs. No. 9 Indiana – W, 42-35

at No. 18 Penn State – W, 38-25

2019 (5-1)

vs. No. 3 Clemson – L, 23-29

vs. No. 10 Wisconsin – W, 34-21

at No. 10 Michigan – W, 56-27

vs. No. 9 Penn State – W, 28-17

vs. No. 13 Wisconsin – W, 38-7

vs. No. 25 Michigan State – W, 34-10

2018 (1-0)

vs. No. 15 TCU – W, 40-28

ALABAMA NOTES

(ALABAMA SI)

2020 Record/SEC Record 12-0/10-0

CFP/AP/Amway Coaches Poll 1/1/1

Head Coach Nick Saban

Record at Alabama (Years) 169-23 (14th)

Career Record (Years) 260-65-1 (25th)

Overall: Fifth Meeting (Alabama leads, 3-1) At Neutral Sites: Alabama leads, 3-1 Current Streak: Ohio State, Won 1 Last Meeting: Jan. 1, 2015 – CFP Semifi nal – Sugar Bowl (L, 35-42) Series Notes: Alabama and Ohio State will meet for the fi fth time overall and the second time in the history of the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide holds a 3-1 lead in the series with the Buckeyes’ lone win coming in the most recent meeting. The two programs squared off in the CFP Semifi nal at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015, with OSU claiming a 42-35 win on the way to becoming the eventual national champions. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 2-2 in his career against Ohio State, including a 2-1 record at Michigan State. OSU head coach Ryan Day has not faced Alabama.

TOUGH TO GET SABAN’S TIDE TWICE: During his tenure at Alabama, head coach Nick Saban has suffered 23 total losses. Of those 23 losses, the Crimson Tide and Saban have had the opportunity to face the team that beat them at a later date on 20 occasions. In those 20 rematches, Alabama owns an 18-2 mark when avenging its previous loss. The only two times the Crimson Tide has fallen in back-to-back games against the same opponent is LSU (2010-2011) and Ole Miss (2014-2015). Alabama has not had the opportunity to bounce back from a loss against Clemson (2018) and Utah (2009). The 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will pit the Crimson Tide against Ohio State, who defeated UA when the two teams last met in 2014. So far this season, the Tide avenged a 2019 loss at Auburn with a dominant 42-13 win on Nov. 28, 2020, and followed that up with an even more impressive win one week later at LSU by a score of 55-17 to bounce back from a 2019 loss to the Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

SABAN VS. THE B1G TEN: Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is a combined 31-17-1 (.643) in 49 career games against Big Ten opponents. That record includes a 23-15-1 mark at Michigan State, a 1-1 record at LSU and a 7-1 record while at Alabama.

SABAN VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES: Alabama head coach Nick Saban owns an impressive 92-20 (.821) career mark against non-conference opponents across his four stops as a collegiate head coach. Saban’s career total includes a 61-7 (.897) record while in Tuscaloosa, a number that includes only two losses to non-conference opponents during the regular season, both of which came in 2007 (14-21 vs. Florida State (Jacksonville) and 14-21 vs. ULM).

BEATING THE BEST: The Crimson Tide is 65-17 (.793) against the Associated Press Top 25 since the start of 2008. Alabama is 5-0 against the Top 25 this season, including a 41-24 win over then-No. 3 Georgia on Oct. 17; a 52-24 win over then-No. 13 Texas A&M on Oct. 3; a 42-13 victory in the Iron Bowl against then-No. 22 Auburn; a 52-46 win over then-No. 11 Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 19; and most recently a 31-14 victory in the College Football Playoff Semifinal over No. 4 Notre Dame on New Year’s Day. The Tide finished 2-2 against ranked opponents in 2019, one year removed from going 5-1 against ranked opponents in 2018. Alabama was tasked with a gauntlet schedule in 2017 that featured 10 teams ranked in the AP Poll, going 9-1 and outscoring those opponents by an average score of 38.0-17.3. AGAINST THE TOP 10: Alabama owns an 81-77-1 all-time record against teams ranked in the top-10 of the Associated Press Poll. Among the 114 teams who have squared off with top-10 opponents at least 10 times in their program’s history, the Crimson Tide is the only one with a winning record. Since the start of the 2008 season, the Crimson Tide has posted a 32-11 (.744) overall record against top-10 teams, including a 17-5 (.773) mark versus the top 10 since the inception of the College Football Playoff. In Saban’s five national championship seasons at Alabama, his teams have gone 17-2 against top-10 opponents.

ALABAMA vs. AP TOP 25 IN 2020: Following the Jan. 1 win over No. 4 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl, Alabama became the only team in the country with five wins against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at the time of kickoff. The Crimson Tide also has four wins against teams ranked in the final iteration of the AP poll heading into bowl season. In addition, Alabama is the only team in the nation with four wins against teams currently in the AP Top 11. The Crimson Tide first defeated then-No. 13 Texas A&M, 52-24, in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 3 before taking down then-No.3 Georgia, 41-24, two weeks later at Bryant-Denny Stadium and then-No. 11 Florida, 52-46, in Atlanta. Most recently, UA defeated the Fighting Irish 31-14 in Arlington, Texas.

ALABAMA IN THE AP POLL: Alabama’s No. 1 ranking in the Dec. 20 Associated Press Top 25 Poll marked the 212th consecutive week that the Crimson Tide has appeared in the poll. That streak is the longest active streak in college football. The 212 weeks more than doubles second-place Clemson with the Tigers appearing in the poll for 101 consecutive weeks. Ohio State previously held the second-longest streak behind the Crimson Tide but did not appear in the Week 2 iteration of the poll. Prior to their absence, the Buckeyes had appeared in the AP rankings for 132 straight weeks. Alabama’s 212 straight weeks tops the Crimson Tide’s previous program long streak of 71 straight weeks under head coach Gene Stallings in the mid-1990s. ALABAMA IN THE AP SINCE 2008: Alabama began the 2008 season at No. 24 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll. The Crimson Tide opened the year with a dominant 34-10 win over then-No. 9 Clemson in Atlanta. Since that win over the Tigers, UA has not been ranked lower than No. 17 in 209 polls that have followed. According to College Poll Archive, the Tide has now spent 96.2 percent of the 12-plus years ranked in the top 10, bettering No. 2 Ohio State (76.4 percent) over that stretch. A whopping 86.8 percent of that time Alabama has been ranked in the top five. The next best team is the Buckeyes at 47.2 percent. The Crimson Tide has also been ranked No. 1 a total of 98 times since 2008, or 46.2 percent of the time. Only 13 other teams have earned the No. 1 ranking over that time, with the second-most appearances coming from Clemson at 23.

SABAN LEADS IN WINS VS. TOP-FIVE TEAMS: Alabama’s 31-14 win over No. 4 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff Semifinal on Jan. 1, 2021, was Nick Saban’s 26th career victory against a team ranked in the top five of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the most in college football history. Saban’s 26-14 career record in top-five contests gives him a .650 winning percentage, which is also college football’s best. Following Saban on the all-time victory list are Bobby Bowden (18/.378 winning percentage), Barry Switzer (15/.516), Woody Hayes (15/.516), Steve Spurrier (15/.429) and Lou Holtz (15/.419). Saban’s record includes seven wins in the College Football Playoff: No. 3 Michigan State (38-0) and No. 1 Clemson (45-40) in 2015; No. 4 Washington (24-7) in 2016; No. 1 Clemson (24-6) and No. 3 Georgia (26-23) in 2017; No. 4 Oklahoma (45-34) in 2018; and a 31-14 win over the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish this season. Alabama also went 3-0 in BCS National Championship Games (vs. Texas, 37-21, 2009; vs. LSU, 21-0, 2011; vs. Notre Dame, 42-14, 2012).

SABAN vs. AP TOP 25: The Crimson Tide’s 31-14 win over No. 4 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff Semifinal on Jan. 1, 2021, was Nick Saban’s 89th career win and 66th at Alabama vs. the Associated Press Top 25. Saban moved past Joe Paterno (86) for the most career wins against the AP Top 25 when he defeated then No. 22 Auburn earlier this season on Nov. 28. Florida State legend Bobby Bowden ranks third all-time (82) while Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant is fourth at 66. Former Duke, Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is fifth at 64. Saban’s winning percentage against AP ranked teams (89-42, .679) tops Bryant (.592), Bowden (.557), Spurrier (.529) and Paterno (.512).

30-OR-MORE IN 25 STRAIGHT: Alabama is the current FBS leader for scoring at least 30 points in consecutive games with 25 following the Tide’s 31-14 win over No. 4/4/4 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1, 2021. What’s more impressive over that streak is the fact that Alabama produced 35-or-more points in 27 of the 28 games. That 25-game streak is the second-longest in Major College Football history with only UCF having a longer run of 31 games from 2017-19.

35-OR-MORE IN 24 STRAIGHT: The Crimson Tide scored 52 points in the Dec. 19 matchup against then-No. 7/11/11 Florida on Dec. 19 inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. That total marked the 24th straight game that Alabama’s offense had scored 35-ormore points, which is the longest streak in major-college football history. Oregon scored at least 35 points in 15 consecutive games from Nov. 5, 2011 through a Nov. 17, 2012 loss to Stanford by a score of 17-14. UA’s streak ended in the College Football Playoff matchup with No. 4/4/4 Notre Dame when the Tide totaled 31 points in the win. Prior to the contest with the Fighting Irish, Alabama’s last game of not posting 35-or-more points came in the Tide’s 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2019.

SCORING 38-PLUS ON THE ROAD: Included in Alabama’s 23 straight games of 35-or-more points is a streak of nine straight road games with 38-plus points scored thanks to the Tide’s 52-point effort over Arkansas on Dec. 12. That streak passes the current Ohio State team’s eight consecutive games of 38-plus. The Crimson Tide is now tied with Oregon for the longest stretch of 38-or-more points on the road in the Associated Press Poll Era (since 1936). The Ducks posted a nine-game streak from 2011-13. 50 IN

FIVE DURING THE REGULAR SEASON: Alabama’s high-powered offense averaged 49.5 points per game during the 10-game regular season. A big reason for that high points per game total is the fact that the Crimson Tide posted five 50-point games against Southeastern Conference competition. With those five games, Alabama became the first team in league history to record five such games in a single-season in conference play since the formation of the league in 1933. The Tide followed that up by posting 52 points against another SEC opponent in then-No. 7/11/11 Florida in the 2020 SEC Championship on Dec. 19.

PURDUE DL COACH LEAVES FOR ILLINOIS

Terrance Jamison is leaving the Purdue football program for the same position at Illinois. Jamison spent just one season at Purdue.

Purdue Coach Jeff Brohm must fill three positions for next season. Two of three coaches Brohm hired after the 2019 season have departed.

ALSO: Freshman running back Tirek Murphy enters the portal. Had opted out before the last game. 

INDIANA MBB: HOOSIERS WIN AT NEBRASKA 84-76

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Trayce Jackson-Davis came to Indiana’s rescue.

Would you expect anything less from one of the nation’s best players?

Another second-half surge from the 6-9 sophomore forward, which led to another double-double, pushed the Hoosiers (8-5 overall, 3-3 in the Big Ten) to an 84-76 victory over Nebraska Sunday night at the Pinnacle Center.

“Trayce emerged when we needed him the most,” coach Archie Miller said.

Facing an undersized Husker team that has now lost 21 straight Big Ten games (four to the Hoosiers), Jackson-Davis scored, rebounded and blocked shots under crunch-time pressure.

 He finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two assists against a swarming Nebraska defense that made it tough for IU to get him the ball.

“Teams will do that,” Miller said. “They will trap Trayce every time he touches the ball.”

Jackson-Davis has four straight double-doubles and six on the season. He leads the nation in free throws made (79) and attempted (111).

At times the Huskers (4-8, 0-5) were so focused on not letting Jackson-Davis beat them, they left other Hoosiers open. In the first half, guards Rob Phinisee and Aljami Durham combined for 20 shots to Jackson-Davis’ one. His first basket didn’t come until early in the second half.

“Nebraska was the first team to take it to that extreme and let other guys shoot it,” Miller said. “They decided not to guard guys. That can be a little strange, but you’ve got to continue to take (shots).”  

Phinisee was a first-half scoring beast, a second-half facilitator.

A minor lower leg injury, combined with foul trouble, slowed his scoring (he finished with a career-high 18 points, 16 in the first half). He hit his first three three-pointers. He has scored in double figures in three of his last four games.

“A little of it was confidence,” Phinisee said about his hot start, “and the way they played defense and packing it in the paint. I had a lot of open shots.”

Durham had 17 points while recording his fourth straight double-figure scoring game.

Strong scoring from Phinisee and Durham was crucial given second-leading scorer Armaan Franklin missed his second straight game because of an ankle sprain.

“He’s a big piece of offense,” Phinisee said, “so we had to step up. We took what the defense gave us.”

That figures to a big priority on Thursday when IU hosts rival Purdue.

“Trayce will continue to deal with double teams,” Miller said. “Our guys will have to be confident when the ball comes out.”

Phinisee and Durham were the biggest benefactors, but five other Hoosiers took at least one three-pointer. IU made nine of them, three more than its season average.

“That’s a pretty good night for us,” Miller said.

A furious Nebraska rally turned IU’s 18-point first-half lead into a late-second-half three-point deficit. That could have brought back memories of close road losses to Florida State, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Instead, IU rose to the challenge.

Miller’s Sunday night goal was simple — “We wanted to execute in the last few minutes of the game better than we did against Wisconsin. I thought we did that.”

Forward Race Thompson had 11 points. Swingman Jerome Hunter had nine points and six rebounds, including a clutch rebound basket off his own miss in the final minutes.

“Jerome’s play was the nail in the coffin,” Miller said.

IU’s 7-for-9 three-point opening shooting was followed by a 1-for-13 stretch before freshman guard Anthony Leal hit a three-pointer for a 69-69 tie with just under seven minutes left.

Indiana’s hot early three-point shooting included freshman guard Khristian Lander, who made his first shot beyond the arc since Dec. 23 against Northwestern. He had only attempted two since that game.

“We’ve worked on shot all season,” Phinisee said. “We took what they gave us.”

IU came out firing. It made seven of its first 10 shots, hit three of four three-pointers, led by Phinisee’s eight points, and jumped ahead 20-8.

The Hoosiers built leads as large as 18. Nebraska cut 10 points off of it before IU settled for a 46-34 halftime advantage. Guard Trey Galloway’s put-back dunk just before the buzzer survived an official’s review.

The Hoosiers led 49-34 early in the second half before a 7-0 Nebraska run cut the lead to single digits. That set up a 14-2 Cornhusker run to leave IU clinging to a 60-58 lead.

A Galloway driving layup ended that run, but not the Nebraska surge. It took a 63-62 lead on a three-pointer with 9:32 left, forcing a Miller timeout.

Nebraska led 69-66 before Leal’s three-pointer and Durham’s floater put IU ahead 71-69.

Jackson-Davis took charge with eight down-the-stretch points. Add Hunter’s clutch follow-up basket and the Hoosiers were able to survive for their first road win of the season.

“We got a couple of key stops, were able to execute, made some key free throws, and won,” Miller said.

NOTRE DAME MEN FALL TO VIRGINIA TECH

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BLACKSBURG, VA – Notre Dame and No. 19 Virginia Tech battled it out in Cassell Coliseum with the Irish putting together an impressive first half, leading 42-35 at the break, but couldn’t keep its momentum in the second stanza, falling by a final score of 77-63.

Nate Laszewski (17 points) and Dane Goodwin’s (12 points) efforts kept the Irish in the competition with a combined 29 points and five rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish entered the arena on Sunday with a balanced shooting effort – eight players contributed points to the board in the first half. The contest was close, but Notre Dame’s superior shooting, notably from Goodwin and Laszewski,  helped them take a 42-35 lead heading into halftime.

Despite a strong first half performance, Notre Dame trailed for much of the second half. Laszewski’s free throw accuracy (11-of-12) kept the Irish in contention but the Irish were unable to keep pace on the offensive end against the ranked foe. Virginia Tech came away victorious by a score of 77-63.

NOTES OF THE GAME

Eleven of Laszewski’s 17 points came from the free-throw line (11-of-12, 91.7%)

In his first start of the season, Nikola Djogo recorded a season-high six rebounds against the Hokies

Notre Dame showcased an impressive 80.8 free throw percentage (21-of-26), maintaining its leading position in free-throw shooting percentage within the ACC

UP NEXT

The Fighting Irish will take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday, Jan. 13th at 4:30 p.m. EST. The matchup will be available on the ACC Network.

SYCAMORES USE BIG SECOND HALF IN WIN

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State mounted a furious second half comeback Sunday night against Loyola Chicago, erasing a 13-point deficit and holding on late for a 76-71 victory in Hulman Center.

The Sycamores (4-6, 1-4 MVC) used an 18-0 run over 6:44 in the second half to jump ahead of the Ramblers (7-3, 2-1 MVC) after trailing at the break. ISU finished with 49 points in the second half, its highest scoring output in a half on the season.

Senior Tyreke Key was the offensive spark for the Sycamores, scoring a season-high 31 points while shooting a blistering 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the field. The guard also picked up his second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds while knocking down 12-of-14 free throws. Sophomore Cobie Barnes provided a spark off the bench, scoring a career-high 13 points, and junior Cooper Neese helped ISU jump out of the gates strong, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the first half.

After committing nine turnovers in the first half and being outscored in points off turnovers 14-3, Indiana State tightened up its ball control and committed just three in the second half. Meanwhile, the Sycamores’ defensive intensity turned up as well, as they forced the Ramblers into 14 second half turnovers and finished with a 20-16 advantage in points off turnovers.

Though finishing the game on the short end of the rebound battle (33-31), Indiana State finished on the better end of the turnover contest (12-15), had more steals (6-5), and more blocks (5-2), while narrowly edging Loyola in shooting from the floor, 44 percent (22-of-50) to 43 percent (25-of-58). Crucially, the Sycamores also converted 19 points off of fast breaks compared to the Ramblers five.

To put the game on ice, Indiana State shot 12-for-14 from the free throw line in the final 94 seconds of the contest. For the game, the Sycamores shot 77.4 percent (24-of-31) from the charity stripe, including 83 percent (24-of-29) in the second half. 

The Loyola offense looked like it had taken control of the game midway through the first half, going on a 14-0 run to erase an early Indiana State lead. The Ramblers led by as many as 13 before the Sycamores cut the deficit to single digits at the break.

Loyola reserve big man Tom Welch led the way for the Ramblers, scoring 18 points, while Camron Krutwig added 11 points and six rebounds, and Lucas Williamson added 10 and six.

Indiana State and Loyola wrap their weekend series with another nationally televised game, this time on CBS Sports Network, beginning Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

EVANSVILLE DROPS WEEKEND FINALE AT FORD CENTER

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Hitting 62.5% of their shots during the game and 73.9% in the second half, Illinois State hung on to defeat the University of Evansville men’s basketball team by a 73-68 final on Sunday afternoon inside the Ford Center.

Despite the hot shooting by the Redbirds (4-6, 1-3 MVC), the Purple Aces (6-6, 4-2 MVC) were within striking distance in the final moments.  The difference in the second half was a 12-5 stretch that saw ISU erase a 7-point UE lead.

Pacing Evansville was Noah Frederking.  The 3-point sharpshooter hit five outside shots on his way to a team-best 15 points.  Evan Kuhlman hit five of his six 2-point field goals to score 13 points while Shamar Givance went 4-for-6 from outside on his way to 12 points.

“Over the last four games, we have been able to make enough plays and I have been pleased with what we have done,” Aces head coach Todd Lickliter expressed.  “Today, you have to give Illinois State credit.  We had some defensive breakdowns and when we did, they took advantage of it.  That is the way it works; it is a lesson in the process – we will evaluate our performance and learn from it.”

A pair of 3-pointers sent the Aces out to a 6-3 edge in the opening two minutes with Shamar Givance and Evan Kuhlman getting on the board.  The next six minutes belonged to the Redbirds.  A 12-0 run saw them take a 15-6 lead.  ISU hit five out of six attempts in the run before Iyen Enaruna ended a 0-for-7 drought with an offensive rebound and layup.  UE was held off of the board for just over five minutes.

After the Redbirds added two more buckets, Evansville got on track with a 5-0 spurt with Givance leading off with his second long ball of the game before Enaruna added his second make.  The UE run continued.  With five minutes remaining in the half, Evansville began a run that turned a 22-16 deficit into a 24-22 lead.  Noah Frederking and Jax Levitch hit consecutive 3-pointers before a Jawaun Newton runner gave the Aces a 24-22 lead.  In total – the Aces utilized a 16-3 run to grab the lead with 3:21 on the clock.

Evansville’s defense held Illinois state to one field goal over the course of an 8-minute span while rallying back.  The teams swapped the lead three times over the final minutes before ISU wrestled away a 32-20 lead at halftime.  Givance was the lone player in double figures at the break, scoring 12 on a 4-for-5 effort from outside over the first 20 minutes of play.

ISU converted a 3-point play to begin the second half and would hold a 37-33 edge before the Aces countered in a big way.  Ten of the next 11 shots would find the bottom of the net as UE took its largest lead at 51-44 at the 12:31-minute mark.  Frederking drilled two more triples while Newton converted three baskets.  Illinois State did not give up as five of their next six 3-pointers were good as they knotted the score at 56-56 with 7:18 left in the contest before going back in front by a 60-58 score with five minutes on the clock.

Hitting eight out of nine attempts, ISU took a 70-60 lead as the minutes wound down before the Aces “never give up” attitude showed.  Jax Levitch drained back-to-back triples in the final 30 seconds to get his squad back within four, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome with ISU hanging on for the 73-68 win.

Antonio Reeves led the Redbird with 21 points while hitting nine out of 11 shots.  

A 3-game road trip is upcoming for UE beginning with a 2-game series at Bradley next weekend before a single game at Indiana State on January 20.

VALPO LOSES SUNDAY MATCH-UP

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team dropped the second game of a back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference weekend series on Sunday afternoon, falling 78-68 to visiting Missouri State at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo held Isiaih Mosley to three points on just 1-of-5 shooting in the opening half, but the conference’s leading scorer went off for 26 points on 10-of-11 from the field after halftime to lift the Bears (8-1, 5-1) to their eighth win in nine games.

How It Happened

  • Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) scored the game’s first four points to help his team out to a strong start as the two teams went back-and-forth early. Valpo capped a spurt of seven-straight points with a go-ahead triple by Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) with 13:34 to go in the first half, pushing the Brown & Gold ahead 13-10.
  • Valpo led 16-14 after a three-point play by Jacob Ognacevic (Sheboygan, Wis. / Sheboygan Area Lutheran) at the 12:03 mark, but the Bears responded with a 20-4 spurt to open up a 14-point cushion with 5:35 on the clock. Valpo sliced the lead to nine by halftime, but went into the break trailing 38-27 despite Gordon leading all scorers through 20 minutes with 12 points.
  • An 8-0 run by the Bears early in the second half doubled an eight-point edge to 16 at 48-32 with 16:53 remaining. The visitors held a double-figure lead for the next eight minutes as Mosley began to take over, but four straight Valpo free throws (three made) thanks to both a common foul and technical foul assessed against Missouri State helped Valpo take a bite out of the deficit, which slimmed to seven with 9:23 to go.
  • Ognacevic slammed home a dunk on an assist by Daniel Sackey (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada / Thornlea) to cut the MSU lead back to single figures at 60-51 with 8:17 remaining. Later, a three-point play by freshman Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy] with 3:36 on the clock again decreased the deficit to seven, but Valpo could get no closer, as Missouri State held on for the 10-point victory.
  • The Bears nearly replicated their first-half shooting success from Saturday in the second half on Sunday, hitting at a 65.2 percent clip including 13-of-16 on 2-point baskets.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo boasted four players in double figures, led by Ognacevic and Gordon with 13 points apiece. Gordon paced the team in scoring for the first time in his Valpo career, while Ognacevic did so for the second time during his freshman season.
  • Gordon’s scoring output represented a season high, his top performance since Feb. 22 of last season, when he scored 13 vs. Bradley. Gordon was three rebounds away from a double-double as he pulled down seven, one shy of his career high from this year’s season opener at Vanderbilt.
  • Ognacevic’s 13 points came on 4-of-7 shooting in just 12 minutes of action.
  • Edwards hit double figures for the second straight day with 10 points. He has scored in double figures on four occasions this season.
  • Krikke scored 12 points to finish in double figures for the eighth time in the season’s first 10 games.
  • Sackey sent out a team-high six assists while also going 5-of-6 at the free-throw line and swiping a pair of steals.
  • Missouri State’s Gaige Prim posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with Mosley’s 29-point performance. Mosley’s 26 second-half points marked the most by a Valpo opponent in a single half since Reggie Hamilton of Oakland had 28 in the second half on Dec. 17, 2011.
  • Valpo was held to a season-low 35.4 percent shooting, but did haul in 11 offensive rebounds, snapping a streak of three straight games with five or fewer.

Up Next 

Valpo (3-7, 0-2 MVC) will visit Southern Illinois for a pair of games this coming weekend, with the series beginning on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Carbondale. The game will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN (ESPN3/+) as part of the conference-selected Valley on ESPN exclusive package in addition to airing on 95.1 FM Valparaiso and the Valpo Athletics TuneIn app. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

INDIANA WBB: INDIANA BEATS WISCONSIN

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Behind another 20-point performance from senior guard Ali Patberg, No. 19 Indiana pushed past Wisconsin, 74-49, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon. Patberg led the way with 21 points while sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes and junior guard Grace Berger each notched double figures as IU won its sixth-straight game in the series against the Badgers. 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Holmes scored back-to-back layups for the Hoosiers (7-3, 5-1 BIG) to take an early lead, 4-1, in the first frame. IU led, 5-3, at the first media timeout. With just under five minutes, the Hoosiers continued to distance themselves from the Badgers (3-6, 0-6 B1Gwith a 9-2 run. Indiana would lead as much as nine before Wisconsin initiated a run of their own. IU ended the quarter, 15-12. 
  • In the second, freshman guard Chloe Moore-McNeil nailed a 3-pointer to start it off for the Hoosiers. Holmes followed with a layup, 20-14. But an 8-2 Wisconsin run would tie it up, 20-20 to force an Indiana timeout. With just over five minutes left in the half, Indiana pushed the lead with a 10-2 run led by Holmes with five points, 30-22. Patberg chimed in with a couple of 3-pointers.
  • IU ended the half with a steal and an assist by Patberg with four seconds left on a fastbreak layup to senior guard Keyanna Warthen to give the Hoosiers their largest lead going into the locker room, 35-24.
  • Indiana held the Badgers to just four points within the final five minutes left to play in the first half. They also forced a total of 10 turnovers and held the Badgers without a 3-pointer on the evening.
  • In the third frame, the Hoosiers went on a 9-2 run and led as much as 18, 44-26. Berger scored six of her 12 points in the third. The Badgers tried to respond, but Patberg ended any sign of a run with a couple more 3-pointers.
  • Gulbe and Patberg hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to take a 20-point lead and force a Wisconsin timeout. With five minutes left to go, Indiana would go on another 8-0 run and lead as much as 26 en route to tonight’s victory.

NOTABLE

  • Dating back to the 2015-16 season, Indiana has now won six-straight against the Badgers. Sunday’s win is also the 50th victory for the Hoosiers in the all-time series as they now lead 50-24 in the series.
  • Three scored in double figures for the Hoosiers behind senior guard Ali Patberg who drained a team-leading 21 points while sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes scored 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. 
  • Junior guard Grace Berger also added 12 points, a team-high six assists and five rebounds.
  • Patberg sunk a season-high five 3-pointers on her way to a team-leading 21 points. The Columbus, Ind. native also had five assists and three rebounds.
  • Holmes reached double-figures for the sixth straight contest by scoring 14 points. She also grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds.
  • Berger led the team in assists as she aided in six Indiana buckets.
  • Senior guard Keyanna Warthen notched a season-high six points on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Hoosiers held their opponent scoreless from behind the arc for the first time this season. Wisconsin was 0-for-8 from 3-point land.
  • Indiana made nine 3-pointers on the afternoon, tying their season high.
  • The Hoosiers took advantage of the Badgers turnovers, scoring 24 points off of them compared to Wisconsin’s five.

UP NEXT

Indiana will travel to West Lafayette to take on in-state rival Purdue. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

MARYLAND UPSETS #12 ILLINOIS

Darryl Morsell scored 19 points, Donta Scott added 16 and Maryland upset No. 12 Illinois 66-63 on Sunday.

The game was fast-paced and close throughout. Hakim Hart hit a 3-pointer with 4:08 left to give the Terrapins a 62-61 lead, which Maryland didn’t relinquish.

“They’re a great basketball team, a team I think could a Final Four team,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said of Illinois. “This league … I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s absolutely relentless.”

Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points for Illinois (9-4, 5-2 Big Ten) and Kofi Cockburn added 21 points and 10 rebounds. Dosunmu missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.

“I thought it was going in,” Dosunmu said. “Honestly, it felt good but it hit the back of the rim.”

Aaron Wiggins added 12 points for Maryland (7-6, 2-5). The Terrapins limped in on a three-game Big Ten losing streak, including two double-digit home losses.

Maryland played without point guard Eric Ayala (14 points per game) due to a groin injury.

“Obviously, I’m really pleased with my team,” Turgeon said. “We really battled tonight, down Eric Ayala.”

REDHAWKS BACK IN ACTION TUESDAY

(MIAMI RELEASE)

TUESDAY’S GAME: Miami takes flight for its first Mid-American Conference road game when the RedHawks travel to Ohio for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

THE SERIES WITH THE BOBCATS: Tuesday marks the 208th meeting between Miami and Ohio with the Bobcats holding a 113-94 lead in the most-played series in Miami men’s basketball history. When playing in Athens, the Bobcats are 67-27 against the RedHawks. Ohio has won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 67-65 win on March 6 in Oxford and a 77-46 win in Athens on Feb. 8 last season. The Bobcats have won the last nine meetings between the teams in the Convocation Center with the RedHawks’ last win in Athens coming in triple overtime on Feb. 9, 2011, 92-88. Miami’s last win against Ohio was on Feb. 9, 2019 in Oxford, 79-59.

ABOUT OHIO: The Bobcats enter Tuesday’s game with a 6-5 overall record and a 2-3 Mid-American Conference mark. Ohio rattled off a pair of wins to start the new year at Ball State (78-68) and against Northern Illinois (76-73) before dropping a 95-78 decision at Toledo on Friday. Five Bobcats are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Jason Preston’s 18.9 ppg. Dwight Wilson averages 16.0 ppg and a team-leading 8.0 rpg, followed by Ben Vander Plas (12.5 ppg), Ben Roderick (11.6 ppg) and Lunden McDay (10.0 ppg). Ohio leads the MAC in field goal percentage (.483) and assists (17.55).

TELEVISION: Tuesday’s game at Ohio will be carried live on CBS Sports Network. 

RADIO: In its second year of its partnership with Van Wagner, the Miami Sports Network, powered by Pepsi, continues its coverage of Miami Basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. The radio broadcast also will be carried via the TuneIn App. Steve Baker and Terry Bridge will call the action. Tune-in to one of Miami’s gameday affiliates:

WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, Ind.)

WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, Ohio)

WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, Ohio)

TuneIn App

REDHAWKS LEAD MAC IN FEWEST TURNOVERS: Averaging 10.0 turnovers per game, Miami leads the MAC in fewest turnovers and ties for eighth nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in five games and the same number in one game this season. The RedHawks turned the ball over just four times against Mount St. Joseph on Dec. 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 988 career points, senior forward Dalonte Brown is just 12 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 (22-of-22). 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.

HOT HANDS: Despite a 20-day layoff between games, Miami’s strong shooting from Dec. 19 continued in its win against Northern Illinois on Jan. 9. In its last two games, Miami is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 54.8 percent from three-point range, while knocking down an average of 11.5 triples per game over that stretch. The RedHawks tie for first in the MAC in three-point field goal percentage in conference games (.381) and rank second in the MAC in the category on the season (.376). Redshirt sophomore guard Myja White (.800) and sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant (.667) lead the MAC in conference games in three-point field goal percentage.

COLEMAN-LANDS HOLDING STRONG IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 5.00 assist/turnover ratio with 20 assists to a mere four turnovers through seven games. 

ODDS ‘N ENDS

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

Junior guard Mekhi Lairy has dished out 12 assists over Miami’s last two games. He handed out seven assists at Bradley (Dec. 19), accounting for 64 percent of the RedHawks’ assists. Lairy then doled out five assists against Northern Illinois (Jan. 9).

Junior forward Elijah McNamara and redshirt sophomore guard Myja White came off the bench to provide key performances in Miami’s 70-58 win against NIU on Jan. 9. McNamara led the RedHawks with 15 points, knocking down 6-of-10 shots from the field and three free throws. White tallied 12 points off 4-of-5 shooting from the field, all from three-point range. All 12 points came in the opening half where he connected on all four three-point attempts.

Miami knocked down eight of its 10 three-pointers in the opening half against Northern Illinois on Jan. 9. The RedHawks were 8-of-12 (.667) from long range in the first 20 minutes against the Huskies.

Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands leads the MAC in conference games in steals, averaging 2.5 per game. He snagged four against Northern Illinois on Jan. 9.

Miami ranks second in the MAC in scoring defense on the season, allowing opponents just 68.0 ppg.

UP NEXT: Miami continues its road stretch at Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 16. It will be the 133rd meeting between the RedHawks and the Broncos. Unconfirmed tip time is 2 p.m.

HEAT-CELTICS GAME POSTPONED DUED TO COVID PROTOCOLS

The NBA is continuing its season as planned even after concerns about COVID-19 exposure forced the postponement of Miami’s game at Boston on Sunday, a day where no fewer than 15 players around the league were officially declared unable to play for virus-related reasons.

The Celtics had seven of those players and Miami had another. But after Heat guard Avery Bradley was ruled out for Sunday – his test result was not announced, just his status – the rest of the Miami players needed their contact-tracing data analyzed to determine if they had been potentially exposed.

That process would not have been completed in time for the 7 p.m. game, so the league called it off. Boston was preparing to play the game with eight available players; the Celtics have 17 on their roster, seven were out due to the COVID-19 protocols and two more with injuries.

Meanwhile, the Heat simply were not cleared to play anyone.

“We anticipated that there would be game postponements this season and planned the schedule accordingly,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement distributed to The Associated Press and other outlets. “There are no plans to pause the season, and we will continue to be guided by our medical experts and health and safety protocols.”

The NBA had 148 games on the schedule so far through Sunday; the Boston-Miami game was only the second to be postponed for virus-related reasons. The other was Dec. 23, an Oklahoma City at Houston game where the Rockets did not have the required eight players available.

But many teams are feeling the effects of missing players because of testing or other possible exposure. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant had the virus last spring, but he had to miss three games last week after being exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. He returned to the Nets on Sunday night.

“You are starting to see what is going on in our country directly affect the NBA because we are no longer in that safety net of the bubble,” said Denver coach Michael Malone, whose club has been without Michael Porter Jr. for its last six games – and counting – because of the league’s protocols.

WIZARDS LOSE THOMAS BRYANT TO TORN ACL

The Washington Wizards likely will be without center Thomas Bryant for the remainder of the season because of a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Bryant is one of only two players who started all 10 games so far this season for the Wizards. He got hurt after incidental contact with two Miami players during the first quarter of the Wizards’ loss to the Heat on Saturday night.

An MRI performed Sunday confirmed the partial tear. The Wizards have not announced when Bryant will have surgery or given an exact timeline for his recovery, but the rehabilitation process following ACL tears and surgery typically take several months at a minimum.

“I just know one thing about TB: He’s a great kid that works hard, plays with passion, gives you everything he has,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.

Bryant has averaged 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds on 65% shooting this season.

ATLANTA’S BOGDANOVIC HAS FRACTURED KNEE

Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his right knee, the team announced Sunday.

The Hawks will update Bogdanovic’s recovery timetable later this week.

The 28-year-old suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets. He needed assistance returning to the locker room after his knee appeared to buckle, and he was later ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Bogdanovic joined Atlanta this past offseason after the Sacramento Kings decided not to match the Hawks’ four-year, $72-million offer sheet.

The Serbian is averaging 9.9 points on 38.5% shooting along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists through nine appearances this season.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Max Ellis scored twice, but #18 Notre Dame (5-6-1, 3-4-1-0-1-1 B1G) fell to Arizona State (4-9-2), 5-3, on Sunday night inside Compton Family Ice Arena.

Spencer Stastney also scored for the Irish.

Ryan Bischel made 23 saves in goal for Notre Dame, while Justin Robbins stopped 26 shots for Arizona State as Notre Dame outshot the Sun Devils 29-28.

The Irish went 0-for-1 on the power play and the Sun Devils finished 2-for-6 on the man advantage.

How It Happened

Arizona State got on the board when James Sanchez scored at 11:43 of the first, four seconds after a Sun Devils power-play chance had expired.

The period ended with the Sun Devils in front 1-0 with the Notre Dame penalty kill unit forced to kill off three ASU power play chances. Bischel finished the first 20 minutes with 11 saves.

Stastney got the Irish on the board with a wrist shot from the point that beat Robbins high with Michael Graham providing the screen in front. Silianoff, who had dropped the puck off to Stastney, and Graham assisted on the play.

Notre Dame had the game’s next power play, but Robbins was up for the task denying Graham Slaggert, Alex Steeves and Nick Leivermann with the Irish on the man advantage.

Arizona State retook the lead, 2-1, when Jarrod Courley put home a rebound after an off-pad shot by Ryan O’Reilly at 15:27 of the second.

Still trailing 2-1 to start the third, Ellis and Stasney each had good chances early in the frame but couldn’t tie things up.

Then Chris Grando intercepted an Irish clearing attempt and moved the puck to Johnny Walker, who beat Bischel down low to make it a 3-1 game at 8:19 of the third.

Ellis got the Irish back within one with a turnaround shot in front of goal that beat Robbins glove-side. Jake Pivonka, who got the puck in front to Ellis, and Leivermann each earned assists on the play.

Colin Theisen was whistled for a five-minute major less than a minute after Ellis’ goal, and Matthew Kopperud converted twice on the extended power play to put Arizona State up 5-2.

On the ensuing faceoff after Kopperud’s second goal, Ellis notched his second marker of the night while Arizona State was still on the man advantage to get the Irish back within a pair. Solag Bakich won the draw to earn an assist on the tally.

Still trailing by two goals late, the Irish pulled Bischel for an extra attacker but were unable to convert.

Notes

Seniors Matt Hellickson and Colin Theisen skated in their 129th consecutive games, dating back to the first game of their freshman season.

With an assist, Grant Silianoff extended his point streak to three games (3-1-4).

With an assist, Michael Graham extended his point streak to three games (1-2-3).

Max Ellis had his first career two-goal game a night after posting his first career two-assist game (Sunday’s game marked his third multi-point game of the season/his career).

With Ellis finding the back of the net, Notre Dame has had 14 goal scorers this season.

Next Up

Next weekend, Notre Dame hits the road for the second time this season when it heads to top-ranked Minnesota for a two-game series (Jan. 15-16).

Game one (8 p.m. ET) will be televised by Fox Sports North Plus, while game two (6 p.m. ET) will be on Fox Sports North.

PGA

Harris English defeated Joaquin Niemann on the first playoff hole to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

English began the day co-leading with Ryan Palmer, but he found himself trailing as he made the turn with Niemann in the midst of a 9-under 64 performance.

After making four birdies through Nos. 11-15 to match Niemann at 25-under, English gave a stroke back on the 16th and went to the final tee needing a birdie to force a playoff. He hit a beautiful approach into the final par 5 but couldn’t convert his short eagle putt for the win.

In the playoff, English made birdie while Niemann’s second shot into the par 5 left him with a tricky up-and-down he failed to pull off.

The win marks the 31-year-old’s third career PGA Tour title and first since 2013.

“It feels amazing,” English said after his victory. “All the hard work that has gone into this, all the highs and lows of golf that it brings over a career. And I feel like I’ve gotten out of my valley and getting back to the tournaments and some of the quality of golf that I know I can play.”

English climbs to No. 17 in the world with his win in Kapalua, Hawaii. He ranked as low as No. 342 at the beginning of 2019.

Here’s how the leaderboard finished at the 2021 opener:

PLACEPLAYERTO PARR4 SCORE
1Harris English-25*69
 2Joaquin Niemann-2564
3Justin Thomas-2466
4Ryan Palmer-2371
T5Xander Schauffele-2166
T5Sungjae Im-2169
T7Bryson DeChambeau-2066
T7Jon Rahm-2067
T7Collin Morikawa-2073
10Daniel Berger-1972

*Denotes playoff winner.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL STANDINGS

BIG 10

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
10 Michigan5-01.0003-02-010-01.0008-02-00-02-0
12 Illinois5-1.8333-02-19-3.7506-03-20-11-2
Iowa4-1.8002-02-110-2.8338-02-10-13-1
Wisconsin4-1.8003-11-010-2.8339-11-10-03-0
16 Minnesota3-3.5003-00-310-3.76910-00-30-03-3
Ohio State3-3.5002-01-39-3.7506-02-31-02-1
Purdue3-3.5002-01-38-5.6155-01-42-12-3
Northwestern3-3.5002-11-26-4.6005-21-20-02-3
15 Rutgers3-4.4292-21-27-4.6366-21-20-01-3
Indiana2-3.4002-10-27-5.5834-10-33-10-4
23 Michigan State2-4.3331-21-28-4.6676-22-20-02-2
Maryland1-5.1670-31-26-6.5005-31-30-01-3
Penn State0-3.0000-10-23-4.4292-21-20-01-1
Nebraska0-4.0000-20-24-7.3644-40-30-00-5

MAC

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
East
Bowling Green4-01.0002-02-08-2.8004-14-10-00-1
Akron2-1.6672-00-14-2.6674-00-10-10-0
Miami (OH)1-1.5001-10-04-3.5714-10-20-00-0
Buffalo1-1.5000-01-13-3.5001-01-21-10-0
Ohio2-3.4001-11-26-5.5453-11-42-00-1
Kent State0-2.0000-10-13-3.5002-11-20-00-1
West
Toledo5-01.0002-03-010-3.7695-04-21-10-0
Ball State2-1.6670-12-04-4.5002-12-30-00-0
Central Michigan1-2.3330-01-25-5.5003-02-40-10-0
Eastern Michigan1-2.3331-20-03-3.5003-20-10-00-1
Western Michigan1-2.3331-20-02-6.2502-40-20-00-1
Northern Illinois0-5.0000-20-31-9.1001-40-50-00-1

ACC

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Louisville3-01.0001-02-08-1.8896-02-10-01-1
22 Virginia3-01.0001-02-07-2.7784-02-01-20-1
21 Duke3-01.0002-01-05-2.7144-21-00-00-2
19 Clemson3-1.7502-01-19-1.9005-01-13-01-0
19 Virginia Tech2-1.6672-00-18-2.8006-10-12-02-0
Pittsburgh2-1.6670-12-06-2.7503-23-00-00-0
Georgia Tech2-1.6672-00-16-3.6674-21-11-01-1
North Carolina State2-2.5002-10-16-3.6675-10-21-01-1
North Carolina2-2.5001-01-27-4.6363-01-33-10-2
Syracuse1-1.5000-11-06-2.7505-11-10-00-1
25 Florida State1-1.5001-00-15-2.7145-10-10-00-0
Miami (FL)1-4.2000-31-15-5.5004-41-10-00-1
Wake Forest0-3.0000-00-33-3.5003-00-30-00-2
Notre Dame0-3.0000-20-13-6.3332-31-20-10-4
Boston College0-5.0000-30-22-9.1821-30-31-30-3

HORIZON

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Cleveland State7-01.0003-04-07-3.7003-04-30-00-1
Milwaukee4-1.8002-02-15-2.7142-03-20-00-0
Wright State6-2.7503-13-18-3.7274-24-10-00-0
UIC2-1.6672-00-15-3.6254-11-20-00-0
Robert Morris2-1.6671-01-13-3.5002-11-20-00-0
Northern Kentucky3-2.6003-10-15-5.5005-10-40-00-0
Oakland3-4.4291-12-33-11.2141-12-80-20-2
Youngstown State3-5.3751-12-46-5.5453-13-40-00-0
Purdue Fort Wayne2-5.2862-30-23-5.3753-30-20-00-0
Green Bay2-5.2861-21-32-9.1821-31-60-00-1
IUPUI0-4.0000-20-21-4.2001-20-20-00-0
Detroit0-4.0000-40-01-7.1250-51-20-00-1

MISSOURI VALLEY

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Drake4-01.0002-02-013-01.0008-04-01-00-0
Loyola Chicago2-01.0002-00-07-2.7786-01-10-10-1
Missouri State4-1.8002-02-17-1.8755-02-10-00-0
Evansville4-1.8003-01-16-5.5455-11-30-10-0
Southern Illinois1-3.2501-10-27-3.7005-12-20-00-0
UNI1-3.2501-10-22-7.2222-10-30-30-1
Bradley0-00-00-06-3.6674-10-22-00-1
Valparaiso0-1.0000-10-03-6.3333-10-50-00-0
Illinois State0-3.0000-00-33-6.3332-00-61-00-1
Indiana State0-4.0000-20-23-6.3333-20-40-00-0

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL STANDINGS

BIG 10

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
12 Maryland5-01.0002-03-09-1.9004-03-02-13-1
15 Michigan4-01.0003-01-09-01.0006-03-00-01-0
16 Ohio State2-01.0001-01-06-01.0005-01-00-00-0
19 Indiana5-1.8333-02-17-3.7005-12-20-00-2
Iowa4-2.6673-01-28-2.8006-02-20-00-1
22 Northwestern4-2.6672-12-16-2.7504-12-10-00-1
23 Michigan State3-2.6001-22-08-2.8006-22-00-00-1
Nebraska4-3.5713-01-36-4.6005-01-40-02-2
Purdue2-3.4001-21-15-4.5564-31-10-00-3
Rutgers1-3.2500-11-25-3.6253-12-20-00-1
Penn State1-4.2000-31-14-5.4443-31-20-00-4
Minnesota1-5.1670-31-22-6.2501-41-20-00-2
Illinois0-5.0000-20-32-6.2502-30-30-00-3
Wisconsin0-6.0000-30-33-6.3333-30-30-00-3

MAC

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
East
Kent State4-01.0002-02-05-2.7143-02-20-00-1
Bowling Green4-1.8002-12-08-2.8004-14-10-00-0
Buffalo4-1.8002-12-07-3.7003-14-20-00-0
Ohio3-2.6001-12-15-3.6253-12-20-01-0
Akron1-4.2001-10-34-4.5003-11-30-00-0
Miami (OH)0-5.0000-20-31-8.1111-20-60-00-2
West
Central Michigan5-01.0003-02-07-2.7784-03-20-00-1
Northern Illinois2-2.5001-21-04-5.4441-32-21-00-0
Toledo2-3.4001-11-26-3.6675-11-20-00-0
Eastern Michigan2-3.4000-22-15-5.5000-34-11-10-1
Ball State2-3.4001-21-14-5.4441-33-20-00-0
Western Michigan0-5.0000-20-31-6.1431-20-40-00-0

ACC

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
North Carolina State5-01.0003-02-010-01.0007-03-00-01-0
Louisville3-01.0001-02-010-01.0006-03-01-01-0
Florida State3-1.7502-01-14-1.8003-01-10-00-0
Georgia Tech4-2.6672-12-16-3.6674-22-10-00-1
24 Syracuse2-1.6670-02-15-1.8332-03-10-00-0
Wake Forest3-2.6003-00-26-3.6673-01-22-11-2
Notre Dame3-3.5002-11-25-5.5004-21-30-00-1
Clemson3-4.4292-11-38-4.6676-12-30-00-1
Miami (FL)3-4.4292-21-26-4.6005-21-20-00-2
North Carolina2-3.4002-10-27-3.7007-10-20-01-0
Pittsburgh1-2.3331-00-23-3.5003-10-20-00-0
Virginia Tech1-4.2001-20-26-4.6006-20-20-00-1
Boston College1-5.1671-20-35-5.5005-20-30-00-3
Duke0-1.0000-10-03-1.7503-10-00-00-1
Virginia0-2.0000-10-10-5.0000-30-20-00-0

HORIZON

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Milwaukee8-01.0004-04-011-1.9175-06-10-00-0
IUPUI6-01.0004-02-08-1.8894-04-10-00-0
Northern Kentucky4-01.0002-02-04-5.4442-12-40-00-2
Wright State7-1.8751-16-07-3.7001-26-10-00-1
Green Bay4-2.6672-22-05-4.5563-22-20-00-0
Oakland4-4.5002-22-24-7.3642-32-40-00-2
Cleveland State2-4.3330-22-22-4.3330-22-20-00-0
UIC1-3.2501-10-22-5.2861-11-40-00-0
Youngstown State1-3.2501-30-01-3.2501-30-00-00-0
Detroit1-7.1250-41-31-11.0830-61-50-00-0
Robert Morris0-6.0000-20-40-6.0000-20-40-00-0
Purdue Fort Wayne0-8.0000-40-40-10.0000-50-50-00-0

MISSOURI VALLEY

ConferenceOverallvs
 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Bradley3-1.7502-01-17-4.6365-22-20-00-0
UNI3-1.7502-01-16-5.5454-12-40-01-0
Drake3-1.7501-12-05-6.4551-24-40-00-1
Illinois State2-2.5000-02-25-2.7142-03-20-00-0
Southern Illinois2-2.5002-00-25-4.5565-10-30-00-0
Valparaiso1-1.5001-10-05-4.5563-12-30-00-0
Loyola Chicago1-1.5001-10-03-3.5002-21-10-00-1
Indiana State1-3.2500-21-14-5.4442-22-30-00-0
25 Missouri State0-00-00-04-2.6671-12-01-11-0
Evansville0-4.0000-20-24-5.4444-20-30-00-0

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia73.7005-12-22-17-27-32 L
Boston73.7003-14-21-16-37-34 W
New York55.5002.02-33-20-24-35-52 L
Brooklyn56.4552.54-41-22-03-34-62 L
Toronto27.2224.51-21-51-21-22-71 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Indiana63.6674-32-02-04-26-31 L
Milwaukee64.6000.55-11-34-05-36-41 W
Cleveland55.5001.52-13-41-24-55-51 L
Chicago47.3643.01-33-40-22-34-63 L
Detroit28.2004.52-40-40-31-52-81 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando64.6003-23-23-05-16-42 L
Miami44.5001.03-21-21-12-34-41 W
Charlotte55.5001.02-23-32-03-35-53 W
Atlanta45.4441.51-33-20-23-54-54 L
Washington28.2004.00-52-30-31-82-83 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah64.6001-25-22-14-26-42 W
Portland54.5560.52-23-21-15-35-42 W
Oklahoma City54.5560.50-35-10-11-25-43 W
Denver55.5001.02-43-12-03-55-52 W
Minnesota37.3003.02-31-41-32-63-71 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Lakers83.7273-35-00-17-38-22 W
Phoenix73.7000.53-14-21-25-27-31 W
LA Clippers74.6361.03-24-23-16-46-41 W
Golden State64.6001.54-22-22-13-26-42 W
Sacramento46.4003.53-31-31-23-54-62 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas54.5562-13-31-03-25-43 W
San Antonio55.5000.51-34-21-14-55-51 L
New Orleans45.4441.02-32-21-02-24-53 L
Houston35.3751.53-20-30-12-43-51 L
Memphis36.3332.01-52-10-10-33-61 W